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Some bridges were also wiped out during the intense flooding.

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Edges of Tropical Storm Nate leave severe damage
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tropical storm Nate has left the country with at least six dead people, 377,000 with no water, about 7,000 living in emergency shelters, 11 people disappeared and more than a 1,000 calls to the 9-1-1 system.

The deaths occurred as a consequence of landslides, falling trees and car accidents. They were reported in Cartago, Mora, Valverde Vega, Tarrazú and Santa Cruz, according to the Cruz Roja Costarricense.

What started as a low pressure system later evolved into tropical storm Nate, which has pummeled the country's infrastructure.

As of now, Ruta Nacional 32, a major artery that connects San José to Limón remains closed until further notice, according to the latest afternoon statement from the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad.

The reason is heavy landslides and debris.

For those who need to head to or from the Atlantic coast or province of Limón, CONAVI recommends drivers it take the Ruta Nacional 10  passing through  Turrialba or take the newly inaugurated Bajos de Chilamate-Vuelta Kooper.

Ruta Nacional 1 is not an option because of another landslide between Río Grande and Cañal Grande.

There are also some other landslides along Ruta Nacional 32, while Ruta Nacional 34 has been flooded by the Tárcoles and Las Palmas rivers and remains closed.

Some other closed roads are 21 Santa Cruz-Nambí-Nicoya, 218 Coronado-Rancho Redondo, 107 Poás de Alajuela, 723 from Chilamate towards Poás, 209 Ram Luna - Ojo de Agua, 243 Pérez Zeledón - Dominical due to the collapse of the bridge at Las Palmas community.

Those in need to take Ruta Nacional 27, which connects San José and Caldera, should be warned the road is closed at Kilometro 38 between Atenas and Orotina.

This is also due to landslides, according to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

There is a partial 35-kilometer long closure on Ruta Nacional 2, between the villages of Buenos Aires and Paso Real due to landslides.

Other roads fully closed are: 243 at Río Palma, 321 in Pérez Zeledón, 34 Bajo Capulín, 141 Bajo Tapezco, 228 Tablón Copalchi, 126 between Cinco Esquinas and Cinchona, 142 between Cañas and Tilarán and 707 at Turrubares.

Airport operations have also been affected by Nate. Currently Jetblue, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Copa Airlines have had to change the itinerary on some of their flights or cancel them.

Some of these cancelled flights were: Copa CM392 coming from Guatemala to San José, CM145 and CM115 going from San José to Ciudad de Panamá, CM391 from San José to Guatemala  and CM168 between Managua and San José. More updates are expected from the airports.
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Pets were rescued during the storm too.

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Tourist police helped in evacuations.

At Daniel Oduber Quirós international airport in Guanacaste province, all domestic flights have been cancelled until further notice, according to Dirección General de Aviación Civil. The smaller Puerto Jiménez, Palmar Sur, Tamarindo, Nosara, Coto 47 and Pavas will remain shut down, according to the dirección.

In the morning, the Instituto Nacional de Electricidad also informed the shutting down of its hydroelectric plants at Cachí, Brasil, El Encanto, Cote, Electriona and Ventanas.

The measure is taken due to sudden flow increases in the river. According to the Instituto, the national electrical grid continues working as usual and the geothermal plant at Miravalles is working to its full capacity.

However, during the afternoon, the Instituto said about 35,000 people were lacking electricity in 54 communities located in the Chorotega, Central, Central Pacific and Brunca regions. The blackout meant 400 two-men support groups were deployed to re-establish the power.

In regards water supply, the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados reported 377,000 people did not have the service due to the lack of electricity that power the pumps. Other reasons are avalanches affecting the pipes and sedimentation.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social announced that its facilities and services would remain open. Officials from the institution said that there were no new closures of local clinics due to the flooding or landslides at this time.

All national parks are now closed excluding access for emergency services at this time, according to the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación.



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Foreign ministry to repatriate Ticos trapped inside Puerto Rico
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto is coordinating the repatriation of Costa Ricans who lost everything due to Hurricane María, the government announced in a Thursday statement. However, authorities do not have a final figure of how many are in need of help.

According to the vice-minister, Alejandro Solano, consular officials in Puerto Rico are creating lists of possible beneficiaries and negotiating with private companies the relocation costs of nationals wishing to return to Costa Rican territory.

"We’ve learned about Costa Ricans who have practically lost everything.” explained Solano. “It is likely these will be part of the group leaving the island and returning to Costa Rica.”

In fact, on Wednesday, the Costa Rican consulate in Miami traveled to the island to support relief activities.

It is expected that, in the next 48 hours, the foreign ministry has had the chance to complete the task required for this endeavor.

This would the first time in history that Costa Rica government has repatriated a large number of nationals due to a natural disaster, said Solano. The Costa Rican consulate also called for Ticos to get in touch with consular embassies to learn about their current condition. The same is asked from relatives of possible persons.

According to official figures, there are at least 255 Costa Ricans residing in Puerto Rico. However, that amount may vary because not all of them register before authorities.

In less than a month, Puerto Rico was struck by the Irma and the María hurricanes. So far, deaths, floods and lack of basic supplies are part of the consequences of the natural disaster.


Organizations call for protecting workers and tourists to Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Different sectors joined their concerns about the current weather situation in Costa Rica and have issued several calls to protect people and their industries.

The Cámara Nacional de Turismo has asked their members to take precautions and halt any touristic activity where transporting people could pose risks to the travelers.

"We call tour operators as well as all businessmen in the sector to suspend the mobilization of people, especially in high vulnerability places,” Isabel Vargas, the president of the Cámara. “Postponing all those activities that could put their physical integrity at risk is a must.”

The Cámara also recommended its member’s to keep in communication with the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias and apply any recommendation issued from them.

Also, the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado, the country’s bigger employers chamber, issued a call requesting companies to use the work-from-home status as much as possible.

The private sector lobbying group argues this is a primary way to protect what they called a company’s most valuable resource.

"At the moment we must abide by the recommendations of the authorities,” said Arturo Pacheco, president of the Cámara.

“As entrepreneurs and responsible employers we must ensure that people are in safe areas with their children and family to avoid tragedies.”

A similar position was held by the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social by encouraging employers to avoid risky situations for their employees. The Ministerio also reminded any incident caused by employer`s negligence will be a legal and financial responsibility of the company. 

The Ministerio also clarified that if a worker does not show up to work due to problems with the tempest, he can not have any sort of labor punishment unless the employer can prove it wrong.


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Costa Rica aims to stop flies with wasps and nuclear technology
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican experts demonstrated that using a tiny wasp and nuclear technology can control the stable fly, a pest that is causing losses to pineapple producers and cattle breeders.

According to a statement from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the pilot project was supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, or FAO, and the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería.

The stable fly, which is about the size of a common house fly, bites and attacks cattle provoking anaemia, weight loss and reduced milk production. It breeds among the refuse of pineapple representing bad news for cattle in Costa Rica due to the country’s status among the top pineapple producers.

“The pest is having an economic impact, because it’s affecting the health of cattle; a social impact, because the population blames the pineapple producers; and an environmental impact, because the pineapple producers apply more and more pesticide and plastic traps to control it,” said Arturo Solórzano, an entomologist at Costa Rica’s Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agricultura.

The solution that the ministry identified to control the fly is simple: a wasp. This comes following research on insect pest management, an approach that often includes the use of radiation to sterilize insects before they are released, the agency said.

“It is extremely hard to get rid of the fly,” Solórzano said to the agency. “Its populations are indestructible. So it’s important to attack the fly before populations explode, which is what the wasp does by stinging the pupae.”

The Spalangia endius wasp is a natural enemy of the stable fly, the agency said. It lays its eggs in the fly’s pupae and feeds on it. Upon hatching, the wasp larvae consume the pupae and, when the adult wasp is born, no fly emerges. It all happens naturally, which is why the wasp is called a biocontrol agent. Also, the wasp itself, it neither stings nor bites.

With support from the institute’s technical cooperation program, experts established a pilot facility in 2012 to rear Spalangia wasps. When the wasps mature into adults, they mass release them in cattle farms in Eastern Costa Rica. The wasps seek out stable fly pupae to lay their eggs in, reducing the fly population. The wasp can kill up to 70 percent of the stable flies, Solórzano said, over twice as many as initially expected.

But there is a loophole in this process, researchers said. The project requires bringing a colony of stable flies into the facility and using its pupae. The nuclear aspect comes in to make sure that adult flies from these pupae do not get released, the flies are sterilized with X rays at the larval stage.

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Olivier Vargas, manager at pineapple producing company Dole, examines pineapple plant leftover with Solórzano.

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Spalangia endius wasps, natural enemies of the stable fly.

This has provided a safe and cost-effective solution to an escalating problem in Costa Rica. It is also a good alternative to using costly and increasingly ineffective chemical insecticides.

Some of these no longer work on an increasingly-resistant fly, said Olivier Vargas, manager at Dole, one of the major pineapple producing companies in the country. For the time being, Dole is destroying pineapple residue right after harvest to minimize the breeding ground for the fly. This is a costly process, as the country generates over 6 million tons of pineapple residue per year. Agriculture officials are analyzing the results of the pilot study to prepare a national action plan.



Watch out for homeless crocodiles, environmental ministry says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía has issued a warning in regards to the increased presence of crocodiles due to increased rainfall and flooding of rivers caused by Tropical Storm Nate, which has put the country under national emergency status. 

According to a statement from the Ministerio, the crocodiles usually found in marine-coastal areas may have come out of their areas to find a shelter from heavy rainfalls and places already fully covered in water.

Because of that, the Ministerio is advising the general population not to approach stagnant waters or where rivers have overflowed and remain flooded. The ministry has also called for avoiding swimming or surfing in such places, even if the place is not usually known to host crocodiles.

In addition, the Ministerio recommends to take the same measures for pets. In case of close encounter with a crocodile, do not disturb it, do not feed it and do not try to manipulate it without proper training.

Once the floods have ceased, carefully check the locations where some crocodiles may be trapped, and then ask for help to return them back to the rivers, marshes and the sea, where their natural habitat is.

The Ministerio has also called for local authorities, communities, public and private institutions to carry out general surveys to locate crocodiles that may pose a risk to the population and let the authorities know about it.

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Study claims climate change will increase risk of severe turbulence
By the American Geophysical Union press staff

Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight bumpiness.

An aerial view on board a flying airplane. New research predicts that climate change will increase the risk of turbulence by 2050 at the earliest.

A new study published online in ‘Geophysical Research Letters,” a journal of the American Geophysical Union, has calculated that climate change will significantly increase the amount of severe turbulence worldwide by 2050–2080. Severe turbulence involves forces stronger than gravity, and is strong enough to throw people and luggage around an aircraft cabin.

Flights to the most popular international destinations are projected to experience the largest increases, with severe turbulence at a typical cruising altitude of 39,000 feet becoming up to two or three times as common throughout the year over the North Atlantic (180 percent more common), Europe (160 percent more common), North America (110 percent more common), the North Pacific (90 percent more common), and Asia (60 percent more common).

“Air turbulence is increasing across the globe, in all seasons, and at multiple cruising altitudes. This problem is only going to worsen as the climate continues to change,” said Paul Williams, a professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and lead author of the new study. “Our study highlights the need to develop improved turbulence forecasts, which could reduce the risk of injuries to passengers and lower the cost of turbulence to airlines.”

The study also makes the first ever turbulence projections for the Southern Hemisphere and the tropical regions of the planet. The amount of airspace containing severe turbulence is calculated to increase over South America (60 percent increase), Australia (50 percent increase), and Africa (50 percent increase).

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Map of the percentage change in the amount of moderate turbulence by the period 2050-2080 at 39,000 feet in altitude in Autumn in North America.

“While turbulence does not usually pose a major danger to flights, it is responsible for hundreds of passenger injuries every year,” said Luke Storer, a researcher at the University of Reading and co-author of the new study. “It is also by far the most common cause of serious injuries to flight attendants. Turbulence is thought to cost United States air carriers up to $200 million annually.”

The new research analyzes supercomputer simulations of the future atmosphere with a focus on clear-air turbulence, which is particularly hazardous because it is invisible. The expected turbulence increases are a consequence of global temperature changes, which are strengthening wind instabilities at high altitudes in the jet streams and making pockets of rough air stronger and more frequent.

“The study is another example of how the impacts of climate change can be felt through the circulation of the atmosphere, not just through increases in surface temperature itself,” said Manoj Joshi, a Senior Lecturer in Climate Dynamics at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and co-author of the new study.


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  • Costa Rica’s #1 source for relocation since 1980
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9168-3/17/17


Hidden
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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!

Visit our Web site at:  www.HiddenGardenArt.com
Contact us by email: info@HiddenGardenArt.com
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Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel.  8386-6872 / 2667-0592; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073
International shipping available.
9214-8/2/17


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The Relocation/Retirement tour with the
 *HIGHEST SUCCESS RATE
OF RELOCATION*

 (as reported by the moving companies)
Visit many rental options to actually experience the price/amenity options available in more of the areas chosen by Expats for security, comfort, and quality of life.

Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!
HERE!

Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

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

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.

George Lundquist, Retirement, Relocation, and Lifestyle Guide. Email : lundquistgeorge@gmail.com
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Household Furnishings

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

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

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

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

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

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

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

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

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica
and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
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James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
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• Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
• Up-to-date FATCA news.
• All US Tax return preparation:
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• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
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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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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
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Real estate-related services (paid category)

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Shipping services (paid category)

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Psychotherapy


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

• Anxiety
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 • Trauma EMDR click here
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CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
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Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)
Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho
DR LUIS CARLOS SANCHO TORRES
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Prescription Management

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

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


Legal Services

Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary

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

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

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

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
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-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
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Tropical Storm Nate moves its way onward to the United States
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

While Costa Rica reels from seemingly endless floods and landslides, elsewhere in the Caribbean region people are preparing for Tropical Storm Nate.

The storm started out as a regular low pressure system turned into tropical cyclone that developed off the coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica this past week. Now the storm is gearing up to possibly become another hurricane by Saturday morning.

According to the latest report from the United States’ National Hurricane Center, Nate will develop into a hurricane sometime around 8 a.m. Saturday after it cuts across a thin slice of México’s Yucatan Peninsula.

By Sunday morning, the storm is expected to hit the Louisiana-Mississippi coastline and dissipate as it makes its way inland to the continental United States.

The center said that, as of Thursday afternoon, its center is moving across eastern Honduras with flooding and rains expected to continue into the weekend.

It is maintaining wind speeds at an average of 40 miles per hour, the center said Thursday afternoon.

Costa Rica received the wings of the storm along with the rest of Central America but the U.S. is expected to receive the full-force the storm can bring.

Storm map
National Hurricane Center map      
Projected trajectory of Tropical Storm Nate.

So far, major airlines in the United States such as Delta, United and American have made no announcements of anticipated delays or closures due to Nate. The storm’s direct path is not expected to hit major airports at Houston, Atlanta or Miami, based on data gathered from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Readers can follow Nate’s trajectory and any official alerts at the National Hurricane Center’s page HERE.


Street performances are still scheduled this weekend, ministry says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Bad weather conditions may hinder street performances this weekend.

For the tenth installment of the Encuentro Nacional de Teatro, the Ministerio de la Cultura y Juventud along with the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar and the Compañía Nacional de Teatro will be providing these free exhibitions at places such as Teatro de La Villa, the Plaza de la Cultura and the Parque de Desamparados. The ministry has made no announcement of these performances being canceled.

Two are scheduled for this coming weekend: “the White Woman” and “Yo soy Pinocho. The former is performed by a Canadian woman named Magali Chouinard.

It will be presented this Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Plaza de la Cultura and again on Sunday at the same time in the Parque de Desamparados, the ministry said.

According to a statement by the partnering theater, the show “tenderly examines how loneliness can be a special place; a place where we can discover ourselves and rediscover ourselves.”

The national theater meeting will also have free shows put on at the Teatro de La Villa in Desamparados. This includes the “Yo soy Pinocho” performance at 3 p.m. Saturday. This is the Spanish version of the time-honored children’s tale about a puppet seeking to become a real boy.

the White Woman
Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud photo      
White Woman is still scheduled to perform this weekend.

“This is our way of decentralizing and bringing more people to the theater,” said Marielos Fonseca, the director of the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. “In addition, the programming that we will have in La Villa is very specific, with children’s theater functions.”

So far, the culture ministry has made no announcement in relation to canceling or delaying the performances due to inclement weather conditions.


Want to read more? Check out these books listed below!
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!
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¯


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
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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!


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
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
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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!
HowardBook

Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
(English and Spanish Edition)

This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most 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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Defensoría seeks to recover money of projects

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos said no to returning consumers $52 million invested by the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo, or Recope, in uncompleted projects.

The request was made a few weeks ago by the Defensoría de los Habitantes, and it sought to recover the money invested by the Refinadora in the Soresco and Ad Astra Rocket Company, the latter belongs to the Costa Rican scientist Franklin Chang Díaz and seeks to provide hydrogen-based public transportation.

At the time, the Defensoría said that amount of money should be returned to fuel consumers by reducing the prices for a certain amount of time.

However, the Autoridad said they are not the ones in charge to handle such a request and the Defensoría should head towards other institutions, according to Mario Mora, the superintendent of energy.

The Defensoría recommended the Autoridad to perform a check on the methodology used to establish fuels prices and approve any necessary adjustment.

In that regard, Mora noted that investment projects are taken into account by the Autoridad when prices are fixed.