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Creating a shareholder list seems to be a complex job
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a pretty good chance that an electronic list of the nation’s company shareholders will not be online any time soon.

Two technicians from the Banco Central told lawmakers this week that to set up such a system would take 18 to 24 months.

The two men, identified as Miguel Carballo Chavarría and Luis Guillermo Zumbado Chinchilla, spoke to members of the Comisión de Hacendarios and described the complexities of such a system.

The Ministerio de Hacienda and its tax-collecting arm, the Dirección General de Tributación, want to require companies to provide and keep current a list of shareholders or other types of beneficial parties. The tax collectors fear that individuals are syphoning money out of companies without paying taxes.

Top officials of the Banco Central have said

the agency will be happy to handle such a list for a fee. But the two tech experts said that access to the list would need to be restricted based on the job of every public employee.

Workers would only be able to obtain the information needed to do their job, and the system would have to track their every move.
Access would be by a digital signature card.

Proponents of the system say they believe the data can be kept secret.

The Banco Central information security staffers said that the bank has had experience with this type of high-security system, including the one now used for interbank money transfers.

The proposal for a national list of shareholders is part of a bill that is supposed to counter tax fraud.

Many business leaders oppose the idea of such a list because they fear the information might fall into the wrong hands.

Saturday begins week of concert band performances
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The metro area bands, a band from Guanacaste and one from Switzerland are joining to present concerts over the next week.

Most will be in Parque Morazán downtown, but performances also will be in Santa Cruz and Liberia.

The week of bands climaxes Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. with a concert in the Teatro Nacional at 8 p.m. Performing then will be the Banda de Conciertos de San José and the visiting  Landwehr Band of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Landwehr points out on its Web site that it is the official music group of the canton and city of Fribourg and that its first concerts were held in 1804.

The 90 musicians who form the orchestra today are the latest in a long line, it said, adding that the people of Fribourg have traditionally been singers and musicians, and the members of the Landwehr share that heritage.

The first performance is at 10 a.m. Saturday in Parque Morazán featuring the band from Switzerland.

The Banda de Conciertos de San José performs Sunday at 11 a.m., also in the park.

The Landwehr Band and the Banda de Conciertos de Guanacaste perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Coopeguanacaste convention center in Santa Cruz.

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Landwehr Band at home in Fribourg

Monday the Landwehr Band and the Banda de Conciertos de Guanacaste perform at the Catholic church in Liberia at 8 p.m.

Wednesday the Banda Avanzada of the Instituto Nacional de Música will be featured at 5 p.m. in Parque Morazán. Thursday the Banda de Conciertos de Alajuela will perform in the same place at noon.

Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m., the Banda de la Municipalidad de San José will march through the city streets and perform at Parque Morazán.
All but the performance in the Teatro Nacional are free.

The visit by the Swiss band is sponsored by the Swiss Embassy, the Fundación Suiza para la Cultura Pro Helvetia, the government of Fribourg and commercial enterprises.

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Trash plans established for pilgrims

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The Cruz Roja Costarricense and the Ministerio de Salud plan to place receptacles for 36 classifications of recyclable material along the routes of pilgrims on the way to Cartago.

This is an effort to keep the highways clean and free of plastic bottles and other trash.

The Fundación MarViva goes one step further and said it is setting up a station in Curridabat where the pilgrims can refill their reusable bottles.

Involved in the recycling campaign are the municipalities of Cartago, la Unión, Curridabat, Montes de Oca, Desamparados and San José with support from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and Banco Popular.

The plan is to have a receptacle available for plastic, organic waste, aluminum and other categories Monday and Tuesday, the peak time of the pilgrimage.

Last year the Cruz Roja collected more than three tons of such waste.

Fundación MarViva wants to effect a cultural change to eliminate plastic because much of the material dumped on land ends up in the oceans. The organization says that recycling is not sufficient.

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Fingerprints sometimes find scofflaws

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When an expat goes to the security ministry to provide fingerprints for a residency application, he or she might not come home.

The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said Wednesday that 185 persons over the last three years were found to have unfinished court business when they showed up to be fingerprinted for a background check.

The judicial action might be a criminal warrant or other requirements to show up in court, said the ministry.

The fingerprints are taken routinely by those seeking residency. Most wanted individuals are probably too smart to do that. In fact, some of the country’s perpetual tourists decline to seek residency status for that reason. But 14 persons on the wanted list did show up this year, the ministry said.

Also seeking fingerprints and a background check are those after a gun permit or permission to be a security guard.

Of course some who are considered wanted might not know that. The judiciary’s notification system is backlogged. In fact, one woman associated with A.M. Costa Rica who filed an indecent exposure complaint against a man who confronted her naked in a city park was asked to serve him the court summons herself because officials could not find him. She declined.

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Health ministry statistics show country is holding the line on zika
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Cases of reported zika infections continue to rise, but the numbers are nowhere near those of chikungunya or dengue. The statistics show that extensive prevention efforts are working.

Garabito still leads with 118 cases, according to this week’s report from the Ministerio de Salud. Quepos has 32, Orotina, 25, Santa Cruz on the Pacific coast, 14, and the Municipalidad de Puntarenas also with 14.

With fewer cases are Parrita with 12, Carrillo with 11 and Nicoya with 10.

Limón on the Caribbean has nine with new cases reported this week. The ministry said that 25 cantons also have cases in the single digits

The Ministerio de Salud said that there are 295 confirmed cases in Costa Rica. There also are 17 cases believed imported from elsewhere.

The ministry said that 15 pregnant women have zika but there are no signs of complications. Three actually have given birth already. The others range in length of pregnancy from seven to 31 weeks.

Garabito and Jacó also lead the list with chikungunya and the region has seen 606 cases this year. In all, the health ministry has reports of 1,696 cases of this disease, which also is carried by mosquitoes.

Atenas leads the list in the number of cases of dengue. The canton has had 2,455, according to the ministry. Quepos has seen 2,287. Parrita has had 2,161,and Osa has had 1,264.

Other Pacific coast communities are in the triple digits.

The Dirección Vigilancia de la Salud of the Ministerio de Salud keeps close track of reported cases and issues a summary each week.

Meanwhile, in Tamarindo the Cámara de Comercio y Turismo said it plans a second cleanup day Aug. 24 to eliminate places where mosquitoes breed.

The first cleanup netted 1.3 tons of trash, it said.

In Garabito where Jacó is located a public-private partnership formed quickly when the first zika cases were reported.

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Obama, Biden, Bloomberg and Kaine pound on Trump at convention
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama laid out Wednesday why he thinks Hillary Clinton should take over when he leaves office in January, saying no man or woman has ever been more qualified for the job.

His speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, highlighted accomplishments from his administration, while also describing Mrs. Clinton as the candidate who believes the country is better when people of all backgrounds come together.

"This year, in this election, I'm asking you to join me, to reject cynicism, and reject fear, and to summon what's best in us: to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation," Obama said.

He talked about her experience, which includes serving as secretary of State during his first term, contrasting it with that of Republican nominee Donald Trump who has never held elected office. Obama said nothing truly prepares a person for being president.

"Until you've sat at that desk, you don't know what it's like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war. But Hillary's been in the room. She's been part of those decisions. She knows what's at stake in the decisions our government makes, what's at stake for the working family, the senior citizen, the small business owner, for the soldier, for the veteran."

The crowd in Philadelphia booed when Obama mentioned Trump, to which Obama replied, "Don't boo, vote."

He said last week's Republican convention presented no serious solutions, but instead fanned "resentment, and blame and anger and hate."

The president criticized Trump's campaign, which has included proposals to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border and preventing Muslims from entering the country.

"He's just offering slogans, and he's offering fear. He's betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election."

And he seized on Trump's strong message to North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies suggesting he will insist they have fulfilled financial responsibilities before the U.S. would come to their aid.

"He cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein, tells our NATO allies that stood by our side after 9/11 that they have to pay up if they want our protection,' Obama said."Well, America's promises do not come with a price tag."

Trump fired back at the largely optimistic tone of Obama and other Democratic speakers who this week have taken exception to Trump's campaign slogan pledging to "Make America Great Again."

"Our country does not feel 'great already' to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair," he wrote on Twitter.

Trump's campaign issued a statement calling Wednesday a sad night for the Democratic Party and saying they presented only

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proposals to reward the rich while attacking decent Americans who want change for their families.

"They offered no solutions for the problems facing America. In fact, they pretended those problems didn't even exist." the statement said.

The Trump campaign also released statements detailing criticisms against the Obama administration, saying its policies unleashed the Islamic State, and left Syria in chaos, Libya in ruins, and Egypt in disarray.  The campaign said Obama's economic policies have hurt young people and minorities and destroyed the middle class.

Vice President Joe Biden spent a large portion of his speech focusing on Trump and questioning the billionaire's commitment to the middle class.

"He is trying to tell us he cares about the middle class.  Give me a break.  That is a bunch of malarkey," Biden said. The vice president also said that the times are too uncertain and the threats too great to elect Trump.

"No major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security," Biden said.  "We cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of ISIS and other terrorists, who has no plan whatsoever to make us safer.  A man who embraces the tactics of our enemies, torture, religious intolerance.  You all know, all the Republicans know, that is not who we are."

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, considered his own run for president before issuing a statement in March saying he would not risk the chance that he would divide the electorate in a way that would lead to Trump getting elected.  He, too, harshly criticized Trump on Wednesday saying it is important for voters to defeat a dangerous demagogue.

"This isn't reality television, this is reality," Bloomberg said, referencing Trump's former job hosting a show on NBC.

The criticism continued when Mrs. Clinton's choice for vice president, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia took the stage.

"Our nation, it is just too great to put it in the hands of a slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting, one-man wrecking crew," he told the convention. The convention closes tonight with an address from Mrs. Clinton.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump encouraged Russia Wednesday to hack into the email server of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, to find the 30,000 emails that are missing from her time as the country's secretary of state.

“It would be interesting to see. I will tell you this, Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump told reporters. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

He said Moscow probably already has the emails Mrs, Clinton considered to be private and deleted from the private email server she used while she was the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, during President Barack Obama's first term.

“They probably have them," Trump said. "I’d like to have them released. It gives me no pause, if they have them, they have them. If Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean to be honest with you, I’d love to see them.”

The Clinton campaign called Trump's statement the "first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent."

A U.S. intelligence official familiar with the matter said that Trump's comments would have no bearing on upcoming intelligence briefings Trump will receive as the Republican presidential candidate.

"Nominees for president and vice president receive these classified briefings by virtue of their status as candidates and do not require separate security clearances before the briefings,” the official said. "Candidates are advised of the classified nature of the material."

The official also emphasized that the briefings for Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "will be provided on an even-handed, non-partisan basis."

Trump's comments came at a wide-ranging news conference at his golf resort in Florida, where he downplayed his connections to Russia.

U.S. computer experts have said in recent days they believe that Russian state actors are behind the hacking into computers at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, following WikiLeaks' release of nearly 20,000 emails that showed party officials favored Clinton's presidential nomination and tried to undermine the candidacy of her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Some Democratic officials are claiming that the timing of the release of the documents, just before the Democratic National Convention convened this week to acclaim Mrs. Clinton's nomination, suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin favors Trump in November's U.S. national election to pick Obama's successor. Russia said it had nothing to do with the security breach.

Mrs. Clinton, who claimed her party's 2016 nomination Tuesday, said she considers the hacking to be a national security issue. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the breach.

Trump sought to distance himself from the purported Russian connection to the hacking at Democratic offices and Moscow's supposed support for his candidacy.

"It is so farfetched," he said. "It’s so ridiculous. Honestly I wish I had that power. I’d love to have that power, but Russia has no respect for our country."

Trump repeatedly said, "I have nothing to do with Russia,” although he had praised Putin in the past. "I have nothing to do with Russia. I said that Putin has much better leadership qualities than Obama, but who doesn’t know that?"

Mrs. Clinton's use of the private email server, rather than a government server, has been a long-running controversy in the U.S., complicating her run for the White House. The FBI recently concluded that she was extremely careless in her handling of classified information in the emails during her time as secretary of State but that no criminal charges were warranted.

WikiLeaks makes public
Democratic server audios

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

WikiLeaks released 29 audio recordings Wednesday that it said were taken from Democratic National Committee servers.

The voicemails, apparently copied from email accounts of seven national committee members, included party associates upset by Bernie Sanders influence on the Democratic Party.

Reports say one caller did not want the Vermont senator to speak at the Democratic National Convention and was against Sander's choices for the party's 2016 platform.

The latest release is the second in the last few days. The release of 20,000 emails just before the opening of the Democratic convention prompted the organization's chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to step down.

WikiLeaks, a group that publishes original documents from anonymous sources and leakers, released the data without indicating its source, but the 17-month period covered by the emails ended just before a hacking incident in June at the DNC.

Democratic officials said at that time that hackers based in Russia were responsible for the intrusion.

The party organization has not commented on the emails released by WikiLeaks, but neither has it disputed their authenticity.

The manager of Sanders' political campaign, Jeff Weaver, said the emails confirmed "what many of us have known for some time," that national committee members were "actively helping the Clinton effort and trying to hurt Bernie Sanders' campaign.''

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Running a company with a treadmill inside, in the middle of Silicon Valley, is not what Monisha Perkash had imagined when she and her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Nepal.

"When I first moved out here, I got a call from my father, who was living in Texas, and he said, 'You know, Monisha, I've looked all over the map, and I can't find the Silicon Valley anywhere,'" Perkash said.

Silicon Valley is not just a region in California that stretches from San Francisco to San Jose, and it is not just the home of tech giants such as Google, Apple and Facebook. Ms. Perkash said an important characteristic is that Silicon Valley is a culture that embodies entrepreneurship. This culture is infectious, and it touched Ms. Perkash when she came to Silicon Valley.

"At first my parents were very confused. I had started out pre-med and I got into medical school, and when I chose not to go, they didn't understand why," said Ms. Perkash, who is co-founder and chief executive officer of Lumo Bodytech.

She and her two co-founders wanted to form a startup using technology to improve the lives of people. They created Lumo Bodytech to develop wearable sensors.

One of their products, Lumo Run, can be worn on a runner's waistband to track the person's movements. Paired with a mobile phone, it can give the runner personalized coaching. Another sensor, the Lumo Lift, is worn in the collar area of a shirt and vibrates when the wearer slouches, as a reminder to sit up.

Lumo Bodytech's co-founder and chief operating officer, Charles Wang, said the sensors will help improve posture and reduce the risk of injuries and back pain.

"There are a lot of studies that show posture being highly correlated with back pain, back health," said Wang, who was born in the U.S. of parents from Taiwan.

He initially followed the path many immigrant parents envisioned for their children. Wang was a physician and practiced medicine before deciding to become an entrepreneur. He said his parents were very supportive.

"I think for them it was just about, 'Can you find something to do that you really care about and passionate about doing,'" Wang said.

The third co-founder, Chief Technology Officer Andrew Chang, said being part of a startup is unlike any previous job he has experienced: "You can't even compare the speed that you move at, the speed at which you make decisions, in which things happen and so on and so forth, because there is a lot less bureaucracy."

Chang added, "There's a lot of people here that really want to change the world. We're at a point in time where we have all the technical infrastructure in place to allow for that to happen, to have a small group of people to make dramatic improvements that can ricochet all across the world just because of how connected we are now."

Ms. Perkash said Silicon Valley's connectedness and collaborative nature fuel the startup culture here. Seeing the success of her startup has been a source of joy for her parents, she added.

"I want to make them proud, and I want them to know that by giving us this opportunity to pursue anything we want, pursue our dreams, that I'm carrying that on. So in a lot of ways, it's honoring them that I do what I do," Ms. Perkash said.

For anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps, Perkash's advice is to not fear failure but embrace it as an opportunity to learn.

Low physical activity said
to be life-threatening factor

By the European Society of Cardiology news staff

A 45-year study in middle-aged men has shown that the impact of low physical capacity on risk of death is second only to smoking. The research is in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

"The benefits of being physically active over a lifetime are clear," said lead author Per Ladenvall, a researcher in the Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. "Low physical capacity is a greater risk for death than high blood pressure or high cholesterol."

The study included 792 men from the "Study of Men Born in 1913," a representative sample of 50-year-old men in Gothenburg recruited in 1963. The study was designed to investigate risk factors for cardiovascular disease and mortality.

In 1967, at 54 years of age, the 792 men did an exercise test. Of those, 656 men also did a maximum exercise test in which they pushed themselves to the limit. The remaining men were excluded from the maximum exercise test because they had a health condition that could make it unsafe. Maximal oxygen uptake, called VO2 max, was measured in a subpopulation of the 656 men using ergospirometry.

Ladenvall said: "VO2 max is a measure of aerobic capacity, and the higher the figure, the more physically fit a person is. In 1967 it was difficult to do ergospirometry in large populations, so the researchers derived a formula using the measurements in the subpopulation, and then calculated predicted VO2 max for the remaining 656 men who had done the maximum exercise test."

After the initial examination in 1967, the men were followed up until 2012, at the age of 100 years. Several physical examinations were performed, about one every 10 years. Data on death was obtained from the National Cause of Death Registry.

To analyze the association between predicted VO2 max and mortality the men were divided into three groups ranging from low to high.

Researchers found that each increase in predicted VO2 max was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of death over 45 years of follow up, and after adjusting for other risk factors, such as smoking, blood pressure and serum cholesterol.

Ladenvall said: "We found that low aerobic capacity was associated with increased rates of death. The association between exercise capacity and all-cause death was graded, with the strongest risk in the category with the lowest maximum aerobic capacity. The effect of aerobic capacity on risk of death was second only to smoking."

"The length of follow up in our study is unique," continued Ladenvall. "When this study began, most data was derived from hospital cohorts and there was very limited data on exercise testing in a large general population. Our sample is representative of the male population in Gothenburg at that time. The risk associated with low aerobic capacity was evident throughout more than four decades and suggests that being physically active can have a big impact over a lifetime."

Palm oil expansion seen
taking more tropical forests

By the Duke University news staff

As palm oil production expands from Southeast Asia into tropical regions of the Americas and Africa, vulnerable forests and species on four continents face increased risk of loss, a new Duke University-led study finds.

The largest areas of vulnerable forest are in Africa and South America, where more than 30 percent of forests within land suitable for oil palm plantations remain unprotected, the study shows.

Rates of recent deforestation have been highest in Southeast Asia and South America, particularly Indonesia, Ecuador and Peru, where more than half of all oil palms are grown on land cleared since 1989.

“Almost all oil palm is grown in places that once were tropical forests. Clearing these forests threatens biodiversity and increases greenhouse gas emissions,” said Marsha Vijay, a doctoral student at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment who led the study.

“By identifying where the greatest extent of palm oil-driven deforestation has recently occurred and modeling where future expansion is most likely, we can guide efforts to reduce these adverse impacts,” Vijay said.

Palm oil is now the world’s most widely traded vegetable oil, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The oil, which is harvested from oil palms, and its derivatives are common ingredients in many processed foods and personal care products. As global demand grows, large swaths of tropical forest are being converted into oil palm plantations in 43 countries.

Using 25 years of high-resolution Google Earth and Landsat satellite imagery, Vijay and her team tracked the extent of this deforestation in four regions: Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and Mesoamerica, which includes Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

They modeled where future deforestation is most likely to occur, based on the pace of recent expansion in each region and the extent of suitable forest left unprotected there.

The team published its findings in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal PLOS ONE.

Because forests in all four regions contain high concentrations of different mammal and bird species at risk of general or local extinction, conservation efforts will need to incorporate strategies tailored to each region, said Stuart Pimm, a professor of conservation at Duke.

“While the Amazon and Indonesia have many species of globally threatened mammals and birds, other areas such as the Congo Basin and the coastal forests of Colombia are home to species with small ranges that make them especially vulnerable to habitat loss despite not being classified as threatened or endangered,” he said. “This needs to be considered in conservation planning.”

“Many past studies have focused solely on Indonesia and Malaysia, which produce more than 80 percent of the world’s palm oil. By evaluating deforestation caused by palm oil production in 20 countries across four regions, our study demonstrates that the biodiversity impacts of this expansion are very different from country to country and region to region,” said Clinton Jenkins of the Institute for Ecological Research in Brazil.

“The palm oil industry has a legacy of deforestation, and today consumer pressure is pushing companies toward deforestation-free sources of palm oil,” noted Sharon Smith of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who co-authored the study with Vijay, Pimm and Jenkins.

Police killings data shows
blacks more likely to die

By the BMJ publishers news staff

U.S. police killed or injured an estimated 55,400 people during legal stop and search incidents and arrests in 2012, research published online in the journal Injury Prevention shows.

Blacks, Native Americans, and Hispanics had higher stop/arrest rates per 10,000 of the population than whites and Asians. And blacks were by far the most likely to be stopped, and then arrested, the data show. And they are more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, but when stopped or arrested, they are no more likely than whites to be injured or killed during that incident.

“Police use of undue force is an enduring tinderbox issue in America,” say the researchers, and recent incidents in which police have shot unarmed citizens have provoked public outcry.

In a bid to expand the data on the excessive use of force by U.S. police, the researchers counted and characterized injuries resulting from legal interventions, arrests, stop and search incidents on the street, and traffic stops involving a search for 2012.

They used national data from the Vital Statistics Mortality Census; the 2012 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, nationwide inpatient and emergency department samples; two newspaper censuses of deaths; FBI reports for 2012 and 2014  arrests, and the 2011 Police Public Contact Survey.

In 2012 arrests accounted for an estimated 12.3  million police interventions; street stop and search, 2.8 million; and traffic stops involving searches, 1 million.

During these legal interventions, U.S. police fatally injured an estimated 1,000 people; and 54,300 more required hospital treatment for their injuries. Firearms accounted for almost all the deaths (95 percent) and for around one in four (23 percent) of hospital admissions. Virtually all the remaining deaths involved tasers. An estimated 65 taser incidents resulted in admission to hospital and 48 more were fatal. Most of the non-fatal injuries stemmed from blows or blunt  objects.

On average, an estimated 1 in 291 stops/arrests resulted in an injury requiring hospital treatment or the death of a suspect or bystander, equal to a ratio of 34 per 10,000 stops/arrests. The life threatening nature of the injuries during police intervention was lower than for assaults. This suggests the police weren’t usually out of control when they physically confronted a suspect, say the researchers.

But gunshot wounds were significantly more likely to be lethal if  they were sustained during police intervention rather than during an assault (40 percent vs. 26 percent).

The numbers of those who were killed or injured as a result of  legal police intervention per 10,000 stops/arrests didn’t vary by race/ethnicity. But death/injury was more common with increasing age and was higher among men than women. Young people were more likely to be arrested than older people.

“Consistent with our findings, simulation studies find police are no more likely to fire on unarmed blacks than unarmed whites, and high rates of black speeding citations per capita result from high violation rates,” they write.

“Given a national history of racism, the excess per capita death rate of blacks from U.S. police action rightly concerns policy analysts, advocates, and the press. The excess appears to reflect exposure. Blacks are arrested more often than whites, and youth more often than the elderly,” they continue.

“However, blacks are not more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be killed or injured during a stop/arrest, and youth have the lowest injury ratios. Ratios aside, even one person unnecessarily killed or injured by the police is one too many, and every  racial/ethnic group has mourned losses from undue force,” they  say.

“As the U.S. struggles to reduce citizen injuries  during police contacts, it would seem prudent to train at-risk groups about appropriate behavior during police stops,” they conclude.
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Vatican official is being investigated

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Australian authorities say they are investigating a high-ranking Vatican official over multiple new allegations of decades-old child abuse, though they have yet to press charges.

"That's a matter that we investigated and still are investigating," Victoria state police chief Graham Ashton told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Wednesday.

The investigation stems in part from the claims of two men who say Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s finance chief, fondled them at a pool in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, in the late 1970s. The men are now in their 40s.

Pell flat-out denied the claims made against him. In a statement from his office, he said the allegations were “nothing more than a scandalous smear campaign, which appears to be championed by the ABC.”

The ABC report detailed alleged misconduct involving Pell that dated from the 1970s to the 1990s. In total, ABC said it had obtained statements from eight complainants, witnesses and family members tied to the investigation.

In a later interview with Australia's Radio 3AW, Ashton said he had forwarded the case to the Office of Public Prosecutions to determine whether to move forward with charges or not.

Mom blames taunts for woman's murder

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The mother of Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani model and social media star killed earlier this month, said her son strangled his sister after being ridiculed by friends because of Ms. Baloch's behavior.

Anwar Wai told reporters that her son, Muhammad Wasim, murdered Ms. Baloch, for dishonoring the family's name.

"He killed my daughter after being taunted by his friends. They would infuriate him and tell him she is bringing you dishonor," she said.

According to local reports, Wasim was arrested and confessed Saturday to drugging and strangling the model whose real name is Fauzia Azeem.

Ms. Baloch was spending the Eid holiday with her family and had traveled from Karachi to Muzaffarabad village in central Punjab province. She was asleep, police said, when Wasim killed her in the family’s home.

"She was an amazing daughter. I have no words that do her justice, and she took care of us much more than our sons including financially," Ms. Wai said.

Ms. Baloch, according to Ms. Wai, supported at least a dozen relatives and said she does not know how the family will cope without her.

"She would call us four or five times a day. If she wasn't able to call one day, she would tell us 'I'm sorry, I was working,'" she said.

The social media star, who was in her 20s, called herself the Pakistani Kim Kardashian, a modern feminist and shot to fame after being featured in a 2014 video that went viral. In it, she asked a man, "How am I looking?"

Her outspoken views and sexually suggestive videos posted online provoked controversy in an Islamic state that is not comfortable with Western feminism, something that earned Ms. Baloch praise from many young people and condemnation from the more traditional elements of society.

The killing started a discussion in Pakistan about the so called honor killings- often seen as punishment for going against traditions.

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Bids received on highway construction jobs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Highway officials say they have received bids from Costa Rican and international companies to design and execute several public works.

The information came from the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad and the Ministerio de Obras Públicas.

One job involved is on Ruta 4 Between Birmania and Santa Cecilia where a hard surface will be put over gravel. The job also includes building five bridges between La Cruz and Santa Cecilia.

A second job is the design of an interchange on Ruta 2 in the province of Cartago.

A third job is the improvement of 93 kilometers of roadway between Palmar Norte and Paso Canoas.

If there are no objections from other bidders, the jobs will be awarded after highway staffers study the details.