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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats with official business to complete have just two weeks to do so this year.

Dec. 19, a Friday, is the day when most central government workers begin their Christmas break. Considering that there are office parties and other holiday events before that date, official business becomes more uncertain as Dec.19 approaches.

The tourism industry will be in full swing, and those who are beach-bound should make reservations now, workers in the industry urge. Many Costa Ricans do not have that problem. They spend the Christmas-to-New Year's holiday camped on beaches.

The beaches are public property, so campers have this right.

Those who are not going to the beaches or mountains for Christmas, will find many activities for their youngsters. The Museo de los Niños, for example, has issued an agenda of activities for youngsters beginning Dec. 15. There will be even more activities from Jan. 15 to Feb. 1.

Dec. 15 is the end of the public school year, and graduations are the next day.

Essential services will have a regular schedule of the holidays, and they will be needed. Those Costa Rican bullfights will be in two Central Valley locations this year.

The Fiestas de San José beginning Dec.25 at the Zapote fairgrounds, and there will be bulls at Pedregal in Belén for the first time this year.

The Fuerza Pública said it is continuing its strong presence downtown at bus stops and automatic tellers. There will be large turnouts of
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officers next Saturday for the Festival de La Luz Christmas parade.

Traffic officials warned motorists over the weekend that workmen will be putting up the stages and grandstands along Paseo Colón and Avenida Segunda for Festival de la Luz spectators. They urged caution because the grandstands and stages protrude into the traffic lanes.

About 19 percent of vehicle owners have paid the 2015 marchamo
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros said Friday that  243,833 vehicle owners had paid their 2015 road tax, the marchamo.

The state insurance firm noted that the last day to pay the fee without penalties or a fine is Dec. 31.  
However, the closer to the deadline, the longer the lines. The institute estimated that the number that have paid already represent just 19 percent of the motorists who eventually will do so.

In addition to the state insurance firm, payment can be made at most banks and even many contract insurance offices.

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Fewer Atlantic hurricanes than expected

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Colorado State University hurricane predictions for 2014 were low. But they were not low enough.

The year saw an unusually low number of Atlantic hurricanes, and none shared the effects with Costa Rica.

The prediction team of Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray at the university's Department of Atmospheric Science are legend.  Gray has been making predictions and honing his techniques for 55 years.

This year the team predicted 10 named storms and four hurricanes. There were eight named storms and six hurricanes. They also predicted just one major hurricane, but there were two. That's the average for the years 1981 to 2010.

Hurricane Arthur was the only storm to make a U.S. landfall. It touched and caused some damage in eastern North Carolina in July.

The Atlantic hurricane season is considered to be from June 1 to Nov. 30. although a hurricane can form at any time.

"As was the case last year, dry mid-level air and sinking motion prevailed across the Atlantic basin," the team reported. "The tropical Atlantic was also a bit cooler than normal, and vertical wind shear was quite strong across the Caribbean." All of these conditions likely combined to create an unfavorable environment for tropical cyclone formation and intensification, they added.

Crashes claim three lives on weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three persons died and one suffered serious injuries in three Saturday accidents involving motorcycles or a motorbike.

The first victim was identified by the last name of Lara.  He was 37, the Judicial Investigating Organization said. He died when his motorcycle ran off the road, crashed and threw the driver into a rock. That was Saturday night in Buenos Aires de Pocosol.

A 24-year-old man with the last name of Altamirano died Saturday about 11 p.m. when he pulled into an intersection onto a main road. Another vehicle struck him and his motorcycle. That was in Chacarita de Puntarenas.

Two persons were on the motorbike on Ruta 32 near Guácimo, Pococí, about 5 p.m. Saturday when the small vehicle was in a collision with a tractor trailer. The victim was identified by the last name of Cannet. He was 19, judicial investigators said. A second person was hospitalized.

Pacific quake felt in Central Valley

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Scientists estimated a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 for an earthquake in the Pacific off southern Costa Rica that took place at 2:55 a.m. today.

The epicenter was on the Middle America Trench, a convergence of tectonic plates, at about half a kilometer, a very shallow quake,

The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica said the epicenter was some 119 kilometers south southeast of Laurel de Corredores and some148 kilometers south southeast of Golfito.

The lengthy quake was felt in the Central Valley. A quake estimated at a magnitude of 5.8 took place also off the coast of Panamá about 11:53 a.m. Saturday. That quake was closer to shore but still produced many aftershocks.

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A welcome to the dry season, even though there are gusts of wind
By Jerry Thorman*
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

'Tis the season to be jolly not only for the years utmost holidays but also welcome our dry season! The dry season cometh by the cooperation of the trade winds blowing the rain away, at least for the duration! It's my favorite time of the year and basking in the sun brings warm feelings spreading that I have had trouble nada getting comfortable in this place!

However like most things Mother Nature brings us: There are GUSTS!

Looking out the window in the back yard, I see lots of green leaves laying on the ground that have been blown off the plants by the trade winds; bringing to mind comments from our family visitors through the years, i.e., "Love Costa Rica - hate the winds!"

Those poor leaves were innocent and having to have been blown off does bring some second thoughts about the season but, all considered, still beats the rainy season with daily tormentas that are so terrifying

Oh and the gusts not only guilty as leaf blowers but large branches and even trees themselves. Not pleasant to see Mother Nature's vegetation laying on the ground but at the same time could be considered "windfall," i.e., providing
other uses for the down greenery like firewood for cooking tamales and warming our casas.
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Much easier to pick up a bunch of bananas from the ground than having to navigate a tall plant.

And there in the yard I also see a huge banana plant blown down by one of the trade wind gusts! One might say that miserable gust should be caught and whipped into a gentle breeze but at the same time look at the fruit that Mother Nature harvested for us!

*Author Thorman is from Canoas, Alajuela.

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Climate change: New orthodoxy impedes full airing of contrary views
There is no doubt that the world is getting warmer. Chicago residents do not have to cope with an ice sheet two kilometers thick. And the surface area of Costa Rica is much less than it used to be.

As well as the average temperature, the seas have risen, too. The probability is that they will continue to do so. For awhile.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration points out:

"The Earth's climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives."

Agreement ends when one seeks to discuss the contributions of humans to the change in climate.  Those who believe that humans are big contributors to the change are meeting now in Lima, Perú. They hope to draft a new global pact that most certainly will place limits on First World countries and even cost them money.

In fact, money is one of the driving forces of climate change research. The human contribution is the new orthodoxy, and researchers reporting on studies far from the topic feel compelled to include a paragraph or two mentioning climate change. Ask William Gray.

The Colorado State University climate scientist issues the annual hurricane predictions. He does not believe humans can do anything abut climate change, and has said so. The academic roof fell in on him. Then the university said handling media requests about his work required too much time. He was being eased out.

"This is obviously a flimsy excuse and seems to me to be a cover for the Department's capitulation to the desires of some (in their own interest) who want to rein in my global warming and global warming-hurricane criticisms," Gray said at the time and was quoted in the Houston Chronicle.

In academics, researchers win points and possible promotion by having peer-reviewed articles published in major journals. The peer reviewers are biased to their own research, so articles supporting human-caused global warming are approved but others are not. This is true, too, in a lot of disciplines.

There is a news story today on Page 4 about how publication bias may have affected research on bilingualism.
A research article that points out a warmer earth would create more agricultural land is not likely to be published. And the outside money to do such work probably would be scare, too.

NASA reports that "ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position." Such a consensus is troubling.

On a grander scale, the Lima conference also is about money. And some kind of carbon credit plan would be nothing more than another tax. And if the United Nations is involved, there most certainly will be another effort at international control.

The contradictions in the global warming reasoning are legion. There always are climate changes. North Africa used to be the bread basket of the Roman Empire.  The great drying turned the Midwest of the United States from a cedar forest into prairie.

Global warming enthusiasts predict hurricanes, floods and other weather extremes as if prior ages were sedate.

Even when Buffalo is buried by snow, the cause is global warming: "And it’s something Buffalo could face more often in a warming world. Rising global temperatures are also warming the Great Lakes and keeping them ice-free longer during the cold season," said Discovery News.

In fact, the ice cover on the Great Lakes is almost never complete, although some lakes might have 100 percent ice. The percentage of annual coverage in recent winters has ranged from 1.8 to 100 percent, according to NASA. And last winter's ice coverage was well above average.

All this would be just a great scientific argument if governments were not making major decision on the predictions of human-caused global warming. President Luis Guillermo Solís just said he would block exploratory drilling for oil for as long as he could. Presumably he thinks that importing more expensive foreign petroleum leads to less carbon dioxide emissions. And the public pays the price.

And the country has proposed to become carbon neutral by 2031.  But no one counts the massive amounts of gas, vapor and other chemicals emitted by the active volcanoes.

Costa Rica already has a carbon credit system in place. It is not yet mandatory.

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Publication bias may have skewed understanding of bilingual effects
By the Association for Psychological Science news service

Study results that challenge the idea that bilingual speakers have a cognitive advantage are less likely to be published than those that support the bilingual-advantage theory, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. This research suggests that a publication bias in favor of positive results may skew the overall literature on bilingualism and cognitive function.

“Publishing only successful studies means that we do not have access to many valuable studies that could increase our understanding of the actual effects of bilingualism,” says lead researcher Angela de Bruin of Edinburgh University. “The bilingual advantage has received much attention and is now often considered to be common wisdom. Especially because of its societal relevance, it is important to realize that our interpretation of these advantages may be biased by the type of studies published.”

Many published studies have shown that bilingual speakers perform better on cognitive tasks related to executive function abilities, such as those involved with attention and the ability to ignore distractions and switch between tasks, when compared to people who are fluent in only one language.

But in informal discussions with colleagues, Ms. de Bruin and her co-authors confirmed that study results that fail to support the bilingual advantage often don’t make it to publication. Thus, they never become part of the established scientific literature, a phenomenon known as the file drawer effect.

To see if they could find concrete evidence for a publication bias, the researchers decided to compare studies presented at conferences with those that are eventually published. They identified 104 conference abstracts describing studies on bilingualism and executive control in any age group, presented between 1999 and 2012. They then looked to see which of those studies were accepted for publication in an international scientific journal on or before February 2014.

Of the 104 abstracts, 38 percent described studies that supported a bilingual advantage, 13 percent found mixed results that tended to support the advantage, 32 percent found mixed results that challenged the advantage, and 16 percent failed to find an advantage.

While 52 of the studies reported in the abstracts were accepted for publication, analyses indicated that some studies were much more likely to make it to publication than others.

The researchers found that the majority (63 percent) of the studies that supported the bilingual advantage, either partly or completely, were published; however, only 36 percent of the studies that mainly or fully failed to support the advantage were published.

The difference in publication rates couldn’t be explained by the specific tasks or the sample sizes used in the studies.

Ms. de Bruin and colleagues note that the different rates of publication could result from bias at various points in the publication process. Researchers may choose to submit only those studies that show a positive result, leaving studies with null findings to languish in the file cabinet. It’s also possible that journal reviewers and editors are more likely to accept positive findings and reject null findings in deciding what to publish.

Ultimately, the findings suggest that the commonly accepted view that bilingualism confers a cognitive advantage may not accurately reflect the full body of existing scientific evidence.

According to Ms. de Bruin, these findings underscore how essential it is to review the published scientific literature with a critical eye, and how important it is that researchers share all of their findings on a given topic, regardless of the outcome.

“All data, not just selected data that supports a particular theory, should be shared, and this is especially true when it comes to data regarding issues that have enormous societal relevance and implications, such as bilingualism,” Ms. de Bruin and colleagues conclude.

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Prince William and wife
are visiting New York City

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, arrived for their first-ever visit to New York City Sunday, on a trip combining official business with old-fashioned tourism.

Kate, also known as the Duchess of Cambridge, will tour a New York City child development center today with the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

William, the Duke of Cambridge, will be in Washington to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. He also will speak at a World Bank conference on fighting the illegal trafficking of wildlife parts.

The royal couple will reunite Monday night in Brooklyn for a professional basketball game between the hometown Nets and visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.

They also will visit the Sept. 11 memorial and attend a fundraiser for the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, the school where the couple met while students.

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Crewmen of the USS Nevada fight flames on the battleship, battered in the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.

Pearl Harbor anniversary
marked with little fanfare

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sunday was the 73rd anniversary of the sneak Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, but the day now is marked with little fanfare.

In 1941, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt declared the Dec. 7 attack as "a date which will live in infamy," with the U.S. declaring war on Japan a day later and entering World War II. More than 2,400 American sailors and others were killed in the attack on what is now a U.S. island state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring Sunday as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, recalling that the Greatest Generation sent millions of Americans into war "to make the world safer, freer, and more just."

But he did not plan to attend any ceremonies commemorating the day. A wreath is being laid at Pearl Harbor, with survivors recalling the Sunday morning attack.

Now, Japan is a staunch U.S. ally, and there are a fast-dwindling number of aging American veterans who fought in World War II, just one million of the 16 million who served.

Two hostages murdered
as U.S. troop attack in Yemen

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At least 10 people were killed Saturday in a U.S.-led attempt to free two foreign hostages in Yemen.

Yemeni security officials said the dead were al-Qaida militants, while local residents included a child among the deceased.

According to U.S. officials, American journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie were shot and killed by their captors as U.S. special forces raided a village in Shabwa province early Saturday.

Both men had been held hostage for more than a year. 

Speaking to U.S. troops in Afghanistan Sunday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the rescue mission, calling the process as thorough as there can be. A day earlier, he classified the raid as extremely well-executed.

Senior U.S. officials have said the raid was carried out by U.S. forces alone, but both Yemen's government and local residents said Yemeni forces also participated and engaged militants holding Somers and Korkie.

Gift of the Givers, the aid group Korkie worked for, said on Saturday that the teacher's release had been negotiated before the raid. His body was expected in South Africa Monday.

An earlier U.S. attempt to rescue Somers, a photojournalist, had also failed.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is one of the militant group's most active branches; along with its affiliates, AQAP is believed to make tens of millions of dollars annually in ransom for hostages.

At least one Briton and a Turkish man are still being held by the group.

Six Guantanamo inmates
sent to Uruguay as refugees

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has sent six men who were being held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Uruguay.

The Pentagon says the four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian will be resettled in Uruguay as refugees.  One of the Syrians released was 43-year-old Jihad Diyab, who had staged a hunger strike and sought a U.S. court order to block prison officials from force-feeding him.

All six had been detained as suspected militants with ties to al-Qaida but were never charged.  They were initially cleared for release months ago, but bureaucratic delays and political concerns related to last month's presidential election in Uruguay postponed the transfer.

They are the first Guantanamo prisoners to be released to South America.  Their release brings the total number of prisoners at Guantanamo to 136.

They were taken to a military hospital in Montevideo for examinations, with the expectation they then would be freed.

The others released Sunday were identified as Syrians Ahmed Ahjam, Ali Hussein Shaabaan and Omar Abou Faraj, Palestinian Mohammed Tahanmatan and Tunisian Abdoul Ourgy.

This year, 19 prisoners have transferred out of Guantanamo and officials say more could be released by year-end.  Another 67 of those remaining at Guantanamo have been cleared for release or transfer, but they can not go to their homelands for fear of persecution, lack of security or some other reason.

The biggest remaining group at Guantanamo, more than half, are Yemeni detainees.  But the United States does not want them to return to Yemen because of its chaotic security situation.

The prison opened in January 2002, four months after the al-Qaida terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States.

President Barack Obama took office nearly six years ago promising to shut the prison, citing its damage to America's image around the world.  But he has been unable to do so, partly because of obstacles imposed by the U.S. Congress.

The United States has also found it difficult to find countries willing to accept the prisoners.  

U.S. protests continuing
over deaths from police

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In the United States, protests have escalated over grand jury decisions declining to charge white police officers in the deaths of black males in New York and Missouri.

The demonstrations, the most widespread and persistent pertaining to race and justice seen in the country in decades, are forcing officials to respond and putting law enforcement under a powerful microscope.

In Berkeley, California, protests turned violent when rocks and bricks were thrown and windows smashed. Police responded with tear gas as unrest continued for hours.

More peaceful, but no less fervent demonstrations continued in New York, Washington, Chicago, and other major cities.

“We bluntly have to talk about the historic racial dynamics that underlie this,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“We have to have an honest conversation in this country about a history of racism.  An honest conversation about the problem that has caused parents to feel that their children may be in danger in their dynamic with police, when in fact the police are there to protect them.  We have to transcend that,” de Blasio said.

The mayor said the city’s police force, one of America’s largest, will be retrained to improve its dealings with minority communities and, it is hoped, avoid deadly confrontations like the one between officers and unarmed illegal cigarette vendor Eric Garner, who died earlier this year after being wrestled to the ground and forcibly restrained.

De Blasio has spoken publicly of difficult conversations with his biracial son, telling him to be extra cautious if approached by police.

“ ‘Do not move suddenly, do not reach for your cell phone’ because we know, sadly, there is a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color,” he said.

Those comments have drawn the ire of police representatives, who accused the mayor of scapegoating, rather than defending, those who risk their lives to ensure public safety.

“You cannot resist arrest, because resisting arrest leads to confrontation.  Confrontation leads to tragedy,” said New York Police union chief Patrick Lynch.

Grand jury decisions declining criminal prosecution of police officers have grabbed the world's attention in recent weeks but have been the norm for decades, said James Jacobs, a criminal law professor at New York University.

"Police officers have a certain, I think, presumption of legitimacy in the community.  It is recognized that they have a very hard job to do,” Jacobs said.
Last week, President Barack Obama said public confidence in U.S. law enforcement must be restored, along with faith that laws will be applied equally to all Americans.

Landon Donovan helps
Galaxy win fifth MLS Cup

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan has capped his professional playing career by helping Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy win a record fifth MLS Cup.

The host Galaxy beat the New England Revolution in Sunday's league championship match in extra time, 2-1, with Irish international Robbie Keane scoring the winning goal in the 111th minute after regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.

Donovan is the all-time leading scorer for both the U.S. national team (57) and in the 19-year history of Major League Soccer (144). But he was controversially left off the national team for this year's World Cup in Brazil, and had announced in August that he would retire at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old Donovan did play a farewell match with the U.S. national team on Oct. 11 in East Hartford, Connecticut, where the U.S. drew Ecuador, 1-1, in a friendly match.

Donovan finished his pro career with a record six MLS cups: four with the Galaxy and two with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Galaxy shared the previous record of four MLS Cups with DC United.

Sunday's game was the third time the Los Angeles had beaten the New England Revolution in an MLS Cup final, and also marked the fifth time in five tries the Revolution had lost the title match.

Genetic study identifies
remains of one student

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Mexico's attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karám, has confirmed that a bone fragment found near a garbage dump belongs to one of 43 students who disappeared in September from the city of Iguala.

Murillo identified the body part as belonging to Alexander Mora. Austrian forensic experts working with Mexican authorities made the identification.

The attorney general says the bone fragment was found among ashes and charred remains near a river and garbage dump where members of a drug gang allegedly killed the students and burned their bodies.

Authorities believe Iguala's mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife ordered police to round up the leftist students and turn them over to the drug gang.

So far, 80 people have been arrested, including the mayor and his wife and a number of police and gang members.

The grisly case has infuriated Mexicans who say they are sick of corruption by local officials. It also has shaken President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose government is accused of waiting too long to begin a federal investigation.

Some of the parents of the missing students are demanding that the president resign.

Vitamin E lack is correlated
to miscarriages, study says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new study links lower levels of vitamin E with higher rates of miscarriage. The study of women in Bangladesh suggests a better diet may lead to better pregnancy outcomes.

For years, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have been working with local teams in rural Bangladesh, studying maternal and child health. In this new study, they focused on the levels of vitamin E in blood samples taken early in pregnancy. One study leader said they found a link between those levels and the risk of losing the baby.

“Women who, at the beginning of their pregnancies, had adequate concentrations of vitamin E in their blood were half as likely to go on and have a miscarriage,” Kerry Schulze said in a telephone interview.
About 10 percent of the women with low vitamin E lost their babies, compared with the 5 percent of pregnant women with higher vitamin E levels who miscarried.
Vitamin E is found in some cooking oils and nuts, part of a normal, diverse diet. It can be given as a supplement — pregnant women in Bangladesh already get extra iron and folate (vitamin B9) — but Ms. Schulze said adding vitamin E might not be effective in preventing miscarriages, which can occur very early in pregnancy.

“Often, if you’re talking about supplementing women during pregnancy, they’re not actually getting those supplements until well into their pregnancies, after that window of opportunity for preventing miscarriage would have closed,” she said.

Ms. Schulze’s research is complicated somewhat because her team actually looked at two forms of vitamin E. She was discussing alpha-tocopherol, which is the most active form of the vitamin in the body, and seems to be associated with successful pregnancies. However, high levels of a less active form, known as gamma-tocopherol, were related to higher risk of miscarriage. But that association was statistically weaker and less important.

The study by Ms. Schulze and colleagues is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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Cariaria  Los Arcos.
    Lot inside Los Arcos Residence. Absolutely gorgeous right in front of the coffee plantation. The lot is 326.50 meters. Includes the corporation for an easy transfer and the plans for a 170 meter house. Open to all offers.   Architect  plans included (the blueprints). Cost to the seller $4,000 this is included!!   Original Price $97,000 just reduced to $86,000

Also I am selling an Audi A6  2008, 2.0 twin turbo. Full loaded power. Back leather. Full service records at the agency in Costa Rica.  52 kms.  Silver with black. Full computer iPod interface power. Electric moon roof. Everything's a beauty!!  Incredible history and full service at the agency, Costa Rica Audi.

It's a package deal $104.000.  Must sell.  I am moving back to U.S.  Contact me  at my phone:  2260-6979 or cell phone:  8893-8672.

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 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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The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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

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

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!

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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 $214,500.


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


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Nature's bounty can be too bountiful

Here in Costa Rica, where the seasons have nothing to do with summer and winter and squashes of all kinds grow year round, I have run into a problem.  My garden is producing an overabundance of squash.  In
Victoria torley
particular, it is producing an overabundance of squash I never heard of before, and I can’t remember where the seeds came from.  Yes, people probably gave me seeds and told me what they were, but that was so long ago.

It took a lot of searching the web before I could conclude that what I have so far is kabocha squash

and cushaw squash.  Kabocha is a lovely dark green, sort of an acorn squash color and cooked the same way.

This is good because I know what to do with an acorn squash.  Baked with brown sugar and sprinkled with nuts is good.  So is stuffed with sausage, mushrooms, bread crumbs and such.  It sounded to me like kabocha can be made into a meal.

Cushaw is different, very different. 

In the first place, cushaw (if that is indeed what it is) is huge.  The first one I picked weighed almost 9 kilos – nearly 20 pounds!  What am I supposed to do with a squash that big??  I am used to cute little squashes.  Nice little zucchini and yellow summer squash that I could sauté with onions and mushrooms and serve as a polite side dish.  Or acorn squash and my new friend the kabocha, but now I have a monster squash that would take months to use up!  Come on, 20 pounds of squash?  My husband is tolerant but daily squash?  I don’t think so.  So I surfed the net.

Sweetened squash, roasted squash, sautéed squash. Okay there are a lot of recipes out there, but a month?  Then I found a note that spoke of cushaw as animal feed and remembered my chickens.  As it turns out, chickens love cushaw squash and the recipes I found said that the bowl of the squash is often tough or stringy.  “Tough or stringy” sounds just like chicken feed, so I got out my blender and chopped it up along with the seeds. 

As it turns out, chickens do indeed like a little chopped squash with their feed.  Now all I need to figure out is how to use the rest of the darn thing. 

Plant of the Day

The flowering maple or abutilon, named for its maple shaped leaves but unrelated to the tree, is a flowering shrub usually
from 0.5 to 3
meters (1.5-10 feet) in height, although I have seen larger ones.  Flowers come in a variety of colors and are often heavily veined in a darker color.  In the tropics, the abutilon should be grown in filtered sun/partial shade.   It can be grown from cuttings or seed and used as a specimen plant, in a grouping, or as a hedge.  Look closely at the flower to see one of its pollinators, a honey bee.
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Montezuma gets a tourism chamber

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tourism operators in the Nicoya beach town have formed the Cámara de Turismo de Montezuma. The new organization has received the blessing of the Cámera Nacional de Turismo.

The president of the new chamber is William Morales.

The new chamber now has 15 tourism businesses as members and has the assistance to the Federación de Cámaras de Turismo de la Península de Nicoya.

Montezuma, which has the reputation of a funky, laid back beach town, has continued to grow, and the new chamber also plans to address development issues, such as the local zoning plan, the plan regulador, and the local infrastructure.