Cocal
A.M. Costa Rica
Your daily English-language news source Monday through Friday


Weather ear
(506) 2223-1327
Published Tuesday Edition
June 6, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 111
Email us
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us


union
                              assembly
Asociación de Profesores de Segunda Enseñanza photo
Assembly of teachers' union members calls for a vote.
Five of the largest unions announce general strike
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least five unions are calling for a national strike the last week of June, as a measure to stop the recently approved increase in the contributions workers should pay to the social security system.

On Monday morning, the Asociación de Profesores de Segunda Enseñanza announced it will go on strike on June 27.

This union represents the high school teachers across the country and it is one of the biggest in terms of membership at a national level.

On Monday afternoon, the Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social Costarricense agreed to go on general strike that same week without setting up a specific date.

The Bloque is a confederacy of unions including that of teachers, doctors and social security workers, among others.

“We will provide a specific date in the following week because we need some time to organize the logistics involved and let our members save the dates to join us,” said Marta Rodríguez, spokesperson for the Bloque.

She is also Secretary-General of the Unión de Trabajadores de la Caja y la Seguridad Social.

According to Ms. Rodríguez, the call for strike will include health workers who will join the movement without completely interrupting emergency services.

“The only way we will call this strike off is when the government decides to stop the increase in the contributions and the executive director is removed from her post,” added Ms. Rodríguez. “Otherwise, we will fight in the streets.”

On Thursday, the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados also asked for the resignation of María Saénz, current head of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.

Union leaders are unhappy with the decision of increasing the monthly workers contribution to the social security in 0.5 percent of the salary beginning this July, and another 0.5 percent in January.

They have requested a halt to that decision, as they consider the measure to punish the working class for the mismanagement of pensions fund of the Caja.

Experts from the Universidad de Costa Rica have warned that the only way to keep the Caja financially sustainable is to increase the worker’s contribution up to 27 percent of their salary.

Otherwise, the pensions fund could go broke as of 2028.


Miravalles III
Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad photo
Geothermal energy plant, Miravalles III, shows potential sight in national preserves.
New bill seeks to exploit energy in national parks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Geothermal energy extraction inside national parks. That's the bill set for discussion in the Legislative Assembly in the following weeks after it received preliminary approval by the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Agropecuarios.

The bill seeks to grant the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad an exclusive permit to exploit the geothermal energy at the three main volcanoes in Costa Rica whose surrounding areas have been declared national parks. Those volcanoes are Rincón de la Vieja, Tenorio and Arenal.

The bill will be studied under file number 19.233 and it was filed by Ottón Solís and Javier Cambronero, legislators of the Partido Acción Ciudadana. This is the current party of Costa Rica’s executive branch under the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís.

During the legislative sessions, the deputy Solís explained the aim of the project is to satisfy future electricity needs under sustainable development criteria.

He has also explained that the institute would have to pay a yearly indemnity to exploit the geothermal sources. That fee would be two percent of the gross income generated by each plant.

According to the bill, the institute would be required to prevent pollution of aquifers, soil, and air. It also states that consultation processes should be carried out with local communities and productive units that could be affected.

As part of the commitments, the text states that ICE must consult local communities and productive sectors, which may be affected by the project.

As of now, 12.7 percent of all electricity generated in the country come from geothermal projects located outside protected areas.

The main source source remains hydropower, according to the Centro Nacional de Control de Energía.

Despite Solís’ optimism, members of academia do not agree with the benefits of the bill. In fact, the university council of Universidad de Costa Rica issued a statement recommending that the bill be killed back in February 2016.

The council considers that all protected areas are meant for preservation rather than commercial purposes. The document also considers the bill would destroy the surrounding flora and fauna.

These same worries are shared by environmental organizations such as Federación Ecologista, which considers the bill to be unconstitutional since it provides an open and generic authorization to ICE similar to an effective blank check on receiving exclusive rights to exploit the area within the national preserves.

Environmentalists also consider that international agreements would not allow the country to make that decision. Similar bills seeking to exploit the geothermal resources had never gone past the committee level in the past.

That's the case of bill 17.707, which would grant permissions to public and private companies to exploit the geothermal capacities of the Arenal Tempisque Área de Conservación.

Bill 17.680, that sought the same goals in the Área de Conservación in Guanacaste was also dismissed and shot down.


Search this site
index sitemap advanced

ARCR

New Palermo ad
 
 Residency in Costa Ricas
 
HOtel and resstaurant directory
 
Today's
colon
exchange rate
HERE!
Search 
our site
Classified 
ads
Real estate
ads

Contact
us
Tourism
and servics
Display
ad info
Classified
ad info

Airline
flights


Newsfeed link
Twitter
Facebook
Subscribe

Have you seen our crossword puzzle?
HERE!


 Page Two is HERE!   Page Three is HERE!  Page Four is HERE!
Page Five is HERE!    Page Six is HERE! and Page 7 is HERE!
Classifieds are HERE! Real estate is HERE!   Useful Links!

Next
Page

What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
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 more details



A.M.
Costa Rica

Second News Page

Published || Tuesday Edition, June 6, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 111
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.
U.S. Income Tax

U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant Licensed by the I.R.S.
 
Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. citizens, plan now for your tax year.  Let me help you pay only the tax  you must!

  If tax payment is a holding you back, the IRS have options that can solve payment problems.  If your filing is not up-to-date, the Streamlined Filing Procedure can be used to mitigate penalties. Including  disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid future problems.  
Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion. File current or past due FBARs with no penalties to meet IRS requirements. File your current or amended returns.

Over 10 years in Costa Rica.
Competitive rates.

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


Psychotherapy

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

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
www.LucindaGray.com
New World Meditation
9057-2/25/17


Legal Services


Gerwerter graphic

TAX FRAUD DEFENSE /  PANAMA PAPERS

I.R.S. Criminal and Civil Issues

Consult with a U.S. licensed Tax Attorney in Costa Rica concerning your I.R.S. Issues

Tax Fraud Investigation or Prosecution:
  * Hiding income in secret, offshore accounts
  * Investing in or promoting bogus tax shelters
  * Failing to report or hiding income

I.R.S. Criminal Investigations, including non-filing of tax returns, tax evasion, filing false income tax returns, money laundering, currency reporting requirements, offshore banking reporting requirements, false statements, and false offer in compromise submissions.

Confidential and Privileged Communication
Former University Lecturer and I.R.S. Lecturer
Harold P. Gewerter, Esq., Ltd., J.D., M.S.
Email: hgewerterlaw@gmail.com
USA phone: (702) 375-9471
CR phone: (506) 6042-7116

Associated with Carballo y Carballo, Abogados
in Costa Rica

9198-6/27/17

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

Real estate agents and services

Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.

Eco graphic
   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
          property
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area

Romantic Country Bungalow Click Here
Dream Property River Click Here

www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17

Dentistry

Dental
Services rollover
Dental Services Costa Rica

Dr Oscar Vargas specialist in prosthodontics
Where Science and Art meet!
www.dentalservicescostarica.com

Give yourself a bright and healthy smile.  Our professional practice is geared to exceptional quality in all procedures.   We are dedicated to technical perfection using cutting-edge technology.     

* DENTAL IMPLANTS:  One of the most successful ways to replace missing teeth.  Improve your quality of life, enjoy social activities with a beautiful natural smile.   Learn more HERE! 

* FULL MOUTH RESTORATION. We are experts and have specialized training of integral science going beyond the architectural design of the patient's desired smile.  HERE!  

* PORCELAIN VENEERS. achieve wonderful results to aesthetic goals for worn down, chipped, broken, discolored, uneven teeth and gaps between them. HERE! 

* PORTFOLIO please browse for information about our work.  HERE!
Contact us:
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cell: +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@dentalservicescostarica.com
Web:  www.dentalservicescostarica.com
8758-9/18/17

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

Residency experts

resdiency

JAVIER ZAVALETA
RESIDENCY IN COSTA RICA
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
There are four primary ways to apply for legal residency in Costa Rica:
    Retiree (Pensionado):  For those with a pension or other retirement income.
    Legal Resident (Rentista): For those with guaranteed non-salary income or savings.
    Business/Investor (Inversionista): For those with Costa Rican business or real estate investments.
    Marriage/Relation (Vinculo): For those married to or related to a Costa Rican citizen.


WHICH OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU?
Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore. We know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.
Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience.
Javier Zavaleta
Residency in Costa Rica
P. O. Box 86352, Los Angeles, CA 90086
U.S. Phone: (323) 255-6116
U.S.  Fax (323) 344-1620
Phone in Costa Rica: ( 506 ) 2226=0755  (En español )

Email:  javier@residencyincostarica.com
Web: www.residencyincostarica.com
9071-3/19/17
9071-3/19/17

 Accountants

U.S. Tax International
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal
 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica
U.S. Tax
rollover
(English spoken). Tamarindo office hours now available.  If you or anyone you know would like an appointment in Tamarindo, please call our San José office at 2288-2201 to make an appointment.
Contact Us:
 U.S 786-206-9473         CR 506-2288-2201
FAX: 506 2231-3300
E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
Web page: www.ustaxinternational.com
9179-9/17/17

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A. US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
S
pecializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
Uncle Sam's
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
8984-4/6/17

Fine art restoration and conservation

Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
 
Paintings    Sculptures    Murals 
Porcelain and ceramic restoration
  Works on paper restoration
Carmichael   Conservation Curatorial  services
  Art expert services
  Other restoration services
  Condition evaluation
  Authenticity evaluation
  Art related insurance and 
       damage evaluations
  Art collection consultation
Experts in fine art restoration and conservation for the tropics. We clean mildew, mold, etc., repair, restore and offer art expert and curatorial services.

For more information please contact Jessica Steward at 8388-5328 or 8621 9287 email HERE!
9212-5/9/17

Vaccination
Ministerio de Salud photo       
This girl is not as excited as officials about getting her shots.

Vaccinations against influenza begin

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

1.3 million doses of a vaccine against seasonal influenza will be doled out in the next six weeks to constitute the largest vaccination effort ever undertaken by the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.

Seasonal influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that can come in mild or a severe form, Caja said. Occasionally, if not properly treated and left to develop, it can also be potentially fatal. Symptoms for influenza include: fever, cough, sore throat, stuffed nose, aches, headaches, fatigue and in some cases vomiting as well as diarrhea.

Data provided by the Caja said that, in 2016, 93 percent of people who died and had influenza were not vaccinated.

The director for the immunization program, Leandra Abarca Gómez, said that the vaccines have already been distributed to all health facilities under control of the Caja. Vaccinations began Monday with the different risk groups determined by the Caja can now request the shots without any mishaps, a statement from the entity said. These include: all pregnant women, all children between six months and five years old and those persons 60 years old and over.

Roberto Arroba Tijerino, the coordinator of immunization with the Ministerio de Salud, urged the population at risk to go to their respective health centers and receive their shots as soon as possible.

This represents an increase in the number of children to be included under the immunization program. Originally, that number only included children under three years old. With this expected increase, Caja has ordered more than 100,000 doses more in comparison to last year. The group invested over $5 million for the purchase of immunization.

Vaccination sessions will be extended until July 14, the Caja said.


Ombudsman calls for a better Caja

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ombudsman presented its annual labor report for 2017, which analyzes the progress and problems on the state of labor and health care rights in Costa Rica.

Before the report is submitted to authorities in government, the Defensoría de los Habitantes usually repeats the recommendations of the United Nations human rights commission. Part of these recommendations refer to the need to further universalize social security, reduce the waiting lists in health services and ensure adequate equipment as much as personnel are provided for medical services.

The ombudsman is quick to note that these recommendations coincide with the main concern that it receives from the general public: a need to ensure better health care. Around 24 percent of interventions conducted by the ombudsman for 2016 were situations reported against the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social, the report found. Although the Caja has submitted plans to address these problems, the ombudsman believes that its implementation has not yielded satisfactory or convincing results, the watchdog said in a statement.

Total number of intervention requests from the public reached 22,887 in 2016.  The data was used to determine that the Caja was behind a substantial number of reasons for these requests. In second place came the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social at almost 18 percent of complaints followed by the municipality governments grouped together in a single statistic. The Ministerio de Educación Pública has also received complaints.

Defensoría said that, more often than not, it is the rural and urban poor who frequently submit these requests. The ombudsman has also followed up on its prior report on sustainable development objectives and the Agenda 2030, an evaluation on the state of poverty and democracy within Costa Rica.


More Costa Ricans are plugged online

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More Costa Ricans  are connected to the Internet these days but less and less own their own computer, according to the latest data released by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones.

According to the institute, last year the number of internet users increased by 10 percent, as a consequence of more households with internet access. This has been a common trend since 2006, when the percentage of internet users was stuck at just 19 percent. In 2016, that figure increased to 62 percent.

In regards to homes with internet access, that criteria expanded from 10 percent in 2006 to 65 percent ten years later. However, the percentage of homes with computers, including both laptops and desktops, showed an increasing trend until 2014. As of 2015 and 2016 that percentage fell by 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

This situation means more and more people are accessing the web through tablets and cell phones, according to the investigation.

"These results show the importance the internet has as a way to improve the quality of life," Edwin Estrada, the vice minister of telecommunications, said in a statement.

Part of the information used in the study comes from the National Survey of Households. This data is also used to feed the Digital Gap Index, which monitors the evolution of the telecommunications infrastructure on a nationwide scale and serves as a framework to develop the required public policies.


Our reader’s opinion
Consider some tinted window owners

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Monday morning’s lead story is about changes to the traffic laws that the National Assembly is considering. One of those is that vehicle windows must be one hundred percent transparent or the owner will be liable for a $600 fine.

While I fully understand and support the rationale for this law, I hope the Assembly will make an exception for windows which come tinted from the factory.

There is no practical way for an owner to remove that tinting short of replacing all the panes of glass on the sides and back of their vehicles including those which contain embedded radio antennas and defrosting circuits. That would impose an unreasonable burden on vehicle owners who, other than being out of compliance with the law, have not been proven to have committed any offense.

David C. Murray
Grecia, Alajuela


News from the Spanish-language press
Translated into English







Costa Rica Report newsfeeds are disabled on archived pages.
Have you seen these stories?
From A.M. Costa Rica
(Text version is HERE!)







Top story newsfeeds are disabled on archived pages.
 
From our retirement guide







Retirement tips newsfeeds are disabled on archived pages.
Retire NOW promot
masthead

Page One is HERE!  Go to Page 3 HERE!  Go to Page 4 HERE!    
Go to Page 5 HERE! 
    Go to Page 6 HERE!   Sports is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE!   
Plus useful links
NEXT
PAGE
Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes R­o 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

Third News Page
U.S. Tax
  Published || Tuesday Edition, June 6, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 111
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 
Piza scores big victory in the primary to clinch party's nomination
By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Sunday night, Rodolfo Piza has become the third ratified candidate for the 2018 presidential elections.

The son of well-known lawyer with whom he shares first and last name, Piza is running for president a second time under the banner of Partido Unidad Social Cristiana.

He beat his opponent in the primaries by obtaining 69 percent of the votes from the party's grassroots members. Once ratified, He hopes for better results than the dismal six percent of votes obtained during the last time he ran in the 2014 campaign.

Member of what he calls a non-religious Christian party, Piza is also a lawyer who loves to explain things by using popular lingo and appealing to the the image of a simple rural man where local campesinos rush to hug him.

This time, Piza will be better prepared to confront the other political forces. Last time, he assumed the presidential candidacy for his party only after the abrupt resignation of Rodolfo Hernández, a former doctor at Hospital Nacional de Niños.

“I don't believe in tax packages,” Piza told A.M. Costa Rica.

“I do believe that we may stop the government expenditure rate without sacrificing any of the rights of the working class. It just a matter of keeping control of public expenses and also improving collection methods.”

Piza is also a former president of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social from 1998 to 2002, under the administration of Miguel Angel Rodríguez.

The same Caja that's now struggling to find a way to keep its finances in shape and thus, be able to provide for the pension of future retirees.

“I have explained many times this subject and I will explain it again: we can strengthen our social security system by more gradual increases in the contributions,” he said. “I don't think we need to raise them 1 or 0.5 percent all at once as they are doing now.”

Rodolfo
Piza
Rodolfo Piza Facebook page photo
Piza likes to display camaraderie with the working man.

In terms of economic growth, Piza believes the State is full of nonsense bureaucracy that kills the very spirit of entrepreneurship.

To face this problem, the candidate envisions a system where any one interested in creating a company will go to a unique place where all the requirements can be fulfilled.

“I also look for national private investment to increase, and to achieve that goal we need to run all processes as smooth as possible,” added Piza.

Piza also talked about creating the first metro line in San José, cleaning up the most polluted rivers in Costa Rica, providing a “1,000 doctors per neighborhood” policy and establishing themed-oriented high schools to respect the differing levels of intelligence among the student body.

Aside from all of that, he plans to push a reform to the constitution, eliminating the Catholic faith as the country’s official state religion but leaving the word God on it “as many other countries in the world do,” he said.


Teatro Espressivo promises quality performances during new series
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After an abrupt announcement that the opening shows were being canceled, the Teatro Espressivo is continuing on with its series of performances through early July.

The series, titled “Espressivo Invita,” is open to the public beginning this Friday with “Deluvios...recuerdos de un migrante.”

For several weekends, the public can enjoy a wide variety of shows including: contemporary theater, dance, cabaret and a magic show all run by professionals, organizers said.

The series is a first for the theater and the groups of professionals consist of independent artists and companies with the aim of providing a higher-quality array of theatrical options, according to a statement issued by the theater.

The opening show this Friday is performed in chapters based off the collection of historical record and anecdotes regarding deportation, exile and displacement among others.
“This work aims to amalgamate experiences that are a human vision of this situation and only a small reflection of a force that is more powerful than any wall. The instinct to migrate,” a description provided by the theater said.

"We believe that theater in Costa Rica is of a very good level and that is why we decided to welcome new productions in our theater or that have been successfully presented in other venues that deserve to be seen by many more people," said Natalia Rodríguez, the executive director for Teatro Espressivo.


Tickets for these shows cost 8,000 colons for general seating and 10,000 for VIP placements. The shows will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.

Tickers can be purchased every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ticket box or online at the theater’s website.

A full schedule and description of Teatro Espressivo’s shows can also be found on its website as well.


Recommended restaurants and hotels
 
Crocs
 
Los Suenos
 
Hacienda
Baru
 
Formula Kart
 
Palermo 900
 
Don
Wang

  Page One is HERE!     Page 2 is HERE!  Page 4 is HERE!  
   Page 5 is  HERE!     Page 6 is HERE!  Page 7 is HERE! Sports is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE! 
Plus useful links
NEXT
PAGE


Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
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's Fourth News page

Published || Tuesday Edition, June 6, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 111
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

Costa Rican sport fishing group monitoring progress on dragnet law
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Costa Rican sports fishing association is investing over $100,000 in an ongoing project partnered with the country’s fishing regulator.

According to a statement by the Federación Costarricense de Pesca, the group is working with the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Agricultura, or INCOPESCA, to teach local fishermen a fishing method known as green sticks, which allows for no bycatch. Bycatch is a fishing term used to describe the excess marine life or objects found in nets or traps.

Moreover, the group’s director of science, Moises Mug, has been monitoring the results of a 2014 measure signed by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís prohibiting tuna purse sein operations within 45 miles of the country’s coastline. Billfish bycatch in Costa Rica by purse seiners was reduced by over 70 percent, Mug said.

“This measure will reduce the bycatch impact tuna purse sein fisheries have on marine mammals, billfish and sharks,” Mug said.

This type of fishing uses a dragnet hanging vertically in the water with its bottom edges held down by weights and the top held up by floats. It is often a preferred technique when attempting to catch schools of tuna or salmon. The group claims that there are no Costa Rican flagged purse sein boats.

Grabbing
a billfish
DivineDolphins Costa Rica photo   
Talk about grabbing the fish by the horn during training.

The federation claimed that, prior to the agreement, over 44 foreign tuna boats were operating off the shores of Costa Rica catching around 25,000 metric tons of tuna.

At the same time, only 36 percent of that catch was going to local port, the group said.

Perhaps in response to this, INCOPESCA issued a temporary halt on issuing new licenses for foreign vessels until the end of this year. A new proposal is being formed allowing only seven to nine licenses granted annually and a quota of around 9,000 metric tons allotted.

The group seeks all the fish captured going to local ports.



Vacation, travel and hospitality


Live in Costa Rica tours

  • Costa Rica’s #1 source for relocation since 1980
  • Over 10,000 people relocated SUCCESSFULLY with our tours and books
  • ONLY relocation tour legally LICENSED by the Costa Rica government and APPROVED by the Association of Residents (ARCR)
  • Best VALUE, contacts and MORE areas of the country covered
  • ALL tours include a highly INFORMATIVE two-day seminar by the country’s renowned experts
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

experience Costa Rica
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!

* GUIDED TOURS. General holiday planning giving you the best value for your investment Costa Rica vacation Packages. Click HERE!

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

Here's reasonable medical care
Costa Rica's world class medical specialists are at your command. Get the top care for much less than U.S. prices. It is really a great way to spend a vacation. See our list of recommended professionals HERE!amcr-prom



Need a book about Costa Rica?


Check out our special selections available at Amazon logo

HERE!


Household Furnishings

Fine
Furniture of Sarchi

Fine 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
9218-8/25/17

U.S. Income Tax

U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
T
ax Accountant Licensed by the I.R.S.
 
Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. citizens, plan now for your tax year.  Let me help you pay only the tax  you must!

  If tax payment is a holding you back, the IRS have options that can solve payment problems.  If your filing is not up-to-date, the Streamlined Filing Procedure can be used to mitigate penalties. Including  disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid future problems.  
Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion. File current or past due FBARs with no penalties to meet IRS requirements. File your current or amended returns.

Over 10 years in Costa Rica.
Competitive rates.

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

A.M. Costa Rica
Real estate rentals
Real estate rental agents
Real estate for rent
Business
wanted
Real estate wanted

Real estate rentals (paid category)

San Jose Penthouse

Beautiful Penthouse Fully Furnished for Rent
Central San José downtown 

Including electricity, rate ₡355.000 (colones) or $650 per month.  2-bedroom / Laundry in bldg /  apartment. with king-sized bed in the master bedroom and large closets and desk.  It has 2 bathrooms, large kitchen and separate large living room. The apartment is on the top floor of the building with a commanding view of San José.  American-style apartment with elevator in a very secure building in Barrio Amón. Total eastern wall is windows for commanding view of area. The fully equipped kitchen has all the amenities included. All linen, towels, bedding are included. Three televisions, cable television, high-speed internet, WiFi. It includes plenty of hot water and all your electricity is also included in the rent. Shared free laundries on four floors of the building. Convenient to Parque Morazán, 100 mts. north of downtown Holiday Inn, Del Rey and other downtown hotels, restaurants, casinos, city government, National Registry.  1/2 mo. security deposit. No lease required.

For personal inspection and more information call Hilda or Frank at (506) -7279-0252, 7148-1518, 7256-8378. Not calling for deals not related.
9217-5/11/17


Tropical Homes logo
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)

COSTA RICA SOLAR
solar one

solar two
NOW with the New Power Company Regulations, we're installing photo voltaic systems for solar electricity.
PV systems: we use Enphase micro-inverters. More flexible. Add panels whenever you like. More reliable than any other system and fully guaranteed!

Solar device
NOW is the time to install our new super-efficient solar hot water! New model for condos
Solar collector
BUY NOW! Your solar hot water system, so in three months, we can calculate a lower install price for your PV system.  Perfect for homes and hotels. Save up to 40% of your electric bill.
More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You.

    We aren't Cheap...Neither are our Products. Call to Compare.
    More Flexible, Reliable-and Fully Guaranteed!

    Push this BIG RED BUTTON:  (O) and Learn ​details about your deal with ICE     
    SEE our new PACKAGE DEALS.
Solar logo
CALL TODAY!
Office: 506-2446-0543
Andre 506-8314-8090
Paul 506-8898-9398
OUR EMAIL:
 andrefurlong@gmail.com
Paul.Furlong@CR-Solar.com
VISIT OUR WEB:
www.crsolar.net 
9118-6/26/17







Page 1 is HERE!    Page 2 is  HERE!    Page 3 is HERE! 
Page 5 is HERE!     
Page 6 is HERE!     The sports page is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE!  Plus useful links
Next
Page


Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2016 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details




A.M. Costa Rica's
  
Fifth news page
Salsa Lizano
Published || Tuesday Edition, June 6, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 111
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
 
FARC accuses Colombia
of repeatedly violating deal


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, more well-known as FARC, accused the Colombian government Sunday of repeatedly breaking various terms of their peace deal, and threatened to delay the Marxist rebels' demobilization.

"In face of government's repeated failure to comply with the Peace Agreement, the FARC is going to seek international monitoring," rebel leader Rodrigo Londoño, also known as Timochenko, warned on Twitter.

The statement does not make immediately clear what Londoño meant about international oversight, which is already part of the UN-monitored peace process even after demobilization of FARC forces.

Timochenko earlier said he was considering postponing demobilization.

Earlier, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the government would stick to its calendar. "That is our commitment and we will fulfill it," Santos said. He has called the peace process irreversible.

The government and the FARC reached a deal after four years of negotiations in the Cuban capital last November.

The accord also takes foreign magistrates off special peace tribunals, although there will be foreign observers, and stipulates FARC must turn in exhaustive and detailed information about its involvement in the drugs trade.

The deal is bringing to an end 52 years of armed conflict in Colombia that has claimed at least 260,000 lives.


Pollution slowly killing
planet’s oceans, U.N. says


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The remote South Pacific island of Henderson hit the headlines recently not for its pristine natural beauty, but for the 38 million tons of accumulated plastic and other debris that ocean currents had landed on its shores.

The uninhabited island is a UNESCO heritage site and one of the world's biggest marine reserves. It is also a victim of the pollution that is slowly killing our oceans.

“Conserving our oceans and using them sustainably is preserving life itself," declared U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres at the opening Monday of a weeklong Ocean Conference at the United Nations.

That is not an understatement. The ocean provides nearly half of the oxygen produced on Earth and its marine bounty feeds billions.

Some 4,000 leaders from the worlds of politics, science, academia, business and civil society have gathered for the conference, which kicked off on World Environment Day.

They hope to draw attention to the effects of pollution, plastics, climate change, over-fishing and other factors that are affecting all marine life, with potentially disastrous consequences.

Plastics and micro-plastics plastic particles under 5mm in diameter are among the biggest threats to the ocean and marine life. A World Economic Forum study warns that by 2050 the oceans could contain more plastics than fish.

The ocean is overflowing with manmade items, including water bottles, plastic shopping bags, cigarette butts, and larger items from fishing nets to sunken vessels. It all presents a danger to marine life through entanglement, ingestion or leakage of harmful chemicals.

That includes getting the public to cut back or eliminate its use of plastic shopping bags, cutlery and bottled beverages.

In the Pacific, where the ocean covers 90 percent of the region and land is only two percent, leaders are striving for cleaner seas by 2025.

Kosi Latu of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program said his group did a recent study that examined 215 species of marine life. They found 136 types had ingested plastic, and in fish, the figure was 97 percent.

"That gives you a sense of how big this problem is," Latu said. He noted that in the Pacific the rate is about 30 percent higher than the global average of about 67 percent.

He said his region is also looking at innovative policies, not just banning plastics. “But looking at policies that will put the onus on those who produce the plastics, so making sure there is some way they contribute to the solution.”

This week, conference attendees will discuss a range of other problems confronting the oceans. On Friday, they will formally adopt a Call to Action. So far, they have more than 700 voluntary commitments to improve the health of the ocean, and they are growing.

The commitments include agreeing to implement long-term strategies to reduce the use of plastics and micro-plastics, as well as to develop and implement mitigation measures to help the ocean recover from other harmful impacts, such as climate change.


Six countries sever ties
with Qatar over recent tweet


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Maldives cut diplomatic ties Monday with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Qatar's Foreign Affairs Ministry said the measures are unjustified and are based on baseless and unfounded allegations.

The countries said they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from gas-rich Qatar and cut air and sea traffic to the country. Qatar Airways announced a suspension of flights to Saudi Arabia.

Egypt gave the Qatari ambassador 48 hours to leave Cairo, while the Persian Gulf states gave Qatari citizens 14 days to leave their countries.

Saudi Arabia, which leads a coalition of nations fighting in support of Yemen's government, also said Qatar's forces would be withdrawn from that fight.

The Saudi state-owned SPA news agency said Qatar embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, and al-Qaida, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly.

"Qatar has been exposed to an instigation campaign based on allegations that amounted to absolute fabrications, which proves that there are premeditated intentions to cause damage to the state," Qatar's foreign ministry said. It further accused the nations involved of seeking to impose guardianship over Qatar.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he does not expect Monday's actions to have an impact on the fight against terrorism in the region or globally. He urged all of the parties to address their disagreements.

Dana Shell Smith, the U.S. ambassador to Qatar, also shared messages on Twitter that she and her embassy's account originally wrote in October 2016 expressing U.S. support for Qatari efforts to combat terrorist financing.

The U.S. military's Central Command maintains a presence at the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

Hints of Monday's six-nation split with Doha emerged last month when Qatar contended that hackers were behind the release of false remarks attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Qatari leader, that were published on the Qatar News Agency website.

The reports quoted him questioning U.S. hostility towards Iran, claiming tensions between Qatar and the United States and suggesting President Donald Trump might not remain in power for long.

Qatar said it had been the victim of a shameful cybercrime. Despite Doha's official denial, media outlets in several Gulf countries reported the emir's comments as fact.


Leaked NSA file says
Russians attempted hack


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A top secret National Security Agency document shows Russian military intelligence tried to hack into U.S. voter registration systems before last year's election, an online news service reports.

The Intercept reports that according to the NSA, the attempts went on for months and lasted until just days before the November 8 vote.

The targets were reported to be companies that provide voter registration services to local governments.

It is unclear how successful the hackers were. The NSA did not say whether their actions affected the outcome of the election, something U.S. intelligence says did not happen. The Intercept did not say how it came to possess the leaked NSA report.

The Justice Department said Monday that federal authorities arrested a Georgia contractor named Reality Leigh Winner for allegedly removing classified material from a government intelligence community agency and mailing it to an online news outlet.

Justice officials did not name the government facility or the news outlet. The date on Winner's suspected mailing was five days after the date stamped on the NSA report.

U.S. intelligence already has determined that Russia hacked into Democratic Party emails and leaked embarrassing information to WikiLeaks in an apparent effort to help Republican Donald Trump win the presidential election over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Congress and a special counsel are investigating whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the Kremlin meddled in the election. However, he has conceded that Russian patriots with no ties to the government may have been involved in hacking.

Top U.S. diplomat in China
quits abruptly over policy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The acting U.S. ambassador to China, David Rank, has abruptly resigned, telling colleagues he is leaving the foreign service over disagreements with President Donald Trump's decision last week to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.

U.S. officials familiar with Rank's resignation said he announced his retirement Monday at a town hall meeting of embassy employees.

The U.S. State Department confirmed the announcement, saying it was a personal decision' but offered no details about his reasons for stepping down.

Rank has served as the deputy chief of mission at the embassy since January 2016 and had assumed the acting ambassador role until Trump's choice for ambassador, former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, officially takes over later this month. Branstad was confirmed to the post last month.

Rank had been with the department for 27 years and served as the political councilor at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012.


U.S. considers air blasting
in the Atlantic Ocean


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Trump administration is considering letting companies use seismic air guns to look for oil and gas deposits below the Atlantic Ocean, outraging environmentalists and coastal towns and resorts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it has gotten five separate requests to carry out the operations.

NOAA admits using the high-powered guns may incidentally but not intentionally harass marine mammals and reptiles. If the permits are approved, NOAA says companies must carry out a number of strict rules.

They include placing observers on board ships to watch out for protected species and shut down operations if they are spotted. They also must listen for vocal communications between marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins.

The air guns use incredibly powerful blasts of air to look for oil and gas deep under the ocean floor.The companies propose searching for possible drilling sites off the Atlantic coast from Delaware south to central Florida.

Environmentalists are furious. They say noise from the guns is one of the loudest man-made sounds created and can kill and injure millions of whales, dolphins, turtles, and other sea animals that depend on sound to communicate and survive.

Officials and business owners in coastal towns up and down the Atlantic also oppose the air guns.

NOAA has given the public 30 days to comment for or against the proposal.

Former president Barack Obama had rejected permits to air blast in the Atlantic. But President Trump signed an executive order in April expanding the search for oil and gas in the Atlantic to help make the U.S. more energy independent.


iNaturalist photo
Voice of America photo        
iNaturalist photo showing monarch butterfly.

Scientists and public capture
specimens on phone app


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A smartphone app lets citizen scientists help professional scientists track changes in the natural world as urbanization, habitat loss, invasive species and climate change shake up ecosystems worldwide.

More than 100,000 users on all seven continents are snapping pictures of plants and animals they find and uploading the images using an app called iNaturalist. Those geotagged photos are giving researchers an unprecedented amount of information about what lives where, and how that's changing with humanity's expanding footprint.

On a spring afternoon in Arlington, Virginia's Barcroft Park, a half-dozen eager onlookers huddle around a plywood board on the forest floor, waiting for the big reveal. Spray-painted on the board are the words, “wildlife study.”

As one volunteer lifts the plywood board, Arlington natural resources manager Alonso Abugattas spots a pair of snakes coiled underneath.

Another volunteer leans in with smartphone clicking. He uploads the photos to iNaturalist, where crowdsourcing soon confirms Abugattas' identification.

That observation, tagged by date, time and location, is now part of a growing database of nearly 5 million species finds all over the world.

Visitors to the iNaturalist website can search an annotated Google map for what lives in their neighborhood. Or search for where others have found a particular species.

As he works to protect Arlington County's natural spaces, Abugattas will be looking for how iNaturalist data gathered on this day-long photo safari compare with earlier surveys.

The app came about as collaboration between biologist and software developer Ken-ichi Ueda and environmental scientist Scott Loarie.

Loarie was studying methods to gather more data for wildlife conservation, while Ueda “was looking for a way to connect people to nature and find ways to use technology to get people excited about the outdoors,” Loarie said.

“Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate,” he said. “We've only begun to understand exactly how those ecosystems contribute to our food system, or human health, all these things that we depend on.”

There's a popular analogy in the field: it's like pulling rivets off the wing of an airplane while it's in flight.

“We don't know exactly which rivet is going to cause the wing to fall off, but it's probably not a good idea to go around popping rivets off the plane,” Loarie said.

So far, iNaturalist data has been a part of studies on monarch butterflies, bats that may carry Ebola, and more.

Back in Arlington, the group logged more than 450 species, including some rare plants and the biggest puffball mushroom anyone had seen, as big as a mid-sized dog.


India launches rocket
marking new milestone


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

India’s heaviest, newly developed rocket hurtled into space Monday evening carrying a communication satellite of more than three tons from Sriharikota in eastern India. It marks another milestone in the country’s ambitious space program and brings India a step closer to sending astronauts into space.

“Today is a historic day.…we have been able to successfully put the satellite into the orbit,” a smiling A.S. Kiran Kumar, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization said after the launch.

Space scientists count many benefits of the 640 ton Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III rocket which can carry a four ton payload into higher orbit. It will reduce India’s dependency on foreign space agencies to put its heavier satellites in space leading to huge savings, it can over time make it possible to send manned missions and enhance deep space exploration capabilities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the mission takes India closer to the next generation launch vehicle and satellite capability. The nation is proud!

Although India has been dreaming big in space, mulling a manned mission to space and interplanetary missions to Venus and Jupiter, its lack of heavy lift technology remained a hurdle in giving concrete shape to those plans.

The technology has not come easy as India’s space agency has spent about 15 years to develop the heavy lift rocket.

The new rocket will also help the country enhance the commercial potential of its space program. Putting satellites into space is a lucrative $ 300 billion business that India has begun exploiting. It was limited to putting smaller satellites in space so far, but can now consider heavier launches.

In the last three years India’s space program has come into international limelight with a series of landmark programs: In 2014, it sent the world’s cheapest mission to Mars, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi points out cost less than the Hollywood movie “Gravity”. Earlier this year it achieved a record by putting 104 small satellites in a single launch simultaneously into space.


More news of the Americas
From the Voice of America

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale
Real estate for sale (paid category)

Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.

Eco graphic
   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
          property
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area

Romantic Country Bungalow Click Here
Dream Property River Click Here

www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17


Rich Coast Realty
Rich Coast Realty
Real Estate and Construction in the Central Pacific
Three-bedroom furnished house in gated beach community, walk to the beach, $235k. Ocean View Property, can be subdivided into four view lots, 10 minutes from the beach. Only $40,000! Beachfront Lots from $35,000!Contact us with any questions you have about buying property in Costa Rica, Construction, Residency, etc.
12 years’ experience in Costa Rica Real Estate.

Have a Property For Sale? Contact Us!
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
www.RichCoastRealty.com
9189-9/2/17


San Ramon home
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed,  Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com  (please link that email)
Check out slide show HERE!
9220-8/15/17


Santiago de Puriscal
A little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal,
Costa Rica.
    

16 acres (approximately).  Price: $425,000 USD

We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 km.) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos. We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. Have surveyed plans for possible subdividing.

For more information:  In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 970-581-4826 or email toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call Liz Guegan at 506-7187-8577.
CODE: 9216-8/11/17


Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
9173-9/1/17

colinasdelsol
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 $40,000 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
9056-2/28/17

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
9196-4/25/17

horse ranch
rollover
Spectacular Horse Ranch and Spiritual/Yoga
Retreat Center For Sale

We invite you to a horseback tour of 187 acres of pristine farm land with breathtaking vistas, including the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. There are multiple springs and streams, wooded areas, hard-wood and fruit trees, rolling hills with a geat variety of birds and wildlife. This property boasts the privilege of being bordered by thousands of acres of forest preserve down a steep canyon, offering its own spectacular views, which will never be developed. The many hills provide a builder an endless array of possibilities for nestling buildings in where they will have both views and privacy. The elevation of the property at 1,200 to1600 feet above sea level ensures fresh breezes and ideal year-round temperatures with a day-time average in the low 80's for open-air living. There is a ranch-style house with guest house with 8 total bedrooms, 5 modern baths, huge eat-in kitchen, landmark palm-thatched giant rancho, stable, and storage buildings. The home will come partially furnished, including beds, ample dishware for large groups, housewares, linens, washer/dryer, and fine hard-wood hand-built cabinetry. The remaining horses, 4 to 6 of them, will also convey if one wishes. We are also including a LARGE BEACH LOT in nearby Playa Bejuco. San Rafael de Nandayure is a tiny rural village nestled into the mountainside above Carmona with all the charms of the simple good life of a BLUE ZONE. Carmona is a thriving town with a clinic, restaurfants, shopping, and everything else one may need. The price of our listing Rancho Ricco is $799,000. More information
go to www.ranchforsalecostarica.com  Call Darin Ricco, phone +619-846-8249 or email:  darin_ricco@hotmail.com
9183-6/13/17

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

Penthouse
rollover
Costa Rica penthouse for sale
 5 -story penthouse for sale.  One of a kind penthouse on top of the Corobici 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 providing 1st class room service plus shared common areas in the hotel. Commercial license is in place. Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $795K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,400 per month on an annual basis. Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  Owners U.S. cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
9132-6/1/17

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

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 Realty
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.

Playas del Coco Click Here!

Playa Panama Click Here!

Playa Hermosa Click Here!
Peninsula Papagayo Click Here!

Playa Matapalo Click Here!
Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18

Real estate-related services (paid category)

A-1 graphic
A1 MASTER BUILDERS COSTA RICA
SMALL and LARGER jobs welcome !!!. We can build from any plan you bring us all work done by USA codes master electric and plumbing Better quality and lower prices than USA. We do it all Right  + Reasonable.
Call us: Toll Free 877-778-8515   
     Text from US: 804-313-6382 
     CR phone: 506-8307-0164
     Email: hotelescazu@aol.com
     For more info also see our sites:
    www.a1masterbuildercostarica.webs.com
    www.hotelsescazu.com
    www.hotel4salecostarica.com
    www.wind-solar.webs.com 
9142-7/27/17
Related

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.
9203-4/19/2018

COSTA RICA SOLAR
solar one

solar two
NOW with the New Power Company Regulations, we're installing photo voltaic systems for solar electricity.
PV systems: we use Enphase micro-inverters. More flexible. Add panels whenever you like. More reliable than any other system and fully guaranteed!

Solar device
NOW is the time to install our new super-efficient solar hot water! New model for condos
Solar collector
BUY NOW! Your solar hot water system, so in three months, we can calculate a lower install price for your PV system.  Perfect for homes and hotels. Save up to 40% of your electric bill.
More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You.

    We aren't Cheap...Neither are our Products. Call to Compare.
    More Flexible, Reliable-and Fully Guaranteed!

    Push this BIG RED BUTTON:  (O) and Learn ​details about your deal with ICE     
    SEE our new PACKAGE DEALS.
Solar logo
CALL TODAY!
Office: 506-2446-0543
Andre 506-8314-8090
Paul 506-8898-9398
OUR EMAIL:
 andrefurlong@gmail.com
Paul.Furlong@CR-Solar.com
VISIT OUR WEB:
www.crsolar.net 
9177-6/19/16



Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale



  Page One is HERE!     Page 2 is HERE! 
Page 3 HERE!      Page 4 is HERE!
  
Page 6 is HERE!  Page 7 is HERE! Sports is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE! 
Plus useful links
NEXT
PAGE


Some of our other titles:
A.M. Panama
A.M. Colombia
A.M. Guatemala
A.M. Honduras
A.M. Cuba
A.M. Nicaragua
A.M. Venezuela
A.M. Central America
A.M.
Dominican Republic

A.M. Ecuador A.M. El Salvador
A.M. Bolivia

Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
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
sixth
news page


Published || Tuesday Edition, June 6, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 111
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us

News from the BBC up to the minute



BBC newsfeeds are disabled on archived pages.
Latin news from the BBC up to the minute

Evacuating the minor
Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea photo      
Emergency rescue workers prepare to airlift child.

Child sustains scalding burns on back

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The air surveillance unit of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública completed a medical evacuation for a five-year-old child who sustained severe burns on his body.

The ambulance flight occurred Monday morning when a call came in requesting immediate assistance from the Bribri people in Talamanca de Limón, according to officials with the security ministry. The child was transferred to San José’s Hospital Nacional de Niños.

According to a report provided by the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea, the patient had severe burns on his back and glutes as a result of getting scalded with boiling water at his home. The child was apparently sent to a local doctor prior to being put in the police helicopter.

Once in the capital, the child and his mother were met by the trauma unit attached to the hospital and the Unidad de soporte de Bomberos, the ministry said. He remains in treatment and apparently stable.


A plastic-free zone remains the goal

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Turning Costa Rica into a one-use plastic free zone continues to be the ideal goal for several government ministries and non-government organizations.

This is expected to be incorporated as a part of the Estrategia Nacional, according to a recent statement by the Ministerio de Salud. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, the health ministry said. The strategy seeks, through collective or voluntary action, that different sectors promote and require the replacement of single-use plastics.

“Solid waste is a threat to the development of societies,” Fernando Mora, the deputy minister of water and seas at the environmental ministry. “The lack of adequate disposal for them and their integral management have endangered our aquatic resources.”

The ministry said that single-use plastics represent an example that is used for a very small amount of time but last hundreds of years in degrading. The strategy attempts to promote the substitution of non-petroleum renewable materials and marine composites so that it can biodegrade in the oceans within six months.

“We have a responsibility to reduce the amount of waste we generate,” María Ester Anchía, deputy minister of Salud, said. “Four thousand tons of waste are made in the country with 11 percent being plastic. This is a figure we could reduce with this initiative of substitution.”

Non-government institutions are joining in on the strategy’s commitments. These include: the Cámara Nacional de Comerciantes Detallistas y Afines, the MarViva Foundation, varying chambers of retailers in some municipalities and Fundación CRUSA. Interested organizations or the general public can join the strategy and tell of their commitments by contacting the ministry.

Costa Rica announced it would join the “#cleanseas” effort by the United Nations Environment Programme back in February. The country has pledged to take steps to drastically reduce single-use plastic items through better waste management and education.

There have been efforts to ban single-use plastics since at least 1999 without legislative results.

The health and environmental ministries are trying to win the public as much as legislative cooperation in the endeavor. This latest move represents a continuation of that trend.

Lawmakers saw a bill that addressed the use of plastic in 1999, and a committee rejected the plan back in 2005. A new bill has been proposed since 2014 but it remains locked in the legislative assembly’s to-do list without much movement.



Costa Rican News
AMCostaRicaArchives.com
Retire NOW in Costa Rica
CostaRicaReport.com
Fine Dining in Costa Rica
The CAFTA Report
Fish fabulous Costa Rica




Page 1 is HERE!   Page 2 is HERE!  
Page 3 is  HERE! 
Page 4 is HERE! 
Page 5 is HERE!  
Page 7 is HERE!
Sports page is  HERE!      Opinion is HERE!  
Classifieds are HERE!        Plus useful links


Next
Page

Calendar is
here!

Food
Lifestyle

Sports
Calendar
Opinion
Classifieds
Real Estate
Lifestyle
Food
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
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

From page 7:

Costa Rican companies make visit to México

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last week, four Costa Rican design and construction companies visited México to promote their services to large corporations in the country, according to a Monday statement by the Promotora de Comercio Exterior.

Representatives from the companies visited the Mexican cities of San Luis Potosí and Mérida to exchange experiences and identify areas where Costa Rican knowledge and talent can contribute to sustainable and efficient construction management. The firms that visited were: G3 Arquitectura y Desarrollo, Victor Montero Arquitectos, DBJ arquitectura and Technoconsult.

All of these companies are members of the Asociación Costa Rica Natural Design Advisers, Procomer said. The visit allowed the Costa Rican representatives visit their counterparts in México who were from the real estate, construction and architectural sectors. These also included local city governments and chambers of realtors among other entities.

“Costa Rica has positioned itself in México as a nation of peace, with outstanding indices in health, education and natural resource care,” Álvaro Piedra, the director of exports at Procomer, said.

“Since 2015, different Mexican representatives from the public and private sectors have been interested in activating work spaces with our country under the objective of knowing and understanding the management of environmentally friendly construction practices.”