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A litany of reasons to be thankful on Thanksgiving
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As expats bow their heads today, they can be thankful that they are not in Denver where the temperature is around 35 degrees F. This  suggests one of the big reasons why life here is good.

Expats are among the first to voice complaints. The gasoline is too high. The roads are rotten. Whiskey is twice the Stateside price.

Perhaps Thanksgiving is a time to consider some of the favorable aspects of Costa Rican life.

The temperature and weather always seem like the season is spring, and there are no hurricanes.

Fresh vegetables are available all year round. And flowers, too.

At this Día de Acción de Gracias, the winds are driving the rains way for at least four months.

Even though Costa Rica is in the tropics, the bugs are few, at least in the Central Valley and many homes do not need screens.

Expats can drink the water in almost every part of the country where the state company is the provider. And water and other utilities are cheap. So is transportation and those price-controlled staples at the supermarket.
And how about the coffee?

For shoppers, the U.S. mass marketers finally have arrived, as have U.S. beers. In fact, the living conditions have improved dramatically since the time of the dial-up Internet.

The list can go on and one. No winter fuel bills. No winter clothing bills. Fresh bread. Ice cream from La Pops. Oranges and mangos in the backyard.

And perhaps best of all, Christmas is just a few weeks away, and if Costa Ricans know anything, it is how to celebrate the holidays. 
Pass una piña de tamales, please.

University planetarium plans a starry night Friday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For those who may want a little dose of the universe, the planetarium at the Universidad de Costa Rica has a mostly free event starting at 3 p.m. Friday.

This is the Noche de las estrellas 2015, an international event that includes a number of Spanish- and French-speaking countries.

The planetarium is in the university's Ciudad de la Investigación, which is about 500 meters east of the point where the Calle de la Amargura reaches the campus in San Pedro. There is parking.

Seminars and discussions on space topics are between 3 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. The time overlaps a 5 p.m. workshop on telescopes.


At sundown telescopes will be in use
outside the planetarium. Inside there is a digital projection at 6 p.m.  The show on the planetarium's dome is the only part of the event that has an admission. It is 2,000 colons, about $4, and reservations are requested at 2511-2580.

The night to watch the stars began in 1993 and now is observed in 400 locations.

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The new bridge also is of the bailey variety.

Bridge installed at northern zone access

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

That blunder by drivers of trucks loaded with asphalt is costing the country $257,000. That is the price the transport ministry's new bridge cost over the Río Cataratas on Ruta 702 between San Ramón and La Fortuna.

Two weeks ago on Nov. 12 drivers of two 35-ton dump trucks tried to cross a temporary bailey span at the same time. The bridge collapsed because the trucks totaled about double the weight limit.

The route is considered a key access to the northern zone, and persons in the tourism industry were concerned. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte said the new bailey bridge installed on the spot was to be opened Wednesday afternoon.

There are about 100 bailey bridges in use in the country, although they are designed as temporary fixes.

Police prevent Cartago ambulance snatch

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man Fuerza Pública officers said reeked of alcohol tried to make off with an ambulance while paramedics were busy on a house call nearby.

Police said they stopped the man some 300 meters from where the ambulance was stopped. They could not determine a motive.

However, they said they also detained a relative who was following the ambulance in a private car.

The incident took place Wednesday morning near the Cementerio General in the central canton of Cartago.

Carbon dioxide increase lower, report says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Researchers are reporting a reduction in the growth of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said emissions which had increased at an average annual rate of 4 percent registered an 0.8 percent increase in 2012. In 2013 the increase was 1.5 percent and in 2014, the increase was a half a percent.

In 2014, when the emissions growth was almost at a standstill, the world's economy continued to grow by 3 percent, the agencies noted.

The trend over the last three years sends an encouraging signal on unlinking carbon dioxide emissions from global economic growth, said the agencies. However, it is still too early to confirm a positive global trend, they added, noting that India, with its emerging economy and large population, increased its emissions by 7.8 percent and became the fourth largest emitter globally.

Although it remains the largest emitter worldwide, China has also managed to slow down its emissions growth, the agency report said. After the surge in carbon dioxide emissions recorded over the past 10 years, China's emissions increased by only 0.9 percent in 2014, the same rate as the United States, it said.

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No tourism is good for the planet

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Re: your article on carbon neutral tourism. It reminded one of the tobacco industry's attempts to deceive smokers with the use of filter tips, menthol and mild blends of tobacco. Cancer was still the result. The tourist industry is bigger, more powerful and more pervasive than the cigarette giants.

The carbon offset efforts ignore the resources and energy that go into the resorts, the aircraft and ships themselves. The destruction of wildlife habitat, sewage and water issues caused by hotels and tourism are astronomical.

Entire cultures like those of Hawaii, Bali and Tibet are bowdlerized and transformed into travesties for tourist entertainment. Whole villages become dormitories for a servant class to wait on richer visitors. Ancient monuments lose their beauty when swarming with tourists and obscured by selfies.

In short, let us not kid ourselves that any tourism is good for the planet. It is part of humanity's relentless destruction of our own environment. We all do it or have done it, but let us not be hypocritical about it.
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Marketers have the upper hand because they manipulate shopper's brain
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Marketing researchers have a better idea of what is going on inside the heads of shoppers than the shoppers do themselves.

And Black Friday is a day when these scientific techniques are finely honed and applied.

The latest technique is called neuromarketing, which is a study of the brain processes that influence the buying decision.

Hellen Badilla is a specialist in this field at Tecnológico de Costa Rica, the Cartago-based public university. She characterized the big annual shopping day as the brain considering purchases as a reward, according to a summary for the university. Such activities activate the pleasure centers in the brain, she said in a university release.

There also is the aspect of surprise as the shoppers unexpectedly find low prices.

Marketing research has come a long way since World War II when the supermarket managers were told to put the milk as far away from the front door as possible so shoppers would have to traverse the aisles laden with other goods.

Now there are devices that can show researchers exactly what is taking place in the brain.

Professor Badilla contends that only 15 percent of purchasing decisions are rational.

Her work dovetails with the concept of the sport shopper.  This is a term coined by professors at San Francisco State University.

"This is somebody who takes great pride in their ability to get the thing they want at a discount," Kathleen O'Donnell said.
"It's not about spending the least. It's about saving the most." She is associate dean of the business school there.

She and colleagues are publishing an academic article titled "The thrill of victory: women and sport shopping,"

The sport shopper is someone who often can afford the items she buys at full price but who bargain hunts for the thrill of it, and she is competitive and enjoys outsmarting the retail system, according to the article.

Professor O'Donnell contends the sport shopper is different from the bargain shopper in that the bargain shopper hunts for deals out of necessity, while the sport shopper does it for the rush of finding a good deal.

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Supreme Court won't hear case of Marine wrongly sent for mental care
By the Rutherford Institute news staff

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of decorated Marine Brandon Raub, who was seized by a swarm of Secret Service, FBI and local police officials and involuntarily committed to a mental institution for a week after posting controversial song lyrics and political views critical of the government on his Facebook page.

In asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, Rutherford Institute attorneys were seeking to overturn lower court rulings dismissing the case, which characterized concerns over government suppression of dissident speech as far-fetched.

In rejecting the appeal, the Supreme Court also refused to establish standards to guide and constrain mental health professionals when they seek to commit individuals and to prevent commitment on the basis of a person’s exercise of his right to free speech.

“This case was about more than one Marine’s right to not be targeted for speaking out against the government. It was about whether Americans have the freedom to criticize the government without being labeled domestic extremists and stripped of their rights,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of "Battlefield America: The War on the American People."

“Unfortunately, in refusing to hear this case, the Supreme Court has left us all vulnerable to the possibility that we can be declared mentally unfit, handcuffed, arrested and locked up against our will simply for exercising our right to speak truth to power.”

Brandon Raub, the decorated Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, uses his Facebook page to post song lyrics and air his political opinions. On Aug.16, 2012, police, Secret Service and FBI agents arrived at Raub’s home, asked to speak with him about his Facebook posts, and without providing any explanation, levying any charges against Raub

or reading him his rights, handcuffed Raub and transported him to police headquarters, then to a medical facility, where he was held against his will for psychological evaluation and treatment.

In coming to Raub’s aid, Rutherford Institute attorneys challenged the government’s actions as a violation of Raub’s First and Fourth Amendment rights. On Aug. 23, 2012, Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett ordered Raub’s immediate release, stating that the government’s case was “so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.”

Rutherford Institute attorneys filed a lawsuit in May 2013, challenging the government’s actions as procedurally improper and legally unjustified. In February 2014, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting concerns over government suppression of dissident speech as far-fetched.

On appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Institute attorneys claimed that the Chesterfield County, Virginia, mental health screener who recommended Raub’s seizure and commitment failed to exercise reasonable professional judgment in wrongly determining that Raub was mentally ill and dangerous, and that Raub’s seizure and detention were the result of a mental health screener’s dislike of Raub’s unpatriotic views on federal government misconduct, thereby violating the ex-Marine’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The appeals court subsequently affirmed the lower court judgment.

The local police said at the time of the incident that the marine resisted arrest.

The Rutherford Institute has participated in several recent cases like this where individuals who were not mentally ill were remanded by police for psychological care.

In one case, the victim was a man who walked unsteadily and spoke with a slur because of a physical illness.

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Crew error given blame
for Afghan hospital attack

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American forces misidentified a target in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last month that resulted in a mistaken half-hour aerial attack on a hospital that killed at least 30 people, mostly doctors and patients, according to a U.S. military investigation.

Army Gen. John Campbell, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, said Wednesday that Afghan forces asked for U.S. air support to strike a national directorate of security building believed to be occupied by Taliban fighters. According to the report, the AC-130 air crew instead fired 211 shells at a hospital operated by the international charity Doctors Without Borders that was 450 meters away.

"This was a tragic mistake," Campbell said in Kabul Wednesday. "This is an example of human and process error. It was directly the result of avoidable human error."

Several factors contributed to the mistake, according to Campbell. The air crew launched more than an hour earlier than planned, missing out on a crucial brief that would normally include identifying no-strike areas such as the hospital. Once in flight, the aircraft's electronic systems malfunctioned, eliminating the crew's ability to transmit video, send and receive email or send and receive electronic messages.

The crew then believed it was the target of a missile, Campbell told reporters, so they moved out of the aircraft's normal strike range, degrading the accuracy of the targeting system. That loss of accuracy appeared to cause the coordinates of the Taliban target to land on an open field. The crew visually located the closest, largest building to that field and, thinking that was the target, fired on it.

Campbell said some military personnel involved in the incident have been suspended from duties pending possible disciplinary action, and that the U.S. intends to assist Doctors Without Borders in rebuilding the hospital.

Thanksgiving is not all about
turkeys, Google searches say

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Millions of Americans are getting ready for Thanksgiving, but a new Google Maps project shows they’re not necessarily thinking about turkey and stuffing.

Google Maps looked at the most popular Thanksgiving Day searches over the past few years and found that many Americans are likely to skip cooking up a large feast on the big day. Across the country, buffet restaurants was the most-searched term.

Twitter looked at the most tweeted-about dishes in the days ahead of Thanksgiving and found that turkey, stuffing, potatoes and casseroles lead the list.

According to Google Map’s findings, though, people in different cities had diverse priorities. In Houston, doughnut shops trended on Thanksgiving, while bars were tops in Chicago. Folks in Miami were all about looking good since beauty salons were among the searches there.

In the United States, Thanksgiving commemorates a three-day feast held in 1621, when the pilgrims, some of the first English settlers in America, celebrated a bountiful harvest alongside Native Americans. That event was probably the nation’s first Thanksgiving.

It became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving.

Later, President Franklin Roosevelt decided that Thanksgiving should be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November to encourage earlier holiday shopping.

Speaking of holiday shopping, the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, a time when the nation’s retailers offer deep discounts to kick off the Christmas buying season. But not everyone is thinking about getting a jump-start on buying presents.

In New York, people apparently want to mark the day by getting a tattoo, while Los Angeles residents look for the nearest hookah bar.

U.S. putting focus on women
and gender-based violence

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

While a United Nations report last month announced that worldwide advances mean women are living longer, healthier lives with better education, for the next 16 days the organization will be focused on ending gender-based violence and discrimination against many of those same women.

Nov. 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The U.N.'s Orange the World campaign runs through Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, and will attempt to raise awareness about the violent realities faced by many of the world's women and girls.

"Violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious and the most tolerated human rights violations," said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a U.N. under secretary-general and executive director of U.N. Women, in a statement.

"It is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination," Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said. "Although there is no single solution to such a complex problem, there is growing evidence of the range of actions that can stop violence before it happens, especially if they are implemented in parallel."

Last month, with the release of The World's Women 2015 report, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Far too many women and girls continue to be discriminated against, subjected to violence, denied equal opportunities in education and employment and excluded from positions of leadership and decision-making."

The numbers regarding violence against women and girls are staggering, according to the UN:

Globally, 35 percent of women and girls experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to 7-in-10 women facing this abuse in some countries.

Globally, as many as 38 percent of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.

An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common.

Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.

An estimated 58 million children of primary school age are out of school worldwide. More than half of them are girls and nearly three-quarters live in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Although the vast majority of the world’s youth is currently literate, nearly two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women, a proportion unchanged for the last 20 years.

The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign is an international effort aimed at creating awareness and starting action to end violence against women.

Globally, more than 450 events are planned in more than 70 countries throughout the 16 days, according to the U.N. Events will include rallies, speeches, marches, social media drives, and film, dance and theater performances.

The color orange, which has come to symbolize the effort, will also light up major landmarks, including the Niagara Falls, the European Commission building in Brussels, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen in Denmark and the Palais de Justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Other dates falling within the 16-day stretch include International Women Human Rights Defenders Day Saturday, World AIDS Day on Tuesday, and the Dec. 6 anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, a gender-based mass shooting in which 14 women were killed in 1989.

The campaign calls for the elimination of violence against women by raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue, strengthening work at the local level regarding violence against women, and developing tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate gender-based violence, among other things.

Research released earlier this year found that despite a global momentum to end violence against women and girls, women's rights defenders are at higher risk of violence now than two years ago.

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Crowd awaits the arrival of Pope Francis

Pope Francis in Africa
greeted by happy crowds

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis landed in Nairobi Wednesday afternoon and was given a red-carpet welcome by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, along with traditional dancers and singers. His arrival marks the start of a six-day tour of Africa that will also take him to Uganda and the Central African Republic.

Kenyans began congregating near the highway Pope Francis would travel down a few hours before his arrival.

The mood was one of jubilation, as evidenced by Purity Ndemo, a self-described staunch Catholic.

"I'm very excited,” she said. “I've never seen him. I've been seeing him on TV, so I can't wait to see him live."

The sentiment was echoed by non-Catholic Michael Nyamongo.

"I mean, I'm just happy,” he said. “For the first time, the pope is coming to Africa, and I have the experience to see him come to Africa. It's just nice. It's just fantastic.”

Bridging this gap between people of all religions and ethnicities is one of Pope Francis' main themes and he touched on it during a welcome ceremony.

"Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust and the despair born of poverty and frustration," the pope said. "Ultimately, the struggle against these enemies of peace must be carried on by men and women who fearlessly believe in, and bear honest witness to, the great spiritual and political values which inspired the birth of the nation."

Kenya has seen terrorist attacks by militant group al-Shabab, while the Central African Republic, the third and final stop of the pope's Africa tour, remains mired in sectarian violence.

And when asked along his route if he worried about the risk of violence during this trip, the pope responded that he was more worried about the mosquitoes.

The pope is expected to address topics like helping the poor, giving hope to the youth, caring for the environment and leading through good governance throughout his African tour.

Pope Francis will meet today with Catholic leaders, as well as those of different faiths, and will hold Mass at the University of Nairobi. He also is scheduled to meet with officials at the United Nations Environment Program.

U.S. presidential campaign
shifts its focus to security

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The recent events in Paris seem to have shifted the focus of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in a major way. Recent public opinion polls show that concerns about national security are on the rise in the wake of the terrorist attacks, prompting strong responses from presidential contenders from both political parties.

For Republican frontrunner Donald Trump the attacks in Paris have reset the presidential campaign with a focus on protecting the homeland. At a rally in South Carolina, Trump asserted that the renewed focus on terrorism and national security has helped him in the polls. “I’ve gone up and everyone else has gone down. And the reason I’ve gone way up because people view me as the one who is going to be the best protector. I’m going to fight like hell for your safety,” he said.

Trump seems to be tapping into voter fears, said analyst John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. “He doesn’t have a national security background, and he says some things that are outrageous, but he still is playing into the worries, the worries broadly about immigration but more specifically the worries about security and terrorism that flow from that,” Fortier said.

Trump’s rivals have seized on the issue including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who argued for a stronger commitment to fight the Islamic State group during a recent rally in Iowa. “Either they win or we win. That is the seriousness of this threat," he said. "And the longer we take to wake up to its reality, the harder it is going to be to defeat it and stop it.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, hoping to jumpstart his campaign, laid out his foreign policy vision during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Christie said President Barack Obama’s efforts to contain the terrorists have been weak. “I think our biggest problem, America’s largest problem, is that we face a fundamental and crippling lack of leadership,” he said.

Also on the campaign trail this week, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas defended his opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. as part of a broad anti-terror strategy. “It is neither offensive nor un-American to embrace the simple, common sense proposition that of course we should defend this nation and not invite in people who the administration cannot guarantee are not terrorists here to murder innocent Americans,” he said.

A new Quinnipiac University poll of Republican voters in Iowa showed Cruz surging into second place with 23 percent support, right behind Trump at 25 percent. The Cruz surge seems to have come at the expense of Ben Carson, who is now down at 18 percent in the Iowa poll after leading in the previous survey.

The new focus on terrorism is also playing out in the Democratic race. Frontrunner Hillary Clinton said it is time for a tougher approach in dealing with the Islamic State group. “Our goal is not to deter or contain ISIS, but to defeat and destroy ISIS," she said. " And we should be honest about the fact that to be successful, air strikes will have to be combined with ground forces actually taking back more territory from ISIS.”

Rival Bernie Sanders preferred to keep his focus on helping the middle class economically. But he also said that any increased focus on stopping terrorism must be done as part of a coordinated effort with U.S. allies in the Middle East. “Though we have an international coalition, the troops on the ground are the Muslim nations that the United States and the rest of the world are supporting, and that’s the way you destroy ISIS,” he said.

The new campaign focus on terrorism and national security could help the Republicans, said Stuart Rothenberg, founder of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report. “Traditionally, you know, on foreign policy the Republicans have been the party of a muscular foreign policy, strength and defense," he said. "So anytime there is a question of U.S. vulnerability it helps the Republicans.”

Voters traditionally focus first and foremost on the economy in presidential election years, so it remains to be seen whether the new focus on security will last, said Brookings Institution Scholar William Galston. “Whether that heightened concern will persist through the 2016 election is another matter, but it is certainly shaping and reshaping the political dialogue here and now and seems very likely to have an impact on the presidential nominating process,” he said.

The heightened fears about terrorism and focus on national security come at a critical time in the early stage of the 2016 campaign as voters prepare to choose party nominees beginning Feb. 1 in Iowa.

China reduces sentence
for jailed, aging journalist

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chinese authorities have reduced the sentence of a 71-year-old journalist imprisoned for leaking state secrets.

The lawyer for Gao Yu said a court reduced her sentence from seven years to five Thursday. Her lawyers are now seeking medical release, as Ms. Gao suffers heart trouble.

Ms. Gao had been jailed for six years following the government crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, also charged with "leaking state secrets."

She was jailed again earlier this year, convicted of leaking a government document known as Document No. 9 to the media. Her lawyers say they have shown the court evidence that she did not leak the document, and foreign governments and rights groups have denounced her detention as politically motivated.

The United States included Gao Yu in a social media campaign called Free the 20, highlighting the cases of 20 female political prisoners from 13 countries.

Before her trial in April, Ms. Gao appeared on state television and issued a confession, but later told the trial court that it had been coerced.
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Are you worried about the safety of the money in your 401k?  Do you think your government has painted a bullseye on all of your assets?  Do you believe it might be time to consider moving some money overseas just in case?  This property, at a distress sales price of only $140,000, should gross a 7-10% return this year and the bookings for this season aren’t all in yet.  The best part from a buyer’s standpoint is that it is utilizing only a fraction of its potential.  What’s wrong here?  Divorce, and a lack of funds needed to make the necessary value-added improvements.  Rental manager says rents could double with moderate invesement, but the current owners are unable to resolve those problems, so selling is their only way out.  This extra-large lot with its modern 2-bedroom home was intended to service a dozen or more apartments to be built on the rear, a really great plan, but that was before the wheels came off of the marriage.  It is a really good investment property in a very desirable location, earning a much better safe return than stocks and bonds, but it is also perfect for buyers who only want to follow the original plan and live in the existing home while building out the rest for a comfortable retirement.  Perfect, too, for the person who intends to move to Costa Rica in the future and wants to buy at today’s prices, but needs a property which will carry itself until that time comes.  To find out more about this opportunity contact: or phone 506-8377-8402.

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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:
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Costa Rica faces a decision on Cubans

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government is coming to a point where it will have to restrict the entry of Cuban migrants.

The national emergency commission said Wednesday that there are a total of 16 shelters housing the bulk of the 2,706 Cubans who have entered since the middle of the month. International estimates say the migrants might total as much as 45,000 a year.

The shelters are primarily churches and public buildings that have been converted into the use of the migrants. But that means the normal activities carried on there are not taking place.

In the canton of La Cruz alone, there are 11 shelters housing 1,954 persons.

The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería announced Wednesday that plans are under way to renew the seven-day visas originally given the migrants.  That was before Nicaragua closed the border to the Cubans.

The visa extensions will be 15 days, said the immigration announcement.

Casa Presidencial reported Wednesday that talks are continuing among diplomats in San Salvador, the site of a ministerial level meeting Tuesday.

But there was no indication that a breakthrough had been reached.

Casa Presidencial said that México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador and Cuba were disposed to help with the migrant crises. However, the extent of that aid was not outlined.

The migrants are trying to make their way to the United States where they probably can obtain residency under a 1966 law.

Heredia blaze destroys industrial space

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A morning fire in Los Lagos de Heredia destroyed industrial space and sent black smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

The 10 a.m. blaze was blamed on a spark from a welder's torch. Some 8,800 square meters, some 94,722 square feet, were destroyed, said firefighters.

Three buildings that were involved contained material for the fabrication of furniture. A fourth structure was an administrative office.

Students at a school nearby were evacuated.

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Foundation provides funds to follow marlin

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The latest project of a special conservation fund set up by The Billfish Foundation is to tag blue marlin, the organization said.

This is an extension of the environmental work done here by the foundation and will allow scientists to follow individual sportsfish via satellite. The researcher is John Hoolihan.

The Costa Rica Conservation Fund also provides the money to give fishing boat captains tags to use when their customers catch and release a sportsfish, the foundation said.

The fund also is the reason the country's sportfishing and fishing tourism can be estimated at $400 million annually. The fund provides the resources for this ground breaking socio-economic study of the industry.

The foundation also has done studies in México, Panamá, too.

From hotels, resorts, restaurants, and marinas, the entire municipal infrastructure, including the tax bases that fund health and education services, benefit from healthy oceans, said the foundation.