A.M. Costa Rica's
Fifth news page
Salsa Lizano
San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, Vol. 17, No. 211
Real Estate
About us

Axiom new ad

U.N. agency says high levels
of carbon dioxide to endure

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Meteorological Organization reports the level of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere has reached a record high this year, driven in part by the powerful El Niño event, which started in 2015 and continued well into 2016.

According to the U.N. agency, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and surged to new records this year.

The organization’s  secretary general, Petteri Taalas, says this symbolic, but significant milestone bodes ill for the planet as these carbon dioxide emissions will stay in the atmosphere for generations.

“At the moment, we are not moving in the right direction. We are actually moving in the wrong direction and this warming potential of the planet has been growing," Taalas said.

Carbon dioxide results from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activity, among other things. Meteorologists say carbon dioxide accounts for 65 percent of the warming effect on our climate.

Two other greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide, contribute about 17 percent and 6 percent respectively to the long-lived warming of earth’s climate.

Taalas said it is not possible to tackle climate change without tackling carbon dioxide emissions because the lifetime of this greenhouse gas is very long.

“There have been some scientific studies estimating that the return back to pre-industrial levels may take tens of thousands of years. And, therefore, it is really urgent that we start reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide and if we do not do so, then this problem will remain with us for thousands, even tens of thousands of years," Taalas said.

Taalas welcomes the Paris Climate agreement. But, he noted its impact may be limited as emissions reductions are voluntary and not legally binding. He says the world still has a chance to turn things around in the coming decades if it moves from political will to concrete action.

He says negative trends will continue for several decades. But, he adds improvements in the climate will be seen by 2060 if nations start reducing their carbon dioxide emissions now.

Trump disputes poll figures
and insists that he is wining

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, trailing in his run for the White House, accused Democrats on Monday of making up phony polls to deflate his vote and make it look like Democrat Hillary Clinton is ahead.

"They are phony polls, put out by phony media, trying to suppress our vote," Trump told several dozen farmers in Florida, a large battleground state essential to his hopes of winning the Nov. 8 election.

"We're winning this race. I really believe we're winning," Trump said, a day after campaign manager Kellyanne Conway acknowledged that he has fallen behind Mrs. Clinton, who is looking to become the country's first female president.

Earlier, Trump exhorted his supporters on Twitter, telling them, "We are winning and the press is refusing to report it. Don't let them fool you — get out and vote!"

Trump produced no evidence about fake media polls. A collection of national surveys shows him trailing Mrs. Clinton by about 6 percentage points or more. One major poll, released Sunday by ABC News, said its interviews with voters showed Clinton surging in recent days to a 50-to-38 percent lead, while polling analysts give her about a nine-in-10 chance of becoming the country's 45th president.

Mrs. Clinton, confident of her advantage 15 days ahead of the quadrennial U.S. presidential election, says she will ignore Trump's taunts against her that she is corrupt and unfit to be the U.S. leader and instead focus on helping elect Democratic lawmakers to the Senate and House of Representatives to support her legislative agenda.

Trump is continuing to tell his supporters that the election outcome is rigged against him in a conspiracy between the national news media and the Clinton campaign. With early voting already underway in many states, Trump has called on his supporters to monitor polling stations for fraud.

Trump has claimed that voters are impersonating dead people listed on voter rolls. Election experts say that U.S. voter lists are populated with millions of names of dead people, voters whose identification has outdated information and people who have illegally registered in more than one state.

Iran’s president says election
is between bad and worse

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Several leaders around the world have taken the liberty to pass judgement about the presidential election in the United States. Iran's president is the latest.

Speaking Sunday in a televised speech in the city of Ark, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he had no preference in the U.S. election and the choice offered to American citizens was between bad and worse referring to the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

"Did you see the debate and the way of their speaking, accusing and mocking each other? Do we want such a democracy in our country? Do we want such elections in our country?" Rouhani asked.

He went on to comment the United States "claims it has had democracy for more than 200 years," but the present situation indicates that the morality has no place there.

Rouhani said during his September visit to the U.N. General Assembly, he was asked which of the candidates he preferred and replied "should I prefer bad to worse or worse to bad?"

Iran's state TV has broadcast two of the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in full. It has followed the campaign, often highlighting economic and social problems in the United States and the most confrontational debate segments.

Iran will hold its own presidential election in May 2017, and Rouhani is eligible to seek a second term. He faces an uphill battle against conservatives who dislike his overtures to the West and say the nuclear deal has failed to bring significant economic benefits to Iran.

Rouhani signed the nuclear accord last year with the United States and world powers that led to the lifting of sanctions and raised hopes that Iran would return to the international fold.

Trump says he would "tear up" the nuclear agreement and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded that he would happily burn the agreement if that was the case.

Tehran and Washington have not restored diplomatic ties that were cut after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and U.S. Embassy takeover, despite the nuclear deal.

Voice of America photo 

iPod that changed the world
marks 15 years of production

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Fifteen years ago, Apple unveiled the portable music player.

The effect the portable music player had on how music is listened cannot be overstated. For example, it was June 2003 before Apple sold its millionth iPod, but by the end of 2004, 10 million had been sold.

The first iPod, which was released Oct. 23, 2001, had a 5GB hard drive and a rotating scroll wheel to browse the up to 1,000 songs it could hold. It sold for $399.

Despite the launch of iPhone, the iPod is still around, with three versions: the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. But in a sign of how things have moved along, the iPod is no longer listed on the company’s main navigation bar on its website.

The popularity of the iPod also made Apple’s iTunes music software a must-have. Over the years, it has evolved as an online store for buying music or opting for a paid streaming service.

iPod’s creator, Tony Fadell, left Apple in 2010 and went on to found Nest Labs, which makes smart thermostats. The company was bought by Google in 2014.

Female genital mutilation
comes to U.S. with refugees

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United Nations estimates 200 million girls and women in more than 30 countries have undergone female genital mutilation.

Somalia has the highest rate in the world recorded by the United Nations, with about 98 percent of the country's female population between the ages of 15 and 49 affected.

Although the procedure is illegal in the United States, many Somali natives now residing in the U.S. underwent genital mutilation as girls and still live with pain. And, in some Somali communities, the practice is carried out in secret.

The U.S. state of Minnesota is home to a large number of refugees from Somalia. Fadumo Afi, who lives in the Twin Cities area, a 55-year-old mother of seven who complains of medical problems, remembers how she was mutilated with an unsterilized instrument. She said she underwent the procedure, along with another girl, when she was 6.

"It was too harmful to us because we have not even had anesthesia," she said. "We were living in the areas where medication wasn't available. We couldn't even pee."

Ms. Weli says she's unable to have children due to genital mutilation, which is why she founded Isuroon, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Somali women living outside Somalia and works with women who have life-threatening medical conditions as a result of having undergone genital mutilation.

Ms. Weli underwent what is considered the most dangerous type of genital mutilation, known as Type III, which includes the complete sewing shut of the vagina. She says she still has physical and emotional scars.

According to the U.N. Population Fund, which works with youth and women, there are three types of genital mutilation, and Type III, called infibulation, causes vaginal obstruction that can result in accumulation of menstrual flow in the vagina and uterus. Infibulation can also cause difficulties during sexual intercourse or childbirth, and can be fatal.

"Well, the complication is hard. You have a problem with sexual issues. You have a problem going to see the doctor . . . when they going to do pelvic exams," Ms. Weli said. "It really, really hurts. You are self-conscious about your sexual needs and you are asking yourself 'Why am I not normal?' Now we are living in America, second or third generations, and we are becoming friends with non-Somalis, so we discuss about this issue."

Genital mutilation is a traditional practice that has nothing to do with Islam, says Sheikh Hassan Jami'i, an imam in the Twin Cities area. He said he has four daughters and none have been subjected to genital mutilation.

"All scholars of Islam agree that FGM is prohibited," he said, "That's why I'm proud as a father that I have never practiced this harmful FGM. In Islam, there is a principle that says whatever is harmful, it's prohibited."

Khalid Mohammed, a Somali-American Twin Cities resident, agrees. He has seen his sisters suffer from the practice and wouldn't recommend that others go through the same ordeal.

"I have sisters who have suffered from FGM and because of the trauma and problems they have gone through, I see it as something too bad,” he said. “Their menstrual cramps last longer and they experience more pain and can't even afford to do their daily work."

Ahmed Roble, who runs a clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota, treats many women who have been subjected to genital mutilation.

"This is an aggression done to innocent girls at a very tender age, and sometimes even newborns," he said.

The average age that girls are subjected to genital mutilation is between 5 years old and 10 years old, he added. Roble said that women who live with the scars of genital mutilation suffer during childbirth.

"Because of the scars, they are not as elastic and stretching is difficult," he said. "You get more stitches to repair because this is not a normal opening."

Since the medical complications of genital mutilation are severe, even those who undergo surgery will not regain what they have lost in terms of health or appearance. Although there are now numerous campaigns and laws against the procedure in African countries, it is still widely practiced and causes untold problems and pain for women.

The World Health Organization says genital mutilation is performed for different reasons from one region to another. Among them is trying to ensure premarital virginity and marital fidelity, reducing a woman's libido to therefore help her resist extramarital sexual acts and increasing marriageability.

There are also "cultural ideals of femininity and modesty, which include the notion that girls are clean and beautiful after removal of body parts that are considered unclean, unfeminine or male."

Real estate-related services (paid category)

Shipping Containers and homes for sale.
New 20-foot containers and 40-foot available. Call us at 8307-8666 or visit www.containerhomes.net  Stop by our workshop and walk through our model home in San Ramón.

Browse timeshares for sale and rent by owner in Costa Rica at bargain prices. We connect existing timeshare owners with those looking to buy or rent a timeshare on the resale market. Timeshares on the resale market are up to 50% cheaper than those sold through the resort. Buy, sell or rent a timeshare at SellATimeshare.com. 

Solr Costa Rica
NOW with the New Power Company Regulations, we're installing photo voltaic systems for solar electricity.
PV systems: we use Enphase micro-inverters. More flexible. Add panels whenever you like. More reliable than any other system and fully guaranteed!

Solar device
NOW is the time to install our new super-efficient solar hot water! New model for condos
Solar collector
BUY NOW! Your solar hot water system, so in three months, we can calculate a lower install price for your PV system.  Perfect for homes and hotels. Save up to 40% of your electric bill.
More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You.

    We aren't Cheap...Neither are our Products. Call to Compare.
    More Flexible, Reliable-and Fully Guaranteed!

    Push this BIG RED BUTTON:  (O) and Learn ​details about your deal with ICE     
    SEE our new PACKAGE DEALS.
Solar logo
Office: 506-2446-0543
Andre 506-8314-8090
Paul 506-8898-9398

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices.

If you are looking for information on condos, homes, lots, commercial real estate or development properties our award-winning team of professional agents are ready to help you buying property in Costa Rica. We have over 18 years of experience to educate our buyers in all aspects of purchasing property. Call us or email us today for more information on how to purchase that perfect piece of Costa Rica Real Estate.

Playas del Coco Click Here!

Playa Panama Click Here!

Playa Hermosa Click Here!
Peninsula Papagayo Click Here!

Playa Matapalo Click Here!
Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com


Axiom one

Sierra Collection. Meridian House or Chateau Montage.
Near Parque Nacional Marino Ballena,
Pacific Coast. 
For more i

Axiom two
The Terraces at San Martin.  Discover the essence of Costa Rica on our Luxury Ocean View Villas . Near Dominicalito Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.
For more information
Click HERE!

Axiom three
Ellan At Ballena Beach.  Welcome to a world of endless adventure on our beachside condominiums at Ballena Beach, Pacific Coast.  For more information click  HERE!
We will be happy to give all the information you need. Contact:

Costa Rica Office: +506.4001-2343
Mobile: +506.8367-2466
USA Office: +1.786233-1579

Rich Coast
Rich Coast Realty
REDUCED by $30k! Three-bedroom furnished house in gated beach community, walk to the beach, $235k.
Ocean View Property, can be subdivided into four view lots, 10 minutes from the beach. Only $40,000!!
Panoramic Ocean View three-bedroom house on 4.7 acres, $398k, Ultimate in privacy!
Three-bedroom house and pool near the beach in Herradura, $199k.
Contact us with any questions you have about buying property in Costa Rica, Residency, etc. 12 years’ experience in Costa Rica real estate.
Have a property for sale in the Central or South Pacific, or in Guanacaste? We want to hear from you. We get results.

USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

Real estate for sale (paid category)

San Rmon
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 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed,  Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com 
Check out slide show HERE!

New graphic
For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú
Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning. Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing. Up to 40% financing / get residency through investor status / includes a corporation that is 27 years old and offshore banking account with  Banco National / possible 50/50 partnership. Super location in front of the Bosques de Escazú  Condos  / Monthly rentals available
Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703
In Costa Rica 506- 8307-0164
Bruce Cohen

Jacó Beach - Super Views - Priced Right
This is a three-bedroom, ine-bath home located at about 100-foot elevation one mile from the beach. Remodeled 2 years ago. Everything is new including total new kitchen, windows, floors, AC units, electric, plumbing, etc. Super fenced yard for dogs. Very low electric bill even with the AC. Very secure & private. Police chief next door. Very easy & inexpensive to expand this house as all neighbors have done. $149,900. Call Glenn at 506 6214-0056.

Costa Rica penthouse for sale
 5 -story penthouse for sale.  One of a kind penthouse on top of the Corobici Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel providing 1st class room service plus shared common areas in the hotel. Commercial license is in place. Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $795K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,400 per month on an annual basis. Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  Owners U.S. cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com

horse ranch
Spectacular Horse Ranch and Spiritual/Yoga
Retreat Center For Sale

We invite you to a horseback tour of 187 acres of pristine farm land with breathtaking vistas, including the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. There are multiple springs and streams, wooded areas, hard-wood and fruit trees, rolling hills with a geat variety of birds and wildlife. This property boasts the privilege of being bordered by thousands of acres of forest preserve down a steep canyon, offering its own spectacular views, which will never be developed. The many hills provide a builder an endless array of possibilities for nestling buildings in where they will have both views and privacy. The elevation of the property at 1,200 to1600 feet above sea level ensures fresh breezes and ideal year-round temperatures with a day-time average in the low 80's for open-air living. There is a ranch-style house with guest house with 8 total bedrooms, 5 modern baths, huge eat-in kitchen, landmark palm-thatched giant rancho, stable, and storage buildings. The home will come partially furnished, including beds, ample dishware for large groups, housewares, linens, washer/dryer, and fine hard-wood hand-built cabinetry. The remaining horses, 4 to 6 of them, will also convey if one wishes. We are also including a LARGE BEACH LOT in nearby Playa Bejuco. San Rafael de Nandayure is a tiny rural village nestled into the mountainside above Carmona with all the charms of the simple good life of a BLUE ZONE. Carmona is a thriving town with a clinic, restaurfants, shopping, and everything else one may need.  More information
go to www.ranchforsalecostarica.com  Call Darin Ricco, phone +619-846-8249 or email:  darin_ricco@hotmail.com

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

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

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

  Page One is HERE!     Page 2 is HERE! 
Page 3 HERE!      Page 4 is HERE!
Page 6 is HERE!  Page 7 is HERE! Sports is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE! 
Plus useful links

Some of our other titles:
A.M. Panama
A.M. Colombia
A.M. Guatemala
A.M. Honduras
A.M. Cuba
A.M. Nicaragua
A.M. Venezuela
A.M. Central America
Dominican Republic

A.M. Ecuador A.M. El Salvador
A.M. Bolivia

Real Estate
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2016 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details