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Perpetual tourists are facing additional squeezes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Perpetual tourists are facing more constraints as Costa Rican and adjacent countries tighten up their entry requirements.

Like most entry situations, requirements frequently are different or absent from what the rules require.

The latest flap among U.S. perpetual tourists in Costa Rica is the enforcement of a requirement for a return ticket for those traveling overland into Panamá. That country for years has required proof of forward travel for tourists arriving by air. Costa Rica requires the same proof.

But some immigration officers in Panamá are requiring proof of forward  or return travel to those entering the country by land from Costa Rica. This is a problem for perpetual tourists who live in Costa Rica and have to leave the country every 90 days to renew their tourist visa. Some said they have been required to purchase expensive air tickets before being allowed to enter Panamá,

Costa Rica requires proof that a tourist will leave the country at the end of the normal 90-day tourism visa. Those arriving by air sometimes meet this requirement with an open bus ticket to an adjacent country. That is the cheapest legal way.

Others simply forge bus tickets or provide airline information downloaded from a Web site. Some posters online have cautioned their fellow expats to refrain from being too candid about their forgery exploits.

A second problem for some perpetual tourists is the new computer link border immigration posts have with the International Police Agency. Theoretically, a  Costa Rican immigration agency can determine if an incoming tourist is wanted or a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

Kirk Owen, a perpetual tourist living in Jacó, is a classic case of someone living here as a perpetual tourists who could not obtain legal residency. Owen, as has been reported in the past, has two child sex convictions in the United States. He made frequent exits and entries to Costa Rica because he was not a fugitive. Had he applied for residency, however, his convictions would have been discovered when his fingerprints were checked. Costa Rican officials deported him because they saw him as undesirable.
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Most who opt for the perpetual tourist travails are not criminals, but they choose not to seek legal
residency. That may be because they cannot show the funds necessary to be a pensionado or a rentista.

Although tourists are supposed to be prohibited from working, many perpetual tourists do anyway. Some, like Owen, own expensive homes.

Even those who apply for residency are facing additional problems. Costa Rican motor vehicle officials now follow the three-year-old traffic law and require a residency cédula to issue a Costa Rican license. Even those who have filed residency papers must continue to make the 90-day trek out of the country if they wish to remain legal with their foreign driving license here.

A few expats in Costa Rica might be able to take advantage of the new Global Pass program in Panamá. That program was the subject of a January decree. It follows the U.S. Global Entry that allows low-risk frequent visitors to skip some of the immigration procedures. The program must be applied for and costs $100. Although both the Panamá and the U.S. programs are mainly for business travelers, some expats might be able to enter this category.


Judiciary plans to show how cases are moving online
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The concept seems too good to be true.

The judiciary plans to announce today a new online procedure whereby individuals can file criminal complaints from the comfort of their homes.

For the first time with just a click, Internet users can file a complaint with the  Ministerio Público and follow the development of the case also via the Internet, said the judiciary in an announcement Monday. The Web page is HERE!

The judicial branch is getting space this morning in the Hotel Radisson to outline the proposal. It is called the  Proyecto Nacional de Fiscalías Electrónicas. The project has been under development for the last year, the judiciary said. The session today is mainly to promote the project.

The process is also supposed to speed up the time of investigation., The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the 911 system also are involved.

Among those making the presentation will be Carlos María Jiménez, the acting fiscal general or chief prosecutor.

Now to make a complaint, individuals have to show up in person at the offices of the Judicial
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Investigating Organization. At the San José office those who have been a victim of a crime first present their case to a reception desk and then are directed to a prosecutor who determines if a crime has been committed and, if yes, which type of crime.

The judiciary's emphasis on electronics goes further than just presenting a complaint. It is an effort to turn the entire prosecutor's system into paperless offices. The system is being used in the Central Valley and Cartago now.

Among other advances, the electronic system keeps track of the suspects who are free but told to sign in every 15 days or every month. The system keeps a record of their compliance or lack thereof. This is something that had been done on paper in a book at local prosecutor offices. The book was difficult to search. Now the signatures are linked to the case file.

The Web page notes that online complaints only can be filed that way if the victim or person making the complaint knows the identity of the suspect. Otherwise, the complaint has to be made in person.

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Road agency invests $80,000
between Parrita and Quepos

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Road drainage is something to which few persons pay attention. That is until the entire road is washed out, as happens frequently during the rainy season.

The  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad hopes that this will not happen between Parrita and Quepos now that new systems of runoffs and drains have been installed.

Basically the job was to construct collection systems so that the water runs under the road in a controlled fashion.

The agency said some 40 million colons were invested. That's about $80,000.

On Ruta 607 in Las Vegas a small drain was replaced by one almost two meters in diameter.

A similar-sized drain was put in on Ruta 301 about a kilometer south of the Río Parrita bridge.


Hit movie themes on program
for midday concert today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The  Teatro al Mediodía features 10 songs from U.S. movies presented by mezzo-soprano  Stacy Chamblin and pianist Manuel Matarrita.

The songs come for classics like "Casablanca," "West Side Story" and "An American in Paris."

As usually the weekly event is  at 12:!0 p.m. in the Teatro Nacional. Admission is 1,500 colons and just 750 colons for students and seniors.


Dead Sea Scrolls curator
plans public talk tonight


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Moria International Center haas scheduled an evening presentation by visiting biblical scholar Adolfo Roitman, who is the curator of the Dead Seas Scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The event will be at 7 o'clock tonight at the  Hotel Villa Tournon opposite the commercial center El Pueblo in  San Francisco de Guadalupe. There is a 10,000-colon admission.

The center, based in Israel, has opened up a branch in Costa Rica.


Our reader's opinion
Parking always costs shoppers
either directly or indirectly


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

David C. Murray's complaint about having to pay for mall parking when he believes it should be free overlooks a crucial point:  Parking is never free.  Someone always pays for it, and if the motorists don't, the cost is spread out among the customers who don't drive in the form of higher prices for everyone.


"Free parking" is actually a subsidy to motorists disproportionately paid by those who don't drive, and it's simply not fair.  In practice, it's also a subsidy the less affluent provide to the affluent, which makes it doubly unfair.

If people want to drive, they should pay the costs of parking, not expect others to pay it for them.
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Rising oceans could cost
cities billions by 2050


By the University of Southampton  news service

Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than nine-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

"Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities," published in Nature Climate Change, is part of an ongoing project by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to explore the policy implications of flood risks due to climate change and economic development. This study builds on past work which ranked global port cities on the basis of current and future exposure, where exposure is the maximum number of people or assets that could be affected by a flood.

The authors estimate present and future flood losses or the global cost of flooding in 136 of the world's largest coastal cities, taking into account existing coastal protections. Average global flood losses in 2005, estimated at about $6 billion per year, could increase to $52 billion by 2050 with projected socioeconomic change alone.

The cities ranked most at risk today, as measured by annual average losses due to floods, span developed and developing countries: Guangzhou, Miami, New York, New Orleans, Mumbai, Nagoya, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Boston, Shenzen, Osaka-Kobe, and Vancouver. The countries at greatest risk from coastal city flooding include the United States and China. Due to their high wealth and low protection level, three American cities (Miami, New York City and New Orleans) are responsible for 31 per cent of the losses across the 136 cities. Adding Guangzhou, the four top cities explain 43 per cent of global losses as of 2005.

Total dollar cost is one way to assess risk. Another is to look at annual losses as a percentage of a city's wealth, a proxy for local vulnerability. Using this measure, Guangzhou, China; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Abidjan, Ivory Coast are among the most vulnerable.

To estimate the impact of future climate change the study assumes that mean sea-level, including contributions from melting ice sheets, will rise 0.2 to 0.4 meters by 2050. In addition, about a quarter of the 136 cities are in deltas and exposed to local subsidence and local sea-level change, especially where groundwater extraction accelerate natural processes.

An important finding of this study is that, because flood defenses have been designed for past conditions, even a moderate rise in sea-level would lead to soaring losses in the absence of adaptation. Inaction is not an option as it could lead to losses in excess of $1 trillion. Therefore, coastal cities will have to improve their flood management, including better defenses, at a cost estimated around $50 billion per year for the 136 cities.

Robert Nicholls, professor of coastal engineering at the University of Southampton and co-author of the study, says: "This work shows that flood risk is rising in coastal cities globally due to a range of factors, including sea-level rise. Hence there is a pressing need to start planning how to manage flood risk now."

Even with better protection, the magnitude of losses will increase, often by more than 50 per cent, when a flood does occur. According to Stephane Hallegatte, from the World Bank and lead author of the study: "There is a limit to what can be achieved with hard protection: populations and assets will remain vulnerable to defense failures or to exceptional events that exceed the protection design." To help cities deal with disasters when they do hit, policy makers should consider early warning systems, evacuation planning, more resilient infrastructure and financial support to rebuild economies.

The report also notes that large increases in port city flood risk may occur in locations that are not vulnerable today, catching citizens and governments' off-guard. The five cities with the largest estimated increase in flood risk in 2050 are Alexandria, Egypt; Barranquilla, Colombia; Naples, Italy; Sapporo, Japan; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Children will have a chance to learn about grief via a play
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Teatro Jacó will celebrate the  Día del Niño Sept. 1 with a sad tale that has a happy ending.

The presentation is Adios, Querido Cuco, which chronicles the effect on a child when a beloved dog dies of old age.

The presentation follows the character, called Pola, as she passes through the seven stages of grief and finds renewed joy in starting over with a new puppy, the theater said.

Despite the somber storyline, the play is a popular Latin American presentation for children.

The work was written by the Mexican actress and director Berta Hiriart. The characters are puppets.

The show is at 5 p.m. Parents also can bring their children at 2:30 p.m. fora pre-show workshop with the actors and to learn how to make some of the creations that are used on stage.

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A member of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacoastas approaches the 'USS Rentz' outside the territorial limits of Costa Rica to make a pickup of drugs and prisoners.

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U.S. ship gets permission to dock even as it turns over prisoners
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers finally acted Monday and gave permission to the "USS Rentz" to dock in a Costa Rica port. But the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas already was at sea outside Costa Rica's territorial limits offloading confiscated drugs and prisoners.

The U.S. warship was waiting in the Pacific for more than a week for permission to enter a Costa Rican port. The Constitution says that legislators must approve the docking of foreign warships.

The security ministry said that a request for permission for U.S. boats had been submitted to the lawmakers June 7. The U.S. Embassy said that the "Rentz" was on that list.

The permission approved by lawmakers with 35 votes runs from July 1 until Dec. 31.

The prisoners are the crew of the  "Capitán Erson" that was
captured 10 days ago. Three of the four crew members are Costa Rican.

Under an agreement with Costa Rica, U.S. crews are obligated to turn over any Costa Ricans caught at sea with drug cargo.

This was the second time that the same boat was captured at sea with a drug cargo. There was a similar capture in November.

This time the boat sank. Reports said that the boat either collided with the "Rentz" during rough weather or it was sunk because it was not seaworthy.

Some readers have inquired why the Costa Rican coast guard just did not take the prisoners and the drugs off the boat shortly after the capture. A U.S. Embassy spokesperson said last week that to do so would be complicated because judges and other Costa Rican officials would have to inspect the evidence.

Eventually this is what had to be done. Based on photographs of the exchange, the sea appeared to have been calm Monday.

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Seven students win right to compete in world robotics championship
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Seven youngsters will be going to Indonesia to compete in the World Robotic Olympiad.

These were the seven who took top honors Sunday in a competition organized by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones. There were 500 participants and 125 individual teams.

Winners in the 15- to 19-year-old category were  Marlon Molina, Moisés Méndez and José Gabriel Rojas from the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Julien Brandt and Andy Murillo of the  Colegio Nueva Generación took the honors in the 13- to 15-year-old category.

The 7- to 12-year-old winners were  Mariana Murillo and Juan Carlos Brenes of  Escuela Jesús Jiménez de Cartago

They will be going to Jakarta in November.

Ms. Murillo and young Brenes also were winners last year when only 200 students participated, said the ministry.

The older students engaged in increasingly more sophisticated tasks with the robots  they created.
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Opponents to modified foods
show fishy vehicles in D.C.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Riding around in a car topped with a giant half-vegetable, half-fish is bound to attract attention.

As Nikolas Schiller drives past the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., pedestrians gawk, kids point, and tourists snap pictures.

An oncoming driver pulls up in a stretch of slow traffic and asks, “What is it?”

Schiller explains it’s a Fishy Food Car and hands the man a card bearing a cartoon that asks, “Are we eating fishy food?”

It’s a visual pun. For opponents of genetically modified organisms, there’s something fishy - suspicious - about putting genes from other species into food crops, and they want foods containing modified ingredients to say so on the label.

There are no fish genes in the genetically modified foods on the market today, but nearly all of the corn, soybeans, cotton and sugar beets growing in the U.S. contain bacterial genes that help farmers control weeds and insects.

Schiller’s day job is with a D.C.-based public relations firm. But this summer his fishy apple car will join the fishy corn, soybean, sugar beet and tomato cars driving cross-country to Washington State, where a genetically modified labeling law is on the ballot this fall.

Momentum is behind them. Labeling laws were approved in Connecticut and Maine earlier this year.

Labeling everything containing a modified ingredient would take a lot of ink. They’re in 80 percent of the foods on supermarket shelves, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, especially anything processed, in a bottle, box or bag.

But are they bad for you? Schiller acknowledges that the only evidence of harm from modified foods is anecdotal, but he’s suspicious.

“This is a novel food. Our grandparents and previous generations didn’t eat this,” he said. “And now all of a sudden we’re seeing higher incidences of food and health issues."

Health authorities from the U.S. Institute of Medicine to the World Health Organization have said there’s nothing to fear from GMOs.

And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is no substantive difference between genetically modified and conventional ingredients, so it can’t require labels.

On the other hand, products without modified genes may say so on the label, and these are now some of the hottest items in the supermarket. Last year, sales of certified-organic products grew 7.4 percent, twice the rate of the food sector as a whole. And foods with the “Non-GMO Verified” seal passed $1 billion in sales in 2011.

This has not gone unnoticed by the biotech industry.

This summer, the industry-sponsored Council for Biotechnology Information made an unusual, if understated, admission.

“We recognize we haven’t done the best job communicating about GMOs,” Executive Director Cathy Enright said in a press release. She was more frank in person.

“We should’ve been talking about this for two decades,” she said, adding that in the last few years in particular, social media have taken opposition to genetically modified foods to a new level. “We haven’t even been near social media.” 

But for opponents like Schiller, it’s not about a failure to communicate. For one thing, he wants to see the results of safety tests the companies submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.

“And they can say, ‘This is proprietary information. We’ve done our testing. We don’t have to disclose to the public,’” he said. “Anytime you have a veil over something, people are going to want transparency. People are going to want sunshine. And as long as you withhold that, people are gonna think, ‘This is kinda fishy.’”

Sunshine might be about to break through. For the first time, Ms. Enright said, the companies’ testing data will be available online at a new Web site: GMOAnswers.com.

“It’s gonna be technical,” she said. “But we’ve been asked, ‘Show us your data.’”

It’s part of a new pledge of openness and dialogue. Ms. Enright said the big seed companies will be opening their doors for people to come and see what they do. There will be dinners where supporters and opponents can sit down and talk. She said a panel of volunteers will be answering any questions the public might have.

“We believe that if people have the information at hand, that it won’t feel fishy; that they’ll be more comfortable with this technology,” she said.

But with a growing number of states considering labeling laws, the industry has a lot of catching up to do.


Store on wheels is one answer
to high urban commercial rents


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For many would-be entrepreneurs, the cost of opening a store in New York and other U.S. cities is prohibitive.  But from coast-to-coast, the traditional model for retail stores is taking a new direction on four wheels. 

Meet Jessie Goldenberg.  She borrowed money and converted an old delivery truck into a trendy boutique.  She says being mobile keeps her overhead down. Most of all, she escapes those pricey New York rents. 

“It’s all, it’s skyrocketing.  It was unaffordable for me as a young business owner to start a boutique that was in a brick and mortar store in the city and pay the rents," said Ms. Goldenberg.

Jessie’s Nomad Boutique carries clothing and jewelry mostly by local designers who specialize in one-of-a-kind items. This year, she turned a profit. She attributes that to having created a new experience for shoppers. 

 “I think the intimacy is different, you know, and the convenience, you know, we’re here, it’s their lunch break.  We’re right outside their door, they can come in," said Ms. Goldenberg.

Ms. Goldenberg is part of a growing number of young entrepreneurs who bring their products to the customer…and sometimes the consumer has more than two legs.
 
This mobile shop for canines, called With Love Ivan,  is named after Dina DelRusso’s pet, Ivan.  

The truck shop, filled with treats for dogs, travels between New York and New Jersey every day.

It began with a stomach problem.

“.... my dog had some sensitivities to chicken.  So I started making my own treats for him.  My neighbor, who is a dog walker, asked me if I could make some pupcakes for a dog she walked and have a birthday party for him. So I did. And then from there I just started making different treats for different people and, I thought, why not get a truck and be like the ice cream man for dogs," said Ms. DelRusso.

Ms. DelRusso says her best selling treat is called Pupcakes. 

"I make them with human grade organic ingredients," she said.

She keeps costs down by having a small inventory

"I thought why not be mobile. I can be anywhere.  If it doesn’t work in one spot, I can easily move to another.  That’s kind of how it started," she said.

Ivan is her taste tester. 

“So this is carrot and oat, and this has a beef liver treat on top.  This is peanut butter and bacon cookie," said Ms. DelRusso.


Prosecutors seeking 60 years
for WikiLeak leaker Manning


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. military prosecutors are recommending a 60-year prison term for the Army private convicted of disclosing a vast array of classified information to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.

An Army prosecutor, Capt. Joe Morrow, told a military judge Monday that 25-year-old Private First Class Bradley Manning deserves to "spend the majority of his remaining life in confinement," after leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks.

Morrow rejected a claim by Manning's defense attorneys that he was a troubled soldier who thought he was doing good by exposing U.S. State Department diplomatic cables and American battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan. The prosecutor called the leaks destructive and he described Manning as a determined insider who exploited an imperfect system.

The judge, Col. Denise Lind, has convicted Manning of 20 offenses, including espionage. She said she would start deliberating today on what sentence to impose.

Manning could face up to 90 years in prison.

Last week, he apologized for hurting the U.S., and he pleaded with Judge Lind for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.


Oklahoma judge halts
morning after pill law


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A judge in Oklahoma issued a temporary restraining order Monday blocking implementation of a law that critics said would limit a woman's access to emergency contraception known as the morning after pill, court records showed.
 
“Once again Oklahoma politicians' efforts to turn back the clock on women's health and rights have been blocked,” David Brown, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in an emailed statement.
 
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice sued the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Aug. 8, claiming the law violated Oklahoma's constitution and put up barriers for women who wanted to use legal contraception.
 
The order was issued by State District Court Judge Lisa Davis.
 
The law, signed by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin May 29, included a provision requiring women 17 years of age and older to show identification to a pharmacist to obtain Plan B One-Step contraception, commonly called the morning after pill, and requiring those under 17 to have a prescription for it.
 
There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the governor's office or the state pharmacy board.
 
Diane Clay, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Pruitt, said in a statement, “The law simply keeps requirements the same as they have been for more than a decade, requiring those under age 17 to have a prescription to buy Plan B emergency contraceptives.”
 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Plan B One-Step for over-the-counter sales June 20 with no age or point-of-sale restrictions and no identification requirements for purchase.
 
Plan B One-Step is marketed as an emergency contraceptive that can help prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after birth control failure or unprotected sex. It has been a point of contention for years between abortion rights groups and abortion opponents.


U.N. climate scientists stress
human causation in new report


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An international team of climate scientists reports with near certainty that most of the global temperature rise over recent decades is due to human activity. In addition, they warn that sea levels could rise by more than a meter by the year 2100 if fossils fuel emissions are not curtailed.

The findings are reported in the latest summary from the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change, which was leaked after it was sent to a large group of people who had signed up to review it.

In the strongest language the panel has used so far, the draft report says "it is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010."

The report's findings will be discussed and edited by governments and scientists in Stockholm before its official release at the end of September, and the text could change, according to the panel spokesman.


Copper now considered factor
in development of Alzheimer's


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists say copper may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder that causes dementia and eventually death. 

Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of dementia worldwide in people ages 65 and older.  According to the organization Alzheimer's Disease International, almost 36 million people were living with dementia globally in 2010, and the number is projected to rise to 115 million by 2050.
 
Alzheimer’s is caused by the toxic accumulation of a protein called amyloid beta.  Amyloid beta forms plaques in the brain that are the hallmark of the disease.  But the mechanism underlying the collection of the protein is unknown.
 
Now, researchers have concluded that one of the main environmental triggers of Alzheimer’s disease appears to be copper, an important metal that is in meat, fruits and vegetables as well as drinking water. Copper plays an important role in nerve conduction, bone growth and hormone secretion.

Rashid Deane is a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.
 
According to Deane, copper accumulates in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s, contributing to the collection of beta amyloid, normally swept away in healthy individuals by a protein called LRP1, which Deane likens to a garbage truck.

“It looks like in the copper-dosed animals that are aging, the capacity to remove the toxin amyloid from the brain is reduced in these animals because there isn’t so many garbage trucks to take it away," said Deane.

Researchers led by Deane fed copper-laced drinking water to mice for three months.  Investigators found the copper in the blood stream made its way to the walls of capillaries that protect the brain from toxins, including copper. 

Over time, Deane says, the copper broke down the so-called blood-brain barrier that prevents harmful substances, such as copper, from entering and harming the brain.  Researchers noted the same effect in human brain cells.

The mystery is why copper collects in the brains of some individuals, potentially causing Alzheimer’s disease, and not in others. 

Deane says those who develop Alzheimer’s are at risk because of genetics as well as their body's ability to prevent damage to cells.  And then there’s the impact of modern life.

“Humans live in different places sometimes over their lives, they eat things, they try different foods.  And some people are very conscious in what they are eating now because they are wise about the composition of the food and they know the nutritional value of the food they are eating.  So, that may be one variable component which may tend to explain why it develops," said Deane.

Because copper is in everything, other researchers say trace amounts are unlikely to account for the epidemic of Alzheimer's disease. An article on copper's potential role in Alzheimer's disease is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Emergencies called opening
for mental health expansion

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new report by the World Health Organization argues that humanitarian emergencies offer opportunities for improving peoples’ lives through improving mental health services.  The report was being released on World Humanitarian Day, Monday, in hopes of ensuring that those faced with emergencies can recover and rebuild their lives even better than before. 

When conflicts and natural disasters trigger mental health problems, psychological help is needed, but usually is not available.  Humanitarian agencies work hard to help people recover.   But World Health found much of the support offered tends to be of short duration.  
 
Mark Van Ommeren of the agency's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse noted that many people affected by catastrophic events have long-term problems and are in need of long-term help.  He said emergencies present an enormous opportunity to build back better health systems, especially mental health systems, which, according to World Health, are virtually non-existent in low-and-middle income countries.
 
“Those systems would be for all people in need — people with new mental health problems and people with pre-existing mental health problems," Van Ommeren explained. "That is important because in many areas of the world, as you know, there are no mental health services.  So, this is an opening.  This is also very important because societies that go through major emergencies need to recover and mental health is essential for recovery of these events for the functioning of society, for the resilience of society.” 
 
The 110-page report provides guidance for strengthening mental health systems after emergencies.  It focuses on 10 cases, where countries have taken advantage of this opportunity.
 
One nation the report cites is Sri Lanka.  In the aftermath of the catastrophic 2004 Tsunami, it said the government created a new national mental health policy, which extends to most parts of the country.
 
Another example is that of Iraq.  Van Ommeren said it is particularly appropriate to focus on Iraq since the World Health report is being issued on World Humanitarian Day, marking the 10th anniversary of the bombing of United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed at least 22 people including the U.N. special representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. 
 
“Iraq since 2004, has made substantial progress towards the creation of a mental health system — meaning that, making sure that people have access to mental health care," he said. "So, now over all these years about half of all the general practitioners -- you can imagine it is a big country, there are a lot of general practitioners -- about half of them have been trained in mental health.  That brings mental health care closer to the people.  Before that, most mental health care was only available in big cities, in asylums.  The situation was much more negative. Now, it is more positive.” 
 
Other positive case studies include Afghanistan, Burundi, Aceh Province in Indonesia, Jordan, Kosovo, Somalia, Timor-Leste, and West Bank and Gaza Strip, the report said.. 
 
World Health hopes the report will help policy makers reform their mental health systems, especially those susceptible to future emergencies.  Already this year, the world is grappling with crises in conflict-ridden Syria, in Mali and the Central African Republic and there has been major flooding in parts of the Americas, Africa, and Asia.


Humanoid robot began as arm
for disabled human beings


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Robo Sally is a remotely controlled humanoid robot that may one day help law enforcement officials and emergency technicians defuse bombs, patrol large spaces and do guard duty. It was designed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory outside Washington, D.C.

Robo Sally is a versatile moving platform with a humanoid attachment that looks like a modern day centaur. It can turn in tight spaces, climb over small obstacles, closely examine objects and even manipulate them with human-like hands.

But Robo Sally was not initially designed for sentry duties.

Mike McLaughlin, the principal investigator for lab's Prosthetics Program, said, "The purpose of that program is to develop prosthetic arms that have all the capability of your natural arms, and you do all the complex motions that we can do with the natural arm - with the robot. We had this idea if we did this for prosthetics for humans, we could also put these on robotic platforms and enable the robots to go out into dangerous situations.”

It was a complex task. McLaughlin said the device not only had to have many small motors to mimic the flexibility of the human hand, it needed human-like strength. The thumb was especially difficult because it allows the hand to grasp objects. And everything had to fit into a space about the size of a hand.

The next problem, McLaughlin said, was to figure out how to control the artificial hand. “So we had to figure out how to make the connection between the brain and this arm. We’ve done that for spinal injury patients, where we can actually interface with the brain and use the patient’s thoughts to control the arm.”


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Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
7949-11/15/13

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
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7922-10/15/13

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Costa Rica real estate
Since 1996, CRREC has been providing the most valuable resource for discovering real estate in Costa Rica. Our Costa Rica properties database contains some of the most exclusive and hard to find properties in the country. Not to mention how affordable some of our Costa Rica homes for sale are. So if you're in the market for Costa Rica real estate then we encourage you to
visit our Costa Rica MLS and discover for yourself why people call CRREC the #1 authority in Costa Rica real estate.
Call Today @ 506-2654-5507 (Costa Rica) or 1-888-414-1836 (Toll-Free) Email: info@costaricarealestate.com
7721-4/29/13



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.
Grecia estate
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
Sarchi home
Modern three-bedroon home in San Rafael de Sarchí. Cick HERE!
 Great deals for you!
SEE OUR OFFERS HERE
Visit our Web Site:
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 English: (Cristian Arce)
English:  (Luis Arce)
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)

   (506) 8538-6186
   (506) 7100-8489
   (506) 8707-4016

  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
7685-2/7/12
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Real estate for sale (paid category)


Nicoya views
Maui, 50 years ago!
One acre with all services located on the Nicoya Peninsula at about 2,400 feet below cloud level with the most intriguing panoramic views to the picturesque gulf, mountains and valleys, as well as sunset over the Pacific. 60,000 USD, axelspecial@gmail.com    Cell 8916-5550.
8061-xxxxx

Five bedroom home
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Price reduced $100,000 for quick sale. Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach. The home is completely furnished with U.S. products. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances.  To see more, go to YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/CasaDelSolCostaRica
Asking  $250,000.    Call Gary 8784-2945 or email combrokers@aol.com
88059-xxxx

humming bird nest

Bed & Breakfast for sale and personal home with 2 houses on property of 3/4 acre (3,030 m2) and buildings w/verandas & carport approximately 350 m2. One house at entrance is central to village w/gated parking lot and a 3-bedroom house for rental or employees/family w/carport/yard/gardens. A 50-meter sendero winds to the top among lush gardens where the main house is situated w/2 buildings attached by verandas & stairway to second floor.  There are 2 bedrooms, sala, 4 baths, large kitchen, laundry rooms, work bodega, storage bodega and hot tub on veranda w/tiled shower room.  Home is surrounded by tropical gardens, views of Arenal Volcano, panoramic views of Lake Arenal, private w/school owned property on one side, pasture land on back side and connecting entry gate on other side to Cabinas El Castillo & Fusion Restaurant.  A bird watcher's paradise w/hummingbirds, Montezuma, toucans, butterflies and visits from howler monkeys.  The B&B is listed four consecutive editions of Lonely Planet and the first established B&B in this area.  Photos can be viewed on the Web site: www.hummingbirdnestbb.com.  Make your dream come true with a slice of paradise in a quiet, private setting. Call Ellen Neely at  8835-8711.  Email: nidocolibri@hotmail.com
8058-11/15/13

Liberia farm
Must Sell - Immediately
Guanacaste - Liberia Farm

9 hectares (24 acres)
$ 0.66 cents per square meter
Riverfront property and amazing views of 3 volcanoes
10 minutes from Liberia center
$59,500 plus all legal fees
marinakuperman@gmail.com
347-535-4516
8057-9/14/13

Naranjo views

NARANJO VIEW PROPERTY READY TO BUILD: ALL PERMISSIONS

4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
• 10 minutes to the autopista and Naranjo centro
• Tranquil and Quiet
• Landscaped with fruit trees and flowering plants, and coffee#
• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
• Close to public transportation - paved main road
• Building pad prepared and soil tested
• Survey/topo
• All services in place and underground - water/electricity/phone
Email monicacal@mac.com
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.
Playa Paol Seco
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
Catillo
Arenal are available. Multiple GORGEOUS home building sites are scattered throughout this area. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of land that cannot be replicated. Perfectly suited for either real estate investment, homebuilding, or even a resort. Owner financing  is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8032-8/19/13

San Ramon - Beautiful tracts of land of all shapes and sizes for sale in the San Ramón
San Ramon
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.
http://www.haciendamontemar.com/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
7928-8/9/13

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

Flamingo
                            view
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.
www.puntaplayavistas.com
7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041
Email:  sjogringo@yahoo.com
7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

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

Rich Coast Montage
RichCoastRealty.com
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate, from Jaco to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
- Coffee Shop/ Bakery, Coastal Town, Great Location, Real Estate Office Upstairs, Turnkey $85,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $18,500,
with Financing Available!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58-acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
and much more....
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
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:

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

For more details go to:
7967-7/17/13

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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New bridge for Grecia

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national emergency commission said Monday that work was beginning on a bridge over the  Río María Aguilar de Río Cuarto in Grecia. This will benefit the communities of Los Ángeles, El Carmen and Calle Araya, the commission said.

The bridge there was damaged by mud and high water two years ago.  The job is expected to coast 250 million colons or about $500,000, aid the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.


Gender conference to begin

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A three-day international conference starts today with the participation of the Poder Judicial.

The conference is about the administration of justice and gender. The event marks the 12th anniversary of the creation of the Secretaría Técnica de Género of the Poder Judicial.

The topics include creating gender equality in the Poder Judicial and also procedures to avoid revictimizing individual involved in domestic violence and sex crimes, the Poder Judicial said.


Ex-president in Pakistan
indicted in Bhutto murder

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan today indicted former military leader Pervez Musharraf on charges of conspiring to murder  Benazir Bhutto, the country’s iconic politician who was twice elected as prime minister.
 
The court hearing took place amid extremely tight security in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, where the powerful military is headquartered. Journalists were not allowed in the court room for a hearing that lasted just 20 minutes.
 
Prosecutor Chaudhry Mohammad Azhar says former president Musharraf was personally present in the court when the judge read out charges to him. He said the former army chief has been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and facilitating the crime.
 
This is the first time that a former army chief has been charged with a crime in Pakistan, where the top military leadership until now has been considered untouchable by the courts.
 
The army has run the country for nearly half its 66-year history, and intervened at times through coups. The army continues to dominate foreign policy matters even though Pakistan is witnessing a sustained period of democratic rule since President Musharraf resigned under threat of impeachment in 2008.   
 
Prosecutor Azhar says that Tuesday’s indictment has marked the formal beginning of the high-profile trial of  Musharraf and the next proceedings will take place on Aug. 27, when the court will record evidence against him.
 
Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup and went on to rule Pakistan as military president for nearly a decade. The former army commando stepped down from office to avoid impeachment and left the country few months later after his supporters were defeated in the 2008 national elections.
 
He was ruling the country when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December of 2007. She was killed in a gun-and-bomb attack during an election rally in Rawalpindi, just weeks after she came back to Pakistan from years in self-imposed exile.


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Quiznos expanding into Nicaragua

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QSR International has signed a three-unit Quiznos development agreement for the country of Nicaragua with Industria de Comida Rápida S.A., managed by Bergman Castillo, CEO and founder of both Grupo Golan, a major security company, and Grupo de Comunicación S.A.,  a top advertising company in Nicaragua. QSR International has now signed four new development agreements for a total of 27 new restaurant units this year.

“Mr. Castillo is a highly successful business entrepreneur throughout Nicaragua. He has a thorough knowledge of the marketplace and culture, and has an established professional team that’s making huge inroads in the country,” said Pablo Fernandez, franchise expansion manager of QSR International. “As a highly successful entrepreneur, with a top-notch professional support group, we are confident of his continued future success,” continued Fernandez.

“The signing of this new development agreement confirms the continuing growth plans for Quiznos in the region by QSR International,” added Richard Eisenberg, president of QSR International.

Having opened 11 restaurants thus far in 2013, QSR International is now a 146-unit, multi-brand franchisee and master franchise quick service restaurant developer operating in 15 countries. QSR currently has 102 licensed Quiznos restaurants operating in the region with an additional two units under development. Plus, QSR International has awarded and sold an additional 59 Quiznos franchises which, through development commitments, will open in the next few years.