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By Garland M. Baker
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Expats can regain control over their personal and business matters in Costa Rica today by employing new, easy-to-use tools.  Many of them are free.

Sometimes getting things done is hard here.  Simple things can turn into frustrations and harder ones can turn into nightmares.  When contracting professional assistance, in some cases, it seems the contractor is working without a plan.  This-seat-of-the-pants management style can cause expats headaches and outright grief. 

The worst part about this scenario is Costa Ricans are generally nice people and do not like to bestow bad news, even if it is important. Not addressing derailment possibilities early cause even the best plans to fall off track.  The result of this equation, little (or no) planning, plus avoiding confrontation sends some important matters and projects into spiraling disasters.  

Confrontation and discourse is not always bad.  Much of the time, it is an important element to brainstorming out ideas, thus finding solutions to problems.  That is the trouble in Costa Rica sometimes.  Ticos tend to avoid the bad news and skirt around it, when it would be better to confront it and find answers.

Too many foreigners come to Costa Rica with a chesty and critical attitude.  Some of them jump into projects with no clue as to the rules of the game in this country or the dynamics of getting things done here.  There may be a better plan.  It involves collaborating on projects not just delegating them to others. 

There are many simple tools on the Internet to collaborate with others, including professionals.  Many of them are completely free for small projects.  They range from super simple to complex.  Many of these applications can run on any operating system or any device.  They assist one in thinking through a task or project with deadlines and milestones in an attempt to avoid surprises. Moreover, when there are unforeseen events, changes in directions are easier to manage.  Here are a couple of true-life examples:

Occasionally, a foreigner must come to Costa Rica because a family member passes away and leaves assets here that need tending.  This is the case with one man and his family.  They were not complete strangers to the country, but they never thought they were going to have to call it home.  When confronted with getting a permit for fixing up their new family home they found themselves a bit lost.  Then they found an online project management tool called Wrike.  This system allowed them to map out in timeline format the tasks and people needed to complete the building permit.

Sounds simple, right?  It was not what they expected.  After adding all the people and elements together, they found it was not possible to obtain the permit in the time they had allotted.  This fact was going to increase the cost of the project and involve more people.  They also discovered professionals they contracted inadvertently left out some important steps that changed the overall panorama of the job.  Wrike help them map out a roadmap acceptable to all.

Wrike works in many languages.  These expats were able to connect with their team using a social networking interface where they saw the system in English and their resources saw it in Spanish. 

Google integration allowed them to translate from one language to another.  These expats were collaborating with their Costa Rican contractors not just delegating to them.  By doing so, they have built a much more productive business relationship.

Another expat in the Quepos area is using Mavenlink for his projects.  Mavenlink allows him to communicate with the people he has hired easily and effectively.  All he needs to do in the morning over his coffee is to look at all the nicely organized input coming from his workers updates and offer his leadership.

Many expats in Costa Rica are older retired people.  They probably think these new tools are not for them.  They also probably believe these software applications are only for bigger projects.  This is not true.  Many software as a service (SaaS) products are very easy to use.  Almost everyone knows how to use Facebook.  Regardless, of one’s personal views about social networking, one thing is a fact; it is very easy to use.  Products based on a Facebook style interface are for everyone’s skill level, even for older, retired people.

There are so many options available today to assist people in planning and collaborating better.  By doing so, it is easier to get things done.  These systems are also conducive to building stronger personal and business relationships.

Wrike, Mavenlink, Podio, and Insightly, are only a few of many notable products for managing almost anything today.  All of these products offer some sort of free use for simple projects.  Trello is very basic project management system, but powerful, and complexly free.

Working in the cloud offers freedom.  Managing matters better reduces stress, focuses the future, and creates better relationships.  Costa Rica is becoming a more complex place to live.  Expats can fight back!  They can embrace a little technology by learning new ways to manage life and business.

Garland M. Baker is a 42-year resident and naturalized citizen of Costa Rica who provides multidisciplinary professional services to the international community.  Reach him at  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at, a complimentary reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2013, use without permission prohibited.

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Bar and restaurant owners all over the country are getting shocks when they find out what new fees have been levied by a liquor law that just received approval.

One such person is John Lewis, who with his wife, Allison,  operate Restaurant Alice in Playa Chiquita on the Caribbean coast.

Earlier this month, Lewis attended a workshop set up by the Municipalidad in Bribri, Talamanca. Lewis was invited to the workshop, along with other area business owners, to learn his rights and responsibilities under Ley 9047, the new law to increase revenues by charging a fee every four months to every establishment selling liquor.

In December 2011, Lewis and his wife moved to Playa Chiquita and bought Elena Brown’s bar and converted it to a restaurant. Elena Brown’s used to be the center of nightlife in Playa Chiquita, a small village about five kilometers south of Puerto Viejo. Lewis bought the patente, or liquor license, for $10,000, assuming it was a good investment. Restaurant Alice has had a slow start due to a slow economy and a protracted low tourist season in the Caribbean, but because of its excellent fish dishes, the restaurant has reached 14th place on Trip Advisor reviews.

In December, a year after Restaurant Alice opened for business, Lewis went to Bribri to pay the annual fee, what he believed was going to be 10 percent of his liquor sales.

Instead, he was told the exact amount of the tax was not yet decided. He told Lewis to wait until officials informed him of the amount. So Lewis waited. When he finally received an official document stating that he owed a flat tax of 380,000 Colons, he was baffled.

Ley 9047 states that restaurants selling liquor will pay a trimestral fee of 380,000 colons ($770 at the current rate of exchange). According to Talamanca municipal officials the fee is the lowest in Costa Rica, but it does not differentiate between low-revenue and high-revenue establishments or reduce the fee during low tourist season.

Restaurant Alice is definitely a low-revenue. He, spends only about 150, 000 colons (about $300) on liquor every three months. Liquor is just available as a courtesy to customers who come for dinner, Lewis said.

In one year, Lewis went from paying a tax of about 10,000 colons per year to a fee of 190,000 colons (about $385). His fee is cut in half from the 380,000-colon base salary figure because he owns the patente or business license. Still, he is being asked to pay $1,166 more a year to the municipality.

During the low tourist season, many Playa Chiquita businesses are closed because business is so slow. Ley 9047 makes no exceptions for this. Other small restaurant owners in Playa Chiquita face the same dilemma as Restaurant Alice. Some are willing to pay the new fee, reasoning that it is equivalent to purchasing a liquor license. Other owners point out that they are being pressured to sell more liquor in order to have enough money to pay the trimestral fee.

Lewis said when he asked a municipal official if there were any recourse to paying this fee, she replied that perhaps he could sell more alcohol.

Half the amount that the bar and restaurant owners pay goes to the municipality. The rest is divided among three organizations and the Universidad Estatal a Distancia.

Some 20 percent of the total fee goes to the Unión Nacional de Gobiernos Locales. Some 5 percent goes to the Asociación Nacional de Alcaldías e Intendencias, and an equal amount goes to the Red de Mujeres Municipalistas. The university gets 20 percent for training of municipal employees, according to the law.

When lawmakers were considering the bill, they heard that some fees for liquor patentes had not been raised for years. Some bar owners, mainly in San José and other Central Valley communities were paying the equivalent of $10 to $20 a year for the right to sell alcohol.  So lawmakers moved to raise the fees.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The court system has been presented with a plan to create a special jurisdiction for drug and organized crime cases.

The concept came from a study sponsored by the Poder Judicial's  Oficina de Cooperación y Relaciones Internacionales, the U.S. Embassy and Florida International University.

Officials heard presentations last week.

The concept would be to have judges familiar with organized crime and drugs to officiate over such cases.

Luis P. Salas, director of Florida International's Center for the Administration of Justice and chairman of the criminal justice department, led the research.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

If the mother of a child gets an hour off at work to feed her infant, the mother of twins should get two hours. That was the decision of the Sala IV constitutional court involving a woman who works at the Comisión Nacional de Préstamos para La Educación. The country's labor code gives a new mother a half hour off in the morning and an equal amount of time in the afternoon to breast feed her infant.

The court decided that the time off not only was a right of the mother but also for the child, or children in this case. The court also said that if there were triplets instead of twins, the time off would be three hours a day.

Former vegetable market
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The vegetables are gone from the Mercado Borbón.

The municipality has taken over the building for the use of the  Policía Municipal, including the system of monitoring the many cameras installed round the downtown.

The market was well known for years, but the areas along Calle 6 between avenidas 5 and 7 became crime-ridden.  Municipalidad de San José officials said they invested 500 million colons or about $1 million in the project.

Officials said they hoped that the project would revitalize the area.  The building is now being called the antiguo Mercado del Paso de la Vaca after the historic name for Avenida 7.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Law enforcement officials are patting themselves on the back over the results of another public opinion survey. The results show that 39 percent of those surveyed believe that crime has increased.

Security officials note that in May 2010 the same question drew an affirmative response from 77 percent of those questioned.

However, the Cid Gallup survey also shows that 41 percent believe that there is no change in crime and just 19 percent think that crime has declined.

That still is a significant change from January when 91 percent said that crime had increased or remained unchanged. Just 10 percent said crime decreased in the January survey. So the change is about 9 percent.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. senator from Kentucky has introduced legislation to eliminate aspects of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
That is the U.S. law that is causing so many problems for expats and sometimes freezing them out of the local banking system.

The senator is Rand Paul, son of three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Meanwhile, two congressional leaders have set up a Web page and a Twitter account to give taxpayers a voice in reforming the U.S. code.

They are House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, and Senate Finance Chairman Max
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Baucus, a Montana Democrat. The Web site is The Twitter contact is  @simplertaxes.

The Senate Finance and the House Ways and Means Committees have held more than 50 hearings combined, examining every aspect of tax reform, as A.M. Costa Rica has reported. These hearings have drilled down to consider issues like how the tax code affects families, how it distorts businesses’ decisions and hampers growth, and how it influences the nation’s financial system, the tax Web site notes. In March, the Ways and Means Committee called for comments from citizens on the subject of tax reform, with a deadline for submissions of April 16.

American Citizens Abroad asked members and supporters to write to the committee’s Tax Reform Working Groups requesting a change to the tax treatment of Americans living and working overseas.  American Citizens Abroad is a citizens’ advocacy group representing the four to seven million U.S. citizens living outside of the United States, it noted in a release. The organization supports a residence-based system in place of the system that requires U.S. citizens and resident aliens everywhere to pay taxes on their income.

American Citizens Abroad said it believes that basing U.S. taxation on residence rather than on citizenship would help keep overseas Americans competitive, allowing them to create jobs for companies and factories state-side through increased exports.

The expat advocacy organization said it was pleased to see that legislators in Washington are becoming aware of the very
damaging and destructive Foreign Account Tax Compliance
Act, known as FATCA, passed in 2010. American Citizens Abroad said it fully supports the U.S. government's efforts to combat tax evasion. However, the organization said it believes that the FATCA legislation has gone too far and elements of the legislation are seriously damaging the U.S. economy and the lives of Americans working overseas.

Paul, in a press release, said his bill would repeal anti-privacy provisions of FATCA and put an end to a defective bill that does not accomplish its objective of ending tax evasion.

FATCA infringes upon basic constitutional rights, he said, for under FATCA, private data of anyone considered a U.S. person would have details of their financial assets provided to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service without a warrant requirement, suspicious activity report, or any allegation of wrongdoing at all.

Stated in its simplest form, he said, FATCA would require every non-American financial institution, such as banks, credit unions, pension funds, stock and investment firms, etc., to register directly with the IRS and agree to provide specified financial data on the accounts of any U.S. person.

Perhaps even more troubling, he said the implementation of FATCA has allowed the Treasury Department to make independent decisions with respect to the sovereignty of foreign nations and the privacy of United States citizens. In order to implement this law, Treasury has initiated intergovernmental agreements, citing the intent to engage in reciprocal information sharing with other nations, he noted. In other words, the Treasury Department, without the consent and authority of Congress, will force U.S. financial institutions to provide the bank account information of private customers to foreign nations, he said.

That procedure is advancing in Costa Rica so that U.S. tax investigators will be able to get information of any bank account associated with a U.S. citizen here, including those of corporations in which some shareholders are U.S. citizens.

Paul, known for his Libertarian views, said "FATCA's harmful impacts cover the spectrum. It is a violation of Americans' constitutional protections, oversteps the limits of executive power, disregards the mutual respect of sovereignty among nations and drains money from the federal treasury under the guise of replenishing it, and discourages overseas investment in the United States."

Paul, like his father, is a medical professional. Rand Paul is an eye surgeon. He also is a likely candidate for the Republican Party nomination for president in the 2016 elections.

Hotel Europa facing plenty of competition for purchasers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

One of the best-kept secrets in Cost Rica is that the Hotel Europa is for sale.

The Europa is the three-star hotel in downtown San José that was given to an investor trust by Luis Milanes as part of his criminal court case. A court-appointed appraiser said at the time that the hotel was worth $10 million. Investors in the defunct high-interest scheme run by Milanes are now hoping for half that price. But there seem to be no takers.

Milanes surrendered the hotel and other properties in a deal so that he would not be prosecuted. A lot of investors who agreed to this deal are now having second thoughts.

A Canadian real estate broker who used to live here reported he had difficulty in getting specifics on a possible transaction. He was offered a non-exclusive listing agreement, but there appears to be no financial details, such as income and expenses, on the hotel operations.

A local lawyer also sought information on the business and food licenses.

The hotel is in a trust managed by a firm called Global Trust Firm S.A. The interests of the investors are supposed to be considered by a court-appointed committee. The chairman of that committee, Leonardo Gómez, declines to make public comments because he said that Costa Rican judicial rules prohibit it.
One of the major sources of income for the hotel is a casino run by Milanes who rents part of the ground floor. Investors also wonder about what will happen to the casino if the hotel is sold.

The Europa attracts budget-conscious travelers with a rate ranging upwards from $42 a night. Trip Advisor lists it in 62nd place of 87 Costa Rican hotels. Customer reviews are about average although there are a few scathing ones.

Many hotels are for sale now in Costa Rica. One real estate Web site lists 27. None of them is the Europa. In fact, there does not seem to be any advertising effort with the aim of selling the hotel.

Some other investors declined the deal involving the Europa. One group obtains ownership of a large home, but that has not sold either.  This is not unusual considering the state of the real estate market.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Milanes and even groups of some of his creditors are headed back to court to renegotiate the various agreements. 

Milanes, who was the key figure in a $200 million collapse of his Savings Unlimited, has been hoping for a deferred prosecution or what amounts to probation. He only served briefly in jail when he returned in 2009 after being a fugitive since November 2002.

Milanes continues to operate his casinos in the Central Valley.

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Most of country continues in the grip of a dry spell, but that may change today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The entire country except the central and south Pacific is in the midst of a drought that ranged from 20 to 50 percent less precipitation than normal from January to April.

That is the word from the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional, which also noted that the drought is more than a year old. The hardest hit areas are the north Pacific with a rain deficit of 45 percent and the southern Caribbean where the deficit is 40 percent. The northern zone has faced a deficit of 35 percent, and in the Central Valley there has been 20 percent less rain than normal, said the institute.

The dry spell continues with cloudy skies in the Central Valley but little rain.
That may change this week. The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica's weather service, predicts 70 to 80 percent chance of rain for the entire week.
Still, there was supposed to be heavy downpours Sunday in the Central Valley, but these storms did not materialize.

The weather institute still is predicting a shortage of rain in the southern Caribbean through July. Weather experts estimated 15 percent.

Elsewhere the prediction is for from 5 to 10 percent more rain than normal, said the institute.

The institute is predicting 825 millimeters of 32.5 inches total rainfall through July for the Central valley and 1,390 millimeters or 54.75 inches for the south Pacific.

This week, the institute reported, there is unstable weather with humidity coming into the country from the oceans. There was storm activity Sunday all the south Pacific coast and also the central Pacific.

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New inbound comet seen
as possible great sky show

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Excitement has been growing in recent months over the approach of Comet ISON.  Like other comets, this chunk of rock and ice is following a long, elliptical orbit around the Sun, and like other comets, when it nears the Sun later this year, its trailing stream of dust and vapor will catch the sunlight and become a long, luminous, tail. Many astronomers are predicting that when this celestial traveler sweeps by later this year, it could turn out to be the comet of the century.
Comet ISON was discovered Sept. 21 by two amateur astronomers in Russia, using a reflecting telescope at an observatory of the International Scientific Optical Network. The stargazers then named the new comet after the network’s acronym, ISON. It’s officially known as C/2012 S1.
Dennis Bodewits, an astronomer at the University of Maryland who has been keeping a close eye on ISON, explains that excitement about its approach has been building as observers worked out the comet’s trajectory:
“We started seeing Comet ISON by the end of last year, when it was really far away from Earth and the Sun, and it was already really clearly active. And people started reconstructing its orbit and figuring out what was up with this comet. If you do this and you reason forward in time, we think that this comet will be really bright by the time it gets close to the Sun.”
Bodewits and other astronomers following ISON recently used resources such as NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Swift satellite to get a good look at the comet as it makes its way through our solar system. Bodewits says he was especially eager to learn how big the comet’s nucleus is.
“And this is important to know whether it will survive its close approach to the Sun.  If you have a very big object, it’s more likely that some of it will remain once it flies by the Sun.  The reason why you have to do that now is because as it becomes more active there’s this giant cloud of dust and gas that you cannot see through and you cannot see the nucleus directly. This is a problem that we always have with comets.”
So how big is ISON’s nucleus? Bodewits surmises that it’s not very large.
“What Hubble found is that the comet was smaller than they could see. That means that it’s at most four kilometers, or two and a half miles, in diameter, which means that it’s relatively small.”
ISON is classified as a Sun-grazing comet, since its calculated elliptical trajectory will bring it very close to the Sun before it is flung back into deep space by the Sun’s gravity.
“It’s a fresh comet from the Oort clouds, where comets reside and when this orbit was done it was also clear that this comet will get within two solar radii off the surface of the Sun, which is really close to the Sun.”
Since ISON will be flying so close to the Sun, Bodewits says there are concerns that the powerful gravitational forces could cause the comet to break apart.
“As for now we simply don’t know what will happen. And, that’s one of the things that make this comet so unique. We never see comets that appear this far away. We can then follow it all the way in until it gets so close to the Sun and we’re all speculating on whether it will survive or not or break up as it does. So, this is another opportunity for us to learn more about the internal structure of comets.”
Astronomers believe ISON is going to put on a spectacular display this November, possibly becoming so bright that it will be visible in the daytime sky. Bodewits says ISON is already gearing up for the show:
“If a comet is very active, which means it produces a lot of gas, it will kick up a lot of dust and that dust then makes it a spectacular comet. ISON is far away from the Sun, but it is already kicking up a lot of dust, both literally and figuratively.”
The excitement over ISON follows a number of recent comet sightings, each of which generated lots of advance media buzz, but few of which lived up to the hype. One exception came six years ago with Comet McNaught, which was also known as the Great Comet of 2007.  Astronomers say the comet was the brightest that had been seen in over 40 years.
But then there were disappointments, such as Comet Kohoutek back in 1973, which  had been hyped by the media as the comet of the century. Kohoutek sputtered out after its arrival and was considered by most to be a total let-down; possibly because it started to break up during a close approach to the Sun just before its Earth flyby.  Comet Kohoutek became the butt of many comedians’ jokes back then.
And Halley’s Comet, one of the best-known and well-documented celestial visitors, returned to much fanfare in 1986, but because its orbit took it twice as far from Earth as during its celebrated 1910 visit, Halley’s appeared only dimly in the night sky.

Marijuana reported to ease
levels of sugar in the blood

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Marijuana has been used for centuries to relieve pain, improve mood and increase appetite. A new study finds that the herb also has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, suggesting it could be helpful in diabetes control.

Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 4,600 patients who completed a drug-use questionnaire and provided blood samples. Nearly half had never used marijuana, about 2,000 others had used it in the past and the rest were current users.

Participants who reported using marijuana in the previous month had the lowest levels of fasting insulin and the highest levels of the so-called good cholesterol — indicators of a lower risk for both diabetes and heart disease.

The study also found the marijuana users tended to have smaller waistlines. Large waist circumference, typically associated with obesity, is linked to diabetes risk.

Although the U.S. government banned marijuana in 1937, its social use has continued, with an estimated 17.4 million Americans reporting regular or occasional use of the drug. Two states recently legalized recreational marijuana, and nearly half the states and the District of Columbia have legalized or decriminalized medical-use marijuana, for patients suffering from glaucoma or the effects of chemotherapy or HIV/AIDS.

This new study, appearing in The American Journal of Medicine, highlights the need for more research into the short and long-term effects of marijuana in a variety of clinical settings.

Pope warns faithful to remain
open to a changing world

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis warned the Catholic Church to not close in on itself, urging the faithful to be open and present in a new and changing world. He spoke at a Mass to mark Pentecost Sunday attended by more than 200,000 people.
The church should ask itself daily whether it is resisting new challenges and remaining "barricaded in transient structures which have lost their capacity for openness to what is new," he said.
"Newness always makes us a bit fearful, because we feel more secure if we have everything under control," Francis said in his homily in front of a packed St. Peter's Square, adding that change can bring fulfillment.
The Pentecost Mass marks the day the church says the Holy Spirit descended on Christ's apostles, or disciples, and is regarded as the birthday of the church.
Francis warned of the threat of an institution which is "self-referential, closed in on herself," and spoke of the courage to "take to the streets of the world" and reach "the very outskirts of existence."
Later he toured the square in an open-top white vehicle, greeting cheering crowds and kissing young children.
Since his election in March as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Francis has been urging church leaders to go out into their communities and help the poor and suffering, rather than focusing on internal politics.
Morale among the faithful has been hit by a widespread child sex abuse scandal involving Catholic priests and in-fighting and careerism in the church government or curia.
The 76-year-old former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has given clear signs he will bring a new broom to the papacy, favoring humility and simplicity over pomp and grandeur.
He has set up an advisory board of cardinals from around the world to help him reform a Vatican administration which has been held responsible for some of the mishaps and scandals that plagued the eight-year reign of his predecessor Benedict.
At a vigil on Saturday evening, Francis said Catholics must become courageous and seek out the people who need help the most rather than sitting around, dissecting theology.

Obama administration official
denies knowing about IRS

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A senior Obama administration official says the White House had no knowledge of misdeeds being committed by America’s tax collecting agency. This is one of several scandals engulfing the administration. 

The Internal Revenue Service has admitted to singling out conservative political groups for heightened scrutiny in recent years.  The IRS is a politically-independent agency within the Treasury Department, which is headed by a member of the president’s cabinet.  And so the question arises: did the White House know of improper IRS behavior before an independent investigator’s report was released earlier this month? 

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer says no. “The first that the White House was made aware of it was from the Treasury Department a few weeks ago.  And not the details of what happened, not the results of the investigation, but that an independent investigation was about to conclude," he said.

Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation program, Pfeiffer said the White House had a hands-off approach to the probe. “You have a cardinal rule, which is you do nothing to interfere with an independent investigation and you do nothing to offer the appearance of interfering in an investigation.  So we, I feel like we handled this the appropriate way," he said.

White House assurances do not satisfy Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican who was Mitt Romney’s runningmate in last year’s presidential contest.

“What we do now know that, for roughly two years, the IRS was targeting Americans based on their political beliefs," he said. "So we are going to continue this investigation to get to the bottom of this: who knew?  When did they know?  Why did they do this?  How high up in government did it go?”

Speaking on the Fox News Sunday television program, Ryan dismissed last week’s assertion by the IRS’ former acting commissioner that the targeting of certain political groups constituted errors and poor customer service.

“People deserve a government they can trust, that is honest, impartial.  To try and suggest that this is just bureaucratic snafus —  we already know that that is not true," he said.

In addition to the IRS scandal, Congress has been probing the administration’s actions during and after last year’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the ambassador, and whether the Justice Department acted properly in secretly seizing phone records from the Associated Press.

Single ticket sold in Florida
is winning in Powerball

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Millions of people across the U.S. have been waiting anxiously to hear the results of a record U.S. Powerball lottery drawing late Saturday worth $590.5 million.

Lottery officials said early Sunday, there is a winner. A single winning ticket was bought at a store in Florida. The winner has not yet come forward.

The grand prize, accumulated over two months of drawings that did not provide a winner, surpassed the previous record Powerball payoff of $587.5 million set in November.

The lucky winner matched five numbers picked from machines holding 59 white balls, and a special Powerball pulled from a machine filled with 35 red balls. The chances of winning were one in 175 million.

The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was a $656 million prize split among three winners in the national Mega-Millions lottery in March of last year. The world's biggest lottery prize was Spain's El Gordo, which divided $3 billion among thousands of winners last year.

Two different approaches
seen as malaria control 

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two new medical discoveries are raising hopes of containing malaria, the mosquito-borne parasitic disease that each year infects more than 200 million people and claims an estimated 660 thousand lives.  Meantime, the World Health Organization is warning about dire consequences if a drug-resistant form of malaria spreads beyond southeast Asia.

Artemisinin has helped cut global malaria deaths by more than 25 percent over the past decade. But now, in parts of Southeast Asia, this drug no longer works. And the World Health Organization's Shin Young-Soo warns of serious setbacks if drug resistance continues to spread. 

"The truth is, that malaria will beat us all unless we do more than what we are doing now, and we do it better," said the physician.

Controlling malaria involves a range of strategies: using insecticidal bed nets to prevent mosquito bites, spraying insecticides, preventive treatment for children and pregnant women, and controlling or changing mosquitoes, or the malaria parasites they carry.

The World Health Organization says that in the last 10 years, 20 countries have brought the disease under control. At a U.S. congressional hearing, Mark Dybul executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said the world is on course to end malaria. Costa Rica has reported that it is close to eliminating the disease.

"We've had so much success over the last 10 years that you've heard about, that high-transmission areas are becoming much more confined," said Dybul.

Dybul said global efforts have led to better treatment and more effective control of the mosquito that carries the parasite.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, at the US National Institutes of Health, points to promising research that involves introducing a strain of bacteria into the mosquito.

"It's a bacteria that infects the mosquito, and what it does is it interferes with the developmental process that the malaria parasite goes through in the mosquito in its life cycle," said Fauci.

And once the bacterium is in the mosquito, it's passed down to succeeding generations. The hope is, these malaria-proof mosquitoes eventually will replace those that can carry the parasite. 

"Which means, if you can get this out there among populations of mosquitoes in different regions of the world in different countries, it could have a profound effect on the control of malaria," said Fauci.

The true test, of course, will come when mosquitos infected with the bacterium are released into the wild. Dr. Guowu Bian is the Michigan State University scientist who led this research.

"I hope in a few years, maybe three or four years, our mosquito can go to the field," he said.

Another promising line of research involves manipulating the mosquito's genes. Right now, the anopheles mosquito has no defense against the malaria parasite. If scientists can change its genetic makeup, the mosquito's immune system could repel the organism.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking as the malaria parasite becomes immune to the world's front-line drug against the disease.

Burglars reveal motivations
in selecting their targets

By the University of North Carolina news service

One way to understand what motivates and deters burglars is to ask them. Researcher Joseph Kuhns of the the University of North Carolina did just that.  The criminologist led a research team that gathered survey responses from more than 400 convicted offenders that resulted in an unprecedented look into the minds of burglars and provided insight into intruders’ motivations and methods.

The study, “Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective,” was funded by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation, under the auspices of the Electronic Security Association, the largest trade association for the electronic life safety and security industry.

"This study broadens our understanding of burglars, their motivations and their techniques," Kuhns said. "It also helps us to understand gender differences in offending motivations and techniques. By asking the burglars what motivates and what deters them, we believe this research can help people better understand how to protect themselves against these crimes and help law enforcement more effectively respond.”

The researchers delved into the decision-making processes and methods of 422 incarcerated male and female burglars selected at random from state prison systems in North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio. This investigation explored offender motivation, target selection considerations, deterrence factors, burglars’ techniques, and gender differences in motivations, target selection and techniques.

Findings included:

• When selecting a target, most burglars said they considered the close proximity of other people, including traffic, people in the house or business, and police officers; the lack of escape routes; and signs of increased security, including alarm signs, alarms, dogs inside, and outdoor cameras or other surveillance equipment.

• Approximately 83 percent said they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target if there was an alarm on-site. This was particularly true among the subset of burglars who were more likely to spend time deliberately and carefully planning a burglary.

• Among those who discovered the presence of an alarm while attempting a burglary, half reported they would discontinue the attempt, while another 31 percent said they would sometimes retreat. Only 13 percent said they would always continue with the burglary attempt.

• Respondents indicated their top reasons for committing burglaries was related to the need to acquire drugs (51 percent) or money (37 percent), which was often used to support drug habits. Only one burglar indicated interest in stealing firearms, which is a common misperception.

• About half reported burglarizing homes primarily, while 31 percent typically committed commercial burglaries.

• Most burglars reported entering open windows or doors or forcing windows or doors open. About one in eight burglars reported picking locks or using a key that they had previously acquired to gain entry.

• About 12 percent indicated that they typically planned the burglary in advance, 41 percent suggested it was most often a spur of the moment event, and the other 37 percent reported that it varied.

A considerable portion of the research dealt with differences between male and female burglars. For example, men tended to plan their burglaries more deliberately and were more likely to gather intelligence about a potential target ahead of time. Women appeared to be more impulsive overall, engaging in spur-of-the-moment burglaries.

Women also indicated a preference for burglarizing homes and residences during the afternoon, while men tended to focus on businesses in the late evenings. Drug use was the most frequently reported motive given by women, at 70 percent, while men cited money as their main motivation.

In one consistent finding across males and females, alarms and surveillance equipment had similar impact on target selection. However, female burglars were more often dissuaded from attempting a burglary if they noticed signs suggesting that a particular location was protected by alarms.
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

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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La Cruz finca
La Cruz Finca 223 ha. (558.2 acre)
This beautiful 223-hectare (558-acre) farm is 70 kms. north of Liberia on the Pan-American Highway and has over a kilometer of frontage on the highway. The property is almost 3 kms deep and has good interior roads. The River Sapoa runs year round at the back side of the farm which is almost 1 mile wide with and incredible views over the Nicaraguan border to Lake Nicaragua and Isla Ometepe. Great property for an eco retreat, teak farm or cattle ranch.  At $900 per acre, this is one of the best farm deals around. See details HERE! The seller will entertain any reasonable offer. Price: $495,000 contact: Bruce Hummel. Email: Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel, - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.

hree peanel montage
This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!

La Garita
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  Their is a 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to theinternaitonal airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

Pirate beach
For sale by owner: Ocean view condominium. Reduced $175,000

Gorgeous two- bedroom, two-bath with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built-in energy efficiently. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white sandy Pirates Beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double panel windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, porcelain tile. Contact  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
Brokers Welcome
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
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Rich Coast Montage
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community, $89,000!!
- 2 Successful Coffee Shops and Bakeries, Turnkey $60,000/ $120,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community from $17,500!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
- 3 Bedroom Oceanview House on 5 acres subdividable
into 4 oceanview properties $250k
- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
- Oceanfront Residential Lots from $40,000
and much more....
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Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here:

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 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. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request.

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers house.
Water and power on site.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. $180,000 506-8869-9274.

View from Orosi home

Majestically situated overlooking the Orosi Valley and the tropical rain forest, this 2-bedroom, 2½-bath home with a separate office is offered at $550,000.  From the extensive use of glass windows visitors are easily captivated by the unbelievably 7 acres of pure, natural Costa Rican landscape.   The property is located 15 minutes from the Cartago metropolitan area, an hour from San José, 1¼ hours to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, 2 hours to the beaches of the Pacific West Coast, or 3 ½  hours to the beaches of the southern Caribbean coast.
USA 678-799-8803
CR Cell 011-506-8-910-2904

You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to

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.

Rich Coast Montage
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2-bedroom house in gated community, $92,500.
- Lots in gated community from $20k w/financing available.
- 3-bedroom house in gated community, furnished, walk to the beach, $125k
- 3-bedroom oceanview house on 5 acres subdividable, $270k
- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
and much more....
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891

just reduced
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005  CR Cell 8718-9891

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Grecia women's organization
will dance against violence

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

A local women’s group called Blooms will dance in Grecia’s Central Park to show their support of a campaign that is sweeping the world.  The event takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Cathedral Mercedes. Music and dancing will be featured, as well as information about the campaign to end violence against women and girls, and women's institute-sponsored programs in Costa Rica. The public is invited to dance, clap and march along.

There are three billion women in the world and it is estimated that one in three will experience rape or violence during their lifetime.  Recent events of gang rape in India and the shooting of a Pakistani schoolgirl shocked the world.  They were turning points in campaigns that have for years been waged by the United Nations and countless women’s groups.  All of a sudden, the world rose to attention!

The One Billion Rising! Campaign, was created by playwright Eve Ensler in the U.S.A. some 15 years ago. Feb. 14 saw individuals in more than 200 countries dancing to "Break the Chain," an inspirational song written by Tena Clark, and choreographed by Debbie Allen.  The dance continues now year-round.

“Dancing just one day doesn’t solve the problem of violence against women but is a means of publicizing the need for change,” says Pamela Hopkins, lead dancer for Blooms. “It is a very empowering way for women to demonstrate their care for women and girls who suffer appalling conditions, however far away.” 

“The statistics are staggering,” added Blooms spokesperson Joan Dewar. “Now is the time to change the plight of women, and Costa Rica wants the world to know that they care!” The organization gives these statistics:

The United Nations estimates that globally 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime. More than 100 million girls are missing due to pre-natal sex selection. Up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16. Up to 70 percent of women report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence. Over 600 million girls are child brides, married before the age of 18.
Blooms is short for "Bloom Where You Are Planted". The group has existed in the Central Valley since the early 1990s, with the goal of providing support and friendship to English-speaking women new or not so new to Costa Rica. Membership approximates 140 women of all ages from Costa Rica, the U.S.A., Canada, Germany, Britain, France and many other countries.  Membership inquiries are welcomed at 2444-8796 or by email to

Unidad Social Cristiana
picks another physician

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Rodolfo Hernández, the former director of the Hospital Nacional de Niños, has won the nomination of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana. The physician received 77 percent of the vote, and his opponent, Rodolfo Piza received 23 percent.

The party held its nominating convention Sunday.

Hernández is a well-known public figure because he represented the hospital on television and on radio for years.  He will face, among others, Johnny Araya of the Partido Liberación Nacional in the general election next February.

Unidad  Social Cristiana has had success with medical professionals. Abel Pacheco, a psychiatrist, won the presidency in 2002.

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