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Crowds cheer arriving team
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
(Posted at 3:10 p.m.)

A TACA airliner carrying the national soccer team touched down at 2:19 p.m. today, Tuesday, at Juan Santamaría airport, and then the pilot took what amounted to a victory lap the full length of the runway while Bryan Ruiz waved a Costa Rican flag from the cockpit window.

Crowds lined the chain-link fence that circles the runway.

Thousands witnessed the arrival. Red-clad Ticos lined the highways around the airport as far as the eye could see. Some stood 10 deep in anticipation of a caravan that would carry the team to Parque la Sabana.

The plane was nearly an hour later than officials had scheduled.

President Luis Guillermo Solís stood at the base of a stair truck in windy weather waiting for the passengers to leave the craft. Wives of the players were among the first to leave the plane. Then Jorge Luis Pinto, the team coach appeared with other members of his staff.

A gathering of school children were there, too, and Pinto tried to shake every hand.

Individual players negotiated the stairway with bags in hand. On the ground they greeted the president.

The country was primed for another party to salute the underdog team that managed to reach the World Cup quarterfinals and only missed the semi-finals because of two blocked penalty shots.



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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national soccer team will receive a welcome today that is just short of a triumph afforded a victorious Roman general.

The team is expected to arrive from the World cup in Brazil about 12:30 p.m. at Juan Santamaría airport. There the team members will be greeted by President Luis Guillermo Solís and a group of children. Fuerza Pública officers are preparing for a large group of fans at the airport. The team will be arriving at Base Dos, the governmental section of the airport.

After the official welcome and praise for a job well done, the soccer team will go by caravan down the General Cañas autopista to Parque la Sabana and the statue of León Cortez that is at the foot of Paseo Colón. The team will be greeted by many thousands of fans there.

Solís has declared the afternoon a holiday for public workers except for emergency services. Executives of independent agencies like the Instituto Nacional de Seguros have been given the authority to make their own decisions. Most will let workers go.

The Fuerza Pública expects the team to arrive about 1:30 or 2 p.m. They were going to start their efforts to safeguard the public at 6 a.m. today. The airport will be locked down by 8 a.m., according to plans announced Monday. Traffic will be cut off or at least slowed considerably at Parque la Sabana and Paseo Colón starting at 10 a.m.

Police officials are a little nervous because there were stabbings Saturday in a crowd that had gatherered to watch the game on a giant screen at Plaza de la Democracia. Robbery was 
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believed to be the motive for some injuries. So  police are assigning 500 officers to the La Sabana gathering.

There had been suggestions that the team also travel to the Fuente de Hispanidad in San Pedro, the center of most sport celebrations, but that idea has been discarded, officials said.

Police urged participants in the rally to leave money, cell telephones and other objects of value at home.

Costa Ricans are thrilled that their national soccer team reached the quarter finals of the world cup to be recognized as one of the eight best teams in the world.


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High seas are just a taste for coastal dwellers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 50 residents of Caldera on the Pacific coast got a preview of what is to come Friday morning as high seas invaded their homes.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas spent much of the day getting residents and their goods to higher ground. The high seas had been predicted by experts at the Universidad de Costa Rica because of far away Pacific storms, but the warning went mostly unheeded.

Another message that is generally going unheeded is that of the rising sea levels in general. Rising seas appear to be inevitable, according to scientists who note that the seas already have risen some 125 meters or more than 400 feet since the latest Ice Age.

The concern has been that the mean sea level might rise as much as a meter, about 39 inches, by the end of this century. But new research reported Monday shows that this may be too conservative an estimate.
Projected changes in the winds circling the Antarctic may accelerate global sea level rise significantly more than previously estimated.

A report from the Australian Research Council said that changes to Antarctic winds have already been linked to southern Australia’s drying climate, but now it appears they may also have a profound impact on warming ocean temperatures under the ice shelves along the coastline of West and East Antarctic.

Paul Spence from the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science said that the water under the ice shelves may become up to  4 degrees C. warmer than now.

"It could lead to a massive increase in the rate of ice sheet melt, with direct consequences for global sea level rise,” he said.

Similar studies involved in the Greenland ice sheet show that ocean currents and winds have not been included fully in some projections.


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Judges reject evidence in San Carlos case

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two men, suspects in the triple murder of a La Fortuna hotel owner and his sons, were acquitted Monday after a trial in the San Carlos criminal courts.

The summary of the decision, released by the Poder Judicial, was a rebuke to investigators and judges who issued search warrants. The trial court basically threw out all the evidence at the request of the public defender. Search warrants issued by another judge also were defective, said the trial court in the decision.

The murdered man owned the Hotel Mountain Paradise. He was Geovany Soto, age 52 when the murders took place early last year. Also murdered was  Mauricio, 29, and Emanuel, 20.

The case caused a sensation because the three men were taken from their home, brought to the hotel and then brought to various locations in La Fortuna. The killers obviously were in search of money or some item of value.

The murders were considered locally as a payback for some transgression by the father. Investigators never said who the person was who ordered the killings.

The men who were freed have the last names of López and Sándigo.

The decision by the judicial panel said that the first problem stemmed from an Alcatel cell telephone that appears to have been a key piece of evidence. Also thrown out were disks that contained the contents of telephone calls.

The final decision will contain more aspects of the deliberation by the judges.

The two men were ordered to go free in the decision.


French to mark Bastille Day with a dance

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Certain French groups will be celebrating French National Day next Monday in the Central Valley. Also known as Bastille Day, the holiday commemorates the dawn of the French Revolution in 1789.

Both the French embassy and the French Alliance of Costa Rica will begin the festivities with a ball at the Hacienda Villa Hermosa in Alajuela Saturday at 6 p.m. Press representative for the French embassy, Olga Bolaños said the dance got pushed up to the weekend because, well, who really wants to dance on a Monday night?

The band Franchutes will be playing and there will be typical French foods, like cheeses, baguettes, pastries, and grilled dishes. Admission is free for French citizens and invited guests of the embassy.

Monday morning there is an annual floral ceremony at Parque Francia in Barrio Escalante.


Concert by Spanish musician is sold out

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Spanish musician Bebe is playing tonight at the Auditorio Nacional del Museo de los Niños at 8 p.m. This is the second stop of her tour through Latin America, called Bebe, Diez Años.

The intimate concert marks her first show in Costa Rica. She finished up in México Sunday and will also travel to Colombia, Chile, and Argentina as part of the tour.

It's been 10 years since the singer released her debut album, “Pafuera Telarañas,” featuring what came to be her two biggest hits, “Malo” and “Ella”. She has since released two other critically acclaimed albums, including “Y,” which earned her a Grammy nomination.

Tickets, which started at 20,000 colons (or about $37), have sold out for her show in the small auditorium setting.


Defensora steps down under fire

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The defensora de los habitantes cut short a dispute Monday by resigning.

Henry Mora, president of the Asamblea Legislativa, said he received a letter from the defensora, Ofelia Taitelbaum, who had just been reappointed to a four-year term by the previous legislature almost unanimously.

Ms. Taitelbaum, a long-time political figure, faces accusations that she forged or had forged various documents in order to hide income from tax inspectors. The case is under study by the Judicial Investigating Organization. It involves tax reports by Costa Rican corporations.

Mora said that the important issue now was the selection of a replacement as soon as possible.


Smithsonian honors folk singer Pete Seeger


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Each year during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, there’s a concert to honor the legacy of Ralph Rinzler, one of the event’s founders.  This year, it was also a tribute to Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and activist who died in January, just a few months before his 95th birthday.

Pete Seeger and Ralph Rinzler both played major roles in the revival of folk music in America, not just by playing it, but also by producing festivals and discovering performers. They also understood that music could be used as a tool for social change.

“There was a lot of conversation about do we get the biggest stars on the planet or do we get the most fiery activists,” said Sabrina Lynn Motley, director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. “We finally settled on, again going back to this idea of legacy and values, and who were people who really spoke to both of their legacies about engaging community, about honoring traditional arts, about this idea of a ‘citizen' artist. And names started to emerge. Some local, some who are international, from our artists who are here from China and Kenya.”

Performers included Pete’s nephew, Tony Seeger, who took time to remember Ralph Rinzler and his contributions to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

“Ralph’s job was to go around the back country, the small cities and towns and find great performers of vernacular music,” he said.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival strives to combine different musical traditions from around the world. As part of the concert honoring Seeger, American banjo player Abigail Washburn was joined by the Dimen Dong Folk Chorus, a group of Chinese folk singers in traditional dress.

“We’re going to go to Guizhou, China, to the mountains, for this next song that Pete Seeger often sang," she said. "I was sitting, watching these guys do their show the other day and they had a song called ‘The Cuckoo.’  So I went and sang my song ‘The Cuckoo’ for them while they were weaving, the Appalachian song ‘The Cuckoo.'   And they said ‘oh, that’s cool…’ And then we started singing it together and came up with this arrangement.”

Also performing was Tony Trischka who said the word that comes to mind when he thinks of his friend is “optimism.”

“He just always felt like we can stop war, we can clean up the environment, he just had this energy about him that I’ve never seen in another person," he said. "He just always had this positive energy coming out. He would stand out on the street corner in Beacon, New York on Saturday mornings for an hour, holding a peace sign. Just Pete. Just standing there with a peace sign. And he would always say: do the smallest, little thing.”



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Technology chamber objects to effort to monopolize IT field
By Michael Krumholtz
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The national technology chamber is protesting a bill in the Asamblea Legislativa that would make formal licensing required for computer and information technology specialists. Representatives from the Cámara de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación say that this proposal could handcuff many professionals in the digital field.

The new bills – numbers 18.919 and 18.928 – would limit professional entrance exclusively to those who have academic degrees and membership, as with other colegios in a variety of professions in Costa Rica.

The information technology chamber sent a letter Friday to alert legislators that computer technicians should not be subjected to the same strict licensing procedures as doctors or lawyers. Within the letter, the chamber warns that many capable workers without licenses will be forced out of jobs because of a mandate that limits creative development and innovation.

Otto Rivera Valle, executive vice president of the chamber, said many IT workers are self-taught, undergoing technical training, entrepreneurs, or people with training in other fields. But if the bills
pass, then workers who fall under those categories could not still legally work as computer technicians or programmers.

“They do this work because they have the ability to program and develop products and information services,” Rivera said. “The bills in question could restrict these people from being able to work professionally in computer fields.”

Rivera and the chamber said that the proposal offers no legitimate public interest and only negates peoples' fundamental right to work in a free market. They said the proposals may also be unconstitutional because they would contradict the state's protection of creative liberty and development of intellectual property.

Rivera explained that according to the bills, someone who develops an app or software for their own use or for a third party could not be hired professionally or charge for their services.

“The digital technology center in Costa Rica faces a shortage of professionals and those working under good labor conditions,” Rivera said. “Much of our labor force works before receiving a degree. Now there are kids and young adults who are developing their own applications, Web pages, and there are many cases in which they start tech projects at an early age. All of them could be affected.”


flooding
Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas photos                                                  
Caldera homes are hafl covered with water at the peak of high tide Friday morning.
High seas are just a taste for coastal dwellers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 50 residents of Caldera on the Pacific coast got a preview of what is to come Friday morning as high seas invaded their homes.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas spent much of the day getting residents and their goods to higher ground. The high seas had been predicted by experts at the Universidad de Costa Rica because of far away Pacific storms, but the warning went mostly unheeded.

Another message that is generally going unheeded is that of the rising sea levels in general. Rising seas appear to be inevitable, according to scientists who note that the seas already have risen some 125 meters or more than 400 feet since the latest Ice Age.

The concern has been that the mean sea level might rise as much as a meter, about 39 inches, by the end of this century. But new research reported Monday shows that this may be too conservative an estimate.
Projected changes in the winds circling the Antarctic may accelerate global sea level rise significantly more than previously estimated.

A report from the Australian Research Council said that changes to Antarctic winds have already been linked to southern Australia’s drying climate, but now it appears they may also have a profound impact on warming ocean temperatures under the ice shelves along the coastline of West and East Antarctic.

Paul Spence from the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science said that the water under the ice shelves may become up to  4 degrees C. warmer than now.

"It could lead to a massive increase in the rate of ice sheet melt, with direct consequences for global sea level rise,” he said.

Similar studies involved in the Greenland ice sheet show that ocean currents and winds have not been included fully in some projections.


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Construction site in South Carolina yielded biggest bird yet
By the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center news staff          

Scientists have identified the fossilized remains of an extinct giant bird that could be the biggest flying bird ever found. With an estimated 20- to 24-foot wingspan, the creature surpassed size estimates based on wing bones from the previous record holder -- a long-extinct bird named Argentavis magnificens -- and was twice as big as the royal albatross, the largest flying bird today.

Scheduled to appear online this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the findings show that the creature was an extremely efficient glider, with long slender wings that helped it stay aloft despite its enormous size.

The new fossil was first unearthed in 1983 near Charleston, South Carolina, when construction workers began excavations for a new terminal at the Charleston International Airport. The specimen was so big they had to dig it out with a backhoe. "The upper wing bone alone was longer than my arm," said author Dan Ksepka of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina.      

Now in the collections at the Charleston Museum, the strikingly well-preserved specimen consisted of multiple wing and leg bones and a complete skull. Its sheer size and telltale beak allowed Ksepka to identify the find as a previously unknown species of pelagornithid, an extinct group of giant seabirds known for bony tooth-like spikes that lined their upper and lower jaws. Named Pelagornis sandersi in honor of retired Charleston Museum curator Albert Sanders, who led the fossil's excavation, the bird lived 25 to 28 million years ago, after the dinosaurs died out but long before the first humans arrived in the area.

Researchers have no doubt that P. sandersi flew. It's paper-thin hollow bones, stumpy legs and giant wings would have made it at home in the air but awkward on land. But because it exceeded what some mathematical models say is the maximum body size possible for flying birds, what was less clear was how it managed to take off and stay aloft despite its massive size.          

To find out, Ksepka fed the fossil data into a computer program designed to predict flight performance given various estimates of mass, wingspan and wing shape. P. sandersi was probably too big to take off simply by flapping its wings and launching itself into the air
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This is an artist's drawing of the new fossil species Pelagornis sandersi, which may be the biggest flying bird ever found.

from a standstill, analyses show. Like Argentavis, whose flight was described by a computer simulation study in 2007, P. sandersi may have gotten off the ground by running downhill into a headwind or taking advantage of air gusts to get aloft, much like a hang glider.

Once it was airborne, Ksepka's simulations suggest that the bird's long, slender wings made it an incredibly efficient glider. By riding on air currents that rise up from the ocean's surface, P. sandersi was able to soar for miles over the open ocean without flapping its wings, occasionally swooping down to the water to feed on soft-bodied prey like squid and eels.

"That's important in the ocean, where food is patchy," said Ksepka, who is now curator of science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich Connecticut.

Researchers hope the find will help shed light on why the family of birds that P. sandersi belonged to eventually died out.

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Indians wrestle with language
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The contentious language issue, of whether to use Hindi or English, has resurfaced in India, where the new government is proposing giving Hindi primacy in official communications. India’s southern states, which do not speak the language of the north, have rejected such moves, but the bureaucracy in the Indian capital is scrambling to brush up its Hindi skills.

Whether speaking in parliament, with Indian officials or foreign leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has communicated in Hindi since taking office five weeks ago.

Independent political analyst Neerja Chowdhury points out that the Indian leader, the son of a poor tea seller, is far more adept in Hindi than in English,the two languages recognized as the official medium for federal government communication.

“We have got used to our leaders, many of whom have been Western-educated, speaking in English. But Mr. Modi, he is representing a different India. He has also come through the ranks, you know, his humble beginnings and he has made his way up. So this is the language of comfort for him in so far as expression goes,” said Chowdhury.

Although no one is questioning the prime minister’s personal choice of language, there is resistance to his government’s plan to nudge English aside in favor of Hindi in the corridors of power.

Political leaders in southern states voiced loud protests when his government recently ordered officials to prioritize Hindi over English on official accounts on social media platforms such as Twitter and on government Web sites.

The government quickly clarified that the rule was meant only for northern states.

Hindi is widely spoken in the north, where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has won most seats. But southern and eastern states have always opted for local languages or English. Five decades ago, efforts to impose Hindi as the country’s only official language triggered violent riots in the south.

And so Prime Minister Modi, a pragmatic leader, who wants to build his party in southern states, gave a subtle message that he is not only familiar with English, but has no aversion to it.

After witnessing the launch of a satellite in the southern Andhra Pradesh state, he surprised many by making his first speech since becoming prime minister in English. It was clearly an effort, but an astute move to reassure the south, from where many of the scientists hail. 

Although the south may be sticking with the language bequeathed by India’s British rulers, officials in New Delhi continue to be under pressure to opt for Hindi. And many are clearly unhappy.

India’s upper middle class, which includes many senior bureaucrats, largely has grown up speaking English in their homes. Most have studied in schools that use English for instruction, and some have gone to Western universities. Although they still speak Hindi, their written communication skills are often labored. And in an effort to cope with the language now in favor, many bureaucrats are scrambling to deepen their knowledge of Hindi, particularly words used in official communication.

Subhash Kashyap, a former official in parliament, said the colonial model, based in English, is a long-running habit with the bureaucracy. He said there should be no resentment if Hindi, the language that is more widely understood by the masses, is promoted, but it should not be pushed.

“The bureaucracy, simply because they have been used to certain things, that should not be an argument against it. But it should be a slow, natural process. It should take its own time, there should be no feeling of being compelled, or no feeling of any language being forced,” said Kashyap.

Critics agree that the government should not favor one language over the other in a country that has benefitted from its knowledge of English. It links a diverse country with 22 official languages, and many dialects, and serves as the language of commerce.

The English language skills of Indian engineers gave momentum to the growth of the country’s famous information technology industry. Most Indians from low-income groups are opting to send their children to English medium schools to give them an edge in the job market.

Chowdhury said that in a globalizing world, India’s familiarity with English is a huge benefit.

“The world is moving on, look at the way the Chinese are learning English. And why should we give up a natural advantage that we have had all these years?” said Chowdhury.

The push to end the primacy of English in official corridors is partly seen as an effort to break away from the traditions set by the Congress Party, which dominated India since independence and whose top echelons are drawn from the elite.

Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party want to reinforce their credentials as a Hindu nationalist party that will represent the swelling ranks of those joining the middle class, who may not be as conversant with English.


Pro footballers victors
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Former players of the U.S. National Football League suffering from years of hard hits to the head got good news Monday when a federal judge ruled in their favor on compensation claims.

The ruling comes about two weeks after the league agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages for head injury claims, including brain damage and dementia.

More than 20,000 retired players can now vote on the settlement. Lawyers for more than 4,500 former players had sued the league.  

The federal judge in Philadelphia argued that the new uncapped settlement ensures that there are sufficient funds available to pay all claims through the 65-year term of the settlement, and improves the manner in which diagnoses are made to protect against fraud.

A top league official called the decision comprehensive and said the league will work with the plaintiffs to implement the terms. Retired players who have or develop profound neurological problems could receive $1 million or more.


Pope meets with victims
and cites sex abuse crimes


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the church should weep and make reparation for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult.

At his long-awaited first meeting with victims, the pope reached out to the tens of thousands of people abused by priests globally, telling them he was sorry for the grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you.

In a speech written in his native Spanish, the 77-year-old pontiff spoke of the toxic effect of the abuse scandal, which he admitted had ruined many lives.

“For some time now I have felt in my heart deep pain and suffering,” he said in his strongest comments yet on the crimes, delivered at a Mass with adult victims. “So much time hidden, camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained until someone realized that Jesus was looking.”

He said he would not tolerate abusers and bishops would be held accountable if they shielded them.

One prominent critic of the church's long failure to act on the cases, and of the pope's failure to meet victims earlier in his pontificate, said he must quickly follow up on the meeting with clear action to prove it was not just a ceremonial event.

Francis delivered his homily to six victims of abuse, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany, who had stayed in his residence near Saint Peter's Basilica and had breakfast with him. They met with Pope Francis individually at a gathering that lasted nearly four hours, each spending about 30 minutes with the pope.

“I ask for the grace to weep, the grace for the church to weep and make reparation for her sons and daughters who betrayed their mission, who abused innocent persons,” he said, according to a Vatican transcript.

“Before God and his people I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness,” he said.

Sexual abuse scandals have haunted the Catholic Church for over two decades but became a major issue in the United States about 10 years ago. Since then they have cast a shadow over local churches in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and other countries and badly tarnished the church's image.

The meeting was closed to media, but the Vatican spokesman, who participated, said it was very intense and moving.

“It was clearly not a public relations event. It was a very profound, spiritual encounter with a pastor, a father, who is trying to understand deeply what happened,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.

The names and ages of the victims were not release,d but they were believed to be in their 30s and 40s, according to people who helped organize the gathering.

Victims groups have been pressing the Vatican to hold bishops accountable if they covered up crimes. The pope addressed this directly, repeating the thrust of what he said last April in a conversation with reporters.

“There is no place in the church's ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” he said. “All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with the utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable.”

Victims groups welcomed the meeting but said it should have taken place long ago. The pope was elected in March, 2013.

“I think it's very important that the pope meet with victims,” said Anne Doyle of BishopsAccountability.org, a U.S.-based documentation center on abuse in the Catholic Church.

“We know this pope is capable of compassion and his refusal to meet with sexual abuse victims so far has been inconsistent with the mercy he has shown with so many marginalized. This is something that he had to rectify,” she said.

The pope told the victims that he realized that they and others had suffered “often unrelenting emotional and spiritual pain, and even despair” and that some had turned to drugs or even taken their own lives.

“The deaths of these so beloved children of God weigh upon the heart and my conscience and that of the whole church.”

Last year Francis strengthened Vatican laws on child abuse, broadening the definition on crimes against minors to include pedophilia, though the legislation only covers clergy and lay people who work in or for the Vatican, not the universal Catholic Church.

Francis came under fire from victims groups for saying in an interview this year that the Roman Catholic Church had done more than any other organization to root out pedophiles in its ranks.

Victims groups have said the pope had a spotty record of dealing with abuse cases in Argentina when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, and victims from that country sent him a letter expressing pain that they were not invited.

Doyle said the pope should quickly follow up with several core actions to show that the meeting is not merely ceremonial.

“He definitely must explicitly tell his bishops that all church officials must report crimes and suspected crimes to civil authorities,” pointing that in a number of developing countries it is up to the victim to report sexual crimes.

A historic first trial against a former ambassador to the Vatican is expected to take place after Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic, was convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal last month and defrocked.

But the Vatican's continued insistence on keeping its inquiries into suspect priests secret has angered victims and campaigners.

Ahead of the meeting with victims, a former Mexican priest released an open letter to the pope written with several sex abuse victims, calling on Francis to prohibit the transfer of pedophile priests from one community to another.

Alberto Athie, who was forced by his bishop to step down for having defended victims abused by the late founder of the Legion of Christ Marcial Maciel, insisted the pontiff should hand all sexual aggressors, as well as their protectors, over to the civil authorities.

The Vatican says 3,420 credible accusations of sexual abuse by priests had been referred to the Vatican in the past 10 years and 824 clerics defrocked.

The church in the United States has paid $2.5 billion in compensation to victims.


Solar becomes more practical,
but can it overthrow coal?


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After decades as an expensive and sometimes impractical source of energy, experts say solar power is finally coming into its own.   Not only has the technology improved the efficiency and cost of solar panels, in some states, rising prices for conventional electricity make solar panels an economical alternative.  But can solar power actually compete with conventional electric utilities? 

John Desmarteau waited 10 years before switching to solar, but the retired Washington physician is glad he did. 

He says he's cut his reliance on the electric company by 85 percent, and saved the equivalent of more than 200 trees.

“In fact, for the last two months, which would be April and May 2014, we’ve used from our electric utility, no electricity," said Desmarteau.

The 39 photo-voltaic panels installed on Desmarteau's roof generate three times more than he consumes even with the air conditioning at full blast. 

It's not just a greener alternative, For some it can mean real savings.  The industry is still evolving but AstrumSolar's Mark Manthy says companies like his are making it easier for consumers to switch.

"In most markets right now, especially up and down the East Coast and the West Coast, you could put solar panels on your house for no money down.  Somebody else owns them, you pay them a monthly payment that is cheaper than you would pay your utility," said Manthy.

In many states, brown energy, electricity generated from polluting, non-renewable resources like coal,  is still cheaper than solar.  But green advocacy groups such as the Rocky Mountain Institute say that's changing.

“In our most optimistic case that we analyzed, all customers in the Southwest, in the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah would see favorable economics within 10 years and 90 percent of the customers in the Mid-Atlantic," said the institute's Jon Creyts.

Some will not wait that long.  American University in Washington just signed a 20-year deal with solar pioneer Duke Energy.  AU’s Chief Financial Officer Doug Kudravetz says the long-term savings are substantial.

“We’ve done quite a bit of financial modeling and if brown power goes up five percent a year, we’ll save about $14 million, present value," he said.

Barclays Bank believes solar is a big enough threat to the status quo that it downgraded bond ratings for electric utilities.  The group's trade association, Edison Electric Institute, declined to comment.  But energy blogger Andrew Ricci believes the threat is overblown.

"Again, I think that the industry sees it as a drop in the bucket in terms of our overall power needs," he said.   And, he says he only sees that changing a long time down the road.

While solar power makes up just a fraction of the world's total energy production, some believe the adoption rate will grow exponentially as climate change concerns drive the technology and consumers towards non-polluting and renewable resources like the sun.


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Marianne Arden, 101, performs at a community center near her Chevy Chase, Maryland, home.

Number of U.S. centenarians
on the rise prompting studies

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An Arkansas woman who just celebrated her 116th birthday isn't as unusual as some might think.

Gertrude Weaver, officially the oldest living American and second-oldest person in the world, belongs to a fast-growing segment of the U.S. population: people who are 100 years old or older.

There are about 53,000 centenarians in the U.S. today, and they are happy to share the secrets to their longevity: Finding your passion

​Music is everything to Marianne Arden, who insists that if she cannot play the piano anymore, she doesn't want to live.

At 101 years old, the Austrian-born American still plays the piano with the same enthusiasm as she did in her younger years when she performed on stages across America.

“I played the songs of the day that were popular and played and sang also some of my own songs,” she said, seated in front of one of two pianos at her home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Ms. Arden has written 130 songs in four different languages, which she still enjoys sharing with the world.

Today, she plays those same songs all from memory for her friends and neighbors once a week at a community center near her home and hopes to keep playing as long as she’s alive.

Her advice to anyone seeking to live a long and fruitful life is to “love your life,” and “keep your mind busy.”

“It’s important that you make your brain work because if you don’t make it work it will fall asleep,” she said before returning to her piano playing.


Madeline Brown, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, says she never dieted or exercised and always did her own thing.

Ms. Brown derives her joy from being around people.

She greets everyone she sees in the hallways of the independent living facility where she’s been a long-time resident, offering hugs and words of encouragement.

“That’s the highlight of my life,” she said on a recent afternoon. “Make somebody happy.”

Ms. Brown, who has survived cancer and says she never dieted or exercised, lived to see 17 presidents and recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She is delighted and proud to have received a personal greeting from President and Mrs. Barack Obama, a special recognition presented to all American centenarians.
 
As much as Brown enjoys people, she never married.

“I decided why should I marry one man and make him miserable when I can stay single and make them all happy,” she said.

But marriage has been a good thing for George Boggess, who, at 102, has been married to Dorothy for more than 70 years.

“I don’t think I would have lived without her,” he said, and attributes his longevity to his wife and the values he learned growing up in Texas. “We had to go to church, we had to go to school, and we had to work.”

Today, he spends most of his time at a medical center for veterans, where he takes part in many of the events and activities, and cites another important component to his long life: attitude.

“You have to have the right attitude to everything,” he said. “You can’t go around frowning, sad, complaining, criticizing.”

As an African-American soldier who faced many hardships, that attitude helped him survive World War II and his courage earned him a Purple Heart.

“It was thought that black soldiers could not live up to the expectations of other soldiers,” he said. “What we proved during the Battle of the Bulge was that that was a false assumption. We stayed, we fought, we won.”

A just-released study that examines why some people live longer than others finds genetics and mobility play a role in longevity.

“Our goal is to learn from people who have successfully aged and try to understand the factors that contributed to that,” said Winnie Rossi, an aging expert at the National Institute on Aging, part of  the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.    

What they have determined so far, is that family history makes a difference.

“Researchers have found over time that brothers and sisters of centenarians tend to live long and healthy too, compared to their counterparts in the population, as do the children of these very old people,” Ms. Rossi said.

The study also found that these older individuals tend to have better health profiles than their counterparts who don’t live as long, so they’re able to move around, walk and engage in more activities.

“I think generally people are living longer and healthier, but there is a very robust group of very old people… who are somewhere from their late 90s to well into their hundreds,” said Ms. Rossi.
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Customizing for your vision, lifestyle and budget.
 
A turnkey home and project completion agency devoted to creative vision and flawless execution. We provide a single, solid and dedicated point of contact for the duration of your real estate project, specializing in:
Our primary goal is to assist our clients with a smooth transition to occupancy while providing highly personalized and distinctive services. We have refined the process to be a hassle free experience, especially valuable for clients who live abroad.
Our custom furniture designs & manufacturing can be contracted independently.
“Serving the Region for 11 years”

Email: info@casadelpacifico.com
Cell phone: (506) - 8707-8008
Office phone: (506) - 2288-5644
Web: www.casadelpacifico.com

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Real estate foreclosure specialist

Great deals available every week
Properties like this:

20.5 acres of pasture for as little as $2,400

Rosa Monge Alvarez
Please email for details
rosa_monge@racsa.co.cr
8409-6/25/14

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


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A Buyer’s Broker offering the best
of Costa Rica Real Estate.
For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 4030-5480 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8294-6/12/14

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Re/Max, the Pacific coast expert

Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
8366-12/2/14

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)


ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site: costaricalandsales.com
email: kim@costaricalandsales.com

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.
8406-8/2/14

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.
8413-8/28/14

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

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

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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Dirt needs to have a little air space

Let’s talk dirty.  Well, no.  Let’s talk some more about dirt. 

At the most simple, dirt (the inorganic part of garden soil) is small particles of pulverized rock.  Dirt can be white beach sand (quartz or
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limestone), black beach sand (volcanic rocks), river silt (water eroded bits of various kinds of rock), the stuff you find in your yard, or even ground up plastic.

I know that someone is thinking “ground up plastic?” and, yes, it is the size of the inorganic particles that is important. 
Grind up plastic
to pieces of 1 mm or less, add organics, air, nutrients and water, and plants will grow.  It is the size of the particles that matters and that is why clay is such a bad host for plants.

Clay is a marvel.  Its particles are so tiny that we have to use a symbol to talk about their size; the symbol “μm” or micron.  Clay particles are about 2 microns in diameter, or 0.000078 inches in size.  They are very, very small.  It is their size that makes them pack so tightly and keeps air and water from penetrating, making clay a poor medium for garden soil.  And worms?  No worm can make a home in clay.  This is why I dug the clay out of my garden areas.  Clay does, however, retain moisture, so some clay can be useful in dry areas.  And that is why I added some clay back into the garden soil.

Dirt, then, is tiny bits of rocks that have been weathered by wind and water over eons (or tiny bits of plastic that have been ground up in minutes) until they were finally suitable for plant life. 

This brings us to hydroponics – gardening with no soil at all.  Commercial hydroponics farms – usually greenhouses – use up to 90 percent less water than regular farming as water is not seriously lost to evaporation or weed growth.  Hydroponic gardeners usually use a solution-only system where nutrient filled water circulates around plant roots or one with a solution and passive system.  In the latter, there is a non-porous medium (small rocks, pellets of various types, perlite, etc.) that roots can grip as plants grow.  The nutrient solution circulates through that medium.

Unless there is a question about hydroponics in the future, that may be my last word on the subject.  I was a little girl when I started doing what my husband calls, “playing in the dirt.” I got messy then, and I really prefer it that way now. 

Plant for Today

Sancheziam
The sanchezia is a terrific shrub with variegated foliage. Hummingbirds love its tubular flowers.  Sanchezia is a full sun to light shade plant and grows well on gentle slopes reaching a height of about 2 meters (about 8 feet).   So far, the leaf cutters have left it alone.

If you would like to suggest a topic for this column, simply send a letter to the editor.  And, for more garden tips, visit The Arenal Gardeners Facebook page.

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