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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.

Optometry

Del Valle Visual Eyes Optometry
in  San Isidro del General

March 2015 Special Offer
Del Valley
Del Valle Visual Eyes Optometry has been a leader provider of advanced eye care services, eyewear, contact lenses, low vision devices and professional attention.  The preferred provider of quality vision care products and personalized optometric services to our patients in Pérez Zeledón in a comfortable and friendly environment since 2007.
Centro Comercial Pedro Pérez, south side of the park, San Isidro del 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
8620-6/2/15

Psychotherapy

Dr. Gray

Dr. Lucinda Gray

California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

www.LucindaGray.com
New World Meditation

CR (506) 2228-2041
8610-8/23/15

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, Costa Rica.    Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
www.garrettbrokers.com
4/12/15

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
www.residencyincostarica.com
Tel: (323) 255-6116
8512-3/15/15

 Accountants

Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
Tax Accountant
 
Personalized Service
I will treat your return as I would my own
20 years experience
Competitive rates

Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316
8636-6/18/15

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

U.S. Tax rollover
(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
8635-9/12/15

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
S
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
9654-4/6/16


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
8587-3/8/15


Dentistry

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: marcomunozcavallini.com
8365-5/12/15


Remodelling and Construction


Real estate agents and services
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH REALTY
Century
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A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve
Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
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
8569-1/14/16

CR Beach
Jaco Beach Central Pacific Real Estate
 CR Beach Investment Real Estate Broker & INT’L NAR certified Realtor Jeff Fisher invites you to see why the time is NOW to buy at prices way below original costs.
#1: SJO Int’l Airport & S.J. suburbs are little more than one hour away.
#2: The Jacó area has everything you need, from

Fisher
Jeff  Fisher
   KFC to Gourmet Organic; from zip lines to bank lines, from a movie house to a fire sale house.
THIS BUSINESS IS NOW FOR SALE DUE TO FAMILY HEALTH:
CONTACT JEFF FOR DETAILS

#3:
BUYERS’ MARKET: Many properties are at their lowest price ever
       *$280,000 Hermosa PALMS Beachfront Community w/Ocean Views !
   JACO AREA FIRE SALES & SUPER DISCOUNTS
Yes we know Costa Rica: Jeff (21 years here), Frances Winborne (23 years), and Junior Diaz (Jacó born & bred),  and we chose the Central Pacific! Member of the N.A.R., the Costa Rican Real Estate Board CRGAR and the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
SIGN UP FOR OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER:

www.CRbeach.com    info@crbeach.com
Toll Free: 1-888-782-1119 or  2643-4334, 2643-3672
JACO Office: IL Galeone Center by BAC, #14, Costa Rica
 8581-4/5/15

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   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of realtors, to find your dream
          property
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and Hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jac¢ area

www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2643-4065   
cell: +506 8825-6556   US:  626 548-3909
skype: ecorealtorscr  Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó
Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
8660-10/14/15

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

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* 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
8596-8/27/15

Sea Shepherd to patrol Moín beach

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announced Thursday its sea turtle defense campaign Operation Jairo, to take place this summer in three regions critical to nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings: southeastern Florida, Honduras and Costa Rica.

Last season Sea Shepherd was involved in sea turtle defense campaigns in Costa Rica, Honduras and Cape Verde, where nearly 10,000 sea turtles were released to the ocean, providing them with a safe head start, said the organization.

Among the sites to be patrolled by Sea Shepherd volunteers this season is Moin Beach in Costa Rica’s Limón province, the site of the tragic murder of young turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval, the organization said. In honor of his work to protect the turtles he cherished so deeply, Sea Shepherd has named both a vessel and this upcoming campaign after him, it added.

Sea Shepherd said its Operation Jairo campaign will span the peak nesting or hatching months for sea turtles in all three locations, in an effort to save as many hatchlings as possible, giving the next generations of these endangered species a fighting chance at survival.

Returning to Costa Rica following 2014 anti-poaching campaign Operation Pacuare, which resulted in nearly 3,000 sea turtles saved, Sea Shepherd will once again protect hawksbill, green and leatherback sea turtles from poachers on Pacuare Beach in Costa Rica’s Limón province from May 31 until September, the organization said. This year, Operation Jairo will see Sea Shepherd volunteers standing watch along Moin Beach. Mora was murdered on May 31, 2013, while on his way to protect sea turtle nests, and is widely believed to have been killed by poachers. Suspects in the case were acquitted in a court trial.

Sea turtles are protected by law in Costa Rica, but poaching remains commonplace. Locals take eggs, which are believed to be an aphrodisiac, and sell them on the black market, Sea Shepherd noted. The turtle egg trade has been linked to drug trafficking and organized crime, it added. In the wake of Jairo’s death, the organization he worked with canceled beach patrol efforts in Costa Rica. However, Sea Shepherd said it has vowed not to leave the turtles of Moin Beach unprotected.

Sea Shepherd said it is now accepting applications for dedicated and passionate volunteers in all three campaign locations. The organization said it is seeking volunteers who are at least 18 years of age and who are able to commit to participating in the campaign for a period of two weeks or longer. Sea Shepherd said it is also seeking volunteers with training and/or a professional background in videography and photography to assist with campaign media production, and those who are fluent in Spanish.

Anyone interested in joining Operation Jairo, should please visit: http://www.seashepherd.org/get-involved/ground-crew.html, the organization said.


Lawmakers propose extensive bike routes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three lawmakers have submitted a proposal that would license bicycles, create a network of bike paths throughout the country and tax parking spaces and motor vehicles to pay the costs.

The lawmakers said they want citizens to be more healthy by using bike transportation.

The proposal even calls for the establishment of bike rental shops in every canton. The lawmakers are Laura Garro Sánchez, Edgardo Araya Sibaja and José Ramírez Aguilar.  The legislation has not yet been assigned a number.

The summary of the bill contains lengthy arguments why bike transport would be good for citizens and the country. Among the reasons are fewer traffic deaths, improvement in individual health, as well as the obvious reduction in vehicle pollution.

The bill makes it clear that the goal is to change the vehicle culture.

The proposal contains incentives of tax rebates for employers who make investments like parking lots for bikes. There also is a proposal to create an agency to offer bike safety training.

The Registro Nacional would create bike license plates with unique numbers. And a money prize would be offered every year for the canton that has developed its bike program the best.

The tax on parking lots would be from 18 to 24 percent a month of the judicial base salary that is used to compute fines and taxes here. The proposed law also says parking places would pay the tax, but it is unclear on the method.

In addition to the tax on parking, the cycle program would be money from a tax on vehicle marchamos or road taxes each year, according to the proposal.


Press advocate deplores Venezuelan action

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The speaker of Venezuela’s national assembly, Diosdado Cabello, has filed civil and criminal charges against several Venezuelan media outlets for reproducing information published by a Spanish publication.

The national assembly Tuesday approved a report by its new media permanent committee that rejected what it said was a campaign by Venezuelan and international media against Cabello. The case refers to statements by Cabello’s former security chief, Leamsy Salazar, who was said to be collaborating with United States authorities investigating Cabello’s alleged involvement with a drug cartel. This information was published Jan. 27 by the newspaper ABC in Spain and reproduced by several Venezuelan media outlets.

The Inter American Press Association today condemned the speaker's action.

Association President Gustavo Mohme said “We condemn the fact that in Venezuela the government always describes as media campaigns and conspiracies any information that can be critical of that points out wrongdoing.” Mohme, editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República, added, “In these cases the government should investigate and clarify the alleged denunciations, instead of berating the media and suing them for what they reproduce.” 

Cabello filed civil and criminal charges against “shareholders, editors, editorial boards and owners” of the newspaper El Nacional and digital platforms La Platilla and Tal Cual, as well as against Spain’s ABC.

Claudio Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, said, “This action is one more demonstration of the ease that the regime has to use an acquiescent judicial body with the intent of accusing the media and journalists and violating press freedom and the people’s right to know the facts.” He is chairman of the association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.

The Inter American Press Association  also condemned threats made to journalists in the Brazilian state of Parana and called on the authorities there to investigate and determine the source of the harassment, ensure the journalists’ safety and respect the right to keep news sources confidential.

One of the most recent cases concerns James Alberti, producer with the RPCTV television channel affiliated with Globo TV and director of the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association, who left the state after receiving death threats April 9, following the broadcast of a report on alleged corruption and pedophilia in the state tax office in the city of Londrina, Parana.

The Parana Journalists Union also reported several weeks ago that journalists covering the issue of public security in the state have been pressured and browbeaten by officials and members of the military to reveal their news sources used in a series of reports in 2012 in which they denounced wrongdoing in the local police force. The reporters since 2013 have been called in as witnesses in official investigations more than 20 times.

Another case was reported concerning journalist Lina Hamdar of the newspaper Metro Curitiba, who was called in to reveal the source for an article about a female doctor accused of murdering patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Curitiba, the Parana state capital.


Cell phone led to burglary suspect

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators got a break last month when a house burglar accidentally dropped his cell telephone when he was scaling a wall in Turrialba.

Agents linked the phone to a man living in La Margoth de Turrialba and made an arrest there. The Poder Judicial said that a check of the man's fingerprints showed matches with prints collected in five other home burglaries. The judicial agency also said that a remote camera made a video of the burglar's clothing as he climbed the wall. Similar clothing was confiscated in a search, said the Poder Judicial.

Meanwhile a separate investigation of 10 swindles in the same town suggested that the burglary suspect was a suspect in these cases too. This was another case of a man calling persons with items for sale and somehow getting the goods without paying for them.


Animals ready for adoption Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Asociación Animales de Asís will be at Walmart Heredia Saturday offering dogs and cats and puppies and kittens for adoption. The time is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The organization seeks a donation for the castrated and vaccinated animals.


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