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San José, Costa Rica            Published Wednesday,  March 14, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.314

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Magistrates appoint Emilia Navas as the first female Attorney General in Costa Rican history
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After several days of discussions, Supreme Court magistrates unanimously elected Emilia Navas Aparicio as the new attorney general of the republic.

Navas will now go from acting status to being the attorney general with a fixed appointment in the judiciary. The magistrates said that she was the most suitable person for the position.

After her designation, Navas said that she will begin to work closely with all the deputy prosecutors, as well as other officials of the judiciary, including the Judicial Investigation Organization.

Navas had been temporarily serving as attorney general since October, when former prosecutor Jorge Chavarría retired amid a series of investigation about him and reports of his involvement in a corruption case.

There were 17 candidates presented before the nominating committee of the judiciary, but many eventually withdrew their names from consideration. The magistrates determined that at least four  did not meet the requirements for the position, so the list was reduced to five and then two.

Navas, 53, had to compete with Rónald Segura, who also applied to the post.

The voting process was in the charge of the presiding magistrate of the court, Carlos Chinchilla, who said that the process had been transparent and in accordance with established regulations.

The new attorney general has 29 years of experience in the administration of justice, specifically in the criminal area. The appointment is for four years.

The court took citizen participation into account, making available a mailbox in which people could express opinion about the process and the choice. A little less than 2,000 people participated.

Under Navas, the Prosecutor's Office reopened the investigation of former president Óscar Arias and the Crucitas case. Arias has been accused of illegally issuing a decree to allow gold mining in Cutris de San Carlos.

She also has accused a magistrate, Celso Gamboa, of alleged influence peddling in the removal of Mayor Johnny Araya of San José from an investigation. Gamboa has been suspended from the court.

Navas was also responsible for detaining high ranking officials into custody in the case of alleged illegal importation of Chinese cement. They included businessman Juan Carlos Bolaños and the former manager of the Banco de Costa Rica, Mario Barrenechea. The cement case has been a long-running scandal.

In addition, she led a series of raids on offices and houses of Víctor Morales Zapata, former lawmaker of the Citizen's Action Party, and Otto Guevara, legislator of the Libertarian Movement. In the interview for the position, Navas said that she will fight against high-level corruption.


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At the moment, Emilia Navas says she is committed to the investigation of irregularities in the hierarchy.

She has said that she is in favor in the use of alternative penalties instead of prison in the case of non-violent crimes

Navas was born Dec. 16, 1964, in San José. She has a degree in law from the University of Costa Rica , awarded in 1988 and also is a public notary. She also holds a master’s in administration of justice from the National University, awarded in 2013.

She has been a professor at the National University in Heredia on the use of judicial facilitators.

She had an honorable mention in January 2008 in the high level management program of the Fundepos Alma Mater University in San Jose.

In 2009 she received recognition from the judicial school for her contribution in the development of the diagnosis of training needs in criminal matters, and in December 2013 she received recognition for supporting the recruitment, selection and training for prosecutors.

In February 2014, she represented the Attorney General's Office at the meeting of ministers of justice and attorneys of Latin America, part of the Organization of American States.

In April of that same year, she was a representative of the Attorney General's Office in a workshop on cybercrime in the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

In November 1991 she published an investigation in "Legal Medicine and Costa Rican Law."



Nicaragua pays Costa Rica a $380,000 as a compensation for invading Portillos Island


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Nicaraguan government paid Costa Rica $380,000 as compensation for material damages done after a military occupation that took place in 2010 on Portillos Island, located at the northern end of Calero Island, facing the Caribbean Sea.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship said the Nicaraguan chancellor, Denis Moncada, delivered a diplomatic note to his Costa Rican counterpart, Manuel González, in which the transfer of $380,000 was credited to the Central Bank of Costa Rica.

The measure is in compliance with the ruling of the International Court of Justice  Feb. 2.

"We have verified that the amount was credited, so we are pleased that the government of Nicaragua has fulfilled its obligation towards Costa Rica, as commanded by the International Court of Justice. Actions such as this help both countries gradually build a better relationship for the benefit of their people," said González in a press release.

The disbursement includes interest accrued since December 2015 at a rate of 4 percent, when the international body recognized the national right to compensation. Nicaragua had only recognized the payment of $188,000.

Consequently, the court in the Hague had ruled that if the Nicaraguan government did not make the payment by April 2, interest rates would start running at a rate of 6 percent.

The figure recovered by the country turned out to be much less than the $6.3 million requested, due to an inability of the national representation to demonstrate most of the expenses incurred by the country in repairing the environmental damages on the island of Portillos. Costa Rica completed the process with just 5.6 percent of the original sought amount.

The payment is broken down as follows: $120,000 for degradation or loss of environmental goods and services, $2,708 for wetland restoration costs, $236,032 for costs and expenses caused by illicit activities and $20,150 for interest.


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Last month Nicaragua soldiers were withdrawn from the area.

According to the court resolution, Costa Rica was not able to demonstrate clearly that some invoices for the payment of satellite images belonged to the area in conflict.

The normal salary of police officers and the creation of an environmental base were also sought as part of the compensation. In the first case, the court determined that the remuneration did not imply additional costs for the country, and in the second case police activity was not an aspect directly related to the invasion by Nicaragua. Costa Rica flooded the extreme northeastern part of the country in the face of the invasion.

Last June 7 the country presented its compensation request to Nicaragua, but, faced with the refusal of that nation, Costa Rica had to resort to the International Court of Justice to establish the amount.


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 Central Bank gets a $1 billion credit line
to increase its dollars reserve

By AM Costa Rica staff

Monday the Central Bank of Costa Rica reported that a credit of $1 billion had entered the country provided by the Latin American Reserve Fund, located in Bogotá, Colombia.

The new resources are reflected in the increase of $1.039 billion in the international reserves as of March 9. The reserve amount is currently $8 billion.

This balance is equivalent to 13.2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product estimated for 2018. It is also equivalent to 1.7 times the balance of the extended monetary base observed at that date and 6.4 months of imports of goods estimated for the current year.

The credit has a term of three years, with one year of grace. The agreement was signed by Olivier Castro Pérez, president of the Central Bank and José Darío Uribe, executive president of the reserve fund.

Representatives highlighted that these foreign currency flows and their effect on net international reserves were foreseen in the macroeconomic programming of the Central Bank.


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The credit line should be paid in 36 months.

In addition, its purpose is to strengthen the position of international reserves and help maintain macroeconomic stability in the country.

The reserve fund board approved the granting of the loan in October.


Costa Rica gets awarded for best stand at Berlin's tourism fair

By AM Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica stood out in its category and won the award for the best stand of the American Continent and the Caribbean in the most important tourist fair in the world, ITB Berlin.

Mauricio Ventura, minister of Tourism, said that with this recognition, Costa Rica consolidates its image in the world.

"The stand represents the first impression of the country and, for thousands of people, is the only approach they have had even with America.  For that reason, we transformed our presence in international fairs, so that our culture and the authenticity of the Tico will be reflected in every corner. Costa Rica sells authentic travel experiences and that is precisely what we promote in our stand, an experience of getting into the wild of our country while enjoying gastronomy, good coffee, our music, dances and traditions," said Ventura.

Within the evaluation criteria, the organizers of the fair contemplated aspects such as the general impression of the stand, attention to visitors, access to information, design, creativity and the use of sustainable materials, the tourism board said.

According to Viviana Rudín, head of International Fairs, the stand measured 300 square meters. It was located in a fairground of 160,000 square meters.

The decoration included natural plants, elements of the ethnic culture such as typical carts, coffee baskets, wooden horses, seasonal fruits, mixed with the aroma and flavor of coffee, chocolates from Costa Rica, cajeta, cotton candy, music and typical dances like the Creole swing, considered part of the intangible cultural heritage of Costa Rica.

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Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism
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In addition, technology was included by using LED screens, video walls, printing of photographs for visitors and business meeting spaces for the 43 Costa Rican tourism companies that participated in this edition.

ITB Berlin is the largest tourist fair in the world with the participation of 180 countries from five continents, 100,000 participants, 160,000 visitors and 5,000 journalists.






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New website offers more than 3,000 bilingual jobs

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives, presented its modern digital recruitment platform. www.joblink.cr, in which more than 45 leading multinational companies in the service and manufacturing fields and recognized recruiters, will seek to fill 3,800 open positions for the first semester of the year. The main requirement for participants is that they speak a second language.

Job Link was enabled Monday and will continue until March 23 with an online service 24 hours a day. Those interested can visit the website from any computer, smartphone or tablet with internet connection to learn about the available job offers and apply online.

"JobLink is a first multilingual digital recruitment effort that aims to be an innovative and easy tool for those seeking a quality and well-paid job opportunity in multinational companies in the services, life sciences and manufacturing sectors, which are the big employers in our country. Candidates can access the platform from anywhere in the country and in the comfort of their home so we hope to expand the opportunities for Costa Ricans to connect with quality jobs," said Jorge Sequeira of the coalition.

Users who enter the web platform and who are fluent in English or Portuguese can take the BELT free language test, which is provided by the Language International partner.

This test will allow companies to know, in advance the language level of the applicants.  Candidates who apply for positions that require mastering another language will be interviewed directly by the companies at a later date.

"We want to find the best human talent that wants to be part of our culture, that wants to be part of our ideal of continuing to build smiles and dreams of continuing to grow. In addition, we want to be able to reach the largest number of active population in the country, to continue recognizing us as a leading employer brand in the market and that through our large family many people can have an excellent job opportunity," said Diana Rodriguez, human resources specialist at Align Technology.

When entering www.joblink.cr, participants will be asked to register on the web platform so that they can know the job offers and apply online to one or several positions.

If any of the applicants participated in the coalition job fair the previous year, he or she can update the data and use the same profile.


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The 47 companies listed in the site offer
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Those interested must be over 18 years of age and must have an identity card, valid residence card or passport to register and apply to any vacancy of interest.

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Students propose that Sanatorio Duran
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Students from the Costa Rican Technological Institute have suggested that the Carlos Duran Sanatorium has tourist potential in its infrastructure as well as in the area surrounding it.

The area is secure, is a natural resource and contributes to sustainable tourism. The structure is located in Potrero Cerrado de Cartago and has an important history as an old hospital. Proper management of the location for tourism development, where the economy, conservation, and sustainability go hand in hand has never been implemented, the research suggests.

The initiative promoted by students of the Sustainable Tourism Management Program foresees the conditions for developing a sustainable tourism project.

Students Kimberli Solano, Jenory Sánchez and Yanixia Sánchez, with the support of experts from the School of Occupational Safety and Hygiene, determined a series of actions to be carried out in the area.

Some of those actions include providing relevance to its historical-architectural value through historical information and the creation of walking routes in the surroundings of the old hospital.

A map was drawn of the area as part of the results of this investigation using color to represent different risk degrees. Red represents an extreme risk, orange is high in risk, yellow is a moderate risk and green is acceptable.

Miriam Brenes, professor of the School of Labor Safety and Environmental Hygiene, and adviser of this research, highlighted that a series of concerns were found such as the control of and access for people and where cargo loading areas will be established.

Brenes added some other recommendations such as bettering the infrastructure and emergency exits.

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The Sanatorio Durán served as a hospital for tuberculosis patients between 1918 and 1973.


The recommendations were given to the National Union of Small and Medium-sized Costa Rican Farming Producers, the organization currently in charge of administering the area.

Miriam Brenes, professor of the School of Labor Safety and Environmental Hygiene, and adviser of this research, highlighted that a series of concerns were found such as the control of and access for people and where cargo loading areas will be established.

Brenes added some other recommendations such as bettering the infrastructure and emergency exits.

The recommendations were given to the National Union of Small and Medium-sized Costa Rican Farming Producers, the organization currently in charge of administering the area.


Authorities arrest 23 members of a
drug trafficking ring in the Caribbean


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigation Organization dismantled two violent groups of drug traffickers operating in the Costa Rican Caribbean.

Two operations were carried out and were named Reventazón in Turrialba and Ciudad Pecado in Cieneguita de Limón.

In total, the authorities arrested 23 people.

Judicial police captured 16 people in charge of operating 15 bunkers in the center of the central Cartago canton and in La Suiza de Turrialba.

The leaders had connections in Cieneguita and Turrialba and are suspected of trafficking drugs.

"It's the most violent group in the area. They collected debts with violence and practically had a drug sales monopoly,” said Walter Espinoza, director of the judicial police.

In the raids, marijuana, ecstasy, crystal meth, cocaine and firearms were confiscated. Police also found boats used to transport the drugs locally.

The second operation took place in Limón, where police officers dismantled a band led by a man named Picado Sánchez.


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The anti-drug operations took place in Turrialba (Cartago) and Cieneguita (Limón)


This group is being investigated for three three homicide attempts and two homicides in Limón. They are also linked to marijuana and crack cocaine traffic.

According to the judicial police director, the suspects used boats to acquire drugs from Jamaica or in recovering packages floating in the sea.



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San José, Costa Rica     Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 314
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About Us

Montaña Viva, the fair to support small businesses
in Fraijanes, start this weekend


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fraijanes will become the headquarters of the Montaña Viva Fair, a mega artistic, cultural and gastronomic event, Saturday and Sunday where the public will be able to discover the attractions offered by the areas of Poás, Fraijanes, Sarchí, Vara Blanca, Poasito and Bajos del Toro.

These locations will be represented at the fair by 85 micro-entrepreneurs who will offer their products and services.

The Montaña Viva Fair is being suggested as a destination by the Office of the First Lady of the Republic. The fair hopes to motivate tourist visitation to the surrounding areas of the Poás Volcano National Park.

The office of the First Lady and the Municipality of Alajuela, the Municipality of Heredia, the Municipality of Valverde Vega, the Municipality of Poás, the Costa Rican Tourism Board, the National Radio and Television System, the Chamber of Tourism of Poás, Poasito and Fraijanes and the Chamber of Tourism of Sarchí and Bajos del Toro, have cooperated in their efforts create this event and alleviate the drop in sales in the area after the closure of the national park due to a volcano threat.

Montaña Viva is also presents a territorial image and is a carefully designed tourism concept. Currently, its official profile on Facebook, which has more than 20,000 followers, works as a showcase for traders and entrepreneurs.

"We began the work of coordination in June 2017," explained the first lady, Mercedes Peñas. "This fair represents our goal of showing how rich this area of the country is and to activate the local economy."

Plants, flowers, cheeses, sweets, jams, breads, chili, strawberries, blackberries, lodging services, adventure sports and tours will be part of the services offered.


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The event's objective is to increase tourist visitation in the areas close to Poás Volcano.


Children can enjoy the playground designed for different ages, kite workshops, stories, and even interactive games to encourage logic, patience, analysis and psychomotor skills.

Young people, adults and seniors can view the exhibition of old cars, may participate in the bingo games and win prizes, or enjoy the First Festival of the Tractor, where the modified and painted tractors will be on parade. The most original design will get a prize.

Those who attend will also enjoy musical performances by local artistic groups.

A closing concert will take place Sunday with the participation of Los Sabrosos de Mama and Los Ajenos bands.

All activities are free.


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Sylvania will invest $2.5 million
in new manufacturing plant in Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The transnational company Sylvania announced the beginning of a new manufacturing plant in Costa Rica. The plant, with an investment of $2.5 million for construction and equipment, will start operations in 2019.

The two levels structure will be built under the Free Zone regime adjacent to the company's facilities in the Pavas Industrial Zone.

The Free Zones Regime allows a company to skip income taxes or pay a reduced amount for a certain amount of time, usually five years.

The construction would start at the end of May and is expected to be finished in six months.

"Given the growing demand of the market, we want to expand the operation and increase the production capacity in Costa Rica, from which products are exported to the markets of Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, always driving the conversion to LED technology," said Tiago Pereira, manager of Sylvania for Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Once it is fully operational, the new plant will generate around 100 new jobs, mainly in engineering and technical areas, the company said.

Sylvania has 273 employees in Costa Rica, divided into administrative and manufacturing tasks.


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The company has 370 employees in Costa Rica.


The new plant will be a complement to the existing operation and, once both areas are fully operational, the company will have around 370 workers in Costa Rica, plus another 180 who work in countries of Central America and Mexico.

At the end of 2017, and with an investment of $1 million, Sylvania launched Syltech, its new LED technology brand aimed at the mass consumption market in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico with 35 bulbs, LED tubes and luminaires.


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

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Casa Bella Vista
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Looking for a special property with amazing views? This is it! 2 Houses (main and guest), in ground pool, 3 acres (almost 100% usable) with Panoramic Ocean Views. 7 minutes off the coastal highway up a newly PAVED road. 10 minutes from the beach (Playa Bejuco & Esterillos) 2 hours from San Jose. Furnished and turnkey. Must see to appreciate the view. Brokers Welcome $399,000 More information click here http://www.richcoastrealty.com/958-ocean-view
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Contact:
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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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Business For Sale/Business Opportunities (paid category)

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

Code:9344-081518

SPORT FISHING BOAT, TOURS AND REAL ESTATE BUSINESS FOR SALE

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Sport Fishing boat and charters, Tours and a Real Estate Business for sale. Retiring from 15+ yr old businesses in the Flamingo / Potrero area in Guanacaste. I will make it a great opportunity to the right party. Las Brisas Fishing Charters and Capt. Tom's Tours are on Tripadvisor. Also check www.casitaoasis.com. $75k Call Capt. Tom USA phone: 1 800 360-9084 / CR phone: (506) 2654-7070 Email: capttom@casitaoasis.com
Code: 9328-04/15/18


EXOTIC DEVELOPMENT LAND
FOR SALE

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Londres, near Quepos, is an authentic Tico town just 10 miles east of Quepos, but worlds apart. The government FINALLY paving 616 road, and after 13 years has begun construction of the new High School. 5.77 acres (23,368 M2) of flat and fertile development land and in the heart of this up and coming "suburb" of Quepos. Quepos offers
world class Sports Fishing and is the gateway to world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Londres is located on Rio Naranjo, just after the London Bridge, and it is the gateway to most of the adventure tours sold in Quepos. Christmas to Easter Rio Naranjo becomes a lazy river, and the locals favorite beach. The onsite creeks offers a tranquil place to relax and commune with Nature. All utilities to the property, mature Construction Grade Bamboo, fruit trees and 500 feet of creek frontage as the southern boundary. The existing 7 room facility is currently operated as a B&B, and could be used as a learning center, senior care, employee housing or B&B. The expat owner has been living in Costa Rica for 28 years and can offer development suggestions. the Mono Titis and several types of parrots have been frequent visitors.
Excellent bird watching too.

Visit our web: DevelopmentlandQuepos.com
Phone: 506-8351-8878
Email:
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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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CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH

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San José, Costa Rica    Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 314
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The $1,700 birth certificate

By Javier Zavaleta

The client, born during the tumultuous period of time when Indonesia gained its independence from the Netherlands, needed to get a certified copy of her birth certificate to apply for residency. A simple request to the Netherlands should have solved the problem, right?

Wrong. The Netherlands denied the request because the client had become an American citizen. Essentially, our client was told to go get it from Indonesia.

Because she had no family or friends in Indonesia, we hired an Indonesian private investigation firm. The investigators had to go in person to three locations and manually search for the right volume where the six-decade-old birth registration could be found. It took two months to find it. All we had left was to get, it and it was free!

Wrong again. Indonesia does not issue apostilles. It uses the old and tedious authentication method called legalization. Our Canadian clients are painfully aware of this process, as Canada still uses it. Worse yet, at that time Costa Rica did not have a consular office in Jakarta as it does now, so we would have to do Third Country Legalization.

Once the Indonesian government authenticated the birth certificate, the investigator took it to, you guessed it, the Canadian consulate in Jakarta. Then it was FedEx'd to our document processing agent in Ottawa, Canada. Once in Ottawa, the document went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Costa Rican Consulate. Our agent next FedEx'd the document to our office in San Jose to get its final signature at Casa Amarilla. Now fully legalized, we filed it with Migration.

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The moral of the story is to be patient and creative in finding a solution to the problem. It took us close to five months, 53 emails, and almost $1,700 paid by our client to get this one document. Fortunately, this was a very unusual case. Getting a copy of a birth certificate usually costs about $10.

I am happy to report the client is not only a resident but she is now a permanent resident!



Editor's note: Javier is a UCLA graduated with a degree in political science and economics and a 30-year career in the legal field with top multinational firms. He is specialized in litigation, is an Enrolled Agent to practice before the I.R.S. and has maintained a tax practice for businesses and legal expertise on solving residency cases in Costa Rica. He can be reached at javier@residencyincostarica.com
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This is a brief users guide to A.M. Costa Rica.

Old pages
Each day someone complains via e-mail that the newspages are from yesterday or the day before. A.M. Costa Rica staffers check every page and every link when the newspaper is made available at 2 a.m. each week day.

So the problem is with the browser in each reader's computer. Particularly when the connection with the server is slow, a computer will look to the latest page in its internal memory and serve up that page.

Readers should refresh the page and, if necessary, dump the cache of their computer, if this problem persists. Readers in Costa Rica have this problem frequently because the local Internet provider has continual problems.


Newspages
A typical edition will consist of a front page and six other newspages. Each of these pages can be reached by links near the top and bottom of the pages.


Classifieds
Classified pages are updated daily. Employment listings are free, as are listings for accommodations wanted, articles for sale and articles wanted. The tourism page and the real estate sales and real estate rentals are updated daily.


Advertising information
A summary of advertising rates and sizes are available for display and classifieds by contacting a sales executive at (506) 6135-6500 , email: ad@amcostarica.com


Statistics
A.M. Costa Rica makes its monthly statistics available to advertisers and readers. Advertising executives will be happy to provide a summary via email with no questions asked.


Contacting us
Both the main telephone number and the editor's e-mail address are listed on the front page near the date.


Visiting us
Directions to our office and other data, like bank account numbers are on this PAGE.


The daily digest
Editors send out early each morning a summary of the news that is in the newspaper's Web site. Readers can subscribe to the digest HERE!

Digest recipients also can manage their own account via the link that is included each day at the base of their personal digest.


Want to help?
We like news tips. If something is important to you, it also is important to us.

Contact us:
News staff phone: +506-8658-7314 Email: news@amcostarica.com
Advertising staff phone: +506-6135-6500 Email: ad@amcostarica.com
Information phone: +506-6314-6638 Email: info@amcostarica.com


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
Canadian flag
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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