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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The  promised  electric  train,  along  with  the construction of new stations between San José and Cartago, will not be ready before May 2018, as the government promised in 2014.

Everything will remain the same. The regular train service will rely on diesel locomotives and second -hand  cars  bought in  Spain,  something  very different from the goals included in the National Development Plan 2015-2018.

The Costa Rican Institute of Railways is rushing to publish the  official  bidding  call  for companies interested in developing the project and kick start process that could last several election cycles.

The Institute fine-tuned the details of the contract and hopes to publish it as soon as possible to attract interested companies, said Elizabeth Briceño, Incofer's chief executive.

According  to  Briceño, in the best case scenario,  the bidding could take a year and the construction process three more.

What  would  be the construction stages?   How
many years will it be?  What would be the price?  What participation would the State have in the concession scheme?  And how much would the maintenance cost be?   All  of  these are issues remain to be solved, said Briceño.

In March, Christian Vargas, then chief executive
of the Instituto, said public companies in Spain, China, Switzerland and Italy had shown interest in building and managing the transport service,  but  did  not  provide  further   details  because nothing was confirmed at the time.

As  of  now,   there  is  no  guarantee  any future government will continue with the plan. That will depend on how the government approaches each
of the political parties, according to Briceño.

According to data from the Institute, on average 21,000 people commute by train, despite the deficiencies   found   in   the   vehicles,   the deterioration of the road and the discomfort at peak hours where passengers travel standing up.

"What is it that we have to do? asked Briceño.  “First, the technical part, to be very strong on persuading the involved parties. The, play the political game which will speed up the bidding phase.”

The train between San Jose and Cartago would have 80 kilometers of railroads to connect cities of  the  Gran  Área  Metropolitana.   They   are
Alajuela, Heredia, Belén, San José and Cartago.

The estimated investment is $ 1.6 billion and to finance  it,  it  would  be  necessary to apply the
Public Works Concession model.

According to calculations,  the cost per kilometer 
of a track is $8 million, $20 million if built in the air with the use of columns and up to $100 million
if it goes through a tunnel.

For Federico Villalobos, an economist specializing in public  infrastructure,  the success of such a building project depends on a good international promotion  and  making  clear  where  the state contribution will come from and that the project will have a good financial structuring.

Of course, he warned, it is necessary to start from the  fact  that  a train service cannot be sustained
with  only  the fares paid  by users, since a state subsidy is always necessary to make it viable.

The previous Sunday, the government emphasized advances  in the modernization of the rail travel.
It  included  the  approval of the law that allows Incofer  to  borrow  to  invest  in infrastructure projects,  to enable travel to Alajuela in January 2017 and the future repair of the railways to San Rafael de Alajuela  and Paraíso de Cartago.

He  also  mentioned  the  creation  of  a  mobile application in which users would be able to inquire about schedules and status of service, the plan to purchase new railroads and the idea of putting the electrical system on concession status.

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The service must be subsidized by the state
 by at least 50
percent.


"For several years we have been convinced that Costa Rica cannot live without a train, cannot do it because the volume of cars on the street and the need to decontaminate our environment demands it," said President Luis Guillermo Solís’ television message.

According to a survey of user satisfaction released in April and carried out before starting the service to Alajuela, travelers confirmed the need for this means of transportation, but complained about the difficulties for the elderly, seasonal problems and the heat in the railcars which lack of air conditioning.

Marcela Guerrero, deputy of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and critic of the public transport system, regretted that the Legislative Assembly lost more than two years in the process of approving the Incofer strengthening law. In its view, the inter-city electric train should be a country project that has the commitment of all political parties.

Miguel Carabaguíaz, former president of Incofer, which reactivated the rail service at GAM in 2005, also agreed that valuable time has been lost in improving the rail service, buying new equipment and building a new
railway system.

While working on the concept and building the electric train, Incofer plans to invest $ 52 million for the purchase of eight self-propelled diesel units with a capacity of 400 passengers.

The objective of this acquisition is to improve the current service and meet the growing demand.

The new equipment would be bought with a credit that is processed before the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. If this loan is not approved, a reserve of ¢ 12.5 billion made by the Ministry of Finance for the 2018 budget would be used.

That money is part of the ¢ 14 billion that the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) will turn over to Incofer, according to the records of the Ministry of Finance.

The tender post will be published at the end of October.

In addition to the railcars there will be in charge for tools for their maintenance, spare parts and training for the mechanics of the Institute.

The expectation is that the first three trains will be in the country at the end of 2018.

According to Instituto president, they have already knocked on the doors of the Inter-American Development Bank. the Central American Bank for Economic Integration and the World Bank for funding.

All parties, he said, welcomed the plan, although none is signed as of now.

The railway modernization project aims to increase the frequency of travel, improve punctuality and include Internet service in the railcars.

The proposal for electrification of the more than 100 kilometers of railroad is divided in three stages.

The first one goes from La Sabana, in San José, to Cartago, the second phase this would connect La Sabana with Heredia and Alajuela. The last one is the one that goes from San José to the Canton of Orotina, Alajuela.

The extension of the service is a project led for 12 years by former Institute president Miguel Carabaguíaz.




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Authorities will obey Constitutional Chambers'
sentence dismissals at Banco de Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The suspended members of the Board of  Directors at  the Banco de  Costa  Rica  have  filed  a constitutional appeal against the suspension imposed by president, arguing that it is a serious violation of their right to due process.

A Casa  Presidencial  representative said they will wait for the resolution from the  Constitutional  Chamber and will respect that decision.

"We will respect any future decisions that the Constitutional Court  adopts  regarding  the appeals filed by the Banco de Costa  Rica  directors  that  have  been  suspended,"  said Presidency  Minister  Sergio Alfaro, who also added that while the issue is resolved, the bank’s management will continue replacing the posts.

“In  the meantime,  the Administration must continue the necessary errands in compliance with the order issued by
the executive,” he added.

Before the resignation of Monica Segnini, Francisco Molina, Alberto Raven, Evita Arguedas and Paola Mora,
the  President  and  its  government  council  started  an administrative process to separate and suspend the prior
Executive Board.

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The Constitutional Chamber at the Supreme Court
 has no
deadline to resolve the appeal.

Council had appointed new members, one of whom declined.

"The measure applied against us is a serious violation of our right to due process of law and the rights of work, honor, image, morality, reputation and institutional autonomy of the Banco de Costa Rica,"said Segnini.


She claims the appeal suspends the administrative act, so that any decision taken by the new board of directors will be invalid.


Suspect murderer of five college students
to have his first hearing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The man suspected of murdering five university students in Liberia last January, will go to a preliminary hearing today.

The information was confirmed by the press office of the Ministerio Público. The hearing will be held in the Criminal Court.

At first, the hearing was scheduled for October 6, but due to the days off decreed by the President to protect people from storm Nate, it was reschedule.

The man charged with the murder is 33 years old. He is accused of five felonies including: qualified homicide, an attempted murder and sexual abuse against an elderly person. Currently, the man is being held in La Reforma prison, where he is serving one year of pre-trial detention.

This  would  be  the  second  time  the  man  would  face
criminal proceedings.

On July 24, 2012, he was sentenced to eight years in  prison for sending drugs on a bus.  However, he took advantage of a benefit established in the law to obtain freedom, after having maintained good interpersonal relations with others deprived of liberty in the Liberia Prison.

The crime for which he is accused happened on Jan. 9, 2017, when the man apparently entered the house of five university students and murdered them.

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The alleged murderer was arrested on Feb. 26, 2017
The beheaded students were Joseph Briones Solis, 22, Ariel Antonio Vargas Cieza, Stephanie Hernandez Garcia, Dayana Vanessa Martínez Romero and Ingrid Massiel Méndez Serrano, 24 years.

The man was arrested on February 3, when agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization raided a house located inside the property where the students rented the house.

The man lived with his mother and stepfather, next to the house of his grandparents. He didn’t have a job, only occasional construction work.

In addition to the dead, the Red Cross found another 14-year-old schoolgirl who survived the attack.

The girl contributed valuable data about the accused, which helped the experts to improve their profile of the perpetrator.

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President Solís made it through prostate
surgery in less than two hours
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


For somewhere between two weeks and a month, the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solís will  rest after the surgery he underwent yesterday Wednesday morning.

The surgeon, Dr. Mario González, said that the surgery lasted two hours,was a success and the President was in good health.

Solís underwent surgery due to a benign enlargement of
the prostate, so a removal of the organ was necessary.

González explained that the President's condition is not cancer, however, surgery was necessary to avoid further complications.

Solís will be hospitalized at least 48 hours. Then he may return to his home.

The doctor explained that the President must stay active, doing short walks in his house and climbing stairs among other non-stressful physical activities.

Due to a medical order, President must refrain from any decision making. His duties will be in the hands of the Vice President of the Republic, Helio Fallas.
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Solís will take at least two weeks off to recover, unless an
emergency happens, he's said.
The surgery was carried out at the Clínica La Católica Hospital. The director of the center, Juri Navarro, said that the surgical procedure has an approximate cost of ¢2 million while one night of hospitalization is around ¢ 250,000.


Taxi drivers will resume protests next month
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
Taxi drivers announced a new national strike at the beginning of next month.

The decision was made Tuesday in the Assembly of the National Forum of Taxi drivers, which considered that the actions announced in August by the Government to combat the illegal transport of passengers, no longer haves any effect.

The representative of the taxi drivers, Gilbert Ureña, said that, on the contrary, the drivers of Uber have extended their service to cantons and districts that they did not serve before.

According to Ureña, there is a third meeting agreed  to
with the Executive Branch for November 3, in which
they will express their discomfort and will set the date
of the new demonstrations.

According to Ureña, the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solis, ordered in good faith actions against Uber.

However, the union believes that the state institutions did not respond to what the president requested, which is why they will once again protest the streets.

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New exhibit tells unknow stories of former Costa Rican army
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It was the year 1917, when the then Secretary of War and Navy and later head of state, Federico Tinoco, decided that it was time to start the construction of the Bellavista Barracks.

What Tinoco did not know then, was that this building would become part of the country’s architectural heritage. In 1949, it became the new home of the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica.

The history of this emblematic building, a silent witness of armed conflicts and historical moments, is reflected in the exhibition Memories of the Army in Costa Rica, which will be inaugurated with a guided tour on October 19 at 2 pm at the Museo Nacional.

Located  in  the  room  of  the  old  dungeons, about 200 historical pieces related to the army share space with the most original areas of the Cuartel, where visitors will  still  find  the  graffiti  of  the  1940 cells,  as  well  as bathrooms  and  toilets,  part  of  the  kitchen  and  the entrance to one of the internal tunnels of the barracks, recently discovered and excavated in 2009.

The exhibition is the product of a research process between curator and historian Gabriela Villalobos and the collector and co-curator Fernando Leitón.

According to the historian, the exhibit seeks to provide
the context of the Bellavista Barracks within the history
of  the  army  and  the  military conflicts that the country
has experienced in its historical development, processes
that cannot be separated from the great international conflicts that have directly or indirectly affected Costa Rica, especially in the twentieth century".

The building that today houses the Museo Nacional, is
one of the most emblematic of the capital.

Located in Cuesta de Moras, it went from being a coffee plantation to a house. Its most famous inhabitant was the
liberal and intellectual teacher Mauro Fernández. At that time the building got the famous Bella Vista name, due
to its the panoramic view of capital city.

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Unknown paths and military gadgets an old era,
the exhibit
starts today at 2:00 pm

After Fernández death, the house was bought by the government and was transformed into the Bellavista Barracks when the dictator Federico Tinoco seized the power.

Before the Museum moved to the Cuartel Bellavista, the government demolished the southwest tower and the east wall and sealed the internal tunnels with the objective that the building not be used again in a conflict even if its strategic military potential remained.

Helmets, chevrons, rifles, guns, ammunition, a cannon, photographs - Memories of the Army shows in detail the type of arms and ammunition kept in Bellavista in 1930. Also, beyond images and words, history is understood through the objects. “Goods related to the military history of Costa Rica are exhibited, as well as objects used in different wars around the world; because foreign influence is not only political, ideological or diplomatic, but also in terms of arms and clothing,” said the historian.

Memories of the Army tells a story perhaps little known in the 21st century pacifist context of Costa Rica, but armed conflicts the country endured inside and outside its borders were key in the country's history.

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Contact us by email: info@HiddenGardenArt.com
Find us on Trip Advisor, Facebook, Twitter,
Moon Travel Guides & Frommer's

Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel.  8386-6872 / 2667-0592; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073
International shipping available.
9214-8/2/17


George Lundquist header

The Relocation/Retirement tour with the
 *HIGHEST SUCCESS RATE
OF RELOCATION*

 (as reported by the moving companies)
Visit many rental options to actually experience the price/amenity options available in more of the areas chosen by Expats for security, comfort, and quality of life.

Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!
HERE!

Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.

George Lundquist, Retirement, Relocation, and Lifestyle Guide. Email : lundquistgeorge@gmail.com
9113-7/4/17

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Looking for easy booking process for a smooth Costa Rica trip?   We customize wonderful trips to Costa Rica.  We offer you our wealth of knowledge for a great experience . . . a trip of a lifetime!!!

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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
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8995-4/17/17

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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

Tax time
U.S. Income Tax Services
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.

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Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9186-6/30/17

James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
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• 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
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Real estate rentals (paid category)

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
9055-2/23/17


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 
Timeshare
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
9049-7/31/17


Real estate-related services (paid category)

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        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

FFine Furniture of Sarchi - Sarchi, Costa Rica
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
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
Email: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
Moving to Costa Rica or Back to the U.S.?
  10 Years of Happy Clients
Canadian English or Spanish Spoken
Excellent Service, Competitive Prices
Call  (772) 361-1050
Email:   shippingcostarica@gmail.com
Our Web:  http://shippingcostarica.com
Free Ebook: How To Import to Costa Rica HERE!
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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
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Learn more about 
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Experiential Healing 
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9057-2/25/17


Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)
Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho
DR LUIS CARLOS SANCHO TORRES
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Prescription Management

Send us your:
-VA LETTER WITH LIST OF DISABILITIES
-VETERAN IDENTIFICATION

Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
Email: veteranscr@gmail.com
4th floor at Hospital La Catolica, Guadalupe, San José
9234-12/1/17


                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
9181-7/3/17

        Insurance professionals
The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9165-5/22/17



 
A.M.
Costa
Rica
Fifth
news page


Published, Thursday October 19, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us


After the storm, authorities to reactivate
economy in most vulnerable places

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In a meeting held this Tuesday, the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solis and the leaders of the most important financial institutions in the country, analyzed short, medium and long term alternatives to reactivate the economy of the sectors that were directly affected by Nate.

A total of 13 representatives of public and private banks attended the meeting to analyze the possibility of executing solutions for the benefit of impacted individuals and sectors.

As a result of the meeting, it was agreed to form a commission composed of representatives of public banks (BCR-BNCR) and private (BAC-SCOTIABANK), cooperatives, mutuals and the General Superintendency of Financial Entities (SUGEF), to make a schedule of actions that will be announced in the coming weeks.

As presidential delegate, the president appointed Alberto Dent, a banker who will work hand in hand with Vice President Ana Helena Chacón, appointed as the person in charge of reconstruction work.

The financial system is not in any position to support the debtors who were affected by Nate, so they called for
them to approach their creditor and discuss their situation.

The Minister of Economy, Geannina Dinarte, pointed out that an agreement was also reached to streamline the lines of financing for Development Banking, including the medium-sized companies and granting endorsements of
up to 90%.


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National Emergency Commission photo     
Flooding and landslides ruined the urban
 economy in small
villages.

At the meetings that President Solis held last week with farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs of the tourist industry, they expressed their concern about the economic losses that have been caused by the phenomenon and expressed the urgency of having the ability to access financing.

Some banks have already started to list the affected ones to have a broad scenario that allows them to do an in-depth analysis of each particular case.

Helio Fallas and Ana Helena Chacón, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Germán Valverde, the Minister of Economy, Geannina Dinarte, the President of the Central Bank, Olivier Castro, the Minister of Tourism, Mauricio Ventura and the Minister of Agriculture, Felipe Arauz, will take some part in the analysis group.




National Emergencies Commision seek
to increase help to victims of storm

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias will fund 282 projects to help solve the damage caused by the rains and landslides in 45 cantons.

The approved investment for the province of San José is
₡2,775 million, Puntarenas ₡368.6 million, ₡ 374,900,000 Cartago, Guanacaste ₡212,500,000 and Alajuela ₡52,2 million.


In general, these 282 projects exceed ₡3.3,783 million and will be used to pay for machinery required for cleaning roads and stacking of debris, rehabilitation of highways, and the cleaning of landslides that keep some communities isolated.


Due to current situation, the Comisión has once again called on construction companies to join the SICOP, which is the platform used by government to make public purchases. That way said companies may participate in the bidding and be able to perform these works on the national routes as soon as possible.

Those interested can go to www.sicop.go.cr

In addition, the Comisión has authorized loans for more than ₡281,2 million in 40 cantons hit by heavy rains.

A report issued by the Operations Unit of the Comisión on Tuesday, points out that most the money has been granted to Municipal Emergency Committees to buy food, fuel and raw materials needed by many families.


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National Emergency Commission photo               
The storm affected important infrastructure,
which makes it
harder to reach those in need.
As of Wednesday, the Comisión had delivered important amounts for 40 authorized local committees: ₡ 64.7 million for food, fuel ₡37.5 million and ₡78.9 million for other needs such as cleaning products and personal hygiene. Most of the requests were made by the committees of the provinces of Guanacaste, Puntarenas and San José.

In regards to humanitarian assistance, the Comisión has delivered food packs to 32,891 families, 10,045 foam mats used as beds, 11,659 blankets and 1,955 pichingas water containers for a total cost of ₡1,142 million.





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Brodell
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By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)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. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
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The Trouble with Cash
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Life is a Tropical Garden

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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. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!
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Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
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This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most of of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture. A practical pronunciation will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon click here




A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Sixth News Page
Published, Thursday October 19, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 
Real estate for sale (paid category)
Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
CODE 9267-9/28/17


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Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View 
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be
used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS,
 custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. 
Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here  www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com 
9143-2/3/17


Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   



Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
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in CR since 1979

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Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
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U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
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Remax Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
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ReMax Playas del
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Link to Playa Hermosa listings page HERE
Link to Peninsula Papagayo listings page HERE

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Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18
Real estate-related services (paid category)

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Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Poverty still hit women harder, United Nations says

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IPS photo     
Women in rural areas receive up to 50 percent
less in social security benefits

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, poverty and inequality are mostly born by women, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

That is only part of the findings collected in the State of the World Population Report, released on Tuesday.

The data shows that in the male population, unemployment is 7.2 percent, while in women it is 10.6 percent, despite the fact that women are more formally educated than men.

“More degrees does not become employment opportunities or better wages,” the study says.

The assistant representative of the United Nations Population Fund, Paula Antezana, explained that households headed by women have higher poverty levels, which limits possibilities for better quality of life.

The social researcher points out that this report is not intended to be only on paper but to be incorporated into government policies, so that gender equity becomes, not just a speech, but a reality.

Regarding inequality between men and women, it is also noted that the female population has a lower percentage of insurance as direct taxpayers, which affects them when entering the national pension system of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social. In rural areas the percentage of insurance
is halved compared to that of urban women.


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Real estate for sale (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge for Sale in Panama. Too many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1-bedroom duplex, three hectares on the beach, four boats, boat storage, boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   

Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
Holley ad
Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. 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. $295,000. Contact  Jim Holley, E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

Contact Harv  in English and Spanish: Email cap@lightsurfer.com   Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) : Email- marvama05@gmail.com -Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-86672823.   Web page:  www.costarica-house.com Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
9274-11/30/17


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* 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.
* Lots 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
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A.M. Costa Rica
Seventh Newspage
Business
Published, Thursday October 19, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Legislator proposes harder conditions for those seeking the Executive Board at banks

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Asamblea Legislativa photo
The former Executive Board at the Bank of
Costa Rica was
dismissed by President Solís.
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The appointment of board members will have to pass through the filters of the Superintendencia General de Entidades Financieras and the Consejo Nacional de Supervisión del Sistema Financiero. That’s a new bill that arises from the current investigation of influence peddling on granting credits. The investigation is carried out by the Legislative Assembly.

The legislator of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana, William Alvarado, said the bill aims to find individuals who are suitable for the positions.

"It’s not right that the president, based on a recommendation from a legislator has the power appoint any member of a board," said the Alvarado.

Through the screening of the Superintendencia and the Consejo, it will be possible to detect possible influence peddling exercised by politicians inside financial institutions.

As per the current law, the President and his Consejo de Gobierno are in charge of appointing the members of the executive boards.

“In the banks, there were always one or two board members trying to open the doors to access the credits," said Alvarado.

Alvarado already asked the support his fellows at the investigative commission, in order to include this bill in the final report submitted by lawmakers in the coming weeks.

During the hearings that took place within the legislative commission, it was revealed that both the president of the Banco de Costa Rica and the former president of the Banco Nacional met with a shady business man trying to import Chinese Cement in the country, even though it was forbidden.

Sandra Piszk, said that the conclusions they reach should undoubtedly include bills to avoid influence peddling and improve controls in the management of the money in public financial institutions.

Piszk also mentioned that it is evident that in the specific case of the importer of Chinese cement, he had the power to access the top management of the bank to push his business.

Piszk added that this is an unprecedented fact because, never in recent history had one seen a scandal that touched the three powers of the republic.


Halloween

A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Readers are invited to celebrate the Halloween season by entering the A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest.

Original fiction with a Costa Rica dimension will complete for the $100 top prize. The deadline is appropriately midnight Oct. 20, a Friday.

Authors may include an original drawing or photograph, but this submission will not be judged by the contest panel. Only the text will be considered.

Judges include the A.M. Costa Rica staff and established writers.

Here are the rules:

1. The submission must be original and not contain any extensive copyrighted material from elsewhere. The usual rules regarding fair use will apply. That means the author may include in the text short references and quotes for other sources.
But the bulk of the story must be original. Any graphics submitted must be original.

2. The short story must contain a substantial relationship to Costa Rica.That could include actions of expats or Costa Ricans elsewhere. Or the author could describe an encounter with one of the many supernatural creatures that make up the mythology of the country. La Llorona, for example.

3. Authors are encouraged to create a suspenseful and/or scary story, and such an approach will earn bonus points in the judging.

4. Editors will make an effort to publish every short story submitted in the editions leading up to Halloween.

5. Authors are reminded that A.M. Costa Rica is read in 90 countries each weekday morning and some readers may not fully understand the meaning of Halloween, so some explanation might be needed in the story.

6. A poetic narrative will be accepted in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

7. Authors will retain the copyright to their submission but by doing so they grant A.M. Costa Rica and its corporation, Consultantes Río Colorado S.A., the full right to publish their work in the daily newspaper, in any subsequent collection of news stories that may be compiled and anywhere else.

8. Short stories should be no longer than 1,200 words, and longer works will earn negative points in the judging.

9. The newspaper staff will seek to compile the works into a book of short stories to be published in time for Halloween 2018. Typically such books generate little income, but if there is interest from a third-party publisher, the newspaper corporation will share the majority of the resale income with the authors.

10. Authors should include a short biography that list their place of residence.
They also may make a short pitch of other published works.


11. Authors are encouraged to use their given names, but pen names will be accepted particularly from readers who have established a readership under that name.

12. Authors must state in their email submission that they agree with these rules.

13. There is no charge for submission. Short stories should be pasted into an email (not sent as an attachment) to books@amcostarica.com


The staff of A.M. Costa Rica has created this contest, in part, to showcase the many excellent writers among the newspaper readership.


A.M. Costa Rica news archives
Archived News

Readers who conduct searches of A.M. Costa Rica content have access to back editions archived as a single page (including the news story, photos and old ads). A.M. Costa Rica Archives, provides all 15 years of archived pages on A.M. Costa Rica.

Latin America business news and analysis

Brazil, Mexico GDP Outlook Improve

Outlook for Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela worsens.

Ecuador Boosts Oil Transparency

The new government’s transparency drive set to help energy sector.

Cleary Gottlieb, Hogan Lovells Advise on LatAm Offers

Cleary Gottlieb, Hogan Lovells advise on Brazil, Mexico offers.

Latin America Sees IPO Boom

The value of Latin American IPOs jumps fourfold so far this year.

M&As Fall in Latin America, Jump in Brazil

Brazil M&As jump 29.3 percent during first nine months.

Latin America: Illegal Tobacco Hurts Trade

Impacts of the rising illegal tobacco trade in Latin America.



Here are the links
to key official Facebook pages

Banco de Costa Rica (BCR)
https://www.facebook.com/BancoBCR
Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica (Fire Department)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/
Benemerito-Cuerpo-de-
Bomberos-de-Costa-Rica/10

0524590030186
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR)
https://www.facebook.com/
bnmascerca
Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Social Security Administration)
https://www.facebook.com/
ccssdecostarica
Cruz Roja Costarricense
(Red Cross)
https://www.facebook.com/
cruzrojacostarricense
Direccion General de Migracion y ExtranjerÌa Costa Rica (Immigration)

https://www.facebook.com/
migracioncostarica
Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/
INSTITUTO-NACIONAL-
DE-APRENDIZAJE-INA/374620729455

Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (MIDES-INJU)
https://www.facebook.com/midesinju
Instituto Nacional de Seguros
(National Insurance Administration)
https://www.facebook.com/
InstitutoNacionaldeSeguros
Instituto Meteorologico Nacional Costa Rica (Weather Institute)
https://www.facebook.com/
institutometeorologiconacional.prensa
Ministerio de Obras P™blicas y Transportes (Transportation Ministry)
https://www.facebook.com/pages
/Ministerio-de-Obras-Publicas-
y-Transportes/141524109195178

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (Labor Ministry)
https://www.facebook.com/TrabajoCR
Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/
Organismo-
de-Investigacion-Judicial/1

62025663834408
Policia de Transito de Costa Rica (Traffic police)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/
POLICIA-DE-
TRANSITO-DE-COSTA-RICA/21

2892178758906
Municipalidad de San José
(San José Municipality)
https://www.facebook.com/
MunicipalidadSJ
Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI)
https://www.facebook.com/
PatronatoNacionaldelaInfancia
DefensorÌa de los Habitantes (ombudsman)
https://www.facebook.com/
defensoriacr

A.M. Costa Rica
users guide

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Old pages

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

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

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


Newspages

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


Classifieds

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Contacting us

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Useful links
Foreign Embassies
in Costa Rica
Ave Central at Calle 120
Pavas, San José. 920-1200
San Jose, Costa Rica
Call 506 2519-2000
after hours call
506 8863-4895

U.S. embassy logo
Click for Web
British logo
Click for Web
Apartado 815-1007
Edificio Centro Colon
(Piso/floor 11)
San José 506 2258 2025

Oficentro La Sabana
Building 5, Third floor
Box: 351-1007, San José 506 2242-4400
Canadian flag
Click for Web
Dutch flag
Click for Web
Oficentro la Sabana,
P.O.Box 10285-1000
San José 506 2296-1490

Torre Sabana, 8ƒ floor,
Sabana Norte.
Box 4017-1000, San José 506 2290-9091
After hours 506 8381-7968

German flag
Click for Web
Other foreign embassies in Costa Rica
Click HERE!

Costa Rican embassies in the world
Click HERE!


Entertainment
Theater
Teatro Nacional logo
Click for Web
Teatro Nacional
Drama, dance, theater
orchestras, concerts


Movies
Cinemark
Multiplaza Escazú
Multiplaza del Este

HERE!

Cinepolis
Terramall and Desamparados
HERE!
CCM Cinemas
San Pedro, Alajuela, Heredia, Plaza Mayor, Cine Magaly, Cariari, San Ramon, San Carlos
HERE!
Jaco Beach Cinema
2643-2100
HERE!
Airline info
flight stats
Juan SantamarÌa in Alajuela
Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia
Other airports of the world

Weather and disasters
Current weather

78762
Instituto Meteorological Nacional
Instituto Meteorological
HERE!


U.S. National
Hurricane
Information Service

HERE!


NOAA
                              weather

Turrialba volcano
Live camera
on Turrialba volcano


Arenal volcano is HERE!
but it is out of service

U.S.G.A.
World Earthquakes
HERE!

Seismeographics
online

Live reports of quakes
HERE!
recorder display
Vehicles
INS
Instituto Nacional
de Seguros
HERE!

Vehicle inspection
appointments
HERE!

Riteve link
PoliceÌa de Tr·nsito
PolicÌa de Tránsito
Highway info
HERE!

Autopista del Sol
Web Page
Twitter

Autopista del Sol

Immigration
Immigration
Direccion General
de Migracion
main page is HERE!

Appointment to renew
cedulas for residents

900-00-34639 Or click HERE!
Banco de Costa Rica

Community groups
Association of Residents of Costa Rica
HERE!
Community
                      alliance
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
www.actionalliancecr.com





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