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San José, Costa Rica            Published Monday,  February 19, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.219

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The time to attract conventions and meetings has arrived

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The inauguration of the new convention center on April 5, poses the challenge of increasing the number of conventions held in the country. It is a challenge to the national tourism sector to gain notoriety in the global market of meetings, conferences, and fairs, an industry that moves about $11,000 million annually.

The task of attracting new clients will fall, in part, into the hands of the Colombian-Costa Rican consortium Grupo Heroica Volio Trejos, which will manage the building.

"The operating company will be fully involved from the opening and they will make an effort to attract new events to the country," said Minister of Tourism, Mauricio Ventura in the past.

There are already 60 meetings scheduled in Costa Rica between 2018 and 2021, said Ventura, none of them in the new convention center, because it has not yet been inaugurated. The goal is to multiply that figure with the help of the infrastructure located 8 kilometers from the Juan Santa Maria International Airport in Belén, Heredia.

"Some might think that we are arriving late, but we must know how to get there: Costa Rica is very well positioned in the world, we have a brand, a name, a product, a leadership and as this process advances that amount of 60 events will increase a lot," he explained.

The convention center is its final stage of construction, which includes placing the roof, lamps and the linings of the walls, among other details.

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  New jobs and hotel developments are expected to arrive with the new infrastructure.

April 5th is supposed to be the date of its grand opening, and it is one of the last works that will be inaugurated by the current President, Luis Guillermo Solís.

The building of 15,600 square meters and sits on 10 hectares. It has the capacity to house 4,500 people. Construction on January 9, 2017, and it has cost $35 million. 

The Costa Rican Tourism Board has said it is a country project that will be a boon to the tourism industry by creating new jobs, promoting hotel development and enabling the generation of productive chains.

Solís denies campaigning in favor of government's party
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The president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, has defended the work tours to rural communities he has carried out in recent weeks, after receiving harsh criticism from opposition parties who say he is favoring the presidential candidate's campaign.

"As President of the Republic, I have a very clear mandate from Costa Ricans, which is none other than to govern with honesty and efficiency until the last day of this administration," Solís said in a statement.

According to the president, "the best way we have found to comply with this is to travel the around the country giving back to the people their contribution to the public treasury, the money they pay through their taxes, works, infrastructure, and programs."

The political opposition has complained these tours have taken place while the country is immersed in a political campaign, first for the presidential elections on February 4 and now for the second round on April first.

The laws of Costa Rica prohibit the president and other government officials from participating in the political campaign.

The candidate of the ruling Partido Acción Ciudadana, journalist and political scientist Carlos Alvarado, will contest the second round of elections with the evangelical preacher of the conservative National Restoration Party, Fabricio Alvarado. The election will define the successor of Solís who will govern from 2018 to 2022.

Fabricio Alvarado himself has accused the president of campaigning for the PAC candidate.

On Friday, the Presidential House explained that in 2014 President Solís made 29 tours to the seven provinces of the country; in 2015 they were 41; in 2016, 29; in 2017, 30, and so far in 2018 there have been 12.

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Fabricio Alvarado himself has accused the president of campaigning for the PAC candidate.


The Minister of Communication, Mauricio Herrera, has said that before May 8, when the Government of Solís ends, there will be 18 more tours on the agenda.

According to the Government, many of these visits are intended to deliver news to communities that have recently been affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Otto in 2016 and Tropical Storm Nate in 2017.

"We consider that this is a natural part of the functions that the Government of the Republic has been performing, especially in historically forgotten areas," Minister Herrera added.

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Authorities cancel Catholic resurrection festivities

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Supreme Tribunal of Elections (TSE) has officially called for the second round of elections between presidential candidates Fabricio Alvarado and Carlos Alvarado on April 1st  and has informed the Catholic Church that the Resurrection processions cannot be held that Sunday.

April 1st  is Resurrection Sunday, a time when Catholics usually take the streets with religious parades. However, this year they must perform their celebrations inside the churches.

"The TSE ruled that the religious celebrations of Easter Sunday will be held inside each Catholic church, so as not to interfere with the free movement of people," the Court said in a press release.

The date of the second round cannot be changed because the Political Constitution establishes that if there is a second round it will be held on the first Sunday of April.

Prior to the elections on February 4, the president of the Tribunal, magistrate Luis Antonio Sobrado had suggested that if the second round were held, it was very likely that the processions could not be carried out.


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The resurrection festivities will take place only inside the churches.

"We still cannot talk about any suspension, because it is still not clear that a second round will take place. But if that scenario is real, the same restriction will exist," said Sobrado at the time.

Soccer matches, concerts, or any type of massive activity is also forbidden that day.

Ombudsman resigns to take another job

By AM Costa Rica staff

“Montserrat Solano, the current Ombudsman, will leave her post at the beginning of March to take a job outside the public sector,” reported the office on Friday.

Solano must now write a report about her management and submit it to the Legislative Assembly which appointed her to the post.

Solano will continue working as usual until her last day.

Solano said her post has been one of honor and commitment to the many Costa Ricans with whom the State, historically, has been in debt.

"The Legislative Assembly honored me with the possibility of being able to serve alongside an excellent team, in particular with an exceptional Deputy Ombudsman (Juan Manuel Cordero), whom I trust will continue to safeguard the institution's mandate to defend the human rights of all people,” she said.

Solano took office on September 22, 2014 when she replaced the ex-legislator and former vice minister of Housing, Ofelia Taitelbaum; who left office in July 2014 due to judicial investigations.

During her tenure, Solano faced conflicts in different matters, especially regarding minority populations.

Under her management, the Ombudsman was also to serve as the Secretariat of the Global Alliance of National Institutions of Human Rights (GANHRI) until March 2019.

According to the office, Solano also coordinated actions together with civil society in fields such as obstetric violence, road education in schools, consultation mechanisms for indigenous peoples and campaigns against street harassment.

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Monserrat Solano showed strong opposition to data caps in mobile services back in 2017.

She also sought improvements in the environmental field and the monitoring of the quality of public services, for example, the mobile telecom market.

In 2016, data from the political opinion survey from the Center for Research and Political Studies (CIEP) of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), highlighted Solano as the public official with the best reputation.






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Notary public arrested for alleged fake marriages

By A.M Costa Rica staff

A Criminal Court ordered four months of preventive prison to a notary suspected of committing the crimes of ideological falsehood and fake marriages.

The accused was arrested while the investigators raided his house, located in the Tejar del Guarco de Cartago and his office in San José.

The facts investigated show that at least 38 times, between August 2012 and November 2017, Leandro, approved fake marriages between Costa Ricans and foreigners.
 
Apparently, such marriages had the purpose of formalizing the immigration status of foreign citizens.

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 The notary public could have approved at least 38 fake marriages.

Presidential candidate received demands from  tourism sector

By AM Costa Rica staff

On Friday, the Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals (ACOPROT) met with the Citizen Action Party candidate Carlos Alvarado to discuss various topics of interest to the sector such as fiscal policy, public employment, promotion budget, procedures, incentives and facilities for small and medium businesses.

Representatives of the Chamber participated during this meeting with members of the National Tourism (CANATUR), National Chamber of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism (CANAECO), Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants and Allies (CACORE), Pro Image Group Costa Rica, Costa Rican Tourism Association of Wellness Wellness Costa Rica, the Bureau of Conventions and the Chamber of Commerce Diversa (CCD).

"At ACOPROT we are pleased to have had a meeting with one of the two candidates for the country's presidency. We discussed issues that concern us, such as the impact of taxes on our industry, the budget for the promotion of our country and the enormous amount of paperwork that our small and medium-sized companies find when it comes to formalizing their business," said the President of ACOPROT, Massi Devoto.

According to Carlos Alvarado, what was said during the meeting by the leaders of the sector, are issues that are very present in his government plan which he said includes the need to improve water and electricity services, the connectivity, and the improvement of the possibilities of land and air access.

"I understand the enormous importance of the tourism sector and what its generation of income means for the country. Costa Rica is a leader in this area and we know that we do not take advantage of all the opportunities we have and that's where we should direct our efforts, so we call it a job to do together with those who know the needs firsthand,” said Alvarado.

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Carlos Alvarado said he recognizes the importance of the tourism industry in the local economy.


Issues such as the creation of a Tourism Competitiveness Council, the impact of taxes on the sector, the consolidation of destinations. smart sustainability, cultural tourism and the speed of procedures for small and medium companies were part of the topics discussed during this meeting.

ACOPROT is awaiting a response from the National Restoration Party, so its candidate can present his ideas on what needs should be addressed on public agenda.

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Letter to Editor:
Ministry of Public Education's healthy meal plan
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica,

I was pleased to see that the implementation of the Ministry of Public Education's healthy meal plan was delayed until March owing to the usual bureaucratic screw-ups, but hope it's never implemented.

There is nothing wrong and everything right with the schools serving kids only nutritious, healthy meals, but what's with the bureaucrats' weighing and measuring every student and adjusting the meals provided to each based upon some arbitrary chart of what each kid should have?

This attempt to micromanage kids' meals is guaranteed to result in body shaming The fat kids will formally be singled out as fat multiple times a day, and the skinny kids as skinny. Their classmates will not miss the shaming and will tease both the fat and the skinny ones. The result will be school-sanctioned bullying and a heck of a lot of tormented kids unduly self-conscious about their weight. Count on an upsurge in anorexia too. Making kids self-conscious about their weight is a fast way to creating lifelong and sometimes fatal psychological disorders.

And who are the adults who will implement this policy? For the most part, they're fatsos. Talk about "do as I say, not as I do."

And with what evidence do they implement this policy? A multi-billion dollar global diet industry is notoriously ineffective at doing more than generating profits for the diet industry. There's no evidence that public school bureaucrats are going to be effective either.

It's hard to imagine a policy more wrongheaded than this one – unless it's to force feed students a new curriculum in sex and "affectivity" created by psychologists without consulting the parents first.
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Meanwhile, the pay of the public school bureaucrats keeps rising while graduation and college acceptance rates for the students remain in the basement. Oh, and the kids have to buy their own uniforms, books, and so on. Most parents of even modest means say "no thanks" and pay for
their kids to attend private schools.

But sure enough, the bureaucrats now want to weigh and measure every kid, then put them all on whatever diet some overpaid nutritionist decides on. You decline, instead of doing what the schools are supposed to do.

And how often do you think the nutritionist's plans will be updated? Normal kids go through phases of fat and skinny, largely because of growth spurts, and I for one doubt that the nutritionist's plans for each kid will be current.

This micromanaged meal plan is a very bad idea that should be abandoned quicker than you can crack a peanut. Sure, schools should serve nutritious, healthy foods, but that's all. After that, they should get busy doing their jobs, which at the moment they are largely failing at.

Ken Morris,
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Municipalities get funding for building new parks

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) transferred 532 million colones to 51 municipalities so that they can build 171 spaces for recreation, sports, and stimulation.

Some of the sectors that will be benefited are Alajuelita, Curridabat, Desamparados, Aserrí, León Cortés, Mora, Turrubares, Acosta, Pérez Zeledón, Puriscal, Greece, Poás, San Mateo, Palmares, Zarcero, Paraíso, Alvarado, Jiménez, Oreamuno, Turrialba, Flores, San Isidro, Cañas, La Cruz, Nicoya, Abangares, Hojancha, Garabito, Osa, Quepos, Montes de Oro, Limón, Pococí and Talamanca.

The Executive President of PANI, Dra. Ana Teresa Leon Saenz, said that this work with the Municipalities is part of the "Onda Expansiva" project, started in 2014, and which aims all social sectors, whether universities, private companies, professional associations, churches, development associations, volunteers, non-governmental organizations and the media, to be involved in the promotion of a culture of respect for minors throughout the country.

This project is part of an even bigger initiative. At the end of 2017, PANI and the 51 Municipalities signed an agreement transferring 1,274 million colones, so that, in addition to creating the playgrounds, promoting the rights of minors, and developing policies for and about minors, each community could be encouraged to focus on the needs of children and teenagers. 

In order to comply with the Childhood and Teenage Code, work will be carried out to obtain statistical data on the demographic, social, economic and working conditions of minors, in order to eliminate child labor and protect children.

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Playgrounds and a culture of respect for minors
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To promote the participation of local governments, 40 municipalities are taking part in the development of cantonal policies to establish strategic direction regarding the promotion, respect, and guarantee of the rights of children and adolescents in their jurisdictions.


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Web:  www.travelinparadisecr.com
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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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

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

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

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

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

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

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

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

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

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
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James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
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Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
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• IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
• Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
• Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
• Up-to-date FATCA news.
• All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com


Real estate rentals (paid category)
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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
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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 
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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Real estate-related services (paid category)

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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. 
www.FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
Contact information:
Adolfo's Cell: +506-8831-4306
E-mail: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
or FineFurnitureOfSarchi@gmail.com




Shipping services (paid category)

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Moving to Costa Rica or Back to the U.S.?

  10 Years of Happy Clients
Canadian English or Spanish Spoken
Excellent Service, Competitive Prices
Call  (772) 361-1050
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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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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 Monday Edition, February 19, 2018 Vol. 18, No.219
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...Food
About Us

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Retail industry faces challenges to increase growth

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In recent years, consumption around the world has undergone changes, mainly in the retail and product sectors.

To face the transformation of the market, the business sector has had to rethink its strategies to optimize its production processes and reduce costs, but above all to know how to satisfy the needs of the final consumer.

A study by EY for Central America revealed that trade in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Panama increased by 6%, driven by web pages and social networks.

Dayana Garita, Supervisor of Business Development of EY, explained that the variables that bring products to the door of the house, should be considered by the companies in the marketplace.

Israel Tejada, director of the Digital Unit of Porter Novelli, highlighted that in the last year, the digital channels gained a significant space in the commerce sector.

For specialists in this area, the food and beverage sector in Central America will grow significantly in the coming years due to the growing influx of consumers and an attractive demographic profile.


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EY is a global firm comprised of 210,000 professionals, offering consulting services, auditing, tax, transaction and legal services.


In relation to food sales for Costa Rica, the compound annual growth rate is expected to be + 7.2% from 2017 to 2021.


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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.
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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 19, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 219
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Garden Safety

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Snakes.

Sooner or later, if you garden in Costa Rica, you are going to meet up with a snake. Snakes are very important to the ecosystem – darn it! They eat rodents, frogs, insects, and even other snakes. True, they can startle you when they slither out of the undergrowth, but they are usually slither away from you. After all, you are really quite large from a snake’s viewpoint and snakes, small-brained as they are, know that you can’t be swallowed.

So, is there any point in being afraid of a snake in the garden? Well, sure! Okay, most snakes are totally harmless. Take the little coffee snake for example, or the salmon bellied racer. Totally harmless, both of them, and the racer is a real beauty (that is a view from the standpoint of someone who likes snakes – your viewpoint may differ…).

I find the coffee snakes all the time. Usually, they are less than a foot or so in length and very timid. You can pick one up (if you are so inclined) and handle it with no worries at all (if you aren’t so inclined, just leave it alone and it will go away). Most of the time, you won’t even see a snake, especially if you have been tromping in the yard. Snakes have no ears so they are alerted to danger by vibrations in the ground. Scared of snakes? Bang the ground with a shovel now and then to alert them and they will probably slither away as fast as they can.

There are only a couple of snakes we need to worry about here in Costa Rica and I have seen a couple of them. The terciopelo is the most common biter and it’s the reason that I tend to stomp when I am out walking. It is also the reason that I use a long-handled claw to pull vegetation out from around trees and shrubs. On chilly rainy days, snakes like to curl up and stay warm in decaying vegetation and under logs. Fortunately, they are usually so cold at that point that they have to be really, really, annoyed to wake up and strike.

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A little guy that causes some trouble is the eyelash viper. This snake tends to hang out in trees waiting for tasty morsels to come his way. This is a patient snake. My gardener found one in a tree. Two days later, he wanted to show me the snake and the viper was still there – same tree, same spot. It must have been a good spot for snacks.

Then there are the coral snakes with their beautiful red, black, and yellow bands. They are generally small and because they are back-fanged, their bite tends to be thwarted by boots. They also have a lot of imitators. Look in any book on reptiles in Costa Rica and you will see a lot of snakes with red, black, and yellow bands all totally harmless. I encountered on under a piece of wood one chilly morning (he was way too big to be a coral snake) and just admired him until he moved away.

Both the eyelash viper and the terciopelo are pit vipers. The pits which contain their poison are bulges in the snake’s head that make it look triangular. This allows you to look at the snake from a distance and decide if you need to run the other way. The coral snake, however, has a nice smooth head so leave all the pretty snakes alone.

So, if you don’t like snakes, get out there and shake the ground. Pretty much any snake will head for the hills. Be careful lifting logs and cleaning out under shrubs. Most of all, remember that the majority of snakes are good for the world and harmless. Try to adopt a positive attitude and share space with them.


Real estate for sale (paid category)

COLINAS DEL SOL
Fenced Gated
Parcels for Sale
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* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled parcels.
* 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.
* Parcels 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: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
Code: 9342-090318
Casa Bella Vista
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Looking for a special property with amazing views? This is it! 2 Houses (main and guest), in ground pool, 3 acres (almost 100% usable) with Panoramic Ocean Views. 7 minutes off the coastal highway up a newly PAVED road. 10 minutes from the beach (Playa Bejuco & Esterillos) 2 hours from San Jose. Furnished and turnkey. Must see to appreciate the view. Brokers Welcome $399,000 More information click here http://www.richcoastrealty.com/958-ocean-view
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Contact:
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USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011-506-8718-9891
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Code:9340-05/03/18


NALU Eco Development
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14 titled lots from $21,999, lot/house combos from $68,720 Walk to the beach (800 meters), Gated with onsite caretaker. Communal Organic Gardens. No time limit to build. 2 hours from San Jose, halfway between Jaco and Manuel Antonio at Playa Palma. All services and new hospital just
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Code:9340-05/03/18

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



Business For Sale/Business Opportunities (paid category)

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THREE CABINS FOR SALE
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In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.
Call Harry +(506)
-8682-9219 Email: lagringo2003@yahoo.com

Code:9344-081518

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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Real estate-related services
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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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For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo
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Real estate brokers and agents
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CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH

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A Name You Trust,
Professionalism You Deserve

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

Buying? Selling? Renting?
We Can Do It!
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Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more
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Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers: (213) 283-5168
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
Code:9215-3/22/18

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Monday,  February 19, 2018      Vol. 18, No.219
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....Food
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Buy for comfort not for speed

By Dave Truslow

I believe tires are one of the most important considerations when buying a car. About every engineering decision made for that car concerning handling and ride is made based on the area where the rubber hits the road.

In Costa Rica there are a few things to ponder before you purchase the high-performance version of that model. While wonderful to own and drive, high-performance cars are not well suited for driving conditions in our beautiful country.

First, there is the limited number of high-speed roads. 100 mph is 161 kph and there are not many roads where you can keep up this speed, let alone legally. This might also be a good time to note that the lowest speed rating on regular car tires is S at 112 mph. The top is Y at 186 mph.

Second, the roads in this country, usually noticed in the first block of driving, are cursed with potholes and speed bumps. Performance cars have a low profile tire and wheel set-up like the 18” wheel illustrated above. Because low-profile tires must have stiffer sidewalls and higher tire pressure, in that first block of driving in your new speedster you will observe a harsh bumpy ride. The shock of a pothole or bump is not absorbed by the tire. It is transmitted to the car.

The next problem is the tread is closer to the wheel rim so in a bad pothole situation you are more likely to blow a tire. You may also damage or destroy your rim. I have a friend who took out both front tires and 20” rims just hitting a speed bump he did not see in the dark. It was expensive and he had to have the tires shipped in. But hey, they look great and do the job they were designed to do.

Finally, tires with a higher sidewall and a more narrow width like the 16” wheel above have an oval-shaped contact area with the pavement. Wide low-profile tires get more rubber on the road and have a square contact profile. Why this makes a difference here in CR is that low profile performance tires tend to hydroplane (zero grips) much more quickly on wet roads. And it rains a lot in our country during the green season.

Go fast versions of cars have many options and build specifications which make them lighter, more powerful, corner better, stop faster and cost more. But what you give up is quiet, a plusher ride and some driver comfort options.
They aren’t quiet because you get more engine noise and exhaust noise. You get more road noise because sound deadening is heavy so less is used, and you get more tire noise. You may even get more scraping noise because the car sits lower. The softer or plusher drive comes because the suspension is softer and the tires on smaller wheels absorb more of the road variations.

Some driver comfort options add more weight to the car. Things like full size spare tires, navigation systems, sound amplifiers and even air conditioning isn’t available in some track ready models. Also, the driver and front passenger seats in high performance cars are stiffer and harder to get in and out of.

I noticed on the Kia Soul, a small car built for comfort, comes with 3 wheel sizes, 16, 17 and 18 inches. In reading the reviews the 18-inch wheels were less admired for their performance than the 17-inch wheels. You can look up your model and see what wheel sizes it comes with and what the reviews say.

So buying for comfort and not for speed you get many benefits. Your car is cheaper to purchase, cheaper to insure, cheaper to operate, and has lower greenhouse gas emissions. You get a more comfy ride and you can spend the savings to upgrade to even more comfort accessories.

Luxury things like a better sound system, cooled 10-way adjustable seats, bigger navigation screen, and extra safety features. However, the low speeds, unmarked roads, and traffic make many options like lane drift warnings almost useless.

Getting back to tires there are some other things to consider. First, you have two choices of tire types, performance or touring tires. There are others like off-road and snow but not for this discussion.


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Performance tires are usually made with softer compounds that increase traction but also increase road noise and reduce tire life. A touring tire is designed for the way most US drivers drive, namely on highways and open roads at speeds no greater than 75 to 80 miles per hour.

Touring tires ride a bit softer than the same size performance tires, last much longer and can even help improve fuel economy. The harder rubber on these tires also resists punctures better than the sticky soft rubber on high-performance tires.

There is also a rating stamped on your tires (UTQG Treadwear Grade) as to how many miles you can expect to get. Of course, they are only a general rating because cars, drivers and road conditions are all different. Look for a number in the 700 to 800 range for touring tires and 100 or less for racing tires. Performance tires are in the 400 range. The higher the rating number the more miles your tires will last.

To me the biggest plus for high sidewall tires besides the softer ride is safety. When you hit that bad pothole a taller sidewall gives more room before the pavement makes contact with your wheel and blows the tire out. Because you are less likely to get this type of tire destruction with tall sidewalls you are of course safer.

If it should happen and it will, probably at night in the rain, with a smaller wheel size your tire and wheel will cost less to replace. It will also be easier to find a replacement. You will even have a full-size spare until you get that replacement.

Some other safety tips to remember when you do have to put on a new tire. First, tires should be replaced in pairs. It assures the car handles the same when turning right as turning left. This is very important if you are in an emergency situation. It’s also important because the sensors for your ABS system will be measuring different speed rotations if one tire is smaller than the other.

Second, it is much safer to have a flat on your front tire than on your rear tire. This is because you have control of the steering wheel which makes controlling the car easier. It is also true if your back tires hydroplane you have less control than if your front tires hydroplane. If you do need to put on two new tires put them on the back and rotate the rears to the front.

What about making your existing ride more comfortable? The rule of thumb is plus or minus one. This rule means you can go with one inch larger wheels or one inch smaller without changing the OEM specifications.

Most important is the ABS braking and handling algorithms are based on the tire height. If a wheel turns slower or faster than the computer is expecting then there can be trouble. Also, if you have a smaller tire height your odometer will show more miles than you have actually driven.

In Costa Rica, we are blessed with natural beauty but not beautiful roads. When it comes to buying for comfort and safety, pass on that larger wheel option package.

Dave Truslow has 30 years of experience in the automotive industry as an owner of a state-of-the-art body shop in Hollywood, CA. Don’t get me wrong… I love fast cars.

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