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Constitutional court strikes down parts of liquor law
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has declared certain parts of the new alcohol law to be unconstitutional.

The news came in a summary issued by the court's press office Wednesday afternoon, but the full decision was not available immediately.

The court threw out sections of the law, No. 9047, that cover payments of license fees to municipalities by bars and liquor stores. But it left in place a section that covers alcohol licenses for restaurants.

The court, which voted at 4 p.m., also said that the license fees for restaurants and hotels that serve alcohol should be less than the amount stipulated in the law and should be based on the location, size, type of operation and the amount of infrastructure.

The court also stipulated that a prohibition on selling, renting or otherwise transferring alcohol licenses should not take effect until the law has been in effect two years. The original law said 180 days.

The new law, passed in June 2012, increased the fees and gave municipalities more say in setting fees for the licenses, which are called patentes de licores.
Many restaurant owners and operators of small bars
found that they were being asked to pay a high fee every four months. Although the amount varied by canton, the cost was the same regardless of the size of the operation and how much alcohol was sold.

Some bars closed, and some restaurants stopped selling alcohol, despite the negative marketing implications.

Lawmakers were not unaware, even though the same legislators that are working now passed the law in 2012.

Lawmakers from the Partido Acción Ciudadana said in late July that they have prepared a change in the alcohol law that will make the liquor license payments progressive.

The court characterized its ruling as a temporary one until the legislature makes changes consistent with the decision.

Also as part of the decision, the Sala IV adjusted the amount that would be paid by licenses holders. It said it did this to avoid grave dislocations in the security, justice and social peace. The summary suggests that the temporary license fees would be cut in half in some cases. These measures will stay in place until the legislature passes its own rules, the court said.


Car dealers get concessions on some import taxes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Hacienda said Tuesday it has reduced the import tax on some used motor vehicles.

The reductions range from 0 to 22.31 percent of the estimated market value.

The import tax on used cars, in some cases as high as 79 percent, generated opposition among those who import vehicles. In fact, negotiators at the ministry delayed a meeting Wednesday with car dealers because the dealers had set up a blockade of traffic.

The Fuerza Pública opened up the roadway, and the used car dealers promised they would not stage one protest again while talks were being held, the ministry reported.

The reduction in import tax is seen as a way to placate the car dealers, but the percentages may change during negotiations.

The ministry also said that by reducing the import tax the value of vehicles on the street would be reduced, and this may be seen in a short time in a decreases in the book value, thereby reducing even
Old and new ministry proposals
Vehicle age
Original
import tax
Current import tax
Percent reduction
of tax
0-3 years
52.3
52.3
0
4-5 years
63.9
53
11.99
6 years
79
53
33.32
7 or more
79
73
4.34
Source: Ministerio de Hacienda

more the total cost of an imported vehicle. Costa Rica does not make automobiles. Some countries use import duties to protect local industry.

But for Costa Rica, the import tax is simply a revenue-generating method. And there are some vehicles that are exempt from the import duty under the law.

Cars up to three years old were not affected by the change. So these vehicles, including new ones, will be assessed an import duty of 52.3 percent. The tax was designed to penalize older vehicles, which were seen as being sources of air pollution. So vehicles seven years of age and older will be assessed at 73 percent.


Road agency building northern zone bridges cheaply
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The highway agency used a poor boy approach to build bridges on an access route to the controversial Ruta 1856.

The bridges are made of wood.

The four new bridges are on Ruta 507, a 49- kilometer gravel road that connects Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí with Fátima, which is a community on Ruta 1856.

The  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad reported that its workers did the jobs themselves, based on instruction they had received in the United States.

The wooden bridge decking is tied to the wooden beams underneath with chain.

The agency said the bridges can support up to 13 tons. The agency said the cost was about 6.5 million colons, about $13,000, instead of the estimated 90 million colons or $180,000 that more conventional methods would have cost.
wooden bridges
Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo
This is one of the finished bridges.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes also is working on Ruta 1856, which borders the Río San Juan. That route is the subject of corruption investigations, and contractors hired to do the work have been replaced by state employees.

There is a good chance that the wooden bridges also will find a place on Ruta 1856 where contractors used old shipping containers are the foundation for bridges.

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The clinic operates under the leadership of Dr. Leslie Mesen, its Chief Medical Officer, and the most experienced Anti Aging physician in Costa Rica.

Beginning back in 2007, Dr. Mesen has played the leadership role in all prior Anti Aging and Age Management Clinics in Costa Rica, and has treated over a thousand patients in the area of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, facial rejuvenation and medical weight loss. He has also trained in the United States and is fluent in English and Spanish.


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Agents are at the offices of a private courier service

Seven detained in drug case
involving shipments by mail

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Anti-drug agents detained three Costa Rican postal workers and the employee of a private courier service Wednesday in an investigation of drug smuggling via the mails.

Two Romanians  and a Lituanian also were detained.

The  Policía de Control de Drogas conducted seven raids and searches. The four Costa Ricans were detained at their workplaces.

Agents said that they received a tip about the presumed drug organization.

Correos de Costa Rica, the national postal service, was used as well as the courier service to send cocaine to Europe and to receive ecstasy pills and LSD from outside the country, said agents.

One raid was at a home in  Pozos de Santa Ana. Another was at  Residencial Montegalán in Rohrmoser. Agents also visited the Escazú branch of the postal service as well as the delivery headquarters in Zapote. There also was a raid at  Carmen de Goicoechea and at the offices of the O.C.S. de Costa Rica Ltda., a private courier service in San José.

The postal workers and the courier service employee were accused of making sure that incoming and outgoing drug shipments did not go through the normal inspection procedures,

The cocaine mainly was going to Holland, agents said.


Electronic voting by lawmakers
being advanced for new building


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers in the Asamblea Legislative would be on record for their decisions if a bill for electronic voting wins approval. The measure already has been approved by a legislative committee.

The proposal is a change in legislative regulations. Now when there is a vote, those in favor of a measure usually stand.  There is no paperwork, and the voting of individual members is not clear.

The Partido Acción Democratica is promoting the bill as something that will provide more transparency to legislative sessions. The votes eventually will be published.

The system, if approved, will be installed in a new legislative building that is expected to be ready in 2014.

Lawmakers do not have consecutive terms, so it is unclear what citizens actually will do if they do not like the decisions being made by their representatives, The slate for legislative deputies frequently is hand-picked by party leaders.


Panamá says U.N. agrees
N. Korea violated sanctions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Panamá says United Nations experts have determined Cuban weapons seized from a North Korean cargo ship in the Panama Canal were a violation of U.N. sanctions.

The Panamanian government based its conclusion Wednesday on a preliminary report by U.N. experts who recently finished inspecting the cargo seized last month.

Panamá did not release the report, but said it concluded without a doubt that the North Korean ship violated a U.N. ban on the transfer of arms to North Korea.

Cuba says it was sending the weapons, which it referred to as obsolete, to Pyongyang to be repaired and returned to Havana. The weapons included two Soviet MiG-21 fighter jets, 15 MiG-21 motors, and nine anti-aircraft missiles.

Panamanian authorities stopped the ship just outside the canal on suspicion of carrying drugs. Upon inspection, they found the undeclared weapons hiding under thousands of bags of sugar.

The 35 North Korean sailors on board were charged with trying to ship undeclared weapons through the Panama Canal. They remain detained at a former U.S. military base in Panamá.

Panamá Wednesday said the U.N. report justified its actions in stopping the ship, seizing the weapons, and detaining the sailors.

A U.S.-based research group this week said the weapons shipments is likely larger than Cuba acknowledged. The 38-North group said it was unlikely many of the weapons were headed to North Korea for repair, since pictures appear to show some of them in their original packaging.

The U.N. has yet to announce what action it will take in response to the weapons seizure.

North Korea is subject to an arms embargo in response to its nuclear and missile programs.


Dolphin killings to be protested

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Environmentalists will be demonstrating outside the Japanese Embassy Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., said  Preserve Planet, which is one of two sponsors of the protest. The other organization is Sea Shepherd - Costa Rica

The environmentalist oppose the slaughter of dolphin at a cove at the community of  Taiji. This is an annual event, both in Japan and with protests at the embassy here. Japanese fishermen herd dolphin into the cove and then kill them for meat.

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Our readers describe their top picks for dining out
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After four articles reporting on some of Costa Rica's fine restaurants, readers were invited to make nominations. We mentioned some of their favorites, but there are more details. This is what they said:

Nuevo Arenal

We in Nuevo Arenal have many good restaurants. Here is a review.

On the main road around Lake Arenal  just west of Nuevo Arenal is a the Lucky Bug Art Gallery, restaurant and Bed and Breakfast. It is worth many a visit. It is open for breakfast and lunch and sometimes for dinner too. The setting is casual and entertaining since one can roam the gallery while waiting for one's meal to be prepared. The menu slants toward the German since the owner was originally from Germany but came to Costa Rica via the U.S.A. Her English is perfect as well as Spanish and naturally German. The breakfasts are full plates of perfectly cooked eggs or other breakfast items. They are beautiful, almost too pretty to eat.

The lunch/dinner menu ranges from cooked local items to sandwiches and the best hot dog ever. Monica makes her own sauerkraut for the ruben sandwich. The eggplant parmesan is a variant on the very cheesy gooey variety one sees in most eateries. It is light and very flavorful, and I usually take half home for the next day. The schnitzel is ever popular. Please share a dessert as they too are unusual and delicious.

The coffee naturally is really good and should be lingered over while enjoying the view of the pond by the B&B. This  is not an inexpensive place to eat but is definitely worth it. Monica will ship any of her artworks should you fall in love while browsing the shop.

Sarah Benson
Nuevo Arenal


Sabana  Oeste

I am an Italian and therefore an Italian food lover and have tried most Italian restaurants around town.

In the category of authentic Italian (uses many true imported Italian products ) causal dining at more than reasonable pricing for always piping hot dishes made at the moment pasta (No precooked or semi cook foods or pasta here) in my view none can beat this restaurant, Piccolino Costa Rica. I somewhat hate to divulge somewhat wanting selfishly keep it my secret. It is situated near the new stadium.
 
No question your readers will be pleasantly surprised
 
Nick Iacovelli
La Uruca

Alajuela


Since we are regular restaurant patrons  (can you say four times a week) and live in La Garita, we find ourselves going to Alajuela frequently to eat at Coffee Dreams Café Restaurante where the menu is varied and consistently good coupled with a friendly and attentive staff.  The choices range from typical (with my personal favorite being gallo pinto at any time of day) to quiche, nachos, sandwiches and hamburgs.

Coffee Dreams is closed on Sunday, so we have no question on where we'll eat: Jalapeño!  If anyone has lived here for even a short time, then they must know about Jalapeños!  Can't be beat Mexican fare and wonderful chefs and waitpersons.  We find it to be top notch!

After eating at one of these two places and a visit with Larry at Goodlight Books and the best ever iced coffee, we often stroll to the Juan Santamaria Cafe for the tastiest of desserts!

If we are in San José, the cafe at the Teatro Nacional is a fantastic place for a pre-performance snack and drink!
Those are just a few of our favorites. We don't eat red meat, and these places fill the bill nicely! 
Ann Boyd
La Garita
 P.S. Ragu in Alajuela has the best pizza!



More on Jalapeños

Of my several favorite restaurants in Costa Rica I would have to rank as my most favorite Jalapeños Central, in downtown Alajuela.  This Tex-Mex place is operated by Norman Florez, and it has just had its 10th anniversary in operation.  The food is tasty and quickly prepared to order and is moderately priced.  In addition to the Tex-Mex fare, there is some killer buffalo chicken on the menu plus some wonderful desserts.  Norman will happily prepare vegetarian versions of various of his menu items.

Jalapeños Central is easy to find, being about one block east and 2 1/2 blocks north of Alajuela's Parque Central or just 50 meters south of the Casa Correos.  They are open seven days a week starting at 11:30 a.m.  Parking is available along the street or  there is secured parking immediately west of the post office. If coming from San José on TUASA or Station Wagon, do not take the express. The local will drop you off on Calle Ancha half a block from the Hóspital Antiguo and from the east end of it Jalapeños is only 2 1/2 blocks south, past Parque Palmares. Reservations are not required but seating is limited to only 32 positions so it frequently does fill up.  Watch for their green sign with red lettering hanging above the restaurant on the east side of the street.  Telephone is 2430-4027, in case you get lost.
Paul Mitchell
Alajuela Centro 
and Tampa, Florida


Jacó

Lemon Zest in Jacó. Family-owned, most consistent quality food restaurant I have ever eaten at. Lobster, fish and steaks.

Henry Cannon


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My home is on the Costa Ballena at Ventanas next to Ojochal. How you guys could overlook Citrus in Ojochal and Exotica in Ojochal is beyond me. The Sabor de Ojochal has been a huge hit and reported in the A.M. Costa Rica. You guys need to feature our wonderful restaurants!
Jay Friedman, Jr.
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Azul in the El Castillo Hotel has fantastic food!  Ojochal is becoming more like a culinary destination and have many restaurants to choose from.  I personally can't get enough of the Mediterranean menu at Azul!  They also have the best sunset I've ever seen (and happy hour cocktails while you watch it!).  I haven't had a single thing on the menu that wasn't absolutely wonderful.  From the homemade noodles for their chicken parmesan, to the chicken soulvaki, to the hummus, it's all phenomenal!  I love that there aren't many tables, and the view is gorgeous!  Also instead of dessert, try a piña colada made with their home made ice cream. Io die for!!!!

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Grecia

My favorite place to dine in Costa Rica is the Galeria Steakhouse. It is located next to the fire station in Grecia. I have been enjoying their fine food and excellent service for several years. They have an excellent menu. Their tuna steak is as good as it gets anywhere.

I usually dine at least once a week at Galeria. I have never been disappointed in a single meal or their service. I have traveled much of the world, and I have to say this is my favorite.

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San Francisco de San Isidro, de Grecia



Playas del Coco

Restaurante  La Farola: Run by a Spanish family who serve dishes authentic to their native area of León in northwest Spain.  Mama cooks, and the rest of the family serves and takes care of everything else.  The gazpacho is out of this world, the Russian salad is unique and very tasty (sort of a potato salad with tuna), and we loved our main courses.  Unusual for Coco, it is a very elegant small restaurant, and they could not be more welcoming.
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Quepos

We have a group here called the ROMEO Group (Retired Old Men eating Out), and we review a restaurant monthly The Quepos/Manuel Antonio area has many good restaurants, and one of our favorites is Raphael’s Terraza, located near the top of Manuel Antonio hill overlooking the Pacific and the local rock islands. The view is outstanding, the food is excellent, and Raphael assures good service, often waiting on table himself.

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Colibri

Puerto Carrillo

I'd like to add an absolutely fabulous place to eat.  It is in Puerto Carrillo (near Samara) and is called El Colibri.  The place has six cabinas, but it is the restaurant that you need to try.

It is an Argentinian barbeque (asado).  The food is absolutely amazing which, judging by the fact the place is always full, is obviously a shared opinion.  I have not met one person yet who didn't enjoy every bite.

The steaks are tender and barbecued just to your specifications.  The chimichurra is fantastic, the salads are delicious, and everything is as fresh as can be.  There are specials depending on the catch of the day or what is available locally.  Such as pork ribs (to die for), shrimp and tuna.  We were at Carrillo beach one day and saw a fisherman bring in a beautiful tuna.  That night, we had it for dinner at El Colibri.

The owners are a wonderful couple. Fernando does all the barbecuing and his wife, Roxanna. serves and is the restaurant manager.  About 12 to 14 tables with more added if more people come in.  You can even sit by the pool and eat there if that is your choice.  Or, if you have one of their cabinas, you can eat on your own terrace. 

I highly recommend El Colibri.  We have been going there for over 15 years!  We live in the San José area but it is a beach destination for us because it is so good.  

Nel Cameron
Escazú


Mantras

Barrio Escalante

My favorite restaurant is Mantras, a true vegetarian gourmet establishment located in Barrio Escalante 200 meters east of Farolito and 25 south. A very friendly husband-and-wife team run the restaurant. Pam is the chef and has mastered a wide range of dishes from all over the world. Aldo, her husband, is the manager and host who always greets his guests with a friendly smile. To go over the entire menu would be too lengthy, but here is a recent sample of a daily special for the lunch crowd:

Organic chilies filled with lentils, spinach, fresh herbs, vegetables and rice in a tomato sauce with parmesan cheese accompanied with a green salad.

Whole wheat pita filled with couscous,, tomato, nuts, blueberries and a soy fish in a curry sauce and a green salad.

Canalones filled with mushrooms and mozzarella in a spicy Italian sauce accompanied with a green salad.

Lunch prices for the day’s features are 3,850 colons including tax. A fresh drink is included with all meals, but for an additional 1,200 to 1,500 colons they have very special great tasting, healthy drinks, with the higher priced ones almost being a meal in themselves. People who have never eaten vegetarian food before have commented that they never thought vegetarian food could taste so good, and this is what keeps people coming back again and again. Additionally, the staff is very friendly and warm, and Pam and Aldo are bilingual and some of the wait staff speak English too. Mantras is open Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Warren Kinsman
San José



U.S. conductor to again direct
symphony orchestra Friday


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional  plans a special performance Friday at 8 p.m. in the Museo de los Niños  Auditorio Nacional.

The guest conductor is John Nelson, who is a U.S. citizen and born in Costa Rica.  He directed the orchestra here in May. Nelson has wide experience as a director at many of the world's great orchestras.

The program for Friday is the "Leonore No. 3" by Ludwig van Beethoven and   Johannes Brahms' "Symphony No. 1."

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud quoted Nelson saying that he picked the Beethoven piece because it is an opera in 15 minutes about a prisoner and his eventual liberty. He also was reported to say that the Brahms piece is one of the composer's best works.  Brahms spent 14 years composing it, according to his biography.

Admission is 10,000 colons with discounts for seniors and students.

The so-called special season of the orchestra will have two more dates. And Nelson will be the conductor.

One will be Sept. 5 in the  Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Tibás at 7 p.m.. The next day the second concert is at the Teatro de Bellas Artes, of the Universidad de Costa Rica at 10 a.m. Both are free and open to the public, the ministry said.

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Nicaraguan canal, if built, would be a transportation boon, expert says
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Hong Kong-based company is working out the route for a canal across Nicaragua that would rival the Panama Canal, bolster world trade, and might create a strategic headache for the United States. Company officials say it may be some time next year before they finish preliminary engineering and environmental studies. The canal has been proposed many times before, but some experts say this time it actually may get built.

Most international trade moves by ship, 5 percent of which moves through the century-old Panama Canal, a short cut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

HKND, a Hong Kong-based company, recently won Nicaraguan approval to build a canal across that nation. The company says a second canal is needed to accommodate expanding international trade and the growing number of ships too big to use the Panama Canal.

George Mason University transportation expert Rodney McFadden said bigger ships are advantageous. "They carry more cargo for about the same amount of money per mile. They are much easier on the environment, and they increase trade."

A $5-billion expansion of the Panama Canal, currently under way, means ships there will be able to increase their loads from 5,000 containers to 13,000 containers.

McFadden said the Nicaraguan Canal may more than double that, to 30,000 containers, though HKND will not confirm this.

So the Nicaragua waterway could accommodate a new generation of ore, gas,
and oil carriers that otherwise would have to take a longer route around the southern tip of South America.

Experts say greater capacity and competition could cut shipping costs and boost economic growth for many nations.

For relatively poor Nicaragua, the canal could bring improved roads and ports, and add jobs.

But there are environmental issues. The canal is likely to cross a lake that is a source of fresh water for Nicaragua. The builder promises to operate in a transparent manner.

Ronald Maclean-Abaroa, who works for HKND, said, "We have plans to obtain financing from international sources and that is why, from the outset, we want to be very clear about our commitment to conform to good international practices consistent with a world class project of this kind."

Critics of the project say China may have a strong influence on it because the company is headed by a Chinese national. Some worry China's influence in the region is growing.

Evan Ellis, who teaches at the National Defense University in Washington, said, "What we undervalue is things like this, in which, little by little, our political maneuvering space is being lost, and at least for me as a strategic analyst, I mean, that’s a concern."

HKND experts are studying engineering and environmental issues, in a bet that this canal will succeed where previous efforts have failed.

The initial plan calls for the easter mouth of the canal to be in central Nicaragua. Use of the Río San Juan, a traditional route, has been ruled out.

 
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Hasan gets death penalty
as he seems to have wanted


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. military jury has sentenced an Army psychiatrist to death for intentionally killing 13 fellow soldiers in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.
 
The jury of 13 officers deliberated a short time Wednesday before handing Major Nidal Hasan, an American-born Muslim, the death sentence he appeared to crave during a two-week trial.
 
Hasan, who says he switched sides in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was convicted of the premeditated murder of soldiers being readied for deployment to the two warfronts. He says he carried out the attack to prevent them from attacking Muslim insurgents overseas.
 
The Army prosecutor in the case, Col. Mike Mulligan, urged the jury to give Hasan the death sentence for the assault, in which he wounded more than 30 others.
 
Mulligan told the jury Hasan "is not now and never will be a martyr. He is a criminal. He is a cold-blooded murderer."
 
Hasan, representing himself, presented no defense and declined to testify himself. He acknowledged he was the shooter, and as the case neared completion, he told the jury, "I have no closing statement."
 
His legal advisers at one point in the trial said the 42-year-old Hasan was doing so little to contest the charges because they believed he wanted to be convicted of premeditated murder so he could be sentenced to death. The same jury that sentenced him convicted him of all 45 charges he faced after hearing witnesses describe how he methodically fired at soldiers in a medical center at Fort Hood.
 
Hasan's death sentence, which would be by lethal injection, triggers an automatic review that could take years and ultimately would have to be approved by the U.S. president before it could be carried out. As an alternative, the jury could have sent Hasan to prison for life.
 
Death sentences are rare in the U.S. military, with just five other prisoners on death row. The last American soldier executed was in 1961.


Gigantic eruption spotted
on one of Jupiter's moons


 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanic body in the solar system, and astronomers recently witnessed an eruption bigger than any ever recorded on Earth.

Imke de Pater, professor of astronomy and planetary science at the University of California in Berkeley spotted the eruption Aug. 15, using the Keck II telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

The eruption took place in the Rarog Patera area of Io, which is 628,300,000 kilometers away from Earth. The area is not known to be particularly active with volcanoes, but is believed to have fountains of lava streaming from fissures on Io’s surface. The region is named after the Czech fire god.

The eruption was “way bigger than anything in recorded history on Earth,” Ms. de Pater said, adding that the Rarog Patera eruption was likely 100 to 500 times larger than any of the bigger eruptions here on Earth in recent decades.

According to Ashley Davies of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Io eruption emitted about 17,000 times more energy than typically produced by Hawaii’s Kilauea, Earth’s most active volcano.

Ms. de Pater said the eruption offers a chance to better understand Io’s volcanic activity.

“There are many things we hope to learn from eruptions like these,” she said. “At this point, we don’t know how long they last -- hours, days, weeks, months.”

Scientists believe the amount of volcanic activity on Io is the result of a gravitational tug of war between Jupiter and some of the massive planet’s other moons.

Data and imagery of the eruption will be released in a forthcoming paper, Ms. de Pater said.


Tangled genes get blame
for autism mental disorder

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tangled genes may be the common cause behind many of the spectrum of mental disorders known as autism.
 
That finding, reported in the journal Nature may advance the search for environmental causes of the disorder.
 
Autism spectrum disorders range from inhibited communication and social skills to repetitive behaviors and mental impairment. They affect roughly one person in 160 worldwide.
 
Enzymes called topoisomerases are responsible for removing the kinks that form in DNA during the normal processes of copying and generating instructions for proteins.
 
Researchers report that inhibiting topoisomerases in nerve cells reduces expression of exceptionally long genes, dozens of which are linked to the disorder.
 
They say that many forms of autism could be caused by mutations in the topoisomerase genes or exposure to chemicals that block their action at critical stages of brain development. Identifying those chemicals, the next step for researchers, would allow pregnant women to avoid exposure to those compounds.


Virus similar to measles
blamed for dolphin deaths


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Experts say the unusually high number of dolphin deaths along the U.S. east coast this summer is due to a measles-like virus.

More than 330 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead on Atlantic Ocean beaches from New York to North Carolina since the beginning of July. That is the highest number in a quarter century, and 10 times the average of deaths over that same period.

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration attribute the deaths to cetacean morbillivirus, which is related to the virus that causes measles in people. It weakens the animals' immune system, leaving them vulnerable to other diseases, including pneumonia.

The experts say there is nothing they can do to stop the spread of the virus, and say the outbreak could last until May of next year, as dolphins develop resistance to the virus. There is no indication that the virus can spread to humans.


Path to citizenship by illegals
is stumbling block in U.S,


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The fate of U.S. immigration reform could hinge on whether the Republican-controlled House of Representatives embraces a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. Opposition to a comprehensive bill persists, and there could be political fallout if the reform effort fails.

Backers of immigration reform have held large-scale rallies to pressure lawmakers. Opponents have held fewer and smaller events like this one in Richmond, Virginia, attended by an arch-foe of a path to citizenship for the undocumented.

“If we reward people for breaking the law, we get more law-breakers. They got here on their own, and if the opportunities are not here - if we shut down the jobs magnet, if we secure the border - then a lot of people will find a way back to their home country,” said Republican Congressman Steve King.

The event was held near the district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He and Speaker John Boehner will decide if the chamber ultimately votes on a reform package.

“If immigration reform fails to pass, Republicans will get the blame," said Republican strategist John Feehery. He said his party risks the wrath of America’s fastest-growing segment: Hispanics.

“If they alienate this voting bloc, they are going to have a coalition that will continually vote against them, and they will be in big trouble,” he said.

In 2012, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney got less than 30 percent of the Hispanic vote.

The party's stance on immigration reform is a big reason why, according to activist Angelica Salas. “They [Republicans] keep reminding us of why we should not vote for them or stand with them.”

The voting trend is confirmed by Hispanic researcher Mark Lopez at the Pew Research Center. “We have seen a surge in the number of Hispanics who identify with or lean towards the Democratic Party in recent years.”

Lopez adds that immigration reform, however, is only one issue Hispanics care deeply about. Others include economic opportunity and education. Lopez said the Hispanic electorate stands at 23 million today, and could reach 40 million by 2030.

“In the last decade, Hispanics alone accounted for more than half of U.S. population growth.  Moving forward, they will continue to account for a significant share, perhaps even a majority of U.S. population growth,” he said.

Republican Strategist Feehery sees little chance of passing immigration reform this year, but hopes his party eventually will embrace a path to citizenship for the undocumented.

“What people vote for, ultimately, is their pocketbooks. And I think that as Hispanic voters become more prosperous and are introduced more to the mainstream of American society, they will start voting their pocketbooks [in their economic interests] and they will look at Republicans. The reason I think we should pass comprehensive immigration reform is to speed that process along,” he said.

House Speaker Boehner said he knows immigration reform is needed. “The current system is broken. It needs to be fixed.”

Boehner has ruled out, though, a vote on a bill not backed by a majority of his caucus. That would appear to rule out a path to citizenship, for now.


Some Republicans face protests
in their home voting districts


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The fate of U.S. immigration reform could be decided in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives after Congress returns next month from a five-week recess. 
 
While Congress was in summer recess, hundreds of activists converged on the California district of U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, hoping to change his position on immigration reform.
 
Their demand: a House vote on a comprehensive immigration reform package that would allow 11 million undocumented immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens. Organizer Dolores Huerta believes is should be everyone’s right.
 
“Every immigrant group that has come to the United States has been able to get citizenship, from the Founding Fathers, who were the first immigrants who came here, to the most recent ones who are here now,” said Ms. Huerta.
 
McCarthy was not present when demonstrators entered his district office. But a statement on the congressman’s Web site rules out a path to citizenship: “We should not provide any amnesty that would benefit those who defy our laws and enter the United States illegally.”
 
McCarthy’s position mirrors that of most House Republicans who have not been swayed by pro-immigration reform demonstrations in congressional districts across the country.  Activists need to re-think their tactics, according to Republican strategist John Feehery.
 
“The single most counter-productive thing that immigration activists can do is go into a Republican office and protest.  The single most effective thing they can do is register in a Republican primary and promise to vote against any Republican that does not support immigration reform.
 
The Washington-based coordinator of the pro-reform lobbying effort, Frank Sharry, disagrees.
 
“Politics is about pressure. It is about organizing, it is about mobilizing. It is about getting your voice heard,” he said.
 
Sharry adds that lawmakers are feeling pressure from a broad coalition, not just street activists.
 
“They are hearing from the immigrants in their community, the business people, the tech entrepreneurs, the evangelical pastors, the Catholic bishops, and union leaders. That is a pretty unusual thing in American politics. So we are hopeful,” adds Sharry.
 
But House Speaker John Boehner has ruled out a vote on the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate, preferring to start with law enforcement.
 
“It is clear that securing our borders and having the ability to enforce our immigration laws is the first big step in this process,” says Boehner.
 
Strategist Feehery says the Republican approach enjoys broad support.
 
“Poll after poll show the Republican base does not want a so-called amnesty bill to pass. And anything of a comprehensive nature is called amnesty. So that makes it difficult for Republican leaders to get that necessary legislative fix done,” says Feehery.
 
Democrats, meanwhile, will not support any bill that excludes a path to citizenship. And so the political stand-off on immigration reform drags on despite activists' efforts.


New words are recognized
as legitimate English usage


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Internet continues to have a major impact on the English language.

In its quarterly update, the Oxford Dictionaries Online has added many words from Internet culture.

Here’s a partial list:

* derp, exclam.  n. (informal): (used as a substitute for) speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action

* digital detox, n.: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

* bitcoin, n.: a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.

* emoji, n: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.

* selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

Another addition is the verb twerk, which was made infamous during Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards when pop star Miley Cyrus made the suggestive moves during her performance.

The entire definition of twerk is to “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.’’

Last year, the dictionary added lolz, photobomb and tweeps to the lexicon.

Oxford Dictionaries Online focuses on modern usage, while the Oxford English Dictionary is more traditional and unlikely to include words like twerk in the near future.





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Butterfly wings are merged
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By the American Chemical society news staff

Leveraging the amazing natural properties of the morpho butterfly's wings, scientists have developed a nanobiocomposite material that shows promise for wearable electronic devices, highly sensitive light sensors and sustainable batteries. A report on the new hybrid material appears in the journal ACS Nano.

Eijiro Miyako and colleagues explain that Morpho butterfly wings have natural properties that are beyond the capabilities of any current technology to reproduce artificially. In addition to being lightweight, thin and flexible, the butterfly’s wings absorb solar energy, shed water quickly and are self-cleaning. Miyako’s group had been working with tiny cylinders of carbon termed carbon nanotubes, and became fascinated with the tube's unique electrical, mechanical, thermal and optical properties. Miyako’s team set out to marry the wings and nanotubes to produce an all-new hybrid material.

They describe growing a honeycomb network of carbon nanotubes on morpho butterfly wings, creating a composite material that could be activated with a laser. The resulting material heated up faster than the original components by themselves, exhibited high electrical conductivity and had the ability to copy DNA on its surface without absorbing it.

“Our present study highlights the important progress that has been made toward the development of smart nanobiomaterials for various applications such as digital diagnosis, soft wearable electronic devices, photosensors, and photovoltaic cells,” the scientists state.



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Colombia trade treaty moves forward

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A legislative committee Wednesday reported out favorably a trade treaty with Colombia.

The action quickly was called an important step for Costa Rica to reach the emerging markets of South America.  That was the opinion of  Anabel González, minister of Comercio Exterior, and  Oscar Alfaro Zamora, chairman of the committee,  the  Comisión Permanente Especial de Relaciones Internacionales y Comercio Exterior.

Not everyone is thrilled. Various sectors of the Costa Rican economy are worried that Colombia will take their markets.

The commerce ministry said that under the agreement, these Costa Rican products will enter Colombia without duty:

Ornamental plants, fruits, tea, oil seeds, spices, frozen bread, certain banana and rice products, olive oil, palm heart products, medical devices and bus tires.

Colombia has a population of 46 million, 10 times that of Costa Rica. The individual buying power of $8,000 a year is 2.8 times that of individuals in Central America, said the ministry.

The treaty still needs approval from the full legislature where there are those who oppose the agreement.

Alfaro, in a news release,  said the committee studied the pros and cons in detail.