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U.S. expat tax report is neutral on income exclusion
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tax situation of U.S. citizens living abroad is again the topic of a major report produced by the Government Accountability Office. The report quickly came under criticism from an expat advocacy organization.

The report concludes that while it cannot be shown that allowing US taxpayers working abroad to exclude a certain amount of foreign-earned income from taxes boosts exports, other arguments concerning taxpayer equity and competitiveness in foreign markets merit consideration, the Association of Americans Resident Overseas noted.

The American Citizens Abroad, a similar organization, was more critical.

The report was commissioned by Reps. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Mike Honda of California with the support of Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from the State of Washington. Ms. Maloney and Honda are members of the congressional  Americans Abroad Caucus.

The Government Accountability Office takes the typical central government position that any money not collected from expats is actually an expenditure of taxes.

U.S. taxpayers overseas were able to exclude from taxable income in 2011 about $30 billion in foreign earned income and housing costs, with about 45 percent excluding all or most of their foreign earned income. 2011 was the most recent data that was available, the accounting office said. The report noted that 445,000 tax returns claimed the foreign earned income exclusion, which is 0.3 percent of all individual tax returns filed.

Since 1926, special tax benefits have been available for U.S. citizens working abroad. Internal Revenue Code section 911, which cost an estimated $4.4 billion in 2013, provides a tax exclusion for foreign earned income, as well as an exclusion and deduction for foreign housing costs.

The advocacy organizations argue that eliminating the deduction would put American workers at a disadvantage in the foreign marketplace. To some extent the exclusion is designed to avoid the double taxation that would
result if a citizen had to pay U.S. tax and taxes to a foreign government.

Both American Citizens Abroad and the  Association of American Residents Overseas have urged Congress to eliminate the citizenship-based taxation method in favor of a geographical one. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that requires its citizens to pay taxes on money earned outside the country.

The report notes that historically, the tax expenditure has been defended on the grounds that it encourages the employment of U.S. workers abroad who play an important role in promoting U.S. exports, notes American Citizens Abroad, adding that the orientation of the 2014 report is summarized in its concluding observations: “Currently, the federal government is forgoing billions in federal tax revenue for a small but growing population of U.S. citizens working abroad that claim section 911 tax benefits. Yet, there is little evidence that the tax expenditure has a significant effect on export promotion.”

American Citizens Abroad argues that the Government Accounting Office should not compare U.S. citizens aboard with those living in the United States. "In fact, Americans abroad are in a totally different situation from U.S. residents because the majority live in countries with a cost of living significantly higher than in the United States," it says in its critique. "The devaluation of the U.S. dollar against other currencies has artificially pushed up the dollar value of foreign earned income when translated for U.S. tax purposes."

The expat organization also said that the report dismisses completely the fact that Americans abroad receive little direct benefits from the U.S. government.

Representatives of both expat organizations expect the foreign income exclusion to be on the table when Congress begins its promised revision of the complicated tax code.

In Costa Rica many U.S. citizens just do not report their earnings, although to elect the income exclusion, a tax return is required. The U.S. government is becoming better equipped to track the bank accounts of its citizens here, also shown by the various rules being set down by the Costa Rica banking regulators.


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The central government says it will support a constitutional amendment to declare Costa Rica to be a multicultural and multi-ethnic state.

President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera. said that he and other candidates signed a pledge to that effect in a November meeting with persons in Limón.

In addition, the government will impanel a commission to promote and oversee the public policies that promote racial inclusion, encourage respect for cultural diversity and fight against racial discrimination.

This would be an expansion of a decree issued by former president Laura Chinchilla that only applied to the public administration.

The proposal already is in the legislature, and Solís said that he would try to expedite the measure even if he had to put it on a special agenda for consideration when the executive branch controls the issues that are discussed in the Asamblea Legislative.

The Constitution's Articúlo 33 already says all persons are equal before the law and discrimination cannot be practiced against them contrary to human dignity.


Heredia notary is suspect
in faking property titles

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A notary from Heredia has been linked to a scene to cheat owners of their properties.

The man, identified by the last name of Picado was detained Thursday morning when judicial agents visited his home in La Aurora de Heredia. The Poder Judicial said that he was linked to five cases in which fake documents were files showing that the true owners of property had sold them to third parties. The third parties then either resold the properties or mortgaged them.

Costa Rican law protects innocent third parties who might purchase properties for which fake titles are offered.


Investigators seek IDs
of two murdered women


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents are trying to identify the two women who were found murdered in a vacant lot in San Sebastián Saturday night. Both women had been tied hands and feet and had a plastic bag placed over their heads.

Both women were described as being between 25 and 35.  Investigators hope that tattoos on one of the bodies will lead them to an identity. The woman has a butterfly on her left leg and the name Haydee on her lower back.

In Cieneguita-Limón Sunday agents detained a 37-year-old woman during the investigation of the murder of one of her relatives, a 24-year-old man with the last name of  Mc Murray. Agents aid that in the midst of a personal dispute the man received a knife wound in the stomach.


Fuerza Pública official
will head traffic police

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new head of the transport ministry has selected a police officer with a long career as the new Director General de la Policía de Tránsito. The man selected is Mario Calderón Cornejo, who had been serving as a ranking officer in the Fuerza Pública.

He has a degree in criminology.

Carlos Segnini, minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, said that Calderón will apply his background in human resourses, tactics and police strategies.

Usually the head of the traffic police comes from the ranks of that agency.

Alexander Solano Quirós, a 14-year traffic officer and a lawyer, was named subdirector.

Traffic police officers have been arrested for seeking bribes and other offenses.  Segnini's decision to go outside the force appears to be an effort to combat corruption. Both men promise zero tolerance for wrongdoing.


Some foreign students plan
to stay and seek jobs in U.S.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Each year America attracts thousands of foreign students seeking a college education and work experience. Staying in the U.S. after graduation, though, can be more difficult because of visa and job constraints.

It's graduation day for students at The College of New Rochelle in New York.

Some came from other countries to study here and are among 800,000 foreign students in the United States.

Many look forward to taking back to their home countries what they have learned.

“I decided to study for the masters in public education because I always thought about back home," said Cynthia Asare, a student from Ghana. "How best I could utilize this? You can go back home and work even in the government section and be of help to your country.”

Prudence Tolliver, a student from Jamaica, said, “College of New Rochelle is basically my start. My goal is to do as much as I can, to go back to Jamaica, so that they can see that they can accomplish their dreams.”

But some want to stay in America.

“I definitely want to get a start here in the work force," said Jonelle Ward, from Canada. "I feel it’s competitive, I feel you are forced to stretch and reach a certain limit and challenge yourself. And there’s variety and very innovative and creative, which I like.”

For foreign students like these, launching a career in this country will not be easy, even with an improving U.S. economy.

Philip Press, an executive with a job placement company, said, “The challenge for the international candidate is finding the company that’s willing to either sponsor or take them for the amount of time their visa is current. Because once the visa is up and they have to leave, chances are they are not going to get sponsored.”

Generally, if foreign students cannot find a work sponsor, they will have to leave.

Overall, though, the news for the class of 2014 is better nationwide, according to David Smith of the management consulting company Accenture, which conducts an annual survey of job prospects.

“Coming out into the job market this year they are actually giving us signs of much more optimism about their prospects ahead. They are also telling us they are willing to be much more willing to be mobile, to look at job prospects beyond their local marketplace where they went to college or university,” said Smith.

Accenture found 80 percent of the students expect to get training on the job. After one or two years, however, the management company says only half have received training.


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Health officials move to protect borders against a new virus
By Michael Krumholtz
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Health officials are putting the country on alert over the chikungunya virus spreading through the Caribbean and now Panamá. Similar to dengue, the virus is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This disease leads to severe pains and fevers but is almost never fatal.

The Ministerio de Salud's health surveillance director, María Ethel Tejos, said San José, Guácimo, and Sarapiquí are the areas where the virus has the highest probability to surface. She confirmed that no cases have yet been reported in Costa Rica.

Ms. Tejos has stressed higher awareness levels at the borders, so the disease does not enter via foreign travelers who may be infected. She said border authorities should know what the disease looks like so they can get any potential carriers away from the public and into medical care.

“One of the important things is to coordinate with the nation's entrance points by air, sea, and land to provide clear information
over the symptoms of this disease,” she said. “This way we can get anyone entering the country who may have symptoms to be immediately transferred to health services for early containment.”

A regional health organization has confirmed thousands of cases in Haiti, Cuba, Saint Martin, and the Dominican Republic since December.  Ms. Tejos singled out the Dominican Republic as having serious problems in containing the threat because of medical centers' failure to quickly stamp out the disease. A few recent cases have also been reported within neighboring Panamá as the country's health department has issued a prevention alert status.

Though some people are immune to chikungunya, most who receive the virus will be presented with a range of possible symptoms, including a high fever, joint pains, nausea, headaches, and insomnia.

Ms. Tejos said the health ministry and the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social will focus combative efforts on mosquito-friendly havens like places that accumulate standing water. During the rainy season these sources are especially vulnerable to attracting the Aedes aegypti. Ms. Tejos pointed to tires, buckets, animal feeders, and gutters as objects that are usually looked at for fumigation.


Anti-smoking walk to Parque la Sabana draws fewer than expected
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A lot of people missed their anti-smoking T-shirt Sunday, and that was not because they were out behind the barn grabbing a smoke.

Many who would have joined the  Caminata Contra el Fumado just did not know about it. Sponsors said they gave out 300 kits that contained a T-shirt. They had planned to hand out 3,000.

The walk began at the Plaza de la Cultura and ended up at the new Estadio Nacional in Parque la Sabana (right) where there were activities in keeping with the theme of the World Day without Tobacco.

Sponsors included the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the Ministerio de Salud, the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, Coopecaja and the Banco de Costa Rica.

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Teachers present revised proposal, but nationwide strike still is on
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

While government officials and teacher representatives struggle to find a solution to the long-standing strikes, the Catholic Church has now stepped in. The unions have asked church authorities to facilitate further talks with the Ministerio de Educación Púbica after both sides temporarily broke off talks last week.

Leaders from the Bloque Magisterial, Costa Rica's teacher union collective, have worked on a new proposal. Archbishop José Rafael Quirós Quirós joined the unions as representatives carved out the new document's stipulations Sunday in Tres Ríos.

The result was similar to what has been represented in the past.
Teachers plan to take to the streets again this morning to continue the strikes that began in early May. Minister of Educación Sonia Marta Mora Escalante said last week that the government would start docking teachers' pay if nothing was resolved by today. However, the unions have demanded that no teacher suffers sanctions of any kind for missing work due to striking.

The proposal from the teachers after the mediation by the archbishop demanded that the government not change the school year. There have been proposals to make changes so that students could make up the time they have lost since May 5.

The proposals also seeks to reduce paperwork by allowing teachers to be paid by simply showing their cédulas de identidad.

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Solar probe captures shot of gigantic eruption from the sun
By the National Aeronautics and Space Administration new staff

A coronal mass ejection surged off the side of the sun May 9, 2014, and the newest solar observatory caught it in extraordinary detail. This was the first ejection observed by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph which launched in June 2013 to peer into the lowest levels of the sun's atmosphere with better resolution than ever before.

A curtain of solar material erupts outward at speeds of 1.5 million miles per hour, said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. IRIS must commit to pointing at certain areas of the sun at least a day in advance, so catching an ejection in the act involves some educated guesses and a little bit of luck.

"We focus in on active regions to try to see a flare or a CME," said Bart De Pontieu, the IRIS science lead at Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto, California. "And then we wait and hope that we'll catch something. This is the first clear CME for IRIS so the team is very excited." The field of view for this imagery is about five Earths wide and about seven-and-a-half Earths tall.

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Homes for rent in Palmares, Alajuela
See our Web page: palmarescostarica.us
8375-7/2/14

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We are looking for a person with good manners, medical student, exchange program student or a foreigner, to share my house. We offer you: Two bedrooms, breakfast and dinner. You will have Internet and TV cable. We have laundering service and cleaning service. All of this only for $35 per night per person!!. Please call: (+506) 8313-3472 or 6116-3218. Or email: alvaradoleonor@gmail.com Thanks you!!!
8364-6/19/14

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Apartment for rent

2 bedrooms 2 full baths

Full furniture, AC, security, rooftop swimming pool, 2 parking space, good location: Escazú near district 4. Close to mall, hotels, restaurants and business centers (Grupo Roble). 8336-7762 or email NoushinRavery@yahoo.com.
8363-6/19/14

Tropical Paradise in downtown San José
$485 per month.

The apartments are located in the heart of San Pedro, just a few minutes from the capital, San José. We are close to everything: banks, food, supermarkets, transportation, many language schools, Humans’ Rights Court, United Nations, Oscar Arias Foundations, the Defense
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of Children, the University of Costa Rica, VERITAS, U. Latina and other private universities. We provide a positive friendly and quiet atmosphere which includes gardens, parking, security, laundry/cleaning services, high speed (2 mega bytes) Wireless DSL Internet/active cable T.V. connections 
with 90 channels (TV not included). The apartments include the following: one bedroom, kitchen/dining/living room area, bathroom (with hot shower), refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, stove top, basic kitchen supplies, basic furnishings and all linens. We also offer 100 percent free, unlimited phone calls to U.S.A., Canada,  and Puerto Rico. 3 MONTH MINIMUM CONTRACT.    Contact us at 506-8818-2004    or  506-8302-1499   villalakshmi@gmail.com  Check our Web site, www.villalakshmi.com, for more info.
8360-6/13/14

Apartments Lemur
Apartment Lemur for rent
San Francisco de Dos Rios, El Bosque, furnished, 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartment, quiet area, free cable TV, WiFi. large patio area, swimming pool, parking, security. Close to San José. $440/month. Retired persons preferred. Call 8375-6838.
Email: jorge.jorgejim@gmail.com.
8349-6/2/14


oranic farm
$800 plus utilities, 2-bedroom, 2-bath house, fully furnished, Internet included, cable TV available. Inside organic farm, safe and secure. In the country but close to town. Santa Barbara de Heredia, Email for more info and pictures. Long term, NO DOGS. organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com
8337-6/14/14

Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
 and dryer. All you pay extra for is electricity. You have your own meter and receive a bill from the electric company every month.  This apartment has a American-style hot water system, hot water in both bathrooms and the kitchen. There is a 25-foot balcony to sit on and watch the people in San José walk by. The neighborhood Barrio Amón is the safest in San José For photos and more information contact:  rentnowcr@gmail.com.
8357-5/28/24

Gorgeous views, safe and peaceful, above Alajuela
 4-
bedroom, three-bath house for rent, near Pura Vida Yoga Center. Perfect weather, great views, nice neighbors. Two phone lines. Internet access through Cable Tica. Long-term rental only. $900 plus utilities. Click HERE for more information. Contact noelsusana@yahoo.com
8299-5/1/14

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442.
8267-8/17/14

100 houses

CARIARI AND LINDORA areas, nice garden apartments, furnished or not, ideal for small family, couple/singles. US $1,000 and up. Email  1000houses@ice.co.cr   Tel. 8383-6388.
8241-3/7/14

ALAJUELA – SERENE LIVING
MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.
9229-3/3/14

Los Arcos gated community 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment $500 monthly. aAso efficiency apartment $300 month. dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8222-2/21/14




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Fracking in North Dakota
makes the region boom

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A relatively new drilling technology that allows oil to be extracted from the earth through a process called hydraulic fracturing or fracking has brought a flood of development to rural towns situated on the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and Montana. The development brings risks and rewards.

Six years ago this once dark spot of the United States in western North Dakota and eastern Montana was not noticeable from space, but it is now visible from the International Space Station, thanks to the glow of thousands of intense flames in the oil fields fueling a red hot energy boom in the United States.

“The oil and the gas industry is the 800-pound gorilla in the room," said Nancy Hodur.

New technology that allows drilling deep into shale deposits is transforming North Dakota.  The oil boom has increased activity in once sleepy towns like Williston.  In 2000 the state population was about 620,000.  North Dakota State University's Professor Nancy Hodur says that number is now closer to 730,000.

“It is a record high.  It has never been bigger," she said.

And the boom continues to create jobs. 

“We do not have as many people as we need to fill those jobs, and we have got high participation in the workforce," said Hodur.

And not just in the oil fields.  Businesses are having a hard time filling vacancies ranging from driving trucks to making food in the growing number of restaurants.

Restaurant owner Cam Holt says there is also a shortage of homes and apartments, which has created sky-high rent prices.

“We have got to house probably 80 to 90 percent of the people that walk through the door here, looking for a job, need a place to live.  At $1,500 a bedroom, even at the rates we are paying people, it is still unaffordable.  It does not make sense for them," said Holt.

North Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment and fastest growing income rates in the country.  But a report by the labor organization AFL-CIO says it is also one of the most dangerous places to work, with a death rate five times higher than the national average.  Most of those fatalities happen in the fields of construction, mining and oil extraction.

Despite the danger, people continue to look for work in Williston, where methods used to extract oil from Bakken continue to change.

“Now we are seeing the technology is allowing us to put the wells tighter, closer together without affecting the performance of the wells.  So the ecology, technology, and economics is evolving," said Dean Bangsund, a North Dakota State University economist.

Bangsund says it is too early to determine the oil boom's economic and environmental legacy.

“This is a relatively new technology.  It is being adjusted.  It is undergoing through tweaks and refinements as we speak.  It is dealing with a portion of geology the state has not dealt with.  It is much larger and much broader in context," he said.

It appears the promise of oil extraction in North Dakota will extend into the foreseeable future and continue to drive demand for a workforce willing to accept the risks and rewards.


Six Mount Rainier climbers
presumed dead due to slide


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. national park officials say that six climbers missing on Mount Rainier in the western U.S. state of Washington are presumed dead after searchers located their equipment in an avalanche prone area.
 
Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Fawn Bauer said Sunday evidence shows that there is not a viable chance of survival.  She said the search was called off late Saturday.
 
A helicopter crew that flew over the area Saturday spotted camping and climbing gear about 1,000 meters lower than the group's last known location.  But there was no sign of the climbers.
 
It is believed that the group, including two guides, fell downhill most likely between Wednesday and Friday.
 
At last contact Wednesday the climbers were 3,900 meters high on the north face of Mount Rainier, known as Liberty Ridge.
 
The names of the climbers will be released after notifications have been sent to their families.


Owner of  Philadelphia paper
dies in Mass. air crash


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

All seven people aboard a private business jet have been killed in a late-night crash in the United States, including the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.
 
Authorities said the plane crashed in a ball of fire late Saturday as it took off from an airfield outside the northeastern city of Boston, Massachusetts.  There was no immediate explanation for the accident, but U.S. authorities are investigating.
 
Among those killed was Lewis Katz, a 72-year-old businessman. Katz, along with a co-investor, last week bought controlling interest in the Philadelphia newspaper for $88 million.
 
Katz made his fortune investing in a parking empire and a cable sports television network in New York.  He is a former owner of professional basketball and hockey teams in the U.S.


Some question trading
Talibans for U.S. soldier


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. Army sergeant freed by the Taliban after nearly five years in captivity is receiving medical attention in Germany before an expected reunion with his family in the United States. The Obama administration is responding to criticism from some lawmakers over the release of five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in return for Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom.
 
Hours after Bergdahl’s release near the Afghan-Pakistan border, President Barack Obama shared a moment of joy with the sergeant’s parents, Bob and Jani.
 
“I know that I speak for all Americans when I say we cannot wait for the moment when you are reunited and your son, Bowe, is back in your arms,” said Obama.
 
Bowe Bergdahl’s mother then expressed her gratitude.
 
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported Bowe.  He has had a wonderful team everywhere.  We will continue to stay strong for Bowe while he recovers.”
 
But amid cheers, some criticize the price paid for Bergdahl’s freedom, and worry that dealing with the Taliban could embolden militants and put more Americans at risk.
 
Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking on ABC’s This Week program, was among those questioning the deal.

“I think it is very disturbing that we are releasing five acknowledged terrorist Taliban leaders in a deal with terrorists.  Sergeant Bergdahl was fighting to capture these terrorists.  Can you imagine what he would say to his fallen comrades who lost their lives to stop these people who were responsible, directly or indirectly, for threatening or taking U.S. civilian lives?  I mean, that is why we sent our soldiers there,” said Cruz, a Republican.
 
The Obama administration’s justification rests on a view that Sergeant Bergdahl was a prisoner of war, not a hostage.  National Security Advisor Susan Rice said that the U.S. has a special responsibility to freeing those captured in battle.

“We have a sacred obligation that we have upheld since the founding of our republic to do our utmost to bring back our men and women who were taken in battle.  And we did that in this instance.  If for some reason we took a position now in the 21st century, when some of our adversaries are not state actors, that we would not do our utmost to bring our prisoners of war home, that would break faith with the American people and with the men and women who serve in uniforms,” said Ms. Rice, also speaking on ABC’s This Week.
 
On a visit to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel echoed Ms. Rice's argument, and did not rule out the possibility of other breakthroughs with militants.

Last week, President Obama announced a small residual U.S. force will remain in Afghanistan next year if the country signs a bilateral security agreement with the United States.


Florida man identified
as driver of bomb truck


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that an American carried out the May 25 suicide bombing in Syria. It is believed to be the first time a U.S. citizen has been involved in an attack of this kind as part of the Syrian civil war.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed Friday that the man's name was Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha.

"I can confirm that this individual was a U.S. citizen involved in a suicide bombing in Syria," she said. "We don't have further information beyond that to share at this time."

Abu-Salha, who had lived in the U.S. state of Florida, was identified as the man who launched last week's truck bombing outside a restaurant where Syrian government troops gathered in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib.

Opposition forces said he was a U.S. citizen who called himself Abu Hurayra al-Amriki. The name al-Amriki means "the American."

It is not known how many people died in the bombing.

Abu-Salha was identified as having taken part in activities with the al-Qaida-linked insurgency group Nusra Front. That group and the Islamic Front's Suqour al-Sham claimed responsibility for the blast.

Ms. Psaki says it is difficult for the U.S. to measure how many foreign fighters are taking part in Syria's three-year civil war.

"We are concerned about the flow of the foreign fighters into and out of Syria," she said. "It's difficult to provide that level of analysis or a precise figure but we're engaged in a focus outreach effort with key partner governments regarding our shared concern of foreign fighters to the Syrian conflict."

Opposition rebels said Abu-Salha's truck was loaded with 16 tons of explosives, headed for the al-Fanar restaurant. It was one of four truck bombings that day in Idlib province.

At least 160,000 people have died in fighting between government forces and opposition groups trying to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.


India's auto workhorse
is going out to pasture


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The oldest car to be made in India, the iconic Ambassador, withstood competition from newer and sleeker rivals for several decades, but it seems to have finally been edged out. The production of the car has been suspended and many fear it is not likely to make a comeback.
 
For taxi driver Balvinder Singh, there was never a question of buying any car besides the Ambassador to ferry his customers around the Indian capital.
 
Everyone likes it, Singh said. It is a very comfortable car. He has driven only the Ambassador for 50 years. 
 
No wonder he was overcome with sadness when Hindustan Motors company announced that it is halting the car’s production until further notice due to weak demand and lack of funds.

Singh is not the only one. A wave of nostalgia swept the country on learning that the Ambassador, inspired by Britain’s Morris Oxford, may be on its way out.
 
Since 1958, when the first Ambassador was produced, until the mid-1980s, the snub-nosed, boxy car was the undisputed leader of Indian roads.
 
With a red beacon on top, it proudly ferried prime ministers and dignitaries. Affectionately known as the Amby, it was the favorite family vehicle. Its stodgy steel body negotiated difficult hill terrain and withstood potholed roads in towns and cities without a whimper.
 
Competition arrived in the mid-1980s when a Japanese car maker, Suzuki, collaborated with an Indian company to produce an affordable compact car, the Maruti. But the Ambassador still retained its status as the car of the elite and the powerful until 1991, when India liberalized its economy and a host of global auto giants drove in offering consumers sleek, fuel-efficient vehicles. Some sold compact cars, others tempted a rising middle class with glitzy, luxury models or muscular SUVs.
 
The lumbering Ambassador found it increasingly difficult to hang on to customers in a country that had grown younger and more aspirational.
 
Diksha Pande, a young professional in New Delhi, has fond memories of an orange and brown Ambassador her grandfather possessed. But she has never thought of buying the Amby, which she considers an automobile relic.
 
“They are a bit retro, so they feel a little outdated, and I don’t think they will have the same amount of power and swiftness that you want in a car in today’s day and age. I like SUVs because they are big powerful cars. And power is important in a car,” she said.
 
Still, the Ambassador tenaciously stuck by its unique old-world body design. For nearly six decades, it managed to cling on, helped by the government, which continued to patronize it until a decade ago. So did many taxi drivers. It was cheap on repairs. It was even ranked the best taxi by BBC’s Top Gear television show.
 
But the car’s sales steadily dipped. Last year only 2,200 vehicles were sold, a tiny slice of the 1.8 million cars sold in the country.
 
Yogendra Pratap, editor of AutoBild magazine, said the Ambassador was facing problems for some years. Its engine was not compatible with newer emission standards. He said the end was inevitable once Indian officials began opting for other cars.
 
“The Ambassador carried on for too much of a time with the same technology, not investing in the product. Also being a fuel guzzler it was not the first choice for either the bureaucrats, or the army and other government agencies who were sticking on to the Ambassador,” said Pratap.
 
A top official at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, Sugata Sen, said although Indians may have deserted it, the Ambassador is a quintessential part of the lives of millions of families. 
 
“When we were growing up, Ambassador was the only car we had. So there is a lot of sentimental value attached to the vehicle. Suddenly if the vehicle stops, it will be a loss to our whole society,” said Sen.
 
At cab stands, which have continued to patronize the Ambassador, there is a sense that an era is passing by. In a country with a high rate of road accidents, taxi driver Manjit Singh said he always felt safe in it. Foreigners enjoyed traveling in it. Singh is really attached to the Ambassador.
 
He said his parents and grandparents earned a living by driving an Ambassador, and now it is being abandoned. Singh said he feels very bad, but understands that little can be done.
 
He is probably right.
 
There has been some talk of finding an investor for the car, but auto experts doubt whether it will be viable for India’s Amby to make a comeback.


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Oregon State University photo
This is one of the ticks stuck in amber.

Lyme disease found
in ancient tick bodies

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Lyme disease, a painful, debilitating disease spread by ticks, was identified only about 40 years ago. But researchers say the bacteria that causes it dates back to the age of the dinosaurs and those ancient roots may have made it difficult to treat.

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease was present at least 15 million years ago, some 12 million years earlier than the appearance of early humans. 

Researchers at Oregon State University discovered a diseased tick in ancient fossilized amber from the Dominican Republic. The tick was dissected and examined with a powerful microscope by George Poinar, an expert in the detection of ancient microbes. 

When he drilled into the amber and opened up the tick, Poinar said he saw the same spirochete-like bacteria, called Borrelis, which causes Lyme disease today. 

“You can see spirochetes. They are still there. They are not moving, but they are frozen in different positions, kind of curving this way and that way. It almost looks like a flash photograph of these creatures swimming around. They are in all different positions in the tick on top of each other squirming around. So, you know the tick was heavily infected,” said Poinar.

The discovery of the ancient tick and Lyme bacteria was reported in the journal Historical Biology.

Bacteria are an ancient group of microbes dating back about 3.6 billion years, almost as old as Earth itself. They are rarely preserved in the fossil record, except in amber, which is hardened tree sap.

Poinar, a professor emeritus with the university's Department of Integrative Biology, said Lyme bacteria evolved over millions of years.

While Lyme disease is easily vanquished with antibiotics soon after an infection, Poinar notes that its symptoms often are mistaken for other conditions, and as time passes before it's recognized, it becomes chronic and increasingly difficult to treat.

“It’s much harder after the spirochetes get into the system and then lodge in various parts of the body. Then it’s very difficult. And there are various experimental treatments that are being done out there.”

Lyme disease affects the joints, heart and central nervous system. People can become infected anywhere in the world through the bite of an infected tick carried by mice or deer.   

One experimental and expensive treatment is immunoglobulin or IVIG, a blood product administered intravenously. IVIG is made up of pooled antibodies extracted from the plasma of over one thousand blood donors. The treatment is usually reserved for people with autoimmune disease and blood disorders.







 
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Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 4030-5480 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
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Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
8366-12/2/14

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Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
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(506) 8707-4016
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8352-8/13/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

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Stunning organic ocean view home site in San Ramón
2.93 acres, only $60,000

Gorgeous homesite on organic land available for quick sale! Only 10 minutes to downtown San Ramón and within a terrific private community. Close to town but away from it all! Features amazing views of the ocean, great sunsets every night and privacy. Multiple building spots. Comparable lots in the area are selling for $75,000 to over $100,000! At 11,864 square meters, or $5 per square meter, this is a great investment too! This lot is priced to move! Looking for a quick sale, so no tire kickers please! See Web site for additional information and photos. or email bizcr@hotmail.com
Tel: CR (506) 8350-7647
8369-6/26/14

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These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian  info@puntaplayavistas.com 
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Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. 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 beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact www.puntaplayavistas.com or email info@puntaplayavistas.com 
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8271-8/23/14

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Casa de Eden is  2,600 square feet with 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, outdoor shower, private outdoor terrace and pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure, gated community surrounded by nature and close to the resort town of Tamarindo, only an hour from Liberia airport.  The home is being offered fully furnished with: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire Professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, internet, cable. 
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8370-8/3/14

Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $449,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email rafa@rafacr.com.
9368-6/4/14



Residential Del Monte (San Rafael de Heredia)
Close to Hotel Tirol and El Castillo Country Club. 1,804 m2 lot  (19,418 sq. ft.) 
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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:  jpmata2000@yahoo.com
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8340-6/15/14

Large estate on island with sea view !!!
Located on the Big Island and five minutes from the center of Golfito on 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.     It is Isla Grande - Segura, diagonal to grazing
 Puntarenitas Beach in Golfito for sale at $1.500.000 U.S. Further information contact : Raquel or Maria Ester at  rakell.leon6@gmail.com, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.
8361-8/15/14

Casa Fiesta
Caribbean Beachfront Home and Apartment  Puerto Viejo
 Right on the Beach!
Ranch style home with detached garage and apartment Air-conditioned home sleeps 4, apartment sleeps 2 ,  3 baths, hot water showers  Fenced-in property with pool, screened in patio  Turnkey....Everything is included with the sale!   Washer/dryer, furniture, appliances, tools, household items and linens, bicycles, and even a vehicle! Great income potential also  259,000 US Please visit our Web site for many more photos go to: http://www.casafiestacostarica.com  Email inquires to:   suez2cats@hotmail.com
8358-8/8/14

Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $$165.000 USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8354-8/13/14

Dragon montage
New amazing, modern, eco-friendly three-bedroom, three-bath executive modern home perched on your own small mountain.  270-degree ocean view with unbelievable teak-look concrete deck, to the RED 48-foot fiberglass infinity lap pool. Separate covered deck with pool table. Guest house with kitchen, Jacuzzi, outdoor shower. Exquisite entryway of 20-foot rock wall and electric gate, with video feed. Large work garage separated from house. Guardhouse. Hidden metal shutters to secure the property for weeks. Private registered well. Inside/outside kitchen. Propane fire pits. Several water features including a waterfall and a water bubble wall. Property can be purchased stand-alone with the house at $550K, or the whole mountain for further development at $950K.  Contact drako13@me.com
8344-5/23/14

Selva Rio
SELVA RIO ESTATES (SRE) www.selvarioestates.com is a 10-lot  development with lots starting at $65,000US. You know what they say "Location, Location, Location." Well SRE is  located only 10 kms. from Atenas (best climate in the entire world!),  only 3 kms. from Highway 27 access, only 3 kms. from grocery stores and restaurants, only 35 kms. (30 min) from SJO airport, only 50 kms. from  Pacific Ocean, only 42 kms. from Escazu, 0  kms. from gorgeous country living with nature!  Contact the developer at selvarioestates@hotmail.com or call 8704-6106. We can help you build your dream home now!
8341-6/22/14

Beautiful Survival Farm with panoramic Pacific views
In the heartland of one of the world's five blue zones, Nicoya. 12 acres with ample space for planting, natural forest, own perennial waters, public road yet hidden access, electricity. Fire sale 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com
8333-5/9/14

another house shot
Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
To see more Photos of this house, click HERE!
8310-7/1/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8309-6/29/14

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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For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105244969603261154850/
8240-8/6/14

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

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8230-3/13/14

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


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

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

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

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By the A.M. Costa Rica news services

A former leftist guerrilla commander who fought against U.S.-backed governments has been sworn in as El Salvador's new president.
 
Salvador Sánchez Ceren promised to fight crime and cut wasteful government spending as he took the oath of office Sunday in San Salvador.
 
Sánchez Ceren, who is 69, was elected to a five-year term in March.
 
El Salvador is struggling with a slow economy and high crime, fueled by gang violence and drug trafficking.
 
Sánchez Ceren was a rebel commander of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, known as the FMLN, the leftist group that battled U.S.-backed governments during El Salvador's 12-year-long civil war.
 
The fighting killed about 76,000 people before a 1992 peace agreement.
 
Sánchez Ceren and the FMLN have become more moderate since entering mainstream politics.
 
He has promised to maintain good relations with the United States, where hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran migrants live.


Guard faces judicial process
after Curridabat stabbing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

One woman is dead and another was in critical condition after an attack in the parking lot of a Curridabat dentist office. Police have detained a 25-year-old Nicaraguan man who worked as the office's security guard.

A report from the Judicial Investigating Organization states that an argument broke out before the first woman, a 38-year-old identified by the last name of Corrales, was stabbed. The second woman suffered her injure when she tried to intervene, agents said. She was described as being in a fragile state when she entered Hospital Calderón Guardia.

The suspect was also injured, having suffered a wound to his groin that was treated at the hospital before he was taken to prosecutors.

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Chefs will create sustainable cuisine

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Chefs from 14 restaurants will be participating today in a cooking laboratory under the auspices of the Cámara Costarricense de Restaurantes y Afines. The event will be in the Hotel Balmoral in San Jose's downtown.

The event is a run up to the fourth annual Congreso Nacional de Restaurantes.

The selected restaurants are those that have shown social and business responsibility and other desirable traits. The menu will be one that was designed under the parameters of the  government's Plan Nacional de la Gastronomía Sostenible y Saludable and makes use of native plants.

The idea is to give a boost to Costa Rican culinary practices.