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These are the bigger-than-life-size masks that the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural keeps at its downtown headquarters.
Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural photo

Friday and Saturday are days when the mask is king
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The giant papier-mâché masks that are the standard for Costa Rica celebrations will be in evidence Friday and Saturday.

There are events all over the country both Friday and Saturday.

Saturday is Halloween, and police managed to keep a lid on that celebration last year.

They expect to do so again this year.

The Día de la Mascarada Tradicional dates from colonial days, but a presidential decree in 1996 formalized the celebration.

Costa Ricans were anxious to put their own spin on the holiday. Residents do not

celebrate the Día de Muertos the way Mexicans do, although some go to cemeteries to visit loved ones.

Some museums are having mask workshops Friday for convenience.

Saturday there will be a march of mascaradas at Alajuela's Parque Central. And no display of mascaradas would be complete without the  cimarrona, the brass street band.

Santa Cruz in Guanacaste will have a celebration there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., said the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. Residents there have a regular Sunday mascarada workshop.

In Cartago there is a parade Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Colegio Universitario de Cartago

Excessive use makes A.M. Costa Rica unavailable
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Excessive bandwidth kept some readers from seeing A.M. Costa Rica Monday.

Bandwidth is the electronic signals that bring the newspaper to the home computer or tablet. When the limit is exceeded the company that owns the server declines to serve up any more pages.

There was a similar problem last week.

A handful of Internet sites are responsible for

capturing vast amount of bandwidth. These sites are in Costa Rica, California and even Germany.

Technicians at the server said that they have used about 100 gigabytes of bandwidth this month.

Typically the newspaper uses about 250 gigbytes each month, and it is hard to say what the sites were doing in the newspaper.

There also were lengthy sessions with users from China, India and the Ukraine.

Another illegal dock turns up on the Caribbean coast
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two Fuerza Pública officers found a second illegal dock in Limón Monday. The dock was fenced off with chain link in barrio Los Cangrejos, police said.

The dock is presumed to have been used by drug smugglers.

The earlier illegal dock was in Portete, also on the Caribbean.

Antonio Álvarez Desanti said in the legislature Monday that the illegal Portete dock has been constructed during the government of Luis Guillermo Solís.

He heads the Comisión de Seguridad y Narcotráfico.

He said that the dock was put in in August 2014.

Both docks have been built on public land.

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Fuerza Pública officers keep an eye on strikers

Accord ends Patria Justa strike

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government will renew its efforts to improve the public docks in Moín as part of an eight-part agreement that ended what was being called a general strike.

Casa Presidencial released the two-page document that had been negotiated between union representatives and executive branch officials.

The agreement was far less than what the unions said they wanted.

The unions, organized under the name Patria Justa, marched Monday but their numbers seem to be smaller than usual.  The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said that only 87 percent of the workforce was absent.

There were no disruptions.

Union reps met with Luis Paulino Mora Lizano, a vice minister.

The government also agreed to submit some bills to the legislature.

Volcán Turrialba has been restless

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Volcán Turrialba had at least 26 eruptions over the weekend and Monday.

Limited winds kept the ash from covering the Central Valley.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgo y Atención de Emergencias said it is keeping a close eye on the mountain. The park around the volcano remains closed.

Lawmakers reach agreement with Obama

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Congressional leaders have reached a tentative deal with the Obama administration on a government spending plan that could avoid another contentious budget standoff between the White House and hardline conservative Republicans.

The agreement is the result of weeks of negotiations led by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the leaders of the Republican-led House and Senate, plus House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic head Harry Reid.

The plan would fully fund the federal government and extend the government's debt ceiling, or borrowing authority, through March 2017, two months after President Barack Obama leaves office.  The plan boosts spending for both military and domestic programs by about $50 billion in 2016, and another $30 billion in 2017, as well as an extra $16 billion a year for the Pentagon's overseas war fighting budget. The extra funding lifts the automatic spending limits imposed by Congress under a 2011 budget deal.

The extra spending would be offset by long-term savings to the Social Security Disability Insurance program and a cap on payments to health care providers by Medicare, the federal government's health insurance program for elderly Americans.

The plan must be approved by the House and Senate and signed by the president before next Tuesday when the government's current borrowing authority expires and the nation faces a first-ever default on its debt obligations.  Congressional leaders would then enter into negotiations to determine how to fund individual government agencies before Dec. 11, when a temporary spending plan expires.

Another fast-approaching deadline is this Friday, when Boehner resigns, having been forced out by hardline conservatives angry over his willingness to negotiate with Democrats.  The deal would give Boehner a final legislative accomplishment and keep his likely successor, veteran Wisconsin lawmaker Paul Ryan, from facing a heated political battle in his first days in office.

The House could vote on the budget agreement as early as Wednesday, the day before they vote on a new House speaker.

animals battle
University of California - Los Angeles graphic
Predators and  herbivores battle it out

Pleistocene was tough for herbivores

By the University of California - Los Angeles news staff

For years, evolutionary biologists have wondered how ecosystems during the Pleistocene epoch survived despite the presence of many species of huge, hungry herbivores, such as mammoths, mastodons and giant ground sloths. Observations on modern elephants suggest that large concentrations of those animals could have essentially destroyed the environment, but that wasn’t the case.

Now life scientists from the University of California and other universities in the U.S. and England argue that the ecosystem was effectively saved by predatory animals that helped keep the population of large herbivores in check. Their findings, reported this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that intense, violent attacks by packs of some of the world’s largest carnivores, including lions much larger than those of today and sabertooth cats, went a long way toward shaping ecosystems during the Pleistocene epoch.

The research could have implications for animal conservation efforts today. The paper notes that many of today’s endangered species evolved during or before the Pleistocene epoch, and under very different conditions from today’s.

Led by Blaire Van Valkenburgh, an evolutionary biologist, the researchers found that, because of their larger size, the ancient carnivores were very capable of killing young mammoths, mastodons and other species, which prevented those animals from destroying ecosystems in the Pleistocene, which ended about 11,700 years ago. The paper suggests that the extinction of the largest of the hyper-carnivores (such as lions, sabertooth cats and hyenas) during the late Pleistocene almost certainly was caused by the disappearance of their preferred prey, including mammoths, mastodons and giant ground sloths.

“Based on observations of living mega-herbivores, such as elephants, rhinos, giraffes and hippos, scientists have generally thought that these species were largely immune to predation, mainly because of their large size as adults and strong maternal protection of very young offspring,” said Van Valkenburgh.

“Data on modern lion kills of elephants indicates that larger prides are more successful, and we argue that Pleistocene carnivore species probably formed larger prides and packs than are typically observed today, making it easier for them to attack and kill fairly large juveniles and young adult mega-herbivores.”

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There is more than the clip-clop of the horses
By Lucia Wrestler

Growing up in San Pedro in the 1940s was quite an experience:  You were within walking distance of the country’s capital, yet you were in a small town.  Of course, at that time we didn’t have the conglomeration of cars that we have nowadays.  In fact, most of the traffic went through the main street and on to Cartago as that was the principal route linking the old capital to the new.  Yet, in the side streets what you might see is a carriage being pulled by a pathetically bony horse with blinders on and its head down. 

Going to the circus was quite a treat as you got to see those sleek, massive horses doing their routine around the ring while girls in tights performed on their backs.  How was a small town girl to know the difference between a regular horse and a draft one?

So the sight of a beautiful pair of matched percherons with feathers on their fetlocks and a beautiful ostrich feather on the forehead, their manes and tail allowed to flow in all their glory, pulling a beautiful crystal coach was more than enough to attract a curious child, perhaps quite a few of them. 

Of course, the coachman, fully attired in a black suit with a white shirt, top hat and gloves, with the reins in one hand and a whip in the other, totally discouraged anyone getting near enough to touch the beautiful animals.  But he would allow you to stand nearby and admire them.

Seeing something like that, and knowing it was standing right in front of the church, the next step was to go inside and find out what it was all about.  The poor dead are usually carried from home to the church to the cemetery on the shoulders of the pallbearers.  The church ceremony is long enough to grant the pallbearers respite, yet short enough not to clutter up the busy priest’s calendar. He follows the casket to the entrance of the church and does the final blessing of the casket as pallbearers take it down the steps on the way to the cemetery.

The family who can afford to send off their loved one in such a handsome horse and carriage can well afford to also give the deceased a High Mass for the Dead.  This, to the uninformed, means there is much singing back and forth between the priest and the choir as most of the regular phrases and their responses are sung, with the Dies Iriae and the Stabbat Mater sung at the appropriate times.  High Mass is always lovely. When it’s for the dead, it will touch the hearts of all present.

Here is a Halloween story by one of our readers that was a winner in the 2003 contest.
This year's entries will  be published this week.

This funeral was lovely: a beautiful hardwood casket in the middle aisle, flowers all over, incense filling the air and the music ascending to heaven.

The grieving family filled the front pews. Every so often one of them would break down and cry, and the others would rush to comfort and hug her calm.  Unfortunately, construction going on somewhere nearby kept punctuating every so often with repeated hammer blows. 

After almost two hours the Mass was over and the priest prepared himself and the altar boys to accompany the casket to the cemetery. 

The casket was placed in the crystal coach with flowers filling the sides and the top of the carriage.  The coachman eased the horses to start their stately walk to the cemetery. Beauty in motion!  These lovely percherons were a matched pair, and they didn’t just walk. They slowly strutted down the road.  The grieving family, accompanied by the priest, immediately followed the coach and then the friends of the family and onlookers, including the curious children, followed.

The cemetery in San Pedro is about a 15-minute slow walk from the church down the main street toward San José and then left.  Once in the cemetery, the crowd moved with the casket to where it was going to be interred.  It is the custom for the family to have a final viewing of their loved one, so the top is lifted and you can see the person through the viewing window.  The priest did his final blessings over the casket, using the censer to go around the casket and fill the air with the aroma of incense.  The casket was ready for the final goodbye from the family before being lowered.

The man from the funeral home came along with the grieving widow and lifted the top to see the window.  And all the hammering that took place during the Mass was explained as they watched in horror as the person in the casket futilely tried to push open the window with hands that were bloody from all the pummeling he had done while in church. 

His face was already mottled and speckled with blood from his hands and his lips were entirely blue.

Copyrighted 2003 By Lucia Wrestler

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Unfurnished 400-sq. ft. apartment, with modern kitchen, located on beautiful Junquillal Beach is waiting for you. Sea Turtles are common to this beach. Great area for surfing one of C.R.'s premier surf spots or boogie boarding. Close to a market, restaurants and more touristy areas - Playa Negra and Tamarindo, if you want shopping, etc. This area is a great community. If you are looking for a nice relaxing area, this is it. $500 month + electric, visit our Web page - plumitapacifica.com  - for more info, photos and to view a video. Or call (506) 5004-3473.

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part
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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully furnished $800 + electric, includes cable TV, Wifi, Internet. Inside gated property close to town. Contact organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com.

Coco rental
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Available immediately. Rural, secure (24/7) gated community. 20 minutes from Playas del Coco and only 7 minutes. from Playa Matapalo (think RIU Hotel).  Two-story, 3-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home with pool, carport, wifi and access to the community pool and workout center. $1,100 USD plus utilities. (Agents: flat fee)  Contact: Wanda R Dunn at 8337-0032 or 1-610-732-3204 from U.S. wandardunn1562@yahoo.com
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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com  Check out slide show HERE!

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Ex-General Assembly chief
released on $1 million bail

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A former United Nations General Assembly president, John Ashe, who is accused of being involved in a U.N. bribery scheme, has been released on bail from a New York prison.

Prosecutors Monday said Ashe likely will face additional charges. He was freed on $1 million bail and orders of house arrest.

Ashe already has been charged with two counts of tax fraud, but prosecutors have not charged him with bribery because of the possible diplomatic immunity he possesses.

Prosecutors accuse Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda, of accepting more than $1 million in bribes in exchange for promoting the interests of a Chinese businessman. They also say he did not pay taxes on the bribes.

The indictment also names billionaire Macau-based real estate developer Ng Lap Seng, also known as David Ng, and three others.

Ng was arrested last month on separate charges and later was placed under house arrest with a $50 million bond.

Prosecutors allege Ng was seeking Ashe's influence as far back as 2011 to promote the construction of a multi-billion-dollar U.N. conference center in Macau. Investigators contend he helped draft and then circulated an official U.N. document to other member states in support of the conference center.

Ashe's alleged co-author, deputy U.N. ambassador to the Dominican Republic Francis Lorenzo, also was indicted.

Ashe was Antigua and Barbuda's U.N. ambassador from 2004 until his election as president of the 68th General Assembly in 2013. He was arrested earlier this month in suburban New York City.

Help pours in to quake zone
in Afghanistan, Pakistan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Offers of help poured in late Monday after a devastating 7.5 magnitude quake struck a remote area of northern Afghanistan, killing nearly 300 people there and in neighboring Pakistan, and injuring more than 1,700.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says U.N. agencies are mobilizing and are ready to support government-led relief operations for earthquake victims in Afghanistan and Pakistan, if asked.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said "reports are still coming in, but it is clear that there has been loss of life and serious damage to infrastructure in both countries."

He said Ban sent his deepest condolences to the governments and people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially to those affected by the quake who lost family or friends.

In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States stands ready to provide support to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"There is a substantial USAID presence in both of these countries to try to assist their needs," Earnest said. "And there are a number of pre-positioned emergency shelter and relief supply kits in warehouses throughout Afghanistan."

In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and offered all possible support.

In Tehran, Iranian state media reported that Iran is ready to dispatch humanitarian aid as well as rescue teams to the quake-stricken areas.

Director of the Iranian Red Crescent Society Amir-Hossein Ziaei said the humanitarian body is ready to send teams to rescue people trapped under rubble and help deal with situations following the quake

Chinese professor promotes
swapping low-income wives

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An economics professor in China has stirred up controversy online after he suggested that low-income husbands should share their wives with other men who are unable to marry. The professor suggests wife sharing could be a possible solution to China's massive gender imbalance problem, which according to statistics has left an estimated 30 million adult men without wives.
“If we stick to the moral principal of monogamy, we would be condemning 30 million men to a life of misery without wives and children,” Xie Zuoshi, a professor with the School of Economics and International Trade at Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, said.
Tens of thousands have voiced their strong disapproval online with some arguing that the idea was an insult to women and immoral.
“The professor is treating woman as if they are commodity or assets that a husband can share or rent out. I am surprised at his audacity in saying such things in public,” said Yu Baoyu, a Beijing teacher.
Some users of the social media site Weibo, China's version of Twitter, argued that if the professor thinks the idea is such a viable economic model, then perhaps he should take the lead by sharing his wife. Others threatened more extreme actions saying they would withdraw from the school where the professor teaches. Some said they would throw dirt on the professor’s door to vent their anger.
Xie pointed out that men who cannot find wives are mostly from low income groups. He said they can solve the problem of bride shortage as well as cut down the costs of running families by sharing wives.
“The costs would be higher than the gains. There will be transactions and legal costs involved because the practice is illegal. There will be other problems like dealing with the extended families of the two husbands, and inheritance issues,” a Weibo user said.
Another user said there would be greater chances of sexually related diseases coming into families that have two husbands because one would be straying at any given time.

Families aborting female fetuses to meet their preference for male children for decades has resulted in a skewed sex ratio and subsequent shortage of wives in China.
At present, a large number of brides are imported to China every year from neighboring countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, North Korea and Myanmar to meet the huge demand for wives from farmers who are unable to find partners.
Xie thinks importing brides does not solve the problem. “Importing brides from neighboring countries, only transfers the contradiction outwards, but doesn't solve the problem”.

The professor remains unfazed at the anger rising against him. “Those who scolded me are unable to judge the finer moral point I am making about the plight of 30 million bachelors,” he said.

Xie said that his article has been read by his peers in the academic community. Most liberal economists support his views. But scholars in other disciplines have raised objections, he said. He has not yet received any reaction from the government or the Chinese Communist Party.
“The law must be changed to allow polyandry to men and women who want it,” he said. “I do not like polyandry deep in my heart, but monogamy is unethical if you consider the plight of 30 million men.”
Xie said the practice was prevalent in China in the past as many families lived in harmony with two husbands sharing one wife, bearing the extended families' expenditures as well. And while the government may not admit it, polyandry is practiced in some remote corners of the country, he said.

Freed prisoners recount
torture and murders

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Saad Khelef Ali Feraj covered his face with his hands and started sobbing.

“I can’t describe how I feel," he says. "I was dead.”

A former policeman, Feraj was one of 69 Sunni Arabs imprisoned and tortured by Islamic State militants before being freed in a joint Kurdish-U.S. military raid Oct. 22.

In a video released by the Kurdistan Region Security Council on Monday, Feraj spoke of repeated beatings, of plastic bags being placed over his head, of his brother being beheaded and the militants giving him the head to bury.

Feraj, who said he is now safe in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, then continued: “God sent us the Counter Terrorism Forces of the Kurdistan Region and U.S. Special Forces. I thank our father and leader Masoud Barzani.”

It was a mantra repeated in different variations by all 10 freed prisoners who stood and spoke to the camera, framed by a large portrait of Barzani, Kurdistan’s regional president.

The video starts with dramatic footage of the raid, in which there are American voices, including one shouting instructions — “Hold that guy there” — and orders in Arabic for the prisoners to move quickly.

It then cuts to a scene of released prisoners shaking hands with and kissing the cheeks of Peshmerga forces before sitting in rows in a large room; Barzani’s portrait hangs prominently in the back, flanked by flags of Kurdistan and Kurdistan’s Security Council.

Despite what some call clear propaganda, the video testimony is chilling.

Mohammed Hassan Abdullah, another policeman from Hawija, in the district of Kirkuk, said he was tortured with electric shocks, had a bag placed over his head until he lost consciousness, then shocked again.

“They would execute two or three or four hostages every day,” said Abdullah, his words translated in subtitles provided by the Kurdistan video.

Ahmad Mahmud Mustafa, who said he had been arrested by Islamic State  extremists multiple times, said the torture would typically continue until there was a confession. But those who confessed would then be executed. Not confessing would lead to more torture.

“They would cover our eyes and tie us with handcuffs. The first thing they did was is pour water over us, then they’d use electric shocks,” he said. “We had to say something. 'Who are you part of?' they’d ask. Torture would continue unless there was a confession.”

It was not clear why the men had been arrested, although Hussein Ali Alhemdani said he was arrested because he had worked for the Hawija Council, and his brother was a council member.

Saib Abdullah Msahir Aljaburi said he had been detained because he had sent his degree to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.

The Aljaburi tribe is one of the Iraqi Sunni tribes who have fought militants.

Genetic fix makes prawns
bigger and produce males

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One giant river prawn looks pretty much like any other giant river prawn.

But there's a big difference between male and female prawns. Male prawns can grow faster and up to 60 percent larger than females.

And that can make a big difference for shrimp farmers. The giant river prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, is one of the world's most cultivated and consumed freshwater shrimp. 

A team of researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev is using a ground-breaking method called temporal gene silencing through RNA Interference to get the huge crustaceans to give birth to only males.

That will help farmers, says Professor Amir Sagi, who developed the technology and is leading the team. "So if the end user, the grower, in India or in Vietnam or in China will grow those, he will have something like 60 percent increase in his income."

Another advantage of the new technique is safety.

"We do not have to use any chemicals nor any hormones and it is a non-GMO," Sagi explained, so "it is not genetically modifying the organism."  

The method involves carefully injecting female prawns with a molecule that silences a gene, turning it into a male. These transsexual prawns can still mate with regular males, but all their offspring will be males.

Sagi says expert workers can inject about 2,000 prawns a day, with each individual able to produce thousands of eggs over several cycles.

The sex change occurs only in the animals that have been injected and does not affect subsequent generations.

The technique is currently being used to help farmers in Asia, and according to Sagi, has unlimited potential for future applications in the fields of marine and fresh water agriculture.

World Health says red meat
can cause cancer in humans

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Eating processed meats such as ham, sausages, bacon and hot dogs can cause cancer, says the World Health Organization, which adds that eating red meat probably does too.

The report, by the the International Agency for Research on Cancer evaluated more than 800 studies from several continents about meat and cancer.

The experts found that eating 50 grams of processed meat, on the daily basis, raised the likelihood of getting cancer of the colon and rectum by 18 percent. As a result, the agency has classified it as carcinogenic to humans, the same category as cancer-causing agents like asbestos and cigarette smoking.

Processed meats can include hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, dried meat like beef jerky or South African biltong. Meats become processed through several ways including salting, curing, fermentation, smoking "or any process to enhance flavor or improve preservation".

Red meat, meanwhile, was classified by the group as probably carcinogenic to humans. The evaluation revealed strong mechanistic evidence supports a carcinogenic effect for red meat consumption, mainly for colorectal cancer, but also cancer of the pancreas and prostate.

"These findings further support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat," said agency director Christopher Wild.

The North American Meat Institute refuted the report saying dozens of studies show no correlation between cancer and meat and that others show the benefits of eating meat to a healthy diet.

"Scientific evidence shows cancer is a complex disease not caused by single foods and that a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices are essential to good health,” said Barry Carpenter, meat institute president and CEO.

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Lovely east coast property for sale
This is a huge property surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. The house is about 85% built, but I will give you the property completely finished.  The whole land includes 7,886 m2 or 84,884 ft2 of forest and gardens in a mountain area of Cimarrones, Limón, east coast. Full house with large master bedroom plus bathroom. One extra guest bedroom. Large dining room. Large kitchen area. Another extra bathroom for guests. Large laundry room and two cellars (storage areas). The house has wide corridors where you will see a breathtaking view of large gardens and forest.  I am open to hear your offer. The full property and land price is $125,000. Call Harold Fonseca, Phone number (506) 8702-4217, Email: hfonseca24@gmail.com

Escazu villa
Escazú villa. spectacular 360 degree city and mountain views.
Enjoy the sunsets along with the sunrise

There are special properties, which are more than mere houses. Where you can appreciate moments where you build memories. Relaxing reading in the garden of 5000 sq. m. Places to enjoy moments with family or friends with large heated pool. Beautiful city views of San José with mountain view. Places, where you can enjoy the comforting warmth of the sun throughout the day with cool nights of living 1,300 meters up on your own Mountain Noel. You are away from all the noise of San José, yet you are only 15 minutes drive there. Costa Rica largest mall is also only 15-minutes drive away.
The main house four bedrooms with four bathrooms, large office with built-in wood cabinets, and beautiful hardwood ceilings throughout the whole house. The main house is 330 sq. m. For your guest, there is a self-contained apartment of 100 sq. m. consisting of two bedrooms and two baths. Nice layout with a living room and dining room and kitchen all have views. For being so near to the city and to have that much land is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The selling price is land value will throw in the house and the apartment. Price is $690,000. Contact jamescorreo@gmail.com.

Osa home
Costa Rica Tropical Paradise Beach House For Sale
Tropical 5-acre forested beachfront property with custom house and guest casita on the Osa Península, South Pacific Coast. Abundant wildlife, exotic plants and fruits, secluded beach.

Located 8 km south of Puerto Jiménez on the way to Matapalo and Corcovado National Park. Great Price $775,000. Contact: osaroger@gmail.com
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Hill Villa Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica
Property size: 3405.14 sq. mtrs or 37,000 sq. feet
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This home (240 sq. mtrs or 2,600 sq. ft) has 360-degree ocean and mountain views and electric-gated private road access. The large open style home has soaring teak ceilings, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, custom cabinetry and ceramic tiles throughout and a doubled car electric garage door. There is also a beautiful large swimming pool surrounded by exotic garden, laundry room and bodega. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must to see. all custom built furniture included. Photo gallery click here: www.monalbum.fr/Album=E3GLBJQX    Contact Jack  Email: quadtours@yahoo.ca   Cell: (506) 8812-1789

Goetl in Palo Seco

Charming small oceanfront hotel for sale in Playa Palo Seco
Ideal oceanfront location with back up to a mangrove estuary. The
charming small hotel has a fully equipped kitchen, bar and restaurant and is exceptionnally well maintained. Located on a very private beach of the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica 35 minutes north of Quepos-Manuel Antonio and 45 minutes south of  Playa Jacó. The main building is a two-storey house with 12 bedrooms. The lot measures 3,054 M2. Beautiful gardens around the large pool and exceptional flora and fauna. Well mentioned in tourist guides like Lonely Planet and Guide Ulysse. Offered at $999,000. USD
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Big House for Sale in Playa Grande,
Santa Cruz, Guanacaste
834.62 square meters property with 326 square meters construction. Two-storey house with front porch, entry lobby, living room, dinning room, large kitchen, breakfast room, large cupboard, 3 ½ bathrooms, 3 large bedrooms, the main bedroom includes jacuzzi and balcony. Playground, office, laundry area, garage for two cars, own and municipal potable water supply, electricity service, cable TV system, A/C. Located 700 meters from Las Colinas Golf Course, near the airport, Tamarindo Beach and the best beaches of the country. Excellent construction and great details. Price $349,000. 2,866.33 square meters building lot with three terraces. Price $75,000. For more information, please contact us:
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Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $749,000.
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Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com   Check out slide show HERE!

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A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $199,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:  angelsdad@me.com

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Film explores CBS blunder with Bush

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In 2004, just months before George W. Bush was re-elected president, the television network CBS released a news report suggesting he shirked his military service during the 1970s. The documents that underpinned the story soon were found to be likely forgeries, and the fallout cost a number of high-level news reporters and producers their jobs.

The film "Truth" tells the tale of the events surrounding this career-ending reporting debacle. A cautionary tale about journalists' first obligation — to get the facts straight — it also highlights the very real risks, and responsibilities, involved in news production.

In September 2004, the campaign season was in full swing, with Bush holding a slight lead over John Kerry, and the election just two months away.

CBS producer Mary Mapes, who broke the Abu Ghraib story during a "60 Minutes" segment, had uncovered evidence that second term-seeking President George W. Bush used his family and political connections to avoid the Vietnam War by enlisting in the National Guard, and then disappeared altogether from the Guard in the 1970s.

Mapes and Dan Rather, the venerable anchor of 60 Minutes, assembled an investigative team to research the story and validate documents they had received from Bill Burkett, a former Texas Army National lieutenant colonel. These documents were the foundation, the smoking gun that proved and underpinned the entire story.

Called the Killian documents, they carried the signature of the then deceased Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, commanding officer of the 111th Fighter Intercept Squadron during President Bush’s service. More documents surfaced supporting the Killian documents. However, there was a hitch: The documents were copies of the originals and the originals were allegedly destroyed. But Burkett vouched for their authenticity, and signature experts ruled that the signatures did belong to Lt. Col. Killian, so the CBS team felt they had an airtight case.

The story aired on Sept. 8, 2004.

As early as the next day, conservative bloggers claimed the documents were fake, mere computer recreations, and not copies of 1970s typewritten material. They denounced the "60 Minutes" report as liberal propaganda, an attempt to hurt Bush’s re-election bid.

CBS executives asked Mapes' team to interview its sources on camera regarding the validity of the documents. Bill Burkett then came forward and changed his story, saying he received the document copies from people he did not know. Unable to corroborate where the material came from, Rather was forced to step down as CBS anchor, and Ms. Mapes faced an internal inquiry on her motives in airing the story.

The film — based on Ms. Mapes’ memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power" — offers a sympathetic look at the feisty CBS producer, who bears the brunt of the responsibility for the report. The film suggests she was abandoned by network executives trying to protect themselves in a politically-charged environment.

The film is helped by a thought-provoking and meticulously written script. Robert Redford interprets a poised Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett offers an Oscar-worthy performance as the embattled producer.

Filmmaker and writer James Vanderbilt builds the story’s tragic momentum in a measured and balanced pace, giving viewers a step-by-step deconstruction of a news story in which the truth was lost in the details.

Rather said in an interview this month that the story is true even though the documents may have been forged

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Maneuver gives new life to Export-Import Bank

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. House of Representatives renewed debate over the existence of the Export-Import Bank Monday, using a rare parliamentary maneuver that has not succeeded in more than a decade. The debate comes four months after conservatives in Congress shut the bank down.

House Financial Services Committee chairman, Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, had criticized the bank for redistributing risk from corporations to taxpayers, and allowed the bank's charter to expire in July after a series of House floor voting maneuvers.

Rep. Stephen Finchera, a Tennessee Republican,  brought the bank's existence back up for debate by employing an unusual maneuver called a discharge petition, a way of bringing a bill to a House floor vote without the consideration of the appropriate committee, and often without the cooperation of leadership.

Forty-two Republicans joined 176 Democrats to support the petition that matured Monday. The move was last successfully used in 2002 for campaign finance legislation.

"We should be happy when Democrats want to join Republicans in legislation that moves the country forward," said Fincher.

In a letter to House colleagues last week, Rep. Hensarling criticized the discharge petition, saying "This isn't about us....it's about whether we support regular order or not."

The Export-Import Bank is a government corporation that finances foreign purchases for customers. Supporters argue that the bank creates American jobs and plays a crucial role in countering foreign investment. Major American companies GE and Boeing have directly blamed the absence of the Export-Import bank for lost foreign contracts and the decision to move jobs overseas.

On the House floor Monday night Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, said his constituents only care if they are able to go to work tomorrow.

"The opponents of re-authorization live in a world where the politics of purity trump the realism of today," said Kinzinger.

If the bill is successful, the Export-Import Bank will continue for the next four years.