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Authorities confirm Saturday death of U.S. tourist
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial authorities confirmed to A.M. Costa Rica the death of a U.S. citizen near Siquirres in Limón province.

Officials from the Judicial Investigation Organization provided the confirmation Monday after reports from the U.S. press announced the accidental death of John Anderson this past weekend.

These reports suggest that Anderson, 65-years old from upstate New York, fell from a zip-line that served as the only access to the restaurant in the treetops. He was staying in the Pacuare Lodge at the time. Pacuare defined it as a rappelling crash. The vacation was apparently a birthday celebration. The death occurred this past Saturday.

According to a statement issued by Roberto Fernández, the general director for Pacuare, the entire company is deeply affected by this accident. Fernández said that this is the first accident in more than 30 years since Pacuare was founded.

“The company, with the experience of having attended more than 200,000 tourists, has strict security protocols for the attention of its guests who carry out adventure tourism activities,” the lodge statement said. “As part of the responsibility that has always characterized the company, it is providing all the necessary assistance so that the family can perform the corresponding services in their country of origin.”

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John Anderson.

Anderson is originally from Pittsford, New York, and was one of the presidents and CEO of Ryco Management, LLC.

According to the company’s website, he had over 25 years in banking and real estate industries. He spent 10 years in banking at the Irving Trust Company and Citicorp Real Estate in New York City.

Authorities said that the case was still under investigation and that the body was transferred to the Morgue Judicial for the subsequent autopsy.

The U.S. press reports said that the family has contacted the U.S. Embassy in San José and that funeral arrangements are still pending.



Court opens investigation of the attorney general
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Carlos Chinchilla will request the opening of a disciplinary investigation against the fiscal general of the republic, Jorge Chavarría, to evaluate his performance in the cases of Chinese cement and the Crucitas mine trial.

The Chinese cement case involves the Board of Directors from Banco de Costa Rica, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis and a well-known businessman for apparent irregularities with the permits in the concession of a loan to import Chinese cement.

The Crucitas case refers to supposed environmental damages suffered by the country for the permission granted to Industrias Infinito during the last decade, in Cutris de San Carlos.

Apparently, Chavarria would have shown displeasure when some judges questioned the prosecutor’s decision of not charging former president Oscar Arias.

Arias granted a public interest permit to the mine during his tenure and this caused him problems with environmental organizations.

According to Chinchilla, the investigation against the attorney general would take into account their performance in the cases mentioned.

The demand to evaluate the actions of Chavarría first came from the Sindicato de la Judicatura, a union that questions the actions Chavarria has taken in both cases.

In the case of the Chinese cement, the unions believe that the investigation has been very soft.

Jorge
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Jorge Chavarría speaks to the press
back in August.


In the case of the Crucitas mine, the unions are mad at Chavarria because of the the supposed anger expressed by the him against the judges in charge of the case.

The decision to halt the legal process to determine whether the former president Arias should be accused or not.

Chinchilla clarified that this investigation is done with the purpose of guaranteeing transparency and that citizens know that there is nothing hidden within the Power Judicial.

 Another case that the court will investigate is the relationship of Magistrate Celso Gamboa with the businessman who tried to import Chinese cement. According to the Spanish-language press, the magistrate would have shared a flight with him on the same plane.

Apparently, the two of them would have returned to the country the same day just minutes apart. In the Chavarría case, the procedure requires that the session of the Supreme Court be closed to the general public, as it deals with disciplinary issues. The session will determine whether the investigation takes place or not.







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Is the cargo freighter company really environmentally-friendly?
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I applaud some of what SAILCARGO INC. is doing. The story was on page three for the Sept. 18 edition.

According to Lynx Guimond, the project co-founder, they try to find wind-fallen trees near the mountaintop headquarters in Monteverde and other places around Costa Rica.

This is often what sellers promote for their wood souvenirs. There is a problem with using fallen logs. Fallen logs in the rainforest or any forest provide tons of nutrients that are put back into the soil and ecosystem. 

They are basically a fertilizer for the nutrient deficient soils of the rainforest. Many animals and plants also depend on these fallen logs, for food and living places.
The endangered rhinoceros beetle's larvae require very large fallen logs to live in for several years before pupating from a larva to becoming a beetle.
Without these large fallen logs they die out. That is just one example of many.

The company also says: “These trees were planted around 50 years ago, and are expected to live much longer as a ship.” 

I am glad that some of the harvested wood is from planted tree farms. The idea that the trees are still alive as being lumber for a ship is a fairly ridiculous statement. As anyone knows, once the trees are felled they die.  They need to come up with something better than that. 

I hope they will focus on using only tree-farmed lumber for their boats in the future.   There are plenty of teak and other hardwood tree farms in Costa Rica.

Henry Kantrowitz
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Residents of San Pablo area rush to stock on freshwater. AyA is making regular deliveries until service is restored.
Main water line accidentally destroyed in San Pablo de Heredia
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San Pablo de Heredia is experiencing an unintended drought during the rainy season.

According to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the distribution pipeline for fresh drinking water received damage in several sections this past weekend. So far, work crews have repaired this pipe at least six times already but the town remains without proper drinking water. AyA said that the damage was caused by a private construction company that was installing a pipeline to supply a new urban development project in the area.

Officials said that the machine being used to dredge broke the main water line in various sectors. Despite the efforts from the past 48 hours, crews are discovering more problems with this pipe particularly in the Rincón Ricardo area. AyA admits that every time that workers attempt to turn on the water service, a new crack or hole or break appears in the line to be fixed.

The distance of the original break constituted around 200 meters, or around two blocks. “The institution continues to work on replacing the damaged sections in order to reestablish the service, taking into account that no new leaks arise,” a statement from AyA said. “In addition there are tank trucks to supply the affected communities until the moment the service will be reestablished.”

The institute added that it would be providing the respective information for any update on the process as well as determine responsibility for damage. It referred residents to AyA’s Facebook page for more up to date progress on the repair work or if water was restored.

Based on data from AyA, the water break is only affecting around 8,000 residents in and around San Pablo. The town is north of Santo Domingo and east of Heredia Centro.

This comes following a prior announcement this past weekend that AyA would be closing a road down for a month near Curridabat and Granadilla.

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Piece of the broken water line pipe.

Ruta 306 is still expected to be closed from now until Oct. 20, the institute said.

All traffic, aside from local residents and businesses, need to find an alternative route going around the closed sector. Public buses, however, are required to use an alternative route yet still provide a temporary stop from people in those areas to use. This is being coordinated with the public works ministry.



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Researchers venture into unknown cave systems in Brunca region
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Brunca region in Costa Rica’s Zona Sur has some of the most unique ecosystems in the world from Parque Nacional Corcovado to Parque Internacional La Amistad. It is also known for possessing some of the most winding and complex cave systems in Costa Rica.

“In this region lies the longest and deepest cavern in the country, and yet there remains one of the most little-known, sparsely-studied sites,” according to a statement from the Universidad de Costa Rica. “This motivated a group of researchers to delve into the depths with the aim of collecting data from the caves as well as the bats that inhabit them.”

The team is made up of researchers from the university’s campus in Golfito as well as doctoral students with the Grupo Espeleológico Anthros. Within the caverns, there are colonies of bats numbering in the thousands, the university said. These critters provide a much-needed check on insect populations, consume fruits and nectar that inadvertently also disperses seeds and provide nutrients to the cave system itself.

In spite of this abundance of bats in the Brunca caves, there was no data specifically on the species inhabiting the ecosystem. “We want to see the diversity of these species and see if these caves are suffering some level of pollution or other problems associated with human influence that could be affecting bats,” said Gloriana Chaverri, the principal investigator with the project and professor at the Golfito campus.

The purpose is to gather and collect information to also classify and see what measure or recommendations can be given to the environmental industry in relation to the bats in the caves. So far, over 35 caves near Alto Laguna, Miramar de Abrojo, Ciudad Neilly, Río Claro, Piedras Blancas and Uvita have been examined.

Among the main findings, Ms. Chaverri said that what surprised her most was to find a cave filled with a bat colony composed of a rare species: the sword-nose bat. It represents the only colony found in the southern area of Costa Rica, she said.

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Scientists venture deep into the cave network of the Brunca region.

Bat
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Sword-nose bat colony in the Corredores cave outside of Ciudad Neilly.

The project is expected to continue for at least three more years. By the end of 2017, the group hopes to conclude the evaluations related to the diversity of species found in the caves. After that, the researchers will examine the contributions by bat colonies to the ecosystems surrounding the caves particularly in the form of nutrients, the university said.


Author releases compendium of short stories on Sanatorio Durán
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

“Fear the living: A Tribute to Sanatorio Durán,” is a freshly printed new book containing several stories tied with the existence of the now-vacant former hospital.

Sanatorio Durán is an old sanitarium originally built for the care of tuberculosis patients that has been quiet for nearly 50 years. It is called one of the most haunted places in both Costa Rica and Latin America by some. It was even featured on the U.S.-based paranormal TV series “Ghost Hunters” at one point.

In the case of the book, it features several stories in the genres of terror, historical fiction, realism, comedy and fantastic storytelling. It was edited by Miriam Brenes, a researcher at the Escuela de Seguridad Laboral e Higiene Ambiental, a sub-school belonging to the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica.

Ms. Brenes included a story of her own, called the “Silver Dance.” It tackles a love story between Dr. Durán's daughter and a man who seeks to find a cure to their disease.

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“The stories are based in the history of the Sanatorio and the reasons why the hospital was created,” said Ms. Brenes. “Authors made several visits to the place as a way of researching.”

In total, the book features 19 stories that Ms. Brenes consider to an emotional rollercoaster.


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Doctors group warn mothers to avoid giving birth outside hospitals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The current trend of giving birth to a child in houses or places other than hospitals have increased the risks of death both for mothers and children, according to the Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Costa Rica.

According to a special commission set up to look into the matter by the Colegio, most of the households lack the paramedical and technical equipment as well as the appropriate human resource to attend any emergency that could arise.

"This practice should never be authorized in Costa Rica,” said Andrés Castillo, president of the Colegio.

Castillo explained this practice was performed in the country until few years ago for reasons like health centers being too far away. However, those conditions have changed and now the country has a privileged social security system.

According to the doctor, there is trendy literature worldwide speaking of humanizing the vaginal delivery since there is less medical intervention, thus establishing the concept of a more natural birth. However, the commission said that countries where this practice has been promoted are more developed in terms of medical access, road infrastructure, transportation systems and even medical ambulatory technology, all of them which are far superior to what Costa Rica offers.

Practicing home-based childbirth can double the rate of mortality, increase seizures of the newborns and require more blood transfusions to the mother after the delivery, said Castillo.

The Colegio warned pregnant women of other risks such as amniotic fluid embolism, uterine rupture or massive bleeding, emergencies that do not discriminate between high and low risk pregnancies, according to a statement.

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Household Furnishings

Fine
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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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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.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
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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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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
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Real estate rentals
Real estate rental agents
Real estate for rent
Business
wanted
Real estate wanted

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
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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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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)

COSTA RICA SOLAR
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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
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9057-2/25/17


Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)
Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho
DR LUIS CARLOS SANCHO TORRES
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Prescription Management

Send us your:
-VA LETTER WITH LIST OF DISABILITIES
-VETERAN IDENTIFICATION

Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
Email: veteranscr@gmail.com
4th floor at Hospital La Catolica, Guadalupe, San José
9234-12/1/17


Legal Services

Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary

A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
9181-7/3/17

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
Garrett
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
      government.
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
       America.
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!
9165-5/22/17




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Books headline

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
 Watch book trailer 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

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

Ruta 27 remains open with caution

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ruta 27, one of the country's main highways, could still be closed in case heavy downpours happen again, according to the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones.

According to Silvia Jiménez, technical secretary of the Consejo, it is the duty of the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles to remove the obstructions in several ditches of the road in order to avoid the cataract effect produced along the slopes of the road.

According to the Consejo, several ditches obstructed on the train's routes caused the waters not to go into their natural flow towards the drainage system designed along with Ruta 27. Ms. Jiménéz also explained that Escazú and Caldera are the most likely places where closure would take place due to its high transit.

The Consejo has also said that they are currently assessing the damages by the use of drones and ask drivers to take necessary precautions in the area called Cambronero. The major road, which is part of the Caldera highway, received some heavy rain this past weekend. Some commuters took to social media to display the images of downed trees, accidents, flooding and even a waterfall coming down the side of the adjacent hill.

Ruta 27 connects the capital of Costa Rica, San José, with the port of Puntarenas. The route runs 77 kilometers and was inaugurated back in 2009.


Scrapped
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo     
Some of the scrapped junk on sale at the auction.


Vehicles
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo      
Some of the recovered vehicles that could still be scrapped.

Public works hosting online auction

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The public works ministry will be hosting an auction for its impounded and retired vehicles on Oct. 2.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, 85 units are going to be sold off based on weight or depreciation depending on whether the thing is junk or can be repaired. The units will be auctioned on two different lines and those interested can make their offer for one or both, the ministry said.

The first line consists of 81 units considered junk or ready to be scrapped. These vehicles cannot be re-registered in Registro Nacional with a base price of 36,135 colones. Meanwhile, the second line is made up of four vehicles that will be valued based on depreciation with a base price of 5 million colones. Bids can be made at the Sistema Integrado de Compras Públicas from 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 until Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m.

The scrap lot has light and heavy equipment distributed at six centers in Puntarenas, San Ramón, La Luisa, Alajuela and the Taller Central in San José. The rest is located at the San José workshop as well. Buyers who want to appraise the equipment as a guarantee to participate in the auction can visit any of the sites where it is being held from this week until Sept. 29, the ministry said.

The hours are: Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. The posting for the auction can be found online at the public works website.

The public works ministry said those interested in participating in the electronic auction must be registered in the Registro de Proveedores of the system. Interested businesses or persons can do so online at the system’s website.


American Legion meeting Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The American Legion Auxiliary will have its next meeting on Saturday, Sept. 23.  They are expected to meet at the Restaurante  Criollito, near the Parque de España at 1 p.m. All wives, widows, daughters and sisters of the United Satates' war veterans are welcome. For more information call Alicia Rodriguez 2241-5746



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Bus
                  chaos
Policía Municipal de San José
Buses backed up traffic along San José's Avenida Segunda Monday.

Small bus owners and drivers protest decree

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A massive roadblock occurred Monday by small bus companies and independent bus drivers that provide transportation for students, tourists or some other kind of on-demand services.


The protest took place after the government announced its plans to reform the legal framework under which the so-called Servicios Especiales de Transportes operate.

According to changes within the executive decree 15203 proposed by the Consejo de Transporte Público, special buses and small buses would be labeled in accordance to the specific service they offer such as tourism or student transport.

The reform would also forbid companies and individuals from offering services different from what they were labeled for. If the measure is enforced, the sign Servicios Especiales some buses carry would also disappear.

Aside from those measures, the drivers, represented under the name of Federación Nacional de Pequeños y Medianos Empresarios de Transporte, also opposed the way transportation businessmen are chosen in the Consejo.

They have also demanded the immediate dismissal of Mario Zárate, the current director of the Consejo. Another request is to halt the way bus fares are calculated on regular bus services, since they consider the methodology does not provide a fair price to the transportation companies.

On the other side, authorities from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes named the protest as unnecessary, during a press conference held in the afternoon.

“This ministry has always shown total openness towards dialogue,” said Mario Durán, current head of public works. “We sent the drivers and companies a draft of the reform about a month ago and we hadn't heard anything back since.”


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Go ahead and try it!
Search system improved for archives
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Readers who conduct searches of A.M. Costa Rica content now have a better system.
Because back editions are archived as a single page, some readers have had trouble finding the news story or photo that they sought even though they knew the date.

Now five years of news stories and photos have been added to the search system from
A.M. Costa Rica Archives, a site that provides unique identification to all local news stories.

A consolidated search provides results from the archive Web site and also from the 15 years of archived pages on A.M. Costa Rica.





Here are the links
to key official Facebook pages

Banco de Costa Rica (BCR)
https://www.facebook.com/BancoBCR
Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica (Fire Department)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/
Benemerito-Cuerpo-de-
Bomberos-de-Costa-Rica/10

0524590030186
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR)
https://www.facebook.com/
bnmascerca
Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Social Security Administration)
https://www.facebook.com/
ccssdecostarica
Cruz Roja Costarricense
(Red Cross)
https://www.facebook.com/
cruzrojacostarricense
Direccion General de Migracion y ExtranjerÌa Costa Rica (Immigration)

https://www.facebook.com/
migracioncostarica
Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/
INSTITUTO-NACIONAL-
DE-APRENDIZAJE-INA/374620729455

Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (MIDES-INJU)
https://www.facebook.com/midesinju
Instituto Nacional de Seguros
(National Insurance Administration)
https://www.facebook.com/
InstitutoNacionaldeSeguros
Instituto Meteorologico Nacional Costa Rica (Weather Institute)
https://www.facebook.com/
institutometeorologiconacional.prensa
Ministerio de Obras P™blicas y Transportes (Transportation Ministry)
https://www.facebook.com/pages
/Ministerio-de-Obras-Publicas-
y-Transportes/141524109195178

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (Labor Ministry)
https://www.facebook.com/TrabajoCR
Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/
Organismo-
de-Investigacion-Judicial/1

62025663834408
Policia de Transito de Costa Rica (Traffic police)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/
POLICIA-DE-
TRANSITO-DE-COSTA-RICA/21

2892178758906
Municipalidad de San José
(San José Municipality)
https://www.facebook.com/
MunicipalidadSJ
Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI)
https://www.facebook.com/
PatronatoNacionaldelaInfancia
DefensorÌa de los Habitantes (ombudsman)
https://www.facebook.com/
defensoriacr

A.M. Costa Rica
users guide

This is a brief users guide to A.M. Costa Rica.

Old pages

Each day someone complains via e-mail that the newspages are from yesterday or the day before. A.M. Costa Rica staffers check every page and every link when the newspaper is made available at 2 a.m. each week day.

So the problem is with the browser in each reader's computer. Particularly when the connection with the server is slow, a computer will look to the latest page in its internal memory and serve up that page.

Readers should refresh the page and, if necessary, dump the cache of their computer, if this problem persists. Readers in Costa Rica have this problem frequently because the local Internet provider has continual problems.


Searching

The A.M. Costa Rica search page has a list of all previous editions by date and a space to search for specific words and phrases. The search will return links to archived pages.


Newspages

A typical edition will consist of a front page and six other newspages. Each of these pages can be reached by links near the top and bottom of the pages.


Classifieds

Classified pages are updated daily. Employment listings are free, as are listings for accommodations wanted, articles for sale and articles wanted. The tourism page and the real estate sales and real estate rentals are updated daily.


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Statistics

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Contacting us

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Visiting us

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Useful links
Foreign Embassies
in Costa Rica
Ave Central at Calle 120
Pavas, San José. 920-1200
San Jose, Costa Rica
Call 506 2519-2000
after hours call
506 8863-4895

U.S. embassy logo
Click for Web
British logo
Click for Web
Apartado 815-1007
Edificio Centro Colon
(Piso/floor 11)
San José 506 2258 2025

Oficentro La Sabana
Building 5, Third floor
Box: 351-1007, San José 506 2242-4400
Canadian flag
Click for Web
Dutch flag
Click for Web
Oficentro la Sabana,
P.O.Box 10285-1000
San José 506 2296-1490

Torre Sabana, 8ƒ floor,
Sabana Norte.
Box 4017-1000, San José 506 2290-9091
After hours 506 8381-7968

German flag
Click for Web
Other foreign embassies in Costa Rica
Click HERE!

Costa Rican embassies in the world
Click HERE!


Entertainment
Theater
Teatro Nacional logo
Click for Web
Teatro Nacional
Drama, dance, theater
orchestras, concerts


Movies
Cinemark
Multiplaza Escazú
Multiplaza del Este

HERE!

Cinepolis
Terramall and Desamparados
HERE!
CCM Cinemas
San Pedro, Alajuela, Heredia, Plaza Mayor, Cine Magaly, Cariari, San Ramon, San Carlos
HERE!
Jaco Beach Cinema
2643-2100
HERE!
Airline info
flight stats
Juan SantamarÌa in Alajuela
Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia
Other airports of the world

Weather and disasters
Current weather


Instituto Meteorological Nacional
Instituto Meteorological
HERE!


U.S. National
Hurricane
Information Service

HERE!


NOAA
weather

Turrialba volcano
Live camera
on Turrialba volcano


Arenal volcano is HERE!
but it is out of service

U.S.G.A.
World Earthquakes
HERE!

Seismeographics
online

Live reports of quakes
HERE!
recorder display
Vehicles
INS
Instituto Nacional
de Seguros
HERE!

Vehicle inspection
appointments
HERE!

Riteve link
PoliceÌa de Tr·nsito
PolicÌa de Tránsito
Highway info
HERE!

Autopista del Sol
Web Page
Twitter

Autopista del Sol

Immigration
Immigration
Direccion General
de Migracion
main page is HERE!

Appointment to renew
cedulas for residents

900-00-34639 Or click HERE!
Banco de Costa Rica

Community groups
Association of Residents of Costa Rica
HERE!
Community
alliance
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
www.actionalliancecr.com




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