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Officials hoist diversity flag

Costa Rican government agencies are marking Saturday, the national day against homophobia, by flying the multi-colored diversity flag at public offices. The flag went up Thursday at the  Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud (left).

Casa Presidencial will do likewise today.

Ana Helena Chacón, a vice president, asked that public agencies do that. The day is called in Spanish the  Día Nacional Contra la Homofobia, Lesbofobia y Transfobia. A decree signed in 2008 urged government agencies to mark the day.

The action by the Luis Guillermo Solía administration presages possible actions in the legislature to create civil unions for same-sex partners. The new government's attitude towards the issue became obvious inauguration day when the minister of Turismo, Wilhelm von Breymann, received permission to escort his long-time male partner to the activities in the same way other ministers were escorting their wives

India's high court bans a version of toros a la Tica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The supreme court in India has banned the use of bulls in activities that are called here toros a la Tica.

The action was praised by Humane Society International, which said this is a landmark ruling that means the end of horse-and-bull races, bullock races, and jallikattu — in which crowds torment bulls.

The Costa Rican version is a prominent part of the Zapote Christmas fiesta. The so-called bull fighting takes place nearly every day between Christmas and New Year's. The events are televised and syndicated to stations overseas.

Typically in Costa Rica, similar to one form of Indian jallikattu, numbers of individuals are in the ring with the bull and taunt him, slap him on the rump and wave fabric in his face. Because bulls appear to have short attention spans only infrequently are the Tico bullfighters caught by the bull. Sometimes, however, participants are hurled into the stands. The events attract large, paying crowds that are amused by what takes place in the ring.

Similar activities take place at regional fairs and  fiestas, sometimes with fatal results for a participant. In Costa Rica, the bulls are not killed.
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Cruz Roja workers at the bull ring clinic await their next patient as toreros improvisados await the next bull at the 2013 Zapote festival.

"In Spain, we’re working with local organizations to stop bull fiestas — in which crowds chase and taunt terrified animals before killing them, said Andrew Rowan, president of Humane Society International in a statement.  "Our Break a Spear campaign calls for an end to the chasing and stabbing to death of a bull during the annual Toro de la Vega fiesta in Tordesillas.

"Finally, we’re working to end bullfighting and seeking to raise public awareness that this needless cruelty is often subsidized by taxpayers’ money, despite waning interest from tourists and polls showing that most citizens are against it. The cruel treatment of bulls or any other animal for people's amusement can never be justified."


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Stop eating meat on Mondays and it might just impact the world. Or at least the people at Humane Society International think so, as they team up with Costa Rica Beer Factory in Barrio Escalante to offer a weekly night dedicated to vegetarian food called Lunes sin carne, or "meatless Mondays."

Jenny Brown of the Humane Society International in Costa Rica said the collaboration begins this Monday with a private sampling event, but then becomes accessible to the general public every Monday starting the next week. She said if there are fewer people eating beef or chicken around the globe, not just their personal health but also the environment can be helped.

“The point of meatless Mondays is that its a simple way to make a big impact of what you're consuming,” Ms. Brown said. “Meat production and animal production in general can increase global warming. It's one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases in the world.”

She said this movement to be meat-free also contributes to eliminating water pollution and individual carbon footprints. Why the focus on Mondays? Ms. Brown said studies have shown that when people start things at the week's beginning they are more likely to continue with them after time.

Managers at Costa Rica Beer Company have prepared a menu with six different vegan and vegetarian dishes that will debut on Monday and be available for the rest of the week. Humane Society International leaders are trying to rally more restaurants and businesses around this green-friendly cause to promote vegetarian alternatives around Costa Rica.

Though the group mainly works within the country by helping marine and wildlife, Ms. Brown said her primary responsibility is towards cattle and farm animals. This is a worldwide effort on the part of Humane Society International, which estimates that about 70 million animals in farms around the world being prepped for food purposes.

“This campaign is new here to Costa Rica but its part of a global-wide movement,” she said.

Weekend high seas predicted
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A University of Costa Rica expert is predicting high seas with strong waves and possible flooding along the Pacific coast today and tomorrow.

The full moon also is a factor, said Omar G. Lizano Rodríguez of the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología. He issued a warning Thursday.

In addition, the warning said that operators of small boats better think twice before heading out to sea. A major point of danger is where rivers discharge into the sea and meet the arriving waves, the warning said.

Lizano said a high pressure area over the south Pacific was part of the reason higher waves would be generated. The northern Pacific will be faced with rough and choppy seas generated by strong winds from the north, he said.

Some of the conditions are expected to last through Monday, he said.

Generally the waves will be in the two meter or six-foot neighborhood, said the warning.

In the central Pacific residents should be on guard between 3 and 5 p.m. for high seas and possible flooding, he said.

Supernatural middleman
detained on fraud charges

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents have detained a man who characterized himself as an astrologer and someone who can intercede with God to make life more pleasant.

Agents picked the man up Tuesday at his place of business, the Plaza de la Cultura. He faces two allegations of fraud and one of rape.

The victims are women he met in the plaza, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The fraud allegation is that he claimed he could eliminate negative vibrations from the lives of the women. One women paid 400,000 colons for this service, about $720.

The rape took place during a session to eliminate vibrations, said the judicial agency.

Lawmaker proposes help
for teachers without money

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As the strike by public school teachers completes its second week, a lawmaker has proposed a bill that would prevent creditors from taking legal action against victims of the government snafu.

Marvin Atencio Delgado proposed that Thursday.

Also Thursday, Sonia Marta Mora, the new  minister of Educación Pública told lawmakers that many more teachers have been affected by the failures on the ministry payroll system than had been cited previously. She put the number at around 12,000.

She also said that officials still do not know what went wrong.

The education ministry was transferring its payroll to a new compute system, and much of the data appears to have been incorrect. The exact reason still is unknown. Technicians have been working for weeks to figure out the reason.

Teachers have been marching, and most are ignoring classes as a way to pressure the administration.

The teachers have rejected an offer by the Luis Guillermo Solís administration for a series of three payments.

Officials said that they cannot guarantee that the same errors might not crop up in the next payroll deposit. Some teachers have been underpaid or not paid at all since January.

Delgado would impose the debt collection ban until August. The chances are that the payroll problems will be cleared up before the bill gets through the legislature, but the spirit of the bills sends a message to financial institutions and others who might consider legal actions for debts owed by teachers.

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Children are the losers
in teacher strike over pay

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I notice that the teachers strike is still going on, even after our new president got involved. Apparently they were supposed to be paid on Monday last, and that didn't happen.

In my experience, a person who goes through the studying and certification process to become a teacher is truly interested in imparting knowledge to younger people, excepting the usual number of misfits who have weird ideas about children and somehow make it through the education and certification process.

I don't like strikes (huelgas), but this one may be justified. Really, these people need to eat also.

The government has seen fit to establish an education system in Costa Rica and has set forth taxation and revenue collection processes to collect the necessary money to pay these individuals and insure the continued education of the population's children. If this job was done with any sort of efficiency, then the money should have been allocated in this years budget. So, why haven't they been paid, and where's the money?

I would offer the opinion that a situation of this sort, lacking a rapid, firm, and lasting favorable disposition does not herald an auspicious beginning for our newly inaugurated president.

He unfortunately finds himself in the position of having to live down the scandals of former politicians who have held that office. Such things early in his term certainly don't bode well, especially considering his comments on graft and corruption in Costa Rican politics.

On the other hand, I suppose that politicians are used to this, or why else would they seek a thankless job like that?

Unfortunately, the real losers are the children, for the loss of education, and the lack of anything to do with all that energy that they have at that age.
Joe Sullivan

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Tourism operators say that the year has been a good one so far
By Michael Krumhioltz
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North American travel businesses represented at the Expotur 2014 are boasting of strong financial starts this year within Costa Rica. United Airlines, Four Seasons Hotels, National Car Rental, and TripAdvisor are some of the companies present at the annual
tourism fair, which opens its doors to the public this weekend at the Hotel Wyndham San José Herradura.

During Thursday's kickoff session
intended for the industry, optimistic representatives from these popular tourist brands said revenues made in Costa Rica continue to boom. Luis Salas, a reservations manager for the Four Seasons in Papagayo, said the resort has been generating heavy profits recently.

“Fortunately, business is going very well,” Salas said. “Our first and second quarter numbers were really strong this year.”

In Latin America, Four Seasons has a resort in Argentina and two in Mexico in addition to the Costa Rica location, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

It was around 10 years ago, too,  that business for United Airlines was not so booming, said Gleyston Calvo. On top of the psychological hangover from Sept. 11, 2001, that kept people from flying, Calvo said there was much more limited access into Costa Rica. Now, the United sales executive said, most major airline companies are making money from flying to and from the country.

“There's enough for everyone at all the airlines to get a slice of the pie,” he said.

Calvo added that 2014 has been especially good for business as an
extended winter made North Americans dream of sunny getaways. He said there are usually four flights per day on weekdays during this time of year, and that each one of them has remained consistently filled, partly because of Costa Rica's security standing compared to its Central American neighbors.

“We are bringing a lot of tourism to Costa Rica,” Calvo said. “It's kind of an unsafe country, but if you compare it to the other countries, it looks pretty safe.”

Making up the stalls of Expotur are hundreds of hotel resorts, tour companies, transport services, coffee brands, and location representatives. An Expotur public relations estimates is that Expotur is responsible for attracting up to 100,000 tourists each year. They invest more than $90 million into Costa Rica.

As a result of the first day, according to the Expotur staff, more than 2,500 business meetings have already been coordinated.

The new tourism minister, Wilhelm von Breymann, roamed around the different exhibits Thursday, greeting and talking with the different company representatives. As a businessman in Costa Rica's tourism industry, Breymann has a familiarity with the country's tourist companies. He said the government should establish a competitive tourism advisory board to continue developing upon the all-important sector.

Yadrya Simón, president of the Asociación Costarricense de Profesionales en Turismo, said before the fair that Expotur marks the biggest opportunity for tourism negotiations and deals. Her organization sponsors the event, now in its 30th year.

“It's the most important platform for capitalizing on the wide offering of diverse products and tourism services that we have in the country,” Ms. Simón said. “And it's a model that has facilitated the product chains and economic turnover for 30 years without interruption.”

Dangerous slide locations
said to be stable for now

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Emergency commission staffers and a geologist have made air flights to look at nine areas in the country with high landslide risk. They report that the slide areas appear to be stable, although this is just the start of the rainy season.

One area of concern is the  Bajo Alumbre slide at  La Retumbera, in  the canton de Turrubares. The menacing mountain is above a petroleum pipeline that crosses river. A slide from the mountain has the potential to wipe out the pipeline and dump the petroleum contents into the river.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said that the information from the overflight will give experts at the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. to construct an alternative.

The other areas of potential danger are Tapezco and Chitaría in Santa Ana, Pacacua in Mora, a site in Puriscal,  Burío in Aserrí. Tablazo in Desamparados, Cerro Cedral in Escazú and La Cascabela in Alajuelita.

Even though the air flights targeted just nine sites where slides have taken place, the emergency commission said that the potential lurks in many other place. It urged residents to pay attention to the mountain that may be above their home. There have been several slide in recent years that resulted in substantial lose of life.

The emergency commission said that it would be sharing the details of the overflights with the municipalities involved.

The agency plans to continue watching likely slide spots from the air and the ground as well as designing and installing systems of alert.
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Ice age skelton found in Mexican cave sheds light on first Americans
By the National Geographic Society news service

The skeletal remains of a teenage female from the late Pleistocene or last ice age found in an underwater cave in México have major implications for  understanding the origins of the Western Hemisphere’s first people and their relationship to contemporary Native Americans.

In a paper released Thursday in the journal Science, an international team of researchers and cave divers present the results of an expedition that discovered a near-complete early American human skeleton with an intact cranium and preserved DNA. The remains were found surrounded by a variety of extinct animals more than 40 meters (130 feet) below sea level in Hoyo Negro, a deep pit within the Sac Actun cave system on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The Hoyo Negro project was led by the Mexican government’s national institute of anthropology and history  and supported by the National Geographic Society.

“These discoveries are extremely significant,” said Pilar Luna, the institute's director of underwater archaeology. “Not only do they shed light on the origins of modern Americans, they clearly demonstrate the paleontological potential of the Yucatán Peninsula and the importance of conserving Mexico’s unique heritage.”

The findings detailed in Science are noteworthy on numerous levels:

    * This is the first time researchers have been able to match a skeleton with an early American (or Paleoamerican) skull and facial characteristics with DNA linked to the hunter-gatherers who moved onto the Bering Land Bridge from northeast Asia (Beringia) between 26,000 and 18,000 years ago, spreading southward into North America sometime after 17,000 years ago.

    * Based on a combination of direct radiocarbon dating and indirect dating by the uranium-thorium method, it is one of the oldest skeletons discovered in the New World.

    * It is clearly the most complete skeleton older than 12,000 years as it includes all of the major bones of the body and an intact cranium and set of teeth.

According to the paper’s lead author, James Chatters of Applied Paleoscience, “This expedition produced some of the most compelling evidence to date of a link between Paleoamericans, the first people to inhabit the Americas after the most recent ice age, and modern Native Americans. What this suggests is that the differences between the two are the result of in situ evolution rather than separate migrations from distinct Old World homelands.”

The field research team endured extremely challenging conditions to access the skeleton’s remote underwater location at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, deep beneath the jungles of the eastern Yucatán Peninsula. The multidisciplinary team, composed of professional divers, archaeologists and paleontologists, extensively documented the bones in place.
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Divers Alberto Nava and Susan Bird transport the Hoyo Negro skull to an underwater turntable so that it can be photographed in order to create a 3-D model.

Alberto Nava with Bay Area Underwater Explorers was part of the team that first discovered Hoyo Negro in 2007. “We had no idea what we might find when we initially entered the cave, which is the allure of cave diving,” said Nava. “Needless to say, I am incredibly proud to be part of the efforts to share Hoyo Negro’s story with the world.”

Assessing the skeleton’s age required a novel approach given the challenging environmental conditions. The research team analyzed tooth enamel and bat-dropped seeds using radiocarbon dating and
calcite deposits found on the bones using the uranium-thorium method, establishing an age of between 12,000 and 13,000 years. They used similar methodology to date the remains of a variety of gomphothere, an extinct relative of the mastodon, found near the skeleton to around 40,000 years ago. The more than 26 large mammals found at the site included saber-toothed cats and giant ground sloths, which were largely extinct in North America 13,000 years ago. The skeleton’s age was further supported by evidence of rising sea levels, which were as much as 360 feet (120 meters) lower during the last ice age than they are today.

The extremely small skeleton is of a very delicately built woman measuring only 4’10” tall. Named Naia by the dive team, she is estimated to have been between 15 and 16 years old at the time of her death, based on the development of her skeleton and teeth.

Analyses of DNA extracted from the skeleton’s wisdom tooth found it belonged to an Asian-derived lineage that occurs only in America. Finding a skeleton with DNA from one of America’s founding lineages in Central America greatly expands the geographic distribution of confirmed Beringians among the earliest Americans.

The Hoyo Negro expedition will be featured in National Geographic magazine and on a National Geographic Television program airing on the PBS series “NOVA” in 2015.

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Obama's foreign policy faces
mounting criticism as unclear

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama's foreign policy has come under criticism, not just from Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits, but also from centrists who accuse the president of taking an approach they describe as unclear, weak, and isolationist.  Others say the president's strategy is in line with American public opinion, which has been shaped by a more than a decade of war. 

With Russian-backed forces overrunning parts of Ukraine despite U.S. sanctions, Syria and Egypt in turmoil, China asserting territorial claims, and the Israeli Palestinian peace process stuck, President Obama's policies overseas are under attack.
On a recent Asian visit, Obama was asked to define his doctrine.
“Typically, criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force," said President Obama. "And the question I think I would have is, why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we've just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget?"
Everybody in America is not eager to use military force.  Polls show most Americans don't support sending U.S. troops into foreign conflicts.
But many still want the U.S. to take the lead in resolving crises and promoting democracy globally.
In his landmark Cairo speech in 2009, President Obama pledged his support for democratic change in the Middle East.
“No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other.  That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people,"said Obama.
Then, the Arab Spring erupted.  Egypt  and especially Syria  plunged into chaos.
On Syria, the administration's image suffered for not following through with threats to attack after the Assad government used chemical weapons and there's little chance it will step in now. 

Analyst Larry Korb:

"When President Obama looks at Syria he says, 'OK what will be the cost? Will the Syrian people, all of them, welcome us?' We thought that the Iraqi people would. Certain did, but most of them didn't," said Korb.
Despite the odds, the administration launched yet another attempt at Israeli-Palestinian peace.  But it failed to produce results. 

Analyst Elliott Abrams:

“I think there is a sense we ought to try and I think the energy that particularly Secretary of State Kerry has put into this is widely admired.  I have to say, though, I think it was a mistake.  It's not good for the United States to fail, ever, at anything because it suggests people are defying us or they don't care about our opinion," said Abrams.
But perhaps the biggest risk or potential for a breakthrough is in Obama's efforts for a historic deal to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. 
The president made a campaign promise to pull back from world conflicts and focus on nation building at home.  It's now up to history to judge whether the strategy was the right one.

Top chinese general defends
his county's new muscle

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One of China's top military leaders visited the Pentagon Thursday for meetings with his U.S. counterpart, a year after the two met in Beijing. It was the latest stop on a tour that began with visits to U.S. battleships in California. The high-level visit comes as there are growing concerns about Beijing's activities in the South China Sea.

With  band playing, handshakes and salutes, Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army arrived at the Pentagon.
It’s a visit that comes at a critical time as China’s decision to place an oil rig in disputed waters of the South China Sea turned deadly this week with protests in Vietnam.
Fang defended China's drilling, giving no indication China intends to back down. “Vietnam has dispatched vessels and ships for disruptions of that activity. And that is something we are not able to accept.”
Fang also placed blame on countries like The Philippines. Manila protested China’s attempt to build an airstrip on a disputed reef.
“We do not make trouble. We do not create trouble. But we are not afraid of trouble," he said. "For the territory that has  passed down by our ancestors into the hands of our generation, we cannot afford to lose inch.”
The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, was equally blunt. “We had a rich discussion of the status quo and who has been seeking to change it. We spoke about the fact that the use of military assets is provocative and it does increase risks,” he said.
James Hardy with IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, said , "Traditionally China’s had kind of a long, strategic view of how it’s going to improve its position within Asia, whether that’s East Asia looking out toward Japan or Southeast Asia looking out toward the South China Sea.”

Gen. Fang’s visit is part of a larger tour aimed at emphasizing cooperation. It included visits to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the "USS Ronald Reagan" and an appearance at the National Defense University.

U.S. officials hope the more the two militaries talk, the easier it will be to avoid misunderstandings...and the more progress they can make on issues that concern both nations, like a nuclear North Korea.

College grad, 70, completes
his decades-long dream

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

May is typically a month of college graduations in the United States.  But this year’s college graduation at one Virginia School featured an unusual graduate, someone you would not recognize as a student. 

Years ago, he would have blended in as one of them.  Now, he looks different.  But strangely, Jerry Reid does fit in.

Reid is a 70-year-old senior at the University of Virginia, but his age is easy to forget.

Reid is an energetic member of the Hoo Crew, the student cheering section at games.

Fellow classmates say they can talk to him about anything. 

This was Jerry Reid back in his 20s…racing cars and chasing girls.  Back then, his friend Bill invited him to parties at the University of Virginia.

“Bill Sturman told me what a screwup I was that there was no way I’d ever make anything out of my life unless I came up here and went to school with him,"said Reid.

That was back in 1963.  Jerry says it took him 48 years to take that advice.  And in 2011, he enrolled as a college student.

For his last exam before graduation, Reid spoke about Civil War Gen. Stonewall Jackson.  

Professor Luke Wright:

“He certainly opened the minds of the 18 through 21-year-olds that life does not end at 40," said Wright.

Instead it can be the beginning of a dream.

“Remember that path that you left waits for you.  It’s there.  It’s yours.  All you gotta do is get out of your own way and get back to it.  And, that’s exactly what I did," said Reid.

Reid says he and his wife, Susan, will now take some time to enjoy his college degree.  Then, he’ll return to get a masters degree.

Net neutrality challenged
by U.S. telecom agency

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. communications regulators are proposing widespread changes in the way the Internet is operated in the country.

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to offer a plan that could allow such major Internet-service providers as AT&T and Comcast to make deals with companies like Google and Facebook to provide them with faster paths for their content to consumers.
The controversial proposal, however, is opposed by consumer groups and some other Web companies.  They say all Internet traffic ought to be treated equally, which the regulators call net neutrality. It also forbids Internet service providers from outright blocking Web sites.
The agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, said his proposal would not allow for commercially unreasonable business deals.  He said he would not accept changes that leave consumers with slower downloads of Internet sites they visit.
The agency is calling for 120 days of public comment on the proposal.  It includes the question of whether the Internet in the U.S. should be declared a public utility, much like telephone and electric service, and then be subject to much stricter government regulation.

Average lifespan increases
six years, World Health says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new report by the World Health Organization finds people are living longer. The organization’s annual statistics report shows people are living an average six years longer than they did in 1990.

The World Health Organization report finds low-income countries have made the greatest progress, with  average life expectancies rising by nine years between 1990 and 2012. 

WHO Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems Director Ties Boerma attributes the improvements to major successes in the health-related Millennium Development Goals.  

“Child mortality is down 47 percent since 1990. Maternal mortality is 45 percent down since 1990. HIV, TB, malaria all have seen major reductions in new infections and in deaths," said Boerma. "But we also have to acknowledge that many countries will not achieve the Millennium Development Goals, so much more action is needed.” 

The World Health Statistics 2014 surveys 194 countries. The data show women all over the world live longer than men and the gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor countries persist.  It says declining tobacco use is a key factor in helping people live longer in several countries.

The top six countries where life expectancy from birth has increased the most are Liberia, Ethiopia, Maldives, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and Rwanda.  

The report cites Iceland as the top-ranked country for life expectancy among men, which is just over 81 years.  Japan comes out on top for women, who live until age 87.  On the bottom of the scale, the report finds life expectancy for both men and women is still less than 55 years in nine sub-Saharan countries.

The leading causes for years of life lost are heart disease, pneumonia, and stroke, followed by preterm birth complications, diarrheal diseases and HIV/AIDS. The report says infectious diseases and related conditions are the major causes of more than 70 percent of premature deaths in 22 African countries. 

Meanwhile, it finds non-communicable diseases and injuries account for more than 90 percent of years of life lost in 47 high-income countries.

Boerma said that spectacular progress has been made in countries where strong government leadership promotes health services.

“One lesson though is that if the political unstable situation resolves, we have seen in many countries a catch-up, really fast progress. Examples: Liberia, which is now our fastest progressing country, Rwanda, but also Cambodia.”

Boerma noted that such practices as good delivery care for women, family planning and immunizations are aiding the progress.

Range of tropical storms
move further to the north

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A study published in the science journal Nature says tropical cyclones are reaching maximum intensity farther from the equator and closer to the poles. 

Over the last 30 years, the peak of these powerful and destructive storms has migrated poleward at the rate of about 56 kilometers per decade.

The study released Wednesday says the drift means that regions that were once considered to be relatively cyclone-safe may become more exposed.

The scientists documented the greatest migration in tropical cyclones in the northern and southern Pacific and south Indian Oceans.  The migration was not as evident in the storms in the North Atlantic called hurricanes.

Journalist in New York files
complaints involving Correa

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The Human Rights Foundation said Thursday that it strongly condemns the harassment suffered by Ecuadorean journalist Betty Escobar in New York City and by her family in Guayaquil, Ecuador, just days after she was lambasted by President Rafael Correa during his weekly TV broadcast as a “hater” who “slings mud from New York.” After receiving threatening messages, Ms. Escobar filed a complaint with the New York City Police Department and with the district attorney’s office in Guayas, Ecuador.
“Betty Escobar joins a long list of Ecuadorean journalists who, in the last few years, have been harassed for having an opinion different from that of the government,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation. “This is not an isolated case. In Ecuador, journalists who dare to question the government or President Correa risk all sorts of retaliation, including threats and harassment by state-owned media, prison sentences, and millions of dollars in damages owed. What’s particularly alarming about this case is the transnational nature of the harassment."
On March 27, 2014, as part of her column in the newspaper El Universo, Ms. Escobar published an op-ed titled “Back in New York” (in Spanish, Vuelve a Nueva York), in which she criticized the trip Correa planned to make to the U.S. A few days later, on March 29, the journalist was denounced by President Correa during his mandatory TV broadcast number 367, in which he stated: “There’s Betty Escobar, who even writes for El Comercio, who is a hater, who slings mud from New York and is tweeting about how ‘the dictator is coming to the United States.’ . . . ."
April 7 the journalist received a bouquet of flowers at her home along with the message: “Your friends from Ecuador. We will pay you a visit . . . .” The same messages were sent that day to her parents and aunt in Guayaquil.
The next day, the journalist filed a complaint for aggravated harassment following the advice of New York police officers. On April 11, Joffre Campaña, Ms. Escobar’s attorney in Guayaquil, filed a complaint on the same grounds at the district attorney’s office in Guayas. The journalist stated that she keeps in constant communication with the New York City Police Department, who are still investigating the case. However, according to Escobar, the district attorney’s office in Guayas has not been in contact with her or her lawyer, nor has the office informed her about the progress of the investigations in Guayaquil.
“These actions are intended to stifle opinions critical of Correa’s government — not just in Ecuador, but anywhere in the world. To show good faith on this matter, Correa should speak out publicly in support of Escobar and demand a thorough investigation to identify, and eventually punish, those who are threatening the journalist. Otherwise, Correa will be responsible for what may happen to Escobar and her family,” said Halvorssen. “This will not be just another case of harassment made against journalists, like so many that are reported in Ecuador and are never investigated. HRF will follow every effort made by the New York City Police Department to identify the source of the threat against Escobar,” Halvorssen concluded.

Opposition appears sweeping
national elections India

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Opposition candidate Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister of India, with early election results today showing the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party headed for the biggest victory the country has seen in 30 years.

India's ruling Congress Party conceded defeat Friday. Congress Party spokesmen told reporters the party had accepted that the country decided to vote against them.
The alliance led by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party was winning the vote count in 325 parliamentary seats, far more than the majority of 272 required to rule. Even on its own, the Bharatiya Janata was ahead in 273 seats.
The United Progressive Alliance led by the Gandhi family's Congress Party, which has ruled India for the last decade, was leading in just 67 seats, its worst-ever showing. The party has been hit by a series of high profile corruption scandals, high inflation and lagging economic growth.
India's five-week election wrapped up Monday, with the final polls closing in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and the eastern states of West Bengal and Bihar.
The Election Commission of India says a record 66 percent of the country's 815 million registered voters cast their ballots during the national election. Voting began last month.
Controversy has swirled around the Bharatiya Janata prime ministerial candidate since 2002, when he led India's Gujarat state. Hindu-Muslim rioting there killed more than 1,000 people. India's Supreme Court cleared Modi of charges that he incited the violence.
The controversy appears to have faded for many voters. Modi has since cast himself as an able administrator and decisive leader who has energized the economy of Gujarat and holds the promise of doing the same for the rest of the country.

Key U.S. segregation case
marks 60th anniversary

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sixty years ago, the highest court in the United States changed the face of education. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
At the time of the ruling many school systems -- especially in the southern states -- had separate schools for white and black students. The decision overturned a previous ruling in 1896 which had allowed what it called separate-but-equal black and white public schools. This time, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools violated the U.S. Constitution.
The court's decision, in a case called Brown vs. the Board of Education, actually involved five separate lawsuits with different plaintiffs, but the proceedings centered on Linda Brown, an African-American from Kansas, who was forced to attend a black school across town, despite living a short distance from a white school.
“Brown essentially ended American apartheid... if by that we mean the process by which the government officially classifies people by race,” said Aderson Francois, a law professor at Howard University in Washington.
But Francois said the ruling was flawed since it did not set a deadline.  Some segregated schools in the south took advantage of the loophole by failing to comply until the 1960s.
And, even now, many schools are still effectively segregated.  A 2012 study by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California indicates that many schools are less diverse than in the past four decades -- because of socioeconomic factors, housing segregation and court cases that have rolled back enforcement efforts.
That does not surprise Jeanette Taylor, who came to Washington with education activists to call on officials to stop putting more money into predominantly white schools than those with large numbers of minority students.
“It’s a two-tier system where black and brown children are disinvested in, and so we’re here today to tell them to stop pushing bad policies,” said Taylor.
Jitu Brown, who works to improve schools, said there’s still separation along racial lines.
“High schools where they don’t have any advanced placement classes, in the same city where children from more affluent communities, often not communities of color, have curriculum comparable to college preparatory schools,” said Brown.
And it does not help, he added, that the Supreme Court recently upheld the state of Michigan’s ban on racial preferences in university admissions. Education officials say the number of blacks has declined at universities in states with similar bans.

Muslim response low-keyed
in case of abducted girls

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The faces of young girls held captive by Islamist militants have fueled anger and shock around the world and raised questions about why more Muslim leaders have not come forward in their defense.
The CEO of the Cairo-based Karama group, Hibaaq Osman, is among those who feel there has not been enough noise in the Muslim community.
"There are absolutely statements here and there, but in terms of really up in arms and going into the streets, we have not seen that,” said Osman.
Her comments came after Boko Haram militants released a video of more than 100 of the captured girls, looking sad and frightened.
She said this could be because the victims are girls who were trying to get an education.
"If we look at women's rights, in general, there is not only just in the Islamic communities, but in many communities, you have major problems with women's rights and people react more slower," she said.
During the past five years, Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria with dozens of brutal, deadly attacks. The group says it is fighting to establish strict Islamic law the country's north.
The international community had been relatively silent about the attacks, said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But, he added, that's changed.
"The kidnapping of the schoolgirls really woke up the world, and woke up quite honestly the Muslim community, as well, to what's going on there," said Hooper.
The girls' plight has spurred a string of protests. Hooper said Muslims are among those who have expressed outrage.
"You have seen Muslim scholars, Muslim organizations and institutions around the world condemning Boko Haram and its actions,” said Hooper.
Boko Haram claims to embrace Islam but Hooper said the militants are trying to hijack the religion to advance their cause, whatever that cause might truly be.

Christian woman faces
death for faith in Sudan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A court in Sudan has sentenced a pregnant woman to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27,who is already the mother of a 20-month-old son, was convicted of apostasy Sunday and given four days to abandon her faith.

Thursday, Judge Abbas al-Khalifa handed down the death sentence in Khartoum after Ibrahim told the court, "I am a Christian." 

Ibrahim was born to a Christian mother and a Muslim father.  She was brought up as Christian after the father left the family.  Under Sudanese law, children of Muslim fathers are considered Muslim.

The judge also sentenced Ibrahim to 100 lashes on charges of adultery.  Under Sudanese law, marriage between Muslims and non-Muslims is not permitted, and any such union is considered adultery.

Ibrahim's husband, Daniel Wani, is a Christian.  He said in an interview that police prevented him from attending his wife's final appeal but that he will continue to fight for her life.

"My wife, actually, she is from Darfur in western Sudan, her mother from Ethiopia.  She grew up with her mother and that's why she is a Christian since she was young, you know," said Wani.

The U.S. State Department said the United States is deeply disturbed by the court ruling and called on the government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion.

Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal said that Ibrahim's sentence is not final.  He also says she should have been given more time to decide whether she wanted to convert to Islam.

Amnesty International has condemned the court ruling, calling it abhorrent and a flagrant breach of international human rights law.  The rights group called for Ibrahim's immediate and unconditional release.

Sudan's 2005 constitution guarantees the right to freedom of worship.  In practice, the government enforces a form of Islamic law.

Anti-depressant drug said
to slow Alzheimer’s in brain

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. researchers say a common anti-depressant drug appears to slow the growth of brain plaques that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Clusters of a protein called amyloid beta are thought to trigger the development of the neurodegenerative disease. 

All people produce amyloid beta, or A-beta. But the protein is overproduced and not sufficiently eliminated in those with Alzheimer’s disease. So, rather than being swept away normally, A-beta forms clumps in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers.

Previous work by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in Missouri suggested the anti-depressant drug citalopram, which goes by the brand name Celexa, could affect the amount of A-beta that is produced. 

Yvette Sheline is a professor of psychiatry at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.  Professor Sheline led two sets of experiments with the anti-depressant. One experiment involved a group of mice genetically bred to have brain plaques.
Two months after the rodents were given citalopram, Professor Sheline says researchers used a microscope to see what was happening to their plaques.

“And what we showed was a dramatic drop in both the number of new plaques that develop and much less growth in the existing plaques," said Professor Sheline.

The drug had no effect on existing mouse plaques.  

Researchers also conducted a human trial involving healthy individuals, ages 18 to 50. Writing in the journal Science Translational Medicine, investigators noted a 38 percent reduction in concentrations of amyloid beta in the brain and spinal fluid of those given a single dose of Celexa. Also, the treated volunteers produced less A-beta protein.

“Whether that leads to actually delaying or preventing Alzheimer’s disease is a whole different question. But we do have a mechanism for decreasing the amyloid concentration," said Professor Sheline.

Professor Sheline said the next step is to enroll healthy, older adults in a study to see whether treating them with the anti-depressant drug for two weeks reduces production of amyloid beta for a longer period of time.
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Residential Del Monte (San Rafael de Heredia)
Close to Hotel Tirol and El Castillo Country Club. 1,804 m2 lot  (19,418 sq. ft.) 
It has two fronts to different roads in the neighborhood  Front 36 meters, back 33 meters. 95 percent flat All utilities available. Paved roads. Price: $135,000.  More information please call:  506 8853-0000 or email:
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Large estate on island with sea view !!!
Located on the Big Island and five minutes from the center of Golfito on road or boat.  The large land has three hills with forest in which there are many trees and animals such as parrots, parakeets and monkeys.!!   It has a beautiful view
island one
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, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.

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:  Email inquires to:

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:

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

Selva Rio
SELVA RIO ESTATES (SRE) 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 or call 8704-6106. We can help you build your dream home now!

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

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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  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
To see more Photos of this house, click HERE!

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!

Atenas mansion
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

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   
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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


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: and

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

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

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: Click on the link below for photos and additional details:

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  See property video here:

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Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, 8841-1606

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.

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:  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

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Real Estate, Central Pacific Region

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!!!
   USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

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 Contact us at: or +1-866-514-7435.

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.

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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:  Contact information:,  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,, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603

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 for more information ¡y se habla español!

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Business for sale or lease (paid category)
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: Email:  or call 506 6021 4569. In English! Great Price $25,000.

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  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: 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088

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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 for an appointment. For a preview

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

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:

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Blouse is a first clue
to missing Dutch tourists

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Panamá News is reporting that a blouse belonging to one of two missing Dutch women has been found in the mountains, and now the search is renewed and moved especially into Parque Internacional La Amistad

The newspaper speculated that the two women were abducted and taking over mountain trails into Costa Rica.

The two women vanished about April 2 from Boquete in western Panamá. They are tourists Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers.

The  Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil disaster relief organization conducted extensive searchers without success.  The specifics of how the blouse was found were unavailable.

The sprawling park is the largest nature reserve in Central America and straddles the Costa Rica-Panamá border.

Plague of rustlers faces
country's cattle operations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A quiet plague that is affecting ranchers is rustling.

Usually the cows are slaughters in the field and the choice cuts are carried away for sale in meat market in the various cities. Police also have raided underground slaughter houses where stolen cattle were prepared for market.

For some ranchers this is a tragedy because the stolen cows were part of a lengthy breeding regime.

Fuerza Púbica officers at a bridge over the Río Frio in  Guatuso de Alajuela stopped a man at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man and two others were trying to make off with 21 head of cattle from a nearby ranching operation, said police.

Drug police take down
network of cocaine sales

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The supply of cocaine for weekend parties in the southern zone has been restricted.

The  Policía de Control de Drogas said they detained seven men and three women to take down an elaborate network of drug sales throughout Osa, Palmar Norte, Palmar Sur, Ciudad Cortés, Corredores and  Paso Canoas.

The cocaine sales were to repeat customers, the police agency said.

Police agents conducted nine raids to make the arrest. They also confiscated a firearm and quantities of cocaine and crack.

Driver caught with illegals

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers detained a man in northern Guanacaste Thursday on the allegation that he was transporting three illegal immigrants in his vehicle. The arrest brings to eight the number of persons facing this type of allegation this year. In all, 42 illegal immigrants were involved in the cases, said police.

Already the total this year is greater than the six cases involving 22 illegal immigrants in 2013, police said.

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U.S. jobless benefit filings hit seven-year low

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The number of American workers seeking unemployment benefits has fallen to a seven-year low, a new signal that the U.S. labor market is improving.

The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday that 297,000 unemployed workers made initial claims for government aid last week, down 24,000 from the week before and the lowest point since May, 2007.

U.S. businesses have been laying off fewer workers and hiring has picked up, with the world's largest economy adding 288,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate falling to 6.3 percent.

In a separate report, the government said consumer prices increased three-tenths of a percent in April, the most in almost a year. Analysts said it was a sign that inflation could pick up in the coming months as the pace of the U.S. economy improves from a weak first quarter, when economic expansion was slowed in part by an unusually cold and snowy winter.