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Construction is to begin on a new assisted-living center and retirement community in Escazú next week. Developers hope to open the doors within a year.

Founders of Verdeza Continuing Care Retirement Community said that they will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the four-story building that will contain 61 apartments.

Jill McWilliam, resident services manager, said that Verdeza will be the only assisted-living center of its kind in Costa Rica when it's completed.

“We're going to be the first premiere U.S.-style assisted living community,” she said. “There's nothing physically built or in construction that's similar to what we're offering.”

Ms. McWilliam said that the lack of any kind of complex such as this in Costa Rica leaves several needs for elderly and their families unmet.

She said for those who live with a family member who needs assisted living care, travel can be difficult. The options for these people boil down to short-term stays in hospitals, small facilities that fill up very quickly or having to delegate the task to housekeepers.

“A lot of people are using maids or housekeepers to take care of their parents while they travel or even during the day,” said Ms. McWilliam.

She said that Verdeza will offer apartments that can be rented temporarily by the day or long-term by the month.

This will allow persons who need daily care to check in temporarily while their families are out of town, or they can stay permanently.

Verdeza will offer four levels of service depending on the needs of the resident. This includes one floor and 17 apartments dedicated specifically to residents with Alzheimer’s.

The facility is also open to retired persons who do not need any special care but simply want to be in a community. Ms. McWilliam said that the building will contain a pub, salon, auditorium, fitness center and other facilities.

In a press release, Verdeza developers announced that they are currently accepting reservations to rent apartments.

The building will be constructed on Avenida Escazú across a parking lot from Hospital CIMA. Ms. McWilliam said that an information office will be built on location by mid-January with a full scale model of an apartment that visitors can tour.

Bandits hold two expats for 16 hours near Cóbano
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two U.S. expats were gagged, robbed and held in their home for 16 hours by a group of bandits from Friday to Saturday in Betel de Cóbano on the Nicoya peninsula, investigators said.

The robbers kept the couple detained for so long because initial attempts to take money off of their debit cards at nearby automatic tellers failed, according to a bulletin from the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Investigators are keeping the identities of the victims secret while the case is under investigation.

According to the judicial bulletin, a group entered
 the home at 9 p.m. and forced the two victims to give up the security numbers of their debit cards before gagging them.

At least one of the robbers took the cards to an automatic teller machine and tried to withdraw money using the cards but failed, while the rest of the group kept watch over the victims. The report said that when the cards did not work, the robbers decided to keep the victims detained and wait until the next day to try again.

When the robbers could not get money from the cards again the next day, the group decided to rob items from the house. Investigators estimate that the robbers took about 12 million colons or $24,000 worth of property not including a vehicle.

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The entire judicial system seems to be in support of a  magistrate who was denied re-election last week.

The full Corte Suprema de Justicia met in public Monday, and the various magistrates expressed their support. One even went so far as to call upon God to enlighten this democracy.

The court itself said that it considered the vote against Magistrate  Fernando Cruz Castro to be a blow against its independence. Unlike in the United States, magistrates here are appointed by the Asamblea Legislativa for eight-year terms.

Rolando Vega Robert, another magistrate, called upon his fellow magistrates to dress in black as a sign of mourning. He was the one who called for divine help in a statement.

Meanwhile at the legislature the president, Víctor Emilio Granados Calvo, heard supporters of the magistrate give their views, but he said that no firm decision would be reached until he studied the case.  José María Villalta Florez-Estrada of Frente Amplio offered a motion to nullify the Thursday vote, but there was no action on the measure.

Luis Fishman Zonzinski, the legislative leader of the Partido  Unidad Socialcristiana announced his resignation from the party leadership post and his separation from his fellow party members in the legislature. He favors the re-election of Cruz.

The Corte Suprema held a session that not only was public but was televised to other rooms in the judicial buildings, to 27 judicial offices all over the country and on an Internet feed.

What 38 lawmakers did by voting to deny the magistrate another term was legal, although there is some question if the technicalities were followed. Still the vote is being called a coup by some in the judiciary.

Prosecutors, judges, public defenders, fellow magistrates and other functionaries have lined up in support of Cruz.

Although by their very nature, magistrates are political players, the full high court issued a statement in which magistrates said they do not accept the existence of a magistrate aligned with a political party. The statement also said that magistrates categorically rejected threats by the leadership of the government party. The majority of those voting against Cruz were from the Partido Liberación Nacional, the party of President Laura Chinchilla.

Supporters of the magistrate suggest that he is being punished for decisions that affected negatively former president Óscar Arias Sánchez and some business interests. Supporters describe him as independent.

The dispute is lost on many Costa Ricans. Some say they see the magistrates simply trying to defend their own jobs because they, too, have to stand for reappointment.

Cruz is a member of the Sala IV constitutional court, one of the four divisions of the high court.

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The principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice Monday ruled that Colombia, and not Nicaragua, has sovereignty over seven disputed islands in the Caribbean Sea.

In its judgement, which is final and binding, the court found that Roncador, Quitasueño, Serrana, Serranilla, Bajo Nuevo, Cayo Bolivar and Alburquerque belonged to Colombia.

The long-running territorial and maritime dispute between the two countries, first brought before the international court in 2001, also concerned the maritime delimitation between them.

As part of Monday’s ruling, the court, which is based in The Hague, The Netherlands, proceeded to delimit the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zones of Nicaragua and Colombia in the area lying 200 nautical miles off the Nicaraguan coasts.

In a 2007 judgment, the court had already held that it had no jurisdiction with regard to Nicaragua’s claim to sovereignty over the islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, because this question had been determined by a 1928 treaty by which Nicaragua recognized Colombian sovereignty over these islands.

In Costa Rica, the foreign ministry declined to issue a statement.

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Bike tourists depart for tongue-in-cheek Doomsday trip
By Kayla Pearson
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Despite gray skies, cool weather and a light drizzle,  24 riders rose Saturday morning prepared to make a journey across Central America by bicycle to view the Mayan territories before the predicted Doomsday.

The Doomsday Ride 2012 is organized by Tour d'Afrique and lasts 35 days.  It began in San Jose's Barrio Aranjuez and will continue through the mountains of Costa Rica with sights such as Volcán Arenal. 

Next riders will go across to the coast and into Nicaragua where they will ride through San Juan del Sur and Granada.  From Nicaragua the tour route goes into Honduras and Guatemala where participants will view the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Copan.

Finally the tourists will stop at the Lamani Temple in Belize Dec. 21.

“We will ride our bikes there and wait for the world to end,” joked Cristiano Werneck, one of the tour organizers.

Werneck has been with Tour d'Afrique, since 2009 when he joined a tour as a translator in Brazil, his home country.

The company is Toronto-based and began in 2003 with a tour that crossed the entire African continent in four months.  The name is a play on the famous Tour de France bicycle race.

The tour company has since added many tours across other continents, and decided to make the first Central American trek.  Cyclists on the tour have many levels ranging from first time to Africa alumni.

Canadian David Jones did a bicycle tour 30 years ago. Based on his knowledge of the company he said he decided to partake in this tour.

“I know nothing about Central America.  I'm looking forward to experiencing it from the seat of my bicycle going nice and slow," Jones said.
Another Canadian, Joey Zajac, is participating in her first tour.

“I love riding my bike and I always wanted to come here.  Put them together, and here I am,” said Ms. Zajac.  “And there's no snow here, too, so that's a bonus.”

The riders said that unlike regular tours, you can actively participate in the journey when you do it by bike.

“You can smell everything, hear everything and meet the people,” Jones said.

Doomsday riders also had the option of completing just one section of the tour.  By the time the ride is over, 32 riders will have taken a part in the journey.

Kiernam Coo from Toronto decided to bike from San José to Grenada for vacation.

“I'm not really into the competition, just want to see the scenery,” he said.

The group all begins each day at the same time, but riders end up spread out due to their different bicycling abilities.  In the end, persons will win awards for traveling the entire route without taking a ride in the vans and for finishing with the fastest times.

The added bonus this year is the race will finish in the same place where the Mayans created the calendar.

“If the world ends, I'll be the first to know,” Jones said.

For most, the Doomsday spin on the ride is good natured fun and they just want to enjoy the time with the different communities and nature.

“What a better way to spend the last five weeks of your life,” said Werneck.

New agers, a film "2012" and television shows have stoked the belief in some catastrophe that is linked to the end of  the current segment of the circular Mayan calendar. Scientists and even the Mayans living today do not share this belief.

U.S. Feds offer some modification of overseas banking law
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. tax agency might be softening its draconian approach to foreign tax compliance.

American Citizens Abroad said Monday that it welcomed the agency's latest step regarding the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, known as FATCA. The U.S. Treasury Department, the parent agency to the Internal Revenue Service, has just released a new version of an agreement that contains favorable provisions for some foreign financial institutions, said American citizens Abroad.

FATCA is the U.S. policy that has caused foreign banks to cancel the accounts of U.S. citizens because of U.S. government requirements.

As Forbes magazine explained, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, was enacted in 2010 and requires foreign banks to report U.S. account holders to the IRS. Plus, the institutions must impose a 30 percent tax on payments or transfers to account holders who refuse to identify themselves. To avoid withholding, an institution must enter into an agreement with the IRS to: identify U.S. accounts, report certain information to the IRS, and withhold 30 percent on certain payments to those unwilling to provide the required information.

American Citizens Abroad and other expat advocacy organizations have been opposing the law that goes into full effect next year,

According to American Citizens Abroad, the new version of the agreement contains provisions that in certain cases require a foreign financial institution to avoid policies or practices that discriminate against opening or maintaining accounts for Americans overseas.  This modification is aimed at small financial institutions with essentially a local client base, the organization said.

Although American Citizens Abroad continues to have many
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 concerns about  the negative consequence of the FATCA legislation for the U.S. economy, the organization welcomes this step addressing the problem of Americans living abroad being denied banking services because of FATCA, it said Monday.  This is a clear indication that the organization's advocacy, along with that of other overseas organizations, is having an effect, it said.

"Americans abroad have been seriously disadvantaged by the implementation of the new FATCA rules, even before they go into effect, because banks all over the world now perceive American clients as too risky," said Marylouise Serrato, executive director of American citizens Abroad.  

"Foreign banks have been closing Americans' accounts and turning away Americans wanting to open a new account.  We want to do everything possible to avoid this happening, and these new provisions are a step in the right direction,” she said.

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Those who work in construction will have until March to get residency, according to an announcement made Monday by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.

This only applies to persons who have worked for an employer or company since May doing construction, carpentry or masonry, said Kathya Rodríguez, the agency director.

The decision comes from a recommendation by the Ministerio de Trabajo to allow companies more time to make all their workers legal, she said.

The process has ended for others who were eligible for residency under the Tiempo de Oportunidad program by immigration. 

Persons had the option to renew residency or start the process to achieve residency and obtain a DIMEX card. More than 70,000 foreigners stood in long lines and submitted applications for residency over the last six months, said the agency.

Residency will benefit these persons by letting them feel relaxed and secure while allowing them access to banking services, education, health and scholarships, said Ms. Rodriguez.

It will also help authorities get a real record of who is in the country, she added.

Everyone who applied had to fit in one of four categories.  The first applied to persons who had residency but it expired between 2003 and 2012.  Under this clause, 34,897 former residents were allowed to resubmit their documents, said the agency. 

The second applied to those who were parents of a Costa Rican minor, and 8,864 persons took advantage of this entitlement.

Other persons eligible for residency were those who did domestic or agricultural work.  Some 1,324 persons submitted documents for this.  Of that number, 85 percent worked domestically.

Those who applied for residency are asked to remain patient.  Since so many applications are being processed, it may take longer to resolve cases, an immigration spokespersons said.

Experts asked to check
highway for design flaws

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government agency that oversees concessions is asking engineers from the Universidad de Costa Rica to do a technical analysis of Ruta 27, the San José-Caldera highway.

This is a route with a disproportionate share of accidents, according to Roberto Gallardo, the minister of  Planificación who sought the study. He asked the  Consejo Nacional de Concesiones to bring in the experts from the Escuela de Ingeniería Civil of the university to look at the stretch from San José to Ciudad Colón.

If there are dangerous aspects found, the Consejo will ask the concession holder, Autopistas del Sol S.A., to make changes, the Consejo said.

Typical weather for season
expected in country today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The forecast is for a sunny to partly cloudy day today in the Central Valley, but rain is expected on the Caribbean coast and northern zone. There also is a chance of rain in the central and south Pacific, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

The winds that have raked the country will continue but with more moderate speeds, said the weather institute.

As high pressure builds in the Gulf of México and in the Caribbean, there is a chance that the winds will increase.

Obama plans to meet
Mexican president-elect

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama will host Mexico's President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto at the White House Tuesday.

The administration said Monday that the two leaders plan to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues during their Oval Office meeting.

It said the United States remains committed to work with Mexico to increase economic competitiveness, promote regional development, and advance efforts to develop a secure and efficient 21st century border.

Peña Nieto will take office Dec. 1 after winning July's presidential election. His Partido Revolucionario Institucional, which ruled Mexico for 71 years, will be back in power for the first time in 12 years.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Mexico since outgoing President Felipe Calderón began a military crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006. Earlier this month, Peña Nieto proposed shifting control of Mexico's scandal-ridden federal police from the public security department to the interior department.

U.S. Southern Command
gets Marine as new leader

By the Southern Command news services

Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly assumed command of U.S. Southern Command and relieved Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser during a change of command ceremony Monday in Florida.
The Southern Command is the military agency that fights drug smuggling in the Pacific and Caribbean.
Kelly comes from the Pentagon where he served as the senior military advisor to the secretary of Defense since March 2011.  As the new commander, he is now responsible for overseeing all U.S. military operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Quake located near Nicoya

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake took place early today about 10 kilometers southeast of Santa Cruz on the Nicoya peninsula not far from the community of Nicoya, said the Red Sismológica Nacional. The time was 12:34 a.m.

The Red Sismológica attributed the quake to the subduction of the Cocos tectonic plate under the lighter  Caribbean plate.  The quake was felt in at least Nicoya, said the Red. That community suffered damage due to the Sept. 5 quake offshore that had a 7.6 magnitude.
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Colombian rebels proclaim
unilateral ceasefire to Jan. 20

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombia's leftist rebels have announced a two-month unilateral cease-fire as they and the Colombian government resumed peace talks in Havana.
The rebels, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia or FARC said it would halt all military operations and acts of sabotage through Jan. 20.
Rebel lead negotiator Ivan Marquez said the move was aimed at strengthening the climate of understanding needed for the talks.
The Colombian government says military operations against the rebels will continue.  Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón says history shows the rebels have never kept their word.  The government says it wants to reach an agreement with the rebels in a matter of months, not years.
Peace talks began in Norway last month.  They are the first negotiations since 2002.
Since 1964, civil war has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in Colombia.

Health panel recommends
HIV tests for everyone

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. government-backed panel of doctors and scientists is recommending that everyone between 15 and 65 get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The influential Preventive Services Task Force on Monday said its previous recommendation for testing was only for high-risk individuals. But now it says as many as 25 percent of the more than 1 million Americans infected with HIV do not know they have it.

Advocates for AIDS patients call Monday's recommendation a monumental shift in how HIV can be prevented, diagnosed and treated. Experts say early diagnosis can cut the transmission risk for AIDS by 96 percent.

World Bank report warns
of 4-degree temperature rise

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Time is running out to stem the potentially disastrous effects of global warming, according to a report issued by the World Bank on Sunday.

The report, entitled "Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4-degree C Warmer World Must be Avoided," warns that the world is on track to see a 4-degree C rise in temperatures by 2100, which could bring crippling heat waves, increased risk of food shortages, damage to a variety of ecosystems, an irreversible decrease in biodiversity and a life-threatening rise in sea levels. That would be 7.2 degrees F.

"A 4°C warmer world can, and must be, avoided. We need to hold warming below 2 degrees C," said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. "Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today. Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest."

Other potential effects of a rise of 4-degree C include increased water scarcity and increased frequency and strength of tropical storms.

“Lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach of millions of people in the developing world, it threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development,” Kim wrote in the paper.

Furthermore, the report, which the World Bank said was reviewed by some of the world’s top environmental scientists,  warns that all of this could happen even if countries fulfill their current emission reduction pledges. Under the Kyoto Protocol, 37 countries pledged to reduce greenhouse by an average of five percent against 1990 levels in the period from 2008 to 2012.

"This report reinforces the reality that today’s climate volatility affects everything we do," said Rachel Kyte, the Bank’s vice president for sustainable development. "We will redouble our efforts to build adaptive capacity and resilience, as well as find solutions to the climate challenge."

The World Bank administers the $7.2 billion Climate Investment Funds, which operate in 48 countries. It leverages an additional $43 billion in investment in clean energies and climate resilience.

The World Bank report comes a week before the 18th meeting of the U. N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in Doha, Qatar, from Monday to December 7.
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Dip in ocean level reported
to have been temporary

By the NASA news staff

For most of the past two decades, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and European satellites have tracked the gradual rise of the world's ocean in response to global warming.

In August 2011, scientists at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and the University of Colorado in Boulder reported that global sea level rise had hit a speed bump.

The researchers found that between early 2010 and summer 2011, global sea level fell sharply, by about a quarter of an inch, or half a centimeter. Using data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment spacecraft, they showed that the drop was caused by the very strong La Niña that began in late 2010. This periodic Pacific Ocean climate phenomenon changed rainfall patterns all over the planet, moving huge amounts of Earth's water from the ocean to the continents, primarily to Australia, northern South America and Southeast Asia.

Now, a new paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters documents the effects of the 2010-11 La Niña on global sea level and updates the measurements. The result: as predicted, by mid-2012, global mean sea level had not only recovered from the more than two tenths of an inch (5 millimeters) it dropped in 2010-11, but had resumed its long-term mean annual rise of 0.13 inches (3.2 millimeters) per year.

"The water the ocean lost was compensated for rather quickly," said lead study author Carmen Boening of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The newest data clearly indicate that the drop in 2010-11 was only temporary."

Co-author Josh Willis added that, like clockwork, the long-term rise of the ocean marches on. "The dip in global sea levels, brought to us courtesy of a major La Niña event, was little more than a pothole in the long road toward a rising ocean and shrinking coastlines," he said.

"In 2011, we detected a lot of water that was temporarily stored over land, causing severe flooding in some regions," said co-author Felix Landerer. "In 2012, we have seen much of this water find its way back into the ocean."

Three in boat detained
after marijuana found

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A crew of a Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas patrol boat detained three persons and confiscated 38 kilos of marijuana Monday in the Samay lagoon in Barra del Tortuguero in northeast Costa Rica.

The coast guard said that the men were in a boat and fled when they saw the patrol. Coast guard crew members pulled three packages from the water, and they said these contained marijuana. They also managed to intercept the boat with the three men aboard, they said.

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