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San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, Vol. 16, No. 197
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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.


Marco Cavallini & Associates
Dental Implants and Crowns

Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini has placed and
DR. Cavallini
Dr. Marco A. MuÏoz Cavallini
restored over 17,000 dental implants since 1980. The Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini Dental Clinic, is recognized as one of the best practices in Dental Reconstruction, Dental Implant placement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica and the World. For more information, visit us today at:


Del Valle Visual Eyes Optometry
In San Isidro de El General
Dr. Vargas
Dr. Allan Mora Vargas
Our experience in primary eye care, now makes your experience unmatched.
She bought progressive lenses with transitions and anti-reflective coating, this was her great experience:
 "Dr. Allan Mora gives the best eye exam I've ever had, in any country. Then he and his staff helped me pick out new frames -- all of this in English -- and right in downtown PZ. He's a treasure!"
 — Mrs. Carol Vaughn
Centro Comercial Pedro Pérez, south side of the park, San Isidro de El General, Pérez Zeledón, San José,
 Costa Rica.
 Contact: Dr. Allan Mora Vargas
 Phone Number: (506) 2772-0349


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 :
More information HERE!

Residency experts

Residency in Costa Rica
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
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.

Pensionado and rentista. Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience. Javier Zavaleta
Tel: (323) 255-6116


Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
Tax Accountant

File your past three years tax returns under the
Streamlined  Procedure which mitigates penalties.

File your FBAR for current or past-due years.
File current or amended tax returns.

22 Years Experience      Competitive rates
Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316

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 506-2288-2001
FAX: 506 2231-3300
Web page:

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 $100,800 for 2015).
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

Fine art restoration and conservation
Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer, A.I.C. Certified
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
For more information please contact Weronika Nossowicz at 8388-5328  or email HERE!
 • Paintings
• Sculptures
• Murals
• Porcelain and ceramic
• Works on paper restoration
• Conservation curatorial

• Art expert services
• Other restoration services
* Analysis for condition
• 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.

Legal services

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Lic. Eduardo Valdivieso
your legal adviser for criminal, civil,
commercial, and family law.  
Phone: ( 506 ) 8839-5010 
Address:  150 meters southwest from
the Goicoechea court, San José.

Real Estate Closing Services
Lic Matta

Lic. Pablo Mata Ferreto, MBA

Legal – Financial Adviser

Real Estate and Business Transactions

Avoid Real Estate scams, get independent advice and have due diligence performed before signing or making a deposit.

Phone number: (506) 8853-0000

Land surveying services

René Sánchez Quirós
30+ years of experience in:

Mr. Sanchez
Survey (cadastral) maps
Boundary markers
Calculations of terrain

Call me:
CR phone number:   +506-2290-4573
CR Cell phone number: +506-8383-0083

Real estate agents and services


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

Buying? Selling? Renting?
We Can Do It!
Let us help you live your dreams!
Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

 Century 21 Jacó Beach Realty
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356

CR Beach
Jaco Beach Central Pacific Real Estate
"LOWEST PRICES EVER and this Inventory is  being sold now " says CR Beach Investment Real Estate Broker & certified Realtor Jeff Fisher.
Why Here?
#1: SJO Int'l Airport & S.J. suburbs are an hour +
Jeff  Fisher
#2: The Jacó area has all the important services you need & is growing!

Yes, after 21 years, we know Costa Rica and we still believe the Central Pacific is the best area to invest, enjoy, and retire to in Costa Rica.!
Member of the N.A.R. & the Costa Rican Real Estate Board CRGAR  
Toll Free: 1-888-782-1119 or  2643-4334, 2643-3672
Over 9 years in  our JACÓ Office:
IL Galeone Center by BAC, #14, Costa Rica

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

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   • 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
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

Jim Day, representing Colinas del Sol
del Pacifico, S.A.

* 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 $39,000 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 Papagayo  Golf & Country Club
Contact Jim Day
or Phone:  001 517 484-3675.
Click Here:

Government caved in to fishing interest,
environmental organizations claim

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Stemming from the recent blockades of public highways by the fishery sector last Sept. 2, the government agreed to a series of reckless, illegal, and unconstitutional agreements, said a host of environmental agencies. The agreements and commitments were communicated to the environmental groups after a formal request to Serio Alfaro, minister of the Presidency, Sept. 7, a press release said.
The organizations said they were concerned about these agreements and said they understand they call for:

* The relaxing of shark commerce regulations. According to a draft decree to reform the wildlife conservation law, the legal responsibility of authorizing the importation, exportation and re-exportation of shark products will be transferred to commissions, the members of which will be assigned by the national system of protected areas.

Such responsibility currently rests upon a council integrated by national scientists, appointed independently by their own institutions. Furthermore, a scientific authority condition is granted to the fishery sector, with the right to propose its own representatives to the non permanent commissions.

This action is illogical, as the fishery sector participation during the decision-making process will be contrary to the public interest.

* Future adoption of passive attitude towards the conservation and protection of threatened and endangered shark species that must be included under international treaties signed by Costa Rica.

During this negotiation with the fishery sector, the government committed to not promoting nor supporting the listing of commercial interest shark species under international treaties. In other words, the government allows private commercial interests to prevail over environmental public interest.

* Active promotion of shark fin exports. The government commits to ask international couriers that have committed to stop transporting shark fins to resume these activities.

* The government agreed with the fishery sector to review the minimum catch size regulations under a participatory process, due to the denial of the fishery sector to abide by the limits established by the fisheries research department of the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura.

* Increasing fishing effort without technical foundation. The fifth agreement exposes a recurrent problem that the environmental sector has denounced over the last years: the lack of technical information upon which to support fishery management decisions. The government has committed to increase tuna quotas and has called on the legislature to vote on a law for the development, promotion, and sustainable use of shrimp in Costa Rica without any technical background information whatsoever.

"We emphatically point out that Costa Rican law mandates that any administrative act must be clearly founded on technical grounds, especially when pertaining to the authorization of access to public domain goods, which belong to all Costa Ricans. The government must publicly indicate the technical foundation it used to adopt these commitments with the fishery sector," said Jorge Jiménez of the Marviva Foundation.

The non-profit environmental sector said that its organizations consider that the agreements represent a setback to marine conservation and to the coastal communities that depend on the health of the seas.

The government is favoring private interests over environmental public interest, putting the subsistence of thousands of fishers and the conservation of this country´s marine fishery resources at risk, the press release said.

This press release was supported by: WIDECAST, Fundación Marviva, Pretoma, Conservación Internacional, AIDA, Misión Tiburón, UESPRA, Fundación KETO, The Leatherback Trust, Asociación Costa Rica por Siempre, Biocenosis, Fundación Amigos de la Isla del Coco, Sea Sheperd, Cedarena and Promar.

Jardín Botánico Regional de Cadereyta photo           
This is a flowering Mammillaria herrerae.

Cactuses reported to be very threatened

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Cactuses are among the world’s most threatened species, even more so than mammals and birds, according to the first ever global assessment.

Native to arid parts of the Americas, cactuses have also been introduced to Africa, Australia and Europe. But the new research show that 31 percent are threatened with extinction.

According to Barbara Goettsch, a scientist with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and co-lead author of the Global Cactus Assessment, prior to this work only 160 of the nearly 1,500 cactuses had been studied.

“Now we have a complete picture,” she said. “And cacti are under increasing pressure from human activity, including illegal trade, which was much greater than we previously thought.”

While an international convention prohibits the harvest of certain plants, Ms. Goettsch says that many are nonetheless prized by collectors.

“They have amazing flowers and they have very unique form," she said. "There is a horticultural market outside the country of origin.”

Ms. Goettsch adds that while cactuses can be grown legally, illegal trafficking, driven by “the unscrupulous collection of live plants and seeds for horticultural trade and for private ornamental collections,”  threatens more species than the iconic rhinos and elephants.

Other threats include the destruction of habitat with small livestock and farm operations, residential and commercial development, quarrying and aquaculture.

“Knowing what is affecting each species and where, you can actually plan conservation action,” Ms. Goettsch said. “So, for example, you would look at very different things to do in southern Brazil, where most of the threatened species are affected by Eucalyptus plantations, than for Perú, where species are mainly impacted by illegal trade for international markets.”

Cactuses are key components for biodiversity and critical to the survival of wildlife in arid lands, providing an important source of water and nutrients. They are also gathered by local communities. “If we care about the planet, we need to care about arid lands as well,” Ms. Goettsch says.

The Global Cactus Assessment is described in the journal Nature Plants.

Vice president is off to India today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Second Vice President Ana Helena Chacón leaves today for India and the India-Latin America Caribbean Conclave. The event is Thursday and Friday in New Delhi. It is organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry, jointly with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and the Ministry of External Affairs.

There are representatives attending from most Latin countries, according to an agenda that is online.

The vice president is scheduled to meet with Rodolfo Nin Novoa, minister of foreign affairs in Uruguay and to give two presentations. One is on women in Costa Rican society and the other is on the handicapped here, said Casa Presidencial.

Have you got an original Halloween tale?

A.M. Costa Rica announces another of its annual Halloween story contests.

We invite readers to submit a Halloween story related to Costa Rica. Stories should be 1,000 words or under.

And we’ll publish the Halloween stories next month. We will try to publish as many as we can. Stories will be judged by professional writers, and the winner will get $100.

By submitting the stories, the authors give A.M. Costa Rica the non-exclusive right to publish them. Send your story to

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