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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Gran Área Metropolitana, known as GAM, is the area of the country that provides the largest number of jobs and has greater access to basic services, resources and infrastructure.

However, since 2000, the State has reduced investment in social housing within the GAM on the grounds that land prices are much higher due to the scarcity of available land for development.

However, a recent investigation claims that's a bad strategy to face the lack of cheap and available land within the GAM. This happens because the social and economic costs of relocation in remote areas generate negative consequences for the quality of life of the beneficiaries, for example, increase in travel times, access to services and segregation among different incomes.

The research was carried out by Diana Sanabría and the title, translated from Spanish, is called: “Development of a methodology for the identification of territories with potential for the relocation of social interest housing in the Greater Metropolitan Area.”

In his study, Ms. Sanabria states that in GAM it is possible to promote social inclusion and densification, through the use of areas with residential aptitude, through efficient policies and urban planning.

It also draws attention to the fact that the housing supply in the GAM is focused on segments of the population with a lot of money. To reduce the gap, effective management policies must be implemented.

For this reason, Ms. Sanabria considers that the government must resume its role in the construction of social housing within the limits of the GAM betting on a planned density of collective projects. In its investigation, Ms. Sanabria discovered that there are over 41,094 hectares available for the construction of social housing representing 23.1 percent of the total land area of GAM.

Of this territory, the areas with optimal and very good condition is 11 percent, lands that have a good, regular and acceptable condition reach 88. 2 percent. Likewise, the study reveals that the central cantons of each province are those that present higher for housing for social housing.

Of the GAM, six cantons stand out because they have optimal or very good conditions for housing development. They are: Montes de Oca with 57 percent, Curridabat with 41, Aserri with 35 percent and Hatillo with 33 percent, San Jose with 25 percent and Goicoechea with 23 percent.

In a general way, the study emphasizes that it is necessary to recover the city in order for people live there.

The high value of GAM's land is justified by the wide accessibility to infrastructure, according to Sanabria.

On the other hand, the total cost of installing a cheap land but lacking infrastructure in a remote area, is higher than the cost of developing urban land that is surrounded by the resources necessary for socioeconomic development of its inhabitants, Ms. Sanabria explained.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An earthquake that tapped at 7.2 on the Richter scale devastated central México Tuesday afternoon and the Cruz Roja Costarricense is standing by to help.

According to a Wednesday afternoon statement from the organization, a highly specialized elite team known as USAR coordinated by Costa Rica’s Comisión Nacional de Emergencias is representing the country’s emergency aid to México.

The Cruz Roja is part of the team specializing in search and rescue among collapsed structures in urban environments. The team also has paramedics, rescuers and field assessors to deploy as well. This is part of over 70 members who are ready to answer the call, the Cruz Roja said.

“We have been linked to all the response actions of the International Red Cross movement in the Caribbean and, especially now with the involvement of México, with the earthquake situation,” said Glauco Ulises Quesada, the head of the Cruz Roja Costarricense.

“At this moment, the Cruz Roja Costarricense has moved specialists from different fields to support the first response teams in the Caribbean with hurricanes and we are forming, together with other related organizations, the immediate response team in case of emergencies require rescue in urban spaces.”

He said that México must activate an emergency system so that the Cruz Roja can ready its teams for deployment. In the meantime, the Cruz Roja as a tool is supporting the family contact restoration initiative for people who have not had communication with their relatives in México.

According to the Costa Rican consular register, there are 1,648 registered Costa Ricans in México.

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The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said Tuesday that there was no detail of any injuries or deaths to Costa Ricans within Mexican territory. The embassy of the country had been evacuated due to damages to surrounding buildings.

The foreign ministry and the government of Costa Rica expressed their solidarity with México.
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Court sentences immigration official for entering false information
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The criminal court in Alajuela sentenced an immigration officer to a year in prison for entering false information in the official system.

According to a Tuesday statement issued by the Ministerio Público, the former officer had an original sentence of three years suspended to one. Due to the nature of the Costa Rican judicial system, if this represents the first offense that the man has been convicted of and the sentence constitutes less than a year in jail then he will likely be released under a parole system.

Prosecutors found that the immigration official acted as an inspector at the Juan Santamaría airport where he was responsibility for regulating the entry of persons from abroad. According to investigators, this official entered false information into the automated system on migration movements. He said that a woman, apparently from the U.S., entered the country at 9:40 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2014, on a flight from Panamá.

The only problem was that the woman in question was arrested at Juan Santamaría about five days later. It turns out that she was Dominican and carried a false passport alleging that she was from the United States.

As many travelers know, when one receives an entry or exit stamp on a passport, it includes either a name, number or signature identifying who the person was that authorized one’s entry similar to that of a notarization.

This allows governments and law enforcement the ability to track the movements both of the person coming in and out of the country and immigration officer that stamped one in.

The woman was stopped due to a nervous attitude, prosecutors said. Officials interrogating her said that she confessed to buying the passport and later accepted charges in court of using a false document for which she was sentenced in March 2014 for eight months. Fast forward more than three years later and this official is now sentenced under the case number 14-000642-0305-PE.


Surgeons perform first cervical cancer removal without open surgery
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Specialists in gynecological surgery at Hospital México conducted the first extraction of cervical cancer without doing an open surgery on the patient.

According to a statement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the procedure is known as radical hysterectomy by laparoscopy. Radical hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus and surrounding tissues such as the pelvic nodes or even vagina bits. This allowed the tumor to be removed successfully from the 26-year old woman who had the cancer.

This represents the first time that a radical hysterectomy has been performed using a minimally-invasive, or laparoscopic, approach on this type of cancer, said Dr. Juan Picans, the surgeon who led the procedure. Previously, the minimally-invasive approach had been performed only for endometrial cancer.

“The procedure consists of making a small incision through the navel where a camera is inserted to guide the doctors,” a statement from the Caja said.

“Then, other incisions are made in the abdomen through which the other instruments necessary to perform the removal of the uterus and the tumor, which are finally removed through the vagina.”

The institute explained that this type of procedure involves less bleeding, less need for transfusions, better pain management, a shorter hospital stay and less risk of infections and faster recovery. Additionally, if the patient needs more treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, it can be started within a much shorter period unlike conventional surgery.

Only Hospital México should operate three to four patients per month with a diagnosis of cervical cancer, the Caja said.


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Study examines the benefits of silage during droughts and eruptions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Drying out one’s grass on the farm could be the key to avoiding disaster from drought, volcanic explosions or ash and high temperatures in terms of taking care of livestock.

The Centro de Investigaciones en Nutrición Animal of the Universidad de Costa Rica is studying strategies that allow producers to deal with strong droughts and high temperatures in the Pacific area.

Several of these studies developed at CINA focused on silage, a conservation technique made up of green fodder at a low cost which allows agricultural producers to take advantage of the grasses that grow during the rainy season. The grasses stored are then used to feed cattle during times of scarcity such as droughts or volcanic eruptions.

Silage is an acid fermentation process that can be used to pasture corn or sorghum as well as industrial by-products like sugar cane, cassava, pineapple, banana and orange.

It often requires a source of sugar and microorganisms that generate the fermentation, the university said in a statement.

The study took into account several criteria such as the crop cycle, inputs used and type of storage structure. Based on these factors, researchers created a database to estimate the costs of production per kilogram.

They found that it can be developed cheaply and without the need to buy at commercial rates when produced on-site.

Luis Villalobos, a fodder specialist, said that silage is a technique known by many producers in the sector but there was little hard data to evaluate its efficiency, production cost and how to prepare the different types of grasses. CINA researchers have generated a series of data from specific studies on silage and the benefits of the technique.

Villalobos pointed out that the farmers and cattlemen who best-resisted volcanic ash attacks were those that had silo reserves on their farms, which allowed them to secure food for their animals without needing to buy.

According to the studies, one of the best advantages of feeding livestock with farm-produced silage is that it can reduce the supplementary costs by providing an excellent source of fiber with a nutritional value higher than hay.

Grass ready
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The packed and dried grass is ready to be fed to the cattle.

Silage
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This is the silage during its fermentation process.

The studies also concluded that grass species was one of the most influential factors on the nutritional quality of the product in the silos.The grass needs to be dried out however in order to achieve adequate silage in order to ensure an adequate supply.

“The use of preserved fodder is not only important to meet the livestock needs of the livestock during critical times, it also allows to supplement the ration and to fill the requirements of the animals in production without having to make changes in the animal load that supports a farm regularly,” the university said.


Heredia train station plans
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The planned re-design of the Heredia train station as well as how it looks now.
Heredia train station will finally be renovated and repaired, TEC says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica presented the plans for the restoration and renewal of the Heredia train station to the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarilles.

The plans seek to renovate the original building to its former glory but also expand the platforms and create a parking lot for bicycles. Ileana Hernández, a researcher at the university’s architectural and urban design school, explained that the proposal seeks to recover the infrastructure, which has been declared an architectural heritage by the government.

"The whole structure of wood is going to be replaced, the floors and ceilings will be made new, we will eliminate the additions that were placed over the years and that do not belong to the original building and the sidewalks will be expanded and will be completely renewed, "said Ms. Hernandez.

The main building will have new toilets, a ticket office, a waiting room, a convenience store and a cafeteria space. An old metal warehouse will host a bank branch. A bicycle parking lot will be built on the east side of the building.

Incofer, as owner of the facilities, is under legal obligation to improve the conditions of the station, based on a ruling from the Sala Constitucional and the Ministerio de la Cultura y Juventud, which has labeled the site as being of historic significance to the country.

Explaining the train
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Head of TEC presents the design plans
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Unfortunately, Incofer is broke and has no money to do the project itself. Thanks to an agreement with the Municipalidad de Heredia, the institute obtained the financial resources. In exchange, the municipality will manage the commercial spaces of the city for 15 years.

The restoration and expansion works will be ready in September 2018 and will cost $520,000, according to a statement from TEC.




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Puntarenas mangrove has untapped potential, university study says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Mangroves are a word heard by many expats often when the validity of a land development is up in the air due to environmental concerns. This habitat also constitutes an important one for the unique birds in Costa Rica and Central America.

Mangroves have become an attractive area for bird watching tourism, an activity on the rise here in Costa Rica in terms of promotion. According to data from the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, the country is ranked fifth worldwide for this activity competing regionally with Perú.

According to a statement by the Universidad de Costa Rica, the activity is just beginning in places along many coastal zones such as the province of Puntarenas due to the diversity of bird species and little consideration as to the tourism opportunity. “In addition, the mangrove of Puntarenas is conceived as a seriously altered place with no opportunities for tourism in it,” the university said.

“This situation was confirmed by the Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo in 1997 and 2012 due to a high rate of deterioration and loss of vegetation cover. Added with this is the lack of jobs, depletion of fishing activity and human overpopulation in the urban area bordering the mangrove.”

Due to this issue, the university conducted a study consisting of counting birds in five mangrove channels and in the city of Puntarenas itself. The researchers also went to the uninhabited islands in the Gulf of Nicoya. Researchers said that a visit was made per month with two times on the same day to the same channels, one at dawn and one at dusk. This was to note the birds who were in the mud, inside the mangroves or on the edge of it. Researchers also recorded the amount of cloud cover at the time to see if the influence of light was a factor.

From there, interviews were conducted with tourists on the Puntarenas beach to determine their interest in a bird watching tour, the university said. The count discovered that over 12 percent of the bird species registered within Costa Rica could be found in that single area.

They found that the best time to watch was during April, when more migratory and resident birds converge at the same time. They congregated mainly around the mud area and could be best observed during the morning.

Mangrove hummingbird
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A white ibis is a frequent visitor
in the Puntarenas mangrove.

As far as a tourist interest, 71 percent of people had never visited the mangrove with 60 percent saying that they would be willing to visit it. 29 percent of the people interviewed who claimed to visit it said that they did not find it appealing and over 90 percent of the visitors did so without a guide.

The most striking feature according to the university was how endemic a bird considered near extinction was within the mangrove: the Mangrove Hummingbird. This bird is a part of the species Amazillia boucardi, first described in 1877 by Mulsant in the city of Puntarenas itself. The researchers believe the bird should become the emblem of Puntarenas Centro due to its unique position of discovery.

“In short, the mangrove of Puntarenas have a high potential to develop bird watching, due to a high diversity of species, many of them resident, that can be observed throughout the year,” the study said. 

“It is important to kickstart this type of tourism, since it would represent a new form of income for the population of Puntarenas. It is proven that a foreign bird-loving tourist stays more days at a birding site than any other. As a result, a productive chain of the rural areas is created where the observations are made, while monitoring the mangrove resource, discouraging the destruction of the habitat and other illegal activities such as fishing and drug trafficking.”

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.

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

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

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and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

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James Brohl
James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
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• 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:
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• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
• Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.
Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
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Real estate rentals (paid category)

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need. Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or call at (506) 2654-5442
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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on SellMyTimeshareNow.com at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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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
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Real estate-related services (paid category)

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Shipping services (paid category)

Shipping
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Psychotherapy


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

• Anxiety
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 • Trauma EMDR click here
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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.
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-Represent all the best insurance
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-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
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-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
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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
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
Phone: (506) 8868-5561
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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

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¯

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!
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

Vacant road
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Conor Golden     
Empty Avenida Segunda shows a city without many cars.

Students issue call for day without car

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Just one day without a car. That's the call students from the Instituto Técnológico de Costa Rica and the Universidad Nacional are making to all drivers across the country.

The idea is to join the worldwide celebration will take place this coming Friday, Sept.22.

To honor the date, students from both universities have organized several activities to encourage citizens to use public transportation or bicycles to go to their jobs or study centers.

In the case of TEC, the university has invited all of its students and staff not to use the car. Universidad Nacional will hold talks about how to measure the carbon emissions of cars and how to implement successful cycle paths. The activity will end with a concert on their campus.

According to data from the Estado de la Nación, 31 percent of the ecological footprint corresponds to energy use. There is a dependence of 70 percent on hydrocarbons and 25 on electricity in transportation methods.

In 1980, there were 180, 986 vehicles in the country. In 2014 the number of vehicles went from 1.4 million cars to 4.8 million inhabitants, according to figures provided by the Universidad de Costa Rica. This represents an increase of 673 percent in the last 37 years, according to the research. The document also says that auto sales grew by 25 percent in 2015.



Health ministry and tourism institute tells tourists not to worry on malaria

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Salud and the Instituto Costarricense del Turismo have asked tourists not to stop visiting the country, despite the malaria alert issued by the ministry.

In Costa Rica, cases of malaria were not recorded from 2012 to 2015, however, this year there have been four cases of in the canton of Matina, three in Sarapiquí and two in Pital de San Carlos.

Daniel Salas, director of Health Surveillance, said the increase in cases should not stop both domestic and foreign tourists to visit the attractions of the country.

Salas highlighted tough the protocols the country applies for prevention and control. However, he did asked tourists to increase the use of repellent and mosquito nets.

The symptoms of malaria are: intermittent fever, chills, sweating, headache and muscle pain.



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Five companies sign on to build new hospital

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Five companies will participate in a public forum to achieve the design, construction, equipment and maintenance of the new Hospital William Allen in Turrialba de Cartago.

According to Gabriela Murillo, infrastructure manager of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the construction of this new hospital would cost $100 million.

The new hospital will be built based on certain safety specifications for this type of building, including compliance with the national earthquake and fire codes as well as other measures.

Jorge Granados, director of the architecture and engineering department of the Caja, explained that the next step is a thorough review of the offers and submit a proposal to the Caja's Board of Directors. The agreement of the Junta Directiva must be approved by the country’s comptroller.

Hospital William Allen of Turrialba will be a digital headquarters for basic care. The medical images will be digital and staff will have access to all health information systems that the Caja has. In addition, the new hospital will have 110 beds divided into four three-story buildings, according to the institution.

The hospital will also apply measures designed to respect the practices and traditions to the Cabécar tribe, as it is the first point of help for patients in the indigenous territory of Turrialba.

The architectonic design seeks for the patients and officials to have contact with the surroundings of the canton of Turrialba. The hospital will be located in the Barrio La Susanita and has an area of 32,000 square meters.