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There's renewed interest in retirees and their money
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is renewed interest in Costa Rican real estate, in part  because some owners are willing to accept offers.

A new rental law is supposed to  make evicting deadbeats easier, thereby increasing the value of investment property.

There even are more new firms that say they can help English-speaking foreigners make the transition to expat. Some are former real estate brokers emerging under a new name and with new business plans.

Costa Rica, of course, took a bigger hit than most nations with the economic downturn, and the failure of some development firms, like Paragon Properties, cost would-be expats millions of dollars and their dreams.  Some high-profile firms and even some scammers gave the country a black eye.

Lawmakers passed the revised rental law July 30. The law covers the process of evicting a tenant for non-payment of rent or for failing to provide promised services, such as caretaking. Among other changes, the proposed law provides for a speedy and oral judicial hearing. The changes are designed to eliminate the way in which deadbeats could use the court system to live rent-free for months and even years.

Those in the rental business are optimistic, and real estate agents say they think that a speedy court process will increase the value of rental properties. Some lawyers, who have been disappointed by previous legal changes, are adopting a wait-and-see approach.

Among companies trying to take advantage of what may be a change in economic fortunes is International Living. The magazine announced  by email over the weekend that it has created an online membership organization for would-be expats planning a Costa Rican move.

Also this weekend, Hanz Lepik, a 10-year resident in Grecia who has been involved in real estate, announced the beginning of his new firm, Your Costa Rica Advisor, which goes beyond brokerage to provide information and help on many aspects of life here.

Lepik joins the list of many individuals and firms that provide residency assistance, property tours and assistance newcomers will need.

The upward trend still has some bumps in the road. An increase in crime, particularly home invasions, has caused some expats to leave and others to consider doing so. One Puntarenas resident, shot by an intruder, is back in the United States and has cut the asking price on his beach view home by $100,000.

A Judicial Investigating Organization report last week said that all reported crimes were up about 11 percent. Many residents do not report crimes because they feel that no action will be taken. One home invasion victim said he clearly identified his attackers but they still are walking the streets.

The real estate recovery does not seem to be uniform. Although there are favorable indications from the Pacific coast, long-time San José broker Frances Chambers said Sunday "Guanacaste is like another country." She said that real estate remains flat in the capital with more sales of lower-priced homes than of those in higher ranges.

International Living, in its highly uncritical, promotional message, describes the country as akin to an earthly paradise.

Publisher Jackie Flynn expends 9,000 words in a promotional video stressing that "Prices for everything — from food to real estate to a hip replacement…are more than affordable." She also
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 Some say real estate, like the Phoenix, is rising from the ashes of the downturn.

says that it is  "incredibly easy to establish residency here and qualify for CAJA," the nation's health care and pension system, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

In addition to retirees, the message seems to be directed at young families. A writer for Ms. Flynn, identified as Jason Holland, is quoted as saying he moved here because he lost his job in Florida. He and his family now live in Tamarindo.

Ms. Flynn  also cites the experiences of Tom and Kay Costello. Mrs. Costello operates the well-known Kay's Gringo Postres in Atenas. Ms. Flynn quotes the husband as saying " . . . if you focus on what’s important, you can live pretty well in Costa Rica for just $1,200 a month."

Life in Costa Rica will give new residents "more time and more money to spend as you like…no taxes, no inflated prices, no more worries about outliving your retirement nest egg," said Ms. Flynn.

Many expat residents would disagree with Costa Rica being a cheap place to live. In fact, several said they are moving elsewhere because of the rapid increase in prices and the static exchange rate that has kept the U.S. dollar in an unfavorable position.

Ms. Flynn does not discuss the costs associated with obtaining residency, which sometimes is a process of two years or more. However, she does ask would-be expats to spend $127 for membership in her Web site, which also has an annual membership charge. Her firm recently held a conference for would-be expats in Belén.

A flood of North American on tight budgets is a guarantee to swell the ranks of perpetual tourists and those employed here illegally, perhaps sufficiently to cause a government crackdown.

Adding to the uncertainty of the real estate situation is the change in government. Many in the property business favor Johnny Araya, the former San José mayor who is the nominee of the Partido Liberación Nacional. Some hope he will roll back legislation put forth by the Laura Chinchilla administration that they see as anti-business. They also seek a stimulus to tourism.

Elections are Feb. 2. The winner will take office in May.

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Turtle eggs
Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas    
Turtle egg thieves fled and left the bikes and a bag of eggs.

Early morning patrol nets
turtle eggs and two suspects

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Members of the  Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas on early morning patrol have disrupted plans of turtle egg thieves in Quepos.

A report said that near the entrance of  Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio about 4 a.m. over the weekend coast guardsmen surprised two men who dropped a bag full of eggs and bikes to flee into the brush. Less than an hour later, two other men showed up carrying yet another bag of turtle eggs. One of these men had been detained for the same offense earlier in the month, said the coast guard.

In all, officers confiscated 255 egg, they said.


Puriscal murder suspect held

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators have arrested a 19-year-old as the suspect in the murder of a public school administrator in Puriscal Aug. 15.

Agents had been seeking the man since the crime, but the suspect remained hidden, said the Poder Judicial. The judicial agency identified him by the last name of  Cerdas and said that he was detained in  Mercedes Norte of Puriscal.
 
Killed was a 49-year-old man with the last name of Murillo.  He had briefly served as the municipal mayor several years ago. The murder weapon was a knife, agents said at the time.


Petroleum tank deal OK'd

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The state petroleum company's contract for three storage tanks in Moín, Limón, has been approved by the  Contraloría General de la República.  The project will add 550,000 more barrels of storage  for the company, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A.

The work, valued at $43 million, will be done by IPC, Ingeniería, Procura y Construcción, a subsidiary of Sar Energy S.A. of Colombia. The contract also includes extensive site work.


Our readers' opinion
Electronic toys, TV shows
are putting citizens to sleep


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Friday's feature story, which I salute you for raising, is one that I cannot let go by without offering my own perspective!

I believe what has happened in the U.S.A. over the past 24 years is a great "lulling to sleep" of the population.  This has been accomplished by the great race to have the latest, Internet connected phone, that allows us to be in 24/7 contact with everyone else!  Accompanied by an overwhelming and ever evolving assortment of apps to keep us even more distracted from the world around us!  Look around you, from children to the aged, individuals are humped over some electronic device and out of touch with the world around them!  And by the way, every one of these newest phones comes pre-installed with a tracking chip, and amber alert notifications capabilities from the police to YOUR phone!  Hmmm!  Think you can opt out of that function? Not!

Next, would be an endless parade of reality TV shows. What a vast wasteland are these shows!  And, people hang on with great anticipation for the next season, and what that will bring!  These programs, to a great extent in my opinion, contribute much to the dumbing down of America!

And a third observation:  The federal government has been completely and successfully taken over by corporate America!  With more K Street lobbyists to congressional representatives than at any time in the history of this country!  So, who is representing us in the halls of Congress?  

And coupled with all of this is a federal government so bloated in size and mission, that it has no relationship to the needs/interests of the average American!  Just look at the size of the NSA building!  And an even larger center being constructed in Utah!  Not to even discuss their secret functions, completely removed from the review of the people, or their congressional representatives!

Finally, a population of citizens that has quietly surrendered it's most precious Constitutional protections and rights, in hopes of a little more security"- because their government tells them over and over again to be afraid, be very afraid!  Benjamin Franklin would turn over in his grave at this!  And a federal government that is only too happy to take away more of these protections and rights!

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance"
Michael Connolly
Santa Cecilia de San Isidro
de Heredia,


Handicap rule closes office
of veterinarian in Puriscal


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I feel that the law in effect to help provide access to all places for those who are handicapped is good in its intent but not in its application.  Here in Santiago de Puriscal one of our veterinarians has rented an office on two floors of a building in the center of town.  This office does have a handicapped lavatory on the first floor, but does not have an elevator to the second floor where the examination room is located. 

The doctor will go downstairs to talk with any pet owner who cannot go up the stairs.  The vet will drive to a person's home to take of their animal if the owner cannot drive.  The vet also takes care of the animals of those who cannot pay the cost necessary care for them, and for the street dogs that get hurt.  No one is paying for these services as she feels that it is something that she can do to help the community.

The owner of the building has refused to install an elevator to the second floor as is required by the law.  The vet would have to pay for this to be in compliance.  Instead, the vet is intending to move to another location, already chosen, and going through the process of changing ownership.  As many of us know, this process can be a long one.  But last week the authorities ordered that the vet. close her place of business until the conditions of the law are met.

This office is a small and good business which employs three people and helps the community.  I do not believe that any handicapped people have been harmed or have not received good service because there is not an elevator on the premises.  The vet's efforts to move to new premises which will meet the requirements of the law should be considered.  But the authorities prefer to enforce the letter of the law and not the intent of the law and put people out of work.  

Loren Cain 
Piedades de Puriscal.

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Banco Nacional, which is financing part of the $1.4 billion Río  Reventazón, reports that the job is 56 percent finished. Bank officials toured the site Friday. It is on the river in Siquirres, Limón. The hydro project is being called the most ambitious one yet by the  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. It will generate power for 525,000 homes, according to plans.

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Costa Rica facing new complaint over its anti-abortion law
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Center for Reproductive Right has lodged another complaint against Costa Rica. This time the case involves a pregnant woman who was denied what the center said was a medically necessary abortion

The complaint has been lodged with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The center gave this summary:

The petition was filed on behalf of a 32-year-old Costa Rican woman who — despite carrying a fetus with a fatal impairment and suffering from depression and physical pain — was denied the therapeutic abortion she requested. While abortion is illegal in Costa Rica in most circumstances, the country’s penal code allows for the procedure when a woman’s life or health is at risk.

The woman and her husband were excited to learn they were expecting in June 2012. However, weeks into the pregnancy she began to feel sick. After being told by her doctors that the fetus had prune belly syndrome, a severe impairment where the bladder and kidneys don’t fully develop leaving the fetus unviable, she requested a therapeutic abortion on last Sept. 4,
The women's doctors repeatedly denied her an abortion, claiming that they were only permitted to terminate her pregnancy if her life was in danger, even though Costa Rica permits abortion when a woman’s health is at risk and the woman's health was rapidly deteriorating.
 
After her lawyers exhausted all options, the woman filed an appeal before Costa Rica’s Corte Suprema  last Dec. 17 asking that she be granted an early delivery as the progression of the pregnancy was aggravating her already deteriorated mental health. The court took 36 days to resolve her request — in the meantime she had an emergency caesarian on Dec. 30, a stillborn — and in its judgment the court agreed with the hospital, claiming that when she filed the request there was no threat to her health.

The center said it filed a petition in 2008 before the Inter-American Commission on behalf of   a 26 year-old Costa Rican who was told that she was carrying an fetus without a brain six weeks into her pregnancy. The commission is yet to consider this appeal, the center said.

Abortion is legal in Costa Rica only when the life and health of the pregnant woman is at risk, yet there is a lack of regulations to implement the abortion law, said the center, adding that this makes women subject to the discretion of physicians.


Sunday was a day to dry out, but more rain predicted for tonight
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sunday saw small amounts of rain except in the northern zone as much of the country dried out for two days of being soaked.

The  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad reported that a lane of the Circunvalación between Hatillo and Pavas collapsed because a corrugated pipe underneath the road also failed. The location is at the  Río María Aguilar, said the Consejo. The road agency said that soil tests will be made today to determine a plan to fix the problem. Meanwhile, traffic is restricted but not halted.

San José saw little rain Sunday after 21.4 millimeters from 7 a.m. Saturday. That's .85 of an inch. During the same period, an automatic monitor of the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional registered 28.2 millimeters or about 1.1 inches in Santa Bárbara de Heredia. But the total rainfall throughout the country was far less than the predicted 100 millimeters that was forecasts Thursday. But Upala in the northern zone received 17.8 millimeters Sunday, said the weather institute. That's about .7 of an inch. Hacienda Pinilla in Santa Cruz  received just  6.1 millimeters, slightly less than a quarter of an inch.

In Grecia some residents are trying to salvage what the can from their homes. Reports from there said nine homes had been damages by flooding.  The center of town was flooded Thursday from the heavy rains. Radio 16 in that community published photos of the water.

The weather institute said that there would be possible isolated showers this morning in the south Pacific. Radar shows unsettled conditions offshore. Heavier rains are predicted for the evening in the Pacific, the western part of the Central Valley and the mountains of the Caribbean and northern zone, said the institute.
In the Pacific, the U.S. National Hurricane Center is keeping
an eye on former Tropical Storm Ivo which has degraded into a low pressure area.  The system is off the central Mexican Pacific coast.

Tropical Storm Fernand in moving inland near Veracruz, México, from the Caribbean. It has sustained winds of 50 mph, about 85 kph.


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British researchers develop computer technique to defeat phishing
By the  University of London news service

New technology launched by Royal Holloway, will help protect people from the cyber attack known as phishing, believed to have affected 37.3 million computer users last year, and from online password theft, which rose by 300 percent during 2012 to 2013.

Phishing involves cyber criminals creating fake Web sites that look like real ones and luring users into entering their login details, and sometimes personal and financial information.

In recent months, the Syrian Electronic Army has successfully launched phishing attacks against employees of the Financial Times to enable them to post material to its Web site, and mass attacks were launched within Iran using a fake Google email, shortly before the elections.

Scientists from Royal Holloway have devised a new system called Uni-IDM which will enable people to create electronic identity cards for each Web site they access. These are then securely stored, allowing owners to simply click on the card when they want to log back in, safe in the knowledge that the data will only be sent to the authentic Web site. A key feature of the
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 that offer more secure login systems and present people with a helpful and uniform way of using these.

“We have known for a long time that the username and password system is problematic and very insecure, proving a headache for even the largest Web sites.  LinkedIn was hacked, and over six million stolen user passwords were then posted on a Web site used by Russian cyber criminals. Facebook admitted in 2011 that 600,000 of its user accounts were being compromised every single day,” said Chris Mitchell, a professor from Royal Holloway’s Information Security Group.

“Despite this, username and password remains the dominant technology, and while large corporations have been able to employ more secure methods, attempts to provide homes with similar protection have been unsuccessful, except in a few cases such as online banking. The hope is that our technology will finally make it possible to provide more sophisticated technology to protect all internet users.”

Uni-IDM is also expected to offer a solution for people who will need to access the growing number government services going online, such as tax and benefits claims. The system will provide a secure space for these new users, many of whom may have little experience using the Internet.

 
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Work of dung beetles shown
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Dairy farms and cattle ranches are a major source of greenhouse gases, especially methane. It's primarily released from both ends of cows as they chew their cud, but some is also emitted from their manure. Researchers from the University of Helskinki have found that dung beetles living in these so-called cow patties may reduce those emissions.

Head researcher Tomas Roslin explains that the carbon dioxide in the plants eaten and expelled by cattle is converted to methane in anaerobic conditions. There is not much oxygen in a dense cow patty. However, by tunneling and digging around in the patties, dung beetles aerate them, exposing more surface area to the air, thereby reducing methane production. Carbon dioxide is still released, but it is not as potent as greenhouse gas.

While researchers say the beetles could have a major impact on how carbon escapes from cow pastures, they also raise concerns about the steep declines in many dung beetle species. In an article in the journal PLOS One, they warn that with the growing appetite for meat around the world overall emissions from cattle farming can only increase.



U.S. spied on U.N., reports
leading German newspaper


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A leading German news magazine says the U.S. National Security Agency, NSA, has eavesdropped on the United Nations, penetrating the world body's internal video conference system to decode data.

Der Spiegel, in a report Sunday, linked its latest U.S. spy claim to secret files released by fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The report did not say when the magazine acquired the information, or whether it came directly from Snowden. It alleges the spying took place in mid-2012.

The report quotes an NSA document in which the writer boasts of having gained access to the U.N.'s internal video teleconferencing. Der Spiegel says that within the next three weeks, the number of decoded U.N. documents rose from 12 to 458.

The magazine also quotes NSA documents saying the presence of eavesdropping devices in embassies and consulates should be kept secret at all costs to avoid causing serious damage with the affected countries.

There was no immediate U.S. comment on the Der Spiegel report.

Der Spiegel also says the documents show the NSA at one point discovered Chinese intelligence services spying on the United Nations.

In late June, the magazine touched off controversy when it reported the NSA had placed listening devices inside European Union offices in Washington, Brussels and the United Nations.

That report said the NSA also infiltrated EU computers to monitor telephone conversations, e-mails and other documents.

The revelations prompted telephone talks between President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and an emergency meeting of high-level U.S. and German security officials. French President Francois Hollande and EU Parliament President Martin Schulz also were critical.

Former NSA contractor Snowden fled the United States in June, and then provided troves of classified material about NSA surveillance practices to U.S. and foreign media, including Der Spiegel. He currently resides in Russia, which early this month granted him temporary asylum.

He faces U.S. federal charges of espionage, and the theft and conversion of government property.



New York Times will join
with Guardian on NSA data

 
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Guardian has agreed with the New York Times to give the U.S. newspaper access to some classified documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, both papers said Friday.
   
In a brief story posted on its Web site, the Guardian said it struck a partnership with the Times after the British government threatened the Guardian with legal action unless it either surrendered or destroyed files it received from Snowden about Government Communications Headquarters, Britain's equivalent of NSA.
   
"In a climate of intense pressure from the U.K. government, the Guardian decided to bring in a U.S. partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are working in partnership with the NYT and others to continue reporting these stories," the British newspaper said in a statement.
   
The Times' executive editor, Jill Abramson, confirmed the collaboration.
   
"We don't usually comment on our reporting before publication, but in this case we will make an exception since it is already public. The Times is reporting on material from the Guardian as well as other matters related to Edward Snowden," the Times quoted her as saying.
   
A source familiar with the matter said the partnership deal had been struck several weeks ago and that Ms. Abramson was personally involved in negotiating it.
   
The Web site Buzzfeed reported that Scott Shane, a Times reporter who covers national security and intelligence, was working on a series of stories expected to be published next month jointly with the Guardian.
   
The Guardian said in its story that its partnership with the Times would enable it to "continue exposing mass surveillance by putting the Snowden documents on GCHQ beyond government reach."
   
It said Snowden, who disclosed documents on U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs in June and has obtained asylum in Russia, was aware of the deal.
   
The Guardian's editor, Alan Rusbridger, revealed earlier this week that under the supervision of representatives of GCHQ, Guardian staffers had destroyed computer equipment containing Snowden files after the newspaper was threatened with possible legal action by senior British government officials.
   
Rusbridger said he had put British officials on notice that copies of material which had been destroyed had been sent outside British government jurisdiction.
   
British authorities say they launched a criminal investigation this week following the temporary detention and questioning at London's Heathrow Airport of David Miranda, domestic partner of Glenn Greenwald, a Brazil-based Guardian writer who has led coverage of leaks from Snowden and communicated directly with the former NSA contractor.
   
British officials have said that Snowden's leaks have gravely damaged national security and could put lives in jeopardy if more secrets are disclosed.
   
The Times and the Guardian previously collaborated on stories related to alleged phone hacking by British tabloid newspapers and on coverage of secret U.S. military and diplomatic documents made available by U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning to the WikiLeaks Web site.

 

Thousands gather in D.C.
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50th

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tens of thousands of people have rallied near Washington's Lincoln Memorial, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago. 

Some people cheered and waved banners Saturday as speakers urged them to take up causes ranging from civil and women's rights to immigration reform and ending gun violence.

A host of speakers paid tribute to the civil rights leader who was assassinated nearly five years after delivering his famous speech.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, spoke at the original March on Washington in 1963.  On Saturday, he recalled the hardships that he had endured as an African American fighting for equality.

"I got arrested 40 times during the '60s, beaten and left bloody and unconscious.  But, I am not tired.  I am not weary.  I am not prepared to sit down and give up.  I am ready to fight and to continue to fight," he said.

The large, multi-racial crowd also heard from the wife of another slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers.  Myrlie Evers-Williams questioned if the nation had made progress on racial equality.

"As I look out at the crowd," Ms. Evers-Williams said, "I find myself asking, 'What are we doing today?  Where have we come from?  What has been accomplished?  And, where do we go from this point forward?'" 

Another speaker, U.s. Rep. Steny Hoyer,  a Democrat from Maryland, suggested the United States had moved forward.

"The historic election of President [Barack] Obama testifies to the progress we have made which would not have been possible except for the millions who sacrificed and raised their voices for change," he said.

The King commemoration included African Americans, Asian Americans, immigrants and youth.

Nine-year-old Asean Johnson lobbied for improvements in schools.

"Every child deserves a great education.  Every school deserves equal funding and resources," said Ms. Johnson.

Janet Murguia heads the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights group.  She said Hispanics consider themselves part of King's dream.

"Millions of Latinos were watching that day in 1963.  When we heard Dr. King proclaim, 'I have a dream,' we knew he was talking to us too," said Ms. Murguia.

The son of the slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, III, said some of the causes his father fought for remain troubling issues today.

"Today with 12 percent unemployment rates in the African American community and 38 percent of all children of color in this country living below the level of poverty, we know that the dream is far from being realized," said King.

King said while his father's vision has not been realized fully, he is not going to be dissuaded from pushing for change.

"We ain't going to let nobody turn us around.  We are going to keep on walking.  We are going to keep on talking.  We are going to keep on voting.  We are going to keep on job building,"  he said.

King said if people do their part to advance the cause of freedom at home, in school, on the job and in organizations, then change will come.



Sensitive issues like tobacco
still left hanging in trade talks

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States and 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific have begun a final push to reach a landmark trade deal this year and hope for significant progress by an October meeting of leaders in Bali, the top U.S. trade official said Friday.
 
It's not surprising that at the final stage of negotiation, as negotiators enter the end game, the most sensitive issues are left on the agenda, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters on his way back from a meeting in Brunei with his counterparts involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.
 
“But I was impressed by the dedication, the workmanlike attitude of all the delegations and their commitment to work through these issues in order to achieve a comprehensive, ambitious, high-standard 21st-century agreement,” he said.
 
Froman left open the possibility that the agreement might not eliminate all tariffs between the 12 countries, which include the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
 
He said a Japanese offer to eliminate 85 percent of tariffs was “a good initial step ... toward a comprehensive agreement.”
 
Negotiators in Brunei Friday began their 19th round of talks on the proposed pact following the meeting between Froman and other trade ministers.
 
The United States is under pressure in the talks to eliminate import restrictions on politically-sensitive products like sugar, dairy, footwear and clothing.
 
In exchange, its partners would adopt new rules on digital trade and the operations of state-owned enterprises, and bolster protections for workers and the environment.
 
Froman said the ministers laid out a path for smaller group negotiations leading up to a gathering in Bali in early October, where President Barack Obama will meet with the heads of the other Partnership countries.
 
“It'll be a good opportunity for leaders to get together and ... give direction for any remaining issues to their negotiators,” Froman said.
 
Officials at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a leading business group, said they welcomed the push to finish the talks after more than three years of negotiations.
 
But they warned that the United States should not give ground on priorities like removing barriers to the free flow of digital data across borders, and ensuring that state-owned enterprises operate on a level playing field with private firms, they said.
 
“We just cannot afford to take the easy way out this time,” said Tami Overby, vice president for Asia at the business group. “If the Asia-Pacific is going to live up to the opportunities that we have in front of us, our governments are going to have to roll up their sleeves and do some very hard work.”
 
Froman told reporters the United States had not lowered its hopes for the pact.
 
But he gave few clues how much the Obama administration was willing to dismantle 20th century protections for products like dairy, sugar, footwear and clothing to achieve its goal of negotiating a deal that sets trade rules for this century.
 
Meanwhile, the White House was facing heat this week for a tobacco trade proposal it is making in the talks.
 
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday joined public health advocates in complaining that the proposal was not strong enough to prevent tobacco companies from using the pact to challenge anti-smoking measures in the 12 Partnership countries.
 
On the other side, business groups like the U.S. Chamber and the American Farm Bureau Federation said the plan went too far by explicitly stating that nothing in the pact would bar countries from regulating tobacco for public health reasons, instead of relying on a more general protection for regulations that has been used in trade agreements since 1947.
 
Froman said the proposal strikes “the right balance” between trade and public health interests.
 
He said it makes clear that countries have the right to regulate tobacco for public health reasons and would not establish a precedent that could hurt exports of other U.S. agricultural products.



Colombia peace talks resuming
after rebels changed minds

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombia says it will resume peace talks with the Fuerzas ARmadas Revolucionarias deColombia, or FARC.  

Colombian government lead negotiator Humberto De la Calle said the talks with the rebels will re-open today in Havana. 

"After a meeting, it was carefully noted that the FARC had made the decision to return on Monday at half past eight in the morning to the talks table to continue deliberations as normal," De La Calle said. "Because of that, after noting it, the president has instructed us on the decision to return tomorrow to Havana to continue talks on a search for an end to the conflict."

The negotiations were suspended Friday when FARC said it would need time to study the government's draft bill that would require any peace deal with the guerrillas to be put to a popular vote.

De la Calle defended the referendum, saying that it should be the Colombian people who make the final decision on the agreements reached from the talks.

He said however, that FARC has acknowledged the pain suffered by their victims and the need for reparations.

"The FARC have acknowledged how they have caused pain in Colombia and there is an attitude for reparations to victims.  That is an issue that is very important for us," De La Calle said. "And therefore, after all these considerations, we will return to Havana".

The FARC, the oldest active guerrilla army in the Western Hemisphere, is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union.

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Nicoya views
Maui, 50 years ago!
One acre with all services located on the Nicoya Peninsula at about 2,400 feet below cloud level with the most intriguing panoramic views to the picturesque gulf, mountains and valleys, as well as sunset over the Pacific. 60,000 USD, axelspecial@gmail.com    Cell 8916-5550.
8061-xxxxx

Five bedroom home
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Price reduced $100,000 for quick sale. Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach. The home is completely furnished with U.S. products. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances.  To see more, go to YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/CasaDelSolCostaRica
Asking  $250,000.    Call Gary 8784-2945 or email combrokers@aol.com
88059-xxxx

humming bird nest

Bed & Breakfast for sale and personal home with 2 houses on property of 3/4 acre (3,030 m2) and buildings w/verandas & carport approximately 350 m2. One house at entrance is central to village w/gated parking lot and a 3-bedroom house for rental or employees/family w/carport/yard/gardens. A 50-meter sendero winds to the top among lush gardens where the main house is situated w/2 buildings attached by verandas & stairway to second floor.  There are 2 bedrooms, sala, 4 baths, large kitchen, laundry rooms, work bodega, storage bodega and hot tub on veranda w/tiled shower room.  Home is surrounded by tropical gardens, views of Arenal Volcano, panoramic views of Lake Arenal, private w/school owned property on one side, pasture land on back side and connecting entry gate on other side to Cabinas El Castillo & Fusion Restaurant.  A bird watcher's paradise w/hummingbirds, Montezuma, toucans, butterflies and visits from howler monkeys.  The B&B is listed four consecutive editions of Lonely Planet and the first established B&B in this area.  Photos can be viewed on the Web site: www.hummingbirdnestbb.com.  Make your dream come true with a slice of paradise in a quiet, private setting. Call Ellen Neely at  8835-8711.  Email: nidocolibri@hotmail.com
8058-11/15/13

Liberia farm
Must Sell - Immediately
Guanacaste - Liberia Farm

9 hectares (24 acres)
$ 0.66 cents per square meter
Riverfront property and amazing views of 3 volcanoes
10 minutes from Liberia center
$59,500 plus all legal fees
marinakuperman@gmail.com
347-535-4516
8057-9/14/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Action Alliance to meet Thursday in San Ramón

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Community Action Alliance of Costa Rica in San Ramón plans a meeting Thursday at 11 a.m. to present to members a strategic plan and a new organizational structure that have been developed by the leadership

"We ask that anyone who has been involved in the community, here or elsewhere, or would like to get involved please attend this mixer to help us plot our course moving forward," said Mike Styles.  "We have something special going on, and we need you to ensure the Community Action Alliance remains vital and successful."

Styles has been a driving force of the organization but said that he and his wife are returning to the United States. He asked that those who plan to attend to contact him at  snoop.styles@gmail.com or at 8333-8750. The meeting will be at the Coopenae building in San Ramón.


Agents say suspect built
entire life on fake identity


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents said that a man found a lost wallet at a concert in 2010 and adopted the identity of the owner. The man, now 23, had all the necessary papers, including an identity cédula and driver's license, they said

Agents accuse the man of obtaining credit cards, contracting marriage and recognizing the paternity of a child, all under the assumed name

Although agents did not report it, the suspect is Nicaraguan and might not have had legal residence here,

The owner of the wallet found out what was going on when he received a congratulatory call in March from a credit card company thanking him for his patronage, agents said..

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Entrepreneurs invited to discussions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new Parque La Libertad is more than just an expanse of greenery. The mandate of the park includes helping local business people improve their income.

The park facilities includes a place for training mainly in the themes of cultural entrepreneurship, that is the business of crafts and art.

There are discussions planned four day this week on topics that would interest budding entrepreneurs.

Today the discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. is about registering industrial patents. Tuesday the topic from 5:30 to 8 p.m. is on contracts, and Thursday the topic from 4 to 8 p.m. will be how to do business with the state.

Friday the discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. will address financing an enterprise.

These discussion are are part of a larger effort that is centered at the Eje Mipymes in Parque La Libertad. The Costa Rican government is promoting small and medium-size industries as a way of reducing poverty. That phrase translated to Spanish as pequeños y medianos  empresa, hence the name PYMES.

The discussions are free but registration is sought at  matriculas@parquelalibertad.org. The section of the park where the sessions are held is in Fátima, Desamparados.