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Heavy rains and mudslides shut down major roads
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Parts of Costa Rica were pummeled with deluges of heavy rain and flooding this past weekend. This has caused obvious issues with landslides knocking out homes and debris as well as mud blocking up roads.

The public works ministry and the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad announced Monday afternoon that its crews were working to clear the roads partially or totally closed from heavy rains in the last few hours. Around 7 a.m. that morning, officials from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said a total of eight national routes were having issues.

These include: Ruta Nacional 1 between San Ramón and Palmares and at Kilometer 55 due to landslide, Ruta Nacional 3 between Desmonte and El Aguacate, Ruta Nacional 2 between Palmar Norte and Paso Real, and Ruta Nacional 206 between Desamparados and Colpalchí. These roads were still totally closed as of Monday afternoon, according to the ministry.

Partial closures, meanwhile, were at: Ruta Nacional 2 in a location between Cartago and El Empalme, Ruta Nacional 209 between Aserrí and Palmichal, Ruta Nacional 239 between Puriscal and Ciudad Colón in the area of Tiquirrisí de Mora and at Ruta Nacional 313 at Monterrey de Aserrí.

Public works officials cited landslides as the primary reasons for the vast majority of these closures. Some also were experiencing debris falling onto the road constantly and impeding passage.

Ruta 1 downed tree
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Debris partially blocks passage on
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Ruta
                              2 at Palmar Norte
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Ruta Nacional 2 at Palmar Norte turned into mud pit following storms.

A.M. Costa Rica recommends that drivers should plan accordingly and monitor reports from the ministry or CONAVI in relation to this issue for further updates.

These closures are subject to change as crews clear all debris or obstructions on the road.


Cases of extortion on the rise, judiciary says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Inflammatory text messages, threads and many other intimidating techniques are increasing among so-called informal creditors whose targets are low-income people, according to the Judicial Investigation Organization.

The rate of extortion has also gone up, according to Douglas Rodríguez, chief at the Delitos Varios investigativation unit. Rodríguez said the OIJ is has investigated 166 extortion complains since the beginning of 2017, most of them related to excessive high-interest loans granted by people unregistered in the formal financial system.

These creditors target taxi drivers, immigrants, house-makers and elderly people to offer up to $35,000 loans that should be paid in a very short term and at a high interested rate. This causes the debtors to drown and not being able to catch up with the payments, explained Rodríguez.

He said as of now, the Judicial Police has arrested 45 people associated to this kind of practices; most of them thugs in charge of collecting the money by intimidation or physical violence.

“A high percentage of the victims come from the poorest neighborhoods located in the south of San José.” Rodríguez said.

“Most of them do not have access to the formal banking system and their deals are all verbal— no contracts, no paperwork, no proof of payment.”

As an example, Rodríguez mentioned the case of person who asked for a $20 loan and had to pay $10 in interests every two weeks. “When debtors fall behind, collectors also target families, workmates, spouses and friends.” he added.

Apparently authorities have already identified several organizations and individuals running these extortion businesses.
Many of them take advantage of information many naïvely post on social networks and use it against the victims at a certain point.

Among the suspects arrested so far, there are two men who apparently were in charge of recovering the debts left behind by the Akl brothers.

Back in May, Elías Akl was shot to death in Escazú by two man who are still on run. After some investigation, police learned that Akl and his brother ran this kind of business and linked his death to it.

The organization of the two brothers offered loans in the Escazú and Sabana areas. At some point there were 20 complaints against them, but several people declined to continue with the process and right now only seven of those cases are under investigation.

Rodríguez warned people not to take loans from unofficial financial entities, not posting too much personal information on social networks and avoid money businesses with organizations that advertise on the electricity poles.


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Police officers in Jacó detained two groups of people suspected of committing a string of thefts in tourist areas this past weekend.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, four people were apprehended as part of an apparent group dedicated to stealing from vehicles. Police received a call about these men and conducted sweeps around Garabito canton to find the thieves. Officers discovered this group apparently midway through committing another theft and they ran away after seeing the police. Two of the men are apparently Colombians while the other three are Costa Rican, police said.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Defensoría de los Habitantes has issued a call for the Costa Rican government to enforce international agreements aimed to protect the rights of seniors.

The Defensoría, which is the country's ombudsman for citizens, said it is a priority to address the issue of aging in the implementation of public policies by allocating human and financial resources and thus, comply with Human Rights of this population.

The calls come after repeated complaints filed by senior Costa Ricans in regards to discrimination for work opportunities, access to public services and an effective social security network. The Defensoría also pointed out the need to support older people from natural disasters due to their higher degree of vulnerability.

“The Defensoría is concerned that binding international regulations, which the country has agreed upon, have not yet being fully implemented,” said the organization in a statement.

“This office reminds the Costa Rican government of its duty to comply with the recommendations issued by independent experts,” the document reads.

Back in May, 2016 a special investigator from the United Nations Organizations carried out an evaluation on the state of older people when it comes to discrimination, violence, lack of access to social security and negligence.

According to data from the privately-run Asociación Gerontológica Costarricense, there are about 440,000 citizens aged 65 years and up. That figure is expected to rise to 1.2 million by the year 2050.

 Every month, about 100 seniors approach the organization to denounce physical and patrimonial violence, as well as negligence by their relatives, according to the Asociación.

The entity has also reported  that out of 1,300 they receive each year, 48 percent are related to psychological, physical and sexual violence, as well as violence against property.

Most reports have to do with situations in which the elder's relatives take away their property, such as their income or state. In the past, research has shown the existence of people who live on their grandparents’ or parents’  pensions, forcing those pensioners to pay for house, food and other expenses.

Patrimonial violence, according to the Estado de la Nación report, also occurs in a large number of cases where people living with their parents take advantage of their homes when they reach old age, claiming rights and inheritances.


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Alajuela judge orders prison to halt transfer of all new arrivals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An Alajuela judge ordered the Luis Paulino Mora Penitentiary Center to shut its doors down to new inmates due to overcrowding and inhuman condition, confirmed the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz.

The judge Carlos Alvarado also ordered the director of the facilities to relocate 200 people from the general population and improve the infrastructure by carrying out demolitions in the C1 and C2 units, as well as rebuilding the toilets. To comply with the orders, Alvarado set a six-month deadline.

The sentence was issued on July 25 and notified to the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz by a letter sent on Sept.11.

By the time the order was issued there were a total of 1,182 inmates serving their time at the Luis Paulino Mora facilities. As of today, the administration has been able to relocate only 106 prisoners and continues to find a place for the other 94, according to David Delgado, press officer at the Ministerio.

From those already relocated, 77 were transferred to what's called a Régimen Seminstitucional, meaning they just have to spend a few nights a week at a special center. The remaining 28 were released because they served their time or received a special benefit from other judges to finish their sentences.

The Luis Paulino Mora jail was build to house low risk offender, whose sentences are less than 12 years.

On July 2016, Judge Roy Murillo also ordered the shutting down of the San Sebastian prison, in San Jose due to overpopulation. Although it only has a capacity for 559 people, it housed 1,278 prisoners. Up to date, the country's prisons have a population of 13,824 inmates and an overpopulation of 3,124, meaning 29 percent overcrowding.

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Overcrowded cells stacked with people were one of the reasons for this court-ordered transfer.

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Guardacostas and non-profit in Limón province rescue 24,000 turtles
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Guardacostas were sent out to patrol the beaches of Barra del Pacuare near Siquirres in Limón and after eight months of that, their consolation prize was rescuing over 24,000 baby turtles.

According to Alexis Umaña, the commander of the local coast guard station, his staff and the non-profit environmentalist group, Widecast, managed to rescue 162 leatherback nests, 70 green tortoise nests and six tortoiseshell nests in the area. Despite that meaning over 24,000 of these little guys would be saved, it is likely that few will reach adulthood despite the efforts, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

In some of these cases, the eggs were seized and at other times, the officers found the nests abandoned by the mother who fled from the police presence, the ministry said. These eggs were relocated to Widecast’s shelter in Barra del Pacuare so as to be safely incubated.

Widecast is really an acronym that stands for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network. The organization is a multinational one spanning at least 40 countries and territories within the Caribbean area. As one can surmise, their primary focus is on the preservation of the sea turtle population. The main base of operations for the project in Costa Rica is at Tortuguero.

The environmentalists have studied the marine turtle population there since 1954, the group said. Some of the work they do is satellite tagging sea turtles to study their migration patterns from their nesting grounds at the park to the wider Caribbean Sea. Based on the security ministry report, it appears that many members of this group are foreign volunteers that take care of the turtles 24 hours a day.

The coast guard officers took the eggs away from the beaches to prevent nest thieves from robbing them and selling in places such as Limón or other parts of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. According to the ministry, the nesting season for the leatherback turtle goes from February to the end of June while the green turtles reproduce from July to late September. The hawksbill turtles do not have a fixed mating season.

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If your child is bilingual, learning more languages might be easier
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It is often claimed that bilinguals are better than monolinguals at learning languages. Now, the first study to examine bilingual and monolingual brains as they learn an additional language offers new evidence that supports this hypothesis, researchers say.

The study, conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center and published in the journal “Bilingualism: Language and Cognition,” suggests that early bilingualism helps with learning languages later in life.

“The difference is readily seen in language learners’ brain patterns. When learning a new language, bilinguals rely more than monolinguals on the brain processes that people naturally use for their native language,” says the study’s senior researcher, Michael Ullman, professor of neuroscience at Georgetown.

“We also find that bilinguals appear to learn the new language more quickly than monolinguals,” says lead author Sarah Grey, an assistant professor in the department of modern languages and literature at Fordham University.

Ms. Grey worked with Ullman and co-author Cristina Sanz, on this study for her doctoral research at Georgetown. Ms. Sanz is a professor of applied linguistics at Georgetown.

The 13 bilingual college students enrolled in this study grew up in the U.S. with Mandarin-speaking parents, and learned both English and Mandarin at an early age. The matched comparison group consisted of 16 monolingual college students, who spoke only English fluently.

The researchers studied Mandarin-English bilinguals because both of these languages differ structurally from the new language being learned. The new language was a well-studied artificial version of a Romance language, Brocanto2, that participants learned to both speak and understand.

Using an artificial language allowed the researchers to completely control the learners’ exposure to the language.

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Bilingual brains could become multilingual easier.

The two groups were trained on Brocanto2 over the course of about a week. At both earlier and later points of training, learners’ brain patterns were examined with electroencephalogram  electrodes on their scalps, while they listened to Brocanto2 sentences. This captures the natural brain-wave activity as the brain processes language. 

They found clear bilingual/monolingual differences. By the end of the first day of training, the bilingual brains, but not the monolingual brains, showed a specific brain-wave pattern, termed the P600. P600s are commonly found when native speakers process their language. In contrast, the monolinguals only began to exhibit P600 effects much later by the last day of training. Moreover, on the last day, the monolinguals showed an additional brain-wave pattern not usually found in native speakers of languages. 

“There has been a lot of debate about the value of early bilingual language education,” said Ms. Grey. “Now, with this small study, we have novel brain-based data that points towards a distinct language-learning benefit for people who grow up bilingual.”

The other study co-author is psycholinguist Kara Morgan-Short, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, who also conducted her graduate work with Ms. Sanz and Ullman.


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Visit the Largest Gallery in Costa Rica
Featuring artistic expressions of Costa Rican culture, heritage and traditions, the Hidden Garden Art Gallery has been your source for fine art since 2010.  Here you will find 15 large rooms of art in a beautiful, tranquil setting, with more than 60 artists showcasing traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and giclee prints.  Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) towards the beaches. Stop in for a visit to enjoy the view!

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Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Relocation/Retirement tour with the
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OF RELOCATION*

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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.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!
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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.

George Lundquist, Retirement, Relocation, and Lifestyle Guide. Email : lundquistgeorge@gmail.com
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All our handcrafted products are made in Sarchi with pride and quality by artisans who are dedicated to designing, crafting, and delivering our furniture to you. Please visit our website and send us a picture and specifications of what YOU like, or just send us pictures from anywhere you wish. We will quote you right back with a more than competitive price and an on-time delivery date. Delivery and set up available throughout Costa Rica. We have different Costa Rican woods from which you may choose. 
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Adolfo's Cell 506-8831-4306
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U.S. Income Tax Services (paid category)

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

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

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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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
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Real estate-related services (paid category)

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Psychiatric Services
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Send us your:
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Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
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9234-12/1/17


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Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary

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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.
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Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
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San Rafael de Alajuela inaugurates so-called first inclusive park
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Children suffering from any handicap or reduced mobility have a new recreational place in San Rafael de Alajuela, after their first so-called inclusive park was inaugurated this past Saturday.

Here, games and toys are adapted for the user in wheelchairs, according to Eugenia Echeverría, president of the Costa Rican Rotary Club.

According to her, it was back in 2015 when she started selling the idea, but it was not until two years later that the project received the financial support from the municipality and three private companies.

The park includes five special games modules, which have a hammock, a folding platform and a handrail adapted for wheelchairs. Two other devices will allow children with reduced mobility to swing in a second hammock practically lying down.

The purchase of the modules was carried out with a $8,700 grant from the municipality. In addition, the companies Concasa, Ternerina and MECO built a concrete base in which wheelchairs could move.

Inclusive park
Costa Rican Rotary Club photo     
The before and after of the park in Alajuela.

"This opening is a historic event for the province of Alajuela because it is its first inclusive park, we hope it will be an example so that other nearby communities are motivated to open spaces of equality and coexistence for children with disabilities," said Ms. Echeverria. "In this community there are 150 children with disabilities so we decided that they should have a space to be able to have fun and healthy to stop being locked in the houses."

Costa Rica presents new resolutions to add to Geneva Convention
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica presented a draft for three new resolutions before the Council of Human Rights in the last meeting that took place in Switzerland from Sep. 11 to 29.

According to the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Costa Rica and other unspecified countries presented drafts for a resolution against the death penalty, the establishment of a world program in human rights education and the right to conscientious objection to military service.
The two latter proposals were unanimously approved by all members of the council while the last one was approved by a majority of votes.
According to the Ministerio, Costa Rica also supported several resolutions against the human rights situation currently happening in Myanmar, Yemen and Burundi.

The diplomatic representation of the country also spoke against arbitrary detentions and formed part of the International Independent Investigation Mission on Myanmar.

The Ministerio said during the latest meetings a total of 35 resolution drafts were discussed.


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


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The Trouble with Cash
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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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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
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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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Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
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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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Food sector trained in new U.S. export rules

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 50 companies coming from the agricultural and food processing sector have been trained in preventive controls for food products targeted to human consumption.

This update is mandatory to comply with new rules of exports to the United States.

 The training took place at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, with the aim of certifying each participant as a Qualified Individual in Preventive Controls.



Recent regulations in the United States require a person certified in controls. The responsibility of this person will be to elaborate the plan of food safety in the companies, to validate the preventive controls, to review registries and other tasks.



Within the preventive controls, it includes the subject of allergens, control of suppliers and the withdrawal plan of any given product.