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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Heavy rains, flooding and landslides have prompted the Comisión Nacional de las Emergencias to issue a yellow alert throughout much of the country Thursday.

According to a statement from the CNE, the yellow alert was still active for the: Central Pacific, North Pacific, South Pacific, Central Valley and the Huetar Norte. With this alert, the institution initiated several measures to meet this problem such as the activation of all emergency committees and coordination of technical as well as institutional announcements.

Based on weather reports from the Instituto Metereológico Nacional, much of Costa Rica was affected by the passing of the 42nd tropical storm. The institute had reported a total of 826 incidents Thursday night in relation to the storm. Currently, at least 182 people remain in shelters at the moment.

The locations for these shelters in the San José central canton are at: La Carpio, La Unión de Barrio México, Asserí, Grecia, Moravia, Tibás and Curridabat among others.

Amid rumors that the power grid would be out, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said that there have been no situations that would create widespread blackouts. The statement came out late Thursday evening.

The weather institute predicted at the time that heavy rains could be present for much of the northern part of the country from Limón and Alajuela all the way through to central Guanacaste.

IMN urged people to take shelter in cases of high winds or thunderstorms as well as to exercise extreme caution while out traveling.

Flooding was reported in the canton of El Guarco and there is landslides seen in Purral de Guadalupe, the CNE said. Emergency committee members were out in the field monitoring and assessing the damage and trying to distribute supplies.

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Severe flooding in El Guarco, Cartago.

Out in the Grecia area, the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados was working with the local emergency committee and the municipality to provide freshwater to residents in Puente de Piedra. Parts of Cartago province were also experiencing power outages Thursday evening as well.

Rains are fairly common in Costa Rica as anyone who has experienced the rainy season in the country knows. October and November are particular times when heavy rains fall frequently and with great intensity. This yellow alert represents the first one issued across large swathes of the country for the entire year.

The alerts come in three stages: green, yellow and red. Green alerts have been issued more frequently in the past few weeks in relation to the flooding and landslides in local areas as well as the Ministerio de Salud’s green alert issued for malaria. The CNE or IMN did not set a deadline as to when this alert would be lifted.



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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial authorities have identified the remains of the body found out yesterday at a Finca in Pejibaye de Pérez Zeledón, whose discovery let to the detention of a U.S. citizen.

According to Walter Espinoza, director of the Judicial Investigation Organization, the body is that of a 33-year old female, in an advanced state of decay with injuries around her neck.

Espinoza explained the U.S. man in custody is now under formal arrest and has been charged with the death of the female by the prosecutors from the Ministerio Público.

As for the arrested suspect, the Power Judicial announced that he would be sent to four months preventive detention.

Espinoza explained their current hypothesis is that the crime is a result of problems between the couple. Neighbors described the two as having a stormy if not violent relationship, authorities said.

When raided, police officers found an AK-47 submachine gun, a shotgun and ammunition. However, no traces of gunshots were found as part of the evidence. The corpse of the woman was taken to the Morgue Judicial where further investigation will be carried out.



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The criminal court in Quepos and Parrita sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for the rape and aggravated robbery of a U.S. tourist.

According to a statement from the Ministerio Público, the sentence was issued yesterday following at least a decade since the crime was committed. On April 20, 2006, five men approached a 34-year old woman from the United States. This woman was not alone. Another man accompanied her. The crime occurred in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.

Based on the investigation, the man was attacked and bludgeoned in the head while the woman was raped and her belongings stripped from her, prosecutors said. Police subsequently arrested suspects a day later. The rape was apparently a brutal one because the men were covered in blood when they returned to their nearby construction jobs, officials said back in 2006. A guard there became suspicious and called officers. Investigators found bloody clothes on the beach as evidence of the crime.

The Oficina de Asesoría Técnica y Relaciones Internacionales assisted in helping prosecutors locate the woman who testified in the case via videoconference.

The man will now serve six months in pretrial detention while the sentence is finalized, prosecutors said. The case is numbered: 06-000357-072-PE.


New reform seeks S.A. resurrection

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 266,000 corporations that were dissolved for not paying the corporate tax for over three years, could be brought back to life with the approval of a reform within the Asamblea Legislativa.

The initiative, promoted by legislator Gerardo Vargas from the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana seeks to reform a temporary article in the Ley de Impuesto a las Personas Jurídicas and the Código Notarial.

In December 2015, the Sala Constitucional of the Costa Rican Supreme Court declared the corporation tax unconstitutional and concluded that taxpayers should pay the amounts owed that year. Otherwise, they would face fines, interests and the dissolution of the societies.

That is why the Registro Nacional purged that number of companies originally, despite the fact that many had already ceased to be delinquent. According to Vargas, the reform introduces the opportunity to stop the dissolution of the 266 thousand companies, as long as they catch up with their fiscal duties.

He also said that way the state could recover more than ¢13 billion to be invested in police forces.


Caja issues alert on fake medicine

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social refuted a video apparently going viral on social media networks about some fake medicine.

According to a statement from the social security group, the Caja does not distribute that kind of drug from its pharmacies as the video appeared to suggest. “Based on the verification carried out by institutional specialists, at the moment, there is no record of any drug produced by the pharmaceutical laboratory that, according to the video, manufactures that product,” the Caja said in its statement.

The video appears to suggest that this medication retains some of the benefits of Vitamin D. The vitamin is responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. This drug is being distributed in what are known as blíster vaciós, or blister packs, which are strips of drugs with the foil or covering needing to be popped or peeled off.

The Caja provides its patients Alfacalcidol, which is an analogue of Vitamin D, said Dr. Esteban Vega de la O of the Coordinación Nacional de Servicios Farmacéuticos. It is primarily given to patients with osteoporosis, osteopenia and kidney diseases, the Caja said.

Vega de la O also said that the institution has a standards and quality control lab that constantly monitors the drugs distributed throughout Costa Rica that is accredited by the World Health Organization. If this lab verifies that there has been a failure then it will issue a recall on the product, the specialist explained.

At this point, the Caja said that its drug is manufactured in another laboratory and there are no reports of therapeutic failures or rejections in 2016 and 2017. It recommends that people only accept drugs officially sanctioned and provided by accredited health and pharmaceutical facilities.




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Canadian pianist and U.S. conductor return to lead orchestra show
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Under the baton of Carl St. Clair with the return of Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre as the soloist, Costa Rica’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will present its ninth concert of the official season this weekend.

The concerts will be today and Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively, at the Teatro Nacional, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

Lefèvre studied piano at the Conservatoire national Supérieur de Musique de Paris and has performed in more than 40 countries including a November 2014 performance in Costa Rica.

Aside from his guest appearances with this orchestra, the Canadian has also appeared alongside the Royal London Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of France, the National Orchestra in Washington D.C. and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

St. Clair is a U.S. citizen originally from Texas who was named the principal conductor of the Costa Rican orchestra back in 2013.

His work has taken him across the United States and Europe, particularly in Germany where he was the general music director for the Komische Oper Berlin before resigning the post in 2010, according to the group’s website.

Lefèvre will be doing a solo for the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

However, the orchestra will play “Rest” by American composer Frank Ticheli in its version for strings, the ministry said. This represents the first performance of this piece in Costa Rica. Rounding off the show will be Symphony No. 9 in E minor by Antonín Dvorak.

Alain
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Alain Lefèvre returns to Costa Rica for new performance.

Tickets are on sale at the box office or the website of the Teatro Nacional, organizers said. The cost will be between 4,000 and 18,000 colones depending on seating arrangement. A 50 percent discount can be applied at the ticket office for seniors and students with proper display of identification.


Canada political party creates satirical Costa Rica vacation raffle
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Canadian political party is creating a raffle for two residents of Manitoba province to have an all-inclusive vacation to Costa Rica and “live like part-time Premier Brian Pallister for a week,” according to the sponsoring party.

The New Democrats Party is a progressive party whose provincial office kicked off this first raffle. The impetus stems from the continued issue that some Canadians in the province are having with Pallister’s frequent visits to his home near Playa Tamarindo. Pallister first came under scrutiny by the Canadian press last year when he spent what appeared to be extended periods of time abroad and apparently out of contact.

The premier has countered in previous press conferences that he is still working even from his vacation home but the situation was aggravated when it was discovered some of the province’s official business was being sent out using his wife’s email address. Couple that with an ongoing healthcare debate in the province and the once-popular premier is finding his approval ratings slipping to below 50 percent.

“Nobody begrudges a busy guy, but when he goes down, he checks out of his responsibilities apparently,” said Andrew Swan, a member of the provincial legislative assembly and New Democrats Pary.

Swan told A.M. Costa Rica that the raffle was an opportunity to raise money both for the political party and to send two Manitobans down to Playa Tamarindo for a weeklong vacation. For Swan, the issue is not Pallister’s frequent vacations but his lack of communication while gone—something that he claims the Canadian press find equally frustrating.

Swan attributes the premier’s sagging popularity to the healthcare debate in the province but also toward the issues indirectly related toward Costa Rica. Attempts to contact Pallister directly by A.M. Costa Rica for comment have been met with no response from the premier or his staff.


The raffle includes a one-week vacation to an all-inclusive resort in Tamarindo close to the Pallister family’s private villa, according to the New Democrats’ website. To enter, one needs to pay $20 Canadian per ticket. The raffle will be Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in the party’s provincial offices.
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The party said that its paid staff and president are not eligible to win.

“There are date restrictions because we are required to ensure the advertised value of the trip resembles the final cost when it’s booked by the winner,” said Matt Austman, a spokesperson with New Democrats.


“Peak vacation times can dramatically increase prices, and value of the prize was estimated based on requirement it take place by December 31, 2018. In Canada, it’s common for blackout dates and travel restrictions to apply to vacation prize raffles.”

Manitoba is a province within the central part of the country that shares its southern border with the United States. Its capital is Winnipeg and is Canada’s fifth-most populous province.

Pallister began his political career in the provincial legislative assembly in 1992 before becoming a member of parliament of Canada’s House of Commons in 2000.

He assumed the role of premier in May 2016. The premier is something similar to a state governor in the United States. Swan’s job is closely related to a state-level representative or senator.


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Government says it cannot afford to pay its workers' social security
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Just eight weeks after the government enforced a 1 percent hike on all worker's contributions to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, it has now announced it lacks the money to comply with its own obligation.

Last year, the state's contribution increased from a 0.58 percent of each worker to 1.24 percent, but as of today, the government has not paid any of the increase, according to Helio Fallas, Ministro de Hacienda.

Fallas also said they will continue paying the old percentage, since the ministry never agreed to the increase. Fallas also blamed the fiscal deficit and the lack of liquidity as the two main reasons why government will continue to fall behind on its payments, at least until 2018.

That means that the next year, government would fail to transfer $123 million to the social security fund, which accounts for the 0.20 percent of gross domestic product for that year. The situation has scared and angered union leaders who fought against the measures.

“Public workers are not the ones to blame for the fiscal crisis. They should be provided healthcare as any other worker who pay its dues,” said Albino Vargas, president of the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados.

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Fallas announced that the government cannot pay itself.

In the case of the Unión Nacional de Empleados de la Caja y la Seguridad Social, their members have said this is a very serious situation, because the responsibilities of the fiscal deficit are being transferred to the citizens, according to Luis Chavarría, the secretary general.

"Helio Fallas is putting at risk not only the income for our social security, but has also decided to evade the responsibility of the Government to finance health services," he said.

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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.
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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. 

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

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.

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

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Send us your:
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Ombudsman challenges SUTEL decision to open mobile market
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Defensoría de los Habitantes of Costa Rica reported that today it challenged before the Consejo de la Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones the resolution of last Sept. 22 that allowed to release the rates of telephones and mobile internet.

The appeal for revocation states that there are no elements in the resolution that have changed the opinion of the ombudsman's office to oppose a market without regulations.

According to the Defensoría, the superintendency's resolution does not comply with the requirements of law, as it does not have the technical rigor or strong arguments to ensure that the telecommunications market can operate in free competition.

“It is not a resolution, it is an administrative task full of errors,” the document says. “There is no evidence of effective competition in the retail telecommunications market but there is evidence of how hard it is for users to access the necessary information required to choose the operator that fit them better,” the statement adds.

The Superintendencia declared on Sept. 22  effective competition in the telecom market, so that the prices for services will be freely fixed by the operators.



The Costa Rican telecom market was largely controlled by the state monopoly Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, until it was opened to private competition in 2011. Thereafter prices were regulated by the Superintendencia to avoid unfair competition.



75 tourism companies officially certified for sustainability efforts
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

To celebrate World Tourism Day, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo awarded more than 75 certificates to Costa Rican tourism companies for their commitment to sustainability.

“For more than three decades, Costa Rica has conceived sustainability as the mainstay of its Tourism Development Model, becoming a competitive advantage and the main differentiating element of its destination,” said Mauricio Ventura, the minister of Turismo. “We congratulate the companies that have been awarded the CST, in a period of great importance to the tourism industry.”

Costa Rica created this certification over 20 years, Ventura said in a statement. The certificate comes when international organizations are in the midst of promoting this form of tourism. The impact can be felt particularly in this country where a traveler can find any number of advertisements and postings by businesses throughout the country related to their sustainability programs.

Currently, more than 380 companies have been certified. These companies are categorized based on four types: lodging establishments, car rental companies, tour operators, sustainable theme parks, sustainable gastronomic companies and tour operators along the coast.

Mauricio Ventura
Instituto Costarricense del Turismo photo    
Mauricio Ventura announces the certifications.

Based on data provided by the tourism institute, the majority of those certified are lodging establishments with general tour operators coming second.



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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.  
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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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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!
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This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most of of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture. A practical pronunciation will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon click here





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Income tax on interest for foreigners lowered

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Monday, foreigners who invest in securities in Costa Rica must pay an income tax of 8 percent on the interest they receive.

The decision was taken by the Ministerio de Hacienda after a resolution issued by the Procuraduría General de la República, which is the local equivalent of the solicitor general’s office. In that resolution, the Procuraduría explains it is irrelevant where the client lives in order to determine the tax.

The confusion arises from a reform made to article 59 of the Ley de Impuesto sobre la Renta, which gave the false idea that national investors had to pay eight percent while foreigners not residing in Costa Rica should pay 15 percent, according to the document C-213-2017 issued by the Procuraduría.

The misunderstanding also came from an order issued by the Dirección General de Tributación in 2015, where the payments differentiation was established. That difference in criteria started to created some uncertainty among investors, so the Ministerio de Hacienda started working on a bill to be taken before the Legislative Assembly and, by the force of law, clarify what the correct amount was.

However, taking into consideration the Asamblea could take an indefinite amount of time in a reform effort, the Ministerio de Hacienda also sent a clarification request to the Procuraduría.

On Sept. 20, the answer was the same provided a few weeks ago to the Superintendencia General de Valores, which had the same questions.

Since the Procuraduría resolutions are legally binding for the Ministerio de Hacienda, the 8 percent deduction has applied since last Monday. As of now, Hacienda has not provided information on what will happen with the investor's who had mistakenly paid the 15 percent tax on their interests.