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Solid line represents area in which epidemic appears to be occurring, comprising the coast in the lowlands to the west of the mountain range that extends throughout Southern Mexico and Central America. Dashed line represents region in which the epidemic has been most fully characterized and most studies have been conducted.

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Warmer weather seen producing more kidney damage
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Medical researchers are still confounded by chronic kidney disease, the ailment that seems to affect disproportionally sugarcane workers in Central America.

Many theories have been advanced, but the latest from a professor in Colorado, is that climate change is a factor.

The professor is Richard J. Johnson  of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He has been studying the malady for years. In a television interview reported by the university, Johnson attributed an increase of a half a degree in the average temperature in the lowlands of El Salvador since 1980 as a contributing factor to the disease.

He said that 20,000 persons may have died from kidney problems.

Costa Rica's Guanacaste province is one place where the kidney ailment is epidemic. The problem is found all along the Pacific coast lowlands into southern México.

The disease seems to target young men who work in the sugarcane fields. One study said the ratio of men with the disease to women was three to one.

A survey of the disease said that two consistent results have emerged: First, there are clear differences in risks of chronic kidney disease according to type of industry and occupation. Workers in the sugarcane cultivation, mining, and fishing or shipping industries have higher prevalence rates, whereas areas in which coffee growing and services dominate show no evidence of excess disease. Second, persons living at low altitudes are more likely to have chronic kidney diesase than those living at higher elevations.

A July study said that the mortality rate in Guanacaste among men increased from 4.4 to 38.5 per 100,000 since 1970. That is much higher than the rate for the rest of Costa Rica, which is 2.6 to 8.4 per 100,000.

Yet another study said that researchers examined workers in seven sugar cane

industry job categories: cane cutter, seeder, seed cutter, agrichemical applicator, irrigator, driver, and factory worker.

Of these, cane cutters had the greater risk of kidney injury during the harvest, according to the researchers.

Johnson, in his report, said that as the temperature increases, as it is expected to do, more workers will experience kidney problems.

The prevalence of the disease is measured by urine and blood samples that can check the efficiency of the kidneys.

The most prominent theory so far is that dehydration and the physical strain of hard work in hot weather results in stress on the kidneys. Hence, the concern voiced by Johnson.

There also has been a suggestion that heavy metals, pesticides and cheap alcohol are contributors. But recent research seems to rule out these factors.

Other researchers have said that sugarcane workers who do their job at higher elevations do not experience high rates of kidney problems.

The same research said that subsistence farmers who grow crops at low elevations also do not appear to have the kidney problems.

Some researchers even have suggested genetic predispostions to the disease.

The same problems are showing up in Sri Lanka, India and Egypt.

The topic has been studied heavily. An online research site that lists academic articles reported this month that some 44 major reports are available.

Still other researchers are urging that more attention be shown to heat stress.

Some sugarcane producers already are giving their workers lectures, providing shade for rest periods and also giving sugarcane cutters fluids to drink while on the job.

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    The naturally occurring bacteria on this bullfrog's skin could be the
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Natural bacteria may halt deadly fungus

By the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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The naturally occurring bacteria on a frog’s skin could be the most important tool for helping the animal fight off a deadly skin disease, according to an experiment conducted by researchers.

Antibiotics to get rid of normal bacteria don’t significantly alter the rate of fungal infection, but caused the frogs to lose weight, suggesting that having their normal bacteria is important for frog health.

However, naturally occurring skin bacteria can respond to infection and adjust structure and function to compensate for it, according to the team at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

“It turned out that in this experiment, it wasn’t about a single bacterium being protective, but rather the structure of the whole community was important in infection and frog health,” said Jeni Walke, a postdoctoral associate in biological sciences in the College of Science.

Because bacterial communities are unique to each frog species, the trick will be determining which environmental and biological factors cause some frogs to develop protective communities while others do not, said Lisa Belden, an associate professor of biological sciences.

Professor Belden’s team has long been interested in how a frog’s skin microbiome, or the collection of bacteria on its skin, helps it survive chytrid fungus exposure.

Chytrid fungus causes a disease called chytridiomycosis, which is rapidly spreading across the world and already threatens about 500 amphibian species. The disease disrupts amphibian skin, potentially resulting in death. The fungus is epidemic in Costa Rica.

Scientists believe chytrid fungus may be the greatest disease-caused loss of biodiversity in recorded history. Many factors are at play, including amphibian behavior, biological defenses, and environmental conditions. Human-driven changes such as climate change, invasive species, pollution, and habitat degradation further complicate the problem.

For this latest experiment, Belden’s team collected bullfrogs from a pond in Giles County, Virginia. About half of the frogs were already infected with the fungus that can cause disease in some amphibian species.

The team divided them into six experimental groups to explore the infection rate differences between those treated with antibiotics, which reduced the normal bacteria, those treated with an anti-chytrid bacterium and those not treated at all. These treatments resulted in differences in microbial structure on the frogs’ skin, which in turn influenced infection levels and frog growth.

Because some frogs were infected with the fungus and others weren’t, the scientists were also able to demonstrate that the fungus affects the microbial structure of the bacteria living on frog skin. In this experiment, it wasn’t a single bacterium that was protective, but rather the structure of the whole community that was important for frog health.

The next step is to further explore the capabilities of other naturally occurring bacteria, and which environmental factors allow some frog bacteria to successfully fight off the fungus.

“Factors that contribute to microbial community assembly and maintenance on amphibian skin, including host factors, habitat, diet, and the available microbial species pool, may ultimate influence disease dynamics,” said Professor Belden.

The research was funded by the National Science Foundation.

“Chytrid disease is devastating large numbers of amphibian communities in many parts of the world,” said Simon Malcomber, program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research.  “The study shows the importance of amphibian microbiomes in mediating the effects of chytrid disease, and offers hope of limiting the infection.”

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Here are some of the boxes that were confiscated.

Millions of nails are fakes, agents say

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Anyone who got a really good deal on a box of nails ought to check with judicial investigators.

Agents reported Friday that they had confiscated 7 million nails, some 250 boxes, because the nails are suspected to be counterfeit.

The agency said that using counterfeit nails can jeopardize the integrity of constructions.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that agents made two raids to confiscate the nails at two firms in Goicoechea. Agents said that the nails had been imported from Asia. They were
being marketed as if they were a recognized brand of nails, agents said.

Holiday today recognizes nation's cultures

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today, El Día de las Culturas, is a national holiday but most retail establishments will be open. Some private clubs have reduced hours.

The U.S. Embassy also will be closed, as it is for all U.S. and Costa Rican holidays.

Today also happens to be Canadian Thanskgiving because the day is the second Monday in October. It is a legal holliday in most of Canada.

Banks and government offices are closed here. A.M. Costa Rica's sales office in Barrio Otoya is closed today, but the newspaper is being published as usual.

Traffic police has lifted their license plate restriction for today. Normally vehicles with the last plate digit of 1 or 2 are prohibited from traveling in the metro area from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Traffic police also will be making some lane adjustments on the Caldera highway, Ruta 27, in anticipation of weekend vacationers headed home to the Central Valley later today.

Bell removed from fisheries position

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura said Friday that it had dropped Gibert Bell as a member of the Comisión Asesora de Pesca del Caribe, one of the institute's auxiliaries. Bell was detailed last week by investigators who alleged that he was a major supplier of narcotics to the Central Valley.

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Poder Judicial equates taking photo with harassment and violence
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Poder Judicial is not displaying reflexion in the case of  Gerardo Cruz Barquero.

The judiciary's Secretaría Técnica de Género issued a strong condemnation of the attack of the 22 year old and linked it to his efforts to embarrass a man who took a photo of the rear of a woman on the pedestrian boulevard in San José.

Cruz, who remains in Hospital Calderón Guardia has become a hero because many who are involved in the social networks believe, as does the Poder Judicial, that his stabbing
Wednesday night was a result of his online activities.

The motive for the attack has not been determined, although law enforcement officials said they have made the case a priority. The man who was photographing is an accountant in the finance ministry and is not a likely suspect in the stabbing.

Cruz was on his way to another media interview Wednesday night when a man got out of a car and stabbed him multiple times.

The Poder Judicial said that Cruz had the courage to complain through the social networks about a phenomenon that women have always suffered: street harassment, an action that is evidence of a form of violence against women and children that is against human rights and fundamental liberties.

In addition, the Poder Judicial said that international treaties say that women should have full liberty to exercise their civil, economic, political, social and cultural rights and that the state has the duty to act with due diligence to prevent, investigate and punish violence against women. The case caused some supporters of Cruz to hold vigils Thursday night, and there was a small march in support of the young man Sunday.

The judiciary's characterization of street harassment and violence seems overbroad because the women did not know about the photograph until Cruz told her. As celebrities who are tormented by paparazzis know, persons in public places are fair game for photographers.

The Poder Judicial did not respond Friday when asked which law the man taking photos broke.


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A coast guard officer in Quepos offers food to a dog that neighbors found suffering on the street. The animal had been slashed with a machete on the neck. A local veterinarian volunteered his services and antibiotics, and now the dog needs a home.
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Plans continue for a national strike that has been called for Friday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An organization representing many public employee unions has reaffirmed plans to stage a national strike Friday.

This is the Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social Costarricense that says it would give more information Tuesday.

President Luis Guillermo Solís expressed a desire to derail plans for the strike by meeting with the group, but there have

been no announcements of any meeting.

The Bloque represents at least 50 to 60 unions, nearly all of them of public employees.

The strike is an effort to defend current salaries and the government's plan to restructure them. Individual strikes also are upset by the cost of living and a number of other issues.
At least two other organizations plan similar strikes in the following weeks.

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Florida RV owner found success despite a brutal knife attack
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At a moment in history when women still hold fewer than 20 percent of board seats at American companies, Gigi Stetler has not only subverted the paradigm, she's lucky to be alive.

Thirty years ago, at the age of 23, she was attacked by a homeless man she had helped with food, clothing and shelter. He charged through the door of her apartment, lunged at her with a knife and stabbed her 21 times, leaving her for dead.

Ms. Stetler survived, and throughout her long, slow recovery, she was determined to heal so she could fulfill her dream of becoming a successful businesswoman.

“You don’t realize your inner strength and how strong you are when you’re fighting for your life," she said, adding that during her horrific ordeal, she kept thinking "I’m in the middle of my mission, my accomplishments, you’re not going to stop me."

Today, at 54, Ms. Stetler is the proud owner of a recreational vehicle dealership in Florida, a company she built from the ground up to compete in an industry sector largely dominated by men.

Proud to be the first woman in the U.S. to be founder and CEO of an RV dealership, she calls it a challenge she's been proud to have overcome.

“I know exactly what I'm talking about, and they still just cannot help themselves to find out where the man is in my life," she said. "I don't take it personally anymore, now I use it to my advantage. When I do a service estimate, I go out there with my clipboard, my heels and my miniskirt and do an estimate on everything from the engine to the body work.”

She wrote about her life in a man's world in a book called "Unstoppable! Surviving is Just the Beginning."

Based on her experiences, she is not surprised by the findings of a recent study of women in business. The global accounting firm Grant Thornton surveyed companies listed 
on stock markets in the United States, India and the U.K. It reported that companies with diverse executive teams
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Gigi Stetler, with one of her many RVs at Planet RV in Florida.

outperform competitors run by men only, by $655 billion.

Ms. Stetler calls that proof women can transform and lead any company, and she advises other leading businesswomen to step down from their boards and start their own companies.

“There need to be more women business owners having men work for them than the other way around, because they are the heart of this country," she said.

And her advice for young women or even men fresh out of college: “Don't leave school thinking you know everything, because they only train your book smarts, they don't train you street smarts.

"Go find the best person you can learn from, and no matter what they pay you, it doesn't matter," she added. "Don't work for money right now. Work to learn."

For Ms. Stetler, that was the philosophy that drove her to establish her own successful business.

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Drop in to see some of Costa Rica's finest art
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The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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Lemur del Bosque
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San Francisco de Dos Ríos, El Bosque, furnished 2-bedroom,1-bath apartment, quiet area, free cable TV WiFi, large patio area, swimming pool, parking, security. Close to San José. $450/month. Retired persons preferred. Call 8375-6838. Email:

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.

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part
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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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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.

Coco rental
For Rent: Terms negotiable (long term)
Available immediately. Rural, secure (24/7) gated community. 20 minutes from Playas del Coco and only 7 minutes. from Playa Matapalo (think RIU Hotel).  Two-story, 3-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home with pool, carport, wifi and access to the community pool and workout center. $1,100 USD plus utilities. (Agents: flat fee)  Contact: Wanda R Dunn at 8337-0032 or 1-610-732-3204 from U.S.
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Oganic farm rental
2 bedroom, 1 bath, $700 includes electric, water, cable, Internet & WiFi. Fully furnished. Inside gated property close to town, Santa Bárbara de Heredia. No dogs please.

Escazu condo

Beautiful fully furnished apartment for rent
Perfect place for a retired family. Furnished condo for rent.  Two bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms, living room & dinning room, laundry room. Great location: Escazú center, 5 minutes to San José, 10 minutes to Multiplaza, Hospital CIMA, PriceSmart. Very secure: gated, guard at gate 24/7  Pool & fitness center.  Monthly rate $1,100  Call Darling. Cell phone  8356-5486   or send me an email  or

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 
1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email:

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 Unfurnished apartment with modern kitchen right on the beach
in Playa Junquillal. $500 month + electric. see to view a video or call 5004-3473. HERE's the video.

Playa del Coco
Hear the waves and walk to the beach
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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Beautiful Cottages for rent
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.
    - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 balcony, 1 ranch. $900 monthly
          + utilities.
    - 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. $450 monthly + utilities.
    - 1 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bathroom, 1 balcony. $500 monthly
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Phone: (506) 8739-0638, (506) 7019-9457, (506) 8993-5801

Beautiful cottage in San Rafael, Heredia

 Surrounded by nature.
One or two bedrooms, 1 or 1.5 bathrooms. Bus line service, security. Pets allowed. $450 and $500 monthly. Phone: (506) 7019-9457,  8739-0638, 8993-5801. Or

Heredia cottage

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 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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Trump and Mrs. Clinton lead
in surveys of party members

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to lead the crowded field of U.S. Republican presidential candidates while Hillary Clinton is the top Democrat.

A newly-released poll of 1,200 voters by CBS News gives Trump 27 percent support among Republicans. He is followed by another political novice, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, with 21 percent.

None of the other 13 Republican candidates gets double-digit support. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scores 9 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got 8 percent.

The flamboyant Trump has attracted support from Republican voters angered at Washington by taunting his opponents as losers and as weak.

On the sensitive issue of gun control, Trump told CBS television's "Face the Nation" Sunday someone carrying a gun might have prevented the recent massacre at an Oregon college and admitted that he sometimes carries a concealed weapon.

"I feel much better being armed," Trump said. "I like to have myself protected."

On another CBS broadcast Sunday, "60 Minutes," President Barack Obama called Trump a great publicity seeker and a classic reality TV character. But he said Trump will not be the next president.

For the Democrats, the CBS poll shows former secretary of state Hillary Clinton far out in front with 46 percent of voter support, followed by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders with 27 percent. Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to declare his candidacy, has 16 percent.

Obama told the "60 Minutes" broadcast that while Mrs. Clinton's use of a single e-mail server for both official and private business when she was secretary of State was a mistake, he does not believe it endangered national security. He said fierce criticism of Mrs. Clinton by many Republicans over the issue is a result of politics.

Finally, Obama said if he were allowed by the constitution to run for a third term, he believes he could be reelected.

Benghazi prober tells Times
he was fired for his efforts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A former investigator with the Republican-led congressional committee examining the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 says he was fired after resisting pressure to focus his investigative work on Hillary Clinton and the State Department.

Air Force Reserve Maj. Bradley Podliska, who describes himself as a conservative Republican, told The New York Times and CNN that in March the panel abandoned its broader investigation of the events that led up to the deaths in Benghazi of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Podliska said the committee turned all of its attention to Mrs. Clinton and the State Department after it was revealed that she used a private email server while she was secretary of State. The move de-emphasized other agencies involved with the attacks on the American consulate on Sept. 11, 2012.

Podliska said he planned to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination soon that would also make the case that he was fired in part because he participated in required National Guard exercises.

Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, and her supporters have accused House Republicans of trying to use the Benghazi committee to hobble her campaign. She recently called it nothing but a partisan exercise.

The committee on Saturday forcefully denied the allegations. It said in a statement that Podliska never raised such concerns while with the panel, and that he, himself, had inappropriately used committee resources to create a PowerPoint hit piece on members of the Obama administration, including then-secretary of State Clinton.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently linked the committee's work to Mrs. Clinton's sliding poll numbers and drew a rebuke from Republicans and Democrats. The California Republican stepped back from those remarks, but they damaged his effort to become the next House speaker and he dropped out of the race to succeed outgoing Speaker John Boehner.

U.S. says it will compensate
in Afghan hospital victims

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States will offer condolence payments for those killed or injured in the U.S. air strike that mistakenly hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, Oct. 3.

Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook said that U.S. forces in Afghanistan will work with those affected to determine appropriate payments. If necessary, the administration will seek additional authority from the Congress, he said.

Earlier, Cook said the amount of the payments has not been determined. The money will go to civilian non-combatants injured and the families of civilian non-combatants killed as a result of U.S. military operations, he said.

The medical group, known by its French acronym MSF, has said the air strike killed 10 patients and 12 of its staff members.  The charity said Thursday that 33 people are still missing, including nine patients and 24 staff members.

Doctors Without Borders ended its Kunduz operations after the aerial bombardment and has demanded an independent investigation into the attack under the Geneva Conventions. The group says probes under way by the U.S., Afghanistan and NATO are insufficient and has suggested that the attack amounted to a war crime. 

The Geneva Conventions are a set of international treaties and protocols regulating the conduct of armed conflict and aim to protect people not taking part in hostilities and those who are no longer doing so.

U.S. President Barack Obama apologized Wednesday to the medical group's president, Joanne Liu, for the attack.   However, the details of U.S. involvement in the attack are murky since the U.S. has changed its account of what happened that day.  The U.S. says it will not provide further details about the incident while its military conducts an investigation.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama called Dr. Liu to apologize and express condolences.

"In this case, there was a mistake and it's one that the U.S. owns up to," Earnest said.  He said Obama is very eager to get to the bottom of what exactly occurred.

Obama also called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to voice his condolences for the innocent loss of lives in the incident, the spokesman said, and to commend Afghan forces for their bravery in the fight to control the northern Afghan city in clashes with Taliban insurgents.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials are probing whether the military exceeded its authority for use of force in Afghanistan in launching the air strike.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Campbell, says the United States is taking the blame for carrying out the raid after Afghan forces requested it to attack Taliban insurgents it believed were firing from inside the medical facility.  But the question remains whether the U.S. should have agreed to the attack.

When Obama ended American ground combat operations in Afghanistan last year, he said that the residual force of 9,800 U.S. troops remaining there should focus on training and advising Afghan troops.  He limited the use of force to three circumstances: the defense of U.S. and allied troops, support for missions targeting remnants of al-Qaida insurgents in Afghanistan, and assisting Afghan troops facing mass casualties in extreme situations.

It is not clear whether the U.S. bombing of the hospital met any of those criteria.

Columbus Day generating
more mixed opinions in U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In the United States, Oct. 12 is significant as the date explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas.The achievement, which is commemorated on the second Monday of October, is a source of pride, particularly within the Italian-American community because Columbus was Italian. But for some the holiday is marked by controversy.

John Viola, president of the National Italian-American Foundation, said the significance of the holiday is varied.

“It's an opportunity and holiday that we are able to celebrate what we've contributed to this country, to celebrate our history of our ancestors," he said. "I think for the rest of the country, Columbus Day is a vehicle to celebrate this nation of immigrants."

To some, Columbus was a great explorer. But others are offended by his legacy.

Joe Genetin-Pilawa, history professor at George Mason University, said the explorer enslaved many of the natives he encountered. Hundreds of thousands more died of diseases introduced by the European visitors.

“Within 10 years in the initial of landfall in 1492, so by 1502, we estimated that the Taino, the native people who lived in the Bahamas, the population dropped from approximately a million to 500," he said.

Robert Holden, deputy director of the National Congress of American Indians, said the history of Columbus is distorted.

"It's always been questionable in terms of native people's tribal communities and how we look to what was written by non-native people for a non-native audience,” he said.

David Silverman, history professor at George Washington University, said the whole story should be told.

"I don't think you need to focus on one aspect of his past and to neglect the other. You bring them both together and so that he becomes a three dimensional figure," he said.

Some in the United States choose to celebrate Indigenous People's Day in place of Columbus Day.

Genetin-Pilawa said the name of the holiday should be formally changed.

"I definitely think that we should question maintaining a federal holiday for Christopher Columbus. As to what day that could become, I support the creation of Indigenous People's Day," he said.

But Viola disagreed, saying Native Americans should find another day to celebrate their cultures.

Two investigators determine
youth's shooting reasonable

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two outside investigations have found a white Ohio police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a black 12-year-old boy who was carrying a toy pellet gun.

Tamir Rice was killed in November 2014 outside of a Cleveland recreation center.  Trainee officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice within seconds of arriving on the scene following a call about a man carrying a gun.

Authorities say the gun in question was a replica pistol that shot plastic pellets, but the orange markings that indicates it was a toy, were removed.

The reports were released Saturday by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office ahead of a grand jury hearing to determine whether the officer will be charged in Rice's death.

An attorney for Rice's family criticized the reports as a whitewash.

"We are not reaching any conclusions from these reports," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.  "The gathering of evidence continues and the grand jury will evaluate it all."

The report prepared by former FBI agent Kimberly A. Crawford, found that Loehmann's use of force did not violate Rice's constitutional rights.

"It is my conclusion that Officer Loehmann’s use of deadly force falls within the realm of reasonableness under the dictates of the Fourth Amendment," Crawford wrote. 

A second report, written by Colorado prosecutor Lamar Sims, found that any reasonable officer could have believed Rice's gun was a real firearm and that actions based on that mistake can be reasonable.

"I conclude that Officer Loehmann's belief that Rice posed a threat of serious physical harm or death was objectively reasonable as was his response to that perceived  threat," he said.

Republicans in Congress
still struggled for a leader

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Uncertainty grips the U.S. Congress, where no consensus replacement has emerged to succeed Republican House Speaker John Boehner after his surprise resignation announcement.  Amid the chaos, half of Congress is effectively leaderless weeks before America risks defaulting on its national debt and enduring another partial government shutdown.

From Sam Rayburn to Tip O’Neill to Newt Gingrich and beyond, giants of America’s political landscape have wielded the gavel as House speaker, one of Washington’s most powerful positions.  The speaker is third in the line of presidential succession, behind the vice president, and, except in rare instances, no bill becomes law in America without the speaker agreeing to bring it to the House floor for a vote.

With such lofty power on the line, an unlikely paradox has emerged: big-name House Republicans who could potentially rally enough support to become speaker are reluctant to seek the position, while lesser-known representatives eager for the post do not command a following large enough to secure it at present.

“We need a fresh start,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a declared contender for speaker, on ABC’s This Week program.  “I’ve earned a reputation of being fair, and that I’ll hear all sides from the entire political spectrum.  And really the role of the speaker is to be the constitutional officer that makes sure the process is fair, that it’s balanced.”

Representing Utah, Chaffetz is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform.  While touting his credentials, Chaffetz says he would withdraw his bid if a colleague favored by Republican Party elders, Congressman and 2012 vice presidential contender Paul Ryan, entered the fray.

But Ryan says he doesn’t want to be speaker, a stance repeatedly confirmed by his staff in recent days.

Ryan and Chaffetz are both fiscal conservatives committed to shrinking the size of government.  But neither is radical enough for a House Republican faction demanding total political warfare against President Barack Obama.  The split between establishment and ultra-conservative Republicans has frayed party unity in recent years, and is now on full display as a primary driver of the current chaos on Capitol Hill.

“The truth is, they don’t know what they are going to do,” said former Republican congressman Vin Weber, who served during the speakership of Newt Gingrich in the 1990s.

If no consensus candidate emerges, Weber suggests an unprecedented move: electing an interim or caretaker speaker.

“I think they should buy themselves some time and figure out who, among the existing members or maybe even somebody from the outside could do the job just for a little over the next year, and give Republicans time to sort it out,” Weber said.

Democrats and the White House are bystanders to the drama.

“There’s a minority group of conservative Republican politicians that places their own extreme ideology ahead of everything else,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest last week.

Congress will return from recess next week facing hard deadlines on momentous legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and fund the U.S. government beyond Dec. 11.  At this point, it is not certain a new speaker will be in place before either deadline arrives.

Until the crisis is resolved, Speaker Boehner has no choice but to put his retirement on hold.

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Osa home
Costa Rica Tropical Paradise Beach House For Sale
Tropical 5-acre forested beachfront property with custom house and guest casita on the Osa Península, South Pacific Coast. Abundant wildlife, exotic plants and fruits, secluded beach.

Located 8 km south of Puerto Jiménez on the way to Matapalo and Corcovado National Park. Great Price $775,000. Contact:
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Hill Villa Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica
Property size: 3405.14 sq. mtrs or 37,000 sq. feet
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

  Beautiful house 
in nature reserve
for sale
La Union
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:

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 $999,000. USD
or call (506) 8707-1037  (506) 2778-8408

Big House for Sale in Playa Grande,
Santa Cruz, Guanacaste
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:
Email Phone (506) 2653-6417.
Cell (506) 8825-8942 / (506) 8916-0734.

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú
Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant.
Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning.
Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing.
Toll free US phone 877-778-8515
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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.
E-mail:  or call (506) 8707-1037 
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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.
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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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Strong El Niño linked to dengue cases

By the University of Florida news staff

Epidemics of dengue are linked to high temperatures brought by the El Niño weather phenomenon, a University of Florida scientist working with an international team of researchers has found.

The findings are particularly timely as the most intense El Niño in nearly two decades is emerging in the Pacific, raising the concern that a major increase in cases of dengue will occur throughout Southeast Asian countries early next year. 

The results of the study appear in today’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Biology Professor Derek Cummings is the senior author of the study.  He and his colleagues found that an increase in dengue incidence swept through eight countries of Southeast Asia in 1997 and 1998 during a historically intense El Niño weather event.

“Dengue infects large numbers of people across the tropics each year, but incidence can vary dramatically from year to year in any setting,” Cummings said.  “During years of large incidence, the number of people requiring hospitalization and care can overwhelm health systems.  If we can understand the factors that contribute to these increases, we can prepare for them and act to mitigate the impact of the disease.”

The dengue virus is transmitted by mosquitoes in the tropics and subtropics. Each year an estimated 390 million infections occur globally.  Though there is no specific pharmaceutical treatment, supportive therapy can greatly improve outcomes.  A number of vaccine candidates are in development but none are currently licensed.

In addition to the finding that increased temperature results in increased incidence across the region, the study also found that urban areas act as dengue epidemic pacemakers, giving rise to traveling waves of large epidemics moving to nearby rural areas.  Traveling waves were found to emerge from multiple urban centers across Southeast Asia.

Cummings worked with researchers from each of the affected countries and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh to compile 18 years of monthly dengue surveillance reports on a total of 3.5 million reported cases.

“The synchronization of incidence across such a large area, spanning thousands of kilometers, is really striking,” Cummings said.  “It suggests that continued multi-country coordination of surveillance for dengue is critical to understanding patterns in each individual country.”

The international team involved scientists from 18 institutions around the world, including the Ministries of Health in each study country.

“This study will contribute toward a better understanding of the cyclical nature of dengue,” said co-author Lam Sai Kit, a professor at the University of Malaya in Malaysia. “Based on the extensive data analyzed and the conclusions reached, it will help to improve early-warning systems for impending large outbreaks in the region. Now that the new El Niño has started, these findings will help us prepare for a worst-case scenario, and immediate measures can be taken to counter its effect in the next few months.”

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Program will seek to place older workers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The probability of getting a good job in Costa Rica diminishes with age. Employers usually reject applicants who are 40 or more.

So Banco Nacional has joined with the Asociación Gerontológica Costarricense to begin a study on the employment situation of the elderly.

The program recognizes that the population is becoming older and it is trying to counter the discrimination against older job seekers, said Banco Nacional.

The first step, said the bank, is an exploration with business owners and government to determine possible opportunities to generate employment. Later there will be studies of those 45 and older to identify the interests and capacities of these age groups, said the bank.