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Sept. 11 attacks put Costa Rica in crisis 14 years ago
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and wire service reports

Just 14 years ago, Costa Rica was in crisis because terrorists had taken over aircraft and used them as missiles in New York and Washington.

The day hardly lives in infamy because there do not seem to be any announced memorial services today. A memorial statue erected to honor those who died in the attacks was itself attacked by vandals stealing its copper material. It has been restored and moved to a protected location.

Those who were not here probably do not know the extent of the misery inflicted on this country by the attacks. Planes were grounded, and no new tourists arrived. Those who were here could not leave, many for up to three days. They were running out of money and places to stay. The impact on commerce and tourism was significant.

Observances are planned across the United States in remembrance of the suicide attacks.  Two of the planes were flown into the World  Trade Center in New York, another hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in
 Shanksville, Pennsylvania, before reaching its likely target of Washington.

President Barack Obama along with his wife and White House staff will observe a public moment of silence Friday morning on the White House lawn.  In the afternoon, the president will hold a town hall meeting with service members at Fort Meade just outside Washington to talk with those Americans helping to keep the country safe.

Since the deadly attacks 14 years ago, a September 11 Museum has been erected on the site where the World Trade Center once stood, housing artifacts and photographs connected to the attack.

At the Pentagon, the 184 people who died on Sept. 11 are honored with 184 benches over pools of water.

In Pennsylvania, a Flight 93 National Memorial has been built in memory of the passengers and crew members who carried out a sustained assault against the hijackers for control of the plane. That story is HERE!

Nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, and Shanksville were killed in the attacks.

Sex tourism arrest followed 12 days of investigation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A court hearing is expected today for the Key West man who is facing a charge of promoting Costa Rica as a sexual tourism destination.

Meanwhile, his arrest at Juan Santamaría airport has generated a wave of fear among some U.S. expats here.

Contrary to a report in A.M. Costa Rica Monday, the man, Dave Strecker, was detained by judicial agents when he was leaving the country. A news story incorrectly said he was detained when arriving.

A friend said that Strecker, who is known as Cuba Dave, had been followed by judicial investigators for 12 days while he was in San José before his arrest. The friend said that  Strecker told him by telephone from prison that the arresting agents showed him a surveillance video in which he could be seen visiting a number of the capital's night spots.

Strecker is well known as a sex tourist who writes about his activities. He began taking a boat to Cuba in the 1990s, which is how he got his nickname.

The intensive investigation raises the possibility that his arrest is just the beginning of a crackdown on locations in the city that are fronts for prostitution. There also are popular spots where foreign tourists can easily meet women who engage in commercial sex transactions.

Strecker also wrote for a Web site,, in which he recounted his sex tourism activities. That site is now back up but not with the usual essays and photos of young women. The site is seeking money for  Strecker's defense. The man's friend said that he is not wealthy and is a construction worker in the United States.

The hearing today is believed to consider if Strecker can be let out on bail while his case progresses. He is in the notorious San
Sebastian prison in southern San José.
Cuba Dave
Dave Strecker

"When Dave was first arrested he spent the weekend in a jail cell with 12 other men and a backed up toilet," the Web site says. "The same jail cell is only designed for holding four people."

Strecker is the first person to be charged with promoting Costa Rica as a sex tourist destination. The law was passed only in 2012. The penalty is from four to eight years in prison.

"As a foreigner he will not be treated fairly by a justice system that is notoriously corrupt, and which has been denounced internationally for violating basic human rights," said the Web site.

Other expats who run Web sites promoting sex tourism have left town.

A.M. Costa Rica has been critical of the law because it penalized individuals for telling the truth about Costa Rica. The country, indeed, has a thriving prostitution industry, and a part of it caters to foreigners.

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Online friends turn out to be extortionists

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ashley Madison case did not have a sufficient impact on some Costa Ricans. Judicial agents said that a handful of men here have been victims of extortion by women they met online.

Ashley Madison, of course, was the Web site that promoted adultery. The site was hacked, and identifying information of millions of persons who sought such relationships became public.

Still men here have sent intimate and embarrassing information to women they met online, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The agency said that three such complaints have been filed in the last 15 days, but an additional number of men have made inquiries on the subject.

The women are mainly European, the agency said. They meet men on the social network sites and suggest an intimate online relationship. They seek photos and videos. When the men comply, the women follow up with a demand for money, which can be as much as $3,000, the agency said.

If the money is not paid, the women threaten to make the photos or videos public.

Maduro's political foe sentenced to prison

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison Thursday.  He was charged with public incitement, property damage and criminal conspiracy following opposition-led protests last year that turned deadly when state forces clashed with demonstrators, killing dozens of people.

The U.S.-trained economist was sentenced to 13 years and nine months for inciting violence against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in an attempt to force the president out of office.

Amnesty International said Lopez's sentence shows an utter lack of judicial independence and impartiality in Venezuela.

"His only crime was being leader of an opposition party in Venezuela," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, the Americas director of Amnesty International.  "With this decision, Venezuela is choosing to ignore basic human rights principles and giving the green light to more abuses."

López, 44, is the founder of opposition party Voluntad Popular.

American football super cup is Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica counts not just one but two American football leagues for men. They are the Federación de Futbol Americano and the National Tico Football League.

So it was not unexpected that organizers in both leagues would set up a  Súper Copa game where the champs of each league would compete.

That will happen Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Plaza Iglesias in Cartago. The Toros FC, representing the Federación de Futbol Americano will take on the Leones del Asís of the Tico league.

The Toros are known for a strong defense. The Leones from Cartago is a first-year team.

15,000 customers lost power in storm

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The state electric company said there were 170 power outages in the central and south Pacific coast due to heavy rains and winds Wednesday.

The company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said that some 15,000 customers were affected.

In some locations trees fell and took power lines with them. The company said that outages were in Drake, Kilómetro 38, Venecia, Tinoco, Progreso, Altos de San Antonio, Angostura, Parcelas, San Julián, Isla Palo Seco, Barbudal and Lirio de Manuel Antonio.

Arrival of torch set for 11 a.m. Sunday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Antorcha de la Libertad Centroamericana is expected to arrive in Costa Rica at the Peñas Blancas border crossing Sunday about 11 a.m.

The arrival of the torch signals the start of a relay of some 2,000 students to carry the symbol to Cartago in time for a meeting of the president's cabinet Monday night in Cartago. There will be ceremonies all along the 386-kilometer route.

The torch has been carried from Guatemala City along the route that news of a declaration of independence from Spain traveled 194 year ago.

The Ministerio de Educación Pública said Thursday that Bianca Traña Prado, a 25-year-old student at the Colegio Nocturno La Cruz, would be the student to receive the torch. The woman left school at age 12 and now has a 9-year-old son. She was picked because she has a perfect average in school grades and is president of the student government, said the ministry

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Minor accident rule to be effective Jan. 7

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The policy that persons involved in minor accidents do not have to await police will go into effect Jan. 7, according to a decree published this week.

Publication was expected. President Luis Guillermo Solís signed the decree Aug. 11.

The accident still will generate paperwork. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes will publish on its Web site a form that each driver involved in a minor collision without injuries will fill out. In addition, drivers will be encouraged to take photos or videos.

The delay for the decree to go into effect is so that insurance companies can develop their own policies, officials said.

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Downtown pedestrian span failed to complete its function, hospital says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The experiences of the staff at San Juan de Dios with a pedestrian bridge is an indictment of the attitude of downtown dwellers.

The Municipalidad de San José is getting rid of the bridge because, as the hospital administration says:

Despite the efforts of the Municipalidad de San José to keep the area clean, including the sidewalks and the upper part of the bridge, there is excrement, garbage, among other things, in
addition some persons use the bridge to rob, take drugs and even have sexual relations for which the bridge fails to complete its main function of safeguarding pedestrians.

Municipal workers already have removed the stairs to the

bridge, and soon will remove the deck that spans Paseo Colón.

The location is immediately north and on the opposite side of Paseo Colón from the entrance to the emergency room of the hospital. It is an area with plenty of activity 24 hours a day.

Because of the poor condition of the bridge, pedestrians have not been using it for several years, said hospital officials.

Now pedestrians will continue to cross the street with the lights in a crosswalk.

There also have been similar troubles at other bridges, including the one at Hospital México in La Uruca.

The transport ministry is constructing 10 new bridges at other points in the country.

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Decision to charge for online news seems to have cut readership
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Management's decision to sell subscriptions to its news on the Web appears to have taken a toll on the Spanish-language outlet La Nación.

Readership of the Internet site has dropped, as expected, and upstart daily CR Hoy has taken over as the leading online news site in the country.

Of course, La Nación still has a popular print edition, but the industry is moving more and more to online publication to save on expensive paper..

CR Hoy is promoting its position as the No. 4 site in the country behind Google, Facebook and YouTube with ads on its site.

La Nación, which is in 11th place, is advertising a 25,000-colon premium for those who subscribe. The offer is redeemable at a local store.

Alexa, is the subsidiary that tracks Web site readership. The firm uses a toolbar that Internet users have to download. Consequently, the data is not very precise. But the data do give an indication of popularity. The shifting readership comes at a time when both sites seem to be still struggling to find advertisers.

The other leading Spanish-language daily, El Diario Extra, is in 33rd place on the Costa Rica Internet ranking. That may be more a reflection of its blue-collar readership and lower use of computers. The publishing company still has a robust daily printed paper known for its splashy, sensationalistic style.

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Most Americans get majority of science questions correct, survey shows

Before you read the report, test your science knowledge by taking the interactive quiz. The short quiz tests your knowledge of questions recently asked in a national poll. After completing the quiz, you can compare your score with the general public.

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A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy. But other science-related terms and applications, such as what property of a sound wave determines loudness and the effect of higher altitudes on cooking time, are not as well understood.

Most Americans (86 percent) correctly identify the Earth’s inner layer, the core, as its hottest part, and nearly as many (82 percent) know uranium is needed to make nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.

But far fewer are able to identify the property of a sound wave that determines loudness. Just 35 percent correctly answer amplitude, or height. Some 33 percent incorrectly say it is frequency and 23 percent say it is wavelength. And just 34 percent correctly state that water boils at a lower temperature in a high-altitude setting (Denver) than near sea level (Los Angeles).

Fully 73 percent of Americans distinguish between astronomy and what is commonly considered a pseudoscience: astrology. Twenty-two percent of Americans incorrectly say that astronomy – not astrology – is the study of how the positions of stars and planets can influence human behavior. Another 5 percent give some other incorrect response.

How much Americans appear to know about science depends on the kinds of questions asked, of course. Science encompasses a vast array of fields and information, and the questions in the new Pew Research survey represent a small slice of science knowledge.

On Pew Research Center’s set of 12 multiple-choice questions – some of which include images as part of the
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questions or answer options – Americans gave more correct than incorrect answers; the median was eight correct answers out of 12 (mean 7.9). Some 27 percent answered eight or nine questions correctly, while another 26 percent answered 10 or 11 items correctly. Just 6 percent of respondents got a perfect score.

These findings come from Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel, a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. The survey of 3,278 adults (including 2,923 adults online and 355 respondents by mail) was conducted Aug. 11 to Sept. 3, 2014.

A variety of scholars have argued that public understanding of science issues and concepts is a hallmark of an informed public. As developments in science and technology raise new issues for public debate from driverless cars and space exploration to climate change and genetically modified crops a public with more knowledge of scientific facts and principles is often seen as one better able to understand these developments and make informed judgments.

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike:  Check out slide show HERE!

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An exterior image shows one part of the new Flight 93 National Memorial Visitors Center in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Shanksville visitor center
is a monument to courage

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Although Gordon Felt has racked up thousands of kilometers on the road over the last 14 years, traveling between his home in upstate New York and rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania, he said he has traveled a greater distance searching for healing. 

The passage of time hasn’t made it any easier for him to be here. 

“It doesn’t ease our pain. But it helps,” said Felt.

Fourteen years ago, there was chaos and horror in this field, when a hijacked Boeing 757 out of Newark, New Jersey, headed for San Francisco, plummeted to the ground.

A federal investigation into the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 at the edge of a forest near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, lasted weeks beyond Sept. 11, 2001.

It ultimately yielded information that the men and women who boarded the plane on that sunny, clear morning became heroes in the skies somewhere over Pennsylvania as they tried to reclaim the cockpit from the terrorists who hijacked the plane.

Gordon Felt’s brother Edward was one of the passengers.

Although the outcome of their actions remains a personal tragedy for Felt, the collective story of the passengers is at the center of a defining moment in American history.

“It is surreal at times,” Felt said while peering through a window toward the field. “Early on, it became evident to us very quickly that our loved ones . . . that the events surrounding their deaths, had historical significance to our country.”

The last 30 minutes of Edward Felt’s life and those of the 39 others on the plane with him, is now explained through artifacts and interactive displays in the new Flight 93 National Memorial Visitors Center, situated on a hilltop above the field where the plane’s journey ended. 

In displays using facts and information pieced together in the subsequent investigation, family members of those lost hope visitors will understand the full impact of the actions of their loved ones.

“They’ll get a sense of who those 40 heroes were,” said Felt, “as well as what their collective actions did to help save the Capitol building that morning.”

When the hijackers took control of the cockpit on Flight 93, they turned the plane around and headed east. It is believed they intended to crash the plane into either the White House or the nation's Capitol.

“It just amazes me that this aircraft was just 18 minutes away from hitting Washington, D.C.,” said Stephen Clark, superintendent with the National Park Service. “When you think about over 5,000 people inside that Capitol, which is most likely the intended target, just how different this nation would be had we lost every single legislator.”

Clark said the Flight 93 National Memorial, a sprawling 890-hectare complex with a road roughly five kilometers long from the entrance to the location of the memorial, has become a popular tourist attraction in this rural and before 9/11 remote part of America.

“We are right around 325,000 a year, but there’s no question with the opening of this particular visitor center and learning center we are scheduled to double if not triple that in a very short period of time” he said.

Felt said the site is a draw for millions, including those born after Sept. 11, 2001. “This is a story that still resonates with people, 14 years later.”

That is why Felt says the families of those lost on Flight 93 banded together soon after the tragedy, even though returning to Shanksville was painful and still is.

“It’s important for me to be here,” Felt said, fighting back tears. “It’s important, I feel, family members be involved in this process.”

And involved they have been, from a lengthy and difficult process of acquiring the land at the site, to the design of the $26 million Visitors Center, to the stock of coffee cups and T-shirts respectfully sold in the gift shop. 

Felt said it is all in the hopes that visitors will be inspired. “I want people to walk out of this memorial and say to themselves, 'If it was me, could I have done what they did?'”

It is a question visitors can ponder while looking out at the final flight path now set in dark granite stone of United Airlines Flight 93.

U.N. to fly Palestinian flag
at New York headquarters

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Palestinian flag will be flown alongside those of full member states at the United Nations following a General Assembly vote Thursday.

The international body voted 119 to 8 to allow nonmember observer states to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters and offices.  The Palestinians and the Vatican are the only two U.N. nonmember observer states.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour welcomed the decision, saying, “This resolution today is yet another significant step in affirming the international consensus in favor of Palestinian independence.”

More than 50 states co-sponsored the controversial draft resolution. 

But several states said it reversed 70 years of U.N. tradition holding that only full member states could fly national flags.  They argued the Palestinians did not offer a compelling reason to justify changing this long-held practice.

The Vatican, or Holy See, distanced itself from the Palestinian action, saying it noted the long-established U.N. tradition of displaying only flags of full member states.

Papal Nuncio Bernardito Auza told reporters the day before the vote that the Vatican had no intention of raising its flag at the U.N. if the measure passed. The Vatican has held observer status since 1964.

The Palestinians have been represented in the U.N. General Assembly since 1974.  In 2012, the body voted to upgrade their status to that of nonmember observer state.

The Palestinian delegation could not participate in Thursday’s flag vote because it has no voting rights as an observer state.

Israel’s outgoing ambassador, Ron Prosor, said in his final statement before the world body that the flag raising would not change anything on the ground for the Palestinian people.

Prosor complained that the more the Palestinians say no, the more the international community says yes to their every whim and caprice.  He accused the assembly of being a puppet of the Palestinians, saying members would vote to declare that the Earth is flat if the Palestinians proposed it. 

He said the international community must tell the Palestinians to stop stalling and go to the negotiating table.

The United States joined Israel, Canada, Australia and four Pacific Island nations in voting against the measure.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power reiterated Washington’s support for achieving a negotiated two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, saying that a sustainable and just resolution could be reached only through hard choices and compromise negotiated by the parties.

She added that “raising the Palestinian flag outside the U.N. headquarters is not an alternative to negotiations and will not bring the parties closer to peace.”

Many of the 45 abstentions came from European Union member states, although they were not unified in their position.

The resolution approved by the assembly requests the secretary-general to take the necessary measures to implement it within 20 days, which would be Sept. 30, the day Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to address the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders.

London disruptions protest
visit by Israeli prime minister

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

There’s been a second day of protests in London against the visit of Israel’s prime minister. Demonstrators said Benjamin Netanyahu should be arrested for war crimes against the Palestinian people; but, speaking before talks with his British host, Netanyahu warned the Middle East was disintegrating.
Demonstrators blocked trucks delivering supplies to an arms fair Thursday to protest Netanyahu's visit. Sarah Reader of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade was among them.
"The UK government has consistently sold weapons to Israel which are then used in indiscriminate acts of violence against the Palestinian people," she complained.

On Downing Street, British Prime Minister David Cameron offered his support to Israel before talks with Netanyahu.
“Britain remains staunch in our defense of Israel's right to exist and right to defend itself. We also remain thoroughly committed to the two-state solution and the peace process," he said.
While security topped the Israeli prime minister’s agenda, Netanyahu said he was ready to resume unconditional direct negotiations with the Palestinians.
“The Middle East is disintegrating under the twin forces of militant Islam, the militant Sunnis led by ISIS and militant Shi'ites led by Iran," he warned, referring to the Islamic State.

Six world powers signed a nuclear deal with Iran in July, that would freeze Tehran's nuclear development in exchange for gradual sanctions relief. Israel fears a Western rapprochement with Iran and is keeping up the pressure to ensure the deal is verified.
“What he’s trying to do is to build a case for the future if they find out the Iranians are not abiding by the agreement," said analyst Yossi Mekelberg of Regents University London, noting that Israel should change its approach.
“How actually to incorporate Iran back into the international community and empower those who want Iran to become a more peaceful and cooperative part of the international community. Unfortunately, the Israeli political system doesn’t see it like this," he said.
Analysts say Netanyahu is under pressure to return from London with something he can sell as a policy achievement to a concerned Israeli public.

U.S. says it will accept
10,000 refugees from Syria

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States says it will accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year and increase humanitarian assistance for those fleeing the violence in Syria. This comes as some U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to do more to address the refugee crisis.

The U.S. has taken in about 1,500 Syrian refugees since the civil war broke out in that country more than four years ago.

Thursday, the United States announced plans to help Syrian refugees more, saying it will accept at least 10,000 of them in the coming year.

The White House said President Barack Obama agreed to let the refugees in the country starting next month.

"The president has directed his team to consider how we can further scale up our response.  And one thing that the United States can do is to begin to admit more Syrian refugees into the United States," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

The White House has been under pressure to do more to address the humanitarian crisis in Europe.

Wednesday, U.S. Sen. John McCain made an emotional speech urging the U.S. to better assist the Syrian refugees.  He stood next to an enlarged photo of a 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on shore after he drowned, along with his brother and mother, when their small boat capsized as it headed for Greece.

McCain, a Republican, said that image has haunted the world.

"But how can the American people reconcile these words with pictures of dead children and desperate refugees literally running for their lives?  How can President Obama say it is our moral obligation to do what we can to prevent the worst atrocities in our world, but refuses to do anything to stop the atrocities that are occurring every single day in Syria and across the Middle East?" asked McCain.

The White House announcement Thursday came as record numbers of migrants streamed through the Balkans into Hungary, forcing Austria to suspend cross-border train services because of massive overcrowding.

Hungary is a major transit point for refugees hoping to reach Germany and other Western European countries.

Democrats in U.S. Senate
block vote on Iranian deal

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Senate Democrats have blocked a vote of disapproval on the nuclear accord with Iran, delivering President Barack Obama a victory on his top foreign policy initiative.

Forty-two supporters of the accord voted to sustain a procedural maneuver known as a filibuster. Opponents of the deal fell two votes shy of the 60 required to end the filibuster and proceed to a final vote on a resolution of disapproval.

“The Senate has spoken with a clarion voice and declared that the historic agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon will stand,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said moments after the vote.

Obama, in a statement following the vote, called it "a victory for diplomacy, for American national security, and for the safety and security of the world."

But a disappointed Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said, “Democratic senators just voted to block the American people from even having a real vote on one of the most consequential foreign policy issues of our time.”
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Lovely east coast property for sale
This is a huge property surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. The house is about 85% built, but I will give you the property completely finished.  The whole land includes 7,886 m2 or 84,884 ft2 of forest and gardens in a mountain area of Cimarrones, Limón, east coast. Full house with large master bedroom plus bathroom. One extra guest bedroom. Large dining room. Large kitchen area. Another extra bathroom for guests. Large laundry room and two cellars (storage areas). The house has wide corridors where you will see a breathtaking view of large gardens and forest.  I am open to hear your offer. The full property and land price is $125,000. Call Harold Fonseca, Phone number (506) 8702-4217, Email:

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Ideal oceanfront location with back up to a mangrove estuary. The
charming small hotel has a fully equipped kitchen, bar and restaurant and is exceptionnally well maintained. Located on a very private beach of the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica 35 minutes north of Quepos-Manuel Antonio and 45 minutes south of  Playa Jacó. The main building is a two-storey house with 12 bedrooms. The lot measures 3,054 M2. Beautiful gardens around the large pool and exceptional flora and fauna. Well mentioned in tourist guides like Lonely Planet and Guide Ulysse. Offered at $1,250,000. USD
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834.62 square meters property with 326 square meters construction. Two-story house with front porch, entry lobby, living room, dinning room, large kitchen, breakfast room, large cupboard, 3 1⁄2 bathrooms, 3 large bedrooms.  The main bedroom includes jacuzzi and balcony. Playground, office, laundry area, garage for two cars, own and municipal potable water supply, electricity service, cable TV system, A/C. Located 700 meters from Las Colinas Golf Course, near the airport, Tamarindo Beach and the best beaches of the country. With an additional 2,866.33 square meters building lot with three terraces. Excellent construction and great details. Great Price $388,000 For more information, please contact us:
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Unique opportunity, 6 units 80% finished luxury condo project. Best location in Escazú. Condos have amazing views and privacy.  There is option to build 5 more units in the same complex. Project located only 5 minutes away from Multiplaza, CIMA Hospital  and Escazú's best amenities. All permits in place.

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This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $749,000.
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Ringle resort
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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike:   Check out slide show HERE!

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $239,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

Aerial Ocean and Volcano Views with Boutique Coffee! 33 Acres $495,000. Click HERE!

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
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Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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U.S. urged to take the lead on cybercrime

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The lines between cybercrime and espionage are blurring, and unless the United States takes the lead in establishing international norms of online behavior, the frequency and sophistication of cyber hacking attacks will increase, according to leaders of the U.S. intelligence community.

The directors of the FBI, CIA, NSA and other intelligence agencies, speaking before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington, addressed the cyber challenges facing the United States and the international community.

“Cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and severity of impact,” said James Clapper, director of  National Intelligence, in his opening statement. 

“We foresee an ongoing series of low-to-moderate level cyber-attacks from a variety of sources over time, which will impose cumulative costs on U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.”

The committee opened the hearing to the public, in part as a response to the rapidly growing number of high-profile corporate and governmental computer hacks.

“These high profile assaults are eroding confidence in our government’s ability to counter the threat, and I share the public’s concern,” said the committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican.

He added that his committee is putting the government’s cyber community on notice to do better at preventing computer attacks.

Committee members and witnesses admitted fundamental issues, such as what constitutes an act of cyber war or what the appropriate response should be remain unclear.

“We don’t know where the line is drawn between crime and warfare,” said the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut.

“Is stealing classified information from us an act of war or just an act of espionage that we do to each other, and maybe even grudgingly admire those who can pull off that espionage?  At what point is it an act of war responded to in the cyber-realm, and at what point is it an act of war that is responded to outside the cyber-realm?”

Clapper singled out Russia and China as posing the greatest threat, given their highly sophisticated cyber programs and demonstrated willingness to target and steal sensitive data from U.S. corporate and government computer systems. But he also warned Iran and North Korea are risks because of their aggressive and unpredictable regimes.

Non-state actors and terrorist groups also pose significant security risks because “they see the Web itself as a weapons system,” said the National Security Agency director, Admiral Michael Rogers.

“The long term end state we need to get here is this idea of acceptable norms of behavior,” Rogers added. “We clearly understand nation states using the spectrum of capabilities they have to attempt to generate insights in the world around them.  But that does not mean that the use of cyber for destructive, manipulative purposes is acceptable.”

FBI Director James Comey cautioned the spread of social media also presents new security risks. He cited extremist groups and the considerable success they have using social media to recruit, raise funds and spread online propaganda.

“Social media works, whether you’re selling sneakers or selling the poison of the so-called Islamic State,” said Comey. “Social media companies have been highly responsive in trying to take down media that is offensive and related to a terrorist group. But the challenge of social media is it’s the most complicated spiderweb in the world.”

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Government offices to be closed Tuesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday is a legal holiday, the Día de Independencia. Many retail outlets will be open, but government offices and embassies will be closed.

The holiday marks the country's 194 years of freedom from Spanish rule. There will be parades, but there also is the annual meeting of the president's cabinet Monday night in Cartago, the original capital.

The U.S. Embassy announced that it would be closed, as it is for all U.S. and Costa Rican holidays.

Some government workers will enjoy a four-day weekend starting this evening because they will take a vacation day Monday. Others will just call in sick.