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Bathers should know Pacific is not always placid
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Visitors won't find the information in tourist publications, but Costa Rica's Pacific beaches are dangerous.

Every year Costa Ricans and tourists fall victim to the seemingly placid Pacific. Lifeguards are found only in a few communities, and there are few signs telling visitors that danger lurks.

As A.M. Costa Rica has reported repeatedly, rip currents or rip tides are formed by wind and waves pushing water towards the shore.

Oncoming waves can push the previous backwash sideways. The water streams along the shoreline until it finds a path back to the sea.

The resulting rip current is usually located in a trench between sandbars or jetties.
A lifeguard in Dominical has reported that the entire contingent was needed to pull a bather from a rip current.

A bather standing up to the thighs in the surf can be immobilized and eventually swept out to sea.

The Pacific has been known to take three or more victims at a time when the current is right.

The national emergency commission issued a call Monday for residents and visitors to learn about the conditions of beaches before going in for a swim. If caught by a rip current, a bather should swim parallel to the coast and seek surf to bring them to shore. The big danger with rip tides is that swimmers fight against them, become tired and slip under the water, the emergency commission warned.

The commission also warned about sunburn, outdoor fires and the active volcanoes.


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Loads of toys and a Marine sergeant to deliver them is what it take to make kids happy.
The Christmas mission is to make Tico kids happy
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 1955 song "I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas" is a reality for many disadvantaged Costa Rican youngsters. But once again it is the U.S. Marines to the rescue.

Toys for Tots ─ Juguetes Para Niños En Navidad  is a non-profit foundation maintained by Marine Corps League Costa Rica to support the efforts of the U.S. Marine security detachment at the U.S. Embassy.

Just like Marines everywhere, the detachment and
the league distributed toys to 150 kids as part of the  Semillitas de Amor or "seeds of Love" program.

The program has existed in the United States for 70 years as Toys for Tots, and expats who are members of the league are well acquainted with the Christmas efforts.

William Enell, commandant of the Marine Corps League Costa Rica, said readers can help to make a child’s dream a reality. The Marines may be contacted at toysfortotscr@gmail.com. or mcleaguecr@yahoo.com.

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Teen robbery suspect dies in firefight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A robbery suspect believed to be about 16 died in a firefight with police after pedestrians were held up on the Caribbean coast, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The judicial police said events unfolded about 6 p.m. Sunday when individuals were robbed between Punta Uva and Manzanillo. Officers of the Policía Turística received information on the location of the robbery suspects and sought them in the mountains at San Rafael de Sixaola.

The judicial police said that the tourist officers were fired upon as they approached the suspects. They returned fire, and the youth suffered a fatal wound to the stomach, agents said. The other suspect fled, they said. The dead youth remains unidentified.


Woman business operators get cash

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Antipoverty agencies have handed out 752 million colons, about $1.4 million, to more than 500 women who want to run their own businesses.

The agencies are the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social and the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres. The purpose of the program is to provide seed capital for economically disadvantaged women who seek to develop their own businesses.

Friday the initial grants were given to women in the province of Puntarenas. The remainder will be distributed by the end of the year. The women will be involved in hydroponic agriculture, ranching, recycling, graphic design, retail sales, baking, and even dog grooming, said an announcement.


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A.M. Costa Rica will publish normally except for Christmas and New Year's Day. The Barrio Otoya sales office will be closed from 3 p.m. today until Jan. 5, but advertising executives are on call the entire holiday period.

The main office number will be monitored, as will email messages to editor@amcostarica.com

The newspaper continues its tradition of providing news over the holiday periods. Christmas, New Year's and Good Friday are the only three weekdays the newspaper is not published. But even then in the event of a major news development, the newspaper will be updated and readers will be notified via the daily digest mailing list.

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Our reader's opinion
Puriscal not origin of fake Cuban cigars

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Who wrote the article "Cuban cigars may soon lose their image of U.S. contraband."

What a hack job, "rookie wanna-be jounalist" of the year award.

1.) Puriscal does not make "fake Cuban cigars."  Those are made in San José.  "Cheap rip-offs made in Puriscal" . . . I would contact a lawyer!

2.) You have a photo of Macanudos . . . They are made in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

3.) Vegas de Santiago is a Web site.   The cigar producing company is Tabacos de Costa Rica, S.A.  Get your facts straight.

4.) "Although Puriscal west of the Central Valley is the source of Cuban knockoffs, tobacco growers there also boast they have a product as good as the Communist island. What proof do you have that Puriscal is the source of Cuban knockoffs?"

5.)  There is another tobacco company in Santa Marta, Puriscal, that grows tobacco for cigars. 

6.) The 200 members of the Association of Tabacaleros de Puriscal in Costa Rica, no longer exists.  It was ended 10 years ago.

7.) Tabacos de Costa Rica in Santiago de Puriscal imports most of their tobacco from various countries. They use very little tobacco from Costa Rica.  The owner of Vegas de Santiago logo and Web has his cigars made by Tabacos de Costa Rica.  I am sure that you will be asked to retract this article.
John Scoble
Puriscal

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Contraloría urges security improvements in San José public parks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's budget watchdog has told the Municipality de San José that security at its 389 parks must be improved.

The agency, the Contraloría General de la República, conducted a study to determine the efficiency with which the municipality was managing the parks.

It sought to see if there was minimal security that would allow users to feel secure and make full use of the public spaces.

The municipal parks are of several types, including juvenile, sports and what was called passive contemplative.

The Contraloría said that the parks are receiving minimal
maintenance and investment of public funds.

The study even questions the landscaping that was termed lacking in some cases.

There also were damages reported on the park infrastructures.

There were absence of security including illumination, fences, security cameras or police booths.

Also reported was a lack of diversity in the use of the space by citizens.

The Contraloría urged the municipality to develop a strategy to improve systematically the public parks. The study also noted that the park budgets have been in the red.


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Inshore or out at sea, drug smugglers fail to evade U.S. patrols
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Along the coast or out to sea, drug smugglers have a challenge. The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking them out.

Friday a U.S. observation plane spotted a fastboat some 70 miles south of Golfito. The  Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas joined the hunt.

That led to the detention of three crew members and some 568 kilos of presumed cocaine. One of those detained had been deported by 
the Dirección General de Migración after having been detained at sea several weeks ago. The security ministry said that the prior case lacked evidence.

Last Dec.10 some 500 miles off the Costa Rican coast, a U.S. Coast Guard vessel detained eight persons about another craft and confiscated 900 kilos of cocaine, said the security ministry. These suspects were turned over to Costa Rican officials Thursday. The suspects were on the Yerelin-D, a boat registered in Puntarenas.  The U.S. vessels involved in the detentions were not identified.

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2014 was a big year for scientists in search of new species
By the California Academy of Sciences news staff

In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added a whopping 221 new plant and animal species, enriching the understanding of Earth's complex web of life. The new species include 110 ants, 16 beetles, three spiders, 28 fish, 24 sea slugs, two marine worms, nine barnacles, two octocorals, 25 plants, one waterbear, and one tiny mammal. More than a dozen academy scientists along with several dozen international collaborators described the discoveries.

Proving that there are still plenty of places to explore and things to discover on Earth, the scientists made their finds over five continents and two oceans, ventured into remote caves and descended to the bottom of the sea, looked in their own backyards and on the other side of the world. Their results, published in 64 different scientific papers, help advance the academy's research into two of the most important scientific questions of the time: "How did life evolve?" and "How will it persist?"

"Biodiversity scientists estimate that we have discovered less than 10 percent of species on the planet," said Meg Lowman, the academy's chief of science and sustainability. "Academy scientists tirelessly explore the unexplored regions of Earth not only to discover new species, but also to uncover the importance of these species to the health of our natural systems. Our findings help to sustain the future of life for our children and grandchildren. Even in our own backyards," she adds, "new discoveries abound!"

Scientists discovered a new species of round-eared sengi, or elephant-shrew, in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa. It is the smallest known member of the 19 sengis in the order Macroscelidea.

Sengis are restricted to Africa and, despite their small size, are more closely related to elephants, sea cows, and aardvarks than they are to true shrews. Found in a remote area of Namibia, on the inland edge of the Namib Desert, scientists believe this new rust-colored species went undescribed for so long because of the challenges of doing scientific research in such an isolated area.

The island nation of Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot teeming with wildlife found nowhere else on Earth.

Academy entomologist and renowned ant expert Brian Fisher has worked in the critically threatened region for more than 20 years, training local leaders to protect their country's priceless natural resources before they are lost forever.

2014 was a banner year for scientific exploration in Madagascar and mainland Africa. Fisher and his research team found and described 110 new species of ants and four new genera, with several additional findings slated for publishing in the coming year.

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Phyllodesmium undulatum is a brightly colored sea slug.

One species stands out against the stunning backdrop of entomological treasures: Malagidris sofina, or, "the hero ant."

Armed with a host of special nest-building techniques and defense behaviors, the hero ant has adapted to its home (and threat of invaders) in fascinating ways. M. sofina lives in an environment with non-porous clay, and is thought to build a funnel-like nest to promote oxygen exchange and protect its colony from suffocation.

While a heroic feat of insect engineering, this knack for nest architecture did not inspire the hero moniker. Fisher and his colleagues painstakingly observed the species' bold defense against invaders, a behavior they call cliff-jumping in the journal Insectes Sociaux. As soon as a foreign ant approaches the funnel's entrance, a lone hero ant breaks from the colony and tackles the intruder, springing them both dramatically over the lip of the nest.

Academy scientists described a jaw-dropping 65 new species of ocean-dwellers, including a new type of 23-million year old megamouth shark (in the form of fossilized teeth) in 2014 alone. Along with the new fossil shark, researchers uncovered 20 new species of gobies, one cardinalfish, one toadfish, two grenadiers, one yellow damselfish, one pipefish, 24 colorful nudibranchs, a gigantic deepwater worm eel, two octocoral, nine new barnacles, two marine worms, and a ghost shark from New Zealand.

The gigantic deepwater worm eel Pylorobranchus hearstorum,
is the largest of its kind. Aquatic biologist John McCosker discovered a single female specimen in a treasure trove of Philippine marine biodiversity called the Verde Island Passage.

The new eel is called gigantic for good reason; at nearly 50 inches from head to tail, it is almost twice as long and three times heavier than any known worm eel. Pylorobranchus hearstorum is related to snake eels aptly named for their snake-like appearance. The creatures probably lurk at depths close to 1,000 feet beneath the ocean's surface.


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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.
Contact:  HPCattleCR@aol.com
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Major Israeli bank admits
helping with U.S. tax fraud


 Special to A.M. Costa Rica

A major Israeli international bank admitted that it conspired to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers to prepare and present false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service by hiding income and assets in offshore bank accounts in Israel and elsewhere around the world. 

A deferred prosecution agreement between the Bank Leumi Group and the Department of Justice was filed Monday in the Central District of California that defers prosecution on a criminal information charging the bank with conspiracy to aid and assist in the preparation and presentation of false tax returns and other documents to the Internal Revenue Service.  This unprecedented agreement marks the first time an Israeli bank has admitted to such criminal conduct which spanned over 10 years and included an array of services and products designed to keep U.S. taxpayer accounts concealed at Bank Leumi Group’s locations in Israel, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the United States.

The Bank Leumi Group’s parent company is Bank Leumi le-Israel, B.M.  Bank Leumi le-Israel is one of Israel’s largest banks, with subsidiaries in seven countries and more than 13,000 employees. 

According to documents filed in the case, to account for their criminal conduct, Bank Leumi Group will pay the United States $270 million. Of this total payment, $157 million represents a penalty for U.S. taxpayer accounts held at Leumi Private Bank in Switzerland. The agreement further provides that Bank Leumi Luxembourg and Leumi Private Bank will cease to provide banking and investment services for all accounts held or beneficially owned by U.S. taxpayers.

“The Bank Leumi Group recognized that the writing is on the wall for offshore banking, and cooperating with the government’s investigation was the only way to proceed,” said Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole.  “This deferred prosecution agreement demonstrates both that the Justice Department will hold financial institutions accountable for their crimes, and that we will be fair in recognizing extraordinary cooperation.”

 
Senator helped Cuban spy
and wife produce a child


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After 16 years apart, the only thing between convicted Cuban spy Gerardo Hernández and his wife Adriana when they reunited in Havana last week was her full, pregnant belly.

With only weeks to go before the birth of their daughter, eyebrows raised around the island about how the couple could be expecting a child.

The answer came down to modern medical procedures and the goodwill of a U.S. senator.

In a statement released Monday, Sen. Patrick Leahy confirmed that during a February 2013 trip to Cuba, Adriana Hernández, now in her early 40s, requested help from the lawmaker and his wife to start a family with her husband who was then serving two life terms for espionage in the U.S.

Ms. Hernández made a personal appeal to Marcelle Leahy. "She was afraid that she would never have the chance to have a child," Leahy said. "As parents and grandparents we both wanted to try to help her. And as a registered nurse, Marcelle had particular knowledge of the medical realities she was facing."

A conjugal visit for the Cuban couple was out of the question. So procedures for artificial insemination were arranged, in part by a Leahy staffer.

"It was the humane thing to do, and we would have done the same for anyone," the senator said. "We rejoice this Christmas season that it worked."

A spokesman for the lawmaker, David Carle, said that helping Hernández and his wife conceive was not part of an overall deal for rapprochement with Cuba. Instead, he categorized it as a separate humanitarian effort by the senator.

But the gesture wasn't without diplomatic merit.

"It did help change the overall tone and atmosphere of the discussions," Carle said.

Leahy had for years pushed for the release of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban prison. In an abrupt move last week that ushered in the announcement of renewed diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington after more than 50 years, Gross and a second American were freed in exchange for three Cuban prisoners, including Hernández.

Leahy aide Tim Rieser told NBC that as the Hernández family's request was being considered, "We were also asking the Cubans to do things that would help improve the condition of Alan Gross."

Carle said the Cuban government did grant, in many respects humanitarian requests to improve Gross’s treatment, but that "there was no discussion of  "if we do this, we want you to do that."

Hernández is one of the Cuban Five arrested in 1998 and later convicted as head of La Red Avispa, or Wasp Network, which spied on Cuban-American groups in the United States. He was linked to the shoot-down of a Brothers-to-the-Rescue group aircraft in 1996 that killed four people.

The sister of one of the men killed aboard the downed aircraft told NBC that helping the couple to conceive was absurd.

"People in Cuban jails are not allowed visits... and here we are going way overboard so that this guy has a child? It doesn't make any sense," she said.

The Hernandezes are reportedly expecting a daughter in the next two weeks.


French firm to pay millions
for international bribery


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that it has cracked a massive international bribery scheme involving a French company that paid government officials in several countries over more than a decade.

The French power and transportation company Alstom has agreed to plead guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with a scheme carried out between 2000 and 2011.

Alstom also was ordered to pay a criminal penalty of more than $772 million. If approved by a federal court next year, it would be the largest foreign bribery penalty in U.S. history.

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole described the plea deal as a historic law enforcement action that ends a transnational bribery scheme involving Alstom and its subsidiaries in Switzerland and the United States.

"They used bribes to secure contracts in Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Bahamas," Cole said. "Altogether, Alstom paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to win $4 billion in projects – and to secure approximately $300 million in profits for themselves."

Alstom spent more than $75 million on bribes in connection with power grid and transportation projects for state-owned entities around the world, the Justice Department said.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell told reporters at the Justice Department that Alstom often used third-party consultants to carry out its bribery schemes with government officials in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Bahamas and Indonesia.

"Alstom’s corruption spanned the globe and was really its way of winning business,” Caldwell said. "For example, in Indonesia, Alstom and certain of its subsidiaries used consultants to bribe government officials – including high-ranking members of the Indonesian Parliament and state-owned and state-controlled electricity companies. They did that to win several very lucrative multimillion dollar contracts in the power-related services industry."

Caldwell said four Alstom executives have already pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme in Indonesia.

U.S. officials said Alstom made a mistake by not cooperating with law enforcement sooner and by trying to cover up its involvement in the early stages of the investigation.

Alsom's chief executive, Patrick Kron, acknowledged "there were a number of problems in the past and we deeply regret that."

Cole said the steep penalty Alstom now faces and the cooperation that the U.S. received from several countries in connection with the investigation should act as a warning to international corporations looking to evade bribery laws.

"Let me be very clear: Corruption has no place in the global marketplace," Cole said. "And today’s resolution signals that the United States will continue to play a leading role in its eradication."

 
U.S. officials warn ebola
can reemerge quickly


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials are worried that progress in the global effort to curtail the spread of the deadly ebola virus could lead to overconfidence and a reemergence of an outbreak that has already claimed more than 7,000 lives.  Both health officials and lawmakers are warning the fight against Ebola may be entering its most critical phase.

On the outskirts of Freetown in Sierra Leone, children laugh and play, smiles on their faces, survivors of an epidemic that claimed the lives of their parents.

In neighboring Liberia, some markets are bustling again ahead of the Christmas holiday

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, speaking on a phone conference from Monrovia, says it is impossible not to take notice

“More than anything, I’ve been impressed with how social mobilization by Liberians at the very local level is what has made the essential changes that has changed the trajectory of this disease,” he said.

In Liberia, handwashing stations are everywhere.  Person-to-person contact is limited.

These measures are working, Coons says, but he worries they will be difficult to keep up.

“It’s very uncomfortable to be at a church and not shake anyone’s hand, to not give anyone a hug," he said.  "It is unusual to have your hands washed in chlorine every time you walk into a building and have your temperature checked every time you walk into a building.”

The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia says Washington has spent $770 million fighting the ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 

Nearly 3,000 U.S. military personnel have been sent to the region to build treatment centers and help with logistics.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has hundreds of people on the ground.

CDC Director Thomas Frieden, just back from a trip to the region, says while the progress is undeniable, there should be no sense of security.

“The fact that we’ve seen an exponential decrease in many areas doesn’t mean we’re going to get to zero  without redoubling our efforts,” he said.

He says the reasons to worry are many.

“We know that if Ebola gets into a city you can see exponential growth…. We do think there are missed cases," Frieden said. "We know if there’s a case that arises and we didn’t know where it came from, there’s another case somewhere.”

Efforts to strengthen health systems across the region are underway.  And the U.S. expects new detection methods to be available in the coming months - and possibly even an ebola vaccine.

Still, Ron Waldman at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, warns the problems go beyond West Africa.

“This outbreak is now a year old, more than a year old, and a large part of the reason that it grew to one of this magnitude, which as we’re seeing, is extremely difficult to control, is that the international community did not respond aggressively enough, rapidly enough, efficiently enough, to the warning that it was given,” he said.

Officials and doctors are still sounding a warning: as long as there is still one case of ebola out there, a new wave of infections cannot be ruled out.


N. Korea regains access
to Internet after outage

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Korea has regained partial Internet access, following a widespread outage that occurred days after the U.S. vowed to respond to a cyberattack on Sony that was blamed on Pyongyang.

The Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper were back online Tuesday after earlier being inaccessible. It was unclear whether wider Internet service in the North has been restored to its previous levels.

The reason for the massive outage is not yet clear, but it comes just days after President Barack Obama warned the U.S. would retaliate against the North. A State Department spokeswoman, when asked about the situation, declined comment.

However, she did say the U.S. government is discussing a range of options in response to the Sony hacking, some of which, she said, will be seen and some that may not be seen.

Doug Madory, a spokesman for the U.S.-based Internet analysis firm Dyn Research, said the Internet problems in North Korea could be the result of an attack.

Earlier, North Korea had called on the United States to apologize for implicating Pyongyang in the hacking of Sony Pictures and threatened to fight back in a variety of ways, including cyberwarfare.

The National Defense Commission for Pyongyang said in state media late Sunday that the U.S. government was wrong to blame North Korea for the hacking. It also said the claims are groundless.


Lone wolf terrorists give
French taste of danger


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Eleven people were injured, two seriously, when a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" (‘God is Great’ in Arabic) drove his car into crowds of pedestrians Sunday in the French city of Dijon.  Witnesses say he invoked "the children of Palestine" to explain his actions.

The incident is another example of the growing threat of so-called lone wolf attacks, which security experts say are likely inspired by the terror group Islamic State.
 
France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who visited the injured in hospital, said everyone in France knows the threat is real, it needs to be anticipated to be countered and that is what the police and intelligence services are doing everyday.
 
The Dijon attack occurred after a man stabbed and wounded three officers inside a police station Saturday in central France. He also shouted "Allahu Akbar."

"An individual who attacks a police station while shouting 'Allahu Akbar,' gives rise to the question if he was acting alone or on orders," said Jean-Luc Bek, the public prosecutor in Joue-Les-Tours where the attack happened.
 
That is resonating across the Western world. 
 
Last week three people were killed, including the gunman, when Iranian-born Man Haron Monis took several people hostage in a café in Sydney, Australia.  He had demanded an Islamic State flag, despite apparently having no traceable links to the terror group.
 
The specter of lone terrorists drawing inspiration from Islamic terrorists is a growing threat, said Sajjan Gohel of the Asia Pacific Foundation.
 
“Self-starters who have not traveled abroad, but nevertheless are galvanized by the ISIS narrative and its ideology. People that might not be part of the ISIS machinery, but are certainly adopting its ideology,” he said.
 
Intelligence services are also battling to contain the threat posed by their own nationals who travel to fight with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 

“Individuals from the West who have gone to Iraq and Syria, linked up with ISIS, taken part in battles and attacks, and then with the intention of coming home potentially to carry out terrorist attacks,“ Gohel said.
 
The European Union said more than 3,000 Europeans have travelled to the region. They are often not on the radar of security services, according to French terror expert Jean-Charles Brisard.
 
"We do not have any pattern or profile for these jihadists, and this is why it is difficult to identify them and prevent them from traveling there. They are coming from all social classes," he said.
 
Intelligence reports suggest many foreign fighters are disenchanted and want to return home, but are being forced to stay. Activists claimed recently 100 foreigners had been executed for trying to flee the group. 

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English calls: (Cristian Arce) Phone: 
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(506) 6154-1940


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(506) 8707-4016
 
Grecia 884
Beautiful large house in Grecia, Costa Rica, with the best fresh natural weather. The property includes 9 challets and 12.000 m2 of land,  1,000 m2 of construction. Price $498,000. Click HERE!
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Beautiful house in Grecia, Costa Rica,  2 kilometers from the city.   340 m2 of land.
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Grecia 898
Beautiful house in Grecia downtown. Full security cameras. Land 250 m2.  Price $400,000.  Click HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8533-2/17/14

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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
lafortunaguy@gmail.com
8548-1/1/15

Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
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.
8555-1/12/15

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Cariari luxury condo for sale
 PRICE REDUCED FROM $235,000 to $195,000
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.
8545-1/2/15

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
8542-12/17/14

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Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

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.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
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Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
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Ciudad Colon
Great Deal!! Apartment in condo with pool and extensive green areas:
Ciudad Colón, San José $112,000
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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Outrageous blowout prices on oceanfront condos in Los Sueños!

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
Atenas
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
8499-q11/3/14

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
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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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.
8458-3/2/15

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ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES
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Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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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.
8406-8/2/14

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Checkpoint near border pays off

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Checkpoints south of the Nicaraguan border are allowing frontier police to inspect and perhaps confiscate smuggled merchandise.

The security ministry said Monday that an inspection of a truck at San Dimas, La Cruz, turned up 108 pairs of tennis shoes bound for the Central Valley market. Police estimated the confiscation at 2.7 million colons, about $5,100.

Two persons in private vehicles had alcohol confiscated. One driver had 12 liters of rum and 48 cans of Nicaraguan beer. Another motorist had eight liters of whiskey, a liter of Baileys and three bottles of wine.

 

Montes de Oca presents concert tonight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Municipalidad de Montes de Oca is presenting a Christmas concert at 7:30 o'clock tonight in the San Pedro Roman Catholic church.

This is a six-year-old tradition with the municipality, which includes San Pedro.  The municipality reported that it has contracted with Gaviota, a well known Costa Rican group.

The presentation is of the musical "Nace Jesús," by Carlos Guzmán along with a chorus and live orchestra.


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Country boasts of getting 39 new firms

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The entities that seek international investment say they landed 39 new projects in 2014. The investments are about $474.4 million and generate 10,291 jobs, they said.

They are the Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo and the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior.

An announcement said that the new firms come from the United States, Ireland, South Africa, India, Puerto Rico, Holland, Germany, Canada and Venezuela.

The new jobs offset the loss of some 4,343 during the year, the announcement said.

The new firms are in textiles, light manufacturing, agriculture, food processing and distribution. There were nine new firms in the medical device sector, the announcement said.

The ministry said that the Banco Central estimates that by the end of the year some $2.2 billion will be invested in the country.