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San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, Vol. 17, No. 212
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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
Shipping Costa Rica

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.
  Porcelain and ceramic
  Works on paper restoration
  Conservation Curatorial
  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 Weronika Nossowicz at 8388-5328  or email HERE!
A.L.H. Enterprises S.A

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
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

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
Blood shed at two different bus stops

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This is a tale about separate deaths at two separate bus stops.

Such stops are prime hunting ground for bandits. And that is what happened Monday night in Barrio California when four thugs pulled up in a car and began demanding personal effects from seven persons awaiting transportation.

Unfortunately for the crooks, one of the would-be bus passengers was a judicial agent waiting there with his wife. The Judicial Investigating Organization said he pulled his gun, identified himself and pumped three bullets into one robber who turned out to be a 17 year old. The robber did not survive long because one of the bullets hit him in the head. He fell to the ground still holding the silver butcher knife with which he had demanded possessions.

In Pozos de Santa Ana, the story was different early Tuesday. There a 20 year old with the last name of Altamirano was waiting at a bus shelter on the Caldera highway, Ruta 27. 

Three men pulled up in a car with the intentions of robbing him. The man bolted and fled into traffic where he was cut down by a vehicle whose driver then fled.

Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo
Highway officials blame recent heavy rains for the damage done here to Ruta 225 in Jiménez, Tucurrique, Cartago. This is one of a half dozen places where roadways were damaged. There also were landslides that blocked some routes.

Solís says he’s creating a national accord

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ottón Solís said Tuesday that he is weaving an accord among heads of legislative committees and leaders of the political parties in the Asamblea Legislativa.

His statements were seconded by some of the leading politicians who also showed up at a press conference.

The so-called national accord would consider solutions to security, poverty, unemployment, taxes, health, education and infrastructure, according to a summary of his position.

Setting such priorities usually is the job of the chief executive, but President Luis Guillermo Solís and his administration have lost a lot of influence with the lawmakers.

Ottón Solís is a former presidential candidate and founder of the Partido Acción Ciudadana to which the president belongs. But they do not always see eye to eye.

World Bank
World Bank graphic
Region's countries compared with First World, OECD.

World Bank cites similar business climate

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country maintained a spot in the top third of 190 nations in the World Bank Doing Business 2017 report.

The country slipped two spots to 62nd place from its rank last year, but the change is not significant. Casa Presidencial prefers to say that the country is in the top five of Latin American nations. México was in first place in Latin America.

The World Bank said that this year’s index contained 190 countries or economies, a few more than last year.

The index is the total of a number of factors. The higher the ranking number the worse is the business climate. Costa Rica was in 60th place last year. Individual factors that affected Costa Rica negatively were the ease of obtaining construction permits and tax payments.

Afternoon quake rattles Pacific coast

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An afternoon quake, estimated from 4.3 to 4.4 magnitude, took place just five kilometers south of Quepos at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday. The quake was felt in the Central Valley but the intensity depended on the local soil. Naturally the effect was much stronger near the Pacific coast.

The report came from the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The quake seemed to trigger several smaller quakes later in the evening in the area of Jacó.

Germany to celebrate unity with Sunday concert

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Germany will celebrate the nation’s unity by sponsoring a free performance of the Banda de Conciertos de San José in the Museo Nacional Sunday at 11 a.m.

 The program consists of works by German composers, including Richard Wagner and Jacques Offenbach.

Germany is celebrating 26 years of unity after having been split into West and East Germany at the end of World War II.

News from the Spanish-language press
Translated into English

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