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Governments admits it lacks money
to deal with Nate's damage


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Government of Costa Rica said it does not have enough money in the budget to deal with the damage caused by the Nate storm.

This was stated by the Minister of the Presidency, Luis Paulino Mora, when referring to the situation of Public Finances.

Right now, the priorities are to enable access to blocked roads and also to resume the supply of basic services.

Mora said that to achieve this, more than $380 million is required (about 220 million colones) which still has no source.

"There is money or there is not, at this moment there is not," said Mora.

The vice minister said that initiatives such as the Law on Strengthening Public Finances that would make the sales tax become VAT, is essential in this case.

The Legislator of National Liberation Party (PLN), Sandra Piszk, accused the Government of Costa Rica of acting on an "ineptitude" that has prevented the country from recovering from the damage left by the Storm Nate.

The legislator questioned the executive power for the supposed lack of resources to repair the problems in different parts of the country, since according to Piszk's version, it does have the resources but it has not been known to execute them correctly. She said there are works awaiting reconstruction even from the time of Hurricane Otto.

On October 31, the Concejo de Gobierno announced that Costa Rica needs at least $385 million to be able to replace all the losses caused by the natural disaster.

This figure, translated into the national currency, is approximately ¢223,000 million.

At Casa Presidencial, they are worried about economic solvency and how to face this situation, since that amount reaches 60 percent of the National Budget of the Concejo Nacional de Vialidad.

"The agreement between the Costa Rican Electricity Institute and the National Emergency Commission for the reconstruction of the damages caused by Hurricane Otto was signed in March 2017, four months after the emergency with an estimated total budget of ¢19,800 million," said Piszk. “As of October 26, 2017, just 700 million colones have been executed, which represents approximately 3.5 percent of the total funds."


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Experts claim the damages of Tropical Storm Nate are bigger than that of hurricane Otto, which hit the country in 2016.

Nate's damages were greater than those of the Hurricane and affected road infrastructure, crops, aqueducts, schools, housing, State works, among others. According to a report by the Government, 45 percent of the damage is concentrated on roads and requires an investment of $175 million.

The Vice Minister of the Presidency, Luis Paulino Mora, explained that this natural phenomenon hit the country at a time of fiscal deficit, so the State investment depends in large part on the tax reforms that are currently processed and discussed in Congress.

However, for National Liberation Party, these are nothing more than excuses from a Government that only asks for taxes.

"It is unacceptable for the government to complain about lack of resources, especially in cases like these where the poorest population in the country is the most affected and who, above all, demand taxes to meet the emergency," said Piszk.

The Executive Branch expects to have a positive dialogue with the legislative factions in the coming weeks, so that some bills can be approved in extraordinary sessions, which will allow the Government to invest in the recovery of the country.


Changes in immigration control through
Juan Santamaria airport


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Security and the General Directorate of Immigration modified the steps that need to be taken when someone enters or leaves the country.

The authorities stopped applying the invisible migration procedures that had been in place for 20 years and now use a visible migration process.

With this, passengers only have to show up at the airline's station, check their baggage and receive the boarding pass.

This is done with the objective of strengthening security measures to prevent people considered dangerous from entering Costa Rican territory.

The immigration control is carried out with the immigration officer to whom the boarding pass is presented, along with a current and valid travel document and exit permits for minors.

However, the special row that had been in place for individuals traveling with minors has been eliminated and the TIE card will no longer be filled.

As explained by Esteban Obando, Deputy Director of Migration, the existing security points are now strengthened. Previously the verification processes were carried out in several locations and that made it easier for criminals.

Previously, passenger registry was the only control on departures and sometimes passenger alerts were missed.

This meant that there was no physical verification in real time, so there was a high risk of identity theft or use of false documents.

According to the authorities, the boarding time will continue to be about 30 minutes.

The new plan will be joined by a program of electronic passports which should be ready by 2020.


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Some steps have been eliminated others enhanced.

On September 26, the pilot plan lead to the detention of 13 people suspected of having irregular documents. Among them were two people with arrest warrants and one person wanted for homicide.

In addition, 68 people were alerted that they had exit impediments before entering the boarding room.

This meant that there was no physical verification in real time, so there was a high risk of identity theft or use of false documents.

According to the authorities, the boarding time will continue to be about 30 minutes.

The new plan will be joined by a program of electronic passports which should be ready by 2020.

On September 26, the pilot plan lead to the detention of 13 people suspected of having irregular documents. Among them were two people with arrest warrants and one person wanted for homicide.

In addition, 68 people were alerted that they had exit impediments before entering the boarding room.


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Pharmaceutical advice to be delivered
in Cañas, Guanacaste


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Center for Comprehensive Health Care (CAIS) of Cañas, opened a pharmaceutical consultation office for patients with chronic diseases, after hiring a new professional in pharmacy in the Guanacaste health center.

Marvin Palma, the medical manager explained that the new consultation service seeks to educate the patient about the rational use of medicines, explain to the patient how to help control their diseases and will focus its attention on the patient and not the medicine.

Palma said that this consultation service is due to the large number of patients with chronic kidney disease, patients with conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and patients requiring palliative care, who are prescribed many medications and who must adherence to their treatments.

The service is designed so that the target population knows the effects and benefits of the medicines they are consuming in a more practical and simple way.

The director said that the plan is to expand and deliver the consultation at homes.

Currently, the consultation takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the CAIS headquarters, during administrative hours. New patients are scheduled with a full hour appointment to ensure all issues are discussed.


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The new service can also be provided at homes.


Pharmaceutical care is a service that the social security has made available to patients at all levels of care, both on site and home visits.




The country has suffered ¢ 3.426 million
in losses in rice crops from tropical storm Nate


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The report, prepared by the National Rice Corporation (Conarroz), includes the rice fields located in the Chorotega, Brunca and Central Pacific regions.

According to the study, in those areas there were 9,369 hectares of rice. Out of those 5,602 were damaged and 2,460 ended up in total losses.

Conarroz monitors 3,142 hectares which where production could be partly recovered with good crop management and control of pests and diseases.

Fernando Araya, Conarroz's executive director, explained the Chorotega region was the most affected by the storm when 2,045 hectares of 4,754 were lost, for an estimated loss of ¢2,848 million. When Nate hit the country, there were 7,370 planted hectares in the area.

In the south of the country, specifically in the Brunca region, there are 228 irrecoverable hectares out of 329 damaged. The losses account for ¢317 million. At the time of the storm, 689 hectares were planted.

Meanwhile, in the Central Pacific region, out of 1, 311 hectares, 518 were damaged and188 reported as irrecoverable, accounting for ¢ 26 million in losses.


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Rice producers could ask the country for subsidies.



On Wednesday, rice farmers will meet with the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Felipe Arauz and the Minister of Economy, Geannina Dinarte.

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KLM sets a direct flight Amsterdam - Costa Rica


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Tuesday, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Company started its direct flight to Costa Rica.

The airline will fly twice a week (Tuesday and Friday) directly to San Jose, Costa Rica (Amsterdam-San Jose-Amsterdam) in the European winter season (November to March) and will use a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with capacity for 294 passengers.

According to Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, Vice President of the Republic, "this new flight will serve to strengthen the development of our tourism and will be a link for Costa Rica to open its doors to tourists from all over Europe, thereby directly benefiting various sectors such as exports and foreign trade, because Holland (Kingdom of the Netherlands) is one of the main countries to which Costa Rica exports goods, and this is very encouraging news for the national economy."

Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism explained that the decision of KLM to fly to Costa Rica is the result of a strategy that includes the strengthening and permanence of airlines, the attraction of visitors to the country and the development of tourism infrastructure.

Boet Kreiken, Executive Vice President of the KLM Customer Experience, said: "In recent years, Costa Rica has developed as a very attractive tourist destination for many Dutch and European tourists. We are happy to start operations in Costa Rica and of course, we also welcome Costa Ricans to travel with KLM to Amsterdam or one of our many destinations in Europe. "

KLM will fly twice a week to Costa Rica, on Tuesdays and Fridays. The flight will depart from Amsterdam - Schiphol at 15:25 hrs and will arrive in San José at 20:05 hrs to Costa Rica.


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The new service will allow passengers to connect with flights to countries like Finland and Norway.


The return flight will leave San José at 22:05 hrs and will arrive in Amsterdam - Schiphol at 3:10 p.m. the next day.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has 30 seats in the World Business Class, 219 in the Economy class and 45 in the Economy Comfort area.

In addition to being the airline's newest acquisition, the Dreamliner is designed to offer travelers more convenience and to protect the environment as it consumes 20 percent less fuel and produces 20 percent less C02 emissions.

During the European winter season, the AIR FRANCE KLM group will offer a total of five weekly flights from Costa Rica to Europe, three of them to Paris and the two new to Amsterdam.

After train crash, a judiciary investigation is underway


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Wednesday, the Prosecutor's Office of Heredia opened a penal investigation surrounding the circumstances in which the frontal collision of 2 trains occurred yesterday afternoon, in Santa Rosa de Santo Domingo, in Heredia.

The investigation centers on two machinists, who were driving unit 245 in the Heredia-San José direction and the operator of train 6010 which was moving in the opposite direction.

The investigation is being carried out to determine responsibility for the injuries suffered in the crash. The investigations hope to determine the exact point of the collision, survey the surrounding area and the points of visibility and determine the magnitude of the damage.

Authorities have called for the victims of the crash to go to any Prosecutor's Office or delegation of the Judicial Investigation Organization to become part of the process.

The investigation is in the initial stage, which consists of the collection and analysis of evidence and must be kept private, according to article 295 of the Code of Criminal Procedures.


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Gas prices decreases as diesel becomes more expensive

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The price of a liter of super and regular gasoline became cheaper on Wednesday, while the price of diesel more expensive.

On October 31, the new prices were published in La Gaceta official daily, and they entered into force on Wednesday, November 1.

The liter of gasoline super goes from ¢ 632 to ¢ 604 and the regular liter goes from ¢603 to ¢580. Meanwhile, the price of a liter of diesel increases by ¢6, going from ¢507 to ¢513.

Both the Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery and the Public Services Regulatory Authority explained that this reduction is due to production normalization in the refinery in the United States, which in August was hit by Hurricane Harvey.

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The changes in prices are now effective.

              

Beware of the transportation hired to take kids to school


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Consejo de Transporte Publico (CTP) is calling on parents to carefully supervise the transportation services they hire for their kids.

As of November 1, those interested in providing transportation to approximately 400,000 students can renew or apply for the permit at CTP headquarters.

According to the CTP executive director, Mario Zárate, it is necessary to verify that those who are hired for these services have the permits, marchamo and riteve up to date.

"The CTP works to ensure the service is provided with quality and safety and it demands compliance with the requirements to transport students,.This year 3,300 operators must renew their permits," he said.

Pablo Rosales, also from CTP said that this process begins three months before the start of the school year so that all operators have their permissions on time and can provide the service.

The recommendations issued for parents are to check the unit has the permission of the CTP and the required stickers. The licensee must have insurance policies that cover the students and the vehicle must have seat belts in all seats.

Vehicles should also a fire extinguisher in good condition and a first aid kit. Another adult must accompany the driver to ensure the order and safety of children from pre-school through elementary school.


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CTP will renew more than 3,300 operators.



Finally, the driver's companion must have a reflecting vest, the vehicle must be properly labeled as Transporte de Estudiantes, and the vehicle must not exceed the number of authorized passengers.

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Contact us: 
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
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Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
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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.

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Real estate rentals (paid category)

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
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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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Real estate-related services (paid category)

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        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

FFine Furniture of Sarchi - Sarchi, Costa Rica
All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
www.FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com
Contact information:
Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
Email: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
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  10 Years of Happy Clients
Canadian English or Spanish Spoken
Excellent Service, Competitive Prices
Call  (772) 361-1050
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Our Web:  http://shippingcostarica.com
Free Ebook: How To Import to Costa Rica HERE!
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Psychotherapy


Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
doclucinda@gmail.com
www.LucindaGray.com
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Experiential Healing 
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Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)
Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho
DR LUIS CARLOS SANCHO TORRES
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Prescription Management

Send us your:
-VA LETTER WITH LIST OF DISABILITIES
-VETERAN IDENTIFICATION

Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
Email: veteranscr@gmail.com
4th floor at Hospital La Catolica, Guadalupe, San José
9234-12/1/17


                     Legal Services
Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary
A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
9181-7/3/17

        Insurance professionals
The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9165-5/22/17


 
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Rica
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Political parties get their official position on the ballots



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Wednesday at the auditorium of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), a lottery was held to define the location of the political parties on the ballots that will be used in the 2018 Presidential and Legislative Elections.

The raffle of the places that will occupy the 25 groups, of which 14 are national (only one party did not present a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic) and 11 belong to the provincial level.

The draw made is ruled by the "Regulations for the registration of candidates and lottery of the position of political parties on ballots."

One by one each one of the representatives of the political parties was called (according to the order of presentation of their payrolls for the registration of candidates).  Each turned the sphere and extracted a small numbered ball.

Next, Héctor Fernández, General Director of the Electoral Registry, announced the number obtained by each political group, which determined the corresponding location on the ballot. During the ceremony held at the TSE, the ballot was projected on the auditorium screens, where the position of the currency of each political party was displayed, according to the result of the draw.


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TSE image   

Each candidate gets a random position in the ballot, as established by law.      



The aforementioned regulation establishes that no change of position is allowed between the participating groups.

The Presidential and Legislative Elections, to be held on February 4, 2018, will have 60 positions in dispute, the President of the Republic with its 2 Vice Presidents and 57 law makers to the Legislative Assembly.


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 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
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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."

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

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Sixth News Page


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Costa Rican 4G Networks among the most deficient


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new report prepared by the international company OpenSignal, says that, except for India, Costa Rica is the country with the worst 4G LTE network on the planet.

This is clear from the analysis made between July 1 and October 1, which was released on Wednesday in the United Kingdom.

The country reported an average speed of 6.98 Megabits per second (Mbps) in 4G networks. Meanwhile, India registered 6.13 Mbps.

Singapore, the country with the most favorable indicators, records an average of 46.64 Mbps.

In relation to the report published in June with data collected between January and March, the position 'improved' slightly by climbing one step and leaving the last place in the hands of India.

The 4G LTE network, unlike its predecessors such as the 3G network, provides faster voice or mobile data services. For example, the 4G LTE network allows speeds 10 times greater than the 3G network and 250 times more than the 2G.

"It is easy to see the countries that have maximized the accessibility of their 4G services and at the same time maintain superior technical capacities: Hungary, Holland, Norway, Singapore and South Korea. On the other hand there are countries that are still in their infancy in 4G: Algeria, Costa Rica, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka," the report cites.

Regarding the availability of the 4G LTE network, the country is not last but it is in the last places. Costa Rica enjoys an indicator of 60.43 percent in this area, while the last one is Algeria with 41.50 percent.


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The study says Costa Rica's 4G network development
is in its infancy
.


The report prepared by OpenSignal analyzes the situation of 77 countries from different continents. In total, more than 50 million connections were studied, in more than 3 million mobile devices.

"While the availability of LTE is increasing around the world, the same cannot be said for LTE speeds. No new country has joined the 40 Mbps club since our last report, and the number of countries that averaged speeds above 20 Mbps has decreased, rather than increased, " the company said.

Reflections on change, new exhibit at Alianza Francesa

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Finally, the artist suggests the visitor to take a small piece of paper that will be stuck to the wall with one of his drawings, swapping it with another piece of paper next to another drawing.

In addition to the exhibition, the artist will organize two activities that seek to generate dialogues about how we perceive the world and ourselves.

A workshop that will be held on Friday, November 17 as part of La Noche en Blanco and the conversation "Café y palabra" by the sociologist Baptiste Kotras, on Thursday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m.

"Trials to Destiempo" will also have a digital platform. It is a blog on the internet that will bring together other unexposed drawings and a text that tries to explain the assumption of the exhibition.

The Young Creation Gallery of the French Alliance was inaugurated more than 5 years ago and aims to give young artists a space to present their art, in some cases for the first time.


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                                               Alianza Francesa photo

The art intervention has the concept of dialogue as an axis.




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
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in CR since 1979

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or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
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Remax Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
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ReMax Playas del
                          Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
CONTACT US TODAY with NO OBLIGATION whatsoever.

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

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Real estate-related services (paid category)

Costa Rica Solar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving Atenas and Surroundings Areas

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Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Real estate for sale (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

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

9284-3/22/18   

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

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

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

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

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


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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

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

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




Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

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

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



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 Ricans buy less due to high debts



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In recent months, Costa Ricans have reduced their expenditures for the purchase of goods and services, according to data from the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR). This reflects the inability of people to continue consuming at their previous pace. The reduction is due to lowered level of income and the inability to continue borrowing in order to buy.

According to Luis Diego Herrera, economic analyst of Grupo Financiero ACOBO, these results could be explained by the high level of indebtedness that exists among the citizens of the country. Indebtedness has a limit and that limit is already being reached.

According to data from the BCCR, during the second quarter of the year the final consumption in households grew 1.9 percent showing a slowdown compared to the same period of 2016, when it registered a growth level of 4.4 percent.

According to the Quarterly Study of Credit and Debit Cards prepared by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), as of April of this year, the total debt of Costa Ricans on credit cards grew 21 percent compared to the same month of 2016.

The due amounts equates to ¢1,098,957 million, which is equivalent to approximately 3.66% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Costa Rica.

"This situation of indebtedness is worrisome because it limits people's ability to pay, part of their monthly income could be used to pay the debt, which reduces their ability to purchase goods and services or face an emergency. This causes private consumption in the economy slows down, negatively affecting the level of production (GDP), "explained Herrera.

In addition to this, one should also take into account the upward trend in interest rates that has been seen in recent months, and which, according to the analyst, will continue in the medium term. Higher interest rates cause debts to become more expensive, further reducing the purchasing power of citizens.

Another element to consider is the level of savings of the Costa Rican population. If people had savings, they could consume without having to resort to debt. Data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) indicates that the economy of the country shows a savings rate with respect to GDP of 16.2 percent, which is relatively lower than the rate of savings observed worldwide, although higher than the savings rate of the economies from Central America.


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Credit Card debt accounts for 3.66 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.


The level of private consumption is, in part, a reflection of cultural factors in society, expectations regarding the future economic situation and personal finances. When people buy more products and services, it can be thought that they have greater capacity to pay (disposable income and debt), which benefits the economy, since the higher the consumption, the more demand there is for producing those goods and services.

The people hired will have higher income that can be used to purchase goods and services, thus generating a cycle that reactivates economic activity.

"When for some reason private consumption slows down, the economy's growth rate slows down, as shown by the behavior observed in the first and second quarters of 2017. Although there are other elements that can compensate for the slowdown in consumption as an increase in government spending, higher exports or a higher level of investment, "said Herrera.

Due to expectations of rising interest rates at the international and local levels and the uncertainty from the upcoming presidential elections, it is expected that people will be more cautious with their consumption decisions.




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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