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This was the scene at 3:45 p.m. Sunday.
Double blast

The Turrialba volcano erupted twice Sunday, and scientists recorded three quakes within the mountain. The eruptions sent gas and ash into the sky to the delight of photographers all over the area. Some shots are posted HERE! Police evacuated a few tourists and closed off access to the area around the mountain. The shot at left came from the remote camera set up on the summit.

Bridge serves up another surprise for motorists
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The suffering of motorists and their passengers will continue today.

Traffic on the major routes to vacation spots has been bumper-to-bumper for a week. Highways that carry traffic to the Pacific, such as Ruta 27 and the Interamericana Norte, have been slow going even without the frequent accidents.

Holiday mishaps . . . HERE!

Just as traffic officials instituted plans to speed the return of vacationers, that metal plate on the General Cañas highway bridge over the Río Virilla has acted up.

This plate is on the Alajuela-San José lanes which may be reduced to one lane this

morning. Workmen were on the site Sunday morning, and motorists had to steer around a barrier outlining the three-foot by six-foot metal plate. Still, two lanes of traffic were maintained.

However, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that a crew was working overnight to tack down the recalcitrant plate. Officials expected the roadway to be open by 5 a.m., but they still urged the use of alternate routes.

There are plates over an expansion joint in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Officials have been working for years without much success to keep these plates from bouncing around under vehicle wheels.

There are plans to widen the river bridge from the current four lanes, and officials expect to rebuild the span completely.

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     Police also extinguished small fires around the valley without the
     need to call fire fighters.

Police, fire fighters contain Judas night

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fire fighters reported that they responded to 14 incidents related to the traditional burning of Judas Saturday night and early Sunday. This was the smallest number of trash and field fires in the last four years, said the Cuerpo de Bomberos.

The Fuerza Pública also reported just five detentions related to the quema de Judas, and two of these were for robberies in La Sabana. By contrast, police detained 54 persons in 2013.

Part of the reason has to be activities arranged for youngsters. In San Rafael de Alajuela the Cruz Roja arranged for a dance party and a display of the local Judas dummies. In the past this was a hot spot.

Eight of the 14 fires were in various locations of Heredia, said fire fighters. They said no structures or vehicles were burned and that the fires were confined to trash and fields. No individuals were burned or hurt, they said.

Police said they confiscated two Judas dummies in Alajuela and 20 more in various locations of Heredia.

Judas, according to Christian tradition, is the apostle who identified Jesus Christ to the Roman and Jewish officials, thereby beginning the events that led to the crucifixion. Youngsters and young adults for years have created dummies and then torched them.

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These two dummies were saved from the flames.

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Praise for Sala Cuarta decisions

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

RE: Gandoca and Coastal Communities Law

We are extremely grateful for the decision by Sala Cuarta to nullify the three laws that were passed with the misleading presentation that the laws would help save the homes of those who had always lived there on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

We deeply regret the losses that any individuals may incur due to the lies and promises of false leaders. We sincerely hope that the government will help the inhabitants here understand the conservation and protection laws and install personnel here to educate and enforce the protection of this unique mixed-use preserve.

We praise the foresight and intelligence of the founding fathers here in this country who made wonderful ecosystem preserves to be available for the pleasure and appreciation of all the people.

Last week Semana Santa brought many people here causing a high demand on all. Jams cause unheard of delays in the tiny town of Puerto Viejo where gridlock kept traffic from passing through. Drinking and washing water was rationed or ran out.  Sewage smelled, and garbage over flowed. We urge the community representatives and elected officials to give serious consideration to the future sustainability of the preserve and the entire ecosystem in their plans for development.
Carol Meeds
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Opportunity but no handouts

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I see by your article that the Solís administration is expanding the social welfare system which includes giving monthly cash payments in addition to housing and services by searching out recipients.

It reminds me of the Obama Administration paying bonuses to states for signing up more families to the food stamp system. Everyone under the control of the government and on some form of assistance, it must make every Socialist's heart pound just thinking about it.

All of this done for free by rearranging the existing budget. Oh how I love a free lunch. So much for any government ever reducing its size and cutting the budget, even when it is presently borrowing half of what it spends.

Pali, Walmart, Kolbi and others must be excited thinking about all that extra cash making it's way to their cash register.

Free market capitalists know that this slippery slope will raise taxes, deficits and costs for the working poor, who are always responsible for paying all government expenses and debts, resulting in lowering their standard of living again and create a larger group of families forever dependent on assistance.

I am in favor of helping people who are struggling by offering education, job opportunities and assistance in the form of commodities, not cash. Easily obtained cash often gets spent easily and not with the same respect that hard-earned money gets.

As in raising children, try to change human nature in a positive way, not a negative way. Provide opportunity, not handouts.
Dave King
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New study pinpoints threatened coral

By the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration news staff

While research shows that nearly all coral reef locations in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico will experience bleaching by mid-century, a new study showing in detail when and where bleaching will occur shows great variety in the timing and location of these harmful effects.

The new research published in Global Change Biology by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists and colleagues provides the first fine-scale projections of coral bleaching, an important planning tool for managers.

“Our new local-scale projections will help resource managers better understand and plan for the effects of coral bleaching,” said lead author Ruben van Hooidonk, a coral and climate researcher with the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School and the federal agency's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.

“At some locations . . . lower rates of temperature increase and fewer extreme events mean reefs have more time to adapt to climate change,” he said. “Managers may decide to use this information to protect these locations as refuges or protected areas. Or they may take other actions to reduce stress caused by human activities.”

Coral bleaching, which is primarily caused by warming ocean temperatures, is a major threat to our ocean’s health. When water is too warm corals expel the algae living in their tissue, causing the coral to lose its vibrant colors and turn completely white. Bleached corals are under more stress and are more likely to die. Extensive coral bleaching events have increased in frequency and severity over the past two decades due to climate change.

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Man who made YouTube video on property case is back in court today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sheldon Haseltine, who has been battling to keep a valuable property on the central Pacific coast near Los Sueños for himself and investors is going back to court today.

This is the second trial related to a video the frustrated Haseltine posted on YouTube.  In the video he cited mostly articles published in La Nación but also said that  "Can you imagine that the law whose intention was to help the poor campesinos in Costa Rica is being used by rich millionaires to rip off the owners?"

Those who brought the defamation action against Haseltine figured they were the rich millionaires. They are Armando González Fonseca, Fuad Farach Abdalah and Ricardo Jiménez Montealegre, all well known businessmen.

The original trial court awarded the businessmen money damages.

An appeals court panel reversed the verdict for some technical reasons and also said that because the case is in the public interest, truth should be defense.

Haseltine's lawyer, Horacio Mejías Portuguez, is expected to bring in many more aspects of the case in an effort to show the truth of the video. Hasteltine has been in court on the property case and cases stemming from it for 16 years.

The original case involves squatters invading the land owned by Ivanhoe Investments for which Haseltine is the legal representative. Costa Rican law protects squatters under certain conditions, and the land invader was able to sell out his interest to businessmen.

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Tourist trap

This double-decker launch lacked permits to sail or to carry tourists, but the captain and crew did anyway. Both the captain and a crew member, who was working on an expired tourism visa, jumped into the Gulf of Nicoya to flee when a Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas patrol approached.

U.S. expat among the Semana Santa traffic accident victims
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cruz Roja reported 43 violent deaths over the Semana Santa holiday, a statistic officials are saying is the largest in a decade.

Among the dead is a U.S. expat who died in a one-vehicle mishap in San Josecito de Uvita. There were at least 15 traffic deaths, said the Cruz Roja, which also reported seven water deaths and 11 deaths from firearms or knives.

The full total will not be known until later today because some cases still have not been resolved. The Cruz Roja does not usually count victims who die later at hospitals.

The Cruz Roja also reported 98 individuals were injured critically from all causes over the 10-day holiday. The Cruz Roja statistics were issued at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The victim in Uvita was identified by the Judicial Investigating Organization by the last name of  Kritzer, who was 67. Agents said he was a passenger in a vehicle driven by another expat who had the last name of  Rienhard, She is 57, they said. The driver was hospitalized in stable condition. Unofficials sources identified the victim as Matthew Kritzer.

The car plunged down a steep hillside alongside the roadway, agents said.

The Fuerza Pública said its officers detained 962 persons over the holidays and confiscated 118 kilos of marijuana as well as other drugs. Most of the arrests were for drug violations and family disputes, the agency said.

Officials said that 50 persons were detained for crimes relating to fish, animals or vegetation. This would include persons illegally bringing back plants to their homes.

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Three sentenced in Pa. bookmaking operation with ties to Costa Rica
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Joseph and Anna Rose Vitelli of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, have been sentenced for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving the Mastronardo bookmaking organization that had links to Costa Rica.

Joseph Vitelli, 71, was sentenced to five months in prison and three years of supervised release, with the first five months served on house arrest.  His wife, Anna Rose, 67, was sentenced to five months in prison and three years of supervised release, with the first five months served on house arrest. 

Harry Murray, 62, of Boca Raton, Florida, was also sentenced today for his role in the racketeering conspiracy.  Murray was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of supervised release, with the first eight months served on house arrest.  U.S. District Court Judge Jan E. DuBois handed down the sentences.

The Mastronardo Bookmaking Organization was a multi-million dollar sports betting operation with bettors throughout the U.S.  At its peak, the organization had more than 1,000 bettors and was generating millions of dollars a year.  The Vitellis and Murray were among 15 defendants charged by indictment with racketeering conspiracy in the case.  All 15 of those defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial.  The defendants will forfeit approximately $3.7 million as a result of the guilty pleas in this case.

The Vitellis owned J & A Check Cashing in Philadelphia.  From 2005 to 2010, J & A Check Cashing laundered over $500,000 of checks to assist the Mastronardo bookmaking organization, prosecutors said.  And, in 2005 and 2006, the couple allowed the Mastronardo bookmaking organization to use a second floor office to run the illegal gambling business, they added.

Murray was a bookmaker in Florida.  He pleaded guilty to his role in three separate money laundering conspiracies, including the use of J & A Check Cashing to launder gambling proceeds.

Between Jan. 1, 2005, and Jan. 1, 2011, the organization utilized internet Web sites and telephone numbers that allowed bettors to place sports bets on football, baseball, basketball, golf, horse racing, and other sporting events.  Residents of Costa Rica staffed the internet and telephone sites. 

Members of the organization used telephone, Skype, email, text messaging, and in-person communication to take bets and collect or deliver payments that ranged from $1,000 to more than $100,000.

Joseph Vito Mastronardo, Jr., was sentenced to 20 months in prison and a $100,000 fine.  His son, Joseph F. Mastronardo, was sentenced to five months in prison, three years of supervised release, with the first five months served on house arrest, and a $5,000 fine. His brother, John Vito Mastronardo, was sentenced to nine months in prison, three years of supervised release, with the first five months served on house arrest, and a $5,000 fine. 

An associate, Eric Woehlcke, was sentenced to eight months in prison, three years of supervised release, with the first eight months served on house arrest, and a $3,000 fine.

The organization used the Web sites and, said the federal government.

Joseph Vito Mastronardo, one of the leaders of the organization, was a frequent visitor to Costa Rica and told an undercover agent that he had loaned $2 million to another sports better organization here, said prosecutors. In a letter that surfaced in the investigation, he praised the Costa Rican weather.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christians celebrate Easter,
and pope cites massacre

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Christians around the world have celebrated the central event of their faith, Easter, the holiday that marks what Christians believe is the resurrection of Jesus three days after his crucifixion.

Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University College in Kenya.

Francis, after saying Mass for thousands of people in a rainy St. Peter's Square, delivered a mostly sombre "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message.

Attacks on Christians in Africa and the Middle East have been the grim backdrop of all Holy Week ceremonies leading up to Easter.

"We ask Jesus, the victor over death, to lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name, and of all those who suffer injustice as a result of ongoing conflicts and violence, and there are many," he said.

The pope spoke as churches in Kenya, where al-Shabab gunmen massacred nearly 150 people, singling out Christians for point-blank executions, turned to armed guards to protect their congregations on the most important day of the Christian liturgical year.

"May constant prayer rise up from all people of goodwill for those who lost their lives. I think in particular of the young people who were killed last Thursday at Garissa University College in Kenya. For all who have been kidnapped, and for those forced to abandon their homes and their dear ones," Francis said.

The 78-year-old Argentine pope, celebrating the third Easter of his pontificate, spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after saying a Mass below for tens of thousands of people wearing plastic ponchos and holding umbrellas against the driving rain.

Calling for peace in Libya, where last February, Islamic State militants beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, the pope called for an end to "the present absurd bloodshed and all barbarous acts of violence."

He prayed for peace in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, where Boko Haram Islamist militants have also targeted Christian churches.

"We ask for peace and freedom for the many men and women subject to old and new forms of enslavement on the part of criminal individuals and groups," he said.

"Peace and liberty for the victims of drug dealers, who are often allied with the powers who ought to defend peace and harmony in the human family. And we ask peace for this world subjected to arms dealers, who make their money from the blood of men and women" he said.

Just about the only positive part in the pope's address was a reference to the deal reached in Switzerland last week between Iran and the international community on a framework for a nuclear accord.

"In hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework recently agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world," he said.

In the United States, President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter services at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, which claimed its history goes back to when Thomas Jefferson was in the White House.

The church's Web site said it was founded in 1803, and a slave was baptized that year as its first black member.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, thousands of Christians gathered at the site many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried.

Easter celebrations began in Jerusalem with a sunrise service at the Garden Tomb. Pilgrims sang hymns of the resurrection in the scenic garden, which resembles the place where Jesus was buried according to biblical accounts. Facing an empty tomb carved into a rock, they proclaimed that Jesus is risen.

It was a more solemn service at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City.

Priests and monks in festive robes chanted the Easter liturgy in front of the ancient stone tomb revered by Christians as the place where Jesus rose from the dead.

Pilgrims came from all over the world. “I have had an amazing spiritual experience here in Jerusalem as the place that Christ chose to come,” said Rick Keller of Atlanta, Georgia. “There is a sense of connection here that is much greater than maybe a lot of places in the world. I think there is a spirit about this city.”

Shirley Relosa, who came from Manilla in The Philippines, said, “It is a good feeling being here. It is divine and magical. The atmosphere is good, very peaceful. Everybody is smiling, everybody is inviting.”

Jerusalem is packed with both Christian and Jewish pilgrims as Easter coincides this year with the weeklong biblical holiday of Passover.

Christians believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and was resurrected from the dead in order to grant eternal life and forgiveness of worldly sins to his followers. 

In the United States, there are a number of Easter customs that Christians participate in, including attending sunrise church services, and dyeing and decorating eggs.

Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter next week.

California's Brown defends
decision to ration water

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

California Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his decision to exempt farmers from most mandatory water restrictions, as a historic drought worsens in the far western U.S. state.

Brown told ABC television's "This Week" program Sunday that California farmers are "providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America to a significant part of the world."

He noted that farmers are not the ones using water frivolously on lawns and in long showers. He said many farmers have laid off farmhands and torn up land.

But Brown said he may re-examine a century-old state law that allows California farmers to pay less for water than everyone else.  He called that system archaic.

The governor imposed mandatory water restrictions on homes and businesses across the entire state last week as the drought enters its fourth year. Most of the state is in what experts call an exceptional drought.

Those who violate the rules could face large fines.

Brown told ABC that "Climate change is not a hoax. We're dealing with it and it's damn serious."

Recent photos of Fidel Castro
published by Cuban media

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance in over a year, according to official media.

Four photographs published online show Castro, 88, seated inside a vehicle, shaking hands through a window with what appear to be Venezuelan supporters. He is wearing a baseball cap and his trademark beard, but only the side of his face is visible.

The Cuban reports said the encounter happened Monday and did not explain why so many days passed before the photos were released.

Castro was said to have been meeting with a Venezuelan delegation visiting Cuba on a solidarity mission. The reports said he impressed the Venezuelans with his firm handshake and lucid mind.

Oil-rich Venezuela has long been Cuba's closest ally.

This was the first time Castro had been spotted in public since Cuba and the United States announced their historic move to restore diplomatic ties.

The last sighting of the former longtime Cuban leader came in January 2014 at the opening of an art studio in Havana.

Castro stepped down as president temporarily in 2006 because of illness, handing power to his brother, Raúl, who took over permanently in 2008.

1,500 migrants picked up
in Mediterranean by Italy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Italian navy and coast guard ships have picked up about 1,500 migrants at sea in just  24 hours.

Authorities said Sunday they received distress calls from three migrant vessels in trouble in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast.

On the way to the rescue site, they found two other foundering boatloads of migrants.

About 1,500 men, women, and children were taken to the islands of Sicily or Lampedusa. There is no word on the condition of the migrants.

Italian officials say the number of migrants making the treacherous Mediterranean crossing to Europe has soared in the first three months of the year compared to 2014.

Most are from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East, looking to escape war, poverty, and terrorism.

Those who do not drown are picked up and taken to Italy, the closest European entry point.

Eating fish oil might affect
chemotherapy treatments

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Health professionals almost always advise their patients to eat plenty of fish because fish oil is good for you. But now researchers say they have found fish oil may hinder treatment for cancer patients by making their chemotherapy less effective.

Researchers say it appears that some fish-oil supplements interfere with chemotherapy metabolism in such a way that allows cancer cells to reassemble after treatment ends.

For that reason experts say patients probably should avoid taking any fish oil on the day before and the day after any chemotherapy session. They also advised against eating oily fish such as herring or mackerel during the same 48-hour period.

A recent study in The Netherlands, published by the journal JAMA Oncology, looked at blood levels of a particular type of fatty acid suspected of interfering with cancer treatment, one of the so-called omega-3 oils found in fish.

Blood tests performed on healthy volunteers who took fish-oil supplements showed elevated levels of the specific fatty acid persisted for at least eight hours and sometimes much longer, depending on the amount of fish oil that was consumed.

Fish-oil supplements are commonly taken by many cancer patients in the U.S. and other countries as part of a lifestyle change in the interest of their health. And, of course, many more people regularly take fish oil as a dietary supplement for other reasons.

Two years ago, research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported a link between omega-3 fish oils and an elevated risk of prostate cancer.

French decision on models
considered to be simplistic

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

French lawmakers' move to ban ultra-skinny models is the right mission, but the wrong approach, say advocates in the fight against eating disorders.

France's lower house of parliament Friday passed a measure that would forbid anyone with a body mass index below a certain level to work as a model.

"In the bill, I suggest that from now on, a model must go through a medical visit before she is hired, which would evaluate the body mass index, which is calculated by dividing the weight over the height squared," said Olivier Veran, the Socialist parliament member behind the legislation.

"I suggest that the medical certificate for work ability cannot be delivered to people who are undernourished and who, therefore, are putting their life and health in danger," he said.

Fashion houses and modeling agencies operators could face a fine up to $85,000 and six months in prison if they defy the ban and continue to employ models deemed too thin.

It is unclear what body mass index would become the French standard. A similar measure regulating models in Israel mandates an index of 18.5 or higher. In 2006, Madrid Fashion Week organizers banned any model with an index below 18, after a 22-year-old model from Uruguay died of a heart attack attributed to anorexia.

But Claire Mysko, director of programs for the U.S. National Eating Disorders Association, said body mass index is not an accurate measure of health.

"Just because someone is at a very low BMI doesn't mean that they have an eating disorder, and just because someone's in the normal range or even in the high range of BMI doesn't mean that they don't have an eating disorder either," she said.

Ms. Mysko said the intentions behind such legislation are good, but what is really needed is a holistic screening process that includes an assessment of attitudes and behaviors toward food, weight and body image.

She said the National Eating Disorders Association wants to see models screened for eating disorders and is also pushing for tests to be carried out in schools.

"I think it's really important that we take eating disorders seriously," she said. "I am happy to see worldwide that there is a shift in that direction. I think we just need to be very careful and look at the effectiveness of these solutions."

It is a position echoed by Katrina Mason, policy director at the Washington, D.C.-based Eating Disorders Coalition, which advocates recognizing eating disorders as a public health priority.

"We know that there are a lot of different factors, and just measuring BMI isn't necessarily a good factor in determining whether someone is or is not having a disordered eating lifestyle," she said. "I think we would say that there are other factors that should potentially be taken into account."

A health initiative the Council of Fashion Designers of America formed in 2007 to address concerns about underweight models says it also does not recommend using body mass index to determine whether a model should be allowed to work.

"Eating disorders are emotional disorders that have psychological, behavioral, social, and physical manifestations of which body weight is only one," reads a mission statement on the committee's Web page.

It is not just the health of the models that is at stake. The move to put limits on the fashion industry is part of a broader crackdown in France, where up to 40,000 people are estimated to be suffering from anorexia.

Earlier this week, French lawmakers approved a measure targeting Web sites that promote excessive thinness. Another amendment would require publications to let readers and viewers know when photos have been retouched.

Ms. Mason said models' appearances and false advertising have a profound effect on body image dissatisfaction with research showing media exposure can be a contributing factor to disordered eating.

Tania Heller, medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity, said there has been much concern that the fashion industry has promoted unhealthy and potentially dangerous behaviors.

"Young women, and sometimes men, may try to emulate these dangerously-thin models and view them as an ideal--one which is for the most part unrealistic," she wrote in an email.

The National Eating Disorders Association says 90 to 95 percent of anorexia sufferers are girls and women. In the U.S., an estimated 30 million people, 20 million of them women, will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

Dr. Heller said the move to put legislation in place that may prevent the promotion of unhealthy ideals is a step in the right direction.

But Eating Disorders Association programs director Ms. Mysko said screening is only one part of addressing the epidemic. "We want to make sure that once we identify that there is a problem, that people actually have good places to go to get specialized treatment."

Movie on climate deniers
adopts an extreme position

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"Merchants of Doubt," Robert Kenner’s latest documentary, argues that global warming deniers aim to sow doubt and confusion about the science on global warming because they have a financial agenda.

The film contends that these so-called climate experts are paid by the fossil fuel industry to mask the truth that global warming is happening and is primarily caused by carbon dioxide emissions. The film accuses global warming contrarians of using the same strategy that was originally used by the tobacco industry when it tried to quell concerns about the dangers of smoking.

Kenner claims that some of the same people the tobacco industry used to spread doubt about tobacco’s harmful effects are now working for the fossil fuel industry to debunk climate change.

Calling them silver tongued pundits, Kenner says their job is to simplify and manipulate arcane scientific data for public consumption.   The documentary includes footage of some climate change skeptics admitting to distorting science facts and playing to the hopes and fears of the public.

One of them is Marc Morano, a TV commentator and founder of the Web site Morano admits he is no scientist.  He says most people don’t understand science and calls it boring. He believes that “communication is about sale. “

“Keep it simple, and people will fill in the blank with their own, I hate to say biases, but their own perspective in many cases,” he said.

Kenner says these so-called science experts are paid by big oil money to create confusion.

"Merchants of Doubt" effectively makes the case that global warming is happening, but it is less convincing as to whether all those who doubt the phenomenon are on the payroll of the fossil fuel industry.  The film’s extreme view that every contrarian is trying to deceive the public may actually hurt, not help the scientific argument on global warming.

Patrick Michaels is the director of the Center for Study of Science at the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute and was the official climatologist for Virginia for a quarter of a century.  He agrees that global warming is happening, but not as fast as some may think.

“Look at the temperature history of what we call the lower troposphere compared to what the U.N.’s computer models say it should have been,” he said.  “And the disparity is growing and growing and growing. It’s not that it’s not getting warmer – it is – but it hasn’t done so for the last 15, 18, 19 years, depending upon what you look at. But the fact of the matter is it is not warming up like it was supposed to.” 

But former congressman Bob Inglis, a conservative from South Carolina featured in the documentary, says its time to stop using climate change as a political football.

Once a climate change contrarian himself, he made a 180 degree turn when he went to Antarctica and saw the evidence of carbon dioxide concentration in ice core drillings. Inglis believes the issue of global warming is a universal cause that has fallen prey to partisan politics.

“It’s really the fault of both sides,” he says. “The fault on the left is seeing the opportunity to have a wedge issue that they can use against conservatives. The fault on the right is basically just playing to the fear of the Great Recession. In the Great Recession we were afraid of losing our houses and jobs.”

Inglis says many conservatives see calls for action on climate change as an attack on a way of life. 

“The reason that we need the science to be wrong is otherwise we realize we need to change,” he says. “That’s really a hard pill to swallow, that the whole way that I’ve created my whole life is wrong you’re saying? That I shouldn’t have this house in the suburbs, I shouldn’t be having this car, drive my kids to soccer?’ And along come people with sowing some doubt and it’s pretty effective, because I’m looking for that answer. I want it to be that the science is not real.”

Kenner’s "Merchants of Doubt" is a smart and entertaining film that throws light on global warming and attempts to simplify and sensationalize the global warming acrimony. But like the pundits it criticizes for playing to the hopes and fears of a non- scientific public, it too uses gimmicks and generalizations to make a case that can be better made using science alone.

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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:

cndo rollover

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

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

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 
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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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Burs remind you that they are there

It’s bur season. 

Burs, husks, pods, whatever you call them, it’s their season.  Rainy season was bad enough because my dog came in covered in mud (and she hates a bath), but bur season?  Try and get burs out of a dog’s coat
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without some whining and yelping, and you must have a very patient dog.

And yet, burs are a natural thing, a weed’s way of making sure that its seeds get moved to a new location. They couldn’t possibly all drop in one spot so they would be easy to rip out.  Oh no!  They have to cling to your clothes and garden gloves
(and dog fur) so that they can be easily moved to new locations in the lawn and make us miserable. 

From the weed’s point of view, this makes sense.  After all, perhaps the greatest function of a plant is reproduction.  And weeds are lucky.  People have not found them useful or edible, so they can put all their energy into reproduction instead of growing a large luscious tomato.

But weeds have their place on the table.  Dandelions make a nutritious addition to salads, purslane and silverweed are edible, and there are many others.  I recall that once, as a Cub Scout den mother, I had my Cubs out on the lawn picking weeds for salad (which made their parents question my sanity).  Still, I don’t remember ever seeing a farmer growing fields of stinging nettle – at least not on purpose.

It is the “on purpose” part that we always remember when pulling things out of the lawn.  “If I had wanted red clover,” we mutter, “I would have planted red clover.”  (or rue or plantain or whatever is infesting the lawn today).  We just might let the weeds take over parts of the yard if it weren’t for those burs. 

Yes, we are back to burs.  I just came in from the yard where I had the misfortune to pull up some weeds before I noticed that they had gone to seed – sharp lances of seed which I now need to pull out of my socks and off of my good gloves. 

So, be quick!  Get out there with the weed whacker or mower or something before the weeds go to seed, because, if they do, you are going to have to pluck them, one by one, from everything they touch.


Plant of the Day
And our plant today is Oxalis debilis, which is growing as a “weed” in my garden.  Okay, I have said some bad things about weeds, but this one is a lovely dusty pink and seems to want to confine itself to just one or two spots in the garden.  Since it’s a “weed,” it seems immune to the jaws of leaf cutter ants. I have read that it can become invasive, but there is no evidence of it spreading as yet, so I am going to let it bloom where it will.  After all, every “weed” is just a plant growing where it isn’t wanted. 

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Development bank placed $4.4 billion

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The Inter-American Development Bank committed $4.4 billion for projects that target climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and environmental sustainability in 2014, an increase of $1.5 billion over the previous year.

This investment represents one-third of the banks’ lending for the year, surpassing its institutional target of 25 percent, according to the annual "Sustainability Report" unveiled last week.

The report highlights the bank’s sustainability performance in 2014, both in achieving institutional sustainability investment targets, as well as through a series of stories about the projects it is undertaking in its member countries.

Projects highlighted in the report include a new model for sustainable hydropower in Perú and the transformation of an urban landscape with new green spaces in Brazil.

The "Sustainability Report" also details the bank's work to implement a new sustainable infrastructure strategy and vision, one that sees a shift from infrastructure being a fixed asset to infrastructure that is planned, built, and maintained as a service for people. This is particularly important given that in 2014 some 38 percent of the bank's approvals were focused on infrastructure.

Other examples of the bank’s work with member countries highlighted in the publication include improving environmental and social standards in wind projects in Uruguay and a sustainable tourism program in Belize.

Additionally in 2014, in partnership with the Harvard Zofnass Program, three infrastructure projects in the region that demonstrated efforts to integrate sustainability into planning, design, construction, and operation, were recognized with the Infrastructure 360 Award.

The bank is the main source of financing for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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