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Appliance stores test the capabilities of shoppers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The jungle has nothing on appliance stores. It's a jungle there, too, according to the most recent survey by the economics ministry.

Surveyors looked at refrigerators and found vast price differences. But they also found that buying a major appliance like that on time would triple the price. The survey was done by the consumer division of the Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Comercia.

The survey is relevant to expats who frequently move here with few goods and have to buy major appliances.

The surveyors found a 36 percent difference in the price of a 25-cubic-foot Whirlpool. The refrigerator sold for 999,995 colons in Pricemart, Tres Ríos. That's about $2,028. Agencia Carlos Jiménez in Alajuela, priced the same refrigerator at 1,360,000 colons, about $2,769.

A  more modest Atlas 12-cubic-foot model sold for 270,964 colons or about $550 at Arelec in Alajuela while the same machine was priced 27 percent higher at the same Agencia Carlos Jiménez store at 343,800 or about $697.

A 14-cubic-foot Frigidaire model sold for 349,900 colons, about $710, in Play at Paseo de Las Flores, Heredia. At Cemaco in Zapote, the same refrigerator was 434,861 colons or $882, the survey results said, adding that the difference was 24 percent.

In fact, the same Play store was lowest for two other models, and Cemaco was highest for the same two.

The differences in price were much greater for refrigerators with different brand names but with
merchants
Surveyors visited these 16 stores and said they compared 242 prices.

the same internal volume, said the survey.

A 26-cubic-foot Mabe refrigerator at La Curacao in Alajuea sold for 553,300 colons or about $1,122. A Samsung refrigerator of the same size was 1,449,990 colons or about $2,941, a difference computed by the ministry workers to be 162 percent. Other differences ranged from 71 to 127 percent for similar models.

The price at Cemaco was 137 percent higher for a 21-cubic-foot machine when compared to the price at the Play store. But Play was 126 percent higher than Artelec for an 18-cubic-foot model, the survey said.
The percentage of differences in the price seemed to decrease as the size of the refrigerator decreased, according to the survey.

The interest rates on time purchases showed less difference, with most stores seeking abut 25 percent of the price as a down payment with interest rates ranging from 42 to 58 percent for terms of 36 to 48 months. Even with 20 percent down consumers would end up paying from 618,266 colons (about $1,254) to 780,593 colons (about $1,583)  in interest and remaining principal on refrigerators of from 325,000 to 356,400 colons (about $660 to $723) over the life of the loan, the survey said. The survey results are online at the ministry Web site.


This could be the real reason for all that happiness
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica promotes itself as being a country with happy people. But no one seems to be able to figure out why. Certainly the pace of life is slower, and the country is not involved in any foreign military adventures. It can't because there is no military.

The various happiness indexes are a bit suspect. For example, Costa Rica was ranked right up there with Vietnam in one.

However, the country consistently rates highly in studies of contentment, peace of mind and other desirable traits.

Could this be because Costa Rica is so green?

Mathew P. White and colleagues from the University of Exeter decided to try to pin down suggestions that there was a relationship between green space and happiness.

In research published this week, they compared the mental health of hundreds of Britons who had moved from a grey city neighborhood to a greener one with those who had moved in the opposite direction.

Looking at the data over the course of five years, they found that people who had moved to a
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greener area were happier and stayed happier after their move.

Just imagine if the Brits moved to Costa Rica instead. The country has about 25 percent of its land area in national parks and reserves. Trees are sacred. There are nearly 200 protected areas including national parks, reserves and forests.

The urban areas are not far from the countryside, and planting trees is a national pastime.

And then there is the rain to keep it all well watered.

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Great white sharks live long
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By the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution news staff

Great white sharks, top predators throughout the world's ocean, grow much slower and live significantly longer than previously thought, according to a new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

In the first successful radiocarbon age validation study for adult white sharks, researchers analyzed vertebrae from four females and four males from the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Age estimates were up to 73 years old for the largest male and 40 years old for the largest female.

“Our results dramatically extend the maximum age and longevity of white sharks compared to earlier studies,” said Li Ling Hamady, lead author of the study published in PLOS ONE. “Understanding longevity of the species, growth rate, age at sexual maturity, and differences in growth between males and females are especially important for sustainable management and conservation efforts.”

Age determination in fish relies primarily on analyzing growth increments in mineralized tissue, such as ear bones, vertebrae, and fin rays. These grow throughout a fish’s life, adding annual rings, similar to growth rings in trees.

Estimating age in white sharks can be challenging. While vertebrae are constructed of layers of tissue, laid down sequentially over an individual’s lifetime, the alternating light/dark banding patterns can be narrow and less distinct than in other species, and the bands don’t necessarily signify annual growth.

“Traditionally, aging sharks have relied on the assumption that band pairs are annual. In many cases this has been proven correct for part or all of a species life, however in more and more cases this is being disproven,” said coauthor Lisa Natanson, a fisheries biologist at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center lab in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

In previous studies, which assumed annual deposition of growth bands, the oldest white shark individuals identified were from the southwestern Pacific Ocean at 22 years old and the western Indian Ocean at 23 years old.

For this study, researchers took advantage of radiocarbon produced by thermonuclear device testing done during the 1950s and 1960s. Radiocarbon mixed from the atmosphere into the ocean, and was incorporated into the tissues of marine organisms living during that time period. The rise in radiocarbon gave researchers a specific spot in time pinpointed in the vertebra layers, which can be used as a time stamp to help determine the age of an animal.

Researchers conducted radiocarbon analysis on collagen in the white shark vertebrae. All of the vertebrae samples came from white sharks caught in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean from 1967 to 2010.

Researchers found that band pairs are laid down on an annual basis in small to medium-large sized white sharks in the northwestern Atlantic. However, the largest individuals may experience a change in the rate of vertebral material deposition at some point after maturity, or the bands may become so thin that they are unreadable.

Assuming a lifespan estimate of 70 years or more, white sharks may be among the longest-lived cartilaginous fish. While they are predominantly found in temperate and subtropical waters, white sharks migrate long distances and can be found throughout the global ocean. White sharks are considered vulnerable worldwide. Since individuals are slow growing and mature late, white shark populations could be even more sensitive to fishing, environmental and other pressures.

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Government shortsightedness
makes life hard for retirees


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Your editorial entitled "Campaigns ignore issues close to hearts of expats" surfaced some of the many problems facing Costa Rica today.

As someone who came to Costa Rica in 2004 with my wife, made our home here and spent most of our income in Costa Rica for over nine years we fully agree with your editorial.

During this time we hired many Costa Ricans giving them a living wage where they would not have had work. We also endured the problem of having an attorney steal one of our properties from us and resell it without the courts doing anything about it.

We have finally given up hope that the government will change and pass laws that protect foreigners' property and allow them to subsist  without harassment in their country of choice for retirement.

The shortsightedness of the government during two regimes has not changed, and we do not believe without a wholesale movement of expats to other countries the government will recognize the amount of money expats spend in Costa Rica.

If the government is intent to subsist only on tourism that will not bring in enough to improve the lives of all Costa Ricans as do expats living full-time in Costa Rica and giving them full-time work. So we will bid goodbye to Costa Rica and hope that in our exodus and the many others doing the same today that someone will see the problems and correct them for other expats who may choose Costa Rica in the future.
Bob Stone
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Bring back the rail signal
to avoid mishaps with trains

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

With the train accidents that occur, I have a suggestion.  The crossing on the south side of Heredia is quite dangerous, since there is a big Rotario Club sign near or on the railroad right of way. Since it is hard to see, cars often pull up and stop ON the track. One day I saw the train stop because of a car on the track.

Years ago the red signal blinked ONLY when a train was coming. So everyone stopped.  Much safer and even would save electricity.  The old was better.
Raymond Schlabach
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Petroleum monopoly wants adjustments in pricing formula
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national petroleum monopoly is seeking a study that it says will insure the resources for providing the country with fuel.

The refinery,  Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. directed its request to the nation's price regulating agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos.


The national petroleum firm is suggesting increases in the per liter price of fuel that would bring super gasoline to more than 700 colons a liter. That is about 2,660 colons per U.S. gallon or $5.40.
The company said that such increases are needed to insure the investments necessary to handle future demand.

The Autoridad sets the fuel prices each month based on the dollar rate of exchange and the world price of petroleum. Costa Rica has one of the highest fuel prices in Central America. The proposal by the refinery firm would make adjustments to the price formula to allow for construction of infrastructure, among other changes.

Costa Rica imports all of its petroleum. Efforts to drill for petroleum off the Caribbean coast and more recently in the northern zone have been frustrated by environmentalists and opposition from the central government.


Ex-employee accused of roughing up patients is in custody
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man who is accused of roughing up seniors in a geriatrics hospital early Sunday is in prison for investigation, the Poder Judicial confirmed Thursday.

The man, who has the last name of Acevido, worked as a gardener at the Hospital Geriátrico in Rohrmoser until he was fired last week. Investigators said that the man jumped the wall
about 5 a.m. Sunday and then went on a rampage at the hospital. He tied up staffers, beat up the elderly patients and broke flat screen televisions among other items.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that agents caught up with the man Wednesday afternoon in La Sabana.

No patients were injured seriously, said agents at the time. The case had a high priority because of the nature of the crime.


Just what is wrong with being called anti-war, anyway?
Back in November 2006, I was sitting home nursing my broken wrist, which paid the price of a too vigorous ping pong game that landed me on the floor. I had time to watch the election campaign in the U.S.  One of the accusations bandied about was that “liberals are anti-war.”  From time to time, the objects of this accusation protested that they were not.  It got me to thinking, “What is wrong with being anti-war?”

Being anti-war means being against killing.  It means being against the physical and mental maiming of soldiers on EITHER side.  Sometimes, these veterans return home so damaged that their only option is to live on the streets.   According to CNN, there were already more than 600 homeless veterans from the Iraq war.

Being anti-war means being against the brutalization of those who fight and the killing of innocent women and children, and not wanting children orphaned, women raped, or young wives turned into widows.  In every modern-day war more civilians than soldiers are killed. 

Being anti-war means not wanting cities reduced to rubble or the world contaminated with the residue of weapons and mines.
 
When one is pro-war, retaliation and aggression are the first responses considered to any provocation, real or imagined.  Being pro-war encompasses the attitude that you need not listen or speak to those who do not agree with you, that confrontation is the best, the only, solution.  It means accepting as a sad fact of war that civilians, sanitized by calling them collateral damage, will be killed.

Being anti-war means knowing that war is never a final solution.  The legacy of war is millions of refugees and a future war to right the wrongs of the last war.

Being anti-war means that war is truly the last resort, after all other rational means to peace have been exhausted.  Being anti-war means opting for diplomacy, striving to make friends of other nations, listening to their points of view, not challenging them to either line up behind you or be declared an enemy. 

Also in the news was the brain drain that was making the situation in Iraq untenable.  Those who were able to had fled the country because they daily feared for their lives.  The only people left were those so physically and mentally traumatized by war that they would have trouble picking up their lives after the war was over.  What would remain, it was feared by some, was a ravaged country with radicalized people, alienated even from one another.

Being anti-war means preferring to spend the people’s money
Butterfly in the City
 
. . .  Musings from San José

By Jo Stuart
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on education, health, and improving the infrastructure and the environment, rather than on the means to destroy all of these things.

As I sat at home nursing my broken wrist, I didn’t ever want to see any war that leaves anybody with anything worse than a broken wrist.  Enough injuries are incurred playing games, driving cars, personal violence and natural disasters.  To add to them was just too costly and too painful to imagine, I thought at the time.

Fortunately, in Costa Rica, where war is not an option, people do not have to contend with the multiple horrors of its aftermath.  What’s wrong with that?

Those were my thoughts back then.  It is now 2014 and I still feel the same.

I have come to believe that among the negative aspects of war is that it is an endeavor riddled with hypocrisy.  The justification that countries or religions give for going to war seldom are what they actually are fighting for.

Religious groups are perhaps more honest:  They simply want to destroy those who do not believe as they do or won’t convert.  The governments of countries offer noble reasons, but in fact, are fighting to protect some financial investment or secure some natural resource, whether it be land or energy or to extend their power.  Private, not public interests are often the motivations.

So, liberals in the United States object to being called anti-war. I will not object.  In email conversations with my fellow writers we have been discussing revolutions.  Sadly, it seems, according to those who are more knowledgeable than I, revolutions, even peaceful revolutions, like the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, seldom have long-term, good results. Those who seek power and riches usually end up in charge and then are corrupted by their own addiction to both.

I don’t have the answer, but it does seem that the handful of countries that have abolished their armies have the best chance of serving their people in a more equitable fashion.  True, most of these countries are small and have no dreams of becoming world powers.  I am content living in one of them.

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Cornell University researchers unveil protein that kills cancer cells on contact
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Some 90 percent of people who die from cancer do so, say experts, because the disease has metastasized, or spread.  Researchers say they believe they can dramatically reduce the mortality rate with a protein combination that kills cancer cells on contact. 

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are often effective at treating people with a solid tumor, but once the cancer has spread and formed tiny tumors at distant sites, chances for a successful recovery are dismal.

Now researchers at Cornell University in New York have isolated a protein that goes by the acronym of TRAIL that causes metastasizing cancer cells to implode on contact.

The biomedical engineers led by Mike King have attached TRAIL to immune system white blood cells so it circulates throughout the body, ready to destroy.

“And so now, in the blood flow, all of your white blood cells become essentially cancer-killing machines.  And whenever they bump into a cancer cell that makes its way in the circulation, that cancer cell will go on to die within a few hours," said King. King says TRAIL leaves healthy cells alone.
The protein complex triggers apoptosis, or cellular suicide, in cancer cells.  Apoptosis is what keeps normal cells from growing out of control.
 
In initial experiments with TRAIL, King says researchers injected the protein complex into saline but it was only 60 percent effective at killing cancer cells.  Researchers say the reason was that there were no immune cells for the suicide protein to latch on to. 

When investigators, however, injected TRAIL into the circulating blood of mice with cancer, the therapy was nearly 100 percent effective in causing the metastasized cells to kill themselves. 

“We believe the fluid forces, the pressures and forces of blood flow help give the signals to the cancer cells.  So basically the fluid flow pushes the cells together, the cancer cell and the altered white cell," said King.

Cancer also commonly spreads through the lymphatic system, which transports clear, colorless fluid containing white blood cells throughout the body.  King says bioengineers are also working on a targeted treatment to kill cancer cells that have made their way into lymphatic fluid.

An article describing an experimental treatment for cancer metastasis is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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International Space Station
will get four more years of life

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency NASA says it will keep the International Space Station operating for an additional four years, until 2024.

The $100 billion orbital station has been in service for 15 years, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration had been planning to keep it running until 2020.

Separately, NASA said Wednesday that a scheduled supply flight to the space station on Thursday was in doubt, due to possible effects on communications of a strong storm on the surface of the sun that will send billions of tons of highly charged particles through the solar system this week.

Orbital Sciences Corp. said the size of the solar storm could interfere with electronic equipment aboard the unmanned supply rocket, especially during the critical launch sequence. However, the firm said later Thursday that the launch from NASA's Wallop Island flight facility in Virginia took place at 1:07 p.m. local time.

The Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus spacecraft went into orbit in 10 minutes, and engineers confirmed that reliable communications had been established and that the solar arrays were fully deployed, providing the necessary electrical power to command the spacecraft, the company said

NASA says the solar activity poses no threat to the astronauts now on board the space station. 

A rotating crew of six scientists and fliers from the United States, Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan mans the station.

Since NASA retired its fleet of Space Shuttles, the agency is using Orbital Sciences and another private American company, SpaceX, to keep the space station stocked, with additional support by Russia.

Flight crews are ferried up to the space station three at a time aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft.


U.S. expels Indian diplomat
involved in maid's visa case


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has been ordered to leave the United States for allegedly lying on a visa application for her maid.

A State Department spokesman said Ms. Khobragade was still in the United States as of Thursday evening, but he expected her to leave soon, after India turned down a U.S. request to waive her diplomatic immunity.

Ms. Khobragade has been serving as India's deputy counsel general in New York. But on Thursday, following standard procedure, U.S. officials accepted India's request to change her accreditation to the United Nations as a diplomat, giving her full immunity.

Once she had full immunity, the State Department asked India to waive it so that Ms. Khobragade could face charges. But India denied the request.

The spokesman said the charges against her will not be dropped when she leaves the country, and she will face them if she returns.

U.S. authorities arrested Ms. Khobragade last month. India alleges that she was stripped-searched while in custody. 

She is accused of paying her housekeeper much less than minimum wage and lying about it on the maid's visa application.

The situation has created a firestorm between the two countries. Indian officials have lifted some diplomatic immunity for U.S. officials in New Delhi and have ordered the U.S. Embassy to restrict service at an embassy club for diplomats.


Illegal immigrant given OK
to become a California lawyer

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The California Supreme Court cleared the way last week for an illegal immigrant named Sergio Garcia to be licensed as a lawyer. The ruling comes amid a national debate over illegal immigration, and gives hope to undocumented residents who entered the country as children.

The ruling, made possible by a recent act of the California legislature, means Garcia can practice law, despite his undocumented status.

Law professor Niels Frenzen of the University of Southern California says the state court ruling is narrow.

“It does not address any other professional licenses.  It does not address any other type of government benefits," said Frenzen.

And it does not allow Garcia to work as an employee of a law firm, but Frenzen says he can work for clients as an independent lawyer.

Garcia, now 36, said that his case has wider relevance.

"My case opens the door for many young people, not just immigrants or the undocumented, who are frustrated with an education system that the government, I think, has abandoned," said Garcia.

For 21-year-old Luis Antezana, the ruling is good news.  He came to the United States with his parents at age 7, and realized in high school that he is in the United States illegally.

“Finally, something good.  Good things are happening," said Antezana.

Luis is covered under the Obama administration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which gave him a work permit and a two-year respite from deportation.

Garcia was not eligible because he was over age 30, the upper age limit for applicants.  The program was announced in June 2012, and by late August of last year, U.S. officials had approved more than 450,000 applications.

But Luis and others like him are barred from getting educational loans insured by the federal government.  He received a private scholarship for undocumented students at California State University, Los Angeles.  He is active in student government and hopes to become a lawyer to help remedy the problems of the undocumented.

“... all the disparities that happen to a lot of people, and it finally hit me.  I said, I have got to do things to change things for myself, for people who in my position, and for future children, not to go through what I am going through," he said.

Law professor Frenzen says the California ruling does not set a precedent.

“But it is certainly a persuasive decision, a decision that other state supreme courts can look to for guidance," he said.

The states of Florida and New York are also considering cases of undocumented law school graduates who hope to be licensed as lawyers, as the nation wrestles with questions surrounding its undocumented residents.  Their number is estimated at more than 11 million.


French right wing expecting
a big surge at ballot box

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Buoyed by record popularity ratings and a disgruntled public, the leader of France's far-right National Front is vowing to shake up politics as usual during upcoming local and European elections. Party leader Marine Le Pen predicts surging support for anti-EU and anti-immigrant parties like hers across the region.

French media suggest 2014 may be the year of Ms. Le Pen, and she seems to believe it, too. Speaking Thursday to anglophone journalists at her party's headquarters outside Paris, she predicted the demise of the country's two-party tradition.

Ms. Le Pen said the current French political system has come to an end with what she called a collapse of the rule of law and basic values and zero public confidence in politicians. This change, she said, would be registered at the polls.

Today, the National Front has only two deputies in the national assembly, no senators and only a few dozen municipal lawmakers. But Ms. Le Pen believes that will change.

She has two upcoming dates to test her predictions. France holds municipal elections in March, and Ms. Le Pen's party plans to field candidates in a record 500 towns. Elections for the European Parliament take place across the 28-member bloc in May.

Polls show the National Front capturing a record 20 percent approval rating. The party is capitalizing on the struggling economy, fears of radical Islam and immigration, along with anger over the policies of Socialist President Francois Hollande. Another survey finds the Front capturing one-quarter of intended European Parliament votes, well ahead of the Socialists and the opposition right-of-center UMP party.

Ms. Le Pen said she believed euroskeptics would win considerably more seats in the European Parliament than they currently hold and form alliances aimed at dismantling the EU.

A member of the European Parliament, Ms. Le Pen said her main wish was for the EU to collapse. She predicted that those she called patriots in the European Parliament would block any move to make the EU stronger.

Europe's economic crisis has triggered growing support for far-right populist parties in countries like Britain, the Netherlands and Greece. But Thursday, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso downplayed the strength of euroskeptics and their chances at the polls.

Ms. Le Pen has tried to refurbish the radical image of the National Front since taking over its top post from her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, three years ago. She placed third in the 2012 presidential elections.

Thursday, she referred to the rise of fundamentalist Islam in France. She accused a small minority of radicals of pressuring the majority of mainstream French Muslims to adopt more conservative attitudes and identify with their religion rather than their country.


Pakistani youth given credit
for stopping suicide bomber

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A 15-year-old boy in Pakistan is being hailed as a hero for sacrificing his life this week while trying to stop a suicide bomber from targeting his school.

Aitzaz Hassan was killed Monday in a remote village in Hangu, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Local police said the ninth grader saw the attacker getting off a bus and heading toward the school gate.  The attacker was wearing a school uniform but he looked suspicious, and that is when Aitzaz tried to stop him, prompting the attacker to set off the bomb.

Aitzaz's elder brother, Mujtaba, said the teenager's act "made his mother cry but saved 500 other mothers from crying," referring to the number of students in the school at the time of the blast.

Mujtaba said his brother often talked about fighting a suicide bomber if he came face-to-face with one.  “He actually did what he had said he would,” Mujtaba said.

He said that instead of grieving and mourning, the family is celebrating Aitzaz's bravery and martyrdom.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an outlawed Sunni militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.  The group is blamed for attacks on Shi'ites, who are a minority in Pakistan.


Japanese  scientists planning
to create nuclear meltdown


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Japanese nuclear scientists say they plan to create a controlled nuclear meltdown looking for clues how to deal with possible future disasters.

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday it will use a scaled-down nuclear reactor to deliberately create conditions of a serious malfunction. The experiment will start later this year at a research facility in Ibaraki, north of Tokyo.

Meltdowns occur when the nuclear fuel in the reactor's core, normally very hot in order to create steam for turbines that create electricity, overheats beyond its melting point. This can cause explosion and release of radioactive material, as has happened at the Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011, after it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami.

But Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at The Union of Concerned Scientists, says Japanese researchers are going to take only a small sample of the fuel that was in the Fukushima reactor and will subject it to conditions that will cause it to melt, so they can actually study how this process occurs.

"This type of experiment is usually under very carefully controlled conditions," he said. "The amount of material involved is very small and the facility is going to be secured and filtered. So I think there's very little risk associated with this experiment to the public."

Lyman added for many decades similar experiments have been carried out in many different facilities on a very limited basis.

"They are, however, very expensive and preparations are extremely difficult, so there's relatively little data available from this type of experiment, and this is one of the reasons why the Japanese are doing this one now," he said.

Since the accident at Fukushima plant, the Japanese public has become much more interested in the prevention of future accidents. Similar tests have been conducted by all major nations with nuclear power plants, including the United States, but never in Japan.


Christie, a possible candidate,
in hot water over bridge


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has never been one to shun the public spotlight.  But he can’t have enjoyed parrying with the press in a nationally televised news conference Thursday to answer allegations that his administration shut down traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey last September as political payback aimed at a Democratic mayor who declined to endorse him for re-election last year.
 
The bridge scandal has tarnished Christie’s political image as a tough but pragmatic and effective governor with bipartisan appeal who many experts had projected was in the top tier of potential Republican presidential contenders in 2016.  

Up until recently, mainstream and moderate Republican political strategists had been licking their chops at the prospect of Christie running for the Republican nomination as the best candidate with the potential to appeal to independent and even some Democratic voters.  Christie stood out among other potential candidates like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio because he has demonstrated appeal beyond conservative activists and could broaden the vote for Republicans in the next election.
 
Christie apologized for the bridge controversy Thursday in a nationally televised news conference that went on for well over an hour.   The governor insisted that staff members lied to him about their involvement in the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last September that snarled traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey.  Email and text messages obtained by news organizations Wednesday strongly suggested the lane closures were orchestrated by Christie aides as retribution directed at Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, who had refused to endorse Christie’s re-election bid last year.
 
At his news conference, Christie announced that he had fired deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly after he said she lied to him about her involvement in the bridge controversy.  One email released Wednesday from Ms. Kelly, said simply, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”  The email was sent to one of the governor’s top appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a longtime Christie friend, David Wildstein.  His email response was simple:  “Got it.”  The Port authority has the responsibility for operating the bridge.  Wildstein resigned his position last month.
 
All of this comes as Christie prepares for his inauguration as governor for a second term later this month and amid continuing speculation about his presidential aspirations in 2016.  If Christie has been truthful and he was completely in the dark about what his staff was doing, he may be able to overcome this in the long term.  But if there are more revelations in the weeks to come and if it turns out he knew more than he says about the bridge shenanigans, Christie’s national political standing may be damaged beyond repair, leaving the 2016 Republican presidential field to a competing group of true conservatives with little proven appeal to independent voters and political centrists.
 
One of the more memorable lines from Christie’s news conference was, “I am not a bully,” a response to questions about the image he has created during his tenure as governor and whether that may have encouraged his staff to react aggressively to political opponents. 

It was a line reminiscent of what President Richard Nixon famously said during the height of the Watergate scandal in the 1970’s when he said, “I am not a crook.”  Unfortunately for Nixon, his claim turned out not to be true. 
 
2014 is shaping up as a crucial year in Barack Obama’s presidency.  2013 was a year of setbacks for the president, due largely to the fumbled rollout of his signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act.  Obama will be under enormous political pressure to right the ship this year to avoid the fate of other two-term presidents who found themselves adrift halfway through their second terms. 

The most recent example was President George W. Bush who saw his public approval ratings plummet in the aftermath of the war in Iraq and his administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina.  His image in the polls has only recently started to creep up, and he’s been out of office since early 2009!
 
President Obama has a lot of work ahead to recoup his political standing with the public.  A year ago, the president began the year with a Gallup approval rating of 52 percent.  But that number tracked downward throughout the year and by last month his Gallup approval number had fallen to only 41 percent.  Most political analysts say that a key indicator of how the president’s political party will perform during a midterm congressional election is the approval rating.  If Obama’s stays low throughout this year that could be good news for Republicans in the elections and could keep the Obama White House in a political funk right through the final two years of his presidency.
 
2014 is a congressional election year in the U.S.  All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are at stake along with 35 of the 100 Senate seats and 36 state governorships.  The stakes are enormous for both parties.  At this early stage most analysts see the Republicans holding on to their majority in the House.  Democrats would need to pick up 17 seats to win back the House and historically the second midterm election of an eight-year presidency usually goes against the president’s party in Congress.
 
Republicans, though, do have a realistic chance of winning control of the Senate, now held by Democrats.  Republicans need to gain six Senate seats in order to win the majority and the reason many experts give them a chance is because many of the Senate seats Democrats are defending are in Republican-leaning states where conservative activists have traditionally fared better at getting their supporters out to the polls than Democrats have.  Still, the battle for the Senate is expected to be close and a number of individual races will get national attention this year.
 
Republicans are expected to renew their focus on the problems with Obamacare as their top priority for the election cycle.  Democrats want to pivot to issues associated with the general theme of income inequality—restoring unemployment benefits for the long term jobless, raising the minimum wage and pointing out where they believe the health care law is succeeding.
 
The first salvo goes to President Obama.  He will deliver his State of the Union Address Jan. 28 and that will be his best opportunity to lay out an agenda for the year and put Republicans on the defensive over issues like income inequality, social mobility and extending unemployment benefits for the long term jobless.
 
Republicans are likely to respond with continued attacks on Obamacare and a philosophical argument that the private sector, not government, is best suited to spark economic growth and create new jobs.


Obama facing increased woes
in handling Iraqi situation


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Violence and escalating sectarian tensions are of increasing concern to President Barack Obama, who according to his spokesman has been spending an increasing amount of time focused on Iraq.

Jay Carney, White House spokesman, says the president wants military assistance provided as quickly as possible.  That aid includes 100 Hellfire missiles, surveillance drones and Apache helicopters.

But since Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's U.S. visit last November, lawmakers in Congress skeptical about the Iraqi leader's commitment to political reconciliation, and how aid would be used, have blocked the helicopters.

Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is prominent among those voicing concerns.

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, a Repubican, suggested Thursday that President Obama has not been sufficiently personally engaged on Iraq.

Boehner renewed a line of criticism heard chiefly from Republicans that blames the president for failing to achieve an agreement on leaving a residual U.S. force in Iraq.

"Starting with the president delegating his responsibilities to the vice president, the administration has chosen to spend much of its time and energy trying to explain why having terrorists holding key terrain in the Middle East is not the president's problem," said Boehner.  He added, "The United States has and will continue to have vital national interests in Iraq.  We must maintain a long-term commitment to a successful outcome there.  And it is time that the president recognize this and get engaged."

That is an inaccurate representation, said Carney.  Vice President Biden has generally overseen Iraq policy, but Carney said Obama is very engaged and working with Congress to accelerate arms shipments.


New York governor allows
some forms of marijuana use


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When New York moves ahead with its planned legalization of medical marijuana for the chronically ill, Missy Miller's epileptic son Oliver will be left behind.
 
Oliver suffered a brain stem injury in utero and now, at 14, has hundreds of seizures a day. For months, his family has pinned their hopes on a strain of marijuana developed in Colorado that has helped children with similar conditions.
 
But under an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday making New York the 21st state to allow medical marijuana, it will remain illegal to grow marijuana or to import specialized plants from other states. The order limits the number of hospitals that can dispense marijuana and allows its use only to treat diseases such as cancer and glaucoma, according to several people briefed on the plan.
 
Patients will have little say in the marijuana they are prescribed and people like Oliver, who could benefit from a specialized strain known as Charlotte's Web that is high in the compound cannabidiol, or CBD,  would be cut out entirely.
 
“With this one medication, it's stopping their seizures or dramatically reducing their seizures,” said Miller, 49, as her son lay in a playpen in their home near Atlantic Beach, east of New York City.

While anecdotal evidence gives reasons for patients to be encouraged by the use of the strain, doctors urge caution.
 
Orrin Devinsky, an epilepsy expert at New York University who has treated Oliver, said data about the safety and effectiveness of Charlotte's Web is scant.
 
“In medicine, the roadside is littered with drugs and compounds and plants that people have sworn by,” said Devinsky, who is preparing a clinical trial using a nearly pure form of CBD. “The available data right now in humans is anecdotal, single cases where there could be a tremendous amount of bias in the results.”
 
Cuomo's announcement comes one week after Colorado began allowing the sale of marijuana for recreational use. A second state, Washington, will follow suit later this year.
 
The move is an about-face for Cuomo, who previously opposed marijuana legalization, but the Democrat has not come under the same pressure as his counterpart in neighboring New Jersey.
 
There, Gov. Chris Christie in September signed a bill loosening rules on medical marijuana access for sick children. Dubbed pot for tots by tabloids, Christie approved it one month after he was confronted by the parents of a 2-year-old girl who suffers from a form of epilepsy.
 
The family has since said they will move to Colorado where marijuana is sold in edible form, while in New Jersey it may only be sold in smokable form.
 
Medical marijuana has long faced an uphill battle in New York state.
 
The Compassionate Care Act, which provides for medical marijuana, has come up repeatedly in the state legislature since 1997, and has been approved by the state assembly four times. But it has never made it to a vote in the State Senate.
 
State Assemblymen Richard Gottfried, a leading proponent of medical marijuana, called Cuomo's order a key interim step. He said he planned to introduce a more comprehensive measure.
 
“The law is very limited and cumbersome and will leave out a lot of people,” said Gottfried.
 
The Charlotte's Web strain of marijuana, which the Millers have placed such hope in, comes from a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado Springs called Indispensary.
 
The product, which comes as an oil, is low in THC, the psychoactive compound that gives users the feeling of being high, and has close to no value to traditional marijuana consumers. But others tout the medicinal value of CBD.
 
A Gallup poll in October found, for the first time, a clear majority of Americans, 58 percent, favor legalizing marijuana, while 38 percent of Americans admitted they had tried the drug. A Siena College poll in May found that 82 percent of New Yorkers support legalizing medical marijuana.

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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 2228-5961 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8179-3/11/14

Re/Max, the Pacific coast expert
Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
8206-5/18/14

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
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8119-4/16/14



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.





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English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)
  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia 792
300 square meters of land, 195 square meters of construction HERE
Grecia 807
  18,000 square meters of land and 300 square meters of construction. HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8142-2/11/13

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Cahuita estate
Beach house in Cahuita for sale
2,000-sq. ft. house, 2 bedrooms. 2 baths. With incredible view of sea.  House has beautiful hardwood open upstairs deck. Teakwood floor upstairs. CB and ceramic downstairs, Very well built with beautiful hardwoods upstairs.  Oval bathtub, hand painted ceramic sinks  The view is through 240 meters of jungle and coconut trees to the beach. The beach in front is perfect and quiet. Very secure area. Property located adjacent to our wildlife sanctuary and botanical gardens. Great group of neighbors from U.S.A.,  Italy, Holland, Sweden, etc. This very private property is owned by Todd Scottland for more then  35 years. Taxes are paid up to date. This is a gem of a house. Must see!  Price  $205,000.00.  Email to:
scottlandtodd@live.com. Email for more photos.
Phone 2755-0014 or cell phone 8610-0490.
8207-3/8/14

Esparza home
Esparza, Puntarenas
Stunning open concept contemporary home 1800 square feet, high end finishing set in tranquil rural 1.3 acres of fruit trees and tropical flowers. Separate guest suite, artist studio, workshop, carport, electric gate.  Close to two international airports, surfing, fishing, golfing and shopping. More photos here:  http://www.rainforestnaturals.ca/songbird/cr/photogallery.htm
Sale for $239.000 Contact:  sjwiens@gmail.com
8196-2/6/14

Ojochal montage
Ojochal Paradise
Tropical paradise of 6.5 acres in Ojochal.  Cabin with one sleeping loft, all services, mountain and distant ocean views.  Several building sites available for main house or rental units. Close to surfing, fishing, golfing. Sale for $129.000  Contact:  sjwiens@gmail.com  for more photos/information or go here:
www.rainforestnaturals.ca/songbird/cr/land/photogallery.htm
8197-2/6/14

complex
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos
in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 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. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8200-4/3/14

Rich Coast montage
Real Estate, Central Pacific Region
RichCoastRealty.com

Central Pacific between Jacó and Quepos-Manuel Antonio
Lots in gated community near the beach  from $17,999! Only 3 left
2-bedroom house in gated community was $120k now $99,900
3-bedroom house with 2 additional residential lots, walk to the beach $160k
Turnkey coffee shop/ bakery, corner location, great ROI! $65k
2-bedroom panoramic oceanview house, guesthouse on 2.5 acres $269k
Panoramic oceanview  property, 3 houses, on-ground pool $375k
And much more!!!

     www.RichCoastRealty.com
   USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
   Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
8191-4/30/13


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: mwk350@yahoo.com
8186-3/13/14

forest
Gorgeous Survival Farm located between San Ramón and Arenal Volcano bordering the huge Arenal Monteverde Nature Reserve. 30 acres of virgin rain forest with no neighbors, river, spring waters, rich soil, giant trees, homesite, no electricity, year-round 4WD access. 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com.
8182-1/13/14


Gulf road

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 www.suenos.org. Contact us at: osaproperty@gmail.com or +1-866-514-7435.
8172-1/6/13

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.
8166-5/29/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
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:

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

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8162-1/11/14

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
http://www.youtube.com/user/CasaDelSolCostaRica
Asking  $250,000.    Call Gary 8784-2945 or email combrokers@aol.com
8157-2/22/13

Becker montage
Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

House and guest house on adjacent half acre lots. Each with separate electric,  private septic and well. Each can be sold stand alone or packaged. Modern kitchen, granite counters, Viking stove, large separate frig and freezer. Private commercial grade septic and well. No water shortages even in dry season. High speed internet and U.S. standard electric. Center of the beach -- NEVER floods. Estuary at each end of the beach with excellent kayaking and bird watching through the mangroves. Excellent fishing right off the shore. Great surfing, horseback riding, bicycling or Turtle watching. Groceries three miles away. Mentioned in "The Lonely Planet" Page 301. "Two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Wilderness beaches of fine silver-grey sand." Despite opportunities for great surfing, kayaking and just about anything else you want to do on a sandy strip of paradise, the beaches are nearly always abandoned. $500K Will finance.  More pictures available at: http://www.rebecker.com/journal102006a.htm.  Contact information: ginbecker@gmail.com,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.

condors

HIGH SECURITY Condo
ULatina, UCR, & U Fidelitas San Pedro, San Jose. $185,000.
Quietly located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada, 500 meters north of Iglesia Lourdes, San Pedro. ULatina, UCR, U. Fidelitas, bus & new train station are within five minutes Four-bedroom, three and half-bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with secure entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. Security fencing with electric wire, and a CCTV recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house.  For additional peace of mind, this residence equipped with an independently wired security system, iron bars on windows and patio doors, a telephone communication system to contact the guard house and secure parking at your front door.   Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. A green park area inside the complex for your children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Cable TV/Internet lines and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Water storage tank with pump maintains high pressure to bathrooms on all three floors. American style washer and electric dryer, refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987   or  U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458  or   (305) 848-5577. C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
6141-2/11/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at  www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8135-2/5/14

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2104

montage
For sale is a beautiful 50-acre property located in Los Alpes, just 15 minutes outside of San Ramon. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, this finca provides gorgeous views of the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance while also offering a wonderful climate year around. The main house is two stories with three bedrooms and two full baths. High quality construction using exotic hardwoods such as almond, which covers the ceilings throughout the entire house. There are also two corrals and a small casita on the property. This location is perfect for a farm-style home or for beginning an agricultural business. This truly is a rare piece of property and is available for $399,999. Price is somewhat negotiable and we will be happy to work with the buyer to make it work! Please call 8816-2478 or e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information ¡y se habla español!
8097-xxx

humming bird nest

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

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

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Business for sale or lease (paid category)
A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San José, Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas. And it 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 a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to even greater success. 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.com.
8213-2/13/14

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Jaco station
Gas Station/Auto Plaza
Located on the Pan American Highway, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Central America. This property is  45,000  square feet or  18,000  meters.  Liquor and convenience store is operational. Room to add an automotive service, car wash, restaurant, pharmacy, lotto sales, tour sales, ATM's,  etc, for a real money maker. Also future plans for a 80-unit  auto motel and casino. See on Youtube at:  http://youtu.be/iDXurhJ4fCk Asking price  $3.9 million. Email costaricapropertysales@gmail.com or call: 8899-9870.
8153-112/22/13

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2

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

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New book addresses negatives
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The travel industry has made it possible for those who have the money and the time to go wherever their dreams will
take them. The costs for such freedom are hefty, both to the individual traveler and to a world that travel makes smaller each day.

According to the U.N.-based World Travel Organization, international tourism has grown from 25 million tourists to more than one billion in 2012.  Responsible for 9 percent of the world’s economy, there’s no
Overbooked
denying the impact the growth of international travel on the socio-economic fabric of the world.

But in her new book  "Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism," former New York Times and Washington Post correspondent Elizabeth Becker notes the positive impact of the tourist trade is offset by some less desirable consequences.

Reporter:  You write that there are more than one billion cross-border trips a year.  How big a deal is that for the world economy?

Ms. Becker: It’s enormous.  And it’s shockingly important, when you think that for most people travel and tourism is a pasttime or a hobby, they do not think of it as a major industry.  But it is now in the top five or so economic sectors and going in one direction, up.  It’s now responsible for $6.5 trillion of the global gross product. It employs one out of 11 people around the world, so it’s very important, and I might add on the downside, if tourism were a country, it would be the fifth-biggest polluter.  So it’s a huge impact economically, socially, environmentally, culturally.

Reporter: Now, some of those visits will be members of families getting together, they won’t necessarily be packaged tours.

Ms. Becker:  No question, and the reason it’s called the travel and tourism industry is because they don’t pull out the thread of “why did you travel?” It’s just the same reason you put the gas in your car, you measure how much oil is used in a country, not what it’s used for.  And it’s the same for travel and tourism.  And that’s one of the big stumbling blocks I’ve had trying to get people to understand why the industry is so important.  People think of it for why they travel, not the basic fact that travel and tourism is now one of the world’s major industries.

Reporter:  You’ve touched on countries or industries that aren’t doing a good job, but which countries are doing a good job with their tourism?  And what about China, how has China managed its tourism industry?

Ms. Becker:  I found Deng Xiaoping in January of 1980, right after he wrested control, gave a series of six directional talks on why tourism was going to be so important to China as it opened up to the world. Now, the economic piece, that’s understandable.  But then, he said he hoped that tourism would mean they would have a good environmental consciousness, that did not work out, obviously.

But then thirdly, he said that tourism would be important for what we would call public diplomacy.  He said China does not have a great reputation out there in the broader world. These are my words, not his, obviously. And he said we have to learn how to treat tourism well, remember our hospitality which we used to have; we have to make every tourist a little sort of ambassador to go back, because the reputation of China after all those years of the Cold War wasn’t great.

And he said part of that would be a tourist cadre.  And to this day, the government is responsible for training and licensing all those tour guides you see, whether they’re from the Flying Dragon Co., or the Silver Moon Co., they’re all government-licensed.  And they all say the same thing about Mao Zedong was wonderful, that Deng Xiaoping was necessary, and we’re a wonderful country, and that yellow stuff that’s making your eyes water isn’t smog, it’s mist, and all this sort of stuff.




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