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U.S. citizen discovered dead in Jacó hotel room
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 61-year old United States citizen was found dead in his hotel room in Jacó on Oct. 4, according to the Judicial Investigation Organization.

After a direct confirmation acquired by A.M. Costa Rica, the man was found in his hotel room by the maid. There was no apparent trace of a struggle, no bullet wounds and no apparent stab wounds on the body when found.

Investigators also did not discover anything initially missing from the room. The man retained his passport, his wallet and belongings. The room did not appear to be ransacked. The name of the hotel remains unknown at this time. Authorities believe the man died from natural causes. The body remains at the Morgue Judicial in Heredia to await an official autopsy report from judicial experts.
According to other sources, the deceased was named John Joseph Altieri and he was a certified cardiologist who lived in Sarasota, Florida.
He had originally arrived in Costa Rica several times prior for humanitarian work as a medical missionary assisting in various health projects for people in Limón. 

Sources close to Altieri said that those trips were what helped him fall in love with the country and the people.

He came to Costa Rica this time with an interest in buying property apparently around Jacó area. Altieri was said to be not married and had no children. He apparently stopped responding to contacts days before his passing.

The OIJ reported the death to the United States Embassy, which contacted the man’s sister to inform her of her brother’s death and assist her in the repatriation of the body.

The judiciary has released no formal press statements as of Thursday evening on this case. The case remains active and open. The investigator referred A.M. Costa Rica to his superiors for all comments.



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Sharon Day wears pink for one of first statements
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sharon Day made one of her first statements as the United States’ ambassador to Costa Rica by wearing pink with a group of colleagues at the U.S. Embassy.

A quick trip to the embassy’s Facebook page will find Ms. Day and a group of women posing for a picture all decked out in pink as a means to raise awareness for breast cancer. According to a statement from the U.S. Embassy, breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women in both the U.S. and Costa Rica. The ambassador took the moment emphasize the importance of early detection and follow-up for breast cancer patients.

When she was co-chair of the Republican National Committee, Ms. Day stated that her areas of focus are women’s health and fostering entrepreneurship and success in business for women. It appears that this will continue to be a focal point of her career as the U.S. Ambassador.

The embassy said that the ambassador worked for more than 20 years within the Republican Party at all levels. Prior to that, the embassy said that she had developed several businesses in insurance and marketing.
In addition to being a champion of women’s rights, the new ambassador also said that her experience in the private sector will help her facilitate the promotion and strengthening of small business within the framework of a free market system.
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Ms. Day presents her letters to Solís Oct. 4.

This first display as ambassador may set the tone for the rest of her tenure in Costa Rica with foci on business and women’s issues.

The ambassador is heading to the Guardacostas station in Caldera this morning to formally hand over two ships to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

During the ceremony, she will be presented to the crews who will be in charge of these coast guard vessels.


Ms. Day was welcomed to Costa Rica by both President Luis Guillermo Solís and his foreign affairs minister, Manuel González Sanz, in the Salón Dorado of Casa Amarilla.

She presented her credentials to President Solis and was formally accepted as ambassador on Oct. 4 about a month after she was sworn in in the United States.


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Country's prosecutor will now be prosecuted due to union denuncia
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The country’s chief prosecutor, Jorge Chavarría, and Magistrate Celso Gamboa are officially facing accusation for the alleged crimes of influence peddling and breach of duties, according to a denunciation filed the Asociación Nacional de Investigadores Criminales, one of several unions belonging to Poder Judicial.

The complaint is based on their behavior in regards a recent scandal about Chinese Cement imports. Allegedly both Chavarría and Gamboa are somehow involved in the way a loan to import the cement was granted.

The union also said the prosecutor would  not take the required measures to start an investigation on Otto Guevara and Víctor Morales, legislator of the Libertarian Party and the Citizens Action Party respectively. The two legislators could have been involved in the irregular cement importation, according to several reports on Spanish media.

In the criminal complaint, the association also refers to the alleged coincidence in the trip made to Panama by Gamboa and the Chinese cement importer, Juan Carlos Bolaños Rojas, in October 2016. "The publications of several national media outlets point to an apparent traffic of influences, that involves the three powers of the Republic,” cites the document.

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Jorge Chavarría now faces official prosecution himself.

Recently, the Judicial Investigation Organization revealed the existence of multiple telephone contacts between Bolaños and legislators Morales Zapata, Otto Guevara Guth and the ex-deputy Walter Céspedes, who belongs to the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana.

Crews continue to try and clear the Interamericana Sur
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Crews from the public works ministry are still out trying to clear a path along the landslide-ridden Interamericana Sur.

According to German Valverde, the minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, 42 bulldozers and other heavy machinery is out on the road trying to clear it from two points: Cartago and Pérez Zeledón. A landslide Wednesday caused a slight pause in that work as crews had to backtrack in order to open the road from Casamata, the ministry said. It appears that a crack at the top of the slope could be an ongoing troublemaker for road clearing since more debris can be released down to the road below.

The clearing is still moving forward from the second front, Valverde said. This is necessary so that the supply of water and electricity can be normalized and reconnected, he said.

Meanwhile, the possibility of making a reversible lane along Ruta Nacional 27 is less likely, according to José María Castro Madriz, a spokesman attached to the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad. The idea would be to create it at the crossing between Ciudad Colón and Orotina. This was discarded by the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones despite an intended purpose of facilitating the aid work from the damage left by Tropical Storm Nate.

In spite of the long weekend, Silvia Jiménez, the technical secretary of the council, said that priority would be given for all aid transfers, equipment deliveries and materials. Passage between Esparza and San Ramón is closed by Cambronero while travel to the south is blocked up near Cerro de la Muerte.

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Ruta 2, the Interamericana Sur, had more landslides.

With that in mind, the use of Ruta 27 between San José and Caldera is vital for the transfer of people to Puntarenas and Guanacaste as well as to Pérez Zeledón and the southern border at the point where the road connects with Ruta 34, Ms. Jiménez said in a statement.

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Foreign ministry officials seek to rescue possible Costa Rican citizen
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto has issued a public request for assistance in identifying a man who’s going thru hardship in Bolivia and is believed to be Costa Rican.

The case, which the Embassy and the Consulate of Costa Rica in Bolivia have followed for several months, is about a man aged between 30 and 40 years  living on the street and in poor health.

He calls himself John and people who have met him say he is a Costa Rican citizen.

As of now, the Embassy and the Consulate staff in Bolivia have had three personal contacts with him. Two of these occurred when he was taken in by immigration and those two times he escaped from custody.

Due to his physical condition, the Costa Rican Ambassador to Bolivia held a meeting with the Vice Minister of Institutional and Consular Management of the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the case.

Currently, Costa Rican diplomats are asking that Bolivian authorities intervene as “John” is suffering increased memory loss and needs  medical attention. According to the Ministerio, the fingerprints of the man were taken at the end of August. These were sent to the Civil Registry of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones but he could not be identified.

The prints have been resubmitted for surety. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Consul of Costa Rica arrived at the City of El Alto, located 80 kilometers away from La Paz. The consul met with “John” and tried to extract more information during  a conversation with him, but was unable to do so due to “John’s” confused state.

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The apparent Costa Rican who wanders the streets of Bolivia has a memory loss problem.

He was, however, able to secure his admission to a shelter, according to a statement of the Ministerio.

The second finger print will arrive in the country this week and the analysis will be made one more time at the Tribunal Facilities. In case the man is Costa Rican, the country already has a humanitarian assistance fund that would allow government authorities to manage his return to Costa Rica.

“Because the man’s case is of significant in human rights protection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asks the media and the general public to help identify it through the provided photograph,” the Ministerio said in the document.


Art exhibit inspired by Pre-Columbian culture comes at perfect time
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Within the framework of the upcoming Día de las Culturas on Monday, Costa Rica’s Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural is inaugurating a new exhibit inspired by pre-Columbian Mesoamerican art and architecture.

Over 28 artists, mainly Costa Ricans but including others from Nicaragua, Spain, Italy and Guatemala, will participate in the MAYINCA Arquitéctica. There will be an array of contemporary art mediums such as photography, video, live performances, installations, ensembles and art books. Of course, the more traditional mediums of sculpture, painting and drawing will also be on display for this event.

The idea of this exhibit is to mimic the contemporary language of the ancestral art of Central America, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. The opening ceremony Thursday featured two performances called “Lágrimas de flores/llorando flores,” a photo-performance by the artist Illimani de los Andes, and “La Máscara,” by Xochitl Guevara and Johan Phillips.

“The different pieces focus their interest in architecture or in the city,” said Luis Fernando Quirós, one of the artists participating. “The artists reinvent the techniques and languages, having as a universal and valid principle human creativity.”

He added that he hopes that the exhibition will encourage the viewer to reflect on the legacy of indigenous persons and their value within the reconstruction of identities. The exhibit includes artists such as: Marcos Agudelo of Nicaragua, Marlov Barrios from Guatemala, Montserrat Cigés of Spain and Maurizio Bianchi of Italy.

The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 27 from Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Centro del Patrimonio, which is located in front of the Librería Lehmann building on Avenida Central. Entrance is free and open to the public.

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This exhibit is taking a modern twist on old relics.

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Of course some of the old ways will still be kept.

Previous editions of the exhibit have been on display around Costa Rica such as the gallery in Universidad Veritas, the municipal museum in Cartago and the Patronato Nacional de Infancia, organizers said.


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Lab seeks to give speech to those who cannot with new brain system
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A computer brain interface is a system that establishes a link between the human brain and a computer. Its implementation in health could generate a new medium of communication for people with multiple disabilities.

This is the new technological development occurring at the Universidad de Costa Rica by Dr. Lochi Yu Lo, the director of the Laboratorio de Investigación en Ingeniería Biomédica. Yu has been working on this project since 2011 with a goal of developing a connection capable of translating the biological signals produced by the human brain for concrete ideas, according to a statement from the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The new initiative has had preliminary results of an accuracy of up to 70 percent, he said.

The interface consists of classifying the auditory imagination as the first step in the development of detection, amplification and filtering mechanisms of neuron signals, the university said.

The goal is, by the end, knowledge could be applied in communication but also in control of devices like a wheelchair or a robotic arm just by thinking about it. Dr. Yu said that his research process is developing a new experimental setup based on a non-invasive method where no instrument for capturing signals physically enters the body of the individual.

The equipment is a series of electrodes that collect neuron signals from the brain and an instrument to measure the electrical activity of the brain combined with a computer equipped with a program to interpret the information received.

“What we want is that the technology we are promoting is effective and useful,” said Dr. Yu.

“We want to see someone benefit. We already have the brainwave-reading algorithm and we are currently in tests to see how good the computer is when interpreting the signals.”

So far, 16 volunteers have participated in the tests carried out by the lab. The volunteer has 12 electrodes placed on their head with a conducive gel and a special one that is fixated, the university said. Later, the computer is trained with the sounds and mutes so that it can differentiate between them.

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Computer pays attention to the electrical signals
in this volunteer's brain.

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Dr. Yu explains his latest experiment in this photo.

The person is then asked to think about those and the researchers evaluate whether the computer can correctly discern a signal or not. Each test takes about two or three hours.

“Thinking about a sound or a silence is the equivalent of turning a light on or off,” said Dr. Yu. “This is a basic but essential communication to start building channels that connects the mind to the computer.”

 The study has been approved to continue another two years where the first results are expected to be received.

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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!

Visit our Web site at:  www.HiddenGardenArt.com
Contact us by email: info@HiddenGardenArt.com
Find us on Trip Advisor, Facebook, Twitter,
Moon Travel Guides & Frommer's

Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tel.  8386-6872 / 2667-0592; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073
International shipping available.
9214-8/2/17


George Lundquist header

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.

George Lundquist, Retirement, Relocation, and Lifestyle Guide. Email : lundquistgeorge@gmail.com
9113-7/4/17

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Looking for easy booking process for a smooth Costa Rica trip?   We customize wonderful trips to Costa Rica.  We offer you our wealth of knowledge for a great experience . . . a trip of a lifetime!!!

* FAMILY VACATIONS. Our travels take into account the different ages of your family enjoy the most from your Family vacations. Click HERE!

* GROUP TOURS. Whether for a church group, couple of friends, Scout troop or a family group. We provide excellent quality service in your Group Tours. Click HERE!

* EDUCATIONAL TOURS. Tours for universities to schools to elementary schools. We have professionals to help you discover the secrets of Costa Rica in a fun way. Costa Rica Educational Tours. Click HERE!

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Contact us: 
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cells:  +506-8380-5919  and +506-8302-5877
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Web:  www.travelinparadisecr.com
8995-4/17/17

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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
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
9186-6/30/17

James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
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Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
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• IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
• Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
• Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
• Up-to-date FATCA news.
• All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com


Real estate rentals (paid category)

Tropical Homes
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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
9055-2/23/17


Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
Timeshare
1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email: info@sellmytimesharenow.com
9049-7/31/17


Real estate-related services (paid category)

CRsolar

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Serving All of Costa Rica

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Blog: www.crsolar.net


        Household Furnishings

FineFurniture

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


Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
Moving to Costa Rica or Back to the U.S.?
  10 Years of Happy Clients
Canadian English or Spanish Spoken
Excellent Service, Competitive Prices
Call  (772) 361-1050
Email:   shippingcostarica@gmail.com
Our Web:  http://shippingcostarica.com
Free Ebook: How To Import to Costa Rica HERE!
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Psychotherapy


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

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training
 
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
doclucinda@gmail.com
www.LucindaGray.com
Learn more about 
New World Meditation: (Second Edition) Discover True Happiness Thru
Experiential Healing 
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9057-2/25/17


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
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9165-5/22/17




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Children of Fuerza Pública officers receive free daycare and food
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The children of officers working for Fuerza Pública police corps will now have the right to access the services provided by the Dirección Nacional de Centros de Educación y Nutrición and Centros Infantiles de Atención Integral, locally know as CEN-CINAI

The CEN-CINAI centers provide day care and free meals for children from families living in poverty or any other vulnerable situation.

This helps the working parents continue in their jobs while their kids get care and nutritious food. In very poor areas of the country and slums, many children rely solely on the CEN-CINAI to meet their food needs.

This labor benefit was pushed forward by the Office of Equality and Gender Equity of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, along with the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social and the Ministerio de Salud.

Officer’s children will receive care, attention and free food in the various CEN-CINAI centers that operate in different parts of the country.

These are places where they have interdisciplinary teams to take care of children under seven years. In some other cases children under 13 years are accepted.

Some CEN-CINAI centers even offer night care services, a benefit that can now also be taken advantage of by law enforcement officials.

The office of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública sent a copy of the agreement to all police chiefs, who must immediately inform their staff about their new right.

The document included the list of CEN-CINAI centers that can be used by police officers, a total of  more than 35 sites.

“Mothers and fathers officers face special situations because of their work schedules and incidents that happen anytime,” the ministry said in a statement.

Police officers with children
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo    
Now, police officers' kids receive daycare too.

Policeman
                        with kid
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo    

New policies on cyber security to be applied across the country
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After two and a half years of preparation, Costa Rica has finally come out with an official set of guidelines and strategies  to guarantee computer security in the public and private sectors.

According to Sander Pacheco, Viceministro de Ciencia y Tecnología, Information Technology security will allow coordination between the public and private sector.

“I can confirm that our work mean a high level of security that will prevent any hackers from violating the most essential systems in our country," said Pacheco.

The document was created by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, the Canadian and British Embassy and experts provided by the Organization of American States.

In addition, some collaboration will be available for business chambers, non-government organizations, civil society and member of academia.

"There is no perfect system against the attack of a hacker,” added Pachecho. What does exist is the proper coordination so that each day we can improve those systems and, with the help of all the inhabitants, we can have a safer country.”

The next step is for authorities to appoint a committee to oversee the implementation of the strategy.

The committee will include two members of the Ministry of Science and Technology, one of the Judicial Branch, one from the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones.

The sectors of civil society, academic centers and the private business will each provide two representatives.


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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Phone: (506) 8868-5561
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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
Order this book here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1522005986/ref=rdr_ext_tmb


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!
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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Real estate for sale (paid category)
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


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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)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1 bedroom duplex, 3 hectares on the beach, 4 boats, boat storage,
boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   



Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
Century 21

A Name You Trust,
Professionalism You Deserve

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

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

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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
Real estate-related services (paid category)

Costa Rica Solar

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving Atenas and Surroundings Areas

BUY NOW! Your solar hot water system, so in three months, we can calculate a lower install price for your PV system.  Perfect for homes and hotels. Save up to 40% of your electric bill. More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You.  Fully Guaranteed!

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Browse timeshares for sale and rent by owner in Costa Rica at bargain prices. We connect existing timeshare owners with those looking to buy or rent a timeshare on the resale market. Timeshares on the resale market are up to 50% cheaper than those sold through the resort. Already own a timeshare and looking to sell? Stop saying “sell my timeshare” and let BuyaTimeshare.com help you find a buyer or renter.

A1 MASTER BUILDERS COSTA RICA

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SMALL and LARGER jobs welcome !!!. We can build from any plan you bring us all work done by USA codes master electric and plumbing.  Better quality and lower prices than USA. We also install solar electric/ Hotwater. We do it all Right  + Reasonable. We can work with your budget. We can build your dream retirement home / financing available. Hire us to locate your building lot or farm.

Call us:
Toll Free 877-778-8515
CR phone: 506-8307-0164
Email: hotelescazu@aol.com
For more info also see our sites:
    www.a1masterbuildercostarica.webs.com
    www.hotelsescazu.com
    www.hotel4salecostarica.com
    www.wind-solar.webs.com
CODE: 9249-10/28/17  
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Police detain tourist thief
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo              
Tourist police detain suspected thief.

Tourist police detain man
for theft from Spanish tourist

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officers of the Policía Turística apprehended a man on suspicion of stealing from a foreign tourist Wednesday afternoon.

According to a Thursday statement from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the suspect apparently bullied the foreigner into handing over his cell phone and cash. Based on an initial police report, the victim was getting out of a taxi in front of a hotel where he was staying in Puerto Viejo around the district of Cahuita when he was approached.

The Spanish national told police and gave a description of his alleged assailant. Officers proceeded to search the suspect who was detained in the center of Puerto Viejo. He was sent to the prosecutorial authorities for formal charges, the ministry said.

This comes after police detained nine people who were on the national arrest warrant list. The crimes that the detained are accused of committing include: aggravated robbery, theft, possession of a deadly weapon and assault. So far this year, the Fuerza Pública have detained more than 2,000 people in what are mostly street arrests and in actions at checkpoints. A few of these suspects were captured in areas in and around Limón province, police said.



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Real estate for sale (paid category)

Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

DanielPeavy

Fishing Lodge for Sale in Panama. Too many assets to
 list all.  Restaurant, bar, pool, 12 cabins, two 1-bedroom duplex, three hectares on the beach, four boats, boat storage, boat ramp, 22 foot panga and more.  Remote and
Beautiful location on the fishing grounds. Built in
clientele list and a turn key operation. For more information and asking price our email address:
aquaad@hawaii.rr.com   Visit the site www.hookedonpanama.com

9284-3/22/18   

Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
Holley ad
Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby.

Approximately 323 meter construction. $295,000. Contact  Jim Holley, E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

9266-12/5/17


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

Contact Harv  in English and Spanish: Email cap@lightsurfer.com   Contact Marco in Costa Rica (Spanish) : Email- marvama05@gmail.com -Phone- +506-84608000 or +506-86672823.   Web page:  www.costarica-house.com Or CLICK HERE FOR MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION
9274-11/30/17


Colinas del Sol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:  jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18




Costa Rica Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

 Enjoy the most spectacular views in the valley in this 5 -story Penthouse.  One of a kind property on top of the Corobici / Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel plus other businesses.  Large Living Room, Elevator goes directly inside Penthouse.  Private hot tub deck and Dance floor with Spectacular views!!!  All exterior walls are glass or have windows. Commercial license is in place.  Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $695K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,500 per month on an annual basis.  This is a private condo residence and is Not associated with the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
 CODE 9229-12/6/17


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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
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Caja sends out almost 90,000 bill notices

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social sent out 88,490 notices to employers and independent contractors who are in debt to the state-run institution.

According to a statement from the Caja, these notices are for missed payments between January and September of this year. The notice is used in the administrative collection stage to notify the debtor and establish a definite date to pay the debt or formalize a payment plan, said Luis Diego Calderón Villabos, the Caja’s collections director.

If a debtor fails to comply with the order, the Caja will submit the demand and take the matter before the tribunales de justicia. At that stage, if the court finds for Caja, the debtor would assume other charges such as interest and the expense of the judicial process, the Caja said.

For the Caja, these employer contributions are especially important as they represent about 80 percent of the institution’s income and the late dues are in the billions of colones. Calderón mentioned, however, that 98 percent of the billing is recovered within three months of the payroll and that 71 percent of the debt that went to court found in favor of the Caja.

“The CCSS calls on employers and independent workers to pay their obligations or formalize payment agreements in order to contribute responsibly with the social security of our country and avoid paying additional sums,” a statement from the Caja said.