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Fabricio Alvarado, the preacher
who will fight the presidency

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The evangelical journalist, preacher and singer Fabricio Alvarado was confirmed this Sunday as the phenomenon of the presidential elections of Costa Rica, relying on his defense of "principles and values" and the traditional family, arguments with which he managed to move to the second and final round of elections.

With 90% of the polling stations polled, Fabricio Alvarado won the first round of the presidential elections by achieving 24.91% of the votes, and will face the second on April 1 with the political scientist and journalist Carlos Alvarado, of the official Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), who won 21.66% of the votes.

Fabricio Alvarado, 43, ascended exponentially in the polls as of January 9, when he expressed strong opposition to a criterion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that urges the Costa Rican State to approve homosexual marriage and guarantee the family rights to the sexually diverse community.

The preacher raised the banner of religion and the defense of the traditional family, and expressed his opposition to sex education programs in schools, considering that they promote a "gender ideology".

Before January, Fabricio Alvarado hardly appeared in the polls, but things changed radically with the advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights when the campaign focused on that issue and economic issues such as high fiscal deficit and debt were hardly discussed.

Following the criteria of the Court, Fabricio Alvarado came out in defense of "the values and principles of Costa Rica" and of the traditional family and announced that in his government he would not recognize the high continental court.

Married and father of two girls, he has acknowledged that his strong stance against gay marriage and the institution defending human rights catapulted him to the top of the polls, and put on top a party that in his history had only achieved three deputies in Congress.

"There are a people that are not happy with the way in which the Inter-American Court has violated our sovereignty and has gone beyond our institutionality," Fabricio Alvarado said.

The political experience of the candidate of the Evangelical National Restoration party is reduced to four years as a deputy in the current legislative period 2014-2018.

Before being a deputy, Fabricio Alvarado was a journalist for the Repretel television network and later he focused on his career as a Christian music singer and preacher, which makes him a good speaker and generates closeness with people.

His adversaries have criticized his little political experience and the fact that apparently, he does not do not have a qualified team to govern.

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  With 90% of the polling stations polled, Fabricio Alvarado won the first round of the presidential elections by achieving 24% of the votes.

Fabricio Alvarado has become a link for the union of conservative evangelical and Catholic voters who oppose the expansion of rights for the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) On  December, the union led a massive march in San José in defense of the traditional family.

This was not achieved by the other ten candidates who have demonstrated against homosexual marriage. Only two candidates are in favor: the Citizens Action Party (PAC) official, Carlos Alvarado, his rival in the second round, and the Frente Amplio leftist, Edgardo Araya.

In his stage as a singer, Fabricio Alvarado toured throughout the country taking his music to evangelical temples, a religion that professes about 20 percent of the Costa Rican population, according to some surveys.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal received dozens of complaints, some of them against Fabricio Alvarado, for the use of religious motives in the campaign, something prohibited by the Political Constitution and the Electoral Code.

Fabricio Alvarado has promised to fight against corruption, reduce government spending and promote the development of infrastructure such as roads, as well as promote a "great educational reform" to strengthen the training of teachers and entrepreneurship tools for students.

This candidate has become the great surprise of this campaign and has filled the most progressive sectors of the country with concern, who fear that advances in human rights will be slowed down for the sexually diverse population.

Costa Rica Elections in pictures
The top photos following the campaign journey
Update at 12:30 p.m.
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Randall Arce, the first Costa Rican to vote in the Sydney, Australia voting poll. Due to time zone difference, he cast his voted on Saturday afternoon, Costa Rica time.

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A self-declared anarchist group performed on the Central Avenue on Sunday, Feb.4 during the elections in Costa Rica. Performers encouraged passers-by to not vote at all.
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Carlos Alvarado, the Citizen's Action Party candidate shows his self-support on Sunday Morning. Some hours later, Alvarado became one of the two candidates who run in the second electoral round, to be held on Sunday, April 1.
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Two young ladies await the first results of the electoral round delivered by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal at the Citizen's Action Party headquarters. The first results placed their candidate Carlos Alvarado in the third place, leaving him outside the second round. Alvarado reached the second place later on.
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The voting poll in Miami, Florida. The Costa Rican consulates in the United States received a total of 1,787 votes, whereas 30,6% elected Carlos Alvarado, presidential candidate of the Citizen's Action Party.

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Spanish media delivered their special reports on issues such as taxes and social security according to each candidate plan. Radio and T.V. stations also broadcasted all day long, interviewing the 13 candidates running for Presidency. 

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In San José, Costa Rica, representatives from different parties offer support to voters during the presidential elections held on Sunday, Feb.4. Morning activity was slow as compared to more crowded voting polls during the afternoon.

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Supporters of the winning conservative candidate Fabricio Alvarado, cheer up and chant while awaiting his speech at the San José Palacio hotel. Many supporters could not get access to the main event room and stayed outside the hotel playing music and celebrating.
   

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Organization of American States
will grant scholarships in digital security

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT) held an informative session with the objective of discussing the guidelines for selecting Costa Rican students aged 17 to 25 to be part of the digital security training of the Organization of American States ( OAS).

The meeting was attended by Sander Pacheco, Vice Minister of Science and Technology; Gonzalo García Belenguer, Program Officer of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the OAS and representatives of the National University (UNA), the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the National Technical University (UTN), Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC), the State University at Distance (UNED), the Latin University, the Hispano-American University and the National Institute of Learning (INA).

The dialogue focused on the guidelines to be followed by the study centers when nominating one hundred young people, of whom the OAS will select 40. Among other aspects, the area of origin will be considered.

The candidates must have practical and conceptual knowledge of digital security. A crucial aspect is that gender parity in the selection will be encouraged.

The program will be taught in Costa Rica and will last for eight days, including 48 hours of cyber-security theory (exam included) combined with 16 hours of on-the-job training.  Preparation and entrepreneurship will be addressed.

This will allow participants to acquire the basic knowledge of digital security, cyber security, incident management, threat analysis and forensic analysis.


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Participants to acquire the basic knowledge of digital security, cyber security, incident management, threat analysis and forensic analysis.

After the training, the OAS will assist the 20 best students by giving them access to an entrepreneurship incubator that will take place in León, Spain, with all the expenses paid.

In addition, another 20 students will receive an internship in the private sector.

According to the MICITT, it is expected that at the end of March universities will nominate their candidates for training, and, in the first two weeks of April, the OAS will report the 40 selected people.
40 out of 100 contestants will benefit from the scholarship.
 

"These actions are part of the Digital Governance Directorate of MICITT, aimed at transforming Costa Rica into a connected society, based on an inclusive, safe, responsible and productive approach," said Pacheco.

Heraeus Medical Components inaugurates
new production plant

By AM Costa Rica staff

A Manufacturer of medical supplies, the Heraeus operation in Cartago will play a key role in the manufacturing of its “finished devices” business line.

This line includes guide-wires and catheters for cardiovascular access.

Costa Rica is now part of the global operation of Heraeus Medical Components as it strives to meet the needs of its consumers. Heraeus has facilities in Germany, Switzerland, the United States, Puerto Rico and Singapore.

Located in Zona Franca La Lima, in Cartago, Heraeus Costa Rica is expected to play a vital role as a provider for local medical device companies.

The majority of Heraeus Costa Rica devices are critical to carrying out precision treatments in a range of cardiac and vascular procedures, according to the company.

In a statement, the company said it expects to produce more than 2 million guide wires for cardiovascular access units in 2018.

With the expected growth, Cartago's facilities were designed with the capacity to double the manufacturing capacity in future expansions.

"The expansion of the Heraeus Company is a demonstration of the attractive conditions Costa Rica has as an investment destination due to its qualified human talent, the economic and political stability that guarantees the strengthening of its operations."

Heraeus Medical Components belongs to the German technology group, Heraeus, with more than 100 subsidiaries in 38 countries and approximately 12,400 employees around the world.

Jan Rinnert, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Heraeus, noted that, while the company's business portfolio covers a wide range of industries, from telecommunications, renewable energy, and even industrial manufacturing, the mission of this particular company is special.

"The collaborators of Heraeus Medical Components, here in Costa Rica and around the world, are guided by a sacred mission: to produce components and medical solutions that extend and improve the lives of patients. There is no nobler purpose than that. With Cartago's competent workforce and the strong business climate and medical technology community of Costa Rica, we are excited to expand our businesses here."

The Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, John Fonseca said the country has become an ideal destination for the establishment of highly innovative operations as a result of a solid investment attraction strategy.

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The new operation triples the workforce to 160 direct jobs, with the majority living in Cartago. The company expects to double this figure by 2020.
"Our first-class human resources, strategic location and political-economic stability are some of the factors that have allowed the consolidation and establishment of sophisticated operations with high added value.”

“As a result, specifically in the medical device sector, we have become the home of more than 70 multinational companies, including 5 global cardiovascular companies. The medical devices sector has become the first export product in Costa Rica, allowing the country to climb in the global value chains."

According to data, at the end of 2017, the life sciences sector generated employment for 22,399 people, where more than 50% are graduates of academic and technical schools and 21% of staff with primary education, showing the diversity of employment and opportunities for all Costa Ricans that the sector generates."

The larger facilities, completed in June 2017, have allowed Heraeus to triple its workforce to reach more than 160 employees, including engineering and operations positions. The company is expected to double the number of jobs by the year 2020.

The establishment of Heraeus in Costa Rica continues to consolidate the conglomerate of life sciences in the country. According to recent data from CINDE, in 2017 more than 70 companies were grouped in this sector generating 22,399 direct jobs.

In 2016, the Heraeus Company, which was included in the global list of 500 companies of Fortune Magazine, generated sales of €21.5 billion.





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Nicaragua did invade Costa Rican territory and must pay,
says International Court of Justice

By A.M Costa Rica staff

On Friday, the Government of Costa Rica was notified of the ruling issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the compensation that Nicaragua must pay for environmental damages caused by that nation’s trespass into Costa Rica.

"Costa Rica welcomes and respects the ruling of the International Court of Justice that determined the amount of compensation, which is mandatory for Nicaragua, and its compliance must be immediate," said Manuel González Costa Rican Foreign Minister.

González affirmed that "this must be one of the last chapters of that painful page of bilateral history, which should have ended with the historic ruling of the Court in 2015, where Costa Rica won with total forcefulness having ratified our sovereignty over Isla Portillos ".

Isla Portillos is located at the northern tip of Calero Island, facing the Caribbean Sea.

The Costa Rican government invited the Nicaraguan government to "take this opportunity to show good faith and respect the judgments of the ICJ, in order to create trust and build a better bilateral relationship."

The ICJ ordered Nicaragua to pay $378,890 to Costa Rica for the environmental damage its soldiers caused when they established a military camp on Isla Portillos and dredged several wetlands between 2010 and 2013.

The camp was spotted by an ICJ mission in December 2016 as part of the efforts to define maritime boundaries between the two countries.

Costa Rica had requested $6.7 million in compensation, while Nicaragua never made public how much money it was willing to pay

The judges disaggregated the compensation request and accepted some parts, such as those related to the cutting of some 300 year-old trees.


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That ruling is expected to follow a lawsuit filed by Costa Rica claiming that Nicaragua is offering oil exploration and exploitation blocks in Costa Rican territory in both oceans.

Despite the fact that the compensation is much lower than what was requested, Costa Rica pointed out that the ICJ ruling establishes new jurisprudence of great relevance for environmental law, since "currently there is no universally accepted method for assigning economic value to environmental damage."

Costa Rica defended the seriousness of the study of the Neotrópica Foundation which, with a group of experts, determined the claim of $6.7 million as a fair amount not only for environmental damages but also the number of working hours invested to repair the damage.

The damages were caused at a wetland that is internationally protected by the Ramsar Convention, the Foreign Ministry said.

The ICJ will announce another ruling on the maritime delimitation between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, both in the Pacific and in the Caribbean, the territorial boundary in the north of Isla Portillos.

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Environmentalists celebrate jurisprudence
created by International Ruling

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The Neotrópica Foundation, which prepared the study of environmental damages for  Costa Rica’s lawsuit against Nicaragua, said the ruling issued on Friday by the International Court of Justice (CIJ) is a global advance for environmental compensation.

"The Foundation is happy to have helped set this precedent which is a significant step forward to clarify these processes in the courts of the country and the world, where the importance and natural richness of wetland ecosystems are categorically recognized," said the organization on a release.

The organization pointed out that the implications of the ruling far exceeded the monetary value of the suit because it establishes "the definition of the appropriate methodological framework to make these estimates.”

On Friday, the ICJ ordered Nicaragua to pay $ 378,890 to Costa Rica for the environmental damage its soldiers caused when they established a military camp at Isla Portillos and dredged several wetlands between 2010 and 2013 to link the San Juan River with the Caribbean Sea.

The damages cover primary forest and a wetland that is internationally protected under the Ramsar Convention.

According to Costa Rica, it will take at least 50 years for the recovery of a good part of the ecosystem.

The Neotrópica Foundation described as "conservative" the perspective of the Court when it set the amount of the compensation, although it "accredited and supported the technical evidence provided by international experts."

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The sentence was delivered last Friday and includes an economic compensation much lower than what the country expected. In the picture, the military camp that ignited the conflict.


"The Court does not certify the total certainty of the term of 50 years of recovery of the ecosystems claimed by Costa Rica. This element is what explains the greatest difference in the amount of compensation that the Court did not grant," explained the Foundation.

The organization regretted that "the destruction of trees hundreds of years old that were cut indiscriminately, today are not admitted as proof regarding the amount."

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Recovery of seized license plates can now be requested online
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Drivers whose license plates have been seized by the police may schedule appointments digitally in order to recover them.

This was confirmed by the Road Safety Council (COSEVI), after it was noticed that people were taking advantage of owners waiting in line for appointments by holding and then selling their places in line.

Obtaining the digital appointment requires only the name of the person, a telephone number, an electronic address and the number of the plate retained, as explained by COSEVI spokesperson, Rónald Ramírez.

Once that information is completed, the next step is to choose a date and time for the appointment on the calendar. The available days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 7:30 a.m. at 3:30 p.m.

The digital system then confirms the appointment and sends a verification code to the email. The code must be presented in printed or digital form the day of the appointment.

The validation of the documents necessary for the process will depend on the users, who must come to the appointment with an identity document, the title deed, the right of circulation also known as Marchamo and the Riteve technical review.

The entire process is free and the only payment that must be made is that of the fine, which must be paid before starting the process.

At the moment the appointments are only available for people who were fined in the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia and San José. All appointments are at the COSEVI central office in Uruca.
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The new service seeks to expedite the recovery of the plates and avoid the purchase of illegal spaces in the lines.


In the remaining provinces, the process continues as usual. The goal of the authorities is to establish the digital alternative in the whole country as soon as possible.

According to Ramírez, this is the first of two stages. The second one will be evaluated based on the results of the first month of operation of the site.

The increase in the demand for user services at COSEVI dates back to July 17, 2017, when the reform of articles 146 and 151 of the Traffic Law came into effect.

The articles empower transit officials and municipal police to remove the plates of vehicles parked in no-parking areas or in areas that obstruct free transit.

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Costa Rica managed to reduce the informal labor market
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the last quarter of 2017, Costa Rica managed to reduce its informal labor force by 3.7% compared to the 2016 data, according to the survey of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC).

For the fourth quarter of 2016, people who worked informally represented 44.7% of the total population, while one year later informality fell to 41%.

The reduction may be due to a transfer of people from the informal to the formal sector, explained the director of the Continuous Employment Survey, María Luz Sanarrusia.

"Formality increased a little and some part of these vulnerable workers with less than 15 hours of work might have stopped their activities," explained Sanarrusia.

Based on data from the survey, working formally reached a 59%, while in 2016 that figure was 55%. That increased 4% reflect the loss of the informality indicator.

Working “formally” means that the employee no longer has to pay his or her own insurance as this charge is now covered by the company. This means that the employee has more financial decision making power. 
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Government statistics indicate that 59% of working people are formally employed.


A total of 103,0000 people were able to leave informality at the end of 2017.  In the survey of the fourth quarter of 2016 were 922,000 people employed informally while in the same period in 2017 the figure was reduced to 819,000.


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All tours led by Christopher Howard
Costa Rica’s most read relocation author
See www.liveincostarica.com for details and itineraries
9168-3/17/17


Hidden
                                Garden
Visit the Largest Gallery in Costa Rica
Featuring artistic expressions of Costa Rican culture, heritage and traditions, the Hidden Garden Art Gallery has been your source for fine art since 2010.  Here you will find 15 large rooms of art in a beautiful, tranquil setting, with more than 60 artists showcasing traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and giclee prints.  Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) towards the beaches. Stop in for a visit to enjoy the view!

Visit our Web site at:  www.HiddenGardenArt.com
Contact us by email: info@HiddenGardenArt.com
Find us on Trip Advisor, Facebook, Twitter,
Moon Travel Guides & Frommer's

Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel.  8386-6872 / 2667-0592; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073
International shipping available.
9214-8/2/17


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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.

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• 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
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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
9049-7/31/17


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        Household Furnishings

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Fine Furniture of Sarchi
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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Adolfo's Cell: +506-8831-4306
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or FineFurnitureOfSarchi@gmail.com




Shipping services (paid category)

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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
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Psychologist
International Practice

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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



 
A.M.
Costa
Rica's
Fifth
news page


San José, Costa Rica       Published: Monday,  February 5, 2018            Vol. 18,  No.205
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Tourism
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Real Estate
Lifestyle
...Food
About Us

Central Bank forecasts fiscal deficit
may reach up to 7.1% of GDP


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to the latest Central Bank of Costa Rica analysis, the nation can expect 3.6% growth in the economy and an increase of the government deficit of up to 7.1% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Costa Rica recorded a fiscal deficit of 6.2% of GDP in 2017, one of the largest in three decades, and an economic growth of 3.2%.

The fiscal deficit is considered by the government as an urgent problem to solve, as it is not sustainable in the medium term.

"External demand will continue to contribute to growth, mainly from advanced economies. By activities, economic growth in 2018-2019 maintains its momentum in services and, to a lesser extent, in manufacturing, " says the macroeconomic program.

The estimate indicates that domestic demand will grow 3.4% in 2018, up from 2.6% in 2017; while exports will increase by 4.9%, the same number as the previous year.

The Central Bank explained that the forecast of 2018, "does not consider the effects of an eventual legislative approval of fiscal reform projects, nor the use by the Ministry of Finance of internal debt placement contracts."

The government of Luis Guillermo Solis, who will end his term on May 8, has pushed unsuccessfully a tax reform before Congress, where the political opposition first requires spending cuts before more taxes.


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The fiscal deficit is one of the most urgent issues the country has to face, according to experts in economy.


The main project is the transformation of the sales tax of 13% into one of added value (VAT) in the same percentage but applied to more products and services.

There are also proposals to apply reforms to the capital income tax and to limit spending through a fiscal rule.

The Macroeconomic Program also projects the figures for 2019, which indicate that without fiscal adjustments, the deficit will reach 7.9% of GDP that year and the economy will grow 3.9%.

Regarding inflation, the Central Bank proposes a target range of  2 to 4% for 2018, after 2017 will close at 2.57%.

International reserves will be located at 13.8% of GDP in 2018, and 13.6% by 2019.


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

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New World Meditation: Focusing Mindfulness Healing Awakening
By Lucinda Gray Ph.D.
You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.
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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong
"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.
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.
Order this book Click Here

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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: Monday,  February 5, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 205
Calendar
Tourism
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
.....Food
About Us
Women's jail with a focus on gender will be built
Women's jail with a focus on gender will be built

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Government of Costa Rica announced the construction of a prison for women valued at $26.5 million, which will be prepared with a ‘gender approach.’

The jail will be located in a space of 13 hectares in the town of San Rafael, in the Alajuela province and will house 667 women in 66 residences, said the Ministry of Justice and Peace.

"The current women's prison is the oldest in the country. It does not have the infrastructure conditions for the female population. It has a tremendously heavy, cage-like architecture, where the gender perspective has never been incorporated," added Marco Feoli, Justice and Peace Minister.

The center will have "a focus on gender and respect for human rights, strengthening the areas of training, work, attention to physical, social and emotional needs of women," he added.

The complex will also have 16 study rooms, two computer labs, meeting rooms, four training workshops, spaces for work, a maternal and child module for 40 mothers and their children, as well as four gyms, recreational areas, areas for partner's visits, dining room, family and children's visitation, medical center and administrative building.


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The new facilities will cost $25.6 million.


The official said that with the new facilities, whose administrative contracting process will begin next February, the authorities want to "settle a historical debt with women."

The new prison for women will start operation in mid-2019.

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

CODE 9267-2/28/18


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,
Professionalism You Deserve

Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Buying? Selling? Renting?
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Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
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Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
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U. S. A. phone numbers: (213) 283-5168
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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Link to Peninsula Papagayo listings page HERE

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Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18

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
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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(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: Monday,  February 5, 2018      Vol. 18, No.205
Calendar
Tourism
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
....Food
About Us

Bamboozeling

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Black bamboo. Phyllostachys nigra. Bamboo is “just” grass with an attitude, but, oh my, what an attitude.

Imagine a lawn of black stemmed grass leafed with green. Im(aging that grass growing to 9 meters, and you have Phyllostachys nigra.

What a sight it is. They have beautiful dark straight culms that begin in green and darken to black when it is time to harvest them. I can’t wait to harvest some and I have to wait at least three years. Drats!

My friend, Mary Jane, and I found Bambu Tico (bambutico.com) by accident when we were looking for Ed Bernhardt’s New Dawn Center. We drove right by the Center (sign was too small) when I saw the bamboo sign.

Yes, I have been waiting to see it for years and just never got that far south. Anyway, I convinced Mary Jane that we just had to see what it was about. We were glad we did.

I had not imagined the scope of the farm! We drove in over a little bridge and wandered up to the office by following signs. It looked as though the workers and their families all live comfortably right on the grounds. Then we wandered.

We snooped in sheds and climbed stairs. We discovered finished furniture that had us both wishing for a bigger car. We found pieces of bamboo that had been cut into unusual shapes. Then we watched some workers with a huge vat of boiling water.

When I say ‘huge’ I do not exaggerate. The trough of boiling water must have been 25 feet in length. One man stood at an open end and pulled boiling shafts of bamboo out of the trough while a second plunged his sponge covered hands into cold water, grabbed the bamboo poles, wet them down to cool them and tossed them on a pile of fresh green poles.

The entire process takes 15-25 minutes and removes a resin from the bamboo. It also leaves it more pliable. It was hot sweaty work, but the pile just kept getting bigger.


The farm is fantastic. There are groves of different bamboos – about 50 in all – in various stages of maturity and a nursery for young bamboo ready to be planted as the older bamboo is harvested. Luckily, some of those younger bamboo plants are also for sale – hence my black bamboo. I thought I was buying tiny plants, but it took two people to move them into place in the yard.

Just a few more years, and maybe a few more visits to Bambu Tico, and I will be ready to learn what’s next. Don’t you love that there is always a “next”?

Plant for the Week

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Bamboo is our plant and here is a picture of our hard working “bamboo boilers” plus one of something I aspire to… someday. Maybe.

Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at victoriatorley1@gmail.com

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