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This weekend is perfect for the lovers of music
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats this weekend can enjoy cheese, traditional dancing, a full orchestra and even  calypso.


The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional presents its seventh concert of the season Friday and Sunday with works by Bach, Shostakóvich and Ives.

The featured performer is José Aurelio Castillo Pereira, the first violinist. He is a former professor at the University de Costa Rica and now is a professor at the Instituto Nacional de Música. He has been concertmaster of the orchestra since 1984, according to a summary of the program.

One scheduled work is the fourth interlude of "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" by Dmitri Shostakóvich. The opera nearly had the composer shipped off to the Gulag. Joseph Stalin walked out of a performance because of its strong emotional content. Also planned is  Shostakóvich's "Tenth Symphony."

"The Unanswered Question" by Charles Ives, also on the program, deals with the meaning of life.

The Johann Sebastian Bach composition, performed by Castillo, is "Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042."

The performances, as usual, are tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional. Carl St. Clair is the director.

Tickets range from 4,000 to 18,000 colons,  $7.60 to about $34, with half off for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the theater or online HERE!


The Limón Calypsonians Association y el Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud debut a new album Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Casa de
la Cultura de  Limón. This is “Return of Calypso:

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José Castillo at work in a prior concert.
cantos y sonidos del Caribe costarricense.”

The free event features a host of calypso groups. Calypso has been designated an intangible cultural heritage of the country.

The album contains original composition of Calypso Limonense, said the ministry. Some 20 artists are featured.

Traditional dance

The II Festival Nacional e Internacional de Folclore begins this afternoon in Ciudad Quesada. The big event is Saturday in the Centro Nacional de la Cultura in San José east of Parque España.

The festival attracts a number of local dance groups, and also visitors from México, Colombia, El Salvador and Perú, according to the sponsor, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

A complete report was published Wednesday.


The cheese festival, Domingo Cultural Quesero, also has a full program of music, dance, cooking workshops, traditional games and even visits to a dairy farm Sunday.

The hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the community's salón comunal in Santa Cruz de Turrialba.


Also Sunday the Banda de Conciertos de Cartago plans a free concert at 11 a.m. at the municipal building with a program of waltzes and polkas. Also on the program is “Baile de las crinolinas” by Cartago compose Julio Mata Oreamuno.

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Those who are not music fans can drop by the Wal-Mart in Heredia Saturday where the Asociación Animales de Asís will be running an animal adoption fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Teatro Nacional also is preparing for the  XXI Festival Internacional de Guitarras that will take place a week from this weekend.'

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Public employees filled much of Avenida Segunda Thursday.
Unions fill the city's streets with their protests
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thousands of union members, mainly teachers and health workers, filled the streets of San José Thursday.

Anyone who missed the march need not worry. Union leaders said they would be back in October.

The protest is designed to defend the employees of public salaries, which are being scrutinized by lawmakers. The marchers are also upset by a tiny 0.08 percent pay raise approved by the central government.

And then there are issues of legislation, including a failed measure that would give public employees the right to strike.

In a separate protest Thursday, porteadores, sometimes called pirate taxi drivers, continued their display of unhappiness over

the government reduction in the number of permits that would make them legal.

A stern warning from the government is being credited for the unlicensed taxi drivers leaving their vehicles elsewhere. Instead, they stood on the streets dressed in white shirts, along with family members. Traffic police promised to impound any vehicle that blocked traffic. Blockades are the usual method of protest by this group.

The protest march was by the Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social Costarricense, an organization that contains some 50 unions, including the teachers in the Asociación de Profesores de Segunda Enseñanza and health workers in the Unión de Trabajadores de la Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.

Public health services  all over the country were heavily affected by the absence of workers Thursday.

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Extreme space weather has long been seen as a threat to electrical grids in high-latitude regions of the northern and southern hemispheres. But a new study finds that smaller scale space weather events are amplified near the equator, putting power grids at risk in regions previously considered safe.

Massive space weather events have crashed power grids across North America and Europe, but the new report warns that smaller events strike often with little warning in equatorial regions with greater frequency than previously known, according to Brett A. Carter, lead author of the report and a visiting scholar at Boston College's Institute for Scientific Research.

These equatorial electrical disruptions, fueled by geomagnetically induced currents, pose a threat to power grids in countries where shielding electricity infrastructure from space shocks has not been a recognized priority. The findings appear in the online edition of the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

"These disturbances affect what's happening in the equatorial region, which has largely been overlooked," said Carter, a space physicist. "What the historical data also show is that we don't need huge geomagnetic storms to experience the effects. They can also take place during what we might otherwise classify as quiet periods of space weather."

In other words, electrical disruptions in the equatorial region do not require severe geomagnetic storms, similar in scale to events that have crashed power grids in the past, most notably in Quebec in 1989 and in Sweden in 2003.

Analyzing 14 years of data collected in space and on Earth, the team found that geomagnetically induced currents are amplified by the equatorial electrojet, a naturally occurring flow of current approximately 100 kilometers above the surface of the Earth. Wending its way through the Earth's ionosphere along the magnetic equator, the electrojet travels above large swaths of Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and the southern tip of India.

In their report, Carter and his team examine the effects of interplanetary shocks in the solar wind, which is the stream of charged particles that flows out of the Sun. Massive explosions on the Sun's surface can cause these shocks, but many are created through far less violent means.

The arrival of these shocks at Earth causes complex phenomena in the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere, which provokes spikes in current at the Earth's surface, said Carter.

"The Earth's magnetic field does the job of shielding the Earth from the solar wind and when it gets hit by these shocks, you get a global magnetic signature at the ground," Carter said. "This magnetic signature becomes locally amplified by rapid changes in the equatorial electrojet, which increases the induced current levels in the ground near the equator."

While not the doomsday scenarios posed by extreme space weather events, these smaller episodes can damage unprotected power infrastructure and even cause fluctuations in wholesale electricity pricing, as surges in induced current at the Earth's surface effectively confuse systems monitoring rates of supply and demand.

Carter said the realization that the Earth's equatorial regions are far more susceptible to disruptive space weather should prompt scientists to examine the implications on regional infrastructure and economies near the equator.

"I think this is cause for a new way of looking at the impact of adverse space weather in a largely unstudied region, where health and economic well-being are increasingly reliant on dependable power infrastructure," added Carter.

Solís bill would keep vendors on Calle 13

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government has presented a proposed law that would allow merchants who sell souvenirs to remain along the west side of Plaza de la Democracia.

The Municipalidad de San José would like to reclaim the area, which is Calle 13.

Among the initial actions by Luis Guillermo Solís when he took office was what he called lifting the veto of a bill that was imposed by former president Óscar Arias Sánchez in 2009. Lawmakers had passed a bill to let the vendors stay, but the veto nullified the bill.

Solís coupled his decree with a walking tour of the souvenir market where he was greeted warmly by the merchants.

This month, the Sala IV constitutional court said that the president did not have the power to change the decisions of previous presidents. So a new proposed law has been drafted.

Solís said in a statement that the bill is vital to the income for some 200 families. The merchants have been on the street for 20 years, Casa Presidencial noted. The vendors used to be at Plaza de la Cultura, but they were evicted from that site in 1994.

The municipality has prepared a building several blocks away as a souvenir market, but the merchants have said the site is out of the way for tourists.

Murders take place in Alajuela, Limón

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators are trying to unravel a wave of murders that either are linked to the drug trade or revenge.

The most recent killings were of three men whose bodies were found in a home in Alajuela Thursday afternoon.  An unusual aspect was that the hands of one of the victims had been bound. A vehicle plowed into the protective gate at the home to allow gunmen to enter.

A bit more than 12 hours earlier two men on a motorcycle killed a husband and wife as they drove home in Cerro Mocho, Limón. They had been at a bar in Limón Centro, and it appears that their killers followed them home.

Police said the couple reported being threatened some days earlier.

The 39-year-old man was identified by the last name of  Matamoros, and his 34-year-old wife had the last name of Duarte. They were owners of a service that maintained shipping containers in the port city.

A 32-year-old man with the last name of  Vargas died about 11 p.m. Tuesday when he answered someone at his door in Pavas. The callers were his killers, and they shot him dead. He suffered four bullet wounds.

A 21-year-old man with the last name of Romero died of gunshots also Tuesday in La Carpio. That was about 6:15 p.m. Investigators said they had little information on what happened.

Wednesday a 38-year-old man with the last name of  Ruiz died from three bullet wounds to the chest he received while in a bread store in Alajuelita. That was about 7:30 p.m. The man worked in the store, and his killer arrived and shot him. Then the killer fled on a motorcycle without taking anything, said judicial investigators.

Judicial agents were believed making raids Thursday to detain members of a killing-for-hire operation. This would be the second such business  uncovered in the metro area this year.

Typically the killers ride double on a motorcycle, and one rider does the actual shooting.

In addition to the obvious executions, a man died when he was shot by a street robber, and another died about 4 p.m. Tuesday in Piedades de Santa Ana when he shot it out with Fuerza Pública officers. The man was believed fleeing from a stickup.

Two women win their Army Ranger tabs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two women are making history as the first female soldiers to graduate from the U.S. Army's elite Ranger school.

Rangers make up only about 3 percent of the active duty force of the Army. As the Ranger sign at Fort Benning, Georgia, warns, the program is "not for the weak or fainthearted."

Sixty percent of soldiers selected for the course won't make it all the way through. Friday's graduating Ranger class started with 364 students, but only 94 men and two women passed the course.

“You can’t really have an off day. You can’t really be tired. You have to go the extra mile," new Ranger graduate Capt. Kristen Griest said. 

Week after week of obstacles test physical and mental strength in daylight and dark. After passing a tough fitness test, the soldiers must make it through weeks in the woods, mountains and swamp before earning the coveted Ranger tab. But new Ranger 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, the other female making history at today's graduation, said she was in it to win it.

The two female graduates had to pass the same standards as the men to earn the Ranger tab. That included carrying the same amount of weight, completing tasks in the same amount of time and requiring approval from their peers during leadership exercises.

"I don’t care if that’s a male or a female. If they have a Ranger tab on, I want them next to me," said 2nd Lt. Erickson Krogh. “And these two females have shown themselves that they can serve by my side at any time because I know that I can trust them, and I hope that they can trust me.”

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There are so many species of banana that they keep the heads of botanists swimming.

Everyone knows the yellow, purple and brown edible bananas found in the markets. And then there are the larger plantains (platanos in Costa Rica) that have to be cooked. They show up in nearly every Costa Rican lunch casado. They also are great fried and then sprinkled with cheese. The cooking brings out the sugars.

Botanists think (but do not know for sure) that the plant on the left came to Latin America in the 19th century from India.  If that is true, it is a late comer. Evidence exists that bananas came to the tropical New World very early, probably in boats by Asian immigrants. Archeological sites in South America go back to at least 14,000 B.C., and the ancient travelers probably brought the roots or corms of bananas with them.  The plant, really an evergreen herb, is easily cultivated.

Some bananas also can be cultivated from seed, so the exact history on how the plant got to the Americas is lost to history.

One fact is that the plants are not easily defeated. Once introduced to a garden, they keep coming back even if they are whacked down to the ground. They also tend to take over with their leaves up to six feet and heights up to 10 feet.

The ornamental variety to the left, Musa ornata, is believed to have arrived in Latin America from India. The plant makes  good backdrop to a tropical planting, and its weird flowers are upright, not dropping like commercial bananas.

Humming birds love the tiny yellow flowers. The red bananas are hard like a rock, but they can be cooked and used in salads, some say.

The plant to the left is a volunteer. It just popped up one day in an urban garden.

Tamarindo will get trucked water to supplement local sources
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The water supply in Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste is not sufficient, and the state water company will be sending two tankers there a day as a short-term solution.

In the meantime, experts from the company, the Instituto de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, will be testing existing water wells that are not being used to see if they can be brought into  service.

The supplies of imported water result from an agreement

between the institute, politicians in the Canton of Santa Cruz
and the Cámara de Comercio y Turismo de Tamarindo.

Tamarindo is a major tourism destination, and the water emergency could have an impact on the business. All of Guanacaste and some parts of the central Pacific coast are experiencing a prolonged drought.

Hernán Imhoff, president of the chamber, called the water shortage a serious threat to the economy and production.

The water trucks will arrive between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to the agreement. The water will go into the local distribution system.

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Kids in U.S. face head lice that are resistant to conventional chemicals
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As U.S. children get ready to return to school, health authorities warn of a new strain of head lice that is resistant to conventional chemical treatment.

The itch-inducing bug causes missed school days and may be hard to get rid of.  A new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society last week in Boston suggests that lice populations in at least 25 states have built up tolerance to pyrethroid, an insecticide contained in standard lice-treating products.

When 17-year-old Ben Kupferman from California returned from a summer camp, he brought some unwanted guests home.

"I was just scratching my head and one of the lice just came out.  It was just on my finger, crawling around," he recalled.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate some six to 12 million lice infestations occur each year in the U.S. in children 3 to 11 years old. Until recently, all a parent had to do was buy some over-the-counter product that gets rid of lice within days. But increasingly these remedies do not work.  Scientists say that's because lice have developed tolerance and even resistance to chemicals.

"Certain ones have the potential to mutate and protect themselves against whatever we are using to try to kill them," said Angela Baker, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
David Gaines, a public health entomologist in Virginia, said lice have been developing resistance for some time.

"This has probably been coming for many, many years.  There have been reports of insecticide-resistant lice going back decades,” said Gaines.

When standard treatments don't work, parents are referred to a doctor for prescription drugs.  But some parents don't like using strong chemicals on their kids, preferring more natural methods. Beverly Mann, a California mom, banded together with other parents to start Nit Fairies, a natural lice-treatment business.

"We use an all-natural treatment oil and we do give guarantees with our services.  It is pesticide-free.  We do the combing, we do the picking, so the parent at home doesn't have to," said Mann.

In the state of Virginia, Gerry Wolburg started his lice-removal business three years ago when his daughter Rachel got lice.  He uses heat to kill lice eggs, known as nits.

"It desiccates the lice with hot air, and if you leave eggs in the hair they're desiccated. That means they shrivel up. They are dried up and we like to point out that it's like leaving a boiled egg in a hen-house.  It's not going to hatch," explained Wolburg.

The good news is that lice don't carry diseases. They are only annoying parasites that are sometimes hard to eliminate

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike:  Check out slide show HERE!

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North Korean leader declares
quasi-state of war at border

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has placed his military on high-alert and declared what is being called a quasi-state of war in frontline areas Friday after North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire near the border. 

Following an emergency meeting of the North's central military commission, Kim said frontline units would enter a wartime state starting at 5 p.m. local time today, according to the Korean Central News Agency. 

Pyongyang has made similar declarations in the past, including during periods of heightened tension in 2010 and 2013. The two countries are technically already in a state of war since the truce that ended their 1950s conflict did not become a peace treaty. 

Thursday's violence began when North Korea fired shells at South Korean military positions along the western border. The South responded by launching dozens of 155-millimeter artillery rounds at the North.

Neither side reported damage or casualties from the shells, most of which appeared to fall along the four-kilometer-wide demilitarized zone, or DMZ, separating the two Koreas.

North-South relations have been particularly strained after Seoul accused Pyongyang of planting land mines that exploded this month near the border, wounding two South Korean soldiers. Seoul responded by resuming anti-North propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers near the border. 

The North warned Thursday it would take further military action if the South did not stop the broadcasts within 48 hours. South Korean officials insisted the broadcasts would continue.

North Korea denies firing the shells. But the North's provocative actions were clear, according to South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee.

The United States Thursday said it was concerned about the cross-border violence and officials in Washington said they were closely monitoring the situation.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said that such provocative actions by the North only heighten tensions.  He urged Pyongyang to refrain from actions and rhetoric that threaten regional peace and security.

The tensions come amid ongoing annual joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises that began Monday and which North Korea condemns as preparation for war.

South Korea has raised its military readiness alert to its highest level, indicating immediate danger, imminent attack or invasion.

South Korea’s National Security Council met with President Park Geun-hye about North Korea artillery shelling in the border area.

South Korea today also limited entry into the Kaesong industrial park, a jointly run venture that lies just on the northern side of the border.

The exchange of fire was the first between the two Koreas since last October, when North Korean soldiers approached the military border and did not retreat after the South fired warning shots, the South Korean Defense Ministry said at the time. The North's soldiers fired back in an exchange of gunfire that lasted about 10 minutes, with no casualties.

Atomic agency chief disputes
report Iran will do inspections

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency downplayed Thursday a media report that the U.N. nuclear oversight agency will allow Iran to carry out its own nuclear inspections as part of a multilateral accord reached last month in Vienna.

The statement follows claims by The Associated Press Wednesday that the draft version of a side agreement indicates Iran could use its inspectors to investigate the Parchin military base south of Tehran.

"Such statements misrepresent the way in which we will undertake this important verification work," said Yukiya Amano, International Atomic Energy Agency Director general.

While noting he is limited in what he can reveal about the confidential deal, Amano insisted the final version of the arrangement is "technically sound and consistent with our long-established practices."

"They do not compromise our safeguards standards in any way," he added.

The U.S. State Department says the atomic energy agency has in no way given Iran responsibility for nuclear inspections.

The agency has sought access to Parchin to corroborate intelligence suggesting Tehran conducted tests on nuclear triggering devices.

The Associated Press says the side agreement, known as Separate Arrangement II, diverges from normal procedures by allowing Iran to use its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied, trying to develop nuclear weapons, while under observation by the agency staff.

The claim comes just weeks before the U.S. Congress votes on whether to reject a nuclear monitoring accord reached between Iran and the five permanent member-states of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

Some voters in Haiti given
second chance to cast votes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Voters in 25 districts in Haiti will have a chance to cast their votes for lawmakers again, following the violence that marred the parliamentary elections Aug. 9.  

The Provisional Electoral Council said Thursday the second round of voting will be held Oct. 25 when Haiti will also hold the first round of its presidential election. Municipal elections will also be held on the October date.

More than 1,800 candidates from 130 parties are running in the parliamentary elections. The electoral council said voter turnout nationally earlier this month was low at 18 percent.

Haiti has not had a parliament since it was dissolved in January.  The previous terms of lawmakers expired before the country could organize a new vote.

The electoral council said Thursday that preliminary results from the elections earlier this month are available on its Web site, but the site has not been functioning properly.

Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2010 and has been struggling to recover ever since.

More than one million people were left homeless, forcing them to sleep in make-do facilities, often a tent crafted out of a tarp or cardboard or tin.

A cholera epidemic followed the earthquake, delivering another blow to the Caribbean republic that is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Today, some hard-hit sites in the capital, Port-au-Prince have changed dramatically and most lots are cleared of rubble.  However, thousands of people are still struggling to eke out a living.  

Despite the billions of donor dollars pledged to Haiti following the quake, the government blames a shortage of funds for the slow pace of reconstruction work.

Carter gives detailed report
on the state of his health

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter says tests on a mass removed from his liver reveal he has melanoma, usually a type of skin cancer, that has spread from his liver to his brain.

"At first, I thought it was confined to my liver and that the operation had completely removed it, so I was quite relieved," Carter told reporters in Atlanta Thursday.

But the former president says his positive outlook changed later that same day when a further test revealed tumors in his brain.

"I just thought I had a few weeks left, but I was surprisingly at ease," Carter admitted.  "I've had a full life, I have thousands of friends ... So I was surprisingly at ease, much more so than my wife was.”

There has been much speculation in the worldwide press about Carter's health since the initial Aug. 12 announcement he was battling cancer.
His wife of 69 years, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, sat in the first row of seats Thursday at the Carter Center auditorium, as the 39th U.S. president answered extensive questions about his well being and his outlook as he begins a regimen of radiation treatment and drugs to combat the cancer.
“I can’t really anticipate how I’ll be feeling," he said, "obviously, but I’ll have to defer quite substantially to my doctors regarding the treatment.”
Historians say Carter’s move to publicly discuss his health issues is rare among former presidents. But cancer has been a foreboding diagnosis for other members of his immediate family.
His father, his brother, and his two sisters died from the disease, which his mother also developed later in her life. Carter wrote about his family’s battles with the disease in his latest book “A Full Life.” He had just completed a tour to promote the book the week before doctor’s removed a mass from his liver.
Carter says he knew about the mass soon after he had to cut short his participation in a Carter Center election-monitoring trip to Guyana in May after suffering a cold. He delayed surgery on his liver until after the book tour.
In an interview during that book tour, Carter reflected on his long life, and why he wrote the book.
“What I've tried to do in the book is tell things that I've never told before,” he said. “Like my almost getting killed on a submarine, and also the lessons that I've learned, some of which were very negative at the time, some of which were positive.”

Carter says one of his guiding principles in life is something his high school teacher in Plains, Ms. Julia Coleman, taught him, which was also a part of his inaugural address as President.
"Accommodate changing times, but think unchanging principles” another basic attitude that has paid off for me sometimes.”

In front of reporters at the Carter Center, the former president reflected further on his full life and said he had no regrets about his extensive post-presidency. The four years he spent in the White House is a different matter.
"I wish I'd sent one more helicopter to rescue the hostages,” said Carter, whose presidency was partly defined by American hostages held in Iran, and the failed military mission to rescue them.

“I think I might have been re-elected. But if I had to choose four more years or the Carter Center, I think I'd choose the Carter Center," he said.

Personalities drive campaign
for Republican nomination

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. presidential election is more than a year away. The campaign is in the stage of being personality-driven. This year, more than ever, the strongest, wildest comments get the most traction, especially on the Republican side.

As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrived in his personal helicopter to campaign at the Iowa State Fair, one youngster thought he was Batman. Trump might not be a superhero, but he is the Republican frontrunner who gets the most publicity because of what he says.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime,  they're rapists," said Trump.

Political historian Allan Lichtman says personalities are leading the publicity because there are 17 Republican candidates for the party's nomination.  And each is trying to stand out.

“The entertainment culture has taken over the political culture,” said Lichtman.

Former governor Mike Huckabee recently caused controversy because of his comments on the Holocaust.

“Three times I’ve been to Auschwitz.  When I talked about the oven door, I have stood at that oven door.  I know exactly what it looks like,” he said.

Meanwhile, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s remarks on illegal immigration raised eyebrows.

“If they came here and did that, we can still keep them together by packaging them up and sending them back,” said Carson.

Lichtman predicts that this year’s early frontrunners may not fall back in the face of establishment candidates like Jeb Bush.

“The smart money has said Donald Trump is a flash-in-the-pan. He’s going to fade away. The Republicans always nominate the establishment guy. That might not happen this year because the establishment guy, Jeb Bush, has run such a lackluster campaign," said Lichtman.

Lichtman said presidential campaigns eventually focus more on differences in policy  but that might not happen anytime soon since the Republican candidates don’t disagree on much.

First seven months of 2015
said to be hottest on record

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. weather experts say this past July was the hottest month ever recorded and that 2015 will almost certainly break a record for the warmest year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday the average global temperature for July was 16.6 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record set in 1998.

The global temperature since January was 0.85 degrees above the 20th century average, the warmest January through July temperature ever recorded.

Areas that saw usually hot weather in July included western Europe, particularly Austria, Britain, France, and the Netherlands, and the Middle East. On July 31, Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, reported a heat index of 74 degrees Celsius.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records date back to 1880. The agency's scientists point to a combination of human activity and the warming of the Pacific Ocean near the equator, a phenomenon called El Nino, for the record warmth.

The experts say nine of the last 10 warmest months on record have come since 2005.

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Unique opportunity, 6 units 80% finished luxury condo project. Best location in Escazú. Condos have amazing views and privacy.  There is option to build 5 more units in the same complex. Project located only 5 minutes away from Multiplaza, CIMA Hospital  and Escazú's best amenities. All permits in place.

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Ringle resort
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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

Coffee farm
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34,000 meters square zoned ARC. 130 meters paved road frontage. City water and irrigation runes through property. Year round spring. Bananas and many fruit trees on property. Approx. 1.5K from Sarchí Center, 40K from airport. Plans and permits ready for 2-bedroom house. Proposed subdivision plans are also included. @$15US per meter for total $510,000. Email or

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike:   Check out slide show HERE!

Goetl in Palo Seco

Charming small oceanfront hotel for sale in Playa Palo Seco
Ideal oceanfront location with back up to a mangrove estuary. The
charming small hotel has a fully equipped kitchen, bar and restaurant and is exceptionnally well maintained. Located on a very private beach of the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica 35 minutes north of Quepos-Manuel Antonio and 45 minutes south of  Playa Jacó. The main building is a two-storey house with 12 bedrooms. The lot measures 3,054 M2. Beautiful gardens around the large pool and exceptional flora and fauna. Well mentioned in tourist guides like Lonely Planet and Guide Ulysse. Offered at $1,250,000. USD
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A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $239,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

Aerial Ocean and Volcano Views with Boutique Coffee! 33 Acres $495,000. Click HERE!

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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, Vol. 16, No. 165
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Earth not in danger, space expert says

By the National Aeronautics and Space Administration news staff

Numerous recent blogs and web postings are erroneously claiming that an asteroid will impact Earth, sometime between Sept. 15 and 28. On one of those dates, as rumors go, there will be an impact near Puerto Rico causing wanton destruction to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and Mexico, as well as Central and South America.

That's the rumor that has gone viral.

"There is no scientific basis, not one shred of evidence, that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates," said Paul Chodas, manager of the Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This is a facility of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

In fact, the Near-Earth Object Observations Program says there have been no asteroids or comets observed that would impact Earth anytime in the foreseeable future. All known potentially hazardous asteroids have less than a 0.01 percent chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years.

The Near-Earth Object office is a key group involved with the international collaboration of astronomers and scientists who keep watch on the sky with their telescopes, looking for asteroids that could do harm to the planet and predicting their paths through space for the foreseeable future.

"If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now," Chodas stated.

Another thing Chodas and his team do know is that this isn't the first time a wild, unsubstantiated claim of a celestial object about to impact Earth has been made, and unfortunately, it probably won't be the last. It seems to be a perennial favorite of the World Wide Web.

In 2011 there were rumors about the so-called doomsday comet Elenin, which never posed any danger of harming Earth and broke up into a stream of small debris out in space. Then there were Internet assertions surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012, insisting the world would end with a large asteroid impact. And just this year, asteroids 2004 BL86 and 2014 YB35 were said to be on dangerous near-Earth trajectories, but their flybys of the planet in January and March went without incident,  just as NASA said they would.

"Again, there is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth," said Chodas. "In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century."

NASA detects, tracks and characterizes asteroids and comets passing 30 million miles of Earth using both ground-and space-based telescopes. The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called Spaceguard, discovers these objects, characterizes the physical nature of a subset of them, and predicts their paths to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet. There are no known credible impact threats to date, only the continuous and harmless fall of meteoroids, tiny asteroids that burn up in the atmosphere.

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Stocks in China and Asian take a dive

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Stocks tumbled sharply today in China and across Asia after the release of weaker than expected data about Beijing's crucial manufacturing sector.

The Shanghai Composite Index ended down 4.2 percent, extending a slide that saw it lose 11 percent this week. A key Shenzhen index plummeted 5.4 percent.

In Tokyo, the Nikkei share average, Japan's benchmark stock index, closed down 3 percent. Shares were also down in Hong Kong, Seoul, Sydney, Singapore, Taiwan, Bangkok and Jakarta.

In the U.S., stocks also suffered Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 both off 2.1 percent. It was Wall Street's worst day in 18 months.

The Asian sell-off intensified Friday after a preliminary version of the closely watched Caixin purchasing managers' index revealed shrinking Chinese factory activity for August.

Investors have also been concerned about further devaluation of China's yuan currency, as well as about whether Beijing will continue to prop up its volatile stock market.

China's economy had already been slowing and there are worries it may not be able to meet its 2015 GDP target of around 7 percent. That level of growth would be China's lowest in 11 years, but still well ahead of the expansion expected for other major developed economies.

Beijing's surprise devaluation of the yuan this month was seen as an attempt to spur economic growth, since it will make Chinese exports much cheaper in foreign markets.

But any further devaluation risks causing a regional currency war, since many other nations could lower the value of their own currencies in order to protect their own export markets