free webpage hit counter
A.M. Costa Rica's  Second news page
San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, April 17, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 76

Real Estate
About us

Page One is HERE!   Go to Page 3 HERE!   Go to Page 4 HERE!    
Go to Page 5 HERE! 
  Go to Page 6 HERE!     Sports is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE!   
Plus useful links

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.

Legal services
Arcelio logo
Serving the English-speaking community for over a

decade with offices in San Jose, Alajuela and Jaco
You deserve to communicate fluently with your lawyer.
Visit our Web site:
Notice: The registration with Sugef is not an authorization to operate. It is solely to prevent money laundering as ordered by law 8204. People who contract with the company do so at their own risk.


Marco Cavallini & Associates
Dental Implants and Crowns

Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini has placed and restored
DR. Cavallini
Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini
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:


Lucinda Gray, Ph.D.
California Licensed Psychologist
International Practice via the Web
Dr. KLycinda
Lucinda Gray, Ph.D.
   •  Transformational  

   • Depression

   • Anxiety

   • Relationship Issues

   • New World Meditation
        Training & Support
U.S. Phone: 310-827-4241
Costa Rica: (506) 2228-2041


Architecture-Real Estate-Development

At Architect Orange we are inspired by the visions of each of our clients, and have worked diligently to embody those visions in our work.

We have locations in Atenas (servicing Central Valley/Beach areas)
Arenal (servicing Guanacaste/Nicoya Peninsula)

Contact Information:
 (506) 2694-4712
Arenal office located at Agua Inn Spa


Quickbooks consulting

Kathy Rothschild
QuickBooks Consultant
Santo Domingo de Heredia
*Cloud hosting *Set-up  *Training  *Trouble-shooting *Customization bookkeeping services *Financial reports *Intuit product discounts
Phones: 8572-2984  or 2244-2247

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 Claudia Villegas at 8996-5581 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.

Real estate agents and services

exo graphic
                                                    with text
   • 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 2643-4065   
cell: +506 8825-6556   US:  626 548-3909
skype: ecorealtorscr  Facebook: ecorealtorscr
Office Las Monas, 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, some in mountain areas with great views and the rest on gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit tree orchards, or just a quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.  All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each lot, and all lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $35,000, and many can be combined for those wanting a larger area for their chosen passion be it a hobby horse farm or retirement haven.
You can see more on our Web site:
 Libertad, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 15 minutes to Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa
and 20 minutes to Liberia airport.
Please contact Jim Day at   or    Phone:  001 517 484-3675.

CR Beach
Jaco Beach Central Pacific Real Estate
CR Beach Investment Real Estate reminds you that Costa Rica’s #1 beachtown,“the new Jacó,” invites you to see the recent changes:  Clean paved roads, more bilingual police, more trendy & tipico restaurants, new a/c movie 4plex & new theatrical-conference center, new central park with activities; and more PROPERTIES OFFERED AT SUPER DISCOUNTS, 
Our agents have been here a minimum of 12 years:
 Colin Miller, Frances, Junior and Owner-Broker Jeff Fisher enjoy helping clients like you find their dream properties.
Let CR Beach show you why we know this is the best area for you to  invest-retire-enjoy!
Check out our new video: 
Best Beach to Live in Costa Rica
Member of the N.A.R., the Costa Rican Real Estate Board CRGAR and the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
Toll Free: 1-888-782-1119 OR  2643-4334, 2643-3672
Office: IL Galeone Center, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica

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


Jorge Desanti
Jorge Desanti
Instant Interpreter/Translator
for Expats.

Jorge Desanti is fluent in English and Spanish. 3-way phone conversation. You call him first. He does the rest. Or he will translate English text for you.
Letters or even a book
$20 minimum.
Jorge (George) Desanti
Phone 8682-2725
All calls will be
strictly confidential.


U.S. Tax International
U.S. Tax rollover
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal services
Over 15 years in Costa Rica
(English Spoken)

C.R. 2288-2201
  U.S 786-206-9473
FAX: 2231-3300


James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  US GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting

Uncle Sam's
• US Tax return preparation  for
individuals and businesses
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds
• Assist with back reporting and other filing issues
• Take advantage of the Foreign
Income Tax Exclusion (up to $
99,200 in 2014}
• Business Consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica
• Accounting for US and International Financial Reporting
• Associate of David Housman

Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620

Missing women
Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon
Photos from the women's Facebook pages.

Case of missing Dutch women 
now becomes a police matter

By Eric Jackson
of the Panamá News

The Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil disaster relief organization has announced that its intensive search for missing Dutch tourists Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers has ended, but that it will continue to monitor the situation. Men and women from the agency, along with search dogs, scoured all possible mountain trails that the two women may have taken since their April 2 disappearance from Boquete in western Panamá.

The women were first reported missing by a guide who was supposed to meet them on one of those trails for an excursion on Volcan Barú. Had the women died from a fall off of a cliff or from thirst or some other cloud forest mishap, vultures would probably have led searchers to the bodies and dogs probably would have picked up the scent.

The case thus becomes a police matter with a somewhat cold trail. National Police Subcommissioner José Flores said that the police are not ruling anything out but have not opened a kidnapping investigation for lack of evidence to indicate that this is what they are confronting. The police are still investigating various leads and asking for those who might have any information about the women’s movements or whereabouts to contact them.

The Netherlands is very concerned about the fate of their two citizens, and if the Panamanian government’s treatment is low-key, figure how damaging it could be to the national tourism industry, and the possible impact on an upcoming election, if this turns out to be a crime story.

Cruz Roja reinforces staff
at major tourism locations

By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More aid workers are being sent to the country’s beaches and rivers to answer escalating deaths and injuries over Semana Santa. Wednesday Cruz Roja representatives announced that hundreds of staffers would be added to the 1,200 already on patrol at 162 stations.

After reporting that the death count since Friday has risen to 15, the Cruz Roja officials are hoping a heightened presence at popular travel spots can prevent additional tragedies.

“In assuring the welfare of the population, volunteers from 125 assistance committees of the Cruz Roja are willing to provide humanitarian assistance and extra hospitable attention to people rescued during Semana Santa,” said Miguel Carmona Jiménez, president of Costa Rica’s Cruz Roja.

Representatives said that the main causes of death had been motor and water accidents. As of Wednesday morning, there had been 36 patients requiring transport to emergency rooms.

Early Wednesday Cruz Roja workers found four missing persons, which included three minors, in San Antonio de Alajuelita. However, during the search, a staff member fell into a 20-foot waterfall while looking for those missing and sustained serious injuries.

A Cruz Roja representative said the worker is still hospitalized in the emergency room at San Juan de Díos but is stable and alert. He appears to have suffered a strained right forearm and some spinal cord trauma.

Each worker is trained in first aid, water rescue, and mountain search operations, among others. As reported Tuesday, Cruz Roja workers were participating in water rescue simulations along the Pacific with the help of Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea.

Unsolved murder of journalist
recalled on 16th anniversary

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Inter American Press Association Wednesday recalled the murder of Colombian journalist Nelson Carvajal on the 16th anniversary of his assassination and urged the South American country’s authorities to identify the perpetrators – a call the organization has been making since it began investigating the case in 2001.

On April 16, 1998, a hit man fatally shot Carvajal, 37, seven times. He was a teacher and journalist with RCN Radio’s Radio Sur in the town of Pitalito, Huila province.

The chairman of the press association's committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, expressed regret that Carvajal’s murder has still not been solved and he said he feared that “this crime would join a list of another six that fall under the statute of limitations in Colombia.”

The association submitted the Carvajal case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in 2002, after carrying out an exhaustive investigation through its Rapid Response Unit in Colombia, through which it uncovered a large number of procedural irregularities.

Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, said that the concern about impunity is discussed in the report that the organization presented at its recent meeting in Barbados which declared that in Colombia 142 crimes against journalists continue to go unpunished.

With regard to violence unleashed against the press, the association also criticized the fact that in Mexico its Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists is ineffective and non-operational, and at the same time it urged the governments of Honduras and Guatemala to comply with their commitment to set up governmental systems to ensure the safety of reporters.

Our reader's opinion
Special deals for tourism
will wreck the economy

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

In today's edition you covered pleas for a moratorium to the president -elect from the tourist industry.

This is a slippery slope to disaster. If the tourist industry has spare capacity, the long-term solutions are a lower value for the colon and a more competitive economy overall. Neither is a quick fix, and both require extensive changes throughout the economy.

The alternative is to allow downsizing in the sector. That is painful for those who go bankrupt or close, but necessary for the survivors to thrive.

Starting to subsidize special cases is a route to long-term economic disaster. Agricultural subsidies already exist here.  Tax moratoriums and special low tax rates are just another form of subsidy.

Unless we want Costa Rica to be like Cuba or Venezuela, this is a very bad idea.
Chris Clarke

Have you seen these stories?
From A.M. Costa Rica

From our retirement guide

DelRey replacement

Page One is HERE!  Go to Page 3 HERE!  Go to Page 4 HERE!    
Go to Page 5 HERE! 
    Go to Page 6 HERE!   Sports is HERE!
Opinion is HERE!   Classifieds are HERE!   
Plus useful links

Real Estate
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by A.M. Costa Ltda. 2014 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details