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A contingent of Nicaraguan residents have left Costa Rica to join protests in Nicaragua seeking to oust Daniel Ortega

By Rommel Téllez, A.M. Costa Rica staff

An estimated 1,000 Nicaraguans living in the country decided to go back to their homeland Thursday and support the protests taking place against the government of Daniel Ortega.

Many of them are former members of the army and see the civil unrest as an opportunity to demand the resignation of Ortega.

This was confirmed for A.M. Costa Rica by Noemí Pavon, a Nicaraguan refugee and leader of a mass demonstration carried out Sunday afternoon across the Second Avenue in San José.

According to Pavon, many organized Nicaraguans living in the country may make the same decision in the following days, as the goal of the protests have evolved.

Last week, civil unrest was sparked after Daniel Ortega's decision to reform the social security system, reduce the pension of retirees by 5 percent and increase the contributions of workers and business owners.

The decision was approved through a presidential decree and caused demonstrations of university students and retirees who have been heavily opposed by police and military forces.

According to several non-profit organizations, 26 students were killed, a journalist was shot in the head on live video and 40 people are missing.

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Even though Ortega decided to cancel the decree and pull back Sunday afternoon, citizens now demand Ortega step down, Pavon explained.

She also said she fears for her life because she is been a political dissident and harsh critic of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, the current ruling party of Nicaragua.

During Sunday's rally that ended up in Democracy square, members of the Revolutionary Party Workers of Costa Rica collaborated with the event and members from the Catholic Nicaraguan Missions led prayers asking for peace in their country.

"Daniel Ortega is the greatest traitor and has blood in his hands," said Pavon. "Because of him our social security system went broke, because of him we cannot live in our land and because of him mother are crying for their dead kids."



"We thank Costa Rica for all the support shown. Should the traitor make any attempt of aggression against this country, all Nicaraguans living shall rise and fight back," she added.

Some other speakers also called of the Organization of American States to meet urgently and help the Nicaraguan people.

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A young man cries as the list of deceased students is read at the rally followed by a minute of silence.
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Also in the afternoon, the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship issued a press release calling for a halt to the violence taking place in the neighboring country.

Saturday night, among patriotic chants and music, a vigil for peace in Nicaragua took place at Democracy Square.

Individuals carrying Venezuelan flags over their shoulders were seen at the time. Those flags were sent a symbolic message that the current Nicaraguan situation is similar to that of the country.   Several other attendees called for the union of Nicaraguan residents in Costa Rica.

"Let Ortega know blood and power run through our veins," said one of the speakers.

A press conference with more details on how Nicaraguans living in Costa Rica are organizing themselves is scheduled for today.

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The demonstration started at 2 pm yesterday.
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The U.S. government issued an advisory Saturday recommending citizens avoid visits to  Nicaragua

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Through a press release, the travel advisory ranked the danger as a level three, which means that people should reconsider any travel and adds recommendations for those already in the country.

The document explains that political rallies and demonstrations are happening on a daily basis, often with little notice or predictability.

The United States issued the advisory before Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega made concessions to protesters.

Some protests have ended in injuries and deaths. Demonstrations typically elicit a strong response that includes the use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and live ammunition against participants, and occasionally there is looting, vandalism, and acts of arson, according to the U.S. authorities.

Both the government of Nicaragua and the U.S. Embassy in Managua are limited in the assistance they can provide, the release added.

"Violent crime, such as sexual assault and armed robbery, is common. Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited outside of major urban areas. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from using public buses and moto-taxis and from entering the Oriental Market in Managua and gentlemen's clubs throughout the country due to crime. U.S. government personnel require special authorization to travel to the northern and southern Caribbean Coast autonomous regions due to crime and transportation safety concerns," the document added.

For those who decide to travel to Nicaragua some of the safety recommendations are to avoid demonstrations.

* Take shelter in your current locality if surrounding area is affected by demonstrations or move to a safer location if your current location is unsafe.
 
* If you feel unsafe in Nicaragua, consider arrangements to depart the country.


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The United States condemned the violence and excessive force used by police Sunday.

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* Do not display signs of wealth such as expensive watches or jewelry.

* Be aware of your surroundings.

* Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

* Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

* Review the Crime and Safety Report for Nicaragua.

U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler's Checklist.

Diplomatic staff in the country have had their travel limited for their own security.



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Bus transportation to Nicaragua suspended due to civil unrest

By AM Costa Rica staff

Several bus transportation companies have decided to halt their services to Nicaragua temporarily due to the potential danger of the trip because of violent protests and clashes between the military and demonstrators.

In the case of the TransNica Co., which also provides services to Honduras, passengers will have their tickets rescheduled.
 
"In order to comply with safety rules, we have decided to suspend our services to and from Nicaragua," the company said on a Facebook post.

The company Nicabus reported the last trip took place on Sunday and service will not be resumed until further notice.

Transportes del Sol also canceled the service and said it could resume  Wednesday and Thursday which is also the schedule for the Tica Bus Co.

Sunday afternoon the Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, cancelled a presidential decree that sparked protests in the main cities of the countries.

However, transportation companies did not make any changes in their decisions.

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 Bus companies consider it is too risky for passengers and drivers to travel to Nicaragua.

Nicaraguans have taken the streets to oppose the reforms to social security and the pension system approved by Ortega.

The changes include a hike in contributions to social security and a reduction of 5 percent in the monthly pension of those already retired.

A third vessel donated by the U.S. arrives to Costa Rica

By AM Costa Rica staff

According to the U.S. Embassy, the ship was in operation with the U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii only three weeks ago.

Ambassador Sharon Day pointed out that this third vessel will help to promote the effort of the National Coast Guard Service of Costa Rica to safeguard its territory from drug trafficking, illegal fishing, human trafficking and other illicit activities.

The donated patrol boats are those with the greatest capacity in Costa Rica's service and for the first time will allow the country to watch over its entire ocean territory.

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Robots, not a fiction but a tangible reality

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Robots becoming part  of the daily routines is no longer a concept of science fiction. The devices now help clean houses, build cars through robotic arms and  assist the astronauts on the International Space Station.

This was one of the main conclusions of a talk delivered by the Costa Rican engineer Andrés Mora last week at the University of Costa Rica.

Mora has a doctoral degree in space robotics from Tohoku University in Japan.

He was a researcher at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, United States, and is currently working at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

The Costa Rican engineer has extensive experience in the implementation of mobile robots to solve everyday problems in multiple areas.

Mora also explained the concept of the astrobees, small robots able to move autonomously in zero gravity through the expulsion of air.

They have been developed by NASA for research and maintenance work on the space station and need no supervision from the astronauts.

"The astrobees are a research platform that will help scientists carry out their investigations. They can be mechanical, hardware, software, a combination of all that or experiments that have to do with chemistry, biology and many other fields related to robotics. They help astronauts by taking test tubes from one place to another. There is really no limit to what these robots can do," he said.

To be able to imagine what an astrobee is, Mora presented an example with a movie that has become a classic: Episode Four of the “Star Wars” film sagas.

At some point in the movie, Luke Skywalker is seen practicing with his lightsaber or laser sword while a small spherical robot moves around him autonomously and shoots him small laser bursts that Luke tries to block with his saber.

That is precisely what an astrobee is like, the researcher said. Usually they are compact cubes designed to help scientists and engineers develop and test technologies for spatial use and collaborate with the astronauts in their routine tasks, and provide general information about the state of the space station, its crew and the flight controllers at the NASA space centers in Houston, Texas.

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The astrobee concept was explained by using the Star Wars Franchise as an example.

"I have had the honor of being part of the astrobee facility initiative, which is responsible for disseminating the use of these robots among researchers around the world, but also, my work focuses on software development to be able to tell the robot what do. However, I also participated in the construction of the astrobee, from the smallest to the most complex, such as cable connection and other technical work, but which is fundamental in the process of developing this technology," said Mora.

An astrobee has six cameras, a microphone, speakers, an autonomous propulsion system, anti-shock sensors and a mechanical arm for easy manipulation of instruments. These move at a maximum speed of 10 meters per second.

Thanks to its characteristics, an astrobee can monitor the environmental conditions within the space station, such as air quality or sound levels and perform all this this in gravity free space.

At the end of his presentation, Mora encouraged the students to strive to achieve their dreams and take advantage of the opportunities that come their way.

"The idea is to invite people to do science through an astrobee. So, if a person has an experiment and wants to test it in microgravity conditions and that involves the capabilities of this robot, then he can propose the project and do it. But also, I'm looking for a way to take a student through an internship to help us work on software, hardware and maintenance of the astrobee,” said Mora.

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Costa Rica hosts colonies of purple octopuses, study finds
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hundreds of unidentified cephalopods were found nursing their eggs near a deep-sea vent off Costa Rica.

In 2013 a team of geochemists off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica sent underwater vehicles to explore the Dorado Outcrop, a rocky patch of seafloor 150 miles from land. They hoped to gather samples of warm water emerging from hydrothermal vents in the hardened lava making up the outcrop. But, as Mindy Weisberger at LiveScience reports, they were stunned by the images that came back from two thousand feet below the waves: hundreds of beautiful purple octopuses mamas huddled around the vents incubating their eggs.

The chemists shared the find with deep sea biologists, who were stunned. "When I first saw the photos, I was like, 'No, they should not be there! Not that deep and not that many of them,’" Janet Voight, associate curator of zoology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago says in a press release. She is co-author of a study on the curious creatures that appeared this week in the journal Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. "I would never have anticipated such a cluster of these animals in the deep sea," she said.

From there the mystery only deepened. While the researchers did not formally describe the new cephalopods, they did determine that they belonged to an undiscovered species in the genus Muuscoctopus. Typically, octopuses in that group are loners, so it was surprising to see them grouped together.

Unfortunately, it also turned out this beautiful group of mothers was doomed. Voight tells Nathanial Scharping at Discover that the fate of a female octopus is already somewhat tragic. They only breed once in their lives, putting all their energy into producing eggs. Once the eggs are laid and affixed to a rock or other hard structure, they spend the rest of their failing energy protecting their clutch of eggs, dying soon after their offspring swim away.

But Voight found that the developing octopus embryos could not make it in the conditions near the volcanic vents the group had chosen. Warm water welling up from the volcanic cracks tends to speed embryo development. But that creates a larger demand for oxygen, which is in short supply around the vents. "As the embryos start to develop from fertilized cells, they are increasing their oxygen use ... and they're confronted with less oxygen available," she told Scharping. "I do not see how they can possibly survive."

After examining 186 of the eggs via images from the submersible, she did not find a single one with a developing embryo. Which begs the question: why would so many octopuses choose such a terrible spot to nurse their eggs?

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This article was first published at the Smithsonian Institute website. Scientists said they were very surprised with the discovery.


According to the press release, much of the outcrop may be an awesome place to raise an octopus family, with ideal spots for laying clutches in other cracks and fissures in the hardened lava. But those spots may have been full, and this unfortunate group of mothers was forced to choose a less than ideal nursery. It's also possible that the fissures were not active when the octopuses laid their eggs,” reports Weisberger. The warm water and low oxygen could have come later.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that hydrothermal vents are one of the most intriguing and least studied systems on earth. The vents, where hot, mineral rich water warmed by magma flows deeper underground pours through cracks in the ocean floor, were only discovered in 1977. Since then, researchers have discovered that they are home to extremophile organisms, like bacteria that can survive incredibly high heat and pressure, which are helping scientists understand what life on other planets may look like.

The new purple octopus is unlikely to be the last surprise found at ocean vents. In fact, researchers did note some tentacles waving from other, more inviting cracks in the rock. "This is only the third hydrothermal system of its type that has been sampled, yet millions of similar environments exist in the deep sea," geochemist Geoff Wheat of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and co-author of the study says in the release. "What other remarkable discoveries are waiting for us?"


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Real estate rentals (paid category)
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One bedroom furnished including a futon apartment located in nice safe neighborhood 1,5 miles NE of downtown San Jose. The neighborhood is called Colonia del Rio and can be seen on Google maps. Near shopping mall, restaurants and medical facilities, utilities  including cable TV, Wi-Fi is included  in the rent. The apartment is on the banks of a river and there is nice view. Has a washing facility, grass yard and patio. Rent is $500 without enclosed parking and $550 with. For 1 or 2 people, no children or pets.

Can be contacted by telephone locally at 2256-9426
Long distance 011-506-2256-9456
Email is bobbyruffin22@gmail.com
More photos furnished on request.
Code:9363-051018
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San Jose Central 2-1/2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment on the 4nd floor, fully furnished American-style apartments with elevator in a secure building in Downtown San Jose, Costa Rico in Barrio Amon. Large balcony. Adult Bldg. Free Cable Tica cable with televisions in the living room and both bedrooms., high speed internet, WiFi, fully equipped large kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker,lots of utensils. Water included. Free laundry rooms on all floors. Convenient to Parque Morazon, 100 mts. North of downtown Holiday Inn, other hotels, restaurants, casinos, city government, National Registry. For a single individual it is $650 per month plus electric only. No lease agreements needed. 1/2 mo.security deposit
For personal inspection and more information contact: Call Hilda (Spanish) at 506-7273-5699 or Frank (English) at 506-7087-0916 who are always on the premises.
Code:9350-040518


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or call at (506) 2654-5442
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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
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All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
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Vol.18 No.423 Published Monday, April 23, 2018 Fifth news page
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Tourism authorities launch a national birds route

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute aims to increase the number of tourists visiting Guanacaste by launching a national birds route.

The route consists of 12 different sites with a high diversity of birds. Some of these coincide with the tourist development centers run by several local communities, reserves or national parks, which expands the potential of the tourist experience.

In addition, Costa Rica has a wide diversity of more than 900 species of birds, which represents an even greater experience, according to the authorities.

"Empowering different kinds of tourism is extremely important, not only for Guanacaste, but for the whole country," said the tourism institute in a press release.

Taking advantage of all the wealth the province has with its birds, landscapes and extraordinary nature, this is an enormous opportunity for the development of our communities and the positioning of our country in the world tourism markets," said President Luis Guillermo Solís.

It is estimated that foreign birding tourists stay between 16 and 25 nights.

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Yigüirro, a bird considered as a national symbol.


The initiative was joined by the municipalities of Bagaces and La Cruz, which committed to improving the infrastructure and tourist equipment with the construction of works such as trails, platforms, and towers for bird watching.

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Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot
By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica & James J. Brodell
A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise.
Read a sample and purchase the book Click Here

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New World Meditation: Focusing Mindfulness Healing Awakening
By Lucinda Gray Ph.D.
You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.
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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong
"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.
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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
Most estate planning books focus on legal formalities. Pa$$ing On: What’s Fair in Family Inheritance? delves deeper, helping you avoid emotional minefields and create a will that’s fair to your survivors. Former Costa Rica resident Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Ph.D. brings a unique perspective to bear on inheritance practices in the United States. Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at Amazon. Click Here

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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
Read a sample and purchase the book Click Here

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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
By Christopher Howard
This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. Preview or purchase at Amazon. Click Here

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The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson
Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here
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Vol.18 No.423
Published Monday, April 23, 2018
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Guanacaste farmers learn how to
use technology to improve productivity


By A.M. Costa Rica staff
Staffers from Earth University and the Ad Astra Rocket Co. are currently training Guanacaste farmers in the use of scientific and technological processes to increase productivity, to lower costs and to improve their industrial performance. The pilot plan is taking place at the Center for Accurate Agriculture in Liberia.

The objective of the center is to teach the use of sophisticated measuring equipment that can identify the real needs of agricultural processes and optimize their use in agricultural production, improve the use of innovative and clean technology and train entrepreneurs, those involved said.

The funds assigned to the project will be used for the purchase of equipment and cover operating and training expenses at the center in the Chorotega region for 24 months.

The money for the project comes from a $881,870 investment provided by the Development Banking System along with a contribution from Earth University which accounts to $364,374. The program includes the laboratory building, maintenance of the equipment and training of the future technicians.

"We expect that after two years of operations, the center will become self-sustaining, selling its services at differentiated costs depending on the size of the employer and also that the training given to students and farmers during this period will allows them to set up their own laboratories and sell services in other areas." said President Luis Guillermo Solís during an inspection.

“With this type of agriculture we can optimize production, lower costs and increase profits. In addition, it allows to have a better picture of the land to know which are the areas of higher productivity and information such as water content, electrical conductivity and other," said Luis Felipe Araúz. He is the minister of Agriculture and Livestock and also the president of the Development Banking System.


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One of the aims of the project is to benefit the small and medium producers along with big companies.


The development of this project will allow the creators to work together with ministry technicians and farmers in the area to optimize production and take it to a level of small and medium producers and not just large-scale ones, he added.

This project also is designed to become a model of agricultural management for other areas of the country and larger operation sizes. It is expected that Earth students and other participants may put in practice what they learn in other areas such as other parts of Central America and Africa.
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Real Estate For Sale
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Beautiful Balinese Style House

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Beautiful villa of 120m2 with pool overlooking the sea and the valley of 5400m2. Magnificent house with charm in wood and refined marquetry, furnished, very beautiful Balinese style. With its two very spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a mezzanine also very spacious that can accommodate another room and / or an office; A living-dining room with its American kitchen and its large wooden terrace of 70 m2, overlooking the pool and the green and tropical valley of 180 degrees, which ends with a view of the sea. To these is added a beautiful garden of 5400 m2 of tropical trees and decorated with Indonesian imported stone elements. Ideally located in terms of calm and serenity of the place. Finally, being in this heavenly environment, the property is less than 15 minutes from beaches and shops.

More information here
http://www.bienesyraices-costarica.com/ES/en-venta-en-costarica-detalles.awp?P1=122

Contact Us:
Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/
Code:9258-041018

Colinas Del Sol

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Fenced Gated Parcels for Sale
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area. * There are 88 clear titled parcels. * Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees. * Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds. * All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each. * Parcels are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD * Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica. * 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport * 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches * 10 minutes to Medical Facilities * 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital * 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray: jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call +517-484-3675
For more information: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
Code: 9342-090318

NALU Eco Development

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14 titled lots from $21,999, lot/house combos from $68,720 Walk to the beach (800 meters), Gated with onsite caretaker. Communal Organic Gardens. No time limit to build. 2 hours from San Jose, halfway between Jaco and Manuel Antonio at Playa Palma. All services and new hospital just 5 minutes away. Absentee owner friendly. Great vacation rental potential, we can manage for you! Owner Financing Available !

More information click here
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Contact:
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011-506-8718-9891
www.RichCoastRealty.com
Code:9340-050318



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Brand new Casa Palmera REDUCED from $389 000 to $349 000
This exquisite home is located within the EXCLUSIVE gated community. Casa Palmeras has 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, large BBQ area and a spectacular pool over 12m long. The gated community offers the perfect location for home buyers who are seeking true relaxation and peace, also offers 2 tennis courts, miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain forest, serenity and privacy! Casa Palmeras is a 5-minute drive from the town of Quepos and the new Marina and just short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach. More information here http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

7 Apartments for Sale Price Reduced to $289,000 USD
7 Apt Building For Sale By Owner- PRICE: $299,000 * 2000 m2 of property with room for additional apartment construction in the future. * GREAT INCOME POTENTIAL $25K- 540K yearly income potential with live in caretaker! *7 furnished studio apartments with sunny and bright open sliding window doors. Minutes from Quepos and the new Marina and a short drive from Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. More information here http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/7-apt-building-for-sale-by-owner-299000

Casa Palmera II Price $299,000
Located within the EXCLUSIVE community , it has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, situated on a 50,000 sq ft lot with large BBQ area, private pool and a huge backyard, ideal for pet owners. It is a 5- minute drive from the town of Quepos and the Marina and a short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach.The community offers 2 tennis courts , miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain-forest, serenity and privacy!
More information here
http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

Contact Us:
Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/
Code:9358-030718

Jaco Beach - Fire Sale - Super Views

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100' above sea level & one mile to beach. Safe & secure neighborhood. 3 bedroom and one bath, totally remodeled 3 years ago. Adding another bath right now. All new kitchen, windows, tile floors, AC, electrical, plumbing, yard for dogs and most importantly - very low electric, water, taxes and insurance bills. Possible financing. Owner has deposit on another property and needs to sell. $139,900
Call Glenn at (506) 6214-0056
Code:9332-042918

Casa Bella Vista

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Looking for a special property with amazing views? This is it! 2 Houses (main and guest), in ground pool, 3 acres (almost 100% usable) with Panoramic Ocean Views. 7 minutes off the coastal highway. 10 minutes from the beach (Playa Bejuco & Esterillos) 2 hours from San Jose. Furnished and turnkey. Must see to appreciate the view. Brokers Welcome $399,000 More information click here http://www.richcoastrealty.com/958-ocean-view

Contact:
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011-506-8718-9891
www.RichCoastRealty.com
Code:9340-050318



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For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building
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Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. In La Sabana, San Jose. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 323 meter construction. Asking $295,000.
Contact Jim Holley
E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651
Code:9333-072318

44 Lots For Sale In Gated Community Playa Avellana, Tamarindo, Guanacaste

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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys. Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground. Water: The project has its own well and a 13,200 Gallon storage tank. Security: Guard lives on the premises. Perimeter enclosure. Construction: No zoning plan. You can build when you want, what you want! Lot Sizes around 250m2 / 2700 sq. ft. For detailed information www.montedonato2.com/index

Cell: +506-8479-2384 - US Toll-Free: 1-888-263-2631

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- On parle français
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Three Cabins For Sale

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In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.
Call Harry +(506)-8682-9219 Email: lagringo2003@yahoo.com

Code:9344-081518

Sport Fishing Boat, Tours and Real Estate Business For Sale

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Sport Fishing boat and charters, Tours and a Real Estate Business for sale. Retiring from 15+ yr old businesses in the Flamingo / Potrero area in Guanacaste. I will make it a great opportunity to the right party. Las Brisas Fishing Charters and Capt. Tom's Tours are on Tripadvisor. Also check www.casitaoasis.com. $75k Call Capt. Tom USA phone: 1 800 360-9084 / CR phone: (506) 2654-7070 Email: capttom@casitaoasis.com
Code: 9328-04/15/18


Vol.18 No.423 Published Monday,  April 23, 2018 Seventh news page
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Are you a gardener?


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You know you’re a gardener when:

You get used to people staring at you. Why? Because it is 90 F, the sun is beating down, and you are wearing a long sleeved shirt and long pants. And a hat. And boots.

You have an entire first aid kit in the kitchen. You know exactly how much antibiotic ointment to put on a scrape and how to make a Bandaid last for more than a day. You also have a supply of ice packs, ace bandages, ointments for stings and, in the back of the closet, a set of crutches.

If you are a woman, you have more gardening hats than you have pairs of shoes. You don’t like shoes anyway and only wear them because of the fire ants.

You’re neighbors are used to your spouse standing on the porch yelling, “Time to come in!” You stay out longer anyway.

You and sunburn have made peace with each other. You let yourself get burned once a month and wear extra clothes the rest of the time.

Your doctor is used to seeing you come in on crutches. She just sighs and wonders what part of the body you have hurt this time. She also wonders if you need an x-ray.

Your vegetable garden gets more attention than your loved ones. Oddly, they don’t seem to mind.

Your conversations usually involve the size of your Big Boy tomatoes and the quarts of string beans you picked the morning.

You made a lot of walking sticks but you keep putting them down and losing them. You promised yourself that you would spray paint them orange……when you get around to it.

You know 15 different ways to kill leaf-cutter ants. Two of them actually work.

Your spouse won’t accept a hug until after you shower. You shower three times a day.

You have several sets of gardening tools. They are all dirty.

You keep a tarp in the back of the car because your spouse objects to manure spills.


You have finally learned to shake out your boots before you put them on. Scorpion stings are painful. The doctor understood. Your spouse didn’t.

You decided to try one of the peppers on a plant you don’t recall planting. Your screams startled the neighbors.

You have your own mug at the emergency room. The nurses call you by your first name.

You know how to make bokashi without using wheat bran. You even know what bokashi is.

Yes, we gardeners know what we are…..we are a bit loco.


Plant for the Week

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I recently saw my first Erythrina poeppigiana – the coral tree – and was enchanted. The bright orange flowers are an odd shape and grow in clusters.

I had to stop and take some cuttings but they aren’t doing well. This is a great tree that can grow to 30 meters or be trimmed to 3 or 4 depending on the size of your area.

As it turns out, the flowers are edible and are said to taste like green beans. Plant this beauty in full sun and average soil for amazing color.

Editor's note: Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at victoriatorley1@gmail.com


A.M. Costa Rica notice to expats (free category)

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica

Meeting on April 28th, 2018. In the spirit of Earth Day, Democrats Abroad has a very special treat for you… We will screen the BAFTA - nominated documentary :

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore.
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes-in moments private and public, funny and poignant-as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Renowned filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (Audrie & Daisy, 2016 Sundance Film Festival) have taken the baton from 2006 Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim. What started then as a profound slide show lecture has become a gorgeously cinematic excursion. Our extraordinary former vice president invites us along on an inspirational journey across the globe that delivers the tools to heal our planet. The question is: Will WE choose to take the baton?

The film will be followed by moderated discussion… So don’t miss it!

SUGGESTED DONATION: ₡3,000
(Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)
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50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it.
TICKETS: ₡1,000 each
(money raised goes towards our Get Out The Vote efforts)
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FREE TRANSFER FROM SAN JOSE: Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 am promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 12:15 pm. RIDE RSVP: Call Nelleke: 8614-2622 or contact Maxine: 8828-3052 mtorresdacr@protonmail.ch You MUST reserve for a ride.
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RSVP INFORMATION: For the time, directions, map, rideshare and full details. Click the link http://whoozin.com/KJQ-GDG-T663
You NEED to make a reservation for admission. This will be a sellout for sure. If you can't click on the link, email democratsabroadcostarica@gmail.com to make reservations.
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Editor's note: A.M. Costa Rica notice to expats is an exclusive section to announce subjects of interest to the expatriate community. If you want to share important information to the community, contact us info@amcostarica.com

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