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Expats frequently are confused by insurance maze
By Garland M. Baker
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Many expats are trying to do right and want to cover their domestic and maintenance employees with benefits and insurance as mandated by the law. Many feel the system in Costa Rica is too complex to understand. In fact, it is for most foreigners and locals alike.

Costa Rican workers find the system complex too. Others cannot cover themselves because it is overly expensive for them to do so.

One property owner in Guanacaste has three part-time workers. There is a housekeeper and two outside gardeners. He has Seguro Hogar Comprensivo, a comprehensive homeowner’s policy, with the Instituto Nacional de Seguros and said he feels his employees are covered. He does not have Caja insurance for them.

He asked his housekeeper if she had health insurance. She said her husband’s policy covers her.

He asked his gardeners if they had insurance, and they said, “Sure, we are covered by the Caja.” They do not understand they need to pay for a workers’ compensation policy for themselves.

Is this expat protected if one or more of these workers gets sick? Is he covered if they break their neck on the job?

Who will be stuck with the bills? To answer these questions, it is necessary to understand the system. Here is a brief summary:

The Caja is short for the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.  This translates into English as the Costa Rican department of social security. The organization establishes benefits for everyone insured. Compulsory contributions by the state, employers and workers pay for the system. It covers sickness, disability, maternity, old age and death.

The Caja supplies health care to individuals.  The insurance coverage includes general medical attention, hospitalization, pharmaceuticals, and dentistry. There are three basic types of policies:

1. Obrero Patronal or employer paid insurance for employees.

2. Trabajador Independiente. Self- employment insurance.

3. Asegurado Voluntario. Voluntary insurance paid by those who do not work, for example, students.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros is called INS. This translates into English as the institute for national insurance. This organization covers occupational accidents and work-related illnesses, as well as transit accidents among other risks. 

INS supplies workers’ compensation for work related risks. There are five types. Each of which is discussed in detail on May 25:

RT Obligatoria (obligatory workers compensation): This is the policy businesses use to insure workers.

RT Hogar (home workers compensation): This policy come in two flavors: one or two domestic workers with one occasional worker.

Seguro RT Patrono Asegurado (workers compensation for business owners): Owners insuring themselves when they are not on a payroll.

Seguro RT Independiente (self-employment insurance): This policy is
El INS and the Caha

for self-employed people, for example, a real estate agent operating in Costa Rica working for him or herself.

Seguro RT Adolescente (adolescent work hazard insurance): This policy is for the underage children working for family members in a family business.

In summary, every worker in this country is required to have two insurance policies: A health policy with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and the riesgos de trabajo,   workers compensation, policy with the Instituto Nacional de Seguros,

Now back to our expat.

The housekeeper: She is probably covered under the expats Seguro Hogar Comprensivo policy for a work-related accident. However, she is not covered for a health issue.  Her husband’s policy may provide some benefits, but if the Caja finds out she is working, they will sue the expat.

The law is very clear. Even part-time workers require complete coverage. Claims for non-paid benefits never expire.  If the Caja gets its teeth into a collection action,  the penalties and interest are severe.

The gardeners: Based on their answer to the expat’s query, they do not have workers’ compensation insurance. The Caja does not provide this type of coverage. If they get hurt, the expat will be responsible for all expenses and indemnification – even for life - for any accident.

If they get sick outside the job, and have their own policies, they might be covered, but if the Caja finds out they work without workers’ compensation, the expat would be on the hook for not having them covered with health insurance.

The best plan it seems is to have no workers. Some people have opted for this solution. However, most expats living in Costa Rica are retired and want to take it easy. Employees are necessary for most. It is a pain to set up a legitimate payroll and expensive to pay all the costs associated with having helpers around.

Understanding how the system works is a good start to decide what one should do.
Garland M. Baker, a certified international property specialist, is a 45-year resident and naturalized citizen of Costa Rica. His firm’s team provides multidisciplinary professional services to the country’s international community.  Reach him at  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at, a free reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2015, use without permission prohibited.

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Milanes fraud trial might begin July 1

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Saving Unlimited investors are expecting a trial of Luis Milanes to take place starting July 1.

This would be nearly 13 years after Milanes closed up his high-interest borrowing operation in Edificio Colón and vanished for six years.

Milanes, a prominent casino owner, is accused of fraud involving some 500 investors. The Poder Judicial puts the amount at $46 million.

The trial date was set last September, the judicial workers are making arrangements now. But it may be a false alarm.

The complicated trial could be derailed by illness or other court cases.

Milanes entered into an agreement with most of the investors to pay back some of the money by surrendering property, including the downtown Hotel Europa.

Lawyers formed a trust that has been handling expenses and receiving money, including rent for the casino until it closed last year. Some investors have complained that they have not seen any financial reports for three years, so the exact status of the trust is uncertain to them. Some properties have been sold with the proceeds going to the trust.

Milanes, a Cuba-American, is in poor healthy, and he might not be physically able to attend the trial. Any number of unanticipated motions might also cause long delays.

Milanes has been successful in prolonging the judicial case as well as staying out of jail. He returned to Costa Rica in June 2008 to face the legal process and managed to spend just one night in jail. While he was gone, his casinos operated normally.

Lately some of the casinos have been sold or closed.

Last year a judge said that Milanes did not live up to the agreement he reached with his investors, so the trial was ordered. That put the entire conciliation process in limbo.

Milanes was one of a handful of high-interest operations in Costa Rica until 2002. His was considered a more professional operation when compared to a similar scheme run by Luis Enrique Villalobos. The Savings Unlimited offices was in a building also populated by embassies and other enterprises. There was a cashier window and smartly dressed, mostly female employees, working in the view of the visitors. The entry door was an elegant work of etched glass.

Milanes told his visitors the money they gave him would be invested into casino development. They would be given walking tours through the nearby Casino Tropical. There is some question whether the casinos were owned by the corporations that accepted the investor money. That is a point likely to be argued at trial.

By contrast, Villalobos operated out of a back room to the family's money exchange business in Mall San Pedro. He declined to say exactly what he did with the money entrusted to him, although at times there were comments about factoring. He paid his creditors with envelopes stuffed with cash every month.

Villalobos gave his investors Bibles and was a member of the International Baptist Church in Escazú.

Although both firms closed down about the some time, some loyal Villalobos investors for years expected him to return and make good on the money he owed, which may have been as much as $1 billion. The investors in the Milanes firm were less generous.

Prosecutors raided the Villalobos holdings, and some of the papers seized in these operations were key evidence in the conviction of Oswaldo Villalobos, a brother, on allegations of aggravated fraud..

The Milanes office was cleaned out completely of all furniture and paperwork. The lack of documents might present a problem for the prosecutors in any trial.

Direct flights to and from France sought

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is seeking an airline that would offer direct service from France to Costa Rica and a second airline that would offer service via the French Antilles.

That was the outcome of a meeting in France of  Manuel González, minister of  Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, with  Annick Girardin, a member of the French foreign ministry.

The goal is to beef up tourism between both countries.

Also approvers were scholarships in France for some Costa Ricans and the development of advanced French classes in tourist zones in anticipation of more tourists from that country.

In 2013 some 39,728 French tourists visited the country, according to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.

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Pacific coast under high seas alert

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Pacific storm Blanca is being blamed for high seas along the Pacific coast. The tropical storm made landfall at the tip of Baja California early today. Another weather system has created choppy seas around Isla del Coco, according to ocean experts at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Meanwhile in Jacó rescue workers are in search of the body of a U.S. tourist who got in trouble in the surf Sunday.

High seas are expected to continue along the Pacific coast at least through Tuesday, said the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología of the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Women held as robbery suspects

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers located five persons early Sunday and said they were suspects in a string of street robberies.

Three women among those detained are believed to have been the individuals who did the crimes, police said.

The women are accused of grabbing pedestrians in strangleholds, threatening them and hitting them.

Police tracked the car containing the five after they were alerted by a victim. The arrests took place near Parque la Merced in San José.

Manhunt on for pair who fled N.Y. prison

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Authorities in New York state have launched a manhunt for two prisoners who broke out of maximum security at the Clinton Correctional Facility, the first escape from there in its history.

New York State Police posted pictures of the escapees, Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, on Facebook Saturday morning, asking the public to be on the alert and wary.

"Both are considered to be a danger to the public.  If located DO NOT approach them," the posting said.

Sweat is serving a life sentence for killing a sheriff’s deputy, while Matt is serving a sentence of 25 years to life for murder, kidnapping and robbery.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who had been scheduled to attend Saturday's Belmont Stakes in Elmont, instead spoke to reporters at the prison in Dannemora. He said the prisoners, in adjoining cells, used power tools to drill through the back wall and crawl through the opening Friday night.

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La Nación: The English chef Trevor James "Jamie" Oliver, is in Costa Rica, immigration workers confirmed

Drones owners to pay insurance and get license

La Nación: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is preparing a regulation to regulate the use of drones in the country. The legislation includes having insurance and operating certificates.

Taxi drivers  announce slowdowns for this Wednesday

La Nación: The Foro Nacional de Taxistas will hold a protest movement Wednesday to ask regulators to change the model that calculates the rates for this service.

The largest residences are built in Escazú.

La Nación: During the last decade, 75 percent of the houses built in this county exceeded 150 square meters  of construction, according to data from statistics of the National Institute of Statistics and Census

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Costa Rica agrees to provide bulk financial data on foreigners
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has agreed to provide each year to the home country of foreigns who do business here details of financial transactions.

The agreement was brokered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which said now 41 countries have agreed to the automatic exchange.

Said the organization:

"Automatic exchange of information involves the systematic and periodic transmission of bulk taxpayer information by the source country to the residence country concerning various categories of income (e.g. dividends, interest, etc.). It can provide timely information on non-compliance where tax has been evaded either on an investment return or the underlying capital sum, even where tax administrations have had no previous indications of non-compliance."

The exchange is supposed to begin either in 2017 or 2018. In addition to Costa Rica, the organization said that Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia and New Zealand also have agreed last week to the automatic exchange.

The details still are to be worked out, but initially the financial date of expats who are residents in Costa Rica do not

appear to be the information that will be reported. The key word is country of residence. Data would come from banks.

Foreign firms that do business here would seem to be covered by the agreement.

The main purpose of the exchange is to catch tax cheats. Since only the United States among major nations taxes its citizens no matter where they live, the agreement seems to target those who are stashing money in countries other than where they reside.

The project received its first approval from major nations in 2013.

The organization is the entity that Costa Rica seeks to join so it can be considered a mature democracy, according to President Luis Guillermo Solís, who visited Ángel Gurría, secretary general of the organization, last week.

Said Gurría of the automatic transfers: “The world is quickly becoming a much smaller place, both for tax evaders and tax administrations. We expect a truly significant amount of additional financial information to circulate among authorities in the coming years, resulting in less tax evasion, greater tax revenues and a fairer tax system for honest taxpayers.”

The exchange agreement is structured so that it need not receive approval as a treaty, the organization said.

Testing devices

Crossing gate operations in la Sabana are being delayed because the six-meter arms of the devices touch cable television lines strung above the street. So workers have installed 4-meter arms for testing while the lines are relocated, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

These will be he first rail crossing gates in the metro area. They are at the intersection where the Universal store and McDonald's are located.
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Regulating agency promises a crackdown on pirate taxis
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The utilities regulating agency says it is beginning  a push with the help of other government entities to crackdown on what is being called informal transportation.

The regulator is the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos which said Friday that the pirate taxis are even using radios just like licensed taxi companies.

The Autoridad called on the Superintendencia de

Telcomuniciones to provide data on who is licensed to use the radio spectrum.

Taxi firms and other legitimate transport companies are signing up for spectrum allocations now, and a new law provides heavy penalties for misuse.

The Autoridad said it was working with the Policía de Tránsito to halt pirate taxis because they are a danger to the public. Licensed taxis and those companies providing door-to-door service at least have to have insurance.

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Glittering future seen for 3-D printing techniques using metals
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It is amazing to think that printing of three-dimensional objects, now commonly referred to as 3-D printing, was invented only a little more than 30 years ago. Once bulky, complicated, and enormously expensive, 3-D printers have since shrunk into devices no larger than a microwave oven and can be bought in a store or online for as little as $500.

Experts say that rapid technological improvement of these machines, together with affordability, will have huge impact on manufacturing and service industries as well as on our private lives.

The automobile industry is already printing plastic parts for its vehicles, while the U.S. Department of Energy, together with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently printed a life-size plastic replica of a classic American roadster, the Shelby Cobra.

The man behind that project, Robert Ivester, deputy director of the department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, admits that polymer plastic printing is attracting a lot of attention, but he says 3-D printing with metals presents a more profound level of technical innovation.

In his office in the huge James Forrestal Building, in downtown Washington, D.C., Ivester demonstrated a complex metal part called a circular hot gas diffuser.
“What’s special about this is that it’s a 3-D-printed example,” he explained. “There are internal passage geometries that they can achieve in a much more straightforward way when it comes to production. So, this is a more straightforward and far less expensive way of manufacturing common parts.”

In metal 3-D printing, powdered metals are consolidated layer upon layer by heating them with a laser or electron beam.

There have been concerns about mechanical durability of parts made of layers, but Ivester says that problem has been resolved.

“It’s certainly possible with the latest technology to print metal components that are comparable and in some cases superior to the mechanical performance of conventionally produced parts.”

Showing off a small sample made of smoothly finished metal, he said, “If you look very carefully at it, you can see that the letters DOE are visible in the structure. The reason for that is that inside the block letters, that  D, O and E, there’s one type of a crystalline structure and surrounding them is a different type.”

Ivester points out that this is still an early stage of research
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into  metal 3-D printing, but says he is confident that very soon it will be transferred to industry.

The advantages are enormous. What now takes weeks or months to manufacture in conventional way, in a metal 3-D printer may take only hours, which brings down the cost, especially if what is needed is only a small number of parts or a highly specialized component of a machine.

The other advantage concerns geometry of printed parts.

“We can achieve internal part complexities that were either impossible or very difficult to produce through other means,” Ivester said.

So, where is metal 3-D printing going to be in the next 10, 20, 30 years? Ivester says he expects simultaneous reduction of printer cost and expansion of printer capabilities. They will become faster, with higher resolution and smoother finish.

He predicts crafts workers soon be able to simply scan a complicated part in a 3-D scanner and print it within hours rather than weeks or months.

“That,” he pointed out, “on a much broader scale, in hands of everybody, has a potential to really transform how we operate as a society and in terms of how we make things and opens the door to people making things for themselves in a way that has never been there before.”

And this, he adds, will open doors to creativity as never before. The ideas that really work will bubble up and propagate, accelerating the pace of innovation.

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Cozy, opened in 2007 just 90 minutes from the capital, with good access. Go shopping or enjoy the evening entertainment. Hosting services, friendly, quality and comfortable, discreet under the concept of 100 percent family hotel, the reason we do not allow or endorse any activity related to prostitution or drugs. Natural beauty, recommended for tourists for a relaxing holiday. Nearby is Manuel Antonio National Park. Tours, canopy, fishing, rainforest, horseback riding, ATV, rafting, etc. 20 deluxe rooms equipped with 3 for disabled. All with air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, refrigerator, private bathroom, hot water, free wireless Internet, etc. Maximum 5 people. Main restaurant, pools (adults & children), jacuzzi, private parking, 24 hours security, pool bar, playground equipped. At front desk currency conversions, confirm your flight or coordinate tours. Address : Playa Bejuco, Esterillos, Costa Rica. Local phone (506) : 2779-2000. Email:   Web page

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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike:  Check out slide show HERE!

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
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Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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American Pharoah is in the lead at the final turn on the way to claiming the Triple Crown of horse racing Saturday. The 3 year old is the first to win three famous races including the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes since 1978.

Mexican midterm elections
marred by some violence

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Protesters burned ballot boxes in several troubled states of southern Mexico Sunday, in an attempt to disrupt midterm elections that are being seen as a test for President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Eighty million people are eligible to select the lower house of congress, hundreds of mayors and nine governors.

The run-up to the poll has been marked by violence with drug cartels blamed for the deaths of several candidates.

Midterm elections usually draw a light turnout, but attention was unusually high this time as a loose coalition of radical teachers' unions and activists vowed to block the vote. They attacked the offices of political parties in Chiapas and Guerrero states, and burned ballots in Oaxaca ahead of the vote.

The teachers' demands include huge wage increases, an end to teacher testing and the safe return of 42 missing students from a radical teachers' college. Those students disappeared in September, and prosecutors say they were killed and incinerated by a drug gang. Only one student's remains were identified by DNA testing.

Cyber spying is at top of list
when U.S. meets Chinese

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The hack of millions of U.S. government personnel files and allegations that the attack may have originated in China will put cybersecurity at the top of the upcoming U.S.-China summit later this month, according to news reports.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.

Investigators are aware of the threat that is emanating from China, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday.

“We know that the attack occurred from somewhere in China, but we don't know whether it was an individual or a group or a nation-state attack,'' Rep. Jim Langevin, a leading voice in Congress on cybersecurity, was quoted as saying.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei called the accusations irresponsible and noted that China also is a victim of cyberattacks.

Accusations of a Chinese role in the attack, including possible state sponsorship, could further strain ties between Washington and Beijing.

Tensions are already heightened over Chinese assertiveness in pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The hacking also raises questions about how the United States would respond if it confirmed that the Chinese government was behind it.

Disclosure of the breach comes ahead of the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue scheduled for June 22 to 24 in Washington, D.C.

Cybersecurity was already expected to be high on the agenda.

U.S. officials said the talks would proceed as scheduled, as would Barack Obama's plans to host Chinese President Xi Jinping on a state visit to Washington in the fall.

"The Chinese have been saying privately, and somewhat in public, that we want the summit to go really well. 'Let's not talk about espionage. Let's talk about how we can work together,' " James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, was quoted as saying.

"This might be a U.S. response to that: 'No, we are going to talk about espionage,’ ” Lewis said.

These are not the first large-scale cyberattacks allegedly traced to China.

Chinese hackers were also blamed for penetrating Office of Personnel Management's computer networks last year.

In 2014, the FBI indicted five officers in China’s People’s Liberation Army for coordinating hacks on six U.S.-based corporations such as U.S. Steel and Alcoa.

Chinese officials have repeatedly denied any involvement in such attacks, saying the U.S. has never offered definitive proof of a hack directly traced back to Beijing.

Bruce Schneier, a leading cryptographer, said it’s very hard to trace attacks.

“When we can, it’s often because hackers have made mistakes in hiding their tracks and it’s not something we can do quickly,” Schneier said in an interview earlier this year. “In other cases, we’ve known with reasonable assurance the attacks came from certain buildings and offices in China and that the government knew about it and approved it.”

Serena Williams once again
wins a French Open title

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American tennis star Serena Williams has won her 20th Grand Slam title with a victory over Czech Lucie Safarova in Saturday's finals of the French Open in Paris.

After an easy 6-3 first-set win, Ms. Williams built a 4-1 lead in the second set.  However, the 13th seeded Ms. Safarova came back to win a tiebreaker and force a deciding set on the Roland Garros clay. 

Ms. Williams dominated the final set 6-2 to pull within two victories of German Steffi Graf who holds the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles with 22.

The world's top player, who overcame the flu to win in Paris, goes into Wimbledon as the favorite to win her sixth title on the English grass courts.

The men's final at the French Open Sunday features world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia against eighth seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Luxembourg voters veto
foreigners' election rights

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Voters in Luxembourg Sunday rejected the idea of giving voting rights to foreign-born residents.

About 80 percent of voters cast a no ballot in a referendum even after Prime Minister Xavier Bettel urged them to support the move. He said it would enhance Luxembourg's democracy and diversity.

Many Luxembourgers who voted no said they feared losing political and economic influence to foreign-born nationals who make up close to half of the tiny, but wealthy country's population.

Had the referendum approved the move, Luxembourg would have become the first European Union member to grant foreign nationals who are not citizens the right to vote in national elections.

Coffee making a comeback
in the Republic of Congo

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In the mid-1980s, the Democratic Republic of Congo was officially exporting up to 130,000 tons of coffee per year, but by 2012 that figure had shriveled to 8,000 tons, owing to war, coffee disease, low prices and smuggling.

But international buyers of specialty, high-quality coffee started to realize they had been missing out. In 2012, the World Coffee Research Institute, after doing a survey of the two Kivu provinces in eastern Congo, described the area as a paradise for coffee.

That same year saw a Congolese coffee cooperative break through into the world specialty market, helped by the U.K.-based fair trade organization called Twin.

According to Richard Hide, one of Twin’s coffee experts, other cooperatives in the Kivu provinces could do the same.

"We know that potentially all the coffee from South Kivu to North Kivu has the potential to be great coffee — it’s just a question of knowledge, of equipment, of follow through," said Hide.

In other words, there is a kind of specialty-coffee-exports revival underway, and this week international experts held a specialty coffee tasting competition in the eastern city of Bukavu to grade the 30 cooperatives that took part.

According to one of the organizers, Chris Treter of the U.S. coffee buyer Higher Grounds Trading, this was the first specialty coffee competition that's ever been held in Congo.

"This is a very historic day to have people from all across the value chain in one plac with trained judges tasting and sampling the different coffees in the region ... to evaluate all of them on one table for the first time," he said.

The competition used global standards drawn up by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

A blind tasting, meaning judges had no idea whose coffee they were sampling, it was a fairly silent process, except when judges noisily spat out each sample.

The judges waxed lyrical about the entries to this competition.

"I loved it from the beginning," said Stephen E. Vick, a buyer and taster for Bluebottle Coffee, who graded the sample 91 out of 100, an exceptionally high score. "The fragrance was I think the best of any of them we’ve had, super complex, plum, cherry, super silky body, I just wanted to drink the cups, just gorgeous."

The winning cooperative, like several other entrants, had been helped by consultants working for Eastern Congo Initiative — a non-profit founded by Hollywood actor Ben Affleck.

The reason non-profits get involved in the sector is because much of eastern Congo’s coffee is produced by farmers working in very difficult conditions.

One of the ways eastern Congo Initiative tries to help those farmers is to lobby the DRC government on their behalf.

The competition was an opportunity to do just that, as the provincial minister for agriculture was attending. The initiative’s Baraka Kasali pointed out one way the national government could have helped producers of a coffee consignment recently sold to a new international buyer.

"The biggest hurdle I see is in the tax. We saw in that first lot. 70 percent of the cost of that coffee went to taxes, "said Kasali.

Congo’s export tax on coffee is 12 percent, compared with 1 percent in neighboring countries.

In reply to Kasali, the provincial agriculture minister Adolphine Muley simply said, "perhaps the taxes are exorbitant."

Russia's secret list snags
German negotiator at airport

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The thing about secret lists is that you don't know if you're on one until you find out you are.

Germany's conservative lawmaker Karl-Georg Wellmann learned this lesson the hard way. Arriving in Russia for an official visit last month, Wellmann ended up spending the night in the Moscow airport transit zone.

Much to his surprise, Wellmann says, airport officials informed him he'd been banned from entering Russia until 2019. The list is similar to the no-fly list in the United States where travelers do not know if their name is on it.

"We wanted to have political talks with senior members of the government . . . ," said Wellmann. "As a result, they were canceled, and German-Russian relations are strained."

So, too, are Russia's relations with the wider EU: Wellmann is just one of 89 officials from all over Europe who ended up on what, until recently, had been a secret Kremlin travel ban list.

High-profile members include Britain's former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, Uwe Corsepius , secretary general of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, and French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy.

Kremlin officials say the move is a response to Western sanctions against Russia following Moscow's annexation of Crimea last year. The EU also imposed travel bans against 151 Russian and Ukrainian citizens over the issue. The United States has issued its own travel ban list of Russian and Ukrainian officials over Crimea.

EU officials are expressing outrage over the Russian list for its secrecy, calling the Kremlin travel bans arbitrary, unjustified and without explanation or transparency.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier captured the general European mood with a statement of dismay aimed at Moscow.

"At a time when we're trying to defuse a bitter and dangerous conflict in the heart of Europe," said Steinmeier, "this does not help."

News of the blacklist comes as a negotiated cease-fire in Ukraine appears in danger of collapse amid a new outbreak of fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukraine's army.

It also arrives ahead of a key EU vote this year on whether to renew sanctions against Moscow.

Seeking to defuse tensions, the Kremlin says a list of banned individuals had since been sent to EU states — on the condition of confidentiality.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later accused EU officials of violating that privacy agreement intentionally. The Europeans, he said, were playing for headlines.

"We handed over the list under the European Union's request on a confidential basis and it immediately began leaking into the press," said Lavrov.

The foreign minister noted that the European Union, which usually doesn't comment on leaks, was now commenting on this one with exuberance and accused the EU of a violation of diplomatic etiquette.

But, Feodor Krashenninikov, a political analyst based in Yekaterinburg, Russia, said that Lavrov is merely feigning outrage as the Kremlin is trying to make news.

The whole point of keeping the list secret, Krashenninikov argues, is to catch unknowingly blacklisted European officials — such as Germany's Wellmann — who would otherwise steer clear of Russia, creating what Krashenninikov calls "scandals for the sake of scandals" and, more importantly, "an opening for a future deal."

"The most important reason for the blacklist is to make a trade," Krashenninikov says. "Soon you'll hear Moscow say, 'Our travel ban list bothers you and your travel ban list bothers us. Let's get rid of them both.'"

And yet it appears more sanctions, rather than a grand bargain, are in the offing.

The European Parliament says it will now restrict access of the Russian delegation to assembly meetings. The Kremlin, in turn, is promising an appropriate response.

Yet Moscow-based analyst Vladimir Frolov calls the whole blacklist scandal a tempest in a teapot.

He notes that while keeping the travel blacklist secret was a political miscalculation that bordered on stupidity, he believes the Europeans are fundamentally overreacting.

The reason the Kremlin doesn't have to clarify who is on its no-entry list or why, Frolov says, is simple enough: unlike the U.S. or EU — where no-entry bans can be challenged in court — Russia's legal system offers no recourse.

Besides, he adds, Russia, like it or not, ultimately holds the sovereign right to deny entry to whomever it pleases.

"They can blacklist Santa Claus if they want to," he said.

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: 
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A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $239,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

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 it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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Costa Rica Villas For Sale
*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
*Visit my Web site
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 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, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

Finca home
 Little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.       

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Good gardeners like to gab and swap tips

There is nothing like a garden club for an exchange of information. What are your local conditions and how do people cope with them? What have other people planted and when? Is this phase-of-the-moon
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thing important to them? All kinds of things can be learned just by sitting down with other gardeners.

Then there are the seeds. When you find seed packets in a store here, what you are buying is seed that was planted and harvested somewhere else. Usually that somewhere is the United States.
Bah! What do growers in the States know about your local conditions? Now, if there was a seed company based in the Florida Keys, maybe you would get some good results from plantings.

This is not to say that I haven’t planted U.S. seeds and gotten positive results, I have, but I am used to much better results. For example, the radishes I used to plant up North grew in such profusion that I gave them away. In my local climate, not so much. They didn’t germinate well, they grew slowly, they got nasty very fast. The packaged zucchini I planted was the same. Not a lot of germination and very little harvest – and you know how much zucchini you usually harvest. Heaven help you if your neighbors couldn’t help you eat it all. Tomatoes? They like overnight temperatures of 70 degrees or better. At 650 meters, you need a greenhouse or the like to provide that kind of heat.

And don’t get me started on corn. I planted U.S. packaged sweet corn, and the results were dismal. As it turns out, U.S. sweet corn is designed for 14 to 16 hours of sunlight a day. Who knew? Since our day is short by about two to three hours, sweet corn just doesn’t want to grow.

But enough ranting about when won’t do well. You may live at an elevation and in climate conditions much different from mine. Your tomatoes flourish and so does your zucchini, but you have problems with other vegetables you have planted.

So, if that’s the problem – U.S. seeds that don’t like our climate – what is the solution? I wandered into an agro-colono in Cañas and discovered small plastic tubes full of seed. Local seed! Harvested from plants grown right here in Costa Rica! Of course, they may not be from my local micro-climate, but they sure aren’t from a company in Michigan. Excellent!

Oh, and remember that garden club I mentioned earlier and what a great place a club is for exchange of information? It’s also a great place to exchange seeds from plants that actually did well in your local area. Halleluiah!


Plant for the Week
There are some strange things growing on our property. The latest is something called monkey ladder (escalera de mono). It’s a vine, but not the usual roundish type like the grape vine, oh no. This vine is ribbon-like; flattened, wide, and undulating. It belongs to its own genus, the bauhinia. Here is a piece my gardener brought to me. I am looking forward to its fragrant blossoms in July.

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Trade promotion authority not a sure thing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

While President Barack Obama discussed trade and other matters with his G7 counterparts in Germany, the fate of two blockbuster international trade pacts could hinge on an upcoming vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The United States is the lynchpin of proposed trade pacts spanning the Atlantic and the Pacific, but Washington is far from unified on authorizing simple yes-or-no congressional votes to approve them. It remains to be seen whether a bipartisan majority will emerge to pass trade promotion authority that would facilitate congressional approval of a Pacific Rim as well as a trans-Atlantic free-trade accord.

“We’ve passed TPA in the Senate, and we’ve got an important vote coming up in the House,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi, who delivered the Republican Saturday address. “The world is engaging and trading like never before, and we must pass TPA so we will not be left behind.”

But Republicans will need more than token Democratic backing, and so far fewer than 20 House Democrats are on record supporting trade promotion authority.

“I can tell you it’s a very large number in our caucus that is not supportive of it,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the end of last week.

Mrs. Pelosi put the burden of passing trade promotion authority on Speaker John Boehner. “It’s absolutely the speaker’s responsibility. It’s where the support exists: in his caucus. He has the majority,” she said.

But Boehner is doing some finger-pointing of his own, saying if President Obama wants trade deals, he needs to convince fellow Democrats to support them.

“We’re working to get trade promotion authority finished. I talked to the president,” said Boehner. “He’s got some work to do, too.”

The White House believes trade promotion authority will pass. Spokesman Josh Earnest expressed cautious optimism last week.

“Based on the success that we had in convincing nearly a third of Senate Democrats to support this legislation, we are optimistic that we have the opportunity to make the case to progressives across the country and to Democrats in the House, and we can give them a reason to support this bill,” said Earnest.

The proposed trade pacts have the firm backing of America’s business community, but are strongly opposed by labor and environmental groups.