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Cows await the nativity characters in a mostly bamboo structure
Bamboo gets a boost with Teatro Nacional portal
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new portal or nativity scene at the Teatro Nacional might give a boost to the country's bamboo industry.

Artisans at the theater created the shelter, which represents the biblical stable at Bethlehem, mainly of bamboo. Inauguration was Sunday night.

The product is recognized as a durable, renewable and environmentally friendly building material.

Each year the theater puts up a nativity scene with a different theme. One year the masonry was really styrofoam blocks. Another year the birth of Jesus Christ was represented as being in a tropical rain forest. This is the first year that workmen erected an elaborate structure of bamboo.

A handful of firms market bamboo in Costa Rica. There are many uses from fine furniture to construction. However, the material still remains out of the mainstream for construction in the Central Valley.

Asian countries use the material extensively.

Haiti is considering using the material more to replace homes destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.
An architect recently won a prize there for showing how bamboo could be used.

Bambú Tico S.A. of San Isidro, is one marketer of Costa Rican bamboo.  On its Web site the firm explains that bamboo is light but very strong and flexible and is very reliable and perfect for earthquake-proof structures.

Guadua Bamboo of Panamá city grows its bamboo in Costa Rica. It says on its site that there are 39 species and that Guadua and Phyllostachys are the strongest of the bamboos.  "Guadua has a higher tensile strength than steel and is therefore often referred to as 'vegetal steel,'" said the firm.

Costa Bamboo says on its site that it provides bamboo flooring, bamboo plywood and outdoor decking and fencing.

At one time Costa Rica financed a bamboo project to prevent deforestation and to promote construction alternatives.  This was the Proyecto Nacional de Bambú, which helped build 2,600 homes for the poor.  It began in 1986 and spun off a Fundación del Bambú in 1995. Also set up were bamboo plantations.

However, the government ended this project on financial grounds.



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Motorists had their choice of weekend traffic tieups
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Multiple closures caused havoc for motorists Saturday and Sunday in and around San José.

The reasons were asphalt jobs and little concern by contractors for traffic control.

Saturday Avenida 3 west of Calle 3 was getting a new coat of asphalt, and the contractor closed the key route that is traveled heavily by buses. Drivers had to make a turn of more than 90 degrees to head north to find an alternate route. The driver of one car parked in a spot that prevented this maneuver by buses and almost won a starring role in a fistfight.

That route was blocked until about 4 p.m. Sunday.
So traffic all over the downtown was snarled.

Sunday the General Cañas eastbound was reduced to one lane, and that caused a major traffic jam on that route that spilled over to adjacent roadways.

Then the San José marathon resulted in a number of closed roadways in the capital as runners covered the distance twice from the U.S. Embassy to eastern San José.

The more than 3,000 runners had a choice of distances from 4 kilometers to a full marathon.

Some were still on the course in later afternoon. Avenida Segunda and Paseo Colón were closed to traffic until the last runner finished.

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Call it the great Osa Beer Bust
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a steady business in smuggling alcohol from Panamá, and over the weekend the Fuerza Pública confiscated two such shipments.

Both police actions took place at the same location and about the same time.

A vehicle with 660 cans of beer was the first case. The driver was on a back road in Osa.

A short time later police spotted a parked microbus not far away. The two occupants had fled into the brush, officers said. The vehicle contained more than 5,500 cans of beer, mostly Milwaukee's Best.


Major newspaper tells why
U.S. citizens become expats


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The authoritative Christian Science Monitor has published a glowing report with a video on U.S. citizens moving to Latin America. The emphasis was on countries where Americans had been hesitant to go, such as Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras.

The 3,265-word article gave case studies of satisfied expats with just one case of a woman who was being forced to return home from rural Honduras by finances and crime.

The news article mentions nothing about the legalities of moving to another country, such as the need for residency. And it suggests that learning Spanish is optional.

'Many Americans have settled in areas with large expat communities or ones that cater to outsiders, and they can get along without learning Spanish, said staff writer Daniel B. Wood.

Still the article does include Costa Rica as one of the prime locations for retirees. It also noted that the number of Social Security checks sent to Costa Rica has jumped 32 percent from 2005 to this year.

The article calls Latin America the new sun belt, a reference to what some of the U.S. southwestern states have been called because they are meccas for retirees.

The article correctly outlines the reason for retirees considering Latin America: The economic impact in the last few years on the finances of those approaching retirement age.


Playa Naranjo-Paquera road
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national road agency says that the gravel road from Playa Naranjo to Paquera on the Nicoya peninsula will be asphalted.

The agency also said that a new contract has been issued to the Grecia construction firm Grupo Albosa for maintenance on the 26-kilometer (about 16-mile) stretch.

The job includes putting down 11 kilometers of gravel, which will become a base for the future asphalt job.

The asphalt job depends on legislative approval of a loan from the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. The project also includes drainage, inprovement of bridges and channeling of water, said the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad.

This roadway is a key link but it is usually in disrepair. Sometimes, mainly in wet weather, it cannot be traversed.


System seeks to diminish
gender gap in employment


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national women's institute and the Instituto de Normas Técnicas  will be presenting what is being called the system to promote equality and equity of gender Tuesday.

The session is in the Hotel Aurola Holiday Inn in downtown San José.

The institute is the same organization that seeks to measure the carbon footprint of companies.

Among those speaking will be María Isabel Chamorro Santamaría, the executive president of the agency for women, the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres.

An announcement said that diverse studies show the persistence of gaps between genders. The new norm or system will permit organizations to develop policies and take action to diminish the gaps between men and women in their employ, said the announcement.


Marital success is determined
by those pre-nuptial gut feelings

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Before you walk down the wedding aisle, listen to your gut.

Researchers at Florida State University say people can tell if their marriage will be happy or not, even if they’re not able to verbalize the reasons why.

The research revealed two things: First, people’s conscious attitudes, or how they said they felt, did not always reflect their gut-level or automatic feelings about their marriage. Second, it was the gut-level feelings, not their conscious ones, that actually predicted how happy they remained over time.

“Everyone wants to be in a good marriage,” said James K. McNulty, a psychology professor. “And in the beginning, many people are able to convince themselves of that at a conscious level. But these automatic, gut-level responses are less influenced by what people want to think. You can’t make yourself have a positive response through a lot of wishful thinking.”

McNulty and his colleagues studied 135 heterosexual couples who had been married for less than six months and then followed up with them every six months over a four-year period. They found that the feelings the study participants verbalized about their marriages were unrelated to changes in their marital happiness over time.

To conduct the experiment, the researchers asked the individuals to report their relationship satisfaction and the severity of their specific relationship problems. The participants also were asked to provide their conscious evaluations by describing their marriage according to 15 pairs of opposing adjectives, such as good or bad, satisfied or unsatisfied.

To test gut feelings, the study participants were briefly flashed pictures of their spouses on a computer screen for one-third of a second. Immediately after,  they were shown a positive word like awesome or terrific or a negative word like awful or terrible. The individuals simply had to press a key on the keyboard to indicate whether the word was positive or negative. The researchers used special software to measure reaction time.

“It’s generally an easy task, but flashing a picture of their spouse makes people faster or slower depending on their automatic attitude toward the spouse,” McNulty said. “People who have really positive feelings about their partners are very quick to indicate that words like awesome are positive words and very slow to indicate that words like awful are negative words.”

People with positive gut-level attitudes were really good at processing positive words but bad at processing negative words when those automatic attitudes were activated. The opposite was also true. When a spouse had negative feelings about their partner that were activated by the brief exposure to the photo, they had a harder time switching gears to process the positive words.

These experiments were performed only once, but the researchers checked in with the couples every six months and asked them to report relationship satisfaction. The researchers found that the respondents who unwittingly revealed negative or lukewarm attitudes during the implicit measure reported the most marital dissatisfaction four years later. The conscious attitudes were unrelated to changes in marital satisfaction.

“I think the findings suggest that people may want to attend a little bit to their gut,” McNulty said. “If they can sense that their gut is telling them that there is a problem, then they might benefit from exploring that, maybe even with a professional marriage counselor."

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Black Friday sweep nets 10 merchants violating consumer laws
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some economics ministry inspectors went into stores and malls in four provinces Friday to make sure that merchants were telling the truth.

The ministry's Dirección de Apoyo al Consumidor or consumer division said it found 10 of 48 sales outlets in violations for one or more rules specified in the country's laws.

The rules say that a price must be displayed, that discounts cannot be less than advertised and that there should be no difference in the discount whether the buyer pays cash or uses a credit card.

These were the principal violations.

The consumer agency, part of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, periodically checks up on merchants. In this case they visited locations in the provinces of San José, Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago.

Friday was Black Friday, the marketing ploy that originated in
the United States for the day following Thanksgiving.  Although Costa Ricans do not celebrate Thanksgiving, several Fridays in a row have been labeled Black Friday. The merchants on this day are supposed to offer big discounts and great deals on goods in anticipation of Christmas giving.

The ministry said that three merchants were so far off in providing information to the public that a formal complaint was filed. In other cases, the inspectors pointed out the errors to the management.

The consumer agency has a complaint line, 800 CONSUMO (800 266 78 66), which has received 94 calls about trick advertising and purchase restrictions that were not advertised. The call line is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The consumer agency has been flooding merchants with information for the last four weeks. There are 997 sales outlets on the agency's list.

Inspectors checked 30 printed advertisements and said that 27 did not comply with the law. The firms were asked formally to amend their advertising, the agency said.


City streets harbor hosts for the dreaded roya de cafe rust
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As coffee producers and the government seek to stem an epidemic of coffee rust, there is a fifth column that can harbor the disease.

Coffee rust fungus has swept through plantations in Central America and Mexico and caused serious problems for producers. Coffee rust, known as roya de cafe (Hemileia vastatrix),  is the worst seen in Central America and Mexico since the fungal disease arrived in the region more than 40 years ago. Guatemala has joined Honduras and Costa Rica in declaring national emergencies over the disease.

Lawmakers have appropriated money for sprays and other responses to the disease.

But on the streets of San José and other Costa Rican communities the coffee plants have been placed as ornaments. Some of these exhibit symptoms of the rust, which is spread by the wind. No matter how many times growers spray their plants, the disease remains untouched on the ornamental hosts.

There is not a lot of incentive for city workers to do anything about the situation. Their salary does not depend on the coffee the plants produce.

John Vandermeer, a University of Michigan ecologist, said earlier this year that over the last 20 to 25 years, many Latin American coffee farmers have abandoned traditional shade-growing techniques in which the plants are grown beneath a diverse canopy of trees. In an effort to increase production, much of the acreage has been converted to sun coffee, which involves thinning or removing the canopy and a greater reliance on pesticides and fungicides to keep pests in check.

Vandermeer said he suspects that the shift to sun coffee may be contributing to the severity of the latest coffee rust outbreak. The move to sun coffee results in a gradual breakdown of the complex ecological web found on shade plantations. One element of that web is the white halo fungus
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Coffee plant on a city street shows ravages of  rust.

(Verticillium lecanii), which attacks insects and also helps keep coffee rust fungus in check. The ornamental plants on city streets are almost always in the sun. This may support Vandermeer's assessment.

There is, however, an upside. Some ornamental plants show no sign of the disease even though they are in close proximity to heavily diseased bushes.

These may provide some clues as scientists seek out resistant variations of the coffee plant.

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Almost daily someone can be found working out with a hoop in Parque Morazán. This is where the jugglers and other performers gather each evening to practice.

So it was not a surprise that at a recent city festival, there were dozens of hoop fanatics of varying degrees of skill and age.

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Primate of the feathered crowd

Crows display intelligence
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By the University of Tuebingen news staff

Scientists have long suspected that corvids – the family of birds including ravens, crows and magpies – are highly intelligent. Now, Tübingen neurobiologists Lena Veit and Andreas Nieder have demonstrated how the brains of crows produce intelligent behavior when the birds have to make strategic decisions. Their results are published in the latest edition of Nature Communications.

Crows are no bird-brains. Behavioral biologists have even called them feathered primates because the birds make and use tools, are able to remember large numbers of feeding sites and plan their social behavior according to what other members of their group do. This high level of intelligence might seem surprising because birds’ brains are constructed in a fundamentally different way from those of mammals, including primates, which are usually used to investigate these behaviors.

The Tübingen researchers are the first to investigate the brain physiology of crows’ intelligent behavior. They trained crows to carry out memory tests on a computer. The crows were shown an image and had to remember it. Shortly afterwards, they had to select one of two test images on a touchscreen with their beaks based on a switching behavioral rules. One of the test images was identical to the first image, the other different. Sometimes the rule of the game was to select the same image, and sometimes it was to select the different one. The crows were able to carry out both tasks and to switch between them as appropriate. That demonstrates a high level of concentration and mental flexibility which few animal species can manage and which is an effort even for humans.

The crows were quickly able to carry out these tasks even when given new sets of images. The researchers observed neuronal activity in a brain region associated with the highest levels of cognition in birds. One group of nerve cells responded exclusively when the crows had to choose the same image while another group of cells always responded when they were operating on the different image rule. By observing this cell activity, the researchers were often able to predict which rule the crow was following even before it made its choice.

The study published in Nature Communications provides insights into the parallel evolution of intelligent behavior. “Many functions are realized differently in birds because a long evolutionary history separates us from these direct descendants of the dinosaurs,” says Lena Veit. “This means that bird brains can show us an alternative solution out of how intelligent behavior is produced with a different anatomy.”

Crows and primates have different brains, but the cells regulating decision-making are very similar. They represent a general principle which has re-emerged throughout the history of evolution. “Just as we can draw valid conclusions on aerodynamics from a comparison of the very differently constructed wings of birds and bats, here we are able to draw conclusions about how the brain works by investigating the functional similarities and differences of the relevant brain areas in avian and mammalian brains,” said Professor Nieder.


Baby panda in Washington
gets a name after 100 days


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After 100 days and more than 123,000 votes, the baby panda cub born at Washington's Smithsonian National Zoo now has a name.  The name, Bao Bao, means precious or treasure and was chosen through a public online vote.

With lion dancers exciting the crowd and dignitaries looking on, hundreds of panda lovers jammed the zoo’s Panda Plaza to learn the cub’s name.

The baby female panda was born Aug. 23 to Mei Xiang, one of the zoo’s two pandas.  Until now, the cub, who has fascinated online viewers worldwide through the Smithsonian Zoo’s Panda Cam, has only been referred to as she.

Five names were submitted, Bao Bao, which means precious or treasure; Ling Hua or darling, delicate flower; Long Yun, a sign of luck for cooperation between China and the U.S.; Mulan, a legendary Chinese female warrior; and Zhen Bao, which means treasure or valuable.

There were 123,039 votes cast by the Nov. 22 deadline. Zoo director Dennis Kelly announced the winning name Sunday.

The cub received her name when she reached 100 days old.  China’s Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said giving the name is a sign of hope for a long life.

“In Chinese tradition, the 100-day celebration is very unique and of special importance, because it represents the wish that the baby will grow up in happiness and good health and will live as long as over 100 years,” he said.

Kerri-Ann Jones is the State Department’s assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International and Environmental and Scientific Affairs.  She said the new cub represents hope that the species will continue.

“Panda’s like Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, and now this little panda, help people from all over the world to learn about these fascinating animals and to understand how important it is to take care of nature and the natural habitats around us,” she said.

Hundreds of people crowded the Panda Plaza at the zoo for the ceremony.  Mike Wilmeth of Woodbine, Maryland, his wife Susan and their sons, who were wearing panda baseball caps, said they have been eagerly awaiting the naming ceremony.

“We’ve known we were going to come since the panda was born," Mike said. "The day it was born we knew that there would be a day-naming ceremony."

"Oh, it’s wonderful. We’ve been waiting for it since he - since she was born," said Susan. "We read in The Washington Post that there was going to be a panda-naming ceremony and we’ve been checking up to see the date of it all fall.”

The ceremony also included special video messages from first lady Michelle Obama and China’s first lady Peng Liyuan.  Both congratulated the zoo on the successful birth of the cub and her 100-day milestone.

Bao Bao will stay with her mother inside the panda enclosure for the next few months.  Zoo officials say that she should be out in public sometime early next year.  Bao Bao will remain at the Smithsonian Zoo until she is 4 years old, when she will be sent back to China to produce her own cubs.


New York train derailment
kills four and injures 70


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A suburban New York train derailed on Sunday, killing four people and injuring 70, including 11 critically, when all seven cars of a Metro-North train ran off the tracks on a sharp curve, officials said.
 
The crash happened at 7:20 a.m. about 100 yards north of Metro-North's Spuyten Duyvil station in the city's Bronx borough, said Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan.
 
Police said two men and two women were killed in the crash and 70 people were injured. A fire department spokesman said 11 people had been sent to the hospital in critical condition and six in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The train, headed south toward Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal, was about half full at the time of the crash with about 150 passengers and was not scheduled to stop at the Spuyten Duyvil station, said the state's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, parent company of Metro-North.
 
“On a work day, fully occupied, it would have been a tremendous disaster,” New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Joseph Cassano told reporters at the scene.
 
The derailment happened in a wooded area where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet. At least one rail car was lying toppled near the water and others were lying on their sides.
 
There was no official word on possible causes of the accident.
 
“That is a dangerous area on the track just by design,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN after touring the site. “The trains are going about 70 miles per hour (112 kph) coming down the straight part of the track. They slow to about 30 miles per hour (48 kph) to make that sharp curve . . . where the Hudson River meets the Harlem River, and that is a difficult area of the track.”
 
Cuomo said it appeared that all passengers had been accounted for.
 
He said recovery of the train's black box, a data-recording device similar to those on airplanes, would reveal more about the train's speed, possible mechanical issues and whether brakes were applied.
 
The National Transportation Safety Board said it would be on the scene investigating the accident for at least the next week  and would focus on track conditions, signaling systems, mechanical equipment and the performance of the train crew.
 
Passenger Frank Tatulli told television station WABC he had been riding in the first car and the train had been traveling a lot faster than usual.
 
“The guy was going real fast on the turns and I just didn't know why because we were making good time. And all of a sudden we derailed on the turn,” he said.
 
Joseph Bruno, who heads the city's Office of Emergency Management, told CNN it appeared that three of the four people killed had been ejected from the train. The MTA and the fire department both said that could not immediately be confirmed.
 
New York police divers were seen in the water near the accident, and dozens of firefighters were helping pull people from the wreckage. None of the passengers were in the water, said Marjorie Anders of Metro-North.
 
The derailment was the latest in a string of problems this year for Metro-North, the second busiest U.S. commuter railroad in terms of monthly ridership. The MTA said details about how the accident would impact Monday morning's commute were not yet available.
 
In July, 10 cars of a CSX freight train carrying trash derailed in the same area, Anders said. Partial service was restored four days later but full service did not return for more than a week.
 
In May, a Metro-North passenger train struck a commuter train between Fairfield and Bridgeport, Connecticut, injuring more than 70 people and halting service on the line.
 
The MTA said Sunday's accident marked the first customer fatality in Metro-North's three-decade history and that it was a black day for the railroad.
 
Amtrak said its Empire Line service between New York City and Albany was being restored after being halted immediately after the crash. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service between Boston and Washington was not affected.
 

China launches its rover
to travel on moon surface


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China has launched its first robotic expedition to the moon's surface, the latest step in an ambitious space program seen to reflect the country's rising global stature.

The Chang'e-3 lunar probe, which includes the Jade Rabbit rover buggy, blasted off early this morning  on board an enhanced carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's southwestern Sichuan province.

Chinese state television showed a live broadcast of the rocket lifting off.

The probe is due to land on the moon in mid-December to explore its surface and look for natural resources. It is the world's third lunar rover mission following ones from the United States and former Soviet Union decades earlier.

Crash landings are easier, and China crashed a craft into the moon in 2009. The last soft landing on the moon by any country was by the Soviet Union in 1976.

In 2007, China launched its first moon orbiter, the Chang'e-1, named after a lunar goddess, which took images of the surface and analyzed the distribution of elements.

The lunar buggy was named the Jade Rabbit, or Yutu, in a public vote, a folkloric reference to the goddess's pet.

President Xi Jinping has said he wants China to establish itself as a space superpower, and the mission has inspired widespread pride in China's growing technological prowess.

Online reactions to the launch from the Chinese public were mixed, ranging from expressions of pride of country to criticism that the accomplishment was done without the consent of the people and did nothing to help clothe and feed the population.

Beijing aims to establish a permanent space station by 2020 and eventually send someone to the moon.

 
White House says Web site
for insurance is much improved

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

White House officials say they have made their self-imposed deadline for improving the U.S. government's troubled health care Web site.

Jeffrey Zients, the troubleshooter appointed by the president to lead the website overhaul, told reporters Sunday the Web site Healthcare.gov is "night and day from where it was on October 1."

He said the health care Web site can handle 50,000 visitors simultaneously for a daily total of about 800,000, meeting the promise made by the White House to fix the medical insurance shopping website by Nov. 30. He also said the Web site was functioning properly more than 90 percent of the time.

There is no way to independently verify the administration's figures.

Technical problems have plagued the site since its Oct. 1 rollout. Ahead of Saturday's deadline, the administration warned that users may still encounter some delays, but said the Web site should load quickly for at least 80 percent of users.

President Barack Obama admitted in November that he and his team had fumbled the startup of his signature policy plan, the health care overhaul known as Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, aims to provide millions of uninsured Americans with health coverage. Health care reform was the centerpiece of the president's 2008 campaign.

The Web site is the gateway for health insurance plans in 36 states under the Affordable Care Act.

Only about 27,000 people overcame the myriad of online technical glitches to sign up for insurance through the site in October.

Critics say Web site problems caused millions of uninsured people who could have benefited to lose interest.

Critics also worry the president's decision to extend bare bones private insurance could keep young and healthy consumers from enrolling in the government coverage. Those consumers are considered critical for keeping the government program's finances in balance.


U.S. Black Friday discounts
seen hurting merchants profits


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Heavy discounting took a toll on U.S. retail sales during the Thanksgiving weekend as shoppers spent less than they did a year earlier, according to data released Sunday by an industry group.
 
That could be an indication of a more difficult season for many retailers. One bright spot this weekend, according to the data, was e-commerce as online sales soared.
 
The National Retail Federation estimated the average shopper spent $407.02 over the weekend, or 3.9 percent less than during the same weekend last year, because of lower prices it said would persist through the rest of the season.
 
“Retailers will continue to aggressively promote their in-store and online offerings, looking to entice today's very budget-conscious and value-focused shopper,” said NRF Chief Executive Matthew Shay.
 
The NRF said 141 million people went shopping at least once during the holiday weekend, up from 139 million last year. Total spending was expected to reach $57.4 billion for the four-day period, which includes Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, down 2.8 percent from $59.1 billion over the same weekend in 2012.
 
The big deals will also dent profit margins, analysts said.
 
“Sales will go up, but gross margins are going to be down. Doorbusters were what people were shopping for, more than the regular-priced stuff,” said Ron Friedman, retail practice leader at the consulting firm Marcum LLP.
 
The Thanksgiving weekend, anchored around Black Friday, is an early gauge of consumer mood and intentions in a season that generates about 30 percent of sales and nearly 40 percent of profit for retailers.
 
But many have given modest forecasts for the quarter. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., said it expects no growth in its comparable sales, and Macy's, Inc., didn't raise its full-year sales forecast despite strong numbers last quarter.
 
The shorter holiday period this year prompted retailers to begin offering sales Monday, something Shay said likely brought in some sales earlier in the week. There are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas compared with 2012
 
The NRF stuck to its forecast for retail sales to rise 3.9 percent for the whole season.
 
ComScore Inc., an analytics firm whose data is closely watched by Wall Street, said U.S. online sales rose 17.3 percent on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, outpacing sales growth at brick-and-mortar stores.
 
Retailers are also being aggressive online as they look to benefit from Cyber Monday, which falls on Dec. 2 this year. Cyber Monday is the biggest sales day of the year for e-commerce.
 
J.C. Penney Co Inc. and Macy's were among retailers that had already begun their Cyber Monday sales on Sunday, looking to keep the momentum going. Target Corp. was calling the occasion Cyber Week.
 
“They're going to continue to trot out deals,” Moody's analyst Michael Zuccaro said.


Indonesian fishermen claim
they were treated as slaves

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Dozens of Indonesian fishermen whose vessels were impounded by South African authorities for alleged illegal fishing say they were forced to work in slave-like conditions.

The 75 fishermen were stuck on board seven trawlers off the coast of Cape Town for three months until local officials allowed them to come ashore Saturday.

Authorities arrested the ships' captains and initially refused to let the crewmen enter South Africa because they lacked legal documents.

The officials eventually permitted the group to come ashore after South African media reported that the fishermen had little food as they remained trapped in a Cape Town bay.

One fisherman told the French news agency that he worked long hours for no pay while his trawler was at sea.

"Conditions are very, very bad. Sometimes we worked like a slave in here. I would start from three in the morning and finish working at two in the night. So I would have sleep for one hour, two hours," said the man.

South Africa-based maritime lawyer Alan Goldberg said he is working with local officials to resolve the situation.

"They've arrested all seven vessels in order to secure claims for wages owed to the crew. And also to get their repatriation home, back to Indonesia. The ship, the intention is to sell the ships and to go to the Admiralty court for an order sanctioning the sale. It's a long process, three or four months," said Goldberg.

The Indonesian fishermen have been sent to a repatriation center in Johannesburg.

Many Indonesians enter the fishing industry due to the promise of high wages, but they often lack the education and training to avoid being taken advantage of by unscrupulous vessel owners.
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Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

House and guest house on adjacent half acre lots. Each with separate electric,  private septic and well. Each can be sold stand alone or packaged. Modern kitchen, granite counters, Viking stove, large separate frig and freezer. Private commercial grade septic and well. No water shortages even in dry season. High speed internet and U.S. standard electric. Center of the beach -- NEVER floods. Estuary at each end of the beach with excellent kayaking and bird watching through the mangroves. Excellent fishing right off the shore. Great surfing, horseback riding, bicycling or Turtle watching. Groceries three miles away. Mentioned in "The Lonely Planet" Page 301. "Two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Wilderness beaches of fine silver-grey sand." Despite opportunities for great surfing, kayaking and just about anything else you want to do on a sandy strip of paradise, the beaches are nearly always abandoned. $500K Will finance.  More pictures available at: http://www.rebecker.com/journal102006a.htm.  Contact information: ginbecker@gmail.com,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.

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HIGH SECURITY Condo
ULatina, UCR, & U Fidelitas San Pedro, San Jose. $185,000.
Quietly located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada, 500 meters north of Iglesia Lourdes, San Pedro. ULatina, UCR, U. Fidelitas, bus & new train station are within five minutes Four-bedroom, three and half-bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with secure entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. Security fencing with electric wire, and a CCTV recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house.  For additional peace of mind, this residence equipped with an independently wired security system, iron bars on windows and patio doors, a telephone communication system to contact the guard house and secure parking at your front door.   Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. A green park area inside the complex for your children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Cable TV/Internet lines and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Water storage tank with pump maintains high pressure to bathrooms on all three floors. American style washer and electric dryer, refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987   or  U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458  or   (305) 848-5577. C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
6141-2/11/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at  www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8135-2/5/14

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2104

montage
For sale is a beautiful 50-acre property located in Los Alpes, just 15 minutes outside of San Ramon. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, this finca provides gorgeous views of the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance while also offering a wonderful climate year around. The main house is two stories with three bedrooms and two full baths. High quality construction using exotic hardwoods such as almond, which covers the ceilings throughout the entire house. There are also two corrals and a small casita on the property. This location is perfect for a farm-style home or for beginning an agricultural business. This truly is a rare piece of property and is available for $399,999. Price is somewhat negotiable and we will be happy to work with the buyer to make it work! Please call 8816-2478 or e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information ¡y se habla español!
8097-xxx

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

humming bird nest

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

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

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Jaco station
Gas Station/Auto Plaza
Located on the Pan American Highway, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Central America This property is  45,000  square feet or  18,000  meters Add a liquor and convenience store, automotive service, car wash, restaurant, pharmacy, Lotto sales, tour sales, ATMs,  etc, for a real money maker. Also future plans for a 80-unit auto motel and casino. See on YouTube at:  http://youtu.be/iDXurhJ4fCk Asking price  $4.5 million. Email costaricapropertysales@gmail.com or call: 8899-9870.
8153-112/22/13

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2
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DIGITS RESOURCE GUIDE is for sale!
In the nine years of operation, DIGITS Resource Guide has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San Jose, Jacó, Manuel Antonio, and Osa Peninsula areas.  DIGITS is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into an even greater level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. For a preview of the magazine, go to www.everydigit.com, or simply go to a local Distributor for a copy. Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a Pro-Forma Income Statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.
8115-11/18/13

Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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Mexico's president sees
popularity dip over taxes


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For the first time, more Mexicans disapprove of President Enrique Peña Nieto's performance than approve, partly because of his tax increases, according to a newspaper poll released Sunday, the anniversary of his first year in office.
 
The Reforma survey of 1,020 people showed that while 48 percent disapproved of Peña Nieto's job performance, up from 30 percent in April, just 44 percent approved.
 
The approval figure was down from 50 percent eight months ago and marked the first time since taking office last December that it had been below the disapproval percentage.
 
“Just as this year has been one of reforms, the year beginning today should stand out for being the one when those reforms were well implemented,”Peña Nieto said in a speech Sunday, addressing his first year as president.
 
Meanwhile, thousands, including teachers angered by Peña Nieto's education reform, marched through the streets of Mexico City to its main square where leftist former presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador held a gathering opposing the government's energy reform proposal.
 
Peña Nieto's Partido Revolucionario Institutional, or PRI, wants to shake up the state-controlled oil and gas industry to introduce more private capital and reverse a slump in crude output, down a quarter since 2004.
 
The energy bill is being negotiated in congress, with both PRI and opposing Partido Acción Nacional  officials confident it will pass before the end of the year.
 
According to the survey, 47 percent thought Peña Nieto was handling the energy reform proposal badly, while only 27 percent backed him.
 
However, those surveyed mainly took issue with Peña Nieto's new tax scheme, which Mexico's congress passed in October. The fiscal overhaul includes higher income tax rates for the wealthy as well as new levies on junk food, soft drinks and stock market gains.
 
The reform, signed into law by Peña Nieto, aims to raise revenue by almost 2.7 percent of gross domestic product by 2018.
 
There also was concern about Peña Nieto's handling of organized crime with 58 percent of those surveyed saying he was doing a bad job and 21 percent approving.
 
Roughly 80,000 people have died since 2007 when former president Felipe Calderón sent in the army to tame Mexico's warring cartels.
 
Although the murder rate has fallen slightly under Peña Nieto, about 1,000 people a month still are killed in drug-related violence while kidnapping and extortion rates have risen.
 
The survey, taken between Nov. 21-24, has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.


Fast and Furious' actor dies
in mishap in friend's vehicle


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Actor Paul Walker, best known for his role in the "Fast and Furious" action movies, has died in a car crash. He was 40 years old.

Walker's publicist said the actor was a passenger in a friend's car during a fiery crash north of Los Angeles, California. Both lost their lives.

Walker's publicist said the actor was attending a charity event for his organization "Reach Out Worldwide." The charity has sent teams of experts to help in areas hit by natural disasters. The organization recently was aiding victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and tornados in the U.S. state of Illinois.

The blond-haired, blue-eyed California native was in five of the six "Fast and Furious" films and was working on the seventh film at the time of his death.

Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter.


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Osa firm distributing device to get foreign TV

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For those Gringos and expats who miss watching TV such as the upcoming Winter Olympics from their homeland, a Canadian hi-tech company has invented a low-cost solution for this problem called SurfEasy. Even a first-time computer neophyte can use it to defeat geographic restrictions, the firm said. 

Retailing at $70 plus shipping for a multi-year license, it’s a USB stick that attaches to a computer or laptop through a USB port.  Once plugged in and online, the stick allows a user to browse the Web safely with bank level encryption to keep both browsing history and passwords safe even at public internet  cafés.  

SurfEasy allows a user to log on through its servers in either the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Singapore and, shortly, Canada.  By choosing the U.S. server, a user can access all the programs aired by ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS by logging onto their Web sites. 

For the United Kingdom, a user can access all the BBC TV, ITV and Channel 4 programs by logging on to their Web sites.

Without a SurfEasy stick a television fan would get a computer notice saying “Sorry, because you are not in the USA  (or UK) we are unable to stream the programs to you because of Geo-blocking.”  

By using SurfEasy, geographical blocking will not occur because the broadcaster's server thinks the computer is in its own territory.

A local Osa company called Brules Distribution has acquired the exclusive rights to sell the SurfEasy in Costa Rica, and its email address is Surfeasycostarica@gmail.com