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Culture officials irked by pricey statue sale in Paris
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The sale of a south Pacific coast pre-Columbian statue for nearly $1 million has Costa Rican officials trying to put a stop to such deals.

The sale March 22 of what was described as an anthro-zoomorphic divinity from the Diquis delta was at Sotheby’s France, a branch of the famous auction house. The archaeological piece was part of the extensive  Barbier-Mueller Collection. Sotheby's said that sale brought 10.3 million euros ($13.3 million), a world record for pre-Columbian art
 
The figurine, Lot #154, was believed to have been made between 1000 and 1500 A.D., said the auction house. The culture is the same one thought responsible for Costa Rica's giant stone balls. In all, some 300 works went to auction. Said Sotheby's:

Comprising around 300 works from Mexico, Central and South America, this extraordinary ensemble of pre-Columbian art from The Barbier-Mueller Collection has been widely exhibited and published. Among its many masterpieces are a Chupicuaro ceramic statue (500-100 B.C.) and a Tarascan ceramic bird-shaped vase (1200-1500 A.D.) both formerly in the Guy Joussemet Collection, a Maya ceramic head (500-900 A.D.) formerly in the John Huston Collection, an Aztec stone figure of a water goddess (1300-1500) acquired by Josef Mueller in 1920, and a Maya figure, Jaina, Mexico (550-950 A.D.).

Costa Rican cultural officials were unhappy as were Peruvian representatives. The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said that its minster, Manuel Obregón, and Luis Peirano, the Peruvian minister of culture, met Wednesday with the French ambassador here. The ambassador is  Jean Baptiste Chauvin, who has just taken over the post.

The outcome of the meeting was an agreement to send a letter to the French government asking that action be taken to stop the sale of Costa Rican and Peruvian artifacts in that country, said the ministry.

An official request will be sent to Aurélie Filippetti, the minister of culture and communications in Paris, the ministry aid.

There were other Costa Rican artifacts in the auction. They were metates and other goods, mainly from the Nicoya Culture. Items from many other Latin countries also were represented with the various Mexican cultures dominating.

There does not seem to be a suggestion that the items auctioned in Paris were in the black market, although the ministry here used that term broadly. Sotheby's called the collection a century old. It said:

"In 1908 and 1909 Josef Mueller acquired major works by Hodler and Cézanne in Paris. While initially focusing on Western masterpieces of universal appeal, he soon became attracted by important works of pre-Columbian art, his first purchase being an Aztec ‘water goddess’ in Paris in 1920. His son-in-law, Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller, a great aesthete and man of culture, brought this high standard of collecting to other fields, such as African art, Oceanic art and Cycladic Art. His dedicated focus has resulted in the well-deserved reputation for excellence that the collections have today. Mr. Barbier-Mueller and his wife Monique Barbier-Mueller (Josef Mueller’s daughter), who has pursued modern and contemporary art, have achieved one of the foremost collections of art in private hands, one defined by their sophisticated knowledge and refined eye."
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Ferdinand Hodler, who died in 1918, was a famous Swiss painter. Paul Cézanne is the famous French post-impressionist who died in 1906. Cyclades art flourished on Cyprus and on nearby islands before classical Greece.

Costa Rica passed the first law regulating trade in archaeological pieces in 1938. It declared that as of that date all artifacts found are property of the state. It called for registration of objects already in personal hands. A 1982 law prohibited the sale of such items and prohibited exportation.

The sale of the Diquis goddess may have been legal, said Obregón, according to the ministry, but the government has a responsibility to intervene in these types of situations with the goal of preserving the heritage of the country.

Sotheby's did not say on its Web site who purchased the goddess figure. The final price was $992,012, according to the auction house. The catalogue with photos of the objects sold still is available HERE! The auction house is correct is saying that the collection is an impressive one.

The auction house said that it also has published along with a firm called  5 Continents Editions a two-volume set containing the 300 works.

"These volumes (bilingual English/French) are beautifully illustrated and feature commentary by leading international experts," said Sotheby's.

Costa Rica tries to enforce the heritage laws, but there are many complications. Many artifacts in the market are forged.  Communities in Nicoya produce and sell legally pieces identical to what their forebearers sold to the Mayans and Aztecs more than 1,000 years ago. Reputable shops also offer replicas of pre-Columbian pieces, and they are labeled as such.

In addition, a visitor to the Sunday flea market adjacent to the San José municipal building will see many examples of pre-Columbian art. some could be replicas.  Others might have been stolen from Costa Rican families that have guarded their collections for years.

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The national tourism chamber reports that accommodations occupancy during the two-week mid-year vacation was 56.4 percent, according to a survey of 102 firms.

The hotel chamber reports that its survey shows about 66  percent occupancy.

The  Cámara Nacional de Turismo said that its figure showed a 12 percentage drop from the year before. It said that Guanacaste with 64.4 percent occupancy and beach hotels with 61.3 occupancy were highest. The chamber blamed the economy for the poor showing and said that fewer families can afford to take vacations.

The  Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles said that its figures were about what had been expected due to a survey taken before the holiday. It said that its survey showed that occupancy dropped 3 percentage points for the previous year.

Both chambers released the numbers Wednesday. The hotel chamber said that its survey showed that occupancy in Guanacaste was 68 percent. The survey reflected the occupancy of 50 hotels.


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Another fastboat stopped
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Anti-drug agents and the  Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas reported that they uncovered 582 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the double bottom of a fastboat that a crew stopped Tuesday near the entrance to the Gulfo Dulce.

The open boat had been spotted and followed by a U.S. Orion P-3 aircraft.

Three men, two from Ecuador and one from Colombia, were detained by the coast guard. The boat carried 12 drums for fuel and four of them already were empty. The coast guard crew that intercepted the boat considered this a tipoff and brought the boat to shore for a full search.


Coast guard captain named
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The former commander of the  Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas station in Golfito finally was arrested Wednesday. He had been linked to providing fuel to drug traffickers after smuggling suspects were detained May 15. The  Policía de Control de Drogas said they found $64,000 in cash at this home.

The Poder Judicial identified him by the last name of Moya.

The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Segurdad Pública said that the man has been fired in 2009 but that a labor court ordered him to be reinstated last year.


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The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional presents its sixth concert of the season Friday at 8 p.m. and again Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Teatro Nacional.

The orchestra will be under the direction of Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. The event is also part of the Festival de Orquestas Unidas, which includes performances by many other bands at other times.

Works by  Benjamin Britten, Felix Mendelssohn and Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas are on the program. Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero will perform.

Prieto  was educated at Princeton and Harvard universities, and he now is the director of music for the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería,


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By the A.M. Costa rica staff

The radioactivity scare along the southern coast Tuesday was a false alarm, according to the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the road agency.

The agency ordered the highway shut for miles from the site where a truck mishap damaged a densitometer at a sewer installation.

The device that measures the compacted soil contains a radioactive element.

The site was on the Costanera seven kilometers north of Palmar Norte.

The agency said it turned out that the radioactive section of the device is protected by a sturdy capsule so there was no release from the source. The road was re-opened by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the agency said.


Two died from injuries
in separate road accidents


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Caribbean coast man has died, the victim of a motorcycle mishap.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the man, identified by the last name of Lewis, suffered injuries in a crash at Puerto Viejo de Limón, The motorcycle skidded and went off the road Tuesday afternoon, agents said. The 28-year-old man died Wednesday morning in Hospital Tony Faccio in Limón Centro.

A bicyclist also has died. The 42-year-old man with the last name of  Barquero died at Hospital México, said agents. He suffered injuries when his bicycle collided with a utility pole, they said.


North Koreans demand
Panamá release its ship


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Korea is demanding that Panamá release a Pyongyang-flagged ship seized in Panamanian waters, saying the commandeered Cuban arms shipment on board was part of a legitimate deal.
 
In a statement late Wednesday, Pyongyang's foreign ministry described the cargo as aging Cuban weapons that North Korea agreed under contract to overhaul. The statement also called for the immediate release of the ship, the "Chong Chon Gang," and its crew.
 
Hours earlier, Panamá called on the United Nations to investigate the seizure, as allegations swirled that the North Korean ship was smuggling arms in breach of U.N. sanctions.
 
Panamanian Security Minister José Raúl Mulino said his government asked the world body how to proceed with the case, and said Panama intends to forward the ship to U.N. custody.
 
Mulino also said two more containers with suspected arms have been discovered and the 35 ship crew members are to be charged with crimes against Panama's internal security.
 
Panama stopped the ship Monday on suspicion it was carrying drugs, but instead found the weapons hidden under a shipment of brown sugar.
 
Cuba says the arms discovered on the vessel among tons of sugar were obsolete Soviet-era missiles and parts it had sent to Pyongyang for repair. Mulino counters that the weaponry was not logged as cargo, and is therefore contraband, even if it is obsolete.
 
Communist Cuba is one of North Korea's few allies. It is isolated from much of the international community in part because of its rogue nuclear weapons and missile programs.
 
U.N. sanctions forbid North Korea from buying or selling ballistic missile or nuclear technology. The sanctions were tightened following North Korea's third nuclear test in February.

Brad Glosserman, an analyst with the Hawaii-based Pacific Forum, said the incident may show the effectiveness behind the sanctions, which were expanded following the North's third nuclear test in February.
 
"I think we should be taking some comfort in the notion that other countries are getting serious about trying to put the squeeze on North Korea and trying to convince them that they need to be better citizens," he said.
 
Stephen Noerper with the New York-based Korea Society agrees that inspection of North Korea's international shipping may be getting stronger following the sanctions expansion.
 
But he said the shipment shows that North Korea remains a threat to the international community, even if the equipment is very outdated.
 
"It doesn't take modern equipment to create destruction and to create fear, as we saw in 2010 with the sinking of the  'Cheonan,'" he said of a South Korean navy ship.
 
Noerper also believes it is not likely that Cuba was sending the weaponry to North Korea for repairs, as the Cuban foreign ministry suggested.
 
The United States says it strongly supports Panama's seizure of the ship. State Department Patrick Ventrell said the U.S. stands ready to cooperate with Panama if it requests help.
 
Ventrell said the "Chong Chon Gang" has a history of involvement in drug smuggling, and that the U.S. is in touch with Panamá and is still gathering information on the exact contents of the ship.
 
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said Wednesday the shipment of military equipment and Cuban sugar seized by Panama was apparently part of a flourishing barter trade between Pyongyang and Havana designed to get around U.N. trade sanctions and arms embargoes.
 
"North Korea is poor and its people hungry, but it has an abundance of Soviet-era military equipment as well as the technicians to service, repair and upgrade old Soviet or Chinese military equipment in exchange for food or much-needed foreign currency," the institute said.
 

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The 12th Festival Nacional de Danza Contemporánea will present five shows from Aug 3 to Aug. 11. All will be in the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar, which is just north of Parque Central in San José.

Organizers said that 10 dance groups were selected by a jury out of 19 choices. There are six special invitees.

Being honored this year are Danza Universitaria of the Universidad de Costa Rica which is in its 35th year, and the dance course at the  Conversatorio del Castella, which reached its sixth decade this year, said organizers.
The Festival Nacional de Danza Contemporánea, of course, is something that even persons who do not speak Spanish can enjoy. The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud is a sponsor.

Productions will be at the end of the week, starting with Saturday, Aug. 3. There are other productions the next day, Aug. 4. The next week the shows start on Friday, Aug. 9, and take place on the following Saturday and Sunday.

One performance is by the Compañía de Cámara Danza of Universidad Nacional in Heredia. Eric Handman of the  University of  Utah, a Fulbright scholar, choreographed the work, said organizers. Tickets are available starting July 29 at the theater.


A variety of scams can entrap the wary and their money
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday judicial police cracked down on fake Cuban cigars.

Now readers are reporting that there are fake U.S. silver dollars making the rounds in the various downtown bars and restaurants.

According to one reader, the coins are made from steel. They resemble old Morgan dollars and in some cases the Peace dollar with the image of Liberty on the face.

That seems to be a new scam in San José. Recently a news article here reported on counterfeit chits that some crooks were using to get free drinks at bars. Casinos pay close attention to their gambling chips for this reason.

Some of the fake coins are supposed to be made in China and pass muster from an untrained eye.

Faking coins are not new. Time was when someone would need the help of a dental lab or other specialized facility to fake coins. The cost was high, so the fakes were supposed to be ancient Roman or Green, and the price was high.

A reader reported that one fake coin was passed to a worker in a hotel with the claim it was worth $20.  Some online ad
services have classifieds offering silver coins for $5.

The cigar article prompted an email from a reader who said that such fakes were epidemic even in Cuba. He suggested consulting Internet sources that can help someone determine which cigar is fake and which one is not.

Sometimes the old scam is the best scam.  The Fuerza Pública said Wednesday that officers had detained a man and a women who were suspected of trying to run the aduana scam. The arrests were at Juan Santamaría airport.

The pair were said to have long court records and to be members of a group that regularly practices this scam on the unwary.

The crooks offer goods at a low price because the items are embargoed in the aduana or customs section of the airport. Once they have the money the crooks promise to return with the goods.

Even sophisticated business people have been taken in. Frequently they are contacted by telephone cold calls and asked to meet the crooks at the airport. The product would be something of interest to the business. If the victim balks at the last minute, the crooks resort to strong arm robbery. The pair detained Wednesday have robbery arrests on their records.

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Municipal council reaffirms that president is welcome in Nicoya July 25
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

July 25 is one time of the year when Nicoya and Guanacaste residents can be sure to have their say. This also is the day when the central government lavishes gifts in the form of road machinery and promises on them.

The president and cabinet traditionally hold a Consejo de Gobierno in Nicoya's Parque Recadero Briceño. The event this year is the  189th anniversary of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya. That commemorates the decision by residents to affiliate with Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua.

This year may be more interesting than most. Already the fur is flying. The local Nicoya council adamantly contradicted a politician's claim Wednesday that President Laura Chinchilla would not be welcome.

The Municipalidad de Nicoya fired off an afternoon press bulletin expressing  unhappiness with an interview aired on Channel 7 featuring José María Villalta, the sole legislative member of Frente Amplio.
Marco Jiménez, the mayor of the municipality, was quoted saying that July 1 the government there actually sent an invitation to Ms. Chinchilla. Included in the invitation were government ministers and other high officials, the bulletin said.

The Nicoya Consejo Municipal held a formal meeting Wednesday afternoon to reaffirm the desire for the president to come and to ask Villalta to correct his comments, the bulletin said.

Nicoya is having a week-long fiesta this year starting Sunday. It is being called the Festival Cultural de la Anexión Nicoya 2013.  The kickoff is a 10K foot race Sunday starting at 8 a.m.

Frente Amplio also has been identified by Casa Presidencial as being the organizer of a protest march July 25 apparently to embarrass the president.

Ms. Chinchilla was upset when protesters showed up at a ceremony for Juan Santamaría day April 11 in Alajuela.

 
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House committee presses
official on Patriot Act


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on the Judiciary have questioned why the National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Americans when the majority of the calls are not relevant to any terrorist investigations.

The focus on Capitol Hill is shifting away from the former contractor who revealed the surveillance programs, Edward Snowden, to privacy and civil liberty concerns.

Snowden, who has now applied for temporary asylum in Russia, unleashed a firestorm of controversy in the United States and abroad when he revealed massive phone and email surveillance programs conducted by the NSA. The House Committee on the Judiciary focused on the program authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which was designed to prevent another major terror attack on the United States after Sept. 11, 2001. 

Under Section 215, the NSA has been collecting the phone records of millions of Americans and can store them for five years.

"Do you think a program of this magnitude, gathering information involving a large number of people involved with telephone companies and so on, could be indefinitely kept secret from the American people," asked Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican and committee chairman.

"Well, we tried," replied Robert Litt of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Ranking member John Conyers, a Democrat, said he believes the gathering itself of millions of phone records violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing the right to be free of unreasonable searches or seizures.

"I feel very uncomfortable about using aggregated metadata on hundreds of millions of Americans, everybody, including every member of Congress and every citizen who has a phone in the United States of America," he said. "This is unsustainable, it is outrageous and must be stopped immediately."

Deputy Attorney General James Cole defended the program, explaining that the phone records collected do not include any names of individuals, but just the numbers and the length of the calls.

"And they do not include the content of any phone calls," he said. "These are the kinds of records that under longstanding Supreme Court precedent are not protected by the Fourth Amendment."

But most of the members of the committee said their constituents are concerned about a possible breach of privacy, and said they as lawmakers were never aware of the scope of the program.

Rep James Sensenbrenner, also a Republican, has been a staunch defender of the Patriot Act. Sensenbrenner, however, said the current phone records program has gone too far and must be changed before it expires in 2015.

"And unless you realize you have a problem, that is not going to be renewed. There are not the votes in the House of Representatives to renew Section 215," he said.

Government officials testifying at the hearing said they are willing to work with Congress, and stressed that the sole purpose of collecting the records is to help U.S. intelligence agencies defend against terror attacks. Some lawmakers suggested that the NSA negotiate with phone companies to get them to agree to store records for five years, instead of the NSA collecting and storing them, and then if there were a reasonable suspicion, the NSA could obtain a warrant to get the records of a targeted individual.

 
Amgen pays $15 million fine
for promotion of its cancer drug

 
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Biopharmaceutical company Amgen, Inc., Wednesday paid the United States more than $15 million to resolve allegations that the Ventura County, California, company provided illegal financial incentives to physicians and physician groups to induce them to prescribe the cancer drug Xgeva.

Amgen, which is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, paid the money pursuant to a settlement agreement with the United States to resolve allegations that it violated the Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute and the federal False Claims Act. The Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits anyone from offering, paying, soliciting or receiving anything of value to generate referrals for items or services payable by any federal health care program.

Xgeva, which is the brand name of the drug denosumab, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in late 2010 for use with certain cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It is most commonly prescribed for patients with metastatic bone disease in order to prevent skeletal-related adverse events.

In order to increase sales of Xgeva, Amgen used data purchase agreements, which the company called the “Deep Dive” contracts, to provide financial incentives to oncologists and urologists to prescribe Xgeva. The original plan for the Deep Dive contracts called for Amgen to pay doctors to fill out a short survey on the Internet on how they were treating patients with bone cancer, including which drugs were used – whether or not Xgeva was prescribed. However, Amgen altered the original Deep Dive program design by increasing the amount of money it would pay doctors and by offering such payments only to doctors who prescribed Xgeva for their patients. 

Amgen’s Xgeva marketing team also was not supposed to know the identities of the doctors who received Deep Dive contracts, but team members had access to that information.  Additionally, in a further effort to influence doctors to prescribe Xgeva, Amgen provided cash payments characterized as honoraria to oncologists and urologists for participating in audience response sessions, data market research surveys, and  advisory board programs which touted the benefits of Xgeva.

This settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allow private citizens with knowledge of fraud to bring civil actions on behalf of the United States and share in any recovery. The case was filed last year in federal court in Los Angeles by two Amgen employees, who will collectively receive $2.75 million as part of the settlement.
    

Cuba and U.S. meet again
to discuss immigration issues


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

 The United States and Cuba resumed immigration talks in Washington Wednesday after a two-year hiatus and U.S. officials said they had again pressed for the release of jailed American contractor Alan Gross.
 
The last migration roundtable between the United States and Cuba was in January 2011 when officials met in Havana.
 
The talks were led by Alex Lee, acting U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs, and Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Cuba's foreign ministry director general for U.S. affairs.
 
The State Department said the U.S. delegation reiterated a call for the release of Gross, who is serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba for installing Internet networks for Cuban Jews as part of a U.S. program that Cuba considers subversive.
 
Gross' arrest in late 2009 and sentencing in March 2011 halted a brief thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations after Barack Obama took office in January 2009.
 
The department said Lee made it clear that Gross was trying to facilitate communications between Cuba's citizens and the rest of the world.
 
The sides also discussed the application of U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords, which seek to promote safe, legal and orderly migrations between the two countries.
 
Over the past half century, thousands of Cubans have died trying to cross the treacherous Florida Straits in flimsy boats and homemade rafts.
 

Rolling Stone rattles readers
with boom suspect's photo

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The American magazine, Rolling Stone, has stirred up a hornets’ nest of controversy by putting a photo of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its August issue.
 
The magazine says its article on Tsarnaev was based on interviews with his friends, neighbors, teachers and Boston area law enforcement officials. It describes the story as a “heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.”
 
The cover photo of Tsarnaev looks like those on many of Rolling Stone’s issues featuring rock stars. Some Twitter users described its use as disgraceful.
 
“This is unacceptable and a slap in the face for those he killed and maimed,” said one comment on the magazine’s Facebook page.
 
“I will never buy a Rolling Stone ever again. Disgraceful,” said another.
 
Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan are accused of carrying out the April 15 attack in Boston that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police, and Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
 
Rolling Stone has often stirred controversy with its covers. One of the most controversial came in 1970 when the magazine put serial killer Charles Manson on the cover.


Zimmerman juror says law
needs to be changed in Florida


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A member of the jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin called for changes in Florida's self-defense law, which she said gave jurors no option but to acquit the defendant.
 
The juror's statement adds to pleas from around the country to change the Stand Your Ground laws that more than 30 states have adopted. In Florida, demonstrators occupied a part of the governor's office demanding that the state repeal or curtail its 2005 law.
 
With her identity kept secret, the juror, designated B-37, gave an interview to CNN on Monday that stirred further debate in the case that captivated the U.S. public and triggered  lengthy discussions about race, guns and self-defense laws.
 
After receiving a torrent of criticism, including a statement to CNN from four other jurors who said she did not speak for them, the juror issued a statement further stressing her position that Florida's self-defense law, commonly known as Stand Your Ground, forced the jury to vote not guilty.
 
“My prayers are with all those who have the influence and power to modify the laws that left me with no verdict option other than 'not guilty' in order to remain within the instructions,” juror B-37 said in the statement. “No other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured.”
 
According to the instructions given to the jury, Zimmerman had “no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force” if he reasonably feared for his life or great bodily harm.
 
Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder questioned those laws in a speech. Wednesday, the Florida president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People urged Republican Gov. Rick Scott to return to the state capital, Tallahassee, to meet with scores of young demonstrators occupying his office to protest the verdict.
 
The protesters, hastily organized by a group called Dream Defenders, are among those demanding Scott call a special session of the Republican-led Florida legislature to repeal or curtail the 2005 Stand Your Ground law. The governor has said he supports the law, which was strongly backed by the National Rifle Association.
 
“The consequence of this verdict and the Stand Your Ground law has made Florida an increasingly unsafe state for its citizens, especially its black and Latino youth,” Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, wrote in a letter hand-delivered to Scott's office.
 
After three weeks of testimony and 16 hours of deliberation, the jury of five white women and one of mixed race acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death, inside a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford Feb. 26, 2012.

Shortly before the shooting, Zimmerman called police from his car to report a suspicious person, Martin, a house guest of his father's fiancee, who lived inside the gated community. Zimmerman left his car and got into a fight with Martin that left Zimmerman with a bloody nose and head injuries. It ended when Zimmerman shot Martin through the heart with a 9-mm. pistol he had concealed and was licensed to carry.
 
The Democratic leaders of Florida's legislature, who are in the minority in both chambers, were due to hold a news conference in Fort Lauderdale today to announce plans for action in response to the Zimmerman acquittal. They tried to get the Stand Your Ground law changed in the past session but never even got a committee hearing on the issue.
 
Juror B-37, a mother of two who grew up in a military family and used to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, said one holdout juror switched her vote to “not guilty” after half an hour of agonizing over the law.
 
“She wanted to find him guilty of something but couldn't because of the law. The way the law was written, he wasn't responsible for  things that he had done leading up to that point,” she said.
 
“I wanted to find him guilty of not using his senses but ... you can't charge him with anything because he didn't do anything unlawful,” said juror B-37, who also said she believed Martin attacked Zimmerman.
 
Four other jurors responded with a statement distancing themselves from B-37, who told CNN nobody on the jury felt raced played a role in the case.
 
“We also wish to point out that the opinions of juror B-37  expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below,” said the statement, which listed their juror numbers.


Suspect in lengthy abductions
might try to make a court deal


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A former Cleveland school bus driver accused of kidnapping and holding three women captive for years pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to hundreds of criminal charges, but his lawyers said they are seeking a plea agreement to avert a trial.
 
A grand jury on Friday added 648 charges to a previous indictment against Ariel Castro, bringing the total number of charges against him to 977.
 
Castro, 53, is accused of abducting the first of the women in 2002 and holding them captive until they escaped from his house on May 6 along with a 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of the women.
 
During a brief court appearance, a lawyer for Castro entered the not guilty plea, and the judge kept in place an $8 million bond, and an order that Castro have no contact with the three women and the child.
 
Law enforcement officials have said that the women, Gina DeJesus, 23, Michelle Knight, 32, and Amanda Berry, 27, were kept bound in chains or rope for periods of time and that they endured starvation, beatings and repeated sexual assaults.
 
The most serious of the charges against Castro, two counts of aggravated murder under a fetal homicide law over allegations he forced Knight to miscarry, could potentially carry a death sentence if prosecutors choose to pursue it.
 
Joe Frolik, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, told reporters a committee that considers death penalty charges is still deliberating and prosecutors have reserved the right to bring a third indictment that includes a death penalty charge.
 
According to the indictment, Knight was pregnant at least three times from September 2002 to December 2003. Castro's aggravated murder charge stems from allegations that he forced her to miscarry in a fourth pregnancy from 2006 to 2007.
 
But legal experts have said that it would be difficult to prove murder without physical evidence of the miscarriage.
 
Castro has not sought to delay the start of his trial, which is scheduled for Aug. 5, but defense attorneys again said on Wednesday they are seeking a plea agreement in the case.
 
“We are preparing for that trial however with the goal in mind to try to resolve this for the fairness of the women as well as the community so everyone can put this behind them,” Castro's attorney, Craig Weintraub, told reporters.
 
“Either we are going to have a plea or we are going to have a trial on Aug. 5,” he said.
 
Ian Friedman, a Cleveland lawyer who defended a teenager who opened fire at an Ohio school last year killing three people, said he would be shocked if the Castro trial begins as early as Aug. 5 because of the complexity and number of charges.
 
“Ariel Castro will never leave prison to the taste of freedom. This case is only about whether he receives life or death,” Friedman said.
 
Castro is charged with kidnapping the three women from 2002 to 2004 and brutalizing them over the next 10 years. He is also charged with kidnapping the 6-year-old girl and three counts of endangering her.
 
In Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Wednesday, Castro's lawyers waived a reading of the full indictment, which also includes 512 counts of kidnapping, 446 counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, six counts of felony assault, and one count of possessing tools such as a Ruger handgun used to aid in the crimes.
 
Judge Pamela Barker summarized the charges against Castro.  When she asked if he understood the charges, Castro replied, “yes.” Barker several times told Castro, who was wearing orange prison clothes, to raise his head and to open his eyes.
 
DNA evidence has confirmed that Castro was the father of the girl, who was born to Ms. Berry. At a court appearance in early July, Castro asked to be allowed jail visits from his daughter. A judge rejected the request immediately as not appropriate.


Belief in China a being No. 1
grows among world population


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new poll by the Pew Research Center says the world increasingly believes China will eventually overtake the United States as the world's top superpower.

In just over half of the 39 countries polled, the U.S. is still recognized, accurately, as the world's largest economy. But a majority of people in 18 of the countries said China will eventually surpass the U.S.

The survey released Thursday suggests the U.S. continues to enjoy a more favorable global image than China. It put the U.S. favorability rating at 63 percent, compared with 50 percent for China.

Favorability ratings varied widely according to region. The survey found that China's image is poor among its immediate neighbors. It said the United States' image is the most negative in Muslim-majority countries.

However, even those nations with the widest animosity toward the U.S. said they believe that it offers more personal freedom for its citizens. A median of 70 percent told Pew that the U.S. respects individual freedoms, while only 36 percent said the same of China.

The report also suggests that American and Chinese citizens are becoming more suspicious of each other. Just 37 percent of Americans expressed a positive view of China, down from 51 percent two years ago. In China, 40 percent had a favorable impression of the U.S., down from 58 percent in 2010.

The survey by Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project is the U.S.-based organization's largest since 2007. It was conducted before ex-U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden leaked a series of classified documents revealing several domestic and international surveillance programs that have generated controversy in the U.S. and many countries around the world.


Mandela has 95th birthday
as health said to be better


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

South Africa says former president Nelson Mandela's health is steadily improving as he turns 95 years old today.

President Jacob Zuma wished Mandela happy birthday in a statement, saying South Africa is proud to call the international icon its own.

Mandela has been hospitalized for more than a month with a recurring lung infection. Officials describe his condition as critical but stable.

South Africans have big celebrations planned for his birthday today, which has been designated an international day of service.

Known as "Mandela Day," people are asked to give 67 minutes of their time doing something charitable, or one minute for each year he dedicated to his struggle for social justice.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who visited South Africa last month, said in a statement late Wednesday that people everywhere can honor Mandela by "heeding his example" through acts of service.

Obama said he and his family will forever draw strength and inspiration from Mandela's moral courage, kindness and humility.

Wednesday, Mandela's daughter, Zindzi Mandela, said he is making remarkable progress and may be going home anytime soon.

She also said people were at one time preparing for the worst, but that her father continues to amaze. She said he is responding very well.

Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8, is revered in South Africa and beyond for his role in ending official racial discrimination and white minority rule. After spending 27 years in prison, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected South Africa's first black president the following year.


Commission in Brazil to study
spending for 2014 World Cup


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Brazilian congress will investigate the billions of dollars spent on soccer stadiums for next year's World Cup, one of the main complaints that fueled massive street protests last month against the country's political establishment.
 
Lawmakers gathered enough signatures to establish a joint investigation by both chambers of congress that will look into cost overruns and allegations of corruption in the building or overhaul of 12 stadiums that will host the global soccer event.
 
The signatures still have to be verified and the petition confirmed by both chambers, which will not happen until August, allowing time for the government to convince lawmakers to withdraw their support and scuttle the probe.
 
In a sudden outburst of national discontent that shocked politicians, Brazilians took to the streets in June to express their anger at the high cost of living and poor quality of public transport, health and education services, as well as overspending on the stadiums for the World Cup, an event that is meant to crown Brazil's emergence as a world economic power.
 
The main target of public ire was Brazil's political class,  which most Brazilians see as corrupt and self-serving.
 
Protests were fueled by the hosting of the Confederations Cup, a warm-up for the World Cup. Demonstrators demanded improved public services rather than costly mega-events like the World Cup and the Olympic Games set for 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
 
“In the wake of the protests, Congress must change its attitude and open this investigation demanded by the people,” said Sen. Alvaro Dias of the main opposition party PSDB, which initially requested the probe.
 
“No doubt there will be major revelations,” Dias said.
 
The investigation will look at cost-overruns in building new stadiums such as the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, which is expected to cost more than 1.2 billion reais ($535.33 million) or double the original price tag.
 
Six of the 12 stadiums have been delivered for what some analysts say will be the most costly World Cup.
 
President Dilma Rousseff's government originally hoped to build the stadiums with private capital, but the arenas ended up depending on public funding. She has said the money will be repaid to the state.

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Playa Palo Seco - Gorgeous beachfront 2-story home of roughly 2,000 square feet set on a half acre ocean front full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco.
Playa Paol Seco
This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is only minutes from  the tourist hot spot Jacó but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil. This is an incredible opportunity at $150,000! Owner financing is available! Visit Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8033-8/19/13

El Castillo - Up to 60-acre tract with breathtaking views of Volcán Arenal and Lake
Catillo
Arenal are available. Multiple GORGEOUS home building sites are scattered throughout this area. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of land that cannot be replicated. Perfectly suited for either real estate investment, homebuilding, or even a resort. Owner financing  is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8032-8/19/13

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area. Vista Rica Realty has been in the business for over 20 years which allows us to outcompete in not only selection, but also price. Oceanview homesites from only $30,000 with easy access to San Ramón. Up to 90-hectare fincas perfect for raising cattle or an off-the-grid project. Owner financing is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8031-8/19/13

Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
located halfway between Jaco and Quepos/Manuel Antonio
 BEST DEAL in Costa Rica!!! Lots starting at just $18,500 with financing available.
 Lot/ House packages from around $60,000
Great Retirement, Vacation, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance, no time limit to build. Absentee Owner Friendly.
Water and power on site.
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USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
7928-8/9/13


Puriscal home
$71,000 SUPER Central Valley view home for you to finish
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 2,200 M2 lot with creek on one side. This is another "live in the view" home ready to finish out including appliances, solar water heater, PEX water distribution, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, radiant energy barrier, and tempered, bronzed, reflective windows for an additional $59,000. So total for lot and beautifully finished home is under $130,000. This home is within 7 minutes of Santiago de Puriscal at elevation of 3,200 feet on new concrete public road.
Please contact: email
george@glundquist.com  or call 2417-1041 or 8888-4543.
8012-8/8/13

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....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8010-7/28/13

Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: celigar53@gmail.com or call 8385-2542.
8008-7/24/13

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $208,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

Grecaiproperty
Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land. $99k-/best cash offer! River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com, Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-7/10/13

Flamingo
                            view
Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.
7986-8/6/13

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

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

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041
Email:  sjogringo@yahoo.com
7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

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

Rich Coast Montage
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Central Pacific Coast Real Estate, from Jaco to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
- Coffee Shop/ Bakery, Coastal Town, Great Location, Real Estate Office Upstairs, Turnkey $85,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $18,500,
with Financing Available!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58-acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
and much more....
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7972-8/9/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7967-7/17/13

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
7965-6/16/13

hree peanel montage
This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
                                  home
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

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

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Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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7766-6/17/13

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Senior moments considered
as hint of coming Alzheimer's


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For years, doctors have dismissed patients' worries about mild slips of memory as a normal part of aging. Now, as the focus in Alzheimer's research moves toward early diagnosis, researchers are looking for ways to tell whether some of these senior moments are an early sign of the disease.
 
The idea is so new that scientists can't even agree on what to call these memory complaints among people who are still cognitively normal.
 
But experts gathered at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston say evidence is growing that it may be possible to couple certain patterns of memory lapses with genetic markers or changes in the brain and spinal fluid to better predict which individuals are displaying the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's.
 
Finding people who are just beginning to develop the disease is important as companies struggle to find treatments that can prevent or delay the disease. In the past 12 months, several high-profile clinical trials testing drugs in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's failed to show a benefit. Scientists believe that may be because the drugs are being tried too late, when the disease has already killed off too many brain cells.
 
Last week, Eli Lilly and Co. announced it will start a new clinical trial of its experimental Alzheimer's drug solanezumab focusing only on patients with mild signs of the disease, after two late-stage studies of the treatment in people with more advanced disease failed to show a benefit.
 
Dean Hartley, director of science initiatives at the Alzheimer's Association, said scientists are just beginning to quantify whether anecdotal reports of memory loss have any bearing on whether a person ultimately develops dementia.
 
The difficulty is that many things can cause temporary memory slips, including sleeplessness, depression, stress and some medications. “The question is which ones are indicative of underlying pathological changes,” he said.
 
To study the problem, Rebecca Amariglio, a neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, took a sample of 189 clinically normal adults over age 65 and asked them questions about their memories.
 
Researchers also did brain scans using a radioactive tracer that can detect the presence of a protein called beta amyloid that is believed to be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease.
 
The team found that the people who reported the most trouble with their memories also had amyloid buildup in their brains. “Subjective concerns may be an early indicator of Alzheimer's pathology,” said Dr. Amariglio, who is presenting her findings at the Alzheimer's meeting this week.
 
Questions used by the team covered a whole range of common  memory issues, such as misplacing belongings or forgetting details of conversations.
 
Such lapses can of course be just an artifact of people leading busy lives. The trick is sorting out which memory complaints are meaningful and which aren't.
 
Richard Kryscio, an expert in biostatistics at the University of Kentucky, has been tracking memory complaints in more than 1,000 cognitively healthy people in their 60s and 70s for more than a decade.
 
People who sign up for the study visit the center once a year to take a battery of cognitive tests. Each person is asked whether he or she has noticed any decline in memory since the last visit.
 
Kryscio reported results of the first 531 people at the Alzheimer's meeting. The group started the study at an average age of 73.
 
Over the course of 10 years, more than half of study participants said they noticed a change in their memories. Among this group, individuals were also twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia or a precursor to dementia called mild cognitive impairment in follow-up visits as those who reported no change.
 
A separate study from Cecilia Samieri of the Research Center Inserm in Bordeaux, France, and colleagues at Brigham & Women's also found a strong correlation between self-reports of memory loss in individuals with a gene defect called APOE4 that is known to raise the risk of Alzheimer's.
 
Dr. Amariglio said the findings are more important for research than for doctors, because there are no proven treatments to prevent the development of Alzheimer's.
 
Creighton Phelps of the National Institute on Aging said in the past that Alzheimer's researchers have written off people's reports of memory loss among the cognitively normal as a concern of the worried well, but that now they are starting to listen more carefully.
 
“Over time, these self-reports do lead to some measurable declines,” he said.
 
That doesn't mean that people who occasionally lose their keys or forget where they parked the car should go rushing to their doctors, said Ronald Petersen, an expert in early Alzheimer's disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
 
In a study his team is doing of cognitively healthy people, 80 percent of normal people aged 70 and older will say their memory is not what it once was.
 
“What this research is trying to do is carve out that subset of people who are really telling us something that might be important.”

 

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Developer creates unique corridor project

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Rancho Margot, innovator and educator in sustainable community development, permaculture and self-sufficiency, has announced the creation of a social responsibility fund.  Juan Sostheim, owner and founder of Rancho Margot, developed the social responsibility fund in an effort to transfer up to 300 acres of Rancho Margot’s rainforest lands to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest of Costa Rica for permanent preservation and protection.
 
In order to liberate these lands and to legally transfer title to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Rancho Margot is reaching out to guests, environmental supporters and university programs who wish to visit Rancho Margot, in a unique financing approach that combines social responsibility with smart vacation planning.
 
Every dollar paid into the social responsibility fund will liberate one square foot of Rancho Margot property, in the contributor’s name, to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, and that same dollar value will also hold its value for 20 years on account with Rancho Margot for future vacations or educational trips to be made by the contributor. Further, 10 percent  of the total contribution will directly benefit the Children's Eternal Rainforest by a direct donation to the Children's Eternal Rainforest Endowment Fund which will assist in securing and stabilizing preservation processes.

The social responsibility fund ensures not only that critical land will be protected and preserved as soon as possible, but also that those who participate iare invited to visit, witness and enjoy what their contributions accomplish for generations to come, Rancho Margot said.

The plan to create a biological corridor between the lowland rainforest of El Castillo and the highland cloud forest of Monteverde.
 
In recent months a jaguar has been discovered to be killing livestock on the Rancho Margot property as well as nearby farms in an area that spans over 40 square kilometers. Night photos of the endangered jaguar reveal a beautiful animal that requires protection and safety.

For nine years Rancho Margot and forest rangers of the Children's Eternal Rainforest have dealt, almost daily, with illegal hunters and land clearing for pastures on lands originally meant to be purchased by the government of Costa Rica. Title problems then and lack of government funds for land purchases today have left pockets of private property amidst otherwise protected lands. By establishing the social responsibility fund, Rancho Margot is laying the cornerstone for a protected biological corridor and forming the foundation for what may become a financing model for socially responsible community development for others to follow.
 
The appearance of the endangered jaguar, in the high reaches of Rancho Margot, was the wake-up call that lead to this decision by Rancho Margot founder Sostheim.

“I realized that my plan of building another mountaintop luxury eco development would only contribute to the problems we are facing. The reforestation work we have done has exceeded my wildest dreams in terms of the resurgence of a healthy, diverse eco-system. This jaguar made me realize that this land has become a part of me, and I have been lucky to see it regenerate as it has,” says Sostheim after nine years in the area.

“This transition zone is of critical importance to the environmental and cultural health of this region and the world. No less than 2 percent of the world's known biodiversity on land is at home in these rain and cloud forest reserves and the protection of the Arenal-Monteverde Biological Corridor would greatly enhance the chances of this ecosystem’s survival for future generations.”
 
Situated in the Arenal region of Costa Rica and forming a bridge between rain and cloud forests, Rancho Margot consists of 400-acres that, at present, is a sustainable eco-resort destination focused on growing food and education. Rancho Margot is also host to a yoga retreat center, organic gardens, hiking trails, adventure tours and a number of other sustainable and self-sufficient operations that are to serve as business incubators for a growing and sustainable community in the future.