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By Jay Brodell
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Posted at 2:05 p.m.

Johnny Araya Monge, the candidate for president, said this afternoon that he was concluding his campaign.

That means Luis Guillermo Solís of the Partido Acción Ciudadana will be the next president May 8 unless a great surprise happens in the election runoff April 6.

Araya of the Partido Liberacion Nacional, said he was following the wishes of the Costa Rican people in taking this step. He said that he wanted to avoid the massive expenditures of money for political advertising.

Araya spoke at the Hotel Corobici where he arrived about 1:20 p.m. followed by supporters carrying a Costa Rican flag. The essence of his announcement had been expected. He was smiling and accompanied by his wife.

Araya ducked questions from reporters and seated himself at a table. Perhaps emblematic of the entire campaign, as Araya reached the core of his announcement, he noticed that a principal microphone was not
working. It never did despite a delay while technicians checked out the device.

Araya said that after the initial Feb. 2 vote where he was one of two finalists he had placed his fate in the hands of God.  At no time did he say that he made the decision because polls showed he could not win April 6. Instead, he said he was taking the step for the good of the Costa Rican people and promised to work hard to strengthen his political party. He left the hotel without fielding questions.

He made reference to some form of political accord between his party and Acción Ciudadana, but he did not elaborate. He said his party was committed to the path of development and of a social democracy.

Araya was mostly smiling as were his supporters. Many stood behind him as he made his announcement.  Araya said he was thankful that his party had gained the largest number of seats in the new legislature that takes office May 1. He thanks the Costa Rican people for this.

Earlier in the day, Solís made reference to new poll results, but the specifics could not be obtained. Acción Ciudadana is considered further left than Liberación Nacional, which detractors consider the center of neo-liberal economic policies.

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Spectacular air views show a working Volcán Poás
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There will be no swimming parties at the Volcán Poás lagoon. Volcano experts confirmed that the water still has the acidity of battery acid, that is a pH approaching zero.

The volcano, which is within sight of the Central Valley, generated renewed interest last week when it began shooting mud, water and ash into the sky.

The biggest spurt was eight days ago at noon. The volcano emitted a geyser of material that reached about 400 meters above the level of the lagoon.

The events have been a great show for tourists, and prompted more investigation by volcano experts. The  Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica reported on the results
of a fly over and released photos taken by Federico Chavarría Kopper the next day.

The Observatorio said that the photos show evidence of a large hydrothermal system under the crater. The photos also show the gas vents that are emitting fumes vigorously.

Observatorio staffers went into the crater last Friday to take samples and make measurements. They have reported in the past that the gas vents are registering a temperature around 750 degrees C or about 1,400 degrees F.

Still the experts say that this behavior is perfectly normal for Poás and that they do not expect any surprises. Nevertheless, the national emergency commission maintains a low-level alert for the area and has posted signs showing evacuation routes for visitors.

 
Kickoff nears for big Guanacaste solar projects
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A series of multi-million dollar projects designed to install solar panels throughout Guanacaste should soon be under way, according to the heads of Sun Fund Americas. Company president Craig Williamson and his partner, Frank Biden, the brother of the U. S. vice president, said they are set to begin their solar farm developments with the Guanacaste Country Club in Liberia.

According to Williamson, Sun Fund Americas has more than $800 million in financing for its alternative energy model. They will use the money to set out on an ambitious vision to install solar energy throughout 14 countries in Latin America, beginning with Costa Rica. Biden was optimistic that the country club’s groundwork could start being laid in the next 60 days.

“Costa Rica is the jewel of Central America,” he said. “Our confidence in Costa Rica has been evident for a long time.”

Plans started to accelerate once the landscape of the international economy smoothed out and businesses were willing to invest more in foreign enterprises. But Williamson and Biden, along with their third business partner, Roberto Batalla, agreed that the blueprints for this eco-conscious and profitable venture always had Costa Rica on the forefront.

“Costa Rica has a long ways to go to get to their goal of renewable power,” Williamson said. “But it is still the most efficient and cost effective way to produce energy.”

As energy costs become a mounting burden for Costa Rican businesses and homes, more and more are pulling for a future in which solar energy is not only available, but also viable.  According to a presentation done by Sun Fund Americas, a standard 100-megawatt solar farm that consists of 300,000 solar panels will cover 1,000 acres of land and can give energy to 20,000 homes.

Biden said that the chain of solar-based energy suppliers will cause a rocketing effect in the local job market. The same presentation claimed that solar energy infrastructures can create 15 times more jobs than natural gas and coal.

Biden laid out the idea of a community in which the workers are able to live in the same space that they help to construct or manage, as opposed to resort or retail workers who are 
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Craig Williamson and his partner, Frank Biden.

forced to look through the glass at an area they may not be able to financially access. He said the planned solar-powered areas of Guanacaste can offer upscale living at a reasonable price. And even further into the future, the company would like to make the involved communities remain independent and sustainable.

”When you allow people to take ownership themselves, they produce a much better project," Biden said.

In total, the company plans to install 2,000 megawatts worth of solar panels throughout Latin America. Domestically, Williamson and Biden confirmed that Sun Fund Americas has been collaborating with EARTH University and Ad Astra Rocket Co., which is led by U.S.-Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz. They said they also have received backed interest from Delta Holdings & Development, an internationally involved firm that constructs hotels and casinos. According to Biden, many other hopeful investors and partners were overlooked because they did not share a similar vision in focusing on giving back to community over bottom-line profit.

The initial reaction from the people of Guanacaste has been one of collective excitement, said the Sun Fund Americas leaders. These opportunities in setting up renewable energies and their prospective effects on the population even led Biden to say it was a privilege to be assigned with such a task.

“The whole project is a marriage of consciousness and convenience.”

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Costa Rica has expressed its extreme preoccupation with the situation in the Ukraine.

The foreign ministry said Tuesday that the country suffered a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity by foreign forces.  The ministry stopped short of naming Russia as the invader.

The ministry statement said that Costa Rica does not consider that any justification exists for this action and condemns it.

The statement called for dialogue by the parties involved in the dispute and expressed the hope that the U.N. Security Council would impose peace.

The North American Treaty Organization and Russia have agreed to meet today for talks on the crisis in Ukraine.  That meeting, in Brussels, will be the first public contact between the Western defense alliance and Russia's envoys since its forces moved into Ukraine's Crimean peninsula late last week.
 
NATO announced the extraordinary session Tuesday, saying it was requested by Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The alliance offered no further details.
 
Members of NATO met earlier Tuesday at the request of Poland, which shares a border with Ukraine.  Afterward, the alliance said the Russian military presence in Ukraine presents serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area."

U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday called on Russia to open talks with the Ukraine’s interim government and to allow international monitors to determine whether ethnic Russians in Ukraine are under threat, as alleged by Moscow.
 
Obama spoke in Washington, following a news conference in Moscow by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader defended his country's military intervention in the Crimean peninsula last week, saying he reserves the right to protect Russians in Ukraine. But he also insisted that gunmen blocking Ukrainian military units in the region are local self-defense forces, not Russian soldiers.
 
President Obama countered that Moscow has no legal right to intervene militarily, while acknowledging that Putin "seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States would prefer to de-escalate tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

Kerry, who visited Kyiv Tuesday, met Ukraine's interim leaders and announced a $1 billion economic package and technical assistance for the new government.

He also condemned the presence of Russian troops in Crimea as an act of aggression.

Meeting with reporters while in Kyiv, Kerry said diplomacy and respect for sovereignty, not unilateral force, can best resolve the dispute over Ukraine.

European Union foreign ministers have issued a Thursday deadline for Putin to pull back his troops or face punitive measures.
The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that Moscow would retaliate against any sanctions.

Crimea is a Black Sea peninsula placed under Ukrainian control in 1954 by then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. It remained part of Ukraine when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

Crimea has a tiny border with Russia on its far eastern point, and the Crimean port of Sevastapol is home to Russia's Black Sea fleet. Most of the people living in Crimea are ethnic Russians, but the region also is home to ethnic Muslim Tatars, who generally show disdain for Russia.

Ukraine's troubles began in November, when President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties and economic aid from Russia. The move triggered weeks of pro-Western anti-government demonstrations in Kyiv and elsewhere in Ukraine, and forced the pro-Russian Yanukovych to flee the capital in late February.


Missing American woman
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial investigators said late Tuesday that they were hoping
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that residents would help them locate a missing American woman.

They identified her as 25-year-old Jessica Jana Johnson. They said she disappeared Feb. 20. They noted that she suffered an injury to her face on the right side of the nose that shows up in the photo they provided of her.

 The Judicial Investigating Organization asked that anyone with information contact agents at
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The judicial request was sketchy. There was no indication of where the woman was last seen, if she is a resident or a tourist or even the circumstances of her disappearance.


Child care network receives
approval for permanency


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The legislature voted unanimously Tuesday to provide a legal framework for the Chinchilla administration's Red Nacional de Cuido y Desarrollo Infantil.

This is a program of child care and education that now includes some 32,000 youngsters mostly from poorer families. They are in 852 facilities.

The lawmakers approved the measure on second reading, which means that the law only lacks President Laura Chinchilla signature. She is enthusiastic about the program.

The law will provide permanency to the program after Ms. Chinchilla leaves office.

The child care centers are all over the country and involve public, private and mixed facilities. The centers were set up so that women with children could work, go to school or be involved in some other activity that did not involve caring for their children for a time.

The centers also provide food and pre-school education. The country has invested nearly $37 million in facilities for the child care network.


Two-day meeting designed
to chart tech course to 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 100 academics, government officials and representatives of private enterprise will begin a two-day brainstorming session today to plan for the development of the country's science and technology through 2021.

The sponsor is the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones. The goal is to encourage innovation in Costa Rica, the ministry said.

The participants will identify strategies and emerging technologies that might provide economic, environmental or social benefit for the country, said the ministry.

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Proponents of free and safe abortions say they plan a march Saturday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Proponents of legal, safe and free abortions plan a march Saturday, which happens to be the international day of women.

The announcement of the 2 p.m. march from Parque Central bore the logos of more than 12 organizations. The announcement also said that there are  27,000 illegal abortions in Costa Rica each year and that a national survey found that 47 percent of the women said they did not want their last pregnancy.

To require a woman to continue with an imposed pregnancy is cruel
and sometimes leads to suicides among young women, said the announcement. It called for a woman to have autonomy, the right to health and physical integrity.

The announcement also said that political parties are using the bodies of women as a means of exchange in this election season. The announcement said that politicians are negotiating the rights of women for votes.

Abortion has been a topic in the runoff election between Luis Guillermo Solís and Johnny Araya Monge. Both men have paid calls on religious leaders.

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Just another average month with some 372 earthquakes registered
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There were 372 earthquakes under Costa Rican territory during the month of February. But just eight were strong enough to draw reports that residents felt one.

As expected, the quakes are mostly to the west side of the country along the Pacific coast where tectonic plates push and shove continually.

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at Universidad Nacional said that the distribution of some quakes was in the vicinity of the strong Sept. 5, 2012, Nicoya quake and another Jan. 17. The felt quakes ranged from a magnitude of 2.2 to 4.6 during February. Two of the biggest were in the Pacific off Jacó.

The Cocos tectonic plate continues to push under the lighter Caribbean plate, which is the reason for many of the country's quakes.

The number of quakes is not unusual for a month. Quake investigators have installed systems of sensors that pick up the slightest trembling. Using them they hope some day to be able to be more precise in predictions.
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Red dots show the estimated location of quake epicenters.


Smoking blamed in death of city man, 61, involved in house fire
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 61-year-old man is dead, and his smoking is being blamed by investigators as the reason his bed caught fire early Tuesday.

The man, identified as José Antonio Marín Porras, lived in the Sagrada Familia section of San José. Judicial agents were first alerted about the house fire at 2 a.m. They said that when they arrived at Marín’s house they  found the man already dead with
severe burns over his body. Eight other persons were said to be affected by the fire, which produced water and smoke damage as well to an area measuring 127 square meters, according to the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica.

Fire fighters said they were able to salvage nearly 300 square meters from the flames. This is the third death due to fire so far this year in Costa Rica, said the Cuerpo de Bomberos. Last year 23 people died from fires. That was the highest annual toll since 2006.

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Mexican police and drug gangs's use of social media explored by expert
By the Carnegie Mellon news staff

The recent arrest of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has thrown an international media spotlight on Mexican drug cartels and the acts of violence associated with them. What is less talked about, however, is how over the past decade increased access to the Internet, cellphones and other digital media has drastically changed the landscape of the drug war in Mexico.

In a new article published in Latin American Perspectives, Carnegie Mellon University's Paul Eiss examines how both sides of the drug war — the cartel operatives as well as government and security forces — have used and responded to digital and social media. Eiss, associate professor of anthropology and history, explores the nature and implications of what he calls the narcomedia, forms of digital messaging that have become central elements of, and even motivations for, the horrific acts of violence that have become commonplace in Mexico.

In Mexico, narcomensajes or "narcomessages," are handwritten signs left by drug traffickers, often accompanied by gruesomely disfigured human remains. They have been used by traffickers, like Guzman's Sinaloa cartel, since 2006, and typically are interpreted as ways for rival groups to settle the score or claim territory. From the moment of their first emergence, the narcomensajes and narcovideos were clearly intended for digital reproduction and transmission to YouTube and other platforms, thus bypassing the control of traditional media in a time when more and more Mexicans were using the Internet. Access to the Internet among Mexicans increased from 5 percent of the population in 2000 to 33 percent in 2010.

Eiss traces the emergence and spread of the narcomedia throughout Mexico and uses a 2008 episode from Yucatan to illustrate how the use of diverse kinds of narcomessaging politicized the battle between the cartels and the government. He shows how in some cases the tactics of the narcomedia seem to have been adopted by government and security forces as well. For instance in 2009 security forces killed
 another cartel leader, Arturo Beltrán Leyva, and disseminated images of his symbolically desecrated body.

Attempts by the government and media companies to restrict the circulation of the narcomessages in mainstream media have caused a crisis in the news media as newspapers and journalists have been subjected to an unprecedented level of physical attacks by traffickers as well as police and security forces.

"I call my analysis of the narcomedia a reader's guide, because it is meant to provide a different way to read the narcomedia, and by extension, episodes of drug war-related violence in Mexico," said Eiss. "Against depictions of the drug war in black and white, as a fight of good guys against bad guys, the narcomedia reveal the conflict to be painted in shades of gray, leaving many observers asking Who is who? Against rosy depictions of the social media as an engine of progressive social change, the narcomedia show them used just as powerfully as a tactic of violence.

"At the same time though, in a climate of censorship and open physical assaults on the press, the narcomedia — or the blogs that mine them for information unavailable in the mainstream media — paradoxically also offer an increasingly important resource for the Mexican public as it seeks information and critical perspective on the conflict, and ways to respond," Eiss said.

Eiss was inspired to investigate the Mexican drug cartel's use of Internet and digital media in part by the university's Media Initiative, which is focused in part on the role that new media — digital, networked, computer-mediated and social media — now play in social life, cultural politics and political mobilizations.

"I like to think that this project, like those supported by the center's Media Initiative, engages contemporary issues in new ways even as it draws deeply on the longstanding core concerns and methodologies of the humanities," Eiss said.

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U.S. foreign aid budget cut
6 percent in Obama proposal


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. State Department will be working with $46.2 billion in funding next year under President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015, a slight decrease from this year. The proposal includes cuts to foreign aid. The spending plan’s release is already having an impact on how diplomats look to distribute it.
 
State Department officials point out that their funding request amounts to only about 1 percent of the overall U.S. budget. But a still-struggling U.S. economy and growing concerns about the nation's debt calls for flexibility.
 
Heather Higginbottom, deputy secretary of State for management and resources, says the proposed budget reflects the challenges the U.S. faces today.
 
"This budget funds the work that is required to sustain long-term investments in America's security and prosperity while recognizing the significant fiscal constraints we're facing as a nation," says Ms. Higginbottom.
 
The deputy secretary stressed that despite the budgetary restraints, the U.S. will continue to pour resources into places like the Middle East.
 
"Including our partnerships with key allies like Israel and Jordan and maintains robust support for partners in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Lebanon," said Ms. Higginbottom.
 
That support for Egypt comes even as Cairo's military leaders have sought to strengthen ties with Russia, looking to Moscow for weapons and other assistance.
 
Still, Todd Harrison at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says aid to countries like Egypt often pays off.
 
"It’s a good investment for times of crisis just so that we can have those channels of communication, both formal and informal," says Harrison.
 
Overall, the proposed foreign aid budget comes to $30.3 billion, a 6 percent decrease, with funding cuts for Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where U.S. combat troops are set to leave at year's end.
 
But the State Department plans to spend more money in the Asia-Pacific region, upping funding for programs there by 8 percent to $1.4 billion.
 
And, in places like Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Rajiv Shah says Washington is looking to do more by working with others.
 
"By leveraging public and private partnerships and leveraging innovation, we're able to deliver better and more focused results," says Shah.
 
The State Department's proposed budget also is taking aim at disasters that are not man-made, setting aside more than $500 million to help countries adapt and recover from the effects of climate change.


Presidential budget will face
tough going in U.S. House

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Obama has sent the U.S. Congress his proposed budget of $3.9 trillion for fiscal year 2015 that he hopes will bridge the gap between rich and poor in America.
 
The president unveiled his spending plan at a bilingual elementary school in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a roadmap for creating jobs with good wages and expanding opportunity for all Americans," said President Obama.

The plan includes more money for early childhood education, tax breaks for the working poor, and increased funding for roads, bridges, and other infrastructure as well as job training.  All this, Obama says, will help put more Americans back to work.

But his proposed budget is likely to run into big challenges in Congress, where a skyrocketing deficit and America's slow recovery from recession are a focus in upcoming elections.

Republican lawmakers want spending cuts and a reduced deficit. They argue that government spending is not the key to reducing poverty. Sen. Mitch McConnell:

"Since 2009, the government has spent almost $18 trillion. Yet millions, millions of middle class Americans continue to suffer, whether in the unemployment line, or in jobs that barely allow them to get by.  It is time the president realizes that doubling down on the same failed policies is not going to work," said McConnell.

Opposition lawmakers have already declared the administration's defense portion of the budget dead on arrival. It calls for Army troop levels to be reduced to their lowest levels since before World War II.

In unveiling the budget Tuesday, the president called for larger tax credits for families with young children, as well as expanded tax breaks for more than 13 million childless workers.

The president said his proposed 2015 spending plan is a reflection of his efforts to address income inequality, the wide disparity between the wealthiest and poorest Americans.

"Our budget is about choices.  It is about our values.  As a country we have got to make a decision if we are going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans or if we are going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American," said President Obama.

In order to pay for his proposals, Obama proposed to eliminate several tax deductions that benefit wealthy Americans.

The spending proposals advanced by Obama, a Democrat, are likely to meet stiff opposition from Republican lawmakers in Congress.  They have often called for cuts in government spending and lower taxes.

The competing ideas will set the political agenda in Washington as the entire 435-member House of Representatives and a third of the 100-member Senate face re-election contests in November.

Obama also proposed to make permanent a tax credit for those paying college tuition, and create automatic retirement accounts for millions of workers without an employer-sponsored retirement plan.

The proposed budget also asks for $56 billion in new spending, split between the military and domestic programs.  He wants $300 billion over four years for infrastructure spending, partly to fix the country's crumbling bridges and roads.

   
Nano-delivery and laser seen
as improved cancer treatment


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers have developed a novel way to fight cancer with a tissue-penetrating nanoparticle drug delivery system that directly targets chemotherapy at tumors. The therapy uses laser light to release the drug where it can have the greatest effect.
 
The experimental cancer treatment, developed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, targets solid tumors using nanoparticles loaded with a chemotherapy drug. The particles are fluorescent, so their progress through the body can be followed.
 
Once they collect inside the tumor, a pulse of infrared laser light activates the spheres, releasing their anti-cancer cargo.
 
“This is something that I am really passionate about, actually.  What we are trying to accomplish is something called on-demand or on-command release of anti-cancer drugs,” said Fuyu Tamanoi, professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the university.
 
He said the main advantage of this treatment is no healthy tissue is destroyed.  Tamanoi said patients do not experience the nausea, fatigue and hair loss common with traditional chemotherapy.
 
The light-activated drug delivery technique, described in the journal Small, was developed by his colleague, Jeffrey Zink, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
 
Zink said the light trigger only works up to a range of 4 centimeters, so the therapy would be limited to tumors close to the skin surface, such as those in breast, colon and ovarian cancers. So far, the nanotherapy has worked successfully in culture, destroying cancer cells.
 
The next step is to try the experimental therapy in mice. Zink said other experiments with nanoparticles have shown they are very effective at destroying cancer cells, without the light trigger.
 
“We can shrink tumors in mice. In fact, the standard joke among us is that if you are a mice and had a tumorous cancer we could cure you, because in the mouse models, at least, these have been extremely successful,” said Zink.
 
Investigators say the next step is to make sure this anti-cancer treatment is safe for humans. Another potential challenge is making sure the infrared light reaches all the nanoparticles inside a tumor.


Slow-release anti-HIV drug
shows promise in testing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In what’s being hailed as a breakthrough in HIV prevention, researchers have developed a slow-release version of an antiretroviral medication that offers long-lasting protection against the AIDS virus.
 
Injections of long-lasting AIDS drugs protected monkeys against infection for weeks, and researchers hope that it could lead to an important step forward in preventing the disease in humans.
 
In experiments with rhesus macaques, researchers at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in New York gave two injections of the slow-release drug to eight monkeys. The animals were protected against repeated attempts to infect them with a hybrid human and monkey immunodeficiency virus, called SHIV.  Macaques that received a placebo became infected.
 
Next, investigators wanted to see how long the drug worked. They injected 12 macaques, trying once a week to infect them. On the 10th try, the animals developed SHIV. Because macaques clear the drug from their system more quickly than people do, researchers think it could offer humans protection against HIV for up to three months.
 
Robert Grant, a virologist at the University of California, San Francisco, led trials of so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PreP using the anti-AIDS pill Truvada.
 
The study showed the procedure was effective if people took the oral medication daily. Many do not, so Grant said oral PreP does not work for everyone who is at risk.
 
He thinks an injectable drug that provides three months' protection against the virus is a breakthrough.
 
“This is a very exciting approach, especially for people who have had difficulty taking pills in the past. These are younger people who are not taking medications for other reasons and whose daily life is not highly organized in a way that allows them to build a habit of taking a pill a day,” said Grant.
 
In the United States, young people account for an estimated 40 percent of new HIV infections.
 
The drug, called dolutegravir, is already being used by thousands of HIV-positive individuals. Researchers say it is safe. In its injectable form, dolutegravir is embedded in nanoparticles that slowly release the drug over a long period of time.
 
Large scale clinical trials are already being planned.  Experts say the injectable drug would be of great benefit in countries with high HIV rates and where adherence to daily oral prophylaxis is poor.

  
Mrs. Obama praises winners
of women of courage awards


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

First Lady Michelle Obama said winners of the U.S. Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Awards are an inspiration to social activists everywhere. Obama said this year's Women of Courage Award winners teach that if a woman can fight torture and oppression to get on the ballot in Tajikistan or fight domestic abuse in Saudi Arabia, then everyone can summon a fraction of that bravery to confront the daily injustices they see.

"While our circumstances may be different, in so many ways the solutions to our struggles are the same. So when we see these women raise their voices and move their feet and empower others to create change, we need to realize that each of us has that same power and that same obligation," said Mrs. Obama.

In addition to the Tajik politician Oinikhol Bobonazarova and the Saudi family safety campaigner Maha Al Muneef, those recognized at this year's ceremony included the Georgian Baptist Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze and the Guatemalan jurist Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar.

Fiji feminist Roshika Deo and Malian community activist Fatimata Touré were honored along with the director of Kabul's Malalai Maternity Hospital Nasrin Oryakhil who spoke on behalf of the winners.

"The hope of women around the world one day will be materialized when they find themselves in an environment that truly recognizes and appreciates the real essence of being a woman and a mother," said Ms. Oryakhil.

Ukrainian activist Ruslana Lyzhychko and Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa were recognized, along with a young woman from India known only as Laxmi, who campaigns against acid attacks after her face was burned by a young man whose advances she rejected. At the State Department ceremony, she read from a poem to her attacker.

"You will hear about me in the darkness of confinement. The time will be a burden for you. Then you will know that I am alive, free and thriving, and living my dreams," she said.

The first lady said the work of these women is a call to action. "None of us can afford to just go about our business as usual. We can not just sit back and think this is someone else's problem."

The Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.​


Women in legislative spots
show a worldwide increase

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A survey finds a record number of women are serving as members of parliament worldwide.   The report by the Inter-Parliamentary Union shows last year, women occupied nearly 22 percent of parliamentary seats.  That is an increase of 1.5 percentage points, double the average rate of increase in recent years.

A 1.5 percent increase in the number of women who are members of parliaments globally may not sound like a lot.  But the Inter-Parliamentary Union says if this trend continues, it could lead to gender parity in parliaments in 20 years.

The Union says the increase in the number of women MPs is due to more countries using measures such as legislative and voluntary quotas to make it easier for women to become elected or appointed to houses of parliament.

A survey of 189 countries shows Rwanda, Andorra, Cuba, Sweden, and South Africa top the rankings of women in national Parliaments.  Micronesia, Palau, Qatar, and Vanuatu, which have all male legislatures, are at the bottom of the rankings.

The report notes the Americas lead as the region with the highest average of women MPs at 15.2 percent.  But, it says the Arab world made the largest gains last year, with the appointment of 30 women to Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council and 18 women elected to the Jordanian parliament.

Union  Secretary-General Anders Johnsson says Africa continues to make steady progress.  He says almost 20 years ago, Africa had fewer than 10 percent women parliamentarians.  Today it has 22.5 percent.

“Some of the world’s best performing countries are in Africa, including the best performing country, which is Rwanda where it is the first country ever to have more than 60 percent women in parliament," he said. "When there is public focus, public pressure, public attention and public support — and that is the case particularly in African countries — then you get results.  So, you have seen that last year in Cameroon.  You have seen it in Kenya.  You have seen it in Togo.  You have seen it in Zimbabwe - all countries that did very well.”

While the number of women MPs continues to grow in Europe, the report notes the Asia-Pacific region is bucking this healthy regional trend.  It says without Australia to shore up the numbers, women would count for just 3.2 percent of all parliamentarians in the Pacific.

The manager of the Union's Gender Program, Kareen Jabre, said a parliament without women is not representative of the world.  She says a parliament without women cannot be effective because it is not aware of the realities and priorities of half of the population of the world.

“We carried out a survey of parliamentarians three, four years ago where we asked them what did women bring when they came to parliament and the first thing that MPs responded, they changed the priorities that were discussed in parliament and brought new priorities to the floor of parliament and one of the first issues they brought up was violence against women, in particular domestic violence, which, of course, concerns women more than men and which, of course, if you were in a gathering of only men will be less likely to come up as an issue, than if you have women around the table as well,” she said.

The Union report finds more women last year were targets of political violence.  It says electoral violence, which includes intimidation, threats, physical assault and other aggression, acts as a deterrent to keep women out of politics.


High-protein diet said deadly
as smoking for older adults


By the University of Southern California news service

That chicken wing you’re eating could be as deadly as a cigarette. In a new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age makes an individual four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet. That is a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking.

“There’s a misconception that because we all eat, understanding nutrition is simple. But the question is not whether a certain diet allows you to do well for three days, but can it help you survive to be 100?” said corresponding author Valter Longo, professor of biogerontology at the University of Southern California.

Not only is excessive protein consumption linked to a dramatic rise in cancer mortality, but middle-aged people who eat lots of proteins from animal sources — including meat, milk and cheese — are also more susceptible to early death in general, revealed the study published in Cell Metabolism. Protein-lovers were 74 percent more likely to die of any cause within the study period than their more low-protein counterparts. They were also several times more likely to die of diabetes.

But how much protein one should eat has long been a controversial topic — muddled by the popularity of protein-heavy diets such as Paleo and Atkins. Before this study, researchers had never shown a definitive correlation between high-protein consumption and mortality risk.

Rather than look at adulthood as one monolithic phase of life, as other researchers have done, the latest study considers how biology changes as humans age and how decisions in middle life may play out across the human life span.

In other words, what’s good for someone at one age may be damaging at another. Protein controls the growth hormone IGF-I, which helps bodies grow but has been linked to cancer susceptibility. Levels of IGF-I drop off dramatically after age 65, leading to potential frailty and muscle loss. The study shows that while high-protein intake during middle age is very harmful, it is protective for older adults: those over 65 who ate a moderate- or high-protein diet were less susceptible to disease.

The latest paper draws from Longo’s past research on IGF-I, including on an Ecuadorian cohort that seemed to have little cancer or diabetes susceptibility because of a genetic mutation that lowered levels of IGF-I. The members of the cohort were all less than 5-feet tall.

“The research shows that a low-protein diet in middle age is useful for preventing cancer and overall mortality, through a process that involves regulating IGF-I and possibly insulin levels,” said co-author Eileen Crimmins. “However, we also propose that at older ages, it may be important to avoid a low-protein diet to allow the maintenance of healthy weight and protection from frailty.”

Crucially, the researchers found that plant-based proteins, such as those from beans, did not seem to have the same mortality effects as animal proteins. Rates of cancer and death also did not seem to be affected by controlling for carbohydrate or fat consumption, suggesting that animal protein is the main culprit.

“The majority of Americans are eating about twice as much proteins as they should, and it seems that the best change would be to lower the daily intake of all proteins but especially animal-derived proteins,” Longo said. “But don’t get extreme in cutting out protein. You can go from protected to malnourished very quickly.”

Longo’s findings support recommendations from several leading health agencies to consume about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight every day in middle age. For example, a 130-pound person should eat about 45 to 50 grams of protein a day, with preference for those derived from plants such as legumes, Longo explained.

The researchers defined a high-protein diet as deriving at least 20 percent of calories from protein, including both plant-based and animal-based protein. A moderate protein diet includes 10 to 19 percent of calories from protein, and a low-protein diet includes less than 10 percent protein.

Even moderate amounts of protein had detrimental effects during middle age, the researchers found. Across all 6,318 adults over the age of 50 in the study, average protein intake was about 16 percent of total daily calories with about two-thirds from animal protein — corresponding to data about national protein consumption. The study sample was representative across ethnicity, education and health backgrounds.

People who ate a moderate amount of protein were still three times more likely to die of cancer than those who ate a low-protein diet in middle age, the study showed. Overall, even the small change of decreasing protein intake from moderate levels to low levels reduced likelihood of early death by 21 percent.

The researchers also extended their findings about high-protein diets and mortality risk, looking at causality in mice and cellular models. In a study of tumor rates and progression among mice, the researchers showed lower cancer incidence and 45 percent smaller average tumor size among mice on a low-protein diet than those on a high-protein diet by the end of the two-month experiment.

“Almost everyone is going to have a cancer cell or pre-cancer cell in them at some point. The question is: Does it progress?” Longo said. “Turns out one of the major factors in determining if it does is protein intake.


Sea level rise seen as threat
for U.N. world heritage sites


By the Institute of Physics news staff

Some of the world's most recognizable and important landmarks could be lost to rising sea-levels if current trends are maintained over the next two millennia.

This is according to a new study, published the journal Environmental Research Letters, that has calculated the temperature increases at which the 720 sites currently on the list of U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage sites would be impacted by subsequent sea-level rises.

The Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Tower of London and Sydney Opera House are among the 136 sites that would be impacted if the current trend continues.

Also impacted would be the city centers of Brugge, Naples, Riga and St. Petersburg; Venice and its Lagoon; Robben Island; and Westminster Abbey.

The lead author of the study, Ben Marzeion, from the University of Innsbruck, said: "Sea-levels are responding to global warming slowly but steadily because the key processes involved — ocean heat uptake and melting continental ice — go on for a long while after the warming of the atmosphere has stopped.

Co-author of the study, Anders Levermann, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said: "After 2,000 years, the oceans would have reached a new equilibrium state and we can compute the ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica from physical models. At the same time, we consider 2,000 years a short enough time to be of relevance for the cultural heritage we cherish."

As a proxy of where cultural heritage may be currently developing or set to develop in the future, the researchers also calculated the percentage of currently populated places that would be living below sea-level if temperatures increased above pre-industrial levels by 3 degrees C in the next 2000 years.

They found that 7 per cent of the current global population would be living on land that would be below sea level and that the distribution of the affected population was uneven. More than 60 per cent of the affected population would be in China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Additionally, the researchers also calculated the percentage of global land that would be below sea-level under the same scenario. They found that seven countries, including the Maldives, Bahamas and Cayman Islands, would lose 50 per cent of their land and a further 35 countries would lose 10 per cent of their land.

Marzeion concludes: "Our results show that if there is a 3-degree C temperature increase over the next 2,000 years, which seems likely to be reached and is generally considered not to be an extreme scenario, the impacts on global heritage would be severe.

"We've assumed that a heritage site is impacted when at least part of it is below local mean sea-level; however, tides and storm surges may dictate whether or not the site should be protected before sea-levels reach this point."


Real estate-related services (paid category)

Interior Design & Custom Furniture Manufacturing
Casa del
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Pacific living
“We regularly exceed client expectations. We guarantee it.”
 
Customizing for your vision, lifestyle and budget.
 
A turnkey home and project completion agency devoted to creative vision and flawless execution. We provide a single, solid and dedicated point of contact for the duration of your real estate project, specializing in:

• Interior Design
• Custom Furniture Manufacturing
• Building Completion Services
Our primary goal is to assist our clients with a smooth transition to occupancy while providing highly personalized and distinctive services. We have refined the process to be a hassle free experience, especially valuable for clients who live abroad. We customize to suit each client’s personal taste, lifestyle and budget.
“Serving the Region for 11 years”

Email: info@casadelpacifico.com
Cell phone: (506) - 8707-8008
Office phone: (506) - 2288-5644
Web: www.casadelpacifico.com



Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


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A Buyer’s Broker offering the best
of Costa Rica Real Estate.

For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 2228-5961 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8179-3/11/14

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

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

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



Costa Rica,

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





Visit our Web Site:
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English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)
  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia home
1,000 square meters of land, 350 square meters of construction.  CLICK HERE
Grecia 807
  18,000 square meters of land and 300 square meters of construction. HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8245-5/12/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/14

Spectacular 79-acre view property in Guanacaste overlooking tens of miles of pristine coastline with sunset over the Pacific. Own water, electricity, hi-speed internet, property roads, huge building view sites, terraced landscape perfect for growing trees, fruits and vegetables or run horses or cattle, hidden access and high-level security. 169,000 USD. Contact:   axelspecial@gmail.com   or text messages to  8916-5550.
8255-3/17/14

Excazu montage
Trejos  Montealegre, Escazú.
Two bedrooms and two baths.  220 m2 construction on  289 m2 of land. Beautiful contemporary house across from a small park, easy walk to Avenida Escazú.
Great views. Only 7 years old. Two patios and a balcony. In a quiet and secure neighborhood with guard shack across the street. Nice landscaped garden. Sale includes all furniture.  Price: $275,000. Owner will work with real estate sales people.   Phone  Ron Eaton  at 8997-1799. Email: ronaldeaton95@yahoo.com
8251-3/14/14

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

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105244969603261154850/
8240-8/6/14

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

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

For more details go to:
8230-3/13/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rich Coast montage
Real Estate, Central Pacific Region
RichCoastRealty.com

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

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


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


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

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

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

Becker montage
Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

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

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

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

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


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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
botique hotel
A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088
8263-8/20/14

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

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

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

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

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

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Venezuela will mark death
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today is a big day in Caracas,Venezuela where his supporters will commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of Hugo Chávez from cancer.

Nicaraguan sources say that Daniel Ortega, the president there, will be going to Venezuela for the event.

Other Latin leaders also are expected.  A parade is planned.

There still are barricades in Venezuelan cities erected by protesting students. President Nicolás Maduro had hoped that the traditional pre-Lenten carnival holiday would eliminate the protests, but that does not seem to have happened.




Weekend food fair planned

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The third annual edition of the Feria del Gustico Costarricense with some 200 exhibitors will take over the Antigua Aduana Saturday and Sunday under sponsorship of the central government.

The exhibitors will display mostly food products that are innovations or value-added. The doors are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. The Antiqua Aduana is on Calle 23 east of the railway Estación al Atlantico.



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Las Crucitas mine is topic of roundtable

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Opponents of the Las Crucitas open pit gold mine will meet Thursday to discuss whether the government should enter into arbitration with the firm that was developing the project.

Those who will outline the situation include Nicolás Boeglin, an international rights professor on the University of Costa Rica law faculty, and José María Villalta, the legislative deputy.

Also scheduled are Álvaro Sagot, a lawyer who participated in the legal action that led to the annulment of the company's concession, and Edgardo Araya, a legislative deputy-elect.
 
The developer of the mine, Infinito Gold Inc., and its Costa Rican subsidiary, Industrias Infinito S.A., are taking the case to the World Court's arbitration arm.  At one time the firm threatened to seek $1 billion in reparations, but the demand has been reduced substantially.

The firm seeks to arbitrate the claim because its concession was canceled after 12 years of trying to get the mine started near Cutris de San Carlos. The company seeks to invoke the free trade agreement between Canada and Costa Rica. The parent firm is based in Calgary.

The case is being watched closely in the investment community.

Opponents were mostly environmentalists, students and some lawmakers. They now say that the company does not have a right to arbitration because the case has been litigated and decided in a Costa Rican court. The arbitration panel eventually will decide this point to determine if it has jurisdiction. Costa Rica also is being urged to seek payment for what are said to be environmental damages by the company.

The meeting Thursday will be in the auditorium of the university's Facultad de Ciencias Sociales at 6 p.m.