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Expats both enthusiastic and skeptical over Solís
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Days into the presidency of Luis Guillermo Solís, some in the expat community are keeping a close eye on Costa Rica's new leader to see that he acts on his promise for nationwide reform. In trumpeting other campaign emphases like increased transparency and more efficient public services, Solís has bolstered expectations for these transplants who have so much invested into Costa Rica.

Thomas Ghormley, the owner of Century 21 Real Estate in Jacó, became a Partido Acción Ciudadana campaigner after the presidential election went into a second round. The resident of nearly 30 years said Solís has a chance to immediately turn around the public schools and roadways simply by tightening tax collection.

“We have to be honest with ourselves. No one pays the proper amount of taxes,” Ghormley said. “If we want an improved government, we need to pay our amount. If they just collected the taxes that are already on the books, especially in terms of property, you'd have more than enough to cover those.”

He said he jumped onto Solís' bandwagon partly because he believes the new president will strengthen local governments by implementing strict levels of accountability. Since the election, he has been especially impressed with the cabinet hirings of Melvin Jiménez as the minister of the Presidencia and María del Rocío Sáenz to head the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Other expats are taking a more skeptical, wait-and-see approach towards Solís, like Susan James who has lived here for eight years. She said coming from the United States can make someone scoff every time they hear a politician promoting a great change.

“Politicians say what they want people to hear, and even if they believe what they say, they found out once they get elected and its hard to do all the things you say,” Ms. James said. “I'm a bit jaded from my country. He looks good and sounds good for now.”

Though she is retired, Ms. James added that the election of Solís was a promising sign for the country.

And as business owners wince with hefty bills in one hand and a payroll sheet in the other, some have said rising costs have hampered or killed their business models. Albert Lusk is a farmer with a small 1.5-acre tract in Heredia who said that he has had to cut down his operations and has stopped dealing commercially. He has had
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to fire workers and halt production on goods made from the goats from his farm. Now, he said, he's interested to see if Solis' team has a clear plan intact to help not only small business owners, but everyone suffering financially.

“The biggest thing that bothers me is that there is no clear economic plan mapped out,” Lusk said. “There's a big election and all these issues, but how are you going to work your way out of this?”

One obvious route has always been through more international trade and investment opportunities. Although Solís has stated his reluctance to depend on trade with the U.S. in the past, Ghormley said the president doesn't have to spend much time looking to find the benefits of increased outside investment.
 
“Solís is a realist. He knows he needs foreign investment and he needs the big companies to help the economy grow,” he said. “It looks like our niche is in the service industry. High-tech is going to Vietnam where it's cheaper.”

Some expat businesses are still booming following the era of Partido Liberación Nacional. Robert Smith in Palmares has spent 17 years in the property rental industry and said his affairs continue to see profits because of a heavy supply of repeat business. And contrary to the beliefs of some of the other expats polled, Smith thinks more and more are moving to Costa Rica. He is now getting about one client a month from the U.S. who wants to settle here.

Lusk said he worries about those who try to relocate to Costa Rica on their Social Security checks alone, and added that many are now stuck here because of the real estate market, among other factors. He said recent government actions have left expats basically disenfranchised that created voids in trust that the new administration may not be able to cover.

“I don't feel like we have any seat at the table,” Lusk said. “I don't have any confidence in the government.”

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A 6.0 earthquake took place just south of Costa Rica and in the Pacific off the coast of Panama.

The quake was felt the strongest in Costa Rica by communities in the south, but the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica reported that the movement was felt at least as far north as the Central Valley and even at a point in northern Guanacaste.

The quake was unusual because in the Central Valley the gentle rockling motion lasted at least three minutes. The movement began 35 minutes after midnight.

The sensors at the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at Universidad Nacional  showed that the quake lasted for nine minutes, although the strength diminished after the first 240 seconds.

The epicenter was 103.5 kilometers (about 64 miles) south southeast of Golfito, said the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica. That put the quake very close to the  Middle America Trench, the highly active subduction zone where the Cocos tectonic plate is forcing its way under the Caribbean plate.

The quake was strong enough to have caused some damage in western towns in Panamá. But there were no reports early today.

German food and culture
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A slice of Heredia will be transformed into Germany Sunday with the Feria Primaveral Alemana, or the Springtime German Fair.  Located at the INBioparque in Santo Domingo de Heredia, the fair is hosted by the German Embassy and promises to share the nation's culture with Costa Rica.

A variety of ethnic German dishes from bretzel to rindersgulasch will be available, as well as additional German products at vendor stands set up by businesses from the country. There will also be opportunities to get to know German art as authors, musicians, and dance groups are set to entertain at the fair.

“It's an excellent opportunity to show part of German culture, through music, dance, film, paintings, as well as technology and traditional German dishes,” said Ricardo Vargas, executive director of the Cámara de Comercio e Industria Costarricense-Alemana.  The party goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is an admission.

Shrimp fishermen urging
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Shrimp fishermen are urging a quick approval of a law that is designed to get them back in business.

The Sala IV constitutional court banned trawler shrimp fishing due to damage to turtles and the coral. The court said that licenses should not be renewed when they run out.

The Cámara Puntarenense de Pescadores said it wants the shrimp fishing regulated the way the U.N. Food an Agricultural Organization requires, although it did not give specifics. The organization also said it wants the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura to regulate the price of fish so they can have a successful business. The fishing chamber also wants government aid to regulate the price of fuel.

In addition, the chamber wants a meeting with  Gustavo Meneses, who is the new head of the fishing institute.

The law the chamber wants to see passed was put together by some lawmakers from Puntarenas in the wake of the Sala IV decision. It is an effort to circumvent the high court decision protecting the turtles and the coral.  Turtles frequently are caught and drowned in the trawler nets.

The chamber said the ban on shrimp fishing would hurt thousands of families in the area.

Art City Tour Wednesday
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Art City Tour takes place again Wednesday, and the  Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo notes that it is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The event also is marking the International Day of Museums, which is Sunday.

Art City Tour is when residents and visitors can spend an evening at some of the major cultural sites for free. The program even provides buses for transportation, although bikes also are encourages.

Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo said that it will be opening a new exhibit that night although the formal opening is Monday. The visits run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Therapy proposed for frogs
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Researchers at Vanderbilt University have identified an alternative to a sometimes toxic therapy that protects frogs in zoos from a deadly fungal infection that has been destroying the amphibian populations worldwide.  Their research is published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

The fungal disease, chytridiomycosis, has been decimating frogs all over the world. At present, nothing can help amphibians in the wild, but zoos currently rely on the often-toxic itraconazole to eradicate the disease from infected amphibians they wish to acquire.

To preserve the most at-risk amphibians, zoos have been acquiring founding populations of species threatened by chytridiomycosis, which is caused by the fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

“Some species, such as the Panamanian Golden Frog, are nearly extinct in nature, and doing well only in zoos,” says Louise Rollins-Smith, a researcher on the study. “Facilities which house multiple amphibian species need safe treatments to protect their valuable colonies.”

Brian Gratwicke, a conservation biologist with the National Zoo, describes the difficulties zoos face in treating the creatures. The animals must go through 10 days of immersion in an itraconazole solution.

“Itraconazole is a fairly expensive drug, and depending on the species we treat we can see a very high mortality rate,” says Gratwicke. “An alternative treatment would be very helpful.”

In the study, Ms. Rollins-Smith and colleagues tested two potential alternatives, chloramphenicol, and amphotericin B. Although both drugs reduced B. dendrobatidis infection, neither could eradicate it. But amphotericin B had a critical advantage over chloramphenicol.

Ms. Rollins-Smith suggests that a more benign cure for chytridiomycosis might involve treatment first with amphotericin B, followed by itraconazole, which would enable a lower, less toxic dosing with the latter.

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San José municipal workers on strike over private garbage firm
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Unionized municipal workers in San José went out on strike Monday in an effort to dislodge the private firm that collects the city's garbage.

The target of the strike is Promotora Ambiental, S.A.B. de C.V. of Monterey, México, that signed a one-year contract with the
municipality in late June 2012. The contract has a three-year extension option.

Under the agreement,  Promotora Ambiental leased the existing municipal garbage collecting vehicles. As a private firm, the company has more flexibility in operations, and city residents find they have garbage pickup at dawn even on legal
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The job action is being engineered by the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, which said its members were declaring an indefinite strike.

Promotora Ambiental workers did not pick up garbage Monday, and parts of San José are decorated with piles of plastic bags.

The employees' union said that the contract with the private firm has been in force since 2010, that the municipal equipment has deteriorated and that the firm is collecting millions to do the job. The
union also expressed concern about the welfare of the company's employees. They are mostly Nicaraguan.

Union representatives went to the fifth floor office of Mayor  Sandra García Pérez in the municipal building Monday morning, but there were no negotiations then.

The union said it finally met with municipal officials later in the afternoon at the  Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social. The outcome of that meeting was not known. However, the union said that the strike would not end until a satisfactory agreement is reached to eliminate what it said was the injuries done to municipal workers by the Mexican firm.

The private firm's contract most likely will be up for renewal in June, and the public employees union is seeking to void the agreement then.

Promotora Ambiental has agreements all over México and also has operations in Belize and Panamá. News reports said that the firm is seeking to expand into South America.

By taking negotiations to the Ministerio de Trabajo, the public employees union has elevated the strike to a national concern and as a test of the new Luis Guillermo Solís administration. Representatives from the  Defensoría de los Habitantes were said to be present as were the minister,  Víctor Morales, and other ministry officials.

The employees union has another gripe with the municipality. In a letter to the mayor, union officials asked about two executive appointments that were made nearly a year ago. They called them irregular.


The security emphasis will be on prevention, officials say
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New public security officials say that there will be a focus on more indirect sources to prevent crime under this administration's watch. The new minister of Seguridad Pública, Celso Gamboa, said Monday that his team will stress police education and communication with the general public

Marking just his third work day on the job, Gamboa said the issue of better prevention comes per request of President Luis Guillermo Solís. Gamboa repeatedly extolled the benefits of surveillance in attacking crime.

“We hope it will intensify our presence,” he said. “Also another fundamental position that Luis Guillermo Solís has directed us is for the professional formation to dignify the police force.”

Gamboa said better resources and an improved workspace are key in installing a more respectable collection of officers. He was joined at the press conference by his two vice ministers, Luis Gustavo Mata and María Fulmen, who echoed the need for increased preventative measures.

“Whether it is on the streets or in our homes, we are going to make sure the people are safe,” she said. “Crime prevention is very important to ensure these liberties.”
Gamboa said he would like to solidify schooling programs in the Escuela de Policía for trainees, but that funds and resources are limited. Though he complimented former minister Mario Zamora by pointing out that Costa Rica is the region's safest country, he added that the ministry is facing serious problems with its structure and working conditions.

“This is not synonymous with higher salaries,” he said. “It's synonymous with better preparation to have quicker responses and provide essential services for the citizen.”

Gamboa said his administration will be more strict on focusing the ministry's funds to the appropriate areas. He said there are more than 400 Fuerza Pública police stations that need to be taken care of so that the new administration can fulfill its security plans.

“We are talking about growing our human talent and giving acceptable working conditions to strengthen the budget's execution.”

Gamboa, one of Solis' more experienced cabinet members, was the former vice minister of Seguridad Pública during the Laura Chinchilla years. Mata has been put in charge of regular units, which includes all Fuerza Pública branches.

Ms. Fulmen heads the special units made up of bodies like the Servicio Nacional de Guardacosta and drug control police.

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Smugglers test police forces at the borders and also in the cities
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Security officials are cracking down on smuggled merchandise.

Monday officers in the Unidad de Intervención Policial  and the Dirección de Inteligencia Policial  conducted inspections at pulperias and other small stores in the San José downtown. They were after untaxed cigarettes, and they found them.

In most cases, the various outlets did not have permission to sell cigarettes, and police suspect the packages themselves with the brand name Silver Elephant were smuggled into the country. Silver Elephant is a Chinese product made by the China Tobacco Hunan Industrial Co., Ltd. in Changsha,  The cigarettes are popular elsewhere in Latin America.

Of course, police officers continue to find alcohol being smuggled from Panamá in an effort to beat the Costa Rican tax. Police confiscated three shipments of liquor over the weekend in Paso Canoas. Some 38 boxes were confiscated in Río Claro de Guaycará and even more from a vehicle that was stopped in front of the police station in La Unión de Limoncito. So the total confiscations were five.

 As with illegal drugs there is no estimate on how many untaxed
bottles get through. Police conducted raids of some bars and restaurants to find untaxed bottles in use in the Central Valley last week.

Saturday officers of the Policía de Fronteras said they saw two men across the border in Panamá loading boxes in a vehicle.  When the men arrived with their car in Costa Rica, the officers made an inspection and said they found 4.5 million colons or about $9,000 worth of postcards celebrating the World Cup of soccer. The cargo was confiscated because tax had not been paid, officers said.

Panamá is a major source of smuggled items because of the supply there of goods that cost less than in Costa Rica. Police even stopped and confiscated a load of avocados, also in Paso Canoas, Sunday.

Not only were the 1,700 avocados brought in without paying custom duty, they did not undergo the required health inspection for possible harmful insects and diseases, police said..

Panamå also was the source of a tanker containing smuggled gasoline last month.

The Ministerio de Hacienda has a police unit that specifically searches for untaxed goods.

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Mexican felon gets life term
for Coast Guard murder


Special to A.M. Costa Rica
 
Two Mexican nationals who were found guilty of federal charges stemming from an incident in which a Coast Guard officer was killed when his vessel was rammed by a panga boat were sentenced Monday.

The operator of the panga boat was ordered to spend the rest of his life in federal custody after a jury earlier this year convicted him of second-degree murder in the death of Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, who died in late 2012 while his boat was attempting to interdict the panga near Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park.

The two men sentenced Monday are:

    * Jose Mejia-Leyva, 42, of Ensenada, who was sentenced to life without parole for his murder conviction, as well as two counts of failure to heave to and four counts of assaulting federal officers with a deadly and dangerous weapon; and

    * Manuel Beltran-Higuera, 44, of Ensenada, who was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after a jury found him guilty of two counts of failure to heave to (as an accessory after the fact in one count and as an aider and abettor in the second count) and in the four counts of assault (as an accessory after the fact).

Both defendants were sentenced by U. S. District Judge Gary A. Feess.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Horne, a 34-year-old Redondo Beach resident, was the first Coast Guard officer murdered while in the line of duty by smugglers since 1927.

Horne was killed during a law enforcement operation that began late on Dec. 1, 2012, when a Coast Guard airplane identified a suspicious boat about one mile off Santa Cruz Island. After Coast Guard personnel on the cutter "Halibut" boarded the boat, the airplane identified another suspicious vessel nearby in Smuggler’s Cove on Santa Cruz Island. The airplane reported that the suspicious vessel in Smuggler’s Cove was an approximately 30-foot-long open bowed fishing vessel, commonly referred to as a panga.

Coast Guard officers aboard the "Halibut" launched a small, inflatable boat with four officers aboard. The Coast Guard small boat crew located the panga approximately 200 yards from the eastern shore of Santa Cruz Island at approximately 1:20 a.m. Dec. 2. As the Coast Guard’s small boat approached the panga, the officers activated the boat’s police lights and identified themselves as law enforcement. The driver of the panga then throttled the engines and steered the panga toward the small boat. As the panga rapidly approached the Coast Guard’s small boat, the officer at the helm attempted to avoid a collision by steering the small boat out of the path of the panga.

Despite these efforts, the panga rammed into the Coast Guard’s small boat, ejecting Horne and another officer into the water. Horne was struck by a propeller in the head and sustained a fatal injury. The other officer sustained a laceration to his knee.

After striking the Coast Guard’s small boat, the panga crew fled the scene.  Coast Guard aircraft followed the panga until it was intercepted by a Coast Guard vessel about four hours later as it approached the Mexico-United States border. Mejia-Leyva and Beltran-Higuera were arrested at this point.

 Prosecutors argued for the life sentence for Mejia-Leyva, noting in court papers that he was previously convicted in the United States of smuggling aliens and was twice convicted in Mexico of narcotics offenses. “The seriousness of defendant’s conduct and his criminal history demonstrates that he is an established recidivist whose pattern of smuggling and narcotics trafficking only aggravates the seriousness of the crime of murder,” prosecutors wrote of Mejia-Leyva.
       
 
Frequent arguments linked
to higher risk of death

 
By the British Medical Journal news staff

Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbors may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
 
Men and those not working seemed to be the most vulnerable, the findings indicate.
 
The evidence suggests that supportive social networks and strong relationships are good for general health and well being, but the authors wanted to find out if the stressors inherent in family relationships and friendships had any impact on the risk of death from any cause.
 
They therefore quizzed almost 10,000 men and women aged 36 to 52 about their everyday social relationships. All the participants were already taking part in the Danish Longitudinal Study on Work, Unemployment and Health.
 
The researchers focused particularly on who, among partners, children, other relatives, friends and neighbors, made excess demands, prompted worries, or was a source of conflict, and how often these arose. They also considered whether having a job made any difference.
 
The health of the study participants was tracked from 2000 to the end of 2011, using data from the Danish Cause of Death Registry.
 
Between 2000 and 2011, 196 women (4 percent) and 226 men (6 percent) died. Almost half the deaths were from cancer, while heart disease/stroke, liver disease, and accidents and suicide made up the rest.
 
Around one in 10 study participants said that their partner or children were a frequent or constant source of excess demands and worries; around one in 20 (6 percent) and a further 2 percent claimed this for relatives and friends, respectively.
 
Similarly, 6 percent had frequent arguments with their partner or children, 2 percent with other relatives, and 1 percent with friends or neighbors.
 
After taking account of a range of influential factors, including gender, marital status, long term conditions, depressive symptoms, available emotional support, and social class, as defined by job title, the analysis indicated that frequent worries or demands generated by partners and/or children were linked to a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of death from all causes.
 
But constant arguing seemed to be the most harmful for health.
 
Frequent arguments/conflicts with anyone in the social circle, ranging from partners and relatives to friends and neighbors, were associated with a doubling to tripling in the risk of death from any cause compared with participants who said these incidents were rare.
 
Being out of work seemed to amplify the negative impact of social relationship stressors. Those who were unemployed were at significantly greater risk of death from any cause than those who were exposed to similar stressors but had a job.
 
And men seemed to be particularly vulnerable to the worries and demands generated by their female partners with a higher risk of death than that normally associated with being a man or with this particular relationship stressor.
 
The authors accept that personality may have a role in how people perceive, generate, and respond to stress, and so may influence an individual’s risk of an early death.
 
But they conclude that skills in conflict management may help to curb premature deaths associated with social relationship stressors.


Chinese jail Web contributor
who wrote for foreign site


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chinese state media say Beijing police have detained a man for seriously harming China's image by providing false information to a foreign Web site.
 
The Xinhua news agency said Xiang Nanfu published numerous false stories on the U.S.-based Boxun dissident news Web site. It said the fabricated stories included claims the Chinese government harvested organs from living humans and buried people alive.
 
Xinhua said the 62-year-old's actions were "instigated and highly paid with U.S. dollars by a man surnamed Wei who was in charge of the Web site." Xiang, who was detained May 3, is reported to have confessed to his crimes and has repented.
 
Boxun often covers political scandals or human rights abuses that go unreported in China's government-controlled media. Its stories are sometimes sensational and anonymously written.
 
In a statement, Boxun said it strongly protests the detention of Xiang and denied paying a large amount of money to him. It said the case is another clear sign of the rapid worsening of China's human rights.
 
As they do every year, Chinese police have been arresting activists and government critics ahead of the sensitive anniversary of the violent crackdown on democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.
 
Those detained include prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and at least four others, who attended a recent Beijing seminar to commemorate the crackdown. A well-known journalist, Gao Yu, was also detained on charges of leaking state secrets.
 
It has been almost 25 years since Chinese troops backed by tanks moved in to crush the student-led demonstration during the crackdown, which triggered worldwide condemnation.
 
China still considers the incident a counterrevolutionary rebellion and has never admitted any wrongdoing in its handling of the protests.  It has never disclosed an official death toll or other key details on the crackdown, which is not discussed in state media.
 
Government censors also work hard to erase any reference to the incident in the country's very popular social media outlets.


Torture flourishes in world
despite treaty, Amnesty says


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Governments around the world are failing to keep the promises they made in the 1984 U.N. Convention on Torture, according to human rights group Amnesty International.  Amnesty International says many countries are using torture systematically on a vast scale.
 
In his home city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Justine Ijeomah is known as Mr. Human Rights.

In a region with high rates of poverty and crime, Ijeomah offers support to people arrested and held by authorities.  He says many of the younger, poorer detainees suffer police brutality and torture.

He describes the torture police allegedly carried out on one detainee, accused of kidnapping.

"He was handcuffed.  Also his two legs were handcuffed.  Then they brought his two legs and hands, tied them together, then used a bar of iron coming cross over, so he was folded like this.  And they hanged him.  And they use machetes to flog his back," said Ijeomah.

Nigerian authorities deny the allegations.  Ijeomah says he has been tortured on several occasions and it leaves deep mental as well as physical scars.

"He can feel the pain afresh only just when you remind them about what they go through," he said.

It has been three decades since 155 countries signed the 1984 U.N. Convention Against Torture.  But Amnesty International law and policy senior director Michael Bochenek says many of the signatories are ignoring the pledges they made.

"In many cases what we are talking about is the systematic use of torture in these countries," he said. "So there really is a divergence between the commitment on paper, and the reality in practice."

Bochenek says there are basic steps governments need to take to tackle torture.

"Conducting effective medical investigations, ensuring that lawyers are able to visit clients in detention and do so immediately, making sure family members have access to their relatives," he said.

In Brazil, 80 percent of respondents to an Amnesty International commissioned survey said they feared they would be tortured if detained by police, the worst performer out of the 21 countries surveyed.

In Nigeria, 50 percent feared torture if arrested.

"Officers that perpetrate this act, none of them are brought to book," said Justine Ijeomah. "The level of impunity in Nigeria and some parts of Africa is really getting out of hand."

In the Amnesty International survey, three in four people in China and India said torture was sometimes needed to protect the public.  The lowest figure was in Greece, where just one in 10 respondents thought torture sometimes necessary.


Ex-FBI agent in Congress
faces multiple allegations


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent who once investigated corruption cases, now faces a number of federal criminal charges.
 
A 20-count indictment says Grimm hid more than $1 million in receipts from his Manhattan restaurant, called Healthalicious, from 2007 to 2010. He left the business upon election to Congress.
 
The government’s case against Grimm, now in his second congressional term, charges him with obstructing and impeding  Internal Revenue Service functions and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
 
The charges include false tax returns to be filed, mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, perjury, obstruction of an official proceeding, and the hiring of undocumented workers, according to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.
 
Unlike many countries, where government officials and lawmakers have immunity from prosecution while in office, no such protection exists in the United States. Over the years, congressmen, state governors, and others have faced trial and even prison.
 
Grimm, a Republican who represents part of New York City in the House of Representatives, sounded a defiant tone after his April 28 arraignment in Brooklyn Federal District Court.
 
“Since day one, the press has been fed all kinds of innuendos and accusations to support – and let me be very clear – a political witch hunt,” Grimm told reporters. “And this political witch hunt was designed to do a couple of things, but first and foremost,  assassinate my character, and remove me from office.”
 
Grimm and his supporters claim what also proves that this case is politically motivated was its being officially filed weeks after the deadline passed for adding or removing candidates from the November 2014 election ballot. This, they say, was meant to prevent his party from putting someone else up for Congress, weakening Republican chances to retain his seat.
 
The restaurant related charges against Grimm may not be the only ones he will face.

There are numerous reports that there is a second investigation underway connected to his congressional campaign fundraising activities.
 
One allegation involves the possibility that a rabbi raised a half-million dollars by collecting from foreign nationals, which is prohibited under U.S. law.
 
Grimm’s former girlfriend, Diana Durand, has entered a not guilty plea to a three count federal indictment charging that she illegally reimbursed some people who contributed to Grimm’s 2010 race.
 
Meanwhile, the Republican Party has effectively gone from strongly backing his 2014 re-election bid to washing its hands of him.
 
“They’ve withdrawn their support,” said reporter Alexandra Jaffee at the politics-focused Washington newspaper The Hill. “We’ve been told by sources that they won’t be fundraising for him.

The Republican National Congressional Committee, which initially included Grimm in a 10-candidate fundraising drive slated for later this month, has dropped him from that list.
 
Still, political analysts say there may be legal maneuvering by his defense attorneys to try to give him the best possible chance to save his seat in Congress.
 
“You want the court hearing after the election, so the people of Staten Island can choose whether to vote for Representative Grimm or not,” said Mark Rom, a political science professor at Georgetown University. “So that may give him a little breathing room.
 
“On the other hand, it’s really hard to run for Congress when you have the feds looking over your shoulder, and you know you will be brought to a courtroom after the election,” Rom said.
 
No trial date has been set.
 
Grimm defiantly presses forward with his election bid.
 
“I know who I am, and I know what I’ve done for this country for almost 20 years now,” he said. “I know I am a moral man, a man of integrity,” he says. “And I know I have a lot more service and leadership to provide [to] this country.”
 
Assistant FBI Director George Venizelos sees Grimm quite differently.
 
“As a former FBI agent, Representative Grimm should understand the motto  ‘Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity,’” he said in a statement. “Yet he broke our credo at nearly every turn. In this 20-count indictment, Representative Grimm honored a new motto: fraud, perjury, and obstruction."


Senate Republicans blamed
for delay in energy measure


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A bill with strong bipartisan support to make the United States more energy efficient has been blocked in the Senate. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act failed to get the three-fifths backing required to proceed to a final vote, becoming the latest victim of partisan warfare on Capitol Hill.

The idea is simple: the U.S. government, as well as homes and businesses across America, should use energy more frugally. Pro-environment Democrats like the bill’s potential to reduce greenhouse gases. Fiscally minded Republicans like the bill’s long-term potential to reduce government expenditures on power and fuel. Members of both parties applaud the bill’s potential to boost American jobs. The bill has the backing of environmental and business groups alike.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, summed it up this way:

“This bill will make our country more energy independent, protect our environment, and save consumers on their energy bills," he said. "It would also create 200,000 jobs, American jobs.”

So why did the bill die in the Senate? Minority Republicans used a procedural maneuver, called a filibuster, to prevent a final vote. To drop the filibuster, Republicans like Sen. John Cornyn demanded that Democrats allow votes on other energy matters.

“I have no doubt this underlying legislation would pass," he said. "It will pass if the majority leader allows us an opportunity to offer and debate our proposals for improving the underlying bill.”

Republicans want votes to approve a controversial oil pipeline from Canada and to halt new restrictions on coal-powered electric plants. Environmentalists, a core Democratic voting bloc, oppose both Republican proposals. Sen. Richard Durbin,  Democrat, accused Republicans of abusing parliamentary procedures to advance an ecologically hostile agenda.

“The Republican Party of the United States of America is the only major political party in the world that is in denial of what is happening to our environment when it comes to climate change and global warming," he said. "And as a result, we are, I guess, stopped in our tracks.”

Durbin said the energy efficiency bill already incorporates many Republican proposals. That is not enough for Sen. Cornyn, who blasted Democrats’ refusal to allow additional amendments prior to a final vote. Cornyn said he and other Republicans blocked the bill in protest.

“Well, we are not going to just shut up. We are not going to sit down and shut up,” he said.

Political analyst Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution says partisan gridlock, now pervasive in the Senate, was a rarity until recent decades.

There was no insistence on a 60-vote hurdle to advance legislation in the 100-member body, he said. There was a real, genuine, open effort to legislate a solution to the nation’s challenges, he said. But the conditions for that are simply not present, he said, adding that the Senate is a greatly diminished body.”

Other recent legislation stymied in the Senate includes an increase in the national minimum wage, an extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed, expanded background checks for firearms purchases, a restoration of federal funds for teachers and emergency responders, and a path to legal status for the children of undocumented immigrants.


New mosque flap develops
at Twin Towers attack site


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For many Americans, memories of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York are still vivid.  A new World Trade Center is soon to open at the site where the original one was destroyed.  There is also a plan to build a Muslim community center and mosque nearby, though it is a more modest version of a previous one steeped in controversy.

The proposal includes a three-story building with a small mosque, a community center and a museum devoted to Islam.

Imam Talib Abdul Rashid,  president of the Islamic Leadership Council, says the project should reflect the full story of Islam.

“...Islam itself as one of the three Abrahamic traditions, and, then, two -- and I kind of lean toward the second -- is a discussion and an accurate depiction of Muslims in America, generally, and New York City in particular,” he said.
 
In 2010, there were loud protests at the site against the previous plan. It called for a 15-story Muslim mosque and community center.  The demonstrators, including relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, argued it was insensitive to build an Islamic complex so close to Ground Zero.

The original plan, called Park 51, was dropped.

But the new one is drawing opposition, too, although its details have yet to be released.

“Honesty, what we need is candor about Jihad and the Jihadic doctrine," said Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.  "Is this museum going to explore the total 1,400 years of Jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements?  I think not.  It think it’s going to whitewash, and I think it’s inappropriate at Ground Zero.  We have to see the plans.”


Another U.S. patient reported
to have Middle East virus


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A second patient in the United States has been diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome,  a virus first identified in Saudi Arabia that's new to humans.

In making the announcement, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden called the second confirmed case  unwelcome but not unexpected and said there is no cause for alarm at this time.

"Our experience with MERS so far suggests that the risk to the general public is extremely low," he said. "It is behaving relatively like the SARS coronavirus in that transmission requires close contact -- for example caring for someone when they are sick at home, or sick in the hospital.  And it involves caring for someone who is infectious with the disease." He was referring to  Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

The new U.S. case involves a health care worker who was caring for patients in the Saudi Peninsula. The unidentified patient is in isolation at a hospital in the Orlando, Florida, area.  U.S. public health officials said the patient was in good condition.

Florida's State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, John Armstrong, says the virus is being monitored, and the good news is that it has not changed. 

"That means that we are able to find patients earlier, protect them and others from spread, and get a better handle on how to stop the disease transmission," he said.

The first case of the virus in the U.S. state of Indiana was announced May 2.  Officials said that patient's DNA has been sequenced and there's nothing to suggest the virus has become more virulent.  No secondary infections have been found stemming from contact with the first patient.

The Florida patient was flying from Jedda, Saudia Arabia, to London when he began to feel sick.  From there, he took three connecting flights to Florida.  Officials said they were trying to track down and test some 500 passengers who flew with the unidentified patient in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control officials said they expected more cases to emerge in the U.S.  The government agency's Web site is not recommending restricted travel to Saudi Arabia at this time.  But health officials are encouraging Americans who go to the Middle Eastern country to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching their nose and eyes with unwashed hands. 

Officials stress the virus is not easily transmitted.  They say only those who live with or care for an infected patient are at risk of becoming infected. 

Individuals who start to feel sick 14 days after traveling to the Middle East are being urged to contact their health care providers immediately and to stay home.

As of May 12, there have been 538 laboratory confirmed cases of MERS globally.  One hundred and forty-five of the patients have died.  In Saudi Arabia, officials said 450 cases have been reported with 112 deaths since the virus was first recognized in 2012. 

There is no vaccine or known treatment for the virus.


Salvaged blood reported
to be better than banked


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Blood salvaged and reused on a patient undergoing heart surgery appears to be healthier than blood obtained from a blood bank, according to a new study.
 
Steven Frank and a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that the more blood from a blood bank a patient was given, the more there was red blood cell damage.
 
This, researchers said, “renders the cells less flexible and less able to squeeze through a body’s smallest capillaries and deliver oxygen to tissues.”
 
For patients who were given five or more units of blood bank blood, the damage to the cells was evident “for at least three days after surgery.”
 
This, the researchers say, could increase the risk of hospital-acquired infections, longer hospital stays and increased risk of death.
 
“We now have more evidence that fresh blood cells are of a higher quality than what comes from a blood bank,” said Frank, an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins in a statement.
 
“If banked blood, which is stored for up to six weeks, is now shown to be of a lower quality, it makes more sense to use recycled blood that has only been outside the body for one or two hours,” he added. “It’s always been the case that patients feel better about getting their own blood, and recycling is also more cost effective.”
 
Blood salvaging or recycling first become used commonly during the HIV/AIDS crisis, but even though the blood supply is much safer now, Frank says the focus should be on salvaging because fresher blood is better.
 
The process of salvaging blood involves a machine called a cell saver. Blood collected from a patient undergoing surgery is collected and washed of fat and other unneeded tissue. Then the machine separates the red cells, which are given back to the patient.
 
Researchers said using recycled blood is more cost effective than using blood from a bank.
 
The American Association of Blood Banks, an international non-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine, called the study another part of the transfusion medicine puzzle.
 
“It’s clearly a viable alternative treatment,” said Eduardo Nunes, senior director of standards, advocacy and patient blood management at the association, adding that with some patients, most notably those who have experienced trauma, transfusions are the only viable option.
 
“Even though it’s a small study, it suggests the benefit of avoiding a transfusion if it can be,” said Nunes. “There do seem to be changes to what happens to banked blood over a long enough time.”

The Hopkins study was small, and focused only on 32 patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Twelve of the patients were given only their own recycled red blood cells, while 10 were given their own blood and fewer than five units of banked blood and 10 received some of their own blood and more than five units of banked blood.
 
Each was given a blood test before, during and after surgery to check how well the blood was carrying oxygen.
 
The researchers said that the more blood the patient received from a blood bank, the poorer the blood’s capability to carry oxygen was. In patients who received only their blood, the blood cells performed normally right away. Those who received the most bank blood had not recovered full blood function three days after surgery.
 
“If something is bad for you, a little bit might be OK, but a lot of it is much worse,” Frank said. “It turns out that blood is more like milk, which has a relatively short shelf life than a fine wine, which gets better with age.”
 
Blood salvaging is not an appropriate procedure for all surgeries, Frank said. Some hospitals are not always staffed with the right personnel to run the equipment, he said. But more importantly, not all surgeries cause enough blood loss to warrant the use of a cell saver.
 
Frank said he would recommend using recycled blood in any procedure in which a doctor might give one or more units of blood.
 
The process could have major benefits in the developing world, Frank said in an email, citing the greater risk of HIV or hepatitis transmission.
 
“There is also a huge shortage of blood in these countries,” he said. “If there were only the resources to purchase the equipment to make blood salvage more available, then this technology would be more widely utilized.”
 
Frank said the next step to making blood salvaging more widespread is to raise awareness among doctors about what surgical procedures “yield enough of this higher quality recycled blood to outweigh the costs of using the device.”
 
“This appears to be any procedure where one or more units of blood will be required for transfusion,” he said. “Blood salvage, or recycling is common in cardiac surgery but is underutilized in most other surgical specialties. Orthopedics, vascular, trauma, and transplant surgeries are those that benefit most outside of cardiac surgery."
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Customizing for your vision, lifestyle and budget.
 
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Our primary goal is to assist our clients with a smooth transition to occupancy while providing highly personalized and distinctive services. We have refined the process to be a hassle free experience, especially valuable for clients who live abroad.
Our custom furniture designs & manufacturing can be contracted independently.
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Email: info@casadelpacifico.com
Cell phone: (506) - 8707-8008
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Great deals available every week
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20.5 acres of pasture for as little as $2,400

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8339-5/23/14

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


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A Buyer’s Broker offering the best
of Costa Rica Real Estate.

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:

For more details go to:
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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Business for sale or lease (paid category)
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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Uruguayan president raps
smoking in
Obama chat 

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica warned U.S. President Barack Obama Monday of what he said is the mass murder of millions of people across the world from smoking.

In a White House meeting, the 78-year-old Mujica told Obama, a reformed smoker, of his country's efforts to preserve tough-anti-smoking laws. He said globally eight million smokers are dying annually.

"Mr. President, who is speaking is an old smokesman.  But in the world per year, eight million people are dying from smoking. And that is more than - worth more than World War I or II.  It is murder!  We are in an arduous fight, very arduous.  And we must fight against very strong interests.  Governments must not be involved in private litigation, but here we are fighting for life," said Mujica.

In 2006, Uruguay became the first Latin American country to enact a ban on smoking in enclosed public places. The South American nation requires large health warnings on tobacco packages.  But U.S. tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing Uruguay over the rules for $25 million at the World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Obama, speaking at the White House before the Uruguayan president, praised the commercial links between the two countries and Mujica's personal integrity.

"President Mujica personally has extraordinary credibility when it comes to issues of democracy and human rights given his strong values and personal history," Obama said.


Coeliac disease diagnosed
infrequently, new study says


By the University of  Nottingham news staff

Coeliac UK, the national charity for coeliac disease said today that new research from the University of Nottingham found a fourfold increase in the rate of diagnosed cases of coeliac disease in the United Kingdom over the past two decades, but that still three quarters of people with coeliac disease remain undiagnosed. ¹

The National Institute of Health & Care Excellence previously estimated that only 10  to  15 percent of those with coeliac disease had been diagnosed, however, this latest research by Joe West from University of Nottingham, funded by Coeliac UK and CORE has shown that the level of diagnosis has increased to 24 percent.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. Left untreated it may lead to infertility, osteoporosis and small bowel cancer. 1 in 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease, with the prevalence rising to 1 in 10 for close family members

The only treatment for coeliac disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and, once diagnosed, people with coeliac disease need to eliminate all gluten-containing foods and make sure they only eat gluten-free varieties.

Researchers identified the number of people diagnosed during the study period using the diagnostic codes for coeliac disease recorded in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

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Costa Rica formalizes El Salvador trade claim

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has decided to go ahead and file a formal complaint against the government of El  Salvador in a dispute over preferences in import duties.

The complaint is being filed under the Free Trade Treaty with the United States and Central America. The formal filing had been threatened in an effort to engage in negotiations.

Costa Rica said that El Salvador interprets the trade treaty as only providing favorable customs duty for items coming from the United States. The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior  is bringing the complaint and says Costa Rica insists that all the countries in the treaty are afforded import duty preferences.

An arbitration panel was set up in April, and the complaint goes there.