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The outcome of the World Cup championship game was favorable for these fans who watched the event at the Club Alemán in Los Yoses. They
had to suffer through two regular halves and nearly two extra periods before the German team iced the win. See our story HERE


Solís takes to TV to defend his early achievements
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís took to the television Sunday to defend the progress of his administration. Although he did not say so, his first television speech seemed to be generated by concerns that the new administration was spinning its wheels.

There was nothing really new in the president's talk. He addressed the country informally in shirt and tie but with the tie loosened slightly and the top button of the shirt open.

He was sitting relaxed on a couch. Previous presidents had more formal approaches to what is called the cadena nacional,  a sometimes weekly talk that is aired on radio and published in addition to the television video.

Solís said that his administration inherited a country that was messed up, using the Costa Rican word  encharralar.

He added metaphorically that "We have cut the brush to sow the changes we promised."

Although not mentioning former president Laura Chinchilla by name, he said that his administration is returning to Limón the development projects that the previous administration had let sink through inefficiency.

He mentioned the teacher's strike that his administration faced as he was inaugurated. He said he had ordered via decree repair of the nine most dangerous highway drainage systems. Ms. Chinchilla faces two cases where major highways
collapsed because the water channels under the roadway gave way.

He said the central government would invest 435 million colons in the northern zone this year, an area among the poorest in the nation. The amount is a bit more than $800,000.

He noted that the central government helped negotiate a semi-annual pay raise for private employees and that officials were maintaining the peace in Salitre. Natives and non-natives have clashed there over property rights. The location is near Buenos Aires de Puntarenas in the southern part of the country.

He promised to adjust the electrical rates and call a national discussion over energy policy.

Solis also noted that the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud had asked prosecutors to investigate expenses over the last six years for producing events. The amount involved was 3 billion colons, about $5.6 million.

"You are correct when you say that much remains to be done, but I trust in Costa Rica and her people and we are working very hard in your favor," said the president to the television audience.

Nearly everything he cited already has been published in Spanish-language and the English-language press. He did not mention the plan by Intel Corp. to shut down manufacturing here but he did cite a Guanacaste firm that will hire 1,000 direct employees and plans for a laboratory promised by Intel.


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Germany was the favorite for a number of Costa Ricans as well as those with German nationality or blood Sunday. Draped in a flag and holding a replica of the World Cup trophy is Rolando Fonseca, who watched the game at the Club Alemán in Los Yoses.

A single late goal decides World Cup

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Germany has become the first European team to ever win a World Cup in the Americas, beating Argentina in Sunday's final in extra time, 1-0.

German substitute Mario Goetze scored in the 113th minute to account for the win before a capacity crowd of about 75,000 fans at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Goetze craftily used his chest to control a crossing pass on the left side from teammate Andre Schurrle and kicked it inside the right post past Argentine goalie Sergio Romero.

Goetze, a midfielder who plays for Bayern Munich, came off the bench toward the end of regulation for Miroslav Klose, who in the 7-1 semifinal win over Brazil became the all-time leading scorer in World Cup history.

The goal by Goetze triggered memories of the one by Spain’s Andres Iniesta just before the end of extra time in a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup championship in South Africa.  It also gave Germany its fourth World Cup title but the first as a unified country.  West Germany won in 1954, 1974 and 1990. It united with East Germany in October of 1990.

South American teams won the seven previous times the tournament was played in the Americas.

"It is unbelievable and an awesome experience," Germany's goalie Manuel Neuer told German television.  "We have had incredible cohesion since the start of our preparations.  Germany world champions.  I don't know how long we will celebrate, but we will go about it with big grins."

After the game, the German team made its way up the stairs of Maracana Stadium to raise the hallowed 18-carat gold trophy, as confetti rained down and fireworks exploded in the sky. 
 
"It's incredible how hard we worked and what a performance we produced,'' team captain Philipp Lahm said.  "It's an incredible feeling.''

Germany and Argentina had met twice before in the World Cup title game.  Argentina won in 1986, and the Germans won in 1990.

This time, Argentina was hoping its superstar, Lionel Messi, would lead the South American football power to its third title.  But Germany's stingy defense neutralized Messi, a four-time World Player of the Year, for most of the game.

Messi, who scored four goals in the tournament, all in the group stage, received the Golden Ball award as the World Cup's best player.  In the end, though, he was still walking in the shadow of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, in part, with his famous Hand of God goal and the Goal of the Century.

Sunday's game marked the third straight World Cup championship that went to extra time.  Both teams had solid chances to score before Goetze's goal, with the Argentines missing out on a few that would later haunt them.
 
In the 21st minute, Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain intercepted an errant pass and broke for the net but hooked his shot far wide.  He found the net in the 30th minute but was called for offside.

Early in the second half, Messi stood one-on-one with Neuer, who later won the Golden Glove award for the tournament's best goalie, but sent his shot wide.  Argentina also failed to convert on opportunities in extra time.

"When there are chances in a game that is so evenly balanced, you have to take them," Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella said of the match.  "We lacked a bit of efficiency."

Sabella praised his team for staying even with Germany for so long after a tough semifinal against the Netherlands.  Argentina won that game in a penalty shootout, 4-2, after a scoreless draw.

"The only thing I can do is congratulate my players," Sabella said.  "The work they did was extraordinary, and also congratulate Germany."

The Argentines went undefeated in the World Cup until the championship game.  They played Germany without speedy winger Angel Di Maria, who was out with a thigh injury.

In addition to the award to Messi and Neuer, Colombia's James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot award as the tournament's top scorer with six goals.

In a symbolic gesture before the game, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter, president of football's world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, took part in a World Cup handover ceremony.  Russia will host the 2018 World Cup.


Senior needs court to get operation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 66-year-old woman suffering from multiple hernias in Pérez Zeledón was on a list for operations at a public hospital there for six months and still had not been notified of a date for surgery. In addition, she received an appointment for a gastroscopy for the year 2022 because the hospital staff said there were 381 patients ahead of her.

That was enough for her daughter who filed an appeal with the Sala IV constitutional court. The court ordered the directors of the hospital to do the  gastroscopy, an examination of the upper digestive tract, in 30 days and to schedule the operation within two months, according to a summary from the Poder Judicial.

The hospital is part of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.  The court was critical of the Caja for its administration and organization as it has been in other similar cases.  

Scheduling is a continual problem with the Caja staff, which seems to lack resources.


Teen says taxi driver raped her

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A taxi driver has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor in San Rafael de Alajuela. Fuerza Pública officers detained the driver, a 38-year-old with the last names González Ortega, late Thursday night.

A 15-year-old girl asked to have a ride from Belén de Heredia to a church located in the center of Alajuela, according to a police report. She told police that González took her to Santa Ana instead and raped her.

Authorities said they immediately issued the help of the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, known as PANI, to give professional care and any necessary psychological aid to the girl. 

González, who was driving a Geo brand car and is a resident of Belén de Heredia, was detained by police in San Rafael de Alajuela and sent to the area prosecutor.


Tourism chamber plans to meet minister

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two months into the new administration, the national tourism chamber is showing some impatience.

The chamber, the Cámara Nacional de Turismo, has scheduled a meeting today with Wilhelm Von Breymann, the Turismo minister, to express its concerns. The chamber said members want to know the role that the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo will assume on political issues and in national and international promotions of the country, it said in a release.

The chamber said that the tourism industry has been faced with uncertainty for the last few years due to the economic downturn, the dollar exchange rate, and contractions in the European market.

Pablo Heriberto Abarca, chamber president, said the tourism institute should defend the interests of the industry.


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New jade museum overwhelms, but displays are low on data

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new Museo de Jade is overwhelming, The Instituto Nacional de Seguros said all 7,000 of its pre-Columbian holdings have been put
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The visitor is at first impressed by the work by museum employees in creating creative displays for the archaeological artifacts. Then they are impressed by the work to create the artifacts by pre-Columbian residents of Costa Rica. The display room on the fifth floor, for example, contains hundreds of elaborate ceramic pieces from five regions of Costa Rica.

The museum has ample signage in English, elevators to make every floor accessible for the disabled and pleasant staff members in each display room.

The museum does suffer from the basic problem that affects Costa Rican archaeology. Most of the ceramic vessels, jade pendants and other artifacts have little or no history. The detailed
explanation of where the piece was found is missing.

Archaeologist are not really interested in just collecting ceramics. They want the artifacts to speak and tell them about the complex societies that crafted them.

The museum chose not to put labels in the display windows. To find out about a ceramic piece or a jade pendant, a visitor must go to a computerized panel. Nearly every display case has a panel in front with photos of the display items. The touch screens allow a visitor to find out information specific to the item of interest in Spanish or English. But too many say the origin of the piece is unknown.

This is the same problem that existed when the pieces were at the former jade museum in the insurance institute's headquarters. Without knowledge of the origin, an archaeological piece is close to useless for scientific study.

Costa Rica is full of such items, many the product of 19th and early 20th century pot hunters. There is hardly a home of wealthy Costa Ricans that does not have its own archaeological display but almost always without any indication of the origins of the pieces. Then there are the spectacular replicas mainly from the Chorotega area that are offered for sale in gift shops. Add to these the booty of home burglars that shows up at the Sunday flea markets.


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More recently archaeologists and students are revealing the past with professional care and precision.  At Finca 6 and nearby Osa sites, too, professionals are trying to obtain answers about the culture that created the iconic stone balls. There also are long-running professional sites being researched elsewhere in the country. Many state-of-the-art devices are being used. Some time will pass before this new knowledge of former residents ends up in the display cases of museums.

Until then, many of the ceramic pieces are like Greek statues: great to look at but with a limited history.


National museum will host INBIO's massive collection of specimens
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tiny Costa Rica boasts an estimated 4 percent of the entire world's biodiversity, and soon the country's most impressive biological collection will be on display at the Museo Nacional. María del Rocío Fernández Salazar, the museum's new director, said the transfer of these collections from the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad stands as one of her major goals.

“This is a very important task we have in front of us,” Ms. Fernández said during a recent telephone interview. “The delivery is divided into two platforms between the physical aspect with infrastructure and control, and the digital platform with organizing the databases.”

The biodiversity institute known as INBIO boasts more 3.5 million specimens that fall under arthropod, plant, fungus, and mollusk classifications. A committee made up of related ministry heads, like the minister of Agriculture y Ganadería and the minister of Ambiente y Energía, is in charge of deciding which of those millions of pieces will be put up for display.
Ms. Fernández said those board of directors will meet again for the second time this week to discuss delivery logistics. The physical portion of delivery implies a lengthy process that requires the museum to install proper housing for the species with humidity controlled rooms.

She added that the construction will require a load of investment from the state, as these high-end facilities must be extremely stable and sanitary.

On the digital side of things, Ms. Fernández said the Ministerio of Sciencia and Technología is in charge of transferring the computer database from INBIO to the museum. Currently INBIO's digital source allows free access to academics with an appointment. From scientific papers and manuals to web pages and books, the research information is immense.

The committee has a stated goal of completing the advanced infrastructure by the end of 2015, said Ms. Fernández, and the chosen collections should begin to roll in for display by 2016.

Earlier this month Ms. Fernández returned to her post as director at the Museo Nacional, as she also headed the museum from 2008 to 2010.

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Religion-free mindfulness meditation reaching fad status all over U.S.
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Mindfulness meditation used to be done mainly at spiritual retreats and in yoga centers, but now the technique is practiced in offices, schools, prisons and even the U.S. military.

Although it’s been around for decades, the mindfulness movement is being called a revolution. Advocates say it reduces anxiety, and it can have spiritual benefits.

A visit to the dentist’s office can cause nervousness and anxiety. But being a dentist is no picnic either, said Alona Bauer.

“There’s definitely stress. You work in a small environment and it’s very exact. It’s very precise. Plus you’re managing the patient. So there’s great stress right there,” said Bauer.

So Ms. Bauer practices mindfulness meditation at a Yoga center in downtown Washington.

Hugh Byrne has been teaching mindfulness since 2000. He said it’s about focusing on the present.

“Some forms of meditation are about clearing the mind of thoughts. Mindfulness isn’t about clearing away thoughts. It’s just about being aware of them,” said Byrne.

Americans work more and have less time off than people in most other countries. And even outside the workplace, technology and
multi-tasking make it increasingly impossible to disconnect. But shutting off like this is becoming so popular that Time Magazine recently declared a Mindful Revolution.

Critics say mindful meditation is a fad that strips an ancient Buddhist tradition of its moral content.

Byrne prefers to see mindfulness as “a broad doorway for people to come in. People who might say, 'I’m not really interested in Buddhism or Eastern spirituality. But I do want less stress. I do want less anxiety.'” 

Surveys show that young Americans increasingly consider themselves spiritual but not religious. Byrne said mindfulness is for them.

“Nobody’s proselytizing. Nobody’s saying, ‘You’ve got to do this. You’ve got to believe this.’ It’s really being offered in this very openhanded way. If this doesn’t work for you, great! There may be many other things that do work for you,” he said.

After half an hour, it’s over. Ms. Bauer said it helped sort the muddle in her head.

“It was just chatter, you know, chatter, chatter. Energy, very jittery energy, inside my body, tension and now I feel like almost I’m speaking slower my body’s more relaxed my heartbeat is slower," she said.

Ms. Bauer grew up without a religious upbringing in the former Soviet Union. Now she says she just might give Buddhism a try.

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Drop in to see some of Costa Rica's finest art
at the largest gallery in Guanacaste.

The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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CARIARI AND LINDORA areas, nice garden apartments, furnished or not, ideal for small family, couple/singles. US $1,000 and up. Email  1000houses@ice.co.cr   Tel. 8383-6388.
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Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
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Refloating wrecker liner
begun at Italian island

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The operation to refloat the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship has begun in Italy.

Salvage workers began the work today of raising the rusty liner from its watery grave off the Tuscan island of Giglio, where it sank in a nighttime disaster in 2012 that left 32 people dead.

It will take about a week to refloat the vessel before it is towed to Genoa for dismantling.

The ship rolled onto its side when it sank. It was pulled upright last September in a difficult operation known as parbuckling to prepare it for the refloating process.

Ship owner Costa Crociere estimates the cost of the salvage so far at $1.4 billion, with millions more budgeted for the scrapping contract.

The area where the ship sank is a marine sanctuary, a haven for dolphins and whales. Environmentalists have warned about the dangers of toxic waste or fuel leaking into the sea as the ship is raised and towed.

The Costa Concordia was the largest Italian passenger ship ever built. It was two-and-a-half times as heavy as the Titanic.

It had four swimming pools, 13 bars, the largest spa center on any cruise ship, and a nine-deck-high, glass-doomed lobby.

The ship's captain is on trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the vessel before all passengers had been evacuated.


Congress facing decision
on handling illegal kids

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Clues could emerge this week whether America’s politically divided Congress will approve funds requested by President Barack Obama to address a surge of immigrants illegally crossing the southwestern U.S. border.

It is a situation everyone agrees is intolerable: unaccompanied minors risking their lives to reach the United States, warehoused in overcrowded detention facilities, and ineligible under current U.S. law for quick deportation to their country of origin.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said tougher border enforcement must come first.

“We should do targeted appropriations where it is needed to make sure that we are able to detain people and send them back to their country," Goodlatte said.

"Most of the money the president is asking for is to continue the process of further transporting these children - and adults, by the way - further into the United States," he said.

But a security surge at the border alone will not solve the problem, because U.S. law mandates immigration hearings for non-Mexican arrivals.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, “The immigration laws are being enforced, though we are faced with an extraordinary situation where thousands of people, young people especially, are fleeing Central America.

"Our immigration laws are broken. It is why we need comprehensive immigration reform," Holder added.

Last year, the Senate approved an overhaul of America’s immigration system to boost border enforcement and provide an arduous path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.

The Republican-led House of Representatives has not voted on the Senate bill or any alternative.

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, blamed Obama for the current border crisis.

“There is a powerful incentive for people to travel to the United States. Obviously we understand people who want opportunity, people who are trying to flee violence," Cornyn said.

"But the president has effectively encouraged children and their parents to make this treacherous, life-threatening journey by suggesting he will not enforce the law," he added.

Such criticisms are baseless so long as Congress does nothing, said Sen, Robert Menendez. a Democrat.

“It is easy to say 'No.'  It is far more difficult to be constructive.  And so far what I have heard in response to this crisis is the negativity of ‘No,’ the criticism of the president for using executive powers when the Congress fails to act in its own right," Menendez said.

"You cannot have it both ways. This is a moment to call for the greater interest of the nation, than play the politics I have seen unfold so far," he said.

Time is growing short for action on Obama's funding request. Congress will be in recess from early August through early September.


Cargo craft blasts off
to resupply space station

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A private U.S. company has launched an unmanned cargo carrier to resupply the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its Cygnus cargo spacecraft on an Antares rocket at midday Sunday from Wallops Island, Virginia.

The spacecraft is packed with 1,600 kilograms of food, equipment, science experiments and tools.

The launch is the second of eight missions the company has contracted with the U.S. space agency, NASA.

The Cygnus is to arrive at the station Wednesday.

Private companies, Orbital Sciences and SpaceX, have contracted with NASA for multiple missions to carry supplies to the space station

NASA lost its ability to reach the space station after the 30-year space shuttle program ended in 2011.

Europe and Russia also have spaceships to carry equipment and provisions to the research outpost.

Astronauts are launched three at a time to the space station aboard Russia's Soyuz spacecraft, at a cost of $70.7 million each. 

Several U.S. companies are competing to build the crew vehicle that will restore U.S. access to the station in the next few years.


New government energy lab
will test efficiency concepts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Most of the electrical energy in the U.S. is consumed by buildings and the building sector has the fastest growing rate, but up to now the country did not have a facility for comprehensive testing of new technologies that aim to make buildings more energy efficient. That has changed with Thursday’s opening of a cutting edge laboratory, in California, for evaluating the efficiency of new building methods and materials.

In many buildings, windows and walls are poorly insulated, air conditioning and heating systems are inefficient and lighting is inadequate. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 36 percent of the nation's total energy use and create 30 percent of its greenhouse gasses.

Technologies for lowering those numbers exist, but their effectiveness is hard to measure because the process requires real-life conditions.

In addition to testing each element individually, it's important to assess how well they work together, says the executive manager of the Department of Energy’s new Flexlab, Cindy Regnier.

“We're looking at integrated systems, so instead of looking at just components, like air conditioning units, we're looking at the integration, of lighting systems with windows and shading, as an example," said Ms. Regnier.

Flexlab has four test beds where scientists can compare the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of different methods. One of the test beds can be rotated 270 degrees to study technologies under different solar orientations.

Cameras aimed at windows and walls are helping scientists evaluate the energy efficiency of new materials.

Ms. Regnier says the work done at Flexlab can save billions of dollars.

“Good integrated design in buildings can achieve as much as 50 percvent energy savings over regular energy use. That's true of the existing buildings as well as new construction," she said.

Flexlab will work with all groups interested in improving energy efficiency - from architects and builders, designers and manufacturers of new materials, to building owners and research sponsors.

Another important factor will be occupant comfort and acceptance, so certain tests will involve people spending time in the facility.

“One of the tests that we currently have going on with Webcor and Genentech will have occupants come into the space and work in the space for a couple of weeks so that they can test the technologies and understand how they perform. It's really important for the kind of work that we do," said Regnier.

<s. Regnier says the tests conducted at Flexlab will provide a preview of a building's energy use, before it's built - saving time, money... and energy.


New study finds alcohol
does not boost heart health

By the University of Pennsylvania news staff

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ that involved the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The latest findings call into question previous studies which suggest that consuming light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol  may have a protective effect on cardiovascular health.

The new research reviewed evidence from more than 50 studies that linked drinking habits and cardiovascular health for over 260,000 people. Researchers found that individuals who carry a specific gene which typically leads to lower alcohol consumption over time have, on average, superior cardiovascular health records. Specifically, the results show that individuals who consume 17 percent less alcohol per week have on average a 10 percent reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure and a lower body mass index.

“These new results are critically important to our understanding of how alcohol affects heart disease. Contrary to what earlier reports have shown, it now appears that any exposure to alcohol has a negative impact upon heart health,” says co-lead author Michael Holmes, research assistant professor iat Perelman. “For some time, observational studies have suggested that only heavy drinking was detrimental to cardiovascular health, and that light consumption may actually be beneficial. This has led some people to drink moderately based on the belief that it would lower their risk of heart disease. However, what we’re seeing with this new study, which uses an investigative approach similar to a randomized clinical trial, is that reduced consumption of alcohol, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may lead to improved cardiovascular health.”

In the new study, researchers examined the cardiovascular health of individuals who carry a genetic variant of the alcohol dehydrogenase 1B gene, which is known to breakdown alcohol at a quicker pace. This rapid breakdown causes unpleasant symptoms including nausea and facial flushing, and has been found to lead to lower levels of alcohol consumption over time. By using this genetic marker as an indicator of lower alcohol consumption, the research team was able to identify links between these individuals and improved cardiovascular health.


New smell, eye tests spot
progression of Alzheimer's


By the Alzheimer's Association news staff

A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's, in the brain, according to the results of four research trials reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen.

In two of the studies, the decreased ability to identify odors was significantly associated with loss of brain cell function and progression to Alzheimer's disease. In two other studies, the level of beta-amyloid detected in the eye was significantly correlated with the burden of beta-amyloid in the brain and allowed researchers to accurately identify the people with Alzheimer's in the studies.

Beta-amyloid protein is the primary material found in the sticky brain plaques characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. It is known to build up in the brain many years before typical Alzheimer's symptoms of memory loss and other cognitive problems.

"In the face of the growing worldwide Alzheimer's disease epidemic, there is a pressing need for simple, less invasive diagnostic tests that will identify the risk of Alzheimer's much earlier in the disease process," said Heather Snyder, Alzheimer's Association director of medical and scientific operations. "This is especially true as Alzheimer's researchers move treatment and prevention trials earlier in the course of the disease."

"More research is needed in the very promising area of Alzheimer's biomarkers because early detection is essential for early intervention and prevention, when new treatments become available. For now, these four studies reported at AAIC point to possible methods of early detection in a research setting to choose study populations for clinical trials of Alzheimer's treatments and preventions," Ms. Snyder said.

With the support of the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's community, the United States created its first National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease in 2012. The plan includes the critical goal, which was adopted by the G8 at the Dementia Summit in 2013, of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's by 2025. It is only through strong implementation and adequate funding of the plan, including an additional $200 million in fiscal year 2015 for Alzheimer's research, that we'll meet that goal.

Clinically, at this time it is only possible to detect Alzheimer's late in its development, when significant brain damage has already occurred. Biological markers of Alzheimer's disease may be able to detect it at an earlier stage. For example, using brain PET imaging in conjunction with a specialized chemical that binds to beta-amyloid protein, the buildup of the protein as plaques in the brain can be revealed years before symptoms appear. These scans can be expensive and are not available everywhere. Amyloid can also be detected in cerebrospinal fluid through a lumbar puncture where a needle is inserted between two bones (vertebrae) in the lower back to remove a sample of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

There is growing evidence that the decreased ability to correctly identify odors is a predictor of cognitive impairment and an early clinical feature of Alzheimer's. As the disease begins to kill brain cells, this often includes cells that are important to the sense of smell.

Matthew E. Growdon at Harvard Medical School and colleagues investigated the associations between sense of smell, memory performance, biomarkers of loss of brain cell function, and amyloid deposition in 215 clinically normal elderly individuals enrolled in the Harvard Aging Brain Study at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The researchers administered the 40-item University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test and a comprehensive battery of cognitive tests. They also measured the size of two brain structures deep in the temporal lobes which are important for memory and amyloid deposits in the brain.

Growdon reported that, in this study population, smaller brain structures were associated with worse smell identification and worse memory. The scientists also found that, in a subgroup of study participants with elevated levels of amyloid in their brain, greater brain cell death was significantly associated with worse olfactory function – after adjusting for variables including age, gender, and an estimate of cognitive reserve.

"Our research suggests that there may be a role for smell identification testing in clinically normal, older individuals who are at risk for Alzheimer's disease," said Growdon.

Davangere Devanand professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and colleagues investigated a multi-ethnic  sample of 1037 non-demented elderly people in New York City, with an average age of 80.7, and assessed them in a variety of ways at three time periods – from 2004-2006, 2006-2008, and 2008-2010. The smell test was administered in English and Spanish between 2004 and 2006. During follow-up 109 people transitioned to dementia. There were 270 deaths.

Devanand reported that, in 757 subjects who were followed, lower odor identification scores on thesmell test were significantly associated with the transition to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, after controlling for demographic, cognitive, and functional measures and language of administration. For each point lower that a person scored on the smell test, the risk of Alzheimer's increased by about 10 percent. Further, lower baseline test scores, but not measures of verbal memory, were significantly associated with cognitive decline in participants without baseline cognitive impairment.

Recent studies have identified beta-amyloid plaques in the retinas of people with Alzheimer's – similar to those found in the brain – suggesting the possibility of simple, non-invasive methods of early detection.

Shaun Frost of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia, and colleagues reported preliminary results of a study of volunteers who took a proprietary supplement containing curcumin, which binds to beta-amyloid with high affinity and has fluorescent properties that allow amyloid plaques to be detected in the eye using a novel system from NeuroVision Imaging, LLC, and a technique called retinal amyloid imaging. Volunteers also underwent brain amyloid PET imaging to correlate the retina and brain amyloid accumulation.

An abstract prepared by the scientists for the conference gives the results for 40 participants out of 200 total in the study. The full study is expected to be completed later this year.

Preliminary results suggest that amyloid levels detected in the retina were significantly correlated with brain amyloid levels as shown by PET imaging. The retinal amyloid test also differentiated between Alzheimer's and non-Alzheimer's subjects with 100 percent sensitivity and 80.6 percent specificity.

Furthermore, longitudinal studies on an initial cohort demonstrated an average of 3. percent increase in retinal amyloid over a 3.5-month period of time demonstrating promise of the technique as a means for monitoring response to therapy.
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Fertile 42.5 hectares (about 105 acres) with a clean river and a natural spring of good water. Perfect for cattle or horses. Property faces a main road and contains corral and living quarters. Special sale price $245,000. Call (506) 8383-3104 or write lindafinca@hotmail.com.
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.
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Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away. Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es  and pdvartanian@aol.com.
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Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consignment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

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Tropical lots located walking distance to a beautiful white sandy beach
Only $49,999 with interest-free financing
These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian  info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025    www.puntaplayavistas.com
8372-8/23/14

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For Sale: Fully Furnished OCEAN VIEW CONDOMINIUM
Reduced $199,999
Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white, sandy beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact www.puntaplayavistas.com or email info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025
8271-8/23/14

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For Sale by Owner: Playa Conchal ocean view home reduced $339,999

Casa de Eden is  2,600 square feet with 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, outdoor shower, private outdoor terrace and pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure, gated community surrounded by nature and close to the resort town of Tamarindo, only an hour from Liberia airport.  The home is being offered fully furnished with: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire Professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, internet, cable. 
Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. (732) 984-7549
or CR (506) 8349-2025.
8370-8/3/14

Large estate on island with sea view !!!
Located on the Big Island and five minutes from the center of Golfito on boat.  The large land has three hills with forest in which there are many trees and animals such as parrots, parakeets and monkeys.!!   It has a beautiful view
island one
of downtown Golfito , mountains and sea. It has three entry beach options. Your own beach,  large land with fruit trees, livestock grazing.Mangrove front with lots of fish, snapper, etc. Also access to your own part of sea with full of  seafood: pianguas, cambutes, chuchecas, clams, etc. .  Natural beauty is a paradise to live, walking, diving, fishing, horse riding, climbing to the mountains, swimming in the creek or the sea, exploring
the land, animals and trees, etc.  Your paradise is here for you, your family or develop your own rain forest country club. This is  the place of your dreams !  The full land measures 119,284 m2. All legal papers and blueprints are ready to get a new owner.   Property has its own water and  ready to instal solar panel or electric  power plant.     It is Isla Grande - Segura, diagonal to grazing
 Puntarenitas Beach in Golfito for sale at $1.500.000 U.S. Further information contact : Raquel or Maria Ester at  rakell.leon6@gmail.com, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.
8361-8/15/14

Casa Fiesta
Caribbean Beachfront Home and Apartment  Puerto Viejo
 Right on the Beach!
Ranch style home with detached garage and apartment Air-conditioned home sleeps 4, apartment sleeps 2 ,  3 baths, hot water showers  Fenced-in property with pool, screened in patio  Turnkey....Everything is included with the sale!   Washer/dryer, furniture, appliances, tools, household items and linens, bicycles, and even a vehicle! Great income potential also  259,000 US Please visit our Web site for many more photos go to: http://www.casafiestacostarica.com  Email inquires to:   suez2cats@hotmail.com
8358-8/8/14

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More photos HERE!
Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
To see more Photos of this house, click HERE!
8310-7/1/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
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8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
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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8230-3/13/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14

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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
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A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
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8263-8/20/14

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The ARM Cuauhtemoc tied up at Puntarenas.

Mexican tall ship docked at Puntarenas

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Puntarenas residents had a treat over the weekend. The Mexican training ship ARM Cuauhtemoc was in port and the crew was offering tours.

The boat leaves Tuesday, so residents have one more day to visit the 90.5-meter, three-mast sailing vessel.

In addition to training for 124 cadets, the boat is a floating public relations statement from the government of México. The boat participates in a number of tall ship events and at the end of May was in a Venezuelan harbor along with similar training ships from Latin countries.

Among the cadets are 36 women, who also are future naval officers.

This is the first time the ship has visited Puntarenas. The crew plans a musical event and demonstrations Tuesday morning at dockside where cruise ships tie up. The captain is Juan Carlos Vera Mijares.


Young robber killed by passerby

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents took a 30-year-old man into custody Saturday afternoon after he fatally wounded a presumed robber who turned out to be a 17 year old. He was to be interviewed by prosecutors.

The 2 p.m. shooting took place in a section known as Vista de Mar in Ipis de Guadalupe, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. Agents have yet to identify anyone involved.

They said the 30 year old came upon a street robbery and ordered the robber to desist. When the robber pulled his own gun, the 30 year old fired.

The youth injured in the shooting went to Clínica de Coronado where he died, said agents.

The man who killed him carried documents and a permit to carry a pistol. He had a .38-caliber weapon. Agents said they found a homemade gun at the scene, presumably that used by the dead youth.






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Obama touts an improved economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama says the economy is better off now than it was five years ago, adding that American businesses have created 10 million new jobs.  

The president said in his weekly address Saturday that he has taken action to help the middle class, including raising workers' wages, creating new jobs and helping students pay off their loans.

Obama said the Republicans have opted not to work with him and are instead taking steps to bring a lawsuit against him concerning health care.

House Speaker John Boehner said earlier in the week the president violated the U.S. Constitution by failing to get Congressional approval for a change to the health care law.

President Obama said Saturday the lawsuit is a political stunt that's going to waste months of America's time. 

He said he had a better idea for the Republican Congress: join him in working to improve the lives of American citizens instead of suing him with Americans' hard-earned tax dollars.