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Government's goal for 2015 is 4 percent growth
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The president's economic panel said Monday that it seeks a 4 percent growth for Costa Rica in 2015.

The panel, the Consejo Económico, is one of three specialized advisory groups that have been set up by President Luis Guillermo Solís. The panel said that the economic growth would come from public investments with local and foreign money, from foreign direct investment and incentives to generate employment in the short term.

The panel is off to a good start because construction of the APM container handling facility in Moín is expected to begin in the next 30 days. Eventually this will be a $1 billion job.

The country saw about 3.7 percent growth in 2014.

The Economic Commission for Latin
American and the Caribbean said that the nation's unemployment rate in 2014 was 8.4 percent. The U.N. agency also predicted that growth in Latin America and the Caribbean will rebound to 2.2 percent in 2015.

In 2014, average regional growth was just 1.1 percent, marking the smallest expansion since 2009, said the commission. Central America plus Haiti and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean grew 3.7 percent, it said. Growth in 2015 is predicted to be just above 4 percent, it added.

The percentages varied widely by country. Growth figures are based on an estimate of gross domestic product, the total of all goods and services.

The presidential economics panel also acted to create a committee to follow investment projects. That committee will have representatives from the Banco Central, the Ministerio de Planificación and the Ministerio de Hacienda.

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Ancient musical instrument wins honors today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the distant past before there were homo sapiens, some creature on the route to humanity created a noise.

The creature, perhaps a brother-in-law to the Australopithecus afarensis Lucy some 3.5 million years ago, affixed a piece of animal gut to a piece of wood and found that plucking the string created a sound. An early version of the drum probably was the first instrument, but this was a close second.

This was the prehistoric version of MTV or YouTube. For millions of years, protohumans, Cro-Magnon, Neanderthal and now homo sapiens have perfected what is called today the quijongo.

Two men from Guanacaste who are masters of the instrument have been honored by the Costa Rican culture ministry.

There have been some changes. Now there is

a gourd attached to the instrument that serves as a resonance chamber. The gourd also provides tones. The string is metal.

The two men who were honored are Eulalio Guadamuz Guadamuz, 87, of Bagaces and  Isidoro Guadamuz de la O of Santa Cruz. Despite the last name, they are not brothers.

Both men learned to play the instrument early in life. They are among the last masters of the  quijongo. They were awarded the prestigious Premio Nacional de Cultura Popular Tradicional 2014. Both are transferring their knowledge to a younger generation.

A culture ministry announcement said that the quijongo guanacasteco goes back to Colonial times, but other sources attribute the device to the Chorotega pre-Columbian residents. The instrument can be found with native peoples all the way up the coast to México.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two U.S. patrol planes spotted a suspicious boat some 130 nautical miles off Limón late Sunday.

Two Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas launches intercepted the open boat with the help of Colombia and the United States, the security ministry said.

The crew of the suspicious boat threw packages into the water. When recovered, the coast guard said there were 38 sacks and 16 packages of marijuana.

Officials said they thought the boat was inbound from Jamaica and carried high grade marijuana for the local market.

Five persons on the boat were detained.

2014 saw 106 cases of chikungunya virus

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Health officials say that by the end of 2014 there were 106 cases of the  chikungunya virus confirmed in the country. Some 36 cases were of persons who contracted the disease outside the country, but 70 appear to have contracted the virus inside the country.

Most of the cases in the capital of San José are imported, health officials said. Some 86 percent of the cases are confined to three provinces, with Puntarenas having the most. Jacó, for example, had 21 cases, they said.

The virus is spread by the same mosquitoes that carry dengue, and the tactic is to get rid of the mosquitoes.

The Minister de Salud says it will intensify its efforts.

Five private projects to produce power

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Five new electrical generating plants will help produce power, and they are private. They are in Atenas, Liberia, Turrialba and Tilarán, said the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

The state firm known as ICE will buy the power.

Two of the plants are hydro generators, and three are wind generators.

ICE officials are counting on the plants to produce about 6 percent of the power needs. The law limits private generation to 20 percent of the national needs.

The Tilawind plant in Tilarán will enter into operation in February. It represents an investment of $39 million.

The Torito hydro plant is on the Río Reventazón near Turrialba. It cost $134 million, said ICE.

The Orosí wind plant will go into service in June.  It is in Quebrada Grande de Liberia, Guanacaste, and cost $133 million, said ICE.

The Chucás hydro plant in Atenas uses water from the Río Tárcoles during the rainy season.  The plant cost $108 million.

The Vientos del Este is a $24 million project also in Tilarán. It will go into operation next December.

ICE generates about 75 percent of the nation's power.  Utilities in Heredia and Cartago as well as the subsidiary, the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, generate the rest.


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More winds are predicted for today with rain in the Caribbean
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There will be no surprise that today promises to be windy, too.

This is the usual January condition due to high pressure from the north. But the same wind bring moisture from the Caribbean to the coast and the northern zone.

The area around Cariblanco and Sarapiquí got the most rain

Monday, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.  The weather service even emitted a special afternoon bulletin.

The bulletin noted that there were gusts of up to 85 kph (53 mph) in the Central Valley, the north Pacific and in the mountains.

The weather service repeated its warnings about falling trees and other damage likely from the winds.

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Hot water grows warmer in case of ambassadorship for resignation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís finds himself in serious political trouble after another high official basically branded him a liar.

Solís now is at the center of a storm that erupted when newspeople learned that a presidential vice minister had offered the procuradora general de la República an ambassadorship in exchange for her resignation.

The issue took on new life Monday when the  procuradora general, Ana Lorena Brenes, issued a statement confirming that she was offered an ambassadorship and said that the president knew about it.

Solís has maintained that the actions by Daniel  Soley, the vice minister, were not known by him.

Lawmakers are seeking to bring Ms. Brenes, Soley, and Melvin Jiménez, the minister of the Presidencia into hearings

to testify. Some lawmakers have branded the offer as extortion and blackmail.

Ms. Brenes, who is the government's lawyer, has been at odds with Solís on several key legal issues.

Ronny Monge Salas, a legislator with the opposition Partido Liberación Nacional, issued a statement Monday in which he noted that the president's Partido Acción Ciudadana government promises a house of crystal, meaning high transparency.

Soley did not act alone, he said. Soley resigned his job Saturday.

The Spanish-language daily La Nación, which broke the story in the first place, published a short transcript of Solís denying that he knew about the meeting.  The president spoke to reporters Saturday.

Solís said that he had heard rumors about the meeting but did not know the details, according to the newspaper.

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New research provides key to more effective modified crops
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Strategies for delaying insect resistance to transgenic crops rely on assumptions that often are overly optimistic, a new study led by University of Arizona scientists shows. Published as an advance online publication by the journal Nature Biotechnology, the findings could improve management practices for current biotech crops and promote development of new varieties that are more effective and more durable.

Crops genetically engineered to produce proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis to control insect pests have been planted on a cumulative total of more than a billion acres worldwide since 1996. With some pests rapidly evolving resistance to these Bt crops that make only one toxin, biotech companies introduced Bt crops called pyramids that produce two or more Bt toxins active against the same pest. Such pyramids have been adopted in many countries since 2003, including the United States, India and Australia.

To assess the potential of pyramids to delay evolution of resistance by pests, the paper's lead author, Yves Carrière, and co-author Bruce Tabashnik, both in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, analyzed data from 38 studies that report effects of 10 Bt toxins used in transgenic crops against 15 insect pests. They found that in many cases, the crops' actual efficacy against pests did not live up to the expectations.

"The idea behind Bt crop pyramids can be explained with a lock-and-key analogy," said Tabashnik, who heads the university's Department of Entomology. "The lock on the door is the receptor protein in the insect's gut, and the key is the Bt toxin that binds to that receptor. To be able to kill the insect, the toxin must fit the lock to open the door and get inside.

"If you have only one key - one toxin - and a mutation has changed the lock - the receptor - then the toxin can't open the door and get inside. The insect is resistant and survives. Now imagine you have two keys, one for the front door and a different one for the back door. Let's say you're trying to get in through the front door, but the key doesn't work because the lock has changed. Your second key will get you in through the back door, provided the lock there hasn't changed as well. So, if you can't kill the insect one way, you can kill it another way. That's how pyramids work. It's like having two different keys, so the insect needs two different mutations to become resistant."

However, the scenario described above is an ideal situation that is often not achieved in the real world, according to the new study. At the other extreme, some Bt crop pyramids could have two toxins that bind to the same receptor.

"In that scenario, the keys are so similar that each only opens the front door, and if that lock is changed, you're out of luck," Tabashnik said.

The reality, the authors found in this study, is often somewhere in between.

"If each toxin is highly effective on its own and two toxins act independently, the pyramid should kill at least 99.75
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Despite extensive planting of transgenic cotton that produces two toxins active against the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa zea), insecticide sprays against this voracious caterpillar pest have increased in the United States.

percent of the Bt-susceptible pests," explained Carrière, also a professor of entomology. "In other words, fewer than three of every thousand susceptible insects should survive."

Scrutinizing the scientific literature, Carrière and Tabashnik discovered that this assumption was met only in about half of the cases. They also found that, contrary to the ideal scenario typically assumed, selection for resistance to one toxin in a pyramid often causes cross-resistance to another toxin in the pyramid.

One goal of this study, Carrière explained, is to help biotech companies decide which toxins to put in their pyramided crops based on data that already exist, rather than by a time-consuming process of trial and error.

"Will two toxins behave as one key or two keys, or somewhere in between?" he said. "And can we use understanding of how these toxins work to answer that question?"

To help find answers, Neil Crickmore of the University of Sussex, an expert in Bt toxin structure and function who co-authored the study, used data available online to analyze the similarity of toxins in each of their three component parts, called domains. Consistent with previous biochemical work showing that the middle domain of the toxins plays a key role in binding to receptors, the new study shows that cross-resistance between toxins is associated with their amino acid sequence similarity in this domain. Results from the new study also indicate that amino acid sequence similarity in another domain contributes to mortality of Bt-susceptible insects on pyramids.

"We identified specific domains involved in expression of traits that govern evolution of resistance to pyramids, and propose that toxins with different amino acid similarity in these domains could be combined to produce more effective and durable pyramids," Carrière said. "With the available technology, it is now possible to swap domains and engineer each Bt toxin with the desired domain configuration. The information provided in our study could help the design of such chimeric toxins used in pyramids."

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Chechnya leader rallies
country against cartoons

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Russian Muslim region of Chechnya gathered in the regional capital Grozny Monday to protest against caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Chechnya's Interior Ministry said more than a million people attended the demonstration. Earlier Monday, the Russian Interior Ministry had estimated the number of attendees at more than 800,000.

The republic's population is around 1.3 million.

Before the rally, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov urged people to attend to protest against what he called "the vulgarity, immorality, lack of culture, and the shamelessness of those who drew the caricatures of the Prophet."

Earlier this month, gunman attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people. The killings were said to be retaliation for the publication's depictions of Muhammad.

Some of the Chechen protesters Monday carried signs reading "Hands off the Prophet Muhammad," Addressing the crowd, Kadyrov declared “If needed, we are ready to die to stop anyone who thinks that you can irresponsibly defile the name of the Prophet."

He accused European journalists and politicians of proclaiming "the freedom to be vulgar, rude and insult the religious feelings of hundreds of millions of believers" under what he called "false slogans about freedom of speech and democracy."

The Chechen leader also told the crowds it was possible that the authorities and special services of Western countries were behind the Paris attacks as a way to spark a new wave of recruiting for the Islamic State group. In October, Kadyrov alleged that the Islamic State was acting "on orders from the West and deliberately exterminating Muslims."

Two days after the killings in Paris, Kadyrov accused the chief editor of a liberal radio station of inciting anti-Muslim hatred after its Web site asked readers to vote on whether publications should print caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in response to the Charlie Hebdo killings.

He also called Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon and long-time critic of President Vladimir Putin, a personal enemy and an enemy of all the world's Muslims after Khodorkovsky called for the publication of Muhammad caricatures to protest the Paris killings.

Kadyrov, who fought on the side of Chechen separatists in the 1990s, is now one of Putin's most vigorous supporters. The Kremlin leader appointed Kadyrov president of Chechnya in 2007. Since then he has ruled Chechnya with an iron hand, and also has been accused of widespread human rights violations.

While he has fought against radical Islamist insurgents in the region, the Chechen leader has adopted some Islamic customs as laws. Among these is order a requirement that women must wear headscarves in public.

Canadian troops engage
Islamic State fighters

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Canadian special forces have engaged with Islamic State fighters in ground combat in Iraq, in what their commander says was the first time they had taken and returned fire.

Brig. Gen. Michael Rouleau, commander of the special forces, said Monday the engagement took place in the past week when the Canadian soldiers, who had been training Iraqi forces, took them to the front line to visualize what they had been discussing.

Rouleau said his forces came under immediate and effective mortar and machine gun fire and that the Canadians responded by neutralizing the Islamic State positions.

The general said it was a matter of self-defense.

Western nations, including the United States, involved in the air campaign against the Islamic State  had vowed not to engage in ground combat. Canada, like others, said its forces stationed in Iraq were there to advise and train Iraqi forces to do battle with the Islamic State.

Pope warns Catholics
to avoid being rabbits

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis says that just because the Catholic Church bans artificial contraceptives, it does not mean Catholics have to breed like rabbits.

Flying back to Rome Monday from his week-long visit to Asia, Francis, in an airborne news conference, said the church promotes responsible parenthood and natural methods of birth control.

He spoke of meeting a woman in Manila who is pregnant with her eighth child after giving birth seven times by Caesarian section. That, he said, was irresponsible parenting.

But the pontiff objected to what he called ideological colonization of the family and developing world. It’s wrong to impose progressive, Western notions about birth control and gay rights, especially as a precondition of development aid, Francis was reported as saying. 

The pope also expanded on his recent remarks about freedom of expression following Islamist extremists’ deadly Jan. 7 attacks on Charlie Hebdo, a Paris satirical news magazine that has caricatured religious figures including the Islamic religion’s Prophet Muhammad.

In the face of perceived insults, "in theory, we should say what is said in the Bible: that we should turn the other cheek. In theory, we can say that we have freedom to express ourselves," Francis said. But, he explained, some provocative expressions "risk receiving a reaction that isn’t correct."

"Freedom of expression must take into consideration human reality and, therefore, I say it must be prudent," he concluded.

Francis said he has tentative plans to travel to Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, the Central African Republic and Uganda later this year.

Vatican officials also have said Francis in September will visit three U.S. cities: Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.

Global unemployment seen
increasing over next 5 years

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Global unemployment is likely to rise over the next five years, and the combination of increasing joblessness and widening inequalities could lead to growing turbulence in many societies, the International Labor Organization warns in a new report.   

The United Nations agency forecasts that more than 212 million people worldwide will be out of work by 2019, up from 201 million now. In “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2015,” it said more than 61 million jobs have been lost since the global economic crisis started in 2008. It predicted the tepid recovery means unemployment levels will rise until the current decade’s end.  

A related new U.N. report anticipates modest economic growth worldwide over the next two years.

A likely trigger for social unrest will be young people, between the ages of 15 and 24, who are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, the labor organization’s report said. In 2014, youth unemployment was almost 13 percent.

Labor organization research chief Raymond Torres said analyses by his organization and by others, such as the International Monetary Fund, showed an undeniable connection between social unrest and the labor market.

"There is a link between inequalities and the ability for economies to rebound, to recover," Torres said. "In high inequality countries, it is more difficult to rebound than in low inequality countries."

Social unrest has increased in tandem with the rising unemployment rate, now reaching a level almost 10 percent higher than when the crisis began in 2008.

Disparities in employment and income also feed distrust of governments, the reports said.

Extreme poverty affects 1 in 10 workers.

Some 319 million workers, or one out of 10 globally, earn less than $1.25 a day and live in extreme poverty, said the organization’s director-general, Guy Ryder.

"Though those figures have come down in recent years, the rate of decline has been retarded quite significantly in the period of the crisis," Torres said.

But Ryder also offered a bright spot. "The global middle class continues to grow," he said, saying its members now make up 34 percent of workers in the developing world, up from 20 percent in the 1990s.

The labor organization’s report found that employment rates have improved in the United States while unemployment remains high in many advanced economies, particularly in Europe.

It noted that three-quarters of the world’s vulnerable employees, those who are self-employed or are unpaid family workers, are in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of working poverty and vulnerable employment across all regions, the report observed.

It said the ebola epidemic in West Africa has taken a significant toll on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The employment outlook has deteriorated in the Arab region and parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, the report said.

It projected employment prospects in many advanced economies and several Asian countries may improve if the steep decline in oil and gas prices continues.

But, it said, labor markets will suffer in oil- and gas-producing countries, especially in Latin America, Africa and the Arab region.

Richest 1 percent said
to own half the wealth

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet next year, according to development nonprofit Oxfam.

The most affluent’s share of global wealth climbed to 48 percent in 2014, compared with 44 percent in 2009, and will likely pass 50 percent in 2016, Oxfam said.

The report was released Monday ahead of the annual World Economic Forum meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland.

Oxfam warned that the 'explosion in inequality is holding back the fight against global poverty at a time when one in nine people do not have enough to eat and more than a billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day.

The report said the 80 wealthiest people in the world own $1.9 trillion, nearly the same amount shared by the 3.5 billion people at the bottom half of the world's income scale.

The international agency's executive director Winnie Byanyima, who will co-chair the Davos event, plans to use her position at the meeting to call for urgent action to stem this rising tide of inequality.

In order to curb extreme inequality, Oxfam is calling upon states to tackle tax evasion, improve public services, tax capital rather than labor and introduce living minimum wages, among other measures.

U.S. hacked computers
in North Korea, paper says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Media reports say the United States infiltrated North Korea's computer systems years ago and used this capability to determine Pyongyang was responsible for the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

The New York Times has quoted U.S. and foreign intelligence officials as saying Washington gained access to North Korean computers in late 2010 using custom malware.

The Times said U.S. spies "drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, picked through connections in Malaysia favored by North Korean hackers and penetrated directly into the North with the help of South Korea and other American allies."

Officials told the Times the U.S. infiltration into North Korean networks was crucial in persuading President Barack Obama to publicly accuse Pyongyang of carrying out the November cyber attack on Sony.

Even after the U.S. accusation, there was widespread skepticism in the cyber security community about whether North Korea really hacked Sony.  Many analysts said the United States did not provide enough public evidence for this charge.

Computer scientist and North Korea watcher with NKNews.Org. Frank Feinstein says these doubts likely explain why U.S. officials felt the need to acknowledge hacking into North Korean systems.

News the United States had gained access to North Korean computers was a surprise to many.  Since North Korea is largely disconnected from the global Internet, it has long been regarded as one of the world's toughest cyber intelligence targets.

Last week, German magazine Der Spiegel published National Security Agency documents showing the United States used South Korean computers to hack Pyongyang's computers.

But Florian Egloff with the Center for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford says North Korean officials were probably not among those surprised at the development.

"North Korea knows that it is one of the top intelligence priorities of the U.S., so they have to assume the U.S. is spying on them," says Egloff.

It is unclear why the attack was not able to be prevented or why Sony officials were not warned of an impending hacking attempt, if U.S. officials were already watching North Korean computers.

Egloff says that depends on how closely the United States was monitoring the North's systems.

"Were they actually watching, in the sense, was there a human being looking at that attack and trying to make an assessment in how bad is this going to get, or yes, we had sensors in place that picked up this attack among many other things that were going on, and in hindsight we were able to go back to it?"

U.S. officials told the Times they "couldn't really understand the severity of the destruction" that would be coming when they first noticed the attacks on Nov. 24.

Later analysis led to the determination that North Korean hackers spent more than two months familiarizing themselves with Sony's computer networks and locating critical files before the attack was carried out.

The attack brought down Sony's networks for several days and also resulted in the release of a large trove of corporate emails, private employee information, and four unreleased movies.

North Korea denies involvement in the attack, but a Pyongyang government spokesman said the hacking was a righteous deed that may have been carried out by North Korea supporters.

But last year North Korean officials said they would view it as an act of war if Sony released "The Interview," a comedy film about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Citations of classic films
cataloged by frequency

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced last week.  And while they may be among the best movies of the year, how many will survive the test of time to become all-time classics?

Many movie goers would expect such factors such as a film’s box-office revenue, awards, and critical acclaims to be most significant.

But, researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois came up with a new way to accurately predict true classic and significant movies from others.  Reporting their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers noted the frequency a particular film is referenced in other works — such as other movies or TV programs – is key.

“Movie critics can be overconfident in spotting important works, and they have bias,” said Luís Amaral, the leader of the study in a Northwestern press release. “Our method is as objective as it gets.”  Amaral is a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern and is co-director the university’s Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems.

In their study, Amaral and his colleagues sifted through the on-line Internet Movie Database  and reviewed the entries of some 15,425 movies that were produced in the United States.

The researchers developed an automated method that thoroughly analyzed various subjective factors contained within the entries such as reviews from critics or if it had garnered any notable awards – Golden Globe and Academy Awards – as well as objective factors such as box office receipts and how often the film was cited in the future.

The Northwestern researchers found that their method of tallying how many times a movie was cited in other works was better at forecasting classic movies — especially those at least 25 years old – than other factors such a critical praise, awards and even box office receipts.

“There is something about a movie that is hidden to us, but there are measurable things, such as critic ratings, awards and referencing by other filmmakers, that hint at this hidden element — a movie’s significance,” said Amaral. “We find that ultimately it is the creators, the filmmakers themselves, who will determine which movies are important, not the expert critics.”

The researchers also found that the number of times a particular movie is referenced in other works can also predict its likelihood of being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant enough to be included in the prestigious U.S. National Film Registry.

The movies that had the most references over a period of many years and are also listed in the National Film Registry are “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars,” “Psycho,” “Casablanca” and “Gone With the Wind.”

“Directors keep coming back to movies that are significant,” Amaral said. “If you show a little bit from 'Pscyho,' such as referencing the shower scene, you are putting that whole movie in front of the viewer of the new movie.”

The Northwestern research team is planning to use its newly developed automated analysis method to determine the true importance of various scientific papers, paintings and music.

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Grecia 884
Beautiful large house in Grecia, Costa Rica, with the best fresh natural weather. The property includes 9 challets and 12.000 m2 of land,  1,000 m2 of construction. Price $498,000. Click HERE!
Grecia 881
Beautiful house in Grecia, Costa Rica,  2 kilometers from the city.   340 m2 of land.
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Grecia 898
Beautiful house in Grecia downtown. Full security cameras. Land 250 m2.  Price $400,000.  Click HERE!
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Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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Tambor three for jan. 15
Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
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Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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La Fortuna Distress Sale
Divorce forced wife to return to the U.S. with bills to pay. Just wants to get out from under. Modern 2-bedroom home on over 1100m2 intended for apartments or condos. Easy walk to center of town, great volcano view. $140,000 with 50 percent financing arranged. On vacation rental program now producing nice income, but Costa Rica no longer in her future. For details contact

Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

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Cariari luxury condo for sale
 PRICE REDUCED FROM $235,000 to $195,000
This is not an ordinary condo. Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $195,000.

Atenas home
This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000.

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Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
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Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
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Ciudad Colon
Great Deal!! Apartment in condo with pool and extensive green areas:
Ciudad Colón, San José $112,000
The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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Outrageous blowout prices on oceanfront condos in Los Sueños!

Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

Top floor unit: $649,000   Second floor unit: $675,000  Garden unit: $589,000

Newly available in Roca Verde
Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: 2446-5587.

San Ramon
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 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!


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


Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See property video here:

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

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Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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13 work stations, good equipment, good location, Rohrmoser, two blocks from Plaza Mayor. $4.000 per month. Call Kevin 8366-6861.

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San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 13
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Chester does a replay of finding marijuana in luggage.
Anti-drug dog earns his treat

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Chester earned his bone early Monday when he detected nearly nine kilos of marijuana in luggage from a bus that had traveled from Guápiles to San José.

Police officers and the Unidad Canina of the security ministry are making spot checks at local bus stations. The discovery of the marijuana was at the Caribbean station in the center of the capital.

Police also discovered a pistol with the drugs. No one was detained because the owner of the shipment was not clear.

AP photog in jeopardy in Nazca case

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Peruvian judiciary has linked an Associated Press photographer to the case against the environmental organization Greenpeace for alleged damage to Peru’s cultural heritage after activists Dec. 8 covered with a blanket part of the Líneas de Nazca archeological zone.

The Inter American Press Association Monday urged Peruvian prosecutors not to consider a criminal indictment of the photographer, Rodrigo Abd, on the grounds that restrictions on the movement and work of journalists are contrary to freedom of the press.

Abd has been wrongly linked to the criminal proceedings, said the journalism advocacy association.

In a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday it is expected that a Nazca local prosecutor, Patricia Begazo Villanueva, will call for the imprisonment of the photographer, whom she regards as an activist belonging to the environmental organization.

In a press release Santiago Lyon, Associated Press vice president and photography director, said that Abd is a photojournalist who works for the news agency’s Lima office. He declared, “He is committed to the AP’s highest standards of ethics and journalistic integrity…. Independent news organizations should be witnesses to news events without fear of interference or governmental reprisals.”

The Inter American Press Association president, Gustavo Mohme, editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República, declared, “We have been informed by AP that this is a journalist who was sent to the area to cover the event, so it is wrong that he be regarded as an activist.” He added, “Beyond the legal investigations into possible harm to the national heritage a reporter or photographer has the freedom, and should have the guarantees, to cover and take pictures of what occurs without any kind of hindrance or reprisals.”

Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the the press association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information and editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, said, “The judiciary should respect the work of the press and should not consider a journalist in the exercise of his profession as if he were an activist.”

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Efforts against money laundering under review

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

International evaluators are expected to put a close eye on the Costa Rican banking system to see if it is protected against money laundering.

The evaluators are from the Grupo de Acción Financiera de Latinoamérica, said the  Asociación Bancaria Costarricense Monday.

Local bankers are expected to explain to the evaluation team the procedures they have instituted to prevent money laundering for terrorist groups, the banker announcement said.

Also participating in the discussions will be the Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera of the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas and other agencies.

The country's efforts will be compared against international standards over the next few days.

Coincidentally, judicial investigators detained three bank employees in Quepos last Thursday on the allegation that they were slipping amounts under $10,000 into the banking system on behalf of a major depositor. The employees were accused of using false names to do so. The amount involved was about $200,000 agents said. Amounts under $10,000 do not require reports to regulating agencies.