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San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, April 24, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 80

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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.

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

decade with offices in San Jose, Alajuela and Jaco
     ☑REAL ESTATE CONTRACTS
     ☑ INCORPORATION AND
       CORPORATE LAW
    ☑ NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES
    ☑CIVIL LITIGATION
    ☑ OFFICIAL TRANSLATIONS
    ☑ FAMILY LAW PRACTICE
    ☑ CRIMINAL LAW PRACTICE
    ☑ RENTISTA AND PESIONADO
         RESIDENCY
    ☑ ESCROW SERVICES (REGISTERED WITH
         SUGE
    ☑ VEHICLE IMPORTATION AND TITLE
          TRANSFERS
You deserve to communicate fluently with your lawyer.
Visit our Web site:  www.CRTitle.com
Email:  lawyer@crtitle.com
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.
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Dentistry

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: marcomunozcavallini.com
7969-5/9/14


Psychotherapy

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

   • Depression

   • Anxiety

   • Relationship Issues

   • New World Meditation
        Training & Support

 
www.DrLucindaGray.com
Email: lucinda@drlucindagray.com
U.S. Phone: 310-827-4241
Costa Rica: (506) 2228-2041
8221-7/17/14

Architects

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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
Website http://www.architectorange.com
Inquires  info@architectorange.com
Arenal office located at Agua Inn Spa

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8043-7/31/14

Quickbooks consulting

Kathy
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Kathy Rothschild
QuickBooks Consultant
Santo Domingo de Heredia
*Cloud hosting *Set-up  *Training  *Trouble-shooting *Customization bookkeeping services *Financial reports *Intuit product discounts
Contact:  kathy@goodbooksgal.com
Phones: 8572-2984  or 2244-2247
8192-4/2/15

Fine art restoration and conservation

Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer, A.I.C. Certified
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
Carmichael
For more information please contact Claudia Villegas at 8996-5581 or email HERE!
 
• Paintings

• Sculptures
• Murals
• Porcelain and ceramic
        restoration
• Works on paper restoration
• Conservation curatorial
        services

• Art expert services
• Other restoration services
* Analysis for condition
        authenticity
• 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.
8125-11/24/13

Real estate agents and services

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.
www.CRbeach.com    info@crbeach.com
Toll Free: 1-888-782-1119 OR  2643-4334, 2643-3672
Office: IL Galeone Center, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica
8307-7/1/14

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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 Jacó area

www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
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
8336-10/10/14

Colinas
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: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
 Libertad, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 15 minutes to Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa
and 20 minutes to Liberia airport.
Please contact Jim Day at JimDay50@aol.com   or    Phone:  001 517 484-3675.
8251-8/27/14

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
8316-9/13/14

Translators

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
Web: jorgedesanti.com
All calls will be
strictly confidential.
8139-5/7/14


Accountants

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

E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
8298-9/10/14

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

Uncle Sam's
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• 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
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com
8719-4/3/15

smuggling
Miniserio de Gobernación, Policía             
y Seguridad Pública photo             
Anti-drug agents inspect five-gallon containers

Officials say containers of pulp
hid shipments of cocaine


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A transport business designed to be carrying containers of pineapple pulp is now accused of hauling 1,117 kilograms of cocaine since last July. Wednesday, more than a dozen raids from anti-drug police led to the arrest of eight suspects, involved in the smuggling operation that took loads of drugs all over Central America.

Through the business called Teja Transportes Internacionales de Costa Rica S.A., three Mexican men are thought to have been exporting drugs from the country since their arrival in July, according to Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública officials. The three men were supposedly brought in to make the company seem like a legitimate and inconspicuous brand by covering it up with direct participation from additional companies they had created.

The most recent bust came on March 4 when border police found more than 550 kilograms of cocaine when making a routine inspection at the Peñas Blancas border post heading into Nicaragua.

The raids occurred throughout the Central Valley and Central Pacific regions. Of the notable detainees were men with the last names of Barrantes Corrales, Barrantes Valdez, Zamora Corrales, and Barrantes Carlos. 


Casa Presidencial denies
packing job slots for buddies

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Casa Presidencial came out with a snippy press release Wednesday night in which it denied that the current government was filling positions with supporters in the face of a change in administrations.

The release, which was unsigned, said the government is leaving 700 positions to be filled by the new administration.

The newspaper,  Semanario Universidad, reported that the current government was filling jobs to tie them up in the face of the change in governments.

The Casa Presidential release branded this report as false and unfounded, and noted that the report had been picked up by other news outlets. Then it launched into a lecture on the responsibilities of journalists to avoid these types of manipulations that affect the rights of persons and institutions. It said that the failure to find the truth was labor harassment and in the worse cases political persecution.

The newspaper based at the Universidad de Costa Rica has generally sided with critics of the Laura Chinchilla administration. However, an official press release with such rancor is unusual.

The newspaper reported that the Chinchilla administration has filed key jobs at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad and the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones.

Also reported and perhaps the reason for the tone of the press release was that the wife of the current minister of the Presidencia, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, has been named to a position in the Instituto Nacional de Mujeres.

The newspaper provided names, dates and positions, including a recent appointment to head the Caja for seven years.

The report seems to have been inspired by the transition team of president-elect Luis Guillermo Solís of the Partido Acción Ciudadana.


New push underway to fight
continued malaria threat


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Malaria is a disease that kills more than 600,000 people every year.  It debilitates even more.  Each year on World Malaria Day, officials take stock of the disease, what’s been done to contain it, and what still needs to be done. 

Children are the most likely victims of malaria.  They live in Latin America and Asia, but mostly in sub-Saharan Africa where the most deadly strain of the disease is found.

Anthony Fauci heads the infectious diseases division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

"About every 60 seconds a baby dies from malaria; usually a baby living in sub-Saharan Africa," said Fauci.

Survivors may suffer permanent brain damage, epilepsy, blindness or hearing loss.

Mosquitoes don't cause malaria. But a certain type, the anopheles mosquito, can transmit a parasite that does.  And someone with malaria then can pass the parasite on to uninfected mosquitoes and the cycle continues.

Peter Agre at The Johns Hopkins University says malaria is a disease of the poor.

"They're sick because they're poor, and they're poor because they're sick," said Agre.

Agre heads The Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.  He says developed countries rid themselves of malaria by draining swamps, using screens on porches, and constructing buildings in higher elevations where mosquitoes that carry the parasite don't live.  People in poor countries can't do that.

A new push to contain malaria is under way. Funds for bed nets, insecticide spray, testing and medicine to treat malaria have cut the death rate from malaria by as much as 50 percent.  Agre says much more needs to be done.

“At The Johns Hopkins Malaria Institute, scientists work on many aspects of the malaria problem. The mosquitoes are one part of that, and one of our most successful areas of research," he said.

Researchers are trying to change the mosquito so it can't transmit malaria.  Fauci says other research involves developing new medicines and a vaccine.

"We have been frustrated over many years of not having a highly effective vaccine against malaria," he said.

Along the Thai-Cambodian border, drugs used to treat malaria take longer to work.  That's generally the first sign the parasite has developed drug resistance.  If it spreads, researchers predict millions of people will die.

"The real critical thing that we’re hoping for is with a combination of treatment, combination of prevention like bed nets and others, and a combination of a good vaccine, that some day, we can’t predict when, we may be able to eliminate malaria and essentially eradicate it," said Fauci.


2,000 School kids to perform
Saturday in national stadium


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 2,000 public school artists will perform Saturday at the Estadio Nacional from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This is the annual exposition where students show the skills in the arts they have acquired during the year.

There will be dance, theater, circus acts, drum corps, choruses as well as literary and visual arts.

In addition to the student performers, some 14,000 public school students are expected to attend.

The performers will be from elementary through high school.

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