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New policies target xenophobia and protect cultures
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
Costa Rica established two national policies Tuesday. One seeks to eliminate racism and xenophobia. The other established a network to insure the right to culture.

The racism policy is consistent with the country's obligations under international agreements. The announcement of the policy was by the Ministerio de Relaciones Exeteriores y Culto.

Gioconda Ubeda, a vice minister, said that the purpose was to guarantee the full human rights to native groups, the AfroCaribbean populations, migrants and refugees.
 
The policy also includes cultural diversity, equality of gender, accessibility and sustainable development, said the ministry.

Costa Rica will submit to periodic international examinations to evaluate its compliance. The ministry has been working on this policy for two years.

The national policy of cultural rights seeks the development of a democratic culture that does not discriminate, promotes equality and encourages participation.
It also creates a Sistema Nacional de Protección y Promoción de Derechos Culturales that sets up regional committees as what are called consultive forums in sections of the country. The policy also asks for adequate financing in the national budget.

Instead of replacing the existing Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, this seems to be setting up a parallel system. It was the ministry that announced the policy.

The issue of xenophobia, particularly in relation to the many Nicaraguans living in Costa Rica, has become a topic for national discussion after Managua took over Costa Rican land in the northeast part of the country to dig canals to create a new mouth for the Río San Juan. Officials tried to tone down the rhetoric because they fear a backlash from the many Nicaraguans already in Costa Rica. Many are here illegally.

A.M. Costa Rica has said that "deep within the consciousness of many Costa Ricans is a fear of foreigners and those who are different. These fears engender prejudice and manifest themselves as suspicion and bad treatment of persons with darker complexions."

Others have made similar observations.


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An agouti and an ocelot on the prowl for dinner

Early-rising agoutis vulnerable, Panamá study says
By the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Hungry rodents that wake up early are much more likely to be eaten than rodents getting plenty of food and shut-eye, according to new results from a study at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. The study was published in the journal Animal Behavior, early online edition.

Scientists equipped agoutis, common rainforest rodents, and ocelots, their feline predators, with radio collars and tracked them 24/7 via an automated telemetry system on Barro Colorado Island. Agoutis were most active in the daytime. Ocelots were most active at night.

"Agoutis eat tree seeds. Ocelots eat agoutis," said Patrick Jansen, research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and assistant professor at Wageningen University. "Where food is hard to find, agoutis spend more time foraging and are more likely to be eaten by an ocelot."

To determine when it was dangerous for agoutis to be active, scientists first recorded daily activity patterns of agoutis as well as ocelots. Camera traps placed across the island photographed all animals that passed in front of the lens and recorded the time.

During the day, thousands of agoutis were active, but few ocelots prowled the island. Around sunset, as agoutis sought the shelter of their burrows, the ratio of ocelots to agoutis jumped, and then dropped again around sunrise.

Radio signals produced by an animal's transmitter collar were simultaneously picked up by radio towers around the island. Researchers could "watch" the animals' activity online.
When an animal stopped moving, scientists saw a flat line, much like the electrocardiogram of a heart-attack victim, on their screens. When agoutis died, researchers quickly arrived on the scene to determine the cause of death. Placing a video camera at the scene allowed them to know if a predator returned to eat the remains.

Seventeen of 19 dead agoutis found in the study were killed by ocelots. Most kills happened just before sunrise and just after sunset, when relatively few agoutis are active.

Scientists compared daily activity patterns of agoutis between parts of forest with contrasting abundance of palm seeds. First, they determined at what times agoutis entered and exited their burrows based on changes in radio signals. Second, they placed camera traps at the entrances and recorded the time an agouti entered and exited.

Both methods showed that agoutis in areas with less food left their burrows earlier and entered their burrows later than agoutis in food-rich areas. Hungry agoutis were much more active at twilight and were more likely to get killed by an ocelot.

"We knew that hungry animals tend to take more risks" said Jansen. "But this is the first study to so thoroughly document the behavior of both predator and prey."

Next, Jansen will examine what the differences in predation risk mean for seed dispersal by agoutis, which bury seeds as food reserves in numerous scattered caches. "Once an ocelot kills an agouti, the agouti can no longer eat its food reserves," Jansen said. "These seeds may germinate and establish a new tree. Hungry agoutis plant trees but may never see the fruit of their labor—a fascinating feedback loop."

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The nation's child protection agency got low marks in a study released Tuesday by the Contraloría General de la República.

The study report said that the agency, thePatronato Nacional de la Infancia, was not responding adequately to complaints submitted to local offices about children and adolescents probably at risk.

There also were weaknesses in the tracking system and in alternatives for protection, such as shelters and foster homes.

The agency also has not done enough to promote the right of young people, the Contraloría said.

The Contraloría issued a laundry list of instructions to the Patronato to analyze the causes of these delays and deficiencies.

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City murder two years ago
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An investigation that began with the murder of a naturalized U.S. citizen Nov. 3, 2011, culminated with 17 raids in the Limón area Tuesday morning and the arrest of 16 persons.

The dead man was Víctor Manuel Grizales, who was gunned down outside the Caribbean bus station.

In the investigation, anti-drug agents learned about an elaborate cocaine and marijuana smuggling operation. The cocaine was smuggled north but the marijuana came in shipping containers from Jamaica to Costa Rica for local use.

Among those detained were two cashiers for the Banco de Costa Rica and two police officers. The  policemen are suspected of providing information to drug smugglers. The cashiers are suspected of exchanging dollars for colons. The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública was quick to point out that the bank's security agents uncovered these irregular transactions.

The cocaine operation carried the drug from Colombia to Costa Rica by boat and then placed the substance in shipping containers for transport to Europe.

The center of the operation was in Barrio Cristóbal Colón, Cieneguita, Limón, police said.

Some 28.4 kilos of cocaine were confiscated in Belgium not long after the death of  Grizales, and a series of other confiscations followed.


Fraud with Internet ads
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Six persons have been detained on suspicion of running a fraud via Internet Web pages. The suspects live in San José, Heredia and Guanacaste.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said it had nine complaints against the group.

The individuals are accused of offering for sale in online ads motorcycles and quadracycles and vehicle repair parts and then seeking payment in advance. The vehicles or parts never were delivered, said agents.

During the arrests Tuesday agents said they found nine firearms and a kilo of marijuana.


Hotel operators estimate
vacation occupancy at 73%

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The hotel chamber estimates that 84 percent of the available rooms on the beaches and in the mountains will be filled during vacation.

The Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles released the results of its survey Tuesday. The overall occupancy including city hotels and those in the northern zone was 73 percent.

As is typical during vacations, Central Valley hotels expect the lowest occupancy at 56 percent. Some 67 hotels are represented in the survey, said the chamber.



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No brainer: Those dancing with Zapote bulls need insurance
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national insurance company is reminding those holiday bull fighters that they need insurance coverage.

They sure do. These are the participants called toreros y montadores improvisados who get in the ring with a fighting bull for the benefit of an audience and, in come cases, an international television audience.

Bull baiting stems from colonial times, but it was not until 2008 that the executive branch decreed that insurance was necessary. The Instituto Nacional de Seguros  offers the policies. Private insurance companies have not shown the desire to do likewise.

The Instituto Nacional provides a package that covers accidental death, total or partial disability and medical costs for an accident. The policy comes as a package, and those who participate in the ring cannot pick and choose.

In recent years operators of bull rings, such as the one in Zapote have cracked down on the use of alcohol by bull baiters. The Zapote festival starts again Christmas Day.

Each year there are deaths of bull baiters, usually in festivals and fairs distant from San José.

Some of the participants are compensated because they take collections from the audience, particularly on behalf of a colleague who has just been carried off to the resident aid station.

Some of the participants have been doing this for years and wear distinctive clothing the let fans follow their antics.
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Cruz Roja worker await their next patient as toreros improvisados await the next bull at the Zapote bull ring or rondel.


Luckily bulls have short attention spans and usually can be

distracted from chasing down a targeted subject by a slap on the rump.

The bull fighters may be amateurs, but the bulls are not. These critters weigh in over 1,000 pounds, and some have leaped from the bull ring into the bleachers, thereby causing a massive exit.

More frequently it is the bull baiter who takes a trip into the bleachers, propelled there by the horns and massive neck of a fighting bull.

During the last Zapote festival bulls injured 169 and sent 46 persons to hospitals, said the Cruz Roja.


Tope horse parade again will start at Plaza González Víquez
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Once again this year the  Tope Nacional begins at  Plaza González Víquez and heads north and then west on Avenida 2 and Paseo Colon, the Municipalidad de San José reported.

This is the celebration of the Día Nacional del Caballista. that takes place every year on the day after Christmas.

The Policía Municipal will have 40 officers on horseback to patrol the parade route. The Fuerza Pública mounted officers
also will participate in crowd control. The event is supposed to start at 11 a.m.

The municipality noted that metal chairs are prohibited as are beach umbrellas and anything else that can cause injured if an accident happens. Plastic chairs are permitted.

The sale of alcohol also is prohibited on the public streets.

However, the Tope is known for is heavy beer consumption by riders and spectators alike.


Agency Web site contains maps of most of nation's bus routes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's public service regulator now has about 80 percent of the nation's bus routes on its Web site.

The routes have been checked by geolocational devices and overlaid on a basic map.

The menu is intelligent. When a reporter entered the term Quepos, the Web site responded with a list of possible bus route numbers in that area. With another click the route appeared.

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Interracial marriages increase in U.S. along with public acceptance.
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In 1959, only 4 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage. Today, 87 percent do, according to a Gallup poll. President Barack Obama was born to such a marriage, and census figures show that the fastest growing demographic under 18 is children of mixed race.

When New York City’s new mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, a white man married to an African American woman, takes office Jan. 1 with his wife and their two children at his side, his family will mirror this new American landscape.
 
It hardly could be more different from 1958, when people who married across racial lines were subject to arrest in 22 U.S. states. Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving wed that year in Washington, D.C. She is African American and he is white. Six weeks after, when they returned to their home state of Virginia, police broke down the door of their house in the middle of the night.
 
“I saw this light, and I woke up, and it was a policeman standing beside the bed. He told us to get up, that we were under arrest,” Mrs. Loving later recalled. They were sentenced to 25 years of banishment from Virginia. The Lovings sued, and in 1967 the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws in the 16 states where they were still on the books. Since then, interracial marriage has steadily increased, to 15 percent of all new marriages and 8 percent of existing marriages.
 
“Society has become more accepting of it although we still get looks sometimes,” says New Yorker Gerri Buchanan. She is African American and has been married to Tom Rogers, who is white, for five years. They met online, and found they shared similar values, commitment to family foremost among them. Both have children from previous interracial marriages: His school-age daughters and her adult son.
 
In New York, multiracial families like theirs and mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's are nothing out of the ordinary. Still, New York City has not previously had a racially mixed first family, and political observers say that de Blasio’s was a factor in his surge to an overwhelming win last November.
 
Ken Tanabe, the founder of Loving Day, a multi-city celebration of interracial families held each year on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, said de Blasio's election reflects New York’s increasing diversity - within families as well as in neighborhoods.
 
“It’s always been a diverse place, but there are more and more couples that are interracial, and more and more people that identify as multi-ethnic, and with the election of Bill de Blasio, I think we’re seeing more and more acceptance and support for those families and couples and individuals,” he 
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said. "If you look at who voted for him across all these different demographic groups, he did well across the board,” Tanabe added. “That’s remarkable,” he said, because “interracial marriage in politics is extremely rare. And he’s using that almost as an asset.”
 
Writer Aja Monet says that the de Blasio marriage also has special resonance for African American women, who are often sexualized or ignored by popular culture and politics.
 
“If you don't look a certain way, if you’re not Eurocentric in your figure, or in your identity.  I mean look how many times people have torn down Michelle Obama based on her body, on how she looks, and this is from white men a lot of the time,” she said. “And then you have this other man, who is ‘Let me kiss my beautiful black wife in front of you, and I love her, and it’s not about that.’”
 
“I think there’s comfort in being represented by people who really reflect the type of lives we live every day,” Ms. Monet said.
 
Rogers and his wife also voted for de Blasio. They supported him for his policies, not his personal life, they say. Still, his racially diverse family was appealing to them. “As it is depressing for me to see people not mingle, it makes me happy to see people like the de Blasios, who are kind of like us,” said Rogers.


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India retaliates against U.S.
for arrest of its diplomat


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Indian authorities removed concrete security barriers in front of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi Tuesday in apparent retaliation for the arrest and allegedly heavy-handed treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York.
 
New Delhi police used tow trucks and a backhoe loader to drag away long concrete blocks from roads running past the embassy and leading up to gates of the compound, a witness said. The barriers had prevented vehicles from approaching the compound at high speeds.
 
Police and government officials refused to respond to repeated requests for comment on why the embassy barricades were taken away, but Indian television networks, citing unnamed sources, reported that the removal was one of several retaliatory measures that India planned to take.
 
A senior government official, who asked not to be named, said police posted in the area would ensure continued security.
 
“We take the security of all diplomatic missions in India very seriously. Checkposts are provided. This is only an issue related to traffic flows,” the official said.
 
In Washington, the U.S. State Department said it had told the Indian government at a high level that Washington expects New Delhi to protect its embassy and stressed it did not want the incident with the Indian diplomat to hurt bilateral ties.
 
“We understand there are sensitive issues involved here,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. “We don't want this to negatively impact our bilateral relationship.”
 
As the dispute over the diplomat's treatment grew, several top Indian politicians, including the leaders of the two main political parties and the national security adviser, refused to meet with a delegation of U.S. lawmakers visiting India this week.
 
India's National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon branded as barbaric the treatment of the diplomat, who according to Indian media was handcuffed upon arrest last week and strip-searched before being released on bail.
 
The diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly underpaying her nanny and committing visa fraud to get her into the United States.
 
Ms. Khobragade, who was released on $250,000 bail after surrendering her passport and pleading not guilty to the charges, faces a maximum of 15 years in jail if convicted on both counts.
 
India has become a close trade and security partner of the United States over the past decade, but the two countries have not totally overcome a history of ties marked by distrust.
 
“Everything that can be done will be done, I assure you. We take this thing very seriously,” India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid told TV news network CNN-IBN.
 
“We have put in motion what we believe will be an effective way of addressing this issue, but also put in motion such steps that we believe need to be taken to protect her dignity.”
 
Indian television networks said the other steps included checking the salaries paid by U.S. Embassy staff to domestic helpers and withdrawing consular identification cards and privileges such as access to airport lounges for some U.S. diplomats and their families.
 
India's Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy said they were unable to comment on the media reports.
 
Ms. Khobragade's arrest triggered a fierce debate in India over how to respond to the alleged mistreatment of the helper.
 
Shashi Tharoor, an Indian government minister and former United Nations diplomat, said many envoys in New York from developing countries were themselves paid less than the U.S. minimum wage, adding that it was unrealistic to expect them to pay domestic staff more.
 
Ms. Khobragade falsely stated in her nanny's visa application that she would be paid $9.75 an hour, a figure that would have been in line with the minimum rates required by U.S. law, according to a statement issued last week by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
 
The diplomat had privately agreed with the domestic worker that she would receive just over a third of that rate, the U.S. attorney said.
 
With general elections due in less than six months, India's political parties are determined not to be labeled soft or unpatriotic.
 
Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, and Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family that leads India's ruling Congress party, both declined to meet the U.S. delegation.
 
“Refused to meet the visiting U.S.A. delegation in solidarity with our nation, protesting ill-treatment meted (to our lady diplomat in U.S.A.,” Modi said in a tweet.
 
A senior member of Modi's socially conservative party, currently the favorite to form the next government, said India should retaliate by putting partners of gay U.S. diplomats in the country behind bars.
 
India's Supreme Court last week effectively ruled homosexuality to be illegal.
 
“The reason why they have arrested this Indian diplomat in New York is violation of the law of the land in the United States. Now the same violation is taking place wherever U.S. Embassy official have obtained visas for their partners of the same sex,” former finance minister Yashwant Sinha said.
 
“If American law can apply to Indian diplomats in New York, the India law can apply here,” he said.
 
The case is the latest concerning alleged ill-treatment of domestic workers by India's elite, both at home and abroad.
 
In June 2011, an Indian maid working for the country's consul general in New York filed a lawsuit alleging that he was using her as forced labor. A member of parliament's wife was arrested last month for allegedly beating her maid to death at her home in Delhi.
 
Under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, consular officials enjoy immunity from arrest only for crimes committed in connection with their work.
 
Ms. Harf, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman, on Monday said diplomatic security staff had followed standard procedures during Ms. Khobragade's arrest and then handed her over to U.S. Marshals. On Tuesday, she declined comment on whether Ms. Khobragade was strip-searched, referring such matters to the Marshals Service.


Diary of a top aide to Hitler
given to Holocaust Museum


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The long-lost diary kept by a top aide to Adolf Hitler as he oversaw the genocide against Jews and others during World War II, a key piece of evidence during the Nuremberg trials, was handed over on Tuesday to the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found and seized Alfred Rosenberg's 400-page diary in Wilmington, Delaware, this year, ending a nearly 70-year hunt for the diary which disappeared after the Nuremberg trials in 1946.

“The finding and return of the Rosenberg Diary is one more small but significant step towards a full and complete understanding of the depraved mindset of those responsible for the mass killing of Jewish people and ethnic groups during World War II,” said U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly.

Rosenberg was privy to much of the planning for the Nazi state, the mass murder of the Jewish people and other ethnic groups as well as planning of conduct of World War II.

Rosenberg was a defendant at the Nurembreg Trials in Germany, from 1945 to 1946. He was found guilty on all four counts of the indictment for conspiracy to commit aggressive warfare, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Rosenberg was hanged on Oct. 16, 1946.

After the surrender of Germany in 1945, Allied forces took ownership of all documents created by the defeated German government. To prepare for war crimes trials, U.S. government agencies selected relevant documents as potential evidence, including the Rosenberg diary.

One of the prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials, Robert Kempner, removed various documents including the Rosenberg diary from U.S. government facilities in Nuremberg and smuggled them back to the United States.

After Kempner's death in 1993, heirs to his estate agreed to forfeit his possessions to the U.S. Holocaust Museum, but the diary was not among them.

The museum began searching for it and eventually Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found and seized the diary.

ICE's Homeland Security Investigations special agents focus heavily on criminal investigations that involve the illegal importation and distribution of cultural property.


Fed meeting today to study
strengthening U.S. economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. consumer prices were flat in November, but a bounce back in the annual inflation rate from a four-year low will probably give the Federal Reserve cover to start dialing back its massive monetary stimulus.

The Labor Department said Tuesday its Consumer Price Index was restrained last month by declines in gasoline and natural gas prices, after slipping 0.1 percent in October.

In the 12 months through November, the CPI rose 1.2 percent. It had increased 1.0 percent in October, the smallest advance since October 2009.

“This is not a game changer. The composition of price changes suggest we are going to see sub-2 percent inflation for some time to come,” said Laura Rosner, economist at BNP Paribas in New York.

Economists had forecast consumer prices nudging up 0.1 percent last month and increasing 1.3 percent from a year ago.

Stripping out the volatile energy and food components, the so-called core CPI rose 0.2 percent after rising by 0.1 percent for three consecutive months.

That took the increase over the past 12 months to 1.7 percent, rising by the same margin for a third straight month.

The inflation report was released as Fed officials were due to start a two-day meeting to assess the economy and deliberate on monetary policy.

Though some Fed officials are concerned about inflation being too low, that will probably not stop the U.S. central bank from reducing the pace of its monthly bond purchases.

Key data including employment, retail sales and industrial production have all pointed to an economy that is on an upswing.

Some economists expect it to announce a reduction in its $85 billion monthly bond buying program at the end of the meeting today, although more believe it will wait until January or March before trimming its purchases.

Persistently low inflation would probably serve as a caution to officials and see the Fed keeping interest rates low for a long time even after it begins to reduce its bond purchases.

A 1.6 percent drop in gasoline prices and a 1.8 percent fall in the cost of natural gas offset increases in electricity, keeping inflation subdued last month.


U.S. Senate clears way for vote
on bipartisan budget agreement


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate has voted to advance a bipartisan deal to fund the federal government for two years, paving the way for final passage later this week. The compromise agreement reduces the risk of a government shutdown, after two years of bitter budget wrangling in Congress.

Senators voted 67 to 33 to end debate and proceed to a decision on the agreement reached last week by Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray. Twelve Senate Republicans broke ranks with their fellow party members and voted with Democrats to move forward on the measure. Murray said both sides made sacrifices to get a deal.

"This bipartisan bill takes the final steps towards rebuilding our broken budget process and hopefully towards rebuilding our broken Congress," said Ms. Murray.

Bitter budget fights have paralyzed Congress for much of the last two years and resulted in a costly, 16-day government shutdown in October. After the shutdown ended, Congress appointed members of the house and senate from both parties to a small committee to craft an agreement.

The deal sets government spending at about $1 trillion annually for the next two years. It raises revenues through increased security fees on airline passengers and by cutting pensions of future federal workers. Most Senate Republicans voted no, saying the bill does not do enough to tackle the country's debt. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a Republican, was not happy with the result.

"But what occurred is not sufficient in any way and it has been postured to look a good bit better than it is. Essentially we remain on an unsustainable financial path in America," said Sessions.

Some Democratic lawmakers were unhappy that the bill does not extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless that are set to expire Dec. 28. Additionally, the bill does not address the debt ceiling, which will likely have to be extended around February of next year. Congressional leaders, however, said the compromise deal would provide much needed certainty for the U.S. economy by avoiding the risk of another government shutdown in January.

The budget bill passed by an overwhelming 332-94 vote in the House of Representatives last Thursday, and is expected to pass in the Senate as early as today, before heading to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
to get new inductees April 10

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

What do you get when you combine U.S. music acts Hall and Oates, Nirvana and KISS? Three of the soon-to-be newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
 
The Cleveland, Ohio, institution announced the inductees Tuesday. The move will be made official on April 10 at a ceremony in New York.
 
Also receiving the honor are U.S. pop star Linda Rondstadt, British folk singer and Muslim convert Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel, lead singer of the British band Genesis before pursuing a successful solo career.
 
Artists are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first release.
 
Nirvana, led by the late Kurt Cobain, gained entry in its first year of eligibility. The selection comes nearly 20 years after Cobain committed suicide at the age of 27.
 
The Beatles' manager, the late Brian Epstein, as well as The Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham will receive non-performing awards for lifetime achievement, while Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band is being honored with the award for musical excellence.
 
More than 700 voters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation chose the 2014 inductees from 16 nominees. The Rock Hall says members of the public were also able to cast votes online, forming a fans' ballot of their top five artists, but it was tallied as only one vote along with the other ballots.


Spacewalk planned to fix
the broken cooling system


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

NASA has decided that two American astronauts will conduct a series of space walks, starting this week, to fix a broken cooling system on the International Space Station.

One of the station's two ammonia cooling systems shut down last Wednesday, forcing astronauts to power down unnecessary equipment and suspend some of the laboratory's science experiments.
 
NASA says the six-member crew of the space station is not in any danger.  But after engineers on the ground failed to devise ways to bypass a faulty valve inside the pump, located outside the station, the U.S. space agency decided to have the astronauts replace the pump.
 
Flight engineers Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins will begin the repairs Saturday.  Two more spacewalks are scheduled for Monday and Christmas Day.
 
The repair work has delayed a cargo flight planned for Thursday.
 
The station crew includes three Russians and one Japanese, aside from the two Americans.

 
Rock that yields diamonds
found in Antarctica deposit


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A type of rock that often bears diamonds has been found in Antarctica for the first time in a hint of mineral riches in the vast, icy continent that is off limits to mining, scientists said Tuesday.
 
A 1991 environmental accord banned mining for at least 50 years under the Antarctic Treaty that preserves the continent for scientific research and wildlife, from penguins to seals.
 
Writing in the journal Nature Communications, an Australian-led team reported East Antarctic deposits of kimberlite, a rare type of rock named after the South African town of Kimberley famed for a late 19th century diamond rush.
 
“These rocks represent the first reported occurrence of genuine kimberlite in Antarctica,” they wrote of the finds around Mount Meredith in the Prince Charles Mountains.
 
No diamonds were found during the geological work that is allowed on the continent. Kimberlite, a volcanic rock from deep below the Earth's surface, has now been discovered on all continents.
 
Geologists doubted the find could be commercial, largely due to Antarctica's remoteness, cold and winter darkness. Teal Riley of the British Antarctic Survey said less than 10 percent of deposits of similar kimberlite were economically viable.
 
“It's a big leap from here to mining,” he said. Minerals including platinum, gold, copper, iron and coal have previously been found in Antarctica.

The Antarctic Treaty is binding only on its 50 signatories but has the backing of major powers, including the United States and China. Many expect the ban on mining to be extended in 2041.
 
“There is likely to be little opposition to an extension of this prohibition, despite the potential discovery of a new type of Antarctic ice,” Nature Communications said in a statement.
 
Another expert said it was unclear.
 
“We do not know what the Treaty Parties' views will be on mining after 2041 or what technologies might exist that could make extraction of Antarctic minerals economically viable,” said Kevin Hughes, of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.
 
Riley said there was a fine line between geological mapping and prospecting with an eye to mining. Nations including Russia, Ukraine and China have been more active in surveying Antarctica in recent years.
 
The kimberlite deposit is also confirmation of how continents drift. The region of East Antarctica was once part of a continent known as Gondwana connected to what is now Africa and India, which also have kimberlite









 
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Gorgeous Survival Farm located between San Ramón and Arenal Volcano bordering the huge Arenal Monteverde Nature Reserve. 30 acres of virgin rain forest with no neighbors, river, spring waters, rich soil, giant trees, homesite, no electricity, year-round 4WD access. 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com.
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1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
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200 miles of panoramic views over the Gulf of Nicoya and from Nicaragua along the volcanoes of the Cordillera de Guanacaste down to Jacó and around the southern Nicoya Peninsula to the open Pacific. 55 acres located at an altitude of about 2,800 feet in a fresh eternal spring climate, forest and pasture plus an old avocado forest. Many home sites, hidden entrance, property roads, spring waters.  195,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com
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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: http://www.rebecker.com/journal102006a.htm.  Contact information: ginbecker@gmail.com,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.

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HIGH SECURITY Condo
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: sjogringo@yahoo.com
6141-2/11/14

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  www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8135-2/5/14

beach scenes
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, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2104

montage
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 bmcart3@gmail.com for more information ¡y se habla español!
8097-xxx

humming bird nest

Bed & Breakfast for sale and personal home with 2 houses on property of 3/4 acre (3,030 m2) and buildings w/verandas & carport approximately 350 m2. One house at entrance is central to village w/gated parking lot and a 3-bedroom house for rental or employees/family w/carport/yard/gardens. A 50-meter sendero winds to the top among lush gardens where the main house is situated w/2 buildings attached by verandas & stairway to second floor.  There are 2 bedrooms, sala, 4 baths, large kitchen, laundry rooms, work bodega, storage bodega and hot tub on veranda w/tiled shower room.  Home is surrounded by tropical gardens, views of Arenal Volcano, panoramic views of Lake Arenal, private w/school owned property on one side, pasture land on back side and connecting entry gate on other side to Cabinas El Castillo & Fusion Restaurant.  A bird watcher's paradise w/hummingbirds, Montezuma, toucans, butterflies and visits from howler monkeys.  The B&B is listed four consecutive editions of Lonely Planet and the first established B&B in this area.  Photos can be viewed on the Web site: www.hummingbirdnestbb.com.  Make your dream come true with a slice of paradise in a quiet, private setting. Call Ellen Neely at  8835-8711.  Email: nidocolibri@hotmail.com
8058-11/15/13

Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

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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.  Liquor and convenience store is operational. Room to add an automotive service, car wash, restaurant, pharmacy, lotto sales, tour sales, ATM's,  etc, for a real money maker. Also future plans for a 80-unit  auto motel and casino. See on Youtube at:  http://youtu.be/iDXurhJ4fCk Asking price  $3.9 million. Email costaricapropertysales@gmail.com or call: 8899-9870.
8153-112/22/13

beach scenes
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, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2
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DIGITS RESOURCE GUIDE is for sale!
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 www.everydigit.com, 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.
8115-11/18/13

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Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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The Canadian Armed Forces has ended for the year its 11-month effort against drug trafficking at sea. The areas of operation were the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Central America.

The Canadian forces contributed to the seizure of 5,080 kilograms of cocaine, an announcement said.

“This year’s success on Operation CARIBBE is a testament to Canada’s ability to work with our international partners and contribute to the safety and security of the citizens of this continent,” said Rob Nicholson, minister of National Defence. “I’m proud of our sailors, airmen and airwomen who continue to serve as excellent ambassadors for our nation and keep our shared maritime approaches secure.”

As part of Operation CARIBBE 2013, the Canadian Armed Forces contributed seven ships, four CP-140 Aurora aircraft, and even a submarine. Four ships and three aircraft were in the Western Caribbean Sea at various times throughout the year, while the remaining craft focused on the eastern Pacific Ocean near Central America.

“Canadians can be proud of the members of the Canadian Armed Forces who contributed to the remarkable successes achieved in this year’s Operation CARIBBE,” said Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of the Defence Staff. “These men and women were away from their families doing yeoman’s work on behalf of Canada. Working with our allies they made meaningful contributions to regional security, helping to stem the flow of illicit drugs destined for our shores. We can all be proud of their achievements.”

While deployed, air and naval units patrolled international waters in an effort to locate, track, approach and potentially intercept suspicious vessels in order to allow U. S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment personnel to board and conduct law enforcement operations. The CP-140 Aurora aircraft played a crucial role in the operation, providing surveillance and detection that guided both Canadian and international partners’ ships to suspect vessels, the armed forces said.

“This is a significant achievement for HMCS Victoria, that successfully integrated its inherent stealth capabilities into a multinational operation,” said Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, commander Royal Canadian Navy. “Through participation on Operation CARIBBE, Victoria and her crew demonstrated the unique contribution that submarines bring to today’s complex maritime environment.”

This year has been one of the most successful in terms of the total amount of illicit drugs seized and traffic disrupted since Canada began Operation CARIBBE missions in November 2006. Over the years, Operation CARIBBE has helped strengthen international partnerships and build partnership capacity.

Every year, under the coordination of the Joint Interagency Task Force South, partner nations intercept and seize millions of dollars worth of illicit drugs, and play a major role in suppressing illicit trafficking in international waters and airspace.

This year alone, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 11, illicit trafficking operations led by the task force successfully prevented 123 metric tons of cocaine and 30,408 pounds of marijuana from reaching North American streets, the announcement said.


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Japan posts worst monthly trade deficit ever

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Japan posted its worst November trade deficit on record today, as a weaker yen drove up the cost of imported oil and gas.

The energy-starved country continues to rely on costly imported energy as most of its nuclear power facilities remain closed following the 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant.

A sharp decline in the yen's value has made energy imports even more expensive. It has also led to more exports of Japanese goods, which became cheaper overseas.

For the month, imports grew 21 percent, while exports climbed 18 percent. This resulted in a November trade deficit of $12.9 billion.

That represents a 35 percent increase from last year and is the worst November ever recorded. It also represents a record 17th straight month of trade deficits.

Japan's nuclear industry was crippled following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant and forced nearly all of the country's nuclear plants offline for safety checks.

Meanwhile, Japan's currency last week hit a five-year low against the dollar, partly because of Tokyo's monetary easing, a policy that increases the money supply in an effort to fight deflation.

Some analysts expect Japan's trade deficit to shrink early next year following a sales tax increase that has led to last-minute purchases that appear to be boosting imports.