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San José, Costa Rica            Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.228

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Presidential candidate would support reconversion therapies for LGBTI population

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

"I agree that people who want to leave homosexuality should have a space where they are helped and restored," said the presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado Monday afternoon.

He was speaking at a press conference held in the campaign headquarters of his party, National Restoration, and his message was published on his official Facebook account.

Alvarado stated that he did not want to talk more about the issue, both to avoid polarizing the campaign and so that he would able to focus on other issues of the country.

"What I want is to approach homosexuals, sit down with them, find solutions to their situation," he added.

"I'm not going to say things that are going to offend them. As a Christian I have my position. I am a believer, and we have never denied this to anyone, but I also understand that the position of a government should bring everyone closer and seek better living conditions for all," he said.


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Alvarado said he just wants a better understanding of the sexually diverse community.

He did not finish his statements without first asking for forgiveness from the LGBTI community if it felt offended by his remarks because of polarization of the campaign.

Carlos Alvarado leads survey
carried out by the National University

By AM Costa Rica staff

A survey conducted by the Institute of Social Studies in Population of the National University said the candidate of the Citizen Action Party has 52 percent support and the candidate of the National Restoration Party has 29%.

The opinion survey, called "Perception of the Costa Rican citizenship with respect to the electoral process 2018,” shows, according to the university researchers, the change of perception of the Costa Ricans regarding the second round.

The survey was conducted by telephone between Feb. 6 and 17 with a sample of 1,000 people of legal age and Costa Rican, the university said.

The results have a margin error of 3.1 percent.

According to the data presented in this report, 14 percent of the population is still undecided about voting or not voting in the next electoral process. Some five percent of the people consulted did not respond clearly and 4 percent said they will void their vote.

The researchers from the National University concluded that the majority of people consulted, in the first round, voted mainly for Carlos Alvarado, Antonio Álvarez Desanti and Fabricio Alvarado.

This study differs from other surveys, such as the most recent one published by Opol Consultores, which ranked Fabricio Alvarado with 57.3 percent of the electoral support and Carlos Alvarado with 42.7 percent.  Fabricio Alvarado led voting in the first round, but he did not garner sufficient votes to win outright. So the runoff between both candidates is April 1.


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According to the National University's report, Carlos Alvarado would be the next president if elections were held today.
The Opol survey was between Feb. 21 and 23 at the national level in person with a sample of more than 2,000 people.

Public opinion polling displayed its shortcomings in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Analyses said that one problem there was the extensive use of cell telephones, which makes obtaining a representative sample difficult. They also said that many who voted for the winner Donald Trump were reluctant to make their opinions known to pollsters.



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Country ranks among those with the lowest infant death rates

By AM Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has the lowest neonatal mortality rate of the Central American region, according to The United Nations Children's Fund data. The rate considers deaths in the first 28 days after birth

The country also ranks 60th worldwide, out of 184 countries.

Worldwide, 7, 000 newborns die every day for reasons that can be avoided, especially in the poorest countries, said the children’s fund in its report on neonatal mortality.

Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance of surviving after childbirth, while for newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan the chances are the worst.

"UNICEF congratulates Costa Rica for its successful work to prevent neonatal mortality, whose figures have improved since 1970 due to public investment aimed at reducing infant mortality through the extension of medical care, in particular, the primary health care,” said Gordon Lewis, representative of the organization in the country.

Until 1965 to 1969, infant mortality, which corresponds to the death of minors before the first year of life, represented more than 30 percent of all births.

This figure changed as of 1970 when the percentage decline began to reach only 0.8 percent, that is eight deaths per 1,000 registered births, according to the latest report from the National Institute of Statistics and Census.

"When it comes to the neonatal mortality rate, Costa Rica gets a medal on achieving the sustainable development goals, specifically the one that seeks to ensure a healthy life and promote well-being for all at all ages," added Lewis.

Neonatal deaths in the country, representing children who die within a month of birth, constituted 76.5 percent of the total deaths of children under one year in 2017, which meant a slight decrease in the neonatal death rate, which went from 6.27 per 1,000 in the first semester of 2016, to 6.23 per 1,000 births, in the first half of 2017.

Worldwide, in low-income countries, the average neonatal mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births.

In high-income countries, that rate is three deaths per 1,000.

Newborns from the most dangerous places are up to 50 times more likely to die than those born in the safest ones.

According to the report, more than 80 percent of newborn deaths are due to premature births, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis.


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The newborns in Costa Rica have a high chance of surviving due to public investment made in the past, according to the report.

The report also notes that eight of the 10 most dangerous places to be born are in sub-Saharan Africa, where pregnant women are far less likely to receive assistance during childbirth due to poverty, conflict and the fragility of institutions.

If, by 2030, a neonatal mortality rate similar to the average recorded in high-income countries is reached in each country, 16 million lives could be saved, said the report.

These deaths can be prevented with access to well-trained aid, clean water, disinfectants, breastfeeding in the first hour after birth, skin-to-skin contact and good nutrition, it said.

The U.N. agency said an urgent call is being made to governments, health service providers, donors, the private sector and families to keep all newborns alive, through the following measures:

* Contract, train, retain and manage a sufficient number of doctors, nurses and staff with experience in the care of the mother and newborn.
* Guarantee clean and functional health facilities equipped with water, soap and electricity, available to all mothers and babies.
* Consider as a priority providing all mothers and babies with medicines that save lives and the equipment necessary for a healthy start in life.
* Empower teenage mothers and families to request and receive quality care.

The children’s fund asked the Costa Rican population to join the global call for attention, by signing a digital petition on the website
Every Child Alive, so that world leaders invest more in quality and affordable health care for mothers and their babies.


Study points out poverty rates despite economic growth

By AM Costa Rica staff

Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic recorded an economic expansion of 3.8 percent in 2017, but this growth did not mean significant changes in poverty levels or an improvement in income distribution, the Inter-American Development Bank said Tuesday.

These are part of the conclusions of the regional macroeconomic report published by the bank, "Inclusive Growth: Challenges and Opportunities for Central America and the Dominican Republic."

In recent years, the region has benefited from a favorable international context, "but unfortunately, we have not seen this boom reach the most vulnerable social sectors," said Verónica Zavala in a statement issued by the agency's office in Santo Domingo. She is general manager of the bank’s department overseeing Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

"It is necessary for the region to maximize the impact of the assets it already has, such as the growing labor force, its financial system or its high commercial and financial integration, to accelerate growth and thus promote a more equitable distribution of the benefits of an economic expansion," she added.

In an environment of growing uncertainty about the world economy, authorities of the region should adopt actions and policies to boost their growth and increase its inclusiveness, the analysis added.

The report analyzes the accumulation of human capital and its influence on economic growth and highlights characteristics of the individual's home and individuals that affect the likelihood of accessing education and health services, according to a press statement.

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Vulnerable populations are reported still outside the benefits of economic growth.

It also examines the role of financial integration in the credit behavior of the region, and finishes with the construction of scenarios of regional economic performance in the face of external shocks.

"We hope that this report will allow a debate on the actions and policies to be followed by the authorities of the region to enhance their growth and increase inclusiveness. Our main challenge must be to ensure that the benefits of growth reach the largest proportion of the population," said Zavala.






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Constitutional chamber refuses appeal
against new sexual education programs

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The minister of Education, Sonia Marta Mora, celebrated the resolution of the Constitutional Chamber which denied an appeal for protection filed by the mother of a student. The mother had protested the guidelines of sexuality and affectivity education of the Ministry of Public Education.

The education leader shared her happiness through a live Facebook broadcast. She said she felt satisfied because the programs had sparked protests by some parents.

"It confirms that the programs are a fundamental tool to fight against improper relations, against the abuses of minors, against gender violence, against teenage pregnancy," said Mora.

The minister of Public Educations said the criteria of the chamber confirm these programs were prepared based on high quality scientific background.

She added that the state must guarantee the right to education and also the protection of the student.

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The sexual education curriculum for public education received constitutional support.
The appeal was filed by the mother of a student who claimed that programs indoctrinate, promote gender ideology, and that they pervert and incite to morbidity and pornography.

In 2012, the Constitutional Chamber said: ". . . there is an obligation for the Costa Rican state to implement sex education policies for minors."

First mobile simulation clinical center will train caregivers

By AM Costa Rica staff

For the first time, a highly specialized center will be able to move to rural and urban areas with the purpose of increasing the proficiency of clinical procedures performed by health care professionals at the national level. This is a program never before developed in Latin America.

The Mobile Simulation Center-UCR, run by the School of Nursing of the University of Costa Rica, will allow students, nurses, graduates and other experts dedicated to patient care to practice various types of complex clinical procedures in human models before dealing with a real person.

The objective is for the participants to further strengthen their skills in a high-tech controlled space, where they can design and carry out the steps that are needed in difficult cases, the university said. This will reduce the risk of a patient receiving a bad procedure, it added.

According to Seidy Mora, coordinator of the Center for Simulation in Health, clinical simulation has become an essential strategy to guarantee patient safety, as well as guaranteeing the quality of learning processes. In this aspect, the university has been characterized as a pioneer and leader in the country.

The center also responds in cases of national emergency, specifically in the selection and immediate care of patients, and even in the performance of minor surgeries that are vital at the time of emergency.

Those involved will be able to implement about 72 clinical procedures with their respective guides based on scientific evidence. These include the placement of different types of probes, application of injectables by different routes and various types of cures, among others.

Participants will also receive training in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support and advanced pediatric support, as needed.

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The new mobile center had a cost of more than half a million dollars.

Another contribution that the Mobile Simulation Center will provide will be to expand teaching in different scenarios of the health system, with the purpose that those involved are able to respond to changing environments in accordance with the new needs of Costa Rica, the university said.

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The Mobile Simulation Center required an investment of about 589,000 colons, has two simulation rooms and a fully equipped control room. It also includes a state-of-the-art patient simulator and a modern first-world learning space called Learning Space Go.

The first place that the mobile center will go to is San Ramón de Alajuela at one of the university branches where nursing is taught.

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More than 40 irregular workers caught by immigration police
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to immigration police, 47 people from different nationalities were caught working illegally in the facilities of the Coopesa company, dedicated to the repair and maintenance of aircraft.

Authorities explained they are foreigners from El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela, among others, who entered the country as tourists and therefore do not have the respective permits to work in Costa Rica.

According to Elías Quesada, director of the Immigration Police, these people were found after an alert was received and an operation was carried out in the facility.

Foreigners received weekly salaries ranging from ¢240,000 and ¢747, 000 according to the findings of the authorities.

According to Quesada, the company faces fines ranging from two to twelve base salaries, for violating the migration law.
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The workers had tourist visas, police said.


The 47 people had their passports confiscated and a process was initiated to regularize their migratory status or have them leave the country.

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Real estate rentals (paid category)
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Beautiful House for Rent
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2 bedrooms, 1 bath furnished house inside gated farm. Close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water Santa Barbara de Heredia American owner lives onsite, quiet, secure.
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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
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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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                     Legal Services
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Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

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

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
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San José, Costa Rica     Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018      Vol. 18, No.228
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Punta Uva is one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean.

Trip Advisor says Punta Uva is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Punta Uva beach in Puerto Viejo de Limón was selected as one of the 25 best beaches in the world.

The designation was made by the American website TripAdvisor, which provides content reviews related to travel and includes opinions of tourists.

The vice president of the Chamber of Tourism of the South Caribbean, Jorge Molina, said the beach is one of the most visited and has a rich history. The calm of the sea and its landscapes makes it one of the jewels of the province, he said.



Molina asked those who visit this area not only to enjoy this and other beaches but to avoid littering, an action hard to control but one that can be eliminated with a little environmental awareness.

Punta Uva beach is located only five minutes by car from the center of Puerto Viejo. Visitors usually arrive by bicycle.

This beach shares its designation as one of the 25 best in the world with Varadero beach, in Cuba, Blanca Beach in the Philippines and Negril Beach in Jamaica.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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New theater opens up in San Sebastián

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

"Cream and chocolate in café concert," written by the Costa Rican playwright and director, Claudia Barrionuevo, is the inaugurating piece of Teatro Arte Urbano, located in the Eco Bambú Plaza shopping center in San Sebastián.

The new theater will be in the charge of the Costa Rican actress Thelma Darkings.

The opening activity will take place next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. with a press conference and the presentation of the theatrical piece.

"The Urban Art Theater aims to become a meeting point for lovers of the arts, a space for discovery, a place to dream and to interact with the performing arts of our country. It was conceived as a special place to discover, explore and enjoy the theater," said Marbella Farach, spokesperson for the theater.

"Crema y chocolate en café concert" performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. There will also be an art exhibition by the Talentum Gallery, which will exhibit pieces of different national artists.

In the play, two women embody different characters. Through the action they reveal their controlling attitudes and dysfunctionality finally realizing that the solution to the problems is solidarity, according to the theater.

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The theater is located in the Eco Bambú shopping center in San Sebastián.


"We chose solidarity as a message so that when our wonderful audience comes out after having seen the show they bring their hearts full of joy," Farach said.

The opening staging includes music, dance, singing and acting, and the theater announcement gave thanks to the artists who put their talent to work and created a show of high quality, which is one of the objectives of Teatro Arte Urbano.


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:
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011-506-8718-9891
www.RichCoastRealty.com
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

CODE 9267-2/28/18


Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

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Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
list all. Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more. Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation.
For more information and asking price our email address: aquaad@hawaii.rr.com
Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com
Code:9284-3/22/18



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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
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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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CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH

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A Name You Trust,
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Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Buying? Selling? Renting?
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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 Wednesday,  February 28, 2018       Vol. 18, No.228
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About Us

Intel Costa Rica will dismiss several workers

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The technological giant Intel will resume dismissals in Costa Rica, the government said Tuesday.

Between 20 and 40 people would be left without work, according to the minister of Communication, Mauricio Herrera.

Herrera said the dismissals are the result of a restructuring process the company carries out globally and which also impacted Costa Rica.

The number of dismissals that was initially reported was 200. However, Herrera dismissed that information as false.

According to the minister, the impact of Intel's restructuring will be minimal in the country.


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Intel Costa Rica is located in Belén de Heredia.

These dismissals are added to 68 that Intel made last April when it closed one of its research departments and development center.

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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
Click for Web
British logo
Click for Web
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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Click for Web
Dutch flag
Click for Web
Oficentro la Sabana,
P.O.Box 10285-1000
San José 506 2296-1490

Torre Sabana, 8ƒ floor,
Sabana Norte.
Box 4017-1000, San José 506 2290-9091
After hours 506 8381-7968

German flag
Click for Web
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Embassy located in Mexico,
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
Immigration
Immigration
Direccion General
de Migracion
main page is HERE!

Appointment to renew
cedulas for residents

900-00-34639 Or click HERE!
Banco de Costa Rica
Community groups
Association of Residents of Costa Rica
HERE!
Community
                      alliance
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
www.actionalliancecr.com



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