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Meteorologist to continue careful monitoring
of rains during the week


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The most recent meteorological analyses forecast a low pressure system developing in the Southwest of the Caribbean Sea (North of Panama).

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) has instituted permanent monitoring of this meteorological scenario this week, periodically reviewing the available information to determine changes in the system’s movement and intensity. There is also a strong focus about the atmospheric conditions prevailing in the country and its surroundings.

IMN experts estimate that rainfall activity could increase significantly as of today in the South and Central Pacific, accumulating amounts of 50 to 150 mm in periods of 24 hours, although larger amounts could be recorded.

The head of the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias Operations Unit, Sigfredo Pérez, confirmed that they keep a permanent watch on storms with the help of the Municipal Emergency Committees of the vulnerable areas hit by the storm Nate two weeks ago.
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Scientists expect an increase in
heavy rains in the following days.


"We keep a direct line with the personnel of the IMN where the development of a low pressure system could possibly hit us next week, said Pérez.

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias recommends safety measures in areas vulnerable to floods due to saturation of sewage lines or possible increases in the flow of rivers.




Proposal for eliminating the $100,000-plus
income tax

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. taxpayer advocacy organization has revised its suggestions to Congress, and the complex proposal also includes eliminating the $100,000-plus income tax exemptions expats now receive.

With tax reform a priority issue now in the U.S. Congress, the proposals by American Citizens Abroad, Inc., are the only ones designed by an expat advocate.

However, the organization notes that its proposal is designed to be revenue neutral in that the U.S. Treasury would not lose a lot of money.

The organization has long been a proponent of  residency-based taxation and has repeatedly urged the U.S. tax writers to replace the current  citizenship-based approach. President Donald Trump’s staff and congressional tax writers are considering such an approach for large multinationals.

The United States is the only major nation that taxes its residents regardless of where they live.

However, the proposals were designed to be consistent with U.S. laws against money laundering and other international crimes. So American Citizens Abroad said it does not urge the elimination of  the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and the annual reports of foreign bank accounts, two laws that have caused headaches for U.S. expats overseas. But the organization continues to urge that the rules be modified for expats doing their banking the foreign country in which they live.

The revised proposal would seem to be designed for persons with substantial assets because they would face a $2,350 departure tax to assume the residency-based tax status. In addition, those U.S. citizens choosing to live in a foreign country and avoid most U.S. tax would face a five-year waiting period.
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U.S. citizens choosing to live in a foreign country and avoid most U.S. tax would face a five-year waiting period.

Due to the complexities of these requirements, the revised proposals would seem to have little impact on U.S. expats in Costa Rica and the average U.S. individual earning a wage here.

Those choosing residency-based taxation would have their U.S. Income taxed under the rules currently applicable to non-resident aliens, the organization notes in describing its proposals. 

Those covered by the proposal would not be subject to U.S. estate tax on assets not in the United States.

Right now expats in Costa Rica can shelter local income if they are residents here for an entire taxable year or have spent 330 days in the county during any 12 months. They still have to pay U.S. income tax on money received from the United States, like Social Security. Under the new proposals they would lose that advantage.

Under current law, a U.S. expat here who telecommutes via the internet to a U.S. Job is not obligated to pay U.S. taxes on the earnings if they meet the above requirements. 

The U.S. House is poised to pass a budget bill this week. The measure, already approved in the U.S. Senate, needs to be approved before members can begin discussions on tax reform, including President Trump’s proposals for steep tax cuts.


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Young people and women still lack access to labor market

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There are still important gaps in the labor participation of Costa Rican women and young people, said the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) through its recent study in Labor Market and Social Policies for Costa Rica.

Among several findings, the report points out that unemployment in the country has grown significantly in the last 15 years. This situation may have slowed the participation rate of the female labor force and contributed to the small decline for men.

The key drivers of unemployment trends include a structural imbalance between skills and jobs and a reduction in the demand for low-skilled labor.

According to the study, Costa Rica has important challenges in the labor sector, even though the nation’s unemployment figure remains among the lowest in Latin America and the Caribbean and its labor force participation rate rose from 63% to 67% between 2000 and 2015.

Regarding the percentage of women who do not work outside the home, the main cause of this is family care. When women do go into the labor force, a lack of previous outside employment directly affects the type of the work offered and the income received.

"More than half of women with lower incomes say that family responsibilities are the main reason for not seeking and accepting work, being the most acute problem among poor households,” the report said.

For this reason, the country should encourage effective family policies and programs to address the lack of accessible childcare and elder care.

The research also recommends a government commitment to paternity leave policies, since these are said to generate a culture of paternal responsibility towards the care of children.

"In Costa Rica, working mothers are entitled to four months of maternity leave. However, there is no legislation on paternity leave in the private sector," the study says.

It is argued that policies such as paternity leave schemes could contribute to increasing women's participation in outside work, reducing discrimination against women in the workplace (particularly in recruitment) and changing gender perceptions and attitudes towards family care.

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If you are young and/or female,  it can be difficult
 to get into the labor market.   

The report claims that another one of the challenges facing Costa Rica is youth unemployment, with “youth” described as individuals between 14 and 25. This situation is not new for Costa Ricans.

A figure shows that 20 percent of young people do not work, study, or receive training, which has a direct impact on future growth and social cohesion. In addition, they account for about 23 percent of the population, which, compared to other OECD countries, are a much larger part of the general population.

The study addresses other issues such as the challenges of education, school dropout, inequality and immigration in the labor market and the social field.

In the field of education, an important issue is the percentage of drop outs from secondary education, a problem tackled by the government through the Avancemos program, which provides financial support to keep students in their classrooms.

The OECD is an international cooperation body that includes 35 countries, with the objective of coordinating economic and social policies.

Its headquarters are in France and representatives meet to exchange information and harmonize policies with the aim of maximizing economic growth and collaboration with non-member countries.

Costa Rica aspires to be one of its members, which is the reason why such studies assess the conditions of the country in comparison with the rest of members.

Costa Rica with the worst roads worldwide,
according to World Economic Forum
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Potholes are a common sight in rural Costa Rica.
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Bad roads are one of Costa Rica’s world famous features. According to a comparative report from the World Economic Forum on road quality, 2017, Costa Rica is at the bottom of the ranking.

The ranking evaluates the perception of entrepreneurs about the road network of a country and how it affects its economic activities.

Globally, Costa Rica ranked at the 123th position with a score of 2.6. In this hemisphere, it is ranked with Paraguay and Haiti.


Luis Guillermo Loría, general coordinator of the Transport Infrastructure Program, said there are countries with lower investments that are able to satisfy the mobility needs of their people and thus, streamline their economy.

The best ranked Latin America at a global level is Panama, which ranked 49.

The research takes into consideration parameters for defining the quality of the infrastructure, as well as the existence and adequate maintenance of a road and rail network, the existence of air and sea connections, the quality and extension of the electrification system.


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INS insurance subscribers will be able
to choose where to fix their vehicles

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) is studying ​​the possibility of eliminating its network of authorized garages to allow each driver to decide where he or she wants to repair the car.

This was explained by Elián Villegas, president of the INS before a legislative commission.  There, Villegas criticized the long time that the users must wait to get their vehicles repaired.

Villegas said that contracts with more than 400 authorized garages expire in December and this opens the possibility of not continuing the system.

As of today, the client who wants to use insurance must take his or her vehicle to one of the garages approved by the INS and there can be a long wait period before repairs are done. Villegas admitted the Board of Directors of the Instituto is not satisfied with the current situation.

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Possible changes to the INS system could speed car repairs.

Villegas said the one of the options discussed is giving the repair money to the driver, so that he or she can choose a garage. He said this measure has been applied with cars which have damages.

It will be the end of the year before INS decides to renew the contracts or not.


Communities seek further clarification on
issues related to the new International Airport


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This is how the airport is supposed to look in ten years

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Dirección General de Aviación Civil will try to answer all the questions that the communities around Orotina have posed regarding the construction of the new international airport.

Several community associations have expressed concerns over expropriation processes, appraisals of land required for the site, and technical criteria for selecting the appropriate site for the aerodrome.

The investment is estimated at $1,932 million. The first part of the project would occupy 128,000 m2 and will be built in the Mastate, La Ceiba and Coyolar districts.

With the objective of answering the questions and eliminating possible obstacles, the Dirección will hold an open meeting in the community this coming Friday, November 27 at 5 p.m.

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Costa Rican scientists build the first Central American
satellite for carbon mitigation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Costa Rican scientists have completed the construction of the first Central American satellite to be sent to space for a carbon mitigation project, project managers from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica said yesterday.

The satellite, called Project Irazu, was ready for shipment to the Kyutech Technological Institute in Japan, where it will be tested before its launch in 2018.

The device was built by the Central American Association of Aeronautics and Space (ACAE) and the state university Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC), which announced the conclusion of the project in a press conference.

"Today is a historic day for Costa Rica and Central America," said Carlos Alvarado, president of ACAE. "Our intention is to develop space technology to promote peace and create prosperity in the world," he added.

During the last three weeks, four TEC engineers performed the verification of systems and assembly of the satellite parts in a clean room provided by MOOG Medical in the industrial area of ​​El Coyol, 20 km west of San José.

It was at that location where the satellite was presented to the media prior to its shipment to Japan where it will undergo flight testing for its space launch.

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The satellite named Project Irazu was ready for shipment
to the Kyutech Technological Institute in Japan.


"Once the satellite reaches the Kyutech Institute, it will undergo studies that simulate the extreme conditions of the launch and the orbital environment in the most realistic way, with the intention of ensuring optimum functioning in space," explained Luis Diego Monge, project manager of ACAE.

The CubeSat1U satellite was developed to help Costa Rican scientists gather information about the country's efforts to mitigate carbon emissions.

This will connect to a remote TEC station in the northern corner of San Carlos.

Sensors will be placed to monitor the growth of the trees and the trees will be connected to an antenna that will link to the satellite twice a day, when it passes over Costa Rica. That will allow scientists to extract information useful to calculate the levels of carbon fixation.


Approaching engineering for kids living in a shelter

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A group of 14 boys and girls received a course on engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) for a little more than a month.

The group of children from the hostel Pueblito in Paraiso de Cartago, attend the program every Friday for two hours. The classes are in the School of Electronic Engineering of the Instituto.

The course, called Principles of Engineering, features: simple machines, centrifugal force and energy transmission mechanisms. Students range between 6 and 10 years old.

As explained by Dr. Renato Rimolo, the initiative includes the delivery of courses to the general public, in addition to the attention of groups such as Pueblito, which are subsidized by the foundation Fundatec.

The lessons are taught by the teacher Ana Gutiérrez. "I am very impressed with the fast learning and evolution of students. We only have had a few weeks of lessons and they fully understand some concepts that are relatively complex, "said the teacher.

The students of this group belong to a hostel called Pueblito and it is located in the corner of Paraíso de Cartago. The 105 children live in this place, thanks to an agreement that exists between the same Pueblito Shelter and the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI).

The children live in 16 houses, with an adult in charge of taking care of their needs. The facilities also have a gym, multipurpose room, a computer lab and green areas for recreation.

Most of the children were removed from their homes by PANI due to aggression, neglect and sexual abuse while others are orphans with no available relative to care for them.

"They attend schools and colleges in the community,” said Leonardo Montoya one of the teachers. “In addition we have professionals in education, psychology, computer science, social work, culture and sport. There is an administrative area that is in charge of providing the food, clothing and other supplies that children need.”

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Many of the beneficiaries of the program come
from difficult  socio-economic backgrounds.


The selection of children to be part of the engineering training took into consideration their age, and their interest in science and technology.

The teaching methods include interaction and the use of material that allows children to build structures that can event set in motion.

"It seems to me a very nice way to learn, because we use materials that help us to understand what they teach us," said one of the students while building a robot in the middle of the lesson.

"The intention of the courses is to complement the process of formal education in children and young people, encouraging the development of logical-mathematical thinking and interest in science and technology from an early age, in order to promote and facilitate subsequent learning processes, either at the university or professional level, “said Rímolo.

The Engineering Principles course will last eight weeks, but it is planned the group will continue with other advanced levels and gain greater benefits and skills.


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Featuring artistic expressions of Costa Rican culture, heritage and traditions, the Hidden Garden Art Gallery has been your source for fine art since 2010.  Here you will find 15 large rooms of art in a beautiful, tranquil setting, with more than 60 artists showcasing traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and giclee prints.  Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) towards the beaches. Stop in for a visit to enjoy the view!

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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


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The Relocation/Retirement tour with the
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OF RELOCATION*

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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.
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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
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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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ax Accountant
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

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Real estate rentals (paid category)

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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
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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. 
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Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
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Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)
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Send us your:
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Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
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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.
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        Insurance professionals
The Garrett Insurance Group
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-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!
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Unreliable internet access makes work from home a difficult task

By A.M. Costa Rica Staff

The failures and deficiencies in the Internet connection at the homes of employees is the second biggest inconvenience that companies experience when applying work-from-home methodology, said the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado on its Quarterly Business Survey.

Internet connectivity and other technological limitations account for 50 percent of the difficulties that entrepreneurs say they have experienced when implementing work from home.

“Sometimes, the available speed of a supplier is not what the company suddenly requires,” explained Jorge Araya executive director of the Unión.

The study also found that, out of the 400 companies surveyed, 21 percent used work- from-home at some point. In that group, 71 percent said that telecommuting accounts for less than 10 percent of the payroll. Only 4 percent of the employers said they use this modality with more than 50 percent of the employees.

"In general terms, bandwidth is an opportunity for improvement, to make video conferences and if it is necessary to hold face-to-face meetings, said several employers on the study.

According to the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, for the last quarter of 2016, 34.3 percent of fixed wired Internet connections had speeds below 2 Mbps, 59.3 percent between
2 Mbps and 10 Mbps, and only 6.4 percent of the subscriptions could be considered broadband.

Connectivity deficiencies can take a toll on competitiveness and job creation in the country, according to Edwin Estrada, Minister of Telecommunications.

"There are companies that want to offer work, for example Amazon, and do job fairs in places like Pérez Zeledón and Grecia de Alajuela, but what do people ask? First, speak English and, second, have a connection of at least 10 Mbps, that is continuous and does not fail," Estrada said.

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AM Costa Rica graphic stock image       
Issues with IT infrastructure are a setback for companies
trying to establish work-from-home models.


According to Estrada, one of the priorities of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications is to encourage the installation of more telecommunications infrastructure and to allow faster and steadier connections throughout the country.

Araya, insisted that, in order for the work from home culture to be extended in the business sector, it is necessary to have regulations in the private sector.

"Many companies are probably not encouraging the work from home scheme because there is a gray in terms of accidents at work and labor inspection;” Araya explained. “There are companies that could take advantage of this modality with a clearer legal regulation," said Araya.

As of now, in the Committee on Economic Affairs of the Legislative Assembly, a bill is being drafted to regulate teleworking. The initiative has already received comments from the government and the business sector, which calls for clarity on aspects such as the management of workplace risks of telecommuting, who should provide the equipment to perform the tasks and the minimal conditions of the place the employee will work from.

Legislator Natalia Díaz, who is part of the subcommittee studying the initiative, said that bill would be ready before April 30.




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 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
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Published October 24, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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San Jose parks getting a facelift

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

All parks located in the districts of the central canton of San Jose are undergoing a rejuvenation process.

It is part of a municipal initiative called the Park Intervention Strategy, under the jurisdiction of the municipality of San José, which seeks to revitalize these public spaces and equip them according to the needs of the communities where they are located.

Johnny Araya, mayor of San José, said the city council has previously focused on improving the city's large parks but this time it will focus on parks located in neighborhoods, communities and peripheral areas.

"We have been making an effort to improve gardening, trails, outdoor gymnasiums, playgrounds,” Araya said. “Parks are spaces of social inclusion open for different segments of the population, such as children and elders.”

According to the municipality, there are 389 parks in the central canton which must be maintained with the taxes, but since the funds for these purposes are insufficient, they have drawn up a list of priorities; that is to say, those that most urgently need intervention will be listed first so that further deterioration can be prevented.

For this year, the parks getting maintenance are the Florida Norte playground, in the Merced district; a space for children and adults in Hatillo 8; another of the same type called the Johnson, in Pavas; and the Tabacalera Park, in the Cathedral district.

So far in 2017, the municipality has invested around ¢95 million in districts such as Hospital, Pava, San Sebastián, Hatillo and Cathedral as part of the Parks Intervention Strategy.

Aspects such as forestation, lighting, restoration of furniture (tables and chairs) and provision of security elements such as screens, surveillance cameras, booths, among others, are part of the improvements contemplated by the project.

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Municipality of San José photo                   
El Parque Francia is one of the parks that will go through
changes in the next months.


It also includes the purchase of modules for children's games and outdoor gyms, as well as the construction of skating areas.

As a result of the scarce municipal budget, the city council has opted for alliances with private enterprise.

This is how the Amigas and Amigos de los Parques program was born. The program looks for the sponsorship of private companies to achieve the sustainability of green, recreational spaces.

An example of it is Los Mangos Park, in Zapote, in front of the Veritas University. There, the municipality and the educational center invested ¢65 million.

In the center of this public space a concrete platform was constructed to absorb rainwater. The concrete area also functions as a place to hold meetings and other activities.

Lanterns, benches, and waste pickers, among other elements were also installed.


Baroque Music Festival will take Santa Ana by surprise

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The people of Santa Ana and neighboring communities will soon have access to a rich musical offering.

From October 23 to November 11, the canton will hold the XVIII International Festival of Baroque Music and all concerts are free to the public.

The activity is an initiative of the Escuela Municipal de Artes Integradas and the presentations will be made in the facilities of this educational center and also in the Santa Ana’s Catholic church.

The baroque music will also go the Monteverde Institute, the Jade Museum, the Rainforest Lodge Sarapiquí Auditorium, the First Baptist Church of Limón, the Parish Church of Barbacoas de Puriscal, the Abelardo Bonilla Auditorium at the University of Costa Rica, and Granada, Nicaragua.

Among the musicians to be featured are the Spanish artist Abraham Cupeiro, researcher and interpreter of baroque instruments, Icelander Sólveig Thoroddsen, interpreter of baroque harp, and Brazilian pianist Rubia Santos.

From Costa Rica, the guests are the organist Jorge Luis Alvarado, the guitarist Oscar Jiménez, Keren Padilla, mezzo-soprano, and the pianist Jacques Sagot.

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Encyclopedia Brittanica photo                 
The term baroque has been widely used since the nineteenth century to describe the period in Western European art from about 1600 to 1750

The Escuela Municipal de Artes Integradas is a cultural project sponsored by the Municipality of Santa Ana and executed by the EMAI Association. It is recognized by the Ministerio de Educación Pública as a municipal school, which allows students to choose an official degree.

The director of the school, Carlos Acevedo, said that the purpose of the festival is to fill a void on the national music scene and bring the beauty of baroque music to the people.

"There is a very good reception from the public. People from different nationalities and from all walks of life arrive, baroque music summons people," he said.


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Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

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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


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
Dream Property River Click Here

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 October 24, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Exchange and interest rates to be more stable
towards the end of the year


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Interest and exchange rates may be less volatile by next year after both went through a shaky 2017.

Volatility started in late May, when an excessive demand for foreign currency led to a sharp increase in the price of the dollar, reaching more than ¢ 600 and causing the Central Bank to issue a series of contingency measures to avoid further increases.

However, at the end of the year, a large amount of dollars are paid in bonuses and taxes, so this would avoid any pressure on the currency price.

The country will also get a $1 billion loan from the Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas but these will not be changed into national currency, the Banco Central added.

Exchange market stability could have a positive impact on interest rates, which began to rise rapidly in the middle of the year after the Central Bank raised the monetary policy rate as part of adjustments to avoid further pressures on the exchange rate.

This slowdown will cause rates to remain at their current level until the end of December.

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AM Costa Rica wire services photo
To reduce the volatility in the exchange rates, the Central Bank
took a $ 1 billion loan from the Latin American Reserve Fund


In the case of inflation, figures released by the Banco Central show this year it will close at around 4 percent.

This would be the first time that the increase in inflation is in the of 2 and 4 percent range forecasted by Banco Central at the beginning of the year.




A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest

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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. 27, a Friday.

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

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

Here are the rules:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Latin America business news and analysis

Brazil, Mexico GDP Outlook Improve

Outlook for Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela worsens.

Ecuador Boosts Oil Transparency

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

Cleary Gottlieb, Hogan Lovells Advise on LatAm Offers

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

Latin America Sees IPO Boom

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

M&As Fall in Latin America, Jump in Brazil

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

Latin America: Illegal Tobacco Hurts Trade

Impacts of the rising illegal tobacco trade in Latin America.



Here are the links
to key official Facebook pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.M. Costa Rica
users guide

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Costa Rican embassies in the world
Click HERE!


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


Movies
Cinemark
Multiplaza Escazú
Multiplaza del Este

HERE!

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

Weather and disasters
Current weather

78762
Instituto Meteorological Nacional
Instituto Meteorological
HERE!


U.S. National
Hurricane
Information Service

HERE!


NOAA
                              weather

Turrialba volcano
Live camera
on Turrialba volcano


Arenal volcano is HERE!
but it is out of service

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

Seismeographics
online

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

Vehicle inspection
appointments
HERE!

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

Autopista del Sol
Web Page
Twitter

Autopista del Sol

Immigration
Immigration
Direccion General
de Migracion
main page is HERE!

Appointment to renew
cedulas for residents

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

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