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State's telecom company lost 3% of mobile clients

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Since the telecommunication market was open to private competition in 2011, the state-run Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has been steadily losing clients to Movistar and Claro, the other big companies on the field.
 
A new report based on data from the first half of 2017 and issued by the Superintendent of Telecommunications (Sutel), shows that 3% of its clients have decided to opt-out.
 
In the first semester of 2016, the institute kept 55% of the total subscriptions of mobile services, Claro 20% and Movistar (Telefónica) 24%.
 
One year later, in the first half of 2017, ICE retains only 52% of the market.
 
"ICE has a 51.7% share in total mobile telephone subscriptions (3.2 percentage points below that registered in the first half of 2016)," cites the report delivered on Thursday.
 
SUTEL added that mobile telephone users increased by 11% compared to the first half of 2016.
 
In the first 6 months of 2017, each user did generate ¢3.360 per month to his operator.

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  The number of clients in mobile telephony keeps growing.

Subscribers of television by subscription increased by 3% between 2016 and the first half of 2017, totaling 827,804 subscribers.
 
"The cable subscription service is the one with the most users (67%), followed by satellite (31%) and IP and multi-point services (2%)," Sutel said.
 
The communications sector is still very dynamic.
 
Revenue in the sector reached a total of 394,956 million in the last 6 months of 2017, up 4% compared to the same period of 2016.


The bill for homelessness, reaches legislators
after two men die of hypothermia

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Legislator and President of the Legislative Assembly, Gonzalo Ramírez has a congressional the bill that seeks to improve the attention of the state to people living in the streets.
 
The bill 20.615,  aims to create the National System for the Social Protection of People of the Street and Situation of Abandonment, for the purpose of generating actions, plans and public policies to protect them.
 
The bill seeks to organize different public institutions with the aim of rehabilitating the population that currently inhabits the streets of Costa Rica and give them a better quality of life.
 
"There is a sector of the population that is completely unprotected, socially excluded, that receives help mainly from non-governmental organizations, but often without state support, with legal gaps and a great lack of inter-institutional coordination," said the legislator of the Costa Rican Renovation Party.
 
The law would also create the National Council of the System, responsible for creating local networks of prevention and attention to these populations and a Technical Secretariat coordinated by the Joint Institute for Social Assistance (IMAS).
 
Based on the bill, attention to people living on the street would be financed with resources from the Social Development Fund and Family Allowances (FODESAF), which currently do not have a specific allocation by law.
 
Although it is difficult to quantify this population due to its constant mobilization and the absence of records, data from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) shows homelessness went from 7% in 2005 to 7.2 % in 2013. In San José alone, there is a registry of 1,092 people with no place to live.
 
Two of the homeless died of complications from hypothermia in the San Juan de Dios hospital on Thursday.

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Two homeless men died of hypothermia at the San Juan de Dios Hospital.

Mario Sibaja, interim director of the medical center, said the first patient was admitted at 7:30 am on Wednesday, with cardio respiratory arrest.

"He was picked up in Escazú and required advanced life support measures, including a respirator, to maintain blood pressure.”
 
Despite the maneuvers, he died yesterday at 12:40 p.m.
 
The second patient was received at 7:50 a.m. on Thursday. He was in critical condition and he died minutes before 9:00 a.m.
 
"He was picked up in the center of San José, he was coming in after having a cardiac arrest. He was alive died at 8:50 a.m.", he added.
 
According to Sibaja, when the person is out in the open, it is very hard to maintain body temperature.
 
"In recent weeks we have had a lot of cold wind and that makes the thermal sensation much lower and if one is exposed to the weather, without shelter, body temperature decreases. If the person has also drunk liquor or has used drugs, causing an alteration in consciousness, the initial symptoms such as cold, chills and others may not be perceived and hypothermia sets in,” he explained.
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Ticos show indecisiveness before the upcoming elections

By AM Costa Rica staff

A cold and indecisive Costa Rica is heading for the elections on February 4. More than three million people are called upon to choose the president and 57 legislators for the 2018-2022 period.
 
Currently, there are many undecided voters and the polls are unable to decipher who may be the next president. Social networks seem to be the best way to express opinions.
 
The current president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, is a living example of this failure of polling. He became president when he was the most voted in the first round in 2014 with 30.64% of the votes, while the polls only granted him between 5% and 12% of the votes.
 
Solís, who focused his campaign on social networks, broke the historical bipartisanship of more than three decades, attracting the youngest voters and those who do not have a political ideology.
 
For the 2018 election, the presidential candidate of the little known National Integration Party (PIN), Juan Diego Castro leads the polls with 18% support.  Castro is a controversial lawyer and former Minister of Security (1994-1996) and Justice (1996 and 1997).
 
A survey carried out by the Center for Research and Political Studies (CIEP) of the University of Costa Rica in 2017, says social networks are the means that offer the most freedom of expression to Costa Ricans.
 
These new technologies have been modifying the electoral fashions of Costa Ricans many of whom were born into these new media and do not have traditional parties as their main option.
 
"Social networks have come to give a special element in the last two elections. The exchange of information, whether false or real, accelerates and promotes that doubt and volatility of change in candidates," said Claudio Alpizar, political scientist to the media.
 
The former Minister of Agriculture (1987-1988) and ex-legislator Antonio Álvarez Desanti, the candidate of the National Liberation Party (PLN), the most powerful political group in the country, said in a press conference on Wednesday that it is necessary to adapt to this new habits.
 
"We have to get used to this new Costa Rica. People no longer go out to the streets to blow whistles or put flags in their homes as they did years ago, now they use social networks more," said Desanti.

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Social Networks have changed the political landscape in recent years.

This electoral apathy is also reflected in the percentage of undecided voters, which, according to the most recent December survey of CIEP, stands at 34%, a number that has been in gradual decline since August when it was 42%.
 
According to Alpízar, compared to the 1970s and 1980s, what is now happening is a greater, "political maturity" in the elector. It is little or no fanatical partisan affiliation and voters are more critical of candidates.
 
"If the 2014 election gave us the surprising strategy that makes an underdog winning at the very end, this 2018 election is more complicated not only because of the number of candidates, but because there is an uncertainty of not only who can win, but who can get to a second electoral round," said Alpízar.
 
For the analyst, there are two elements that have created this indecision. The first is a disappointment in the results of public policies in Costa Rica that, "have been failing for several decades," and the second, political corruption "linked to the political class that has reduced party affiliations."
 
There are 13 presidential candidates signed up for the electoral contest in a society that challenges voting customs.
 
In addition to Álvarez and Castro, two other candidates have great support, ex-Minister Rodolfo Piza, of the Christian Social Unity Party (PUSC) and the journalist and former Minister of Human Development, and of Labor, of the official Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), Carlos Alvarado.

Naranjo Ferry Terminal suspends transportation services

By AM Costa Rica staff

Strong winds along with maintenance work at the ferry terminal at Naranjo beach has forced the suspension of trips as of Thursday.
 
This was reported by Coonatramar, the company in charge of providing the service between that beach and Puntarenas. Services are expected to resume sometime today.
 
The country is being affected by cold winds that have reached up to 95 kilometers per hour, as recorded by the National Meteorological Institute (IMN).
 
The Infrastructure Director of the Port Maritime Division of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), Fabricio Badilla has explained the work consists of replacing of all the docking dukes as well as the change of the layer of the hedge.


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Strong winds and maintenance work have caused the suspension of services.

The first part of the work is in the process while the second is scheduled to start the second half of February. Coonatramar will go back to its regular schedule as soon as possible.




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Banking for development reaches micro-entrepreneurs

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Seven out of ten loans granted by the Banca de Desarrollo system during 2017 were granted to micro-entrepreneurs. This is considered one of the main achievements of the “Banking System for Development Model”, according to the Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), Geannina Dinarte.
 
"70% of the businesses in this country are a micro-enterprise, and that 70% is also reflected in the placement of banking," said Dinarte.
 
53% of these loans are in the rural and agricultural sector, according to data handled by the authorities.

The Banking System for Development is a public policy aimed at promoting the development of micro and small enterprises of all sectors and entrepreneurs through financing and business development services. The law was approved in 2008.
 
According to the executive director of Banca para el Desarrollo, Miguel Aguiar, growth has been increasing exponentially, becoming an example for other Latin American countries.
 
In 2016 and 2017, more than ¢142 billion was placed at a basic passive rate, whose average would be 5%, he added.

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70% of businesses in country fall under the micro-entrepreneurship category.


Among the new challenges that the Development Bank has for this 2018 is to reach more the feminine sector. Currently, 25% of creditors are women.
 
"We need to expand the participation of women, in the representation of women we have a placement of ¢86 billion," said Dinarte.

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An unexpected victim of Costa Rica’s drug trade: Fish
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By Alexander Villegas
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The archipelago was once synonymous with tourism, sustainability and biodiversity. Now collapsing fisheries have led to turmoil.

Olivier Ramirez didn’t waste time.

On an August morning in 2015, he scrambled a small coast guard team on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Local fishermen had spotted poachers hauling nets full of shimmering fish from the Gulf of Nicoya. Ramirez hoped to catch the offenders and press charges. But that morning, little went according to plan: Ramirez and his men intercepted the poachers close to their home base and within minutes, the officers were in serious trouble. Dozens of poachers were swarming to the scene, wielding rocks, machetes, quarter-stick explosives, and Molotov cocktails.

Ramirez knew he had to act quickly. He split his four coast guard vessels into two teams. One team handcuffed and loaded the poachers onto their boats; the other formed a protective barrier, circling in sharp turns at nearly 30 knots an hour, almost capsizing. The steep wakes kept the poachers at bay for 20 tense minutes. Finally, coast guard reinforcements arrived, dispersing the attackers. Today, Ramirez thinks the only reason that the coast guard ships escaped torching was that several of the poachers were handcuffed aboard. Their accomplices wanted to keep them alive.

The 2015 standoff took place near Venado Island, just 55 kilometers or so from where actor Mel Gibson reportedly has a US $30-million estate, and 40 kilometers north of where American football superstar Tom Brady and his family vacation. To the casual eye, this stretch of beaches and forests looks like paradise. But as tourists surf and sunbathe, men in the coast guard pull on military-grade body armor and don bulletproof helmets for dangerous showdowns that have become a near-daily occurrence. Ramirez, a tan and wiry man who’s spent his life guarding Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, can hardly believe the things he’s seen. “I never expected this from fishermen,” he says.

Costa Rica has long been viewed as a peaceful, prosperous success story in Central America. After a civil war in 1948, a military junta took temporary control and wrote a new constitution. It abolished the army, gave women the vote, made conservation of the country’s natural resources a law of the land, and handed the country back to democratically elected legislators. So as other countries in Central America struggled through civil wars, insurgencies, and brutal dictatorships in the latter half of the 20th century, Costa Rica became a beacon of hope—a stable democracy and a tourist mecca that promoted biodiversity, conservation, and renewable energy.

But as Costa Rica dodged regional conflict, many people think it failed to steer clear of a major global catastrophe: overfishing. The Gulf of Nicoya, along the country’s Pacific coast, once teemed with marine life, but critics say government mismanagement allowed foreign fleets to deplete the fish stocks. Foreign purse seiners—boats able to circle and capture entire schools of fish with nets up to two kilometers long—have imperiled the country’s marine life. Today, local fishermen say they are unable to compete with Taiwanese and other foreign vessels, so they compete with one another closer to shore.

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The protection of shrimp and other species is not fully enforced by the government.


Adding to the troubles is the country’s growing inequality. While an intense focus on tourist developments has spurred economic growth, it’s done nothing to decrease poverty and it’s exacerbated the divide between rich and poor along the coast. And as too many local fishermen now chase after too few fish, many along the coast are drawn into a criminal enterprise that is flourishing—cocaine trafficking. Over the past three years, the amount of cocaine trafficked through the country has nearly tripled.

As fisheries along this idyllic looking coast unravel, so does social order.

Jose Angel Palacios is a professor of fisheries resource management at the National University of Costa Rica. He has been studying and assessing the country’s Pacific coast fisheries for over 40 years. As Palacios explains, nearly 95 percent of Costa Rica’s fishermen are based along the Pacific coast. The Gulf of Nicoya, which is shielded from open ocean waves, is an important breeding ground for several species. But according to Palacios, it has been overfished since 1977, and his projections show that the fishery could collapse as soon as 2020. The queen corvina, one of the most valuable food species in the region, could vanish entirely by 2030. “It’s a time bomb,” Palacios says.

To relieve some of the pressure on the stocks, the government closes the fishery for a minimum of three months once a year in the Gulf of Nicoya. But Palacios dismisses the move as inefficient, mismanaged, and based more on politics than science. Originally, he says, the closure was designed to protect valuable shrimp stocks: the government prohibited fishing for shrimp during their reproductive season and subsidized the fishermen who stayed home, softening the blow to their incomes. But the government eventually extended the closure to include many other species in the gulf—from corvina, snapper, and horse mackerel to barracuda. Today, the annual closure is often delayed, claims Palacios, because the government doesn’t have enough money to pay the fishermen’s subsidies. As a result, boats fish through at least part of the reproductive season, until the government can find the funds necessary for the subsidies.


This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems.




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Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@travelinparadisecr.com
Web:  www.travelinparadisecr.com
8995-4/17/17

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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

Marlene
                                  Summers
The IRS has become more aggressive and if you have not filed, you must do so. 

However, there are solutions to problems and your situation may be better than you think.

If your filing is not up to date, Streamlined Filing can be used with no penalties.

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

If tax payment is holding you back, the IRS has options to solve payment problems.

You can file current or past due FBARs without payment to meet IRS  requirements.

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica
and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9186-6/30/17

James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
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Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
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• IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
• Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
• Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
• Up-to-date FATCA news.
• All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com


Real estate rentals (paid category)

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
9055-2/23/17


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 
Timeshare
1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
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
9049-7/31/17


Real estate-related services (paid category)

CRsolar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving All of Costa Rica

BUY YOUR SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM NOW!
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        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

FFine Furniture of Sarchi - Sarchi, Costa Rica
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. 
www.FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
Contact information:
Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
Email: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
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  10 Years of Happy Clients
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Excellent Service, Competitive Prices
Call  (772) 361-1050
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Our Web:  http://shippingcostarica.com
Free Ebook: How To Import to Costa Rica HERE!
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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
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                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
9181-7/3/17



 
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Heredia will build a new train station

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The contract for the remodeling and expansion of the train station in Heredia was awarded to a company for ¢348 million, as confirmed the mayor, José Ulate.
 
According to Ulate, an inter-institutional commission was established to insure good administration of the funds.
 
Neighbors and train users have been asking for a solution to problems at the station since 2016.
 
They filed a constitutional appeal because of poor conditions and poor upkeep in the railway station. They argued that it is very old and does not meet the conditions of the Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Act (7600).

 
The users alleged in the appeal filed against the Costa Rican Institute of Railways (Incofer), that "it is a building erected in 1905, which does not have ramps, nor is it conditioned as required by law.”
 
This situation puts users at risk since the platforms are not at the level of the train. This makes it dangerous for people getting on and off the trains and puts the elderly and people who have a physical disability at serious risk.
 
In November 2016, the Constitutional Chamber ruled in favor of the appeal and gave Incofer 6 months to remodel the station. However, as of today, that has not happened.
 
The Mayor commented that the Municipality of Heredia will be making the construction investment.

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The Heredia Trains station dates from 1905.


Ulate added that the station will have waiting rooms, decent bathrooms, Internet service, bicycle parking and accessibility for all users.
 
According to the Mayor, the municipality took over the construction due to lack of resources from Incofer, which is responsible for the station.
 
"Incofer does not have resources, there is an appeal for protection from the Constitutional Chamber ... Then, it was a pressing issue," Ulate added.

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Making friends is good for your health

By
Lucinda Gray Ph.D.
 
We have long known that isolation is bad for your health. But now there is even more proof. The numbers are worrisome. It turns out that some 40 % of people in the US live alone. If you are young and well connected with a group of friends this is fine. Overall, about 1/3 of folks over 65 live alone. I do not know what the numbers are here in Costa Rica. Personally I know some retirees who live alone, but seem to have made friends along the way so that they feel supported. I also know a few who are alone and lonely, and sometimes feel frightened about getting older by themselves.

In Costa Rica the extended family shelters and companions older members, but expats from the US, Canada and other countries often live alone in retirement here, as they do in their home countries. Aging is a tough challenge even if you have a partner, but doing it in isolation is much harder, emotionally and health wise, and may increase the chance of early death.

In my recent research on social isolation I found that there are many new studies showing that loneliness and isolation are bad for your health. It turns out that people with little social connection have disrupted sleep patterns, weaker immune systems, and higher levels of stress hormones. Being alone and lonely makes us more likely to have a stroke or heart attack. It makes older adults vulnerable to more rapid deterioration, especially on two criteria: dementia and longevity. Remarkably folks with strong long marriages are more likely to die within a year of their spouses death. In the first 3 months after a spouses death people over 50 had an increase of 66% in their chances of dying.  Here are links to two articles with full details.

- The widowhood effect (click here)
- Social Isolation (click here)

For me it is very sad to think of losing my friends through death as I get old. My mother in law advises us not to live into our nineties because she is so lonely, even though she has connections through her church and her bridge group and her 5 children. She lives alone. It seems there is no one she feels comfortable talking with on an intimate basis. She misses her friends and her husband. She could use a therapy group of folks like her. If your spouse passed away recently it is good to get support with a grief group, or see a therapist to help you through this difficult time.

So what else can we do if we are alone here in CR. Actually there are good ways of meeting new friends here, but you have to reach out. There are many clubs for expats that help you meet people with common interests, and encourage socializing. Maybe the first one you try doesn’t feel right for you, but you can always try another. In my own experience I have found folks I meet are welcoming and friendly. People I am getting to know offer help and ask for help when they need it. This lets us feel connected, so the benefits are emotional in addition to being direct and material, like going with a friend to the market. When you do something to help another you are building a friendship. You are opening the door to having coffee or a meal together.

When you have a friend you can eventually form a sort of partnership helping each other when you need it. I am lucky to have met two women, widows that are good friends. They sometimes travel together and they go to the same gym among other things.  It seems to work very well for them. I have no idea how this partnership developed. I do not know whether their relationship and partnering emerged with some kind of a formal agreement, or just came about gradually because they live in the same condominium. I admire them for creating such a good way of dealing with issues we all have.
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Reaching out to neighbors and other folks is a good idea. It is amazing how much friendship and support you can have with the courage to ask. There are folks out there who are also alone and would welcome cooperating with a friend.

A recent study found that having a dog helped retirees live longer and be happier.  Dogs always welcome you. They are always happy to see you. They never get enough attention or love and they love you always. The researchers found that having a dog contributes significantly to your health, but they are not sure what causes the positive effect in the study.

The researchers don’t really know whether it is the companionship, the loving relationship with the dog that relieved the loneliness, because it is also true that people with dogs usually walk them often. The researchers think that getting outdoors and walking has major health benefits. So it is a good idea to walk your dog for an hour a day whether you have one or not.

I feel sure that the companionship and love that dogs bring is a big part of the benefit. Folks who live alone can become depressed and the affection a dog offers can be very soothing. Dogs are bright enough to understand our needs. They tune-in to our midbrain emotions and respond by giving love when they sense you are down.

According to Abraham Maslow the famous American Humanistic Psychologist, there is a hierarchy of needs all humans have. Our basic needs such as food and shelter most of us have met and feel secure about. It is our higher needs such as spiritual needs that many of haven’t yet explored. As retirees we have time for meditation and deeper reflection on our lives and relationships. Meditation also improves health and well being. This is part of why I teach meditation. It brings me peace and clarity, which I find to be a great blessing. I will be writing more about meditation in the next weeks.

Feel free to let me know of any subjects you would like me to write about by contacting me through my website www.lucindagray.com or email: lucinda@drlucindagray.com
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

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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CODE 9267-9/28/17


Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
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9284-3/22/18   



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

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
Century 21

A Name You Trust,
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Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Buying? Selling? Renting?
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U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
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ReMax Playas del
                          Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
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Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

284-3/22/18   


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

Contact Harv  in English and Spanish:
Email cap@lightsurfer.com  

Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) :
Email- marvama05@gmail.com
Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-8667-2823.  

Web page:  www.costarica-house.com

Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
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Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* 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.
* Lots 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 Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18



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Browse timeshares for sale and rent by owner in Costa Rica at bargain prices. We connect existing timeshare owners with those looking to buy or rent a timeshare on the resale market. Timeshares on the resale market are up to 50% cheaper than those sold through the resort. Already own a timeshare and looking to sell? Stop saying “sell my timeshare” and let BuyaTimeshare.com help you find a buyer or renter.


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

For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo
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