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Legislator dies in car accident

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Liberationist deputy for Guanacaste, Juan Rafael Marín Quirós, 54, died this morning when his vehicle collided with the protection wall of the toll station of the General Cañas highway, in Río Segundo de Alajuela.

Initially, it is presumed that the vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai Tucson model, was traveling with excessive speed.

"At the moment we believe that the fact is totally accidental, there is no element that indicates something strange, the car arrives very quickly at the toll zone, we do not find any braking marks, we are going to wait for the autopsy result", said Alberto Palma, head of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) of Alajuela.

The accident occurred at 2:51 a. m., according to the registry of toll security cameras. The impact was serious and, according to preliminary information from the Red Cross and fire department, the person in the vehicle was initially trapped. He was removed from the vehicle, but then went into cardiorespiratory arrest.

Firemen reported that a doctor, who was with the paramedics, gave him assistance and performed CPR, but minutes later declared him dead.

The Fire Department confirmed that inside the vehicle they found the metal plate that identifies the deputies of the legislature. Officers of the Public Force confirmed with the Legislative Assembly that it was the number assigned to the deceased.

Allan Castro, administrator of the toll on the General Cañas highway, said that Odir Morales was the worker who was in booth # 2 at the time of the accident, where the car hit.

"What counts is that everything happened very fast, he only heard the sound of a car approaching and when he felt it was the blow against the wall of the house," he said.

The official added: "In the video system is recorded (the crash), the cameras show a spectacular collision against the wall, it looks quite strong, neither of the two booths were damaged by this fact."

The accident caused booths 1 and 2 (those on the left) to be out of service, so long lines became evident at 4 a. m. At 5:30 p.m. the row of cars in the San José-Alajuela direction reached near the Intel facilities. Soon after, the congestion was released.

The car was removed from the scene at 7:30 a.m. and by 8 a.m. all four lanes were open.

Two years ago, on October 27, 2015, at 3:30 a. m. Pablo Fonseca Barboza, 27, who was traveling at high speed in a Toyota Hilux car, also hit a tollbooth and died.

On that occasion it was determined that the car hit the cement protection of one of the casetillas and then, due to a rebound effect, collided with the other one. “Casetillas” are the concrete boundaries that guide cars to the booths.

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This is the second accident at the toll booth
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Juan Rafael Marín Quirós began his political career began in his home town, where he was mayor in the years 2003 and 2010.

Between 2010 and 2013, he was Minister of Decentralization and Executive President of the Institute of Municipal Development and Advisory (IFAM), under the government of Laura Chinchilla.

He had a degree in Business Administration and a bachelor's degree in Law.

Ronny Monge, comrade of the National Liberation faction, posted on Facebook's social network: "It's been many years since I met him in his beloved Hojancha, many times we met, others separated but he was always there. The plenary and I never thought that it would be the last pat on the back that I would give him.”

Former president Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014), for whom Marín worked as Decentralization Minister, placed a message on Twitter: "Thank you, dear Juan Marín, for your services to the country and for your last legacy in the protection of water resources. It's a pleasure to have you in my cabinet, my heartfelt condolences to your estimable family. "

Deputy Ottón Solís, of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), characterized the liberationist in a publication on his Facebook profile, as a tireless, committed and incessant worker.

The flag at the national pavilion located in front of the Blue Castle, seat of the presidency of the Legislative Assembly, was flying at half-staff this morning.

The deputy's body will be moved by 2 p.m. to the Congress building, where it will be viewed for two hours in the legislative plenary, as befits the congressmen or ex-congressmen. The body will then be transferred to Hojancha.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. this Friday, according to the press office of the Liberationist caucus.
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


This is the first time in the country's history that some of its most valuable Costa Rican documents have entered the international Memory of the World register, the program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Culture (UNESCO).

The documents that enter this registry are considered of great importance not only for a town or a region, but for the whole humanity. The documents that were taken into the registry are related to the abolition of the army and the Central American Court of Justice.

"It is no small thing that the country has achieved this scope after so many processes. It is an extraordinary achievement, it is not normal for this to happen," said President Solis in an official announcement about the entry of documents to the registry.

During the event, which took place during the morning at the National Archive, senior leaders were present, including the Communication and Information specialist of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jamion Knight, who said that on behalf of the agency, they recognize that the incorporation of the documents is the result of the excellence of the work that has been done by the National Committee and the National Cooperation of Costa Rica with UNESCO.

"Now Costa Rica is part of the growing list of countries that have been registered in the world registry. The initiative is aimed at preserving the documentary heritage of the world, which is found in archives, museums," said the specialist.
 
The Memory of the World Register is a list of documentary heritage that has been approved by the International Consultative Committee and ratified by the Director General of UNESCO as an element that meets the criteria for selecting documentary heritage considered of global importance .

The announcement of the new documents that make up the registry took place in Paris, on October 30, after the releases of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Program.

This group is composed of 14 experts who examined candidates from around the world and in the end determined that accepted 78 documents, among which are the Costa Rican documents.

Abolition of the army papers include Decree No. 249 of the Founding Board of the Second Republic (October 11, 1949). That decree transfers the building known as the “Bella Vista Barracks” to the University of Costa Rica and stipulates that the building be used for a national museum.

With regard to the Central American Court of Justice, the documents entered include: registry books, letters, trial files, lists, regulations, newspaper articles, and other printed matter.
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These are the official documents of the abolition of the Costa Rican Army after the civil war led by former president José Figueres Ferrer.

"The inclusion of the documents postulated by the National Archive in the Registry is of the utmost importance because it is considered a recognition of the documentary heritage that the institution guarded, its authenticity, significance, rarity and relevance of the peoples of the world," commented Virginia Chacón, director of the National Archive.

The President of the Republic Luis Guillermo Solís, the First Lady Mercedes Peñas Domingo, the Minister of Culture and Youth, Sylvie Durán and the Director of the National Archive, Virginia Chacón, were present at the official presentation of the documentary collections. In addition to national authorities, representatives of the Legislative Assembly, Diplomatic Corps, Rectors of Universities, specialists and collaborators of the National Archive were also present. The documents that arrive at the registry can be registered for their importance in three different levels: national, regional and international.

There are other Costa Rican documents recognized at national level such as the Figueroa Album, the library of Prof. Carlos Méndez (located in the Historical Research Center of the History School of the University of Costa Rica) and the Death Registry of the Campaign of 1856. According to the director of the National Archive, it is expected that other documents may go through a similar process and be incorporated.

"The Archive generates at least one per year nationally and internationally, for example the documents of the National Company - which is Central American - will undoubtedly be recognized at the national and regional levels. Maybe it could become international.”  He highlighted the interest of incorporating others such as Franklin Chang, who is the first Latin American to have flown into space, or the Costa Rican scientist Clodomiro Picado, internationally recognized for his research and discoveries.

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Libertarians found guilty of fraud


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Libertarian Movement must pay ¢209 million to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) due to collecting money for fictitious trainings in the 2010 election campaign.

The Third Chamber decided on Wednesday to impose the fine which had been appealed in October 2015.

"The reasons admitted by the Chamber were in terms of the configuration of the crime of fraud and lack of substantiation," reported the press office of the Judiciary.

According to the statement, the Chamber’s decision does not affect the ruling issued by the Court of Appeal of Goicoechea, which had resolved, on July 11, 2016, to review the sentences imposed on two ex-leaders of the Libertarian Movement.

That sentence found Ronaldo Alfaro (he served as general secretary of the Libertarian), Roger Segura (sub-treasurer), and Carlos Solano (secretary of training) all guilty of collecting ¢ 209 million of the political debt through a structure of "ghost training" with 191 false documents. The sentence was issued on October 23, 2015.

In addition to the economic damage against the state for ¢ 209 million, libertarians must pay ¢ 67 million for interest, ¢ 32 million for costs for persons and ¢600,000 for personal fees and costs.

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The sentence arrives some months before the presidential election of February 2018.


It was not necessary for the Court of Judgment to define the social damage, which was declared by the Court of Appeal.

Alfaro was sentenced to eight years in prison and is currently on remand. Segura was sentenced to five years (died due to health problems), and Solano to three years.

Although the judges confirmed the guilt of both, they asked to define again the number of years of prison for each defendant.

The new trial to define the penalties are pending.

The opinion of the Libertarian President Danilo Cubero was sought, but his cell phone appeared to be off.


Heavy rains trigger a green alert through the country


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) has decreed a green alert for the entire Pacific region due to atmospheric instability. The said instability is caused due to our proximity in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, explained the CNE.

On Wednesday, the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reported that continuous downpours in the North Pacific, Central and South Pacific Areas are possible.

As for the Central Valley, isolated showers with amounts between 10-35 mm are expected in the afternoons, mainly in mountainous areas.

The CNE recommends the populations of the South, Central and North Pacific take precautionary measures in areas vulnerable to flood
ing, monitor the weather conditions and to be alert to information from the authorities. In case of thunderstorms and strong gusts of wind, taking shelter in safe places is recommended.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) reports about 10 incidents as a result of heavy downpours mainly in Guanacaste.

According to Sigifredo Pérez, Chief of Operations of the CNE, during the night and early morning incidents were recorded in Grecia, Puriscal, Parrita,
and Guatuso. In the south zone, specifically in the canton of Golfito, there were cases of saturation of sewage systems.

"The emergency committees are activated and attending the emergencies that have been registered. At the moment there are no authorized shelters nor has there been a requirement for supplies," Pérez said.

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Some places in Guanacaste have been severely affected, such as Santa Cruz, Tilarán, Bagaces and Cuajiniquil.

The CNE reported that the Professional Technical College of 27 de Abril in Santa Cruz was severely impacted by the heavy rains, while in Río Chombo in Soley de Cuajiniquil, lessons had to be suspended.

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The National Symphonic Orchestra wins Latin Grammy Award


By A.M Costa Rica staff

During a ceremony held in Las Vegas, the National Symphony Orchestra won its first Latin Grammy for the best classical music album, according to the AP news agency.

The orchestra won the prize with the album Música de Compositores Costarricenses Vol. 2.

The production was directed by the Costa Rican Eddie Mora and produced by Carlos "Pipo" Chaves. The album contains works by composers Carlos Enrique Vargas, William Porras, Carlos Castro and Alejandro Cardona.

The Orchestra competed against the musical works Alta Gracia (Nathalie Peña Comas), Dixit Dominus: Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel (Jordi Savall), Horacio Gutiérrez Plays Chopin & Schumann (Horacio Gutiérrez) and Textures From The North Of South (In-Hong Cha ).

The Costa Rican pieces also nominated for the Latin Grammy awards
were by Maribel Guardia and Debi Nova.

"The Grammy is well deserved for our National Symphony Orchestra in the classical music category,  It is an unprecedented recognition that reflects well the commitment of our country to culture with many decades. President Luis Guillermo Solis said on his twitter account.

The album Música de Compositores Costarricenses Vol. 2 contains the works “Sinfonía en mi menor op. 17” (1945), by Carlos Enrique Vargas; “Rhapsody for Orchestra” (1975), by William Porras; “Serenade of the Moon” for viola and strings (with Winnie Berg, as soloist in the viola), by Carlos Castro and “Son Meztizo II” for orchestra, by Alejandro Cardona.

The musicians from the Symphony Orchestra, led by maestro Eddie Mora, participated.

Singer Debi Nova and singer Maribel Guardia were also nominated for Latin Gramm
ies this year, but won no prizes.


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The orchestra competed against four other groups in the classical music category.

In the past, the Latin Recording Academy has rewarded Costa Rican musical talent.

The collaborations between the Panamanian Rubén Blades and the group of Costa Rican musicians Éditus Ensamble received the Latin Grammy for their work on the album Mundo (2003), in the category best contemporary tropical album. The Ticos also supported Blades with their albums Mundo y Tiempos, which won American Grammys.

The composer Carlos Castro received in 2008 the Latin Grammy for best contemporary classical composition thanks to “Concierto del sol” for guitar and orchestra. In 2014, the Christian singer Danilo Montero won recognition for the best Christian music album in Spanish for the production “La carta Perfecta.”
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Bigger works on Ruta 32 start on Monday

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Road Council (CONAVI), will begin with the work of extension and rehabilitation of 107 kilometers of the route 32, between the crossing of Rio Frio and the Lemon Center.

This work will allow CHEC to import machinery, install their camps, asphalt plants, concrete and sources of materials, clean the right of way and initiate the cutting of trees, so that the first work in the field will be visible starting in January.  

"We have not stopped working in all the preconditions that are required to materialize this work, while CHEC moved forward with the designs, we, as Administration have focused on aspects such as coordination with other institutions for the relocation of public services, hiring of the archaeological study, the cadastral survey of the expropriations, among others,” explained the Minister of Transport, Germán Valverde.

Engineer Kenneth Solano, Manager of the Route 32 Executing Unit, added that while CHEC is moving forward with these first tasks, Conavi will be responsible for the financing and relocation of most of the public services, whether in design, construction or both, as a way to guarantee that the work will not suffer delays.

The archaeological study requested as part of the environmental component of the project is also being performed, and should be ready in the first quarter of 2018. The study will be carried out by zones in parallel with the construction in order to guarantee the protection of the heritage that may exist within  the limits of the project.

In addition, Conavi, in coordination with the National System of Conservation Areas, formalized the protocol for the cutting of trees of the project, which considers inventories by zones, prior to the cutting work, as well as the procedures for the disposal of trees, whether timber or non-timber, to ensure the transparency of the project complies with national legislation.
Rectangulo110117.jpg
32Rute11717.jpg
Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo   
...
Ruta 32 is among the most important
routes in the country.


To execute the work, approximately 1,400 properties have been identified that require total or partial expropriation. However, actions are planned to reduce the number of expropriations wherever possible, in order to speed up the project.

In addition to the construction and rehabilitation of 107 kilometers of four-lane highway, from the crossing of Río Frío to Limón, the work includes the construction of 36 new bridges and the reinforcement of existing ones.


It also highlights the inclusion of 24 pedestrian bridges, bays for buses, 18 accesses to existing streets to the main road and railings type New Jersey, to separate vehicular flows. In addition, bike paths, marginal routes and rain evacuation systems will be available.

Also included in the project are aerial and terrestrial wildlife passages, in areas identified in the previous studies, which would guarantee a decrease in the death of animals due to collisions with vehicles.

There is an investment of $ 465 million in the works, of which $ 396 million are a loan from the Eximbank of China and a national contribution of $69 million. The construction will last for 34 months.

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Hidden
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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


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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
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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

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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.

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Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

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

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• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
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Real estate rentals (paid category)

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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        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. 
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Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
 Tom in the USA 803-261-6000
Email: Info@FineFurnitureOfSarchi.com


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Shipping
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Send us your:
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Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
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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.
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-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
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-Correspondents of WILLIS.
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Rica
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Published November 17, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Alcohol sales in mini-markets to be outlawed

By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new bill, that was ruled positively by the Permanent Special Commission on Children, Youth and Adolescents at the Legislative Assembly, aims to eliminate the licenses the mini-supers have had to sell alcoholic beverages.

This is the law # 19916, which corrects an alleged error contained in the liquor law that was enacted in 2012.
The earlier law did not establish appropriate limits according to the legislator.

The bill refers specifically to mini-supermarkets that are located in areas of residential use, but it also prohibits the sale of alcohol in businesses that are less than 100 meters from educational centers, hospitals or clinics.

The head of faction of the Citizens Action Party, Javier Cambronero Arguedas, said the project seeks to improve current legislation to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages
more effectively.

"The norm that regulates alcoholic beverages did not take into account the particular conditions of the mini-super. That's why now we often find people drinking liquor on the sidewalks near those establishments. What we have then is a disastrous combination of factors that causes problems in residential areas and near educational centers or hospitals," said the legislator.

Alcohol111717.jpg
Wikipedia photo        
The project seeks to improve current legislation to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages more effectively.

Another proposal of the bill is to return to the Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence the control over the advertising related to the commercialization of alcoholic beverages, because the commission that currently has this duty has had people involved with companies with direct interest in the matter.

A.M. Costa Rica's reader opinion

Exactly WHO is setting the fines for all the traffic tickets and now, Uber ticket?

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

$4,000 fine for driving an Uber?   This is an absurd amount of money. While some gringos might be able to pay $4000 I do not know too many Tico's who could.   By setting fines so high for all the traffic related offenses, the government is encouraging the corruption of its process.   Who won't offer efectivo to a police officer when faced with a fine in the hundreds or thousands of dollars (or in the millions of colones).

The reality of Uber is that the public LOVES it for its ease of use and it's economy.  All the government employees who are taking up the red taxi banner might find themselves out of a job when their voting public decide to boot them out of a job for eliminating Uber.

One Uber driver said it best.   If the government wants to tax the Uber drivers let them do it.   Just let all the men and women who have suddenly been able to earn a living in this crazy economy continue to do so.   Tax the Uber drivers, require enrollment and let them pay a reasonable amount of money in taxes.  But let them continue to earn a living and let all the ticos and expats continue to use an amazingly convenient service.  Their cars are newer and nicer than the taxis.  Most of the drivers are more courteous and friendly.  And being able to summon an Uber with a phone app beats the taxi option hands over fists!  In fact some Ticos I have spoken to say the only way they can get a taxi is to walk from home to a hotel that is serviced my taxis.   

This is a plea to common sense.  I urge the Costa Rican legislators and bureaucrats to approach this regulatory issue with common sense.  The two systems can coexist.

Gary Keenan
Heredia, Costa Rica


Money giving L.B.G.T. people human rights that they already have

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

While our country is undergoing the effects of storm Nate we are using valuable human effort and money giving L.B.G.T. people human rights that they already have. Of course human rights are important to all of us and not just to special interest groups.

We do not need the division and the confusion that is in North America.

Costa Rica is a traditional Catholic country with those traditions, which is why I am here. Me, not being a Catholic, does not give me the right to ask them to change. In my opinion neither does being Lesbian or gay. I sincerely hope that the government stand their ground and deal with basic human rights only.

Larry T. Rivest 
Playa del Coco, Guanacaste.

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
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
Phone: (506) 8868-5561
 Watch book trailer here:
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 out 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

Furlong102317.jpg

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 


The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2017 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission.
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details

 
A.M.
Costa
Rica
Fifth
news page


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

Alcohol sales in mini-markets to be outlawed

By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new bill, that was ruled positively by the Permanent Special Commission on Children, Youth and Adolescents at the Legislative Assembly, aims to eliminate the licenses the mini-supers have had to sell alcoholic beverages.

This is the law # 19916, which corrects an alleged error contained in the liquor law that was enacted in 2012.
The earlier law did not establish appropriate limits according to the legislator.

The bill refers specifically to mini-supermarkets that are located in areas of residential use, but it also prohibits the sale of alcohol in businesses that are less than 100 meters from educational centers, hospitals or clinics.

The head of faction of the Citizens Action Party, Javier Cambronero Arguedas, said the project seeks to improve current legislation to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages
more effectively.

"The norm that regulates alcoholic beverages did not take into account the particular conditions of the mini-super. That's why now we often find people drinking liquor on the sidewalks near those establishments. What we have then is a disastrous combination of factors that causes problems in residential areas and near educational centers or hospitals," said the legislator.

Alcohol111717.jpg
Wikipedia photo        
The project seeks to improve current legislation to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages more effectively.

Another proposal of the bill is to return to the Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence the control over the advertising related to the commercialization of alcoholic beverages, because the commission that currently has this duty has had people involved with companies with direct interest in the matter.

A.M. Costa Rica's reader opinion

Exactly WHO is setting the fines for all the traffic tickets and now, Uber ticket?

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

$4,000 fine for driving an Uber?   This is an absurd amount of money. While some gringos might be able to pay $4000 I do not know too many Tico's who could.   By setting fines so high for all the traffic related offenses, the government is encouraging the corruption of its process.   Who won't offer efectivo to a police officer when faced with a fine in the hundreds or thousands of dollars (or in the millions of colones).

The reality of Uber is that the public LOVES it for its ease of use and it's economy.  All the government employees who are taking up the red taxi banner might find themselves out of a job when their voting public decide to boot them out of a job for eliminating Uber.

One Uber driver said it best.   If the government wants to tax the Uber drivers let them do it.   Just let all the men and women who have suddenly been able to earn a living in this crazy economy continue to do so.   Tax the Uber drivers, require enrollment and let them pay a reasonable amount of money in taxes.  But let them continue to earn a living and let all the ticos and expats continue to use an amazingly convenient service.  Their cars are newer and nicer than the taxis.  Most of the drivers are more courteous and friendly.  And being able to summon an Uber with a phone app beats the taxi option hands over fists!  In fact some Ticos I have spoken to say the only way they can get a taxi is to walk from home to a hotel that is serviced my taxis.   

This is a plea to common sense.  I urge the Costa Rican legislators and bureaucrats to approach this regulatory issue with common sense.  The two systems can coexist.

Gary Keenan
Heredia, Costa Rica


Money giving L.B.G.T. people human rights that they already have

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

While our country is undergoing the effects of storm Nate we are using valuable human effort and money giving L.B.G.T. people human rights that they already have. Of course human rights are important to all of us and not just to special interest groups.

We do not need the division and the confusion that is in North America.

Costa Rica is a traditional Catholic country with those traditions, which is why I am here. Me, not being a Catholic, does not give me the right to ask them to change. In my opinion neither does being Lesbian or gay. I sincerely hope that the government stand their ground and deal with basic human rights only.

Larry T. Rivest 
Playa del Coco, Guanacaste.

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
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
Phone: (506) 8868-5561
 Watch book trailer here:
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 out 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

Furlong102317.jpg

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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Published November 17, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Costa Rica and United Nations join forces
to provide technical assistance to other countries


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Costa Rica and the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), presented a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this Thursday, November 16, at the Foreign Ministry.

The MoU, which was signed last July in Rome, expresses the commitment of both parties to strengthen assistance in the areas of technologies, experiences and knowledge related to agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries, agro-industry, food and nutrition security, promotion of youth employment, social protection, territorial rural development, sustainable management of natural resources and climate change.

Carmen Claramunt, Interim Director of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship affirmed that "for Costa Rica as a cataloged country of medium income, with important structural gaps, the processes of triangulation not only serve to transfer that knowledge to other developing countries, but also so that the country can benefit from the experience of others. "

Octavio Ramírez, Coordinator of FAO in Costa Rica, said that, "within the priorities of the cooperation framework between Costa Rica and FAO, South-South Cooperation was established as a priority axis, given the country's institutional capacities and human talent".

The mechanism proposed to implement these collaborations is the Triangular Cooperation, through which Costa Rica is willing to send technical experts who will train personnel from institutions in other countries of the global south. This work will be carried out with the support of a third agency, in this case FAO.

The FAO South-South Cooperation Portal is a platform for exchanging information on a wide range of institutions including specialized knowledge on food and agriculture in the countries of the South.

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The signature of the document confirms the engagement of the parties.

The National Institute for Women (INAMU), the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) are part of this platform that facilitates Triangular Cooperation among its member countries.

The Vice Minister of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Patricia Madrigal stated, "the Memorandum of Understanding allows Costa Rica to share with other countries the lessons learned and initiatives such as the Payment for Environmental Services Program, the Sustainable Biodiversity Fund and the rehabilitation of degraded areas."

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