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New deal proposed for delinquent U.S. taxpayers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An advocate organization for U.S. citizens abroad is urging major changes in tax policy to encourage more individuals to pay  taxes.

The organization is American Citizens Abroad, which sent a lengthy and technical letter to ranking officials of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Basically, the letter says that many Americans abroad are avoiding their obligations to the U.S. tax collector out of ignorance of the law, fear of the consequences or the complexities of the process.

For example, U.S. taxpayers or even citizens abroad who owe no taxes, can be assessed a 27.5 percent penalty on all overseas assets if they have not filed certain required documents. One of these is a report of a foreign bank account.

American Citizens Abroad says that the Internal Revenue Service should make a distinction between U.S. citizens living abroad and those still in the United States who seek to invest money abroad.

"The number of Americans resident overseas is generally estimated to range from 5 to 7 million although the actual number is not known with any degree of accuracy either by the Department of State or by the Department of the Treasury," said the organization in the letter. "Based on data available, the number of tax filers is estimated at around one million, leaving 2 to 3 million non-filers. Recent voluntary disclosure programs instituted by the IRS have barely made a dent in the non-compliance group. Hence the need for a program that will truly induce overseas Americans to enter into compliance
and straighten out their tax situation with the IRS!"

In years past the Internal Revenue Service would send agents overseas to help U.S. citizens comply with their tax obligations. At least in Costa Rica, an agent might be present for one or two days a year at the U.S. Embassy. At other times, the embassy workers tell citizen to check out the IRS Web site.

American Citizens Abroad is recommending a new compliance program for overseas Americans.

Among other aspects, the program would not require reporting by Americans of bank accounts in which they only have signing authority and are not beneficiaries of the account, the organization said.

The program would be open to Americans who have lived overseas for at least three years and who have failed to file either a tax return or a document disclosing their interest in a foreign bank account, the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, also known as FBAR.

The key point of the proposal is that Americans would be able to pay the taxes they owe and interest but not be assessed a penalty. unless the IRS discovers them. Persons who lived overseas all their life or from age 16 would not be subject to a penalty, according to the proposal.

American Citizens Abroad has long promoted a residency-based U.S. tax system instead of a citizenship-based system. The United States is among only a few nations that tax their citizens no matter where they are making their money. The new proposal does not address that point and seeks to work within the current tax system.


Canadian foreign affairs minister visiting today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Canadian  Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is visiting Costa Rica today as part of a two-week trip to countries in Latin America.

He was in Nicaragua Monday where he said Canada wants to strengthen commercial ties with a trade
treaty involving that country, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Baird also is expected to visit Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil.

His visit has not been announced locally either by Costa Rica or the Canadian Embassy.

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A University of Utah biologist has identified 33 new species of predatory ants in Central America and the Caribbean and named about a third of the tiny but monstrous-looking insects after ancient Mayan lords and demons.

“These new ant species are the stuff of nightmares” when viewed under a microscope, says entomologist Jack Longino, a professor of biology. “Their faces are broad shields, the eyes reduced to tiny points at the edges and the fierce jaws bristling with sharp teeth.

“They look a little like the monster in ‘Alien.’ They’re horrifying to look at up close. That’s sort of what makes them fun.”

In a study published online Monday in the journal Zootaxa, Longino identified and named 14 new species of the ant genus Eurhopalothrix and distinguished them from 14 other previously known species. The genus name is Greek and refers to the club-shaped hairs on many Eurhopalothrix (pronounced you-row-pal-oh-thrix) species.

In another upcoming study accepted for publication in the same journal, Longino identified 19 new ant species from the genus Octostruma (pronounced oct-oh-strew-ma) and described differences from 15 other previously known species. The genus name means “eight swellings” for the ants’ eight-segmented antennas.

“The new species were found mostly in small patches of forest that remain in a largely agricultural landscape, highlighting the importance of forest conservation efforts in Central America,” Longino says.

The new ant species are less than one-twelfth to one-twenty-fifth of an inch long – much smaller than a rice grain or common half-inch-long household ants – and live in the rotting wood and dead leaves that litter the forest floors in Central America.

“They are nearly eyeless and crawl around in leaf litter,” using primitive compound eyes to detect light but not form images. No one knows how they find their prey, presumed to be soft-bodied insects, spiders, millipedes and centipedes. But the ants are known to coat themselves with a thin layer of clay, believed to serve as camouflage.

Among the newly discovered and named species from forest-floor leaf litter:

Eurhopalothrix zipacna, named for a violent, crocodile-like Mayan demon and found in Guatemala and Honduras.

•  Eurhopalothrix xibalba, or a “place of fear,” for the underworld ruled by death gods in certain Mayan mythology. It lives from Honduras to Costa Rica.

•  Eurhopalothrix hunhau, for a major Mayan death god and a lord of the underworld. This species lives in Mexico and Guatemala.

Some of the scary looking new species have more mundane names, such as Eurhopalothrix semicapillum, named for partial patches of hair on its face, and Octostruma convallis, named after the curved groove across its face.

Longino named one species Eurhopalothrix ortizae, after Patricia Ortiz, a Costa Rican naturalist who died in a rock-fall accident this year.

The horror-show faces of some of the new species feature what is known as the labrum, which is like an upper lip, and jaws that open and close sideways instead of up and down as teeth on the jaws clamp down on prey.

“If you really want a movie monster that freaks people out, have the jaws go side to side,” Longino says.

“Ants are everywhere,” Longino says. “They are one of the big elements of ecosystems, like birds and trees. They are major movers of stuff. Some act as predators and influence the population sizes of other insects by eating them. They gather a lot of dead insects and eat them, so they are like vultures at a microscale. They move seeds around and have a big impact on what kind of plants grow where. They aerate soil and do a lot of excavation. Having aerated soil is good for plants. It lets oxygen get into the soil and water percolate through it better.”

So far, there are about 15,000 known species of ants worldwide, based largely on difference in body structure, and perhaps as many as 30,000. But as geneticists analyze more and more ants, new genetic differences are becoming apparent, and so “there could be 100,000 ant species,” Longino said.

The world has some 700,000 known insect species, but that number likely will climb much higher as more are discovered. Longino says “70 percent to 80 percent of all known species are insects.”

The 33 new species bring the number of ant species Longino has discovered during his career to 131.

The adult ants eat only liquids, not solid food. So they bring their prey back to the nest, where it is eaten by ant larvae, which regurgitate it so it can be consumed by the adults, Longino says.

Most modern ants no longer are predators, some of which use venoms to sting their prey, but instead are scavengers like those that pick up crumbs off kitchen floors, and spray formic acid to fight off other ants.

Longino collected about 90 percent of the ants in his new studies during the past 30 years working on a series of projects to inventory insects, spiders and other arthropods in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of the species also are in the Caribbean and South America.

He says that his job as a taxonomist is not only to find and describe new species, but to map all species, old and new, to shed light on Earth’s biodiversity and identify possible pest species and other species that might be used to control pests.

To collect insects, Longino and his students use sifting devices that look somewhat like a pair of tennis rackets with canvas bags beneath them. The researchers use machetes to chop up dead wood and leaf litter and pour it through sifters, which have wire mesh with third-inch-wide openings. The tiny ants end up in the collection bags with what looks like potting soil. This mixture then is placed in mesh bags suspended over funnels that, in turn, are above plastic bags containing alcohol to kill and preserve the ants that pass through the mesh bags. The ants then are brought home for analysis.

Longino’s ant lab web page is at: https://sites.google.com/site/longinoantlab/

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Absolute Poker may soon be coming to a screen near you
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ups and down of Absolute Poker have now been summarized into a book,

Best-selling author Ben Mezrich has written about the online poker operation that was shut down by the U.S. federal government. The book is  “Straight Flush.”

Mezrich has written similar books that have become movies, such as “The Social Network” and “21.” The book chronicles the lives of University of Montana fraternity brothers who stumble into a lucrative online business and subsequently move the operation to Costa Rica.

A central figure is Brent Bentley, the director of payment processing for Absolute Poker, who in real life pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in unlawful Internet gambling and conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud.

The book begins with Bentley passing through Juan Santamaría airport on his way to surrender to FBI agents in New Jersey.  Mezrich sketches the embassy employee who gave Bentley a one-day passport and some of the immigration and law officers who meet the plane at Newark Airport. But most of all he writes about Bentley's anxiety and agony in leaving his family in Costa Rica and heading to the United States and prison.

In late 2006, the U.S. Congress enacted the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act making it a crime to knowingly accept most forms of payment in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful Internet gambling. Following the passage of the act, leading Internet gambling businesses withdrew from the U. S. market. Absolute Poker, however, did not, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan.




The Mezrich book earned 2.5 out of 5 stars from Amazon.com readers.
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The book is being received in some quarters as an example of overreaching federal bureaucrats.  Mezrich was interviewed on  the right wing Blaze TV where host Stu Burguiere described the company's downfall as “the ultimate story of the government screwing with people’s lives.”

Absolute was one of a number of online gambling business that felt the sting of U.S. enforcement efforts even though the bulk of the operation was located in Costa Rica. Costa Rican officials did little to buttress the country's sovereignty.

Beckley ended up serving just 10 months in prison. Other Absolute executives still live in Costa Rica. As Mezrich notes in his book, extradition is only possible when Costa Rica has a similar law to the one charged in the United States. It does not.

Some poker fans have been critical of the book for ducking some questions. However, the book clearly has been written as the basis for a movie.


New collection of Costa Rican horror and terror tales due out
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A book full of 18 scary Costa Rican stories will be presented Wednesday in the library of the  Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Los Yoses.

The event is sponsored by Club de Libros, an organization that promotes reading. The book "Penumbras," goes on sale the same day.

An interesting aspect is that the 18 authors have outlined how they came up with the idea for their story. For Bernardo Ortega Sosa, who wrote  "Upe!," the task was easy. He said he remembered a strange happening when he was about 10 or 12.

The house door came open when the family was eating dinner and a strange hand came through the opening.
Other authors outline the sights and sounds that allowed them to create a scary story. They did so in a news release from the Club de LIbros. Some are likely to describe their creative process Wednesday.

The authors seem to cover most regions of the country with their tales. There is one from Puntarenas and one from Atenas, according to the author summaries.

Costa Rica has such unique Colonial ghosts and goblins that new additions to the genre are infrequent. After all, there is La Llorona, La Segua, La Carreta sin Bueyes and a dozen others that have terrified children for centuries. Some of the stories in the new book might be competition.

The event is at 7 p.m., and the club asks for reservations at this site.

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Museum puppet show addresses the problem of bullying in schools
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Puppets at the Museo de los NIños are taking on the problem of harassment and bullying at school.

The museum has created a show in Spanish called “Museito y Museita en: Superhéroes contra el bullying.” The performances are designed for school children, teachers and adults, said the museum.

Ruth Garita, the director and member of the Elenco Artístico  group said that the two characters warn that the youngsters have to confront bullying and speak about it with their teachers and parents.

The show involves  wife tree in a school yard that is being threatened by a gang and the bad  Mugrón.   Museito and Museita are converted into superheroes to confront the villains, according to a museum summary.

The 20-minute production is being given Wednesdays thorough Friday at 10:30 a.m. for school children and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for families. Plans are to continue the production until December, the museum said.

Ms.  Garita said that bullying is a growing problem in the schools. She said a lot of the problem begins in the home with [physical or verbal abuse.
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Lovely cottage on private coffee farm
One spacious bedroom, one bath, office room/spare room with high speed DSL internet, fully equipped kitchen, phone line,
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1 bedroom with private bath. Rooms in large, 3.000 sq ft. historical mansion in heart of Barrio Amón.  Prices starting at $350. for long-term. Smoking ok in common areas. Includes electricity, water, commercial kitchen use, laundry, high-speed internet. 7078-6985. More info HERE!
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Conveniently located  two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, new construction, wheelchair accessible to rent for $750/month or to share with owner (female).  Located on outskirts of San José metro area, 5 minute drive to Sta. Barbara de Heredia, 20-30 minutes from SJO International Airport, an easy drive to Alajuela
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One spacious bedroom, one bath, office room/spare room with high speed DSL internet, fully equipped kitchen, phone line,
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New construction includes some wooden stairs to the main gate and a small pavilion above the house overlooking the village. The distance to Golfito harbor/downtown is 7 kms and you can get there by car, taxi or bus. The sale price is $72,000 which is negotiable and includes the property lot of 26,000 sq, ft, for more houses. The rent is $300/month, which is very reasonable for those who want to live near sea and Panamá in an inexpensive lifestyle. It was so nice to live near Panamá where people can shop for much lower prices including for groceries. Please contact me at berosyyourlife@hotmail.com for more details. Thank you.
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completely furnished. Large windows overlook the valley and the gardens, There are large trees. Surrounded by fruit trees and vegetable gardens, it has a beautiful view of the valley. The kitchen comes fully equipped, with large refrigerator, gas stove and oven, all accessories. The bathroom has a large shower; both kitchen and bath have hot water. A brand new extra firm queen-size bed is included. A breakfast bar separates the living area and kitchen and a porch overlooks the farm and valley. This house is for one or two people only. $300 deposit required to be returned when renters leave house. Email for photos and questions. laurelfanderson@gmail.com
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Beautiful mountain chalet surrounded by nature, built with tropical hardwoods and  located on a  5,000 m2  (54,000 sq feet) lot  with two other cottages.  House has basic furniture and  kitchen  appliances.  Ground floor:  Very large living/ dinning room, kitchen, office (or guest bedroom), and 1 bathroom . Upstairs:  2 bedrooms (one with a balcony), and 1 bathroom. 140 m2 approximately  Great BBQ rancho outside. Plenty space for visitor parking. Pets are welcome.  Quiet place, rural, restaurants close by. Near El Castillo Country Club, Tirol and La Condesa mountain hotels.  Only 45 minutes by car from San José.  All public services available  More information call Liseth.  Phone: (506) 7158-1548. Or send me a email:  licortes@hotmail.com
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Perez  Zeledon:   Large studio home overlooking river with deck.  Elegant, ceramic floors, nice cabinets, walk-in closet.  Beautiful gardens and grounds.  Secure. Private. Only  10 minutes
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Rare birds in abundance. Includes,  One  double bed and refrigerator, stove, juicer, sofa, tables,  dishes, pans, etc.  Plus, electric, (hot) water   Phone, TV connected, Internet cable connected, garbage and gardener. All included for $425. /month.  Looking for one good person, reliable, long-term.    Non-smoker. jjpepman@hotmail.com
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Mountain cabin for rent
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We offer for rent three furnished, 2-bedroom mountain homes located on the slopes of Barva Volcano, Sacramento, Heredia. The cabin-style homes are adjacent to the Braulio Carillo National Park and walking distance to the Barva Volcano crater lake. Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and garage. Take in breathtaking views of the Irazú Volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of bird species, to include the occasional Resplendent Quetzal, and a pristine cloud forest. We can also offer you an occasional ride on one of our beautiful mares. Contact Allan or Cristina at HPCattleCR@aol.com, or or for more information HERE! $850 USD/month. We can also offer a weekend or short-stay package.
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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part 
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Bradley Manning verdict
is expected to come today


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The judge presiding over the court-martial of an Army private charged with leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks says she will announce her verdict today.

Bradley Manning was serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq when he sent a vast cache of secret diplomatic cables and classified military reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the anti-secrecy Web site.

Manning has admitted leaking 700,000 documents, pleading guilty to 10 lesser charges, including espionage and computer fraud. He faces a possible life sentence.

But Manning has denied other charges, including the most serious one — that he knowingly helped enemies of the United States, most notably Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.

The defense attorney has argued that Manning is no traitor but a young, naive and good-intentioned citizen who wanted to encourage public debate about U.S. foreign policy.



Russian official claims
Snowden safer in airport


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Russian federal migration service official said he believes it's best that former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden remain in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport because he is a wanted man and is safer there. The United States has promised Russia it will not seek the death penalty if Snowden is returned to America to face espionage charges.

Former NSA contractor Snowden has been holed up in Sheremetyevo Airport for more than a month as he awaits temporary asylum in Russia.

Snowden’s lawyer says his application for asylum has been submitted to Russia’s federal migration service, and it’s now a wait and see situation.

Vladimir Volokh, head of the service's public council, said if Snowden leaves Sheremetyevo, Russia can’t guarantee his safety.

"I don't think it is good for Snowden to travel freely in Russia, as he is wanted now," Volokh said, adding that he thinks the safest area for Snowden is to remain in the transit area at the airport or in areas under the jurisdiction of the immigration service.

Volokh’s comments came as Washington promised Snowden wouldn't face the death penalty were he expelled to the U.S.  In a letter to Russia’s justice minister, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder assured the Kremlin that the criminal charges Snowden faces back home don’t carry the death penalty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far refused to extradite Snowden, saying he is a free man.

Snowden’s lawyer says that once the former NSA contractor has the documents to leave Sheremetyevo he’ll be seeking to establish a life in Russia, at least for now.

The dispute over Snowden is the latest between Moscow and Washington.   The two sides continue to disagree over a myriad of issues including missile defense, Syria and adoptions.



Lone robber grabs jewels
worth $136 million in France


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An armed robber stole gems worth $136 million (102 million euros) in a weekend jewelry heist in the French Riviera resort of Cannes, making it the country's biggest gem theft.
 
The prosecutor's office in the nearby city of Grasse issued the figure Monday based on an inventory of pieces seized in broad daylight from a precious jewelry exhibition at the luxury Carlton Hotel.
 
It was well over twice initial estimates, which local media had put at around $53 million.
 
The thief burst into the Carlton, on the famed La Croisette seafront, close to midday Sunday armed with an automatic pistol and with a cap and a scarf concealing his face.
 
He threatened security guards and sales staff and left moments later with a briefcase containing 72 pieces, including jewels, rings, pendants and diamond-encrusted earrings, from a collection belonging to diamond specialist Leviev.
 
Just 34 of the stolen items were worth a total of $135 million, according to the prosecutor's office, which initially valued the loot at “several million euros”.
 
“The man entered by a glass door onto the Croisette which normally should have been bolted,” a spokesperson at the prosecutor's office said.
 
Initial investigations suggested the man may have dropped several jewels as he hurried away on foot via a different door.
 
The hotel, celebrating its centenary this year, was where Alfred Hitchcock filmed scenes from the 1955 film “To Catch a Thief”, starring Cary Grant as a one-time cat burglar and Grace Kelly as the beautiful Frances.
 
The heist came two months after two smaller jewelry robberies hit the annual Cannes film festival, where movie stars are lent gowns and gems to parade on the red carpets.
 
It was the biggest theft of jewels on record in France.
 
A group of men disguised as women shoppers pulled out guns and made off with around $105 million worth of jewels from the Harry Winston jewelry store on the Avenue Montaigne in Paris in 2008.



Pope's trip to Brazil called
a success or just new style

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis’ first trip abroad, to Brazil, is being hailed as a success by prelates of the Roman Catholic Church. Critics say that so far, however, the new pope has brought a change of style, not substance.

He carried his own bag during his travels, and he visited a slum in Rio de Janeiro.

And his message to his young followers sounded downright subversive.

“Be revolutionaries. I ask you to swim against the tide. Yes, I am asking you to rebel.” he said.

On his way back to Rome, the pope spoke to reporters at length about difficult issues, including gay priests.

“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge him," he asked.

The pope did not negate Church teaching that homosexuality is a sin. But his words do reflect a more compassionate approach to controversial issues than that of his predecessors.

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, which opposes the church’s ban on abortion and contraception, said, “It feels good as a Catholic to have a leader who’s not against talking to us about why we can’t use condoms; again he’s not beating up on gays; or he’s not saying that women who have abortions are bad.”

He said the rhetoric, though, needs to be followed by real change.

“And we’re not seeing a lot of movement by Pope Francis, about changing some of the teachings that are hugely problematic for Catholics,” he said.

Still, Francis' first trip abroad suggests that he has a way with large crowds of the faithful, not seen since the papacy of John Paul II.



SS murderer turns 100
with protesters outside


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Dozens of demonstrators, including members of Rome's Jewish community, protested outside the apartment building where the former SS officer responsible for one of Italy's worst wartime massacres celebrated his 100th birthday Monday.
 
Erich Priebke, a former SS captain, lives under house arrest in the Italian capital after being sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998 for the massacre in the Ardeatine Caves near Rome where 335 civilians were killed in March 1944.
 
There were brief scuffles as a man identified as Priebke's grandson arrived with a bottle of champagne and demonstrators jostled him with cries of “Shame!” and “Disgrace!”.
 
“It's a provocation! Arriving with a bottle of champagne!” one demonstrator shouted.
 
Almost 70 years since the end of World War II, Italy's wartime past is still deeply divisive in a country which came close to civil war when the fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini collapsed in 1943.
 
Tensions around the birthday of Priebke, who has never expressed remorse for his actions, were heightened by reports of posters put up nearby hailing the former Nazi officer.
 
“Happy Birthday, Captain Priebke” read one poster signed by a group calling itself the Militant Community of Tiburtina (a Rome neighborhood), the daily Corriere della Sera daily reported.
 
The national association representing former wartime partisans said its headquarters had been scrawled with swastikas and comments supporting Priebke. Similar graffiti was seen elsewhere, Italian newspapers said.
 
In March 1944, Priebke was in charge of SS troops who executed the 335 people in retaliation for the killing of 33 German soldiers by a partisan group near Rome.
 
After the war he escaped to Argentina but was deported to Italy after he was interviewed on U.S. television and admitted his role in the massacre which he said was conducted against “terrorists”.



U.S. Senate confirms Comey
as new head of the FBI


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to become the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director. He is James Comey.

Senators Monday overwhelmingly supported Comey with a vote of 93-1. He will replace Robert Mueller, who has led the FBI since shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States.

The vote went forward Monday after  Sen. Ron Paul, a Republican, ended his delaying tactics against the nomination. Paul had been blocking the vote over concerns about the domestic use of drones. He was the only one who voted against confirmation.

Comey, a Republican, served as a deputy attorney general in the previous administration of President George W. Bush.

Comey is perhaps best known for refusing to approve legal aspects of a domestic surveillance program in 2004, while serving as acting attorney general while his boss, John Ashcroft, recovered from surgery.

The White House says Comey, during his career, demonstrated unwavering toughness, integrity and principle in defending security and the nation's values.

  

Three-day sweep rescues
105 exploited kids, FBI says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has rescued 105 sexually exploited children during a three-day nationwide sweep.

Operation Cross Country also resulted in the arrests of 150 pimps and other people involved in underage prostitution.

The enforcement action took place in 76 cities and was carried out with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, Ron Hosko, said, "child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America."

Operation Cross Country was the seventh and largest such enforcement operation to date as part of the FBI's Innocence Lost national initiative. Since the initiative's 2003 creation, more than 2,700 sexually exploited children have been identified and recovered.



Approaching comet failing
to live up to advance billing


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Astronomers slated to meet this week to discuss observing plans for Comet ISON may not have much to talk about. The so-called Comet of the Century may already have fizzled out.
 
“The future of comet ISON does not look bright,” astronomer Ignacio Ferrin, with the University of Antioquia in Colombia, said in a statement Monday.
 
Ferrin's calculations show the comet, which is currently moving toward the sun at 16 miles (26 km) per second, has not brightened since mid-January. That may be because the comet is already out of ice particles in its body, which melt as the comet moves closer to the sun, creating a long, bright tail.
 
Another theory is that the comet is covered in a layer of silicate dust that snuffs out water vapor and other gases that brighten the comet.
 
“Comet ISON has been on a standstill for more than 132 days ... a rather puzzling feat,” Ferrin wrote in a paper submitted to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and posted online at the archival site arXiv.org.
 
The comet, named ISON for the International Scientific Optical Network that made its discovery, was found in September 2012 by two amateur Russian astronomers.
 
It is due to pass about 724,000 miles (1.2 million km) from the sun on Nov. 28. The relatively close pass was expected to create a massive tail that some scientists predict will be visible even in daylight.
 
If it survives, that is. At that distance, the comet would reach temperatures of about 4,900 degrees F (2,700 degrees C), hot enough to melt lead. It may also be pulled apart by the sun's gravity.
 
Scientists believe the comet hails from the Oort Cloud, a cluster of icy rocks that circle the sun about 50,000 times farther away than Earth's orbit. Calculations show Comet ISON is making its first and possibly last voyage into the inner solar system.



Detroit's bankruptcy places
art treasures in jeopardy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum is home to valuable paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from around the world.  But what is housed there belongs to the city of Detroit.  With the city filing bankruptcy protection, many are concerned the collections could be sold to pay Detroit’s creditors.
 
Inside its massive halls are more than 60,000 objects that make up one of the top collections of art in the United States.
 
Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum can see up close the brush strokes of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Self Portrait” or William-Adolphe Bouguereau's “Nut Gatherers” which is so finely detailed it looks more like a photograph than a painting.
 
It was the large wall murals of Detroit’s auto industry, painted by Diego Rivera, that attracted Virginia-based airline pilot Terrence O’Toole.
 
“And I thought it was interesting to come in here and see the murals depicting the cultural diversity of the plant,” O'Toole explained.
 
There are placards that describe each artifact on display. Underneath the title of many of the pieces are four important words, “City of Detroit Purchase.”
 
What sets the museum apart from most similar facilities is that the city owns the building and its collections. 
 
Even before Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, filed for bankruptcy protection, he inquired about the Institute’s inventory, setting the art world and Detroit’s citizens into a frenzy.
 
“It’s a slam against all the citizens of this city and a slam against the citizens of the whole area here," said bookseller John King, a lifelong Detroit resident who stayed in the city as its population dramatically declined.  He said the art institute is important to what is left of Detroit's spirit, and hopes creditors don’t force the sale of its assets to pay the city’s debt.
 
“It’s sad they’re even talking about going after that asset," King said. "I, mean they have other assets they could go after, and they shouldn’t really be touching the Detroit Institute of Arts.”
 
Finance professor Amiyatosh Purnanandan of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan says the total value of the collection is far less than what Detroit owes its creditors.
 
“You’re looking at $18 billion of debt," Purnanandan said. "The Art museum will fetch you about $1 to $2 billion.  Even if you sell that, it’s not going to solve your problems.”
 
“To have to sell it piecemeal would be sad," commented visitor O’Toole, adding that selling the collection could also undermine the very thing Detroit needs at the moment.
 
“It brings visitors, it brings cash flow to this community, which this city is in desperate need of some cash flow,” he noted.
 
The non-profit group ArtServe Michigan says the state earned $2 billion in tourism money in 2011, based mostly on cultural institutions, like the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Not only would selling the collection hurt tourism income, experts say such a sale would mean a large amount of rare and important artwork would flood the market, potentially undermining the city’s ability to get the best price possible for its holdings. 



Elephants found to consider
moonlight when they raid farms


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

African elephants appear to use the cover of darkness to avoid being detected by humans when raiding farmlands for food, according to a new study.

The study also showed that the elephants even adjust their foraging with the lunar cycle, which also is believed to be a way of avoiding contact with humans.

"Elephants are cathemeral, meaning they are active during day and night, but raid crops almost exclusively at night, suggesting they only venture close to villages when they believe they are harder to detect,” said Rachel Grant a lecturer in animal behavior at Anglia Ruskin University in England.

She added that an elephant's awareness of the higher risk of being detected on moonlit nights, because of the visual advantage gained by humans, could account for the changes in their behavior during the lunar cycle and explain why elephants are less likely to venture close to villages during the full moon.

The study was carried out in an around Mikumi National Park in Tanzania, about 298 kilometers west of Dar es Salaam, which holds one of the largest populations of wild elephants in Africa.

Researchers selected five villages near the park and recorded the instances of elephant crop raiding. They found that the number of elephant raid nights varied throughout the lunar cycle, with significantly fewer raids occurring during a full moon. The extent of crop damage also fell considerably during the full moon phase.

"Some animals that vary their activity according to the lunar cycle have an internally arising biological rhythm; alternatively they may be basing their decision-making on local conditions at the time,” said Grant. “Many animals alter their behavior according to varying light levels and the perceived risk of predation, and this is likely to be a partly evolved, partly learned response.”

Grant said the behavior was likely to be found in elephant populations outside Tanzania, and that the information from the study could be used to protect farms from elephant damage.

 

Carter reported to make visit
to North Korea for detainee


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

There are numerous reports that former U.S. president Jimmy Carter will travel to North Korea on a private mission to free a Korean-American man detained there.

Speaking to reporters Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Carter is making the North Korea trip in his personal capacity. But later the White House issued a statement saying it was not confirming the reported Carter trip.

A Carter spokeswoman said the former president was in the Colombian capital, Bogota, Monday, as part of a mission to announce success in the fight against river blindness disease. She also said Carter has no immediate plans to travel to North Korea.

Earlier Monday, the South Korean news agency Yonhap said Carter will visit Pyongyang soon to urge that North Korean leaders release Kenneth Bae.

North Korea detained Bae, a tour operator, in the northeastern port of Rason last November. He was later convicted of trying to topple the government and was sent to a prison camp to serve 15 years of hard labor.

The Internet petition Web site Change.org said Bae's family had no immediate response to the reports about Carter. The family launched a campaign on Change.org in early May, calling on the Obama administration to do everything it can to secure an amnesty for Bae and allow him to return home to his family and friends.

The former U.S. president has visited the impoverished country several times in recent years, despite the lack of diplomatic relations between Pyongyang and Washington. The two sides have yet to sign a peace treaty since the Korean War ended in 1953.

Carter first traveled to North Korea in 1994, when he met then-Supreme Leader Kim Il Sung to defuse a nuclear crisis triggered by Pyongyang's expulsion of international nuclear inspectors.

Carter traveled again to North Korea in August 2010 and secured the release of Aijalon Mahli Gomes, another American citizen who had been sentenced to hard labor on charges of entering the country illegally. The former president last visited Pyongyang in April 2011 as part of an international group of former statesmen and women, known as The Elders.

Bae recently urged the U.S. government to secure his release, saying he is in poor health and wants to be reunited with his family. He made the emotional appeal from prison as he spoke in Korean in a videotaped interview granted to the Japanese newspaper Choson Sinbo, which is sympathetic to Pyongyang.

The newspaper published the interview on July 3 and said it was conducted on June 26 with North Korean government approval.

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8034-8/19/13

Playa Palo Seco - Gorgeous beachfront 2-story home of roughly 2,000 square feet set on a half acre ocean front full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco.
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This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is only minutes from  the tourist hot spot Jacó but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil. This is an incredible opportunity at $150,000! Owner financing is available! Visit Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8033-8/19/13

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8032-8/19/13

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8031-8/19/13

Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
located halfway between Jaco and Quepos/Manuel Antonio
 BEST DEAL in Costa Rica!!! Lots starting at just $18,500 with financing available.
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7928-8/9/13


Puriscal home
$71,000 SUPER Central Valley view home for you to finish
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 2,200 M2 lot with creek on one side. This is another "live in the view" home ready to finish out including appliances, solar water heater, PEX water distribution, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, radiant energy barrier, and tempered, bronzed, reflective windows for an additional $59,000. So total for lot and beautifully finished home is under $130,000. This home is within 7 minutes of Santiago de Puriscal at elevation of 3,200 feet on new concrete public road.
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8012-8/8/13

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8010-7/28/13

Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: celigar53@gmail.com or call 8385-2542.
8008-7/24/13

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $208,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

Flamingo
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.
7986-8/6/13

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
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7973-8/23/13

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Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
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$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

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ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7967-7/17/13

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
7965-6/16/13

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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
                                  home
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

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58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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U.N. rights expert visits
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is hosting a U.S. law professor who is the U.N.
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independent expert on human rights and environment. He is John H. Knox of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The foreign ministry said that Knox will spend four days here meeting various officials. Knox teaches human rights, environmental protection, and international trade, said the university, adding that he has extensive expertise in the fields of human rights, international environmental law, climate change and the relationship
among these issues.

In a release at the time of his appointment, the U.N. said that Knox highlighted the urgent need to clarify the human rights obligations linked to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Such clarification, he said, according to the U.N., “is necessary in order for states and others to better understand what those obligations require and ensure that they are fully met, at every level from the local to the global.”

The U.N. Human Rights Council created this new position in April 2012 in response to a joint proposal from the Maldives, Costa Rica and Switzerland, the university said.


Acción Ciudadana finally
confirms its nominee


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Partido Acción Ciudadana official announced Monday that  Luis Guillermo Solís is the party's presidential candidate.

He defeated Juan Carlos Mendoza and Epsy Campbell for the nomination. The vote by the party's members was close. Solís got 35.48 percent to Mendoza's 34.99 percent. Ms. Campbell received 25.10 percent, and a distant contender, Ronald Solís, received 4.43 percent.

The vote was so close that it took a week to release the official count.

Meanwhile the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana confirmed the nomination of Rodolfo Hernández, the former director of the Hospital del Niño, as its candidate.


New ambassador from Israel
Haddad
Avraham Haddad
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new ambassador representing Israel here presented his credentials at the foreign ministry Monday. He is  Avraham Haddad, a career diplomat who has served as his country's ambassador to Colombia and Cyprus.

Receiving him was Enrique Castillo, the minister of  Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.  Haddad will present his credentials to President Laura Chinchilla at a later date, the ministry said.



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Online writing called more interesting

By the University of Chicago Press news staff

Communication channels such as Facebook may be leading consumers to discuss more interesting products, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

“Whereas oral communication tends to be instantaneous (one person says something and then another responds almost immediately), written conversations tend to have longer gaps (consumers respond to e-mails, texts, or Facebook messages hours or days later). Rather than saying whatever comes to mind, consumers can take the time to think about what to say or edit their communication until it is polished,” write authors Jonah Berger and Raghuram Iyengar, both of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

New technologies have dramatically changed how humans communicate. Instead of talking face-to-face or over the phone, consumers can now e-mail, text, tweet, or message back and forth on Facebook.

In one study, asking consumers to communicate via written rather than oral communication (or merely asking consumers to pause before speaking) led them to talk about more interesting products and brands. The authors also analyzed data from tens of thousands of conversations and found that more interesting products and brands like Apple are discussed more than mundane products, like Windex, in online communication.

Written communication gives consumers more time to construct and refine what they say. As a result, consumers mention more interesting products and brands  compared to oral communication.

“Consumers have a natural tendency to talk about things that make them look good. But selecting the right thing to say requires time. In oral communication, consumers talk about whatever is top-of-mind, but written communication gives them the opportunity to select more interesting things to say,” the authors conclude.