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Expat B&B owner dies from beating during robbery
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 74-year-old B&B owner from Playa Langosta died Tuesday morning from a beating administered April 1 by home invaders, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The man suffered a beating when the robbers demanded that he give them the combination to a safe, said the judicial agency.

He was struck on the head, agents said.

The crooks took $32,000 in cash, two 
computers and two cell phones, the judicial agency said.
The dead man was identified informally by friends as Barry Lawson of the popular and successful Villa Alegre Bed and Breakfast.

He and his wife were at home in the establishment when robbers invaded. Judicial police said he was a U.S. citizen. But he had lived in Costa Rica for years.

Playa Langosta is on the far Pacific coast near Tamarindo.

Lawson is the first expat to die as a result of a home invasion in recent memory, but these crimes are epidemic. Usually they do not make the newspapers unless someone is injured or worse or if victims go public.

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Hiller and two guests enjoy the 3-D ocean
Come on in! The water's, well, kind of flat
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Marine artist Carlos Hiller created an unusual three-dimensional work Tuesday to raise awareness of a campaign to help rangers at Isla del Coco.

The campaign is Todos a Bordo, and the goal is to raise enough money to purchase a patrol boat so park guards can confront poachers at the distant national park in the Pacific.

Hiller, an Argentinean by birth, is a naturalized Costa Rican and has lived here for more than 20 years. The bulk of his works relate to the oceans and to the Isla del Coco.

He invited the public to the Plaza de la
Cultura to watch while he created the  unusual work that seems to pop out of the
 flat surface. Naturally, the work depicts an ocean scene with a whale, dolphin, schooling hammerheads and a manta ray.

The campaign has support from a number of organizations and firms, including Grupo Omega, Teletica, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad's Kölbi brand and the Fundación Amigos de la Isla del Coco.

The name of the campaign translates to "Everyone on Board" in English. The idea is that everyone can make a donation via the  Kölbi cell telephone network. Those wishing to do so can send the word Barco to 7717 to donate 500 colons or 7718 to donate 1,000 colons.

Expats wishing to donate more can contact the foundation directly via its Web site.

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Another hiker is sought in mountains

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The circumstances are all too familiar. A young man vanishes in a rural area.

This time instead of a tourist, the missing man is a Costa Rican, José Pablo Soto Zúñiga. He vanished while hiking with companions in the mountains of  Zurquí north of San José.

The man went missing Friday, and extensive efforts to find him, including the use of trained dogs and aircraft, have not been successful.

The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea has overflown the area several days in a row, but pilots also reported bad weather.

The man was reported to have moved ahead of the group with which he was hiking. They have been searching since Friday.

A Parque Nacional Volcán Poás park ranger, Oscar Cruz Ramírez, then 24, vanished in a similar way in 2011.  He has not been found.

A Chicago area doctoral student, David Gimelfarb, 28, vanished in Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja north and east of Liberia Aug. 11, 2009.

A Universidad de Costa Rica student vanished at the Parque Nacional Cerro Chirripó earlier the same year.

More recently, a U.S. tourist from Alaska, Cody Roman Dial, 27,  disappeared on Costa Rica's Osa peninsula last July. He was due to travel in the Parque Nacional Corcovado.

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Tax police report confiscating fake Cofal

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ointment Cofal is the Costa Rican equivalent of Bengay, the U.S. over-the-counter medicine for sore muscles.

There is a new twist with Cofal. The tax police said they found a large quantity of jars displaying the Cofal brand but that they were counterfeits. That was in San Rafael Abajo de Desamparados during a raid Tuesday.

The police, an agency of the Ministerio de Hacienda said that investigators had made purchases and later tests showed that the supposed medicines were not the real thing. There is at least an infringement of intellectual property rights, the agency said. Prosecutors were involved in the case.

There also is a problem in that the distributor of the bottles is not listed with the tax agency, the Dirección General de Tributación, police said.

Although a fake  cream for muscle aches is unlikely to be life-threatening, the agency warned about other fake medicines that could have serious effects. Police noted that the ministry maintains a complaint email address:

Aging reported to be good for health,

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Spanish expert on aging will be the principal speaker at a conference titled "aging is good for the health," which in Spanish is  Envejecer es bueno para la salud.
The expert is Francisco Javier González,and the conference is Friday at 9 a.m. in the Centro de Transferencia Tecnológica in Zapote 100 meters east of the Garantías Sociales traffic circle.

Proposed law generates groundswell

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Back when most newspapers were printed on paper, the warning was never to get into an argument with someone who buys ink by the barrel.

Today the Solís administration is reeling from an electronic thrashing administered by the radio and television stations.

La Nación was the first to report that a proposed radio and television law contained wording and penalties that would have made Joe Stalin blush. Basically, the text would have allowed the government to assess thousands of dollars in fines and even close stations for comments officials did not like.

The text is similar to laws in the more authoritarian Latin countries.

Predictably, the roof fell in.

Casa Presidencial quickly issued a release defending freedom of the press and characterizing the proposed law as merely a draft.

The Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, where the repressive proposal was created, quickly followed suit.

Still lawmakers weighed in with criticism of the Luis Guillermo Solís administration.

Major television networks devoted long segments critical of the proposal with selected guest commentators, including some who defended the president who had disavowed the text.

Still unknown is exactly who wrote the document.

Facebook use linked to depression

By the University of Houston news staff

The social media site, Facebook, can be an effective tool for connecting with new and old friends. However, some users may find themselves spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook and may inevitably begin comparing what's happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.

According to University of Houston researcher Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, this kind of social comparison paired with the amount of time spent on Facebook may be linked to depressive symptoms. Ms. Steers' research on the topic is presented in the article, "Seeing Everyone Else's Highlight Reels: How Facebook Usage is Linked to Depressive Symptoms" published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

"Although social comparison processes have been examined at length in traditional contexts, the literature is only beginning to explore social comparisons in online social networking settings," said Ms. Steers, a long-time television professional and a doctoral candidate in social psychology.

Ms. Steers conducted two studies to investigate how social comparison to peers on Facebook might impact users' psychological health. Both studies provide evidence that Facebook users felt depressed when comparing themselves to others.

"It doesn't mean Facebook causes depression, but that depressed feelings and lots of time on Facebook and comparing oneself to others tend to go hand in hand," said Ms. Steers.

Ms. Steers said that people afflicted with emotional difficulties may be particularly susceptible to depressive symptoms due to Facebook social comparison after spending more time on medium. For already distressed individuals, this distorted view of their friends' lives may make them feel alone in their internal struggles, which may compound their feelings of loneliness and isolation.

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Most persons, unless they are pilots, balloonists or extreme kite flyers, do not know that the wind may have a different direction at various altitudes.

When Volcán Turrialba erupted again Tuesday at 2:10 a.m., the winds at the crater level were weak to moderate and coming from the east, said the Instituto Meteorological Nacional. At 8,000 meters the wind was stronger and from the southwest.

The eruption was reported to have gone two kilometers into the sky.

That means that some of the ash was blown out to the Caribbean, while winds at lower levels spread ash and smelly sulfur into the Central Valley, the north Pacific and the Nicoya Peninsula, said the weather institute.

The Red Sismológica Nacional said that ash was detected at least 40 kilometers from the volcano in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, Cinchona, Grecia, Ciudad Quesada and locations in that direction.

Experts are paying close attention to the volcano because it seems to be more active each day. The eruption Tuesday emitted glowing cinders.

The national emergency commission said Tuesday that 

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flight over the crater is planned for today so that experts can inspect what is taking place there. There have been plenty of inspections from the summit of the volcano, but the emergency commission is seeking access to the big picture.

U.S. expat finally extradited after a lengthy battle to stay in Costa Rica
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A U.S. citizen charged in connection with the operation of a series of fraudulent business opportunities has been extradited from Costa Rica to the United States, the Justice Department announced.

The man is Gregory Scott Garrett, also known locally as John White. He was charged in a Nov. 29, 2011, indictment in the Southern District of Florida with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, five counts of mail fraud and 13 counts of wire fraud. 

He was arrested on Feb. 9, 2012, in Costa Rica.

He and his lawyer then launched a lengthy effort to avoid extradition. At one point, the man sought refugee status.

Garrett worked with USA Beverages Inc., Twin Peaks Gourmet Coffee, Inc., and a string of other companies that took money from U.S. citizens with the promise that they would be able to start a vending business. The scams were run out of Escazú, Santa Ana and also in offices in the Sabana Office Center, although the scammers gave would-be customers the impression that the businesses were located in the United States, the U.S. Justice Department has said.

The unsuccessful appeal for refugee status said that Garrett would be subject to life imprisonment because of the penalties for the multiple charges he faces.

Such a penalty is forbidden under Costa Rican law.

He lived in San Antonio de Escazú and has had two children by a Costa Rican woman.

In addition to Garrett, 11 other defendants have been charged in connection with related business opportunity fraud ventures that operated in Costa Rica, said the Justice Department.  Nine of those other defendants have been convicted in the United States with sentences ranging from three to 16 years in prison.  Two remaining defendants have yet to be received into the custody, the agency said.

If convicted, Garrett faces a statutory maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, a possible fine and mandatory restitution on the conspiracy count, said the Justice Department.  He also faces a statutory maximum sentence of 25 years in prison on each of the mail and wire fraud counts, possible fines and mandatory restitution, the agency added.

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Popular giant lizard makes a big comeback in scientific literature
By the PeerJ news staff

Although well known as one of the most iconic dinosaurs, Brontosaurus (the thunder lizard) has long been considered misclassified. Since 1903, the scientific community has believed that the genus Brontosaurus was in fact the Apatosaurus. Now, an exhaustive new study by palaeontologists from Portugal and the United Kingdom provides conclusive evidence that Brontosaurus is distinct from Apatosaurus and as such can now be reinstated as its own unique genus.

Brontosaurus is one of the most charismatic dinosaurs of all time, inspiring generations of children thanks to its size and evocative name. However, as every armchair palaeontologist knows, Brontosaurus was in fact a misnomer, and it should be correctly referred to as Apatosaurus. At least, this is what scientists have believed since 1903, when it was decided that the differences between Brontosaurus excelsus and Apatosaurus were so minor that it was better to put them both in the same genus. Because Apatosaurus was named first, it was the one that was used under the rules of scientific naming.

In fact, of course, the Brontosaurus was never really gone. It was simply treated as a species of the genus Apatosaurus: Apatosaurus excelsus. So, while scientists thought the genus Brontosaurus was the same as Apatosaurus, they always agreed that the species excelsus was different from other Apatosaurus species. Now, palaeontologists Emanuel Tschopp, Octávio Mateus, and Roger Benson say that Brontosaurus was a unique genus all along.

The history of Brontosaurus is complex, and one of the most intriguing stories in science. In the 1870s, the western United States formed the location for dozens of new finds of fossil species, most notably of dinosaurs. Field crews excavated numerous new skeletons mostly for the famous and influential palaeontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope.

During that period, Marsh's team discovered two enormous, partial skeletons of long-necked dinosaurs and shipped them to the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, where Marsh worked. Marsh described the first of these skeletons as Apatosaurus ajax, the "deceptive lizard" after the Greek hero Ajax.

Two years later, he named the second skeleton Brontosaurus excelsus, the "noble thunder lizard." However, because neither of the skeletons were found with a skull, Marsh reconstructed one for Brontosaurus excelsus. Brontosaurus was a massive animal, like Apatosaurus, and like another long-necked dinosaur from the western United States, Camarasaurus. Because of this similarity, it seemed logical at the time that Brontosaurus had a similarly stout, box-like skull to that of Camarasaurus. However, this reconstruction was later found to be wrong.

Shortly after Marsh's death, a team from the Field Museum of Chicago found another skeleton similar to both Apatosaurus ajax and Brontosaurus excelsus. In fact, this skeleton was intermediate in shape in many aspects. Therefore, palaeontologists thought that Brontosaurus excelsus was actually so similar to Apatosaurus ajax that it would be more correct to treat them as two different species

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of the same genus. It was the second extinction of  Brontosaurus, a scientific one. From now on, Brontosaurus excelsus became known as Apatosaurus excelsus and the name Brontosaurus was not considered scientifically valid any more.

The final blow to Brontosaurus happened in the 1970s, when researchers showed that Apatosaurus was not closely related to Camarasaurus but to yet another dinosaur from the same area: Diplodocus. Because Diplodocus had a slender, horse-like skull, Apatosaurus and thus also "Brontosaurus" must have had a skull more similar to Diplodocus instead of to Camarasaurus, and so the popular, but untrue myth about Brontosaurus being an Apatosaurus with the wrong head was born.

But now, in a new study published in the peer reviewed open access journal PeerJ and consisting of almost 300 pages of evidence, a team of scientists have shown that Brontosaurus was distinct from Apatosaurus after all.

How can a single study overthrow more than a century of research? "Our research would not have been possible at this level of detail 15 or more years ago," explained Emanuel Tschopp, a Swiss national who led the study during his doctoral studies at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. "In fact, until very recently, the claim that Brontosaurus was the same as Apatosaurus was completely reasonable, based on the knowledge we had."

It is only with numerous new findings of dinosaurs similar to Apatosaurus and Brontosaurus in recent years that it has become possible to undertake a detailed reinvestigation of how different they actually were.

In science, the distinction between species and genera is without clear rules. Does this mean that the decision to resurrect Brontosaurus is just a matter of personal preference? "Not at all", explains Tschopp, "we tried to be as objective as possible whenever making a decision which would differentiate between species and genus."

The researchers applied statistical approaches to calculate the differences between other species and genera of diplodocid dinosaurs, and were surprised by the result. "The differences we found between Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus were at least as numerous as the ones between other closely related genera, and much more than what you normally find between species," explained Roger Benson, a co-author from the University of Oxford.

Therefore, Tschopp and colleagues have concluded that it is now possible to resurrect Brontosaurus as a genus distinct from Apatosaurus. "It's the classic example of how science works," said Mateus, a collaborator on the research. "Especially when hypotheses are based on fragmentary fossils, it is possible for new finds to overthrow years of research."

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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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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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Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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

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

Coco condo
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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.
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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.
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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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Sen. Rand Paul announces
his presidential candidacy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky became the second major Republican presidential contender to enter the 2016 primary race when he announced his candidacy Tuesday in Louisville.

“I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words.  We have come to take our country back!” Paul said to a rousing reception.

Paul hopes to build on his support among libertarian and Tea Party activists to become a force in what promises to be a lengthy and potentially divisive battle for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination next year.

“We need to boldly proclaim our vision for America,” he said. “We need to go boldly forth under the banner of liberty that clutches the Constitution in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other.”

Paul is a first-term senator who was elected in 2010 with Tea Party support, and who has blazed his own trail in the Senate ever since.  He solidified a national following during a 2013 Senate filibuster with a nearly 13-hour speech critical of the Obama administration’s use of drones to target suspected terrorists abroad.

Paul’s plans to cut taxes, reduce the size of government and emphasize personal liberty should play well with Tea Party supporters looking for a candidate in the large Republican field.

“Remember that the roots of the Tea Party are economic conservatism, not social conservatism,” said Republican strategist Phillip Stutts, who once worked for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “It is about less government.  It is about cutting taxes.  It is about getting sick and tired of bailouts.”

Paul also has reached out to minority voters and spoken at historically black colleges, another tact that sets him apart from the Republican field.  He also favors liberalizing laws regarding marijuana.

Paul will get a lot of scrutiny on his foreign policy views.  In the past, he has echoed his father in arguing against foreign military entanglements and endless war.  Paul has modified his stance a bit in recent months by offering support for the U.S. air strikes targeting the so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

In his announcement speech, Paul vowed to confront Islamic State if he’s elected president next year. “The enemy is radical Islam. You can’t get around it.  And not only will I name the enemy, I will do whatever it takes to defend America from these haters of mankind!”

But given the renewed focus on national security and countering terrorism abroad, Paul will need to reassure conservatives he is willing to use U.S. military force where needed, said Ford O’Connell, Republican strategist and conservative activist.

“The number one thing dogging Rand Paul right now is the fact that for American voters, unlike in previous presidential elections, national security is going to be right up there in the top two or three issues, and his libertarian stance is something that Rand Paul is going to have to overcome.  He’s going to have to prove to folks that he is a reluctant warrior, not an isolationist.”

A conservative group already has issued a video attacking Paul for his foreign policy approach and accusing him of supporting President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran.

Rand Paul can depend on a base of support from libertarian and Tea Party activists, but must find a way to broaden his appeal throughout the party. “He has a very, very strong following.  It is very deep but it is not very wide and that is going to be his biggest thing,” said O’Connell, a veteran of the McCain presidential campaign in 2008.

Paul also hopes to appeal to social conservative evangelical Christian voters, although he will have competition from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Paul is 52 years old and an eye surgeon by profession.  He continues to perform eye surgeries during annual visits to Central America.

Paul follows in the footsteps of his father, former congressman Ron Paul, who ran for president three times.  Ron Paul ran as a libertarian candidate in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012, demonstrating an ability to build a grass roots campaign organization that depended on fervent volunteers committed to the candidate and his push for a less powerful central government.

White House staffers say
some computers hackable

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The White House acknowledged Tuesday that the unclassified computer systems at the U.S. presidential mansion were vulnerable to hackers.

Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, made the remarks in response to media reports that Russian hackers got access to some sensitive White House information, such as President Barack Obama's private schedule.

Rhodes would not confirm that sensitive information had been accessed nor would he comment on where the threat originated.  But, he said, "There's always vulnerability,'' which is why the White House operates a separate, secure system for classified data.

The U.S. government has been hit by several cyberattacks, including the hacking of unclassified computers at the White House and State Department, as well as the Twitter and YouTube accounts of U.S. Central Command, which oversees the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Some of the attacks have been blamed on hackers in Russia, China and North Korea.

Earlier this year, the White House announced the creation of a federal agency to analyze threats to the nation's cybersecurity and determine strategy to combat them.

The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will coordinate cyberthreat intelligence from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies. The center will operate under the guidance of the director of national intelligence.

Obama report links health
to the changes in climate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Obama administration on Tuesday launched an effort to make the case that climate change is not only a future threat, but a current danger to the health of many Americans.

The White House released a draft report by the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program which states that “As the climate continues to change, the risks to human health continue to grow.”

Those health effects include a higher risk of asthma, lengthened allergy seasons and an increase in injuries caused by extreme weather, according to a fact sheet the Obama administration issued.

The fact sheet also warned that those health concerns could be felt disproportionately by the elderly and poor, and said quick action is needed “to protect the health of our communities our kids, and those that are the most vulnerable.”

Obama and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke at a roundtable Tuesday afternoon about the impact of climate change on public health at a forum at Howard University in Washington. They said the costs of inaction on climate change are high in terms of physical suffering and money.

Obama says some families are especially vulnerable, but the problems affect everyone.

“You can't cordon yourself off from air,” the president said.

During a briefing Tuesday, the White House senior adviser for climate, conservation and energy policy, Brian Deese, said doctors are already reporting an increase in patients suffering from the effects of diseases the administration is linking to climate change, particularly asthma and heat-related deaths.

Late last month the White House released Obama's proposal to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent below 2005 levels within the next decade as part of a global treaty to tackle climate change.

The proposal includes several policies already in effect, such as higher fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, energy efficiency measures for buildings and appliances, and programs to eliminate the use of the polluting refrigerant HFC.

It also outlined rules to limit emissions from the oil industry and carbon pollution from power plants.

Republican opponents of the Obama plan such as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have said the plan is unattainable, will kill jobs and is possibly illegal.

Public opinion polls consistently show the public is skeptical that the steps Obama has taken to curb pollution are worth the cost to the economy. Last year, a Pew Research Center poll showed that while most Americans believe in climate change, most don’t see it as a priority.

Obama expected to talk
about rights with Raúl Castro

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama is expected to discuss human rights with Cuban leader Raúl Castro when, for the first time, both the U.S. and Cuban presidents attend the Summit of the Americas.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said there would be interaction between the two leaders during the summit in Panamá Friday and Saturday.  But she did not specify the circumstances of their meeting.

The U.S. diplomat said Obama has made clear the U.S. does not believe the human rights situation in Cuba is adequate, and added that the U.S. would not change its "willingness to speak out on human rights violations simply because we are now engaging with the Cuban government directly."

In December, the White House announced a historic shift in its policy toward Cuba, moving away from 50 years of isolation to a policy of engagement meant to empower the Cuban people.

During the summit, Obama is expected to meet with members of Cuba's civil society who will be attending. Ms. Jacobson said the U.S. leader would send a clear message that "in places where either political or civil space has closed in recent years or remains closed, such as in Cuba, we give support to those who continue to peacefully fight for the space to be open."

With the U.S. and Cuba working to restore diplomatic ties, groups like Amnesty International are closely watching Havana’s handling of dissent and freedom of assembly, association and expression.

In December, the same month Cuba released 53 activists from prison, the communist government also arrested dozens of other demonstrators and dissidents, and it even rearrested some activists it had just released.

"We have been seeing that some prisoners of conscience or dissidents have been put back in jail. Some other dissidents have been harassed," said Marshelha Goncalves Margerin, Amnesty International advocacy director.

While diplomats in the U.S. and Cuba are working to reopen embassies in Havana and Washington, they also have started laying the groundwork for human rights talks.

Those talks will face challenges rooted in fundamentally different philosophies on human rights, according to Brookings Institution analyst Ted Piccone.

“The Cubans will emphasize that 'This is our own domestic sovereign affairs and you shouldn’t be poking your nose into our human rights issues,' " said Piccone, "and the Americans will say, 'No, these are universal norms that all states have agreed to adhere to, and that includes Cuba.' ”

During human rights talks, the U.S. agenda most likely will focus on Cuba’s political and civil rights record, while Cuba most likely will criticize U.S. social services as inadequate and point to events in Ferguson, Missouri, as an example of civil rights problems in the U.S.  The city became a flashpoint for a national debate on the state of race relations in America after a police officer, who has been cleared of wrongdoing, fatally shot an unarmed African-American teenager during a street confrontation last August.

U.S. diplomats will be ready to take on such issues with Cuban officials, Piccone said.

“We have court systems, we have accountability boards, we have auditing systems," he said. "We have a free media and a press, we have a very strong Congress. These are ways we have checks and balances in our system to address the underlying human rights problems, and in the Cuban case, they don’t."

However, critics of U.S. policy toward Cuba say Havana has no intention of allowing dissent or basic freedoms. Others believe that as more Cubans are exposed to the rest of the world, they will bring pressure on the Cuban government and force change on the Communist nation.

Mourners unite on bridge
for assassinated Russian

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday at the exact spot on Moscow's Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated 40 days ago.

The timing of the commemoration of Nemtsov, who also held the post of first deputy prime minister, is in keeping with Russian Orthodox tradition.

So far, five men from Russia's restive North Caucasus have been arrested. All have denied involvement in Nemtsov's assassination.

Prime suspect Zaur Dadayev, has recanted an earlier confession, saying he did so only to secure the release of another suspect.​

Among those who attended Tuesday's memorial was Nemtsov's close colleague Ilya Yashin, a member of RPR-Parnas, the opposition party Nemtsov co-led. 

Yashin said "The investigation, in my opinion, has hit a dead end. Despite the initial success of the investigation and the detention, it appears that the investigation is clearly unable to establish the real perpetrators of the crime, to disentangle the chain of suspects. For this, there is neither the political will nor the resources.  And they were even unable to detain and interrogate an associate of Dadayev's, named Ruslan Geremeyev.

Cough medicine reported
helpful in cases of diabetes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An active ingredient in common cough medicine has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels in both humans and mice, indicating that it could someday be used to treat diabetes.

The ingredient, dextromethorphan, is in many syrups and tablets that suppress coughs. It also lowers blood sugar levels in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by protecting insulin-producing beta cells. It is not, however, a cure for diabetes.

Eckhard Lammert, a professor of physiology and director of the Diabetes Center in Dusseldorf, Germany, and colleagues found that dextromethorphan lowers blood sugar levels in mice.

"We also did a single-dose clinical trial with 20 individuals with Type 2 diabetes, and could see in these individuals that dextromethorphan is able to lower blood glucose levels similar to what we see in mice,” he said.

Insulin is a hormone that helps cells absorb glucose for fuel. If beta cells do not produce enough insulin, dangerous and destructive levels of sugar can build up in the blood, leading to serious complications, including blindness and kidney failure.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by a misdirected immune system, destroying insulin-producing beta cells. It affects roughly 10 percent of all diabetics.

Much more common and a growing health problem worldwide, is Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes. People with this condition have insulin-resistance. The cells of their bodies become unable to absorb the amount of sugar in their blood.

Lammert said dextromethorphan reduces blood sugar levels by around 10 percent.

It’s tempting to buy cough medicine and give it a try. Lammert said, however, that the use of dextromethorphan is experimental, and he discouraged the use of cough medicine by people trying to treat their diabetes.

“This is something we don’t want to see," he said, noting that the data gathered thus far were limited. "They make us optimistic, but they are not sufficient for anyone to self-medicate.”

Eventually, Lammert said, dextromethorphan may be used as an add-on to standard diabetes medicine, such as metformin. 

World Bank head seeking
more effort against poverty

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The head of the World Bank says slowing economic growth around the world is hurting the institution’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. While the challenges may be great, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the goal remains within reach but only if world leaders and emerging financial and development institutions do their part. 

What is extreme poverty? According to the United Nations it’s a condition characterized by a lack of basic human needs, like clean drinking water, food, sanitation and education.

The good news, says the World Bank president, is that the world has made some progress.

“Over 25 years, we’ve gone from nearly two billion people living in extreme poverty to fewer than one billion," said Kim.

Despite inroads, nearly a billion people still live on less than a $1.25 per day.
Further complicating the goal of eradicating poverty is the economic slowdown in developed and emerging economies.

One solution is to partner with new financial institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank, led by China, and the New Development Bank founded by the so-called BRICS countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“We at the World Bank Group see these development banks as potentially very strong allies in tackling the enormous challenge of bringing much needed infrastructure to the developing world," said Kim.

Such banking coalitions could help address the infrastructure spending gap that the World Bank alone can't fill.  Amy Studdart is deputy director in political economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“There’s a huge infrastructure gap in Asia.  The World Bank itself estimates that it was $2.5 trillion worth of investment that needs to happen in South Asia and South East Asia alone," said Ms. Studdart.

Despite the perceived need for such lending groups, some, including the United States, fear such institutions could further diminish Western influence in Asia.

But Kim says influence is not the issue.

“The fundamental issue for us is, your enemy cannot be other institutions.  Your enemy has to be poverty," he said.

The World Bank is expected to address those issues when world leaders come together at the United Nations later this year to establish global priorities.  Among them is ending poverty.

U.S. garment factory boss
facing U.S. bribery count

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles, California, has indicted the general manager of a garment factory on charges of offering to pay bribes to an investigator with the U. S. Department of Labor in exchange for the investigator closing an investigation into wage violations.

The indicted man, Howard Quoc Trinh, 41, of Arcadia, the manager of Seven-Bros Enterprises, is accused of bribery of a public official.

The indictment charges Trinh with offering to pay $10,000 in bribes to a Department of Labor Wage and Hour investigator.

The indictment also alleges that Trinh offered the bribe last month to secure the release of a hold known as a hot goods objection that had been placed on a shipment by the investigator.

As part of the bribery scheme, Trinh actually paid the investigator $3,000, according to a criminal complaint previously filed in this case.

According to the affidavit in support of that complaint, the agent was investigating Seven-Bros for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, which sets standards for minimum wage and overtime pay.

The Labor Department Wage and Hour investigator led a team that conducted an unannounced visit to Seven-Bros March 10. The investigation into wage violations covered a period from May 2012 through last March 10  and found that Seven-Bros owed approximately $100,000 to compensate employees for wage and hour violations over that period. According to the affidavit, the investigator returned to Seven-Bros March 18, at which time Trinh said he did not owe his employees any back wages and that he wanted to take care of the investigator.

In response to Trinh’s statements, the Labor Department’s Office of Investigator General outfitted the investigator with recording equipment. On the evening of March 18, during a recorded meeting, Trinh is accused of offering the investigator $10,000 to close out the case without finding any violations and to lift the hot goods objection.

The next day, during another recorded meeting, Trinh gave the investigator an initial payment of $3,000 in a manila envelope, according to the affidavit.

If he is convicted of the bribery count in the indictment, Trinh would face a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.
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Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

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:

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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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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Frog species Agaylchnis callidryas that was used in the study.

Frog fungus immunity a complex issue

By the Manchester University news service

New research from The University of Manchester and the Institute of Zoology has shed light on the complex challenge facing scientists battling one of the world’s most devastating animal diseases.

Chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is thought to be behind the decline or extinction of at least 200 species of frogs. It is also one of the reasons why 31 percent of amphibian species are currently listed as threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

This latest study used bacteria from frogs in Belize to test the limitations of probiotic treatments. This form of treatment aims to introduce bacteria cultivated from amphibians that aren’t affected by the disease to those at risk of infection to boost their immunity.

Rachael Antwis who carried out the study while completing her doctorate at Manchester’s Faculty of Life Sciences explains: “Using beneficial bacteria to act as probiotics for disease mitigation is already common in agriculture and human health. In fact, many bacteria that reside on amphibian skin have been shown to inhibit the growth and survival of B. dendrobatidis. However, the reliability of the potential probiotics hasn’t been tested against the shifting targets the disease presents.”

To assess the effectiveness of probiotic treatments, the team used bacteria taken from frogs in Belize, where the species has shown resilience despite the long-term presence of the disease in the area. Some 56 strains of bacteria were isolated and stored for use in the laboratory.

The team tried the bacteria against different genetic strains of the disease, and then looked at whether the bacteria had inhibited the growth of the disease in its various forms. They found the bacteria performed in a variety of ways with only a small number inhibiting all forms of the disease. The bacteria that had an impact on one strain of the disease didn’t have the same impact on the other genetic variations.

The results of the study have been published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Dr. Antwis concluded: “A lot more work is definitely needed before we can identify an effective cure for this devastating disease. But as a scientist I believe we not only have a moral obligation to keep searching, but an ecological one too. Amphibians inhabit the middle of food chain, making up a vital part of our ecosystem. If they go then that could spell disaster for many more species.”

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Travel fair is planned for this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The third annual edition of Expoviajes will be Saturday and Sunday at the convention center of the Hotel Wyndam San José Herradura. Organizers said that 90 travel experts will be present to offer vacations, special packages and other options for travelers.

Also available will be opportunities to finance the trips.

Organizers said that one advantage of the travel fair is that providers and those offering other services will be in the same event. Admission is free.

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