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House panel asked to consider expat banking woes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee is being asked to hold hearings on the problems Americans are having overseas with banking.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Mick Mulvaney have asked the committee to investigate reports of Americans Overseas being denied banking access, both foreign and domestic, as a byproduct of new legislation and Patriot Act regulations. The main concern is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act that threatens foreign banks if they do not report to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service about their American clients.

Many banks simply have closed bank accounts held by Americans instead of complying with the reporting requirements.

Mulvaney and Ms. Maloney head what is known as the House Americans Abroad Caucus. Their request for a hearing was reported by the American Citizens Abroad, Inc., an expat advocacy organization that has been deeply involved in lobbying Congress to loosen restrictions on overseas banking by Americans who live outside the country.

Another expat advocacy organization, the Association of Americans Resident Overseas, notes that the Americans Abroad Caucus, a bi-partisan, bi-cameral caucus is designed to represent the interests of Americans living overseas,  Ms.
Maloney is a New York Democrat, and Mulvaney is a South Carolina Republican.

Both expat advocacy organizations have been gathering reports of problems Americans are having in banking.

They also have offered some changes in legislation that would reduce their problems.

For example they have said Congress should treat expats who live overseas different from U.S. citizens who simply stash money in an overseas account.

The banking problems have been going on since at least 2008.

In the U.S. banking institutions frequently have trouble with overseas customers because they cannot easily comply with the know-your-client rules.

Overseas American citizens are consequently being denied the basic right to maintain normal commercial relationships with their country, says the Association of Americans Resident Overseas.

American Citizens Abroad said that it has been compiling testimonials from Americans who have been faced with issues of financial lock-out and looks forward to working with both Ms. Maloney and Mulvaney to help educate the legislature, IRS and Treasury Department on the problems and to identify potential solutions.

December turning out to be a month of violent deaths
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 105 violent deaths so far this month are a December record, according to Cruz Roja data.

Since 2008 there has not been this many deaths in the last month of the year.

Traffic mishaps led the totals with 37 persons dead at the scene and 155 hospitalized. Firearms, knives and sharp instruments killed 24 persons and left 69 hospitalized.

The Cruz Roja figures only count those dead at the
scene. Someone who dies later in a hospital is not included in the rescue agency's totals but do show up in that maintained by the Judicial Investigating Organization.

More deaths are likely today and tonight as the year ends.

The Cruz Roja also said that 10 persons died this month in water accidents. In addition there are 15 deaths for which a cause has not been attributed.

The lowest number of recent December deaths, 74, was in 2010, the Cruz Roja statistics said.

Today is last day to pay marchamo without penalty
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today is the last day to pay the marchamo or road tax without a surcharge.

Vehicles on the highway without the marchamo sticker after midnight will be subject to a 47,000-colon fine, and traffic police are making an effort to find them.  Last year the traffic police nabbed 150 motorists on the first day.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros said that its central office on Avenida 7 will be open from 8
a.m. until noon today. Some banks also will collect marchamo fees, as will payment centers in supermarkets and a number of insurance agencies.

Most offices will be closed Wednesday, New Year's Day, so Thursday will be the first day for paying a late marchamo. The amount varies with the value of the vehicle, but motorists admit that the fee is higher this year.

There are about 1.2 million vehicles in the country, and owners of more than 250,000 had not paid the annual fee by midday Monday.

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These were the rockets that were confiscated in Coto Brus.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For the Fuerza Pública fighting the fireworks trade must seem like trying to hold back the sea.

Police have confiscated thousands of units of fireworks over the last month. Yet tonight at midnight the skies over the Central Valley will resemble shock and awe.

A recent case was a week ago in Barrio 63 de Río Claro in Guaycará, Cantón de Golfito. Fuerza Pública officers stopped a man whose vehicle contained nearly 9,000 separate pieces of fireworks. Some of the fireworks were in the very destructive category, said the security ministry.

The vehicle driver was going around selling the fireworks out of his vehicle.

So was another man who was stopped in Aguabuena, Cantón de Coto Brus. The man was driving around selling out of his inventory that contained nearly 2,500 units of fireworks when police stopped him, they said.

The anti-fireworks legislation provides for three to seven years in prison for someone who sells fireworks. But the penalty is hardly ever enforced. Police just confiscate the items.

Each holiday season the security ministry and the Hospital National de Niños embark on a campaign to reduce the use of fireworks.

Eight children have been admitted to this hospital this year with burns or damage from fireworks. The last four were admitted this month.

The basic rules is that if it explodes it is illegal. There are many places selling sparklers and legal fireworks.  Many of these sell the illegal variety under the counter.

Now there are dogs on alert
for illicit packages of cash

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some people are said to have a nose for money. But how about dogs?

The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública now has two animals in its Unidad Canina that have been trained to detect hidden currency in the same way that other animals can detect drugs or explosives.

They are part of 21 handler-dog teams that just finished three months of training Friday.  These are the first dogs in the Costa Rican law enforcement organizations that can detect hidden money. They are likely to end up working at airports or at border crossings in conjunction with drug-detecting dogs.

In addition to the Fuerza Pública, some of the teams are being assigned to the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas. The dogs are of various breeds that have been donated to the ministry by citizens.

Constitutional court continues
to work over the holidays

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Although much of the Poder Judicial is on vacation, the Sala IV constitutional court met Monday and decided urgent cases.  The court also made a point of reporting that it is open for business 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. There always is at least one magistrate on duty, the Poder Judicial said.

The court reported that there were 102 new cases submitted since Dec. 20, including 32 requests for habeas corpus and 69 cases seeking court action to solve a problem.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

With millions trying to survive after having the food stamp program curtailed, and millions more falling off of a very personal fiscal cliff after the first of the year when the federal unemployment payments are discontinued; what is going to happen?

I’m sure that there were some abuses in these programs just as I’m sure there have been some abuses in the House and the Senate. But the vast majority have struggled to make an honest effort to succeed.

After all who doesn’t want to succeed. From here it appears that we in the United States are turning into a well policed government that, is run for the government by the government. Our government officials and legislators have placed themselves above the people they govern. It is imperative that all members of the legislature be on the same health care and retirement programs as the people they are hired to govern. Our forefathers visualized a government by the people for the people, where a legislator would leave his or her farm or store to serve a term then return to their life at home.

They didn't visualize professional politicians who would follow the money as a career. Apparently people get the kind of government that they deserve. If this is true, then what happens when the people realize that they have not paid attention and need to go back to basics? They realize that they can’t depend on their banker, insurance company or, politician to help them because they themselves must be responsible. Then what happens next?

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ICE’s vivero program is all inclusive from the seed collection, germination and transplanting to potting bags.
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State telecom company also happens to be in the tree business
By Kimberly A. Beck
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the government-owned telecommunications and electricity provider, offers residents an opportunity to get native tree species for reforestation and plantation purposes.

An application is necessary to obtain the trees along with a valid cédula, the reason for the request and proof of land ownership.

The application process is from January to December so new requests will be accepted in a few days. If the application is approved, a second visit to pick up trees at the proper planting time will be necessary.

Each new year brings an opportunity to receive new trees, according to the firm known as ICE. There is no limit on the amount of trees that can be requested as long as the land can support the same amount of trees at their full growth potential. There is no guarantee that all applications will be approved. The earliest requests will be handled first, the company says.

ICE has viveros or nurseries in four different provinces in which applications can be made in person. The viveros are in Cachi in Cartago, Freehold in Siquirres, Limon, La Garita in Alajuela and Tronadora in Guanacaste. No appointment is necessary.

ICE’s vivero program is all inclusive from the seed collection, germination and transplanting to potting bags.

Most tree species are available including native tropical hardwoods such as manu negro and gavilan and plantation favorites, pine and cypress. The availability of the saplings is species dependent.
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Workers move an order of trees to a truck.

The final document is a promise to plant, not sell, all the saplings that are being taken.

ICE said that in 2011 the company delivered more than two million trees of different native species.

The program began 40 years ago, and now is part of the country's campaign for carbon neutrality by 2021.

From 2007 to 2011, the company itself reforested 262 hectares (647 acres) with an annual goal of 50 hectares (123 acres).

An A.M. Costa Rica guest editorial
Costa Rica’s most dangerous disease: The act of not voting

By Thomas Bricker Ghormley-Hessell*
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

There is a serious infirmity in Costa Rica that has already affected over 30 percent of the population and threatens to alter our lives to the very core.  It is an insidious problem that grows each year affecting more and more of our citizens.  It isn’t dengue or malaria or even cancer.  This plague is abstentionism — the act of not voting — and if its growth goes unchecked we could lose the democracy we are so proud of.   As more and more of our fellow citizens choose to not even participate in elections, the choice of who will run our government and thus our lives will be left to fewer and fewer people.

Many feel disenfranchised by the current system where it seems the world is run by entitled public employees, major political parties, the ruling elite or the media.  While I do not consider that this is a real conspiracy of evil against good, it does seem that the powers that be are, if not actively fomenting this citizen apathy are surely taking advantage of it.  What we need to be reminded of is that this democracy and freedom we so enjoy is in no way guaranteed and we can just as easily lose control of our own destiny just by not taking care to participate in it.  Remember, you pay taxes.  To not participate in the debate on how or take part in electing the who, you are giving that money to others to do as they please, not as you wish.

“Those who do not participate in democracy are in danger of losing it” goes the wise saying.  This is true.  Many today claim
that their vote will not make a difference, they don’t know what the candidates stand for — they’re all the same — and they are sick of the system.  These same people complain about how the government is run, how the infrastructure is weak, that our foreign and domestic policies are erroneous and deficient.  

Yet, they refuse to learn about the issues and do not engage in the debate, they do not even know who represents them in government let alone tell those representatives how they feel.

The apathy is growing so strong that the non-voters may become the majority in the next elections.  May this never be!   Democracy comes with responsible citizenry.  We must take the time and effort to speak out on the issues and decide and defend the issues important to us.  The saying “To remain silent is to permit” has never been more true.  Your vote does mean something.  For one thing, it gives you the right to criticize which equates to the responsibility to inform yourself and participate.  Participatory democracy is the only kind of democracy that works and as Winston Churchill once said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

Come on out and participate.  Vote and take responsibility for the democratic government of your future and your children’s future.  Failing to do so, you will surely lose it!

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High-level medical panel urges annual lung screening for heavy smokers
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Heavy smokers and former heavy smokers should get annual lung cancer screening tests, according to final guidelines issued Monday by an influential U.S. panel.
The final recommendations, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, apply to people aged 55 to 80 whose smoking has put them at high risk of cancer. That includes former heavy smokers who have quit within the past 15 years. Heavy smokers are considered to be those who smoked a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years.
According to a comprehensive review of medical evidence since 2004, the panel found the benefits of screening high-risk individuals with low-dose computed tomography, or CT scans, outweigh the potential harms of over diagnosis and increased exposure to radiation, which also contribute to cancer risk.
The panel, which is comprised of independent experts and advises U.S.
policy makers, gave the screening a “B” recommendation, meaning it is at least moderately certain that the benefits of the scans outweigh the harms.
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are required to cover preventive services with a grade of “B” or higher.
The guidelines are intended to help prevent some of the 160,000 annual lung cancer deaths in the United States, which exceed the total number of deaths from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing lung cancer, resulting in about 85 percent of lung cancers in the United States.
The guidelines largely fall in line with recommendations from most major groups of cancer experts, including the American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
When the initial recommendations were published in July, some doctors expressed concern that the guidelines could lead to over diagnosis and over treatment of cancers, in much the same way that widespread screening programs for breast and prostate cancers have done.

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'Migrant Mother' by Dorothea Lange, Nipomo, San Luis Obispo County, California, 1936.

Depression era photographer
is central character of new book

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Perhaps the most enduring image from the Great Depression years in the United States is a black-and-white photograph of an impoverished agricultural worker surrounded by her children. “Migrant Mother” was taken in 1936 by photojournalist Dorothea Lange, whose iconic shots came to define an era in American history.
It happened on a cold day in northern California when Ms. Lange was driving home from a photo shoot. Exhausted, with her camera bags packed on the front seat beside her, she passed a hand-lettered sign that read, “Pea pickers camp.”
“She just couldn’t let it go. She went back,” said Elizabeth Partridge, Ms. Lange’s goddaughter. ". . . got out of the car with her camera and approached a hungry, desperate mother who was surrounded by her little children who were grubby and clearly underfed. She never even asked the woman’s name. She just took a few photographs. They chatted for a minute, got back to her car and drove home. But she realized that these pea pickers, they had been stranded because there had been a freeze and the peas couldn’t be picked.”
Ms. Lange developed the photographs right away.
“She rushed one over to the newspaper in San Francisco," said Ms. Partridge. "They publicized it immediately and federal food aid was brought to these migrant workers. Then the photograph went on to become emblematic of the whole Great Depression.”

“Migrant Mother” now hangs in the Library of Congress. It is one of dozens of photographs Ms. Partridge included in her new book, "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning." The title comes from the way Ms. Lange described her transition from portrait photographer of the wealthy to chronicler of the American condition.
“One day she was looking down from her studio, which was on the second floor of a building, and she saw these homeless men come up, walk up to the corner and pause, not knowing which way to go, because they were homeless," said Ms. Partridge. "They had no money, they had no food, they had no prospects. She said to herself, ‘I am just going to take my camera, and I'm going down into the streets, and I’m going to make a photograph, and I’m just going to bring the film back, and I'm going to develop it, print it and hang it on the wall, all in 24 hours, and see if I can just grab a hunk of lightning.’”
Ms. Partridge, whose family was very close to Ms. Lange’s, says the photographer’s ability to capture the inner feelings of struggling Americans was the result of patience, careful consideration of her subjects and her own personal experience with suffering.
“She had polio when she was 7. She walked the rest of her life with a limp, dragging her right foot forward," said Partridge. "That polio gave her a huge amount of compassion for people who had been struck down by circumstances beyond their control. When she went out photographing people, she had to walk up to them very slowly, and they would immediately see that she had a limp. She said that that helped her immediately develop a rapport with her subjects."
Ms. Lange also took photographic journeys outside the United States.
“Dorothea started in Japan, went to Korea, Indonesia, India, Cambodia. She also photographed in Vietnam. She particularly photographed beautifully in Korea," said Ms. Partridge. "Then she took another very important trip where she went to the Middle East. She photographed most beautifully in Egypt. What she was able to do is just really show what was there. So we see beautiful market places, we see fields where people are working...Now that these photographs are 50 years, 60 years old, we see a life that some of it is still there, some of it is gone.”
Ms. Partridge was only 14 when Ms. Lange died in 1965. She says there was a reason she waited all these years before writing about her godmother.
“I couldn’t have done that until I was older because I didn’t understand the full depth of her work," she said. "I didn’t get to know her as an adult except by doing this work and looking back at her life and watch her grow as a photographer, from being a documentary photographer into, late in her life, being really an artist.”
Ms. Partridge’s book is not the only work to honor the photographer. Diana Taylor, Ms. Lange’s granddaughter, is now working on a film about her life, which will be released in 2014 with the same title, "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning." 

U.S. to assist Russian officials
in Olympic Games security

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government is concerned Islamist militants may be preparing attacks aimed at disrupting the Winter Olympic games in Sochi in February and has offered closer cooperation with Russia on security.
One militant group had issued explicit direct threats to disrupt the Olympics, a State Department official said.
Two bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd over the last two days, one at the city's central railway station and another on a bus, killed dozens of people and raised anxieties about the safety of the Olympics.
U.S. officials said U.S. and Russian authorities have engaged in extensive contacts regarding security preparations for the games. The United States is expected to share with Russia information it might collect about possible threats to the games.
“We're taking lots of security precautions” related to the Winter Games, a U.S. State Department official said Monday.
U.S. security officials said the government was not surprised by the Volgograd bombings and had anticipated that such attacks might well occur in the run-up to the games.
Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, condemned the attacks in Volgograd blamed on suicide bombers.
She added that the U.S. government had “offered our full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games, and we would welcome the opportunity for closer cooperation for the safety of the athletes, spectators, and other participants.”
The State Department is expected to caution U.S. travelers about possible bombings and hostage takings in Russia, particularly in the North Caucasus region which is less than 100 miles (160 km.) from Sochi.
The U.S. offer for closer cooperation with Russia follows two issues earlier this year that raised tensions between U.S. and Russian security agencies: the involvement of two Chechen brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing and Russia's granting  temporary asylum to former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Despite these points of contention, a U.S. official said security cooperation between the U.S. and Russia regarding the games had improved in the run up to the Olympics.
In November, Matthew Olsen, director of the government's U.S. National Counter-terrorism Center, said his agency was coordinating and integrating the intelligence community's support to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Olsen told a Senate committee he had visited Sochi a few days earlier and met Russian intelligence and security officials to discuss the games.

Blizzard thwarts icebreaker
in reaching stranded ship

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker's attempt to retrieve 74 people on board a Russian research ship.

The ship has been trapped for nearly a week in ice, while high winds prevent a helicopter rescue. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the rescue, said Monday that the icebreaker "Aurora Australis" had to return to open waters because of poor visibility.

A Chinese icebreaker, "Snow Dragon," was sent to free the vessel and came within 11 kilometers of the stranded Russian ship Saturday but had to stop when thick ice blocked its progress.

If the Australian vessel fails to break through the 3-meter-thick ice, a helicopter on the Chinese ship could be used to evacuate the passengers on the trapped vessel. But the storm has grounded the helicopter for the time being.

The Russian ship is carrying 74 people, including an Australian research expedition, tourists and crew members. The ship became frozen in an ice flow near the South Pole last Tuesday. Officials say the vessel is not in danger of sinking.

In a video posted on Twitter Saturday, members of the Australian research team said they could see the "Snow Dragon" on the horizon.

The Russian ship, which left New Zealand on November 28, was trying to recreate Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's century-old voyage to Antarctica.

Afghanistan war finds little
support among Americans

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new poll shows that the war in Afghanistan is even more unpopular among Americans than the war in Vietnam was more than 40 years ago.

The survey by CNN television and ORC International says just 17 percent of the American public support the Afghan war, while 82 percent oppose it.

This is drastically lower than the 52 percent who said they backed the war four years ago. It also says only about 30 percent believe the United States is winning in Afghanistan.

The CNN poll also says most Americans want U.S. troops out of Afghanistan before the end of 2014, the deadline set by President Barack Obama.

A similar poll by The Washington Post and ABC News last week shows most people think the war has not been worth fighting.

According to the CNN survey, the Afghan war has less support among Americans than the war against Communist North Vietnam had in the 1960s and 1970s. That war greatly divided the United States and led to massive peace rallies, violent protests on college campuses, and sent thousands of young men fleeing the country to avoid a military draft.

Obama and Mrs. Clinton again
head the most admired list

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the world's most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Obama topped the annual list for the sixth consecutive year, a typical ranking for a sitting U.S. president, the polling organization said.

But the percentage of those surveyed who choose him as the most admired man fell to 16 percent this year, down from 30 percent in 2012.

The president's job approval rating has dropped during a year marked by a botched healthcare rollout and stalled legislative initiatives at the start of his second term.

Ms. Clinton earned the top spot among most admired women for the 12th consecutive year and 18th time overall, more than any other woman in the poll's history.

Some 15 percent of Americans surveyed gave the former first lady and U.S. senator the highest ranking, down from 21 percent who named her as the most admired woman last year, the poll showed.

Gallup said its data came from a poll of 1,031 adults between Dec. 5 and 8, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Other men named to the list included former U.S. presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; Pope Francis and the Rev. Billy Graham; actor and director Clint Eastwood; Microsoft Corp co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

The women who finished behind Hillary Clinton included talk show host Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama, former Alaska gov. Sarah Palin, former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and actress Angelina Jolie.

Also on the list were Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for demanding education for girls; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Changes in climate expected
to cause problems for plants

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new study suggests that modern flowering plants, trees and agricultural crops may not have the characteristics, or the time, to respond to rapid human-induced climate change.
The report in Nature looks at how plants evolved to cope with cold in the past, but finds these same mechanisms may not provide the same defense against climate change.

Flowering plants lived in warm tropical climates 243 million years ago. Since then, they have spread across the planet into much harsher places. George Washington University ecologist Amy Zanne and her colleagues wanted to understand how the plants survived in a colder environment.

They identified three traits that help them do that: dropping their leaves before the winter chill, narrowing the cells that transport water from the roots to the leaves, and dying back to the ground and re-sprouting from their roots or seeds in the spring.    
“The next bit was, we wanted to not just look at where species are today and whether they are seeing freezing or not, but to try to understand the evolution of these characteristics and the order of the evolution of those characteristics or those traits,” Ms. Zanne said. 

To do that, the researchers constructed the largest-ever time-scaled evolutionary tree of 32,000 plant species. They then compared the emergence of those adaptive traits with big changes in the Earth's climate to reconstruct how plants evolved with the cold as they spread across the globe.

“We saw for all three of the traits, there was a really strong support for finding a shift into freezing and also a shift in the trait. And so to tough it out and deal with the cold, what they did was they made these narrower pipes so that they wouldn’t get these air bubbles that blocked the water through the stems," Zanne said. "So they could maintain that stem by keeping those small pipes.  Or what they did was they dropped their leaves. So they didn’t have to keep their leaves from year to year. Or the third thing that they did was they avoided or hid from the cold altogether by becoming herbaceous.”

Herbaceous plants have leaves and stems that die back to the ground in winter.
Ms. Zanne says one of the most significant findings was that the changes occurred even before the plants' range extended into colder environments. 
“So what we found was that plants before they even confronted the cold, they typically already had skinnier pipes and they already had become herbaceous," she said. "So they responded already to some other pressure. And so maybe it was a dry environment or something like that and that these characteristics, these traits were then really useful for dealing with the cold. So they went into the cold well armed to handle those cold temperatures.” 
Ms. Zanne and her team also plan to study plants in warm or dry environments. The study suggests that modern flowering plants, trees and agricultural crops may not have the traits or the time needed to cope with climate change.

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This image shows estimated antibiotic use in the United States. Data are shown as approximate numbers of kilograms of antibiotics used per year.

Tax on agricultural antibiotics
offered as way to curb usage

By the University of Calgary news staff

Citing an overabundance in the use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries that poses a threat to public health, economics professor Aidan Hollis has proposed a solution in the form of user fees on the non-human use of antibiotics.

In a newly released paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hollis and co-author Ziana Ahmed said that in the United States 80 per cent of the antibiotics in the country are consumed in agriculture and aquaculture for the purpose of increasing food production.

This flood of antibiotics released into the environment – sprayed on fruit trees and fed to the likes of livestock, poultry and salmon, among other uses – has led bacteria to evolve, Hollis writes. Mounting evidence cited in the journal shows resistant pathogens are emerging in the wake of this veritable flood of antibiotics, resulting in an increase in bacteria that is immune to available treatments.

If the problem is left unchecked, this will create a health crisis on a global scale, Hollis says.

Hollis suggest that the predicament could be greatly alleviated by imposing a user fee on the non-human uses of antibiotics, similar to the way in which logging companies pay stumpage fees and oil companies pay royalties.

"Modern medicine relies on antibiotics to kill off bacterial infections," explains Hollis. "This is incredibly important. Without effective antibiotics, any surgery – even minor ones – will become extremely risky. Cancer therapies, similarly, are dependent on the availability of effective antimicrobials. Ordinary infections will kill otherwise healthy people."

Bacteria that can effectively resist antibiotics will thrive, Hollis adds, reproducing rapidly and spreading in various ways.

"It's not just the food we eat," he says. "Bacteria is spread in the environment. It might wind up on a doorknob. You walk away with the bacteria on you and you share it with the next person you come into contact with. If you become infected with resistant bacteria, antibiotics won't provide any relief."

While the vast majority of antibiotic use has gone towards increasing productivity in agriculture, Hollis asserts that most of these applications are of low value.

"It's about increasing the efficiency of food so you can reduce the amount of grain you feed the cattle," says Hollis. "It's about giving antibiotics to baby chicks because it reduces the likelihood that they're going to get sick when you cram them together in unsanitary conditions.

"These methods are obviously profitable to the farmers, but that doesn't mean it's generating a huge benefit. In fact, the profitability is usually quite marginal.

"The real value of antibiotics is saving people from dying. Everything else is trivial."

While banning the use of antibiotics in food production is challenging, establishing a user fee makes good sense, according to Hollis.

Such a practice would deter the low-value use of antibiotics, with higher costs encouraging farmers to improve their animal management methods and to adopt better substitutes for the drugs, such as vaccinations.

Hollis also suggests that an international treaty could ideally be imposed. "Resistant bacteria do not respect national borders," he says. He adds that such a treaty might have a fair chance of attaining international compliance, as governments tend to be motivated by revenue collection.

Hollis notes that in the U.S., a move has been made to control the non-human use of antibiotics, with the FDA recently seeking voluntary limits on the use of antibiotics for animal growth promotion on farms.

He asks: "Is the Canadian government going to take any action to control the use of antibiotics for food production purposes? Health Canada is trying to monitor the use of antibiotics, but has virtually no control over use."
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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:

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

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Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

includes a common open air lodge with kitchen, three cabins, a caretaker's house, a garage and a secure storeroom. The property is maritime and has a current and valid maritime user's permit, all up to date and clear. In addition to the immaculately landscaped portion of the property that is already developed with bungalows, there are an additional three hectares that are ready for expansion and are cleared and planted in grass. The sales offer includes furnishings, appliances, catamaran, kayaks, and a whole series of extras. This property has about 300 meters of beach front in a docile portion of the gulf about 15 minutes north of Puerto Jimeenez, ideal for mooring boats just off the property shoreline. Has municipal water and power. Offered at $970,000. All reasonable offers will be considered. See photos and maps and more at Contact us at: or +1-866-514-7435.

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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.

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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

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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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

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!

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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

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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: Asking price  $3.9 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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Volcano in El Salvador still
emits more gas and ashes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A volcano in eastern El Salvador belched more ash and gasses on Monday after a big eruption on Sunday that drove more than 1,600 people into emergency shelters. No major injuries or damage were reported.

The Chaparrastique volcano, which is about 140 kilometers [87 miles] east of San Salvador, the capital, spewed ash Sunday over a wide area known for its coffee plantations.

“The Chaparrastique volcano is still producing gases combined with small emissions of ash, which is normal after an eruption,” El Salvador's environment ministry said on its Twitter page.

In all, 1,635 people are in seven temporary shelters, emergency services said. Some people on the volcano's slopes have refused to leave, emergency services said.

It was not clear to what extent El Salvador's coffee crop, already blighted by an outbreak of leaf rust, might be affected by the eruption. Coffee officials said they were meeting Monday to evaluate the damage.

El Salvador's international airport was operating normally Monday, although more than 36 international flights into and out of the country had been suspended Sunday because of the eruption, the airport and airlines said.

El Salvador has 23 active volcanoes. Chaparrastique is considered one of the most active, with 26 eruptions in the last 500 years, according to the environment ministry.

In a 1976 eruption, lava gushed from the volcano. Chaparrastique shook violently in another event in 2010.

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By the A.M. Costs Rica wire services

The U.S. government has taken a step toward opening the skies for commercial drone use.

Officials on Monday announced six sites where unmanned aircraft can be tested for a variety of purposes, including for use by businesses, researchers and farmers.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration already has approved a limited use of drones in the country, including for law enforcement, military operations and atmospheric research.

Monday's decision allows companies and other groups a place to test broader uses of drones. The FAA says it is working on developing operational guidelines for widespread commercial drone use in the future.

Market groups say the introduction of drones could lead to 100,000 new jobs during the first decade, and billions of dollars of growth for the U.S. economy. However, the proposed use of commercial drones also has sparked privacy concerns from civil liberties groups.

The six new test sites for drones are in the states of Alaska, New York, North Dakota, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia.

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How to be in better shape this time next year

By Elizabeth Morales Coto*
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

With just hours to go to 2014 this is the perfect time to get a healthy start in your personal and professional life!!! Apply the following principles to your personal finances and business, and a very positive result will be observed throughout the year.  Try and follow these simple rules for 2014 to reach peace of your financial mind:

The Best Practice Financial Rules:

1. Save all of your invoices and put them away daily when you come home in a special place inside a
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special folder.

2. Organize all of your invoices and classify them monthly, make the proper additions and take note on your Word or Excel document.

3. Get a credit card or debit card extension with a monthly top figure that makes you comfortable so you know when you have reached your monthly limit (the one you set for yourself).

4. Pay your credit card balance fully by the end of the month. Never go to the grocery store hungry. Never get to a restaurant when you are starving.

5. Try and comply with legal alcohol limits (two drinks will not only save your life, but it will save a lot of money, too).

6. Extra time can be well spent at the gym or a nice walk, instead of in front of the TV or out, this way, even if you are not an Olympics athlete,
your stress and anxiety will lower and the peace of mind you´ll experience will enable you to make assertive decisions both at work and at home.

7. Treat yourself when you deserve it. A little thing like an ice cream or a nap will invigorate your personality and will help you in your daily errands.

8. Set alarms for all your payments so you don’t miss them and lose pennies that add to hundreds.

9. Add a little seminar to your year. This way your investment will also be saving you taxes.

10. Divide your net earnings by 12 and NEVER spend more than that, and if you want to go A+, then never spend more than 50 percent of that.

11. Invest any extra money that you get into the loans you have. Remember that usually for every $1 you pay in advance, you are saving yourself $7 in the future.

12. Apply all of these to your job or your company, and make indicators a regular information source for your decision making.

Remember that one can only manage those things that can be measured. Any information to be used in decision making needs to be accurate, functional, representative and realistic. Never hesitate to ask a professional for help or guidance, and better yet, before big fires need to be put out. Remember that problems exist to be solved, and always be a part of the solution. Stay dynamic and flexible to change and adapt positively.

* Ms. Morales is an engineer with a master's of business administration specializing in business strategy and development. She is a principle in CEDAD Asesores and can be reached at