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Until the 1970s, there was an airport where Parque la Sabana is now, and this is a photo of the terminal and control tower that has been converted into the Museo de Arte Costarricense. The photo is from the files of the Archivo Nacional, which notes that the airport was put into operation in 1940 during the last year of the presidency of León Cortés Castro. Before gaining
office,  Cortés served as director of the national archives. It is his statue that can be found in the park at the foot of Paseo Colón. International air service moved to Juan Santamaría airport after 1955, but when former U. S. president John F. Kennedy visited Costa Rica in March 1963, his aircraft landed in Alajuela but he arrived in San José via helicopter at La Sabana.



He's on a mission to change the world
Avoidance of modified crops spawns a business

By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Caution: food labels are not always as they appear. When organic farming advocate Albert Lusk roams the vendor stalls of local food fairs and sees tags or signs promising organic products, he says he is reminded not to trust such hollow claims.

“People use the term very casually,” Lusk said. “In my investigation, all of these animals are being fed with GMO corn and soy.”

Genetically modified corn and soy imports from the United States dominate the ingredients of crop feeds in Costa Rica. Though a large number of Costa Rican cantons have successfully banned planting of genetically modified crops within their municipalities, the nation still imports more than $300 million worth of products containing modified organisms each year.

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As the founder of Albert's Organics, which continues to be the largest distributor of organically grown produce in the U.S. even after he sold it in 2001, Lusk is well acquainted with modern agriculture and the politics of genetic modification.

For the past seven years he has lived in San Isidro in Heredia where he owns a 1.5-acre plot. He recently has started contracting out to a certified organic farmer in San Carlos to make corn-based foods, headlined by his tortilla chips that are still undergoing brand registration. Lusk says he sells bags of the chips at the nearby farmers markets, like the Fería Organica de Escazú, and has received five-star reviews from attendees.

“For people that know anything about genetically modified foods, they're thrilled,” Lusk said. “I'll put that chip, on a flavor basis, up against any chip in the country.”

But Lusk's production is not just limited to the chip. His array of all natural foods also includes tamales, masa (a maize dough made with 
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Albert Lusk demostrates his tortilla skills to Lilly Peña, an administrator at a local farmer's market.


hominy), and the only organic goat cheese made in the country.

Upon settling in Costa Rica, he said he was unimpressed with the quality and flavor of goat dairy products here. Realizing that the majority of ingredients in their feed consisted of the feeds imported from the United States, he decided to buy his own goats and feed them with solely organic food.

Lusk says that if he can attract enough attention and revenue from his sales, then maybe an all-organic model can be set for the nation's farmers to afford to feed their cattle without having to use genetically modified material. With this green-coated vision of a natural future in farming, Lusk is not just trying to make some extra money, but contends that he wants to revolutionize the entire industry.

“It's not just a corn chip – we're on a mission,” Lusk said. “I've always been about changing the world, and here in Costa Rica we should be completely non-GMO.”

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Motorists take heed. There is a new group of traffic police on the streets of the capital and they actually are handing out tickets for such violations as talking on cell telephones while driving and parking a vehicle badly.

The transport ministry said that 32 new officers graduated last week and have joined the usual group of 12 officers in the center of the city. They have been working downtown for a week.

However, last Thursday they were sent to the festival at Palmares where they issued 346 traffic tickets.

But back on the city streets that racked up 99 tickets for badly parked vehicles and 120 tickets for violation of the downtown license plate restriction.

The area of coverage was along Avenida Segunda, Barrio Tournón and as far south at the Estación al Pacifico.

Tickets for badly parked vehicles have been rare in the center city, but police now see these as conditions hampering the flow of traffic.

The license plate restriction keeps 20 percent of the vehicles out of the center city on any given day based on the last digit of the license plate.

The traffic police also are doing the unthinkable: They cited six persons for talking on the cell phone while driving. That is a 99,000 colons fine, about $200.

The others are: ignoring the plate restriction, 21,000 colons or about $43; parking badly, 49,000 colons, about $100, and not using the seat belt, another $100.

The officers also impounded five cars and five motorcycles for more serious violations like expired registration, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.


Northeast U.S. struggling
through another winter storm


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and wire service reports

Another snow storm is moving through the U.S. northeast.

There are a number of flight cancelations, and more are expected for today. Arrivals and departures can be checked on A.M. Costa Rica's business page HERE!

Arrivals were delayed Tuesday night at Juan Santamaria airport in Alajuela. American and Delta flights from New York were around two hours late. There was snow reported on the ground there.

A United Airlines flight out of Newark, New Jersey, was reported en route but delayed with a landing time around midnight.

United canceled a Newark flight that was scheduled to depart Juan Santamaría at 2:25 p.m.

At Liberia's Daniel Oduber airport, JetBlue canceled its 2:55 p.m. New York flight, but an evening flight from New York landed just 14 minutes late, according to the airport flight summaries.

More than a foot of snow was reported in the path of the storm. Temperatures were dropped, and New Yorkers are waking up today with 12-degree weather. Elsewhere zero degrees was expected.

Nearly 2,300 flights in the United States had been cancelled Tuesday in the face of the storm, according to FlightAware, a tracking service. The worst-affected airports were Philadelphia International and New York's LaGuardia.

Gusty winds will accompany up to a foot of snow in southern New England as the cold front picks up moisture from the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. National Weather Service said.

"It will be a winter wonderland for these areas," the weather service said in a statement.

In Washington, hundreds of thousands of federal workers were ordered to stay home in the face of what was forecast to be the heaviest snowfall since five inches (12.7 cm) came down in 2011. City schools and offices also shut down, and the White House canceled its Tuesday press briefing.

But the Supreme Court remained open to hear cases, and organizers of the annual anti-abortion March for Life said today's rally would be held regardless of bad weather.

In neighboring Maryland the state government was shut down and the Maryland Transit Administration cut back rail and bus services. Further to the northeast, the inauguration party for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Ellis Island in New York Harbor was canceled because of the looming storm.

Some schools in North Carolina closed early. Connecticut closed all its schools for today, and Hartford, the state capital, sent students home early Tuesday.


New shipping service seeks
to avoid land border crossings


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Managua shipping firm has opened a service to transport freight by sea from Corinto, Nicaragua, to Panamá along the Pacific coast, including that of Costa Rica.

The firm is Naviera Mercante de Nicaragua S.A. Said the firm to justify its service:

"Since Nicaragua lacks a well-equipped deep water port at the Atlantic Coast, most of its import or export cargo is handled through the neighboring international ports such as Port Cortes, Honduras, and Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. In order to comply with this, the shipping lines must contract the service of transportation companies and have their cargo moved over long distances and through different international border crossing.

"Our direct feeder service can be the solution to make the service more competitive by providing a most comprehensive connection from Nicaragua to the hub ports of Panama West Coast."


Expat William Becker, Jr.,
to be buried in Pennsylvania


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Warren Edward Becker, Jr., a long-time expat here, will be buried in Pennsylvania, according to reports from his family.

Becker traveled widely but seemed to consider Costa Rica his base. He operated a flower farm in Poasito and lived in San José de la Montaña. He moved to Barva in September, said a friend. That is where he died Saturday. He was 69.

Becker served with the Peace Corps in Honduras and then worked exporting hardwoods from Costa Rica.

Friends said that at one point he spent nine years in Africa looking for rare and exotic tribal artifacts. After returning to Costa Rica he was recruited to do international consulting missions to various underdeveloped countries in the Mideast. He also spent time in Azerbaijan and Afghanistan, according to the family in an obituary published in the Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Sun-Gazette.

Survivors include an aunt, nephews, a cousin and a niece.

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Modified crop moratorium called major 2014 political goal
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some environmental organizations are targeting key elements of commercial agriculture this year, they promised Tuesday.

Monoculture, vast fields with a single crop, is one of the techniques they oppose. They also are against genetically modified crops and agricultural chemicals.

The announcement comes as international activist Vandana Shiva arrived in Costa Rica. The controversial Indian environmentalist toured the Caribbean pineapple growing region Tuesday. She is expected to make presentations today at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Ms. Shiva, who opposes globalization, has won wide acclaim and has received a number of awards, prizes and honors. She also has been called by critics a luddite who opposes anything new. Their stiffest criticism is directed at her opposition to golden rice, a genetically modified strain that generates vitamin A to youngsters and others. Vitamin A deficiency kills several million a year in developing countries and also causes blindness.

At a session at the university Tuesday, members of Bloque Verde and Federación Costarricense para la Conservación del Ambiente said they were planning a court appeal to require labeling of genetically modified produce on store shelves. They also are planning a political effort to pass a law banning genetically modified crops from Costa Rica.

The organizations already have convinced councils in 70 cantons to ban the planting of such crops. However, the legality is uncertain because approvals are in the hands of an agency in the Ministerio de Agricultura y Gandería.

The presenters urged their audience primarily of university students to vote for either the candidates of the Partido Acción Ciudadana or Frente Amplio because those political parties have supported the proposed national moratorium on modified crops.

One of the presenters, Grace García, was quoted by the organizations saying that a vote for the Partido Liberación Nacional or Movimiento Libertario was an endorsement of the monoculture of death.

Genetically modified crops are grown worldwide, even in Ms. Shiva's India. They are the result of genetic manipulations in the lab. Much of the corn and many other crops grown in the United States and imported into Costa Rica as animal food and food products for humans contain such crops.

Environmentalists here have been fighting proposals by the Monsanto Co. to grow a test patch of corn. Corn strains
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Panel of environmentalists promote the moratorium.

usually are modified to protect the plant from the company's weed killer Roundup.

The organizations also said Tuesday that a field of genetically modified pineapples have been planted in southern Costa Rica. There have been a wide range of modified crops planted in Costa Rica for years.

The environmentalists also oppose a law that was required by the Free Trade Treaty with Central America and the United States that provides patent protection to new plant strains. They say that seeds are the heritage of the people and should be free.

Monsanto charges farmers for growing their plants and then sells them the weed killer to eliminate plant competition.  The company defends its patents vigorously.

Ms. Shiva, the Indian activist, also supports the free use of seeds.

The organizations correctly note that pineapple production has caused toxic agricultural chemicals to flow into the water and that some communities have to rely on truck deliveries. There have been a number of court cases.

Ms. Shiva holds a doctorate in physics from a Canadian university. She has been active in the environmental arena for years and most recently in an international campaign for free seeds.


Hemispheric press advocate concerned by Diario Extra case
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The allegation by executives at El Dairio Extra that the Poder Judicial wiretapped telephones of reporters is garnering international attention. Now the Inter-American Press Association has expressed its concern that the judiciary is attempting to intimidate news sources.

Monday a number of Diario Extra representatives called a press conference to alert local newspapers and television stations of what they said was illegal intrusion. They claimed that the Judicial Investigating Organization had engaged in espionage by tracking reporters corporate and personal phones to discover the sources behind their news stories.

Consisting of more than 1,300 print organizations through the Western Hemisphere, the Miami-based Inter-American Press
 Association is a nonprofit that specializes in defending press freedoms in the Americas. Claudio Paolillo, who is chairman of the association's Committee on the Freedom of Press and Information, said that “this is a flagrant violation of freedom of information.”

The wiretapping began 10 months ago after the newspaper investigated a series of kidnappings that involved police officers, the executives said. A 200-page report that was anonymously sent to Diario Extra details the order given to spy on the phone calls of reporters and police staff, according to the newspaper's articles.

Authorities from the Poder Judicial, including president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia,  Zarella Villanueva, have denied any wrongdoing. Still, the newspaper's lawyer said Monday that they plan to file a complaint with the Sala IV constitutional court.

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Elderly are not slow thinkers because they process much more info, study says
By the Tübingen University news service

What happens to cognitive abilities as humans age?  Research reported this week says that the brain does not go into a steady decline.

The work, headed by Michael Ramscar of Tübingen University, takes a critical look at the measures usually thought to show that cognitive abilities decline across adulthood. Instead of finding evidence of decline, the team discovered that most standard cognitive measures, which date back to the early 20th century, are flawed. “The human brain works slower in old age,” says Ramscar, “but only because we have stored more information over time.”
 
The university summarized the study this way:

Computers were trained, like humans, to read a certain amount each day, and to learn new things. When the researchers let a computer “read” only so much, its performance on cognitive tests resembled that of a young adult. But if the same computer was exposed to the experiences that might be encountered over a lifetime – with reading simulated over decades – its performance now looked like that of an older adult. Often it was slower, but not because its processing capacity had declined. Rather, increased experience had caused the computer’s database to grow, giving it more data to process, which takes time.
 
Technology now allows researchers to make quantitative estimates of the number of words an adult can be expected to learn across a lifetime, enabling the Tübingen team to separate the challenge that increasing knowledge poses to memory from the actual performance of memory itself.

“Imagine someone who knows two people’s birthdays and can recall them almost perfectly. Would you really want to say that person has a better memory than a person who knows the birthdays of 2,000 people, but can only match the right person to the right birthday nine times out of ten?” asks Ramscar.
 
The answer appears to be “no.” When Ramscar’s team trained their computer models on huge linguistic datasets, they found that standardized vocabulary tests, which are used to take account of the growth of knowledge in studies of aging, massively underestimate the size of adult vocabularies. It takes computers longer to search databases of words as their sizes grow, which is hardly surprising but may have important implications for the understanding of age-related slowdowns.

The researchers found that to get their computers to replicate human performance in word recognition tests across adulthood, they had to
keep their capacities the same. “Forget about forgetting,” explained Tübingen researcher Peter Hendrix, “if I wanted to get the computer to look like an older adult, I had to keep all the words it learned in memory and let them compete for attention.”

The research shows that studies of the problems older people have with recalling names suffer from a similar blind spot: There is a far greater variety of given names today than there were two generations ago. This cultural shift toward greater name diversity means the number of different names anyone learns over their lifetime has increased dramatically. The work shows how this makes locating a name in memory far harder than it used to be. Even for computers.
 
Ramscar and his colleagues’ work provides more than an explanation of why, in the light of all the extra information they have to process, older brains might seem slower and more forgetful than younger brains. Their work also shows how changes in test performance that have been taken as evidence for declining cognitive abilities in fact demonstrates older adults’ greater mastery of the knowledge they have acquired.

An example is what is called paired-associate learning, a commonly used cognitive test that involves learning to connect words like up to down or necktie to cracker in memory.

Using big data sets to quantify how often different words appear together in English, the Tuebingen team show that younger adults do better when asked to learn to pair up with down than necktie and cracker because up and down appear in close proximity to one another more frequently. However, whereas older adults also understand which words don’t usually go together, young adults notice this less.

When the researchers examined performance on this test across a range of word pairs that go together more and less in English, they found older adult’s scores to be far more closely attuned to the actual information in hundreds of millions of words of English than their younger counterparts.

Harald Baayen, a professor who heads the Alexander von Humboldt Quantitative Linguistics research group where the work was carried out, said “If you think linguistic skill involves something like being able to choose one word given another, younger adults seem to do better in this task. But, of course, proper understanding of language involves more than this. You have also to not put plausible but wrong pairs of words together. The fact that older adults find nonsense pairs – but not connected pairs – harder to learn than young adults simply demonstrates older adults’ much better understanding of language. They have to make more of an effort to learn unrelated word pairs because, unlike the youngsters, they know a lot about which words don’t belong together.”

The Tübingen research concludes that scientists need different tests for the cognitive abilities of older people – taking into account the nature and amount of information their brains process. “The brains of older people do not get weak,” says Michael Ramscar. “On the contrary, they simply know more.”

The research was published in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science.

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Oxfam cites unequal wealth
at World Economic Forum

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The human rights group Oxfam says the wealth of the world's 85 richest people equals that of half the world's population.

Oxfam released a study on global inequality on Monday, before a meeting this week of government and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

A co-author of the report, Nick Galasso, said that wealthy elites have used their political power to get lower tax rates, hide wealth offshore, and otherwise serve their own interests.

"High levels of inequality actually corrode democratic processes.  What we have seen across the globe and what the report documents is how wealth concentration is used to influence the political process to create laws and regulations that benefit the rich over everyone else," said Galasso.

He said high levels of inequality hurt economic growth, make it harder to reduce extreme poverty and lead to a variety of social ills, including crime and disease.

Oxfam said that "by some measure, the riches of billionaires are now unparalleled in history."  Last year, Forbes calculated the combined fortunes of the 85 wealthiest at nearly $1.7 trillion.

The report did not name the world's 85 richest individuals, but cited lists compiled by Credit Suisse bank and Forbes magazine.

Oxfam said the income alone derived from the $73 billion fortune of the world's richest individual, Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim, could pay the yearly wages of 440,000 Mexicans.

The report lists financial deregulation, tax havens and secrecy, and diminished public services as examples of political maneuvering by the wealthy.  It said the effect of these policy changes is not only to concentrate wealth and political influence in higher income brackets but to ensure it stays there for the next generation.

Oxfam says in the past decade the number of billionaires in India has increased tenfold, while in Europe austerity measures mainly affect the middle and lower classes.  It says in Africa, global corporations exploit their political influence to avoid taxes, reducing government resources to fight poverty.

Oxfam is calling for those business leaders and government delegates attending the World Economic Forum to support government programs that strive to help under-served middle- and lower-income levels, support development of fair wages and crack down on tax dodging and financial secrecy.

Galasso acknowledged reducing inequality will not be easy.

"I think that this is certainly an uphill battle, but this is the right moment.  If you scan the Internet, if you look at the news, this is the issue, this is a global issue that people seem to overwhelmingly care about.  What we are asking world leaders at Davos, the movers and shakers, to do is to instead of using their influence to, for example, generate better tax policies for themselves or allow them to ship their profits out of state so they do not get taxed, we are asking them to use their influence to help create a more harmonious society where there's shared prosperity," he said.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has called on the world's business and political elite to use their skills and immense resources to alleviate global poverty.

The pontiff's message Tuesday opened the annual World Economic Forum.  In it, the pope praised the fundamental role that modern business has played in improving health care, education and communications.  But he also said it is intolerable that hunger continues to grip many struggling economies. He urged forum delegates to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it.


Obama will have an audience
with Pope Francis March 27


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama will have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27.

A White House announcement said the president looks forward to discussing their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality.  

Increasing inequality in the United States and globally has been a major issue for the president, and the focus of at least two major speeches since 2011.

In a speech in Washington, D.C., in December, he said the U.S. economy has become profoundly unequal with the economy doubling in size since 1979, but most income growth going to a fortunate few.

And he noted a remark by Pope Francis.

"This trend towards growing inequality is not unique to America’s market economy," he said. "Across the developed world, inequality has increased.  Some of you may have seen just last week, the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length.  "How can it be, he wrote, that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?"

Obama has commented on other remarks Pope Francis has made since he was elected pontiff last year.

On the issues of abortion, homosexuality and contraception, Pope Francis last year, in an interview with the Italian Jesuit journal, voiced frustration that the church had locked itself up in small things, small-minded rules."

In a CNBC interview last October, Obama said he was hugely impressed by the pontiff's remarks.

"He seems somebody who lives out the teaching of Christ, incredible humility, an incredible sense of empathy to the least of these, to the poor.  And he is also somebody who is I think first and foremost thinking about how to embrace people as opposed to push them away," he said.

In 2009, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.

Obama's European trip will also include the Nuclear Security Summit being hosted by The Netherlands March 24 to 25.

The first was hosted by Obama in 2010.  The White House says leaders meeting in The Netherlands will highlight progress made to secure nuclear materials and commit to future steps to prevent nuclear terrorism.

Obama will also attend the U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels and meet with Belgian officials and the NATO secretary general.

In Italy, President Obama will meet with President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta. 

Obama and Prime Minister Letta held wide-ranging talks at the White House this past October, covering trade, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan.


Priest in Vatican charged
again for a financial crime

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A former Vatican monsignor on trial for an alleged plot to smuggle $26 million from Switzerland to Italy has been further charged with using his Vatican accounts to launder money.

The lawyer for Nunzio Scarano says his client is suspected of money laundering and making false statements. He is already being tried for the alleged plot to move millions of dollars in what police say were false donations to charity from offshore companies. They say the money was routed into his accounts at the Vatican bank on its intended path to a group of Italian shipbuilders.

Scarano, who is in poor health, is being held under house arrest in Salerno, in southern Italy.


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Special code being drawn up
for ships traversing the Arctic

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New shipping rules are soon to be agreed upon for the Arctic, where summer sea ice has shrunk by about two-thirds over three decades, opening a new ocean with vast natural resources.

Maritime nations are close to a landmark deal on the Polar Code, aimed to improve safety, lead to lower insurance premiums and help the rise of traffic, industry insiders said.

About a tenth of the world's undiscovered oil and close to a third of its undiscovered gas is thought to lie under Arctic waters. The northern sea route along Russia's edge can reduce the sailing distance between Asian ports and northern Europe by 40 percent.

A draft of the code could be finalized by members of the International Maritime Organization this week and go into force by 2016, ending years of delays, Sturla Henriksen, the director general of Norwegian Shipowners' Association said.

“There are no international conventions which regulate Arctic shipping operations, so in principle the same rules apply for sunny sailing in the Mediterranean as for the Arctic,” Henriksen said on the sidelines of a conference.

“It's a cold place. It has a hostile climate. It's enshrouded in darkness half of the year. Weather is violent and extreme, distances are vast, the area is remote from large population centers, it's sparsely populated and it's far from basic infrastructure,” Henriksen added.

Only 71 ships crossed the northern sea route last year, compared to the 18,000 handled by the Suez Canal, but about a 1,000 vessels traveled into the high Arctic, with much of the growth coming from oil and gas activity, particularly in Russia.

The Polar Code will set stringent rules on pollution, safety of life, training, certification and watch keeping. It will prescribe ship properties including required ice class and set uniform rules for all vessels in all of the polar countries.

Under the current rules, any vessel traveling into the high Arctic, defined as above 72 degrees north, had to agree on a separate policy with its insurer with unique conditions negotiated for each vessel and each journey.

“The Polar Code is a very good step forward, we endorse it, but it is just a step forward, we can't stop now,” said Stein Are Hansen, the assistant director of the Norwegian Hull Club, a mutual marine insurance firm.

“Any risk mitigation measures that produce fewer insurance claims will of course on average make insurance prices go down,” Hansen said, adding that better search and rescue, improved maps and more icebreakers were still needed.

If the draft is approved this week, it could get a final approval before the end of the year and go into force 18 to 24 months later.

The code does not deal with the problem of ballast water discharge, which often introduces non native species to a region, and continues to allow vessels to use heavy fuel oil, a risk as the fuel would contaminate waters in case of an accident.

“We are concerned that there are important aspects that the Polar Code doesn't address,” Nina Jensen, the head of environmental group World Wildlife Federation's Norwegian branch said.


Asian expo in California gives
immigrants a taste of homeland

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Many Asians around the world are preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year.  This year, the year of the horse, begins on the last day of January.  Many Asian Americans say celebrating the Lunar New Year in the United States is very different from what it’s like in Asia.  One tradition in the Los Angeles, California, area is going to the Asian American Expo. 

From the music, to traditional foods from throughout Asia, to the sea of Asian faces, this event could be anywhere in Asia.  But the Asian American Expo is fewer than 50 kilometers east of Los Angeles.  It is a place where tens of thousands of people, mainly from the Chinese Diaspora, come as a part of their Lunar New Year Celebration. 

“It made our New Year feel so much better,” said Julien Tan, who is from Malaysia.

Lily He feels the same way.  She said attending the event feels more like a New Year celebration in China, although it is not as good as the celebrations back home.

Ms. He remembers Lunar New Year celebrations in China where everyone would be on vacation for weeks.  But in the United States she has to work, so the most she can do is go to her mother’s home for a holiday meal.

Originally from Taiwan, Alex Hong said in the United States he celebrates the western New Year, not the Lunar New Year.

The Asian American Expo is trying to change that by scheduling the annual event around the Lunar New Year and by bringing a more festive feel to the Chinese Diaspora, according to event operations director, Gorden Kao.

“Overseas, New Year is a really big event, they bring out the firecrackers - everything - family, food and everything.  In the local market, even though there are lot of Chinese immigrants, they do not really do much to celebrate.  That is why we are putting on an event where we pretty much bring everything together to get all this done,” Kao said.

The Asian American Expo originally started 33 years ago to bring local businesses together.  But it has evolved into an event where consumers can come and see new products from China and Taiwan.

“These are all products that you probably would not find even around here, in the United States,” added Kao.

But many people come for a taste of the old favorites from back home, like a lion dance and some stinky tofu.  They are also here to share old cultural traditions in a new land with the next generation.


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A police leaflet shows Ruzanna Ibragimova.

Obama promises security help
with Winter Olympics at Sochi

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The White House says President Barack Obama spoke Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on how to ensure a safe and secure Sochi Olympics. A White House statement says Washington is offering its full assistance.

The top-level conversation came a day after the Pentagon said it offered Moscow air and naval assets to help secure the resort city area. It also came as Russian police continued the hunt for at least three potential suicide bombers, including a woman thought to have penetrated a security perimeter surrounding the city. The Winter Olympics are set to begin next month.

Witnesses in Sochi say police have distributed photos of the female suspect, who is said to be the widow of an Islamic militant from the predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan. She has been identified as 22-year-old Ruzanna Ibragimova, nicknamed Salima.

Russian officials have blamed the so-called black widows of slain insurgents for previous suicide attacks in the country.

Sunday, an Islamic militant group from Dagestan posted a video online claiming responsibility for last month's deadly suicide bombings in Volgograd, which killed 34 people. The two men in the video also threaten attacks at the Olympics. It is unclear when the video was made.

Thousands of athletes and spectators from all over the world are expected to travel to Sochi for the Olympic Games, which will feature competitors in a variety of winter sports, including skiing, skating and ice hockey.

Andrew Kuchins, the director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told reporters Tuesday that security in Sochi is not the only Russian security concern.

"You don't necessarily have to hit Sochi to spoil the games," he said. "A series of Volgograd attacks would terrorize the whole of Russia and spoil the games and that will be a great tragedy."

Putin said in comments broadcast Sunday that his country will do whatever it takes to ensure security at the Olympics.

He spoke about massive security preparations in and around Sochi and said: "If we betray weakness, betray fear -- display our fear -- then we will be helping terrorists achieve their goals."


Russian punk rock rights icons
will attend New York concert


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who were jailed for nearly two years on charges of religious hatred and became international emblems for human rights campaigners will appear at a concert in New York, organizer Amnesty International said Tuesday.
 
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will make their first trip to the United States since they were granted amnesty in December by Russian President Vladimir Putin, two months before they were set to be released.
 
Ms. Alyokhina, 25, and Ms. Tolokonnikova, 24, were convicted in 2012 of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after they stormed the altar of Moscow's biggest cathedral and beseeched the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin.
 
"A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps," the women said in a joint statement. "We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!"
 
It is not clear whether the women will perform at the "Bringing Human Rights Home" concert featuring rock groups The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons and R&B singer Lauryn Hill.
 
Ms. Alyokhina and Ms. Tolokonnikova derided their early release last year as a propaganda stunt by Putin to improve Russia's image before it hosts the Winter Olympics in February.
 
Putin, who denies jailing people for political reasons, has said the amnesty would show that the Russian state is humane.
 
Ms. Tolokonnikova staged a hunger strike last year to draw attention to stark conditions and long hours of mandatory labor in the jail where she was held.
 
A third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed when a judge suspended her sentence on appeal.

 
NASA agency says that 2013
was tied for being 7th warmest


By the Goddard Institute for Space Studies news service

NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.

With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record have all occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record.

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, which analyzes global surface temperatures, released an updated report Tuesday on temperatures around the globe in 2013. The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience temperatures warmer than those measured several decades ago.

The average temperature in 2013 was 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6 Celsius), which is 1.1 F (0.6 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline. The average global temperature has risen about 1.4 degrees F (0.8 C) since 1880, according to the new analysis. Exact rankings for individual years are sensitive to data inputs and analysis methods.

"Long-term trends in surface temperatures are unusual, and 2013 adds to the evidence for ongoing climate change," institute climatologist Gavin Schmidt said. "While one year or one season can be affected by random weather events, this analysis shows the necessity for continued, long-term monitoring."

Scientists emphasize that weather patterns always will cause fluctuations in average temperatures from year to year, but the continued increases in greenhouse gas levels in Earth's atmosphere are driving a long-term rise in global temperatures. Each successive year will not necessarily be warmer than the year before, but with the current level of greenhouse gas emissions, scientists expect each successive decade to be warmer than the previous.

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps heat and plays a major role in controlling changes to Earth's climate. It occurs naturally and also is emitted by the burning of fossil fuels for energy. Driven by increasing man-made emissions, the level of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere presently is higher than at any time in the last 800,000 years.

The carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere was about 285 parts per million in 1880, the first year in the GISS temperature record. By 1960, the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, measured at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, was about 315 parts per million. This measurement peaked last year at more than 400 parts per million.

While the world experienced relatively warm temperatures in 2013, the continental United States experienced the 42nd warmest year on record, according to GISS analysis. For some other countries, such as Australia, 2013 was the hottest year on record.

The temperature analysis produced at the Goddard Institute is compiled from weather data from more than 1,000 meteorological stations around the world, satellite observations of sea-surface temperature, and Antarctic research station measurements, taking into account station history and urban heat island effects. Software is used to calculate the difference between surface temperature in a given month and the average temperature for the same place from 1951 to 1980. This three-decade period functions as a baseline for the analysis. It has been 38 years since the recording of a year of cooler than average temperatures.

The temperature record is one of several global temperature analyses, along with those produced by the Met Office Hadley Centre in the United Kingdom and NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. These three primary records use slightly different methods, but overall, their trends show close agreement.


Foundations may save art
at Detroit's famous museum


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum houses one of the top art collections in the world.  So when Detroit went bankrupt, that collection, owned by the city, became one of the most controversial issues in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.  An emerging deal with several national foundations offers city officials a way out of the crisis, and could ultimately save the museum and its valuable collection.

The art collection housed in the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, or DIA, draws throngs of visitors from around the world each year.

“You can tell the story of Western art through this collection," said Mark Stryker.

Which makes it hard to put a price tag on it, says Detroit Free Press art reporter Mark Stryker.

“It’s invaluable, irreplaceable," he said.

But a price is the very thing Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr seeks as he takes the city through bankruptcy, says a Wayne State University law professor, Laura Bartell.

“At the very beginning of this bankruptcy, Kevyn Orr made it clear that the city of Detroit owned the assets of the DIA," said Ms. Bartell.

“It is a city owned collection, and that makes it different from almost every other museum in America, which operate as independent, private nonprofits," said Stryker.

As the complex bankruptcy case winds through federal court, Orr enlisted Christie's auction house to value the collection, with one important caveat.

“He asked Christie's to specifically evaluate only the works in the collection that were bought by the city directly," said Stryker.

That translates into about 2,000 items, roughly 5 percent of the DIA’s 66,000 works.  But it does include some of the premiere pieces, including Vincent Van Gogh’s “Self Portrait with Hat.”

"Christie's evaluated those works to be worth somewhere between $450 million up to about $870 million," said Stryker.

In 2012, voters in three surrounding counties supported a property tax hike to fund the museum in exchange for free admission.  Stryker says any sale of the DIA’s assets could inflict more damage than simply losing its important pieces.

“They would rescind the tax if any of the art was sold, so that means that any sale would quite quickly lead to the closure of the museum," he said.

Which means emergency manager Orr was stuck between a rock and hard place.

“Would you want to be the man who went down in history as the man who destroyed the Detroit Institute of Arts?  I don’t think anybody wants to be in that position.  If he can craft a plan of adjustment without selling the DIA’s assets, he’s going to do it," said Ms. Bartell.

That plan got a boost in January from several national foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the John S. and James. L Knight Foundation.  Together, they’ve pledged about $330 million to keep the DIA’s assets off the auction block.

“The DIA would be spun off from the city to create a separate nonprofit, separate from city control so this kind of situation, the city would never find itself in this situation again," said Stryker.

The amount pledged does fall below Christie’s appraisal of the items, and creditors could seek more money.  But the proposed deal offers Orr a way out of the crisis, and Stryker says it is the most promising option on the table to keep the DIA’s art in Detroit.


Civilian deaths by drones said
to have been greatly reduced


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new report by a London-based organization says there has been a sharp decline in confirmed civilian casualties by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism issued its assessment in its recent annual report .

Speaking in London Tuesday, the bureau's senior reporter on drones, Alice Ross, said that in 2013, only 27 suspected drone strikes took place in Pakistan. That was the lowest number since U.S. President Barack Obama took office five years ago. Ross told reporters the number is down from a peak of 128 in 2010.

"There has been a sharp decline in civilian casualties. In order to confirm civilian casualties, we have to see it reported by several different sources," said Ross. "What happened in 2013, there were no reports of civilian casualties that were backed up by several different sources."

Pakistan's government condemns drone strikes, calling them a violation of its sovereignty. Some opposition parties in Pakistan also are outraged by the strikes and say they kill innocent civilians. But the United States says the strikes undermine terrorism by targeting militants that carry out attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Pakistani high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, said he would not comment on the report because his country's stance on drone strikes is very clear.

"This is against the territorial sovereignty of Pakistan. This is a violation of international law," said Hassan.

The report says that since 2004, Pakistan has been hit by 381 drone strikes, and between 416 and 951 civilians have been killed.
Real estate-related services (paid category)

Project completion specialists
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Pacifica living
A turnkey home and project completion agency devoted to creative vision and flawless execution. We provide a single, solid and dedicated point of contact for the duration of your real estate project, specializing in:

                      • Building completion services
                      • Interior design & decoration
                      • Custom furniture design & manufacturing.

Our primary goal is to assist our clients with a smooth transition to occupancy while providing highly personalized and distinctive services. We have refined the process to be a hassle free experience, especially valuable for clients who live abroad. We customize to suit each client’s personal taste, lifestyle and budget.
Serving region for 10 years.
We regularly exceed client expectations. We guarantee it.
Email: info@casadelpacifico.com
Cell phone: (506) - 8707-8008
Office phone: (506) - 2288-5644
Web: www.casadelpacifico.com
8070-2/14/13


Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


Swimming pool at night
A Buyer’s Broker offering the best
of Costa Rica Real Estate.

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

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

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

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



Costa Rica,

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





Visit our Web Site:
 www.greciarealestate.com




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

Real estate for sale (paid category)


NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

For more details go to:
8230-3/13/14

Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8223-2/21/14

beachfront home
Beautiful Palo Seco Beach home priced to sell!
Gorgeous beachfront two-story home, of roughly 2,000 square feet, set on a half acre oceanfront lot that is full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco. This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units in all rooms, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is perfectly situated between Jacó and Quepos and is only minutes away from five-star dining such as El Clandestino.  We have reduced the price from $150,000 to $125,000 firm for a fast sale in the new year! This is a must see property! Owner financing is available. This truly is a once in a lifetime offer and it will go fast! Please call 8816-2478 or email bmcart3@gmail.com for more information!
8218-2/17/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high \[speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14

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

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

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

complex
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos
in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8200-4/3/14

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

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

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   USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
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8191-4/30/13


Samara church and lot
Commercial lot with great visibility in heart of Playa Sámara commercial district. Located alongside town's largest church, bank, hardware store/lumber yard, mini shopping plaza, and Pali (Sámara's largest supermarket). This lot has a large elevated building platform shaded with mature treees. All this makes for many commercial options.  One block from stunning "blue flag" beach. This is a perfect location for a eco/boutique hotel, restaurant/catering, apartments, or condominium. All utilities to this property. Lot size 1,414m2. Price 325K. Email: mwk350@yahoo.com
8186-3/13/14

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


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

includes a common open air lodge with kitchen, three cabins, a caretaker's house, a garage and a secure storeroom. The property is maritime and has a current and valid maritime user's permit, all up to date and clear. In addition to the immaculately landscaped portion of the property that is already developed with bungalows, there are an additional three hectares that are ready for expansion and are cleared and planted in grass. The sales offer includes furnishings, appliances, catamaran, kayaks, and a whole series of extras. This property has about 300 meters of beach front in a docile portion of the gulf about 15 minutes north of Puerto Jimeenez, ideal for mooring boats just off the property shoreline. Has municipal water and power. Offered at $970,000. All reasonable offers will be considered. See photos and maps and more at www.suenos.org. Contact us at: osaproperty@gmail.com or +1-866-514-7435.
8172-1/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
8166-5/29/13



Five bedroom home
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Price reduced $100,000 for quick sale. Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach. The home is completely furnished with U.S. products. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances. 
Asking  $250,000.    Call Gary 8784-2945 or email combrokers@aol.com
8157-2/22/13

Becker montage
Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

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

condors

HIGH SECURITY Condo
ULatina, UCR, & U Fidelitas San Pedro, San Jose. $175,000.
Quietly located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada, 500 meters north of Iglesia Lourdes, San Pedro. ULatina, UCR, U. Fidelitas, bus & new train station are within five minutes Four-bedroom, three and half-bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with secure entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. Security fencing with electric wire, and a CCTV recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house.  For additional peace of mind, this residence equipped with an independently wired security system, iron bars on windows and patio doors, a telephone communication system to contact the guard house and secure parking at your front door.   Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. A green park area inside the complex for your children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Cable TV/Internet lines and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Water storage tank with pump maintains high pressure to bathrooms on all three floors. American style washer and electric dryer, refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987   or  U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458  or   (305) 848-5577. C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
6141-2/11/14

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

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

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

humming bird nest

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

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

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Business for sale or lease (paid category)
A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San José, Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas. And it is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to even greater success. Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a pro-forma income statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.com.
8213-2/13/14

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

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

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

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Pacified Rio slums again echo
with gunfights and clashes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Daily shootouts are unsettling two of Rio de Janeiro's slums, communities that until recently showcased attempts to pacify the historically violent shantytowns.

Just five months before Rio welcomes visitors for the soccer World Cup, and two years before it hosts the Olympics, the communities of PavIao-PavIaozinho and Cantagalo are bracing for what residents fear is the return of a decades-old turf war involving armed drug gangs, cops and robbers.

The communities, sprawls of bare brick on hills near the prosperous beachside districts of Ipanema and Copacabana, are among the most emblematic of Rio's favelas, as the slums are known. The two favelas were hailed by authorities as triumphs in a campaign to expel crooks using a strong police presence.

Lately, though, violence in both favelas is rekindling.

“We really thought things had gotten better here,” said Alzira Amaral, president of the neighborhood association of PavIao-PavIaozinho, a dense wall of jerry-built homes that climb up a steep outcropping near the Atlantic shoreline.

“Now,” she added, lamenting the return of regular gunfire, “we don't know what to think.”

The pacifications were supposed to pave the way for development of long-neglected areas of Rio, Brazil's second-biggest city and a metropolitan area home to 11 million people. Local authorities, cocksure during a decade-long boom that fizzled just as the pacifications took root, promised to free the favelas from criminals and reverse decades of neglect.

To date, 36 areas have been pacified. Over 9,000 police patrol favelas home to 1.5 million. Initial success in evicting the gangs was applauded but the pacifications have also been criticized for merely displacing crime to other neighborhoods.

And recently, the crime, along with growing unease, is creeping back into pacified zones. Residents who once welcomed the cops are increasingly disappointed by what they see as a lack of crucial public investment that was supposed to follow.

Meanwhile, police face a backlash in occupied favelas because of oppression, violence and other alleged human rights abuses. Corrupt officers in Rocinha, another well-known slum, were arrested last year for the torture and disappearance of a local bricklayer they claimed had ties to drug rings.

Sensing the growing discontent, drug traffickers have ordered gangs to reconquer territory.

“The criminals believe now is the time to strike back,”  said Alba Zaluar, an anthropologist at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. “With tension and anger in these communities it's easier for gangs to go back and impose themselves through a tried and true culture of violence.”

PavIao-PavIaozinho and Cantagalo, home to more than 10,000 residents between them, were pacified in 2009. Residents awoke one morning to the arrival of hundreds of armed police who set up a base in the area and have patrolled it ever since.

For three years, their presence raised hopes that the communities were indeed ripe for transformation despite the open sewers and intermittent water and power supplies.

Last October, an armed gang confronted police on patrol in VietnIa, a restive cluster of shacks among trees near the PavIao-PavIaozinho hilltop. In a shootout, police killed one suspect  and injured another, the alleged leader of the resurgent drug faction. The leader, known locally as Pit Bull, is believed to be recovering there but police don't know for sure.

Sporadic firefights followed the October shootout until earlier this month, when gang members and police began clashing daily. In addition to gunfire, the neighborhoods now ring regularly with blasts from homemade pipe bombs and grenades.

Friday police killed a suspect they said was a Cantagalo drug kingpin. Gang members, using a routine tactic from the bad old days, the next morning descended upon Ipanema and ordered shops to shut in tribute to their fallen comrade.

Lt. Fabio Azevedo, subcommander of the pacification unit in the two communities, said the flare-up is a function of supply and demand. With few hideouts remaining near tourist haunts, gangs are re-establishing footholds from which to sell drugs.

“They are trying to come back, but we are not going to let them,” he said.


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Metro development plan finally given approval

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Laura Chinchilla signed a development plan for the greater metro area Tuesday, and the document is supposed to guide development for the next 20 years.

The document itself was 10 years in the making with hearings and consultations and delays. Nearly every government agency was involved in the preparations.

Officials said that the plan considers the protection of natural resources, landscaping, and the creation of compact and integrated urban centers.

The plan is supposed to provide for green areas and roadways. Already it needs to be updated because it is based on the 2011 national census.

The central government has been criticized for permitting urban sprawl.