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Solís staffer promises economic fix this Sunday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An optimistic presidential spokesman promised Wednesday that his boss will unveil a plan Sunday to give the economy a push.

The spokesman is Sergio Alfaro, who holds the title of minister of the Presidencia. He also said he was confident that the security ministry would begin actions to control shootouts between drug gangs, according to a summary of  his comments at a press conference.

The minister gave no details on the plan by President Luis Guillermo Solís, but he contended that the economy already is growing based on statistics he did not detail.

The president will be speaking on the brief Sunday night television spot called the Cadena Nacional. That usually is aired at 7 p.m.

In addition, after the brief television appearance, Solís will speak to reporters Monday to expand on his economic plan, said the minister.

Alfaro said he hoped that private business would interpret the president's proposals as signs that the economy is continuing to grow.

Many business operators have adopted a wait-and-see approach as they expect new taxes to be levied. They are waiting to see what form the taxes will take. The president has proposed a value-added tax that would begin at 14 percent and move in a year to 15 percent. The tax would have much greater coverage than the current 13 percent sales tax.

Expats are concerned by suggestions that their foreign income would be taxed at 15 percent when they withdraw money from automatic tellers, although that may be a misinterpretation of the proposed legislation.

Regardless of the president's proposal, the legislature may make vast changes. The tax is needed because the central government has overspent its income for years, mostly on social programs and salaries.

The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos estimates that unemployment in Costa Rica is 10.9 percent as of  June.

Alfaro also had words for the thousands of public employees who are planning a general strike Friday. They fear that their salaries will be reduced to help cover the deficit.

Alfaro repeated the president's promise to keep the doors open for dialogue. The unions have not yet taken the president up on his offer.

The minister said that the main reason for the general strike is fear that public employees are being blamed for the deficit. Nearly half the annual governmental budget is borrowed money.

Murders have been in the news after a holiday weekend with many more killings than the average. Alfaro blamed the increase in crime as being motivated by confrontations between drug gangs, the standard explanation.  Some 202 of the murders up until August this year are related to drug gangs, the security minister, Gustavo Mata Vega, said Tuesday.

Taxpayers await their turn at the Ministerio de Hacienda computer office in Outlet Mall.

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New tax reporting system is a big pain for some users
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The finance ministry's new Web-based reporting system has caused confusion among many taxpayers, and they have sought face-to-face help.

The Ministerio de Hacienda said it has beefed up the number of persons who will help taxpayers. Those who have problems in the Central Valley have been directed to the Outlet Mall in San Pedro where the line awaiting help was in the halls Wednesday.

Today is the traditional day to file sales tax and some other reports. The ministry and its Dirección General de Tributación require such filings to be electronic.

In the past, the ministry used the EDDI-7 program that required users to download a complex program into their PC computers. The new Web-based program is called Adminis­tra­ción Tri­bu­ta­ria Vir­tual, and it accepts input from all types of computers.

The ministry reported Tuesday that some 55,785 users had registered and that 42,314 tax forms had been filed.

Not just average citizens are having
problems. Accountants are represented by the  Cole­gio de Con­ta­do­res Pú­bli­cos, which said Wednesday that it has received complaints from some of its members.

The ministry has prepared an extensive tutorial file and also videos.

One change is that registrations are being made under the name of those responsible for the company. In the past, an incorporated company had its own registration.

That change has been interpreted as an effort by Hacienda to keep track of the owners of companies.

One problem that emerged Wednesday is that registration was blocked for some reason for a person who represented more than one company. Hacienda employees at the Outlet Mall have the power to clear the block, but that requires a personal visit by a user.

The EDDI-7 system will remain in use for some time to issue blank forms for certain technical tax purposes, the ministry said.

The D-101 income tax form that is due Dec. 15 must be done via the new system, nicknamed ATV.

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Coast guard rescues a man in Limón

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Crew members from the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas rescued a man who was swimming in an inlet in Cieneguita, Limón, about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The 30-year-old man arrived at the site of a partly sunken ship by swimming but could continue no further, witnesses said, according to crew members.

The man did not respond to the approaching coast guard crew, so he was rescued and taken for medical treatment, they said.

Fishing workshop scheduled for Saturday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Pacific Sportfishing Association plans a meeting Saturday in Puntarenas to analyze the state of recreational sportfishing in Costa Rica and to get input from the many constituents on ways to improve that status, according to The Billfish Foundation.

The event is being assisted by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo and the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura

Herbert Nanne, the Central American director for The Billfish Foundation and a member of the National Sportfishing Commission, said that the workshop has invited people from across the nation representing both freshwater and saltwater fishing from both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, he reported in a release.

Police say they liberated woman hostage

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police had detained a man who is accused of holding his ex-companion hostage along with her two children.

The Fuerza Pública said it liberated the woman from the man's car in Naranjo about 11 p.m. Tuesday. They called the situation a case of family violence.

Police said they confiscated a .32-caliber pistol.

The woman told them that she had been held hostage in the car since the afternoon, police reported. The children are three years and six months, they said.

Five honored for Latin American coverage

By the Columbia University news staff

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism honored five journalists Wednesday for reporting on Latin America.

They are Lucas Mendes, GloboNews, Brazil; Raúl Peñaranda, Página Siete, Bolivia; Simon Romero, The New York Times, United States; Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press, United States. The Maria Moors Cabot Special Citation was awarded to Ernesto Londoño, The New York Times, United States.

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He created three independent media outlets, all of them successful: Nueva Economía, La Época and Página Siete, an accomplishment in any country today. Página Siete, designed while he was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, featured an innovative business plan financing iPads to readers in order to build his audience and increase the then-incipient Internet penetration.

His strong stance against abuse of power and media concentration by the Morales regime, particularly in his latest book “Control Remoto,” earned him relentless persecution by the government, which called him a traitor and a spy. Despite this, Peñaranda continues to write his columns and articles as an editorial writer and editor of the International Sunday edition of the paper he founded.
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In more than two decades of covering Latin America, Simon Romero has demonstrated extraordinary depth and breadth as well as a vast historical knowledge in explaining the continent to readers in the United States and beyond. 

He has covered the big and politically sensitive stories such as Venezuela under Hugo Chávez, Colombia's guerrilla war and its hopes for peace and Brazil's crusade against hyperinflation and corruption. He has written with fairness and thoroughness in highly polarized situations, providing nuance and context.

But perhaps Romero's most compelling talent is to root out small and difficult chronicles, often in places where hardly anyone travels, to tell larger stories. His reporting has taken him to far-flung places, from the cave paintings in northeast Brazil where the first native peoples reported their stories to battling mountain sickness in Chile to report on radio antennas set up to study the origins of the universe.
Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Mark Stevenson has covered Mexico and its complicated, sometimes violent, social conflicts for over two decades. In the process, he has ventured into some of the most remote and dangerous corners of the country.

Last year, he went into one such area after he realized something was wrong with a routine press release from Mexico’s defense ministry. It claimed that 22 members of a drug gang had been killed in a confrontation with an army unit that had suffered only one casualty, a wounded soldier. Stevenson traveled to the scene of the confrontation in a dangerous area that is disputed by rival drug gangs. What he found and described in minute, gripping detail was the scene not of a shootout, as the army had announced, but of what appeared to be an extrajudicial killing where soldiers had executed gang members after they had surrendered.

His story shredded the government’s initial cover up of the killings. Since his initial reporting, three soldiers have been charged with murder.  Witnesses who were imprisoned to keep them silent have been freed.
Ernesto Londoño, The New York Times

In addition to the gold medals for lifetime achievement, the Cabot jury also searches for journalistic accomplishments in the past year that have had an extraordinary impact on the region. Such was the case with a remarkable series of editorials by The New York Times on Cuba. The editorials built a compelling factual and political case for the United States to end its 50-year-old policy of confrontation with Cuba. Published simultaneously in Spanish and English, the editorials argued forcefully that engagement would promote the transformation of Cuba into a more open and prosperous society, and that it would invigorate independent journalism.

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BriBri representatives plan to protest government's carbon swap scheme
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Members of the Talamanca BriBri community will be demonstrating at Casa Presidencial today against a carbon swap scheme that the native inhabitants say they do not want. They will seek a meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solís

The program is called REDD+, which the BriBri representatives said that they never asked for or gave approval. They called it a false solution to climate change.

A statement expressed fears that the plan would prevent the traditional use of the woodlands by the residents. They said
the program damages their fundamental rights. They also characterized the program as payment for permission to contaminate.

Costa Rica has a long-term program of paying landowners to keep woodlands. This generates carbon credits, which can be sold.

A summary of the news program said that 10 percent of the land involved would be on native reserves.

The government has made a deal with the World Bank to sell $63 million in carbon credits as a result of the program.

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issued by Correos

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Correos de Costa Rica has come out with a stamp to focus attention on trafficking in persons.

The issue is of 15,000 500-colon stamps and is part of an American postal union collection. The stamp shows silhouettes of four persons and a map of Costa Rica.

There also is a special postmark and 3,000 first-day covers.

Trafficking generally involves forcible relocation for prostitution or labor and commercial escorting of individuals, usually from one country to another.

There were just five cases reported in Costa Rica last year, according to the Fundación Rahab, an organization supported partly by the U.S. government.

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Government to distribute $142 million for June storm damage
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The series of June storms that caused damage in eight cantons in northeast Costa Rica will result in 75 billion colons in emergency payments.

That was announced Wednesday. The bulk of the money will

go to Limón, Sarapiquí and Turrialba.

The amount is about $142 million. Some 21.5 billion colons or  $40.5 million will go to agencies and institutions that participated in the response to the emergency. The rest will be incorporated into a fund that will be used for a variety of projects.

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Junk photo in Fresno turns out to be tintype worth millions
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A California couple purchased three Old West photographs for $2 from a junk store in Fresno, California, only to learn that one of them, the earliest known image of the world famous Wild West outlaw Henry McCarty, better known as Billy the Kid, may be worth $5 million.

Experts say the 1878 tintype photo is so valuable because it is a rare historic document.

McCarty, who also used the pseudonym William H. Bonney, is one of the most notorious 19th-century U.S. outlaws.

Books and movies have made Billy the Kid a celebrity known to Wild West fans at home and abroad.

But now a photo from the summer of 1878, showing the gunman playing croquet with his gang members and family, is serving as a basis for a new documentary.

"It's the holy grail of not just Western photography. It's the holy grail of photography. It is the rarest photograph in the world and it was found in a Fresno junk shop," said Jeff Aiello, the film's director.

That happened in 2010, when a couple picked up the photograph from a box of old photos in a local secondhand store.

The couple first chose two photos featuring women. Then, a third one depicting a country scene caught the husband's eye.

"So I picked it back up and thought, it's got a hole on top, kind of beat up," Randy Guijarro of Fresno remembered. "OK, so I got those three photographs for two bucks."

But a reputable Americana expert recently appraised the photo at $5 million, and film director Aiello found it useful in making his documentary "Billy the Kid -- New Evidence."
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Henry McCarty, Billy the Kid

He said it helped him find remnants of the New Mexico house where the photo was taken. "We found the old lumber underneath. We found those exact rock piers are still there," he said.

The director's wife, Jill Aiello, who has aided the research, said it has helped to identify one of the women in the photo who recorded some of the contemporary events. "I found that not only did Sally Chisolm have a diary, but she also has a journal that predates the diary," Mrs. Aiello remembers.

Billy the Kid, nicknamed for his youthful looks, participated in a deadly factional war in the New Mexico Territory in 1878, shortly after the photo was taken. He escaped after his group lost a decisive battle and was killed by authorities three years later.

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San Francisco de Dos Ríos, El Bosque, furnished 2-bedroom,1-bath apartment, quiet area, free cable TV WiFi, large patio area, swimming pool, parking, security. Close to San José. $450/month. Retired persons preferred. Call 8375-6838. Email:

Unfurnished 400-sq. ft. apartment, with modern kitchen, located on beautiful Junquillal Beach is waiting for you. Sea Turtles are common to this beach. Great area for surfing one of C.R.'s premier surf spots or boogie boarding. Close to a market, restaurants and more touristy areas - Playa Negra and Tamarindo, if you want shopping, etc. This area is a great community. If you are looking for a nice relaxing area, this is it. $500 month + electric, visit our Web page -  - for more info, photos and to view a video. Or call (506) 5004-3473.

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part
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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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Small furnished apartment with private entrance for one or two adults. No pets. Located in Colonia del Rio, San José, approx. 1.5 miles northeast of San José Centro. Location can be seen in Google maps: Calle 24 on the Rio Torres. Apartment fronts the river.  All utilities including Wi-Fi and TV cable. Photos on request. $350 a month with a month's deposit and three months minimum rent. Enclosed garage available for $50. Available Oct. 26. Email telephone 2256-9426.

Coco rental
For Rent: Terms negotiable (long term)
Available immediately. Rural, secure (24/7) gated community. 20 minutes from Playas del Coco and only 7 minutes. from Playa Matapalo (think RIU Hotel).  Two-story, 3-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home with pool, carport, wifi and access to the community pool and workout center. $1,100 USD plus utilities. (Agents: flat fee)  Contact: Wanda R Dunn at 8337-0032 or 1-610-732-3204 from U.S.
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Oganic farm rental
2 bedroom, 1 bath, $700 includes electric, water, cable, Internet & WiFi. Fully furnished. Inside gated property close to town, Santa Bárbara de Heredia. No dogs please.

Escazu condo

Beautiful fully furnished apartment for rent
Perfect place for a retired family. Furnished condo for rent.  Two bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms, living room & dinning room, laundry room. Great location: Escazú center, 5 minutes to San José, 10 minutes to Multiplaza, Hospital CIMA, PriceSmart. Very secure: gated, guard at gate 24/7  Pool & fitness center.  Monthly rate $1,100  Call Darling. Cell phone  8356-5486   or send me an email  or

Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email:

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 Unfurnished apartment with modern kitchen right on the beach
in Playa Junquillal. $500 month + electric. see to view a video or call 5004-3473. HERE's the video.

Playa del Coco
Hear the waves and walk to the beach
Villa with separate studio apartment in north Playas del Coco. Two bedrooms and two baths in the villa. Fully furnished.  Laundry facilities. Yard fenced in. Pets Ok. Large covered terrace with views. A/C, satellite TV. Surrounded by gardens, palms and other tropical trees frequented by monkeys. Rent villa for $1,300/month or both for $1,500. Contact owner Linda: 2670-0779 or 8347-4705.

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Beautiful Cottages for rent
Cottages located in the mountains of Los Angeles, San Rafael, Heredia. Surrounded by trees and nature, beautiful gardens. 45 minutes from San José. Bus line service, security. Pets allowed.
    - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 balcony, 1 ranch. $900 monthly
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 Surrounded by nature.
One or two bedrooms, 1 or 1.5 bathrooms. Bus line service, security. Pets allowed. $450 and $500 monthly. Phone: (506) 7019-9457,  8739-0638, 8993-5801. Or

Heredia cottage

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

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Security screenings stopped
by glitch at some U.S. airports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security computer system that checks airline passengers against terrorism watch lists experienced a brief service disruption, about 90 minutes, Wednesday night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.

The problem led to long delays at security screenings at New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport, as well as other entry ports into the U.S., including Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Baltimore.

Many passengers took to social media to complain about the delays.

The agency said customs agents processed international travelers using alternative procedures until the systems were back online.

Customs said, "At this time, there is no indication the service disruption was malicious in nature."

New position would target
home-grown U.S. terrorists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Justice Department is creating a position to coordinate investigations into the growing number of domestic terrorism cases in the United States.

John Carlin, the head of the law enforcement agency's national security division, told a group at George Washington University Wednesday that the official who holds the as-yet-unnamed position would lead development of strategies to thwart U.S.-based attacks and oversee prosecution of suspected terrorists. 

Carlin said more Americans have been killed in recent years by domestic extremists than in attacks linked to international terrorist groups. In one prominent incident this year, a man with white supremacist views shot nine African-Americans to death in a church hall in Charleston, South Carolina.

"Homegrown violent extremists can be motivated by any viewpoint on a whole spectrum of hate: anti-government views, racism, bigotry, anarchy and other despicable beliefs," Carlin said.

He said there "is no single ideology that governs."

Carlin said the Justice Department had no intention of trying to curb constitutionally protected freedom of speech in the United States. But he said the agency would focus "on the line between speech and violence."

Wounded lawmaker joins
to start anti-gun coalition

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords has launched a new campaign aimed at protecting women from gun violence.

The bipartisan coalition, a mix of female policymakers, law enforcers, educators, activists and Hollywood stars, is designed both to highlight the gun threat facing women and to promote the policy changes to combat the scourge nationwide.

Ms. Giffords, who was shot and nearly killed in a gunman's rampage in her Tucson district in 2011, said the problem is urgent and demands an immediate response.

"We have a problem in our country," Ms. Giffords said during a conference in Washington examining domestic violence. "Too many women are dying from gun violence."

Dubbed the Women's Coalition for Common Sense, the campaign is urging tougher laws to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people, such as convicted stalkers and domestic abusers.

Joining Ms. Giffords in the campaign are former secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman and actress Alyssa Milano.

Fact checkers find flaws
in Democrat debaters claims

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Political fact-checkers in the U.S. say that numerous claims made by the Democratic presidential candidates at their debate Tuesday night are dubious at best and in many cases simply wrong. 

Fact-checkers at The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico agreed that the party's leading contender, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, misstated State Department policy when she said the agency she headed from 2009 to 2013 allowed her to use a private email server to send and receive personal and government messages.

"That's dubious," Politico said. "Clinton has made this claim repeatedly, but a State Department policy on the books when she was secretary said routine work-related email use should be conducted on official systems."

Mrs. Clinton's use of a private email server set up in her home outside New York City has embroiled her campaign, with many voters questioning her honesty about the issue.

She says that she never received or sent emails labeled as classified national security documents, but U.S. investigators say their ongoing review of thousands of her emails already has turned up dozens that should have been classified as such.

Mrs. Clinton said a congressional investigation into her use of the email is a Republican-inspired attempt to undercut her presidential campaign but said she would answer questions about it at an Oct. 22 hearing.

The fact-checkers also questioned Mrs. Clinton's claim that former national security contractor Edward Snowden would have been protected by U.S. law as a whistleblower had he disclosed his complaints about American surveillance programs to U.S. authorities. Instead, he leaked thousands of documents two years ago to news agencies before fleeing to Russia to live in asylum.

Politico and The Washington Post noted that government workers are protected against retaliation internally when making complaints about government programs but that Snowden was working for a government contractor and would not have been covered by the law.

The fact-checkers questioned Clinton's claim that as the country's top diplomat she had hoped the recently negotiated 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal "would be the gold standard."

A few days ago, she announced her opposition to the deal, saying it did not meet her standards. The fact-checkers noted that in 2012 she said the deal "set the gold standard in trade agreements." 

The news agencies also questioned claims by Mrs. Clinton's leading challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. They said his claim that the U.S. has more income inequality than any other country is not remotely true, with income inequality much higher in the under-developed world, especially Africa.

They also said Sanders understated the extent of poverty in the U.S. He said 27 million people live in poverty when the correct figure is more than 46 million. 

The fact-checkers also found fault with some claims made by the three other Democratic contenders, former Rhode Island senator Lincoln Chafee, former Virginia senator Jim Webb and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley.

Climate change is addressed
as a major security issue

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Weeks before a key climate change conference in Paris, experts and defense ministers from more than a dozen nations gathered Wednesday in the French capital to discuss the toxic effects of climate change on world security.

“Climate change is a threat to peace,” said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, describing a world where floods, desertification and droughts will intensify conflicts over ever-scarcer resources and spark a massive wave of environmental refugees.

The meeting included ministers from Chad, Niger, Haiti and the Seychelles, countries that are experiencing first hand the threats and fallout of conflicts and climate-influenced catastrophes.

Ghana’s defense minister, Benjamin Bewa-Nyog Kunbour, spoke of forests where he used to play as a child that have been reduced to desert, rivers drying up and the country’s trees cover just a small fraction of its size half a century ago.

“Terrorism is significant, but naked hunger is as significant as terrorism,” he said. “And the relationship between terrorist activities and naked hunger are obvious. If you look at the vectors of recruitment into terrorist cells, most of the most vulnerable are hunger-prone areas.”

Nearly 150 nations have pledged to curb greenhouse gas emissions ahead of December’s climate change summit in Paris. If carried through, experts say, those cuts could limit global warming to 3 degrees Celsius, 1 degree beyond the limit at which they warn the planet could face catastrophic weather events.

Also addressing Wednesday’s meeting at the Military School in Paris, Niger’s Defense Minister Mahamadou Karidjo described the nexus between climate change and the tangle of militant groups threatening the country, including Boko Haram, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. All are directly linked to ever-scarcer resources, he said, as creeping desert and vanishing arable land threaten the lives of millions of people.

The surface area of Lake Chad, a lifeline that provides water to the four Sahel countries it straddles, including Niger, has shrunk 90 percent from its size in 1962. Scarce water has helped to intensify poverty, hunger and insecurity, Karidjo said, making people living on its shores more vulnerable to Boko Haram extremists.

“The youth no longer listen to their parents. Increasingly, they become targets for Boko Haram terrorists,” he said. “They become drugged, indoctrinated and return to their own villages to sow terror and insecurity.”

Defense Minister Lener Renauld of Haiti, which is threatened by massive deforestation and rising sea levels as temperatures warm, said he was convinced there’s no plan B for fighting climate change.

Even as experts say climate change is likely to intensify conflicts over increasingly scarce resources, they suggest mechanisms to fight global warming can help foster peace.

“Reducing our greenhouse gases, developing renewable energy that’s accessible to all countries, decarbonizing our economies, engaging in energy transition is less a constraint than a change to seize,” said French Environment Minister Segolene Royal.

Officials described Wednesday’s meeting in Paris as a first, but it comes as security risks are being increasingly factored into the climate change debate.

In July, a report by the U.S. Defense Department called climate change an urgent and growing threat to national security, and this week NATO’s parliament demanded stronger action by member states to tackle a warming planet.

Sen. Leila Aichi of EELV, the French Green Party, said French defense officials were lagging behind the Pentagon in confronting the risks and implications of climate change but were heading in the right direction.

“They’re much more responsive on the question than politicians, because they think in the long term,” she said in an interview. “The army is also in much closer contact with nature.”

But, she added, security risks are not fully factored into climate change talks taking place ahead of the Paris summit. Nor has the French military formally incorporated climate change into its defense strategy.

Spring predicted to come early
as earth's temperature warms

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Over the next century, spring will arrive earlier and earlier in the United States, researchers say. The cause: rising global temperatures.

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, in the study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, say the spring growing season will come about three weeks earlier than usual over the next 100 years.

This could have a dramatic impact on crops and the animals that depend on them, the researchers said.

"Our projections show that winter will be shorter, which sound great for those of us in Wisconsin" said Andrew Allstadt, one of the study's authors, in a statement.

"But long distance migratory birds, for example, time their migration based on day length in their winter range. They may arrive in their breeding ground to find that the plant resources that they require are already gone."

The early arrival of spring will vary around the U.S., researchers said, noting that the shift will be more pronounced in the Pacific Northwest and mountainous West, with less of an impact in the southern part of the country.

So-called false springs, when freezing temperatures return after the growing season has begun, also will decrease in most locations, according to the research.

One area, the western Great Plains, could see an increase in false springs.

"This is important as false springs can damage plant production cycles in natural and agricultural systems" Allstadt said. "In some cases, an entire crop can be lost."

Protein in brain identified
as contributor to Alzheimer's 

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have identified a protein they say may play a big part in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Reporting in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the researchers said autopsies on the brains of some Alzheimer's patients have shown high levels of a protein called GPR3. Experiments in which the protein is eliminated in mice with the disease showed improvement in the animals' condition.

But the doctors said much more research was needed to see whether the same result could be reached in humans.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of a condition known as dementia in which the brain's cognitive and memory functions degenerate.

There is no cure for the disease, and the number of cases is expected to grow as the global population ages.

Ebola returns in nurse
who was called recovered

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A British nurse, treated for ebola in January, is critically ill following a resurgence of the virus.

"We are sad to announce that Pauline Cafferkey's condition has deteriorated and she is now critically ill," announced the Royal Free Hospital in London where she is being treated.

Ms. Cafferkey was transferred from a hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, early Wednesday "due to an unusual late complication of her previous infection by the ebola virus."

She was diagnosed with the virus in December after returning from Sierra Leone, where she worked for the charity Save the Children at an ebola treatment center.

Ms. Cafferkey spent nearly a month in an isolation unit at the London hospital where she was treated with an experimental anti-viral drug before her release in January, after making what doctors said was a full recovery.

A British virologist says she may be the second case in which the ebola virus has reactivated.

Health officials are monitoring 58 people who have had close contact with Ms. Cafferkey, including friends, family, and healthcare workers.

Officials say 25 of the 40 people who had direct contact with her are receiving the vaccine while 15 others have either declined or were unable to receive it due to medical conditions.

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Lovely east coast property for sale
This is a huge property surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. The house is about 85% built, but I will give you the property completely finished.  The whole land includes 7,886 m2 or 84,884 ft2 of forest and gardens in a mountain area of Cimarrones, Limón, east coast. Full house with large master bedroom plus bathroom. One extra guest bedroom. Large dining room. Large kitchen area. Another extra bathroom for guests. Large laundry room and two cellars (storage areas). The house has wide corridors where you will see a breathtaking view of large gardens and forest.  I am open to hear your offer. The full property and land price is $125,000. Call Harold Fonseca, Phone number (506) 8702-4217, Email:

Escazu villa
Escazú villa. spectacular 360 degree city and mountain views.
Enjoy the sunsets along with the sunrise

There are special properties, which are more than mere houses. Where you can appreciate moments where you build memories. Relaxing reading in the garden of 5000 sq. m. Places to enjoy moments with family or friends with large heated pool. Beautiful city views of San José with mountain view. Places, where you can enjoy the comforting warmth of the sun throughout the day with cool nights of living 1,300 meters up on your own Mountain Noel. You are away from all the noise of San José, yet you are only 15 minutes drive there. Costa Rica largest mall is also only 15-minutes drive away.
The main house four bedrooms with four bathrooms, large office with built-in wood cabinets, and beautiful hardwood ceilings throughout the whole house. The main house is 330 sq. m. For your guest, there is a self-contained apartment of 100 sq. m. consisting of two bedrooms and two baths. Nice layout with a living room and dining room and kitchen all have views. For being so near to the city and to have that much land is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The selling price is land value will throw in the house and the apartment. Price is $690,000. Contact

Osa home
Costa Rica Tropical Paradise Beach House For Sale
Tropical 5-acre forested beachfront property with custom house and guest casita on the Osa Península, South Pacific Coast. Abundant wildlife, exotic plants and fruits, secluded beach.

Located 8 km south of Puerto Jiménez on the way to Matapalo and Corcovado National Park. Great Price $775,000. Contact:
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Hill Villa Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica
Property size: 3405.14 sq. mtrs or 37,000 sq. feet
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This home (240 sq. mtrs or 2,600 sq. ft) has 360-degree ocean and mountain views and electric-gated private road access. The large open style home has soaring teak ceilings, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, custom cabinetry and ceramic tiles throughout and a doubled car electric garage door. There is also a beautiful large swimming pool surrounded by exotic garden, laundry room and bodega. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must to see. all custom built furniture included. Photo gallery click here:    Contact Jack  Email:   Cell: (506) 8812-1789

  Beautiful house 
in nature reserve
for sale
La Union
Sustainable design, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, surrounded by nature and overlooking La Carpintera reserve. Construction 180 m2, land 670 m2. Cartago, Tres Rios La Union. Residential Sierras de la Union. Great Price $250,000. For more information, please contact us at  Phone: (506)  8922-9413.

Goetl in Palo Seco

Charming small oceanfront hotel for sale in Playa Palo Seco
Ideal oceanfront location with back up to a mangrove estuary. The
charming small hotel has a fully equipped kitchen, bar and restaurant and is exceptionnally well maintained. Located on a very private beach of the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica 35 minutes north of Quepos-Manuel Antonio and 45 minutes south of  Playa Jacó. The main building is a two-storey house with 12 bedrooms. The lot measures 3,054 M2. Beautiful gardens around the large pool and exceptional flora and fauna. Well mentioned in tourist guides like Lonely Planet and Guide Ulysse. Offered at $999,000. USD
or call (506) 8707-1037  (506) 2778-8408

Big House for Sale in Playa Grande,
Santa Cruz, Guanacaste
834.62 square meters property with 326 square meters construction. Two-storey house with front porch, entry lobby, living room, dinning room, large kitchen, breakfast room, large cupboard, 3 ½ bathrooms, 3 large bedrooms, the main bedroom includes jacuzzi and balcony. Playground, office, laundry area, garage for two cars, own and municipal potable water supply, electricity service, cable TV system, A/C. Located 700 meters from Las Colinas Golf Course, near the airport, Tamarindo Beach and the best beaches of the country. Excellent construction and great details. Price $349,000. 2,866.33 square meters building lot with three terraces. Price $75,000. For more information, please contact us:
Email Phone (506) 2653-6417.
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For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú
Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant.
Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning.
Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing.
Toll free US phone 877-778-8515
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private ranch home
Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $749,000.
E-mail:  or call (506) 8707-1037 
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Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

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

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

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

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

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $199,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

Aerial Ocean and Volcano Views with Boutique Coffee! 33 Acres $380,000. Click HERE!

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Juan Guzmán (Hans Gutmann Guster) photo  
  This is called the 'Tunnel' and is typical of the sprawling photos
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History through the lens on display

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An advantage to being a professional photographer is to be a witness to history.

Such is the case with Juan Guzmán, who was born in Germany as Hans Gutmann Guster.  He is best known for his iconic photos of the Spanish Civil War where he served on the Republican side and participated in history. But he also shot the 1936 Summer Olympics that Adolf Hitler put on as a propaganda show.

He loved Spain and adopted that country's citizenship as he changed his name. But the Republicans lost, and he was exiled to México where he photographed individuals like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo. He also worked for the old Life Magazine that was known for its photos with impact and its sister publication Life en Español.

The EFE news agency purchased many of  Guzman's negatives. But so did the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  An academic there, Maricela González Cruz Manjarrez, is an expert on the photographer, and she will be present tonight at 7 o'clock when an exhibit of the works is inaugurated at the Museo de Arte Costarricense in Parque la Sabana. The photos will be there until Jan. 10, the museum said.

The title is "El Instante Luminoso," the same as a 2009 book by Dr.  González. That seems to refer to the instant the photographer snaps the photo.

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Police and vendors clash again downtown

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police and street vendors clashed Wednesday as officers tried to confiscate items that were for sale.

The flare up was a continuation of what happened Tuesday after bicycle Fuerza Pública officers confiscated CDs, and eventually three persons were detained.

The Policía Municipal was the force involved in the Wednesday disturbance that may have included up to 100 vendors. Their presence on the streets are illegal, but they usually work hard to avoid police.

Wednesday about 4 p.m. the confrontation degenerated into throwing of trash. That happened on Avenida Segunda between calles 6 and 8.  Seven persons were detained.

The vendors usually do not have business permits and do not pay sales taxes. A lot of the merchandise is counterfeit. Some of the vendors really are selling drugs, and a large number are foreigners.

The Fuerza Pública said that the number of vendors is expected to increase with the approach of the holiday season.