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Telecom providers free to set their own prices, according to Superintendencia

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Cellular operators in the country are able to establish their own prices and to create their plans in the way it best suits them, without having to go through any regulatory process, according to the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones.

The Superintendencia confirmed the free competition status after rejecting an appeal filed by the Ombudsman's Office
which hoped to prevent the move.

On Monday, September 18, The Superintendencia gave Claro, ICE and Movistar the freedom to define the voice and data packages prices they want. Prior to this, prices were regulated by the Superintendencia and could not be changed except by a process of hearings and studies.

For operators, this will mean greater options to vary their offer
ings. They can, for example, offer packages of data and voice different from the current ones, without having to be tied to the maximums or minimums as before.

The main opponent of the move has been the Ombudsman's Office, which filed an appeal to try to reverse the decision. In their appeal, the office claimed that the Superintendencia had not proved that there was a real competition as they used market studies with a one year gap.

The Ombudsman said that there had been very few changes in the market in the last 12 months and the declaration would not mean more benefits to the consumers.


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The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court still studies another appeal against the open market status in telecom.


However, the Superintendencia rejected the appeal by saying "the presence of a few operators in the market does not imply that there are no competitive conditions in the country. All mobile telecommunications have benefited user with lower prices since the opening of the market is due to competitiveness."

"The study is consistent with the methodology of analysis previously approved - after a public consultation process carried out in 2015 - for the review of telecommunication markets, so that the analysis performed adheres to each of the parameters had established." added the Superintendency.

According to the latest report, by 2016 there were a total of 6.4 million subscriptions in prepaid mobile services and 1.8 million in yearly plans, as well as 5.2 million mobile internet subscriptions.

Déposito Libre de Golfito expands its operation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Déposito Libre de Golfito, a duty free commercial zone in the south area of Costa Rica, will build 14 new premises to replace some that burned a few years ago.

The Junta de Desarrollo de la Zona Sur de Costa Rica, the organisation in charge of the Depósito, granted the construction project to the Banco de Costa Rica.

This initiative was made possible after a reform to the Ley de Judesur, which will allow the surpluses of the institution to be used in the project on a one-time basis.
 
In addition to the 14 premises, the
organization will build two new electrical modules that will provide the power required by the new facilities.

"With these works, the Depósito will have a significant commercial twist in terms of infrastructure, product portfolio and new services
, said Edwin Duarte, member of the Executive Board. We intend to attract more visitors to this area."
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The Déposito Libre Comercial de Golfito is a duty-free site where most of Ticos buy clothing, household appliances and liquor.

These premises are expected to create 50 direct jobs and more income from new rentals and tax revenues, which will in turn, foster new development projects for the cantons of Osa, Buenos Aires, Golfito, Coto Brus and Corredores.

"We believe that we must first invest in the Free Deposit, which is the main source of development here in the south and then harvest the results," Duarte said.


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Disagreement halts progress for electronic payments in buses

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The six chambers of public transport companies on buses agree there is a need for electronic payment, but they do not agree on the collection system that should be used.

"The success of this plan is that they reach a middle point," said Carlos Melegatti, director of the Payment Systems Division of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR).

The bank, appointed as a facilitator of the process, prepared an agreement for the bus chambers so they can reach a consensus on the overall design of the system which could be formalized.

"We aim to have a 100 percent of transportation businessmen who agree to sign this document, which is promoted by the same operators; there are very different points of view." added Melegatti.

"In regards the collection of the monies we already have a pact on how it would work, what the overall design will
be,"  he explained. "We are documenting it to take this design to another level."


The Vice Ministry of Transport and the Public Services Regulatory Authority are already aware of the possible design.

However, Silvia Bolanos, executive director of the National Chamber of Transport, said that the signing this agreement goes beyond a shared vision on how the tickets will be paid.

"We are asking the Bank to sign it so that we can also guarantee that this negotiating team will remain open regardless of the changes in government," said Bolaños. "The the process should not be hindered or modified, by the position of a new administration," said Bolaños.

For the bus chambers, this is a core issue, since "we are in a process of transitioning into national elections and we would not like to see another leader come to the Ministerio or the Central Bank and change the agreements we have made," she said.

Negotiations for this agreement began about three months ago.

At the negotiation meetings, only 12 people represent the bus sector, 2 for each camera. In reality, 500 companies must adopt a single payment system.

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Bus riders have been waiting for the new system
 for over a decade.


All users of the system would have an open account and would only have to pass their cards across a scanner in order to make payment.


The plan
is based on the system used in London, United Kingdom, which is said to be one of the most efficient.

Once the design is established and approved, " we'll decide how is best to manage it, whether through the public or private system," said the specialist of the Central Bank.

He added that
an extra obstacle is building a universal payment system that is of high quality and at the lowest cost, otherwise users will have to pay the extra cost on their bus tickets.

"In Costa Rica, public transportation is paid
for by the riders who are usually the most needy. The state subsidy for this issue is zero, so it is a challenge to try a good system that works for everyone, but does not imply raising the rates very much," he said.

Despite all these challenges, Melegatti assured that it is likely that in a year and a half, the system will be fully operat
ional.

Currently, about 2 million people use the 5,000 buses that travel throughout the country.

Legislators reform law in order to increase financial help
to storm victims
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In the worst cases, some families lost everything and will be given a place to live.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Thursday, The Legislative Assembly approved, in second vote, a bill presented by the Executive Branch which aims to support efforts to care for families affected by disasters, such as those that happened in the country as a consequence of storm Nate.

The bill has been filed as 20.343.

According to the Minister of Housing and Human Settlements, Rosendo Pujol, in a country with characteristics such as those presented by Costa Rica, with numerous and diverse threats, especially floods and landslides, the institution must be adequately prepare
d to provide effective solutions to families which are affected by an emergency.

Although, the current text of
Article 50 of Law 7052 establishes the possibility of providing second subsidies to families who lost their homes due to an emergency situation, this possibility is subject to a maximum amount of up to thirty minimum wages of unskilled workers of the construction field, which represents approximately $12,000.

The current cost of the purchase of a lot and the construction of a new house is above
that amount.



The elimination of the cap will allow the National Housing Finance System to have the real possibility of granting a second full bond to the families
which agreed to the subsidy.

The bill intends to authorize the delivery of the monies to families who have previously received  benefit
s but who, due to catastrophes, unforeseeable circumstances or force nature, have lost the housing built with the resources of the bond and require a transfer.  Each family would still need to meet certain qualifications.

This bill was voted positively and unanimously decided in the Social Affairs Commission and received the endorsement in the Legislative Plenary.

Minister Pujol thanked the support of all the deputies of the different factions that approved this initiative.

With these actions promoted by the Executive Power and supported by the Legislative Assembly,
the government hopes to increase support to a larger number of families affected by disasters.




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Public Universities create platform to showcase
their academic offerings
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Five Public Universities launched a website called Information on State Universities, a project led by the Commission for Dissemination and Orientation for Higher Education.

This is a platform that seeks to provide information and vocational guidance to future university students, to help them learn about the academic offerings and have general acce
ss to information on the five Public Universities of the country.

According to Flor Jiménez Segura, coordinator of the Commission for Dissemination and Orientation for Higher Education, this is a tool for vocational guidance for students who wish to enter
the higher education system of the country.

In addition, this site seeks to promote the process of career choice, as well as create spaces for reflection
on and analysis of career paths because it encourages people to share their career experiences.

"Through this tool that we are presenting today, we help people who wish to pursue a university career, to get in touch with the areas and careers more suited to their personalities and abilities," said Jiménez. "On the other hand, we have also incorporated videos within this site so that people can make better decisions," indicated Jiménez.
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students.


During the launch of the program, counselors of public schools, students of the Carrera de Orientación from Universidad de Costa Rica and officials of the five Public Universities welcomed the new system during the protocol act.


Unpaid domestic work happens twice as much
for women than men


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Working at home without any pay is increasingly a task for women.

Females double the amount of hours used for household maintenance, according to data from the United Nations Population Fund. As of 2017, the women perform 37 hours and 29 minutes of work in the home while the men invest 15 hours in similar chores.

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Irma Sandoval, who is a researcher at the Institute for Social Studies in Population, points out that one of the main changes occurred when domestic work became part of the Economically Active Population, although it has not been very influential in closing the gap between men and women.

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Authorities to celebrate 120th anniversary
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Paintings, sculptures and other artistic devices inside the National Theater were donated by rich coffee businessmen.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


During a ceremony last Thursday, the National Theater was honored as an architectural monument, one that witnessed the development of Costa Rica from the end of the 19th century to the 21st century.  The ceremony was hosted by the Helio Fallas, and celebrated the 120 year history of this emblematic building.

"Towards its bicentennial, we must be responsible with the role that our theater plays in the imaginary and in the diversity of Costa Rican identities, hence a draft law is in the process of being studied. The said law would allow funding to be preserve the theater," said Fallas Venegas. "The resources are essential and we need to protect them without delay."

The resources will be used to protect the building by installing a fire system, renewing the electrical grid, technological adaptations of the stage, restoring works of art and curtains, fumigation of wood and carpet replacement, among other actions.

Fallas participated in the ceremony together with the director of the Theater, Fred Herrera; the French ambassador, Thierry Vankerk-Hoven and the Deputy Minister of Culture, Max Valverde.
They later enjoyed the Battlefield play, directed by British director Peter Brook.

Fallas also commented on the importance of public-private partnerships to carry out fundamental projects for the country. Such an alliance allowed the theater to open its doors in 1897. "It seems important to me to emphasize on the one hand the contribution made by the State thanks to the payment of taxes by the Costa Rican citizens of the time and, on the other, to the contribution of the great coffee growers," he recalled.

From its origins, the National Theater has been a fundamental piece of the social imaginary of Costa Rican history. Its facilities have been the cradle of art, with its sculptures, neo-Renaissance architecture and paintings that marked an entire cultural, political and economic age of our country.


Ticos as first timers at international BBQ contest

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For the first time, the Jack Daniels BBQ Competition in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 27 and 29 will include some Costa Rican representatives called the Grilloids.

According to Melissa Castillo, one of the representatives of the locally
organized Costa Rican BBQ Fest "what we have been doing is educating the national BBQ culture. Everyone thought any cooking on a grill was a BBQ, however, this is a serious form of cooking."

The participat
ing group has coined the expression "slow and low, which means cooking at low temperature and for a long time so
that the meal cuts can absorb the smoky flavor that characterizes the BBQ, according to Castillo.

Castillo said the Jack Daniels is the most renowned BBQ competition in the world and access is only granted by invitation, meaning that even U.S teams that have gained a certain amount of skill and have proven record of quality are invited.

At an international level, about 20 teams will participate. All of them have won their national contest in order to get the invitation.

The event will take place on the property
of the Jack Daniels Distillery, in the proverbial “middle of nowhere in Tennessee. Competitors have to rent a camper because they have to sleep there.

As organizers of a competition certified by KCBS, Costa Rica has the right to set up their own stand and promote the country as tourist destination. The main objective is to
encourage competing teams to come to the next Costa Rican BBQ Fest to compete, according to Castillo.

The event attracts more than 2 million people over the weekend. The international hall is one of the most visited spots
because it shows how the culture of BBQ has expanded to other countries It also allows people to check out the opportunities to cook BBQ in other countries.

Worldwide, there are four official
BBQ categories: Chicken, Rib, Pork and Beef.
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Melissa Castillo photo                
These are the Costa Rican faces that will represent the country
in the
international BBQ contest
.         

"In the international competition there is also another category called “From my Roots”, where international competitors create a recipe with their typical products," said the representative. "Another category is for desserts where participants should bake on a grill. There is even a vegetarian option,"

Grilldroids is the current Grand Champion team of the BBQ Fest Costa Rica 2017, and is made up of fours chefs passionate about barbecue and roasts. Each one
has different skills but hose skills complement each other.

The group was born in 2014. It's members are Andres Ulate, Jose María Vargas, Eduardo Violet and Luis Diego Ceciliano, all of whom dedicate as much to the kitchen as to
their professional business activities.

"Everyone is a fan of the kitchen, although one is an accountant, another is a project manager, there is a shoe shop owner and a fourth is related to a cafeteria. The important thing is that his hobby became a passion and now a competition," said Castillo.

The general public can support Grilldroids by voting on the events application, which is available in the App Store.

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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


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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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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!!!

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

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Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
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8995-4/17/17

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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

Summers102317.jpg 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
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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 
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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

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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 
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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 Monday,  October 23, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us


Fruits for November and December

By Victoria Torley  to A.M. Costa Rica

Wow, here we are more than halfway through October so it must be time for another “what’s-ripe-now” column.  I guarantee that the mandarinas are ripe because my gardener just brought me a large basket of fruit.

We have a number of mandarina trees that are scattered about the property and we have added a nice new one in the orchard where it is easier to maintain – not that they need much but pruning and fertilizing. The oranges and grapefruit are in the orchard as well and both are producing now.

Mangos are also ripe but don’t try to make pie from the soft ones. For pie, you need “green” or unripe mangos. Ripe ones just get stringy in the pie.

Then there are the fruits that have no season. The coconut, for example, is unique in that it flowers even while it is setting fruit, a most unusual behavior. Pineapple and bananas are two more that have no fruiting season. After
all, this is the tropics. Papaya are also available year-round.

Sweet passion fruit – granadilla – are not just ripe they are huge. The last one we picked weighed 4.2 kilos. Very impressive, and granadilla have no season. The pulp is usually popped in a blender with added water but it is so sweet that the beverage is mixed with a tangier fruit juice like grapefruit or orange. Granadilla can also be served like a melon.

The Seville orange is another fruit with no precise season and is a great juicing orange. The avocado is year-round as well.

Some unusual (at least where we live) fruits are the cocona (aka topiro) and the naranjilla are related fruits and have a limited range but they are worth trying if you find them. The cocona is said to smell a bit like a tomato but taste a bit like lime. The naranjilla (“little orange”) is said to taste like pineapple or lemon.
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Then there is the tamarillo or tree tomato. Fruits are small but very tasty and high in vitamins and minerals. You can also find the Cape gooseberry or uchuba in the markets. It’s the one that looks like it is individually wrapped in a papery covering. It has a sweet-tart taste and is great for jams and jellies.

In Costa Rica, it seems that watermelons have a season. You can almost always find them but they aren’t always ripe. So, instead of a “Plant of the Week”, here is how to pick a good watermelon.

Rotate the melon. A ripe melon will never have stripes all around it, there will always be a yellow to light yellow spot where the melon rested against the ground or sling. Looks for bumps, dents, and spots that may tell of rough handling. Thump the melon. It should sound hollow when ripe. Pick the melon up. If it feels like a lightweight, it isn’t ripe. Now, grab a nice sharp knife and cut a big slice. Yum.



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
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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon.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
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The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $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
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You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.  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
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise

By James J. Brodell. Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions. 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

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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong

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

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A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Sixth News Page


Published Monday,  October 23, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 
Reflections
By Normanmoore
A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story Contest


I was considering buying a plot of 3 hectares near a creek that feeds the Naranjo River when I came across a tin box sticking out of the mud of the bank. The creek being the property line and no-man's land, I pulled the rusted box out from its resting place amid the ruins of a wooden structure and looked around to see if anyone saw me do this.

There is a little bit of larceny in all of us, and a lot of fantasy in many of us I think, and my mind immediately filled the little tobacco tin with pirate treasure. It wouldn't be much treasure, as the box wasn't very big, but in my mind it was enough. I lifted the square lid and when I did, it and the upper rim crumbled into dust. Inside were some papers wrapped in oilskin.

My Spanish is still under development but what I was able to decipher in the words scrawled across the pages in a hurried palsy quickly got my interest.

 "I can take this no longer. I must tell someone of the hell, I Alvaro Sanchez of Llorona, have entered into ever since I encountered the creature in the light on that damned bridge. With this epistle I hope to make peace with my God and to regain his kingdom," it began.

I remembered the story Ricardo had told me about UFOs and such hereabouts. One night at La Central in Naranjito he told a story that Alvaro Sanchez had been a local plantation worker and had seen some mysterious light nearby. A few years later first Alvaro, and then his wife Yvonne, had come to tragic ends. 

 Alvaro wrote, "The story of my encounter is well known, and I have not elaborated or embellished it in any way. But what happened to me after the freezing cold left my body and I regained consciousness I could never tell; for it is madness. Madness!

 My darling Yvonne, who got a taste of the cold, knows of these things and we are both afraid for our sanity. We stay amongst our neighbors and friends who accept and love us, but are horrified by what only we appear able to see.

 When I woke from my stupor that next day, all of the world had a strange hue to it, as looking through colored glasses. Tree limbs did not exactly meet the trunks of the trees and the ground I stood on had a shimmer to it.  Doors and windows were not squared, even for a country that did not often have square doors or windows.

 But the worst was when I looked upon my beloved Yvonne for she had been transformed into a she-demon, while retaining that sweet loving disposition that can only be found in a Tica.  Her eyes were yellow and the pupils a bright shining red while her teeth had become several rows of triangular points holding back a forked tongue that writhed behind purple lips.

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La Llorona Movie / David Sprague photo, for Universal Studios Hollywood               


And yet, her love and caring shown through and while I recoiled from the ugliness, I responded to the tender affection she showed me in my recovery. I stole a glance in the mirror and did not see any changes in my reflection. I maneuvered my Yvonne to the same mirror and when she looked at herself (in the mirror I saw she looked at me -- oh my sweet, modest companion) I did not see her recoil. Am I then seeing what is not or can she not see what is? 

 Later in the day, neighbors came to discuss the strange storm of the previous night and each of them had demon features and the most horrible of manners. Yvonita served up empanadas, picadillo, and casados which were gobbled up with much snarling, smacking, and drooling.  The hands, gnarled fingers and blackened, cracked, claws that clicked on the hardwood table, grabbed at the food. 

 I must be mad I thought and excused myself from the horror to rest. A rest I have not since found.

 That was 7 years ago. My neighbors, everyone, appear as demons to me and yet take no notice of my normality. I have come to no harm and I am even able to discuss the news of the day with them, but I can no longer live without knowing which side of insanity I inhabit.

 Tonight, I return to that accursed bridge to summon that frigid light and to destroy the creature within it. I leave this letter so that someone may know of the evil of the Light at the Llorona Bridge. May God have mercy on our souls.”

 Alvaro Sanchez


The sun went behind the building afternoon clouds of the October rains and the dank, dark of the coastal woodlands closed in around me. The fine hairs on the back of my neck were on end and tingling as I realized the birds had stopped singing. The brook no longer babbled. There was only silence.

 In the bottom of the tin was a broken section of mirrored glass. I did not look into it.


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 
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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

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)
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

Buying? Selling? Renting?
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Let us help you live your dreams!
Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
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Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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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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.

Link to Playas del Coco listings page HERE

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

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

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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
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
* 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


Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.
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   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
          property
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area

Romantic Country Bungalow Click Here
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www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
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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A.M. Costa Rica
Seventh Newspage
Business
Published Monday,  October 23, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Food
About us


Trade unions called the minimum wages proposal a mockery

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Unions rejected the employers' salary proposal of 2.43 percent for private sector wages as of January 2018.

The request of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector, took into account the estimated inflation for the next year, the increase in the cost of living and the growth of the real Gross Domestic Product per capita.

This proposal is far from the one proposed by two trade union representatives, which is 4 percent.

Olman Chinchilla, representative of the Trade Union Central, considered that the employers' proposal does not comply with the calculation formula approved by the National Wages Council.

Dalis Ramírez, general secretary of the private and public company workers' union, called the 2.43% salary adjustment a mockery for the working class.
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In 2016, union members went on strike against low wages.

The government will present its salary proposal today at 4:15 pm



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.
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.


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

This is a brief users guide to A.M. Costa Rica.

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

Classified pages are updated daily. Employment listings are free, as are listings for accommodations wanted, articles for sale and articles wanted. The tourism page and the real estate sales and real estate rentals are updated daily.


Advertising information

A summary of advertising rates and sizes are available for display and classifieds by contacting a sales executive at 2223-1327.


Statistics

A.M. Costa Rica makes its monthly statistics available to advertisers and readers. Advertising executives will be happy to provide a summary via email with no questions asked.


Contacting us

Both the main telephone number and the editor's e-mail address are listed on the front page near the date.


Visiting us

Directions to our office and other data, like bank account numbers are on this PAGE.


The daily digest

Editors send out early each morning a summary of the news that is in the newspaper's Web site. Readers can subscribe to the digest HERE!

Digest recipients also can manage their own account via the link that is included each day at the base of their personal digest.


Want to help?

We like news tips. If something is important to you, it also is important to us. Contact us at amcrnews@amcostarica.co


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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