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Real estate market shows signs of improvement
By Garland M. Baker
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Up and down the coast of Guanacaste, real estate circles are buzzing with talk that properties are selling again and that there are buyers in the market. 

Linda Gray, vice president of Coldwell Banker Costa Rica, which includes 10 franchises said, “Real estate sales and activity since the start of the New Year 2013 has increased over 2012.” A representative of Century 21 Beach Area Properties in Tambor echoed this view: “Business is better this year than last.” He also said Ticos are in the market buying second homes.

This could be related to the fact there is new home financing with competitive interest rates available from local banks for nationals. The threshold for housing termed social interest was increased to 58.6 million colons or about $118,000 as related in a news story Aug. 19.

A trip across the gulf of Nicoya by ferry and up the coast from Paquera to Manzanillo and back again last week with a jaunt to Jacó and Quepos showed quite a bit of building going on.  People are apparently expecting a better tourism season this year, which starts in December.

If the signals are true, this is good news, perhaps the best since the days of skyrocketing real estate prices when people thought there was no limit on how high prices might go. The market burst in 2007 to 2008, but there were danger signs appearing as far back as 2005 to 2006.

Most markets run in cycles. Real estate is no different. Analysts believe property markets run in around 15- to 20-year cycles.  Four to five of the years are recession or a downturn and the rest has activity slowly creeping up again.  If this is true, Costa Rica is five to six years into the down cycle and it may be time for the real estate market to go up again.

One expat interviewed on the road trip said he felt it was too early to start talking about a turnaround, but the buzz and the building give another impression.  A local construction worker out of Paquera does not think things are any better. He believes local municipalities stifle building and overall progress. It seems the government has done its best to discourage some investments. Zoning plans for concession properties on the beach are at a virtual standstill in most areas of the country.  Some have not been renewed or canceled outright.

The Barcelo group in Los Delfines appears to be fixing up its properties in a big way. One person speculates they are planning to offer time-sharing and factional ownership to improve sales and overall tourism in the area.  The gated community is one of the best in Costa Rica with impeccable grounds, golf course and security.

So is the market going up, down or stay the same?  According to news on the Internet, housing sales plunged in July in the U.S. relinquishing gains.

Analysts attribute the loss to rising interest rates. Ms. Gray wrote in her newsletter, “I am hearing from associates in California and Atlanta that
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homes priced right are selling within weeks. I am also hearing that loans are being given for 100  percent of value plus closing costs." Mortgage lenders are probably trying to boost the market so people borrow at the higher rates.  This is not great news because it is one of the reasons the real estate markets of the world blew up in the first place.

If the U.S. economy is getting better, Costa Rica’s soon follows.  There is an old adage here that if the U.S. gets a cold, Costa Rica gets pneumonia.  This is not as true now as it was in the not-so-distant past, but the economy of the U.S. does impact this country as it does the rest of the world.

There are signs people are at their wits end, capitulating and selling cheap to leave as soon as they sell. This is another sign a market is about to turn around. It is also a signal to buy not sell.  Most prudent investors know money is made buying not selling, especially in real estate.  There are also bunches of shady deals out there where properties have hidden problems. If a deal is too good to be true, readers should watch out. They always should get good advice from a legal professional. They need to find one who knows what he or she is doing. Some do not know up from down.

There is significant building in the Jacó area. Croc’s Casino Resort is making a significant investment there. It is also bustling with activity even in low season. Jacó is somewhat of a gauge of things to come because of its proximity to San José and Juan Santamaría airport. The new highway makes the hour and a half drive a pleasure. One San José hotel has made an investment in Jacó and will shuttle tourists back and forth.

Air traffic is on the rise, another good metric. In 2012, it was up 104 percent from 2009 and 5.6 percent from 2011 to 2012.  The trend is up. It will be interesting to see this year’s numbers to see if the trend continues.

People arriving to buy property and invest in Costa Rica come in many sizes and shapes with interests just as varied.  Some want a retirement home or vacation retreat. Others are looking for a good investment. Whatever the case may be, buying at the tippy top of a market during a shark eating frenzy is not the time to buy. The best time is at the bottom when things are just about to turn around.

Is this that time?

Garland M. Baker is a 42-year resident and naturalized citizen of Costa Rica who provides multidisciplinary professional services to the international community.  Reach him at info@crexpertise.com.  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at http://crexpertise.info, a complimentary reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2004-2013, use without permission prohibited.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government has decided not to expand metro area vehicle restrictions even though the Circunvalación is out of service.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes suggested last week that in addition to being forbidden to drive one weekday each week in the metro area, drivers also would be barred during peak traffic hours on another day. All of this is based on the last digit of the license plate.

President Laura Chinchilla also determined that some public agencies could adopt a 10-hour work day so that employees would only have to travel to the job for four days each week. There are about 55,000 public employees working in the metro area, said Casa Presidencial.

There was an idea floated that public employees would arrive at work at 9 a.m.  That plan has been discarded, and work hours will remain from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in many agencies that do not accept the four-day option, said Casa Presidencial. Workers at hospitals, clinics and in the police forces are not affected by this rule.  They will continue their normal working hours, said Casa Presidencial.

The Circunvalación is supposed to be out of service between Hatillo and the Pavas exit for two months. Some 120 traffic officers will be on the job maintaining traffic flow elsewhere and enforcing the license plate restrictions. The Circunvalación was the southern and eastern border of the restricted area.

Ms. Chinchilla was quoted in a statement saying that the problem with the Circunvalación was the result of many years of ignoring the maintenance of the national road network. The highway collapsed after a major drain failed, and the Río María Aguilar continues to eat at the soil under the four-lane road.

She was a vice president for four years and now has served more than three years as president.

To help commuters, there might be some increase in train service. and officials are considering more bus routes. The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos noted Friday that it already had approved a fare of 350 colons for the so-called rutas intersectoriales. There actually are buses that have been purchased for this new service, but the project has been mired in bureaucracy since 2008.

Appeal for water at school
gets constitutional court OK


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A resident of Sixaola appealed to just about every agency concerned in an effort to obtain clean water for the Escuela El Parque in that community. The food services at the school have been closed, and there is limited cleaning due to lack of water, according to an appeal placed with the Sala IV constitutional court.

The resident, identified by the last names of Alvarado Madrigal, complained without success to the Municipalidad de Talamanca, the Dirección Regional de Rectoría de Salud Huetar Atlántica, the Dirección del Area Rectora de Salud de Talamanca and the Asociación Administrativa de Acueducto Rural de Margarita de Sixaola, the local water company, said a summary from the court.

The court ordered the relevant agencies to take the steps necessary to resolve the problem in a month, according to the summary.

U.S. conductor wins position
heading Orquesta Sinfónica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Carl St. Clair has been named the permanent director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.

St. Clair directed the orchestra for the third time last month. He is director of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Pacific in California and is a former student of Leonard Bernstein. He also has an extensive resume working with many of the major U.S. orchestras.

He will take over the position at the beginning of the 2013 orchestra season, said an announcement from the Centro Nacional de la Música, part of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

Officials here began seeking a new director in 2011. The orchestra has been without a permanent leader since Chosei Komatsu left in 2010. Basically all the invited conductors who led the orchestra since then were being considered for the permanent post.

St. Clair, a U.S. citizen, projects an exuberant personality when he conducts. He attended the session when his selection was announced Friday.

Residents rally to support
man who constructed homes


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Residents in the southern Caribbean coast are rallying around Selvin Brown, who has a criminal court date Tuesday.

Brown faces allegations of irregular construction of two small homes in Manzanillo. Residents have contracted for a bus to take those interested to the hearing in BriBri, according to an announcement on an Internet forum.

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The Antorcha Centroamericana de la Libertad arrives in Liberia Friday evening on its trip to Cartago. The torch and companions ignited from the original joined officials, including President Laura Chinchilla, in a ceremony in the
central park of the Guanacaste community. The torches lighted from the original went to Santa Cruz and the Nicoya peninsula, to Rincón de la Vieja and to the La Calle Real prison just south of Liberia


Independence was a big weekend for the youngsters
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica's Día de Independencia is a time when many of the participants are youngsters. More than 20,000 took their turn at carrying the Antorcha de la Libertad throughout the land starting Friday morning. Many others participated in parades Sunday.

In San José the parade began at 8:30 a.m. and traversed Avenida 2 from Parque La Merced to the headquarters of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Participation was obligatory for youngsters in 16 schools.

In exchange, today is a day off for public school students.

Midway through the parade route at the Parque Central in San José, there were the usual speeches and praise for the democratic
spirit. This was a replay of the ceremony in Cartago Saturday night.

A reader reported on a successful parade in the Canón de Osa with participation by students from Ciudad Cortes,
San Buenaventura, Tres Rios, Coronado, Palmar Norte,  Ojochal, Punta Mala, and Abril de Once. The students were accompanied in the hot two-kilometer march by tankers from the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the national water company.

That independence day was a Sunday allowed Costa Ricans to begin their celebration Thursday in some locations. And there were fiestas in the major towns as the torch passed by. By Sunday flames from the original torch had reached even some remote hamlets of the country.


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Mounted officers of the Fuerza Pública were on parade Saturday.

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President Laura Chinchilla and Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo rendered respect at the Monumento Nacional Sunday.

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 The Ruinas de Cartago, the site of the church of Santiago Apóstol destroyed in the 1910 earthquake, was the location for the ceremony to receive the torch of independence
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Virus blamed for white plague affecting coral colonies in Caribbean
By the Oregon State University news staff

They call it the white plague, and like its black counterpart from the Middle Ages, it conjures up visions of catastrophic death, with a cause that was at first uncertain even as it led to widespread destruction on marine corals in the Caribbean Sea.

Now one of the possible causes of this growing disease epidemic has been identified – a group of viruses that are known as small, circular, single-strand DNA viruses. Researchers in the College of Science at Oregon State University say these viruses are associated with a dramatic increase in the white plague that has erupted in recent decades.

Prior to this, it had been believed that the white plague was caused primarily by bacterial pathogens. Researchers are anxious to learn more about this disease and possible ways to prevent it because its impact on coral reef health has exploded.

“Twenty years ago you had to look pretty hard to find any occurrences of this disease, and now it’s everywhere,” said Nitzan Soffer, a doctoral student in the Department of Microbiology at Oregon State and lead author on a new study just published in the International Society for Microbial Ecology. “It moves fast and can wipe out a small coral colony in a few days.

“In recent years the white plague has killed 70 to 80 percent of some coral reefs,” Soffer said. “There are 20 or more unknown pathogens that affect corals and in the past we’ve too-often overlooked the role of viruses, which sometimes can spread very fast.”

This is one of the first studies to show viral association with a severe disease epidemic, scientists said.

Marine wildlife diseases are increasing in prevalence, the researchers pointed out. Reports of non-bleaching coral disease have increased more than 50 times since 1965, and are contributing to declines in coral abundance and cover.

White plague is one of the worst. It causes rapid tissue loss, affects many species of coral, and can cause partial or total colony mortality. Some, but not all types are associated with bacteria. Now it appears that viruses also play a role. Corals with white plague disease have higher viral diversity than their healthy counterparts, the study concluded.

Increasing temperatures that stress corals and make them more vulnerable may be part of the equation, because the disease often appears to be at its worst by the end of summer. Overfishing that allows more algae to grow on corals may help spread pathogens, researchers said, as can pollution caused by sewage outflows in some marine habitats.

Viral infection, by itself, does not necessarily cause major problems, the researchers noted. Many healthy corals are infected with herpes-like viruses that are persistent but not fatal, as in many other vertebrate hosts, including humans.




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Colorado communities facing
more heavy rains overnight

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Forecasters in Colorado are warning residents near Denver to brace for torrential overnight rains, as raging flood waters roar through the region and cloud cover hampers helicopter rescue efforts.

Days of heavy rains and flooding have turned the state's Rocky Mountain foothills into high risk zones, with dozens of washed out roads and bridges turning entire communities into disaster areas short on supplies and services. At least four people were known dead by late Sunday, with two others officially missing and presumed dead.

Authorities say about 500 people were unaccounted for Sunday, while cautioning that some may be unable to communicate with loved ones while stranded and awaiting rescue.

Rocky Mountain rescue management officials say as many as 1,000 people were awaiting rescue north of Denver, in an area that includes the hard-hit mountain community of Estes Park. But all airlifts were grounded Sunday because of new rains and poor visibility.

Local news outlets say 50 bridges linking rural communities have been destroyed or damaged, and warn of a growing threat from mudslides and rockslides as roads crumble. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, speaking to reporters Saturday, said authorities were only beginning to understand the scope of the crisis.

President Barack Obama has declared Colorado a major disaster zone and ordered federal help to boost state and local recovery efforts.

Helicopters have plucked hundreds of people from inundated homes. One helicopter carrying Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on a tour of the region made two stops to pick up residents waving to be rescued on Saturday.


Obama will outline advances
he made with U.S. economy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama will speak Monday about the progress made in the five years since the meltdown of the U.S. financial markets.  The president will make his case in anticipation of some tough battles with Congress.

Obama will go to the White House Rose Garden to highlight the recovery of the U.S. economy in the five years since the Lehman Brothers global financial firm declared bankruptcy, accelerating the onset of a financial crisis.

After taking office in January 2009, President Obama moved to stabilize the financial industry, committing government money to bail out some failing banks, as well as the three major U.S. automakers.

A slow, steady, partial recovery followed.

Gene Sperling, the director of the president's National Economic Council, says a new White House report shows the president's policies were largely responsible for turning around the failing economy. "The president undertook a series of bold, unprecedented and politically difficult measures in 2009 that have performed better than virtually anyone at the time predicted," he said.

Opposition Republicans in Congress, however, say Obama focused too much time and energy on pushing through his health care proposal, often called Obamacare and too little on creating jobs.

The president and Republican lawmakers are expected to wage legislative battles in the coming weeks over a federal budget, which is needed to keep the government running, and a debt ceiling, needed to allow the government to continue borrowing money.

Sperling says the inability of Congress, especially the Republican-led House of Representatives, to compromise and pass legislation is the biggest obstacle to continued economic recovery. "The largest concern has been really over the ability of the House of Representatives to be able to work out a reasonable budget outcome without using the threat of a default as a tool or tactic in budget negotiations," he said.

Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, are threatening to vote down a debt ceiling increase unless it is accompanied by more cuts in the federal deficit.

“For the sake of our economy, we will continue to do everything we can to repeal, dismantle and defund Obamacare. Another important part of our plan for jobs is reining in the massive deficits and debt that is hurting our economy and jeopardizing the American dream for our kids and grandkids," he said.

The president, on ABC-TV's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," again said he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling. “The deficit has been cut in half since I came into office. It is continuing on a trend line of further reductions," he said. "If we want to do more deficit reduction, I have already put out a budget that says ‘let us do it.’”

In addition to Monday's Rose Garden speech, Obama will visit an auto manufacturing plant in the midwestern city of Kansas City, Missouri Friday to highlight the auto industry's recovery.

Without a funding extension, the U.S. government’s spending authority expires at the end of this month. The federal government will reach its borrowing limit weeks later.


Japan launches a satellite
on the cheap with small staff


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Japan has launched a new rocket that it hopes will be a less expensive and more efficient way of sending satellites into space.

The three-stage, solid fuel Epsilon lifted off successfully Saturday from a space center in southern Japan.

The Epsilon was carrying the SPRINT A, the first space telescope designed for remote observation of other planets.

Japan hopes the rocket, launched with conventional laptop computers in a pared-down command center, will become competitive in the global space business.

The French news agency, AFP, reports only eight workers were assigned to the blastoff operation.

Lift-off had originally been scheduled for two weeks ago, but the attempt was suspended with just 19 seconds to go due to a computer glitch.


America's Cup challenge
is keeping up with billionaires


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire service

Software titan Larry Ellison's decision to race the 34th America's Cup on high-speed 72-foot catamarans, which are harder to build and sail than keelboats, has been criticized for pushing the competition too far beyond traditional sailing and pricing out non-billionaires.
 
But this is the America's Cup, Silicon Valley's style — it's all about technology, ideas and information — and advances made in preparation for the races are already being felt in television, aerospace and sporting gear.
 
“The America's Cup has a long history of innovation on all kinds of levels,” said Gary Jobson, the tactician on Ted Turner's 12-meter yacht "Courageous" when it won the Cup in 1977. “The boats have always had the leading edge of technology, whatever the technology has been.”
 
Sailing shares with aeronautics the physics of lift and drag and high- and low-pressure airflow. Picture a plane turned on its side in the water with one wing a dagger board protruding below the hull and the other a vertical mainsail.
 
This is even more true of Ellison's huge dream cats, known as AC72s. Instead of a traditional mainsail, they are powered by 135-foot-tall fixed “wings.” Forward, they usually carry just a small sailcloth jib to help turn their twin bows through the wind when coming about.
 
With horizontal fins at the tip of each rudder and dagger board blade below the water's surface, the radical yachts commissioned by Oracle Corp's Ellison — who could define the parameters of this year's Cup boats because he won the 2010 America's Cup in Valencia, Spain — can hydrofoil atop the waves at speeds of more than 50 miles per hour.
 
The AC72 may represent the America's Cup's greatest innovation yet — a mostly carbon-fiber sailboat that borrows heavily from aviation technology.
 
Industries increasingly share techniques for using space age materials adopted early on by yacht builders. Carbon fiber and titanium are the favorites to reduce weight and cost, and add strength to hulls, airframes and components.
 
Boeing Co. has been sharing information with America's Cup boat designers and builders for years, according to America's Cup sources. A Boeing spokesman said the company could not confirm or deny an America's Cup connection.
 
Design innovations have trickled down in boating since Alan Bond — an Australian real estate and mining entrepreneur who declared bankruptcy in 1992 and was later imprisoned for fraud — revealed a winged keel that gave his "Australia II" syndicate the edge over Dennis Conner's "Liberty" in the 1983 Cup.
 
Today, many cruising sailboats have similar horizontal surfaces on the bottom of their keels to help them steer straighter and faster. Experts expect hydrofoiling designs to likewise end up on recreational sailboats very soon.
 

Investors eye meeting this week
of U.S. Federal Reserve Board


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Investors are watching nervously as the U.S. central bank considers when to reduce its efforts to stimulate the economy.  Many economists predict that the cuts will come sometime next year, while others say it might be as soon as Wednesday.

Stock prices plunged earlier this year when the U.S. central bank said it might gradually reduce stimulus efforts.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke said a strengthening economy would, eventually, no longer need the boost it got from a huge program of bond purchases.

"If the incoming data support the view that the economy can sustain a reasonable cruising speed, we will ease the pressure on the accelerator by gradually reducing the pace of purchases," he said.

The National Association for Business Economics said its economists saw growth improving this year, rising to a 3 percent annual rate next year.

The group's survey of its members said stronger growth meant less need for stimulus this year, and made cuts nearly certain next year.

National Defense University's Nayantara Hensel designed the survey. “The bulk of our panelists think there is an 80 percent probability that the Fed is going to taper off in 2014,” she said.

The Fed has been trying to boost economic growth since the recession sharply increased unemployment.

First, it cut short-term interest rates to nearly zero and pledged to keep them ultra-low until unemployment falls to 6.5 percent or lower.

Then it created a second program to cut long-term interest rates, making it easier for families to borrow money for new homes and easier for businesses to raise capital for new equipment.

Under the program, the Fed is buying $85 billion in securities each month. So cutting that stimulus would reduce those purchases.
  
Hensel said not all the data supported a cutback. “We are seeing sort of some economic growth, but not as sudden and as significant as one might expect,” she said.

And a survey of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants showed some members were worried that renewed wrangling over taxes and government spending in Congress could discourage investments needed for growth.
 
Gary Lubin, CEO of Centerphase Solutions, helped organize the survey.

“The debt ceiling, sequestration, issues around patent protection and some international business practices - all really create a certain level of uncertainty which leads to some apprehension or some holding back of items, for example capital spending,” he said.

Top officials of the U.S. Federal Reserve are scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday for debate on economic policy.  On Wednesday, Bernanke is scheduled to meet with journalists to explain the changes - if any - in the bank’s strategy.


México facing twin storms,
one in Pacific and one in Gulf

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Twin storms are battering the east and west coasts of Mexico, killing at least 17 people so far and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

Hurricane Ingrid is forecast to strike Mexico's Gulf coast early today with winds as high as 120 kph (about 75 mph).

The Category One storm could dump as much as 63 centimeters of rain on parts of the east coast. Ingrid has already soaked several coastal towns and sent thousands running for safety. That's nearly 25 inches.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Manuel has brought heavy rains and high winds to Mexico's Pacific Coast. At least 17 people have been killed by landslides, flash floods and collapsed buildings in the southwestern state of Guerrero.

Forecasters predict more heavy rain and life-threatening weather before Manuel is expected to break apart over land Monday.


Brazil's president attempting
to improve public approvals


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When a Brazilian newspaper reported last month that President Dilma Rousseff had gone for a nighttime spin incognito around the capital on the back of an aide's Harley-Davidson, her favorable mentions soared on social media.
 
It was just what Rousseff needed after a bad couple of months: She had been booed at an international soccer match and at a gathering of mayors from around the country. Worse still, her popularity tanked following massive street protests against corruption, poor public services and the high cost of living.
 
The unexpected outburst of anger was aimed at politicians of all stripes and targeted Congress. But it also shook Ms. Rousseff's administration to the core and clouded the prospects for next year's election, when she is widely expected to run for a second four-year term.
 
A technocrat with a distaste for the gladhanding of politics, Ms. Rousseff quickly gathered her closest advisers, led by her 2010 campaign adviser and pollster JoIao Santana, and drew up a plan to connect more with the public through travel and the Internet, an aide said.
 
The president responded to the demonstrators' main demands with a five-point plan to improve public transportation, health and education services, maintain fiscal discipline and reform Brazil's political system to make it more accountable.
 
The president has increased the frequency of her trips around Brazil to two or three a week to inaugurate new schools, low-cost housing and infrastructure projects aimed at upgrading and expanding the overcrowded urban transit systems that sparked the first protests in June.
 
“A government cannot be deaf,” Ms. Rousseff, 65, told a crowd on Wednesday in a working-class suburb of Rio de Janeiro where she announced plans to build a new metro line.
 
Donning a hardhat and orange overalls, she visited a shipyard that is building a production and storage platform to tap Brazil's huge offshore oil reserves, praising a law she proposed — and Congress quickly passed after the protests — to use royalties to fund education and health programs.
 
At each stop, Ms. Rousseff starts by speaking to local radio stations, a trick borrowed from her charismatic predecessor and political mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who remains hugely popular almost three years after leaving office.
 
The results are beginning to show. Rousseff's approval rating sank from 73.7 percent before the protests to 49.3 percent in July. By last week it had climbed back to 58 percent.
 


Alabama church is marking
50th anniversary of bombing


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hundreds of worshippers packed an Alabama church Sunday to honor four young girls killed 50 years ago in a bombing by the Ku Klux Klan that became a defining moment in the U.S. civil rights movement.

Bells tolled at the precise moment the blast ripped through Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, killing 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, along with 11-year-old Denise McNair.

Later, the Rev. Arthur Price taught the same Sunday school lesson on forgiveness that was heard the morning of the bombing.

President Barack Obama, in a written statement, called Sept.15, 1963. a horrific day for the city and the country that ultimately galvanized national support for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

That federal legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion and gender. It also brought an end to so-called Jim Crow laws that enforced rigid segregation in much of the American South.

One of the Klansmen convicted years later in the bombing remains imprisoned. Two others died in prison.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a Birmingham native who attended school with victim Denise McNair, headed a list of speakers set to participate in a Birmingham commemoration later in the day. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also was on hand.

The U.S. Congress last week posthumously awarded the victims the Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest honor bestowed on American civilians.

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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
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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

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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Business for sale or lease (paid category)7115-12/16/11
A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San Jose,  Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas.  And it is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive ground-work that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to  even greater success.  Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a Pro-Forma Income Statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.com
8081-10/9/13

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.

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Security camera taped murder
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators had a lot to work with when they responded to the murder of a 54-year-old service station attendant at his jobsite in Jicaral.

The entire crime had been recorded by a security camera.

Agents detained a 31-year-old man Friday morning as a suspect in the crime.

The victim, who had the last name of Montes, was working about 4:30 a.m. when a motorist took up a piece of wood and struck him several times in the head, causing death, said agents.

The suspect was detained while driving to San José in an area known as the Costa de Pájaros. Agents also are investigating to find the source of some 125,000 colons in cash found on the suspect at his arrest.



World's oldest man dies
after living 112 years


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The man recognized as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records has died.

Salustiano Sánchez-Blazquez died Friday at a nursing home in Grand Island, New York. He was 112 years old.

He was born in 1901 in the village of El Tejado do Bejar, Spain.

The self-taught musician moved to Cuba when he was a teenager with his brother and a group of friends where they worked in the sugarcane fields.

In 1920, Sánchez came to the United States through Ellis Island and eventually settled in New York's Niagara Falls area.

Sánchez's wife died in 1988. He is survived by a daughter, a son, seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren.

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Twitter says it plans to go public

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It only took 135 characters for Twitter to make big news. Fittingly, in a tweet the company announced it was going public.

The tweet read simply "We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale."

Details of the initial public offering of stock aren’t known because Twitter is taking advantage of a law passed last year that allows companies with less than $1 billion in revenue to keep the details secret until the final weeks before the price of the stock is set.

Some experts think the initial public offering, or IPO, will be sooner rather than later.

"The market is hot and the end of the year is usually a good time to go public," said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. "I think we will get to see the documents by Halloween and the IPO will be done by Thanksgiving."

Twitter started up just seven years ago and has already grown into a global social media powerhouse boasting some 200 million users. The short messaging service, which limits the size of messages to 140 characters, is also popular among heads of state, celebrities, athletes and journalists.

The IPO has long been expected as the company has been recently focusing on advertising products in an effort to bolster revenue. While the IPO is big news, Twitter is still dwarfed by its social media titan Facebook, which went public last year in what was widely viewed as a debacle because of the perception the company was losing out on potential mobile ad revenue.

Advertising represents the bulk of Twitter’s revenue, and research firm eMarketer estimated the company will generate $582.8 million in global ad revenue this year, up from $288.3 million in 2012. That number is expected to grow to $1.3 billion by 2015.