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Public works to conduct an infrastructure sweep
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The public works ministry began a sweep of 18 so-called primary routes Wednesday, focusing on those  that have sustained the most damage in the wake of Tropical Storm Nate.
 
The initiative involves aid from engineering professionals from Lanamme, the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, MOPT and the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad.

The work began with a meeting Tuesday that divided responsibility of the roads so that different teams of structural engineers could begin their assignments.
 
“We started with the road corridors that are strategic for the country, not only for the purposes of emergency care but also for the mobilization of people and goods as these routes support the import and export operations,” said Giselle Alfaro, the deputy minister of infrastructure.

“Of these 18 roads where we started the sweep, we have identified about 840 bridges. In these roads, there is a concentration of over 56 percent of the total bridges possessed by the country.”
 
This includes those bridges along the Interamericana Norte between La Sabana and Peñas Blancas, Ruta Nacional 2, the Interamericana Sur between La Sabana and Paso Canoas, Ruta Nacional 3 at the Juan Pablo II bridge, Ruta Nacional 21 between Liberia and Playa Naranjo and Ruta Nacional 32 among others.

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This initiative is merely a sweep, however, and not a repair mission. According to a statement from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, the objective is to rule out any damage and identifying any urgent repairs that need to be carried out.

From there, the engineer teams will simply monitor the structures and warn if they should be closed in the event of floods or other storms that could influence the rivers. This sweep will be ongoing for another week, Ms. Alfaro said.
 
The effects from Tropical Storm Nate likely showed many the weaknesses and the strengths in Costa Rica’s infrastructure. Prior to the storm, studies were conducted by engineers on some vital roads.

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Landslide blocks Ruta 2. Note man in distance for scale.

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Area going toward the Río Tarcoles bridge blocked.

The studies concluded that some were in desperate need of attention and could turn deadly if left ignored. A recent, glaring example would include the interruption of  ferry service between Naranjo and Puntarenas due to a collapse at the port. The collapse has still yet to be explained.

There has also been a declaration by a group of engineers that Ruta 32 is Costa Rica’s most dangerous road due to its high risk of landslides and lack of accessibility.

In the case of bridges, the collapse of the old railroad crossing at Sixaola could foreshadow collapses of other bridges in the country if those bridges are left to rust and decay.


Finance ministry ok’s donation tax deductions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The finance ministry is allowing some donations for those affected by Tropical Storm Nate to be deducted from income tax expenses.
 
According to established legislation, for a donation to be recognized as deductible, it must be given to the institutions, foundations or organizations authorized by law. That list is published on the Ministerio de Hacienda’s website under: “Servicios Tributarios,” “Otros trámites tributarios y sus requisitos,” “Donaciones” and from there you can fine general information about the section.
 
Officials from the Dirección General de Tributación said that the donation must be duly verified with a receipt issued by the entity that receives it. The ministry said that the voucher should have: name, cédula jurídica, domicilio fiscal for the recipient; name and cédula number of the donor; and the detailed description of the donation along with the date it was received.
 
Entities that are interested in receiving donations in the form of money or items need an authorization from the tax administration.

This would be valid for two years and support all donations made within that period. “This means that as long as the permit is valid, you do not need to apply for authorization each time you receive a donation,” the finance ministry said in a statement.
 
Interested donor recipients should apply via the form D-408 Solicitud de renovación o autorización para recibir donaciones, which is also available on the finance ministry’s website following the same steps mentioned above.
 
Autonomous and semi-autonomous state institutions, the Olympic Committee, the Guardacostas, municipal corporations, and state educational institutions do not require such authorization from the tax administration. These entities would still need to issue receipts, however, for each of these donations, authorities said.
 
These rules include donations for the restoration of the Catedral Metropolitana and other Catholic sites. In those cases, the entities can only do it once and it is recorded as a credit to income tax on personas jurídicas only.


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Pink eye outbreak occurs in Guanacaste shelter just after warning
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A pink eye outbreak has affected at least 16 people sheltered at the community hall in Abangares, Guanacaste, confirmed the Ministerio de Salud.

In total, there are 237 people sharing the building, after their residences were affected by the Tropical Storm Nate last week.

Pink eye is caused by a bacterial infection and is highly contagious. The disease causes an irritation of the eye that covers the underside of the eyelid and the whites of the eyes.

“After Tropical Storm Nate, there are conditions for the spread of this disease among the population in areas affected by the flood, which is why prevention and control measures must be ensured,” said Catalina Ramírez, a member of the epidemiological surveillance unit of the Caja. The disease is being treated by specialized medical staff on site, according to Karen Mayorga, spokesperson of the ministry.

“We are emphasizing on proper hand washing and encouraging people to avoid any contact with  any bodily fluid of the affected ones,” Ms. Mayorga explained.
As of Tuesday, authorities reported that over 7,200 people are still in shelters throughout the Guanacaste province, one of the most affected by the storm.
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 There were also rumors about a possible outbreak of leptospirosis in some of those shelters, but health authorities have denied those claims. Leptospirosis is usually transmitted by rodents and other animals.

Since many of the people who left their homes brought their own pets into the shelters, some have raised concerns about health issues, but again, authorities deny it is the causes of the problem.

Popular fresh vegetables show high traces of agrochemicals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Contraloría General de la República has warned about high levels of agrochemical residues found in fresh vegetables produced and sold in the country.

According to Contraloría, the measures taken by the Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado on farms and distribution centers are insufficient.

Products such as tomatoes, sweet peppers, strawberries, celery, cabbage and papaya are commercialized and consumed more frequently than others, and therefore represent a greater risk of poisoning.

In another finding, it appears that the level of agrochemical residues in distribution centers is higher than that found on farms.
In 2016, between 15.3 percent and 32 percent of the samples of the most consumed fresh vegetables showed agrochemicals traces above the maximum limits established at national level, according to the report. “Public health is a right enshrined in Article 46 of the Political Constitution and the chemical, biological and bacteriological safety of food is directly related to health.” says the document.

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The World Health Organization considers the consumption of foods that comply with the maximum limits or less of pesticides, to help decrease the risk of at least 200 diseases. The analysis covered the period from 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2016.

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Costa Rica to be first in Central America to host Science Tunnel
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
Costa Rica will host a unique and scientific interactive exhibition this coming November that is completely free and open to the public.
 
The Science Tunnel was created by the Max Planck Society back in 2000.

According to a statement from the Universidad de Costa Rica, the interactive exhibit shows different topics related to contemporary science and technology using the most modern audio-visual techniques.
 
“The Science Tunnel is a first-world scientific-technological exhibition where children, young people and adults can live an educational and sensory experience about the universe, matter, life, complexity, brain, health, energy and society,” a statement from the university said. “Each of these themes are stations that will have half-lit corridors, illuminated panels with strident colors, high-quality large-scale images, objects, presentations, interviews, films, animated images, audiovisual installations, technological tools such as virtual and augmented reality, 3D images and multimedia content, to make the visit more interactive.”
 
Among the objects on hand will be a cosmic ray detector, a model of the Rosetta space probe for comets and prototypes like an instrument to detect gravitational waves.

There will also be a station where pressing buttons lights up head silhouettes that indicate which part of the brain is involved when one of the five senses is being used.

Science Tunnel
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The Science Tunnel is an interactive exhibit.

“In addition, visitors to the exhibition will also be able to learn about some of the scientific and technological research that is being carried out in the Costa Rican higher education centers and other research centers that are leading the research work in the country,” the university statement said.
 
The tunnel has been showcased in several Western European and Latin American countries. Costa Rica will be the first host for the tunnel in Central America, the university said. The event will be at the Villa Olímpica in Desamparados beginning Nov. 2 and lasting until Dec. 10. It will be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is organized by the Consejo Nacional de Rectores, which consists of  the five public universities of the country, and the Consejo Nacional para Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas.


Immigration authorities evaluate and will continue pilot program
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
A few weeks after its inception, immigration authorities have issued their latest analysis of the pilot plan regarding automation of the entry and exit cards.
 
The project is called Migración Visible and sought to counter weaknesses authorities perceived in the migratory control process, particularly at the airports. Previous statements from immigration authorities were complicated as they also mentioned the land crossings in this pilot program.
 
Prior to this plan, control was issued in the form of a passenger registry which would note any alerts or impediments to travel. This physical verification was not considered a real-time travel document and the person registered may have not been the same as the carrier of the document, immigration officials said. It was a hand-written card sometimes given out casually.
 
To solve the problem, officials decided to automate the tarjeta de ingreso y egreso, popularly known as the TIE card, and have an immigration officer check both passport and boarding pass. These changes apply primarily to the country’s airports due to a substantial increase in international air travel to and from Costa Rica, according to a statement from the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.
 
These changes, however, did not come without some initial issues as reports spread on social networks of backup, delays and long lines while the kinks in the system were being worked out. Migración denied these claims with a time and movement study carried out between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 throughout the country.
 
Authorities cited Juan Santamaría Airport in the study and noted that the average was nine minutes in the new line, with an average of 45 to 50 seconds per person when there are eight officials present to do the process. This was found to be an acceptable timeframe by the airport manager, the study said. The measure was applied to 63,728 citizens and foreign nationals with the vast majority being at Juan Santamaría and over 5,000 at the international airport in Liberia.
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The new TIE lines at Juan Santamaría airport.

From that study, immigration authorities said the plan seems to be working and it has many benefits.

Some of those that they listed were: expediting the process so it takes less time to go through checkpoints at the airport due to the digitalization of the system, increasing the country’s national security as persons entering are obligated to present themselves at the kiosk and allow the official take and enter their information, and information is expected to be transmitted and received in real time.
 
Airlines will find the new system more efficient as the new automation speeds up flight clearances and allows airline staff to find out who will be on the plane and who is being detained at the airport for an emergency, arrest, or other situation. It is hoped that the process will decrease delays and flight cancellations.
 
It remains to be seen, however, how the plan will work in the future. Authorities are committed to it and any complaints or rumblings heard could be due to simple problems that occur in any transition, not program or bureaucratic failure. Migración will continue implementing the plan throughout the entire country.




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A free and independent Catalonia won't be accepted by Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government of Costa Rica urged Wednesday that all parties respect the principal of the unity of Spain and the rule of law.

A spokesman for the government said that, in accordance with international law, Costa Rica will not recognize a unilateral declaration of independence by the authorities of Catalonia.

"In the face of the latest statements by the Catalan authorities, Costa Rica calls for dialogue and peaceful solutions that respect the rule of law, democracy and the common good of the Spanish people, reiterating the principle of unity of the Kingdom of Spain," the government said in a statement.

"Costa Rica, faithful to the principles of peaceful coexistence among nations and adhering to the rules and respect for international law, closely follows the evolution of events happening in Spain”, said the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

"We reiterate that a unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan authorities will not be recognized as such, in strict compliance with international law," the statement said.

After stating its full confidence in the capacity of the Governme
nt of Spain to defend constitutional order and the rule of law, they added that the government of Costa Rica repudiates the acts of violence generated around the pro-independence demonstrations.
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Diplomatic authorities also urged a peaceful solution that respects to the Magna Carta and the Spanish institutionally. The head of the Catalan government, Carles Puigdemont, announced on Tuesday the referendum carried out on October for Catalonia to be independent is a mandate for independence, although the declaration of independence has been delayed in order  to open a process of dialogue.

Yesterday, the leader of Spain's government, Mariano Rajoy, formally requested Puigdemon to confirm if he has declared Catalonia's independence, as a prior step to assume part of the powers of the Catalan regional government.


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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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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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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

COSTA RICA SOLAR
Serving All of Costa Rica

BUY YOUR SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM NOW!
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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 
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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Costa Rica stands as the exception to increasingly-hungry region
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The total number of people suffering from hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased, reversing decades of progress, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
 
The exception to this finding has been Costa Rica as indicated within the Food and Nutrition Security Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean. This publication outlines several years of improvements although the report states that  more than 42.5 million people did not have enough food to meet their recommended daily calorie intake. This represents an increase of 2.4 million people in 2016, a six percent increase from the previous year.
 
While hunger levels remain low for Latin America and the Caribbean in comparison to the rest of the world, there are signs that hunger is increasing in the area, particularly in  the Caribbean where there is a prevalence of 17.7 percent of the population considered in hunger. “We are going astray,” said Julio Berdegué, the regional representative for the FAO. “The region has taken a major step back in a struggle that it has previously been winning. We cannot tolerate current levels of hunger and obesity as it will paralyze an entire generation of Latin Americans and Caribbean people.”
 
Bedegué emphasized that the fight against hunger is also turning into the fight against the opposite extreme: obesity. According to Carissa Etienne, the director for the Pan American Health Organization, the region is facing a double burden of malnutrition.
 
“It is necessary to ensure access to a balanced diet and to address the main social factors that determine malnutrition such as the lack of access to healthy food low in sugar, salt and fat,” she said in a statement.
 
To date, Costa Rica has implemented measures to strengthen food and nutrition education with its school food service programs, the organization said. It remains the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that has low rates of undernourishment, at 5.6 percent. The regional average was a full percent higher. The worst situation was Haiti where 47 percent of the population is considered malnourished.

Guatemalan
                      coffee farmer
U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization photo      
A farmer working at a FAO project to strengthen the resilience of small-scale coffee producers in Guatemala.

The publication shows that 7.4 percent of all children under five in South America suffer from being overweight or obese as do 6 percent of children in Central America and 6.9 percent of children in the Caribbean. The report indicates that in Costa Rica the prevalence of overweight among children under five in 2005 was 8.1 percent.
 
In addition, one-third of adolescents and two thirds of adults in the region suffer from being overweight or obese, with women being the most affected.
 
"Today, it is easy to find homes with a malnourished child and an overweight mother, or a child with chronic and overweight malnutrition or a vitamin and mineral deficiency," said Ms. Etienne. "The consumption of ultra-processed products is directly related to the increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity, as well as non-communicable diseases.”
 
The report primarily examines these findings in relation to the international community’s goals of eliminating world hunger by 2030 along with the sustainable development goals, all in the news recently in relation to climate change. It provides information as a means of influencing policy to counter these phenomena at the country and regional level.

First transgender person chosen by Tico political party for legislator
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For the first time in Costa Rican history, a transgender woman has been chosen by a political party to become its representative at Legislative Assembly.

Her name is Daya Hernández and she is 34-years old. She will run as legislator under the sponsorship of the Partido Vamos, a political party representing the San José province only.

The party was founded in 2015 and its current president is Margarita Salas.

The appointment of Ms. Hernández as legislator took place on Oct. 8 during the party’s caucus with the support of 60 delegates. Salas and Jimena Caballero are the two other candidates for a seat in the legislature.

"I feel inclusion and respect are applied for the first time," said Hernandez.

"I am 34 years old, and for last 20 I have been a trans woman. I deserve the place not because I'm a trans person, but because of the work I've done all my life," added Ms. Hernández.

Currently, she is the president of Transvida, an organization fighting for the rights of trans people in Costa Rica. She said that right about the time she came with the idea of becoming a legislator, she felt that it was going to set a milestone in the country’s history.

Ms. Hernández work agenda is to fight for marriage rights, life opportunities and a bill to establish the right to choose a gender identity. As regards the environment, Ms. Hernández would support legislation to fight the extensive harvest of pineapples. She would also push for a bill to improve negotiations at the Legislative Assembly and the legalization of marijuana.

“It's something historical that also shows that women have a voice and we have strength, not just because of a parity issue,” said Ms. Hernández.

Daya
                        Hernandez
Partido Vamos courtesy photo      
Daya Hernández, the candidate for legislator.

However meaningful her appointment as legislature candidate is, Ms. Hernández must register as a man before the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones. According to electoral regulations, when parties register their candidates they must comply with two rules: gender parity, which means 50 percent men and 50 women and alternation of sex, so if the first place is a woman, the second must be a man the third a woman. 

"I came from the sex trade, I was a prostitute for 10 years,” she recalled. “I was a stylist for four years. Then I studied English, Portuguese and Computer Science at Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje and then I started working in call centers. Of course, I’ve always been an activist."


Want to read more? Check out these books listed below!
Brodell
                Book
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!
Trapped in
                Damas Cave
Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $0.99 until Aug. 30. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com US phone: 001 440 796-4105¯


Trouble
                with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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New World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.  More information HERE!


Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. The book is being discounted to $0.99 through October 31. It is available at all major online book stores. Preview or purchase at Amazon or visit  DustyPilot click here. Buy this book at Smashwords For more information Contact Dusty Pilot: Email dusty@dustypilot.com. Phone  001 440 796-4105
Life is a Tropical Garden

    Life is a Tropical Garden By Victoria Torley 
    A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea….  Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com
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 
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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
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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
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or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
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Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
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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
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ReMax Playas del
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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
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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
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    www.hotelsescazu.com
    www.hotel4salecostarica.com
    www.wind-solar.webs.com
CODE: 9249-10/28/17  
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Costa Rica already uses a booming social media presence to draw tourists.

Anticipated social media buzz can drive tourism, study says

By the University of Georgia press staff

How much positive feedback travelers think they'll get on social media can predict whether they intend to visit a tourism destination, a new University of Georgia study has found.

The research on social return, or the number of likes, shares, comments and overall positive feedback travelers expect they'll get from their travel posts, shows what destination marketers already know, said Bynum Boley, an assistant professor in the university's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

"Social media is influencing the destination selection process," Boley said. "Results confirm the importance of promoting the symbolic aspects of the destination rather than solely promoting the functional attributes such as price and weather; destination marketers need to consider the anticipated social media buzz travel will create and harness the force behind these symbolic images to influence visitation to the destination."

The research team developed and used the "Social Return Scale" to predict whether 758 U.S. travelers intend to visit Cuba over the next year, next five years, and then next 10 years based upon the anticipated positive social media feedback of posting their travel experiences.

Cuba was chosen as the destination of interest because the recent loosening of travel restrictions under the Obama administration resulted in a rush to see the country before increased U.S. tourism changed the nature of the experience. So it was of interest to see if the expected social return of traveling to Cuba would have a greater influence on intent to visit there in the short term versus long term.

Results show that across all three instances, the anticipated social return of traveling to Cuba was a good predictor of whether someone intended to visit the country. However, social return had the greatest influence on predicting travel within the next year, the study found.

These results, Boley said, imply that the more tourists see a destination as having the right atmosphere for signaling their desired image to their peer groups through social media, the more likely they are to travel there in the near future.

"While travel and social standing have a long history of interconnectedness, social media has fundamentally changed the nature of this form of conspicuous consumption," Boley said. "No longer do peers have to take each other's word on where they have traveled or wait for the slideshow upon returning from the trip; travelers are now able to receive instant gratification and recognition through posting pictures of their travels."

These results have significant implications for tourism marketers, Boley said. They now have to take into account what travelers find social media worthy about a destination to craft their marketing materials. It's not just about whether someone can afford the trip or if they'll have an enjoyable time while there, he said.

"This is especially important as narcissism becomes more normalized and the posting of travel experiences on social media becomes a more prominent primary motivation for travel," he said.


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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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CODE 9264-3/2/18
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Tax time returns to strike again in Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of October 2017, all private companies are supposed to file their income tax for the year 2017 and the deadline contemplates no exceptions, it is Dec. 15.
 
After that date, any overdue payment will include an ordinary annual interest of 11.73 percent, default interest of 1 percent per month and potential fines of up to $400.

In order to file the taxes, all accounting must be done in the computer system used by the company. Physical books are no longer used, nor submitted to the Ministerio de Hacienda. They only have to be kept tidy at the company's facilities.
All accounting should be done in accordance with international standards known as NIC and IFRS, which are regulated by the Costa Rican Association of Public Accountants.

According to Article One of the Income Tax Law number 7092, the tax includes the profits of companies and individuals who carry out lucrative activities for services rendered, goods located or capital used in the national territory.
If income is received for services rendered outside Costa Rica as the sole activity, it should not be declared.

There are some taxpayers, including some banking and financial institutions, which have a different deadline. For them, the fiscal year began on Jan. 1 and ends until Dec. 31. Their deadline is March 15, 2018.