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Greenhouse gas efforts target cows and their diets
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government is confronting the emissions from agriculture and seeking to mitigate them to reduce greenhouse gases.

One major source is cattle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that each adult cow produces 80 to 110 kilos of methane annually. Costa Rica has 1.5 million cows, according to the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería. So that is about 150 million kilos of methane a year.

Cows, sheep and goats are ruminants and can eat and digest vegetable matter other animals cannot. That is the reason they produce methane through a form of fermentation in the stomachs.

The Costa Rican agriculture ministry estimated that cattle produce about 39 percent of the unwelcome gases.

Vegetarians, of course, would solve the problem by eliminating cattle and hamburgers. But the agricultural ministry is taking a traditional path urging ranchers to improve their pastures and to rotate the cattle from one location to another. The ministry also is urging the reduction of nitrogen fertilizers on pasture land and improved nutrients for cattle.

That is one way of reducing the methane emissions, although many Costa Rican cattle survive on very poor pasture and sometimes no pasture at all.
The ministry in conjunction with Cámara de Ganaderos del Caribe and the Federación de Criadores de Ganado de Costa Rica invited a Brazilian expert, Humberto Sorio, who participated in training with 1,500 livestock producers during his time here. That is a small percentage because the ministry estimates that there are about 47,000 fincas with 1.8 million hectares dedicated to cattle pasture.

The ministry is promoting the views of Andre Voisin, who produced a book on his theories of pasture management in 1959, The book is called in English "Grass Productivity."

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that  "better grazing management and dietary supplementation have been identified as the most effective ways to improve efficiency and reduce emissions from this sector because they improve animal nutrition and reproductive efficiency."

And that is basically what the Costa Rican ministry is urging.

So if the cattle eat better, they produce less noxious gases.

The ministry also has its eyes on other forms of agriculture as the country seeks to become carbon neutral by 2021.

It said that 24 percent of greenhouse gases come from the production of coffee, 11 percent from sugar cane production and 10 percent from rice farming.


Some expats have plenty of time to get new plates
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

From now until January 2016 motorists will have to get new license plates for their vehicles.

This is perhaps the longest-running changeover in history as Costa Rica introduces optional plates containing letters as well as numbers.  There also are several security features that will cut down on registration cloning and other scams.

As with every long-term Costa Rican project, there also is a chance that the government will change its mind in midstream.

As it stands now, every three months plates can be sought for a vehicle when the current plate has the appropriate final digit.

Owners of vehicles with plates ending in the number 1 can obtain new plates through October. Owners with plates ending in 2 can do so in November, December and January, 2014. Those unfortunate enough to have plates ending in the number 0 have to wait until November and December 2015 and January 2016.

Clerks are sticking to that rule.  The first question is "What is the last number of the license plate?"

There have been some changes that benefit motorists. The most important is that there is no need to turn over the current license plates and await new ones. Those who seek the exchange at the offices of the Registro Nacional are supposed to be able to get new plates in 45 minutes, so the motorist should carry the old plates for the visit.

Otherwise, the old plates are not required until the new ones are picked up.  Correos de Costa Rica also is providing the service, and workers there appear to be more obliging than those at the Registro offices. They take the order and the fees, then instruct motorists to await a phone call.

Plates also can be ordered online via the Registro Web page. Then there is just a visit to pick up the new license plates.

Post office workers can do the entire procedure simply based on the license plate number. All the details about marchamo, driving infractions and similar are online. The only documentation needed is the identification of the vehicle owner, such as a cédula, if the owner is an individual. As long as the ID matches that on file and there are no pending traffic fines, the experience is quick. Then
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Removing plates can be a knuckle buster.

the vehicle owner must surrender the old plates in a return visit.

Postal service workers also can take payments, sparing the applicant a trip to the bank.

The postal service also had a delivery service in the metro area for an additional 10,000-colon charge.

Correos also collects a 4,600-colon service charge for delivery to metro area postal offices for pickup. So for the owner of a private car, the total will be 19,600 colons, 15,000 for exchanging the plate and the remainder as a Correo fee. Owners of motorcycles only have to pay 8,000 for exchanging the plates.

Of course, those who choose to exchange plates at Registro offices do not have to pay the 4,600 colons.
Banco de Costa Rica also will process plates, but the charge there is 5,000 colons, about $10.

Both the postal service and the Registro make clear that the owner of record must apply for the new plates. Anyone else must have a notarized document from the owner of record.

If the vehicle is in a corporation, the applicant must be the responsible party.

There also are provisions for situations where the owner of record had died. All of these detail are on the Registro Web page.

When news of the changeover came out, some expats went into a panic and sought immediate answers that did not exist. Now that the kinks have been ironed out, the only problem should be trying to get the old plates off that car.  A large dose of Liquid Wrench is suggested.

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A coyote that was being offered as a pet in the Mercado Central in 2009 has a bigger home now in Santa Ana.

The location is the Centro de Conservación de Santa Ana., operated by the same foundation that runs the Parque Zoológico y Jardín Botánico Nacional Simón Bolívar in north San José.

The animal has been living in Santa Ana since 2011, but their workers have constructed a new facility. Coyotes are one of those animals that live well close to humans. In Costa Rica they are found in the central and north Pacific.

The zoo and the Santa Ana facility are being squeezed out by the environmental ministry, which claims that the management contract has expired. The foundation running the zoo disputes this claim.

Tax agency distributes cash
in second round of lottery


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tax agency has handed out another round of cash to those who use credit or debit cards to make purchases. The first prize was 25 million colons or bout $50,000. There were lesser prizes ranging down to 2 million colons or about $4,000.

This is the second round with three more to go. The project is designed to catch tax evaders. Anyone who pays 3,000 colons via credit card is entered automatically in the drawing. The winners are picked at random in a drawing.

The Dirección General de Tributación is encouraging consumers to use their credit and debit cards for professional services, too. They hope to spot individuals who are earning money but not reporting the income.

Watchdog agency directs
criticism at Caldera project


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Contraloría General de la República said Monday that the new Caldera highway still has not been completed and there are deficiencies in maintenance and repair.

The watchdog agency said there is hardly any control on the weight of trucks using the new highway. Some of the blame was directed at the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones, which is supposed to supervise the operators of the highway, which is a concession.

This is the highway that has cut down the travel time between the Central Valley and the central Pacific coast.

Commerce ministry promotes
country to firms in India


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The commerce minister, Anabel González, has left China and is promoting the country in India today.

The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior said Monday that the minister would give promotion talks in Bangalore and New Delhi today and tomorrow.

Concern voiced over infections
from drug resistant bacteria


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new U.S. government report says more than two million Americans fall ill each year with drug-resistant infections, and 23,000 of them are dying as a result. Officials warn that steps must be taken now to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs.

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the estimate of two million drug resistant infections a year is likely an underestimate, and that the number probably will grow. 

Without urgent action to reverse that trend, warned Tom Frieden, whose agency wrote the report, the miracle drugs to fight them won’t be available in the future.

“If we are not careful, the medicine chest will be empty when we go there to look for a lifesaving antibiotic for someone with a deadly infection. But if we act now, we can preserve these medications while we continue to work on development of new medications.”

Among the most worrying pathogens, the report names a drug-resistant strain of the venereal disease gonorrhea and C. difficile, which causes about one quarter of a million hospitalizations in the United States annually, and at least 14,000 deaths.

Experts say a third bacterium, which goes by the initials CRE, is probably the most dangerous. It is resistant to almost all current antibiotics, and has a very high fatality rate.

Drug resistance develops through the overuse and inappropriate use of antibacterial agents. These can be: Doctors prescribing them to patients who have viral infections that are not affected by medicine meant to fight bacteria; patients not taking all of their medicine as prescribed, so the bacteria making them sick are only weakened, not killed; antibiotic use in healthy farm animals to prevent illness and promote growth. Antibiotic residues left in meat and animal products can then lead to drug resistance in humans.

To limit the spread of resistant infections, experts recommend wider use of routine immunizations, as well as handwashing in hospitals and other health care facilities, which are reservoirs of the harmful infections. Also, the report urges handwashing by food handlers.  

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Volunteers will confront trash at 30 locations this week
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Volunteers will tackle trash in 30 regions of the country in a cleanup sponsored in part by the tourism industry.

More than one tourist has commented on the accumulations of trash on the roadways and the beaches.

Participating are some 22 tourism firms and the Cámera Nacional de Turismo. 

The Asociación Terra Nostra, which has been at the forefront of cleanup efforts for years, said that one place that will be targeted is Playa Guacalillo, as well as the adjacent Río Tárcoles, which has been termed the most contaminated part of the metro area.

The Río Grande de Tárcoles receives water from many metro are rivers, such as the Virilla. These carry heavy loads of trash from the urban area as well as raw sewage. The metro area does
not yet have a functioning sewage treatment facility.

The Tárcoles empties into the gulf of Nicoya near Playa Guacalillo in the canton of Garabito. The beach is a natural collector of trash from the Central Valley. Thursday through Saturday has been designated as the time to clean the coasts and rivers. Ocean Conservancy has its International Coastal Cleanup at the same time. There will be millions of volunteers cleaning up all over the world.

Terra Nostra has been on the Pacific coast before and continues to collect thousands of plastic bottles and other trash. On one 2011 trip to Playa Guacalillo volunteers collected 4,335 kilos of trash that filled up 250 bags. The haul included 53 vehicle tires as well as eight for agricultural use, the association reported.

Many of the volunteers who will participate are workers at firms such as Grupo Roble, Coca Cola Co., Coca Cola Femsa, BAC Credomatic and Alimentos Pro Salud, said an announcement.


Get ready for another wet one in much of country today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A low pressure system that is creating highly unstable weather over Costa Rica is expected to influence the weather again today.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional predicts overnight rains in Guanacaste from 15 to 30 millimeters. That's .6 to 1.2 inches. The same was predicted in an 8:30 p.m. special bulletin for the central and south Pacific and the Sarapiquí region. The prediction for the Central Valley was lower, some 5 to 15 millimeters, about .2 to .6 of an inch.

The weather institute said that there were storm cells in the Guanacaste mountains and also around Tiliarán.

The bulk of the rain fell Monday afternoon with Juan Santamaría airport getting 23 millimeters, about .9 of an inch. Santa Rosa in Guanacaste got 35.4 millimeters or about 1.4 inches in the afternoon.
Santa Bárbara de Heredia received 40.9 millimeters, about 1.6 inches, over a couple of hours in the afternoon.

Hacienda Pinella in Santa Cruz reported a small amount of rain Monday, but the weather institute's automatic station there registered 56.5 millimeters or 2.2 inches from 7 a.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday.

Rain in the mountains generally results in swollen rivers at lower altitudes. The weather institute issued warnings for those living near rivers and streams.

Meanwhile in the Atlantic there is a new tropical storm, Humberto. But the predicted track says it is quickly heading north northeast into the middle of the northern Atlantic.

Heavy rains are normal for this time of year with October and early November also being wet months. As Christmas approaches, the season changes into the much anticipated dry or high tourist season.

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Conservative secessionist consider breaks with liberal urban regions
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In some U.S. states, the sharp political rift between Republicans and Democrats is also a geographical divide in which political power is controlled by liberal progressives in heavily populated urban areas.  This has left some rural conservatives groups tired of their powerless minority status and looking to secede, not from the country but from the states where they reside.
 
The Western Maryland Initiative is the latest such attempt, joining efforts by groups in Colorado, Michigan and California to attempt to secede from their own states and either form a new state or join with a neighboring state that better reflects their political views.
 
Scott Strzelczyk, one of the leaders of the Maryland secession group, says conservatives in the rural western areas of his state adamantly oppose new taxes, environmental regulations and gun control measures that are being imposed on them by the liberal majority in the eastern cities that control the political process.
 
“Ultimately we just feel that the people aren’t represented and that we could have a government that better represents us if we were to split off and form our own states,” said Strzelczyk.
 
The secessionist group in northern Colorado has a similar list of grievances and virtually the same rural/urban divide. Conservative activist and rancher Bob Beauprez says that in politics today there seems to be no room for compromise, so perhaps secession is the only way to ensure that minorities have a political voice. 
 
“If we are going to continue to have these ideological battles that end up maybe not moving in a very positive direction and ending in good government, just different government, maybe we ought to just go our separate ways. Why don’t you run your state and we’ll run ours,” said Beauprez.
Even if these initiatives ultimately fail, Beauprez says they are energizing the conservative movement. In Colorado, voters recently ousted two Democratic state lawmakers in a recall election launched over their support for stricter gun laws. 
 
The U.S. Constitution does allow for the formation of new states, but it requires the approval of both the state legislature and Congress.  It has been done in the past, such as when West Virginia broke off from Virginia during the Civil War, but it is rare.
 
Since 1959, when Hawaii and Alaska became the 49th and 50th states admitted to the union, the United States has not added any new states.  Undaunted, Strzelczyk says it may be time to radically re-draw the map to create hundreds of smaller states. “This way we have choices and all these diverse people have ways to live together harmoniously without fighting each other, without brother fighting brother and neighbor fighting neighbor all the time.  And that’s really ultimately what I wanted, just to be left alone by government to live my life.”
 
Many experts say it is unlikely that Congress would approve any new states, especially if it means changing the current balance of power. Michael Trinklein, the author of "Lost States," a book about past movements to create new states in the U.S., says conservative state secessionists should learn from history and partner up with state movements in liberal-dominated territories like Puerto Rico.
 
This is how Alaska, considered a liberal stronghold in the 1950s, joined with then-conservative Hawaii to gain statehood for both without altering the national balance of power. “Alaska nor Hawaii would have been added had they not come in together. You basically need a dancing partner and that has long been true in American politics,” points out Trinklein.
 
Still, he says most state secession efforts in history have failed. Strzelczyk says he knows his goal will be difficult to reach, and maybe even nearly impossible.

 
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Investigators still seek motive
in D.C. Navy Yard massacre


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. military veteran opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard Monday in a burst of violence that killed 13 people, including the gunman, and set off waves of panic at the military installation near the White House and U.S. Capitol.
 
The FBI identified the suspect as Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, a Navy contractor who had two gun-related brushes with the law. He was discharged from the Navy Reserve in 2011 after a series of misconduct issues, a Navy official said.
 
He was killed in one of several gun battles with police after he entered the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters about 8:20 a.m. Eastern time and started picking off victims in a cafeteria from a fourth-floor atrium, witnesses said.
 
That set off pandemonium, with fire alarms sounding and security officers yelling at people to leave the building. Hundreds fled, some scrambling over walls to escape the gunfire. A loudspeaker announcement ordered those who remained to stay in their offices.
 
The motive remained unknown. He was armed with an AR-15  rifle, a double-barreled shotgun and a handgun, a federal law enforcement source said.
 
About 12 people were injured, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said, though it was unclear how many of them were shot. About 3,000 people worked in the building.
 
Hours later, police were searching for a possible second suspect in an incident that raised questions about security at the Washington Navy Yard, about a mile (1.6 kilometers) south of the U.S. Capitol and three miles (five kilometers) from the White House.
 
Police patrol officers and active shooter teams put an end to the rampage, killing Alexis. Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the gun battles produced acts of heroism she could not yet reveal.
 
“Everybody was panicking and trying to decide which way to get out. A few of us just ran out the side exit,” Patricia Ward, who works at the Navy Yard, told reporters.
 
Security guards told people to “run, run, run,” Ms. Ward said.

It was the worst attack at a U.S. military installation since U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire on unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, killing 13 people and wounding 31 others. Hasan, who said he acted in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim countries, was convicted and sentenced to death by a military jury in August.
 
“We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened at another military installation, in our nation's capital,” said U.S. President Barack Obama.
 
Alexis, a one-time Texas resident who was known to worship at a Buddhist temple, served in the military and most recently was furthering his education while holding a job in the private sector, his father, Algernon Alexis, said in a telephone interview.
 
Alexis served full time in the U.S. Navy's Reserve from May 2007 to January 2011, becoming an aviation electrician, and he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Navy official said.
 
He was recently hired as a civilian information technology contractor to work on the Navy and Marine Corps intranet and was given a security clearance classified as secret, his company's chief executive said.
 
“He did have a secret clearance. And he did have a CAC ,” said Thomas Hoshko, CEO of the company, called The Experts, referring to a common access card by its initials.
 
Alexis was arrested on Sept. 4, 2010, in Fort Worth, Texas, on a misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm but the case was dropped when investigators determined he was cleaning his gun and it accidentally fired, Tarrant County prosecutors said.
 
He was also arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting out a construction worker's car tires in an anger-fueled blackout triggered by perceived disrespect, according to the Seattle Police Department.
 
In recent years, he developed a love for Thai culture, learning to speak the language and working at the “Happy Bowl” restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2008, said Tiki Confer, 64, owner of another Thai restaurant nearby. He worshipped at a Buddhist temple, she said.
 
“He was a very nice boy. When I saw his picture on the news, I was shocked,” Ms. Confer said.

The shooting rattled the U.S. capital, forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to briefly suspend departures at Reagan National Airport. The District of Columbia Public Schools put six schools and an administration building on lockdown as a precaution.
 
The Washington Nationals baseball team postponed its game against the Atlanta Braves scheduled for Monday night at nearby Nationals Park.
 
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called the Navy Yard shootings an attack on the Navy family, and the shooting revealed a potentially serious security breach.
 
Military personnel are generally banned from carrying weapons on military installations but most people with proper credentials are not routinely checked for firearms.
 
“It will be interesting to see as this develops who the shooter is, how he got in,” said Navy Commander Tim Jirus, who was in charge of evacuating the building. “Right now a lot of people are wondering just how safe the building is or just how safe the office environment is.”


Righting wrecked cruise ship
continues as expected in Italy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Salvage crews shifted the wrecked "Costa Concordia" cruise ship slowly off a rock shelf Monday in a painstaking process that looked set to continue into the early hours of the morning.
 
The most complex and costly salvage operation of its kind ever attempted began at 9 a.m. on the Italian island of Giglio after a three-hour delay due to an overnight storm, and progress was slower than originally estimated.
 
Still on its side, the flank of the ship was entirely off the rock shelf and raised far enough out of the sea to reveal a dirty brown water mark staining the white hull.
 
“The ship is reacting very well because it's rotating in a uniform fashion, which is what we expected but it's a pleasure to see it confirmed,” said Franco Porcellacchia, leader of Costa Cruise's technical team.

The "Concordia" was carrying more than 4,000 people when it hit rocks off Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized with the loss of 32 lives. Two bodies have yet to be recovered, and underwater cameras failed to find any sign of them as darkness fell and searchlights lit up the port.
 
“They must still be under the keel of the 'Concordia,' and I hope after this finally they will have a grave . . . ,” said Luciano Castro, a 49-year-old journalist who was on the ship when it sank.
 
In contrast to the accident, a catalog of mishap and misjudgments under which the "Concordia's" captain Francesco Schettino faces multiple charges, the salvage operation has so far been a tightly coordinated engineering feat.
 
At a cost estimated at more than 600 million euros ($795 million), it is expected to be the most expensive maritime wreck recovery, accounting for more than half of an overall insurance loss of more than $1.1 billion.
 
The so-called parbuckling operation will see the 114,500-ton vessel slowly rotated upright using a series of huge jacks and cables prior to be towed away and broken up for scrap, probably next spring.
 
Italy's Civil Protection Authority said work would probably continue until dawn. Engineers said they were satisfied with progress and not concerned about the time.
 
A multinational team of 500 salvage engineers has been on Giglio for most of the past year, stabilizing the wreck and preparing for the lifting operation, which has never been attempted on such a large vessel in such conditions.
 
“We have done parbuckling before but never on a location like this,” said Nick Sloane, the South African engineer coordinating the recovery for contractor Titan Salvage.
 
“She is on the side of a mountain on the seabed, balanced on two reefs, and she is a really large ship - she's three football fields long, a hundred thousand tons plus ... So it's never been done on this scale,” he said.
 
A series of 11 towers with hydraulic mechanisms controlling 205-kg (450 lb) cables under the ship and attached to its side slowly rotated the vessel, aiming to place it on six specially built platforms drilled into the granite rock bed.
 
As the sunken side of the vessel inched out of the water, engineers eased the pressure from the cables, preparing for a second phase, when huge tanks fixed to the ship's exposed side begin filling with water, using the effect of gravity to pull the ship vertical.
 
Oil booms surround the vessel to intercept waste water and oil trapped in the ship, but no significant environmental damage was observed in the first hours of the operation.
 
Once the "Concordia" is upright, salvage teams will spend  months stabilizing it and preparing for it to be re-floated with the aid of additional giant buoyancy tanks before it is towed away for scrap.
 
Marine insurers who have to calculate the cost of covering a new breed of large cargo and cruise vessels have been watching progress closely, as any problems could have a significant impact on future insurance contracts.
 
On Giglio, locals were hoping the ship which has given their Tuscan holiday island global fame would soon be gone.
 
Giancarlo Farni, who said he was one of the first rescuers on the scene, said: “I saw it sink, and now I want to see it brought upright and taken away.”


1,500 homes said destroyed
by flooding in Colorado


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Seven people were confirmed dead and at least 1,500 homes destroyed in Colorado after a week of rare, torrential rains along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, and helicopter search-and-rescue flights resumed Monday in flood-stricken areas.
 
Much of the evacuation effort was focused on remote foothill and canyon communities of Larimer and Boulder counties in north central Colorado, where 1,000 residents remained stranded due to washed-out roads, bridges and communication lines, the county sheriff's office said.
 
Drizzle and patchy morning fog that had hampered airborne emergency operations lifted by afternoon, allowing National Guard helicopters to return to the skies to help ground teams find trapped flood victims and carry them to safety.
 
Ranchers were advised to move livestock away from rain-swollen streams as floodwaters spread further east onto the prairie, and authorities warned residents to be on the lookout for rattlesnakes that might be moving to higher ground.
 
Larimer and Boulder counties bore the brunt of flash floods first unleashed last week by heavy rains that started last Monday and drenched Colorado's biggest urban centers along a 130-mile (210-kilometer) stretch in the Front Range of the Rockies.
 
At the peak of the disaster, the heaviest deluge to hit the region in four decades, floodwaters streamed down rain-saturated mountainsides northwest of Denver and spilled through canyons funneling the runoff into populated areas below.
 
The flooding progressed downstream and spread onto the prairie on Friday. During the weekend, waters topped the banks of the South Platte River and inundated farmland as high water rolled eastward in the direction of Nebraska.
 
State officials issued flood warnings to Nebraska residents along the South Platte. State emergency management spokeswoman Jodie Fawl said they began putting sandbags inside culverts beside a Union Pacific Railroad line in the town of Big Springs to prevent a wash-out of the tracks there.
 
The Colorado Office of Emergency Management issued a statement on the disaster, putting the official death toll at seven, up from five over the weekend, but a breakdown of the fatalities was not immediately available.
 
Separately, two women, aged 60 and 80, remained missing and presumed dead after their homes were washed away by flash flooding in the Big Thompson Canyon area, Larimer County sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Hillmann said. But she said local authorities were still not counting those two women as confirmed dead because their bodies had not been recovered.
 
Nearly 400 other people remain unaccounted for in Larimer County, with many believed to be still stranded in remote areas cut off by floodwaters and left without telephone, cell phone or Internet service, she said.
 
An estimated 1,500 homes have been destroyed and 4,500 more damaged in Larimer County alone, Ms. Hillmann said. In addition, 200 businesses have been lost and 500 damaged, she said, citing preliminary assessments by the county.
 
As the weather began to clear Sunday night and Monday, rescue workers fanned out across a flood zone encompassing an area nearly the size of Delaware.
 
“They'll take advantage of the weather today and help out everyone they can,” said Micki Trost, a spokeswoman for the state Office of Emergency Management. “We hope that those weather forecasts stay in our favor.”
 
The air rescue operations were the largest in the United States since flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, National Guard officials said.
 
Bryon Louis of the National Weather Service office in Boulder said some areas had been soaked by as much as 16 inches (40 cm) of rain in just three days, the average for an entire year in the semi-arid region.
 
President Barack Obama declared the area a major disaster over the weekend, freeing up federal funds and resources to aid state and local governments.
 
U.S. Army and National Guard troops have rescued 1,750 people cut off by washed-out roads in the mountain canyons of Boulder and Larimer counties, an Army spokesman, Maj. Earl Brown, said in a statement.
 
State officials would be unable to assess the overall damage until rescue efforts were complete and the floodwaters had receded, Trost said.
 
The prolonged showers were caused by an atmospheric low-pressure system that stalled over Nevada and western Utah, drawing extremely moist air out of Mexico and streaming it north into the southern Rockies, meteorologists said.
 
The last multi-day rainfall event to spawn widespread flooding in Colorado's Front Range occurred in 1969. But a single-night deluge from a 1976 thunderstorm and dam breach triggered a flash flood that killed more than 140 people in Big Thompson Canyon.


Obama  takes credit for actions
to reverse U.S. economic crisis


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama has marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S. financial crisis. He claims credit for major progress in the recovery from near collapse five years ago but says more work lies ahead.

An economy shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs, banks saddled with worthless subprime mortages, millions losing their homes, and an auto industry near collapse: It was a downward spiral that began Sept. 15, 2008, with the bankruptcy and collapse of Lehman Brothers, followed by bailouts for other financial firms considered too big to fail.
 
And that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression.

When Obama took office in January 2009, the financial system itself was near collapse.

He spent much of his first term implementing a stimulus passed by Congress and bailing out the struggling auto industry. On Monday, he reviewed the past.

"We put people to work repairing roads and bridges, to keep teachers in our classrooms, our first responders on the streets," he said. "We helped responsible homeowners modify their mortgages so more of them could keep their homes.  We helped jump-start the flow of credit to help more small businesses keep their doors open.  We saved the American auto industry."

Other steps included cutting middle class and small business taxes, financial system reform, and establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

But the U.S. economy continues to face challenges. 

Obama pointed to a growing income gap.

"Even though businesses are creating new jobs, and have broken record profits, the top one percent of Americans took home 20 percent of the nation's income last year, while the average worker isn't seeing a raise at all," he said. "In fact, that understates the problem.  Most of the gains have gone to the top one tenth of one percent."

Republican opponents in Congress rejected much of the president’s proposals for new stimulus and tax reform.

The negative political atmosphere in Washington, with a divided Congress, promises more conflict.

Republicans are threatening to defund Obama's signature healthcare law which could trigger a government shutdown, and a new battle looms over raising the government’s debt limit, something Obama says is non-negotiable. He claims the Republicans’ budget priorities would place the economy at risk.

He said, "Are some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they are willing to tank the entire economy, just because they can't get their way on this issue?  Are they really willing to hurt people just to score political points?"

The government runs out of spending authority Sept. 30.  Obama will continue his focus on the economy.  Congress will spend the next two weeks trying to hammer out a new budget.


Another firm gets permission
to resupply space station


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

NASA on Monday cleared a second commercial company to launch a cargo ship to the International Space Station, with blastoff slated this week from a Virginia spaceport.
 
If successful, Orbital Sciences Corp. would join privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX, in flying supplies to the space station, a $100 billion research complex that orbits about 250 miles (about 400 kilometers) above Earth.
 
Orbital Sciences' two-stage Antares rocket, which made a successful debut flight in April, is scheduled to lift off at 10:50 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday from the Virginia-owned Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, which operates under a lease agreement with NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.
 
The 133-foot (40.5-meter) tall rocket will be carrying the company's first Cygnus cargo capsule.
 
Like SpaceX's Dragon capsules, which so far have made three flights to the space station, Cygnus is intended to restore a U.S. supply line to the station following the retirement of NASA's space shuttles in 2011.
 
“We have them lined up to use them fairly regularly,” NASA's space station program manager Mike Suffredini told reporters during a pre-launch press conference.
 
“This is what we said was going to be the fleet to take care of the U.S. segment, and we need to have it,” Suffredini said.
 
Russia, Europe and Japan also fly freighters to the station, a partnership of 15 nations.
 
Unlike traditional government contracts, NASA provided $684 million in seed funds as well as technical support to SpaceX and Orbital Sciences to develop their rockets, capsules and launch facilities.
 
The firms also hold a combined $3.5 billion in contracts to fly cargo to the station for NASA.
 
SpaceX, which was awarded its development contract in 2006, is preparing to debut an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket later this month.
 
NASA wants SpaceX to have two or three missions under its belt with the new rocket before resuming supply runs to the station, Suffredini said.
 
Orbital Sciences, which began its partnership with NASA 18 months later, stands to collect a final $2.5 million development payment from NASA upon completion of its demonstration flight to the station.
 
If the launch occurs as planned Wednesday, astronauts aboard the station on Sunday plan to use a robotic crane to pluck the Cygnus capsule from orbit and attach it to a docking port.
 


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7922-10/15/13

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7721-4/29/13



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.





Visit our Web Site:
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English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)
  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia 803
5,000 square meters of land and 175 square-meters of construction. HERE!
Grecia
2,000 square meters of land and 200 square-meters of construction.  HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8068-11/9/13

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Pacific Estates

Pacific Estates is divided into three distinct sections called Pacific Landings, Pacific Hills and Pacific Acres. Pacific Landings includes unique 2 & 3 bedroom homes incorporating pole house construction, cathedral ceilings, balconies on both the front and back of the house and eco-friendly elements. The homes also include granite counter tops, state-of-the-art stainless steel kitchen appliances, washer & dryer hook ups, internet connectivity and zone controlled A/C. These homes feature 1,290 square feet under A/C space and 1,537 square feet under A/C space with an optional Loft. To learn more about Pacific Estates, schedule a No Obligation Free Virtual Tour today by clicking here!
8087-10/18/13

Samara church and lot
Commercial lot with great visibility in heart of Playa Sámara commercial district. Located alongside town's largest church, bank, hardware store/lumber yard, mini shopping plaza, and Pali (Sámara's largest supermarket). This lot has a large elevated building platform shaded with mature treees. All this makes for many commercial options.  One block from stunning "blue flag" beach. This is a perfect location for a eco/boutique hotel, restaurant/catering, apartments, or condominium. All utilities to this property. Lot size 1,414m2. Price 325K. Email: mwk350@yahoo.com
8082-10/9/13

sunset view
FREE FULL-DAY TOUR and property viewing – San Ramón! 
Come visit us in San Ramón and not only will we show you some great properties but we’ll also give you a FREE day-long tour of this terrific town with a relocation expert who has lived here for many years. Since 2006, CRC has been the area’s leading creator of socially-responsible communities for foreign retirees/investors and locals. “Easy access” to San Ramón does not mean living many miles outside of town, but less than 2 miles from everything you’ll need. Live near town but in an area that only feels a world away. None of our competitors have built a school, donated a water well and completed numerous projects for the community. A few stunning, direct ocean-view home sites of 1.25 acres to nearly 4 acres from only $55,000 remain in one of San Ramón’s most desirable residential communities. Please visit us at www.crcommunities.com or email us at CRCInformation@gmail.com to request a property showing AND your free full-day tour. Overnight accommodations can be arranged. Limited availability so please contact us today referencing “Free Tour” in your email: CRCInformation@gmail.com
8080-10/6/13

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

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

humming bird nest

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

Liberia farm
Must Sell - Immediately
Guanacaste - Liberia Farm

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

Naranjo views

NARANJO VIEW PROPERTY READY TO BUILD: ALL PERMISSIONS

4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
• 10 minutes to the autopista and Naranjo centro
• Tranquil and Quiet
• Landscaped with fruit trees and flowering plants, and coffee#
• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
• Close to public transportation - paved main road
• Building pad prepared and soil tested
• Survey/topo
• All services in place and underground - water/electricity/phone
Email monicacal@mac.com
8034-8/19/13

Playa Palo Seco - Gorgeous beachfront 2-story home of roughly 2,000 square feet set on a half acre ocean front full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco.
Playa Paol Seco
This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is only minutes from  the tourist hot spot Jacó but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil. This is an incredible opportunity at $150,000! Owner financing is available! Visit Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8033-8/19/13

El Castillo - Up to 60-acre tract with breathtaking views of Volcán Arenal and Lake
Catillo
Arenal are available. Multiple GORGEOUS home building sites are scattered throughout this area. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of land that cannot be replicated. Perfectly suited for either real estate investment, homebuilding, or even a resort. Owner financing  is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8032-8/19/13

San Ramon - Beautiful tracts of land of all shapes and sizes for sale in the San Ramón
San Ramon
area. Vista Rica Realty has been in the business for over 20 years which allows us to outcompete in not only selection, but also price. Oceanview homesites from only $30,000 with easy access to San Ramón. Up to 90-hectare fincas perfect for raising cattle or an off-the-grid project. Owner financing is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8031-8/19/13

Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8010-7/28/13

Flamingo
                            view
Condo for sale in Flamingo

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

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

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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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First Miss Indian-American
draws vicious online posts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Nina Davuluri’s crowning as Miss America Sunday marked the first time an Indian-American had won the prestigious competition.
 
Ms. Davuluri competed on a theme of "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency."  She is American and was born in New York, but vicious posts have appeared on Twitter labeling her as Arab, Muslim, al-Qaida and un-American.
 
When asked about this latest controversy, the new Miss America said she has to rise above it, and that she's always considered herself "first and foremost American."
 
The tweets touched off a debate about racism and nationalism in this country and in India.  A nightly talk show on the Indian TV network NDTV featured a panelist saying, "Clearly there is a large body of that country that feels she represents everything that's good and cosmopolitan about the United States.  In the world of social networking, there will be thousands of people who now have a right to air their opinion, and some of that opinion is racist, sexist and incorrect. But because they have an ability to air it, we can hear it.  But to extrapolate that out and think that 260 million people are racist would be a bit far fetched."
 
The 24-year-old Ms. Davuluri wants to be a doctor.  She received various academic awards before graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in brain, behavior and cognitive sciences.
 
Aswin Punathambeker teaches immigrant identities and media at Ms. Davuluri's alma mater and is also of Indian origin. Via Skype, he said he was encouraged by the tweets that criticized and shut down the original prejudiced ones.
 
"They said this is negative, this ignores the long history of migration of South Asians to the United States, and it ignores the fact that America is a diverse and multi-cultured country."
 
The NDTV talk show panelist queried her Indian viewers, "If you had the American ideal of beauty standing right here, would you crown her Miss India? I'm not sure."
 

Mexico in chaos over storms
that hit from both directions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two powerful storms pummeled Mexico as they converged from the Pacific and the Gulf Monday, killing 34 people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands amid some of the worst flooding in decades.
 
Tropical Storm Ingrid battered Mexico's northern Gulf coast, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel lashed the Pacific coast, inundating the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
 
The storms unleashed torrential rains and killed nearly three dozen people in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla and Hidalgo, said Luis Felipe Puente, national emergency services coordinator.
 
State oil monopoly Pemex said it had evacuated three oil platforms and halted drilling at some wells on land due to the storms, but said output had not been affected.
 
“The storms have affected two-thirds of the entire national territory,” the country's interior minister, Miguel Osorio Chong, said at a news conference in Mexico City.
 
He called the flooding “historic” and said the city of Acapulco had sustained major damage. Acapulco's international airport was closed temporarily due to power failure, as was a major highway, in the wake of Manuel.
 
In Veracruz state, along Mexico's Gulf coast, 12 people died on Monday after their bus was buried by a mountain landslide near the town of Xaltepec, Gov. Javier Duarte told reporters.
 


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Fed vice chairwoman now candidate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The withdrawal of the leading candidate to head the U.S. central bank leaves it an open question who President Barack Obama might name to succeed outgoing Chairman Ben Bernanke.

A key White House economic adviser in the early years of Obama's presidency, Lawrence Summers, withdrew his name Sunday from consideration to lead the Federal Reserve, the country's key monetary policy agency and an important link in the world economy.

His withdrawal could lead to the appointment of the first chairwoman of the Fed, Janet Yellen, currently the central bank's vice chairman. But other economic leaders could also be named.

One leading U.S. economist, Jim O'Sullivan of High Frequency Economics, said Ms. Yellen is the likely choice and would lead to a continuation of Fed support for the American economic recovery.

"Certainly the expectation now is that it will be the vice chair, Janet Yellen," he said. "Obviously, she was the favorite a few months ago, and I would say she's the favorite again now. That certainly would be continuity in terms of current policy."

Washington officials believed Summers, a former Harvard University president, was Obama's first choice to replace Bernanke, when his term expires in January. But several Democratic senators had voiced opposition to Summers' possible appointment, telling the White House that he was too lax on financial regulation.

In a letter to the president, Summers said hearings on his confirmation by the Senate would have been acrimonious and would not have been helpful for the country's economic recovery from the depths of the 2009 recession.

Obama has not publicly said when he plans to name Bernanke's successor. The president has said he has interviewed Donald Kohn, a former Fed vice chairman. Some leading economists in the country are supporting Ms. Yellen's appointment.

Speculation over a new central bank chief comes at a key time. Federal Reserve policy makers are meeting this week to decide whether to curtail the economic stimulus measures they have used to try to boost the U.S. economy, the world's largest.

The Fed has been buying $85 billion worth of securities a month to put more money into the economy, but says it may start to trim the purchases and end them altogether by mid-2014. U.S. economic growth has been modest, with expansion of the labor market weakening in recent months.

This week is the fifth anniversary of the start of the world economic downturn, with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, a U.S.-based investment bank.  Obama said the U.S. economy has advanced since then, but that the labor market needs to expand and looming government spending and debt issues need to be resolved quickly.

The United States in the last five years has imposed new restrictions on operations at large banks, but O'Sullivan said the regulations may not be sufficient to prevent another meltdown.

"I guess I'd have to say no, in the sense that there's certain things perhaps you can't control for," he said. "Certainly, this crisis is going to be in our memory for awhile, and I think that will influence behavior, as well as the actions of regulators. But I mean, that said, there are limits to what can be controlled through regulation."