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San José, Costa Rica            Published Thursday,  March 8, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.308

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The arrival of cruise lines increased
34 percent in the last two years

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the 2016-2017 season, 250 cruise ships arrived at local shores, representing a growth of 34 percent compared to the 186 registered in 2015-2016, according to the latest report of the Costa Rican Tourism Board.

The board also said the increase reaches 66 percent if the data of the 2016-2017 season is compared with that of 2014 - 2015 when 150 cruise ships stopped by the country.

"During this administration we set ourselves the goal of recovering this industry that clearly brings benefits to the most depressed coastal areas of the country. Thanks to the strategy we developed, today the country counts 100 more cruise arrivals than we received two years ago,"  Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura said in a statement.

Regarding the number of tourists on board, the tourism board data shows that in 2014-2015, 223,037 passengers were logged, in 2015-2016 there were 242,930 (+8.9 percent), and in 2016-2017 the total was 280,854, a 15.6 percent growth.

The minister pointed out that, as part of Costa Rica's strategy to attract more cruise ships, the tourism board has participated in the Seatrade Cruise Global Fair, an event that brings together cruise lines, suppliers, travel agencies and wholesale partners.

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The Costa Rica Tourism Board has approached the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association to foster developmental links.

Another of Costa Rica's initiatives was to approach the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association  in order to build a commercial relationship and consolidate the country as an attractive destination on both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts.

Tourism is one of the leading sources of cash in Costa Rica's economy. This nation of 4.7 million inhabitants receives around three million tourists each year, according to the tourism board.

Legislator calls for protection of
the National Women Institute

By AM Costa Rica staff

The lawmaker and candidate for the vice-presidency of the Republic for the Citizen Action Party, Epsy Campbell Barr, made a call in the legislature for the defense of the National Institute for Women.

Campbell said that Costa Rica must secure the institutions that advocate for the protection and respect of women's rights within the framework of International Women's Day that takes place today.

The legislator said the different powers of the republic, as well as civil society and private enterprise, should reflect on the role of women in national development during the month of March.

"In the middle of the electoral political debate there are those who think that time has run out for INAMU, a fundamental institution trying to guarantee women's rights in this country and one that raises issues about the violence that women in Costa Rica fall victim to," she said, using the agency’s Spanish acronym.

Campbell added that a public policy should be promoted, one that impacts all government institutions in this matter, since the country is still far from guaranteeing equality for women.

"We are very far from having fulfilled the goals that allow us to deliver to new generations an egalitarian society, without discrimination because of someone’s sex,” said the legislator.

“That is why, during the month of March, we should engage in the discussion about the responsibility that the next government has to move towards a parity government and about the responsibility that we have, from all spaces, to confront violence against women" she added.

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Epsy Campbell is running for the vice presidency of the country under the Citizen's Action Party.

To strengthen citizens in this fight, the lawmaker said she considers that a greater participation of the new generations of women, accompanied by men who have an attitude of respect and who value the female role in the development of the country, is crucial.

"We have to make an alliance between Costa Rican men and women, because girls must have their rights guaranteed," she concluded.









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San José, Costa Rica         Published Thursday,  March 8, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 308
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 Unions gather to protest the approval of tax reform

By AM Costa Rica staff

Wednesday, the union groups Patria Justa, Unified Trade Union and Social Block and the National Association of Public and Private Employees joined together to ask the government to withdraw legislative bill 20.580 under which a tax reform is being processed.

The union leaders held a morning press conference to announce their manifesto in which they refuse to go from a sales tax to a value-added tax at a rate of 13 percent.

"As of this moment, we declare ourselves in a permanent session for the strategic-political and operative-organizational planning that derives from this manifesto in the face of the ill-intentioned impulse of fast parliamentary channels lacking transparency on the part of those who are really guilty of the fiscal deficit," reads the document.

The union groups not only propose the withdrawal of the fiscal project but also want dialogue sessions with the government, trade union, political and social movements to jointly elaborate a plan for fiscal action.

The secretary of the National Association of Public and Private Employees, Albino Vargas, did not say the measures that they would take but they emphasized their rejection to the text of the tax reform on which the legislators are working.

The legislators gave a fast track to the bill of fiscal reform which includes a series of changes in terms of public employment, fiscal rule, income tax and sales tax.

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The union leaders demand the government to create a discussion board to take into consideration  the views of workers and businessmen.

The legislators gave a fast track to the bill of fiscal reform which includes a series of changes in terms of public employment, fiscal rule, income tax and sales tax.

Families get new housing in Siquirres, Limón

By AM Costa Rica staff

On Monday, 213 families from Siquirres have new homes in the recently created San Martín Project.

The housing project required an investment of ¢4.219 billion and was approved by the Housing Mortgage Bank with resources from the Housing Subsidies Fund.

This project was inaugurated during a tour made by President Luis Guillermo Solís and first lady Mercedes Peñas across Matina, Siquirres and Limón.

The San Martin project is a housing complex built in stages and aimed at meeting the needs of the community.

Two different authorized groups participated in the project. Grupo Mutual was in charge of the second stage, which consists of 147 homes, and the Costa Rica-Canada Foundation was in charge of the third stage, consisting of 66 houses.

In the two current stages, urbanization San Martin also has housing lots, parks, communal facilities and five playgrounds.

Families were chosen from those living of extreme poverty and social risk from districts close to the project. Thirty are large nuclear families and three families are centered on senior citizens.

San Martín Project has paved streets and sidewalks throughout the project, ramps for the disabled, electricity and drinkable water services, hydrants and horizontal and vertical road markings. A wastewater treatment plant was built as a sanitary solution.

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All the families will be transferred to the same property, known as Project San Martín.

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Thursday,  March 8, 2018             Vol. 18, No. 308
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Curridabat youth develop sex and affectivity guides for adults


By A.M Costa Rica staff

Seeking to eliminate parental fear of talking to their children about sex, a group of young people plans to create their own programs of affectivity and integral sexuality for adults.

This is a project proposed by the Cantonal Committee of the Young Person of Curridabat, which aims to create a version of the programs taught by the Ministry of Public Education, not for students, but for their parents.

According to the president of the Cantonal Committee of the Young Person, Jiuberth Jiménez, the protests that took place at the beginning of the school year 2018, "showed the issue is still taboo and that must change."

"We were seeing that at the national level there was a movement against these programs, but most of the municipal councils are formed by adults and offer almost no place for young voices to express themselves," Jiménez explained.

The idea of the young people of Curridabat is to implement a pilot plan in the area in which groups of maximum 30 people receive the same classes of sexuality that the seventh-, eighth-, ninth- and tenth-year students get, but adapted directly to the parents, who will learn how to  speak correctly about sex to the children.

The project also seeks to avoid a conflict between the training that students get in schools versus what they get a home.

"We are thinking to make the sessions open to the public, but with limited space, we hope to hire a professional to develop these topics and help the parents," said Jiménez.

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One of the goals of the project is to provide coherent information to both parents and students (Cantonal Council of the Young Person of Curridabat.

The pronouncement was sent as a motion Feb. 27 to the Municipality of Curridabat; the office of the minister of Public Education, Sonia Marta Mora; the Higher Council of Education; the National Assembly of the Advisory Network of the Young Person, and with a copy to all the cantonal committees.

The Committee expects the education ministry to provide support to expand the project to different parts of the country. At the moment, young people  are working on the budget necessary to implement the pilot plan in the community.









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San José, Costa Rica           Published Thursday,  March 8, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 308
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IT companies fly to Canada in the search for partnerships
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four Costa Rican companies in the information technology sector have been visiting Canada since Tuesday to promote their software development services, e-commerce solutions and the internet, while they search for buyers and business partners.

The firms QxD, ProximityCR, Sapiens and Ex2 Outcoding assist with the support of the Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica through the Office of Trade Promotion in Canada, which managed to organize about 35 business appointments between Costa Rican businessmen and Canadians.

According to Álvaro Piedra, director of exports of of the promotional organization, this trade mission has the objective of helping Costa Rican technology companies explore the Canadian market, connect with potential buyers and present them in the local ecosystem. For this reason they will have visits to the Venture Labs Incubator and Accelerator, center Innovation Guelph, Digital Factory of Scotiabank in Toronto and the Communitech Incubator in Waterloo.

"These approaches are vital for Costa Rican companies so that they can know the needs and operations of Canadian companies, and in this way, achieve business and strategic alliances,” Piedra added.

Adolfo Cruz, CEO of ProximityCR, said his company, "has focused on the North American market with a strong emphasis on the United States, currently, more than 90 percent of our customers are there. In 2017, we decided to explore other related markets in Europe and North America, with Canada being one of the most attractive due to the characteristics it offers and the geographical proximity."

“Thanks to the support of PROCOMER, we were able to sign a contract with our first Canadian client and we are in advanced conversations with several companies that are also very interested in our services, so we see in this commercial mission a very valuable opportunity to continue expanding our footprint in Canada and thus diversify our markets." he added, using the promotional organization’s Spanish acronym.
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The four companies are traveling thanks to the Gateway to Trade program.

The commercial mission is part of the follow-up of the Gateway to Trade program, facilitated by the Trade Facilitation Office of the Government of Canada that installed a training model in the promotional organization’s offices and certified the staff as a coaches of access to the Canadian market.

The companies participating in this program have received training on cultural opportunities and differences so that they can adapt their business plans to the local market and be successful.

 The services sector grew by 4 percent in the third quarter of 2017, while business services and information and computing services together represent 34 percent of total Costa Rican services exports.

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After 70 years, the construction of
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the lot where the new Legislative Assembly will be, workers buried a time capsule that includes a Bible, the Constitution and the fundamental law of the state, the trust contract for the new building, the financing contracts, and the order to start the work.

This is a starting ritual for the construction of a facility that has waited 70 years to be built and which is estimated to be ready in September 2019.

The building will cost approximately ¢61.6 billion, with financing through a syndicated loan among Banco de Costa Rica, the National Bank and Banco Popular. The credit allows not just the construction of the building but the furniture and office equipment necessary for it to operate.

"The property will be built under the trust signed with the Bank of Costa Rica in 2011, which establishes that the Legislative Assembly will lease the building for a period of 14 years," said Gonzalo Ramírez, president of the Congress.

The Rodio-Traesa consortium began excavation and construction of the walls last March 20. The company Constructora Edica Ltda. will be in charge of the development within 585 calendar days.

The building will have 21 levels, including four sub-levels, where a parking lot for 108 vehicles will be located, the Plenary Hall, the offices of the Legislative Directory, the office of the Executive Director and the halls of the different legislative commissions.

It will include 57 identical offices, one for each legislator, plus the offices of each political party. Meeting rooms will also be available.

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The building will have a restaurant on the top floor.

At the top of the building there will be a dining room-restaurant for the use of officials and the members of the public who visit the building. It will be located on the west side of the current Legislative Assembly.

"It will be a modern building, which will not affect the image of the National Park or the Plaza de la Democracia. Calle 15, which is on one side, will become a pedestrian crossing, authorized by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation. It will allow citizens to take over the urban space, as happens in the big cities of the world," added Ramírez.

He also noted that it is an environmentally friendly building, made under the parameters of sustainability, low maintenance and modern bioclimatic characteristics.

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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

Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
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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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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley
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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

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson
Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here

San José, Costa Rica      Published Thursday,  March 8, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 308
Real Estate
About Us
Security Minister travels to Colombia
to strengthen links to fight drug trafficking

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

This week the Minister of Public Security meets with high rankings officials in Colombia to strengthen alliances against international drug trafficking.

The minister, Gustavo Mata Vega also aims to get further support to combat organized crime, the ministry said.

Mata was received on Wednesday by the vice minister for international affairs and policies, Aníbal Fernández DeSoto, the commander of the Colombian military forces, Gen. Alberto Mejía, and the director of the Colombian National Police, General Jorge Nieto

The Minister organized these meetings to strengthen the bonds that will allow joint regional efforts, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry.

"I've said it before, and we should repeat it. The success in dismantling these criminal networks and their power must necessarily rely on the union of efforts and constituting a regional alliance that allows us to hit international criminal groups more accurately," said Mata.

The Costa Rican minister will remain in Colombia until Friday when he returns to the country.

Ministry of Public Security photo
Colombian government officials meet Costa Rican authorities to share strategies against drug trafficking.

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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.

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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.
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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 $75k Call Capt. Tom USA phone: 1 800 360-9084 / CR phone: (506) 2654-7070 Email:
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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
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Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
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San José, Costa Rica     Published Thursday,  March 8, 2018        Vol. 18, No. 308
Real Estate
About Us

Naranjo Beach Ferry resumes operations tomorrow

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Friday, the ferry between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo will go back to normal after being out of service for 10 days.

According to reports from the Port Maritime Division of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the scheduled work at the Naranjo Beach Ferry Terminal is practically completed.

The work consisted of the replacement of the access ramp to the ferries as well as repair of the lifting frame, with a cost of 450 million colones, money provided by the the ministry.

The work is part of the improvements that the ministry has been making in the ferry terminals of the Gulf of Nicoya in recent years. As usual, the first ferry departure from Puntarenas will be at 6:30 a.m. and the first departure from Playa Naranjo at 8 a.m.

Ministry of Public Works and Transportation photo
The action ramp was completely replaced
during the 10 days.

Volunteers organize voting registration event for American Expat community

A team of volunteers for Vote From Abroad.Org is conducting voter registration events across the country. All events are nonpartisan in nature and anyone who attends can register whether they are Democrat, Republican, third party, or independent. Already events have taken place in San Jose, Escazú, Puriscal, Grecia, Nosara, Santo Domingo de Heredia, and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

This week voter registration events are to take place in Atenas and San Isidro de El General.

San Isidro de El General: Pérez Zeledón Fair (Colibrí Corner, entrance to Supermarket), Thursday, 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 11am.

Atenas: Festival of Life, Central Park Friday, noon - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11: noon - 4 p.m.

All U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica have the right to vote in all federal elections, organizers noted. To do so, however, expats must first register (or re-register) and request a ballot from the election board in the county or city where you last voted. Expats must do this every year that federal elections are held. Midterm congressional elections are Nov. 6, so expats can register and request a ballot now. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate are up for grabs.

Vote From Abroad.Org is a program of Democrats Abroad.

Those seeking more information can contact: Steve Johnson at or by telephone at 2268-0485 or 8927-0529.
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Useful links
Today's international flights

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

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

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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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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

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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
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
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica