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Hike in taxes already under discussion
at the Legislative Assembly

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last week, the executive power sent the legislative assembly the Bill for Strengthening Public Finances.

The document includes five chapters on income tax, added value, fiscal responsibility and public employment.

The proposal seeks to address the fiscal crisis afflicting the country. Costa Rica has a sustained financial deficit of over 4% of GDP since 2010 and a debt that already reaches 3% of the same GDP.

Among the proposed measures, the introduction of the value added tax (VAT) stands out. It increases the collection capacity of the state by taxing more sectors than the regular sales tax and would remain at 13%

However, the government emphasizes that the main benefit of the bill would be the expansion of the taxpayer base, as well as a possible improvement in the cross-controls in the process of collecting taxes.

Regarding fiscal responsibility, the government's proposal restricts public spending to the same extent that debt-GDP ratio increases.

In terms of income, the proposal is a progressive implementation of the global tax for companies registered in Costa Rica. Said companies would declare their total income and might be able to deduct the total of the expenses associated with their activities.

The proposed bill seeks to reduce the current prices dispersion, trying to homogenize to 15% the tax on capital and remittances abroad.

Concerning public employment, the bill proposes a reform of the Public Salaries Law, seeking to find an efficiency base for remuneration of public employees.

To achieve that scheme, caps are set on the highest salaries, develop a more organized system of remunerations, establish a system of salary regulation and convert the annuity bonus based on performance. 

This would apply to public institutions of the central government.


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The tax on added value will replace the current tax on sales.

The president of the Legislative Directorate, Gonzalo Ramírez, said that he does not expect major obstacles for the approval of the bill, since it was built jointly by the government and the factions, in a process that included several meetings between the parties.

In addition, he said that the factions recently signed a National Agreement in which they pledged to support a "progressive tax reform", which is why he would expect no one to hinder it.

The Vice President and Minister of Finance, Helio Fallas said that an approval of the project would give the country improved stability, from what he described as "such a fundamental step that the country has had a hard time taking".

Faced with this situation, he expressed his desire that legislators assume a responsible attitude.

In its latest Macroeconomic Program Review 2017-2018, the Central Bank projected that the fiscal deficit would reach 6.1% of GDP this year.

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American businessman linked to the
BCR Chinese cement scandal

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


David Patey, current owner of the Club Sport Herediano soccer team, could have paid $1.4 million to the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) in favor of Juan Carlos Bolaños.

Patey was subpoenaed before the Legislators of the Banking Credit Investigative Committee at the Legislative Assembly.

On October 9, Spanish media reported that Patey allegedly paid $1.4 million to the bank (BCR) on behalf of the Sinocem Costa Rica importer Juan Carlos Bolaños.

Bolaños is currently in jail while a judicial investigation tries to determine if he committed embezzlement with the $30 million credit line BCR granted him to import cement from China.

The businessman was summoned to appear before the legislators at the request of law maker Ottón Solís.

The bank's own Technical Investigations Office allegedly detected Patey's payment in August last year.

He would have made the payment through the company Comercializadora de Servicios Empresariales ZOTAPELCOSO Sociedad de R. L., which would have transferred the money to pay a commission on the loan granted by the BCR to the company of Juan Carlos Bolaños.

"My company paid on behalf of Sinocem because we were a distributor of Chinese cement in rural areas in Costa Rica, for a few months in 2016. I paid it because it was a purchase of a product and it had to be canceled," he explained in October to Spanish media.

He added that he had warehouses in San Carlos and Guanacaste from which he distributed the product. "I was one of the strongest buyers Sinocem and Juan Carlos Bolaños had," Patey acknowledged.

In addition, he stressed that he never concealed that he had business with Bolaños, as there were advertising signs from the cement company in the Eladio Rosabal Cordero stadium.
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David Patey first hit the spotlight when he became the president of the Club Sport Herediano.

"Sinocem had more than 15 companies, similar to mine and the competition was fierce. Therefore, the cost versus the profits was not worth it, I quit," said the businessman on the congressional hearing.

A report of the Office of Technical Investigations details that the money paid by Patey on behalf of Sinocem would have entered the BCR through a check coming from Banco BCT.

When the money hit BCR, the businessman would have transferred it to cancel a credit commission from the cement company.

August 1, 2016, was Sinocem’s deadline for getting the money from the BCR. Part of that obligation was would have been canceled by David Patey.
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Dental health improved in the last nine years


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tooth decay and tooth loss percentages have dropped in the last nine years, according to the study by the Oral Health Situation in Costa Rica. Research was conducted by the National Coordination of Dentistry of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS).

According to the study, the incidence of tooth decay has been gradually decreasing, it went from 32% in 2008 to 15% in 2017.

In the same period, tooth loss also decreased, going from 39% in 2008, to 22% in 2017.

William Lao, specialist in epidemiology and national coordinator of dentistry of the CCSS, said the changes are due thanks to a better planning of dental services based on the Epidemiological Surveillance System of Oral Health (Siveo) and to the identification of risks in the population.

Among the risk factors for the loss of teeth are:  over 35 years, people who do not practice good oral hygiene, smoking, and patients with diabetes.

Ailments such as arthritis and hypertension are also risk factors that increase the chances of losing a tooth as are some periodontal pathologies such as pyorrhea.


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  In 2008, 39% of the population has lost a tooth, in 2017 that percentage decreased to 22%.
 
Some of the risk factors for tooth decay include: the morphology of the tooth, decreased saliva, eating habits - especially if there is high consumption of foods containing sugar – and poor oral hygiene.

Dental caries is highly prevalent and severe in many countries. In industrialized countries it affects more than half of the population, and because it is a cumulative process, the severity of the damage increases as age increases.


Fines for unauthorized parking tripled since July


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Transit authorities have issued 17,049 fines in the last 4 months to drivers who have parked in unauthorized places.

That's an increase of 170% with regards to the tickets issued between January and June, due to the reform of the Traffic Law that has been in force since July 17.

Some of those tickets were given out in the first two weeks of July prior to the enforcement of the new law but most of the increase is due to the ticketing since the law went into effect. The new law allows a ticket to be issued even if the driver is not in the vehicle.


"It is evident that we have been able to attack a serious driver behavior problem, which is to park anywhere, without respecting ramps for people with disabilities, corners, areas with a yellow stripe, among other cases," said Mario Calderón, director of the Traffic Police.

"During the first semester of the year, on average, every day we fined 58 drivers for improper parking." he said. "The change in the law has been positive."

Other important effects due to bad parking are related to pedestrians.

Despite the risk of fines or getting their plates confiscated along with the car, many drivers continue to park on sidewalks, affecting senior citizens, children, parents, and people in wheelchairs.


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The law enacted in July seeks to change the parking habits of Costa Rican drivers.

Parking in front of the garage of a neighbor or the entrance to a shop, very close to the corners, hydrants or ramps for people with disabilities are other common examples of behavior that have been fined.

Calderón stressed that ticketing improperly parked vehicles will be a priority for transit police.


The penalty for illegal parking is ¢ 51,316.25.

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International conference on sustainable investments
 starts today


By A.M Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) announced it will hold the "I Specialized: Conference on Sustainable Investments in Hospitality and Tourism" today and tomorrow, in order to underline the importance of sustainable tourism as the engine of social and economic development.

The conference will bring together the main players involved in
investment in and development of the hotel and tourism industries and was by the Latin American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conferences (SAHIC).

The Tourism Minister of Costa Rica, Mauricio Ventura, said that, "for the first time, Costa Rica will be the host country of an event of great relevance in the world, which will bring together more than 200 executives and presidents of the main hotel brands, investment funds, tourist, real estate developers and other relevant actors ".

"This event will mark a milestone, by positioning Costa Rica on the map of world investment," the minister added in a statement.

Among the topics that will be discussed are: description of the hotel and tourism industry in Costa Rica and Central America, green tourism, ecotourism, sustainable tourism; tourism and the impact of climate change on today's businesses, investment and development opportunities in Costa Rica.


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The country has gained a strong reputation in adventure and ecological tourism.

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Scientist confirm new flowering tree species
near Osa peninsula

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new species of flowering tree has been confirmed in the Canton de Osa in the south-eastern part of the country.

The finding was made three years ago,
but it took time to confirm the tree as a new species, as botanists need to collect sufficient evidence of the plant and complete their research before declaring that it is, in fact, new.  

Last month, the discovery was officially made public in the digital
page ,“Phytoneuron” where the story of the discovery of Hirtella crusa was told.

Hirtella crusa is a tree up to 10 meters tall with lovely white-violet flowers.

The new tree was named crusa, "in recognition of the historical contributions made by the CRUSA Foundation for the conservation of biodiversity and the promotion of the area", explained the organization on a press statement.

The discovery was made by two Costa Rican botanists: Reynaldo Aguilar and Daniel Santamaría.

"Osa is full of surprises and were are not even half way as to truly comprehend what we have," said Reynaldo Aguilar, botanist in charge of the research.

Aguilar stressed that this is a small example of the great diversity of Costa Rican plants and the ecological wealth that exists in the country.

He also stressed that the conservation of this new species is a priority, since the plantations of palm oil and its extractions are destroying the habitat of this species.

"One of the leaders has made an intense search for over three years in the vicinity of the town where the flower was discovered in order to locate more samples and there were no positive results, "says the document.

That is why both the Foundation and the botanist insist that conservation should be a concern for everyone.

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Old fashion disposable plastic cups, forks, knives will be replaced with a more ecological material.

Environmental awareness

Also last week, the community of Osa joined together to say no to plastic with merchants coming together to eliminate all the plastic from restaurants, bars and general establishments.

Representatives from the Ministry of Environment, the Osa Chamber of Tourism and the general public participated in the declaration.

It is expected that single-use plastic devices, such as forks, knives, spoons, glasses, plates, bags, straws and other things widely used every day be replaced by biodegradable materials.

In addition, the local authorities explained that the plastic that is impossible to replace will be discarded in the correct way.

"We have committed ourselves to the development of a sustainable tourism activity in the region and to transform this vision into concrete facts, we decided to create awareness among our associates," said Luis Centeno, president of the Osa Chamber of Tourism.

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

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Osa to get rid of traditional plastic usage

By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last week, the community of Osa declared itself as a free zone of plastic, during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Chamber of Tourism of Osa (Catuosa).

Plastic items for daily consumption such as forks, spoons, plates, glasses and bags will be replaced by biodegradable materials such as bamboo and cloth bags. To replace them, products made from starch, cereals, sugar cane fibers, wheat bran, roots and plants such as maguey and hemp, all available in the national market, will be used.

According to the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae), a group of businessmen announced their commitment to change from single-use plastic to biodegradable products and dispose of the rest of the traditional plastic in the best way possible.
 
By 2020, Catuosa plans to be the leader in ecological tourism with this plan.

The minister of Minae, Edgar Gutiérrez, said that he will present this initiative before all the Ministers of Environment of the World in the Environmental Summit of the United Nations.

"The example provided by the Osa Community will be used to show that things can be changed, that it depends on us and we can change the fate of destruction," Gutiérrez said.



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Single-use plastic devices will be eventually eliminated from the Osa Canton.


Other large companies in Costa Rica, such as Pizza Hut, Antojitos, Musmanni, the Roble Group and the Multiplaza del Este and Escazú shopping centers, as well as the Gollo Stores, are already eliminating single-use plastic.

In Costa Rica, 800 tons of daily garbage end up on beaches and in rivers, and the majority of waste is single-use plastics. If this situation is not reversed, it is estimated that by 2050 the sea will have more plastic than fish.


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A.M. Costa Rica Halloween Short Story Contest Winner:
The Witching Hour
By Albert A. Correia



Five minutes after arriving, Ty told Sheila he'd never been to such a strange Halloween party. 

“Realistic is the term I'd use,” Sheila replied.

Liz, the hostess and owner of a Barrio Amón hobby shop, had told them the theme was animals, but they never anticipated anything like what they found. Sheila was in a black cat outfit and Ty was the big bad wolf, but anyone could tell they were a beautiful woman and a handsome man. The others looked like real animals. One could imagine the lion stalking through the Tanzanian Serengeti. The jaguar prowling the Oso jungle, the crocodile floating through the River Tarcoles. The gorilla swung from the chandelier and the python slithered along the floor.

“Liz, why'd you rent us such unrealistic costumes when you had outfits like that available?” asked Ty.

“They don't rent from me,” she replied. “They're individualistic.”

“And why are you dressed as a witch instead of an animal?” Sheila asked.

“It fits me, don't you think?” said Liz.

They admitted it. They'd privately joked that with her crooked teeth and hair growing on the top of her bent nose, all she needed was a pointed hat and a broom to be the perfect witch. Now she had both, and looked the part.

As the party wore on, Ty and Sheila tried to strike up conversations with the other guests, but were soundly rebuffed. A few appeared to check them out at a distance, but walked off when the couple tried to approach. Neither Ty nor Sheila remembered seeing any of them around Costa Rica. 

As midnight neared, they went to their hostess and told her they were leaving.

“You can't go now,” Liz protested. “It's about to strike midnight, the witching hour.”

“The what?”

“The witching hour. For one hour, everyone changes. I can't predict what will happen to the others, but you two will become a real black cat and a big bad wolf.”

“Yeah, sure,” sniffed Ty. “Well, you all have fun, but you'll do so without us.”

“I beseech thee,” pleaded Liz. She put a hand to her mouth, but her guests were already near the door and showed no sign they'd heard the words. All eyes were on the departing couple as they opened the door to leave. 

When Ty closed the door behind them, the clock struck midnight and the doorknob twisted in his claw. 

Claw? What the . . .? Ty stared at the claw for a moment, then took stock of himself. It had happened. He had become a wolf. His sharp grey eyes scanned the area for Sheila, but she was nowhere in sight. Something scratched his hind leg and he looked down to see a black cat staring up at him.

“Sheila?” he snarled.

“Yes,” she purred. “Ty, we've become animals.”

“What should we do?” he growled.

“Liz said it would last an hour,” She reminded him, her voice a soft trill. “Let's go home. It will all be over soon.”

“Good idea,” he said. “But, neither of us can drive like this.”

“Right now, walking will be easy. We'll be home in fifteen minutes.”

“Good point,” he agreed. “Let's go.”

They started to walk, Sheila scurrying as fast as her little paws could move.

They'd barely left the property when a very large man dressed in a hunter's outfit stepped out from the bushes to block their way. At the same time, a panel truck drove out of a driveway in front of them. The driver got out and opened a sliding side door.

The driver scooped up Sheila and put her in the truck. The large hunter grabbed Ty by the scuff of his neck, ignoring the sharp wolf's teeth and claws – which Ty had no idea how to use – and tossed him in the truck beside Sheila. The hunter lumbered up into the truck and the driver slid the door shut and locked it.
A minute later they were speeding away.

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“Look,” Ty said, “I understand your mistake, but I assure you I'm not a wolf. It's just some kind of crazy spell that Liz must have put on us. In forty-five minutes, I'll be a man again, and Sheila here will be a beautiful woman. Then we can laugh this off, have a drink, and get on with our lives.”

The hunter looked at his watch and nodded. He put a finger to his lips to let Ty know he wished him to stop talking.

“The strong, silent type,” purred Sheila. “Impressive, but I'm sure we'll talk later.”

No one spoke as they drove out of San José. Ty thought he recognized the highway to Limon. They turned off on a road that zig-zagged through a dense, mountainous jungle. Sheila couldn't see out, but she could feel the ruts and bumps in the road as the truck climbed. Finally, at ten minutes before one, they came to a stop. It was dark, but newly acquired animals senses told them they were in a heavily wooded area near a lake or a river. The driver got out and opened the door. He grabbed Sheila and carried her into a cave, first stopping to light a torch. The big hunter draped Ty over is shoulders and followed.

When all were inside the cave and another torch was lit to provide a little wavering light, Ty whistled. “Man,” he snarled, “you being hunters, I expected rustic, but I thought you'd at least have a cabin. Where do you sleep? How do you cook?”

The hunters exchanged glances, shook their heads and looked at their watches. 

None of Ty's belongings had transformed when he did, so he had no watch. He walked over to look at the big man's watch. “Two minutes before one,” he offered helpfully. “In a couple of minutes, we're going to change back into our real selves, a good-sized man and a tall, beautiful woman. You're going to be enchanted, and I'm sure ashamed, but we'll all have a good laugh, and we can be on our way.”

The hunters sat on large rocks in the middle of the cave. Ty watched the biggest man's watch and the other picked up Sheila so she could view his.

The second hands moved slowly – much too slowly to suit Ty and Sheila – around the watches. 

The first minute seemed to take five. The second was an eternity, but eventually there was but five seconds left.

Then four, three, two, one, and, finally, the second hand passed twelve.

“It's one a.m.,” noted Ty with great relief as he transformed from the two foot tall wolf into a six foot tall man. Sheila slipped to the floor and was dazzling as she once again became a tall, lovely woman, no longer a tiny cat.

“See,” cried Ty triumphantly, but he gasped in frightened dismay as he found he was looking into the blue-green eyes of a hungry crocodile and the yellow eyes of a ferocious jaguar.


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Published November 13, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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  'Tis the Season

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Oh my aching back.

‘Tis the season to start seeds. So says my friend with the farm, so I am taking his advice. This morning I grabbed all my old egg cartons and planted most of the seeds I got from the US and England.

Some of them are old friends – cucumbers, spaghetti squash, and watermelon. Some are truly new to my garden. I have planted asparagus from root but never from seed so I intend to baby them as much as I can. Brussel sprouts and artichokes are also in the “never before” category.

Then there are things that I have never heard of like “Maravilla de Verano” lettuce. This one is really special and we found it in England. The lettuce was developed in Italy to grow in the warmer climates around the Mediterranean including Sicily and even Morocco. Since Metric Man loves crunchy lettuce, we thought we should give it a try.

Even the soil was special today. It is a serious mix of truly cured compost with lots of castings from red wigglers and light orange clay. Clay? This is clay brought up from the depths by my old enemies, leaf cutter ants. Clay is full of minerals and the leaf cutters bring it to the surface in tiny little bites when they dig a nest. Mix those little bites with your compost and it should give any plant a natural head start. We shall see. If you decide to try the “cutter clay,” make sure you keep it dry until you use it or it will clump. Clumping is bad, fluffy is good, so store it under cover.

My farming friend also said, “’Tis the season to prune your fruit trees.” Hey my trees still have fruit on them. “No problem,” says he. “Leave the branches that are still fruiting alone.” Well, okay. So now we have a local expert out pruning the orchard. We have to admit the citrus do need pruning (they also need to be left alone by leaf cutters), so we shall see how this all turns out.

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He did have some final words on citrus. Do not top fertilize! Top fertilizing is spreading fertilizer on the ground. He says that just feeds the grass (okay we admit the grass looks good). His advice is to take a piece of plastic pipe, angle one end for easy insertion into the soil, shove it in about 6 inches and pour the liquid fertilizer directly into soil. Do that in several places around the trees and they should fruit like mad.

Okay, we’ll try it, but, oh, my aching back.

Plant for the Week
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It’s a mystery that’s what it is. A beautiful ginger-looking flower with a round leaf that I found in tangled undergrowth when I was out looking for orchids. Well, I love a mystery so I clipped some and took them home to see if I could find it in a book somewhere. No luck, so I put it out on the web sites where gardeners hang out. Still no luck, here it is. The leaves are fairly thick and from 3-4 inches. The flowers are vary to about 4 inches and are not perfumed. Maybe you recognize it??





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Real estate for sale (paid category)

44 LOTS FOR SALE IN GATED COMMUNITY

PLAYA AVELLANA, TAMARINDO, GUANACASTE
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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys.  Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground

Water: The project has its own well and a 13,200 Gallon storage tank.

Security: Guard lives on the premises. Perimeter enclosure.

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Lot Sizes around 250m2 / 2700 sq. ft.

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Etlinger Farm rollover
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
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Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

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

9284-3/22/18   

Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
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

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In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

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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


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A.M. Costa Rica

Seventh News Page Business
Published November 13, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Arrival of new companies would generate at least 1,000 new jobs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Edwards Lifesciences company announced the construction of its new plant in the Zona Franca de la Lima de Cartago. This would generate at least 1,000 new jobs in the area.

The company, which manufactures and exports medical devices, indicated that an investment of $100 million will be made in the coming months.

The national authorities have already reached an agreement with the firm so it can begin the process of hiring 100 people. The agreement is part of the Empléate project.

Interested young people will be trained through a project of the National Technical University (UTN) which already has the profiles required by the labor market and the information provided by Zona Franca La Lima and Edwards Lifesciences.

Those interested in the National Learning Institute (INA) can apply for training.

"We are pleased to participate in an event in which we are providing training opportunities to 300 young people in the province and also announce the hiring of the first 100 people," said Alfredo Hasbum, Minister of Labor and Social Security.

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The company develops high tech medical devices for clients around the world.


Costa Rica is one of the leading exporters of medical devices in the Latin American region.

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