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San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 152
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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.


Del Valle Visual Eyes Optometry
In San Isidro de El General
Dr. Vargas
Dr. Allan Mora Vargas
Our experience in primary eye care, now makes yourexperience unmatched.
She bought progressive lenses with transitions and anti-reflective coating, this was her great experience:
 "Dr. Allan Mora gives the best eye exam I've ever had, in any country. Then he and his staff helped me pick out new frames -- all of this in English -- and right in downtown PZ. He's a treasure!"
 — Mrs. Carol Vaughn
Centro Comercial Pedro Pérez, south side of the park, San Isidro de El 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

Hearing Services

Clínica Dinamarca Hearing Center
Audiometry – Impedance
Hearing aids
Batteries & accessories
Electronic laboratory
Earplugs: Loud noise & swimming
Cochlear implants
Bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA)
Free hearing tests for Senior Citizens on Wednesdays
We accept hearing aids prescriptions from C.C.S.S.
For the US veterans we can help with the procedures

Address: 250 meters south from KFC Paseo Colón, San José,
Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2221-4545
(506) 2221-4646
Web: www.clinicadinamarca.com
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Dr. Gray

Dr. Lucinda Gray

California Licensed
International Practice

New World Meditation

CR (506) 2228-2041

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

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
Tel: (323) 255-6116


Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summe
U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
Tax Accountant
File your FBAR for current or past due years
File your past three years tax return under the
Streamlined  Procedure which mitigates penalties
File amended tax returns

Personalized service      Competitive rates
Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.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 506-2288-2001
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 $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

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 Weronika Nossowicz at 8388-5328  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.

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

Land surveying services

René Sánchez Quirós
30+ years of experience in:

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

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

Real estate agents and services

Ms. Gonzalez
Noemy González
Real Estate Adviser
Bienes Inmuebles CR.com

We are a real estate company specializing in prompt & effective attention for you. English, Spanish & Italian spoken. Professionals in the sale of properties such as commercial premises, homes & apartments through our advertising & marketing services.
Vision: Making realty dreams a reality.
Mission: Your #1 property adviser with real value in a changing world.
Address: Cariari, Heredia, Costa Rica.
Local phone (506) 2239-3883
Mobile (506) 8302-3883
E-mail : noe@bienesinmueblescr.com
Web: www.bienesinmueblescr.com


A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve
Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
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

CR Beach
Jaco Beach Central Pacific Real Estate
"LOWEST PRICES EVER and this Inventory is  being sold now " says CR Beach Investment Real Estate Broker & certified Realtor Jeff Fisher.
Why Here?
#1: SJO Int'l Airport & S.J. suburbs are an hour +
Jeff  Fisher
#2: The Jacó area has all the important services you need & is growing!

Yes, after 21 years, we know Costa Rica and we still believe the Central Pacific is the best area to invest, enjoy, and retire to in Costa Rica.!
Member of the N.A.R. & the Costa Rican Real Estate Board CRGAR  

www.CRbeach.com    info@crbeach.com
Toll Free: 1-888-782-1119 or  2643-4334, 2643-3672
Over 9 years in  our JACÓ Office:
IL Galeone Center by BAC, #14, Costa Rica

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

Eco logo
   • 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

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.
* 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

Plant experts begin bacterium battle

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government has declared an emergency to fight a bacterium that is attacking ornamental palms and coffee plants. The disease caused the European Union to ban Costa Rican ornamental plants in May.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley said that the bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa, has been linked to a serious outbreak among olive tress in Apulia, Italy, and that researchers there traced the strain to Costa Rica.

In addition, the bacterium has been detected on Costa Rican citrus trees since at least 2005.

The Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado said that 20 million colons, some $38,000, has been earmarked to fight the disease. The plant health agency is working with the Cámara de Plantas y Follajes Ornamentales de Costa Rica to open the way for Costa Rican ornamentals into Europe again. Experts from there are supposed to visit the country at the end of the year.

An ornamental coffee plant from Costa Rica was found with the bacterium in France, according to online sources.

Plant pathologists at Berkeley know about the disease because grape vines there can become infected. However, they said in a Web site dedicated to the bacterium that the strain in Italy is one that never has been detected in the United States.

The ornamental plant business in Costa Rica provides jobs to at least 600 workers.

The disease, like many plant illnesses, is spread by insects.

The Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado said it would begin an effort to determine how widespread the bacterium is here.

The European Food Safety Authority said that the bacterium is transmitted by certain types of sap-sucking hopper insects and that the current outbreak has affected 8,000 hectares of olive trees in the Puglia region of Southern Italy.  The bacteria can be hosted in a very broad range of plants including almond, peach, plum, apricot, grapevines, citrus, coffee and olive as well as oak, elm, Ginkgo and sunflower, the authority said.

Our readers' opinions
Incinerator waste also is a problem

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

May I support and amplify Dr. Loren B. Ford's concerns over power from waste plants in Costa Rica. I was involved in such project assessments in Europe.

Dr. Ford mentions the importance of regulation and enforcement regarding toxic carcinogenic emissions. The other issue is that the residue, of around 20 percent of the volume burnt, still goes to landfill.

It contains concentrated heavy metals and other nasty substances. Because these are now contained in ash, when it rains they rapidly leech out. If the waste site is improperly sealed, this leads to leakage into the water table. My experience is that developing countries rarely have suitable waste sites or enforce appropriate regulations for this.

Less haste might be appropriate with this seemingly green idea.

Chris Clarke

He appreciates article on Windows 10

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Kudos to Mr. Garland Baker for warning us about Windows 10 and letting us know about ways to overcome Microsoft’s intrusion of privacy; I’ve saved a copy for reference. What I didn’t read however was what disadvantages occur to the user if we don’t install version 10 altogether other than missing out on ”The system is faster, more efficient and easier to understand.”?

That’s always the claim, is it not, yet Vista and W8 were nothing but a pain in the processor until they straightened them out with numerous patches.

I believe that creeping secret data mining is more dangerous than the debatable global warming science being touted by the anti-industry folks. And I find it irritating to receive countless pop-up ads and diversions while I’m in the middle of my work, necessitating frequent purging of cookies and software add-ons using my anti-malware.

I’d rather see Microsoft put a little effort on freezing out this kind of thing from my Windows system rather than them joining the culprits in the effort.

Whatever happened to simple Mr. Gates?
Bob Normand

Dead photojournalist had been tortured

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Inter American Press Association has expressed concern for the murder in Mexico of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa, questioned the official means of protection and urged the authorities to urgently investigate so as to shed light on the crime and determine who was responsible so that it does not go unpunished.

Espinosa, 31, worked for the Veracurz news agency AVC and was also correspondent of the magazine Proceso and of the Cuartoscuro agency. It was learned that his body, which showed signs of torture, was discovered on Friday in an apartment in the Mexico City neighborhood of Narvarte along with those of four women, several of whom were identified as Veracruz social activists.

“We condemn Espinosa’s murder which we see as a serious sign of the decomposition and violence facing Mexico and journalists in particular,” declared association President Gustavo Mohme. “Something is failing,” added Mohme, editor of the Lima, Perú, newspaper La República, “and it is regrettable that Espinosa was killed precisely in Mexico City, where he had sought refuge so as to ensure his physical safety.”

Until June this year Espinosa had been living and working for seven years in Xalapa, capital of Veracruz state, regarded as one of Mexico’s most dangerous places to work as a journalist. His move to Mexico City was made for reasons of security after he was attacked and intimidated on various occasions. Since 2012 he had been complaining of threats against his life connected to his work as a journalist .

Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the press association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, added, “We reiterate our criticism of the lack of stability and the ineffectiveness of the mechanism created in Mexico to protect journalists and human rights defenders.” Paolillo is editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda.

Journalists, human rights organizations and social activists Sunday staged a demonstration in the Mexican capital calling for the official investigations to take into account Espinosa’s work as a journalist as a motive for the crime and the threats received by him, who used to cover social protests, among them those ones that demanded the solving of murders of journalists.

Before learning of the discovery of the body the organization Artículo 19 published a Tweet saying, “At the request of Rubén Espinosa’s family it is made public that for the last 24 hours his whereabouts are unknown.”

Also murdered in Mexico this year were journalists Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento of Oaxaca, Armando Saldaña Morales and Moisés Sánchez Cerezo, both from Veracruz.

GOP candidates get their first forum

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Immigration was a key focus Monday night as Republicans hoping to be the next U.S. president took part in a forum ahead of the party's first official debate.

Fourteen of the 17 major contenders were in New Hampshire for the two-hour event televised nationally on the same cable network that shows congressional proceedings and on local channels in the first states to vote in the nomination process early next year.

Billionaire Donald Trump, the current leader in national polls, declined to participate, as did former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

The rest of the crowded field took turns speaking in individual interviews, a format different from the debate Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, that will allow candidates to address one another.  That event will be limited to the top 10 candidates in national polls, according to party rules.

They focused criticism on Democrats, particularly that party's leading candidate, Hillary Clinton, while expressing the need to focus on securing the nation's borders as a major component of immigration policy.

"Until we get that border secure, it's not going to stop," former Texas governor Rick Perry said.  "It's like a serious wound, you want to staunch the flow and that's not what's happening in this country now."

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said one piece of immigration reform should be limiting the number of people who are allowed to enter the U.S. to join family already living in the country.  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also backed that idea.

"We admit one million people a year legally to the United States, but we do so primarily on the basis of whether or not they have a relative living here," Rubio said.  "We cannot afford to do it that way anymore.  In the 21st century, legal immigration must be based on merit, on what you can contribute economically, basically whether you are coming to be an American as opposed to simply live in America."

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum advocated for a 25 percent cut in the number of low-skilled immigrants legally allowed into the country.  Ohio's Gov. John Kasich said there should be an expansion in the guest worker program, and that illegal immigrants already in the U.S. who otherwise obey the law should be allowed to stay.

On other topics, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker attacked the plan President Barack Obama unveiled Monday to cut carbon emissions from the nation's power plants, calling it a costly buzzsaw to the American economy.

"I want to balance a sustainable environment with a sustainable economy, but the two have to go hand in hand," Walker said.

Obama's Democratic Party has not yet announced a schedule for debates among its candidates in the November 2016 election.  Five Democrats have declared they are in the race, with Mrs. Clinton the clear leader in polls.

South Carolina's Sen. Lindsay Graham took aim at Mrs. Clinton at Monday's forum, suggesting she is being dishonest about her lack of public stance on the proposed Keystone oil pipeline and her controversial use of personal email during her time as secretary of State under Obama.

"When she tells us, 'Trust me you've got all the emails you need,' we haven't even scratched the surface," Graham said.

Thursday's Fox News event figures to include the same themes, as well as Trump, as candidates take part in the first of 12 debates planned by the Republican National Committee

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