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Costa Rican child found in Arizona reunited with mother

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican child found in the Arizona desert in June has been returned to his mother, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed.

The boy was rescued by U.S. immigration agents in Luckeville, Arizona, near the northern border with Mexico.

According to the official information, the child told to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office agents that he was abandoned at the scene by an uncle who trusted him to continue on his own because at some point he would be rescued.

Days after the child was admitted to an immigrant shelter, the Costa Rican consul in Los Angeles, Mabel Segura, and the Costa Rica consul in Arizona, Carmen Bermúdez, coordinated with the authorities of the Border Patrol in Tucson, Arizona and transferred the child to New York via a direct flight.

The boy’s mother lived in New York, but the child was originally placed in a shelter for immigrant children.

After more than two months in the shelter, the immigration authorities of the United States reunited the child with his mother, according to information from the general consul of Costa Rica in New York, Rolando Madrigal.

Madrigal said that the boy was in good physical and emotional condition when he was returned to his mother.

Vice President Epsy Campbell expressed her satisfaction over the family reunification.



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In a statement, she said the this was a complex matter but that the emergency protocol allowed officials to prioritize the case and attend to the safety and health of the child. “Today we can say that the institutional framework has responded efficiently to achieve family reunification," she concluded.

In the coming weeks, the family must undergo the immigration process to determine whether or not mother and child will be allowed of stay in the United States.



Colon weakens rapidly versus the dollar

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

This year the dollar has increased against the colon from ¢562.5 to ¢585.15. This is 4.02 percent in nine months.

The increase was faster as of Aug. 27, which led the Central Bank of Costa Rica to intervene with foreign currency sales for an accumulated amount of $42 million, equivalent to 0.5 percent of the balance of its international reserves.

Some private banks use a higher exchange rate. For example at the close of this edition, the Exchange House Global Exchange at Juan Santamaria International Airport, quotes the sale price at ¢666 colones for a dollar.

The message of Rodrigo Cubero, president of the Central Bank, said that greater flexibility in the exchange rate has been the first cause of the increase. As a result of this, the market increased the demand, and, therefore, the sale price, several experts said.

The Central Bank has asked the public not to panic over the rapid devaluation of the colon against the dollar.

"The upward and downward movements in the exchange rate are typical of the current monetary regime in the country: an inflation targeting regime," the statement said.

"The direction of the adjustment of the exchange rate observed in recent days is consistent with the regularity of the private exchange market, which at this time of the year tends to show a lower net availability of foreign currency, and is also consistent with the increase observed in this month. August is a time of the expectations of exchange variation, influenced in part by the uncertainty generated by the deterioration of public finances and the absence, to date, of a legislative agreement to give a clear and firm solution to this problem, in a context of rising in international interest rates," said the Central Bank.

"The Central Bank evaluates the behavior of the foreign exchange market on a permanent basis, and takes the necessary measures to avoid violent fluctuations in the exchange rate," the statement said.

With its recent interventions, the Central Bank said it has sought, in a context of greater exchange flexibility, adjustments in the exchange rate, trying to make it gradual and orderly, thus contributing to improving the process of price formation in the foreign exchange market.



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Central Bank of Costa Rica to intervene with foreign currency sales for an accumulated amount of $42 million.

 
The colon will continue to decline against the dollar in the last quarter of the year, however the effects should not be so strong in the economy, as the Central Bank has enough international reserves to control any abrupt change, it said.

"If necessary, the Central Bank will continue to participate in the market in an attempt to avoid abrupt movements in the exchange rate," said bank officials.

The dollar hit ¢588.50 Tuesday on the wholesale market, the highest figure of 2018.

The exchange rate benefits companies or people who have an income in dollars like exporters and entrepreneurs with businesses outside of Costa Rica. It is also a positive for tourists and investors who use dollars that are stronger every day.

Importers are negatively affected as are people who have their income in colones or who have loans in dollars, because they will see their purchasing power diminished and the loan installments would be more expensive each day.

In general terms, the specialists asked the population not to be frightened by this increase or nervous about their savings, but they did advise that people who may have loans in dollars to negotiate the transfer of that debt to colones with the banks.



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Costa Rica and China sign trade agreement

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The governments of Costa Rica and the People's Republic of China signed a document called Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation: Strip and Road Initiative.

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held on May 14 and15, 2017 in Beijing, and drew 29 foreign heads of state and government and representatives from more than 130 countries and 70 international organizations.

The forum will be a platform for working out action plans for the implementation of the initiative in the areas of infrastructure, energy and resources, production capacity, trade and investment and identification of major projects.

It is also intended to be an opportunity for the signing of cooperation agreements with countries and international organizations in the areas of financial cooperation mechanism, a cooperation platform for science, technology and environmental protection, and enhanced exchanges and training of talent and financing agreements for backing projects.

The commercial relations are mainly in economy, society, environment and culture.

Vice President Epsy Campbell said that the document signed between Costa Rica and China is the result of a trust which has been strengthened since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in June 2007 and which has contributed to deepening political, economic, and commercial ties.

"Due to the complementary [relationship] between our countries, we underline the importance of this document in terms of financing, infrastructure, trade and person-to-person approaches. We hope that the People's Republic of China will continue making long-term investments and high added value in our country,” said Campbell during a ceremony.

"We know each other much better today than 11 years ago, and that knowledge solidifies the relationship. Costa Rica has a model of sustainable development that can be perfectly complemented with Chinese bilateral cooperation and the Chinese relationship with Latin America and the Caribbean, and we are sure that it will be enhanced with the signing of this memorandum," she added.

The ambassador of China in Costa Rica, Tang Heng, celebrated the deepening of relations between the countries.

"At the start of the second decade of bilateral relations, the signing of this memorandum is equivalent to installing a new powerful engine, with a powerful and lasting force to the cooperation between both countries," said Tang.

"We wanted to take advantage of the signing of the memorandum of understanding as a new starting point, in order to strengthen the coordination and communication of policies and the coupling of development strategies, expand trade, and deepen cooperation in various areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, education, technology and environmental protection," added the ambassador.



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The ambassador of China in Costa Rica, Tang Heng, and Vice President Epsy Campbell, celebrated the deepening of relations between the countries.

According to ministry information, the agreements have exceeded a volume of $5 billion in merchandise trade between China and the countries along the maritime and land trade routes.

The accumulated investment in these countries has already surpassed $70 billion, with an average annual growth of 7.2 percent. In addition, Chinese companies have established 82 zones of economic and commercial cooperation, with a total investment of $28.9 billion, creating around 244,000 local jobs in signatory nations.

Through this agreement, Costa Rica and China will cooperate with their main development strategies, planning and policies, in connectivity exchanges of roads, railways, bridges, civil aviation, ports, energy and telecommunications, and in the expansion of investment, trade and industrial cooperation.

In addition, they will encourage their companies to build industrial parks and zones of economic and commercial cooperation, to financial institutions to provide support and services for the generation of production capacity, investment and commercial exchange, and they will also develop a network of sister cities to achieve cooperation agreements in education, culture, health, tourism, sports, and public welfare.

Cooperation will be achieved through high-level visits as well as governmental and non-governmental exchange mechanisms. All this through a multilevel information platform in various fields and channels, with the aim of increasing transparency and encouraging the participation of people from different sectors of society.

The cooperation agreement will remain in force for three years and will be extended automatically for subsequent periods of three years.



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Government presents plan to increase employment

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Ministry of Economic Coordination, Edna Camacho, presented government plans for the generation of new types of work for young people.

"To tackle unemployment, which strongly affects young people between 15 and 25 years old, and stimulate inclusive economic growth, the government is committed to promoting policies that improve skills and facilitate access to high-productivity and high-productivity employment opportunities and better salaries," declared Camacho.

According to this plan, the strategy is that young people will have a better job profile because they know more English or having knowledge in two professions. The government will improve the platform for those seeking employment and promote work from home, such as teleworking. The ministry published a list of technical guides for companies that want to implement telework.

Steven Nuñez of the Ministry of Labor, said: "We are prioritizing different initiatives that promote the employment of Costa Ricans. These include those that have to do with the improvement of the occupational profile of people through training in technical careers."

The plan also seeks to improve the teaching of English in schools so that graduates have more job opportunities in companies where bilingual education is a basic requirement.

The minister of Public Education, Edgar Mora Altamirano, said that "we are moving forward in concrete actions to achieve a historic transformation in the teaching of the English language as an indispensable tool for educational success and employment, and in this way promote economic reactivation. "

As part of this plan, the National Learning Institute will teach the English language to 35,000 people in the next four years. This represents an increase of 90 percent compared to the previous period. In addition, proof of language proficiency, known as BELT and TOEIC tests, will be certified.

The System for the Promotion of Employment is an online platform for job search created by the ministry.

Also included is an improvement in agricultural education, taking advantage of new technologies that until a few years ago were beyond the reach of schools, the government said.


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The ministry published a list of technical guides for companies that want to implement telework.


"The adoption of precision agriculture introduces our students to the modern agricultural world, thanks to which we achieve: the optimization of the amount of agrochemicals applied to soils and crops, the reduction of the costs of production and of the environmental pollution, and the improvement of the quality of the harvests," said Mora.

A new alliance between the National Learning Institute, the Chamber of Industries, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Business Alliance for Development, has been formed with the purpose of training workers in two professions. This is a pilot plan that will be developed with 15 participating companies, to be later replicated in other business chambers.

The dual of professions program would focus on areas such as food and beverage, energy efficiency, straightening and painting, among others, so that through this project this a dual employment mechanism will be strengthened, to raise the knowledge of young people and  them more hope of finding work.

According to this plan, the strategy is that young people have a better job profile, knowing more English, or having knowledge in two professions. And on the side of the government, improve the platform to seek employment and promote work from home.

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Costa Rica calls on international
community for solution to Nicaraguan crisis

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican ambassador to the United Nations, Rodrigo Alberto Carazo, called on the international community to find a solution to the dramatic crisis facing Nicaragua.

The U.N. Security Council discussed the situation in Nicaragua Tuesday. The 15 members of the council took part and heard speeches by Chief of Staff Gonzalo Koncke and Félix Maradiaga, a representative of Nicaraguan civil society.

Carazo said that the situation facing Nicaragua is a priority issue not only for that country but for all of Central America.

"Everything that happens in this small interconnected geographical area affects us directly or indirectly and, in the same way, the entire Central American area. Costa Rica cannot, or will it, be indifferent to the suffering and uncertainty of those whom we consider our brothers," said Carazo.

Since April of this year, when the conflict began, the violence and repression that has claimed more than 400 lives has escalated and has included a wave of serious violations of human rights, according to the report of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Costa Rican government has been against extrajudicial executions, disappearances of people, obstruction of access to medical care, arbitrary or illegal detentions of a general nature, ill-treatment and cases of torture and sexual violence in detention centers.

"This has led to the systematic erosion of the human rights of the Nicaraguan people, as well as selective repression and intimidation against demonstrators and their families, students, journalists, social leaders, human rights defenders and mediators," added Carazo.



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Since April of this year, when the conflict began, the violence and repression that has claimed more than 400 lives,  according to  U.N.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the solution to the crisis must be through dialogue. Therefore, Carazo asked the government of Nicaragua to restore the conditions necessary for a dialogue between the parties. In addition, the ministry asked the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the European Union and the international community in general to support a solution of the crisis in Nicaragua.

"Costa Rica will continue to speak out in defense of a population subject to arbitrary actions that entail a breach of the obligations stipulated in the different human rights agreements, and until the reason, the good judgment and the unrestricted respect for human rights return to Nicaragua,” said a ministry's statement.

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Published Thursday, September 6, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Costa Rica recorded 79 bone marrow transplants in 2017

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In 2017 seventy-nine bone marrow transplants were performed on patients with malignant blood and marrow diseases, according to the Institutional Donation and Transplant Program.

The treatments represented an investment of 2.8 billion colones equivalent to almost $50 million.

The three medical centers that perform this procedure are: the San Juan de Dios Hospital with 44, Hospital Mexico with 27 and the National Children's Hospital with nine.

"Bone marrow transplantation is the treatment that is generally chosen for younger people who have a compatible donor, such as a sibling. The age limit depends to a large extent on the patient's condition and the type of transplant required,"said the report.

"The possibilities of healing of the patients are variable, depends on the type of disease and transplant, as well as the particular situation of each person,” said Maria Rodriguez, director of Children's Hospital.

"The transplant involves rebuilding the bone marrow with healthy stem cells from a donor and could be the only successful treatment option, for example, for people with severe aplastic anemia," added  Rodriguez.

"This treatment is a safe option that is being done more and more frequently," Rodriguez added.


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The treatments represented an investment of 2.8 billion colones equivalent to almost $50 million. 
  

The doctor explained that two types of transplant are performed: the autologous or auto-transplant in which cells are taken from the same patient and the allogeneic, in which the cells come from a fully or partially compatible donor with or without kinship with the patient. Of the total transplants performed in 2017, 56 were autologous and 23 were allogeneic.

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"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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"No Meek Messiah"
The author Paulkovich says Jesus was a mythical-character. From the page 55 (Roman leaders decide they need a god, any viable god, to hold the flagging empire together) and page 61 (in 391AD, Roman Emperor Theodosius elevates Jesus, posthumously, to divinity.)
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"Beyond All Religion"
In that book, author Samuel Butler agrees with the thrust of Paulkovich’s new book, revealing that Christianity was chosen by a vote at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE over several other contending religions. Sample Sam’s book 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.
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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
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 Thursday, September 6
, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Electronic invoices at work

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 2.6 million electronic invoices were generated in the first days of September using the new platform of the Ministry of Finance.

The companies making invoices with the new method are those that are in the first phase of registration, with cedulas ending in 1, 2 or 3.

Carlos Vargas, general director of taxation, said that so far, the system continues to operate regularly although there was a delay in responding to requests from new users Saturday. The delay was caused by the high traffic of users who registered on that day.

"There was a delay in the submission of the signed documents, but it was resolved within the three-hour period defined by the General Tax Office. The system has worked within the foreseen parameters, and we maintain a permanent monitoring to attend any situation that may arise. Only on Saturday we received about 1.5 million vouchers, and this Monday at the beginning of the afternoon we already exceeded 700 thousand," said Vargas.

Vargas said that in order to provide the best possible service, the ministry will make improvements in the system.

"The system has the capacity to support the number of current users, as well as the expected growth in the volume of transactions. It is designed in such a way as to allow growth in its technological platform, according to the needs demanded by the incorporation of new taxpayers,” said Manuel Ramos, director of information and communication technologies of the Treasury.

The penalties for not using authorized vouchers are established in the Code of Tax Rules and Procedures. The failure to register on the new electronic invoices will be sanctioned with a minimum amount of ¢1.3 million (approximately $2,268) and a maximum of ¢43.1 million (approximately $75,614), according to Article #83 of that code.



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The system continues to operate regularly although there was a delay in responding to requests from new users Saturday. For more information click here


In this first stage, in addition to the companies with the cedula completed in 1, 2 and 3, the independent professionals must also register if they are in the following activities: health, financial, accounting, administrative, legal, engineering, architecture, computer science, meteorologists , chemists, geologists, geographers, biologists, professors, professionals in food technology, advertising services, librarianship services, occupational health professionals, special education teachers, services in industrial and mechanical maintenance consulting, technical advice in construction and civil engineering.

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House - Apartments For Rent
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Furnished House Inside Gated Property
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Beautiful house, surrounded by a wonderful nature. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath on private property close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water. In Santa Barbara de Heredia. American owner lives on site, quiet, secure.
For more photos and information write to organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com

Code: 9386-072918

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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
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Real Estate For Sale
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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
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Jaco Oceanfront Condo in excellent condition, completely furnished, with air conditioning, hot water, private parking, equipped gym, large pool and garden area, and 24 hour security.

Contains: large bedroom, bath with shower, living/dining area combined with kitchen, equipped with new refrigerator, TV, furniture and cooking equipment. Granite table and counter tops. Continuous cross-current ocean breezes.

Located at the south end of Jaco on quiet extensive beach away from noise, traffic and city tourism.

Monthly maintenance of $221 includes water, security, cable/internet and pool and garden maintenance. Asking price: $145,000.

Contact numbers: (506) 8820-9768 or (506) 2240-2240.

Code: 9380- 090118

Colinas Del Sol
Fenced Gated
Parcels

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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 USA call +517-484-3675
For more information: www.colinasdelsolcr.com

Code: 9342-090318




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Vista Verde Del Mar
(Green View of the Sea)

* 4.4 hectares / 10.91 acres.
* All roads on property are complete on solid, original ground...
no "fill" areas.
* Four private 2+ acre parcels available within a ten acre property.
* 12 minutes to the Quepos airport or Quepos Hospital.
* 17 minutes to the new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos.
* Unsurpassed 360 degree vistas of ocean and mountains.
* All legal work to convey clean / clear / legal title is complete.
* NO PRE-SALE glitches, ready to build on !
* Price to sell $299,000 Brokers Protected.

Contact:
Mike Michael email: mikemichael@bellsouth.net
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
More information Click Here
Code: 9350-050419



Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized in Eco Properties, Eco Consulting, Green Living and Hotel Real Estate & Hotel Consulting. Own farm with sustainable development project under planning.





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• Great network of Realtors, to find your dream property.
• Homes, condominium & luxury homes.
• Eco lodges and hotels.

• Green properties and waterfalls.
• Farms and project developments.
• Property management in the Jaco/Garabito area.

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Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
Code:9368-112118


Business For Sale
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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

Three Cabins in La Fortuna
San Carlos


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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


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Published Thursday, September 6, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Interpol captures drug trafficking suspect

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials report that a man with an international arrest warrant for drug trafficking was captured Wednesday while leaving a restaurant in La Sabana in San José.

According to the police report, agents of Interpol Costa Rica and the Intelligence Unit of the Judicial Investigation Agency have been involved in an investigation and follow-up for almost four months.

The subject was identified as a Nicaraguan named Pereira, 35, who is wanted by police authorities of the United States and who was living in Costa Rica.

The arrest was made by Interpol agents at 3:30 p.m. when Pereira and two other men went out to eat at the restaurant. All three were arrested, but the names of the other men were not published on the police report

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the subject had a history in the country for drug trafficking. The case involves an organization that sends cocaine to the United States and has links to the arms trade.

The wanted suspect and the two other men were sent to judicial offices for processing and further investigation and extradition to the United States where the investigations and accusations against the suspect will continue.


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The case involves an organization that sends cocaine
to the United States and has links to the arms trade.