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Manatee protection moves ahead at legislature
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

School children in Limón Centro have been successful in getting a legislative committee to advance a bill to make the manatee the symbol of  Costa Rica marine life.

The manatee, also known as a sea cow, is a large mammal that can be found as far north as Florida in the Northern Hemisphere winter. Many live along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

The protective action Thursday was in the  Comisión Permanente Especial de Ciencia, Tecnología y Educación. The bill creating the designation now goes to the full legislature.
The measure specifically covers the West Indian manatee, Trichechus Manatus, one of at least four species. The creatures can reach 200 to 600 kilos (440 to 1,300 pounds) and may be up to 3.5 meters (11 feet long).

The primary predator of this endangered species are humans. The creatures have been hunted for food, become entangled in nets, are injured by boats and can suffer from pollution.

The measure that now goes to the legislative floor also would create sanctuaries where the animals are known to exist along the Caribbean coast. Students from Escuela Barrio Limoncito started the campaign to win recognition for the animal.

Moín container terminal clears a constitutional hurdle
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Opponents of the new $1 million container terminal proposed for Moín in the province of Limón have lost an effort to have the deal declared unconstitutional.

The Poder Judicial Thursday summarized a decision taken by the Sala IV constitutional court Wednesday that rejected an appeal filed by the secretary general of the public dock employees.

The appeal revolved around a section of the Costa Rica constitution that prohibits the transfer of rail lines, docks or airports from the ownership of the state.

The majority of the court magistrates decided that a concession does not represent a transfer because the state still has title.

APM Terminals, a Dutch firm, has the concession to build the container facility in stages. Eventually the state will regain complete control.

The Sindicato de Trabajadores de Junta de Administración Portuaria y. Desarrollo Económica de la Vertiente Atlántica strongly opposes the deal.
Two magistrates sided with the union and reasoned that the section of the Constitution, Article 121 (14) precludes any kind of transfer, even a concession.

Had their view prevailed, the concession granted for management of the nation's airports also would have been in jeopardy, as would the concession covering the docks in Caldera on the Pacific.

There certainly will be other court cases  involving the project. Environmentalists oppose the dredging and the destruction of mangroves to build a road.

The central government sees the new terminal as a key element in the economic development of the Limón area.

About 80 percent of the nation's imports and exports pass through the Moín docks where the public employees have staged strikes and slowdowns repeatedly. Some have been violent.

Also being challenged is a recent public hearing in Limón Centro about the terminal project. Union members got so rowdy that environmental officials closed the hearing early. Now the claim is  being made that the hearing was invalid.

Despite warning, heavy rains fail to materialize
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national weather service predicted from 150 to 220 millimeters of rain on the Caribbean coast in a 4 p.m. bulletin Thursday. That prediction means from six to more than 8 inches of rain.

That put the nation's emergency services on alert mainly on the Caribbean coast and the northern zone.

But by midnight there did not appear to be heavy rain if data from automatic weather stations are accurate.

There were 76.8 millimeters (about three inches) of rain in Limón Thursday, but the rain fell in the late morning and early afternoon.

The Instituto Meteorological Nacional said that heavy rain was expected over night. Most of the northern zone remained dry or nearly so Thursday through midnight.

San José received about 34 millimeters overnight into Thursday morning. That's about 1.4 inches.
 High winds continued to be recorded mainly in  Guanacaste. These are a consequence of the cold front, which passed over the country from north to south.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias has local committees that keep track of situations in their area.

The commission also warned that since Oct. 26 there have been alerts in some areas where landslides are likely.

These areas are mostly in the southern metro area. Heavy rains can cause the soil to slip and inflict major damage.

The chilly weather in the metro area brought out the first signs of winter clothes. Some persons were wearing gloves and wrapping scarves around their neck.

Evening temperatures in San José were about 17 degrees C. (64 degrees F.) with gusts of 34 kph (about 21 mph).

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 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Architect Andrés Fernández will lead another walking tour Dec. 7. This time the event will be in Heredia.

Fernández is well known as an architectural historian, and he has led a number of tours of various San José barrios.  Alianza Francesa sponsors the events.

The tour next week begins at the Escuela Félix Arcadio Montero at 9 a.m.. The tour ends with brunch at Restaurante Casa Baco. Tickets are 18,000 colons for the public and 15,000 for Alianza  members.

The French cultural organization said that Heredia once was Villa Vieja to differentiate it from Villa Nueva, which is what San José was called.  Heredia was founded 30 years earlier, it said.

Heredia Centro has a great quantity of architectural heritage, the organization said.

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Water company program urges
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 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national water company has enrolled 2,000 Vigilantes del Agua to report leaks and to encourage reducing use of water at their schools.

The students came from 50 schools. Their job is to return to the schools and share what they learned in the seminars with the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados.

The water company noted that a single school, Escuela Miguel Obregón en Tibás, reduced water use nearly 200,000 liters a month. The Ministerio de Educación Pública also sponsors the program.

Traffic police will attempt
to avoid holiday fatality spike

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Traffic police will try to stop the season spike in accidents that takes place each December. They said much of the reason is holiday alcohol use.

The Policía de Tránsito said there will be 650 officers on duty throughout the country. The metro area will be a priority until Christmas when the emphasis will switch to the beaches  and other recreational areas, they said.

Officers plan at least 165 control points to catch speeders and 73 directed at drunk drivers.

Usually December sees at least 30 fatalities with the exception of last year when just 27 died. By comparison no other month of the year has that many deaths, said police.

Police also said they will be cracking down on improperly parked vehicles.

The traffic police also are involved in the many holiday activities that take place in the metro area. Among these are the Festival de la Luz parade, which is Dec. 14 this year.

There also is the illumination of the facade of the Museo de los Niños, which is Wednesday and involves closing off several main city streets to create a safe route for pedestrians going to the museum.

Alzheimer's and dementia said
to be less prevalent today

By the University of Michigan Health Systems news service

People are less likely to experience dementia and Alzheimer's disease today than they were 20 years ago, and those who do may be developing it later in life. That is what a new perspective article that examines the positive trends in dementia says in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Authors examined five recent studies that suggest a decrease in the prevalence of dementia, crediting the positive trend to improvements in education levels, health care and lifestyle.

“We’re very encouraged to see a growing number of studies from around the world that suggest that the risk of dementia may be falling due to rising levels of education and better prevention and treatment of key cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol,” says co-author Kenneth Langa, a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School.

“Our findings suggest that, even if we don't find a cure for Alzheimer's disease and dementia, there are social and lifestyle factors we can address to decrease our risk.”

Authors point to two key factors that may explain the decreased risk of dementia over the last few decades: People are completing more years of school, which helps the brain fight off dementia; and there’s more awareness and focus on preventing heart disease, another big risk factor for Alzheimer’s.

“The growing number of older adults in the U.S. and around the world means we will undoubtedly see a significant growth in the number of people with dementia, however the good news is they appear to be living longer without experiencing it,” says Langa.

“We are seeing a positive trend that suggests that improving our physical and mental health go hand in hand with fighting off this devastating condition.”

In 2008, Langa and a colleague reported one of the first studies suggesting a decline in U.S. dementia rates, using information from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study. They found that decline tracked with education and improvements in health care and lifestyle. Since then, several studies in Europe have confirmed this trend — and the reasons behind it.

Other research has also shown that other factors decreasing risk include early and ongoing education, physical activity, retiring later, educated parents especially an educated mother, maintaining social activities and getting treatment for depression.

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Do you have or will you have some cool holiday lighting of your Costa Rican home?

Some expats really knock themselves out to decorate their homes or business. None probably go so far as the Hospital del Niños where a live evergreen bears 12,000 bulbs. But some come close.

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Legal expats will be able to renew cédulas at local post offices
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The postal service is setting up a system so that expats can renew their residency cédulas there. And Costa Ricans will be able to apply for and get a passport.

The system for expats will work the same way that the current system does at the Banco de Costa Rica. Foreigners who need to renew their cédula, called a DIMEX, can obtain an appointment by telephone to 9000-7672666 and then show up at the specified post office.

Unlike the Banco de Costa Rica service, expats will have to make a payment beforehand and bring proof of the payment to the appointment. Also required is proof of insurance with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Banco de Costa Rica will accept payment during the appointment.

Costa Ricans can apply for their first passport at the post office under this system by making an appointment with the same number.
Delivery of the finished cédula or passport will be made by Correos de Costa Rica in about 10 days.

The system is being put into service in post offices in Heredia, Cartago, Curridabat, San Pedro, downtown San José, Zapote, Desamparados, Tibás, Guadalupe, Santa Ana, Escazú,  Alajuela, Pavas, La Cruz, Cañas, Guatuso, Ciudad Quesada, Cóbano, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Guápiles and Ciudad Neily.

Until now, Costa Ricans had to go to an immigration office to obtain a passport.

The agency said that soon passport applications for minors can be made at the post office, too.

Kathya Rodríguez Araica, director of immigration, noted that her agency issued 170,000 passports so far this year, an increase of 26,000 from the previous year.

Part of the reason is because Costa Rican passports expire after six years instead of at the end of the previous term of 10 years.

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The reverence for corn goes so far as to develop a fashion show in which the garments are made from corn plants or at least resemble them.

Corn festival in Pérez Zeledón designed to recapture traditions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

They really respect corn in the Pérez Zeledón community of  Mollejones. And this weekend they show it with the VIII Feria del Maíz Saturday and Sunday. Corn, of course, is a staple not only for modern Costa Ricans but also from the pre-Columbian period.

The Comité de Seguridad Comunitaria de Mollejones, is putting on the event with help from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.
A central part of the festival is a fashion show with clothing made from corn plants and workshops outlining the importance of this crop.

There also will be folk dancing, theater, a dance and presentations by local groups. In addition there will be an oxcart parade and a blessing of pets.

The avowed purpose of the event is to recognize the importance of the rural culture in the cultivation of corn and help revitalize the practice, customers and traditions that involve this plant.

Trend to more individual haircut style seems to have developed
As the year draws to an end, people, religions and countries have traditions for giving thanks for all the good things in life they are grateful for, or in some cases, just for surviving another year.  It is a time for giving gifts and, of course, in some places, a time for a Jekyll to Hyde transformation from a nice person to a wild-eyed shopper, whom retailers and economists lovingly call consumers.

I have never been much of a consumer.  Probably the only places where goods are sold and where I am happy, is the feria, or farmers’ market and a Ropa Americana, or when I lived in the States, a Good Will or Salvation Army store.  I have to admit that I like supermarkets because I can walk the aisles pushing a cart and not have to look out for potholes or irregularities in the floor and pretend to be shopping with no salesperson to help me.

I don’t mind seeing a lovely stack of apples or mangos, but for some reason, a rack of the same blue blouse in different sizes, one after the other in obvious abundance and excess, makes me uncomfortable.  So many of the same thing depresses me, unless, as I said it is a stack of fruit or vegetables.

When it comes to clothes, I love the idea of being able to find a style from any recent decade, and not feeling as if I am putting on the uniform of the day. (However, I do approve of uniforms in schools, banks, etc.)

This year I did not leave my apartment to eat turkey or spread good will. I thought of fasting for a change, but then Sandy brought over a dish of her southern cornbread dressing, for which I am thankful. 

I am thankful for many things: my friends, my family, my job, and on my list is that short hair styles for women are coming back.  It is not just that I am weary of seeing so many women of every age with long, straight hair, which I am. I have other good reasons to be thankful. 

It just seems a slavish obeisance to fashion, and it requires so much attention, time, suffering and ointments to keep it long and straight just to have your hair look like everyone else’s hair, except for the color. The faces are different, but long straight hair does not enhance any part of the face.  Short hair is different. 
Butterfly in the City
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Hairdressers can have a lot more fun with hair.  Instead of spending hours straightening it, they can style the hair to fit
the face or bring out the eyes, and women suddenly will find themselves with more time to do something more than iron their hair, or have it ironed, or treat it for the damage done.  And they can be original, with curly hair or straight, pixie or tomboy and of various short lengths. The possibilities are almost endless.

So my thanks go to Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Lawrence who have started what is going to be a big trend.  And another aspect of this new trend (that only I seem to be predicting) is that with practice more beauticians will become adept at cutting short hair, and I can venture a chance with one instead of cutting my own as I have all of these years.  I say this because years ago, not long after I arrived in Costa Rica, I was having my hair cut. I watched carefully as the beautician cut it exactly as I liked and another customer was making an admiring compliment to me. 

I began to remove the protective cape and thank the beautician when she said, “One minute more,” whereupon she went for my bangs and ruined the entire haircut.  Unfortunately, I am getting as bad at cutting my hair as she was. I am ready to hand over the job.

If you think this is a frivolous matter to be thankful for, just ask any man (and certainly any woman), how important they consider how their hair looks and therefore, how it is cut.

Aside from this concern, of course, there is much going on in the world, with little of it to be thankful for, whether here or elsewhere.  I think we will have to wait for the Christmas and the New Year for peace on earth and goodwill enough among people so that those who don’t think exactly the same can sit down together for a peaceful meal and give thanks.

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Dance show tonight and Saturday will be 200 performers on the stage
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 200 dancers from the Taller Nacional de Danza will demonstrate their skills tonight and Saturday night at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. The show is called “IN/Pulso.”

The program includes nearly every dance tradition form hip-hop to belly dance, jazz, Afrocaribeñes, and air performances. Performers are not just youngsters. A man who will perform classical ballet is 33. There also are housewives, professionals and even seniors.

Nine choreographers have designed the program.

Each evening the performances will be two hours, said Zulay Cubero, director of the dance workshop. The Limón group Danza Afrocaribeña and the group Danza Contemporánea of Santa Ana also will participate.

Admission is 3,000 and 2,000 colons, depending on the seat location. Seniors and students pay 2,000 colons, about $4.
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Weather is cold but better
for giant Macy balloons

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Macy’s 87th Annual Thanksgiving Parade kicked off to cheers as the popular giant balloons got the green light to fly under clear skies and mild winds. 

Snoopy and Woodstock were the first mammoths to appear against a backdrop of millions of bundled-up spectators, who lined the streets of Manhattan with their smartphones and cameras in hand. 

Winter Storm Boreas had threatened to ground the biggest balloons Wednesday, as meteorologists warned wind speeds could surpass the limit set by a New York City regulation.  Many had fingers crossed as they waited to hear whether officials would give the go-ahead just before the parade's scheduled start at 9 a.m.

“We’ve been planning this for 10 years,” said Graciela, a Venezuelan who lives in Philadelphia and traveled to New York City to see the parade. She and her relatives staked out their positions in Bryant Park, which runs along the parade route in the early morning hours, dragging along folding chairs and blankets to keep warm.  Her cousin Wilfred, a first-time spectator who traveled from Venezuela to see the parade, described the experience as a once in a lifetime event.

For Americans, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving morning is a holiday tradition. Many children dream of seeing the huge balloons, floats, marching bands, Broadway stars and celebrities in person, and if they can’t, they watch it on television. The retailer also posted photos, fun facts and parade updates on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

In addition to returning crowd favorites Snoopy and his pal Woodstock, SpongeBob SquarePants and the dragon, Toothless, from “How to Train Your Dragon” flew by to oohs and ahhhs by the crowd.

This year’s parade also coincided with the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication.

Among the floating stages, cast members of the popular television reality show "Duck Dynasty" were welcomed with loud cheers and Oneida Indian Nation’s “The True Spirit of Thanksgiving” drew applause.  Laura Draper, a Native American from New Mexico, whose son Spike was one of the Fancy Feather Dancers, described the experience as unbelievable.

However, this year's parade was not without controversy.  Animal activists vowed to line the route to protest SeaWorld’s ”A Sea of Surprises” float featuring Shamu, the iconic killer whale, after complaining that theme parks mistreat whales that perform in their shows.

Another protest involved rock ‘n’ roller Joan Jett, a vegetarian and supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who was scheduled to appear on the South Dakota Department of Tourism float.  The singer was booted after ranchers expressed their displeasure that a vegetarian would be representing their state, famous for its beef products. Later, Jett was quoted as saying she had decided to appear on another float “...because people's political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment-driven event.”

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Venezuelans were first-time spectators at the Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

Sun appears to have zapped
comet that came too close

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists say the comet ISON's five-million-year journey from the far reaches of the solar system has apparently ended in a one-way trip around the sun.

Astronomers say ISON and its long, bright tail passed just 1.2 million kilometers from the surface of the sun at 1837 UTC Thursday.  A fleet of solar telescopes found no trace of the comet emerging from the other side.

At its closest point, ISON, traveling at 350 kilometers per second, encountered temperatures estimated at 2,700 degrees Celsius.  Scientists say those temperatures were hot enough to vaporize ices in the comet's body, as well as its dust and rock.

An astrophysicist tracking ISON from the U.S. Naval Research laboratory in Washington told NASA television he saw nothing coming from behind the solar disc.

Amateur Russian astronomers last year discovered ISON when it was still beyond the planet Jupiter.  The discovery tantalized scientists and star-gazers across the globe with the prospects of a spectacular naked-eye light show in the skies above Earth beginning late next month.

ISON is thought to have contained frozen debris from the formation of the solar system some 4.5 billion years ago.  Scientists say the comet was preserved in what is known as the Oort cloud, halfway to the nearest star from the sun.

Canadian broadcasters say
country colluded with NSA

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is reporting that Canada allowed the U.S. National Security Agency to conduct widespread surveillance during the 2010 Group of 8 and Group of 20 summits in Toronto.

The report cites documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted by American authorities on espionage charges.

The CBC report says the U.S. turned its Ottawa embassy into a security command post that spied during the summits with close coordination with its Canadian intelligence partner.

That partner, the Communications Security Establishment Canada, cannot target anyone in Canada without a warrant. Spokespeople have told reporters the agency cannot ask international partners to act in a way that circumvents Canadian law.

The CBC report is the latest to emerge from documents leaked by Snowden. Revelations that the agency spied on close allies such as Germany and Brazil have prompted protests to Washington.

European Union bans citrus
from South Africa over disease

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The European Union Thursday banned most imports of South African citrus for the remainder of this year over fears that a fungal disease found in dozens of shipments could spread to the 28-nation bloc.
The ban follows the interception of 36 citrus consignments this year from the EU's chief summer supplier that were contaminated with the fungal black spot disease, which is not currently found in Europe.
Earlier this month, news services reported that the European Commission was set to propose the ban following pressure from citrus growers in southern Europe.
“The introduction of citrus black spot into the EU territory would pose a serious threat to the EU's citrus-producing areas. For that reason, it is necessary to further restrict the import of citrus fruit from South Africa,” the commission said in a statement confirming the move.
The ban will apply to all South African citrus shipments from regions where the disease is present, which covers the bulk of the country's production.
Initially the ban will apply only to the 2012-2013 harvest, which ended in October. It will, therefore, have little immediate impact because the exports to Europe dry up around October anyway.
But EU officials have warned that the restrictions could be extended into next year if a study by the bloc's food safety watchdog finds that the disease could take hold in Europe's estimated 500,000 hectares of citrus groves.
That would threaten South Africa's 600,000 tons of citrus fruit exports to Europe each year, mainly oranges, lemons, limes and tangerines, worth some 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion).
South Africa supplies about a third of the bloc's total citrus imports and is the main source of oranges for the juice drunk by consumers in Britain, Germany and France during the European summer months.
While harmless to humans, citrus black spot causes unsightly lesions on the fruit and leaves, reducing both harvest quality and quantity. There is no known cure, but fungicides can be used to control the spread of the disease.
It is found in many citrus-growing regions in the southern hemisphere as well as in China and the United States but has never established itself in Europe.

Big dino fetches $650,000
at auction sale in Britain

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A gigantic dinosaur skeleton found in the United States has sold at auction in Britain for $650,000.
The female Diplodocus skeleton, nicknamed Misty, is 19 meters tall and 17 meters long.
Experts say it’s the largest dinosaur sold at auction in Britain.
The auction house in southern England says the unnamed institution that bought the dinosaur will be putting the 150 million year-old fossil on public display.

AIDS statistics are showing
some glimmer of success

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The latest report from the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS provides a vision of hope.  It shows that the goal of an AIDS-free generation is closer.

The number of people around the world who are newly infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has dropped by 30 percent over the past several years.  That's according to the latest report from the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.

Anthony Fauci at the U.S. National Institutes of Health has spent the last three decades trying to stem the pandemic.  He says the biggest reason for the decline is people are getting treated.

"We know now, that when you put someone on treatment, not only is it lifesaving for them, but it also dramatically diminishes the likelihood that they will transmit their infection to their sexual partner," said Fauci.

The cost of anti-AIDS drugs has dropped from $10,000 per year to about $140, money Fauci says is well spent, even for low income countries.

"If you wait until they get sick, you have the cost of the medication, plus the very prohibitive cost of taking care of someone when they get sick," he said.

Massive education campaigns have helped people change their behavior by using condoms and, for drug users, needle exchanges. These measures prevent people from exchanging blood or semen, which is how HIV commonly spreads.  Male circumcision reduces transmission and is becoming more common.

New infections have dropped in all age groups, but the greatest difference is seen among children.  If pregnant women receive anti-viral medicine, their risk of passing HIV to their children drops below 5 percent. The result is that over the past 10 years, the number of children infected with HIV has dropped by 50 percent.

North Korean crew still
being detained in Panamá

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Panamanian prosecutor says a North Korean ship detained for allegedly smuggling Cuban weapons is free to go, but no decision has been made about the 35 crew members, contrary to earlier reports.
Prosecutor Nahaniel Murgas told reporters late Wednesday that his office has an application requesting a series of measures in regard to the crew members, but reiterated that no final decision has been made.
Murgas said the North Korean vessel itself is free to go, but may not leave the country without paying penalty fines owed to the Panama Canal Authority.
Earlier Wednesday, Murgas had said only the ship's captain, first mate, and a Korean official on board would be held to face charges of arms trafficking.

Authorities seized the Chong Chon Gang in July on suspicion it was carrying drugs. However, a search of the vessel turned up not narcotics but Cuban weapons, including two fighter jets, hidden beneath a shipment of sugar.

Panamá said the shipment violated an international arms embargo against North Korea.

Both Havana and Pyongyang claim the weapons were obsolete and were being sent to North Korea for repair before being shipped back to Cuba.

However, officials have not explained why the weapons were hidden under sacks of sugar.

New species of Brazilian cat
displays a complex relationship

By the Cell Press news staff

Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology have identified a cryptic new species of wild cat living in Brazil. The discovery is a reminder of just how little scientists still know about the natural world, even when it comes to such charismatic creatures. The findings also have important conservation implications for the cats, the researchers say.

Scientists had thought that there was a single species of housecat-sized Brazilian tigrina. However, the molecular data now show that tigrina populations in northeastern versus southern Brazil are completely separate, with no evidence of interbreeding between them. As such, they are best described as two distinct species.

"Our study highlights the need for urgent attention focused on the Brazilian northeastern tigrinas, which are virtually unknown with respect to most aspects of their biology," says Eduardo Eizirik of Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, noting that much more is known about the cats living in the southern part of the country.

The new study by Eizirik, Tatiane Trigo of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, and their colleagues further revealed a complicated set of relationships between the tigrinas and two other species of Neotropical cats. That evolutionary history includes ancient hybridization and movement of genes between the pampas cat and the northeastern tigrinas (Leopardus tigrinus). In contrast, southern tigrinas (newly recognized as Leopardus guttulus) continue to hybridize with Geoffroy's cats, leading to extreme levels of interbreeding between the species along their contact zone. Those patterns add to evidence that hybridization can and does occur between distinct animal species.

As for the two tigrina species, the researchers suggest that they may be suited to different habitats, with the northeastern cats living primarily in savannahs, as well as dry shrub lands and forests, and the southern species living in denser and wetter Atlantic forests.

"Such distinct habitat associations provide a hint to potentially adaptive differences between these newly recognized species and may have been involved in their initial evolutionary divergence," Ms. Trigo says. Moreover, Eizirik adds, "all four species are threatened, and we need to understand as much as possible regarding their genetics, ecology, and evolution to be able to design adequate conservation strategies on their behalf."

Baby boomers boosting rate
for cancer cases and treatment

By the University of Pennsylvania news staff

As 10,000 baby boomers reach 65 each day, the incidence of cancer is increasing, estimated to increase by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, bringing attention to the nation’s response to cancer care.
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​Cancer is diagnosed at a higher rate, accounts for more survivors, and results in more deaths than in younger patients.

“The increase in the number of older adults, the association of cancer with aging, the workforce shortage, and the financial stressors across the health care system and family networks all contribute to a crisis in cancer care that is most pronounced in the older population,” wrote three members of the Institute of Medication Committee on Improving the Quality of Cancer Care: Addressing the Challenges of an Aging Population in an editorial published In JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association.

“Often caregiving falls to a family member who is also aging,” noted Mary D. Naylor, director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health and a member of the committee. As the originator of the Transitional Care Model, Dr. Naylor has addressed the unique needs of older adults and their caregivers, offering evidence-based solutions. “We need to address the physical, psychological, financial and emotional tolls on caregivers by developing more effective ways to prepare and support them.”

The authors noted potential improvements to cancer care among older persons, including:

    * Passing new laws extending the time period for clinical trials (similar to laws passed for pediatric patients) in order to include more older adults, noting that “although the majority of patients with cancer and cancer survivors are older adults, historically they have been and continue to be underrepresented in all types of cancer trials. The result may be that drugs are tested on a younger and fitter population that belies potential health risks to older people who may also have more than one condition;

    * Letting the patients decide what works. The authors recommended “publicly reported, robust measures of patient reported outcomes meaningful for this population;” and

    * Establishing a national workforce commission “to plan for the challenges of an aging population and the complexity of care required by older adults with cancer, including a workforce that values multidisciplinary teams and geriatrics principles.

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25 acres in the Blue Zone of the Nicoya Peninsula with springs, picturesque river, rapids, giant trees, all usable terrain, forest, pasture, good soil, ocean views, habitable house, wonderful eternal spring climate, all services including phone lines, 145,000 USD.

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  See property video here:

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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
Asking  $250,000.    Call Gary 8784-2945 or email

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Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

House and guest house on adjacent half acre lots. Each with separate electric,  private septic and well. Each can be sold stand alone or packaged. Modern kitchen, granite counters, Viking stove, large separate frig and freezer. Private commercial grade septic and well. No water shortages even in dry season. High speed internet and U.S. standard electric. Center of the beach -- NEVER floods. Estuary at each end of the beach with excellent kayaking and bird watching through the mangroves. Excellent fishing right off the shore. Great surfing, horseback riding, bicycling or Turtle watching. Groceries three miles away. Mentioned in "The Lonely Planet" Page 301. "Two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Wilderness beaches of fine silver-grey sand." Despite opportunities for great surfing, kayaking and just about anything else you want to do on a sandy strip of paradise, the beaches are nearly always abandoned. $500K Will finance.  More pictures available at:  Contact information:,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.


ULatina, UCR, & U Fidelitas San Pedro, San Jose. $185,000.
Quietly located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada, 500 meters north of Iglesia Lourdes, San Pedro. ULatina, UCR, U. Fidelitas, bus & new train station are within five minutes Four-bedroom, three and half-bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with secure entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. Security fencing with electric wire, and a CCTV recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house.  For additional peace of mind, this residence equipped with an independently wired security system, iron bars on windows and patio doors, a telephone communication system to contact the guard house and secure parking at your front door.   Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. A green park area inside the complex for your children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Cable TV/Internet lines and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Water storage tank with pump maintains high pressure to bathrooms on all three floors. American style washer and electric dryer, refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987   or  U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458  or   (305) 848-5577. C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email:

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West,, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603

For sale is a beautiful 50-acre property located in Los Alpes, just 15 minutes outside of San Ramon. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, this finca provides gorgeous views of the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance while also offering a wonderful climate year around. The main house is two stories with three bedrooms and two full baths. High quality construction using exotic hardwoods such as almond, which covers the ceilings throughout the entire house. There are also two corrals and a small casita on the property. This location is perfect for a farm-style home or for beginning an agricultural business. This truly is a rare piece of property and is available for $399,999. Price is somewhat negotiable and we will be happy to work with the buyer to make it work! Please call 8816-2478 or e-mail for more information ¡y se habla español!

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:

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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:  Make your dream come true with a slice of paradise in a quiet, private setting. Call Ellen Neely at  8835-8711.  Email:

Guiones retreat
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

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!

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Jaco station
Gas Station/Auto Plaza
Located on the Pan American Highway, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Central America This property is  45,000  square feet or  18,000  meters Add a liquor and convenience store, automotive service, car wash, restaurant, pharmacy, Lotto sales, tour sales, ATMs,  etc, for a real money maker. Also future plans for a 80-unit auto motel and casino. See on YouTube at: Asking price  $4.5 million. Email or call: 8899-9870.

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Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West,, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603

In the nine years of operation, DIGITS Resource Guide has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San Jose, Jacó, Manuel Antonio, and Osa Peninsula areas.  DIGITS is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into an even greater level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. For a preview of the magazine, go to, or simply go to a local Distributor for a copy. 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.

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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:

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Cuba in trouble after bank
closes its account in U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The decision by a New York bank to close Cuba's checking account in the United States has presented an unusual diplomatic quandary that provides a test for new-found pragmatism in relations between the two longtime foes.
Cuba announced Tuesday that it is ceasing almost all consular services in the United States after M&T Bank  closed its account, sending shock waves through the booming Cuba-U.S. travel industry and threatening to undermine the Obama administration's goal of closer ties.
Cuba blamed its unusual bank-less status on the longstanding U.S. economic embargo against the communist island, as well as sanctions resulting from it being included on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. These incur regulations and potential fines so onerous that banks are reluctant to accept such toxic accounts, experts say.
Cuba has so far not threatened any reciprocal action against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, and observers were watching for signs of restraint, which diplomats would take as further indication that Cuba is pursuing improved relations.
The banking snafu was a problem not likely to go unresolved for too long because both Cuba and the United States have too much to lose from disrupting travel between the two countries, experts said.
But it exposed a conflict within U.S. policy towards Cuba which on the one hand wants closer travel ties with the island, and yet on the other brands it a supporter of terrorism.
Cuba also cannot afford a drop in tourism to the island, which has become a mainstay of its cash-strapped economy.
The Obama administration says it is actively working to help Cuba find a bank willing to handle its U.S. accounts, but officials declined to go into details.

Liquor delivery workers
robbed of their vehicle

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Robbers stuck up a liquor delivery truck crew at a supermarket in Moravia Thursday morning.

The crooks took the crew and the vehicle to Barrio Cuba where they abandoned the two victims.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that about 6 million colons in liquor was taken. That's about $12,000.

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1,000 persons participated in Chinese summit here

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Chinese business summit held in San José drew officials and marketers from 14 Latin American countries and from 20 provinces of China, organizers reported Thursday.

They said that there were a total of 1,000 participants. They also reported that there were 2,300 face-to-face meetings between Costa Rican, Latin American and Chinese business people.

The final statistics came from the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior, the Promotora del Comercio Exterior and the Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas para el Desarrollo, The Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo participated, as did the Chinese council for the promotion of international commerce.

During the two-day event some 45 memos of understanding were signed among various promotional chambers. Costa Rica signed an agreement to create a Chinese American business committee and one with the Chinese province of Hubei, the ministry said.