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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The independence day holiday started early Thursday with a big celebration at the Asamblea  Legislativa marking the country's 192nd year.

The festivities continue today.  Other government offices plan celebrations. One is this morning at the Archivo Nacional where the nation's most important documents are kept.

Some downtown workers will create their own holiday in light of a challenging commute because of the closure of the Circunvalación bypass. A lot of Costa Ricans feel cheated because the Día de la Independencia is Sunday, a day when most do not work. So they are not getting a paid holiday.

They also are irked because President Laura Chinchilla did not declare a holiday for public employees because the national soccer team qualified for the 2014 World cup.

If employes stay home today, most employers will be understanding. By closing the Circunvalación because of an expanding washout, traffic in the southern and western half of the city reached nightmare proportions Thursday. That situation is expected to endure for two more months while highway contractors try to stabilize the eroding soil and replace four bailey bridges on the major highway.

The situation is so bad that Luis Guillermo Solís, the presidential candidate for the Partido Acción Ciudadana, asked President Chinchilla to declare a state of national emergency. He noted that there were other, lesser collapses elsewhere, too.

This declaration would permit contracting projects in a more efficient way as well as resolving the problems that have placed the population is great risk and continue causing a gigantic economic cost for the state, he said in a prepared release. He also said that engineers from a materials lab at the Universidad de Costa Rica should supervise any direct contracts to avoid what he called the ethical lapses of the Chinchilla government. He was referring to the highway built along the northern border that has become a morass of allegations and corruption investigations.

The Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción also checked in Thursday with a statement that proposals by officials to mitigate some of the traffic congestion were not reasonable. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said Wednesday that
public employees should come to work at 9 a.m. instead of 7 to avoid the morning rush hour. The ministry also said that vehicles that are now restricted one day because of the last digit on the license plate also will be restricted during morning and evening rush hours the day previous.

These methods will paralyze the metro area for lack of a drain, said the construction chamber, referring to the site of the collapse. it asked for a more efficient solution.

The chamber said that the hours that the valley train runs should be increased, the vehicle restrictions should be eliminated, badly parked cars should be avoided and that the traffic flow on alternate routes should be improved.

The chamber said that in the eight years that traffic restrictions have been in force there has been no study to show they are effective. The chamber also listed a litany of recent infrastructure failures, including a similar washout on the General Cañas highway.

Students carrying the Antorcha de la Independencia from Alajuela through Heredia Saturday will not have to use the Circunvalación. So the torch relay is expected to arrive exactly on time again this year at San José Parque Central where a major ceremony will be held. The torch, signifying the announcement of liberty 192 years ago, is expected to enter the country today about 9 a.m. from Nicaragua.

There will be ceremonies and celebrations along the route from Guanacaste to the Central Valley. The education ministry said 20,000 students will take part in this annual relay. The torch ends up in Cartago Saturday at 8 p.m. for a ceremony with President Laura Chinchilla and ministers.

This is her last independence day as president.

The independence ceremonies are Saturday night, but there will be parades Sunday. The security ministry is having two events, one today and one Saturday. The Asociación Costa Rica de Washington, will host a party for Costa Ricans in Washington Saturday.

Lawmakers Thursday enjoyed the dancing and singing of the Grupo de Proyección Folclórica and a chorus of their own employees. The event was indoors at the legislative complex.

And there was food, traditional picado de papa, tamales, horchata and arroz con leche.


That olive oil may not be as extra virgin as label says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. International Trade Commission reported this week that adulterated and mislabeled olive oil is being marketed and weakening the competitiveness of high-quality producers, such as those in the United States, who try to differentiate their product based on quality.

The agency prepared a report at the request of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

Current international standards for extra virgin olive oil allow a wide range of oil qualities to be marketed as extra virgin, said the report, adding that in  addition, the standards are widely unenforced.
"Mandatory testing with penalties for noncompliance exists only in Canada and the European Union," the report said.  "However, testing in the EU is only mandatory for a very small share of production (0.1 percent). Broad and unenforced standards lead to adulterated and mislabeled products.

The U.S. olive oil industry produces high-quality extra virgin olive oil, mostly through highly mechanized and intensively managed groves, it said.

U.S. farm level production costs for olive oil are competitive, but lack of scale and high capitals costs result in higher prices in the retail market, it added.

Consumers generally are uninformed, too, it said.

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Grecia artist Donald Voelker has a new show of 13 oil paintings. They are on display at the Galería Steak House Restaurante in Grecia.

The title is "A New Gringo in Grecia," although he has been in town for awhile.

The artist, mostly self-taught, admits that he has been labeled a primitivist. The current show contained 10 paintings of scenes in Costa Rica and three from Bocas del Toro, Panama, the artist said in an email.

The show opened Monday and will run until Nov. 15.
    
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's budget watchdog agency released a report critical of the southern zone development agency Thursday.

The watchdog is the Contraloría General de la República and the agency is the Junta Desarrollo Regional de la Zona Sur.

The Contraloría urged the agency to make more long-term investments to earn higher interest. It also said that the agency was way behind in collecting overdue debts from students who had received educational help. About 26 percent of the money loaned for education was in jeopardy of being uncollectible, the Contraloria said.

There also were some internal changes urged. The Junta Desarrollo Regional is the major development agency in that part of the country.

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is visiting professor's topic

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Glen Martin, a U.S. professor and proponent of world government, will visit Costa Rica from Sept. 16 to 21.  He is president of the World Constitution and Parliament Association, which is drafting a constitution for a federation of the earth.

An announcement said that he would present a new version of the United Nations to offer real solutions to the world in crisis.

He is a professor at Universidad de Radford in Virginia. The announcement of his visit was made by the local Centro de Estudios para la Paz.

The proposed constitution includes aspects such as prevention of wars, promotion of disarmament and ways to resolve territorial disputes, said the center in the announcement. Martin has written 10 books and hundreds of articles, the announcement said.

Those seeking to set up a conference with the professor can contact the center at david@ceppacr.org or by calling 2234-0524.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional has not had a permanent director for three years, but that is about to change.

The Centro Nacional de la Música plans to announce today the results of its director search. Part of the process involved inviting would-be directors to lead the orchestra for one or more of its perfomances.  Consequently the new director will be someone already known to fans of the orchestra. The last director was Chosei Komatsu.

The announcement will be made this morning at the Hotel Grano de Oro.

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San Jose's changing face will be topic of architectural discussion
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The political developments and the founding of modern Costa Rica in 1948 reverberated in the arts and architecture, too.

Architect and historian Andrés Fernández will address that Sept. 17 when he conducts a discussion on modern architecture from 1950 to 1990. This is a program sponsored by Alianza Francesa, and the discussion will be in the cultural organization's Barrio Amón facilities on Avenida 7.

An announcement points out that the political rupture also had major consequences for the urban landscape: The modern movement came from outside the country but adopted many Costa Rican characteristics. Young architects were returning to their native country from México and the United States. They had their own ideas.

The effect was far-reaching. Not only were public and private buildings changing under this influence, but also the homes of upper- and middle-class Costa Ricans

Fernández already has conducted a walking tour of Los Yoses, the neighborhood on the east side of town that changed from a coffee plantation to modern homes starting in the 1950s. The announcement also includes Francisco Peralta, La Granja, La Guaria and other areas as being influenced by this change.

There is a small admission to the discussion, and more information is available at 2222-2283 or 2290-2705.

The next day a book on San José architecture by Fernández will be presented. That event at 7 p.m. will be held in the Espacio Cultural Carmen Naranjo in the Estación al
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Atlántico. The book is Los muros cuentan. Crónicas sobre arquitectura histórica josefina, basically "The Walls talk: Tales about Historic Architecture in San José."


Giving books to children is like planting seeds for future
Just imagine…..
You are a third grade student at a village primary school near Puriscal, and this is your first day of class.  Not only is this a new class, but this is a new school for you. You have come to this village to live with your grandmother because your mother is in prison. You are not sure why.  Your grandmother uses a wheelchair, and sometimes she has to go really slow. But that does not stop her from letting you crawl onto her lap so she can give you hugs. It does not stop her from braiding your hair each morning and telling you she loves you.  That morning as you leave for your first day of school, she tells you to study hard and make her proud.  You promise her that you will.

So you watch as the teacher walks from desk to desk and places four books before each student.  New books!  She calls them textbooks and says some very nice ladies from the Women’s Club of Costa Rica bought them for all the children.  Then she comes to you.  She smiles and places those same four books in front of you. You read the subjects:  Spanish, social studies, math and science.  You had books in your old school, but those books were black and white and they were copied. They even smelled funny. These are real books!  They’re pretty and new.  You open the pages of the first book.  The pictures are all in color. There are stories and things to do, like answering questions with lots of space to write in and places where you can fill in the blanks.

Then the teacher tells you that you can write your name on the inside cover of each of the books!  “Why?” you ask. “Because you can write your name in books that belong to you,” she answers. You can’t believe it. They are the first books that you have ever owned in your whole life! You write your name slowly and carefully in each one.  You want every letter to be just right. And when you are done, you take these four books and hold them to your chest.  At that moment, deep down inside, you realize something.  You realize that these books are going to help make you smarter. They will help you to become a good student and to make your grandmother proud. It’s like holding magic in your hands.

This is a story written by Michale Gabriel, based upon her experience visiting a school in a poor community of Costa Rica.

An education is the greatest gift a family or a country can give its children.  War and poverty are two conditions that prevent children from getting an education.  Costa Rica has wisely chosen to avoid wars, but unfortunately, poverty exists here – especially in the towns and areas far outside the city.

Although tuition is free in Costa Rica, students must buy their own textbooks and uniforms. Many poor families cannot afford to buy textbooks.  Not having a textbook for classes puts these children at a great disadvantage because besides not learning as much as they could, they are not getting practice in
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storytelling
  Michale Gabriel tells a story to children in a country  
  school,
and Ileana Borbon translates.


one of the most vital parts of an education – reading. 

To do something about this, the newspaper La Nación has initiated “Libros para Todos,” and is printing textbooks in color for children in rural primary schools.  The cost of these books is being underwritten by the Women’s Club of Costa Rica as well as some corporations, foundations and other non-profit organizations.  6,000 colons will buy the four basic textbooks that are also workbooks for a child in primary school. This year the WCCR provided sets of textbooks for 678 children. The members have taken on an ambitious goal for 2014, to double if not triple the number of children they support.  And they believe they – and we -- working together, can.  The next school year begins Feb. 4.

If you would like more information about the program, or would like to contribute, please email textbooks@wccr.org.

I cannot completely ignore what has been happening in the world.  From the U.S. pundits and politicians I have heard the phrase, “Trust, but verify.”  This quote has been attributed to President Ronald Reagan.  I would like to add another that applies to the Syrian situation, and to the often claimed loss of stature and effectiveness of President Barack Obama.  And it applies as well as to the main subject of my column: 

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” — President Harry S. Truman.

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New index shows that Americans are living long and healthier lives
By the University of Massachusetts Medical School Communications

Thanks to medical advances, better treatments and new drugs not available a generation ago, the average American born today can expect to live 3.8 years longer than a person born two decades ago. Despite all these new technologies, however, is increased life expectancy actually adding active and healthy years? That question has remained largely unanswered — until now.

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at the University of Massachusetts have found that the average 25-year-old American today can look forward to 2.4 more years of a healthy life than 20 years ago while a 65-year-old today has gained 1.7 years.

Synthesizing data from multiple government-sponsored health surveys conducted over the last 21 years, Allison Rosen,  associate professor of quantitative health sciences, and colleagues were able, for the first time, to measure how the quality-adjusted life expectancy of all Americans has changed over time. The study’s findings are described in a paper published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

The statistics  tells us more than how long a person can expect to live,” said Rosen, senior author. “It tells us what the relative quality of those added years are in terms of physical, emotional and mental well-being. Though many studies have measured this in different ways, this is really the first time we’ve been able to capture this type of information across the whole U.S. population over an extended period.”

The data shows that Americans are living longer, reporting fewer symptoms of disease, have more energy and show fewer impairments in everyday tasks such as walking than a generation ago. According to the study authors, a 25-year-old person today can expect to live 6 percent or 2.4 quality years longer than their 1987 counterpart. Meanwhile, a 65-year-old person will gain 1.7 quality years, a 14 percent increase from a generation ago.

Thanks to improvements in health care, many conditions are far more treatable today than 25 years ago, Rosen said. Heart disease, for instance, was potentially much more debilitating a generation ago and patients often
suffered a decline in quality of life as a result. “Today, it is far less likely that a patient recovering from a heart attack will become institutionalized or need around-the-clock care the way they once might have,” Rosen said. They also found that health gains made as a result of smoking cessation programs were being off-set, in part, by increases in obesity.
Today, Americans are more likely to see quality of life declines related to chronic, degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, while younger Americans appear to be experiencing problems related to a sedentary lifestyle.

The authors also identified some troubling health trends. Among these was an increase in anxiety among young and middle-aged people beginning in 2001. Problems with walking have increased significantly among non-elderly over the last decade.

In the past, researchers have had a difficult time measuring population health beyond simple life expectancy because quality of life incorporates so many variables — physical well-being, mental health, pain, vitality, energy, emotional state — that it’s difficult to bring all these things together cohesively into a single number. Making it even more challenging, the surveys that measure quality of life are rarely consistent with each other because they all define health and quality of life differently.

Using multiple national surveys that asked Americans about their health in various ways over the last 21 years, the authors solved this problem by identifying areas where the studies overlapped, allowing them to build a single, large data set that covered the entire adult population over more than two decades.

“Comprehensive measures of the overall health of the nation are practically nonexistent,” said Rosen. “This study shows how existing national data can be used to systematically measure whether the population is getting healthier — not just living longer.”

As the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014, the value of a single, consistent way of measuring improvements in health over a large population will be invaluable in assessing the impact of these pending changes according to the authors.

“Having a consistent measure of population health represents a major advance in our ability to measure the impact of health care reform on the health — not just the health care use — of all Americans,” said Rosen. “The bottom line in assessing the success of the ACA is whether or not we are getting the most health from our investment of increasingly limited resources. Are we getting the most health bang for our bucks?”

 
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This is a blobfish

Small, pudgy fish wins honor
as world's ugliest creature

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The blobfish has been voted world’s ugliest animal, according to the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, which announced the results Thursday at the British Science Festival.

“We’ve needed an ugly face for endangered animals for a long time. and I’ve been amazed by the public’s reaction,” said Simon Watt, biologist and president of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. For too long the cute and fluffy animals have taken the limelight, but now the blobfish will be a voice for the ugly creatures who always get forgotten, he said.

Thousands of people from around the world cast their votes online, said the society.

The blobfish live at depths of between 600 and 1,200 meters and can grow up to 12 inches in length. It suffers a significant threat from fishing trawlers – although it is inedible itself, it gets caught up in the nets. It feeds off crabs and lobsters living at the same depth.

Runners up in the contest include the Kakapo, an endangered parrot, the Axolotl, a type of salamander and the Titicaca water frog.

According to its Web site, the Ugly Animal Preservation Society is “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children.”


Experimental vaccine eliminates
HIV from monkeys, study says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An experimental HIV/AIDS vaccine appears to have completely cleared a primate form of HIV from test monkeys. The primate version of HIV, called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, causes AIDS in monkeys.

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University hope an HIV-form of the vaccine can soon be tested in humans.

"To date, HIV infection has only been cured in a very small number of highly-publicized but unusual clinical cases in which HIV-infected individuals were treated with anti-viral medicines very early after the onset of infection or received a stem cell transplant to combat cancer,” said Louis Picker, associate director of the university's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. “This latest research suggests that certain immune responses elicited by a new vaccine may also have the ability to completely remove HIV from the body.”

To develop the vaccine, scientists used cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a common virus already carried by a large percentage of the population, and paired it with SIV. They found that a modified version of CMV engineered to express SIV proteins generates T-cells, a type of white blood cell, that are capable of searching out and destroying SIV-infected cells.

About 50 percent of monkeys given highly pathogenic SIV after being vaccinated with this vaccine became infected with SIV, but over time eliminated all traces of SIV from the body.

“Through this method we were able to teach the monkey's body to better prepare its defenses to combat the disease," said Picker. “Our vaccine mobilized a T-cell response that was able to overtake the SIV invaders in 50 percent of the cases treated. Moreover, in those cases with a positive response, our testing suggests SIV was banished from the host. We are hopeful that pairing our modified CMV vector with HIV will lead to a similar result in humans.”

The Picker lab is now investigating the possible reasons why only a subset of the animals treated had a positive response in hopes that the effectiveness of the proposed vaccine can be further increased.

These research results were published online by the journal Nature. The results will also appear in a future print version of the publication.


WikiLeaks server sold
on eBay as an historical artifact


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The server used by pro-transparency organization WikiLeaks when it released secret documents in 2010 about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a massive trove of diplomatic cables was sold for $33,000 Thursday.
 
Swedish Internet firm Bahnhof, which hosted WikiLeaks at the time, sold the Dell server on the online marketplace eBay.
 
Bahnhof Chief Executive Jon Karlung called the server “a relic of our time” and said the buyer was a non-Swedish national. The data it contained had been erased, Karlung said.
 
“I believe this box has a very high symbolical value. In a way, it is a kind of artifact, an object that has made a mark on world history.”
 
Karlung said half of the proceeds from the sale would be donated to media freedom advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders and half to the 5th of July Foundation, an advocacy group for liberty and privacy on the Internet.
 
The U.S. soldier responsible for passing WikiLeaks the more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents was last month sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for the biggest breach of secret data in the nation's history.


U.S. space agency confirms
Voyager I left Solar System


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has officially confirmed what others have suspected for some time: The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.

NASA said the probe, which was launched 36 years ago, is 19 billion kilometers away from the sun.

"Now that we have new, key data, we believe this is mankind's historic leap into interstellar space," said Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. "The Voyager team needed time to analyze those observations and make sense of them. But we can now answer the question we've all been asking: 'Are we there yet?' Yes, we are."

NASA said it had new and unexpected data that indicate Voyager has been traveling for about one year through plasma, or ionized gas, which is present in the space between the stars.

In 2004, NASA detected the increased pressure of interstellar space on the heliosphere, the bubble of charged particles that surround the sun and extend to the edge of the Solar System. It was then they began to look for evidence that the probe had entered interstellar space.

Since the probe does not have working plasma sensor, NASA needed a different way to measure the plasma environment so as to better determine where the spacecraft was.

Luckily, in March 2012, there was a coronal mass ejection, or a massive burst of solar wind and magnetism from the sun. The ejection took 13 months to get to Voyager 1, but when it did “the plasma around the spacecraft began to vibrate like a violin string,” NASA said.

The pitch of the oscillations helped scientists determine the plasma’s density. The measured oscillations showed the plasma was 40 times denser than what they had measured in the outer layer of the sun’s heliosphere. This density, NASA said, would be expected in interstellar space.

"We literally jumped out of our seats when we saw these oscillations in our data. They showed us the spacecraft was in an entirely new region, comparable to what was expected in interstellar space, and totally different than in the solar bubble," said Don Gurnett of the plasma wave science team at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, who published a paper in Thursday’s edition of the journal Science. "Clearly we had passed through the heliopause, which is the long-hypothesized boundary between the solar plasma and the interstellar plasma."

NASA said the data revealed that Voyager 1 left the Solar System on Aug. 25, 2012.

Last month, researchers at the University of Maryland claimed the probe had left the Solar System July 27, 2012 in a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.


Colorado Front Range ravaged
by days of heavy downpours


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Flash flooding unleashed by torrential downpours in Colorado has killed at least three people and forced hundreds to flee to higher ground as rising water toppled buildings and stranded motorists in their cars, officials said Thursday.
 
Heavy rains drenched Colorado's biggest urban areas, stretching 130 miles (210 km) along the eastern slopes of the Rockies from Fort Collins near the Wyoming border south through Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.
 
Among the hardest-hit areas was Boulder County where the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning. Flood watches were also posted for several counties in central and north-central parts of Colorado.
 
"There is water everywhere," said Andrew Barth, the emergency management spokesman in Boulder County. "We've had several structural collapses. There's mud and muck and debris everywhere. Cars are stranded all over the place."

At least six inches (15 cm) of rain has fallen on the city of Boulder and up to eight inches (20 cm) were measured in the foothills west of town, said Kari Bowen, a Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder, northwest of Denver.
 
The rains transformed Boulder Creek, which runs through the heart of the city and the University of Colorado's Boulder campus, into a raging torrent that overran its banks and flooded adjacent parking lots and streets.
 
Water gushed over sidewalks, roads and bike paths throughout the downtown area as sirens wailed and public-address loudspeakers urged residents to stay clear of high water: "Warning: Flash flood. Please proceed to higher ground. Do not cross standing or running water. Do not cross Boulder Creek."
 
The university campus was closed for the day, as were Boulder-area public schools and all municipal office buildings.
 
More than 400 students were evacuated from ground-floor campus housing overnight, campus police spokesman Ryan Huff said. Roughly 40 buildings on campus were believed to have sustained some flood-related damage, Huff said.
 
Steady rain which began on Monday grew more intense late Tuesday and into Wednesday. Roads across the region were flooded out and standing water throughout Denver snarled morning rush-hour in the state capital.
 
Barth, the Boulder County emergency management spokesman, said conditions were extremely dangerous.
 
All 200 residents of Jamestown, just north of Boulder, were forced to flee overnight, while the town of Lyons, further to the north, was cut off as floodwaters washed out U.S. Route 36 linking Lyons to Boulder, county Sheriff Joe Pelle said.
 
At least two people died in flooding in Boulder County, one whose body was found in a collapsed building by emergency crews searching door to door for victims in and around Jamestown and another who drowned elsewhere in the county, Commander Heidi Prentup of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said.
 
The body of a third victim, a man, was found by police on flood-watch patrols in Colorado Springs, about 100 miles (160 km) to the south, officials said.
 

Reported death of Alabama man
believed work of ex-associates


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

News that U.S.-born terrorist Omar Hammami died in Somalia was met with sadness and relief by people who knew him in the Mobile, Alabama, suburb of Daphne.  Many people there were shocked that a local boy had taken up with an al-Qaida-linked terrorist group, and Hammami's activity with al-Shabab created some friction with Muslims in his hometown.  But, some remember him as a good guy.

People in southern Alabama received the reports that al-Shabab gunmen killed Omar Hammami in Somalia with some caution, because there had been previous false reports. But most people following the news from far-away East Africa knew he was in great danger after breaking away from the Somali militant group and criticizing its leader.

His father, Shafik Hammami, spoke shortly after learning his son was dead.

"I was shocked and of course did not believe it, because we’ve been through this before many times.  And I was hoping and praying this would be like the news in the past and would not be true," he said.

The elder Hammami immigrated to the United States from Syria in 1972. His son, Omar, was born in Alabama in 1984. Shafik Hammami says his son became a devout Muslim, but he does not know how he became a radical.

"My own judgment is that he had good intentions to fulfill his Islamic principles, but he was deceived by the al-Shabab and their murderous ways.  He rebelled against them because he did not approve of their ways, that is, not in the Islamic tradition and Islamic teachings," he said.

Mike Faulk went to high school with Omar Hammami and was in an international studies class that often produced heated debates. In one incident, Hammami attacked him and tried to choke him. The honor student was suspended for a few days, but Faulk says when Hammami returned, all was well.

"He came back to class and apologized. We got along. We had very big disagreements, but he was intelligent and he could have done good things with his life," said Faulk.

Faulk now works as a reporter for the Yakima Herald newspaper in Washington state. He says the Alabama community on the east side of Mobile Bay where he and Omar grew up was typically American, steeped in the music and movies that were popular in the rest of the country. From time to time, this influence would show in cultural references that Hammami made in his promotional messages on behalf of al-Shabab.

Faulk says it is sad that his classmate turned his back on the good life he could have had.

Because of his activities with al-Shabab, the U.S. government had charged Omar Hammami with providing material support to a terrorist organization and offered up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.


Cilantro may be a cheap way
to filter heavy metals in water


By the American Chemical Society news staff

Hints that cilantro, a favorite ingredient in Mexican, Southeast Asian and other spicy cuisine, may be an inexpensive new way of purifying drinking water, chemists said Thursday.

The report came at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

Reporting on research done by undergraduate students at a community college, Douglas Schauer  said that cilantro — also known as coriander and Thai parsley — shows promise as a much-needed new biosorbent for removing lead and other potentially toxic heavy metals from contaminated water.

“Cilantro may seem too pricey for use in decontaminating large amounts of water for drinking and cooking,” Schauer said. “However, cilantro grows wild in vast amounts in countries that have problems with heavy-metal water pollution. It is readily available, inexpensive and shows promise in removing certain metals, such as lead, copper and mercury, that can be harmful to human health.”

Conventional methods for removing heavy metals from water such as treatment with activated carbon (used in the filters in home water purification pitchers) or more advanced technology like ion-exchange resins are very effective. However, they can be too expensive for use in developing countries, especially in rural areas. The need for lower-cost, sustainable alternatives has fostered research on biosorbents. These natural materials, which range from microbes to plants, latch on to heavy metals in ways that include both absorption and adsorption.

“Our goal is to find biosorbents that people in developing countries could obtain for nothing,” Schauer explained. “When the filter in a water purification pitcher needs to be changed, they could go outside, gather a handful of cilantro or some other plant, and presto, there’s a new filter ready to purify the water.”

Schauer, who is with Ivy Tech Community College, enlisted his students in that quest, and they worked with scientists at the Universidad Politécnica de Francisco I. Madero in Hidalgo. Mexico does not have a system to filter out heavy metals, said Schauer, noting that cilantro grows wild there. Their small-scale experiments suggested that cilantro may be more effective than activated carbon in removing heavy metals such as lead.

Cilantro’s secret may lie in the structure of the outer walls of the microscopic cells that make up the plant. They have an architecture ideal for absorption of heavy metals. Other plants, including cilantro’s cousins, parsley and culantro, have similar features and could potentially work as biosorbents, he added. Schauer thinks that biosorbents like cilantro could be packed into tea-bag-like packets, reusable water filter cartridges or even tea infuser balls and used to remove heavy metals.



Shirley MacLaine, music stars
win Kennedy Center honors

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pop singer Billy Joel, Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine and jazz composer Herbie Hancock on Thursday were among the annual recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards.
 
Rock guitarist Carlos Santana and opera soprano Martina Arroyo also will be honored at the ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 8 in Washington, D.C.
 
The Kennedy Center Honors, which were created in 1978, recognize the lifetime contributions of performing artists to American culture.
 
Joel, 64, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who broke out with 1973's  “Piano Man,” is one of the best-selling pop musicians in the United States. Hancock, 73, is considered an innovative jazz composer and pianist who was an early adopter of synthesizers and made waves with solo works “Cantaloupe Island” and “Watermelon Man.”
 
Santana, 66, is best known as a guitar virtuoso who fused rock and Latin music, while Arroyo, 76, became a mainstay at the world's top opera houses from the 1960s to 1980s.
 
MacLaine, 79, won an Academy Award for her lead role in the 1983 comedy-drama “Terms of Endearment” and was nominated for four other acting Oscars. She also helped break the Hollywood studio's system of contracted movie stars.
 
Kennedy Center Honors recipients are selected by a Kennedy Center committee and come from the fields of music, dance, theater, opera, film and television.
 
The honors have been bestowed on more than 180 performers, including Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson.
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Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

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7922-10/15/13

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7721-4/29/13



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.





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English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)
  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia 803
5,000 square meters of land and 175 square-meters of construction. HERE!
Grecia
2,000 square meters of land and 200 square-meters of construction.  HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8068-11/9/13

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Samara church and lot
Commercial lot with great visibility in heart of Playa Sámara commercial district. Located alongside town's largest church, bank, hardware store/lumber yard, mini shopping plaza, and Pali (Sámara's largest supermarket). This lot has a large elevated building platform shaded with mature treees. All this makes for many commercial options.  One block from stunning "blue flag" beach. This is a perfect location for a eco/boutique hotel, restaurant/catering, apartments, or condominium. All utilities to this property. Lot size 1,414m2. Price 325K. Email: mwk350@yahoo.com
8082-10/9/13

sunset view
FREE FULL-DAY TOUR and property viewing – San Ramón! 
Come visit us in San Ramón and not only will we show you some great properties but we’ll also give you a FREE day-long tour of this terrific town with a relocation expert who has lived here for many years. Since 2006, CRC has been the area’s leading creator of socially-responsible communities for foreign retirees/investors and locals. “Easy access” to San Ramón does not mean living many miles outside of town, but less than 2 miles from everything you’ll need. Live near town but in an area that only feels a world away. None of our competitors have built a school, donated a water well and completed numerous projects for the community. A few stunning, direct ocean-view home sites of 1.25 acres to nearly 4 acres from only $55,000 remain in one of San Ramón’s most desirable residential communities. Please visit us at www.crcommunities.com or email us at CRCInformation@gmail.com to request a property showing AND your free full-day tour. Overnight accommodations can be arranged. Limited availability so please contact us today referencing “Free Tour” in your email: CRCInformation@gmail.com
8080-10/6/13

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

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

humming bird nest

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

Liberia farm
Must Sell - Immediately
Guanacaste - Liberia Farm

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

Naranjo views

NARANJO VIEW PROPERTY READY TO BUILD: ALL PERMISSIONS

4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
• 10 minutes to the autopista and Naranjo centro
• Tranquil and Quiet
• Landscaped with fruit trees and flowering plants, and coffee#
• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
• Close to public transportation - paved main road
• Building pad prepared and soil tested
• Survey/topo
• All services in place and underground - water/electricity/phone
Email monicacal@mac.com
8034-8/19/13

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

El Castillo - Up to 60-acre tract with breathtaking views of Volcán Arenal and Lake
Catillo
Arenal are available. Multiple GORGEOUS home building sites are scattered throughout this area. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of land that cannot be replicated. Perfectly suited for either real estate investment, homebuilding, or even a resort. Owner financing  is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8032-8/19/13

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

Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8010-7/28/13

Flamingo
                            view
Condo for sale in Flamingo

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

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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Bank computer fraud case
now involves seven persons


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents have detained seven persons in a systematic bank fraud that tapped a private institution's principal accounts.

Prosecutors are seeking restrictions on the movement of suspects while the investigation continues.

Somehow the computer-savvy members of the bank fraud gang were able to trick the computers by exchanging dollars at a vastly inflated rate.

Judicial agents said that the leaders of the organization were able to exchange a dollar via a banking online system for many times the established rate. Instead of getting 493 colons for a dollar, the ringleaders were able to obtain an exchange rate of  4,839,000 colons for each greenback, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

In an afternoon report, the agency increased the amount of money that is believed to have been involved to 110 million colons (about $48,000) and $250,000

The gang leaders enlisted others to receive the money in their own accounts, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.  Most of those detained Thursday were recipients of the ill-gotten money in their accounts.

Agents detained five individuals earlier in the day at homes in Heredia Centro, La Uruca, Mercedez Norte, San Rafael de Alajuela and Barva,

The thefts were discovered by bank security, the agency said. One of the men involved as a suspect is an expert in computer systems, said the agency.

 Editor's Note: Part of this news story was published Thursday afternoon.


Truck and officials blamed
for utility pole mishap


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A truck snagged cables and pulled down utility poles in La Sabana Thursday, said the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz.

The company blamed Costa Rican officials who insist that other firms be allowed to hang cables from the firm's utility poles. Power was cut in Hatillo, Sabana Sur and Barrio Cuba, the firm said. Seven poles were downed.


Fishing boat gets help
from  Guardacostas

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas said that it assisted the crew of a fishing boat that was taking on water after hitting rocks some three miles from Quepos on the Pacific coast early Thursday.

The boat, the “Manudo,” and its three-person crew reached port safely about 5:30 a.m. after the coast guard provided a pump to keep the water at bay.

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Job survey says U.S. firms are hiring

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A survey of American employers shows more are inclined to increase hiring from October to December of this year.

Job growth in the U.S. is a key consideration as policy makers at the country's central bank consider next week whether to start trimming stimulative measures they have deployed to boost the economy from the depths of the 2009 recession.

A staffing company, ManpowerGroup, said it questioned 18,000 employers and found that the companies were 13 percent more likely to add workers than to lay off staff. A vice president at the firm, Chris Layden, said it was the most optimistic outlook on hiring in six years.

"Employers indicated elevated confidence in the U.S., with the strongest fourth-quarter hiring intentions since the fourth quarter of 2007," said Layden.

Job growth in the U.S. economy, the world's largest, has been uneven, with the government reporting that hiring has slowed in recent months.

The unemployment rate has dipped to 7.3 percent, a still elevated figure, but the lowest in nearly five years. Nonetheless, it partly has dropped because some unemployed workers have stopped looking for new jobs and are no longer counted in the government's monthly jobless reports.

Layden said the Manpower survey, though, bodes well for U.S. job seekers.

"The strong year-end hiring forecast is good news for U.S. job seekers. Employers are looking at the remaining budget in the last quarter and expected demand, and they make decisions about staff levels," he said. "And according to this survey, they’re inclined to hire at a slightly stronger pace than we’ve seen previously this year."

The central bank, the Federal Reserve, has been buying $85 billion worth of securities a month to boost the economy. But as the U.S. economy steadily improves, albeit at a slower pace than many officials would like, Fed officials say they may begin to trim the asset purchases and end them altogether by mid-2014. The policy makers are meeting in Washington next Tuesday and Wednesday.