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Immigration finally acts against unwelcome guest
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica's best known pedophile finally is in custody. The arrest took anywhere from eight months to three years, depending on who is doing the counting.

The man is Kirk William Owen, 56, who has two convictions as a child sex offender in the United States.

He moved to Jacó three years ago and has been living there on a tourist visa. Unlike someone with a dark past, Owen was highly visible. He drove a Porche and had multiple run-ins with neighbors and other residents of the Costa Rican beach town. He even went to court one time on an allegation of shooting an iguana, said one source.

There were complaints to the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, the child protection agency. The U.S. Embassy was alerted. So was the municipal police in Jacó and the Judicial Investigating Organization. Nothing happened.

It took a local private investigator, Doug Smith of Will Spy, to break the stalemate. Smith said he was in continual contact with the U.S. Marshals Service, another private investigator in Florida and local police trying to get some action. Although there was no pending U.S. charge against Owen, the best piece of evidence was a photo taken by a Jacó neighbor that shows the man in the company of a child, something his history is supposed to keep him from doing.

Owen appears to have a large source of money, and he owned at least two houses in Jacó. A.M. Costa Rica has been following the case for nearly a month, but editors declined to publish an article for fear that Owen would move to another jurisdiction, such as Nicaragua or Ecuador.

However, an article Aug. 1 did include a link to the Facebook page that had been posted by Smith.

Editors did a lot of soul searching. Someone who has completed a sentence for a crime probably should not be reminded of it in a news article. Yet reports of Owen inviting youngsters from low-income neighborhoods to his home were troubling.

Finally, the International Police Agency issued an
owen
Facebook posting was first public notice.

alert for the man and caused a Spanish-language
 newspaper to publish a lot of information on Owen Monday morning. That appears to have caused the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería to act. The Interpol listing does not say Owen is wanted for a crime. It is just a warning. Immigration is believed to have found inconsistencies in Owen's tourist visa. Immigration officials made much last week of the news that the agency's system was hooked up with that of Interpol specifically to prevent pedophiles and others from entering the country. The system did not seem to have worked with Owen, who is believed to have re-entered the country July 15.

Smith, the private investigator, said that photos of someone with the history of Owen with a child might be enough to bring charges in the United States. There also is a report that some allegations have been made regarding activities in Jacó although not of sexual nature.

Owen is believed to have been convicted twice in the United States. He lived in Oklahoma and moved to Kansas and Florida and then back to Kansas. In each state he was required to register as a sex offender. He did so.

Information about Owen is believed to have been delivered to Judicial agents as long ago as three years. Smith's Facebook page appeared at the end of July. U.S. Embassy officials were known to have been urging action by judicial police. The delay seems to have been caused by the need to find a reason to make an arrest.

A quick search of Owen's name on the Internet produces a handful of sites containing his mug shot. Some are officials and some are not. It is clear that immigration had not done even a basic search of arriving tourists.

Smith points out that sex offenders are not required to register in Costa Rica.


Credit agency challenges law that restricts data sales
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A leading credit agency has challenged a law that prohibits commercial use of information and personal data.

The credit agency, Grupo Cero Riesgo, said it filed the appeal with the Sala IV constitutional court because the law, No. 8968, prohibits exactly what the company does.

Cero Riesgo obtains and categorizes information on individuals from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the Registro Civil and the courts. It also receives reports from companies that offer credit. Then it presents this information to clients who generally sign up for a long subscription.

The information generally is available to individuals in public agencies, but Cero Riesgo, as well as some other companies, brings the information together for easy access.  For example, the company can report
the corporations to which an individual is a responsible party. The information also contains telephone numbers, addresses, property owned and salary information that is reported to the Caja.

Employers also use Ciero Riesgo to see if potential employees have been named in any criminal or civil suits.

Such information is freely available in the United States and other developed countries, sometmes with permission of the person being researched.

Ciero Riesgo said in a press statement that it agreed that certain changes and regulations were necessary.

But it said the current law violates its protected rights under the Costa Rican Constitution.

The law needs a series of modifications to permit access to full and truthful information, the company said.

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Dedicated to portraying the underwater world of Costa Rica through his art, Carlos Hiller continues to enlighten the public and communities about nature and the conservation of marine ecosystems through education, using art as a bridge to carry his message.

Hiller's efforts to raise awareness are exemplified in public murals, lectures in schools and groups, and partnerships with organizations. By working with a variety of media, Hiller can take viewers from the forest to the ocean depths, giving visions that some can only dream of seeing.

In his newest exhibit, "Ambientes de la Isla del Coco," Hiller artistically conveys the blissful regions of Isla del Coco, where the audience is treated to a voyage of the island's biosphere. "I want everyone to be able to experience the sight of the many animals that populate the area, the nature's sculpted scenic landscapes, and of course, the hammerhead sharks," said Hiller.

Spending many years investigating and studying ancient techniques, and improving his own style, Hiller doesn't consider himself a self-taught artist since he bases his art on the knowledge of the old masters. In this way, his technique has grown and advanced his own creative process.

"This is the most important factor of my work," says Hiller; "I only paint with a feeling of complete balance and happiness. This energy is captured in my works, and if something goes amiss, then it is time for me to go to the sea and submerge myself in the underwater world."

Having journeyed to Coco frequently, Hiller has worked closely with the rangers of this national park and world heritage site and was instrumental in the founding of the Hidden Garden Art Gallery in 2010, which has since become the largest gallery in Guanacaste. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Central America, United States, France and the Middle East.

Hiller's most recent exhibit opens Saturday from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gallery, which is west of  the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia. More information is available at  2667-0592 or 8386-6872


Alianza plans church tour
of Protestant facilities


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

During the Spanish Colonial period, Costa Rica as well as much of Latin America, was exclusively Catholic.

But after independence, there was a trickling of person of other religions. Among the first were Anglicans from England and Lutherans from Germany.

Alianza Francesa will be highlighting the results of these new arrivals in a tour this Saturday of the Protestant churches of San José.

Architect Andrés Fernández will again lead the tour.

The construction of non-Catholic churches paralleled the increase in religious tolerance said  Alianza

The churches that will be visited include El Redentor, Iglesia Evangélica Metodista, El Buen Pastor , La Iglesia Episcopal de Costa Rica, the Templo Bíblico of the Asociación de Iglesias Bíblicas Costarricenses  and the first  iglesia Bautista in Barrio Los Ángeles.

There is a fee for participation. More information is available at 290-2705 or 2222-2283.


Lawmakers approve treaty
that country helped pass


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers have approved on first reading the U.N. treaty on the transfer of firearms.

This is a treaty that Costa Rica promoted in the international body. The U.N. General Assembly passed the treaty April 2.

The treaty requires countries to keep an eye on the sale of arms that leaves their borders. Costa Rica prohibits the manufacture of firearms under a presidential decree that might become incorporated into law, so the treaty is basically moot here.

Major arms exporters such as the United states and Russia probably will  not approve the treaty. Among other thing, the agreement requires reports to the United Nations on the movement of arms and forbids shipments to terrorist and certain other recipients.


Embassy workers planning
 a visit to Limón Wednesday


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Consuls from the U.S. Embassy will be in Limón Wednesday for the benefit of U.S. citizens. The embassy workers will be at the American Corner in the public library from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Embassy said.  They plan to talk about Social Security, pensions and other federal benefits, the embassy said.

No appointment is needed, but the consular workers will not be conducting visa interviews for Costa Ricans, the embassy said.
 

Moms planning a picnic

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A group called Moms Club of Heredia has decreed a kids' play day and is inviting mothers and youngsters to the public park in La Suiza de San Rafael de Heredia Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. Said the announcement:

"Do you want to have a fun, kid-friendly, get-together with other mothers in your area? Let’s meet for a hike, lunch, or park day and give the kids a chance to make friends while us moms relax and have a good time."

Those who participate are asked to bring  a picnic lunch for themselves and children. More information is available at 2262-3444.

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New foundation seeks to promote the art of flamenco here
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A pair of flamenco professionals have launched a foundation to promote the dance. It is the Fundación Centro Nacional de Flamenco.

The foundation is centered, of course, at the  Casa España in Sabana Norte where a double header of flamenco and music will be presented Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.

A founder is María Antonieta Váquez, a Costa Rican who had been trained in Spain and San Francisco, California. She also studied ballet. Also involved as a founder is Allan Naranjo, who operates a flamenco dance school.

The organizers said that the foundation also will present three levels of flamenco as classes. The classes are open to the public. Other activities also are planned.

The first activity of the foundation is a series of seminars given by Ms. Vázquez and including workshops on dance. These begin today and run through Sunday at  Casa España

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Backhoe works on clearing debris and straightening the channel of the Río la Tigra.


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As cleanup continues, officials keep an eye on the weather
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some residents of the northern zone are still housed in temporary lodging while officials keep an eye on the weather.

More rain is expected today, although Monday gave workers a chance to make some needed repairs. Heavy machinery arrived to dig a deeper channel in the rivers that flooded. In once case, the water was higher than bridges.

The good news is that the national emergency commission sent experts to fly over the area to make sure that there was no temporary dam in the upper reaches of the Río la Tigra.

Such natural dams, usually formed by the collapse of a hillside, impound a lot of water that can be loosed on residents below.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias reported that no dam was found although there was a lot of debris in the river.
As they flew over, officials could see a backhoe cleaning debris from the river.

There was damage over the weekend at La Tigra de San Carlos and in Los Lirios de Sarapiquí. More than 100 homes were flooded.

The saturated ground may mean problems depending on the weather today. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that winds are subsiding and that humidity is building.  The chance of more rain is increasing.

The local electrical cooperative, Coopelesca, managed to restore power, but telephone and Internet may still be out in some areas. The local water company also reported that pipes were damaged.

Consejo Nacional de Vialidad had the job of clearing and repairing the roads. It was this agency that reported that a slug of water ripped through the area this weekend.

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Duke researchers figure out what causes sunburn to hurt so much
By the Duke University news service

The painful, red skin that comes from too much time in the sun is caused by a molecule abundant in the skin's epidermis, a new study shows.

Blocking this molecule, called TRPV4, greatly protects against the painful effects of sunburn. The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition online. The research, which was conducted in mouse models and human skin samples, could yield a way to combat sunburn and possibly several other causes of pain.

"We have uncovered a novel explanation for why sunburn hurts," said Wolfgang Liedtke, one of the senior authors of the study and associate professor of neurology and neurobiology at Duke University School of Medicine. "If we understand sunburn better, we can understand pain better because what plagues my patients day in and day out is what temporarily affects otherwise healthy people who suffer from sunburn."

The vast majority of sunburns are caused by ultraviolet B or UVB radiation. In moderation, this component of sunlight does the body good, giving a daily dose of vitamin D and perhaps improving mood. But if people get too much, it can damage the DNA in their skin cells and increase their susceptibility to cancer. Sunburns are nature;s way of telling people to go inside and avoid further damage.

Liedtke worked together with a multi-institutional team of researchers. Together, they investigated whether the TRPV4 molecule, which is abundant in skin cells and has been shown to be involved in other pain processes, might play a role in the pain and tissue damage caused by UVB over-exposure. TRPV4 is an ion channel, a gateway in the cell membrane that rapidly lets in positively charged ions such as calcium and sodium.

First, the researchers built a mouse model that was missing TRPV4 only in the cells of the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. They took these genetically engineered mice and their normal counterparts and exposed their hind paws -- which most resemble human skin -- to UVB rays. The hind paws of the normal mice became hypersensitive and blistered in response to the UVB exposure, while those of the mutant mice showed little sensitization and tissue injury.

Next, they used cultured mouse skin cells to dissect the activities of TRPV4. Using a device, the researchers showed that UVB caused calcium
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to flow into the skin cells, but only when the TRPV4 ion channel was present.

Further molecular analysis uncovered the entire sequence of events in this pathway, with each event affecting the next: UVB exposure activates TRPV4, which causes the influx of calcium ions, which brings in another molecule called endothelin, which triggers TRPV4 to send more calcium into the cells. Endothelin is known to cause pain in humans and also evokes itching, which could explain the urge sunburned patients feel to scratch their skin.

To test whether these findings in mice and mouse cells have human relevance, the researchers used human skin samples to successfully demonstrate increased activation of TRPV4 and endothelin in human epidermis after UVB exposure.

 
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Two-bedroom, two-bath furnished apartment available in a safe, gated community near Hotel Cariari. You pay power and rent only, $500 month.  8486-7709 Or email: DogFood@carolina.rr.com.
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7945-5/30/13

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Beautiful mountain chalet surrounded by nature, built with tropical hardwoods and  located on a  5,000 m2  (54,000 sq feet) lot  with two other cottages.  House has basic furniture and  kitchen  appliances.  Ground floor:  Very large living/ dinning room, kitchen, office (or guest bedroom), and 1 bathroom . Upstairs:  2 bedrooms (one with a balcony), and 1 bathroom. 140 m2 approximately  Great BBQ rancho outside. Plenty space for visitor parking. Pets are welcome.  Quiet place, rural, restaurants close by. Near El Castillo Country Club, Tirol and La Condesa mountain hotels.  Only 45 minutes by car from San José.  All public services available  More information call Liseth.  Phone: (506) 7158-1548. Or send me a email:  licortes@hotmail.com
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Perez  Zeledon:   Large studio home overlooking river with deck.  Elegant, ceramic floors, nice cabinets, walk-in closet.  Beautiful gardens and grounds.  Secure. Private. Only  10 minutes
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Rare birds in abundance. Includes,  One  double bed and refrigerator, stove, juicer, sofa, tables,  dishes, pans, etc.  Plus, electric, (hot) water   Phone, TV connected, Internet cable connected, garbage and gardener. All included for $425. /month.  Looking for one good person, reliable, long-term.    Non-smoker. jjpepman@hotmail.com
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We offer for rent three furnished, 2-bedroom mountain homes located on the slopes of Barva Volcano, Sacramento, Heredia. The cabin-style homes are adjacent to the Braulio Carillo National Park and walking distance to the Barva Volcano crater lake. Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and garage. Take in breathtaking views of the Irazú Volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of bird species, to include the occasional Resplendent Quetzal, and a pristine cloud forest. We can also offer you an occasional ride on one of our beautiful mares. Contact Allan or Cristina at HPCattleCR@aol.com, or or for more information HERE! $850 USD/month. We can also offer a weekend or short-stay package.
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part 
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Hackers losing their respect
for NSA and jobs there

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government's efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private researchers express disillusionment with the National Security Agency.
 
Though hackers tend to be anti-establishment by nature, the NSA and other intelligence agencies had made major inroads in recent years in hiring some of the best and brightest and paying for information on software flaws that help them gain access to target computers and phones.
 
Much of that goodwill has been erased after the NSA's classified programs to monitor phone records and Internet activity were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to prominent hackers and cyber experts.
 
A turn in the community's sentiment was on show at two major security conventions in Las Vegas: Black Hat, which attracts more established cyber professionals, and Def Con, which gets a larger gathering of younger, more independent hackers.
 
“We've gone backwards about 10 years in the relations between the good guys and the U.S. government,” said Alex Stamos, a veteran security researcher who was to give a Def Con talk on the need to revisit industry ethics.
 
Stamos has willingly briefed FBI and NSA officials on his work in the past but said that he would now want their questions in writing and he would bring a lawyer to any meeting.
 
With top intelligence officials warning in March that cyber attacks and cyber espionage have supplanted terrorism as the top security threat facing the United States, the administration is trying to boost security in critical infrastructure and the military is vastly increasing its ranks of computer specialists.
 
The NSA, working with the Department of Homeland Security, has been lending more of its expertise to protect defense contractors, banks, utilities and other industries that are being spied upon or attacked by rival nations.
 
These efforts rely on recruiting talented hackers and working with professionals in the private sector.
 
Some security experts remain supportive of the government. NSA Director Keith Alexander's talk at the Black Hat conference was well received, despite a few hecklers.
 
But at the larger and less expensive Def Con, where attendance was expected to top last year's 15,000, conference founder and government advisor Jeff Moss asked federal agents to stay away.
 
Moss last year brought Alexander as a keynote speaker to woo the hacking community. But he said the relationship between hackers and the government has worsened since then.
 
“I haven't seen this level or sort of animosity since the 90s,” Moss said in an interview.
 
The NSA's surveillance programs target foreigners outside the United States who pose potential threats to U.S. security or who can provide intelligence for foreign policies. But the secret projects also scooped up huge amounts of American data, according to documents leaked by Snowden, triggering sharp criticism from many lawmakers and civil liberties advocates.
 
“A lot of people feel betrayed by it,” said H.D. Moore, an executive at security firm Rapid 7, though he said he would continue to brief the NSA on software flaws that the agency uses for both offensive and defensive cyber activities. “What bothers me is the hypocritical bit.  We demonize China when we've been doing these things and probably worse.”

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency delivered a keynote address at the Black Hat hacker conference

Alexander took a conciliatory tone during his Black Hat speech, defending the NSA but saying he looked forward to a discussion about how it could do things better.
 
Black Hat attracts professionals whose companies pay thousands of dollars for them to attend. Def Con costs $180 and features many of the same speakers.
 
At Black Hat, a casual polling station at a vendor's exhibition booth asking whether Snowden was a villain or a hero produced a dead heat: 138 to 138. European attendees were especially prone to vote for hero, the vendor said.
 
Def Con would have been much rougher on Alexander, judging by interviews there and the reception given speakers who touched on Snowden and other government topics.
 
Christopher Soghoian, an American Civil Liberties Union technologist, drew applause from hundreds of attendees when he said the ACLU had been the first to sue the NSA after one of the spy programs was revealed.
 
Peiter Zatko, a hacker hero who funded many small projects from a just-departed post at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told another large audience that he was unhappy with the surveillance programs and that “challenging the government is your patriotic duty.”
 
The disenchanted give multiple reasons, citing previous misleading statements about domestic surveillance, the government's efforts to force companies to decrypt user communications, and the harm to U.S. businesses overseas.
 
“I don't think anyone should believe anything they tell us,” former NSA hacker Charlie Miller said of top intelligence officials. “I wouldn't work there anymore.”
 
Stamos and Moss said the U.S. government is tilting too much toward offense in cyberspace, using secret vulnerabilities that their targets can then discover and wield against others.
 
Closest to home for many hackers are the government's aggressive prosecutions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which has been used against Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January, and U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who leaked classified files to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
 
A letter circulating at Def Con and signed by some of the most prominent academics in computer security said the law was chilling research in the public interest by allowing prosecutors and victim companies to argue that violations of electronic terms of service constitute unauthorized intrusions.
 
Researchers who have found important flaws in electronic voting machines and medical devices did so without authorization, the letter says.
 
If there is any silver lining, Moss said, it is that before Snowden's leaks, it had been impossible to have an informed discussion about how to balance security and civil liberties without real knowledge of government practices.
 
“The debate is just starting,” he said. “Maybe we can be a template for other democracies.” 


DEA had a program, too,
that is beyond NSA's efforts


By the A.M. Costa rica wire services

Former spy-agency contractor Edward Snowden has caused a fierce debate over civil liberties and national security needs by disclosing details of secret U.S. government surveillance programs.

The Reuters news agency has uncovered previously unreported details about a separate program, run by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, that extends well beyond intelligence gathering.

Its use, legal experts say, raises fundamental questions about whether the government is concealing information used to investigate and help build criminal cases against American citizens.

The DEA program is run by a secretive unit called the Special Operations Division, or SOD.

Here is how NSA efforts exposed by Snowden differ from the activities of the SOD.

Purpose of the programs:

NSA: To use electronic surveillance to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation catch terrorists, the U.S. military fight wars, and the Central Intelligence Agency collect intelligence about foreign governments.

SOD: To help the DEA and other law enforcement agents launch criminal investigations of drug dealers, money launderers and other common criminals, including Americans. The unit also handles global narco-terrorism cases.

Gathering of evidence

NSA: Much of what the agency does remains classified, but Snowden's recent disclosures show that NSA not only eavesdrops on foreign communications but has also created a database of virtually every phone call made inside the United States.

SOD: The SOD forwards tips gleaned from NSA intercepts, wiretaps by foreign governments, court-approved domestic wiretaps and a database called DICE to federal agents and local law enforcement officers.

The DICE database is different from the NSA phone-records database. DICE consists of about 1 billion records, and is primarily a compilation of phone log data that is legally gathered by the DEA through subpoenas or search warrants.

Disclosure to the accused

NSA: Collection of domestic data by the NSA and FBI for espionage and terrorism cases is regulated by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

If prosecutors intend to use FISA or other classified evidence in court, they issue a public notice, and a judge determines whether the defense is entitled to review the evidence. In a court filing last week, prosecutors said they will now notify defendants whenever the NSA phone-records database is used during an investigation.

SOD: A document reviewed by Reuters shows that federal drug agents are trained to  recreate  the investigative trail to conceal the SOD's involvement.  Defense attorneys, former prosecutors and judges say the practice prevents defendants from even knowing about evidence that might be exculpatory.

They say it circumvents court procedures for weighing whether sensitive, classified or FISA evidence must be disclosed to a defendant.

Oversight

NSA: Congressional leaders and intelligence committee members are briefed on the NSA's classified programs.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reviews and approves warrants for domestic eavesdropping.

SOD: DEA officials who oversee the unit say the information sent to law enforcement authorities was obtained through subpoena, court order and other legal means.

A DEA spokesman said members of Congress "have been briefed over the years about SOD programs and successes." This includes a 2011 letter to the Senate describing the DICE database. But the spokesman said he didn't know whether lawmakers have been briefed on how tips are being used in domestic criminal cases.


Obama returning to Southwest
to claim credit for turnaround

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

With images of vacant, half-built residential developments that gathered dust after the recession, the U.S. Southwest once symbolized the 2008-2012 housing bust that wiped out $7 trillion in homeowner equity and wrecked the finances of many Americans.

But as housing stages a recovery around the United States, including the hard-hit Sun Belt, President Barack Obama goes back to the region today to claim some of the credit while urging further action to keep the housing winning streak alive.

More than four years after Obama outlined his plan to halt the housing market free fall in February 2009, he returns to Phoenix, where he will again talk about housing. The speech is another stop in a summer tour in which he is highlighting aspects of the economy that have improved under his watch while chiding political foes for obstructing faster progress.

But in Phoenix, the bright housing picture of increased sales and firmer prices mask continued challenges for those seeking housing, particularly those at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder, say homeowner advocates.

“My fear is that people think the problem is over,” said Patricia Garcia Duarte, president of Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix. “There are still families that are struggling.”

Even those who have steady work and decent credit find themselves turned down by lenders requiring big down payments and pristine credit, she said.

Arizona, Nevada, California and Florida were the states hit hardest by cratering house prices, over building and the wave of foreclosures that started during the 2008 financial crisis. In Phoenix, Obama can point to gains in house prices and declines in foreclosures to argue that his policies established a floor for housing markets and set the stage for a rebound.

Ms. Garcia Duarte, whose organization is a chapter of a national nonprofit, said she still sees plenty of people, however, who are trying to do everything they can to stay in their homes.

What she sees in the trenches is that while foreclosures are down, more families are resorting to short sales, a sale for less than what is owed on the property, to minimize the damage. And because investors have bought homes instead of individuals, some communities have seen homeownership decline and renting rise, she said.

“I would like the president to highlight that homeownership should be a good investment,” she said. “I think policymakers shifted and crossed out homeownership as a good thing to do for this country.”

Obama's return to Phoenix will have historic resonance because he spoke there the day after signing his $787-billion stimulus plan into law more than four years ago.

He is again focusing on the economy, trying this time to pressure lawmakers into passing government spending bills that reverse deep spending cuts and allocate funds to repair roads and bridges, and raise the nation's debt limit without drama before looming fall deadlines.

The president's focus on housing reflects the sector's outsize impact on the broader economy. Not only is a home usually a family's largest purchase, the effects of home buying ripple outward and affect a swath of other businesses such as appliance, furniture and hardware sales, landscaping and finance.

Obama is using his series of speeches to press for action to strengthen a tepid economic recovery. He is emphasizing jobs and middle class economic stability to counter a Republican message of concern over debt and deficits.

With his legislative initiatives on guns and immigration dead or stalled, Obama may also be motivated to build support for Democrats in 2014 mid-term elections. Democrats hold a slim majority in the Senate that may be at risk and are in the minority in the House of Representatives.

With housing, the president may feel he has some progress to boast about.

“It went from free fall to surging house prices; there's a big revival in housing construction,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics. “The whole world has been turned around for a place like Phoenix.”

The median new home sale price rose almost 18 percent in greater Phoenix between May 2012 and May 2013, and the median normal existing home sale price rose more than 12 percent in that period, according to a recent Arizona State University report. Normal sales exclude the sale of distressed or bank-owned properties.

Analysts say housing appears to be on a solid footing not just in the Southwest, but nationally. Much of the early gains have been driven by investment funds, and economists say more individuals need to become involved to sustain the market. But that will require a stronger jobs market.

“Investors were instrumental in turning housing markets around, but we need to see the baton passed from the investor to the first-time home buyer,” said Zandi.

Homeownership in the United States hit a 17-1/2-year low in the second quarter as Americans continue to shift toward renting, one of the lingering legacies of the recession.


Founder of Amazon plans
to purchase Washington Post


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The founder of Internet retail giant Amazon, Jeffrey Bezos, is buying one of the top U.S. newspapers.

The Washington Post announced Monday that Bezos will buy the paper and its affiliated publications for $250 million. It said Amazon has no role in the purchase.

The Post, which is known for breaking major stories including the Watergate scandal in the Nixon era, had been owned by the Graham family for four generations.

In a statement Monday, Post Chairman Donald Graham said the paper would be better served with another owner. He said newspaper-industry challenges, including declining revenue, led the family to consider selling the paper.

The Graham family is one of many multigenerational families that have sold metropolitan newspapers in recent decades.

Bezos said in a letter published on the Washington Post's website that the paper will not change radically.

He said "the values of The Post do not need changing." Bezos said "the paper’s duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners."

The Amazon CEO says he will remain in Seattle, where Amazon is based, and will delegate the paper's daily operations to managers.

The Post reports that Bezos ranks 11th on Forbes list of the wealthiest individuals in America with a net worth of $23.3 billion.

The Washington Post says it has suffered a 44 percent decline in its operating revenue over the past six years. The decline is part of an industry-wide challenge for newspapers, which are losing advertising revenue and circulation.

The Post has been a leading U.S. newspaper for decades, breaking stories such as the Watergate scandal, the Pentagon Papers and recently, disclosures about the National Security Administration's surveillance programs.


GOP expresses unhappiness
with Ms. Clinton's programs


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Republicans are threatening to boycott 2016 presidential candidates debates sponsored by networks CNN and NBC unless the networks cancel plans for special programs on Democrat Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 White House contender.
 
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wrote to executives for NBC Entertainment and CNN Worldwide, saying the planned programs were political ads for the former secretary of State and former first lady.
 
Priebus asked the companies to scrap plans by Aug. 14 for the NBC miniseries on Clinton and for the CNN documentary film.
 
Representatives from Comcast-owned NBC and Time Warner-owned CNN did not immediately comment.
 
“As an American company, you have every right to air programming of your choice,” Priebus wrote in the letters to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt and CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker.
 
“But as American citizens, certainly you recognize why many are astounded at your actions, which appear to be a major network's thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”
 
Priebus said if CNN and NBC went ahead with the Clinton shows, he would seek a binding RNC vote that the Republican Party would not work with the two networks on its 2016 primary debates or sanction the debates sponsored by them.
 
CNN in the past has pointed out that its film unit operates separately and without CNN's editorial guidance. NBC's Greenblatt, when asked in July about Ms. Clinton's opponents potentially demanding equal time from the network, said the series would likely air before the presidential race heats up in the spring or summer of 2015.


A step toward soylent green
with burger from the lab

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Today, scientists unveiled what they are calling the first hamburger to be made from meat produced in a laboratory instead of a cow.

Mark Post, whose laboratory at Maastricht University in the Netherlands developed the processes behind the new burger, is calling the product cultured beef. Monday, a professional chef cooked the test tube burger in a frying pan and then had two volunteers taste it in front of reporters in London.

The beef was grown in a lab using muscle stem cells taken from a cow. The cells were then placed in a nutrient rich solution in a ring-shaped form around a hub of gel. The muscle stem cells then grew into small strands of meat. It takes about 20,000 such strands to make a 140-gram burger.

Post said the cultured beef production method could be developed into a solution to the growing global demand for meat. The method could also be more environmentally friendly than high-density livestock farming.

“What we are going to attempt is important because I hope it will show cultured beef has the answers to major problems that the world faces,” said Post. “Our burger is made from muscle cells taken from a cow. We haven’t altered them in any way. For it to succeed, it has to look, feel and hopefully taste like the real thing.”

In addition to the muscle cells, other ingredients such as salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs went into the burger and red beet juice and saffron were added for color.

Commercial production of cultured beef could begin within 10 to 20 years, the scientist said.

One of those to taste the burger was Austrian food researcher Hanni Rutzler.

"There is quite some intense flavor," Rutzler said. "The look was quite similar to meat. It has quite a bite. The surface of the meat was crunchy - surprisingly. The taste itself was as juicy as meat can be, but different. It tastes like meat, not a meat-substitute like soya or whatever."

Post’s research, which began in 2008, was funded partially by a $330,000 donation from Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.


Oceans to change drastically
in carbon dioxide future

By the University of California-San Diego news service

If history’s closest analog is any indication, the look of the oceans will change drastically in the future as the coming greenhouse world alters marine food webs and gives certain species advantages over others.

Paleobiologist Richard Norris and colleagues show that the ancient greenhouse world had few large reefs, a poorly oxygenated ocean, tropical surface waters like a hot tub, and food webs that did not sustain the abundance of large sharks, whales, seabirds, and seals of the modern ocean. Aspects of this greenhouse ocean could reappear in the future if greenhouse gases continue to rise at current accelerating rates. Norris is with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography  at the  University of California-San Diego.

The researchers base their projections on what is known about the greenhouse world of 50 million years ago when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were much higher than those that have been present during human history. Their review article appears in an Aug. 2 special edition of the journal Science titled “Natural Systems in Changing Climates.”

For the past million years, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have never exceeded 280 parts per million, but industrialization, forest clearing, agriculture, and other human activities have rapidly increased concentrations of CO2 and other gases known to create a “greenhouse” effect that traps heat in the atmosphere. For several days in May 2013, CO2 levels exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in human history and that milestone could be left well behind in the next decades. At its current pace, Earth could recreate the CO2 content of the atmosphere in the greenhouse world in just 80 years.

In the greenhouse world, fossils indicate that CO2 concentrations reached 800 to 1,000 parts per million. Tropical ocean temperatures reached 35º degrees C (95º F), and the polar oceans reached 12 degrees C (53°F)—similar to current ocean temperatures offshore San Francisco. There were no polar ice sheets. Scientists have identified a reef gap”between 42 and 57 million years ago in which complex coral reefs largely disappeared and the seabed was dominated by piles of pebble-like single-celled organisms called foraminifera.

“The ‘rain forests-of-the-sea’ reefs were replaced by the gravel parking lots of the greenhouse world,” said Norris.

The greenhouse world was also marked by differences in the ocean food web with large parts of the tropical and subtropical ocean ecosystems supported by minute picoplankton instead of the larger diatoms typically found in highly productive ecosystems today. Indeed, large marine animals — sharks, tunas, whales, seals, even seabirds — mostly became abundant when algae became large enough to support top predators in the cold oceans of recent geologic times.

“The tiny algae of the greenhouse world were just too small to support big animals,” said Norris. “It’s like trying to keep lions happy on mice instead of antelope. Lions can’t get by on only tiny snacks.”

Within the greenhouse world, there were rapid warming events that resemble the projected future. One well-studied event is known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum  56 million years ago, which serves as a guide to predicting what may happen under current climate trends.

That event lasted about 200,000 years and warmed the earth by 5 to 9 degrees C (9 to 16° F) with massive migrations of animals and plants and shifts in climate zones. Notably, despite the disruption to Earth’s ecosystems, the extinction of species was remarkably light, other than a mass extinction in the rapidly warming deep ocean.

“In many respects the PETM warmed the world more than we project for future climate change, so it should come as some comfort that extinctions were mostly limited to the deep sea,” said Norris. “Unfortunately, the PETM also shows that ecological disruption can last tens of thousands of years.”

Norris added that continuing the fossil fuel economy even for decades magnifies the period of climate instability. An abrupt halt to fossil fuel use at current levels would limit the period of future climate instability to less than 1,000 years before climate largely returns to pre-industrial norms. But, if fossil fuel use stays on its current trajectory until the end of this century, then the climate effects begin to resemble those of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, with major ecological changes lasting for 20,000 years or more and a recognizable human fingerprint on Earth’s climate lasting for 100,000 years.


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Naranjo views

NARANJO VIEW PROPERTY READY TO BUILD: ALL PERMISSIONS

4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
• 10 minutes to the autopista and Naranjo centro
• Tranquil and Quiet
• Landscaped with fruit trees and flowering plants, and coffee#
• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
• Close to public transportation - paved main road
• Building pad prepared and soil tested
• Survey/topo
• All services in place and underground - water/electricity/phone
Email monicacal@mac.com
8034-8/19/13

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

San Ramon - Beautiful tracts of land of all shapes and sizes for sale in the San Ramón
San Ramon
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

Flamingo
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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

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.
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7766-6/17/13

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Santos tells rebels that time
is now to negotiate  peace


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the time for peace with Marxist rebels is now or never but the instant he determines negotiations are going nowhere or strengthening the rebels, he would abandon the talks and seek resolution to the conflict on the battlefield.
 
Santos told local media Monday that talks to bring an end to five decades of conflict with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC, are going well but should speed up.
 
The center-right Santos has bet his legacy on resolving the war, which has killed more than 200,000 people since the early 1960s, and bringing peace to Colombia.
 
Santos is in the final year of his first term in office and has hinted he will run for a second term next year. He has until November to say if he will seek re-election.
 
“I am still optimistic,” Santos said of the talks under way in Cuba. “If I see that they have no future, that there is no will on the other side, that this is going nowhere, that same day I will dismantle the negotiating table and talks will end.”
 
Discussions with the FARC began late last year but have been slow, and Colombians are beginning to lose patience. In a recent survey in the weekly magazine Semana, some 43 percent of those polled in July said they were optimistic peace could be achieved, down from 45 percent in April.
 
The two sides are working through a five-point agenda and so far have only agreed partially on agrarian reform. Negotiators now are discussing the FARC's inclusion into the political system and then will move on to reparations to its victims, the drug trade and an end to the conflict.
 
The talks are seen as a litmus test for a possible peace process with Colombia's second biggest rebel group, the Ejército de Liberación Nacional,known as the ELN. Santos has said talks with the ELN would begin immediately if it frees all its captives, including a Canadian geologist seized six months ago.
 
The two rebel groups have been hit hard over the last decade as a U.S.-backed offensive stepped up attacks and intelligence gathering, pushing them deeper into inhospitable jungle and mountains.
 
But neither the FARC nor the ELN are beaten and still are able to launch heavy attacks on military and civilian targets as well as hit at infrastructure like the oil and mining industries, key to the nation's economic growth.
 
Still, Santos reckons the FARC, which began as an agrarian struggle against unfair land distribution, is tied to the peace process as its only real option.
 
“The guerrillas have no alternative, If they don't take the peace train now, they will miss it forever,” Santos told Caracol Radio. “A peace process in several years would be very difficult because among other things the rebels are getting old.”
 
“Leading and maintaining control of the rebels after 50 years is not easy ... This is the time, it's now or never,” he added.
 
The ELN and the FARC, both considered terrorist groups by the United States and the European Union, have battled a dozen successive Colombian governments since they were founded in 1964.
 
The ELN was inspired by the Cuban revolution and established by radical Catholic priests.

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Bookstore opened on Caribbean coast
    
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Ernesto Callis and his daughter Sira have opened their book showroom next to the Chiquita Cafe in the village of Playa Chiquita.

Why Playa Chiquita and not downtown Puerto Viejo, where the tourists are?
       
Because, said Callis, this village is a place where the real residents live. His bookstore is intended to provide a service for the people who live, work, and go to school here.

He said wanted to help bring positive changes to the Caribbean, and a bookstore seemed like a good way to do this.
        
It is a bilingual enterprise. Books are grouped by topic, so that both Spanish and English works are side by side. Callis said he chose to organize his store this way because most people living in the Caribe Sur can read in both Spanish and English.

Callis from Barcelona said he believes that most Spanish-speakers  here speak at least some English. But many Gringo residents of this culturally diverse region choose to remain monolingual.

Calis has altruistic plans for his business, the first of its kind in Playa Chiquita and the region. Although two other stores sell books, they focus on other services such as printing and copying. Echo books in Cocles sold mainly used books in English and hosted literature discussions. But Echo Books closed its doors after the owners were robbed and assaulted.

The more than 650 titles that Callis selected from book warehouses in Spain and Britain cater to children and families, but the inventory also includes a selection of informative books and adult fiction.

Plans for the business include literature classes and children's competitions for reading and writing, said Callis, He hopes that local businesses will partner with him to sponsor these community events, he said.