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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U. N. Arms Control Association gave its Person of the Year Award to Ambassador Elayne Whyte Goméz and the disarmament delegations of Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa.

The event was held in Washington, D.C., during the annual meeting of the body. The award was presented in recognition of the leadership role in the negotiation and adoption of the historic treaty that had the support of 120 countries.

The award, announced Thursday, honors the diplomats who worked at a time when Costa Rica held the presidency of the U. N. Conference for the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the organization, announced the 2017 award, and said that "in a year marked by growing tensions between the states with nuclear weapons in the world, the negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons stands out as an achievement".

The head of the organization, founded in 1971, added that "the strong affirmative vote for the disarmament teams of Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa, and Ambassador Whyte Gómez, reflect their fundamental role in the negotiation of the treaty and the search for a world without nuclear weapons."

Costa Rica played a strong role in the achievement of the treaty that was ready for the signature of the U.N. secretary general last Sept. 19.

After her appointment as president of the U. N. Conference, and together with a group of diplomatic officials of the Costa Rican foreign ministry, Whyte, who is the permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, conducted  the negotiations and drafted the text of the treaty that was finally approved last July 7.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Manuel A. González, congratulated her on her recognition and said, "we celebrate the recognition of the work carried out with great dedication by a group of diplomats, who together with the academia and civil society, showed that it is possible to reach agreements so important for humankind.”

"I receive this award on behalf of all Costa Ricans, who commit every day to the ideals of our ancestors who built a land of peace, a democracy without an army," said the ambassador, adding:


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The nuclear disarmament role of the country was recognized with the award.


“The respect that our country generates allowed us to receive the responsibility of leading such a transcendental task for the United Nations. Advancing towards a world free of nuclear weapons is a great ethical, political and legal imperative for the present generation.”

Each year since 2007, the association board and staff has nominated individuals and groups for people of the year with the purpose of recognizing the significant contributions that advance effective arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

More than 2,500 people from 90 countries voted through an online survey in 2017. Voting took place between December and January. This is the largest number of votes from the widest range of countries recorded in the 10-year history of the award.

The distinction is added to the Nobel Peace Prize 2017, which the Nobel Committee in Oslo awarded to the Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, an organization that warned about the consequences of the use of these arsenals and promoted and supported the U.N. Conference, to achieve the signing of the treaty in record time.


Business chamber proposed measures
to boost Costa Rica economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The first national survey conducted within the framework of the Strategy of Sustainable Enterprises resulted in a series of recommendations that would improve the business climate in Costa Rica, strengthen the competitiveness of companies and ensure a sustainable and conducive environment for private initiative. The survey was carried out by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector together with the International Labor Organization.

Among the most relevant proposals are: adjust the support scheme for entrepreneurs to a national strategy to consider success factors, establish a support program to improve the productive efficiency of micro- and small enterprises, review the strategy to reduce and simplify the number of procedures, establish mechanisms to temporarily flex the level of payment of contributions for smaller companies, improve fuel and electricity rates, and strengthen and improve public infrastructure.

Franco Arturo Pacheco, the chamber union president, said the suggestions that were issued show that it is urgent to make a series of changes in laws and guidelines to enhance the country's competitiveness. The results of the survey and the recommendations proposed will be delivered to the president-elect, Carlos Alvarado.

The survey process, which took place from July to December last year and included 1,284 companies (939 were formal and 345 informal), was conducted by the Demoscopy Co.

The regional director of the labor organization, Carmen Moreno, said that his agency is focused on the promotion of decent work. "We recognize that it can only be generated in a broad, democratic and sustainable way, through a powerful, creative and innovative private sector, and for this reason, it is essential to have environments for companies to be sustainable, so that the enterprises can arise everywhere, can mature and consolidate, and generate the greatest wealth through the value generated, distributed and shared," he said.

The survey was designed to offer results in the following topics: size of the company according to number of employees, informal businesses, activity sectors (primary, secondary and tertiary) and for two areas of location, the Greater Metropolitan Area and the rest from the country. Some of the study shows that medium and large companies are those that usually have more years of operation. 82 percent of them are over 15 years old and 97 percent have been operating for more than five years.


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The results of the survey and the recommendations proposed will be delivered to the president-elect, Carlos Alvarado.

Some 43 percent of the informal business units are more than 15 years old. This shows that, for a segment of Costa Rican micro-enterprises, informality, that is lack of full legal status, is a permanent phenomenon.
  
Costa Rican companies are characterized by a high degree of specialization. Only 16 percent of formal Costa Rican companies are involved in several areas of production at the same time.
 
The survey also showed that 10 percent of small and medium enterprises are able to place their products in international markets.
 
People with university or higher education run 84 percent of medium and large companies and 54 percent of medium and small companies. Among informal businesses, 23 percent of them are run by people with higher education.
 
The complaints cited in the survey include: slow issuance of permits by the National Environmental Technical Secretariat, problems with applications for land-use licenses in municipalities and dissatisfaction with the fuel supply service.



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Costa Rica holds the first Online Intellectual Property Congress

By AM Costa Rica staff

In recent years, Costa Rica has remained within the list of countries that violate intellectual property rights, according to the U. S. Trade Representative. The Office of the Deputy Prosecutor for Economic, Tax and Money Laundering Offenses reported receiving 100 complaints regarding the violation of intellectual property rights from November 2016 to October of last year.

The country is placed on the violations list due to the lack of actions on the part of the state to guarantee compliance with these rights. This discourages employers from asserting their rights and results in lost business opportunities.

In response to this issue, the Costa Rican law firm BLP will carry out an internet intellectual property online congress Thursday, World Intellectual Property Day. This online congress is innovative and will be the first online initiative in Central America. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It is aimed at companies that handle high-level brands, small and medium enterprises, managers, lawyers and professionals who are in charge of the image and brands and who are constantly working on product launches.

The first congress aims to train attendees in the general aspects and new trends that exist in the region on the subject, organizers said.

"Any product or service that we use may be subject to intellectual property, but there is a lot of ignorance on the part of companies about the issue, because it goes beyond establishing a brand. This congress intends to instruct the assistants in the need to protect their creations," said Giselle Reuben, partner of BLP and specialist in intellectual property.


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 Intellectual property is not fully protected in Costa Rica, according to BLP.


The topics that will be addressed are patents, anti-piracy, parallel importation, non-traditional brands, generalities of brands, industrial secrets, intellectual property and advertising and recommendations for the management of brand portfolios.

Registration for the congress is free, and people should confirm their participation at eventos@blplegal.com. Once the registration is confirmed, the organization will share a link to access the talks of the congress.

Legislator denounces plot to halt bill
that would improve optical health

By AM Costa Rica staff

A lawmaker of the Citizen Action Party, Marco Vinicio Redondo Quirós, denounced large optical chains in the country that he said he believes have paralyzed the organic law project of the college of optometrists.

The initiative includes measures to ensure that Costa Ricans receive quality visual health services.

"In many places, eye exams may be done by people who are not certified in the area of visual health services. This is a dangerous practice and we want to stop with the bill. Unfortunately, the optical chains have Otto Guevara working according to their interests," said Redondo Quirós, criticizing a legislative colleague.

The legislator said that these companies have coerced their employees to oppose the initiative, despite the fact that the text is endorsed by the College of Optometrists of Costa Rica. In addition, lawmakers Otto Guevara has paralyzed the text with amendments, so that it is in one of the committees of the legislature.

Specifically, employers are opposed to the College of Optometrists conducting an examination of incorporation. In addition, they are against the necessity of having a professional in commercial establishments.


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Redondo said he thinks that stricter visual health measures are required.

"There is a very big business in the sale of lenses. That's why the big optical chains do not want any control. They want to take advantage of the needs of Costa Ricans at the expense of their visual health," said Redondo Quirós.




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Confirmed: November will see the arrival
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

After great expectations Move Concerts has confirmed that Roger Waters and his tour "Us + Them" will perform in Costa Rica. This is the only concert by the acclaimed Pink Floyd artist in Central America and will place Costa Rica as the capital of live entertainment in the region. 

The concert will be Nov. 24 at the National Stadium when Waters will present the great Pink Floyd albums like, "Wish You Were Here," "The Wall,” "Animals," and "Dark Side of the Moon," along with songs from the critically acclaimed new album "Is This the Life We Really Want?”

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"We are going to present a new show. It will be a mix of things from my long career, things from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 80 percent will be old material and 20 percent will be new, but will be connected by a general concept. It will be a great show, I promise. It will be spectacular as all my shows have been," said the 74-year-old British singer.

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Legendary “Pink Floyd” singer will be in Central America for the first time.

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Industrial chambers forecasts a
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Industrial companies expect 2018 to be similar to 2017 but with very low generation of employment opportunities.

A study on the prospects for the year called, "Business Perspectives and Competitiveness Factors of the Industrial Sector, 2018" is conducted by the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica. This is the ninth consecutive survey and study by the chamber.

The study suggest that in 2018, 60 percent of the total companies surveyed will increase production, but 74 percent will maintain their level of employment for the rest of the year. Medium-sized companies are the most optimistic, particularly in terms of increased production.

Enrique Egloff, president of the Chamber of Industries said that, "the scarce generation of employment continues to worry us because it is no secret that to reduce unemployment and poverty in a sustained manner, a significant increase in opportunities is necessary, according to the estimations from interviewed companies on hiring levels, would reach a maximum of 2 percent ".

Regarding the net balance of employment behavior and taking into account the percentage of companies that would increase it or reduce it, a positive balance of 5 percent is expected.

That represents 6.6 percent less than in 2017, which achieved a net balance of 11.6 percent. The balance is the following according to company size: 10.percent for large companies, 10.7 percent for medium companies and 1.9 percent for the small ones.

"On the issue of employment, while there is an improvement in the expectations of medium-sized companies, the stagnation in the expectations of large companies and the deterioration of the expectations of small companies, precisely point to a very slight growth in hiring in the industrial sector," Egloff said.

"The evolution of both investment plans and hiring personnel were, at least partially, affected by the uncertainty generated by the electoral process in a good proportion of the entrepreneurs in the sector," Egloff explained.

The study also indicates that in terms of the assessment of the overall results or performance of the companies, the industrialists surveyed rated 2017 with a score of 7.2. By 2018, the expected average rating is 7.3.

The small industries rated the general results of 2017 with a score of 6.5, while the mediums gave a score of 7.2m and the large manufacturing companies were the ones that rated the performance during that year with an average score of 8.0.

Interviewees were asked if the electoral process generated uncertainty in the company and, if so, if it had effects on the company. About 63 percent of the companies surveyed said that the electoral process had generated uncertainty.

In 80 percent of the companies there was uncertainty and negative effects particularly with reference to investment plans (74 percent), hiring of workers (54 percent) and, to a lesser extent, expansion projects to new markets (37 percent) and development of new products or lines of business (30 percent).

As for the factors that negatively affect the competitiveness of manufacturing companies, the cost of electric power is still the factor most mentioned by industrial companies (75.2 percent) which affects their competitiveness.

When taking into account the order of importance that the interviewees give to the three factors which in their opinion are the ones that currently have the most influence are:  the cost of electricity, social changes, and the competition of informal companies. Procedures and permits, taxes and labor regulations were also mentioned in the study.

“Labor regulations have increased in presence and importance as a factor that affects the competitiveness of industrial companies,” said Egloff. “The entry into force of the labor procedure reform, which has, among others, implications for the hiring and firing processes, as well as in general on the employer-employee relationship, entails greater mechanisms of control and follow-up, and companies must devote more resources to attend the new provisions.”

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The study suggest that in 2018, 74 percent will maintain their level of employment for the rest of the year.


For small and medium companies, the first four places in order of importance are: social charges, the cost of electricity, competition from informal companies and taxes. So-called informal companies are those who may not be legally organized, may not pay appropriate social charges for health and security of their work-forces and may pay salaries below the legal minimum.

Finally, in this section it is important to highlight that financing, both in terms of access and cost, remains at a level of importance for small and medium companies, ranking sixth the same as in 2017. "As we pointed out a year ago in spite of the advances in the implementation of reforms to the banking system for development, access to financing continues to be a factor that cannot be effectively addressed. Additionally, the cost, especially in national currency, is high, particularly for small industry," said Egloff.

The chamber survey also rated the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera.

The assessment, using a 1 to 10 scale, included the qualification of 18 public policy areas or actions of the administration, as well as a qualification question on the general management of the government to date.

The general rating of the government in this last year was 5.0. This rating is lower than the 5.4 obtained in the 2017 survey.

The areas of control of public expenditure, simplification of procedures, and public security were rated lowest by industrialists.

Of the 18 categories, none had a significant increase and 10 had a significant reduction.

The control of inflation was in all the years of the Solís Administration the best rated area. However for last year, the average grade declined and is below 7.

The areas in which the ratings fell the most were in their order: public safety (-1.8), control of public expenditure (-1.3), electricity (-0.7) and regulatory improvement (-0.6).

The average rating of the 18 areas considered was 4.8, lower than the 5.2  in 2017.

Industrialists anticipate an increase in inflation, exchange rate and interest.


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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.
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Getting to know the pre-Columbian sort of advertisement

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican artist Karen Clachar conceives the pre-Columbian stone petroglyphs as if they were the first papers, the first advertising posters, or the first popular signs in her new exhibition SIGNUM. The work brings these ancient stone carvings into a dialogue, like the first forms of communication and artistic expression with the massive commercial brands, modern references of a consumer society.

SIGNUM is being inaugurated at the dungeons of the National Museum, at 7 p.m. They are a work that took five years, and, through the creativity of the artist and the vision of the publicist, they mix the signs of ancestral indigenous cultures with the signs of the general culture.
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"In my work I use brands of mass consumption to generate a new language, in it there is hybridity, a game, a contrast, there is, if you like, a development of a new iconography, of a SIGNUM, in Latin, because it is our basic and primary way to communicate, something we are facing now," explains the artist.

The viewer will see various techniques, including screen printing, engraving, painting, installation and photography, and faces a collection of objects representative of mass consumption, such as stock exchanges, credit cards, train tickets, cards of hotel, placed in facilities that seek to connect the visitor with daily life, with the bombardment to which they are exposed day by day.

According to Rocío Fernández, director of the National Museum, the work of Clachar, "shows the creator who lives with the communicator and the publicist in a continuous commitment to the reflection of the work itself (the act of creating through various media) and its weather. The glyph is just a starting point, a graphic reference to reveal how the consumer society prints its mark on universal brands and signs."

Clachar was inspired by two starting points to conceptualize and carry out SIGNUM, two tours that marked the creation of this exhibition, a visit to Mexico and another to the Guanacaste Conservation area. In Mexico she saw the Sun Stone better known as the Aztec calendar, one of the historical petroglyphs. It is more than 1,700 years old and continues to be as popular and current as it was in antiquity.

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The exhibition will be available for two months.


After the encounter that Clachar had with the petroglyphs located in Guanacaste, her hometown, she began to play with the image, decomposing it, reconstructing it and appropriating it with the new technical resources of the consumer society, she explained. "I found it interesting to play with processes that allowed me to mix, decompose, expand, cannibalize, hybridize and reinterpret the signs of a globalized world with the signs used by the first inhabitants," she said

The works will be displayed until July 22 within the normal schedule of the National Museum, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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

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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
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Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
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This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
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Life is a Tropical Garden
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.
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. Preview or purchase at Amazon. Click Here

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


By A.M. Costa Rica staff
Costa Rica has moved its offices in Germany after being at one location for more than 20 years.

The site, in the center of the city, is minutes from the Bundestag, the German Parliament, and the ministries of Education and the Environment, which allows staff members easy and convenient access to those departments.

In the opening ceremony, participants included: the minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Manuel A. González Sanz, the ambassador of Costa Rica in the Federal Republic of Germany, Giancarlo Luconi, members of the accredited diplomatic and consular corps, and members of the German Parliament. Also at the ceremony were representatives of the federal government of Germany, businessmen, academics, and friends of the embassy, among them Costa Rican students who carry out their undergraduate and postgraduate studies in that European country.

González stressed the importance of the country’s continuing efforts to have infrastructure that represents the values of service of Costa Ricans, facilitates access to users and represents the image of the country in a dignified manner.

"In these four years we have implemented measures not only to expand the spectrum of diplomatic relations, with which we open new embassies, but also to empower them with better facilities, services and access in our authorized embassies and consulates."


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Costa Rica-German relations are one of the most stable.

Among the messages were those of the importance of the bonds of friendship and trade relations and exchange of knowledge that have always highlighted both nations.

According to Luconi, the ambassador, the new headquarters responds to "an additional effort to support the improvement of the national image in a country of such importance. In addition the act coincides with the recent start of operations of the flights of the German airline Lufthansa.
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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.

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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

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In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call +517-484-3675
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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 5 minutes away. Absentee owner friendly. Great vacation rental potential, we can manage for you! Owner Financing Available !

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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
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Contact Us:
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Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/
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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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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

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For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building
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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
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Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651
Code:9333-072318

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

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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



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Express Clandestine liquor delivery discovered by cops


Dear A.M. Costa Rica Readers:

With the help of dogs of the Border Police a mobile liquor store was discovered in Ciudad Neily.

The action was coordinated with the Fiscal Control Police of the Ministry of Finance, and 1056 units of liquor were seized.

Monday, police in the canton of El Guarco, in the province of Cartago, intercepted another vehicle which contained 1,666 units of liquor, 2,400 cans of Cuba Libre and 36 containers of whiskey.





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In one week authorities have caught two vehicles using the same methodology.


A.M. Costa Rica notice to expats (free category)

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica

Meeting on April 28th, 2018. In the spirit of Earth Day, Democrats Abroad has a very special treat for you… We will screen the BAFTA - nominated documentary :

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore.
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes-in moments private and public, funny and poignant-as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Renowned filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (Audrie & Daisy, 2016 Sundance Film Festival) have taken the baton from 2006 Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim. What started then as a profound slide show lecture has become a gorgeously cinematic excursion. Our extraordinary former vice president invites us along on an inspirational journey across the globe that delivers the tools to heal our planet. The question is: Will WE choose to take the baton?

The film will be followed by moderated discussion… So don’t miss it!

SUGGESTED DONATION: ₡3,000
(Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)
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50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it.
TICKETS: ₡1,000 each
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