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Confidence still shrinking in central government
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As the central government plans to present legislation to raise taxes, the private sector is circling the wagons.

Business leaders appear to have lost confidence in President Luis Guillermo Solís and his team.

The concern spilled over the legislature Wednesday when opposition lawmaker Sandra Piszk Feinzilber noted that foreign direct investment declined 20 percent from the second half of 2013 to 2014 and the exports dropped 18 percent from the first two months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2015.

In dollars that is a decline in investment of $261 million and $320 million in exports, she noted.

Observers have said that when the Ministerio de Hacienda submits proposed bills it will be to a fragmented legislature. Solís does not even have the full support of his own party to engineer approval. Many wish to see dramatic cuts in the central government. A long legislative battle is predicted.

The national budget is nearly half borrowed money, and although there has been some improvement in generating government income, the monthly deficit still is large.

The government is embarking on a campaign to show that the new taxes are needed. The major credit rating agencies of the world are believed to support higher taxes.

Wednesday the Cámara de Comercio de Costa Rica  released a report of its survey of members and said that the index of confidence in the economy had dropped to the lowest point since 2010.

The chamber also cited statistics from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social that said new jobs were 1,135 in 2014, a drop of 80 percent from the year before.

The chamber survey report said that only 19 percent of the member firms plan new investments in the next six months. About the same number expect to add employees.

The criticism was not confined to the executive branch. Some 68 percent of the firms surveyed characterized the work of the Asamblea Legislative as bad or very bad, said the survey.

Part of the concern is that Intel Corp. has begun laying off workers in anticipation of moving its chip production facility to Vietnam.

Sport fishing operators on the Pacific report they are losing customers because prices here are much higher than in adjacent countries. Other tourism operators have said the same.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize the deal the central government made with tourism operators when it decided to levy five years of back sales tax on their operations.

The deal is to phase in the sales tax and ignore the back taxes, which no one knew about in the first place.

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Solís leaves today for two-day summit visit

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
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President Luis Guillermo Solís is attending the Summit of the Americas in Panamá, but he will return early for the Saturday Batalla de Rivas celebration in Alajuela.

Ana Helena Chacón, the second vice president, and Manuel González, the foreign minster, will represent Costa Rica Saturday in Panamá.

Solís arrives in Panamá this afternoon and plans to attend a meeting Friday of the Sistema de Integración Centroamericana where U.S. President Barack Obama also is expected.

Later Friday Solís is expected to attend a forum with Tabaré Vázquez, president of Uruguay and organized by Obama.

After that he will meet with Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, and attend the opening ceremonies and a welcoming dinner.

A Cuban delegation will attend the summit Friday and Saturday, for the first time in the history of the regional gathering.

The U.S.-Cuban effort to restore diplomatic ties is expected to be a focal point as leaders from 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere gather in Panamá to discuss policy and regional issues.

Ahead of the summit, the U.S. hinted the U.S. might drop Cuba from its state sponsors of terrorism list.
Tuesday, Roberta Jacobson, the State Department’s assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs, said officials were near the end of the review process for Cuba.
“I can’t tell you exactly when everything is going to roll out. But we are at the end of that process,” she said.
The designation has been a major sticking point for Cuba in its efforts to restore diplomatic ties with the U.S., a move that would allow the two countries to open embassies.
Leaders of Cuban-American organizations are skeptical of removing Cuba’s terror sponsorship designation, which carries penalties that include sanctions on certain exports and financial restrictions.
Francisco Jose Hernandez is president of the Cuban American National Foundation, a group that supports a “nonviolent transition to a free and democratic Cuba.”
He said that a U.S. decision to remove Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism would be somewhat extemporaneous.
Hernandez asked what Cuba would be giving in return, “What is it that the U.S. is obtaining on the part of Cuba?”
Frank Calzon, the executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, said the White House’s consideration of removing Cuba from the list shows a disconnect between Obama’s appraisal of Cuba and the situation on the ground in the country.
“By removing Cuba off of that list, the president is giving up any kind of leverage that he might have to bring justice to a situation like this,” he said.
The U.S. has listed Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1982.  It shares the list with countries such as Iran and Sudan.
U.S. and Cuban officials may have an opportunity to discuss the terror designation on the sidelines of the summit in Panama. Both Secretary of State John Kerry and Obama will be attending.
Kerry could meet with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. And U.S. officials say, Obama will interact with Cuban President Raúl Castro.
At a Washington forum, Assistant Secretary of State Jacobson said Obama intends to bring up human rights issues during the summit, including in any discussion with Castro.
It would be their first face-to-face talks since the December announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would begin steps to normalize relations, a move that would end the 50-year isolation of Cuba by the U.S.

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Friends remember murdered B&B owner

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Tamarindo has lost a pioneer B&B owner on Playa Langosta with the murder of Barry Lawson, owner of the popular Villa Allegre. Close friends for over 20 years, we share the grief of  his widow Suzye, son, Jerred, and his brothers.

Always the perfect host, Barry and Suzye had a huge tourist following, as their success over the years revealed.  Villa Allegre was also the premier venue for many events involving expats in their town. Generous with his time and talent, Barry also was very active in charitable events, especially the Have A Heart Golf  Tournament and anything helping to preserve Langosta green space.

Barry will be sorely missed and left this world better for having passed this way.

Joan and I were privileged to call him friend.

The expat community will be watching with distinct interest as to how the Tico legal system functions.

Vaya Con Dios, friend Barry!
Joan and Bruce Hankins
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Bacteria used to block dengue transmission

By the University of Melbourne news staff

Researchers at the University of Melbourne along with international collaborators are using a novel way to block the dengue virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes using the insect bacterium Wolbachia and have for the first time provided projections of its public health benefit.

Dengue is a viral infection spread between humans by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Dengue causes flu-like symptoms, including intense headaches and joint pains.

Published in the Journal of Science Translational Medicine, an article by Cameron Simmons from the University of Melbourne said that the discovery could lead to improved strategies to reduce the incidence of dengue.

“We did a real world experiment and allowed mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia and uninfected mosquitoes to feed on the blood of Vietnamese dengue patients. Our team then measured how efficiently Wolbachia blocked dengue virus infection of the mosquito body and saliva, which in turn stops them spreading the virus between humans,” Simmons said.

Researchers developed a mathematical model of dengue virus transmission and used the experimental results as a basis to predict how well Wolbachia would reduce the intensity of dengue transmission under a variety of scenarios.

“We found that Wolbachia could eliminate dengue transmission in locations where the intensity of transmission is low or moderate. In high transmission settings, Wolbachia would also cause a significant reduction in transmission.

“Our findings are important because they provide realistic measures of the ability of Wolbachia to block transmission of the dengue virus and provide precise projections of its impact on dengue infections,” Simmons said.

Wolbachia has been recently introduced into nearby communities and the results of this study suggest future dengue outbreaks in these cities should be much less severe than in the past.

“Our results will enable policy makers in dengue-affected countries to make informed decisions on Wolbachia when allocating scarce resources to dengue control,” Simmons said.

Dengue continues to be a major public health problem in Asia and Latin America. Estimates suggest more than 100 million cases occur globally each year.

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Costa Rica constructed a dike to cut off the flow of the Río San Juan to a canal dug by Nicaragua in an effort to create a new mouth for the river to the Caribbean. The case is being litigated in the World Court in the Hague.

Those who know the river speak of its great strength when swollen by the rainy season.

Half million users expected to be without water this morning
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national water institute plans to cut service to nearly a half million users this morning at 8 a.m.

The outage will be felt in parts of San José, La Unión, Curridabat, Desamparados, Montes de Oca and Guadalupe, the  Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados said in an announcement.

The outage is expected to last until 6 p.m.  The reason is that the company needs to fix a major leak in the Orosi water transmission line at a Cartago industrial park.

A copy of the announcement is HERE with the details of where the outage will be felt.

Basically the area is from the center of San José Centro to the cantons to the east.

Expat Sheldon Haseltine acquitted of defamation in second trial
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A three-judge panel Wednesday acquitted expat Sheldon Haseltine of defamation in the latest development in his 17-year battle over property.

The private case was brought by three businessmen who felt they had been defamed by a YouTube video Haseltine has posted.

The trial, the second on the same allegation, was in the I Circuito Judicial de San José. Those who brought the case, Armando González Fonseca, Fuad Farach Abdalah and Ricardo Jiménez Montealegre, have the option of filing an appeal.

Judge Manuel Rojas Salas, who read the verdict, cited a technical reason involving when the video was posted.

He said that was not made clear to the tribunal.

However, he also spoke at length on the content of the video. 

Haseltine is involved in a long-running property dispute near Los Sueños in the central Pacific coast. In the video he said: "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?"

His accusers tried to equate the verb rip off with the Spanish word for defraud, estafar. The judges agreed that the word has a broader meaning in English that does not always imply criminality.

The trial was held against the backdrop of a public outpouring of support for free expression in the wake of an unrelated bill proposed by the central government that would have restricted the electronic media. The bill has since been withdrawn.

In a recording of the verdict provided by Haseltine, the judge is heard to say that Costa Rica is a country of rights that apply not only to citizens but to foreigners as well.

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. That set the stage for a second trial.

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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Tiny migrating warbler gives a surprise to researchers in Nicaragua
By the Michigan Technological University news staff

Catching a golden-winged warbler sounds like a mythical quest. The tiny bird is quite real, though, and a number of researchers track the species. The warblers migrate from the north woods of the Midwest to Central America every year, and researchers put bands on the legs of a handful to keep tabs on them. Now, for the first time, the same golden-winged warbler has been caught at both a migration hotspot and in his wintering grounds.

Catching a warbler that someone else banded is like a one in a million long shot, says Amber Roth, a Michigan Technological University researcher who netted the bird in Nicaragua. “It’s a needle in the haystack for sure, especially for this species.”

Golden-winged warblers are forest birds, and unlike ducks and other migratory fowl that are hunted, they have never had a band return like this.

Researcher Roth says the warblers are also unique among forest birds: They have been proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act. They are territorial both nesting and wintering. They may be more greatly impacted by climate change; and they hybridize with blue-winged warblers. Plus, this particular golden-winged warbler that Ms. Roth caught is unique among his feathered kin. Thanks to Ms. Roth and her colleagues, he is now sporting a miniature geolocator, a device that could illuminate his whole migratory path.

While golden-winged warblers are not fairy tale creatures, the fact that different researchers caught the same bird is a dream come true.

“This is one of the things that people in our field sit and talk and dream about, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if someone caught one of these birds someday?’” Ms. Roth says, admitting she was excited when she and her fellow researchers caught the warbler in Nicaragua on Jan. 25 at Reserva El Jaguar, a private forest reserve which is the only golden-winged warbler reserve in the world. James Marshall of Rockford University banded the bird on Sept. 2, 2014, at the Severson Dells Forest Preserve in Illinois.

The U.S. Geological Survey Bird Banding Lab keeps all U.S. bird band records and tracks new encounters with these banded birds, including the golden-winged warbler caught by Ms. Roth and Marshall.

Marshall works with Rockford University undergraduates on a number of research projects involving birds, including how migrant birds help spread invasive bush honeysuckles. All of the projects involved banding birds, but none were explicitly looking for golden-winged warblers.

“I saw a lot of golden-wings come through in the spring, but I had never caught one in Illinois,” Marshall says. On the day the banded bird was caught, he was the fifth of six. “I was already excited to catch so many. I didn’t realize just how exciting it would be.”

And just one warbler can illustrate the importance of migratory stop-over sites to birds of concern. The Severson Dells, where the golden-winged warbler was banded, is one such site.

Green spaces like the Severson Dells are crucial for

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This is the tiny bird at its Nicaraguan destination.

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migrating birds. Golden-winged warblers prefer shrubby nesting grounds, a habitat they share with hunted species like ruffed grouse and woodcock, but they forage in the trees.

“Those forest islands tend to be magnets for birds on migrations,” says Ms. Roth, who also researches forest bird migration patterns and conservation around the Great Lakes. She says with the golden-winged warbler’s northern story, there is only one piece missing. “Where did this guy breed?” she asks. “It would be great to get the third point, which would be his home territory on the breeding grounds, likely somewhere in the western Great Lakes.”

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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:

Jaco condo
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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:

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

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.
Manuel Antonio Estates        TOLL FREE: 1800 346 9724
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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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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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German researchers plan
encryption for the people

By the Fraunhofer Institute
for Secure Information Technology SIT

In the wake of the revelations that intelligence agencies have been engaged in mass surveillance activities, both industry and society at large are looking for practicable encryption solutions that protect businesses and individuals.

Previous technologies have failed in practice because they were too expensive or not user friendly enough. The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT has launched an open initiative called Volksverschlüsselung with the aim of bringing end-to-end encryption to the masses.

Encryption is the most effective antidote to unwarranted, mass surveillance of people, companies and authorities. Although there are any number of computer programs designed to, say, make e-mail communication more secure, most people find them to be too much of a hassle. This is why the German government made establishing universal and easy-to-use encryption part of its digital agenda.

A research team from Fraunhofer in Darmstadt developed a public encryption concept that factors in user friendliness from the outset. The software automatically installs the cryptographic keys in the right places on a computer. The researchers are also working on an infrastructure that will be available to everyone and is compatible with existing encryption services.

“With this initiative and what it’s developing, Fraunhofer is supporting the German government’s efforts to better protect people and companies,” said  Michael Waidner, head of Fraunhofer SIT. This is why Volksverschlüsselung is to be made available as open-source software.

The software is the centerpiece of the solution. It relieves the user of the previously difficult task of allocating keys by recognizing which applications – different e-mail programs, for example – on a computer, smartphone or tablet can use cryptography and automatically allocates the right key to each one. The software also generates cryptographic keys that can be used to encrypt e-mails or files.

If a user wants to send someone an encrypted e-mail, he or she will need the public key. In the Volksverschlüsselung model, the user can obtain this from the central infrastructure.

“It works like a phone book,” says project manager Michael Herfert. “Anyone can look up and download public keys. The central infrastructure also ensures that the keys actually belong to the person requesting them and helps prevent identity fraud.”

Fraunhofer researchers said people can register using the eID function of the German identity card. Other ways of registering are to be made possible in the future. To make it possible for a vast number of people to use the Volksverschlüsselung infrastructure, it would ideally have to be set up to handle several million keys. This calls for an infrastructure that is as efficient as it is secure. The current plan is to install the infrastructure on a high-security server at the Fraunhofer Institute Center in Birlinghoven near Bonn, and other trusted partners will also be able to participate soon.

Companies also stand to benefit from the results of the Volksverschlüsselung project, especially from the software. Solutions developed as part of the project could help small and medium-sized enterprises in particular by making it easier for them to implement encryption and thus better protect trade secrets.

Jury issues expected verdict
in Boston bombing trial

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As expected, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all counts Wednesday in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed.

Jurors spent slightly more than 11 hours deciding Tsarnaev's guilt in two days of deliberations after 16 days of testimony.

"It's not something that will ever be over," said Karen Brassard, whose ankles and shin were injured by pieces of the bomb. "You'll feel it forever. It's forever a part of our life . . . I don't know what justice is. I'm grateful to have him off the street.''

Two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the marathon finish line April 15, 2013, killing three people, Martin Richard, 8, Chinesestudent Lingzi Lu, 23, and Krystle Campbell, 29, and wounding more than 260 others.

Tsarnaev also was convicted in the death of Sean Collier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology patrol officer shot to death three days later as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, attempted to evade police.

The defendant, dressed in a blue sweater and dark blazer, looked pale as he entered the courtroom to hear the verdict. His lawyer, Judy Clarke, gave him a brief pat on the back as he sat down.

Tsarnaev folded his arms, fidgeted and looked down at the defense table as he listened to one guilty verdict after another on all 30 counts against him, including conspiracy, murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction.

There were some families of victims in the courtroom, and their reaction as the verdict was read was very calm. They seemed satisfied with the verdict judging by discussions she had with them outside the courthouse.

Seventeen of the counts are capital offenses, making him eligible for the death penalty.

“I hope today’s verdict provides a small amount of closure for the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent and tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement. “The incidents of those days have forever left a mark on our city.”

During the penalty phase, which could begin as early as Monday, Tsarnaev's lawyers will present so-called mitigating evidence they hope will save his life.

That could include evidence about his family, his relationship with his brother, and his childhood in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and later in the volatile Dagestan region of Russia.

Tsarnaev's conviction was practically a foregone conclusion. His lawyers admitted he participated in the bombings.

But in a bid to save Tsarnaev from a death sentence, defense attorney Clarke argued that Tsarnaev, then 19, fell under the influence of his radicalized older brother. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died when he was shot by police and run over by his brother during a chaotic getaway attempt days after the bombing.

"If not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened," Ms. Clarke told the jury during closing arguments.

Prosecutors laid out evidence that the defendant, an ethnic Chechen who emigrated from Russia a decade before the attack, had read and listened to jihadist materials, and wrote a note in the boat where he was found hiding suggesting the bombing was an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.

Earlier Wednesday, the jury asked U.S. District Judge George O'Toole to clarify two legal terms.

They asked about the term "conspiracy," which appears in several of the charges. O'Toole explained it applied to a plot between Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev that existed from February through April 19 of 2013, when the younger brother was caught.

Jurors also asked if "aiding and abetting," which also appears in several charges, were separate ideas. The judge said the terms represent a single concept.

Massachusetts has not executed anyone since 1947, and Roman Catholic bishops in the state reiterated their opposition to the death penalty on Monday, when the first phase of the trial wrapped up.

White House seeks ban
on conversion therapies

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The White House is calling for a ban on so-called conversion therapies, psychiatric practices aimed at changing a person's gender identity or sexual orientation.

In a statement posted Wednesday on the White House Web site, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said conversion therapy can have "potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual" youth.

"The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate, and can cause substantial harm," the statement says.

It is posted along with a petition calling for congressional legislation to ban conversion therapies. The bill is to be enacted in memory of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn, a transgender youth who committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a tractor-trailer last December.

In an online suicide note, Ms. Alcorn said her parents had pulled her out of school and put her into conversion therapy to change her back into being a boy.

The White House statement concludes, "This administration believes that young people should be valued for who they are, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, the gender with which they identify, or who they love."

U.S. sweep nets thousand
international gang members

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Nearly 1,000 gang members and associates from 239 different gangs were arrested across the United States in an operation headed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the agency said Wednesday.

The sweep, named Project Wildfire, was aimed at criminal gangs that work across international borders.

The operation, carried out from Feb. 23 to March 31, netted 976 gang members and associates in 282 cities.  Most of them were U.S. citizens, but 199 were foreign nationals from 18 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, the agency said.

Of those arrested, 913 were charged with criminal offenses, 63 were arrested for immigration violations and 650 had violent criminal histories.

Agents also seized 82 firearms, several kilos of illegal drugs, nearly $400,000 in U.S. currency, counterfeit merchandise and five vehicles.

Since U.S. authorities launched Operation Community Shield in 2005, agents have arrested more than 36,000 gang members and associates linked to 2,600 street gangs, the agency said.

New York court is asked
to OK end-of-life concept

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sara Myers was diagnosed four years ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a paralyzing, always fatal neurodegenerative disease.

“At the time I was told three to five years life expectancy. I am traveling down this road, not at a fast pace, but not at a slow pace either,” Ms. Myers, 60, said recently in her New York apartment, where she is confined to a wheelchair. “I am losing my ability to breathe, and I am opting not to go for a tracheotomy or ventilator."

“I’ve been trying to live each day as fully as I can,” she continued. “But when it gets to the point that my bad days outweigh the good, and I know that it’s only going to get worse, then I might decide to end my suffering then.”

Ms. Myers wants to be able to end her life with a lethal drug dose, if she chooses, while she is still able to swallow. She is among eight patients and medical professionals who filed suit in New York State Supreme Court recently, challenging a state law that bars physicians from prescribing life-ending drugs to dying patients.

“This is really about a patient’s choice to determine how he or she is going to die. It’s not a question of whether a patient is going to die, it’s a question of how they’re going to do it, and who’s going to make that decision” said David Leven, executive director of End of Life Choices New York, another plaintiff in the suit brought by the Disability Rights Legal Center.

Like others in the aid in dying movement, as supporters call it, Leven contends that it should not be considered suicide when a mentally competent adult in the end stages of terminal illness takes a lethal drug.  But in all but five U.S. states it is illegal for physicians to assist terminal patients in ending their lives.  The exceptions are Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Montana and Vermont.

Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law is the best-known, largely because of the recent YouTube advocacy of Brittany Maynard.

A 29-year-old newlywed diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, Ms. Maynard did not want to die semiconscious or suffering in a hospital bed. She chose to move from California to Oregon in time to qualify as a resident and receive a lethal prescription.

“I want to be sure my husband and mother are with me when I die. I want to leave this earth in my home, in the arms of my husband and my parents,” she said in one of the videos she made before she ended her life last November.

The Oregon law requires two physicians to certify that a patient has a life expectancy of less than six months, is mentally competent, not suffering from depression, and is not being coerced. Patients must make two requests for aid in dying separated by 15 days, as well as a written, witnessed request, and must take the medication themselves.

In the 18 years since the law took effect, 1,173 people have received such prescriptions and 752 have ended their lives with them, according to a report by Compassion & Choices, a group that advocates for laws like Oregon’s. The group says that simply having the medicine as an option creates peace of mind for some dying people, who then choose to let the disease take its course.

Since Ms. Maynard’s death, lawmakers in at least 20 states, including New York and California, have introduced bills to legalize physician-assisted dying. They are opposed on religious grounds by Roman Catholic leaders, as well as by some disability rights groups who say the laws will be abused and lead to euthanasia.

T.K. Small, of the group Not Dead Yet, says patients will be pressured to end their lives, because health care for the dying is very costly, while lethal drugs are cheap.

“When you have a $300 prescription, versus a very expensive chemotherapy regime or just having somebody to help you in your home, that’s expensive,” he said in an interview. “A person who is a caregiver, who stands to inherit money, can be a witness when these forms and prescriptions are requested from a doctor. An individual receiving money under a will can literally go pick up the medicine, and there’s no other witnesses involved."

Small noted that the terminally ill are able to speed up death by refusing food and fluids, while accepting pain medication. He would choose that palliative care method, he said.

“From what I hear there’s more morphine than you can shake a stick at in these palliative-care practices. It wouldn’t take long, a few days,” he said, adding, “I would feel comfortable knowing that I hadn’t compromised the existences of other people.”

Aid-in-dying proponents maintain that the palliative option can still entail great suffering, and isn’t ethically different from timing one’s death via a drug. Some people, bedridden and retaining fluid, have lived as long as two weeks. In her final video, Brittany Maynard explained why she had rejected palliative care.

“I can’t imagine what that experience would be like. I may be minimally conscious, still suffering and unable to move or speak,” she said, adding, “Death with dignity is a much swifter and peaceful way to pass.”

Supporters also contend that legalizing physician-prescribed aid in dying will prevent premature, often violent suicides by people diagnosed with terminal illness. Marcia Angell, a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, has written that her father, who shot himself rather than endure a lingering death from metastatic cancer, might have chosen to live longer had he known he could ingest a drug that would enable him to die quickly and without pain. In an essay for the New York Review of Books, she asked, “Why should anyone, the state, the medical profession, or anyone else, presume to tell someone else how much suffering they must endure as their life is ending?”

Recent polls report that a majority of Americans are coming to agree: about three out of four Americans now believe that terminally ill patients in pain should have the right to end their lives. A majority of physicians and several medical associations also now support legalizing physician-assisted deaths. The largest, however, the American Medical Association, continues to oppose legalization, saying it is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose societal risks.”

Cheap allergy pill found
to block spread of hepatitis C

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers have discovered that an inexpensive allergy medicine can treat hepatitis C, a serious liver disease.

The medicine is chlorcyclizine HCL, an antihistamine that has been around for a half century. Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health have found that chlorcyclizine and similar drugs can treat hepatitis C by blocking the virus so it cannot infect liver cells.

The discovery was made using a cell-based, high-throughput screening method. The technique is used to analyze thousands of government-approved compounds quickly for their effectiveness against viral and bacterial infections.

The research is published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Jake Liang, chief of the Liver Diseases Branch at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases near Washington, where the discovery was made, said that the hepatitis virus "continues to infect new cells as the infection goes on.  So, our thought is, if we can prevent or destruct that reinfection process, the infected cells will die eventually, so you would not have any more infected cells.”

Hepatitis C is spread through sexual contact or infected blood products.  It can lead to liver failure, cancer, and cirrhosis or hardening of the liver.

Millions of people around the world carry the hepatitis C virus or are ill because of it.  Liang noted that effective treatments are now available, "but the current drugs are expensive, have side effects and are associated with resistance. Also, these drugs are only active against certain HP strains.  So, in light of these issues, I think there’s still ... a need in the treatment of hepatitis.”

The price tag for current hepatitis C drugs is approximately $84,000 for a 12-week course.  In contrast, chlorcyclizine costs about 50 cents a pill.

Researchers’ next step is to determine a therapeutic dose of the antihistamine for treatment of hepatitis C.

Officer held in murder case
also loses his employment

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A white police officer in South Carolina has been dismissed after a video showed him firing repeated shots at a fleeing, unarmed black man and killing him after a traffic stop.

"We do not condone wrong," North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said Wednesday at a news conference. "It doesn't matter who it is."

Officer Michael Slager was fired and accused of murder in the killing last Saturday of 50-year-old Walter Scott after the policeman pulled him over for driving with a broken brake light.

The video, taken by a bystander with a cellphone camera, shows Slager firing eight times at Scott.

 "I have watched the video, and I was sickened by what I saw,"  North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said.

The South Carolina incident is the latest in a series of fatal encounters in the United States between unarmed black males and white police, including the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York City.  The incidents led to large protests across the nation over aggressive police tactics in minority communities. 

Some protesters chanted "No justice, no peace!" at the North Charleston news conference.

Summey and Driggers said they had visited Scott's family to voice their sympathy over the killing, but declined to answer numerous questions about it. They said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the state’s criminal investigative body, has taken over the investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has started a separate probe.

After Scott fell to the ground after the final shot, Slager walked over to Scott and handcuffed him, then returned to the spot where he opened fire.  The officer picked up something from the ground, walked back to Scott's body, and dropped the object next to him.

Scott's father, Walter Scott, Sr., told NBC's Today show Wednesday that he believes his son may have tried to flee because "he didn't want to go to jail again" for child support payments he owed. "He just ran away."

Slager initially said he opened fire after Scott had taken his electronic stun gun during a scuffle. 

The unidentified witness who took the video turned it over to Scott's family.  A lawyer for the family turned the video over to The New York Times, which posted it on its Web site Tuesday. 

"What if there was no video?" Chris Stewart, the attorney for Scott's family, told reporters late Tuesday night. "What if there was no witness, or hero as I call him, to come forward?  Then this wouldn't have happened, because as you can see the initial reports stated something totally different, the officer said that Mr. Scott attacked him and pulled his taser and tried to use it on him, but somebody was watching."

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, an African American, said on Twitter that he had seen the video of the shooting.  Scott said it was senseless and absolutely unnecessary and avoidable.
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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:

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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  Police confiscated these orchids when they detained a man for theft
  of forest plants and remanded him to the flagrancy court. The man
  is accused of taking the orchids from private property.

Fuel thefts are called inside jobs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least 10 companies complained that for over the past eight months their vehicle fuel bills has risen noticeably.

The complaints resulted in the detention of 12 drivers Wednesday on the allegation that they were taking fuel from their firms' vehicles, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Judicial police in Heredia said that the fuel was sold at a location in San Francisco de Heredia.

Agents said that when they raided the San Francisco location Wednesday they found a machine that was used to remove the fuel and eight containers that held diesel.

Love pales in face of credit card bills

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The young miss lavished expensive gifts on her 25-year-old sweetheart. There were so many gifts that she could not pay the estimated $2,000 credit card bill.

So judicial police said the woman's two brothers contacted the boyfriend and suggested that he pay off the credit card debt. The Judicial Investigating Organization said they punctuated their demands with the display of a firearm.

Judicial police characterized this as extortion when the boyfriend filed a complaint. So they detained the two brothers, 32 and 41 years, Wednesday in Parque Central where the boyfriend was supposed to delivery the money.

Agents said they confiscated a 9-mm. pistol.

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Regulator wants excess power to be sold

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The utility regulator wants the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad to make plans for exporting power during the rainy season.

The regulator, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos, said that the country sold $3.6 million in power last year and managed to save $44 million by importing cheaper power during the dry season and saving on oil-fired generation.

The countries of the region have formed the Mercado Eléctrico Regional to trade power back and forth.

Costa Rica has an advantage because it generates excess power during the rainy season and is expected to have more surplus when the Reventazón hydro plant goes into operation next year, noted the regulator.

A response from the power generator is expected, the agency said.

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