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Former ombudsman goes to trial after being charged for 104 felonies

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff



The Criminal Court of Goicoechea decided to bring to trial a criminal case against the former country's ombudsman, Ofelia Taitelbaum Yoselewich.



This was confirmed on Monday by the press office of the Public Prosecutor's Office, the body that accused her of committing 104 crimes.



According to the accusation of the prosecutor's office, 39 of the alleged crimes are for the use of a false document, another 39 for ideological falsification, 24 for embezzlement and two for coercion.



The case was made public after María de los Ángeles Otárola, a maid living in the Northern Zone, had problems enrolling in the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) in 2014. Authorities at the time told her that her of income was above ¢30 million allowed as an employee. The company that employed her allegedly belonged to Taitelbaum.  Otárola said that was not her income and that she  never received that amount.



The plaintiff provided domestic services to Taitelbaum.



When she consulted with the treasury, she was told that she was part of a company called Inversiones Beyor and was a taxpayer as part of that company. According to records, she had an income in the millions.  



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Taitelbaum also served as legislator
 from 2006 to 2010.



Due to the harsh criticism the former ombudsman resigned her position on July 7, 2014.



In this case the accountant Ileana Vargas, who worked for Taitelbaum, is also accused.
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Solís goes back to work



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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


On Monday, the president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, returned to work after almost one month of absence due to a prostate surgery, according to the Ministry of Presidency.



A spokeswoman for the government said that Solis is already in the Presidential House and that Monday's agenda was filled with audiences in his office. Tuesday he took part in the weekly Government Council.



Solís, 59, went to surgery on October 18 at the private Hospital La Católica to correct an enlarged prostate that, although it was benign, could have meant some risk in the future.



The procedure he went through is called transvesical adenomectomy, which involves removing part of the prostate through the bladder.



During his period of recovery, the presidency was exercised by the first vice president, Helio Fallas, although the president appeared several times on social networks to address important issues.



The doctor in charge of the operation, Mario González, reported, that the president's surgery was as expected and that he did not suffer any complications.

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Luis Guillermo Solís had left the presidential role for a few weeks to undergo surgery.




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Government promises a lot more pressure on Uber drivers




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After a meeting that lasted for almost three hours, transport authorities promised more operations to control illegal taxi services, specifically Uber drivers.



The meeting took place after a demonstration organized by taxi drivers, who complained about the small amount of sanctions against Uber drivers and a reduction in control operations against illegal provision of public transport.



To date, only one Uber driver has been fined, with ¢ 2,017,000, as reported by the Public Services Regulatory Authority.



The director of the Traffic Police, Mario Calderón, explained that more presence is sought in areas where there are Uber drivers. However, it must be recognized that there is not enough staff to take proper care of the situation.



The secretary of the Taxi Union, Randall Jiménez, said that there is some feeling of satisfaction with the results of this meeting as there were promises, but that they expected concrete measures, as the economic income of the so-called Red Force has been greatly affected.




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  Regular taxi drivers have claimed that up to 1,000 of their families have been negatively impacted by Uber operations.
 
Heads of traffic police who participated in the meeting explained that during this year, 54,639 accidents were attended throughout the country, which implies a transfer of officers to different areas that,  prevented the possibility of engaging in other actions.




A huge Puntarenas sign awaits tourists’ cameras




By A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of 2018,  visitors will have a special place to take their pictures when they are in the Paseo de los Turistas, located on the coast of Puntarenas.



Monday, the Costa Rican Institute of Ports in the Pacific (INCOP) started a project called “Photographic parador.” The name of the province will be constructed of 10 concrete letters of 1.5 meters high and 1.2 meters wide.



The letters will be separated by 30 centimeters and will spell the word PUNTARENAS. They will rest on a curved concrete pedestal 1.8 meters wide.



Each monolithic piece will be built from solid concrete and will be fully reinforced with steel.



The letters will have a decorative ceramic mural to enhance its attractiveness and will be protected from external agents like landslides and other hazards. The ceramic will also protect the concrete from the impact of the Pacific climate.

The design theme should narrate unique episodes that transcend time.



According to the INCOP, an artist of "extensive knowledge and experience in this technique and in creating works of art in public spaces" will be hired for the project.



The space will also be have 10 cube-type concrete benches. The seats will also be made in concrete, but their surfaces will be smooth and without edges, in order to avoid damage to the clothes of the people who sit on them.

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The artistic works will be unveiled as of Jan.15, 2018.


The benches will be placed in spaces integrated to the design of the letters.



The mural will be unveiled the second week of January 2018.




The project will be kept clean by a team with hydro-washing machines which will remove dust, vegetation, oils, fats and dirt that could mar the project.



"More than a project, it is a sculpture that will strengthen the identity of Puntarenas and that will beautify its maritime front with the generation of a new public spaces, improving the tourist experience in the city," said Roger Ríos, president of Incop

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The works will be financed with resources from the trust INCOP-ICT-BNCR.



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Water scarcity will continue to affect Athens neighbors


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The water scarcity affecting about 20,000 residents of Atenas, in the Province of Alajuela is expected to continue for  up to four more months.  

This is the delay time that the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) estimates after the imposition of a precautionary measure by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.

Residents of Tacares de Grecia filed a complaint before the magistrates to prevent the cutting of trees in the park Los Chorros. Removal of the trees and their root systems is considered essential in order to bring water flow up to 60 liters per second from this area to Atenas.

The previous week, the Constitutional Chamber also accepted for study a complaint of unconstitutionality on the same subject.

The deputy manager of the AyA, Manuel Salas, said that this situation causes great concern because the project is urgent to solve the needs of the residents, who sometimes only get two hours of water supply.

Salas said the original plan was to complete the works before the arrival of the dry season when the situation in the canton of Alajuela becomes worse.

The actions reviewed by the Constitutional Chamber have to do with Decree No. 40675-MINAE, which lets the AyA enter Los Chorros Park to place a pipeline system that allows water to be brought to Atenas. The mandate also allows the cutting of trees including species declared close or in danger of extinction.

Salas clarified that it is only four trees that must be removed and one of them has already fallen due to the effects of tropical storm Nate.

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A constitutional appeal has slowed works required to guarantee water supply.


"We do not understand why there is an opposition for cutting three trees in an area of more than 40 hectares. Others have also complained that a park in which we are going to use trails will be damaged. It seems to me that we have fallen into exaggeration, to distortion, and this is leading us to have Costa Ricans in very critical conditions," he said


Within the mitigation plans being considered is work that does not require the cutting of species. The Aya say they even want to preserve them.

Salas emphasized that despite the opposition that may arise, they will continue with the project, since it is of great necessity for the affected populations.
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Half of driving students fail their tests




By A.M Costa Rica staff

Exactly 53%, or slightly more than half of the people who take the driving test, fail, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT).



Out of that total, 35% get less than 80 points and 18% do not show up to take the test.



This is the factor that increases the waiting lists.



The MOPT said that the number of people who fail the examination is about 40,000. All of these drivers must be returned to a waiting list.



Hugo Jiménez, Director of Road Education, explained that anxiety is a common element among people who fail. Better preparation for the test can reduce the anxiety and allow for more positive results.  

"We have on our website www.educacionvial.go.cr a summary of the absences that are evaluated since 2014 by regulation, the interested party can download that list and review, for example, the aspects that his vehicle must meet in order not to lose any points for mechanical issues ... also since last year we provide all the external routes that are evaluated according to each location so that the citizen can practice them ... we are interested that the person who presents to perform the test is well prepared, no one benefits from lost tests," Jiménez explained.



However, a bigger source of worries for the authorities is the number of appointments that are wasted because the interested party simply does not show up. From January to September of this year, there were 20,191 missed tests, that is 18% of the appointments available.

"On average, in the first 9 months of the year, we released about 12,375 appointments per month, but had more than 20,000 absentees a year . It’s like closing our 13 premises for a month and a half," said the director of Education Vial.



"Through an email up to 5 days before the appointment, the user who will not attend can reverse its appointment meaning that their money is released so that they can re-register and the system allows the use of that slot for another person”

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Anxiety is one of the causes that keep first time drivers from getting their license.

Since the beginning of last year a reminder system has been in place. People with appointments can register to receive an email or phone alert about their testing appointment.



"Of course we are interested in increasing our staff and facilities to serve a greater number of people," said Jiménez.



The MOPT reminded those interested in the process to cancel the appointment of the practical test.



At least five working days before the test the user must send the email to cancelacion.citas@mopt.go.cr  with a copy of his identity card and a letter requesting cancellation of the test. The note must specify full name, ID number, a contact telephone number and the respective’s signature.



Currently this option to cancel the appointment can also be done by completing the form contained in the website of Education Vial, http://www.educacionvial.go.cr/Servicios/Paginas/Cancelar-cita.aspx



After three work days, the user can re-enter the system and re-register for an appointment.




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Ethnicity worsens discrimination against Costa Rican women



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Inequality hits not only by gender, but also by ethnicity.  Many people can suffer double or triple discrimination. Afro-descendant women in Latin America suffer from this problem in their efforts to find work and educational opportunities.



In Costa Rica, for every Afro-costarican male who does not study or work, there are almost four Afro-costarican women in the same situation. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) made this comparison for the young population, and found deep gaps.



In regional terms, of the 30 million young Latin Americans who are not studying or employed in the labor market, more than 70% are women. The agency draws attention to the fact that in many cases women left work or school due to motherhood.



A woman often "finds difficulties to return to its [her] activities, due to the lack of support to take care of their children, that is to say, due to the high load of unpaid domestic work that they assume.”  It is part of the highlights of the report Gaps, Axes and Challenges.



The document in particular considers the ethnic dimension and confirms the interweaving of inequalities: gender and ethnicity. ECLAC considered the information available from 2010 censuses from 11 countries.



The document was prepared by ECLAC for the Second Meeting of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by the Commission, the Ministry of Social Development of Uruguay and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  It took place on Wednesday, October 25.



The report detailed that less than 3 of every 10 households in Latin America are in a situation of minimum levels of “double inclusion”, that is, they meet the minimum of social and labor inclusion simultaneously.



Quince Duncan has researched and advocated for the promotion of ethnic rights.



The Costa Rican Afro-Latin population battles every day with discrimination. "The socioeconomic situation in which thousands of people of African descent live in Costa Rica shows evident signs of lag in comparison with the rest of the population," concluded his 2013 publication about the socioeconomic situation of the Afro-descendant population of Costa Rica.


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According to the study, even highly educated Afro-Latin women struggle to find a job, mostly because of gender and ethnicity.


This lag is manifested with greater intensity in the educational dimension. Based on the analysis of the data from the National Population and Housing Censuses carried out in 2011, the document concluded that "people of African descent, especially those residing in rural areas, are among those who suffer most from the negative effects of school dropout ".



Difficulties in access to education are always accompanied by future low-skilled and low-paid jobs. This report alerted Duncan: Afro-Latins, "must overcome the social prejudices linked to their ethnic condition, and also to their gender status in the case of Afro-descendant women"

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Duncan, as recognized defender and promoter of ethnic rights, said that there are a large percentage of black women with high education but that  a large portion of the lower positions are occupied by Afro-Costa Rican women.



"Our conclusion is that they get their degrees but they do not get the job. The explanation is the ethnic question. They are women who have a much higher education, "said Duncan, based on the Census data. The researcher and writer added that in Limón there is a significant population of women who are out of the medical insurance system.



Duncan, who has worked as Presidential Commissioner for Afro-descendants Affairs, emphasized the difficulty that Afro-Latins have in finding employment is very real. He even recalled that one study found that kind of discrimination in the attitude of employers.



7.8% of the population in Costa Rica is African descendant.



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Sample Video of the tour HERE

Toll Free from U.S. 877-884-2502 or 800-365-2342
Costa Rica LANDLINE 011-506-2261-8892
Costa Rica MOBILE 011-506-8849-0081
Skype: costarisa - E-mail: christopher@costaricabooks.com

All tours led by Christopher Howard
Costa Rica’s most read relocation author
See www.liveincostarica.com for details and itineraries
9168-3/17/17


Hidden
                                Garden
Visit the Largest Gallery in Costa Rica
Featuring artistic expressions of Costa Rican culture, heritage and traditions, the Hidden Garden Art Gallery has been your source for fine art since 2010.  Here you will find 15 large rooms of art in a beautiful, tranquil setting, with more than 60 artists showcasing traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and giclee prints.  Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) towards the beaches. Stop in for a visit to enjoy the view!

Visit our Web site at:  www.HiddenGardenArt.com
Contact us by email: info@HiddenGardenArt.com
Find us on Trip Advisor, Facebook, Twitter,
Moon Travel Guides & Frommer's

Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel.  8386-6872 / 2667-0592; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073
International shipping available.
9214-8/2/17


George Lundquist header

The Relocation/Retirement tour with the
 *HIGHEST SUCCESS RATE
OF RELOCATION*

 (as reported by the moving companies)
Visit many rental options to actually experience the price/amenity options available in more of the areas chosen by Expats for security, comfort, and quality of life.

Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!
HERE!

Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.

George Lundquist, Retirement, Relocation, and Lifestyle Guide. Email : lundquistgeorge@gmail.com
9113-7/4/17

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Looking for easy booking process for a smooth Costa Rica trip?   We customize wonderful trips to Costa Rica.  We offer you our wealth of knowledge for a great experience . . . a trip of a lifetime!!!

* FAMILY VACATIONS. Our travels take into account the different ages of your family enjoy the most from your Family vacations. Click HERE!

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Contact us: 
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@travelinparadisecr.com
Web:  www.travelinparadisecr.com
8995-4/17/17

218-8/25/17
U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

Summers102317.jpg U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

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

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

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

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

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

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

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

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.
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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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Rica
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Published November 15, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Employers struggle to find technical talent



By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican employers still have difficulties finding the talent they need in certain positions within their companies. They constantly receive resumes from candidates, but very few to none fit the needs or functions of the vacancy.



This continues to happen despite the fact that 97,000 people started working in the last year according to the official Continuous Employment Survey.

"According to the Talent Shortage Survey conducted by ManpowerGroup, companies are having difficulty finding talent in technical jobs (operations and maintenance), sales representatives, information technology personnel and certified workers in some trade," explained Dahiana Arias, country manager of ManpowerGroup in Costa Rica.



From the total of employers surveyed, 35% of them are facing difficulties filling positions within their companies. Among the reasons why they believe it is difficult to find talent are lack of experience, lack of technical skills, candidates with higher salary expectations, lack of candidates and lack of professional skills.



"Among the reasons for the shortage of talent we can also locate the lack of soft skills. Having a flexible attitude, good interpersonal relationships, managing your time properly and good emotional and social intelligence are examples of desirable soft skills in the labor market," said Arias.



Given the shortage of talent that employers face, they are training and developing existing employees to fill vacancies in their companies. 

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AM Costa Rica wire services photo        

Soft skills are also part of the strengths employers seek in candidates.

Among the actions they have undertaken are: providing additional development and training for existing staff, adopting alternative hiring strategies, offering additional benefits, accessing non-traditional recruitment sources, implementing new work models, offering higher salaries or outsourcing staff.


"It is important to recognize that currently the employability depends less on the knowledge acquired and more on the ease of the candidate to learn, apply and adapt," said Arias.



In the region, the talent shortage index of Costa Rica remain low compared to countries such as Panama and Guatemala, where the scarcity figures are 35% and 39% respectively.



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

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

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




Trouble
                with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

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

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


Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES

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

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

    Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley 

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

 Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com

Order this book here: CLICK HERE


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

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

HowardBook

Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
(English and Spanish Edition)


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

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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.

The book is now available for sale CLICK HERE 



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International court deliberates the patrimonial rights
of Costa Rican LGBTIQ population



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By A.M. Costa Rica staff


A new session of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) will be held between November 13 and 24, where a question sent by Costa Rica about the economic rights of same-sex couples will be discussed.



The press officer of the organization confirmed that the request of the country is on the list and that date and time  of the discussion will be released soon. 



In case it is resolved in this period, the resolution will be announced before the end of 2017.



The question, or request for consultation, sent on May 18 of 2016, requests clarification on whether a series of statements of the American Convention on Human Rights should be recognized. The statements pertain to the patrimonial guarantees derived from a link between persons of the same sex, something that already happens in heterosexual couples.



The consultation also seeks to determine if the existence of a legal entity that regulates these relationships is necessary for the granting of said guarantees.



The second part of the consultation, led by the Vice President of the Republic, Ana Helena Chacón, asks the judges to clarify the obligation of the State to recognize and facilitate the change of names of people according to their gender identity through a free, fast and accessible administrative procedure for any individual.



The lawyer and human rights activist, Larissa Arroyo, expressed her satisfaction with the progress in this process and pointed out that it is an important step because it must be obeyed in all governmental policies in favor of the LBGTIQ population.



"This advisory opinion will be decisive for Costa Rica, but not only for Costa Rica, as the Inter-American Court as the legitimate entity to make the interpretation of the American Convention on Human Rights will influence the justice systems of the entire region under the jurisdiction of the American Convention," explained the expert.



Arroyo pointed out that what the Court dictates will be transcendental for the protection of the guarantees that have been denied to the sexually diverse groups.



"I think it is really exciting, as an activist for the human rights of the LGBTI population and as a bisexual woman, to have a weighty legal tool that could somehow settle the discussion about whether or not there is discrimination access to a legal figure such as marriage could be, "added the activist.



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Interamerican Court on Human Rights photo       
...
The hearings take place in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, San Jose.


In May of this year, hearings were held to ascertain the positions of the various sectors involved in the process. The remaining phase is the one that will take place this month.



The answer to the consultation is binding, this means that the Costa Rican State must abide by the disposition of the international tribunal and generate the changes that are considered necessary.



Some institutions have different policies about rights granted to sexually diverse people and want to eradicate discriminatory practices towards this population.  However, when dealing with regulations and decrees, they lack the necessary legal security to prevent future administrations from bringing them down.



The medical assurance of homosexual couples by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) is one of the guarantees recently provided by the State to the LGBTIQ population.




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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.

Construction: No zoning plan. You can build when you want, what you want!

Lot Sizes around 250m2 / 2700 sq. ft.

For detailed information www.montedonato2.com/index

Cell: +506-8479-2384 - US Toll-Free: 1-888-263-2631

-English spoken
- Se habla español
- On parle français
- We spreken Nederlands




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
CODE 9267-9/28/17


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


Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

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

9284-3/22/18   



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

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
Century 21

A Name You Trust,
Professionalism You Deserve

Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Buying? Selling? Renting?
We Can Do It!
Let us help you live your dreams!
Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

 Century 21 Jacó Beach
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
9215-3/22/18


Remax Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
9145-1/2918


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

Link to Playas del Coco listings page HERE

Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

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

Link to Playa Matapalo listings page HERE
Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18
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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
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Costa Rica Penthouse

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 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  
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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 15, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Economic growth halted for the third month in a row



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


For the third consecutive month, the Costa Rican economy slowed down, according to the latest update of the Monthly Index of Economic Activity (Imae), estimated by the Central Bank.



The cycle trend series of the Index presented a year-on-year variation of 2.7% in September 2017, which led to an average growth for the first nine months of the year of 3.6%.



According to the banking authority, the deceleration observed in recent months responds, to a large extent, to the contraction of construction for private clients. 



According to a query made by the Central Bank to professionals in charge of construction projects, the construction slowdown was influenced by the restrictions on access to financing and adverse weather events during the year.



Despite the contraction in the rod and cement industry, all economic activities showed positive rates of change.



The construction industry decreased 12.7% with respect to the level registered a year ago.



This behavior was concentrated in works with a private destination (-17.8%), whose effect was partially offset by the increase in public works (18%).




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A decrease in public and private construction has hit economic indicators.

In the first case, it was the result of the decrease in residential, non-residential and infrastructure projects (mainly urbanizations). This contraction was evident in projected projects that were not started, projects that stagnated, and a low rate of activity in on-going projects. 



There was also a general slowdown in public construction projects including road infrastructure, works of electrical generation, buildings for higher education, systems of supply of drinkable water and sanitary sewage systems.



On a positive note, the port works of the new dock in the Caribbean included new dredging activities and the creation of the island, as well as work in the electromechanical systems, dock and containers yard.




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