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The stamp presentation featuring Juan Rafael Mora Porras also includes the words of his proclamation alerting Costa Ricans to the danger posed by William Walker and his army.


Juan Mora gets another honor, this one from Correos
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The honors keep flowing in for Juan Rafael Mora Porras, the Costa Rican president who led the country into the Campaña Nacional in 1856 and 1857.

Saturday was his 200th birthday, and Correos de Costa Rica has come out with a stamp in his honor.

The commemorative issue is valued at 360 colons, about 70 U.S. cents.  The stamp has a photo of a statue of Mora and a copy of his alert to Costa Ricans that the battle must be joined.

The designer is Cristian Ramírez Vargas and the printer is the La Uruca firm of Gozaka, S.A.

Over the weekend the former president's name was added to Avenida Segunda.

William Walker, the U.S. adventurer, wanted to become king of Central America or at least bring
 the nations there into the U.S. union as slave states.  He became president of Nicaragua.

The Costa Rican army engaged Nicaragua troops at the Battle of Santa Rosa in Guanacaste March 20, 1856 and more decisively at the Battle of Rivas on April 11 the same year. There also was a skirmish at Sardinal de Sarapiquí.

Later battles along the Río San Juan blocked supplies to the filibuster army, and Walker eventually fled. He tried to return, but ended up being executed in Honduras.

The same fate awaited Mora after he was overthrown during his third term. He fled to El Salvador but then returned with a small army and took Puntarenas. But he then was captured and faced a firing squad.

His execution is not stressed strongly in the Costa Rican schools or during the honors being bestowed this month.




Climate fears over wind farms discounted by study
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Wind farms probably will not change the climate much, at least not in the near future, a new study says.

A study in Europe was the first to quantify the effects of these systems of towers and wind-driven generators. Costa Rica has several and more are planned.

The European study used simulations to determine that fears of the effects were not justified.  Several recent studies have shown that atmospheric circulation can be modified, as well as temperatures and precipitation, said researchers. The study was in Nature Communications Tuesday.

This study was led by two French laboratories: the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, which belongs to the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, and the Institut de Technico-Économie des Systèmes Énergétiques, according to a release.

Experts expect the number of wind farms to double by 2020.

Earlier studies showed a significant increase in temperatures was observed, especially at
night, near these wind farms, but it turns out that at night wind turbines mix the atmosphere more than they do during the day, which reduces cooling near the ground, the researchers noted.

Fruit producers know this because peace growers use windmills to drive away cold air during times of threatening frost that may harm blossoms.

The researchers said that the main conclusion is
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These towers are in the hills near Santa Ana

that differences caused by wind turbines remain very small compared to natural climate variability: in some regions, the difference in temperature reaches 0.3 degrees C at the most, and a decrease in accumulated seasonal precipitation of a few percent was observed

The study did not address the effect of wind turbines on birds, which is being considered a major problem.

In Costa Rica the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has wind generation high on its list of alternative energy priorities.

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Chromis fish swim among coral in the Indo-Pacific along
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Higher water temperatures
said to threaten tropical fish

By the Australian Research Council news staff

Fish living near the equator will not thrive in the warmer oceans of the future.

According to an international team of researchers, the rapid pace of climate change is threatening the future presence of fish near the equator.

“Our studies found that one species of fish could not even survive in water just three degrees Celsius warmer than what it lives in now,” says the lead author of the study, Jodie Rummer from the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

Ms. Rummer and her colleagues studied six common species of fish living on coral reefs near the equator. She says many species in this region only experience a very narrow range of temperatures over their entire lives, and so are likely adapted to perform best at those temperatures.

This means climate change places equatorial marine species most at risk, as oceans are projected to warm by two to three degrees Celsius by the end of this century.

“Such an increase in warming leads to a loss of performance,” Ms. Rummer explains. “Already, we found four species of fish are living at or above the temperatures at which they function best.”

The team measured the rates at which fish use oxygen, the fuel for metabolism, across different temperatures, at rest and during maximal performance. According to the results, at warmer temperatures fish lose scope for performance. In the wild, this would limit activities crucial to survival, such as evading predators, finding food, and generating sufficient energy to breed.

Because many of the Earth’s equatorial populations are now living close to their thermal limits, there are dire consequences ahead if these fish cannot adapt to the pace at which oceans are warming.

Ms. Rummer suggests there will be declines in fish populations as species may move away from the equator to find refuge in areas with more forgiving temperatures.

“This will have a substantial impact on the human societies that depend on these fish,” she said.

A concentration of developing countries lies in the equatorial zone, where fish are crucial to the livelihoods and survival of millions of people, including those in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

In an era of rapid climate change, understanding the link between an organism and its environment is crucial to developing management strategies for the conservation of marine biodiversity and the sustainable use of marine fisheries, say researchers.

“This is particularly urgent when considering food security for human communities, said Ms. Rummer.”

The study appears in Global Change Biology.


Outsourcing firm planning
new building with more jobs


Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Results Companies, an outsourcing firm, said Tuesday that it was expanding its contact center in Heredia. 

The growth will include over 350 new job opportunities and allow The Results Companies to accommodate current and future client growth needs for their largely Fortune 500 client base. The new center construction will expand the current facility by over 16,000 square feet and include an additional 325 seats, an employee lounge and six administration offices.  The expansion is due to be completed in early March with new employee training targeted to begin on March 3.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be part of the Heredia community.  This expansion, only weeks after our grand opening, simply reinforces our belief that Costa Rica will be instrumental in our future success delivering the exemplary service our partners and their customers have come to expect from The Results Companies,” said Heather Johll, vice president of account operations.      

The Results Companies is currently accepting applications for customer service and support positions through the Web site at www.CareersAtResults.com/Heredia.

With over 8,500 employees in 15 locations in the United States, Philippines and Latin America, The Results Companies’ expertise extends beyond call centers.  The firm says it is experts in representatives, analytical technologies, brand fulfillment and creating strategic advantages for clients.


Patrol car bashed in Pavas
in pursuit of stolen vehicle


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Drunks driving in a stolen car would be well advised to avoid crashing into a police car.

But the Fuerza Pública said that is what happened early Tuesday.

Police said two men in a vehicle were being chased because the car had been reported stolen. The car with the suspects whacked into the rear of a patrol car. That happened about 1 a.m. in Pavas.  The chase continued until the vehicle finally was stopped and the two men detained.


Road work beginning today
on Interamericana, Ruta 1


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's road agency said that there will be work on Ruta 1, the Interamericana highway starting today between Cañas and Limonal.

The bulk of the work will be putting down asphalt, and there may be some delays, said the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad.


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A leatherback turtle appears to be on her nest. Many such creatures nest on the Costa Rican Caribbean shores

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Leatherbacks reported to be in grave danger in Atlantic, too
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and the University of Exeter news staff

Another satellite study shows that leatherbacks are at risk in the Atlantic Ocean, too.

The report of the research follows identification of two trouble spots in the Pacific.

The latest study comes from the University of Exeter. The last large populations of the leatherback turtle are at risk because their migratory routes in the Atlantic Ocean clash with the locations of industrial fisheries, a new study said.

Researchers used data from satellite transmitters attached to the turtles to track their movements across the Atlantic Ocean. These movements were then overlapped with information on high pressure fishing areas to identify where the turtles are most susceptible to becoming entangled and where they may drown.

The international study, jointly led by Matthew Witt of the University of Exeter and Sabrina Fossette of Swansea University, found that urgent international efforts are needed to protect the species.

Between 1995 and 2010, a total of 106 leatherback turtles were satellite-tracked in the Atlantic and south-west Indian Oceans. Resulting information was interpreted along with knowledge on longline fishing effort and nine areas with the highest risk of bycatch were identified.

Maps of the turtles' daily locations revealed that Atlantic
leatherbacks use both deep sea international waters more than 200 nautical miles from land and coastal national waters, either seasonally or year-round, in a complex pattern of habitat use.

More than four billion hooks were set throughout the entire Atlantic Ocean by industrial fisheries between 1995 and 2010, equivalent to 730,000 hooks per day, the researchers estimated.

The study, published last week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that of the nine areas of high susceptibility for leatherbacks, four are in the North Atlantic and five in the South and Equatorial Atlantic.

In the earlier study, reported last week, a team of researchers said they tracked by satellite 135 leatherback turtles to determine that there are two spots in the Pacific where the creatures are in the greatest danger from longline fishing.

For a population of the giant turtles that nests in Costa Rica and Mexico the greatest danger is in a broad area off Perú known as the South Pacific Gyr, according to a report from Cornell University.

This group migrates along a corridor past the Galapagos Islands.

The gyr is an area where the ocean moves in a broad circle due to currents and winds.

One of the researchers is Stephen Morreale, a Cornell research associate. Also involved is James R. Spotila of Drexel University, who is known to Costa Ricans as the president of the Leatherback Trust.


University for Peace plans to spread its message with a run
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hundreds of runners are expected to converge upon Ciudad Colón for the first ever Peace Run, Costa Rica. The University of Peace will host the event Sunday, March 2, to spread the message of peace through sport.

"This will be a great opportunity for our campus to develop a day dedicated to sport in the name of peace," said Francisco Rojas Aravena, chancellor of the United Nations-sponsored school in a release. "Additionally we are organizing a Culture Expo with the representation of all our students from diverse nationalities."
Participants can choose between routes of four different lengths: 42 kilometers, 21 kilometers, 10 kilometers, or a 1-kilometer run for kids under 10. Registration costs 25,000 colons for the 42-kilometer run, 20,000 colons for the 21-kilometer, 16,000 colons for the 10-kilometer, and 6,000 colons for the kids fun run. Timing will be done using electronic chips, and water stations as well as medical assistance will be set up along the route.

Those interested can pick up registration packets affiliated AMPM branches in Guachipelín, Curridabat, Cartago, and at the Heredía Universidad Nacional location. There also is a Web site: www.peaceandrun.com for more information.

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Survey of liquid petroleum gas users turns up some troubling facts about safety
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Residents here who cook with gas probably are unaware that the tiny tank has the potential to blow up their home. Infrequently there is an explosion, and officials are anxious to put more regulations on the tanks. Some surveys have shown that many tanks are rusted and dangerous.

The Escuela de Estadística of the Universidad de Costa Rica just did a study in which surveyors visited 824 homes in the country.

The Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos embarked on a safety campaign last year after a fatal explosion in Alajuela. The agency reported that 133 users said they had problems with a tank.

The university study said that 61.7 percent of the homes visited had a problem tank within the year. They cited such problems as a tank that lacked a label or was damaged or had rust. Some 31.5 percent of the respondents said they had had a gas leak.

The university researchers extrapolated that survey percentage to say that some 193,000 users in the country had had gas leaks. They also reported that 70 percent of the users keep a tank within the home. In support of the university study, the Autoridad said it had reports of some 175,942 gas leaks in 2013.

The gas is liquid petroleum gas. And the survey showed that about 44 percent of the Costa Rican homes use gas, mainly for cooking.  Gas Zeta and Tropigas are the major retailers. The Asamblea Legislativa is considering changes in the law with respect to gas containers, which usually are exchanged by the users.
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8239-2/24/14

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                                                in Heredia
Surrounded by nature in large property. Chalet for rent located in Monte de la Cruz, Heredia. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms,  laundry room, fully furnished, security, electric gate. $500 monthly. Phone  2267-6306  bonillaleda@yahoo.com
8242-3/10/14

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CARIARI AND LINDORA areas, nice garden apartments, furnished or not, ideal for small family, couple/singles. US $1,000 and up. Email  1000houses@ice.co.cr   Tel. 8383-6388.
8241-3/7/14

ALAJUELA – SERENE LIVING
MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.
9229-3/3/14

Los Arcos gated community 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment $500 monthly. aAso efficiency apartment $300 month. dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8222-2/21/14

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 and dryer. All you pay extra for is electricity. You have your own meter and receive a bill from the electric company every month.  This apartment has a American-style hot water system, hot water in both bathrooms and the kitchen. There is a 25-foot balcony to sit on and watch the people in San José walk by. The neighborhood Barrio Amón is the safest in San José For photos and more information contact:  rentnowcr@gmail.com.
8248-2/24/14

Lovely cottage on private coffee farm. One spacious bedroom, one bath, office room/spare room with high speed WiFi internet, fully equipped kitchen, phone  line, balcony with beautiful view, especially at  night with
coffee retreat
 the far off lights of San José. Farm is gated and guarded, private and peaceful. Owner on-site. Sarchi is a quiet and safe small town about 30-40 min from the airport, a perfect base to explore from and also get a feel for normal, day-to-day Tico life. Rental is $575 per month, (Longer term rent is negotiable) All utilities included. Sorry, NO PETS. Contact jogya345@yahoo.com
8214-2/11/14

Belen
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Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $428,000 USD Contact owner for details: rafa@rafacr.com.
8198-2/9/14

ALAJUELA – SERENE LIVING
MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.
8161-1/11/13

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 
tropical
of Costa Rica. We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442.
8054-2/16/14






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House votes to increase debt
without any pre-conditions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In an abrupt change of course, the Republican-led House of Representatives has voted to raise the nation's debt limit with no policy conditions attached.  The vote was 221 in favor and 201 against, with all but two Democrats voting for it, while only 28 Republicans came out in support and 199 voted against.
 
Democratic House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi delivered the votes necessary to pass the bill to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and avoid default on government debt.
 
President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress had been calling for months for a so-called clean vote to raise the debt ceiling,  one with no conditions attached.  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thanked Republican House Speaker John Boehner for not letting the full faith and credit of the United States come into question.
 
“I thank the speaker for giving us this opportunity.  This is really important to bring legislation to the floor that is consistent with the intent of the Constitution and with the best interests of the American people,” said Ms. Pelosi.
 
Earlier in the day, Speaker Boehner surprised many by calling for a quick, clean vote, after failing to persuade a majority in his own party to back his plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
 
The Republican speaker had wanted to link the action to repeal of an unpopular military pension cut.  But conservative Republicans objected, saying it would not do anything to cut government spending and reduce the deficit.
 
Boehner said House Republicans are angry at President Obama for refusing to even negotiate spending cuts in trade for raising the debt ceiling.
 
The move is a shift for Boehner, who in 2011 vowed not to raise the debt ceiling unless Democrats offered an equal amount of spending cuts, leading to a dramatic last-minute showdown to raise the debt ceiling just hours ahead of a potential default with the president signing a deficit reduction agreement.
 
But for the past two years, President Obama has refused to negotiate on the debt ceiling, and now a White House official has said he hopes the tactic for threatening default for budget debates is over and will never come again.
 
The Democratic-led Senate also is expected to pass a debt ceiling bill with no conditions attached in the coming days.  U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had said that he is now using extraordinary measures to pay U.S. bills and that Congress needs to act by Feb. 27.


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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration graphic  
Aerial view of study area

Toxins in Puerto Rican bay
among highest ever measured

By the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
news service

The pollutants measured in the sediments of Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico, in a new study were among the highest concentrations of PCBs, chlordane, chromium and nickel ever measured in the history of a nationwide contaminant monitoring program that began in 1986.

The study was by an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Researchers from the National Ocean Service’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science studied the reef’s ecology to help establish baseline conditions that coastal managers can use to measure changes resulting from new efforts to manage pollution. Among the items studied were habitat types, coral cover, fish and pollution stressors such as nutrients, sedimentation and toxic contaminants in Guánica Bay.

“These concentrations of pollutants represent serious toxic threats to corals, fish and benthic fauna -- bottom dwelling animal life and plants,” said David Whitall, the report’s principal investigator and and agency ecologist. “We also observed lower indicators of biological health, such as how much of the coral covers the sea floor offshore from Guánica Bay when compared to an adjacent study area, La Parguera. Further research is needed to determine if this is the result of the toxins or some other cause. At this point, we cannot definitively link it to pollution.”

The new measurements demonstrate the importance of long-term contaminant monitoring programs like National Status & Trends, which allow new data to be placed in national and historical perspective.

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Andrew Mason of the Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment collecting a sediment sample.


Italian-New York Mafia link
broken with string of arrests

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Authorities in the U.S. and Italy say they have broken up a drug ring connecting two major mafia groups.
 
Officials announced the sting operation at a joint news conference Tuesday in Rome, saying the new smuggling ring linked Italy's powerful Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta organization with New York City's Gambino crime family.
 
The alliance was reportedly aimed at moving cocaine from South America to Italy, and heroin from Italy to the United States.
 
A total of at least 24 people have been arrested in Italy and New York.  They face charges including drug trafficking and mafia association.
 
Using wiretapping and an undercover agent, authorities say they disrupted the planned shipment of some 500 kilograms of pure cocaine that was to be hidden and smuggled into Italy in cans of fruit from Guyana.  Authorities also seized hundreds of thousands of dollars being laundered through the U.S. banking system.
 
Officials say the operation, dubbed New Bridge, shows the 'Ndrangheta is working to expand its power in international drug trafficking beyond Italy's borders.


U.S. fares badly in press index,
as do some Third World nations


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new Reporters Without Borders index cites hot spots in the Middle East, Africa and Asia as being among the worst offenders of press freedom. The journalism rights group also says there has been a significant decline in press freedom in the United States.

Reporters Without Borders says Syria has become an increasingly dangerous place for journalists during the nearly three-year conflict between the government and the opposition.

The group's U.S. director, Delphine Halgand, said Syria ranks near the bottom of the index of 180 countries. "You have to keep in mind that more than 130 news providers have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict in March 2011, including 45 since last year. On top of that, at least 16 foreign reporters and 26 journalism providers are right now detained, kidnapped or missing," she said.

Elsewhere, Ms. Halgand said a privatization of violence is problematic in some African countries.

"What we mean is that non-state groups are the main source of violence against the media. This is the case in many countries in Africa like the M23 in the Congo or the al-Shabab group in Somalia," said Ms. Halgand.

Reporters Without Borders looked at factors including transparency, media independence and level of abuses in its annual ranking of countries.

It says government attempts to crack down on social media sites and bloggers played a role in Vietnam's low index ranking of 174.

Viet Youth for Democracy co-founder Huong Nguyen said several of her friends who are bloggers have been jailed for using social media to express their views.

"The thing with social media is that it is so difficult for the government to control what people are talking about and for people to use and to discuss public affairs in the social media. That is why there has been a lot of focus from the Vietnamese government on restricting the freedom of information on the Internet," she said.

Reporters Without Borders says a government hunt for leaks and whistleblowers played a role in propelling the U.S. ranking down 13 positions to 46 on the index.

The group cited cases such as the one involving Bradley Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years in prison for passing classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

The New York Times investigative reporter, James Risen, commented on the U.S. ranking on the index. "I think 2013 will go down as the worst year for press freedom in the United States in modern history. I think it's the crackdown on reporters, on whistleblowers and the efforts by the administration and the national security apparatus of the government to limit the amount of information that the public can find out about."

Reporters Without Borders says Panamá, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and South Africa are among countries that have made progress toward press freedom over the past year.


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Archive photo
Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple remembered
as a star but also a diplomat

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Shirley Temple Black, who lifted America's spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a U.S. diplomat, died late Monday, a family spokeswoman said in a statement.
 
Temple Black, 85, who lured millions to the movies in the 1930s, peacefully passed away at her California home from natural causes at 10:57 p.m. local time surrounded by her family and caregivers, the statement said Tuesday.
 
“We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of fifty-five years,” the statement said.

Boasting a dimpled smile, bouncy curls and seemingly boundless happiness, Shirley Temple helped audiences escape with songs and dances that stressed optimism in a complicated world.

"I loved everything, I loved the bumps and the falls and the hard times, but it was just the greatest life," she said.

Shirley Jane Temple was discovered at age 3 by a talent scout who noticed her in dancing school and cast her in a series of short films. 

Her natural ease onscreen led to her first feature film for Fox Studios, "Stand Up and Cheer." The studio did everything they could to maintain her innocence.

"Winfield Sheehan who was head of Fox Studio when I was little, told my mother that I should not go to the commissary at the studio because I would no longer be a little girl, I would become a little adult," she recalled. "So he had a little bungalow built for me.  There were rabbits and chickens and roosters that drove the writers next door crazy, and a swing.  And that is where I had my lunch every day and had my studies."

Ms. Temple Black astounded her colleagues with her ability to learn intricate songs and dances.  She said her favorite dance partner was Bill Bojangles Robinson, one of Broadway's biggest stars.

"We had some kind of chemistry between us," she admitted. "We were the first interracial dancing couple on the screen.  In fact, in the deep south of our country, if we were touching hands or holding hands, that would be cut out of the films for the South.

Now, they show them complete.  But he was very sensitive. He was a good friend. He was funny. He treated me like a peer, one of his peers.  And to dance with him, all I had to do was to hold hands and listen, and I learned to tap by listening to this wonderful man," she added.

By 1934, Shirley Temple was the most popular movie star in the country. And an industry was born. There were Shirley Temple dolls, dishes, dresses and lunch boxes. Celebrities visiting the studio often had their pictures taken with her. Some even became her friends, including Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of then-U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt.

She received a special Academy Award in 1935 for her "outstanding contribution to screen entertainment."

Her child career came to an end at age 12. She tried a few roles as a teenager, including opposite future president Ronald Reagan in "That Hagen Girl."

Temple was only 17 in 1945 when she married for the first time to John Agar, who would eventually appear with her in two movies. Their five-year marriage produced a daughter.

Temple retired from acting in 1949 at the age of 21.
 
In 1950 she wed Charles Black in a marriage that lasted until his death in 2005. She and Black had two children.
 
Ms. Black's interest in politics was sparked in the early 1950s when her husband was called back into the Navy to work in Washington.
 
She did volunteer work for the Republican Party while attempting to make a comeback with two short-lived TV series, "Shirley Temple's Storybook" in 1959 and "The Shirley Temple Theater" a year later.
 
Seven years after that she ran unsuccessfully for Congress in California but stayed in politics, helping raise more than $2 million for Richard Nixon's re-election campaign.

Ms. Temple launched her second career as a diplomat in 1969, when president Richard Nixon appointed her to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations.
 
In 1974, president Gerald Ford named her ambassador to Ghana, a job she said in her 1988 autobiography was the "best job of her life."

"It was a substantive job, I used everything I had ever learned in life in that job and the Ghanian people were very similar to we Americans," Ms. Temple Black said. "They are outgoing, they have a good sense of humor, and they are industrious.  And we just got along beautifully."

Ms. Temple Black also served as White House chief of protocol, and from 1989 to 1992 was ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

As ambassador she was soft-spoken and earnest, out to disprove concerns that her previous career made her a diplomatic lightweight.
 
“I have no trouble being taken seriously as a woman and a diplomat here,” Ms. Black said after her appointment as U.S. ambassador to Ghana in 1974. “My only problems have been with Americans who, in the beginning, refused to believe I had grown up since my movies.”
 
Sometimes the public found it hard to accept her in diplomatic roles. But in 1989 she pointed out her 20 years in public service were more than the 19 she spent in Hollywood.
 
In 1972, Ms. Black was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. She publicly discussed her surgery to educate women about the disease.

In 1998 Ms. Temple Black was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, recognizing her as the most successful child entertainer of the 20th century. 


Sale of ivory within States
banned to help poaching fight


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The White House is banning the commercial sale of ivory within the United States.
 
Officials say the ban will strengthen U.S. leadership in protecting endangered elephants and rhinos.
 
With very few exceptions, Tuesday's action outlaws the import, export and commercial trade of ivory, and limits sport hunting of African elephants.
 
The U.S. also will work more closely with its global partners to fight illegal wildlife poaching and reduce demand for illegally traded wildlife.
 
One U.S. official said that the appropriate place to observe ivory is on live elephants and rhinoceros in their native habitat.
 
The illegal ivory trade continues despite a global ban in 1989.


China-born U.S. citizen faces
trial without access to consuls

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. citizen accused of heading a violent mob has gone on trial in China without consular access because the court says it does not recognize his American citizenship.
 
Vincent Wu, who was born in China and emigrated to the United States, is accused of kidnapping rivals and operating illegal casinos in southern Guangdong province.
 
Wu, who has been detained since June 2012, denies the charges against him and says he was tortured into confessing.
 
His legal adviser, Li Zhuang, said that his client and dozens of other defendants were severely beaten during their detention.
 
Li adds it is unfair to try Wu as a Chinese national.

According to the Associated Press, family members and lawyers of Wu say he is a law-abiding businessman whose rivals have framed him to seize his assets.
 
China refuses to acknowledge Wu's American citizenship because his last entry into mainland China was made on his Hong Kong residence pass.
 
U.S. State Department officials say they are monitoring the case, but have declined further comment.
 
It is not clear how long Wu's trial will last.


More cuts by U.S. Fed likely,
new chairwoman tells Congress


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The new chief of the U.S. central bank says policy makers are likely to curb their direct support of the American economy in the coming months if the world's largest economy continues to advance.

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Tuesday the bank will probably continue to cut its purchase of billions of dollars of securities in further measured steps, but has not set a timetable.  The Fed has already trimmed the purchases from $85 billion a month to $65 billion.

She offered her thoughts in her initial congressional appearance since becoming the first woman to head the century-old bank.

Ms. Yellen said she expects a great deal of continuity in Fed policies after taking over earlier this month from long-time Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.

Ms. Yellen said the U.S. economic recovery gained greater traction in the second half of 2013, and noted that more than three million jobs have been added since the Fed embarked on its asset purchases in September 2012. 

But in the past two months U.S. job growth has slowed, even as the jobless rate has dipped to 6.6 percent, a five-year low.

The new Fed chief said the recovery in the labor market is far from complete and that too many workers have been jobless for extended periods.

"Those out of a job for more than six months continue to make up an unusually large fraction of the unemployed, and the number of people who are working part time but would prefer a full-time job remains very high," said Ms. Yellen.

She also said that the country's inflation rate is below the 2 percent target set by the bank's policy makers and that the country's financial regulatory reforms still need to be completed.


Real estate-related services (paid category)

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Our primary goal is to assist our clients with a smooth transition to occupancy while providing highly personalized and distinctive services. We have refined the process to be a hassle free experience, especially valuable for clients who live abroad. We customize to suit each client’s personal taste, lifestyle and budget.
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8246-8/17/14


Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


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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 2228-5961 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8179-3/11/14

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

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

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



Costa Rica,

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





Visit our Web Site:
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English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
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  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia 792
300 square meters of land, 195 square meters of construction HERE
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  18,000 square meters of land and 300 square meters of construction. HERE!
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8245-5/12/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $170,000. USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additonal bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony   and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8253-5/12/14

humming bird nest

Bed & Breakfast for sale and personal home with 2 houses on property of 3/4 acre (3,030 m2) and buildings w/verandas & carport approximately 350 m2. One house at entrance is central to village w/gated parking lot and a 3-bedroom house for rental or employees/family w/carport/yard/gardens. A 50-meter sendero winds to the top among lush gardens where the main house is situated w/2 buildings attached by verandas & stairway to second floor.  There are 2 bedrooms, sala, 4 baths, large kitchen, laundry rooms, work bodega, storage bodega and hot tub on veranda w/tiled shower room.  Home is surrounded by tropical gardens, views of Arenal Volcano, panoramic views of Lake Arenal, private w/school owned property on one side, pasture land on back side and connecting entry gate on other side to Cabinas El Castillo & Fusion Restaurant.  A bird watcher's paradise w/hummingbirds, Montezuma, toucans, butterflies and visits from howler monkeys.  The B&B is listed four consecutive editions of Lonely Planet and the first established B&B in this area.  Photos can be viewed on the Web site: www.hummingbirdnestbb.com.  Make your dream come true with a slice of paradise in a quiet, private setting. Call Ellen Neely at  8835-8711.  Email: nidocolibri@hotmail.com
2852-5/17/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
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8240-8/6/14

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

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8230-3/13/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Real Estate, Central Pacific Region
RichCoastRealty.com

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

     www.RichCoastRealty.com
   USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
   Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
8191-4/30/13


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

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


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

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

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



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

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Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

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

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

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

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


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This is your chance to acquire a totally equipped tanning salon with five machines.  Fantasia Tropical has been open 14 years but the founder needs to retire and return to the U.S. for medical reasons.  You can assume the lease in Sabana West buying the S.A. or buy the assets and move them to a location you prefer. Taxes, permits, bank accounts all in order. Excellent opportunity for an energetic, creative hands-on owner or couple. Long-time manager available to stay on if desired. With an asking price of $30,000 this won't
last long.  Some owner financing may be available.  Contact galanses@hotmail.com for an appointment. For a preview www.facebook.com/FantasiaTropicalCR
8232-2/24/14

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

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

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

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

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Signs like this warning of mines dot Colombia.

Insoles designed to give alert
to landmines that are nearby

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Landmines are one of the more controversial weapons of war. Hidden from sight, they maim and kill and remain long after conflicts end. According to the United Nations, 110 million active landmines are scattered over 70 countries.

For five decades, Colombia has been plagued by insurgencies and countless, planted landmines.  But, one company there may have found a way to defeat the explosives our eyes can’t see.

After decades of armed conflict, landmines remain buried all over Colombia. De-miners use high-tech gear to find these explosives, but that does little for civilians.
  
“What we wanted was to come up with an idea for a product that could greatly benefit the soldiers and farmers that are affected by these explosives,” said Jose Ivan Pérez, creative director of Lemur Studio, an industrial design firm in Bogota.  He’s been developing an insole that alerts the wearer of nearby landmines.

“The concept is a metal detector with a planar coil made of conductive material that sends a signal to a device on the user’s wrist,” he said.

Pérez says the signal will help the wearer either avoid or remove the explosive device.  The Colombian government is welcoming the technology.

“If we are a country so affected by the mine problem, it is clearly justifiable and necessary that we develop our own national capabilities: research and technological development that allows for the de-miners, for example, to more safely go out to the fields to do their work,” said Daniel Avila Camacho, director of Colombia’s Mine Action Program.  

Camacho says much of the blame rests with what he calls “illegal, armed groups.”

“Colombia continues to be one of the countries most affected by landmines in the world," he said. "To date, over the last 23 years, the country has had more than 10,600 victims.”

The effects are devastating, and not always fatal.  Costa Rica has a similar problem after the civil war in Nicaragua, but after years of work, the mines have been cleared.

The landmine-detecting insole is still in the development stage, and with experts agreeing that it’s impossible to estimate the number of undetonated mines in Colombia, production can’t come soon enough.

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Pain control therapy comes to Puriscal

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three months ago John Leonard brought his alternative pain relief services to Puriscal via California. He is now building a house that will double as his office where prospective patients will be able to drop by for therapy sessions.

Leonard's program, called NeuroBehavioral Pain Management, involves a step-by-step process that teaches those with prolonged or debilitating pains to control them. No medicine is involved, and Leonard says its a simple method that he has taught to children as young as 5 years old.

"It is a patient-driven program," he said. "Usually by the end of the second week, they can remain pain free for days at a time."

The program is flexible as therapists are able to travel to customers' homes, host sessions at his office, or even conduct them over the phone. Since the program was founded in California, it has served over 2,000 patients, he said

Promising "relief through body-mind training," Leonard says this type of therapy is effective in combating the depression that almost always accompanies physical pains. According to his studies, this type of independent-medication has dramatically decreased depression symptoms in 60 percent of his patients. Once customers completely learn the system free of pills or equipment, they are able to repeat the steps on their own.

Leonard, who has a doctorate in psychology, has been volunteering his service to local Tico workers who have suffered physical stresses and injuries. In trying to build a reliable network in Costa Rica, Leonard said he is also offering free therapy sessions to firefighters or policemen who work in traumatic, first response situations.

Eventually, he said he wants to be able to donate an annual scholarship for local students who would not be able to attend school otherwise.