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Criticism of tax plans picks up steam in legislature
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government's proposal for a value-added tax will reduce consumption, eliminate jobs and have terrible consequences, a lawmaker told the legislature Thursday.

The lawmaker, Paulina Ramírez Portuguez of the opposition Partido Liberación Nacional, said she had seen some of the government proposals that have been presented to the legislative finance committee.

Her party has doubts about a bill to reduce tax fraud, she said, adding that the penalties were disproportionate and excessive. The tax agency would be the judge of any disputes, leaving taxpayers defenseless, she said. She predicted auctions and frozen facilities if the bill passed.

The bill includes taxes on company dividends, limits deductions of interest and would affect small and medium enterprises
 that are financed mainly with debt, she said.

The bill does not really pursue those who defraud the state but just seeks more money from those who pay and identify themselves, she added.

Another draft of a government bill seeks more taxes but does not speak of controlling expenses, she told the other lawmakers. She noted that the central government presented a 2015 budget that was 19 percent higher than last year.

The government plans to present a value-added tax that begins at 13 percent and increases to 14 percent in three years.

That tax would be regressive, she said.

Ms. Ramírez basically is laying out the position of her party anticipating the presentation next month of the government's bill for the value-added tax.

Fire fighters promised that visitors to the expo would get a chance to have their photos taken on this 1910 pumper and also after being dressed in period garb.

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Historical expo opens today in Antigua Aduana
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

History buffs and collectors have three days of the past waiting for them at the Antigua Aduana starting today.

The event is the Expo Historia 2015 that promises art galleries, antiques, collections, discussions and introduction to experts.

The expo is run by the Sociedad de Proyectos La Merced, the organization that renovated and saved the Iglesia La Merced in downtown San José.

Among the public agencies participating is the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica, which promises to outline its 150 years fighting fires in Costa Rica. The fire fighters also promise to have on hand a 1910 Knox pumper. The agency also said it would let visitors put on the protective clothing used by fire fighters.

The Banda de Bomberos will play for visitors at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The fire fighters celebrate their 150th anniversary all year.

Their stand is only one of many that will be in the sprawling former customs house

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on Calle 23 in northeast San José. The displays are expected to overflow into the adjacent Casa del Cuño.

Other organizations involved include the Club de Autos Antiguos de Costa Rica, the Imprenta Nacional, the government printing office, and the Cruz Roja de Costa Rica.

Also there will be displays from most of the country's museums, the Biblioteca Nacional and its collection of historic books and newspapers, the Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinematográfica and the Cine Magaly.

Other displays promise a collection of  historic photos, including the 1963 eruption of the Volcán Irazú. Plus there will be dozens of private firms that deal in antiques, currency and memorabilia.

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Photo exhibit designed to counter bias

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The Museo Nacional has mounted a photo exhibition designed to work against discrimination. The exhibit opened Thursday.

The exhibit is “Somos todos Costa Rica” and consists of  56 photos of persons of different ages, ethnic background, social class, sexual preference and handicaps, said an announcement. The Exhibition runs until May 10.

The photographer is Lucas Iturriza of  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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Power rates going down . . . for now

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Electrical rates are getting as variable as gasoline prices.

The national regulatory agency said it has approved a reduction of 19 percent in the price of electrical generation.

The decrease will benefit 1.5 million users, said the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos.

There also is a reduction in the charge for distribution, but the percentage of the cut depends on the company providing the services.

Meanwhile, the agency said that a request for an increase is pending from the principal electrical generator, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

Surf tourney is at Dominical this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Playa Dominical will be the setting this weekend for the Copa Cobian 2015 surfing tournament.

Organizers said that well-known surfer Carlos Muñoz Herrera was among those who have signed up.

Waves are predicted to be from three to five feet this weekend at the southern Pacific beach.

 Organizers said they expected 180 surfers to compete.

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     at Barranca, Puntarenas, will save on transportation and that fuel use at
     the airport has increased 20 percent in five years.

The big truck was little obvious

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers on the southern Caribbean coast just love big trucks. Big trucks headed north from Panamá. Some of the drivers actually think they can get by a police checkpoint.

One didn't Thursday afternoon. Police at Bribri found 516 bottles of apparently smuggled liquor in the truck.

Semana Santa information

Banco Nacional gives Semana Santa hours

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

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

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

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

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

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church lists services

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Good Shepherd Episcopal (Anglican) Church has announced Holy Week services. All services are bilingual, an announcement said.

The special services begin Palm Sunday, March 29, at 9 a.m.

The Holy Wednesday services April 1 also is at 9 a.m. The service Holy Thursday, April 2, is at 6 p.m.

The Good Friday service April 3 is from noon to 3 p.m., and the Great Vigil of Easter is Saturday, April 4, at 6 p.m.

The Easter Sunday service April 5 is at 9 a.m.

The church is on Avenida 4 at Calle 5 next to McDonald's.

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Forecast predicts change in intensity and direction of winds
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The winds that have swept the country for weeks are diminishing, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional, but there are negative expectations.

The weather institute said that there may be light evening rain in the central and south Pacific as well as the Central Valley. And if the Volcán Turrialba erupts again, the ash will go to the southwest and rain on parts of Cartago, Turrialba and the southern Caribbean coast as well as the eastern part of the Central Valley.

The volcano is not showing any signs of increased activity, and the national emergency commission dropped some roadway restrictions Thursday and said that schools near the mountain could reopen. The only blockade on a roadway will be at La Central, which is the entry to Parque Nacional Turrialba, which remains closed.

When the volcano erupted starting two weeks ago, the bulk of the ash was carried away by strong winds.

The weather institute said that winds Thursday were in the 30 to 50 kph ranges, some 19 to 30 mph.

Running gun battle
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police engaged robbery suspects in a running gun battle Thursday from San Sebastian to Ciudadela 25 de Julio in Hatillo. The chase ended when a police patrol car struck the rear of the fleeing vehicle, said the Fuerza Pública.

One of the two men detained has a police record of attempted murder, aggravated robbery and carrying a weapon illegally, they said. A woman also was detained.

The robbery took place in Loma Linda de Paso Ancho Wednesday. The victim was a man who makes loans, police said. He called the emergency number 911.

The Fuerza Pública said that officers in a patrol car spotted what appeared to be the getaway vehicle in San Sebastián, which is where the chase began. Police said they were fired upon several times and that they returned fire. The rear window of the vehicle was blown out.

Police said that a weapon that appeared to have been ditched during the chase was recovered.

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Druker presentation will be Tuesday on genetically modified crops
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A press conference planned today by U.S. lawyer Steven Druker and Jane Goodall is not open to the public. But organizers said that the pair will give a public presentation Tuesday at the University de Costa Rica.

Druker is the author of  "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth," which recounts his negative opinion of genetically modified foods.

Dr. Goodall wrote the forward. They were the topic of an A.M. Costa Rica news story Thursday, but the public presentation has not been announced. A spokesperson for organizers said
that more details will be given today or Monday.
Some readers have expressed an interest in hearing their views.

The visit dovetails with a renewed push by opponents of genetically modified products. They seek legislative action to mandate a national moratorium on planting such crops.

They also want President Luis Guillermo Solís to issue an immediate decree banning the practice.

The controversy joins opponents of the Monsanto Corp, with conspiracy theorists and others suspicious of science.

Genetically modified crops are considered equal to the non-modified version.

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Small business operators in U.S. temper optimism with caution
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Small Business Administration classifies a business with less than 500 employees as small.  Right now, there are 23 million small businesses across the United States and together they account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales. 

Mark Zwerdling started Generation Z, a youth sports marketing company, seven years ago.  He has three employees and lists cash flow, responsibility to employees, and being nimble as keys to success.

“I think people are looking to do business with small companies, again I hate using the world nimble, but I think that’s something businesses are looking for from some of their vendors is being nimble.  So, I think people are very excited about where the economy is and where opportunities lie and I think that’s kind of a unique thing," said Zwerdling.

At Snowdonia, a Welsh-style restaurant in Queens, New York, owner Carrie Spiller says she is now barely making a profit two years after opening.  In addition to the high cost of electricity, Ms. Spiller was surprised by the extent of government involvement in her business.

"Basically, I think it was taxes that was my biggest lesson.  Employee tax, you have to pay unemployment, sales tax, naturally.  Just all these little elements that go into what your monthly responsibility is and it, especially in the beginning, is overwhelming," she said.

The small business owners cite health care costs as one of the biggest expenses and risks. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are not required to offer health insurance, but to attract and keep employees it’s basically a necessity. 

David Rosini, who owns an engineering company, says providing health care is almost the biggest and most frustrating issue he faces.

“We cover most of their health care expenses, and since I’ve been doing this for 10 years, every single year health care goes up 20 to 25 percent," he said.  "And every year we shop around to try and get the best coverage for the most reasonable rates and it’s just something that we cannot control."

A recent economic forecast from Bank of America/CFI Group says small businesses are doing well.  But according to Sue Lonergan, the bank’s small business executive, there is caution with the optimism.

“Small businesses are still hesitant to spend and expand, and that includes hiring and they’re very nervous about the fact that there could be turnover because there is potentially some wage inflation on the forefront," she said.

The survey also showed the American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in millenials, those who were born in the 1980s and 1990s.  Many of them are looking forward to owning their own small businesses and are very optimistic about the economy.

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

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

HP Cattle rentals
Mountain homes or farm for rent
Barva volcano, Heredia province
We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.

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Action on climate becomes
a spiritual mandate for some

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A climate initiative in the Catholic Church has engaged more than 50 countries in a fast for the planet.

While it is common for Catholics to fast in the days leading up to Easter, this year's Lenten Fast for Climate Justice is calling on all people of faith to refrain from food and from fossil fuels.

The United States was the 25th nation to join the fast. Theologians and lay activists from different religious traditions joined in Washington Monday to proclaim climate change as a moral, ethical and spiritual issue. 

The prayer vigil on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol was within earshot of Congress. “We want to get their attention,” said Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network, the group that organized the event.

“We're also hoping to get our faith leaders — our priests and our rabbis — to start speaking from the pulpits with their prophetic voices in talking about how this is the most important issue,” he said.

Rabbi David Shneyer of the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Center in Montgomery County, Maryland, cupped his hand in a fist over his heart, following a tradition practiced on the Jewish holy fast day of Yom Kippur to ask for forgiveness from sins.

“It is kind of like knocking on the door of our hearts, to open our hearts,” he said.

Others followed as the rabbi read a list of wrongs against the Earth:

“For the wrong of filling land and ocean with filth, toxin and garbage; and for the wrong of extinguishing forever wondrous species, which you saved from the waters of the flood and for the wrong of razing forests, trees, rivers and mountains,” Shneyer read.

Next, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, leader of the Hip Hop Caucus, a national nonpartisan group working to engage youths in civic and service projects, stepped before the crowd, wearing a black cap that read "Divest."  It was a reminder of the threat that fossil fuels play in warming the planet, he said.

In spirited remarks, Yearwood argued that climate skeptics could be a catalyst for positive change.

“On this day I call upon all the climate deniers, because you can actually be the rock in which this movement can be built upon," he said.

Echoing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech, Yearwood described a future that is no longer dependent on fossil fuels, adding:

“Republican and Democrat, black and white, male and female, and they will rise up and say that we are fossil free at last, fossil free at last, thank God almighty, we are fossil free at last!”

The vigil ended with a contemplative moment, as each person scattered a handful of fresh dirt on the Capitol grounds. Carolan said he hoped the symbolic gesture would sow the seeds of change.

“The whole Earth is at stake, and we have a very short period of time," he said. "Years ago, we talked about sustainability. And then we talked about adaptability. And now we’re talking about survivability.”

The Lenten Fast for Climate Justice was sponsored by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, an international coalition of Catholic organizations and individuals that seeks to raise awareness about climate change. It was held as part of a 365-day Fast for the Climate.

Young people, environmentalists and people of faith in the global movement have been fasting one day a month since December to try to bring attention to climate change.

The campaign will culminate in December at the U.N. climate summit in Paris, where world leaders are expected to sign a new treaty to address global warming.

Second-hand smoke now
considered as child abuse

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Despite warnings by physicians that exposure to secondhand smoke leads to respiratory illnesses, many children around the world live in environments where adults regularly smoke.

An article in the journal Annals of Family Medicine says it is time for doctors to start treating children’s exposure to secondhand smoke as abuse, much like physical punishment or neglect. 

The author, Professor Adam Goldstein of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, says secondhand smoke causes many diseases in children, including asthma and pneumonia. He adds that there are no safe levels of exposure.

The article coincides with the latest call by the World Health Organization director-general for increasing the fight against tobacco companies in their attempts to undermine anti-tobacco laws.

Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, Margaret Chan warned that the fight would be tough, but "we should not give up until we make sure the tobacco industry goes out of business."

Entry of Netflix to Cuba
seen as long-term gamble

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Netflix's decision to expand to Cuba is unlikely to turn a profit for the company anytime soon and may have been premature, analysts say.

The streaming U.S. video service said last month that it would launch service in Cuba. The news followed a decision by Washington and Havana to restore diplomatic relations after nearly half a century.

Netflix is entering a market where few Cubans have high speed Internet connections or enough money to afford the service.

Peter Hakim, the president emeritus of the Dialogue, a Washington-based research organization for Western hemisphere affairs, said Netflix is taking a risk by betting on the future of the Caribbean island.

“Anybody who goes to Cuba now is taking something of a gamble," he said. "But it is better to be first."

He said the cost of making the gamble is not very high for Netflix.

"They depend on the services of a lot of other people," he said. "And I think they’re betting there’s enough services there to make some money, and that they’ll be there when more services are added.”

Kirby Jones, the founder of U.S.-Cuba Trade Association, said the launch is premature.

“It’s not a question of ‘when profitable,’ it’s a question of when can they start operations," he said. "You’re missing the point. And many American companies are missing the point."

It takes two parties to do business, Jones said.

"Just because companies from the United States want to do business, it doesn’t mean they can do business," he said. "They have to have cooperation from Cubans, and there has to have regulations on the U.S. side."

Jones said that there is no mechanism to allow Netflix to do business because there is no direct banking relationship between Cuba and the United States. He said there have to be regulations on the U.S. side that would allow Netflix to operate.

Until these regulations are dealt with, he said there will be no business.

But Hakim said that there is an existing market in the Cuban tourist industry, which draws visitors from Europe and Canada, that Netflix can draw on. He said that sector will grow.

"Those tourists are going to be going to hotels, rooming houses, hostels, people’s private homes, and the extent to which Cuba, which does not have a what you might call a top-of-the-line access to television material to have access to Netflix would certainly be an advantage to any hotel,” he said.

Hakim said that Netflix could have a potential positive side effect on communication technology in Cuba.

“It’s not only installing, improving, creating access to the Internet, not merely as a commercial initiative. It’s a pro-democracy initiative. It’s pro-freedom of information, freedom of access in exercise," he said.

"That may not interest Netflix immediately," he said, "but they are betting, I think, that in fact, Cuba will begin to get a serious Internet capability, maybe not in the next two years, but certainly in the next four or five years.”

Since the announcement of restoring ties with Cuba, President Obama has eased some sanctions against the country, opening up the island to expanded U.S. travel and economic activities. But other U.S. sanctions on Cuba will require congressional action to lift.

Netflix streams thousands of movies and TV shows to 57 million customers in the United States and nearly 50 other countries.

Islamic State says attack
in Tunisia was its work

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for the deadly attack on Tunisia's national museum that killed 23 people, mostly foreign tourists.

The Islamist group’s statement described the attack as a “blessed invasion of one of the dens of infidels and vice in Muslim Tunisia,” and appeared on a forum that carries messages from the group.

It praised the two attackers as knights of the Islamic State who were armed with machine guns and bombs, according to an audio recording distributed online. The message also threatened more attacks: "What you have seen is only the start."

The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group also announced that the Islamic State group had claimed Wednesday's attack.

U.S. intelligence agencies are reviewing the claim. While U.S. officials said there is nothing so far to suggest the claim is not authentic, they note that Tunisian terror groups have had varying allegiances.

Earlier Thursday, Tunisian authorities said they had arrested nine people in connection with the massacre.

The Tunisian president's office gave no further details on those detained.

The president's office said the army would be deployed to major cities as part of increased security following the attack. “After a meeting with the armed forces, the president has decided large cities will be secured by the army,” the statement said.

Within hours of the attack Wednesday government officials said police were searching for accomplices, after security forces at the scene shot dead two gunmen, identified as Yassine Laabidi and Hatem Khachnaoui, in an attempt to free captives.

The pair had opened fire on tourists outside the National Bardo Museum before taking a small group hostage.

Among the dead are 20 foreign tourists and three Tunisians, government officials said Thursday. More than 40 people were injured.

"The target of the attack was the parliament and the national museum," said Parliament President Mohamed Ennaceur 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."

Tunisia is heavily reliant on foreign tourists. Some media reported Tunisia's parliament, which meets in a building near the museum, had been debating legislation to combat terrorism as the attack began.

Said Sadek, a Cairo-based professor of political sociology, said that militants in Tunisia have in the past targeted security forces, making Wednesday’s attack especially disturbing.

“Terrorists pick targets because they know it will have certain impacts. It’s not just killing unknown tourists in a museum. They want to kill Tunisia. The want to kill the economy of Tunisia. So this is really the target," Sadek said.

Prime Minister Habib Essid said the assailants were wearing military-style uniforms when they hunted and chased down tourists at the museum before taking a small group captive.

Among the victims were foreign visitors from Japan, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and Colombia. Essid said three Tunisians also died in the attack.

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.

Spain said a Spanish couple, including a pregnant woman, were found alive Thursday after spending the night hiding inside the Bardo with a museum guard.

In a television address to the nation late Wednesday, 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.''

Tunisians overthrew Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 and kicked off the Arab Spring revolutions that spread across the region. In the past four years, Tunisia has completed its transition to democracy with free elections, a new constitution and compromise politics between secular and Islamist parties.

But security forces are battling Islamist militants including Ansar al Sharia, which is listed as a terrorist group by Washington, and Okba Ibn Nafaa, a brigade of al-Qaida-affiliated fighters operating in the Chaambi mountains along the Algerian border.

Lawmakers say Congress
has role in deal with Iran

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As unconfirmed reports surfaced that a draft of an Iran nuclear deal was being circulated among the parties to international negotiations in Switzerland, U.S. lawmakers at a hearing Thursday in Washington seemed to grow increasingly nervous.

Officials said that the U.S. and Iran were drafting elements of a nuclear deal that committed Tehran to a 40 percent cut in the number of machines it could use to make an atomic bomb. In return, the officials said, Iran would get quick relief from some crippling economic sanctions and a partial lifting of a U.N. embargo on conventional arms.

Later in the day, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki dismissed reports of a deal.

"The reports are inaccurate," she said. "There is no draft document being circulated. The fundamental framework issues are still under comprehensive discussion . . . ."

Secretary of State John Kerry has been in Switzerland this week, meeting with his Iranian counterpart as the United States and its partner countries — Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany — try to reach an outline of an agreement before March 31. The deadline for a comprehensive agreement is the end of June.

At a contentious House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear talks, several lawmakers insisted that Congress’ role in the negotiating process must not be marginalized. 

Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said he and Republican Chairman Ed Royce of California were sending a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their concerns about what needs to be in an Iran nuclear deal. 

A draft of the letter emphasizes that permanent sanctions relief, which Iran has repeatedly requested during the Geneva negotiations, would require new legislation.

"In reviewing such an agreement, Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb," the lawmakers wrote, adding that "Iran's role in fomenting instability in the region ... demonstrates the risks of negotiating with a partner we cannot trust."

A spokesman for Engel said that 363 House members, Republicans and Democrats, signed the letter.

"It’s truly a very bipartisan letter expressing Congress’ strong feelings about things that need to be in the agreement," Engel said during the committee hearing.  "Congress really needs to play a very active and vital role in this whole process, and any attempts to sidestep Congress will be resisted on both sides of the aisle."

The West has accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, but Iran insists its nuclear activity is solely for peaceful, civilian purposes, such as medical research and generating power.

The House letter came after a more controversial letter that was sent to Iranian leaders last week. That letter, signed by 47 Senate Republicans, cautioned Tehran that any deal might not last after Obama leaves office.

Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri said that he and many other Democrats signed the new House letter because they wanted the deal to be tough and to protect Israel’s security. But Cleaver said he was concerned about what he saw as efforts by some lawmakers to undermine Obama.

“I believe that we have not had this much congressional interference with any kind of major deal, particularly in the area of nuclear armament, in our history," he said.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken disappointed some on the committee by repeating the administration’s position that Congress should not interfere in the talks at this sensitive phase, and that its role would be to lift sanctions at a later time.

Tensions also flared over what Republicans saw as the Obama administration’s lukewarm response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election win. Republican Rep. Steve Chabot said, “President Obama clearly has disdain for the winner of the Israeli elections this week.”

That prompted this response by Blinken: “Congressman, in my judgment, no administration has done more for Israel’s security than this administration.  If you look at the measures we have taken, the steps we have taken, to provide for Israel’s security ... they are exceptionally extraordinary, and indeed, Prime Minister Netanyahu has called them such.”

The White House said Obama called Netanyahu Thursday to congratulate him on his election victory. Officials said the president told Netanyahu that the U.S. valued its close security cooperation and long-standing partnership with Israel. The issue of U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran also was discussed, they said, with Obama telling the Israeli leader the U.S. was focused on reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran.

Some Democratic members say Netanyahu insulted Obama when he spoke to a joint meeting of Congress earlier this month without consulting the White House first. Netanyahu used the speech to warn members of Congress about what he called a bad deal with Iran.

Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia said Republicans should not blame Obama, adding that friends do not treat friends the way Netanyahu treated Obama with the recent visit.

French officials offer bill
to tighten terror probes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two months after the Paris shootings, and a day after attacks across the Mediterranean Sea in Tunisia, France has unveiled new legislation to eavesdrop on potential jihadists and other terrorist suspects. Some groups are concerned it may threaten civil liberties.

The Socialist government's draft law was drawn up before the January attacks in Paris, but it aims to deal with the same fears: the growing threat of militant Islam in France.  Authorities estimate 1,200 or more French have left to join jihadist groups abroad, and some are returning.  Other would-be terrorists have never left the country.

Recent terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, and this week in Tunis, have only fueled concerns about radical Islam.

At a news conference after unveiling the bill Thursday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the threat of another attack was constantly present.  It was not a matter of whether there will be another attack in France or Europe, he said, but when and how.

The draft legislation would broaden the power of French authorities to monitor potential terrorists, including allowing them to tap phone calls or electronic communications if there may be a direct link with an investigation of a suspect.  They may also be allowed to bug the apartments of suspects with microphones and cameras.

But Valls said the bill is not a French variation of the controversial U.S. Patriot Act, which gave American intelligence agencies broad surveillance powers after the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

"I understand the concerns about the bill.  In no case, would it mean mass surveillance of people, it would be narrowly confined to terrorist suspects," said Valls.

But a number of groups are worried the measures could infringe on privacy rights, including the Paris bar association.  Rights group Amnesty International France has also expressed concern, although it said it wants to study the bill before commenting further.

The French parliament is expected to take up the legislation next month.  Valls says he hopes it will be passed as soon as possible.
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ARenal home
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2 bedrooms & 2.5 baths - $279,000

Lake Arenal home (90 yards from lake) in a private 17-home gated community named Buena Vista 1 with full-time guards and views of Tenorio Volcano, Miravalles Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and of course, Lake Arenal. This Lake Arenal climate zone provides temperatures of 75 to 85 degrees (23 to 29 C) year round, so there is NO need for heating or air conditioning and the $100's per month for fuel and energy costs !!!!! This is our property and you can see other Lake Arenal Properties at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jaco hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
Easy to get liquor license.
Low interest financing
Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.

Jaco hotel

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

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This is the existing station at Ochomogo.

Two more weigh stations planned

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national road authorities are planning to build two weigh stations in Esparza on the Interamericana Norte.

Consorcio Asfaltos Orosí-AJIP Ingeniería already has won the bid, but the road agency, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, has to wait 10 days to see if other bidders file formal objections. The 1.7 billion colon job should be done in four months after the go-ahead is given, the agency said.

A similar station at Ochomogo has been open for two months.

The inspection at the station involves weight, dimension and paperwork.

 Concert band plans free show

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banda de Conciertos de San José will present its second Sunday concert of the season in the gardens of the Museo Nacional this weekend at 11 a.m..

An announcement said that the band would play national and international selections and special selections to mark the day of water, which also is Sunday.

The 60-member band also will debut the work "Somos" by the composer and director Víctor Hugo Berrocal.

The concert is free to Costa Ricans and residents.

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Contraloría echoes plan for private universities

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Contraloría de la República has issued a critical report of the agency that controls private higher education in the country, and the report mirrors proposals by the government to make changes.

The minister of  Educación Pública, Sonia Marta Mora Escalante, said Tuesday that reforms in order to improve the quality of education will be offered for comment in April.

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

The Contraloría noted that 85 percent of the curriculums at a selection of  23 private universities were more than 5 years old. The government proposed to legislate reviews every five years.

The Contraloría also criticized the Consejo Superior for being slow to do inspections.

The government has proposed a bill that would allow it to supervise tuition at the private universities.

The Contraloría said it found significant differences in tuitions and related fees at nine universities and that the differences ranged from 70,000 colons to 282,000 colons.