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Solis names part of team to change nation's course
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Under a banner projection that read Vamos a cambiar Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís praised his new cabinet members as leaders who can help redirect the nation’s course.

“This cabinet represents a combination of experience and freshness,” he said Monday. “It seems to me a very successful group at the upper echelon of their professions.”

His team will take over May 8. Solís sat in the middle of the group on a stage at the auditorium adjacent to the Museo de los Niños and reiterated the pledges he made during his campaign. He promised that this group will be beyond corrupt practices and will remain transparent in any of its actions.

“We will demand honesty, transparency, and guaranteeing that all resources are handled smartly,” Solís said.

In what he referred to as a difficult selection process, Solís has chosen some experienced officials to plug a few crucial voids. His vice president, Helio Fallas Venegas, will double as the finance minister. Fallas was the minister of Vivienda during Abel Pacheco’s presidency and, like Solís, a former professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The new minister of Seguridad Pública is Celso Gamboa, who is a current vice minister. The ministry quickly issued a press release noting that Gamboa has a master's in criminology and a law degree. He also is the current anti-drug commissioner and the head of the Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional.

He was a prosecutor from 1994 to 2011. More recently he has been exposed to training in computer security, said the ministry.

The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior will be lead by Alexánder Mora Delgado, an economist and vice-president of the Banco de Costa Rica.

The Cámara de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación  praised the selection of Mora and said that he has been president of the organization since 2001. As such he has directed various international federations involved in digital technology. The Organization of American States named him vice president of a technology commission last year, said the chamber.

He is the founder and president of TecApro Tecnología Apropiada and Infonet Telecomunicaciones de Centroamérica, He also has been an adviser to the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, said the chamber.

He has both a bachelor's and master's degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Wilhelm Von Breymann was announced as the new minister of Turismo. Von Breymann is a 52-year-old businessman who runs a travel agency called Costa Rican Trails. He said he has worked in the tourism field for 30 years and is eager to get started at the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.

“My first concern is to arrive at ICT and begin opening doors to new opportunities,” he said after the announcement.

The national tourism chamber also issued a statement Monday afternoon and said it was pleased with the selection of  Von Breyman. The chamber, the Cámara Nacional de Turismo, said the selection met the profile it had suggested, that the new minister be a well-known professional in tourism.

Solís has yet to fill the remaining 10 openings, which include empty spots to head the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo and the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. The president-elect said the partial announcement is due to the holiday week and an upcoming trip through Central America. The remaining positions will be decided by April 28, he said.

Solís confirmed that there will not be a minister of 
Appointees

Here is the list of appointees:

Helio Fallas Venegas
Minister de Hacienda

Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría

Coordinadora del Sector Social

Melvin Jiménez Marín
Ministerio de la Presidencia

Alejandra Mora Mora
Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres

Alexánder Mora Delgado
Ministerio de Comercio Exterior

Carlos Alvarado Quesada
Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social

Carlos Obregón Quesada
Instituto Costarricense de Energía

Carolina Mauri Carabaguíaz
Ministerio del Deporte

Carlos Segnini Villalobos
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes

Celso Gamboa Sánchez
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública

Édgar Gutiérrez Espeleta
Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía

Yamileth Astorga
Instituto Alcantarillados y Acueductos

Elizabeth Fonseca Corrales
Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud

María Elena López Núñez
Ministerio de Salud

Olga Marta Sánchez Oviedo
Ministerio de Planificación Nacional y Política Económia

Sergio Alfaro Salas
Instituto Nacional de Seguros

Olivier Castro Pérez
Presidente del Banco Central

Sonia Marta Mora Escalante
Ministerio de Educación Pública

Victor Morales Mora
Ministerio de Trabajo

Welmer Ramos González
Ministerio de Economía

Wilhelm Von Breymann Barquero
Ministerio de Turismo

Carmen Muñoz
Viceminister de Gobernación



Comunicación during his term. The position had   to be filled three times during Laura Chinchilla’s tenure, most notably after Francisco Chacón resigned following Ms. Chinchilla’s infamous flight aboard a plane linked to a questionable character.

Before his announcement, Solís said he would try to keep his team of ministers at an even ratio of male to female appointees. So far he has announced nine women as ministers. He again pointed out on Monday that he still plans to hire many younger individuals for other important positions in his office.

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The Cruz Roja reported Monday that the emergency service has handled 12 fatal incidents since Friday.

The agency is geared for many more as vacationers head for the Pacific beaches.

The deaths ranged from traffic accidents to murders. The Cruz Roja said there were 32 other cases that were not fatal but persons had suffered from violence, including vehicle accidents. These cases required transportation by ambulance.

Some 1,200 Cruz Roja staffers and volunteers are on duty at 162 temporary aid stations to handle any emergencies that may develop.

A big danger over the holidays are water accidents, and the Servicio Nacional de Guardacaostas is patrolling off popular beaches to make any required rescues.

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A Nicaraguan man who lives in Costa Rica became a victim of the efforts by frontier police to tighten border controls.

Officers said the man crossed into Costa Rica at a point in Los Chiles that is not designed for traffic in an attempt to evade inspection. The man carried nearly 600 small fish that appear to have come from the Río San Juan.

Officers confiscated the fish as illegal imports, but the man still had problems.

Officers said his vehicle had not been inspected and the driver had not paid the annual marchamo or road tax. Traffic police were called.


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Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. The story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
 
Preparations for Passover include butchering sheep and baking unleavened bread known as matzah.
 
"It's called the food of faith, just like our forefathers, when they left Egypt into the desert with a lot of faith, and trust in God, they went with these matzahs and we relive it every year when we celebrate the holiday of Passover, and we sit at our Passover table eating the matzah," said Rabbi Menachem Glukovsky.
 
Tradition does not allow consumption of products with yeast during the seven-day festival. Many Jewish communities observe the symbolic burning of yeast ahead of Passover.
 
"The symbolic burning of the chametz (leaven)… is a symbol of all the sins of klal yisrael, the Jewish people… we pray to Hakodesh Baruch Hu (the Holy One Blessed be He) that all our sins should be burnt and we go in to the Pesach Yom-Tov (Passover holiday) fully purified," said Yehoshua Klein, an ultra-Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem.
 
In the neighboring West Bank, a Samaritan community near the city of Nablus performed a traditional butchering of sheep.
 
"This holiday is for seven days, first day is the slaughter day. We eat during this holiday only stuff without yeast, for example we make the bread at home without yeast," explained Haroun Saloum, a Samaritan priest.
 
It is not only Jews who observe Passover. Hundreds of detained African migrants gathered in Israel's Negev desert Friday to eat matzah and recall the Passover story, outside the facility where they are being held. Despite efforts to prevent immigration from Egypt, and repatriate illegal African migrants, hundreds cross into Israel every year.
 
"You asked to leave Egypt. We also asked to leave our countries because the situation there is very difficult. The Torah says don't wrong a stranger, don't do those things, because you were also one in Egypt. So I tell them don't forget the Torah," said Anwar Suliman, one of the Africans held in Israel's Holot detention facility.
 
Rabbi Susan Silverman, a pro-migrant activist, said Jews celebrating Passover must recall the real spirit of Passover.
 
"Every single person in this country who sits down to a Passover seder has to say to themselves: am I taking care of the stranger among us right now? Why am I doing this ritual? Is it an empty, meaningless ritual and I do it because my parents did it and my grandparents did it and my great-grandparents did it? Or do you do it because it means something?" said Silverman.
 
Passover dinner is usually celebrated at home with family members and close friends.  But in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, hundreds of Jewish travelers joined by local residents attended what organizers claim was the world's biggest Passover celebration Monday.

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The official word is that the season is beginning to change this week
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The weather experts say that the country is beginning the transition to the rainy season this week. A strong but brief downpour ran through the metro area Monday afternoon, and similar downpours are expected today in the metro area and on the Pacific coast.

There were some thunderstorms along the central Pacific early today.

Yet, this is not a time to curse the weather. Expats should wait until perhaps October to do that.

The first rains of the season are magical. Somehow the trees knew the rains were coming and put out their blossoms during the last
month. With a little rain, the trees will continue with their job of putting more flowers in the country.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that today will see warm temperatures and an overcast sky followed by downpours in places. There might even be some isolated showers on the Caribbean coast, which is usually out of step from the rest of the country.

Deep down most residents have been yearning for the rain. It washes the streets, greens the garden and leaves a pleasant smell. And vegetation responds quickly.

Costa Ricans, who are used to the changes of the season generally have more appreciation of the first rains of the season. They nearly always come during Semana Santa, Holy Week, that ends Sunday with Easter.



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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía de Fronteras officers are out in force this week with sophisticated equipment to safeguard the northern border.

The security ministry said that more than 100 officers are on the job and that they are participating in night operations to catch drug traffickers and illegal merchandise.

Among other devices, the police have portable lights that have been donated by the United States. This gives them an advantage to put a strong light on any vehicles that are stopped.

They also have laser devices and fiber optic systems that can check out shipments in the search for drugs, merchandise and even illegal immigrants. Some devices can detect drugs hidden in private vehicles and even buses.

Smuggling drugs in buses is a technique that police have only recently managed to detect.

The northern border has always been an open door to Costa Rica. That is one of the main reasons the frontier force has been formed. This week they are using quadracycles to get around the rough areas of the border.

Particularly during holidays travelers who lack correct documentation try to bypass the border controls by trekking through the fields. In the past that has been effective.
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This forest was degraded by experimental fires in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Fire study suggest climate change will increase tropical forest blazes
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Future simulations of climate in the Amazon suggest a longer dry season leading to more drought and fires. Woods Hole Research Center scientists have published a new study on the impacts of fire and drought on Amazon tree mortality. Their study found that prolonged droughts caused more intense and widespread wildfires, which consumed more forests in Amazonia than previously understood.

Over eight years, the team repeatedly burned 50-hectare forest plots in southeast Amazonia to learn how fire frequency and weather conditions affected tree deaths.  The surprise, according to Michael Coe, was “the importance of drought.  The forest didn’t burn much in average years, but burned extensively in drought years.” 

Climate change is expected to cause shorter more intense rainy seasons and longer dry seasons, with more frequent droughts like those observed in this study.  According to Coe, “We tend to think only about average conditions but it is the non-average conditions we have to worry about.”

NASA satellite data provide a regional context for results from the experimental burns.  In 2007, fires in southeast Amazonia burned 10 times more forest than in an average climate year, “an area equivalent to a million soccer fields” according to co-author Douglas Morton of NASA.

Large portions of Amazonian forests are already experiencing droughts and are increasingly susceptible to fire.  “Agricultural development has created smaller forest fragments, which exposes forest edges to the hotter dryer conditions in the surrounding landscape and makes them vulnerable to escaped fires,” said Marcia Macedo, another member of the team.  “These fragmented forests are more likely to be invaded by flammable grasses, which further increase the likelihood and intensity of future fires.”

According to lead-author Paulo Brando, “This study shows that fires
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Experimental fires burning the understory of a transitional forest located between Cerrado and Amazônia, Mato Grosso, Brazil.

are already degrading large areas of forests in southern Amazonia and highlights the need to include interactions between extreme weather events and fire when attempting to predict the future of Amazonian forests under a changing climate.”

“None of the models used to evaluate future Amazon forest health include fire, so most predictions grossly underestimate the amount of tree death and overestimate overall forest health,” said Coe. The results of this project show that extreme droughts may interact with fires to push Amazonian forests beyond a tipping point that may abruptly increase tree mortality and change vegetation over large areas, he said.

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Missouri anti-Semitic killings
achieve hate crime status


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, that left three people dead.  A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. He was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.

The attacks at a Jewish community center and nearby retirement home in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, have stunned members of all faith communities throughout the United States. 

Speaking at a prayer breakfast at the White House, President Barack Obama expressed outrage at the incident.

"Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers,” he said.

Obama said the timing of the attack, just before Jews prepare to celebrate Passover, made the tragedy all the more painful.

“It’s shocking, it’s horrific, and you just can’t believe that in the year 2014 we are still dealing with things like this,” said Lonny Nasatir, regional director of the Jewish advocacy group the Anti Defamation League.

The suspect in the shootings, 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Frazier Miller, is no stranger to the league, which has monitored Miller’s activities as a white supremacist for more than 30 years.

“This is a guy who has held hate, and anti-Semitism, and racism in the essence of who he is for well over 40 years, and it’s played itself out in the publications, speeches, or actions, this was a guy who was filled with hate and rage,” Nasatir said.

That background is leading law enforcement agencies to pursue the attack as a federal hate crime, says Overland Park Police Chief John Douglas.

“Because it's a hate crime, we are working with the federal government in a duplicitous roll to seek every venue in prosecution of both state and federal level,” he said.

Nasatir says even though Miller had been on the radar of many different groups for a long period of time, nothing he did immediately before the shootings gave any indication of what he was planning Sunday.

“That’s the arbitrary or randomness of a lot of these people, is that they may wake up one day and say 'this is what I am doing,' and don’t give much thought to it, and get in the car with shotguns and the rest and begin the process of delivering on this really dangerous, dangerous plan,” he said.

Authorities continue to study what led to Miller’s dangerous plan, and they could file additional charges as the investigation continues.


Pulitzers honor two papers
that published Snowden data

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The winners of the 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday by Columbia University in New York City. A Pulitzer, as it is known, is the most prestigious award in American journalism.
 
An atmosphere of excitement and collegiality prevailed in the wood-paneled conference room, filled with journalists, where Sig Gissler, the administrator and public face of the Pulitzer Prize Board, announced this year’s honorees.
 
In an unusual step, two news organizations, The Washington Post and Guardian US, the American version of Britain's Guardian newspaper, were separately honored with the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Public Service this year. Each was cited for their coverage of the controversy involving surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency and for promoting public debate about it. Gissler spoke at length about the watchdog function of journalism, which strives to hold public institutions and private corporations accountable.
 
“Other stories deal with the denial of black lung benefits to miners - that was the Center for Public Integrity - and housing abuses among the homeless that the Tampa Bay Times spotlighted, mistreatment of the wounded Army veterans, which was the focus of the Colorado Gazette’s stories,” said Gissler.
 
In 2009, the Pulitzer Board broke with its longstanding reliance on traditional newspaper journalism and began to include prizes for digital and multimedia reporting.
 
“We’ve done a lot to try to encourage a full range of multimedia material — videos, slide shows, interactive graphics, things like that. These are of increasing importance throughout the competition. In fact, seven of our winning entries in pubic service, breaking news reporting, investigative, national reporting, breaking news photography and feature photography, all are cases where digital content played a major role,” said Gissler.
 
Still, Gissler acknowledged what most of the journalists in the room already knew: these can be challenging times to practice their craft.
 
“… But I think the winners and the finalists all provide heartening examples of the high quality journalism you can find across the country. In fact, when the jurors come to this room for three days of judging every year, they leave inspired and rededicated. My favorite quote was from one juror who, after reading the entries, said ‘this is food for the soul,’” said Gissler.
 
There are Pulitzer Prize categories for best feature photography, best commentary, best editorial, best editorial cartoon and best criticism. There also are Pulitzers awarded for music, poetry, drama, biography, history and fiction, won this year by Donna Tartt, author of "The Goldfinch."
 
Gissler said the Pulitzer puts journalism and the other arts on an equal footing.
  
"That’s one of the wonderful distinctions of the Pulitzer Prizes, because when you win as a journalist you are also in the company of great authors and great composers. And when you win a Pulitzer Prize you really enter the aristocracy of American excellence,” said Gissler.
 
This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners and their guests will be honored at a special awards luncheon to be hosted at Columbia University late next month.

 
Manning conviction upheld
in another step in leaks case


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. Army judge has upheld the conviction and 35-year prison sentence for the WikiLeaks informant formerly known as Pvt. Bradley Manning.

Manning was convicted in July for providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history. Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, was acquitted of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy.

After sentencing, Manning declared a desire to live as a woman, having been diagnosed with gender dysphoria by two military mental health experts.

Manning was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when she gave the pro-transparency site WikiLeaks 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts.

The trove included a 2007 video of a U.S. Apache helicopter firing at suspected insurgents in Iraq, killing a dozen people, including two journalists.

Manning's request for leniency followed an application for a presidential pardon filed last September, where her defense team maintained that she had released information to the media for the public good.

Manning's sentence was the longest ever handed down for turning over secrets to the media.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan's decision to uphold the findings of Manning's 2013 court-martial will automatically send the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, an Army statement said.


Obamacare expected to cut
U.S. budget deficit this year


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government's budget deficit is expected to fall by nearly one-third this year, with much of the decline attributed, in part, to lower health care subsidies following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Congressional Budget Office said in a report Monday that the budget deficit will be $492 billion in 2014, or 2.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product, compared to 2013, when the deficit stood at about $680 billion or 4.1 percent of GDP.

The budget office credited part of the decline to the health care law, including coverage provisions, curbs to Medicare and penalties to individuals and businesses that forego insurance.

The budget office said this would be the fifth consecutive year for a decline in the deficit.

It said, however, that after 2015, budget shortfalls will rise because of an aging population, increasing health care costs and increased interest on federal debts.

Overall, the budget referee agency now projects cumulative 10-year deficits at $7.62 trillion compared to its previous forecast of $7.9 trillion.

In addition to the lower health insurance subsidy costs, the budget office also estimated a $98 billion 10-year reduction in Medicare outlays due to lower spending on prescription drugs and hospital insurance. Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, would see a $29 billion reduction, the budget office said.

The budget office lowered its 10-year cost estimate for the federal food stamps program by $24 billion, based on new data from the Department of Agriculture on monthly average benefits.

But the agency left intact its previous economic projections, which envision rising deficits after 2015 as more of the massive baby boom generation retires or drops out of the workforce.

Deficits will reach a low point of $469 billion, or 2.6 percent of U.S. economic output, in 2015, then gradually start to rise, topping $1 trillion again in 2023 and 2024.

U.S. deficits exceeded that dollar amount during each of the first four years of Obama's administration as the economy recovered slowly from the worst recession since the 1930s, falling to $680 billion in fiscal 2013.


Russian jet taunts U.S. Navy
repeatedly in Black Sea


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Pentagon says a Russian SU-24 fighter aircraft made 12 low-altitude, close-range passes near the "USS Donald Cook" in the Black Sea over the weekend.

U.S. defense officials say the Russian jet had no missiles and did not respond to attempts to communicate during the passes which lasted 90 minutes.

A U.S. military official said the Russian jet came within one mile of the U.S. vessel, flying at times below 500 feet.

"This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with their national protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries,'' Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said.

At the time the passes took place, Warren said, the U.S. ship was conducting a patrol in international waters in the western Black Sea. It is now in a Romanian port.  Warren said that the U.S, ship was never in danger.

A U.S, military official confirmed another ship will go to the Black Sea after the "USS Donald Cook" departs the region. The official said the new ship will be a frigate, not a destroyer like "USS Donald Cook." The timing of the switch is uncertain, the official said.


Underwater drone surfaces
automatically due to depth


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. Navy underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner on the floor of the Indian Ocean had its first mission cut short after exceeding its 4.5 km (2.8 mile) depth limit, Australian search authorities said today. It had been expected to spend up to 16 hours scouring the silty sea floor, after a two-hour descent.

"It's built-in safety feature returned it to the surface,'' the Australian agency coordinating the search and recovery operation said. "The six hours of data gathered by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is currently being extracted and analyzed."

The launch of the "Blue-fin 21" autonomous underwater vehicle on Monday marked a new phase in the six-week search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 which disappeared on March 8 and is presumed to have crashed thousands of kilometers off course with the loss of all 239 people on board.
 
Searchers are confident they know the approximate position of wreckage of the Boeing 777, some 1,550 km (963 miles) northwest of Perth, and are moving ahead on the basis of four acoustic signals they believe are from its black box recorders.

The robotic submarine was sent down nearly a week after sound-locating equipment last heard signals that are believed to be from the missing jet's black boxes.

Angus Houston, who heads Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center, said Monday, "We haven't had a single detection in six days, so I guess it's time to go underwater."

The plane's flight recorder boxes emit signals so they can be more easily found, but their batteries only last about a month. It has been nearly 40 days since the jet went missing.

Search crews also are investigating an oil slick found in the search area. Crews have collected samples that have been sent for testing.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to sound notes of caution, stressing that trying to find anything nearly five kilometers below the surface of the Indian Ocean, 1,000 kilometers from land, is a huge task that will not likely end anytime soon.

The small robotic sub is using sonar to chart any debris in the search for the plane's flight recorders on the sea floor. Officials say it will take 24 hours to complete each mission in which the sub will chart approximately 40 square kilometers.

The Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared March 8 during a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Two-thirds of those on board were Chinese nationals.

A leading Malaysian newspaper has said investigators probing the plane's disappearance suspect the co-pilot attempted to make a cellphone call after the jetliner deviated from its original course.

The New Straits Times has said investigators believe the call ended abruptly after the phone made contact with a communications tower, as the jetliner flew at low altitude northwest of the island of Penang. The newspaper said its sources declined to reveal whom the caller was trying to reach.

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has cast doubt on the report, telling reporters he would have been informed about such a call if it had taken place.


Virus continues to sicken
more in Saudi Arabia


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Saudi Arabia says a deadly virus is rippling through the kingdom as additional cases were reported over the weekend in the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have been seen at two major hospitals in the port city of Jeddah.

Saudi health authorities are embarking on a variety of measures to prevent further spread of the 18-month-long outbreak.

“We have detected 11 cases of (the virus) in Jeddah,” said Abdul Salam Noorwali, director-general of health in the Makkah region said last week. “Two of the patients have died, while six others have been cured and three cases are under medication,” he said.​

Three of the patients in Jeddah were health workers, including one of the two who died, prompting authorities to temporarily shut down the emergency ward at the city's King Fahd Hospital.

Sami BaDawood, Jeddah’s health affairs director, said the emergency department was closed for disinfection after one health worker there tested positive for the virus and subsequent tests on other staff members showed further infections. Some patients were transferred to other hospitals while the disinfection was carried out, he said.

The latest figures bring to at least 179 the number of cases of MERS in Saudi Arabia since the virus first appeared in the kingdom in September 2012.

Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah met with the director-general of health and urged precautionary measures to combat the disease at hospitals and other health facilities.

“We have to adopt health measures to ensure the safety of citizens and residents from the virus and educate the public on how to protect themselves from MERS,” the governor told health officials in the region.

Most people infected with MERS develop severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The MERS virus is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, 9 percent of whom died.

The World Health Organization said at the end of March there were 206 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection worldwide, of which 86 had been fatal.

Experts are still struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no known vaccine.
 
“We don’t know for certain where the virus came from,” said Jason McDonald, spokesperson for U.S. Center for Disease Control. “However, it likely came from an animal source,” he said.

MERS has been found in camels in Qatar and a bat in Saudi Arabia.

Camels in a few neighboring countries have also tested positive for antibodies to MERS, indicating they were previously infected with MERS or a closely related virus.

More information is needed to identify the possible role that camels, bats, and other animals may play in the transmission of MERS.

That is why the Centers is closely monitoring the MERS situation and working with World Health Organization and other partners to understand the risks of this virus.  The Centers says it recognizes the potential for the virus to spread further and cause more cases and clusters globally, including in the United States.

“As part of routine public health preparedness in the United States, CDC is providing MERS testing kits to state health departments across the U.S. and continues to provide advice and laboratory diagnostic support to countries in the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding region.” McDonald said.

According to the Centers, cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Tunisia as well as in several countries in Europe.


U.N. panel urges a shift
to renewable energy sources


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change, a new United Nations report warns. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin.

The comprehensive review follows two recent panel reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent release what to do about it.

The solution to the climate problem could start with a massive solar project in California’s Mohave Desert. It began operation in February and will provide enough power for 140,000 homes, says NRG Energy President David Crane.

“Our generation of leadership can get the ball rolling in fighting against climate change so that the next generation, the people who are in their 20s and 30s today can finish the job, then we will have done the best that we can do to get this going,” he said.
     
That kind of action must be taken on a global scale, and soon, says Rajendra Pachauri, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman.

“If we really want to bring about a limitation of temperature increase to no more than two degrees Celsius then this is the message that comes out very clearly from this report,” he said.
 
The report says global greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by 40 to 70 percent by mid-century, compared with 2010, to avoid devastating effects from severe weather in a warmer world. But solutions are within reach, says Nathaniel Koehane, who leads international efforts to address climate change for the Environmental Defense Fund.

“There are a handful of things, around energy efficiency, renewable energy, reducing deforestation, a handful of things that the world could do and we could help the world turn the corner by 2020 and get on track to reduce emissions enough to keep the climate safe,” he said.

Renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydropower account for 8.5 percent of the world energy output, and 20 percent if nuclear is added to the mix. However, Koehane says a gulf exists between international efforts and what needs to be done to make the switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy.

“When you look at the stats in the report you see that coal is growing faster than other sources," he said. "So we need to reverse that trend and we do need to rapidly ramp up the sources of renewable power, the share of renewable power.”

The report finds that the longer the delay in controlling emissions, the greater the cost to public health and the environment. Koehane says voters must tell their governments that climate change matters.

“We need to get on top of it," he said. "But optimism comes from knowing that if we do get that political will and if we can push in that direction, that we have the technologies to get started. We just need everybody to pitch in.”

The report says a window of opportunity remains for the world community to act.  U.N. negotiators are working on a new international agreement to curb global emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, which expired in 2012.


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Baskets become an art form
with help from recyclables

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. One artist lucky enough to be selected said sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
 
Basket artist Jackie Abrams began making traditional, functional baskets in 1975. Today, she makes two lines of contemporary baskets using non-traditional materials.
 
“One are coiled baskets using a very traditional coil technique where it’s stitched… and for that I use recycled fabric,” she explained. “I also weave other baskets with a heavy cotton paper and wire to make a form…reminiscent of a woman’s form,” said Ms. Abrams.

She describes her coiled baskets as her Spirit Vessels.
 
"The exposed cores represent their essential beings, their solid inner cores, giving strength, always visible. Each stitch connects and reinforces the rows that came before. The frayed edges are a part of their lives," she said.
 
She describes her women forms as "a series of woven vessels that speak of women, their shared stories, and their layers of experience. They are continuing studies in form, color, and surface textures. The inside and outside of each piece tell a different story. The outside has been formed and shaped by society, her life, and her experiences. The inside catches the light in unexpected ways, reflecting her inner strengths. These strengths are not always visible; you have to look carefully."
 
Ms. Abrams considers these decorative sculptures, and said she’s very interested in exploring what she can use to cover the surfaces of her pieces, including sand or other textured materials.

The fiber artisan is one of 123 artists presenting their work at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington. The annual event is widely regarded as the most prestigious juried craft show in the country and one of the most difficult to be accepted into.
 
“This is the fourth time I’ve done this show in 17 years,” she said, “and it’s a thrill to be here."
 
The show includes hundreds of one-of-a-kind or limited edition works representing a variety of media, everything from glass, wood and wearable art to vibrant dioramas with miniature figurines made out of boiled potatoes and plaster.
 
But for Ms. Abrams, exhibiting her baskets here is just one of the highlights of her career.
 
The other is work she began doing with women in Africa in 2005.
 
She started in Ghana, sharing her skills and talents.
 
“While I was there, there was so much trash all over the ground and so many plastic bags,” she said. “I’m a fiber person, and I thought we can use these fibers, we can clean these bags and use them.”
 
And that’s exactly what she did.
 
Working under the auspices of a micro-lending organization, she taught women to crochet using the throwaway plastic trash bags. They made wallets with zippers and carrying bags.
 
The women generated enough income from their handicrafts to help support their families.

“I think these women now have some economic freedom from their husbands, it gives them a little power within their families,” Ms. Abrams said. She added that it also gave the women a sense of worth.
 
Ms. Abrams said she would like to go back to Africa one day to help empower more women financially.
 
But in the meantime, she looks forward to expanding her line of basket sculptures and hopes to be selected for the Smithsonian Craft Show again next year.



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Re/Max, the Pacific coast expert
Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
8206-5/18/14

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
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8321-10/17/14



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.





Visit our Web Site:
 www.greciarealestate.com




English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)
  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia home
1,000 square meters of land, 350 square meters of construction.  CLICK HERE
Grecia 807
  18,000 square meters of land and 300 square meters of construction. HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8245-5/12/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Beautiful Survival Farm with panoramic Pacific views
In the heartland of one of the world's five blue zones, Nicoya. 12 acres with ample space for planting, natural forest, own perennial waters, public road yet hidden access, electricity. Fire sale 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com
8333-5/9/14

covered patio
Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$173,900 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.
8310-7/1/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8309-6/29/14

Atenas mansion
ATENAS!!
In 2006, the developer of a popular subdivision in Atenas chose a large 7,000 m2 corner view lot for his first spec home. Now, eight years later that home is once again for sale with first class tropical landscaping that much more mature. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car carport, laundry room, and more than 300 m2 under roof next to a pristine pool, this home is located in a gated community with its own water sources. And the location, just 1 1/4 km from town, is convenient to shopping and services, too. The views are of  Candelaria and the central valley. No wonder this community is so popular! $495,000. More photos HERE. And then contact  larry@atenasrealty.com
8306-4/26/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.  This design allows for barrier-free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
 www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $428,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email rafa@rafacr.com.
9304-4/3/14

beachfront home
Beautiful Palo Seco Beach home priced to sell!
Also looking for full-time housekeeper!
Gorgeous beachfront two-story home, of roughly 2,000 square feet, set on a half acre oceanfront lot that is full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco. This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units in all rooms, huge front and back yards, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is perfectly situated between Jacó and Quepos and is only minutes away from five-star dining such as El Clandestino.  We have reduced the price from $150,000 to $125,000 firm for a fast sale in the new year! This is a must see property! Owner financing is available. This truly is a once in a lifetime offer and it will go fast! Please call 8816-2478 or email bmcart3@gmail.com for more information!

We are also currently looking for an English-speaking, full-time housekeeper. The housekeeper will be required to pay utilities but not rent. We are offering the chance to live rent free in this beautiful beach home at the small cost of keeping the property in good shape and keeping it safe while we are looking for a new owner! If you are interested, please e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information!!
88288-xxxx

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.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $170,000. USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8253-5/12/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105244969603261154850/
8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
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:

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

For more details go to:
8230-3/13/14

Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8223-2/21/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14

complex
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos
in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8200-4/3/14

Rich Coast montage
Real Estate, Central Pacific Region
RichCoastRealty.com

Central Pacific between Jacó and Quepos-Manuel Antonio
Lots in gated community near the beach  from $17,999! Only 3 left
2-bedroom house in gated community was $120k now $99,900
3-bedroom house with 2 additional residential lots, walk to the beach $160k
Turnkey coffee shop/ bakery, corner location, great ROI! $65k
2-bedroom panoramic oceanview house, guesthouse on 2.5 acres $269k
Panoramic oceanview  property, 3 houses, on-ground pool $375k
And much more!!!

     www.RichCoastRealty.com
   USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
   Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
8191-4/30/13


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

includes a common open air lodge with kitchen, three cabins, a caretaker's house, a garage and a secure storeroom. The property is maritime and has a current and valid maritime user's permit, all up to date and clear. In addition to the immaculately landscaped portion of the property that is already developed with bungalows, there are an additional three hectares that are ready for expansion and are cleared and planted in grass. The sales offer includes furnishings, appliances, catamaran, kayaks, and a whole series of extras. This property has about 300 meters of beach front in a docile portion of the gulf about 15 minutes north of Puerto Jimeenez, ideal for mooring boats just off the property shoreline. Has municipal water and power. Offered at $970,000. All reasonable offers will be considered. See photos and maps and more at www.suenos.org. Contact us at: osaproperty@gmail.com or +1-866-514-7435.
8172-1/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
8166-5/29/13

Becker montage
Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

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

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

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


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Business for sale or lease (paid category)
Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
botique hotel
A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088
8263-8/20/14

Tanning montage
This is your chance to acquire a totally equipped tanning salon with five machines.  Fantasia Tropical has been open 14 years but the founder needs to retire and return to the U.S. for medical reasons.  You can assume the lease in Sabana West buying the S.A. or buy the assets and move them to a location you prefer. Taxes, permits, bank accounts all in order. Excellent opportunity for an energetic, creative hands-on owner or couple. Long-time manager available to stay on if desired. With an asking price of $30,000 this won't
last long.  Some owner financing may be available.  Contact galanses@hotmail.com for an appointment. For a preview www.facebook.com/FantasiaTropicalCR
8232-2/24/14

A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San José, Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas. And it is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to even greater success. Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a pro-forma income statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.com.
8213-2/13/14

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2

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

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Aerosols from Asia shown
affecting Pacific weather


By the Texas A&M University news service

In the first study of its kind, scientists have compared air pollution rates from 1850 to 2000 and found that man-made particles from Asia impact the Pacific storm track that can influence weather over much of the world.

The team, which includes several researchers from Texas A&M University, has had its work published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Yuan Wang, Yun Lin, Jiaxi Hu, Bowen Pan, Misti Levy and Renyi Zhang of Texas A&M’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, along with colleagues from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of California at San Diego and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, contributed to the work.

The team used detailed pollution emission data compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and looked at two scenarios: one for a rate in 1850 – the pre-Industrial era – and from 2000, termed present-day.

By comparing the results from an advanced global climate model, the team found that aerosols conclusively impact cloud formations and mid-latitude cyclones associated with the Pacific storm track.

“There appears to be little doubt that these particles from Asia affect storms sweeping across the Pacific and subsequently the weather patterns in North America and the rest of the world,” Zhang says of the findings.

“The climate model is quite clear on this point. The  aerosols formed by human activities from fast-growing Asian economies do impact storm formation and global air circulation downstream.  They tend to make storms deeper and stronger and more intense, and these storms also have more precipitation in them.  We believe this is the first time that a study has provided such a global perspective.”

In recent years, researchers have learned that atmospheric aerosols affect the climate, either directly by scattering or absorbing solar radiation, and indirectly by altering cloud formations.  Increasing levels of such particles have raised concerns because of their potential impacts on regional and global atmospheric circulation.

In addition, Zhang says large amounts of aerosols and their long-term transport from Asia across the Pacific can clearly be seen by satellite images.

The Pacific storm track represents a critical driver in the general global circulation by transporting heat and moisture, the team notes. The transfer of heat and moisture appears to be increased over the storm track downstream, meaning that the Pacific storm track is intensified because of the Asian air pollution outflow.

“Our results support previous findings that show that particles in the air over Asia tend to affect global weather patterns,” Zhang adds.

“It shows they can affect the Earth’s weather significantly.”

Yuan Wang, who conducted the research with Zhang while at Texas A&M, currently works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Caltech postdoctoral scholar.

Supermarket in Santa Ana
was target of three bandits


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Bandits held up  employees at a MegaSuper in Santa Ana. According to preliminary reports, three masked subjects with guns entered the supermarket Monday morning.

They tied up store employees with rope and gagged them before searching for the safe and money. The amount that was stolen is still unknown,said the Judicial Investigating Organization..

The robbers then got into a taxi to escape and forced the driver to drop them off in the center of Santa Ana, agents said. After he left the crooks, the taxi driver returned to the MegaSuper to confirm what had happened and to alert authorities.

Investigators are still in the process of tracking down the suspects and uncovering how much money the store had lost.


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