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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This is the last week to conduct business. Friday afternoon begins the big exodus of vacationers to the beaches or mountains.

The central government says that employees in the executive branch are supposed to work March 30 and 31 and April 1, but many will be taking vacation time so they have the entire week off.

Many private businesses also are closed for the entire week before Easter. 

Retail operations usually stay open until at least the Wednesday before Easter, and most supermarkets are open through the previous afternoon.

Banco Nacional said that it would close Holy Thursday, April 2, and reopen Monday, April 6.  April 2 and 3 are legal holidays.

There will be no break for those in the tourism business. Holy Week is a second high season.

Despite the vacationers headed elsewhere,
the religiously minded will participate in a week of church activities. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday with the traditional processions depicting the biblical account of Jesus entering Jerusalem the week prior to his crucifixion. The rest of Holy week is filled with religious pageants and processions.

The big tourist attraction is the Good Friday afternoon procession in San José which is complete with biblical characters, the crucified Jesus, Romans, apostles, a band and religious organizations.

Costa Ricans who are Roman Catholic usually have a dietary change during Lent, the days leading up to Easter. There are fasts from meat that encourage the eating of fish and other traditional foods. Today the economics ministry will issue its annual report of the price differentials of typical Easter foods at local supermarkets.

There will be no surprises, food prices will vary wildly, depending on the type of store, its location and the clientele. The survey is likely to show a big jump in prices over the last four weeks in items such as canned sardines.

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Sincerity not enough for science
Most of those who will gather Tuesday to hear Steven Druker and Jane Goodall condemn genetically modified crops probably are sincere.

They share the same fears about science that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley exploited in her 1816 novel, "Frankenstein."

Today the monster is genetically modified crops. But some of the opponents are driven more by politics, distaste for capitalism and anti-Americanism.

This is the same faction that opposed the free trade treaty with the United States and the new container facility at Moín

Druker will tell his listeners that the major scientific organizations of the world have lied repeatedly about genetic modification. And he will say that these organizations and scientists who are in on the conspiracy have twisted data.

He also will claim that laboratory tests with animals show that genetically modified foods causes intestinal anomalies, liver problems and damage to the immune systems.

These are the same claims he made Friday at a press conference. They are at least  exaggerations and misrepresentations.

Druker most certainly is sincere. So is Dr. Goodall. So are the people who wear aluminum foil hats to prevent messages from aliens. Sincerity is not enough for science. There needs to be facts and data that are subjected to intense scrutiny.

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World Health brands
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One modified product, Bt corn, allows farmers to spray to kill weeds. Opponents most likely never have spent the day hoeing corn rows.

If the Costa Rican legislature plans to prohibit the use of modified crops, lawmakers should commission several studies with adequate research designs.

We have yet to see such studies from the Universidad de Costa Rica where much of the opposition to such crops may be found.

Opponents of genetically modified crops oppose their production here but they say nothing about the importation of massive amounts of food that contain modified genes. Why is that? We suspect the reason is that Monsanto does not export food, and the attack is against Monsanto and not really against modified foods.

At University of California-Davis, renowned genetics researcher Pamela Ronald says "After 20 years of careful study and rigorous peer review by thousands of independent scientists, every major scientific organization in the world has concluded that the process of genetic engineering is as safe or safer as older methods of genetic modification.”

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Druker talk on transgenics will be Tuesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Steven Druker, author of “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,” will address the public at a free presentation 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Universidad de Costa Rica. The location is the auditorium Sala de Profesores of the Facultad de Medicina in San Pedro.

Druker is being sponsored here by the Pax Natura Foundation, and his visit is being welcomed by those seeking to establish a national moratorium on genetically modified organisms.

An announcement pulls no punches.

The book reveals the fraudulent base of the efforts that promote the oligopoly of the corporations for transgenic foods and warns of the unacceptable risks of this for the environment and human health, it said.

The announcement also accused the U.S. government and its regulatory agency, the Food and Drug Administration, of twisting in a systematic manner the data about the genetically altered foods.

Opponents of genetically modified crops went into action after the  government Comisión Técnica Nacional de Bioseguridad approved the planting of modified corn by D&PL Semillas, Ltda., a Monsanto Corp. subsidiary.

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Without modified crops, millions starve

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

So Steven Drucker and Jane Goodall are launching their anti-genetically modified crop book in Costa Rica. No doubt they will become very rich and perhaps that is their motivation for trying to starve the world.

Many relatively wealthy Gringos oppose GM and will be filling these pages with supporting messages.

Often these same people tell the anti-climate warming brigade to look at the science. The vast majority of scientists are convinced that there is man-made climate warming. Well before there is a knee jerk reaction against GM, you should also look at the science. Overwhelmingly, scientists have little fear from GM and they are not all in the pay of Monsanto.

Opponents might also reflect on the lack of reality in their ideas of somehow feeding the world's 7 billion people with organic crops. If GM and pesticides were banned and everyone tried to live organically, hundreds of millions would starve, but not of course the wealthy Gringos. May be it is self obsession to try and prevent progress in order to live the way we want too.

All the crops we consume today and the animals that supply meat are the result of selective breeding. GM is simply a scientific way of achieving the same ends. Read the critics of Druker and Goodall and you will see that geneticists have discovered that gene transfers across species exist in nature and not just in the lab.

Lastly, reflect on this, if the lobby against GM crops succeeds in Costa Rica and not elsewhere, it will cause further lack of competitiveness in the Costa Rican economy. Of course the rich Gringos will only care that the place is too expensive now and complain about that.
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He supports banning transgenic foods

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Prohibiting the cultivation of transgenic crops in Costa Rica is good news. 

Unfortunately this will have no effect on the obesity, cancer and general health epidemic facing Costa Rica because some of the primary foodstuffs consumed here, like wheat and corn are not produced in Costa Rica.  Costa Rica imports corn, soy and wheat. In the U.S. it is estimated that 90 percent of the corn and soy is genetically modified.  GM soy and corn are grown in other large producing countries in the western hemisphere as well.

GM soy and corn are either bred to contain glyphosate or bred to be immune to its application, allowing farmers to indiscriminately spray their weeds with as much glyphosate as they want, because it won't kill the corn plant.  In the U.S. they haven't licensed GM wheat yet. They have done test plantings in 15 states which have already contaminated non-GM wheat in those states.  But don't worry, they are already using glyphosate to help preserve the wheat when in storage.  They spray it directly on the unmilled wheat. Almost everyone in the U.S. is testing positive for glyphosate now.

Glyphosate is an anti-biotic, so it kills bacteria.   We have to ask ourselves, "could eating all these anti-biotics might have something to do with the gastritis, colitis, stomach cancer and other digestive tract diseases that are epidemic among the Costa Rican population?"

It's not just the wheat, soy and corn though.  There is a long list of common ingredients from citric acid to molasses that are genetically modified now too.  I walked to the supermarkets here once, read the labels in the grocery sections, not the produce/meat/cheese sections, and estimate that at least 50 percent of the packaged items had at least one item that was GM or could be.  Transgenic or GM foods are everywhere in Costa Rica.  All of the livestock feed is GM.  All the pet food is GM. 

We need to use this time, this increased awareness to go the whole way.  We need to ban any products that contain GM materials that are not clearly labeled now. We need to have our universities study these things independent of any governmental or corporate influence and, if warranted, recommend prohibiting the importation of GM foods into Costa Rica. 

Costa Rica is not a big country but it can speak with a very very big voice.  Lets say Pura Vida to transgenics.  
Albert Lusk
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Train to San Ramón proposed

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Our Costa Rican Government should be looking at alternative transportation options rather than keep funding highway operations only. The future is in finding alternative methods of transportation versus putting more demand on petroleum, which we know too well is expensive in Costa Rica.

I propose an inquiry and study of building a railroad system that would service routes between the cities of Alajuela  and San Ramón.  A commuter bus would operate to bring passengers to and from the San José International Airport (Juan Santamaría)  to the Alajuela Station.

Here would be some advantages: Elimination of a 3,500-colon toll proposal for commuters, little or no traffic interruptions, decrease in oil consumption, less traffic leading to increase in highway safety, private funding versus government funding or maybe a small percent of government subsidies to begin.

I am thinking the train could come from Alajuela and follow the old road into Grecia. It is all valley road and would appear to be a better path for construction than following the Route 1 or the Pista. Than once in Grecia,..maybe route over to Sarchí to Naranjo and then the old San Ramón road into San Ramón.

To survey this idea the government here could advertise an open bid for the operations of this commuter railroad to be funded privately and managed privately but yet under regulations of safety, pricing, etc. of the government here.  If funding is not 100 percent, than the operations could be subsidized but at far less expense than incurring the highway project to San Ramón.
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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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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A gunman riding double on a motorcycle is the principal figure in a string of killings.

The similarity suggests either copycats or some type of organized effort.

The most recent attack started in Hatillo and resulted in a shootout with police in the San José barrio of Sagrada Familia. There a 32-year-old suspect identified by the last name of Monge died from police bullets.

Others were wounded in a misplaced effort at revenge.

Agents said that two men on a motorcycle shot and wounded a victim identified by the name of  Castillo in Hatillo 6.

They fled, but friends of the victim took off in search of the gunmen
but ended up intercepting an innocent motorcyclist.
He and a 10-year-old nearby were injured by bullets.

Meanwhile police chased the suspects into the southern San José barrio where the shootout took place. Two minors and a second suspect, 18, suffered wounds there.

Two persons on a motorcycle were identified as the suspect in a shooting Thursday in Miramar.  A 49-year-old man identified by the last name of  Ceciliano died.

Two persons on a motorcycle also were identified as suspects in the shooting of an expat businessman in Escazú Wednesday morning.

However, there still does not seem to be much support for a proposal by Francisco Segura, director of the Judicial Investigating Organization. He wants to forbid persons from riding double on the motorcycles. Motorcyclists object to this proposal and conducted a demonstration in San José Thursday to show their opinion.

Four Grecia suspects
fail to get very far

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four men held up the Coopeservidores credit union in Grecia Friday afternoon, and police detained four suspects almost immediately.

Some local expats expressed shock that this had happened in their town.

Fuerza Pública officials credited the current system of patrols for detaining the four almost as the 911 emergency call was being logged.

The amount of money taken from the financial institution had not been computed, but patrons told police that the robbers had taken some of their possessions too.

Meanwhile, judicial agents in Playa La Penca de Santa Cruz also Friday detained three men who are accused of breaking into the vehicles of tourists in the area. Agents had been following the men because they were suspects in earlier similar crimes at other beaches, they said.

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Judicial agents make another raid on suspected prostitution operation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial police raided a San José night club Friday night in another effort against pimping. Two persons, a man, 65, and a woman, 51, were detained, said the judicial police.

The raid was by the Sección Delitos Contra la Integridad Física, Trata y Tráfico, which has conducted two similar raids of prostitution locations in the last two weeks.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that 15 women were present when the raid took place. Two of them were with customers, agents said.

The places that have been raided are mostly patronized by blue collar Costa Ricans. Law enforcement agencies make a show of cracking down on vice before major religious holidays. Easter is April 5.

The Judicial Investigating Organization made a point of saying in a release that agents received confidential information that in the night club women maintained sexual relations with clients in exchange for money.

The same could be said about every night club in the metro area, as well as a number of pensions, small hotels and massage parlors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
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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dino croc
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Carnufex carolinensis was an agile, top predator

Croc that walked dominated
Carolinas, scientists report

By the North Carolina State University
news staff

A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor may have filled one of North America’s top predator roles before dinosaurs arrived on the continent. Carnufex carolinensis, or the “Carolina Butcher,” was a 9-foot long, land-dwelling crocodylomorph that walked on its hind legs and likely preyed upon smaller inhabitants of North Carolina ecosystems such as armored reptiles and early mammal relatives.

Paleontologists from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences recovered parts of Carnufex’s skull, spine and upper forelimb from the Pekin Formation in Chatham County, North Carolina. Because the skull of Carnufex was preserved in pieces, it was difficult to visualize what the complete skull would have looked like in life. To get a fuller picture of Carnufex’s skull the researchers scanned the individual bones with the latest imaging technology – a high-resolution surface scanner. Then they created a three-dimensional model of the reconstructed skull, using the more complete skulls of close relatives to fill in the missing pieces.

The Pekin Formation contains sediments deposited 231 million years ago in the beginning of the Late Triassic (the Carnian), when what is now North Carolina was a wet, warm equatorial region beginning to break apart from the supercontinent Pangea.

“Fossils from this time period are extremely important to scientists because they record the earliest appearance of crocodylomorphs and theropod dinosaurs, two groups that first evolved in the Triassic period, yet managed to survive to the present day in the form of crocodiles and birds,” says Lindsay Zanno, assistant research professor at North Carolina State, director of the paleontology and geology lab at the museum, and lead author of a paper describing the find.

Typical predators roaming Pangea included large-bodied rauisuchids and poposauroids, fearsome cousins of ancient crocodiles that went extinct in the Triassic Period. In the Southern Hemisphere, “these animals hunted alongside the earliest theropod dinosaurs, creating a predator pile-up,” says Zanno. However, the discovery of Carnufex indicates that in the north, large-bodied crocodylomorphs, not dinosaurs, were adding to the diversity of top predator niches.  “We knew that there were too many top performers on the proverbial stage in the late Triassic,” Zanno adds. “Yet, until we deciphered the story behind Carnufex, it wasn’t clear that early crocodile ancestors were among those vying for top predator roles prior to the reign of dinosaurs in North America.”

As the Triassic drew to a close, extinction decimated this panoply of predators and only small-bodied crocodylomorphs and theropods survived. “Theropods were ready understudies for vacant top predator niches when large-bodied crocs and their relatives bowed out,” says Zanno.  “Predatory dinosaurs went on to fill these roles exclusively for the next 135 million years.”

Still, ancient crocodiles found success in other places. “As theropod dinosaurs started to make it big, the ancestors of modern crocs initially took on a role similar to foxes or jackals, with small, sleek bodies and long limbs,” says Susan Drymala, graduate student and co-author of the paper. “If you want to picture these animals, just think of a modern day fox, but with alligator skin instead of fur.”

Museum of Natural Sciences curator Vincent Schneider recovered the specimen, and it was analyzed by Zanno and Ms. Drymala. The researchers’ findings appear in the open access journal Scientific Reports.

World Health brands
glyphosate as carcinogenic

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization's cancer arm said Friday that an ingredient in the world's most widely used weed killer probably causes cancer.

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup weed killer, manufactured by the U.S. chemical giant Monsanto. Many homeowners use it to kill weeds. But Roundup is generally used in fields of genetically modified crops that can withstand the chemical.

The International Agency on Cancer Research said Friday that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans." It based its findings on studies carried out in the United States, Canada and Europe.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classified glyphosate as a possible carcinogen in 1985, but reversed its conclusion six years later.

Monsanto disputed the World Health report, saying it did not understand how the agency could make such a dramatic departure from the conclusions of a number of regulatory agencies.

Marines told to be cautious
after terrorists list names

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Marine Corps is urging vigilance after the Islamic State group posted on the Internet what it says are the names, addresses and photographs of 100 U.S. military personnel and encouraged its supporters in the United States to kill them.

"It is recommended that Marines and family members check their online/social footprint, ensuring privacy settings are adjusted to limit the amount of available personal information," Marine Corps Spokesman John Caldwell said. 

The Pentagon said it is investigating and said it always encourages servicemen and women to take appropriate protection procedures.

A group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division said the details of the service members, who it claims were involved in U.S. air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, came from government servers and databases.

Defense officials said, however, that it does not appear that the militants hacked the information from U.S. government Web sites and that most of it is publicly available.

Meanwhile, Sunday, CIA Director John Brennan said the momentum of Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria has been blunted, adding that they are not on the march as they were several months ago.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Brennan said U.S. and Iraqi troops trying to push back against Islamic State fighters are making progress.

Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew
reported to have died at 91

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has died early today. He was 91 years old. Lee was Singapore’s leader from 1959 until 1990, but remained a highly influential figure and a strategist on the city state’s economy.

Lee was hospitalized in Singapore General Hospital in early February with severe pneumonia, and was later placed on life support.

U.S. President Obama offered deepest condolences to Lee’s family. In a White House statement, Obama described Lee as a visionary who built "one of the most prosperous countries in the world today." Obama said Lee was "a true giant of history who will be remembered for generations to come as the father of modern Singapore and as one the great strategists of Asian affairs." The president said he joined Singaporeans in mourning Lee's death.

“Harry” Lee Kuan Yew, a fourth generation Singaporean, whose ancestors migrated from China’s Guangdong Province in the 1860s, played a primary role in guiding the island state’s post-colonial era toward economic  success.
A survivor of the Japanese Imperial Army’s occupation of Singapore, Lee studied economics in London after the war and attended Cambridge University, gaining a law degree.
His political life began in 1954 with the formation of the People’s Action Party, a coalition of middle class and pro-Communist trade unionists.  In 1955 Lee was the opposition leader in the legislature. But splits within the party led to arrests of pro-Communists in 1957.
The People’s Action Party won an electoral landslide in 1959, and Lee Kuan Yew became Singapore’s first prime minister, a position he held until 1990 before taking a post of senior minister.
Carl Thayer, a political scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, says Lee was pivotal to Singapore’s long-term future.
“The story of modern day Singapore can’t be told without reference to Lee Kwan Yew," said Thayer. "He took the country from colonial rule to independence. He fended off challenges from the socialist left and then he dominated politics.”
Lee faced political challenges as prime minister. An early goal was the formation of a Federation of Malaysia bringing together Singapore, Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak.
But differences soon emerged between Peninsular Malaysia’s prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and Lee, especially after race riots between Chinese and Muslims in 1964 and again in 1965. And on Aug. 9, 1965, Abdul Rahman called for separation.
“There have been differences between the central government and the leader of the Singapore state government," said Abdul Rahman. " And these differences take so many forms and are so many kinds that it has not been possible to resolve them, and so we decided we must part company.”
Historians say Lee opposed Abdul Rahman’s favoring local Malays over ethnic Chinese. Lee was distraught with news of separation.

“You see the whole of my adult life I believed in the Malaysia merger and the unity of these two territories. You know some connection by geography and ties of kinship……would you mind if we stopped for a while,” he said.
At the age of 42 Lee became Singapore’s sole leader, driving hard on economic growth to build the republic and to foster unity. “I am not here to play someone else’s game. I have a few million people’s lives to account for, and Singapore will survive.”
Analysts say Lees’ strengths lay in setting standards and objectives, a strategic thinker promoting Singapore’s most valuable resource, its people.
Foreign investment followed. With economic growth running often at near 10 percent over the decades, Lee helped define a model of capitalist development that was also adopted by the so-called Asian Tigers: Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.
As the country industrialized, Singapore rose as a modern city state, says Michael Barr, a political scientist at Flinders University in South Australia.
“One of Lee Kuan Yew’s great achievements, I think, his positive legacies, is how he recognized and built on Singapore’s natural advantages and capitalized on them in a way that really is exceptional,” said Barr.
Singapore became the world’s busiest seaport, only recently eclipsed by Shanghai. Investment flowed into oil refining, development as a regional transport hub, a national airline to reach global prominence and a banking sector as a vital part in global financial markets.
Barr says Lee also brought together key administrators able to chart Singapore’s future development.
“He brought serious political leadership and political mass to what was a group of strong-minded and imaginative men and competent administrators. And without his political leadership would not have been able to establish the political hegemony that they have been able to,” said Barr.
Lee’s tough approach to politics and opponents also led to a reputation of authoritarianism.  The government’s application of the Internal Security Act against opponents and critics was used to detain politicians, activists, trade unionists.
In 1963, 100 people were arrested, including former newspaper editor Said Zahari, who was held for 17 years without trial. In 1987, 22 Roman Catholic Church officials, social activists and professionals were detained, accused of a left-wing conspiracy. In the face of local and foreign media criticism Lee sued the outlets in the courts. But Lee was no apologist for his tough stance.
“Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him or give it up. This is not a game of cards. This is your life and mine," he said. "I’ve spent a whole life in building this and as long as I am in charge nobody’s going to knock it down.”
Singapore remains a country where the state exercises tight controls over speech. In 2014, Reporters without Borders’ Press Freedom Survey, ranked Singapore among the lowest countries in southeast Asia for press freedoms, behind Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia. 

Third assailant sought
in massacre at museum

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said Sunday that a third gunman in the massacre of tourists at the country's national museum is on the loose.

"Two were executed, but one is on the run still. But he won't go very far," Essebsi told French television interviewers from inside the National Bardo Museum in Tunis.

The Tunisian president's statement was the first time officials have said there were three gunmen in Wednesday's attack that left 21 people dead, all but one of them foreign tourists.

Tunisia's Interior Ministry released security camera video showing two men armed with assault rifles walking through the museum. At one point, they encounter a third man with a backpack, briefly acknowledge each other, and then head in opposite directions.

Essebsi told Paris Match magazine Saturday there were security failures at the museum, one of North Africa's prime cultural institutions.

"The police and intelligence were not systematic enough to ensure the safety of the museum," the Tunisian president said. Officials say that guards who were supposed to be protecting the museum and the nearby parliament were having coffee at the time of the attack.

Police responding to the assault killed two of the gunmen, who later were identified as Tunisians in their 20s who had trained in Libya.

Islamic State militants, who are seeking to establish a caliphate across Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Muslim world, claimed responsibility for the attack. But purported details of the attack have also appeared on social media sites linked to an al-Qaida-affiliated group in Tunisia.

Texas senator is expected
to announce for presidency

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is expected to announce today that he is running for president.
The 44-year-old first term senator will be the first high-profile candidate to formally launch a bid for the Republican Party presidential nomination.  Several Republican contenders are expected to enter the race in the coming weeks.

Cruz, who joined the Senate in 2013, is a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, has hinted openly about his intention to seek the White House.

He promises to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, abolish the tax-collecting Internal Revenue Service and scrap the Education Department.

Among Republican politicians expected to announce a candidacy are former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Texas governor Rick Perry, and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Florida's Marco Rubio.

The son of an American mother and Cuban-born father, Cruz would be the nation's first Hispanic president.

Cruz was born in Canada, but two lawyers who have represented presidents from both parties at the Supreme Court recently wrote in the Harvard Law Review that Cruz meets the constitutional standard to be able to run for president.   

World Health says politics
did not affect ebola action

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization is vigorously denying accusations that it delayed declaring the ebola epidemic in West Africa an international public health emergency for political reasons.

An article by The Associated Press said secretly obtained e-mails of internal documents indicated that World Health was afraid that declaring a global emergency could set off alarm bells, which could hurt countries’ economies or interfere with the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

World Health's spokeswoman on Ebola, Margaret Harris, said that the assertion was categorically untrue.

“There was no secrecy. The minute we were informed of the cases and the minute we had confirmation that it was ebola-Zaire, we notified the world. It is not correct to say that the timing of the declaration of the public health emergency of international concern was in any way influenced by political considerations,” she said.

Authors of the article said the delay in making the announcement may have cost lives. By the time World Health declared ebola a global health emergency in early August, more than four months after the announcement of the discovery of the virus in Guinea on March 23, nearly 1,000 people had died from the disease.

The ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever recorded. Over the past year, World Health has said, there have been more than 24,700 cases, including more than 10,200 deaths in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

World Health said it had treated the three countries as one country because they shared porous borders, facilitating the spread of ebola among them. It said it refrained from sounding a global alert as long as the epidemic was confined to the three countries.

Harris said this policy changed when a Liberian man who was sick with ebola flew to Nigeria at the end of July and subsequently infected many others. She said it was this event that finally triggered the declaration of a global health emergency.

In retrospect, she said, it appears that more action — not just from World Health, but from the entire world — would have been better.

"Had action occurred earlier, perhaps we would have seen a greater control of the outbreak earlier, as we are now seeing much more effective response," Ms. Harris said. "We are getting closer to ending the outbreak in these countries.”

Ms. Harris said it was pointless to play the blame game. She noted that World Health has set up an independent review to evaluate the agency’s response to the ebola outbreak. When that is completed, she said, World Health will have a better sense of what worked well, what didn't and what needs to be changed.

Pope tells Naples crowd
to reject local mafia

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tens of thousands of people greeted Pope Francis Saturday in Italy’s impoverished south, where he addressed issues of organized crime and corruption.

Francis told residents in Scampia, a run-down neighborhood of Naples dominated by Camorra, the regional mafia, that "the lack of work is stealing our dignity."

"The most difficult problem is not having the possibility to bring home the bread, to earn it," the pontiff said. "And when you can't earn your bread, you lose your dignity."

Youth unemployment is high in places like Scampia, where many end up working as drug couriers or extortionists for the Naples-based crime syndicate.

Francis also called on members of organized crime to abandon violence and exploitation and stop the "tears of the mothers of Naples."

Later, in a Mass at Piazza del Plebiscito, the main square of Naples, Francis urged Neapolitans to react firmly to organizations that exploit young people and the poor.

"Resist with determination the organizations that exploit and corrupt the young, who exploit and corrupt the poor and the weak with the cynical business of drug-dealing and other crimes," he said. "Don't let them steal your hope."

Francis had lunch with about 120 inmates at the overcrowded Poggioreale prison in Naples, where 2,500 inmates are squeezed into a space intended for about half that number.

EU asylum applicants
soar by 44 percent

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The number of asylum applicants to European Union member states increased by 44 percent in 2014, reaching 626,000.

The data on asylum seekers, published in a report issued by Eurostat, the statistics office of the European Union, show that 191,000 more people applied for asylum in European countries in 2014 than in the previous year.

Syrian refugees topped the chart, rising to 122,800 from 50,000 in 2013. More than 70,000 Syrians applied for refuge in Germany and Sweden alone.

Afghani emigrants were the second-largest group with 41,300 asylum applicants seeking protection in the EU.

Kosovo came in third, at 37,900, more than half of whom applied in Hungary.

Meanwhile, the EU is planning measures to intercept refugees in the Mediterranean. As summer approaches, a large number of refugees are expected to arrive in Europe by sea, especially from the conflict-ridden countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

Egypt and Tunisia have offered help to the EU by intercepting the refugees on the Mediterranean Sea and taking them to their own ports.

Several human rights organizations, including the United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have criticized EU countries for not taking in enough refugees.
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ARenal home
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2 bedrooms & 2.5 baths - $279,000

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16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
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Barrio Peralta
Barrio Francisco Peralta
Grom Casa Italia, 200m south and 200m east, dead end, last property on the left side. Land size 461.15 m2, construction 340 m2 Part of the existing furniture can be negotiated by separate of the purchase. Contact: Gerardo Ortuño at 8820-0640 or 2253 3613. Email:

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

cndo rollover

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

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

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

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

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

Jaco hotel

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

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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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The rules for gardening are learned here

It’s a bucolic scene: Crops in a flat field ripening in the sun. Cows lying in the shade of the trees.  It could be Kansas or Iowa except for that darn
Victoria torley
palm tree ruining the illusion.

No, Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.  This is Costa Rica, that sun is tropical, the crop is something I‘ve never heard of and those trees are guanabanas.  It takes some getting used to, yes it does.  On the other hand, there will be no tornados lifting the houses and no icy blasts covering the
fields with snow. Here we farm and garden all year ‘round. 

What do we put in the garden?  Well, just about anything that doesn’t need a frosty night or two to produce fruit.  That leaves out some things we love, things like peaches, pears, blueberries, and apples.  It also leaves out that wonderful Iowa sweet corn because, as it turns out, sweet corn needs 14 to 16 hours of sun a day to ripen, and we only have 12 here.  Far away, at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, they have developed a short day sweet corn intended for places like Costa Rica.  (If you get to Hawaii, buy a pound or two for me?)

Of course, that still leaves us with quite a few things to plant.  In fact, we can plant just about everything else and have expectations of a crop.  It just depends on where and when we plant.  Trial and error is a good teacher only a little slow.  Take black raspberries (aka blackcaps), for example.  In the States, I grew them in full sun.  Here I grow them in partial shade because the ones I put in the sun grew and produced very poorly.  Now that they have been moved to a spot with afternoon shade, they are making berries like mad.  It’s like that in Costa Rica.  The garden rules you learned elsewhere just don’t seem to apply.

Can you grow lettuce here?  Yes, but mostly the leafy kind if you are at lower altitudes.  Tomatoes?  Yes, but protect them from too much rain.  Sugar snap peas?  Sure, but only when the time is right and they are protected from the afternoon sun.  Peppers?  Just about any time and anywhere….

Come to think about it, you are going to need more than one spot for a veggie garden. 

Plant of the Day
Epidendrum radicans, the crucifix or rainbow orchid, is a glorious roadside weed here in Costa Rica and other parts of Central America.  It is a terrestrial orchid with a long stem and lightly held white roots that can be 25 cm (10 inches) long.  The roots don’t bury themselves in the soil but rest lightly on top of it and are easily bruised.  The inflorescences I have seen have produced up to five flowers each 2.5-3.5 cm long (1-1 ½ inches).  They are varied in color with yellows and oranges predominating.  A lovely addition to any garden.

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Annual arts festival going to cantons

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Festival Internacional de las Artes 2015 will be from April 23 to May 3 this year. The sites will be the cantons of Acosta, Alajuelita, Aserrí and Desamparados.

Schools, churches, theaters and other locations in the cantons have been selected as venues for the festival events.

A full program is expected to be released Tuesday.

Much of the activity will be centered on the Parque de la Libertad in Desamparados. Some 110 Costa Rican artists and 10 international artists have been scheduled.