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Volunteers of the Asociación Terra Nostra are making an effort to clean up the mess on Playa Guacalillo in this 2011 file photo. The beach gets a lot of trash from the Río Tárcoles, which empties into the Gulf of Nicoya nearby.

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New study warns of health risks lurking in beach sand
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A cutting edge technical paper says that all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health are found in beach sand. A University of Miami researcher and an international team of scientists are recommending that sand be tested as well as ocean water at popular beaches.

The findings should not be surprising for expats here. Beaches at the mouth of the Río Tárcoles on the Gulf of Nicoya are littered with the castoffs of society.  Until the Central Valley's new sewage treatment plant is in full operation, most of the metro area human waste will continue to flow down the river into the gulf.

During periods of heavy storms, the trash is carried across the gulf to the beaches of the Nicoya peninsula.

The part of the beach that is covered with water at high tide and then dries out is called the swash zone. Previous studies have shown that the swash zone of the beach environment, with the wetting and drying processes and the presence of seaweed, algae and sargassum, is prone to regrowth of disease-causing microbes, including unhealthful bacteria, viruses, nematode larva and eggs and harmful yeast and fungi, the university noted in a description of the research.

“Beach sands accumulate contaminants and people can get exposed to these contaminants during beach recreational activities,” said Helena Solo-Gabriele, a professor at the University of Miami College of Engineering and first author of a paper.

The academic article summarizes the consensus of experts at a 2014 conference in Portugal, the university said.

“Hopefully this paper will make a difference in convincing regulators of the need to include sand in beach monitoring programs,” the professor was quoted by the university as saying.

The article, published in the July issue of the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, reflects the international experience of all scientific and technical papers published up to date, including data from beaches in the United Kingdom, Portugal and the United States, said a summary.

“This publication is a landmark paper,” said João Brandão, manager of the sand microbiology and public health program at the national institute of health in Portugal, a co-author of the paper. “It wraps it all up and hopefully lays down the foundation for the future,” he said, according to the university summary.

Many of the studies used to develop recommendations were conducted in South Florida and beach locations around the Great Lakes, in Hawaii and in California, said the summary.

The World Health Organization issued a recommendation in 2003 that sand quality be studied, but so far no country has done that, the researchers said. The academic paper suggests using methods that estimate public health risks from various pathogens in the sand, along with other tests.

The laboratory at the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados conducts tests of water at popular Costa Rican beaches, but the tests do not include the sand. In the past, the laboratory has issued warnings about beaches with high fecal coliform counts, particularly in dry weather when there is sewage runoff.

Formal presentation of president's budget is today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Finance ministry officials are supposed to make a formal presentation today of the 2016 budget proposal.

The event will be in the legislature at 1 p.m. A formal ceremony is planned. The Costa Rican Constitution says that the budget must be presented by Sept. 1, and lawmakers must act on it by Nov. 30.

Last year Ottón Solís of the Partido Acción Ciudadana was highly critical of the president's proposal, and his comments and those of other lawmakers caused the central government to effect major cuts. This year, Ottón Solís appears satisfied with the proposal by President Luis Guillermo Solís.

Not everyone is. Even before the formal presentation, Rolando González Ulloa of the Partido Liberación Nacional took issue with the president's claim that the budget was just a half a percent higher than this years. That still makes the spending proposal the largest

in the history of Costa Rica, he said. The number in the budget clash with reality, he said during the legislative session Monday.

The session today will involve the acting finance minister, José Francisco Pacheco, who is serving while Vice President Helio
Fallas recovers from surgery on his achilles tendon.  Pacheco also is expected to be the administration's point man in trying to get the budget approved.

The new budget anticipates passage of a value-added tax and higher income tax rates.
There does not seem to be any major cuts. On television Sunday night President Solís said that a program to make the use of digital signatures more widespread had been frozen to save money.

The budget will be sent to a legislative committee where the details will be considered.

Nearly half of recent budgets were paid with borrowing, which is why Costa Rica has so much debt service each year.

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Another rabies outbreak leaves cow dead

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A cow has died from bovine rabies in San Mateo, according to the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal. This brings the virus infection much closer to the populated central part of the country. The last case was north near the Nicaraguan border and one in January was at Limoncito de Coto Brus. In all, there have been five outbreaks this year, said the animal health agency.

The animal health agency said that there are 108 animals on the ranch where the cow died.

The vector is almost certainly a bat, and the agency has begun reducing the population in the area of the ranch.

These tiny creatures make incisions in cows, dogs and sometimes humans to lap up the blood that is produced. In that way the virus is spread.

There are vaccines for rabies, both for cows, dogs and humans, but some ranchers do not provide that treatment to their cows.

Animal health workers will be checking the other cows in the herd to see if any are infected.

Rabies produces paralysis and eventually leads to death. The Ministerio de Salud is involved and providing vaccinations for humans associated with the animals.

U.S. providing grants for Limón residents

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. ambassador was in Limón to announce two projects that are being financed by Uncle Sam for $348,000. The money comes from the Central American Regional Security Initiative.

The ambassador,  S. Fitzgerald Haney, also inaugurated additional electronic equipment at the American Corner of the Biblioteca Pública Mayor Thomas.

One grant for $248,000 is for Youth Build USA, Inc., which will work with  Fundación Paniamor in Moín to provide job training for some 225 youths over two years.

The second grant is $100,000 for Fundación Voces Vitales Costa Rica to develop a network of women to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. This project also has an employment aspect.

The library donations included computers and 3D tablets so that users can compose music and learn about basic electronics, said the embassy.

According to the embassy, last year the U.S. Initiative paid for other projects, including $200,000 for 40 youngsters to improve the communication, conflict resolution and business development for 220 other youngsters in Tortuguero and Limón.

The Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano got $200,000 to teach English to 140 youngsters in Limón who were living in situations of risk.

Then there was a $199,000 project for youngsters in Sixaola, Puerto Viejo and Cahuita. And an additional $100,000 went to Asociación Arte y Cultura Miravalles to run a science camp in Talamanca.

Monday was the Día del Afrodescendiente, and Limón is home to many descendants of those who came here to work on the railroad in the 19th century.

Banco Nacional also announced that it was extending delivering the first credits approved by the Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo to five businesses in the Limón area. The amount is about $226,000 or 120 million colons.

Limón parade band to perform today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banda de Conciertos de Limón will bring its parade concert to the Teatro Nacional today at 12:10 p.m. for the Teatro al Mediodía program. The band marched in the parade Monday marking the Día de la Persona Negra y la Cultura Afro Costarricense in Limón.

 Josué Vásquez, band director, said that the idea is to bring the sounds of the Limón parade to the theater. The 45-minute program consists of calypso, and Caribbean rhythms.

Agreement reached on shrimp law

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government has reached an agreement with shrimp fishermen to propose a law that will put them back in business.

The Sala IV determined in a decision that shrimp trawlers do major damage to reefs. But last March the central government set up a system to create a bill that would meet with the court's approval.

A committee of shrimp fishermen, other types of fishermen, academics and the Instituto de Pesca y Acuicultura met to draw up an acceptable bill. The details were not released, but the bill is said to have 29 articles to insure the sustainable harvest of shrimp.

The central government was concerned when the Instituto de Pesca followed the court's instructions and began to decline to renew shrimping permits. The primary concern was for employment.

Although deep water shrimping was not covered by the court decision, most local fishermen prefer to catch shrimp in the Gulf of Nicoya.

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Environmentalists file Sala IV appeal over damage to Parque Corcovado
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three environmental organizations and five individuals have filed a constitutional court case against the government demanding better protection for the Parque Nacional Corcovado and the Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce.

The appeal is against the Ministro de Ambiente y Energía, the Ministro de Seguridad Pública and the Ministro de Hacienda.

Among other claims, those filing the case say that the country needs to hire from 600 to 1,200 more park guards to prevent environmental crimes.

Specifically for Parque Nacional Corcovado in southwestern Costa Rica, the appeal lists gold miners, illegal hunting and illegal lumbering have damaged what is called the sanctuary of biodiversity.

The constitutional appeal cites a number of articles of the nation's charter that relate to a clean environment.

The outline of damage to the park includes gold miners use of mechanical sluice boxes that process thousands of tons of material. In one case, investigators estimated that illegal mining had removed the equivalent of 2,000 truckloads of material, the environmental organizations said in a release.

The organizations also said that the operations were equivalent to an open pit gold mine of moderate size.

The organization sent this photo to show damage.

The organizations are Federación Conservacionista de Costa Rica. Preserve Plant and the Sindicato de Trabajadores del  Ministro de Ambiente y Energía.

Note to parents: the Día del Niño is approaching fast
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Parents better start getting their gifts together because Sept. 9 is the Día del Niño in Costa Rica.

This is an annual celebration designated by the United Nations, but the day takes place in other countries on many other dates.

Because the date is a Wednesday, some activities for children
will be taking place this weekend. Private clubs will hold
 celebrations, and such places as the Parque de Diversiones amusement park in La Uruca are advertising heavily.

Usually children expect some form of present. Most public and private schools will have a fiesta for their students that day.

The day is not completely fun and games.

One main purpose is to illustrate the rights of children to education, happiness and welfare.

Four judicial agents face charges for goofing off on their assignment
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four judicial agents are facing charges because they turned a road trip into a fiesta, according to the agency.

The four were assigned to go to Guápiles July 22 to detain a suspect. When they arrived, according to the Poder Judicial, they delayed making the arrest and engaged in personal activities, according to the announcement of the case.

Consequently they ran up overtime and spent the night in a hotel, said the agency. They did not make the arrest until the following day, the agency said. The men are assigned to the section that investigates murders, said the agency.

The criminal allegations stem from the men filing reports that the Poder Judicial considers to be deliberately incorrect and also personal enrichment. The case appears to involve additional similar events.

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Men who frequent prostitutes said to have less empathy for women
By the University of California-Los Angeles news staff

Men who buy sex have less empathy for women in prostitution than men who don’t buy sex, according to a study published online in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The research, co-authored by Neil Malamuth, also found that men who buy sex are more likely to report having committed rape and other aggressive sexual acts.

Malamuth is a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles.

The study of 101 men in the Boston area who buy sex and 101 men who do not indicates that sex buyers’ perspectives are similar to those of sexually coercive men.

“Our findings indicate that men who buy sex share certain key characteristics with men who are at risk for committing sexual aggression,” said Malamuth, a professor of communications studies and psychology. “Both groups tend to have a preference for impersonal sex, a fear of rejection by women, a history of having committed sexually aggressive acts and a hostile masculine self-identification. Those who buy sex, on average, have less empathy for women in prostitution and view them as intrinsically different from other women.”

In other studies, a lower level of empathy among men has been associated with sexual aggression toward women.

Whether prostitution is a job or sexual abuse has long been debated.  The new findings support the view that prostitution is more like sexual abuse.

“We hope this research will lead to a rejection of the myth that sex buyers are simply sexually frustrated nice guys,” said Melissa Farley, the study’s lead author and executive director of Prostitution Research and Education, a San Francisco-based non-profit.

Had the study found no differences between the views of men who buy sex and those who don’t, it might have given credence to those who advocate legalizing and regulating
 prostitution, said Ms. Farley, an expert on prostitution and human trafficking.

“However, given the significant levels of sexually aggressive attitudes and behavior found in sex buyers, a more progressive legal policy would be like that seen in Sweden and Norway, where prostitution is understood as a predatory crime against economically and ethnically marginalized women,” she said. “The Nordic model arrests sex buyers but decriminalizes those in prostitution and provides them with exit services.”

One man who bought sex and was interviewed for the study compared the transaction to disposing of a coffee cup after he had finished drinking from it. “When you’re done, you throw it out,” he said.

Another said of women in prostitution, “I think a lot of times they feel degraded. I mean, the ones I know have no self-confidence, so they feel less than a person, and more like a commodity.”

Malamuth said the study confirmed the predictive ability of many of the risk factors for sexual aggression he has studied for the past 35 years. His Confluence Model characterizes men who are at higher risk for committing sexual aggression. It emphasizes several key risk factors, including antisocial behavior, a preference for impersonal sex, treating sex more as a sport than as part of an intimate relationship, and hostile masculinity, which includes traits such as a narcissistic personality, hostility toward women and a desire to have power over women.

The men in the study were relatively knowledgeable about coercion and sex trafficking and about many of the reasons that women entered prostitution.

The researchers screened more than 1,200 men to reach two groups of men who were similar in age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.  The men were guaranteed anonymity and each was interviewed for about two hours. The study was funded by Hunt Alternatives, a private foundation.

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Survivors of Guatemalan war
tell their stories for posterity

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the civil war in Guatemala. During the conflict that spanned more than three decades, tens of thousands of Mayans were killed in what is known as the Guatemalan genocide. Researchers are now collecting video testimonies of the survivors to preserve the memories of what happened to prevent future genocides.

As a child, Jesus Tecu lived through horrors most people will never experience in a lifetime.

"It was exactly like the other times that my father would return. The dogs ran out to greet him. They did the same that day, but that day, that day, my father didn’t return," he recounted.

Tecu is one of many survivors whose eyewitness accounts are being recorded in the first academic oral history project documenting their experiences. Their stories are being collected as part of a partnership between the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation and the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala.

Sandra Gruner-Domic, a consultant with the foundation, said, "The military came in and separated the villages in groups and made one group kill the other. The children — they had to witness everything. Many of the survivors we had interviewed were kids at that time, and they described the pain of seeing their families, their mothers raped or their sisters killed."

"Some 200,000 civilians, mostly indigenous Mayans, were killed during the 36-year civil war — with the peak of the genocide taking place in the early 1980's," said Ms. Gruner-Domic. She pointed out the massacres were carried out in the name of Cold War fears.

"After the Second World War, the fear of spreading communism in Central America was huge," she said.

The foundation says the Guatemalan genocide is one of the least publicly understood in modern history and collecting video testimonies not only will preserve the survivors' memories, but also will help researchers better understand what happened and why. So far, 30 audio-visual testimonies have been collected and with enough funding, the hope is to get 100 by the end of the year.

The testimonies will add to the foundation's visual history archive, which includes some 53,000 testimonies of survivors from genocides, including the Holocaust.

Mrs. Clinton's emails
released by State Department

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
The State Department has released another 7,000 pages of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails, sent and received when she was secretary of State.

The controversy over Mrs. Clinton using a private account instead of a government account apparently has hurt her presidential campaign. Mrs. Clinton denies sending or receiving any classified emails. But some voters say they do not believe she has been completely honest about the whole affair.

State Department Mark Toner said Monday that about 150 of the Clinton emails have been re-marked as classified after they were examined by the intelligence community inspector general. Toner said that so far, it appears that none of the emails was marked as classified or top secret at the time Mrs. Clinton sent or received them.

The State Department has said that retroactively upgrading emails after they have been sent is routine.

Mrs. Clinton has authorized the State Department to make 55,000 pages of emails in her private account public. She denies doing anything wrong and says it was more convenient to use one email account and one device when she was secretary of State.

"Looking back, it would have been better if I simply had used a second email account and carried a second phone," Mrs. Clinton said earlier this year. "But at the time, it didn't seem like an issue."

Critics accuse her of leaving her emails open to hackers and foreign agents by not using an official account. They also allege she is trying to hide controversial communications, including those surrounding the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

Kansas airport worker sent
to prison in terrorism case

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. federal judge in the midwestern state of Kansas sentenced an airlines electronics technician to 20 years in prison Monday for plotting to set off a car bomb at a Wichita airport in 2013.

The man, Terry Lee Loewen, who worked at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, pleaded guilty in June to charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He admitted wanting to kill as many people as possible.

Undercover agents from the FBI began to communicate with Loewen after he became a Facebook friend of someone who wrote about violent jihad.

The 60-year-old Loewen told one agent that he was wafting for Allah to give him the go-ahead to carry out a violent attack against civilians.

Another agent helped him build a bomb that Lowewn did not know was a fake.

Prosecutors say Loewen abused his privileged airport access for terrorist purposes.

Two journalists and translator
held in Turkey as terrorists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A court in southeastern Turkey has ordered two British journalists and their translator remanded to custody, ahead of an eventual trial on charges of engaging in terror activity.

Monday's court ruling in the city of Diyarbakir orders the reporting crew, who work for the U.S. Internet-based VICE News, back to jail two days after their arrests near the borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran.  The French news agency says a fourth suspect, a driver, was freed.

By late Monday, there were no additional details about evidence allegedly linking the detainees to Islamic State jihadists.

Security sources said correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury were arrested Friday for reporting without proper government accreditation, as they filmed fighting between Turkish forces and Kurdish militants. The charges of aiding Islamic State militants were later added, but authorities provided no details.

In a statement Sunday, Amnesty International called the allegations bizarre.

"It is completely proper that journalists should cover this important story," the rights group said. It also called the charges "unsubstantiated outrageous."  The European offices of the Committee to Protect Journalists called for their immediate release, as did the global media advocacy group PEN International.

"Vice News condemns in the strongest possible terms the Turkish government's attempts to silence our reporters who have been providing vital coverage from the region," Kevin Sutcliffe, Vice's head of news  programming for Europe, said in a statement. "We continue to work with all relevant authorities to expedite the safe release of our three colleagues and friends."

The news team had been reporting from the region as government forces press their campaign against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK.  The militant group, founded in the late 1970s, launched a fight for regional autonomy in 1984.

Analysts say more than 12,000 Turkish military and civilian casualties have been tallied since then, while the military reported 32,000 "terrorists" neutralized as of  2008.  Fighting later waned and all but stopped in 2013, when peace talks began. 

Hostilities erupted anew in late July when the PKK scrapped the truce after Turkish warplanes bombed their positions in Iraq as PKK fighters battled Islamic State forces.

Obama says moment is now
to effect climate stability

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama declared climate change to be the defining threat of this century as he began a historic visit to the far northwestern state of Alaska.

Speaking Monday at a State Department-sponsored summit on Arctic environmental issues, President Obama said the world is not acting fast enough to address climate change.

"On this issue of all issues, there is such a thing as being too late,'' Obama said. "And that moment is almost upon us."

Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Arctic Circle, called climate change an urgent and growing threat, noting its particularly devastating effects on Alaska.

"Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways, faster than we previously thought. The science is stark. It is sharpening. It proves that this once distant threat is now very much in the present," he said.

The president also hit out at his domestic critics, saying there does not have to be a conflict between sound environmental policies and economic growth. "Those who want to deny the science are on their own. They are on their own shrinking island," he said.

Earlier, ministers from 11 countries and the European Union reaffirmed a commitment to take urgent action to slow the pace of global warming in the sensitive Arctic region.
The officials from countries including the U.S., France, South Korea and Singapore announced their pledge in a joint statement on Monday, at an Arctic conference on climate change in Alaska.
Delegates at the U.S.-sponsored conference have focused on the global implications of climate change.
“We take seriously warnings by scientists,” said the ministers in their joint statement.
“Temperatures at the Arctic are increasing at more than twice the average global rate. Loss of Arctic snow and ice is accelerating the warming of the planet as a whole,” they said.

Native Alaskans attending the conference expressed concern that they are on the front lines of climate change.
“We are very, very concerned about our Mother Earth,” said Alaska Tribal Chief Lee Stephan. “Alaska is not causing global warming. However, the actions of the globe is affecting Alaska.”
The meeting in Alaska comes ahead of a U.N. conference on climate change later this year.
Obama's three-day tour of the region will include a hike to a glacier.
Ahead of his trip, the president drew fire from some lawmakers for his decision to change the name of Alaska’s tallest mountain from Mt. McKinley to Denali.
The peak was named Mount McKinley in honor of William McKinley, an Ohio resident who became a U.S. president. The Republican McKinley was assassinated in office in 1901.
House Speaker John Boehner said the name had served as a testament to McKinley’s great legacy. He said he was deeply disappointed with Obama’s decision to change the name.
In a statement, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said McKinley never visited the region and had no significant connection to the mountain, which native Alaskans called Denali.

The Obama administration has also drawn fire over environmentalists for a decision to allow the Shell Oil company to expand drilling off the coast of Alaska.

In his weekly address, Obama defended the decision, saying that safety in the environmentally sensitive region will be a priority.
“We made it clear that Shell has to meet our high standards in how they conduct their operations,” said the president.
The White House says the goal of the conference is to boost awareness of how the effects of higher temperatures in the Arctic are affecting the rest of the world and what people can do in response.
Obama has announced plans to make U.S. power plants cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels, while also boosting the amount of power they generate using renewable resources.

Scientists have warned that letting global temperatures rise more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will bring extreme weather and rising seas that would affect populations all over the world.

Seabirds are prone to eat
a variety of plastic items

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ninety percent of all seabirds have eaten plastic and nearly every one will have by 2050, according to a new study.

The report Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said less than 5 percent of seabirds were carrying plastic in their bodies in the early 1960s, just after a boom in industrial plastic manufacturing.

The researchers say they found all sorts of plastic items inside seabirds, including balloons, glowsticks, cigarette lighters, model cars and toys.

They said albatross, penguins, shearwaters and seagulls are most likely to eat plastic, which can cause severe illness or death.

The birds mistake the plastic pollution for fish eggs or other legitimate food.

The study says while plastic ingestion has fallen around U.S. and European waters because of a reduction in the use of plastic pellets, it is especially bad in the Pacific near Australia and New Zealand where a large number of bird species live.

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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

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Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

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   Flood waters wiped out the bridge over the Quebrada Eloísa in
   Pacayitas de Turrialba last June, and farmers had to travel an
   additional 60 kilometers to market their products.  Now there is
   a new bailey bridge that can accommodate truck traffic.

Roundup in China continues over stocks

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chinese state media announced a new round of confessions by people alleged to have spread online rumors of stock market irregularities Monday, following the arrest of nearly 200 people Saturday and Sunday.

Xinhua news reported the latest half-dozen people who face charges are: a journalist, an official with China’s securities regulator and four senior executives of local securities firms, all of whom have been placed under criminal compulsory measures.

That means they could remain detained indefinitely, be charged with a crime, or be placed under surveillance at home.

Before any convictions are reached, the massive crackdown has already demonstrated the government’s determination to keep the stock markets under control and restore confidence in the government’s bailout measures, said Oliver Rui, professor of finance and accounting at China Europe International Business School.

“The government clearly wants to send a very strong signal to the markets that, if anyone wants to be the enemy of the government, they will be punished eventually,” Rui said.

The authorities appear to have obtained hard evidence alleging the involvement of four securities executives, Xu Gang, Liu Wei, Fang Qingli and Chen Rongjie of Citic Securities, in insider-trading, as well as bribe-taking and forging official seals by the regulatory official, the professor said.

According to a statement released by the ministry of public security, the journalist, Wang Xiaolu, a reporter of Caijing Magazine, confessed that he had colluded with others and fabricated fake information in a report published July 20 about the Chinese securities regulatory commission’s  plan to withdraw government funds out of the stock markets.

The commission denied the report the next day, but it was convinced Wang’s report had triggered investor panic, which led to the stock markets’ 23 percent decline that week.

In the ministry statement, Wang is reported to have said he wrote the story based on hearsay and his own speculations without having had or verified the facts.

In another confession reported by the ministry, securities commission official Liu Shufan also admitted wrongdoings, apparently saying he had taken advantage of his position to pull strings for publicly traded companies and accepted bribes worth millions of Chinese yuan.

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Coffee expo begins Friday in Antigua Aduana

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Feria BN Expo Nuestro Café begins its three-day run Friday, and even those who are not big coffee drinkers might find interesting aspects. The expo is free to visitors.

The event is in the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23 in east San José through Sunday. In addition to coffee, firms will be there that make food products from the bean and also those who have developed new ways of fixing the brew.

Sponsors Banco Nacional and the Instituto del Café de Costa Rica have made special pitches to small and medium businesses to encourage them to display their wares.  The organizers estimate that there will be 100 stands staffed for the event. Five of the stands were raffled off to small businesses that could not handle the $2,000 fee.

The coffee institute said that it will be offering demonstrations of new methods to make coffee, including French press, cold drip and Oriental siphon, among others.