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Municipalities get poor ranking by the Comptroller’s office

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The municipalities of Turrubares (26.72) and Los Chiles (28.73)  had the worst management ratings in 2015, according to the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR).

The Municipal Management Index (IGM) is based on information provided by the municipalities and is divided into five categories: institutional management and planning, citizen participation and accountability, management of economic services, management of environmental development and management of social services.

"Community services (cleaning of public roads and sites, parks and ornamental works, storage and treatment of waste) and interinstitutional internal control, are still the areas that pose the greatest challenges for municipalities, with results below 40 points on average," reads the report.

Other municipalities with low grades are Liberia (39.08), Golfito (33.39), and Santa Bárbara (42. 30).


San Carlos heads the list of well-managed municipalities with a grade of 87.84, an improvement of its 2015 grade of 76.58 points. San Carlos is one of  23 municipalities that improved their services and internal controls.

San Rafael rose from 83.91 in 2015 to 84.36 in 2016, while the municipality of Flores (78.86), leads the list of the municipality with the greatest progress.

For 2016, the average score of the 81 municipalities evaluated with the IGM was 54.39,this was a decrease of 4.68 points from scores in 2015.


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Municipal performance is low in the citizens’ participation category.

According to the conclusions of the report, the greatest setbacks occurred in the areas of internal control, accountability and road management.

"The areas of internal control and planning continue to be the lowest ratings of axis 1 and 2, respectively, evidencing the urgent challenge of taking corrective actions to strengthen their management in order to give public resources an efficient use and improve services to the public," the CGR indicated.

Other challenges for local governments include the need to improve in terms of road management, services and social work, mechanisms of citizen participation and financial management.
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Petty thefts won't cause jail time

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Despite criticisms made by deputies and criminal lawyers, a group of legislators insists on a bill that would eliminate jail for those who commit petty thefts for the first time if there is no violence.

The initiative, presented in 2015 by legislators Silvia Sánchez and Karla Prendas, of the National Liberation Party (PLN), took a step forward on Thursday, after being unanimously endorsed by the Security and Narcotrafficking Committee of the Legislative Assembly.

The proposal introduces, for example, a modification to article 208 of the Penal Code that softens the punitive regime and would consider petty theft as a contravention.

Today, convictions can be up to three years in prison for that type of crime.

Currently, Article 208 of the Criminal Code establishes the following: “It shall be punished with imprisonment from one month to three years, whoever seizes property totally or partially from another person without explicit consent."

The proposed reform would leave this text in this other way: "It will be repressed with imprisonment from one month to three years, the one that will illegally seize property, totally or partially from another person unless it is a minor theft contravention.”

A fine of 10 to 60 days would be imposed "when the value of the stolen [item] does not exceed the amount of 20% of the current base salary." If the person repeats the crime, a penalty of 5 to 20 days in prison would be considered.

Those who commit minor thefts would enjoy alternative measures such as doing community service.

Legislator Sanchez, president of the Security and Drug Trafficking Commission, said that the project "seeks to reestablish the contraventions of minor thefts and minor damages, the former with parameters such as the amount, with more proportional penalties and with the possibility of imprisonment for those who re-offend, allowing the penal system to deal with more complex cases and with greater social impact ".

He added that petty thefts "are usually committed by people in situations of vulnerability, with a conflict environment and limited means to get ahead, so introducing them to the prison system does not solve the primary reason that prepared them to commit a crime."

The criminal lawyer Bernan Salazar affirms that there are other ways to reeducate this type of population.

Although he recognizes that there is a problem of prison overcrowding, criminal lawyer Bernan Salazar objected to the initiative.
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The measure seeks to decrease the penitentiary population of the country.

"The fact that there is no physical space does not mean that the judicial system has to cease to exist,” he said.

He argued that the proposed reform would be "to give an open letter to people to steal any little thing without problem . It is to continue to propitiate this type of situation, there are ways to reeducate this population and not necessarily forgiving sins.”

In previous statements, the criminal Henry Vega also questioned the project.

"There would be a series of small-time criminals who will wander around the city, making fun of everyone. The consequence is serious, and serious because the victims of this type of criminal can react violently even killing and the victims would end up becoming imputed," he said

Legislators Fabricio Alvarado, of National Restoration, and Mario Redondo, of the Christian Democratic Alliance, believe that the proposal would end up promoting crime.

"It would be acting against the victim and in favor of the offender.  Release the person who commits crimes is to promote impunity and deprive families," said Alvarado.

Redondo, on the other hand, declared that his group resists: "to act with such lightness in eliminating sanctions to the delinquents. We think that this government has been quite irresponsible on this issue and that has generated an effect on crime."

"I do not agree to favor impunity in this country, we are going to review the project with a magnifying glass, we do not agree to leave the population almost defenseless against crime," he added.

The initiative will now go to the Legislative Plenary for discussion and voting.
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Doctors are using hardware store drills to pierce bones


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Union of Nursing (Sinaes), denounced the use of conventional drills to perform surgeries in the Orthopedic Service of the San Juan de Dios Hospital (HSJD).

Lenin Hernandez, representative of the Sinaes, explained that in the absence of surgical drills needed to perform surgeries, specialists perform the procedures with these other implements that were not designed for
surgical use.

"This complaint we make started when a patient approached to tell us that she had years waiting for surgery in orthopedics and we realize two situations, the first is the lack of equipment, the most important are the surgical drills that are for high complexity procedures; and the second thing is that since April and after the departure of Dr. Cecilia Bolaños, who was the head of the Orthopedics Service, a physiatrist is appointed as chief, which seems to us to be wrong, since she does not have the preparation neither the experience,” said Hernandez.

Ileana Balmaceda, director of the HSJD, said this week 12 new drills valued at ¢8 million each and whose purchase began in 2017 would be available. They also expect to buy 4 drills annually as of 2018.

"In 2016 all the drills were damaged, then a quick purchase of ordinary drills was made to not paralyze the service and perform simple procedure," explained Balmaceda.

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Walls, tables, bones, common drills are not unusual.


She explained that three complex surgeries are performed per day and on average they perform about 75 surgeries per week. Dr. Balmaceda also defended the appointment of the physiatrist as head of the Orthopedic Service.

"Actually it is a Service of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, so 4 psychiatrists, 12 therapists and 18 orthopedists. Dr. Guerrero is a physiatrist with extensive experience in the administrative part of the Service. He has been the head of the clinic for 2 years and he replaced Dr. Bolaños when he took vacations, so he is fully trained," she said.


Gender-based murders already at 2016 level


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Sunday, November 19, 25 women have been murdered because of their gender. In 2016, the figure was 26.

According to the Technical Secretariat of Gender of the Judiciary, during the holidays family members share more time, drink more alcohol and consume more drugs, which increases the number of murders of women.

One victim separates Costa Rica from reaching the last year’s figure. The picture is even worse, because the tendency is that violence against women increases in the last days of each year.

"This year, there are 25 women who need us, 25 women who have lost their lives at the hands of those who were their companions and who should guarantee them a safe space; 25 women who were raped and silenced for being women," said Alejandra Mora, president of the National Institute for Women (Inamu).

The last of these murders was happened in Cedral of Ciudad Quesada, in San Carlos de Alajuela.

On Sunday, Kattia Vargas Azofeifa, 44, died allegedly because of the blows her husband gave her. The impacts were received in the thorax, abdomen, arms, and elsewhere.


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Violence against women increases during the holidays.


It is alleged that her attacker beat the woman in the bathroom and even tried to drown her in the toilet. Then he left with their three children, between 6 and 10 years old.

This alerted the neighbors who called to police, who then found the body.

On Friday, Inamu organizes the “Long March against violence against Women”. It will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Parque la Merced, towards the Plaza de la Democracia.

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Experts doubt results of shrimp study

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican scientists took three months to complete a study for the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA). The results of the study on the behavior of shrimp in Costa Rican waters, has left some experts with serious doubts. 

The data is only handled by INCOPESCA and they have not revealed the content of the studies.

"I am a little worried because nobody aside from INCOPESCA knows the studies they are mentioning and under which they are supported to say that trawling is suddenly sustainable. These studies take a year, at the least, to analize the behavior of shrimp," said the manager of Sciences of Marviva Foundation, Erick Ross.

The same concern was shared by the representative of the School of Biological Sciences of the National University (UNA), Rosa Soto, who also completely ignores the study conducted by INCOPESCA. The study would be used  to qualify new fishing permits for trawling despite a constitutional prohibition on trawling since 2013.

"These investigations are not done in 2, 3 or 4 months, it takes much more time, not only to measure the effect of fishing gear, but also to see recovery, which is important and is being neglected,” Soto said.

Both scientists were clear that these studies always require a lot of time. For example, Ross mentioned one in the Mediterranean Sea that took more than five years.

"What it does is to see how the seabed that has been affected by the drag has been recovering and I understand that these studies (those of the Institute) were done in three months, so it seems very strange to me that there is now a scientific support to defend it," he said.


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Soto also gave the example of the research carried out by José Ángel Palacios in 2013 in which he explains about the exploitation of shrimp in the country.

The director in Conservation International (CI), Marco Quesada, stated that the important thing is to be vigilant because what is at stake is the use of our seas, which are also great sources of tourism for the country.

"We are a country that sells sustainability, that's why millions of people visit us, we export a lot and sustainability is not viable with certain practices," he said.

Trawling is one of the most harmful practices, because it sweeps the seabed and collects 80 percent of species other than shrimp, so they return dead to the sea.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In order to implement the National Social Responsibility Policy, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade signed the decree 40459 MEIC, which creates the Social Responsibility Advisory Board (CARS).

"The Social Responsibility Advisory Board will become the governance mechanism that fosters collaborative work among different actors to work on the implementation of a policy that reflects a shared vision to achieve greater sustainability and responsible behavior from companies, the state and other organizations," said Geannina Dinarte, Minister of Economy, Industry and Trade.

To become a member of the advisory board, interested parties must comply with the following requirements:

* Letter of application that reflects the experience, trajectory and programs you have led at the national and international level in subjects of Social Responsibility.

* Two letters of recommendation from companies or organizations with which you have developed topics related to Social Responsibility.

This information should be presented in a document of no more than three pages, including a proposal for a role that should be assumed by the Social Responsibility Advisory Board, according to the organization's vision.

Additionally, applicants must complete the form found in the MEIC website. All data must be sent to the email, click here: amoreira@meic.go.cr before Wednesday, December 6.

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The Council would be made up of two representatives of national reference organizations in Social Responsibility and two others from the public sector, a member of the academy and one from the private sector.

The members shall be appointed by the Governing Council and shall meet ordinarily three times a year, with the Technical Secretariat of Social Responsibility in charge of the MEIC and extraordinarily at the request of the Technical Secretariat.

Members will have to implement and follow up on the National Social Responsibility Policy, establish the necessary measures for the allocation of resources, encourage participation,  and develop communication strategies.

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 *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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Costa Rica Travel In Paradise Group Tours

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!

* GROUP TOURS. Whether for a church group, couple of friends, Scout troop or a family group. We provide excellent quality service in your Group Tours. Click HERE!

* EDUCATIONAL TOURS. Tours for universities to schools to elementary schools. We have professionals to help you discover the secrets of Costa Rica in a fun way. Costa Rica Educational Tours. Click HERE!

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CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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

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

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

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

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

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

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

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
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James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
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Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
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• 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 
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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)

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        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

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


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
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!
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Psychotherapy


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Published November 23, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Food
About us

Uber drivers marched against state's intimidation

By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

Drivers of the Uber platform marched to the Presidential House on Wednesday morning to protest against what they consider a campaign of fear on the part of the government to discourage the use of the service in the country.

The march started at the Fuente de la Hispanidad in San Pedro and finished at the Presidency building in Zapote. The goal was to deliver a letter to President Luis Guillermo Solís which proposes an apparent persecution against them.

"Suspend transit operations, abuse of authority and interrogation and stop the persecution and violence against collaborators who transport people through the technological platforms, until the government decrees a regulation," reads part of the letter delivered.

"We are Costa Rican citizens, users of services and merchants, in the full exercise of our rights. However, the government have come to limit us and prevent us from exercising freely and fully the rights and individual guarantees that our Constitution enshrines," the document said.

According to the demonstrators, the government instills fear and makes threats against businessmen who make commercial alliances with the service, which constitutes a violation of the rules of commerce.


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Uber Drivers caught by the Transit Police may
receive a fine of up $4,000.


They request a modification of the regulations to establish rules that allow them to provide the service and grant a special license to the more than 156 thousand drivers who claim to have registered, both on the Uber platform and others, including Nova.

"The Political Constitution has given us as a nation, sovereignty, that as citizens we come to exercise it by filing this petition. It is clear that the Government is exercised by the People and its representatives must listen to the people," the document adds.

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

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

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Life is a Tropical Garden

    Life is a Tropical Garden
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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

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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong

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

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A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Sixth News Page


Published November 23, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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If you have business in Costa Rica do not forget
the Informative Declaration D 151
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By Kevin Chavarria
Certified Public Accountant

For any professional or company, the most important moment of the year arrives in the registry of taxes. All reports must be ready in case the Tax Administration requests them. The reports must clearly indicate both buyer and seller as a cross control. 

The tax period expires on November 30th for small businesses but extends to December 10th for large taxpayers.

Not filling this report results in a fine of 2% of the gross income in the income tax, with a minimum of three base salaries and a maximum of 100 base salaries. This means the fine goes from ¢1,278,600 to ¢42,620,000.

It is important that the parties agree on the amount to be indicated in the informative declaration. Errors must be avoided, since a 1% base salary penalty (¢4.262) is applied for each incorrect registration.

Follow these steps and you will not have problems with this tax obligation that expires next November 30th.

Step 1: If you have sales or purchases of goods and services in the national territory that exceed ¢ 2.5 million annually to the same person or company, you must make the declaration, you must also report sales or purchases for professional services, rents, commissions, and interests for more than ¢50 thousand colones

Step 2: Agree with the amount that both parties will declare, since if they are not equal, it could result in a fine.

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The declaration expires within seven days.

Step 3: The declaration can be prepared in an Excel document or made directly in the Declar@ de Hacienda platform, Click Here.

Step 4: The platform should be downloaded on your computer, all steps and processes are on the Treasury page.

Step 5: To declare you must use the Annual Summary of Customers, Suppliers and Specific Expenditures form D.151.

Editor's note: CPA Kevin Chavarria can be reached at kevin@chavarriacpa.com
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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




CODE 9267-9/28/17


Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

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

9284-3/22/18   



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

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

A Name You Trust,
Professionalism You Deserve

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

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

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Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
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Remax Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
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Link to Playas del Coco listings page HERE

Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

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

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

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Real estate for sale (paid category)

284-3/22/18   

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

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

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

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

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


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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

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

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




Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

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

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


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Browse timeshares for sale and rent by owner in Costa Rica at bargain prices. We connect existing timeshare owners with those looking to buy or rent a timeshare on the resale market. Timeshares on the resale market are up to 50% cheaper than those sold through the resort. Already own a timeshare and looking to sell? Stop saying “sell my timeshare” and let BuyaTimeshare.com help you find a buyer or renter.
CODE 9264-3/2/18
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A.M. Costa Rica

Seventh News Page Business
Published November 23, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Local credit cards with the second highest
interest rates in America


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The interest rates on credit cards in Costa Rica are practically the highest in the entire American continent, only surpassed by Hondurans.

This was confirmed by the Minister of Economy, Geannina Dinarte, to the legislators of the Finance Affairs Committee, which is currently studying a project that seeks to combat the excesses that occur in the country as regards interest rates.

According to Dinarte, there are currently private banking entities whose interest rates on credit cards reach up to 50%, a percentage that doubles what is proposed in the bill.

The law against usury seeks to establish limits on banking entities, using as a reference the effective interest rate of the market, set by the National Financial System. Dinarte insisted that what should be done in the country is to set a defined rate, as it was done in Chile.

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The Legislators will draft a new text, to avoid any conflict with the Constitution.

One of the lawmakers who supports the bill is the Frente Amplio's Frank Camacho, who said that it is not possible to leave interest rates at the hands of predatory free market.

The current indebtedness of Costa Ricans with credit cards is estimated at $1.14 billion.

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