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sometimes entrap them. An international regulation now gives some protection to the giants from those seeing tuna and other food fish. See our story

Travel firm also targets unused U. S. vacation time
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An international resort chain is picking up on the idea that North Americans have unused vacation time and can be encouraged to use it.

This is the key element of the Costa Rican tourist institute's savetheAmericans and savetheCanadians promotions.

The Las Vegas, Nevada,-based  Diamond Resorts International said it was tailoring a campaign designed to raise awareness among consumers and their employers about the significance of taking regular vacations. 

The firm says it has a network of more than 300 vacation destinations located in 33 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

The firm cited a Nielsen study that it had commissioned that said more than 40 percent of Americans on average are leaving seven or more days of paid vacation on the table every year.

The result? Nearly one billion vacation days go unused every year, it said  

Vacations are not a luxury, they are essential, the firm says on its Web site.

The firm did one survey in 2013 that compared the happiness, health, vitality,  relationships and job satisfaction of two groups of survey respondents: those who reported that they vacation at least once per year, and those who reported that they never vacation.

More than 2,000 respondents aged 25 and older participated in the survey, which, according to the firm, yielded compelling conclusions — a significant majority (at least 76 percent) of annual vacationers are more satisfied and happy with their lives overall, compared to people who never vacation, the firm said. Also, a majority of respondents (52 percent) didn’t take all of their paid vacation days this past year, forfeiting an average of more than seven paid vacation days annually, it added.
Costa Rica is investing more than $3 million on this theme in conjunction with an Atlanta, Georgia, ad agency. The Web cite says that the potential vacationers are being addressed by the animals of Costa Rica.

The Web site had a 1,219,717 Alexa ranking earlier today. The Canadian site appeared to have fewer visitors, and it was ranked at 2,028,947 early today.

By comparison, Google is ranked No. 1 of all the Web sites in the world.

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Notary faked car title, investigators say

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

That notaries can forge documents to steal real estate is well known.

But now judicial investigators say that the same thing happened with a motor vehicle.

The case began with the death of a young man in Ciudad Neilly. His father was handling the estate and sought to reclaim a vehicle that was being repaired in a San Sebastián shop, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization.

But the vehicle was not there. Someone had taken it. But this was more than a typical car theft.

Judicial agents detained a Cartago lawyer Wednesday on the allegation that he forged the transfer of the vehicle and put it into a corporation. As agents checked the chain of title and those who were presumed to have owned the vehicle, they found that none said they knew the lawyer or had any knowledge of the transactions, agents said.

In Costa Rica, as in many other countries, a notary is required to transfer the ownership of a vehicle.

Agents said that when they detained the lawyer-notary they found that he was not in good standing in his profession and did not have the power to make any transactions, they said.

Lawmakers say Jiménez was evasive

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Members of a legislative commission said late Wednesday that Melvin Jiménez, the minister of the Presidencia, evaded their questions when he appeared before them.

Jiménez also said he would like to find out what others have told the committee, and lawmakers rescheduled his testimony until noon today.

Some legislators said that the minister accused the procuradora general de la República Ana Lorena Brenes of lying.

The committee is the Comisión Permanente Especial Control de Ingreso y Gasto Público, which took it upon itself to look into claims by the procuradora that she was offered an ambassadorship in exchange for her resignation. Her term has a bit more than a year to go. She is the nation's lawyer but also has in her office an ethics watchdog.

The case has major political ramifications because President Luis Gullermo Solís claimed he did not know the details of the case after he returned from China last week, but Ms. Brenes revealed Wednesday that she had held a meeting with him before he made that remark. Jiménez, too, has been loath to talk to the press.

In her appearance Wednesday, Ms. Brenes basically said what already had been known: That she was approached by Daniel Soley, now an ex-vice minister, Jan. 6 and offered an ambassadorship if she would step down. The woman said she considered the offer either a threat or a bribe.

Jiménez was Soley's boss until the vice minister suddenly resigned Saturday.

Although the situation is not of great interest to expats, the mounting scandal can color the Solís administration.  The Spanish language La Nación already editorialized that those who promised to break with traditional politics have now assumed the role of traditional politicians.

When Jiménez appeared before the committee about 9 p.m., he said that Soley only discussed institutional matters and personalities with Ms. Brenes. He denied that there was ever a threat. The minister declined to answer questions directed to him by Antonio Álvarez Desanti of the Partido Liberación Nacional. He said he needed to know other versions, presumably what others have said to the committee. That is why his appearance was rescheduled.

Modified bacteria can't live outside lab

By the Harvard Medical School news staff

The creation of genetically modified and entirely synthetic organisms continues to generate excitement as well as worry.

Such organisms are already churning out insulin and other drug ingredients, helping produce biofuels, teaching scientists about human disease and improving fishing and agriculture. While the risks can be exaggerated to frightening effect, modified organisms do have the potential to upset natural ecosystems if they were to escape.

Physical containment isn’t enough. Lab dishes and industrial vats can break, workers can go home with inadvertently contaminated clothes, and some organisms are meant for use in open environments, such as mosquitoes that can’t spread malaria.

So attention turns to biocontainment: building in biological safeguards to prevent modified organisms from surviving where they’re not meant to. To do so, geneticists and synthetic biologists find themselves taking a cue from safety engineers.

“If you make a chemical that’s potentially explosive, you put stabilizers in it. If you build a car, you put in seat belts and airbags,” said George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School.

And if you’ve created the world’s first genomically recoded organism, a strain of Escherichia coli with a radically changed genome, as Church’s group announced in 2013, you make its life dependent on something only you can supply.

Church and colleagues reported in Nature that they further modified their 2013 E. coli to incorporate a synthetic amino acid in many places throughout their genomes. The E. coli can’t make this unnatural amino acid themselves or find it anywhere in the wild. They have to eat it in specially cooked-up lab cultures.

The modifications offer theoretically safer E. coli strains that could be used in biotechnology applications with less fear that they will be contaminated by viruses, which can be financially disastrous, or cause ecological trouble if they spill. E. coli is one of the main organisms used in industry

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Well known expat figure Ryan Piercy reported to be missing
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The general manager of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica is at the center of a mystery.

The vehicle of the general manger, Ryan Piercy, was abandoned with the door open on Ruta 32 in Heredia Tuesday night. Fuerza Pública officers found it there.

Piercy, 45, is well known to expats due to his position with the association. He is basically the representative of a number of expats who come to Costa Rica seeking residency or other services. The association, for example, maintains a mail service for some expats and also provides group insurance with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

The association also runs seminars for potential foreign residents.
Piercy has been quoted frequently in A.M. Costa Rica.  He is a Canadian who assumed Costa Rican citizenship. His wife is a Costa Rican and has been associated with the Canadian Embassy.

The initial report of the disappearance was confusing because investigators identified the man by the name of Craig.

That is Piercy's middle name.

Less well known to expats is Piercy's role with Casa Canada S.A., a firm that specializes in helping Canadians invest here. It is his family's business and has not been touched by scandal as have other investment operations.

Casa Canada owns several office buildings in Sabana Este.

Piercy is believed to live in San Rafael de Heredia.

Rising sea levels are seen damaging turtle nesting beaches
By the University of Central Florida news staff

A new study is sounding the alarm about sea-level rise and its potential impact on more than 30 years of conservation efforts to keep sea turtles around for the next generation.

Sea-level rise and how coastal communities react to that rise could have dire consequences for sea turtles and other wildlife that rely on an unobstructed beach for survival.  That’s the conclusion of a University of Central Florida study recently published in Chelonian Conservation and Biology.

Llewellyn Ehrhart, a biology professor emeritus at the university, began studying sea turtles in what later became the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in southern Brevard County, Florida, 31 years ago. By documenting the number of turtles laying eggs, the number of eggs that hatch and how many turtles make it to the water, he was able to demonstrate what is documented fact today: The 13-mile stretch of beach in southern Brevard is one of the most important nesting habitats for green and loggerhead turtles in the western hemisphere.

Ehrhart and his team took the turtle data and looked at how sea level has risen over the same timeframe.

“The crux of the matter is that sea-level rise is happening, there’s no question,” Ehrhart said. “Our response has to be an intelligent one. We can’t continue to build hard structures because it is only going to make matters worse for sea turtles and the beach in general. We need courageous leadership to find good solutions, not just easy ones.”

Sea-level rise and an increase in storm intensity could potentially impact the refuge in two fundamental ways. The first includes beach erosion and an overall narrowing of the beach berm within refuge boundaries. Currently, egg and nest loss to erosion is the factor that has the greatest negative impact on the emerging success of hatchlings. The team suggests that the way communities respond to the eroding beaches is hurting wildlife and could have disastrous effects on the sea turtles, which have had an almost miraculous recovery at the refuge since the 1970s.

Sea turtles have seen a dramatic rise in numbers after the
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Offspring of this tiny turtle may face loss of beaches

 refuge was created in 1991, giving turtles a protected place to lay their eggs. Green turtles numbered in the 30s in 1982, Ehrhart said, recalling his early days in the field. This past year there were more than 12,000. The comeback was also seen in loggerhead nests, which numbered 9,000 in the 1980s and had more than 15,000 in 2014.

His study found that armoring or putting up hard surfaces to protect against erosion has a negative impact on beaches. It puts up barriers to wildlife and impacts sea turtles’ ability to nest. These barriers can also have a negative impact on other wildlife.

“It’s not a popular idea, but we need to allow beaches to move,” he said.

The study suggests a plan of action needs to be put in place to guard against the pending effects of climate change. Given that the sea level has risen about 5.75 inches in 112 years, and continues to rise at a more rapid pace, the erosion of beaches will also continue more rapidly, the study says.

Armoring the private and commercial properties in the refuge would be disastrous for the habitat, Ehrhart said. A strategic plan could help prevent this and tackle the problem of naturally occurring erosion issues as well, he said.

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Giant fish gets international protection from purse seine nets
By the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
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Whale sharks are among the largest living fish in the world. They weigh up to 40,000 pounds and can be 40 feet in length. They are also so docile that humans often swim with them without concern, snapping photographs of their incredible size.

But it is exactly their enormous bulk that had an international commission adopt restrictions protecting them from impacts associated with the international tuna purse seine fishing in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Commercial fishermen have known for some time that tuna, along with many other species of fish, congregate around objects drifting on the ocean surface. Fishermen often build floating structures called fish-aggregating devices, to attract tuna to an area, allowing them to capitalize on this behavior. Using these devices makes the job of finding and encircling the tuna in the purse seine nets much more efficient.

Fishermen also learned that whale sharks are so large that they naturally attract tuna, much like a fish-aggregating device. This led some fishermen to deploy nets around a whale shark to capture tuna swimming beneath it. In many of the cases, the encircled whale shark was also caught in the net and injured or died.

To protect whale sharks from this harm, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission adopted a resolution, by consensus in 2013 prohibiting the placement of a purse seine net around whale sharks and requiring the release of whale sharks unharmed in the event that they are inadvertently encircled by a net.

While setting on whale sharks is not a method used by U.S. tuna fishing vessels,  National Oceanic and Atmospheric
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A diver nearby gives an indication of creature's giant size.

Administration Fisheries issued regulations in September
prohibiting the practice by the U.S. fleet operating in the eastern Pacific.

Chris Fanning, a fishery policy analyst with the U.S. agency's West Coast Region who helped draft the regulations and has swam with whale sharks said, "These are some of the most incredible animals in the ocean, and while U.S. fishing vessels don’t engage in this practice, we are very supportive of this international resolution to help protect these amazing creatures."

Every whale shark has a unique pattern of spots and stripes on their skin, much like a fingerprint is a unique marker of individual humans. The animals are known for their colossal mouths, which are nearly five-feet in diameter and siphon plankton, small fish, and larvae as they swim through the ocean. Whale sharks are found in tropical and warm ocean waters and live approximately 70 years.

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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes to chose from, all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, have easily accessible parking, cable TV, and Internet and are fully furnished. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.

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Negotiations in Cuba begin
to establish diplomatic ties

By the A.M. Newspapers wire services

Two days of talks between the United States and Cuba aimed at ending more than 50 years of Cold War-era hostility began Wednesday in Havana.

The meetings are taking place one month after President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced  Dec. 17 the two countries were prepared to reestablish formal diplomatic relations. 

Wednesday's opening round focused on immigration, especially Washington's long-standing policy of allowing Cubans to stay in the United States once they step foot on American soil.

Today's session will be devoted to diplomatic issues, including the reopening of U.S. and Cuban embassies in the two nation's capitals. 

Both sides are expected to outline longer-term goals as well, including the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba first imposed in 1961, and Washington's designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.

A senior Cuban foreign ministry official cautioned that restoring diplomatic ties with the U.S. wouldn't immediately lead to a full relationship between the Cold War foes.

"Cuba isn't normalizing relations with the United States. Cuba is re-establishing diplomatic relations with the United States. The normalization of relations is a much longer process and much more complicated process," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The message appeared designed to lower expectations for the two days of meetings.

The U.S. delegation is headed by Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs.

Ms. Jacobson's visit is the first by a senior American diplomat in Cuba in more than three decades. Cuba is represented by Josefina Vidal, the head of the foreign ministry's U.S. affairs department.

Obama defended his administration's initiative to normalize relations with Cuba during his annual State of the Union speech before Congress Tuesday, saying it had the "potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere."

But the Republican-led Co​ngress has denounced the overture toward Cuba, and is unlikely to lift the embargo against the Communist-led island nation. Obama has the executive authority to restore diplomatic ties but needs the Congress to lift the economic embargo.

Last month's breakthrough occurred after several months of secret negotiations that also involved the Catholic Church. 

The talks led to Havana's release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross after five years behind bars. Last week, Cuba released 53 political prisoners, followed by the Obama administration easing some travel and trade restrictions.

France moves to step up
security against terrorism

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France will create 2,680 new security positions over the next three years to help counter the threat of Islamic extremism.

Valls announced the new measures on television Wednesday after his weekly cabinet meeting, saying Paris will spend nearly $500 million on the effort to battle terrorism in the wake of this month's deadly attacks.

The newly unveiled measures will also include recruiting more imams for French prisons and offering information on the Internet aimed at preventing youths from becoming radicalized. Valls also said protection of police and other security officers will be upgraded to account for the presence of battlefield-grade weapons on the streets. Three French police officers were killed in this month's attacks.

In addition, Valls said authorities will reinforce the fight against cyberjihadism and step up surveillance of terrorist suspects. He said surveillance is needed right now for about 3,000 suspects in France and abroad. Officials also estimate about 1,200 French nationals have joined jihadist groups in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, France announced it will cut 7,500 fewer military jobs than previously planned to step up the fight against terrorism.

President Francois Hollande met with his top security advisers Wednesday to discuss France’s military program. His office said the defense will cut 18,300 positions instead of 25,800 between 2015 and 2019. This year, the military will make 1,500 fewer cuts than planned; they're likely to be made by summer.

Also Wednesday, French investigators said they have charged four people in connection with the attack on a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris that resulted in the deaths of four hostages.

Prosecutors said that the men charged have ties to Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four people in a hostage standoff at a Jewish supermarket January 9. He was killed in a police raid that ended the siege. A day earlier, he had killed a policewoman.

The four men are suspected of having provided support for Coulibaly.  They are charged with association with terrorism.

The kosher market shootings ended three days of terror attacks around Paris that started with the killing of 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Valls told reporters earlier this week that the attacks have exposed a geographic, social and ethnic apartheid in France, but Belgium also launched police raids last week against suspected Islamist plotters as Germany conducted similar raids.

At meetings this week, European Union foreign ministers agreed to boost intelligence sharing to counter the terrorist threats.

The new French measures have earned a mixed reaction.

Spokesman for the center-right opposition UMP party, Sebastien Huyghe, faulted the leftist government for reacting to militant Islam too slowly.

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen called the government's measures insufficient.  She said they failed to address the root causes of Islamist terrorism, including immigration.

Charlie Hebdo, known for mocking religion and other targets, became the focus of worldwide sympathy after the terror attacks. Its first edition after the attacks caricatured the Prophet Mohammed on its cover and its initial run of 3 million copies — vastly beyond the magazine's regular 60,000 weekly circulation — sold out within minutes. The run later was increased to 5 million.

Obama sets defiant tone
in his annual address

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama seemed to set a defiant tone Tuesday for the final two years of his presidency in his State of the Union address.

But make no mistake: Republicans were quick to signal their defiance as well, as the president put forward an ambitious domestic agenda that surprised some given how badly his fellow Democrats were beaten in congressional elections back in November.

Obama tried to return to his political roots during his State of the Union address. He reminded members of Congress in the House chamber and Americans watching at home that he came into office in 2009 promising to work to bring the country together in the wake of a devastating economic recession.

And the president made a fresh appeal to end the kind of congressional gridlock that had voters fighting mad last November.

"Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns,” he said. “Imagine if we did something different. Understand that a better politics isn’t one where Democrats abandon their agenda or Republicans simply embrace mine. A better politics is one where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears.”

But Republicans don’t seem to be in a mood to buy into the president’s calls for unity and compromise. Fresh off their sweeping election victories last November that gave them full control of Congress, they seem just as determined to push their themes of smaller government and fewer regulations.

Republicans responding to the president’s address also felt duty-bound to remind voters that they won the sweeping victories back in November, not the Democrats.

That was the message from the official Republican responder, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, as well as the party’s national chairman, Reince Priebus.

“As the last election made clear, Americans want a less intrusive government that spends their money responsibly,” Priebus said in a video. “Yet President Obama gave another speech calling for more taxes and more spending. He is not listening. It is the same old ‘go-it-alone’ approach.”

The president is proposing higher investment and inheritance taxes for the very wealthy and then using that revenue to help the middle class. Democrats already have signaled that they intend to make the issue of income disparity a major issue in the 2016 presidential election.

But for Republicans, raising taxes is a non-starter as both parties look ahead to the 2016 presidential election.

Former Republican national chairman Mike Duncan said that no one in his party is interested in helping another Democrat succeed President Obama in the White House in January of 2017.

“Well, there are different ways to have a legacy and the president is choosing, in my opinion, the wrong way,” Duncan said. “He could have chosen to work with the Congress and accomplish big ideas and take on big tasks for the country. Unfortunately he is framing the 2016 election in terms of having a third term of Barack Obama.”

But many Democrats seem inspired by the president’s bold approach in dealing with the new Republican majority.

Democratic strategist Elizabeth Sena appeared on live television coverage of the State of the Union and said the new Republican majority in Congress will be under pressure to produce in the months ahead to follow through on promises made during last year’s midterm election campaign.

“It places the burden on the Republicans to get something done,” she said. “If they have all this power, if they have the majority voted in by the people, then it is their turn now to get something done.”
The president’s defiant tone combined with emboldened Republican majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives sets the stage for what could be a politically contentious final two years of the Obama presidency. 

Independent analyst Stuart Rothenberg said that splits within the Republican Party between mainstream Republicans and the Tea Party faction also could hobble the congressional leadership in the months to come.

“We don’t know if there is going to be more compromise because while we had an election that presumably was a rebuke to the president, I don’t think he really sees it that way,” he said. “And while we had an election that puts Republicans in charge, it’s not clear that as a party there is a single voice coming out of the GOP.”

Republicans hope to build on their new congressional majorities over the next two years to bolster their case for a Republican to be elected president in 2016, said John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.

"And I think they look at 2016 and think they will need a more positive agenda,” he said. “That is going to depend a lot on who that candidate is in 2016, but for Republicans in Congress to show that they have a positive vision is one of their great aims.”

That Republican presidential field is only beginning to take shape.

The 2016 race has gotten off to an earlier-than expected start with some notable Republicans like former Florida governor Jeb Bush and 2012 nominee,  Mitt Romney, both declaring early interest.

Free college plan seen
as being too expensive

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

College tuition and student debt have increased at a rapid pace in the past 20 years, raising serious questions about whether a student loan crisis may be brewing in the United States. Some, including President Barack Obama, believe the solution is to provide free community college education for students who qualify.  But some say throwing more money to fix the problem is not the answer. 

Higher learning is an expensive but necessary proposition in the 21st century job market.  But with tuition rates rising at a record pace, many Americans simply can’t afford it. 

Justin Mills enrolled at a two-year community college in Maryland for about a third of the cost of a typical private college education.

"The cost of tuition is probably the main reason why people don’t enroll in the first place because they are worried about coming out of it in debt, heavy student debt," said Mills.

In his annual State of the Union address, Obama said not only does that hurt U.S. competitiveness,  it’s also unfair.

“That’s why I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college to zero," said Obama.

The president’s plan would eliminate tuition fees at two-year community colleges for students with at least a 2.5 grade point average.  But with an estimated price tag of more than $60 billion over 10 years, it’s unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Congress.  It's not just politics, though. Some say Obama's plan uses a sledgehammer where a chisel might do.

Matthew Chingos is head of education policy research at the Brookings Institution.

“It’s going to spend resources out over a large number of students, as a result not be generous enough for people who need the help and be too generous for people who don’t need the help," said Chingos.

In the past 20 years, the amount of money borrowed by American students to pay for a college education has quadrupled.  At more than $1.2 trillion, it’s bigger than the country’s total credit-card debt.  Despite the higher costs Chingos' research shows the returns in more job opportunities and higher incomes still outweigh the initial investment.   A better solution, he says, is to expand existing financial aid programs.

“It comes back to this idea: should the policy be focused on people who need the help the most, whose behavior is most likely to be affected or should we spread the same resources out over a much broader group of people?" he said.

Critics say the president’s plan would not only mean big tax hikes for higher income earners, it would also eliminate tax breaks for those saving money for education.  But those in favor say the plan would more than pay for itself, reducing high school dropout rates and improving U.S. competitiveness abroad. 
While unlikely to pass, Chingos says the proposal is helpful if it opens up discussion on the true cost of education and if it leads to action that ensures all Americans can afford it.

High court gives protection
to air marshal who tattled

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a former air marshal who disclosed sensitive information to the news media did not violate the law and is entitled to whistleblower protection.

On a 7-2 vote Wednesday, the court rejected the argument of President Barack Obama’s administration to reverse an appeals court ruling in favor of Robert MacLean. The government argued that whistleblower laws do not pertain to workers who reveal sensitive security information.

MacLean was fired for leaking information to an MSNBC reporter in 2003 that the Transportation Security Administration planned budget savings by cutting positions of undercover air marshals on overnight flights.
MacLean has said he passed on the information to the news media after agency supervisors ignored his concerns about public safety. His disclosure outraged U.S. lawmakers and triggered a quick reversal of the policy.

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This is the Solar Impulse 2 in flight

Solar plane being prepared
for round-the-world flight

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pilots of the solar plane that already set records flying without a drop of fuel are close to making their first attempt to fly the craft around the globe. They plan to do it in 25 flying days over a five-month period.

Solar Impulse 2, or SI-2 for short, arrived in Abu Dhabi in pieces.  Built mainly of lightweight glass-reinforced plastic, it is now being re-assembled and prepared for its journey around the globe.

The concept was previously tested by its predecessor, Solar Impulse 1, in 2012 during a long flight from Europe to North Africa and in 2013, flying across the United States.

SI-2’s 72-meter-long wings are covered with more than 17,000 solar cells that can generate up to 52 kilowatts of power. The cells also charge batteries which run the plane's four electric motors at night.

The single-seat plane, which will take off from Abu Dhabi, will follow a course roughly along the equator, where the sun is strongest, touching down only every few days. Two pilots will take turns in the cockpit.

Project co-founder Bertrand Piccard, who is one of the pilots, says the flight will require a lot of endurance.

“It's very exciting for everybody, and we are also in the psychological preparation of the pilot and the team, because technology is O.K., but you need to cope now with very long duration flights: single pilot on board for five days and five nights.  Lot of stress for everybody," said Piccard.

Co-founder and alternate pilot Andre Borschberg says although SI2 can fly on autopilot, they plan to rest or sleep only 20 minutes at a time.

“How many of these breaks we will be able to take per night, it's hard to say. We've trained in a simulator to have six to eight of them every 24 hours, which means about two hours of sleep every 24 hours, which is not a lot," said Borschberg.

Piccard says the project's goal is to demonstrate the advantages of renewable energy sources and clean technologies.

“If an airplane can fly with no fuel around the world, can you imagine how this technology could be used everywhere?," he asked.

SI-2 is scheduled to take off in March and return to Abu Dhabi some time in July.
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Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.

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(506) 6154-1940

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(506) 8707-4016
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.
Price $135,000. Click
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!
Manuel Antonio Estates    1 800 346-9724  (506) 8815-9606.

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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Ethiopia getting high marks for coffee

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ethiopia’s coffee has been ranked as the best in the world by an international group of coffee connoisseurs. Not surprisingly, coffee is a top export for the country. But at home it is a source of pride.

International coffee experts travel the world to find the best tasting cup. They keep coming back to Ethiopia, where importers like Morton Wennersgaard say the climate produces quality coffee beans.

“You have different ancient varieties referred to as Ethiopian heirdom. They are grown in places with perfect soil, perfect altitude, and micro climates that are really suitable for coffee processing, such as drying and things like that,” he explains.

Finding the best beans is a matter of taste, literally. The intense process is known as cupping, tasting and comparing coffee from different roasted beans, grading and then pricing them.

But before international experts come to taste, coffee beans go through analysis in small coffee labs, where Helen Assefa describes the process.

“When the coffee comes to the lab, we assess the coffee quality first by recording the details. Then we weigh the moisture level and we screen the beans for analysis. After that we grind the coffee beans and taste the samples. At the end we check for defective beans," Assefa explains.

And that screening is a very difficult and lengthy process, says lab worker Mubarik Abaoli.

“We sort out the defects manually, by hand. And we sort out the defect according to the defect types. The types are immature, paste damage, foxy, black, all has to be sorted out according to the severity of the defects,” the lab worker says.

Nevertheless, Ethiopia is cashing in on its coffee reputation with consumers in more than 120 countries and a yearly export revenue of more than $840 million.

But not all the best coffee leaves Ethiopia. With 40 percent of the coffee production consumed at home, it remains an important part of everyday life at work, at home and at ceremonies just to celebrate that special cup.

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Some Democrats balk at Obama trade deals

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for completion of trade deals with Europe and Pacific-rim nations, but some of his staunchest opponents are Democrats normally aligned with him.

In politically polarized Washington, Republican lawmakers in Congress often oppose the Democratic president's economic policies with Democrats supporting him. But the opposite is true on the trade pacts Obama wants to complete this year.

Wednesday, several Democratic lawmakers rebuffed Obama's request for fast-track authority to complete the deals with little say by Congress that he made during his State of the Union address.

The lawmakers said the trade deals would bring cheap imported products to the U.S. made by vastly underpaid overseas workers at the expense of higher-paid U.S. workers who would otherwise be making the same merchandise.

Connecticut's Rosa DeLauro said Obama's request for the deals is misguided.

"He said they would bring jobs back to the United States and raise our wages. But experience tells us that trade agreements do the exact opposite," she said.

In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, Obama said China will write trade rules in the Pacific region if the U.S. does not complete the trade pact with Asia.

"As we speak, China wants to write the rules for the world’s fastest-growing region. That would put our workers and our businesses at a disadvantage," he said. "Why would we let that happen? We should write those rules. We should level the playing field. That’s why I’m asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but are also fair. It’s the right thing to do."

Key Republican leaders, who now control both houses of Congress, say they are open to completing the trade deals, but final action could take months.