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The Cuerpo de Bomberos, the nation's fire fighters, has been designated the official marshall for the Festival de la Luz Dec. 13. This is the first time that a public agency has been so
designated. The Cuerpo de Bomberos will mark its 150th anniversary next year. More than a million people are expected to line the downtown streets to see the gigantic Christmas parade.

Bill would require moving vehicles in minor crashes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A unique aspect of the Costa Rican highway laws is that in the event of an accident, even a minor one, the motorists are supposed to keep the vehicles stationary in the highway until police and accident inspectors arrive.

Never mind that it is 5:15 p.m. and the slightly damaged vehicles are blocking a main roadway. Never mind that the police and an inspector might be 90 minutes away. Never mind that the major damage is the red lens of a vehicle tail light.

That has been the law, and the policy was restated in the 2012 traffic code revision.

Now the lawmakers from the Partido Liberación  Nacional and the Movimiento Libertario want to change this.
They have presented a proposed revision in the traffic law that would allow motorists involved in an accident where the only damage was material to move their vehicles.

In fact, if they do not, the revision would call for a 280,000-colon traffic citation. That's about $515.

The lawmakers, Liberación members Michael Arce Sancho and Antonio Álvarez Desanti and Libertario's Otto Guevara Guth, cite a constitutional right of free transit.

The summary to the bill, 19.402, said that traffic accidents average about 138 a day. In 2012 there were more than 50,000, it said.

The summary encourages motorist to take photos or video of the accident before moving the vehicles off the roadway.

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Stronger El Niño events predicted

By the Australian National University news staff

The ocean is warming steadily and setting up the conditions for stronger El Niño weather events, a new study has shown.

A team of U.S., Australian, and Canadian researchers sampled corals from a remote island in Kiribati to build a 60-year record of ocean surface temperature and salinity.

“The trend is unmistakeable, the ocean’s primed for more El Niño events,” says lead-author Jessica Carilli, now based at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Team member Helen McGregor from the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University said the change in El Niño patterns could have a major impact.

“During an El Niño event warm waters to the north of Australia move eastward, taking their rainfall with them,” she said.

“This changes the pattern of Australia’s rainfall and droughts significantly.”

El Niños occur irregularly every two to seven years and have often coincided with severe droughts in Queensland and New South Wales. The current conditions show that a weak El Niño has brought warmer and drier conditions to Australia for late 2014.

The team focused on regional differences in sea temperatures that generate the circulating winds known as the Walker Circulation, which drive the trade winds that bring moisture across the Pacific Ocean to the north of Australia.

The island from which the corals were sampled, Butaritari, was chosen for its location at one end of the Walker Circulation.

The team extracted a core from a Porites coral on the outer part of the atoll which showed a clear layer structure that, like tree rings, told the seasonal life story of the coral.

“This coral quietly laid down an excellent record of the ocean conditions at that location,” Dr. McGregor said.

“It greatly complements direct measurements of the ocean temperatures made by humans throughout the 60-year period, filling in the inconsistencies and gaps.”

The team used the amounts of the chemicals strontium, calcium and oxygen in the coral to work out the ocean’s salinity and temperature.

Newspaper reached tax agreement

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

La Nación S. A. said Thursday that it had reached agreement with Costa Rican officials over a 10-year dispute involving the sale of a printing press.

The case has been an embarrassment for the publishing firm because its competitors frequently produced snearing articles about the case. The publishing firm said that it agreed to pay 1.3 billion colons, about $2.4 million to settle the claim. The case had gone to criminal court.

The company said it already had paid 904 million colons or about $1.7 million nine years ago. So the total amount is about $4 million. The amount includes taxes, fines and interest.

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Isla del Cocos data used to fight illegal fishing in reserves worldwide
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Data on illegal fishing around the Isla del Cocos has provided another tool to fight poachers worldwide.

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University found that illegal fishing was concentrated in a few hotspots and really ramped up during specific lunar phases of some months.

They said they think that the use of data can help other enforcement workers at distant offshore marine reserves. Their effort has just been published in a scientific journal

Researchers examined five years’ worth of data collected from the World Heritage-listed Parque Nacional Isla del Cocos. The island is a unique marine protected area in the Pacific Ocean about 550 kilometers (340 miles) off the west coast of Costa Rica. Much of the protected areas is under water.

From the records researchers were able to identify illegal fishing patterns and predict both when and where illegal fishing was likely to happen.

Researcher Bob Pressey from the coral reef center says authorities could use this knowledge to match patrols to the time and place when illegal fishing is most likely to take place.

“Using a targeted approach helps authorities catch and deter illegal fishers, while saving money on patrols,” Pressey said.

“Rather than just hoping you can catch illegal fishers effectively by random patrols, we have used previous patrols to look for patterns which tell us when and where people fish illegally,” added Joshua Cinner, another researcher.

Study lead author Adrian Arias says the model of predicting illegal patterns from old records can be used to increase the success of patrols in other locations.

“Our research in Costa Rica showed how a systematic and periodic
analysis of patrol records can help to increase the probability of catching illegal fishers. This could be done pretty much anywhere that patrol data are available,” he says.

Cinner added that by better targeting limited resources, authorities have a greater chance of successfully protecting marine parks.

“Targeting resources is particularly important for developing countries such as Costa Rica, which have taken on the conservation challenge but don’t have the same funding to ensure compliance as a country such as Australia.”

Illegal fishing in marine reserves is a major focus at the International Convention of Biological Diversity World Parks Congress, which has opened in Sydney.

Marine reserves are the most common strategy used to protect and maintain marine ecosystems around the world.

The international convention aims to have 10 per cent of the world’s marine areas protected by 2020.

Many countries are contributing to this target by protecting remote, offshore areas. For example, the United States recently created the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve, covering almost 1.27 million square kilometers in the central Pacific Ocean.

But scientists are concerned that while a great deal of effort is being made to create reserves, many countries are simply not able to enforce the laws that are supposed to protect them.

“Enforcement and compliance issues for large off-shore marine parks are fundamentally different to near-shore protected areas,” Cinner said.

The biggest problems facing countries trying to enforce offshore marine reserves is their distance from land and the difficulty and cost of patrolling large tracts of ocean, he said..

“The distances to these areas can be very large. They are a long way from prying eyes and quite often the regulations are such that you have to actually catch people illegally fishing to prosecute them,” Cinner added.

Way too many dogs and cats
lead to a rescue operation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An elderly woman in Desamparados had her cats and dogs but could not continue to take care of them. That's when the  Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal and the Humane Society International moved in to protect the animals.

A report said that there were 12 cats and five dogs.

The organization calls this a hoarding rescue operation. Frequently a good heart trumps good sense, and individuals end up with far more animals then they can reasonably maintain. The neighbors are not too thrilled, either.

Photos provided by the Humane Society show dogs and cats responding favorably to rescuers.

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Stand by for some gusty winds and a bit of a chill, forecasters say
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The seasonal chill is moving into the country, according to the national weather institute.

The forecast for today said that a cold front in the northern part of Central America is bringing winds to Costa Rica.

There also is a good chance of rain in the northern zone and on the Caribbean coast. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional issued a
bulletin Thursday morning warning of heavy rains and high winds, but they did not seem to materialize.

There were reports of 10 millimeters of rain in locations around the country, but that was far from the 100 millimeters, about four inches, that the weather service was predicting.

The Central Valley was far from cloudy Thursday. The day was one of bright sun presaging the dry season that is expected to blossom fully this month.

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This dynamite home business venture was really explosive
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A call from a concerned neighbor alerted police to an illegal explosives manufacturing operation in a home in Quircot, Cartago.

This does not appear to be a holiday fireworks operation. Police found several thousand empty shells for eight- and quarter--sticks of dynamite. They suspected that the woman in the home was making the explosives for companies that do construction or demolition.

The woman was detained and police spent much of Wednesday night counting and cataloging the devices.  There also were boxes of fireworks-type products.

The Fuerza Pública called in a special explosives unit.

Police said that they suspected the empty dynamite shells would have been filled with explosives if they had not ended the operation.
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U.S. and EU work to keep
track of Islamic wannabes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States and the European Union are strengthening ties in an effort to crack down on foreign fighters returning from Syria intent on carrying out terrorist attacks in their home countries.

After two days of talks in Washington, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced stronger cooperation with European Union ministers aimed at identifying and stopping foreign fighters from carrying out acts of terrorism.

“The Department of Justice has detailed federal prosecutors and senior law enforcement advisers to reside in key regions, including the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa, to work with countries seeking to increase their capacity to investigate and to prosecute foreign terrorist fighters,” Holder said.

A U.N. report estimated 15,000 fighters from around the world have left their home countries to join extremist groups operating in Syria and Iraq. U.S. officials have said about 100 of the foreign fighters are from the United States.

Holder said U.S. legal officials may also offer some countries specific advice on changes to their laws that may make it easier to pursue and stop foreign fighters seeking to go to Syria or who wish to engage in acts of terrorism when they return to their home countries.

“Our goal in all of these efforts is to build the capacity to fight foreign terrorist fighters within the rule of law so we can stop the flow of fighters into conflict regions, stem the tide of violence and aggressively combat violent extremism,” he said.

Among those taking part in the talks was the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

“It is another concrete example of how together we can be more effective in upholding and defending our common values," Avramopoulos said. "All these measures to be taken should not become obstacles for the free movement between Europe and the United States of America.”

Holder said the meeting also sought to strengthen cooperation between the United States and the European Union on other common threats including transnational organized crime and stopping cyber-criminals.

Terrorist leader releases
threatening commentary

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In a new recording, a man purported to be Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is calling for volcanoes of jihad against more Arab states and says the United States will eventually be drawn into a deadly ground war against the group's fighters.

The 17-minute recording was released on social media networks Thursday by the Islamic State. While its authenticity could not be confirmed, the voice on the recording appeared to match Baghdadi's.

Iraqi authorities said several days ago that Baghdadi had been wounded in a U.S. air strike last Friday that hit a convoy of Islamic State leaders near Fallujah, although the U.S. military never made a similar claim. It was not known whether the recording was made before or after that aerial attack.

In the recording, the speaker called on Islamic State fighters to "light the Earth with fire against all dictators." He called on the Islamic State, which has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, to extend their operations to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Algeria.

The U.S. has launched hundreds of air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but President Barack Obama has rejected sending ground troops even as he has deployed 3,100 advisers to Iraq.

The audio recording said the U.S. soon will be forced to "send their ground forces to their deaths and destruction."

Lawmakers consider ways
to cut Islamic financing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Islamic State terrorists have made unparalleled efforts to finance their activities without relying on donations, and some U.S. lawmakers are wondering whether efforts to cut off the group's funding are falling short.

David Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury Department, told lawmakers Thursday that oil sales that used to net the Islamic State $1 million a day have been slashed to a few million dollars a week, a significant difference when it comes to maintaining a fighting force of 30,000 or more.

“We have information that they pay their fighters about $1,000 a month," Cohen said. "That comes to $360 million a year in just the expenses for fighters.”

Cohen said the Islamic State also needs vast amounts of money to govern and provide services in territory it is trying to hold.

But lawmakers like Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican from New Mexico, question why more is not being done.

“You know which oil fields are under the control," Pearce said. "I wonder why you are not stopping the oil today.   Now, you can either blow up the tanks, you can blow up the trucks or you can blow up the connection between the two.”

Democrat Maxine Waters of California, her party's ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee, said she also was worried that U.S. intelligence efforts were still lacking.

“Many of us were shocked and surprised that we appeared to know so little about ISIS when the information finally reached public view,” she said.

Cohen countered that "I do think we have good information. We need better information. But we are not, by any means, completely blind to how ISIL is raising its funds.”

Cohen cautioned that eating away at the Islamic State’s substantial wealth will take time and patience.

It will also take help from officials in Iraq and other countries in the region, like Qatar and Kuwait, where illicit money has been known to change hands.

Matthew Levitt, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said that would not be as easy to obtain.

“Mostly, these are countries that have passed fantastic laws," Levitt said. "But when you get them privately and you ask them, 'This is a great law, 3.1 — have you ever implemented it?'  'No.' 'Have you ever used it?'  'No.' "

There are also concerns about the amount of money the Islamic State has generated through kidnappings and ransoms,at least $20 million this year, and the money Islamic State fighters have taken at gunpoint as they extend control over new territory.

Turks who roughed up
sailors quickly set free

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Prosecutors in Turkey released a dozen nationalist protesters Thursday who attacked three American sailors in Istanbul the day before.

The release came just ahead of a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and at a time of tense U.S.-Turkish relations.

The protesters had been detained for manhandling the Americans and tossing paint-filled balloons at them while shouting anti-American slogans, but all charges against the protesters were dropped. The sailors, all from the destroyer USS Ross, which was visiting Istanbul, escaped without harm. 

Diplomatic columnist Semih Idiz of Turkey’s Taraf newspaper and the Web site Al-Monitor said the attack and the authorities' reaction were worrying signs of deteriorating U.S.-Turkish relations.

"There is this general feeling in Turkey, in the public and amongst politicians, that America is only in the region to pursue its own agenda, against the interests of regional countries," Idiz said. "Given that Turkey is a predominantly Islamic country, there is also the perception that America is generally anti-Islamic. I think when all these are combined, they result in these kinds of behaviors and also the kind of leniency we are seeing here."

The attack, carried out by a group called the Turkish Youth Union, apparently was orchestrated by the activists to capture attention. The assault was captured on a video shot from within the group of protesters, and they shouted down the sailors in English.

The attackers surrounded the Americans in central Istanbul and briefly put bags over their heads. When the sailors broke free and ran toward safety, the protesters followed, chanting, "Yankees, go home!"

Authorities in Washington reacted quickly. The Pentagon said it was an ugly attack, carried out by thugs.

Just a few hours after the State Department said the incident was unacceptable, the Turkish attackers were freed.

"We support the right to peaceful protest," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, "but this event clearly crossed the line, from peaceful protest to violence and threats. U.S. officials are working with Turkish authorities to investigate this incident."

Despite Washington's condemnation, reaction from the Turkish side has been muted. The foreign ministry in Ankara issued a brief statement expressing regret.

Diplomatic observers said Washington was not likely to pursue the matter in light of Biden's visit to Turkey next week.

Washington is pressing Ankara to open up its bases as part of the war against the Islamic State group, but the Turkish government has been critical of the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic radicals.

The U.S.-based Pew Research Center reports its surveys indicate anti-American feelings have risen sharply in Turkey, and now are held by more than 70 percent of the population.

Columnist Idiz said he expected diplomatic efforts to paper over the differences between Washington and Ankara, but that deep animosities were likely to remain. He said he saw the attack on the American sailors as part of a worrying trend.

"This is not the first incident," Idiz said. "I presumed Americans were alert to possibility of such incidents, and I expect they will be more alert from now on, because the possibility exists and the lenient way the authorities appear to have reacted now, I think, will be an encouragement for such events. This can be interpreted within the general anti-Americanism that is pervasive in Turkey. It's a fact that politicians in Turkey also use this to their advantage."

With general elections set for June, and anti-Americanism playing well in the public arena, observers expect public animosity and political ill will toward the United States will continue for some time.

Committee hears request
for $6.2 billion ebola fund

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development), Rajiv Shah, and other senior U.S. officials testified before a congressional panel Thursday about the international reaction to the ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Shah called on Congress to approve President Obama’s request for $6.2 billion in emergency funding to combat the deadly disease. 

As the suffering in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea continues, with some 3,000 active cases of ebola reported now, the House Foreign Affairs Committee praised the U.S. response to the crisis.  But some lawmakers, including Ed Royce, the Republican committee chairman. accused the World Health Organization of incompetence,

He warned that the world still has a lot to do.

“What has worked in the past to block ebola obviously is breaking the chain of transmission.  But without us doing that, ebola will continue to spill across borders, and economies will be devastated in Africa, governments will fail, tens of thousands will die," said Royce.

Most members said they support providing the emergency funding the Obama administration is asking for, and also called on countries around the world to step up their efforts.  Ranking member Democrat Eliot Engel:

“As I have said, the U.S. cannot meet this challenge alone.  Ebola is a global challenge requiring a global response.  Fortunately, international efforts to control the epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have increased both in terms of financial support and on-the-ground assistance." said Engel.

USAID Administrator Shah said he had met with 65 burial teams on his recent visit to Liberia, and that these efforts are really helping to bring down the number of new infections in that country. 

He said the U.S. is also reviewing new options for protective suits for health care workers, because they are at greatest risk of contracting the virus when taking off the protective gear.

But Shah rejected calls from Royce and others for a travel ban on people from the most-affected countries.

“And I think we are convinced that America is the signal decision-maker.  If we isolate these countries, the rest of the world will isolate these countries, and that will create a much different epidemic curve. And we will all have to come back here and discuss how are we going to handle many, many additional cases than what we are looking at now," said Shah.

Shah said the international community should also be prepared for the ebola outbreak to be followed by a hunger crisis in the region and get ready to provide quick relief.

Those fighting dengue
fear being overlooked

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As the ebola epidemic rages on in western Africa, there’s concern that another disease, which sickens and kills more people globally, is largely being ignored.  Dengue fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, continues to spread in countries, including India and Malaysia, where nearly half of the world’s population resides.  But a long-sought vaccine offering some protection against dengue may soon become available. 

Dengue fever causes debilitating flu-like symptoms, rashes, headaches and severe muscle and joint pains.  For that reason, the infection is sometimes called breakbone disease.  Like ebola, dengue is considered a hemorrhagic disease, resulting in death in the worst cases.

Scott Halstead is senior scientific advisor to the Dengue Vaccine Initiative, an international consortium of scientists and lay people dedicated to the development of a vaccine.

Unlike ebola, which in the current epidemic has so far infected more than 14,000 people in West Africa, Halstead says the scope of dengue is enormous, with up to 100 million infections every year, mostly across Asia.

“I think people in the dengue field feel, 'Golly, ooh, we’re going to be pushed into the shadows.'  But because hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of people require clinical care, it’s a problem.  It’s in your face but it’s all over the place," said Halstead.

There are four dengue viruses, all spread by mosquitoes.  Surviving infection by one strain provides lifelong immunity against that type but does not protect the person from future infection by the other strains.

Two years ago, a candidate vaccine developed by the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur was tested in a group of 4,000 Thai schoolchildren and did not perform as well as hoped. Only 30 percent of the children were protected against infection.  The researchers' goal was a vaccine that was 70 percent effective against all types of the dengue virus.

Now, in advanced clinical trials conducted in five Latin American countries involving almost 21,000 healthy children, the company is reporting promising results with the same vaccine. 

In an article published early this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, Sanofi reports the vaccine offered 60 to 80 percent protection, resulting in fewer hospitalizations.  The children were followed for two years to see if they came down with the disease.

Halstead says the drug seems to work best in those who have already been infected with one of the dengue viruses.

“So this seems to be what this efficacy is largely due to, which is boosting the immunity of people who are already partially immune," he said.

Halstead says the vaccine failed in Thailand because most of the treated kids who became infected were stricken with dengue type 2, the strain of the virus that’s proven to be the most difficult of the four to prevent.

With future clinical trials planned, Sanofi researchers hope to learn more about how the vaccine protects against dengue fever, with an eye toward improving its effectiveness.

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The world’s leading democracies have a poor record of responding to the rise of authoritarianism in their own regions, according to a Freedom House report released Thursday. The United States, Europe, and new democracies of the global South often fail to confront the growing instances of political repression in their areas of influence. The unwillingness to challenge violations of human rights, suppression of civil society, media restrictions, and other anti-democratic actions comes within the context of a mounting challenge to democratic institutions presented by authoritarian powers in Eurasia, the Middle East, China, and elsewhere, the report said.

"Supporting Democracy Abroad: An Assessment of Leading Powers" found that 10 major countries and the European Union neglect human rights abuses in their regions and fail to push back on rising authoritarianism. Among them, the United States was found to provide only moderate support for democracy and human rights.

“Few leading democracies consistently stand up for their values beyond their borders,” said Sarah Repucci, project director of the report. “As dictatorships increase their influence worldwide, democracies must pay more attention to places where democracy and its advocates are most under threat. This is especially true where acts of repression are on the rise in a major democracy’s own neighborhood.”

“On China, democracies should work together to respond to human rights violations and antidemocratic initiatives,” Ms. Repucci added. “Otherwise, individual democracies will continue to defer to their own narrow economic interests and avoid subjects Beijing considers taboo.”

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• Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Africa are less likely to exert pressure on rights violators in their regions and less inclined to condemn abuses than are the United States, France, Germany, Poland, and Sweden. The disparity is largely due to the emphasis that the former group places on noninterference and respect for sovereignty.

• Nearly all of the countries assessed provide strong support for elections abroad, but they largely fail to promote democracy and human rights through their trade policies and in their responses to coups.

• In relations with China, immediate economic and strategic interests almost always override support for democracy and human rights.

• Although support for democracy and human rights through regional or international bodies can aid legitimacy, democracies sometimes use them as a screen to avoid more direct or decisive action against repression.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.

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Industrial chamber seeks international ties

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cámara de Industrias will have a new executive director as of January.

He is Francisco Gamboa, who now is director of commercial intelligence at the  Promotora de Comercio Exterior.

Enrique Egloff, chamber president said that the appointment is an effort to develop an international strategy for the chamber by developing strong alliances with national and international organizations for the transfer of technology, innovations and business leadership.

Gamboa worked as an economics advisor for the Cámara de Comercio and the Banco Central de Costa Rica and also consulted with the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, the World Health Organization and other international agencies.