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Drafts of proposed tax laws available for comment
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A proposed change in the nation's sales tax laws would raise some 600 billion colons or about $1.34 billion a year in new income for the government.

The Ministerio de Hacienda has posted on its Web site drafts of two proposed laws that will be presented to the legislature in April.

If passed, the measures would institute a value-added tax in place of the current sales tax. The tax would be 13 percent in 2015, 14 percent in 2016 and 15 percent in 2017, according to the draft.

The draft of the sales tax law leaves intact an agreement with tourism operators that they would pay no tax this year, 5 percent the second year and 15 percent the third year.

That agreement grew out of a dispute when the government tried to subject the industry to sales tax for five previous years.

The public has until March 27 to comment on the proposals.

The tax would exempt the basic food basket, veterinarian services, supplies for agriculture and fishing as well as medicines and exports. 

Printed books would be untaxed, but electronic ones would be, said the draft.

Rent from homes would be exempt from taxes, suggesting that commercial rentals would be taxed.

Electrical and water bills under a minimal amount a month would not be taxed.
Wheelchairs and other orthopedic devices would not be taxed and neither would private health care. But surgeries and hospitalizations would be subject to the tax, the draft said.

Religious organizations would be exempt as would admission to non-profit cultural, artistic and sports events. There are exemptions for non-profit organizations, too.

Private educational services also were listed as being exempt, although other news outlets are reporting that they would be taxed.

A second measure reforms the income tax laws and applies higher rates to those earning higher salaries. 

Both measures are expected to face rough going in the Asamblea Legislativa where some members are unhappy that the government has shown little tendency to reduce expenses.

Proposed transfer tax may breach free trade treaty
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Solís administration plan to tax money leaving the country and imports that enter may run into trouble with the Central American Free Trade Treaty.

A proposed decree that would assess the 15 percent tax has been posted for discussion on the Web site of the Ministerio de Hacienda. A news story Tuesday in A.M. Costa Rica caused concern among some expats.

The money would be used to provide funds for the new Banca para el Desarrollo, an entity to finance small business.

Chapter 10 of the Central American Free Trade Treaty covers investments, and the central theme is that foreigners receive the same treatment as citizens of the participating countries.

Article 10.9 says "Each Party shall permit all transfers relating to a covered investment to be made freely and without delay into and out of its territory."

The article specifically lists, among others, contributions to capital, profits, dividends, capital gains, proceeds from the sale of all or any part of the covered investment or from the partial or complete liquidation of the covered investment, interest, royalty payments, management fees, and technical assistance and other fees.

Most of the items on the list are exactly what Costa Rica seeks to tax.

The big question is whether the phrase "freely and without delay" means they cannot be taxed. The treaty contains an arbitration clause.

One expat businessman wanted to know if he purchased a fleet of vehicles from Asia if Costa Rica would levy the 15 percent tax on the importation. According to the text of the proposed decree, the answer is yes.

Cost Rica already taxes the importation of vehicles. When the free trade treaty was being negotiated, the United States took a timid position and claimed that the current tax on imported automobiles was a local matter and not one for the trade treaty. That opinion has not been challenged, although it would be beneficial for U.S. autoworkers if the tax were voided.

Naturally, all these import taxes would eventually be passed on to the consumer.

Expats expressed concern about the proceeds from sale of Costa Rican real estate. The proposed decree says such financial transactions should be taxed when the money moves outside the country. That applies to both individuals and corporations, it said.

Because the finer details of the proposed transfer tax have not been disclosed, a lot of questions cannot be answered now.

If the decree eventually becomes law, the finance ministry will have to draw up regulations to implement it.

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Dollar is stronger everywhere but here

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The U.S. dollar is getting stronger everywhere but Costa Rica. Financial reports show that the dollar is up 3.3 percent just in March on international markets.

Even gold was pegged at $1,159 per ounce, a significant dip. The Mexican peso was at a record low against the dollar and even the Japanese yen took a dip.

Europe's euro currency fell close to a 12-year low against the dollar.

The single currency used in the 19-nation eurozone dropped to $1.07, the lowest point since April 2003, and far off its high point at more than $1.60 in mid-2008, according to wire service reports.

The currency traders expect that U.S. interest rates will rise making the dollar even stronger.

In Costa Rica, however, the dollar was trading on the MONEX daily market in the 535-colon range. Some $18.8 million traded hands, according to the Banco Central de Costa Rica. The bank has vowed to defend the colon.

The colon was pegged at 528.63 and 540.52.

The undervalued dollar makes some expats here unhappy because they receive their income in the U.S. currency.  Exporters who sell in dollars abroad are getting fewer colons than the international market would suggest.

The value of the euro has been dropping for weeks in lockstep with the weak European economy and advancing U.S. fortunes.  European investors and officials are also worried that negotiations over Greece's bailout may prove difficult to resolve in the coming months.

The American labor market added 295,000 jobs last month, the 12th straight month in which job growth has totaled more than 200,000, pushing the U.S. unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent.  Meanwhile, the eurozone jobless rate is at more than 11 percent.

The European Central Bank embarked Monday on a $1.2 trillion stimulus plan aimed at boosting the continent's economy and job growth, but it had the immediate effect of weakening the euro against the dollar.

For several years, the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, also bought billions of dollars of securities every month to generate economic growth, but now has ended the program.  With the improving U.S. economy, the Fed is expected to raise its benchmark interest rate in the coming months, an effort aimed at keeping the economy from advancing too rapidly.

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Chameleons use nanocrystals, study finds

By the Université de Genève news staff

Many chameleons have the remarkable ability to exhibit complex and rapid color changes during social interactions. A collaboration of scientists within the Sections of Biology and Physics of the Faculty of Science from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, unveiled the mechanisms that regulate this phenomenon.

In a study published in Nature Communications, the team led by professors Michel Milinkovitch and Dirk van der Marel demonstrates that the changes take place via the active tuning of a lattice of nanocrystals present in a superficial layer of dermal cells called iridophores. The researchers also reveal the existence of a deeper population of iridophores with larger and less ordered crystals that reflect the infrared light. The organization of iridophores into two superimposed layers constitutes an evolutionary novelty and it allows the chameleons to rapidly shift between efficient camouflage and spectacular display, while providing passive thermal protection.

Male chameleons are popular for their ability to change colorful adornments depending on their behaviour. If the mechanisms responsible for a transformation towards a darker skin are known, those that regulate the transition from a lively color to another vivid hue remained mysterious. Some species, such as the panther chameleon, are able to carry out such a change within one or two minutes to court a female or face a competing male.

Besides brown, red and yellow pigments, chameleons and other reptiles display so-called structural colors.

"These colors are generated without pigments, via a physical phenomenon of optical interference. They result from interactions between certain wavelengths and nanoscopic structures, such as tiny crystals present in the skin of the reptile," said Michel Milinkovitch, a professor in the Department of Genetics and Evolution.

These nanocrystals are arranged in layers that alternate with cytoplasm, within cells called iridophores. The structure thus formed allows a selective reflection of certain wavelengths, which contributes to the vivid colors of numerous reptiles.

To determine how the transition from one flashy color to another one is carried out in the panther chameleon, the researchers of two university laboratories worked hand in hand, combining their expertise in both quantum physics and in evolutionary biology.

"We discovered that the animal changes its colors via the active tuning of a lattice of nanocrystals. When the chameleon is calm, the latter are organized into a dense network and reflect the blue wavelengths. In contrast, when excited, it loosens its lattice of nanocrystals, which allows the reflection of other colors, such as yellows or reds," said physicist Jérémie Teyssier and the biologist Suzanne Saenko, co-first authors of the article. This constitutes a unique example of an auto-organised intracellular optical system controlled by the chameleon.

Animal adoption event planned for Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Asociación Animales de Asís plans an animal adoption event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parque Universidad Hispanoamericana in Heredia. Both dogs and puppies, cats and kittens will be available for adoption, the organization said.

The event is described as being for the family with attractions also for youngsters.

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Search of local schools provides a glimpse at new use for fruit
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An apple is not just for the teacher at high schools these days.

Police said they found one at a school in Los Lagos de Heredia that was used by a marijuana smoker to avoid burning the lips.

The apple had a hole bored through it that did not appear to have been made by a worm.

The discovery was during another police search of  local schools. They also reported Tuesday on a search of a Santa Ana school.

Marijuana turned up in both locations. The searches were enhanced by the presence of trained dogs.

In Heredia, police found pouches of marijuana, a half-smoked cigarette and paraphernalia.

In Santa Ana they found some marijuana that was discarded by students when they saw police arriving, they said.

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Elaborate lottery tickets give art students a complex subject to copy
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Most expats do not know about the great effort that goes into creating lottery tickets. Each one has a theme, and they may commemorate a special event like Mother's Day or historic buildings and events..

Students at the Escuela Casa del Artista duplicated some lottery tickets in large format using oils or acrylics. The works are on display at the Guadalupe center until the end of March.

There are 14 works that include a landscape, the 100th anniversary of the Teatro Nacional, the Día de la Cultura and others.

The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Florida State University students to present musical show Thursday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Florida State University students will present a program of selections from musicals Thursday at 8 p.m.

The show is part of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century program at the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Los Yoses.

Selections will include a selection from  “The Wiz,” “The Most Happy Fella,” “Aladdin” and “Les Miserables," said the Centro.

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Venezuela's allies lend support in dispute with the United States
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tensions between the United States and Venezuela intensified Tuesday over new U.S. sanctions, with the move also drawing fire from Venezuela's Latin American allies.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who criticized the measures against seven Venezuelan officials as "unjust" and "harmful" after they were announced Monday, was seeking special legislative powers to confront what he labeled U.S. imperialism.

Cuba also denounced the sanctions, calling the executive order by U.S. President Barack Obama arbitrary and aggressive in an official statement published by the state-run Granma newspaper. Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, meanwhile, slammed the move on social media, saying it must be "a bad joke."

The outcry over the order marks the first public clash between the U.S. and Cuba since the two nations announced in December they would begin talks on restoring diplomatic ties.

The United States says the officials targeted in the order violated human rights and engaged in public acts of corruption. They include the head of Venezuela's intelligence service and the director of its national police.

Cecilia Sosa, former chief justice of Venezuela's Supreme Court, said that the U.S. could be basing its categorization of Venezuela as a national security threat on Venezuelan officials' apparent illicit activities in relation to drug trafficking.

A statement by the U.S. Treasury Department Monday appeared to support that assessment, saying the sanctions will serve "to protect the U.S. financial system from the illicit financial flows from public corruption in Venezuela."

"Corrupt actions by Venezuelan government officials deprive Venezuela of needed economic resources that could be invested in the Venezuelan people and used to spur economic growth," said the statement.

In its 2014 drugs report, the U.S. State Department said Venezuela was one of the most frequently-transited routes for illegal drugs leaving South America, due to its "permeable western border with Colombia, weak judicial system, sporadic international counternarcotics cooperation, and permissive and corrupt environment."

Venezuela, meanwhile, has expressed its commitment to fighting drug trafficking, even as allegations surfaced earlier this year that Venezuela's National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, considered the nation's second-most-powerful figure, was the head of a drug-trafficking ring.  Both Cabello and President Maduro denied the reports.

Robert Valencia, an analyst who writes for the World Policy

Institute, said it is also important to remember that President Obama's decree comes after Venezuela took its own actions against American officials.

Last week Caracas ordered Washington to reduce the number of officials at the U.S. embassy from 100 to 17 and imposed a visa requirement for American tourists.

A White House statement on the sanctions Monday pointed to concerns over Venezuela's treatment of dissidents.

"We are deeply concerned by the Venezuelan government's efforts to escalate intimidation of its political opponents,'' said the statement. "Venezuela's problems cannot be solved by criminalizing dissent."

The White House called on Venezuela to release all political prisoners, including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, mayors Daniel Ceballos of San Cristobal and Antonio Ledezma of Caracas and dozens of students.

Valencia said Venezuela as a whole is not likely to be affected by the U.S. action. "They are sanctions against seven officials, in Nicolás Maduro's security leadership," he said. "This in no way represents a sanction against the general population, even though Maduro claims to see it as such."

Valencia said despite the sanctions, the economic relationship between the U.S. and Venezuela, particularly in the area of energy, will continue. In 2013, the State Department named Venezuela one of the top five suppliers of foreign oil to the United States.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday the sanctions are directed at individuals, "not the Venezuelan people or the economy."

"The United States remains an important trading partner, is actually Venezuela's largest trading partner, and despite the statements to the contrary from Venezuelan officials, we are not promoting instability in Venezuela," she told reporters.

"Rather," she added, "we believe respect for democratic norms and human rights is the best guarantee of Venezuela's stability. Hence, our executive order. So, allegations that these actions are an attempt to undermine the Venezuelan government are false. The goal of these sanctions is to persuade the government of Venezuela to change their behavior."

In its statement Tuesday, the Cuban government, which has long been Venezuela's closest ally, said it reiterates its unconditional support for Venezuela, adding that "no one has the right to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign state."

President Maduro often criticizes the United States for what he says is meddling in his country's affairs. The U.S. and Venezuela have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010.

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Jaco condo
Condo in Jacó for rent
Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $1.050/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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Homes for rent in Palmares, Alajuela

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
 and dryer. All you pay extra for is electricity. You have your own meter and receive a bill from the electric company every month.  This apartment has a American-style hot water system, hot water in both bathrooms and the kitchen. There is a 25-foot balcony to sit on and watch the people in San José walk by. The neighborhood Barrio Amón is the safest in San José For photos and more information contact:

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

MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
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Mountain homes or farm for rent
Barva volcano, Heredia province
We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.

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U.S. man faces sentencing
in Philippines child sex case

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Concluding a two-part trial, a Los Angeles man was convicted Tuesday of producing child pornography in The Philippines while being required to register as a sex offender due to his prior conviction for raping a 14-year-old girl.

The man, Stanley Dan Reczko III, 50, who lived in the Koreatown District of Los Angeles, was found guilty of the charge by U. S. District Judge George H. King, who issued his ruling this afternoon from the bench.

In the first part of the trial, a jury Feb. 20 found Reczko guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor by producing child pornography in The Philippines.

As a result of his conviction on the sexual exploitation charge, and because he has a prior conviction, Reczko faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in federal prison. The second charge of producing child pornography while being required to register as a sex offender carries a mandatory consecutive 10-year prison term. Therefore, Reczko faces a minimum sentence of 35 years in prison, and he could get as much as life without parole in prison when he is sentence by Judge King on May 18.

Authorities began investigating Reczko in May 2007 after the minor victim handed over a CD containing child pornography to the International Justice Mission, a non-governmental organization working in The Philippines. The organization provided the CD, along with other evidence, to law enforcement officers working out of the U.S. Embassy in Manila. The evidence showed that Reczko had used the minor to produce eight series of child pornography, which included images of him and the victim engaging in sexual intercourse.

Reczko has been in custody since he was arrested after returning to the United States from the Philippines in 2007.
City manager in Ferguson
resigns after U.S. criticism

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The city manager of Ferguson, Missouri, has resigned after a highly critical U.S. Justice Department report called the midwestern city's police racially biased against African Americans.

The manager, John Shaw, was responsible for the city's operations and was one of its most powerful officials.

Monday, the Missouri Supreme Court announced it was taking over all cases in Ferguson's city court. Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer resigned.

Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, is still reeling from last August's shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown during a confrontation with white officer Darren Wilson. Brown had been suspected of shoplifting.

The shooting set off days of violence in the city.

Wilson was not charged with violating any federal civil rights laws. But the Justice Department investigated charges that Ferguson's nearly all-white police force was biased against the city's black majority, including arbitrary traffic stops, arrests and tickets.

The report said city officials operated its courts as a money-making venture.

President Barack Obama said last week that he fully stands behind the report, saying Ferguson's black residents were harassed, mistreated, abused, called names and fined.

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The Capitol dome is surrounded by scaffolding.

Capitol dome in Washington
getting needed renovation

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C., is recognized worldwide as one of the most enduring symbols of the U.S. government and American democracy. Since last November, the dome has been wrapped in metal scaffolding and fabric as part of a long-overdue renovation project.

The last time the U.S. Capitol dome underwent a renovation was in 1960. Since then, the dome has become weathered and worn and, as the architect of the Capitol reports, has more than 1,000 cracks and other defects.

The dome was first completed around 1863. Its cast iron frame, said U.S. Senate Historian Don Ritchie, contributes to the weathering. 

“The capitol dome, being cast iron, has been hit by lightning countless times. And it has been weathering in that position for 150 years, since 1863. And it has been leaking lately and there is a lot of art work inside, including the big canopy in the center. And so the current construction is to repair the leaks, to fill the cracks, to take off excess layers of paint and to paint it again,” said Ritchie.

As the work to remove old paint and apply primer continues, a large section of the building is covered by plastic and a special pink fabric designed to reduce wind and protect workers from the elements.

Much of the construction is done after dark to prevent the noise from disturbing lawmakers who continue to meet inside.  Some visitors to the Capitol, hoping for a souvenir picture of the usually gleaming dome, were let down by the current view.

“It was dramatic, and very fantastic, and all white, but when I come here today, it is under construction so my family cannot see it clearly, . . ., ” said a woman visiting from China.

Others took the construction in stride:

“You have to take the long view.  I mean it is a little inconvenient for us not to see the dome, but you have to think about the future and the people will be coming to this place for centuries, and you know, there just needs to be preventive maintenance occasionally and I am not upset with that at all," said tourist Rick Jones.

The project is expected to take more than two years total to complete.  It is scheduled to be ready for the inauguration of a new president in February of 2017.

Silicon Valley trial touches
issue of gender discrimination

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A trial centering on California’s Silicon Valley’s work culture is unfolding this week in a high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit being heard in a San Francisco court.

Fired worker Ellen Pao is suing her former bosses at Kleiner Perkins, a venture capital firm where she was hired as a junior partner in 2005. She was fired in 2012 and contends in her suit that the workplace environment at the company was toxic to women and that she was unfairly passed over for promotion. She is asking for $16 million in damages.

The Mandarin-speaking Ms. Pao, who was educated at Princeton University and Harvard University, described how she was allegedly excluded from a dinner with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore because it was for men only and how uncomfortable she felt when listening to male guests of the firm talking about pornography on a private plane.

"I wanted an even playing field for women at the firm,” Ms. Pao said Tuesday, her second day of testimony. “ I wanted to have an environment where people who complained about problems related to discrimination or to other issues would be heard and that the firm would do something about it."

Kleiner Perkins has denied Ms. Pao’s claims and has said she was dismissed because of her hostile behavior to co-workers.

The case has riveted the high-tech community in northern California, where the work force is largely male and white, analysts say.

Washington attorney Lynne Bernabei, who has been following Ms. Pao’s case, said the type of company events Ms. Pao described in court “exclude women from the opportunities that would include clients."

The practice "by its nature is discriminatory or detrimental to women creating business,” Ms. Bernabei said.  “It also creates a sexually hostile work environment” where women are excluded from male-dominated events.

During the trial, attorneys for Kleiner Perkins downplayed Ms. Pao’s claims and characterized the firm as a place where progress is based on ability and talent.

Investigator Stephen Hirschfeld, who has worked on similar cases for Kleiner Perkins, testified in the trial that it is not clear what it takes for an employee to become a senior partner at the venture capital firm.

“It was clear to me that there were no real criteria,” he told the court.

But some observers said that was not unusual. Lee Miller, managing director of Advanced Human Resources LLC, said that when employees get to an executive level,  the criteria for advancement become more ambiguous.

“There are certain things that a firm looks for in a partner, because it may be different things for different people” Miller said. “Some people may be particularly good at analysis and picking companies, and that may be enough to become a senior partner.  Another person may be good at bringing in new business and clients, and that may be enough to become a senior partner. … We’re talking intangible qualities.”

Ms. Pao’s testimony was expected to continue for several days.

Utah lawmakers reinstate
execution by firing squad

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Lawmakers in the U.S. state of Utah have approved legislation that would allow a death row inmate to be killed by firing squad if the proper drugs for lethal injection are not available.

The state senate passed the measure Tuesday, but it must still be signed by the state governor to become law.

Proponents of the proposed law say death by firing squad is a more humane way to execute someone than lethal injection. Complicating the matter is a recent shortage of the drugs needed for lethal injections.

Recently, several inmates in other states have experienced painful execution attempts due to botched injections and new drug combinations.

But critics of the firing squad method say it is a cruel throwback to the violent days before Utah and its neighbors were states, when the land was still pioneer territory known as the Wild West.

Mrs. Clinton defends use
of private email address

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former U.S. secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed her use of a non-government email account while working at the State Department after speaking before a women's empowerment conference at United Nations headquarters Tuesday.

"There are four things I want the public to know," she said. "First, when I got to work as secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two. Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue.

"Second, the vast majority of my work emails went to government employees at their government addresses, which meant they were captured and preserved immediately on the system at the State Department," she said, adding that, after leaving office, she provided copies of all work-related emails from personal accounts, totaling about 55,000 pages.

"Fourth, I took the unprecedented step of asking that the State Department make all my work-related emails public for everyone to see," she said. "I am very proud of the work that I and my colleagues and our public servants at the department did during my four years as secretary of State, and I look forward to people being able to see that for themselves."

Responding to questions from reporters, Mrs. Clinton said she deleted tens of thousands of other pages related to such private matters as plans for her daughter's wedding and funeral arrangements for her mother — mail she said was not worth keeping.

Mrs. Clinton also said the personal email server based at her home in Chappaqua, New York, had originally been constructed for her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and that it was physically based on property guarded by the Secret Service.

She said the server has had no security breaches, and that she did not delete any work-related emails before handing them over to State Department officials.

Mrs. Clinton delivered a statement at the beginning of a news conference in which she marked International Women's Day and criticized Republican legislators for sending Iranian leaders a letter regarding their nuclear weapons program.

Her comments followed a week of intense scrutiny as she approaches a decision on whether to run for president. Mrs. Clinton ignored the issue at a forum Monday while fellow Democrats urged her to speak out — and predicted she would — about her decision to conduct business while she was secretary of state in a private, non-government email account.

Republicans are ramping up their attention on the issue. Critics accuse her of trying to hide controversial communications, including those surrounding the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Mrs. Clinton's email practices have raised questions about whether she fully complied with federal laws requiring government officials to preserve written communications involving official business. Clinton said she complied with every rule that applied to her job.

Mrs. Clinton was considering holding a news conference in New York within days to address the email controversy directly, according to a person familiar with her thinking. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly.

Clinton spoke Monday at a carefully choreographed two-hour event involving her No Ceilings project at the Clinton Foundation, highlighting economic and educational opportunities for women and girls. She took no questions. When she sat down to lead more informal conversations with invited speakers, participants appeared to be reading from teleprompters.

The Republican National Committee used the vacuum to keep the pressure on Mrs. Clinton, noting a State Department policy requiring all outgoing employees to declare that they had turned over all unclassified job-related documents to responsible officials before leaving.

Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement the "fact that Hillary Clinton did not abide by the same rules her State Department employees had to comply with is just the latest example of how the Clintons think the rules don't apply to them."

At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama indeed knew she was using a non-government account during her tenure. Obama had indicated earlier that he only learned of that from recent news reports.

Earnest said the president actually learned from those news reports of Mrs. Clinton's privately run email server, but was familiar with her private account earlier because the two had exchanged emails when she was in office. Obama did not know at the time that she was using private email exclusively, Earnest said.

Mrs. Clinton left the State Department in early 2013. It was not immediately clear if she signed the required separation statement declaring that she had turned over all job-related material, but State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the secretary of State is supposed to follow such department policies. A Clinton spokesman did not immediately comment.

Democrats have defended Mrs. Clinton, but several senators from the party called on her to offer an explanation.

"She should come forward and explain the situation," Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Tuesday on MSNBC. "I think it's only fair to say to Hillary Clinton: Tell us your side of the story. ... What did you put on this personal email?"

Last week, Mrs. Clinton said in a Twitter message that she wanted her emails released by the State Department as soon as possible, but did not address why she did not put them out herself immediately. Mrs. Clinton's spokesmen and the State Department have said she never received or transmitted classified information on her private email account, in which case there would be no concerns that disclosure of her messages could compromise national security.

The State Department is reviewing the 55,000 pages of emails that she has turned over, a process expected to take several months. Republicans in Congress have said they plan to review her email practices.

Meanwhile, a new Pew Research survey shows few Democrats care about the email controversy and that fewer than half of Republican voters are closely following the story.

Polls taken before the email issue show Mrs. Clinton far out in front of other possible Democratic candidates for the White House in several states. The polls say she would beat several likely Republican candidates by a landslide in the general election.

Analysts say it is too early to know whether the former secretary of State will be politically damaged by the email controversy if she decides to run for president.

Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said that Hillary and Bill Clinton have been in the public eye for so long that people already have solid opinions about them, and that this issue is unlikely to affect those views, even if Hillary runs for president.

“If you read the daily press. you think that everything matters," he said. "And the truth is that in elections, as in life, hardly anything matters. Most of these things are long forgotten by the time the voting takes place, which after all is nearly two years away.”

Australia's Abbott faces
fire for Aboriginal comment

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is coming under criticism after he lamented what he called the lifestyle choices of the country's remote native community.

Abbott made the comments Tuesday in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp. in which he defended his plan to shut down up to 150 Aboriginal communities.

The conservative prime minister said that if people wanted to live in remote locations, as many Aborigines do, "there's a limit to what you can expect the state to do for you."

"What we can't do is endlessly subsidize lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have," he said.

The comments drew a sharp rebuke from many Australian politicians and analysts, including Warren Mundine, the prime minister's own chief adviser on Aboriginal affairs.

"It is not about a lifestyle, it is not like retiring and moving for a sea change, it is about thousands of years connection, their religious beliefs and the essence of who they are," Mundine told local media.

Australia's Aboriginal population, which has lived on the continent for at least 40,000 years, is severely disadvantaged in comparison to the rest of the country's citizens.

Many Aboriginal residents live in remote settlements, where persistent problems include a lack of proper education, as well as high unemployment and prison rates.

Today Abbott defended his remarks, telling a Sydney radio station that he was only being realistic.

"If you and I choose to live in a very remote place to what extent is the taxpayer obliged to subsidize our services? Now I think this is a very real question," Abbott said.

He also said it is "incredibly difficult for the kids to go to school, if there's only half a dozen of them, and getting teachers there is all but impossible."

Australia has about 670,000 Aboriginal people, just under 3 percent of the population. Most of Australia's residents are descendants of those who came from Britain, which first started a settlement in Australia in 1788.
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The price is right!  Asking only $140,000 with terms, but your cash offer will buy it for less in this distress sale.  This clean and modern two-bedroom, one-bath home wastes none of its 102 m2 and the very large 1,129 m2 lot was intended for an apartment project that divorce terminated prematurely.  The emotionally-bruised owner has returned to the U.S., never to return to Costa Rica, has no heart to manage even this very desirable rental property from a distance, just wants out.  Her plan was excellent, but now someone else gets to benefit instead.  Only a three-minute walk to central park in La Fortuna yet quiet and private, the property features a superb volcano view.  Perfect for the future retiree who wants to buy now and have the property carry itself until that time comes while earning perhaps 6%-12% on their investment in the meantime, or for today’s retiree who wants to build the apartments and retire on a very comfortable income.  Not everyone’s cup of tea but money to be made for the right person.  For interior pix email or phone 8377-8402.

Finca home
 Little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.       

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

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Barrio Francisco Peralta
Grom Casa Italia, 200m south and 200m east, dead end, last property on the left side. Land size 461.15 m2, construction 340 m2 Part of the existing furniture can be negotiated by separate of the purchase. Contact: Gerardo Ortuño at 8820-0640 or 2253 3613. Email:

Escazu house
Residential area. 5 minutes from center of Escazú
Lot 489 m2 (5,166 sq ft). Building 220 m2 (2,368 sq ft + 50 m2) Living room, kitchen 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, walk-in closets bedroom for domestic, laundry, hot water tanks, maid’s room, 2-car garage, additional parking space All services. Financing available. Sale $275,000. Rent $1,500 Contact: Gerardo Ortuñ,o 8820-0640 or 2253-3613. Email:

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In Alajuela , Penthouse in best location with views from all rooms. Quiet and private. Cheap to run. Extra large kitchen and balcony. Financing possible. Completely well furnished with $20,000 cost, including custom large kitchen and many cabinets. 10 minutes to Multiplaza, airport and close to highway 27, beach 45 minutes. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + office. Open plan granite kitchen to living room. Wheelchair accessible, covered parking place by entrance. Large pool, jacuzzi, gym and tennis. Areas for walking and running. The best location in the complex. Close to all and only $127/month maintenance. Price $125,000. Write or call at:  8391-2080, 2220-2243.

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

Playas del Coco home
Playas del Coco  Unique opportunity, multiple possible uses, project property! i.e. large home, b&b, hostel, rooming house, retreat, or business?

The property consists of 2,200 sf of construction, pool, bodega, garage, 1,126 m2 lot (adjacent 550M2 vacant lot available to purchase), and is only a 3-minute walk to the beach. Google @: 10˚54’23.80”N  85˚70’41.40”W There is a well for irrigation, in ground sprinkler system, 5,000 liter in ground reserve water tank, fruit trees, palm trees, shrubs, and many flowers. The property is walled on 4 sides with 2 entrances. There is hot water throughout the house. The property has municipal water, telephone line, Internet, and cable. The property is in a clean & up to date LLC for easy transfer. The property taxes are less than $600. on a valuation of approximately $196,000.
Price $159999. Less than replacement. Contact for more info & pictures: 6283-1172 CR  or 00507 6620 3201  Panamá.

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
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Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
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Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

Atenas home
This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000.

Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
Manuel Antonio Estates    1 800 346-9724  (506) 8815-9606.

Ciudad Colon
Great Deal!! Apartment in condo with pool and extensive green areas:
Ciudad Colón, San José $112,000
The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

Suenos montage
Outrageous blowout prices on oceanfront condos in Los Sueños!

Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

Top floor unit: $649,000   Second floor unit: $675,000  Garden unit: $589,000

Newly available in Roca Verde
Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: 2446-5587.

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!


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

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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
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Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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Single gene said to control plant growth

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Growing enough crops to feed a burgeoning population in a warmer world could depend on a single gene, one that controls the plant's biological clock, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

"World food supply must increase by 50 to 60 percent by 2050 to feed the population," said Rob McClung, a biologist at Dartmouth College and the study's lead author. "We are worried that the things that we have done to increase agricultural productivity may be becoming exhausted.”

Scientists hope that understanding how one gene affects a plant’s circadian clock will help breeders develop crops with enhanced stress tolerance and improved yield.

To find new ways to increase productivity, McClung and colleagues looked at plants' circadian rhythm, the process all living things use to synchronize their internal biological clocks with the external world.  They identified a gene called GIGANTEA in a common species of field mustard, a plant related to turnips, cabbage and other vegetables. 

The gene speeds up or slows down a plant's circadian rhythm, depending on which version of GIGANTEA is expressed. That affects when the plant flowers and how quickly the seedlings develop. It also influences important traits like resistance to extreme cold and high salt.

“We want to be able to predict: If you do this to the clock, you will do this to crop yield," McClung said. It is hoped that the identification of the GIGANTEA gene will give breeders "a molecular tool to try, for example, to introduce increased salt tolerance or increased cold tolerance into a crop plant that we are actually cultivating.”

McClung said that rather than wait for plants to mature to measure the yield, breeders could look at very young seedlings and predict the outcome.

“And so, given that the plant clock is one of the ways, one of the major ways, that the plant tries to synchronize itself with its environment, we think that by manipulating the plant clock, we will be able to make plants that are better in tune with their environment and able to perform more effectively,” he said.

McClung said developing new ways to boost crop yields is critical.  Experts have said the expected growth in the production of the world’s major food crops — corn, rice, wheat and soybeans — would not be enough to sustain a global population expected to reach 9.5 billion by 2050.

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Bill would subsidize second home on site

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government is trying to expedite a bill that would provide a subsidy for property owners who want to build a second home on the same property for family members.

There are property owners in Costa Rica who have done so without making a formal division of their property. The bill would continue this practice and provide financing for those who want to construct a dwelling for persons up to the third degree of kindred.

Up until now, those doing this had limited financing options. In addition, everyone on the property was liable for the actions of all their relatives. The bill, No. 18.877, is supposed to minimize this risk.

The subsidy would come from the Sistema Financiero Nacional para la Vivienda. The bill also covers repair of existing dwellings.

Property owners may decline to make a legal separation of lots for financial reasons or because of the topography of the land.