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Holiday ends on high note

at festivities in Nicoya

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Laura Chinchilla said goodbye Thursday at her last visit as president to celebrate the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya.  The event was a bit rainy and calm even though there was a number of protesters.

The president completed three days in Guanacaste where she inaugurated facilities and made other presentations. This is typical of the Anexión holiday in every administration because residents in the far west believe that the central government seldom looks their way.

Nicoya was a fiesta all day with a  horse parade in the late morning, marimbas, dancers and locals bands.
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What is Guanacaste without horses? These riders wre in the traditional tope or horse parade Thursday,



International court declines to act on border intrusions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The International Court of Justice has declined to take any action regarding Nicaraguan citizens entering and camping out in the disputed Isla Calero area in the extreme northeast part of Costa Rica

The court also said that the road Costa Rica built along the Río San Juan is outside of the scope of the present case that Costa Rica has brought against Nicaragua.

Costa Rica complained to the court that Nicaraguans were entering the disputed territory at the country's northern border.  NIcaragua responded that the individuals are not government officials or workers and are youthful environmental workers.

The court declined to modify its decision of March 8, 2011, in which it prohibited the governments of both countries from entering the territory except that Costa Rica has the right to send in environmental workers to mitigate any problems.

The decision, released Thursday, did say “the presence of organized groups of Nicaraguan nationals in the disputed area carries the risk of incidents which might aggravate the present dispute.”

This is the case that resulted when Nicaragua claimed Costa Rican territory on the strength of a Google map. Costa Rica declined to remove the intruders by force and, instead, sent the case to the court based in The Hague that has supervision over the treaty that specifies the border between the two countries.
In response to the Nicaragua action, Costa Rica reinforced the border with armed police and also decided to construct a road on the south bank of the river. Previously, the primary means of transportation there was the river, but the entire waterway is in Nicaragua territory.

So the Laura Chinchilla administration decided to construct a 160-kilometer roadway.

The project was considered an emergency and contracts were issued directly without bidding or detailed engineering. The result was a disaster. Investigations are in progress. and contractors have been fired. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes is now in charge of rebuilding the road.

Nicaragua complained about silt and runoff from the new road. The dispute between the two countries has been going on since October 2010 when Nicaraguan soldiers set up camp in the disputed area and workers began to dig a trench.

The theory is that Nicaragua was trying to open up a new mouth to the Río San Juan because the first 40 kilometers of the river from the Caribbean meanders and is silted up. The force of the rivers could easily widen a small ditch into a river channel.

The proposed channel passed through sensitive areas vital to the proliferation of fish and wildlife.

The court case probably will not be concluded before Laura Chinchilla leaves office next May.

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Chile             64.8
Perú               62.4
Colombia      61.8
México          60.2
Uruguay        60.0
Costa Rica    56.8
Argentina      54.6
Trinidad and
  Tobago        53.9
Panamá          53.6
Brazil             53.3

Dominican
   Republic       52.3
Ecuador           52.2
Bolivia             47.7
Honduras         47.7
Nicaragua        46.6
Guatemala        45.6
El Salvador      45.5
Venezuela        45.5
Paraguay          44.3
Jamaica             42.2



Costa Rica said above average
for business ventures by women


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has been ranked sixth in Latin American and the Caribbean for its business support for female owners of micro, small and medium enterprises

The study was commissioned by the  Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. The Economist Intelligence Unit, an affiliate of the company that published The Economist, did the study.

The researchers created a new index that is being called Women’s Entrepreneurial VentureScope. Costa Rica generally lags in surveys of its business climate. This study analyzes the factors that promote or hinder the success of women-owned micro, small and medium enterprises and is the first comprehensive and standardized assessment of the region’s enabling environment for women seeking to start and grow businesses, said a news release.

The study examined and scored 20 countries in the five areas that most affect women’s entrepreneurship: business operating risks, including macroeconomic risks, security, and corruption; the entrepreneurial business environment, including costs and regulatory requirements associated with starting businesses; access to finance, including the availability and use of formal financial products by women; capacity and skills, including educational advancement by women and availability of business skills training; and social services, including the availability of  family support programs such as childcare, said the development bank..

Costa Rica ranked high for stability and capacity, which is the assessment of the level of training by the women in the country.

The country ranked sixth in all the index categories.  Said the development bank: "Costa Rica, at number six, was the highest rated Central American country, thanks to its low business operating risks and availability of capacity and skills training for businesswomen. Trinidad and Tobago, at number eight, was the highest-rated Caribbean country, owing to its high education levels and good access to finance for women entrepreneurs."

Overall, the study found that Latin America and the Caribbean score relatively well for educational and business training opportunities for women; in nearly all countries, more than 50 percent of post-secondary education graduates are women, and more than half of the countries analyzed offer access to business networks, said the bank, adding that at the same time, women’s access to personal and business finance is relatively poor in the region. In the majority of countries studied, less than a third of women had saved money in a financial institution within the past year, and banks finance only about 20 percent of their business needs, it said.

The bank also said:

Chile received the region’s highest overall ranking, for its low macroeconomic risk, strong supplier diversity initiatives, and social service offerings. Peru, with robust business networks and technical support programs for small and medium enterprises, ranked a close second. Colombia rounds out the top three for its well-developed small business training programs and broad access to university-level education for women.

Within the five categories analyzed, several other countries demonstrated outstanding performance. El Salvador offers strong support for entrepreneurs, particularly through a favorable tax system. Women in Mexico enjoy some of the best access to finance in the region. Brazil performs



Obama's ambassador picks
linked to campaign funding


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama is following the tradition of recent American leaders by appointing some of his biggest political supporters and donors to key overseas ambassadorial postings.
 
The latest is Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, nominated as American ambassador to Japan.  She was not a major fundraiser for the president, but was an early supporter as he sought the presidency in 2008.  She would replace John Roos, who has been a top Obama fundraiser.
 
U.S. political watchdog, OpenSecrets, says Obama seems to be no exception to presidents naming their biggest donors and fundraisers, rather than career diplomats, as their key envoys.  The group said during his four-plus years in office, Obama has named 23 ambassadors who helped raise $500,000 or more for one or both of his presidential campaigns. 
 
The biggest donors have often been selected to head embassies in countries that are among the closest U.S. allies. 
 
While Democratic and Republican U.S. presidents have appointed big fundraisers, the group representing career diplomats, the American Foreign Service Association, has derided the practice. 
 
In a statement last year, the group said, "Now is the time to end the spoils system and the de facto three-year rental of ambassadorships. The United States is alone in this practice; no other major democracy routinely appoints non-diplomats to serve as envoys to other countries."
 
The diplomats' group said the appointment of political donors "should be exceptional and circumscribed, not the routine practice it has become over the last three decades."
 
Other examples include, technology-savvy business executive Matthew Barzun, who helped raise $1.2 million for Obama's re-election campaign last year.  He was the U.S. ambassador to Sweden for part of Obama's first term, and now has been named as the country's chief envoy in England.
 
Among others, James Costos, an executive with the HBO cable television network who raised more than $500,000 for Obama's 2012 campaign, is headed to Madrid as the U.S. ambassador to Spain.  John Emerson, the head of a global investment management firm and another $500,000 Obama fundraiser, is ticketed for Germany.

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Number of quality eating places have mushroomed in west
By Ann Antkiw
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The western suburb of Escazú has become a cosmopolitan boomtown, while further west nestled in the Valley of the Sun; Santa Ana is no longer a sleepy country town but a mind-boggling kaleidoscope of urban expansion. Prosperity abounds throughout this area of the Central Valley as shopping plazas, trendy boutiques, bars and a plethora of restaurants spring up overnight. Whether you have a yen for international cuisine, searching for a light snack or an elegant dinner, the choice is beyond belief.

Fast food fanatics can satisfy their hunger pangs and cravings at International chains to be found everywhere. The golden arches of McDonald’s spring up like mushrooms, while close by on street corners and in big and small malls KFC, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and many more compete with local chains, such as Rosti Pollo, Baglemen’s, Tapia and Spoons.

Keeping one’s eyes open and listening to discussions about old favorites, and new kids on the block can result in adventurous and memorable dining experiences. Cuisine from many different countries is available; some reasonably priced, others a shock to the pocketbook.

Starting the day with a U.S.-style breakfast or brunch at Café de los Artistas (2288-5082), you can enjoy your eggs benedict and sip your coffee on the quiet patio, which is just a block away from the noisy, busy thoroughfare of San Rafael de Escazú. Just down the road at El Cruce tucked behind Pop’s, the much loved, small Italian, moderately priced restaurant Sale e Pepe (2289-5750) is still cooking delicious pasta and pizzas in true Italian, family tradition. Across from Multicentro Paco another long-standing, popular breakfast spot is the French bistro and bakery Chez Christophe (2228-2512) has a mouth-watering choice of baked goods, and fabulous croissants are served for breakfast and throughout the day.

The aromas and flavors of Italy beckon from Multicentro Paco on the old road to Santa Ana. A great favorite of many Italian food connoisseurs is the small trattoria style Bella’ Italia (2588-2833). Reasonably priced Italian classics, delicious handmade pastas, a selection of Mediterranean favorites and a good wine list make this restaurant an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. Next door Inka Grill (2201-5922) is one of the many franchise locations known for its diversity of tasty, traditional Peruvian cuisine. Also in Multicentro Paco the recently opened Shannon’s Steakhouse (2588-1157) offers a conventional steakhouse menu with a variety of cuts to delight carnivores. Other appetizing choices are available for non meat eaters.

Just west, Chinese food addicts can satisfy their cravings at the long established Restaurante Lotus (2228-8105) with Cantonese, dim sum, hot and spicy Szechung and Hunan dishes, plus their tour de force Peking duck, which must to be ordered in advance.

Above Multicentro Paco, high on the hillside with an amazing view across the Central Valley stretching to the Gulf of Nicoya; Le Monastère (2228-8515) used to be a monastery and today is a popular, but expensive choice for a romantic dinner or special occasion. It’s a magical place embellished by the interior décor, marble statues, antiques and the accompaniment of a magnificent grand piano. Classic French and international cuisine is enhanced by an impressive wine list and waiters clad in monks’ robes provide excellent service. Downstairs, a medieval-style tavern, La Cava Bar offers bocas, grills and dancing to live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

In the mountains above Escazú, the country cousin Mirador Tiquicia (2289-5839)  also has a breathtaking view. It’s a popular, rustic restaurant and bar serving typical, tasty Costa Rican dishes that won’t break the bank.

In Golden Plaza on the road to Multiplaza, Pescatore (2289-8010)  is a seafood extravaganza and pricey little gem that has received many raves from happy diners. The innovative owner/chef Regis Molina fuses the flavors of Peruvian and Mediterranean cuisine that astounds the taste buds and it’s an excellent choice for lunch or dinner.

From Multicentro Paco on the road to Guachipelin, Henry’s Beach Café & Grill (2289-6250) is a popular hangout. They offer a U.S.-style menu, burgers and pit BBQ ribs, plus chicken. You can also munch on a large selection of bar food as you chill out, swig down a beer and watch the wide screen TV.

Also on the road to Guachipelin, tucked in the tiny Formosa Mall, you’ll find the much praised, award winning Italian restaurant, Di Bartolo (2228-2800)  Chef and owner Carlo Di Bartolo offers an extensive, pricey menu, but what emerges from his kitchen including the homemade pasta, specialty meats and wood oven pizzas are superb, and well worth the price.

Further north on the Guachipelin road in C.C. Multipark, Saisaki (2215-0280) keeps lovers of Japanese cuisine happy, plus they also serve a selection of Korean and Filipino dishes.

When one thinks of seafood at its best Product C (2288-5570) www.product-c.com comes to mind. This tiny, popular seafood venue just past the Red Cross in Santa Ana has closed, but will soon re-open across the road. At its other location in trendy Avenida Escazú, lovers of seafood can indulge themselves on fresh shucked oysters, the catch of the day, plus many other ocean fresh and smoked fish offerings. An added bonus is they are serving Craft Brewing Co.’s draft beer on tap.

Also in Avenida Escazú the L’Ile de France (2289-7533) continues its 30-year tradition of classic French cuisine and all the old favorites are still on the menu. However, chef Jean Claude has introduced some new fusion trends that blend in with the contemporary setting.

On the other side of the highway, Plaza Itskatzu offers a diversity of international cuisine to stimulate the appetite. Chancay (2289-6964) is an upscale Peruvian restaurant with traditional offerings including Chifa dishes. This Peruvian version of Chinese food introduced by the large Chinese immigrant population is well worth a try, although on the pricey side. Las Tapas de Manuel (2288-5700)  will give you a taste of Spain. The large selection of tapas Spanish style bocas, are served both hot and cold and are a great accompaniment to a jug of Sangria. Live Flamenco music at weekends adds to the Spanish atmosphere.

Outback Steakhouse (2288-0511) will whisk you to Australia where you can choose from Walkabout soup, Alice Spring chicken, or a mixed grill barbie. U.S.D.A. steaks and seafood come in huge portions, just like the Aussies eat.

 For a lighter meal, Samurai (2288-0202) is a Sushi heaven, and also offers other Japanese favorites, attractively presented at reasonable prices.

The choice of restaurants in and around Escazú and Guachipelin is totally mind-boggling, therefore one has to look, try-out and find the most enjoyable dining experience, which is suitable for a quick snack, family outing, or that special occasion and relevant for your budget.
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Santa Ana and Environs

Heading west on the old road to Santa Ana you won’t arrive in India, but the Taj Mahal (2228-0980) is the closest you will get. Indian eateries are few and far between in this country, and in 2002 the Taj Mahal was the first to fill the void. Naan and other delicacies are cooked in a Tandoori clay oven, which adds to the authenticity of the northern Indian cuisine. Curries can be ordered mild, medium or very hot depending on your palate. Patio seating is recommended, but wherever you sit, Taj Mahal offers a truly Indian experience for lunch, dinner or a romantic evening.

Heading down the winding road towards Santa Ana you will pass the Hotel Alta (2282-4160), home to La Luz, a restaurant that meets all the requisites for a noteworthy celebration, or extravagant dinner. The interior décor is stunning and the panoramic view across the valley breathtaking. The innovative fusion cuisine that blends Continental, Californian and Pacific Rim, with the addition of fresh Costa Rican ingredients, is a gastronomical experience not to be missed.

Fans of Maxi’s in Manzanillo will be delighted to hear that Ricky has opened a second Maxi’s (2282-8619) on the road to San Rafael de Santa Ana. Authentic Caribbean dishes including wonderful rondon and rice’n beans accompanied by reggae music in the background are served indoors, or on the patio overlooking the garden of this relaxed, friendly, family-run establishment that won’t beak the bank.

In the center of town: Bacchus (2282-5441) is located in a beautifully restored adobe house dating back to 1870. Diners can choose to sit in one of the elegantly furnished rooms, or enjoy an al fresco meal on the patio. Renowned for its top-notch Italian cuisine with a myriad of traditional and innovative dishes to choose from, Bacchus continues to be a favorite choice for a romantic dinner or Sunday lunch.

Also in the center of town carnivores will salivate at Doris Metropolitan (2282-2221), a steakhouse offering a truly gastronomic experience and extensive wine list. The aged beef comes in every imaginable cut and cooked to perfection. The home-baked bread is wonderful, plus the chicken, fish, pasta and salads are all delicious. This restaurant is not cheap, but the ambience, quality and service make it well worth the price.

In downtown Santa Ana you’ll find sodas, restaurants and bars where you can eat and drink with the locals. However, if you would rather hang-out with the expats try The Old West (2282-9210) on the one-way street out of town, 100 meters before the Red Cross. This friendly bar is a good bet with reasonable prices. Cold beer, tasty satisfying grub and bar food, plus the burgers, which are always a hit. Cow Town (2203-0530) on the one-way street heading into town150 meters past the Red Cross, offers traditional Texan chow including chicken fried steak, chili and other tasty home-style choices, all at affordable prices.

Just north of the Santa Ana Red Cross: the Bufalo Grill and Market (2282-4112) beckons meat lovers to try their buffalo steaks, burgers, sausages and cheese. This pleasant, small, family-run establishment gives customers their first opportunity of sampling a healthier, leaner meat, and the burgers are a top favorite. If you wish to buy their products, you can do so at the restaurant’s small market counter. 

Next door Lo Spago (2582-2127) is another great, little Italian restaurant following in the tradition of its owner Marco De Nando. He’s also the owner of Da Marco (2282-4103) in Piedades de Santa Ana, an old time favorite that has been around for many years. Both are charming, cozy Italian restaurants offering a large variety of homemade pastas, interesting traditional cuisine and an excellent wine cellar. Lo Spago has a wonderful variety of oven baked pizza, and Da Marco’s, location in Piedades offers comfy indoor seating, while dining on the verandah, adds to the pleasant, rural atmosphere of this his first endeavor. 

A short distance north on the Lindora Road the Taco Bar (2282-7863) www.tacobar.info is a friendly, family restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. The funky décor includes swing seats, which really appeal to the kids. There’s a large variety of tacos, and the yummy fish tacos, especially the fresh tuna, are a great favorite. The all-you-can-eat salad bar, wonderful smoothies and $3 breakfasts, add to the popularity of this friendly, family-style eatery.

PHO Vietnamese Restaurant & Café (2203-6969) located in Boulevard Lindora was the first authentic, all-Vietnamese eatery and is named after PHO a traditional broth, laden with meat, noodles, fresh veggies and spices, which is eaten daily throughout Vietnam. This little family-run restaurant also offers other delicious, reasonably priced, traditional meals including fried spring rolls, curries and noodle dishes.

You can satisfy your sushi cravings at Matsuri (2203-6868) in C. C Vistana Este. Upscale, cozy ambiance, excellent quality sashimi and a large variety of sushi will keep lovers of Japanese cuisine very happy.

Last but not least, on the road to Ciudad Colón the lovely boutique hotel Corteza Amarilla Lodge (2203-7503) with its stunning décor resembles an art and antique museum .Their Essentia restaurant comprises three dining areas, plus a beautiful open-air covered courtyard overlooking a lush tropical garden. The menu offers an eclectic variety of fusion cuisine, which blends together the flavors and textures of Asia, Europe and Latin America. Fine dining in this romantic setting is a memorable experience, whatever the occasion may be.


Here's a writers club that really does produce books
I have said before that one of the perks of being an expat living in Costa Rica is the ease with which I have found people of like mind or compatible personalities with whom I have made friends.  They often include people from places that I have never visited in the U.S. or elsewhere. 

As a result, I have become a member of different interest groups, and one of the most important in my life is my writers group. 

Within the first year of living here I became part of a writers’ group, all women.  The group dissolved, but those of us still here, remain close friends and are still writing. 

My current writers group is quite large and co-ed.  The members have changed, and the numbers fluctuated over the years and now count five men and four women.  We meet for lunch at a member’s home and enjoy good food, good conversation and listening to the work in progress of one or two writers. 

I dropped out of the group for a while, but missed the conversation and the people and am back to being a regular.  While I was gone, the then members worked hard and published a compendium of their works.  That, and other works by them and new members would give one a month of good reading. 

"Costa Rica Kaleidoscope" is a collection of articles and stories about life in Costa Rica seen through expat eyes and contains some quite wonderful reading. 

Frans Lamers, our Costa Rica historian, writes on the history, culture, sports, money, parks and whatever of Costa Rica. His background in anthropology gives him a special view.  I found his history of Costa Rica the most interesting I have read.

Greg Bascom writes, among other topics, of the joys of illicit love in romantic Costa Rican settings and the sometimes hilarious consequences of being a dutiful husband.

Mike Crump gives a voice to and portrait of the campo and the life of people and their pets in the campo as seen from his small coffee farm and his empathy for the people.

 Carol McCool, writes of her experience as a gentlewoman farmer, environmentalist and the owner of a B&B with the insights of a psychologist, which she is. 

Lenny Karpman is our food/culture maven and offers truly knowledgeable chapters about the food of Costa Rica as well as cultural comparisons from his experience as a world traveler.  He has a number of other books on food and travel, and his “Feast and Foraging in Costa Rica” is a much referred to volume in my cookbook library.

Robin Kazmier writes about her experience as a volunteer at a cocoa farm, which I find terrifying.  She also writes about her experience on city buses, which she finds terrifying.

"Costa Rica Kaleidoscope" is available in hard cover and as a Kindle book on Amazon and is the most enjoyable reading bargain (Kindle version is $1), you will find, whether or not you are interested in Costa Rica.

Since then the members of this writers group, whom we smilingly named The Bards of Paradise for the Kaleidoscope book, have produced even more books. 

Greg has "Lawless Elements," a suspense novel that takes place in the Philippines, where he once lived and worked.  It is the story of Steve Bryce the accidental detective, who is in love with a Moro woman who is fighting for the rights and land  that have been taken from her Muslim people by the government.  The novel is filled with interesting people and
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plot turns.  It also includes, Marty, the first villain I have ever liked.  And I am an avid reader of suspense and mystery novels.

If you remember the Depression of the 30s, are Jewish (or Italian)  had immigrant parents or grandparents, were poor, love good food, are an armchair traveler or actual one, and remember the big cities of yesterday, you will love Karpman’s memoir, "Food Bridge to Everywhere: Confessions of an Old Foodophile."

Unless Mike Crump is still worrying over every adjective, "Candyman," the story of a young Guatamalan-American caught up in the civil war of his birth country, should be on Amazon.  It brings home to us once again the brutality and familial grief of civil wars from the point of view of a young man who set out to be a gentle scientist.

And finally, our latest member whose writing name is Aaron Aalborg, has released his first historical novel, "They Deserved it."  Like other historical novels I have read, it probably is closer to the truth than history. They Deserved It takes place in 17th century Italy and is about the skullduggery and corruption of the rich and famous, most of whom, at the time, were members of the Catholic clergy or their families, or the people who helped put them in power.  The Inquisition was still active as a means of punishment and revenge and the victims were often women, i.e. witches (the old teligion had not yet been stamped out, or rather burned out.) 

The story centers on the life and fate of Gabriella, a battered young wife of a nasty old nobleman named Pietro, the young priest, Gianni to whom she confesses, La Spara, a woman who was born poor, but with brains and imagination and a knowledge of alchemy, provides the means for unhappy wives to get rid of their rich old husbands.  The Catholic hierarchy gets involved.
 
In this case, I could find no villain towards whom I felt kindly, although I did like Catherine, another bright but poor young woman who plays this game of thrones her way. 

The book extends into recent history with the descendants of some of the characters and takes place in both the United States and Costa Rica.

Aalborg gives women their rightful place in history as both heroes and villains.    He also adds some historical notes, a short treatise on poisons and discussion notes, all of which I enjoyed thoroughly.

Although at the moment these are the only books recently published by the Bards of Paradise, more will be forthcoming from members I haven’t even mentioned.  You no doubt will hear about them later.

Del Rey HOtel

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Researchers consider the stages and impact of online Facebook infidelity
By the  Texas Tech University news staff

Thanks to a new study by Texas Tech University researchers, treating infidelity among couples may change due to the unique aspect of social networking sites, specifically Facebook.

Using data from Facebookcheating.com, researchers found that although the stages of coping with online infidelity are unique, the infidelity itself creates similar emotional experiences for the partner who was cheated on.

“This is very important because there is a line of thought that if the infidelity was discovered online, or confined to online activity, then it shouldn’t be as painful,” said Jaclyn Cravens, a doctoral candidate in the Marriage & Family Therapy Program and lead author of the study.

During her master’s program clinical work, Ms. Cravens discovered many of her clients’ relationship issues stemmed from online infidelity thanks to an increasing number of people using social media sites, especially Facebook.

“Facebook already has changed the dynamics of relationships,” Cravens said. “We see when our friends are getting into a relationship. We say a relationship isn’t official until it’s ‘Facebook-official.’”

She found that many of her clients had discovered instances of their partner exchanging suggestive messages with a third party on the social networking site, even though the two were supposedly in a monogamous relationship.

Ms. Cravens found that outside of issues like porn addiction, there hadn’t yet been much research to back treatment for these kinds of relationship problems confined to the Internet.

Surprised at the lack of information about a topic so pervasive in society — Facebook had more than 1 billion users as of March 2013 — Ms. Cravens decided to pursue the topic for a qualitative methods course project, along with the help of Kaitlin Leckie, who also is a graduate student in the Marriage & Family Therapy Program and Jason Whiting, an associate professor in the program.

“We used Facebookcheating.com to determine the coping process for people who have discovered a partner’s infidelity on Facebook,” Cravens said. “We discovered several main themes and were able to create a process model that moves through different stages of the ways people deal with the information.”
The model includes the following five stages:

• Warning signs: the partner who was cheated on notices gut feelings and/or suspicious behavior on the internet, such as minimizing windows, habitually clearing out browser history and adding passwords.

• Discovering infidelity: the individual either takes it upon themselves to investigate the warning signs, or the individual accidentally discovers the infidelity.

• Damage appraisal: the individual determines whether the discovered acts was or was not a violation of the relationship.

• Acting on appraisal: If the individual determines that the act or acts were a violation of the relationship, he or she either confronts or avoids the partner. Sometimes the individual decides that the evidence wasn’t concrete enough to be able to approach partner. Others retaliate, which typically includes posting messages online or sending a message to the third party, or the third party’s partner.

• Making a relationship decision: based on how the individual decided to act, they tend to make a decision about the relationship. Some end the relationship because trust was violated. Others use monitoring behaviors to ensure it doesn’t happen again, and some are uncertain about what next step should be.

“For many couples, step three can be very difficult because couples often don’t have clearly established rules about online behavior,” Cravens said. “They aren’t totally sure whether or not something can count as cheating.”

Regardless, Ms. Cravens said the emotional impact for the party who has discovered online acts of infidelity is no less severe than acts committed in-person.

“People have ability to be more vulnerable online, which facilitates a greater emotional response,” Ms. Cravens said. “This can be just as devastating if not more devastating than an offline response.”

For a clinical setting, Ms. Cravens explained that the research can help counselors treat marital problems that have root causes in online infidelity.

“It’s important from our perspective to be able to find out what has been violated,” Ms. Cravens said. “We need to be able to recognize the emotional experience and process emotions for both partners.”

 
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Google Glass
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Marcia Dawkins demonstrates Google Glass

Google Glass is seeking
reason for its existence

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Internet giant Google is testing its newest gadget, Google Glass, which the company describes as a wearable computer that may revolutionize how users interact with each other and with the world.

Most of the Google Glass technology is already incorporated in smart phones.  But Google researchers thought of using it in an unprecedented way.

"Google Glass is a tiny computer that sits in a lightweight frame, just like this, and rests neatly above your eye and it makes exploring and sharing the world around you a lot easier," explained Chris Dale, senior manager of communications for Google Glass.

The frame has a tiny video screen and a camera that connect wirelessly to the Internet through a smartphone.

But what can you actually DO with Google Glass?

"That's the million-dollar question, I guess," Dale said.

Unsure about how Google Glass could or would be used, or how people would react to it, Google decided to enlist volunteers to test the new device. The goal was twofold — see what innovative ways people would come up with to use it, and to attract developers to create new apps.

"We look at Glass and wearable computing in general as the next platform in computing," said Dale.

Dale says an average person uses a smartphone 150 times a day and Google Glass makes that technology available more quickly because it can respond to voice commands.

The device is turned on by tapping one side of the frame. When you say "Okay Glass" the screen shows a range of options, including search the web, take a picture, take video, send a message, and search for directions. Swiping the frame with a finger scrolls the menu up and down.

Google Glass transmits sound through vibration against the head. It has a medium-resolution camera -- about five megapixels -- and the projected image is like watching an iPhone screen.

Seth Rosenblatt, senior writer for Cnet News, says while it's interesting to be able to do Internet-related tasks with nothing in your hand, wearing the device in public attracts a lot of attention.

"They've done something very interesting with technology, but in terms of social interactions they've got a very long way ahead of them," he said.

Rosenblatt says its real potential will be tested by the public.

"I think the real test for Google Glass is going to be out on the street," he said. "How are average people going to react when they're forced to interact with somebody wearing Google Glass?"

Google says it is still testing the wearable computer, which runs on Google's Android operating system, and is expected to be available by early next year.

The biggest criticism has been about privacy.

When Marcia Dawkins, a professor, first heard about Google Glass, she had only one thought.

“I thought this is something I definitely need for my classroom and hopefully for my personal life too,” she said.

Ms. Dawkin's Google Glass looks like a pair of bright orange glasses, without lenses. But there's a tiny rectangular glass at the top right-hand corner of her orange frame. Through that glass, Ms. Dawkins has been recording video while biking. 

She's also been able to talk to her sister in Thailand with Google Glass. She's planning to use the device in her classroom to teach a public speaking class in the coming year. Ms. Dawkins also wants to record her lectures with Google Glass to allow her students to see what she sees.

“I often tell them at the beginning of the term, if you can see me I can see you, but they never believe me. They think they are invisible when they are behind the laptops,” said Ms. Dawkins.

Not everyone, however, embraces this new technology.

“It is essentially going to allow people to come in and spy on you and record that, without you knowing what is going on,” said John Simpson, director of the privacy project with the public interest group, Consumer Watchdog.

But Google’s Dale says the device is designed to address that concern.

“In order to activate the camera or to record the video, you have to take an explicit gesture or say something out loud. So I tap, I activate the device, and say 'Okay, glass, take a picture.' Similarly, I have a little button on the top here that I can push that will again show an explicit gesture to everybody around me that a picture is being taken and a video is being recorded,” he said.

Filmmaker Chris Barrett showed just how easy it is, though, to record people without them knowing. His glass captured a man getting arrested after a fight at a fireworks show. He posted the video to YouTube.

Mike DiGiovanni created a way to take pictures with just a wink.

Hackers have been able to get facial recognition technology to run on Glass. The technology can scan a face, identify the person and provide information about that person. Google says it will not approve face recognition applications.

Consumer Watchdog’s Simpson says it may be up to Congress, however, to protect people’s privacy.

“I think it is going to require some serious legislation. We are going to have to pass some laws,” he said.

Ms. Dawkins says privacy concerns will be a part of her classroom discussion, as she uses Google Glass to enhance her students’ learning experience.


Pope tells rich they must
wipe out vast inequities

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis Thursday issued the first social manifesto of his young pontificate, telling slum dwellers in Brazil that the world's rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots.

The pope also urged Brazil's youth, who have taken part in recent protests showing discontent with the status quo, to keep alive their sensitivity towards injustice and be a catalyst in the fight against corruption.

The first Latin American pope, who has rallied the church on behalf of the poor and who lives more austerely than his predecessors, called for a culture of solidarity to replace the selfishness and individualism prevailing in modern society.

“No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world,” he told residents of Manguinhos, a sprawling shantytown, or favela, of ramshackle brick dwellings that until recently was overrun by violence and controlled by drug lords.

His speech, under rains that have persisted throughout most of his first trip abroad as pope, came halfway through a  week-long visit around World Youth Day, a gathering of young Catholics that is expected to attract more than a million faithful to Rio de Janeiro and nearby sites.

Despite the downpours and unusually chilly weather, tens of thousands of rapturous Brazilians and foreign visitors have turned out to welcome the pope. The World Youth Day events are an effort by the Vatican to inspire Catholics at a time when rival denominations, secularism and sexual and financial scandals continue to lead some to abandon the Church.

Brazil, home to the world's biggest population of Catholics with over 120 million faithful, is an apt locale for the pope to remind the world of inequality. A recent decade of economic growth in the country raised incomes for many, but tens of millions of Brazilians still live in poverty or with little more than the basics to get by.

In Manguinhos, Francis, an Argentine known for frequent outings into the slums near Buenos Aires even as a cardinal, smiled and visibly enjoyed the chaotic close contact allowed with residents there. He called for more efforts to end poverty and said authorities must do more than just crack down on the drug trade to ensure opportunities for those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

“Everybody, according to his or her particular opportunities and responsibilities, should be able to make a personal contribution to putting an end to so many social injustices,” he said in an address on a muddy, rain-drenched soccer field next to a river smelling of sewer water.

Making the speech after blessing the favela's small chapel and visiting one of its homes on a recently cleaned street, the pope challenged the rich and powerful to use their influence to enact lasting change.

“I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!” he said.

Reflecting his humble personal style, Francis said he would like to have been able to stop in every Brazilian home “to ask for a glass of cold water, to take a cafezinho, but not a shot of cachaça,” a mention of Brazilian rum that drew laughter from the crowd.

Driving in an open popemobile, Francis was surrounded by a throng of residents, some barefoot, and leaned out to kiss a woman and shake extended hands as he entered the slum, where there was a heavy presence of police and military.

The pope praised Brazil's efforts over the last decade to reduce poverty in Latin America's largest nation, which last month was rocked by massive protests against corruption, the misuse of public money and the high cost of living.

But he said more needed to be done to bridge the gap between rich and poor at the root of social injustice, in a reference to the police occupation of Rio's slums started last year to pacify drug-related violence.

“No amount of pacification will be able to last, nor will harmony and happiness be attained in a society that ignores, pushes to the margins or excludes a part of itself,” he said.

Manguinhos, home to about 35,000 poor people, was known locally as Gaza Strip for its frequent shootings. It is one of the slums that have been part of a community policing operation that has reduced violence in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro.

“In those days, I never knew when I entered the church if I would be alive when I got out,” said the Rev. Marcio Queiroz, pastor of the local chapel. “It was like a fruit market but instead of selling fruit on the tables on the street there was guns, crack and other drugs.”

At one end of the sports field where Francis spoke hung a huge painting of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, who often denounced repression and poverty in his weekly homilies and was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980.

Francis has decided to unblock the beatification process for Romero, the penultimate step before Catholic sainthood.

From the slum, Francis traveled to Rio's modern cathedral, where he received a roaring welcome from tens of thousands of young people from his native country who were in Rio for the Catholic jamboree.

Thursday evening he was to welcome participants in the World Youth Day from a stage on the crescent shaped Copacabana beach. More than one million people were expected for the event.

Sunday, he presides at the close of World Youth Day in a pasture outside Rio before leaving for Rome that evening.


Driver of wrecked train
detained by  police in Spain

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Police took the driver of a Spanish train into custody in a hospital Thursday after at least 80 people died when it derailed and caught fire in a dramatic accident which an official source said was caused by excessive speed.

The eight-car, high-velocity train came off the tracks just outside the pilgrimage center of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain on Wednesday night. It was one of Europe's worst rail disasters.

The source had knowledge of the official investigation into a crash which brought misery to Santiago Thursday, the day when it should have celebrated one of Europe's biggest Christian festivals. Authorities canceled festivities as the city went into mourning.

The Galicia region supreme court said in a statement that the judge investigating the accident had ordered police to put the driver in custody and take a statement from him. He was under formal investigation, the court said.

Dramatic video footage from a security camera showed the train, with 247 people on board, hurtling into a concrete wall at the side of the track as carriages jack-knifed and the engine overturned.

One local official described the aftermath of the crash as like a scene from hell, with bodies strewn next to the tracks.

The impact was so huge one car flew several meters into the air and landed on the other side of the high concrete barrier.

Some 94 people were injured, of whom 35 were in a serious condition, including four children, the deputy head of the regional government said.

“We heard a massive noise and we went down the tracks. I helped get a few injured and bodies out of the train. I went into one of the cars but I'd rather not tell you what I saw there,” Ricardo Martinez, a 47-year-old baker from Santiago de Compostela, said.

The train had two drivers, the Galicia government said, but it was not immediately clear which one was in hospital and under investigation.

Newspaper accounts cited witnesses as saying one driver, Francisco Jose Garzon, who had helped rescue victims, shouted into a phone: “I've derailed! What do I do?”.

The 52-year-old had been a train driver for 30 years, a spokeswoman for the Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles, known as Renfe, said. Many newspapers published excerpts from his Facebook account where he was reported to have boasted of driving trains at high speed. The page was taken offline Thursday and the reports could not be verified.

El Pais newspaper said one of the drivers told the railway station by radio after being trapped in his cabin that the train entered the bend at 190 kilometers per hour (120 mph). An official source said the speed limit on that stretch of twin track, laid in 2011, was 80 kph.

“We're only human! We're only human!” the driver told the station, the newspaper said, citing sources close to the investigation. “I hope there are no dead, because this will fall on my conscience.”

Investigators were trying to urgently establish why the train was going so fast and why security devices to keep speed within permitted limits had not worked.

The train, operated by the state-owned rail company, was built by Bombardier and Talgo and was around five years old. It had almost the maximum number of passengers.

Spain's rail safety record is better than the European average, ranking 18th out of 27 countries in terms of railway deaths per kilometers traveled, the European Railway Agency said. There were 218 train accidents in Spain between 2008-2011, well below the European Union average of 426 for the same period, the agency said.

Firefighters called off a strike to help with the disaster, while hospital staff, many operating on reduced salaries because of spending cuts in recession-hit Spain, worked overtime to tend the injured.

The disaster happened at 8.41 p.m. on the eve of a festival dedicated to St. James, one of Jesus's 12 disciples, whose remains are said to rest in the city's centuries-old cathedral.

The apostle's shrine is the destination of the famous El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across the Pyrenees, which has been followed by Christians since the Middle Ages.

Instead of a joyous festival, Masses were held every hour in the cathedral. “The main Mass was transformed from a Mass of joy into a Mass of mourning,” said Italian pilgrim Irene Valsangiacomo.

One U.S. citizen died in the crash and five were injured, the State Department said in Washington. Mexico said one of its nationals was among the dead.

At least one British citizen was injured, a British embassy spokesman said. Several other nationalities were believed to be among the passengers.

Neighbors ran to the site to help emergency workers tend to the wounded. Ana Taboada, a 29-year-old hospital worker, was one of the first on the scene.

“When the dust lifted I saw corpses. I didn't make it down to the track, because I was helping the passengers that were coming up the embankment,” she said. “I saw a man trying to break a window with a stone to help those inside get out.”

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was born in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia region, visited the site and the main hospital Thursday. He declared three days of official national mourning for the victims of the disaster.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia also went to Santiago and visited the injured in hospital.

Passenger Ricardo Montesco told Cadena Ser radio station the train approached the curve at high speed, twisted and the carriages piled up one on top of the other.

“A lot of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and we realized the train was burning. ... I was in the second carriage and there was fire. ... I saw corpses,” he said.

Both Renfe and state-owned Adif, which is in charge of the tracks, had opened an investigation into the cause of the derailment, Renfe said.

Clinics in Santiago de Compostela were overwhelmed with people flocking to give blood, while hotels organized free rooms for relatives. Madrid sent forensic scientists and hospital staff to the scene on special flights.

The train was traveling from Madrid to Ferrol on the Galician coast when it derailed, Renfe said in a statement. It left Madrid on time and was traveling on schedule, a spokeswoman said.

Allianz Seguros, owned by Germany's Allianz, owns the insurance contract for loss suffered by Renfe passengers, a company spokeswoman told Reuters. The contract does not cover Renfe's trains. The company had sent experts to the scene, she said.

The disaster stirred memories of a train bombing in Madrid in 2004, carried out by Islamist militants, that killed 191 people, although officials do not suspect an attack this time.


U.S. senators seek to punish
countries helping Snowden

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. Senate panel voted unanimously Thursday to seek trade or other sanctions against Russia or any other country that offers asylum to former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has been holed up for weeks at a Moscow airport.
 
The 30-member Senate Appropriations Committee adopted by consensus an amendment to a spending bill that would direct Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with congressional committees to come up with sanctions against any country that takes Snowden in.
 
Snowden is wanted by the United States on espionage charges for revealing details of government intelligence programs. He arrived in Moscow on June 23 from Hong Kong, where he had fled to escape capture and trial in the United States.
 
He has asked for temporary asylum in Russia until he can reach a country that will shelter him, but U.S. authorities have made clear they will be deeply disappointed if Russia lets the fugitive leave the airport.
 
Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela have said they could offer sanctuary to Snowden.
 
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, said he introduced the amendment to try to get the attention of any country that might take in Snowden, not Russia in particular, although he noted Moscow has lined up against the United States on other issues, including the civil war in Syria.
 
“When it comes to Russia, it's just not about Snowden. They are allying with Iran, 100,000 Syrians have been killed, they are providing weapons to Assad that are getting in the hands of Hezbollah. And really enough's enough,” said Graham, who has suggested the U.S. consider boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
 
The amendment would direct Kerry to meet with congressional committees to develop sanctions options including revocation or suspension of trade privileges and preferences.
 
It was not immediately clear how any sanctions program would work, and the spending bill is several steps from becoming law.
 
But the United States has a number of programs that provide international trade benefits to developing countries, including Bolivia and Venezuela, which could be affected.
 
The country also has a free trade agreement with Nicaragua that could come under scrutiny.
 
Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, told reporters Thursday that President Barack Obama's administration was having  conversations with Russia and that authorities there had not made clear Snowden's status.


Progress made in curing
allergies to cat dander


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

People who are allergic to cats may soon get some relief from the itchy eyes, sneezing, asthma and coughing.

Researchers at Cambridge University in England have shown how the most common cause of allergic reactions to cats, the Fel d 1 protein that is found in cat dander, interacts with a common chemical in the human body to cause an allergic reaction.

When the dander -- dead skin cells -- is combined with a common environmental toxin called lipopolysaccharides, or LPS, it stimulates an immune receptor called TLR 4, triggering allergic reactions

Allergic reactions are the result of the immune system overreacting to a perceived danger. Instead of identifying and responding to a harmful virus or bacteria, it misidentifies different allergens, including dander, as dangerous and mounts an immune response.

"How cat dander causes such a severe allergic reaction in some people has long been a mystery," said Clare Bryant, the lead author of the study. "Not only did we find out that LPS exacerbates the immune response’s reaction to cat dander, we identified the part of immune system that recognizes it."

Using a drug that inhibits TLR 4, researchers were able to block an allergic reaction.

"As drugs have already been developed to inhibit the receptor TLR4, we are hopeful that our research will lead to new and improved treatments for cat and possibly dog allergy sufferers," Ms. Bryant added.

In the future, the findings could yield a drug that could block the allergic reaction completely.  Cat allergy sufferers usually rely on antihistamines, which have side effects such as drowsiness.



U.S. jobless claims rise
as Obama pushes his plan


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The number of Americans making new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week, a new sign of the up-and-down nature of the economic recovery in the United States.
 
The government said Thursday 343,000 workers made their initial claims for unemployment compensation, up 7,000 from the week before. The claims serve as a measure of layoffs in the country, which is steadily, but slowly recovering from its steep economic downturn five years ago.
 
The U.S. labor market has been adding about 200,000 jobs a month for the last nine months. But its 7.6 percent jobless rate remains high by historical standards.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama has embarked on a new effort to boost the country's economy, and especially the fortunes of its vast middle class. He is visiting the Atlantic Ocean port of Jacksonville, in the southern state of Florida, Thursday to push for more construction projects to improve the country's infrastructure.
 
The U.S. leader laid out his economic plans in a speech in the central part of the country Wednesday, and said increasing the number of manufacturing jobs is essential.
 
"Over the past four years, for the first time since the 1990s, the number of American manufacturing jobs has actually gone up, instead of down. That's the good news. But we can do more.  So I'm going to push new initiatives to help more manufacturers bring more jobs back here to the United States," he said.
 
The U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, is weighing whether the American economy has improved enough so it can start to trim its stimulative effort, an $85-billion-a-month purchase of securities it has used to put more money into the economy.



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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.
http://www.haciendamontemar.com/
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

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
RichCoastRealty.com
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....
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
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

just reduced
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.
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1060.html
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005  CR Cell 8718-9891
7766-6/17/13

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Study correlates moon phases
with human sleep experience


By the Cell Press news service

Many people complain about poor sleep around the full moon, and now a report appearing in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, Thursday offers some of the first convincing scientific evidence to suggest that this really is true. The findings add to evidence that humans — despite the comforts of our civilized world — still respond to the geophysical rhythms of the moon, driven by a circalunar clock.

"The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not see the moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase," says Christian Cajochen of the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel.

In the new study, the researchers studied 33 volunteers in two age groups in the lab while they slept. Their brain patterns were monitored while sleeping, along with eye movements and hormone secretions.

The data show that around the full moon, brain activity related to deep sleep dropped by 30 percent. People also took five minutes longer to fall asleep, and they slept for 20 minutes less time overall. Study participants felt as though their sleep was poorer when the moon was full, and they showed diminished levels of melatonin, a hormone known to regulate sleep and wake cycles.

"This is the first reliable evidence that a lunar rhythm can modulate sleep structure in humans when measured under the highly controlled conditions of a circadian laboratory study protocol without time cues," the researchers say.

Cajochen adds that this circalunar rhythm might be a relic from a past in which the moon could have synchronized human behaviors for reproductive or other purposes, much as it does in other animals. Today, the moon's hold is usually masked by the influence of electrical lighting and other aspects of modern life.

The researchers say it would be interesting to look more deeply into the anatomical location of the circalunar clock and its molecular and neuronal underpinnings. And, they say, it could turn out that the moon has power over other aspects of behavior as well, such as our cognitive performance and our moods.


Cancer correlated in women
with their height in study


By the American Association for Cancer Research 
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The taller a postmenopausal woman is, the greater is her risk for developing cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Height was linked to cancers of the breast, colon, endometrium, kidney, ovary, rectum, and thyroid, as well as to multiple myeloma and melanoma, and these associations did not change even after adjusting for factors known to influence these cancers, in this study of 20,928 postmenopausal women, identified from a large cohort of 144,701 women recruited to the Women’s Health Initiative.

“We were surprised at the number of cancer sites that were positively associated with height. In this data set, more cancers are associated with height than were associated with body mass index,” said Geoffrey Kabat, senior epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York,  “Ultimately, cancer is a result of processes having to do with growth, so it makes sense that hormones or other growth factors that influence height may also influence cancer risk.”

Some genetic variations associated with height are also linked to cancer risk, and more studies are needed to better understand how these height-related genetic variations predispose some men and women to cancer, according to the authors.

Kabat and colleagues used data from the Women’s Health Initiative, a large, multicenter study that recruited postmenopausal women between the ages 50 and 79, between 1993 and 1998. At study entry, the women answered questions about physical activity, and their height and weight were measured.

The researchers identified 20,928 women who had been diagnosed with one or more invasive cancers during the follow-up of 12 years. To study the effect of height, they accounted for many factors influencing cancers, including age, weight, education, smoking habits, alcohol consumption, and hormone therapy.

They found that for every 10-centimeter (3.94 inches) increase in height, there was a 13 percent increase in risk of developing any cancer. Among specific cancers, there was a 13 percent to 17 percent increase in the risk of getting melanoma and cancers of the breast, ovary, endometrium, and colon. There was a 23 percent to 29 percent increase in the risk of developing cancers of the kidney, rectum, thyroid, and blood.

Of the 19 cancers studied, none showed a negative association with height.

Because the ability to screen for certain cancers could have influenced the results, the researchers added the participants’ mammography, Pap, and colorectal cancer screening histories to the analyses and found the results remained unchanged.

“Although it is not a modifiable risk factor, the association of height with a number of cancer sites suggests that exposures in early life, including nutrition, play a role in influencing a person’s risk of cancer,” said Kabat. “There is currently a great deal of interest in early-life events that influence health in adulthood. Our study fits with this area.”



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