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How essential is the new logo to promote country?
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Several readers have reported that they have trouble understanding the script letters of the country's new logo.

This is the Esencial Costa Rica slogan reported Wednesday. One reader said he thought the initial letter was a g, so he had trouble understanding what was meant.

The slogan and logo were developed over the last five years with extensive sampling of the public in many countries by companies that are well-recognized in their professions.

Still, the logo appears to have been designed to send three messages at once. For the tourism trade, the idea is to attract visitors. But the commerce ministry also hopes that the new graphic will be a sign of product quality.

And others want the logo to promote innovation and the country's educated and competent citizens for foreign investment purposes.

These three points are made very clear in a video that also was released Wednesday. It is available HERE!  The video appears to be trying to be all things to all people. There are toucans and surfers, but there also are coffee tasters, office and industrial scenes and the Alajuela statute of Juan Santamaría, which is not the country's most recognizable feature.

Discussion on the new symbol would be mainly academic if the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior and other promotional agencies were not going to incorporate it so much into their activities. After all, individuals who give birth to an idea usually are the last to let go of it even if it proves to perform less than expected.
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The future of Costa Rican tourism may hang on this graphic.

So what does Esencial Costa Rica or the English Essential Costa Rica say to the potential tourist? What does it say to expats? Editors would like to know, and they welcome your opinions. Send your opinions to editor@amcostarica.com

By way of comparison, an A.M. Costa Rica editor created a more direct pitch to potential tourists. There is no script text, and the toucan may be overdone, but at least it is not a sloth. Instead of five years, this effort took about five minutes. As the marketing text asks: Which one pulls best.  Editors await your response.


Centro Cultural to be refuge for U.S. soccer fans
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A little nervous about watching the U.S.-Costa Rica soccer game Friday night among Ticos who still are fuming about the big loss in the Denver snowbowl?

Well, the Centro Cultural Costarricense  Norteamericano will show the game to what is expected to be a friendly crowd. Admission is just 1,000 colons a person, about $2. The Centro promises a big screen in the Teatro Eugene O'Neill at its Los Yoses facilities.

Reservations are asked at 2207-7594. The game begins at 6:30 p.m, and there is little likelihood of blizzard conditions at the Estadio Nacional in Sabana Norte as there was during the last encounter between the two teams.

The admission fees will go to the  2014 National Conference for Teachers of English, said the U.S. Embassy, which posted the notice on its Web site.

Many Costa Ricans attribute the loss last March in Commerce City, Colorado, to a bad decision by game officials to avoid stopping the match because of heavy snow. Commentators and fans have been livid since.

The Fuerza Pública said that 400 officers will be  on the job at game time along with drug-sniffing dogs. There also will be a large number of private security guards.

Police will close off the stadium at 10 a.m. Friday to avoid any incidents.  Juan José Andrade, the director of the Fuerza Pública, said that police had confidence in the education and pacifism of Costa Ricans.

That does not appear to be the mood on the street, and some fans are promising protests or more direct action.  Andrade is not taking any chances and has enlisted the aid of the Cuerpo de Bomberos, the Cruz Roja and the Ministerio de
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Salud, as well as the U.S. Embassy, according to a summary of police plans released Wednesday.

There even will be at least 20 mounted police, too. And officers will maintain security long after the game has ended, Andrade said.

Still, it would be an unwise Gringo to taunt Tico fans with a big display of the U.S. colors. Equally unwise might be dropping by the local bar to root for the U.S. team.

Such will not be the case at the Centro Cultural, and the announcement promised that food would be available. The Centro staff is likely to frown on beer coolers.

The game last March 22 was unusual for a soccer match. The officials said they continued the game because both teams had other matches a few days later.

Both Costa Rica and the U.S. team appear to be headed to the World Cup in Brazil next year, but the U.S. still is in the lead in the standings.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents detained another traffic policeman Wednesday and said he scammed a bribe of a cell telephone from a motorist.

The case began with a vehicle collision in Santa Ana Friday, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. One of the drivers in the mishap was approached by a traffic officer who threatened to write a ticket carrying a high fine.  Once the officer learned that the motorist ran a cell telephone shop, he made an offer to accept a cell phone in exchange for not writing a traffic ticket, said agents.

Agents detained the 50-year-old suspect at a Guadalupe cell telephone store where he was alleged to be picking up the telephone as a bribe. The motorist had contacted agents.

Truck at border crossing
carried hidden alcohol

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tax police found 75,000 containers of rum and Coke in a truck at the Paso Canoas border crossing, they said.

The truck was supposed to be carrying electric appliances, including mixers, irons, blenders, microwaves, washers and kitchen ranges, said police. But the amount of the appliances was overstated, they said.
 
Tax police confiscated the entire load as well as the truck, they said.  The truck was headed to Alajuela, they added.

Immigration holds woman
for fake permit paperwork

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Immigration agents picked up a woman in Limón on the allegation that she used false documents to get a job on a banana plantation.

The woman, a Nicaraguan, appears to have obtained the job by showing a document that purported to say that she had applied for a work permit. Agents of the  Policía Profesional de Migración said there was no record of an application.

More bad bills circulating,
police determine with arrests


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fake 10,000-colon and 5,000-colon bills are in circulation.

The Fuerza Pública detained a man and a woman in Esparza where they tried to pay for merchandise with fake bills, said police.

The couple had more than 100,000 colons in fake bills in their possession, said police. The couple came from Limón, they said. Esparza is near Puntarenas on the Pacific coast.

The new bills have a number of security features that make it very difficult to fake a  good copy.


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One of the works that is being exhibited.

Delicate sewing jobs contrasted
with imprints on hard clay

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An exhibit of ceramics that honor women who work with thread opens tonight at 7 o'clock in the La Sabana facility of Alianza Francesa.

The artist is  Ligia Sancho, who is displaying 30 of her works.  The title of the exhibit is  Hilos de Arcilla, "Threads of Clay," that the organization said honors those women who are seamstresses and similar.

The artist is juxtaposing the work, which is delicate, with a material that is rigid and strong, said and announcement.

The works are clay that have been impressed with a design and then fired.

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The Inter-American Investment Corp. has awarded 50 scholarships to train prospective energy auditors in Central America under its GREENPYME initiative.

The scholarship recipients underwent intensive training in a 48-hour course on theory and practice and gained first-hand experience in energy auditing. They also acquired skills for advising projects that promote energy saving.

In each country, the engineers who had been trained performed an energy audit of a business and issued recommendations to boost its energy efficiency and make it more competitive. The training was conducted in June and July in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

“The GREENPYME scholarship program offers engineers seeking energy-efficiency training an excellent opportunity to help small and medium-sized enterprises adopt better energy practices," noted Jorge Roldán, chief of the corporation's Technical Assistance and Strategic Partnerships Division. "The participants increased their knowledge and applied it to an actual case. They also gained an understanding of the new challenges and professional opportunities in the field of energy efficiency.”

GREENPYME encourages small businesses to make more efficient and sustainable use of energy resources and promotes renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean, said the corporation. The initiative provides training, technical advisory services, and energy audits, helping companies implement cleaner technologies and adopt good energy‑efficiency practices for greater competitiveness and sustainability.

The corporation,  a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, promotes private-sector development in Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.


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Historic characters will give museum visitors their truths
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Truth is in the pen of whoever writes the history books, it seems, but various versions of the truth will be available until Oct. 5 at the Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría in Alajuela. The museum is opening its permanent exhibit  Caminos de Libertad and will present visitors with characters from the 1856 Campaña Nacional .

That was when a Costa Rican army entered Nicaragua and ended the regional ambitions of William Walker, the U.S. filibusterer.

An announcement from the museum said that visitors will have guided tours of the exhibit by none other than Walker himself, Juan Rafael Mora Porras, the Costa Rican president who led the troops to victory, and a simple solder and a woman who was caught up in the fighting. Ronald Álvarez, the artistic producer of the museum, said that visitors will have four versions of what happened in that year because the production does not point out the guilty or the villains.

The guided visits take about 35 minutes, said the museum, and are free. The encounter with history is available Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Fridays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Visitors probably should confirm the times by calling Álvarez  at 8363-4892 / 8315-7873.
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Another temporary bridge going up on Circunvalación site
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The third temporary bridge is in place at the Circunvalación washout, and the  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad hopes to get the four lanes of the road using bridges by Friday.

The first two temporary bridges are in use, each carrying a single lane. The third bridge is in place, but site work still is needed to create ramps to the structure.

The progress of the work depends a lot on the weather, There were periodic heavy rains in the area again Wednesday, but the road agency said that the sections for the fourth bridge already are on site.
These are the bailey bridges that can be erected in a few days.

The road agency is called for slow speeds on the bridges and a weight limit. Officials remember what happened on the General Cañas highway at a similar washout when a huge crane tried to cross a bailey bridge. The maximum will be 40 tons, said the agency.

The washout site is between Hatillo 8 and the Pavas turnoff. The Río María Aguilar has eroded the soil below the highway.

The Circunvalación is a bypass route south of the San José city center. The situation is important because obstructions on the Circunvalación have impact on highways all over the city.


Nation leads the pack in penetration of cell telephones
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica had a cell phone penetration of 116 percent in 2012, according to the  Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones. That is due to the activation of 2.2 million cell lines between 2010 and last year, the agency said.

This percentage is greater than any other Latin country. Colombia has a penetration of 103 percent. México is at 87 percent. The United States has a 98 percent penetration.
Some of the development in Costa Rica is due to the opening of the wireless telephone market under the Free Trade Treaty with the United States. The treaty broke the monopoly of the state telephone company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The new arrivals seem to have installed points of sale in every block.

The telecom agency in its first full report also noted that telephones from computers had grown to 18,144 subscribers in 2012.

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Uruguayan architect creates a London building that is really cooking
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new London skyscraper that reflects sunlight at an intensity capable of melting parts of a car has became the latest attraction in the city's financial district as the developers acted to find a quick fix.
 
The glass-clad tower, dubbed the Walkie Talkie for its distinctive flared shape, was blamed this week for warping the wing mirror, panels and badge on a Jaguar car parked on the street below the 37-story building that is under construction.
 
Business owners opposite 20 Fenchurch St. pointed to sun damage on paintwork on the front of their premises and carpet burns. TV crews fried an egg in the sun beam reflected from a concave wall of the tower watched by bemused spectators.
 
“I thought it was hot in Turkey but this is amazing,” said Ali Akay, manager of the Re-Style men's barber shop opposite the skyscraper. “The developers have promised to sort this out.”
 
Motorist Martin Lindsay said he left his car for an hour opposite the building and returned to find the wing mirror, panels and Jaguar badge had “melted”.
 
“You can't believe something like this would happen,” said Lindsay who
 
received compensation for the damage from the developers. “They've got to do something about it.”
 
Three parking bays were closed off opposite the 239-million-pound ($371 million) tower to avoid more damage, as a steady stream of spectators observed and photographed the building.
 
“When you talk about a meltdown in the city, this is not quite what you expect,” said restaurant manager Simon Lamont. “It's not even open yet and it's notorious. They'll have to rename it the Sun Trap rather than the Walkie Talkie.”
 
The building's developers, the Canary Wharf Group which is majority-owned by Songbird Estates and Land Securities, said they would erect temporary scaffolding at street level within the next day to block the beams of light that last for about two hours a day due to the sun's current elevation.

“This solution should minimize the impact on the local area over the next 2-3 weeks, after which time the phenomenon is expected to have disappeared,” they said in a statement.
 
The architect is Uruguayan-born Rafael Vinoly and the building's concave design means developers can squeeze more money from its larger upper floors, where the views over London promise to be magnificent and rents are higher.

 
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Scientists predicts more fires
in a warmer, future world


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A warmer planet is helping to fuel more wildfires in the United States, according to a new study.

Environmental scientists at Harvard University predict that by 2050, wildfire seasons will be three weeks longer, up to twice as smoky, and will burn a wider area in the western part of the country.   
   
Fires in the Western United States have gotten worse since the 1970s. Scientists at Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences looked at past weather conditions and wildfires to find out why.
 
“In some regions, like the Rocky Mountains, really temperature is the driving force, but elsewhere variables like relative humidity can play a role," said Loretta Mickley, an atmospheric chemist and co-author of the study. "If one year is particularly moist, for example, in the Great Basin, Nevada, Utah area, then that will foster a lot of vegetation growth and then the following year all that vegetation can feed wildfires and their spread.”

The scientists then turned to a suite of 15 climate models based on the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the leading international body for the assessment of global warming. On average, the models predicted increases between 2 and 2.5 degrees Celsius by 2050.

“The finding for rainfall, which can diminish fire activity, and for relative humidity, we found only small changes, with some models predicting small increases and some models predicting small decreases in those variables," Ms. Mickley said. "So we found as in the past, temperature is really driving the changes that we predict for the future.” 

The calculations suggest the probability of large wildfires would increase by factors of two or three, and that by 2050, the more than four-month fire season would be three weeks longer. 

“If we just look at one month in the future for example, the area burned in the very forested Rockies could quadruple," Mickley said. "If we look at the whole fire season, we see increases more on the order of say 20 or 30 percent to 100 percent.”

While air quality in the United States has greatly improved in recent decades in response to federal laws, Ms. Mickley says air pollution is an unexpected consequence of longer lasting, widespread wildfires.    

“These increases in wildfires could totally disrupt our efforts to clean the air," she said. "Last weekend, there was an area the size of some states in the eastern U.S. blanketed with unhealthy air over California and Nevada. And we call this increase in smoke an important climate penalty on air quality.” 

That penalty would be air that is twice as smoky as it is today.  These findings, Ms. Mickley says, underscore the need for better forest management.  But also she adds, they send a signal to policy makers and the public to reduce fossil fuel emissions that are warming the planet.


2016 Mars landing locations
narrowed to four by NASA

 
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has narrowed down to four locations  the potential landing sites for a 2016 mission to Mars.

Twenty-two sites were originally considered for the mission, which the scientists are calling the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport  lander, InSight for short. It is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars six months later.

Scientists will focus two of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter cameras on the chosen four sites in the coming months to make a final decision between them. All four spots lie near each other on an equatorial plane in an area of Mars called Elysium Planitia.

NASA hopes the InSight lander will provide information on how Mars was formed, which also could provide a better understanding of how the rocky planets of the Solar System, including Earth, formed.

Unlike other missions, the main factor in determining the 2016 landing site is safety, meaning the sites should have a smooth terrain, few rocks and very little slope.

"This mission's science goals are not related to any specific location on Mars because we're studying the planet as a whole, down to its core," said Bruce Banerdt, InSight’s principal investigator at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a statement. "Mission safety and survival are what drive our criteria for a landing site."

Each of the four sites is an ellipse measuring 130 kilometers from east to west and 27 kilometers from north to south. NASA says the InSight will have a 99 percent chance of landing within the chosen ellipse.

Elysium Planitia meets the requirements for InSight because it is close to the equator, so that the spacecraft’s solar array will be able to provide power all year. Also the areas are all low enough to allow the landing craft to decelerate more completely before landing.

The only other two areas of Mars meeting the requirements of being near the equator at low elevation, Isidis Planitia and Valles Marineris, were said to be too rocky and windy. Valles Marineris also lacks any swath of flat ground large enough for a safe landing.

Another requirement is that InSight needs to land on ground that allows the lander to deploy a heat-flow probe that will hammer itself several meters into the Martian surface to monitor heat coming from the planet’s interior.

In order to ensure there no hard rocks that might block the probe, scientists studied Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images of large rocks near Martian craters formed by asteroid impacts. Impacts excavate rocks from the subsurface, so by looking in the area surrounding craters, the scientists can tell if the subsurface would have probe-blocking rocks lurking beneath the soil surface.


Charity and emergency rooms
handling more U.S. dental care


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Emily Bratcher, 4, is having a cavity filled.

And as uncomfortable as getting a tooth drilled might be, she’s lucky to be sitting in Rhonda Switzer's dentist chair at all.

Last year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Tennessee 47th among the 50 states for dental care. The Centers said the number of Tennessee residents visiting a dentist routinely is on the decline.

Working but poor families like Emily’s have the hardest time accessing dental care. They make too much money to qualify for government aid but too little to pay for the care at market rates.

So Emily and her sister are being treated at the Interfaith Dental Clinic, a medical charity operated by a faith-based ministry. It can be especially important for people struggling to find or keep a job to have good oral health.

“Unfortunately, our society looks at people’s weight, their dialect, and their teeth in making decisions like, is that person educated or employable,” said Ms. Switzer, the executive director.

And just as unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse. The Pew Research Center released a study earlier this year that indicates the U.S. has a severe shortage of dentists.

More than half of those currently in practice are nearing retirement. Even more alarming, a growing number of Americans are showing up at hospital emergency rooms looking for dental care.

“This is the canary in the coal mine. This is the symptom that tells you we have a broken dental delivery system,” said Shelly Gehshan, director of the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign. “We don’t have enough dentists. We don’t have enough clinics. We don’t have enough dental insurance. We don’t have enough financing in the system. We don’t have enough prevention. It’s a neglected area.”

Ms. Gehshan says the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform initiative, will, in theory, extend dental coverage to every child in the nation, but she says the poorest of those children may still have trouble accessing care.

“They need help with transportation, or translation, or child care, and most dental care is provided by private dentists and they’re not set up to provide those extra services,” she said.

Ms. Gehshan says non-profit clinics like Ms. Switzer’s facility are better equipped to address those needs, but charitable operations are rare. She says one possible solution some states are exploring is introducing what she calls mid-level dental practitioners. Currently, only fully accredited doctors are allowed to practice dentistry in the U.S.

“In other countries there are other more different types of providers. So they have dental hygienists with extra training, or dental therapists, or people with both types of training," Ms. Gehshan said.

Little Emily Bratcher’s mother, Deborah, is not really interested in the politics of health care. She just wants her daughters to see a dentist regularly, and she’s a little angry it is not happening now.

“It’s just upsetting, because I don’t want my children to go through life having bad teeth, because I can’t afford $3,000 for dental work every other month or something,” Ms. Bratcher said.

The Pew Center’s Ms. Gehshan notes that the Affordable Care Act does not mandate dental coverage for adults, meaning millions of Americans will continue to struggle to maintain good oral health.


Out of Africa theory seems
to be accurate for TB, too

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The origins of humans have been traced to Africa. And now, so have the origins of tuberculosis. New research shows the evolutionary trees of both humans and TB have grown side-by-side.

TB bacteria originated in Africa at least 70,000 years ago. That’s the finding of a team of researchers led by Sebastien Gagneaux of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. But why study the history of TB?

“At the end of the day, it’s a certain kind of historic question and there have been long discussions about where TB came from originally," Gagneaux said,. "That’s on the one hand. On the other hand, the idea is that by learning from the past and how infectious disease evolves over time, this potentially could give us some clue about the future of the TB epidemic.”

To trace the origins of TB researchers relied on genetic material, which is relatively easy to come by.

“The trick is to use the genomic information that we can get from bacteria living today. That’s an approach which has been used for all kinds of other organisms, including humans, themselves. So we actually are learning a lot from what people are doing with human genetics,” he said.

Gagneaux said that the evolutionary trees of humans and TB probably did more than just grow side by side.

“I think that’s a nice way to put it. Maybe you can even say one inside the other. Imagine where the TB bacteria live, which is actually inside of human bodies. Yes, side by side, or one inside the other.”

Humans have bacteria on them and in them all the time. In fact, they help keep them alive. Researchers are trying to determine if tuberculosis bacteria were always harmful to humans.

“That’s also something that we’re trying to address in this work because there’s this striking feature in tuberculosis, which is this phenomena called latency – so-called latent infection -- meaning that people can carry these bacteria. So they’re actually infected without having any symptoms of disease. This latency period can last for several decades. Most of the people, who are actually carrying these bacteria, will actually never develop so-called active tuberculosis,” he said.

Studies are trying to determine why only 5 to 10 percent of the estimated two billion people infected with the bacteria actually come down with active tuberculosis.

Another question is whether the bacteria were at one time beneficial to humans?

“Obviously, there seems to be something special about these five to ten percent of people who are coming down. Maybe that’s just bad luck. We know there are obvious very strong risk factors, such as HIV co-infection or malnutrition. Diabetes is also a factor, which can increase your risk of developing active tuberculosis once you have been infected. But again this idea that maybe carrying these bacteria in this latent form could potentially be beneficial because it might protect against other diseases. Again, that’s a very provocative hypothesis, which we, however, cannot completely neglect.”

Gagneaux said TB left Africa when humans did, about 65,000 to 70,000 years ago. Then, about 10,000 years ago, came the Neolithic Demographic Transition. It’s the time when people started to develop agriculture and domesticate animals. But it was also a time when diseases jumped from domesticated animals to humans for the first time. Gagneaux says for many years it was assumed that TB took the same path – from animals to humans. However, the research shows that TB in humans pre-dates the domestication of animals. It’s particularly adapted to live inside humans and can’t really survive on its own in the environment.

There was another important development during the Neolithic Demographic Transition. Humans started to form settlements that were densely populated. It’s an ideal situation for the spread of tuberculosis through the air from human to human.

“Because of these changes in these human behaviors and numbers, potentially TB might have become more virulent in the sense of causing disease maybe more quickly or maybe a more deadly disease. It’s true that TB is very deadly nowadays. So if you don’t treat it, it kills up to 50 percent of people who actually have active tuberculosis,” Gagneaux said.

He added that before settlements, in the hunter-gatherer days, perhaps TB was not as deadly.

“Overly deadly would be a bad strategy for any pathogen because you might just kill off all susceptible hosts and you might end up with nobody else to infect. And so only once through this Neolithic transition -- when more and more people were actually living close by -- TB maybe evolved in a way to be able to become more virulent and take advantage, if you will, of this increasing number of susceptible people to infect.”

After humans left Africa, they started to change in appearance as they adapted to their new geographical locations. TB also evolved and now there are many different strains of bacteria that cause the disease. The strain found in South Africa differs from that found in China, for example. Africa, though, still has the greatest diversity of TB strains.

Researchers hope that knowing the evolutionary history of TB will help in the development of new drug treatments and vaccines. Currently, the number of drug-resistant TB cases is growing. The knowledge may also help predict future patterns of the disease.


Obama orders vet benefits
for same-sex married couples


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered veterans' benefits extended to same-sex married couples.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter to Congress that the provision of veterans' benefits laws that defines marriage as between a man and a woman will cease.

Holder wrote that the Supreme Court's decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional also should have applied to veterans' benefits, even if the court did not directly address that issue.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage as being between a man and woman. The high court overturned the law in June.
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• 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
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

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

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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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Jeff Bezos, the soon-to-be owner of The Washington Post, does not plan to cut his way to profitability and says the only path to success is growth, according to an account in The Washington Post on Wednesday.
 
The Amazon.com chief executive is visiting the newspaper for the first time this week since he agreed to purchase the Washington Post Co. newspaper unit for $250 million Aug 5.
 
Bezos has offered few clues to what he has in store for the storied flagship paper famed for its coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
 
Tuesday and Wednesday, Bezos had a series of meetings with employees, including reporters and editors.
 
“All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you're Woolworth's,” Bezos said, according to a report in the newspaper, which has covered his visit extensively.
 
“The number one rule has to be: Don't Be Boring.”
 
Bezos cited two problems that newspapers face. One is the fact that Web sites such as the Huffington Post can re-write an article that takes a newspaper months to complete in 17 minutes, and what he described as a debundling problem, with readers going to a Web site for only one story as opposed to buying an entire paper.
 
“We can't have people swooping in to read one article,” Bezos said. “What you can't do is go for the lowest common denominator, because then what you have is mediocrity.”
 
Over the past decade, newspapers have been saddled with numerous problems brought on by the Internet. Advertisers have fled the print product, taking with them lucrative dollars once used to staff newsrooms, which have endured numerous cuts. At the same time, online advertising is nowhere close to making up the difference of lost print ads that command much higher prices.
 
Bezos said he was confident that the Washington Post can transform itself, just as Amazon did when it started out as a book seller and transitioned to embrace e-books. It is now the world's largest online retailer.

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U.S. economy continues to improve

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. central bank says the country's economy showed modest to moderate improvement in the last two months with Americans buying more cars and housing-related products.

The Federal Reserve, in reports from its 12 regional banks, said Wednesday that consumer spending increased across most of the country from early July through late August.  In the U.S., household spending is an important economic barometer, accounting for about 70 percent of the national economy.

The central bank said auto production advanced in nearly all parts of the entire country. Separately, three major automakers. General Motors, Toyota Motor and Ford Motor, all reported major sales gains in August. Analysts said it may have been the industry's best month in six years.

The Fed's latest regional report showed the U.S. economy, the world's largest, is on a course similar to the advance that was recorded from late May to early July.

The Federal Reserve is weighing whether to curtail the $85 billion in monthly bond buying it has used to boost the U.S. economy's recovery from its steep recession in 2009. Some economic analysts say they expect Fed policy makers to approve trimming the asset purchases at their next meeting in two weeks.