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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The education ministry wants to tighten its control over the 53 private universities that operate in the country.

Sonia Marta Mora Escalante, minister of  Educación Pública, said Tuesday that the government will propose reforms in order to improve the quality of education.

First, the proposal is being submitted to public comment from April 6 to 10.

The Consejo Superior de Educación Privada is the government entity that supervises private higher education. The Consejo Nacional de Rectores approves courses of study.

There are about 1,200 courses of study or academic majors in the country now at private institutions.

The proposal will allow the Consejo Superior to set standards of quality for those studying education, health and civil

engineering. Unclear was if the health  category included medical and nursing majors.

Universities also would be required to update their programs every five years.

The proposal also lays out duties and rights of students involving infrastructure and academic conditions. The proposal also says that the course of study could not be changed during the student's time at the institution and that they would have to receive notifications of changes in fees and tuition.

Academic institutions also would have to remain paid up with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Although not mentioned by the education ministry announcement, the Consejo Superior is seeking the right to oversee tuition charges.

Those going to private institutions are likely to be charged an additional 15 percent on their tuition when the government's new value-added tax goes into effect.

Guanacaste may be origin of modern papaya fruit
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ancient plant breeders in Guanacaste may have created the papaya fruit that is found in stores today.

Researchers suggest that this happened about 4,000 years ago. A recent University of Illinois report credited development to the Mayan civilization, but the researchers found the papaya strain most closely related to the commercial papayas of today in the north Pacific of Costa Rica, they said.

The papaya (Carica papaya) is that large, long yellow fruit that has rows of little round black seeds inside. In some Latin countries the fruit is called a lechosa or perhaps a bomba.

The problem facing producer is that a papaya seed can produce one of three types, and only one is desirable. Papaya sprouts are either female, male or self-pollenating  hermaphrodites.

The self-pollenating variety produces the fruit found in ferias and markets today. The green fruit also is used to tenderize meat.

Ray Ming, a professor at the University of Illinois, is trying to create a self-fertilizing papaya that will breed true.

“This research will one day lead to the development of a papaya that produces only hermaphrodite offspring, an advance that will enhance papaya root and canopy development while radically cutting papaya growers’ production costs and their use of fertilizers and water,” said Ming, a plant biology professor. He was quoted in a university release.
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Only self-fertilizing papaya blooms produce the desired fruit.

He and colleagues identified three distinct   wild populations of male plants in the northwest Pacific region of Costa Rica.

Many sources attribute the development of the papaya to inhabitants of the Valley of México, but they have no evidence. The wild populations that are related to the self-fertilizing strain support the possibility that the ancient plant breeder lived in what is now Costa Rica.

The Mayan and later Aztec empires had ties to the Chorotega culture in what is now Guanacate.

Costa Rican pottery has been found in many Mexican sites. It may be that another product obtained by the Mexicans was the self-fertilizing papaya.

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The taxi driver was not detained because of any criminal act toward a passenger. He was wanted because he failed to follow up on what amounts to a parole on an earlier charge.

But the arrest does show a danger to expats when they use taxi services. The vehicle that police stopped was bearing false license plates, they said.

The man's vehicle was stopped in the troubled neighborhood of La Tabla in San Rafael Abajo de Desamparados. The driver may have been just trying to make money by pretending to be a licensed taxi driver. But his last conviction was for carrying a firearm without a permit.

When he appeared in court on that case, he was given conditional discharge, but police said he did not follow up on the attached conditions.

Some taxi operators use a false license plate that is a duplicate of a legitimate taxi. That way they have have two vehicles on the road at once.

However, other tax drivers discourage this and call police.

Puriscal man dies in his vehicle

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 73-year-old German expat with the last name of Speger died Tuesday, and his vehicle went off the road and ended up in a ditch, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The accident happened near the El Salto bridge outside of Liberia, the man's presumed destination. He was a Puriscal resident, judicial agents said.

Agents said that the death may be the result of a heart attack. Investigators are trying to determine if there were marks on the pavement that indicated the man applied his brakes.

Turrialba still being monitored closely

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Emergency commission staffers still are keeping a close eye on the Turrialba volcano even though it has not erupted since Friday evening.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias is using the time to evaluate the response to the week of eruptions that sent ash into the Central Valley and closed the two area airports.

Some areas close to the volcano are covered with ash and vegetation is destroyed.  The fumes from the mountain has done a lot of damage even before the current spate of eruptions.

Sensors still are detecting some activity beneath the mountain, but that is normal.

One-person moto rule not supported

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security minister has declined to support immediately a proposal to prohibit two persons on one motorcycle.

The prohibition was advanced by Francisco Segura Montero, director of the Judicial Investigating Organization. He did so because many robberies and murders are done by the passenger on a motorcycle.

The security minister, Gustavo Mata Vega, did support a proposal to have motorcycle drivers wear a vest displaying the license number of the vehicle. He also said he wants to prohibit helmets that hide completely the wearer's face.

But of the one-person rule, he said the issue needs more study so as not to violate the rights of motorcyclists. He said most were good people.

U.S. Fed considers raising the rate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Top officials of the U.S. central bank are debating how soon and how much to raise the key interest rate. The U.S. Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates to nearly zero during the recession to bolster economic growth.

Low interest rates make it less expensive for businesses to borrow the money needed to buy new equipment to expand and hire more workers. It also makes it easier for consumers to spend, and consumer demand drives most U.S. economic activity.

Rising economic growth and falling unemployment show that such stimulus may no longer be needed.

Researcher Chris Layden of Experis, part of the Manpower Group of companies, said a recent survey of thousands of employers across the country shows rising demand for goods and services, which is prompting many companies to plan to hire workers over the next several months.

“For some time we have seen incremental increase in demand for goods and services, and that we think, is going to drive hiring intentions higher in the coming quarter, the second quarter of 2015. We are seeing that increase across all 13 industry sectors and really across all regions of the U.S.," said Layden.

The Fed's job is to manage the economy to encourage full employment and stable prices.

So the Fed must keep rates low long enough to bolster growth, jobs and to raise inflation closer to the two-percent annual rate many experts say is healthy for the economy.

In an interview, PNC Bank economist Gus Faucher said rising wages in some areas could foreshadow rising inflation.
“Businesses are finding the need to raise wages in order to retain their current workers or attract new ones. We saw that with Walmart’s recent decision that they are going to be raising wages for their workers, so I think we will see stronger wage growth in 2015 as the job market continues to tighten,” he said.

If Fed officials wait too long, however, they risk sparking higher rates of inflation that could hurt economic growth.

“They are concerned about the potential for higher inflation, so I think we will see the Fed gradually, increase interest rates, but it is going to be a process but it is going to be a period of years before interest rates get back to normal levels,” said Faucher.

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak with journalists this afternoon and explain the central bank's decisions.

Many economists are watching closely to see if the bank's formal written guidance drops the world patience. 

Some experts say investors are likely to see that change as a signal interest rates could be raised as soon as June. Other economists surveyed by financial news services say rates are likely to be hiked in September, and a few contend rates won't be pushed up by the Central Bank until next year.

Banco Nacional gives Semana Santa hours

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Banco Nacional said that it would close Holy Thursday, April 2, and reopen Monday, April 6. The reason is the Semana Santa holidays.

In addition, the bank said that it would not provide evening services on Wednesday, April 1. The bank will close at 3:45 p.m. that day.

There may be some variations at individual bank offices outside the metro area. For example, the office at the Depósito Libre de Golfito will be open Saturday, April 4, and Easter Sunday, April 5.

The closing in the evening of April 2 might be a hardship to workers who are paid by check. But the automatic tellers will be in service all days.

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Emergency drills will test responses to major tsunamis hitting the coasts
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

March 25 emergency agencies on the Atlantic and Caribbean will be holding two drills in which fictional tsunamis hit the coast of the Americas.

One tsunami, generated by an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, is planned off the coast of Panamá and close to the Costa Rican Caribbean coast. The second rehearsal the same day involves a tsunami hitting the Florida coast.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, an agency of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is supervising.

The dual exercise is called Caribe Wave 15, and it is designed to test the warning system and official responses.

The commission said that in case of tsunamis, the distribution of information to the public is crucial. The agency also urged educational programs in schools and coastal communities.

The agency said that in the last 500 years there have been 75 tsunamis recorded in the Caribbean. They are produced by seaquakes, earthquakes and the collapse of material into the ocean. Since the 19th century tsunamis have caused 4,000 deaths in the region, the commission said, citing statistics from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In recent years development and tourism in coastal areas has increased the vulnerability, said the commission.

The first emergency drill was in 2011. The commission itself was created in 2005 along the lines of a similar agency in the Pacific.

A.M. Costa Rica reported on tsunamis last March 6. A news article said that evidence indicates the Yucatan Peninsula was hit by a tsunami 1,500 years ago. The coastal area was devastated.

There are several lines of evidence for an ancient tsunami, including a large, wedge-shaped berm about 15 feet above sea level paved with washing machine-sized stones, said the University of Colorado in a release.

Set back in places more than a quarter of a mile from shore, the berm stretches for at least 30 miles, alternating between rocky headlands and crescent beaches as it tracks the outline of the Caribbean coast near the plush resorts of Playa del Carmen and Cancun, said the university.

The last recorded tsunami here was actually just south in Panamá. A summary said that in April 22, 1991, at Bocas del Toro, Panamá, people reported that the sea receded less than 10 minutes after the Limón earthquake to the north.

There was some damage when the sea returned.

Unearthly beings are part of expo

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An exposition that includes large paintings of angels opens at the  Galería Sophia Wanamaker in Los Yoses.

The works are by Costa Rican  Silvia Monge.  The gallery said there are 15 large format paintings and two sculptures. The title is “Naturalezas Incorpóreas.”

The gallery is within the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano.

The gallery said the exhibit leaves open the question of whether these beings exist.

The exhibition opens today and runs until April 28. Admission is free.

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Slime-throwing tropical worm gives some tips to academic engineers
By the Harvard University news service

The velvet worm is a slow-moving, unassuming creature. With its soft body, probing antennae, and stubby legs, it looks like a slug on stilts as it creeps along damp logs in tropical climates.

But it has a secret weapon. In the dark of night, when an unsuspecting cricket or termite crosses its path, the worm unleashes an instantaneous torrent of slime. Two fine jets of the gluey substance spray out of openings on its head, oscillating in all directions to cast a sticky net that entraps prey and stops it in its tracks.

Captivated, so to speak, by the worm’s split-second attack, researchers from Costa Rica, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and from universities in Chile and Brazil have been studying the creature from all angles. How, they asked, does such a slow, neurologically simple worm execute such a rapid and perfectly aimed movement?

By applying new insights from anatomy, mathematics, experimental physics, and fluid dynamics, they now have an answer published in Nature Communications. The findings could inspire new microfluidic devices.

Imagine a large syringe equipped, at its narrow tip, with an elastic tube shaped like the neck of a flexible drinking straw. That is apparently the velvet worm’s slime-shooting apparatus from its tail end where the slime is produced and stored in a reservoir to a pair of tiny nozzles called papillae on its head.

Given this structure, a slow and gentle squeeze on the reservoir is all it takes to eject the slime with great speed and force. Most importantly, the shape and elasticity of the papillae ensure that as the slime exits, it sprays in all directions, like water gushing through a flailing garden hose.

“The geometry of the system allows the worm to squirt fast and cover a wide area. That’s the magic,” says lead author Andrés Concha, formerly a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and now an assistant professor at Adolfo Ibañez University in Chile.

But it’s actually not the whole story, as Concha explains. A garden hose is much larger than the tube inside a velvet worm’s papillae. To get the flailing-hose effect within such minuscule passages, which range in diameter from 50 to 200 microns, the worm relies on the elasticity and corrugated shape of its papillae. These features lower the fluid velocity necessary to shake the tube.

By identifying the features of the anatomy and material structure that enable the velvet worm to produce wide-spraying jets, the researchers have characterized a new type of flexible microfluidic system that they say could be used to produce fine droplets of liquid or fibrous nets, or to mix together several substances in laboratory or industrial settings.

Concha and coauthor Paula Mellado, also an assistant professor at Adolfo Ibañez University in Chile, were both at Harvard SEAS when the velvet worm project launched. Other coauthors include Bernal Morera-Brenes, a biologist at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and Julian Monge-Najera, a tropical biologist at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

“After watching the David Attenborough film 'Life in the Undergrowth' with some high-speed footage of the worm’s slime jet, I suggested that an elastic-hydrodynamic 
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instability of the nozzle could be a simpler solution to creating a chaotic jet, rather than muscle control,” explains coauthor L. Mahadevan, a Harvard professor of applied mathematics at Harvard.

“Our work shows that this is indeed the case, and chalks up one more example of how evolution has co-opted a simple physical principle for a behavioral response," he said”

The unusual velvet worms present a host of new questions for future research.

“There are many cool properties of the glue that we need to explore,” Concha says. “If you put your fingers close to the mouth of the worm and you get some glue on your fingers, you wait seven seconds and you’re stuck. So one ambition is to be able to generate a synthetic glue like that, with biotechnological applications. I think there is some chemistry that we have to learn from the worm.”

The diversity of the velvet worms, which make up the genus Onychophora, also poses the question of how the squirting mechanism can have evolved to work in worms that vary greatly in size.

“That’s a great biological question,” Concha says. “By experience, we know that it works for all of these worms. Now, how they adapt the materials and the inner diameter of the hole inside the papillae, I don’t know. It’s very impressive. Even for babies, it works. You have a gigantic worm that’s eight or nine inches long and the baby is one inch, and already the mechanism is working.”

While squirting mechanisms are common among animals, anything other than a straightforward arc of liquid typically requires an active movement and some degree of control. The range of approaches to that problem within the animal kingdom requires continued research.

“Archer fish throw a jet of water, and it just follows a parabolic trajectory. Spitting cobras actively move their head to spray the poor fellow who is in front. And there are other cases. for example, spitting spiders, where the mechanism is unclear,” Concha says.

Fortunately, he has access to the venomous spitting spiders at home in Chile, where he plans to study them further. “Some biologists have posed the question, is this elasticity or is there any active mechanism? From what is in the literature up to now, I don’t have an answer, so spitting spiders are a nice thing to look forward to.”

This research was supported in part by the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.

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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
TOLL FREE: 1800 346=9724 or (506) 2777-3339

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Great climate
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Grecia 908
Beautiful house for rent, inside a private property. Very secure. Price $1,850. See more photos HERE!
Grecia  909
Beautiful house for rent, inside a private property. Very secure. Price $1,500 . See more photos HERE!
Grecia 907
Beautiful house for rent, near to Puente Piedra street . Very secure. Price $1,000 . More photos HERE!
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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. $950/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
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in abundance. 10 minutes to town. 40 minutes to beach. Perfect  weather.  $45 per day.  Discount to 40 percent for month.  To see more please click HERE!  and enter #969365.   For more information, contact James. Email:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.

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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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Netanyahu's Likud party
appears to have most seats

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party emerged as the clear leader in Israel's parliamentary elections early Wednesday as he seeks a fourth term in office.

With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, Likud was set to win 30 seats compared to the 24 seats for its main challenger, the Zionist Union.

Netanyahu has already declared victory for his conservative party, writing on Facebook that Likud won "against all odds."

Thirty seats would be far below the 61 needed to have an outright majority in the 120-member body. The politicians will move into a process of coalition talks, with Netanyahu and Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog seeking the backing of enough smaller parties to become prime minister.

Herzog said he will have to see what other parties win seats before he can look at "what kind of government we can form."

The smaller parties range from Communists to orthodox Jews to the United Arab List, four Arab-led parties which joined forces and could wind up being a valuable asset. Exit polls gave the United Arab List 13 seats.

Prime Minister Netanyahu campaigned on what his backers say is his strong record of keeping Israel secure. He reversed his policy this week and now says he will not support a Palestinian state.

Herzog warned voters that the prime minister would be leading an extremist government that will tear Israel apart. Herzog said Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians.

A reporter in Jerusalem covering the election said this could be the heaviest turnout in an Israeli election in quite some time.

"That is being attributed to the tight race between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, and the opposition Labor-led center-left alliance led by Isaac Herzog.  But other issues are also involved, in that there is a contest on the right side between the right-wing parties and on the left between the left-wing parties, and many say that it will be the center-left parties, a couple of smaller parties, that may be the ones that are the kingmakers of this election,” he said.

U.S. drone may be down
during mission over Syria

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. military said Tuesday it lost contact with an unarmed drone that was being remotely piloted over Syria, but could not corroborate reports that it was shot down.

The Pentagon statement came after Syria's state-run SANA news agency said the Syrian military shot down a drone conducting a surveillance mission in Latakia province, along the Mediterranean coast.

If the report is true, it would be the first U.S. aircraft shot down over Syria since a U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq expanded air strikes into Syria in September.

Earlier on Tuesday, Amnesty International released a new report saying Syrian forces killed civilians in air strikes on the northern town of Raqqa last November in attacks that violated human rights law.

The report presents accounts of air strikes on separate days that killed 115 civilians, including 14 children.

Amnesty spoke by phone or Skype with witnesses to the attacks and local activists. They described air strikes that hit areas that had no military targets nearby or ones where civilians were killed in places where Islamic State militants were known or likely to be.

Amnesty said those attacks amount to either direct attacks against civilians, indiscriminate bombings or disproportionate strikes, all of which are barred under international human rights law.

Raqqa is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, but Amnesty said that does not give the government a reason to bomb the city as if the area were populated solely by the militants.

"Syrian government forces have shown flagrant disregard for the rules of war in these ruthless air strikes," Amnesty's Philip Luther said. "Some of these attacks give every indication of being war crimes.

"They have carried out repeated attacks on civilian areas without clearly identifying military targets, a blatant violation of the requirement to distinguish between civilians and military targets," he added.

Also Tuesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused Syrian government forces of dropping barrel bombs filled with poison gas on the town of Sarmin in Idlib province, killing six people and injuring dozens more.

The government denied the reports.

Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations commission of inquiry on Syria said Tuesday that the investigators are prepared to release the names of those on its list of accused human rights violators.

The commission released its latest report on the conflict, saying it has resisted publishing its private list of accused abusers, but that to continue keeping it secret would reinforce the impunity present in Syria.

"We will share names and information about specific alleged perpetrators with state prosecution authorities that are preparing cases to be heard before a competent and impartial judiciary," said commission head Paulo Pinheiro.  He specified the names would not be made public.

Russia and China have each vetoed multiple draft Security Council resolutions on Syria since the conflict there began in March 2011.

Letter with suspected poison
intercepted at White House

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Secret Service says a letter addressed to the White House has tested positive for cyanide, a deadly poison.

The agency, which is charged with protecting the president and other high-ranking officials, issued a statement Tuesday saying the letter was received at a screening facility away from the White House campus the day before. The letter initially tested negative for biological agents, but the agency said further tests returned a presumptive positive for cyanide.

The letter has been sent to another facility for further testing. The Secret Service says it will have no further comment, due to the ongoing investigation.

According to a Web site called The Intercept, a return address on the cyanide-laced letter is a man who has sent multiple packages to the White House dating back to 1995, including one that was covered in urine and feces.

In 2013, letters addressed to President Barack Obama and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker were laced with the poison ricin.  One person was arrested in the incident.

Pacific airline travelers
benefit from class action

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Travelers who flew on eight airlines across the Pacific between 2000 and this year are eligible for benefits from a class action lawsuit involving ticket price-fixing. A lawsuit continues against five more air carriers accused of the same thing.

The case involves tickets purchased from a total of 26 airlines. Settlements have been reached with eight airlines and a lawsuit continues against five more.

The carriers which have settled, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines, have agreed to refund nearly $40 million.

Attorney Adam Zapala, who has been working on the case, explains it grew out of numerous U.S. government investigations into price-fixing in the air cargo industry.

“Many of the same players in the air passenger industry also are air cargo carriers. In fact a lot of the cargo that's carried day to day throughout the world is carried in the belly of air passenger planes. And there is a very large class action pending in the eastern district of New York that pertains to the air cargo price-fixing case.

And many of the defendants in that case are defendants in our case, as well,” said Zapala.

Zapala said how much money passengers potentially can get depends on how many of them file applications for claims.

“People will be paid out on a pro rata basis according to the number of flights they had during the period of time. If only 20 percent of the class file claims then that 20 percent of the class will be divvying up the 40 million dollars,” he explained.

The attorney said that uncovering price-fixing takes a lot of time and money but hopefully such legal actions dissuade businesses from engaging in this anti-competitive behavior.

The class action suit claims airlines colluded to fix prices on trans-Pacific travel, resulting in passengers paying more than was necessary. The routes involved were between the United States and Asia, Australia, New Zealand and some Pacific islands.

New York seeks to keep
fashion industry there

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Many of the world's most revered designers create their fashions in New York City.  But often those designs are manufactured overseas to save money.

Now, New York is providing economic incentives to encourage more manufacturing in the city and entice emerging designers to take root there.

In New York City, the fashion industry accounts for more than 5 percent of the workforce and generates nearly $18 billion a year in retail sales.
Despite economic ups and downs, wholesalers, manufacturers and designers have been doing business here in New York's Garment district since the 1880s. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the industry is integral to the city.

“Not only a functionally key sector of our economy but one of the most iconic industries in this city. Something so deeply identified with the character and personality of New York City and we want to make sure it stays that way and, in fact, becomes stronger,” he said.

This year, the city will allocate $15 million to encourage emerging designers and manufacturers to create fashions locally through a program called Made in New York.
Eligible companies like Leota, must sell at least 1,000 products annually and design, cut, sew, assemble and finish their fashions in the city. Founder Sarah Carson is looking forward to additional Made in New York production incentives.

“Getting that financing as a small business, as a growing business, is really key to expanding my business here to creating more jobs right here in New York and fueling the growth of the garment industry and fashion industry in New York,” she said.
Leota was launched in New York four years ago and has steadily grown.  But manufacturing in New York has limitations: sky-high rents, an aging workforce and outdated technology.
“We lack some of the technology that we need to do some of the knitting techniques and laser cutting and popular styles that people are buying right now," Ms. Carson said. "We can’t make them here.”
The Made in New York program provides incentives to factories that invest in technology and workforce development.  So far, the city has granted more than a million dollars to eligible factories.
Kenny Hung owns the local factory where Leota designs are manufactured.  It's a family business he runs with his wife, Carmen.  He says there is not enough consistent fashion manufacturing work to keep his seamstresses busy year round.

To help fix that, the city created an electronic platform connecting local designers with local production facilities.  Hopefully, that means more business for factories and skilled workers.

Plus, if Hung invests in technology upgrades, he could qualify for cash incentives that would position his factory as an even more attractive option for New York-based designers.

Air Force veteran faces
charge of terror support

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. Air Force veteran is being charged with trying to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group.

A Justice Department statement says a grand jury also indicted Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh on obstruction of justice charges.

The statement Tuesday quoted federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as saying, "Born and raised in the United States, Pugh allegedly turned his back on his country and attempted to travel to Syria in order to join a terrorist organization."

Pugh allegedly tried to join the Islamic State group earlier this year, weeks after being fired from his job as an airplane mechanic in the Middle East. He reportedly served in the Air Force as an avionics instrument system specialist, later working for private companies. 

Pugh faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. 

Ms. Lynch, President Barack Obama's nominee to become the nation's next attorney general, thanked the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and local police for their help with the case.

"It is this type of collaboration that results in swift investigative work to stop individuals such as this from making any further contribution to terrorist organizations such as ISIL," said New York Police Commissioner William Bratton.

Pugh reportedly traveled from Egypt to Turkey in an effort to cross into Syria, but Turkish authorities sent him back to Egypt. Authorities there deported him to the United States after finding multiple electronic devices on him, including a cell phone that had a photo of a machine gun.

The Justice Department statement says when the U.S. terrorism task force searched his laptop, they found a number of recent Internet searches for Islamic State-related information, as well as downloaded videos, including one showing Islamic State members executing prisoners.

New Secret Service head
faces unhappy lawmakers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The new head of the U.S. Secret Service appeared Tuesday before outraged lawmakers who demanded to know why incidents of misconduct continue to plague his agency.

Testifying in front of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Joseph Clancy was peppered with inquiries about the latest episode at the White House, which involved a late-night disruption at a command post during an investigation of a possible bomb.

The Secret Service director said he did not learn about the March 4 incident until five days later from an anonymous email, a delay he described as unacceptable.

Clancy did not address whether the agents returning from a party were impaired at the time of the accident, but he said there is "an element in our agency that copes with stresses by using alcohol.''

He described the incident as "my first test'' as director, adding that the two senior agents involved were not given a sobriety test after bumping their government car into an orange barrel marking the perimeter of the investigation.

Lawmakers objected to his response, saying it already should have been clear to agency employees that such behavior would not be tolerated.

Clancy agreed with much of the criticism, but said he had to wait for a Homeland Security Department Inspector General's investigation to be completed before he could take action beyond reassigning the two agents to non-supervisory desk jobs outside the White House.

Problems within the Secret Service have been highlighted in recent years as agents and officers have been caught up in a series of embarrassing incidents. The most scandalous incident involved more than a dozen agents and officers caught up in a prostitution scandal in Colombia in advance of a 2012 presidential visit.
At the time, then-director Mark Sullivan insisted that there was not a larger culture problem within the vaunted law enforcement agency charged with protecting the president. His successor, Julia Pierson, made similar assurances after two drunken incidents came to light involving employees on presidential trips.
Ms. Pierson was ousted last year after details of two serious security breaches were disclosed. The most serious was in September when a man armed with a knife was able to climb over a White House fence and run deep into the executive mansion before being subdued.

Most U.S. users maintain
their old Internet habits

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Some two years after Edward Snowden revealed that he leaked classified documents about government snooping, some Americans say they have taken extra precautions to protect themselves online.

But by and large, most seemingly have not changed their Internet or mobile phone habits.

Those are the conclusions of a report released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet project that explores U.S. attitudes about electronic surveillance.

Titled "Americans’ Privacy Strategies Post Snowden," the study is the first to probe not only Americans’ opinions about alleged National Security Agency  monitoring of phones and the Internet, but also how those opinions are shaping their behavior.

"In this report, we have indications that a sizable segment of Americans are changing some of their behaviors in response to the Snowden leaks," lead author and Pew senior researcher Mary Madden said. "But most of these changes are not highly technical and instead point to self-censoring behavior."

Nearly 90 percent of the 475 respondents had heard at least a little about the NSA programs revealed in the Snowden leaks, with about 30 percent saying they’ve heard a lot.

Of that 90 percent, just about one-third say they’ve altered their behavior in some way to help shield their activities and guard their privacy on the phone or online. These steps included changing privacy settings on social media like Facebook (17 percent), avoiding certain apps or programs (15 percent), or communicating more in person than electronically (14 percent).

One possible reason more adults didn’t change their behavior, Madden said, is a lack of awareness of available tools or a perceived lack of technological knowledge.

"Things like encryption, proxy servers, anonymity services … these are all technologies that are being used by a pretty small segment of the population right now," Madden said. "We find that over half of Americans say they in fact it would be difficult for them to find tools and strategies for them to be more private online."

Study focus groups revealed another possible explanation, one that surprised the researchers.

"There’s actually a segment of folks . . .  didn’t take these steps because they didn’t want to appear suspicious or invite scrutiny," Madden said. "Some people actually feel the folks that actually are using encryption tools are then creating a red flag for their behaviors online."

Overall, a majority of respondents (57 percent) said it was unacceptable for the U.S. government to monitor the communications of U.S. citizens, a result Madden says is very much in line with previous research findings from Pew’s Research Center for People and the Press.

However, 54 percent said the U.S. monitoring of citizens of other countries was acceptable and a full 60 percent said monitoring American leaders and leaders of other nations was acceptable.

"Younger adults are less likely to be OK with monitoring of other groups, and in general Americans have become less confident that these programs are in the public interest," Madden said.

"Given our previous studies, and the high levels of concern that we monitored, it’s not particularly surprising. What was surprising is that Republicans have become less confident over time, more so than Democrats," she said.

Previous studies by Pew have strongly indicated a large majority of Americans fear they have lost the ability to protect their privacy in general and particularly online, with little consensus about what, if anything, could help reverse that trend.

"Overall, Americans just feel as though they’ve lost control about how their personal information is used; not just government monitoring, but companies’ use of it as well," Madden said. "So all these stories about government data collection and data breaches that are coming through the news just feed into this greater sense that they’ve lost control of their privacy."

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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.

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 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

Barrio Peralta
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:

cndo rollover

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.

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 
Easy to get liquor license.
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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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Rights agency asked to monitor firms

By the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense
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In a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, four organizations requested renewed attention to human rights violations committed by corporations.

The Washington, D.C., hearing was jointly requested by the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, a regional organization; the Association for Human Rights of Peru; the Center for Human Rights and Environment of Argentina, and Justiça Global of Brazil. The organizations applauded the commission’s openness to directly addressing, for the first time, the theme of business and human rights in a public hearing.

“Through various mechanisms in recent years, the commission has received a large amount of information about cases of human rights violations in which corporations have played a central role, but the problem has worsened because of a lack of effective solutions. In this sense, one of the biggest challenges the commission has is to find ways to address the issue properly and to help both the states and the corporations to fulfill their human rights obligations,” said Astrid Puentes, co-executive director of the  Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense

Through their work, the organizations have seen that most recurrent aspects of the problem include: the impacts of megaprojects and extractive industries on human rights and the environment; difficulties in guaranteeing the right to participation and access to information for affected people and communities; the absence of human rights impact assessments; systematic violations of labor rights and forced labor practices; the privatization of public security forces to protect business activities, and aggression towards and criminalization of people who defend the environment, their territory and human rights.

At the hearing, the organizations reminded that progress has been made in the development of international standards on business and human rights. One such example, they explained, is the U. N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

"However, because compliance is voluntary and there are various legal loopholes, this instrument has not been effective enough to prevent the continuation of human rights abuses," said Alexandra Montgomery of Justiça Global. "Also, effective regulation of territorial and extraterritorial State obligations regarding the responsibilities of transnational corporations on national, regional and international levels does not exist. This sort of vacuum prevents both the safeguarding of people’s rights, and access to appropriate compensation and justice for victims,”

The organizations presented information about the opportunities the commission has to strengthen the implementation of existing standards. They emphasized the following points:

* The commission should promote corporations’ respect for human rights. This includes promoting state responsibility for adequate supervision of business activities and for establishment of binding obligations for them, since the voluntary nature of the Guiding Principles compromises and puts at risk the protection of human rights.

* Based on the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Human Rights System in relation to the obligations of states to respect and guarantee human rights, the commission can develop specific measures for states to supervise business activities to ensure that they do not violate human rights.

* Respect for human rights by states and companies must not be subject to economic or political considerations.

* It is necessary to strengthen access to justice for victims of human rights abuses by businesses through recommendations for improvement and implementation of accountability mechanisms and international forums, such as the commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

“We hope that as a result of the hearing, the commission initiates dialogues that incorporate the experience of civil society organizations and of United Nations agencies to strengthen the respect of and guarantees for human rights in the region,” concluded Gloria Cano, of the Association for Human Rights of Peru.


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Creative cuisine gets governmental boost

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government has declared the Plan Nacional de la Gastronomía Costarricense Sostenible y Saludable to be in the public interest.

Officials hope that the retail food industry will develop a Costa Rican cuisine that will attract tourism and generate employment and encourage good eating habits.

Vice President Ana Helena Chacón said that the declaration also has the potential to promote creativity and innovation, thereby encouraging the growth of the industry.

Officials said they also hope that the development of a distinctive Costa Rican cuisine would generate investment and preserve the national food heritage.