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San José, Costa Rica                   Published Wednesday,  April 18, 2018                                 Vol. 18,  No.418
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Costa Rica has become the first non-European country to ratify the Council of Europe Convention against trafficking of human organs, also known as the Santiago de Compostela Convention, for the Spanish city where it was opened for signature in 2015.

The Costa Rican ambassador in France, Gabriel Macaya, was responsible for signing the treaty before the deputy general secretary of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.

The agreement is the first global framework to repress trafficking in human organs, protect victims and prosecute traffickers.

The treaty characterizes as a criminal offense illegally extracting human organs from living or dead donors and using the organs for transplants or other purposes.

The agreement provides measures to ensure the transparency of national transplant systems and ensure, at the same time, equitable access to them.

According to the World Health Organization, about 10,000 clandestine transplants are performed every year in the world.

"It is a well-established criminal activity that presents a clear danger to individual and public health" and, "violates human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said Battaini-Dragoni about the illicit trade.

In addition, she said, "it is an affront to the very notion of human dignity and personal freedom."

"We are happy that our regulatory action is considered so relevant by Costa Rica to expand, even outside European borders, a common legal space in this field," said the deputy general secretary of the organization.


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The agreement protects against illicit organ trafficking.


The agreement entered into force Feb. 1 after the ratification by the Czech Republic, Norway, Malta, Moldova and Albania. In addition, there are 17 other countries that have signed it, including Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey, Poland and Portugal.

It is not the first agreement of the Council of Europe to which Costa Rica adheres. Last year the government signed a treaty on cybercrime, which protects copyrights, fights against child pornography and combats computer-related fraud.

Costa Rica has been a member of the Venice Commission since 2016. The commission is an advisory body to the Council of Europe on constitutional issues.


Costa Rica clarifies its position on the Syrian conflict

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday Foreign Ministry Manuel González Sanz said Costa Rica is against any act of violence within Syrian borders and not only the apparent chemical attack launched by the Assad government against civilians.

Last week the Costa Rican government strongly condemned the attacks with chemical weapons on the population of Douma in Syria. The attacks were supposedly carried out by the forces of President Bashar Al Assad and caused about 70 deaths.

A statement from the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said that the humanitarian situation in Syria "has reached intolerable limits" and adds that "those responsible must be brought to justice and that any attack of this kind cannot go unpunished."

The Foreign Ministry said that Costa Rica believes that the U.N. Security Council must act  in the Syrian crisis and regretted that this body has not been able to assume its responsibilities before the international community, responsibilities that include maintaining peace and avoiding an escalation of the conflict.
 
The article did not mention the nation’s position on the attack and aerial bombing carried out on Damascus by the air forces of the United States, France and the United Kingdom in retaliation for those chemical attacks. The attacks targeted the chemical weapons manufacturing sites.

The attack by the Western powers came despite a call, hours earlier, from U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who had asked the parties to the Syrian conflict "to refrain from any action that could lead to new victims, and to any measure that can endanger civilians."

"The recent violence in Gaza ended with useless deaths and injuries," Guterres told a Security Council meeting regarding the threats in the Middle East, particularly the situation in Syria. The secretary-general had also asked the Security Council for an, "independent and transparent investigation" into the violent events in Gaza between Israelis and Palestinians.

González Sanz, supported the position of the United Nations and expanded his position on Tuesday: "We echo the call of Staffan de Mistura, special envoy of the secretary general, not to allow an escalation of violence, and we plea for civilians to have protection."


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The Costa Rican authorities also implied that they were against  the attacks in Syria carried out by the United States, the United Kingdom and France.


The war in Syria has lasted for seven years and about 320,000 people have been killed while there has been a forced migration of other 10 million in one of the greatest humanitarian tragedies in contemporary history.

Before the leaders and delegations that participated in the VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, President Luis Guillermo Solis also condemned the said chemical attacks on the Syrian population.

"Costa Rica expresses its strongest disapproval of the chemical weapons attacks in Syria this week by the regime of Bashar Al Assad, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the international humanitarian law and human rights. Those responsible must be brought to justice and this attack must not go unpunished. "

"In line with our values and principles of peace and disarmament, we expect a solution based on the instruments of International Law.

"It is up to the Security Council to assume its responsibility and, in accordance with the principles enshrined in it, guarantee peace and security, avoiding greater fragility in the region," Solís said.






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By AM Costa Rica staff

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, has called the president-elect of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, to express his congratulations after Alvarado achieved victory in the electoral round that took place April 1.

Trudeau and Alvarado talked for 15 minutes on various topics, including gender parity in the government, de-carbonization of the economy and even talked about Rush, the favorite band of Alvarado, which he would like to invite for the commemoration of the 200 years of independence.

"I want to express my greatest congratulations. I am very excited for the future of Costa Rica and your leadership," Trudeau told Alvarado at the beginning of the conversation.

"I have a hunch that we're going to get along very well. Canada has always had an excellent relationship with Costa Rica," he continued.

For Trudeau, the arrival of Alvarado, 38, will mean "having another young and strong voice among the leaders and it will be wonderful," Trudeau said.

"I see that you managed to form a government with gender parity and we are looking to do the same in Costa Rica," said Alvarado, the youngest president of Costa Rica since the founding of the Second Republic in 1949.

"The most valuable thing about having gender parity is not necessarily the symbolism, but the equality of dialogue and the equality of results generated by a more diverse team with a broader perspective," the Canadian prime minister replied.

Trudeau recognized Costa Rica as an example of human rights and environmental issues. The Canadian spoke about the importance of taking joint actions to address climate change, according to a statement released by Alvarado's team.

Carlos Alvarado expressed his grief for the Canadian tragedy that took place last week when 15 members of the hockey team of the Broncos of Humboldt died.

Then the conversation revolved around environmental issues and the struggle of both countries to address climate change. Trudeau recognized Costa Rica as an example to follow in environmental matters, and Carlos Alvarado expressed his interest that the country becomes a global laboratory for de-carbonization.

"We aim to move forward in the process of changing the transport system without fossil fuels, through electric cars and the construction of an electric train, taking advantage of almost 100 percent of electricity generation from renewable sources," Alvarado said.

Both recalled the academic collaboration that exists between both countries, in force since 2009, in addition to bilingualism, Canada being a country that has two official languages (English and French). The president-elect took the opportunity to exchange some words in French with the prime minister.


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The conversation turned into a warm chat, according to Alvarado's press team.


Between laughs, in the middle of the conversation, Alvarado, told him an anecdote about his university time and is that one of his favorite bands native to Canada was Rush. "Oh Rush!" retorted Justin Trudeau, while Carlos indicated that he would like to have the band at some point in Costa Rica.

Canada and Costa Rica maintain strong relations, particularly around issues such as human rights, democratic institutions, migrants, security and free trade. The free trade agreement between the two nations has been in force since 2002 and has been enforced and strengthened by parallel agreements on cooperation in labor and environmental matters.

In 2017, during a U.N. General Assembly meeting in mid-September 2017, Luis Guillermo Solís spoke to Trudeau about a bilateral approach to issues such as the environment, human rights and empowerment of women.

Solís said at the time he took advantage of the opportunity to tell the Canadian minister to review the procedures of the Canadian visa process as they had difficulties in obtaining them. Also, President Solís took the opportunity to express his invitation to come to the country.

Trudeau was inaugurated on Nov. 4, 2015, as a member of the Liberal Party. His father, Pierre Trudeau, was also prime minister twice: 1968 to 1979 and 1980 to 1984.

In the Latin American region, the leader has spoken about his interest in topics such as environmental protection, fair migration policies, social and economic inclusion, progressive liberalization of trade, human rights, indigenous rights, and the rights of young people and women.

In several of his speeches, the prime minister has expressed a position critical of harassment of women and in favor of the defense of women's rights, access to equal rights and the role of governments as promoters of female talent.

Costa Rica and Bolivia join to protect cultural heritage

By AM Costa Rica staff

An official delegation from Bolivia have signed the Costa Rica-Bolivia Framework Cooperation Agreement and the Agreement for the Protection and Restitution of Cultural Heritage Goods, between both countries.

The meeting was led by Vice Chancellor Alejandro Solano Ortíz and the vice minister of the Bolivia, María del Carmen Almendras. The agreement allows the review of the current state of political relations and the work to be done before the IV Meeting of the Political Consultation Mechanism Bolivia-Costa Rica, which would be carried out in the second semester of 2018, in Bolivia.

Solano said that the joint agreement will provide the necessary foundation to formally initiate the promotion of technical, scientific, cultural, and economic cooperation.

"This important agreement will open the doors to initiate, in an orderly and structured way, the execution of programs and projects in areas of common interest, which I estimate are not few, in accordance with the priorities of our governments, established by the needs of development sustainable of Costa Rica and a Bolivia immersed in the inexorable reality of a changing world," he said.

The Bolivian vice-minister said that for her country the signing of these agreements "highlights the good level of existing bilateral relationship, political understanding and understanding of all the progress we have in social matters in both countries."

Both countries seek to develop the areas of scientific, economic, cultural, tourist, sports, environmental, technical cooperation and promotion of human rights, development of indigenous peoples and the possibility of cooperating in other areas of sustainable development in common agreement.

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Costa Rica and Bolivia established consular relations in 1907. In 1955 Costa Rica opened an embassy in La Paz for the first time.


The meeting was attended by Costa Rican officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship.

The South American delegation was represented by the ambassador of  Bolivia, José Enrique Colodro Valdiviezo, and business and commercial officials of the embassy.

The most recent meeting between the two nations took place last July in San José, when 110 years of diplomatic relations were celebrate.






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Presidential inauguration will take place
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The inauguration of Carlos Alvarado, as well as the solemn session of the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, May 8, will be held at the Plaza de la Democracia in San José. This was confirmed by the commission in charge of this event, headed by Marcia González, president of the Citizen Action Party, and Manuel González, the nation’s chancellor.

According to them, the place represents historical events such as the abolition of the army, events "that forged and consolidated Costa Rica as a country of peace, democracy and defender of the rights of the entire population." In addition, he said the choice of the Plaza de la Democracia reduces costs considerably.

On the day of the inauguration, there will be spaces reserved for people with disabilities, senior citizens, students and members of indigenous peoples.




A cultural event celebrating the change of government and the swearing in of the cabinet of Carlos Alvarado is planned. After that, the president-elect will greet the presidents of the invited countries, as well as representatives of the international delegations. The Foreign Ministry is in the process of receiving confirmations, in order to determine which heads of state and international missions will participate in the event.

According to Marcia González, the public event will have all the security and protocol requirements for both foreign delegations, national authorities and the general public.

After the event, there will be a concert to celebrate the change of government.


Costa Rica doubles up on Bigfoot

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The quickest way for someone to draw snickers is to report seeing a flying saucer or Bigfoot.  Yet there is growing evidence for at least the latter.

In fact, Costa Rica is lucky to have two candidates as the fabled Bigfoot. There is the towering humanoid whom the Maya called a Sisimite. And there is the supersized mountain creature called El Dueño del Monte or the Viejo del Monte. Both creatures are well established in Costa Rican mythology.

Sightings of what today is called Bigfoot take place all over the world. They generally draw ridicule, and there are only few claims of sightings in Costa Rica. Still, such sightings predate the arrival of Europeans, and North American Indians called the beast Sasquatch.

Some of the early European explorers sent back reports of giant human-like creatures.

The U.S.-based Sasquatch Genome Project has analyzed more than 100 samples, mostly of hair,  sent in from all over the United States. From these samples, DNA testing showed that three came from an unknown hominoid. The project has registered the name Homo sapiens cognatus. The third Latin word is supposed to show kinship with modern humans, Homo sapiens sapiens.

Curiously the Genome Project said that mitochondrial DNA, the genetic data that comes exclusively from the mother, was 100 percent human. The nuclear DNA was mainly from an unknown species. That finding suggests that there was extensive interbreeding in the past with human females. The native legends about the  Viejo del Monte, the Old Man of the Mountain, and the similar Sisimite say they abduct women.

Costa Rica certainly is wild enough to provide space for secretive forest creatures who look like Chewbacca from the Star Wars movies.

The University of Costa Rica has published academic articles about the Sisimite in myths of the Honduran Pech-speaking natives. Other sources say the myths persist among the Maléku of north central Costa Rica.


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As might be expected, the Genome Project has had trouble getting its findings published in peer-reviewed academic journals. But the scientists insist that Bigfoot is humanoid and should not be hunted.

The French-Israeli artist Idan Zaresky is sometimes a resident of Costa Rica. He has created an entire family of big-footed people. And his sculptures have been seen on the Pacific coast and in San José. The torsos of his creations are normal size. Just the feet are gigantic.

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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Seven pre-school students and 17 in primary education at Finca School Seven, located in Horquetas de Sarapiquí, have new academic, cultural and recreational facilities that will substantially improve the quality of their education.

The new facilities consist of an academic classroom adapted to different modalities of study, a civic plaza for school and community activities, a playground, an extension of the roof, a school canteen and new toilets.

The investment in the work was ¢165 million.

The building was delivered to the student and teacher’s community, consisting of 24 students in total plus a preschool teacher and director, by President Luis Guillermo Solís and first lady Mercedes Peñas at the Sarapiquí Canton.

"There is no school that we can consider small when the need to have adequate infrastructure is great, especially considering the importance of the physical space for academic performance and its impact on the motivation of students to seek higher goals," said Solís. "Understanding this has been the inspiration with which we gave rise to the largest investment in educational infrastructure in the history of our country."

"Since the beginning of the administration we set ourselves the goal of repairing the lag in schools and colleges, with new infrastructure that would solve the particular needs of each educational center, not only in terms of the number of students who attend but also of the geographical, climatic and social characteristics in which they are found. The educational centers reflect the soul of the communities, its effort, its determination," added Sonia Marta Mora, the minister of Public Education.
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The Horquetas de Sarapiquí new community school.


Finca School Seven was founded in the 1970s with the objective of strengthening education in the banana agricultural areas. Over the years, the old building deteriorated and no longer served the educational needs of the community.

Its director, José William Pérez, said that the community is very enthusiastic about the new school and the educational center is an integral part of community life.

In this institution 16 students receive a subsidy from the national scholarship fund, and all receive free meals at the school cafeteria.


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

* GROUP TOURS. Whether for a church group, couple of friends, Scout troop or a family group. We provide excellent quality service in your Group Tours. Click HERE!

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Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@travelinparadisecr.com
Web:  www.travelinparadisecr.com
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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

Marlene
                                  Summers
The IRS has become more aggressive and if you have not filed, you must do so. 

However, there are solutions to problems and your situation may be better than you think.

If your filing is not up to date, Streamlined Filing can be used with no penalties.

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

If tax payment is holding you back, the IRS has options to solve payment problems.

You can file current or past due FBARs without payment to meet IRS  requirements.

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica
and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
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James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
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• IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
• Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
• Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
• Up-to-date FATCA news.
• All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com


Psychotherapy

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Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
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Real estate rentals (paid category)
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Furnished Apartment for Rent
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One bedroom furnished including a futon apartment located in nice safe neighborhood 1,5 miles NE of downtown San Jose. The neighborhood is called Colonia del Rio and can be seen on Google maps. Near shopping mall, restaurants and medical facilities, utilities  including cable TV, Wi-Fi is included  in the rent. The apartment is on the banks of a river and there is nice view. Has a washing facility, grass yard and patio. Rent is $500 without enclosed parking and $550 with. For 1 or 2 people, no children or pets.

Can be contacted by telephone locally at 2256-9426
Long distance 011-506-2256-9456
Email is bobbyruffin22@gmail.com
More photos furnished on request.
Code:9363-051018
Beautiful Fully Furnished Apartment for Rent
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San Jose Central 2-1/2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment on the 4nd floor, fully furnished American-style apartments with elevator in a secure building in Downtown San Jose, Costa Rico in Barrio Amon. Large balcony. Adult Bldg. Free Cable Tica cable with televisions in the living room and both bedrooms., 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. No lease agreements needed. 1/2 mo.security deposit
For personal inspection and more information contact: Call Hilda (Spanish) at 506-7273-5699 or Frank (English) at 506-7087-0916 who are always on the premises.
Code:9350-040518


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Tropical Homes
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442
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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
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Real estate-related services (paid category)

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        Household Furnishings

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Fine Furniture of Sarchi
All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
www.FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
Contact information:
Adolfo's Cell: +506-8831-4306
E-mail: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
or FineFurnitureOfSarchi@gmail.com




Shipping services (paid category)

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Moving to Costa Rica or Back to the U.S.?
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Call  (772) 361-1050
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Vol. 18, No. 418       
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2018            Fifth news page
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Costa Rica: Restore fiscal sustainability and
make growth more inclusive, OECD says

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has made impressive economic and social progress in recent years with robust economic growth facilitating near-universal access to education, healthcare and pensions. Restoring the sustainability of public finances and implementing policies to fight poverty and reduce inequality will be crucial for continuing convergence toward adequate living standards and ensuring that all Costa Ricans share the benefits of growth, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, known as the OECD.

The latest organization’s Economic Survey of Costa Rica details the factors behind the strong socio-economic achievements of the past decades as well as the challenges remaining to ensure growth is both sustainable and more inclusive. The report projects growth of around 3.7 percent for the 2018-19 period and lays out an agenda for achieving further transformation and greater convergence with organization’s member countries.

The survey, presented in San José by organization Secretary-General Ángel Gurría and Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora, identifies policy priority areas for future action, led by a call to put public finances on a sounder footing. Improving the business environment and enacting growth-enhancing reforms to boost productivity, create jobs, reduce labor market informality and ensure that the fruits of growth are spread more widely are also essential, it said.

“Costa Rica is a development success story, demonstrating how countries can achieve high levels of well-being and robust growth that benefit citizens while protecting the environment,” Gurría said. “Since the OECD accession process kick-started in 2015, Costa Rica has accelerated efforts to enact policy reforms that will help it converge toward OECD best practices, and this process will continue. The momentum needs to be sustained and bold actions taken in order to continue to pave the way to a better and brighter future.”

Costa Rican officials have been adjusting laws and policies so that the country can achieve membership in the international organization, which generally is restricted to developed nations.

The report says that sustained economic progress will hinge on restoring the sustainability of public finances, which remain a major threat to economic stability, growth and living standards. With deficits rising, debt payments soaring and the ratio of public debt to gross domestic product doubling over the past nine years, the survey recommends that Costa Rica implement a comprehensive fiscal package, with measures to curb expenditures and raise tax revenues.

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Organization Secretary-General Ángel Gurría and elected President Carlos Alvarado.

Proposed legislation to strengthen public finances recently fast-tracked by the Legislative Assembly should be swiftly approved, the report said. A revamped fiscal rule in the bill is expected to be more effective in containing spending increases, but more needs to be done to control public spending, including substantial reductions to mandatory earmarking in the budgetary process, the report said. In the medium term, more action will also be needed to bring the debt-to-GDP ratio to more prudent levels and create more fiscal space to address contingencies, its added.

Poverty, income inequality and gender gaps in Costa Rica are low by Latin American standards, but high when compared to organization member state levels and are driven by stubbornly high informality, low labor participation rates and high unemployment, particularly among women and youth, the evaluation report said.

Reforms to reduce off-the-books labor market, encourage women’s labor market participation, improve educational outcomes, strengthen competition, lower regulatory burdens and boost infrastructure are priority areas to stimulate productivity and make growth more inclusive, the report said.

The decrease in off-the-books labor is one of the pending tasks of the country, according to the organization.

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

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

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

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

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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
Read a sample and purchase the book Click Here

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

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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
Order this book Click Here

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Make gifts from dollars or colones
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. Preview or purchase at Amazon. Click Here

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The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson
Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here
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Published         Wednesday, 18, No. 418  April 18, 2018                Sixth news page
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E-colones: a new currency for recycling purposes

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
From now on glass and aluminum waste may become a new currency that will provide discounts on products and experiences which are more environmentally friendly: The e-colones.

E-colones is a platform that has been created on the internet. With it, people can separate and recycle their waste and receive economic value through a virtual currency. The e-colones may then be used to buy items in the electronic platform.

"We are offering an effective way to promote a green and solid economy in Costa Rica through a system of incentives that promote recycling and encourage the change of consumption habits in individuals," according to Karla Chaves, entrepreneur and director of E-colones,

The initiative has the support of the Ministry of Health.

"E-colones is a very valuable tool, very innovative and the product of a public-private partnership," according to María Esther Anchía, vice minister of Health

In addition to receiving value for their recyclable materials, people will have access to information on sustainable products and services, and a platform where they can buy and redeem the accumulated e-colones through discounts and promotions.

The collection centers will benefit by receiving a greater volume of recyclable waste in good condition, which will impact their profitability.

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Municipalities may reduce the real costs for managing materials in landfills and supporting businesses.


Manufacturers will have more sustainable processes and comply with the law, in addition to showing their sustainable offer of goods and services to the community in a specialized platform, while offering them the possibility of improving their product life cycle, taking better responsibility for their environmental footprint and close deals with clients interested in exchanging their e-colones for discounts.
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Real Estate For Sale
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Beautiful Balinese Style House

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Beautiful villa of 120m2 with pool overlooking the sea and the valley of 5400m2. Magnificent house with charm in wood and refined marquetry, furnished, very beautiful Balinese style. With its two very spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a mezzanine also very spacious that can accommodate another room and / or an office; A living-dining room with its American kitchen and its large wooden terrace of 70 m2, overlooking the pool and the green and tropical valley of 180 degrees, which ends with a view of the sea. To these is added a beautiful garden of 5400 m2 of tropical trees and decorated with Indonesian imported stone elements. Ideally located in terms of calm and serenity of the place. Finally, being in this heavenly environment, the property is less than 15 minutes from beaches and shops.

More information here
http://www.bienesyraices-costarica.com/ES/en-venta-en-costarica-detalles.awp?P1=122

Contact Us:
Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/
Code:9258-041018

Colinas Del Sol

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Fenced Gated Parcels for Sale
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area. * There are 88 clear titled parcels. * Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees. * Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds. * All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each. * Parcels are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD * Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica. * 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport * 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches * 10 minutes to Medical Facilities * 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital * 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray: jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call +517-484-3675
For more information: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
Code: 9342-090318

NALU Eco Development

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14 titled lots from $21,999, lot/house combos from $68,720 Walk to the beach (800 meters), Gated with onsite caretaker. Communal Organic Gardens. No time limit to build. 2 hours from San Jose, halfway between Jaco and Manuel Antonio at Playa Palma. All services and new hospital just 5 minutes away. Absentee owner friendly. Great vacation rental potential, we can manage for you! Owner Financing Available !

More information click here
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Contact:
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011-506-8718-9891
www.RichCoastRealty.com
Code:9340-050318



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Brand new Casa Palmera REDUCED from $389 000 to $349 000
This exquisite home is located within the EXCLUSIVE gated community. Casa Palmeras has 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, large BBQ area and a spectacular pool over 12m long. The gated community offers the perfect location for home buyers who are seeking true relaxation and peace, also offers 2 tennis courts, miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain forest, serenity and privacy! Casa Palmeras is a 5-minute drive from the town of Quepos and the new Marina and just short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach. More information here http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

7 Apartments for Sale Price Reduced to $289,000 USD
7 Apt Building For Sale By Owner- PRICE: $299,000 * 2000 m2 of property with room for additional apartment construction in the future. * GREAT INCOME POTENTIAL $25K- 540K yearly income potential with live in caretaker! *7 furnished studio apartments with sunny and bright open sliding window doors. Minutes from Quepos and the new Marina and a short drive from Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. More information here http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/7-apt-building-for-sale-by-owner-299000

Casa Palmera II Price $299,000
Located within the EXCLUSIVE community , it has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, situated on a 50,000 sq ft lot with large BBQ area, private pool and a huge backyard, ideal for pet owners. It is a 5- minute drive from the town of Quepos and the Marina and a short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach.The community offers 2 tennis courts , miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain-forest, serenity and privacy!
More information here
http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

Contact Us:
Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/
Code:9358-030718

Jaco Beach - Fire Sale - Super Views

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100' above sea level & one mile to beach. Safe & secure neighborhood. 3 bedroom and one bath, totally remodeled 3 years ago. Adding another bath right now. All new kitchen, windows, tile floors, AC, electrical, plumbing, yard for dogs and most importantly - very low electric, water, taxes and insurance bills. Possible financing. Owner has deposit on another property and needs to sell. $139,900
Call Glenn at (506) 6214-0056
Code:9332-042918

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. 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

Contact:
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011-506-8718-9891
www.RichCoastRealty.com
Code:9340-050318



Business For Sale
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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:9333-072318

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
Code: 04/16/18






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

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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Vol. 18, No. 418         
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Work will partially close the Bernardo Soto
highway close to Naranjo


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday the National Road Council party closed of one of the lanes in the sector of Naranjo on the Bernardo Soto highway in front of the La Panamericana gas station to address the problem of a landslide that keeps happening in the sector.

Lane closure signs, ensuring safe transit and preparation of the work area for the construction of an anchored wall will be part of the work, according to Edgar May, manager of Roads and Bridges Conservation for the council.

As part of the work of the next few days, workmen will be repairing the road so that the sector keeps traffic moving.

The authorities ask those who move through this sector slow down and drive with extreme caution.


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The work started on Tuesday and should be over before the weekend, according to authorities.


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