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That spook may have come from the volcano
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

If you live near Cartago and you think you are seeing ghosts, the apparition may not be Aunt Millie.

That also is true out on the Pacific earthquake belt.

Scientists generally discount the supernatural that cannot be demonstrated by evidence. So it is only natural that there are studies linking low-frequency sound emitted by volcanos or earthquakes with feelings of dread or even ghosts.

Researchers call 18.98 Hz the ghost frequency because of the effect it has on humans. One researcher even says that this frequency can cause tricks with the eyes.

New Zealand paranormal investigators reported an increase in ghost sighting after a major earthquake there one year. Of course, the ghost hunters attributed this increase in the collapse of houses and the jostling that disturbed the spooks. But one also could argue that aftershocks were producing low-frequency sounds that are not audible to human ears.

Ham radio operators know that there is a range of low-frequency sounds emitted by the earth itself. This may be one reason why dogs and horses can sense earthquakes before humans. Not all are in the ghost frequency range.

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There have been experiments in England that have shown that these frequencies can affect humans. There even is a book, "Ghosts in the Machine," that discusses the creation of low frequencies by fans and other devices in daily use.

With the Turrialba volcano continuing to act up, there is a good chance that low-frequency sounds are being created.

When gas and magma move up the vents, pressure is exerted on the interior volcano walls creating sounds that scientists can capture on sensitive instruments.  The sounds usually are 20 Hz and lower.

These low-frequency sound waves also can travel much further than audible sounds, hence the possibility of Aunt Millie.



Vandalized bridges expected to be in service today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's road agency said that the twin bridges leading to the proposed APM container handling facility in Moín have been repaired.

The bridges, constructed of those metal bailey spans, are expected to go into use today at 8 a.m.

Vandals using a torch to cut key members of the spans either the evening of April 25 or 26. They did so in a way that a bridge was set up to collapse the first time a truck passed over one. The bridges are over the Río Moín.

Officials at the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that the vandals must have had a lot of knowledge of the bridge to do so.

Fixing the spans cost 80 million colons, about $153,000.

The bridges carry trucks that are providing fill for the artificial island on which the $1 billion container facility will be located.

Suspicion has fallen on workers on the nearby public docks who fear the competition or on environmentalists who do not like the project's impact. Judicial agents are investigating.


Festival report contains enough blame to go around
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A report on the failed Festival International de las Artes described a confused bureaucracy, lapses in communication and lack of institutional oversight.

The 15-page report, prepared over the name of the minister of Cutura y Juventud, singles out Inti Picado Ovares and José Alfredo Chavarría who share the immediate responsibility for the collapsed festival.

Picado was director of a relatively new agency within the ministry called the Centro de Producción Artistica y Cultural.  Chavarría was a vice minister who was supposed to supervise Picado's work in setting up the festival and contracting performers.

Both have been dismissed from the ministry, and the minister herself, Elizabeth Fonseca, has submitted her resignation to President Luis Guillermo Solís.

Solís announced Tuesday night that he has named Sylvie Durán Salvatierra a vice minister to take over the ministry and give a

diagnosis and make recommendations related to the festival and other programs that still are to come.

The festival report suggests that Picado was overwhelmed with work. A final suggestion is to add five more employees to that entity.

The report also mentions the problems that the ministry had in getting approval for contracts. One problem was failing to contract a firm to provide sound and lights to outside events. But the report shows that this was not a surprise because the back and forth over budgets and proposed expenses went on for months.

The report also showed leadership weakness on the part of Minister Fonseca, who said that she has trouble communicating and getting Picado to come to meetings.

The problems with the festival were suspected well before the start in late April.

Some designers declined to work with the ministry because they assessed correctly that there was not enough time remaining to do the work required.

 
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Memorial Day services planed by Marines

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Marine Corps League Costa Rica plans a Memorial Day service Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at the Campo de Esperanza, Cemetery in San Antonio de Escazú.

Everyone is invited to attend, especially veterans and widows of veterans and their families, said the league. Admission is free.

The names of the United States of America military veterans who died in Costa Rica since the last Memorial Day ceremony will be read along with others from the past about whom the organization were recently notified, the league said.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, grew out of the casualties of the U.S. Civil War. The date was established formally in 1868. Since then there have been many wars and many more U.S. casualties. The league, of course, also honors veterans who have died.

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Retiree's book tells of child's monkey friend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Kevin A. Fortier learned as a boy that monkeys do not make great pets, so when he came to Costa Rica years later he constructed a book of a child's
encounter and continuing relationship with a wild monkey.

The book, which is on Amazon as both a Kindle and paperback is “Alex, the White Faced Monkey – Coming Out of the Forest.”

The setting is in Tilarán, which is not far from Fortier's home in Río Piedras. He said he had his earliest encounter with a monkey at his aunt's home in Connecticut where the animal was a caged pet.  He was not pleased with that arrangement even though he was still in elementary school.

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Fortier just conducted a school visit where a chapter of the book was read to students. He would like to do more.


Certain foreign avocados prohibited

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country has prohibited avocados from a number of countries including the State of Florida in the United States to protect against a disease called Sunblotch.

This is a disease that is caused by viroids, small strands of genetic material much smaller than a virus.

The disease reduces plant yield and can be passed on by grafting or through pollen. Other forbidden imports come from Australia, Spain, Ghana, Guatemala, Israel, México, South Africa and Venezuela.

Costa Rica has 2,000 hectares in avocado trees and produced 2,000 metric tons a year, said the Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado.

The agency also said that a survey of the country's trees showed that the disease was not present.


Another Art City Tour is tonight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Art City Tour, the evening event that carries visitors to major  cultural locations, is tonight.

The Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo said it has selected tonight to inaugurate three exhibits.
 
They are “Territorio infito” by Honduran artist Léster Rodríguez, “Dulce fetiche,” by Lucy Argueta, also of Honduras, and  “Over View,” curated by Sarah Bijlsma and Joyce Pennekamp, both of The Netherlands. The exhibit contains the works on video of 46 artists from around the world, said the museum.

The capital's museums are celebrating the International Day of Museums with the tours tonight. They begin at 5 and end at 9. Buses carry some visitors. Others go by bike. There are no admission charges.

This is the third such evening of the season, and these public institutions are awaiting visitors: Museos del Banco Central, Museo Calderón Guardia, Antigua Aduana, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, Museo de Arte Costarricense and Museo del Jade y la Cultura Precolombina. There also are dozens of galleries that participate.


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This is one of 23 pieces on display until June 15 at the  Galería Sophia Wanamaker in the Centro Cultural Costarricense – Norteamericano in Los Yoses. The artist is Michael Baker of the United States. The exhibition is called 'Evolutions.'


Entrepreneur promoting crunchy crickets

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An American businessman is hoping to add pulverized crickets to the American diet.

Americans are generally squeamish about eating bugs even though insects are a normal part of the diet for at least 2 billion people worldwide, with delicacies like fried caterpillars in Tanzania, chili-toasted grasshoppers in Mexico or crunchy giant water bugs in Thailand.

Charles Wilson, the founder and CEO of Cricket Flours (that's flour as in the white, powdery foodstuff) became interested in crickets as a protein supplement after learning he had food sensitivities to dairy, gluten and a variety of other ingredients, including a protein powder he was using to build muscle.

"I had always used it, but found I wasn't supposed to have it anymore,” he said. “So I started looking for alternative proteins and alternative food ingredients and I stumbled across cricket flour."

Wilson saw the potential for crickets to be more than just a replacement for his protein shakes, he also sensed a business opportunity.

At the time, Wilson was attending the University of Oregon's law school where he approached Omar Ellis, a friend studying at the business school.

Ellis distinctly remembers the conversation last year. "I was like, 'What's the idea?' He said, 'I want to sell protein powder made from crickets.' You could literally hear crickets at that point, because I am like, 'What? Really?’”

But Wilson was persuasive and Ellis became a co-founder and executive of Cricket Flours. These days he's out and about chirping about reasons to eat food made from insects and was recently offering product samples at a sustainability conference in Portland, Oregon.

"It's got more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk," Ellis said. "They're very sustainable. They take one-tenth the feed and one-sixth the water to get the same amount of protein that you would get from beef. It's quite amazing."

Reviews from conference attendees were mixed. One admitted with a laugh, "In any other form, I would never do this. It definitely might be something for the future. You never know."

Wilson describes the pure ground-up crickets as having a neutral taste, maybe in the slightly nutty direction. Ellis suggests consumers don't think of it as "eating crickets. You have to think of it as, 'I'm just going to take in a lot more protein now.'"

Ellis and Wilson's business buys dried, milled crickets in bulk from several U.S. wholesalers. The entrepreneurs resell the pure cricket flour online, as well as chocolate-flavored and baking mixes. The insect origins of the foods are unrecognizable without a label after processing.

Cricket Flours is one of more than a dozen North American startups in the edible insects niche. Others are focused on cricket farming or selling energy bars or snacks made with cricket powder. Ellis said it takes about 5,000 crickets to make a pound of flour. That makes the end product, regardless of the form it takes, relatively expensive.



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This is the start of what the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. calls the biggest storage tank in the country. It is for 350,000 barrels of diesel. This and other
improvements at the Moín facility of the petroleum monopoly cost $43.2 million. Included are smaller tanks for gasoline and bunker.


Convictions put spotlight on retail store money laundering here
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Convictions announced Tuesday put a spotlight on the business practice of laundering money for drug gangs.

The convictions Tuesday morning were the result of a chance encounter by police who responded to a noise complaint at a San José hotel.

That was Dec. 18, 2013, when Fuerza Pública officers noticed a plastic bag amid the hotel room party. The bag contained More than $586,000. The two room occupants, a Honduran and a Guatemalan, faced money laundering charges that resulted in convictions Tuesday in the I Circuito Judicial Tribunal Penal de San José. They were identified by the Poder Judicial as  Francisco Cabral and Alfredo Arriola. They received 12 years in prison each.

A month after their arrest, a woman contacted investigators in
an effort to reclaim the money. The Poder Judicial said the
 woman claimed that she was swindled by the two men in a deal to buy property. Investigators did not accept her story.

Agents alleged that she was using her clothing store to launder money. The Poder Judicial identified her as Jéssica Morales and said she was sentenced to 14 years. Two other women are fugitives.

The full extent of money laundering activities by business operators in Costa Rica is not known. However, there are plenty of storefronts that seem to have no customers where the owners report significant income each month and pay the appropriate sales tax and income tax.

Some have admitted to reporters that they have been approached by drug gangs and offered up to 40 percent of the amount laundered.

In the Tuesday case, the money becomes the property of the  Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas.


Windy weather expected to stick round for several days
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The wind is expected to continue for several days more, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

The wind reduces the chance of heavy rain in the Central Valley, but there is a downside.

The weather tends to draw humidity from the Caribbean and cause cloudiness and rain on the Caribbean coast and in the northern zone, the institute said.

Still, the Central Valley stands a chance of light rain, as some
sections experienced Tuesday afternoon. The Pacific coast should be sunny in the morning with a chance of showers and thunderstorms later in the day, the institute said.

There was rain on the Caribbean coast and in the northern zone Tuesday.

The Central Valley saw windy weather Tuesday, and the weather institute predicted winds of from 40 to 70 kph for the next few days. That's 25 to 44 mph.

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New U.N. report promotes food value of well-managed forest crops
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Forests can help to reduce hunger and improve nutrition for millions of people, according to a major report released at the United Nations. 

The world population is expected to climb to 9 billion by 2050.  By that time the demand for food will double.  Accommodating those future needs is a concern today, especially for the more than 800 million people who go to bed hungry.

In its report, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the world’s largest network of forest scientists, notes that healthy forests provide half the fresh fruit humans consume. They produce valuable commodities like coffee, avocados, cashews and other seeds popular on the world market. 

The products are also rich in vitamins, proteins and other nutrients. The iron content of dried seeds of the African locust bean and raw cashew nut are comparable with, or even higher than, that of chicken meat, the report says.

Tree foods can also be a safety net for people living in and around the forest, said Bhaskar Vira, director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and chairman of the union panel that wrote the report.

He compared it to an insurance policy. “Having access to tree-based foods is hugely important when you can’t buy food from other sources or when you can’t produce food because your fields have failed,” he said.

Yet agriculture is a major driver of deforestation. Vira said the two can co-exist, even complement each other, if managed properly.

“The neglect of those forest foods is one of the reasons why people are willing to clear them and convert them over to

agriculture," he said. "We are arguing that you should think about that landscape as a much more integrated production landscape.” 

Agricultural yields in one place, Vira added, can free up other areas to retain trees and the products and services they provide.

What keeps people hungry is often not lack of food, but lack of access to that food and control over its production, Vira said. “When people have greater control over the resources, forest health, its economic value and the lives of the people improve,” he said.

Take, for example, the locally managed agro-forestry project in Ghana where people hope to reap profits from Allanblackia, a fruit-bearing plant. The oil from its seed can be used in soaps, beauty products and food.  According to project coordinator Okai Michael Henchard, communities "get additional income.  They get trees on their land.  It provides shade and then collectively we restore the land.”

“Allanblackia also sequesters carbon,” he added, “so it is helping to fight climate change.”

Vira cautioned that overharvest can bring ruin. “We don’t want to be in a situation where we are overexploiting this resource and then reducing its long-term sustainability," he said. "So we have to be quite vigilant, especially when you get market value imposed on these commodities and the desire for short-term profitability sometimes competing with the long-term sustainability of the resource.”

The report underscores the importance of reimagining forested and agricultural landscapes through careful management and good governance. Vira said that approach, if done right, can help alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide.

Sixty scientists from around the world collaborated in the publication.

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The Villas De Oros is a jungle paradise with the whole of the Osa within your reach, plus many local activities. Our five villas and suites are unique, sleeping between  two or four guests. They were built to reflect a love and respect for nature. We are happy to serve a wide variety of travelers, families, couples on romantic escapes and adventures seekers. We are near beautiful beaches, many national parks, fine dining and local fare. We are a small hotel, but we will do all we can to help make arrangements for you to insure your adventure of a lifetime!  Please let us know if you will need help with transportation arrangements and what tours you are interested in. Our moderately priced accommodations give you the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding jungle. With river and ocean views as well as an abundance of wildlife, you are sure to enjoy your stay. All four villas have kitchen facilities, two with full inside kitchens and three with mini-kitchens on the balconies overlooking the jungle. We are frequented almost daily by monkeys, macaws, toucans, iguanas, and many other fascinating creatures of Costa Rica. See more at  www.villasdeoros.com  
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Mar de Luz
Hotel Mar de Luz
Designed for families to provide peaceful & ecologically balanced environment, where all can enjoy healthy & pollution free stay. Built in harmony with nature & were used to reflect a subtropical atmosphere. Main source of energy is sunlight, converted by solar panels on the roofs. High quality services at a reasonable cost allowing guests to enjoy dream holiday at an attractive rate. Come and enjoy a great vacation. Comfortable accommodation, personalized services and quality amenities. Cosy rooms, breakfast, pools, architectural design, surrounded by lush vegetation in beautiful tropical gardens with coconut, almond, etc. Address : Jacó  beach, next to Subway Restaurant, Avenida Pastor Díaz, Costa Rica. Local phone (506) 2643-3000. Email: info@mardeluz.com.  Web page: www.mardeluz.com.

Hotel Playa Bejuco
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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: info@hotelplayabejuco.com   Web page www.hotelplayabejuco.com.
8665-10/24/15

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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: lagringo2003@yahoo.com
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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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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 emilyanneaston@gmail.com
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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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Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
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Train wreck near Philadelphia
leaves five dead, six hurt badly


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia said five people were killed when a commuter train derailed outside the city late Tuesday night.

Multiple emergency units responded when the Amtrak train carrying at least 243 passengers and crew went off the tracks during a trip from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Nutter said six cars and the train's engine were involved in the crash, which he described to reporters as an absolute, disastrous mess. 

More than 200 firefighters and police officers swarmed the darkened crash site with flashlights searching for any passengers who may be trapped in the wreckage. Television footage showed many passengers covered with blood. Six passengers were critically injured.

One of the passengers, former congressman Patrick Murphy, took photos of the wreckage and rescue operations and sent them out via Twitter.

Amtrak, the government-funded national passenger rail service, has cancelled service between Washington and New York. The National Transportation Safety Board said a team of investigators will arrive at the crash site Wednesday morning to begin a formal investigation.


Nail salons in New York face
new rules after paper's article


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Officials in New York said they will crack down on unlawful conditions in the nail salon industry following an investigative report published in The New York Times.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced the launch of a multi-agency Enforcement Task Force that will move immediately to prevent unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions in the industry.

The group will consist of elements from New York’s departments of State, Labor, Health, Taxation and Commerce, as well as the Worker’s Compensation Committee.

Some of the emergency measures include implementing new health and safety regulations for the manicure/pedicure industry, taking legal action to regain back wages for workers and issuing notices and fines for illegal behavior.

Some of the new safety requirements include having employees wear gloves and surgical masks, use personal electrical fans and require the nail salon to have good ventilation. Businesses also will be required to carry financial insurance to ensure that employees get paid.

Nail salons also will be required to post employee compensation and safe employment rights in six different languages.

Salons that have received a written warning from the police also will be required to place a notice in their shop window of that warning. Many of the workers are not lawful residents of the United States, but police say they will not check the immigration status of workers when investigating these kinds of cases.

Shasha, a former owner of a nail salon in New York who only wanted her first name used, said she did not think the pay for nail salon employees is as bad as it was described in the article.

But she said the working conditions are very poor. She said most of the shop owners in this industry don’t buy insurance for their employees and there are no fans to ventilate the air, leading many employees to suffer from skin or eye irritations.

“Go ask a dermatologist, they all know," she said.

Edward Fang is the executive director of Indochina Sino-American Community Center. He said a 55-year-old Vietnamese American told him last week that he couldn’t work in nail salons anymore after two decades in the industry.

The main issue is that the chemical odor is too strong, he said. "He worked almost 20 years and his health was really bad. Both his appetite and sense of smell were seriously decreased. His health broke down and he had no strength," Fang said.

Many harmful chemicals are used in the nail industry, including dibutyl phthalate, methylbenzene and formaldehyde, all of which have been linked to birth defects and leukemia. The New York Times report said many female workers suffered from miscarriages or other illnesses.

Li Jinjin, a licensed lawyer in New York, said the governor’s announcement is very positive for protecting employees, no matter where they came from and what language they speak.

He thought the measures the state is taking will improve wage, insurance and unlicensed business problems, but only in the short term.

“First, competition is relatively serious. Because Koreans have opened many, in recent years many Chinese have sprung up. The Chinese mutually depress prices, and just like the Koreans, they have staked everything, so prices are comparatively lower than the Koreans.'”


Obama seeks more effort
to reduce poverty in U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama challenged Americans Tuesday to do more to alleviate poverty in the United States and close the widening income equality gap between the country's wealthy and its middle class and impoverished people.

At a conference on poverty at Georgetown University in Washington, Obama said there is no reason one of the world's most prosperous nations cannot do more to create a more equal society.  He traded thoughts with a newspaper columnist, a public policy professor from Harvard University and the president of one of the country's leading business lobbies.

Obama said the U.S. has "been able to lessen poverty when we decide to do something about it." The country, he said, faces a basic question of how much will it has to do more.

"What portion of our collective wealth and budget are we willing to invest in those things that allow a poor kid in a rural town or in Appalachia or in the inner city to access what they need, both in terms of mentors and social networks, as well as decent books and computers and so forth in order for them to succeed?" Obama asked. "And right now, they don't have those things."

The president said no one wants to be poor, but that people are often born into poverty or face difficult early years, often through lack of employment for their parents, poorly equipped schools or abandonment of their fathers, as was the case for Obama in his youth.

"It's hard being poor," Obama said. "People don't like being poor.  It's time-consuming.  It's stressful.  It's hard."

He said alleviating poverty would take political will and government spending. "It will cost us some money. It's not free," he said.

Obama said the best anti-poverty program is a job, but that governments at the federal, state and local levels in the U.S. have often abandoned programs they once funded that improved education and aided those who most needed help.

He noted that the wage gap between corporate leaders and average workers had widened precipitously in the United States, and he attacked the Republican-controlled Congress for refusing to alter a specific tax break that benefits wealthy hedge fund managers.

"If we can't ask society's lottery winners to make a contribution," he said, "then this conversation is just for show."


U.S. Cuban policy is focus
of discussion on Internet


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In an effort to clarify the United States’ changing policies toward Cuba, two State Department experts took to the popular Web site Reddit to answer questions from the public.
 
In December last year, President Obama announced sweeping changes detailed in a White House statement. Those changes took effect in January.
 
Seth Wyngowski and Benjamin Barron, State Department experts on Cuba sanctions policy, held the session Tuesday to explain what the policy changes mean.
 
One question many had when Obama announced the changes was why now?
 
“President Obama's new direction on Cuba recognizes that our past approach of isolation has not led to a democratic and prosperous Cuba,” Wyngowski and Barron wrote. “With this new direction, we are replacing isolation with engagement.”
 
While the officials didn’t speculate on a date for a potential U.S. embassy in Havana, they said there have been discussions with the Cuban government on the topic
 
“We feel that a U.S. Embassy in Havana will help the Cuban people and advance our interests and we hope to reopen soon,” they wrote.
 
Other topics are also currently being discussed between the two countries, they said.
 
“Cuba is discussing with us issues including migration, law enforcement, civil aviation, access to information, the environment, human rights, health, and trafficking in persons,” they wrote. “In late March, for example, U.S. Ambassador Sepulveda visited Cuba for meetings on telecommunications. We hope to identify more areas of mutual concern as our communications continue to grow.” They mean Daniel A. Sepulveda.
 
One measure the Obama administration took was to begin the process of removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The officials explained the process:
 
“On April 14, the President submitted to Congress the required report and certification indicating that administration's intent to rescind Cuba's state sponsor of terrorism designation,” they wrote. “The rescission of the designation can go into effect no sooner than 45 days after Congress receives the report and certification. If Congress does not block the proposed rescission within that period, the secretary of State will then take the final decision to rescind the designation.”
 
When asked about Cuban immigration to the U.S., the officials said simply that “safe, legal, and orderly migration is still a top priority of the United States” and that “the Cuban Adjustment Act remains in place.”
 
Another question concerned whether the U.S. would send money to Cuba.
The officials said that the January changes “quadrupled the quarterly remittances limit on Cuban nationals and authorized unlimited remittances to Cuba to support humanitarian projects and to support the Cuban people through activities of independent organizations and to support the development of private businesses.”
 
And while there are many changes in U.S. policy, the officials were quick to point out that the controversial embargo requires an act of Congress to change.
 
“As President Obama said in Panamá, we encourage Congress to begin the work of lifting the embargo as soon as possible,” they wrote.
 
Some in Congress, including Sen. Marco Rubio, have voiced opposition to lifting the embargo.
 
“I don’t know of a single contemporary, reluctant tyranny that has become a democracy because of more trade and tourists,” the Republican senator from Florida told US News and World Reports in January after Obama called for lifting the embargo during the State of the Union address.
 
But the State Department officials told Redditors Tuesday that there would be increased opportunities for some U.S. businesses.
 
“The new regulations create important opportunities for U.S. companies in areas, such as telecommunications, Internet-based services, support for Cuba's nascent private sector, and others,” they wrote. “The U.S. business community has an important role to play in our new approach.”
 
Travel remains a hot topic regarding U.S.-Cuba relations, but the warming relationship won’t make American tourism in Cuba legal yet.
 
“Americans are not permitted to travel to Cuba for touristic purposes,” they wrote. “However, Americans are permitted to travel to Cuba for 12 specific purposes . . . .”
 
When asked about a timeframe for U.S. tourism in Cuba, they answered “No one has a crystal ball, but reintroducing touristic travel to Cuba would require Congressional action. “
 
And about that burning question of Cuban cigars?
 
“With respect to Cuban cigars, Americans returning to the United States from Cuba on authorized travel are permitted to import up to $100 in alcohol or tobacco products as accompanied baggage,” they wrote.
 

Protests follow decision
not to charge Wisconsin cop


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A white police officer in Wisconsin won't be charged for fatally shooting an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man in March. The announcement of that decision Tuesday led to protests in Wisconsin’s capital city of Madison. The victim's family has appealed to the public to keep demonstrations peaceful.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told reporters the evidence he reviewed supports officer Matt Kenny’s decision to use lethal force while responding to a disturbance involving Tony Robinson, Jr., at his home in Madison the night of March 6. Kenny shot Robinson seven times in the ensuing encounter.

“I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of the lawful use of deadly force, and that no charges will be brought against Officer Kenny in the death of Tony Robinson Jr.,” Ozanne said. “My decision will not bring Tony Robinson Junior back.  My decision will not end the racial disparities that exist in the justice system, in our justice system.”

The decision to clear Officer Kenny of any charges drew criticism from Robinson’s family.

“When we look at the facts of this case, it’s a 19-year-old kid who is dead, and he was unarmed and a call was placed to help him," said Turin Carter, Robinson's uncle.

Carter said that while he hoped for a different outcome, he isn’t surprised by Ozanne’s decision.

Carter was among family members who gathered not far from the place where the March shooting occurred, to take part in the protest of the decision.

“The overwhelming sentiment is that of just remorse, and frustration with the system,” Carter said.

Though it is not the outcome the family of Tony Robinson Jr. had hoped for, they have appealed to the public who have gathered to protest here in Madison for calm, in an effort to prevent violence and unrest.

There have been numerous protests in Madison since Robinson’s death.  All have been peaceful.

So was the protest march by hundreds to the Wisconsin State Capitol hours after the decision was announced.

But Robinson’s grandmother Sharon Irwin said no amount of news coverage of the protests can ease her pain.

"One day I hope you have the opportunity to know who he was because I will miss him the rest of my life when you guys go home and don’t deal with this anymore." she said.  "This is a forever thing for me.  And I just want to say this is politics, and not justice.”

More demonstrations are planned as attorneys for Robinson’s family say they continue their own investigation into his death.

The shooting of Robinson is the latest in a series of police confrontations that have raised concerns about excessive force and racial discrimination by police.




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San Isidro de Heredia. Great lot with 3 houses. $3,200,000 single story. 1,505 m2 Lot: 37,419m2  Click HERE!
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Finca Las Trufas, San Ramon-Esparza, Price: $3,900,000 Farm and ranch. Single story 1,500 m2. on 25 hectares Click HERE!

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CoopeAgri Real Estate

The best option in real estate services in southern Costa Rica and the South Pacific coast. We are professionals promoting properties such as farms, lots, ranches, commercial premises, homes and apartments, through our advertising and marketing services.
Are you buying a property? Our experienced team is ready to help you to find the right place. Are you selling? We are experts selling properties.  Keep it simple. Don't waste your time. We are  the best local and international listing.  Contact us, and we will be glad to assist you!
E-mail: bienesraices@coopeagri.co.cr
Local CR Phones: (506) 2785-0282 or  (506) 2785-0278
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8563-4.15.15

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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
8554-6/15/14

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Re/Max Ocean Surf and Sun:

The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and commercial real estate.  Call us: Ocean Surf and Sun Int. Realty Ldta at 011 (506) 2653-0073 or send us an email at: info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com
8583-1/27/16

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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8655-10/21/15

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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: mmpeace@hotmail.com 
Check out slide show HERE!
8671-6/30/15

volacano
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!
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  lafortunaguy@gmail.com
or phone (506) 8377-8402.
8552-5/20/15

Lantz
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:  angelsdad@me.com
8661-6/20/15

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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For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8657-7/14/15

Orosi
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 www.costaricavalleyhotel.com
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107
8652-5/7/15

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 gsmboss@hotmail.com. See this Web site:
http://costaricarealestate.jimdo.com/
8651-5/7/15

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: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8648-7/29/14

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 azucarb@racsa.co.cr or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.
8679-5/17/15

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 toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515 ivo@godutchrealty.com
8524-6/5/15

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: costarenas@ice.co.cr   Web: www.costa-arenas.com
8573-4/15/15

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site: costaricalandsales.com
email: kim@costaricalandsales.com

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.
8406-8/2/14

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Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.
8863-6/13/15

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Trade promotion authority suffers setback

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A proposed 12-nation Pacific Rim free-trade pact supported by the Obama administration stumbled Tuesday in its first major congressional test when the U.S. Senate voted against considering so-called fast-track authority that would make trade accords immune to congressional changes, subject only to up-or-down votes.

Tuesday’s 52-45 vote fell short of the three-fifths backing required to begin debate on trade promotion authority. Nearly unified Democrats voted no out of concerns that the bill fails to address the needs of displaced American workers, alleged currency manipulation by China and trade enforcement.

“We are not going to send American workers out on their own to navigate the choppy waters of global trade without protections that make this a fair fight,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, a Democrat. “You cannot enforce a trade deal if you pre-bake the cake to leave the enforcement provisions behind.”

The Senate’s Republican majority leader expressed disappointment over the vote, noting that trade promotion authority passed the Finance Committee with bipartisan backing last month.

“There are always limits to what can be accomplished when the American people choose divided government,” Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell said. “But of course it does not mean that Washington shouldn’t work toward bipartisan solutions."

Republican free-trade backers pledged to revisit the issue and said opponents’ concerns could be addressed once floor debate began.

“The question for today is not how the debate will proceed, but whether it will proceed at all,” said Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah, who co-authored the trade promotion authority bill.  “Let’s keep in mind that 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, and that if we want our farmers, our ranchers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs to be able to compete in the world marketplace, we need to be actively working to break down barriers for American exports.”

At stake is the ability to conclude an ambitious free-trade accord between 12 Pacific Rim nations that account for 40 percent of global economic output. If approved, it would be President Barack Obama’s crowning trade achievement. Paradoxically, it faces fierce opposition from many lawmakers of the president’s Democratic Party, like Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

“There are losers and winners from this action,” said Brown. “The losers are those who lose their jobs, the small businesses that go out of business and the communities that get hurt by this. How do you ignore them?”

McConnell put the debate in geostrategic terms and America’s commitment to the Pacific Rim. “If we care about preserving and extending American leadership in the 21st century, then we cannot cede the most dynamic region in the world to China. It’s true from a national security perspective, and it’s true from an economic perspective,” he said.

Trade’s impact on American jobs makes it especially contentious for lawmakers. “Trade is a controversial issue. It’s important to America’s economy,” said Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat. “But when you take it home, and you meet with people you represent, there are strong mixed feelings about trade.”

Tuesday’s vote is far from the end of debate on Capitol Hill. Although most pro-free trade Democrats voted against launching debate Tuesday, many said they were eager to reach an agreement that would allow floor deliberations on trade promotion authority — and the trade pacts it would facilitate — to go forward.




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