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Ethics get immediate emphasis by new president
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Luis Guillermo Solís won the presidency in large part because he promised an end to the systemic corruption that many felt the Partido Liberación Nacional represented.

He met with his ministers and other top appointees Thursday an hour after taking the oath of office, and his party, Acción Ciudadana released an ethics pledge to which each had agreed..

The 16-point pledge says that they will hire only the persons they need and not fill their adviser ranks with political friends. The pledge also says that they will not work in private capacities in conflict with their government job.

The members of government also are limited to purchasing advertising only if it is necessary to inform the citizens or to report on work done. They are not supposed to use such paid advertising for personal promotion, according to the code.

The members of government also are obligated to talk clearly and with respect to the news media and members of civil society.

The pledge is a direct reflection of the Laura Chinchilla administration. One online site allied with Acción Ciudadana published a devastating litany this week of all the ethical pitfalls over her four years in office. The online site, Informa Tico, called this list the horrors that Ms. Chinchilla did not address in her May 1 speech to the legislature.

The list began with an attempt to raise lawmaker salaries 60 percent in 2010, a legislator of the
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president's party accused of bribery in 2011, revelations in 2013 of the president's trips in a private plane owned by a suspicious Colombian businessman and revelations that the head of the tax-collecting finance ministry did not pay taxes.

Also listed was the scandal over Ruta 1856, the roadway that runs parallel to the Río Sam Juan at the northern border. That whole project still is the subject of a criminal investigation.

There were many other incidents that appear not to have been lost on the public when they voted in February and April.

The ministers and top appointees now have to insure that the ethical guidelines become the norm in the various ministries and institutions.

One concern is that the bureaucracy has a mind of its own. When  José María Tijerino became security minister in 2010, his first order was that Fuerza Pública officers should show up in public at 8 a.m. the next day, a display of force amid a period of rising crime. Nothing happened. Some said the order never got to the ranks. But it appeared that the entire police organization simply ignored the minister's order. Nothing happened to them either.

Tijerino was no raw recruit. He was a former fiscal general or chief prosecutor. But he seemed to be powerless before the entrenched police bureaucracy.


Some parts of Central Valley get soaking downpour
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Heavy rains hit Heredia, Santa Ana and other parts of the Central Valley Thursday afternoon, and in some cases did damage and caused local flooding. Some rivers overflowed their banks.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said 40 millimeters (about 1.6 inches) fell at Juan Santamaría airport between 2 and 4 p.m.  As usual, the thunderstorms were highly variable. San José got just 6 millimeters, about three tenths of an inch, and that was after 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The weather institute had cautioned that high morning temperatures and moist marine winds from the Pacific were likely to cause storms. The institute predicted up to 50 millimeters over six hours.

The Caribbean and the northern zone got less.

The same is predicted for today for the Central Valley and the Pacific coast.

At the Estadio Nacional, the rains held off until the inauguration ceremonies for Luis Guillermo Solís had ended.

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The opponent is the North East All*Stars, a semi-pro team from Boston, Massachusetts.

The stadium is  Cuty Monge where the American football teams frequently  play.

The event is the fourth Tropic Bowl, and a map of the stadium location is included on the game's Web page.

Organizers are the American Football Federation of Costa Rica and Athletes Without Borders, a U.S. organization. The event also is a social one. Players of both teams will meet tonight.

During this weekend Athletes Without Borders will host a number of youth events including American football clinics and health and wellness seminars, an announcement said. The youth events are culminated with the  Junior Tropic Bowl, an exhibition game played prior to the Tropic Bowl.

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Nosara is going to the dogs again June 1. The event is the Fourth Annual GoDogGo Show that is a fundraiser for Nosara Animal Care

The location is Campo Alegre's tennis courts, 300 meters south of the Nosara Yoga Institute, Playa Guinoes,

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"The GoDogGo Show is a fun-filled day for families and friends to celebrate the dogs of Nosara. There are planned events in which every dog can shine, and if you don’t’ see an event that captures your dog’s unique talents, you can name your own event. To add to the fun, there will be a raffle, vendors selling yummy food and drinks, music, and some fun surprises.

"To participate, all dogs must be registered before 9:00 am on the day of the show. It is highly recommended that you use the registration form on the web site to pre-register for all events in which you wish to participate.


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Want to cut the electric bill by some 85 percent. All that is needed are 9,000 pigs.

That is how Granja Porcina Toledo in Guápiles did it, according to a recent presentation.

Costa Ricans love pork, but raising pork generates a lot of waste.   Granja Porcina Toledo installed a biodigester to handle the waste and produces methane that is fed to an electrical generator.

The firm cut its monthly electrical bill form 1.2 million colons, more than $2,200, to 200,000, less than $400. The generator runs eight hours a day.

The project was outlined at the  Universidad Técnica Nacional in Atenas during a seminar sponsored by the Programa Recursos Digitales para el Desarrollo Económico Sosteniblede Centroamérica with the support of the Fundación Hivos de Holanda.


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Solís promises transparent and frugal administration
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Posted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday

Luis Guillermo Solís accepted the presidential sash today and promised a transparent government that would end impunity and fight corruption.

The president made no major proposals, but restated many of the themes that marked his campaign. He promised a frugal government that would defend the rights of the minorities, promote foreign investment and tourism while maintaining an open door.

He said his government would support the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, which he referred to as the country's emblematic institution and the cornerstone and the torch that should continue illuminating with growing efficiency and devotion the road of Costa Rica toward development.

Solís noted that there are enormous challenges ahead, but he said the country can confront them with success because the people have a great reserve and courage.

The new president spoke at noon  in an Estadio Nacional filled with an enthusiastic crowd of about 15,000 persons. The weather was threatening.

There was a theme of humility. For example, Solís said that he would not consider that he has received a blank check but that he was a custodian for the people and if he did not fulfill the job he received the legitimate owners, the people, could reclaim the power.

The inauguration had some creative touches. The pabellón nacional, the official flag of the nation, was carried in from the depths of the stadium and carried away at the end of the ceremony by school girls, Melissa Cai Shi of  Colegio Metodista and Mariana Blando Reyes of  Liceo Franco Costarricense. They were accompanied by six students, one of whom suffers from down's syndrome. Others represented various ethnic groups typical of the country.

The speech by Solís was nearly 3,700 words, and took the expected 25 minutes to deliver. He linked his new administration to the history of the country and said it was one more wave in the ocean of history. But he said that the time now is extraordinary because many Costa Ricans are disappointed with the governments and with the traditional politics and that they have presented a resonating demand for change to sweep away the old forms of administering the power.

This demand is to construct a society of growing opportunities for the greatest number, he said. Many of his comments were met with applause or cheers from the audience.

Solis said it as a contradiction that the growing national economic model concentrates the riches in few hands and creates conditions of inequality and poverty far from the vision of well being that for decades has directed the public policies. At the same time he chided unnamed individuals and the unions for failing to negotiate in good faith.

The emphasis by Solis on social welfare is not unexpected. He had been president of the Partido Liberación Nacional, and his political party, Acción Ciudadana, shares many of the same values. He broke with his former party over corruption.

He promised in his speech that the presidential office would operate as a palace of crystal that would allow the citizenry to examine and scrutinize the daily work of administering the state.

He said corruption is bankrupting the public finances and the time has come to end the  impunity, irresponsibility and the arbitrariness of
New president acts
to fix failing bridges

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In his first official action as president, Luis Guillermo Solís issued a decree this afternoon that requires the agencies of the state to support an effort to fix failing bridges and drainage lines.

The president listed 12 bridges and nine drainage systems that were deteriorated and on the verge of collapse, said Casa Presidencial. The decree specifies that fixing these problems are in the public interest, a way of freeing up money.

Three of the birdgs are on the Interamerica at  Río Barranca,  Río Guacimal and  Río Seco.

public employees. But this is not only the job of the government, he said as he called on the civil society and the media to aid in the oversight of how public officials do their jobs.

He promised that the new administration would not go soft on tax evasion in all its manifestations, noting that he is inheriting a fiscal deficit of 6 percent of the gross domestic product.

He said the country has the capacity to reach in a maximum of two years the agreements necessary to resolve perhaps the greatest  challenge: to eradicate extreme poverty.

His administration, he said, will begin immediately to increase the national production, combat social inequalities and rescue the agriculture sector. Social inequalities affect more the women and the young, he noted.

He promised to reduce electrical rates, push for a national development bank and promote other programs orientated to increasing the productivity and improve the competitivity of the business sector, help the tourism industry and local development with a policy of attracting investments. The development bank is the subject of a bill in the legislature, but it has been controversial.

Solis said that the generation of riches is for the general welfare and, if this is not shared adequately, riches cause grave social problems.

He also said he wanted to increase the investment in education from the current 7.23 percent of gross domestic product to 8 percent. To economize on education is very expensive, he said.

Today the Costa Ricans demand that the administration exercise a government of transparency, report on its actions, encourage citizen participation, promote the welfare of animals, defend liberty of conscience, defend the environment and respect the rights of minorities, he said.

Solís received the presidential sash from Laura Chinchilla, who remained in the audience with her husband to hear the veiled critical comments about her four years in office.. The wife of Solís and their 8-year-old daughter also were on the platform, as were heads of state from Latin America and the Spanish prince of Asturias.

When the ceremony ended, Solís and his family walked around the stadium waving to the crowd.
Later he and the heads of state and other special guests rode to the Antigua Aduana where a formal luncheon was prepared.

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Handshake grip reported to be a good indicator of true age
By the  Stony Brook University news staff

A strong handshake can say a lot about a person. It can indicate power, confidence, health, or aggression. Now scientists at Stony Brook University in New York and the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis  say that the strength of a person’s grasp may also be one of the most useful ways to measure people’s true age.  

In a new study published  in the journal PLOS ONE,  researchers Warren Sanderson and Serguei Scherbov show that hand grip corresponds to other markers of aging such as people’s future mortality, disability, cognitive decline and ability to recover from hospital stays.

For their new research, Sanderson and Scherbov reviewed findings from over 50 published studies that focus on people around the world and of all ages. Since the measure is already commonly used, data is readily available.

“Hand-grip strength is easily measured and data on hand-grip strength now can be found in many of the most important surveys on aging worldwide,” says Sanderson.

The study also demonstrates how such a test could be used as a measure for aging to compare different population groups. The study used data from one such survey, the United States Health and Retirement Survey, to show how this could be done.

Scherbov says, “We found that based on this survey, a 65-year-old white women who had not completed secondary education has the same handgrip strength as a 69-year-old white women who had completed secondary education. This suggests that according to a handgrip strength characteristic their ages are equivalent and 65 year-old women ages four years faster due to lower education attainment “
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In a growing body of research, Sanderson and Scherbov have begun to define new measures of aging based on people’s characteristics, such as their longevity, health, disability status and other important demographic factors.

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Scherbov says, “Our goal is to measure how fast different groups in a society age.  If some group is getting older faster than another, we can ask why that might be and see whether there are any policies that could help the faster aging group.”

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Voice of America/ Anjana Pasricha
Alphonso mangoes are on sale this week in a supermarket in Delhi, India.

Mango mania hits India
after EU issue ban on fruit

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

India and the European Union are involved in a trade spat over a recent ban on mangoes imposed by the EU. But many at home are ecstatic as local markets become flooded with the king of fruits, sending prices plummeting.

Purnima Dhir in New Delhi had stocked up on vegetable and fruits on the weekend. But after reading reports that prices of the prized Alphonso mango have crashed, she rushed back to a supermarket to pick up a variety whose high rate usually keeps it out of reach for middle class households.

“I am absolutely delighted. We can have our fill of it, I can’t believe it,” she said.
 
Alphonsos are flooding local markets after the European Union imposed an 18-month ban on Indian mangoes along with a few other vegetables after finding fruit flies in some consignments.
 
As the ban went into effect on May 1, prices of the famed Alphonso mango tumbled to their lowest in nearly two decades. They are selling at about $2.50 to $4 per kilogram, half their usual price. 
 
The succulent mango is one of the few compensations of the scorching summer heat in the Indian plains. It comes in many varieties. But the top slot is occupied by the Alphonso mango, grown in a coastal belt of western Maharashtra state.

Crowned as the King of mangoes, Alphonso’s texture and aroma have hugely raised its demand in countries ranging from Japan to Europe and led to spiraling prices at home. That has forced most Indians to satisfy their mango craving with more affordable varieties.
 
But even as ecstatic consumers take advantage of the Alphonso glut, the European ban is a blow to exporters in Mumbai, the hub of the mango trade.   
 
A director at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee in Mumbai, Sanjay Pansare, is concerned that the issue could affect a lucrative market in the long run.   “We are not worried about the prices, what we are worried is we are going to lose the European market, that is the main problem,” Pansare explained.
 
Exporters are already adding up their losses. Bharat Pawar is the manager of Shree Ganesh Fruit Stall in Mumbai.  
 
He said at least half his export orders have been cancelled. He is now selling in the local market.   
 
The ban has drawn criticism among authorities in New Delhi. They have asked the European Union to reconsider the ban and even threatened to take the issue to the World Trade Organization. India says an elaborate examination and certification procedure has been put in place to address Europe’s concerns. 
 
And while Indians gorge on Alphonsos, its disappearance from European markets has also led to protests in Britain, home to a large Asian population.
 
After a British lawmaker of Indian origin, Keith Vaz, called the ban Euro nonsense and called for a reversal, Prime Minister David Cameron promised to discuss the issue after a new Indian prime minister takes office later this month.
 
Indeed, the mango is accustomed to being the stuff of diplomacy. New Delhi has often given the prized fruit to foreign leaders. And in 2006 India and the U.S. struck what is known as a mango for bikes deal. New Delhi reportedly allowed the import of Harley Davidson motorcycles in exchange for Washington lifting an 18-year ban on mango imports.

 
China facing challenges
from rising terror attacks


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In a little more than two months, China has seen three violent attacks at major train stations. Authorities say extremist terrorists carried out at least two of the attacks in a widening security threat that has heightened concerns among the public. The violence comes amid government pledges to get tougher on terrorism.

Dozens fled and six were injured when a knife-wielding attacker struck at Guangzhou’s main train station earlier this week. Authorities say they shot the assailant after he refused to respond to warning shots, and it appears he was acting alone. So far, there has been no link between this week’s incident and two other attacks, one in Kunming in early March and another in the capital of China’s restive region of Xinjiang just last week.

Authorities say religious extremists carried out the attacks in Kunming and Urumqi and that the suspects were members of Xinjiang’s mainly Muslim Uighur minority group.

Last week’s attack in Urumqi came just shortly after China’s President Xi Jinping visited Xinjiang and just as he was pledging to take decisive action against terrorists. The deadly bomb and knife attack killed three and injured nearly 80 people.

Han Lianchao, a visiting researcher at Washington, D.C.’s Hudson Institute, said with the attack in Urumqi coming so soon after Xi's visit to Xinjiang, it poses a significant challenge to the government. He notes that Xi's claims that he would not hesitate to use iron-fists to deal with terrorists did little to stop the attack. Hao added that the symbolic value of the attack was far greater than the physical damage.

A new policy paper on national security, released this week, says China was hit with 10 terrorist attacks last year alone. While most occurred in Xinjiang, the list also included an attack on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In the wake of the Guangzhou attack this week, authorities carried out patrols at train stations in Shanghai and Beijing. Analysts say the threat appears to be spreading and it is fueling the discussion.

Over the past few months,  Xi has increasingly put more emphasis on the issue of terrorism in his speeches, and he held the first meeting of his newly formed national security commission. The body is the first of its kind for China and is seeking to take what authorities say is a more comprehensive approach to threats at home and abroad.

In places such as Xinjiang, the government so far has relied heavily on economic progress as a cure-all for the problem, but critics say religious oppression and government policies toward minorities are a key source of local discontent.

But in a recent speech, when Xi pledged to send terrorists scurrying into the streets, he also spoke about the need to address social conflicts as a means of preventing such problems in the future.

Some analysts say this could mark a departure from the government’s past approach in places such as Xinjiang, where authorities have routinely used increased police presence and religious oppression in response to unrest.

Gardner Bovingdon, a China ethnic minorities analyst at Indiana University, said, “When Xi Jinping says he wants to do something else, I think he’s put down a rhetorical marker, but the real question will be does he follow that up with some concrete policies, some changes in policy direction from the ones that we’ve seen? And I fear that he will not.”

James Nolt, a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute said while every country worries about terrorism, he does not yet see any substantial difference between Xi and his predecessors.

“That sort of thing is always a national security concern and I don’t see any change in policy that really represents a very large shift in resources or change in the type of policy," said Nolt. "It is just being talked about more because there has been incidents in the news recently.”

Chinese analysts say violent terrorism is the biggest threat to domestic security and are looking to Xi’s newly formed national security commission to play a guiding role in establishing clearer legal and policy guidelines. China’s new report on national security says that while the military played a leading role in handling domestic security in the past, a more comprehensive approach spearheaded by the commission is needed now to deal with the growing complexity of the problem.


Illegal kids test system,
and young lawyers help

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Isik Basirir was 15 years old when she left her family's home in Turkey and moved to New York to live with an older sister. However, when she overstayed her tourist visa, she joined the ranks of hundreds of thousands of undocumented youths living in the shadows in the U.S.
 
"My sister obtained a green card, I guess a couple of years after I got here, but she didn't have her citizenship back then, so she wasn't able to sponsor me," Ms. Basirir said. "We went to private lawyers, to ask if there's anything we could do. But they always said ‘no,’ like there's no way."
 
She finally found her way to the Safe Passage Project, begun in 2006 by Lenni Benson, a professor at New York Law School. The program trains and matches volunteer pro bono attorneys with children who need representation in immigration court or who are facing deportation.
 
Ms. Benson says the need is stark: although U.S. immigration law grants children special legal protections, it does not entitle them to lawyers to help secure those rights.
 
At a recent fundraiser for the project, Ms. Benson told of a case involving a toddler named Ian.
 
"Last month, there was a 3-year-old sitting in that deportation chair," she said. "You have a government prosecutor, you have a judge on the bench, and you have the child sitting with a translator and, in this case, a grandmother. And if the Safe Passage Project were not there, there would be no one standing up for that 3-year-old, or helping that grandmother navigate the court system."
 
In the past, Ms. Benson said in an interview, children and youths under 18 were rarely pursued by immigration authorities. That changed about seven years ago, she said, and the policy has accelerated under the Obama administration.
 
"Children apprehended at the border are no longer simply being released or put on a back shelf," she said. "They're put into deportation proceedings."
 
The great majority of those in legal jeopardy are Central American teenagers who crossed the Mexican border into the U.S., often to reunite with a parent or other family member already in the U.S.
 
Under treaty law, only Mexican youths may be returned immediately. Federal authorities place other children with family members in the U.S., if any can be found, in foster care, or in immigration detention centers for juveniles.
 
"If they apprehend a parent and child together, they will keep them together, and they do have a few detention centers where they can keep them together. But if a parent has a criminal record or is seen as a national security problem, they might be separated," Ms. Benson said.
 
In Westchester County, just north of New York City, Ms. Benson said, "there are 350 kids in detention every day. Some are there for a few days, and some for months."
 
"On the positive side, the federal government wants to interview children to make sure that they're not being trafficked," she said.  "Sex trafficking, labor trafficking, young people are particularly vulnerable. So, our asylum officers and border patrol officers are trained to try to identify victims of trafficking."
 
Yet the system often fails even children who have been trafficked, she said. "We might identify that, and then put them into federal detention. We don't necessarily have an easy way for them to get released into a long-term foster care placement and get immigration status."
 
"Most of the young people we've met, there's a reason they don't want to go home: not just dire poverty, but real danger in their communities," Ms. Benson added.
 
Some youths, like 16-year-old Ousmane Barry, ended up in the U.S. before they were old enough to choose. His parents brought him from Guinea eight years ago. They are both now dead, and he lives with an aunt and uncle in the Bronx.
 
"Life is good over here. Soccer is good, too," he joked at a recent practice. Barry's coaches say he is unusually talented, and can look forward to a college athletic career, perhaps even a professional one. That would not have been likely, however, before Safe Passage Project lawyers won him legal residency earlier this year.
 
"It means a lot, because now I can travel outside the country and come back in, and go, like I want to visit my country. I could go there and come back," Barry said.
 
"There's an irony in my work," Ms. Benson said. "I don't want the government to put children into removal proceedings, but because they are being pushed into deportation, we're able to help find them pro bono counsel, and the promise of these protections is made real. If they weren't being put into removal, they'd live undocumented, and they would grow up with nothing."
 
Yet Safe Passage and similar projects lack the resources to help more than a few children facing deportation, and the numbers are surging. In New York alone, more than 5,000 current immigration cases involve juveniles. And the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service predicts that more than 60,000 minors will be apprehended at the Mexican border in 2014.


U.S. restates requirement
to educate illegal children


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Obama administration has issued updated guidelines to ensure that U.S. public schools carry out federal laws giving children of illegal immigrants the right to an education.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday the Supreme Court ruled 30 years ago that laws denying children the right to go to school based on immigration status violate the fundamental conceptions of justice.

But Holder said he continues to hear troubling reports that some school districts take actions he says raise barriers to children of immigrants.

Holder says public schools have an obligation to enroll students regardless of immigration status, race, color or national origin. He says the Justice Department will vigilantly enforce laws to ensure that the schoolhouse door is open to all.

The updated guidelines include giving schools more flexibility when accepting documents from parents proving the children live close to the nearest public school.


khmer statue
Voice of America/ R. Poch
An ancient Khmer statue that is being returned to Cambodia by Christie’s auction house.

Cambodia gets two statues
looted from there years ago

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Cambodia has officially received two 10th Century artifacts looted from the country more than four decades ago.
 
Sotheby's auction house agreed to return one of the statues after it was sued by the U.S. attorney in New York on Cambodia's behalf.  Christie's auction house is voluntarily sending back the second one.

At a ceremony in New York this week, Cambodian Cabinet Minister Sok An said the return of the artifacts should serve as an example to others.
 
“The Royal Government of Cambodia appeals to all museums and art collectors around the world to follow the examples of returning plundered treasure to their rightful owners as part of the worldwide campaign for the protection of cultural heritage," he said.

The Sotheby’s statue was reportedly stolen in 1972. The company tried to put it up for auction in 2011, but it was pulled at the last minute after a protest from the Cambodian government. The U.S. attorney initiated a case, leading to a settlement in late 2013.

Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, called on people in the art world to do their part to combat the trade of stolen artifacts.
 
“Everyone who collects and curates and cares about art needs to be a part of the solution, not the problem," said Bharara. "It my fervent hope that every stakeholder in the art world will be vigilant, will heed red flags and support doing what’s right when it comes to reuniting stolen artifacts with their rightful owners.”
 
The case against Sotheby's led to the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, California, to agree to a voluntary return of a statue on display there, as well.

Thousands of artifacts have been taken over the years from the Cambodia's northwestern Ankor area, which spans more than 400 square kilometers and includes dozens of temples that are hundreds of years old.


Real wolves and Wall Street
studied for their similarities


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Economists are learning about the workings of the financial world by studying packs of wolves and schools of fish.  That's according to Simon Levin, a Princeton University scientist and winner of this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.  Levin has been honored in Los Angeles for his work at the intersection of biology and business.

Levin is a trained mathematician who uses math to study biological systems.  He says individuals in groups show similar behavior, whether they're wolves in the wild or traders on Wall Street.

“Individuals are competing for limited resources, enter into cooperative arrangements, exploitative arrangements, parasitic arrangements, so they really are the same sort of phenomena," Levin said. "So with some colleagues, I began looking at economic systems two decades ago."

In early 2008, Levin co-authored an article called “Ecology for Bankers” in the journal Nature, accurately predicting the financial collapse sparked by the problems in the housing mortgage market.  He says the complex financial and banking systems were showing signs of strain that, in the world of biology, would signal a coming crisis.

“The systems were becoming more and more interconnected, and when ecological systems become so interconnected, they run the risk of collapse," he said.

He is now turning his attention to threats in the natural world as the oceans and climate systems face increasing strains caused by human activity. 

“So we study fish schools, We study bird flocks.  Of course, we study groups of animals like wolves or wildebeest to understand how they are organized and to understand how they’ve dealt with the problems of collectives," said Levin.

Levin says complex systems need resilient responses to cope with emerging threats, and that is a challenge in an interconnected world, where global links create added stresses on fragile organizations.

“So we need a system that first of all has generalized responses that buy us time and secondly has adaptive responses specific to the particular threats.  I think that's how we have to be dealing with threats to our society, whether it's to the financial system or bioterrorism," he said.

Levin says there are no easy answers with threats in complex global systems, from climate change to financial crisis, but he says  humans have an advantage over animal cousins because risks can be studied and effective responses devised.


2D transistors produced
with limitless possibilities


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Just when it looked like electronic components could not get smaller, scientists in the United States announced that they have created the first transistor that - for all practical purposes - has only two dimensions. Such transistors could someday be used for building flexible high-resolution displays that need very little energy.

An atom is only about one-tenth of a billionth of a meter wide, so a layer of any material that thin may be considered two-dimensional.

Two groups of scientists at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago and at the University of California report they have successfully built transistors only a few atoms thick, with materials that have better electronic properties than silicon.

Computer processors, memory chips, TV screens and other electronic devices contain billions of silicon-based transistors. These tiny electrical switches have certain limitations, such as rigidity.

According to Dimitris Ioannou, an electrical engineering professor at George Mason University outside Washington, the traditional transistor has been refined as much as it can be, so researchers have been looking for new materials with important advantages, such as transparency and flexibility.
 
“If the layers are very thin the transistor can become flexible, so it doesn’t have to be rigid, like it would be in a silicon chip. So people can think of applications like wearable electronics, like, you know, television screens and other things," said Ioannou.

These new transistors can also carry higher current and switch much faster, which is important for high-definition screens.

Ioannou says the achievement could have far-reaching consequences.

"This is the first time every layer is a single layer, more or less, and that’s the novelty of it. Now, how good and how useful it will be, it’s still in research phase,  but it certainly is an advance," he said.

Scientists say there is no good method for printing a large number of these new transistors on the same substrate, but this proof-of-concept shows that someday it may be possible.


More action sought to help
keep drinking water safe


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two leading U.N. agencies are calling for greater action to provide safe drinking water and basic sanitation to more than three billion people. A joint report by the World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund says more must be done to close the gap between the billions who have access to improved water and sanitation and those who do not. 

Significant progress has been made since 1990. The United Nations reports almost two billion people now have access to improved sanitation and 2.3 billion people have access to safe drinking water. Of these, 1.6 billion have water piped into their homes. 

That is the good news. But the bad news, says Maria Neira, World Health's director of public health, environmental and social determinants of health, is that more than 700 million people still need access to good drinking sources. Half of these people live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“And, more than one-third of the global population, some 2.5 billion people, they do not use an improved sanitation facility, And, of them, one billion-they still practice open defecation,” she said.

The Children’s Fund is mounting a huge campaign with the government of India called "Take The Poo To The Loo." The cartoon characters prancing about in this video are very amusing.  But there is nothing funny about some 600 million people in India defecating out in the open.

Children’s Fund Senior Statistics and Monitoring Specialist Rolf Luyendijk says a number of governments are making a real push to get the poorest members of their societies to move away from open defecation to fixed-place defecation.

“The way they are doing that is through trying to bring about a change in social norms that it is socially unacceptable that people practice open defecation," he said. "So, that it is frowned upon …it is making it almost unacceptable in a community to still practice that and that approach has been very successfully used currently in more than 80 countries.” 

The report notes poor sanitation and contaminated water are linked to the spread of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid. It notes diarrhea alone is responsible for 842,000 deaths a year due to inadequate water and sanitation.

More than half of the global population lives in cities. The report says urban areas are still better supplied with improved water and sanitation than rural ones. But it notes the gap is closing. 

As of now, the report says, 116 countries have met the Millennium Development Goal target for cutting in half the number of people who lack safe drinking water by 2015. It says 77 countries have met the target for sanitation targets.


skull
Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Rick Wherley
This is a view of the palate of the new, small predator from Bolivia.

Small predator is linked
to skull found in Bolivia

By the Case Western Reserve news service
               
A Case Western Reserve University student and his professor have discovered an ancient kitten-sized predator that lived in Bolivia about 13 million years ago. It is one of the smallest species reported in the extinct order Sparassodonta.

Third-year undergraduate student Russell Engelman and a Case Western Reserve anatomy professor, Darin Croft, made the finding by analyzing a partial skull that had been in a University of Florida collection more than three decades.

The researchers report their finding in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

"The animal would have been about the size of a marten, a catlike weasel found in the northeastern United States and Canada, and probably filled the same ecological niche," said Engelman, an evolutionary biology major.

The researchers refrained from naming the new species mainly because the specimen lacks well-preserved teeth, which are the only parts preserved in many of its close relatives.

The skull, which would have been a little less than 3 inches long if complete, shows the animal had a very short snout. A socket, or alveolus, in the upper jaw shows it had large canines that were round in cross-section much like those of a meat-eating marsupial, called the spotted-tailed quoll, found in Australia today, the researchers said.

Although sparassodonts are more closely related to modern opossums than cats and dogs, the group included saber-toothed species that fed on large prey. This small Bolivian species probably fed on the ancient relatives of today's guinea pigs and spiny rats, the researchers said.

"Most predators don't go after animals of equal size, but these features indicate this small predator was a formidable hunter," Croft said.       

The specimen had not been studied in detail after being collected. It was provisionally identified as belonging to a particular group of extinct meat-eating opossums, due in part to its small size. Further adding to the identity challenge, almost all small sparassodonts have been identified by their teeth and lower jaws, which this skull lacks.

Croft wanted to study the skull because its age is nearly twice that of the oldest known species of meat-eating opossum. The specimen was found in a mountainous site known as Quebrada Honda, Bolivia, in 1978, in rock layers dated 12 million to 13 million years ago.

Structurally, extinct meat-eating opossums and sparassodont skulls share a number of similarities due to their similar meat-eating diet, Engelman said.

"No single feature found in the skull was so distinctive that we could say one way or the other what it was," Croft said, "but the combination of features is unique and says this is a sparassodont."

One key was that a particular bone of the orbit, the boney socket of the eye, does not touch the nasal bone in an opossum but does in a sparassodont.

The short snout was a kind of red herring. While jaguar-sized sparassodonts had them, the smaller members of the order had fox-like faces. And this species was smaller than most of those.

These smaller sparassodonts also have gaps between their teeth that are absent in most larger species. The skull shows no gaps.

Overall, the animal's features are a mixture of those found in different species of sparassodonts, but are not characteristic of in any one subgroup within the order. That puts this species near the bottom of the family tree, the researchers said.

Croft, who regularly collects from the same site where the skull was found, will return there this summer to gather evidence he hopes will show whether this species lived in an open grassland, forest or mixed habitat.

He also hopes to find the lower jaw, which may enable direct comparisons with known species and provide enough foundation to name the animal.







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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 4030-5480 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8294-6/12/14

Re/Max, the Pacific coast expert
Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
8206-5/18/14

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

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
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8321-10/17/14



Costa Rica,

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





Visit our Web Site:
 www.greciarealestate.com




English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)
  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia home
1,000 square meters of land, 350 square meters of construction.  CLICK HERE
Grecia 807
  18,000 square meters of land and 300 square meters of construction. HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8352-8/13/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Casa Fiesta
Caribbean Beachfront Home and Apartment  Puerto Viejo
 Right on the Beach!

Ranch style home with detached garage and apartment Air-conditioned home sleeps 4, apartment sleeps 2 ,  3 baths, hot water showers  Fenced-in property with pool, screened in patio  Turnkey....Everything is included with the sale!   Washer/dryer, furniture, appliances, tools, household items and linens, bicycles, and even a vehicle! Great income potential also  259,000 US Please visit our Web site for many more photos go to: http://www.casafiestacostarica.com  Email inquires to:   suez2cats@hotmail.com
8358-8/8/14

Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $$165.000 USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8354-8/13/14

Dragon montage
New amazing, modern, eco-friendly three-bedroom, three-bath executive modern home perched on your own small mountain.  270-degree ocean view with unbelievable teak-look concrete deck, to the RED 48-foot fiberglass infinity lap pool. Separate covered deck with pool table. Guest house with kitchen, Jacuzzi, outdoor shower. Exquisite entryway of 20-foot rock wall and electric gate, with video feed. Large work garage separated from house. Guardhouse. Hidden metal shutters to secure the property for weeks. Private registered well. Inside/outside kitchen. Propane fire pits. Several water features including a waterfall and a water bubble wall. Property can be purchased stand-alone with the house at $550K, or the whole mountain for further development at $950K.  Contact drako13@me.com
8344-5/23/14

Selva Rio
SELVA RIO ESTATES (SRE) www.selvarioestates.com is a 10-lot  development with lots starting at $65,000US. You know what they say "Location, Location, Location." Well SRE is  located only 10 kms. from Atenas (best climate in the entire world!),  only 3 kms. from Highway 27 access, only 3 kms. from grocery stores and restaurants, only 35 kms. (30 min) from SJO airport, only 50 kms. from  Pacific Ocean, only 42 kms. from Escazu, 0  kms. from gorgeous country living with nature!  Contact the developer at selvarioestates@hotmail.com or call 8704-6106. We can help you build your dream home now!
8341-6/22/14

Beautiful Survival Farm with panoramic Pacific views
In the heartland of one of the world's five blue zones, Nicoya. 12 acres with ample space for planting, natural forest, own perennial waters, public road yet hidden access, electricity. Fire sale 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com
8333-5/9/14

another house shot
Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
To see more Photos of this house, click HERE!
8310-7/1/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8309-6/29/14

Atenas mansion
ATENAS!!
In 2006, the developer of a popular subdivision in Atenas chose a large 7,000 m2 corner view lot for his first spec home. Now, eight years later that home is once again for sale with first class tropical landscaping that much more mature. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car carport, laundry room, and more than 300 m2 under roof next to a pristine pool, this home is located in a gated community with its own water sources. And the location, just 1 1/4 km from town, is convenient to shopping and services, too. The views are of  Candelaria and the central valley. No wonder this community is so popular! $495,000. More photos HERE. And then contact  larry@atenasrealty.com
8306-4/26/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.  This design allows for barrier-free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
 www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $428,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email rafa@rafacr.com.
9304-4/3/14

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105244969603261154850/
8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

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8230-3/13/14

Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8223-2/21/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14

complex
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos
in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8200-4/3/14

Rich Coast montage
Real Estate, Central Pacific Region
RichCoastRealty.com

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

     www.RichCoastRealty.com
   USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
   Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
8191-4/30/13


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

includes a common open air lodge with kitchen, three cabins, a caretaker's house, a garage and a secure storeroom. The property is maritime and has a current and valid maritime user's permit, all up to date and clear. In addition to the immaculately landscaped portion of the property that is already developed with bungalows, there are an additional three hectares that are ready for expansion and are cleared and planted in grass. The sales offer includes furnishings, appliances, catamaran, kayaks, and a whole series of extras. This property has about 300 meters of beach front in a docile portion of the gulf about 15 minutes north of Puerto Jimeenez, ideal for mooring boats just off the property shoreline. Has municipal water and power. Offered at $970,000. All reasonable offers will be considered. See photos and maps and more at www.suenos.org. Contact us at: osaproperty@gmail.com or +1-866-514-7435.
8172-1/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
8166-5/29/13

Becker montage
Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

House and guest house on adjacent half acre lots. Each with separate electric,  private septic and well. Each can be sold stand alone or packaged. Modern kitchen, granite counters, Viking stove, large separate frig and freezer. Private commercial grade septic and well. No water shortages even in dry season. High speed internet and U.S. standard electric. Center of the beach -- NEVER floods. Estuary at each end of the beach with excellent kayaking and bird watching through the mangroves. Excellent fishing right off the shore. Great surfing, horseback riding, bicycling or Turtle watching. Groceries three miles away. Mentioned in "The Lonely Planet" Page 301. "Two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Wilderness beaches of fine silver-grey sand." Despite opportunities for great surfing, kayaking and just about anything else you want to do on a sandy strip of paradise, the beaches are nearly always abandoned. $500K Will finance.  More pictures available at: http://www.rebecker.com/journal102006a.htm.  Contact information: ginbecker@gmail.com,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2104

montage
For sale is a beautiful 50-acre property located in Los Alpes, just 15 minutes outside of San Ramon. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, this finca provides gorgeous views of the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance while also offering a wonderful climate year around. The main house is two stories with three bedrooms and two full baths. High quality construction using exotic hardwoods such as almond, which covers the ceilings throughout the entire house. There are also two corrals and a small casita on the property. This location is perfect for a farm-style home or for beginning an agricultural business. This truly is a rare piece of property and is available for $399,999. Price is somewhat negotiable and we will be happy to work with the buyer to make it work! Please call 8816-2478 or e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information ¡y se habla español!
8097-xxx


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golf
Award  winning unique mini golf on the main road of La Fortuna. approximately 8,000 square foot structure permits you to do business 365 days a year. Seven years left on lease at $500 a month or $1,000 a month if you use the 9,000 square feet behind it. Space to build cabin, house or additional tourist attractions. Price includes all permits and patents. Property is offered for sale through local owner. Photos available at the following Web site: Renosminigolfcr.com. Email: renosminigolf@gmail.com  or call 506 6021 4569. In English! Great Price $25,000.
8345-4/24/14

Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
botique hotel
A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088
8263-8/20/14

Tanning montage
This is your chance to acquire a totally equipped tanning salon with five machines.  Fantasia Tropical has been open 14 years but the founder needs to retire and return to the U.S. for medical reasons.  You can assume the lease in Sabana West buying the S.A. or buy the assets and move them to a location you prefer. Taxes, permits, bank accounts all in order. Excellent opportunity for an energetic, creative hands-on owner or couple. Long-time manager available to stay on if desired. With an asking price of $30,000 this won't
last long.  Some owner financing may be available.  Contact galanses@hotmail.com for an appointment. For a preview www.facebook.com/FantasiaTropicalCR
8232-2/24/14

A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San José, Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas. And it is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to even greater success. Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a pro-forma income statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.com.
8213-2/13/14

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

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After seven years on the deep seafloor, this sunken shipping container had been colonized by a variety of deep-sea animals.

Lost shipping container shown to effect on sea life

By the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute news staff

Thousands of shipping containers are lost from cargo vessels each year. Many of these containers eventually sink to the deep seafloor. In 2004, scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute discovered a lost shipping container almost 1,300 meters (4,200 feet) below the surface of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In the first-ever survey of its kind, researchers from institute and the sanctuary described how deep-sea animal communities on and around the container differed from those in surrounding areas.

In February 2004, the cargo vessel Med Taipei was traveling southward along the California coast when severe winds and seas dislodged 24 shipping containers, 15 of which were lost within the boundaries of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Four months later, during a routine research dive using the remotely operated vehicle Ventana, scientists discovered one of these containers on the sea floor.

In March 2011, a research team led by Andrew DeVogelaere of the sanctuary and Jim Barry of the institute completed another remote dive at the container. During this dive, they collected extensive video footage, as well as samples of sea floor sediment at various distances from the container. They then compared the animals found on the container, on the nearby sea floor, and on the surrounding seafloor out to 500 meters, a third of a mile, away from the container. In early May, 2014 they published their findings in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Josi Taylor, the lead author of the recent article, said that she was surprised to see how little the container had corroded in the seven years since it sank to the sea floor. Apparently, the near-freezing water and low oxygen concentrations in the deep sea slowed the processes that might degrade sunken containers in shallower water.

The animals growing on the sunken shipping container were quite different from those growing on the surrounding sea floor.

As expected, the hard surface of the container acted somewhat like a rocky reef, attracting animals such as tubeworms, scallops, snails, and tunicates. Such animals require hard surfaces on which to attach, and were not found on the muddy sea floor around the container. Surprisingly, several types of animals found on nearby rocky reefs, such as sponges, soft corals, and crinoids, a distant relative of sea stars, had not colonized the surface of the container.

The researchers believe the container is having indirect ecological impacts, some of which may take years or decades to develop. For example, higher numbers of sea floor predators near the container might explain some of the changes in the types of other animals found on the nearby sea floor. Such indirect ecological effects might also explain why the diversity of sea floor animals was lower near the container.

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