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San José, Costa Rica || Weekend Edition, September 22, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 189
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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!

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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Money, Flowers and More

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

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!

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¯

                        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!
                        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


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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Example of a sore on a Central American man
with leishmaniasis.

Map of
World Health Organization map     
WHO Map showcasing cases of leishmaniasis in Latin America.

Dermatologists visiting Caribbean

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With the objective of diagnosing and treating various skin diseases in the Caribbean population, 30 doctors specializing in dermatology, will examine the skin of around 1,500 people for the Día de la Piel Sana, to be held today in Talamanca.

According to Mauricio Solano, director of the Área de Salud de Talamanca, anyone with a dermatological problem will be evaluated, even if they do not have health insurance. People from Cariari, Matina, Guácimo, Valle La Estella, Limón, Guápiles, Siquirres and Talamanca were informed of the activity through media and small businesses, according to a statement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Skin diseases are common in the Caribbean as a result of the use of chemicals on plantations and the lack of protective measures from workers. For example wearing hat and long sleeves. In the canton of Talamanca, there are also frequent cases of Leishmaniasis, caused by a parasite transmitted by a mosquito bite.

Doctors will evaluate moles, wounds, ulcers, allergies, fungi, nail diseases, hair and skin. In addition, patients with suspected skin cancer will be referred for immediate surgery.

The place of the event is the Ebáis of Bribrí. Patients in need of surgery will be operated on the Mobile Medical Unit parked inside the Colegio Tecnológico Profesional de Talamanca. Organizers expect about 180 low complexity surgeries.

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Main difference between the seismograph and the accelerator is that the former can have the actual movement exceeded the maximum scale of the instrument.

University installs earthquake trackers in hospitals and schools

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

During a large earthquake, the shaking ground is measured in real time with an instrument known as an accelerometer. In an effort to protect the public and to monitor earthquake movements, the Universidad de Costa Rica’s lab of seismic engineering installed 57 of these devices in hospitals and schools in the country.

The university said in a statement that the sites were chosen due to the high number of visitors and foot traffic that they receive on a daily basis. According to Victor Schmidt Díaz, a researcher at the lab, every time an earthquake occurs, the accelerometers manage to record the movement of the ground as a function of time. In each site, a single accelerometer is obtained and the intensity of movement at each specific site read and recorded.

Schmidt said that each structure reacts differently to each earthquake. “Like people, there are more sensitive than others to the earthquake that is being felt,” the university said. “With the structure, it is similar according to the dynamics of each movement.”

Some of the places were these devices were installed was at the hospitals of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. For Dr. Milton Salazar Acuña, inter-regional facilitator of the Centro de Atención a Emergencias y Desastres of the Caja, these instruments are very useful for hospitals due to the country’s seismic vulnerability and any structural alteration of the building should be addressed immediately.

Salazar explained that once an earthquake has occurred, one can view it on the lab’s website to identify areas where damages may have been greatest and the nearest hospital is also shown to assess their condition.

Accelerometers also create a history of movements that make it possible to study the behavior of the soil in the face of shivers or quakes at specific sites. Schmidt said that the main difference between the seismograph and the accelerator is that the latter was created to measure the movement in the ground. Seismographs were saturated and the actual movement exceeded the maximum scale of the instrument so there was no way to obtain the necessary parameters for a suitable earthquake-resistant design.

An accelerometer provides one a map of maximum intensity with the spectrum obtained using mathematical equation.

Overworked teachers hurting quality of public education in Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The overload of teachers’ work negatively effects the quality of public education in the country.

That is the main conclusion of Wendy Páez, a researcher at the Universidad de Costa Rica's institute of research on education, after conducting a study based on high school teachers.

These results were discussed back in August during a special activity organized by the Asociación de Profesores de Segunda Enseñanza.

The study is based on a population where 61.4 percent are women, with an average of seven years of seniority. The results made clear the existence of a very young population within the education system.

Among the main conclusions, it was shown the teachers work with an average of 30 students per classroom and with strong differences between night and day schools, where a mixture of young populations with young adults exists. Classroom teachers work on average 24.7 hours reviewing work, exams and preparing materials in their homes. That is time on the job that in many cases is not paid.

Some of Ms. Paez's recommendations are to review administrative overhead, contextualize new class programs, create small groups of students, and provide specialized and non-general training.

The researcher also said that the administrative and academic roles that directors have in the education system should be looked upon.

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