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Child sex tourism claim again dominates U.S. report
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. annual human trafficking report again characterizes Costa Rica as a hotbed of child sex tourism.

"Child sex tourism is a serious problem, particularly in the provinces of Guanacaste, Limón, Puntarenas, and San José," said the country report that is part of the federal government's annual effort. But, despite this rampant illegal activity, the report notes that there were no convictions in 2012.

The local report is the product of U.S. Embassy workers here with input from non-government organizations. The entire document was released Wednesday in Washington, and John Kerry, the secretary of State, said the United States has a moral obligation to meet the challenge of ending human trafficking.  He called the practice an assault on freedom and basic human dignity. The report declared China and Russia among the worst countries in fighting human trafficking, a designation that could lead to sanctions against both nations.

The local report tried to explain why there were no child sex tourism arrests: "Authorities did not report convicting any sex trafficking offenders under the anti-trafficking law during the reporting period, and while authorities reported using other statutes, such as those penalizing rape, to convict sex trafficking offenders during the year, they could not report how many offenders were convicted under these statutes."

Authorities also reported assisting 85 child victims of commercial sexual exploitation, the report said. The State Department considers anyone under 18 years as a child for purposes of the report.

As in previous years, embassy staffers failed to note that adult prostitution is not prosecuted in Costa Rica. Consequently, the context of the trafficking report is distorted. A.M. Costa Rica has repeatedly brought this omission to the attention of embassy staffers, but the final report appears to be distorted on purpose to be consistent with the ideology of the State Department and the non-profit organizations that assisted in the preparation.

For example, the report said that "in partnership with U.S. authorities, Costa Rican police deported four American citizens in 2012 for their involvement in child sex tourism." The individuals
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were not identified, leaving open the question of whether those deported were fugitives from sex crimes in the United States. Sexual activity with underage individuals overseas is a felony in the United States, and is prosecuted there vigorously. But there is no indication that the persons who were deported faced any U.S. charges.

The report correctly notes that a new law passed in October will cost expats and tourists $1 more when they leave the country. The money is supposed to go into a fund to fight trafficking.

The report suggests establishment of a shelter specifically for trafficking victims or through funding non-profit organizations to provide services.

The report also notes that trafficking for forced labor is a problem:

"Men and children from other Central American countries and from Asian countries, including China, are subjected to conditions of forced labor in Costa Rica, particularly in the agriculture, construction, fishing, and commercial sectors. Indigenous Panamanians are also reportedly vulnerable to forced labor."

News files show that arrests for sexual activity with minors usually occurs within a family with a stepfather or grandfather having an extended relationship with a child. Tourists who visit the country are continually warned that contact with underage individuals could result in long jail terms.

One of the big cases of sexual exploitation that took place in 2012 was not even mentioned in the report. Some 25 dancers at the Atlantic night club in La Uruca reported that they were brought to the country and forced into prostitution. Night club operators kept their passports to prevent them from leaving, investigators said at the time. This was labor exploitation in addition to sexual exploitation.

Two of three persons detained in that case received sentences of eight years in prison, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería reported last week.


Internet being considered for status as a human right
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers are considering making the Internet a human right.

Not clear is exactly what this means. Residents probably will have to continue to pay Tigo (A/K/A Amnet) RACSA or ICE for their Internet service.

The idea came up Wednesday at a meeting of the  Comisión Derechos Humanos.  Alejandro Cruz Molina, the minister of Ciencia y Tecnología, attended with several ministry experts.

There already is a bill in the legislative hopper to do
this. It is No. 18.159. But those present did not like the text because it was too short, they said.

The bill would create an addition to the Costa Rican Constitution. The idea of making the Internet a human right appears to have come from international organizations to which Costa Rica belongs.

All agreed that the Internet is important and vital for communications, including in the developing world.

To some extent using the Internet and the exercise of free speech already is a human right, but those who attended the meeting said they would return with an expanded bill.

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The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said Wednesday that it is beginning a pilot program to provide 4G services. The service will be available for some customers in the western part of the metro area with more locations to follow.

The state company said that Costa Rica is the first country in Central America to have this new technology, identified as Long Term Evolution. It said the technology is capable of providing connections of 100 megabits per second.

The company said that the service will be available in Santa Ana, Pavas, Escazú and Sabana. In two weeks San Pedro, Curridabat, Tres Ríos and Los Yoses will be added to the network. The decision on where to service with the pilot plan is based on the need for more data transfer speed, the company said.

The higher speed will give customers streaming video, online games and provide quick access to cloud storage, the company said.

Advertising will begin next month to tell residents where the service is available

The company is competing with its subsidiary, Radiogáfica Costarricense S.A., which is about to offer a 10 megabit residential service.


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Anyone planning to chop down trees illegally would be well advised to leave the heavy equipment at home.

The Fuerza Pública said that four men in Guatuso did not. So when they were caught, police confiscated a tractor as well as a saw.
Police said the men were encountered cutting trees along the Río Samen. Police said the men had no permission to do this, as required by the forestry law.

Neighbors heard the activity and turned them in, police said. Also confiscated was wood that had been taken from other felled trees, police said.


Store owner found dead
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 24-year-old supermarket owner died late Tuesday or early Wednesday when fire destroyed his business in Tibás.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that agents were called in when fire fighters arrived to extinguish the blaze about 2 a.m. and then found the body in the rear part of the store. The man, identified by the last name of Feng, lived in the store, the agency said.

An autopsy is planned.


Assange marks year of asylum
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of Julian Assange's successful asylum bid in London to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer questions on sexual assault claims.

The 41-year-old fears Sweden will hand him over to U.S. authorities, who would try him for helping facilitate one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.
       
In an off-camera interview a year after he took refuge within the walls of the Ecuadorian Embassy. Assange said he remained hopeful he would eventually leave, although he did not expect it would happen in the short term.
       
WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of confidential U.S. documents on the Internet in 2010.
       
Supporters say revealing the information was in the public interest, while critics say it jeopardized lives and national security. The court martial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of providing reams of classified material to WikiLeaks, is underway in Maryland.

 
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The crime seems to be in paying for the transplanted kidney
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The case against a transplant physician seems to hinge on the fact that kidney donors were paid.

Prosecutors have not said so exactly. Instead they allege that Franciso Mora Palma, the physician, was involved in the illicit extraction of organs.

Paying organ donors was made illegal by a 1994 law that specifically addressed organ transplants. Article 5 of that law forbids the commercialization of human organs. Both receiving and giving a human organ is forbidden. The penalty for violation is three to 10 years in prison.

The 1994 law also creates a commission to regulate transplants and urges the construction of a hospital dedicated to transplants. Neither seem to have been done.
 
Prosecutors have not been talking about the 2993 law. Instead they have focused their comments on a law passed in October that forbids illicit extraction of organs. But that law does not define illicit. The October law mentioned organ transplants in passing because the main thrust of the law was trafficking in persons.

The Poder Judicial tried to explain this Wednesday by saying the physician and a woman who helped him find donors were accused of trafficking in persons for the ends of the illicit extraction of organs. The October law increases the possible prison time to from eight to 16 years.

The Poder Judicial also reported last Wednesday that a criminal court judge in San José ordered the physician and his helper detained for six months of preventative detention.  The helper was identified by the last name of Cordero. Prosecutors said she was a Fuerza Pública employee who moonlighted as a taxi driver.  While driving, she came in contact with individuals who agreed to donate a kidney for money. The Poder Judicial said that the price was as much as 10 million colons, about $20,000.

A.M. Costa Rica reported Wednesday on the case of a U.S. citizen who paid in excess of $150,000 for a transplant by Mora and hospital stay. And he acquired the kidney from a younger friend.

Even though the 1994 law criminalizes selling an organ, prosecutors said that they are seeking more persons who had
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done so and that they would treat them as victims rather than suspects. Considering that there may be more compensation involved, other donors are likely to come forward.

Agents searched 10 locations Tuesday when they arrested the physician, who is chief of nephrology at Hospital Calderón Guardia. In addition to that public hospital, Hospital Clinica Biblica in San José and Hospital Hotel la Católica in Guadalupe also were searched. So were three labs, houses and the physician's private office, they said.

Mora has said in a YouTube video that he has done 550 kidney transplants. The criminal case involves two procedures which prosecutors said were done for the benefit of two patients from Israel. Mora was not accused of doing the surgeries but of determining the compatibility of donated kidneys and the potential recipient and also in coordinating the procedures.

The sudden interest of prosecutors in organ transplants stems from an article in a Mexican newspaper that characterized Costa Rica as a center for this type of medical treatment. That is why the organized crime prosecutors became involved.


Canadian gold firm exhausts its legal remedies here over mine
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The gold mining firm Industrias Infinito S.A. appears to have exhausted its legal remedies in Costa Rica. The Sala IV constitutional court has ruled that it would not consider an appeal by a ruling against the firm by the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo,

The court basically sidestepped the issue and said that the legal questions raised by the firm had been decided by a ruling in the Sala Primera. The constitutional court appeal has been pending since 2011 when the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo ruled that the concession under which the firm was to develop an open pit gold mine was defective.

Infinito, the subsidiary of a Canadian gold firm, sought to extract about 800,000 ounces of gold. While the project was being developed and legal challenges confronted, the price of gold soared.
Infinito once won a victory in the constitutional court, but then the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo inserted itself into the proceedings and even suggested legal action against former president Óscar Arias Sánchez because he had endorsed the project and declared it in the national interest.

Environmentalists brought the action as a way to halt the mine, which they saw as a potential source of pollution with the open pit leaching activity. They also were unhappy that the firm would have to cut some trees to dig the pit.

The court decision, which was released Wednesday afternoon, actually is good news for the company because by exhausting its legal remedies here it can head to international arbitration.

The company plans to arbitrate the case with the World Bank's organization designed for that purpose. The firm said it will seek more than $1 billion in expenses and lost profits. At issue is the sanctity of contracts in Costa Rica.

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No challenges to Paso Ancho bid means Circunvalación job can proceed
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

No firm has challenged the bidding process for the proposed overpass at another traffic circle on the Circunvalación, so the successful bidder can move ahead.

That was announced Wednesday by the Consejo National de Vialidad. The job for slightly more than $4.7 million goes to Constructora MECO S.A, a familiar firm in the road building area.

The Consejo has been working for years to eliminate the time consuming and accident-causing traffic circles.

This job will be at the Paso Ancho circle, which also is called the rotonda de
 la Guacamaya because the large auto supply firm with that name dominates the land to the south.

But there still are some hurdles. Sometime in August the construction company will begin design work, and the contract gives it six months to do that.

The actual work is expected to begin in February and take about 14 months. There will be the usual traffic delays, but once the project is competed, motorists on the four-lane Cicunvalación will be able to travel non-stop from the Hatillo traffic signals to Zapote, where there still is a traffic circle.

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Top food prize goes to trio
who genetically modified crops

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Three pioneers in the controversial field of genetically modified crops have won the prestigious World Food Prize, known as the Nobel Prize for agriculture. The award credits the technology they created with increasing the quantity and availability of food, and providing a tool to help meet the challenges of a growing population and a changing climate. But the selection has been criticized by those who say the benefits of modified foods remain to be seen.

In the 1970s, Belgian scientist Marc van Montagu discovered soil bacteria performing a kind of natural genetic engineering. Montagu says the bacteria insert a piece of their DNA into plant cells, which then produce chemicals that are good for the bacteria.

“Once we bacteria can insert DNA to give a new property to a plant, we were able to replace that part of the DNA with DNA that we want that gives new, useful properties to the plant,” van Montagu said.

Thus plant biotechnology was born. Mary-Dell Chilton and Rob Fraley produced the first genetically modified plants using that technology.

Fraley worked at Monsanto, where he is now chief technology officer.

“We were able to introduce genes that made it easier for farmers to control their weeds and to control insects, giving growers new tools,” Fraley said.

Fraley says those new tools let farmers grow more while using fewer or less toxic chemicals.

Farmers quickly embraced the new technology. They were first introduced in 1996. Today, about 12 percent of the entire world’s farmland grows crops that are genetically modified, according to the World Food Prize citation.

Mary-Dell Chilton is now principal scientist at Syngenta Biotechnology. She was amazed how quickly modified crops caught on.

“It really is astounding. And the reason for this acceptance is that the farmer has found that they work. They benefit him,” Ms. Chilton said.

Last year, a record 17.3 million farmers around the world grew genetically modified crops, and more than 90 percent of them were small-scale farmers in developing countries.

With the world expected to add another 2 billion people by 2050, demand for food and clothing will increase by at least 60 percent. 

And biotech crops will help, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, announcing the winners.

“It is simply true that biotechnology has dramatically increased crop yields. It has dramatically decreased loss due to pests and disease, and it allows us to feed more people without converting tropical forests or fragile lands in order to do so,” Kerry said.

But more than 15 years after the introduction of these crops, critics still question their safety. Senior scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman with the Union of Concerned Scientists says the technology could have benefits, but whether it will be critical for feeding the world remains to be seen.

“My understanding of the prize is you should be giving it to people that have shown major positive, unequivocally positive accomplishments in world agriculture. And I don’t see, so far, this technology being anywhere near that yet,” Gurian-Sherman said.

Gurian-Sherman says the technology has put too much control over the seed supply in the hands of a few companies like Monsanto and Syngenta - companies that he notes are sponsors of the World Food Prize.

The award will be presented at a ceremony in the midwestern U.S. state of Iowa in October.


FBI director says drones
are in use over United States

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the agency is occasionally using drones over the U.S., but did not say what the purpose of the surveillance is.

The U.S. for years has used drones to monitor activity along its southern and northern borders. But at a congressional hearing Wednesday, FBI chief Robert Mueller said the agency is deploying drones over the U.S. for other purposes.

He described the domestic use of the drones as very, very minimal, very seldom. But he said the top U.S. criminal investigative agency is only in the initial stages of developing policies for when drones can be used.

"I will tell you that our footprint is very small. We have very few and of limited use, and we're exploring not only the use but also the necessary guidelines for that use."

As details of U.S. surveillance programs to thwart terrorists have emerged in recent weeks, some lawmakers have voiced staunch support for the government's monitoring of telephone records of Americans and Internet messages sent by foreign nationals. But some critics in Congress have also said that the monitoring has gone too far and is threatening the civil liberties and privacy of Americans.

Mueller said domestic use of the drones is "generally used in a particular incident where you need the capability," but did not indicate when such an occurrence might arise.



Obama urges reduction
in world's nuclear weaponry


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama set forth his vision for advancing toward a world free of nuclear weapons in a speech Wednesday at the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Obama said he will seek to reduce deployed nuclear weapons by up to a third and renew talks with Russia to "move beyond Cold War nuclear postures."

He said the cuts in nuclear weapons can be made while at the same time ensuring the security of the U.S. and its allies, and also maintaining "a strong and credible strategic deterrent."

The proposal would mean the United States and Russia would cut their number of strategic nuclear warheads by up to one third below the level they agreed to in the New START Treaty. That agreement, signed in 2010, calls for the two countries to reduce their arsenal to 1,550 deployed strategic warheads by 2018.

Shortly before Obama delivered his speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying his government would not permit "disturbances to the system of strategic deterrence or a decrease in the effectiveness of Russia's nuclear forces."

Obama returned repeatedly throughout the speech to the theme of peace with justice, praising the free enterprise system as opposed to the kind of top down economic planning pursued by the Communist government of the former East Germany.

He warned Western countries not to turn inward or become"complacent after having won the Cold War, and said they must meet a number of challenges, including global warming, poverty and the spread of AIDS.

He also said he would redouble his efforts to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Brandenburg Gate was the site of two notable addresses by former U.S. leaders. In 1963, president John F. Kennedy declared himself a citizen of a divided Berlin in his speech, and in 1987, president Ronald Reagan demanded that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the Berlin Wall.

Before the address, Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks that covered, among other things, U.S. Internet surveillance. 

Ms. Merkel said that while enemies and opponents can use the Internet to threaten democracy, she had stressed to the U.S. president that there should be balance and proportionality between the need to monitor threats and to preserve a liberal order.

Obama called the U.S. Internet surveillance program circumscribed and narrow, insisting that U.S. intelligence agencies are not rifling through ordinary emails of German citizens or American citizens or anyone else and that the Internet and telephone surveillance programs are under federal court supervision.

This is Obama's first visit to Germany as president. He came to Berlin in 2008 as a presidential candidate, but was denied permission to make a speech at the Brandenburg Gate.


'Sopranos' lead,  Gandolfini,
reported to have died in Italy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. film and television actor James Gandolfini, 51, who portrayed an emotionally vulnerable crime boss on the groundbreaking television drama "The Sopranos," has died.

Statements issued by the actor's managers and U.S. cable television network HBO, which aired the series from 1999 through 2007, says Gandolfini died while on vacation in Italy from a possible heart attack. 

Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for playing Tony Soprano, the violent mobster undergoing psychiatric care in secret.

The New Jersey native's acting career began in 1992 when he starred in a Broadway revival of the classic Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire."  His breakthrough role came as a hit man in the 1993 movie "True Romance."

He went to star in such movies as "The Last Castle" with Robert Redford and "All the King's Men" with Sean Penn.  Last year, Gandolfini played CIA director Leon Panetta in the Osama Bin Laden manhunt movie "Zero Dark Thirty."

Tributes to Gandolfini have been pouring in over Twitter. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie mourned Gandolfini's death, calling the actor "a true Jersey guy."

Actress Olivia Wilde, who starred with Gandolfini the recent movie "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," paid tribute to her co-star as a "kind, funny and wonderful guy."

Actor Steve Carell, who also appeared in the movie, said "What a great loss."

U.S. Sen. John McCain said Gandolfini was "one of the nicest guys I've ever met."


Call center in New York helps
immigrants learn their rights


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

While the United States Congress continues to wrestle with an immigration reform bill, every day more people become American citizens. In fact, last year the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service swore in almost 700,000 new citizens, including 84,000 in New York State.

The immigration bill is the big issue on the minds of those seeking information about citizenship.

The City University of New York’s call-in phone banks for immigrants draw thousands of inquiries. Volunteers from all walks of life, including brand- new citizens, man the lines, providing information to callers. 

People from many different cultures help answer the concerned immigrant callers.  

"I’m handling Spanish calls and Brazilian, too.  People who speak Portuguese. And we are handling calls from all over New York, but even from Idaho," said a volunteer.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the volunteers that this program is really doing something positive.

“This country needs more immigrants.  We’ve got to make sure that immigrants that are here get a chance to participate and build our country.  And Washington’s crazy in terms of trying to keep the very people out that built our country and are our future, so you’re helping a lot," said Bloomberg.

The program has had its impact.  One new citizen is Emma Dyer, who immigrated from Panamá.  She found out about the program on TV.

“Being a citizen, people know, your voice counts, you can make change. That piece of paper means to be a lot of things. Number 1, I can go to the airport - any airport - buy a ticket going to anywhere and coming back with no answer and no question because I have my passport," said Ms. Dyer.

The crowning achievement is that piece of paper.  Almost every week in New York City new citizens are sworn in.  This was a day of joy mixed with tears for 150 new citizens from 32 different countries, including Ghana, France and Venezuela.


World Banks seeks rollback
of global warming trend


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Present warming trends could roll back decades of development and exacerbate poverty in some of the world’s poorest regions in South Asia, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new World Bank study, which calls for urgent action to reverse global warming because the window for action is narrowing rapidly.
     
From declining food production to water shortages, more extreme heat waves to floods, the picture painted by the new World Bank report is grim.

The report called "Turn Down the Heat," follows up on an earlier study that found Earth could be warmer by two degrees centigrade in the space of one generation, and by four degrees by the end of this century, if action is not taken to reduce carbon emissions. Today's temperatures are 0.8 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels.
 
The report focuses on the impact of such warming in the regions that will be hardest hit: South Asia, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

It finds that, in Sub-Saharan Africa, warming by two degrees centigrade will significantly reduce crop yields, impacting food security. Loss of savanna grasslands will threaten pastoral livelihoods.

In South Asia, the monsoon will become unpredictable and the region could suffer more extreme droughts and floods. Water in major river basins such as the Indus and the Ganges will reduce further, impacting food security for some 63 million people. Coastal cities such as Kolkata and Mumbai and Bangladesh are “potential impact hotspots” threatened by floods due to rising river and sea levels.

Across South East Asia rising sea levels, more intense and tropical cyclones and loss of marine ecosystems will adversely impact rural livelihoods. The World Bank country director in India, says the impact of global warming will fall hardest on the poor.
 
“The real point to us is that the poor are even more vulnerable than the not so poor because they are simply less able to protect themselves," Onno Ruhl said. "That is the sad part of the story, the most vulnerable will be hit the most.”

The World Bank is urging individuals and governments to make all choices through a climate lens and work toward aggressive national carbon-emission-reduction targets.

Officials say individuals, for example, should buy the most energy efficient gadgets, instead of those that look the glossiest.

Ruhl says climate change is getting higher on their list of priorities of policy makers in India and other countries, but much more remains to be done.

“Most governments when you talk to them about it, they will recognize it is a problem.  When they make choices they do the same as we do with the refrigerator, they just buy whatever looks the glossiest," Ruhl said. "I think that is where the challenge is.”
 
The report calls for countries to take urgent action to build resilience through climate-smart agriculture, flood defenses, drought and heat resistant crops, improved ground water management, and coastal infrastructure.


Firms worldwide explore
protein extracted from bugs


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

French start-up company Ynsect has identified a cheap, nourishing and locally produced alternative to soybeans as a vital source of protein in animal feed. The clue is in its name.

Ynsect is not alone in looking to invertebrates to meet a jump in demand for meat and fish, and so for feed, in coming decades.

Black soldier flies, common housefly larvae, silkworms and yellow mealworms were named as among the most promising species for industrial feed output in a report last month by the United Nations food agency.

“Given insects' natural role as food for a number of farmed livestock species, it is worth reconsidering their role as feed for specific poultry and fish species,” the Food and Agriculture Organization's report said.

Jean-Gabriel Levon, co-founder of Ynsect, said new protein sources were essential in a market where costs are set to climb.

“Insects are an interesting source which can be bred locally,” said Levon. “We are in the same situation as oil, with resources getting scarcer and more expensive.”

According to the food agency, protein such as meat meal, fishmeal and soymeal make up 60 to 70 percent of the price of feed.

Soybean prices have more than doubled over the past decade due to soaring demand and fishmeal prices have also jumped.

The two-year-old company has been developing an insect-based meal that could make up five to 30 percent of feed products, according to Levon.

Ynsect, which has around 10 rivals globally, is now raising funds to build the first European insect meal production unit by 2014-2015. One well-heated part of the plant would breed insects and the other would crush them into powder.

It aims to focus on using flies and beetles and Levon says a great advantage is that they can eat just about anything - for example human food leftovers such as potato peelings.

Once crushed, co-products such as shells can be used in the pharmaceutical sector, for cosmetics and wastewater treatments.

What is more, insect droppings make great fertilizer.

“Insects drink very little water. Their droppings are very dry. They're like sand and have all the qualities needed for a classic fertilizers,” Levon said.

Stephane Radet, who heads France's animal feed industry lobby, said he was cautious, as the protein product would have to prove itself to feed makers and win public acceptance.

“For new material to enter the manufacturing chain, it has to meet four major criteria: safety, quality, competitiveness and acceptability in the food sector, processors and at the bottom of the chain, the consumer,” said Radet.

While another pioneering company, South Africa's AgriProtein Technologies, is rearing house flies and using insect flour for cattle feed, this is not allowed in the European Union where the mad cow disease crisis of the late 1990s has led to caution over the use of processed animal proteins.

Processed animal proteins  particularly when cattle were given bovine protein, were blamed for the bovine spongiform encephalopathy outbreak.

The European Commission has approved the use of processed animal proteins to feed fish from June 1, which includes insect meal. It may allow their use in pig and poultry feed from 2014, lifting a ban on animal by-products imposed during the mad cow outbreak.

The EU imports about 70 percent of its protein-rich material for animal feed. According to European Feed Manufacturer's Federation Fefac, Europe's market for processed animal feed is worth around 45 billion euros ($60 billion) a year.

Ynsect aims to start with fish feed, where insect-based meal could replace increasingly scarce fishmeal and fish oil.

According to the the Food and Agriculture Organization, fish farming is the fastest-growing animal food producing sector and will need to expand sustainably to keep up with increasing demand.

Trials on certain fish species showed that diets where up to 50 percent of fishmeal was replaced with grass hopper meal produced equally good results as fishmeal only, the Food and Agriculture Organization added.

A further step one day might be to rear insects for direct human consumption. The Food and Agriculture Organization said insects already feed more than two billion humans in Africa, Asia and South America.


Occupy film among others
at human rights festival

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"Ninety-nine Percent," the Occupy Wall Street collaborative film, a portrait of the protest movement that began in 2011 in New York’s financial district, is one of the more unusual of 20 new offerings at this year’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York. It was shot by teams around the United States, and anyone who wanted to participate could do so.

“We thought it was important to have as many viewpoints as possible,” said Nina Krstic, one of four co-directors with Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell and Lucian Read. “There are veterans from Pittsburgh, students from Philadelphia, media people in New York, the San Francisco Occupation, Zuccotti Park, obviously,” she said. “These are regular people who have been affected by political, social and economic inequality. One goal of the film is to paint them as real people.”

Women’s rights, gay rights and disability rights are the subjects of more than half the films in the festival, co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center.  In Jeremy Teicher’s "Tall as the Baobab Tree," one of two feature films at the festival, a girl in Senegal tries to save her 11-year-old sister from being sold into marriage. "Salma," by British documentarian Kim Longinotto, is about the well-known Tamil writer of poetry and fiction who spent 25 years as a virtual prisoner, first in her parents’ home, and then in her husband’s. Her poems, smuggled to publishers with the aid of her mother, eventually led to her independence.

"Born This Way," by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann, explores the difficult lives of four young gay people in Cameroon, where there are more arrests for homosexuality than in any other country in the world. "In the Shadow of the Sun," by Harry Freeland, tells the stories of two Tanzanian men who face prejudice and even violence because of their albinism.

Two films from East Asia portray almost unimaginable horrors. "Camp 14 - Total Control Zone" by German documentarian Marc Wiese, is the story of Shin Dong Huyk, who was born and grew up inside a North Korean prison camp, where cruelty and near-starvation led even children and parents to betray each other. The film, which mixes a single long interview with animated scenes of Shin's life, garnered Wiese the Festival’s Nestor Almendros award for courage in filmmaking.

"The Act of Killing" by Joshua Oppenheimer revisits the never-prosecuted murders of up to 1 million leftists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals in Indonesia in 1965 to1967 by death squads operating at the behest of then-General Suharto. Oppenheimer invited several of the killers, who still live openly in Indonesian society and call themselves gangsters after their Hollywood heroes, to reenact their crimes for the camera. This they proudly do, costuming themselves as drag queens, gangsters and cowboys in scenes of breathtaking surreality.

The 2013 Festival’s centerpiece film is Haitian-born director Raoul Peck’s "Fatal Assistance" about the failure of international aid in rebuilding Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. “It is an absolutely devastating film,” says festival director John Biaggi, that shows “how NGO money and money from the world community that go to all these different disasters are really the money is spent in a very haphazard, very unstructured way, and in some cases actually damaging to the population.”

Not all the films are bleak. A feature film from Serbia, "The Parade," by Srdjan Dragojevic, is a comedy about a group’s effort to hold a Gay Pride march in Belgrade, where authorities have previously banned such parades and participants are frequently attacked.
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Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $215,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

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Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land $169K, River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com, Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-7/10/13

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Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.
7986-8/6/13

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
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7973-8/23/13

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$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
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$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

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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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La Cruz finca
La Cruz Finca 223 ha. (558.2 acre)
This beautiful 223-hectare (558-acre) farm is 70 kms. north of Liberia on the Pan-American Highway and has over a kilometer of frontage on the highway. The property is almost 3 kms deep and has good interior roads. The River Sapoa runs year round at the back side of the farm which is almost 1 mile wide with and incredible views over the Nicaraguan border to Lake Nicaragua and Isla Ometepe. Great property for an eco retreat, teak farm or cattle ranch.  At $900 per acre, this is one of the best farm deals around. See details HERE! The seller will entertain any reasonable offer. Price: $495,000 contact: Bruce Hummel. Email: Bruce@bh-cr.com. Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,  www.bh-cr.com
7966-6/16/13

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
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This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
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Water and power on site.
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Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

FOR SALE BY OWNER
You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

For Sale By Owner
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.
7845-8/18/13

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Protesters in Brazil keep
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Protesters blocked roads in Sao Paulo and marched toward a stadium hosting a major international soccer game in Brazil's northeast Wednesday in a growing wave of nationwide demonstrations against poor public services, inflation and other woes in Latin America's biggest country.
 
After more than a week, the biggest series of protests to sweep Brazil in more than two decades continued in major capitals and moved into smaller cities. Focused at first in cities like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the capital, Brasilia, demonstrations in more than 70 smaller cities are expected across the country today.
 
Wednesday's protests in Sao Paulo, the site of the most frequent marches, followed overnight demonstrations that led to looting and vandalism. Police arrested more than 63 people after protesters torched a police facility, tried to storm City Hall and broke windows and ransacked stores.
 
“People have the right to participate in protests,” Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad said at a news conference. He was critical, however, of unrest that interfered with the right to get to work, to get home.
 
Haddad on Wednesday said he was considering a reduction in bus fares, following cuts by officials in a handful of other state capitals, but still had to weigh how to make up for the subsequent shortfall in revenues for Brazil's biggest city and its financial and industrial hub.
 
In response, the Free Fare Movement, a protest group that is pushing for free transportation and is one of the chief organizers of the demonstrations, lambasted what it called the inversion of the debate by local authorities.
 
“They say the demonstrations impede the right to come and go of the population,” the group said in a statement. “It is the people demonstrating who are in fact fighting to guarantee that right.”
 
The nationwide protests were sparked last week by transportation fare increases, which came as Brazil struggles with annual inflation of 6.5 percent, unleashing a tide of complaints that caught authorities off guard.
 
Contrasting the country's high taxes with its ramshackle schools, hospitals and other government services, demonstrators have criticized the 28 billion reais ($12.9 billion) of public money being spent on preparations for the 2014 World Cup of soccer, to be played in 12 Brazilian cities.
 
Tuesday night President Dilma Rousseff, who has acknowledged the legitimacy of the protesters' demands, dispatched federal troops to five Brazilian cities to help maintain order around the Confederations Cup, which began earlier this month. The international soccer tournament is a warmup for the World Cup.
 
Ms. Rousseff's action, part of the contingency plan for the tournament, is similar to previous deployments of federal troops when crime, violence or other unrest disrupted annual carnival celebrations and other big events.
 
Brazil's national soccer team played Mexico Wednesday in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. Even before kickoff at mid-afternoon, some protesters among thousands marching before the game crossed police lines and had to be repelled by force, according to local authorities. A photographer covering the protest said police pointed guns armed with rubber bullets at journalists to get them to step back.
 
Protesters outside the stadium carried signs and banners asking residents to “hit the street” and demanding “health, education, not corruption.”
 
It remains unclear whether transportation fare reductions will be enough to slow the demonstrations or whether organizers, a loose collection of young activists who are connecting through social media, will continue calling for protests.
 
Ms. Rousseff, a former leftist guerrilla who was imprisoned and tortured by military dictators in her youth, on Tuesday said Brazilians deserved better public services.
 
Neither her words nor efforts by state and local officials have done much to stop the unrest, in part because of the diffuse nature of the protesters and the wide array of demands.
 
“It's difficult to get ahead of the movement because there isn't a clear image of who they are or what exactly they will do,” said David Fleischer, a political scientist at the University of Brasilia. “It's hard to have a discourse with someone you don't know.”
 
Although many Brazilians support the issues raised by the protesters, some are concerned about the vandalism and scattered violence that has accompanied some of the demonstrations.
 
In central Sao Paulo early Wednesday, broken glass and other debris was scattered atop colonial cobblestones, and graffiti was scrawled on the front of the city hall. “The people have awoken,” read one of the messages, echoing one of many chants that protesters have been yelling as they march.
 
“People are going to pay for this out of their pockets,” said Manuel Carlos, a 42-year-old logistics manager. “I am in favor of the movement but the stuff we are seeing here is absurd.”
 

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Fed chief says stimulus may be cut

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U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the bank may ease back on efforts to stimulate the economy later this year, because the economy is growing moderately.

"Job gains, along with the strengthening housing market, have in turn contributed to increases in consumer confidence and supported household spending," Bernanke said.

But Bernanke says the jobless rate is still too high, so the bank will continue stimulus efforts for the time being.

In 2008, the Fed cut short-term interest rates to a record low to boost the economy during the financial crisis.  When that produced disappointing results, the central bank added a program intended to push down long-term interest rates through purchases of $85 billion worth of securities each month.

Bernanke says the Fed will continue the purchase program for now, but could gradually reduce it if the economy continues to improve.  He said action to raise short-term interest rates is even further in the future.

Stimulus efforts focus on low interest rates, because they make it cheaper for businesses to finance new equipment, expand factories, and hire new people.  But if a stimulus program goes on too long, it can overshoot and spark inflation. 

Bernanke spoke after two days of meetings with the top officials of the Federal Reserve, who assessed the economy and debated courses of action. 

In a report, they said the U.S. jobless rate may fall as low as 7.2 percent by the end of this year and improve to 6.5 percent in 2014. 

The 6.5 percent figure is significant because Fed officials have said they will continue stimulus efforts at least until the jobless rate falls a bit more than 1 percentage point to hit that level.