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Expats have their choice of weekend activities
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats have a variety of events to enjoy for the weekend. They range from an orchestra performance of "The Firebird" to an Indian market at the Museo Nacional.

There also is poetry.

Symphony orchestra

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional is brining in reinforcements for the weekend concerts because Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird" is on the program.

The orchestra said it was adding 15 musicians for the piece, which first was performed as a ballet in 1910.

The orchestra will premier  "Preciosa y el aire, para dos guitarras y orquesta sinfónica" by Edín Solís, a Costa Rican composer. A summary said that the new piece was inspired by a poem by the Spanish literary figure Federico García Lorca.

The Costa Rican David Calderón and the Cuban Rosa Matos will be the invited guitarists for the work.

This is the ninth concert of the season for the orchestra, and the director will be the Austrian Christoph Campestrini.

As usual the first performance will be tonight at 8 p.m. with a second performance Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional.

Indian market and art exposition

To celebrate the Día de las Culturas the Museo Nacional plans Feria Chietón Morén to offer crafts and art work from the various native communities. The event is Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. It also is a companion to a new exhibit of 46 contemporary works inspired by pre-Columbian art. The show is called Muestra Mayinca: tiestos de una cultura. A tiesto is a pot perhaps best translated here as melting pot.

Chietón and morén are Boruca words that mean a fair deal, according to the museum announcement.

The museum is promising crafts and art
Orchestra at practice
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Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional at practice

works. The Huetare are to display basketry from  Quitirrisí. The Brunca will have cotton textiles and those famous diabilto masks. The  Chorotega will bring the ceramics with a 3,000-year tradition from San Vicente de Nicoya.

The museum said that the Ngöbe from the southern border will have textiles and cacao along with bows and arrows. The Teribe will display their work with gourds as will the Maleku. The Cabécare are expected to bring their fiber animal figures, and the BriBri are to display textiles and handiwork, said the museum.

Food will be on sale, served native style, from  Quitirrisí de Mora and from Tucurrique, said the museum.

The art show, which will be inaugurated Sunday at 11 a.m., is scheduled to run until January.

Poetry festival

The 14th edition of the  Festival Internacional de Poesía Costa Rica begins Saturday for a 10-day run.

Some 16 well-known foreign poets and many frm Costa Rica will participate. The inauguration will be at 7 p.m. in the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. During the week that follows there will be events all over the country. The locations are HERE.

There also is a weekend festival in Bolívar de San Ramón with dancing and popular music.

All of the events have the support of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

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Young people gather at the Plaza de la Democracia for a vigil for Gerardo Cruz. 
Stabbing of photog generates outpouring of outrage
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At the center of public concern is a critically injured 22-year-old man who is in Hospital Calderón Guardia.

He is the young man who photographed an individual who was taking photographs himself of the rear of a woman while she was walking on the pedestrian boulevard in San José. Although taking photos on a public street is legal, there was an outcry when the 22 year old posted his photos of the man on social media sites.

The older man who was taking the photos used a cell telephone camera and did so surreptitiously. He quickly was labeled a pervert by those who saw his photo on social media sites.

The 22 year old, later identified as Gerardo Cruz Banquero, reported that he chased the man to seek an explanation of his actions until the man left in a taxi. That was Monday.

Television stations and the Spanish-language media picked up the story, and Cruz gave interviews. The man photographing the woman was identified as an employee of the Ministerio de Hacienda, the financial management agency.
The nation's women's lobby seized upon the incident as another example of harassment on the city streets. The incident even reached the Defensoria de los Habitantes which issued a statement that said it was embarking on a campaign to eradicate the tradition of men whistling at women or making remarks. Also included were other actions, such as making obscene gestures, making sexual comments, taking photographs of woman as well, as unwelcome touching or exhibitionism.

Cruz was on his way to another media interview Wednesday night about 7:30 in San Sebastian when a car pulled up and an assailant got out and knifed him several times.

The news that Cruz had been knifed ignited a wave of sympathy and outrage. A vice minister of Seguridad Pública, María Fullmen Salazar, called a press conference along with the head of the Fuerza Pública, Juan José Andrade, Thursday morning.

They urged quick action to find the person responsible for the attack.

There were vigils Thursday night in San José, and walls of encouragement for Cruz has gone up in public places. News stories about the case are getting international exposure.

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As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record.

Waters are warming in the Caribbean, threatening coral in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Coral bleaching began in the Florida Keys and south Florida in August, but now scientists expect bleaching conditions there to diminish.

"The coral bleaching and disease, brought on by climate change and coupled with events like the current El Niño, are the largest and most pervasive threats to coral reefs around the world," said Mark Eakin, Coral Reef Watch coordinator for the agency. "As a result, we are losing huge areas of coral across the U.S., as well as internationally. What really has us concerned is this event has been going on for more than a year and our preliminary model projections indicate it's likely to last well into 2016."

While corals can recover from mild bleaching, severe or long-term bleaching is often lethal. After corals die, reefs quickly degrade and the structures corals build erode. This provides less shoreline protection from storms and fewer habitats for fish and other marine life, including ecologically and economically important species.

This bleaching event, which began in the north Pacific in summer 2014 and expanded to the south Pacific and Indian oceans in 2015, is hitting U.S. coral reefs disproportionately hard. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that by the end of 2015, almost 95 percent of U.S. coral reefs will have been exposed to ocean conditions that can cause corals to bleach.

The biggest risk right now is to the Hawaiian Islands, where bleaching is intensifying and is expected to continue for at least another month. Areas at risk in the Caribbean in coming weeks include Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and from the U.S. Virgin Islands south into the Leeward and Windward islands.

The next concern is the further impact of the strong El Niño, which climate models indicates will cause bleaching in the Indian and southeastern Pacific Oceans after the new year. This may cause bleaching to spread globally again in 2016.

"We need to act locally and think globally to address these bleaching events. Locally produced threats to coral, such as pollution from the land and unsustainable fishing practices, stress the health of corals and decrease the likelihood that corals can either resist bleaching, or recover from it," said Jennifer Koss, Coral Reef Conservation Program acting program manager. "To solve the long-term, global problem, however, we need to better understand how to reduce the unnatural carbon dioxide levels that are the major driver of the warming."

This announcement stems from the latest Coral Reef Watch satellite coral bleaching monitoring products, and was confirmed through reports from partner organizations with divers working on affected reefs.

Coral bleaching occurs when corals are exposed to stressful environmental conditions such as high temperature. Corals expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing corals to turn white or pale. Without the algae, the coral loses its major source of food and is more susceptible to disease.

The first global bleaching event was in 1998, during a strong El Niño that was followed by an equally very strong La Niña. A second one occurred in 2010.

Reporter marks 444 days in Iranian prison

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The foreign editor of The Washington Post says it is cause for shame and outrage that one of its reporters has been imprisoned in Iran for 444 days, the same amount of time U.S. government employees were held during the Iran hostage crisis more than three decades ago.

In an interview, Post editor Douglas Jehl said the reporter, Jason Rezaian, is being held in Iran as a bargaining chip.

Friday marks the 444th day that the Iranian government has held Razaian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who was arrested 15 months ago on espionage and other charges while working as a Washington Post correspondent in Iran.

Separately, the executive editor of The Washington Post, Martin Baron, again urged Iran to release Rezaian without further delay.

"Jason has been subjected to a secret sham trial, solitary confinement, relentless interrogations, physical mistreatment and psychological abuse," Baron said.  "His trial concluded two months ago, yet still no verdict has been rendered."

Earlier this year, Baron said in an interview that the charges against Rezaian are preposterous and ludicrous.  He said Rezaian is an "innocent and good man who deserves to have his freedom as any other human being."

Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his government would work to free Razaian and two other Americans from prisons in Iran if the United States released jailed Iranians.

The two other Americans are Amir Heckmati, a former U.S. Marine who was charged with spying, and Saeed Abedini, a convert to Christianity who organized a Bible study group.  Another American, former FBI agent Robert Levinson, disappeared in Iran in 2007 but his whereabouts are unclear.

Iran has sought the freedom of 19 of its citizens who are imprisoned in the United States in connection with U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear program.

Rezaian had been working for The Washington Post in Iran since 2012 before he was arrested in July 2014 together with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two other people.  Ms. Salehi, also a journalist, has since been released, but Rezaian has remained in jail.

Iran and the United States have not had diplomatic relations since 1980.  The year before, a group of Islamist students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days during the Iranian revolution.

Police agencies agree on coordination

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A committee appointed by the Corte Suprema de Justicia is studying the work of the judicial police.

The committee has three months to prepare a report.

One of the major developments this week is that the minister of Seguridad Pública, Gustavo Mata Vega, and the director of the Fuerza Pública, Juan José Andrade Morales, met with the committee.

There has been a long history of guarding turf by the judicial police and the security ministry.  Under the law, the judicial police, the Judicial Investigating Organization, is an arm of the courts. Agents are responsible for investigating crimes and preparing a case in conjunction with the prosecutors and judges of the first level.

The Fuerza Pública, on the other hand, is supposed to be a prevention agency and first responder to crimes. Usually the police do not investigate.

There is some duplication. Both the judicial police and the security ministry have anti-drug units who seem to work independently.

After a meeting Wednesday, officials said they were trying to improve coordination among the police forces.

In addition to the Fuerza Pública, there are police operated by the immigration agency and the tax agency, among others.

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Bills seeks to increase cruise ship tourists by cutting the arrival fee
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The local government levies a $3 tax on cruise ship passengers who come ashore at the Puerto de Caldera on the Pacific coast. A lawmaker wants to cut the amount in half to $1.50 by changing the law that authorized the local fee.

The recipient of the fee is the Municipalidad de Esparza.
municipality benefited from the arrival of 20 cruise ships in 2014, the lawmaker said.

The Comisión Especial de Puntarenas sent the reduction to the full legislature Thursday. Lawmaker Karla Prendas, said that she hoped the reduction would mean more cruise ship tourists, according to a summary prepared by the legislative staff

Arrest in drug case may shed light on that illegal dock in Limón
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Oct. 1 a man named Gilberth Bell Fernandez appeared before a legislative committee and disclaimed any knowledge about an illegal dock that was erected in Portete de Limón.

The man appeared along with the Limón mayor, Néstor Mattis. The session was of the Comisión de Seguridad y Narcotráfico.

Thursday judicial agents took Bell into custody, and officials claimed he was a kingpin in the narcotics trade.

Antonio Álvarez Desanti told his fellow lawmakers Thursday that it is not possible that someone could build an illegal dock in the province of Limón and not generate complaints from the public.

Officials suspected for some time that the illegal dock was used for landing drug shipments. He said the committee would continue to work to get to the bottom of the case.
Judicial police also detained some traffic policemen.
They are accused with assisting the shipments of drugs by not inspecting the pickups and other small vehicles that brought the substances from Limón to the Central Valley. There also were accidents that the police covered for the benefit of the drug dealers, said agents.

Álvarez Desanti noted the arrests of the policemen in his talk to legislators.

A week ago Álvarez Desanti, said there were at least seven cases of illegal docks in Costa Rica and that this showed building one illegally was easier than going through all the paperwork to get permission.

Some lawmakers also expressed their unhappiness at the time that they had asked President Luis Guillermo Solís to investigate the dock more than two weeks ago and that they had yet to get a reply.

The case against Bell was triggered by the arrest of a man believed to be drug courier in May.

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UK study reveals gender differences in evaluating online infidelity
By the Open University news staff

A new study by psychology academics at The Open University is the first in the United Kingdom to explore the impact of internet infidelity among those with real experience of it and sees how it is directly affecting 21st century relationships.

The study revealed :

• Grey areas among couples over how they define infidelity online.

• Gender differences in perceptions of infidelity with women seeing more Internet activities as infidelity and perceiving them as more distressing.

• Evidence that online infidelity can be addictive

Comments from participants were equally revealing. In an anonymous response one participant wrote: ‘I tried to stop but neither of us could, it would start again and since so easy, with all the technology we carry around it was an amazingly comforting and sexy thing to have. With long working hours an online relationship is like fast food, ready when we are, naughty, cheap, very often eaten alone without the exhaustion of social niceties.’

And another woman at the receiving end of internet infidelity said “I have a deep mistrust in the Internet and feel it massively facilitates infidelity. My ex-husband is inherently a very shy man, but online he is able to act much more confidently and attract the attention of other women. I strongly believe he would not have had so many affairs without the Internet.

The research, based on an anonymous online survey among 20 to 73-year-olds, confirmed that many participants think

that the Internet makes infidelity more likely. It gives real evidence into what activity is taking place at a time when there is rapid growth in the opportunities for online liaisons. Unlike most prior research in the area, the study recruited people who had experienced Internet infidelity, either having engaged in it themselves or having found out that their partner had indulged.

The study, by psychology lecturers Andreas Vossler and Naomi Moller allowed participants to write in detail about their experiences with Internet infidelity. Findings revealed that the Internet made covert contact with another person easy and had a dis-inhibiting effect, making it easier to engage in behavior that might be avoided in real life.

One participant wrote: “Probably - if we hadn't have established and maintained any sort of contact online, the affair would not have started as we very rarely bumped into each other.” 

The study also found that the effects of Internet infidelity can be as traumatic and wounding as face-to-face adultery, with many participants detailing their ongoing distress and describing the online infidelity as a relationship-ending event.

Speaking about the results Ms. Vossler said:

“What our research has revealed is that men and women do see internet infidelity differently. But it is not just a gender divide. What is experienced as infidelity online can vary from person to person. What might be seen as casual chatting by one partner, is hurtful and disloyal to the other for instance.

Ms. Moller said the evidence showed that couples in a committed relationship may, in order to prevent future misunderstandings, now have to think about sharing their attitude towards social media and keeping it a topic for ongoing discussion.

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Unfurnished 400-sq. ft. apartment, with modern kitchen, located on beautiful Junquillal Beach is waiting for you. Sea Turtles are common to this beach. Great area for surfing one of C.R.'s premier surf spots or boogie boarding. Close to a market, restaurants and more touristy areas - Playa Negra and Tamarindo, if you want shopping, etc. This area is a great community. If you are looking for a nice relaxing area, this is it. $500 month + electric, visit our Web page -  - for more info, photos and to view a video. Or call (506) 5004-3473.

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Small furnished apartment with private entrance for one or two adults. No pets. Located in Colonia del Rio, San José, approx. 1.5 miles northeast of San José Centro. Location can be seen in Google maps: Calle 24 on the Rio Torres. Apartment fronts the river.  All utilities including Wi-Fi and TV cable. Photos on request. $350 a month with a month's deposit and three months minimum rent. Enclosed garage available for $50. Available Oct. 26. Email telephone 2256-9426.

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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
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Villa with separate studio apartment in north Playas del Coco. Two bedrooms and two baths in the villa. Fully furnished.  Laundry facilities. Yard fenced in. Pets Ok. Large covered terrace with views. A/C, satellite TV. Surrounded by gardens, palms and other tropical trees frequented by monkeys. Rent villa for $1,300/month or both for $1,500. Contact owner Linda: 2670-0779 or 8347-4705.

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Cottages located in the mountains of Los Angeles, San Rafael, Heredia. Surrounded by trees and nature, beautiful gardens. 45 minutes from San José. Bus line service, security. Pets allowed.
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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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Senate Democrats planning
new anti-firearms legislation

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Senate Democrats are preparing legislation to combat gun violence following last week's deadly shooting at an Oregon community college.

At a news conference Thursday, Democratic leaders called for an end to loopholes that allow buyers to get guns on the Internet and at gun shows without background checks.

"The victims and their families deserve better than a Congress that shrugs its shoulders and waits for the next tragedy," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. "They deserve action."

The proposal also calls for substantial improvements to the current background check system to better screen for those who are prevented from owning guns, and it pushes for bans of gun sales to those convicted of domestic abuse.

"The better the background record check system, the safer people are," said Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. "This should be so easy. The American public overwhelmingly supports background record checks. Gun owners, like me, overwhelmingly support background record checks."

Democrats are also seeking to end straw purchases, the practice of one person buying guns for another to evade legal restrictions. They also want better enforcement of laws against gun trafficking.

"We've chosen principles that are effective, that will save thousands of lives, but at the same time they do not impinge on the right of legitimate gun owners," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.

Last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, left 10 people dead. Authorities said the assailant, Christopher Harper-Mercer, killed himself after he was wounded by police.

President Barack Obama showed frustration in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 shooting. "Somehow this has become routine," he said. "We've become numb to this."

It was at least the 13th time he'd taken the podium after a mass shooting. “I've got to have a Congress and I've got to have state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this,” he said.

But changing those laws isn't easy. Three main reasons stand in the way, making America different from other countries.

1. Tradition

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is often intrepreted as guaranteeing Americans the right to own guns. Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman who now is a lobbyist, said gun ownership, unlike the case in other countries, is a part of Americana.

He pointed to the role of guns in the opening of the American West. "There's a lot of romance connected to that, and probably a lot of unfounded legend," he said. "But it is part of the American mythological experience that gun ownership is central to our identity as a country. So for those reasons, it's a different reason here than almost anywhere else in the world.”

2. Power of the National Rifle Association

The NRA spent $10 million over the last three years to lobby for gun rights. The $300 million organization has more than 4 million members.

Weber says, “The NRA is powerful because they represent real people, who get involved in the political process and express themselves and vote and are active. They don't buy people off.  They motivate their members around the country who care more about this issue than anything else. It’s pretty hard to criticize the NRA when they are doing the ultimate democratic — small 'd' — democratic thing: organizing people to express themselves on an issue to their government.”

Typically, Democrats propose gun control laws. Republicans defeat them.

3. American opinion

A Pew survey found Americans divided with more people favoring gun rights than gun control.

Carroll Doherty, director of political research at the Pew Research Center, said the survey "reflects a sense among many Americans that the reason to own a gun is for personal protection. That's a shift, and what you see is people who think crime rates are remaining the same or going higher, those are the ones who are most supportive and who see guns as a means of safety rather than risk.”

Ms. Doherty points out that public perception is wrong. Crime rates have been sharply decreasing since the 1990s.

However, there are others who believe the ownership of guns is a control on an oppressive government. That feeling has increased during Obama's term when concerns about more controls on weapons were fanned by the Internet.

DNA confirms big migration
back to Africa from the north

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The first genetic analysis of ancient human remains in Africa suggests a massive migration from the north around the time of the Egyptian empire, once only suspected.

Africa is considered the cradle of human genetic diversity, the place from which humans spread across the globe. 

But there appeared to have been a reverse migration in which farmers from the Near East and the ancient kingdoms of what is now Turkey and Iraq flooded back into the Horn of Africa thousands of years after early humans left the continent. They brought crops new to Africa, such as wheat and barley.

What drew them back remains a mystery.

But evidence of their return, reported in the journal Science, comes from a DNA analysis of an adult male buried face down 4,500 years ago in a cave in the Ethiopian highlands.

Lead researcher Andrea Manica, a human geneticist at the University of Cambridge in England and the study's lead author, said the mass migration had an enormous influence over the entire continent, beginning with the Horn.

"It looks like the population almost as big as a quarter of what was already present in East Africa actually arrived and settled down in the area. And that's a huge amount," Manica said.

At least 5 percent of the African genome, Manica said, is traceable to the Eurasian migration.

Far beyond East Africa, it appears these ancient farmers mingled with native populations, from the Yoruba on the western coast to the Mbutu in the Congo. There, an estimated 6 to 7 percent of the indigenous populations' DNA was imprinted by Eurasian migration.

This is the first time geneticists have been able to sequence DNA from African fossils. The genetic material breaks down in the hot, humid climate. Until now, DNA from human fossils could be extracted for analysis only from ancient remains found in the cooler regions of Europe, Asia and North America. But the cave where the skeleton was found was cool and dry enough to preserve its genetic material.

For researchers looking for the origins of human populations, this represents a breakthrough.

"Every time we do this type of analysis, you need to have an African reference," Manica said. "Until now, what we had to do was to take the genome, the information that we have from modern Africans, and use that as our effectively representative" sample.

Manica added that the DNA of this one ancient individual has provided a snapshot of the population mixing believed to have taken place thousands of years ago in continental Africa.

Volkswagen's U.S chief gives
apology for exhaust cheating

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive has apologized over the massive emissions testing scandal engulfing the German automaker.

Michael Horn offered the apology Thursday during testimony before members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee over the scandal involving almost a half million of its clean diesel vehicles in the United States.

The issue concerns Volkswagen's use of software to cheat the system by switching pollution controls on during emissions tests, but shutting them off during normal driving.  Volkwagen admitted that some 11 million of the German carmaker's diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with the software.  

In prepared remarks, Horn said the events are deeply troubling and that the auto giant has broken the trust of its customers, dealerships and employees, as well as the public and regulators.  Horn said Volkswagen takes full responsibility for its actions and is "working with all relevant authorities in a cooperative way."  He said Volkswagen is determined to make things right.

Horn told the committee he knew more than a year ago that the cars possibly violated pollution rules, but, he said he did not know until September about the defeat device that allowed the vehicles to appear to be less polluting. 

The chairman of the committee, Fred Upton, said, "VW will inevitably pay a steep price for its dirty little secret" as some lawmakers recalled owning VW Beetles early in their lives.

Meanwhile, German police searched Volkswagen's headquarters Thursday as part of the probe related to the emissions-rigging scandal revealed in the United States.

In order to secure documents and digital data, police confiscated files and computer hard disks and raided private apartments in the town of Wolfsburg, where the automaker is headquartered.

Last month, Volkswagen appointed Matthias Mueller as its new chief executive officer to help the automaker recover from the scandal over the rigging of U.S. vehicle emissions tests.

Mueller, who has headed Volkswagen Porsche subsidiary, pledged to help the automaker get through the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history.  Mueller replaced Martin Winterkorn, who had been CEO since 2007 and quit the job over the scandal.

In the United States, several lawsuits have already been filed against the automaker. U.S. environmental regulators say Volkswagen faces fines of up to $18 billion.

Internet use by teens linked
to their high blood pressure

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Heavy Internet use may lead to high blood pressure among teenagers, according to a new study.
The results showed that teens who spent at least 14 hours a week online were found to be at risk for elevated blood pressure.
The study by Henry Ford Hospital looked at a sample of 335 14- to 17-year-olds in the Detroit, Michigan, area. Of 134 teens described as heavy Internet users, 26 had elevated blood pressure, researchers said.
The researchers also said this was the first study to link heavy Web use and high blood pressure. Other research has suggested that heavy Internet use can cause a variety of health problems such as anxiety, depression and obesity.
"Using the Internet is part of our daily life but it shouldn't consume us," said the study's lead author, Andrea Cassidy-Bushrow, in a statement. "In our study, teens considered heavy Internet users were on the Internet an average of 25 hours a week.”
She added that it was important for teens to take regular breaks from their computer or smartphones and engage in some kind of physical activity.
She suggested that parents limit their children's use of the Internet to two hours a day, five days a week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 million, or 29 percent, of American adults have high blood pressure. Just over half of those have taken steps to control it.

The Centers estimates high blood pressure costs the United States $46 billion each year.

The study was published in the Journal of School Nursing.

GOP planning for speaker post
collapses into uncertainty

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A throng of reporters was waiting at noon Thursday on the first floor of the Longworth House Office building for someone to come out of a closed-door meeting and announce that Republicans had chosen highly favored candidate Kevin McCarthy to be their nominee for the next speaker of the House.

But instead of that happening, freshman Rep. Ryan Costello sent shock waves around Capitol Hill and beyond when he came out of the room and said Majority Leader McCarthy had just taken himself out of the race to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner. Costello appeared stunned, saying at first he thought McCarthy might have been joking.

Conservative member Trent Franks said that Boehner appeared visibly surprised by McCarthy’s quitting the race. Franks noted McCarthy said he took himself out of the running for the good of the country.

Other Republican members then emerged from the meeting, telling reporters the whole room of the caucus sat in stunned silence after McCarthy’s short announcement, and that some members started to cry.

A short time later, McCarthy himself emerged, confirming that the news was true. He said he is not the one to unite Republicans.

"The one thing I found in talking to everybody, if we are going to unite and be strong, we need a new face to help do that," he said.

McCarthy dismissed a question about personal indiscretions being the reason for his unexpected turnaround.

Budget analyst Stan Collender said the problem for House Republicans is there simply may not be any one face the fractured party could get behind to be their next leader.

Collender said it is conceivable House Republicans might have to act much like their colleagues in European parliamentary democracies and turn to House Democrats to ask them for help in choosing a leader.

Boehner postponed the vote for new leaders on the House floor, and he said he would stay on as speaker until a new speaker is chosen. Ironically, Boehner, who abruptly announced his resignation late last month, had recently joked with reporters that he had a nightmare he was a prisoner, kept from leaving his speaker job.

Late Wednesday, members of the hardline House Freedom Caucus announced they would vote as a bloc against McCarthy, voting instead for conservative challenger Daniel Webster.

Most analysts say McCarthy likely realized sometime Thursday that the 40 hardline members likely would be able to keep him from getting the 218 Republican votes needed for him to be elected speaker on the House floor, and he wanted to spare himself the humiliation.

Typically, during a vote for speaker, Democrats would vote for their own candidate, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Republicans would unite behind their candidate. But the Freedom Caucus has made normal operating procedures in the House difficult.

Many think that is the reason Boehner abruptly resigned just days before a deadline to fund the federal government. Boehner had faced drama, showdowns and clashes with hardline members many times over the past five years, just barely averting a default on the national debt in 2011, and triggering a government shutdown in 2013.

The other candidate still left in the race is Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who said he did not see McCarthy’s decision coming. Chaffetz also said he did not know, however, if he could get 218 Republican members to line up to support him.

Webster is considered a long shot, as he is a favorite of the Freedom Caucus, though he is not popular among the establishment or more moderate majority of House Republicans.

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Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This home (240 sq. mtrs or 2,600 sq. ft) has 360-degree ocean and mountain views and electric-gated private road access. The large open style home has soaring teak ceilings, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, custom cabinetry and ceramic tiles throughout and a doubled car electric garage door. There is also a beautiful large swimming pool surrounded by exotic garden, laundry room and bodega. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must to see. all custom built furniture included. Photo gallery click here:    Contact Jack  Email:   Cell: (506) 8812-1789

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Sustainable design, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, surrounded by nature and overlooking La Carpintera reserve. Construction 180 m2, land 670 m2. Cartago, Tres Rios La Union. Residential Sierras de la Union. Great Price $250,000. For more information, please contact us at  Phone: (506)  8922-9413.

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Lovely east coast property for sale
This is a huge property surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. The house is about 85% built, but I will give you the property completely finished.  The whole land includes 7,886 m2 or 84,884 ft2 of forest and gardens in a mountain area of Cimarrones, Limón, east coast. Full house with large master bedroom plus bathroom. One extra guest bedroom. Large dining room. Large kitchen area. Another extra bathroom for guests. Large laundry room and two cellars (storage areas). The house has wide corridors where you will see a breathtaking view of large gardens and forest.  I am open to hear your offer. The full property and land price is $125,000. Call Harold Fonseca, Phone number (506) 8702-4217, Email:

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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 $999,000. USD
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834.62 square meters property with 326 square meters construction. Two-storey house with front porch, entry lobby, living room, dinning room, large kitchen, breakfast room, large cupboard, 3 ½ bathrooms, 3 large bedrooms, the main bedroom includes jacuzzi and balcony. Playground, office, laundry area, garage for two cars, own and municipal potable water supply, electricity service, cable TV system, A/C. Located 700 meters from Las Colinas Golf Course, near the airport, Tamarindo Beach and the best beaches of the country. Excellent construction and great details. Price $349,000. 2,866.33 square meters building lot with three terraces. Price $75,000. For more information, please contact us:
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Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant.
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Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $749,000.
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Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
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.

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!

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 $199,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

Aerial Ocean and Volcano Views with Boutique Coffee! 33 Acres $380,000. Click HERE!

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

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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Classical Indian dance coming Oct. 20

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Embassy of India, based in Panamá, and the Indian Council of Foreign Relations of that country's foreign ministry, is presenting classical Indian dance and music to celebrate the 118th anniversary of the Teatro Nacional.

The event is Oct. 20 a 8 p.m.

Famed dancer Reddi Lakshmi will be joined by performers from the Kuchipudi Dance Academy, said an announcement. In addition to being the name of the group, kuchipudi is a style of classical dance that originated in the southern Indian state of  Andhra Pradesh, which is where  Reddi Lakshmi was born.

She has represented her country all over the world and also won major competitions.

Another batch of turtle eggs confiscated

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers confiscated 285 turtle eggs at a traffic stop Thursday in Herradura, Jacó.

Officers said they found the eggs in the trunk of a vehicle and believed that they had just been taken from nests at a beach.

The eggs were sent to a turtle nursery in Jacó where many will hatch. The driver of the vehicle was remanded to the Tribunal de Flagrancia in Puntarenas.

The eggs were believed to have come from nests of the kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii).

Police noted that the nesting season began in July and that the beaches frequently host sea turtles seeking to dig nests in the sand for depositing eggs. The turtles and eggs are at high risk, so police patrol the beaches, they said.

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Finance ministry has a surprise for filers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Those accountants and taxpayers planning to post a variety of forms to the Ministerio de Hacienda Web page were in for a surprise this week.

The ministry has dumped its EDDI system in favor of one called Administración Tributaria Virtual. The changeover had been announced but not very vigorously.

The system is used for posting sales tax reports and other financial requirements.

The ministry Web page is filled with responses from users over problems they encountered. It appears that the system was not up and running until Sunday or Monday, so anyone who tried to use it before then was out of luck.

One person has posted his availability to do the filing work for others.

The former EDDI system was subject to periodic and unannounced upgrades that cost employers plenty of work hours. Rather than being a Web-based system like the one for the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, users have to download a bulky program to talk to the Hacienda computer.

The ministry said its Dirección General de Tributación had sent notifications to users about the system, but it appears that all those who seek to use the system did not receive one.

The ministry has online a 43-page document that is called a tutorial for the new system. However, the .pdf file is not compatible with some Internet browsers.

September sales tax reports are due by Thursday via the new system.