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San José, Costa Rica || Monday Edition, July 24, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 145
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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.

Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR click here
 • NWM Training click here
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
Learn more about 
New World Meditation
: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening  Click Here

Personal Assistant

Jacqui Monacell
Your “go to” person in Costa Rica!

Jacqui Monacell

With over 20 years of experience in Costa Rica, we understand the inner-workings of the “Tico system” and offer a wide range of services for newcomers and expatriates!

    • Vehicles: purchase, sale, storage, repairs
    • Real Estate: purchase, sale, title study, due diligence
    • Legal Assistance: residency, power of attorneys, incorporation
    • New Business: consultation, bank accounts, cellular lines

Visit our website to read more about our services and peruse our testimonials to see why we are recommended throughout the community!
Call or write us for more information and we will contact you the same day!
Costa Rica Phones: (506) 8878-4932 / (506) 2271-1845 / (506) 2271-1844
Email: info@yourcostaricacontact.com
Visit my web:  www.yourcostaricacontact.com


U.S. Income Tax

Tax time
U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
ax Accountant Licensed by the I.R.S.
Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
Let’s discuss your tax situation.

The IRS has become more aggressive and if you have not filed, you must do so. 

However, there are solutions to problems and your situation may be better than you think.

If your filing is not up to date, Streamlined Filing can be used with no penalties.
Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

If tax payment is holding you back, the IRS has options to solve payment problems.

You can file current or past due FBARs without payment to meet IRS  requirements.

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica
and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

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

Legal Services

American/Costa Rican staff
to properly assist you


* Corporate, Labor, Family Law (marriage / divorce),
* Litigation. 
* Immigration: Temporary/Permanent Residency, Investor/Retiree Status, Work permits 
* Naturalization
* Real Estate
* Notary Services
* Collections and Foreclosures 
* Wills and Testaments, Probates 
* Free Zone Regime 
* Legal fees calculated by CR s Bar of Lawyers

Our Business/Construction Unit
will be glad to assist you on:
* How to start a business in CR
* How to import/export to CR: Sanitary, registration Certificates, free sales certificates, logistics
*Constructions projects: Municipal permits, contracts, due diligence to buy / build your home or project in CR. 

Contact Info:
Phone:​(506) 2239-4883 
Email: ​info@mbcproductscr.com
Web: ​www.mbcproductscr.com
*Offices conveniently located in Rohrmoser and Belén-Heredia / Costa Rica

Adrian Fernandez
Attorney & Notary

A Fernandez
Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

 Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.

Real estate agents and services

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

Eco graphic
   • 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

Romantic Country Bungalow Click Here
Dream Property River Click Here

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


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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

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. Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or ( 506) 2233-2455
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. 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 $102,100 for 2017).
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 FATCA 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
Gilbert Carmichael
  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 call (506) 8388-5328 or  email cocopopcr@yahoo.com

Nicaragua accused of moving markers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Nicaraguan soldiers almost moved some border markers at México de Upala, in the northern area of the country, in order to gain some extra territory. These were the allegations denounced by several neighbors and also Pedro Quintana, representative of the Defensa de la Milla Fronteriza, a civic organization aimed at monitoring the norther border of the country.

According to Quintana, people of the area fear this incident could become a Nicaraguan military camp.

"I live in Mexico de Upala, with the San Ramón, La Cruz and San Antonio communities,”said Quintana “It is rumored that there are soldiers from Nicaragua and a lot of movement during the day."

Costa Rica and Nicaragua have an open case in the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Both countries await a sentence to define the maritime and terrestrial boundary between both nations.

On Dec. 16, 2015, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Costar Rican construction of the  road did not cause environmental problems on the San Juan River. That same day, the high court also ruled that Calero Island is a territory belonging to Costa Rica.

The litigation dates back to 2010, when Nicaragua dredged a canal under the authorization of Edén Pastora, with the intention of diverting the water from the San Juan River to the lagoon Los Portillos, an action that Costa Rica interpreted as an operation to shorten its territory and attack their sovereignty.

The court condemned Nicaragua to pay compensation for the damages caused to Costa Rica and granted a one-year term for both countries to agree, however, that period expired on Dec. 16, 2016.

Currently there are two processes open before the International Court. The first is the delimitation of the maritime and land boundaries with Nicaragua, and the second issue is to claim the payment of the $6.7 million compensation by Nicaragua for the damaged caused by the dredging of Calero Island.

Back in February of this year, the International Court of Justice united in a single process all the cases between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Liberia-Guardia road gets line painting

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The demarcation of almost 20 kilometers of road between Liberia and Guardia is currently underway as a complement to the improvement of Ruta 21 between November and February.

The route represents an important transit point for the entire province of Guanacaste as it is the one that passes by the Daniel Oduber international airport as well as connects to Ruta 18 at the Río Tempisque. According to Reynaldo Mata, the director for the Chorotega district of the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, an investment of around 3.3 billion colones will allow tourists adequate conditions to safely pass on it.

“We are betting on big investments that will allow us to have roads in excellent condition in the long-term,” he said. “In fact, the road demarcation that is being executed in this project is done with thermoplastic paint, which has a life expectancy of three to five years.”

The line-painting represents an additional 135 million colones, according to data from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. A further 1.724 billion colones are being put into use since last April for new asphalt between Liberia and La Cruz on the Interamericana highway that is also known as Ruta Nacional 1.

“It is a stretch through which there is a large number of heavy trucks that enter or leave the country through Nicaragua,” the CONAVI representative said. “This has wear to it such as where the surface of the base is exposed but with this reconditioning, we hope to improve those conditions for the user.”

The project will receive its own line-painting once the asphalt laying is complete and properly set, the ministry said.

La Reforma new facilities
Ministerio de Justicia y Paz photo            
The ramshackle guard shed sits in front of the new post.

La Reforma receives new facilities

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The prison police and technical personnel at La Reforma prison received some new facilities for technical care, security checkpoints and also dormitories for staff.

According to the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, the work was opened up Friday after taking around seven months to be built. The funds were provided in-house by the ministry’s facilities, procurement and property board. Total investment came to be about 322 million colones which gave La Reforma personnel eight cubicles, meeting rooms, accessible bathrooms and dormitories for 32 policemen as well as an administrative post.

Additionally, guards at F-block received an actual security watchtower that has its own bathroom instead of the ramshackle shed they had prior. The justice ministry said that F-block has 300 prisoners currently incarcerated within the section.

Wounded dog rescued by policeman

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A wounded dog came crawling up to the security booth at the local Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje in Upala on Thursday afternoon. The dog apparently had a machete taken to it with numerous cuts along its back.
poor pooch
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo    
Wounded dog.
According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, a police officer was walking by the area and moved in quickly to assist the injured animal. The officer, Ricardo Hernández, called in to his superior and requested permission to take the battered dog to a local veterinary clinic.

The police captain agreed and the vet immediately rushed the dog into emergency care given the seriousness of the wounds.

The ministry said that the surgery lasted three and a half hours due to the nature of the wounds. The dog is one or two years old and sustained sharp, deep cuts on his back down to the muscle tissue as well as on his head along with lesions on the eyelids and a previous infection on one of its paws. The police report said that the dog is in recovery and will be able to walk again despite the serious injuries.

The local Fuerza Pública is currently seeking the dog’s owner and the perpetrator who committed the abuse.

Our reader’s opinion
ICE customer service?

We have three businesses: a B&B, restaurant, gallery, and a house that all need internet. We have been told by ICE that, because we are on the end of the line for DSL, the most we could ever get was 2mgs. If we have ever gotten better than 1.0, it is a rarity.

However, when you go to run a speedtest and it will not even load, you know there is a problem greater than just not having fast internet. This happened to us. On June 21, we reported to the ICE hotline, 1119, that our phone did not work and our internet was very slow. The following week a new splitter was put in by a tech, and our phone then worked, but still the internet was weak.

We were not able to get a signal to speedtest. The other line for the restaurant was very slow and same result for the speedtest. We have reported both on 1119 and going personally to the local office in Nuevo Arenal. We have since called 1119 a total of 4 to 5 times, call daily to the local office, physically gone to the local office, and techs have come out 3 times and said it is an ICE problem.

Techs are contract labor for the order takers at ICE. In fact, ICE came once and worked on a pole, the internet was fast for about an hour at 1.6 mgs. Then it stopped altogether but the phone still worked. A tech came to “fix” the internet and he spent two hours going back and forth from the router to the outside pole at the restaurant, talking on the phone to his girlfriend, and by the time he left, there was no internet, and that is how it has remained since.

He said when ICE fixes the problem at the pole, then both internet lines will work again. When calling 1119, they say they know about the problem but cannot give a date to fix it.

Because of our location, we cannot see a tower, Cable Tica does not service here, and we are currently looking at other services. ICE knows that they are the only game in town at this point, and their apathy is astounding to me. Everyone is nice, both in the office and on the phone, but there is no repair or a date that something will be done.

Meanwhile, I have to carry on business by packing up my computer and going to a place that has internet, and apologize to the people staying in the B&B for not having internet. I am using someone else's internet for this letter. But...obviously I am sure that ICE feels it is a personal problem.

I have seen on various forums and on Facebook that once you report something there will be a fix in 24 hours, or 3 days, in the case of 1119. Those three days have come and gone numerous times, so do not believe that if you are told. It is just a statement to placate the customer.

Sorry for the rant, but I am frustrated, to say the least. I will continue to call and go to the local office until someone does their job. Obviously this does not make a difference, but at least it makes me feel like I am doing something. Hey, I have been paying religiously for this internet, never late, never missing. What are the odds they will give me a credit for the lines I have for at least one month? I am waiting until I get internet before I broach that subject.

Rob Balch
Nuevo Arenal

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