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Costa Rican, U.S. visitor make history with marriage
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Two of the first beneficiaries of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriages were a Costa Rican man and a frequent visitor from San Francisco. They are Juan Carlos Hernández and Jay Redden.

They were married July 1 in Redden's hometown of Sacramento California. That was a day after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a stay on gay marriages in the state imposed while the Supreme Court case was decided.

The high court June 26, in a five-to-four decision, ruled that defenders of the California’s gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8 did not have the legal standing to bring a challenge to a lower court ruling that struck the law down. The court also struck down a federal law passed in 1996 known as the Defense of Marriage Act that barred same-sex couples from receiving federal tax, health and pension benefits.

The marriage in California was historic enough that the pair were featured in an Associated Press news story.

In an email, Redden said that "being able to marry was particularly important to us because I can now petition immigration on behalf of my spouse for residency.  So, what this means to us is that Juan Carlos could receive a work permit and be able to work here.  That's an important economic benefit to us.  I will also be able to claim him as a dependent on my taxes, potentially saving me thousands of dollars in taxes yearly."

Redden is a social worker for Sacramento County Child Protective Services. He also has business interests here. He said he first visited Costa Rica in 1992. More recently he had been visiting at least twice a year.

He met Juan Carlos on one of these trips in 2006, he said.
Jay Redden and Juan Carlos Hernández
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Juan Carlos Hernández and Jay Redden

Hernández went to California in 2006 and then overstayed a tourism visit. Consequently he has been afraid to return to Costa Rica.

Said Redden:

"Juan Carlos has not left the U.S. to visit Costa Rica as there was no guarantee he would ever be able to legally enter the U.S. again.  He had two grandparents die since he has been in the U.S., and he was not able to see his grandparents before they died or attend their funerals.  He really looks forward to being able to travel back and forth between Costa Rica to visit his family. 

"Juan Carlos would now be able to receive a Social Security card and get a California driver's license.  So, all the benefits of immigration flow from my ability to petition immigration for him as my spouse.  This is only possible through marriage, not through domestic partnership."

The Associated Press said that there were same-sex marriage opponents outside the Sacramento County Clerk's Office when the pair arrived for the marriage.


Out-of-work fishermen asked to join dengue fight
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An upswing in the cases of dengue on the Pacific coast and a declaration of an emergency have results in increased labor to eliminate the places where mosquitoes breed. There also are major fumigation projects in Paritta and Jacó.

The Ministerio de Salud said that there was concern because a religious festival in Puntarenas Centro was bringing many visitors to the area Sunday. In addition there is mid-year vacations with many Central Valley residents vacationing along the Pacific beaches.

The danger is that some will become infected with dengue and bring the disease back home where they will infect more mosquitoes.

The canton of Paritta leads the list of areas with the highest number of dengue cases in the last five weeks, said the Ministerio de Salud. In Paritta on the central Pacific there were 511 reported cases.

Other cantons and the number of cases are Orotina with 328, Puntarenas with 301, Garabito (Jacó) with 254, Monte de Oro with 82 and Esparza with 77.

Among other measures, the Ministerio de Salud said
it has offered jobs to some 2,500 unemployed fishermen in conjunction with a program operated by Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social. The fishermen are out of work because there is seasonable prohibition against fishing in the gulf of Nicoya.

The fishermen are expected to conduct cleanups and eliminate many more places where Aedes aegypti mosquito larva grow into adults.

Fumigation and cleanup crews were in Puntarenas Friday and Saturday in anticipation of the Festival de Virgen del Mar. This is a colorful tourism event with a seagoing procession.

Workers also sprayed nearly 6,000 homes in Jacó and the canton of Garabito over the last week, the ministry said.

Dengue, called breakbone fever, is a virus disease spread by the mosquitoes. It causes muscle and joint pain, headaches and a rash. A second bout of dengue can result in sometimes fatal hemorrhagic fever. The virus has four types, so scientists have been unable to create a vaccine.

Aedes aegypti adults are day biters, and the use of appropriate repellants is urged.

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An ocelot, one of the country's most efficient predators was the victim of a knockout in an encounter with a vehicle Thursday in Guanacaste.

The Policía Turística said officers found the animal in the public right-of-way near Brasilito and Flamingo Thursday. Such cats are endangered in Costa Rica and most other places in the world due to human expansion.

This animal also had a broken muzzle, thanks to the vehicle encounter, said police. After the veterinarian did needed repairs, the animal was released in Parque Nacional Diría.


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Quepos: Secret compartment in small boat.

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Moín: secret compartment in shipping container.

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Cartago: Suspect detained in crack investigation.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats who wonder why there are not police when they need them should know that drug smugglers and dealers take a lot of law enforcement hours.

Saturday the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas intercepted a launch about 47 miles in the Pacific off Quepos.  Crew members eventually found 310 kilos of cocaine hidden in the body of the boat. Three Colombians who were in the small boat were detained.

Out in Moín the Caribbean coast the Policía de Control de Drogas Saturday night found secret compartments in a shipping container. They recovered 100 kilos of cocaine. There is a continual cat-and-mouse game on the docks with smugglers trying to slip cocaine by police and customs agents.

In Llanos de Santa Lucía, Paraíso, Cartago, Sunday police detained a 23-year-old man as a suspected crack dealer. He lived just 300 meters from the local police station. The man appears to have been turned in by neighbors who called a confidential tip line.

The weekend's activity is not unusual. Police made one or more drug arrests each day, according to the bulletins that are released by the Fuerza Pública and the Judicial Investigating Organization.


Fountain of youth drug
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By the Boston University Medical Center news staff

Despite it being more than 30 years since the fountain of youth drug Gerovital H3 was banned in the United States, it may be making a comeback. In an editorial published in this month's Journal of the American Geriatrics Society researcher Thomas Perls points out that a few U.S.-based anti-aging and longevity clinics have begun to advertise Gerovital H3 in pill form and as intravenous infusions despite the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned it in 1982.

Gerovital H3 is the dental anesthetic procaine hydrochloride (novocaine), yet in the 1950s, this drug was abused among Hollywood stars. According to Perls governmental bodies such as the FDA are relied upon to protect their citizens from drugs that do not do what they are claimed to do or are unsafe, yet in Communist Romania, the opposite occurred with the state-sponsored marketing of Gerovital H3. In 1956, a paper titled "A new method for prophylaxis and treatment of aging with novocain-eutrophic and rejuvenating effects" was published in the now discontinued journal Therapiewoche by Ana Aslan, director of the Geriatrics Institute of Bucharest. As a result the Communist regime established an anti-aging resort and clinic for foreigners.

Perls is a physician at Boston University Medical Center. He explains that by the 1970s, the National Institute on Aging commissioned a thorough evaluation of the studies and claims surrounding Gerovital H3. "The conclusion of that work was that, except for a possible mild monoamine oxidase inhibitor effect that would potentially ameliorate depression, there was no scientifically credible evidence supporting the claims that procaine hydrochloride is beneficial in treating age-related diseases or syndromes," said Perls.

Perls points out that a plausible explanation for why some subjects might have experienced some improvements in health was that, in addition to receiving Gerovital H3, they were receiving other interventions such as exercise, stress reduction and healthy nutrition. "Thus, a glaring problem for the demonstration of any benefit associated with Gerovital H3 or similar compounds is the absence of any double-blind, placebo controlled trials demonstrating a significant improvement in the outcomes that anti-aging doctors and entrepreneurs claimed," he added.

Additional studies were later performed to further investigate a possible inhibitory effect from procaine hydrochloride and any subsequent neurocognitive benefit but there was no evidence that procaine and its preparations could treat or prevent cognitive impairment or dementia.

"Gerovital H3 appears to have experienced a recent rebound in marketing and sales in the United States, primarily because of Internet-based marketing. A search for Gerovital H3 on Google or Yahoo! results in more than 300,000 hits. Inquiring patients and the public need to be informed about the approved and unapproved uses of procaine hydrochloride and aware that there is no scientific evidence supporting any systemic health benefits or anti-aging effects of the drug," said Perls.


Digital epidemiology targets
spread of infectious diseases


By the Pennsylvania State University news staff

While public health officials around the world are on alert about the pandemic potential of new disease threats, a team that includes Penn State University biologist Marcel Salathé is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news Web sites, blogs, and social media.

An article by Salathé and colleagues from the Harvard Medical School, published in the early online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine describes the advantages and challenges of digital epidemiology, a new field of increasing importance for tracking infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics by leveraging the widespread use of the Internet and mobile phones.

"In the past year, the world has seen an emerging outbreak of two viruses with considerable pandemic potential: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus and Avian Influenza A H7N9," Salathé said. He explained that the former is similar to the virus responsible for the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003 and has, since 2012, infected 64 people, 38 of them fatally. Influenza A H7N9 is a virus that normally circulates in birds but has, since the beginning of 2013, infected 137 people, 32 of them fatally.

"Digital epidemiology played a crucial role in the surveillance of both Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus and Avian Influenza A H7N9 by enhancing transparency and helping public health officials to understand outbreaks more fully. It is clear that the importance of digital epidemiology will only increase in the future as more people get mobile access to broadband around the globe," said Salathé, who uses data from social media in his research to study how sentiments about vaccination spread in populations. "With 6.8 billion mobile-phones and 2.9 billion people online, it's getting increasingly hard for any micro-organism to spread undetected for long."

Salathé also said he predicts that digital epidemiology will not be limited to just infectious diseases for long. "Mining these novel, big-data streams is of enormous interest to practically anyone interested in health and disease," he said. "For example, researchers and public health officials could use data-mining techniques to detect adverse drug reactions, assess mental disorders, or track health behaviors much faster than they do with traditional methods."


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Claim of miracle cure links Costa Rica with John Paul II
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Ricans and the Catholic Church here are basking in the glow of a certified miracle that will propel former pope John Paul II into sainthood.

The Vatican has declared that a Cartago women was cured miraculously due to the intervention of John Paul, who died in 2005. That was the second of two miracles that usually are required to elevate an individual to sainthood. John Paul is the former Karl Wojtyła, the first Polish pope.

Even among usually cynical expats there has been limited criticism of the Vatican decision. The local Catholic officials are hoping the situation will advance its political agenda against gay marriage and in-vitro fertilization and perhaps bring more people to church.

The woman is Floribeth Mora Diaz, who sought medical help in April 2011 for a severe headache. A neurosurgeon said she had an aneurysm, a swollen blood vessel, too close to the brain for an operation. After she returned to her home and began praying to John Paul, the aneurysm vanished.

Ms. Mora's physician at Hospital Calderón Guardia,  Alejandro Vargas, said he later ran a magnetic resonance procedure and was unable to locate the aneurysm.

The woman reported that she prayed to the former pope. She also said she heard a voice. Coincidentally much of this happened at the time that the beatification of John Paul was taking place. That is the initial step to sainthood.

John Paul was put on a fast track to sainthood when the Vatican quickly removed the five-year waiting period shortly after his death. One miracle is required for beatification according to Vatican rules.

Ms. Mora has become somewhat of a celebrity. She will travel to Rome whenever the Catholic Church determines the time for the official elevation of the former pope. She was at a press conference Friday and later attended a service at the church of the Virgen de Ujarrás in Paraiso, Cartago, Friday night. Her home now resembles a shrine to the former pope.

Although there is such a condition as a false aneurysm in the medical literature, the Vatican says it obtains reports from experts when there is a situation that defies logical explanation, the definition of a miracle.

President Laura Chinchilla in a statement, noted that John Paul is the only pope to have visited Costa Rica. That was in 1983. She also praised the endurance of Ms. Mora for sticking with the arduous process of validating the miracle.

"The eyes of the world are at this moment on Costa Rica, a grateful people of faith who demonstrate their great affection for Blessed John Paul II," she said in the statement.

Meanwhile, in Puntarenas Sunday Catholics celebrated a 100-year-old miracle. The event was the seagoing procession in honor of the Virgen del Carmen. This manifestation of the Virgin Mary was credited with saving the crew of a fishing boat.

The festival dates back to 1913 when a boat, the Galileo, was believed lost at sea. The populace prayed for the crew, and the fishermen showed up having been rescued by another vessel.

The Virgen de Ujarrás is herself a miracle.

The story is a long and complex one. The best source is former journalist and writer, Rosa Maria Fonseca Morales, who gives this account:


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This greater than life-sized marble statue of Pope John Paul II has stood since 2006 outside the Catedral Metropolitana in San José. It is a work by Costa Rican Jorge Jiménez Deredia.

The statue of the Virgin was one of three aboard a boat
menaced by pirates 1535. The Franciscans in charge of the
statues decided to cast them into the sea to avoid letting pirates get their hands on such precious objects.  It was the will of God, according to devotees, that brought one of the statues to Ujarrás on the Río Reventazón where it was found by Indians. Another statue ended up in Nicaragua and the third became the Virgen de Lujan in Argentina.

In the same way that the Virgen de Los Ángeles in Cartago made known her desire to stay there by returning mysteriously to the same spot, the Virgen de Ujarrás mysteriously became so heavy that the Indians could not carry her away to Cartago.

Miracles have been attributed to the Virgen de Ujarrás. During a flood on the Río Paz, villagers threw the statue of Baby Jesus that was carried by the Virgin into the angry river. And this quieted the river but with the loss of the baby's statue.

There has been a movement in Costa Rica to make the government a lay state. Now Roman Catholicism is recognized as the state religion. Church officials already are saying that the Miracle involving Ms. Mora is a sign that the Constitution should not be changed.

The Catholic religion runs strong, witnessed by the more than one million persons who engage in a pilgrimage to Cartago and the Basilica for Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles every July and August. Many carry their personal petitions for divine intercession.

According to Catholic theology, neither the saints nor the Virgin Mary grant miracles, but they are a conduit to God, who may answer their requests.


Taxi operator getting the boot at Juan Santamaría airport
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's regulatory agency has pulled the concession from the company that operates those orange airport taxis.

The action is the culmination of a case that began in 2009 when the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos acted because the firm did not use taxi meters.

The agency said that the action against the firm, Taxis Unidos Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría S.A., will become effective in three months.
The Ministerio de Obras Públicos y Transportes now has the responsibility to make sure that taxi service continues at Juan Santamaría airport. There most likely will be another concession offering.

The taxis of Taxis Unidos Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría have been using meters for several years now. So it likely will bid on a subsequent concession.

The case took so long because the taxi firm carried its appeals to the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo and then to the Sala Primera of the Corte Suprema de Justicia, the civil branch.

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Survey respondents need to have questions that they really can answer
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The political season is the time for statistics. Frequently the statistics lack validity.

For the presidential race, the time still is too early to obtain a meaningful idea of the public mind. Some political parties have not even put forth candidates.

Public opinion polling frequently is simply an exercise in name recognition. Johnny Araya Monge has been leading the polls, but even he has not enunciated all his platform.

Today La Nación said that it would report the results of a survey in which
 citizens were asked to evaluate the work of President Laura Chinchilla. Considering that many citizens could not even find Casa Presidencial on a map, that is a questionable exercise,

Few citizens have the knowledge to accurately evaluate the president or any other public official. What the survey shows is perception rather than a true evaluation. Historians spend years trying to evaluate the work of heads of state.

There is no doubt that the surveys and polls that are reported this political season are done competently with the correct number of respondents and the random contacts that professional polling requires. But a key element of polling is to ask a question that respondents can be expected to answer knowledgeably.

 
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Russian insider suggests
Snowden go to Venezuela


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An influential Russian parliament member who often speaks for the Kremlin has encouraged former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to accept Venezuela's offer of asylum.

Alexei Pushkov, who heads the international affairs committee in Russia's parliament, has posted several messages on Twitter about the case, including one Sunday that says "Venezuela is waiting for an answer from Snowden. This, perhaps, is his last chance to receive political asylum.''

Snowden is believed to be in the transit area of Moscow Airport since arriving on a flight from Hong Kong two weeks ago, unable to travel farther because the United States annulled his passport.

Meanwhile, Brazil's foreign minister says his government is worried about a newspaper report that the U.S. has collected data on billions of telephone and email conversations in his country. He promised an effort for international protection of Internet privacy.

Antonio Patriota said Brazil will demand an explanation from the United States. Brazil also plans to propose changes to international communications rules.

Saturday, Bolivian President Evo Morales offered asylum to Snowden, becoming the third leftist Latin American leader to do so, following Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

It is not clear how the 30-year-old Snowden, who leaked secret details of surveillance programs conducted by the clandestine U.S. National Security Agency, will get to any of the Latin American nations.

American authorities want him extradited to the U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused, even as he says he wants Snowden to leave for another country.

Snowden has sought asylum in more than 20 countries. But most of them have either turned him down or said he must be in their countries or one of their embassies before they will consider his asylum bid.

The NSA says the information it has collected helped foil terrorist attacks. Snowden has said Americans should know their government has them under surveillance.


Austrian president denies
Morales' jet was searched


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Austrian officials did not search Bolivia's presidential jet for fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Austria's president said, seeking to defuse a diplomatic tussle over the incident.
   
One airport officer did board the aircraft on Tuesday to find out why it had landed in Vienna reporting technical problems, but there was no formal inspection, Austrian President Heinz Fischer told Kurier newspaper.
   
Fischer's comments, published on Sunday, appeared aimed at untangling contradictory accounts of how Bolivian President Evo Morales was treated as he flew home from a conference in Moscow last week.
   
Bolivia protested after several European countries refused to allow the aircraft to pass through their airspace, amid speculation Morales was taking Snowden to Latin America.
   
Diplomatic tensions heightened after the plane landed in Vienna and Austrian officials initially said they got official permission to inspect the aircraft for Snowden, who is wanted for leaking details of U.S. surveillance programs. Bolivia insisted no such inspection took place.
   
"Someone from the airport staff sought out the aircraft or the pilot after landing to inquire about the nature of the technical problem," Fischer was quoted as saying.
   
"The Austrian official was advised that the defect was already fixed, and saw on this occasion that the plane was empty. He did not look under the seats. There was no formal inspection, but no other people were found on board," Fischer added.
   
Pressed on whether that meant Austrians had not searched the plane, he said, "There was no search in the forensic sense. There was also no reason to under international law. The plane of a president belongs to his territory and cannot be searched readily."
   
Snowden is believed to be still holed up in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport and has been trying to find a country that would give him sanctuary since he landed there from Hong Kong June 23.
   

Korean jet that crashed
flew too slow, probers say


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. investigators say the Korean jetliner that crashed Saturday at San Francisco airport was flying significantly below its target speed as it approached the runway and that the pilot tried to abort the landing.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon. She said the verbal abort request came just 1.5 seconds before impact, too late to avoid the crash that killed two people and injured dozens more.

Seconds earlier, she said, engine stall warnings sounded in the cockpit.

San Francisco's fire chief, speaking earlier Sunday, said 19 people remain hospitalized, six of them in critical condition.

The two passengers killed were identified as 16-year-old Chinese girls who were among a group of 30 students and their teachers headed to a summer camp from east China's Zhejiang province.

The Asiana flight originated in Shanghai and stopped in South Korea before heading to San Francisco.

Witnesses say the plane's tail appeared to hit first as it sought to clear a sea wall at the base of the runway. After the crash, much of the cabin burned through and debris was scattered along the runway.

Asiana Airlines officials say there is no indication of mechanical problems with the plane or its engines at the time of the crash.

Asiana is South Korea's second largest airline after national carrier Korean Air.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says there is no indication the accident was linked to terrorism. The FBI will work with the safety board, Korean investigators and Boeing as the probe unfolds.

President Barack Obama expressed his condolences to the victims and their families, as did Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chinese media say Xi also ordered Chinese diplomatic missions to do everything they can to help the survivors.

In 2008, a British Airways Boeing 777 jet crash-landed short of the runway at London's Heathrow Airport, but all on board survived.


French wants treaty clause
to protect their culture

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Negotiations get under way Monday between Washington and Europe to strike the world's largest free trade agreement. While talks are shadowed by European anger at the U.S. Prism surveillance program, there are plenty of other potential roadblocks, including France's demand for a cultural exception protecting Europe's movie, television and online entertainment sector.

On a summer evening in eastern Paris people are out picnicking and playing the traditional French game of boules and buying tickets for an evening show at the local cinema. The current lineup includes several new French movies.

But Morelle and Xavier Dupuis have other plans.

"Superman: Man of Steel" is the couple's hands-down choice. The two are in their 30s, and Morelle Dupuis said they grew up with Superman. He's their hero.

The French film "The Artist" may have swept Hollywood's Academy Awards last year, but across Europe, American movies, radio and TV programs are dominating the airwaves and movie theaters.

Even in France, which sets quota requirements favoring French productions, some of the most popular movies and television shows are produced by Hollywood.

Now, as trade talks get under way between the European Union and Washington for a massive free trade agreement, France's insistence for a cultural exception may prove a key sticking point.

Not surprisingly, the battle for cultural exception has galvanized Europe's movie industry. Artist star Berenice Bejo made a passionate defense of it at the European Parliament.

But the cultural clause has even proved controversial in Europe. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, for one, has criticized as reactionary those in France who are against globalization.

Barroso did not specifically mention the French government and later he said that culture should be accorded specific treatment in the trade talks.

But in an interview with French media, Barroso said that a resounding majority of EU member states supported the commission's position not to exclude any particular category ahead of the trade talks.

Nonetheless, outrage at Barroso's "reactionary" remark has resounded across France's political landscape, from far right leader Marine Le Pen to Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Addressing the French parliament, Ayrault said championing cultural exception was not reactionary. To the contrary, it was a necessary affirmation of the world's cultural diversity, which even Barroso must accept.

But as far as French analyst Philippe Moreau Defarges is concerned, the campaign for cultural exception has already been defeated.

"You must look at the screens in Paris - so many American movies. It's clear that Hollywood is present everywhere. And cultural exception will not change that," he said.

Still, the Dupuis, for one, believe there should be a cultural exception clause in the talks despite their differences over the quality of French cinema.

The couple said that such an exception would allow young French actors to emerge and flourish.

Another movie goer, Helene Bugaut, agreed.

Bugaut said the government was right to help French production, since the world was dominated by English speakers. She said she watched lots of French movies.

But not tonight. Like the Dupuis, Bugaut has bought a ticket for "Superman."


Kerry's wife is hospitalized
after emergency flight


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with an undisclosed condition.

Earlier Sunday, Ms. Kerry was rushed to a hospital on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket in critical condition. She was flown to Boston after doctors in Nantucket stabilized her.

The secretary of State was by his wife's side through her ordeal.

No additional details about Ms. Kerry's condition or illness have been released.

Ms. Kerry is heiress to the Heinz ketchup fortune and the widow of former U.S. senator John Heinz III.


More bodies are expected
at Quebec train crash site

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Police in Canada say the death toll has risen to five after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed Saturday in eastern Quebec province.

The derailment caused four of the train's more than 70 cars to explode in the middle of the town of Lac Megantic, igniting fires that destroyed dozens of buildings, including stores and at least one bar.

A police spokesman said 40 people are reported missing, and he predicted the confirmed number of deaths will rise.

The accident forced up to 2,000 people to evacuate their homes. That's a third of Lac-Megantic's 6,000 residents.

The cause of the derailment is still not known. Canada's transportation safety agency is investigating.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the accident shocking and truly devastating. He said the government is ready to provide assistance.

Last week, Canada suffered another derailment of a train carrying petroleum products. The train went off the track in Calgary, Alberta, when a flood-damaged bridge sagged toward the still-swollen Bow River. The derailed rail cars were able to be removed without spilling their cargo.


Festival spotlights languages
that are likely to vanish

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Smithsonian Institution reports that more than 2,500 world languages will disappear by the end of this century. That is why the world’s largest museum and research complex dedicated part of its annual folklife festival to shine a light on these languages.

As soon as she heard the music, festival goer Patricia Joseph knew she had to dance.

"I always felt like dancing when I heard this kind of music, and I always felt restrained. But this was so liberating. This is such an unusual venue that we’re going to spend most of the day here,” said Joseph.

The song is unusual, too, It’s sung in a language that is slowly disappearing.

It's all part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an annual celebration of world cultures on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

One focus this year is on some of languages from around the globe that are expected to vanish. The different language representatives used a variety of art forms to express their native tongues. This includes the fast-paced music of the Quechua language from South America, the throat singing of the Tuvan language in Siberia, and the iconic dancing of the Hawaiian language.

Aaron Sala is one of the musicians for the disappearing Hawaiian language. "It’s a great experience to be with other cultures who are working to preserve and to ensure the survival and thriving of their languages," he said.

Representatives of these cultures, however, aren’t merely working to stimulate the auditory senses. Besides music, the festival has many authentic cultural artifacts, like a Colombian rice grinder. 

Maryland native Elisabeth Ostler said this festival, with its artifacts and music, allows Americans like herself to learn about the different cultures around the world.

"Generally speaking, we’re pretty isolated to different cultures. There’s so much to be appreciated and experienced," she said.

Ms. Ostler hopes young people like her seven children will be inspired by the festival, and will want to make a difference in the world.


Immigration again the topic,
but this time in House


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Immigration reform remains in Washington’s political spotlight this week. Attention will be focused on whether and how the House of Representatives proceeds on an overhaul of federal immigration laws.

Congress returns to work after a weeklong recess.  Many legislators heard passionate and pointed words in their home districts on immigration reform.

“We are here today as a coalition, as a group to put the pressure where the fight will be: on the House," said immigration reform protester Richard McDaniel.

Last month, the Democratically-controlled Senate passed a bill that would boost U.S border security, streamline the legal immigration process, and provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers.  Action in the Republican-controlled House is far from assured.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration matters. "I do not think a special pathway to citizenship should be provided at all," he said.

Instead, many Republicans want to focus on border security first and foremost.  But an enforcement-only approach that fails to address the legal status of the undocumented is unacceptable to many Democrats, including President Barack Obama.

Only if both houses of Congress pass an identical version of immigration reform would the bill go to the White House for  Obama’s signature.

House Speaker John Boehner has given no indication a vote will be held.


Intel Labs displays some
of next generation goodies


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

High tech companies are busy developing the next generation of products that will help us drive cars, do shopping and even care for children. High tech giant Intel showed reporters some experimental devices in San Francisco.
 
A vehicle mock-up shows a driver whose brain activity, monitored by head sensors, and eye movement, tracked by a dashboard camera, tell how alert he is at the wheel.

Intel Labs senior fellow Justin Rattner says devices like these will make driving safer.

"We're not monitoring brain waves. We're seeing how much of the brain is occupied in a given situation, how much of the brain is occupied when you're driving your car, or when you're driving and trying to send text messages," said Rattner.
 
Which is unsafe at any speed, as Rattner points out, unless you're in Google's experimental self-driving car. Google is another company that is pushing the limits of the latest technology. It is testing autonomous vehicles on the roads of several American states, including California.
 
This technology is years away from general use. But even cars from Honda and other automakers are using sensors and cameras today to monitor traffic and warn drivers of dangerous situations.
 
Rattner points to an experimental Intel technology to link cars electronically so that the driver in the rear knows what the vehicle ahead of him is doing. When the front driver signals a turn or slows down, a dashboard indicator alerts the driver in the rear.
 
In future, we may not need to carry computers. We could project a virtual machine onto a table or other surface anywhere.
 
In this demonstration, one was projected onto the table from a controller hidden in a flower pot. Sensors read the movements of the hands, so the system needs no mouse or hand-held devices.
 
At the market, sensors and computer chips embedded in products could mesh with devices carried by shoppers to help them locate the items they want and avoid those with ingredients such as peanuts, to which they may be allergic.
 
Cameras and sensors are already available to help parents watch their children. More advanced monitors will one day check the baby's health and mood.
 
Security badges for a company's workers could, in a few years, have built-in computers, like some on display. A swipe of the badge brings up a tiny computer display.
 
And security is being enhanced and simplified, with face-recognition software instead of complicated passwords, says Paul Schmitz of Intel Labs. He says a simple device like a mobile phone could provide multiple levels of security, with face recognition software, and if needed, added but simple-to-use tiers of protection.
 
"And that could be in terms of voice, it could be in terms of a 3D facial scan so that you can make sure that it really is me and not somebody holding up a picture of me," said Schmitz.
 
Schmitz says new forms of encryption will make high-tech systems harder to hack.

The key to these new devices and systems is learning what people want and devising solutions to provide that, says Rattner. He says one thing is certain in the world of technology.
 
"It's the steady advance of chip technology that makes all of these other devices and services possible," he said.
 
Rattner says new technology brings new concerns about privacy and data protection, and that Intel takes that seriously. But, he adds, that growing computing capacity, used in imaginative ways, is already changing our lives and will change them more in the future.


Double murder on soccer field
reverberates within Brazil


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One man has been arrested in northern Brazil after a referee who fatally stabbed an amateur player over his refusal to leave the field was decapitated by a mob, police said on Saturday.

Referee Octavio da Silva, 20, stabbed player Josenir dos Santos, 30, on June 30 after dos Santos refused to heed his order to leave, police spokesman Kena Souza said.

A mob then turned on da Silva, killing him before severing his head in the remote town of Pio XII, named after a former pope. A 27-year-old man was arrested on July 2 and police in the regional headquarters of Santa Ines will continue to investigate the incident, Souza said.

Brazil has made significant strides in lowering homicide rates in recent years, as millions were lifted from poverty, but it faces mounting pressures to show it is a safe place for tourists before 12 Brazilian cities host the 2014 soccer World Cup and Rio de Janeiro the Olympic Games in 2016.

In Rio de Janeiro on the day of the brawl, Brazil's national team handily defeated Spain in the Confederations Cup, considered a test run for next year's much bigger championship. The eight-team tournament was marked by an unexpected wave of demonstrations, some violent, in part to protest the $14 billion being spent on World Cup preparations amid a lack of adequate public services.
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Puriscal home
$71,000 super Central Valley view home for you to finish
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 2,200 M2 lot with creek on one side. This is another "live in the view" home ready to finish out INCLUDING appliances, Solar water heater, PEX water distribution, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, radiant energy barrier, and tempered, bronzed, reflective windows for under $130,000 total cost. Solid construction ready for your personal imprint. Competent craftsmen standing by. george@glundquist.com  or call 2417-1041 or 8888-4543.
8012-8/8/13

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8010-7/28/13

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

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6 LOTS – AUCTION
Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
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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. $99k-/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
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$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.
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$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

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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

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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
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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U.S. workforce grows,
but jobless rate is steady


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. economy exceeded expectations again, adding 195,000 jobs in June. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said companies also hired more workers in April and May than originally reported, meaning the economy has now added more than 200,000 jobs per month since the start of the year. But despite the steady job growth, the nation’s unemployment rate remains high.

The retail and hospitality industry saw the biggest job gains last month, followed by health care and professional services. But while the pace of job growth has been steady, economic blogger Chris Martenson says many of the new jobs involve part time work.

“Honestly, I want to see the part-time numbers falling, I want to see hours per week climbing, I want to see average hourly, weekly earnings climbing much faster than they currently are for me to say yeah, this is good,” he said.

Despite better than expected job numbers, the nation’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent as more Americans resumed their job search. Martenson said stubbornly high unemployment means the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy of quantitative easing is likely to stay, at least for now.

“The unemployment rate from the household data. That didn’t change. So guess what? QE gets to continue, because the Fed has linked cessation of QE to change in this number," said Martenson.

The Federal Reserve has been buying $85 billion in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities every month in an effort to keep long-term interest rates low. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says the central bank could start reducing its purchases as the jobless rate declines.
 
Some say that could happen sooner rather than later.

Finance expert James Blake said that job growth is likely to pick up in the second half of the year.

“I think there’s a lot of positive signs in the economy going forward. Will it become robust? Not in the near term, but I think some steady moderate growth we will see,” said Blake.

Many businesses remain cautious. The report shows further job losses in manufacturing and government. And despite a steadily improving job market, the Labor Department says 11.8 million Americans are still unemployed, virtually unchanged since February.



Agencies usually bests twitter
in distribution of top news


By the  University of Edinburgh news service

News agencies continue to have an edge over Twitter in being first with the news, a university study has found.

Research into reporting of news events by Twitter and newswire services has found that while Twitter can sometimes break news before newswires, for major events there is little evidence that it can replace traditional news outlets.

Twitter’s main benefits for news are bringing additional coverage of events, and for sharing news items of interest to niche audiences or with a short lifespan, such as local sports results.

Scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow developed a software algorithm to track Twitter activity.

They used it to study 51 million tweets over 11 weeks in summer 2011 and compared these with output from news outlets for the same period.

Newswires tracked included the BBC, CNN, Reuters and the New York Times, which seek to set the news agenda and break news stories ahead of one another.

Scientists were able to examine Twitter messages relating to major news items. They also identified a large amount of minor news items that had featured on Twitter but had been ignored by the mainstream media.

Neither Twitter nor newswires was regularly faster than the other in breaking high-profile news.

When Twitter outperformed newswires for speed, it was  mainly for sport and disaster-related events, their findings showed.

"Twitter can bring added value by spreading the word on events that we might not otherwise hear about, and for bringing local perspectives on major news items," said Miles Osborne of the School of Informatics at  Edinburgh.



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Events firm plans charity golf tourney

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

RPM-TV and its president, Manrique Mata, are sponsoring a tournament at the  Costa Rica Country Club to raise funds to fight child abuse.

The firm said that the event will be Aug. 10. The beneficiary will be the Fundación Centro de Estudios para la Paz.

RPM-TV is known in Costa Rica and many other countries for its production of family entertainment events, such as concerts, rodeos, and soccer games.

Golfers from around the country will pay to play in the tournament, which is expected to have a large participation, the firm said.

The company has organized charitable events in the past but this is the first time that the money collected will go to a single recipient, the company said.

The foundation says that its goal is to eliminate direct violence and structural violence, which includes racism, sexism and xenophobia.