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San José, Costa Rica            Published: Monday,  February 12, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.212

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the belief that not all crimes deserve jail time, legislators have approved, on first vote, Legislative Bill 20.202 which reforms Article 56 of the Penal Code.

The initiative replaces the prison sentence with community work when the perpetrator committed a minor and non-violent crime.

The community jobs are called "public utility services" and consist of unpaid work done for public institutions, associations or foundations. The work allows the individual to avoid prison and contribute to society.

In order to request this alternative penalty, the individual must meet the following requirements: the imposed sentence cannot exceed five years, the crime has not been committed using weapons or severe physical violence, and the convicted person has no prior criminal record.

Those convicted of being part of organized crime, of crimes against the duties of the public functionaries, sexual offenses, intentional homicide or femicide may not, under any circumstances, get the benefit of the new program.

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  The initiative must now be approved on in the second vote to become the law of the Republic.

The bill was promoted by the Ministry of Justice, whose policy is to encourage a more equitable and proportional punitive system. "It is a large advance. The judges will have a new list of sanctions that will favor social reintegration when the law is broken. There is still much to be done, but, without a doubt, we have achieved a structural change which is important to all those who believe that a more rational criminal system is possible, with this reform we are in tune with the times," said the Minister Marco Marco Feoli.

Limón will get a new hospital
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff   

The province of Limón will have a new medical hospital after the approval of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) on Thursday.

According to the directors, the people of Limón need better health services. They analyzed the projects planned for the country and realized the province was being left behind.

More studies will now be required to find the most suitable location for the hospital, since the environment, technology, access roads, and epidemiology, among other factors, must be taken into account before the land is allocated.

The executive president of CAJA, Fernando Llorca, explained that the institution had made significant efforts in Cartago and Puntarenas so that they can have future modern hospitals, but they were leaving aside the people of Limón. "We were leaving the province of Limón outside, and with this decision, the Board of Directors will pay a historic debt to Limón before the end of this management," said Llorca.

The architect in charge of directing the work is Gabriela Murillo Jenkis, who currently serves as the Infrastructure and Technology manager of the CCSS. For the official, one of the main challenges will be the choice of land.

The preliminary functional studies carried out by the Medical Management say that the new hospital in Limón will be fully equipped and will have services new to the area such as hemodynamics, diagnostic technique and invasive treatment.
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Authorities are studying the best location for the hospital.


At the moment, there is no infrastructure cost or a projection date for finalizing the project because they do not yet have a timetable of specific dates for each phase of the project.


"At this time we could not give an estimated date or speak of deadlines. The idea is to address that as soon as possible," Jenkins explained.

The current facility, Tony Facio Hospital, requires growth and strengthening to be able to serve the entire population, according to the studies of the Medical Management, but expansion is not possible because three sides adjoin the maritime zone where further enlargements are forbidden.

That hospital has a risk of being struck by a tsunami, earthquake, or hurricane and the excess salinity in the area has a considerable effect on both the infrastructure and the equipment.

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No more prison over alimony for senior citizens

By AM Costa Rica staff

People over 65 years old will no longer go to jail for alimony debts or child support debts if the legislators approve a change in the Code of Family in a second vote.

At present, the age limit for debtors to face jail over pending child support is 72 years. Proposal 19.455 designated a series of changes in that measure.

The initiative was approved on Thursday and could become the Law of the Republic in the coming days.

If the changes become part of the Code of Family Law, those over 65 who have not paid child support would not be detained.

There is currently a gradual level of punishment for non-payment of child support according the the number of arrests warrants that have been issued against a person.

For example, the first arrest currently has a sentence of two months, the second up, to four months and the third, up to six months. Arrest warrants can be requested before a family judge when the debtor reaches more than six months without paying or when the payee owes other items such as school salary, bonus or expenses for the beginning of the school year.


"People who are in an advanced stage of pregnancy or who are in a health situation may already be excluded from complying with the jail time since it may cause them greater harm. Everything in the judgment of the court," cites part of the proposal approved in the first vote.

Another change would allow the possibility of “nocturnal arrest” so that the debtors who will remain detained for up to 6 months can go out to work and get money to honor the debt.
 
The changes recommended are part of an attempt to dignify the living conditions of the human being, have said authorities.

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Seniors and other people at risk will not face jail time for pending alimony and child support.

"This question is based on humanitarian issues. It cannot be possible that a person who is in old age goes to jail for reasons of a food debt," said lawmakers.

According to Hernández, many of the older adults who are imprisoned are grandparents of children or teenagers whose parents died or did not assume their responsibility.

A well-known case was that of Jorge Pita, a Cuban-American resident in the country, who at 70 spent 352 imprisoned in La Reforma for child support debt.

Some changes were projected in collaboration with Lorelly Trejos, deputy of the National Liberation Party (PLN).

"It's about looking for smart ways for the beneficiary to receive the money," Hernández said.

On the gradual nature of the confinements, the lawyer explained this tries to break the long periods of detention that aggravate the condition of poverty of the people.

The project could be voted on in the second round in the coming days, according to an agreement taken by the heads of the plenary fraction.

10% of patients suffer accidents while in the hospitals

By AM Costa Rica staff

Approximately 1 in 10 patients suffer an accident while hospitalized, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).

In May, professionals in the field of health will discuss patient safety for the first time in Costa Rica.

Alejandro Marín, a specialist in Bio-law, explained that this includes other situations such as the falsification of medicines, the lack of medical protocols and medical malpractice.

The International Congress for Patient Safety will be held between May 28 and 30.

"Patient safety is a topic that WHO has been developing since 2004. It is a set of actions and strategies to address different areas in which the patient can be affected when he is hospitalized or when he receives medical attention," said Marin.

A person can be affected because the drugs he or she takes are counterfeit, because they give him the medicines of another patient, and wrong calculations in the doses, among others.

"This also covers safe surgery, operating on the right person for the right condition. It happened in the United States that a woman had a breast amputated though it did not have cancer because the surgical site was not well identified. Then, as we see, there can be many mistakes or accidents," said Marín.

Other aspects of patient safety are related to intra-hospital infections, the establishment of protocols and guides, and having information systems such as electronic files.

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Those interested can register or request more information about the activity by writing to the email: seguridadpacientecr@gmail.com.
The cost is $85 and $60 for students with valid ID.


Marín commented that patient safety is seen in the private hospitals that are accredited, but in the medical centers of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), there is no such accreditation, only authorization.


"For example, the CAJA's hospitals do have a quality policy, and the global issue of patient safety is not carried out in the country. Only private hospitals handle it in their quality protocols," said. Marin.

The idea of this congress is to make the issue visible so that hospitals develop strategies, actions, and plans that encompass Patient Safety.

"Representatives from WHO, Mexico, the Patient Safety Network, the University of Murcia in Spain and representatives from Uruguay will participate," said Marín.




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Love, chocolate and faith on a collision course

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Love and repentance will collide in few days when St. Valentine’s Day and the first day of Christian Lent share the same day, Feb. 14.

Valentine’s Day typically is a time when an admirer presents the object of his affection with candy, flowers or a fancy dinner. Alas, Lent is a time of prayer, penance and fasting. If she is devout, that young lady will have to stay out of the box of chocolates until Easter, March 31.

Now not every Christian is strict about Lent and Holy Week. Others are extremely so. In the hills of New Mexico the Penitentes will be tacking one of their own onto a cross to simulate the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. The worst that the faithful in Costa Rica endure is a week a religious processions, including one that requires an early call Easter Sunday morning.

All that mortification of the flesh so typical of Lent seems to conflict with a happy day with a beloved. And although St. Valentine was an early Christian, he is commemorated mainly by Catholics, although a few Protestant denominations recognize him. Tradition identifies him as a martyr to his faith, something not generally mentioned on the day of romantic love.

Many historians claim the tradition of St. Valentine was made up in the Middle Ages, but that does not stop a handful of Catholic churches from claiming to be the resting place of his remains.

In contrast to the traditional St. Valentine, the Apostle Paul seemed to have mixed opinions on love and marriage. He would be more content with fasting, abstinence and prolonged prayer with sackcloth and ashes. This dichotomy of view has been troublesome for Catholicism, which mandates celibacy for its clergy.

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Valentine’s Day typically is a time when an admirer presents the object of his affection with candy, flowers or a fancy dinner. 

Devout Catholics usually show their devotion by surrendering some food or some pleasant pursuit for Lent. The food does not have to be chocolate. So a beloved can still eat the Valentine’s Day candy and announce that she has given up, say creme de menthe, for Lent. And an admirer can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, by taking his lady to a church for Ash Wednesday service and the traditional anointing as well as presenting the usual gift.

In Brazil, in New Orleans and in dozens of major cities the populous builds up their store of fun and games with the carnival in advance of solemn Lent. Costa Rica still has to work on that.

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"We want to make of Finca 4 a theme park that at the same time is a landscape regenerator.

There we want to implement spots or areas that remind us of the historical past with areas of premontane forest, spots of advanced secondary forest, spaces of coffee landscape, patches of abandoned coffee plantations and the charral covering this area.

What we intend is to explain how natural history and urban history were configured there," said the coordinator Carlos Jankilevich Dahan.

The visitor will be able to know the different species of fauna and flora that inhabit the park, but there will also be a space for research, recreation, study conservation and local natural and urban history.

This proposal is in the process of consultation among the university authorities. After its final approval, the process of modifying the visible and physical characteristics of the land will begin.

Jankilevich pointed out that the completion of this theme park represents an excellent opportunity to contribute to a critical situation: the semi-consolidation of urban desertification.


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The research theme park seeks to provide answers to urban phenomenon affecting land.

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The constructions would be made in 30% of the land the rest would remain as green areas.

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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

It all started on Monday, Feb. 5, the day after the elections. A group of young people unhappy with the electoral results created the Coalición Costa Rica Facebook page.

By Thursday, the group had more than 260,000 citizens signed up, and by Saturday, they were able to gather about 1,000 at the Roosevelt Square in the San Pedro, San José.

The group has stated that members are concerned "about the results of a monothematic, divisive and riddled with disinformation campaign that threatens democracy" and they assure people that they will work so that this April 1, the election results will look very different.

The group, which unites people from different party affiliations and ideological positions, stated that only by working together to find collective agreements, could a change be generated after so much national division and dispersion of vote.

The group claims not to be part of any particular party, but seeks to inform the population about the proposals of each candidate for the upcoming second electoral round.

"We want a high-level political discussion on the fiscal deficit, employment and the economy, among other priority issues, with well-founded proposals. We believe that these aspects are not present in the National Restoration Party. Therefore, at the current electoral juncture, Carlos Alvarado Quesada represents an opportunity for a national consensus platform," the group said in a press release.

How does Coalición Costa Rica work? The group seeks to generate of a plan of minimum agreements that can be presented to the leaders of the political parties so that a "national agreement" can be reached.

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About 1,000 members of the new civil coalition showed up on Saturday to organize against divisive speech.


Commissions that can present, negotiate, argue and objectively base the proposals that the Coalition wants will be organized.

In addition, by listening to and compiling the needs of various areas, the sectoral committees will be organized so that they can work on concrete and feasible proposals.

They also seek to promote a citizen debate on priority issues for the country, based on the democratization of information, informed discussions, respectful and constructive dialogue, in order to generate consensus.

An official Costa Rica Coalition page has been created to meet these objectives and where all opinions can be communicate.

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US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
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• Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
• Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
• Up-to-date FATCA news.
• All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com


Real estate rentals (paid category)
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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.
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9326-02/13/18

Tropical Homes
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442
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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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        Household Furnishings

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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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                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
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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: Monday,  February 12, 2018            Vol. 18,  No.212
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Lifestyle
...Food
About Us

Pressure on low exchange rate, after sudden rise


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The sudden upward movement experienced by the exchange rate (dollar/colon) since the end of January, which was most pronounced at the beginning of this week, came to a stop on Thursday, when the demand pressure eased.

After the elections of February 4, there was an increase in demand for the US currency, which forced the Central Bank to intervene much more forcefully to avoid a strong volatility in the exchange rate. That trend dissipated this past Thursday.

"If the reaction is continued, these pressures after the election would be decreasing," said economist Melvin Garita.

In January, the exchange market was very stable.

The level of reserves is comfortable at just over $7 billion. The Central Bank has intervened to partially neutralize that upward pressure, according to a spokesman.

The pressure was mainly due to reasons associated with the recent electoral process, and to the effect of the rise in the price of oil and some other raw materials.


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The increase of these days raised the price of the US currency by almost ¢5 in the wholesale market.


The increase of these days raised the price of the US currency by almost ¢5 in the wholesale market. In the banks, the difference was up to seven colones.

Until January 26, 2018 the Central Bank was buying foreign currency in Monex for a total amount of $101.9 million. From January 29, 2018 to February 7, 2018 it sold $59 million dollars for stabilization, according to the Central Bank records.

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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
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"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.
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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
Most estate planning books focus on legal formalities. Pa$$ing On: What’s Fair in Family Inheritance? delves deeper, helping you avoid emotional minefields and create a will that’s fair to your survivors. Former Costa Rica resident Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Ph.D. brings a unique perspective to bear on inheritance practices in the United States. Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at Amazon. Click Here

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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here

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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise                                     
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
Read a sample and purchase the book Click Here

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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
By Christopher Howard
This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley   
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
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



 








San José, Costa Rica     Published: Monday,  February 12, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 212
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Real Estate
Lifestyle
.....Food
About Us
Letters to the editor

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I have been in Costa Rica for over fifteen years, this practice (puncturing the tires of a tourist's car in order to rob him easily) has been going on for a long, long, time.

Initially, the car rental clerks had accomplices who, once the tire had been punctured, notified their gang about the car and its destination.

Costa Rica is a wonderful place with great people, unfortunately, it does have a lot of crooks in politics and otherwise.

Dan Gibson

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

On public sexual education

Every elementary school will have bullies that instigate fights on the playground. Of course, once this starts, other bullies or defenders join in the battle until the adult arrives to stop the abuse.

Your staff article about this sexual 'miseducation' campaign was obviously designed, in its last sentence to ignite such a fight.

Sexual 'diversity' is not what most parents believe should be discussed in public schools. The teachers are not trained psychologists. They do not have the proper educational degrees to introduce images that may be offensive to 14 and 15 year old students 'trapped' in a public school classroom.

These objecting parents, most likely, are concerned that sexual 'diversity' does not belong in a young mind trying to learn algebra.

Bestiality, homosexuality, pedophilia, pornography, prostitution, transsexuality and other mental problems are not normal.

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Leftist, 'progressive,' Marxist crazies have always tried to destroy normal through the forced introduction of craziness as 'new normal'.

These revolutionary nut-jobs should shock their own children, not others, with their 'diversity' pushing.

Diversity of mental illnesses portrayed as new normality to growing minds should not be forced upon normal children.

Women and men practicing bestiality is mental illness not 'diversity'.

Come on boys and girls, today we're going to study trans-sexual dress-up party photos. These are normal sexually 'diverse' people. No wonder parents are upset. Give me, and give them a break.

Michael Staryk II,
Coral Springs, Florida.


Real estate for sale (paid category)

Casa Bella Vista
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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

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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
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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:
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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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San José, Costa Rica    Published: Monday,  February 12, 2018     Vol. 18, No.212
Calendar
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Real Estate
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About Us

Me and Mother Nature

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Farming is… I can’t say that in print… and gardening is just about as bad. After all, look at what we are up against. Good ol’ Mother Nature in all her various moods and all her various children.

Let’s talk sun and rain. If you have ever lived in an agricultural area, you know about sun and rain. Too much or too little of either and you are up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle.

Of course we gardeners can hose things down if it gets too dry and most of us in Costa Rica know, absolutely know when it’s going to be wet.

This “knowing” did not stop me from planting lima beans and soy beans a few weeks ago. Funny thing is the green beans, planted the same day, came up while the lima beans and soy rotted in the ground.

Gardening is funny that way. The peas have also come up but they are under green shade cloth. Maybe I need more shade cloth?

Then there are the things I lovingly planted in paper egg containers. The lettuce came up but only two of the dozen squash. I am still waiting for the rest of the seeds to sprout.
Which brings me to the temperature. Maybe my seeds don’t like our current temperature or at least don’t like the temperature where they are.

I would love to keep them at a nice steady 70F but how? I thought a greenhouse would be good but it turns out a greenhouse in the tropics takes temperatures into three digits. Hmm. Nothing like burning your seeds to death. Maybe I should open a new “door” in the greenhouse, cover the door with screen, and let the breeze flow through?


If I am going to dream about it, why not dream big? Why not a greenhouse with a sprinkler system? Now there’s an idea. A nice warm greenhouse with big barrels of water in it. The water gathers the sun’s heat (when the sun is shining – or if) during the day and radiates the heat out to keep the greenhouse warm at night. Maybe I could install a small heater for the days when it just pours down rain? Then overhead sprinklers so that I don’t have to walk to and from the plants to water them four times a day (bad for my hip). Then all I need to do is inspect things once a day and pull any weeds that dare show their leaves through the soil.

Doesn’t that sound like a plan? Do you think I will get Metric Man to agree to a sprinkler system, and a heated space, and a… NAH!



Plant for the Week

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A few weeks ago, I met a lovely man who is into hoyas, or wax plants, in a big way. Hoyas are low maintenance plants of the genus Asclepiad and produce a cluster of five-pointed flowers with a secondary corona of flowers of a different color. Flowers have a waxy appearance and can grow in a tight cluster or a very loose one like the one below. The plants need support as they climb.

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

Sons of the Legion
Organizational Meeting 11 June 2016. Place – McDonalds in Escazu. Time – 12:00 hours. As people arrive they place their order with the Cashier with instructions not to serve until 13:30. Initiates go through a line – Helps them fill out applications. – Takes money and gives receipts – Takes names and T-shirt sizes – Ken gives welcoming remarks – A short Form initiation – Lunch.
Kenneth Johnson
kstacey90@hotmail.com
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