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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


Land surveying services

René Sánchez Quirós
30+ years of experience in:

Mr. Sanchez
Survey (cadastral) maps
Subdivisions
Contours
Boundary markers
Calculations of terrain

Call me:
CR phone number:   +506-2290-4573
CR Cell phone number: +506-8383-0083
Email:  ojoche01@gmail.com       
6887-7/27/15


Real estate agents and services
CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH REALTY
Century
                                                          21

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
8666-7/6/15

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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

Resignations sought over festival failures

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As expected, opposition lawmakers are seeking the resignation of anyone responsible for the failures associated with the Festival Internacional de las Artes 2015. The Partido Liberación Nacional asked Monday for the resignation of the minister, Elizabeth Fonseca, and her vice ministers.

Meanwhile, those involved with putting on the festival shows soldiered on Monday despite small numbers of spectators. Many persons simply do not know where the shows are being held.

The call for resignations has a political motivation in addition to the cancellation of some performances due to an absence of sound and light systems. Minister Fonseca is a former president of the Partido Acción Ciudadana, the party of President Luis Guillermo Solís. A release from Liberación was quick to point that out.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said Monday that some performances were being rescheduled. The ministry said that due to the absence of sounds and lights performances in the Villa Olímpica de Desamparados and at the  Polideportivo de Aserrí will take place at a later date. They were supposed to take place from Thursday to Sunday.

The ministry directed citizens to various social media outlets for more details.

The government has allocated nearly $1.5 million for the festival's budget.


Thursday is international day of jazz

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thursday is the international day of Jazz, and Teatro Nacional along with a handful of groups plan to make a night of it with an admission of just 1,000 colons, about $2.

Participating are the New Jazz Project, Big Band de Costa Rica, Tico Jazz Band, Túpac Amaroulloa and Luis Monge, said the theater. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Early morning quake rocks capital

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An early morning earthquake gently swayed the Central Valley and most points in the center of the country. The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica said the estimated epicenter was about 1.1 kilometers west northwest of La Unión de Montes de Oro, Puntarenas. That would put it about 10.1 kilometers north of Miramar.

The Laboratorio estimated the magnitude at 4.8 and said the time was 1:33 a.m. The quake was felt in the capital some 20 seconds later.

The Red Sismológica Nacional estimated the magnitude at 5.2.

Man presumed burned in field fire

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fire fighters got a grim surprise when they went to Sabana Sur Monday morning to douse a field fire. They reported that they found the partly burned body of a man.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that investigators suspect the man was sleeping in an area where the homeless gather and was overcomed by smoke. They said there were no visible wounds.

The location is about 400 meters south of the Universal store in Sabana. That is where the upscale neighborhood gives way to the Barrio Corazón de Jesús. A watchman told agents that he saw the man arrive at the vacant lot and a short time later saw smoke.

Fire fighters said that the blaze threatened some of the nearby homes.

The dead man was between 30 and 40, said agents, who added that the body was burned over 70 percent. The man was unidentified.

Motor fuel prices move around a little

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some motor fuel is going down again but not much.

The biggest drop is in diesel which goes from 500 colons to 478 colons per liter, said the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos.

Super gasoline drops one colon from 601 colons a liter to 600. That's the same amount that plus gasoline goes up when the new prices are published in the La Gaceta official newspaper. Plus goes from 574 colons per liter to 575 colons.

Despite a slight drop in the price of petroleum, plus gasoline is going up due to unspecified other factors, said the Authoridad.

For the first time the agency pointed out that the price of super gasoline in 41.04 percent tax. Plus is 40.87 percent,while diesel is 29.13 percent.


Police confiscate four fighting birds

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers doubted that southern zone residents were taking chickens out for a Sunday drive.

In fact, the four birds had all the marks of animals going to a chicken-fighting competition. So the animals were confiscated and turned over to the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal.

In fact, the Servicio workers had gotten a tip about a proposed chicken fight. Such illegal activities sometimes are raided. There really is no secret where the events are held, and a number of Costa Ricans raise birds for such contests.

Fighting birds are part of the Latin tradition, and betting is heavy at these contests.



ferry
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo         
The ferry is a greatway to see the Gulf of Nicoya.

More trips for Playa Naranjo ferry

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Puntarenas-Playa Naranjo ferry will make an additional round trip Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting this Friday, said the División Marítima Portuaria of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

The change is being made to accommodate more tourists with the desire to go to Guanacaste and Nicoya peninsula communities in Lepanto, Jicaral and Nandayure, said officials.

The ferry will leave Puntarenas at 6 a.m. and make the last run at 6:30 p.m., said the  División Marítima Portuaria.

19th century immigration was different

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1800s did not start at the bottom and toil their way to the top.

In fact, when they first arrived in the United States the average immigrant did not make substantially less money than those who were already here and they also tended to advance on the job at the same rate as well, according to the report, "A Nation of Immigrants:Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration."

“Many people have this image in mind that immigrants of the past started out at the bottom of the ladder and worked their way up pretty quickly,” said Leah Platt Boustan, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, who worked on the report. “But what our data suggests is that immigrants in the past already arrived looking pretty good relative to natives so there wasn’t much of a gap on average to close.”

The years between 1850 and 1913 — known as the Age of Mass Migration in the United States — marked one of the largest migration periods in modern history. About 30 million immigrants arrived in the United States during this time. By 1910, 22 percent of the U.S. labor force was foreign born. By comparison, 17 percent of today’s labor force was born in another country.

At around the turn of the century, the most typical job for both native and foreign-born workers was to own and operate a farm.

But the immigrants who did other work were not on equal footing. Those who came from developed countries such as England, Scotland, France and Germany generally went straight into higher-paying jobs, while those from less developed countries — Scandinavia,  Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland and Russia — landed jobs that paid less.

Higher-paying jobs included manager, sales or office clerk, and operating more complicated machinery in factories.

Today’s immigrant, on average, earns about 20 percent less than the average native born worker, according to Ms. Platt Boustan, who adds that this significant earning gap lasts for five years.

Ms. Platt Boustan has some theories about why today’s immigrants aren’t doing as well as those who came to America during the Age of Mass Migration. She says, given the industries that drove the American economy at the time, it’s possible the ability to speak English was not as critical in the late 1800s and early 1900s as it is in today’s job market. In addition, the jobs were more manual labor. In fact, some U.S. firms recruited workers overseas.


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