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Police keep the peace while the families are evicted.
Police help evict 130 families from Pacific parcel
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial workers, including three judges, began evicting residents on a tract in  Herradura on the Pacific coast.

Some 130 families were living on Parcel 13 in about 50 homes, said the Fuerza Publica.

The occupation of the land had been litigated since the 1990s. Many of the occupants thought they had title to their properties because they had paid for it, said an expat familiar with the case.

Officials said that the evictions might take some time because of the number of homes involved. The families had been notified
 previously, and some quickly began removing their possessions.

More than 140 police officers were involved in the early morning eviction. They arrived at 6 a.m. to protect the judicial workers.

The parcel has three streets and is in an area where many ownerships are contested. Some on Parcel 13 said they had lived there for up to 13 years. Some homes were fairly substantial but others were just sheet metal and some lumber.

The evictions were ordered by a judge in Puntarenas, officials said. The original owners of the property were said to be U.S. citizens, who purchased it years ago.


Fate robs child of chance to complete his last wish
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The foreign ministry has confirmed the death of an 8 year old who was traveling by air to Spain to meet with soccer stars Lionel Messi and Neymar da Silva Santos Jr.

The child, who is being identified by the first name of  Gabriel, had as a last wish the
chance to meet the stars. The two Club
ch Barcelona. starts were awaiting a meeting Monday.

The child, who suffered from cancer, died Saturday on the air flight from Costa Rica to Madrid.

The child was accompanied by his parents. There will be cremation today in Spain, said the foreign ministry.

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7% of gas containers had leaks, report says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Despite the emphasis on safety involving liquid petroleum gas, the nation's regulatory agency said 7 percent of  17,280 gas containers inspected in 2014 had leaks.

The leaks were found in containers from all three gas vendors, Gas Nacional Zeta, Super Gas and Gas Tomza.

The leaks ranged from 10 percent at Gas Tomza to 6 percent at Gas Zeta, the agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, said.

There was a public focus on gas containers after a small Alajuela restaurant exploded with four fatalities in early 2013.  Many Costa Ricans use gas containers for cooking and heating water.

The agency said that during inspections, some 7 percent of the metal containers were found with holes due to rusting.

The testing was not very sophisticated. The agency said that inspectors just applied soapy water to the tanks.

Ministry promises housing after four years

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Contractors who face mountains of regulations that slow down their projects will be happy to know that the same problems faces the government.

Calle Lajas is the section of San Antonio de Escazú that was wiped out by a landslide from Pico Blanco Nov. 5, 2010.  24 persons died.

Now after more than four years, the government said that new housing for the survivors would be ready in two weeks in an area out of harm's way.

The homes have been finished and standing empty for months but technicalities with utilities have held up occupancy.  The project is being done by the Ministerio de Vivienda y Asentamientos Humanos. Now officials say just a couple of more weeks.

Snow hits northern U.S. once again

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The northeastern United States again is facing a major snow storm. The area from Chicago to New York and north Boston saw up to a foot of the white stuff.

Thousands of airline flights have been canceled.

The storm follows a blizzard that buried the northeast last week. The rest of the country is not being spared.

The U.S. National Weather Service said that cold, arctic air will surge through the northern Plains today and continue to spread south and east through Wednesday dropping temperatures in its wake.

U.S. tightens Venezuelan sanctions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States tightened its sanctions against Venezuela again Monday when it imposed visa restrictions on more officials there.

The action came a day after President Nicolás Maduro accused Vice President Joe Biden of trying to depose him.  Maduro did this on national television.

". . These allegations are baseless and false," said Jen Psaki, the spokesperson of the State Department. "Such allegations distract from Venezuela’s own actions by blaming the United States or other members of the international community for events inside Venezuela. The Venezuelan government should focus on the legitimate grievances of its people, which include repeated violations of the freedom of speech – of freedom of speech and assembly as well as due process under the law."

The U.S. government will not specify who are the targets of the visa restrictions, but they are supposed to be those who have been involved in abrogating the rights of citizens there.

When Maduro was in Costa Rica last week, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States passed a declaration that rejected the use of what the organization called coercive methods against Venezuela. In December U.S. President Barack Obama signed the first sanctions against Venezuelan government officials who violated the right of protesters. The action, which was approved by the U.S. Congress, denies U.S. visas and freezes assets held in the United States.


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Tribute
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The murdered sea turtle protector Jairo Mora Sandoval is being remembered all over the country even though a court declined to convict suspects in his death. This mural is in San Ramón and was finished Friday by two artists known locally as Roy and Pucho. The pair have extensive works all over the community, said a local expat.

Mora died May 30, 2014, when he was ambushed by turtle egg thieves near the Moín beach in Limón. Seven men were acquitted by a Limón judicial panel Jan. 27. This outraged many Costa Ricans and others.

Mural for environmentalist
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Reducing damage to citrus crops said to require regional efforts
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats who are trying to protect their citrus trees from a disease called greening or huanglongbing better make sure that their neighbors are doing so, too. And that includes distant neighbors.

In Costa Rica, the disease is called dragón amarillo. The Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería has declared an agricultural emergency over the problem.

Right now the main way of fighting the disease is to spray against the Asian citrus psyllid  (Diaphorina citri), a tiny bug that sucks on leaf sap and leaves behind bacteria.

Costa Rica has spent more than $1 million in prevention, training and the creation of a lab.

The cost of insecticides against the insect carrier is many hundreds of dollars a hectare, officials have said.

The situation has become so bad in Florida that some citrus growers have abandoned their fields, leaving their trees untended, which can have dire consequences for neighboring growers, said an entomology professor at the University of Florida.

A new article in the Journal of Economic Entomology shows that the insect can travel at least two kilometers in 12 days, and that they are able to traverse potential geographic barriers such as roads and fallow fields.

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The Asian citrus psyllid


“The Asian citrus psyllid moves many kilometers,” said Lukasz Stelinski, the entomology professor and one of the co-authors. “If you control a small area and the other person does not, the psyllids will infest your area and can come from abandoned groves.” He was quoted on the Entomology Today Web site.

The researchers used a non-toxic chemical like soy protein to mark the insects in one grove. When the marked insect showed up in other groves, the distance traveled could be measured, noted the researchers in a summary prepared by Entomology Today.

The bacteria is Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, and the Chinese name reflects the fact that the disease was found in that country in the early part of the 20th century. After being infected, the leaves of citrus trees turn yellow and fall off. The disease also causes green and misshapen fruit
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Central American smoke boosted tornadoes in U.S., study says
By the University of Iowa news staff

Can smoke from fires intensify tornadoes?

“Yes,” say University of Iowa researchers, who examined the effects of smoke — resulting from spring agricultural land-clearing fires in Central America — transported across the Gulf of Mexico and encountering tornado conditions already in process in the United States.

The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, examined the smoke impacts on a historic severe weather outbreak that occurred during the afternoon and evening of April 27, 2011. The weather event produced 122 tornadoes, resulted in 313 deaths across the southeastern United States, and is considered the most severe event of its kind since 1950.

The outbreak was caused mainly by environmental conditions leading to a large potential for tornado formation and conducive to supercells, a type of thunderstorm. However, smoke particles intensified these conditions, according to co-lead authors Gregory Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, and Pablo Saide, of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

They say the smoke lowered the base of the clouds and increased wind shear, defined as wind speed variations with respect to altitude. Together, those two conditions increased the likelihood of more severe tornadoes. The effects of smoke on these conditions had not been previously described, and the study found a novel mechanism to explain these interactions.

“These results are of great importance, as it is the first study to show smoke influence on tornado severity in a real case
scenario. Also, severe weather prediction centers do not
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Red lines represent tornado tracks in the United States April 25 to 28, 2011, and yellow dots represent fires in Central America and México.


 include atmospheric particles and their effects in their models, and we show that they should at least consider it,” says Carmichael.

“We show the smoke influence for one tornado outbreak, so in the future we will analyze smoke effects for other outbreaks on the record to see if similar impacts are found and under which conditions they occur,” says Saide. “We also plan to work along with model developers and institutions in charge of forecasting to move forward in the implementation, testing and incorporation of these effects on operational weather prediction models.”


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The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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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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Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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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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Mountain homes or farm for rent
Barva volcano, Heredia province
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.
Contact:  HPCattleCR@aol.com
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Obama budget is greeted
with predictable opinions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama’s proposed $4 trillion federal budget drew predictable praise from Democrats and equally predictable scorn from Republicans on Capitol Hill.  The fiscal blueprint would boost taxes on top earners and some corporations while canceling automatic spending cuts, investing in infrastructure and helping America’s struggling middle class.

At best, presidential budgets are greeted by lawmakers as a serious point of departure for months of congressional deliberations on spending and taxation. In recent years, budgets submitted by the White House have generated a week’s worth of hyperbolic commentary on Capitol Hill -- before being cast aside and forgotten almost entirely.

It is that latter fate that appears to be unfolding for President Obama’s 2016 federal budget in the new Republican-led Congress.

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner blasted the fiscal blueprint as more taxes, more spending and containing no plan to foster growth and create jobs.

Similarly, the Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, described the budget as “another tired, tax-and-spend manifesto.”

“It focuses on growing the bureaucracy instead of opportunity. It does not balance - ever. And because it is not designed to pass Congress, of course it doesn’t,” he said.

By contrast, the House’s top Democrat, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, described the president’s proposal as forward-looking, fiscally responsible and contributing to America’s long-term economic growth.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, agrees.

“I am particularly gratified the president has strongly supported our national defense as well as domestic needs, and investing in our roads, bridges and other infrastructure that is so very, very important to our future,” he said.

Republicans control both houses of Congress and have pledged to pass a budget that reflects their priorities: constraining domestic spending while boosting entrepreneurial activity. Finding common ground with the White House on budget specifics will be a challenge in the months to come. The current budget expires at the end of September.

On a day of heightened partisanship in Congress, at least one lawmaker stood apart.  Sen. Lamar Alexander, a frequent critic of the president, had this to say when approached by reporters: “I really owe the president the courtesy of reading his budget before commenting on it.”


State Department's slice
is $50 million for efforts


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Obama administration is seeking just over $50 billion to support diplomatic and aid efforts that would maintain America’s global leadership and leverage, a senior U.S. State Department official said Monday.

"Our budget request reflects what is needed to ensure that the United States remains powerfully engaged on the myriad issues that directly impact the security, prosperity and values of the American people," Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom said.

The request is part of President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion spending plan for 2016, introduced Monday.

The proposed $50.3 billion allocation includes a base request of $43.2 billion to support ongoing and emerging national security challenges, security commitments to allies and partners, conflict prevention, weapons nonproliferation and global peacekeeping activities.

Another $7 billion is being sought for overseas contingency operations, to respond to immediate and extraordinary national security requirements, Higginbottom said.

She said the funds "will support critical programs and operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, as well as exceptional costs related to our efforts to fight ISIL" – an acronym for the Islamic State militant group – and "respond to the conflict in Syria and support Ukraine."

Ms. Higginbottom added that the budget request represents a 6 percent increase over last year.

But Jennifer Harris, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, pointed out that the State Department portion of the federal budget comes in at less than 10 percent of the $534 billion base budget requested for the Defense Department.

Ms. Harris said that ratio is wildly incompatible with the threats and challenges in the world.

"It’s not clear to me that the greatest challenges the U.S. faces in the world today are predominantly military in nature," she said. "Putting 90 percent more dollars to more military hardware when it seems like an area where the U.S. already has hyperdominance is not necessarily the best return on investment."

The news headlines, Ms. Harris said, missed a broader trend in which a lot of countries, such as China, are using economic tools as a first resort to flex their political muscle in the world.

Obama has said the problems in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and other regions afflicted by violence cannot be fixed with military might alone. But Harris also cautioned that simply increasing State Department funds is not necessarily the answer.  Bureaucratic hurdles and contentious relations with Congress, she said, in the past have led to missed opportunities in places like Egypt.

Flexibility in how the State Department and Pentagon are allowed to use funding is more important than the sheer sums involved, Ms. Harris said.

Obama’s spending plan is expected to face stiff opposition from the Republican-led Congress when it comes to voting on the numbers.


Families gets compensation
for GM's faulty switches


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At least 51 families are getting damage settlements from the biggest U.S. automaker, General Motors, because of deadly crashes caused by defective ignition switches on small cars it manufactured a decade ago.

Seventy-seven injured people have also been awarded undisclosed compensation by independent administrators of a fund created by GM. The automaker knew about the ignition problem in 2.6 million vehicles for more than a decade, but did not recall the cars until early last year.

When the ignition switches malfunctioned, the vehicles' power steering, air bags and other electrical features were disabled.

The number of payments could increase significantly in the coming months.

Nearly 4,200 motorists and their families filed for the ignition switch damages by last Saturday's deadline and their claims will now be reviewed.


Super Bowl broadcast called
most-watched TV show


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sunday night's broadcast of the National Football League's championship game, the Super Bowl, was the most watched television program in U.S. history.

The dramatic 28-24 victory by the New England Patriots over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks was seen by 114.4 million American viewers, according to NBC, which telecast the game played outside Phoenix, Arizona. That is 2.2 million more than the previous record viewership set by last year's Super Bowl when Seattle beat the Denver Broncos outside New York City.

NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus said this year an additional 600,000 watched the game with Spanish-language announcers on the NBC Universal cable network.

Seven of the eight most watched shows in U.S. history are Super Bowls.

Sunday's ratings showed that the highest number of viewers tuned in during the fourth quarter when New England rallied from a 10-point deficit and stopped a final Seattle drive with an interception on the goal line to seal the victory.

Because of the huge audience the Super Bowl reaches, a record $4.5 million was paid by advertisers this year for a 30-second commercial.


New photo of Fidel Castro
published in Cuban paper


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Cuba has published the first photographs of former President Fidel Castro since last August, amid new speculation that his health was failing.

The photos, published Monday in the Communist Party newspaper Granma, depicted the 88-year Castro talking to a student leader at his home, which the newspaper said was taken last month.  A Brazilian theologian who met with Castro last month said he found the ex-leader thin, but in good health and lucid.

Fidel Castro relinquished power in 2006 to his younger brother Raúl due to poor health, and has made infrequent public appearances and statements over the years.  His last public appearance was more than a year ago.

The elder Castro recently broke a lengthy silence on the historic announcement made last December by his brother and President Barack Obama that Havana and Washington would end over 50 years of Cold War-era hostility and restore diplomatic ties.

Fidel Castro said he did not oppose the recent diplomatic breakthrough.


Amazon has three methods
to use competitors, study says

By the Lappeenranta University of Technology  news staff

Online-selling pioneer Amazon.com has utilized three individual business models, by means of which it engages in productive cooperation with its competitors. By harnessing its competitors within its own business operations and by looking strategically at customer value, Amazon.com has managed to raise the size of its current markets and to create entirely new markets both for itself and for its competitors.

Through its competitor cooperation-driven business model, Amazon.com utilizes the existent resources most effectively because it involves competitors in distributing the expenses incurred by business operations.

These results emerge from the research conducted at Lappeenranta University of Technology by Paavo Ritala and his Swiss research partners Arash Golnam and Alain Wegmann, and published in the Industrial Marketing Management journal. 

Amazon.com's three business models in which it has strongly involved its competitors, are named as follows: Amazon Marketplace, Amazon Services and Amazon Web Services, and Amazon Kindle.

Amazon Marketplace gives Amazon.com's competitors the chance to use the company's own market venue. In other words, when Amazon.com sells, for example, some book on its Web site, competitors are also permitted to offer the same product there – even more cheaply. If the competitor purchases the book concerned from a competitor via the Amazon.com Web site, Amazon.com is permitted to keep part of the sale proceeds.

Amazon Services and Amazon Web Services on their part offer the online shopping platform and server capacity to their competitors. For example, Amazon.com helped the Borders book retailer as well as Netflix, which distributed films and TV series on the Internet, to the extent that they obtained their own marketplace within Amazon.com's infrastructure: i.e. they operated by using Amazon's servers or Web site base. Amazon.com obtains revenues from operating the service and from its advancement for its competitors.

Amazon Kindle, an electronic reading device, enables coopetition – collaboration between competing firms – to the extent that it distributes its content to various competing platforms. For example, the Apple iPad consumer obtains Kindle application content without having to obtain an Amazon.com reading device separately. This way Amazon.com sells its own content also on competitors' platforms, thereby obtaining extra customers.

"Amazon.com's method of doing business with its competitors is rare on this scale. The company's strategy is to be the world's most customer-centered business enterprise. Consequently, Amazon.com's mindset is not  competitor-centered, as is often the case with companies. The digital business model excellently enables this sort of business action," Ritala declares.


California ponzi scheme
gets woman 151 months


 Special to A.M. Costa Rica

A San Jose, California, woman who was convicted of running a ponzi scheme that bilked over 200 victims out of more than $24 million was sentenced Monday to serve 151 months in federal prison.

The woman, Bich Quyen Nguyen, 60, received the sentence from U. S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton, who said the crime caused physical, emotional and psychological harm to victims who, in some cases, lost their entire life savings.

In addition to the prison term of more than 12½ years, Judge Staton ordered Ms. Nguyen to pay $24,517,482 in restitution.

Ms. Nguyen was found guilty conspiring to commit wire fraud in December 2013 by a jury that heard about her investment scheme, which offered purported certificates of deposit issued by a Swedish financial institution that she supposedly ran. The evidence presented during a six-day trial showed that Nguyen told victims that she was the chief executive officer of Sun Investment Savings and Loan, which guaranteed annual returns of more than 30 percent on one-year certificates of deposit involving at least $1 million.

Ms. Nguyen told victims that she used trading platforms and made trades at a high frequency and velocity to achieve the high rates of return. She told victims that their investments were safe because the victims’ money would be in blocked accounts. She further told victims that she had prepared for the 2008 financial crisis so their returns were still protected and guaranteed.

While claims about the investment were bogus, Ms. Nguyen’s “false promises did persuade the victims to give up their life-savings,” according to court documents filed by prosecutors. “Because of . . . fraud, the victims were forced to put off their retirements and stretch their remaining resources to simply make ends meet.”

To get the rates that Nguyen fraudulently promised, victims from southern California and Nevada organized private investment clubs to pool the required $1 million. Several of the victim investment clubs were located in Anaheim and Rialto.

During the second half of 2008, Ms. Nguyen and co-conspirators made presentations to victims across the region, with some of the presentations taking place at churches.

In the Spring of 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained orders from U. S. District Judge David O. Carter that prevented Ms. Nguyen and her co-conspirators from continuing to offer these investments. Following the issuance of the injunctions, a receiver and forensic accountant reviewed records and determined that the victims’ money was never safe, in part because it was commingled with other victims’ money. Some of the victims’ money was used to make ponzi payments to other investors; and the promised investments were never made. Despite Judge Carter’s orders, Ms. Nguyen in May and July 2009 continued to offer investments in Las Vegas and overseas, prosecutors said.

In sentencing papers that described Ms. Nguyen as being relentless in the execution of her fraud, prosecutors cited numerous false promises to victims, lies she told during her trial (including blaming a dead man for the scheme) and a complete lack of remorse.

Ms. Nguyen has failed to take any responsibility for the over $24 million that victims lost due to her fraud, according to one sentencing memo. “Defendant’s ‘pass-the-buck’ attitude cannot be ignored when there are over 200 victims due to her fraud,” it added.

Ms. Nguyen has been in custody for over a year after being remanded by Judge Staton when the trial concluded.

Previously in this case, another member of the conspiracy, Johnny Edward Johnson, 70, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Johnson, who faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Staton Feb. 27.
      
 

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Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


CoopeAgri

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The best option in real estate services in southern Costa Rica and the South Pacific coast. We are professionals promoting properties such as farms, lots, ranches, commercial premises, homes and apartments, through our advertising and marketing services.
Are you buying a property? Our experienced team is ready to help you to find the right place. Are you selling? We are experts selling properties.  Keep it simple. Don't waste your time. We are  the best local and international listing.  Contact us, and we will be glad to assist you!
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8563-4.15.15

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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 4030-5480 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8554-6/15/14

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The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and commercial real estate.  Call us: Ocean Surf and Sun Int. Realty Ldta at 011 (506) 2653-0073 or send us an email at: info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com
8583-1/27/16

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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
 
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8502-4/20/15




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 calls: (Cristian Arce) Phone: 
(506) 2494-0016 
(506) 8309-0173
 
English calls :  (Luis David) Phone: 
(506) 6154-1940


Español calls: (Luis G. Jiménez)  Phone:   
(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
HERE!
Grecia 898
Beautiful house in Grecia downtown. Full security cameras. Land 250 m2.  Price $400,000.  Click HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8533-2/17/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Playas del Coco home
Playas del Coco  Unique opportunity, multiple possible uses, project property! i.e. large home, b&b, hostel, rooming house, retreat, or business?

The property consists of 2,200 sf of construction, pool, bodega, garage, 1,126 m2 lot (adjacent 550M2 vacant lot available to purchase), and is only a 3-minute walk to the beach. Google @: 10˚54’23.80”N  85˚70’41.40”W There is a well for irrigation, in ground sprinkler system, 5,000 liter in ground reserve water tank, fruit trees, palm trees, shrubs, and many flowers. The property is walled on 4 sides with 2 entrances. There is hot water throughout the house. The property has municipal water, telephone line, Internet, and cable. The property is in a clean & up to date LLC for easy transfer. The property taxes are less than $600. on a valuation of approximately $196,000.
Price $159999. Less than replacement. Contact for more info & pictures: Puravida1957@gmail.com 6283-1172 CR  or 00507 6620 3201  Panamá.
8591-3/4/15

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, 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 birds and other animals. 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, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8586-2/28/15

Fortuna view
GREAT VOLCANO'S VIEW
Sometimes “distress sale” is a come-on.  Sadly, for this bruised North American ex-wife it is not.  She has a very nice modern- construction 2-br home on 1129 m2 intended for up to a couple dozen apartments with superb volcano view, short walk to downtown, all the amenities.  The existing 1st loan can be assumed but the 2nd has to be paid off, as do her other debts here, so that’s the distress part.  The irony is that their business plan was perfect, the place rents extremely well today, but she can’t manage it from a distance and doesn’t plan on returning to Costa Rica.  Asking $140k but her Costa Rica dream property is going to go to the first best offer with enough cash to clear her debts as well as clear her mind.  Her own personal bad experience provides an unusual opportunity at this time.  For interior pix: phone 506-8377-8402 or E-mail 
 lafortunaguy@gmail.com
8584-2/28/15

1-acre beautiful beachfront lot
Power and water on the property A very nice tropical setting in Puerto Viejo, Limón. Choice location. 9 beautiful lots for sale. Each lot is $69,000 or offer. Please call Peter: 7122-3754 or e mail: andreas_meyn@shaw.ca
8582-2/27/15

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: costarenas@ice.co.cr   Web: www.costa-arenas.com
8573-4/15/15

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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
or through email: tamborsales@hotmail.com

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
8570-4/13/15

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 azucarb@racsa.co.cr or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.
8555-1/12/15

Condo montage
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.
8545-1/2/15

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. http://www.atenasrealty.com/fotos%20H392.html
8542-12/17/14

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. www.manuelantonioestates.com
8515-2/16/14

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, orbec12@gmail.com for further info or to arrange a viewing.
8509-xxx

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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 Karen@remax-ocr.com  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
8500-1/3/15

Newly available in Roca Verde
Atenas
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: http://www.atenasrealty.com/fotos%20H326.html 2446-5587. ldrock@gmail.com
8499-q11/3/14

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 mmpeace@hotmail.com   Check out slide show HERE!
8482-2/11/15

Esterillos

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: edumace64@yahoo.es  and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8458-3/2/15

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES
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:

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8422-9/15/14

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site: costaricalandsales.com
email: kim@costaricalandsales.com

The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.
8406-8/2/14

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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: costarenas@ice.co.cr   Web: www.costa-arenas.com
8573-4/15/15

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Crucial Panamá bay protected

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In an official ceremony Monday, World Wetlands Day, Panama's president, Juan Carlos Varela, approved a law that bestows protected-area status on Panama Bay Wetland Wildlife Refuge, which was initially established by Administrative Resolution. The government is strengthening legal protection of an ecosystem key to fresh water supplies, reproduction of species of high commercial and nutritional value, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation.

"We welcome a law that demonstrates the importance that this place has on the environment and surrounding populations. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect the 85,652 hectares of coastal marine wetlands in Panama Bay," said Brooke Alfaro, president of the board of the Centro de Incidencia Ambiental.

The bay is one of the world’s most important nesting and resting sites for migratory birds and a home to endangered species. Mangroves serve as a buffer against coastal storms and hurricanes. In 2003, the site was declared of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation of wetlands.

"We congratulate the Panamanian government because this law is a breakthrough for wetland protection and for fulfillment of the country’s international obligations. It serves as an example for other countries in the region. The law emphasizes the concepts of rational use, ecosystem approach, and ecological character contained in the Ramsar Convention," said Haydée Rodríguez, attorney for the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense.

During the law’s approval process, the legal and scientific team of the Centro de Incidencia Ambiental, supported by the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, helped strengthen the bill to ensure that it guarantees sound management of wetland resources. Both organizations said they will assist and support the government of Panamá in implementing the law. "We must establish an appropriate management plan to ensure the protection of the wetland for present and future generations," added Attorney Rodríguez, who is a Costa Rican.

"Thanks to the support of citizens, civil society, the supreme court, deputies and government, the law ensures protection of the Panama Bay Wetland," Alfaro said.

In recent years, the site has been affected by the expansion of real estate projects, with consequent channeling of rivers, drainage, and filling of natural areas. Under the new law, activities that threaten the ecological integrity of the refuge and of its boundaries are prohibited. Only another law may permit them.


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Public projects called priority for growth

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The president's economic council met Monday and decided that the economy of the country could be boosted with pushing the execution of public projects that have internal and foreign funding. The council also said that it needs to promote foreign investment in conjunction with the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior.

Finally it said that the government has to institute plans to promote employment.

The public projects include those for roads and for health and education, said Casa Presidencial.

In addition to the highway projects, the council also decided to stress agricultural development and citizen security, said Casa Presidencial.

The council is seeking to see the economy grow by 4 percent this year.