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Not only are these horns very decorative, they are little air conditioners that let Ankole Watus cattle live in hot climates.

This one is the showpiece of a dairy farm in the province of Limón. Science can let her have hundreds of baby cows a year.

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U.S. food agency to seek safety limit of arsenic in rice
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will try to develop a safety standard on arsenic found in rice.

The agency just released the results of a study of foods that showed that the amount of detectable arsenic is too low in the rice and rice product samples to cause any immediate or short-term adverse health effects.

The safety standard is important to Costa Ricans, who consume on average 56 kilos a year. Much of the local rice comes from areas where there is a high amount of naturally occurring arsenic in the groundwater.

Rice is particularly vulnerable to contamination because it is grown in water, taking up arsenic through its roots, the agency noted. The application of pesticides to rice also can contaminate the food with arsenic.

The Food and Drug Administration said it is not aware of any published quantitative assessment of risk for arsenic in rice.

Long-term exposure to arsenic has been associated with skin, lung, bladder, liver, kidney and prostate cancers, and low levels can cause skin lesions, diarrhea and other symptoms, according to other researchers. Arsenic also has been blamed for renal failure, and health authorities are looking into the deaths at a dialysis clinic in Cañas.

Some humans can develop an immunity to arsenic, but others can have their natural immunities to viruses reduced with exposure to the chemical, researchers have said.
Costa Rica does not check for arsenic in rice, officials have said.

The Food and Drug administration scientists tested the samples for levels of both organic and inorganic arsenic, the most toxic form of the chemical.  They found the average levels of organic arsenic ranged from 2.6 to 7.2 micrograms per serving, with instant rice at the low end and brown rice at the high end of the range.

For inorganic arsenic, scientists found rice and rice products contain between .1 to 6.6 micrograms, with the lowest amount in infant formula and the highest levels of the toxic substance in rice pasta. A microgram is one-millionth of a gram.  Serving sizes vary.

The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the national water company, has been ordered by the Sala IV constitutional court to develop schemes to provide water low in arsenic to those areas of Guanacaste and northern Alajuela where there are higher concentrations.

In its June decision the court said that the World Health Organization sets the safe limit for human consumption of arsenic at 10 micrograms per liter of water. That's 10 parts per billion.  Acueductos y Alcantarillados provides water with up to 187 micrograms of arsenic per liter, said the court.

The Center for Safety and Applied Nutrition of the Food and Drug Administration said it will now analyze the risk to humans of eating arsenic contaminated rice and rice products, and ways to limit harm to vulnerable populations, including children and pregnant women. The results will be released after peer review, the agency said.

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    Maurice Carney gives his summary of what is happening 
    in the Congo.

Tragedy in Congo brought home
to residents in Caribbean coast

By Connie Foss
and A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Instead of going out to a bar or playing dominoes, some residents gathered Saturday in the Casa de la Cultura to hear a presentation given by Maurice Carney, a representative of Friends of the Congo. He is touring Costa Rica during the month of the celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture. The event was sponsored by Informate Caribe, the same local group responsible for organizing the Festival de Cine last weekend.

"How does the Congo crisis relate to us, here in Costa Rica?" asked someone in the audience.

Carney's campaign is Breaking the Silence, which endeavors to raise public awareness about the decades-long atrocities in the Congo that have resulted in the loss of more than six million lives since the mid-1990s. The Congolese are voiceless victims of this deadly battle over natural resources such as copper, gold, diamonds, uranium, and the metals used to make televisions, computers and cell phones, he said.

The 26-minute documentary, "Crisis in the Congo," explained, "If you have a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife; if you are human; if you use any type of technology tool that is made of minerals mined in Congo, then this crisis relates to you."

Attendees answered the question with a more personal response: Residents of the maritime zone may become victims of the power struggle between the government and corporations that want to take advantage of all the natural resources on this rich coast. But the Costa Rican people have won battles like this in the past. The 2003 film, "Caribe," told the story of the solidarity of the Caribbean people in preventing offshore petroleum drilling. But the recent appearance of a black helicopter in the mountains near Bribri has raised suspicions that corporate interests are seeking to mine valuable metals found in these hills.

Carney also said that his group met with leaders in Costa Rican education to make plans for introducing an African studies program to the school curriculum.
    
The Democratic Republic of Congo most recently is seeking to have the M23 rebels disarm. There have been renewed clashes in Kivu province between the army and the rebels.

The Rwanda government sharply denies accusations it supports the M23 rebels fighting the central government, according to wire service reports.

Eastern Congo has long been wracked by war, fueled by historic tension between neighbors and the scramble for natural resources.
 
Thousands of people have fled to camps since the rebellion began last year. With fighting recently renewed, a new influx of people has put a real strain on resources and has raised the cost of living.


Soccer fans hope Costa Rica
qualifies for World Cup Tuesday


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican soccer fans already are doing the math to see how Costa Rica could qualify this week for a World Cup berth.

There are another series of qualifying matches Tuesday. Costa Rica, fresh from a 3-1 victory over the United States Friday, goes to Jamaica. The U.S. hosts México. Honduras is at home playing Panamá.

The Costa Rican pundits want a victory in Jamaica and a defeat for México at the hands of the U.S. national team. If Honduras, now in third place, falls to Panamá, Costa Rica will have accumulated enough points to qualify.

Costa Rica bumped the U.S. out of first place with the victory Friday at the Estadio Nacional. Costa Rica has never lost a World Cup qualifier to the U.S. at home. The U.S. had had a 12-gaming winning streak.

Friday Costa Rica was ahead two goals before the U.S. made its only score. Late in the game it added the insurance goal.

But there was some bad news for the Ticos. Keilor Navas and Christian Bolaños have been suspended for the Tuesday game because they each received two yellow cards in the Friday game.


Lawyer detained in cases
of property, vehicle fraud

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents detained another lawyer Friday on allegations that he faked documents to gain ownership of properties and vehicles.

The 50-year-old man was detained in his home in Aurora de Alajuelita, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Agents said that there were 20 complaints against the man over the last nine months.

Agents said that the man is accused of using his position as a notary to fake documents and submitting them to the Registro Nacional where property and vehicle ownerships are kept. He also is accused of using third parties as intermediaries to sell or put loans on  properties or vehicles.

Agents said that the frauds took place in various parts of the country, including Guanacaste. They speculated that the total cases might range as high as 50 when the investigation is completed.

Notaries have great power in creating documents that transfer property and vehicles. The work is questioned only infrequently at the Registro.


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Science gives a little boost to bovine maternity in Limón
By Kimberly A. Beck
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

In the year 2000, Costa Rica banned in-vitro fertilization or IVF. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ordered the country to lift the ban, but to date no significant steps have been taken.

The in-vitro ban only referenced humans and not bovines which was good news for Barbara Lapp, owner of Lecheria Las Lapas in Siquirres.

In 2003, Ms. Lapp and two of her sisters imported a purebred African Ankole Watusi cow with the intention of cross breeding it with their Holsteins and Jerseys. “People said that the Atlantic slope was no place to have a dairy farm, but I knew we could do it” said Ms. Lapp. “At that time, there may have only been one other Watusi in the country.”

Watusi cattle are naturally resistant to harsh environmental conditions but have low milk production. “Cross breeding superior milk cows, like Holstein, with a breed that can survive in even the most adverse conditions, like the Watusi, made sense for us.” The Watusi’s horns are even functional heat dispersers.

In 2007, the first purebred Watusi was born on the Las Lapas Farm. The aptly named, female Afro-Tica comes from the imported Watusi cow and implanted bull sperm shipped from the United States. “Visitors to the farm were impressed by her long horns. We started getting inquires from farms that wanted a Watusi as a showpiece or to use as oxen. So we considered our options.”

Normally, cows must be at least two years old before getting pregnant, then the gestation period of nine months allows for only one calf a year. “We wanted to speed up the process so we looked into in-vitro”. Using host mothers a cow can reproduce between 150 and 200 calves annually.

The in-vitro process starts by removing an egg directly from
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Ms. Lapp, Afro-Tica and two Watusi-Holstein cross calves.

the ovary of the female whose genes are to be reproduced. Then sperm from the male is injected directly into the egg to fertilize it. All of this is done in a dish. In-vitro boasts a high success rate due to the fact that only fertilized eggs are implanted into the host mother.

Esteban Mesen from Embryotech in San Antonio de Belén helped the dairy workers to implant nine fertilized eggs this year. Seven embryo’s started to grow.

To recoup the more than $3,000 that was spent on the imported sperm and cost for the veterinary services, Lecheria Las Lapas sold three pregnant females to a farm in Cartago. “We charged for the value of the pure Watusi embryo and the market price of the host cow” says Ms. Lapp. A 1-year-old purebred Watusi has a value of $2,000. She currently has four calves that are only a few weeks old.

Lecheria Las Lapas offers natural ice creams, yogurts and raw milk products to primarily the Atlantic Coast.  


Costa Rica rejects proposed U.S. action against Syria
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and wire service reports

The country does not support any military action against Syria outside the framework of the United Nations, said the foreign ministry Friday.

The statement from the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said that Costa Rica is a country of peace, disarmed and one that has proclaimed to the world its neutrality with respect to armed conflicts. The statement urged the U.N. Security Council to stop the killings in Syria and to protect civilians.

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Obviously commenting on potential action as promised by U.S. President Barack Obama, the statement also repudiated the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances and especially when employed against the civilian population.

The ministry also urged the United Nations to send the case to the International Criminal Court and urged permanent members of the Security Council to refrain from vetoing this proposal. U.N. inspectors are trying to get to the bottom of what actually
took place in Syria Aug. 21 when presumed sarin gas killed hundreds and maybe more than 1,400 person in a suburb of Damascus.

In another development Pope Francis called on Sunday for an end to the illegal traffic in arms, and repeated his appeal for peace in Syria.
 
“The war against evil means saying no to fratricidal hatred and the lies which feed it, saying no to violence in all its forms, saying no to the proliferation of arms and the illegal trade in arms,” he said in his regular Sunday Angelus.
 
“There is so much of it. And there is always the doubt whether these wars here or there are wars for real problems or wars to sell arms,” he said.
 
“There is a commercial war to sell these weapons in illegal trade. These are enemies to be fought, together and united, following no other interests than those of peace and the common good,” said the leader of the Catholic Church.
 
The call came hours after Francis addressed an estimated 100,000 people in St. Peter's Square in a day of fasting and prayer aimed at encouraging peace in Syria.

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Smaller Venezuela newspapers in crisis over lack of imported newsprint
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

At least 26 of Venezuela's 46 provincial newspapers are on the verge of running out of paper, according to journalism sources in the country.

Restricting supplies to newspapers have been termed economic censorship in academic sources.

That is a situation that prompted the Inter American Press Association to call on the Venezuelan government to terminate its foreign currency requirements for newsprint paper and printing materials. Several newspapers have suspended editions due to lack of supplies.

The press advocacy organization urged the Venezuelan authorities to end bureaucratic procedures that tarnish press freedom in the South American country. The chairman of the organization’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, declared that “licenses for importing newsprint or newspaper equipment are contrary to the free flow of information which should prevail in a democracy.”

The government’s impediments and requirements imposed on the import of newsprint and other supplies for newspaper production that are not manufactured in Venezuela, affect mainly the smaller and province based newspapers that usually  have to resort to distributors. Since early last month, several papers have stopped printing due to lack of supplies. Among these are
 El Sol de Maturín in Monagas state; Antocha in Anzoátegui; El Caribazo, La Hora and El Caribe in Nueva Esparta, and Los Llanos and El Espacio in Barinas.

In order to import, the newspapers or newsprint distributors need to receive a certification of products of no-national production permit that has to be issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. In addition to this, they need a foreign exchange quota allowed by the Foreign Exchange Commission. The ministry has been resilient to issue these licenses following the newspapers’ complaints regarding the government’s decision in 2012 to withdraw newsprint from the list of importation of priority goods, a decision that has affected both the independent press and government allies.

Another main problem is that the control of foreign exchange brought about great speculation in the price of supplies. Some newspapers found themselves having to stop buying production materials outside of the official foreign currency market, due to its increasingly high costs.

The newspaper El Nacional recently reported that of the 46 provincial newspapers in Venezuela 25 are about to exhaust their supply of newsprint.

The Inter American Press Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 print publications including A.M. Costa Rica.

 
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Conservatives take reins
after elections in Australia


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Australia's conservative opposition swept to power Saturday in a landslide election victory, ending six years of turbulent Labor Party rule.

Observers say the win for Tony Abbott’s opposition Liberal-National coalition reflects frustrations by Australians with Labor Party infighting and problems with the nation's economy. Abbott Saturday declared Australia under new management.

"I now look forward to forming a government that is competent, that is trustworthy, and which purposefully and steadfastly and methodically sets about delivering on our commitments to you, the Australian people," he said.

The election was held just three months after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ousted Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, in a party leadership challenge intended to better position Labor for the national vote.

But with more than 95 percent of the vote counted, the Australian Electoral Commission showed the Liberal/National coalition with 88 seats in the 150-member House of Representatives to Labor's 57.

Rudd conceded defeat Saturday, saying he had given the election his all.

"A short time ago, I telephoned Tony Abbott to concede defeat at these national elections," he said. "As prime minister of Australia I wish him well now in the high office of prime minister of this country. Therese and I wish he, Margie and their family well in coping with the stresses and strains of high office that lie ahead. We know a little bit of what that is like.''

Rudd also announced that he would step down as Labor leader.

The campaign had been dominated by concerns about the economy, asylum seekers and climate change.

Unemployment in Australia has been creeping upward, and both parties tried to convince voters that they can guarantee future economic prosperity.

Both candidates had also proposed tough immigration policies to discourage asylum seekers from sailing into Australian waters to claim shelter.

But Abbott has promised that his government's first action will be to repeal an unpopular tax on the country's biggest polluters, which he blames for pushing up domestic power bills.

Voting is compulsory in Australia.  More than 14 million people are listed on electoral rolls, but authorities estimate about a half-million 18- to 24-year-old Australians have never registered to vote, suggesting widespread apathy among young people about domestic politics.


Rim Fire now third biggest
in California record books

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A wildfire that has consumed parts of Yosemite National Park and charred an area greater than the city of Dallas, Texas, is now California's third largest wildfire on record, fire managers said.

The Rim Fire is expected to burn another two weeks, they added.

The blaze has blackened about 246,350 acres (99,694 hectares), or 385 square miles, of timber and chaparral in the rugged northern California forests since it broke out on Aug. 17.

Fanned by wind in hot and dry weather, the fire has grown by almost 10,000 acres since Thursday, although it has stayed mostly within containment lines that firefighters have drawn around 80 percent of the blaze's perimeter.

The Rim Fire ranks as the largest of dozens of wildfires that have raged across several states in the drought-parched West this year, straining U.S. firefighting resources.

The fire was started by a hunter's illegal campfire that got out of control in secluded Stanislaus National Forest, officials said Thursday.

Friday's setback follows efforts by ground crews Thursday to tame the fire using hand tools and chainsaws, backed by bulldozers, water-dropping helicopters and airplane tankers with payloads of chemical retardant.

A stretch of Highway 120 that leads from Groveland to the west side of the 750,000-acre [300,000-hectare] park was set to reopen Friday at noon.

Yosemite has some 4 million visitors each year, mostly from June through August. About 620,000 normally visit in August alone, but the fire has caused tourism at the park to decline.

Firefighting costs had run $84.8 million as of Friday, with some 5,000 personnel assigned to battle the blaze at its peak, though crew numbers have dropped to roughly 3,600.

Officials said 111 structures, including 11 homes, have been destroyed, and roughly 1,900 structures in the region were still threatened by the blaze on Friday.

But no serious injuries have been reported, and most evacuation orders and advisories have been lifted as firefighters tightened their grip on the flames.

 
Unmanned atmosphere probe
sent to sample on the moon


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency is returning to the moon.

An unmanned rocket blasted off late Friday from Virginia's Eastern Shore with a robotic explorer that will study the lunar atmosphere and dust.

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, known as LADEE, is the size of a small car, and it will collect data for 100 days as it orbits the moon.

Scientists want to learn more about the moon's thin atmosphere because they think it could be common in our solar system. That knowledge could help them better understand large asteroids and other planets, including Mercury.

Most of NASA's previous lunar missions were launched from Florida. The first moon shot from Virginia was visible over a large area of the eastern United States, home to more than 50 million people.

The LADEE capsule will have no way to return from lunar orbit, so the U.S. space agency intends to aim spacecraft into a controlled crash on the surface of the moon.


Google seeks a ruling
on email privacy lawsuit

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Google is calling on a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating its email users' privacy by electronically scanning the content of their messages.

Google says all email users must expect their emails will be subject to automated processing.

But the lawsuit, filed in the western U.S. state of California, says the Internet giant illegally opens and reads the emails in violation of California's privacy laws and federal wiretapping statutes.

Google says it displays advertising based on words within Gmail messages but adds that no humans are reading the emails.

The case comes at a particularly sensitive time for Google after documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency secretly gathered user data from Google and other U.S. Internet companies to track people's movements and contacts.



Shell gets $1.1 million fine
for air pollution in Arctic

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Shell has agreed to pay $1.1 million for air-quality violations from the vessels it used to drill two oil-exploration wells in Arctic waters off Alaska last year, federal regulators said.
 
Shell will pay the civil fines for Clean Air Act violations that were discovered during inspections of the Discoverer and Kulluk drillships, which operated in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
 
The breaches of air-quality permits that Shell needed to operate in the icy waters were among several mishaps for the oil giant as it sought to explore in the remote but potentially petroleum-rich Arctic outer continental shelf.
 
First, equipment problems delayed the start of its drill season. Instead of the five wells it had planned to complete in 2012, Shell could do only preliminary drilling on two wells, a limit placed by regulators because of equipment failures on a required oil-spill vessel. The Discoverer, contracted from Noble Corp, was detained for safety and environmental problems.
 
It all culminated with the grounding of the Kulluk during a December storm near Kodiak Island. Federal investigations were launched into the grounding and the Discoverer's shortcomings, and the Department of Interior now plans to issue new rules for Arctic drilling by the end of the year.
 
The violations resolved by Shell's settlement include excessive hourly nitrogen-oxide emissions on the drillships and support vessels and lapses in use of emissions-cleansing equipment.
 
The agreement requires Shell to pay $710,000 for 23 violations that inspectors said occurred on the Discoverer and its support fleet and $390,000 for 11 violations on the Kulluk.
 
Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said the brief 2012 season had taught the company lessons about controlling air pollution.
 
And while Shell will pay fines for excessive hourly air pollution, the drilling operations produced only a tiny fraction of the total air pollution Shell would have been allowed to emit during a full year, according to the settlement agreement.
 
"Despite reported overages in 2012, the EPA did not allege any negative impact from Shell's emissions to local populations," Smith said in an email.
 
Shell has spent about $5 billion on its Alaska offshore program, including $2.1 billion in a 2008 Chukchi lease sale.


World economy improving,
Group of 20 message says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Group of 20 powers said on Friday the world economy was improving, but it was too early to declare an end to crisis with emerging markets facing increasing volatility.
 
The prospect that the Federal Reserve may rein in its expansive monetary policies as soon as this month has plunged into turmoil some emerging economies that had enjoyed rapid growth helped by a flood of cheap dollars.
 
In talks on the economy which were overshadowed by the Syrian crisis and which were described as difficult by participants, emerging and developed powers in St. Petersburg managed to find a common form of words.
 
Leaders of the G20, which accounts for 90 percent of the world economy and two-thirds of its population, agreed to adjust policy carefully but said countries at the sharp end also had to put their houses in order.
 
A communique issued at the end of the two-day summit stuck closely to the statement issued by finance ministers in July, demanding changes to monetary policy must be carefully calibrated and clearly communicated.
 
International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde welcomed that commitment, adding: "Both advanced economies and emerging markets will have to address their domestic challenges in order for spillovers to be effectively managed."
 
The G20, which united in response to global crisis in 2009, now faces a multi-speed recovery with the U.S. economy pushing ahead, Europe may be finding a floor and developing economies facing blowback from the looming Fed action.
 
The nod in the communique to managing spillovers of policy shifts was the closest countries like India got to an acknowledgement of their plight.
 
"The situation in the global economy looks better now than it did five years ago. Economic growth is recovering, but risks of course are still very, very great," Russian President Vladimir Putin told a news conference.
 
As the statement was released, markets were fixated on the monthly U.S. jobs report which came in weaker than expected, complicating the Fed's decision on whether to scale back its massive monetary stimulus later this month.
 
Demands led by Germany for binding targets to extend the Toronto debt reduction goals agreed at a summit hosted by Canada in 2010, fell on deaf ears as the focus has shifted firmly towards promoting growth.
 
"Medium-term fiscal strategies... will be implemented flexibly to take into account near-term economic conditions, so as to support economic growth and job creation, while putting debt as a share of GDP on a sustainable path," the communique said.
 
New elements referred to a growth initiative proposed by Australia, which assumes the G20 chair next year, a proposal to tighten regulation of so-called shadow banking and extending a deadline on reining in trade protectionism.



Ghost of Pinochet colors
upcoming elections in Chile


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Four decades after a military coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power in Chile, a fierce debate over his long rule has shaken up the presidential election, with some right-wing politicians under fire for their past support of the former dictator.
 
Pinochet, who was then the head of the army, toppled the democratically elected socialist president, Salvador Allende, in a violent coup on Sept. 11, 1973.
 
He finally gave up power in 1990 and died in 2006, but Pinochet and his legacy have again dominated Chile's politics in recent weeks as the 40th anniversary of the coup approaches.
 
The rightist Alianza bloc's already weak chance of victory in November's election has been further damaged by the association of its more extreme Unión Demócrata Independiente with the coup.
 
Many Unión Demócrata Independiente politicians supported Pinochet, and continue to justify the military takeover by citing the chaos of the Allende years.
 
That is something the left-leaning bloc has leapt upon.
 
“There are facts that are not known, justice that hasn't come, pain and wounds that haven't healed. And there are people who do not recognize nor repent over what they did and didn't do,” Michelle Bachelet, a former president and the front-runner in this year's campaign, said last week on the campaign trail.
 
Ms. Bachelet was directly affected by the violent side of Pinochet's rule.
 
Her father, an air force general, remained loyal to Allende after the coup and was imprisoned, where he died of a heart attack after months of torture. Ms. Bachelet, herself, was also arrested and tortured and went into exile.
 
Ms. Bachelet's closest rival for the presidency is Evelyn Matthei, the nominee of the Alianza bloc.
 
Ms. Matthei's father was also an air force general, but he sided with Pinochet and she, herself, campaigned for him in a 1988 referendum on whether Pinochet should remain president for eight more years. His defeat in that vote led to him step down in 1990.
 
In response to demands from leftist opponents for her to apologize, Ms. Matthei defended her record on human rights and said: “I was 20 years old when the coup happened. I don't have to ask forgiveness.”
 
Incumbent President Sebastian Pinera, a moderate right-winger whose opposition to the dictatorship was key to his own electoral success, said Chile still had a way to go to reach reconciliation.
 
“Truth and justice are two moral imperatives for any society who lived through times as traumatic as those,” he told journalists in a meeting at the presidential palace, La Moneda, to discuss the anniversary. “We still lack truth and justice.”
 
Over 3,000 people disappeared, presumed killed by the military government, during the Pinochet years. Thousands of others were forced into exile or imprisoned in clandestine detention centers, where torture was carried out almost as a matter of routine.
 
Allende committed suicide in La Moneda as the troops moved in. Footage of the palace being strafed by the air force has become a potent symbol around the world of Chile's break with democracy.
 
This week, in a shabby building opposite La Moneda hung with an enormous Allende photo, union activists are preparing to commemorate the anniversary. They say reconciliation for them will be difficult until all those responsible for atrocities are brought to justice.
 
“For what my parents suffered, what we suffered, my children have seen me cry. Without wanting to, I have passed that pain to them and afterwards it will pass to my grandchildren,” said 53-year-old Luis Ancapil.
 
Pinochet also pushed through free-market reforms that many believe set the foundation for Chile's economic progress. That has moderated criticism of his rule over the years, but perceptions of his dictatorship are increasingly negative.
 
Some 55 percent of Chileans now describe Pinochet's government as all bad, compared with 35 percent just three years ago. Only 9 percent describe it as all good, according to a poll released this week by research center CERC.
 
It has only been in recent years, with the advent of the Internet and cable television, that most Chileans have really started to learn the truth of what happened during the dictatorship, said Pablo Salvat, politics professor at the University of Alberto Hurtado in Santiago.
 
“The new generation is pushing. They want their parents to tell the truth, how it was, what happened, who is responsible,” said Hurtado.
 
About 75 percent of Chileans believe traces of the military dictatorship remain today, according to the CERC survey.
 
Pinochet's legacy lives on in a privatized education system, the subject of regular student protests, which Ms. Bachelet has pledged to reform.
 
To do that, however, she has to overcome another legacy of the Pinochet-era, an electoral system that makes it very difficult for any one party to gain a significant majority in Congress.
 
Ms. Bachelet wants to reform that too, but she would need to persuade the right to support her or win the sort of majority that is next to impossible under the current system.
 
The final part of her three-pronged initiative is to raise taxes in order to pay for the education reforms. Again, she would need to win over the skeptical Alianza.
 
“Probably no country has an experience like that, a democracy in which a minority can veto the majority and where the majority in the end cannot do what the people wanted when they voted for them,” Ms. Bachelet complained recently.
 
Her supporters have high expectations she will deliver on her pledges, and might not accept compromises with the right, warned Salvat. “If Bachelet wins, she is going to have it difficult. ... People will go out on the street demanding she carries out the reforms she promised,” said he.
 
But the framework that Pinochet and his allies created cannot easily be dismantled, said Sergio Bitar, who served as a minister under both Allende and Ms. Bachelet, in an interview. “The feeling is that you are in a cage,” said he.


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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

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
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.
7986-8/6/13

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

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7967-7/17/13

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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Business for sale or lease (paid category)7115-12/16/11
A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San Jose,  Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas.  And it is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive ground-work that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to  even greater success.  Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a Pro-Forma Income Statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.com
8081-10/9/13

Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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This is the 12-meter plastic missile.

Unique missile sculpture
presses case against plastic

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Environmentalists will be punctuating their call against discarded plastic bottles with a 12-meter (nearly 40-foot) sculpture of a missile made out of the same material.

The missile is designed to show that Costa Rica is bombarded every minute by 1,200 discarded plastic bottles, according to the organizers of the demonstration, Preserve Planet.

Artist Francesco Bracci created the plastic bottle missile, said Preserve Planet. It will be on display this morning on the downtown pedestrian walkway between calles 9 and 11. The sculpture contains 8,000 bottles, said the organization.

Another organization also is involved. It is called Plastic Pollution Coalition, according to a news release.

Preserve planet said that an estimated 93 percent of plastic containers are discarded and not recycled. They go into rivers and oceans, it said.

Periodically environmentalists call for deposits on plastic bottles. That may be the topic of a press conference Preserve Planet plans near the missile this morning.


Olympic Committee selects
Tokyo for the games in 2020

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics in 2020, after beating Istanbul and Madrid in the final push for the coveted honor. The Japanese capital last hosted the Games in 1964.
 
Madrid was eliminated Saturday in the first round of voting by the International Olympics Committee after final presentations in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires.  Istanbul fell in the next round.
 
The race was tight with all three cities carrying major risks.
 
Civil war in Turkey's neighbor Syria presented concerns for Istanbul's bid, while Madrid is weighed down by financial troubles.
 
The Japanese capital faced concerns about the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
 
Hosting the Olympics could be a huge boost for Tokyo. The honor brings in massive amounts of tourism revenue and creates an opportunity for a prominent place on the world stage.
 
All three finalists had made Olympic bids before. This was the fifth for Istanbul, the third in a row for Madrid and the second in a row for Tokyo.
 
Top officials from each country joined the final presentations to better each city's chances of hosting the world's largest sporting event. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his counterparts Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Mariano Rajoy of Spain flew to Buenos Aires straight from the just-concluded G20 summit in Russia.
 
The next summer Olympics will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro in 2016.



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Two more small business fairs planned

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two more gatherings of small business operators are planned under the auspices of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio.

They will be Sept. 26 and 27 in Upala in the northern zone and Oct. 25 and 26 in Limón.

The ministry is involved in a major effort to encourage small- and medium-sized businesses.

In Puntarenas last weekend one such event took place where entrepreneurs presented their wares. They included fruit products, spices, coffees, textiles, technology and crafts.

The products fair was on the Paseo de los Turistas in the Pacific community. This was the fourth such event organized by the ministry along with help from the  Banca para el Desarrollo, the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, the Ministerio de Ciencia,Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones and the Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica.

The ministry has a program for what are called  pequeñas y medianas empresas or PYMES that provides low-interest loans, training and exemption from the annual corporate tax.

In addition to showcasing the products of the small firms, the events are designed to promote the program.

Saturday also saw the graduation by the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje of a group of  women who completed a course in entrepreneurism.

The Estado de Nación program has repeatedly noted that Costa Rica public schools are designed to produce future employees and not business leaders.