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Investigators crack down on sale of fake Cuban cigars
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Cuba cigars are in demand by U.S. expats probably
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Only the newest of visitors would not realize that many of the so-called Cuba cigars are fakes.

Many are counterfeited right here in Costa Rica.
The fakes range from what appear to be round , brown tubes filled with sawdust to some really fine cigars. Regardless of quality, the law forbids impersonating cigars.
Spurred on by firms that sell the real habanos here, the Judicial Investigating Organization made 15 raids Tuesday afternoon.

There were nine in San José, three in Jacó, two in Escazú and one in Herradura. Agents said later that  misbranded cigars will be confiscated.

Cuba keeps close controls via a state company on the sale of the real Cuban cigars. Vendors here who sell the real product are licensed.

Just like any quality product, there is economic benefit in counterfeiting.

Of course those guys walking around the downtown holding boxes of cigars are, for the most part, selling somethng else.


Delegation of young people will see pope in Brazil
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Pope Francis goes to Brazil next week for World Youth Day, and at least 400 young people from Costa Rica will be there.

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The foreign ministry announced plans to help out these travelers should the need arise. Among other actions, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto is moving Costa Rican Cónsul General Marcia Watson from  Brasilia to  Rio de Janeiro to be more accessible.

There is no count available of how many adults are going to Brazil. World Youth Day begins Tuesday and runs through the following Sunday. The pope arrives Monday. He is traveling with about 40 persons from the Vatican.

Some security officials are nervous because of the wave of recent protest that hit Brazil.

The National Catholic Reporter said that visitors to the event are being asked to pay from $51 to $283 depending on in what programs they participate. About one to two million persons are expected for the event that is estimated to coast about $140 million.

Among other activities, The Argentine Pope Francis will visit a slum. He is following in the footsteps of John Paul II who did the same thing during a visit in 1980. Francis also will visit a hospital and a prison. A meeing also is planed with President Dilma Rousseff.


Black helicopters and Talamanca conspiracy theories
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A strange story has emerged from the high Talamancas. The tale is classic conspiracy theory complete with black helicopters, police inaction and armed and mysterious intruders.

The story comes from the non-profit Asociación Comunidades Ecologistas la Ceiba – Amigos de la Tierra Costa Rica.

The organization repeats reports from the small community of  Alto Cuén, which is populated by BriBri in the Cantón de Talamanca. This is in a remote area at least a five-hours walk from local population centers.

The story is that June 30 an unmarked black helicopter landed bringing eight persons who identified themselves as evangelical missionaries. They handed out Bibles to every home. There was  a Peruvian, two Costa Ricans and five Canadians, according to the story.

The visitors dismissed the locals' requests that they pray and, instead, adopted military attitudes. They were making topographical measurements with various sophisticated instruments, the story goes.

The visitors stayed until July 4, but for some reason
none was in the village when two Fuerza Pública officers arrived at the request of the residents.

The story says that the men demonstrated their ability to survive in the wilds, including by beheading and eating a dangrous fer-de-lance. The organization includes a photo of men in military garb on its Web site that was said to have been provided by residents of  Alto Cuén.

The community members were unhappy when the Fuerza Pública officers confiscated knives and even a BB gun that they had and then left. They reported they were defenseless in the face of the visitors.

The story continues that the men, who were being called paramilitary, threatened the villagers when they returned after the police visit.

The encounter has generated a litany of suspicious, ranging from drug dealers to survey work for a new dam, prospecting for precious metals and even a military action by the U.S. Fourth Fleet.

Native representatives from other communities have met at Alto Cuén  to discuss the situation without a firm answer.

The non-profit organization and the community leaders have the names of the individuals involved.

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The Asociacion Pro Bienestar Animal, known as  McKee Jacó, has counted handfuls of dead animals each day in the area around Parque Nacional Carara. The dead include birds and other creatures in just one kilometer of the highway, the animal welfare organization said.

Consequently the organization prevailed on Los Suenos Marriott and Casinos Fiesta to sponsor signs that have been erected on the highway between  Refugio Punta Mala and Esterillos Oeste.

The "I break for Animals" signs in Spanish on the Costanera at least give a reminder to motorists. McKee is seeking more sponsors of signs.


Damaged radioactive device
caused closing of Costanera

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country does not get many radioactivity emergencies, but there was one Tuesday night that caused the closing of the Costanera, Ruta 34, seven kilometers north of Palmar Norte on the south Pacific coast.

The location is known locally as  Ojo de Agua. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said there was work taking place with a sewer line and that an instrument, a densitometer, was involved in a mishap with a truck.

Such devices use a radioactive source to emit radiation to measure the density of compacted soil, among other uses.  The agency said that the route would be closed until late Tuesday night with traffic being diverted through  Ciudad Cortés.


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At least four bandits invaded a home in Llorente de Tibás Monday night. There were three persons home when the crime happened, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Agents said that one or more of the bandits jumped a security fence between 8:30 and 9 p.m., and then the robbers entered and threatened those they found there with firearms.

The bandits took a flat screen television and jewelry before fleeing in their own car, the agency said.


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This is the photo distributed by the presdient of Panamá.

U.S. stands behind Panamá
in search of N. Korean ship

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States says it stands ready to cooperate with Panamá, should the Central American nation request assistance regarding a North Korean-flagged ship it stopped while attempting to pass through the Panama Canal with suspected missile parts.

U.S. State Department Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the United States strongly supports Panama's sovereign decision to inspect the vessel.

Panama's president, Ricardo Martinelli, said late Monday authorities stopped the ship on suspicion it was carrying drugs, but instead found what is believed to be sophisticated missile equipment.  Martinelli said the ship was coming from Cuba.

He did not elaborate on the quantity or type of missile parts found, but posted a picture on Twitter showing a green tube-shaped object inside a cargo container of sugar.

Martinelli later told Panamanian media the captain of the ship attempted to commit suicide and the 35 crew members were detained with the vessel for further investigation.

Ventrell said the ship has a history of involvement in drug smuggling. He said U.S. authorities are in touch with Panamá on the issue and are still gathering information on the exact contents of the ship. He said if the vessel was shipping arms or related material, it would violate numerous U.N., Security Council resolutions.

Communist Cuba is one of few allies of North Korea, which is isolated from much of the international community in part because of its nuclear-weapons and missile programs.

U.N. sanctions forbid North Korea from buying or selling ballistic-missile or nuclear technology. The sanctions were tightened following North Korea's third nuclear test in February.


Software tracks critter sounds
to do a kind of forest census


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers have developed software that can listen to recordings of a rainforest and tell what animals are there, and importantly, what animals are not. The new technology is free online for anyone to use and conservationists are taking advantage of it.

Anyone listening closely to a recording of a rainforest in Puerto Rico probably will not be able to count how many frogs he or she hears.  Unfortunately, one of those frogs, the one with the really high-pitched chirps, like tapping on glass, is called a plains coqui, and it is endangered.

Scientists struggle with this problem every day. Thousands of species die out each year, and they want to know how climate change and habitat destruction are affecting animals like the plains coqui. But how can scientists know if they’re dying out if they don’t even know how many there are?

That’s where the Automated Remote Biodiversity Monitoring Network, or ARBIMON, comes in.

“It’s a generic system to monitor biodiversity," said Mitchell Aide of the University of Puerto Rico, who is one of the leaders of the biodiversity team. The team has developed new technology that could help conservationists monitor biodiversity worldwide.

"The software is set up for the user to use it for whatever species they’re interested in, it could be snapping shrimp, or whales, or it could be frogs or insects or monkeys,” Aide added. 

Researchers place small, inexpensive sound recorders, often reprogrammed iPods, in the rainforest, where they take short sound samples every 10 minutes around the clock. The recordings are sent in real time to a central computer.

The scientists program the computer to recognize the sounds of different animals in the recordings, and then they let the software run. It can analyze tens of thousands of recordings in less than an hour, and tell researchers which animals are in the rainforest, which aren’t, who’s making sounds when and who’s not.

For example, when researchers looked at five years of recordings in Puerto Rico, they noticed that the endangered frog called less and less over four years. This could be cause for alarm, but in the fifth year the frog's appearance in the samples bounced back to its original levels. This information about what appears to be the frog population's natural rhythm would not have been available without long-term data.

The team now has recording stations in Hawaii, Arizona, Costa Rica, Brazil and many other locations. Over months or even years, Aide says scientists can build a sound picture of the landscape, and what lives there.

“We’re creating a permanent record," he said. "In a sense, each recording is the equivalent of a specimen in a museum. We’re going to archive these recordings so anybody can have access to them today, or in five years, or in 20 years, and go back and say, ‘What were the sounds like in this forest, in this city, on this island, 15, 20 years ago?’”

The software and its archive of sound is freely available to everyone, scientists and citizens alike, at arbimon.com.


California is playing catchup
in shipping wines to Chinese


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American wine producers have their eyes on China, where a growing middle class is drinking wine. The United States exported just $74 million in wine to China in 2012, but exports are growing at nearly 20 percent a year.  Vintners in Napa Valley hope to see California cabernets on Chinese dinner tables.

Producing Napa Valley wine is a highly skilled craft, and Chinese consumers are developing a taste for it, says Tom Hinde of Yao Family Wines, started by former Chinese basketball star Yao Ming. 

"We've made five vintages together," Hinde said. "Actually, we're working on the 2013 right here.  You can see that these grapes will be ripe sometime this fall, and we get to do it all over again.”

This is a small winery with a high-end product. Hinde strolls through its vineyards in Napa Valley, closely examining clusters of grapes.  He says all are Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, since the Chinese prefer red wine.  The winery's premium cabernet sells for $625 a bottle.

Linsey Gallagher of The Wine Institute says the group receives constant inquiries.

“About 90 percent of those are coming in about China these days, and so it's a fascinating opportunity in China right now,” she said.

Winemakers hope to broaden the Chinese palate, and expand the market for fine dry wines, including whites, which are now a small part of the market.

Adam Beak of Bank of the West says the winemakers he works with are competing with European companies, which entered the China market decades ago.

Yet China's middle class is growing fast, and Hinde of Yao Family Wines is optimistic that more Chinese consumers will develop a taste for imported wine.


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Amateur radio hobbyists have gotten a break from the telecom ministry.

The agency announced Tuesday that amateur radio operators, hams, who had licenses under a previous law will not have to take another test. Instead, they have a month to present their old document to gain a license under the new radio law.

The  Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones had issued a decree that said that amateurs, even if they have had a license for years, had to reapply. Many were unhappy about this. One test was scheduled for today and another for Aug. 16.

Neither the previous decree or one issued Tuesday affect U.S. and Canadian hams who can follow their hobby here through reciprocity if they are licensed in their home country.

Alejandro Cruz, minister of Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, praised hams for their spirit of cooperation around the world.

He said in a release the executive branch decided on the exoneration because of the invaluable service hams provide. Hams provide a lot of community service with their communications and are especially active during times of emergencies.
All of the licenses expired in 2009 due to a new radio law, but many hams had been licensed for up to 25 years.

The ministry said that more than 100 hams would benefit from the exoneration and that many are seniors. Some hams estimated the number of licenses here at more than 300.

The statement from the ministry said nothing about citizen band radio operators who also have to be licensed here. The earlier decree said they had to take the test.

Costa Rica is strict on radio licensing. The theoretical and practical test is said to be difficult reaching into areas of radio theory and highly technical material like microwaves.

Costa Rica also requires detailed information on the equipment being used by the radio operators and its precise location. If the radio is installed in a vehicle as many are, ministry officials want information on the vehicle. There are three categories of licensing in Costa Rica, and a ham must remain at least a year in one category before taking the test for a higher category.

The United States and other countries in the north do not license citizen band operators. In the United States designated hams are assigned the task of giving license tests to newcomers.

Costa Rica has had problems with pirate radio stations and licensed stations broadcasting with excessive electrical power.


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Vendors carry them on their backs or wheel them through down on carts. They are the most basic of furniture: Unpainted chairs made quickly with the most basic tools,

Still they are popular, and they are among the items that can be found in many Costa Rican homes, in dance halls,  in small eating places and nearly everywhere. Called  banquitos, they have become part of the country's popular culture.

That is why artist Rodolfo Morales chose them for his exhibition called El Arte de Sentarse, "The Art of Sitting," which is being featured until July 30 at the Galería Nacional.

The artist has five projects in which he uses the popular chair as part of his material. But there is more. Other artist have done likewise and donated the chair works for sale to benefit the Hospital Nacional de Niños. The hospital has a campaign to raise funds for a mobile clinic.

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President sets up social networks to get opinions of public on Caja
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Laura Chinchilla is taking credit for saving the national health services from collapse.

She said that her administration was instrumental in keeping the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social running when it had a 130 billion colons deficit.  That's about $260 million.

One action the president took was to pay off the debt that had accumulated because the central government was not paying the monthly quotas for employees. Not well known is that the central government did so by issuing bonds to the Caja instead of cash.

The Caja itself took action, including stepping up collection efforts. Icons, such as first division soccer teams faced closure unless their owners paid up.

Tuesday the president announced that July, August and October will be time
for what she calls a national dialogue on the Caja. Casa Presidencial is seeking the opinions of everyone from health workers to patient on the future of the Caja.

The central government has set up a Facebook page, a Web site and a special telephone number for citizens to express their views. The results will be compiled by December, said Casa Presidencial.

The campaign is heavy in public relations because the problems associated with the Caja have been in the headlines for years. There is absenteeism, physicians who arrive late for appointments, long lines and many other woes,

Still the central government can be reached here:
https://www.facebook.com/dialogosalud.

Also on the special Web page:  www.dialogosalud.com.

And at this phone number: 800-dialogo ( 800-34-25-646).

 
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U.S. Senate averts showdown
on tradition of filibustering


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate appears to have averted an institutional crisis over the rights of minority Republicans to block votes, in this case, confirmation votes for presidential nominees to federal posts. It is not clear whether a bipartisan deal will prove to be anything more than a temporary solution to one element of congressional gridlock.
 
After months of delay, the Senate opted to proceed to a final vote on the first of seven nominations put forth by President Barack Obama that were blocked by Republicans through a procedure known as a filibuster.
 
Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, hailed the outcome. “The vote we took a short while ago is central to ending the paralysis that has generally haunted this chamber," he said.
 
Democrats had threatened to use their majority to change Senate rules and end Republicans’ ability to filibuster presidential nominees entirely. Such an unprecedented move, dubbed the nuclear option, would have further roiled a chamber already hobbled by sharp partisan divides.
 
Senators of both parties met behind closed doors for more than three hours late Monday in search of compromise. A deal emerged Tuesday to proceed with five of seven Obama nominees. In return, Republicans retain full filibuster rights in the future. New nominees would be named for two other posts to replace existing ones whose appointments were challenged in federal court.
 
Majority Leader Harry Reid said members of both parties should be pleased. "We get what we want, they  get what they want. Not a bad deal," he said.
 
Republican leader Mitch McConnell agreed. “A high level of collegiality on a bipartisan basis was achieved. It was an important moment for the Senate," he said.
 
But could new brawls erupt over filibusters of future presidential nominees? Absolutely, according to McConnell. “We still will be dealing with controversial nominees. And all the options available to the minority remain intact," he said.
 
Similarly, Majority Leader Reid said Democrats are  sure about retaining the threat to change Senate rules if they feel the need to do so.
 
Political analyst Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution notes that Tuesday’s accord does not address filibusters of judicial nominations or actual legislation.
 
“I do not expect to see any change in what has become a 60-vote threshold for moving on anything else in the Senate," he said.
 
Once a rarely employed tool, the filibuster has become a regular part of Senate business. Filibusters now precede nearly every vote of consequence, and require a three-fifths supermajority to end debate and proceed to a vote.


Gay rights in foreign policy
brings support and criticism


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The steady growth of support for the gay rights movement and same sex marriage equality within the United States has been accompanied by increased U.S. government support for gay rights around the world.  The U.S. foreign policy to promote equal rights, no matter sexual orientation, has sparked criticism both abroad and at home.
 
Living now in relative freedom and security in New York City, artist and filmmaker Alexander Kargaltsev remembers the harassment and violence he suffered as a gay man in his native Russia.
 
“I went to the demonstration like gay pride, an attempt of gay pride because it did not happen.  And a few people were arrested and I was beaten by police and I was left laying down bleeding," he said.
 
U.S. officials view anti-gay violence as human rights violations and granted Kargaltsev and a number of refugees asylum based on the persecution they faced for their sexual identity.
 
The United States is also using diplomacy and aid to support gay rights.  Journalist Michael Lavers, with the gay newspaper the Washington Blade, recently participated in a U.S. government-sponsored workshop in Colombia, where he talked to gay and lesbian activists about how to use the media to hold officials accountable. 
 
“This is not to say the situation in the United States is perfect.  We certainly have our own issues with discrimination and so forth, but folks outside the United States, at least the folks I have spoken to in Colombia and in other places around the world, really look to the United States almost as an example of how to do things right," he said.
 
President Barack Obama was in Senegal when the U.S. Supreme Court expanded gay marriage rights.  In Senegal and 38 countries in Africa homosexuality is a crime, and in some countries it is punishable by death.  The president spoke out in favor of same sex marriage. 
 
“We believe in basic fairness, and what I think yesterday’s ruling signifies is one more step towards ensuring that those basic principles apply to everybody," he said.
 
Senegalese President Macky Sall said his Muslim majority country would not change its laws. 
 
Opponents of same sex marriage in America are also critical of U.S. foreign policy supporting same sex marriage, which is not legal in many U.S. states.  Thomas Peters is with the National Organization for Marriage.
 
“We do not believe that redefining is the path toward equality.  When you redefine marriage, you actually create inequality in society.  And so, on the one hand we can absolutely support gay rights to not be persecuted for their orientation or for their lifestyle, but we also can stand up for marriage, which is what we do," he said.
 
Human-rights groups agree that protecting free speech and combating hate violence should be a priority for U.S. foreign policy, but they say supporting equal rights also means supporting the right for same-sex couples to marry.


Supercomputer in Chicago
fails to win, place or show


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago is home to one of the newest, fastest, most efficient supercomputers in the country, called MIRA.  But despite the new equipment, lawmakers are concerned that the United States is losing the international supercomputing race, a field it has dominated for decades.

Lined up in a sprawling room on the second floor of Argonne National Laboratory’s Theory and Computing Sciences building is the future of supercomputing.

Argonne Director Eric Isaacs says MIRA can go where few computers can.

“A machine like this enables us to start solving complex problems, and by complex problems, I mean problems that have many moving parts," he said. "Like a jet engine, a photovoltaic cell, like a grid, if you think about a power grid, a power grid is a very complicated thing.”

When construction and assembly of MIRA began, it was projected to be the third fastest computer on the planet, clocking in at around 10 petaflops.

“That’s 10 quadrillion operations per second.  That’s just very fast,” according to Isaacs.

But not fast enough to stay on top.

By the time U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin arrived at Argonne for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to officially dedicate the newest machine on the supercomputing block, MIRA had fallen to fifth place in the global ranking of the world’s fastest computers.

“The fastest computer in the world is in China,” Isaacs said.

That computer, known as The Milky Way 2 housed in Guangzhou, is about three times the speed of Argonne’s MIRA.

“It’s also a real threat," Isaacs said.  "We’re now seeing China more often take the lead role of being the fastest or having the fastest machine in the world.”

The trend troubles Durbin, who wants the United States to remain competitive in the supercomputing race.

“There’s a competition in this world not just for jobs but for basic research that can be applied to the private sector and public sector, and the world of supercomputing is where many of those battles will be fought,” he said.

Durbin says there also are battles to be fought in the U.S. Congress, where funding for supercomputers is bogged down in the politics of deficit reduction and tighter budgets.

“They know the cost, but they don’t know the value," he said. "We really need to educate members of Congress this supercomputing competition is really key to America’s competitiveness and to a lot of breakthroughs that will benefit the whole world.”

Although MIRA is not the fastest, it does hold the distinction of being the most energy efficient.  Air around the processors inside the machine is cooled using chilled water in copper tubes instead of fans, which also reduces the amount of noise it creates.


Coalition challenges U.S.
on its  surveillance of citizens


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An unusual coalition of U.S. political advocacy and religious groups has filed suit contesting the legality of the government's surveillance of Americans' telephone records.

The coalition, represented by a digital rights advocacy group called the Electronic Frontier Foundation, filed the lawsuit Tuesday. It claims the spying by the country's clandestine National Security Agency is "an illegal and unconstitutional program of dragnet electronic surveillance."

The lawsuit is the sixth filed against the government seeking to end its vast collection of telephone and Internet records in the aftermath of former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaking details of two secret NSA surveillance programs last month. The NSA collects what it calls metadata about the phone calls, the phone numbers Americans are calling and the length of the calls.

The 30-year-old Snowden fled first to Hong Kong, and then, after the United States accused him of espionage, flew to Russia. He is now encamped for a fourth week in a transit zone of a Moscow airport.

Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said Snowden applied Tuesday for temporary asylum in Russia, even though he still wants to eventually travel to Latin America, where leftist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have offered him asylum. But Snowden is blocked from leaving Moscow as the U.S. has revoked his passport.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he does not know how the fugitive's case will play out. He said the U.S. frightened other countries into not accepting Snowden.

Putin said Snowden's case is in limbo right now, but that he expects he will leave for another country as soon as he has an opportunity to move elsewhere.

The Russian leader has rejected the U.S. request to extradite Snowden to stand trial on the espionage charges. But with Snowden seeking Russian asylum, Washington renewed its bid for his return.

The White House said Snowden is not a human rights activist or dissident, and that he is accused in the leaking of classified information.


Suspicions in Dreamliner fire
center on its locator beacon


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

British investigators said on Tuesday a transmitter made by U.S. firm Honeywell was one of several components that may have caused a fire on a Boeing Dreamliner in London last week.

“We can confirm that Honeywell has been invited to join the investigation,” a spokesman for Britain's Air Accident Investigations Branch said on Tuesday.

The emergency locator transmitter  is one of several components being looked at in detail as part of the investigation and it would be premature to speculate on the causes of the incident at this stage, the spokesman said.

Britain's investigating unit is leading the probe into a blaze on an Ethiopian Airlines jet that broke out last Friday and has already allayed fears about a return of problems with overheating batteries that grounded the Dreamliner for months earlier this year.

A source familiar with the probe said Monday that investigators were now looking into whether the fire, which occurred at London's Heathrow airport, was caused by the battery of an locator transmitter  built by Honeywell.

Honeywell said at that point only that it had joined the investigation into the fire, declining to discuss details beyond saying it had no previous experience of difficulties with this type of transmitter. The company's British spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The locator transmitter, which is positioned in the upper rear part of the new airline, sends a signal that leads rescuers to downed aircraft. It is powered by a non-rechargeable lithium-manganese battery.

The Air Accident Investigations Branch, which is leading the probe into the fire, said on Saturday it found no evidence the fire was caused by the lithium-ion batteries that were implicated in the 787's grounding earlier this year.

But the focus on the emergency beacon raised alarms for some analysts, who said more technology problems with the new, high-tech airliner would be troubling.

“It's good to see the AAIB are getting closer to finding out what happened but what we really need to know now is if this is a one off or a problem for the whole Dreamliner fleet.  That is the crucial point for Boeing and airlines,”  said Howard Wheeldon, an aerospace analyst at Wheeldon Strategic Advisory.

The Dreamliner in question has been moved to a hangar at Heathrow where it is under technical investigation.

A 25 strong team of experts, including inspectors from the Air Accident Investigations Branch and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the damaged Dreamliner.

Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa's top five carriers, said it would continue to fly its Dreamliner fleet. It has ordered a total of 10 Dreamliners, of which four have been delivered.

Airlines, including Britain's Thomson Airways, U.S. carrier United Continental, and Poland's LOT, said they would also continue to fly their Dreamliners, while others, such as Virgin Atlantic confirmed they would stick to their plans to buy the aircraft.


U.S. consumer prices rise
but the increase is minimal

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Higher gasoline costs pushed U.S. consumer prices up half a percent in June, but overall inflation is still tame.

Tuesday's report from the Labor Department says outside the volatile areas of energy and food, overall prices rose just 1.6 percent over the past 12 months.

That is a bit below the level that U.S. experts say is best for the economy.

A separate report shows U.S. industrial production rose three-tenths of a percent in June. That means the output from factories, mines, and utilities grew more than in the previous month.

These and many other studies are under consideration as the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve prepares to to give members of Congress a mid-year assessment of the world's largest economy today and Thursday.

Fed chief Ben Bernanke may give details about when he and his colleagues will cut back efforts to stimulate the economy.  

Previously, he said when the economy strengthens and no longer needs so much help, the Fed will reduce a complex program aimed at cutting long-term interest rates by purchasing $85 billion a month in securities.  Lower long-term rates make it easier for businesses to buy equipment and for families to purchase homes and cars.

Another Fed stimulus effort has been to cut short-term interest rates nearly to zero. The bank has said those short-term rates are likely to stay at ultra-low levels at least until the unemployment rate drops below 6.5 percent, which probably won't happen until next year.


Blasts from deep space give
scientists inter-galactic mystery

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An international team of astronomers is studying four mysterious and very powerful radio bursts they think may have originated half way across the universe.  The astronomers have come up with a few theories about the signals, none of them having anything to do with alien civilizations.
 
A mysterious radio pulse coming from outside the galaxy was first detected back in 2007. At the time, scientists didn’t know what it was or if it was simply a type of earth-made interference.
 
So a group of astronomers led by Dan Thornton from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and the University of Manchester in Britain decided to scan the skies with a radio telescope to search for pulsars, rotating neutron stars or remnants of stars that had exploded. Thornton and his team wanted to know if the mystery radio pulse was still being transmitted, to figure out where it came from and what might be causing it.
 
As he and his colleagues slowly scanned the heavens, Thornton said they detected more of these radio bursts.  They also learned that the bursts were real and not just radio interference, and that they had travelled a long distance to get here.
 
“What we discovered is very, very narrow radio emissions, so very short lengths; they only last for a few milliseconds,” Thornton said.  “The main thing that is interesting about them is that they appear to be coming from across the universe, so extremely far away.  We get lots of these radio emissions a bit like this from our own galaxy, from pulsars, but these appear to be coming from way, way outside of our galaxy, a million times further away.”

Thornton said that while he and his colleagues detected only four of the mystery radio pulses over one year, that’s because they were only scanning relatively small patches of the sky at a time.  It will take a few more years to complete the entire sky survey and he says the probability is that thousands more of these signals will be discovered.
 
“We calculated a rate of how many of these we might expect in the sky per day and we found that there’s 10,000 going off every day somewhere in the sky, randomly distributed,” Thornton said, explaining how his team reached the estimate.
 
While the astronomers aren’t completely clear as to the origins of the radio signals, at the moment they’re thinking that they could be the result of some major cosmological event that took place billions of years ago.

“We think it’s probably an extreme cataclysmic event, so something that destroys whatever it was that created it because we haven’t seen them to repeat,” he said.  “We looked back at the same patch of sky and we haven’t seen any repeat bursts at the same position.  This leads us to believe that they only happened once, so it’s a possible explosive event like a supernova, like a star coming to the end of its life and exploding, possibly, or perhaps associated with a giant burst from a magnetar.”
 
Thornton says that astronomers need to continue their investigations to better pinpoint the source and cause of the radio bursts.

One thing that he is sure of is that these short but incredibly powerful bursts aren’t coming from extraterrestrial life forms out in the cosmos.
 
“This is nothing to do with alien civilizations,” Thornton said.  “If you calculate the luminosity of these bursts, they’re absolutely enormous. It’s just not possible for that amount of energy to be harnessed in just five milliseconds.  The energy output, at source of these bursts is how much energy the sun gives out in total for 300,000 years, but this happens in just five milliseconds and I can’t imagine how anyone could control that.”
 
Thornton and his team outlined their finding in a paper published by the journal Science.

 
Italian making a spacewalk
suffered a watery mishap

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

NASA cut short a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Tuesday after water began building up inside the helmet of an Italian astronaut.
 
The astronaut, Luca Parmitano, was conducting his second career spacewalk when he reported feeling water on the back of his head.  As large quantities of liquid collected inside his helmet, NASA called off the spacewalk, and Parmitano, along with fellow astronaut American Christopher Cassidy, made it back into the orbiting outpost after one hour and 32 minutes outside the research lab.  Last week, Parmitano became the first Italian to walk in space.
 
During a news conference to discuss the unexpected events, the U.S. space agency said it initially suspected that Parmitano's drinking water supply might have escaped into his helmet.  NASA, however, said an investigation has ruled out that possibility.
 
"It was definitely a leak in the system," said Karina Eversley, the lead spacewalk officer.  "This was not a normal amount of water," she added.
 
The ISS crew found that between 1 and 1.5 liters of water had flooded throughout Parmitano's suit, although it was concentrated mostly in his helmet.
 
The team is now investigating whether a leak in the suit's cooling system, which contains about four liters of water, could be responsible.  Parmitano reported that the water had a "funny taste," which may help the investigators to pinpoint its source.
 
In zero gravity, water floats freely in large globs, rather than settling in contained spaces.  Astronaut  Cassidy visually inspected Parmitano's helmet, and reported that the volume of water seemed to be increasing.  It was at this point that NASA aborted the mission, and Parmitano returned quickly to the ship's airlock, followed by Cassidy.
 
As Parmitano returned to the station, the amount of water increased to the point that it congealed around his ears and face, making it difficult for him to hear, see, and speak.
 
"You can imagine you're in a fishbowl," said David Korth, a NASA flight director.  "This is not a thing you take lightly. He did a great job of keeping calm and cool."
 
Karina Eversley confirmed that Parmitano may have been at risk of drowning had his suit not been removed quickly, and that this was one of the more serious incidents to occur in the history of spacewalking.


Elizabeth Taylor's possessions
will go on the block Oct. 112

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A collection of late actress Elizabeth Taylor's personal items, including jewelry, cocktail dresses and film costumes, will go under the hammer in Beverly Hills, California, Julien's Auctions said Tuesday.
 
The collection, which comes from an unidentified former employee of Taylor, will first go on display in Ireland and will hit the auction block Oct. 12.
 
The top item, an 18-karat gold, multi-gem earring and necklace set, is expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000. The necklace and earrings set include multiple topaz, diamond, peridot and citrine gemstones.
 
Miss Taylor, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, epitomized Hollywood glamour from its golden age with her love of diamonds, her violet eyes and a tumultuous love life that included eight marriages, two of them to Welsh actor Richard Burton.
 
In a career spanning seven decades, British-American Taylor first gained fame in 1944's “National Velvet” at age 12 and was nominated for five Oscars. She won the best actress award for 1960's “Butterfield 8” and 1966's “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
 
Also for sale is the falcon headdress Miss Taylor wore in the 1963 film “Cleopatra,” where she began her love affair with Burton. The headdress, which helped score the film an Oscar award for costume design, is expected to sell for $2,000 to $3,000.
 
A decolletage-baring spaghetti-strap gown and bolero jacket designed by South African couturier Chris Levin that Taylor wore to Burton's 50th birthday party at London's Dorchester Hotel in 1975 is expected to fetch between $2,000 and $3,000.

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Great climate
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Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
located halfway between Jaco and Quepos/Manuel Antonio
 BEST DEAL in Costa Rica!!! Lots starting at just $18,500 with financing available.
 Lot/ House packages from around $60,000
Great Retirement, Vacation, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance, no time limit to build. Absentee Owner Friendly.
Water and power on site.
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USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
7928-8/9/13


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 an additional $59,000. So total for lot and beautifully finished home is under $130,000. This home is within 7 minutes of Santiago de Puriscal at elevation of 3,200 feet on new concrete public road.
Please contact: email
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

auction
6 LOTS – AUCTION
Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
1 day only -10 a.m. June 15
Email: Karen@racsa.co.cr
Webs:  www.viviun.com/AD-129905/
www.haciendasdelmar.com
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. $208,000. 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
Email:  sjogringo@yahoo.com
7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

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

Rich Coast Montage
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Central Pacific Coast Real Estate, from Jaco to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
- Coffee Shop/ Bakery, Coastal Town, Great Location, Real Estate Office Upstairs, Turnkey $85,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $18,500,
with Financing Available!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
and much more....
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7972-8/9/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
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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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

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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Brazil's president plunges
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Dilma Rousseff's approval rating plummeted and her re-election chances have dimmed in the month since massive protests of poor public services, corruption and other complaints shook Brazil, a new poll published Tuesday showed.
 
The number of Brazilians who approve of her government's performance fell to 31.3 percent in July from 54.2 percent in June. The number of those who think it has done a bad job soared to 29.5 percent from 9 percent, the survey by polling firm MDA Pesquisa said.
 
The poll is the second to be released since the protests began. A previous survey, by pollster Datafolha, also suggested that the myriad factors that led to the demonstrations, from the high cost of living to the poor quality of public health and education, have quickly undermined Rousseff's once-towering approval ratings.
 
According to the new poll, commissioned by private transport sector lobby CNT, Ms. Rousseff's personal approval rating fell to 49.3 percent in July from 73.7 percent in June. Negative evaluations have risen to 47.3 percent from 20.4 percent a month earlier, and are now almost at break-even with the positive.
 
Together, the slipping poll numbers raise new questions ahead of what previously seemed an easy re-election for Ms. Rousseff, who is expected to run again in presidential elections next year.
 
Voting intentions for Ms. Rousseff dropped to 33.4 percent from 54.2 percent before the protests. The fall suggests she would no longer win a first round election outright and would likely have to face a rival in a run-off.
 
Almost 45 percent of those polled said they would not vote for Ms. Rousseff under any circumstances, which would complicate her prospects in a second-round vote.
 
Former environment minister Marina Silva and Minas Gerais senator Aecio Neves appeared to be her strongest adversaries, with 20.7 and 15.2 percent of the voting intentions respectively. Ms. Silva's show of support was especially strong, bouncing up from just 12.5 percent of those surveyed in the last poll.
 
The daughter of illiterate Amazon rubber tappers and a former Green party presidential candidate, Ms. Silva's candidacy is uncertain because she is currently founding a new political party that might not be ready to run by election deadlines.
 
Her popularity, though, stems from the fact that she isn't identified with the existing political establishment. “Marina is the politician that has capitalized most from the protests,” said Clesio Andrade, head of the CNT.
 
Until recently, Ms. Rousseff had enjoyed some of the highest approval ratings of any leader in the Western world, largely thanks to record-low unemployment. Her popularity started to slip in early June as rising consumer prices began to eat away at Brazilians' purchasing power, a sure recipe for trouble in a country with a long history of runaway inflation.
 
Then came the nationwide street demonstrations that sent shockwaves through Brazil's political establishment. While the protests have not been directed at a single leader or party, widespread discontent with a ruling class that is seen as self-serving and corrupt has eroded the popularity of politicians at all levels, including Ms. Rousseff.
 
The CNT/MDA poll showed that 84.3 percent of Brazilians approve of the protests that drew one million people onto the streets of Brazil's main cities when the they peaked in June. The poll said the main factor fueling the sudden outburst of anger was discontent with corruption in Brazil, followed by bad health services and overspending on soccer stadiums for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
 
Ms. Rousseff's main response to the protests was to promise political reform. Her plans to consult Brazilians through a constituent assembly or plebiscite, though, met stiff opposition in Congress, even among her ruling Workers Party.
 
Despite the setbacks, Ms. Rousseff remains the leader among potential candidates. “She is still a very competitive candidate and the leader of the pack,” said Brazil analyst Joao Augusto Castro Neves at the Eurasia consultancy in Washington.
 
Still, her decline in the polls has led some members in her party to openly advocate the return of her mentor, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, still Brazil's most popular politician.
 
If Brazil's sluggish economy deteriorates into recession and unemployment rises, the chances of Lula running again for president increase even if age and health remain a concern for the 67-year-old cancer survivor, Castro Neves said.

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Joblessness expected to remain high

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says joblessness will remain high in European and other developed nations next year, stalling economic recovery and job prospects among the youth.

Given this year's spate of grim economic news, the latest report may not come as a big surprise. Overall, it predicts unemployment will fall only slightly in 2014 among the organization's 34 members, leaving about 48 million people out of work.

At a call-in press conference from Paris, Secretary-General Angel Gurria described the jobless situation as a crisis, particularly for young people in countries like Italy, Spain and Greece, where half or more are out of work.

"It's mind-boggling. It's just enormous. In some emerging market economies unemployment is also high; for example, South Africa, more than 50 percent," said Gurria. "In other countries, high informality in the labor market also condemns many youngsters to precarious jobs with little social protection."

People on insecure, short-term contracts will also face hard times next year.

But the jobs outlook is not uniformly bleak. While the organization's overall unemployment is expected to fall only slightly in 2014 from 8 percent to 7.8 percent, the United States and Germany will see sharper drops.

"Joblessness has actually fallen, albeit gradually, in countries like the United States, countries like México, Japan. And within countries, too, there's been a considerable divergence in employment trends among different group," said Gurria.

For example, elder workers have fared much better during the economic crisis than younger ones have. And Gurria says labor market and other reforms adopted by some of the hardest-hit European countries like Italy, Portugal and Spain are going in the right direction, even though it will take time for them to pay off.

"The countries that had the biggest problems are the countries that are doing better in terms of these adjustments, who are regaining their competitiveness and their productivity," Gurria added.

Paradoxically, spending to help jobseekers has also dropped during the crisis, which Gurria says is a mistake.