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Immigration has a plan to tighten entry controls
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Immigration officials are supposed to reveal today a system to catch dangerous foreigners and international fugitives when they try to enter the country.

A security vice minister, Freddy Montero Mora, and Gustavo Masta, the deputy director of the Judicial Investigating Organization, have scheduled a session to outline the plan.

The new procedure comes at a time when the Dirección General de Migración y Seguridad Pública is working to tighten the controls on both tourists and those who apply for residency.

There have been several scandals, including one December 2011 case where a man who was listed by the International Police Agency was let into the country. A few days later he murdered a female Czech tourist in Upala.

There have been few controls on tourists unless they happen to have an outstanding warrant from another country. The United States presents a special problem because each state maintains its own criminal justice system as does the federal government. A fugitive from a state or federal jurisdiction could easily enter Costa Rica until law enforcement at home fills out the paperwork to put other countries on alert.

The same is true for residency. Applicants for the various residency categories have to present a letter from their local police agency attesting to their clean record. Even something like a distant drunk driving conviction sometimes is enough to warrant a rejection from immigration.

Some applicants have obtained police letters from jurisdictions in which they have a clean record even though they may have a long rap sheet in another municipality or state.

Immigration officials have been prevailing on the U.S. Embassy to obtain a compete FBI report on U.S. residency applicants, according to one source. Embassy spokespersons have not been able to confirm this.

In one current case, someone has posted a
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Facebook page alleging that a resident of Jacó is a twice convicted child sex offender. A man with the same name does show up on an Internet search as having convictions in Kansas and Florida. Although information about this name is available with just a few keystrokes, immigration worker have not routinely run the names of residency applicants though an Internet search. Some counties in Florida keep arrest information and booking photos online as public information.

Multiple child sex convictions certainly would derail any residency application if the facts were made known, but immigration workers can be fooled easily with fake paperwork or paperwork from another jurisdiction showing a clean record.

In a 2007 case, a man facing a child sex charge in the United States was detained in Playa Garza on the far Pacific coast after having been a fugitive here for eight years. He ran a business. After being deported to the United States, a Florida judge gave him home detention, and the man showed up in Playa Garza a few days later. He was believed to have entered the country by land at Peñas Blancas from Nicaragua.

Some of the so-called perpetual tourists in Costa Rica decline to apply for residency because of their criminal background. Instead, they travel outside the country every 90 days to renew a tourist visa. An effective immigration system, such as the one expected to be announced today, could flag them.

Fugitives from U.S. jurisdictions usually are apprehended by agents of the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security who work out of the embassy. They work in conjunction with local law enforcement.


Sala IV voids locking up prostitutes, homosexuals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has thrown out a clause in the penal code that could have put homosexuals or prostitutes away for an indefinite period.

The key phrase is medidas de seguridad or "security measures." The use of such measures was restricted to prostitutes, homosexuals, alcoholics and drug addicts. Under the law, a judge could send one of these types of person to a psychiatric hospital or order psychiatric counseling.

They also could have been remanded to what the penal code calls establishments of special educational treatment.

Such methods could be used to remand a person who appears in court facing a crime without the metal faculties to provide a defense.
The Defensoría de los Habitantes filed the appeal against the law. The Sala IV ruling said that the fact that someone dedicated their working life to prostitution or that they are homosexual does not mean they suffer from the inability to determine right from wrong. The court called the characterization discriminatory.

There is no indication that these measures have been applied to individuals lately. In fact, adult prostitution is not prosecuted in Costa Rica.

And being homosexual is becoming recognized as one version of normality.

The decision drew an unusual unanimous verdict from the court magistrates, said the Poder Judicial, which prepared a summary of the decision.

Presumably drug addicts and alcoholics still can be remanded for treatment indefinitely.

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Arrests Wednesday in the murder of environmentalist Jairo Mora appear to validate the theory of smaller crimes leading to larger ones.

Criminologist call it the broken window theory. The idea was advanced by academics in 1982 that stopping urban vandalism might reduce larger crimes.

In Costa Rica, the problem is not with windows. But it is with the apparent revolving door that put criminals back on the street.

Last week law officers detained a man involved in a store robbery and said that he was in the process of completing a 22-month term of conditional freedom on an earlier robbery conviction. He only had to sleep at night in custody.

Investigators and judges seem to put armed robbery in the same category with simple theft. But armed robbery is a crime that frequently leads to murder. A bus driver died Friday night in Sixaola, the victim of young robbers.

Robbers in Jacó had confrontation with the administrator of a commercial center and stabbed him to death last weekend. In Heredia, a young robber with a homemade weapon gunned down a man waiting for a bus about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

The case of Jairo Mora is similar. Investigators believe that bandits blocked a road to stop vehicles so they could rob the occupants. Mora, who was involved in protecting the nests of turtles on the Moín beach, had problems with some of the bandits earlier, so they took him away and killed him. Four women with him were abducted and robbed elsewhere. They survived.

Judicial agents detained eight persons in the Limón area in the murder with eight early morning raids. Two were women.

The Judicial Investigating Organization took the unusual step of putting some of the arrests on YouTube because the case was publicized highly.

Not all those arrested were involved in the murder. The Judicial agents are describing a gang of robbers who also were involved in stealing turtle eggs and other crimes.

The encounter with Mora and four female passengers was accidental, according to investigators.

Mora and the non-profit organization for which he worked had filed complaints against some of the individuals for stealing turtle eggs, something that is frequent in the area. The non-profit was trying to safeguard a turtle nesting location.

Agents zeroed in on the suspects because of their prior involvement with turtle eggs and encounters with police over that practice.

Judicial agents made the arrests this  morning when they conducted eight raids. The arrests can be seen HERE, HERE and HERE.

Mora was kidnapped and murdered May 30 or early May 31 in Moín.

His murder sparked an outpouring of concern in environmentalist circles here and around the world.

EDITOR'S NOTE; Some parts of this article were taken from a news story about the arrests that was published Wednesday.


Insurance regulator sets up
consumer protection section


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Superintendencia General de Seguros  is setting up a consumer protection sections for insurance customers. Among other tasks, the new section will arbitrate consumer complaints.

The rules involving the new section were published in the La Gaceta official newspaper Wednesday.

The Superintendencia also is expected to produce a list of rights for insurance purchasers.

This is the agency that was created when the insurance market was open to private firms.

Insurance companies also have to submit a report every four months outlining what they have done for their customers. The first report is due in April.

Because the Instituto Nacional de Seguros, a state company, was the only insurer in the country, Costa Ricans have little experience in buying and comparing insurance products.


State telecom company
increasing prepaid rates

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad plans to start charging prepaid mobile users based on the amount of data they transfer and not on the speed of their Internet hookup.

The company made the announcement Wednesday. It said it was conforming to the realities of the marketplace.

The telecom company also is increasing the cost of a text message.

The company said it also was increasing the speed of the mobile hookup to one megabyte.

The data transfer fee also applies to video conferencing.

The company is under the supervision of the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, but it said these services were not regulated.


Saturday activities planned

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is more activity in the downtown parks this weekend with Enamorate de tu Ciudad.

There is African dance, a workshop on break dancing, and a guitar concert. In addition to activities in Parque España, Parque Morazán and the smaller Jardin de Paz, activities also will be in Parque La Merced just west of the La Merced church on Avenida Secunda.



Youngsters to compete in surf

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Caribbean coast will be the scene for the  Puerto Viejo Open Prosurg tourney for youngsters Saturday. The location is in the Playa Cocles and Salsa Brava area. The total purse is 1.5 million colons or about $3,000. Categories include 12 years and under and 16 years and under.


U.S. Embassy will be closed

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. Embassy has announced that it will be closed to routine business Friday, which is a legal holiday in Costa Rica. The day is the Día de la Virgen de los Ángeles.

As always there are persons monitoring the telephones at the embassy for emergencies.

A.M. Costa Rica will be published that day, but the office in Barrio Otoya will remain closed and most staffers will enjoy a holiday.

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The Irazú crater in calmer times. The volcano can be seen from San José's downtown 25 kilometers away. In 1963 it dumped tons of ash on the metro area. It has been emitting acidic steam for several years. Its sister volcano, Turrialba, has been becoming more active.

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Irazú can become active quickly, study of magma crystals says
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If some volcanoes operate on geologic timescales, Costa Rica's Irazú had something of a short fuse. In a new study in the journal Nature, scientists suggest that the 1960s eruption of Costa Rica's largest stratovolcano was triggered by magma rising from the mantle over a few short months rather than thousands of years or more, as many scientists have thought. The study is the latest to suggest that deep, hot magma can set off an eruption fairly quickly, potentially providing an extra tool for detecting an oncoming volcanic disaster.

"If we had had seismic instruments in the area at the time we could have seen these deep magmas coming," said the study's lead author, Philipp Ruprecht, a volcanologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "We could have had an early warning of months, instead of days or weeks."

Towering more than 10,000 feet and covering almost 200 square miles, Irazú erupts about every 20 years or less, with varying degrees of damage. When it awakened in 1963, it erupted for two years, killing at least 20 people and burying hundreds of homes in mud and ash. Its last eruption, in 1994, did little damage.

Irazú sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where oceanic crust is slowly sinking beneath the continents, producing some of earth's most spectacular fireworks. Conventional wisdom holds that the mantle magma feeding those eruptions rises and lingers for long periods of time in a mixing chamber several miles below the volcano. But ash from Irazú's prolonged explosion is the latest to suggest that some magma may travel directly from the upper mantle, covering more than 20 miles in a few months.

"There has to be a conduit from the mantle to the magma chamber," said study co-author Terry Plank, a geochemist at Lamont-Doherty. "We like to call it the highway from hell."

Their evidence comes from crystals of the mineral olivine separated from the ashes of Irazú's 1963-1965 eruption, collected on a 2010 expedition to the volcano. As magma rising from the mantle cools, it forms crystals that preserve the conditions in which they formed. Unexpectedly, Irazú's crystals revealed spikes of nickel, a trace element found in the mantle. The spikes told the researchers that some of Irazú's erupted magma was so fresh the nickel had not had a chance to diffuse.

"The study provides one more piece of evidence that it's possible to get magma from the mantle to the surface in very short order," said John Pallister, who heads the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Disaster Assistance Program in Vancouver, Washington. "It tells us there's a potentially shorter time span we need to worry about."

Deep, fast-rising magma has been linked to other big events. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines spewed so much gas and ash into the atmosphere that it cooled Earth's climate. In the weeks before the eruption, seismographs recorded hundreds of deep earthquakes that U.S. Geological Survey geologist Randall White later attributed to magma rising from the mantle-crust boundary.

In 2010, a chain of eruptions at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano that caused widespread flight cancellations also
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 Spikes of nickel in the crystals indicated the magma was
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indicated that some magma was coming from down deep. Small earthquakes set off by the eruptions suggested that the magma in Eyjafjallajökull's last two explosions originated 12 miles and 15 miles below the surface, according to a 2012 study by University of Cambridge researcher Jon Tarasewicz in Geophysical Research Letters.

Volcanoes give off many warning signs before a blow-up. Their cones bulge with magma. They vent carbon dioxide and sulfur into the air and throw off enough heat that satellites can detect their changing temperature. Below ground, tremors and other rumblings can be detected by seismographs. When Indonesia's Mount Merapi roared to life in late October 2010, officials led a mass evacuation later credited with saving as many as 20,000 lives.

Still, the forecasting of volcanic eruptions is not an exact  science. Even if more seismographs could be placed along the flanks of volcanoes to detect deep earthquakes, it is unclear if scientists would be able to translate the rumblings into a projected eruption date. Most problematically, many apparent warning signs do not lead to an eruption, putting officials in a bind over whether to evacuate nearby residents.

Several months leaves a lot of room for error, said Erik Klemetti, a volcanologist at Denison University who writes the "Eruptions" blog for Wired magazine. "In volcanic hazards you have very few shots to get people to leave."

Scientists may be able to narrow the window by continuing to look for patterns between eruptions and the earthquakes that precede them. The Nature study also provides a real-world constraint for modeling how fast magma travels to the surface. "If this interpretation is correct, you start having a speed limit that your models of magma transport have to catch," said Tom Sisson, a Survey volcanologist based at Menlo Park, California.

Olivine minerals with nickel spikes similar to Irazú's have been found in the ashes of arc volcanoes in Mexico, Siberia and the Cascades of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, said Lamont geochemist Susanne Straub, whose ideas inspired the study.

"It's clearly not a local phenomenon," she said. The researchers are currently analyzing crystals from past volcanic eruptions in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, Chile and Tonga, but are unsure how many will bear Irazú's fast-rising magma signature. "Some may be capable of producing highways from hell and some may not," said Ruprecht.


Sala IV says power company picked wrong weekend for cutoffs
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the  Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados have called off work Sunday at the Río Macho hydro plant because the Sala IV constitutional court told them to do so.

The state power generator and the water company produced an extensive list of communities Wednesday where outages were planned for Sunday.

The Sala IV, however, said that thousands of persons would be in the Cartago area in the aftermath of the annual pilgrimage and for reasons of public health water should not be cut off.
The firm known as ICE and the water company known as AyA said that the work would be done Saturday, Aug. 10, and that water cutoffs would take place then.

The  Municipalidad de Cartago also was announcing cutoffs. That is the community where the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles is located.  Although Aug. 2, this Friday, is the feast day of the Virgin, many people come before and after to complete their pilgrimages.

The announcement suspending the work on the hydro plant did not mention the court ruling. The power company said that it would unblock a tunnel and make changes to pipes that feed some turbines while the water is shut off.

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San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, Vol. 13, No. 151
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Government agencies told to clean up pollution affecting beach in Quepos
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has ordered government officials and the Municipalidad de Aguirre to fix the problem caused by raw sewage entering the beach water.

The culprit is the historical area known as the Zona Americana that was developed by the United Fruit Co. for its banana operations. The structures there now are occupied by government offices, including the  Ministerio de  Ambiente  y  Energía,  The ministry is one of the agencies being ordered to fix the problem.

The situation is long-standing because the sewage system dates from the time
when the banana company was there. Basically the system is series of septic tanks.
The court based its ruling on the Costa Rican Constitution that guarantees every citizen a healthy environment.

The  Ministerio de Salud released a report on the situation in April. The report was grim. Fecal matter could be found in the ocean near the Quepos beaches. This is an area for tourism, fishing and other water sports.

The court did not say what measures should be taken. A package treatment plant is one option. The  Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados also was named as an agency to comply with the ruling.

Many of the sewer line are in bad shape, too, and are leaking onto the ground. The institute is in charge of the sewers as well as the lines for drinking water.

 
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U.S. declassifies paperwork
that Snowden had revealed


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. has declassified secret orders that allowed it to engage in massive surveillance of the phone calls and Internet usage of Americans, information about two clandestine programs that former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked last month.

The government released the orders Wednesday, but blacked out key information, such as the names of the telephone companies it sought the records from. The release of the documents appeared to be a new effort by President Barack Obama's administration to support its claim that the data collection is necessary to thwart terrorist attacks on the country.

One document sent to key congressional leaders in 2011 described the National Security Agency surveillance as some of the most sensitive foreign intelligence collection programs being conducted by the government. It said telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, the times of the calls and messaging and their dates are being collected, but not the content of the calls and Internet messages.

Even as the government released the information, Britain's Guardian newspaper disclosed details of another clandestine NSA program leaked by Snowden, XKeyscore. The newspaper said the agency boasted that XKeyscore is its widest-reaching system, with analysts able to monitor online Internet chats and the browsing history of millions of Internet users.  

The scope of the surveillance has surprised many Americans and sparked a debate whether it ought to be curtailed. The House of Representatives narrowly rejected a bid last week to end some of the spying.

But at a hearing on the surveillance Wednesday, the chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, voiced skepticism about the need for the spying.

"The government is already collecting data on millions of innocent Americans on a daily basis, based on a secret legal interpretation of the statute that does not, on its face, intend to authorize this kind of bulk collection," he said. "So what's going to be next? When is enough, is enough?"

Snowden leaked details of the surveillance as he fled first to Hong Kong and then Moscow, where for the last month he has been encamped in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport while seeking asylum in any country where he can avoid extradition to the United States to face pending espionage charges.

He is seeking temporary asylum in Russia while saying he wants to eventually leave for Latin America, where Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have offered him asylum.  But his quick departure from Moscow was blocked when the U.S. revoked his passport, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused a request from Obama to expel Snowden so he can stand trial in the U.S.

NSA deputy director John Inglis told Leahy that no one has been fired or offered to resign at the agency in the aftermath of Snowden's leaks. Inglis said the NSA is in the midst of investigating how the disclosures occurred and that officials will be held accountable.

Snowden's father, Lon Snowden, told Russian television Wednesday he was grateful that the Kremlin has kept his son safe while it considers his asylum request.

In another interview, the elder Snowden told The Washington Post that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation tried to convince him to fly to Moscow to persuade his son to return to the U.S. However, Lon Snowden told the newspaper that the intelligence agency could not guarantee that it could arrange a meeting with his son.

The Post reported the elder Snowden told the FBI that he would "not sit on a tarmac to be an emotional tool" for the agency's benefit.

Snowden told the newspaper that he was as surprised as the rest of America when his son exposed top-secret U.S. surveillance plans. He said he did not see any direct signs of a growing disillusionment with the government and its surveillance methods that Edward has spoken about in interviews. He said his son simply did not talk about his work.



Now they have plate readers
to track motorists with video


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Privacy advocates, already reeling from leaks on the government's surveillance of private citizens, have found another concern.  Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are using powerful camera technology to scan license plates and build databases on the movements of millions of Americans.

Arlington County Police Detective Mohammed Tabibi is with the auto theft unit.  He uses license plate readers mounted on the hood of his car to look for stolen vehicles.

“It has paid dividends.  We have caught some people involved in some serious crimes because of LPR.  And I know it has helped out a lot of agencies in the area as well," said Tabibi.

The use of license plate readers is growing across the United States.  Some are mounted on poles, others on cars, and privacy groups are concerned.  They say the information is being stored on computer servers and shared with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. 

“What they are also doing is storing everybody’s time, place, and location," said Jay Stanley, who is with the American Civil Liberties Union. "And many police departments are holding that information indefinitely.  You know in our society, the government doesn’t follow you and invade your privacy and track you unless it has a specific reason that you are involved in wrongdoing."

Arlington Police Capt. Kevin Rearden heads the Homeland Security division.  He says license plate reader information is kept for six months.  But other law enforcement agencies, with access to their server, may store it indefinitely.

“We originally had a two-month period, and the detectives requested the chief extend it to six months because they found in so many investigations, keeping it for two months wasn’t long enough," said Rearden.

Privacy advocates say they have no problem with police departments scanning license plates to investigate crimes. But they're opposed to storing information for long periods of time.

“...Once you are past a certain amount of time, it is very unlikely it is going to be useful. Meanwhile we are creating this giant infrastructure for tracking people," said Stanley. “They keep bringing up the tracking word. And if I went out and ran your tag in our server, I would not be able to track you.  I would be lucky if I could put you in a few places in Arlington in a particular time.  By no stretch of the imagination would I be able to track you,"

But the ACLU says Americans need to know more about the technology. 

It has filed suit in federal court against the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to see how federal officials are using the license plate reader information they acquire.



Senate panel hears reasons
for surveillance of citizens


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Top U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials say the government’s vast domestic data collection activities do not infringe on citizens’ privacy but do help identify and defeat terrorist threats.  Officials testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee hours after the Obama administration released documents detailing telephone data collection programs exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Revelations that the U.S. government collects telephone records have unnerved many Americans, according to committee chairman Patrick Leahy.

“I think the patience of the American people is beginning to wear thin. But what has to be of more concern in a democracy is the trust of the American people is wearing thin," he said.

Wednesday, the Obama administration released previously classified documents on the extent and limitations of federal telephone snooping.

“These are telephone records maintained by the phone companies. They include the number the call was dialed from, the number the call was dialed to, the date and time of the call and the length of the call," said Deputy Attorney General James Cole. "The records do not include the names or other identifying information. They do not include cell site or other location information, and they do not include the content of any phone calls."

Actual monitoring of phone calls requires special court authorization.  Overall, data collection has helped defeat terrorists, according to National Security Agency Deputy Director John Inglis.

“There were 54 plots that were disrupted over the life of these two programs," he said.

The House of Representatives recently voted down a proposal to limit telephone data collection.  Similarly, senators showed no inclination to terminate the programs but did express dismay over the lack of voluntary public disclosure.

“We have a lot of good information out there that helps the American public understand these programs," said Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. "But it all came out late.  It all came out in response to a leaker. There was no organized plan for how we rationally declassify this so that the American people can participate in the debate."

Vast data collection has a chilling effect on freedom, according to Jameel Jaffer of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“People who know the government could be monitoring their every move, their every phone call, or their every Google search will comport themselves differently.  They will hesitate before visiting controversial Web sites.  They will hesitate before joining controversial advocacy groups.  They will hesitate before exercising rights that the Constitution guarantees," he said.

Not so, says Robert Litt, general counsel in the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

“Collection of this kind of telephone meta-data from the telephone companies is not a violation of anyone’s constitutional rights," he said.

Litt said that disclosure of the programs has damaged the government’s ability to protect the nation.



Delay in Obamacare mandate
will save $10 billion in fines


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama's decision to delay implementation of part of his health care reform law will cost $12 billion and leave a million fewer Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance in 2014, congressional researchers said Tuesday.

The report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is the first authoritative estimate of the human and fiscal cost from the administration's unexpected one-year delay announced July 2 of the employer mandate, a requirement for larger businesses to provide health coverage for their workers or pay a penalty.

The analysts said the delay will add to the cost of Obamacare's insurance-coverage provisions over the next 10 years. Penalties paid by employers would be lower and more individuals who otherwise might have had employer coverage will need federal insurance subsidies.

“Of those who would otherwise have obtained employment-based coverage, roughly half will be uninsured,” the budget office said in a July 30 letter to Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee.

Under Obama's health care reform law, employers with 50 or more full-time workers were supposed to provide health care coverage or incur penalties beginning Jan. 1. But the requirement will now begin in 2015.

The delay intensified doubts about the administration's ability to implement Obama's signature domestic policy achievement and stirred Republican calls for a similar delay in another Obamacare mandate that requires most individuals to have health insurance in 2014.

The Republican-controlled House followed up the administration's decision by voting on July 17 for its own measures to delay the employer and individual mandates. Neither piece of legislation is expected to succeed in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

State and federal officials are racing to set up new online health insurance exchanges, where lower-to-moderate income families that lack health insurance will be able to sign up for federally subsidized coverage beginning Oct. 1. The poor will also be able to sign up for Medicaid coverage in 23 states that have opted to expand the program.

Most large employers already offer health insurance, and the Congressional Budget Office said few are expected to drop coverage because of the delay.

But the change will still result in a $10 billion reduction in penalty payments that some employers would have made in 2015 for failing to provide coverage next year, the budget office said.

The change also means another $3 billion in added costs for exchange subsidies. That is because about half of the 1 million workers who would have gained employer-sponsored coverage next year will now obtain insurance through the exchanges or via public programs including Medicaid, the report said.

Other changes, including an increase in taxable compensation resulting from fewer people enrolling in employment-based coverage, will offset those factors by about $1 billion.

The budget office now puts the net cost of Obamacare's insurance coverage provisions at around $1.38 trillion over the next 10 years, vs. its May baseline projection of $1.36 trillion.


Defense secretary warns
of military budget cuts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says automatic government spending cuts, if they continue, will force the Pentagon to reduce its forces by tens of thousands of troops or cancel plans to develop and buy new weapons. 

The U.S. defense budget already is being cut by $46 billion this year under the automatic cuts known as sequestration. If the cuts continue, the Pentagon will have to cut $500 billion in the next 10 years.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday,Hagel said a review he ordered on the effects of the cuts shows the reductions will inevitably hurt the U.S. military's readiness.

“The review showed that the in-between budget scenario we evaluated would bend our defense strategy in important ways and sequester level cuts would break some parts of the strategy, no matter how the cuts were made," said Hagel.

He said the cuts would mean the armed forces would have fewer options at their disposal for defending U.S. interests and require the Pentagon to make a devastating choice. 

“The basic trade-off is between capacity measured in the number of army brigades, navy ships, air force squadrons, and marine battalions and capability — our ability to modernize weapons systems and maintain our military's technological edge," he said.

Under the scenario that Hagel presented, the U.S. military would have to get rid of up to three of its 11 aircraft carriers and reduce the size of the Army to as low as 380,000 troops from a recent wartime high of 570,000.  The Marines would see reductions to as few as 150,000 from a wartime high of 205,000.

The carrier numbers and troop levels would be the lowest since the drawdown that followed World War II.

Hagel's message was indirectly meant for Congress, which remains locked in a budget dispute with the Obama administration.  The failure of both sides to reach an agreement on the federal budget resulted in the implementation of those automatic cuts.


U.S. economy is reported
to be better than expected

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New reports show the U.S. economy is advancing at a faster pace than some analysts had predicted, but the country's central bank says it is not ready yet to trim its stimulus measures to boost growth.

The government Wednesday said the American economy grew by a 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-to-June period, compared to a newly calculated 1.1 percent pace over the first three months of the year.

The Federal Reserve described the country's expansion as modest. The second quarter growth was nearly twice what many economists had projected, with some saying it pointed to even more robust growth in the second half of the year.

After a two-day meeting in Washington, central bank policy makers said the Fed will continue its monthly $85 billion purchase of securities to pump more money into the economy, and keep its benchmark interest rate near zero.

Analyst Greg McBride of Bankrate.com said there is no urgency for the Fed to scale back its asset purchases.

"We still have a slow-growth economy with high unemployment and low inflation. As a result, there's really nothing urgent that's going to prompt the Fed to scale back their stimulus anytime soon," he said. "What they've done instead is adopt kind of a wait-and-see attitude with more of the same in the meantime."

The Fed's asset purchases have been aimed at spurring the economy and boosting job growth, but the central bank said previously that as the economy improves, it is looking to curtail the program later this year and end it by mid-2014.

The government said the second quarter advance was fueled by more consumer spending, a growth in exports and expanding corporate investment.  That offset reduced federal government spending after Washington failed to agree on a new budget plan and automatic cuts took effect in March.

In another report, the government revised last year's U.S. economic performance upward, saying the country's overall output moved ahead by 2.8 percent, up from the 2.2 percent figure it earlier posted.



Latin IMF representative
backs away from Greek loan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Brazil's executive director at the International Monetary Fund refused to back the Fund's move this week to keep bankrolling Greece, citing risks of non-repayment, and the Fund itself said Athens might need faster debt relief from Europe.

The abstention by Latin American states from the decision was revealed by their Brazilian representative in an unusual public statement Wednesday, highlighting growing frustration in emerging nations with Fund policy to rescue debt-laden Europeans.
 
"Recent developments in Greece confirm some of our worst fears,'' said Paulo Nogueira Batista, Brazil's executive director at the monetary fund, who also represents 10 small nations in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Batista clarified on Wednesday that he was speaking only for himself.
 
Implementation of Greece's reform program has been unsatisfactory in almost all areas; growth and debt sustainability assumptions continue to be over-optimistic, said Batista, criticizing the monetary fund's executive board's decision on Monday to release 1.7 billion euros of rescue loans to Greece.
 
This raised to 28.4 billion euros ($37.6 billion) the total amount of money the Fund has so far committed to Greece, an amount that Athens might default on if it gets ditched by its euro zone partners, Batista warned.
 
He was pointing to a separate report published by the Fund Wednesday which said that if Greek reforms derail and European governments withdraw their support, then Athens' “capacity to repay the Fund would likely be insufficient.”
 


Chines woman held in D.C.
after extensive vandalism


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. authorities are investigating whether a Chinese-born woman is responsible for the worst series of vandalism of historic sites in Washington, D.C., in recent years.
 
Jiamei Tian, 58, is awaiting a second court hearing in the U.S. capital Friday, in connection with the splashing of green paint at the Washington National Cathedral, where she was arrested Monday.
 
A police officer found Ms. Tian with several paint cans inside the cathedral soon after green paint was thrown onto decorative objects in two chapels. She also had green paint on her shoes.
 
The woman's detention followed the discovery of several other cases of vandalism involving paint at Washington historic sites on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Police believe the incidents are connected.
 
Ms. Tian made her first court appearance Tuesday to face a charge of felony destruction of property for allegedly causing the damage at the cathedral. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. The court ordered her to remain in custody because of concerns that she might flee if granted bail.
 
Officials involved in the hearing said Ms. Tian's English is weak. They also said she has revealed little about her herself to police, besides claiming that she lives in Los Angeles.
 
Police Chief Cathy Lanier told a local television station the woman may have mental issues.
 
Prior to her arrest, Ms. Tian attended a Sunday morning service at Washington's Luther Place Memorial Church.
 
Its administrator, Jack Reiffer, said that several congregants shook her hand in a traditional Christian greeting, but noticed that she did not engage in conversation.
 
"Most people took her to be a homeless person who was sitting in on the service," Reiffer said. "That would have been fairly common here. We frequently have folks that we have not met before who come off the street and sit in the sanctuary."
 
He said several congregants returned to the sanctuary after the service and discovered that a mixture of paint, urine and feces had been splattered onto an organ and chairs around the pulpit, prompting them to call police.
 
The church already had informed police about a previous case of vandalism Thursday, when green paint was found on its statue of Martin Luther outside the sanctuary. It was the earliest of the reported incidents.
 
Similar vandalism with green paint was discovered the next day at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial and the statue of John Henry outside the Smithsonian Castle.
 
Damage estimates for the church, cathedral and Lincoln Memorial each run into thousands of dollars.
 
National Mall and Memorial Parks spokeswoman Carol Johnson said the last major vandalism of a national park monument in Washington was in 1962.
 
“On the 100th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, the backside of the Lincoln statue was vandalized and there was a racial epithet written in large pink letters,” Ms. Johnson said.
 
“During the protests of the 1960s and 70s, apparently there were smaller amounts of vandalism with people spray painting, but nothing of the magnitude of the latest incident.”
 
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia, Bill Miller, said there have been no recent vandalism cases in the city like those of the past week.
 
Court documents showed Ms. Tian had a U.S. visa that expired Saturday. It is not clear how her immigration status will affect the court proceedings against her.
 
The Chinese embassy in Washington did not respond to a question about whether it has provided any assistance to the Chinese citizen.


Tail of ancient dinosaur
uncovered in México

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A team of paleontologists in Mexico has discovered an unusually well-preserved dinosaur tail that is 72 million years old.

Scientists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History say the five-meter-long tail was found earlier this month in the desert about 150 kilometers west of Monterrey near the small town of General Cepeda and is the first ever found in the country.

The paleontologists took 20 days to uncover 50 complete vertebrae of the tail along with several other parts of the dinosaur, including a hip.

The scientists say the tail resembles that of a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, and probably made up half of the dinosaur's length.

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• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
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8034-8/19/13

Playa Palo Seco - Gorgeous beachfront 2-story home of roughly 2,000 square feet set on a half acre ocean front full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco.
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This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is only minutes from  the tourist hot spot Jacó but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil. This is an incredible opportunity at $150,000! Owner financing is available! Visit Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8033-8/19/13

El Castillo - Up to 60-acre tract with breathtaking views of Volcán Arenal and Lake
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8032-8/19/13

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area. Vista Rica Realty has been in the business for over 20 years which allows us to outcompete in not only selection, but also price. Oceanview homesites from only $30,000 with easy access to San Ramón. Up to 90-hectare fincas perfect for raising cattle or an off-the-grid project. Owner financing is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8031-8/19/13

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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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

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

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
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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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- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
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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

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

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

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

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

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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.
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7766-6/17/13

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Moderate exercise counters
Alzheimer’s, new study says


By the University of Maryland new staff

New research out of the University of Maryland School of Public Health shows that exercise may improve cognitive function in those at risk for Alzheimer’s by improving the efficiency of brain activity associated with memory. Memory loss leading to Alzheimer’s disease is one of the greatest fears among older Americans. While some memory loss is normal and to be expected as we age, a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment signals more substantial memory loss and a greater risk for Alzheimer’s for which there currently is no cure.

The study, led by J. Carson Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, provides new hope for those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. It is the first to show that an exercise intervention with older adults with mild cognitive impairment  improved not only memory recall, but also brain function, as measured by functional neuroimaging . The participants had an average age of 78.

The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

“We found that after 12 weeks of being on a moderate exercise program, study participants improved their neural efficiency – basically they were using fewer neural resources to perform the same memory task,” says Smith. “No study has shown that a drug can do what we showed is possible with exercise.”

Two groups of physically inactive older adults, ranging from 60 to 88 years old, were put on a 12-week exercise program that focused on regular treadmill walking and was guided by a personal trainer.  Both groups, one which included adults with mild cognitive impairment and the other with healthy brain function, improved their cardiovascular fitness by about 10 percent at the end of the intervention. More notably, both groups also improved their memory performance and showed enhanced neural efficiency while engaged in memory retrieval tasks.

The good news is that these results were achieved with a dose of exercise consistent with the physical activity recommendations for older adults. These guidelines urge moderate intensity exercise, activity that increases the heart rate and producessweat, but isn’t so strenuous that participants can’t hold a conversation while doing it.  The weekly total was 150 minutes.

One of the first observable symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is the inability to remember familiar names. Smith and colleagues had study participants identify famous names and measured their brain activation while engaged in correctly recognizing a name such as Frank Sinatra, or other celebrities well known to adults born in the 1930s and 40s. “The task gives us the ability to see what is going on in the brain when there is a correct memory performance,” Smith explained.

Tests and imaging were performed both before and after the 12-week exercise intervention. Brain scans taken after the exercise intervention showed a significant decrease in the intensity of brain activation in 11 brain regions while participants correctly identified famous names. The brain regions with improved efficiency corresponded to those involved in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

The exercise intervention was also effective in improving word recall.  People were read a list of 15 words and asked to remember and repeat as many words as possible on five consecutive attempts, and again after a distraction of being given another list of words.

“People with MCI are on a very sharp decline in their memory function, so being able to improve their recall is a very big step in the right direction,” Smith said

The results of Smith’s study suggest that exercise may reduce the need for over-activation of the brain to correctly remember something. 


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Europe's economy seems to be mending

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services


There are signs that Europe’s economy may finally be starting to recover from years of recession and slow growth that have left millions unemployed and hampered the global economy.  But experts say it’s too early to plan celebrations.

Industrial production in Europe is starting to come back.  That means more jobs and more money that workers and their families can spend.  Over time, that means more economic growth.

The latest statistics make experts like Jonathan Buck, Europe editor of the financial publication Barron’s, believe the continent’s economy is on the mend. “In the last couple of years, we’ve seen it, effectively, turn a corner of sorts," he noted. "I think that we will see Europe emerging from recession later this year.”

That would be good news for Europe’s protesting workers, like for railway employees in Romania, who have been marching against planned layoffs and wage cuts.

But at the London consulting firm Capital Economics, senior European economist Jennifer McKeown said a real recovery is not likely very soon. "Even the more optimistic surveys are pointing to very modest rates of expansion, and after such a long and deep recession, that’s really not much of a recovery,” she said.

A year ago, some experts warned the euro zone could break up.  But now Latvia is preparing to join the zone, and officials showed off the design for its new coins.

Still, Ms. McKeown said the threat to the euro continues, as voter patience with bailouts and austerity runs out. “I think that that all points to a risk of an exit, or at least a lot more tension within the euro zone in the quarters to come,” she said.