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Police make first pre-holiday wildlife confiscation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Frontier police stopped a vehicle Sunday that was carrying 112 orchids, mostly guarias moradas. That is a clear violation of the environmental laws, in part because the plants appeared to have come from the  Parque Nacional Volcán Miravalles.

The orchids, with a value of about $3,000, were the first confiscation of plants and wildlife as part of the Semana Santa holiday police effort.

Police said the vehicle was stopped at a routine checkpoint in Bijagua de Upala.

Meanwhile, the private Preserve Planet, environmental organization says get a cat or dog.
 The organization is campaigning against what has been a long Costa Rican tradition: To bring back part of nature at the end of the holidays.

The Policía de Fronteras noted that the man who was carrying the cargo of orchids can face stiff fines. The case is being studied now by local prosecutors, they said. The Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía sent workers to put the plants back in the national park.

Luis Diego Marín of Preserve Planet notes that such activities is a violation of the nation's wildlife laws. He said in a release that Costa Ricans have been known to bring home chicks from endangered birds 

He called on vacationers to enjoy the nature where they find it and leave it there.


That's a lot of trouble in order to snag a free beer
By the A.M. Costa Rica  staff

How low would someone go to get a free beer?

Pretty low, according to the experiences of a local bar owner.

Bobby Dempsey, who operates Papi's Sports Bar & Grill at Avenida Primera and Calle 7, decided to use a marketing idea. He would sell five or more bottles of beer at one time at a special price. He did not originate the idea, and similar offers can be found all over town.

To keep the beer from getting warm, the patron received chits, round plastic tokens like a casino chip. Want another beer? Give the waitress a chit.

The idea cut down on the paperwork and reduced the number of individual transactions. And maybe patrons bought a little more beer.
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The flexible chit is the fake.

That was before someone began counterfeiting Dempsey's chits.

He said he pays 400 colons to have them manufactured, so someone is at least expending 400 colons in energy and computer time to scan and produce the fakes. That's why Dempsey ended the promotion Monday.

The only difference between the originals and the fakes was that the counterfeit chits were more flexible, Dempsey said.

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That's what we have been telling them for literally years, and they have not done so for a very good reason: What hard data there is does not support their fear-and-scam goal of creating carbon credits and taxes, which involve literally trillions of dollars for those who manage to control them.  We used to think that scientists were people who were above being influenced by mere money, the great goal was knowledge. But then the tobacco scientists and the pharmaceutical scientists and now the climate scientists have shown up one by one and let us find out the hard way that we have been deluding ourselves. 

Do you have any idea how much money Big Tobacco and Big Pharma made as a result of their preferred scientific conclusions?  Sure, they pay fines all the time -- much too regularly to be completely innocent -- but they are relative slaps on the wrist compared to the profits.

Now the federal government and their friends are trying to create a stock exchange that will dwarf the NYSE and produce a cash flow in fees and taxes that can scarcely be described.

BUT this won't work unless the people have been convinced that disaster is IMMINENT if they do not act NOW!  We can't wait for scientific results because the dangers are so great!  I have an intelligent but unscientific liberal friend who is willing to go along because he reasons that even if they're wrong about the global warming at least their plans will reduce pollution and clean up the environment.  With people like that willing to vote for the scam, what need do the scientists have to produce real data?  They not only have fear working for them, they also have hope on their side.

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What amazes me about people is if you go back in history only the last couple of decades you will find a whole series of frenzied warnings that unless immediate climate action is taken RIGHT THEN that a tipping point will have been reached, after which it will simply be too late to do anything, sorry, game over.  But after about a dozen or so of these apocalyptic predictions have passed their Sell By date, it is by now either already far, far too late, or else they were all wrong each time.  But people don't seem to remember how many times the end of the world has been predicted in the past, it seems, but always become panicked when the next guy comes along.

I sometimes wonder why I try because you don't seem to be able to warn people in advance.  Ponzi, Madoff, Ken Lay, Costa Rica's famous The Brothers: Their intelligent and rich customers should have known better from the beginning, but didn't, finally learning their lessons only after millions and millions of dollars had been misappropriated.

But only temporarily, because this next guy, now, he has a real program and it's vitally important.  Let me show you my computer results, he says, which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt...

Huh?  Where did he get his data to produce his computer models?  Uh, well, you put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in and you shake it all about.  You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that's what it's all about.

The simple fact that this song has 63 verses is discouraging enough, all by itself.
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Arms treaty negotiations
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
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Negotiations began again this week to reach an agreement on what could be a landmark U.N. treaty to regulate the multi-billion dollar global arms trade.

Enrique Castillo, Costa Rica's foreign minister, led this country's delegation to the negotiations.

He told the assembly diplomats that Costa Rica along with others presented the first resolution on the topic seven years ago.He said Costa Rica was convinced that the time has arrived to adopt the measure.

Weeks of talks in July ended in failure when the United States, Russia and China asked for more time.

Arms control supporters say a treaty is needed to prevent the unregulated and illicit flow of weapons into conflict zones fueling wars and atrocities.

The U.S., the world's top weapons producer, reaffirmed Friday that it opposes any pact that includes ammunition because of the financial and administrative burden of keeping checks.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for a treaty that includes ammunition.

Washington also opposes any text that goes against the U.S. Constitution's second amendment rights to bear arms.

Amnesty International's deputy executive director, Frank Jannuzi, says "the unfettered trade of conventional arms has contributed to the deaths of more than 500,000, the displacement of millions, widespread rape and the recruitment and exploitation of children as soldiers."

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's secretary general, says "it shouldn't take millions more dying and lives destroyed before leaders show some backbone and take action to adopt global standards to effectively control international arms transfers."


 
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Churches have a full lineup of events for Semana Santa
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Catedral Metropolitana has a full schedule for Semana Santa or Holy Week beginning with a Palm Sunday procession this Sunday.

The archdiocese have published a booklet with all the events, and San José Mayor Johnny Araya has written an invitation for the public to participate.

The events are colorful and worth photographing even for those who are not Christian or even religious.

The procession Sunday begins at 9:30 a.m. with a blessing of the palms at the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Soledad at the east end of the Avenida 4 pedestrian mall. The San José municipal band will participate as marchers commemorate the Christian tradition of the triumphal entrance into the city of Jerusalem by Jesus Christ. Sometimes there is an actor playing Jesus. Other years there have been statues. Almost always there is a donkey.

The procession will go to the cathedral and pass through a temporary construction representing the gates of the ancient city. There is a 10:30 Mass in the cathedral with Hugo Barrantes Ureña, the archbishop, officiating.

Palm Sunday is called domingo de ramas in Spanish.

Monday night the plan calls for a public Stations of the Cross on Avenida 4 starting at 7 p.m. This is a recreation of the passion of Jesus.

Tuesday night there is a 6:30 p.m. concert by the Banda Nacional de San José in the cathedral.

Wednesday morning is the traditional offering of fruit and vegetables by those who maintain stalls at the Mercado Central. That is at 8:30 a.m. At 6:30 p.m. there is another band concert in the cathedral.

At 8:15 a.m. Thursday there are prayers to start a long day. At 9 a.m. the archbishop presides at the blessing of the ashes made from the palms that were used the previous Sunday. These ashes mixed with oils will be held until Ash Wednesday next year.

Then at 6 p.m. there is a Mass marking the tradition of the Last Supper of Jesus and his apostles.

At 7:30 p.m. there is a procession called Jesús atado a la columna. This recreates the biblical account of Christ being tied to a column and whipped by the Romans. The procession leaves Parque Central for the Iglesia El Carmen along Calle 0.

For the rest of the evening the cathedral is open for prayers and adorations.

Friday morning there is a 9 a.m. prayer service at the El Carmen church followed by a procession of Jesus carrying the cross to his execution. Actors participate. The procession leaves the EL Carmen church via Avenida 3 and then turns south at Calle 2 to pass in front of the Correos de Costa Rica building. Mary Magdalen joins the procession there and Veronica, she of the veil, joins the march at the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica building on Avenida Primera. The procession goes as far west as the Mercado Central. Various larger than life statutes join the procession at established points.

At 10:30 a.m. in the company of fire fighters, the procession heads back to Parque Central for a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

At 4 p.m. Friday there is a service in the cathedral commemorating the death of Jesus followed at 6 p.m. by a procession to the tomb of Christ. That procession is the largest of the season with apostles, Roman soldiers, Veronica and her veil, the municipal band, various religious
Veronica
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 Among the participants is a recent Good Friday procession
 with this woman representing the biblical character of
 Veronica.


organizations and the glass casket bearing the statue of the crucified Christ.

The line of march is north from the cathedral to Avenida Primera and then west to Calle 4 and then south to Avenida Segunda and then back to the cathedral.

Saturday at 4 p.m. is another procession marking the visit of Mary, the mother of Christ to His tomb. That procession leaves the El Soledad church.

At 7 p.m. there is a service in the cathedral that the church says is the most important of Semana Santa. Various blessings are planned.

Sunday at 10 a.m. is the procession marking the resurrection of Jesus. The line of march is from the Iglesia de la Merced to the cathedral where an Easter Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m.

All these events are open to the public and attract thousands of spectators. Tourists usually are surprised by the detail and the  elaborate floats and statues that make up the processions.

Although the cathedral has the most processions during Semana Santa, there are similar events at local churches.

The Episcopal/Anglican Parish of The Good Shepherd also has a week of activities planned.

The church at Avenida 4 between calles 3 and 5 will mark Palm Sunday with a procession at 9 a.m.

Monday there is a noontime prayer at the church. Tuesday members of the congregation will be visiting the sick. There is a 9 a.m. service Wednesday and one at noon and another at 6 p.m. Thursday.

On Good Friday the members of the church will participate in a Way of the Cross at noon based on the Passion of Christ according to John. There is a 6 p.m. service Saturday and a 9 a.m. service Easter Sunday.


Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas captures another drug boat
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Costa Rican coast guard crew captured another boat that seems to be filled with drugs.

The action took place early Monday off Punta Burica in extreme southwest Costa Rica. Four persons were detained, two Costa Ricans and two Ecuadorians, said the security ministry.

The boat had a double hull, and members of the Policía de Control de Drogas and the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas were working through the night to extract the cocaine that had been loaded in the compartment.

As of Monday afternoon, they had recovered 315 kilos but they expected to get much more, said the security ministry.

The open boat, the "Virgin del Carmen," is 10 meters long and registered in Ecuador, said the ministry.

Last week, a coast guard patrol caused the crew of another drug boat to beach it at Manzanillo on the Caribbean coast. That boat carried 1,730 kilos of cocaine. The four members of the boat's crew vanished into the local population.
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Scientists extract DNA of long extinct frog with eye toward resurrection
By the  University of New South Wales news service

The genome of an extinct Australian frog has been revived and reactivated by a team of scientists using sophisticated cloning technology to implant a dead cell nucleus into a fresh egg from another frog species. The bizarre gastric-brooding frog, Rheobatrachus silus, which uniquely swallowed its eggs,  brooded its young in its stomach and gave birth through its mouth, became extinct in 1983.

But the Lazarus Project team has been able to recover cell nuclei from tissues collected in the 1970s and kept for 40 years in a conventional deep freezer. The “de-extinction” project aims to bring the frog back to life.

In repeated experiments over five years, the researchers used a laboratory technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer. They took fresh donor eggs from the distantly related great barred frog, Mixophyes fasciolatus, inactivated the egg nuclei and replaced them with dead nuclei from the
 extinct frog. Some of the eggs spontaneously began to divide and grow to early embryo stage – a tiny ball of many living cells.

Although none of the embryos survived beyond a few days, genetic tests confirmed that the dividing cells contain the genetic material from the extinct frog. The results are yet to be published.

“We are watching Lazarus arise from the dead, step by exciting step,” says the leader of the Lazarus Project team,  Mike Archer, of the University of New South Wales, in Sydney. “We’ve reactivated dead cells into living ones and revived the extinct frog’s genome in the process. Now we have fresh cryo-preserved cells of the extinct frog to use in future cloning experiments.

“We’re increasingly confident that the hurdles ahead are technological and not biological and that we will succeed. Importantly, we’ve demonstrated already the great promise this technology has as a conservation tool when hundreds of the world’s amphibian species are in catastrophic decline.”

 
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Capriles vows to end subsidy
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Monday vowed to end his nation's shipments of subsidized oil to Communist-run Cuba, slamming acting President Nicolas Maduro as a puppet of Havana.

Capriles has berated Maduro as a weak imitation of the late Hugo Chávez, whose death two weeks ago convulsed the country and triggered an April 14 vote. The opposition also accuses the government of failing to fight crime and control inflation.

"The giveaways to other countries are going to end. Not another drop of oil will go toward financing the government of the Castros," Capriles said, referring to Cuba's present and past leaders, Raúl and Fidel Castro.

"Nicolas is the candidate of Raúl Castro; I'm the candidate of the Venezuelan people," Capriles said during a speech to university students in the oil-rich state of Zulia.

The election marks the first test of the Chavismo movement's ability to maintain the late leader's radical socialism after his death, and it will be crucial for regional allies that depend on Caracas for financing and cheap fuel.

A victory for Capriles, 40, would likely give global oil companies greater access to the world's largest crude reserves and offer investors more market-friendly policies after years of state-centered economics.

​​Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver, is seen as having the advantage in the vote. He has vowed to continue Chavez's economic model that included frequent nationalizations and heavy regulation of private enterprise alongside generous social welfare programs that underpinned his popularity.

The youthful Capriles, who lost to Chavez by 11 percentage points in 2012, faces a delicate balancing act to highlight the flaws of Chavez's governance without appearing to be attacking the former president or seeking to tarnish his legacy.

​​He has exchanged furious barbs with Maduro since launching his candidacy and renewed his criticisms from last year's campaign over day-to-day problems such as unchecked crime, product shortages and high cost of living.

"Every day it's harder to find food, and every day food is more expensive," Capriles said. "This model is not viable."

He said halting cheap oil sales to Cuba would free up resources to boost public employee salaries by 40 percent to make up for inflation that is one of the region's highest.

Ties to Cuba are likely to remain a central part of the campaign. Capriles for months accused authorities of compromising the country's sovereignty by letting Chávez govern for two months from a Havana hospital.

Venezuela provides close to 100,000 barrels per day of oil to Cuba in exchange for a host of services including doctors that staff free health clinics in slums and rural areas.

Supporters say it has helped expand access to health care, while critics call it a mere subsidy to the Castro government.

Maduro's frequent visits to the island during Chavez's two-month convalescence there led opposition leaders to joke that he had picked up a Cuban accent.

​​The emotional outpouring of affection for Chávez following his March 5 death, along with ample use of government television broadcasts, has helped give Maduro a leg up in the race.

Millions of bereaved supporters have lined up before Chavez's remains to pay respects to a leader who was loved by many of the country's poor but reviled by adversaries who called him a fledgling dictator.

Two recent opinion polls showed Capriles trailing Maduro.

​​Respected local pollster Datanalisis gave Maduro 46.4 percent versus 34.3 percent for Capriles in a survey carried out before Chavez's death.

Capriles enraged Maduro by accusing him of repeatedly lying about the late president's two-year battle with cancer, and of then cynically using his death as a campaign tool. He later apologized to Chavez's family if his words had offended them.

Maduro last week described a plot by far right U.S. elements linked to two senior former members of the George W. Bush administration to kill Capriles.

Both officials denied the charges.


Climate scientist says surges
from storms to increase tenfold


By the University of Copenhagen news service           

By examining the frequency of extreme storm surges in the past, previous research has shown that there was an increasing tendency for storm hurricane surges when the climate was warmer. But how much worse will it get as temperatures rise in the future?

How many extreme storm surges like that from Hurricane Katrina, which hit the U.S. coast in 2005, will there be as a result of global warming? New research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows that there will be a tenfold increase in frequency if the climate becomes two degrees Celsius warmer. The results are published in the scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, PNAS.

Tropical cyclones arise over warm ocean surfaces with strong evaporation and warming of the air. They typically form in the Atlantic Ocean and move towards the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. To calculate the frequency of tropical cyclones in a future with a warmer global climate, researchers have developed various models. One is based on the regional sea temperatures, while another is based on differences between the regional sea temperatures and the average temperatures in the tropical oceans. There is considerable disagreement among researchers about which is best.

"Instead of choosing between the two methods, I have chosen to use temperatures from all around the world and combine them into a single model," explains climate scientist Aslak Grinsted of the Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.
               
He takes into account the individual statistical models and weights them according to how good they are at explaining past storm surges. In this way, he sees that the model reflects the known physical relationships, for example, how the El Niño phenomenon affects the formation of cyclones. The research was performed in collaboration with colleagues from China and England.

The statistical models are used to predict the number of hurricane surges 100 years into the future. How much worse will it be per degree of global warming? How many Katrinas will there be per decade?

Since 1923, there has been a 'Katrina' magnitude storm surge every 20 years.

"We find that 0.4 degrees Celsius warming of the climate corresponds to a doubling of the frequency of extreme storm surges like the one following Hurricane Katrina. With the global warming we have had during the 20th century, we have already crossed the threshold where more than half of all Katrinas are due to global warming," said Grinsted.

"If the temperature rises an additional degree, the frequency will increase by three to four times, and if the global climate becomes two degrees warmer, there will be about 10 times as many extreme storm surges. This means that there will be a Katrina magnitude storm surge every other year," said Grinsted and he points out that in addition to there being more extreme storm surges, the sea will also rise due to global warming. As a result, the storm surges will become worse and potentially more destructive.


Leaders gather in Rome
for installation of Francis


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Vatican is prepared for a huge crowd today as Pope Francis hosts political leaders from 130 nations and representatives from a variety of religions for his installation Mass. Among those visiting Rome is Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pack St. Peter's Square for the celebration, which formally installs Francis as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

Among the high-level guests, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Bartholomew, is expected to attend.  He would be the first patriarch from the Istanbul-based church to witness a papal inauguration since the two branches of Christianity split nearly1,000 years ago.

More than 30 delegations of other Christian churches, as well as representatives from the Jewish, Muslim and various other faiths, also will attend.

​​Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrived prior to Tuesday, in order to meet with the new pope, who hails from her country.  U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, also is one of the political leaders in attendance.

The Vatican released Pope Francis' new coat of arms, which is similar to the one he used as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.  It features symbols of Jesus, his mother, Mary, and her husband, Joseph, as well as the new papal trappings of a bishop miter and the crossed keys of the Holy See.

Vatican officials also released details of Francis' official ring, which once was offered to Pope Paul VI, who presided over the second half of the Second Vatican Council, which is credited with modernizing the Roman Catholic Church.

Francis will receive the ring during Tuesday's installation Mass.


Drug-resistant TB on rise,
and campaigns seek funds


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Strains of tuberculosis that are resistant to multiple drugs present a major threat and could spread widely, the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria said Monday. The organizations are campaigning for funds to tackle the world's second deadliest infectious disease.

Tackling the TB epidemic is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals that U.N. member states agreed to achieve by 2015.

Annually, the number of new TB cases has declined since 2006 and the number of TB-related deaths is on track to reach a 50 percent reduction by 2015.

But in 2011, according to the World Health Organization, there were still 8.7 million new cases and 1.4 million people died from TB.

Additionally, multidrug-resistant TB is posing an increasing threat.

Mario Raviglione, director of the World Health Organization's Stop TB Department, said there has been a 2 percent yearly decline in people falling ill from TB. It's good that the numbers are going down, he said, but the progress is too slow.

"We are not seeing a dent in making the numbers of cases of TB reduced year by year in an accelerated way," said Raviglione.

Two regions, Europe and Africa, are not on track to halve the TB death rate by 2015, which is the goal laid out by the U.N.

Raviglione said that in Western Europe and North America there are, on average, about five or six TB cases per 100,000 people. The numbers in Africa, which has the greatest per capita TB death rate, are much higher.

"In Africa you find peaks, especially in southern Africa, like South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, etcetera, of 1,000 cases per 100,000, so, many times higher than what you find in rich countries," he said.

The two Geneva-based organizations held a press conference Monday highlighting the urgent need for funds to combat the TB crisis.

They say an extra $1.6 billion in international funding is needed annually for the treatment and prevention of the disease. By filling the gap, it says treatment could be provided to 17 million TB and multidrug-resistant TB patients, and save 6 million lives between 2014-2016.

Raviglione said about 60 percent of the $1.6 billion would be for WHO’s Africa region.


Man behind the curtain
has a movie of his own


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The story of the Wizard of Oz, the magician who inhabits the Emerald City has weathered time. Written by Frank Baum in 1900, the fantasy has become a movie and a play many times over. Its most famous incarnation was MGM’s lavish 1939 production starring Judy Garland and her ruby slippers.  Now, a prequel to the original has been made to court audiences in the 21st century.
 
Like the original, "Oz the Great and Powerful," a new release by filmmaker Sam Raimi, opens in black and white.
 
Circus magician Oscar Diggs, played by James Franco, is taken to the Emerald City where he’s destined to claim the throne. First, he’s told, he has to kill the Wicked Witch. He meets three witches. They deny they're wicked.
 
It will take time for him to figure out who the bad witch is.
 
James Franco says the original story inspired him. “I have been a fan of the world of Oz since I was probably 11, maybe younger. So, I thought it was a really great opportunity to jump into the role of my childhood and imagination," he said.
 
Sam Raimi’s 3D film offers a good story, rich visuals, good acting and great special effects.
 
But it can't match the 1939 "Wizard of Oz" where Dorothy, played by Judy Garland in her ruby slippers, made history.
 
She travels to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard who will show her the way back home only to find that Oz is a fake.
 
The journey is an allegory of self-discovery.
 
The Library of Congress named The Wizard of Oz the most watched motion picture in history, says Patrick Loughney, executive director of the National Audio Visual Conservation Center at the Library. 
 
“It’s a magical film because it captures that concentration of energy, genius and creativity that was apparent in Hollywood, in the movie industry at that time," he said.
 
Loughney says the 1939 film carried a post-depression message of endurance. “To me it's the message of hope in the movie that ultimately connects with everybody at that time, and even today," he said.
 
Other incarnations of "The Wizard of Oz" have reflected changes in popular culture.  In 1974, "The Wiz" featured Dorothy played by Diana Ross, with an all-black cast.
 
"I think it reflects a social change that already occurred in America since the 1950s and 1960s. And so you have major movie studios beginning to accommodate artists coming out of the African American community," said Loughney.
 
Now, Sam Raimi’s technical marvel, "Oz the Great and Powerful," may give new life to the wizard until the next incarnation of Frank Baum's beloved story.
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This titled property is located on a dead end road only 300 meters from the beach at Esterillos Este. It's a ''one of a kind'' construction with natural diamond Brite pool!
Top of Line construction
1st master bedroom with full bath and loft area. 2nd master bedroom with full bath and outdoor shower. Sells completely furnished with front-loading washer-dryer, commercial refri/freezer and deluxe furniture. Storage area and carport. $289,000.00 USD Call 2778-8408 or 8707-1037 or email marietta234@yahoo.es
www.beachfrontcentralpacific.com
7788-3/14/13

just reduced
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1060.html
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005  CR Cell 8718-9891
7766-6/17/13

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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
Brokers Welcome
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1011.html
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7725-xxxx

Retirement/vacation/hobby farm lots for sale
Libertad, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 15 minutes to Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa,
Colinas
20 minutes to Liberia airport. Project is Colinas del Sol del Pacifico, S. A. 125-acre project with beautiful mountain and valley views. 70 clear-titled lots remaining for sale with water and electric to each lot. Lots are 5,000 sq. meters and larger. Fenced and gated project. Ready to build. Lots start at $30,000.    Guanacaste tree
See www.colinasdelsolcr.com. Prices listed have been reduced from those shown on the Web site.  For all general inquiries please contact Jim Day at JimDay50@aol.com or 001 517 484-3675.
7607-2/27/12

beachfront one
beachfronttwo
beachfront three
Price slashed for quick sale.
Beautiful, completely remodeled beachfront home for sale.

Great location in between Quepos and Parrita. Please visit this Web site for complete details: www.tomstewartinsurance.com/CostaRica. Price recently reduced for quick sale. Email  tomstewart0001@gmail.com or call 713-775-9283.
7600-3/7/13

Costa Azul view
costa azul ocean
Properties in Osa near the ocean.
50% discount from the valuation price, starting at $30.000.
Financing available. Contact us at +506 2233-7778 or +506 8815-6476.
Grupo Costa Azul – A property waiting for you!
www.grupocostaazulcr.com
7484-9/11/12

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Would you like to start a chain of pizzerias  in Costa Rica?
If you have the money,   I have the ideas and the basis to start. Buy the place,
and I'll work for you! Only serious inquiries. Money or property in C.R.
Call  Mike  (506) 8375 4287 or after 1 p.m. Call to  (506) 2241 1068.
7868-4/6/13

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Tourism chamber board
gets new president


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The assembly of the Cámara Nacional de Turismo has
Ms. Vargas
Isabel Vargas
picked  Isabel Vargas Rodríguez to be president of the board of directors.

Ms. Vargas is a lawyer with a master's in business administration. She is the general manager in the Colinas del Poás, a family operation in Fraijanes de Alajuela. It is an adventure and recreational location with a restaurant that specializes in preparing rainbow trout, which are grown on the premises.

The trouism chamber has a paid
staff headed by an executive director.

Ms. Vargas will serve at least until November.

The chamber has been criticized by a new tourism group, the Asociacion Para La Proteccion Del Turismo.

Jacqueline López of Mapache Rent a Car was named vice president
  

Unified development plan
sought for Latin America


Special to A.M. Costa Rica

At the closing session of a regional conference in Bogotá, Colombia, authorities from several Latin American and Caribbean countries and international experts agreed on the urgency of building a global, unified, comprehensive and equitable post-2015 development agenda that is relevant to everyone.

The Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20, which began on 7 March in Bogotá, was organized by the government of Colombia and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and was attended by all United Nations agencies in the region, as well as intergovernmental and civil-society organizations.

Over three days, participants discussed the challenges facing the region in terms of building a more ambitious post-2015 development agenda that promotes growth with greater cultural awareness, solidarity with the most vulnerable societies, inclusion, protection, social equality and environmental sustainability.

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