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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, July 31, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 150
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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.


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 yourexperience 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
 Email: info@opticasdelvalle.com
 Web: www.opticasdelvalle.com
 Phone Number: (506) 2772-0349 or 8758-941649

Hearing Services

Clínica Dinamarca Hearing Center
Audiometry – Impedance
Hearing aids
Batteries & accessories
Electronic laboratory
Earplugs: Loud noise & swimming
Cochlear implants
Bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA)
Free hearing tests for Senior Citizens on Wednesdays
We accept hearing aids prescriptions from C.C.S.S.
For the US veterans we can help with the procedures

Address: 250 meters south from KFC Paseo Colón, San José,
Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2221-4545
(506) 2221-4646
Web: www.clinicadinamarca.com
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Dr. Gray

Dr. Lucinda Gray

California Licensed
International Practice

New World Meditation

CR (506) 2228-2041

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

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 javier@residencyincostarica.com
Tel: (323) 255-6116


Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summe
U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
Tax Accountant
File your FBAR for current or past due years
File your past three years tax return under the
Streamlined  Procedure which mitigates penalties
File amended tax returns

Personalized service      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 506-2288-2001
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 $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
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com

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

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
Email: jpmata2000@gmail.com

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
Email:  ojoche01@gmail.com       

Real estate agents and services

Ms. Gonzalez
Noemy González
Real Estate Adviser
Bienes Inmuebles CR.com

We are a real estate company specializing in prompt & effective attention for you. English, Spanish & Italian spoken. Professionals in the sale of properties such as commercial premises, homes & apartments through our advertising & marketing services.
Vision: Making realty dreams a reality.
Mission: Your #1 property adviser with real value in a changing world.
Address: Cariari, Heredia, Costa Rica.
Local phone (506) 2239-3883
Mobile (506) 8302-3883
E-mail : noe@bienesinmueblescr.com
Web: www.bienesinmueblescr.com


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
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com

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  

www.CRbeach.com    info@crbeach.com
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.

Eco logo
   • 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

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
Email:  JimDay50@aol.com 
or Phone:  001 517 484-3675.
Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com

President sends list of bills to lawmakers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The executive branch has designed more than five dozen bills for what is known as an extraordinary legislative session that begins Monday.

During times when the Constitution does not say the legislature should meet, the executive branch has the power to call lawmakers back to work and designate the matters they will consider. This originally was an emergency measure, but such sessions have become routine in the modern day except that the president controls the agenda.

The list of bills presented to the legislative leadership does not include any general tax bills. These are expected to be presented later. The Banco Central, the Ministerio de Hacienda and other government agencies have been insisting on the need for more taxes for weeks. A report Thursday said that the government deficit would jump to more than 6 percent in 2016 without new taxes.

The executive branch is preparing a proposal for a value-added tax among others that will be presented later.

The current list includes a redo of the tax on corporations that has been found unconstitutional. That has been in the legislative hopper for some time. There also is a death with dignity bill and a bill to jack up the special tax on motels. Most of these have not originated with the Presidencia.

Latin growth seen as less than 1 percent

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will grow a half a percent on average in 2015, according to new projections released by the regional United Nations agency.

Although the deceleration is a generalized phenomenon in the region, the organization forecasts heterogeneous growth among subregions and countries: South America will contract four-tenths of a percent, Central America and Mexico will grow 2.8 percent and the Caribbean will expand 1.7 percent.

The forecast are by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

On a national level, Panamá will lead the regional expansion with a 6 percent increase, followed by Antigua and Barbuda (5.4 percent) and the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua (both with 4.8 percent). Mexico’s Gross Domestic Product will grow 2.4 percent while Argentina’s will rise seven tenths of a percent. Brazil will experience a contraction of 1.5 percent while Venezuela will face an even greater decline of 5.5 percent.

Upon presenting its most recent annual report, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean called for vitalizing the investment process to resume growth and improve productivity in the region’s economies.

According to the "Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2015," the economic slowdown is due to external and domestic factors. In the external arena, the global economy’s slow growth during 2015 stands out, particularly the deceleration of China and other emerging economies, with the exception of India. The report indicates that global trade will remain stagnant as part of what has become a structural problem in the global economy. In addition to less external demand, there is also a downward trend among prices for basic products as well as greater volatility and uncertainty in international financial markets.

On the domestic front, the report says that a contraction in investment along with the deceleration of consumption growth, coupled with other factors, are contributing to a reduction in domestic demand, which has been the main factor driving growth in recent years.

The decline in the investment rate and the lower contribution to growth of gross capital formation are worrisome, since they not only affect the economic cycle but also the capacity for growth and its quality in the medium and long term, the agency emphasizes. That is why one of the main challenges for resuming vigorous growth lies in vitalizing the process of gross capital formation, the document says.

“Revitalizing growth in the short and long term requires boosting public and private investment at a complex time. This can be done with fiscal rules that protect investment, resorting to public-private associations and new sources of financing, such as the investment and infrastructure banks of the BRICS countries, and alternative mechanisms such as green bonds and triangular loans cooperation,” said Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of  the Economic Commission for Latin America.

On labor matters, the economic survey signals that the lower growth will have a negative impact on employment. On average, the unemployment rate is forecast to rise in 2015 to around 6.5 percent of the population, from the 6 percent registered last year.

In its report, the agency stresses that the ability of countries in the region to accelerate economic growth will depend on the room they have to adopt countercyclical policies that especially stimulate investment, which will be key to reducing the effects of external shocks and thereby averting that these economies suffer negative consequences in the medium and long term.

The organization adds that investment does not only affect the pace and accumulation of capital, but it also relates directly to economies’ productivity. For that reason it is necessary to establish a framework of public policies that promote both public and private investment.

According to the commission, public investment can stimulate growth, without that necessarily implying an increase in countries’ debt levels. Furthermore, investment in infrastructure can be central to achieving sustainable development. Although this has increased in recent years, significant gaps persist, it said.

In terms of private investment, the commission indicates that countries must improve small- and medium-sized enterprises’ access to productive financing while also orienting financial systems towards the productive sector and the long term. In addition, they should shore up their productive and territorial architecture with industrial policy investment instruments and technological innovation that go beyond tax incentive schemes.

Decision on Winter Olympics due today

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The International Olympic Committee decides today which city will be the venue for the 2022 winter Olympics, Beijing, China, or Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The committee is holding its 128th Session in Kuala Lumpur through Monday.

Beijing hosted the summer Olympics in 2008 and says it will reuse many of those venues for the winter Games. Kazakhstan has never hosted an Olympics.

China is seen as the safer choice, offering repeat venues and good sponsorship opportunities. But Kazakhstan boasts better weather for winter sports and a better prospect of competition on natural snow rather than the manufactured stuff, as has been necessary in some recent winter competitions. Almaty's proponents also note that Almaty is a compact location, whereas some venues in China are as far as 160 kilometers away from Beijing.

Kazakhstan would also be one of the smaller nations to ever host the Games, in contrast to China, one of the world's largest and most populous countries.

But both nations have been criticized for their poor records on human rights, and observers are split on whether giving a nation the Games exposes its rights record to closer scrutiny or simply rewards its failures.

This year's contest for the Games is unusual in that there are only two contenders. Four other cities, all from Europe, have dropped out of the running, citing the high cost of hosting the Games and low levels of public interest. Escalating security concerns have also made the Games a less attractive event for potential host cities.

Israeli extremists blamed in fatal fire attack

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Israeli police say an 18-month-old Palestinian child was killed and several other people injured in a house fire suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists in the West Bank.

Authorities say the assailants started the fire early Friday in the village of Duma and scrawled Hebrew graffiti on a wall before fleeing. Israeli troops are looking for the suspects.

Palestinian officials said they are holding Israel responsible for the incident.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack.

"I am shocked over this reprehensible and horrific act. This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of who the perpetrators are,'' he said.

Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner condemned the incident, calling it `"nothing short of a barbaric act of terrorism.'' "We will not allow terrorists to take the lives of Palestinians," he said.

Right-wing Israeli extremists have for years attacked Palestinians, Arab Israelis and even Israeli military bases in opposition to what they see as the government's favorable policies toward the Palestinians.

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More controls coming for tobacco

La República: The legislature is considering a measure against smuggling, and as of September, tobacco firms have to include graphic images on cigarette packs.

School in Escazú on alert for children kidnapping

CR Hoy: Various messages on social media have  alerted local police about suspicious cars and malicious people near Escazú schools.

A man was being held in Athens

La Prensa Libre: Four man were captured after they toke a person violently from his house and threatened with him a gun.

Drones to ensure security

La República: Drones are being considered for use to improve the security net around properties.

Government helps tourist industry to pay debts

CR Hoy: The executive branch and legislators have reached an agreement to adjust some $14 million in debts incurred by tourism operators who now cannot pay. The proposal includes taking $7.5 million from the  Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.

— Compiled by Sylvia Quesada Hidalgo


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