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Appointment of key Solís minister is challenged
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court said Tuesday night that it would study the status of the new minister of the Presidencia.

The minister is Melvin Jiménez Marín, who also happens to be a Lutheran bishop.

The administration of  Luis Guillermo Solís has contended that a constitutional  bar to appointing religious persons to the post of ministers applies only to members of the Roman Catholic faith.

But an appeal by a citizen raised the question.

The appeal is based on Article 142 of the Costa Rican Constitution that says clearly that to become a government minister a person must be in the secular state. There is no reference to the particular religion. In Spanish the line reads ser del estado segular.

A valid candidate must be Costa Rican by birth or have become a naturalized citizen and lived in the
country 10 years. The candidate must be 25 years or older.

Jiménez has been a bishop since April 2008.

The Poder Judicial which issued the statement from the Sala IV only said that the appeal was filed by someone named Orozco. There was no indication when the constitutional court would actually study the case and take a vote.

The person is most likely Justo Orozco, who just completed a term in the legislature.  Orozco is an opponent to gay marriage, and in 2012 Jiménez was critical of his position in a pastoral letter he sent to fellow Lutherans. He told them not to be afraid of changes.

Although the decision appears to be a slamdunk, the court has taken strange detours in the past. For example, it said that Óscar Arias Sánchez could run for a second presidential term even though the Constitution at the time forbade this. Basically the court threw out the constitutional prohibition.


Lawmaker broaches subject of nation's finances
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As expected, discussion at the legislature has now turned to the government's shaky finances.

Lorelly Trejos Salas brought up the topic Tuesday during open discussion in the full legislature. She called the current financial situation unsustainable and noted that the budget deficit was getting worse and reaching the level of a national emergency.

The Heredia lawmaker noted that the deficit that had been 5.4 percent of the gross domestic product in 2013 has reached 6 percent this year and is expected to reach 6.5 percent next year. That means red ink totalling 6.5 percent of the value of all goods and services produced within the country in a year.

The lawmaker also noted that 42.7 percent of  the 2014 national budget is financed with debt.

Ms. Trejos happens to be a member of the Partido Liberación Nacional, which has held the presidency for the last eight years. Such criticism of the handling of the national finances could be expected of lawmakers from other political parties. But the speech by Ms. Trejos suggests that the new group of her party's lawmakers who took office May 1 are serious about attacking the deficit.

President Luis Guillermo Solís, before he was elected, said he would not ask for new taxes for at least two years into his term. But other members of his Acción Ciudadana party have
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Both Acción Ciudadana and Liberación Nacional generally have the same philosophy on taxes in that they believe in taxing the wealth heavily and distributing the proceeds to the poor.

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They call it  bajonazo when a crook sticks a gun in the face of a motorist at a stop light and forces the driver from the car.

There has been a decrease in the number of cases after investigators knocked over several firms dealing in used part that were ready markets for stolen cars.

But the crime reared its head in Barreal de Heredia, but Fuerza Pública officers caught two suspects in the stolen vehicle not far from the crime scene.

Once again the suspects, who were being presented to the flagrancy court, have records of crimes. One, identified by the last names of Céspedes Chávez, has a drug crime, an aggravated robbery and simple robbery on his record. The second, identified by the last names of  Wiltshire Beckford, has a record of rape, drugs, simple and aggravated robbery and threatening with a firearm, said the Fuerza Pública.


Seven lawmakers unite
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The province of Limón now has its own caucus in the legislature.

Seven lawmakers from six political parties have formed a group to push for development in the Caribbean province.

They are Danny Hayling of Liberación, Luis Vásquez of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana, Gerardo Vargas of Frente
Amplio, Abellino Esquivel of Renovación Costarricense, Carmen Quesada of Movimiento Libertario  and Marlene Madrigal and Epsy Campbell, both of Acción Ciudadana.

A statement said that the lawmakers would push for widening of Ruta 32, the generation of economic and educational opportunities, security, development of the ports and airport, agricultural development, the promotion of tourism, the promotion of a special economic zone for the Chinese, the construction of a new petroleum refinery and promotion of the government project Limón Ciudad Puerto.

The group also seeks to change the Costa Rican Constitution to declare the country multiethnic and also establish autonomy for the native populations, the group said.

The lawmakers said they would meet next Tuesday with Ann Mc Kinley, who now heads the state agency that runs the ports in the province.

The group is calling itself the Fracción Caribe.


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Robbery suspect, 29 illegals
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A multi-agency force swept through a downtown section of  San José Tuesday and turned up 29 illegal persons.

The police and representatives of other agencies visited 32 businesses, many of them bars or strip clubs.

Involved were the Policía Municipal, the immigration police, the tax police, the Patronato de la Infancia, which is the child protection agency, and traffic police.

Officers were able to encounter one man who was the subject of an arrest warrant for aggravated robbery.

The sweep was to the west and south of the center of town along  Avenida 8 and Calle 6. This is an area where there are a number of bars and adult entertainment operations best described as seedy.

The tax police were able to locate a storage facility that contained 700 bottles of alcohol. The owners of the bottles were unable to produce a sales document showing taxes have been paid, police said.

During the sweep officers said they were able to detain one man who was accused of stealing a wallet from a women in a bar. He seemed to have been unaware of the police presence.

Offices also confiscated a revolver that was being carried illegally.

The sweep is believed to be part of the effort promised by the new administration of the security ministry to concentrate on prevention.


Another quake off Panamá
reported Tuesday night


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Laboratorio de Ingenieria Sismica reported a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that struck at 11:28 p.m. Tuesday.

The epicenter was about the same location as that of a 6.5 magnitude quake that took place early Tuesday. The spot was in the Pacific off the coast of Panamá.

The Laboratorio said the epicenter  was 88.9 kilometers south southeast of Laurel de Corredores. The location is right at the Middle American Trench where the Cocos tectonic plate is pushing under the Caribbean plate.

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Municipal strike ends with accord to purchase more garbage trucks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Municipalidad de San José and striking employees reached an agreement Monday night, and the walkout ended.

A key element of the agreement was a study of the contract now held by a private garbage hauler. The Defensoría de los Habitantes  will make the study. The agreement is with Promotora Ambiental, S.A.B. de C.V. of Monterey, México, which signed an initial agreement with the municipality in late June 2012.

Another aspect of the settlement is that the private firm will only serve in a supporting role and that the collection of garbage will remain the work of the municipality. The employees union was worried about privatization.
Mayor Sandra García Pérez  was involved in the negotiations.  

Employees walked out Monday and said part of their complaint was the poor shape of the vehicles used to collect garbage.

The mayor agreed to begin the purchase two more trucks this month and then two more with any surplus in the municipal budget at the end of the fiscal year.

In addition, the municipality agreed not to take any action against striking workers or to dock their pay, according to a summary provided by the union.

The municipality also agreed that it has no plans to privatize its guard service or the Policía Municipal.

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Investigators seek help in locating paintings stolen in Heredia this year
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial investigators are seeking the help from the public to locate three oil paintings that were stolen from a home in Santa Bárbara  de Heredia.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the theft happened toward the end of March and the beginning of April. The homeowner, a man in his 70s, did not notice the theft for some time.

He is believed to be a  collector with many paintings and objects in the home.

Judicial investigators did not name him, but the works are widely known to have been in the collection of historian Milton Arguedas Salas.

The paintings are a 1944 work  called "Rumbo a la ciudad" by Pedro Ortíz,  "Retrato," done in 1934 by  Fausto Pacheco, and the  1930
work called   "Retrato niña Herediana" by Rigoberto Moya.

The works were stolen frame and all. Judicial investigators said that they are collectively valued at 150 million colons, about $280,000. Judicial investigators obtained photos of the works from art books.

Any leads can be emailed to judicial police at  cicooij@poder-judicial.go.cr.

Paintings frequently are targeted by sophisticated thieves who have a place to sell them. Some private collectors will buy stolen works because they are cut rate.

There have been severals thefts in the last few years. A notable crime was at the Escazú home of Jonathon Harris  in October 2011.

No one was home but the crooks arrived ready to commit a robbery.  They wore ski masks, said judicial investigators at the time.

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Coral reported to be an effective buffer against damaging waves
By the  U. S. Geological Survey news staff

Stronger storms, rising seas, and flooding are placing hundreds of millions people at risk around the world, and big part of the solution to decrease those risks is just off shore. A new study finds that coral reefs reduce the wave energy that would otherwise impact coastlines by 97 percent.

“Coral reefs serve as an effective first line of defense to incoming waves, storms and rising seas,” said Michael Beck, lead marine scientist of The Nature Conservancy and a co-author of the study. “200 million people across more than 80 nations are at risk if coral reefs are not protected and restored.”

Published in the journal Nature Communications, this study by an international team of researchers from the University of Bologna, The Nature Conservancy, U. S. Geological Survey, Stanford University and University of California – Santa Cruz, provides the first global synthesis of the contributions of coral reefs to risk reduction and adaptation across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

“This study illustrates that the restoration and conservation of coral reefs is an important and cost effective solution to reduce risks from coastal hazards and climate change,” said Filippo Ferrario, lead author from the University of Bologna.

Key results from the study:

- Coral reefs provide substantial protection against natural hazards by reducing wave energy by an average of 97 percent (studies across all tropical oceans).
- The reef crest, or shallowest part of the reef where the waves break first, dissipates 86 percent of wave energy on its own.

- The median cost for building artificial breakwaters is $19,791 per meter, compared to $1,290 per meter for coral reef restoration projects.

"Coral reefs are wonderful natural features that, when healthy, can provide comparable wave reduction benefits to many artificial coastal defenses and adapt to sea-level rise” said Curt Storlazzi a co-author from the U. S. Geological Survey. “This research shows that coral reef restoration can be a cost-effective way to decrease the hazards coastal communities face due to the combination of storms and sea-level rise."

“While there are many concerns about the future of corals reefs in the face of climate change,” Fiorenza Micheli of Stanford University said, “there are still many reasons for optimism about the future of coral reefs particularly if we manage other local stressors such as pollution and development.”

The study found that there are 197 million people worldwide who can receive risk reduction benefits from coral reefs alone or may have to bear higher costs of disasters if the reefs are degraded.

These are people in villages, towns, and cities who live in low, risk prone coastal areas below 10 meters elevation and within 50 kilometers of coral reefs.

Conservation efforts are most often directed to more remote reefs, however the study suggests there should also be a focus on reefs closer to the people who will directly benefit from reef restoration.

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EU makes Moldova deal
 to warn off the Russians


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says the EU will sign a major economic and political agreement with Moldova June 27.  He also warned against external pressure in remarks apparently aimed at Russia.
 
Van Rompuy was in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, Tuesday, saying Moldova belongs to Europe by its history, geography, and culture.  He also said it is a key player to restore stability and boost much-needed prosperity in that part of the continent.
 
Van Rompuy said the EU rejects what he called any external pressure on Moldovan sovereignty and territorial integrity.
 
Russia has more than 1,000 troops in Transdniestria, the breakaway Russian-speaking region of Moldova that declared independence in 1990, a move that no other country, including Russia, has recognized.
 
The Association Agreement will bring Moldova another step closer to possible European Union membership.


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 Washington University in St. Louis photo
13-year-old Sydney Kendall displays her new pink arm


Girl's pink prosthetic arm
is product of 3D printer

By the Washington University in St. Louis news staff

Thirteen-year-old Sydney Kendall had one request for the Washington University in St. Louis students building her a robotic prosthetic arm: Make it pink.

Kendall Gretsch, Henry Lather and Kranti Peddada, seniors studying biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, accomplished that and more. Using a 3-D printer, they created a robotic prosthetic arm out of bright-pink plastic. Total cost: $200, a fraction of the price of standard prosthetics, which start at $6,000.

“Currently, prosthetics are very expensive, and because kids keep growing, it is too costly for them to have the latest technology,” said the girl's mother, Beth Kendall. “With the 3-D printer, a prosthetic can be made much less expensive. The possibilities of what can be done to improve prosthetics using this technology is very exciting.”

Miss Kendall lost her right arm in a boating accident when she was 6 years old. She learned to write with her left hand, but found most tasks difficult to accomplish with her prosthetic arm. Sydney said her new arm is easy to manipulate. By moving her shoulder, she can direct the arm to throw a ball, move a computer mouse and perform other tasks.

Peddada said it was thrilling to observe Sydney use her arm.

“It really showed us the great things you can accomplish when you bridge medicine and technology,” Peddada said.

The students developed the robotic hand as part of their engineering design course.

This prosthetic is battery-powered and controlled with an accelerometer like in the iPhone.

Prosthetic limbs are tricky for patients of any age, and especially for children, noted Goldfarb, because they’re still growing and need to move to larger-sized devices on a regular basis. Since prosthetics have no sensation, some kids are more comfortable making do with their existing natural limbs, he added.

While 3-D printers can cost about $2,500, they are capable of producing artificial limbs at a relatively low individual cost.


Song show winner in drag
not appreciated in Russia

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The outcome of Sunday's Eurovision Song Contest is causing a backlash in Russia and escalating tensions with Europe that were already high over the crisis in Ukraine.  The annual song contest is watched by an estimated 180 million people across 45 countries and this year's winner, from Austria, has provoked strong reactions. 

'Rise Like A Phoenix’ by singer Conchita Wurst was a performance that won Austria the Eurovision Song Contest crown Sunday, after it received more votes than the 25 other finalists.
 
It’s the performer’s appearance that got the headlines. Conchita is a man dressed as a woman with long hair and a full beard.

Wurst called it a victory for European values.
 
"It was a victory not just for me, but also for those people who believe in a future that functions without discrimination and which is based on tolerance and respect," said Wurst.
 
Those words were widely seen as a swipe at Russia. Last year, the Russian government introduced laws against what it called homosexual propaganda.
 
In Moscow, there was widespread incredulity at Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision victory.
 
"The result was unbelievably awful. It shows how much the cult of homosexuality is flourishing in Europe. This was just a horrifying event, and God forbid that it comes here," said Russian student Alexander Sergeyev.
 
Russia came in seventh in the competition but its performers were booed by large sections of the crowd. The Russian judges awarded all their votes to former Soviet states.
 
In Stockholm, Eurovision partygoers like Ras Andrea praised the judges and the winning act.

“They did a great representation of their country, and obviously as a political stance making their song and the singer a very key figure in the political climate that we have today in Europe. So definitely yes, the right song did win," said Andrea.
 
That political climate has become more hostile.  Russia's takeover of Crimea from Ukraine in March has been strongly condemned by Europe and the West, which also blame Moscow for the current unrest in eastern Ukraine.  The Kremlin denies involvement.

When Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, a high profile supporter of President  Vladimir  Putin’s actions in Ukraine, gave a concert in London Sunday, around 30 anti-Putin protestors staged a short demonstration as Gergiev took to the stage.  Among them was human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

“We thought it was very important to challenge Valery Gergiev over his support for President Putin, his endorsement of Russia’s anti-gay law; and his approval of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.  For him to be able to perform unchallenged would have been very wrong," said Tatchell.
 
Although it appears Russia is facing the beginnings of a cultural backlash in Europe, there was one surprising result: both Russia and Ukraine voted for each other in the Eurovision song contest.


Winds keep Antarctica cool.
climate scientists reports


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Intense winds help Antarctica keep its cool despite climate change, according to a new study.

The key to Antarctic weather is the wind, says Australian National University climate scientist Nerilie Abram, lead author of a new study that explains this in the context of a warmer world. 

“They control how far north the rain bands go out of the Southern ocean," Ms. Abram said. "And they are also really important for temperature and in particular for the temperature of Antarctica and also the Antarctic peninsula, which is the bit of Antarctica that juts out right into the path of those westerly winds.” 
 
That westerly wind belt circulates the continent. The study in Nature Climate Change finds that those winds are now stronger and their path tighter than at any time in the past 1,000 years.  That change has been especially prominent since the 1940s.

Ms. Abram and her team reconstructed Antarctica's climate history from ice cores.  They conclude the wind has kept a large part of the continent cold, unlike anywhere else on the planet. 

“But we can explain that because as those westerly winds are getting stronger, they are actually tying the cold air over Antarctica, and it stops warm air masses from being able to get over the continent and help to warm Antarctica," Ms. Abram said. "So this example of something that seems like a climate change paradox, we can actually explain by these greenhouse gases that are strengthening the westerly winds and isolating parts of Antarctica.” 

But they are not isolating the Antarctic Peninsula and parts of the Western Antarctic ice sheet that lie directly in their path. 

“So as those winds have strengthened and pulled in tighter around Antarctica, they are actually bringing warmer air over those parts, particularly over the Antarctic Peninsula," she said. "And this is the part of the southern hemisphere that is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth at the moment." 

Those westerly winds have deviated from their natural course, which would have driven cold fronts into the Southern Hemisphere.  Instead the air is trapped over Antarctica and keeping rain from falling on Australia.

“What has been happening over the recent decades is that those westerly winds have been shifting south and we are getting fewer of those cold fronts and storms coming up and giving that really important rain," she said. "And that is why Australia is experiencing these very severe droughts.”

Ms. Abram adds the Southern Ocean winds, which have intensified because of the warmer atmosphere, could revert to a more normal pattern if action were taken to reduce greenhouse gases.


World opinions on Jews
are scored for anti-Semitism

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new survey has concluded that about a quarter of the world's population, more than a billion people, holds anti-Semitic views.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday that it polled more than 53,000 people in 102 countries and territories over the last year, asking them whether they felt that 11 negative stereotypes about Jews were probably true or false, or did not know. The survey defined someone as anti-Semitic if that person agreed with six or more of the statements.

Among the stereotypes cited in the survey were "Jews are more loyal to Israel than their home country," "Jews have too much power in the business world" and "Jews are responsible for most wars in the world."

The survey found the highest concentration of anti-Semitism in the Middle East and North Africa, with 74 percent of those polled agreeing with a majority of the anti-Semitic stereotypes.  By contrast, the anti-Semitism figure was 34 percent in eastern Europe, 24 percent in western Europe, 23 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, 22 percent in Asia, 19 percent in the Americas and 14 percent in Oceania.

The polling found that only 54 percent of the people surveyed had heard of the Holocaust in which 6 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis during World War II. Those surveyed also often significantly overestimated the number of Jews in the world, while the actual figure is less than one-fifth of 1 percent.

The Anti-Defamation League's national director, Abraham Foxman, said the prevalence of anti-Semitism is "maybe not shocking, but it's sobering."


Former solider honored
in Washington ceremony


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded the nation's highest military honor to former Army sergeant Kyle White for his actions during an ambush in Nuristan province, Afghanistan.

"You make us proud and you motivate all of us to be the best we can be as Americans, as a nation," said Obama during the White House ceremony, during which he praised White and his fellow soldiers for embodying the courage of their generation.

"Without the team, there can be no Medal of Honor," said White, who has said he refuses to see himself as a hero. "That is why I wear this medal for my team."

Described by those he served with as humble, Former Army specialist Kain Schilling, badly wounded in the arm and leg, says if not for White, he would not be alive.

“He thinks it’s what anyone would do, but he went far beyond what most people would,” Schilling said.

The battle that made White a hero took place in Afghanistan's eastern Nuristan Province, near the village of Aranas.

On Nov. 9, 2007, White was one of 14 Americans from Chosen Company navigating the rocky terrain. They were returning from a meeting with village elders when they came under attack.

Almost immediately, White and Schilling, along with Marine Sgt. Phillip Bocks, platoon leader 1st Lt. Matthew Ferrara and their interpreter were cut off from the rest of the group.

White went into action, returning fire, treating Schilling's gunshot wounds and despite having a concussion, trying to save the other two.

“I saw Kyle running back and forth and seeing the bullets hit the rocky shale stuff and the sparks that would pop up all-around him," said Schilling. "His uniform, his radio, his weapon, they all got hit."

He found a working radio, relaying critical information until help could arrive hours later.

These days, White wears a bracelet with the names of his fallen compatriots and tells people he only did what they would have done given the chance.

“There was no decision-making process. It was just my battle buddy out there and he needed help,” he said.

In all, six Americans died that day, a toll the Army says would have been worse if not for White's actions.

White, now 27 and an investment analyst in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress and has sought counseling for memories he cannot shake.

“Each time I close my eyes I can see those images, I see their faces as well,” he said.


Trial expected in June
for Korean boat trio


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The three crew members of a North Korean vessel seized by Panama last July for carrying undeclared weapons have had their trial date set for next month, according to a Panamanian official.

Roberto Moreno, the Panamanian prosecutor handling the "Chong Chon Gang" case, said in an interview  the court has set of date of June 4 for the hearing.  It is not clear how long the trial will last, but Moreno said he would expect a verdict from the judge within a month of the proceedings.

The "Chong Chon Gang" and its 35 crew members were detained by Panamanian authorities while passing through the Panama Canal with undeclared goods, which included surface-to-air missiles and two MIG-21 fighter jets, in violation of United Nations resolutions.

Thirty-two crew members were released in February after North Korea paid about $690,000 in fines.  But the three, including the vessel’s captain and a political officer, were charged for illegal weapons trafficking.

Earlier this year, a U.N. panel said North Korea is using sophisticated means to avoid international sanctions imposed by the Security Council.

The report said Pyongyang's embassies in Cuba and Singapore are suspected of facilitating banned arms trades.

U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea prohibit a range of weapons imports from and exports to North Korea, such as combat aircraft and missile systems.


Survey of monitoring studies
shows few diversity changes


By the University of Vermont news service

The diversity of the world’s life forms from corals to carnivores is under assault. Decades of scientific studies document the fraying of ecosystems and a grim tally of species extinctions due to destroyed habitat, pollution, climate change, invasives and over harvesting.

Which makes Nick Gotelli’s new report in the journal Science rather surprising.

Gotelli, a professor in biology department at the University of Vermont, with colleagues from Saint Andrews University, Scotland, and the University of Maine, re-examined data from one hundred long-term monitoring studies done around the world, polar regions to the tropics, in the oceans and on land. They discovered that the number of species in many of these places has not changed much or has actually increased.

A global extinction crisis should show up in declining levels of local biodiversity. That’s not what the scientists found. Instead they discovered that, on average, the number of species recorded remained the same over time. Fifty-nine of the one hundred biological communities showed an increase in species richness and 41 a decrease. In all the studies, the rate of change was modest.

But the researchers did discover something changing rapidly: which species were living in the places being studied. Almost 80 percent of the communities the team examined showed substantial changes in species composition, averaging about 10 percent change per decade — significantly higher than the rate of change predicted by models.

In other words, this new report shows that a huge turnover of species in habitats around the globe is under way, resulting in the creation of novel biological communities. “Right under our noses, in the same place that a team might have looked a decade earlier, or even just a year earlier, a new assemblage of plants and animals may be taking hold,” Gotelli says.

The causes of this shift are not yet fully clear, but the implications for conservation and policy could be significant. Historically, conservation science and planning has focused on protecting endangered species more than on shifts in which plants and animals are assembled together. “A main policy application of this work is that we're going to need to focus as much on the identity of species as on the number of species,” Gotelli says. “The number of species in a place may not be our best scorecard for environmental change.”

For example, the scientists write that disturbed coral reefs can be replaced by a group of species dominated by algae. This replacement might keep the species count the same, but not necessarily provide the fisheries, tourism or coastal protections that the original coral reef did.

“In the oceans we no longer have many anchovies, but we seem to have an awful lot of jellyfish,” says Gotelli. “Those kinds of changes are not going to be seen by just counting the number of species that are present.”

The new research, led by Maria Dornelas at Saint Andrews University in Scotland, carefully looked for previous studies that had tracked and tallied species over many years. The team selected 100 that contained six million observations of more than 35,000 different species — including datasets that go back to 1874 and many over the last 40 years. Given widespread observation of habitat change and individual species declines — and knowing that extinction rates are many times higher than normal — the scientists predicted a drop, over time, in the number of species observed in most of these studies.

Why they didn’t find this drop could be driven by many forces. One is related to what science writer David Quammen  termed the “planet of weeds.” In other words, invasive species or successful colonists or weedy generalists — think kudzu and rats — may be spreading into new places, keeping the local species tally up, even as the planet’s overall biodiversity is degraded.

“We move species around,” Gotelli says. “There is a huge ant diversity in Florida, and about 30 percent of the ant species are non-natives. They have been accidentally introduced, mostly from the Old World tropics, and they are now a part of the local assemblage. So you can have increased diversity in local communities because of global homogenization.”

And sampling issues may conceal important realities: some species may have become so rare — like white rhinos — that they’re highly unlikely to be found in a general species survey and so don’t show in the initial results nor disappear in later ones.

Range shifts associated with climate change could be at work, too, quickly pushing species into new terrain. On May 6, the White House released its National Climate Assessment noting that, as a result of human-caused warming, “species, including many iconic species, may disappear from regions where they have been prevalent or become extinct, altering some regions so much that their mix of plant and animal life will become almost unrecognizable.”



Clovis people meteor theory
unsupported by new study

By the Southern Methodist University news service

Controversy over what sparked the Younger Dryas, a brief return to near glacial conditions at the end of the Ice Age, includes a theory that it was caused by a comet hitting the Earth.

As proof, proponents point to sediments containing deposits they believe could result only from a cosmic impact.

Now a new study disproves that theory, said archaeologist David Meltzer, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Meltzer is lead author on the study and an expert in the Clovis culture, the peoples who lived in North America at the end of the Ice Age.

Meltzer’s research team found that nearly all sediment layers purported to be from the Ice Age at 29 sites in North America and on three other continents are actually either much younger or much older.

Scientists agree that the brief episode at the end of the Ice Age, officially known as the Younger Dryas for a flower that flourished at that time, sparked widespread cooling of the Earth 12,800 years ago and that this cool period lasted for 1,000 years. But theories about the cause of this abrupt climate change are numerous. They range from changes in ocean circulation patterns caused by glacial meltwater entering the ocean to the cosmic-impact theory.

The cosmic-impact theory is said to be supported by the presence of geological indicators that are extraterrestrial in origin. However a review of the dating of the sediments at the 29 sites reported to have such indicators proves the cosmic-impact theory false, said Meltzer.

Meltzer and his co-authors found that only three of 29 sites commonly referenced to support the cosmic-impact theory actually date to the window of time for the Ice Age.

“The supposed impact markers are undated or significantly older or younger than 12,800 years ago,” report the authors. “Either there were many more impacts than supposed, including one as recently as five centuries ago, or, far more likely, these are not extraterrestrial impact markers.”

The Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis rests heavily on the claim that there is a Younger Dryas boundary layer at 29 sites in the Americas and elsewhere that contains deposits of supposed extraterrestrial origin that date to a 300-year span centered on 12,800 years ago.

The deposits include magnetic grains with iridium, magnetic microspherules, charcoal, soot, carbon spherules, glass-like carbon containing nanodiamonds, and fullerenes with extraterrestrial helium, all said to result from a comet or other cosmic event hitting the Earth.

Meltzer and his colleagues tested that hypothesis by investigating the existing stratigraphic and chronological data sets reported in the published scientific literature and accepted as proof by cosmic-impact proponents, to determine if these markers dated to the onset of the Younger Dryas.

They sorted the 29 sites by the availability of radiometric or numeric ages and then the type of age control, if available, and whether the age control is secure.

The researchers found that three sites lack absolute age control: At Chobot, Alberta, the three Clovis points found lack stratigraphic context, and the majority of other diagnostic artifacts are younger than Clovis by thousands of years. At Morley, Alberta, ridges are assumed without evidence to be chronologically correlated with Ice Age hills 2,600 kilometers away. At Paw Paw Cove, Maryland, horizontal integrity of the Clovis artifacts found is compromised, according to that site’s principal archaeologist.

The remaining 26 sites have radiometric or other potential numeric ages, but only three date to the Younger Dryas boundary layer.

At nearly a dozen other sites, the authors report, the chronological results are neither reliable nor valid as a result of significant statistical flaws in the analysis, the omission of ages from the models, and the disregard of statistical uncertainty that accompanies all radiometric dates.

In North America, the Ice Age was marked by the mass extinction of several dozen genera of large mammals, including mammoths, mastodons, American horses, Western camels, two types of deer, ancient bison, giant beaver, giant bears, sabre-toothed cats, giant bears, American cheetahs, and many other animals, as well as plants.


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of downtown Golfito , mountains and sea. It has three entry beach options. Your own beach,  large land with fruit trees, livestock grazing.Mangrove front with lots of fish, snapper, etc. Also access to your own part of sea with full of  seafood: pianguas, cambutes, chuchecas, clams, etc. .  Natural beauty is a paradise to live, walking, diving, fishing, horse riding, climbing to the mountains, swimming in the creek or the sea, exploring
the land, animals and trees, etc.  Your paradise is here for you, your family or develop your own rain forest country club. This is  the place of your dreams !  The full land measures 119,284 m2. All legal papers and blueprints are ready to get a new owner.   Property has its own water and  ready to instal solar panel or electric  power plant.   The island gets an artificial canal.  It is Isla Grande - Segura, grazing
     diagonal to Puntarenitas Beach in Golfito for sale at $1.500.000 U.S. Further information contact : Raquel or Maria Ester at  rakell.leon6@gmail.com, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.
8361-8/15/14

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:
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8240-8/6/14

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

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

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8230-3/13/14

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

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

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

Becker montage
Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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San Ramón Action Alliance
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The non-profit Community Action Alliance of Greater San Ramón will hold its fourth new and used book sale May 24 and 25,  and 16 drop off points have been established in that Alajuela community and also in San José for book donations.

The sale features nearly 10,000 new and used books and educational materials, in various languages, as well as workshops for children and teachers, organizers said. Over 2,000 attendees from across the country are expected to attend this year’s two-day event, they added.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p,.m. both days  at the Universidad de Costa Rica's  Museo Regional in San Ramón,. Proceeds from the sale go to the Community Action Alliance Student Scholarship Program, targeting local students who qualify for financial assistance to obtain school books, school supplies, uniforms and shoes, and the San Ramón Regional Museo's cultural programs, according to a release.

Dave Scott, chairman of the Action Alliance's Education Committee said in a release that “This Fourth Gran Venta de Libros is truly an international celebration of reading an opportunity for Costa Ricans to look for that special book, or to participate in literary, storytelling, reading and other workshops. Books and reading open the windows of the world, inspire the imagination, and open the mind and heart; a good book is truly a gift that keeps giving.”

Here are the donation locations:

1. Four Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano locations in the Central Valley: Sabana Norte, Alajuela Mall Internacional, Heredia Centro, and Los Yoses;

2. The Barrio Escalante location of the Asociación Gerontológica Costarricense;

3. 11 San Ramón locations: Museo Regional de San Ramón, Centro Cultural Histórico José Figueres Ferrer, Colegio Científico San Ramón, Municipalidad de San Ramón, Café Aroma’s (both locations), Colegio Patriarca San José, Universidad San José, Cámara de Comercio, COOPENAE, and Cruz Roja.

Anyone donating a large quantity of books can contact organizers at booksale@actionalliancecr.com.


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Sustainable building code to be proposed

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A two-day meeting here starting next Tuesday has the goal of creating a code for sustainable construction.

The event will be at the  Hotel Park Inn. There are a number of sponsors, including the  Asociacion Green Building Council de Costa Rica, the Embassy of Canada, the Ministerio de Vivienda y Asentamientos Humanos and the  International Finance Corp.

The gathering is called the  II Foro Regional Centroamericano de Diseno y Construccion Sostenible de la Alianza Centroamericana y del Caribe para el Desarrollo Sostenible, so representatives from other countries will attend, too, organizers said.

At the same time an exhibition of sustainable products will be available, organizers said.

Some of the organizations represented are expected to sign an agreement to promote a voluntary system of evaluation or certification code for green construction, organizers said.