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As school opens, traffic police to target speeders
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Public schools open today, and expats might have become accustomed to blasting through school zones when classes were out.

This would not be a good idea today because traffic police will be out in force with cameras and radar devices ready to snag any motorist whose vehicle exceeds 25 kph in a school zone. That is just a bit more than 15 mph.

There are 83 schools in the country that are adjacent to major roadways, so traffic
  police will be concentrating on these. They will have rule books handy ready to act at the slightest sign of a violation. The police agency noted Friday that motorcycles can only have a single passenger, and children under 5 years cannot ride that way.

Motorists also should be aware that some schools do not dismiss students until 7 p.m., and the speed limit applies until then.

The Fuerza Pública is fielding 3,000 officers to provide security for the estimated million-plus school kids.

Tourism eyed as economic boost for Puriscal
By the A.M. Cost Rica staff

The central government has been asked to help increase tourism to the canton of Puriscal, which is midway between the central canton of San José and the Pacific coast.

Expats already have discovered this area and the access it provides to beaches and the city life. Rentals and home purchases appear to be more reasonable than in some other expat communities.

President Luis Guillermo Solís visited that area Saturday and spoke highly of the possibilities. He toured part of the new national park, La Cangreja, in Santa Rosa de Puriscal. The canton holds two native reserves,  Zapatón and Quitirrisí.

The administrative center of  Santiago de Puriscal also is the location of the Santiago Apóstol church that was heavily damaged in the 1990 earthquake. The church remains fenced but it has been elevated to the status of a national heritage site.

Puriscal already has been the case study of several academic development reports which note that the area has not made a smooth transition from agricultural breadbasket to the present economy.

Solís said that the canton has a high potential for tourism development which locals hope will reactivate the economy and generate jobs.

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President Solís and other officials tour the mostly underdeveloped Parque Nacional la Cangreja.

The president said that the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje could offer training for residents who want to find jobs in the tourism industry or in tech positions in the Central Valley.

A tangible effort by the central government will be the improvement of a key highway between Puriscal and Parrita on the Pacific coast.

The president said that he would give instructions to transport officials to maintain continually the highway, Ruta 239. To start with, workers will have to apply more asphalt and take steps to eliminate areas of frequent landslides, officials noted. There also is extensive work needed for drainage.

If the roadway can be kept in repair as an all-weather stretch, the travel time to the Pacific will be reduced considerably, Solís noted.

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Marine League inviting wounded for visit

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Marine Corps League Costa Rica is inviting 10 wounded Marines to visit Quepos in April as part of the Wounded Warrior program.

A league spokesman said all the visitors are ambulatory, and sport fishing is high on the agenda.

The league said it was seeking support from Americans living here. More information about donations can be obtained by email at

The Wounded Warrior program is designed to provide leadership and non-medical care to combat and non-combat wounded, ill and injured Marines and sailors who were attached to Marine units and their families in order to speed their recovery as they return to duty or go into civilian life, according to the organization.

Dominicalito run/walk is March 1

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Seventh annual Playa Dominicalito 5K/10K Walk/Run will be Sunday, March 1, this year.

The event is fundraiser for lifeguards at the local beaches and the animal welfare organization D.A.W.G.  All the proceeds are donated because local merchants and international businesses pay for the costs associated with the race, organizers said.

The local public elementary school receives funds based on the number of kids that do the Toucan 2K run entirely on the beach.   The course includes the beach, some jungle, steep mountains (for part of the 10K), a little village and a couple small rivers to cross (bridges optional), said the organizers.   Many participants bring their dogs to give them a little exercise too.  There are several locations to sign up in the Dominical area and additional information can be requested at 

Dominical, Playa Dominicalito and nearby Playa Hermosa are among the few beaches in Costa Rica that have professional lifeguards.

Weight loss found in wine and chile

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There was some good news for the gravity challenged folks over the weekend.

On the one hand, Oregon State University is reporting that drinking wine might retard the growth of fat cells.

And the University of Wyoming researchers report similar results with chile peppers.

Researchers the world over are seeking a quick cure for the overweight. Not only would this be a major benefit to world health, but the financial spinoff would be gigantic.

At Oregon State University, the findings suggest that consuming dark-colored grapes, whether eating them or drinking juice or wine, might help people better manage obesity and related metabolic disorders such as fatty liver.

Neil Shay, a biochemist and molecular biologist there, was part of a study team that exposed human liver and fat cells grown in the lab to extracts of four natural chemicals found in muscadine grapes, a dark-red variety native to the southeastern United States, according to a university summary.

One of the chemicals, ellagic acid, proved particularly potent: It dramatically slowed the growth of existing fat cells and formation of new ones, and it boosted metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells, said the university.

These plant chemicals are not a weight-loss miracle, cautions Shay. “We didn’t find, and we didn’t expect to, that these compounds would improve body weight,” he said. But by boosting the burning of fat, especially in the liver, they may improve liver function in overweight people. He was quoted by the university

The chief ingredient of note in chile peppers is capsaicin.

The temptation to eat fatty foods is often so strong that, for many, it can override or overpower any dietary restrictions. As a solution to this problem, a group of researchers at the University of Wyoming developed a novel approach to stimulate energy metabolism without the need to restrict calorie intake.

Baskaran Thyagarajan, a university researcher, says dietary capsaicin may stimulate energy burning. This may help to prevent and manage obesity and other related health complications such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases -- though this effect has not yet been demonstrated in carefully-controlled clinical trials, according to summary by the Biophysical Society.  Thyagarajan presented his research at the society's annual meeting over the weekend.

But weight loss will not be as easy as munching some chile peppers. The researcher's associates are developing a two-pronged program that includes exercise, the society said.

Ebola battle reported at critical point

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization reports that good progress is being made toward containing the ebola epidemic, but it warns that the outbreak is far from over and still poses a grave threat.

David Nabarro, special envoy of the U.N. secretary-general, is urging people not to become complacent. Though cases of ebola are declining, he said, a great deal of hard work remains to get to zero cases and zero transmission.

To prove this point, Nabarro noted that World Health reported 124 new confirmed cases of ebola last week, an increase of 25 cases from the previous week.

“There will always be volatility," he said. "Numbers will go up and down, but the more we are able to actively seek out cases and follow up their contacts, the better our results will be. … Now to finish the work off, it will be necessary to continue to bring in materials and people, so that we can undertake the kind of detective work that is necessary … to overcome the disease and also, at the same time, to get basic services back and working again.”

But this takes lots of money. Nabarro said the United Nations needs $1 billion to finish the job — now.

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Who would have thought that some 100 kilos of assorted smuggled goods could fit in the space around a bus air conditioner?

That's what Fuerza Pública officers found in San Dimas de La Cruz, Guanacaste. These were not high-value goods. They were processed foods, meats, cheese and similar projects, all packaged in what police said were unhealthy ways.

More elevators to go into service at bridges for pedestrians
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two sets of elevators go into service this week and next at pedestrian bridges over major highways. One bridge is at Quesada Duran over the Circunvalación, and the other is at San Diego de La Unión over the Florencio del Castillo highway.

Next month two more sets of elevators will go into service. One set will be at the pedestrian bridge in Sabana Norte. The other will be in Hatillo 5 at the Circunvalación.

The elevators bring the bridges into compliance with a law providing equal access to the disabled. In the case of an existing set of elevators at Hospital México, those getting help are the temporarily disabled, those seeking medical attention, or perhaps woman with carriages.

The elevators are a $2.4 million project, and the installations also solve a public security situation.

The bridge over the Autopista General Cañas at Hospital México has been a favorite for robbers. Victims are trapped on the bridge when confronted by crooks. Now there are

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multiple cameras both inside and outside the elevators.

Officials with the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that future bridges will have ramps designed to avoid the expense of elevators. At the existing bridges there is no space for ramps, they added.

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International session in a rush to create negotiating text about climate
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new round of U.N.-sponsored negotiations to draft a climate change agreement to halt global warming has begun in Geneva.

It is the first of several meetings this year aimed at finalizing a new, universal agreement, which world leaders are expected to sign at the end of the year in Paris.

As they enter this final lap, conference participants in Geneva are fully aware of the importance of the work ahead. They know only 10 months remain for them to achieve an international, legally binding agreement on climate change.

The work facing representatives from 194 countries in the week ahead is to streamline a draft text that currently runs to just under 40 pages.

Ilze Pruse, head of the Latvian Delegation to the European Union, said it is essential to have a full negotiating text ready by May as a basis for further negotiations in June.

“The IPCC has told us that our below-2 degrees goal is still within reach, but time is of the essence. Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are at record levels and the planet is getting warmer. 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history,” Pruse said, citing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Intergovernmental Panel scientists said nations must cut greenhouse gas emissions to 2 degrees centigrade above
pre-industrial warming to avoid dangerous climate change.

Scientists warn of severe consequences if global warming continues to accelerate, including a rise in the sea level, food and water shortages, increased health problems and the risk of growing conflicts.

Elina Bardram, head of the European Commission Delegation, said all major economies must declare their targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the end of March.

She said the amount of the cuts will reflect the abilities and circumstances of different nations.

“But it is important that every contribution is as ambitious and fair as possible given each country’s individual responsibilities and their respective capabilities," Bardram said.

"By the Paris conference, we need to have a very clear understanding of how well on track we are with keeping global temperature increase within the two degree centigrade limit," she added.

Environmentalists said climate change talks in Paris will make or break international efforts to curb global warming.

Bardram said there are concerns that the target set in Paris may fall short of the 2-degree limit. She said nations must make commitments in light of the science to be able eventually to reach a climate neutral world in the second half of this century.

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Television news anchor Brian Williams, facing an internal NBC investigation for embellishing an Iraq war story, said over the weekend that he would be removing himself from the evening newscast for several days.

Williams’ action was also in response to intense criticism by war veterans and other journalists last week regarding his apology in which he said he misremembered the details of the story.

"It has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," Williams said in a statement posted on NBC's Web site.

During the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Williams reported that a Chinook flying ahead of his was "almost blown out of the sky," but his story has gradually changed. The controversy erupted after he recently repeated a different version of the story on television, claiming that he was in a helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while in Iraq.

Williams admitted last week that the story was inaccurate. But his apology, in which he said he misremembered the incident, provoked widespread derision.

Military personnel who were present at the time and other journalists have called for his resignation.

Williams is also facing scrutiny over his statements about covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Among his assertions, he said he saw a body float by the Ritz Carlton hotel in the French Quarter, the historic district of New Orleans, where he stayed and that he got dysentery from the flood water.

In announcing his decision to take himself temporarily off the air, Williams said, "As managing editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue."

A hugely respected journalist in the United States, Williams, 55, is a former chief White House correspondent. Since 2004, he has anchored NBC Nightly News, which has received high ratings.

Williams said he planned eventually to return to the broadcast and "continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us."

However, NBC News refused to comment Saturday on when or whether Williams would return and who would decide his future.

Paul Levinson, professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University, called Williams' time off a good idea for him and NBC News.
“It gives him a chance to catch his breath and, on a human level, it must be excruciating to get on the air and report the news and not say anything about this,” Levinson said.
NBC News, he said, “wants to be in the business of reporting on the news, and not have people thinking, ‘is he telling the truth?’”
Rich Hanley, director of the graduate journalism program at Quinnipiac University, also lauded Williams' leave.
"This was a good move by Williams and the network to remove him from the air until a decision is reached on his future," Hanley said.
Nightly News has reigned as the top-rated evening newscast over its competition on CBS and ABC.
Williams' importance to NBC News goes beyond his anchor status, said Al Tompkins, a faculty member for broadcast and online at The Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank.
“He sets the tone of the network. It may not be as critical as when Cronkite was CBS' anchor, in every way, but he is more than a face,” he said, referring to  Walter Cronkite.
Williams' absence itself is a delicate challenge, Tompkins said.

“He can't be gone long. The timing will be critical -- too short and it won't seem like he has taken himself out of the game long enough, and too long and he looks like damaged goods,” he said.

Gauguin painting sold
for record $300 million

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A colorful Paul Gauguin painting of two Tahitian girls has been sold for a record-breaking price.

Media reports say the French artist’s 1892 oil painting "Nafea Faa Ipoipo" ("When Will You Marry?") has sold for nearly $300 million, surpassing the $259 million Qatar paid three years ago for Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players."

The state-financed Qatar Museums also reportedly is the buyer of  "Nafea," which was sold by a Swiss family trust.

Rudolf Staechelin, a Sotheby's retiree who lives in Basel and manages the Staechelin Family Trust, has confirmed the sale, but not the purchaser.

The trust owns a major collection of about 20 impressionist and post-Impressionist works of art.  "Nafea" is part of the collection and has been on loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel for almost 50 years. The Kunstmuseum closed its doors last week while it undergoes renovations.

Meanwhile, "Nafea" is scheduled to go on exhibit in several museums, including Washington's Phillips Collection in October.

Staechelin told The New York Times the painting’s buyer will take possession of it early next year.

Staechelin's grandfather assembled the art collection during and after World War I.

Frank Lloyd Wright works
put forth for U.N. listings

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has nominated 10 buildings designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for inclusion on the World Heritage List of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

"Through its World Heritage Sites the United States can share with the world the remarkable diversity of our cultural heritage as well as the beauty of our land,” U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in announcing the nomination.

The World Heritage List recognizes the outstanding universal value of the most significant cultural and natural sites worldwide.

The proposal, “Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright,” includes reproductions of Wright's original sketches and drawings for the 10 buildings, along with photographs of the designs as they were completed.

The nominated Wright works are Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago; Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin; Hollyhock House in Los Angeles; Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania; Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin; Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California.

All of the properties, built between 1906 and 1969, already are designated as U.S. National Historic Landmarks.

“Wright was the father of modern architecture, fundamentally redefining the nature of form and space during the early 20th century in ways that would have enduring impact on modern architecture worldwide,” said Richard Longstreth, president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, which appointed a committee of experts in 2003 to choose the buildings, in consultation with the National Park Service.

“We had to demonstrate how each represents a masterpiece of human creative genius and is an extraordinary contribution to modern architecture and culture,” said Lynda Waggoner, director of Wright’s internationally acclaimed Fallingwater.

The nomination will be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List by the U.N. agency's World Heritage Committee, with a decision due by mid-2016. If approved, these would be the first World Heritage listings for U.S. modern architecture. The World Heritage List already includes 22 other American sites of natural, cultural or archeological significance, among them the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and the Statue of Liberty.

The agency has bestowed World Heritage designations on more than 1,000 sites in more than 160 countries worldwide, from the Taj Mahal to Australia's Great Barrier Reef to Stonehenge in England.

Six Bosnians indicted
for aiding foreign terrorists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused six Bosnian immigrants of sending money and equipment to terrorists overseas, including fighters with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida in Iraq.

In an indictment made public Friday, all the defendants were charged with conspiring to provide and actually providing material support and resources to terrorists. Two were also charged with conspiring to kill and maim people in a foreign country.

Five of the accused have been arrested. The sixth is overseas.

All six Bosnian defendants were living in the U.S. legally, in three different states: Illinois, Missouri and New York. Three had become naturalized citizens and the remaining three had attained either refugee or legal resident status.

"Today's charges and arrests underscore our resolve to identify, thwart and hold accountable individuals within the United States who seek to provide material support to terrorists and terrorist operations operating in Syria and Iraq," said Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin.

"Preventing the provision of supplies, money and personnel to foreign terrorist organizations like ISIL remains a top priority," Carlin said, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

The Justice Department said the charges of conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists carry penalties ranging up to 15 years imprisonment for each count and fine as high as $250,000. The crime of conspiring to kill and maim people in a foreign country carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

Canada's Supreme Court
eliminated ban on suicides

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for patients who are mentally competent to decide to end their lives.

The court overturned its own 1993 ruling against the practice. It said its earlier decision was too broad because it applied to all patients, not just those vulnerable persons the law was meant to protect.

The court said Friday that the ban left the sick with only two options — self-inflicted suicide by violent or dangerous means or suffering until death comes. The justices said both choices are cruel.

But they put enforcement of their ruling on hold for a year to give the Canadian Parliament time to write new laws on suicide.

Two women who are now dead had challenged the ban before the court. One was suffering from the crippling illness called Lou Gehrig's disease. The other was an 89-year-old woman who said she did not want to slowly die piece by piece. She went to Switzerland, where doctor-assisted suicide has been legal for decades.

Grace Pastine, an official with the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association in western Canada, hailed the court's ruling. She said the decision meant "Canadians who are suffering unbearably at the end of life will have a choice now — the choice to seek the assistance of a physician if their suffering becomes unbearable."

But a representative of Canada's Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Taylor Hyatt, disagreed with the court, saying "if a person has disabilities, there's an assumption that your life is unbearable and there's nothing good in it."

Basketball legend Smith
reported to have died at 83

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American college basketball coaching legend Dean Smith, who won two national championships at the University of North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal, and was inducted to basketball's Hall of Fame, has died.

Smith, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013, died at the age of 83 Saturday in North Carolina.

In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Smith coached many star players, including Michael Jordan and James Worthy.  When he retired in 1997 he was the winningest coach in the sport with 879 victories.

More than 50 of Smith's other players went on to play professionally in the NBA or the ABA, and more played overseas.  Among them: Charlie Scott, Walter Davis, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty, J.R. Reid, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison.

His Four Corners time-melting offense led to the creation of the shot clock to counter it.  He was the first coach at North Carolina, and among the first in the segregated South, to offer a scholarship to a black athlete, Charlie Scott.

The now-common point to the passer, in which a scorer acknowledges a teammate's assist, started with his North Carolina team and became a hallmark of Smith's always humble ``Carolina Way.''

World medical agencies
reject female mutilations

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Friday was the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, and the World Health Organization joined a chorus of voices demanding an end to this injurious procedure, still widely practiced in the developing world.

Female genital mutilation is a dangerous procedure that can cause severe physical problems, including complications in childbirth, maternal deaths, heavy bleeding, and infertility. It also can result in psychological and sexual problems.

The international community considers mutilation to be a gross violation of human rights of women and girls that has no health benefits for the victims. Despite increasing calls for its elimination, the practice, also known as female circumcision, remains widespread.

The World Health Organization reports more than 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The practice is especially prevalent in eastern and western Africa, some parts of Asia, and areas in the Persian Gulf. World Health says the highest rates are found in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti and Egypt.

The agency's senior adviser, Lale Say, says genital mutilation, due to immigration, is increasing in Europe, the United States, Australia, and Canada, but that more countries are banning the practice.

“There is encouraging increase in the political support to end FGM. We now have 24 countries in Africa who have laws that criminalize the performance of FGM and also in 12 industrialized countries there are strict laws that criminalize, sometimes the family members, but, most importantly health professionals to perform FGM,” Dr. Say stated.

Say also said genital mutilation is falling substantially in countries such as Kenya and the Central African Republic. But, she acknowledges, while many laws criminalizing genital mutilation are on the books, they are rarely implemented.

The procedure stems from cultural and traditional beliefs that value a girl’s virginity. It is widely believed that genital mutilation reduces a woman’s sexual desire, thereby retaining her purity for marriage.

Ironically, the ebola epidemic has put a temporary halt to genital mutilation in West Africa, where it is widely practiced.

Andrew Brooks, the regional child protection adviser for the U.N. Children’s Fund, said he does not know whether the temporary ban in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will become permanent.

“I could say in Guinea, there are kind of opposing tendencies. On the one hand, about one-third of the girls that were cut, that would take place in the health centers — usually by the midwives," he explained. "But, because of the people’s fear and kind of resistance to the health system, that level of the practice would have gone down because less people were going to the health centers.”

Brooks suspects the dangerous rite will return when the ebola threat recedes. He said much effort will be needed to make the temporary ban sustainable in the long term.

Egyptian soccer melee
leaves at least 22 dead

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Dozens of soccer fans were killed and many more injured when police and supporters clashed at a soccer game in Cairo, local media report.

The Association of Zamalek Supporters, known as Ultras White Knights, published a list of names identifying 22 victims. Medics say the death toll is 40.

Authorities say they expected the death toll to rise.

The clash happened at a match between two Cairo clubs, Zamalek and Enppi in Egypt's Premier Soccer League. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, security forces said.

"Huge numbers of Zamalek club fans came to Air Defense Stadium to attend the match ... and tried to storm the stadium gates by force, which prompted the troops to prevent them from continuing the assault,'' the Interior Ministry said in a statement, without giving more details.

The deadliest riot in Egypt soccer history came during a 2012 match when Port Said's Al-Masry team hosted Cairo's Al-Ahly. That riot killed 74 people. Later that year, angry fans burned down the headquarters of Egypt's Football Association, protesting its decision to resume matches before bringing those behind that 2012 riot to justice.

Egypt has curbed the number of people allowed into soccer matches since that riot, prompting fans to often try to storm soccer grounds that they are banned from entering.

50 charitable donors gave
$9.8 billion last year

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The 50 most generous donors in the U.S. gave away $9.8 billion in 2014, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a Washington, D.C.,-based periodical.  That figure was up 27.5 percent from the year before, driven largely by a rise in the number of tech entrepreneurs donating millions of dollars.

And the 10 most generous contributors (individuals and couples) combined to give the majority of the money, more than $6.2 billion, or 64 percent of the total amount.

The boost was powered in large part by a $1.5 billion gift from Bill and Melinda Gates and a rise in the number of tech entrepreneurs under 40, three of whom gave more than $500 million each.

Two of the technology donors transforming the profile of philanthropy had not previously disclosed the extent of their giving.  Jan Koum, the 38-year-old founder of the messaging company WhatsApp, donated $556 million and Sean Parker, the 35-year-old former Facebook president and founder of Napster, contributed $550 million.  They rank No. 4 and 5, respectively, on the list.

No. 2 on the list was Ralph Wilson Jr., the owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, who died in March at the age of 95 and provided $1 billion to charity.  He was followed by Ted Stanley, an 83-year-old businessman who made one of the largest financial commitments ever to mental-health research by pledging $650 million to the Broad Institute.

Among the top 50 donors, 12 couples or individuals on the list come from the technology sector, 11 from finance, four made money in real estate and four inherited their wealth. In all, tech donors accounted for 47 percent of the money donated by the top 50.
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Grecia 884
Beautiful large house in Grecia, Costa Rica, with the best fresh natural weather. The property includes 9 challets and 12.000 m2 of land,  1,000 m2 of construction. Price $498,000. Click HERE!
Grecia 881
Beautiful house in Grecia, Costa Rica,  2 kilometers from the city.   340 m2 of land.
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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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: 6283-1172 CR  or 00507 6620 3201  Panamá.

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:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Fortuna 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

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:

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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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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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.

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

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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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Trying to keep track with nail polish

People give me stuff.  Good stuff though, like plants, seeds, and
Victoria torley
cuttings.  I promise faithfully, to put them in the ground – often with a bit of rooting powder – and raise them to be nice strong plants.  As a   result, I have a large collection of pots and planting bags with all kinds of things growing in them.

So, here’s the problem.  When I put them in the pot or bag, I always think to myself, “I don’t need to
tag this plant.  I’ll remember what Mike (or Mary or Ruth) gave me.” 

You can guess the result.

I have dozens of things growing in my nursery area, and I do not have a clue as to what they are.  Its worse of course, with seeds because they are so small and so easily lost.  [By the way, a great seed-starter container is an egg carton.  Just fill with dirt and plant your seeds.  Transplant to pots or directly to the garden when they are the recommended height.  I like to remove mine from the egg carton before planting.]

This is so embarrassing.  Friends will ask, “how is that cutting I gave you doing” and I just have to nod and smile and say, “Terrific, thanks!” when I have no idea what was given, or when, or where the heck I put it.  Shame on me.

So, I need to get organized.  (This is especially true because I have purchased some special seeds on-line, and I want to make sure I know which ones they are.)  The problem (other than being a bit lazy and absent-minded)?  The tropical sun fades ink, pencil, and markers so quickly that my old method (popsicle sticks and marker) only work briefly, then the stick rots or the marker fades, or both.  I needed something more permanent, and I found it!  Nail polish!  And a notebook.

I needed the notebook because it is difficult to write a long plant name with a nail polish brush (you try scribing “heliconia” on plastic), so I decided to code each plant.  One dot on a plastic plant marker, put a dot in the notebook, and write the plant name next to the dot. I can even make extra notes next to the dot.  Botanical name, English name, local name.  Next plant?  Two dots.  Too many plants?  Change the color of the nail polish.  And the markers?  I cut the markers out of plastic cups. 

Plant of the Day:  Heliconia

I think of these as the ultimate tropical plant possibly because I see them everywhere.  They range in height from 0.5 to 4.5 meters tall and bear upright or drooping flowers depending on the species – and there are over 100 species of heliconia.   Some look like birds in flight, some like claws, and others like the bills of toucans.  If you want to attract hummingbirds, heliconia should be among your plant choices.  Our local leaf cutter ants attack some species and leave others alone. 

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Top 20 nations meet to promote growth

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Finance ministers and central bankers from the world's 20 leading economies are gathering to discuss coordinating action to spur global economic

The G-20 ministers concerns about major economies running at different speeds and monetary policies diverging will top the agenda at talks today and Tuesday in Istanbul. 

Influencing the ministers' plans are the Greek government's demands to restructure its debt, cheap oil influencing inflation and growth forecasts, and a strengthening dollar threatening emerging economies.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said Sunday tackling sluggish growth and giving low income nations more voice are among the priorities for Turkey's G20 presidency.

Babacan said pushing G20 members to meet previous reform commitments would be key. 

Fulfilling pledges made at November's G20 summit in Brisbane could add more than $2 trillion to the global economy and create millions of new jobs over the next four years, said Christine Lagarde in a blog post Friday. She is chief of the International Monetary Fund.

Another top G20 concern is whether the United States alone can sustain the global economy as most of the world slows. 

Last week, Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver cited the stalled eurozone, slowdowns in China and India, and geopolitical crises in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria as key risks.

"Though America is carrying the world economy at the moment, that is simply not sustainable," he added.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also said the United States could not be "the sole engine of growth" and a senior U.S. official told reporters Washington's message at the meeting would again be that Europe is not doing enough.

Also on the agenda will be a request by France to discuss the fight against terrorist financing, an important topic for Turkey as fighting with Islamic State militants continues just over its southern borders in Syria and Iraq.