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San José, Costa Rica            Published Monday,  March 5, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.305

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Industrial electricity in Costa Rica is three times
more expensive than in the U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ten years ago the average electricity tariffs in Costa Rica for industrial purposes were very similar to the average rates in the United States, but now the cost has tripled, causing an electrical expense deemed as not competitive for the local companies, a new report said.

That is part of the findings from researcher Sandro Zolezzi in a study on electricity in Costa Rica prepared for the Coalition of Initiatives for Development.

The data is based on the average 50 percent load factor price of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute  for 2016 and the industrial average for 2017 in the United States according to the U. S. Energy Information Administration.

The load factor is the average energy consumption divided by the peak demand over one month. That is, the load factor of the company compares the hours it provides energy with the hours available to do so, the report said.

In Costa Rica, most multinational companies operate with a load factor between 60 and 80 percent

The study highlights the results of the operational audit conducted in 2017 by the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic on the effectiveness and efficiency of the allocation of energy sources for energy generation.

According to the analysis, the energy demand estimates in the last eight years were "well above the real demand for electric power," so that during the period 2001 to 2008 the difference between the estimated and the real demand was 1. 46 percent, but from 2009 to 2015 it had become 13.84 percent, said the report.

That would imply that the ICE forecast more energy supply in comparison with the real needs of the country.

The coalition's study also refers to a World Bank study of 2015, which highlights several problems of the Costa Rican energy matrix.

First, a dependence on hydroelectric generation was cited. On the one hand, a decrease in rainfall makes the system more vulnerable and, on the other hand, the use of thermal energy as a contingency plan implies that tariffs incorporate the swings in the prices of fuels , the report said.

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One report of the World Bank states that Costa Rica faces new challenges to decrease electricity prices.
Another negative factor cited is the low operational performance: There are 197 customers for each employee, an excess of staff that impacts in the operating costs.

Finally, there is a high operating cost that reflects accelerated depreciation and a high price for the leasing of plants, some 15 to 19 percent of costs, the report added.

Last December, the Costa Rica Chamber of Industries said it disagree with electricity rates in Costa Rica, which grew faster than in the United States and Europe.

"Even today the industry in Costa Rica is paying more than the Central American average, according to the latest studies," said Carlos Montenegro, deputy director of the chamber. "This is unacceptable because Costa Rica produces electricity mainly with renewable resources, so it should be cheaper.”

The representatives of the industrial sector said they appreciated the implementation of a regulatory accounting system to provide greater transparency to the tariff fixations.

"There is a tendency from ICE and other operators to request disproportionate increases far beyond what is required to provide the service," he added.

For the business sector, having electric power at competing prices is necessary to make the country competitive.

Scammers used Costa Rican call center
to commit fraud against U.S. seniors

By AM Costa Rica staff

Two Americans living in Costa Rica were found guilty of deceiving seniors for a total of $10 million.

The case, under investigation since 2015, was decided after a three-day trial in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of North Carolina Feb. 7.

The Americans were identified as Andrew Smith, 45, of San Jose and Christopher Lee Griffin, 44,  who previously lived in San Jose. They were convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, eight counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and seven counts of international money laundering, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

A date for sentencing has not been set.

Smith and Griffin and other collaborators contacted senior citizens in the U.S. from Costa Rica to tell them they won a large sum of money. They explained to the seniors that to claim the prize, they had to send a transactional payment.

The subjects operated from a call center in Costa Rica. They passed themselves off as representatives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission  and contacted the elderly to let them know they had won a prize.

"After convincing the victims that they could receive a significant financial reward, the subjects' collaborators asked the victims for a series of payments in advance before delivering the alleged prize,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Many of these fraud calls also come from Nigeria and were aimed at the same older population.

Calls were made from Costa Rica but a phony IP telephone address was used to make victims believe they were contacted from Washington, D.C.

The scammers received the money through electronic transfers or through individuals, characterized by U.S. Officials as runners or brokers who collected the funds and transferred them to accounts in Costa Rica.

"The brokers were with the elderly in their homes to collect bags of cash, which in turn sent to Costa Rica according to the evidence," added the report of the U.S. authority.

In this case, the Costa Rican authorities collaborated with the extradition of the subjects.

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22 legislators gather to challenge the decision of
the Inter-American Court on Human Rights

By AM Costa Rica staff

A total of 22 legislators from different political factions sent a letter to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights contesting the advisory opinion on same-sex marriage.

The legislators offered a press conference in which they explained the reasons for their annoyance. Most of them agree that the court does not respect the sovereignty of the countries, although they, being part of this international organization, accept the fact that the decisions are binding.

However, these 22 lawmakers believe that the hemispheric court should not override the law and interfere in internal decision-making. They also criticized the government of the Republic for the supposed secrecy with which the consultation was handled.

"We (as) legislators of the Republic of Costa Rica strongly express our position against the response of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of Nov. 24, 2017, in response to the consultations made by the country, which is intended to be welcomed as of mandatory compliance," says the document.

The legislative officials who signed the letter are José Alberto Alfaro of the Libertarian Movement, and Rosibel Ramos, Luis Vásquez, William Alvarado, Gerardo Vargas Rojas, Rafael Ortiz, and Johnny Leiva of the Christian Social Unity Party.

Also Marco Vinicio Redondo and Nidia Jiménez, Gonzalo Ramírez and Abelino Esquivel of Costa Rican Renovation, the substitute of Fabricio Alvarado in the legislature, Alexandra Loría, and the member of the National Liberation Party, Ronald Calvo, Marta Arauz, Danny Hayling, Olivier Jiménez, Lorelly Trejos, Juan Luis Jiménez Succar, Julio Rojas, Aracelly Segura and Maren Fallas.

The letter also states that: "The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in the advisory opinion issued as a result of the Costa Rican request, referred to same-sex marriage, guaranteeing its existence and encouraging its acceptance in the member states."

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The Inter-American Court on Human Rights headquarters, located in the City of Los Yoses, Costa Rica.

"The criteria issued is not linked to the query that was made, and it also contradicts the arguments of the American Convention on Human Rights where there is no article that mentions or accepts marriage between people of the same sex," the document adds.

The congressmen said that this protest is nothing more than a demonstration of the criteria issued but that it is not a disrespectful act. They said they wanted to be clear that this is not any legal pronouncement, but wished to clarify and maintain their position in this regard.

During the conference, they said that the interpretation that to allow homosexual marriage in the country violates, "the etymological interpretation of the term marriage."

In January, the Inter-American Court demanded Costa Rica respect same-sex couples in all existing areas of legislation which covers the right to marriage or civil union, without any discrimination.

That response is the answer to the query the country had filed months ago regarding the subject by the Vice President Ana Helena Chacón.


Survey placing Carlos Alvarado in the lead
was disclosed without authorization

By AM Costa Rica staff

The survey that places the candidate of the Citizen's Action Party, Carlos Alvarado, in first place as a presidential candidate should not have been made public.

Nelly López, the director of the Institute of Social Studies in Population of the National University, said this on a radio show.

"I think it was a miscalculation to organize a press conference. We can call it the university's mistake of having called the press to an academic activity," said López.

She said she was not aware that Gerardo Zamora, the university’s press officer sent the document to the media.

Lopéz said Zamora knew the study in its entirety and was in charge of summoning the media to publicize the results of the survey that showed Carlos Alvarado with 52 percent of those who intend to vote while Fabricio Alvarado received 29 percent. The election is April 1.

Through a text message, he said that, "The University Council of the UNA will pronounce opportunely regarding the concerns of the press concerning the recently published study."

López said she was not going to refer to the matter and said the university would issue a statement.

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The rector of the National University, Alberto Salom ordered an immediate investigation on the issue.
"We should have called for an academic discussion, not a press conference, since press focused on just part of the data," she said.

Lopez clarified that the results of the survey could not be extrapolated to the entire population.

The legislator Mario Redondo, referring to the Institute of Social Studies in Population, said  "This is an act of corruption. We will take it to its ultimate consequences. The Costa Rica Journalists association convinced the director of IDESPO to publish a survey in favor of Carlos Alvarado."






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Fabricio Alvarado declines a meeting
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By A.M Costa Rica staff

The State of the Nation program said on Friday that a discussion with the presidential candidates scheduled for March 8 was suspended after one of them refused his participation.

State of the Nation researchers and the National Council of Rectors intended to generate debate between Carlos Alvarado from the Citizen's Action Party and Fabricio Alvarado of National Restoration Party, but the latter canceled his participation for reasons still unknown.

The event was named "Challenges of human development with candidates for the Presidency of the Republic," and was going to be a live broadcast in the University of Costa Rica television channel and on various social networks such as YouTube and Facebook.

The activity was scheduled for Thursday at 7:30 pm.

This is not the first time that National Restoration or its candidate, Fabricio Alvarado, surprised the press and the public by canceling an interview or prohibiting its elected deputies from giving statements to the reporters.

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State of the Nation also launched an app called Votómetro to compare the points of view of the voters and those of the candidates.

Specialists from the State of the Nation asked the candidates 32 questions on politics, economics, environment and democracy, among others.

These same questions were answered by Costa Ricans through the app. The total result determines the level of coincidence between the answers given by citizens and those offered by the candidates.

The  app can be downloaded here http://www.votemoscr.com/votometro/

State of the Nation is an initiative that was born in 1994 with the purpose of improving the access of citizens to broad, timely, and accurate information on different matters of public interest. State of the Nation does this by publishing an annual report that allows an in-depth study and discussion on the sustainable human development of Costa Rica.

During its first annual publications, the State of the Nation project had the collaboration of the U. N. Development Program, the Ombudsman of the Republic, the four state Institutions of higher education and the National Council of Rectors with the support of the European Union.

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The refusal to attend the interview and the orders of not talking to the press given to some member of its team are becoming a trend in the candidate.


As of 2003, the annual report was restructured and acquired the status of an institutional program based in Costa Rica, with regional capacities and activities. Thus, under a strictly national institutional framework, the National Council of Rectors, through an agreement with the Ombudsman's Office, created the State of the Nation Program, fostering sustained support for the state university’s higher education program.

The experience acquired after the publication of the reports of the State of the Nation has led the program to prepare Central American regional reports. The State of the Region Report comes under the slogan "From Central America for Central America" as an instrument that analyzes and monitors the main challenges of sustainable human development of the seven countries of the isthmus.

In addition, State of the Nation has said it sees the need to deepen its vision on a central issue, education. The State of Education Report aims to provide up-to-date knowledge about the development of Costa Rican education and, in this way, promote participatory democracy and support the decision-making processes.

It has also produced unique publications such as the Citizen Audit on the Quality of Democracy (2001), the Latin American Index of Budget Transparency, and the series Contributions for Sustainable Human Development.

It offers modules for the education sector and civil society that motivate the reader to learn, to act in a self-taught way and to create a pedagogical mediation on current issues of the Costa Rican and Central American reality, it says.

Along with academic rigor and social consultation, State of the Nation says it has deployed multiple actions to help citizens consider the challenges of human development, both in Costa Rica and Central America, by various target audiences: decision makers, international organizations, the academic community, the media, education sector and society in general.


Hearings of those involved in the Cementazo Case start today

By AM Costa Rica staff

Defendants in the Cementazo Case are scheduled to testify today at an appeal hearing on their jailings.

They are Juan Carlos Bolaños Rojas, importer of the Chinese cement, Mario Barrenechea Coto, suspended general manager of the Bank of Costa Rica, Leonardo Acuña, acing general manager, and Andrés Víquez Lizano, wholesale banking manager.

They have been in prison since Nov. 4 and filed an appeal about the precautionary measures.

Their original arrests resulted in a judge imposing three months of preventive detention but, on Feb. 4, the Criminal Court of Finance of the Second Judicial Circuit extended the detention for six more months. Preventative detention is used to detain those thought to be flight risks.

"The Public Ministry has already finished the exposition, and it is expected that on Monday the accused will testify. Everyone wants to declare and explain everything," said Fernando Vargas, one of Bolaños' lawyers.

The lawyer explained that the hearing could be extended until Tuesday.

In the case of Bolaños, his lawyers have insisted that he can comply with the precautionary measure under house arrest or other rules. Similarly, the representatives of the different defendants advocate the application of other alternatives rather than preventive detention.

All of them are being investigated for alleged irregularities in the granting of two credit lines for $40 million for Bolaños to enable him to import cement from China through the company Sinocem Costa Rica.

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All the suspects are linked to alleged irregularities about the requesting and granting of credit to import Chinese cement into the country.

Included in the same investigation are Marvin Corrales, retail banking manager, Gilberth Barrantes, corporate risk manager, and Rodrigo Ramírez, credit manager. These three defendants were released Feb. 4.

They received a change in the precautionary measures because they have an alleged lesser participation in the case.


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Police arrested two minors hiding inside a house after a murder
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Saturday Police and the Special Support Unit arrested two juveniles suspected of killing a man who died after being shot in Parrita.

Apparently, the suspects were trying to conceal themselves in a house in the sector of Playón in Parrita.

According to the press office of the Ministry of Public Security, "the officers, upon entering the house, detained two alleged minors, who were handed over to the Judicial Investigation Organization's staff."

The police stated that they are maintaining surveillance in the in the area, "because there could be another person involved in the case."

The young detainees could be 16 and 17 years old, but this information has not been confirmed.

The possible suspects in the murder fled and entered a house, where they barricaded themselves.

Unofficially, it is said one of the suspects works as an employee of a bakery.
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Unofficially, it is said one of the suspects works as an employee of a bakery. The two juveniles were 16 and 17 years old.


The police confirmed that the deceased person had a long record of drug dealing.

"Two years ago, this man was caught and the police confiscated more than 500 grams of drugs," says the statement.


One person is murdered in Costa Rica every 14 hours

By AM Costa Rica staff

Almost two people are murdered daily in Costa Rica according to the annual report of the Judicial Investigation Organization which compiled all the complaints filed before judicial offices during the past year.

The director of the judicial police, Walter Espinoza, also said that, in total, there were 14,719 robberies
in different parts of the country last year.

Robberies increased by 2.5 percent compared to 2016. However, other criminal situations, including homicides, also increased.

According to Espinoza, the data shows that every 14 hours and 36 minutes a person is murdered in the country.

Other crimes that increased during 2017 were vehicle theft and robberies in large buildings, while other crimes such as thefts and assaults on homes decreased.

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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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ax Accountant
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

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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.

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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.

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San Jose Central 2-1/2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment on the 3rd floor of a six floor building, fully furnished American-style apartment with elevator in a secure building in Barrio Amon. Large balcony. Adult Bldg. Free cable with desk top computer and a television in the living room and principal bedroom., high speed internet, WiFi, fully equipped large kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, lots of utensils. Water included. Free laundry rooms on all floors. Convenient to Parque Morazon, 100 mts. North of downtown Holiday Inn, other hotels, restaurants, casinos, city government, National Registry. For a single individual it is $650 per month plus electric only. Minimum 3 month rental. 1/2 mo.security deposit .” For personal inspection and more information contact: Call Hilda at (506) 7279-0252 or Frank at (506)-7148-1518
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Real estate rental services (paid category)
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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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San José, Costa Rica       Published Monday,  March 5, 2018         Vol. 18, No.305
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Lifestyle
...Food
About Us

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A proposal would make it harder to use
the Constitutional Chamber to halt legislative bills


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Currently, the constitutional consultation on different legislative bills requires 10 signatures from the legislators. Future congressmen plan to reform this law top increase the number of signatures needed to 29.

The elected lawmakers consider that there is an abuse of this tool, and in many cases it is even used as a way to stop initiatives by opposition.

Although there are constitutional consultations that cannot be avoided, such as those for international treaties, some others are optional, meaning the Constitutional approval is not required.

The elected head of the future caucus of the National Liberation Party faction, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, and the deputy head of the National Integration Party, Zoila Volio, consider it necessary to make this reform.

"There are two possible solutions: one is much easier. It is to reform article 46 of the Law of Constitutional Jurisdiction and 145 of the Internal Regulation of the Legislative Assembly so that instead of 10 signatures, 29 becomes the minimum,” said Benavides.

This idea is supported by the next leader of the fraction of the Christian Social Unity Party, Erwen Masis, the deputy chief of the Citizen Action Party, Carolina Hidalgo and the National Restoration Party deputy, Jonathan Prendas.

The future legislator added that this would help the consultation from being used to prevent legislative bills from becoming law. Under the current rule, just 10 lawmakers can request a constitutional court ruling and delay action on a proposed law for months

Volio explained that if a deputy has already voted in favor of that bill, there should not be a reason for him or her to sign in support of the same draft being sent to the constitutional chamber.


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The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.


"Constitutional consultations are critical because they have served to cancel many laws where reaching an agreement was very difficult," she said.

However, Prendas was clear that it is the formula used many times by the deputies to make negotiations within the full legislature.

"It is important to mention that there would be 29 signatures even if they voted positively," he said.

Another point that the future legislators analyzed is the management of the agenda in congress.

"The extraordinary sessions could begin in May, so that the new government has six months to send their needs, promised during the campaign, and the legislators will have six months to study the proposals coming from the executive branch," Prendas added.


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Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot
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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.
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.....Food
About Us
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National Restoration Party falsely
declares the support of 23 mayors

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Following a meeting of a group of mayors with presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado Saturday, his party, National Restoration, tried to falsely claim the support of 23 of them through a publication on Alvarado's Facebook page and then in a press statement.

Hours after Fabricio Alvarado’s claim, the group issued a statement explaining that, in reality, only 13 had given their support in a public manner. Among those 13 mayors, two are not really mayors, but vice-mayors, one of Alajuela and the other of Tucurrique.

One of those mentioned in the second statement, the mayor of Dota, Leonardo Chacón, publicly denied having given his support to the evangelical candidate.

"Yes I was in the meeting but to explain the proposal of the National Association of Mayors and its members, because I am its president, said Chacón. "I have not given my support to Don Fabricio or Don Carlos.” Fabricio Alvarado’s opponent in the April 1 presidential election is Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen Action Party.

Among those mentioned in the original statement were the liberationist mayors of San José and Alajuela, Johnny Araya and Roberto Thompson, who were the first to deny the press release version.

"I confirm that it is not true. I have not given a pledge of support to any candidate," answered the deputy-elect for Alajuela.

Thompson affirmed that his, "fraction of opposition would exercise it responsibly and constructively regardless of who achieves the triumph on April 1."

Araya also confirmed he had not given his support to the Restoration candidate.

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Fabricio Alvarado for President Facebook photo
The alleged support of 23 mayors to the evangelical leaders plummeted to 13 in just a few hours.


The mayor of Jiménez, Lisette Fernández, also denied that version as did the mayor of Oreamuno, Catalina Coghi.

"I support him, but I do not give him my firm pledge. In fact, Fabricio's support for decentralization will generate more projects," Coghi said.

“She was invited to a meeting to listen to the proposals, which did not displease him," said the mayor of Jiménez.

Although the original reason for the meeting was to know the thinking of Alvarado on municipal work, some of the attendees took the opportunity to make public their support of the candidate.

The mayor of Heredia, José Manuel Ulate, explained that the activity was not for pledges of support, but to know the ideas Fabricio Alvarado has regarding the municipal regime.


Real estate for sale (paid category)

COLINAS DEL SOL
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* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled parcels.
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* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
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* 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

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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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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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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
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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
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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:
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Code: 04/16/18


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure. For complete information click here

Contact Harv in English and Spanish:
Email cap@lightsurfer.com

Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) :
Email- marvama05@gmail.com
Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-8667-2823.

Web page: www.costarica-house.com

Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
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San José, Costa Rica      Published Monday,  March 5, 2018        Vol. 18, No.305
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Oops?

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Accidents.

We all have them although gardeners tend to get more than their share. After all, we are out there where there are slippery logs, mossy rocks, and snaking vines. Those vines are a huge hazard, tracing over the paths we patiently cut through the undergrowth and grabbing a toe to try to throw you to the ground. Then there is the general detritus that piles up everywhere…

Other things get us as well. Like the old soda can that was partly covered by weeds, or a piece of rusted barbed wire, or even a poorly maintained tool with a bit of rust on the edge. Let’s not forget the foliage – every pick black raspberries without getting a scratch from a thorn even though you wore a long-sleeved shirt? I haven’t. And the bug bites that you scratch too much. It seems like everything is out to get the gardener.

And there are the other things, natural to the earth. Fungi that send out spores and give you an allergic sneeze. Bacteria that get into tiny scratches and make them worse (don’t forget your tetanus shots). Bits of dirt and dust that get into your eyes…..why are we even out there?

Never mind, we all know why. We are out there for the fresh air and the sun. We are there for the scent of the earth itself, that rough sweet scent that makes you feel a connection with life that is somehow essential. We are there for the beauty of it all, the scents, the textures, the tastes. We are there because, when we stand up to easy the kinks out of our backs, the view is amazing. It doesn’t matter if we have a long vista that reaches to a lake and hills, or a brief one blocked by trees. We stare and marvel that we are here, doing what we are doing, connected to something larger than we are.



So we accept the accidents. We put antibiotic ointment on the scratches and watch them heal. We treat the bug bites with After Bite or ChiggerX. We put aloe or lotion on the sunburn and remember to wear a hat next time. We grab allergy pills and get tetanus shots. We rub BenGay on aching muscles and sign up for a massage. We know how to cope. If really necessary, we see a doctor. Then we wait a day or so (or a month or so) until things are back to normal so we can get back out there.

Why a sudden interest in accidents? Let’s just say, that I will be using a cane for a while.


Plant for the Week


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There seem to be a lot of purple leafed ground covers in Costa Rica, and this is one of them. This one appears to be a variety of Ajuga found in a friend’s garden near Dominical which sadly has a climate that is very different from ours near the lake. Plant Ajuga in everything from full sun to shade, although it is a bit more green than deep purple in the shade.


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