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One month after the plane crash, Nature Air
gets approval to resume business

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Thursday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) lifted the temporary suspension of Nature Air Airline, as confirmed by the director of DGAC, Ennio Cubillo.

After being informed, the company announced that it will restart operations on February 5.

"We have worked very closely with the DGAC the last few weeks. They have been very meticulous and diligent but showing themselves to be very cooperative, all in the interest of ensuring that national tourism and aviation always comply with the highest possible standards," said the general manager of Nature Air, Nelson Vega.

The spokesperson admitted that sales decreased however, he hopes that they will gradually increase again.

DGAC suspended the airline operations on January 12 because Nature Air did not have the proper staffing and could not meet the requirements for carrying out operations in Costa Rica.

Since that time, the company has complied with all the data requested by the Directorate which, after an analysis, concluded that the company is operationally ready.

"Once the airline compiled all the requirements of the technical departments and after the approval of an adaptation and reduction of routes of the company, it was determined that the company is technically and administratively operating in accordance with regulations, therefore I have decided to lift the measure the company had been subject to," explained Civil Aviation Director Ennio Cubillo.

Nature Air had to make a reduction in its trips and routes, as explained by Cubillo. The airline had 14 travel routes, of which currently 10 have been re-approved although with fewer flights.

Aside from that, they will not be able to take off or land at the Juan Santamaría airport, but will have to arrive at Tobias Bolaños airport, located in Pavas, San José.

The company had been suspended because it did not have a general manager or a coach of pilots.  The first resigned and the second died on December 31, 2017 in a plane crash that took place in Guanacaste.

The disaster took the lives of 10 foreigners and two crew members.

"We suspended them because they had to comply with all the regulations.  In that sense the administrative and operational structure of the company had been diminished," added Cubillo.

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  The accident in which 12 people lost their lives took place on Dec. 31, 2017.

Thanks to accelerated teamwork in conjunction with the company and the technical departments of Aviation, the suspension was lifted.

With the renewal of operating permits by DGAC, Nature Air expects to expand its fleet with two new units in approximately two months.


The general manager of the airline, Nelson Vega, said that they have been in the process of purchasing the planes for some time but that they postponed the purchase after the accident in December.

With the approval of the DGAC, Nature Air made the decision to resume the purchase. The first plane should arrive in four weeks with the second arriving approximately 15 days later.

Vega indicated that the planes are twin-engine aircraft with capacity for 19 passengers. With these, the fleet would be four in total.

He did not disclose the cost of the new planes.

On January 11, Civil Aviation ordered Nature Air to suspend operations after it lost its operations director, Jorge Valverde, who submitted his resignation.

The head of the training operation for the airline was Juan Manuel Retana, the pilot who died in the plane crash. The security officer was sent home on sick leave caused by stress.

The general manager of Nature Air said that during the time they were out of service they had a loss of $1.2 million and that sales for February and March dropped by 10 percent.

Vega said his clients have been understanding and that the company expects to recover gradually.


Unemployment reached 9.3% of the population

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 204,000 people, or 9.3% of the population, ended 2017 without jobs. The figure is a trend that has remained the same for at least the last nine quarters.

Since 2015, the unemployment rate has remained close to 9% reaching a peak of 9.6% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and closing the final quarter last year at 9.3%, according to the most recent data from the Household Survey of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC).

In the second quarter of 2017 unemployment was reduced to 8.5%, although that reduction did not represent a large number of people.

According to the director of the survey, María Luz Sanarrusia, there are different factors that influence the indicator, labor participation, job opportunity, personal objectives and employment conditions that the person has to meet.

"There are reasons that affect this rate of unemployment as it is the highest labor participation, then people participate more because they see more economic activity, a better chance of getting a job or people do not participate because they do not reflect those conditions or they do not want to participate because they have other obligations or objectives," explained Sanarrusia.


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Employment fairs are often organized in order to provide work solutions for those without a job.


While it is true that the unemployment figure remains stable above 200,000 people, women’s unemployment figures dropped from 99,000 unemployed to 79,000.

Age is a large factor that prevents people from finding employment. Unemployment figures for people between 15 and 24 years old has reached a high of 24.6%. The unemployment figure drops substantially for individuals 24 to 34 years old where unemployment stands at 10.6%

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Accounting services should have implemented digital invoicing

By AM Costa Rica staff

While independent professionals in the health sector report difficulties in entering the digital invoice process, accountants and customs advisors must have begun to implement the methodology as of Thursday, February 1.

In total, there are about 3,900 public accountants who are affected by the change as part of the second sector that must adjust to the use of the digital invoice system as stipulated by the Ministry of Finance.

"The important thing about this process at the national level is that the Tax Administration can compare how many taxpayers it has registered, and how many of them report the use of the new invoice. In this way cross-checks can be made to reduce tax evasion," explained the president of the Public Accountants Association of Costa Rica, Dunia Zamora.

Those companies or persons engaged in offering accounting activities, advice on tax matters, audits, economics, consultancies in business administration and customs advisors, should now be using the new system.

Reports from the health sector say that clinics in large organizations did not suffer any major complications when entering the electronic invoice system.

Independent professionals in this sector, however, reported that they encountered major problems, either because they had no knowledge of the system and how to use it or were unaware of the process.


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By May 1, all professional services should be working with a digital invoicing system.

"Some small clinics have had some problems but that is normal when a new system is started. The independent professionals have come in later than others," Zamora explained.

The Acting Director of Taxation, Juan Carlos Gómez, had confirmed two weeks ago that at least 3,000 taxpayers had been dis-enrolled from the platform, after the implementation of the digital invoice in the health area on January 15.

The next to enter the use of the digital invoice are those of the legal sector on March 1, followed by the areas of engineering, architecture, and information technologies on April 2 and the remaining on May 1.


International Court of Justice will issue a resolution
in Costa Rica-Nicaragua border dispute

By AM Costa Rica staff

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), based in The Hague, Netherlands, will issue judgements on the three lawsuits filed by Costa Rica against Nicaragua today.

This was announced by Foreign Minister Manuel González, who said that these are three complex issues.

The ICJ will have to define the amount of compensation that Nicaragua must pay to Costa Rica for environmental damage in Isla Portillos as a consequence of illicit activities, including that nation’s military occupation in 2010.

The obligation to pay monetary damages arises from the ICJ’s ruling of December 16, 2015 that confirmed that Isla Portillos is Costa Rican territory.

The second lawsuit relates to the legal actions that the country undertook on February 25, 2014, which asked the Court to establish maritime borders between the countries in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

The lawsuit was filed after Nicaragua publicized maps in 2013 offering to open areas in the Pacific and Caribbean for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons. Ownership of these areas was claimed by Costa Rica. 

The final suit refers to the installation of a Nicaraguan military camp on a strip of Costa Rican beach that is part of Portillos. Nicaraguan occupation of the area was documented by a flight made at the end of 2016.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs said that "Costa Rica has had a magnificent legal representation, made up of national and international experts" and that it has had the support of numerous institutions.

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The conflict arose in 2010 due to a land dispute. At the time, Costa Ricans denounced the military occupation of the territory.

"A very serious and professional work has been done, which has resulted in the best possible defense of national interests," said González.

However, he clarified that, due to the legal nature of the cases, the Court has a wide margin to find equitable solutions for both parties.

The Foreign Minister said that the Government of Costa Rica will respect the decisions of the ICJ, regardless of the results.






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Country improves its ranking as "ruled by law" state

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica rose one position in the global measurement of the Rule of Law, going from place 25 (in the 2016 edition) to 24, out of a total of 113 countries included in the 2017-2018 report which was presented by the World Justice Project (WJP) in Washington DC, United States, last Wednesday.

The index also places our country in the position 2 of 30 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean region, second only to Uruguay, and in the first place in 36 countries with high average income.

At the regional level, Chile ranks third behind Costa Rica, while globally the top three are occupied by Denmark (1), Norway (2) and Finland (3); the last three are Afghanistan (111), Cambodia (112) and Venezuela (113).

The improvement in Costa Rica is mainly related to advances in open government, one of the eight factors evaluated by the Rule of Law Index, published for the seventh time. Performance is also measured in limits on governmental power, the absence of corruption, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory compliance, civil justice, and criminal justice. The scores can be compared globally, regionally, and by income level.

The 2017-2018 report is based on more than 110,000 household surveys and 3,000 expert surveys designed to measure the perception and experience of the general population with the rule of law in practical, everyday situations.

In Costa Rica, for example, at least 28 consultants were utilized, most of them from law firms, among them Fernán Vargas from Lex Counsel, José Antonio Muñoz from Denton's Muñoz, Vivian Liberman from BLP Abogados, Luis Ángel Sánchez Montero of Facio & Cañas, as well as Rodrigo Campos Esquivel, judge of the Judicial Power and Arturo Herrera Barquero, adviser to the medical management of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.


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The rule of law is the principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by decisions of individual government officials.

In the context of a worldwide increase in authoritarian regimes, as well as a decline in the fulfillment of international legal obligations, the WJP index reports a decrease in the protection of fundamental human rights in almost two-thirds of the 113 countries surveyed.

Costa Rica is not among them.

Non-discrimination, freedom of expression and religion, the right to privacy and the rights of workers were taken into account when calculating the observance of the fundamental rights of people throughout the world.

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Libertarian candidate promises more funding
to careers with high market demand

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Otto Guevara, of the Libertarian Movement, has pointed out that there is a problem in the state universities because they do not adjust their educational offerings to what the labor market demands.

He proposes that the Executive Power, "hit the table" to provide some leadership before the National Council of Rectors (Conare). It even proposes to rearrange the Special Fund for Higher Education (FEES), to inject resources into science and technology careers.

According to the most recent State of Education Report, only 50.4% of young people between 18 and 22 years old had finished secondary school in 2016.

When they do reach the university, the decision of what to study will influence their future job options.

Data from the National Council of Rectors (Conare) showed that of the 51,000 university graduates in 2016, only 16% had degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

At the end of 2017, the Costa Rican Coalition of Development Initiatives (Cinde) warned that students should complete secondary school and begin to study for careers in those fields since they have a greater demand in the global market.

"We, as a country, have to define a clear path that allows us to prepare our human resources with that vision of the future and technological change so that we can take advantage of the new context and not the other way around, be affected by it,” said Cinde.


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Desanti candidate offers 30,000 jobs
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The presidential candidate of the National Liberation Party (PLN), Antonio Álvarez Desanti, signed an agreement to support the Cooperative sector and jointly create 30,000 new jobs.

The presidential candidate explained that most of the funding will come through the Banking System for Development, but also point out that the exemption from income tax should be maintained in the cooperatives.

The candidate sees cooperatives as a great opportunity to transform informal jobs into formal jobs, through training and support to develop associative enterprises.

He said that mechanisms for the incubation of new cooperative enterprises and the establishment of cooperative clusters will be developed which will allow companies to strengthen their initial stage.

"It is a form of business organization that achieves, simultaneously, efficiency in production and justice in the distribution of income. The cooperative model will be our ally in the central goal of my government, the creation of 150,000 decent jobs and income," said Alvarez.

The politician added that the design and implementation of a national strategy to promote cooperativism will be promoted and will be specifically aimed at the young population, as well as small and medium-sized entrepreneurs.

"We will name a Ministry of the Cooperative sector, to further specify its contribution to the process of creating national employment. We are committed to simplifying procedures related to the establishment of cooperatives, to promote greater financing options through their access to the System of Development Banking and the leverage of their institutions, so they can have a greater volume of resources," he said
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Antonio Alvaréz Desanti, presidential candidate of the National Liberation Party.

According to Desanti, an eventual government of his would promote the modernization of productive processes in existing cooperatives and would also encourage the formation of new groups, mainly focused on the care and administration of Child Care Centers and of older adults, for which INFOCOOP will establish the respective agreements with the Government's social sector.

"It is also important to allocate funding for cooperatives made up of people with some type of disability," he said.

Álvarez Desanti emphasized the importance of inserting the Cooperative Movement into the National Neutral Carbon Certification Plan 2021, as well as the need to promote the cooperation of COMEX, PROCOMER and other institutions, in the search for new markets for cooperatives.


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First female director of the
National Symphonic Orchestra awarded
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In May 2016, Gabriela Mora Fallas became the first woman to direct an official concert of the National Symphony Orchestra, fulfilling her great dream. On Wednesday she received the Carlos Enrique Vargas national music award in the Musical Direction category, presented by the Ministry of Culture and Youth.

"It is an event that marks a historical milestone and opens up the present and future possibilities for Costa Rican women orchestra directors," said Sylvie Durán, Minister of Culture and Youth.

In the 76 year history of the Symphony Orchestra, this was the first time that a woman conducted the orchestra. Mora, who began her music studies at the age of seven, specialized in violin and direction at the National Institute of Music.

The Ministry had already announced the prizes of Cultura Magón to the writer José León Sánchez, author of the novels Isla de los hombres solos and the novel Tenochtitlán, as well as another 25 books; and the Immaterial Cultural Heritage Emilia Prieto, which ended up in the hands of Walter Ferguson, considered the king of the calypso and maximum national exponent of this musical genre.

On Wednesday, culture authorities took the opportunity to complete the list of winners which includes Carlos Castro Mora for the opera "The Route of his Evasion".

The award for the novel was "Mercurio en primavera" by Byron Salas, the award-winning short story was "Compared Anatomy" by writer Guillermo Barquero; in essay, "La lucidez del miope" by Carlos Fonseca; in poetry it ended up shared between Alfredo Trejos' "Prussia" and "The Book of the Bamboo Dynasty" by José María Zonta.

In addition, the Casa de la Cultura de Mora received the Cultural Management and Promotion award.
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Gabriela Mora Fallas, awarded symphonic director.


"Each year it is more difficult to choose the winners, because the artistic, creative and intellectual community grows exponentially and that says good things about our society," said Durán.

Each of the categories had a special jury that was responsible for analyzing the different options. The only one declared deserted for this opportunity was dramaturgy, which only received two applications which were discarded because they did not have the necessary quality.

On April 23 at the National Theater will be deliver the prizes to the different winners.

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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.

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and Silicon Valley.
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Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
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• Up-to-date FATCA news.
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• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
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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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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
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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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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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www.LucindaGray.com
Learn more about 
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Experiential Healing 
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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.
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San José, Costa Rica        Published: Friday,  February 2, 2018           Vol. 18,  No.202
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Health authorities will increase
the fight against measles in August


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

International alerts on cases of measles, especially in Europe, made the Costa Rican health authorities implement an extra vaccination campaign, for 4 weeks in August.

Leandra Abarca, the coordinator of the Expanded Immunization Program, explained that this is a highly contagious and serious disease, transmitted as an infection of the lower respiratory tract.

"A person can transmit the virus to another vulnerable person very easily. One of its characteristics is that it is very likely to become complicated with blindness or encephalitis," said Abarca.

From 2014 to date, alerts have been issued for 13,712 cases worldwide, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Cases are more common in Europe, but in America, there are already 600 confirmed cases of measles.

"In Central America, there is an imported case in Guatemala which occurred when a student left to study in Europe and returned with the disease," explained Abarca.

The Social Security Fund has been working to train officials who will strengthen the measles prevention initiatives and know how to deal with the disease if it occurs.


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The vaccination campaign will last for four weeks.


Currently, the vaccine is given to children from 15 months old to seven years of age, but it only has an effectiveness rate of 85-95% and immunity wanes in about 5% of cases, which is why the authorities have considered it necessary to carry out reinforcement campaigns. During the campaign, children from 15 months to 9 years of age will be vaccinated.

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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.
More information Click Here

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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.
The book is now available for sale Click Here 

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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.
Purchase Click Here

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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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Costa Rica's

Sixth News Page
San José, Costa Rica    Published: Friday,  February 2, 2018  Vol. 18, No. 202
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Fuel prices go up

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


As of Thursday, February 1, there has been an increase in the price of fuel.

Super gasoline increased ¢15, the Plus 91 ¢13 and diesel, ¢21

A
liter of super gas now costs ¢626 colones, the liter of Plus 91 costs ¢605 colones, and the a liter of diesel is now ¢535 colones, according to the Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery's website.

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Diesel showed the highest increase.



Letter to the editor: On U.S. boat donations to Costa Rica

Dear A.M. Costa Rica

The first thing the United States needs to teach boat drivers is how to properly maintain a boat. We give them millions of dollars’ worth of boats and ships and they do not do one thing to maintain them: diesel running off the decks, flaking of paint and total destruction in less than three to four years.

The current fleet of four boats, two being the smaller, with the latest in technology and two of the cutter size will be ready for the trash in less than five years. You cannot have one of their current vessels pull up and tie off your boat, it is filthy.

Kind of like the police with all their brand new vehicles, and less than three months later they were all parked at the station due to the fact no one could work on them and no new parts from the Chinese, go figure.

Dan Gibson, Esterillos Este


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Real estate for sale (paid category)
For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building in La Sabana
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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:9333-7/23/18

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:9332-4/26/18

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

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Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

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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
Code:9284-3/22/18

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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or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
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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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Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

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Business For Sale/Business Opportunities (paid category)

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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


EXOTIC DEVELOPMENT LAND
FOR SALE

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Londres, near Quepos, is an authentic Tico town just 10 miles east of Quepos, but worlds apart. The government FINALLY paving 616 road, and after 13 years has begun construction of the new High School. 5.77 acres (23,368 M2) of flat and fertile development land and in the heart of this up and coming "suburb" of Quepos. Quepos offers
world class Sports Fishing and is the gateway to world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Londres is located on Rio Naranjo, just after the London Bridge, and it is the gateway to most of the adventure tours sold in Quepos. Christmas to Easter Rio Naranjo becomes a lazy river, and the locals favorite beach. The onsite creeks offers a tranquil place to relax and commune with Nature. All utilities to the property, mature Construction Grade Bamboo, fruit trees and 500 feet of creek frontage as the southern boundary. The existing 7 room facility is currently operated as a B&B, and could be used as a learning center, senior care, employee housing or B&B. The expat owner has been living in Costa Rica for 28 years and can offer development suggestions. the Mono Titis and several types of parrots have been frequent visitors.
Excellent bird watching too.

Visit our web: DevelopmentlandQuepos.com
Phone: 506-8351-8878
Email:
askelena@gmail.com
Code: 04/16/18


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
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(paid category)


Costa Rica Solar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
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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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Remax Tamarindo

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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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A.M. Costa Rica's

Seventh News Page
San José, Costa Rica    Published: Friday,  February 2, 2018      Vol. 18, No.202
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No Regrets #3

By Lucinda Gray Ph.D.

Re-reading my last article I realize that I didn’t really talk about how bad things too often get before a couple calls it quits. Violence, verbal or physical abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse and unfaithfulness are very common.

And there is the more subtle damage done to a relationship by mental health problems. For example, at any one time 20% of the US population is diagnosable as depressed, not to mention all the other emotional problems folks have.

Most people have no access to good mental health care at a reasonable price. In fact, all the problems mentioned above have mental health components that mostly go untreated.

In my own case I was driven to leave my husband by his alcoholism and general difficulty communicating. We went to couple therapy for months; we did all that we could. Finally I felt so lonely that I was becoming depressed. I felt as though my own sanity was at stake. For me it was a life and death decision. When I left him I had the sensation of an open wound down the center of my chest for weeks.

Divorce extracts a very high price. Getting married is such a profound bonding. We hope, no we believe it is for life. The disappointment and loss in a divorce is overwhelming. There are strong parental teachings about the importance of keeping our word. The vow we make before God is very powerful even if we aren’t sure about God. There is always the dream of God, a benevolent force managing the universe.

This price is one reason folks tend to agonize for months or even years before leaving a marriage. It turns out that ending a marriage can be felt as a life and death decision. Only to save my own life, my mental and physical health would I break this vow.

When survival is at stake we take action no matter what anyone else thinks. You have an inner truth inside. Once you let go of judging you can admit to wanting to take care of yourself. Is taking care of yourself bad or wrong? Is it a sin? If so then we are all guilty. Self-care isn’t selfish. It is survival.

How are we to heal from such a wound?
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In my view healing comes in three big steps—each is a change in consciousness that comes with inner work. Healing demands the courage to be honest with yourself. It needs dedication to face your pain and move through it to Self-Forgiveness. Each of the three stages is worth a book, and many have been written. Here I offer only a short summary.

Dropping Judgment
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At the end of last week’s article I wrote a familiar rant of self-hate and self-condemnation most folks go through in a divorce. It doesn’t matter if you are the leaver or the leavee. There is plenty of self-blame to go around.

Actually judging our feelings is a mistake because all feelings are valid in themselves. They are your inner truth, whether you like them or not. In order to ask why I feel this way, I have to let go of the rant at least for now. I always tell folks they can have their self-hate back any time they want it. Funny, once they set it aside even for a moment they feel so relieved they get my joke.

All along the way you will find the self-blame keeps sneaking back and you will have to gently set it aside. Then, instead of condemning your feeling you can regard it as interesting and something to find out more about.

Getting to the Truth
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When you are calmed down from self-blame you can be free to think/feel about the whole thing. Why did I marry this person? How did it all go wrong? It is better if you can consider these questions before the divorce, but this time is so loaded with anxiety and confusion it is almost impossible to be clear on why you are leaving.

You need a time for self-reflection, mulling over your feelings. How can you give yourself this essential space for getting clear? Many folks do a lot of life review when they are elderly. But waiting that long means you carry this pain for years. You will begin in the first months or year by somehow making a settlement with yourself in order to continue your life. But real healing comes only with time.


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There are 2 ways I know of to get clear without the long wait. They have the advantage of allowing you to make better decisions now. But they are not quick. There is no quick fix.

There is psychotherapy. It gives you a trained observer and witness who can see the situation from outside. But the actual self-discovery is still done by you, because the answers are within you. The therapist can only help by supporting you so that you can more easily look inside. He or she sets aside a special hour for you. Anticipating an appointment you will spend some time thinking and feeling as the week progresses. Noticing how you feel on the way to the session can be very productive.

Then there is meditation. I favor a simple Mindfulness practice supplemented by Focusing, the advanced method of self-inquiry I have discussed in previous articles. Traditional meditation is like sitting at the top of the stairs. The monkey mind brings things up for you to consider. It is a constant stream of thoughts at least in the beginning. You let them go one by one. But in Focusing with meditation you notice the things that keep coming back and go downstairs into your deeper self to find out where they come from.

Meditation is a long term practice but it has many benefits. It can improve your health and general mental clarity as well as reduce anxiety and depression. I started meditating 30 years ago, but you can start any time. It means setting aside a certain time every day for you, usually in the morning. It is a daily discipline that builds self-esteem, because you are doing it just for yourself.

As you work through this period of self-reflection hopefully you can get to some clarity on why you married him/her. But maybe you still won’t like yourself for doing one or the other, the marriage or the divorce or both. Complete healing requires self-forgiveness.

Coming to Self-Forgiveness
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To be at peace you need empathy for yourself as you once were. You can begin to see the situation from your own point of view; what your true needs were when you married. Why it was good for you at the time, and why staying was so wrong for you at the end.

Self-forgiveness brings peace and a sense of resolution. It is a great gift only you can give yourself. We don’t have space or time here right now to talk more about self-forgiveness and the topic deserves our full attention. More about this next week.

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