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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 25 political groups, 14 belonging to national parties and 11 to provincial ones, were finally authorized to take part in the next electoral process, after the closing of the registration period last Friday.



These political parties met the deadlines set by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones to participate on February 4, 2018, elections, when the president, two vice-presidents, and 57 legislators will be elected.




In total, there are 1,096 posts. Out of these, the Electoral Registration Directorate has reviewed and approved 776 personal files after verifying that they comply with all provisions of the Political Constitution and the Electoral Code.



The TSE official Martha Castillo explained that some of the conditions that are reviewed are that the candidates have the age of 21, be born in Costa Rica or or be a nationalized foreign individual with  than 10 years of residency.



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The Supreme Court of Elections has increased its staff to catch up with the amount of work the verifications imply.


According to Castillo, 316 cases are under study, while four of the candidates were rejected. 



Reasons for rejection included:  breach of elementary requirements, gender inequality, and failure of alternation between male and female candidates.

The status of each of the resolutions of candidatures can be consulted on the TSE website.


Private security guards regain their
right to carry firearms


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judge Cinthya Abarca of the Administrative Litigation Court overturned an agreement taken by the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), limiting the use of firearms by private security agents.



The 2016-132 MSP agreement stipulated that only security agents engaged in the custody and transportation of goods, custody and transportation of securities, and custody of people (bodyguards) could carry firearms.



The measure excluded condominium guards, state-owned companies, private companies or banks. In order for these individuals to be able to use weapons, they had just three months to justify carrying weapons. Justification had to be made in a 'technical and reasoned' way based on a study done by an expert.



However, Judge Abarca considered - in the vote 122-2017-VI of October 17 - that the agreement was inconsistent with the legal system.



The complaint in court was filed by the National Chamber of the Security Industry, an entity that did not share the opinions expressed in the agreement signed by the minister of that portfolio, Gustavo Mata Vega.




"This is more than a weapon issue. That was not the point. What worried us was that a minister would arrogate to himself the power to legislate things that are already legislated. We did not share the approach and we welcomed the restoration of the legal system", said Allan Guillén, the president of that chamber.




According to Guillén, this issue is not 'stupid' and the chamber wants to point out that they always wanted to safeguard the existing legality of weapons carry. "With the matrix that the MSP established no officer could be kept armed. It was closed, which did not allow results, nor expert opinions. Almost all of the country's private security officers were disarming, "he said.

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The Libertarian Movement opposed the weapons restriction until the end.

Natalia Díaz, a member of the Libertarian Movement (ML), applauded the court's decision, because in her view this would put "helplessness" on those who quietly visit centers or commercial establishments.




"I believe that the MSP should make great efforts to combat crime and the black market of illegal weapons, but not through agreements that harm people or private security companies that respect the law," Diaz said in a statement.




The state agreement was published in September last year in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Faced with this resolution, the MSP informed that they are studying the document and that "the ruling is not yet firm".




"We were just notified by what we are studying and valuing the possibility of appealing to relevant instances," said a press release from MSP.




During his tenure at the helm of the MSP, Minister Mata has sought more accurate control of private security companies. Anomalies were detected in the management of personnel and weapons by companies.




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National University sentenced after canceling
a book presentation in its premises


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court condemned Alberto Salom, rector of the National University, for canceling the presentation of a book last month on the grounds that the text harmed policies of gender equality.



For the magistrates, the decision of the university violated the right to free expression and free thought.



The case goes back to the presentation of The Black Book of the New Left: Gender ideology or cultural subversion, written by Argentine academics and researchers Nicolás Márquez and Agustín Laje.

"I understand that the sentences of the Constitutional Chamber cannot be appealed and as such, I have no choice but to comply with it. However, I would have to ask for explanations because I did not prohibit that, there is no resolution of mine showing it was an administrative act," Salom said.



The activity was scheduled for September 5 at the headquarters of the National University in Heredia. Salom suspended it due to pressure from students opposed to the content of the work, according to the legislator Mario Redondo Poveda, of the Christian Democratic Alliance party, who filed the appeal. 



He also had the support of Congressman Fabricio Alvarado, from the Partido Restauración Nacional. In their argument, Christian politicians asserted that Salom would have yielded to pressures.



According to file 17-013647-0007-CO, the constitutional magistrates condemned Salom and stated that the presentation should be rescheduled immediately as suppressing the text violated the rights of free expression and free thought, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.



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The book also caused controversy in Argentina and
some other South American Countries.



In addition, it orders the University to pay the expenses that are necessary for the celebration of the event.



"I did not prohibit anything and we are condemned to pay the possible expenses of the presentation, first they show me who was behind the organization and tell me in what expenses they first incurred. If it is a plane ticket, it would be high, said the rector. 



For Redondo, the decision sets a precedent for not repeating this type of "arbitrariness".



Unknown artists sought to compete for a cultural prize

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The amount of the National Prize for Cultural Heritage Emilia Prieto Tugores is ¢ 7,603,500 colones.



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Individuals, groups or organizations, whose work shows a contribution to the strengthening of the Costa Rican cultural environment and development, can be candidates to obtain the National Prize for Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Emilia Prieto National Prize.



Visual creation, protection, management, research, compilation, documentation, promotion, transmission or revitalization of the intangible cultural heritage of the country are some aspects to be considered. 



The Emilia Prieto National Prize also seeks to recognize the following cultural expressions of intangible cultural heritage:



Language, written or oral translations, such as: indigenous languages, Limón Creole English, regional speech, specific speech to a trade (boyeo, coffee or sugar cane, artisanal fishing, artisans, cooking, for example) and / or place (the Guanacaste basin, west of the Central Valley, for example), oral traditions as stories, myths, legends, tales, coplas, bombs, retaílas, romances, songs and the like.



Performing arts such as music, dance, theater and oral narration are also eligible for the prize as are depictions of rituals and festive events such as patron Saint parties, carnivals, traditional games, other celebrations, and commemorations.



As a recognition of the importance of traditional knowledge, the competition includes: beliefs and agricultural practices (lunar guided planting, livestock, fishery and others); food and beverage preparation process; and places with a spiritual or sacred meaning for the community.




Another category includes traditional handicraft techniques such as the process of making handicrafts for everyday use (plates, bags, for example) or for special occasions (masquerades, Masks of the Diablitos Game); use of materials, tools, techniques, traditional themes of the group or community and innovations made in those objects.





Registration will remain open until next Thursday, November 30.
 
Any person or legal group may submit the name of the persons, groups or organizations that they consider candidates for the award. If the application is filed by a legal entity, it must provide a certificate of legal status of not more than one month issued by the National Registry or by a notary public.



The application form must be sent together with the resume of the nominated person or group, according to the format indicated and together with documents certifying their experience in each of the activities carried out as it relates to intangible cultural heritage.



It is advisable, but not obligatory, to attach letters of support to the application of one or more organizations, such as universities, professional associations, cultural groups, committees, associations or others.



The application form and the documents requested can be sent by e-mail to rgutierrez@patrimonio.go.cr or physically delivered to Rodolfo Gutiérrez, in a sealed envelope with the name of the candidate written outside, at the Cultural Heritage Center, located on Central Avenue, between 1st and 3rd streets, in front of the Lehmann Library, from Monday to Friday from 8 am at 4 p.m.



Prize: The amount of the National Prize for Cultural Heritage Emilia Prieto Tugores is ¢ 7,603,500 colones.



The Emilia Prieto National Prize is very important for the recognition of people and communities who create, recreate and transmit knowledge and techniques that have been inherited, strengthening their identity of their communities and enriching the cultural diversity of the country.



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Government unveils plan for gender equality in sciences

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This Monday was the presentation of the National Policy for Equality between Women and Men in education and employment and especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Telecommunications and Innovation 2018-2027.



It has been deemed politically important to attract women to science, technology and innovation and to train and employ women in science, technology and innovation careers.  The policy include the promotion of research by women.  Attempting to increase the number of  women in science, technology, and innovation, and have them study the sciences from a gender perspective has been a world-wide trend.



For the Minister of Science, Technology, and Telecommunications (Micitt), Carolina Vasquez the subject goes beyond simply adding women in the fields of science and technology.



"From the Micitt, we recognize that science, technology, and innovation are a human right, and we hope that more women will become scientists and investigate from a gender perspective, to take into account the problems and needs of other women, "said Vasquéz.



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Decreasing the gender gap in the scientific fields
is the aim of the new policies.


The policy will be managed by the Micitt through the Science and Gender Program, which will provide the technical assistance required for the implementation of the policy.



In addition, a High-Level Commission will be created which will include the Executive Branch, private sector, academia and civil society which are all part of the science, technology and telecommunications sector. It is hoped that all members will their opinions and contribute in the area of coalitions between public sectors and private partnerships to promote equality.



New landslides at Cerro de la Muerte

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Due to the heavy rains that affected the Zona Norte, new landslides occurred on the road which forced a complete closure of the Inter-American route from San Isidro to Cerro de la Muerte.


The Traffic Police of the sector confirmed the fact and said that as a consequence of several incidents, the road is closed near the gas station La Gasotica and in  La Piedra ranch by Rancho Trapiche.



"At the moment, it is unknown if there are people trapped, " they said.



Police asks drivers to use the alternative route Brasilia, Rosario de Pacuar, in La Palma, which will allow an exit to the route 243 connection with Dominical. "It is important to note that in this alternative route articulated vehicles are not allowed ".



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Unusually heavy rains caused the Cerro de la Muerte
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The Cartago Police said that "the passage in the area of La Georgina was closed by the collapse at kilometer 105. The alternate route, in this case, is La Costanera."



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Third cause of death among Costa Rican teenagers: suicide


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to data from the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ), suicide is the third greatest cause of death for people aged 12 to 19 years. Findings of death by suicide were registered as follows: in 2015 - 35 deaths, in 2016 - 29 deaths and so far in 2017, 13 deaths. 



These figures match the findings of research on suicide risk factors in adolescents aged 12 to 19 years in the cantons of Talamanca and Alajuelita conducted by Vanessa Aguilar Marcela Castro, deputy director and research coordinator of the nursing career at the Universidad Hispanoamericana.



This work was carried out in two stages from 2014 to 2016. The first phase consisted of analyzing the suicide clusters in Costa Rican cantons in people aged 10 to 24 years. Talamanca lead in suicide deaths per one hundred thousand and Alajuelite was second according to the date from the Central American Population Center.


Second stage research was carried out by Mauricio Campos of the Hospital Nacional Psiquiátrico. The final result is a questionnaire of 27 questions which can be used to assess suicide risk potential. Validity and reliability of the questionnaire is based on a population of 156 first-time students from the Universidad Hispanoamericana.


The questionnaire is divided into 5 dimensions: modifiable factors (drug and alcohol use, physical punishment and fights), anxiety and depression, suicidal idealization, beliefs against suicide, precipitating factors (sentimental rupture or domestic violence), protective factors (help from family or friend in crisis situations) and non-modifiable factors (gender, age,and history of suicide attempts).




The study population is 1,203 students of day schools located in Alajuelita, and Talamanca.




Experts asked about triggers such as break-ups, conflicts with the family or study partners. For example: Talamanca occupies the first place of conflicts within the family with 17.4%. However, 82.3% acknowledge that they can count on their family.



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The study emphasizes the need to pay attention
 to the slightest call for help.

 On questions pertaining to having  a suicide plan, of the 1,203 respondents, only 130 responded, “ yes”, 54 in Talamanca, and 76 in Alajuelita. The following graph shows that the highest incidence of suicide planning occurs in women, a fact that has already been explained in the medical literature.



The World Health Organization (WHO) registers eight hundred thousand suicides every year in people between 15 and 29 years of age. That is one suicide every 40 seconds. In Costa Rica, since 2005, suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents.


Given the risk of suicide this work becomes important input for health and education authorities who need to establish the instruments that allow students to be screened and to identify risk and protective factors before a tragedy occurs.



At the level of legislation, Law 9213 Article 28 indicates the need to update diagnosis of the mental health issues and and determine what interventions are needed. It also suggests more research. There is also an agreement of the Council of Childhood and Adolescence that seeks to establish alliances in the area of mental health.


"It is essential to intervene in a timely manner to healthy populations to prevent them from being affected by suicidal attempts that ultimately lead to lost productive years of life, years of disability and emotional and family pain, among other consequences," said Dr. Aguilar Zeledón.


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9113-7/4/17

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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.

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Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
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• 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
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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 
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9049-7/31/17


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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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Contact information:
Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
Email: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
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Free Ebook: How To Import to Costa Rica HERE!
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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
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Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
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Psychiatric Services
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Send us your:
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Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
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4th floor at Hospital La Catolica, Guadalupe, San José
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                     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

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The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
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-Represent all the best insurance
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       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
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-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
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A.M.
Costa
Rica
Fifth
news page


Published October 25, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Opinion
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Real estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Students from five communities will finish their
school year outside their actual school


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Students from five communities will finish their school year in community halls, homes and churches because tropical storm Nate destroyed their schools.



Following the effects of the storm, the students of the schools of Bajo Caliente, San Martín, Paso Real and San Isidro, as well as the Liceo de Jimba Caj, had to move to alternative facilities because the originals suffered damages that can take several weeks to repair.



If their lessons are suspended any longer, the rights of minors to have access to education would be violated, according to the Ministerio de Educación Pública. 



The schools are located in San José and Puntarenas. Coastal areas of Puntarenas were especially hard hit by the storm which caused an emergency situation from October 5th to 8th. 



The tropical storm Nate lead President Luis Guillermo Solís to declare a red alert in almost the whole country. There were also two days of public holidays, as well as a national mourning period of three days after ten people died in the tragedy.

The Ministerio de Educación Pública reported the Bajo Caliente school was totally washed away by a nearby river, so the lessons are now delivered in a building provided within the community.



The school of San Isidro is unusable due to the risk of a landslide at the back of the institution, while the one of Paso Real is vulnerable due to its proximity to the Río Grande de Térraba.



Teachers and students were transferred to a local building and a parish hall, respectively.
The San Martin school is operating in the local Catholic church, but the Ministerio did not provide any details the state of its facilities.



The Jimba Caj High School, or Rey Curré, delivers its lessons in a Salón Comunal after it was flooded to the level of the classroom ceiling.

School102517.jpg
SICULTURA photo   
Students will be transferred to places locally
known as Salones Comunales.




" In defense of the educational right, we searched for facilities within the same community so that the students are not affected in their educational process," explained Azofeifa.



According to the latest report, 52 institutions were unable to restart school after Nate, mainly due to problems with access roads or the operation of public services such as water.



Last Friday, Palmichal's Professional Technical College, El Bolsón de Santa Cruz school and Finca 9 in Buenos Aires returned to regular classes after being used as shelters for those affected by the storm.



Out of the 50 educational centers affected, three are at risk, 49 have problems on nearby roads, 15 have no access to drinking water, and the Casamata school in Cartago shows infrastructure damage.



The schools of San Pablo de Palmichal in Puriscal, those of Providencia and Bajo Canet in the area of Los Santos, will be subjected to a thorough analysis from the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias, according to Azofeifa, because they are on land that is unstable and may cause a risk to students and teachers.




Private workers deserve a 2.43 percent salary increase,
the government says


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, the government presented its salary proposal of 2.43 percent for private sector workers, which will apply as of January 2018.




The figure matches with the proposal presented by the employers' sector and the Union and Social Unity Block last week.



On the other hand, it deviates from the request made by the Trade Union of Workers of the Private and Public Enterprise which requested 4 percent.



Alfredo Hasbum, Minister of Labor, explained that the salary claim is in line with the calculation formula agreed on by all parties since 2011.



Hasbum said Monday's expectation was to leave the increase decreed; however, he said that last minute doubts arose about recent publications from the Central Bank of Costa Rica regarding the Gross Domestic Product, which could vary the salary adjustment amount.


GovMeeting102517.jpg
APSE photo   
The salaries hike is determined by the government,
 unions, and employers.


If the rate is approved by the executive branch and employers, workers will receive an increase of ¢ 2430 for each ¢ 100 thousand earned.

The new salary readjustment formula for the private sector sets a single increase per year rather than a semiannual basis, as it was previously done.

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

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!
Trapped in
                Damas Cave
Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com  US phone: 001 440 796-4105




Trouble
                with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
Phone: (506) 8868-5561
 Watch book trailer here:
New World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

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


Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES

Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. In Time For The Holiday -- Give Unique Gifts Of Dollars or Colones."

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

    Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley 

   
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea….

 Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com

Order this book here: CLICK HERE


Brodell book 2
The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise

By James J. Brodell. Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

HowardBook

Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
(English and Spanish Edition)


This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most of of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture. A practical pronunciation will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon click here

Furlong102317.jpg

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.

The book is now available for sale CLICK HERE 





 
A.M.
Costa
Rica
Fifth
news page


Published October 25, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Students from five communities will finish their
school year outside their actual school


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Students from five communities will finish their school year in community halls, homes and churches because tropical storm Nate destroyed their schools.



Following the effects of the storm, the students of the schools of Bajo Caliente, San Martín, Paso Real and San Isidro, as well as the Liceo de Jimba Caj, had to move to alternative facilities because the originals suffered damages that can take several weeks to repair.



If their lessons are suspended any longer, the rights of minors to have access to education would be violated, according to the Ministerio de Educación Pública. 



The schools are located in San José and Puntarenas. Coastal areas of Puntarenas were especially hard hit by the storm which caused an emergency situation from October 5th to 8th. 



The tropical storm Nate lead President Luis Guillermo Solís to declare a red alert in almost the whole country. There were also two days of public holidays, as well as a national mourning period of three days after ten people died in the tragedy.

The Ministerio de Educación Pública reported the Bajo Caliente school was totally washed away by a nearby river, so the lessons are now delivered in a building provided within the community.



The school of San Isidro is unusable due to the risk of a landslide at the back of the institution, while the one of Paso Real is vulnerable due to its proximity to the Río Grande de Térraba.



Teachers and students were transferred to a local building and a parish hall, respectively.
The San Martin school is operating in the local Catholic church, but the Ministerio did not provide any details the state of its facilities.



The Jimba Caj High School, or Rey Curré, delivers its lessons in a Salón Comunal after it was flooded to the level of the classroom ceiling.

School102517.jpg
SICULTURA photo   
Students will be transferred to places locally
known as Salones Comunales.




" In defense of the educational right, we searched for facilities within the same community so that the students are not affected in their educational process," explained Azofeifa.



According to the latest report, 52 institutions were unable to restart school after Nate, mainly due to problems with access roads or the operation of public services such as water.



Last Friday, Palmichal's Professional Technical College, El Bolsón de Santa Cruz school and Finca 9 in Buenos Aires returned to regular classes after being used as shelters for those affected by the storm.



Out of the 50 educational centers affected, three are at risk, 49 have problems on nearby roads, 15 have no access to drinking water, and the Casamata school in Cartago shows infrastructure damage.



The schools of San Pablo de Palmichal in Puriscal, those of Providencia and Bajo Canet in the area of Los Santos, will be subjected to a thorough analysis from the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias, according to Azofeifa, because they are on land that is unstable and may cause a risk to students and teachers.




Private workers deserve a 2.43 percent salary increase,
the government says


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, the government presented its salary proposal of 2.43 percent for private sector workers, which will apply as of January 2018.




The figure matches with the proposal presented by the employers' sector and the Union and Social Unity Block last week.



On the other hand, it deviates from the request made by the Trade Union of Workers of the Private and Public Enterprise which requested 4 percent.



Alfredo Hasbum, Minister of Labor, explained that the salary claim is in line with the calculation formula agreed on by all parties since 2011.



Hasbum said Monday's expectation was to leave the increase decreed; however, he said that last minute doubts arose about recent publications from the Central Bank of Costa Rica regarding the Gross Domestic Product, which could vary the salary adjustment amount.


GovMeeting102517.jpg
APSE photo   
The salaries hike is determined by the government,
 unions, and employers.


If the rate is approved by the executive branch and employers, workers will receive an increase of ¢ 2430 for each ¢ 100 thousand earned.

The new salary readjustment formula for the private sector sets a single increase per year rather than a semiannual basis, as it was previously done.

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

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!
Trapped in
                Damas Cave
Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com  US phone: 001 440 796-4105




Trouble
                with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
Phone: (506) 8868-5561
 Watch book trailer here:
New World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

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


Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES

Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. In Time For The Holiday -- Give Unique Gifts Of Dollars or Colones."

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

    Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley 

   
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea….

 Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com

Order this book here: CLICK HERE


Brodell book 2
The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise

By James J. Brodell. Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

HowardBook

Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
(English and Spanish Edition)


This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most of of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture. A practical pronunciation will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon click here

Furlong102317.jpg

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.

The book is now available for sale CLICK HERE 





A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Sixth News Page


Published October 25, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 

Police arrest woman who allegedly exploited young indigenous girls

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The woman suspected of exploiting Guatemalan indigenous laborers in La Fortuna de San Carlos will spend the next 3 months in pre-trial detention while being investigated for the crime of trafficking of people for labor exploitation purposes.



The suspect is a Guatemalan woman named Martínez López, detained Thursday in an operation carried out by the Professional Migration Police.



Apparently, Martinez operated several crafts and souvenirs stores in that tourist area. She attracted women and men from their countries of origin by offering them false working permits for Ethiopia.



Authorities were able to confirm the case of a 20-year-old indigenous girl, who was forced by Martínez López to work more than 17 hours a day, without the right to eat or to communicate with her relatives in Guatemala.



"She is suspected of persuading Guatemalan people in a vulnerable conditions and mainly from indigenous territories, to come to work in the country, offering them promising conditions.”



"It is believed that once in Costa Rica, she exploited them by making them work in stores selling handcrafts without paying them for their services. She then sent them back to their country to bring more victims", the Public Ministry said Friday in an official report.



To convince them to travel to Tico territory, the woman canceled the air tickets of the victims and paid for their transfer to San Carlos. Once they arrived, conditions changed and they were subjected to multiple mistreatments.



During the capture of the suspect, two Guatemalan women were identified as potential victims.

In turn, Public Ministry and the Office of the Prosecutor for Trafficking of people raided four commercial premises linked to the felony. 


Indigenous102517.jpg
Wikipedia photo                  
Indigenous woman often come to San José to beg and then
return to their homes in Sixaola or Panama.



"It is believed that the suspect could have affected more people, so it is not ruled out that, as the investigation goes on, more victims will join the process. The case is developed under file 17-000026-1321-PE, "said the report of the Public Ministry.




Bus drivers threaten with a strike if the law remains unchanged

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

“If the new bus fare methodology is not suspended immediately, this week we will take pressure measures,”  said the Cámara Nacional de Autobuseros in a press release.



"The possibility of firing people is not ruled out. For two years, we kept the communication channel open but today it closes, "said Silvia Bolaños, executive director Cámara.



A new method of calculating fares entered into force last February and has since generated various disagreements between carriers and the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep).



The bus chambers assured that, to date, the regulator agency has enough technical information to eliminate the methodology, which, according to the Cámara, is full of errors and is causing problems for businessmen and passengers.



Last week, the Aresep suppressed one of the methods to calculate the passage, called implicit demand.



"When the Aresep does not have the number of passengers or does not trust the amount reported by the company and, moreover, does not have the data, then based on theoretical coefficients estimate which is the demand or the number of passengers carried. This is known as implicit demand. That was very serious, "explained Olmán Bonilla, public transport consultant.



Bus102517.jpg
Cámara Nacional de Autobuses               
According to bus companies, the mathematical formula
to calculate the cost of transportation is flawed.



This type of calculation is only one of the sections of this methodology and belongs to the chapter on how to calculate demand, explained Aresep.




In addition, the suspended mechanism was accompanied by two other calculation options: the studies of Aresep and the Public Transport Council (CTP), which remain in force.

Real estate for sale (paid category)
Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
CODE 9267-9/28/17


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


Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

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

9284-3/22/18   



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

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
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?
We Can Do It!
Let us help you live your dreams!
Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

 Century 21 Jacó Beach
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
9215-3/22/18


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
9145-1/2918


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

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)

Costa Rica Solar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving Atenas and Surroundings Areas

BUY NOW! Your solar hot water system, so in three months, we can calculate a lower install price for your PV system.  Perfect for homes and hotels. Save up to 40% of your electric bill. More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You.  Fully Guaranteed!

CALL TODAY!
Office: 506-2446-0543
Andre 506-8314-8090
Paul 506-8898-9398

OUR EMAIL:
andrefurlong@gmail.com
Paul.Furlong@CR-Solar.com
VISIT OUR WEB:

9177-6/19
Browse timeshares for sale and rent by owner in Costa Rica at bargain prices. We connect existing timeshare owners with those looking to buy or rent a timeshare on the resale market. Timeshares on the resale market are up to 50% cheaper than those sold through the resort. Already own a timeshare and looking to sell? Stop saying “sell my timeshare” and let BuyaTimeshare.com help you find a buyer or renter.

A1 MASTER BUILDERS COSTA RICA

MasterBuilders

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.

Call us:
Toll Free 877-778-8515
CR phone: 506-8307-0164
Email: hotelescazu@aol.com
For more info also see our sites:
    www.a1masterbuildercostarica.webs.com
    www.hotelsescazu.com
    www.hotel4salecostarica.com
    www.wind-solar.webs.com
CODE: 9249-10/28/17  
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Real estate for sale (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

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

9284-3/22/18   

Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
Holley ad
Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby.

Approximately 323 meter construction. $295,000. Contact  Jim Holley, E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

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

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


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 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
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In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17



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

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
CODE 9264-3/2/18
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Costa Rica business news
A.M. Costa Rica
Seventh Newspage
Business
Published October 25, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Hacienda says fiscal reform is more urgent than never

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At the end of September, an analysis of central government revenues and expenditures reflected the need for comprehensive fiscal reform. Such reform will make it possible to sustain the state's finances and insure the nation’s stability and social achievements., said Casa Presidencial in a release. 



The financial deficit to September 2017 is 4.0 percent of GDP, while the primary deficit is 1.6 percent. At the same time last year, these indicators stood at 3.4 percent and 1.3 percent respectively.



The increase in the deficit is explained by the increase in the financial cost of debt (interest from 2.1 percent to 2.4 percent of GDP from September 2016 to September 2017), the increase in capital expenditure from 0.8 percent to 1.0 percent of GDP) and transfers that must be met by legal mandates (increasing from 5.4 to 5.5 percent of GDP. 



Wages, on the other hand, went from 5 percent of GDP in September 2016 to 4.9 percent in 2017. Spending on goods and services remains at 0.4 percent of GDP.



Revenue, in the form of income tax, continues to show double-digit growth (12.2 percent), rising from 3.2 percent to 3.4 percent of GDP between 2016 and 2017.



This, however, did not prevent the lowering of tax revenues, from 8.8 percent in 2016 to 6.1 percent this year, a percentage affected by the reduction in vehicle imports experienced during recent months and which is reflected, above all, in the collection of the general tax on sales and selective consumption tax.




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Ministerio de Hacienda building photo
Tax reform is the main campaign promise President Solís
has not been able to get approved.



The fiscal situation continues to deteriorate despite government efforts.

The serious problems added by tropical storm Nate have created an added fiscal burden as emergency funds were not available in sufficient amounts to cover the costs of the storm.

"The urgency is increasing, today more than ever we must look for the options that will give the Government new income to enable the State to operate, and also to rebuild the affected infrastructure and restore the necessary conditions to the populations affected by natural disasters, so that they rise and move forward, "said Fernando Rodríguez, finance minister.




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.
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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.


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