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Proposed law would expose faces of those detained
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A lawmaker seeks to end the curious Costa Rican practice of law officers covering the faces of criminal suspects.

The lawmaker is José Alberto Alfaro Jiménez of Movimiento Libertario. Normally a bill like this presented by a single lawmaker does not go far, but in this case Alfaro is vice president of the Asemblea Legislativa.

He is addressing the practice of judicial agents and Fuerza Pública officers covering the head and face of suspects upon apprehension. This can be seen daily on television and in the photos released by the agencies. If not covered, the photos that are released have the back of the suspect turned toward the camera.

The lawmaker said that due to rising crime, citizens should have ways of identifying criminals.

Costa Rica has a tradition specified in the law of protecting the right of their own image. Typically judges do not allow photos of suspects in courtrooms until there is  conviction.

That tradition is at odds with practices elsewhere. Many Florida counties, for example, post the photos and personal information of anyone detained and remanded to jail.

Another complicating factor here is that law enforcement usually does not release the full name of an individual even though many Spanish surnames are not very unique. A clear identification would include full name, age and address as well as a photo.

Alfaro does not address names in his proposed law but he does say that the right to an individual’s image should give way to the right of citizens and their properties to be protected.

The bill calls for revisions in the foundation
law of the Judicial Investigating Organization
arrested woman
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 Judicial agents did not show the face of this
 woman when she was arrested last week even
 though she already had been convicted of

and the penal code. As such, the change would seem to affect other government law enforcement agencies.

The bill, No. 20.085, has been referred to the Comisión Permanente Especial de Seguridad y Narcotráfico.

Police agencies are likely to argue that they cover the heads of individuals in anticipation of a possible lineup. But suspects with their heads covered are at the mercy of their law enforcement escorts. Some have been seen walking into walls or bashing their heads when entering a vehicle. The practice does not seem to be voluntary, and some suspects have said they prefer to have their face shown as a sign that they are not guilty.

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The maximum gravitational pull of the oceans takes place either at full moon or new moon when the moon is lined up with the Sun.

Moon’s pull linked to earthquakes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Full moons may cause bigger earthquakes, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo say large quakes are more likely during high tides, which happen twice a day. During high tides, the oceans are pulled by the moon’s gravity, but during a full and new moon, twice a month, the tides are particularly high, because the moon, sun and Earth line up.

This, researchers say, can further stress geological faults, triggering earthquakes.

“The probability of a tiny rock failure expanding to a gigantic rupture increases with increasing tidal stress levels,” the researchers wrote on an article that appeared in the British journal Nature Geoscience.

While the theory is not new, the study is the first to find a statistical link between the moon and earthquakes.

For example, the researchers found that the 2004 Sumatra quake as well as a major 2011 quake in Japan both happened during high tides. The researchers say nine of the 12 biggest quakes ever recorded were timed with full or new moons.

The findings could help with earthquake forecasting, especially in places like Japan where earthquakes are common.

"Scientists will find this result, if confirmed, quite interesting," said University of Washington seismologist John Vidale, who was not involved in the study.

But he added that "even if there is a strong correlation of big earthquakes with full or new moons, the chance any given week of a deadly earthquake remains miniscule."

The next full moon in Costa Rica is Friday.

Santa Ana man, 44, gunned down

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A gunman pumped seven bullets into a man standing in front of a Santa Ana bar and restaurant Monday afternoon and then fled on a motorcycle, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. A stray shot also injured the owner of the establishment who was inside, agents added.

The 44-year-old victim who was outside the business has the last name of  Mircea, said agents. The owner of the bar and restaurant has the last name of  Montes, they added. He is 51.

Time to register to vote

The U.S. Federal government’s overseas voting agency has issued a reminder that Nov. 8 is the presidential election.

“It is time for Americans living, working or traveling abroad to take steps to vote,” said the agency,” the Federal Overseas Voting Program.

Helping overseas Americans is difficult because each state has its own rule, and expats are supposed to vote in the U.S. state where they last were a resident.

Many overseas voters will receive absentee ballots from their registered county of residency. Others may elect to file a federal absentee ballot just for federal offices.

In addition to the federal program, the Overseas Voting Foundation can assist voters. The Web site gives deadlines for each state, plus other information.

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The progress of the Antorcha de la Libertad means traffic controls
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Antorcha de la Libertad is scheduled to arrive this morning in Peñas Blancas and begin its cross-country journey to Cartago. That means traffic controls will take place for the protection of the runners and road closings.

In addition, Paseo Colón and Avenida Segunda will be closed Thursday during the day when two independence day parades by school children have the street, said the Policía de Tránsito.

The runners with the torch are expected in Palmares, Naranjo, Grecia, Alajuela and Heredia where there will be brief ceremonies and changes in the teams of runners. That will take place during the day Wednesday.

Runners will have the torch on the General Cañas by 5 p.m. Wednesday, reaching the León Cortés statue in La Sabana and

then east on Paseo Colón to Parque Central in San José.

Streets will be closed in these areas as well as at the park where a crowd is expected for the 6 p.m. arrival. For years, the torch relay has been punctual despite weather.

The torch is due in Cartago at 8 p.m., so traffic controls will be in force through San Pedro and on the Autopista Florencio del Castillo and Avenida 0 there starting at 4 p.m.

Thursday President Luis Guillermo Solís will be the main speaker at the Día de la Independencia ceremonies at 8 a.m. in Parque Nacional so adjacent streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m.

Thursday is a legal holiday with obligatory pay for employees and double time for those who work. A.M. Costa Rica will publish, but the sales office in Barrio Otoya will be closed.

Ms. Figueres bows out of consideration for U.N. top spot
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Christiana Figueres has withdrawn her name for consideration to be the new secretary general of the United Nations. The Costa Rican diplomat announced this Monday at the foreign ministry.

Ms. Figueres finished among the last of eight candidates in a secret process by members of the U.N. Security Council, sources said last week.

Candidates have to be nominated for the position by their own country, which is how the Costa Rican government became involved in early July. Since then Ms. Figueres the former executive secretary of the U.N. framework convention on climate change, had been around the world with Manuel González, the foreign minister, promoting her candidacy.

The final choice by the Security Council will be presented to the General Assembly for ratification.

Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres appears to be the front runner, but there is strong pressure to pick a women.

Late reports Monday said that the Bulgarian government would withdraw its support of Irina Bokova in favor of  Kristalina Georgieva, vice president of the European Commission.

Ms. Figueres attributed her poor showing to geopolitical concerns, but officials said her candidacy raised the image of Costa Rica on the world stage.

The government is expected to report next week on how much was spent on the campaign.

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Project launched to restore coral off Florida and in the Caribbean
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Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy are partnering on a coral conservation initiative that will enable coral restoration at unprecedented scales throughout the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. The collaboration officially began Monday with the signing of a one-year memorandum of understanding enabling the first steps in a proposed 15-year initiative of joint coral reef restoration and conservation efforts.

The goals of the initiative are to restore more than one million corals across the region’s reefs, share science-based coral restoration and conservation practices among U.S. and international Caribbean partners and construct necessary facilities such as coral gene banks, which preserve genetically diverse coral tissue and help researchers find strains resilient to environmental change. The agreement Monday officially launched one year of planning and preparation, which will include growing 50,000 coral fragments.

Coral reef systems help provide shoreline resiliency that protects coastal communities and create vibrant, healthy oceans for the people that depend on them. Changes in ocean pH, increasing ocean temperatures as a result of climate change, overfishing, unplanned coastal development and other associated stressors including waste water have damaged or decimated reefs around the world.

Coral cover in Florida and the Caribbean has declined by 50 to 80 percent in some areas in just the last three decades.

Mote is an independent, nonprofit marine science and education institution of five campuses from Sarasota, Florida to the Florida Keys that conducts diverse research programs around the world. It has developed innovative technologies to grow staghorn, brain, boulder and star coral fragments and planted approximately 20,000 of them onto depleted reefs in the Florida Keys.

In early 2017 Mote plans to open a new coral reef research and education facility at its Summerland Key campus, where Mote scientists have already pioneered groundbreaking methods to restore reef-building corals at accelerated rates and begun to genetically identify staghorn coral strains for potential resilience against threats.

“We are accountable to future generations for securing the very resources that have helped us and generations before us to thrive,” said Luis Solórzano, executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program. “With the threats of climate change, unsustainable development, overfishing and pollution, this partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Mote Marine Lab offers hope for the future of coral reefs and the systems they support. It is our imperative to engage leading scientists, advance innovative coral restoration practices and work collaboratively in order to safeguard these critical ecosystems.”

The Nature Conservancy is an international conservation organization working to protect the lands and waters. 
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Mote Marine Lab scientists restore staghorn corals in the Florida Keys with volunteer helpers.

Throughout the Caribbean and Florida, the Conservancy has worked with their partners to advance science-based conservation actions that include establishing coral nurseries and planting over 15,000 coral colonies from the nurseries onto reefs over the past 12 years in the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas and U.S. Virgin Islands. These coral nurseries span from the Florida Keys all the way down to Grenada and are part of the largest restoration project of its kind.

By combining forces, two of the world’s foremost independent marine research and conservation organizations will launch an innovative, international coral reef restoration initiative, giving Caribbean and Florida Keys coral reefs a better chance to survive and deliver ecological and economic benefits to future generations.

By 2025: Mote and Conservancy staff plan to work with U.S. and international partners to restore corals at unprecedented rates for the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. Goals include planting one million coral fragments in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys and 500,000 in at least three other Caribbean nations. The partners aim to establish a new, permanent coral restoration facility in St. Croix to be jointly operated by Conservancy and Mote staff. They will also complete training of key local personnel working at U.S. and international coral restoration areas, and in the process, disseminate state-of-the-art coral science, conservation and restoration practices around the Caribbean.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Since the start of the general election, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has enjoyed a significant and fairly consistent lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump in most national opinion polls.

Although her lead has shrunk in recent weeks, Mrs. Clinton still leads Trump by about 3 percentage points, according to an average of polls by the website RealClearPolitics.

Occasionally, however, Trump will point to a poll suggesting he is tied or even ahead of Mrs. Clinton.

For many casual observers, this is confusing.

In an age of highly complex and scientific methods, why is one poll so much different from another? And with all that conflicting data, how are voters supposed to know who really has the better chance of winning?

Here are a few things to remember about polls:

1. Focus on the big picture

Although shocking polls can generate big headlines, that doesn't necessarily mean they reflect reality. While outlier polls sometimes reflect a new trend, often they're just an aberration. For a clearer picture, focus on polling aggregators, which bring together data from many different polls to produce an average. FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics each produce well-respected polling averages.

In addition, by definition one out of 20 polls are incorrect. That is what the 95 percent margin of error means.

2. Not all polling groups are created equal

While many polling organizations are non-partisan and use well-respected methods, some have ideological leanings or are funded by partisan groups, factors that can lead to skewed data. Other polling firms have a reputation for producing polls that seem meant mainly for generating amusing headlines. It's important to know the difference.

3. Polls use different methodologies

Traditionally, most respected opinion polls have been conducted over the phone. But that is gradually changing. Now, many polls are conducted online. But while an online poll shouldn't automatically be dismissed, it should be treated with skepticism, as it is very hard to obtain a representative sample on the Internet.

Other factors to consider: Was the poll's sample size large enough? Did it take into consideration the opinions of those who were actually likely to vote?

4. Swing states matter

While national polls are useful for detecting large trends, they aren't the only polls that matter, especially because the U.S. presidential election is not decided by a popular vote. Instead, the election is determined based on voting results in each of the 50 states.

Most states tend to either vote Democratic or Republican every election, regardless of the candidate. The ones that are up-for-grabs are known as swing states.

As the election draws closer, it will be just as important to track opinion polls in these swing states, the most important of which traditionally are Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and New Hampshire.

5. Polls don't predict the future

As the saying goes, polls are just a snapshot in time. They do not necessarily indicate what will happen in the future. As Nov. 8 approaches, things can change quickly. Among the factors that could still sway public opinion: the televised debates, release (or non-release) of public records such as tax returns or medical records, and unexpected illnesses.

Mrs. Clinton says she’s fine
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hillary Clinton says she is feeling fine and getting better, as she recovers from pneumonia at her home in Chappaqua, outside New York City.

"Like anyone who's ever been home sick from work, I'm anxious to get back out there. See you on the trail soon," Mrs. Clinton tweeted.

Mrs. Clinton's doctor diagnosed her with pneumonia Friday.

She told CNN Monday that she ignored her doctor's advice to take it easy because she said she was incredibly committed to being at a Sept. 11 anniversary event in New York City Sunday.

Mrs. Clinton said she thought she could power through the event, but got overheated and had to leave early.

Video showed her nearly collapsing while being helped into her car. Her knees appeared to buckle under her.

Aides drove her to her daughter Chelsea's New York apartment, where she emerged several hours later, looking bright and telling reporters she felt great.

Clinton officials canceled campaign appearances Monday and Tuesday in California. She is under a doctor's orders to modify her schedule and get some rest.

Mrs. Clinton Monday thanked everyone who sent their best wishes, which included Republican rival Donald Trump.​

"I hope she gets well and gets back on the trail and we'll be seeing her in the debate," Trump said Monday, looking forward to their first face-to-face meeting Sept. 26.

Campaign officials first said Clinton was overheated and dehydrated before admitting she had pneumonia.

"I think in retrospect, we could have handled it better in terms of providing more information more quickly," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC television Monday when asked why it took so long to disclose her illness.

Fallon said there are no other hidden conditions. "The pneumonia is the extent of it."

Trump did not let up on Mrs. Clinton during a campaign stop in Asheville, North Carolina Monday, despite her health scare.

He attacked what he called Mrs. Clinton's Wall Street agenda, saying she has hate in her heart for middle class Americans and looks down on people.

Mrs. Clinton is 68 and Trump is 70. They are two of the oldest candidates to try to win the White House.

Some political analysts say both should release more information about their medical history.

Trump said he plans to release the results of a physical exam he had during the past week, with very, very specific numbers. He has accused Mrs. Clinton of not having the energy and stamina it takes to be president.

Some Trump supporters have suggested that she is seriously ill from the effects of a concussion she suffered in a fall in 2012.

Doctors said at the time she had a blood clot on her brain and temporarily suffered from double vision, before declaring her fully recovered.

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damaged in reported arson

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A blaze that investigators believe was deliberately set caused significant damage Monday to a mosque in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida where Orlando massacre figure Omar Mateen prayed and worshiped.

Firefighters found flames shooting through the roof of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce after they received an emergency call just after midnight. No one was in the mosque at the time, and no one was injured, but the fire gutted much of the building.

"Evidence has revealed that this fire was set intentionally," one law enforcement official said.

"A fire at any place of worship is alarming, regardless of the circumstances," authorities said in a statement. "Video captured at the Fort Pierce Islamic center shows an individual approached the east side of the building just moments before a flash is seen and the fire starts."

The officials said they soon plan to release the video in hopes that someone might recognize the individual seen near the mosque.

Mateen, who lived in Fort Pierce, killed 49 people at a gay night club in Orlando in June in an hours-long assault before police raided it and killed him in a shootout. He was known to worship at the Fort Pierce mosque.

The Islamic Center of Fort Pierce said the fire "is a terrible tragedy, not only for the Islamic Center, but for our community."

Monday is the beginning of Eid al-Adha, the four-day Islamic festival of sacrifice, but because of the fire, religious leaders advised the faithful to attend prayers at other mosques.

Meanwhile, two hospitals that treated the victims of the deadly shooting rampage at the Florida nightclub say they will not bill the survivors for the cost of their treatment.

Fifty-three people were wounded in the June 12 shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub that left 49 people dead, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

The parent company of Orlando Regional Medical Center, located not far from Pulse nightclub, said Wednesday it will seek reimbursement from the health insurers of 44 victims it treated, but will forgive any other costs not covered under their policies. The company also said it will not charge the families of the nine people who died at Orlando Regional.

Florida Hospital, which treated 12 of the wounded club goers, say they will not seek any money from the victims or their insurers.

The total costs of un-reimbursed care for the two hospitals is likely to exceed $5.5 million.

Cameron to leave his seat
and end his political career

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Britain's former prime minister, David Cameron, announced Monday he is resigning from Parliament, ending his political career just weeks after he lost the June 23 referendum to stay in the European Union.

When Cameron, 49, tendered his resignation as prime minister he said he planned to remain in the parliament, although he would no longer have a leadership role in the Conservative Party.

Cameron said he told Prime Minister Theresa May of his decision to stop representing his constituency in Oxfordshire to allow someone else to take the seat, who would possibly concentrate on the area in central England.

He also told the BBC he felt his presence on the back benches in Parliament could become a distraction for the government.

Cameron's unexpected announcement is expected to trigger a by-election for his seat in Oxfordshire.

Feds agree to freeze work
on controversial pipeline

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Lakota Sioux Indians and their supporters across the country are celebrating the U.S. federal government’s decision to temporarily halt construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that would cross treaty land seized from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation decades ago. But the issue is far from settled.

The plan was for the Dakota Access Pipeline to stretch from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Illinois, carrying about a half million barrels a day of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners' light, sweet crude. Originally, the pipeline was designed to cross the Missouri River near the state capital, Bismarck.

But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worried that could threaten the city’s water supply, so they changed the route to cross over lands seized decades ago from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe at Lake Oahe about a half mile from the reservation’s border. Worse, say tribal leaders, they were never consulted about the change in plans.

In April, citizens of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and allied tribes set up the Sacred Stone Camp at the site of the proposed pipeline crossing. It has now grown to a sprawl of tents and campers inhabited by hundreds of people.

They say the pipeline would not only violate land that is sacred to the Lakota people, but pose a threat to the reservation’s own water resources.

“This is huge,” said Chase Iron Eyes,  an attorney and Native American activist and a Democrat who is currently running for North Dakota’s only U.S. House seat. “It’s definitely the largest gathering of tribes in our history. In 1851, the United States sent word out inviting maybe about 20 tribes to the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty. But we counted 140 separate tribes at Sacred Stone yesterday.”

In the Fort Laramie Treaty, the U.S. agreed on the Sioux tribes’ sovereign land in the Black Hills. The federal government promised to pay the tribes $50,000 annually for 50 years if the tribes gave safe passage to settlers crossing that land. A year after signing, the U.S. changed the terms and began building forts in the area.

The protests earned international attention after private security firms hired by ETP used dogs and pepper spray against protestors, including women and children. Amy Goodman, a reporter with the watchdog group Democracy Now, caught the incident on video. The state of North Dakota has issued a warrant for her arrest on grounds of criminal trespassing.

The state also filed warrants against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her vice-presidential running mate Ajamu Baraka for spray painting slogans on construction equipment.

Iron Eyes blamed local media for trying to portray the peaceful and unarmed protests as unruly, unlawful and unwarranted.

“The pipeline company could have avoided all of this if they had just left the pipeline above Bismark, where it was set to go,” said Iron Eyes. “In fact, they could have avoided the Missouri River in its entirety and routed the pipeline completely on the east side of the Missouri River, avoiding all protests and all the hassles we’re now seeing.”

The hacktivist group Anonymous has weighed in against the pipeline and the use of violence against peaceful protesters, posting a YouTube video threatening ETP co-founder and CEO Kelcy Warren, as well as North Dakota’s National Guard, which has been authorized to take action against protesters.

In a joint statement Friday, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Army and Interior requested a halt to all pipeline construction for 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe and expressed support for the rights of Native and all Americans to assemble and protest. That said, they cautioned that any violence or destruction could be met by sanctions at the federal, tribal, state or local levels.

The halt is only temporary and only covers the part of the pipeline under construction on the 20 miles on either side of the river.

“Construction everywhere else along the nearly 1,200-mile corridor is fair game right now,” said Iron Eyes, who will join former Democratic presidential contender U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in front of the White House Tuesday and call on President Barack Obama to stop the Dakota Access pipeline completely.

Sanders has introduced the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 which, if enacted, would prevent the U.S. Army Corps from building the 40-mile stretch of the pipeline at Lake Oahe until the agency has completed an environmental impact statement, a much more arduous process, said Iron Eyes, than the environmental assessment the Corps is currently reviewing.

If, however, protesters can’t stop the pipeline, construction will continue, said Iron Eyes.
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Costa Rica is on the U.S. drug list again

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. White House has again listed Costa Rica as a major transit country for drugs.

The release of the presidential determination today also listed Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Myanmar, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

This is an annual designation in which the president identifies for the secretary of State countries that are either involved in drug production or transit of drugs.

The White House always adds that being on the list is not a reflection of its government’s counter-narcotic efforts or level of cooperation with the U.S.

Countries on the list could lose U.S. aid, but that hardly ever happens. The list usually comes out in mid-September each year. Costa Rica is well-known as a country where a lot of cocaine from South America passes through on the way to the United States.

Last month the United States announced a series of donations to Costa Rica to beef up narcotics interdiction.

The list also serves as a platform for the United States to criticize its political opponents in the world.

Bilinguals credited with better attention

By the University of Birmingham news staff

Researchers from the University of Birmingham have shed light onto the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, pointing to an enhanced ability to maintain attention and focus.

The results of the study, published in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, suggest it is this improved attentional control that provides the bilingual advantage, rather than a better-than-average inhibitory control.

Bilinguals have been found to possess cognitive advantages over those who only speak one language, but the nature of the advantage is unclear.  While some evidence has suggested that bilinguals have developed enhanced inhibitory control abilities, that is, the ability to suppress or tune out stimuli that are irrelevant to the task at hand, other evidence suggests that bilinguals possess enhanced attentional control abilities and are better able to concentrate on a specific stimulus.

The study recruited 99 participants to complete three well-known psychological tests that measure inhibitory control ability; the Simon task, the Spatial Stroop task and the Flanker task. 48 were highly proficient English-Chinese bilingual, who had learned English before the age of 10 and switch between languages on a daily basis, and 51 were English monolingual speakers.

The important measure was the time it took participants to respond to the stimuli presented in the tests on a computer screen.

The novelty of the study was to examine slow response times separately from the more usual fast responses. This showed that the two participant groups were similarly good at inhibiting interfering stimulus features in the bulk of their responses. However, bilinguals did not have as many very slow responses as monolinguals.

These results suggest that bilingual speakers have better sustained attention than monolingual speakers, but not better inhibition abilities.

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Amazon is planning to hire more workers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff reported Monday that it plans to hire 1,500 persons for its operations in Heredia and Calle Blancos.

The job openings will be for customer service, finance, software development and others.

The company has been here since 2008 and now has 4,000 employees. The company has a large number of bilingual and multi-lingual workers to handle international calls.