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Testing of ebola vaccine
due to begin in the U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. health officials announced Thursday the launch of the first human testing of a vaccine to prevent ebola. The vaccine candidate was co-developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.

Anthony Fauci says vaccine research has accelerated since the ebola epidemic was first reported in West Africa last March.

"We are announcing the opening of a small human safety study of an investigational ebola vaccine candidate that will be tested here at the NIH," he said. "This is the first of several Phase One clinical trials of ebola vaccine candidates that we are set to launch."

Fauci is the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. He describes the West Africa ebola outbreak as a “public health emergency that demands an all hands on deck response.”

"We have accelerated the time line for testing experimental ebola vaccines that we have been developing for several years," he said. "And after an expedited review of the candidate product and clinical trial design by the United States Food and Drug Administration we have the green light to begin."

He says the trials will be based on three earlier versions of ebola vaccine candidates. Those trials led to the vaccine that is now being studied. Next week, the first three volunteers will be enrolled in a study known as VRC207.

"The trial aims to enroll 20 healthy adults, ages 18 to 50 years, at the NIH Clinical Research Center here in Bethesda, Maryland," he said. "The study will evaluate the experimental vaccine’s safety and whether it generates an immune response in healthy adults that, based on our animal studies, could predict effectiveness in preventing the acquisition of ebola infection."

Fauci says earlier studies of the experimental vaccine performed extremely well in protecting primates from ebola infection.  The current vaccine candidate uses a chimpanzee cold virus. The virus carries a gene related to the surface protein of the Zaire and Sudan strains of the ebola virus. The Zaire strain is blamed for the West Africa epidemic.

"It is important to know that the ebola gene contained in the investigational vaccine cannot cause a vaccinated individual to become infected with ebola," he said. "The volunteers in the VRC207 trial will be divided into two groups to test first a lower and then a higher dose of the vaccine.

The vaccine will be administered through an injection in the arm. The trial is scheduled to last 48 weeks, but initial findings could be available by the end of this year. 

In October, a second trial will begin in the U.S., Britain, Mali and The Gambia to test a vaccine candidate that contains genetic material from only one of the Ebola strains.

Fauci says despite the vaccine research, precaution and prevention are the best defense right now against the disease.


World Health says climate
may spread more diseases


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that major killer diseases will spread and health problems will worsen with climate change.

World Health, which is holding the first global conference on health and climate in Geneva, urged nations to act quickly to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, which lead to climate change.

Some countries could see localized benefits from global warming. Cold countries, for example, could experience fewer winter deaths due to more temperate weather as well as increased food production. But World Health says overall health effects are likely to be overwhelmingly negative.

Maria Neira, director of the public health, environmental and social determinants of health at World Health, says seven million people die prematurely every year because of air pollution, but that number can be cut.

“We can reduce dramatically non-communicable diseases, cardiovascular diseases, heart disease, respiratory diseases, by promoting, for instance a more sustainable, low-carbon society where instead of using very pollutant and solid fuels," Ms. Neira said, "we will move into a more sustainable energy consumption and, therefore, by doing so, we will obtain plenty of benefits for our health.”

The health community is working to improve surveillance to control infectious diseases and she says deadly diseases such as cholera, malaria and dengue are highly sensitive to weather and climate.

Recent World Health figures show that climate change already causes tens of thousands of deaths every year from shifting patterns of disease and extreme weather events, such as heat waves and floods, the agency claims.

Climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths every year between 2030 and 2050 due to heat exposure, diarrhea, malaria, and childhood under-nutrition, the agency said.

Alistair Woodward, the coordinating lead author of the health chapter of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says there is opportunity for positive change.

“Transport systems, which produce maybe a quarter of the greenhouse emissions, are unhealthy and damaging to the environment in many ways," Woodward said. "If we could increase the use of active transport, our estimates are putting people on bikes, the benefit cost ratio is maybe 10 to one…Air pollution…If we put in practice what we know about ways of reducing black carbon emissions, diesel filters, plain cook stoves, for example, then we could probably save around two million premature deaths a year.”

The World Health notes that climate change also has serious economic consequences. The U.N. agency says the direct damage costs to health is predicted to be between $2 billion and $4 billion a year by 2030.


China becoming suspicious
of those with dual passports


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China's ministry of public security has announced a new policy to encourage reporting people who obtain citizenship in another country, but still keep their Chinese citizenship. The move has led to a sharp debate about dual citizenship and the impact of the crackdown on Chinese who live abroad.

Recently, the ministry published procedures for reporting those who hold foreign citizenship, but retain their Chinese identifications and benefits. Observers say the new policy is at least in part aimed at so-called naked officials, public servants who have family and assets overseas that could allow them to hide the gains of corruption. There are believed to be thousands of the so-called naked officials, but the exact figure is unknown.

Luo Bin, the president of Robinson Immigration Consultants in Canada, expressed support for the Chinese government’s strict enforcement of single citizenship.

“With China's economy developing, to a certain extent there has been a series of problems such as economic corruption. The Chinese government now is fully aware of the seriousness of those problems," said Luo. "Through the strict implementation of single citizenship, I think they are doing right to prevent corrupt officials or criminals from fleeing abroad or transferring assets."

Corrupt officials who evade legal sanctions by transferring assets abroad, however, are in the minority. Most of those who could be affected are people who have taken citizenship abroad for work or family matters that are not connected to corruption issues.

Luo thinks tighter enforcement could cause a loss of financial benefits for those who lose their Chinese identity cards because of having citizenship overseas.

“There are many restrictions. For example, we are not allowed to buy houses. Besides, many Chinese retired after 20 or 30 years of work. So their concern is, once they obtain foreign citizenship, whether such accumulated pensions and other benefits in China will be reserved," said Luo.

In recent years, demands for dual citizenship have become louder. But Professor Tong Zhiwei at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, said the issue is complicated.

“On the one hand, dual citizenship is beneficial to individuals, namely, the many overseas Chinese who study and do business abroad. By keeping dual citizenship, they do not need to go through the whole visa application, and they can enjoy rights and benefits offered by both countries," said Tong.

He added, though, that the Chinese government has its own concerns about dual citizenship.

"For example, when a Chinese who holds an American passport commits a crime, or has confrontation with the Chinese government, in case he or she is detained or tried in China, the Chinese government will have to inform and work with the U.S. on his case. This is not only a cumbersome process, but also gives foreign countries excuses to interfere with China’s internal affairs,” said Tong.

Enacting legal dual citizenship does not appear to be a priority in the near term, so some are calling on Beijing to expand its green card program, which lets foreign citizens live and work inside China.


Obama says illegal arrivals
have declined at the border

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama says arrests at the U.S. border with Mexico have dropped for the second straight month.

Obama told reporters in Washington Thursday that "the good news is, we've started to make some progress."

Although final figures for August have not been released, the president said that number is expected to be lower than the same period last year, despite tens of thousands of Central American children and families arriving through Mexico in recent months.

The decrease will relieve pressure from centers that are over-capacity since detentions skyrocketed between March and June.

"What that, I think, allows us to do is make sure those kids are being taken care of - properly, with due process. At the same time, it's allowed us to then engage in a broader conversation about what we need to do to get more resources down at the border," Obama said.

Last year, roughly 31,500 children traveling alone were detained at the southern U.S. border. That number is expected to more than double this year, despite decreases from June to July, and now August.

Obama on Thursday also repeated his pledge to take more executive actions if Congress does not agree to immigration reform by the end of the year.

"In the absence of congressional action, I'm going to do what I can to make sure the system works better," he said.

Earlier Thursday, authorities arrested 145 people for blocking a sidewalk in front of the White House during a rally for changes to the country's immigration system.


An aging world put pressure
on countries to face impact


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The world is getting older, fast.  And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them.  Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments, which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world.  But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. 

In Japan there are special playgrounds for the elderly.

In Italy  dance classes for seniors are part of the “good life.”

And in Germany the rapid pace of retirements has become a bigger issue than unemployment.

They are the world’s super aged nations, the term for countries where at least 20 percent of the population is 65 years or older.

“The demographic transition is upon us now and its progressing, by historical standards, quite rapidly," said Elena Duggar, head of Moody's Sovereign Risk Division.

In five years six more countries will join the ranks of the super-aged.  And by 2030  that number will rise to 34. 

“That will translate into reductions in labor supply," Ms. Duggar said. "At the same time aging means that the household savings rates will go down, which will negatively impact on investment.  Both trends put together would mean that aging will have a significant negative impact on global growth."

A business research group, the Conference Board, says aging could shave as much as 1 percent off global growth in the next 10 years.  Ignoring the coming changes is risky says economist Fariborz Ghadar, author of "Global Tectonics - What Every Business Needs to Know."

“Economic growth rates will slow down, jobs will not be available for the young, there is going to be conflict both internally in certain countries, externally.

There’ll be backlash against immigrants and that’s not the kind of world we really want," said Ghadar.

But the solution may be as close as a nation's borders.

"See - the largest addition to the U.S. population is by immigration, it is not by number of children," said an economics professor, Kishore Kulkarni.

In the U.S.  the average birth rate is 1.9 children for every woman, an average bolstered by higher birth rates in immigrant families.  Ghadar says the trend is obvious when one considers that the birth rate for Hispanic families in the U.S. is 2.3 children. 

“We are turning Hispanic.  And in fact, what I normally tell my audiences, if you want somebody to take care of you when you’re 90, you better speak Spanish," he said.

While consumer buying patterns will change as populations age, Kulkarni said he believes targeted career training and productivity gains through technology could offset the decline in workers.

"It is a misalignment of demand rather than a total and a drastic change in the demand.  And it is a challenge which we can easily accept and tackle as it comes to us," he said.

Kulkarni adds that aging will be less of a challenge in countries where elders are seen as assets rather than liabilities.  But nearly all the experts say young workers, in the future, will work longer and retire later than seniors today.
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Beautiful large house  in Grecia, with the best fresh natural weather,1.006 m2 of land, Price $290.000.  HERE!
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Beautiful home and separate apartment
The land is 289 square meters with  329 square meters of construction. Three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2 floors, covered parking, with room for  a second parking space. A first floor patio and a second floor balcony with view. Attached apartment rented for $500 per month. Live free. House valued, @ $330,000. asking price with agents is $295,000. With no agent, asking $280,000, negotiable. Must see to appreciate,  Contact: Wayne Winstead, burgbord@aol.com, 8820-1501/8379-7947
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Guanacaste, Liberia Farm
$64,000 NEGOTIABLE and owner financing available.
9 hectares (24 acres). Riverfront property and amazing views of 3 volcanoes.
 Contact: marinakuperman@gmail.com
8459-9/20/14

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away. Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es  and pdvartanian@aol.com.
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8457-9/18/14

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Cariari luxury condo for sale
This is not an ordinary condo.
Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $214,500.
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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 gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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Finca
A perfect ranch in Cariari, Guápiles
Fertile 42.5 hectares (about 105 acres) with a clean river and a natural spring of good water. Perfect for cattle or horses. Property faces a main road and contains corral and living quarters. Special price: $200,000 for a quick sale.. Call (506) 8383-3104 or write lindafinca@hotmail.com.
8420-8/11/14


ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site: costaricalandsales.com
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.
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Castillo
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8382-7/5/14

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consignment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
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Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
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