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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, only 21 people have been identified as victims of sexual exploitation, employment or irregular adoption in the recent years, according to a figures shown during the Congreso Internacional de Tráfico de Personas y Explotación Sexual.

The number strikes rather low despite consistent reports from both government ministries in Costa Rica and the U.S. State Department's own trafficking report that lists nameless victims of sexual exploitation or trafficking.

Often both acknowledge the legality of prostitution in the country but disregard it in the application of data. It should be noted that, in this case, the data only shows those identified and does not estimate an actual number presumed to be larger.

This leaves a difficult situation for authorities to properly measure, assume or know who is a victim and who is not in relation to anything involving the sex trade in Costa Rica.

The event takes place in the country until Sept. 14 at the Hotel Wyndham San José Herradura and it is organized by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería and the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.

 "About 4 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking and, out of those, women, children and teenagers are the most vulnerable,” said Ana Helena Chacón vice president of the Republic. “These are people who have dreams, life projects that have faced all kinds of barriers.”



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There is a constant need to prevent this type of crime and  Internet makes cases a lot harder and complex to investigate, according to Ms. Chacón. 



Between 2016 and 2017, immigration authorities have refused the entry of 111 people linked to child sex crimes, said Gisela Yockchen, director of Dirección.


Ms. Yockchen said several migratory measures have been put into place  to make it clear that humans are not for sale in the country.



Most of the time, the problem of human trafficking is it has strong ties with organized crime  and have been very successful targeting low income, and vulnerable population, according to María Fulmen Salazar, viceminister of Seguridad Pública.

The activity has the purpose of  interchanging knowledge that will turn into real help for those who need it, said the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo on a statement. Experts from Colombia, Brazil, México and 11 other countries are participating in this activity, according to the Dirección.



Missed Caja appointments reflect larger problems
By Conor Golden,
News Editor of A.M. Costa Rica staff


About 44 percent of missed appointments were replaced with new persons within the different health facilities, according to new data by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

That means that 54 percent of those missed appointments were not filled in causing a drain on resources and manpower. According to the Estadísticas de la Salud, in 2015, more than 10.5 million appointments were granted and 1.2 million of those were missed by patients.

Within those missed appointments, around 43.2 percent of appointments were replaced with other patients, the Caja said. That is around 523, 646 and still not a passing grade for a healthcare system often bemoaned for long waits to receive surgeries and treatments.

Things improved in 2016, the health statistics department noted. Out of around 10.4 million appointments, around 1.2 million were missed and 535,322 were replaced with others. That is an improvement to around 44.5 percent. This same percentage stands true within the first five months of 2017: only 44.5 percent of appointments have been replaced with new patients.

Most of the reasons behind missing appointments, based on inquiries made by hospital staff, are relatively simple: they forgot, no one could take them, they did not have enough money to get to a facility or they were sick.

Rather than focusing on the lack of replacing missed appointments, Dr. María Eugenia Villalta Bonilla, the medical manager of the Caja, diverted the issue toward the public.

In a Tuesday statement, she called on people to not miss their appointments as many are follow-ups on chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension among others.

Dr. Villalta also explained that those not being able to make their appointments to call the health facilities and allow other patients to take their place.

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Patients are coming in but the wait
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The Caja has arranged a series of strategies to reduce the absence at its facilities such text message reminders, telephone calls and other means.

The institution did not mention sending staff out for follow-ups or check-ins for those confined to their homes, which is something the Caja had previously told A.M. Costa Rica it does do with certain cases.

For Dr. Edgar Carillo Rojas, the director of Hospital San Carlos, his staff managed to take advantage of missed appointments with patients who come to the hospital with general care.

At the same time, he stressed that not all can be replaced when patients do not warn that they are going away. That point was echoed by other officials: patients do show up sometimes but do not wait and leave without warning.

This could possibly be due to the extended wait times at public health facilities in Costa Rica where sometimes a set appointment time is not honored for varying reasons and a person ends up waiting minutes or hours past their scheduled time.

In the health area of Coronado, they form a group of patients who are willing to wait in the absence of patients. With that strategy, they manage to cover most of the lost time, the Caja said.

When patients warn in advance that they will not attend appointments, medical staff will call other patients who need care to come in and that takes advantage of medical resources as much as manpower, said Dr. Fernando Morales Martínez, the director of the Hospital Nacional de Geriatría y Gerontología.








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As of Oct. 5, it is forbidden for all public institutions to broadcast advertising in the media to announce their plans and achievements, according to the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones.

The rule applies until Feb. 4, 2018, in accordance with article 142 of the Electoral Code. The restriction would also extend to Sunday April 1 in case there is a second round of elections.

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"The purpose is to ensure that current governments do not publicize their work or exalt their achievements, favoring a specific political party," the Tribunal explained in a statement.

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Persons who do not comply with the prohibition can be accused of political belligerence and disobedience to authority. Sentences may be the prohibition of working for the state, dismissals or imprisonment.


Police detain suspected thief in Jacó

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officers in Garabito detained a man after they found him apparently intending to steal belongings from a house in Jacó.

According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, a call came in over the 911 system to inform police of a theft in process. When officers arrived at the place, the house’s owner said that the suspect stole belongings including a bicycle worth more than 200,000 colones.

Fuerza Pública began scouring the area for a person matching the description of the thief along with the bicycle. They detained a 23-year old Nicaraguan man who was sent to judicial authorities for due process, police said. 


Five arrested in sex trafficking case

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three men could go to preventive detention as suspects charged with sex trafficking, rape and sexual exploitation, according to a Tuesday statement from the Ministerio Público.

Three were arrested today in Cañas, Guanacaste, while two more were arrested in Golfito after warrants were issued by the prosecutor’s office for human trafficking and the Fiscalía de Golfito. According to a report from the investigation, the subjects paid a man to have sex with two of his stepdaughters, both of whom are minors.

Prosecutors said that that man was arrested in July and is in preventive detention as a suspect in sexual exploitation and rape as well as human trafficking.

Based on the denuncia filed to authorities, these events occurred two years ago. The girls were aged 12 and 16, respectively, and apparently the accused raped them while their mother was out of the house working.

The stepfather took the victims to the accused and arranged that the detained pay him in exchange for sex with the minors, officials said.

Prosecutors in Golfito will request preventive detention before the criminal court in the two in a hearing that is pending a date. The case in question is still under investigation under file 17-000397-0455-PE.


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The illegal organ transplant case goes to trial again.

Organ trafficking case goes to trial

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The illegal organ trafficking trial made international headlines Monday when it began. Expats in Costa Rica have been following this case since authorities started making arrests and victims came forward.

Five people are now standing trial for the crime of illegally extracting an organ from varying people. The trial began Monday morning and is expected to call at least 46 witnesses to the stand in order to testify. A.M. Costa Rica has extensively covered this case and announced back in August the start of the trial date.

The case began in 2013, when the Judicial Investigation Organization and the Public Prosecutor's Office went public with an investigation against four doctors of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and a Greek merchant who sold pizzas near the Hospital Calderón Guardia in San José.

The case was brought to trial in early 2016 and prosecutors say the group approached poor people to offer them money in exchange for organs, mainly kidneys. It is alleged that many of these organs were trafficked abroad to Israel in that time.

During the preliminary investigation, it was possible to identify 14 victims who apparently received between $6,000 and $20,000 dollars for their organs.

For their part, the band members are accused of selling the organs up to $120,000. In addition, the suspects would have used the Caja's facilities for procedures prior to the transplants. Most of the clients were Israeli citizens who came to the country to undergo the operations, according to authorities.

During the investigation, a forensic report held by the police revealed that 12 victims suffered injuries that decreased their organic capacity by 25 percent. One of those victims included a U.S. citizen who had a transplant done in Costa Rica despite his doctor’s insistence that he was not fit as a candidate for transplant. That man later died as a result of complications related to the surgery and subsequent organ transfer.


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Ruta 32 labeled Costa Rica's most-dangerous road by engineers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 64-kilometer stretch of Ruta 32, from San José to Guápiles, is considered the most dangerous road in Costa Rica, according to experts from the Seminario de Geotecnia.

The road crosses through Parque Nacional Braulio Carollo and the subsequent legal protections granted within that area prevents the authorities from committing any possible solutions for that road in the cases of landslides and adequate stormwater drainage, said Sergio Sáenz, the general coordinator of the meeting.

“The Ley de Parques Nacionales prevents anything on that road, which is the only one in the country that has no geotechnical work on the slopes of the mountain where landslides come,” he said.

“Until the issue of storm drainage is resolved for the highway, there will be even greater problems.”

The seminar brought together about 258 specialists from Venezuela, Japan, Italy, Canada and México for two days to discuss natural hazards for Costa Rica’s road network. The experts noted that the only solution to remedy the problem of the so-called most dangerous road in Costa Rica would be to create a legal reform allowing work to go through in the national park.

To that end, the experts said that Costa Rica’s legislature is considering two bills that could help in this issue. One would be to reduce the extent of the park’s limits so that there is an area where work can be done.

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The Zurquí tunnel is part of the most dangerous road.

Another is to bypass the legislative process and have a citizen file an amparo appeal against the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía to invoke article 21 of the country’s constitution guaranteeing that human life is inviolable.

The seminar on roads in mountainous areas was convened by the Costa Rican Asociación de Geotecnica that is attached to the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles. It currently has more than 50 members in Costa Rica representing all manner of engineers and geologists in its ranks.

Sáenz concluded that Ruta 32 is always affected by severe flooding, landslides and earthquakes that can cause significant damage if its epicenter came close to the road.



Bandas de Conciertos prepare for upcoming holiday performances
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Bandas de Conciertos throughout Costa Rica are coming out strong in recognition of Costa Rica’s independence holiday celebrations.

“The most important thing about the Independence celebration is the possibility of reinforcing the commitment that each of us has with Costa Rica and that is to try and be better everyday and to have an even better country,” said Juan Nájera, the director for the Bandas.

“It is an honor to collaborate with the country in that sense; raising awareness about the importance of being Costa Rican; defending, protecting and improving what we have and what we are as a nation.”

To that end, the bands around the country are committed to putting on a good show, according to the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

The Banda de Conciertos of Alajuela is offering a special concert this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Juan Santamaría museum as part of the Música en el Museo program. The band said that it would play prominent national pieces to showcase the patriotic spirit of the festivities.

As part of the official act of the 196th anniversary of independence, the Banda de San José will have its show at 9:30 a.m. in Parque Nacional.

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Bands across the country are preparing for their shows.

All the other bands around the country from Limón to Guanacaste and Puntarenas and Cartago will have its respective shows. Interested people should check the Facebook pages and the website of the culture ministry to find the show nearest to you.

The student-composed Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical will also have its respective performances around the various provinces as well, organizers said. Most of the shows are either on Thursday or Friday.



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Students march in protest of lack of promised public education funds
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hundreds of angry students from the five public universities in the country went out on a march Tuesday morning arguing for the government to honor a constitutional mandate for funding of public education.

The march was organized by the Federación de Estudiantes of the Universidad de Costa Rica and began at 9 a.m. at the Sede Rodrigo Facio on the university campus. Students were joined by faculty members and union leaders who agreed to show support in defense of public education, as the protesters called it. “May the crisis not be paid by the students,” is the new march motto.

The situation is arising from the government’s budget and how to divvy out funds. A.M. Costa Rica has reported extensively on the fiscal crisis and the ballooning of the public debt. More recently, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís announced that the Costa Rican State was facing a liquidity crisis, which is a term to describe a shortage of cash or hard currency.

Later on, the government issued its budget proposal to the Assamblea Legislativa for approval. The vast majority of the government is mandated by the country’s laws and constitution as being fixed. This means that it cannot be changed.
The percentage of the fixed budget is about 96 percent leaving the other four for potential change.
Officials with the administration, including finance minister Helio Fallas, have come out publicly saying that there is little room to maneuver in terms of plans to initiate certain austerity measures to halt some of the effects from the fiscal problems.

One of those being changed, however, is public funding to education. A.M. Costa Rica reported at the beginning of September that the public universities will see a budget increase by 3.7 percent to fund operations for 2018. This is based on the Foro Especial de la Educación Superior.

Back in 2015, the government provided a 7.5 percent increase to that fund. Since that time, government officials have approved only half of that. The fiscal crises plaguing public funds are among the largest reasons but that has not stopped students and unions to invoke the constitution that says that eight percent of the country’s gross-domestic-product must be applied toward funding education.

The finance committee of the legislature refused to meet with the marchers on Tuesday, however. They also denied the federation a meeting for Sept. 21, which happens to also be the day of discussing the country’s education part of the budget.

Already, the students are now calling for another march this coming Thursday at the Plaza 24 abril on the Universidad de Costa Rica’s campus at 5 p.m.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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9234-12/1/17


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

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Antigua and Barbuda relative to nearby countries and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Antigua and Barbuda will
rebuild itself, envoy says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Of all the Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, only the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda stands as an independent state with no parent country to rush to its aid with emergency relief and funds for reconstruction.

But Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador in Washington, said in an interview that his country is prepared to address the challenge alone if it must. “At the end of the day, it is our country, we have to try our best to keep it going as best we can,” he said stoically.

Aerial photos shot immediately after Irma had leveled Barbuda on its way to Florida showed the extent of the destruction, with an estimated 95 percent of all structures on the island flattened or heavily damaged by the monstrous whirlwind.

As soon as the storm had passed, authorities moved quickly to transfer Barbuda’s 1,800 residents to the larger sister island of Antigua, whose 80,000 residents were largely spared the storm’s wrath. “For the first time in 300 years” Sanders said, Barbuda has been left with no living person upon it.

It is a source of pride to Sanders that Antigua and Barbuda, which became independent from Britain in 1981, survived the hurricane with only one life lost, an achievement he attributes to careful planning.

But more miracles will be required if Antiqua and Barbuda is to rebuild relying only on its own resources.

Plenty of nations have spoken of helping, Sanders said, but few, especially the wealthy ones, have made concrete pledges, and many are preoccupied with more immediate needs.

The British, French and Dutch governments all are sending delegations to their respective island territories to demonstrate moral and material support, with French President Emmanuel Macron visiting St. Martin on Tuesday. The United States meanwhile is focused on assistance to Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands.

Sanders takes some comfort in reports that the American actor Robert de Niro, who had put in place investment plans in Barbuda before the storm struck, is very concerned about the devastation.

If international assistance is not forthcoming, Sanders said, Antigua and Barbuda will marshal the resources it has. And the most important of these is the tourist economy of Antigua, where hotels are still operating, airport and seaports are functioning, and people are going about their business in a normal way.

Sanders also urged the United States, irrespective of any financial aid, to make good on a World Trade Organization adjudicated award related to internet gambling, which his government has calculated to be worth about $270 million.

The dispute, which dates from 2004, remains unresolved despite a declaration by the United States Trade Representative's office in July 2015 that the two sides had met and that both governments have undertaken to continue the discussion at an early date with a view to reaching a final settlement.

“We are now in this crisis, if ever they want to settle this with us, now is the time,” Sanders said. “We are a small island state, we don’t have the vast territory of the United States, nor the huge infrastructure that you have, but the infrastructure which we have is important to us and to our survival.”


Lawmakers ask what’s next
after North Korean sanctions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Congressional lawmakers applauded the latest round of U.N. sanctions against North Korea, but said any resolution to the crisis stemming from Pyongyang's accelerated nuclear program would have to go through China.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, a Republican from California, said Tuesday the the Achilles heel of North Korea's nuclear program is its ability to obtain the hard currency needed to purchase technology from foreign sources.

If implemented, the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions adopted Monday would significantly reduce North Korean access to international currency and fuel needed for its banned ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

But lawmakers said new sanctions could only be effective if fully implemented and with additional efforts targeting the flow of hard currency from China and used by North Korea to purchase foreign technology for its weapons program.

“We need to dramatically ramp up the number of North Korea related designations. These designations do not require Beijing's cooperation. We can designate Chinese banks and companies unilaterally, giving them a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States,” Royce said in his opening remarks.

Action modeled along the lines of the Magnitsky Act sanctions against Russian individuals could be an additional option, suggested one House Republican closely involved in human rights issues. The Magnitsky act is a U.S. law imposing sanctions on Russian officials the United States holds responsible for the 2009 death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

“We know that China subsidizes North Korea's bad behavior,” said Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey. “It enables torture of asylum seekers by repatriating those who escaped to China in direct contravention of the Refugee Convention and provides Kim Jong-Un a needed currency by employing thousands of trafficked workers.”

Smith noted the U.N. Commission on Inquiry on North Korea had recommended sanctions against those individuals. Democrats on the House panel emphasized the need to develop diplomatic options to provide North Korea with incentives for good behavior.

North Korea has conducted 16 missile tests in 2017, including two intercontinental ballistic missile tests and a Sept. 3 nuclear test of a possible hydrogen bomb.

Monkey selfie case
settled in British court


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In the end, there was no monkey business.

British photographer David Slater has reached an agreement with the animal-rights group PETA over a selfie shot by a crested macaque.

Slater had left his camera unattended while on a trip to Indonesia in 2011 when a monkey named Naruto decided to take a selfie. The image of the amber eyes staring into the lens with a toothy grin became a huge favorite on the internet and an iconic image on Slater's business website.

Then in 2015 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a suit claiming Naruto owned the copyright to selfie photos it had shot with a photographer's camera. The group sought financial control of the use of the photograph on behalf of the monkey.

Slater's side argued the British copyright obtained for the photos by his company, Wildlife Personalities, should be honored worldwide.

On Monday, lawyers for PETA and Slater announced a deal, under which Slater would donate 25 percent of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques in Indonesia.

The attorneys asked the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case and throw out a lower-court decision that said animals cannot own copyrights.

Andrew Dhuey, an attorney for Slater, declined to comment on how much money the photos have generated or whether Slater would keep all of the remaining 75 percent of future revenue.

There was no immediate ruling from the 9th Circuit on the dismissal.


Apple introduces upgrades
to trademark iPhone X


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Apple released the latest in smartphone technology Tuesday, the $1,000 iPhone X, a gadget Apple calls the new generation of mobile communication.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new phone at the first event to be staged at the Steve Jobs Theater, named for the late Apple founder who introduced the iPhone 10 years ago.

"Ten years later, it is only fitting that we are here in this place, on this day, to reveal a product that will set the path for technology for the next decade," Cook said.

Among its many features, the new iPhone can shoot better photographs in low light and has wireless recharging. Perhaps its most unique new feature: The new phone can be unlocked by facial recognition. But the big question is, will consumers hand over $1,000 for a fancy, feature-laden telephone?

"Just because you're unhappy with your phone, just because it seems to not be working, doesn't necessarily mean that you absolutely need that shiny new thing," Mark Hamrick, a senior analyst with Bankrate.com, said.

But Hamrick says he believes Apple did a very good job with innovation along with the hardware and software that went into the iPhone X. He says there will always be a market for it, despite the high price tag.

Apple has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones since it released its first one in 2007. The company is looking to the iPhone X to revive its sagging market share as other companies grab a piece of the multibillion-dollar industry.

Also Tuesday, Apple introduced major upgrades to its TV streaming device and to the Apple Watch, including an ability to detect an elevated heart rate when the user is inactive.


Macron visits Caribbean
heavily damaged by Irma


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting French Caribbean islands that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Macron arrived Tuesday in Guadeloupe on a plane that brought water, food, medicine and emergency equipment. Macron met with local officials and emergency personnel at a Guadeloupe airport, where he promised more supplies and security forces for the islands, including nearby St. Martin and St. Barts islands, the hardest-hit by the storm.

After leaving Guadeloupe, Macron will visit St. Martin and St. Barts for meetings with residents.

Macron's Tuesday trip to St. Martin comes one day after King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Dutch side of the island, St. Maarten. Irma killed four people on St. Martin/St. Maarten and caused widespread damage.

There were reports of food, fuel and water shortages, as well as crime, on St. Martin days after the storm. Evacuees who arrived in the United States recounted the storm and the devastating effects it had on St. Martin/St. Maarten.

"The hurricane came into the apartment," said Justin Cummings, a Rye, New York resident who was on a three-month teaching assignment to St. Maarten. Cummings and 11 others sought shelter in his supervisor's apartment in Cole Bay.

After some 10 hours in the closet, about 45 minutes of calm set in with the arrival of the eye of the storm. During that period, Cummings and the others emerged from the closet and saw even more damage Irma had inflicted.

"It looked like a nuclear bomb blew up everything on the island. The apartment was just completely destroyed. We walked to the balcony, looked down at the beach, all the palm trees were ripped out. Everything was gone basically. It was like a nuclear bomb, it looked like nuclear war, basically. It looked like the apocalypse."

Although St. Martin/St. Maarten was under martial law, Cummings said he managed to get to the airport, where Dutch marines hurried him onto a special flight that was evacuating primarily sick and disabled people to Puerto Rico.

St. Martin/St. Maarten was one of several places that were devastated by Irma. The nearby islands of Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands were also heavily damaged.


Survivors of Balkan War
still denied justice today


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tens of thousands of women who survived enslavement and rape during the 1992-1995 war in the Balkans are still being denied justice, according to a report from Amnesty International.

A quarter of a century after the conflict began, the human rights group says many of the survivors are living in poverty and have lost all hope the perpetrators will face trial.

Mostly Serbian military or paramilitary groups subjected more than 20,000 Bosnian women to rape and sexual violence during the Balkan war. Many were held captive for months or years in so-called rape camps, tortured, and forcibly impregnated.

“The Bosnian authorities have failed to provide justice and reparations for the utmost majority of them. Only about 800 women are receiving a pension as civilian victims of war. And only about 120 perpetrators have been brought to justice,” said Todor Gartos of Amnesty.

Official designation as a civilian victim of war allows survivors access to a range of state services.

But under the 1995 Dayton Agreement that brought an end to the conflict, Bosnia and Herzegovina is divided into the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska.

"This means that women survivors who may be in one part of the country do not have access to this status,” said Gartos. “Consequently they don’t receive any of the services provided by the state. Other women had their statuses not granted because they couldn’t demonstrate that the violence, that the rape committed against them had caused long term sustained trauma and injuries to them.”

Since war crimes trials began in Bosnia in 2004, Amnesty reports less than one percent of the total number of rape victims have had their cases heard in court. Amnesty’s Gartos says the prosecution system has improved, but there are still huge obstacles.

“That included the lack of witness protection, women being exposed to perpetrators living in the same communities or perpetrators being protected because of their social status, so for example war generals or war veterans were less likely to be prosecuted.”

Amnesty says that has discouraged survivors from coming forward, undermining confidence in the prosecution system and generating an "overwhelming sense of impunity." Many survivors say they doubt they will live long enough to see justice.

Millions of refugee children
missing out on education


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 3.5 million refugee children aged five to 17 did not attend school last year to the detriment of their future and the future well being of society. The UNHCR is calling an education crisis for refugee children.

Children make up half of the 17.2 million refugees around the world and many of them are missing out on a productive future because they do not go to school.

The UNHCR warns neglecting the education of millions of refugee children will undermine the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, principally those targeting health, prosperity, equality and peace.

The refugee agency reports 91 percent of the world’s children attend primary school, compared to 61 percent for refugee children. It says that number drops to below 50 percent for refugee children in poor countries.

The agency finds those numbers drop precipitously as refugee children age, especially in the poorer countries. It says far fewer adolescents attend secondary school and enrollment in university is stuck at one percent.

UNHCR spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told VOA denying refugee children access to an education is short-sighted.

“There is a clear need for more solidarity and for making sure that people who take refugees in low income countries also have access to education. This is crucial," she said. "We know that these refugee children will one day go back to their home places and rebuild their countries. So, they are the future. If we do not invest in their future, we do not invest in the world’s future.”

The UNHCR urges governments to include refugee children in their national education systems. It also calls for more efforts to ensure refugee children are taught by properly trained and qualified teachers.


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Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
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In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17


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
CODE 9264-3/2/18

Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
CODE 9267-9/28/17

horse ranch
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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

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

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Hotel in
                                  Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning. Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing. Up to 40% financing / get residency through investor status / includes a corporation that is 27 years old and offshore banking account with  Banco National / possible 50/50 partnership. Super location in front of the Bosques de Escazú  Condos  / Monthly rentals available


Send an email hotelescazu@aol.com Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703 
In Costa Rica phone: 506- 8307-0164
9142-7/27/17


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

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

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


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



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

Link to Playas del Coco listings page HERE

Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

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

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

9174-2/7/18

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Published || Wednesday Edition, September 13, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 182
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Brodell Book
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

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

Trouble with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
Phone: (506) 8868-5561
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Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. The book is being discounted to $0.99 through October 31. It is available at all major online book stores. Preview or purchase at Amazon or visit  DustyPilot click here. Buy this book at Smashwords For more information Contact Dusty Pilot: Email dusty@dustypilot.com. Phone  001 440 796-4105

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

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

Trapped in Damas Cave
Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $0.99 until Aug. 30. 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¯

New
                        World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

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

    Life is a Tropical Garden By Victoria Torley 
    A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea….  Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com.  Order this book here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1522005986/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

faux emergency
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Emergency
                    simulation
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Rommel Téllez     

Emergency simulation in San José

At 10:05 a.m., visitors and staff from the Tribunal Supremo de Eleccciones had to evacuate the building following a simulation of a 6.5 richter scale earthquake. The participants and some unaware visitors were relocated into the neighboring Parque Nacional, while rescue teams provided help to fake victims trapped inside.

The simulation was organized by the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias to asses the responsiveness of the city in case of a real emergency.


Turrialba
                                                      cattle
Casa Presidencial photo     
Solís, far right, strikes his best cowboy pose at dairy farm.

Turrialba cattle farmers receive boost

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Around 1,000 cattle ranchers and livestock owners in Turrialba are getting a boost with a public initiative intended to improve supplies and equipment for the rehabilitation of dairy production, meat-breeding and dual purpose.

According to a statement from Casa Presidencial, 52 greenhouses were built from March to July this year for sweet pepper, celery, tomato, lettuce and coriander in and around the Turrialba area. Those resources are for dairy farmers and cattle ranchers engaged in specialized dairy production or livestock breeding.

The government said that it also has a dual purpose: mobile plastic modules for semi-housing, water network, fertilizer for pastures along with inputs for electric fencing. Total investment amounts to around 1.3 billion colones from the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias through the agriculture ministry.

“Our commitment to the agricultural sector has been, is and will be maintained until the last day of the administration,” said Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís who was on tour in Turrialba to view some of the livestock farms.

The decree also provides for 32 potato producers a total of 21 million colones in inputs such as fertilizers, fungicides and insecticides to help plantations recuperate from the El Niño phenomenon. Producers working in protected environments received help too.

52 environmentally-friendly structures with drip irrigation systems for agriculture were given at an investment of 78.5 million colones.

“The rehabilitation of agroproductive activities is necessary to safeguard the economic and social stability of the rural families that depend on them,” said Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini, the agriculture minister. “The investment we have made, thanks to the resources of the CNE, allows us to provide better technologies and modern tools to help them adapt to climate change.”



Employment will grow soon, firm says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two out of ten companies plan to increase their staff in the last quarter of the year, according to the latest Manpower Group survey.

Manpower Group is a multinational recruitment and consulting firm specializing in the field of human resources. The analysis took into account around 620 companies operating in Costa Rica.

They were asked if they anticipate staff changes in their organizations in the next quarter when compared to the current one. The employment rate is the best of the year and it even exceeds that of many other countries worldwide, according to Manpower.

Geographically, the provinces with the highest recruitment expectations are Guanacaste, Limón and Puntarenas, all of which regularly see upshots in employment due to the rise in available seasonal positions in the tourism industry.

On the contrary, the construction industry is the one where the least employment is expected, according to the research findings. The report also shows that recruitment possibilities have increased by seven percent since July.




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Insurance spending matches regional average

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last year, Costa Ricans spent $246 to buy policies, both compulsory and voluntary while the regional average amounted to $250, according to data from the Asociación de Supervisores de Seguros de Latinoamerica. 



That means the average per capita spending of Costa Ricans in insurance policies reached that of the rest of Latin America for the first time in 2016.

 The association keeps track of the the insurance market data for 19 Latin American countries. The information does not include expenditure on public insurance schemes such as that administered by the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.



In 2009, the average insurance spending was $140. Once competition began to hit the insurance market, statistics began to have an annual increase of 10 percent, according to the organization.

Currently, there are 13 Insurance companies registered before the Superintendencia de Seguros, the state agency that regulates the market.

Some other Latin American countries show greater per capita investment. In the case of Chile the average is $645, in Uruguay $379 and in Panamá $362, according to the document.

Last year, voluntary insurance accounted for 76 percent of Costa Rican insurance spending, especially in car and fire protection, health and life.



According to data from the superintendency, by 2009, there were 77 insurance policies were registered for sale in Costa Rica. At the end of 2016, the amount rose to 664 products.

As of Jan. 2017, the Insituto Nacional de Seguros leads the insurance market, including the voluntary and the mandatory policies.  According to data from the Superintendencia, the Instituto controls 89 percent of the market, followed by Panamerican Life Insurance with 4.4 percent, Assa Compañía de Seguros with 2 percent and Aseguradora del Istmo with 1.9 percent.