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Civil Aviation halts Nature Air operations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation suspended all operations of the airline Nature Air in the country for alleged problems in the administrative structure of the company.

This was confirmed on Friday by Enio Cubillo, director of Civil Aviation, who explained it was detected that the number of people necessary to run the business did not meet national regulations.

Cubillo stated that the measure is not related to the plane crash took place on December 31, 2017 in which 12 people died.

"There is an immediate and precautionary suspension of Nature Air operations. It is not about any measure against the accident they had. These are 2 things that are totally different,” Cubillo explained. "It is because the administrative and operational structure are not appropriate for the operations approved by the Technical Council of Civil Aviation," he added.

The investigation into this case arose on January 9, when the authorities learned of the resignation of the firm's operations director, in agreement with the air authority.

In addition, an instructor of the pilot company was needed and the pilot in charge of the company's security was on a sick leave.

Civil Aviation has begun a parallel process to verify the structure of the company and it is expected that by next week the duration of the suspension will be known.

On Sunday afternoon, The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the National Chamber of Tourism of Costa Rica (Canatur) said on Spanish media they are sure the airline will resume its operations soon.


The parties involved avoided referring to the case of the second largest company in the market, based on the announcement made on Friday by the company's general manager, Mario Zamora.

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  The bodies of the American citizens were repatriated to their families in the U.S.

He said they are about to hire a new person who will  meet the requirements of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC).

In regards the accident that took place on December 31, authorities have confirmed that the remains of the victims have been sent to their relatives in the United States.

The Judicial Investigation Organization, reported they concluded identification of the victims by their dental records. There was no need to perform any DNA tests.

The remains of the pilot Juan Manuel Retana Chinchilla and co-pilot, Emma Ramos Calderón, of flight 5C144 have already been buried.

Yellow alert issued due to the arrival of new cold front

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Sunday, The National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE) raised the alert from green to yellow in the Caribbean, the Northern Zone and Sarapiqui, due to the influence of the second cold front of the year.

"We are in close contact with the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), providing reports on the behavior that this weather phenomenon will have in the coming hours," expalined Iván Brenes, president of the CNE.

The green alert remains in place in the Central Valley, the Central and North Pacific, as well as in Coto Brus.

Brenes said that heavy rainfall in the Caribbean has caused flooding in several communities in the central area of Limón, Guácimo, Talamanca and Matina.

The province has been virtually isolated due to landslides in two of three access roads. On Route 32, which connects San José with Limón, there have been three partial and one total landslide but the road is already open as of Sunday, 2:00 p.m.

An additional landslide that covered both lanes of the road occurred on Route 10, between Turrialba and Siquirres. Only Route 216, which connects Vara Blanca with Sarapiquí, is available for transportation to the Caribbean.

The president of the CNE added that it was necessary to open a shelter for 11 people in Guatuso de Alajuela.

Alajuela, Heredia and Turrialba also report incidents related to strong winds, which, according to reports prepared by the IMN, ranged between 70 and 90 kilometers per hour  in the lower parts of the Central Valley.

The cold front is being caused by the detachment of two masses of cold air traveling from the north to the center of America. The effects are an increase in the intensity of rain, wind and a decrease in temperatures.

River overflows, floods, and falling trees are reported in Limón Center, Matina, Guápiles and Talamanca.

On Saturday, a great amount of rain flooded the streets of the center of the province.

Overflows of rivers that forced the relocation of three families in the sector of Parismina, while in Hone Creek, Talamanca, 10 homes were affected by water, but to a lesser extent.

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The effects are an increase in the intensity of rain, wind and a decrease in temperatures.


In Matina, there are sectors where water covered half of the cars and prevented pedestrians from passing, although the fire department confirmed that there are no major incidents reported

The grass of the Juan Gobán stadium also suffered the ravages of the rain and was flooded in the morning.

According to the National Meteorological Institute, the twelve hour rainfall in the Caribbean and the North Zone ranged from162 mm to 200 mm.

Ferry service between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo was suspended on Sunday due to the strong gusts of wind.

This was confirmed by Coonatramar, the company in charge of providing the service.

"Trips are suspended, for the sake of the safety of our users and by virtue of the strong winds that hit the area of Playa Naranjo," they said through their Facebook page.

"Our service will resume once the weather conditions offer safe trips for our users and collaborators," said the company.

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San José gets ready to protect
the homeless against the cold front

By AM Costa Rica staff

Non-governmental organizations and the Dormitory Center and Primary Care for Homeless People, administered by the Municipality of San José, will open their doors to serve as shelter and provide warmth to some 700 homeless people before the arrival of the second cold front of the year.

The City Council, which coordinates the Mixed Commission of Attention of the Indigence (COMAI) in the capital, had new measures to welcome the homeless who roam the San José streets, with the aim of preventing incidents like those of first week of the year, when two men lost their lives as a result of the low temperatures.

According to the head of Social Services of the municipality, Mariela Echeverría, the decision was made to keep the night dormitory open in during the morning until the weather conditions return to normal.

The center has the capacity to house 102 people who need to enter in the evening.  Measures that will accompany the day opening are the distribution of sleeping bags, blankets, sweaters and stockings, which have been facilitated by up to 10 organizations.

Staff members will also be responsible for the preparation of hot meals and drinks, while Hogares Crea will provide 50 spaces for people who want to spend the night in their facilities. Other openings include the Any & William bedroom, with 5, and the Christian Association Compassion of Jesus, with 27 places starting on Sunday.

Normally, the municipal bedrooms are not enabled in the mornings because there is no lunch service, but the experience with the prior cold front forced the staff to generate a quicker and more comprehensive response.

A bus belonging to the Chepe se Baña Campaign will be located on the south side of La Merced Church to provide drinks and hot baths to the homeless who are out in the cold.


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San José Municipality seeks to avoid any more deaths among homeless due to hypothermia.

Employees will accept donations of clothes, underwear for women and men, small size pants, toiletries, disinfectant, chlorine and plastic bags of all sizes.


The vehicle will be monitored by Municipal Police officers.

Currently, about 3,000 people live in poverty in the central area of San José.

The figure has caught the attention of the authorities due to its growth, complexity and the high number of homeless who are addicted to alcohol and narcotics.

Echeverría called for awareness and reminded people that alcoholism is not the only reason why people end up spending their nights in sidewalks, as violence, abandonment and neglect in homes are becoming more common.

Hotel industry shows concern over new immigration systems

By AM Costa Rica staff

In a letter addressed to immigration, the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels expressed its concern about the various deficiencies that the new migration system has caused.

The group claims that despite the fact that the process of "Visible Migration" began to be implemented in Costa Rica's international airports in December 2017, the failures of the system have led to long queues that have generated anger on the part of the thousands of tourists who try to enter and leave the country.

"The repeated failures are unacceptable in times when the influx of tourists is greater due to the high season, as well as the increase in flights that have entered the country," said Johnny Riba, president of the group of hotel owners.

The Chamber said the country needs to establish and execute better contingency plan in the face of this type of crisis that threatens the image of the country at an international level. This group consists of more than 150 lodging businesses throughout the country.

The same complaints are backed up by the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur).

On a separate press release, the group also complained about the long waiting hours and apparent frauds committed by Traffic Police.


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A new system implemented by immigration authorities has apparently caused long lines at the Juan Santamaría Airport.

According to Canatur, some reports say those police officer make up felonies that do not exist and charge the tourists with fines. Some of the tourists do pay the fines out of fear and intimidation.

Canatur said they are requesting an urgent meeting with tourism authorities to address this issue.






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Sardinal aqueduct construction still raises questions
to the Ombudsman's office

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The Ombudsman’s office is seeking documents that show how, where, and how much of the water will be used in order to determine the sustainability of the project

The office has already requested information from the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) on two occasions, following a complaint by geologist Allan Astorga.

Last year part of the information was delivered but the Ombudsman's Office is still awaiting more information. The information was also requested before the National Service of Groundwater Irrigation and Drainage (Senara) and the Municipality of Carrillo.

The last time in office requested the information was December 21st. According to Monserrat Solano, they were informed that work is being done on the aqueduct's plan.

"They say there is water for everyone. How will they know if there is not a study on what the demand from the communities is?” she said.

Authorities have said there would be a complete expansion report during the first half of 2018.

Although opposing groups requested that the Ombudsman's Office be a mediator, the office will have to remain as an investigative body.

After meeting with the organizations in December, Solano believes that the main concern is the use of water and citizen participation, with timely and transparent information.

"That's why they share the need to see an Exploitation Plan," Solano added.

One year after the project began, the Ombudsman's Office carried out the Legal Study of the Aqueduct Condominium Trust Contract Playas del Coco.

During the research, Solano strongly criticized the process and pointed out that the trust contract is much more than a, "mercantile instrument of asset management," and, "essentially serves the interests," of private companies.

In 2012, the Ombudsman once again investigated the case and demanded citizen participation be guaranteed and that there would be a commitment the water is for human consumption.

The Sardinal-El Coco-Ocotal aqueduct has more than a decade of halts.

It all began in 2006 with a letter of understanding the AyA signed with the company Coco Water, to build it. After some misunderstandings, the project was transferred to a trust.

The building of the aqueduct was also questioned for irregularities by the Comptroller and the Ombudsman' offices in 2008.

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The aqueduct’s number one priority should be providing water for human consumption, the Ombudsman's office  has said.


In 2017, there was a request to remove the project from the trust and build it with public funds.

Different community groups oppose the aqueduct as it is right now.

Gadi Amit, a member of the organization Confraternidad Guanacasteca, sees no progress with a development plan for the area. The communal leader indicated that the municipality has given building permits in the area, but without the availability of water, which is a legal requirement.

Since 2008, the Constitutional Chamber has forced various authorities, including the AyA and the municipality, to coordinate technical studies to determine the current condition of the aquifers that supply the communities of Playas del Coco, Ocotal, Panamá and Hermosa.

Astorga, whistle-blower before the Ombudsman office, explained the aqueduct will supply, "projects carried out without a proper strategic planning.”

The geologist also mentions that studies show that the North Pacific is one of the most vulnerable areas if there is climate change, with droughts and the reduction of the reservoir of aquifers. That is why he defended the right of communities to demand studies that include that vulnerability item.

The defender, Monserrat Solano, reiterated that the priority must be the human consumption of water. Given the need for companies and hotels already built, the official thought that other smaller businesses also enter the demand.

On Thursday, January 11, a new meeting was held with residents, representatives of  the Presidency and the AyA participating. Opposition groups stood outside waving signs to support the information request.

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Companies should keep old paper invoices safe
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Digital invoices are just around the corner and will replace paper versions, but the latter must be kept for at least five years to avoid any complication in the declaration of taxes.

According to Dunia Zúñiga from the Association of Public Accountants of Costa Rica, as soon as a person or company moves to the new system the, the old invoices cannot be used again, however, in case of a dispute they serve as a backup during the adaptation period for both the taxpayer and the authorities.

For example, if tax authorities approved 150 invoices to an independent contractor, and the day before moving to the digital system the contractor has already used the first 100, the individual must show that the 50 left where left blank.

"So that there are no confusions, the contractor must keep them for a period of five years should any tax agent come to review if those invoices were never used," Zúñiga recommended.

The expert said that even in the case of a blackout, the physical invoice cannot be used once the company is registered in the digital system.

Other useful recommendations for liberal professionals and companies, is to create an exclusive email to receive the invoices and thus avoid misplacing the files.

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The digital invoice will void any physical document used before its implementation.


Large corporate taxpayers have started applying the digital invoice service. Deadlines for other companies are: the health sector on January 15, financial accounting on February 1, legal on March 1, engineering, architecture and information on April 2 and others on May 1.
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Real estate rentals (paid category)
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Beautiful House for Rent
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2 bedrooms, 1 bath furnished house inside gated farm. Close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water Santa Barbara de Heredia American owner lives onsite, quiet, secure.
Email: organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com
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9326-02/13/18

Tropical Homes
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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


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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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Free Ebook: How To Import to Costa Rica HERE!
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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
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California Licensed
Psychologist
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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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Río Celeste starts recovering its usual light blue color

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Celeste River, located within the Tenorio Volcano National Park, is slowly recovering the typical coloration of its waters.

The seismic chain of events that hit the north of the country on Thursday, caused a series of landslides that dragged sediment to its bed, making the waters turn brown.

However, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported that the river is recovering its attractive color.

At the same time, the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac) confirmed the National Park is already open since the authorities have finished their technical inspections to determine if there is no danger to visitors.

The park was reopened as of Sunday afternoon, according to the National System of Conservation Areas.


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The Celeste River is one of the main tourist attractions in the country.



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Morning (not) glory vines and such


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Oh my! Metric Man worked in the garden!!!

It is true, of course, that it wasn’t gardening as in digging in the dirt or planting seeds, still it was a gardening chore, and he gets “husband points” for the work.

And what was the work? It was tearing the *%&#* vines from the shrubs. And why was he willing to do it? The biggest shrub was the Sanchezia with its humming bird attracting flowers. Metric Man loves his humming birds.

Naturally, while he was in a moderately cooperative mood, I pointed out that some other shrubs were vine covered and he pulled a few from those as well. Not many, but a few. Then he drifted off to make up some food for the hummers.

Vines. To me, so many of them are just weeds. Do I like morning glories? Of course I do, or at least I did. Morning glories are wonderful in temperate climates. Places where they disappear when the weather turns cold and then reappear in the spring. I don’t even mind that they self-seed since so few of the seeds make it through the winter. Enter the land with no winter.

No winter means no slowing of growth and no death by freezing. No winter means that every single seed that escapes the notice of birds has a great chance to become a, “Class A Noxious Weed,” as the USDA terms one morning glory species. I don’t think my morning glories are Ipomoea aquatica but I do think of them as noxious weeds.
Are there good vines? Of course there are but even they can become invasive.

That the Thunbergia laurifolia for example. Propagation for this vine is from stem cuttings or shoots from the tubers. It’s hard to get invasive that way although it is sometimes thought of as a weed. Me? I like it and it doesn’t get out of control.

My favorite vine is still the jade vine with its huge showy flowers and amazing growth. In fact the growth was so amazing that I had to build a trellis 10 feet high to accommodate it because it had invaded the deck and was creeping toward the barbecue grill. Sadly, it proved difficult to move and I had to start over with one of the seedlings. When I checked this morning, the tendrils had reached the top of the trellis and were beginning to spread out. Another year or so and we will have flowers.

Those flowers will be worth the wait.


Plant for the Week


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Oh the demon morning glory! We pulled this one from a tree four days ago and the rains have kept the roots wet so the flowers haven’t died. Such a nice flower for such an invasive plant. The second flower is also from an invasive vine. Beware of both! They can literally smother a shrub!





Real estate for sale (paid category)

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: 04/15/18

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

-English spoken
- Se habla español
- On parle français
- We spreken Nederlands

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:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18



Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
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Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
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or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
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Email: info@c21jaco.com
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9215-3/22/18


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

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
9266-12/5/17


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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New minimum wage enforced for domestic workers

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The minimum wage for the post of domestic service increased by 0.5% as of January 1, 2018.

This was confirmed by La Gaceta newspaper, leaving a total increase of 2.93% for the minimum salary of those positions.

The salary to be paid to domestic workers goes from ¢178,703.50 to ¢183,939.51 per month in ordinary work for 2018.

On October 30, the National Salary Council fixed the annual increase in minimum wages of the private sector by 2.43%.

"This is part of the initiatives seeking to reduce the wage gap between these workers and the rest of the salaried categories. This is coupled with the effort made by this Ministry to facilitate the partial insurance policies for this sector," said the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Alfredo Hasbum Camacho.


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Domestic services employees, even at hourly or part time status, must be registered in the Social Security Fund.





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