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Seniors might be working until age 67, according to changes being discussed by the social security system authorities. However, the existence of job posts for this population is uncertain.
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Of the total number of people over 60 in Costa Rica, only 25 percent are able to job.

This is one of the conclusions found in the Continuous Employment Survey from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses.

The study shows that, out of 740,105 people over 60, only 175,066 are employed.

On the other side are the unemployed, who total 7,807, while 557,232 are excluded from the workforce.

In this last group, it is important to note that many of these elderly people are caring for other older adults. Therefore there is an unfair under-reporting, according to Zulema Villalta, president of the Consejo de la Persona Adulta Mayor (Conapam)

Forecasts from the INEC and the Central American Population Center (CCP) at the University of Costa Rica predict that in three decades, this age group will triple. It would go from 476,000 people over 65 in 2020, to 1,280,000 in 2050.


Of the 175,066 older adults who have a job, a third work
part-time in the informal sector, in tasks such as street sales or guachimanes, commented the Conapam leader.

Employment of this type makes the employee more vulnerable to robbery. Minimum wage requirements are often not met and there is no contribution to a pension plan.

Those who do work in accordance with the law often do so in areas such as agriculture, livestock, fisheries, manufacturing, waste management, construction, maintenance of houses, transportation, hotels, and
restaurants, among others.

The research showed another group that, because the lack of options, cannot join the workforce, even
if they want to, mainly because companies are not interested.

"It is urgent to encourage private companies to provide opportunities, 40 percent of older adults who do not work are willing to do so," said Villalta.

Municipality of Mora will provide
housing for 27 families affected by Nate

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

One of the areas hardest hit by tropical storm Nate was Quebrada Honda, in the canton of Mora, so the damaged homes will be rebuilt in the canton.

According to municipality of Mora, the company in charge of the project will finalize the details of the purchase of the land and the management of the corresponding permits to start the construction of the new houses.

In September 2016, the municipality of Mora had opted to evict these families which were living in an area endangered by landslides.  The landslide of Cerro de San Juan de Quitirrisí, is still active and moving.

"Although it hurt me to evict the families from their home, but I never had the slightest doubt that we were doing the right thing, after seeing the effects of the floods of the river Quebrada Honda and now with the storm Nate I am still more convinced that we did the right thing to safeguard the greatest value that can exist, human life ", said the mayor of Mora, Gilberto Monge.

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Aching backs cause most of the sick leaves among workers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Back pain is what most sends more workers on sick leave in Costa Rica, as shown by the database of the Registry, Control and Disability Payment System of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS).

According to Liza Vázquez Umaña, coordinator of the CCSS Central Commission for Disability and Licensing Commission, from January to September 2017, professionals in medical sciences of the CCSS issued 366,170 short term disabilities which implied granting of 4.3 million days off and an investment of ¢38 217.2 million.

Most of the workers claiming a disability were between the ages of 25 and 34 but some short term disabilities were processed for people over 70 years of age.

Back pain is at the top of the list followed by depressive episodes, foot and ankle fractures, acute infections, intervertebral disc disorders, wrist and hand fractures, anxiety disorders, forearm disorders, conjunctivitis and cholelithiasis or stones in the bladder.

One of the observations made by Vásquez is that mental health issues and traumas caused by falls or other types of accidents are generating a lot of problems.
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Acute or chronic back pain may interferes with a person’s ability to work.


It is striking that this year, unlike in previous ones, the pink eye epidemic that affected the Central Pacific and Chorotega regions increased the disability leaves.

According to Liza Umaña,  external causes that can be prevented through the practice of various
proactive measures such as the correction of architectural barriers, security measures in homes, bathrooms, use of Anti-slip shoes, hand washing and the application of the coughing and sneezing protocols.


Vázquez recalled that the CCSS is sending reminders out on how to reduce mishaps in the home  as well as to cut the transmission of infectious and contagious diseases.

Puriscal: first canton to implement
umbilical cord blood donations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Puriscal became the first canton in which the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) will begin the identification of umbilical cord blood donors.

The announcement was made on Friday by the CCSS Medical Manager María Villalta.

Other health areas also participating in this first stage are: Desamparados, Corralillo, Acosta and Aserrí.
"After birth, the umbilical cord and the blood it contains are discarded, this will now change to increase the chances of finding suitable donors to offer a transplant to patients who require it," said María Villalta.

The blood contained in the umbilical cord has a high concentration of specialized stem cells that can be used in the renewal of blood cells. They are beneficial if they are transplanted to other patients whose bone marrow is sick.

Umbilical cord stem cells are considered ideal because they are very young and have not had contact with any element that can be considered as foreign. When they are grafted onto the patient, the patient’s body will not recognize them as strange and will not attack them.

Currently the CCSS offers its patients a bone marrow transplant with a hundred percent family donor. The donation of umbilical cord blood is a new option for transplanting patients with blood diseases, said the Manager.

The process involves three main stages. First is the identification and selection of donors, which is done during the first three prenatal visits.

The following is the collection of umbilical cord blood during natural childbirth, without complications, so it is estimated that the first units of stem cells will be collected in the first half of 2018.

Once the units of blood are captured, they will be taken to the Umbilical Cord Blood Bank, located in the San Juan de Dios hospital, where they will be processed and stored.


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During the first year, the CCSS will not perform transplants because the collected units require a process of quality control and freezing so that they become an ideal sample to transplant, explained Marvin Agüero, technical coordinator of the Institutional Grant and Transplantation Program.

The umbilical cord blood units can be stored for a period of five years.

Health authorities estimate that within two years the option of transplant with umbilical cord cells may be offered.

The umbilical cord blood will be collected once the baby is born, after the cord has been cut and the baby has been removed for proper cleaning. The collection is totally painless for the mother and the baby.

This procedure will only be performed in natural births that do not present any complications.

All women of reproductive age, over 18 years and with a healthy pregnancy can become donors.

The donation is voluntary, so women will receive information about the process. If the mother accepts, she must sign the informed consent form.

In this document, the mother confirms that she has received all the information, that she agrees to the donation and authorizes the Umbilical Cord Blood Bank to keep the unit of blood for the sole purpose of being donated to a patient in need.


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Cerro de la Muerte to be fully closed at nights
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                     Heavy machinery will be a regular sight on the Cerro de la Muerte for at least one more month.                   
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In order to ensure safe transit throught the Cerro de la Muerte, the National Road Council will maintain a regulated opening during the day and will close the road completely at night.

Due to the presence of machinery, recovering debris and eliminating landslides, traffic will be  allowed between 6 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon, as long as weather conditions allow it.

Users of the National Route 2, the Interamericana Sur running between Cartago and Pérez Zeledón, will also face total closure of the road from 6 in the afternoon and 6 in the morning. People will be allowed to travel to El Empalme, from Cartago,  to access the Los Santos area.


As explained by the authorities of the Council, these will be maintained for at least one month, that is, until the end of November or the beginning of December. The closings will be revisited once the transition from the rainy season to the dry season begins.

The Cerro de la Muerte has been occupied by machinery since October 5, when tropical storm Nate affected the road in more than 20 places causing debris on the road and totally or partially obstructing the passage. The storm also damaged the road surface.  In the case of Casamata sector the road was completely cut.

Deported US citizens dropped off from plane
due to their offensive odor

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A low-cost airline operating at the Juan Santamaría International Airport refused to transfer to the United States a group of five Americans that immigration authorities deported. The American had irregularities in their residency.

The reason for the refusal to transport was unusual. Through a video broadcast on social networks, one of the people with a deportation order is shown to be outraged because the pilot ordered them to be taken off the plane on the grounds that they smelled bad. Particulars were confirmed by an airline official in the same recording.

The deputy director of Immigration, Esteban Obando, said that the group was detained in Puerto Viejo de Limón for alleged resistance to the authorities, and they were transferred to the Migrant Apprehension Center in San Jose, because they did not have the proper documents to stay in Costa Rica.

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Strong body odors caused the pilot to refuse
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the deportees.

As confirmed by Obando, the airline refused to fly them last Thursday. Their deportation to the United States took place day later by another company.



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Coto Brus to have its own technical education center
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thanks to the opening of the Vocational Training Center of the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, in Coto Brus, 400 people from the canton and surrounding areas will be able to receive training in technical areas that are in high demand by employers.

The facilities where the INA is located in Coto Brus have: 3 classrooms and 2 computer labs, where 95 students can be attend simultaneously; an administrative area, services and accesses to people with reduced mobility, as Law 7600 requires.

The institution plans to meet the needs of some 156 companies in areas such as English, IT, entrepreneurship, and customer service, all of which are topics related to tourism, commerce and services, as well as the agricultural area.

The Training Center was officially inaugurated in the presence of the Vice President of the Republic, Ana Helena Chacón, leaders of different institutions, community representatives, productive sectors and municipal authorities.

"Costa Rica is a small country with enormous talents, therefore, many multinational companies that settle here, base this decision on human talent and the high qualification of our people", said Chacon. This is not a coincidence, it is the product of the enormous efforts taken to strengthen technical training in our country."

The new infrastructure will allow the INA to advance in the democratization of its services, in addition to facilitating access to Vocational Training to the people of Coto Brus, who currently travel to the Training Center of Río Claro de Golfito.
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In recent weeks, employers have called INA
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INA has two training centers in the Brunca Region,
one in Pérez Zeledón and the other in Río Claro de Golfito. These centers serve  9 thousand students per year. Due to community needs, the Professional Training Center of Coto Brus responded by expanding its
geographic coverage of the Training Services in the Zona Sur.

"The opening of the Coto Brus Training Center reaffirms the commitment to boost the productivity of the Brunca Region through the provision of skills for work, this is our way of responding to the population in the pursuit of further development, be it to join the labor market in established companies or to generate ventures, "said Minor Rodríguez, Executive President of INA.

The facilities are located on the ground floor of the House of Culture of Coto Brus, 100 meters west of the San Vito Park, and become INA branch number 55 with 132,000 students.

Costa Rican scientists work on developing
a water-cleaning bacteria

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Researchers at the CENIBiot Laboratory, located at the Centro Nacional de Alta Teconologia are using  genetic editing techniques to learn how the Pseudomonas putida bacteria transports phosphate. The information could help decontaminate ponds and lagoons.

Although this project is in the initial phase, geneticists hope to find out how the microorganism consumes phosphate and stores it inside itself.

"What we are proposing, in the future, is a cleaning system that is confined and controlled so that the bacteria are not released into the environment," explained Max Chavarría, also a researcher at CENIBiot.

Phosphate is essential for life because it is derived from phosphorus and this forms part of the DNA of living beings. When it is present in large quantities, however, it can cause environmental problems.

The discharge of fertilizer and soap waste into rivers adds phosphate to waters that then stagnate. This favors the proliferation of green algae.

"That layer of algae does not allow sunlight to enter the lagoon or pond, so the plants at the bottom of the lagoon are unable to photosynthesize. Those plants end up dying, as well as all the life associated with them, "explained Chavarría.

In order to provide a solution to this problem, CENIBiot scientists are investigating the biotechnological potential of some microorganisms in order to "clean up" contaminated environments or bio-remediate them.

One of these microorganisms is the bacterium
Pseudomona putida, whose advantage is that it can already be grown in the laboratory and that facilitates its study.

"This is a bacterium that is not pathogenic and in a in a spill of hydrocarbons, where most organisms die, Pseudomona not only survives but consumes those substances," said Chavarria.

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Carolina Coronado, researcher of the CENIBiot Laboratory of the National Center for High Technology, is investigating the genes that are involved in the uptake of this nutrient.



"In addition, this bacterium withstands oxidative stress and is more resistant to ultraviolet radiation and organic solvents. All these characteristics make it attractive for bioremediation applications ", added the scientist, who is also a researcher at the Center for Research in Natural Products of the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

Chavarría pointed out another advantage: this microorganism grows in simple and cheap culture media. "While other bacteria need vitamins and minerals, Pseudomona putida only needs carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to grow, "he said.

Before beginning bioremediation, researchers need to study a gene linked to phosphate transport that has been little studied. For this, Coronado and Chavarría used a novel genetic editing technique known as CRISPR / Cas9.

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A.M.
Costa
Rica
Fifth
news page


Published October 30, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Ferns for the sun? Why not?
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Boy oh boy, it sure has been unseasonably hot up here near the lake. On a hot day, there is nothing like a nice walk by a shaded stream. Of course, finding a shaded stream with a walkable bank can be difficult.

Take our Rio Aguacate, for example.  On one side it is a tangle of vines and undergrowth and on the other a mess of soft spongy ground that will suck off your boot. Happily, we have another choice – an arroyo with a small stream flowing over a rocky base. Very soothing. Very walkable as well as my gardener and I spent many hours laying out (mostly my job) and cutting (mostly his job) paths that wind to and fro in the cool shade of large trees. Whenever the weather gets too hot for him to work anywhere else, I can always find something that needs to be done in the shade.

Naturally enough, the making of paths required some plant removal, sometimes to the compost pile and sometimes just to a new location. Ferns can always be transplanted and grouped elsewhere in the shade although there are some that actually prefer the sun.

We have a number of sun loving ferns in Costa Rica and they are easily transplanted. One of my favorites is the Gleichinia bifida which is a sun lover that grows on steep roadside banks just up the hill from our home. It can be one of the first ferns to grow after a landslide has ruined other vegetation.

Gleichinia bifida, for which I have not found a local name, is a member of the Gleicheniaceae family, the family of the forked ferns. Instead of growing a long individual frond, forked ferns have long stems that branch out and then produce leaflets. Although recognizable as ferns, the family is quite distinctive in that regard.
Another great fern for the sun is the one pictured below. I was originally told it was a sword fern but that information didn’t check out. As you can see, it has rounded paired leaflets on long stems. This one is growing next to our gate in a nice sunny location. If you can name it, let me know.

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Plant for the Week

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But enough of sunny locations, it’s too hot right now for gardening in the sun so let’s look at one of my favorite ferns for the shade – even though you have to have a lot of shade to grow it. The mule’s foot fern, Angiopteris evecta can grow fronds as long as 25 feet and reaches up to 8 feet tall.  The mule’s foot fern below is about 2 years old. The blue pole is a meter tall. Plant in a shady location with plenty of room for it to grow. Because it likes a humid location and moist soil, this fern is not recommended for areas prone to a dry season.



Nicoya offers a taste of its traditional cuisine
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Everything is ready for the Second Nicoyan Traditional Food Fair to take place. A variety of recipes with ingredients such as corn and seafood await visitors from all over the country.

The activity will take place next Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Nicoyan market.

The idea came from the Identity, Culture and Sports Commission of the Directorate of Culture and the Cantonal Council of Institutional Coordination, the Universidad Nacional, the Municipality of Nicoya and others institutions.

Among the menu of dishes that will be offered some highlights include corn rice, tanelas, donuts, among others.

"There are recipes that have lost their use for various economic and cultural reasons, for this reason this fair aims to promote the food tradition of Nicoya through a contest for the exhibition, sale and documentation of recipes that are part of the cultural heritage," commented Vera Vargas, cultural manager of Guanacaste.

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SICULTURA photo        
Nicoya's gastronomic tradition is well known
 across all Costa Rica.


In addition, the fair will have a contest consisting of a demonstration of the dishes which will be divided into four categories that are: main course, desserts and breads, drinks and innovative dish.

There will also be artistic presentations by groups from the community.

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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.  
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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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Bohemian Road Trip
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A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Sixth News Page


Published October 30, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 
El Cazador de Almas/The Hunter of Souls

By Elle Brookes
A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest

Stella turned full circle slowly scanning the child-sized handprints that covered the lower part of the walls. This short hallway led into another wing of the large building.

The handprints were different colors-- blue, red, and some yellow. Somehow it all felt innocent yet sinister. There was also something kind of sad about it, too. She couldn’t help smiling as she realized she could not have made a better choice.

She reached out her own hand, laying it over one of the prints. She flinched, pulled her hand away, and looked closely at the handprint. Hidden under the paint was a nail sticking out from the wall. She brought her hand up and sucked at the tiny bead of blood that bloomed from her palm. It stung. Almost like a warning. So, maybe more sinister than innocent

She shook her head. There were stories about this place; everything she’d heard about it for the last few months had her imagining things. But all of those stories were the reasons she was here. She had a blog to write, it was late October, and something creepy, creepy like this place, was the perfect post for the season. This place was the real deal in creep factor.

She raised her DSLR camera, adjusted the focus, and started taking pictures.

A chill rippled down her back. She lowered the camera. She’d been told about it, but never expected to feel it for herself. She took a deep breath and continued taking pictures of the handprints caught in the yellow pool of light from a waning sun. It was late, and the mountain air up here by the sleeping volcano was cold. She shivered a bit in her light jacket as the cold air gusted through the broken windows surrounding her.

El Sanatorio Duran had a long and, according to the people in the area, haunted history. Built as a hospital for tuberculosis patients over a hundred years ago, the now silent hallways would have been filled with people. Some years later it became a mental hospital. That was a twist, a detail that would only make her story tastier, more macabre. That it was said to have ghosts made it even better.

She continued through the silent building, walking slowly past each graffiti-covered room.  She paused to take a few more pictures then moved on. There was a room of a robin’s-egg blue, the paint curling away from the walls, almost as though they were wings and ready to fly off.  They quivered slightly in the cold gusts. She took more pictures. She glanced at her watch. It was nearly time to leave, but she felt drawn to see one more room, and then the next, the building seducing her to continue walking, exploring.

One room was an intense shade of acid green. Painted on the wall in black and gray was the face of a man, mouth open in a silent scream. Stella took a step back, unnerved by the intensity of the man’s expression. She glanced over to the side where someone had scrawled three sixes in a rusty shade of red. She smiled at this as she lifted her camera and took more pictures.

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Sanatorio Duran AM Costa Rica photo

The voices of other visitors outside disappeared. She thought she heard footsteps in the room ahead of her, but when she entered the room it was empty and a dead-end. She let out her breath, her heart skipping. Was she hearing things? They said that could happen, too.

She walked slowly, quietly, to the far corner of the room to an open doorway. She found a small room with long vertical marks on the walls.  Dust and dirt and flakes of plaster were collected in the corners. She could taste the dust in the air. Not sure why, she shut off her camera. She thought she heard voices, faintly in the distance, drawing her closer to the small dark room. Her head started buzzing, increasing in intensity. She felt dizzy. Then something called her name from the darkness.

Unable to stop herself, Stella stepped through the open door.

A few days later, two little boys, eight and ten years old, discovered the camera in the dark room at the end of the hall.  Excited about their discovery, they ran outside to show it to their mother and father. They asked the other visitors picnicking close by about the camera. No one, it seemed, had lost a camera. They weren’t sure what to do about it.  The mother thought that they should look at the pictures to see if there were any people in them. Perhaps it might be possible to find out who owned the camera.

They walked back to where the boys found the camera. Slowly, they retraced the route of the camera, frame-by-frame, room by room. On the green wall the face was different than the picture in the camera. It was a woman instead of a man, her mouth open in an eternal scream. The mother and father glanced at each other, but said nothing. The mother touched a finger to her crucifix as they continued retracing the journey of the camera through the halls and rooms of El Sanatorio Duran.

Near the end they entered the hallway where the small handprints covered the walls. The father studied the picture in the camera. He looked again at the place where the picture was taken. It was different. He showed the picture to his wife and pointed to the wall.  She gasped and crossed herself, muttering a prayer.

On the wall, instead of the open space shown in the picture, there was a red handprint, larger and placed higher than the child-sized prints. It shone strangely in the patch of daylight as though it were still wet.  There were two words above the rusty red handprint, with a long red line dripping from the final letter A:

“SOY Stella”



Preparing for the ceremony

By J.B. Coursair
A.M. Costa Rica Spooky Short Story contest


María Luisa knew what she had to do to maintain stability in the world.

Soon it will be 10th Muluk again, 2,600 days since the last time and a bit more than seven years in the White Man’s calendar.

Her ancestors had thrust upon María Luisa the burden of keeping the world on its course, and she could list her predecessors back into the dark times before her people were civilized and well before the Spanish came.

By day María Luisa was just a simple potter in her northwestern Costa Rican village. By night, she was Man Ha’e, the East Queen, the reigning spiritual leader of the region. The old ways still were entrenched among her people,  María assured herself, despite conquest, forced religions and even the current political system.

What had to be done now was to satisfy the gods. This would be the third ritual for María Luisa. Some 14 years ago she participated with Wey’ki, her grandmother, as they satisfied the needs of heaven. And the world had been kept stable. A little more than seven years ago the cloth had been passed, and María Luisa, still mourning the death of her mentor, led the ceremony herself.

Her little corner of what is now Costa Rica was an important location in the Mayan culture. The land was at the southern extreme of the collection of city states, and that meant the night and day were more equal throughout the year, and this stability was respected. So her area was much more important than just as a supplier of fine pottery to the cities to the north. And  María Luisa was that latest to be continuing the tradition even though her village’s potter now went to white tourists instead of the great lords to the north.

She know all about the north. Since childhood she learned the poems and songs that bound her culture. Even under the close eye of local officials the true religion flourished even as the great lords were destroyed by the invading Spanish, sickness and their own greed. The days still were kept according to the old calendar.

Still the earth continued on its course, thanks to the work of that long procession of East Queens and the ceremony that supported this stability. María wondered what might have happened if her community had not carried on the ceremony. Chaos, dark forces, destruction, she presumed.
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And now, once more, the time was coming to select a child and present her to the gods. There was little time to waste because the calendar continues to move. The child must be selected, fed the finest foods, dressed in the best clothing and sent into the godly sphere with the plant potions whose recipes had been entrusted to María and just a few other village members.

In the old days, María knew, families competed to offer their child for the ceremony. Great honor would come if their child was judged to be the fairest of all and selected. But the population was not growing the way it once did, so the elders decided years ago to find the best child outside the community. In fact, the last youngster to be honored as the focus of the ceremony was Maria’s own older sister when she was just five. And that was years ago, María noted. She did not know her sister because she was just an infant in those long ago times.

Fortunately, the growth of tourist and the large number of the Whites who frequently the area now provided a good way to honor the gods, ensure stability and avoid depleting the local population.

In fact, two of her assistants had just told María of a bright, blue-eyed blond child whose parents had just checked into a nearby luxury hotel. The two men worked at the tourist hotel, so there would be no problem in making sure the little girl would be brought to the community for the ceremony. So María had plenty of time to make arrangements and make sure that the obsidian blade was, once again, appropriately sharp.

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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
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Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

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

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

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Costa Rica Solar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving Atenas and Surroundings Areas

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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
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9284-3/22/18   

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

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

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

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

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


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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

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

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




Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

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

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


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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
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Published October 30, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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High school students develop a solution against fraud
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Saturday afternoon, high school students Karen Reyes, Esteban Durán and Luis Fernando Solano, inventors of Touch Wallet, presented their system that will authorize payments by using fingerprints.

The initiative aims to facilitate payments as well as to avoid theft of cash and cards.

They showcased their invention at the Expotec Fair at the Don Bosco Salesian Educational Center (CEDES), in the Concepción de Alajuelita, where they are in their last year of school specializing in software design.

"Seeing that people are paying in cash and also seeing that some are stealing from customers and employees, which translates into losses for a company, we had the idea of making a system of stronger security for people to purchase with their fingerprint ", explained Solano, who wrote the code that allows the identification of the person.

The system allows people to link a fingerprint with an identification number which, when linked to an account, will then authorize payments.

Durán, said the project was started five months ago, initially as an alternative way to pay for public transportation. However, the idea changed after it was presented to teachers and colleagues.

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CEDES Don Bosco Photo
Fingerprint technology would likely improve
the security on online transactions
.
The proposal also includes a fingerprint reader, which will be available to companies that use the Touch Wallet.

In the Expotec 2017, a science, engineering and art fair, around two thousand students participated with more than 400 presentations that show possible solutions to the problems that affect citizens and the country in general.

Since the opening of the event, the number of visitors exceeded seven thousand people in the first three days, according to data from the Department of Social Communication of the institution.

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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