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Notaries told to affiliate with Caja or lose their title
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Notaries have been put on notice that they have to affiliate with the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social. If they do not, they will be unable to work as a notary, said the Dirección Nacional de Notariado, the regulating agency.

Notaries are lawyers with more education who have the right to draft legal documents and validate them.

The Consejo Superior Notarial ruled last month that notaries must adhere to Artícle 74 of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social law. That law basically says that persons who are involved in independent activities or unsalaried work have to be up to date in their payments to the Caja. Salaried workers already are registered with the Caja, and payments are made on their behalf by employers.

The Dirección Nacional de Notariado said that it would verify that all notaries are registered with the Caja and that their payments are up to date. Those who are not will be subject to an action to strip them of their notary rights.

This is the second financial demand on notaries in the last three months. In June, notaries were advised that the monthly amount that they pay to a guarantee fund would be raised, the first time since 1998. In
 addition, the monthly amount will be indexed to inflation.

The fund accumulates money to compensate those who can show they have suffered financial damage due to the actions of a notary.

The monthly fee goes from 7,016 colons a month to 12,500 colons as of Jan. 1. That increase was negotiated by Allan Garro of Garro Law, himself a notary, who thought that citizens would be protected better by a larger guarantee fund.

Monthly fees to the Caja are determined by income. Notaries will have to present tax returns or other financial information for the Caja to determine monthly payments.

The Caja ruling is expected to cause notaries who are not seriously involved in their profession to resign.

Many expats in Costa Rica are affiliated with the Caja as voluntarily insured or asegurado voluntario. But if an individual is involved in some form of work, he or she is classified as an independent worker or trabajador independiente if not on a company's payroll.

This would include many other professions in addition to notaries. The cash-strapped Caja is on the hunt for such individuals.

Foreign minister asked to reject judge in López trial
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

If there ever was any doubt that the fix was in at the Leopoldo López trial in Venezuela, a diplomatic reward for one of the judges seems to settle the issue.

Legislative members of the Partido Liberación Nacional Wednesday urged the Solís administration to reject Susana Barreiro Rodríguez as a consul in Costa Rica for the government in Caracas.

López, a popular opposition leader got a 13-year, 9-month sentence last week in a closed trial.

Lawmakers, including Carlos Arguedas, said that the trial was a flagrant violation of  fundamental rights. López was tried for his participation in a 2014 protest against the Nicolás Maduro government.  The verdict and sentence have been roundly criticized in democratic countries.

Arguedas said that the Venezuelan government was going to reward the judge with a position of consul in Chile but that the government there rejected her.

That opened the possibility that she would be posted here, he said.

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Carlos Arguedas raises the issue.

The members of Liberación in the legislature sent a letter reflecting their sentiments to  Manuel Gonzalez, the foreign minister. The foreign ministry already issued a statement noting the government's preoccupation with the verdict.

Puntarenas will inaugurate its amphitheater tonight
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís will be in Puntarenas this evening to inaugurate another public work that had backing from China.

The project is an amphitheater on Paseo de los Turistas that overlooks the Gulf of Nicoya and the dock where cruise ships tie up.

The project has concrete steps and seats as

well as leaf-like sound reflectors over the stage area. The design will get its first real test this evening when the Banda de Conciertos de Puntarenas plays. Fireworks also are promised.

China put up $500,000, said the local government. The project is not complete, said local officials.

Concerts already are scheduled. A skate park also is being developed near the site.

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Fish populations reported in steep decline

By the World Wildlife Fund news staff

A new report on the health of the ocean finds that the marine vertebrate population has declined by 49 percent between 1970 and 2012.

The World Wildlife Fund's Living Blue Planet Report tracks 5,829 populations of 1,234 mammal, bird, reptile, and fish species through a marine living planet index. The evidence, analyzed by researchers at the Zoological Society of London, paints a troubling picture. In addition to the plummeting number of marine vertebrate species, populations of locally and commercially fished fish species have fallen by half, with some of the most important species experiencing even greater declines.

These findings coincide with the growing decline of marine habitats, where the deforestation rate of mangroves exceeds even the loss of forests by three to five times. Coral reefs could be lost across the globe by 2050, and almost one-third of all seagrasses have been lost.

Global climate is one of the major drivers causing the ocean to change more rapidly than at any other point in millions of years, said the report. The oceans store huge quantities of energy and heat, but as the climate responds to increasing carbon emissions, the exchange intensifies. This may result in extreme weather events, changing ocean currents, rising sea temperatures, and increasing acidity levels, all of which aggravate the negative impacts of overfishing and other major threats such as habitat degradation and pollution, it said.

Though the challenge seems immense, it’s possible for governments, businesses, communities and consumers to secure a living ocean, the report said. To reverse the downward trend, the report said humans need to preserve the oceans natural capital, produce better, consume more wisely and ensure sustainable financing and governance.

Another Nicoya road blockade possible

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Road blockade fever seems to be catching. Residents of  Nandayure on the Nicoya peninsula are now threatening to block highways because of their poor conditions.

The threat follows several days of similar action in Paquera to the south where residents also unhappy about road conditions went so far as to burn tires on a bridge.

The blockade threat was reported by lawmakers Wednesday.

Central government officials eventually responded to the situation in Paquera.

Antibacterial soap gets a low rating

By the Oxford University Press news staff

Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

The study examined the effect of triclosan, the most commonly used active antiseptic ingredient used in soap, on bacteria in two ways. The first was to examine the bactericidal effects of triclosan in soaps against all 20 strains, and the second compared the ability of antibacterial and non-antibacterial soap to remove bacteria from human hands, by using 16 healthy adult volunteers. The results of the study indicate that there is no significant difference between the effects of plain soap and antibacterial soap when used under real life conditions.

The scientists recreated the conditions of human hand washing by exposing the bacteria for 20 seconds at 22°C (room temperature) and 40°C (warm temperature) to triclosan with a concentration of 0.3 percent, the maximum allowed by law. There were significantly great effects after more than nine hours, but not during the short time required for hand washing.

Plight of women political prisoners stressed

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Twenty years ago in Beijing, women leaders met to lay out a road map for advancing gender equality and empowering women. The U.S. government is marking the anniversary this month by highlighting the cases of 20 female political prisoners from 13 countries in a social media campaign called "Free the 20."

Chinese journalist Gao Yu, 71, is one of those prisoners.  She was arrested in April and sentenced to seven years behind bars for leaking state secrets overseas.

Another is Iranian student activist Bahareh Hedayat, 34.  She is serving a 10-year sentence in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison on charges including giving interviews to foreign media and insulting Iran’s leaders.

In North Korea, there are tens of thousands of political prisoners. Many are women. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that had the Free the 20 campaign named any of those held in North Korea, her life would have been put in danger.

“We decided to just create a composite for North Korea, sort of standing for all the women prisoners who are there, and indeed all the political prisoners who are stuck behind bars,” Ms. Power said.

The ambassador said it's important that these women are not forgotten.

“These are real individuals. These are real heroes. These are people who have so much to contribute to their communities, and they should be empowered, not imprisoned,” Ms. Power said.

Each day, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations is posting a photo of another of the women prisoners.  The entire group of 20 portraits will be there when world leaders start arriving later this month for the annual U.N. meetings.

“Certainly, there will be nobody who comes to New York who walks on First Avenue who won’t have the opportunity to see the 20 in the window, and we're using social media and getting a lot of support also from Congress," Ms. Power said.

She said Washington would continue to raise human rights issues and the fates of these prisoners through many channels, including during private meetings with leaders this month.

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Seven young men who were involved in the disturbance are lined up for eventual transport to a police station. One faces a serious charge of possessing a kilo of cocaine.

seven detained
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Police find that their arrival is not always a welcomed event
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials do not like to talk about the fact but there are sections of the metro area where police are not welcomed. They are greeted with gunshots, rocks and other thrown objects.

Such was the case Tuesday night at San Vicente de San Rafael de la Unión, Cartago.

A patrol entered the area because there had been reports of a fight. But officers did not get far. They were greeted with bullets and rocks, said the Fuerza Pública.

As other patrols responded, a car emerged from the area, and police gave chase. The driver eventually was stopped, and a search of his vehicle yielded a kilo of what appeared to be cocaine.

Six other persons were detained for participating in the disturbance.

Cruz Roja ambulance crews face the same problem, and in some cases drivers decline to enter an area where the vehicle might be bombarded with rocks or sacked. There also are sections of Pavas and even San José where police only go in force.

Regulating agency proposes cuts in the rates charged by taxis
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's price regulating agency is proposing a 30-colon per kilometer dip in taxi fares.

Urban taxis would go from 645 colons for the first kilometer to 615. Additional kilometers would cost 600 colons instead of 625.

The initial kilometer rate for rural taxis would be 615 instead of 645, and subsequent kilometers would cost 565 instead of 625 colons.  600 colons is about $1.13.

The rates would be for all 13,357 taxis in the country. Half of
 these provide service in the metro areas.

The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said it conducted a detailed study of costs after taxi drivers staged protests.

The agency also noted that nearly 9 percent of the taxis are from four to 10 years old.

They will have to be changed out soon.

The computations by the agency are detailed and cover a number of expenses.  Only 14 percent of the total expenses is related to fuel, according to the study.

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Plunge of 60 percent reported in deaths from malaria worldwide
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A newly released report said the numbers of global malaria deaths and cases have plunged to their lowest point since 2000, when the Millennium Development Goals were established.

Malaria deaths have dropped by 60 percent and cases by 37 percent, thereby halting and reversing the devastation caused by this ancient killer, the report said.

The report, released today in London by the World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund, called the sharp drop in malaria deaths and cases an unprecedented success, citing new tools developed over the past 15 years.  These include easy-to-use diagnostics, Artemisinin-based combination therapies and long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

The new technologies have saved 6.2 million lives since 2000, the majority under age 5, according to senior health
specialist Mark Young of the U.N. Children's Fund.  He said a significant increase in the use of insecticide-treated bed nets had played a major role.

“But it is also important to point out that malaria still remains a disease of poverty and that millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly from the poorest households in remote rural areas, still do not have access to insecticide-treated nets or effective treatment," he said. "And reaching them will be critical if we are to achieve equitable and sustainable development.” 

The report noted an estimated 214 million new cases of malaria and about 438,000 deaths from this preventable and treatable disease this year.  It said about 3.2 billion people, almost half of the world’s population, remained at risk.

The report called sub-Saharan Africa the most seriously affected region, accounting for 89 percent of all malaria cases and more than 90 percent of deaths, most among children under 5.

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Powerful quake in Chile spawns threat of tsunami

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said at least three people have died in a powerful 8.3 earthquake and several strong aftershocks that have prompted the evacuation of the coast and a tsunami warning.

President Bachelet appeared on television late Wednesday to report the death toll from the quake, which occurred just before 8 p.m. local time.

"Once again we must confront a powerful blow from nature," she said, recalling the 2010 earthquake that took the lives of 500 people and leveled parts of the Chilean city of Concepcion.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says hazardous waves more than three meters above normal tides are possible for the entire Chilean coast, which stretches more than 4,200 kilometers.

Higher than normal waves are also possible as far south as Antarctica and as far west as Malaysia. The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a tsunami warning for the Pacific island state of Hawaii. New Zealand has issued tsunami warnings for parts of its coast.

The mayor of the coastal town of Illapel, north of Santiago and near the epicenter of the quake, reported that one of the three deaths was in Illapel and that the town was without power. Flooding has been reported in some coastal cities. Santiago has evacuated its main airport. Boats are heading out to sea and people on land were leaving coastal areas for higher ground.

Wednesday's quake was centered about 500 kilometers north of Santiago and was felt as far away as Buenos Aires, on the opposite side of the continent.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby has said via Twitter that the United States stands "Ready to assist as needed." He said "Our thoughts are with the people of Chile tonight."

Obama says Cuba' s change will be long time in coming

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama says the United States will seek step-by-step opportunities in Cuba until the U.S. Congress lifts the trade embargo on the country.

Speaking to business leaders Wednesday at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable in Washington, Obama said he does not expect overnight transformation in Cuba.  He added that reestablishing diplomatic relations with the Communist island will open-up the opportunity for generational change.

"I do not think it is going to be an overnight transformation, but I am convinced that by re-engaging Cuba, re-engaging the Cuban people, that we are creating the environment in which a generational change and transition will take place in that country," said Obama.

Until Congress lifts the trade embargo on Cuba, this is going to be a gradual process, Obama said, starting in such areas as the telecommunication.  Over time that creates space for personal freedom and a long-term political transition, he said.

“For now, what we have said is that we will step-by-step look for areas and opportunities within our authorities.  As long as Congress still has the embargo in place, there are certain things we can't do, but there are certain things we can do for instance on telecommunications and we are looking for opportunities there," said Obama.

Obama says the United States will continue to press the Cuban government on issues of political freedom.

Opponents got in some shots
at Trump during GOP debate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Republican presidential candidates took aim at frontrunner Donald Trump, and succeeded in landing some blows on the real estate mogul, according to analysts, during a contentious, second debate of the campaign season Wednesday.

Trump, whose poll numbers have been on the rise for the past two months, was on the defensive for much of the night as he stood center stage among 10 of his rivals during the marathon, three-hour debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

Among the most notable moments was a feisty exchange with ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who took a swing at Trump for earlier making disparaging comments about her physical appearance.

"Women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said," Ms. Fiorina declared calmly, prompting an embarrassed, blushed expression from the billionaire businessman and reality television star.

"I think she's got a beautiful face and that she is a beautiful woman," Trump responded in what appeared to be an uncharacteristically sheepish moment for a man who has repeatedly hurled personal insults at his political opponents.

That moment helped make Ms. Fiorina the clear winner of the debate, according to Republican strategist Ron Bonjean, who said she drew blood with Donald Trump and actually scored points.

"She beat him in an argument, which Republican candidates have been unable to do," Bonjean said. "Trump has never conceded and never backed down in argument, and this time he did."

The real estate tycoon also appeared to hold back during a segment of the debate in which his rivals discussed foreign policy. Trump has been reluctant to offer concrete details on his foreign policy views after making several recent miscues.

Another significant moment came during an exchange between Trump and ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush. After Bush questioned Trump's foreign policy credentials, Trump hit back, turning the attention on the record of Bush's older brother, ex-president George W. Bush.

“Your brother’s administration gave us Barack Obama because it was such a disaster those last three months that Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been elected," said Trump, referring to the 16th president of the U.S., who was also a Republican.

“There is one thing I know for sure," responded Bush. "He kept us safe." The statement drew perhaps the most thunderous applause of the evening from the crowd.

Until now, Jeb Bush has appeared to often be reluctant to invoke the record of his brother. But the moment could signal a shift in strategy for the Bush campaign, said political analyst Rhodes Cook.

"It was instructive. What line gets the strongest applause. And that line of his certainly did," he said. "So I think when it comes to national security issues, you might see Jeb Bush embracing his brother more."

The strategy is risky, since George W. Bush and his war in Iraq are still very controversial to the general public, says Jack Pitney, a professor at Claremont McKenna College and expert on Republican Party politics.

"Running on his record is probably not a great way to secure victory in November," Pitney said in a phone interview. "But Republicans tend to close ranks when one of their own is under attack, and a lot of Republicans saw that as an attack on the Bush record and the Republican record."

Bush, who is a favorite of many establishment Republicans, looked strong and coherent and gave a much better performance than in the previous debate, according to Pitney.

He also said he expects Ms. Fiorina to see a significant increase in support following the debate.

Another standout, according to many analysts, was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who suggested the country cannot risk electing a foreign policy novice like Trump as president during "these extraordinarily dangerous times.''

Also fighting for time in the debate spotlight were Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ex-Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.  Carson has been polling second in recent opinion surveys.

With many of the presidential contenders landing blows on Trump, analysts will now be watching closely to see if it will negatively affect the frontrunner's standing in the polls. Some are skeptical it will make much of a difference, citing Trump's unexpected resiliency in responding to past gaffes.

"He's been riding high here now for about two months and nobody would have foreseen that," said Cook. "So it's hard to tell, if you haven't been able to foresee this already or you've not experienced this type of candidacy before."

Second missing student ID'd
by experts from Innsbruck

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Mexican authorities say they have identified the remains of a second person missing after last year's kidnapping and disappearance of 43 students in the country's southern Guerrero state.

Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez said Wednesday that experts from Austria's Innsbruck Medical University found indications of a possible match between some of the remains and a student named Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz, who was 21 when he disappeared Sept. 26, 2014.

Last December experts identified a bone fragment as belonging to 19-year-old Alexander Mora.

The remains were among bone fragments that were found at a landfill where Mexican prosecutors say the bodies of the students may have been dumped and incinerated.

But earlier this month, international experts reviewing the Mexican government's probe of the abductions rejected the government's official narrative. They accused investigators of mishandling evidence and relying solely on statements from suspects.

A more than 400-page analysis was released Sept. 6 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the autonomous rights arm of the Organization of American States. The report said there is no evidence supporting the government's central claim.

The government's theory says the students were captured by local police and turned over to drug cartel assassins after commandeering buses for transportation to a protest.

Under that theory, first presented late last year by Mexico's former attorney general, the bodies of the students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College were dumped at a trash site and incinerated outside a nearby town.

But the independent report said the dump fire was not strong enough to burn the victims to ashes, and it said investigators from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Spain based that finding on expert analysis.

Human rights activists and parents of the students continue to voice outrage that the investigation has been based on the testimony of more than 100 people arrested on suspicion of involvement in the disappearances.  The detainees include the former mayor of the town of Iguala.

Another shutdown is looming
for U.S. federal government

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In Washington, D.C., it has become an annual rite, or maybe an annual ordeal: the potential shutdown of the federal government when the fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

As the hot summer weather ends in September, the worry begins. For federal workers, there is concern about going without a paycheck if the government closes. Federal agencies must make contingency plans, figure out which employees are essential and which services can be curtailed.  For all the many companies that depend on the federal government, there is the prospect of a disruption in business. And tourists would do well to book a ticket home, because a shutdown would close many of the sites they came to see.

Often referred to as a one-industry town, the nation’s capital revolves around the central government.  A shutdown is a big deal here. And this year, the prospects for avoiding one do not look good.

Congress has until the end of September to negotiate a budget.  If the legislative body fails, the government closes.

Leading budget guru Stan Collender has worked on the House and Senate budget committees.  He does not know how a shutdown can be avoided.

“Technically, it's a big mess. Congress and the president are supposed to agree on 12 appropriations bills for every year,” Collender told Politico.  “The new fiscal year starts in October 1, and none have been agreed to. In fact, none are even close to being agreed to.”

A number of issues could get in the way of budget negotiations, but the one most likely to be a flashpoint is the women’s health organization Planned Parenthood, which has been accused of profiting from the sale of fetal tissue it obtains from abortions, a charge the group hotly denies.  Anti-abortion Republicans want to remove Planned Parenthood from the budget.

“That’s not good sense and it is not good business,” President Barack Obama told a group of business leaders Wednesday.  “The notion that we play chicken with an $18 trillion economy and global markets that are already skittish, all because of an issue around a women’s health provider that receives less than 20 cents out of every thousand dollars in the budget — that is not good policy making.”

Obama expressed a hope that Congress would not only keep the government open but would also do more.

Avoiding a shutdown would be “a good start.  We’d like them to achieve that," he said. "But I think we can do better.  We can actually do some things to help the economy grow.”

If there is a shutdown, it will be the second one in three years.  In 2013, when House Republicans shut down the government in a protest over the president’s health care program, it cost billions of dollars.

In addition, the federal employees who were furloughed for 16 days cost the government a combined total of 6.6 million days of work. Safety inspections, public health monitoring and processing of tax refunds were among the many services that stopped.

What did thrive in Washington during that shutdown, when all the art museums and the National Zoo were closed, were the bars and restaurants.  With no work to go to, Washingtonians took advantage of food and drink specials throughout the city.

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Venezuela is scolded for violating
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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights says that the Venezuelan state  violated the freedom of expression of shareholders and employees of Radio Caracas Televisión.  The court also said that the Venezuelan people were deprived of access to the television station's editorial line.

In the judgment, published last week, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered the Venezuelan state to restore the broadcast license and to return all assets, including all of the broadcast equipment, which was seized from the station and placed in the hands of state media in 2007.

The Human Rights Foundation welcomed the decision.

“Like the Latin American authoritarians of the 1970s, the Venezuelan regime has long ignored the decisions of the Inter-American human rights system. So, even though this judgment may not lead to the immediate restoration of Venezuela’s most popular network, it will become a landmark document for a future truth commission in a democratic Venezuela,” said Garry Kasparov, chairman of the Human Rights Foundation.

“Our organization has closely followed the RCTV case since the beginning, and we believe this judgment by the main international court of the Western Hemisphere is an act of recognition of the principled role played by RCTV’s directors. Its general manager, Marcel Granier, unlike other media moguls in Venezuela, has remained steadfast in the face of authoritarianism, thus writing an important page in Latin America’s history of resistance against dictatorship,” said Kasparov.

On June 16, 2014, the Human Rights Foundation filed an amicus curiae brief with the hemispheric court on this case and asked the court to “examine not only Communication No. 0424 of March 28, 2007 of the Ministry of Popular Power for Telecommunications and Information Technology – in which RCTV’s request to renew its license was denied merely on formal grounds – but also . . . to give full evidentiary value to the events that took place starting in 2002, including, in particular, the public statements of the president. . . and several state ministers in which they scolded RCTV’s editorial line.”

As submitted in the brief, the judgment of the Inter-American court went beyond the judicial and administrative documents that indicated the formal reason for the refusal to renew RCTV’s license.

The court gave full evidentiary value to the numerous statements made by several high-ranking officials of the Venezuelan government, including statements made by the late Hugo Chávez, as evidence of the real motives behind the shutdown of RCTV.

Specifically, the court rejected the government’s formal argument that the refusal to renew RCTV’s license in 2007 aimed to foster the democratization and the plurality of messages and content in the media.

Instead, the court determined that the government acted with the true intention of silencing voices critical of the government and with the goal of bringing RCTV’s editorial line to the fold.

Along the same lines, the court found that in the legal documents “the stated goal was not the actual goal, and it was used only to give the decision an appearance of legality.”

“This judgment sets a groundbreaking precedent that will long protect independent media and champions of democracy in authoritarian countries, who too often face a battery of legal proceedings with an appearance of legality, which are in fact aimed at rubber stamping the whims of the caudillo,” said Javier El-Hage, chief legal officer of the Human Rights Foundation.

“Thanks to this ruling, high-ranking officials who stigmatize their opponents in the court of public opinion, while also using subservient courts to give the appearance of legality to their overt abuses, will no longer be able to escape international justice,” added El-Hage.

On May 7, 2007, the foundation launched the Free RCTV campaign, which stressed that RCTV’s imminent shutdown was a turning point for freedom and democracy in Venezuela, and that its effect was comparable to the governments of the United States, Brazil, or Spain arbitrarily shutting down networks such as ABC, Red O Globo, or Televisión Española.

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Experts to consider unconventional energy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A two-day meeting of experts will consider unconventional systems of energy generation.

This is a gathering of experts from much of Latin America.  The sessions are being held at the facilities of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad in Sabana Norte.

The unconventional sources of energy are renewable, according to an announcement. That includes solar and wind, but it also included capturing the ocean tides, biogas, biocombustibles and other sources that are not usually considered.

The electrical institute's staffers will have major roles.