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Turkeys here can gobble up the available cash
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Those frozen turkeys on display at local supermarkets can give sticker shock. A 10-kilo bird imported from the United States can run 30,000 colons or more than $55.

That may seem outrageous to expats used to the U.S. supermarket loss leaders at Thanksgiving where turkeys may go for 10 cents a pound.  But the Thanksgiving crowd is not big enough here for Mas x Menos to cater to their needs.

Sometimes PriceSmart offers deals on turkeys, but the word is that the firm has fewer birds on order this year, even though a turkey dinner is featured on the cover of the Christmas catalogue.

In fact, that there are turkeys at all is an improvement from the days when cranberry sauce in cans had to be smuggled in. Now both kinds of sauce are available locally along with stuffing mixes designed for the taste of turkeys. Both the sauce and a box of the Stove Top variety of stuffing cost about $3 each.

U.S. financial sources report that the current price for a pound of turkey in an urban store is $1.67 a pound. That's $3.57 a kilo. So one should be prepared to pay $35.70 in the United States for a 10-kilo Butterball.

Stateside shoppers also have the advantage of Butterball coupons and tie-in deals online.

Frozen Butterball turkey breasts go for 6,000 colons a kilo in the major supermarkets here. That's about $11 a kilo, but there are no bones. There also is no dark meat, which some prefer. A two-kilo breast should be enough for eight person.

Locally raised turkeys are available in Costa
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Rica, too, but newspaper staffers have found them to have less meat than the commercial U.S. varieties.

Although turkey is traditional for Thanksgiving and on some Christmas tables, expats may balk at the $20 to $30 premium to obtain one here. Then there is the sales tax at checkout. There are a lot of alternatives with foods readily available here.

The most obvious is chicken, the Costa Rican mainstay. Those who want to break the mold can opt for fish.

The Universidad Técnica Nacional held a three-day event in Atenas over the weekend to promote the consumption of goat and lamb.

A pork roast also can be traditional holiday fare.

Some restaurants after seeking the expat trade with a traditional Thanksgiving spread.  That's one way to avoid leftovers.

Since Costa Rica does not recognize the day as a legal holiday, some expats who work have to push off their big dinner until the weekend.

The third passenger was the really interesting one
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The body in the backseat was a dead giveaway that skulduggery was afoot.

That is why three men ended up under arrest in Pavas early Sunday morning. Officers in a patrol car initially gave chase because the vehicle was traveling fast in a suspicious manner after occupants saw police, they said.

Officers really became interested when someone in the fleeing vehicle put a bullet through the windshield of the patrol car.

Once police stopped the vehicle, the principal interest was on the body wrapped in plastic in the backseat. Officers said that the victim was tied hands and feet.

The chase, a brief fire fight and arrests took
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place in Libertad II in Pavas shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. Two men in the fleeing vehicle suffered bullet wounds and were hospitalized.

The Fuerza Pública said that Fonseca was known as  Jeason El Gordo on the street and had been arrested at least 15 times, mostly for drug sales.

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Christmas fair planned again at Tilarán

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For the fifth consecutive year, Ladies of the Lake will be hosting Feria Navideña, the annual fund-raising Christmas bazaar at the municipal gymnasium in Tilarán, Guanacaste, Dec. 14th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Each year, Feria Navideña grows larger and is able to raise more money to help the local community.  From the proceeds of the 2013 event, funds were provide to help feed 11 families throughout the year and provide funding for local spay & neuter clinics.  Alicia Lopez, director of families in need in Tierras Morenas, adds “The donations from Ladies of the Lake raised from Feria Navideña are invaluable!  Without their support, we could not help families meet their most primary needs.  After these families pay for their basic services, many are left with almost no money for food.”   

This year's event is larger than ever.  With over 45 vendors showcasing a large variety of wares such as hand-crafted jewelry, household goods, crafts, clothing, and plants; record crowds are anticipated.  In addition, over 200 prizes have been donated for the famous gift box grab, and there are two raffles.  Prizes range in value up to $1,600.  Examples include a boat trip on Lake Arenal for up to 20 persons, hotel stays and dining in Playas del Coco and adventure packages in the La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano area. 

There will be plenty of typical and American food and a kids korner with free face painting, crafts, and a bouncy house to keep the youngsters entertained while the parents shop. 

“I have been part of the planning process for each of the past five years,” said Ruth Fountaine, “and I am amazed at how this event has grown!  We are truly honored to be able to support the local community and hope to do more financially this year than all other previous years combined.”

Ladies of the Lake is a group of women of varying backgrounds and nationalities in the Lake Arenal community who meet regularly “to support one another and who work together to have a positive impact in the extended community.”   All profits raised by Ladies of the Lake via Feria Navideña are donated to charity.  More information is here:, or call 8520-4481

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Obama violated the U.S. Constitution

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Re: Your article “An A.M. Costa Rica editorial Obama’s immigration proposal is worth considering”

What your article should have included is how this executive action shreds our U.S. Constitution... The U.S. Constitution is very clear about there being three branches of government. Each one is a check on the others, and especially the president. The idea was to prevent dictatorial policies by the president.

Obama and critics clash . . . HERE!

Not deporting these Illegal individuals was perhaps, perhaps  something that could be done with executive action, but only if it were on a much smaller scale (say perhaps effecting 100,00 people), but this effects many millions. It is said up to all 11+ million who are in the U S now illegally. There is no way to actually check and prove someone has been here more than five years.. What this amounts to is total amnesty

Obama then created a new law that says illegals get work permits. Just because the government will defer deportation does not make them legal. That is another case where he definitely does not have authority...

We have federal laws that state Illegals cannot work and, in fact, the employers are subject to large fines if they are found hiring these workers.

So please do include these facts in your article, and explain that the U S does, indeed have laws, and no matter how much the president (any president) dislikes the laws, he has no authority to change or add to them.

Laws are made in Congress (House and Senate), then signed into law by the president.  His position as president, is to “faithfully execute the laws of the United States”

Law suites have already been filed and have a good chance of succeeding.

Earlier this year the Supreme Court came down with a decision against Obama, for appointments he made and did not go thru Congress. (Congress must approve certain presidential appointments).
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Tourism sector irked again at being overlooked in development plan
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tourism sector again says it feels it is being shortchanged by the Solís administration.

The sector, as represented by the Cámera Nacional de Turismo, said that there was little about the industry in the national development plan outlined by President Luis Guillermo Solís last week.

The chamber called on the president to put into practice the suggestions that the Congreso Nacional de Turismo developed.
If the national plan is the map of the route that will mark the vision of goals, objectives, indicators and resources, then the tourism sector should occupy a relevant space in the policies being promoted by the state, said the chamber.

Last month the tourism industry was irked because an outline of government responsibilities put the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo subordinate to the economics ministry.

The chamber and others complained, and that arrangement was reverted to what had existed in the past.

Alcatel case will get another airing at an appeals court hearing
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Former president Miguel Ángel Rodríguez and six others will have another session in an appeals court over what is known as the Alcaltel case.

The Sala Tercera has remanded to a Tribunal de Apelación the decision of the trial court in the Segundo Circuito Judicial de San José.

The initial trial court convicted Rodríguez of bribery and four other counts of illegal enrichment.  This was an unusual case in which the president and members of the board of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad were accused of steering a contract for new cell telephone lines to Alcatel.
An Alcatel executive was convicted in the case in the United States. The appeals court declared the former president to be innocent. The Sala Tercera agreed on four allegations but ordered the appeals court to look closer on the bribery allegation.

The appeals court was asked to study proofs that were brought from Panamá involving bank accounts in which bribery was said to have passed through. The appeals court said that this information should not have been considered.

Rodríguez was president from 1990 to 2002. The initial trial ended in 2011. He has written a book about his personal ordeal. He also had to step down as secretary general of the Organization of American States when the scandal broke.

Here is a really good reason to wash vegetables and finger fruits
By Dennis Rogers
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Expats accustomed to not having to think much about parasites in Costa Rica, in contrast to other places where amoebas lurk in every ice cube, shouldn’t forget about Angiostrongylus costaricensis.

This is a nematode and actually has rats as its main host, with snails and slugs as an intermediate vector where early-stage larvae develop. Humans can contract an infection through eating inadequately cooked snails in cultures where those are consumed, but here accidental ingestion of a small slug or slug slime in poorly washed greens is the likeliest cause. Hydroponic lettuce is reputedly safer as the salt used and lack of soil makes for an environment hostile for the mollusks. Anything that has been on the ground where there are snails or slugs is potentially a risk.

The nance is one such food item since it is normally picked up off the ground after ripening. This is a yellow fruit a little smaller than an olive which is prevalent in Costa Rican cooking as preserves and wine. To eat raw it should be washed carefully with soap.

This nematode species wasn’t even described to science until 1971 by two biologists from the University of Costa Rica, Pedro Morera and Rodolfo Céspedes. The unfortunate scientific moniker A. costaricensis, refers to the fact that the original specimens were recovered from the intestinal linings of several children in this country. Since then, it has been established to be present in most of tropical America.

Similarly, the Asian Angiostrongylus cantonensis is better known as it is a cause of eosinophilic meningitis, a rather serious nervous system disorder. The local version here is much more benign with immune response eventually dealing with the invasion.  The most serious manifestation is usually the establishment of an adult nematode in the intestinal lining when it then can require surgery to remove. 

Initial symptoms are normally abdominal pain which can lead to misdiagnosis as appendicitis or some other problem of the liver and digestive system. There is a blood test for Angiostrongylus  which
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These appear to be Angiostrongylus cantonensis, cousins of the Costa Rican species.

allows for firm confirmation of the invasion. Given high tolerance and eventual autoimmune response, unless there are problems with the intestines due to the 15-millimeter (about six tenths of an inch) adults which can require surgery, no action is normally taken.

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Study minimizes geological changes in creation of new species of birds
By the Louisiana State University news staff               

Birds that are related, such as Darwin's finches, but that vary in beak size and behavior specially evolved to their habitat are examples of a process called speciation. It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main driver that initiates species to diverge. However, a recent study shows that speciation occurred much later than these dramatic geographical changes. Researchers from Louisiana State University's Museum of Natural Science have found that time and a species' ability to move play greater parts in the process of speciation. This research was published in the print edition of Nature.

"The extraordinary diversity of birds in South America is usually attributed to big changes in the landscape over geological time, but our study suggests that prolonged periods of landscape stability are more important," said Robb Brumfield, museum director, one of the lead authors.

Brumfield and his colleagues examined the genealogy of 27 species of birds in the most bio-diverse region in the world, the Neotropics, which extends from southern Mexico through Central America to southern Brazil and includes the Amazon rainforest.

"By using detailed sampling of many bird lineages, we were able to get a clearer and larger picture of when and how species formed within those lineages," Brumfield said.

The genetic data showed multiple accounts of species divergence, from nine to 29 different instances across the Andes Mountains that varied over time. This shows that rather than being the primary cause of speciation, the formation of the Andes Mountains had an indirect effect on diversification as a semi-permeable barrier.

The researchers then investigated how the history and ecology
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Macaws flying over the rainforest canopy at dawn.

affected speciation among the 27 lineages of birds. They discovered the longer length of time a species can inhabit an area, the more likely it will disperse and diverge. Also, the less mobility a species has, the more likely it will diverge as well. For example, birds restricted to the forest floor showed significantly higher species diversity than birds that inhabited the forest's open canopy. These findings have conservation ramifications. If a species cannot inhabit the same area for an extended time, it will not have the opportunity to evolve and continue.

"Our results suggest that human alterations of the landscape can effectively kill the speciation process," Brumfield said.

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We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
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Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
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Obama and his critics spar
over immigration proposal

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama has dismissed criticism of his executive order changing how the country deals with some undocumented immigrants, urging Republican lawmakers to pass a bill if they are not satisfied with his unilateral action.

Opponents of the president's actions joined Obama in taking to the Sunday-morning television talk shows to make their respective cases.

In an interview on ABC's "This Week," the president said it was important to prioritize the deportation of felons, criminals and recent arrivals over people who have lived here illegally more than five years.

Asked about criticism by House Speaker John Boehner, Obama said his response is "pass a bill."

And in his weekly address Saturday, Obama repeated points he made in announcing the immigration plan Thursday. He said it will "bring more undocumented immigrants out of the shadows so they can play by the rules, pay their full share of taxes, pass a criminal background check and get right with the law."

On "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican of Texas objected to Obama's unilateral move.

"Essentially, he's gotten the job of counterfeiting immigration papers, because there's no legal authority to do what he's doing," Cruz said. Later, he called the action "a stunning and sad display of a president declining to honor his constitutional obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

On CNN's "State of the Nation," Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican of South Carolina acknowledged his party was also responsible for failing to prod immigration legislation in the House of Representatives.

"I'm disappointed in my country, my party and my president" on immigration, Graham said.

And on CBS' "Face the Nation," Obama found a strong ally in Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat.

He said Republicans opposed to the newly approved reforms "have 180 days, starting January One, before the first person applies for a work permit under the president's executive authority. What I'd say to them: Roll up your sleeves."

The president has said he was forced to act because the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would not take up legislation that had passed the Democrat-controlled Senate more than a year ago.

It became even more unlikely that Congress would pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill after this month's midterm elections, which saw Republicans strengthen their control of the House and gain a majority in the Senate. The new Congress takes office in January.

The two executive orders, signed Friday, will begin the process of offering temporary work permits and lift the threat of deportation for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Boehner has said Obama is damaging the presidency by bypassing Congress to take executive action on immigration.

Obama said Saturday his order is not amnesty, no matter how often critics say it is. Amnesty, he said, is "the immigration system we have today: millions of people living here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules."

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto praised Obama's executive orders Friday, calling them "an act of justice."

Marion Barry, D.C. mayor,
died Sunday at 78 years

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Marion Barry, Jr., a sharecropper’s son and civil rights activist who became a maddening and beloved mayor of Washington, D.C., has died. 

Barry was 78 years old.  He died early Sunday morning in a Washington hospital.

He suffered from a string of health problems including diabetes and prostate cancer.

Barry was a few credits short of a doctorate in chemistry in the early 1960s when he decided to work full time in the civil rights movement.

He was first elected Washington's mayor in 1978.  Voters returned him to that office three more times, winning him the nickname Mayor for Life. Over his time in office, Barry racked up a string of accomplishments and failures.

In his early years, Barry gained recognition as a champion for the poor, instituting a host of social programs including summer jobs for youth and food programs for the elderly.

In his later terms, mismanagement would lead to Barry losing control over the capital city's finances to a financial control board instituted by Congress.

During his third term in office, Barry's reputation was sullied by reports of multiple affairs as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

In January 1990, the married Barry was caught on videotape during a police undercover operation smoking crack cocaine with a woman who was not his wife.  The videotape of the mayor's hotel encounter and arrest made international headlines.

Barry was sentenced to six months in prison for drug possession.

After his release, Barry moved to one of the city's most impoverished areas and was elected to Washington's city council, running under the slogan "I may not be perfect, but I am perfect for Washington." 

Poet Maya Angelou said that "Marion Barry changed America with his unmitigated gall to stand up in the ashes of where he had fallen and come back to win." 

Two year later, he won his fourth and final term as mayor.   He was serving again on the city council at the time of his death.

Barry was married four times and had one son.

New congressional report
absolves all over Benghazi

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new congressional report concludes there was no wrongdoing by the U.S. military and the CIA in the response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

The attack by Islamic extremists killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

President Barack Obama's Republican critics allege the White House and State Department lied about the incident and ordered a CIA rescue team not to go into action.

The latest report by the House Intelligence Committee was the seventh high-level investigation into the attack. It reached many of the same conclusions — that there was no intelligence failure, the administration did not block a rescue attempt by the CIA, and there is no evidence the agency funneled weapons from Libya to the Syrian opposition.

Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, his party's ranking member on the panel, say the CIA officers in Benghazi were heroes who saved lives.

The report says former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, the current national security adviser, had numerous faulty preliminary intelligence reports when she asserted on television that the attack rose out of a spontaneous process over an offensive anti-Muslim video.

The report says Rice did not deliberately mislead the American people.  It concludes that it is still unclear what motivated the attackers and exactly who they are. The report, however, did conclude that the diplomatic compound where Stevens was killed was not well-protected and that State Department security agents knew it could not be defended against a well-armed attack.

The United States captured one of the alleged Benghazi ringleaders, Ahmed Abu Khatalla, earlier this year. He is facing trial in the United States.

Another Guantanamo inmate
is released to Saudi Arabia

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has released another inmate from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Muhammed Murdi Issa al-Zahrani, who was transferred to Saudi Arabia, spent 12 years at the prison for allegedly fighting for al-Qaida.

The Pentagon said the Saudi inmate was approved for release last month after military, Justice and Homeland Security officials determined he was no longer a threat to the United States.

Zahrani will take part in a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia.

He is the seventh Guantanamo inmate to be transferred from the prison in the past three weeks; 142 terror suspects and extremists remain behind bars.

President Barack Obama has promised to shut down the prison, but Congress has rebuffed his efforts.

World Bank warns heat
to mean new climate normal

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new scientific report released by the World Bank finds that as the planet warms, the heat waves and other climate extremes that have been occurring once every 100 years or so would become the new normal.

And it warns, the world is on a path to heat up by two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. That threshold experts say will trigger irreversible change on a large scale. 

The new report is the third in a series of World Bank studies called "Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal."

World Bank Vice President and Special Climate Envoy Rachel Kyte says the pollution from fossil fuels that has been added to the atmosphere during the past three decades has now locked in a 1.5-degree Celsius rise in temperature by mid-century.

“That means that there is very little we can do about that and so we have to be able to adapt and build resilience to that,” Ms. Kyte said. "That 1.5 degrees is going to have profound impacts on the development opportunities of countries all over the world."

The report focuses on three regions: Latin America, the Western Balkans and Central Asia and the Middle East. What they have in common is the risk posed by heat extremes. Kyte says in Latin America, the study predicts that all aspects of the economy will suffer.

“In agricultural productivity, this could see a 70 percent reduction in soybean yield and a 50 percent reduction in wheat yield by 2050. For an economy structured the way Brazil’s is, this would have enormous impacts.”

In other parts of the world, the warming trajectory will affect water resources.  Ms. Kyte points to Central Asia and the Western Balkans, where accelerated glacier melt and a shift in the timing of water flows raise the risk of torrential floods and the amount of water available when it is needed in the summer months for crops.

“This will have an impact on agricultural productivity, on rural livelihoods, on urban living and in fact on security of the whole region.”

The findings for the Middle East and North Africa also describe threats to water security. Ms. Kyte says some parts of the region will face an expected 40 percent reduction in rainfall by 2040.

“Now what that means is that you’ll have extreme heat in cities," she said. "You’ll have an impact on agricultural systems. And so what we eat and how we eat it, who gets to eat will all be affected. And this will have an exacerbated impact on what is already a water stressed region of the world.”

Ms. Kyte says the world cannot continue down the current path of unchecked, increasing emissions. Reversing the trend will take political will, something she will be watching for next month as representatives from 200 countries gather in Lima, Peru, for critical negotiations on a new global climate treaty.

Major cook stove effort
has some uncertain results

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Indoor air pollution, a health problem that's bigger than HIV, tuberculosis or malaria, is getting a $413 million boost.

The pollution comes mainly from smoky cook fires and kills an estimated 4 million people each year, mostly women and children.

It's also a major environmental problem. Collecting wood for cooking fires is a leading cause of deforestation. And the gases and soot produced from inefficient burning pollute the air.

And the number of people on the planet cooking this way is growing.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves held a two-day summit in New York to fuel efforts to build a global industrial sector that makes and markets affordable, less polluting stoves.

The summit wrapped up Friday short of its $500 million goal, but it secured commitments from more than 70 attendees to bring more global resources to an issue that has seen decades of failures. The United States pledged $200 million in financial backing and research funds.

Speaking to the delegates Friday, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton said developing clean cookstoves is a health and environmental challenge, “but it also, if approached correctly, could be an economic opportunity.” Ms. Clinton helped launch the partnership in 2010.

With nearly 3 billion people worldwide cooking with traditional stoves, “there is, potentially, a good amount of profit to be gained,” said the Alliance executive director, Radha Muthiah.

She said 20 million more households are using clean cookstoves than were doing so four years ago. The Alliance has grown from 19 partners to more than 1,000.

“We’ve proven that this market-based approach works,” she added. “Twenty million stoves later, we know this is a recipe that can be scaled up.”

“It’s a big technical challenge to make a cookstove that has low emissions of air pollutants, that is fuel efficient, and that is low cost so that people can afford it and, most importantly, that it meets the user needs,” said Jim Jetter, cookstove researcher at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“If it doesn’t meet the user needs, then people don’t use the stoves and there are no benefits.”

That’s what happened in a 2012 study in Orissa, India. An award-winning Indian development group helped 15,000 households install a relatively simple type of improved stove.

But over the course of a four-year study, the stoves slowly fell into disrepair, and households continued to use the traditional cooking stoves as well.

Ultimately, households with new stoves were no healthier than those with traditional ones, and they used no less fuel.
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This is not an ordinary condo. Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $195,000.

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This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000.

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2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
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The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

Top floor unit: $649,000   Second floor unit: $675,000  Garden unit: $589,000

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Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: 2446-5587.

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. 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. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!

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Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $214,500.

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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-story, 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-story 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.


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Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away. Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails:  and


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Trees grow up and can become pains

My neighbor up the hill asked me about what trees to plant on his land, and I had to stop and think a minute.  He wants 30 or 40 trees, fast growing, to do some reforestation on his property and that works.  Reforestation is a big problem, so I applaud planting trees as a carbon
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 sink.  But what if you don’t want to reforest, what if you only want to do some spot planting of trees on your property?  What then?  Well, then, you have some questions to ask. 

What do you want the tree to do?  We have lots of shade trees in the tropics, but many of them take a while to grow. If it’s for shade, 
  consider the growth rate.  Do you want flowers from your tree?  We have flowering trees with fragrance and without, but consider the clean-up.  Flowering trees drop those petals all over the ground and they also usually make seed pods (which then drop) which need to be cleaned up.  Do you want the tree to hide something; to be a screen?  Then you want fast growing.

Do you want fruit?  We have a huge variety of fruiting trees, but they grow more slowly on average than other trees.  You are better off buying an older (4- to 5-year-old) tree than a younger smaller tree.  And make sure you really want the fruit.  A friend of mine planted a manzana de agua (water apple) only to find that she couldn’t cope with the amount of fruit it produced.  Rotting water apples are not pleasant.
How big will your tree be (not just height, but width), and how long will that take.  I would love to have one of those beautiful Guanacaste trees that I see in parks and on the grounds of hotels, but I don’t have 300 years to wait.  And where do you want that tree?  I recall friends who planted a lovely ylang ylang close to the house only to find that it blocked the view in just three years.

Do you want an evergreen?  Many newcomers think all our trees are evergreens, but we have trees that drop their leaves all at once and can be bare for five months.  That means a lot of clean-up and a long wait for new greenery.

Will your tree interfere with other plantings?  Is it going to shade out your sun loving shrubs in a couple of years?  Do you mind transplanting the shrubs or are you going to want to cut that tree down.

Is the tree toxic to other plantings?  I recall someone complaining that they wanted some shrubs under their teak trees (the ground looked so bare).  Well, teak, like the northern black walnut, produces a toxin that kills undergrowth.  Once you plant teak, it will be years before you can plant anything else in the area.  If you want shrubs close to your teak, plan on nice big pots.

In short, there are so many things to consider that you might want to do what I do.  Ask an expert!

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And what to plant under your trees?  The flamingo flower (anthurium) is a spectacular plant native to the tropical Americas.  They have been hybridized to over 800 species, so you are likely to
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find something new at local vivaros.  A shade-lover, anthuriums grow best in rich moist soil.  Some varieties are short others can reach a meter (over 3 feet) in height.  The sap is toxic which is probably why we have had no problems with leaf cutter ants.

If you would like to suggest a topic for this column, simply send a letter to the editor.  And, for more garden tips, visit the Arenal Gardeners Facebook page.

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Solís seeks to boost entrepreneurship

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís has decreed a new policy of entrepreneurship which seeks to promote the creation of new businesses.

The president said that he sees the effort as a public,  private and academic alliance. The Ministerio de  Economía, Industria y Comercio also is involved. The president sees the application of high tech as a way to create new products, according to the announcement.

In announcing the plan, Solís said that the decree and the restructured Banca para el Desarrollo are two tools for creating small- and medium-sized new enterprises and quality employment.

Solís called on government agencies to be involved in the project. They are the Instituto Nacional de la Mujer, the Ministerio de Educación Pública, the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior and the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social

Also involved is the Promotora de Comercio Exterior.

Solís described the program as one encouraging internal entrepreneurship. He stopped short of encouraging the easy immigration of foreign entrepreneurs. Spain passed such a program last year in which a two-year entrepreneur visa was created.