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Most domestic abuse cases fail because of victim
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last year some 70 percent of women who obtained domestic violence restraints failed to follow through, according to the judiciary, and a campaign had been started to decrease the number of dropout.

A 2011 law obligates judges to visit the homes of some who have been awarded no-contact orders, and it is not unusual to find the accused wife beater back living in the home despite the order, the judicial said.

The Poder Judicial promotes the campaign that says following through on a domestic abuse case can change lives for the better.

And officials recognize that the victim is a principal cause of why such cases do not end satisfactorily, a summary said.

In 2013 judges issued 112,627 medidas de protección for those who complained of spousal abuse. Most of the time the order means the abuser must leave the home and have no further contact with the complainant. That same year of the 34,715 hearings scheduled, only 9,800 were actually held, said a judicial summary.
One obvious reason is the economic dependency of the abused partner on the abuser. The others are fear and concern for children. The rate cases are abandoned frustrates some of the judges in the Juzgado de Violencia Doméstica.

One domestic violence victim was quoted saying that to follow through required a lot of personal strength.

The campaign is mainly informational to alert the person filing the complaint the consequences of not following through. Presumed victims also are instructed on how to file a new complaint if the abuser violates the terms of a restriction order, said the judiciary. The victims also are told about the psychology of violence in general terms. The judges also are targeting accused abusers early and directing them to intervention programs, the judiciary said.

The courts have been accused of failing to handle domestic violence cases quickly. That leaves the accused abuser living as best he or she can outside the home. A few of those accused are women.

In a few cases, abusers have violated the no-contact order to kill their former partner.


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Puriscal readies its annual chicharrón festival
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Puriscal Feria Del Chicharrón opens Friday for a run until Dec. 14. As the name implies, the event is heavy with enough fried pork to make even the most apathetic cardiologist squirm.

The inauguration is at 5 p.m. Friday with a horse parade planned for 4 p.m. Saturday and those  wacky Costa Rican bull baitings this weekend and next.
Also planned are helicopter flights, a tree lighting and soccer matches.

Still, the principal attraction will be the chicharrones.

In Costa Rica these are chunks of pork, not the pork rind as is customary elsewhere. They go well with lemon juice and fried yuca. And beer. The location is the Puriscal fairgrounds. A program is HERE!

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Four teens held in robbery and murder

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents have detained four teens in a robbery and murder that took place Friday.

Agents detained the youngsters in four simultaneous early morning raids in Corina Rodríguez, La Guapil and Los Pinos sections of Alajuelita.

They are accused in the death of a man with the last name of  Vásquez who was walking to his home late Friday in Aurora de Alajuelita.

Agents said that the man was shot once in the head, once in the cheek and once in the neck when he resisted. The robbers had a .38 caliber pistol. The robbers stole the man's cell telephone.

In another juvenile case Wednesday, mounted Fuerza Pública officers on patrol at Parque de la Paz captured two youngsters who dropped a part of a sparkplug from a pedestrian bridge and shattered the windshield of a passing car.

Police said the pair were 15 and 16. The driver was able to stop his vehicle without causing any damage, they added.


Money awards for cell outage upheld

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala Primera of the Corte Suprema de Justicia has upheld a lower court award of money to individuals who were hurt by a cell telephone outage.

The trio were passengers in a truck that went off the road in Puntarenas in September 2010.

One of the occupants in the seafood delivery truck tried to call for help for the accident, but he could not obtain a signal from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad line, according to a summary. Although injured, he had to walk for a distance to call for help, said the Poder Judicial in describing the case and decision.

The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo awarded the trio each 500,000 colons, about $1,000 at the time. The case was treated as a consumer claim because the telephone users were never told of the limitations of the system in that area, said the Poder Judicial.


Nine detained in Puntarenas drug case

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía de Control de Drogas detained nine of 10 suspects Wednesday in a Puntarenas case that involves what officials say are four drug gangs working together.

The activities were described repeatedly in confidential calls to police, said the security ministry.

The activities were in Esparza, Barranca and Monteverde de Puntarenas. Distributed were mainly cocaine and marijuana.

The individuals detained Wednesday represent one organization, officials said, and they were working with three others.


North Korea denies Sony cyber attack

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Korea has firmly denied charges that it is behind a massive cyber attack against Sony Pictures. 

A North Korean diplomat in New York said Wednesday his country has nothing to do with the cyber attack that crippled the Hollywood studio’s computer system last week.

"Linking the DPRK to the Sony hacking is another fabrication targeting the country," said the official, who preferred to remain anonymous.  "My country publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy," the official claimed.

This is the first time North Korea has denied its involvement in the cyber attack on Sony. Pyongyang has been largely silent on the accusation, sparking rampant speculation that Pyongyang might have sponsored the attack.  

Some press linked the cyber attack to Pyongyang’s anger over Sony’s upcoming comedy "The Interview," the plot of which involves an attempted assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


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Hotel operators are more optimistic this year, survey shows
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hotel operators at tourism locations are expecting a better year this year than last with their holiday bookings.

The Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles released findings of its annual survey Wednesday that showed the hotel operators at beaches and the mountains expect an average of 88 percent occupancy. The period includes Christmas through New Year's. That is four points higher than 2013, the chamber noted.

Beaches continue being the favored locations because the survey
 showed that hotel operators there are expecting 91 percent occupancy. Mountain locations reported 81 percent.

As is typical of holiday periods, hotels in the city expected a lower occupancy. They reported 59 percent.

The chamber will do a survey after the holidays to determine actual occupancy.

The holiday occupancies will give a good indication of the success of the entire high season, which has just begun. Reports from the Pacific coast say that intense cold in the north has advanced the season.


Museo Nacional plans festival
with a Christmas theme Dec. 11


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Museo Nacional plans a Christmas festival Dec. 11, and the event includes the blessing of the museum's portal or nativity scene.

There also are workshops to create Yule decorations, choruses, the San José municipal band, and drama presentations. The event is designed for families and is free, although there are small charges for the optional workshops and the holiday food. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs all day.
 
The Concordia Coral from the Instituto Pro Música under the direction of Darlene Palmer will close the event at 2 p.m. with traditional Spanish Christmas carols or villancicos.

The blessing of the nativity scene will be at 9 a.m., and the Rev. Carlos Humberto Rojas is scheduled to preside.

The life-size statues are on loan from the San Vicente de Paul sisters of charity and are valuable antiques, said the museum. They are more than 100 years old.

They will be on display through January.
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Some airlines will put cost of exit tax in the price of their tickets
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The deal was a very long time in coming. The government said Wednesday that some airlines have agreed to include the cost of the country's $29 exit tax in the price of a ticket.

The participating airlines are members of the Spanish-based  Asociación de Líneas Aéreas. Continental and American Airlines are members, but Delta and some other U.S. passenger lines are not.

Passengers who have booked flights with firms that do not include
the tax in their ticket will have to continue to purchase the exit stamp at the airport from Bancrédito employees.

Officials Wednesday said they expect that the manual operator will continue for at least a year.

Charter and private flights are not included in the agreement, officials said. They are Ana Helena Chacón and Helio Fallas, both vice presidents, who announced the agreement. Airlines are under no obligation to accept the agreement, officials said. But they expect that most eventually will.

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While anti-drug officers were chopping down more than a million marijuana plants in the high Talamancas, others were providing food and clothing to needy native residents of  Piedra Meza and Telire. And Luis Blanco, head of the Caja clinic in Zarcero spent five of his days off providing medical services and attracting crowds in the remote communities.
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N.Y. grand jury declines
to indict chokehold cop


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A grand jury in New York City voted Wednesday not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man in July.

The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was seen in a widely circulated video recorded July 17 with his arm wrapped around Eric Garner’s neck, wrestling him to the ground in an attempt to arrest him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island.

The heavyset 43-year-old Garner, who had asthma, was heard repeatedly gasping, "I can't breathe!''

The city's medical examiner ruled that Garner’s death was a homicide resulting from the chokehold and the compression of his chest by police officers. New York Police Department officials have said the chokehold technique generally is not allowed.

Police union officials and Pantaleo's lawyer argued that the officer used a takedown move taught by the police department, not a banned maneuver, because Garner was resisting arrest. They said his poor health was the main reason he died.

Benjamin Carr, Garner's stepfather, said he was distraught over the verdict. “Put it in the hands of the federal government. Let them do something about it,” he said.

In a move aimed at de-escalating tension, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced late Wednesday that he was opening a federal civil rights investigation into Garner’s death, a move that Garner’s family and activists have called for in recent months.

The grand jury decision comes less than two weeks after another grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to indict a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager during a street confrontation. That decision led to weeks of protests and violence that resulted in more than 100 arrests and the destruction of 12 commercial buildings by fire.

In New York, protesters gathered in the city's Times Square, some holding signs that said "Black lives matter,'' "Fellow white people, wake up'' and "Once again, no justice.''

About two dozen demonstrators lay down in the middle of Grand Central Station's main hall in Manhattan, in a silent protest as the evening rush hour began.

At the site where Garner was apprehended by police and a makeshift memorial to his honor now stands, tempers flared as about a dozen protesters expressed their anger at the grand jury's decision with a protest on the sidewalk. Some demonstrators defiantly crushed cigarettes in front of reporters and passers-by — a reference to the reason that police gave for approaching Garner in the first place.

Daniel Skelton, a black 40-year-old banker, spoke loudly as he expressed his outrage steps away from Garner's memorial.

“They just don't like us,” he said, referring to police. Skelton called his reaction “not so much anger as frustration. A black man's life just don't matter in this country."

In his first public comments on the death, Pantaleo said he prays for Garner's family and hopes they accept his condolences. But Garner's mother said she was truly disappointed in the grand jury's decision.

President Barack Obama reacted swiftly to the grand jury decision, saying the case reflected a longtime "concern on the part of too many minority communities that law enforcement is not working with them, and dealing with them in a fair way."

"We are not going to let up until we see a strengthening of the trust and a strengthening of the accountability that exists between our communities and our law enforcement," he said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a deeply emotional day for the Garner family and all New Yorkers, acknowledging that many people did not agree with the grand jury’s decision. He said the decision created "a national moment of pain, a national moment of grief and searching for a solution." 

It is rare for either federal or state prosecutors to charge a U.S. police officer for excessive force, even when a death results.

“There are a lot of cases where police officers don't get indicted for what looks like extreme situations,” said Aaron Mysliwiec, president of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “Many jurors and judges tend to believe police officers more than your average witness.”

The U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts have over decades ruled that police officers should have wide latitude to use violence to defend themselves and to take suspects into custody.

In the aftermath of the Garner incident, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said every officer in the police department, the nation's largest police force, would have to undergo new training. He said it would emphasize tactics that could calm an encounter, something the police department has described as verbal judo.


Obama planning initiative
for young Native Americans


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Maurianna Loretto, an environmental science major at Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, says education is key to beating the odds stacked against so many Native American young people.

“There are challenges in the community," said Ms. Loretto, 22.  "There are negative influences that someone can easily get into and get wrapped up in — and I think we just need people to motivate the young to do good for themselves.”

But it’s an uphill battle for most. More than a third of Native American youth live in poverty, and suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those ages 10 to 24.  Native Americans also have the lowest high school graduation rates of any U.S. demographic.

President Barack Obama, who visited Standing Rock in June, has unveiled a new initiative aimed at helping Native American youth overcome poverty, substance abuse or other challenges. He announced the plan Wednesday at the sixth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference.

Also during the conference, the White House released the 2014 Native Youth Report, which acknowledges that past failings in federal policy have contributed to the statistics. The report highlights areas of improvement such as in economic development and education.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who is restructuring the Bureau of Indian Education, said it would take $1 billion to fix Native American schools.

“We are doing a lot around Indian education, but there is more that needs to be done," she said. "We are inadequately funded, particularly in construction. We have schools that are falling apart, a third of BIE schools are in poor condition.”
 
During his visit to Standing Rock, Obama heard firsthand from tribal youth about the obstacles they face. The rare presidential visit deeply moved Obama, who at Wednesday’s conference announced the Generation Indigenous initiative, which aims to provide Native American youth with leadership, college and career opportunities.

“We want to give those young people and young Native Americans like them the support they deserve," he said. "We have to invest in them, believe in them and love them. And if we do, there’s no question of the great things they can achieve, not just for their own families, but for their nation and for the United States.”

It’s a message that hits home for Brian Moskwetah Weeden, co-president of the United National Indian Tribal Youth.

“It’s time for our tribal youth to step up in our own communities, even in the bigger picture, in the government-to-government relationships," he said. "And being here, and being present, is a really good thing.”

For the first time, 36 Native American high school students took part in Wednesday’s conference as White House Youth Ambassadors, part of the president’s pledge to better the lives of native youth.


DNA project now focuses
on African populations


 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have been making rapid advances in studies of genetic variations in European and East Asian populations. Now, populations in Africa, the cradle of the human race, are getting the same treatment.
 
The African Genome Variation Project set out to discover more about how variations in DNA can help in understanding patterns of disease, ultimately leading to better treatments.
 
Working with other institutions, including partners throughout Africa, the Genome Variation Project has collected and analyzed genetic information from nearly 3,000 individuals representing the diversity of the African experience over many millennia.

Manjinder S. Sandhu of Britain’s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, senior author of an article on the project in the journal Nature, said in a telephone interview that DNA reveals traces of the movement of people who originated in Africa, migrated elsewhere, and returned.
 
“It’s a mass population movement from out of Africa," Sandhu said. "Populations have returned over thousands of years and mixed with population groups. And you see vestiges of those signals in the human genomes of modern Africans today.”
 
For example, genetic characteristics of Eurasian people were found in today’s West Africans.
 
Sandhu said the Genome Variation Project might help explain why certain genetic variations make some people more likely than others to develop specific diseases.
 
“And ultimately, if we understand the biological processes underlying those diseases, we can start thinking about how we can develop new medicines, or use existing medicines, to help combat and control those diseases,” he said.
 
In a commentary also published in Nature, Raj Ramesar of the University of Cape Town said analyses of more African genomes would open a larger window into human diversity, evolution ... and disease susceptibility.


Navajo art
Voice of America photo
One of the Yazzie family designs

Navajo silversmiths win
expo spot in N.Y. museum

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Turquoise, coral, opal and silver are tools in the hands of master Navajo jewelers. The Yazzie family has been making contemporary Navajo jewelry for decades and now their work is being celebrated in a museum in New York. 

For generations the Yazzie family has been using traditional Navajo techniques to make jewelry in America's Southwest. The concho, the squash blossom and the sun are traditional imagery found in many of their pieces.

The National Museum of the American Indian in New York is showcasing four decades of work by brothers Lee and Raymond Yazzie.  They are elders of the famous jewelry-making family, whose work has been up to now dispersed among private collections.

Lee is known for his silversmithing, which was introduced to the Navajo in the middle of the 19th century.  He uses silver to encase the jewels, which in Navajo tradition have a spirit.

"Many times my father would tell my mother to respect this work.  It is sacred, you know the turquoise was sacred," said Lee.

Ray, who has been making jewelry since his early teens, is renowned for his stone work. He focuses on Hozho, a Navajo concept that prizes balance and beauty in art and life.

"It takes a long time to get everything together especially the different color coral.  It takes a few months or even a couple of years to get all the different colors together," said Ray.

The museum exhibit, which includes works owned by 50 private collectors, is called "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family."  Glittering world refers to the Navajo name for the realm of light and sun in which all beings live.

"This is an influence directly on their jewelry and the colors of the landscape, the light.  Navajo belief about light and color," said Curator Kathleen Ash-Milby.

Collectors pay a lot for Yazzie artwork. Abby Kent Flythe has been enamored with Navajo jewelry since she was just seven.  Now she is a dealer.

“Because of the materials and the time it takes them to make and the skills they’ve developed over the years it can go quite high," she said. "Up in the…over the hundred-thousand range."

Dozens of Yazzies came to New York City for the gallery opening, which coincided with an award from their home state of New Mexico.  For Ray, the experience was overwhelming.

"You go through life and you put pieces together and because they go into collections, then the public never really gets to see the pieces that you make and so through the years I always wondered when am I going to get the recognition that I want, you know? When are people going to see what I can do," she asked.

The 300-piece exhibit will be on display for one year.  The curator says the show is just one part of the larger, contemporary American Indian story.

 
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La Fortuna Distress Sale
Divorce forced wife to return to the U.S. with bills to pay. Just wants to get out from under. Modern 2-bedroom home on over 1100m2 intended for apartments or condos. Easy walk to center of town, great volcano view. $140,000 with 50 percent financing arranged. On vacation rental program now producing nice income, but Costa Rica no longer in her future. For details contact
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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-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

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

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail azucarb@racsa.co.cr or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.
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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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Atenas home
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. http://www.atenasrealty.com/fotos%20H392.html
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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, orbec12@gmail.com 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 Karen@remax-ocr.com  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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Newly available in Roca Verde
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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: http://www.atenasrealty.com/fotos%20H326.html 2446-5587. ldrock@gmail.com
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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 mmpeace@hotmail.com   Check out slide show HERE!
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Cariari luxury condo for sale
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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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Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
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: edumace64@yahoo.es  and pdvartanian@aol.com.
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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.
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Flamenco show to tap other rhythms

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Al Ándalus flamenco troupe will borrow from Cuban and Argentine rhythms Dec. 14 for the presentation Con el alma aferrada, which can be translated as "with an obstinate soul,"

The performances are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Los Yoses. However, the 7 p.m. show is sold out, the dance group said.

The title of the show is from the 1935 song "Volver" by Carlos Cardel. He is best known as a tango singer, so the group most likely will work the beat of the tango into its dancing.


Traffic should be heavy tonight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats should know that traffic police are expecting a big day today with three major events.

Saprissa, the soccer team, plays arch rival Alajuelense. The Hospital del Niños plans the lighting of its gigantic Christmas tree, and famous singer Marc Anthony performs at the Estadio Nacional.

Each event is expected to attract thousands.


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Women to display products of their firms

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Businesswomen will display their works Friday through Sunday at the new location of the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres west of Mall San Pedro.

Some 120 firms are expected to be represented at the VI Feria Nacional de Mujeres Empresarias.

The institute cited statistics that said women lead 60 percent of the country's firms. Some 125,288 women work for their own account here, the institute said, citing figures from the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos.

Assisting with the event are the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje and the Fundación Mujer.