free webpage hit counter
Ship to Costa Rica

A.M. Costa Rica
Your daily English-language news source Monday through Friday

 
Hotel and Casino     Playa Vista
Eco Realtors
(506) 2223-1327                          Published Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Vol. 13, No. 170                 Email us
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
Jo Stuart
 
Cascata del Bosco



Circunvalacion
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo
Heavy machines are at work clearing the way. Remains of old pipes are in foreground.
Another collapsed road means new traffic nightmare
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The road agency closed down the westbound lanes of the Circunvalación after morning rush hour Tuesday, and the effect reverberated thought the metro area as motorists tried to find alternate routes. Traffic was snarled in Barrio México, Paseo Colón  and in La Uruca as drivers tried out back streets to reach their destination in the west.

The outer westbound lane collapsed Monday because large corrugated pipes below failed, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. The event was a replay of what happened to the General Cañas highway, Ruta 1, in June 2012.

Officials said Tuesday that they closed the westbound lanes at 10 a.m. for safety. They plan to install bailey bridges over the damages area while repair work goes on underneath. The temporary bridges might not be in place until the weekend.  The construction firm of Hernán Solís is doing the work 24 hours a day, said the ministry.

A 10-minute trip across town Tuesday at evening rush hour took about an hour, due to the congestion.
 A complicating factor was that many motorists are not familiar with the streets in northern San José. There were buses and large trucks, too.

To fix the collapse on the General Cañas, workmen constructed a large concrete vault. The same will have to be done on the Circunvalación after the debris is cleared away and the area is excavated.

Most likely the eastbound lanes also will be diverted so that a new concrete runoff structure can be built under the entire four lanes. The location is along the Río María Aguilar in Hatillo.

The  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that there were three pipes, each three meters in diameter that were involved. Some were simply crushed by a landslide.

The agency estimates that the whole job will take several months.

The corrugated pipes, some several meters in diameter, were put in when the roadways were built. Considering the effects of corrosion, most are likely to fail soon.


Sarchí ox cart workshop to be honored as historic site
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For 90 years workmen at the  Taller de Carretas Eloy Alfaro in Sarchí have been making ox carts.

So the  Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural will honor the facility today as a living historical document.

The ox cart, of course, is the icon of Costa Rica. And the carretas still are made the traditional way today in Sarchí. Among other processes, workmen heat the metal rim so that it expands and can fit over the wooden wheel. When the rim cools, it contracts and holds the wheel secure.

In fact, ox carts have a distinctive sound as the wheels go down the road.

The workshop is being honored as an example of industrial development with the hope that the traditional methods and machinery will be preserved for the future, said the Centro, which is an agency of the Minsterio de Cultura y Juventud.
ox cart wheel
Minsterio de Cultura y Juventud photo
Workman is installing a metal rim to a wheel.

Sarchí is the traditional home of ox cart production, but the cart itself existed as long as there were Europeans in the land. It was in Escazú where an Italian immigrant began creating the intricate designs in the early 20th century that today are standard with the carts.

Travel Freindly insurance

Costa Rica Vacations

As the authority in offering custom all inclusive vacation packages since 1998, with CRV you are in safe hands. Custom wedding, honeymoon and adventure packages are our specialty. Call today and experience travel excellence - 1-800-906-4CRV(4278)- or visit us online at...

COSTARICAVACATIONS.COM

Costa Rica Real Estate

CRREC specializes in Costa Rica real estate for sale including properties, homes, commercial, agricultural and vacation rentals. As Google's top preferred real estate agency, we pride ourselves in our commitment to providing the highest customer service rating in the business. Call today! - 1-888-414-1836 - or visit us online at...

COSTARICAREALESTATE.COM
Find more about Weather in San Jose, CS
Today's colon
exchange rate
HERE!
Subscribe
to our  daily digest

Search  our site
Real estate ads
Classified  ads
Tourism and services
Display ad info
Classified ad info
Contact us
Airline flight i

essentiasls



Hotel Del Rey



Anti-aging


Hotel Sleep Inn and Casino Colonial




Residency in Costa Rica
Croc's

Estetic Dentistry


This would be a most effective location
for your commercial message.
Contact our ad executives for more information.
Ms. Gabriela Vega Barrantes
Mr. Jesús Bermúdez Vargas


rss feed graphic
Twitter link
Facebook graphic
Have you seen our crossword puzzle?
HERE!



Attention, Expats

Prisma

Costa Rica vacations

association
                        of residents

What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
Jo Stuart
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2013 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission.
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for more details


A.M. Costa Rica's  Second news page
San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, Vol. 13, No. 170

Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us



Spprts,em's Lodge

Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.


Dentistry

Dr. Vargas

Dental implants in Costa Rica

Call us: Within C.R.  2225-1189
From USA    1-866-7060-248
Please visit:
 www.dentalimplantsti.com

Or email;
 implantesdentales@ice.co.cr

7989-8/13/13
Dr. Vargas

Dr. Vargas
8065-10/14/13

Marco Cavallini & Associates
Dental Implants and Crowns

Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini has placed and restored
DR. Cavallini
Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini
over 17,000 dental implants since 1980. The Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini Dental Clinic, is recognized as one of the best practices in Dental Reconstruction, Dental Implant placement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica and the World. For more information, visit us today at: marcomunozcavallini.com
7969-5/9/14


Psychotherapy

Lucinda Gray, Ph.D.
California Licensed Psychologist
25 years experience
Dr. KLycinda
                                                  Gray
Lucinda Gray, Ph.D.
   •  Transformational  
           Psychotherapy

   • Depression

   • Anxiety

   • Relationship Issues

   • Fast-Track Meditation

   • Focusing Training


Phone : 2203-4954

www.DrLucindaGray.com
7795-7/15/13

Architects

Organe headline
Architecture-Real Estate-Development

At Architect Orange we are inspired by the visions of each of our clients, and have worked diligently to embody those visions in our work.

We have locations in Atenas (servicing Central Valley/Beach areas)
Arenal (servicing Guanacaste/Nicoya Peninsula)

Contact Information:
 (506) 2694-4712
Website http://www.architectorange.com
Inquires  info@architectorange.com
Arenal office located at Agua Inn Spa

Orange slogan
8043-7/31/14

Real estate agents and services

Clinas del
                                                      Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL
Jim Day, retirement specialist Representing Colinas del Sol del Pacifico, S. A
A fenced and gated project with the ex-pat hortaculturalist in mind. There are 88 clear-title hobby farms with water and electricity.  The layout is designed to provide ample space for your vegetable gardening ands fruit tree projects.
You can see more on our Web site: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
 Libertad, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 15 minutes to Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa
and 20 minutes to Liberia airport.
Please contact Jim Day at JimDay50@aol.com   or    Phone:  001 517 484-3675.
8073-2/26/14

Grecia logo
Grecia Real Estate
Here in Costa Rica, Central America , the most beautiful houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate and safe communities.
Great deals for you!
SEE OUR OFFERS HERE!
Visit our Web site: www.greciarealestate.com
Contact Christian Arce in English:
Cell phone (506) 8309-0173
Contact Luis Arce in English: 
Cell phone (506) 7100 8489
Contact Luis G. Jiménez in Spanish:
Cell phone (506) 8707-4016
Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8067-9/7/13


CR Beach

CR Beach Investment Real Estate
reminds you that Costa Rica’s #1 beachtown,“the new Jacó,” invites you to see the recent changes:  clean paved roads; more bilingual police; more trendy & tipico restaurants; new a/c movie 4plex & new theatrical-conference center; new central park with activities; more bargain priced properties for sale, and lower priced rentals…
Our agents have been here a minimum of 10 years:
 Colin Miller, Frances,  Junior and Owner-Broker Jeff Fisher enjoy helping clients like you find their dream properties.
Let CR Beach show you why we know this is the best area for you to  invest-retire-enjoy!
Special Offer this Week: Best Condo deal in Jacó
Best Home deal in Playa Hermosa: HERE!
Member of the N.A.R., the Costa Rican Real Estate Board CRGAR and the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
www.CRbeach.com    info@crbeach.com
Toll Free: 1-888-782-1119 
Office: 2643-4334, 2643-3672
Located in the heart of Jacó. IL Galeone Center, Jacó, Costa Rica
8017-10/27/13

Residency experts

Residency in Costa Rica
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore —

we know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on
Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.
Pensionado and rentista. Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience. Javier Zavaleta javier@residencyincostarica.com
www.residencyincostarica.com
Tel: (323) 255-6116
7999-9/11/13

Insurance

Project completion specialists

Pacifica
                                                logo
Pacifica living
                                                room
A turnkey home and project completion agency devoted to creative vision and flawless execution. We provide a single, solid and dedicated point of contact for the duration of your real estate project, specializing in:

  • Building completion services
  • Interior design & decoration
  • Custom furniture design & manufacturing.

Our primary goal is to assist our clients with a smooth transition to occupancy while providing highly personalized and distinctive services. We have refined the process to be a hassle free experience, especially valuable for clients who live abroad. We customize to suit each client’s personal taste, lifestyle and budget.
Serving region for 10 years.
We regularly exceed client expectations. We guarantee it.
Email: info@casadelpacifico.com
Cell phone: (506) - 8707-8008
Office phone: (506) - 2288-5644
Web: www.casadelpacifico.com
8070-2/14/13

Legal services

FULLY BILINGUAL ATTORNEY
& NOTARY PUBLIC

Arcelio Hernandez

Official English/Spanish translator and interpreter
Serving the international community  since 2001
Lic. Arcelio Hernandez Mussio, Jr.
With over a decade of experience in the fields of:
Family law, criminal & constitutional law, civil & commercial law

Visit the website at:  CRTitle.com
Email: lawyer@crtitle.com
Cell: 8710-9827
Skype:  hernandez.mussio
Serving the Great Metropolitan Area, Central and South Pacific
scales
Member of the Colegio de Abogados de Costa Rica
Lawyer ID number: 12.358
7923-10/15/13

KEARNEY-LAWSON & Asoc.
Lic.Gregory Kearney Lawson.
Attorneys at Law and real estate brokers
Relocation services, Wedding Planning
Greg Kearney
 
*Investments  *Corporations
*Tax Shelters *Immigration
*Real Estate Sales in Costa Rica
*Name & Product registration
*Business procedures 
*Family and Labor Law
*Locate People   *Private Investigations
  Phone:  7157-9092
 Phone: (506) 2232-1014
7920-10/11/13



Accountants

U.S. Tax International

Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal services
Over 15 years in Costa Rica
(English Spoken)
C.R. 2288-2201   U.S 786-206-9473
FAX: 2231-3300
E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
8000-9/5/13

U.S. Income Tax
David G. Housman Attorney & C.P.A
.
in Costa Rica 32 years.
Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad, including all new passport and other
Goliath
I.R.S.  filling requirements foreign income tax exclusion (to $95,100 per year) for all back years. Taxpayers filling past-due tax returns before I.R.S. notice do not face criminal sanctions
• Associate of James Brohl
Phone: (506) 2239-2005 Fax 2239-2437

E mail: papahound@comcast.net
7667-10/17/12

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  US GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting

Uncle Sam's
                                            hat
• US Tax return preparation  for
individuals and businesses
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds
• Assist with back reporting and other filing issues
• Take advantage of the Foreign
Income Tax Exclusion (up to $
95,100 in 2012}
• Business Consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica
• Accounting for US and International Financial Reporting
• Associate of David Housman

Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com
7410-4/1/13


Costa Rica braces for reaction
to U.S. attack in Mideast

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and wire service reports

As the United States edges closer to military action in the Middle East, Costa Rican exporters and the tourism industry face indirect negative reactions.

In a worse-case scenario, a surprise counter attack by Syria or Iran in the continental United States would freeze the flow of tourists and goods for an indefinite periods.

That is what happened Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Hundreds of tourists were stranded in Costa Rica for five or six days, and there were no incoming tourists from the United States or Canada because the planes were not flying.

Airline flights at Juan Santamaría did not resume until Sept. 16. The economic impact here was devastating.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday there is no doubt that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out last week's chemical attack in Damascus, and must be held accountable. The remarks came as President Barack Obama continues to assess options for a response with key allies.

Although the United States has not released its intelligence summaries that put the blame on Syria, there is no doubt that someone dropped chemical weapons on four Damascus suburbs last week, killing hundreds, including entire families in their homes.

Syria and Iran have threaten to attack Israel if the United States or another western country launches an attack against Syria to punish it for the chemical attack.

Halef al-Muftah, a member of the Syrian Ba'ath national council, and until recently the Syrian propaganda minister's aide, said that Israel would come under fire if Syria was attacked by the United States, according to sources in Israel. The threats from Damascus explicitly echoed ones made by Iran. Hossein Sheikholeslam, the director of the Iranian parliament’s international affairs committee, said that Israel would be the first victim of an attack on Syria and that Damascus would attack Israel with severity, the Israeli source reported.

An attack against Israel, one of the closest allies of the United States, would mushroom the conflict. There is no guarantee that Iran has not already constructed nuclear weapons. And some Russian suitcase bombs have been missing since the Berlin Wall came down.

Some U.S. lawmakers are calling on President Obama to seek congressional approval before authorizing any military strikes in Syria.
 
Although White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president is consulting with House and Senate leaders, he did not say whether Obama will seek authorization from Congress for prospective military actions. Congress is in recess.

Carney said a report from the intelligence community about the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus will be released later this week. He said a careful review of the facts supports the conclusion that the Assad regime was behind the attack, and that a response is in the interests of the U.S. and the world. Chemical warfare is outlawed by international treaty.

The Syrian government denies launching chemical attacks and has blamed rebels fighting to oust Assad.

The Arab League meeting in Cairo is blaming the Assad government for the attack and is demanding that those responsible be put on trial.

British Prime Minister David Cameron instructed parliament to return from its summer recess Thursday. He said any action would be a response to the use of chemical weapons and not intended to draw Western powers further into the Syrian conflict.

French President Francois Hollande says his country is ready to punish those who made the vile decision to gas innocent people. He also promised France will increase its military support to the main Syrian opposition group.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a forceful response if Syria makes any attempt to attack Israel.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denounced the Syrian government's alleged chemical weapon attacks near Damascus as a crime against humanity and said it must not go unanswered.

Obama has not made public the nature of the U.S. response. Observers think that there will be an aircraft or missile attack on Syrians military and governmental installations.

Obama continues to consult with his national security team. He, Biden and others in the administration have been making telephone calls to world leaders.

The United States is Costa Rica's largest market, and exports are mainly perishables. The old saying is that when the United States sneezes, Costa Rica catches a cold. That shows how tightly the economies are woven.

In addition, there has been an effort by Iran to place soldiers and intelligence agents in Central and South America. The extent of this presence is unknown, although Nicaragua has close relations with that Mideast country.

China's state news agency, Xinhua, cautioned against a rush to military action. In a Tuesday commentary, it said the world should remember that the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq followed U.S. allegations that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Those weapons were never found.

Russia, a key Syrian ally, also is warning against Western intervention in Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin Tuesday accused Western powers of behaving in the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade.


Foreign ministers promise
quicker board crossings

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Both Costa Rica and Panamá promised Tuesday to take the necessary steps to guarantee a flow of people and trucks across the border.

The meeting between foreign ministers  Enrique Castillo of Costa Rica and  Fernando Núñez Fábrega of Panamá, came as truckers continue to block the border crossing. Costa Rican truckers are upset with what they say is the treatment they received from the Panamá border police.

Some 600 trucks are tied up at Paso Canoas,

Castillo said that he was prepared to go to the legislature to make needed but unspecified changes.

Truckers periodically block the borders as a way of resolving disputes. The most recent blockade started over the weekend.

Also periodically government officials talk about opening up the border. Some expats have had their problems at Paso Canoas, too, when border agents in Panamá demanded air tickets and other documents. The border crossing is popular with perpetual tourists who leave the country every 90 days.

Have you seen these stories?
From A.M. Costa Rica






























A.M. Costa Rica
users guide

This is a brief users guide to A.M. Costa Rica.

Old pages

Each day someone complains via e-mail that the newspages are from yesterday or the day before. A.M. Costa Rica staffers check every page and every link when the newspaper is made available at 2 a.m. each week day.

So the problem is with the browser in each reader's computer. Particularly when the connection with the server is slow, a computer will look to the latest page in its internal memory and serve up that page.

Readers should refresh the page and, if necessary, dump the cache of their computer, if this problem persists. Readers in Costa Rica have this problem frequently because the local Internet provider has continual problems.


Searching

The A.M. Costa Rica search page has a list of all previous editions by date and a space to search for specific words and phrases. The search will return links to archived pages.


Newspages

A typical edition will consist of a front page and six other newspages. Each of these pages can be reached by links near the top and bottom of the pages.


Classifieds

Classified pages are updated daily. Employment listings are free, as are listings for accommodations wanted, articles for sale and articles wanted. The tourism page and the real estate sales and real estate rentals are updated daily.


Advertising information

A summary of advertising rates and sizes are available for display and classifieds by contacting a sales executive at 2223-1327.


Statistics

A.M. Costa Rica makes its monthly statistics available to advertisers and readers. Advertising executives will be happy to provide a summary via email with no questions asked.


Contacting us

Both the main telephone number and the editor's e-mail address are listed on the front page near the date.


Visiting us

Directions to our office and other data, like bank account numbers are on this PAGE.
 

The daily digest

Editors send out early each morning a summary of the news that is in the newspaper's Web site. Readers can subscribe to the digest HERE!

Digest recipients also can manage their own account via the link that is included each day at the base of  their personal digest.


Want to help?

We like news tips. If something is important to you, it also is important to us. Contact us at


masthead
lost dog
Del
                Rey

Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2013 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details


Tambor


A.M. Costa Rica

Third News Page
 A.M. Costa Rica
advertising reaches
from 12,000 to 14,000
unique visitors
every weekday
in up to 90 countries.

San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, Vol. 13, No. 170
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

San Ramón will host four-day international poetry gathering
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San Ramón will live up to its title as the city of the poets this weekend with participants coming from other countries as well. Four days of activities related to poetry are planned.

The event is the  VI Encuentro Internacional de Poesía “Tierra de Poetas,”  Guest will be from México. Guatemala, El Salvador and elsewhere in Costa Rica.

The inauguration is today at 5:30 p.m. in the San Ramón public library. Thursday students at the Liceo Experimental Bilingüe will experience a recital of native and Afro-Caribbean poets.  At 2 p.m. poet Eulalia Bernard Little, will give a recital in three languages: English, Spanish and  Creole, the informal language of the Caribbean.

Also Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m., members of the Grupo Literario Poiesis will read their works at the Espacio Cultural Carmen Naranjo in recognition of the Feria Internacional del Libro Costa Rica 2013 that is taking place in San José.

Friday at 5 p.m. in the  Centro Cultural e Histórico José
Figueres there will be a discussion among native and Afro-Caribbean poets. Several books will be  presented, and at 8 p.m.  Noemy Paniagua, a local poet, will present her work.

Saturday the  Guías and Scouts of San Ramón will have a 2 p.m. event, and at 7 p.m. the program moves to La Fortuna and the Finca Educativa Don Juan where it concludes Sunday.

All the events are free and open to the public.

The poet gathering has the support from a wide range of organizations, including the  Sistema de Integración Centroamericana and the European Union.

Also participating will be  Floyd Alfredo Harton Blackwood and Dionny Milena Palmer Brown from Limón and  Justo Avelino Torres Layan and Danilo and Albin Obando Ortiz, identified as native poets, said organizers.

Roberto Reséndiz Carmona, Chary Gumeta, Berona Teomitzi and Leticia Herrera. are scheduled to attend from México. Noé Lima y Edgar Alfaro Chaverri. will represent El Salvador, and  Nurya González, is expected from Guatemala, said organizers.


This is a big festival weekend for residents of the Caribbean
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This is a big weekend in Limón. Saturday is the  Día de la Persona Negra y de la Cultura Afrocostarricense, and there will be the annual colorful parade in Limón Centro organized by the  Comité Cívico Cultural Étnico Negro de Limón.

This year the event, known as the XV Festival de la Cultura Negra - Back to our roots, honors the  República de Haití. Activities Thursday and Friday include games and events for youngsters. There also will be educational conferences, exhibitions and concerts. And, of course, there is food and dancing.

There also is a contests for young ladies called  Little Black Beauty.

The parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. from Parque Vargas  to the Black Star Line.

The festival has the support of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. The event always is a big tourist draw.

The black culture in Limón has its roots in the construction of the country's railway and subsequent banana plantations. Black Costa Ricans were second-class citizens for years and were prohibited from coming to the Central Valley. 

Consequently the culture developed in its own unique way.

Puerto Viejo to the south will have its own celebrations. The Third Annual International Cine Festival and the Festival de la Diaspora Africana will begin at 5 p.m. Friday  and continue through Saturday, concluding with Canto America at 10 p.m. The films focus on Caribbean culture and history, and are produced by local and international film makers. Special guests will include actors Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, and Danny Glover.

Friday beginning at 5 p.m., Coconut Restaurant will host a taste-testing and gastronomic demonstration of Caribbean foods from local chefs. This event will repeat at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Cultural activities will begin at El Jardin de la Diaspora, next to Koki Beach bar and restaurant, with live music by the Rumberitos, followed by opening remarks by Maritza Morales, spokeswoman for the Caribbean cultural organization in Puerto Viejo. There will also be speeches by Carol Britton, Alfre Woodward and Delroy Lindo, Two films will be shown: "Documental de Era Verde: Caribe Sur, Costa, Historia y Resistencia" and "Crooklyn."

Saturday, a parade kicks off another evening of films and music. The parade  leaves from the Casa de la Cultura at 4:30 p.m.



U.s. Tax

Del Rey HOtel

You need to see Costa Rican tourism information HERE!

Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2013 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details


Fish Fabulous Costa Rica

A.M. Costa Rica's Fourth News page
San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, Vol. 13, No. 170
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Expanded data base keeps track of the bird species of Central America
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Bird watchers have a new Web site and an extensive data base that gives
Ebird
detailed information on nearly every species.

The Ornithology Laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has expanded the system to include Central America, bird scientists announced Tuesday.

The system is called eBird, and it is designed for the citizen scientist, said Chris Wood of Cornell. Also making the announcement was Oliver Komar of the Universidad de Zamorano in Honduras.

Central America is a hot spot for bird diversity, and the data base has about two million listings for bird sightings in the seven countries, said the
announcement. There are about 1,1600 bird species. Reports of sightings are encouarged.

The data base was was created in 2002, and has a total of 138 million registrations or sightings, including some from the 19th century, Wood said in a release. The system also is bilingual.

The Central American link is HERE!

The Web setup also includes news about birds and announcements of new discoveries, said the release.  Jim Zook, an ornithologist who has been in Costa Rica since 1988, also is part of the team.

In a demonstration online, the Web site shows the range of the scarlet macaw, Ara macao, through last Friday.

The Web site received thousands of updates daily, the site said, and there are historical maps of the macaw's range, including where they are most prevalent today.

 
Vacation, travel and hospitality
Ready For a Vacation to Costa Rica?
VacationsCostaRica.com offers customized, upscale vacations to Costa Rica, planned by our team of in-country travel experts. Call us Toll Free: 1-800-606-1860 or locally in San Jose: 2296-7715.  We also offer trips to Panama, visit: VacationToPanama.com. Are you a fisherman? Our local experts will help arrange fishing trips to Costa Rica, just click HERE!
8036-5/29/14

Mead
                                                  Brown
MEAD BROWN
Rent villas, homes, and condos for your Costa Rica vacation.
Daily housekeeping, WiFi and concierge services included.
Visit us at Costa Rica Vacation Rentals.
7939-11/20/13

Palermo montage
Need to renew your tourist visa? 
Spend 72 hours at Villas de Palermo in a 2-bedroom villa overlooking the bay in San Juan del Sur. Our air-conditioned van will pick you up at the Rivas bus terminal or Peñas Blancas border and transport you to our luxury, ocean view resort. Packages start at $119 per person including 3 nights with breakfast and free local transportation. Call 1-800-734-3402 or email info@villasdepalermo.com to reserve.
8051-9/7/13

Anywhere
Anywhere Costa Rica plans custom vacations, and has the most comprehensive travel services in the country including travel guides, resorts and vacation homes,
Costa Rica tours and car rentals.   Call 1-888.456.3212 or 2479-8811 locally.
7880-3/13/14

The Relocation/Retirement tour with the
 *HIGHEST SUCCESS RATE
OF RELOCATION*

 (as reported by the moving companies)
Visit many rental options to actually experience the price/amenity options available in more of the areas chosen by Expats for security, comfort, and quality of life.
Geroge's view
An evening View
from George’s Puriscal home
Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!
http://www.vimeo.com/5656822

Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money.  Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk
Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.
George Lundquist, retirement, relocation columnist, Guide & Developer/Builder. george@glundquist.com
7897-9/1/13

Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat
Steve and Debbie Legg
Toll Free: 1-888-828-9245       In Costa Rica: (506)-2478-0023 or 8333-6863

Our Vision at Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is to create the perfect blend of Adventure, Discovery and Tranquility for each guest.  Plan an Adventure zooming along a zip line high in the canopy or horseback riding though forests, farms and rivers. Discover the magical wonders of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. Experience Tranquility in one of our cabins tucked in our 26 acres. Located in Monterrey, San Carlos, in the mountains above Fortuna, we enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano and its lava flow. Please see our Web site for more information. www.leavesandlizards.com or e-mail us at leavesandlizards@gmail.com.
7862-8/1/13

Ready For a Vacation to Costa Rica?
VacationsCostaRica.com offers customized, upscale vacations to Costa Rica, planned by our team of in-country travel experts. Call us Toll Free: 1-800-606-1860 or locally in San Jose: 2296-7715.  We also offer trips to Panama, visit: VacationToPanama.com. Are you a fisherman? Our local experts will help arrange fishing trips to Costa Rica, just click HERE!
7697-12/24/1

Ready For a Vacation to Costa Rica?
VacationsCostaRica.com offers customized, upscale vacations to Costa Rica, planned by our team of in-country travel experts. Call us Toll Free: 1-800-606-1860 or locally in San Jose: 2296-7715.  We also offer trips to Panama, visit: VacationToPanama.com. Are you a fisherman? Our local experts will help arrange fishing trips to Costa Rica, just click HERE!
7699-3/4/143

Costa Rica’s #1 Time –Tested Relocation/Retirement Tours
Christopher Howard's Award-winning Combination Relocation/Retirement Tour. NO other retirement tour offers MORE options...MORE areas visited, MORE information, MORE people just like you who have made the move and a LONGER
fact-filled tour for your money. Winner of the 2010 Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the most UNIQUE and OUTSTANDING tour in Latin America. This  is the ONLY relocation/retirement tour really APPROVED with a LEGAL tour guide to operate in Costa Rica by the government’s Institute of Tourism ICT (license number DL-658-2004) in 2004. ALL tours are personally led by Christopher Howard, the author of the perennial best-selling ”New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica,” the MOST read authority on living and 
Christ Howard with Max
retiring in Costa Rica,  and who has personally helped over 10,000 people with ALL BUDGETS relocate SUCCESSFULLY over the last 35 years. CUSTOM TAILOR-MADE TOURS are also available for people with special needs or who can’t take one of our fixed-date tours. ALL tours include EXTENSIVE touring and a highly informative SEMINAR by the country’s most renowned EXPERTS in their respective fields. Also visit: Live in Costa Rica to check out our NEW tour prices and specials.  Customer satisfaction 100% guaranteed! MY REFERENCES.

* Recommended by the Association of Residents of Costa Rica ARCR as part of the new Costa Rica Alliance (made up of the most renowned experts in their respective fields).

* FREE 50% DISCOUNT on the first year's MEMBERSHIP for the Association of Residents of Costa Rica ARCR with these tours
        
*FREE BONUS all people who sign up for the tour receive a FREE copy of the 16th edition of  the bestseller “New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica. At the conclusion of the tour they also receive FREE eBook copies of Christopher Howard’s other one-of-a-kind  bestsellers “Official Guide to Costa Rican Spanish,” “The Official Guide to Real Estate In Costa Rica” and “The Official Guide to Costa Rica’s Legal System for Tontos (dumbells).” Almost 2,000 pages of INVALUABLE material in all!
7962-6/9/13

Howard Spanish cover

NOW YOU CAN SPEAK SPANISH

LIKE A COSTA RICAN
ALL you need to handle most daily situation. ALL of the Tico slang you cannot find in a dictionary. Practical pronunciation exercises to help you lose your Gringo accent. Social situations and everything else you need to know in the #1 Best-selling “Christopher Howard’s Official Guide to Costa Rica Spanish.”  Also see our #1 Web site on Google www.costaricaspanish.net  for FREE Spanish lessons. eBook available through www.costaricabooks.com
7963-6/9/13

Christopher Howard’s Costa Rica Starter Kit!
4 INDISPENSABLE eBOOKS FOR ONLY $39.95        
THE SAME 4  GUIDEBOOKS IN HARDBACK COST  $82.95
costa Rica Starter Kit

    * The 16th edition of the 680-page  “New Golden Door to Retirement
             and Living  in Costa Rica”
    * The 545-page “Official Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica”
    * Speak Spanish like a Costa Rican! “The Official Guide to Costa Rican Spanish”
    * Christopher Howard’s “Official Guide to Costa Rica’s Legal System for Tontos
            (dumbells)”
Purchase through Pay Pal at: www.costaricabooks.com
7964-6/9/13

Ready For a Vacation to Costa Rica?
VacationsCostaRica.com offers customized, upscale vacations to Costa Rica, planned by our team of in-country travel experts. Call us Toll Free: 1-800-606-1860 or locally in San Jose: 2296-7715.  We also offer trips to Panama, visit: VacationToPanama.com. Are you a fisherman? Our local experts will help arrange fishing trips to Costa Rica, just click HERE!
7699-3/4/14

Here's reasonable medical care
Costa Rica's world class medical specialists are at your command. Get the top care for much less than U.S. prices. It is really a great way to spend a vacation. See our list of recommended professionals HERE!amcr-prom


Need a book about Costa Rica?


Check out our special selections available at Amazon logo

HERE!


A.M. Costa Rica
Real estate rentals
Real estate rental agents
Real estate for rent
Business
wanted
Real estate wanted

Real estate rental services (paid category)

See our listing of real estate brokers on the for-sale page.

Real estate for rent (paid category)
COMPLETELY and nicely furnished apartments
apartment view
in San José, and one condo in Escazú. Fast Internet, cable TV, hot water. Large American appliances including washer and dryer. Both convenient locations. No pets. $600 per month. Contact: rentnowcr@gmail.com or call 8555-9819.
8071-9/19/13

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 
tropical
of Costa Rica. We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442.
8054-2/16/14

prime properties
ATTENTION EXPATS:
 
We have many prime properties available for long-term rentals.
Rohrmoser
Escazú
Santa Ana
 

  rentals.sanjose@gmail.com
8072-9/19/13

Lovely cottage on private coffee farm
One spacious bedroom, one bath, office room/spare room with high speed DSL internet, fully equipped kitchen, phone line,
Sarchi cottage
balcony with beautiful view, especially at night with the far off lights of San José. Farm is gated and guarded, private and peaceful, owner on-site. Sarchi is a quiet small town about 30-40 min from the airport, a perfect base to explore from and also get a
feel for normal, day-to-day Tico life. Rental is $575 per month, 3 months minimum. All utilities included. Shorter stays at $45 per night, 2 nights minimum. $225 per week, and $30 per additional night. Sorry, no pets.  Contact jogya345@yahoo.com or 8308-7732.
8026-7/17/13

Barrio Escalante, totally furnished, 1 BR apartment for single, responsible person. $35 daily, weekly rates. Contact 8385-2542, celigar53@gmail.com.
8018-8/24/13

1 bedroom with private bath. Rooms in large, 3.000 sq ft. historical mansion in heart of Barrio Amón.  Prices starting at $350. for long-term. Smoking ok in common areas. Includes electricity, water, commercial kitchen use, laundry, high-speed internet. 7078-6985. More info HERE!
8006-7/14/13

COMPLETELY and nicely furnished apartments
apartment view
in San José, and one condo in Escazú. Fast Internet, cable TV, hot water. Large American appliances including washer and dryer. Both convenient locations. No pets. $600 per month. Contact: rentnowcr@gmail.com or call 8555-9819.
8024-8/18/13

prime
                                    properties
ATTENTION EXPATS:
 
We have many prime properties available for long-term rentals.
Rohrmoser
Escazú
Santa Ana
 

  rentals.sanjose@gmail.com
8025-8/18/13

ALAJUELA – SERENE LIVING
MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.
7968-7/17/13

Beautiful Golfito house for rent in Costa Rica: $300/month
Available now and please see the video!
http://youtu.be/7N5BThdct8s
New construction includes some wooden stairs to the main gate and a small pavilion above the house overlooking the village. The distance to Golfito harbor/downtown is 7 kms and you can get there by car, taxi or bus. The sale price is $72,000 which is negotiable and includes the property lot of 26,000 sq, ft, for more houses. The rent is $300/month, which is very reasonable for those who want to live near sea and Panamá in an inexpensive lifestyle. It was so nice to live near Panamá where people can shop for much lower prices including for groceries. Please contact me at berosyyourlife@hotmail.com for more details. Thank you.
7954-6/8/13
7875-4/11/13



Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2013 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details



A.M. Costa Rica's
Fifth news page
Cat trees
San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, Vol. 13, No. 170
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us







Army major declines to talk
in penalty phase of his trial


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In the punishment phase of the Fort Hood massacre trial at a military base in Texas Tuesday, Major Nidal Hasan rested without presenting witnesses or making a statement.  Last week, Hasan was convicted of murdering 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood on Nov, 5, 2009.  After summation statements Wednesday, the decision on whether to apply the death penalty will be in the hands of the 13-member jury. 

After prosecutors concluded their presentation of witnesses who had lost loved ones or been wounded by Nidal Hasan, they rested their case.  It was then Hasan's turn to either bring forth witnesses or make a statement.  As he has done in other stages of the trial, the defendant, who is serving as his own lawyer, rested his case immediately and said no more.

The presiding judge, Col. Tara Osborn, dismissed the jury and then questioned Hasan thoroughly to make sure he understood the implications of his decision. 

Geoffrey Corn, a former military prosecutor who now teaches at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, says the judge's effort will make a later appeal less likely and ensure that Hasan has voluntarily accepted the risks involved in his decisions.

"Judge Osborn does not have an interest in making sure that the case stands up on appeal. She has an interest in making sure that the defendant is fully appraised of his constitutional and statutory rights and is able to exercise them voluntarily," he said.

By refusing to speak, Hasan gave up his last opportunity to present evidence or any kind of argument to the jury.  Corn says Hasan, motivated by his belief in radical, jihadist Islam, believes murdering 13 people and wounding more than 30 others was justified.

"I think what he is doing is expressing passively his disdain for the army and his disdain for the military justice system, by doing nothing," he said.

Today the prosecution will give its closing summation of the evidence supporting the death penalty for Hasan, rather than life in prison.  At that point, Hasan will have an opportunity to present a closing summation, but since he has presented no evidence, Geoffrey Corn says Hasan most likely will say nothing.

The jury, or panel as it is known in military law, does not have a lot of evidence to go through, as it did in the first phase of the trial, but Corn says the 13 panel members will consider the question carefully.

"There isn't a whole lot of evidence to review, but they have to each, individually decide whether to put a human being to death and, I think, that is a big deal," he said. "I think, morally and legally, it should be hard.  These are people who understand life and death, perhaps better than most of us ever will, because of their profession, and I think they are going to take it very seriously."  

To impose the death penalty in a military capital murder case, the jurors must make a unanimous decision. Corn says he does not expect a very quick decision, but thinks a verdict is likely by late afternoon.


Hackers hit New York Times
Web site and claim Syrian ties

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The New York Times Web site has been hacked for the second time this month, halting online news delivery for several hours Tuesday.

The Times chief information officer Marc Frons issued a statement saying the service disruption was due to "a malicious external attack by the Syrian Electronic Army" or someone trying to appear as that organization.

The Syrian Electronic Army is an online group that supports embattled Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad.

The Times says the hackers may have attacked the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT.

Earlier this month the Syrian Electronic Army took credit for cyber attacks attacks on the Times and the Washington Post through a third-party provider. It has also tried to attack CNN and The Financial Times.

Tuesday the Times published some stories via its Facebook site and kept readers apprised of the situation through the micro-blogging service.



Human thought transfered
to another mind via Internet


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists said Tuesday they have achieved the first human-to-human mind meld with one researcher sending a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motion of a colleague sitting across the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.

The feat is less a conceptual advance than another step in the years-long progress that researchers have made toward brain-computer interfaces, in which electrical signals generated from one brain are translated by a computer into commands that can move a mechanical arm or a computer cursor or, in more and more studies, can affect another brain.

Much of the research has been aimed at helping paralyzed patients regain some power of movement, but bioethicists have raised concerns about more controversial uses.

In February, for instance, scientists led by Duke University Medical Center's Miguel Nicolelis used electronic sensors to capture the thoughts of a rat in a lab in Brazil and sent via Internet to the brain of a rat in the United States. The second rat received the thoughts of the first, mimicking its behavior. And electrical activity in the brain of a monkey at Duke, in North Carolina, recently was sent via the Internet, controlling a robot arm in Japan.

That raised visions of battalions of animal soldiers - or even human ones - whose brains are remotely controlled by others. Some of Duke's brain-computer research, though not this study, received funding from the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

For the new study, funded by the U.S. Army Research Office and other non-military federal agencies, Rajesh Rao, who has studied brain-computer interfaces for more than a decade, sat in his lab on Aug. 12 wearing a cap with electrodes hooked up to an electroencephalography machine, which reads electrical activity in the brain. He is a computer science professor.

He looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game but only mentally. At one point, he imagined moving his right hand to fire a cannon, making sure not to actually move his hand.

The EEG electrodes picked up the brain signals of the "fire cannon!" thought and transmitted them to the other side of the campus.

There, Andrea Stocco of the university's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences was wearing a purple swim cap with a device, called a transcranial magnetic stimulation coil, placed directly over his left motor cortex, which controls the right hand's movement.

When the move-right-hand signal arrived from Rao, Stocco involuntarily moved his right index finger to push the space bar on the keyboard in front of him, as if firing the cannon. He said the feeling of his hand moving involuntarily was like that of a nervous tic.

“It was both exciting and eerie to watch an imagined action from my brain get translated into actual action by another brain,” said Rao.

Other experts suggested the feat was not particularly impressive. It's possible to capture one of the few easy-to-recognize EEG signals and send “a simple shock ...  into the other investigator's head,” said Andrew Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh, who was not part of the research.

Rao agreed that what his colleague jokingly called a Vulcan mind meld reads only simple brain signals, not thoughts, and cannot be used on anyone unknowingly. But it might one day be harnessed to allow an airline pilot on the ground help someone land a plane whose own pilot is incapacitated.

The research has not been published in a scientific journal, something university spokeswoman Doree Armstrong admits is “a bit unusual.” But she said the team knew other researchers are working on this same thing and they felt “time was of the essence.”

Besides, she said, they have a video of the experiment which they felt it could stand on its own.  T



Canadian geologist released
by Colombian rebel group


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombia's Ejército de Liberación Nacional rebels freed a Canadian geologist they had held captive for seven months Tuesday, meeting one of the demands by President Juan Manuel Santos to enable the start of peace talks with the insurgent group.

Jernoc Wobert was seized Jan. 18 in northern Bolivar province along with two Peruvian and three Colombian miners contracted by the Toronto-based Braeval Mining gold mining company. His colleagues were later freed by the leftist, the smaller of two rebel groups fighting the government for almost five decades.

Wobert was released in a rural area to a mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross and has been examined by a doctor, said Red Cross spokesman Jordi Raich in a statement.

Santos has conditioned any peace talks with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional on freeing Wobert and all other captives it holds in the nation's jungles. Rebel leaders have expressed interest in starting peace negotiations similar to those currently under way with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia

It is not known how many hostages the group holds.

“We hope that this effort contributes to a healthy exchange and support for peace in Colombia,” Nicolas Rodriguez said in a video posted on the rebel web site. He said the release was a humanitarian gesture. He is the presumed leader.

The Ejército de Liberación Nacional, which is against mining by foreign companies in Colombia, pledged to free Wobert after Toronto-based Braeval said last month it would no longer mine in the area where he was kidnapped. The company did not link the decision to Wobert's capture.

Efforts to rid Colombia of its reputation as one of the most dangerous places to do business has led to a rush of investment into areas that were once off-limits.

Colombia, a nation of 47 million people, has attracted record foreign direct investment in recent years as troops push the guerrilla groups deeper into inhospitable jungles.

While oil and mining companies have been able to work in more remote and dangerous areas in recent years, the risk to employees continues. Both the Ejército de Liberación Nacional and the Fuerzas ARmadas Revolucionarias  have stepped up attacks on the infrastructure this year, hitting oil pipelines and power lines repeatedly.

The Ejército de Liberación Nacional has battled a dozen governments since it was founded in 1964 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.

Inspired by the Cuban revolution and established by radical Catholic priests, the Ejército de Liberación Nacional was close to disappearing in the 1970s but gradually regained strength. By 2002 it had as many as 5,000 fighters, financed by war taxes levied on landowners and oil companies.

The Ejército de Liberación Nacional is now believed to have about 3,000 fighters. It has sought peace before, holding talks with the Colombian government in Cuba and Venezuela between 2002 and 2007. Experts say there was a lack of will on both sides to agree a final peace plan.


planter
Voice of America photo
This is the hand planter being tested.


Breaking tools helps farmers
in underdeveloped areas

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Jelle Van Loon breaks tools for a living.

At the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center outside Mexico City, the shaggy-sideburned engineer strikes the ground with a V-shaped, waist-high planting tool.

Its metal tip pierces the soil. He closes the sides of the V and the planter deposits a seed and a small dose of fertilizer into the earth.

Lift. Strike. Repeat. Van Loon says for a typical developing-world farmer who plants and fertilizes a couple hectares of land by hand, this tool could save days of work.

And by delivering just the right amount of seed and fertilizer, it can save money, too.

There’s one problem. It broke.

“We put our strongest guy on it and we let him work it.” He was “over-enthusiastic,” Van Loon said, and broke the chain connecting the two sides of the V.

What’s more, the wood swelled in Mexico’s tropical downpours, and some of the parts rusted.

“Which is a good thing,” Van Loon said, because by seeing tools break in real-world conditions, his team knows what it needs to improve before this planter will work for farmers here.

Researchers around the world are working to build simple machines that will save small-scale farmers time, money and effort.

The challenge is to make those tools both affordable and durable for farmers who don’t have much money to invest.

Van Loon is well suited for the job. His background is in rural development, but in his spare time he tinkers with cars and motorcycles.

His latest project has been fixing up his Kawasaki 650 motorcycle.

“It’s making a lot of noise, waking people up in the morning here,” he said with a laugh. “It’s great for the potholes on Mexican roads.”

Applying his gearhead instincts to farm tools, he put a stronger chain on the hand planter and found wood that didn’t swell so much in the rain. He’s testing a new model.

The prototype cost about $200 to make, though the mass-produced product will cost significantly less.

But Van Loon said it would be a worthwhile investment.

“The acquiring cost is a little bit higher, maybe, at first, but the return on investment is higher because inputs are lower,” he said. Seed and fertilizer are expensive, Van Loon noted, and “if you can lower the amount of seed you use, this is what you’re going to feel in your pocket.”

Under a corrugated metal roof at the center's headquarters, Van Loon showed off a row of prototype hand tools, animal-drawn planters, and equipment pulled behind small engines.

They’re all being tested and tweaked to adapt them to different environments and types of farming, while keeping them affordable.

For example, an off-the-shelf toothbrush installed in one of the larger machines sweeps out the planting mechanism to ensure only one expensive seed is planted at a time.

Agronomist Bill Raun is also wrestling with a prototype hand planter at Oklahoma State University. He and his colleagues are trying to design a $50 tool that will reliably plant exactly one seed per strike, over and over, for a decade.

“We want a unit that will plant 100,000 seeds per hectare for 10 years. So, that’s a million seeds. So, we want 1 million cycles with no failure,” he explained.

They have not reached that level of reliability yet. “We’re getting there,” he said. “But it has been a challenge.”

When it’s ready, he’s working with a major farm machinery company to make the tool available to farmers around the developing world for about $10, with the rest of the cost subsidized by grants or other funding.

It’s being tested out in El Salvador, Guatemala, Zambia and Kenya.

Raun hopes another six months or so of testing will produce the reliable product he is looking for.
 




Real estate-related services (paid category)


Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


Swimming pool at night
A Buyer’s Broker offering the best
of Costa Rica Real Estate.

For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 2228-5961 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8016-9/10/13

Re/Max, the Pacific coast expert
Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
7949-11/15/13

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
Moran logo
7922-10/15/13

The #1 Authority in Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rica real estate
Since 1996, CRREC has been providing the most valuable resource for discovering real estate in Costa Rica. Our Costa Rica properties database contains some of the most exclusive and hard to find properties in the country. Not to mention how affordable some of our Costa Rica homes for sale are. So if you're in the market for Costa Rica real estate then we encourage you to
visit our Costa Rica MLS and discover for yourself why people call CRREC the #1 authority in Costa Rica real estate.
Call Today @ 506-2654-5507 (Costa Rica) or 1-888-414-1836 (Toll-Free) Email: info@costaricarealestate.com
7721-4/29/13



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.
Grecia estate
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
Sarchi home
Modern three-bedroon home in San Rafael de Sarchí. Cick HERE!
 Great deals for you!
SEE OUR OFFERS HERE
Visit our Web Site:
 www.greciarealestate.com
 English: (Cristian Arce)
English:  (Luis Arce)
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)

   (506) 8309-0173
   (506) 7100-8489
   (506) 8707-4016

  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8068-11/9/13
Bargain

Real estate for sale (paid category)


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:

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

For more details go to:
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

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Business for sale or lease (paid category)7115-12/16/11


Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Some of our other titles:
A.M. Panama
A.M. Colombia
A.M. Guatemala
A.M. Honduras
A.M. Cuba
A.M. Nicaragua
A.M. Venezuela
A.M. Central America
A.M.
Dominican Republic

A.M. Ecuador A.M. San Salvador
A.M. Bolivia

Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2013 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details


A.M. Costa Rica's
sixth news page


San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, Vol. 13, No. 170
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

News from the BBC up to the minute
















BBC news feeds are disabled on archived pages.













Latin news from the BBC up to the minute























Arsenic linked to problems
with lungs and breathing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
and the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Arsenic has been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease and cognitive deficits. A new study confirms that even low exposure to the toxic element in drinking water can impair lung function. And smoking makes the damage worse.

An area in Costa Rica centered on Bagaces has been found to have high levels of arsenic in the drinking water. The water company, the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados is working to develop some sort of filter.

The study was part of a long-term project conducted in Bangladesh, where nearly half the population - some 77 million people - live in areas where groundwater wells contain harmful amounts of arsenic.

Over five years, researchers tested the lung function of 950 individuals who came to their clinic with respiratory symptoms. Then, they correlated that with the patients' arsenic levels. The results, reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, show that the severity of arsenic's effects depend on the dose.

Patients exposed to less than twice the dose considered safe had no detectable arsenic-related loss of function. Those with up to 10 times the safe dose showed just a slight decrease in their breathing function. However, patients exposed to arsenic levels higher than that had a significant loss of lung function - comparable to decades of smoking tobacco - putting them at increased risk of developing serious respiratory disease.

In Guanacaste, investigators are seeking the cause of a string of kidney failures among male agricultural workers. Arsenic has been considered.

Costa Rican News
AMCostaRicaArchives.com
Retire NOW in Costa Rica
CostaRicaReport.com

Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2013 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details


From Page 7:

Innovative facelift technique presented

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Silhouette Lift, a technique for surgeons to do a facelift without invasive surgery, received a demonstration Tuesday.

The technique involves putting fine threads into the skin and attaching the threads to the interior skin with small cones. Then by pulling the threats, the face or other part of the body can be rejuvenated, the presenters said.

The technique is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is patented by Al Kolster, who had been involved in the manufacturing of the first generation of suspension sutures, which were using barbs to lift and suspend tissue.

The company said that Kolster realized rapidly that the barbed sutures had flaws, both in safety and efficiency.

With the new system a one-time procedure takes just 60 to 90 minutes under local anesthesia, the firm said.

Silhouette Lift is not offering treatments to the public. The firm is marketing the concept to surgeons here.

A unique aspect is that the tiny threads can be tightened again years in the future to provide a facelift update. The technique is appropriate for browlift, necklift and buttock lift, the company said. And it can be combined with other beauty enhancement procedures.

In Costa Rica, the international trainer is Gustavo Leibaschoff, a physician educated in Argentine and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.