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Costa Rican election will be held on Feb.4, 2007.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new bill seeks to transfer half of the money set aside for election campaigns to the reconstruction of areas damaged by the storm Nate has divided between political parties

The plan was voted for in the Committee for Financial Affairs despite the opposition of the legislators of the Partido Liberación Nacional and the lawmaker from Partido Unidad Social Cristiana, Rosibel Ramos.

The initiative came from the Frente Amplio legislator Frank Camacho, and states that some of the monies to be given to political parties pass to the funding of the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias.

The Camacho said this action shows a commitment to the reconstruction effort.

The amount fixed for the political debt is ¢25,029,906,960, so the money that would be transferred through would be just over ¢12 billion.

Although considered noble, the presidential candidate Antonio Alvarez said the initiative is not legally viable because the debt is a commitment of the state to the groups that will participate in the elections of 2018. Desanti added that a reform such as this is not viable when the campaign has already started.



The presidential candidate of the Alianza Democrática Cristiana, Mario Redondo, said he agrees with the idea which seeks to heal the nation through productive activities.

The lawyer of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, Gustavo Román, said that this is an unprecedented proposal and that the Tribunal would have the task of conducting a legal analysis of its feasibility.


The official said that once the electoral campaign began there was no room for such reforms. However, he added that the respective study is necessary once a decision is taken in the Asamblea Legislativa.

Camacho said that those who oppose his initiative had no problem cutting down ¢ 40 billion from the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia.

The initiative approved in the Hacendarios commission must now go the Plenary, where the congressmen will debate whether it should be approved or not.


Vacations made US Ambassador fall in love with Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Once she spent holidays in Costa Rica, Sharon Day fell in love with Costa Rica.

This was admitted by the US representative in a video where she was introduced to the Costa Rican people. She said she met the country as a tourist on a fabulous family vacation.

On a more serious note, she explained that among her objectives is to maintain cooperation between the two countries in the field of regional security.

She also said that she, along with her husband, will use her commercial skills to set up an insurance company and thus attract more foreign investment.

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    Sharon Day during one of the many rallies held by the Republican Party.
Day noted that she grew up in Texas and considers herself as a family woman. 



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The Christmas little fat man may turn you into a millionaire
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Thursday, the Junta de Proteción Social,  announced the annual Christmas lottery is ready for sale. It is locally known as the Gordito Navideño and this year it will pay more than 1,600 colones in prices.

There will be four versions of the draft, all of them for the same amount, meaning 6,400,0000 will be shared by all the winners.

El Gordo is already on the street. The 2017 draw expects to generate 4,300 million colones for social organizations.

Delia Villalobos, president of the Junta, said that in 2016, they managed to pay 100 percent of the prizes, which created 90 new millionaires.

Lottery players will have to pay 2,000 colones per ticket fraction, which will pay 40 million and 80 thousand colones for the whole ticket, called a draft.

Those a little more daring, will have to pay 320 000 colones, if they want to buy four of the same draft and seek to win all the 6,400,000.

Claudio Madrigal, marketing manager, said this new draw will create high expectations.

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The second prize will pay 160 million and the third, 80 million colones.

He explained that they have a lot of tours scheduled so that all people have the opportunity to buy from direct vendors.

So far the Junta has organized 57 Christmas draws, the first big prize paid 1 million colones.

The draw results will be ready on December 17th, at 7:00 p.m.


Attracting the vote of the young: A challenge before the upcoming elections
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An undecided and changing scenario is presented to the Costa Rican electorate just three months before the presidential elections. Political parties will have to consider stronger strategies to capture the young population.

For the 2018 elections, the “under 30’s” will represent about 40 percent of the voters, so they can define a winner.

A survey by the Center for Research and Policy Studies from the University of Costa Rica, shows that two of every three voters lack sympathy for a party or a candidate. Some hesitate to vote and others, even those willing to go to the polls, do not know yet who to support. The survey was based on 1,029 interviews conducted by telephone between October 3 and 12.

According to the director of the Center, Felipe Alpízar, the survey shows clearly that the political loyalties that existed in the past no longer exist and that today's electorate is more demanding and even more analytical.

"The other characteristic of the electorate is its volatility , that is, it can change from one candidate to another from one day to another, those partisan loyalties and purposes that existed in the past are already gone, "Alpízar said.

According to the research, Antonio Álvarez Desanti leads with 19.6 percent of support, Juan Diego Castro is second with 12.6 percent, Rodolfo Piza comes third with 11 percent and Carlos Alvarado is fourth with 6.3 percent.

The movement of supporters is due to several reasons. The parties seem weaker, their grassroots voter base is very small and many of the candidates have been in the middle of political crises, facing corruption scandals and even internal divisions, explained the political scientist, Ronald Alfaro.

"Ticos have a firmly belief in the vote, but that belief could weaken with newer generations," Alfaro said.

The study says corruption has grown as one of the main problems that concerns the citizens, along with unemployment.

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The generational gap between old time politicians and
younger decision makers worries the campaigners.
The group of undecided voters is described by the experts as very hard to persuade because they are more informed, more critical, they study the candidates and their proposals, see debates and are very attuned to network television and social networks. This represents a great challenge for the candidates.

In the case of the PAC candidate, Carlos Alvarado, he sees it from a positive perspective and also as a great challenge for the following three months: he will try to convince those who will decide the future of the country.

"I see it with a degree of optimism and desire to work, we keep a similar support level that puts us between 8 percent and 6 percent, "he said.

Alvarado insists that the great challenge as a country is to tell people that they can make changes and get them to the polls on February 4, 2018


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OECD says country should decrease Social Security funding
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The high cost to employers of paying their workers' social security contributions is one of the factors explaining the high level of informality in Costa Rica's employment, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

For this reason, the international organization proposes to reduce taxes on labor and suggests that the costs of the programs they finance be funded by other types of taxes, such as added value tax and income tax.

This is one of the OECD recommendations to Costa Rica after reviewing the state of the labor market and social policies. This is part of the inspection process to which the country is subjected if it wants to join this group of nations.

The report was presented Wednesday by Stefano Scarpetta, Director of Employment, Labor and Social Affairs of the OECD. The representative explained that social charges should be reduced from items that do not provide direct benefits to the worker.

"19 percent of that coverage is for old age, health, maternity, survivors' benefits and disability benefits, which is very good because they are indeed safe, but there are also 25 percent of those resources which finance the operations of public institutions, public banks and anti-poverty programs," said Scarpetta.

"The anti-poverty programs have been extremely successful in Costa Rica, the question is how they are financed. The general message we have in the report is that there should be an effort to finance these programs with the general taxes, both the value added tax and income tax," added the official.

The OECD report notes that the tax rate on the total social security payroll is 36.5%, which is almost nine percentage points above the OECD average, which is 27.2 percent.

According to the Organisation, 26.33 percent of the social charges paid by employers to finance the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social e Institute and the Fondo de Desarrollo Social and Asignaciones Familiares and Banco Popular, raise the cost of formal employment, which makes it more attractive to hire informally.

The OECD considers that other sources of taxation, such as value added tax and income tax, are underutilized because they have low tax bases and low tax rates, so they could assume the burden of financing non-contributory social programs.

According to Scarpetta, recharging these taxes would not affect lower income households because of income tax exemptions to persons who receive lower wages.

Currently, the Legislative Assembly is negotiating a bill to transform the sales tax into value added tax or VAT.

The Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce and Private Sector Associations (Uccaep) attended the presentation of the OECD report and reported that it will only start analyzing the document and its proposals, while the Social Unity Bloc seemed against the recommendation to reduce social security charges.

"Do you know what it would take to decrease support for the social security entities? This country lives on a series of supports, we are a very vulnerable country in that sense," said Gilberto Cascante, president of Bussco, a unions confederation.

Ana Helena Chacón, Vice President of the Republic, considered that, in order to encourage formal contracting, the Government would allow employers to have a period of two years in which they can pay social charges in a staggered way, until they arrive to 100%.

Chacón said that the proposal was presented by Geannina Dinarte, Minister of Economy, and is currently under study in the Financial Department of Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.

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Employer's Social Security fees are mandatory
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In its report, the OECD also proposes the country reduces the list of minimum wages, which it considers too broad.

The Organization considers that the fact that there are 24 minimum wages in the private sector, which differ by occupation and skill level, and complicate compliance.

The OECD limitation is high, considering that almost a quarter of workers in the private sector (25% in the formal sector and 60% in the informal sector) earn less than the lowest minimum wage.

At the same time, the OECD suggests strengthening the skills of labor inspectors in the Ministry of Labor to better monitor workers' living wages.

"This would be a way to support people who lose their jobs in the formal sector and allow them to look for another in the same sector, instead of going to any job in the market because they do not have enough savings," Scarpetta said.


So far, Costa Rica has obtained approval in areas like trade, health and agriculture policies.

Ana Helena Chacon categorically refuted several of the OECD's observations on shortcomings that the state must improve.

One of them was the Organization's request for Costa Rica to adapt its regulations for migration, to facilitate the regularization and insertion of foreigners in the labor market.

"An open door policy for Costa Rica, with its current fiscal situation, is not possible," she said. Chacón also criticized the OECD for more efforts to reduce child labor.

"We have become one of the countries that have eradicated it the most, we have 10,000 children less on the streets than some years ago. Costa Rica does have a well-established strategy," Chacón said.

Some other OECD recommendations:
-Promote social dialogue and collective agreement to improve wage setting mechanisms.
-To strengthen the insertion and labor intermediation services.
-Establish a one-stop institution of social programs and reduce the fragmentation of those same plans.
-Introduce mechanisms to evaluate the effectiveness of labor market programs.
-Increase funding so that the "Avancemos" scholarship program reaches more young people.
-Consider measures to increase the capacity of the tax system to reduce income inequality.
-Extend coverage of non-contributory pensions for all people at risk of poverty and extreme poverty.
-Improve the long-term sustainability of the pension system by revising the legal retirement age based on changes in life expectancy.
-Increase provision of childcare services paid with public funds.
-To combat gender discrimination in the workplace.
-To combat child poverty.
-Consider an extraordinary regularization of the immigrants present in the country.
-Redefine the cost that migrants must face to regularize their situation.


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Costa Rica under diplomatic retaliation from Venezuela
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An official statement released Thursday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica caused attacks from Jorge Arreaza, Chancellor of Venezuela.

The Costa Rican government announced that it does not recognize and considered tainted the election that took place last Sunday in the South American country.

"Our country regrets that the authorities of the Venezuelan government and in particular, the National Electoral Council, have manipulated the electoral system and its results, perpetrating questionable courses of action which seriously compromised the integrity and legitimacy of the process, " Foreign Ministry said.

On Thursday Arreaza accused the Costa Rican government of attacking Venezuela because of its low popularity.

Through a series of twitter messages, the Venezuelan diplomat said Costa Rica “shows an embarrassing submission to become a US government instrument to attack democracy" in his country.

"With his statement, the Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica shows arrogance and absolute ignorance of the Venezuelan political reality.” Arreaza said. “Unpopularity of the government of Costa Rica makes it impossible for them to emulate electoral victories as that of the Bolivarian Revolution. I would like the government of Costa Rica to have a strong popular support such as that of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.

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According to the politician, married to a daughter of Hugo Chávez, no government has the power to ignore the voting processes carried out in Venezuelan territory.

 Arreaza was vice president of Venezuela between April 2013 and January 2016. Since last August he has serves as chancellor. However, during the Chavez government, he was appointed to several ministries and deputy ministries.

This is not the first time that this Venezuelan politician has attacked Costa Rica. Back in August he called the government arrogant.

Costa Rican diplomatic authorities also ignored the results of the Constituent Assembly held at the end of July.


Costa Rica inaugurates another embassy, this time in Australia
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Chancellor of the Republic, Manuel A. González Sanz, formally inaugurated the Costa Rican Embassy in Australia during his working visit to that country.

In the activity, Minister González described the embassy as a great step for Costa Rican diplomacy, within its strategic objective of univerzalising and consolidating its presence in the vast region of Asia Pacific.

Gonzalez met with Minister Julie Bishop and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Diplomatic Consultations, which will allow the two countries to discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation on political, economic, cultural, scientific, technical and humanitarian issues at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs , viceministers and other authorities.

The two countries agreed to explore opportunities to increase their links and develop projects in areas of mutual interest such as the environment, sustainable development, education, disarmament, culture, gender, youth, tourism, sustainability, trade and air connectivity, among others.

Also, González, began a working tour in Sydney, the largest city in Australia.

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During his first day of work he held a meeting with the President of the Australia-Latin America Business Council, José Blanco; Mr. David Landers, General Manager for the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Pacific of the Australian Commission for Trade and Investment.

Gonzalez offered a detailed explanation of the evolution of the Costa Rican economic model as well as the attributes of the country as a destination for investment in nature and adventure tourism, of the value of the services economy, and strength in great human talent.

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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

experience Costa Rica
Costa Rica Travel In Paradise Group Tours

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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Contact us: 
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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Web:  www.travelinparadisecr.com
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.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica
and Silicon Valley.
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
& Business Consulting
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Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
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• IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
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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
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com


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 
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1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
9049-7/31/17


Real estate-related services (paid category)

CRsolar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving All of Costa Rica

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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
doclucinda@gmail.com
www.LucindaGray.com
Learn more about 
New World Meditation: (Second Edition) Discover True Happiness Thru
Experiential Healing 
Click Here
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 Friday 20, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us


New therapy for patients with heart failure conditions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Calderon Guardia Hospital has become the first in Central America and the Caribbean to implement low risk therapy for patients with heart failure where surgery is not an option due to its high risk.

According to Tatian Lemos, director of the medical center, the procedure called MitraChip, is one of the most innovative worldwide.

The first two patients underwent surgery in late September.

One was Gladys Montealegre, 52, who said that since the procedure, she could walk, breathe, sleep and lead a normal life

"I woke up from the surgery and it was as if I had never had breathing problems. Now I can walk, I can do things," she explained.

Eduardo Sáenz, part of the team during the surgery said this type of procedure does not replace surgery but is for patients at high risk. These people usually have symptoms such as difficulty walking and breathing.

Edgar Pérez is the other patient for whom the procedure was performed. He said that he has a better quality of life. "We won the lottery, thanks to the hands of the doctors and the care they had," he said.

The problem is called mitral regurgitation. This occurs when there is a problem with the mitral valve, which regulates blood flow from the heart. It causes an abnormal passage of blood to the lungs, which causes an increase in blood pressure and difficulty breathing.
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Wikipedia photo     
Installing the new heart valve is a
minimally invasive
surgery.

To be eligible for the surgery, the patient must have chronic mitral valve disease and have trouble breathing, then the Cardiopathy Commission at the hospital, can authorize the surgery.

The MitraChip is a chromium-cobalt chip that is implanted in the valve through catheters, a minimally invasive procedure.

Currently there is no waiting list for the procedure, as only a very select group of patients can opt for it.




Cambronero road is already open
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MOPT photo                
The road is open in one direction and continues to be regulated by officials

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The authorities of the Transit Police will open a passing lane in the regulated sector of Cambronero.

According to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, arrangements have been made at the site, which will allow traffic for all types of vehicles, including freight.

Germán Valverde, minister of MOPT, explained that during the process, the axis of the road was changed to generate a stable passage away from the sinking area.


The work also contemplate channeling water so that greater instability problems are prevented.

Also, the MOPT performs geotechnical studies to define the type of definitive intervention that it will apply to replenish lost material in Cambronero as a result of Tropical Storm Nate.

Valverde explained that the equipment and personnel working on the alternate passage of Cambronero will now be moved towards San Ramon where other damages in the route will be addressed.


Want to read more? Check out these books listed below!
Brodell
                Book
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

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.  
Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!
Trapped in
                Damas Cave
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.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com  US phone: 001 440 796-4105




Trouble
                with Cash

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 $1 million, 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.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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New World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.  More information HERE!


Money, Flowers and More

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. In Time For The Holiday -- Give Unique Gifts Of Dollars or Colones."
It will be available at the discounted price of $0.99 until Dec. 25.. It is available at all major online book stores. Preview or purchase at Amazon.com, or visit https://www.dustypilot.com/holiday-money.html  For more information Contact Dusty Pilot: Email dusty@dustypilot.com. Phone 001 440 796-4105
Life is a Tropical Garden

    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….  Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com
Order this book here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1522005986/ref=rdr_ext_tmb


Brodell book 2
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. 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!
HowardBook

Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
(English and Spanish Edition)

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 Friday 20, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 
October 20th is International Sloth Day
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Happy International Sloth Day from Kids Saving the Rainforest! All over the world today people are celebrating sloths. Here at KSTR, a wildlife sanctuary, rescue & rehabilitation center located in Quepos, Costa Rica, they rescue over 200 animals every year, including two-toed and three-toed sloths. They rescue orphaned babies, as well as sloths that have been injured by things like electrocution or falls from high up in the trees where sloths make their homes. Dedicated team of staff, interns, and volunteers works tirelessly to rehabilitate these extraordinary creatures and get them back into the wild where they belong.

Mother sloths spend a great deal of time and energy in raising their babies. Three-toed sloth babies spend a year and a half with their mothers, and two-toed babies spend up to years clinging to their moms.

Last week at KSTR, they had the supreme pleasure of working with one such sloth Mama. A concerned citizen in nearby Jaco observed a large three-toed female fall from high in a tree after a branch broke. The sloth was laying on the ground in an abnormal position, appeared to be in pain and had a bloody nose. She came to Kids Saving the Rainforest and the first stop was our veterinary clinic. During the initial examination, veterinary staff observed that her belly appeared much larger than was normal. In combination with colostrum leaking from her breasts led we began to suspect she was pregnant, a fact that was later confirmed by a Doppler exam and stethoscope auscultation.

Immediately the concern was raised for the well-being of the unborn sloth. Had it been injured in the fall? Would the mother sloth be able to successfully deliver a healthy baby?

The pregnant sloth was kept under close observation overnight, and by morning her condition was greatly improved. She could hold onto the branches provided to her, and she was finally given the all clear by veterinary staff that she was ready for release.
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                                                                           Kids Saving The Rain Forest Org. photo
In Costa Rica, if you find injured wildlife call 506-4070-0340

An experienced member of the team brought her back to the area where she had been found, located a suitable tree, and the soon-to-be Mama sloth happily climbed high into the branches where she could deliver her baby in the wild.

In honor of International Sloth Day, Kids Saving the Rainforest is launching a new Sponsor a Sloth program. Interested donors can go to the organization’s website HERE

The Abandoned Hotel
(A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story Contest)
By Mo Morgentaler

They had known about it their whole lives. An abandoned hotel near the top of the mountain overlooking the ocean and town of Jaco. They had hiked the trail many times, enjoying the cool foliage and the ever present vistas. Along the trail, an ancient wall offered carvings of animals and plants native to Costa Rica. Whoever had made those carvings was long gone but the sloth still hung from a tree, the monkey still clung to his vine.

It was Semana Santa and everyone was off work. The day was spent frolicking in the waves and lying on the sand. Now with the sun in the west, Miguel suggested a party up at the hotel, to see the sunset and drink some cerveza. It had been a perfect day and, besides, they had never gone up there at night.

The sun was just hovering above the ocean when the four of them- Miguel, Jorge, Angelina and her sister Rosa set out on the trail carrying an ice chest. Normally a twenty minute hike, the trail seemed to stretch out like the lengthening shadows. The foursome dawdled on the trail, laughing and stopping frequently to rest because of the heavy ice chest. By the time they approached their destination, the sun had long disappeared.

A lovely forest somehow loses its appeal in the dark. Groping sightlessly among the undergrowth, tripping over roots, their faces lashed by branches, the four youths began to regret their rash decision to hike up the mountain at nightfall. The very trees seemed to reach out for them while the rustling of leaves reminded them that they were not alone in the jungle.

All at once, Miguel let out a sharp cry as something nipped at his ankle. As he lurched to avoid being bitten, the ice chest that he was carrying was ripped from his hands and went flying over the edge of the trail. Now thoroughly frightened the four hikers fled helter-skelter down the trail from which they had come. But they didn´t get far - running blindly through a forest is never a good idea.

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AMCostaRica graphic stock image                   

Angelina ran straight into a tree, knocking herself cold. Jorge stepped into a hole, snapping his leg in the process. Miguel followed the ice chest, rolling down a steep hill until his head collided with a boulder hidden in the dark. Only Rosa managed to keep her footing as she picked her way down the mountain to safety. She ran screaming to her house with only her fears to accompany her.

Rosa´s parents listened with growing panic to the tale cried out by their distraught child. Knocking on several doors, Rosa´s father organized a search party to go and bring the three youths back. Armed with flashlights, the men set out on the trail, shouting out the names of the missing as they went. Alas, no trace of them was found that night.

The next morning saw rain on the mountain. By this time the aid of the police had been enlisted in the search. They scoured the trail leading up to the abandoned hotel, but all they found was the ice chest, split open by its impact with a tree. The missing youths had utterly vanished! Perhaps they had been taken by some night scavengers in the dark; perhaps they had crawled into some hole in the ground where they couldn´t be found. Or perhaps their fate could be read in a new carving in the ancient wall. It seemed to depict three people, two men and a woman, all with terrified expressions, sinking into the jungle floor itself, while the animals looked on............

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
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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 
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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

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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)
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
Century 21

A Name You Trust,
Professionalism You Deserve

Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

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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
                          Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
CONTACT US TODAY with NO OBLIGATION whatsoever.

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Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

Link to Playa Hermosa listings page HERE
Link to Peninsula Papagayo listings page HERE

Link to Playa Matapalo listings page HERE
Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

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Real estate-related services (paid category)

Costa Rica Solar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
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SMALL and LARGER jobs welcome !!!. We can build from any plan you bring us all work done by USA codes master electric and plumbing.  Better quality and lower prices than USA. We also install solar electric/ Hotwater. We do it all Right  + Reasonable. We can work with your budget. We can build your dream retirement home / financing available. Hire us to locate your building lot or farm.

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Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

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
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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. 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
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:  jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18




Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

 Enjoy the most spectacular views in the valley in this 5 -story Penthouse.  One of a kind property on top of the Corobici / Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel plus other businesses.  Large Living Room, Elevator goes directly inside Penthouse.  Private hot tub deck and Dance floor with Spectacular views!!!  All exterior walls are glass or have windows. Commercial license is in place.  Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $695K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,500 per month on an annual basis.  This is a private condo residence and is Not associated with the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
 CODE 9229-12/6/17


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In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17



Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
CODE 9264-3/2/18
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  Published Friday 20, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Hacienda will move some of its offices
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Hacienda has decided to relocate the Barrio Don Bosco offices to the vicinity of the Gimnasio Nacional on Avenida 10, thus avoiding the renewal of the more a serious rent increase. The renting relationship lasted 14 years.

The lease of eight office floors costed Hacienda $217,148.3 monthly - $76,000 above market value - the highest price of a total of 302 properties leased by 15 ministries, according to a research conducted last year.

The transfer of the 280 people to the new building will take place from Friday, October 20.

Hacienda will pay the Real Estate Investment Fund Vista ¢95 million per month, about $52 ,000 less than the prior contract held with Hogares de Costa Rica S.A.

The decision also seeks to comply with international security standards and information custody demanded by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Dina Víquez, director of finance at Hacienda.

Over the next 5 years, the term of the new contract, the Costa Rican State will pay $10,013,141 for this lease.

Despite the savings generated by this change, Hacienda continues to lead the list of public institutions with the more expensive rents paid.

Seven of the top ten leases belong to contracts signed by the Ministerio de Hacienda.
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Centro Corporativo El Tobogán photo
In 2015, Ministerio failed to purchase El Tobogán building.


Víquez said that Hacienda is analyzing the future of the San Jose Este Tax Administration, located in the Outlet Mall in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, a space for which it pays ¢49 million per month and which houses about 115 employees. This contract expires on June 2, 2019.

In 2015, Hacienda tried to buy El Tobogán Corporate Center and eliminate 13 of its rental contracts in San José. However, the Comptroller General of the Republic rejected the purchase of the building that had a price of $120.7 million.

According to the comptroller, Hacienda did not incorporate in the budget of 2015 the amount to pay for that purchase. In addition, the building had a levy on it.



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.”
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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.


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