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Caja growing scared of disease outbreak in shelters
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social is growing nervous at the state of health at some of the country’s shelters which opened in the wake of Tropical Storm Nate.
 
According to a Friday statement issued by the institution’s epidemiological surveillance unit, dermatoses and diarrhea are the most prevalent threats at the shelters.

The former are diseases that affect the skin, hair and nails. The latter occurs in areas with high concentrations of people in unsanitary conditions, including unsafe water. Shelters and refugee camps are particularly vulnerable to these kinds of diseases.
 
At one shelter in Guanacaste, an outbreak of diarrhea has already occurred. This was stated Friday after Caja and health officials moved into the shelter to chlorinate the water and treat the patients suffering from the ailment. The shelter was located near Sardinal in Guanacaste province, the Caja said.
 
“In less than 48 hours, the patients were treated and the water was chlorinated, which allowed us to control the outbreak and prevent more people from getting sick,” said Dr. Xiomara Badilla, the head of the local epidemiological surveillance unit.
 
Dr. Badilla said that the Caja officials had identified over 18 cases of diarrhea in adults and children.

Water sanitization was coordinated with workers from the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados. Samples were also sent for lab analysis to determine the microorganism which caused of the outbreak, Dr. Badilla said.
 
To prevent future outbreaks, the Caja urged the population to filter, boil and sanitize water if it was being used for drinking, preparing food or personal hygiene. Persons experiencing problems such as: abdominal pain, frequent nausea or vomiting, fever, cramps and dizziness, dehydration and dizziness should contact a physician immediately.
 
In the case of dermatoses, lice and fleas often cause these afflictions. Head lice are wingless parasitic insects that live on people’s heads and feed on their blood. Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed, the Caja said.

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The Caja is growing concerned on the health of the government's shelters.

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Trash piled up breeds disease.

Both are common and transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or with an item used and touched by someone infested. In places like shelters, these skin diseases can spread particularly fast. However, the problem extends beyond fleas and lice.

Scabies can also be acquired, but the Caja does not consider it particularly dangerous and it is curable. Treatment usually consists of cleaning the infected area and using a prescribed cream or lotion to kill the mites. In the case of scabies, every member of the family could require treatment even if they show no symptoms. Scabies could cause lesions on the skin that look similar to bites and blisters when the mite has penetrated under the skin.
 
As of Sunday afternoon, neither the Caja nor the Ministerio de Salud has issued any reports of outbreaks for skin and hair diseases.


Treaty could have some unintended consequences
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica will come under the jurisdiction of a hemispheric anti-discrimination treaty Nov. 11, and the broad language of the document is certain to create unintended consequences.

The treaty is the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and other Forms of Intolerance. It is coming into force because Uruguay has joined Costa Rica in depositing its approval with the Organization of American States. That happened last week.

Unlike a similarly named United Nations treaty that was approved starting in 1965, the new document extends prohibitions against discrimination to everyone, not just government officials and workers.

According to the Organization of American States, this is the first legally binding instrument to condemn discrimination by reason of nationality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, religion, cultural identity, political opinions or opinions of any kind, social origin, socioeconomic status, educational level, migrant, refugee, repatriate or internally displaced status, disability, genetic trait, physical or mental health condition including infectious-contagious condition and debilitating psychological condition, or any other condition.

The organization quoted the characterization of the pact in 2013 by its then-secretary general, José Miguel Insulza. Costa Rican legislators reviewed the legally binding document’s 22 articles and approved it in June 2013. The country deposited its approval Aug. 5 with the hemispheric organization.

The treaty says that affirmative action will not be considered discrimination and encourages countries to practice it “to ensure the enjoyment or exercise of rights and fundamental freedoms of persons or groups that are subject to racism, racial discrimination, and related forms of intolerance for the purpose of promoting equitable conditions for equal opportunity, inclusion, and progress for such persons or groups.”

At the time the measure was being considered by lawmakers, A.M. Costa Rica noted that the treaty would prohibit the practice of Gringo pricing, that is charging First World foreigners higher prices than Costa Ricans for the same products and services. However, the main recourse for a tourist or expat who has been charged an excessive price will be to bring a case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. However, the treaty does urge countries to create and enforce their own laws against discrimination, and it obligates them to create a national institution to monitor compliance with the treaty.

Costa Rica, Uruguay and the other countries that eventually approve the pact also are required to make their political and legal systems appropriately reflect the diversity within their societies in order meet the legitimate needs of all sectors of the population, according to the pact.

Members of the Hell’s Angels, similar motorcycle groups, Latin gang members and other members of controversial organizations appear to benefit from the treaty.

Such individuals usually are barred from entering the country by immigration officials, but the treaty forbids any repressive action based on any of the criteria rather than on the person’s behavior or on objective information identifying the individual as having been engaged in criminal activity.

Expats who are victims of property thefts also seem to benefit.

The treaty forbids criminal activity in which the victim’s property is chosen intentionally based on any of criteria such as nationality.

The treaty also contains certain provisions that could be classed as restricting free expression.

For example, it forbids publication, circulation or dissemination, by any form and/or means of communication, including the internet, of any racist or racially discriminatory materials that advocate, promote, or incite hatred, discrimination, and intolerance or condone, justify, or defend acts that constitute or have constituted genocide or crimes against humanity as defined in international law, or promote or incite the commitment of such acts.

When the United States approved the United Nation’s treaty, it specifically exempted its public employees from similar language because of the free speech clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The treaty also forbids Costa Ricans and residents here from “conducting research or applying the findings of research into the human genome, particularly in the fields of biology, genetics, and medicine, aimed at human selection or cloning that prevails over respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, and human dignity, generating any form of discrimination based on genetic characteristics.”

Also forbidden is providing “public or private support provided to racially discriminatory and racist activities or that promote intolerance, including the financing thereof.”

But countries are mandated to “conduct research on the nature, causes, and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, and related forms of intolerance . . . .”


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Promised U.S. patrol vessels are finally handed over to Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The United States government officially made the transfer of two Coast Guard patrol vessels to Costa Rica this past Friday, according to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.
 
William Brownfield, deputy secretary for the Office of International Narcotis and Law Enforcement Affairs at the time, sealed this deal at least a year ago but the official transfer was just made. The two vessels are 110-foot long Isla class patrol boats equipped with state-of-the-art communication and navigation equipment, the ministry said. Both vessels are currently in service with the U.S. Coast Guard.
 
Beginning today, two groups of Costa Rican Guardacostas officers will travel to Virginia to oversee the complete reconditioning of the vessels. They will return to the country at the beginning of December, officials said. At the start of 2018, 44 officers will be sent to Baltimore, Maryland, to receive special training on the operation of the vessels and, by early May of that year, will return to the country with the new members of the fleet.
 
“With this new equipment, Costa Rica strengthens its capacity to continue developing humanitarian operations, anti-drug actions and the conservation of marine biodiversity,” said Gustavo Mata, the head of the security ministry.
 
Sharon Day, U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, signed over the vessels on behalf of the U.S. and cited the handover as an example of Costa Rica’s commitment to becoming a regional leader in the war on drugs.

“These vessels represent our commitment to Costa Rica and our shared interests in the fight against criminal organizations operating on our shores and within our communities,” she said.

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The total value of this transfer, including the vessels and training of crew, totals about $18.9 million, according to data released by the security ministry.


Hundreds of schools still remain closed in the aftermath of Nate
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Following the passage of Tropical Storm Nate, 249 schools and high schools will remain closed.
 
This decision was taken with the aim of prioritizing the safety and with due attention to the student population, teaching and administrative staff, until the emergency situation of the country is normalized, according to the Ministerio de Educación Pública.
 
In the Los Santos area, near the cantons of Acosta, León Cortés, Tarrazú and Dota, 208 education centers suffer from access problems and a lack of water and electricity.
The schools still in need to be assessed in regard to security, cleanliness, access, basic services and the possibility of resuming food service.

In addition, there are 13 schools which are being used as shelters. These are located in Cañas, Santa Cruz and Buenos Aires, all in the Guanacaste province.
 
All school personnel are being asked to provide support in the initial assessment of the physical conditions of the institution, basic reorganization tasks, academic coordination and communication with the community.
 
 Also, 2,765 students will receive financial support to return to the classroom and resume their studies. The Fondo Nacional de Becas will provide about $6 million for families to purchase new school supplies and send their children to schools.
The subsidy will be of 36,300 colones per month, for three months.
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On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Fondo’s Executive Board agreed to reallocate extraordinary funds for emergency care, with the proper authorization of the Dirección General de Asignaciones Familiares. The disaster management-emergency fund has existed since 2009. Due to recent weather incidents, the fund is already nearly depleted.
 
A group of the Fondo’s officials will travel to different affected areas to collect the beneficiaries' lists. This work will be carried out with the support of the Direction General de Educación. Once the three months have are over, the selection processes established by the Fondo will be carried out again.

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Ngäbe Buglé indigenous people seek recognition from Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Government officials welcomed more than 40 indigenous people from the Ngäbe Buglé village, who seek the recognition of their Costa Rican nationality. The village is located in the southern canton of Sixaola
 
The delegation was received at Casa Presidencial by the Vice President of the Republic, Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, the Vice Minister of the Presidency, Ana Gabriel Zúñiga Aponte; as wells as representatives of the Ministerio de Salud and the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.

According to Casa Presidencial, the move would allow villagers access to their rights in health services, education, immigration status and labor. The meeting was held Oct. 12, 2017.

After the gathering, a follow-up meeting was held with institutions belonging to the social security system and the Ministerio de Educación Pública to work out a comprehensive approach to the issues and needs raised at the meeting. The agencies hope to find solutions that can be implemented by the Executive Branch.

Solutions are also sought to the problem of nationalizing the part of the indigenous population that extends across international borders.

One of  the initiatives carried out to help this population  is the Chiriticos project, which is a joint initiative of the civil registries of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones de Costa Rica and the Tribunal Electoral de Panamà.

The project consist of sending groups of employees from each institution to the areas with indigenous populations to gather declarations, register births and requests for cédulas, problem resolution, and general consultations.

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The Ngabe-Buglé people are settled in the border territory between Costa Rica and Panamá.

Federico Abrego, one of the spokespersons of the indigenous group, said the nationalization will guarantee the people’s social inclusion. As long as we do not have that document, we will be discriminated against, so we are asking the government and the legislators to create a law that allow us to be free in this country, " he added.

According to the Costa Rican  vice president, Ana Helena Chacón, the work should focus on respect and compliance with the human rights of this population.

"We are a respectful government of the indigenous peoples and their human rights, established in international agreements,” Chacón said. "We have kept a bi-national dialogue with the government of Panama, in order to seek joint solutions that will guarantee the registration of these people and thus settle a historic debt.”


National emergency fund increases monetary allocations to cantons
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The national emergency fund is allocating more money to the cantons most affected by the Tropical Storm Nate.
 
According to data provided by the Comisión Nacional de Emergencies, around a billion colones was added for purchase of foams, blankets, potable kitchens for shelters and water tanks.

The grants are being spread among around 39 cantons still apparently recovering from the storm two weeks ago. In all, 161.1 million is being provided for food, 33.4 million for fuel and 55.1 million for cleaning items.
 
Most of the efforts have been made by local committees located in the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas, the CNE said in a statement. Based on the latest reports, almost 10,000 blankets have made it to the Atlantic region, Brunca region, Central Pacific and the Santos area.
 
The CNE has also increased its number of projects to 208 to carry out first impact works. These projects exceed 1.325 billion colones and primarily focus of providing funding for road rehabilitation and landslide clearing for communities that remain cut off from the rest of the country.
 
The CNE administers the national emergency fund. A.M. Costa Rica recommends that interested persons contact the local emergency commission or monitor all official reports for the latest happenings in your area.

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Breast cancer is the second most common in Costa Rica, Caja says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 600 patients per year undergo reconstructive breast surgeries in the hospitals of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.

Of those, an average of 150 are patients who have undergone a mastectomy. Mastectomy involves the removal of the entire breast which is sometimes necessary in the treatment of breast cancer.
 
This type of surgery allows women to improve their quality of life in both physically and emotionally, according to Mario Quesada, head of the reconstructive plastic surgery services clinic at Hospital México,
 
The specialists who perform these procedures in the Caja's hospitals are plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons who provide complete treatment for their patients.
 
About 1,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the country, according to figures from the Caja.
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  • Over 10,000 people relocated SUCCESSFULLY with our tours and books
  • ONLY relocation tour legally LICENSED by the Costa Rica government and APPROVED by the Association of Residents (ARCR)
  • Best VALUE, contacts and MORE areas of the country covered
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Sample Video of the tour HERE

Toll Free from U.S. 877-884-2502 or 800-365-2342
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Skype: costarisa - E-mail: christopher@costaricabooks.com

All tours led by Christopher Howard
Costa Rica’s most read relocation author
See www.liveincostarica.com for details and itineraries
9168-3/17/17


Hidden
                                Garden
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
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


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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
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
Email:  info@travelinparadisecr.com
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
n
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

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving All of Costa Rica

BUY YOUR SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM NOW!
Perfect for hotels, Save up to 40% of your electric bill.
LATER we'll calculate a lower install price for your PV system, now More Watts per Panel, Smarter and more Capable Enphase Micro Inverters mean Less Cost and more Flexibility for You. Fully Guaranteed!

Canadian Solar
Enphase M250 Microinverters
New experienced install crews

CALL TODAY!
Office: 506-2446-0543
Paul 506-8898-9398

Email: Paul.Furlong@CR-Solar.com
WEB: http://www.cr-solar.com/en/
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 
Click Here
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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Tens of thousands on their way to higher education, survey says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

During the last three months of the year, vocational fairs, admission exams, and preparation for high school final tests is underway as nearly 69,000 students are finishing high school.
 
One of the main motivations when choosing a career continues to be the expectation of a good job offer. According to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos, 193,000 people are unemployed as per the second quarter of 2017. Figures show that in the same period 477,000 independent workers were registered in the country, which is 63, 000 more than in 2016.
The Instituto considers that difficulties involved in the job hunt and hiring process  has caused thousands to start their own businesses.
That way the person has the opportunity to work in the schedule that best suits him or her and to establish its own values and goals in each project. In addition, it promotes the acquisition of new skills in multiple areas, as each individual must assume many different roles on the job.

According to the Colegio de Profesionales en Orientación, the Costa Rican education system is not making the necessary effort to create skills and competencies that allow students to face the new demands of the labor market.
 
They have explained  that the academic offerings of universities and technical centers do not prepare the students to meet the demands of companies with job openings. This puts the recent graduates in a situation where they are missing social protection and face a precarious future.


Construction project for children's hospital falls behind schedule
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The construction of a new building to improve the services at Hospital Nacional de Niños  is now behind schedule due a high amount of paperwork that has practically halted the process.

The Torre de la Esperanza building is looking to improve the quality and quantity of the services provided by the hospital, according to Olga Arguedas, who also explained the management unit hiring process has just ended.

The slow pace at which things are moving worries Ms. Arguedas, who said the new facilities are urgent for those patients in more critical conditions. She also said the old building poses health risks due to its old age and worn out infrastructure.

According to statistics, the hospital receives more than 120,000 patients per year and performs 8,000 surgeries during the said time period.

Hospital
                        Nacional de Ninos
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Hospital de Niños is one of the oldest public hospitals.


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
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
Phone: (506) 8868-5561
 Watch book trailer here:
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?
We Can Do It!
Let us help you live your dreams!
Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

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


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


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

Link to Playas del Coco listings page HERE

Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

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

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

9174-2/7/18
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!

CALL TODAY!
Office: 506-2446-0543
Andre 506-8314-8090
Paul 506-8898-9398

OUR EMAIL:
andrefurlong@gmail.com
Paul.Furlong@CR-Solar.com
VISIT OUR WEB:

9177-6/19
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

MasterBuilders

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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Something to get under your fingernails

Dirt. Dirt is something you get under your fingernails. Dirty is smudges on your face and grubby stuff on your knees. Dirt is stains on your clothes and smears on your boots. We do not put plants into dirt and expect them to grow. Dirt will hold a plant upright, but dirt is dead.

Victoria Torley
 Soil, on the other hand, is
 alive. Soil is full of
 bacteria and fungi,
 worms and bugs, water
 and minerals, all working
 to provide a solid base
 for plants. So how does
 dirt become soil.
Start
 with the most simplistic
 type of dirt: pure sand.


After all, the first thing that plants need is something to hold them up. Hydroponic gardeners hold things up with perlite, thin sheets of specially prepared Rockwool, vermiculite, or – guess what – sand! So, let’s start with sand.

Sand is boring, sand is dull, sand is, well, sandy. It is also nasty in your bathing suit. But– grab that beach sand, wash all the salt out, and you have the perfect start on soil. Some of that sand is tiny particles of wave crushed shells, so you have already added a nutrient that plants need: calcium.

So, now you have grains of sand and bits of calcium. Now the problem is that water runs right through it. Since plants need water, how do you keep it from flowing away? How does sand become soil?

Here is your recipe. On your left, sand, on your right are leftovers: vegetable scraps from last night’s dinner, egg shells and coffee grounds from breakfast, and a tea bag care of your mid-morning snack. It may not seem appetizing to you, but plants love it. Now, you could do something creative with all that. You could take all the leftovers and put them in a blender (no, you don’t have to open the tea bag, just pop it in, tag and all) with some water.

Then you could just mix that nasty mess with the sand and let it sit a few days. Bingo! You have (almost) made soil! Of course, the patient way would be to let all those ingredients on the right sit around for a while and then mix them with the sand, or you could scramble everything together immediately and wait a while. I just like blenders. Your new sand and leftovers mix will even hold water.

But what did I mean about “almost” soil? After a few days, you probably have fungi in your sand/leftovers mix and you will certainly have bacteria. The last important ingredient is worms.

When someone tells me that they have great soil but things don’t grow well, I always have the same question – got worms? Worms are a sign of healthy soil. Worms digest material in the soil and their casts and “tea” nourishes it. Worms make burrows that allow air and water into the soil and the borrows make it easier for plant roots to hold onto the soil. Happily, if you put your sand/veggie mix in a hole, the nearby worms will find it.

So get out into the garden. Or go to the beach and grab some sand. I bet good things will happen.



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Plant of the Week

The genus, Tibouchina, includes over 200 species of shrub and they are a common sight in gardens or as road-side plants. Common, however, does not mean ordinary since this lovely shrub covers itself with flowers much of the year, something I really appreciate. Tibouchina are easy to grow from cuttings so one plant can supply a hillside.  Plant in full sun and protect from severe winds. As a bonus, Tibouchina are pest and disease resistant – even the leaf cutters leave them alone.

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Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

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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
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9284-3/22/18   

Versatile 2 Floors Building for Sale
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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
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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

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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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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.
 
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       * 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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Manufacturing sector against electricity hikes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Instead of requesting increases in electricity rates, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad should be seeking to reduce its operating costs and increase its revenues so that the price of electricity decreases, according to the Asociación Costarricense de Grandes Consumidores de Energía.  The group is composed of the biggest electricity consuming companies in the country.
 
The Asociación has also said the Instituto must come to understand the country faces an employment crisis, according to a press statement.
 
On October 2, the Instituto asked Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos an increase of 18.82 percent in its prices.
 
“Increases such as the one requested, caused companies installed in Costa Rica to rethink their expansion plans and analyze the possibility of relocating in other countries that have managed to improve their competitiveness, as is the case in El Salvador, where in the last two years , electric prices have been reduced by almost 20 percent,” said the Asociación in its document.
 
In the past, the Asociación has claimed the country has surpluses in its generation capacity. Due to it, the Instituto should focus on making the most of the generation plants that have been built in the country.
 
"It is completely unacceptable that so far this year, Panama has exported 26 percent more electricity than Costa Rica using our transmission lines, when the Instituto says its request is due to a reduction in its sales," added the Asociación.
 
The group also claimed that, since 2007, the manufacturing sector has generated more than 254,000 jobs and during the last decade, the country's loss of competitiveness has resulted in the loss of more than 50,000 jobs in this industry.
 
According to the Instituto, it requires a 12.42 percent increase in generation prices; 18.82 percent in distribution; 9.85 percent in transmission and 25.79 percent in public lighting.
 
The increase in the rate of the fuel-free generation system would affect the subscribers of the Instituto and the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, among other public entities.
 
If approved, the increases would be effective as of 1 January 2018.