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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government is allocating some 600 million colons, about $1.14 million to help farmers and ranchers affected by the drought and some who are victims of heavy rain.

The president, Luis Guillermo Solís, and the agricultural minister, Felipe Arauz Cavallini, signed  decree to that effect Tuesday. The effort will be handled by the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal, and the emphasis will be on disease that may develop in underfed and stressed livestock.

Those eligible include livestock producers, beekeepers and fish producers.

The decree covers operations in Liberia, Tilarán, Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Bagaces, Carrillo, Cañas, Abangares, Nandayure, La Cruz and Hojancha on the province of Guanacaste, the cantons of Aguirre, Garabito, Montes de Oro, Esparza and the central canton in the province of Puntarenas and the cantons of Orotina, San Mateo and Atenas in Alajuela.

The lack of water and forage is weakening animals and leaves them open for an epidemic of diseases, said the government.

The money also is allocated to producers in the cantons of  Oreamuno, Alvarado, Jiménez and Turrialba in the province of Cartago where there has been an unusual amount of rain. The government said that some 55,000 hectares of grazing land for milk cows has been affected.

The effort might include forage, protein supplements and energy supplements for the cows, said the government. Almost as an aside, the announcement said that the money also would sponsor studies of growing forage for animals with a hydroponic system.

Ranchers had hopes that the government would truck in forage for cattle. 

Some ranchers moved their cows to other locations in the face of the drought.

The government blamed El Niño for the lack of rain.

Whoops! Wrong guy was in prison for 17 months
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The case had a kafkaesque quality or perhaps the tone of one of those grim Russian novels.

A Nicaraguan man was questioned at a police checkpoint, and officers found a name similar to his describing a person wanted to serve a four-year prison term.

Despite the man's protests that his second last name was different than that of the
wanted man, law enforcement clapped him into prison, for 17 months.
The Sala IV constitutional court cited what it said was the indifference and negligence of all those officials involved in the case who turned deaf ears to the claims of the prisoner.  That characterization was in a summary of a decision released Tuesday.

The court also said that the detained man did not look like the photo of the wanted individual and that there was a 28-year age difference.

The case is another black eye to the prison system which has seen a recent severe beating of an inmate by other prisoners.

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School drug said to be mainly marijuana

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The local drug demand is high both for marijuana and crack cocaine. Fuerza Pública officers conducted searches of three schools Tuesday and reported that the predominant drug found was marijuana.

They received assistance from a trained dog.

But in the Alajuela section known as El Infiernillo police stopped a man who carried 883 small packages of crack. This quantity was believed to represent sales for one day.

Police have been concentrating on schools with the canine help. Last week they found that students had hidden marijuana in cardboard tubes that then were inserted into the hollow steel tubular structure of their desks.

The schools visited Tuesday were in Florencia and Aguas Zarcas in San Carlos and in Calle Blancos in Desamparados. Although small pipes for smoking marijuana were the usual paraphernalia located by police, they also found a hookah at one location.

The small marijuana pipes need no conversion to become crack pipes.

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Our reader's opinion
Plenty of other pipelines have been built

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

In reading the various letters beginning Thursday last, am not sure whether I should laugh or cry given the continued alarmist hysteria.

During the six years that the KXL pipeline (+/- 1,200 miles) has been under microscopic review, about 10,000 miles of pipeline have been laid in the U.S.A., which goes to prove that some pipelines are more equal than others. The President himself has argued Keystone would worsen climate change, threaten the safety of farmers and landowners in America's heartland. But, somehow those other 10,000 miles of pipeline would do no harm — imagine that.

President Obama has so kindly reminded us that the construction of the KXL pipeline entails "temporary" employment. Perhaps someone should inform the president that all construction sites, past, present and future, involve temporary employment. 

Mr. Soon's fossil fuel funding was first reported by The Guardian and has been leaked by Greenpeace since 2011 ... not "just yesterday," as stated by Mr. Jazwinski (letters Feb. 26).

To restate the obvious: weather has been changing since time immemorial. Will continue regardless what we do or don't do.

Messrs Jazwinski & Krantowitz take umbrage with scientists and other organizations receiving  a few paltry million from the oil industry but obviously don't have a problem with Mr. Steyer  (who made his fortune from fossil fuel) and Mr. Bloomberg (among others) who are unashamed to put their considerable fortunes and clout behind alarmism.  In Mr. Steyer's case, one hundred million dollars has been promised.

Am curious to know what professional credentials are held by Al Gore, Rajendra Pauchauri (head of the IPCC), David Suzuki and numerous others who speak so eloquently on topic.

It is a matter of record that Tides and Rockefeller Foundations (among others) have contributed substantial sums towards funding protests in Canada to the detriment of our economy. I can only imagine the howls of outrage should we dare take similar action in the U.S.A.

For those who believe the 97 percent mythology, I recommend you take a moment to read the following article published in the Wall Street Journal HERE!

I agree we should try to be more gentle to this planet. It's the only one we have.  That said, all the hysterical sky is falling absurdities won't solve anything.  The realization that India, China, Africa, Russia, South and Central America and the Mideast (+/- 90 percent of the population) don't intend taking positive steps any time soon, would suggest that taxing ourselves into oblivion isn't the answer.

Oh yes, China did promise to respect us (in the morning?) in about 20 years or so (sarcasm intended)
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Free concert planned for 4 p.m. today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banda Conciertos de San José plans a free concert at 4 p.m. today at the Plaza de la Democracia. The Museo Nacional is a co-sponsor.

The program contains seven arrangements from popular movies, including Andrew Loyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," Alan Silvestri's "Theme from The Avengers," Herb Brown's "Singing in the Rain" and Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story."

The concert is the third in the band's summer series.

Accident near Jacó claims a life

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man who may have been an expat died and a companion suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle in which both men were riding collided head-on with a truck.

The accident happened north of Jacó. Official confirmation of the identity of the dead man is expected today.

Animal adoption fair is Saturday in Heredia

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats will have a chance to find trust and loyalty at the adoption fair planned Saturday by the Asociación Animales de Asís.

The event this weekend is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heredia Walmart store.

The dogs, puppies, cats and kittens have been vaccinated and neutered. The association seeks a 10,000-colon donation for each animal.

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Costa Rican study shows plants can recognize their preferred pollinators
By the University of Oregon news service

Rather than just waiting patiently for any pollinator that comes their way to start the next generation of seeds, some plants appear to recognize the best suitors and turn on to increase the chance of success, according to a new study based in Costa Rica.

Being picky may increase access to genetic diversity and thus give the plants a competitive advantage over their neighbors, but there is a risk, the researchers say. If the preferred pollinators decline for any reason, the plants may not reproduce as easily and could decline as well.

These findings stem from the discovery that the showy red and yellow blooms of Heliconia tortuosa, an exotic tropical plant, recognize certain hummingbirds by the way the birds sip the flowers’ nectar. The plants respond by allowing pollen to germinate, ultimately increasing the chances for successful seed formation.

Researchers from Oregon State University and the Smithsonian Institution announced their results in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a professional journal. “To our knowledge, these findings provide the first evidence of pollinator recognition in plants,” they wrote.

Matt Betts, an associate professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry is the lead author.

In experiments at the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica, Betts and an associate began by trying to pollinate Heliconia plants by hand. Although such methods are commonly used in plant propagation, the researchers were puzzled by their lack of success. So in an enclosure known as an aviary, they exposed Heliconia to six species of hummingbirds and a butterfly. The team discovered that two types of hummers, violet sabrewings and green hermits, achieved more than 80 percent success in fertilizing the plants.

By controlling the sources of pollen, the researchers excluded the possibility that fertilization could be explained by specific birds carrying higher quality pollen.

“The ones that turned it on tended to have long curved bills that could reach the nectar,” said Betts. “The ones that couldn’t turn it on had shorter bills and couldn’t get as much nectar.”

By modifying their hand pollinating methods to mimic birds extracting nectar, the researchers were able to achieve similar success in fertilizing the plants. “That closed the loop on the mechanism,” said Betts.

The two most effective hummingbird species also shared another characteristic: Compared to five other species, they tended to travel more widely across the landscape. The researchers hypothesized that since far-ranging species tend to collect pollen from more distant plants, the pollen would exhibit more genetic diversity and enhance the plant’s competitive fitness.

Pollen from nearby plants could come from close relatives and thus have reduced genetic diversity, the authors wrote.

“The mechanism may have evolved to enable the plant to sort out pollinators that are likely to be carrying high-quality pollen from those carrying poor-quality pollen,” added Betts. “It’s a big energy savings. If you
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bother to make a seed and fruit every time you get pollen, that’s a lot of energy expenditure. You could be making a seed from your siblings’ genes. If you make a seed or fruit only from distant high-quality pollen, it could be an adaptive advantage.”

Examples of co-evolution of plants and pollinators have been known since Charles Darwin’s day, but the mechanisms that underlie these networks are poorly understood. It’s possible, Betts said, that other examples of pollinator recognition could occur in tropical forests.

“It is now well-known that the high cognitive capacity of many vertebrate pollinators allows them to recognize and specialize on particular flower species,” he and his co-authors wrote. “A growing body of research indicates that plants may also exhibit complex decision-making behavior.”

Betts has conducted research for six years at Las Cruces. The results of this and other studies there, he said, suggest that the integrity of these ecosystems could depend on maintaining corridors to enhance pollinator movement and survival. In some areas, tropical forests have been broken up into smaller fragments as development and agriculture have expanded.

“We need to be more careful in how we manage landscapes in order to maintain the movements and occurrence of these key species,” he said. “We know that if we make corridors to connect patches, if we have bigger patches of tropical forests, those species will be maintained, and this plant and its pollinators will do a lot better.”

The biological station is in southern Costa Rica is a short distance from the border with Panamá.

Fuerza Pública officers make arrests at checkpoints all over country
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fuerza Pública said early today that 72 persons have been detained in the previous 12 hours all over the country.

The arrests are for various reasons, said Juan Jose Andrade, the director general of the police agency. He said earlier in the day via his Twitter account that there were some 56 checkpoints set up around the country by his officers.

He said that the Policia de Fronteras was particularly active in the southern part of the country

Checkpoints are a mainstay of the police process here. 
Sometimes they are set up when there has been a crime. Other
times they are routine.  Officers flag over suspicious vehicles and check them for weapons and drugs.

Police on foot patrols do the same thing, and the principal targets are youths and young adults. They are asked to turn out their pockets.

In most cases there is no probable cause for the searches.

The U.S. Embassy has helped the local police to install and set up a checkpoint on the Interamericana Sur at kilometer 37. That checkpoint costs $3 million with a large percentage of the money coming from the United States. The money was expended as part of the U.S. State Department’s regional security initiative.

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Ancient cranium could be from ancestor of the world's modern humans
By the Weizmann Institute of Science news staff

The precise dating of ancient charcoal found near a skull is helping reveal a unique period in prehistory
A partial human skull unearthed in 2008 in northern Israel may hold some clues as to when and where humans and Neanderthals might have interbred. The key to addressing this, as well as other important issues, is precisely determining the age of the skull. A combination of dating methods, one of them performed by Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto, head of the Weizmann Institute’s mass spectrometry laboratory, has made it possible to define the period of time that the cave was occupied and thus the skull’s age. The combined dating provides evidence that Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis could have lived side by side in the area.

The Manot Cave, a natural limestone formation, had been sealed for some 15,000 years. It was discovered by a bulldozer clearing the land for development, and the first to find the partial skull, which was sitting on a ledge, were spelunkers exploring the newly opened cave. Five excavation seasons uncovered a rich deposit, with stone tools and stratified occupation levels covering a period of time from at least 55,000 to 27,000 years ago.

Dating the skull presented a number of difficulties. “Because it was already removed from the layer where it was presumably deposited,” said Dr. Boaretto, “we had to look for clues to tell us where and when it belonged in the setting of the archaeological record in the cave.”

The age of the skull was first determined to be 54,700 years old by a technique known as the uranium-thorium method, which was applied to the thin mineral deposit on the skull. But the estimated possible error in that type of method is plus or minus 5,500 years. To obtain independent confirmation of the date, a different, independent type of dating was required, radiocarbon dating.

To narrow down the possible range of the skull’s age and determine when the skull’s owner had lived in the cave, the archaeological team led by Prof. Israel Hershkovitz of Tel

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Aviv University, Dr. Ofer Marder of Ben Gurion University and Dr. Omry Barzilai of the Israel Antiquities Authority turned to Dr. Boaretto.

She and her team participated in the excavation of the cave and applied radiocarbon dating to carefully selected charcoal remains, so that the whole cave, and thus the timing of human occupation, was mapped. The agreement between the two methods, carbon and uranium-thorium, provided the necessary support for the correction in the original uranium-thorium dating of the skull, which then helped fix the true age of the skull at around 55,000 years.

The date and shape of the Manot Cave skull provides some intriguing evidence that humans and Neanderthals might have interbred sometime during the human trek out of Africa, most likely as the former passed through the Middle East before spreading out north and east.

The 55,000-year-old partial skull is the first evidence of a modern human residing in the region at the same time as Neanderthals, whose remains have been found at several nearby sites. Archaeologists are now searching for more evidence of ancient human habitation in the cave. If, indeed, the mixing between humans and Neanderthals took place in this area, it would suggest that the owner of the skull and his kin may have been the ancestors of all modern non-Africans. 

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Beautiful house for rent, near to Puente Piedra street . Very secure. Price $1,000 . More photos HERE!
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House near Pops
House for rent by Pops in Sabana
Conveniently located on the main road in Sabana 250 meters west from Pops Sabana. Alarm installed and fenced. Outside parking for 7 cars and 2 additional. Two story house, each 200m2, total of 400 m2. All services. Indoor garage for 4 cars. Large areas and patio. Roofed terraces. Rent $2,800. Contact: Gerardo Ortuño, 8820-0640 or 2253-3613. Email:

Paseo Colon tower
Torres Paseo Colon
Common areas of entertainment and internal parking. Office on the 5th floor reception, storage and monthly maintenance included, 2 parking spaces per office. Area 60 m2 per office (I have 2 offices)
Security building with reception 1st floor. Rent $900 without remodeling Contact: Gerardo Ortuño at 8820-0640 or 2253-3613 Email:

Honeymoon cottage overlooking river.
Near mountain town of San Isidro del General, elegantly furnished, orthopaedic bed, big kitchen, nice deck, WIFI, cable TV. Rare birds
Honeymoon cottage
in abundance. 10 minutes to town. 40 minutes to beach. Perfect  weather.  $45 per day.  Discount to 40 percent for month.  To see more please click HERE!  and enter #969365.   For more information, contact James. Email:

Coco condo
Condo for rent.
Conveniently located just a 200-meter walk to the beach. In the favorite community of Las Palmas, this condo is a perfect vacation home and/or great for vacation rental income.  The condo is located on the 2nd level offering beautiful vaulted ceilings, front and back balcony, pool and mountain view. Screens in every window/door, Air condition in both bedrooms and at living room. The condo is in perfect condition. It has been recently painted and super well-kept, new appliances, fully furnished. Wired to have own washer dryer. It has been the residence of the owners since they built it. Never rented out to third parties. The owners are selling as they are moving to the Central Valley.  The community has a great-size pool and beautiful landscaping and large parking. Just step out your condo and in less than 5-minute walk be swimming in the ocean! A must see! Rate $795 per month. Contact Bob Mobile C.R. ( 506 ) 8392-7520. E-mail:

Two houses for rent inside Sarchí working coffee farm. We will be renting out only one of them, so choose which suits you best.

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.

HP Cattle rentals
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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Don't let Iran get nukes,
Israeli leader tells Congress

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said negotiations underway between the United States and Iran would guarantee that Tehran would get nuclear weapons, a threat not only to the Middle East but to the world.

In an appearance before the U.S. Congress that has drawn controversy, Netanyahu stressed to lawmakers the grave danger that a nuclear Iran poses to his country.

"If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons – it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons – lots of them," he said.

Iran is sponsoring terrorism around the world, Netanyahu said, adding that Tehran's regime was as radical as ever, could not be trusted and the deal being worked out with the United States would not block Iran's way to a bomb "but paves its way to a bomb.

"We've been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well this is a bad deal, a very bad deal," he said. "We're better off without it."

Later Tuesday, President Barack Obama, who said he did not watch the speech but read the transcript, said there was nothing new in Netanyahu's remarks, insisting the Israeli leader did not offer a better alternative to negotiations.

Netanyahu did not offer any viable alternative, Obama said, speaking from the Oval Office. "We don't yet have a deal. But if we are successful, this will be the best deal possible with Iran to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon."

Obama said Netanyahu's alternative to talks amounts to no deal at all, adding that would lead Iran to redouble efforts to build a nuclear bomb.

Netanyahu received a rousing standing ovation as he arrived on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday. He immediately tried to defuse the tension caused when House Speaker John Boehner invited him to speak without consulting the White House.

"I regret that some see my appearance here as political," Netanyahu said, adding that he was grateful to Obama for his public and private support of Israel, including U.S. military assistance and contributions to Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system.

"We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel," he added.

Nearly 60 Democratic members stayed away from the event, during which Netanyahu warned members that a nuclear deal being negotiated between the United States and Iran would threaten Israel's security.

“This was a speech the American people needed to hear, plain and simple," Boehner said in a statement. " It addressed the gravity of the threats we face and why we cannot allow a nuclear Iran, or any semblance of a path to a nuclear Iran. It demonstrated why there is such deep-seated – and bipartisan – concern about the deal that is being made.”

"Some people feel the prime minister should not be here at this time, because in a couple weeks there will be an election in Israel," Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, said. "My business is to find out what's best for America when it comes to defending our nation. I do not think I can adequately do my job if I do not hear from the prime minister of Israel."

Netanyahu said Iran and its leaders pose a threat not only to Israel and the Middle East, but also to nations worldwide and called for action over Iran's nuclear program.

Many of Netanyahu's comments were greeted by loud applause from U.S. lawmakers, and not just Republicans. But not everyone was persuaded by his rhetoric.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California conspicuously refrained from applauding on several occasions. And when the Israeli leader called for holding out for a better deal with Iran, she shook her head in disagreement.

"As one who values the U.S.-Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5+1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation," Ms. Pelosi said in a statement.

Netanyahu, who faces a closely contested March 17 election in Israel, said he thinks the so-called P5+1 group of global powers is planning to ease international sanctions without the ironclad safeguards needed to deny Tehran a nuclear bomb.

As a result, he predicted Iran would be able to finance more terrorism in the region and the world.

The U.S. administration says that is just not true, and warned that Netanyahu's speech could unravel the negotiations if he mobilizes U.S. lawmakers in the Republican-held Congress against it.

Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, said earlier Tuesday, "We are in common purpose: to stop the development of a nuclear Iran. What troubles me greatly are the criticisms I have heard on this floor about the Obama administration and this issue. ... It was President Obama who really brought together the sanctions regime that is working to bring Iran to the negotiating table.”

The deal, as it now stands, would give Tehran some limited ability to enrich uranium – but Israel wants Iran stripped of its nuclear projects all together to ensure it can't pursue a bomb.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that Netanyahu is trying to affect negotiations over Iran's nuclear program with his address to both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

"He's trying to, and I don't think trying to create tension and conflict helps anyone," Zarif said to CNN outside talks in Switzerland with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Report says U.S. and Iran
are engaged in cyber war

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyberattacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend.

Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats have been holding almost weekly meetings to try to finish the accord by their deadline at the end of March. But behind the scenes of collegiality, an active cyberwar is raging. 

A Web site called The Intercept, which draws on secret U.S. government documents made public by Edward Snowden, published details of a U.S. National Security Agency paper written two years ago that calls for a more robust U.S. response to Iran’s improved cyber warfare abilities.

The report says Iran learned from a virus called Stuxnet that was inserted into its nuclear program, allegedly by U.S. and Israeli intelligence services in 2012.

That incident may have shown Iranian leaders the value of cyberwar capabilities, as compared to expensive, controversial and highly deadly nuclear weapons, according to cyberwar expert David Stupples of City University London.

Iranians have now realized they have a much stronger weapon at hand, he said. "If they pour resources into that, they can continually attack and continually get payoffs from their activities, quite cheaply."

A basic form of cyberattack is shown in a video produced by Stupples’ team from an actual incident.

The Web site services each incoming requests, "and you see the answers going back. Where it goes to start being bright, it means the website is becoming quite heavily loaded," said Stupples. "So all the requests are coming in, but nothing is going back. Essentially, the Web site is completely closed down."

Such overload, or denial of service attacks, are irritating. But real problems come when cyberattacks steal or destroy data, as happened in the attack on Sony Pictures last year, allegedly by North Korea. Such attacks also could put people at risk by overheating power plants or taking services like highway signals or air traffic control off line.

A year ago, the new head of the U.S. National Security Agency, Admiral Mike Rogers, told Congress cyber warfare is here to stay.

"Clearly, cyber will be an element of almost any crisis we are going to see in the future," said Rogers. "It has been in the past. I believe we see it today in the Ukraine, we've seen it in Syria, Georgia. It increasingly is becoming a norm."
There also is concern that terrorist groups could move into the cyber domain, said Rachel Briggs, an analyst with London’s Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

“We know that extremists are trying to use technology in the same way that they use wires and batteries," Briggs said. "They have not ... as far as we know been successful. It will only be a matter of time."

Cyberattacks are inexpensive, secret, deniable and, while frequent, are largely unknown to the public – potentially making them more attractive to terrorists and governments than conventional or nuclear weapons.

New York City report
predicts a grim future

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

“There’s a real threat to our future,” says Daniel Bader, project leader and co-author of an alarming new report by the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

The report's predictions include many more heat waves, extreme storms, and a likely rise in sea levels of between 10 and 28 centimeters by the 2020s — up to 78 centimeters by the 2050s — flooding parts of the city and surrounding regions. The average temperature in New York will rise more than 2 degrees Celsius by midcentury and nearly 5 degrees Celsius by the 2080s, according to the report.

The city has been preparing, especially since Superstorm Sandy, Bader noted, taking measures to reduce its own carbon emissions and to protect against rising waters by restoring wetlands in the outer boroughs, building sea walls and berms, and strengthening transportation and utility infrastructures.

Bader is with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University.

“The two primary climate risks for New York City, as we head toward the middle of the century, are extreme heat — higher temperatures, more frequent and intense heat waves — as well as sea level rise and increased coastal flooding," he said. "Just by increasing sea level rise alone, your frequency of coastal flooding will change — absent any changes in storms themselves — so just that rise in water is going to cause an event that may be rare now but occurs more frequently in the future.

"The primary short-term risk that we face is warming temperatures, and the impacts of extreme heat events, high-temperature events in the summers, heat waves that we define as three or more consecutive days over 90 degrees," he added.

Kenya burns tons of ivory
as gestured about poaching

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Kenya incinerated 15 tons of elephant tusks Tuesday in a symbolic gesture against the illicit ivory trade. The government has promised to destroy all of its remaining ivory stocks as it steps up a fight against poaching.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lowered a burning torch to a three-tiered pile of ivory tusks, sending flames and smoke swirling high into the air above Nairobi National Park.

Speaking at the event, which also marked World Wildlife Day, Kenyatta said the burning represents Kenya's commitment to stopping the ivory trade.

“African countries are concerned about the scale and rate of the new threat to our endangered wildlife species. We are committed to combating the menace robustly and persistently until we dismantle the entire vile economy," said President Kenyatta.

Conservationists say Africa loses more than 20,000 elephants each year to illegal poaching, and that the animals could go extinct by the middle of the century if the trend continues.

Ivory trafficking has been driven mostly by demand from Asian consumers who use the material to make jewelry and ornaments.

Kenya first burned some of its ivory stocks in 1989 and held another public burning in 2011. President Kenyatta said Kenya plans to eliminate all of its remaining ivory stocks.

“In order to underline our determination to eradicate poaching, my government shall burn the rest of the stockpile that we have within this year, said Kenyatta.

Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto said the act of burning ivory is meant to send a message to the world about the value of wildlife.

"We are saying what we have here is priceless, that's the reason we are setting it on fire, because if it had value we would have required this money to do our conservation work but we are saying we place value on our elephants in their wild environment," said Udoto.

China last month instituted a one-year ban on imports of ivory carvings. However, the moratorium does not address the domestic trade within China, which conservationists say fuels demand and provides a cover for illicit international trafficking.

Jury seated in Boston
for bombing terror trial

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After two months of jury selection, a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates was seated Tuesday for the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The panel consists of eight men and 10 women. Jurors include a self-employed house painter, an air traffic controller, an executive assistant at a law firm and a former emergency room nurse.

Opening statements in the case are scheduled for today.

Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts against him stemming from the explosion of two bombs at the marathon finish line in April 2013.

The bombs killed three people and injured more than 260 others, including at least 16 who lost limbs. The counts include the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days after the bombings. Seventeen of the 30 counts carry the death penalty.

Authorities say Tsarnaev, then 19, and his older brother, Tamerlan, 26, carried out the bombings to retaliate against the United States for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The brothers are ethnic Chechens who had lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the volatile Dagestan region of Russia. They came to the U.S. with their parents and two sisters about a decade before the bombings.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police several days after the bombings.

Defense lawyers say they plan to depict Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the mastermind of the attack and a powerful force in his younger brother's life.

Monday, the defense team filed a motion, its sixth in the last two months, to move the trial out of Boston, saying that a fair and impartial jury could not be found there because of an overwhelming presumption that their client was guilty.

Some bombing survivors have said they plan to attend the trial. Others say they have no desire to be there.

Prosecutors are expected to present graphic images of the carnage caused by the bombs, including a surveillance video that authorities say shows Tsarnaev placing a backpack just feet from 8-year-old Martin Richard and his family. The boy died in the explosion.

U.S. investigators citing
racial bias in Ferguson

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, regularly engage in racially biased practices, the U.S. Justice Department has concluded in an investigation that followed last year's shooting death there of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

The Justice Department report is expected to be released as early as today.

The New York Times reported in January that Justice Department lawyers were recommending against bringing federal civil rights charges against the white police officer who killed Brown last August after a street confrontation turned violent.

Officials said an FBI investigation of the shooting found no evidence that the officer, Darren Wilson, willfully intended to violate Brown's rights when he opened fire on him.

A state grand jury cleared Wilson of Brown's death last November, a decision that triggered heated protests in the small, majority-black community near St. Louis, as well as across the country.

Brown's case, coupled with other high-profile incidents, including the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man in New York, led to a widespread outcry over aggressive police tactics against African-Americans and other minorities.

The Justice Department has launched some 20 civil rights investigations of local police departments during outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder's time in office, including the probe of the Ferguson department.

Marijuana expo in D.C.
had everything but weed

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One wouldn’t expect a marijuana expo in the U.S. capital, since it's still against federal law to possess the drug. And since it is still illegal to sell pot in the city, there was no marijuana at the trade show held this past weekend, but there were small, startup businesses with products designed to grow the weed or consume it.

“I love marijuana so it's best to find out what everyone is starting to do for it,” expo attendee Keith Carey said.

Visitors at the sold-out trade show ranged in age from their 20s to 70s.  Many came because they were curious, now that Washington has legalized possessing small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

“I was just interested in what comes with this new legislation that passed, sort of, 'What are the things we can start looking into to take advantage of the new freedom we have?' ” visitor David Jackson said.

On display were lighting systems and planters. Eric de Feo, co-founder of  Roots Planter, said his seedling planter was designed for indoor vegetable gardens.

“We really didn't start getting traction with this product until it was suggested you can use this for cannabis,” he said.

Visitor Rosina Memolo said she might have found the system that works for her. “I plan to plant my lettuce, my tomatoes, my cucumbers, if the bugs don't get them, and marijuana,” she said.

In Washington, it's now legal to cultivate up to six marijuana plants at home.  David DeGraff, owner of the Grow School in Colorado, said anyone can learn how to cultivate the weed through his online classes — "how to set up their grow room properly, how to water and fertilize, how to solve problems in the grow room that might occur.”

Users who want to know more about the many strains of marijuana can turn to free apps from the online service Leafly. Co-founder Cy Scott said the most popular variety is called Blue Dream. 

“It's a pretty readily available strain, and it’s also one that doesn't put you to sleep like so many do, so people really like it,” he said.

How can you know if your marijuana is safe to consume?  Terron Gray of Uplifted Healing Services has a mobile machine for that purpose, and for a fee, he'll check your pot for potency, pesticides and fungicides.  

"And I'll take my machine to whatever residence or wherever you want to be to test your cannabis," he said.

Chris Wrights' Maryland-based company, Scentless, found a new air-purification market for marijuana.

“We've designed filters for the indoor gardens and tents that will remove 100 percent of the odors so you can grow it discreetly,” Wrights said.

And those looking for drug paraphernalia could find plenty at the expo.  

After seeing all the products, visitor Katie Eye said she was considering a career change. “There are plenty of businesses ... a lot of marketing opportunities, sales for the future,” she said.

She’s not alone. Like others, she believes she can make a pot of money with legal pot.

U.S. has not responded
yet to Venezuelan claims

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The State Department said Tuesday it will respond through diplomatic channels to Venezuela's demand that it cut the number of staffers at the U.S. embassy in Caracas.

As ties between the U.S. and Venezuela worsen, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called Caracas' charge that the United States is trying to undermine the government baseless.

Venezuela has given Washington two weeks to reduce embassy staff from 100 to 17, the number of diplomats Venezuela says it has in the U.S.

But along with its embassy in Washington, there are eight Venezuelan consulates in the U.S., meaning the actual number of diplomatic staffers may be more than 17.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro also announced last week that U.S. tourists would now need visas to come to Venezuela, and said a U.S. pilot is being held for alleged spying.

Four U.S. missionaries who were questioned about spying last week have since left the country.

Maduro has accused the United States of plotting to topple his Socialist government – the same charge frequently made by his late predecessor, Hugo Chávez.

Neither leader has ever presented any evidence to back up their charges, which the U.S. has dismissed as ludicrous.

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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

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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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.

Suenos montage
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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Marijuana can be a source of allergies

By the American College of Allergy, Asthma
and Immunology news staff

Marijuana, like other pollen-bearing plants, is an allergen which can cause allergic responses. A new article published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, summarizes research on the ways in which cannabis can act as an allergen.

The article draws attention to allergic responses that may be unfamiliar to marijuana users. Included in the article is information on case reports regarding episodes of allergic reactions, hypersensitivity and even anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, to cannabis in its various forms.

Among other things, cannabis pollen or cannabis smoke exposure has resulted in symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) conjunctivitis and asthma. Allergic asthma triggered by seasonal and occupational exposure to cannabis has also been reported.

The authors of the article point out that cannabis’ legal status may create barriers for accurate and clear patient reporting and that legal limitations may pose diagnostic challenges. As with other allergens, the authors say that avoidance is recommended.

Marijuana’s legal status in the United States is changing, making information about cannabis allergy timely and noteworthy. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, and four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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Control by governments of the Internet and the use of legal mechanisms to restrict press freedom will be two issues to be looked into by panel discussions that the Inter American Press Association has organized within the framework of its midyear meeting, to be held in Panama City, Panama, Friday through Monday.

As part of the half-yearly, country-by-country review of the state of freedom of the press during the Saturday session, which is open to the public, the organization has scheduled a panel discussion where cases of how some governments use the Internet to control and spy on members of the public and opponents will be presented.

The session will be chaired by Jane Kirtley, University of Minnesota media ethics and law professor, and by the executive director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon.

That same day there will be a roundtable discussion on the application by some countries in the Western Hemisphere of regulations that restrict the fundamental right to freedom of expression and of the press. Those taking part will provide details of the governments’ arguments explaining the legal restrictions and their effects on democracy.

The regional vice chairmen of the association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information for Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela will speak on this issue from their own experiences in news media in their countries. Journalist Adrián Ventura, of the Buenos Aires, Argentina, newspaper La Nación, will head the panel discussion.

The IAPA will continue on Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9, its review of the most relevant issues in the last six months regarding press freedom. The half-yearly meeting to be held at Panama City’s Hilton Hotel will bring together hundreds of newspaper executives, publishers, editors and reporters from throughout the region.

There will also be a series of technical seminars on matters of interest to the press and the news media.