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    Crime and Defense

    I agree that living in a gated community helps..especially if you'll be away or out of the country for a stretch. But even in a gated community it is not unheard of for the guards to be in cahoots with the criminals.
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  3. Barbie Why don't you ask him directly? It's not for me to speak about the details of his, or anyone's case. I know he was trying to contact you in late July to see how the process was going. As far as other U.S. dentists -- According to the Board, there so far have been very, very few who have done that... but once you get a dental license, there's no reason you couldn't open up your own dental practice and hire other pros legally authorized to work, be they CR citizens or foreigners with residency. When you and the little one are ready, let me know! Best Wishes, Carlos
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    Anyone used Rosetta Stone?

    I second the Pimsleur materials which i used for Portuguese at one time. I think the method is really good, it builds on previous material by incorporating it into new material it presents in a way that keeps it interesting. I highly recommend Professor Pimsleur's method. Carlos
  5. Barbie, it's no problem at all. Glad I was able to help. My profession is Certified Court Interpreter (Spanish) and Judiciary Translator Spanish <>English, with nearly 25 years of experience. Actually, I have a company where I help U.S. professionals (be they dentists, lawyers, CPAs, doctors, etc.) move to CR to practice as professionals in their fields. Dr. Hall enlisted my help in navigating the process, research, communications, and translation. He will continue to use my services as he completes the procedures and requirements. Yes, I'd like to share some important info through TicoGrande's web site so that professionals will have a better idea of what is involved in the process and will be better positioned to begin it. Wishing you the best in your objectives & as you ramp up your Spanish! Very Sincerely, Carlos J. Collazo
  6. Hey TicoGrandísimo: Glad it sounds good to your ears..no need to worry tho, everything is publicly available and verifiable over the net. Any questions or doubts, you can call ORE (see number in my post above) or the Dental Board 2256-3100 X106. There are doctors available to answer your doubts. Be forewarned, they are practicing doctors and members of the board, so be clear and concise in your questions. Also, it helps to have a clear view of the process as a whole before inquiring. It'll save both their time and yours. • The requirements for validation (degree equivalency) are clearly laid out on CONARE-ORE web page (see my post above for link) • The requirements for The Dental Board are also clearly laid out, and available at the Dental Board web site and through phone communication with the Board. P.S. If you like, I can write a contribution to your web site, TicoGrande, where I give a capsule summary of what it takes to become a practicing professional in CR. I think it may benefit your readers. Carlos
  7. Barbie, I'm helping Dr. Hall with getting his license to practice in CR and all requirements that need to be met to practice. You're right that you need to speak, read, write and comprehend Spanish in order to be admitted to the Dental Board (Colegio de Cirujanos Odontólogos). But it is not just that it will make the process "a whole lot easier"...it is an absolute requirement defined by the governing regulations adopted by the Board as a Board. You have to get a statement in the form of a certified letter by a linguist from a CR university that sets forth that the applicant for admission to the Board knows Spanish. In addition, when you take your exam in order to have your credentials (i.e., degrees) validated (homologación you will have to understand enough to read the exam questions. I wish you the best in your goals, Sincerely, Carlos J. Collazo
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    Cell Phones in Costa Rica

    And that's exactly where you are wrong in your little "correction". I'm not sure if it's gringo arrogance/stubborness or simply a problem with reading comprehension in Spanish. But you're information that you're propagating on definition of autonomous insitutions (instituciones autónomas) is based on misinformation. That is why I felt compelled to reply. My information comes directly from the Constitución de la Republica de Costa Rica - as well as nearly 25 years as Judiciary Translator Eng-Span and NJ Certified Court Interpreter in Spanish. Also, Spanish and English are native languages. Just remember that I think there's a moral obligation to correct misinformation that you or anyone else propagates on this board...........and especially so if the errors stems from a misunderstanding of such a fundamental Costa Rican document as the Constitution. Carlos
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    Cell Phones in Costa Rica

    Keep going. You are only showing your ignorance. ICE, INS, etc. are not defined as monopolies by the Republic of CR. They are considered instituciones autónomas. Other autonomous institutions include: Contraloría General de la República Acueductos y Alcantarillados - AyA Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social - CCSS Compañia Nacional de Fuerza y Luz - CNFL Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad -ICE Radiográfica Costarricense - RACSA Instituto Costarricense de Turismo - ICT Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje - INA Instituto Nacional de Fomento Cooperativo - INFOCOOP Instituto Nacional de Seguros - INS Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo - RECOPE Consejo Nacional de Producción - CNP Consejo Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica - CONICIT Artículo 46.- Son prohibidos los monopolios de carácter particular, y cualquier acto, aunque fuere originado en una ley, que amenace o restrinja la libertad de comercio, agricultura e industria.
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    Cell Phones in Costa Rica

    Artículo 46.- Son prohibidos los monopolios de carácter particular, y cualquier acto, aunque fuere originado en una ley, que amenace o restrinja la libertad de comercio, agricultura e industria. Es de interés público la acción del Estado encaminada a impedir toda práctica o tendencia monopolizadora. Las empresas constituidas en monopolios de hecho deben ser sometidas a una legislación especial. Para establecer nuevos monopolios en favor del Estado o de las Municipalidades se requerirá la aprobación de dos tercios de la totalidad de los miembros de la Asamblea Legislativa. Los consumidores y usuarios tienen derecho a la protección de su salud, ambiente, seguridad e intereses económicos, a recibir información adecuada y veraz; a la libertad de elección, y a un trato equitativo. El Estado apoyará los organismos que ellos constituyan para la defensa de sus derechos. La ley regulará esas materias. (Reforma Constitucional 7607 de 29 de mayo de 1996)
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    Cost of Living

    Yeah, I dislike noise too. Sometimes it's the luck of the dice, how noisy your block will be. But your just as likely to have blissful silence too, even with "close neighbors". I lived for years in a $150/mo. house in center Cartago and there was overwhelming silence throughout the day. Hardly a peep from anyone. C
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    Cell Phones in Costa Rica

    Actually, if you read Costa Rican history, monopolies were constitutionally outlawed decades ago: Artículo 46.- Son prohibidos los monopolios de carácter particular, y cualquier acto, aunque fuere originado en una ley, que amenace o restrinja la libertad de comercio, agricultura e industria. Es de interés público la acción del Estado encaminada a impedir toda práctica o tendencia monopolizadora. Las empresas constituidas en monopolios de hecho deben ser sometidas a una legislación especial. Para establecer nuevos monopolios en favor del Estado o de las Municipalidades se requerirá la aprobación de dos tercios de la totalidad de los miembros de la Asamblea Legislativa. Los consumidores y usuarios tienen derecho a la protección de su salud, ambiente, seguridad e intereses económicos, a recibir información adecuada y veraz; a la libertad de elección, y a un trato equitativo. El Estado apoyará los organismos que ellos constituyan para la defensa de sus derechos. La ley regulará esas materias. (Reforma Constitucional 7607 de 29 de mayo de 1996) Carlos
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    Cell Phones in Costa Rica

    Actually, the legislation has passed and international telcos are in negotiations, so any "monopoly" doesn't exist as of the effective date of the new laws. So, the markets are opened up and hence private telcos are in fact competing with each other. At the level of the consumer looking for alternatives to ICE....no, there's no other choice of provider, but that will soon change.
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    Cell Phones in Costa Rica

    There is competition in all telecommunications, not only in cellular communications. Yes, ICE sells pre-paid cards, no contract arrangments. Here's the link: http://portal.grupoice.com/wps/wcm/connect...lucVoz/Prepago/ Yes, having four bands covers all the possible bands. Carlos
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