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Catholics take to the streets to proclaim their faith
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Catholics by the hundreds turned out Monday night for a procession in downtown San José. The walk from the Mercado Borbón to the Catedral Metropolitana made the television nightly news.

But there were other more humble processions all over the country to mark the sacrifice of Jesús Christ, according to Christian tradition. The processions were called the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross. Each stop represented a biblical account of the Passion of Christ.

The tradition calls for neighbors of a local
church to put out crosses or other indications of where the procession should stop for prayers. The final stop is prayers followed by refreshments.

Downtown, a platoon of priests led the
faithful in song. Archibishop José Rafael Quirós carried a tall wooden cross.

In the La Uruca parish of the Natividad de la Virgen María a sound truck led the 30 or so faithful to make the rounds of the neighborhood. A parishioner carried the wooden cross that bore the sculpture of the crucified Christ.

Rather than a somber event, there was a sense of community in prayer. There were children and seniors.

That scene was replicated at most Catholic parishes Monday night. The cathedral will grab the headlines with a series of processions this week culminating in a joyful procession of Resurrection Sunday morning.

But the local churches will have their own less elaborate events for the faithful.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The first of two lunar eclipses will take place Saturday morning. The earth will pass in front of the moon and shield it from the light of the sun. The moon will not vanish but will become dark red.

While the moon remains within Earth's shadow, indirect sunlight still manages to reach and illuminate it, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said, explaining why the moon is red during a total lunar eclipse.

" . . . this sunlight must first pass deep through the Earth's atmosphere which filters out most of the blue colored light," said NASA. "The remaining light is a deep red or orange in color and is much dimmer than pure white sunlight."

NASA Also points out that if astronauts were on the moon, they would see a full solar eclipse as the earth passes in front of the sun.

The next lunar eclipse is Sept. 28.

NASA said that the eclipse will be three hours and 29 minutes with totality predicted at  6:01:24 a.m. The space agency said that the eclipse would be visible in the Americas, the Pacific, Asia and Australia.

Days expected to warm up slightly

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Monday was a chilly and windy day with daytime temperatures reaching just 23 C or 73.4 F in San José.

The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica's meteorological service, says that the daytime maximums would be about 28 C or  82.4 F for the rest of the week. Temperatures at the beaches, of course, will be much higher and in the 30s C.

Central Valley overnight temperatures will continue to be around 18 C or about 64.4 F. That means good sleeping weather with the need for an extra blanket.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the windy weather would continue and that humidity would be brought in with the possibility of afternoon showers in the central and south Pacific. The chance of rain is less for the Caribbean, the weather institute said.

Heredia sewer rates to increase

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's utility regulator has approved an increase for the sewer services of the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia.

The average increase is about 12.2 percent, said the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos. The utility sought a 59 percent increase, the regulatory agency said. The new rate goes into effect Wednesday.

The sewer charges are determined by water usage, so reductions in water use also will reduce the sewer fees.

Tax agency said it closed 49 businesses

By the A.M. Cost Rica staff

The nation's tax agency said Monday that inspectors have closed 49 businesses since the first of the year.

The main reason has been failing to file tax returns, failing to pay taxes and failing to issue facturas or receipts to purchasers.

In the case of chain ownership, problems with receipts result in the closing of the location where the irregularity took place. But when a chain is behind on taxes, all the branches are closed, said the agency, the Dirección General de Tributación.

During 2014, 293 businesses were closed for errors or omissions found by inspectors, the agency said.

Quake rattles middle of country

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake took place today at 3:09 a.m. The epicenter was less than a kilometer west northwest of Vara Blanca de Heredia. That area has had  a swarm of smaller quakes in the past month.

The quake was felt in the Central Valley, as far north as the Nicaraguan border and as far west as Jacó, according to the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Vara Blanca suffered damage In the Jan. 8, 2009, quake that killed 35 further north in Cinchona.

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.

The Municipalidad de Palmares said that it would enforce the dry law next Thursday and Friday, April 2 and April 3.

The  Municipalidad de Montes de Oca will be open Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31. Then the municipal offices close until April 6.

The canton also will enforce the Easter dry law April 2 and April 3, Holy Thursday and Friday.
The Municipalidad de Nicoya will not enforce the dry law.

A.M. Costa Rica will not be published Friday, April 3.

The  Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social will only offer hospital and emergency services April 2 and 3. Employees in many areas that re not directlyinvolved with the public will be closed all of Semna Santa, but financial and adminstraive officers will be open Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1.

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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The holidays are a time to do some bootlegged construction
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There might be a little hitch for do-it-yourselfers this week.

Usually Semana Santa and Christmas vacation are times when the municipal building inspectors are on vacation and some quick construction work can proceed unimpeded.

There's no need for those pesky municipal permits as long as the job does not take longer than a week.

And then when the inspectors do return to work and drop by for a visit, there is the famous Costa Rican response of asking forgiveness instead of permission.  Or a homeowner might just say: "The bedroom? Heck, we built that seven years ago."

Either way might require a little persuasion for the inspector, especially if the concrete still is wet.

But this week many municipalities are working two or three days. That means if the job is big, there are but four to five days to complete it.

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This also is a good time to get rid of that unruly tree out by the curb. Religious hymns compete with sounds of chainsaws during Semana Santa. Getting permission to take down an urban tree is difficult. Trucking away the evidence is easier.

"Tree? What Tree?"

This type of approach usually does not work for expats, unless they are married to the inspector's sister. But many have fun just keeping track of the construction marathon during the holidays.

Educational and cultural tax deadline has to be met with computer
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The bad news is that today is the deadline for paying the annual educational and cultural tax on corporations.

More bad news is that the average expat who is not in business has no chance of filing and paying the tax without professional help.

Several expats who went off Monday in search of forms to pay the tax got nothing but blank stares. The Dirección General de Tributación requires the use of its own special computer program, EDDI-7, to pay any taxes. The program is available free from the tax collectors. But expats should resist the temptation.

Experience has shown that the agency frequently updates the program, usually without any notice, and downloading and installing the updated version is not for the timid or those who cannot discuss the program fluently in Spanish with tax agency technicians.

The best bet is to find an accountant or lawyer who routinely files tax reports for third parties. With a computer that is up-to-date with the tax agency's program, the job is about five minutes.

The tax ranged from 750 to 9,000 colons a year, which is why it has been called that pesky little tax. The amount depends on the net capital of the corporation. The amount of 9,000 colons is about $17 U.S. dollars, so many expats pay that amount. A corporation that contains a home or a new car certainly is in this category.

The tax is so unimportant that the tax agency does not include it on the deadlines posted to its Web page. And the agency did not send out a press release reminder this year.

Still, tax collectors will eventually seek out the tax with interest if it is not paid.

Expats can have those who create the form pay the tax online as part of the service. Or they can take a copy of the form, Recibo oficial de pago D-110, to most banks except Banco Nacional and pay the tax there.

Brave expats can visit their local regional office of the tax agency and ask for help on one of the computers that are available for the public.

The tax is due in February and March each year. There does not seem to be any penalty for failing to pay on time, but interest does accrue. The tax agency addressed the issue HERE!

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Professor says why erroneous beliefs live on in spite of the evidence
By the University of California at Los Angeles news staff

“It must be a full moon” is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual.

The moon is even blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards. “Some nurses ascribe the apparent chaos to the moon, but dozens of studies show that the belief is unfounded,” said Jean-Luc Margot, a University of California at Los Angeles professor of planetary astronomy.

Of course, the moon does not influence the timing of human births or hospital admissions, according to new research by Margot that confirms what scientists have known for decades. The study illustrates how intelligent and otherwise reasonable people develop strong beliefs that, to put it politely, are not aligned with reality.

The absence of a lunar influence on human affairs has been demonstrated in the areas of automobile accidents, hospital admissions, surgery outcomes, cancer survival rates, menstruation, births, birth complications, depression, violent behavior, and even criminal activity, Margot writes. His study was published online by the journal Nursing Research.

Even though a 40-year-old study demonstrated that the timing of births does not correlate in any way with the lunar cycle, the belief in a lunar effect has persisted. A 2004 study in a nursing journal, for example, suggested that the full moon influenced the number of hospital admissions in a medical unit in Barcelona, Spain.

But Margot identified multiple flaws in the data collection and analysis of the 2004 research. By re-analyzing the data,

he showed that the number of admissions was unrelated to the lunar cycle.

“The moon is innocent,” Margot said.

So why do the erroneous beliefs live on in spite of the evidence?

Margot cited what scientists refer to as the confirmation bias, people’s tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms their beliefs and ignore data that contradict them. When life is hectic on the day of a full moon, many people remember the association because it confirms their belief. 

But hectic days that do not correspond with a full moon are promptly ignored and forgotten because they do not reinforce the belief.

Margot said the societal costs of flawed beliefs can be enormous. In just one current example, the recent measles outbreak appears to have been triggered by parents’ questionable beliefs about the safety of the measles vaccine.

“Vaccines are widely and correctly regarded as one of the greatest public health achievements, yet vaccine-preventable diseases are killing people because of beliefs that are out of step with scientific facts,” Margot said.

A willingness to engage in evidence-based reasoning and admit that one’s beliefs may be incorrect will produce a more accurate view of the world and result in better decision-making, Margot said.

“Perhaps we can start by correcting our delusions about the moon, and work from there,” he said.

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linens, dishes, etc and washing machine. Rent is $500 per month plus utilities for 6 months or longer, $625 all inclusive for less than 6 months. Sorry, no pets.

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

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

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

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
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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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Incident at Maryland base
leaves one man dead

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One person was killed and another injured Monday when a car with two people inside tried to ram security gates near the U.S. National Security Agency outside Washington.

The National Security Agency said security officials shot at a vehicle carrying two men dressed as women after the driver accelerated toward a police car guarding the Fort Meade complex, where the intelligence agency is headquartered.

An occupant of the rogue vehicle died at the scene. Another was transported to a local hospital, as was a police officer with non-life-threatening injuries.

Aerial images show two damaged sports utility vehicles near a guard gate,  including one with NSA police markings.

The FBI, which is leading the investigation, said it does not believe the incident is related to terrorism.

"The incident has been contained and is under investigation," said Col. Brian Foley, garrison commander at Fort Meade, the military compound where the NSA and several other federal agencies are based. "The residents, service members and civilian employees on the installation are safe."

NSA security personnel blocked the car from entering the premises, Foley added.

​"The shooting scene is contained and we do not believe it is related to terrorism.  We are working with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges are warranted," a spokeswoman for the FBI Baltimore field office said in an emailed statement.

U.S President Barack Obama has been briefed on the incident, a White House spokesman said.

The National Security Agency, a pillar of the United States intelligence program, is based at the Fort George Meade U.S. Army base about 40 kilometers (24 miles) northeast of Washington, D.C. in the U.S. state of Maryland.

The military installation is home to other federal agencies, including Defense Information Systems Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Approximately 29,000 civilian employees and 11,000 military personnel work at the base, according to Fort Meade's Web site.

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Poncho Popcorn takes names of seed swappers

Being legal in D.C. with pot
presents some challenges

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It’s springtime in Washington, D.C. And while some people may be planting their gardens, others may be planting indoors growing marijuana plants. To help them get seeds, two marijuana seed exchanges recently took place in the nation’s capital.

In February, after it became legal for residents 21 and older to possess pot for recreational use, people wanted seeds to grow it. That’s legal, but because Congress controls much of what happens in Washington, lawmakers put language in its budget to block the city’s funding for regulating marijuana use, setting up a host of challenges.  People are allowed to have a small amount of the drug, and to share it with others. But they can't smoke it in public, or buy or sell it.  Residents are permitted to grow up to six plants for their personal use in their homes. 

Outside a local Washington restaurant where one of the seed exchanges was held, people stood in long lines that wrapped around the block.

Pat Thompson, 62, who said he’s been smoking pot for 47 years, was there for the same reason as a lot of people.  “We're allowed to smoke it, but we're not allowed to purchase it anywhere,” he explained.

The event was sponsored by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, which pushed the initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Campaign member Poncho Popcorn said the seed exchange helped people who may not be able to get seeds unless it’s illegally.

“So the answer to that is to grow your own,” she said.

Lidio Arais brought seeds but says he doesn't smoke pot.  He said a friend gave him some seeds while he was in Colorado a couple of months ago, where it's been legal to buy and sell marijuana for more than a year.

“So I came to share the seeds that he gave me,” he said.

Some people came because they use marijuana for medical purposes, which was legalized in the city five years ago.  Among them is Jason Drawhorn, who wants to grow his own plants instead of buying marijuana at a licensed dispensary.  He says pot helps him cope with diabetes.

“While it doesn't take away those problems,” he said, “it absolutely takes away a lot of the anxiety and stress I feel from day-to-day living with a chronic illness.”

Lawrence Thomas said he’s been growing marijuana for some time and came to the restaurant to add to his collection of seeds.  He said the plants can be difficult to grow.

“. . . plants take a lot of love, so if you're a nurturing person then it's easy,” he said.  "If not, then I don't suggest it because you'll be wasting your time and money.”

The seed exchanges were a long time coming, according to Malik Burnett, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, which promotes liberalizing the country’s drug regulations.

“Naturally, the most optimum sort of situation is when you can have a robust regulatory market where people can come in and gain access to cannabis, and know all about the strains they are getting,” he said.  “But until that time, we have to work with what we've got.”

He’s hoping the budding movement will spread across the United States, even though it’s still illegal to possess marijuana under federal law.

British man admits his guilt
in planning terror camp

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A British man has pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to charges of trying to set up an al-Qaida terrorist training camp in rural Oregon.

Haroon Aswat faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

He was arrested in Zambia in 2005 and sent to Britain on a separate arrest warrant. U.S. attorneys said he fought against extradition to the United States for 10 years.

The U.S. assistant attorney general for national security, John Carlin, said the "guilty plea is a testament to our determination to bring to justice all those who wish to harm the United States, whether at home or abroad, no matter how long it takes."

Aswat came to the U.S. from Britain in 2009. He and two co-defendants conspired to stockpile weapons and train other Muslims in acts of terrorism at a camp they planned to set up in Oregon.

A co-defendant in the plot, influential British cleric Abu Hamza, was sentenced to life in prison in January. He also was convicted of other terrorist acts including a deadly kidnapping in Yemen.

Another co-defendant, Ouassama Kassir, also was sentenced to life in prison in 2009.

Solar-powered aircraft
reaches planned China stop

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A solar-powered Swiss airplane arrived in China as part of the fifth leg of its around-the-world journey without any fuel.

The plane touched down in Chongqing, some 20 hours after leaving Myanmar.

The carbon fiber single-seater Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has a 72-meter wingspan, which is longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 747, and weighs about as much as a car. The 17,000 solar cells built into the wings harness the sun's energy, allowing it to fly through the night.

"Solar Impulse wants to mobilize public enthusiasm in favor of technologies that will allow decreased dependence on fossil fuels, and induce positive emotions about renewable energies,'' a statement on the official mission Web site said. The site maps out the plane's location and broadcasts audio from the cockpit in real time.

The craft took 12 years to build and is the brainchild of two Swiss scientists, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.

The two say they are not out to revolutionize the aviation industry but are instead aiming to demonstrate that actual alternative energy sources and new technologies can achieve what some consider impossible.

The aircraft's route includes stops in Oman, India, Myanmar and China.  After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, the plane will also make up to three stops in the U.S., touching down in Phoenix, Arizona and New York City, and possibly another location depending on weather conditions.

The final legs after crossing the Atlantic include a stopover in southern Europe or North Africa before arriving back in Abu Dhabi in late July or early August.

Volcano caldera in México
picked for gamma ray site

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American and Mexican scientists have completed construction of the world's largest gamma ray observatory, situated high in central Mexico’s Sierra Negra Mountain. The observatory's huge array of water-based detectors will soon start discovering secrets about black holes and supernovas.

Extreme cosmic events, such as explosions of stars, pulsars or black holes, emit huge bursts of highly-charged particles, called gamma rays, that under certain circumstances can travel faster than the speed of light.

Scientists say the rays are so powerful that some of them can be detected coming from distances up to 10 billion light years away.

Jordan Goodman, a physics professor at the University of Maryland, said, “They are highest-energy light so they let us understand where the highest energy particles in the universe come from. So our idea is to build this observatory to give us a wide field view of the sky at the highest energies.”

When cosmic gamma rays hit a medium like water, they create a soft bluish glow called Cherenkov electromagnetic radiation, a glow that can also be seen at the cores of nuclear reactors.

Three hundred tightly-sealed water tanks at the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Experiment observatory, or HAWC for short, also contain sensors that detect and record Cherenkov radiation.

By measuring the angle and intensity at which gamma rays hit the sensors, scientists can calculate where they came from.

Goodman said along with studying deep space, the new observatory also can study our own star.

“This technique is unusual because someone yesterday, at the conference we had, said, 'you know, we should look at gamma rays from the sun, very high energy.' No one who does a telescope can look at the sun but we can look at the sun because we don't use the daylight, we use the gamma rays,” said Goodman.

The site, at the bottom of an extinct volcano in central Mexico, was chosen for its favorable climate conditions.

After 10 years it will be dismantled and the site's environment will be returned to its original condition. 

Ebola vaccines showing
results in clinical trials

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people in West Africa. Since last summer, researchers have rushed to get anti-ebola vaccines into clinical trials. While it's too early to say that any of the potential vaccines work, some scientists say they are seeing strong results from some of the studies.

It's ironic that just as the ebola epidemic in West Africa seems to be waning, clinical trials of potential vaccines are underway there. 

A vaccine candidate is currently being tested in Guinea, where the ebola virus is still active. Those likely to get the vaccine are medical workers and people who have been exposed to the virus.

Liberia has so few new ebola cases that a clinical vaccine trial started there may be continued in Sierra Leone or Guinea.

At Emory University in the U.S., an investigational vaccine was given to an American doctor who may have been exposed to the virus at an ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone. Mark Mulligan reported the effects of the vaccine in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“We saw strong responses from the innate immune system, the immediate responses, the first defenders in our body, and also from the subsequent antibodies and T cells that we want a vaccine to produce," said Mulligan.

The patient did not develop the ebola virus, and he may not have been infected, but the immune response is what doctors hoped to see.

Thomas Geisbert was one of the researchers who developed this potential vaccine. Despite reports that researchers are closing in on an effective vaccine, he says there's still a lot of work to do.

"A lot of these different vaccines and treatments were developed against one species of ebola, and a particular strain of that species, so there are five different species of ebola virus. Three of those cause disease and morbidity, mortality in man," said Geisbert.

Geisbert says a vaccine that might work against the Zaire ebola virus, the species circulating in west Africa, might not work against against another type of deadly ebola virus.

But, if the vaccines are proven to work, Jesse Goodman says they could still be used in West Africa.     

"It could benefit people if this outbreak went the wrong way again. And, even more importantly, these could be incredibly important tools for future outbreaks," said Goodman.

The results of the vaccine trial in Guinea could be available in July.

War crimes status sought
for killing journalists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Since 1992, more than 1,000 journalists have been killed while doing their jobs in conflicts across the globe, 61 in 2014 alone, and four of those worked for The Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news gathering organization.  It was, says the wire service’s CEO Gary Pruitt, as deadly as any year in AP’s nearly 170-year history.

“It used to be that when media wore PRESS emblazoned on their vest, or PRESS or MEDIA was on their vehicle, it gave them a degree of protection,” he told the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club Monday.

“But guess what: That labeling now is more likely to make them a target,” he said.

Last month, AP and a number of other media organizations signed A Call for Global Safety Principles and Practices, which outlines what steps news organizations should take with both staff and freelancers  to ensure their safety and well-being, calling it a “moral responsibility.”

Before setting out on any assignment in a conflict zone or any dangerous environment, journalists should have basic skills to care for themselves or injured colleagues, says the principles.

But training alone isn’t enough, said Pruitt.  International laws need to change.

“Under existing international law, journalists are considered civilians in conflicts between states,” he said, explaining that currently, it’s the responsibility for each nation to investigate and prosecute those who kill journalists.

“It is at best a patchwork system. At worst, totally ineffective: In 90 percent of journalists’ murders, there are no legal proceedings or investigations. Only 4 percent of killers are convicted,” he said.

Pruitt is calling for the creation of a new protocol to the Geneva Conventions which would make the kidnapping or killing of journalists a war crime, and he proposes that the International Criminal Court specifically cover the killing of journalists among the other war crimes it investigates.

Maybe this won’t save lives, he told correspondents, but at least it will raise awareness that journalists, like medical professionals, should not be the target of violence in conflict zones.

Refugee camp air strike
kills 45 persons in Yemen

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Saudi air strike killed at least 45 people in a refugee camp in northern Yemen Monday. Humanitarian workers say civilians are among the casualties.

Rebel-controlled state-run media say women and children were killed, but Saudi officials say they cannot confirm exactly what happened or who was hurt.

The air strike was apparently targeting a nearby Houthi rebel military installation.

Saudi-led coalition ships have also imposed a blockade to try to stop the Houthis from seizing the main southern port of Aden.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab coalition with air strikes to stop the advance of Shi'ite Houthi rebels in Yemen and assure President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi can return to power.

Since last Thursday, a Saudi-led coalition has conducted an aerial bombardment throughout the country against Yemen's Houthi Shi'ite rebels, but Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen blamed a Houthi artillery strike for the refugee camp casualties.

A spokesman for the International Organization for Migration said it was not immediately clear how many of those killed were civilians or armed personnel.

Monday, largely Sunni Muslim Pakistan said it would send troops to Saudi Arabia, a regional ally, to join the coalition fighting Houthi rebels, according to a senior government official.

However, a Pakistan government statement issued later Monday made no mention of troops but said Pakistan is committed to playing a meaningful role "in arresting the deteriorating situation in the Middle East."

Currently, 10 primarily Sunni-Arab states, including several Gulf states, Sudan, Egypt and Morocco, are taking part in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

After seizing the Yemeni capital Sana'a last year, the Houthis have advanced toward the southern port city of Aden, the economic center of the impoverished nation.

The insurgents shelled Aden with artillery Monday as they pushed into the northeastern outskirts of the city, while Saudi fighter jets continued to pound rebel positions. Officials said the Houthis and supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh battled local militias.

Meanwhile, India's Ministry of External Affairs attempted to airlift nationals from Sana'a. Eighty Indians were flown out Sunday to Djibouti on the opposite shore of the Gulf of Aden.

The ministry said 4,000 Indian nationals live in Yemen.

The country's current president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, had declared Aden the provisional capital before he fled the country for Riyadh last week.

About 100 people have been killed in the fighting in Aden in the last several days and Hadi's aides said he has no immediate plans to return there.

Malaysian police detain
five at online news site

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Malaysian authorities have arrested five employees of a private news Web site and placed them under investigation for sedition, in what is seen as the government's latest attempt at stifling dissent and free speech.

The Malaysian Insider says three editors, a publisher, and a chief executive were arrested, apparently over a recent report that claimed the government had rejected a proposal for allowing tough Islamic law punishments.

Police raided the news portal's offices late Monday, seizing computers and other equipment and arresting three editors: managing editor Lionel Morais, features editor Zulkifli Sulong, and Malay news editor Amin Iskandar.

Publisher Ho Kay Tat and chief executive Jahabar Sadiq were also detained today after they showed up to answer questions at a police station, the Insider said.

The men are being investigated under Section 4 of the country's notorious, colonial-era Sedition Act. If found guilty, they could face up to three years in prison. They could also face charges under the Communications and Multimedia Act.
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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.

Choice 4.5 hectaares. Waterfront, titled property. Financing available for motel or hotel. Water and power on the property. $35 a  m2. In Tropical Paradise Resort. Buy all or Part at  Puerto Viejo, Limón. Call Andy at

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.

ARenal home
Lake Arenal near San Luis and Tilarán

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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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Tambor three for jan. 15
Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
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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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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!

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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Government won't collect tolls

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Government toll booths will be closed for 42 hours from midday Thursday until 6 a.m. Saturday, the national highway agency said Monday.

The agency, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, said it expected greater than normal traffic these days because government workers will have left their jobs Wednesday evening and might be headed to the beaches and mountains.

Toll locations are on the Interamericana Norte at Juan Santamaría airport, at Naranjo and on the Florencio del Castillo route to Cartago. There also is another on Ruta 32, the Braulio Carrillo highway.

Some toll booths opened up to traffic over the weekend when the press of vehicles was great.

Korea proposes fund for infrastructure

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The Inter-American Development Bank has closed the 56th annual meeting of its board of governors, which featured a series of events that underscored the strengthening of ties between Asian, Latin American and Caribbean nations.

In her speech at the meeting’s inaugural session, Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed three new partnerships to guide cooperation between her country and Latin America and the Caribbean: expanding development cooperation to high added-value areas; establishing a common market for the free movement of people, goods and capital, and sharing development knowledge and experiences for mutual prosperity.

In addition, the Korean president announced that her country will establish a $100 million fund for infrastructure investments in the region and provide up to $1 billion in bilateral financing for projects in the region.

The board of governors is the Inter-American Development Bank’s top decision-making body. Its members are finance ministers, central bank presidents and other high-level authorities from the Bank’s 48 member countries.

The governors reviewed 2014 activities. Last year the bank approved a total of $13.6 billion in loans and guarantees and $214 million in grants for Haiti, confirming its role as the leading source of long-term financing for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Robbery called motive for grim crime

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A robber who left three bodies in his wake is being sought in Nicaragua.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that robbery was the apparent motive for the gruesome murder of three men in La Cruz in northwestern Costa Rica.

One man was beheaded and two had their throats cut, agents said. The dead ranged from 20 to 50. Their hands were removed. The three were believed to be agricultural workers.

Agents said the men had been stripped of their belongings.

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Cost of consumer credit emphasized in report

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The economics ministry is emphasizing the impact of high consumer interest rates.

In a report last week, the ministry noted that a 200,000 colon ($380) televison set ends up costing a consumer 530,000 colons ($1,007) after a 60-month credit deal at 4 percent interest per month.

Such situations that some would call usury are not uncommon in Costa Rica. The ministry, the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, noted that credit card interest rates range from 24 percent, mostly at state banks, to 65 percent.

In Costa Rica there are more credit cards in circulation, about 5 million, than residents. The ministry estimated the consumer debt at 933 billion colons or about $1.77 billion.

There is some movement in the legislature to put a cap on interest rates, but bankers, of course object.

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