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Anticipation of new taxes prompts some opposition
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Edgar Ayales Esna, the finance minister, is supposed to lay out proposals for new taxes this week, but there is opposition already.

The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados has issued a statement under the heading "We don't want, we can't and we ought not pay more taxes!" The association of mostly public employee unions has its own opinions, and that includes attacking what is being called the inequality of incomes and possessions.

In anticipation of what Ayales will say, the powerful, left-wing organization came out strongly against a value-added tax. This is a system of taxing goods at every stage of production, including retail sales. The major benefits are that evasion is reduced and the state income is more. Costa Rica now has a straight sales tax.

President Laura Chinchilla tried to enact a value-added tax, but it was part of a fiscal package that never made it out of the legislature.

The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados also wants a one-time tax on all the wealth held by individuals.  And it agrees with President Chinchilla in seeking a tax on money earned elsewhere in the world by Costa Rican taxpayers. This is the so-called renta mundial that also was favored by the administration.

The unions, however, want the tax assessed when the money is earned and not when the money is brought into Costa Rica, as the administration has proposed in the past.

The unions have a 12-point proposal, and some of them do not seem anti-rich. For example, the statement proposes setting up rewards for those who turn in tax evaders. And the statement also calls for eliminating the many exemptions and exonerations that are now contained in the Costa Rican tax laws.

The proposals also seem to be parallel with the administration's previous efforts in suggesting a special tax on luxuries and a tax on financial transactions. Unlike the administration, the unions want the financial transaction tax to be only for large amounts so that the working class is not
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affected. The statement calls this the Robin Hood tax.

A previous finance minister claimed that the central government was only seeking to tax the small amount banks charge to handle automatic teller transactions rather than the amount withdrawn by the customer. But other proposals would tax the whole amount and any money coming in or leaving the country or being exchanged as payments or rents.

Ayales is head of the Ministerio de Hacienda, which handles the governments finance. Part of the ministry is the Dirección General de Tributación, the tax collecting arm.

When the minister makes his proposals, they will be in the form of proposed legislation, although President Chinchilla could step in and issue some sort of decree that may be binding. After the last tax package was stalled in the legislature, the ministry concentrated on finding tax evaders, and President Chinchilla issued a decree applying the sales tax to food while exempting products the poor might purchase.

Whatever are the proposals the minister advances, expats can be sure that those with money will be targeted and that there will be protests by those affected. The entire issue will be injected into the presidential campaign that ends with a Feb. 2 Vote.
 
Ayales called his presentation "Towards fiscal consolidation: Agenda for a national dialogue," but the rules for discussion have not yet been established.


Freak mishap, not vandals, ruptured oil pipeline
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

State petroleum company officials have ruled out criminality in the leak of a major pipeline Monday night.

The rupture happened in Pacuarito de Siquirres. A portion of the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. distribution line runs above ground. The state company said that there was an electrical problem in a high-tension line and a cable broke. An end of the cable fell and smashed into the pipeline. The pipe was carrying diesel from the Limón petroleum terminal at the time.

Such mishaps can be explosive, but there was no fire Monday night. The company said a clamp fixed the problem, and that workers from the  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad were fixing the electrical cables.
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Plasma and fusion will be taught here in January
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When one mentions plasma physics, the name of Costa Rica does not immediately leap to mind. The same can be said of nuclear fusion.

That may change because the First Costa Rican Summer School on Plasma Physics will be held in San Carlos Jan. 20 to 24.  Sponsors are the Universidad Nacional, Tecnológico de Costa Rica, the Ad Astra Rocket Co. and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Plasma is a fourth state of matter and the energy that Franklin Chang Diaz is using for his Ad Astra spacecraft engine.

The school is mainly for Latin American students. Said an announcement: The major objective of this summer school is to cover a broad range of the
topics in plasma physics, gradually presented from the very basics towards the more advanced theoretical topics, followed by applications and reviews of the state-of-art.
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The school will consist of 40 seminars with presenters from major universities, including Chang's alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, the University of Texas, the University of California at Berkley, the U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, the United Kingdom's Culham Centre Fusion Energy, the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Drexel University and KTH-Royal Institute of Technology.

Following the school from Jan. 27 to 29 there will be a research meeting in San José on small fusion devices. Fusion is what drives the sun.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil presents flute soloist Juan José Bolaños and violin soloist Sofía Dorante in the Teatro Nacional Saturday at 7 p.m.

The orchestra is part of the Instituto Nacional de la Música.

Dmitri Shostakóvitch and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov are on the program. More than 70 young musicians will participate.

Marvin Araya, director of the orchestra, notes that Rimsky-Korsakov's “Scheherazade” is a musical description of "A Thousand and One Nights."

Bolaño, a native Guatemalan, began his studies at age 14 and joined the orchestra here in 2011. Ms. Dorante began with the violin at age 5 in her native Venezuela in Caracas.


Baroque music duo will play
Thursday in Alajuela museum

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Baroque music is on the program when the Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría in Alajuela presents its Teatro al Mediodía en el Museo Thursday at 12:10 a.m.

Performers are Túpac Amarulloa and Katarzyna Bartoszeck, who specialize in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. They have been playing together for three years and both are teachers at the Universidad Nacional.


Expat network celebrating
the one-millionth member


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After six years of successfully connecting expatriates and global minds, InterNations has just hit the 1-million-member mark.  The organization said that this was a significant milestone. The Munich-based start-up was founded in autumn 2007. It now has members of all nationalities in almost 400 cities around the world.

InterNations says it is the largest expat community worldwide. The social network wants to make life abroad easier by offering its members a variety of opportunities for settling in and socializing in their new hometowns in capitals and major cities all over and in Central and South America, it said.

InterNations is present in every country on the Latin American market. The organization said that the five biggest communities in the region, with the highest number of members, are as follows: São Paulo (13,000+), Santiago de Chile (8,000+), Mexico City (circa 8,000), Rio de Janeiro (circa 6,500), and Buenos Aires (6,000).  The newest – and therefore smallest – additions to the InterNations family are the local communities in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Monterrey, Mexico), Viña del Mar, Chile, and Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Regular InterNations events take place in about 350 cities worldwide every month. The overwhelming success of the platform depends on the fact that getting to know other international people is not limited to the computer screen, the organization said.

For example, in Bogotá and Rio de Janeiro, InterNations offers two networking events per month. In Lima, Mexico City, and São Paulo, the local ambassador teams, the committed community members organizing the get-togethers, even schedule three gatherings for their expats every month. So far, the InterNations Community in San José provides one monthly event. The local get-together in the Tico capital average 80 or 90 foreign residents and global-minded locals.

Moreover, InterNations members meet up in smaller groups dedicated to specific interests, such as sports, expat families with children, business networking and leisure.

Some of these activity groups are also part of the InterNations Charity Empowerment Program. The goal is to gradually establish one sustainable social project in as many InterNations communities.

InterNations tries to provide expats all over the world with the information they may require when relocating to a new destination. The online guides give an overview of 65 countries, as well as 70 major cities, around the globe. In Latin America, these destinations include Costa Rica and Panama, among many other places. In local forums and discussion groups, members share their own experience of living abroad. They give useful tips on their new surroundings and pass on essential addresses, like international schools, hospitals, and restaurants, in the local directories.


Drug unit's marijuana patrol
visits area around Bagaces


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía de Control de Drogas said Tuesday that its officers had destroyed some 73.259 marijuana plants in Limonal de Bagaces and La Virgen de Bagaces, Guanacaste.

So far this year, officers of the security ministry have destroyed 1.4 million marijuana plants weighing about 1.7 million kilos, the ministry said.


Slumbering space probe
set to wake up in January


By the European Space Agency news staff

The comet-chasing mission Rosetta will wake up in 100 days time from deep-space hibernation to reach the destination it has been cruising towards for a decade.

Comets are the primitive building blocks of the Solar System and the likely source of much of Earth’s water, perhaps even delivering to Earth the ingredients that helped life evolve.

By studying the nature of a comet close up with an orbiter and lander, Rosetta will show more about the role of comets in the evolution of the Solar System.

Rosetta was launched on March 2, 2004, and through a complex series of flybys – three times past Earth and once past Mars – set course to its destination: comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It also flew by and imaged two asteroids, Steins on  Sept. 5, 2008 and Lutetia on July 10, 2010.

In July 2011 European Space Agency's Rosetta was put into deep-space hibernation for the coldest, most distant leg of the journey as it traveled some 800 million kilometers from the Sun, close to the orbit of Jupiter. The spacecraft was oriented so that its solar wings faced the Sun to receive as much sunlight as possible, and it was placed into a slow spin to maintain stability.

Now, as both the comet and the spacecraft are on the return journey back into the inner Solar System, the Rosetta team is preparing for the spacecraft to wake up Jan. 20.

Once it wakes up, Rosetta will first warm up its navigation instruments and then it must stop spinning to point its main antenna at Earth, to let the ground team know it is still alive.


Decision on appeal in Russia
could jail big Putin opponent


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Convicted at a trial he describes as Vladimir Putin's revenge for his political challenge, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny faces five years in prison if his appeal against a theft conviction is rejected today.
 
The court hearing in the remote city of Kirov also poses a conundrum for President Putin.
 
Jailing Navalny would keep Putin's most prominent critic out of elections for years, curtailing any threat from a young rival with presidential ambitions who scored a strong second-place showing in a Moscow mayoral vote last month.
 
But it could also revive street protests by Putin's opponents and human rights activists over what they see as a clampdown on dissent since the 61-year-old president started a six-year third term in 2012.
 
While Putin denies exerting influence over the courts, many Russians suspect that rulings in high-profile cases are dictated by the Kremlin and result from careful political calculation.
 
“The Kremlin has an unpleasant decision to make,” said Dmitry Oreshkin, a political analyst.
 
A ruling upholding the five-year sentence would be seen by many as evidence that tough tactics will continue despite signals meant to suggest a let-up, such as Putin's promise of a prisoner amnesty later this year.
 
A blogger against corruption among Russia's elite, Navalny helped lead the biggest protests of Putin's 13-year rule, which were stoked by allegations of fraud in a December 2011 parliamentary election.
 
The protests have faded, but Navalny has emerged as the main opposition leader, making his trial the most closely watched in Russia since jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's second conviction in 2010.
 
Accused of stealing timber while working as an adviser to the governor of the Kirov region in 2009, Navalny, who denies wrongdoing, was convicted of large-scale theft in July and sentenced to five years in prison.
 
But he was unexpectedly freed from custody the following day to allow him to continue his campaign for Moscow mayor.
 
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Lawyers and filmmakers hope to document Caribbean woes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The muddled property ownership situation in the southern Caribbean coast has attracted the interest of lawyers, researchers and filmmakers, and they are launching a storytelling project and beginning to collect footage for an interactive documentary, they said.

It's called The Rich Coast Project, a play on the English translation of Costa Rica.

The participants are aware that the Gandoca Manzanillo national wildlife refuge and the maritime zone law jeopardize the homes of many long-time residents in the area.

The project is timely because there are bills working their way through the legislature that may transform the area. Residents met Friday to discuss these proposals.

The founder of the project is Katherine A. Beck, a Northeastern University School of Law graduate, who also attended Universidad de Costa Rica for a semester where she studied the Caribbean coast land situation, according to the project's Web site.

The southern Caribbean coast has been largely ignored during most of Costa Rica's modern history. Many of the residents have Afro-Caribbean roots and lack official titles to their homes and other property. This lifestyle is being challenged by tourism and arriving expats as well as foreign investors.

Ms. Beck and her colleagues said that the project has set up Sunday a crowdsourcing campaign on Indigogo. It seeks $37,000 in donations.
"The effects of unstable land tenure and stunted economic development are pervasive: opportunity for personal advancement is increasingly limited, and many young people must leave their homes and families to pursue education and
employment," according to the project.

"Homes and businesses have been threatened with demolition orders, and residents have faced criminal charges for pursuing better lives for their families.

"These communities face losing their lands, their culture, and their very history. Conscious of these challenges, residents are working hard to protect their rights and reinforce their cultural traditions while seeking a more balanced approach to the government’s regulation of their natural resources."

President Laura Chinchilla stopped much of the demolitions temporarily with a presidential decree. But two major hotels already had been destroyed. A law that would have helped residents gain clear title to their properties has been declared unconstitutional.

The project Web site lists Edwin Patterson Bent, a well-known local politician and a lifelong resident of Puerto Viejo, as an adviser. Also listed is Kyle K. Courtney, a Harvard University and  Northeastern University faculty member and a lawyer.
Boston area students will participate in the project with research and by maintaining archives, said the announcement.

Ms. Beck said that the goal of the project is to use creative advocacy to build the case for keeping the local people on their land, showing that not only is it the right and just thing to do, it will also produce better results for the people and the environment.


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Road officials said that they have repaired a washout on the InterAmericana Norte at the Río Parismina. The road is now open completely but there will be delays later in the month when new asphalt is put down, said the Consejo
Nacional de Vialidad. A lot of the work was cleaning the channel of the river so a new washout will not take place. Workers had to place 6,000 cubic meters of rock and gravel, said the road agency.


Historical and modern photos of Russia on display downtown
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An agency within the culture ministry is exhibiting some 120 photographs of Russia. This is an award-winning exhibition that is divided into two parts.

The first are historical photos of buildings, personalities and landscapes from as long ago as the 19th century. The second
contains work by Mikhail Nikitin of St Petersburg, who photographs architecture and natural beauty, said the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural.

The exhibit is in the Centro's office opposite Lehmann's on the downtown San José pedestrian mall. The exhibit is supported by the Russian Embassy. The exhibit will be there through Oct. 31. It is called “Imágenes y facetas de Rusia.”

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Hand measurements suggest many of the prints in caves belonged to women
By the Pennsylvania State University news service

Plaster handprints from kindergarten, handprint turkeys and handprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood are all part of modern life, but ancient people also left their handprints on rocks and cave walls. Now, a Penn State anthropologist can determine the sex of some of the people who left their prints, and the majority of them were women.

The assumption has been that hand prints, whether stencils — paint blown around the hand — or actual paint-dipped prints, were produced by men because other images on cave walls were often hunting scenes. The smaller handprints were assumed to be adolescent boys.

Dean Snow, emeritus professor of anthropology, came across the work of John Manning, a British biologist who about 10 years ago tried to use the relationships of various hand measurements to determine not only sex, but such things as sexual preference or susceptibility to heart disease. Snow wondered if he could apply this method to the handprints left in cave sites in France and Spain.

"Manning probably went way beyond what the data could infer, but the basic observation that men and women have differing finger ratios was interesting," said Snow. "I thought here was a neat little one off science problem that can be solved by applications of archaeological science."

When Snow saw a handprint in a book on Upper Paleolithic art, he realized that the image was female. A quick look at five other images found that two thirds were female.

Unfortunately, most cave art photographs lack size indication, making it difficult to determine relative size and the sex of the artist. Snow visited a number of caves and the few existing images with size indications. He also collected hand images from people with European and Mediterranean ancestry. He published his results in the current issue of American Antiquity.

Snow found he needed a two-step process for the modern hands to successfully differentiate men from women. He first measured the overall size of the hand using five different measurements. This separated the adult male hands from  the rest. Snow found that step one was 79 percent
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successful in determining sex, but adolescent males were classified as female.

Step two compares the ratios of the index finger to the ring finger and the index finger to the pinky to distinguish between adolescent males and females. For the known hands, the success rate, though statistically significant, was only 60 percent. There is too much overlap between males and females in modern populations.

"I thought the fact that we had so much overlap in the modern world would make it impossible to determine the sex of the ancient handprints," said Snow. "But, old hands all fall at or beyond the extremes of the modern populations. Sexual dimorphism was greater then than it is now."

Sexual dimorphism implies that males and females differ. Not only were male hands larger, Snow found that development of the fingers, how long they are relative each other, also differs significantly.

The first step in the process showed that only 10 percent of the handprints on cave walls in Spain and France were left by adult males. The second step indicates that 15 percent were placed by adolescent males, leaving 75 percent of the handprints female.

 
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Credit warning gives a push
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

With the U.S. facing a new credit warning, a bipartisan effort by Democratic and Republican Senate leaders is now back in the spotlight.  President Barack Obama is waiting for an acceptable solution to emerge that would extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government.
 
Late Tuesday, the Senate Democratic and Republican leaders, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, resumed efforts for a bipartisan compromise that was put on hold earlier as events played out in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
 
The bipartisan effort in the Senate had proposed funding the federal government through Jan. 15, and temporarily raising the nation's borrowing limit until Feb. 7.
 
In the House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, gave up on bringing a revised legislative proposal to the House floor in the face of pressure from conservative Tea Party members.
 
In an interview with WABC-TV in New York, Obama rejected suggestions that he has not compromised in the battle with Republicans, and again rejected what he called efforts by the Tea Party to use extreme tactics.
 
"The Democrats have not asked for anything when it comes to making sure the American people's bills are paid on time.  What we have said is there are going to be differences between the parties on priorities but we shouldn't inflict pain on the American people to try to see if one side gets a little extra leverage or gets what they want," said Obama.
 
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president was pleased with progress in the Senate, saying it held potential for resolving an unnecessary manufactured crisis.
 
"Open the government, and make sure that the United States pays its bills by extending the debt ceiling, and doing that in a way that we don't simply put us on a trajectory to re-create this crisis in a few weeks," said Carney.
 
The failed effort by Speaker Boehner would have funded the government only until Dec. 15, while also extending the debt limit until February.
 
After a meeting with Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she remained optimistic that Congress will pass clean legislation to raise the debt limit and avoid default.
 
"Clean legislation to open government, clean legislation to lift the debt ceiling that will take us on a path to the budget table when any and all issues can be discussed," said Ms. Pelosi.
 
With time running out for a debt limit solution, another note of urgency was added late Tuesday in the form of a warning by Fitch, a major credit rating agency.
 
Fitch said it has placed the U.S. credit rating on six-month negative watch, referring to "political brinksmanship and reduced financing flexibility" it said could increase the risk of a U.S. default.
 
In 2011, during the last major political battle in Washington over the credit limit, another major credit agency downgraded U.S. long-term debt to "AA."
 
The White House said Tuesday that the latest impact of the U.S. government shutdown is the inability of a federal agency supporting small businesses to approve new loan guarantees, resulting in more than $1 billion in lost assistance and jeopardizing thousands of jobs.



Signs of a deal give boost
to world financial markets


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Signs of a deal to avert an economically damaging U.S. debt default boosted world equities and the dollar Tuesday, though firm short-term interest rates highlighted concerns that the problem may just be postponed.

Hopes of a deal rose after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, ended a day of talks Monday, with Reid saying they had made tremendous progress.

While markets remain wary over the eventual outcome, the signs of a last-minute compromise were enough to lift Europe's blue chip index, the Euro STOXX 50 to a 2-1/2-year high and sent shares in Asia to five-month highs.

U.S. stock index futures signaled a mixed start on Wall Street with a weak earnings report from Citigroup likely to pressure the broad S&P 500 index which is lying just below a record high.

“The consensus is bullish, everyone believes that a deal will be reached,” said Guillaume Dumans, co-head of research firm 2Bremans.

The gains around the world lifted MSCI's world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, by 0.15 percent, leaving it just three points away from a five-year high hit in September prior to the crisis in Washington.

However, the reaction in the U.S. Treasury bill market was more muted as sources close to the negotiations revealed that the plans under discussion may only free the government to borrow more money to fund itself until mid-February 2014.

U.S. Treasury one-month bills were yielding around 20 basis points, down 5.5 points on the day but well up from 2.5 points on Sept. 30 just before the fiscal deadlock in Washington forced the government to begin a partial shutdown.

“There seems to be some progress being made but the solution that is being proposed is far from perfect. It's short-term, it's just pushing the problem further along for a few months,” Philip Tyson, strategist at ICAP, said.

The dollar shared some of the optimism over the prospects of a last-minute deal emerging this week, gaining 0.5 percent to hit a one-month high against a basket of major currencies.

Against the safe-haven Swiss franc, the dollar was also at a one-month peak, at 0.9160 francs, but it was little changed versus the yen, another refuge in times of uncertainty, at 98.50 yen.

The gains in the dollar may be limited as the government shutdown is expected to have hurt the U.S. economic recovery, and has convinced many that the Federal Reserve will have to extend its monetary stimulus into next year.

“If we get some kind of temporary resolution in the U.S. it will still have a small positive short-term impact on the dollar. But in the medium term this is clearly dollar-negative,” said Richard Falkenhall, currency strategist at SEB.

Elsewhere in the currency market, the Australian dollar jumped to a four-month high when minutes of the central bank's Oct. 1 meeting revealed it was prepared to cut interest rates further though it was in no hurry to act.

Gold, whose safe-haven appeal is usually burnished during times of uncertainty, fell to a fresh three-month low. It shed 0.8 percent to $1,262 an ounce.

Oil prices gained some support from the encouraging U.S. budget negotiations but were under pressure from talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear program that might eventually lead to a pick-up in Iranian oil shipments.

Brent crude futures were trading down 83 cents at $110.26 a barrel.


Cocaine and cookies seem
to be equally addictive in rats

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Are cookies as addictive as cocaine?

Researchers say that for lab rats at least, the answer is yes. Rodents in a study at Connecticut College became hooked on Oreos, the most popular cookie in the United States during a study aimed at shedding light on the potential addiction to high-fat and high-sugar foods.

According to the scientists, lab rats formed an equally strong association between the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and a specific environment as they did between cocaine or morphine and a specific environment. They also found that eating cookies activated more neurons in the brain’s pleasure center than exposure to drugs of abuse.

Researchers also noted that like humans, rats like to eat the creamy center of Oreos first.

“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” said Joseph Schroeder. “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”

Oreos have been available in the U.S. since 1912 and consist of two chocolate cookie discs with a sweet cream filling. They are now available in many flavors.

To test the cookie’s addictiveness, researchers placed rats in a maze. On one side of the maze, they would give hungry rats Oreos, and on the other side, rice cakes. They would then give the rats the option of spending time on either side of the maze.

Those results were compared to rats who were placed in a maze that offered an injection of cocaine or morphine versus an injection of saline solution.

The research showed the rats conditioned with Oreos spent as much time on the Oreo side of the maze as the rats conditioned with cocaine or morphine.

Researchers also monitored activity in the brain’s pleasure center.

“It basically tells us how many cells were turned on in a specific region of the brain in response to the drugs or Oreos,” said Schroeder.

They found that the Oreos activated significantly more neurons than cocaine or morphine.

“This correlated well with our behavioral results and lends support to the hypothesis that high-fat/ high-sugar foods are addictive,” said Schroeder.

The research will be presented next month at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, California.

 

Ocean health index suggests
seafood shortage in future


By the University of California at Santa Barbara news staff

In the 2013 Ocean Health Index, an annual assessment of ocean health, scientists point to food provision as the factor that continues to require serious attention.

The index defines a healthy ocean as one that sustainably delivers a range of benefits to people now and in the future based on 10 diverse public goals. The 2013 score of 65 out of 100 demonstrates the ongoing need for more effective management of this precious resource.

The index study is directed by Ben Halpern, a research associate and professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
 
"I'm encouraged because people, organizations and governments are paying attention to the Ocean Health Index and what they can learn from it," Halpern said. "Not only has the OHI been adopted as an indicator to gauge how well countries are meeting their biodiversity conservation targets, but it is beginning to inform the United Nations World Ocean Assessment and was named by the World Economic Forum as one of two endorsed tools for helping achieve sustainable oceans."

Goal scores out of a possible 100 for categories that make up the index ranged from a low of 31 for natural products to a high of 95 for artisanal fishing opportunities. Other categories include food provision (33), carbon storage (74), coastal protection (69), coastal livelihoods and economies (82), tourism and recreation (39), sense of place (60), clean waters (78) and biodiversity (85).

With a score of only 33 out of 100, food production from wild harvest and mariculture (cultivation of marine organisms in the open ocean) was the second-lowest-scoring goal and one of the most important resources from the sea for people around the world. A score of 100 is given for wild-caught fisheries if the biomass of landed stocks at sea is within ±5 percent of a buffered amount below the biomass that can deliver maximum sustainable yield. For mariculture, the number of tons of product per coastal inhabitant living within 31 miles of the coast is calculated for each country, and all countries above the 95th percentile receive scores of 100. Countries that have never had mariculture are not scored.

"Seafood is a major source of protein for one-third of the world's population, and it is estimated we will need 70 percent more food by 2050 to feed the growing population," said Daniel Pauly, principal investigator of the Sea Around Us project and leader of the University of British Columbia team of science contributors to the index. "The score of 33 out of 100 for food provision indicates we are not ready to meet that challenge."

The 2013 index also assessed coastal protection, giving it a score of 69 out of 100 and indicating that further declines are likely. coastal habitats –– including mangrove forests, sea-grass beds and salt marshes, coral reefs and sea ice –– protect coastlines from storm surges and coastal flooding. Forty-five countries that sit in the annual path of tropical cyclones had an average score of 52 out of 100. A score below 100 indicates a decline in area and condition of key natural habitats that protect shorelines from storms.

Among those cyclone-prone countries with a population exceeding 10 million people, the average coastal protection score is only 51 compared to the global average score of 69. The score was down slightly (-0.2 percent) from 2012 and the index calculates that the likely future status will decrease by 1 percent in the coming five years.

"Restoring natural protective habitats in storm-prone regions, in combination with sensible coastal planning and creative civil engineering, is essential," said Greg Stone, a leading authority on marine conservation policy and ocean health issues and executive vice president at Conservation International's Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans.

Wealthy countries have the greatest impact on industry and policy so their performance on the index is important to ocean health, but there was little correlation between their economic performance as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) and their scores. The average score of countries with the 15 highest GDPs was 65 –– higher than the global average, but still not optimal.

"In its second year now, the OHI demonstrates that the areas with the least human impact have healthier oceans, but it also shows that nations who manage their resources better achieve higher OHI scores," Halpern said. "We depend on the health of the ocean for many benefits, such as food, livelihood and tourism, and the OHI indicates that the condition of these benefits needs to be improved in order to provide a healthy thriving ocean for our children and their children."

The index is a collaborative effort, made possible through contributions from more than 65 scientists/ocean experts and partnerships among organizations including UCSB's NCEAS, Sea Around Us, Conservation International, National Geographic and the New England Aquarium. The full set of scores for each country can be found at oceanhealthindex.org.


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A view of the damaged Basilica Minore of Sto Nino de Cebu church after an earthquake struck .

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Rescuers are still searching for survivors in isolated areas of the central Philippines a day after a powerful earthquake struck.

Officials say the death toll from the quake has risen to at least 107 people and hundreds more are wounded.

Authorities warn the death toll is likely to rise as rescuers have yet to reach several isolated, badly-damaged communities.

Tuesday's 7.2-magnitude quake was centered near Bohol Island, a popular tourist area.

Hundreds of powerful aftershocks forced many to sleep outdoors Tuesday night, including patients at some hospitals.

President Benigno Aquino met with local officials Wednesday and warned people to stay away from landslide-prone areas and damaged buildings.

The quake collapsed buildings, ripped apart roads, and sent frightened residents rushing out of their homes and businesses.

Several of the region's historic buildings suffered major damage, including centuries-old churches.

Tuesday was a national holiday, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which may have led to a reduction in casualties, as many schools and offices were closed.

Earthquakes are common in the Philippines, which lies along the Pacific Rim of Fire.
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Pacific Estates is divided into three distinct sections called Pacific Landings, Pacific Hills and Pacific Acres. Pacific Landings includes unique 2 & 3 bedroom homes incorporating pole house construction, cathedral ceilings, balconies on both the front and back of the house and eco-friendly elements. The homes also include granite counter tops, state-of-the-art stainless steel kitchen appliances, washer & dryer hook ups, internet connectivity and zone controlled A/C. These homes feature 1,290 square feet under A/C space and 1,537 square feet under A/C space with an optional Loft. To learn more about Pacific Estates, schedule a No Obligation Free Virtual Tour today by clicking here!
8087-10/18/13

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

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
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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

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

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
8115-11/18/13

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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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Farm-to-school food gives
kids and growers benefits

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Over the din of a lunch line of second-graders, Jeffrey Proulx shows off the smorgasbord of locally raised products being served at Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School in Hagerstown, Maryland.

The bright red cherry tomatoes came from a farm not far from the school, which is located about 90 minutes from Washington. Pork, roasted in the school's kitchen, came from just over the border in Pennsylvania. Then there are the locally grown Asian pears, which are a big hit.

“Very sweet. The kids are really taking to the Asian pears,” Proulx said.

Proulx runs the cafeterias for the Washington County school district. The state of Maryland encourages all of its school districts to buy local. It’s part of a nationwide movement to improve the food served in school cafeterias while supporting family farmers.

Public schools feed more than 30 million kids each day. Roughly 20 million are low-income children who rely on federally-subsidized meals to prevent hunger so they can focus on learning.

However, most schools don’t cook fresh meals. Box-to-oven foods, “fully processed, prepared items that are more heat-and-serve,” have become the norm, Proulx says.

Critics blame processed school meals for contributing to the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.

New government rules aim to make cafeteria food healthier by mandating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as lower levels of salt and fat.

“The way to reach those new levels is to prepare it ourselves,” Proulx said. 

That meant overcoming a barrier common in public schools today since many no longer have the equipment or the trained staff to prepare meals.

“We’re definitely taking a stretch back to our roots, which is, actually cooking food,” Proulx said.

While young minds need healthy food to grow, farmers need steady customers to thrive. Schools make attractive customers because they buy regularly and in large volume.

Just 20 kilometers from Monroe Primary School, J.D. Reinhart sells 5 to 10 percent of his apple and peach harvest to the Washington County school district. He says it makes good business sense.

“Your transportation cost is low,” Rinehart said. “And you don’t have to go use a broker or a seller that will take a commission off of you. So, it’s been nice in the fact that I can set my price, and I know that’s what I’m going to get from the dock.”

And, he says, the apple money goes into the local economy.

“That enables us to update our facilities, to buy equipment locally,” Rinehart said. “Keeping the money right here in the region is huge, not only for us but for the people. . . ."

But the United States is not the world leader in the movement.

“The worldwide success story is Brazil,” said World Food Program school feeding expert Carmen Burbano, noting that as president, Brazil’s Luis Inacio Lula da Silva won international recognition for his Zero Hunger anti-poverty plan.

“One of the cornerstones of that plan was the school feeding program,” she said. “But in 2009, they realized that this program, which was costing the government quite a bit of money, could also help to connect that program with family farmers.”

The program requires that 30 percent of school meal funds go to family farmers. 

It feeds more than 45 million children and spent about $500 million on family farmers in 2010. 

The World Food Program and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization are now working with the Brazilian government on a $2 million project to set up similar programs in several African countries.

By connecting African farmers to local schools, they aim to help both kids and farmers grow strong.

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True Drinks, Inc., said Tuesday that it made a deal with PriceSmart, Inc, to sell its AquaBall? Naturally Flavored Water in stores in Aruba, Barbados, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Trinidad, and the US Virgin Islands.

True Drinks, Inc. is a beverage company with licensing agreements with major entertainment and media companies for use of their characters on its proprietary, patented bottles. AquaBall? Naturally Flavored Water, the Company's vitamin-enhanced water that was created as a 0 calorie, sugar-free alternative to juice and soda for kids, is currently being sold into mass-market retailers throughout the United States, the company said.

"International expansion into emerging marketplaces such as these is central to our corporate growth model," says Lance Leonard, CEO of True Drinks. "Healthy living and better-for-you alternatives are not just domestic trends, rather they are part of an international movement. We are pleased to be on the forefront as the leader in healthy hydration and are thrilled to partner with PriceSmart."