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Registro will keep an eye on your property for $15
By Garland M. Baker
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

There is a great way to protect property and foil attempts by property thieves in Costa Rica by using Registro Nacional Digital asset monitoring service.  The best news is the latter is cheap, only $15 per year.  There is no better way to protect a property in Costa Rica for $1.25 a month.  Expats can also save money by using the other many service offerings.  The system now includes more certifications plus many free reports. 

The login instructions published on May 2, 2011, are still accurate.  Access to certifications and free reports, verification of certifications, and to find out how much is due for a company’s yearly tax, now have direct links.

The property monitoring service provides a user of the service an immediate alert if there is any movement on a covered asset, which includes real property as well as some personal property assets like vehicles.  The Registro Nacional records a lot of information about an asset, including these: where the property is located, its ownership, size, fiscal value. 

Details regarding easements, liens, annotations and other important information are also present on the report.  Any information change triggers an alert.  Think of it like a picture of an asset.  If the picture changes, even in the slightest way, a user gets an email and cell phone text message.

An expat using the service sent his accountant to pay the property taxes on his family’s home that was three years in arrears.  The accountant paid the tax to the municipality that corresponded to his neighborhood on a Wednesday in the afternoon.  Unbelievably, the next day on Thursday, the Registro Nacional had already changed the fiscal value of the property to up the tax for next year and the expat started to receive emails and text messages. 

Actually, the Registro kept sending messages until he had to call and complain.  Notifying people of pending tax increases is only an added benefit of the system.  Alerting owners of property theft and other foul play is its main purpose.

It is easy to sign up and use the system.  The first step is to set up an account with the Registro National.  The second step is to purchase the service using the shopping cart requiring a credit card. American Express is not accepted, only Visa and Master Card.  Remember, real property as well as some personal property like a vehicle is coverable.  The third and final step is to select the service at the top of the menu called Bienes Monitoreados and add the asset to the system.

There is a rumor floating around a few well-connected people pushed this part of the law though for personal gain.  Most other services existing before are now defunct.  Whatever the case, this is an excellent addition to the Registro Nacional’s offerings.

Others are the free services.  Which is the third item on the menu named Consultas Gratuitas. There is a star next to the section.  It is important to note, these free reports are informative not certifications.  However, they contain most of the same important information.  Two of the many great free reports for home and property owners are the Consulta por Número de Finca and the
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Consulta de Plano.  The first being, property report by finca number, and the later, plat report.  A finca is the term used for lots and property parcels in Costa Rica, no matter the size. 

The Consulta por Número de Finca gives an owner the property record, the Consulta de Plano is the information on the history of divisions.  Actual digital pictures of plats are also available for many properties including hi-resolution versions but they must be purchased.

Not too many years ago every time someone needed something from the Registro Nacional, Costa Rica’s public records source, they had to go there physically or send a messenger.  Most people paid their legal professional to get the information at a very high price.  Most importantly, it was just downright inconvenient. 

Over the past few months, the Registro Nacional Digital is under going some maintenance on the weekends.  These outages are to make improvements and to add more reports and options.  The cost of certifications has not risen much since the service began.  The only noticeable difference is due to exchange rate fluctuations. Certification costs 2,800 colons today, or $5.70.  They cost the same in 2011.
Expats will find the Web site in Spanish.

Having the site in English would be a nice addition.  However, there is a great work around. Google, for example, offers a feature incorporated in search engine called translate this page.  The translation is highly accurate and almost as good as having the web site translated natively into English.

Why pay a legal professional an average price of $40 for a report obtainable for $6.  Both have the same validity.  Some institutions were slow adopters in accepting the documents as legal but most do today.  It is the law to accept the documents.  An interesting note: the documents all use to be in blue.  If one took them to an institution and they were not printed in blue, there was a good chance they would not be accepted.

Today, that is not the case.  All documents are printed using black ink. Actually, the certifications are legal even if they are not printed but just a digital image on an electronic device. Who wants to print on paper anymore?  Next time just put it on an iPad.

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 info@crexpertise.com.  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at http://crexpertise.info, a complimentary reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2013, use without permission prohibited.

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The death of Jairo Mora Sandoval has galvanized the environmental community and put law enforcement in an awkward spot.

Mora was the man who worked with turtles who was executed early Friday morning. His battered body was not found until daylight Friday.

He worked with the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, which also has turtle protection refugees in other parts of Costa Rica. And Mora was critical of the scarcity of police protection for the turtles.

In response the Fuerza Pública said that for the last month, police officers and members of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas have been involved in a preventative operation to help turtles. The animals lay their eggs on the beaches, and locals frequently try to steal the eggs. Some police officers have been trained in relocating the turtle eggs and there are 55 officers assigned to guard the zone, officials said.

Volunteers working with the refugees frequently move the eggs to safe, guarded areas. Mora was on his way to a beach when he and four women companions were intercepted about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. One woman was a Spanish veterinarian. The other three were believed to be volunteers from the United States. They were unhurt.

The immediate conclusions of friends, volunteers and investigators is that the brutal murder had something to do with turtles or at least the beach which is frequented by drug smugglers.

Some police officers have been trained in relocating the turtle eggs and there are 55 officers assigned to guard the zone, officials said.

The murder has not been beneficial to Costa Rica's international image. The news story has been picked up all over the world and most likely will have an effect on the recruitment of volunteers.

There is no doubt that Mora was singled out for murder. He was beaten and stripped before he was shot in the head, investigators said. Due to the brutality, the speculation has shifted from turtle egg thieves to  drug smugglers.


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Hockey players have a new rink in La Sabana.


Hockey is alive and well
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By Cody Gear
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

On any Saturday or Sunday passersby can’t help but to notice the abundance of activities taking place in La Sabana Park.

Soccer takes a front row seat, but a closer look reveals sporting activities that are novel for Costa Rica.  

None is more novel than the group that plays hockey every Sunday morning. Who would think hockey in Costa Rica?

Although there has been a league that has played the sport on ice, this league is for roller hockey.

Don Mora, the president of the Asociación de Deportivo Hockey Costa Rica, said that the sport took roots in 1993 and teams played in the Parque de Paz. After losing that venue to a bicycle club, the association obtained another site in Parque de Paz only to lose that to a tennis club.

Finally, in 2010 players were able to acquire a new site in La Sabana when a new skating facility was constructed. They have been there ever since. Mora said that it has taken time to rebuild interest in hockey and now have as many as 30 to 40 show up each Sunday to play.

Mora also said that on Saturdays at the same location they have a hockey clinic to teach children and other newcomers the game.  The clinic begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free of charge. Mora said that participants need to have only a pair of skates and a helmet to participate in the clinic.

The league officials are planning the upcoming season which is scheduled to start in late July or early August. They plan to have a rainy season and a dry season, which will begin in January.

Mora said the league plan to have five or six teams by January. The upcoming season will be comprised of three teams. Anyone interested in playing or learning hockey should contact Don Mora at info@morabriceno.com.  


Bashed bumpers becoming
asphalt for road construction


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros says that every month it obtains enough bashed vehicle bumpers to stack them three stories high. These are the damaged auto parts that insurance customers have had replaced, said the company.

So the state firm was faced with the question of what to do with the bumpers.

In conjunction with the Laboratorio Nacional de Materiales y Modelos Estructurales at the Universidad de Costa Rica the insurance firm developed a way to pulverize the composite bumpers for use as an additive for asphalt. The additive makes the asphalt stronger, said the company.

The insurance firm says it is paying for the process.


Two bridges nearly done

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national road authority says it is putting in two new bridges in Guanacaste.

The spans are on Ruta 18 west of the Puente de La Amistad on the road to Nicoya. One is over the Río Nacaome and the other is over the Río Pueblo Viejo. Work began last year. The jobs are about 90 percent finished, the road agency, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, said.


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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

A word of advice for people leaving Costa Rica by commercial air. I recently went to the Liberia airport and purchased an exit visa for a return flight back to the United States which is scheduled for next month.  The exit fee is now $29 if you pay with cash.  I elected to use a Visa card and noticed a small sign in the caja window, “Credit cards will have an additional fee.”  I just received my Visa bill, and to my amazement the bill included a $10 transaction fee.

Costa Rica is now getting creative in the way that they abuse the people leaving this country.  They first convert the Visa payment to colons, with an exchange rate that is not in our favor.  We then have to pay an additional currency exchange fee of $2.50 and now a transaction fee of $10.  The initial $29 tax cost me $13.83 extra for the convenience of paying with a credit card.  I have lived here in Costa Rica long enough to know that complaining about this kind of abuse does no good.  My advice to everyone leaving this country is to pay for your exit tax with CASH and save yourself an additional 40 percent+ “bend me over” tax.

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I would like to add a bit to Friday's letter about earthquake safety. When things shake, we don't go out to the street, since there are electric cables that could fall.  In the evening we close the back gate, but don't lock it. Then we close the inner door and lock it by pushing the button.  That way we can go out the back without a key.
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Chinese President Xi here for a day of talks with officials
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Chinese President  Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan will be saluted by 10,000 school children who will line the route along Paseo Colón and Avenida Segunda today.

The children will be waving Costa Rica and Chinese flags to give a warm welcome to the Chinese coupe and an estimated 120 members of their delegation, said officials here. The motorcade will be en route to Casa Presidencial for a meeting with President Laura Chinchilla.

The Chinese delegation landed shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday at Juan Santamaría airport. They were greeted by a Costa Rican delegation headed by Enrique Castillo, the foreign minster.

Costa Rican officials are noting that the visit coincides with the June 1, 2007, establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

As with the recent visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, the visit by the Communist leader has caused officials to close off the downtown to motor traffic. The Chinese president and his wife, one of her country's most popular singers, were housed in the Hotel Intercontinental Sunday night. Most public employees in the three central cantons of San José, Montes de Oca and Goicoechea have the day off.

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Xi will visit with legislators later today and also plans a visit to a typical Costa Rican farm home.  He has had experience spending time at a farm home in Idaho when he visited in the United States. There is a state dinner tonight at the Teatro Nacional.

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Costa Rican officials are hoping that agreements can be finalized with Xi and his staff. They hope for money to improve Ruta 32, the highway to the northern zone and Limón that is plagued by landslides. They also seek Chinese financial help for the highway that is being constructed across the northern zone to link the north central part of the country with the Caribbean.

There also is the Chinese participation in the construction and modernization of a petroleum refinery at Moín.

The foreign ministry said that the visits of Xi, Obama and the February meeting with México's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, confirm the foreign political leadership and dynamic commercial involvement of the Chinchilla administration.

For her part Ms. Chinchilla said that her government was launching a new step in the relations with the People's Republic of China. A release noted that China has donated 200 police patrol cars and has proposed to double to 160 the number of scholarships for Costa Ricans to study in China. And Ms. Chinchilla is proposing an increase in the number of students studying the Chinese language here. China also constructed the new Estadio Nacional in Parque la Sabana.

But more than that the release said that Ms. Chinchilla is proposing the creation of a special economic zone that will promote investment and employment in the country and that this would be one of the major topics discussed by the two leaders today.

Xi and the Chinese delegation leave Tuesday morning, which also happens to be an anniversary. But no one is talking about it.

June 4 was when Chinese troops moved into a gathering of pro-democracy protesters in 1989 for what became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Xi was at a rural post at the time and had nothing to do with the repression. China has been mum on the number of deaths, mostly of students.

Costa Rica has noted that since 2000, trade with China has increased from $91 million to $1.5 billion. The two countries have negotiated a free trade treaty.

The Chinese delegation came to Costa Rica from Trinidad where there was a meeting with Caribbean  officials. The delegation leaves Tuesday morning for México and later for California where the Chinese leader will meet with Obama.


World press group calls on China to release jailed journalists
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has called on China to free all imprisoned journalists and put an end to its attacks on freedom of expression.

“WAN-IFRA reiterates its call for the release of 2007 Golden Pen of Freedom laureate Shi Tao, and all other journalists imprisoned or held without charge in connection to their work,” the board of the global organization for the world’s press said in a resolution issued during its meeting at the 65th World Newspaper Congress and 20th World Editors Forum in Bangkok.
The resolution called on the Chinese authorities to recognize that a free press helps promote a more prosperous, equitable and just society.

Recent data shows at least 32 journalists are held in Chinese prisons, making the country one of the world’s worst jailers of media professionals.

The resolution also called on the government to cease its pursuit and harassment of netizens and bloggers who are increasingly targets of repression, and to welcome a more open and participatory information age.

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Asking 'what if' is a good way to plan for personal safety, local expert says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats should do some safety planning before an unfortunate incident occurs in a new culture, according to Darren Friesen, who stresses situational awareness.

Friesen operates an academy in Alajuela specializing in reality-based self-defense and contributes from time to time his opinions on personal safety  to A.M. Costa Rica.

"Go over in your mind, what could I do if….? Who would I or could I rely on when….? If this were to happen, I’d….it could save your life," he said as a caution to expats.

Although he is a martial arts instructor, he preaches avoidance of tense situations for expats. But if there is no way out, he says that the No. 1 skill to develop over time is to examine surroundings for potential weapons such as hair spray, cup of hot tea, scissors, paper weights, umbrella, keys, water bottles even clothing that can be used for what he called environmental weapons.

He has these other suggestions for expats venturing out where they might encounter trouble:

1. Always examine your surroundings to avoid ambush attacks from dark areas, cigarette smoke, obstacles, near flight transportation (bus, car, train), length of time to safety. Are you capable of running that far. How is your physical fitness? Are there security guards present or police there who can and will help. This mindset includes escape paths/strategies.

2. Dress comfortably when possible, keep your hands free, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to act if needed.

3. Avoid the victim mentality and appearance. This means using powerful body language that gives off an air of self-confidence and a hard target.
Criminals often look for targets who appear: distracted, weak, pale, fearful and carry themselves in an unsure, nervous manner; remember, they oftentimes want a victim, not a fight.

4. Don’t let testosterone get in the way. Resist challenging others and give another person the option to avoid conflict through an honorable way out. Often a fight can be avoided with a little common sense. Act confident not arrogant. Don’t insult or taunt. Don’t challenge or make crude remarks. Don’t leave them optionless as it may be something very minor that triggered the reaction and violence can very easily be avoided.

5. Use tactics that mislead an attacker:  Act crazy or disgusting or pretend to call out for help from friends in the area. Even criminals are often leery of seemingly unstable behavior or the cavalry coming to help.

6. Sit or walk with your back to the wall. If in a restaurant or bar environment, try and sit with your back to the wall so you can have a clear picture of everything going on around you in the room. If walking, keep a wall to one side of you to limit the possibilities of a potential surprise attack.

7. Cellphones, iPads and iPods can distract your senses in public. Be aware and pay attention to the people around you and their body language.

8. Change your routine, your route home, your habits, the time you leave the office. Do anything that can prevent someone from picking up on your daily activities. And never put your holiday times, locations and the whens and wheres of your leaving home on social media. Many a home invasion or stalking has started this way.

9. Some locations are more exposed and popular for certain types of crime: outside of airports or hotels and other tourist places are known for high pick pocketing rates, outside of ATMs are known for holdups or high-tech ATM scams to take your money. 

Expats should be aware of these higher-risk areas.

 
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More than two decades later, China’s Communist Party is still facing calls for a full accounting of its bloody 1989 crackdown on protests in Tiananmen Square.  And while the party shows no signs of changing its stance on the protests, the calls for more political openness and public disgust with official graft continue to this day.

The difference now, according to political analysts, historians and activists, is that the stakes are much higher and the problems the party faces are even bigger.

The Communist Party’s official verdict on the protests is that they were a counter-revolutionary rebellion.  And when pressed, officials focus on the changes China has made since that day and not what may or may not have happened. It is not known how many died in the crackdown, but human-rights groups say hundreds were killed.

Zhang Xianling lost her son during the crackdown in early June of 1989.  After more that two decades, her comments waver between despair and hope.

Ms. Zhang said she hopes China’s new leaders, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, can have a new vision.  At the same time, she worries they will continue to ignore the Communist Party’s mistakes.

“We hope that they can reassess the old sufferings and start a new vision,” Ms. Zhang said.  “That they can acknowledge the murders of Tiananmen as the rest of the world did and have a more relaxed vision on June 4th by expressing that they want to address it.”

Ms. Zhang is part of a group of parents, relatives and friends of those killed, called the Tiananmen Mothers.  Since 1995, the group has been pressing the government to tell the truth about what happened on June 4th and hold those responsible accountable.

The group says it has written 36 letters to Communist Party leaders and the government’s rubber-stamp National People’s Congress.  To this day, they have not received a single response.

In this year’s letter, the Tiananmen Mothers urged the Communist Party to address all of its mistakes during the past six decades.

“Tianamen happened in the second 30 years,” Ms. Zhang said. “During the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap forward they already starved to death millions of people and killed millions.  In both 30 years there have been massacres. How can we deny this?”

Students who gathered in China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 were asking the government to promote a wide range of reforms from political freedoms to addressing the problem of corruption.

Calls for reform continue to this day, but the public’s perception of change is dramatically different.

“In the 1980s, reform was a word that everybody supported and admired.  Reform thinking and moving forward the reform process were all positive concepts,” said Chinese historian Zhang Lifan.  “Now it’s not the same, reform is a concept used to plunder.  For example, in order to achieve economic growth and political praise a city official would expropriate land to build a new district. This is reform.”

During China’s recent leadership reshuffle, the country’s new leaders outlined a wide range of reforms, stressing the need for the party to improve the rule of law, promote more economic reforms and address the yawning gap between the rich and the poor.

While most Chinese say they are still cautiously optimistic, and that it is too early to judge, there is growing concern that President Xi  and Premier Li  talk the talk, but do not walk the walk.

The party has said repeatedly it is in a life or death struggle with corruption.  But at the same time in recent weeks, authorities have detained several activists for calling for government officials to disclose their personal assets.

Corruption was just as much a concern for the public in the late 1980s as it is today.  The difference, analysts say, is that in the 1980s corruption was a lot simpler.  Insider-track dealing or guandao, as it was called in Chinese, was something that could be controlled.

“Corruption is different now. It’s really in the bones of the organization. It’s gone mafia-style. It’s gone family,” said David Kelly of China Policy, a group that monitors Chinese views on reform, the economy and other topics such as corruption.

Kelly said when officials broke the rules in the 1980s and made a bit of money on the side, they were actually helping break a deadlock in the supply of goods.

“Now it’s not about getting a bit of petrol that you need for your taxi company say,” Kelly said. “Now it’s about buying a job for your son, 'Yes let’s buy him a lieutenant generalship in the army.'  Some of these reports may be exaggerated, but it’s a different world now.”

Chinese historian Zhang said things started to change in the 1990s when officials would ask how much individuals were willing to pay for their help or how they wished to send their children abroad to study in exchange.

“The way of doing things and the appetite were different,” Zhang said.  “For example, around the year 2000, a city party secretary was sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes of about one-million Chinese yuan.  But if you look at that with today’s eyes, someone who takes bribes of one-million Chinese yuan is a good government official.”

In the spring of 1989, Zhou Duo was asked to help the government negotiate a settlement with the student protesters.  In the end, he joined them by participating in a hunger strike along with liberal scholar Liu Xiaobo.

Zhou continues to pay a price to this day for not siding with the government in its account of what happened, and he was imprisoned for a year after the crackdown.

Despite all that, Zhou said Chinese enjoy more freedoms today than in the late 1980s.  He also is cautiously optimistic that change will continue to come, albeit gradually.

“We’ve made big progress on the amount of freedom.  At the time if you talked about environmental pollution, or wore bell-bottom trousers or any outlandish outfit you would always be reprimanded.”  Zhou says, “Freedom is nowadays increasingly ample in China, but still there is no political freedom.  Repression of political ideas and divergences is very strong.”

Much like the events surrounding June 4, those who push too far, too fast, are quickly detained and held without charge or thrown behind bars.  Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is serving an 11-year sentence for sharing his views online.

The group Chinese Human Rights Defenders reports at least a dozen individuals have been harassed or detained in the run-up to this year’s anniversary.

In a statement last week, the U.S. State Department said China should “end harassment of those who participated in the protests and fully account for those killed, detained or missing.”

China's government says the United States should mind its own business and it has already reached a clear conclusion about the events of 1989.  It also warned, as it routinely does, that such prejudiced remarks could impact ties between the two countries.

U.S. President Barack Obama and China’s leader meet later this week in California for their first summit, where the thorny issue of human rights could come up.

Despite China’s dramatic changes since June of 1989, the country’s lack of political freedoms and respect for the rule of law continue to frustrate its relations with many Western countries.


Ban on hunting crocodiles
allowed them to flourish


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As the crocodile population reaches levels not seen since hunting was banned in Australia’s Northern Territory in the early 1970s, wildlife authorities are reinforcing efforts to protect residents and tourists.  School children are taking part in a new Crocwise campaign following several fatal attacks in recent years and other  near-misses. It is estimated there are 130,000 saltwater crocodiles in northern Australia.

The message to schoolchildren in Darwin is simple: that one of nature’s most efficient killers lives among them.

Rachel Pearce, from the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, told schoolchildren in Darwin of the dangers posed by the world’s largest reptile. She showed them a crocodile’s skull, where rows of sharp teeth are embedded.

Pearce said that as crocodile numbers increase, so does the threat to residents and visitors.

“There are crocodiles in people’s backyards.  We get call-outs to them walking into people’s lounge rooms," she said. "Lots of people here live on creeks.  They have big, open houses. When the rivers rise, the crocs are able to go wherever they like and quite often they’ll walk up into people’s backyards looking for their dogs or different things, so they are in very close proximity with people here.”

Crocodylus Park in Darwin is home to thousands of these armored-plated and supremely aggressive reptiles. It is one of Australia’s leading crocodile research institutions.

“Large animals have been known to puncture an aluminum boat - put their teeth through the hull,” explains Charlie Manolis, chief scientist at the park.

TV advertisements warn of the ever-present dangers, as northern Australia learns to live alongside one of nature’s most fearsome predators.

The authorities have set up a 50 kilometer crocodile-free exclusion zone around heavily populated areas of Darwin and its busy harbor.  Traps catch hundreds of reptiles each year.  The animals are sold to crocodile farms, which produce meat and souvenirs, including belts and handbags made from reptile skins.

The number of attacks is increasing in northern Australia.  Most victims are not tourists who ignore the warnings and stumble into trouble, but complacent locals.  For many, the waterhole or creek they have swum in since they were children is now out of bounds as the crocodiles spread.

There is, on average, about one fatal crocodile attack each year.

Crocodiles are found in the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.


Manning goes on trial today
in WikiLeaks documents case


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. soldier goes on trial today for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks Web site.

Pvt. Bradley Manning faces life in prison if a military judge at Fort Meade, Maryland finds him guilty.

Manning was arrested in 2010. He has admitted giving the information to WikiLeaks, saying he wanted to spark public debate on U.S. policy and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But prosecutors will argue that he put the lives of U.S. soldiers in danger.

The leaked information includes videos of a U.S. helicopter strike in Baghdad that killed civilians.

Manning's backers say he exposed mistakes the Pentagon would never admit.


'After Earth' is another film
about a quest and relationship


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

M. Night Shyamalan's new sci-fi summer flick, "After Earth," is about life after humans destroy their planet.

Set more than a thousand years into the future, what little is left of humanity lives on a different planet. During a space mission, a father and son crash land on Earth, a luscious, jungle-like planet healed from humans' abuse, but hostile to its former children.
 
The father, a starship fleet general played by Will Smith, tries to calm his son down after their spaceship is hit by meteors and is going down.

Gen. Cypher and his son, Kitai, played by Smith's real-life son, Jaden, are the only survivors. Cypher, stranded in the ship’s hull, is critically injured. Kitai must retrieve a beacon 100 kilometers away to call for help.

“We need that beacon," Cypher tells his son in the film. "You understand? You are going to retrieve that beacon or we are going to die.”

Kitai battles extreme temperatures, poisonous plants and wild animals in his quest to retrieve the beacon.

Jaden Smith, 13, says there is a lesson in "After Earth."

“If we don’t get rid of all the horrible plastics and the oil and fossil fuels," he said. "We’re on an escalating path that just keeps going up, keeps going up, so I definitely think it could get to the point where Earth will evict us.”

Garrett Reisman, a Space X engineer and former NASA astronaut, says that although the film is based on the real science of space travel, it does take liberties.

“Even if we went on a crash program over the next 10 years, we wouldn’t come close to taking that kind of a number of people," Reisman said. "We still have such a long way to go. My message is we better take care of this planet because if we mess it up too fast, before we have an opportunity to leave, we are going to be in big trouble.”

Will Smith says while the film aims to educate, it's main purpose is to entertain.

“It’s rare that you can make a movie like this that your grandma, and your aunt and your little niece can all go to," he said. "There is something for everybody in the movie.”

"After Earth" is also about a father-son relationship, not unlike the one Jaden has with his dad. Like Kitai, Jaden says he wants to forge his own path:

“I just want to make movies, and I don’t want to be labeled as following in his footsteps."

Will Smith says he’s there to teach his son the trade, and how to survive in the jungle that's Hollywood, which is not very different from the futuristic poisonous jungle envisioned in After Earth.


France bans e-cigarettes
despite their popularity

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

France will ban electronic cigarette smoking in public places by imposing the same curbs enforced since 2007 to combat tobacco smoking, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Friday.
 
Amid mounting global concern over the public health implications of so-called e-cigarettes, Ms. Touraine said they faced the same fate as traditional ones: a ban on smoking in public spaces and sales to minors and a blackout on media advertising.
 
In a country where the pungent waft of Gaulloises and Gitanes once seemed an unassailable part of cafe culture, smokers have long been banished to outdoor terrace seats.
 
The near-odorless electronic alternative, battery-driven  devices that allow users to inhale odorless nicotine-laced vapor rather than smoke, are gaining ground in no-go zones such as bars, cafes, trains, waiting rooms and offices.
 
A government-commissioned report said this week that around 500,000 people in France had turned to e-cigarettes, which are designed to look like cigarettes although some come in different colors, and recommended a crackdown on public use.
 
Health officials in many countries say the impact of electronic cigarettes on health needs further study.
 
Another worry they cite is that the electronic alternative will increase the general temptation to smoke, including enticing those who have quit to start again, or that smokers may use them alongside rather than instead of regular cigarettes.
 
“This is no ordinary product because it encourages mimicking and could promote taking up smoking,'' said Ms. Touraine, who announced her plans at a news conference.
 
In the United States, the number of smokers who have tried out e-cigarettes doubled to one in five in 2011 and the number of all adults trying it doubled too, to 6 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
In France, a country of 66 million, the government says tobacco smoking kills some 66,000 people a year and another 5,000 are killed through passive exposure to smoke.
 
The expert in charge of the French report advised against an outright ban on e-cigarettes, however, saying they still seemed safer than tar-laden tobacco.
 
Electronic cigarettes, whose invention is widely credited to a Chinese pharmacist a decade ago, usually comprise disposable cartridges of liquid such as propylene glycol that is easily turned to vapor and can contain artificial flavors alongside concentrated liquid nicotine.


Portable information making
breach of security much easier


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Cybercrime strikes an estimated 1.5 million people every day. That’s about 18 victims every second, 556 million people around the world, every year. While experts say the people who commit these crimes are becoming more sophisticated, you don’t have to be another statistic. There are effective ways businesses and individuals can minimize their risks.

Protecting organizations and individuals from data thieves is a multibillion-dollar industry. There's a good reason. Alan Edwards, the president of WhiteHorse Technology Solutions says anyone with access to the Internet should be worried because cybercrime is no longer limited to the home, the office or the bank.

“You have your iPad you’re carrying around. You have iPhones, your android tablets, your laptops. So much information walks out the door of the office,” says Edwards.

For hackers all that mobile data spells opportunity. A criminology professor, David Maimon, says one way to reduce risks is to be very careful about what a user posts on social networking sites.

“I think the fact that you report to everyone about your actions 24/7 is problematic because if someone wants to victimize you, all they have to do is look at your Facebook account," said Maimon. 

A little common sense can pay dividends:

* Don’t tweet when you’re going on vacation if you don’t want your home burglarized.

* If you bank by phone, don’t store account numbers and passwords on your phone.

* Don’t open emails or attachments from people you don’t know.

And if someone wants to give you something for free, Alan Edwards of Whitehorse Technology Solutions says to be wary. "The first thing to think about is basic economics. If I’m being given something for free… why?"

But common sense is a poor substitute for good security:

*Activate your computer’s firewall.

*Install reputable anti-virus and anti-malware software.

*Use strong passwords, which means avoid using your name, your birthday or personal information.

Whitehorse Technology recommends starting with a familiar phrase then use the first letters of each word in the phrase to create your password. 

*In this case AFaHMaSP. To make it stronger, add a special character, numbers or both.

Even then, good security measures can only do so much, said criminology student Ted Wilson.

“Anything can be exploited, it’s just a question of whether or not a hacker actually wants to take the time to overcome whatever type of security measures you have,” said Wilson.

Consider a recent example involving the secretive government of Iran. Security expert Edwards said hackers managed to infiltrate the country’s top secret nuclear program using the old USB flash drive trick. 

"It’s very, very simple. If I drop a flash drive in a car park, the odds are somebody’s going to pick it up, and what they do first is look and see what’s on it. So they take it into their business and they plug it in their computer. You’ve just bypassed all the external firewalls," he said.

Hackers have many more tricks to steal your information. But unless you’re a high value target, such as a bank, government agency or business, every security precaution adds a new layer of protection.  Experts say that additional barrier may be all it takes for a cyberthief to move on to the next target.


Oklahoma City area hit again
by string of killer tornadoes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Another violent storm system brought along tornadoes and floods to parts of the U.S. midwest, leaving at least 12 people dead.

A total of five tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City area late Friday, killing nine people injuring more than 100 others.

Among the victims were a mother and her child sucked out of their car while traveling on a highway.

Most of the damage and casualties occurred just miles from where a huge tornado killed 24 people just 11 days earlier.

The storm system also caused heavy winds and rains in Missouri and Arkansas where flash floods caused at least three deaths.

Elsewhere in the country, firefighters are working to contain seasonal wildfires that have threatened homes and scorched at least 80 square kilometers in California. More than 1,000 homes and businesses were evacuated as wind pushed the fires towards the Los Angeles foothills.
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7721-4/29/13



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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 desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 8876-7399
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7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

Rich Coast Montage
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- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
- 2 Coffee Shops and Bakeries Turnkey $40,000/ $120,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach 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
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7972-8/9/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
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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7967-7/17/13

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: Bruce@bh-cr.com. Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,  www.bh-cr.com
7966-6/16/13

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 Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
7965-6/16/13

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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 www.dreamincostarica.com 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!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
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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.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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- 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
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7725-5/15/13

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: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

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. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

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 on site,
security and lawn maintenance.
Water and power on site.
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7928-8/9/13

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. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

FOR SALE BY OWNER
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 landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

just reduced
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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.
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Planting trees to store carbon
called a false hope in study


By the Griffith University news staff

Leading world climate change experts have thrown cold water on the idea that planting trees can offset carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.

Brendan Mackey of Griffith University Climate Change Response Program is the lead author of an international study involving researchers from Australia and the U.K. Their findings are reported in "Untangling the confusion around land carbon science and climate change mitigation policy," published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change.

"While protecting and restoring natural forests is part of the solution, the reality is that for all practical purposes fossil fuel CO2 emissions are irreversible," Mackey said.

The findings highlight the urgent need for policy-makers worldwide to re-think the issue as many decision-makers, national and internationally, assume that fossil fuel emissions can be offset through sequestering carbon by planting trees and other land management practices.

"There is a danger in believing that land carbon sinks can solve the problem of atmospheric carbon emissions because this legitimizes the ongoing use of fossil fuels," Mackey, a professor at the Australian university, said.

The study found that protecting natural forests avoids emissions that would otherwise result from logging and land clearing while also conserving biodiversity. Restoring degraded ecosystems or planting new forests helps store some of the carbon dioxide that was emitted from past land use activities.

"These land management actions should be rewarded as they are an important part of the solution," Mackey said.

"However, no amount of reafforestation or growing of new trees will ultimately offset continuing CO2 emissions due to environmental constraints on plant growth and the large amounts of remaining fossil fuel reserves.

"Unfortunately there is no option but to cut fossil fuel emissions deeply as about a third of the CO2 stays in the atmosphere for 2 to 20 millennia."


U.S. appeals court upholds
rules on firearms reporting


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A federal appeals court Friday upheld a gun reporting rule that the Obama administration adopted in 2011 to try to detect bulk sales of semi-automatic rifles to Mexican drug gangs.

A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the administration acted within its authority to adopt the rule, which affects firearms sellers in states bordering Mexico.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 unambiguously authorizes the rule, and it is unrealistic to argue, as gun retailers and manufacturers did, that the rule is too burdensome, Judge Karen Henderson wrote for the panel of three judges.

The rule requires stores in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas to notify federal law enforcement when someone buys two or more of a specific type of firearm within five business days.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives adopted the notice requirement amid soaring drug violence in Mexico, carried out in part using firearms that originated in the United States.

Retailers and gunmakers, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group based in Newtown, Connecticut, scene of the December school massacre, sued to block the rule.

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New urban trend: Micro-apartments

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Aaron McConnell doesn't mind sharing a kitchen with seven neighbors. He's fine in living quarters with just enough room for a twin bed, a corner desk and little else. Closets? Forget about it. He stores his clothing and other possessions on shelves and hooks.

McConnell's small-scale home life is part of a hot trend in U.S. real estate: micro-apartments. "I like living in a community," he says. "It's kind of fun, very social."

It's also affordable for McConnell, 28, who pays $737 a month for his apartment in Seattle as he embarks on a career in civil engineering.

Tiny apartments like McConnell's are cropping up in major cities around the country to meet the demand of people who are short on cash but determined to live in areas with otherwise pricey rents.

Micros, also known as hostel-style apartments, usually offer less than 200 square feet (18.5 square meters) including private bathrooms, and they typically come furnished, sometimes with built-in beds and other amenities to save space.

Most feature a group kitchen that may be shared among eight units, although units in McConnell's complex are equipped with microwave ovens and small refrigerators. They also include Internet connections and utilities in the price of the rent.

Few come with parking, but McConnell has a street parking pass for his neighborhood that is close to Seattle University and several of the city's major hospitals.

What micro apartments lack in space they often make up for in proximity to prime locations. McConnell's is situated near Seattle's lively Pike-Pine Corridor, an area rich in restaurants, bars and shops.

In Seattle, rents for micro apartments range from about $500 to $1,000, while a one-bedroom apartment rental in Seattle averaged $1,223 this spring, according to Mike Scott of Dupre + Scott Apartment Advisors Inc.

Not everyone is in favor of the trend. Residents of some conventional homes and apartments near McConnell's worry that micro sprawl could overcrowd their neighborhood infrastructure, adding to traffic congestion and making already scarce parking even harder to find.

"These are like boarding houses on steroids," said Carl Winter, founder of the group Reasonable Density Seattle and a resident of the neighborhood. "I'm living the nightmare."

Micro developments have drawn criticism for not facing the same level of design and environmental review that a newly constructed conventional apartment undergoes because a single-dwelling is defined as a unit that includes its own kitchen.

"We did a calculation and there are 19 micro apartments going in on 12 sites well within 1 square mile (2.6 square kilometers)" in his neighborhood, Winter said. "Our big issue is they are not being subjected to the same regulatory process as everyone else."

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is on record in support of micro-apartments, as is City Council member Richard Conlin.

"The private market is building affordable housing for people who want it," Conlin said. "Fundamentally, this is a good thing."