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In Greek mythology, the Three Fates measured the span of life. Clotho spun the thread.  Lachesis measured the span of life, and Atropos cut it off with her shears.

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A good death is one that is planned ahead of time
By Garland M. Baker
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

There is a wild misunderstanding in Costa Rica about dying without a will. Most people believe if they do not have one, the government will take everything.  This is not true. Here is a closer look.

What does happen is crooks steal the real property in some cases.  Money sits in the bank without disbursement. And, personal property disappears quickly. The rule is first come, first serve.  One famous painter came to Costa Rica in 1971 and died in 2003. His entire portfolio was lost to theft by family members. They had no clue as to its true value and squandered it away.

Another man who died early this year put all his money for safekeeping in his girlfriend’s bank account.  When he died the money went poof and was gone. Most expats have nightmarish stories regarding this matter.

When someone dies, nothing happens automatically. No legal authority knows a person is dead until someone starts some kind of probate action.  This is why it is important to have a will or trust in place.

Otherwise, the family has a mess on its hands.

Article 571 of the civil codes states (this is a paraphrased translation), “if a person dies without making a plan – as in a last will and testament – or has an expired or nullified will, inheritance will be given to legitimate heirs.”

Article 572 defines legitimate heirs. The law prioritizes them in order of importance as follows:

1. Children, parents and consorts including common law spouses;

2. Grandparents;

3. Brothers and sisters;

4. Nephews and nieces; and lastly,

5. The board of education in the area of the deceased.  The last, the board of education, only would receive proceeds in the event there is absolutely no family.

Allan Garro of Garro Law stated in an interview, that Article 572 is a bit difficult for a lay person to understand. It is best interpreted by a professional. He emphasized the need for an adequate last will and testament. “Not having one is a bad dream court proceeding that takes a lot of time,” he emphatically added.

When someone dies, a living person must go in front of an attorney and start a probate action. There are three legal ways to make a succession plan to avoid problems and years in court:

1. An open will: Open in this case means public, public in the sense a notary transcribes the document in his or her protocol book in front of three witnesses and files the instrument with the Archivo National.  The national archive, located behind the Registro Nacional in Zapote, keeps an
index of all persons who have signed an open will in front of a notary.

2. A closed will: In this case, one writes down his or her wishes, puts the paper in a sealed envelope and takes it to a notary accompanied by two witnesses.  The professional makes a razon notarial or "notary certification," of the act.  Someone then holds the envelope for safekeeping.

3. A trust: A trust can be set up at any time. The necessary parties are a trustor, also referred to as a grantor or principal, a trustee and beneficiaries.   The last two component parts can be individuals, companies or banks.  The grantor sets out his or her wishes for the trustee to follow in distributing assets to the beneficiaries.

There are advantages to making a will in Costa Rica. A will in Costa Rica can encompass all of one's assets all over the world or be specific to only certain assets in Costa Rica.  A specific will is a great way to leave an asset for a friend in this country without making other heirs aware of the transaction. 

When someone dies, and he or she has an open, public will in which the beneficiaries are older than 18 and no disagreement emerges from the distribution of assets, a notary can probate the will using a fast track method called a sucesorio notarial.  The probate process takes only a few months vs. years when no public will exists.

Here is a great tip: In 2006, the article “A clever clause can dodge the probate mess,” recommended using a limited liability company called an S.R.L in Costa Rica as a vehicle for holding assets and succession planning. However, now that a company must pay yearly taxes, most people do not find this method very convenient.  The solution is to use a sociedad civil.

This type of company structure has almost all the benefits of an S.R.L without the tax implications.  The secret is to put one's assets into the civil society. Upon ones death using a will, divide the social capital of the company between heirs and appoint a group of them to administrate the entity.

Many Ticos and some expats, to avoid taxes, give undivided interests in property to their heirs. This is not smart at all. There is case after case in court where one of the parties get into a debt related problem – usually with credit cards – and causes an auctioning of the asset. 

No one wants to die. That is why most people do not plan very well for the event. Like it or not, it is a must to do so. A person's assets in Costa Rica are not given to a government as most people think, but they are stolen or disappear. Expats should protect heirs in life with a good succession plan so they do not suffer after ones death.

Garland M. Baker is a 44-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 2004-2014, use without permission prohibited.


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Dollar takes a slight hit against colon

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. dollar has lost about 10 colons in value in the last two weeks.

The dollar was strongest June 12 when the price to buy a dollar was 560.99 colons and the price received in selling a dollar was 550.07 colons.

The rate today is expected to be 551.11 colons to buy a dollar. Selling one will fetch 540.12, according to the Banco Central de Costa Rica. The prices at various banks and other outlets will be different.

The Central Bank has issued bonds valued at 2.2 billion colons in order to stabilize the financial system. This is good news for consumers who were hit with rising prices because the colon devalued since the end of last year. The value of the colon is reflected in imported goods, petroleum and even in electrical costs.

However, with a strengthening U.S. economy, the dollar is likely to continue its rise.

Last-second goal gives Portugal a tie

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In World Cup football action Sunday in Brazil, Portugal scored in the dying moments of the match against the United States to gain a 2-2 draw in Group G in Manaus.

The tally came in the last 30 seconds of five minutes of added stoppage time after the regulation 90 minutes. It kept Portugal's hopes alive while, at least for now, kept the U.S. from reaching the second round.

Earlier in the day in Group H, Belgium clinched a berth in the second round with a 1-0 win over Russia in Rio de Janeiro, and Algeria defeated South Korea 4-2 in Porto Alegre.

Local reaction to win over Italy . . . HERE!

If Algeria wins its final group match against Russia, it will advance to the next round. Russia has one point in Group H and plays Algeria on Thursday. If the Russians win, they would reach the next round.

The scenario is more complicated in Group G, the so-called Group of Death. The U.S. and Germany both have four points to lead the group, while Portugal and Ghana each have one point.

On Thursday, the U.S. faces Germany and Portugal plays Ghana.  If the U.S. and Germany draw, both advance.

Saturday Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and prolific German scorer Miroslav Klose rescued their teams with clutch goals in World Cup action.

Messi scored during injury time to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Iran and qualify the Argentines for the coveted round of 16. Klose found the back of the net in the 71st minute for the final goal in a 2-2 draw against Ghana.

Argentina's Group F match against Iran at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, appeared headed for a draw. But Messi, a four-time world player of the year, superbly curled the ball past diving goalie Alireza Haghighi during the first minute of stoppage time to derail an unheralded Iranian team that fought hard.

"With Messi, everything is possible," Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella said. "Not even two goalkeepers could have stopped that Lionel shot."

Argentina has six points from two wins in the tournament. But the world's 5th-ranked team will need to improve its sometimes lackluster play when facing more elite opponents in the round of 16, also known as the knockout round.

Argentina beat Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2-1, last week.

"If we analyze both matches, we might say we can play better," said Messi, who has drawn comparisons to fellow Argentine legend Diego Maradona. "We know we're not playing as well as we're expected to."

Saturday's Group G match between Germany and Ghana at Arena Castelao in Fortaleza was thrilling.

Germany took a 1-0 lead early in the second half. But Ghana answered with two goals to go up, 2-1, by the 63rd minute. In the 71st minute, Klose tapped the ball in on a perfectly executed corner kick to tie the game and celebrated by doing a somersault.

It was the 15th World Cup goal for the veteran German striker, tying him with Brazilian legend Ronaldo for the most goals in World Cup history. He is also Germany's all-time leading scorer with 70 goals in 133 games.

"Twenty matches and 15 goals isn't bad at all," Klose told German television. "I don't know how long it's been since I did a somersault, but at least it worked out."

Germany, the world's second-ranked team, would have secured a spot in the knockout round with a win against Ghana.

Group G is known as the "group of death" because of the extremely stiff competition. Last week, the U.S. beat Ghana, 2-1, and Germany crushed a tough Portugal team, 4-0.

In the last game Saturday, Nigeria kept its hopes alive of reaching the knockout round and won its first World Cup game since 1998 with a 1-0 decision over Bosnia-Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.

Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal of the Group F match in the first half. Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko had a goal disallowed due to a questionable offside call in the first half. His strike in the final seconds of the match hit the goal post.

"We were aware of the 16-year gap with no wins for our country," Odemwingie said. "This is very exciting for us and very important, too, as the fans were disappointed by our previous performance," a scoreless draw against Iran.

Bosnia, which was making its first World Cup appearance, was eliminated from the tournament.


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Agents will try to figure out where these parts originated.

Stolen car leads to valley chop shop

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police tracked a Toyota stolen in Herradura near Jacó to a garage in Desamparados de Alajuela and uncovered what they said Sunday was a chop shop where cars were broken up for parts.

The Fuerza Pública said that two men were detained. Both have police records, officers said.

Officers said that the vehicle they were seeking already had the seats removed and was due for disassembly.

The facility also contained a number of other vehicle parts, including tires, fenders and bumpers, officers said.


Allah only for Muslims, Malay court rules

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Malaysia's highest court has upheld a government ban against a Roman Catholic newspaper using the world Allah to refer to God.
 
The federal court ruled in a four-to-three decision Monday that the church's Malay-language newspaper, The Herald, had no grounds to appeal a lower court decision last year that Allah should be reserved exclusively for Muslims, because if other religions use the word, it could be confusing and lead Muslims to convert.
 
Such conversion is illegal in Malaysia, where more than 60 percent of the population of 30 million are Muslim, the country's official religion. Just over 9 percent are Christian.
 
Monday's ruling ends a dispute that has been ongoing since 2007, when Malaysia's Home Ministry threatened to revoke the publishing permit of The Herald for using the Arabic word in its Malay-language edition.
 
The editor of the newspaper, the Rev. Lawrence Andrew, said he is disappointed by the decision, and said the four judges who voted against the appeal did not touch on fundamental basic rights of minorities.
 
Christian groups argue that they have used the word Allah to refer to God in their Bibles and songs for many years, long before authorities began enforcing the ban several years ago.

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Bootleggers can pollute the legitimate market for alcoholic products
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When an expat pours a drink of alcohol, there is a possibility that the glass contains home brew of some other substance.

Costa Rican law enforcement officials raided two storefronts Sunday and confiscated 7,000 bottles of alcohol. These were not bottles smuggled in from Panamá to avoid taxes.

The alcohol was bootlegged, and the contents of the bottles included impure water and undistilled alcohol among other substances, and the bottles lacked the tamper-proof tops usually found on alcoholic beverages.

The twin raids brought out a litany of enforcement agencies: The Ministerio de Salud, the Ministerio de Trabajo, the Municipalidad de Pococí, the Fábrica Nacional de Licores, Tributación Directa, the Policía de Control Fiscal, agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization and the Fuerza Pública de Pococí,

The number of bottles shows that the alcohol was not just for local consumption.  Such adulterated bottled usually work their way into the chain of legitimate commerce. Blindness and death can be a result.

There is a long tradition of making home brew alcohol in Costa Rica. The usual name is chirrite, and this is mainly for local consumption. The various fruits and sugar cane juice make it easy to do small-scale bootlegging.

But the major confiscations are products that are headed for public consumption.

So far Costa Rica has been lucky that it has avoided mass deaths like those that have taken place from bad alcohol in other countries. There also is a possibility that the kidney diseases that affect agricultural workers in Guanacaste and elsewhere in Central American are the result of home brew.

Obviously there must be some form of corruption or illegal activity involved to move the fake alcohol into the normal supply chain.
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Police officer examines one of the 7,000 bottles confiscated Sunday.

Typically traveling sales people tell bar owners that the alcohol is smuggled.  The bottles and labels are good counterfeits, too.

A still in Tibás three years ago was producing brand name guaro that appeared to be identical to the original product.

Depending on where the fake products enter the supply chain, the retailer may not be aware that he is selling bootlegged and dangerous alcohol. So even brand name alcohol purchased at a reputable store, even a chain store, may not be safe. 


Northern zone appears to have received the brunt of weekend rains
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Experts will continue to assess today the impact of flooding in the northern zone.

More than 200 homes were flooded, three bridges were damaged and five rivers poured out of their banks late last week, according to the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.

Rain continued to fall over the weekend, and the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that some 30 to 50 centimeters fell Saturday. 

That is nearly two inches.
In addition, storms could be seen over the area Sunday night.

The weather institute attributed the rain to a low pressure area generated by a tropical wave and instability generated by the northern movement of the zone of intertropical convergence, the belt where winds from the north and south meet.

Rain in the Central Valley predicted in an 8 a.m. Sunday bulletin failed to materialize. However, there was rain again late in the evening.

Only the Arenal area appears to have received significant rain Sunday during the day. There about an inch fell, according to the automatic weather stations maintained by the weather institute. There also was rain in the southern part of the country Sunday night.


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Huge public celebration follows World Cup victory over Italy
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Confetti popped above the crowd as if sprung from a hundred tiny volcanoes. A sea of onlookers jumped and hugged, creating a red and blue wave in front of the giant screen. Celebratory horns blew as many emptied into the streets to march towards Parque Central or San Pedro.

This scene at Plaza de la Democracia after a 1-0 Costa Rica victory over Italy in the World Cup mirrored celebrations across the country Friday.  From Limón to the corners of Guanacaste, Costa Ricans everywhere were chanting Oé, oé, oé, oé, Ticos, Ticos.”

Even President Luis Guillermo Solís and his cabinet members had a game party at Casa Presidencial before Solís joined the masses in swallowing the streets. The president walked from Zapote to the Circunvalación bridge over the Fuente de la Hispanidad in San Pedro where a mass of people had conglomerated. Before the game, Solís had announced that all public workers were allowed to take a recess. Now, they'll be expecting a national holiday for next weekend's octavos.

Costa Rica's historic win against another former World Cup champ vaults them beyond group play for only the second time in its history. Last time the Ticos advanced to the round of 16 they topped Sweden 2-1 on June 20, 1990. Twenty-four years to the day.

In the group of death where Costa Rica was considered the weak link, the Ticos have not only survived, they've thrived. With an insurmountable advantage of six points, the team faces an already eliminated English squad in Tuesday's formality.

Though they are locked in for the next round, there is a slight possibility that the Italy-Uruguay winner could take away first place in Group D from Costa Rica. For example, if the Ticos lose to England and Italy were to beat Uruguay by at least two goals (to even up or exceed goal differential), then the Italians would win the group. Where Costa Rica finishes will decide their next opponent.
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President Luis Guillermo Solís waves from the bridge. Usually presidents get a public opinion boost when national teams do well.

If they remain in first, they'll take on the second-best finisher in Group C. Right now Ivory Coast is likely to keep that spot. But if they lose to Greece and Japan beats Colombia, then Japan would take second place in the group.

And, to enter more hypotheticals into the World Cup machine, if either one of Uruguay or Italy bumps Costa Rica into second, then the Ticos will meet Group C's first place team, which will almost certainly be Colombia, barring a major turnaround in goal differentials.

With a first place finish, the Ticos will be playing Sunday at 2 p.m. A second place finish in the group would put La Sele into Saturday's slot, also a 2 p.m. kickoff.

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Sunni militants continue
to have successes in Iraq


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sunni militants in Iraq have seized two more border crossings, one with Syria and one with Jordan, in addition to the four nearby towns captured by insurgent forces since Friday.
 
Jordan began to beef up border security after the crossings fell Sunday.
 
Security officials say the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is now in control of Qaim, Rawa, Ana and Rutba in Iraq's western Anbar province.
 
The blitz takes the al-Qaida-inspired group closer to its goal of carving out a purist Islamic state straddling both Syria and Iraq.
 
Meanwhile, at least six people were killed Sunday by a suicide bomber and a car bomb in the provincial capital of Ramadi. The attack targeted mourners at the funeral of an Iraqi police officer.

In a televised interview, U.S. President Barack Obama warned that the insurgents' strength could grow and destabilize other countries in the Middle East.

The American leader said the U.S. must remain vigilant, but would not play Whac-A-Mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up."
 
Demonstrators protested outside of the White House in Washington against renewed U.S. involvement in Iraq Saturday.

The United States has begun a new diplomatic bid to unite Iraq's fractious leaders and repel insurgents.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Egypt Sunday at the start of a visit to the Middle East and Europe, mainly to consult with partners about Iraq, where Sunni militants have made new advances in an offensive that has alarmed the world.

Kerry's unannounced stop in Cairo early Sunday was part of a diplomatic mission to push Egypt toward democracy.

While in Cairo, Kerry said the U.S. wanted the Iraqi people to find a leadership that is prepared to represent all Iraqis but that Washington would not pick or choose the leadership in Baghdad.

Kerry also urged Iraqi leaders to rise above sectarian considerations, and said that Washington was not responsible for the crisis.

Kerry was to stop in Jordan Sunday before heading to Brussels for the NATO foreign ministers' meeting, and then to Paris for meetings with regional partners and Gulf allies. 

Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday he is against U.S. intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The statement by Khamenei was the clearest statement of opposition to a U.S. plan to dispatch of up to 300 military advisers in response to pleas from the Iraqi government and runs counter to speculation that old enemies Washington and Tehran might cooperate to defend their mutual ally in Baghdad.
 
“We strongly oppose the intervention of the U.S. and others in the domestic affairs of Iraq,” Khamenei was quoted as saying, in his first reaction to the crisis.
 
“The main dispute in Iraq is between those who want Iraq to join the U.S. camp and those who seek an independent Iraq,” said Khamenei, who has the final say over government policies. “The U.S. aims to bring its own blind followers to power since the U.S. is not happy about the current government in Iraq.”
 
Khamenei said Iraq's government and its people, with help of top clerics, would be able to end the sedition there, saying extremists are hostile to both Shi'ites and Sunnis who seek an independent Iraq.
 
Earlier on Sunday Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said some countries feed terrorists by their petrodollars, in a veiled reference to the Arab Gulf states, and warned that such support would come back to haunt them.

Rouhani has said his countrymen will not hesitate to defend Shi'ite shrines in Iraq if need be, but he has also said, like Khamenei, that Iraqis are capable of doing that job themselves.
 
Thousands of Shi'ite Iraqis have responded to calls to take up arms and defend the country against the insurgency.

Tehran and Washington have been shocked by the lightning quick offensive, spearheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq, that has seen large swathes of northern and western Iraq fall to the hardline extremist group and other Sunni fighters since June 10, including the north's biggest city Mosul.

The towns of Qaim, Rawah, Anah and Rutba are the first seized in the mainly Sunni Anbar province since fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and their allies overran the city of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi earlier this year.
 
The capture of Rawah on the Euphrates River and the nearby town of Anah appeared to be part of a march toward a key dam in the city of Haditha, the destruction of which would damage the country's electrical grid and cause major flooding.
 
Taking Rutba gives the insurgents control over the final stretch of a major highway to neighboring Jordan, a key artery for passengers and goods that has been infrequently used for months because of deteriorating security.
 
Iraqi military officials said more than 2,000 troops were quickly dispatched to the site of the dam to protect it. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

There was a lull in fighting at Iraq's largest refinery, Beiji, near Tikrit, Sunday morning.

The site had been transformed into a battlefield since Wednesday as Sunni fighters launched an assault on the plant. Militants entered the large compound but were held off by Iraqi military units.
 
A black column of smoke rose from the site. Refinery officials said it was caused by a controlled burning of waste.

The chief military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, acknowledged the fall of the Anbar towns, saying government forces had made a tactical retreat and planned to retake them. He provided no further details.
 
The Islamic State and allied militants have carved out a large fiefdom along the Iraqi-Syrian border. Control over crossings like that one in Qaim allows them to more easily move weapons and heavy equipment. Rebels control the Syrian side of the crossing.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-dominated government has struggled to push back against the Sunni militants, who have seized large swaths of the country's north since taking control of Mosul on June 10 as troops melted away.

Iraq has requested U.S. air strikes to help halt the advance, but Obama has yet to order any, and has instead called on Iraqi leaders to form a more representative government in thinly veiled criticism of al-Maliki.

The U.S., however, has been drawn back into the conflict.

It is deploying up to 300 military advisers to join about 275 troops in and around Iraq to provide security and support for the U.S. Embassy and other American interests.
 
The fighting has threatened to tear the country apart for good, reducing Iraq to separate Sunni, Shi'ite and ethnic Kurdish regions. It has highlighted divisions among regional powers, especially Iran, which has said it would not hesitate to protect Shi'ite shrines in Iraq if asked, and Sunni Saudi Arabia, which has warned Iran to stay out of Iraq.
 
Iraq's Kurds have meanwhile expanded their territory in the northeast, including the long-prized oil city of Kirkuk.

Relations between the diverse Sunni groups have not been entirely smooth.

Sunday morning, clashes raged for a third day between the Islamic State of Iraq and Sunni tribes backed by the Naqshbandi Army, a group led by former army officers and Baathists, around Hawija, local security sources and tribal leaders said.

Saturday, heavily armed Shi'ite fighters paraded in Baghdad in a dramatic show of force aimed at Sunni militants who seized an Iraqi town that borders Syria, widening a western front in an offensive threatening to rip apart the country.

Thousands of fighters loyal to powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have vowed to fight the Islamic State of Iraq.


Those who fought in Iraq
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Paris, Illinois is a patriotic town awash in red, white and blue. American Legion Post Commander Tom Noel said it’s been that way since the Iraq War began in 2003.
 
“Instantly, the flag sales went up, you see flags flying everywhere,” said Noel.
 
Noel said that while the patriotism has not faded, the mood did change in 2004, when news of the mounting casualties from the town’s Illinois National Guard unit, the 1544th Transportation Company, starting filtering in.
 
“Five right here from our unit, right next door, all at once, that was a real shock,” recalled Noel.
 
Army Sgt. First Class Jeremy Deters served in Iraq with 1544th Transportation Company.  He is still with the unit. The cost of the eight-year-long war is clear to him. He lost five friends in that mortar attack near Baghdad in 2004, including Sgt. Shawna Morrison, the first female Illinois National Guard soldier to die in the conflict.
 
“We heard the mortars falling… went over there and saw what had happened and everything,” said Deters. “You come to terms with it, but it never leaves you.
 
“I think about my colleagues, my comrades, my brothers in arms every day,” said Kristopher Skinner, another veteran.
 
Skinner served as a U.S. army officer near Mosul, an area now under the control of Islamic State of Iraq militants.
 
“Seeing what’s happening there, it almost feels as if some folks gave their lives in vain. It’s hard not to consider it, especially now. But that’s a freedom, I guess that’s a liberty that I have because I came back and I am still here safely,” said Skinner.
 
Marine Sgt. Michael Hjelmstad spent part of three deployments to the region training the Iraqi National Army, which has suffered dramatic defeats in recent weeks.
 
“It is hard to watch them struggle and to know that maybe some of those guys we were training are the ones getting killed right now,” said Hjelmstad.
 
In a training environment using lessons learned from two combat tours in Iraq, Deters now prepares a new generation of soldiers for the harsh realities of war.
 
He doesn't second-guess past decisions. Deters said that instead, he focuses on the mission ahead and passing on information that could help save lives in the future.
 
“We can’t just let the future generations go in it blind and not know what’s going to happen. Myself and the others that have stayed in, it’s because we believe it’s our job to pass on the knowledge, because we believe in it,” said Deters.
 
And if they are called to serve again, Tom Noel says they will return to a town that continues to be grateful for their service.
 
“We regret that we had to give lives, but to give service, there is no regret,” said Noel.
 
But a constant reminder of the cost of the Iraq War exists behind Noel’s American Legion hall… a baseball field named in honor of Shawna Morrison.


Presbyterian Church decides
to hit Israel with sanctions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Presbyterian Church has voted to divest its financial holdings from three American companies doing business in parts of Israel considered by Palestinians to be occupied territory.

The governing General Assembly voted Friday, 310-303, to remove holdings in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard and Motorola from the church’s portfolio of investments, according to a statement posted on its Web site.

Though largely symbolic, the decision comes amid building pressure on other churches, companies, organizations, universities and others by the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement, known as BDS.

The statement said the Assembly members included a preface to its resolution saying the church was committed to peace in Israel and Palestine.

“We recognize the complexity of the issues, the decades-long struggle, the pain suffered and inflicted by policies and practices of both the Israeli government and Palestinian entities. We further acknowledge and confess our own complicity in both the historic and current suffering of Israeli and Palestinian yearning for justice and reconciliation,” the resolution stated.

The resolution explicitly noted that the vote “does not mean an alignment with the overall strategy of the global BDS movement.”

That movement, started by Palestinian groups almost a decade ago, seeks to put financial pressure on Israel to reach accommodation with Palestinians on the status of refugees, territories in the West Bank and a comprehensive peace deal.

The church, which reportedly holds about $21 million in investments in the three companies, held a similar vote two years ago that failed. In addition to supporters of the divestment, this year’s vote had attracted intense lobbying from Jewish groups.

In a statement posted Friday night on its Facebook page, the Israeli Embassy in Washington called the resolution shameful.

"Voting for symbolic measures marginalizes and removes its ability to be a constructive partner to promote peace in the Middle East," the statement said. The embassy statement said officials there would have hoped that the Presbyterian church would have joined them in promoting peace and denouncing terrorism.

The companies targeted have contracts to sell earth-moving equipment, surveillance technology and other goods that activists say are used by Israel to build settlements and violate rights of Palestinians. 
 
The Presbyterians, which have around 1.8 million members in the United States, is not the first American church to have divested from investments connected to Israel. But it is the most prominent U.S. religious group to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

The Mennonite church and the Quakers had taken similar steps in recent years, and last week a panel of the United Methodist Church said it had sold holdings in a company that has contracts with Israel’s prison system.


U.S. administration moving
to reduce flow of illegal kids


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Obama administration is moving to stop the flow of mainly Central American children arriving at the southern U.S. border.

U.S. officials say tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have made their way illegally across the southwestern border over the last eight months.

Their numbers have overwhelmed U.S. immigration facilities, and the Obama administration on Friday announced new measures to deal with the influx, including plans to open new detention centers and dispatch more judges, lawyers, and asylum officers to deal with the cases.

While some of the immigrants are being considered for asylum, many are not eligible for entry into the United States.

The administration is targeting what White House spokesman Josh Earnest said is false information leading many to make the dangerous journey north.

“So much of what we're seeing on the southern border is the result of a deliberate misinformation campaign that is propagated by criminal syndicates in Central America," he said. "That misinformation is causing some people who are in a rather desperate situation to risk their lives to come to the United States border expecting that they'll be able to stay in this country. That is simply not true.”

Vice President Joe Biden Friday took that message to Guatemala, where he met with officials from the region.

The administration has announced it will start detaining families at the border. Until now, U.S. authorities have in some cases held families briefly before releasing them in the U.S., pending court dates.

The immigrants transit through Mexico. Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, by telephone about the two countries' shared responsibility to address the root causes of the mass migration.


Rheumatism drug is found
to reverse some baldness


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The long sought after cure for some types of baldness may have been discovered.

Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine report a case of a man who had virtually no hair on his entire body, a disease called alopecia universalis, growing a complete head of hair after receiving a treatment for plaque psoriasis, a common skin disease.

According to a news release, the 25-year-old only had hair on the scaly red areas of psoriasis on his head. He was treated with tofacitinib citrate, commonly used to battle rheumatoid arthritis but also used to fight psoriasis. The drug caused the patient to grow hair not only on his head, but eyebrows, eyelashes, armpit hair and other hair.

The drug had proved effective in reversing alopecia areata, which is a less severe form of alopecia, in mice.

“The results are exactly what we hoped for,” said Brett A. King, assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine in a statement. “This is a huge step forward in the treatment of patients with this condition. While it’s one case, we anticipated the successful treatment of this man based on our current understanding of the disease and the drug. We believe the same results will be duplicated in other patients, and we plan to try.”

According to King, the drug caused hair growth by “turning off the immune system attack on hair follicles that is prompted by the disease.”

The patient had “full regrowth of hair” and reported no side effects, according to researchers.

While the drug caused hair growth, it was only mildly effective in treating the psoriasis.

Gary Sherwood, a spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation wrote in an email that he was encouraged by the Yale results.

“While we remain hopeful, we wish to remind the alopecia areata community this is a preliminary study with the effects of the drug studied on only one individual,” he added. “It should be considered preliminary and not validated at this point, and remains to be further studied in clinical trials.”

He urged Yale to pursue a clinical trial and said he was excited for a clinical trial of the drug scheduled to start at Columbia University later this summer.

King hopes to perform a clinical trial of a cream form of tofacitinib as a treatment for alopecia areata.

King’s paper, entitled “Killing Two Birds with One Stone: Oral Tofacitinib Reverses Alopecia Universalis in a Patient with Plaque Psoriasis” appeared online in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.


Quake in Pacific off Panamá

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A 4.6 earthquake took place at 1:43 a.m. today off the coast of Panamá about 28 kilometers southeast of the Costa Rican community of Laurel  de Corredores, according to the  Laboratorio de Ingenieria Sismica at the Universidad de Costa Rica, The quake was felt in Ciudad Neily, Golfito and, of course, Corredores.
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8366-12/2/14

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
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8321-10/17/14



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.





Visit our Web Site:
 www.greciarealestate.com

English calls: (Cristian Arce) Phone: 
(506) 2494-0016  
 
English calls :  (Luis David) Phone: 
(506) 8331-5228

Español calls: (Luis G. Jiménez)  Phone:   
(506) 8707-4016
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $1,100,000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia home
1,000 square meters of land, 350 square meters of construction.  CLICK HERE
Grecia home
  1,900 square meters of land, 253 square meters of construction. Price $350.000. CLICK HERE
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8352-8/13/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Castillo
Twice the Security & Prestige for Half the Cost

The only private guarded development in El Castillo
• 50% off for limited time only   • $26/square meter
• Neighbors are $80/square meter  • Incredible view
Clubhouse, pool, equestrian, country club
Only 2 remaining
Secure a spot in a million dollar neighborhood for under $100k
 Free architecture services
•  Full commission paid to brokers   • Financing available
Email or call the 24-hour recorded message for full info
mail@davidcollier.net   CR: 4000-1983 (English/Español)
USA: 619-800-8550 (English only)
8382-7/5/14

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

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

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

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Tropical lots located walking distance to a beautiful white sandy beach
Only $49,999 with interest-free financing
These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian  info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025    www.puntaplayavistas.com
8372-8/23/14

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For Sale: Fully Furnished OCEAN VIEW CONDOMINIUM
Reduced $199,999
Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white, sandy beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact www.puntaplayavistas.com or email info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025
8271-8/23/14

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For Sale by Owner: Playa Conchal ocean view home reduced $339,999

Casa de Eden is  2,600 square feet with 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, outdoor shower, private outdoor terrace and pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure, gated community surrounded by nature and close to the resort town of Tamarindo, only an hour from Liberia airport.  The home is being offered fully furnished with: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire Professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, internet, cable. 
Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. (732) 984-7549
or CR (506) 8349-2025.
8370-8/3/14

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

Large estate on island with sea view !!!
Located on the Big Island and five minutes from the center of Golfito on boat.  The large land has three hills with forest in which there are many trees and animals such as parrots, parakeets and monkeys.!!   It has a beautiful view
island one
of downtown Golfito , mountains and sea. It has three entry beach options. Your own beach,  large land with fruit trees, livestock grazing.Mangrove front with lots of fish, snapper, etc. Also access to your own part of sea with full of  seafood: pianguas, cambutes, chuchecas, clams, etc. .  Natural beauty is a paradise to live, walking, diving, fishing, horse riding, climbing to the mountains, swimming in the creek or the sea, exploring
the land, animals and trees, etc.  Your paradise is here for you, your family or develop your own rain forest country club. This is  the place of your dreams !  The full land measures 119,284 m2. All legal papers and blueprints are ready to get a new owner.   Property has its own water and  ready to instal solar panel or electric  power plant.     It is Isla Grande - Segura, diagonal to grazing
 Puntarenitas Beach in Golfito for sale at $1.500.000 U.S. Further information contact : Raquel or Maria Ester at  rakell.leon6@gmail.com, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.
8361-8/15/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.  This design allows for barrier-free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
 www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Esterillos

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

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

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

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

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

For more details go to:
8230-3/13/14

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

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

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

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Beware of that good looking bad soil

Editor's note: Beginning today we will publish from time to time gardening information by Victoria Torley of Nuevo Arenal.


Welcome to Life is a tropical Garden. I suppose a few words of introduction are in order.

In 2012, I dragged my reluctant husband to Costa Rica, bribing him with a sailboat, and now we live between two volcanos. 

We lived most of our lives in the U.S., where I gardened in New Jersey,

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Ohio, upstate New York, and Georgia.  Each area has its own environment, its own soil, water, temperatures and pests.  And each has its own gardening demands. 

Gardening habits had to change for each location, but those changes were nothing compared to the changes required when we 
moved to the tropics. This is the first time I have lived in a country with only two seasons: rainy and dry.  Worse than that, we live near Lake Arenal where we have a rainy season and a rainier season with a few weeks of dry weather that occasionally sneak in. 

So, how do you garden in the tropics? First, the most basic element.  Let’s talk about dirt versus garden soil.  Dirt can be just about anything, but soil is composed of inorganic material, organics (think compost), nutrients, fungi, animals (think worms), water, and, surprisingly, air.  About a quarter of garden soil is made up of air.  Air for the plants and animals that live in the soil and air between the particles of dirt that allows water to filter to plant roots.  Without an aerated soil, your chance of growing anything is small.

Some of our soil here looks marvelous.  I have a patch of rich-looking black soil that I dig out to use as fill in garden low spots.  There is just one problem.  From the surface and down 30 cm (about 15 inches), there are no worms.  None.  And, no matter how good your soil looks, if there are no worms, your soil does not have enough organic nutrients (think compost again) to be healthy.  Adding a commercial fertilizer will help plants grow but it won’t give you truly healthy garden soil.

Understand I have no qualms about adding commercial pelleted fertilizers.  No one has shown that plants can tell the difference between a prepared nitrogen molecule and one from rotted manure, but many of my friends still shudder at the mention of pelleted fertilizers.  However, I do agree with organic gardening friends that only fertilizers like compost provide an environment where worms can thrive. 

So, how do you make healthy soil?  In New York, it was dirt, peat moss, and composted manure.  In Georgia, it was dirt, composted manure and soil amendment.  Here in Costa Rica, because of our varied environments, from black dirt to clay to sand, we need to make a lot of local adjustments.  Healthy garden soil needs few additions.  Sandy soil requires solid doses of compost and even some light clay to hold moisture.  And clay?  I had my clay dug out to a depth of 15 cm (about 8 inches).  Some of it I crushed and added to my black dirt (see above) with a lot of compost.     

More about these adventures in the next column.  But now, the plant
for today.

The croton (Codiaeum variegatum) with its variegated leaves, makes a wonderful garden or container plant.  Colors range from pale yellow, through greens, reds, and purples.  The croton can be kept small or grown as an accent plant or hedge.  Add to that – leaf cutter ants don’t seem to like it!
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Those mean with money seen as untrustworthy

By the University of Oxford news service

Humans distrust others who are mean with their money, according to the findings of a series of lab experiments conducted at Oxford University.

The study participants had no face-to-face contact but played a series of interactive games. They had to make decisions about whom to trust in their dealings with other players, based on information they were given on the level of these other players' generosity in previous games.

The experiments revealed that participants who had been mean with their money were trusted less, and indeed were more likely to be untrustworthy. The findings by researchers from the University of Oxford and the European University Institute, Italy are published in the journal PLOS One.