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Staggered work hours decreed to ease traffic woes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government has authorized staggered shifts for public employees and offered the possibility of a four-day work week to reduce traffic congestion in the Central Valley.

President  Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree to that effect Tuesday. The proposal does not apply to public schools, medical services or to emergency personnel.

The decree established starting times in public jobs of 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Bosses also are empowered to substitute a10-hour day in place of a current eight-hour day to create a four-day week if the employee agrees, said Casa Presidencial.

Various labor organizations are expected to challenge the decree.

The new schedules are not supposed to affect service to the public or work, said the announcement. Other branches of government were invited to participate in the program.

The government said the new hours should affect 30 percent of an executive branch’s agency’s work force in the metro area.

The rules are in effect until Nov. 30 to give the  Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes time to figure out a better solution.

The government also has urged employees to telecommute, again as a way of reducing traffic.

Consultants see big prospects for animation industry
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This may sound like a mickey mouse idea, but there is an effort to develop a stronger and more international digital animation and video game industry in Costa Rica. The proposal grows out of a study by two consultants who suggests, among other actions, the creation of a fund to finance the development of this type of business through the Sistema de Banca de Desarrollo.

The proposal also seeks the strengthening of a division of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud dedicated to digital arts. This is the  Centro de Tecnología y Artes Visuales in Parque La Libertad.

The study and report was done by Roberto Artavia Loría, director of VIVA organization, and an associate, Felipe Symmes. VIVA is a creation of the Swiss  billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny.

There is no secret that the animation and video games are in highly competitive markets. But some Costa Rican companies have had success. The Cámara de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación cites two.

The San José firm Headless Chicken Games was the first Latin America company to create a video game with PlayStation VR technology and a virtual reality Sony app, said the chamber.

Fair Play Labs in Zapote has begun testing games for display in the popular Oculus Rift headset, the chamber added.
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The VIVA duo presented plans for similar video game development this month in Guatemala.

The proposal by the consultant suggests participation by the culture ministry, the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior and Promotora de Comercio Exterior to evaluate applicants for animation and video game financing from the proposed fund.

They also suggest that the government hire public relation agencies to contract animation and video game projects.

Another suggestion is co-producing animation and video game projects with leaders of the industry in Canada, Brazil and Ireland.

The report also sees more involvement by the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, which provides state-supported training for Costa Ricans.

A national festival of animation and video games also is proposed along with a business incubator and more emphasis on the international market.

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Presidencia vows support for animal bill

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government has promised  to push an animal protection bill in the legislature. That government promise was contained in a summary of actions that have been or are being taken to help animals.

There is a growing wave of public support for the bill, No. 18298, particularly after the widely publicized case of a dog named Duke who was slashed with a machete across the nose. The gash has been stitched up during an operation, and the dog has been the subject of several adoption requests, in part thanks to television coverage.

However, as Casa Presidencial noted, the animal bill has been held up in the Comisión de Ambiente since 2014. If the bill does not reach a vote during the current ordinary session of the legislature, the government has promised to put it on a priority list during the time when the executive branch sets the agenda.

The bill has been mired in discussions over the status of cock fights, which some lawmakers consider to be a national tradition. Also of concern are those bull baitings that take place at most large festivals including the Zapote Christmas fair. The degree of penalties also is a concern for some,

There are economic considerations, too, because betting is a big part of cock fights and the bull-baitings are big attractions on the television.

The government said that the concept of animal welfare is being included in the public school curriculum, both in elementary and secondary

An animal rescue team has been formed as a result of the Volcán Turrialba eruptions, it said, adding that the team is doing castrations, providing food and relocating animals.

Students at the national police school will be getting animal welfare information, said the government.

Also cited was a pilot project that will involve local governments in education about animals and sterilization.

The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal  is training regional directors in animal welfare, said the summary.

The  Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes  and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad have begun installing warnings signs on roadways through national parks and protected areas to alert motorist to the presence of animals.

Supporters of the bill have demonstrated several times at the legislature.

Another volcano eruption suspected

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Volcano watchers said that tremors in the instruments monitoring the Volcán Turrialba indicated another eruption Tuesday at 3:14 p.m.

The cloudy condition at the summit prevented the researchers from verifying the emissions visually, said the Red Sismológica Nacional.

The tremors reached a peak from 5:15 to 5:40 p.m., said the Red  Sismológica, again relying on instruments.

The experts presumed that such an eruption would be accompanied by an emission of ash, and the winds were reported to be to the southwest, said the report.

Another Art City Tour takes place tonight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is another Art City Tour tonight when participants can visit the major cultural sites for free. The hours are from 5 to 9 p.m.

A number of individuals travel the tour route each month on bikes. Walking also is possible, but the organizer,  GAM Cultural, provides buses with pickups at major attractions.

The  Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo and the Museo Nacional
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There is a lot of work bringing a famous statue back to its plaza
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Getting the famous statute of  José Figueres Ferrer returned to the Plaza de la Democracia is much more involved than just calling the movers.

In fact, the statute is just hanging around, literally, in the Museo Nacional awaiting the money to be reinstalled.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said Tuesday that the process, the place to put the statute and what to put it on is the decision by an agency called the Comisión Pro Monumento.

This includes representatives from  the ministry, the  Ministerio de Educación Pública and Municipalidad de San José.

During his three terms as president, Figueres was a bit blasé about money. That is not the case now as the ministry promised to respect the central government edict on austerity, regardless of any political overtones.

The estimate to reposition the monument reached $146,793 in one proposal by an organization called Grupo de Amigos de Don Pepe. Instead, the ministry wants to spend about 15 million colons, some $27,500.

That is not to say that the statue is not getting a good treatment.

Sylvie Durán Salvatierra, the culture minister, said that relocating the monument in the plaza is a project of great importance reflecting the role of  Figueres in abolishing the army, and promoting education. In fact, the museum building in which the statue is now housed was the capital’s military headquarters until Figueres took action.

Over much of last year and into this year, workers at the museum have been working on the statue to clean it, reinforce parts of it and to apply a protective coating on the bronze.

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A restorer at the museum works on the statute.

And a new bronze base for the statue already has been cast, said the ministry.

Right now the statue is standing upright in the museum, but there is a cord around the neck that is tied to a beam to prevent the larger-than-life work from falling.

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The Inter American Press Association has repudiated practices carried out by Costa Rica's state-owned Banco Nacional, whose executives have handled its official advertising with the objective of putting pressure on news media in their news coverage and editorial stance. The press organization issued the statement Tuesday.

"We have been informed that the Banco Nacional has been using its official advertising as a punishment of Costa Rican media, among them our member newspaper La Nación, in applying one of the most corrosive methods of indirect censorship," declared Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the association’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.

Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, said that "all the Inter-American jurisprudence of the last decades has gone in the opposite direction to what has been done up to now by those in charge of that state institution in Costa Rica."

"It surprised and alarmed us that the Banco Nacional authorities and, in general, the Costa Rican government, do not recognize that jurisprudence, the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the repeated warnings of the rapporteurs for freedom of expression of the Organization of American States and of the United Nations, and the Declaration of Chapultepec, signed by Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solís," Paolillo declared.

According to the information received by the association, the Costa Rica Banco Nacional authorities, although not only of that public institution, have ignored those principles and also the

fact that the President of the Republic had made them his own a little more than a year ago in an official act, Paolillo said.

"The capricious use of official advertising on the part of government officials is not only an attack on freedom of expression but also amounts to an act of corruption, as it is an unlawful handling of public money, that which belongs to all citizens, to the benefit of public administrators."

La Nación has reported extensively on Banco Nacional and said that the institution cut back its planned advertising because of unfavorable news articles.

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

There was no response from the bank or the government Tuesday.

The association noted that on May 6, 2015, President Solís added his signature to the Declaration of Chapultepec at Casa Presidencial.

The Declaration of Chapultepec has been signed since 1994 by dozens of presidents of all the countries of the Americas. It contains 10 principles on the fundamental right to free speech.

Its Principle 6 establishes that "The media and journalists should neither be discriminated against nor favored because of what they write or say." And Principle 7 adds that "the granting or withdrawal of government advertising may not be used to reward or punish the media or individual journalists."

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"We're not Ferguson."

The mantra has been heard often since the 2014 shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson led to weeks of protests and turned the Midwestern town into a symbol of police brutality and fractured race relations.

The latest echo came in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where protesters last week and over the weekend took to the streets to decry the July 5 killing of a black man by white police.

"Baton Rouge is not Ferguson," East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillard Moore said at a press conference after the shooting. "We have a completely different history."

Ferguson is a tiny suburb of the Midwestern U.S. city of St. Louis. Baton Rouge is the mid-sized capital of the southern state of Louisiana with a population 10 times Ferguson's.

But similarities are there, and they're hard to ignore: both are largely African-American towns that have a mostly white police force accused of fatally shooting an innocent black man. And there is more: dozens of arrests and a militarized show of force by the police in response to protests.

"I think it's a fair comparison," said Antonio Ginnata, U.S. advocacy director for Human Rights Watch in Washington. "You're seeing a similar pattern: a questionable shooting by police of an African-American man that gives rise to frustrations and anger and grief by the community, that goes out and protests and the police react with a militarized response. There are worrying similarities."

Not all police shootings fit the pattern, say experts. The July 6 fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, an African-American who was stopped in his car for a broken taillight outside St. Paul, Minnesota, has triggered as much outrage as the shooting in Baton Rouge. However, the incident was not caught on camera, although the aftermath was live-streamed on Facebook. Subsequent protests were relatively smaller, and the police response more measured.

Baton Rouge was thrust into the national spotlight when police fatally shot Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black CD vendor outside a convenience store after receiving a 911 call that a person with a gun was threatening another person.

A police search warrant filed Monday claimed that officers had spotted a handgun in Sterling's pocket and they saw him reach for it before shooting him. But the owner of the convenience store, who recorded one of two videos of the shooting, has disputed the police version. The U.S. Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting.

By all accounts, the first two days of protests that followed Sterling's shooting were peaceful. But then the protesters, joined by the radical New Black Panther Party and later by the Nation of Islam, upped the ante, assembling outside the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department on Friday and veering onto a highway in what police described as a deliberate attempt to disrupt traffic.

To disperse the protesters, police put on a show of force. With a Long Range Acoustic Device emitting an ear-splitting sound from an armored personnel carrier, police in riot gear and gas masks moved to clear the highway, forcibly removing protesters. Some brandished assault rifles.

All told, between 150 and 200 protesters were arrested over a three-day period, including Deray McKesson, nationally known leader of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Protest leaders and many outside Baton Rouge slammed the police for resorting to what they described as military tactics.

A 2015 study commissioned by the Urban Congress of African American Males in Baton Rouge shows that more than half of black men in Baton Rouge drop out of high school before graduation. Fifty-four percent of black men without high school diplomats are likely to be unemployed, with a 70 percent chance of being incarcerated.

The high rate of fatal police shootings in the U.S. has alarmed public officials in recent years. According to a Washington Post tally, 990 people were killed by police last year, and 515 have been fatally shot so far this year. Black Americans, who represent just 13 percent of the U.S. population, account for nearly one-third of the shootings.

Among model departments is the Dallas Police Department which, under a new leader, has adopted community policing and slashed both excessive force by police and assaults on police officers through training and techniques such as de-escalation.  Just before the July 7 sniper shooting that killed five of its men, Dallas police were tweeting clips of a peaceful rally and photos of smiling officers with protesters.

The protests in Baton Rouge are likely to continue in one form or another in the days to come, as they did Monday when a small group led by the Nation of Islam gathered outside the convenience store where Sterling was killed last week.

Baton Rouge hasn't seen anything like this since 2015, when Hurricane Katrina drove tens of thousands of residents of New Orleans into the city.

Russia is taking advantage
of America’s racial woes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

With the U.S. in turmoil over a series of  deaths involving African-Americans by police and, now, five policemen at the hands of what appears to be a lone African-American sniper in Dallas, Texas, last week Russian state TV's chief messenger is letting viewers know the Kremlin feels America's pain with a bit of lecturing sprinkled in. 

"President Obama acknowledged racism in America exists," said Dmitry Kiselyov, anchor of the influential national weekly news program “Vesti Nedeli” and director of Rossiya Segodnya, the official Russian state news agency.

“American culture has its glossy version of itself,” continued Kiselyov. "The one spoken by politicians, in magazines, and on television and in movies.”

The recent violence had exposed real America, he said.

Kiselyov argued while killing blacks, the United States continued to force American ideals on others, "especially countries whose resources America is after." He projected the number of those killed at the hands of police would double by year's end.

"Russian police act differently," Kiselyov concluded. "Far from ideal but on average, much better."

Russian political analyst Fyodor Krasheninnikov says the direct comparison was telling.

"Russia has so many problems today that the government can no longer ignore them and continue to tell people everything is fine," he said.

"And so the Kremlin's response is to remind Russians that whatever our troubles at home, it's even worse in the West," Krasheninnikov added.

While anti-American rhetoric on Russia's airwaves has become increasingly routine in recent years, the focus on America's recent racial troubles was also reminiscent of Cold War propaganda battles.

Faced with criticism over their own human rights record, Soviet authorities regularly deflected criticism by lambasting the U.S. for discrimination of African Americans.

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As expected, Bernie Sanders
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who waged a spirited but unsuccessful campaign against former secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination, endorsed her candidacy Tuesday against Republican Donald Trump.

Sanders called Mrs. Clinton far and away the best candidate and said he intends "to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States."

The 74-year-old Sanders, who campaigned against the financial clout of Wall Street chieftains and the growing income inequality in the U.S., cited a lengthy list of his liberal-leaning social policies that Mrs. Clinton has endorsed after months of campaigning against each other.

Sanders won 22 of the 50 state party primaries and caucuses against Mrs. Clinton, but she effectively claimed the nomination with a string of victories over him in the country's biggest states with the most delegates to the party's national nominating convention starting July 25.

"Hillary Clinton knows that something is very wrong when the very rich become richer while many others are working longer hours for lower wages," Sanders said to a cheering crowd.

Even before Sanders joined Mrs. Clinton at a campaign rally in the northeastern state of New Hampshire, Trump, the real estate billionaire making his first run for elected office, rebuffed Sanders' endorsement of Mrs. Clinton.

"I am somewhat surprised that Bernie Sanders was not true to himself and his supporters," Trump said in a Twitter message. "They are not happy he is selling out!"

Mrs. Clinton, seeking to become the country's first female president, agreed to support a more than doubling of the country's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 for low-income workers and move toward providing free college tuition.

Attorney general declines
to talk about email decision

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One week after the FBI recommended no charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of emails as secretary of State, America’s top law enforcement officer declined to discuss specifics of the matter on Capitol Hill.

Again and again Tuesday, Republican lawmakers demanded answers as to why the Justice Department is not prosecuting Mrs. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.  Each time, Attorney General Loretta Lynch declined to provide them.

“Were a rank-and-file federal employee to do what Secretary Clinton did, they would face severe punishment,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.  “But Secretary Clinton is not facing prosecution for her actions.”

“While I understand that this investigation has generated significant public interest, as attorney general, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on the underlying facts of the investigation or the legal basis for the team’s recommendation,” Mrs. Lynch responded moments later.

The attorney general gave nearly identical responses numerous times in several hours of testimony.  Republicans grew increasingly incredulous and exasperated as time wore on, repeatedly pointing out that ultimate responsibility for prosecutorial decisions rests with her.

“You are in charge of the Department of Justice.  The buck stops with you,” said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin.

“My decision was to accept the recommendation of the team of agents and investigators who worked on this . . . including the FBI director, who worked on this matter for over a year,” Ms. Lynch replied.

Last week, FBI Director James Comey announced that while Clinton had been extremely careless in handling and storing official State Department correspondence, the bureau had concluded that her actions did not constitute a crime.

EU parliamentary president
is conciliatory about Britain

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As pressure from European leaders mounts on incoming British Prime Minister Theresa May to accelerate the country's timetable for Brexit, the president of the European Parliament struck a more conciliatory note, calling for talks to begin after the summer and without rancor.

Writing for The Guardian newspaper Tuesday, Martin Schulz of Germany said Britain “should not be treated as a deserter, but as a family member who is still loved but has decided to go in another direction.”

In the latest moves to put pressure on Britain, European Commission economy chief Pierre Moscovici said May should trigger her country's divorce from the European Union as soon as possible after she takes office Wednesday. He spoke as he entered talks Tuesday with EU finance ministers in Brussels.

Meanwhile, European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker's spokesman said the European Commission chief can cope with negotiations with Ms. May, who has warned he was about to find out how difficult she can be.

Ms. May, who will take office today, has said she will not initiate the exit negotiations before the end of the year.

Although May supported Britain staying in the bloc, she said Monday that "Brexit means Brexit," but stressed the need "to negotiate the best deal for Britain in leaving the EU."

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Tuesday it could take as long as six years for the country to extricate itself from the European Union.

World Health begins push
for cutting violence on kids

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization and nine other organizations Tuesday launched a package of measures that they said could dramatically reduce violence against children.

A new partnership and fund will promote these strategies in an effort to make reducing violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. Through the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, governments, foundations, civic groups, academia and the private sector can pool resources and expertise to make progress toward these goals.

World Health, citing statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said as many as 1 billion children around the world had experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence in the past year.

According to other research quoted by the Centers, it's estimated that one in four children worldwide suffers physical abuse, and nearly one in five girls and one in 13 men and boys are victims of sexual abuse.

Alexander Butchart, World Health coordinator for the prevention of violence, said the consequences of this kind of violence are vast but unappreciated. 

“What we get to see is the tip of the iceberg, in the shape of death,” he said.

For instance, he noted that homicide was among the top five causes of death in adolescents and ranked as No. 1 or No. 2 in some regions or countries.

In addition, he said, violence against children can cause brain and internal injuries, burns and lacerations “in hundreds of millions of cases.”

The package of strategies, known as INSPIRE, was jointly produced by the World Health, the Centers and a host of other public and private international entities, including the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank.

Each letter of INSPIRE stands for one of the strategies. Buchart said all have been tested and have shown “that much of this violence against children can be prevented through measures that address the underlying causes.”

For example, he said, ‘I’ stands for implementation and enforcement of laws, such as limiting access by young people to firearms and other weapons. He said this had shown good results in South Africa, which has succeeded in reducing deaths by thousands over a five-year period.

“N stands for norms and values change,” he said. “There are some success stories from parts of Africa where community mobilization programs have focused on encouraging men and women to use nonviolent forms of resolving conflict within the home.” He said this had been shown to reduce children’s witnessing of domestic violence, which in turn can reduce the likelihood that they will use such violence themselves.

Other strategies in the INSPIRE package call for creating safe environments, encouraging parent and caregiver support, strengthening incomes, providing treatment programs for juvenile offenders, and establishing safe school environments.

Vaccinated pregnant moms
pass on their flu immunity

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Flu sufferers can expect to be out of commission for a couple of days. Vaccine can lower the chances of infection, but there is one population too young to get this protective shield, newborns.

For the first six months of their lives, babies born during flu season are at high risk of contracting the disease. Flu shots are always recommended, but doctors say they're even more important for anyone who will be in close proximity to a newborn.

Doctors also recommend pregnant women get vaccinated to protect themselves. Pregnancy is already tough but having the flu on top of it can have serious effects, and even lead to hospitalization.

Now, research shows that the benefits of flu vaccines not only protect mom, but are transferred to her baby through the placenta and protect it from flu during the vulnerable first two months of life outside the womb.

Marta Nunes, a research scientist at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, focuses primarily on protecting newborns from vaccine-preventable diseases. Since the flu vaccine is not recommended for babies younger than six months, she is very interested in ways to protect them until they can receive a vaccine.

“Vaccinating pregnant women is a strategy that we wanted to study, if it could work to protect these babies during the early period,” Ms. Nunes explained.

In her study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, she looked at the number of antibodies present in women who received a flu vaccine and those who received a placebo. After their babies were born, Ms. Nunes followed them for six months, comparing the number of antibodies in the mothers to those in their infants.

She found that babies born to vaccinated moms were highly protected during the first two months, a much higher level than she had seen in a previous study.

Alejandro Macias is an infectious disease specialist who served as Mexico's influenza commissioner during the 2009 pandemic. He participated in a 2015 review for the Global Influenza Initiative that summarized the status of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness for pregnant women and their babies.

Macias said in an email that Ms. Nunes’ work, along with other studies, now confirms the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing influenza in newborns of mothers who received it.

“From this knowledge, there is absolutely no excuse for any health care provider . . . for not recommending influenza vaccination to pregnant women.”

Very young infants are unable to mount a good immune response, which is why the flu vaccine isn’t recommended until after they turn six months old. However, there are vaccines that stimulate the production of antibodies against other diseases in newborns, and Ms. Nunes would like to see one for influenza.
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This is yet another bridge in construction over the  Río Virilla. This one is between Paracito de  Santo Domingo de Heredia at the border with Moravia. The $808,000 project will be two lanes with sidewalks on both sides.

Maduro puts military in some key jobs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday greatly expanded the duties of his military chief, Gen. Vladimir Padrino, to make him responsible for the distribution of food and medicine and put the military in charge of overseeing five of the country’s major ports.

As the crisis-plagued country slides deeper into an economic crisis, Maduro created a new campaign to root out the corruption and mismanagement that has caused Venezuela to run out of many basic goods.

Maduro put Army Gen. Efrain Velasco in charge of the port authority, which will directly oversee five of the country’s main ports at Guanta, La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Maracaibo and Guamache.

As protests over food rationing and long lines at stores occur with increasing regularity, Maduro said he hopes that putting the military in charge of distribution will help calm some of the unrest and looting. But he warned that he does not want to militarize the country.

Venezuela’s already precarious financial situation took another significant hit this week when U.S.-based home goods producer Kimberly-Clark announced that it would close its factory in Venezuela, and Citibank moved to close the country’s overseas payment accounts.

Maduro’s government took over the former Kimberly-Clark facility on Monday and turned it over to its workers, vowing to move Venezuela forward, “With Kimberly or without.”

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U.S. stocks soar despite concerns about Britain

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. stock indexes surged to record highs Tuesday, with investors heartened by the big advance in the country's labor market last month, even as they ignored the uncertain economic effects of the British vote to leave the European Union.

In the last hour of trading in New York, the Dow Jones industrial average of 30 key stocks advanced past its all-time high closing high of 18,312, set in May 2015. The broader Standard & Poor's index of 500 stocks also pushed past the record it set a year ago, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq index turned positive for the first time in 2016.

The markets seemed buoyed by last Friday's government report that U.S. employers added 287,000 jobs in June, far surpassing the very weak figure of 11,000 in May, and lessening fears that the United States could be headed toward an economic downturn. Analysts also said that fears about Britain's vote to leave the EU had eased, with Tory leader Theresa May about to take over as prime minister.

Earlier this year, the S&P index, seen as a wide-range barometer of the value of U.S. corporations, had dipped, at least in part because of global events, plunging world oil prices, currency devaluations in China and the British vote. But now the index has jumped 17 percent since February.

The U.S. economic advance has been uneven since the country's steep recession in 2008 and 2009, when the U.S. labor market was losing 800,000 jobs a month in the biggest economic turmoil since the Depression of the 1930s.

But the unemployment rate in the United States, the world's biggest economy, is now at 4.9 percent, very close to its historical average, even as many workers still lag in finding jobs that pay as much as those that were lost in the recession.