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Solís campaign even has platform plank for animals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Protection of the habitat and its wildlife has long been a focal point for green-conscious Costa Rican authorities. Presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís and his campaign have released a plan to focus on the well being of the nation’s animal population. Wildlife, pets, and farm animals are all addressed in the party’s platform.

As the lone active candidate after Johnny Araya Monge’s campaign suspension last week, Solís said he wants to promote animal welfare throughout the country.

This promise would look to keep endangered and sometimes dangerous animals protected and also look for measures to keep pet populations manageable and try to prevent their abandonment.

His campaign said for these outcomes to come to fruition, the country must accept long-term, cultural changes that can give pets and wild animals a better quality of life. A summary said that the importance of non-governmental organizations and social services that provide for animals will be stressed.
The proposal by Solís consists of four parts. First, he wants to improve the education and awareness levels pertaining to the subject of animals and ownership. The plan states that it wants this point to reach every household in the country.

Partido Acción Ciudadana also said, in adhering to Ley 2391 that deals with lawful animal registration, it will try to control overpopulation and promote neutering initiatives for those who own pets. They said they are trying to sterilize at least 80 percent of the pet population.

The party also proposes greater reinforcement to back the government institutions that deal with animal welfare and control.

The campaign said it wants to be sure to have the most up-to-date technologies and tools to monitor and aid the entire population.

The plan further states it will involve the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias and similar networks to offer support for animals in emergency scenarios, either medically or risk-wise.


Coffee families begin to get government help
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The first 12 families suffered because of a disease of coffee plants received the checks from a trust designed to help such farmers Monday.

President Laura Chinchilla was in San Vito de Coto Brus to make the presentations.

Small producers if they meet certain requirements can get 100,000 colons, a bit less than $200 each month for three months. Some 5 billion colons, about $9 million, has been set aside for these small producers. The fungus roya de cafe, has been invading Costa Rican coffee plantations for at least two years.


An additional 20 billion colons has been designated for replanting coffee acreage and taking other steps to minimize the effects of the disease.
The government estimates that the financial aid can reach about 16,600 coffee farmers.

The Instituto de Café de Costa Rica estimated that about 65 percent of the coffee plantations have been affected.

The loss in coffee has been estimated to be about $16 million, the institute said.

In addition to the money from the trust, coffee farmers who are having financial problems can also seek aid from the usual anti-poverty agencies. Each recipient of funds is being evaluated by the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, the coffee institute and  Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social, the nation's principal anti-poverty agency.

In order to qualify, the coffee farmer has to have produced a moderate amount of beans in the last two harvests.


Another edition of Art City Tour is Wednesday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San Jose's museums and galleries are open again Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for another edition of  Art City Tour. This is the second edition for this year, and the various culture locations are competing for visitors.

The free event includes admission to the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, the Museo Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia, the Museo de Arte Costarricense, the Museo Nacional and various private galleries. The museums all have 
temporary expositions that have been advertised, such as the one featuring Russian engravings at the  Museo de Arte Costarricense in Parque la Sabana.

The main stipulation is that visitors use the buses that are provided to go from one location to the other to avoid traffic and parking problems. An exception to this rule is made for those who travel on bicycles.

The organizers ask that those who will be participating register at a Web site so that the correct number of vehicles can be supplied.

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The biologists were first alerted by the Nicaraguan organization Paso Pacífico, that a hawksbill turtle that nested at Playa Brasilón, along Nicaragua's southern Pacific on Aug. 9, 2012, had made its way into Costa Rica's gulf of Nicoya. Because the Nicaraguan researchers had equipped the turtle with a satellite transmitter, they were able to determine that it had stayed more than 150 days within the mangroves and lagoons surrounding Abangares.

When the researchers inspected the site last Feb. 28, they didn't only catch an adult hawksbill sea turtle, they also found out that it had nested five times throughout 2012 in Estero Padre Ramos, northern Nicaragua. This was possible because the turtle carried a metal tag on one of its fore flippers, which had been applied by the international organization Flora and Fauna International.
 
"This discovery highlights the importance of reaching bi-national agreements to guarantee the survival of the hawksbill sea turtle, a critically endangered species," said Alexander Gaos, director of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative. "The species is essential in the maintenance of the marine ecosystem, a function that is extremely important for the coastal communities of both countries, which depend on healthy and productive seas," pointed out the expert.

For Astrid Sánchez, a member of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative and graduate student in tropical coastal area integrated management at the University of Costa Rica, a study of the ecology of the hawksbill's diet in this area could contribute to the understanding of why adult hawksbills choose mangrove habitats within the gulf of Nicoya. "Because the species is critically endangered in the eastern tropical Pacific, it's particularly important to identify critical nesting and feeding habitats alike, and work towards the development of the most convenient local and regional management strategies.

Researchers also made note of the presence of numerous boats practicing illegal fishing methods, including drag nets (an artisanal version of a shrimp trawl net) and gill nets with illegal mesh sizes.

"Costa Rica needs to immediately attend to this problem, as it's evident that illegal overfishing is being done under a veil of absolute impunity," said Randall Arauz. "If ecosystem based fisheries are not promoted in the Gulf of Nicoya, it will be impossible to reestablish populations of fish that coastal communities depend on, and endangered species like the hawksbill turtle may succumb," Arauz is with Pretoma, an acronym for the Programa Restauración de Tiburones y Tortugas Marinas.


Four Canadian ships due
to begin Caribbean patrols


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Canada is adding more maritime firepower in the battle against illegal trafficking in American and Caribbean waters. The Canadian Department of National Defence said it would enlist four naval ships and an aircraft to assist in Operation CARIBBE 2014.

The campaign is a joint venture between Western and European countries to prevent illicit activity like drug trade from occurring on the coasts of Central America. Canadian officials have been aiding forces in Operation CARIBBE since 2006. Last year they helped collect more than 5,000 kilograms of cocaine.

This year, the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force plan to let their warships and planes patrol the region’s east and west coasts. Canadian Ships being deployed include the "Kingston," "Glace Bay," "Nanaimo," and "Whitehorse," while the monitor aircraft is a CP-140 Aurora.

"Every year, our efforts, and those of our partner nations, are responsible for the interception and seizure of millions of dollars of illicit drugs in this region's international waters and airspace,” said Rob Nicholson, Canada’s minister of National Defence.


New offices in Puerto Rico
for Tico consul general


By the A.M.  Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican foreign ministry said Monday that it has opened new consul general's offices in Puerto Rico. Foreign minister  Enrique Castillo was there to do the honors, and he met later with  David E. Bernier, the Puerto Rican secretary of State, according to the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

Puerto Rico supplies a disproportionate number of tourists to Costa Rica, in part because of the common language. A number of Costa Ricans also have significant business interests there.


Our reader's opinion
Excessive wealth is obscene,
and keeping it is immoral

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

One Trillion Seven Hundred Billion Dollars:  That is the combined wealth of the poorer half of the world’s population. It is also the wealth of the world’s richest 85 individuals. 

I DO feel that such obscene wealth is morally wrong.  We are talking billions here.  Each of those 85 people is worth $20 BILLION each. These eighty folks own more than 3.5 billion others on this earth (half the population). That is a disgusting amount of money, and I cannot imagine that there is any way that all of it could have been earned without some sort of disadvantage and oppression happening somewhere somehow even if "legal." 

I know I am telling the super rich that they need to give away some of their financial wealth.  What they need to understand is that true wealth is that which we gain from being one with God and treating all others (our neighbors) as well as we treat ourselves.  I cannot imagine that, if I was a 20 billionaire that I would not be more than willing to give away at least 10, 20, 30 or even 50 percent of my money to help improve the lot of others. 

I would consider myself immoral having that much money when there is anyone living in the oppression of homelessness, poverty, and hunger.  I am not talking about wild-eyed liberal giveaways that do not last and actually do more bad than good.  Yes, we do need to eliminate all curable diseases – including hunger (I call it the disease of greed), and we need to solve the housing crisis.  But we can also be most effective through creating sustainable enterprises that seek to solve problems rather than make profits, through micro-finance programs promoted by Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and other innovative ideas that can employ millions, protect the environment and still let the rich be very very rich. 

How much could a person possibly spend in a day?  A person trying to spend $20 billion in an 80-year lifespan would have to spend almost $700,000 A DAY every day of their life, not counting compounded interest!  Would that person live any worse if they only had $350,000 to spend in a day and the rest went to helping others?  I would need to stretch my moral limits to say yes.
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Even in retirement, ex-coast guard chief can't shake British tradition
By Michael Krumholtz
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A familiar Costa Rican name with political legacy is behind a small and relatively unknown sausage business. Claudio Pacheco, the one-time director of the national coast guard and brother of former president Abel, sells homemade pork sausage and produces the monthly e-mail newsletter, Banger News.

Pacheco has been making sausage since 1987, initially inspired by the bangers and mash he ate at pubs when he lived in Britain. When they returned to Costa Rica, his wife who worked in the British embassy would sell the bangers to her nostalgic co-workers.

Through his newsletter that has 453 subscribers, he lets readers know where and when he will be selling his sausages around town. Along with his sausages, he also sells cheese made from his nephew’s farm and his wife’s lemon curds.

“Being that many of my customers are British and foreigners, I don’t have troubles with Tico time,” Pacheco said. He also said he has a decent amount of American and Costa Rican regulars.

There is a butcher near the downtown Coca-Cola bus stop where Pacheco has bought his pork for years. He said he primarily uses the leg of pork and believes that his product has an edge on other sausages because of his emphasis on quality meat inside the tubing.

Now retired, Pacheco said his company does not have a name and that he makes the sausages because its a passion. “This is just to put some money in the pocket,” he said. “It’s not for doing a commercial thing.” Fittingly, as a kid his classmates nicknamed him "Salchicha."

He keeps his days occupied by playing golf twice a week, delving into a newly discovered love of photography, and overseeing an American Legion branch.

Pacheco was graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1964,






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Through an agreement that the U.S. government has with a handful of other countries to better their international relations, selected foreigners are able to attend American military schools. He has since helped several other Costa Rican men get into the academy.

Under the Miguel Ángel Rodríguez administration, Pacheco was appointed to head the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas. He continued in the position when his brother succeeded Rodríguez as president.

Pacheco said he also makes homemade relish and chutney on occasion. If interested in signing up for his emailing list or getting a shipment of bangers, email Pacheco at pacheco.claudio@gmail.com.


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Traffic police getting some help
in calibrating radar devices


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Experts from Costa Rica and Chile have been working with traffic police to calibrate new radar devices.

Employees of the Laboratorio Costarricense de Metrología were in Desampardos Friday doing experiments with vehicles and the radar devices. For a time, some of the roadway lanes were closed off.

Also involved were employees of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio.

The devices, of course, are going to be used to catch speeding motorists. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that similar training sessions and calibration efforts will be done in other parts of the country.

Efforts to control speeding have had their ups and downs. The automatic devices on major highways that take photos of license plates still are out of service. And traffic police seem to prefer organized checkpoints rather than patrols to catch speeders.

The emphasis has been on catching motorists who violate the license plate rule on a day when their car is prohibited from the metro area.

Traffic police also are seeking out those motorists with the number 1 or 2 as the last digit of the license if they have not purchased new, secure plates as outlined on the Registro Nacional Web site.


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Artificial lighting shown to hamper bats and may affect seed dispersal
By the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin
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Increasing light pollution in tropical habitats could be hampering regeneration of rain forests because of its impact on nocturnal seed-dispersers. These new findings were reported by scientists from the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin. The study, published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, is the first to show that seed-dispersing bats avoid feeding in light-polluted areas.

Working with Sowell's short-tailed bats (Carollia sowelli), Daniel Lewanzik from the institute gave the bats a simple choice. He divided a flight cage into two compartments. One was naturally dark and the other was illuminated by a sodium street lamp, the most common form of street lighting in the world. Inside, both parts of the cage the bats were offered their favorite fruits to harvest: pepper plants, nightshade and figs.

The results revealed that bats flew into the dark compartment twice as often as the compartment lit by a street lamp. The bats also harvested fruits almost twice as often in the dark compartment.

In a second experiment Lewanzik illuminated pepper plants growing in the wild with a street light and measured the percentage of ripe fruit which bats harvested from plants in a dark location and from lit plants. While bats harvested 100 per cent of the marked, ripe fruit from the plants in the dark, only 78 per cent were taken from the lit plants. Although insect-eating bats have been shown to avoid foraging in light-polluted areas, this is the first study to show that fruit-eating bats also avoid lit areas.

This has important implications for forest regeneration in the tropics. Bats play a key role in pollinating plants and spreading their seeds, especially the seeds of species that are first to recolonize cleared land. “In tropical habitats bat-mediated seed dispersal is necessary for the rapid succession of deforested land because few other animals than bats disperse seeds into open habitats”, says Daniel Lewanzik, doctoral candidate at the institute and first author of the study. Under naturally dark conditions, bats produce a copious seed rain when defecating seeds while flying. By reducing foraging of fruit-eating bats in lit areas, light pollution is likely to reduce seed rain, he commented.

In many tropical countries, light pollution is increasing rapidly as
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Sowell's short-tailed bats like these are Costa Rican natives.

 economies and human populations grow. Natural succession of forests could therefore suffer as tropical habitats become increasingly illuminated. “The impact of light pollution could be reduced by changes in lighting design and by setting up dark refuges connected by dark corridors for light-sensitive species like bats,” Lewanzik says.

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Democratic senators spend
night addressing climate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At the U.S. Capitol, Democratic senators were speaking all night long Monday on the perils of climate change and urging swift action to combat it. More than 30 lawmakers hope to advance legislation to cut carbon emissions, which are blamed for rising global temperatures.

Pro-environmental initiatives have been stalled for years in America’s politically divided Congress, a situation that is not expected to change anytime soon. But that isn’t stopping Democrats from speaking out on the Senate floor.

Sen. Patrick Leahy says the evidence of climate change is plain to see.

“We see it in California’s scorched farmlands, in Alaska’s retreating glaciers, in Wyoming’s burnt forests and superstorm-ravaged coastlines," he said. "I say it is time to wake up and take action.”

Leahy urged passage of laws to boost America’s clean energy sector and tax carbon emissions.

No Republicans are joining their Democratic colleagues in the special Senate session. Earlier, however, several Republicans urged legislative restraint.

Sen. Jeff Sessions said scientists are not unanimous in assessing the reality, much less the causes, of climate change.

“There has been a lot of exaggeration, a lot of hype," he said. "The American people are feeling the crunch already in their electric bills, in their gasoline bills as a result of our efforts to stop a rising temperature that does not seem to be rising right now.”

With major environmental legislation stymied in Congress, President Barack Obama has acted on his own where possible. For instance, his administration has boosted U.S. fuel economy standards for automobiles and sought to close the nation’s biggest-polluting coal power plants.

The president faces a major test in whether to approve construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian oil - a project backed almost unanimously by Republicans but vehemently opposed by Obama’s pro-environment political allies.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that the average increase in temperature since 1880 is 1.53 degree F or 0.85 of a degree C. Most scientists would dispute Leahy's use of individual events as evidence for global warming.


Solar output and climate
linked in European study

By the Cardiff University news staff

Changes in the sun’s energy output may have led to marked natural climate change in Europe over the last 1,000 years, according to researchers at Cardiff University. The study found that changes in the Sun’s activity can have a considerable impact on the ocean-atmospheric dynamics in the North Atlantic, with potential effects on regional climate.

Scientists studied sea floor sediments to determine how the temperature of the North Atlantic and its localized atmospheric circulation had altered. Warm surface waters flowing across the North Atlantic, an extension of the Gulf Stream, and warm westerly winds are responsible for the relatively mild climate of Europe, especially in winter. Slight changes in the transport of heat associated with these systems can lead to regional climate variability, and the study findings matched historic accounts of climate change, including the notoriously severe winters of the 16th and 18th centuries which pre-date global industrialization.

The study found that changes in the Sun’s activity can have a considerable impact on the ocean-atmospheric dynamics in the North Atlantic, with potential effects on regional climate.

Predictions suggest a prolonged period of low sun activity over the next few decades.

The study, led by Cardiff University scientists, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bern, was published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Paola Moffa-Sanchez, lead author from Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, explained: “We used sea floor sediments taken from south of Iceland to study changes in the warm surface ocean current. This was done by analyzing the chemical composition of fossilized microorganisms that had once lived in the surface of the ocean. These measurements were then used to reconstruct the seawater temperature and the salinity of this key ocean current over the past 1,000 years.”

The results of these analyses revealed large and abrupt temperature and salinity changes in the north-flowing warm current on time-scales of several decades to centuries. Cold ocean conditions were found to match periods of low solar energy output, corresponding to intervals of low sunspot activity observed on the surface of the sun. Using a physics-based climate model, the authors were able to test the response of the ocean to changes in the solar output and found similar results to the data.

“By using the climate model, it was also possible to explore how the changes in solar output affected the surface circulation of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Ian Hall, a co-author of the study. “The circulation of the surface of the Atlantic Ocean is typically tightly linked to changes in the wind patterns. Analysis of the atmosphere component in the climate model revealed that during periods of solar minima there was a high-pressure system located west of the British Isles. This feature is often referred to as atmospheric blocking, and it is called this because it blocks the warm westerly winds diverting them and allowing cold Arctic air to flow south bringing harsh winters to Europe, such as those recently experienced in 2010 and 2013.”

Meteorological studies have previously found similar effects of solar variability on the strength and duration of atmospheric winter blockings over the last 50 years, and although the exact nature of this relationship is not yet clear, it is thought to be due to complex processes happening in the upper layers of the atmosphere known as the stratosphere.

Dr. Moffa-Sanchez added: “In this study we show that this relationship is also at play on longer time scales and the large ocean changes, recorded in the microfossils, may have helped sustain this atmospheric pattern. Indeed, we propose that this combined ocean-atmospheric response to solar output minima may help explain the notoriously severe winters experienced across Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries, so vividly depicted in many paintings, including those of the famous London Frost Fairs on the River Thames, but also leading to extensive crop failures and famine as corroborated in the record of wheat prices during these periods.”


Malaysian crash shows
airlines ignore data base

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two of the passengers sitting next to each other on the Malaysia Airlines flight that mysteriously disappeared Saturday were traveling with stolen passports. That chilling fact has raised questions about the security of international travel, and why countries might fail to use security tools that are available through international agencies.

Imagine Luigi Maraldi's surprise when officials reported he was on the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished Saturday with 239 people on board. The Italian desperately tried to explain to reporters in heavily accented English that he had no clue his stolen passport could get a passenger on board an international flight.

"I think my passport maybe nobody can use again because when I come back to Italy I talked with police, Italian police, for look my lost passport and so nobody can use," he said.

So if the stolen passport was reported to international authorities, how could it have gotten through security?

"If there's no check against the Database of Stolen Passports, you can get on a flight," said Chris Bronk, a passport technology expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas.

And if you think Malaysia was unique in not checking Interpol's database for stolen passports before letting passengers board flight MH307, you would be mistaken.

"Just about everyone else in the world isn't using this database, and that has to change," Bronk said.

Bronk says the United States, Britain and the United Arab Emirates are the only three countries determined to use the database to check passports on all international flights. And only 38 countries use e-chip technology to help verify and track passports as part of a visa waiver program.

"So we've put a lot of technology in passports over the last 10 to 15 years now, and they are harder and harder than ever to forge, but if you don't have the digital backend running, it's just a document," he said.

So what could be stopping countries from using these tools of the 21st century?

Bronk says the infrastructure needed to integrate Interpol's database is time consuming and expensive. He encouraged the State Department and other concerned parties to consider aiding others with this integration, because the process of identifying passengers like the two who got on Flight MH307 is significantly harder without accurate passport data.

"Now they are going to have to go back through and figure out if any other information about them was captured in the process of buying the ticket, getting on the plane -- so that goes through everything from 'How was the ticket bought? Was it bought with cash? Was it bought with a credit card?' All the way up to, 'Was there a photo captured? Was the person cleared by security at the airport?' It really depends on what evidence exists," said Bronk.

It's unclear how often people travel internationally with stolen documents, but with nearly 40 million stolen passports out there, Bronk says it's safe to assume it happens fairly regularly.

 
Poverty’s revolving door
emphasized in new report

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Climbing out of extreme poverty and staying there can be very difficult. A new report warns up to one billion people are at risk of extreme poverty by 2030 unless more is done to support them in hard times.

Unemployment, poor health, high food prices, conflict and natural disasters, these are some of the things that can drive people below the poverty line of $1.25 a day.

The Overseas Development Institute and the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network have released the "Third Chronic Poverty Report."  Network Director Andrew Shepard, the lead author, warns of poverty’s revolving door.

“People fall into poverty as well as escape it. And once they’ve escaped it, they can fall back in again.”

He said there are three legs of poverty that must be addressed.

“You can be poor the whole of your life, chronically poor. And policies, generally speaking, don’t deal very well with that. You can become poor. You can be impoverished. Policies are beginning to address that a little bit better than they did 10 years ago, but there’s still a long way to go on that, especially in Africa, and actually also in Asia. And then once you escape poverty, you need to keep on in an upward trajectory. You need to keep on moving away from poverty because you can easily fall back in again,” he said.

It’s estimated there were 1.2 billion people in extreme poverty in 2010. That’s a decline of 700 million since 1990. Shepard says that’s good news, but the trend may not continue.

“People who are chronically poor, they’re poor over their lifetimes for reasons and those reasons can be quite hard to tackle. For example, they might be discriminated against. And some countries now have good policies against discrimination, but many countries don’t yet or they don’t implement them.”

Shepard said that the most frequent cause for falling back below the poverty line is ill health.

The report recommended three approaches to what it calls zero poverty.

“The first of these is providing some sort of cash relief, if you like, cash transfers or an employment guarantee. Something which provides a safety net. The second thing is a massive investment in education because education works to help people out of poverty  to keep them going in the right direction. And education, of course, works to sustain peoples’ escapes out of poverty provided that you can get them up to a high enough level,” he said.

Primary and secondary education levels are a must, he said.

The third step to reduce poverty is called “pro poorest economic growth.”

Shepard said, “You need jobs, of course. And those jobs can be agricultural, non-agricultural, but jobs also need to be decent. They need to pay some kind of minimum wage. That can be underpinned by an employment guarantee. And you need health and safety provisions.”

The report called on all countries to have universal health coverage and good disaster risk management to deal with the weather extremes of climate change.

It also said international aid will continue to be extremely important in low-income countries. However, it adds, few donors have displayed real interest in tackling chronic poverty.

“The report does an analysis, which shows that there are about 44 countries which spend a total of less than $500 per person per year. That’s on everything. And the report also indicates that quite a few of those countries – I think it was 19 – won’t be doing very much better by 2030,” he said.

Shepard said countries also can find more money to help tackle poverty by doing a better job of collecting taxes.

He said some of the success stories in reducing poverty in recent years include China, Vietnam, Brazil, Ethiopia, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The issue of chronic poverty is expected to be addressed as the international community decides how to replace the Millennium Development Goals. They come due next year.

Last October, the World Bank reported the number of people living in extreme poverty had declined sharply in the past three decades. But it warned about 400 million children continue to live in abysmal conditions.

Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the goal of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity can be achieved, but only if nations work together with new urgency. Those efforts, he said, must include education and health care for children.


No clear victory yet
in El Salvador election


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Both candidates in El Salvador's presidential election have claimed victory. However, election officials say the race was extremely tight and neither candidate can yet be declared the winner.

The result is an unexpected twist to Sunday's vote. Polls leading up to the election indicated Salvador Sanchez Ceren, of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front held a 10- to 18-point lead over San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano of the right-wing National Republican Alliance.

A victory by Ceren would make him the first former guerrilla commander to hold the presidency since a truce ended a devastating 13-year civil war in 1992.

Meanwhile, in Colombia, voters showed their support Sunday for peace talks with guerrillas by giving President Juan Manuel Santos a majority in Congress, while voters also elected his conservative rival, ex-president Alvaro Uribe, to the Senate.

The result consolidated President Santos as the front-runner in the presidential election on May 25, but thins the majority he will rely on if re-elected for legislative support to implement a peace deal with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia rebels if talks succeed.

Uribe has been a fierce critic of President Santos' negotiations with the rebels. The former president's election to the Senate could complicate the talks with the rebels that opened in late 2012 in Havana, Cuba.


Report says cocaine use
dips but marijuana is up


By the RAND Drug Policy Research Center news staff

The use of cocaine dropped sharply across the United States from 2006 to 2010, while the amount of marijuana consumed increased significantly during the same period, according to a new report.

Studying illegal drug use nationally from 2000 to 2010, researchers found the amount of marijuana consumed by Americans increased by more than 30 percent from 2006 to 2010, while cocaine consumption fell by about half. Meanwhile, heroin use was fairly stable throughout the decade.

Methamphetamine consumption dramatically increased during the first half of the decade and then declined, but researchers did not have enough information to make a credible estimate of the drug's use from 2008 to 2010.

The findings come from a report compiled for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy by researchers affiliated with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.

“Having credible estimates of the number of heavy drug users and how much they spend is critical for evaluating policies, making decisions about treatment funding and understanding the drug revenues going to criminal organizations,” said Beau Kilmer, the study's lead author and co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. “This work synthesizes information from many sources to present the best estimates to date for illicit drug consumption and spending in the United States.”

Because the project only generated estimates through 2010, researchers say the report does not address the recent reported spike in heroin use or the consequences of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. The report also does not try to explain the causes behind changes in drug use or evaluate the effectiveness of drug control strategies.

The study, published on the Web site of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, provides estimates of the amount of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine used each year from 2000 to 2010. The study includes estimates of retail spending on illicit drugs and the number of chronic users, who account for a majority of drug consumption.

Researchers say that drug users in the United States spent on the order of $100 billion annually on cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine throughout the decade. While the amount remained stable from 2000 to 2010, the spending shifted. While much more was spent on cocaine than on marijuana in 2000, the opposite was true by 2010.

“Our analysis shows that Americans likely spent more than one trillion dollars on cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine between 2000 and 2010,” Kilmer said.

The surge in marijuana use appears to be related to an increase in the number of people who reported using the drug on a daily or near-daily basis.

The estimates for marijuana are rooted in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which surveys nearly 70,000 individuals each year. Estimates for cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine are largely based on information from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program. The final estimates also incorporated information from other data sources

However, since the federal government recently halted funding for the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program, researchers say it will be considerably harder to track the abuse of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in the future.

To improve future estimates, the report recommends investments in programs that collect detailed data from heavy users. It also recommends that federal agencies revise some of the questions on existing self-report surveys.


Smokers respond differently
to negative tobacco images


By the Institut universitaire en santé mentale
de Montréal news staff

What if the use of a product influenced an individual's perception of it, making he or she even more susceptible to its positive aspects and altering the understanding of its drawbacks? This is precisely what happens with cigarettes in chronic smokers, according to a recent study by the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Université de Montréal.

The study showed that chronic smokers have altered emotional reactions when they are exposed to negative and positive images associated with tobacco. “We observed a bias depending on how smoking is portrayed “, explained Le-Anh Dinh-Williams, a student at the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and the study's first author. “For example, the brains of the smokers in our study were more aroused by images that showed smoking in a positive light than by images that encouraged them to stop. They were also more affected by aversive non-smoking related images than by images of the specific negative consequences of smoking.”

In Canada and the United States, approximately 20 percent of adults smoke cigarettes despite knowing its adverse effects. “We wanted to understand why knowing about the negative health impacts of tobacco does not prevent smokers from lighting up,” explained Ms. Dinh-Williams.

Approximately 70 to 95 percent of smokers who quit their bad habit will, despite their best efforts, start smoking again within one year. “Many factors make it difficult for people to quit. Part of the explanation could certainly be because cigarettes trick the brains of smokers,” stated Stéphane Potvin, a co-author of the study and assistant professor at the institute. “Specifically, we discovered that the brain regions associated with motivation are more active in smokers when they see pleasurable images associated with cigarettes and less active when smokers are confronted with the negative effects of smoking.”

Using neuroimaging techniques, the study researchers compared the emotional reactions of 30 smokers as they looked at aversive smoking-related images (e.g., lung cancer) compared to other aversive images (e.g., an old man on his deathbed) as well as favorable smoking-related images.


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That five-second food rule
might have some substance

By the Aston University news staff

Food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time, according to the findings of research carried out at Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences.

The findings suggest there may be some scientific basis to the five second rule, the urban myth about it being fine to eat food that has only had contact with the floor for five seconds or less. Although people have long followed the five-second rule, until now it was unclear whether it actually helped.

The study, undertaken by final year biology students and led by Anthony Hilton, professor of microbiology at Aston University, monitored the transfer of the common bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus from a variety of indoor floor types (carpet, laminate and tiled surfaces) to toast, pasta, biscuit and a sticky sweet when contact was made from 3 to 30 seconds.

The results showed that time is a significant factor in the transfer of bacteria from a floor surface to a piece of food; and that the type of flooring the food has been dropped on has an effect, with bacteria least likely to transfer from carpeted surfaces and most likely to transfer from laminate or tiled surfaces to moist foods making contact for more than five seconds.

“Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time, said Hilton. "However the findings of this study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the five-second rule for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth.

"We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food."

The Aston team also carried out a survey of the number of people who employ the five-second rule.

“Our study showed that a surprisingly large majority of people are happy to consume dropped food, with women the most likely to do so," Hilton added. But they are also more likely to follow the five second rule, which our research has shown to be much more than an old wives tale.”


Activity influences feeling
of quake ground motion

By the Seismological Society of America

Scientists rely on the public's reporting of ground shaking to characterize the intensity of ground motion produced by an earthquake. How accurate and reliable are those perceptions?

A new study by Italian researchers suggests that a person's activity at the time of the quake influences their perception of shaking more than their location. Whether a person is at rest or walking plays a greater role in their perception of ground motion than whether they were asleep on the first or sixth floor of a building. People in motion had the worst perception.

"People are like instruments, more or less sensitive," said Paola Sbarra, co-author and researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia in Rome, Italy. "A great amount of data and proper statistical analysis allowed us to make a fine-tuning of different conditions for a better interpretation of earthquake effects," said Ms. Sbarra.

The paper, co-authored by colleagues Patrizia Tosi and Valerio de Rubeis, is published in the March issue of the Seismological Research Letters.

Ms. Sbarra and colleagues sought to analyze two variables: How an observer's situation and location influenced their perception in order to improve the characterization of low intensities felt near small earthquakes or far from larger ones. Contrary to their findings, the current European scale, which is the basis for evaluating how strongly an earthquake is felt, considers location the stronger indicator for defining intensity.

The authors analyzed data submitted to "Hai-sentito-il-terremoto?," which is similar to the U.S. Geological Survey's "Did You Feel It?" Web site that analyzes information about earthquakes from people who have felt them. After an earthquake, individuals answer questions about what they felt during the quake, along with other questions regarding their location and activity.

Intensity measures the strength of shaking produced by the earthquake at a certain location. Intensity is determined from effects on people, human structures, and the natural environment.

The number of people who feel an earthquake is critical to determining intensity levels, and low intensity earthquakes generate fewer reports, making objective evaluation of shaking difficult.


Real estate-related services (paid category)

Interior Design & Custom Furniture Manufacturing
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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)


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


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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.





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English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
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  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia 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)


beachfront home
Beautiful Palo Seco Beach home priced to sell!
Also looking for full-time housekeeper!
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 back yards, 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!

We are also currently looking for an English-speaking, full-time housekeeper. The housekeeper will be required to pay utilities but not rent. We are offering the chance to live rent free in this beautiful beach home at the small cost of keeping the property in good shape and keeping it safe while we are looking for a new owner! If you are interested, please e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information!!
88288-xxxx

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:

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8230-3/13/14

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

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
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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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Business for sale or lease (paid category)
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

71
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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Celebrated artist unveils
new works starting Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Local artist Alonso Duran unveils his “Forces of Nature” exhibit Saturday at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery in Libería. The celebrated artist, who also teaches art history and drawing for architecture, weaves elements of geometry and dimension through all of his works.

"Artwork is, at the end of the day, like a musical composition of shapes and colors in a plane which should stimulate the viewer and trigger an impression or impact," he said.

Duran was born in Grecía and attended Universidad de Costa Rica where he studied fine arts with a painting emphasis. He has studied alongside Costa Rican artists Blanca Ruiz Fontanarrosa, Domingo Ramos, Guillermo Porras and Grace Herrera Amighetti. He said much of his creative drive is fueled by his lifelong attraction to physics and math.

“"Surprisingly, the duality of art and science has always been present in my life and work," he said. "My early works had a very strong connection with mathematics and geometry, without any conscious effort on my part, and gradually my work expanded to other branches of physics and natural sciences.”

The artist has received numerous international and national awards and been chosen to participate in some highly selective shows. The Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., houses some of his past works in its permanent collection.

In “Forces of Nature,” Duran said he has mixed his deep knowledge of physics with an organic and nature-motivated style to pay respect to his home country. "My work remains abstract, but I am reconstructing the feelings of the different environments of the Costa Rican landscape through color, balance and texture,” he said.

The exhibit opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hidden Garden and Duran will be in attendance for meet-and-greet opportunities.



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Competition and innovation meeting topics

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Representatives of four consejos de competitividad are meeting today for the second day with experts in a conference that has the support of the Organization of American States.

The consejos come from the Brunca region, the Caribbean, Guanacaste and the northern zone. These are creations of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio in an effort to improve employment and promote economic development.

Also attending the sessions are representatives of industry, public agencies and academic institutes.

One goal of the sessions is to promote discussions among the various consejos. Each has their own agendas. For example, the consejo from Brunca, southwest Costa Rica, is emphasizing sustainability. The consejo from the Caribbean is trying to work in conjunction with the central government's development plans for the area.

The ministry has been active in creating these promotional arms for innovation and competitivity, and it also has promoted small- and medium-size businesses with various programs and advantages, such as borrowing sources.