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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The utilities regulating agency decided Monday to let electrical customers bank excess power with their distributor.

The action came at a board meeting of the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos, according to persons close to the agency. Some technical details are yet to be worked out, and the decision needs to be published.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia S.A., already do this to some extent. But the big Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz and a number of smaller power providers do not.

Electricity consumers will be able to install solar panels to generate electricity, and what they do not use they will be able to bank for up to a year with their local power company. The system is called net metering because a device tracks power in both directions.

Observers said that this is a good deal for Costa Rica because the country always experiences hydro power problems at the end of the dry season because lake and river levels are down. Expensive thermal plants burning petroleum products fill the gap until the rains return and raise the water levels.

But also at this time of year the skies are clear and the sun is strong. So solar power is seen filling the dry season gap.

Jim Ryan of ASI Power & Telemetry, S.A., in Liberia said that the Autoridad decision was backed by the central government.

"It’s taken till nearly the end of the Chinchilla government’s term to make good on the policy of universal net-metering privileges first announced in Doña Laura’s Plan de Gobierno over four years ago, but this is a day when those seeking to reduce their electricity costs, and their carbon emissions, can celebrate," he said.

Ryan, who has a 30-year history in marketing solar power products, said that as traditional electrical rates soar, panels to capture the sun's rays are declining in price.

"This is a historic milestone in Costa Rican public policy, finally ‘democratizing’ renewable energy so that all citizens can take advantage of the tremendous natural resources our country
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enjoys, i.e. solar, wind, biomass, hydro, etc.," he added. "Consumers are no longer a hostage to a profit-driven monopoly electricity distributor. Now many consumers have options."

Ryan confirmed the action by the Autoridad board. He has been following the issue closely.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has operated a net-metering pilot project for four years, so the technology has been tested.

A power customer who wants to sell electricity back to the local provider will have to invest in some form of solar panel. They can be on a roof or free standing, so-called pedestal installations.

Ryan said that the return on investment is favorable and that the panels last up to 35 years. Plus there is no import duty or sales tax on solar devices, he added.

The Autoridad held an open meeting on this concept in December. At that time Ryan said that there was opposition from entrenched elements in the industry. Even when the Autoridad decree is published, there may be legal action by firms with a regional electrical monopoly.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad seems to favor the project, in part because the company spends millions of dollars on petroleum for thermal generating.

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Parque la Sabana is nearly ready to welcome festival guests
Arts festival taking shape at Parque la Sabana
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The stages are being erected and most of the tents already are up.

The scene is Parque la Sabana, headquarters for the Festival de las Artes that starts Thursday.

A quick trip through the park Tuesday found steel framework in place behind two stages. All that was lacking was the draping material. Technicians were installing sound systems at one point.

Mostly the park was pretty empty with rows of tents standing without contents and without a human presence.

The festival is the biggest cultural event of the
 year. The event also could generate the biggest traffic jam. There is not a lot of parking around the park.

Festival officials are urging visitors to use the valley train line. The festival workers are putting up posters listing festival events on the trains.

The rail service is expected to announce special hours similar to those that have been announced for the various major events at the nearby Estadio Nacional. Bus service also is expected to be increased.

The festival runs through April 13 with local, national and international participation.

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Playas del Coco’s Annual Spring Book Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Coldwell Banker office on the town’s Main Boulevard.  Sale hours both days are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..  All proceeds will be donated to C.A.R.E., Coco Animal Rescue and Education, to support monthly spay and neutering clinics and extensive work in providing help to sick and homeless animals.

Sale organizers expect to have several thousand books available  donated by the larger hotels and left by guests, the Ladies Book Club, and the town’s high volume readers.   Donations are welcome both sale days, and shelves will be continually restocked assuring a good selection for all.  The majority of books will be in English and for adults.  However, if things go as they have in the past, there will be books in Spanish and other languages and a large selection of children’s books.

In addition to books, the sale will feature games, puzzles and CDs.

Work began several weeks ago to organize the inventory so as to make it easier for shoppers to locate books by specific authors or categories of interest. 

In addition to being a draw for the local community, the sale has attracted regional interest thanks to its size and is being publicized throughout Guanacaste.  Specific audiences known to have an interest are also being targeted including area educators, members of groups similar to C.A.R.E., church congregations and those already out and about eating at many of the town’s restaurants on sale days.

Guiding the event this year are three co-chairpersons, each focused on a different function of the event.  Leading the group is Kent Carthey, who is also in charge of publicity and promotion. Roseanna Boyer has responsibilities for managing the space and the sales/service team. Bill Elms is gathering donations and organizing them.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another former expat has come under legal trouble for sexual contact with a minor. Hans Loudermilk, who previously lived in San Isidro de Grecia, was released Tuesday by a U.S. District Court judge in Utah following a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor on an aircraft.

Loudermilk, a 67-year-old California native, was flying from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City when he was accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl in the seat next to him. According to an affidavit from FBI agent Daniel Horan, once the plane landed the girl went up to the first legal authority she saw and told him she was a victim of sexual assault.

Horan's affidavit said that Loudermilk had a sexually driven conversation with the girl on the Delta Airlines flight.

Loudermilk's release from court coincided with a variety of orders. He may not leave the U.S. or the State of California and has to surrender his passport without the ability to apply for another. The court also ordered that he is subject to wearing a location monitor and that he must receive medical or psychological counseling. He was also ordered to avoid contact with individuals under 18 years of age without adult supervision.
This incident comes nearly a month after the arrest and conviction of Michael Norris, a former Quepos resident who was arrested in California for committing a lewd act upon a child. Norris is serving a three-year prison sentence in Wasco, California.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Quepos resident Brad Watts was found dead Saturday morning after an apparent suicide. The 40-year-old was a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Watts founded Quepoa Expeditions in 2005. Since then his adventure company has led travelers on rafting expeditions through the rivers and rain forests of Costa Rica.

Watts' friend of seven years who also lives in Quepos, Conrad Barrantes, said that he was a fixture of the town and someone everyone loved to be around. “He really did a lot for this community,” Barrantes said.

Watts is survived here by his partner Eileen Molly McKeown.

A memorial will be held today for Watts at Playitas Beach in Manuel Antonio. The commemorative event that includes a eulogy will start at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A popular Panamanian radio host has died after being shot in an apparent robbery attempt in his home early Tuesday morning.

The 80-year-old Ramón “Monchi” Cano hosted a radio show in Chiriqui, a province just beyond the Costa Rican border. According to Panama's newspaper La Prensa, Cano was shot in the head from point blank range. Both he and his wife were tied up and beaten by the intruders.

The newspaper later reported that Chiriqui's governor has issued a province-wide curfew. Officials said people should stay in their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. in hopes of helping investigators solve the murder and preventing any additional crime.

Cano hosted a long-running show on the Ondas Chiricanas radio station.

Ministry to report increase
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 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security ministry has called a press conference for this morning to provide statistics that show the possession of firearms since the year 2000 has increased 94.68 percent.

Presumably the statistics reflect only legal firearms.

The ministry in a brief announcement, said that the additional firearms were being held by private citizens and security guards.

The session is supposed to be directed by the minster, Mario Zamora Cordero.. Some suspect that the press conference is a last-minute pitch for President Laura Chinchilla's strict firearms policy thatches languished in the legislature.

This is the same ministry that has reported a recent decrease in some violent crimes, although no one has mentioned a correlation.

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This is Castillo Azul, the 103-year-old mansion on Cuesta de Mora hill in San José that is the most distinctive building in the Asamblea Legislativa complex. Until 1954 it was the U.S. Embassy. Earlier it served as home and office to the president.

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Crumbling legislative buildings are historic and prevent new tower
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The minister of culture has rejected a plan for a new legislative building because construction would have an impact on adjacent historic structures.

The concept got its first rejection in February from the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural, which noted the historic nature of the buildings already on the legislative site.

The minister, Manuel Oregon, basically upheld the original rejection saying that the law was clear on the protection that has to be afforded such buildings.

Involved are the Casa Rosada, the former Colegio de Sión and the Castillo Azul, once the home of the U.S. Embassy. All are on the complex at Cuesta de Mora in San José.

The ruling on the building also noted that the modern tower would
not be consistent with the other structures in the area, which is considered a  tourism zone.

Lawmakers immediately said they would seek to overturn the rejection, perhaps with a new law exempting the area from the restrictions.

The legislative complex has been condemned by the Ministerio de Salud. Health officials have noted insect infestations, rodents, bad wiring and other problems. At one point the legislature was going to be evicted until an agreement was reached.

A new structure has been in the works for years. At first, lawmakers were considering a new building on the Circunvalación in Zapote. Then in 2011 the plan was unveiled to erect a modern building on the exiting legislative campus. The price is about $77 million. A trust was set up with the Banco de Costa Rica. It actually is the trust that sought permission to build the structure.  The site is the former Lamm building. The plan was to turn Castillo Azul into a legislative museum. The Museo Nacional is just across Avenida Central.

Holidays and Semana Santa break up April and reduce work time
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

April is not a great month for commerce this year.

Friday, April 11, is Día de Juan Santamaría, a national holiday. And both April 17 and 18 also are legal holidays.

On all three days, employers are obligated to give workers a paid holiday. If for some reason the employees agree to work at the request of the employer, they get double pay. Overtime means triple pay.

These are the obligations for employers as set out this week by the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social.

April 13 to 19 is Holy Week or Semana Santa leading up to Easter Sunday, April 20.  That Thursday and Friday are the holidays.

Lucky members of the workforce will embark on a vacation starting the evening of Thursday, April 10, and not return to the job until April 21. The ministry noted that workers can use vacation time for
the first three work days of Semana Santa.

Of course for the tourism industry, Semana Santa is hard work. The Cámera Nacional de Turismo said Tuesday that operators of some 78 hotels that were surveyed predicted an average occupancy over Semana Santa of about 75 percent. Those at the beaches estimated occupancy in the 80s. Most of the tourism operators expected the week to be the same as last year.

The average was thrown off somewhat by the Central Valley where occupancy was estimated at about 52 percent, about typical for a holiday week when vacationers go to the mountains or beaches.

Curiously only 55 percent of the hotel operators said they were offering any type of promotion for Semana Santa. Those who were said they offered  discounts, accepted coupons or provided an extra night's lodging for free.

Tourism over Semana Santa is heavily Costa Rican. Many do not bother with hotels. Some stay with relatives who live near vacation spots. Others simply set up tents on the public beaches.

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Law enforcement prepares for a lot of work due to runoff Sunday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Election day and the period before and after are filled with efforts to protect voters and the vote.

With the runoff scheduled for Sunday, the appropriate actions are being taken for the second time this year.

That means that the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones has to distribute another round of ballots. The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea will be flying the voting materials to remote areas, such as Punta Burica in extreme southwest Costa Rica and to the high Talamancas. An aircraft also will collect ballots from the Isla del Coco far west in the Pacific.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas will be bringing election workers and materials to the islands in the gulf of Nicoya where 1,935 residents are eligible to vote. The coast guard also is delivering the ballots before Sunday to Isla del Coco where 28 persons can vote. That's a two-day trip by patrol boat.

The Policía de Tránsito has special obligations around voting locations, mostly schools, that are on high-traffic roadways. Late Saturday or early Sunday Fuerza Pública officers will be providing security at the voting locations where political parties set up their tents and booths.

Unlike elsewhere, Costa Rican political parties are encouraged to provide election information just outside voting locations. Only two parties, Acción Ciudadana and Liberación Nacional, will be present Sunday because only candidates from these parties are still in the running for president.

Traffic police also said they would be cracking down on the unique tradition of private individuals running transportation service to the polls for a fee. Doing so for free is encouraged, but to accept payment is a traffic violation, police said.
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This is the election tribunal, the center of runoff logistics Sunday.

Police also will be blocking off traffic in the vicinity of the Tribunal Supreme de Elecciones between Avenida Primera and Avenida 3 in San José so workers there and those delivering ballots can get through.

Since October, police forces have been under the jurisdiction of the election tribunal.

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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:

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Legal traditions are lagging
for copyright, 3-D printers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As prices of 3-D printers continue to fall, experts are increasingly calling for reconsideration of copyright laws that protect the owners of patents and designs. However, they also warn that overreaching laws could stifle new ideas.

Very rapidly, 3-D printers have spread from scientific labs to industrial workshops to private homes.

The available machines range from sophisticated models that can print complex objects, such as replicas of human organs, to more affordable machines that make children’s toys or parts for home appliances.

A German firm recently displayed a prototype of a car chassis printed in one piece, while a Chinese manufacturer advertised a house created in a 3-D printer.

With the help of a computer, practically anyone can print exact copies of a variety of objects and potentially violate the law.

Julie Samuels is a senior staff attorney with the U.S. civil liberties group, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

“If a certain design that you want to print is covered by copyright, then if you print that you are infringing, arguably, someone's copyright," said Samuels.

But 3D companies warn that passing more restrictive copyright protection laws could impede both citizens’ rights and technological innovation.

Several decades ago, legislatures and the music industry were equally slow to adjust when suddenly anyone could copy music, first to magnetic and now electronic media.

But just as in the music industry, the founder of the Web site, Cydni Tetro, says she expects to see 3D licenses very soon.

“All of those companies are in very active engagements right now about how they'll deploy 3D printed products over the next year, and we're going to see that," said Ms. Tetro.

3-D printer designer Diego Porqueras says owners of 3-D printers and copyright owners should come to terms.

“If companies really take advantage of that and just charge nominal fees to download your favorite character off Star Wars and 3-D print it, I think that's going to prevent a lot more piracy," said Porqueras.

The lack of legislation related to 3-D printing will hardly stop the technology from spreading, but experts say they hope the new laws will not punish people for printing a copy of something for their personal use.

U.S. administration reports
7.1 million on obamacare

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama says 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as obamacare.

In a Rose Garden speech Tuesday,  Obama celebrated the better-than-expected enrollment saying, the health care reform initiative is here to stay.

Monday, the final day for Americans to sign up on the federal exchanges, more than 4.8 million visits were made to and 2 million calls were made to the call center.

The president's remarks amounted to a victory for an administration that botched the start of the long-planned launch.

The enrollment Web site was riddled with technical problems, and a flurry of private policy cancellations forced Obama to recant his pledge that Americans who liked their health insurance plans could keep them.
Although the Congressional Budget Office had originally estimated that 7 million people would enroll in the health exchanges this year, it lowered those expectations to 6 million due to the Web site problems.

The enrollment number does not include those who signed up on Monday in the 14 states that run their own insurance exchanges.  Nor does it include  people who were unable to complete applications in time.

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates 47 million Americans are without health insurance.

GM chief exec apologizes
for firm's safety stonewalling

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The chief of the biggest U.S. automaker, General Motors, has apologized to the relatives of 13 people killed in car crashes after her company failed for a decade to disclose a defect in ignition switches that led to the accidents.

Chief executive Mary Barra offered her apology at a congressional hearing in Washington Tuesday. It came after the recent company recall of 2.6 million vehicles it produced from 2005-2010 to fix the problem.

"Today's GM will do the right thing," she said. "That begins with my sincere apology to everyone who has been affected by this recall, especially the families and friends who lost their lives or were injured. I am deeply sorry."

Ms. Barra, recently named as the GM chief, said she has no idea why it took the company until recently to disclose the ignition switch defect. She pledged to find out why and be fully transparent with the information.

The GM chief executive and the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, David Friedman, were called before the congressional committee to explain why the company and the government agency pushed aside complaints that the faulty ignition systems shut down cars while they were being driven. That in turn disabled the vehicles' electrical systems and prevented airbags from inflating in crashes.

GM's own data on the defect provided to the government shows that it knew of the problem as early as 2001.

In his prepared statement, Friedman said GM had information about the faulty ignition switches but did not disclose it to the government until last month. Drivers, however, had complained to the agency about the ignition problems as early as 2005 and it had information about a fatal accident. Government investigators decided a trend was not evident.
In recent weeks, GM, the second biggest automaker in the world behind Japan's Toyota Motor, has recalled 6.3 million vehicles, the 2.6 million vehicles in connection with the faulty ignition switches, and another 3.7 million vehicles linked to other safety issues.

Relatives of the victims killed in the crashes held up pictures of their loved ones at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol. They condemned GM and the government for ignoring their complaints about the faulty ignition switches.

One victim's mother, Laura Christian, said GM put profits ahead of safety.

"Corporate executives made a decision that fighting a problem was cheaper and easier than fixing a problem," she said

Newspaper says CIA misled
for years on interrogations

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Washington Post newspaper says according to a congressional report the CIA misled the public for years over its now-defunct enhanced interrogation program of suspected terrorists.

The Post reports Tuesday the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded the spy agency falsely claimed the program had uncovered credible intelligence that prevented future terrorist attacks. The report says CIA agents were able to obtain valuable information from the detainees before they were subjected to the harsh techniques.

The 6,300 page report also says the CIA withheld details about the severity of its methods from lawmakers.

The program also caused deep divisions within the agency. The newspaper says in one case, CIA officers witnessing an interrogation session at a secret prison in Thailand left because they were disturbed by the brutal measures being employed there.

The report is the result of a four-year investigation by the Senate panel into the harsh interrogation program, which was launched under former President George W. Bush in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. The committee sent the report to the CIA so the agency could review it and add its own comments before it was released to the public.

The Post says the panel is expected to vote Thursday to send a shortened version of the report to President Barack Obama for declassification.

Tensions erupted last month when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the committee, accused the CIA of improperly searching a computer network the panel used in its investigation of the agency's activities. The CIA said Senate aides illegally took classified documents as part of their investigation.

Flight 370 mystery seen
continuing for a long time

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Malaysia's national police chief is warning that authorities may never learn what exactly led to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The comments today came 25 days after the Boeing 777 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board.

An international search for debris in the southern Indian Ocean and a criminal investigation by Malaysian police have so far proven fruitless.

Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said investigators still need more time to search for clues, warning the probe "may go on and on and on."

Khalid said police continue to focus on the possibilities of hijacking, sabotage, and personal or psychological problems of those on board.

He said investigators have conducted 170 interviews and that more statements need to be collected.

Malaysian officials have said they believe someone intentionally diverted the plane before it crashed into the remote and treacherous waters off the northwest coast of Australia.

The search for possible wreckage continued today with ten aircraft and nine ships joining the effort. Australian maritime officials said visibility was favorable, unlike in recent days, when bad weather forced the search to be suspended.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his country is committed to finding out what happened to the plane.

"It's one of the great mysteries of our time. It's a terrible tragedy. There are 239 devastated families. There are a lot of very concerned people right around the world and Australia is leading the search and recovery effort as is right given that it all happened in our search and rescue zone. We owe it to the world, we owe it to those families to do whatever we reasonably can to get to the bottom of this," said Abbott.

The search is also expanding underwater, with the arrival of the British Royal Navy nuclear submarine HMS Tireless. It is the first submarine to join the mission.

Time is running out to detect the signal from the missing plane's flight recorder, or black box, which is powered by a battery that usually lasts only 30 days.

Sacked Venezuelan politician
promises to continue battle

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A leading opposition politician in Venezuela, Maria Corina Machado, said she will continue to support the anti-government demonstrations in that country after being impeached by the Venezuelan National Assembly.

Venezuela has faced months of street protests with the opposition blaming the government's socialist policies for high inflation, crime and the shortage of many staples.  The protests have at times turned violent, with deaths reported.

Ms. Machado was recently stripped of her title in the National Assembly that is controlled by President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist party.  She was cited for speaking about Venezuela's political crisis at the Organization of American States in Washington as an invited guest of the government of Panamá.

Ms. Machado is being investigated for possible treason by violating the constitution, which prohibits parliamentarians from accepting public posts from other countries without the approval of Venezuela's Congress.

Ms. Machado rejects these charges as a political tactic and says she will continue to speak out against the government’s attempts to repress opposition voices.

“In my case I have been accused of treason because I went to the OAS and I had the chance to speak in the seat of Panamá using a procedure that has been used in the past several times, even by the Venezuelan regime in the case of Honduras four years ago.  So it is my duty to speak out as the representative, as a member of the parliament both inside the National Assembly as in the streets of Venezuela as well as around the world, that is exactly what I have done.  That is precisely what I’ll keep on doing in the future," said Ms. Machado.

By stripping Ms. Machado of parliamentary immunity she could be arrested at any time.

New U.S. envoy in India
seen as an opportunity

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The resignation of the U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell could pave the way for improved ties with India. Observers hope the veteran diplomat's departure will reset ties that have been rocky since the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York. 

Ms. Powell's resignation came as no surprise in New Delhi. Reports about her imminent exit had swirled in the Indian capital for weeks following a rough patch in ties between the two countries.
In Washington Monday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf denied reports that Ms. Powell’s resignation is linked to a recent diplomatic spat. Ms. Harf said the diplomat is retiring after a distinguished career.
“It is in no way related to any tension, any recent situations. There’s no big behind-the-scenes story here,” she told reporters.

In New Delhi however, analysts saw it as a move by Washington to wipe the slate clean on the ugly row over the arrest and strip search of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York. They say it also sets the stage for doing business with a new Indian government, which will be in place by end of May.
Ms. Khobragade has returned to India but her arrest last December on charges of underpaying her nanny has not been forgotten in Delhi.  
However the bigger problem looming is the U.S. approach so far to the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, Narendra Modi. According to polls, he could win enough votes to form a new government after elections conclude in mid May.   
It was during Ambassador Powell’s tenure that Modi emerged on the national political stage and became a serious challenger to the Congress-led government.
Modi had been barred from traveling to the U.S. and several Western countries for not doing enough to stop the 2002 religious riots that killed 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, in his Gujarat state where he was governor. But several European countries built diplomatic bridges with him last year.
Ms. Powell held her first meeting with Modi only six weeks ago.  Analysts in New Delhi describe her move as “too little, too late.”
Chairman of the Center for U.S and Latin American studies at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, Chintamani Mahapatra, says Washington has been slow in reaching out to Modi.
“There are certain issues which could have been handled in a slightly better way. 2005 was the year when he was denied a visa and it is 2014, almost eight years plus have passed and no serious steps have been taken yet, although Ms. Powell met him. This is not the language if they want to really reset the button. That is why I think Washington is making a subtle move and trying to have a new kind of interaction with potentially a new government in Delhi," said Mahapatra.
Ms. Powell will leave her post by the end of May. Observers in New Delhi hope that the new ambassador will be a political heavyweight and not a career diplomat like Ms. Powell.
“This gives an opportunity for the U.S. administration to start a process by appointing an important person as an ambassador who can restore the strategic partnership between the two countries and interactions will be more cordial and friendly rather than exchange of bitter words," said New Delhi observer Mahapatra.
Other observers say diplomatic and trade tensions during Ms. Powell’s tenure escalated following a period of drift in ties between the two countries as both the Obama administration and the Indian government failed to tap the relationship’s potential.
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Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)

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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 2228-5961 or 8339-2112.

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Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.

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Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

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Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.

Visit our Web Site:

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(506) 7100-8489  
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Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia home
1,000 square meters of land, 350 square meters of construction.  CLICK HERE
Grecia 807
  18,000 square meters of land and 300 square meters of construction. HERE!
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

Pursical home
Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$173,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!

Atenas mansion
In 2006, the developer of a popular subdivision in Atenas chose a large 7,000 m2 corner view lot for his first spec home. Now, eight years later that home is once again for sale with first class tropical landscaping that much more mature. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car carport, laundry room, and more than 300 m2 under roof next to a pristine pool, this home is located in a gated community with its own water sources. And the location, just 1 1/4 km from town, is convenient to shopping and services, too. The views are of  Candelaria and the central valley. No wonder this community is so popular! $495,000. More photos HERE. And then contact

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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Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $428,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email

beachfront home
Beautiful Palo Seco Beach home priced to sell!
Also looking for full-time housekeeper!
Gorgeous beachfront two-story home, of roughly 2,000 square feet, set on a half acre oceanfront lot that is full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco. This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units in all rooms, huge front and back yards, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is perfectly situated between Jacó and Quepos and is only minutes away from five-star dining such as El Clandestino.  We have reduced the price from $150,000 to $125,000 firm for a fast sale in the new year! This is a must see property! Owner financing is available. This truly is a once in a lifetime offer and it will go fast! Please call 8816-2478 or email for more information!

We are also currently looking for an English-speaking, full-time housekeeper. The housekeeper will be required to pay utilities but not rent. We are offering the chance to live rent free in this beautiful beach home at the small cost of keeping the property in good shape and keeping it safe while we are looking for a new owner! If you are interested, please e-mail for more information!!


Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: and

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email

Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $170,000. USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email:

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: Click on the link below for photos and additional details:

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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Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, 8841-1606

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.

Located in Jacó 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 guacamayas (we have three birds) 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, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email:  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

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Real Estate, Central Pacific Region

Central Pacific between Jacó and Quepos-Manuel Antonio
Lots in gated community near the beach  from $17,999! Only 3 left
2-bedroom house in gated community was $120k now $99,900
3-bedroom house with 2 additional residential lots, walk to the beach $160k
Turnkey coffee shop/ bakery, corner location, great ROI! $65k
2-bedroom panoramic oceanview house, guesthouse on 2.5 acres $269k
Panoramic oceanview  property, 3 houses, on-ground pool $375k
And much more!!!
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   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

includes a common open air lodge with kitchen, three cabins, a caretaker's house, a garage and a secure storeroom. The property is maritime and has a current and valid maritime user's permit, all up to date and clear. In addition to the immaculately landscaped portion of the property that is already developed with bungalows, there are an additional three hectares that are ready for expansion and are cleared and planted in grass. The sales offer includes furnishings, appliances, catamaran, kayaks, and a whole series of extras. This property has about 300 meters of beach front in a docile portion of the gulf about 15 minutes north of Puerto Jimeenez, ideal for mooring boats just off the property shoreline. Has municipal water and power. Offered at $970,000. All reasonable offers will be considered. See photos and maps and more at Contact us at: or +1-866-514-7435.

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary.

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Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

House and guest house on adjacent half acre lots. Each with separate electric,  private septic and well. Each can be sold stand alone or packaged. Modern kitchen, granite counters, Viking stove, large separate frig and freezer. Private commercial grade septic and well. No water shortages even in dry season. High speed internet and U.S. standard electric. Center of the beach -- NEVER floods. Estuary at each end of the beach with excellent kayaking and bird watching through the mangroves. Excellent fishing right off the shore. Great surfing, horseback riding, bicycling or Turtle watching. Groceries three miles away. Mentioned in "The Lonely Planet" Page 301. "Two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Wilderness beaches of fine silver-grey sand." Despite opportunities for great surfing, kayaking and just about anything else you want to do on a sandy strip of paradise, the beaches are nearly always abandoned. $500K Will finance.  More pictures available at:  Contact information:,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West,, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603

For sale is a beautiful 50-acre property located in Los Alpes, just 15 minutes outside of San Ramon. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, this finca provides gorgeous views of the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance while also offering a wonderful climate year around. The main house is two stories with three bedrooms and two full baths. High quality construction using exotic hardwoods such as almond, which covers the ceilings throughout the entire house. There are also two corrals and a small casita on the property. This location is perfect for a farm-style home or for beginning an agricultural business. This truly is a rare piece of property and is available for $399,999. Price is somewhat negotiable and we will be happy to work with the buyer to make it work! Please call 8816-2478 or e-mail for more information ¡y se habla español!

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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
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A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088

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This is your chance to acquire a totally equipped tanning salon with five machines.  Fantasia Tropical has been open 14 years but the founder needs to retire and return to the U.S. for medical reasons.  You can assume the lease in Sabana West buying the S.A. or buy the assets and move them to a location you prefer. Taxes, permits, bank accounts all in order. Excellent opportunity for an energetic, creative hands-on owner or couple. Long-time manager available to stay on if desired. With an asking price of $30,000 this won't
last long.  Some owner financing may be available.  Contact for an appointment. For a preview

A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San José, Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas. And it is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to even greater success. Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a pro-forma income statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to

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Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West,, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603

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

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Strong quake in Chile gives
tsunami scare to Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
with A.M. Costa Rica staff inputs

A strong 8.2-magnitude earthquake has struck off the northwestern coast of Chile, killing at least five people and setting off a small tsunami that prompted evacuations along the country's Pacific coast.

Costa Rica and nations to the north were the subject of a tsunami watch, but there were no reports of damage. Nations to the south were given a stronger warning alert, but the reports of tsunamis were centered around the earthquake zone.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center canceled the alerts about 10:45 p.m.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered about 100 kilometers northwest of Iquique Tuesday evening. Several aftershocks followed, including one measuring a magnitude 6.2. The main quake took place at 5:46 p.m. Costa Rican time and the strong aftershock was at 5:58 p.m.
Chilean authorities said waves measuring about two meters were striking cities along the coast. Officials quickly ordered evacuations, warning that larger waves are expected later. Waves eventually were reported to have reached as high as seven feet but never reached far enough inland to cause any damage.
Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said at least five people died after being crushed by collapsing walls or experiencing heart attacks. He also said about 300 inmates escaped a woman's prison in Iquique. Troops have been deployed to prevent looting.
Though there have been no reports of widespread damage, Chile's emergency office said landslides are partially blocking some roads and highways. Thousands also experienced power outages, while others were forced to spend the night outside.
Chile is one of the world's most earthquake prone countries. In 2010, an 8.8-magnitude quake rocked central Chile, killing over 500 people and destroying 220,000 homes.
The region hit by Tuesday's quake had also experienced several smaller temblors in recent days, including a 6.0-magnitude earthquake Sunday.

Just last week Costa Rican emergency agencies took part in a tsunami simulation in Limón where they simulated a tsunami originating from an 8.5-magnitude earthquake.


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Country issues $1 billion more in bonds

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has issued $1 billion in bonds, the second such issue in as many years.

Edgar Ayales, the finance minister, said that the money would reduce the pressure on the U.S. dollar in the internal market. The dollar went up at least three points to 540 colons Tuesday afternoon. It was up six points at some banks.

Ayales also said that the country was taking advantage of historically low interest rates.  The 30-year bonds carry 7 percent interest.  The money also will be used to pay off debts that mature in the next 12 to 18 months. he said.

The Ministerio de Hacienda said that more than 300 financial entities participated in the bond issue and that there were many more orders than could be filled.