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One of the major ecological organizations in the country has denounced the Municipalidad de Talamanca for what it called its dangerous intolerance of environmentalists.

The organization, the Federación Ecologista, issued a press release in Spanish Monday night in which it was critical of xenophobia and attacks against free expression.

The mayor of Talamanca posted a letter on Facebook Thursday that suggested that two expats living on the southern Caribbean coast should leave the canton and the country.

The Federación said that the municipality, using public resources, attacked, intimidated and censured citizens of the canton who had made environmental complaints.

The expats made complaints over the forests, mangroves and wildlife of the coastal zone including the Refugio de Vida
Silvestre Gandoca-Manzanillo, said the Federación.
A.M. Costa Rica has identified the targets of the anger of the municipal mayor as Carol Meeds, a U.S. expat, and Philippe Vangoidsenhoven, who is from Belgium. Mayor Melvin Cordero Cordero cited them by name in the letter he posted on Facebook.

The Federación said that former legislator and presidential candidate José María Villalta filed a complaint that seeks to condemn the action of the mayor.

The complaint seeks reparations for damages, a public retraction and an agreement to abstain from similar actions in the future, said the organization.

The letter by the mayor constitutes a veiled threat and promotes intolerance against those who present environmental complaints and supports extreme acts such as the murder of environmentalist Jairo Mora Sandoval, said the organization.

Mora met his death while seeking to protect turtle nests on the Caribbean's Moín beach.

Lawmakers take lead to urge action on Venezuela
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 30 lawmakers voted Monday to ask the central government to study the possibility of offering political asylum to jailed Venezuelan opposition figures.

The motion concerned Leopoldo López, who has been jailed for a year in Caracas, and Antonio Ledezma, Caracas mayor, who was shown on television being hustled off to jail by a security force squad last week.

The pair are opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

The foreign ministry Monday issued a statement that called for dialogue in Venezuela.

Lawmakers were more strident. For example, Johnny Leiva said that thousands of Costa Ricans have expressed their opposition to what happened last week in Venezuela.

Maduro claimed in a speech that Ledezma was part of a plot to kill him and take over the government. Observers in Venezuela say the courts will back the president despite the weakness of evidence.

The Venezuelan socialist economy is in tatters, and Maduro has instituted unpopular measures.

President Luis Guillermo Solís has declined to criticize the Venezuelan government and said over the weekend he did not have enough information on what happened. His political party, the Partido Acción Ciudadana, and the leftist Frente Amplio, voted against the legislative motion that passed with 30 votes. The motion also called for the immediate release of the political prisoners.  Ledezma is a likely presidential candidate.

When Maduro was here for a Latin American summit in late January, he said he feared being assassinated.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
Reading the story about the two expats being singled out for criticism in a public document, allegedly written by the mayor of the Talamanca canton, for their active participation in the life of a community where they are legal residents, pay taxes, and contribute in numerous other ways to that community's quality of life, particularly in regards to protecting the environment, was more than disturbing, given that it comes on the heels of two pretty high profile murders in recent years of people, one an expat and the other a Tico, who dared to speak up and question the varied powers that be, especially in relation to environmental issues.
I also took the story personally because Carol Meeds is a friend of mine whose professional background and experience make her more than qualified to speak out on issues pertaining to the environment. She was one of the first people to point out to me that much of the rapid, most often expat driven construction, development, and related deforestation in and around Puerto Viejo was occurring with little to no real regard for the environmental impact those activities were having.
One needn't be a trained environmentalist, biologist, or scientist to see that unfortunately reality. All one has to do is use your senses.
For example, for years as one walked along the beach or the road just beyond the landmark bar and restaurant long known as Stanford's, the stench of raw sewage and grey water flowing from an oversized outflow pipe from the back side of town right into the lagoon where hundreds of people swim and frolic was enough to gag the proverbial maggot.
I've not been back to Puerto Viejo in three years, but friends tell me that maggot still gags and the construction of buildings whose waste waters flow into that pipe and into the lagoon continues largely unabated.
Along with this apparent attack by a government official, I think it is also important to note that Ms. Meeds' activism and speaking out on behalf of the environment have also resulted in her incurring the wrath and animosity of many expats who, through the years, have revealed themselves to be more interested in cashing in on Costa Rica's pura vida mystique than they are in protecting and preserving the country's authentic pura vida traditions and customs.
This is all so sad because it is just further proof, at least to me, that the wonderfully funky little town at the end of what was once little more than a long dirt road to nowhere that I landed in16 years ago has, like so many other once beautiful and special places, been discovered and with that discovery has come the sounding of the death knell for the very things that made it so special in the first place.
To Carol Meeds and Philippe Vangoidsenhoven, I say, "Ten cuidado." You are swimming with some pretty mean and hypocritical fish in those warm Caribbean waters.
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Children's artists featured in exhibit

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Biblioteca Nacional is mounting an exhibit of illustrations from children's books. The display opens Wednesday at the national library on Avenida 3 opposite Parque Nacional.

The works of some 20 illustrators will be displayed, the library said. The 26 works come from  “El Jardín de versos,” “Sibö y los sapitos traviesos,” “Guardianes del laberinto” and “Cuento con patas y cola,” all popular books.

The illustrators whose works will be displayed are César Acuña, Efrén Alpízar, Ruth Angulo, Raúl Angulo, Laura Astorga Monestel, Álvaro Borrasé, Roxana Brizuela, Jeannina Carranza, Priscilla Coto, Héctor Gamboa, Josué Garro, Adrián González, Wen Hsu, Jonathan Mariño, Carlos Kidd, Nela Marín, Ana Luisa Núñez, Josefa Richard and Carolina Valencia, the library said in a release.

The exhibit will run until March 24.

Police frustrate one window breaking

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Window-breaking thieves continue to prosper along the Circunvalación in Hatillo.

These are the crooks that target woman drivers and smash the passenger side window to steal purses.

Police on motorcycles managed to run down one suspect about 9:20 p.m. Sunday in Hatillo 8. A crook smashed the window of a car while the woman driver was stopped at a traffic light in Hatillo 8.

The police officers on motorcycles were able to capture the 20-year-old suspect and said they recovered the woman's possessions.

This type of crook is called a  quiebravidrio, the Spanish for window breaker." The crimes can happen anywhere traffic is halted. There was a run of such crimes at traffic jams in Escazú two years ago.

Usually the window breakers are assisted by spotters who direct them to vehicles where the occupants have left something of value on the empty front passenger seat.

Police have been staking out likely window-breaking locations. Hatillo with its proximity to lower income housing has been where the most frequent attacks take place.

Traffic police zero in on drag racing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía de Tránsito is outlining all the actions it took in 2014 to prevent drag racing, and officers promise more coordinated action with other agencies this year.

Drag races are in the news because one vehicle went out of control and killed an 81-year-old pedestrian earlier this month. That mishap took place in Pavas not far from the U.S. Embassy.

Mario Calderón, director of the traffic police, said his agency's efforts are mainly preventative. Officers arrive at a location known for drag racing and begin inspecting vehicles for compliance with the law.

No one died as a result of drag racing in 2014, but there was at least one death in 2014, also a pedestrian.

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Lawmakers give first approval to controversial Ruta 32 widening loan
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers passed on first reading Monday a bill that allows the government to accept a $395 million loan from the Republic of China. The loan is designed to finance reconstruction from two to four lanes some 107 kilometers of Ruta 32 from Limón to Río Frio.

There were 45 votes in favor and six against. One of those opposed to the plan was Ottón Solís of the Partido Acción Ciudadana.
Organizations and agencies outside the legislature have expressed concern about the loan because there still is no plan. In addition, the government will have to expropriate more right-of-way. A Chinese company, China Harbour Engineering Co., will be contracted to do the job without competitive bidding.

Lawmakers are expected to give final approval Wednesday. President Luis Guillermo Solís favors the plan.

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years. The highway widening had strong support among truckers and Limón residents. Many showed up Monday to show support and to celebrate when the bill received approval.

The highway job is a key element in improving the nation's transportation infrastructure. It will link the Limón and Moín docks with the center of the country with access to Nicaragua.

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Officials say temporary lanes on Interamerican will be ready Thursday
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Highway officials say that two lanes are expected to be opened Thursday at a place where a slide closed the route. The location is in La Congreja on the Interamericana Sur at kilometer marker 37.

Workers have been trying to shore up the highway where one lane simply dropped down a cliff. In doing so the Consejo

Nacional de Vialidad said that engineers found deposits of clay. That soil material is slippery when wet, so the job was to remove much of the clay and install drainage so that the soil under the highway would not become soaked.

Traffic is being detoured around the location now. Workers have dug into the adjacent mountain to obtain space for a second lane.

The work is being done 24 hours a day, said the Consejo.

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Researchers say Pacific coral stopped growing for 2,500 years
By the Georgia Institute of Technology news staff

A new study has found that La Niña-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panamá were closely associated with an abrupt shutdown in coral reef growth that lasted 2,500 years. The study suggests that future changes in climate similar to those in the study could cause coral reefs to collapse in the future.

The study found cooler sea temperatures, greater precipitation and stronger upwelling — all indicators of La Niña-like conditions at the study site in Panamá — during a period when coral reef accretion stopped in this region around 4,100 years ago. For the study, researchers traveled to Panamá to collect a reef core, and then used the corals within the core to reconstruct what the environment was like as far back as 6,750 years ago.

“Investigating the long-term history of reefs and their geochemistry is something that is difficult to do in many places, so this was a unique opportunity to look at the relationship between reef growth and environment,” said Kim Cobb, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “This study shows that there appears to have been environmental triggers for this well-documented reef collapse in Panamá.”

The study was sponsored by the Geological Society of America, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution’s Marine Science Network. The study is scheduled for publication in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study was a collaboration with the Florida Institute of Technology, with Cobb’s lab providing an expertise in fossil coral analysis.

Climate change is the leading cause of coral-reef degradation. The global coral reef landscape is now characterized by declining coral cover, reduced growth and calcification, and slowdowns in reef accretion. The new study provides data to assist scientists in understanding how changes in the environment trigger long-term changes in coral reef growth and ecosystem function, which is a critical challenge to coral-reef conservation.

“Temperature was a key cause of reef collapse and modern temperatures are now within several degrees of the maximum these reefs experienced over their 6,750 year history,” said Lauren Toth, the study’s lead author, who was a graduate student at Florida Tech during the study. “It's possible that anthropogenic climate change may once again be pushing these reefs towards another regional collapse.”

For the study, the research team analyzed a 6,750-year-old coral core from Pacific Panamá. The team then reconstructed the coral’s past functions, such as growth and accretion

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Exposed coral in Panamá during a La Niña event in 2010.

(accumulation of layers of coral), and compared that to surrounding environmental conditions before, during and after the 2,500-year hiatus in vertical accretion.

“We saw evidence for a different climate regime during that time period,” Cobb said. “The geochemical signals were consistent with a period that is very cool and very wet, with very strong upwelling, which is more like a modern day La Niña event in this part of the Pacific.”

In Pacific Panamá, La Niña-like periods are characterized by a cold, wet climate with strong seasonal upwelling. Due to limited data at the site, the researchers cannot quantify the intensity of La Niña events during this time, but document that conditions similar to La Niña were present at this site during this time.

“These conditions would have been for quite an extended time, which suggests that the reef was quite sensitive to prolonged change in environmental conditions,” Cobb said. “So sensitive, in fact, that it stopped accreting over that period.”

Future climate change, similar to the changes during the hiatus in coral growth, could cause coral reefs to behave similarly, the study authors suggest, leading to another shutdown in reef development in the tropical eastern Pacific.

“We are in the midst of a major environmental change that will continue to stress corals over the coming decades, so the lesson from this study is that there are these systems such as coral reefs that are sensitive to environmental change and can go through this kind of wholesale collapse in response to these environmental changes,” Cobb said.

Future work will involve expanding the study to include additional locations throughout the tropical Pacific.

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Casita - Roomy, fully furnished 1 bedroom/1 bath/ 1 guest room, office or storage room. Hi-speed     WiFi, private phone line, hot water, balcony with lovely view across the Central Valley. Includes
linens, dishes, etc and washing machine. Rent is $500 per month plus utilities for 6 months or longer, $625 all inclusive for less than 6 months. Sorry, no pets.

Main house - Spacious 2 bedrooms/1 bath/ and an office w/Wifi. Fully furnished 
(except for TV), Sky satellite, private phone line, washer and dryer, alarm system.  There are lovely verandas with views of Poás and Central Valley, raised beds for gardening and lots of fruit trees. A well-behaved pet MAY be negotiable. Rent is $750 plus utilities for long term tenant.

Our farm is in a small, quiet and very safe neighborhood in Sarchí Sur and is gated and guarded 24/7 and we live on-site. It's totally private and quiet, but less than a 5-minute drive to Sarchí central and 15 minutes to Grecia.  There are great places to walk as well. More info and photos at

Maneul Antonio
The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes to chose from, all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, have easily accessible parking, cable TV, and Internet and are fully furnished. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation.
Manuel Antonio Estates        TOLL FREE: 1800 346 9724
011 (506) 2777.3339

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:

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
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or call at (506) 2654-5442.

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  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.

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Mountain homes or farm for rent
Barva volcano, Heredia province
We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.

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Republicans in Senate mull
solution to budget impasse

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Republican-controlled Senate is considering a possible solution to a political impasse that could lead to a partial government shutdown over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration policy.

After repeated attempts failed to pass a measure by the House of Representatives, senior Senate Republicans are pushing a new strategy that does not directly link the president's immigration policy to funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security funding runs out Friday at midnight. Senate Republicans have introduced a $40 billion measure passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that would fund Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year while overturning Obama's orders.  But Senate Democrats who support the president's actions on Monday blocked the bill from advancing to a final vote for the fourth time since the bill was introduced.

After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a separate bill that would overturn Obama's decisions without attaching it to the spending bill. Several Republican senators are also calling for a vote on a bill that would temporarily fund Homeland Security for two or three months.

Speaking to a state governors meeting at the White House Monday, Obama said a partial shutdown of the agency would mean the unpaid workers would include more than 100,000 border patrol, port inspection and airport security agents.

If the funding is not approved before Friday's deadline, most of the Homeland Security's 230,000 would keep working, but would not be paid until a bill is passed.

Obama's executive orders, which he announced last November, would prevent the deportation of as many as 5 million people who are in the country illegally. The orders angered Republicans, who believe Obama's actions go beyond his presidential authority. But House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the president’s immigration actions are similar to those taken by previous U.S. presidents, including Republicans.

The president's actions included expansion of a program that protects young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The program was to begin receiving applications on Wednesday, but a Texas-based federal judge issued a preliminary injunction last week sought by 26 states that halted the president's orders.

Malls increase security
after threat by terrorists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Mall of America in Minnesota and the Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada, both issued statements saying they were increasing security after al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab released a video Saturday appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping malls.

The terrorist threat specifically mentioned shopping areas in the United States, Canada and Britain, including the Mall of America.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday there is no evidence of a credible threat to Mall of America, but he said Americans should remain vigilant.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the al-Shabab video propaganda and said U.S. intelligence agencies do not have any information to corroborate that any individuals are trying to carry out the al-Shabab threat.

"Our view is it's propaganda. Of course we need to remain vigilant as always is the case, but the point of this video was to instill fear," Ms. Psaki said.

She also said the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security have increased their collaboration with mall owners over the past months to prevent such attacks.

"In recent months, the FBI and DHS have worked closely with our state and local counterparts and members of the private sector to include mall owners and operators to prevent and mitigate these types of threats," said Ms. Psaki.

Sunday U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said authorities are taking the threat seriously.  He said the global terrorist threat has evolved into militant groups "publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks."

The Mall of America is one of the largest malls in the United States.

Minnesota is home to a sizable Somali immigrant population.  A Minnesota man was recently indicted on charges of conspiring to support the Islamic State extremist group and lying to federal agents investigating recruitment by militant groups.

Prosecutors say dozens of people from Minnesota, many of them Somali-Americans, have traveled or attempted to travel overseas to support groups such as Islamic State or al-Shabab since 2007.

U.S. law enforcement officials have been concerned about the potential for radicalization among members of immigrant communities.

New technique separates
non-ferrous metals easily

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States throws 14.8 million tons of scrap metal into landfills every year. One of the main reasons is the difficulty of large-scale separation of non-ferrous metals. Scientists at the University of Utah now say they have solved that problem.

Recycling metals is much cheaper than extracting them from the ore. But chopping up old cars, appliances or industrial equipment results in a mixture of different metal parts.

Iron and steel are easily separated with strong magnets, while others, such as copper, aluminum and titanium, either end up in landfills or are shipped to countries with cheap labor to pick out the different metal by hand.

Researchers at the University of Utah now say they have developed a method for mechanically separating light metals with high degree of accuracy.

Don Eggert of O2M Technologies, which partnered with the school in developing the technology, said the system is based on the fact that all metals react to a strong magnetic field.

“When the metal falls through the field, even it’s non-ferrous, it’s not attracted to the magnet, but the magnet causes there to be an electric current inside the metal and that causes the metal to have a magnetic field itself, which interacts with the magnetic field that it’s falling through and pushes it to the side,” said Eggert.

Eggert said rapid change in the frequency of the magnetic field results in metal pieces falling into different bins.

“So, for example, if we want to separate aluminum and copper we hit the right frequency for it and the aluminum would push more away from the magnet than the copper will," he said. "So the copper falls straight down, the aluminum falls into a different bucket.”

This is just one of the technologies for separating different metals, but Eggert says it is much cheaper to build since it requires only one large circular magnet and a frequency controller. 

“What we have calculated so far is that the expense to value ratio -- that is how quickly you can pay back the cost of the technology over time - we’re currently estimating it to be less than one year.”

At the moment, the separator works only with pellets up to one centimeter wide.  Researchers are now building a bigger magnet with a wider cut to accommodate larger metal parts. They hope to have it installed at a metal shredding facility sometime this year, where they will be able to test it in a real-life environment.

World Health promotes use
of single-use syringes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization is launching a global campaign to stop the use of dirty syringes and needles that are responsible for millions of life-threatening infections each year. The new World Health initiative aims to prevent unsafe injections by promoting so-called smart syringes that cannot be used more than once.

Injections are supposed to cure illnesses and save lives. And, in most cases, they do. But, the World Health Organization warned many of the 16 billion injections administered every year spread disabling, often deadly infections because of the re-use of contaminated syringes and needles.

World Health reports around 10 percent of injections used for immunizations and procedures such as blood transfusions and injectable contraceptives are generally safe. The problems lie with the remaining 90 percent that inject medicine through the muscle or skin. A great many of these injections are not necessary or could be replaced by oral medication, the agency said.

Worse still, Gundo Aurel Weiler, coordinator of World Health's Department of HIV/AIDS, warned these injections often are not safe and are driving the spread of deadly infectious diseases worldwide.

“We do know that 1.7 million hepatitis B infections are probably attributable to unsafe injections and more than 300,000 hepatitis C infections every year. So, this is a major contribution to the viral hepatitis epidemics," Weiler noted. "In 2000, there was an estimate that around 10 percent of new HIV infections were attributable to unsafe injections, now for 2010, this has been reduced to less than 1 percent…so there is a clear reduction of HIV transmission attributable to unsafe injection also due to the promotion of safe injection policies.”

Despite this progress, Weiler noted an estimated 33,800 people a year still are contracting HIV through unsafe injections. He said deadly infections are transmitted when a dirty syringe or needle is used on more than one person.

Such risks mainly exist in developing countries, but unsafe injections occur all over the world.
World Health said the solution for millions of people in rich and poor countries alike is the same. It said millions of people could be protected from infectious diseases by switching to new smart syringes that can be used only once.

Several models are available. One causes the plunger to break after the injection. Other models have a metal clip that blocks the plunger from moving back or a needle that retracts into the syringe barrel at the end of the injection.

Lisa Hedman in World Health's Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products said the agency is not recommending any particular device because not all injections are the same. She said different devices are needed for different applications.

“There are a number of technologies out there and the reason for that is in fact that there really is not a one-size fits all solution, but it is really a broad category of saying let us bring safety to all of the devices that are out there to make sure that they cannot be reused and that they are fit for the purpose that they were intended,” she said.

Previous WHO-led injection safety campaigns between 2000 and 2010 have made considerable progress. They have resulted in a seven-fold decrease in the re-use of injection devices in developing countries.

The goal of this new initiative is to get all countries to exclusively use the new smart syringes by 2020, except in a few special circumstances. World Health is calling on manufacturers to beef up production of these devices.

Syringes without safety features cost three to four cents each in developing countries. The new smart syringes cost at least twice that much. But, World Health believes the price will go down as demand increases.

Indonesian leader rejects
plea for death row inmates

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An Indonesian court has rejected a desperate appeal for clemency by two Australian drug traffickers on death row, in a case that has soured relations between Indonesia and Australia.

President Joko Widodo has refused to grant clemency for the two prisoners. The Jakarta court on Tuesday ruled he was within his right to do so and that it could not overturn that decision.

Australia's government has put increasing diplomatic pressure on Indonesia to spare the two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, who are set to be executed by a firing squad.

President Widodo today insists his government will go ahead with the execution of the two Australians and nine others on death row, and warned foreign governments against trying to delay the matter.

"Do not intervene in executions. This is Indonesia's judicial and political sovereignty," said Widodo. The president said he has taken calls from the leaders of France and Brazil, who also have citizens on death row.

The two Australians originally were scheduled to be killed in February, but have delayed the move for up to a month because of what they say are logistical reasons.

The prisoners headed a group of nine Australians, known as the Bali Nine, arrested 10 years ago after attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin to Australia from Indonesia.

Lawyers for the two Australians said they plan to appeal the Tuesday court decision.

“According to the judge, the president's rejection of clemency petition is not an administrative act so this court does not have the jurisdiction to accept our case,” said Todung Mulya Lubis, a lawyer for the two men. “We plan to appeal today's court decision. We have two weeks to file an appeal. If the law is respected, the execution should be postponed until the legal process is over.”

The case threatens to worsen relations between Australia and Indonesia, which were already damaged after it was revealed in late 2013 that Australia had been spying on top Indonesian leaders. Australia has said it would consider recalling its ambassador to Indonesia in protest if the executions take place.

Brazil and the Netherlands have already pulled their ambassadors after Indonesia executed two of their citizens on drug offenses last month.

Brazil took the further step of refusing to allow Indonesia's new ambassador to take part in a credentials ceremony, prompting the Southeast Asian country to recall him back to Jakarta in protest.

Indonesia was also re-evaluating the purchase of fighter jets and rocket launchers from Brazil due to the diplomatic row, the Jakarta Post reported earlier today, quoting Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

Crazy idea for movie plot
results in multiple Oscars

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"Birdman" won the top prize at the 87th Academy Awards, a night of firsts for many of the nominees and the show's host which proved predictable as heavy favorites won in all the major categories.

A story about a former movie superhero who reinvents himself on Broadway, "Birdman" earned a total of four Oscars, for best director, best picture, best cinematography and original screenplay.  Co-writer and director, Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu said the film was based on an improbable story.

“The idea was really crazy.  A script that started with a middle-aged man, interior dressing room, cross-legged floating, can go anywhere, and we are here.  I don’t know how that happened, but it happened," he said during his acceptance speech.

It was the first Academy Award for Inarritu, 51, whose film stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up, former superhero actor trying to make an improbable comeback with his own Broadway play.

First-time host Neil Patrick Harris opened the night with a quip about the lack of diversity among the nominees for the film industry's highest honors and later came out in his underwear in a spoof of best picture favorite "Birdman.''

Each of the eight best picture nominees went home with at least one award, but it was a disappointing night for Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" an unprecedented endeavor to depict the simple story of a boy growing up over 12 years, all with the same actors. It won one Oscar for its six nods.

Wes Anderson's colorful caper, "The Grand Budapest Hotel'' proved popular among the 6,100 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who vote for the Oscars, winning four awards on its nine nominations.

The independent film "Whiplash" about an aspiring jazz drummer and his tough mentor from young director Damien Chazelle, won three Oscars for  best supporting actor, film editing and sound mixing.

​"Ida," a Polish drama, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film - the country's first Academy Award.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the stark black-and-white film was considered a favorite to win the honor.  The film follows a novice nun in 1962 Poland who discovers she was born Jewish.

Pawlikowski pushed the 45-second acceptance speech limit to thank "my Polish friends who are in front of the TV, the crew who were in the trenches with us and who are totally drunk now, and you were fantastic.''

Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "The Theory of Everything" in which he portrayed physicist Steven Hawking.  Hawking is battling the degenerative neurological disease ALS.

As he held up the Oscar statuette, Redmayne dedicated the Oscar to the scientist and his family, and others battling ALS.

“I will be its custodian.  And I promise you I will look after him.  I will polish him, I will answer his beck and call, I will wait on him hand and foot," an elated Redmayne promised.

Five-time nominee Julianne Moore won best actress for her portrayal of a woman suffering from early onset Alzheimer's in ''Still Alice."​

Moore said that the film is shedding light on another medical condition, Alzheimer’s disease. 

“And people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen so that we can find a cure," she said.

Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for "Boyhood" in which she played a single mother struggling to bring up two children.

It was the first Oscar win for Ms. Arquette, 46, who swept the movie awards this season for playing the ups and downs of an every day mom in the independent coming-of-age drama.

The star-studded awards ceremony's first Oscar statuette went to actor J.K. Simmons for best actor in a supporting role for his performance in "Whiplash".

It was the first Academy Award for Simmons, 60, who played Fletcher, a sharp-tongued brutally demanding jazz teacher at an elite music school who pushes a drummer to the edge.

He had been a favorite to win for the film, after sweeping the supporting actor category in all the major awards shows before Sunday.
The son of a university professor of music, Simmons has previously said that he believes his obtaining the role was an instance of kismet or fate.

It was a night during which the controversy over the lack of diversity among the nominees was front and center. Host Harris opened the telecast with the quip: "Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest, I mean brightest.''

But the race theme resonated in a more serious way too, when Common and John Legend got a standing ovation and brought many in the audience to tears with their performance of  "Glory'' from the 1960s civil rights drama "Selma.''

It won best song, delivering the sole victory to "Selma,'' about the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King. The film at the center of the diversity debate, sparked by the exclusion of minority actors from the four acting categories.

Legend said the anthem has inspired people in protest marches over continuing civil rights abuses.

Best documentary went to ''Citizenfour," director Laura Poitras' feature about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who detailed the secret mass surveillance programs.

"The subject of 'Citizenfour,' Edward Snowden, could not be here for some treason," Harris joked. 

The Oscars are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and are the highlight of the year for the movie industry.  Academy officials say the presentation is seen in more than 100 countries.
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

Arenal home
LAKE ARENAL - Like new 3-bedroom, 3-bath, furnished, super views of lake, volcano, ranches, forests, mountains, 1 mile from town, gated. $195K. Contact Joe, Phone number 506-2694-4538. Email: Web:

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  
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Tambor three for jan. 15
Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
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Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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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!


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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Skin damage goes on long after exposure

By the Yale University news staff

Much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure, a team of Yale-led researchers concluded in a study that was published online by the journal Science.

Exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or from tanning beds can damage the DNA in melanocytes, the cells that make the melanin that gives skin its color. This damage is a major cause of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. In the past, experts believed that melanin protected the skin by blocking harmful ultraviolet light. But there was also evidence from studies suggesting that melanin was associated with skin cell damage.

In the current study, Douglas E. Brash, clinical professor of therapeutic radiology and dermatology at Yale School of Medical, and his co-authors first exposed mouse and human melanocyte cells to radiation from a ultraviolet lamp.

The radiation caused a type of DNA damage known as a cyclobutane dimer, in which two DNA fragments attach and bend the DNA, preventing the information it contains from being read correctly. To the researchers' surprise, the melanocytes not only generated this damage immediately but continued to do so hours after ultraviolet exposure ended. Cells without melanin showed damage only during the UV exposure.

This finding showed that melanin had both carcinogenic and protective effects. “If you look inside adult skin, melanin . . . does act as a shield,” said Brash. “But it is doing both good and bad things.”

President signs San Ramón highway bill

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís went to San Ramón Monday to sign into law a bill that creates a trust for building the San José-San Ramón highway.

The ceremony took place in front of the local church.                                                                  

The trust is expected to hold some $473 million that will allow the government to enlarge the existing Autopista General Cañas to eight lanes from San José to Juan Santamaría airport and four lanes from there to San Ramón.

The road will have four toll stations for a total cost of 3,500 colons, officials estimated.

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More carbon neutral firms sought

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The economics ministry is seeking to increase the number of private firms that are officially carbon neutral.

The ministry said Monday that business leaders in conjunction with the government were promoting an Alianza para la Carbono Neutralidad. Among other goals is to increase the importance of the carbon neutral designation.

So far some 21 firms have been certified as carbon neutral, said the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio.

Part of the plan is to offer training so that employees of firms can calculate the emissions of carbon dioxide. The Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica is a private firm that eventually calculates the emissions from a firm.