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Modified crop foes likely to heat up controversy
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two crusaders against genetically modified crops will present their case Friday at a press conference.

They are U.S. lawyer Steven Druker, who has been campaigning against modified crops for more than 25 years, and chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall, who lately has turned her attention to plants.

The presentation is being sponsored by the The Pax Natura Foundation that has as co-chairpersons Ms. Goodall and former president Óscar Arias Sánchez.

The visit is likely to reignite the demand for a national moratorium on genetically modified plants. A legislative committee has declined to propose this to the full legislature after hearing weeks of testimony. However, many cantons have passed such moratoriums. President Luis Guillermo Solís has been pressed to decree the moratorium.

Ms. Goodall wrote the forward for the book, "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth," and she says Druker is a hero and his work is "without doubt, one of the most important books of the last 50 years."

Druker is head of the Fairfield, Iowa, Alliance for Bio-Integrity. He gained prominence in the early 1990s for a suit against the U.S. Federal Drug Administration that generated working documents by the agency's scientists. Some expressed reservations about approving genetically modified crops.

The book is certain to gain readership among the expats in Costa Rica. Many are older and concerned about their health. In addition, surveys have shown that the public in general is more suspicious of genetically modified crops than scientists.

A Pew Research report in January of the U.S. population determined that 57 percent says that genetically modified foods are generally unsafe to eat, while 37 percent says such foods are safe. In contrast, the same report said that 88 percent of scientists who are members of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science say such foods are generally safe.

The official publication date for the self-published book in Tuesday, although it is generally available online for prices ranging from $20 to $30.

Druker's basic point is that the Federal Drug Administration violated its own policies by approving genetically modified products.

His opinions have received wide distribution on Web sites that promote natural foods or oppose genetically modified ones.

A summary of the book's contents posted to the Barnes & Noble Web site says this, in part:

"This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age. It tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to restructure the genetic core of the world's food supply came into being, how it advanced by consistently violating the protocols of science, and how for more than three decades, hundreds of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal the unique risks of its products — and get them onto our dinner plates."

Criticisms of the book are beginning to be published.

Terry Simpson, a general surgeon in Arizona, also addresses medical issues on his Web site. He said he read the book and that it is filled with logical fallacies and
that:  "Druker’s tryptophan story is
 incorrect, and yet throughout the book he refers to this as the basis for the view he hammers into the reader.  What Druker also fails to realize is that the new proteins made in GMO have undergone extensive tests."

The tryptophan story, mentioned by  Simpson, refers to deaths and illnesses attributed to a food supplement imported from Japan that contained the amino acid L-tryptophan. That was in the late 1980s. Druker correctly has noted that dozens died and 1,500 were disabled.

The Japanese firm used bioengineering to produce the amino acid, but extensive investigation failed to find a link. Another cause might have been contamination, according to researchers at the time. The cause still is a mystery.

Simpson also notes that the book makes extensive use of a discredited French study on rats and another suspect report that suggested damage was caused by genetically modified potatoes.

The sponsor, the Pax Natura Foundation, says on its Web site that "We stand at a critical juncture in history. While wars have ravaged human civilization in the form of armed conflict between our fellow brothers and sisters, an undeclared war has also been raging against the natural world."

The controversy over modified crops began here because the Monsanto Corp. sought to plant several tracts of its modified Bt corn to produce seed for export.

The corn is bioengineered to produce protein from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis that kills the European corn borer.

Nearly all the corn products produced in the United States contain modified crop contributions. And that is true for snack foods imported into Costa Rica.

Defenders of the modified crops say that for 30 years there has been no evidence of harm. Some crops are modified to resist Monsanto's Roundup herbicide so farmers can spray rather than hoe weeds.

European countries have generally been opposed to modified crops, and labeling is a big issue even in the United States.

Foreign genes are introduced to modify organisms via bacteria or viruses. An ironic twist to the entire controversy is that all humans might be genetically modified organisms.

A research report last week said that many animals, including humans, acquired essential foreign genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times.

The research was in the open access journal Genome Biology. The study challenges conventional views that animal evolution relies solely on genes passed down through ancestral lines, suggesting that, at least in some lineages, the process is still ongoing, the report said.

Far from being a rare occurrence, it appears that such gene transfer "has contributed to the evolution of many, perhaps all, animals and that the process is ongoing, meaning that we may need to re-evaluate how we think about evolution," said lead author Alastair Crisp from the University of Cambridge

In humans, researchers said they confirmed 17 previously reported genes acquired from transfer in humans, and identified 128 additional foreign genes in the human genome that have not previously been reported, according to  summary of the research by BioMed Central.

 
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Cell phone use termed distracted driving

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Traffic laws still say that talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel is a violation. But such activity, what researchers call distracted driving, seems to be the norm.

There are other ways to create danger on the highway, such as tuning the radio or eating lunch. But far more typical is the use of the cell telephone.

Some of the biggest offenders are the taxi drivers, the professionals, who need the cell telephone to get business.

“Based on recent studies, anything that takes your attention away, any glance away from the road for two seconds or longer can increase the risk of an accident from four to 24 times,” said David Hurwitz, an assistant professor of transportation engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. He was quoted in a university release.

The chances are high that driving in the metro area here is more risk-filled than doing so in Oregon. The motorcycles are all over.  Traffic signals are not obeyed. Motorists do not stop at train tracks.

One study has equated texting on a cell phone equivalent to driving drunk, according to Oregon State.

Hurwitz said his recent research found that 27 percent of young respondents changed clothes or shoes while driving and some students worked on homework. And research has shown that more women use the cell telephone than male drivers.

The cell telephone rule seems to be one that traffic police are now ignoring. That puts it in the category of seat-belt use and violations for blocking an intersection.

Government media oligopolies decried

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Inter American Press Association has denounced the existence of government sponsored media oligopolies in various countries of
Latin America.  The allegation took place during a hearing in Washington, D.C., before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The press association declared that in Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Guatemala and Argentina the government, using public resources, have created powerful oligopolies to support those in power, with hundreds of radio stations, television channels, newspapers, news agencies and Web sites. The organization pointed out that a total media monopoly controlled by brothers Raúl and Fidel Castro, has existed in Cuba for 56 years.

At a hearing called to debate issues of plurality, diversity and media concentration in the region, the Inter American Press Association defended its historic position in favor of the observance of Article 12 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression, adopted in 2000.

Article 12 warns that “Monopolies or oligopolies in the ownership and control of the media must be subject to anti-trust laws, as they conspire against democracy by limiting the plurality and diversity which ensures the full exercise of people’s right to information.”

It also adds that “In no case should such laws apply exclusively to the media. The concession of radio and television broadcast frequencies should take into account democratic criteria that provide equal opportunity of access for all individuals.”

“The IAPA opposes, has opposed and will oppose the existence of monopolies or oligopolies, both public and private, in the precise terms that are established by Article 12 of the Declaration of Principles,” said Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the organization's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information. He is editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda.

“The problems of monopolies or oligopolies is one of the principal risks to freedom of expression,” he said.


Bilinguals draw on two cultures, study says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

According to a new study, speaking two languages may influence how people perceive the world around them by putting a different emphasis on certain reactions.

Psycholinguists from Britain's Lancaster University say bilinguals may have a more flexible way of thinking by paying attention to things inherently emphasized in different cultures.

They say that for instance Japanese speakers usually group objects by material they are made of instead of their shape, while Korean speakers emphasize on how objects fit together.

Likewise, the Russian language has different words and a more precise distinction between light blue and dark blue colors, while the English language does not.

Another test showed that after being distracted in one language bilinguals tended to have their responses influenced by the second language.  In other words, English-German speakers acted like typical Germans when their English was blocked by repeating strings of numbers in German.  The same worked the other way around.

Lancaster University scientists say the conclusion is that bilinguals have the ability to negotiate between different perspectives in reaching conclusions about the world around them.

Critics say the tests were only laboratory experiments and the findings may not apply to everyday life situations.


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Giant poem coming to Ciudad Colón

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Earth Charter, Ciudad Colón will be the site of another edition of the giant poem. Participants can put their words on a 150-meter roll. This had been done in at least 57 cities.

Organizers said they selected Ciudad Colón because that is the location of the Earth Charter International Secretariat. The event begins at 9 a.m. in the Ciudad Colón park.

The poem is called a social participatory project. The event also is linked to World Poetry Day.

The Earth Charter is described as an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century.


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Government Semana Santa rule does not sit well with hotel chamber
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hotel operators are unhappy because the central government is making employees work Monday through Wednesday on Semana Santa. Traditionally, the government workers have had the entire week off.

President Luis Guillermo Solís, embroiled in a controversy over the fiscal deficit, government spending and new taxes, issued the decree providing just Thursday and Friday to be days off during the week. They are national holidays anyway.

Although the week preceding Easter is filled with religious

activities, the bulk of the population seem to head to the beaches or mountains.

And that is what the hotel operators want. The Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles said Wednesday that its members were expecting from 80 to 85 percent occupancy over Semana Santa. But with the change in plan by the government hotel operators expected that some reservations would be canceled, said the chamber.

Government workers can go to the beach for the entire week as long as they have vacation time and receive supervisory approval, said Casa Presidencial Wednesday.


In Costa Rica the jungle lizards are not allowed on the menu
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police said they stopped three men carrying a suspicious bag in Tortuguero Wednesday. Officers quickly found that the bag contained three iguana.

The officers concluded that the men were preparing to turn the lizards into dinner. But that is against the law in Costa Rica where taking creatures from the wild is prohibited.

The Fuerza Pública officers delivered the iguanas to local representatives of the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Mares for reintroduction into the nearby national park.

And the three men are going to court.

The prohibition against eating iguana is not universal. In fact, the Internet is filled with iguana recipes ranging from soup to stew to a roast to a curry dish. Iguana eggs also are sought.

Florida newspapers have published news stories encouraging the hunting and eating of the creatures because of overpopulation and their harvesting would solve the hunger problem. They were not joking.

The critters are fair game in other Latin and Caribbean

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countries. Their fans say the meat tastes like chicken. In fact, scientists say the chicken and other birds are descendants of the dinosaurs.

So chicken salad really is lizard salad.



U.S. expat businessman gunned down by would-be killers in Escazú
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. expat businessman was the target of an assassination attempt late Wednesday morning in the Paco section of Escazú.

The man had left a restaurant and entered his vehicle when two men on a motorcycle pulled up and shot him multiple times with a 9-mm. pistol, said judicial investigators.

The victim went to Hospital San Juan de Dios where he was described as in critical condition. He suffered at least four bullet wounds to the body.

There was confusion over his identity. The Judicial Investigating Organization said his last name was Noah. He also was identified informally as Noah Freeman or Jason Fein­man.

Judicial police said he was 42.

The agency also said he was in the real estate business, but other sources said he operated a call center. He was believed to be a long-time resident of the country.

Judicial police said he lives in the area where the attack took place.

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Researchers say they have solved a long-time question about mammals
By the University of York news staff

Scientists at the University of York provided the key to solving the evolutionary puzzle surrounding what Charles Darwin called the strangest animals ever discovered.

Published this week in Nature, the article describes a technical feat in obtaining a molecular phylogeny based on Pleistocene protein sequences. This is a first, which could herald a new chapter in palaeontology.

Researchers in the university’s BioArCh research facility and Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry were called in by the Natural History Museum and the American Museum of Natural History to resolve the long-standing question of the fossils of Toxodon and Macrauchenia, the South American native ungulates or hooved mammals, the last of which disappeared only 10,000 years ago.

The research shows that South American ungulates, similar to those whose fossils were found by Darwin 180 years ago in Uruguay and Argentina, are actually related to mammals like horses rather than elephants and other species with ancient evolutionary ties to Africa as some taxonomists have maintained.

Previously, attempts by scientists to pinpoint the origin of animals using morphology-based analysis and ancient DNA, had failed. The latter approach was compromised because scientists were unable to recover any identifiable mammalian DNA from fossil specimens. This is likely to be the case for large numbers of important fossils from tropical or temperate deposits, as DNA preservation is ultimately controlled by the temperature history of the material.

But the structural protein, collagen, is likely to survive around 10 times longer than DNA so the York scientists used analysis to screen 48 fossil bone samples of Toxodon platensis and Macrauchenia patachonica, discovered in the 19th century in the same area as those recovered by Darwin.  This produced sequences covering more than 90 per cent of the collagen molecule, effectively providing a barcode for the two species.

The York research team was headed by Professor Matthew Collins, of BioArCh, and Professor Jane Thomas-Oates, director of York’s Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry, and included PhD student Frido Welker and Dr. Jessica Thomas from the university’s Department of Biology.

Dr. Thomas, who conducted the molecular analysis, said “By producing the most comprehensive example of sequencing of its type, we have been able to resolve the taxonomic placement of these mammals, and solve a question that has baffled paleaontologists for more than a century.”

Collins said: “We now have the potential to address many more of these challenges and to explore the evolutionary process much further back in prehistory.”

Ian Barnes, a curator at the Natural History Museum said:
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 “Although the bones of these animals had been studied for over 180 years, no clear picture of their origins had been reached. Our analyses began by investigating ancient DNA to try to resolve the problem.”

“Fitting South American ungulates to the mammalian family tree has always been a major challenge for paleontologists, because anatomically they were these weird mosaics, exhibiting features found in a huge variety of quite unrelated species living all over the place." said Ross MacPhee, a curator in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Mammalogy.

“This is what puzzled Darwin and his collaborator Richard Owen so much in the early 19th century. With all of these conflicting signals, they couldn’t say whether these ungulates were related to giant rodents, or elephants, or camels — or what have you.”

With modern techniques of phylogenetic interpretation, the researchers were able to conclusively show that the closest living relatives of these species were the perissodactyls, the group that includes horses, rhinos, and tapirs.

This makes them part of Laurasiatheria, one of the major groups of placental mammals. The molecular evidence corroborates a view held by some leading paleontologists that the ancestors of these South American ungulates came from North America more than 60 million years ago, probably just after the mass extinction that killed off non-avian dinosaurs and many other vertebrates. Because the South American ungulates were such a large and varied group, it is not clear whether other lineages not studied by the researchers all had the same origin.


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When you visit Costa Rica, you'll want to discover what you need to know to  make the right choice about moving to this tropical paradise.  Our familiarization tours have won hard-earned credentials that prove general excellence and the right focus.  These are the only retirement tours that are licensed and approved by the Costa Rican government and tourism institute  (ICT). In 2006 we were featured on the NBC Today Show and World News.  In 2010, we won the  prestigious Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the Best and Most Unique Tour in Latin America.

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Largest art gallery in Guanacaste
Drop in to see some of Costa Rica's finest art
at the largest gallery in Guanacaste.

The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
or contact us by email:
HiddenGarden@TheVanStoneGroup.com.   
Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel. 2667-0592 / 8386-6872; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073. International shipping available.
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Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
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Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.
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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.
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Grecia 908
Beautiful house for rent, inside a private property. Very secure. Price $1,850. See more photos HERE!
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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!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
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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 emilyanneaston@gmail.com
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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: gortuno@gmail.com
8618-3/27/15

Paseo Colon tower
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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: gortuno@gmail.com
8617-3/27/15

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: james43michael@yahoo.com.
8605-3/18/15

Coco condo
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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: redlclark@aol.com
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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
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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  jogya345@yahoo.com
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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        www.manuelantonioestates.com

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:  rentnowcr@gmail.com.
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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.
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We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442.
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ALAJUELA – SERENE LIVING
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 gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  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.
Contact:  HPCattleCR@aol.com
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Tunisia shocked by attack
that killed many tourists


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tunisia's parliament called for a day of solidarity after gunmen opened fire at one of the capital's top tourism sites, killing 19 people and wounding more than 40 others.

"The target of the attack was the parliament and the national museum," said Parliament President Mohamed Enaceur during a special session late Wednesday. "These are symbols, and this attack was a message to tell us that terrorism today has changed in that it has a presence in the city and is eyeing our national symbols."

Prime Minister Habib Essid said two assailants wearing military-style uniforms hunted and chased down tourists at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis before taking a small group captive. Police killed two attackers in an operation to free the hostages. Authorities said they were searching for up to three potential accomplices.

Japanese officials said Thursday the dead included three people from Japan. Essid said two Tunisians were among the victims, along with people from Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

Tunisian television showed images of older tourists and children fleeing the scene under the cover of armed security forces. A spokesman for the interior ministry said at least 100 people were inside the museum at the time of the attack.

In a television address to the nation Wednesday evening, President Beji Caid Essebsi said, "I want the people of Tunisia to understand firstly and lastly that we are in a war with terror, and these savage minority groups will not frighten us.''

The U. N. Security Council strongly condemned the shootings.

Yan St. Pierre, the CEO of the Berlin-based security firm MOSECON, said the museum's location next to the parliament building could have been targeted specifically to shut down the work of the government, which was scheduled to pass even tougher anti-terrorism laws Wednesday.

“The Bardo being so close to the parliament, it provided a soft target. It allowed them to disrupt voting on that bill. They succeeded. They had to evacuate parliament because of the attack on the Bardo," St. Pierre said.

St. Pierre said he believes the attack could have the long-term impact of making the Tunisian government, which he said remains in transition, even more fragile.

But he added that as chaos in neighboring Libya deepens the regional security crisis, he expects terrorist attacks against soft targets like the museum to continue.

Netanyahu ready to form
new government soon


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will do everything in his power to ensure the well being and security of all Israeli citizens.

Netanyahu made his comments Wednesday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a day after his conservative Likud party scored a resounding victory in Israel's parliamentary election.

With nearly all of the ballots counted, Likud captured 30 of the 120 seats in parliament, compared with 24 seats for its main challenger, the Zionist Union, led by Isaac Herzog. Exit polls Tuesday had projected a tight race, with the two sides at 24 seats apiece.

Netanyahu said Wednesday he intends to form a government in the next two to three weeks, which would give him a fourth term as prime minister.

A statement from his office said he has already reached out to smaller parties in order to form the 61-seat coalition he needs to govern. One key will be Moshe Kahlon's centrist Kulanu party, which won 10 seats in Tuesday's vote. Kahlon is expected to be the next finance minister.

"The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for them regarding security, economy and society as we committed to do, and we will do so," Netanyahu said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Secretary of State John Kerry called Netanyahu to congratulate him on the victory and that President Barack Obama will do so in the coming days.

The election was viewed closely regarding its impact on U.S.-Israeli relations. Differences on key issues, including the Iranian nuclear negotiations and stalled peace talks, have led to increased tensions between the two governments.

Earnest said unprecedented security cooperation between the United States and Israel will continue, and he voiced support for a two-state solution with Israel and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu said earlier this week he would never support a Palestinian state, reversing the position he had held during his administration as the two sides conducted peace talks that eventually broke down.

A U.N. spokesperson, speaking on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said it will be incumbent on the new Israeli government to create the conditions leading to a final peace deal with the Palestinians. He said Israel should take steps including a cessation of illegal settlement building on occupied Palestinian land.

Meanwhile, Senior Palestinian Authority official Abdullah Abdullah expressed disappointment at the results.

The Palestinians are now likely to press ahead with their attempts to bring war crimes charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court.


Reaction in U.S. depends
on political inclinations

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu savors his party’s decisive victory in parliamentary elections, U.S. lawmakers are reacting along party lines while analysts are more circumspect.

It was unclear Wednesday how the win will affect U.S. relations with Israel. Tensions had mounted over the long-stalled Middle East peace process and the prime minister’s recent, impassioned speech before the U.S. Congress, during which he warned against an Iran nuclear deal. The move was criticized as undermining the Obama administration and its international partners.

House Speaker John Boehner, who invited Netanyahu to speak, tweeted "heartfelt congratulations" to the prime minister: "Looking forward to continuing the strong bond between #Israel & America."

"The people of Israel have spoken," U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House’s leading Democrat, said at a news conference Wednesday. "I respect the results that they have produced. I think that what they have produced will be a continued lively discussion about the peace process."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Netanyahu to extend congratulations, the White House said, noting that President Barack Obama would do so "in the coming days."

Earlier this week, Netanyahu infuriated the White House and some of Israel's other Western allies by declaring he would not support a two-state solution to ease tensions with Palestinians. "I think that whoever moves to establish a Palestinian state or intends to withdraw from territory is simply yielding territory for radical Islamic terrorist attacks against Israel," the prime minister said.

Security tops economic concerns?

Netanyahu’s win means security trumped domestic issues, said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, referencing some Israelis' concerns about pocketbook issues. But the South Carolina Republican, a vocal critic of President Barack Obama, said the vote contained a message for the American leader.

"Embrace the reality that Iran is toppling one neighbor after the other, and that you are negotiating regarding their nuclear ambition and they are not paying any price for destabilizing the region," Graham said. The administration has "an obsession with a nuclear deal with Iran that is disturbing everybody in the region."


Talks with Iran emerge
as major political issue


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

No matter what happens with the negotiations over curbing Iran’s nuclear program, count on the issue being front and center during next year’s U.S. presidential election campaign.

The recent letter sent to Iran’s leaders by 47 Senate Republicans highlights the sharp divide between the Obama administration’s approach to the Iran talks and the skeptical view from conservative critics. The letter, authored by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, set off a political firestorm in Washington.

But for the most part the Republicans who signed the letter are standing by it and a defiant Cotton issued a defense on CBS’s Face the Nation.

“Well it is a simple fact of our Constitution that if Congress does not approve the deal then it may not last.  And the deal that is on the table right now is a very bad deal.”  Cotton later said:  “The president views Congress as an afterthought.  Iran’s leaders clearly have the message now, and I think it was important they got the message.”

Many Democrats were appalled by what they saw as a breach of precedent by members of Congress communicating directly with a foreign power and leading U.S. adversary.

Secretary of State John Kerry responded to Cotton on the CBS’ show Face the Nation.

“What I do know is that this letter is absolutely calculated directly to interfere with these negotiations,” he said.

Likely Democratic contender Hillary Clinton defended the Obama administration’s negotiating approach and went after the Republicans who signed the letter.

“Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander in chief in the midst of high-stakes international diplomacy.  Either answer does discredit to the letter’s signatories.”  Clinton added, “No one considering running for commander in chief should be signing on.”

It’s likely much more about this will come out in the presidential primary debates that begin later this year.

“The letter signed by 47 Republican senators is just truly unprecedented,” said Ken Sofer, a national security expert with the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, who says the issue will resonate into 2016.  “To undermine a president’s private negotiations with another world leader is just something we have never seen before.”

The political flap over the letter is just the beginning.

Supporters of the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran took heart from a recent CNN-ORC poll that found 68 percent of those surveyed supported the diplomatic negotiations with Iran while 29 percent were opposed.

Support seemed to cross party lines with 77 percent of Democrats, 65 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of independents favoring the talks.  Americans were more divided on whether the Republican letter to Iran was a good idea.

Forty-nine percent said the letter went too far while 39 percent said it was appropriate, another sign that policy toward Iran will remain a divisive political issue for the foreseeable future.

The widely divergent attitudes of the Obama White House and conservatives in Congress has already emerged as a major point focus in the very early stage of the U.S. presidential campaign with likely Republican presidential contenders trying to outdo one another in sounding tough on Iran.

An early indication of the focus on Iran came during the recent Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington where numerous Republican White House hopefuls auditioned in front of a boisterous conservative crowd.

Former Texas governor and likely presidential contender Rick Perry set the tone early on when he listed his foreign policy priorities.

“Number one is Iran should not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons — period,” he said.

Several other likely contenders followed Perry to the stage including former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Rubio has staked out a conservative approach on foreign policy.  Rubio said this week that as president he would be willing to defy European allies and pull the U.S. out of any nuclear deal agreed to under the Obama administration.

Rubio, Cruz, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul signed the Republican letter to Iran and other likely Republican White House contenders have also expressed support.

Jeb Bush brought up the issue during a recent visit to the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire.

“I’m considering the possibility of running for president, and I would, as president, not negotiate a treaty with Iran that would legitimize the Ayatollah and the brutality of that regime,” he said.

Wisconsin's Walker also weighed in during an interview with WMUR TV in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“If you are making a major decision with a foreign country, in this case like Iran, I think the Constitution clearly requires the advice and consent of the United States Congress,” he said.

The firestorm over the letter also shows that polarized domestic politics is having a negative impact on foreign policy, said George Washington University political analyst Matt Dallek.

“There is a ton of animosity and I think after Obama signed the executive order on immigration reform the Republican’s attitude in Congress was ‘we are going to do everything we can to kind of get back at him, to poke him, to undermine him even in areas where traditionally it is not Congress’ role,”’ he said.


World health chief seeks
end to tobacco companies


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The director-general of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that she would like to see all tobacco companies shut down.

Margaret Chan, speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, told delegates that "it's going to be a tough fight. We should not give up until we make sure the tobacco industry goes out of business."

Dr. Chan said cigarette companies use all kinds of tactics to try to undermine anti-tobacco laws around the world, including funding political parties and giving money directly to politicians.

"Governments wishing to protect their citizens through larger pictorial warnings on cigarette packs or by introducing plainer packaging are being intimidated by industry's threats of lengthy and costly litigation," she said.

Two of the world's best-known billionaires, computer magnate Bill Gates and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced an anti-tobacco litigation fund to help countries pay for such court battles.

World Health says tobacco use is falling and nonsmoking is becoming the norm around the world. It recommends that governments step up action against the tobacco industry's efforts to fight the trend.

Medical experts call tobacco use, including smoking and chewing, a major cause of such diseases as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. They also say secondhand smoke causes cancer and other problems in nonsmokers.

World Health says tobacco kills 6 million people a year.


Two firms pioneer cars
that can drive themselves

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two major technology companies say they intend to take radical steps toward preparing self-driving cars for introduction to everyday life.

British-based Delphi Automotive will send its converted Audi SQ5 on an eight-day, 5,600-kilometer drive from San Francisco to New York City, starting Sunday, with the aim of testing its automatic drive systems.

The car is equipped with four short-range radars, three cameras and six distance-measuring lasers, along with a range of other systems.

Its human passengers will sit back and observe the car’s performance on open roads, but will take control when it gets off the highways.

In the meantime, the U.S. computer chip maker Nvidia unveiled an experimental computer designed to allow autonomous cars to learn from experience instead of reacting according to a predefined set of rules.

With Nvidia's programming, the cars will gain expertise the same way humans do — by learning from thousands of different situations they encounter in everyday driving.

Over time, for instance, the car’s computer should be able to distinguish between the need to brake for a small animal that suddenly runs out in front of the vehicle but not for a piece of newspaper blown across the road.


Non-profit videos help
poor farmers grow food


By the University of Illinois news staff

Subsistence farmers in Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean are learning how to construct raised planting beds and install drip irrigation systems to boost their agricultural productivity, conserve water and perhaps even halt the rapid advance of desertification in some drought-prone regions.

This educational effort, led in large part by nonprofit groups and private donors, is getting a boost from Scientific Animations Without Borders, an initiative that produces animated educational videos that can be played and shared on cellphones and other digital devices. The videos focus on health, agricultural production and development, and are narrated in local languages, reaching many who cannot read.

Carl Burkybile, the agricultural director of Healing Hands International, a faith-based, humanitarian nonprofit group that, among other things, teaches survival gardening, first contacted Scientific Animations Without Borders co-founders, University of Illinois entomology Professor Barry Pittendrigh and Center for African Studies assistant director Julia Bello-Bravo, in the summer of 2014. Burkybile, an Urbana resident, asked the pair to work with him to develop animated videos to help get the survival gardening information into more hands.

“This is exciting from my perspective,” Ms. Bello-Bravo said. “Here is someone from the community who was already going global with important agricultural information. He worked with us on every detail of these videos, and now he is actively sharing them globally.”

The Scientific Animations team routinely works with community educators to develop educational animations to meet their needs. Today, the non-profit offers dozens of videos in more than 20 languages. The video developers consult international experts on the topics the animations address. The videos are made available at no cost to the public and to educators who can share them widely.

“If we can partner with a group, even if they can’t bring financial resources to the table, sometimes they bring even more valuable resources: expertise, time and goodwill,” Pittendrigh said. “Sometimes you can move mountains with goodwill.”

“We’re excited about what we’ve developed with SAWBO,” Burkybile said. “We have survival gardening handouts that I’ve developed in English and Spanish right now, but many poor farmers are illiterate. With the cellphone videos, they can learn how to do these things, even though they can’t read.”

The videos demonstrate how to build raised planting beds using layers of vegetation, animal manure and soil. They also show how to install a drip irrigation system. Healing Hands International provides the drip irrigation buckets, lines and hardware to those it serves, but most of the techniques in the videos also can be adapted by people who have no access to drip lines, Burkybile said.

“We say to farmers, don’t think about what you don’t have; think about what you do have,” he said. “So they have vegetation, animal manure, kitchen scraps. They can make their own fertilizer.”

If they lack drip lines, farmers can water the plants by hand. If water is scarce, they are instructed to water only at the base of each plant. The videos show how to build 15-meter long planting beds that are one meter wide with two rows of plants per bed.

“With 10 gallons or 40 liters of water per day, they can raise enough vegetables to feed a family of five to seven during the dry season,” Burkybile said. “So if one bed will feed your family, the second one is income, and the third one and the fourth one. So first we want to feed the family and then have an income so that the kids can get an education and the family can be productive and prosperous.”

The survival gardening videos are now available in English, Spanish and French, and soon will be translated into Swahili, Creole and Portuguese. So far, the videos have been shown in El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya and South Sudan, Burkybile said.

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8609-2/20/16
Mafri one
Beautiful house in Santa Ana, Valley and mountain view. Price: $1,300,000. Single story, bedrooms. 5 baths. Double-size garage: 360 m2. Lot: 4,487 m2. 
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Mafri two
San Isidro de Heredia. Great lot with 3 houses. $3,200,000 single story. 1,505 m2 Lot: 37,419m2  Click HERE!
Mafri three
Finca Las Trufas, San Ramon-Esparza, Price: $3,900,000 Farm and ranch. Single story 1,500 m2. on 25 hectares Click HERE!

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The best option in real estate services in southern Costa Rica and the South Pacific coast. We are professionals promoting properties such as farms, lots, ranches, commercial premises, homes and apartments, through our advertising and marketing services.
Are you buying a property? Our experienced team is ready to help you to find the right place. Are you selling? We are experts selling properties.  Keep it simple. Don't waste your time. We are  the best local and international listing.  Contact us, and we will be glad to assist you!
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8563-4.15.15

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8554-6/15/14

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The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and commercial real estate.  Call us: Ocean Surf and Sun Int. Realty Ldta at 011 (506) 2653-0073 or send us an email at: info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com
8583-1/27/16

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Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
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volacano
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 lafortunaguy@gmail.com or phone 8377-8402.
8631-4/18/15

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

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515 ivo@godutchrealty.com
8524-6/5/15

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: gortuno@gmail.com
8619-3/27/15

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: gortuno@gmail.com
8616-3/27/15

cndo rollover
NEAR SANTA ANA and #27.

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: barrycor@racsa.co.cr  8391-2080, 2220-2243.
8614-3/24/15

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: Puravida1957@gmail.com 6283-1172 CR  or 00507 6620 3201  Panamá.
8591-3/4/15

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: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8586-2/28/15

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: costarenas@ice.co.cr   Web: www.costa-arenas.com
8573-4/15/15

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Tambor three for jan. 15
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
or through email: tamborsales@hotmail.com

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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For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8570-4/13/15

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 azucarb@racsa.co.cr or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.
8503-2/13/15

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. http://www.atenasrealty.com/fotos%20H392.html
8542-12/17/14

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. www.manuelantonioestates.com
8515-2/16/14

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, orbec12@gmail.com for further info or to arrange a viewing.
8509-xxx

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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 Karen@remax-ocr.com  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
8500-1/3/15

Newly available in Roca Verde
Atenas
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: http://www.atenasrealty.com/fotos%20H326.html 2446-5587. ldrock@gmail.com
8499-q11/3/14

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 mmpeace@hotmail.com   Check out slide show HERE!
8482-2/11/15

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES
TURNKEY

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

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8422-9/15/14

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site: costaricalandsales.com
email: kim@costaricalandsales.com

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.
8406-8/2/14

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Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
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8632-4/11/15

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: costarenas@ice.co.cr   Web: www.costa-arenas.com
8573-4/15/15

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

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Readers prefer bad news, study says

By the Washington State University news staff

Bad news in the media got you down? News consumers have only themselves to blame, says new research showing that it's actually buying habits that drive negative press.

The research looks at the negative news phenomenon through the prism of economic science. And while previous studies have focused on the supply side by examining media output, the current analysis is among the first to investigate a negative news bias from the consumer or demand side.

Washington State University Professor Jill McCluskey and her colleagues at the University of Leuven in Belgium created a theoretical model that illustrates how consumers get more value from negative news than positive news.

Focusing on newspapers, the researchers looked at the way people use information from news articles to enhance their well-being and avoid losses. Their model analyzed how much happiness consumers derived from choosing either bad or good news. The results showed greater individual benefit from reading the bad news.

Collectively, this tendency creates a societal preference for negative news stories said Professor McCluskey.

"Newspapers act on this demand by reporting more bad news to attract readers and sell more papers," she said.

The study was published in the journal Information Economics and Policy.

The researchers built their model on an economic theory asserting that as an individual's income increases, the impact of each additional dollar diminishes.

"When you are very poor and hungry, for example, each dollar is worth a lot as it helps you buy enough food to eat," Professor McCluskey said. "But once you have more money and can count on regular meals, it's the losses that will affect you more. In terms of happiness and well-being, a $1,000 loss will affect you more than a $1,000 windfall."

The same idea applies to information offered in newspapers, the Internet, TV or radio. In their model, the researchers used a measurement called utility to assess the benefits or drawbacks people get from consuming a good or service, in this case, positive and negative news stories.

Their findings highlight a strong human tendency to avoid risk.

McCluskey said consumers read good news to glean information about benefits from a positive event, which might improve their own income or welfare. Reading about the success of a Fortune 500 company, for example, might help one decide to invest in their stock.

Bad news, on the other hand, provides information on how to avoid a negative event or loss to one's well being. Reading bad news helps consumers avoid making bad choices.

"Food scares are a good illustration as they are widely covered by the media," Professor McCluskey said. To protect their health, "people choose to avoid the suspected food, such as beef during the Mad Cow scare, or spinach with the E.coli outbreaks."

Over time, Professor McCluskey said the model clearly showed individuals gain a greater advantage from reading bad news than good news. These consumers, either consciously or subconsciously, then continue to choose newspapers with more negative reporting. In response, news outlets take advantage of that risk aversion to maximize their profits.

Despite its benefits to readers, bad news generates negative consequences of its own, the researchers found. For instance, too much bad news can be depressing to some people.

Skewing media toward bad news can also cause heightened fear of risk that differs from the scientific consensus, like concerns about genetic engineering, said Professor McCluskey.

And bad news can lead to extended or exaggerated responses to a negative event. "Even after the E. coli scare was over, people still wouldn't buy spinach. There can be a lot of impact on growers and wasted food with these scares," she said.


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U.S. Fed says it will hold line on interest

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. central bank signaled Wednesday that the job market will have to improve further and inflation will have to rise a bit before it raises interest rates from record lows.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told journalists that a rate hike could come later this year, but only if economic data indicated the time was right.

After wrapping up a two-day meeting, Fed policymakers said an increase was unlikely at their next meeting in April, but they dropped a pledge to be patient in deciding when to begin raising rates. They also lowered their forecast for economic growth and noted that inflation would most likely remain low.

The Fed has kept its key short-term rate nearly at zero since late 2008 to help the economy recover from the financial crisis and recession. A rate increase would push up consumer and business rates.