Cocal
A.M. Costa Rica
Your daily English-language news source Monday through Friday


Weather ear
(506) 2223-1327
Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Vol. 17, No. 8
Email us
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
axiom new d
Casa Canada

Virilla Bridge
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo
Some girders are in place for the third lane of the Río Virilla bridge's eastbound lanes.
A chronicle of a traffic disaster foretold
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another traffic disaster is in the works. The public works ministry said Tuesday that the eastbound lanes of the Río Virilla bridge on the General Cañas autopista would be closed for 24 hours starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.

This is the principal route from Alajuela and Juan Santamaría airport to the capital. The last time the bridge was closed during the daytime traffic jammed up for hours and bus passengers took to the highway on foot to walk the 7 kilometers to Parque la Sabana. At least one was on crutches, and others carried baggage.

A pregnant woman had to be carried off in an ambulance.

The alternate routes are not sufficient to carry the traffic flow. Many commuters will use

trains for that day. The alternate routes are through Heredia, and some motorists use the Caldera highway.

To compound matters, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that one lane of the westbound side of the bridge would be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.  That might pose a problem for those headed to the international airport for an early flight.

The bridge will be reduced to one lane.

The General Cañas is Nacional Ruta 1, the Interamericana.

Officials say the closings are needed so work crews can move steel girders into position for the project to widen the bridge to three lanes in each direction. There have been a number of closings, but only one earlier one for 24 hours.

Search this site
index sitemap advanced
Association of Residents
 
Palermo Page one
 
 
Today's
colon
exchange rate
HERE!
Search 
our site
Subscribe
to daily digest
Real estate
ads
Classified 
ads
Contact
us
Tourism
and servics
Display
ad info
Classified
ad info

Airline
flights


HOtel directory promo


rss graphic
Twitter link
facebook logo

Have you seen our crossword puzzle?

HERE!


A.M. Costa Rica’s parent firm seeks
an entry-level bilingual
receptionist/clerical staffer with
the legal right to work in Costa Rica.
Those interested can contact administration@amcostarica.com





Restaurants






What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2017 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission.
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for more details





A.M. Costa Rica's
 
Second
news page

San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 8
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.

Dentistry


Dental
                                                      Services rollover
Dental Services Costa Rica

Dr Oscar Vargas specialist in prosthodontics
Where Science and Art meet!
www.dentalservicescostarica.com


Give yourself a bright and healthy smile.  Our professional practice is geared to exceptional quality in all procedures.   We are dedicated to technical perfection using cutting-edge technology.     

* DENTAL IMPLANTS:  One of the most successful ways to replace missing teeth.  Improve your quality of life, enjoy social activities with a beautiful natural smile.   Learn more HERE! 

* FULL MOUTH RESTORATION. We are experts and have specialized training of integral science going beyond the architectural design of the patient's desired smile.  HERE!  

* PORCELAIN VENEERS. achieve wonderful results to aesthetic goals for worn down, chipped, broken, discolored, uneven teeth and gaps between them. HERE! 

* PORTFOLIO please browse for information about our work.  HERE!

Contact us:
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cell: +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@dentalservicescostarica.com
Web:  www.dentalservicescostarica.com

8758-9/18/17

Psychotherapy

Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
www.LucindaGray.com
New World Meditation
9057-2/25/17

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José, Costa Rica.    Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9123-2/21/16

Residency experts

resdiency

JAVIER ZAVALETA
RESIDENCY IN COSTA RICA
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices

There are four primary ways to apply for legal residency in Costa Rica:
    Retiree (Pensionado):  For those with a pension or other retirement income.
    Legal Resident (Rentista): For those with guaranteed non-salary income or savings.
    Business/Investor (Inversionista): For those with Costa Rican business or real estate investments.
    Marriage/Relation (Vinculo): For those married to or related to a Costa Rican citizen.


WHICH OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU?
Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore. We know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.
Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience.

Javier Zavaleta
Residency in Costa Rica
P. O. Box 86352, Los Angeles, CA 90086
U.S. Phone: (323) 255-6116
U.S.  Fax (323) 344-1620
Phone in Costa Rica: ( 506 ) 2226=0755  (En español )

Email:  javier@residencyincostarica.com
Web: www.residencyincostarica.com
9071-3/19/17
9071-3/19/17

 Accountants

U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers, Tax Accountant
Licensed by the I.R.S.
 
Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. citizens, plan now for your tax year. Let me help you pay only the tax  you must!
 
Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion.
 
If your filing is not up-to-date, the Streamlined Filing Procedure can be used to mitigate penalties.   Including  disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid future problems. 

File current or past due FBARs with no penalties to meet IRS requirements.
File your current or amended returns.

Over 10 years in Costa Rica    
 
Competitive rates

Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9119-3/29/16

U.S. Tax International
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal
 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica

U.S. Tax
                                                  rollover
(English spoken). Tamarindo office hours now available.  If you or anyone you know would like an appointment in Tamarindo, please call our San José office at 2288-2201 to make an appointment.
Contact Us:
 U.S 786-206-9473         CR 506-2288-2201
FAX: 506 2231-3300
E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
Web page: www.ustaxinternational.com
9076-3/16/17

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
S
pecializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
Uncle Sam's
IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $101,300 for 2016).
Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
Up-to-date FACTA news.
All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.

Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com
8984-4/6/17

Fine art restoration and conservation

Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
 
Paintings    Sculptures    Murals 
Porcelain and ceramic restoration
  Works on paper restoration
Carmichael
  Conservation Curatorial  services
  Art expert services
  Other restoration services
  Condition evaluation
  Authenticity evaluation
  Art related insurance and 
       damage evaluations
  Art collection consultation
Experts in fine art restoration and conservation for the tropics. We clean mildew, mold, etc., repair, restore and offer art expert and curatorial services.

For more information please contact Jessica Steward at 8388-5328 or 8621 9287 email HERE!
9112-1/7/17

Real estate agents and services

CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH REALTY
Century
                                                          21

A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve
Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Residential sales
Commercial sales
Property management
Vacation rentals and long-term rentals
Tour desk

 Century 21 Jacó Beach Realty
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Calls from USA: (518) 693-7494
What’s App cell number: (506) 8866-1649
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
8918-1/15/17

Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.

Eco
                                                        graphic
   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
          property
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area
www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó
Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17

Representing Colinas del Sol
del Pacifico, S.A.

Colinas del
                                                    sol
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit tree orchards.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $40,000 USD , and many can be combined for those wanting a larger area for their chosen passion, be it a hobby horse farm or retirement haven.
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, Northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club
In Costa Rica contact Jeffrey Sandi Murray:          jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day:
 jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675 
Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9056-2/28/17
cocaine
Fuerza Pública de Limón photo
Police located these bags of suspected cocaine at Puerto Vargas de Talamanca in Limón Tuesday and detained three men who arrived in a boat. Officials estimated that the substance in 34 large bags weighed in excess of 400 kilos.


Effects of cold front expected to diminish

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some of the effects of the cold front that has visited for the past few days should go away soon, officials said.

The Tuesday evening analysis from the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that most of the effects of the cold front will gradually decrease today, however windy conditions will persist into the rest of the week. The estimate on the wind velocity within the Central Valley and the northern part of the country averaged 50 to 80 kilometers per hour. In the more mountainous reaches of the country, it reached close to 100 kilometers per hour, according to the weather institute.

Temperature highs are expected to be in the 70s and lows in the mid-60s for the rest of the week in San José, according to the Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica’s weather service. These will obviously vary depending on proximity to mountainous areas. Winds were moving in a westerly direction from the east Tuesday night, according to the weather service.

Tuesday’s maximum wind velocity was reported at 102 kilometers per hour in Escazú, according to the weather institute. Winds and the current climate conditions have brought about some trouble on the roads. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad and the public works ministry said that Route 10 running between Cartago and Turrialba is reduced to one lane.

The reason is a piece of guard rail taken out at the top of the Río Chiz bridge, according to officials. This is due to the heavy rainfall in the last few days, but there was no damage to the structure, according to the engineer in charge of the area.


Human smuggling suspect was not jailed

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man suspected of hauling illegal immigrants hidden among gas cylinders in the bed of his truck was not jailed.

A judge determined that he should be free as the criminal process continues. He was credited with devising a new way to smuggle foreigners.

Police said the truck with more than 138 gas cylinders was stopped Sunday night in the La Gamba sector of Golfito.  Officials said the man had no prior criminal record.


cows
Instituto de Desarrollo Rural photo
Potential recipients check out the cows from above.

Rural residents benefit from cow giveaway
 
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When the government awards land to rural dwellers, cows sometimes become part of the deal.

The Instituto de Desarrollo Rural said it has just distributed 138 head of cows to 39 families. That brought the total of cows distributed in the last year to 331 head.

The landowners are supposed to use the animals to build beef herds. The bulk of the latest distribution, some 113 animals, went to residents in the Horquetas de Sarapiquí area. Some 25 head went to landowners in Santa Rosa de Pocosol, San Carlos.

In order to obtain cows, rural residents have to make a formal request and then participate in a raffle.

The government agency spent 190 million colons, about $345,000, on the cow project in the last year, it said.

Another government program, this one in the wake of Hurricane Otto, is distributing animal feed and hay to livestock producers in the Upala area.

In addition to hay, the producers are getting grains and feed for cows, feed for pigs and chickens and antibiotics and minerals.

The national emergency commission said that about 700 producers are benefiting from the program.

The Instituto de Desarrollo Rural is involved in this area, too, and is providing seed for planting and fertilizer to some 100 farmers.

The Upala area was among the hardest hit by the hurricane Nov. 25.


News from the Spanish-language press
Translated into English


















Costa Rica Report news feeds are disabled on archived pages.















Have you seen these stories?
From A.M. Costa Rica
(Text version is HERE!)




















Top story news feeds are disabled on archived pages.
















 
From our retirement guide


















Retirement tips news feeds are disabled on archived pages.














masthead


Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes R­o Colorado S.A 2017 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details




Residency in Costa Rica


A.M. Costa Rica

Third News Page
 
Don't miss
our restaurant specials
HERE!

San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 8
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 
Tax dollars
at work
 
U.S. taxpayers have donated 180 folding tables and 704 chairs to four Costa Rican prisons so family and friends who visit can sit down, said the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, which runs the facilities. A U.S. Embassy staffer estimated the value of the donation at $32,000.
furniture
Ministerio de Justicia y Paz


An A.M. Costa Rica editorial
Hiring 1,000 more police officers ignores the real crime problems
Costa Rica can do much more to reduce violence than just doing an ad campaign, as was reported Tuesday.

But the crime problem is not just the lack of creativity of police officials. The blame for rising crime can be put on the courts, too, for excessive delays and lack of aggressive prosecution. Justice delayed is justice denied.

The legislature just passed on first reading a bill to channel $85.5 million in new taxes mostly to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. Officials there want to hire 1,000 new police officers.

Throwing bodies at crime is not the solution. And advertising that tells crooks to be good also is not a solution. Realistic and certain penalties would be effective in reducing crime. Here are some ideas:

1. Quit treating armed robbers as misguided schoolboys. A law enforcement official was quoted last week saying victims just give the crook the money and wallet to avoid violence. That is like posting an open invitation. Better to encourage the actions taken by an off-duty judicial agent who gunned down a bus robber. And there should be no hand wringing that the robber was just 16. He knew better.

2. Set up stings continuously. That old lady talking on a cell phone at the bus stop might really be a judicial agent with a nervous trigger finger.

3. Create a crimes tip reward line where callers can earn money. This technique has been highly successful elsewhere. Callers still could be anonymous yet earn money for turning in the local crooks. Many firms would quickly donate money for this cause.

4. Set up some internal stings to capture the informants who work in the police agencies. A few leakers have been caught, but the suspicion is that many more persons with gang and drug affiliations have infiltrated the various agencies.

5. Give more training for Fuerza Pública officers so they can carry a pistol during off-duty hours. This works in New York in support of the on-duty police officers.

Keystoners
Mack Sennett Studios photo
The fictional Keystone cops were numerous, too, as this 1914 movie still shows.

6. Lawmakers should reconsider the criminal penalties and establish policies so that convicted crooks serve their entire sentence instead of just a small percentage.

7. Prison should be a punishment and not a place where the wives and kids visit every Sunday for a picnic. The criminals should be totally separated from their visitors to eliminate all the drugs, cell telephones, alcohol and other items that prisoners obtain easily.

8. Need it be said that the Fuerza Pública officers should get out of their trucks and walk around the neighborhoods greeting people and finding out what is going on? Smiles would be helpful.

9. Officials should ignore the marijuana laws until the legislature has the good sense to repeal them. Expats do not like paying taxes to support platoons of police going into the Talamanca hills to chop down fields of marijuana plants. Anyway, readers who use marijuana say the hydroponics varieties grown in the Central Valley are much better.

10. Officials should ignore any ideas offered by those armchair crime fighters at United Nation's agencies.



Hotel header
 
Crocs
                  temporary
 
Hacienda
                  Baru
 
Palermo 900
 
La
                  Parcela
 

You need to see Costa Rican tourism information HERE!


Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2017 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details






A.M. Costa Rica's Fourth News page

San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 8
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Oldsters with musical training found to have better reaction times
By the Université de Montréal’s School news staff

Could learning to play a musical instrument help the elderly react faster and stay alert? Quite likely, according to a new study by Université de Montréal’s School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.

Published in the U.S. journal Brain and Cognition, the study shows that musicians have faster reaction times to sensory stimuli than non-musicians.

And that has implications for preventing some effects of aging, said lead researcher Simon Landry, whose study is part of his doctoral thesis in biomedical science.

“The more we know about the impact of music on really basic sensory processes, the more we can apply musical training to individuals who might have slower reaction times,” Landry said.

“As people get older, for example, we know their reaction

times get slower. So if we know that playing a musical instrument increases reaction times, then maybe playing an instrument will be helpful for them.”

In his study, Landry compared the reaction times of 16 musicians and 19 non-musicians. They were sat in a quiet, well-lit room with one hand on a computer mouse and the index finger of the other on a vibro-tactile device, a small box that vibrated intermittently.

They were told to click on the mouse when they heard a sound, from the speakers in front of them, or when the box vibrated, or when both happened.

Each of the three stimulations, audio, tactile and audio-tactile, was done 180 times. The subjects wore earplugs to mask any audio clue when the box vibrated.

“We found significantly faster reaction times with musicians for auditory, tactile and audio-tactile stimulations,” Landry writes in his study. “These results suggest for the first time that long-term musical training reduces simple non-musical auditory, tactile and multisensory reaction times.”

Vacation, travel and hospitality


HIdden Garden graphic
Put Costa Rica on your walls
The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is the perfect place to find quality Costa Rican and international art for your home or office.  With over 60 artists and 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we have been your source for fine art since 2010.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever. Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport (towards the beaches).

Visit our Web site at:  www.HiddenGardenArt.com
Contact us by email: info@HiddenGardenArt.com  
Find us on Trip Advisor, Facebook, Twitter,
Moon Travel Guides & Frommer's

Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel.  8386-6872 / 2667-0592; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073
International shipping available.
9140-5/1/17

Georgre Lundquist header

The Relocation/Retirement tour with the
 *HIGHEST SUCCESS RATE
OF RELOCATION*

 (as reported by the moving companies)
Visit many rental options to actually experience the price/amenity options available in more of the areas chosen by Expats for security, comfort, and quality of life.

Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!
HERE!

Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.
George Lundquist, retirement, relocation columnist, Guide & Developer/Builder. lundquistgeorge@gmail.com

George Lundquist

experience Costa Rica
Costa Rica Travel In Paradise Group Tours

Looking for easy booking process for a smooth Costa Rica trip?   We customize wonderful trips to Costa Rica.  We offer you our wealth of knowledge for a great experience . . . a trip of a lifetime!!!

* FAMILY VACATIONS. Our travels take into account the different ages of your family enjoy the most from your Family vacations. Click HERE!

* GROUP TOURS. Whether for a church group, couple of friends, Scout troop or a family group. We provide excellent quality service in your Group Tours. Click HERE!

* EDUCATIONAL TOURS. Tours for universities to schools to elementary schools. We have professionals to help you discover the secrets of Costa Rica in a fun way. Costa Rica Educational Tours. Click HERE!

* GUIDED TOURS. General holiday planning giving you the best value for your investment Costa Rica vacation Packages. Click HERE!

Contact us: 
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@travelinparadisecr.com
Web:  www.travelinparadisecr.com
8995-4/17/17

Howard book
Want to live in Costa Rica?
Read this book!


1,000s have benefited from 17 editions
with its insider information
and time-tested tips
700 carefully researched pages  

Written by Christopher Howard,
Costa Rica's #1 retirement expert
with 35 years experience helping people.
Click HERE!
9042-5/4/16

Howard
                        rollover
Will Costa Rica Retirement Work For You?
Find out for yourself on Live In Costa Rica's POPULAR Tours

When you visit Costa Rica, you'll want to discover what you need to know to  make the right choice about moving to this tropical paradise.  Our familiarization tours have won hard-earned credentials that prove general excellence and the right focus.  These are the only retirement tours that are licensed and approved by the Costa Rican government and tourism institute  (ICT). In 2006 we were featured on the NBC Today Show and World News.  In 2010, we won the  prestigious Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the Best and Most Unique Tour in Latin America.

   * Discover how to make the right choices about moving here
   * Find out how to live affordably
   * See how other expats live. Meet other expats who have made
          the move.
   * Access the country's affordable health care system
   * Informative two-day seminar given by local experts in their
          relevant fields.
   * Tours led by Christopher Howard, 36-year resident, citizen,
          and the author of "The New Golden Door to Retirement
          and  Living in Costa Rica – the Official Guide to Relocation”
   *    ATTRACTIVE DISCOUNTS ON TOURS
 
Click HERE  to learn all about our Association of Residents (ARCR)  approved tours at www.liveincostarica.com
9042-5/4/16

Here's reasonable medical care
Costa Rica's world class medical specialists are at your command. Get the top care for much less than U.S. prices. It is really a great way to spend a vacation. See our list of recommended professionals HERE!amcr-prom



Need a book about Costa Rica?


Check out our special selections available at Amazon logo

HERE!

A.M. Costa Rica
Real estate rentals
Real estate rental agents
Real estate for rent
Business
wanted
Real estate wanted

Real estate-related services (paid category)
COSTA RICA SOLAR
solar one

solar two
NOW with the New Power Company Regulations, we're installing photo voltaic systems for solar electricity.
PV systems: we use Enphase micro-inverters. More flexible. Add panels whenever you like. More reliable than any other system and fully guaranteed!

Solar device
NOW is the time to install our new super-efficient solar hot water! New model for condos
Solar collector
BUY NOW! Your solar hot water system, so in three months, we can calculate a lower install price for your PV system.  Perfect for homes and hotels. Save up to 40% of your electric bill.
More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You.

    We aren't Cheap...Neither are our Products. Call to Compare.
    More Flexible, Reliable-and Fully Guaranteed!

    Push this BIG RED BUTTON:  (O) and Learn ​details about your deal with ICE     
    SEE our new PACKAGE DEALS.
Solar logo
CALL TODAY!
Office: 506-2446-0543
Andre 506-8314-8090
Paul 506-8898-9398
OUR EMAIL:
 andrefurlong@gmail.com
Paul.Furlong@CR-Solar.com
VISIT OUR WEB:
www.crsolar.net 
9118-6/26/17

Real estate rentals (paid category)

farm house
Beautiful Home for Rent.
2-bedroom, 1-bath, furnished house inside gated farm. Close to town. No dogs. $650  includes electricity, internet, WiFi, cable TV, water. Santa Barbara de Heredia. American owner lives on site. Quiet, secure. 
Contact: organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com
xxxx-2/5/16

Tropical Homes

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
9055-2/23/17

Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
Timeshare
1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
9049-7/31/17





Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2016 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details





A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Fifth news page
Salsa Lizano
San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 8
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Axiom new ad

Search continues for truth
on Russian election claim


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Shortly after reports surfaced in the media Tuesday that Russian operatives have compromising personal and financial information on Donald Trump, the president-elect tweeted "FAKE NEWS!"

Trump's full tweet read "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!" He previously has denied that Moscow had any influence in the election while defending closer ties with that country.

The reports said Trump was told last week by the heads of domestic intelligence agencies that Russian operatives claimed to have the information.

Trump was given a two-page synopsis of the information last Friday, when he also was given a classified briefing on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, according to the reports, which cited unnamed sources who had knowledge of the briefing.

President Barack Obama was given the information on Thursday. CNN, which first reported the story Tuesday, did not give details of the so-called compromising information. That information had been known since late last year among some journalists and politicians in Washington, the media reports suggested.

Several media have reported on the intelligence report, but the information has not been corroborated. The allegations against Trump came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence agent with extensive Russian contacts, and whose previous work for the U.S. has been considered credible, according to media reports.

The FBI was given the information in August, months before the November election, CNN reported.

FBI Director James Comey, who testified at a Senate hearing regarding Russian election hacking Tuesday, refused to say whether the bureau is investigating any possible ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.

In late October, Comey angered Democrats when he announced 11 days before the election that the FBI was looking at more emails as part of its investigation of Hillary Clinton, who then lost the presidential election to Trump.

The rumors were seemingly supported when former U.S. Senate minority leader Harry Reid directed a letter to Comey regarding the Clinton investigation.

In the letter, he said, "It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors and the Russian government, a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information."

The Trump campaign had yet to respond to the media reports. But he previously has denied that Moscow had any influence in the election, while defending closer ties with that country.

U.S. intelligence agency chiefs last week testified to the Senate that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an operation to meddle with the U.S. election with the aim of hurting Mrs. Clinton's campaign and boosting that of Trump.

The website Buzzfeed, which claimed to have a copy of the intelligence report, posted it on its website. Among the summaries made in the report posted by Buzzfeed: that a former top Russian intelligence officer claimed the country's secret intelligence agency had compromised Trump through his Moscow activities to sufficiently be able to blackmail him.

It also claimed that Russia had been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years, with the aim, by Putin, of encouraging splits and divisions in the Western alliance.


Obama gives final speech
and reflects on his record


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday the country is a better, stronger place than when he took office in 2008, pointing to the reversal of a recession, passage of his landmark healthcare program and the legalization of gay marriage as achievements the American people have won through his message of change.

That section of his farewell address drew huge applause from a crowd of thousands in Chicago, delivered a few kilometers from the site where he gave his acceptance speech the night he won his first term in the White House.

With less than two weeks before president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Obama had directed his team to craft an address that would speak to all Americans, including those who voted for Trump.

Obama said in his speech it is up to all Americans to make sure the government can meet the country's many challenges and that he has committed to making the transition to the new administration as smooth as possible.

"Understand, democracy does not require uniformity," he said. "Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity. The idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together."

Obama noted that after his election many spoke of what they called a post-racial America. But he said race is still a potent and often divisive force, and stressed the need to uphold anti-discrimination laws.​

He urged minorities to connect their own struggles to challenges faced by refugees, immigrants, the rural poor and transgender Americans, and for the country's white population to acknowledge that laws that discriminated against African-Americans have effects that endure 50 years after they were abolished.

"So regardless of the station that we occupy; we have to try harder; we all have to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do, that they value hard work and family like we do, that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own,” he said.

Obama listed economic achievements such as cutting the number of people who lack health insurance, a growing economy and a lower unemployment rate. But he said those are not enough and that economic inequality hurts the country's democratic principles.

"While the top one percent has amassed a bigger share of wealth and income, too many families, in inner cities and rural counties, have been left behind," he said.

Obama told U.S. military members that serving as their commander-in-chief was the honor of his lifetime, and he pointed to successes in the fight against terrorism, including the killing of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and the ongoing coalition effort against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The president said the United States has to guard against weakening its values in the face of fear, further noting his efforts to ban torture, reform government surveillance laws and close the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"That's why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans," Obama said, drawing perhaps his loudest applause of the night.

He said he is more optimistic about the country than when he began his presidency. But he also urged people to take an active role in democracy, saying the system depends on Americans accepting the responsibility of citizenship regardless of which way the pendulum swings.

"I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours," Obama said.


Sessions defends his record
in Senate nomination hearing


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Alabama Sen. Jeff  Sessions, president-elect Donald Trump's choice for attorney general, defended his civil rights record Tuesday, telling a congressional hearing that he understands the tortured history of voting rights for African-Americans in the United States.

Sessions, the first of Trump's cabinet nominees facing a Senate confirmation hearing this week, assured his colleagues on the Judiciary Committee that he would lead aggressive enforcement of U.S. voting laws without hindrance or discrimination, and to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.

"As a Southerner I saw discrimination," Sessions said. "I know that was wrong. We needed to do better."

Sessions faced tough questions from Democrats about his race relations and his past efforts fighting immigration reform. Thirty years ago, the Senate rejected his nomination to be a federal judge because of allegations he made racially insensitive remarks, which Sessions called damnably false charges.

Several protesters in a Capitol Hill hearing room at times briefly shouted their opposition to Sessions' appointment with police at least once struggling to expel them.

After pausing for one interruption, Sessions, a conservative and four-term senator, vowed to uphold laws protecting minorities and lesbians, gays and transgender people, even if he had at various times during 20 years as a lawmaker voted against legislation they supported.

​Sessions, a hardline opponent of illegal immigration into the United States, promised to vigorously, effectively and immediately prosecute people who violate the border.

He deflected a question about what should happen to 800,000 young immigrants brought to the country by their parents illegally, and whom President Barack Obama has protected from deportation for two years. Sessions, who has opposed comprehensive immigration reform, said, "We need to fix this immigration system," something Congress has been unable to do.

The 70-year-old Sessions was an early supporter of Trump, the first senator to endorse his presidential bid at a time when political Washington thought the real estate billionaire turned politician had no chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination, let alone the presidency over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Sessions voiced complaints during the lengthy campaign about Mrs. Clinton's use of a private email server and handling of classified material while she was secretary of State. But he said that if he is confirmed as the country's top law enforcement official, he would remove himself from any involvement in discussions about possible prosecution of her in connection with the emails or the charitable Clinton Foundation her family controls.

Sessions also said he considers Supreme Court decisions upholding abortion rights and same sex marriages as settled law, rulings some U.S. conservatives hope to eventually overturn if Trump wins approval for conservative court appointments during his four-year term in the White House.

On other issues, Sessions testified that he has no reason to doubt the conclusion by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia meddled in the presidential election by hacking into computers to help Trump win, voiced support for keeping open the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay for suspected terrorists, and said he does not support a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as Trump once suggested.

Sessions' appointment has drawn opposition from at least two Democratic senators and civil rights advocates concerned he would weaken legal protections for immigrants, minorities and gays.

Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California voiced her skepticism about his nomination, asking in her opening statement, "Will he enforce the laws he voted against? Will he tell the president no when necessary?"

Sessions said he would not hesitate to oppose Trump when he thinks the president is wrong.

One Democrat, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, said he would testify against Sessions, the first time in Senate history a sitting senator has testified against a Senate colleague nominated for a cabinet position. Booker said the deeply troubling views about the nominee are a call to conscience.


Trump team seems to ignore
Foggy Bottom and John Kerry

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has yet to meet his presumptive successor, little more than a week before the inauguration, and senior American diplomats in Washington have had few encounters with members of president-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

"There are some people who have been in the building for a period of time, but quite candidly, I think there has not been a lot of high-level exchange at this point in time," Kerry said Tuesday at the U.S. Institute of Peace. "I'm still expecting to meet with my successor at some point in the near term."

Kerry and Rex Tillerson, Trump's choice to head the State Department, have spoken by telephone once since the president-elect nominated the ExxonMobil chief executive, according to State Department officials.

"The secretary, certainly, would value the opportunity to sit down one on one with Mr. Tillerson to really talk about some of the challenges he sees going forward," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Toner said there is no reason the two have not met apart from scheduling issues.

The confirmation hearing in the Senate for Tillerson, who has stepped down from his posts at ExxonMobil, begins Wednesday morning.

Kerry, in some of his most blunt criticism yet of the president-elect, blasted Trump’s controversial diplomacy via Twitter.

"If policy is going to be made in 140 characters on Twitter and every reasonable measurement of accountability is being bypassed and people don't care about it, we have a problem," Kerry said.

Former secretary of State Madeleine Albright echoed Kerry’s sentiments and added that reducing nuanced foreign policy to impulsive tweets is not ideal for her.

Sitting alongside Mrs. Albright, former North Atlantic Treaty Organization commander James Stavridis, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, said it is premature to judge the next administration's policy stances based on Trump's tweets and other comments he and his team have made.

A point of agreement among them all was that North Korea should be a primary concern at the White House, Pentagon and State Department when the Trump administration comes to power.


American citizen arrested,
charged in shooting diplomat


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An American citizen arrested in the shooting of a U.S. consular official in Mexico last week has been deported, the U.S. justice department said Tuesday.

The suspect, Zia Zafar, 31, of Chino Hills, California, made his initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, and was charged with one count of attempted murder of an internationally protected person.

A surveillance video posted to Facebook by the U.S. Consulate shows Zafar waiting outside a parking garage before opening fire on a car Friday evening. He wounded 13-year foreign service officer Christopher Ashcraft, who was reported to be in stable condition in a Guadalajara, Mexico, hospital.

According to the complaint filed against him, Zafar disguised himself and followed Ashcraft through a parking garage and to his car. As Ashcraft drove toward the exit, Zafar shot him once in the chest and fled.

He was arrested by Mexican authorities on Sunday and then deported.


Real estate-related services (paid category)

Container
                                  graphic
Shipping Container Homes For Sale!
We sell new shipping containers and modified container homes. Call us at 8307-8666 
www.containerhomes.net
Stop by our workshop and walk through our model homes in San Ramón.
9088-11/13/16

SellATimeshare.com
Browse timeshares for sale and rent by owner in Costa Rica at bargain prices. We connect existing timeshare owners with those looking to buy or rent a timeshare on the resale market. Timeshares on the resale market are up to 50% cheaper than those sold through the resort. Buy, sell or rent a timeshare at SellATimeshare.com. 
9004-4/26/17

COSTA RICA SOLAR
solar one

solar two
NOW with the New Power Company Regulations, we're installing photo voltaic systems for solar electricity.
PV systems: we use Enphase micro-inverters. More flexible. Add panels whenever you like. More reliable than any other system and fully guaranteed!

Solar device
NOW is the time to install our new super-efficient solar hot water! New model for condos
Solar collector
BUY NOW! Your solar hot water system, so in three months, we can calculate a lower install price for your PV system.  Perfect for homes and hotels. Save up to 40% of your electric bill.
More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You.

    We aren't Cheap...Neither are our Products. Call to Compare.
    More Flexible, Reliable-and Fully Guaranteed!

    Push this BIG RED BUTTON:  (O) and Learn ​details about your deal with ICE     
    SEE our new PACKAGE DEALS.
Solar logo
CALL TODAY!
Office: 506-2446-0543
Andre 506-8314-8090
Paul 506-8898-9398
OUR EMAIL:
 andrefurlong@gmail.com
Paul.Furlong@CR-Solar.com
VISIT OUR WEB:
www.crsolar.net 
9177-6/19/16

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


Century 21

CENTURY 21
JACÓ BEACH REALTY


A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve

Tom Ghormley and the dream team!

Owner/Broker in CR since 1979


Residential sales       Commercial sales
Property management        Vacation rentals          long-term rentals
Tour desk

 Century 21 Jacó Beach Realty
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Calls from USA: (518) 693-7494
What’s App cell number: (506) 8866-1649
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
8918-1/15/17

Remax
                                  Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
8927-1/28/17

Re-Max
If you are looking for information on condos, homes, lots, commercial real estate or development properties our award-winning team of professional agents are ready to help you buying property in Costa Rica. We have over 18 years of experience to educate our buyers in all aspects of purchasing property. Call us or email us today for more information on how to purchase that perfect piece of Costa Rica Real Estate.

Playas del Coco Click Here!

Playa Panama Click Here!

Playa Hermosa Click Here!
Peninsula Papagayo Click Here!

Playa Matapalo Click Here!
Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

8935-2/7/17

Axiom one

Sierra Collection. Meridian House or Chateau Montage.
Near Parque Nacional Marino Ballena,
Pacific Coast. 
For more i
nformation 

Click
HERE!
Axiom two
The Terraces at San Martin.  Discover the essence of Costa Rica on our Luxury Ocean View Villas . Near Dominicalito Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.
For more information
Click HERE!

Axiom three
Ellan At Ballena Beach.  Welcome to a world of endless adventure on our beachside condominiums at Ballena Beach, Pacific Coast.  For more information click  HERE!
We will be happy to give all the information you need. Contact:

AXIOM DEVELOPMENT GROUP SRL
Costa Rica Office: +506.4001-2343
Mobile: +506.8367-2466
USA Office: +1.786233-1579
sales@axiomcostarica.com
www.axiomcostarica.com
8906-2/21/16


Rich Coast
Rich Coast Realty
REDUCED by $30k! Three-bedroom furnished house in gated beach community, walk to the beach, $235k.
Ocean View Property, can be subdivided into four view lots, 10 minutes from the beach. Only $40,000!!
Panoramic Ocean View three-bedroom house on 4.7 acres, $398k, Ultimate in privacy!
Three-bedroom house and pool near the beach in Herradura, $199k.
Contact us with any questions you have about buying property in Costa Rica, Residency, etc. 12 years’ experience in Costa Rica real estate.
Have a property for sale in the Central or South Pacific, or in Guanacaste? We want to hear from you. We get results.

USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
www.RichCoastRealty.com
9058-3/1/17

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Samara
                                  acreage
Sámara titled land for sale by owner
5.7 acres. Only 150 meters to beach: $275,000
Less than $12 a meter

Fully titled, held by corporation. 150 meters to beach! Paved road frontage. Electric, phone and broadband internet at the road. Year-round water on property for well. 3 -minute drive to Sámara center and a 3-minute walk to Playa Sámara. 23,561 square meters / 5.7 acres. Property was purchased on 2005 with plans to develop 21 villas on the property. Project was halted due to real estate market collapse in 2007.  We are no longer interested in developing due to age, health and motivation!  Priced well below market value for quick sale.  More info click HERE! Email: darrandall@yahoo.com    Phone: 506-4033-6695.
xxxxxx-1/5/17

Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean
ocean view
and mountains. Locatedonly 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. Priced at $199,000.
Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R03ImsxN0wc    or click here www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com9
9127-1/2/17

San Rmon
                                  rollover
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed,  Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com 
Check out slide show HERE!
9129-3/6/17

New graphic
For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú
Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning. Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing. Up to 40% financing / get residency through investor status / includes a corporation that is 27 years old and offshore banking account with  Banco National / possible 50/50 partnership. Super location in front of the Bosques de Escazú  Condos  / Monthly rentals available
www.hotel4salecostarica.com
www.hotelsescazu.com
hotelescazu@aol.com
Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703
In Costa Rica 506- 8307-0164
Bruce Cohen

Penthouse
                                  rollover
Costa Rica penthouse for sale
 5 -story penthouse for sale.  One of a kind penthouse on top of the Corobici Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel providing 1st class room service plus shared common areas in the hotel. Commercial license is in place. Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $795K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,400 per month on an annual basis. Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  Owners U.S. cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
9132-6/1/17

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

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.

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Some of our other titles:
A.M. Panama
A.M. Colombia
A.M. Guatemala
A.M. Honduras
A.M. Cuba
A.M. Nicaragua
A.M. Venezuela
A.M. Central America
A.M.
Dominican Republic

A.M. Ecuador A.M. El Salvador
A.M. Bolivia

Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2017 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details




 
A.M.
Costa
Rica
sixth
news page


San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 8
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

News from the BBC up to the minute













BBC news feeds are disabled on archived pages.
















Latin news from the BBC up to the minute
Humpback
Wildlife Conservation Society
A humpback displays whale acrobatics.

DNA collected from 3,000 humpbacks

By the Wildlife Conservation Society news staff

Scientists have published one of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, and other organizations.

Using data generated from more than 3,000 skin samples from individual whales ranging from the South Atlantic to the Indian Oceans, the research team has uncovered previously unknown degrees of relatedness between different whale populations. The study will also help conservation reassessments of humpback whale populations, and reaffirms the highly distinct nature of a small, non-migratory population of humpback whales living in the Arabian Sea.

The study appears in the latest version of the journal Molecular Ecology.

Field research on marine mammals is one of the most challenging of biological studies, primarily because scientists are often unable to follow ocean-going species such as whales across their full range. The humpback whale in particular undertakes some of the longest migratory movements of any mammal. While techniques such as remote sensing devices placed on individual whales, photo-recognition of individuals, and other methods can help answer some questions of where whale species travel, molecular technologies can reveal secrets at a broader level, sometimes representative of entire populations.

“By comparing carefully selected markers in the DNA of thousands of whales in the Southern Hemisphere, we can begin answering questions about the movements of these animals and how different populations are related,” said lead author Francine Kershaw, formerly of Columbia University and now a science fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Genetic data provide unique information necessary for effective species management and conservation.”

In this study, researchers accumulated skin samples from 3,188 individual whales from 12 different locations in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Some of the samples were collected with biopsy darts and others were acquired from skin sloughed off by animals and collected by researchers. The samples were then analyzed with a technique called polymerase chain reaction.

Overall, the results of the study help to evaluate the validity of current definitions of breeding stocks used by the International Whaling Commission to formulate effective management decisions and recommendations. Most recently, they are being used to demonstrate how to better identify important marine mammal areas in need of protection, an initiative being led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Growing up to 50 feet in length, the humpback whale is known for its acrobatic behavior as well as its songs, the most complex of any great whale.
Costa Rican News
AMCostaRicaArchives.com
Retire NOW in Costa Rica
CostaRicaReport.com
Fine Dining in Costa Rica
The CAFTA Report
Fish fabulous Costa Rica


Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2017 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission.
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details



From Page 7:


Girlfriend was a bad business investment

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Having a Costa Rican girlfriend can be rough on a marriage, and now a New York State businessman faces a prison term

The man, Lawrence D. Rosenbaum, 65, pleaded guilty to securities fraud and tax fraud and now faces up to nine years in prison. Prosecutors said that he embezzled money from a food products project and used some of the money to support a long-term girlfriend in Costa Rica.

His wife, Thomasine Henderson, 66, has pleaded guilty to a separate crime, making a false insurance claim in the suicide death of their son. She will be sentenced to three years probation, said the New York Attorney General’s Office.

Prosecutors said that Rosenbaum took $600,000 for his own use from about $1 million investors gave him to develop a cheese processing plant in Upstate New York. The plant never was built.

Among other personal expenses paid by Rosenbaum was the $1,000-a-month rent for his girlfriend’s apartment here, said prosecutors.