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Creating payroll is hard, but the alternative is disaster
By Garland M. Baker
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Putting a worker on a new legal payroll as required by law is a pain. Not making an employee legal is asking for trouble.

Recently, a young foreign couple moved to Costa Rica from Europe and needed a domestic worker
for their family. They wanted the worker they hired to have all the benefits provided by the country. They decided to set up a legal payroll with the government.

To do so required making applications with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, known to most as the Caja, and the Instituto Nacional de Seguros de Costa Rica or INS.

They were shocked at the paperwork to set up a simple payroll for one person. Here are the steps for the first part of the process, set up with the Caja:

1. Fill out an application form with the exact details of the job, attaching the following documents:

2. Costa Rican cedula, DIMEX card, or passport as identification. Copying all the pages from the front to the back cover in the case of a passport.

3. Proof they are insured by the Caja or have some other approved insurance coverage.

4. The identification of the employee and proof the person can work legally in Costa Rica.

5. A current light bill with a localization number on the bill. This number must correspond with the one put on the application form.

Once a Caja representative accepts the application and documents, the agency prepares an inspection and interview order.  This document is put in the system so a Caja investigator visits the location of the employment.  Usually, this is a surprise visit.

The second part of the process is to set up a workers’ compensation policy with INS, as follows:

1. Fill out another application form with an insurance agent.

2. Supply proof of a Caja payroll.

3. Supply estimated yearly income numbers so the agent can calculate the value of the policy and respective payment.

4. Submit a know-your-customer form with personal financial information, including, but not limited to, source of funds, retirement pension statement, or accountant’s certification of same.

It is not surprising so many people do not want to put their domestic workers on a payroll. Many people prefer to use the pide perdón, no permiso.

The idea behind the concept is that if one asks permission to do something, the consequences are usually much more complex and expensive than just apologizing for doing it or paying a fine.  This practice is not recommended or condoned, and it should never be used when dealing with the legal insurance requirements for employees or workers.

The law in Costa Rica is very clear.  Every 
worker in this country is required to be
covered by two insurance policies: A health 
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policy with the Caja and a workers’ compensation policy with INS.

Paying a worker by the hour and not putting them on an official payroll is a mistake because the Ministerio de Trabajo says that even temporary or part-time workers need full insurance.

What makes a service or independent worker an employee?

According to the Caja, INS, the labor department and the courts, the key element is the number of jobs they have. This means if anyone is working, regardless at what, and they only have one, two or three jobs, they are considered employees and should be covered as such by the people for whom they work.

The labor law summarizes a worker by three criteria: 1) someone who personally provides labor or a service, 2) the person is paid, and 3) they are being directed by another and subordinate to them. 

This means that if an expat homeowner has a domestic or an outside maintenance worker coming to the house once or a few times a week and the employee only has a couple of these jobs, everyone hiring them should have them covered by the Caja for health insurance and INS for workers compensation.

Trying to cheat the system is even more expensive in the end.  Workers claims to benefits never expire by statutes of limitation. Most claims for non-paid benefits have been upheld in Costa Rica’s constitution court. 

The worst nightmare is if the Caja gets its teeth into a collection action.  The penalties and interest are severe.

What should one do, Insure or not insure a domestic worker? Many Ticos say play the pide perdón, no permiso game. Some expats agree and pay on an hourly basis. However, more and more employers are being caught and they change their tune after having to pay a huge fine.

Some employers in Guanacaste are hiring illegal workers, people who cannot work legally in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government is cracking down on this practice too.  The fines can range from $1,500 to more than $15,000 per occurrence, depending on the circumstances and number of infractions.

The best advice is to face the situation, set up a legal payroll and be straight with the law.  Another option is to use a payroll service, a company that takes care of all the details of paying workers and dealing with their benefits.

Garland M. Baker, a certified international property specialist, is a 45-year resident and naturalized citizen of Costa Rica. His firm’s team provides multidisciplinary professional services to the country’s international community.  Reach him at  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at, a free reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2015, use without permission prohibited.

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Solís cites deficits but gives no solutions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís, while noting that the government's financial deficit is one of the major challenges facing Costa Rica, failed to provide a solution in a television talk to the public Sunday.

The president, however, warned of austerity that can provoke inefficiencies, paralyzation of agencies, the closing of schools and hospitals and massive unemployment in the public sector.

He promised that with discussions, government officials would arrive at an unspecified concrete accord.

He noted that the country demands and deserves that public officials make decisions.

His television talk, called the Cadena Nacional, the president said the government would push economic growth and generate quality employment, reduce poverty and inequality.

The president noted that economic growth is linked to beginning the design of the San José-San Ramón highway and the northern loop of the  Circunvalación.

He also cited loans for small businesses and some $2 million invested in modernizing agricultural extension services throughout the country.

He also cited a program called Mi primer empleo designed to help some 30,000 first-time young jobseekers.

Solís noted that he has finished a fourth of his presidential term and, although he categorized the work as satisfactory, he said he wants to be more ambitious and demand more.

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Ice hockey team benefits from donation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A California ice hockey fan was so impressed to learn that the sport is played here that he organized the donation of some $1,500 in equipment for the Castillo Knights, a youth team that plays at the Castillo Country Club`s ice rink located above San Rafael de Heredia.

The Californian, Chris Maltese, also personally accompanied the equipment to Costa Rica.

"What an experience it has been," he said in an Internet account. "The coaching staff is great, the kids are a ton of fun and really seem to be enjoying this sport that is certainly not common to Central America."  He noted that the Castillo ice rink is the only one in Central American and the Caribbean.

Long-time coach and founder of the program, Bruce Callow, said that hockey is an expensive sport and one of the biggest challenges the program faces is properly outfitting its players.

He said the gear included 32 new composite lightweight sticks. "We are already seeing the positive results of using the lightweight composite sticks as our younger players are shooting and passing with greater confidence and enjoying the game even more."

He said that the program and the team would like to thank Maltese for all his hard work in making this donation a reality.

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Increase sought in price of motor fuel

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo is seeking another increase in the price of gasoline and diesel. The government monopoly cites an increase in the international price of crude oil.

The proposal would increase the price of super gasoline some 45 colons a liter and that of plus gasoline 35 colons. Diesel would go up 34 colons a liter.

The national price regulating agency will have to rule on the request.

Officials to promote country up north

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica trade officials say they will be making the rounds of U.S. citizens seeking investments here. President Luis Guillermo Solís will accompany Alexander Mora, minister of  Comercio Exterior, and Jorge Sequeira,  director general of the Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo.

More details and a schedule are expected to be announced today.

As is typical of these tours, the officials will visit selected cities, universities and firms that may want to relocate here.

American football event called successful

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Organizers are reported pleased with the turnout at the American football event Saturday afternoon.

This year the Tropic Bowl game also included the first peewee exhibition of 3 to 10 year olds and the first women's exhibition contact game.

In the fifth Tropic Bowl itself the North East USA All Stars scored 18 points against the scoreless Costa Rica All Stars.

In the peewee game, the Cartago Leones versus the San Jose Titans ended 6-0.

The Pérez Zeledón Angels defeated the San José Olympian Goddesses also 6-0 in the women's contact game.

Organizers said that a youth clinic of American football core drills drew double the expected number, about 100 were expected.

The most valuable player for the Costa Rican All Stars was quarterback  Arturo Ogiste.

Released terrorist facing restrictions

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Canada's release of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr has brought the controversial detention center at the U.S. Naval base in Cuba back into the spotlight.

Khadr is the youngest person ever to be held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. He was freed Thursday for the first time since 2002, when he was 15 years old and threw a grenade at U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, killing U.S. Sgt. Christopher Speer.

A Canadian judge freed Khadr, saying that his case is “to say the least, unusual.” The Canadian government had filed an emergency motion to keep the now 28-year-old behind bars in Canada, but it was rejected. He was released with a number of restrictions. Khadr is required to live with his lawyer, must wear a tracking bracelet and will have restricted Internet access.

One of Khadr’s first comments to reporters was “Freedom is way better than I thought.”

Khadr says he was the subject of torture and harsh interrogations during his 10 years at Guantanamo. In 2010, he agreed to a plea deal for five war crimes, including the killing of Sergeant Speer. He was sent to Canada in 2012 as part of the deal.

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke pointed out that the Canadian government had sought to keep Khadr in prison, and said the U.S. cooperates closely with Canada to fight terrorism.

“We would also point out that the arrangement governing Mr. Khadr’s transfer to Canada was clear. After transfer to Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence, Mr. Khadr is subject to Canadian law pertaining to detention,” he said.

Defense attorneys said Khadr was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, an alleged senior al-Qaida financier whose family stayed with Osama bin Laden for awhile when Omar was a boy. Omar Khadr’s father was killed in 2003 in a Pakistani military operation.

At a driveway news conference at his lawyer’s house, Khadr said he rejects terrorism and plans to attend university and start a new life in Canada.

Some experts say a high percentage of former prisoners convicted of terrorist crimes return to terrorist activity in some form.

“I think that a lot of people, they want to be merciful. They want to believe in this idea that terrorists can be rehabilitated," said Max Abrahms, a Northeastern University political scientist. "But I just don’t see a whole lot of empirical support for that, especially for Islamist terrorists.”

John Bellinger, an adjunct senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, says the prospect of risk depends on the individual.

“Well some do and some don’t," he said. "A number have been approved for release ... for some time. Those presumably pose a lower threat.”

There are about 75 detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay. Of those, 57 have already been cleared for transfer. Congress has made it more difficult for President Obama to empty the facility by barring him from bringing any of the detainees back to the United States and by putting restrictions on transferring them to foreign countries.

A large number of Republican lawmakers argue that closing Guantanamo would pose a threat to U.S. national security. This week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, pledged to push ahead with legislation that would further restrict the president’s ability to transfer detainees.

But the White House says the president is determined to keep one of the first promises he made in office to close the facility.

Earlier this week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said: “The president has indicated a willingness to use as much of his executive authority as he can to try to take the steps that he believes are consistent with the national security interests of the United States, and that’s closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.”

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Central government ramps up pressure for animal welfare bill
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The executive branch is trying to advance an animal protection bill that seems stalled in the legislature. A march Sunday in San José that included ministers and a vice president was one effort.

The Casa Presidencial issued a list of what the government was doing on its own to reduce mistreatment of animals:

• The public school curriculum may include obligatory instructions on animal welfare. A meeting on this proposal will be today. In addition, the 10th-grade program of community service may be expanded to include work with animal welfare non-profit organizations.

• The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal is creating a commission that will include those organizations that work in the rescue and welfare of animals.

 • The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias will create an advisory board to protect animals at risk and to respond to help animals caught in a natural disaster.

• The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes will be posting more signs to warn motorists of wild animals on the highway.

• The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad is placing special lamps at the beaches in Barra de Tortuguero. The color of the lamps do not affect the activities of marine turtles or the recently hatched youngsters.

• The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad also is installing new protective devices to prevent contact by

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Marchers brought their own pets to the event Sunday.

animals with electrical power lines. The electrocution of animals is a major problem in areas where there are monkeys.

Current law treats most abuse of animals as misdemeanors. The law in the legislature upgrades some crimes to felonies that carry jail terms. A legislative committee already reduces some of the penalties. Some lawmakers fear that the law will be aggressively enforced by some of the non-profits.

Such activities as chicken fights already are illegal, and there sometimes are raids shutting down this activity.

However, chicken fights and disregard of animal welfare are ingrained attitudes, and many animals are considered work implements rather than pets.

British community plans a picnic May 31 with traditional goodies
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The British community plans a charity picnic May 31 at United World College in Santa Ana.

An announcement praised the new location and said that there would be plenty of room for up to 500 guests.

"The British Shop with imported goodies will again be popular so do come early, and the bar will have British beer and Pymms," said the announcement, adding that there would be lots of prizes with the raffles.      

There will be the usual games and entertainments, and some
 new ones, for children and adults and lots of football for the older youngsters, plus the novelty of designing and making your own hat, fascinator or other millinery concoction, it said.

The picnic features curries, imported Angus hamburgers, sausage butties, and pizza.
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Flurry of quakes reported offshore from Tamarindo Sunday night
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ocean off  Tamarindo experienced a flurry of quakes Sunday night.

The Red Sismológica Nacional gave this list:

The first was at 9:10 p.m. about 45 kilometers west of Cabo Velas with a magnitude of 4.5.

Then four minutes later a 4.2 quake took place about 71 kilometers west of Tamarindo. Six minutes after that in about

the same location, a 4.1 magnitude quake took place.

Then at 10:38 p.m. about 81 kilometers west of Tamarindo there was a 3.7 magnitude quake.

All are believed to be the product of tectonic plate subduction.

What may have been a related event took inland about 9 kilometers west of Sardinal at 7:46 p.m.

That was a 3.3 magnitude quake.

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Brainy occupations seem to increase survival in cases of dementia
By the Perelman School of Medicine news staff

Doctors, lawyers and other professionals may have a built-in survival edge if they’re diagnosed with the disease frontotemporal dementia, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their work is published in this week’s issue of Neurology.  

Frontotemporal dementia is a family of devastating disorders of the brain that lead to the progressive loss of brain cells in the frontal and temporal regions of the brain, most commonly in patients between ages 50 and 65 and often causing symptoms ranging from behavioral impairments to language difficulty. Nearly 10,000 patients are diagnosed with the disease each year.

As the disease progresses, it can slowly deprive an individual of their cognitive abilities, personality and eventually their independence.

“There is a notion that ones cognitive reserve is built up over the course of a lifetime through experiences such as education, occupation and mental engagement,” said Lauren Massimo, a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Neurology in Penn’s Frontotemporal Degeneration Center. “We believe that those with higher occupational levels are able to build up an additional level of defense against the disease through rich neural connectivity and this could contribute to longer survival.”

Dr. Massimo and colleagues retrospectively examined the autopsy reports of 83 patients in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of Pennsylvania, 34 of whom had confirmed frontotemporal

dementia and 49 with autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer’s disease.

Each patient’s occupation was recorded and ranked according to U.S. Census categories, with jobs such as factory workers and service workers in the lowest level, jobs such as tradesworkers and sales people in the next level, and professional and technical workers such as lawyers and engineers in the highest level. Education level was also measured in years of schooling completed.

Their analysis showed that median survival for patients with frontotemporal dementia was six years and nine months, and just shy of eight years for those with Alzheimer’s, with survival defined as the time from symptom onset until death.   

Further analysis showed that patients with frontotemporal dementia in the highest occupation level survived an average of nine years, while people in the lower occupation group survived an average of six years, suggesting that higher occupation level is associated with longer survival. Occupational level was not associated with longer survival time for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly, the team found that years of education were not associated with survival time for either group.

“These results provide support for the protective effects of occupation in FTD,” Dr. Massimo said. “There may be other factors at work here such socioeconomic factors tied to occupational status that contributes to the longevity of this group. Further studies might also want to expand the sample size and occupations characterized, as ours left no room for occupations such as homemaker or those outside traditional lines of work.”

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Cozy, opened in 2007 just 90 minutes from the capital, with good access. Go shopping or enjoy the evening entertainment. Hosting services, friendly, quality and comfortable, discreet under the concept of 100 percent family hotel, the reason we do not allow or endorse any activity related to prostitution or drugs. Natural beauty, recommended for tourists for a relaxing holiday. Nearby is Manuel Antonio National Park. Tours, canopy, fishing, rainforest, horseback riding, ATV, rafting, etc. 20 deluxe rooms equipped with 3 for disabled. All with air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, refrigerator, private bathroom, hot water, free wireless Internet, etc. Maximum 5 people. Main restaurant, pools (adults & children), jacuzzi, private parking, 24 hours security, pool bar, playground equipped. At front desk currency conversions, confirm your flight or coordinate tours. Address : Playa Bejuco, Esterillos, Costa Rica. Local phone (506) : 2779-2000. Email:   Web page

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Comfort of your home in the campo, 5 minutes from Fortuna Centro of San Carlos, in the shadow of Volcano Arenal, Flat screen TV, AC, refrigerator, free coffee. Local area activities like four-wheeling, horse riding, zip lining, hot springs, jungle walking tours. Bring your camera for great photos of nature, fishing and swimming, canyoning and wireless internet. Harry Hart, proprietor.  Call for reservations  (506) 2479-8670   and (506) 8682-9219  Email:

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The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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Beautiful 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 foot 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.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike:  Check out slide show HERE!

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
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Condo in Jacó for rent
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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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
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Pope and Castro
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Pope Francis and Raúl Castro

Pope and Raúl Castro chat
for an hour at Vatican City

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Cuban President Raúl Castro visited the Vatican Sunday to personally thank Pope Francis for the pontiff's efforts to end five decades of tensions between the United States and Cuba. The two countries are seeking to resume diplomatic ties.

The Cuban leader met with the Argentine-born Francis for nearly an hour as the two men spoke in their native Spanish.

Francis, the leader of the world's Roman Catholics, was instrumental in the secret negotiations between Havana and Washington leading to the announcement in December that the two countries are taking steps to reopen embassies in their capitals and broaden economic links. The Vatican has said Francis, the first South American pope, personally mediated between the two sides and hosted delegations from both countries.

"I thanked the pope for what he did," Castro said as he left the Vatican. Later, he praised Francis for his "wisdom, modesty and all his other qualities."

The pontiff gave Castro a medal depicting St. Martin of Tours, known for caring for the destitute. Castro said he plans to attend all the Masses that Francis celebrates when he visits Cuba in September, ahead of a trip to the United States and a meeting with President Barack Obama.

Castro's trip to the Vatican followed a trip to Moscow where he was a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the World War II victory parade in Red Square.

Last month, President Obama decided to remove Cuba from Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.  Congress has 45 days to overrule the president's decision through a joint resolution, a move that Obama is sure to veto.

Congressional reaction to Obama’s move was mixed.

“Long overdue,” said Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who ridiculed any suggestion that Cuba today poses a security threat to the United States. 

By contrast, Cuban-American Marco Rubio, a Republican senator, issued a video condemning the president’s move. “Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism. They harbor fugitives of American justice,” he said.  “It is also the country that is helping North Korea evade weapons sanctions by the United Nations.  I think it sends a chilling message to our enemies abroad that this White House is no longer serious about calling terrorism by its proper name.”

For decades after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Havana supported insurgents and leftist movements in the Americas and parts of Africa. Analysts say Cuba’s foreign adventurism all but ended in the 1990s, although Havana continues to harbor a handful of fugitives from U.S. justice. More recently, Cuba has played the role of mediator rather than agitator, hosting peace talks between the Colombian government and leftist rebels.

North Dakota faces snow
and damage from tornado

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Fans of winter weather and springtime storms would have felt at home in the midwestern U.S. state of South Dakota Sunday.

A tornado ripped through the eastern town of Delmont Sunday morning, destroying a number of homes and buildings. At least three people were injured.

It was snow, not tornadoes, that caused problems on the opposite side of the state. Blizzard warnings were posted for parts of western South Dakota Sunday, with as much as 60 centimeters of snow expected by the end of the day.

Heavy snow also fell Sunday in the Rocky Mountains while the same storm system put millions in the path of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes Sunday in the south and midwest.

Meanwhile, along the Atlantic coast a rare May tropical storm struck land near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sunday.

Tropical storms, which have the potential of turning into hurricanes, usually do not form in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico until late June.

Terrorist threat is new phase,
security secretary tells ABC

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The worldwide terrorist threat has entered a new phase, where media savvy Islamic extremists are successfully attracting so-called lone wolf attackers to their cause, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Sunday.

Speaking on ABC's This Week program, Johnson said the Islamic State group's influence is spreading far beyond the battlegrounds of the Middle East.

"We're very definitely in a new environment, because of ISIL's effective use of social media, the Internet, which has the ability to reach into the homeland and possibly inspire others," he said. "We're very definitely in a new phase in the global terrorist threat, where the so-called lone wolf could strike at any moment."

The U.S. security chief urged Americans to be vigilant and aware, but not to avoid going to public events.

FBI Director James Comey last week said authorities are concerned about the Islamic State encouraging attacks on uniformed military and law enforcement in online propaganda. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of people in the United States who have received recruitment messages from the jihadists, Comey said.

Friday, the U.S. military bolstered security at its bases across the country.

"Because of the use of the Internet, we could have little or no notice in advance of an independent actor attempting to strike. And so that's why law enforcement at the local level needs to be ever more vigilant, and we are constantly reminding them to do that," Johnson said.

He also urged leaders in the broader Islamic community to step up to counter extremism.

"It has to come from within the community. It has to come from Islamic leaders, who frankly can talk the language better than the federal government can," Johnson said. "Islam is about peace and brotherhood. There are 1.6 billion Muslims in this world. And the true Islamic faith has nothing to do with what ISIL represents."

U.S. lawmakers face decision
on domestic wiretapping law

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

This week brings increased pressure on U.S. lawmakers to reform or reauthorize the National Security Agency’s ability to gather domestic telephone records for anti-terrorist purposes because the program expires at the end of this month.

A federal appeals court ruled so-called bulk metadata collection illegal but did not order a stop to the program launched in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Even before last week’s court decision, some in Congress were urging reform of domestic spying.

“I believe we have to protect our national security, but we also have to protect our civil liberties that make us unique as a country,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, said.

Exposed by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the program caused a firestorm when Americans learned of vast telecommunications monitoring by a shadowy U.S. agency.

Last year, President Barack Obama pledged what he called a new approach.

“The United States is not spying on ordinary people who do not threaten our national security, and we take their privacy concerns into account in our policies and procedures," Obama said then.

Moments after the court ruling last week, several Republicans rushed to defend the program, which reportedly collects and stores phone records but not the content of calls made.

“The NSA can find connections from known terrorists overseas and connect them to potential terrorists here in the United States.  Critics of the program either want to do away with it or make it much more difficult to use," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

Ending the program is unthinkable, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said. “We are going to keep America safe. We are not going to revert back to where we are susceptible to another 9-11," he said.

Others see a threat to privacy.

“I say the phone records of law-abiding citizens are none of their damn business," Sen. Rand Paul said. He also announced in early April he is running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
That the debate is unfolding at all shows America’s commitment to transparency, President Obama said.

“No one expects China to have an open debate about their surveillance programs, or Russia to take the privacy concerns of citizens into account. But let us remember: we are held to a different standard precisely because we have been at the forefront of defending personal privacy and human dignity," he said.

Many expect the Supreme Court will ultimately decide the constitutionality of bulk data collection.

In the meantime, Congress could extend the NSA program or reform it. Lawmakers of both parties say the stakes for national security, and civil liberties, are high.

U.N. plans a rights review
of U.S. policies, problems

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The country that considers itself a human rights champion will have its record reviewed by the United Nations Monday.

The United States will experience the Universal Periodic Review that all 193 U.N. member countries must undergo every four years.

The U.S. is likely to face tough scrutiny in Geneva, including questions about the recent string of police killings of unarmed African-American men.

Other issues likely to emerge in the meeting include the widespread incarceration of illegal immigrants, including children, as well as conditions in U.S. prisons, including long-term solitary confinement and the continued use of the death penalty.

The mass surveillance U.S. citizens have been subjected to in recent years will undoubtedly come up for discussion, too. The so-called U.S. Patriot Act, under which many of the surveillance activities have taken place, is up for debate in Congress ahead of a June 1 deadline for renewal.

Washington's legacy from the war on terror – alleged CIA torture and the failure to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba – will also likely be examined.

"The U.S. has little progress to show for the many commitments it made during its first Universal Periodic Review," said Antonio Ginatta, the U.S. advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. 

The U.S. had its first review in 2010, but activists say it has done little to implement many of the 171 recommendations it accepted out of the 240 recommendations made.

"The world will be asking hard questions of a country that considers itself a human rights champion," said Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Human Rights Program. "It will be expecting meaningful answers and a concrete plan of action."

Republican hopefuls give
views to conservative summit

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Republican presidential candidates are continuing their quest to woo conservative voters with a barrage of attacks on President Barack Obama and the leading 2016 Democratic contender to replace him, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Nine declared or possible Republican candidates spoke Saturday at the Freedom Summit in South Carolina.

South Carolina is a staunch Republican state that will hold one of the early party nominating contests next year, a prelude to picking the Republican presidential nominee for the national election in November 2016.

One possible candidate, former Texas governor Rick Perry, said Washington suffers from a dearth of leadership to deal with domestic and world crises.  He said next year's election "will be one of those 'show me, don't tell me' elections where voters look past what you say to what you've done."

One announced Republican candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio of the southern state of Florida, said the United States is "at a hinge moment in our nation's history, where we must decide whether we will embrace the future and confront its challenges or be left behind by history."

"It begins by accepting the mantle of global leadership, by understanding that we have to, because there is no other nation that can do it instead of us," Rubio said.

One possible contender, Sen. Ted Cruz of the southwestern state of Texas, accused other Republican candidates of not fighting hard enough for conservative principles.

Cruz touted his unapologetic approach as a lawmaker that has angered some party officials in Washington, including his 2013 efforts leading to a partial government shutdown that lasted 16 days.

Former technology executive Carly Fiorina, another announced Republican candidate, aimed her attack at Mrs. Clinton, saying she "is not trustworthy, and she does not have a record of accomplishment."

One leading Republican possibility, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, skipped the South Carolina gathering but wooed evangelical Christians in a graduation speech at Liberty University in the mid-Atlantic state of Virginia.

Bush, the son and brother of two former U.S. presidents, defended the role of Christians in government leadership, saying "it is not only untrue, but also a little ungrateful, to dismiss Christian faith as some obstacle to enlightened thought, some ancient, irrelevant creed wearing out its welcome in the modern world."

Vice president of Guatemala
resigns in corruption case

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Guatemala's vice president has resigned.

Roxana Baldetti stepped down Friday amid a corruption scandal that implicated her private secretary, opening up Ms. Baldetti to investigation, as well. She has maintained her innocence.

President Otto Pérez Molina described Ms. Baldetti's decision to resign as brave and thanked her for her service.

Baldetti's secretary, Juan Carlos Monzón, is accused of being a leader in a customs bribery ring. His current whereabouts are unknown.

After the announcement of the vice president's resignation, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said the U.S. supports President Pérez Molina and his administration's "efforts to address charges of official corruption." Rathke said, "we urge all Guatemalans to support the governmental institutions that investigate and prosecute allegations of corruption."

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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 foot 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. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: 
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They say a stock market crash is overdue.  Is your money in the bank earning only pennies in interest?  Is it time to get some of your assets out of the United States and into a wonderful retirement location?  That was this owner’s plan.  Gross ROI for this property was 11% most recent 5 months with 1,129 m2 lot crying for development of more rentals.  Build two or even three inexpensive fourplexes and live off of the income the rest of your life.  But current owner is unable to stay in Costa Rica (divorce, health reasons) so must sacrifice retirement dream property.  Offered at only $140,000 by extremely motivated seller and cash talks!  Very desirable location only a short 5-minute walk to central La Fortuna, clean and modern construction 2 bedroom 1 bath home is 102 m2 with no wasted space, very livable.  THIS ABSOLUTELY MUST BE SOLD!  For interior pix email
or phone (506) 8377-8402.

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $239,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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Costa Rica Villas For Sale
*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
*Visit my Web site
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107

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

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

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.

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

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:

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.

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site:

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.

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Listening to the gardener is a good idea

We work hard all our lives. We love to garden. We save for retirement and keep our fingers crossed that Social Security will provide a little
Victoria torley
something. Then it’s time, and we discover that, even with our plans and savings, we are priced out of the market. So we look elsewhere. After all, we are free to roam, and we find Costa Rica with its fine climate and wonderful plants, and we settle down. Then we discover that all those (mumble, mumble) years of gardening have left some
medical issues, so we find a gardener.

There are a lot of gardeners here, and they all know exactly what they are doing . . .  Okay, no, they don’t. I have talked about it before, the difference in just digging a hole for a plant. Your gardener will dig a hole 8 inches wide and 18 inches deep, a little pot for your plant. What you want, what you have been taught, what you used to do, is dig a nice wide shallow hole for your plant so you could spread out the roots.

Who’s right? Well, the wide hole is better and, even though he may grumble, your gardener will dig it, but that doesn’t mean that what the expat knows is always best.
Metric Man and I live in hilly country as do most of our friends. In the States, we were used to nice green lawn spreading out around the house. In fact, I have a friend who insists on wide green lawns. Here, your gardener knows best. Trust me. He understands rain and you really, really don’t. Really!

A nice green lawn today will be a nice mushy brown slumping mess in the rainy season. What you need here is vetiver with its tremendous roots at slope edged property. Got hills? Try maní, perennial peanut (Arachis glabrata), which sends out very deep tap roots. Mani covers itself with yellow flowers, so, no, you will not have that green green lawn but you will have rainfall protection.

Another good plant for hills is trailing sunflower. The roots don’t dig in as deeply but it is easy to establish (as are maní and vetiver) and digs in quickly on short hills, although I don’t recommend it for covering acres of land. For large areas, maní is probably the best choice, but don’t look for seeds. Just find some by the roadside and dig it up (or just yank on it. That works too). Don’t worry if you didn’t get the deep roots, the surface roots will keep things going.

So, for hillsides, listen to your local gardener. He understands rain better than you do. Other things are for mediation. And keep a shovel in your car for that perennial peanut.


This Week’s Plant
There is a difference of opinion on the name of this week’s plant, but I think that firecracker plant (Crossandra infundibuliformis) may be the winner [the other contender is justicia brandegeana, a type of shrimp plant.] We will have a winner when the plant goes to seed as a firecracker literally explodes its seeds to scatter them.  In the meantime, this lovely little plant seems quite happy in a window box in full sun. And I love that color!

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U.S. April jobs improve over March totals

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. job market rebounded in April with strong growth in business services, health care and construction, Friday's report from the Labor Department said. The unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent, the lowest level in nearly seven years, as 223,000 jobs were added.

After the weak job gains in March, when fewer than 100,000 people were hired, the second quarter is off to a good start,'s chief financial analyst Greg McBride said.

"The April jobs report shows we are back on track," he said. "It really reveals that March was the aberration . . .  But, you know, April really kind of gets us back in the game."

April's job numbers were an encouraging sign for investors, who helped boost stock prices on Wall Street by more than 1 percent. Adding to the optimism was the fact that  average hourly earnings increased, but just barely.  At just 3 cents more per hour, McBride said, it's a step in the right direction, but not enough to significantly boost growth.

"People don't have enough spending power," he said. "They don't have enough breathing room in the household budget, and that's why we've had this perpetually slow-growth economy because consumers are not in a position where they can ramp up spending on a consistent basis."

Until employers start ramping up wages, McBride said, the housing market is likely to remain sluggish. Part of the problem, according to the National Association of Business Economics' Ken Simonson, is inertia.

"Employers have been very cautious about hiring people, raising wages, and workers are also nervous that a job won't last," he said, "so it's made them less aggressive about pushing for wage increases in their current job or changing jobs."

That could change as competition for skilled workers heats up.

The new jobs data show about 8.5 million Americans are still out of work,  but that's down more than 1 million from a year ago.