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Unemployment rate stagnates at 9 percent


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A comparison of unemployment rates for the third quarters of 2016 and 2017 indicated that there was no statistically significant variation the rate, which remains at 9.4%.

These
results are part of the latest Continuous Employment Survey for the third quarter of 2017, carried out by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC).

The term
unemployedrefers to someone who did not work at the time of the consultation but wished to work and looked for work in the last 4 weeks.

The survey estimated that 106,000 men and 107,000 women were unemployed. Although in absolute terms the difference is minimal, there is a greater impact on the female population given that they have a lower rate of overall employment, which is reflected in their unemployment rate of 12.4%, while that of men is of 7.5%, without inter-annual statistical variation.

By area of residence, 162,000 unemployed people lived in the urban area and 52,000 unemployed people in the rural area, with an urban unemployment rate of 9.5% and rural unemployment rate
of 9%.

The percentage of people underemployed (working less than 40 hours per week) who are available and want to work more than what their current jobs allow them is around 8.9%. In that category,
the underemployment of men was 7% and for women it was 12.2%.  In both cases it remains without significant changes with respect to the same period of the previous year.

The independent working population was 469,000 people, which translates into an increase of 44,000 in that condition.

The independent working population is primarily
women and people living in both areas. On the other hand, more than 1.56 million people are salaried, representing about 75% of the total employed population.


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2.28 million Costa Ricans make part of the country's workforce.


The informal employment rate was 43.2% meaning that the population with informal employment was about 893,000 people, out of which 547,000 were men and 346, 000 were women. For women, the informal employment rate was 45.4% and for men 41.9%.

Of the employed population, 471 thousand dependents (people who worked for an employer, company or institution) had an informal job, which represents 29.5% of the total number of dependents. On the other hand, 422 thousand independent employed persons (those who work on their own, have a company or hire employees) had an informal job.


The population in the labor force is estimated at 2.28 million people, out of which 1.41 million are men and 870,000 are women.  About 59,000 more men were employed this year over the previous year.

The employed population increases from one year to the next due mainly to the employment of men.  

The total of employed men is 1.30 million, 59,000 more than the previous year. The female population is 762,000 women without significant inter-annual changes.

According to the Inec, there are seasonal activities that cause an increase in the employed population, but it does not affect the unemployment figure.
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Former president Arias to be questioned about the failed Crucitas Mining project in San Carlos


By A.M. Costa Rica staff


On Monday, the interim general prosecutor, Emilia Navas, ordered the reopening of the investigation against the former president of the Republic Óscar Arias Sánchez for the alleged crime of prevarication in the case known as Crucitas.

The case is related to the failed open mining project in Cutris de San Carlos, in Alajuela.

The former president is mentioned under file 12-000124-0621-PE, for having signed, in 2008, a decree of public interest so that the company Industrias Infinito could perform mining in the area mentioned. The date of the subpoena to the ex-president has not been disclosed yet.

"The cause, known to the media as Crucitas, was in the Criminal Court of the Treasury with a dismissal since 2014, a decision based on the lack of evidence, but after the recent legal analysis of the case, it was determined that it was necessary to examine into the search for new evidence that, at the time, was not included in the investigation file,” said the Attorney General's Office in a press release.

Arias could be charged with the “prevaricate felony”, which is a crime that occurs when a judicial or administrative officer issues resolutions contrary to the law. This offense is punishable by up to six years in prison.

The prosecutor Navas reported that on the day the case was reopened, she summoned former President Arias for questioning.

The day and time of the hearing, as well as other details of the case, will not be made public in accordance with article 295 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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Oscar Arias held executive power between 1986 and 1990 and from 2006 to 2010.


That article requires the Public Ministry to guarantee the privacy of the proceedings during the collection and analysis of evidence in the criminal process, explained the prosecutor.

The document signed by Arias in 2008 was also signed by the former Minister of Environment and Energy, Roberto Dobles, who had been sentenced by the Tribunal Penal de Hacienda for malfeasance.

However, in September, the Criminal Court of Goicoechea returned the case of Crucitas to a prior stage of the investigation, to determine whether the former president had to face judicial investigation.

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More kids stick around to finish their school year


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The dropout rate after the half-year vacation period is the lowest in the last 10 years, according to the Ministry of Public Education.

After the vacation period, which is when historically there are more dropouts, there was a decrease of 0.2% at the national level.

In the educational centers that are part of an institutional strategy to discourage kids from abandoning the school system, the improvement is even greater.  It dropped from 6.8% in the previous year to 5.1% for 2017.

That means that 500 more students returned to the classroom after the half-year vacation period.

The intra-annual dropout is calculated as the difference between the initial enrollment reported by the schools, and the number of students who returned to the institutions after the July break.

The Department of Statistical Analysis registered a national dropout rate of 1.6% at 2017, for the primary level it is 0.3% and in high school, the level is 4%.

The comprehensive strategy Yo Me Apunto works with all educational institutions but also serves carries out special retention plans for 166 institutions, located in the 75 priority status school districts.

These places are chosen because of their high rates of unsatisfied basic needs, the number of students whose homes have a low educational climate and the highest number of people with incomplete secondary education.

The Minister of Education Sonia Mora said the decrease is an important achievement in the struggle to promote reintegration, permanence in the classroom and school success.

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Keep students from dropping out after vacation is always a challenge for the Ministry of Public Education.


"Reducing the rates of exclusion and school dropout in a period as sensitive as after the mid-term vacation, is a challenge and a national commitment to education, which is incumbent on us all," said Mora.

Alexandra Ulate, coordinator of Yo Me Apunto strategy acknowledged the great commitment shown by all the participants in the process.

"The work is reinforced with follow-up and monitoring visits that aim to provide support to administrative and teaching staff, strengthen the institutional networks that fight for permanence, open spaces for participation, social programs that promote equity. These are some of the elements that lead us today to this important achievement," Ulate said.


Bikers file a constitutional appeal against the marchamo


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 2018 marchamo, whose collection started on November 1, has already been challenged before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.

The claim is based on how the Compulsory Motor Insurance (SOA) is defined. That insurance must be paid as part of the right to operate a vehicle.

Currently, the SOA is calculated taking into account the number of accidents suffered by each group of vehicles throughout the year.

The spokeswoman of the Constitutional Chamber Vanlly Cantillo, explained the magistrates are being asked to suspend the collection of the tax.

For the motorcyclists, the SOA collection has increased by ¢ 9,000 colones in the 2018 marchamo, something that annoyed the motorcycling community. They consider the increase is unfair.

According to Gerardo Ledezma, who filed the appeal before the Sala IV, motorcyclists don’t want to be seen as just a potential risk factor but also as victims of accidents.
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New ID's for people with reduced mobility


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two new decrees will reinforce the use of reserved parking spaces and accessibility to public transport through the creation of the Disability Certification Service.

The new service provides people with disabilities with an identification that will facilitate access to services provided by the State and private/public service companies.

Lizbeth Barrantes, executive director of the National Council of People with Disabilities (Conapdis), explained that this certificate is meant to make it easier for people with disabilities to access areas of education, employment, transportation and health.

The decree makes it mandatory that all public transport units have at least four preferential seats and have a space for transporting a wheelchair user.

Zulema Villalta, president of the National Council of the Elderly (Conapam) considered that this is just one step towards providing access to facilities for all its citizens.


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The new identifications will prioritize attention for people having some degree of disability.

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First Uber driver fined must pay about $4,000



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) imposed a penalty of ¢2,017,000 on a UBER driver for the illegal provision of public service, according to by resolution RRG-449-2017.


According to the preliminary research carried out by ARESEP, Uber is more than a technological platform because it creates a paid transport offer and facilitates the provision of a service. Both the owner and the driver are responsible for this illegal behavior.

To provide a public transportation service, drivers must have a concession or permission from the state, which is granted by the Council of Public Transportation (CTP).

Failure to comply with the regulation makes the driver and the owner of the vehicle subject to penalties.

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The results of the investigation were sent to other institutions: the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Transportation, the National Insurance Institute, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

The investigation was carried out as a result of the cases of possible illegal transportation referred to the Traffic Police.

The Regulator, Roberto Jiménez, explained that  "the ARESEP has carried out all the actions, which the law allows, against illegal transportation."

As of now, 30 Uber drivers have open procedures before the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP).

The director of the Customer Service Department, Marta Monge, explained that four of the cases date back before August, while the others occurred in September after an intensification of the Traffic Police operations.

Drivers are exposed to a fine ranging from five to 20 base salaries, that means it can be from ¢2,017,000 to ¢8,068,000.

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According to legal and administrative resolutions, Uber services are considered illegal in Costa Rica.


Monge indicated that the procedure begins with detection by Transit police of a possible illegal activity. The officer sends the information to ARESEP and makes the vehicle available for inspection.


After one month, the car is returned to the owner and an ordinary sanction procedure is initiated.

During this process, a hearing is held where the driver can present his arguments and evidence. Finally, a resolution is issued and communicated to the parties involved. In the same ruling, the economic penalty is established and the respective collection procedures are carried out.

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Legislator seeks to sell public banks
to fund the pensions scheme

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The legislator and presidential candidate of Christian Democratic Alliance (ADC), Mario Redondo, proposed Thursday the sale of the Bank of Costa Rica (BCR) and the International Bank of Costa Rica (Bicsa) to strengthen the pensions fund of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS).

According to the legislator, it is unfair to increase the contributions and the retirement age of the members on pensions.

He explained that, despite the administrative reforms in the management of the IVM, it is necessary to capitalize this fund that covers the majority of Costa Ricans.

"We advocate strengthening their finances through the sale of Banco de Costa Rica and BICSA, which currently do not play a transcendental role in the development of the country," he said.

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The legislator added that the BCR has fallen into a deep degree of discredit in the case of the questioned $30 million loan granted to a Chinese cement importer

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Marlene
                                  Summers
The IRS has become more aggressive and if you have not filed, you must do so. 

However, there are solutions to problems and your situation may be better than you think.

If your filing is not up to date, Streamlined Filing can be used with no penalties.

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

If tax payment is holding you back, the IRS has options to solve payment problems.

You can file current or past due FBARs without payment to meet IRS  requirements.

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica
and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9186-6/30/17

James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
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Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
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• IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
• Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
• Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
• Up-to-date FATCA news.
• All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com


Real estate rentals (paid category)

Tropical Homes
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
9055-2/23/17


Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
Timeshare
1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
9049-7/31/17


Real estate-related services (paid category)

CRsolar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving All of Costa Rica

BUY YOUR SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM NOW!
Perfect for hotels, Save up to 40% of your electric bill.
LATER we'll calculate a lower install price for your PV system, now More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You. Fully Guaranteed!

Canadian Solar
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New experienced install crews

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Office: 506-2446-0543
Paul 506-8898-9398

Email: Paul.Furlong@CR-Solar.com
WEB: http://www.cr-solar.com/en/
Blog: www.crsolar.net


        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

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


Shipping services (paid category)

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


Psychotherapy


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

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
doclucinda@gmail.com
www.LucindaGray.com
Learn more about 
New World Meditation: (Second Edition) Discover True Happiness Thru
Experiential Healing 
Click Here
9057-2/25/17


Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)
Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho
DR LUIS CARLOS SANCHO TORRES
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Prescription Management

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

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


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

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

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

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



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Pets may ride anywhere but the driver's seat


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There are occasional questions regarding how a driver can transport a pet in the car. These are answered simply: there are no specific rules in the Traffic Law regarding how or where a pet can travel, although they cannot travel on the driver’s lap.

Pets can travel in the back seat, on a cushion, on the floor of the car, or leaning out the window. They are all acceptable.

However, the law establishes that the driver of the vehicle cannot perform any activity other than driving. No cell phone, no reading, and no pet on your lap, explained Mario Calderón, Director of the Traffic Police.

As living beings, pets can be unpredictable and move abruptly, biting, scaring, or jumping out the window, said Calderón.

"Those situations would involve an involuntary reaction of the driver, such as pain, fright, surprise or desire to protect the animal and this could lead to an accident," he added.

Calderón recommended to those who move their pets make sure the animal does not stick its head out of the window because it could hit a an electricity pole or a car traveling in the opposite direction. He does allow, however, that a partly open window will allow the dog to have some fun while preventing the animal from jumping out of the vehicle.  

Calderón also reminded owners never to leave them locked in the vehicle, as they could suffocate. 


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Ministerio de Obras Publicas photo   

The unpredictability of pets demands extra security measures during a ride.


The fine for conducting an activity other than driving, such as carrying a pet on your lap, involves a penalty of ¢103,679.77.


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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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Life is a Tropical Garden

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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong

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

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A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Sixth News Page


Published November 3, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Legislators question the lack of money
for relieving damages after Nate


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two legislators from different factions questioned whether the government has the resources to face the reconstruction of areas damaged by Nate and wonder if it is necessary to approve new taxes.

Costa Rica needs $385 million to face the damages and as of now, there is not enough money, according to the Presidential House.

The government said that it is necessary to use the resources of each institution and to approve a tax reform that allows the state to have more money.

According to Rosibel Ramos, legislator of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), this is not true, claiming that there are a lot of idle funds in public institutions.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation states that there were over 500 areas damaged by the storm and that repairs will require ¢13,869 million.

Otto Guevara, Legislator of the Libertarian Movement (ML) also criticized that idea that more taxes are needed to face this challenge.

The government urges changes in the fiscal plan to be voted in December, however, the outlook in the Legislative Assembly is not positive.


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Christián Laidley Photo

Recovering infrastructure after flooding and landslides is a major challenge for the government.



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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

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Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
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!

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

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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.

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Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale
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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



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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Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale
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Cardiac devices company expands operations in Costa Rica


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, a solutions provider for patients with structural heart disease and critical care needs, announced today that it will be investing the US $100 million for its expansion plans in Costa Rica.

The company, based in California, United States, develops and manufactures heart valves that are used in the treatment of patients with heart disease worldwide.

The company has been operating in La Lima de Cartago since 2016 and currently has more than 200 employees in the country.

From Cartago, it supports the manufacturing process of heart valves that is carried out in other Edwards Lifesciences offices in the United States and other countries.

The current expansion in Costa Rica includes the construction of a new manufacturing plant and is part of Edwards' global plans for its cardiac valve operations that began last year.

The new plant will allow the manufacture of heart valve devices from start to finish, that is, they will be fully manufactured in Costa Rica and later exported and used in medical centers around the world as part of the global network of manufacturing.

The Vice President of the Republic, Ana Helena Chacón, said that " it fills us with pride when a company decides to expand its operations because it shows the confidence that we, as a country, have earned ".

"Since establishing operations in Costa Rica last year, we have valued the excellent commercial and political environment that is helping to develop our operations, and this good experience, along with the excellent workmanship we found, has supported our decision to move forward with our plans to build a state-of-the-art heart valve manufacturing plant to support our long-term growth aspirations, "said Michael Mussallem, President and CEO of Edwards Lifesciences worldwide.

The construction of the new plant recently started on an area of approximately 20,000 square meters, also located in the La Lima de Cartago. The new plant is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

"We are also proud to contribute to the Costa Rican community, carrying out different projects to support these, " added Mussallem.

The medical devices sector represents one of the main driving forces of the Costa Rican economy. Besides boosting the industrial sector, it gradually increases its relative share in the services sector.

More and more medical device companies carry out research, development and innovation activities in Costa Rica. Companies in this sector have one of the largest shares in exports of goods, according to Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade.

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High tech manufacturing is a growing industry in the country.


"We are pleased to know that the company will invest $100million in the expansion of its local operations. We will double our efforts to maintain competitive conditions that allow the company to strengthen its roots and continue to grow in Costa Rica," added Mora.

The company plans to increase its payroll by hiring more than 1,000 additional employees in the coming years. Mainly, there will be vacancies for operators, supervisors, trainers and process engineers, quality control, logistics, finance, installation and maintenance engineers, among others. These workers will be responsible for the operation of the new manufacturing plant.

"Edwards Lifesciences came to Costa Rica to grow hand in hand with all Costa Ricans, giving a special source of employment to the population of Cartago and its neighboring towns, "said Josué Campos, General Manager of Edwards Lifesciences in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has emerged as a leading global destination for investment in medical technology, currently attracting more than 70 companies of this type to the country, according to official numbers.

Six of the 10 most important companies in the cardiovascular device sector in the world have chosen Costa Rica as a site for manufacturing plants, according to the Coalición de Iniciativas de Desarrollo, the government agency in charge of attracting foreign investment.

The life sciences sector is one of the most dynamic in terms of exports. CINDE estimates that for this year medical devices, the country's main industrial export good, will reach US $ 3,000 million.

Those interested in applying for an employment vacancy within Edwards Lifesciences in Costa Rica can do so by sending their curriculum vitae to the following e-mail address: reclutamientocr@edwards.com

Recruitment for new positions is expected to begin mid-2018.


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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