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San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 12
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Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.


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Dental Services Costa Rica

Dr Oscar Vargas specialist in prosthodontics
Where Science and Art meet!

Give yourself a bright and healthy smile.  Our professional practice is geared to exceptional quality in all procedures.   We are dedicated to technical perfection using cutting-edge technology.     

* DENTAL IMPLANTS:  One of the most successful ways to replace missing teeth.  Improve your quality of life, enjoy social activities with a beautiful natural smile.   Learn more HERE! 

* FULL MOUTH RESTORATION. We are experts and have specialized training of integral science going beyond the architectural design of the patient's desired smile.  HERE!  

* PORCELAIN VENEERS. achieve wonderful results to aesthetic goals for worn down, chipped, broken, discolored, uneven teeth and gaps between them. HERE! 

* PORTFOLIO please browse for information about our work.  HERE!

Contact us:
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cell: +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@dentalservicescostarica.com
Web:  www.dentalservicescostarica.com



Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
New World Meditation

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
-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
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José, Costa Rica.    Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!

Residency experts


A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices

There are four primary ways to apply for legal residency in Costa Rica:
    Retiree (Pensionado):  For those with a pension or other retirement income.
    Legal Resident (Rentista): For those with guaranteed non-salary income or savings.
    Business/Investor (Inversionista): For those with Costa Rican business or real estate investments.
    Marriage/Relation (Vinculo): For those married to or related to a Costa Rican citizen.

Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore. We know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.
Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience.

Javier Zavaleta
Residency in Costa Rica
P. O. Box 86352, Los Angeles, CA 90086
U.S. Phone: (323) 255-6116
U.S.  Fax (323) 344-1620
Phone in Costa Rica: ( 506 ) 2226=0755  (En español )

Email:  javier@residencyincostarica.com
Web: www.residencyincostarica.com


U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers, Tax Accountant
Licensed by the I.R.S.
Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. citizens, plan now for your tax year. Let me help you pay only the tax  you must!
Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion.
If your filing is not up-to-date, the Streamlined Filing Procedure can be used to mitigate penalties.   Including  disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid future problems. 

File current or past due FBARs with no penalties to meet IRS requirements.
File your current or amended returns.

Over 10 years in Costa Rica    
Competitive rates

Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com

U.S. Tax International
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal
 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica

U.S. Tax
(English spoken). Tamarindo office hours now available.  If you or anyone you know would like an appointment in Tamarindo, please call our San José office at 2288-2201 to make an appointment.
Contact Us:
 U.S 786-206-9473         CR 506-2288-2201
FAX: 506 2231-3300
E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
Web page: www.ustaxinternational.com

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
pecializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
Uncle Sam's
IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $101,300 for 2016).
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 FACTA 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

Fine art restoration and conservation

Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
Paintings    Sculptures    Murals 
Porcelain and ceramic restoration
  Works on paper restoration
  Conservation Curatorial  services
  Art expert services
  Other restoration services
  Condition evaluation
  Authenticity evaluation
  Art related insurance and 
       damage evaluations
  Art collection consultation
Experts in fine art restoration and conservation for the tropics. We clean mildew, mold, etc., repair, restore and offer art expert and curatorial services.

For more information please contact Jessica Steward at 8388-5328 or 8621 9287 email HERE!

Real estate agents and services


A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve
Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
in CR since 1979

Residential sales
Commercial sales
Property management
Vacation rentals and long-term rentals
Tour desk

 Century 21 Jacó Beach Realty
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Calls from USA: (518) 693-7494
What’s App cell number: (506) 8866-1649
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com

Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.

   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area
www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó
Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR

Representing Colinas del Sol
del Pacifico, S.A.

Colinas del
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit tree orchards.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $40,000 USD , and many can be combined for those wanting a larger area for their chosen passion, be it a hobby horse farm or retirement haven.
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, Northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club
In Costa Rica contact Jeffrey Sandi Murray:          jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day:
 jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675 
Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
Country second in LatAm innovation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is in second place among Latin American and Caribbean countries for innovation.

Published annually since 2007, the Global Innovation Index measures and ranks using a complex system of indicators of around 128 countries’ innovation capabilities. Using around 82 data tables from 30 public and private sources worldwide, the index examines factors such as education expenditures by governments, taxes, regulations for businesses, gross domestic product, environmental performance, protections for investors, and intensity of local market competition.

It also looks at patent law as well as collaboration between different industries or education institutes in business enterprise along with very specific indicators such as the number of women with advanced degrees who are employed. The methodology is a complex computation that is then aggregated and calculated before being reanalyzed again in an examination of year-by-year changes from the previous indexes.

Based on the data, Costa Rica was ranked 45th overall behind Chile that was rated 44th in the world. Chile did however score the top placement for Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the index. Mexico received the third place in the region.

Speaking of Latin America, the report stated: ". . . local economies have not significantly improved relative to other regions in recent years, and no country in the region currently shows a performance higher than its GDP.”

Fifteen of the top 25 total countries examined in the survey come from Europe including the top three ranked: Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The United States placed fourth in the index overall and first in the region of North America.

The report came from Cornell University, the INSEAD world business school and the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization.

Ruta 32 being closed for simulation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The prosecutor’s office in Pococí is closing part of Ruta 32 for two hours Jan. 24.

Attorneys for a man who collided with a motorcycle at that spot in La Marina de Guápiles had their request approved to recreate the accident. The person driving the motorcycle is suing the defendant whose vehicle hit him because injuries sustained during the accident resulted in the amputation of his leg. The closing will be between 1 and 3 p.m.

The victim and witnesses are expected to participate in this reconstruction of the scene. This case occurred in June 13, 2013. According to judicial workers, transit authorities have already been notified of the order to close the road.

Law would benefit private teachers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A proposed law would allow private school teachers to affiliate with the financial arm of the Asociación Nacional de Educadores.

The Caja de Ahorro y Préstamos de la Asociación Nacional de Educadores is a type of credit union. But now only public school employees are allowed to affiliate.

The proposed measure, presented Monday, would expand the membership. Belonging to the financial entity does not mean being required to join the  Asociación Nacional de Educadores, which is a union, said sponsors of the bill.

Clerk dies in market holdup

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials reported a murder and an attack in supermarkets Sunday and Monday.

At La Teresa in Guácimo, a 23-year old cashier was shot in the chest by two men attempting to steal money from his register around 8 in the morning on Monday. The man died a few minutes later at a nearby clinic from the store where he was working.

Agents are still investigating witness accounts that a getaway car may have been present.

In another case, a 38-year old man was stabbed in the chest by two others who had followed him into the supermarket around 9 p.m. on Sunday. The attack occurred at the supermarket near the intersection of Avenida 5 and Calle 8 in San José Centro. His attackers fled and have still not been found, according to agents. The injured man went to Hospital San Juan de Dios.

Drug violations top Palmares arrest list

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Out of 275 arrests made during the Fiestas de Palmares, 244 of those were for drug violations.

The Fuerza Pública confiscated around 98 joints, 168 pouches, and 28 grams of marijuana since Thursday when the fiestas began. In addition, small amounts of cocaine and crack were confiscated. Police only made 12 arrests of people disturbing the peace, according to officials.

Lawmakers OK international sales pact

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers have approved the country's adoption of a United Nations convention on international sales.

The agreement, adopted in 1980 and entered into force elsewhere in 1988 provides  a modern, uniform and fair regime for contracts for the international sale of goods, the United Nations says.

The agreement is known as the The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods  or the Vienna Convention.

The agreement overrides Costa Rican law in the cases of international sales because the country gives a higher judicial ranking to international treaties than the Costa Rican Constitution.

Small and medium-sized enterprises as well as traders located in developing countries typically have reduced access to legal advice when negotiating a contract, the United Nations noted in a summary of the law. Thus, they are more vulnerable to problems caused by inadequate treatment in the contract of issues relating to applicable law, it added, noting that the same enterprises and traders may also be the weaker contractual parties and could have difficulties in ensuring that the contractual balance is kept. Those merchants would therefore derive particular benefit from the default application of the fair and uniform regime, the U.N. added

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