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San José, Costa Rica            Published Thursday,  February 22, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.222

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The presidential candidate of the Citizen Action Party, Carlos Alvarado, sent a message of calm and security to the representatives of the companies operating under the free zones regime promising stability for four more years in a possible government under his charge.

"I present myself as an ally to build a buoyant, growing sector that generates more employment, wealth, more investment attraction," Alvarado said. Companies in these zones receive tax benefits, but some politicians have suggested reducing or removing them.

Alvarado and his wife, architect Claudia Dobles, held a meeting with representatives of the Association of Free Trade Zone Companies of Costa Rica where he presented his proposal for that sector, while restating his position of not creating new taxes on the zones.

Part of the plan is to improve the training of professionals through public-private partnerships, which could help generate jobs. The free zones currently generate an approximate 90,000 high-quality jobs, with benefits in security and social welfare.

Jorge Brenes, president of the board of directors of the free zone association, thanked Alvarado for his support.

"The areas need legal stability and Don Carlos tells us that in his government that will be maintained. This is a very important factor for the companies that are established today to maintain and grow, and also for the new investment that is required," Brenes said.

During the session, they also talked about the need to solve basic problems of excessive paperwork, citizen's security and urban mobility.

The candidate of the Action Party said he was happy to talk about a future government that will be an ally for the expansion of employment and free zones.

"So I come to present, as an ally, to make a buoyant, growing sector that generates more employment, wealth, more investment attraction. That inspires me because I know we can do it together because we build from what unites us and these affairs greatly unite us," he added.


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  Alvarado said he will support employment and growth in the duty-free areas.

Alvarado held a meeting this week with representatives of the trade and tourism sector, among them, representatives of the National Chamber of Tourism, the National Chamber of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism, the Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants and Allies, Pro Image Group Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Association of Wellness Tourism-Wellness Costa Rica, the Convention Bureau and the Chamber of Diverse Commerce.

"We have great opportunities, but we are not exploiting them all. The government must be an ally. We must direct our efforts, so we call for joint work with those who know the needs firsthand," said the Citizen Action Party candidate.

The businessmen recognized in Alvarado a sensible option given that the tourism sector can be affected by degradation of the international image of Costa Rica, as a result of the growing hate speech in the framework of the electoral campaign, said a party news release.


Evangelical candidate will seek to
suppress in-vitro fertilization
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff   

The presidential candidate of the National Restoration Party, Fabricio Alvarado, has confirmed he will study how to eliminate the decree that regulates in-vitro fertilization in the country.

The decree, issued by the government of Luis Guillermo Solís, was approved after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered the country to legalize this medical practice, following a class action lawsuit by couples who were denied the procedure.

Fabricio Alvarado, who last night in the presence of former president Óscar Arias, promised that he will be respectful of the Inter-American human rights system, said that the decree of Solís is irresponsible and that the Inter-American Court exceeded its functions, so those issues must be handled by the Congress. "We are going to fight for this to be resolved in the Legislative Assembly," he said.

Costa Rica issued a decree Sept. 11, 2015, after the court admonished the country for not having a framework to regulate this procedure.

A note from the newspaper La Nación reported that since the decree came into effect, 71 babies have been born in Costa Rica thanks to this procedure.

Fabricio Alvarado affirmed that, regarding the advisory opinion on equal marriage, he will go to the Organization of American States if necessary, together with other countries of the region. "We are defining the route," he said.

Alvarado also stated at a press conference that his group of close advisers on security and justice issues, led by Álvaro Ramos, the former security minister, and campaign spokesman Juan Diego Castro were looking into the matter.

In a hard-line speech, the former minister affirmed that he is respectful of the decisions of the judges, but "as a citizen, he does not have to accept them." Ramos was also deputy minister of the Interior and Police and president of the National Migration Council.

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Since 2015, 71 couples have had children thanks to in-vitro fertilization.


The former vice minister of Peace of the Laura Chinchilla government, Max Loría, is also part of the close group of Fabricio's advisers, together with the criminal lawyer Gloria Navas, ex-defense attorney of Ricardo Alem, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for the crime of international drug trafficking.

Navas was also head of the Public Defense, the prosecutor of the Public Ministry and member of the Court of Judgment.

Juan Rafael Lizano, president of the National Chamber of Agriculture and former minister of Agriculture, is included into this group of advisors, but will not join the campaign at the moment and remain just as advisers, the campaign said.

Afterward, Fabricio confirmed the departure of Marisela Rojas, who advised him on education issues and was widely questioned for allegedly posing as a blind mother in a meeting of parents in a school in San Carlos, with Minister Sonia Marta Mora.

Rojas was convicted in 2005 for not recognizing the labor rights of a teacher at the school she ran.

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Free Trade Agreement signed with South Korea

By AM Costa Rica staff

Tuesday the minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora, along with four other ministers of Central America and Panama signed a free trade agreement with South Korea.

The trade agreement signed in Seoul aims to reduce tariffs on goods being exported to the Asian country, expand financial relationships in other sectors and improve the entry of South Korean imports of vehicles and electronics to the region.

According to Alexander Mora, the minister of Foreign Trade, the agreement reflects the approaches of each of the productive sectors involved.

"The most aggressive sectors for this negotiation were the agricultural sectors and some industrial or agricultural producers. The sectors that had a more defensive proposal (less open) and that requested exclusions were the industrial sectors," said Mora.

Regarding market access, the minister also said that the sectors that had a more offensive position achieved openness and a gradual reduction process, while the defensives obtained exclusions.

In the last 10 years, exports from Costa Rica to South Korea increased at annual rates of approximately 15 percent, while imports only reached rates of 4 percent per year. That is, exports grew four times more than the import of products.

The bulk of the national export to South Korea is coffee, agricultural products, and medical devices.

"You will not see, in the process of legislative negotiation, productive sectors that are oppositional because each one obtained what was requested. The only one that could raise an observation about it is the consumer," said Mora.

It is expected that the agreement, which began to be negotiated in 2015, will reach the Legislative Assembly in the next two weeks, where it will have to pass the analysis of the International Affairs and Foreign Trade Commission.

Along with the treaty, a memorandum of understanding was also signed with the Korean minister of commerce, industry, and energy to transfer to Costa Rica the methodologies, models, and practices that the Asian country has to serve the productive sectors when there is trade liberalization and some productive sectors are negatively impacted.


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Exports to South Korea have increased
15 percent yearly.


"The agreement will teach us that Korea is one of the most open countries in the world. It is also a country very proud of its productive capacity and which has a very aggressive policy of productive development without being a protectionist country," Mora said.

Guatemala is the only country in the region that is not part of the agreement.

The signing of the text was attended by the South Korean trade minister, Kim Hyun-Jong, his counterparts from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Alexander Mora and Orlando Solórzano, the Salvadoran economy minister, Tharsis Salomón López, the minister of Economic Development of Honduras, Arnaldo Castillo and the deputy minister of International Trade Negotiations of Panama, Diana Salazar.

According to the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter, the nations with which Costa Rica have trade agreements and tariff preferences are responsible for 66.6 percent of the world's Gross Domestic Product and 35.5 percent of the world's population.

Currently, the country has trade agreements with Colombia, Central America, Canada, Chile, China, Mexico, the United States and Singapore and an association agreement with the European Union, among others.

Costa Rica signed its last trade agreement with Colombia in May 2013. The text was approved by the assembly July 15, 2015.

Study digs into the climate awareness of Latin Americans

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Inter-American Development Bank and Latinobarómetro conducted a study to find out if tropical cyclones, heat waves, and other natural disasters are perceived as a consequence of climate change or, on the contrary, as phenomena that were always present in nature but sometimes occur more often.

"The environmental social conscience emerges as a fundamental point around which to organize efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, leading to environmental governance in the region," the report reads.

The data reveals that only 32 percent of the population of the region thinks that climate change does not exist, while 62 percent does think it does. The countries that most reject the existence of climate change are some of the countries of Central America and Ecuador, where 55 percent say that the phenomenon does not exist.

On the other hand, when consulting on human responsibility in the matter and on who will be most affected by its climate change, there is a high level of consensus on the statement, "humans are the main responsible for climate change" where 83 percent of responses agree and strongly agree. This result is independent of the gender, age or socioeconomic status of the participants.

When analyzing the responses by country, Uruguay and Costa Rica at one extreme with 91 percent of the answers affirming climate change and the Dominican Republic and Guatemala with 73 percent and 75 percent negative responses respectively denying climate change).

In the Southern Cone, the situation is the opposite. It is the region that most accepts the existence of this phenomenon, and in Uruguay, only 11 percent of the citizens questioned do not believe in climate change.

Beyond the belief whether it exists or not, there is the perception of who is responsible. The report states that "curiously" even those who deny the existence of the phenomenon identify who is responsible.

83 percent of Latin Americans say that humans are responsible for climate change. "The sense of guilt floods the collective imagination of the region, that we are the ones who have brought this evil," the report cites.

In turn, 69 percent of the inhabitants of Latin America believe that it is an urgent problem that must be addressed immediately. Moreover, 71 percent believe that the fight against climate change must be given priority, regardless of its negative consequences on economic growth.

The report infers that the environmental position of each country is determined by the experience of what has happened in its immediate environment with water, air, sea, flora, and fauna.

It also points out that Latin American attitudes contradict, "quite bluntly" the new U.S. policy on the subject, including that country’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement.

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32 percent of people surveyed denied the existence
 of climate change.


"It has not been common in the history of public opinion to find this degree of contradiction with a United States position regarding a world public policy like this one. It is probably the first time that the contradiction is so visible and important, in a matter that crosses all the regions and countries of the world," the report reads.

The article addresses the issue of the environment and climate change specifically for Latin America which contains 40 percent of the planet's biodiversity.

Latin America’s natural resources are an essential source of wealth that, enhanced by human capital and technological advances, offer unparalleled opportunities for its insertion in the global economy, the report said.

Regional integration based on a sustainable development strategy of the countries requires shared efforts and policies that promote the responsible use of resources and care for the environment, it added.

Experts and informed citizens that follow the climate worldwide agree that the climate is changing and has continued to do so since the end of the last Ice Age. Ocean levels have risen  400 feet, and the level continues to rise at about a quarter inch a year, according to the U.S. Government. The political issue revolves around how much of the change is caused by human activity.

Those who reject climate change generated by human activity argue that warming exists, but that it has already taken place at many other times in the history of the planet. That is to say, the warming would be part of a natural cycle of the earth that has been unchained independent of the human action.







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Government rushes the creation of a
national council on competitiveness

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Two and a half months before the end of the current administration, the executive branch is in charge of approving a bill that would allow the creation of a national competition council, even though the Comptroller General of the Republic opposes the initiative.

Legislative bill No.19.996, which in its fifth draft, seeks the creation of the council which would be exclusively responsible for the functions, powers, and competencies of the promotion of competition and effective consumer protection, all this independent from the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce.

The legislators of the Government and Administration Commission of the Legislative Assembly, remain critical of the issue because they said they consider that the initiative contains points that must be reformulated before it is approved.

No.19.996 entered the Legislative Assembly as a bill which sought to convert the competition commission to an administrative court of competition to give it legal and instrumental personality with its own budget.

Meanwhile, Economy Minister Geannina Dinarte said the initiative was born because the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development told Costa Rica that, although at the time it was the leader in generating a law of competition, the country lagged because its competition authority is weak.

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Some legislators consider there is not enough time to reach a consensus before the new government takes office.

"It is an authority that lacks technical, political and budgetary independence, which is traditionally held by the competition authorities in the world. This autonomy is needed so that the political criterion is never imposed," explained Dinarte.

Monday Minister Dinarte met with the government and administration committee to discuss each article and reach a consensus so that its approval could be achieved. Nevertheless, the deputies see its approval difficult, since they said they see little time to reach an agreement.


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Citi Bank expands its operations in Costa Rica
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

As part of its growth strategy in Costa Rica, Citi announced that it hopes to continue generating more employment opportunities by the end of this year.

That was announced during the 10th anniversary of the Shared Services Center, known in English as: Citi Service Center, which the company operates from La Ribera de Belén and provides services to other Citi offices worldwide.

The growth in the number of jobs is part of a development strategy that the company has in Costa Rica, a country where 10 years ago decided to establish its services center due to the good economic conditions of the market, good academic preparation, as well as the high level of English of the staff and the strategic location of the country, the international banking firm has said.

"Celebrating a decade of the Citi Shared Services Center in Costa Rica is a demonstration of the national commitment to continue consolidating the attraction of investments and guaranteeing security, stability, and competitiveness in our country. I want to congratulate Citi for the work done during these years and thank them for their trust in Costa Rican talent. The growth that companies like Citi are experiencing in the country commits us to continue fostering well being and growth in a close alliance between the government, institutions, business chambers and productive sectors, " said the President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera.

"Ten years ago we started with 25 employees and an investment of U.S. $500,000. The growth over these years has been exponential. At present, the cumulative investment of the Citi Service Center in the country exceeds U.S. $47 million, "said Morella Ramírez, manager of the center.

The Service Center here is one of the 14 that Citi has worldwide.

"Costa Rica has opened the doors to offer a service of the highest quality to other Citi offices internationally. From Costa Rica, we have shared best practices with the network of service centers, which positions us favorably and we hope to continue growing, "added Ramírez.

On March 3 the company will hold a job fair in its offices located in the El Cafetal Corporate Center in Ribera de Belén, to recruit bilingual English-Spanish professionals for different areas including: accounting, economics, finance, technology, audit and risk management, compliance, human resources, supply chain, among others. In addition, people with Portuguese proficiency are also sought, the firm said. Those interested can access the website https://jobs.citi.com/costarica

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"Human talent has been one of the main pillars of Citi's growth in Costa Rica: Costa Ricans have demonstrated great talent, passion, and professionalism that translates into innovation and continuous improvement that are key factors in our company," commented Ed Sánchez, manager of Citi in Costa Rica.

"Citi's commitment in Costa Rica is two-way. In the first instance, operating a service center with the highest standards of excellence providing support to its services to Citi globally. In the second instance, we are committed to the corporate clients with whom we have worked for almost 50 years, supporting us in their endeavors and innovations; with these corporate clients we have continuously worked on some of the most important strategic transactions in the country that have ultimately generated progress, development, and growth in Costa Rica," Sánchez added.

In 2017, the Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica recognized the Citi Service Center in Costa Rica with the best service exporter of the year award, recognizing its vision and commitment to the country's growth.

Jorge Sequeira, managing director of the nation’s Investment Promotion Agency, said: "Exports from the services sector, excluding tourism, in Costa Rica, have grown six times since 2000 to 2016.

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  • ALL tours include a highly INFORMATIVE two-day seminar by the country’s renowned experts
Sample Video of the tour HERE

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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
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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.
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Looking for easy booking process for a smooth Costa Rica trip?   We customize wonderful trips to Costa Rica.  We offer you our wealth of knowledge for a great experience . . . a trip of a lifetime!!!

* FAMILY VACATIONS. Our travels take into account the different ages of your family enjoy the most from your Family vacations. Click HERE!

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Contact us: 
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
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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, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
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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.
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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  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
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 • Trauma EMDR click here
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Learn more about 
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                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
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San José, Costa Rica       Published Thursday,  February 22, 2018      Vol. 18, No.222
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Tourism
Classifieds
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Lifestyle
...Food
About Us

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Young Costa Rican develops an innovative anti-fraud software


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican company SmartSoft has developed an innovative software called Dynamic Behavior Patterns.

The application seeks to increase the security of national and international financial companies in the protection of their clients' resources and in the event that fraud or money laundering can affect them.

According to Sander Pacheco, deputy minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Telecommunications, these initiatives seek to improve the reaction capacity in the face of frauds that are committed in the country and abroad.

"Our purpose is to finance actions and activities aimed at promoting and improving the management capacity and competitiveness” of Costa Rican small and medium enterprises, he said.

Through the project called Determination of patterns of dynamic behavior for the prediction of fraud and money laundering in the financial sector, promoted by Pablo Elizondo, CEO and founder of SmartSoft, the new module was created that seeks to prevent fraud by means of a system that is based on the knowledge and analysis of the client's behavior.

The new solution analyzes data from the perspective of customer behavior and generates a behavior learning process. In the case of credit cards, the software analyzes the consumption habits of a given individual and the group to which he belongs, with variables such as the age range, the type of credit cards, the country of the transaction, the amounts, the frequencies of consumption and the category of commerce that the user visits, among others.


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Online banking fraud can be determined by studying the behavior of the consumers.


The system learns to know the client, individual tastes, and preferences to purchase and amounts ordinarily spent.

The system allows the firm to reflect in a scientific way the habitual behavior of the clients, which is the main difference with the rest of the systems, and from there, unusual behaviors are determined, the company said in a release.

This technology can be applied to the analysis of the behavior of cardholders, customers of financial institutions and users of automatic tellers and the telephone, among many other uses, the firm said.


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

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New World Meditation: Focusing Mindfulness Healing Awakening
By Lucinda Gray Ph.D.
You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.
More information Click Here

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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong
"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.
The book is now available for sale Click Here

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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
Most estate planning books focus on legal formalities. Pa$$ing On: What’s Fair in Family Inheritance? delves deeper, helping you avoid emotional minefields and create a will that’s fair to your survivors. Former Costa Rica resident Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Ph.D. brings a unique perspective to bear on inheritance practices in the United States. Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at Amazon. Click Here

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

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

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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
By Christopher Howard
This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
Purchase Click Here

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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
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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San José, Costa Rica      Published Thursday,  February 22, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 222
Calendar
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Lifestyle
.....Food
About Us

Musical initiative seeks to unite citizens and refugees

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Families and refugees will join through music thanks to a campaign called "Music Unites Us," which seeks to involve children, adolescents and people with migratory status in the National System of Music Education, to promote social integration into the country.

The office of the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Costa Rica and the state music system, started the campaign Saturday.

Jorge Rodríguez, an associate of livelihood at the U.N. Agency, explained that the intention is to open space for refugee children. The idea arises from the mutual interest of the music system and the U.N. agency to promote inclusion through the universal language of music, forming better citizens for a society where nationals and refugees coexist in harmony, he said.

For his part, Ramiro Ramírez, general director of the music system, added that his mission is to promote skills, skills, and attitudes in the minors of the country without distinction of their nationality.

"We reinforce the message that children, whether Costa Rican or from refugee families have the possibility to stimulate their musical talents in the programs. Through the interaction that is achieved by being part of a musical ensemble, values ​​such as discipline, solidarity, respect, and teamwork are acquired. They are values ​​that will forge their personality, and that will allow them to be better citizens," said Ramírez.

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Music is the language everybody understands, says the U.N. refugee agency.


The U.N. Refugee agency has different integration programs that address the legal, social and economic fields. The joint work began with the signing of a memorandum of understanding last June 20 within the framework of World Refugee Day and the National Day of Refugees. Since then a common agenda has been built to strengthen the vision of integration, fight against xenophobia and the promotion of values.


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:
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
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
5 minutes away. Absentee owner friendly. Great vacation rental potential,
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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

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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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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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!
Let us help you live your dreams!
Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
Beaches, Houses, Condos,
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 Thursday,  February 22, 2018       Vol. 18, No.222
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Tourism
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Lifestyle
....Food
About Us

Letter to the Editor: Drugs cause brain damage

Dear A.M. Costa Rica,

Laura and Javier have learned one of the sharpest lessons of their existence. She, aged 18, years took a liking to amphetamines, known as "speed." Soon the whim of cocaine consumed her. Now she is 24 and is finishing a therapy to stop this habit in Proyecto Hombre. He, aged 21, years started rolling joints and finished captivated by cocaine. These are the experiences of two of the thousands of teenagers who have come to this institution to begin a plan in order to emerge from the darkness of the drugs, according to Proyecto Hombre, which authored "Minors, drugs, and society."

Nobody is free from drugs. Each day comes a greater number of juveniles (63.5 percent) in search of a rehabilitation plan. "Drugs take always a toll on", said the Ministry of Public Health and Consumer Affairs, within the National Plan on Drugs that has as a purpose to avoid the waste of drugs among adolescents.

Drugs directly affect the brain. The study by the National Audit Office of the Drug Addiction of Washington confirms that narcotics can result in damage, such as anxiety, melancholy, psychotic episodes or suicidal tendencies.


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Will it be what some people are looking for, in clear line with the culture of death? It is urgent to attack drugs which are contrary to the health.

Nowadays, the drug is one of the plagues of our society. The rate of drugs consumption has grown in an alarming way and the authorities are overwhelmed with this serious problem. Drug addiction has been accepted in a part of the youth population around the world. Efforts are underway to finish this social scourge that only causes self-destruction and death.
Clement Ferrer Roselló,
Madrid,Spain
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Useful links
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Today's international flights

- Juan Santamaría, San José airport click here
- Daniel Oduber, Guanacaste airport click here

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Foreign English-language Embassies in Costa Rica
Ave Central at Calle 120
Pavas, San José. 920-1200
San Jose, Costa Rica
Call 506 2519-2000
after hours call
506 8863-4895

U.S. embassy logo
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British logo
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Apartado 815-1007
Edificio Centro Colon
(Piso/floor 11)
San José 506 2258 2025

Oficentro La Sabana
Building 5, Third floor
Box: 351-1007, San José 506 2242-4400
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San José 506 2296-1490

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Box 4017-1000, San José 506 2290-9091
After hours 506 8381-7968

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Rubén Darío No.55 street, Colonia Polanco , Delegación Miguel Hidalgo CP 110000, México D.F., México
Phone: (0052) 55 1101 2200
Email: australianembassy.mexico@dfat.gov.au
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Immigration
Direccion General
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Appointment to renew
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Association of Residents of Costa Rica
HERE!
Community
                      alliance
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
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