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A few bits of advice for new drivers in Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A newspaper staffer is at the point of obtaining her long-awaited driver's license, so here is a baker's dozen of rules for her that they don't teach in traffic school:

1. Yellow paint on the curb is there to outline clearly a place for you to park.

2. Stopping in the middle of the traffic lane to chat with a pedestrian friend should not last longer than 20 minutes in peak hours. (Except as stated No. 3).

3. There is no time limit on stopping in the middle of a traffic lane to view store window displays or to dismount from the vehicle to do a little shopping.

4. When turning left from the right lane of a four-lane highway to make a left turn, courtesy dictates at least waving a handkerchief out the window.

5. Dashing to the head of a line of waiting vehicles is OK because you are more important.

6. The instant the light turns green, it is imperative to give a blast on the horn in

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case other drivers are color blind.

7. Only taxis are allowed to have television sets with the screen in view of the driver. After all, other drivers have their smartphone or iPad.

8. Do not overpay traffic police. 10,000 colons is enough for nearly all violations.

9. Inspectors at driving tests only rate about 5,000 colons if you are not a Gringa.

10. It is so cute to make it look like your dog is doing the driving.

11. Fingernails should not be done at speeds more than 60 kph.

12. Never drink and drive. The glass may spill.

13. Traffic signals are suggestions.

Licensing officials expect a flood of renewals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Highway officials say they expect a flood of renewals in December and January when an estimated 40,000 driver's licenses will expire.

They urged those in that category to take advantage of a rule that allows renewals up to three months before expiration.

The license renewal fee is 10,000 colons, although drivers without many or no
infractions get a 50 percent discount.  Expats may find that they have to obtain additional paperwork to show their identity
and address. Otherwise, all that is needed if expats are residents is a medical exam and identification.

Licenses are renewed for three, four or six years, depending on the applicant's driving record. There are 13 locations around the country where licenses may be renewed, said the Dirección General de Educación Vial.

New expats who wish to obtain a Costa Rican license on the strength of their license from their home country probably have to make a visit to San José, although that rule sometimes is overlooked.

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A painting of an historic home takes shape.

Barrio Amón homes featured in exposition

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Photographers, artists and even tourists love Barrio Amón, which is considered one of the most historic sections of the capital.

Amón is just a few blocks from the center of the downtown and is filled with examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture. Presidents, bishops and the wealthy made their homes there as a prosperous San José expanded to the north.

Many of the homes still are there although the use has changed. The home of one president is now a hotel, for example.

Another structure called Casa Verde at Avenida 9 between calles 5 and 7 is  the San José home for Tecnológico de Costa Rica, the Cartago-based university. This is where the VI Memoria Urbana, Plein Air Costa Rica opens Thursday.

Casa Verde is called the Casa Cultural Amón of the university. The location is just 250 meters north of the Hotel Aurola Holiday Inn.

The exhibition, which borrows from the French plein air, meaning "open air," is a collection of paintings mostly of Barrio Amón homes by some 13 artists. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Asociación Costarricense de Artistas Visuales.

Most of the artists spent a lot of time in the open air sketching and then painting the stately homes.

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Ocarina players Emiliano Bernagozzi and Fabio Galliani

Ocarinas will be put to the test Wednesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two Italian ocarina masters will show what the little instrument can do Wednesday at a free 5 p.m. concern in the Museo Nacional.

The ocarina players are members of the Grupo Ocarinístico de Budrio. They are Emiliano Bernagozzi and Fabio Galliani with Roberto Bonato on the piano.

The concert is part of the XVI Festival Internacional de Música Barroca, which has been presenting events since last Tuesday.

The modern ocarina debuted in 1863 in Italy, but the instrument's history goes far back into antiquity and even to ancient America.

What amounts to an ocarina can be heard played annoyingly by street vendors in San José. The ocarinas that date from prehistory have animal shapes.

In the concert Wednesday the ocarinas will be accompanied by a string quartet, said the museum.

Reporter ejected as Kerry stays mum

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. State Department is reviewing an incident in Uzbekistan in which a reporter was removed from a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov Sunday.

When a Washington Post reporter asked Karimov a question about human rights at the conclusion of the meeting, an Uzbek security agent and an American diplomatic security agent prodded the reporter to leave the room.

“We take this seriously,” State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said Monday.

But Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, observed that Secretary Kerry did not even object as the reporter was escorted out.

Simon told an audience at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalists Monday evening that Kerry also did not publicly raise Uzbekistan’s poor record on human rights in general or the rights of journalists in particular, during his visit. Simon said a journalist in Uzbekistan has been imprisoned longer than any other journalist anywhere else in the world, referring to opposition editor Muhammad Bekjanov, who has been jailed since 1999.

Under Secretary of State Richard Stengel told the same forum that the situation is worsening for journalists around the world who have become combatants in a war zone.

But he also said “what diplomacy is about is mixed messages,” so that while Kerry may not have objected in public he could well have raised the issue of the reporter behind the scenes.

Stengel said this is the kind of difficult conversation U.S. diplomats are often called on to have behind closed doors. “On the one hand we need to cooperate with you on counterterrorism. But on the other hand you have to do better on repressing… free speech in your own space.”

Simon said that kind of conversation contains an inherent contradiction because the line between the language of terrorism or propaganda and journalism falls on a continuum. “Somewhere along the continuum, these calls get pretty hard to make… and they get exploited by governments around the world who draw that line in a completely different place.”

He said U.S. government efforts on behalf of press freedom and imprisoned journalists have been inconsistent but, “we advocated at CPJ for greater engagement by the U.S. government around the issues of press freedom and on behalf of imprisoned journalists. I do need to say thank you because I have seen a response and I do think that that has happened.” In particular, Simon noted that the U.S. played a role in the release of bloggers imprisoned in Vietnam.

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In case there was any doubt about the magnitude of the crack trade, this photo gives an idea.

These are more than 20,000 crack rocks police confiscated Sunday in Linda Vista, Rio Azul de La Unión. There also were amounts of cocaine and money. The street value of the crack is about $40,000.

Crack is the drug of choice in low-income areas. It is the most addictive form of the drug, and probably is the reason for most of the country's street crime.

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Safety being reinforced in the vicinity of the Turrialba volcano
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Increased activity at Volcán Turrialba has caused the national emergency commission to take additional measures around the mountain.

The volcano has been having small eruptions up to an average of once an hour.

Officials and scientists fear that something larger is likely.

Most of the livestock from farms and ranches near the volcano are being relocated.  One school in the community of El Centro is being closed. Students from a second school are being transferred to an institution further away.

Animal health officials said that there were 279 cows within two kilometers of the volcano. Most are milk cows.

This is not a bad development for the animals because the pastures in the vicinity of the mountain are covered with volcanic ash. Farmers with crops in the field have had to spray the plants each day to wash off damaging ash.

Some of the trees and bushes near the volcano have suffered considerably from the acidic vapor generated by the rain and the volcano.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias has established a second ring with a five-kilometer radius around the mountain. Inside this ring residents are being instructed on emergency procedures and local emergency committees have been formed. The

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Livestock operators continue moving animals away from the volcano.

commission gave a summary Monday of its efforts to date.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes reported that it has invested more than $1 million in improving the roads around the volcano so that they are suitable for a hasty evacuation.

The mountain continues to be under heavy surveillance, and every microquake beneath the volcano is logged and studied.

There is a probability that the volcano will simply return to sleep, although volcano scientists are predicting at least a small eruption. The major damage in the past has been the grounding of aircraft at Juan Santamaría airport due to deposits of ash.

Trio steps over the line of political criticism by throwing rocks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three young men made their political positions clear early Monday when they heaved rocks into the windows of the Asamblea Legislativa.  However, rock throwing is not protected speech, so police
quickly rounded them up and
remanded them to the flagrancy court. The trio's actions were documented by the closed-circuit television security system of the legislature.

Police said that some windows had been broken on the south side of the assembly building.

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Researchers fail to support idea that chimps can pick up a new dialect
By the New York University news staff

Research published earlier this year claiming chimpanzees can learn each others’ language is not supported, a team of scientists concludes after reviewing the study.

The scholarship in question, published in the journal Current Biology in February, centered on the examination of two sets of chimpanzees in the Edinburgh Zoo: one that had been captive for several years in the facility and one that had recently arrived from the Beekse Bergen Safari Park in the Netherlands.

Over three years, the researchers claimed that the new arrivals had altered their sounds to those of the long-term residents when communicating about a common object, apples, resulting in what they saw as a newly shared vocalization.

The original study team, which included faculty from the University of York, the University of Zurich, and the University of St. Andrews, posited that the findings “provide the first evidence for vocal learning in a referential call in non-humans.” This was offered as evidence that chimpanzees can learn different calls for the same object, which was widely interpreted as an important finding for the study of language evolution.

But a review of the Current Biology study by researchers at the German Primate Center in Göttingen, the University of Kent, and New York University, suggests these conclusions are off-base.

“There are a number of problems with the original study,” observes James Higham, an assistant professor in New York University’s Department of Anthropology and a co-author of the new analysis, which also appears in Current Biology. “Some of these relate to the methods used while others are fundamentally a misrepresentation of what the data actually show.”

Higham and his colleagues see the research as flawed in two fundamental ways: one, it may have misread the causes behind changes in vocalization, and two, it doesn’t recognize that most initial vocalizations of the two groups were similar to begin with and didn’t significantly change over the studied period.

“Our first point relates to changes in arousal, which the authors did not control for and which could prompt false conclusions about the causes behind vocal changes,” 
explains  Julia Fischer of the German Primate Center, lead
 author of the new analysis. “The Dutch chimpanzees may have given slightly different calls to the Edinburgh chimps, and then changed their calls, due simply to differences in their original feeding environments and diet, and then the subsequent changes in these following their move to Edinburgh.”

This factor alone could alter the nature of vocalizations without reflecting a change in the call type given in response to an object. For instance, a higher pitched call may indicate a state of excitement rather than a new way of communicating. The original study’s authors argued that the chimpanzees’ changes in pitch when referring to apples were not linked to differences in arousal, but, rather, amounted to a new way of communicating about the same object. However, the original study presented no data showing that the state of arousal of the Dutch chimpanzees did not change over time.

In addition, and perhaps more importantly, the authors of the new analysis note that differences in sounds between the two chimpanzee groups are not terribly distinct. In fact, they write, “the majority of calls did not differ in the first place, indicating that irrespective of their provenance, most subjects of both populations had always responded with the general same call type to the presentation of apples.” They add that convergence in vocalizations between the two groups of chimpanzees is overstated.

“Closer inspection of the data reveals that both groups largely overlapped in the range of calls they were originally giving in response to apples, with only a few calls of the Dutch chimpanzees outside the range of the calls given by the Edinburgh chimpanzees,” says Brandon Wheeler, a co-author of the new analysis and a biological anthropologist at the University of Kent. “There is some statistically significant but biologically weak change of the calls over time following the move of the Dutch chimpanzees to Edinburgh, but such social modulation is a well-known phenomenon in animal vocalizations that has been found in most primate calls—and even in the calls of goats.”

“This process bears little resemblance to chimpanzees vocally learning a different call for the same object, the phenomenon that was claimed by the original authors,” adds Higham.

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that the original study tells us much new about the evolution of language,” notes Fischer, a professor of cognitive ethology.

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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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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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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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Two Vatican insiders held
on espionage allegations

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Vatican arrested a Spanish priest and a laywoman suspected of stealing confidential documents and leaking them to the media, the Holy See acknowledged Monday.

The two, who served on a special commission that Pope Francis established to advise him on economic and administrative reforms at the Curia, were arrested and interrogated over the weekend, according to a statement. They were identified as Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and public relations expert Francesca Chaouqui.

The monsignor, 54, holds one of the top positions in the Vatican's economic affairs office. He's being detained in a Vatican City jail cell, a Vatican spokesman said.

Ms. Chaouqui, 33, was released Monday after she agreed to cooperate with the probe. She has retained one of Italy’s top criminal attorneys, Giulia Bongiorno, who’d secured an acquittal for American Amanda Knox's co-defendant in an internationally watched murder trial.   

The panel last year finished its work and submitted a report to the pope, who subsequently implemented reforms including setting up a new economic ministry.

Based on a law enacted early in Francis’ papacy, "the leaking of confidential information and documents is a crime,'' the Vatican said in a statement.

Vallejo Balda belongs to a priest group linked to Opus Dei, the conservative Catholic organization. "If the allegation turns out to be proven, it will be particularly painful because of the damage done to the church," Opus Dei said in a statement. 

Last week, Vatican police were investigating tampering of a computer used by Libero Milone, the Holy See’s top auditor appointed several months ago,  Italian news reports said. The Vatican confirmed the tampering probe but didn’t say whether the arrests of Vallejo Balda and Ms. Chaouqui were linked.

The French news agency AFP noted the incident represents the Vatican’s second leak scandal in three years. The butler to Pope Benedict XVI, Paolo Gabriele, was convicted in 2012 of stealing the now-emeritus pontiff’s private papers and leaking them to a journalist. Gabriele, pardoned by Benedict after he served several months in a Vatican jail, now works in a Vatican-run hospital.

Books by two Italian journalists, containing new evidence on past Vatican scandals, are scheduled for release on Wednesday.

One is "Merchants in the Temple," by Gianluigi Nuzzi. It follows up on his 2012 book, "His Holiness," based on documents provided by Gabriele.

"Avarice," by Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, is subtitled "Documents Revealing Wealth, Scandals and Secrets of Francis’ Church."

Fittipaldi writes for L'Espresso newsweekly, which, the AP points out, "has published some of the most damaging leaks of Francis' papacy, including most recently the letter by 13 cardinals warning Francis about his family synod."

New Chinese criminal code
concerns those using Internet

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China has started to implement a new set of revised criminal laws that include punishments for Internet users for what the government calls starting rumors on the web.

According to the new law, which became effective Sunday, when netizens pass on false information via Weibo and other social media outlets, or post messages that fabricate false danger, disease, disaster, or police information on forum boards, they can be prosecuted and sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

Chinese human rights activist Ou Biaofeng said he is concerned the Chinese government will use the laws to silence critics.

"The purpose of the new law is to suppress dissidents and human rights activists. Chinese authorities allow no criticism," he said. "But human rights activists and civil society want to make their voices heard. With the new law, authorities will be able to further crack down on freedom of expression, and cause fear among netizens. "

Wu Bin, another human rights activist, asked who will decide whether information is false and what criteria will be used? Wu also questioned how it will be decided if the accused deliberately spreads false information or not.

"The government sets their own standards. They are very flexible. If they want to arrest you, they will say you deliberately spread rumors. To us dissidents and government critics, they will do everything possible to make it look like we have committed a crime,"  Wu Bin said.

Some Chinese Internet users are worried that the government will abuse the law. One Internet user warns fellow netizens to close their mouths and only make eye contact. Another user said, “False news is not scary. What’s really scary is that the government accuses you of spreading rumor when you are obviously telling the truth."

Some believe that the Chinese government and official media often conceal or lie about the number of casualties in accidents, natural disasters, or police operations. The question is whether the law will apply to them as well.

Dissident Wu Bin said: "The government openly tells lies and is never punished or held accountable. All should be equal before the law. The government should be punished also."

The Chinese government has enhanced its control of the Internet and made examples of some netizens for spreading rumors.

For example, this year Beijing police accused an Internet user of spreading rumors and sentenced him to a five-day administrative detention after he said he saw investors committing suicide during the stock market crash in July.

After the huge Tianjin warehouse explosion in August, authorities were initially tight-lipped on the number of casualties, but when two local Internet users forwarded messages saying there were 1,300 deaths, the two were arrested and accused of spreading false information and disturbing public order. They too were put under administrative detention.

With the new law, sentencing for spreading rumors is three to seven years in prison, depending on if the government thinks there are serious consequences.

Last week, a report by Freedom House, entitled “Freedom on the Net 2015,” had China ranked as the worst abuser of Internet freedom in the world.

Bike device tells rider
the correct route to take

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As bicycles become an increasingly popular alternative form of transportation in big cities, the number of accidents is also on the rise, often because riders are being distracted while trying to navigate with maps and directions from their smart phones. A new technology developed in Canada may make navigation simpler and safer. 

In many cities around the world, including Montreal and Washington, anyone with a credit card can go to a ride-share station and rent a bike.

But knowing how to ride, and riding on a busy street while making turns to reach a destination safely are two different things.

Public Bike System Co., which operates Montreal’s bike share system, says its riders needed a device that could make figuring out how to get where they were going simpler and safer.

“The less people are inclined to look for information with one hand on their bicycles and the other on their smart phones, the more they are focused on the road the better it will be. And they receive information only at certain times," said Director of Operations Jean-Paul Palaux.

‘SmartHalo,’ developed by Montreal-based company Cycle-Labs, lets riders keep their smart phones in their pockets.

“By having SmartHalo on your bike you get very simple and clear instructions," said Maxime Couturier of Cycle-Labs.

Permanently installed on the handlebars, SmartHalo connects wirelessly to the rider’s smartphone, finding the simplest and safest route to the desired destination.

Directions are communicated with clear visual signals. It tracks the rider's time, speed, distance and calories burned, and indicates incoming phone calls and messages. It is water and dust proof, and cannot be removed from the bike without a special key.

“It's really great when you don't really know which route to take to reach point B. When you don't really know the city, I think it's awesome because it tells you where you can go," said cyclist Emilie Bonnier.

‘SmartHalo’, which costs $150, also has a built-in safety device that flashes red and sounds a loud alarm if someone tries to steal the bike.

Its developers hope to install the device on all bike share bicycles in Montreal, and hopefully on thousands of bikes around the world. 

Antarctica accumulating ice,
NASA satellite study says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new study of ice formation in Antarctica could challenge conventional wisdom that the continent is losing land ice.

Writing in the Journal of Glaciology, the National Aeronautics and Spac Administration said satellite data showed that the Antarctic ice sheet gained 112 billion tons of ice per year from 1992 to 2001. That slowed to 82 billion tons annually from 2003 to 2008.

But the gains were not uniform around the continent.

“We’re essentially in agreement with other studies that show an increase in ice discharge in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Thwaites and Pine Island region of West Antarctica,” said Jay Zwally, a glaciologist with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study. “Our main disagreement is for East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica. There, we see an ice gain that exceeds the losses in the other areas.”

Zwally added that his team measured small height changes over large areas, as well as the large changes observed over smaller areas.

Zwally cautions that the gains in one area could be offset by loss in another.

“If the losses of the Antarctic Peninsula and parts of West Antarctica continue to increase at the same rate they’ve been increasing for the last two decades, the losses will catch up with the long-term gain in East Antarctica in 20 or 30 years,” he said. “I don’t think there will be enough snowfall increase to offset these losses.”

Zwally and his team reached their conclusions by measuring the height of the ice sheet using two satellites.

Previous gains in ice elevation in East Antarctica have been attributed to increased snow accumulation, but Zwally said meteorological data shows snowfall in the region decreased by 11 billion tons per year.

The researchers also used ice core samples to analyze snowfall over tens of thousands of years. That suggested the thickness of the ice in East Antarctica has been increasing for a long time.

“The good news is that Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise, but is taking 0.23 millimeters per year away,” Zwally said.

Jeb Bush seeks to restart
his faltering campaign

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

What could be a make or break week for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush began with a rally in Tampa, Florida, Monday, where the former Florida governor promised to highlight his record as a reform-minded conservative. Bush told an enthusiastic crowd that his priorities include reforming government, disrupting the status quo and lifting people up, not tearing them down.

Bush, once thought to be the frontrunner for his party’s nomination, embarked on a bus tour of Florida and the early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire in an effort to reboot his flagging campaign. Many in the crowd at the Tampa rally held signs proclaiming the theme of the tour—“Jeb Can Fix It!”

Bush told the Tampa crowd he’s gotten a lot of advice since his much-criticized debate performance last week but he also said he would not compromise his core principles. “Number one, I can’t be something I’m not, and two, getting things done isn’t about yelling into a camera or regurgitating soundbites free of substance," he said. "Leadership is about telling people not what they want to hear, but what they must hear. It’s not about tearing people down but bringing people together.”

Bush hopes to regain momentum after a debate performance that alarmed political pundits and disappointed many of his supporters. Campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, Bush acknowledged he will need to turn things around fast. “I have enough humility to know that I’ve got to get better,” he said.

Bush spent time in New Hampshire following the latest debate, trying to win over voters one at a time by shifting the focus away from the debates. “It’s not about the big personalities on the stage. It’s not about performance. It’s about leadership and the leader today in this country needs to be a unifier,” he said.

Bush has long been considered the favorite of establishment Republicans. But his poll ratings have fallen with the rise of outsiders who appeal to conservatives like Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Bush also recently cut campaign staff and salaries, adding to the perception that his campaign was on the ropes. Bush’s growing frustration has been evident on the campaign trail. “I got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that,” he said.

Despite his famous name, Bush has struggled to connect with voters, said American University presidential historian Allan Lichtman. “Jeb Bush has run one of the worst campaigns in modern history. He not only commits gaffes, he doesn’t seem committed to the campaign. He’s not crisp, he’s not sharp, he’s not appealing,” Lichtman said.

Bush has also had difficulty in separating himself from his famous family’s political legacy, said analyst Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. “Bush has the dilemma right now that he is trapped in a Bush body and simply cannot and will not gain the kind of distance from the policies of his brother and father that is required if you are going to get back to a dominant position,” Ornstein said.

But given the Bush name and wealthy supporters, Bush could still mount a comeback, said Republican strategist John Feehery. “I wouldn’t count Jeb Bush out. He’s got a lot of money, a lot of money on hand, a big Super Pac and a lot of organization that none of the other candidates can really match,” said Feehery.

Bush’s next opportunity to rebound will come in the fourth Republican debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Nov. 10.

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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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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

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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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  This is another homemade shotgun that police confiscated from a
   robbery suspect in La Carpio, La Uruca. The female victim
   suffered an injury to her head where she was struck, said police.

Police wound suspect in fire fight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two police officers shot it out with two robbery suspects in Peñas Blancas near the Nicaragua border Sunday night.

Officials said that the two officers appeared to have broken up a possible stickup at a gasoline service station, and at least one of the suspected robbers began firing. Officers returned fire and wounded one of the men in the leg. A second individual fled, they said.

Police officer Luis Chavarría Bello suffered a bullet wound to the right knee, said officials. The officers confiscated a 9-mm. pistol, they added.

Border collie skills to be showcased

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Border collies will put on a show of their herding abilities Nov.14 in  Balsa de Atenas as part of an hour-long dog exhibition.

The event is part of the three-day convention of the Congreso Centroamericano de Productores de Ovejas y Cabras, and the location is at the Universidad Técnica Nacional.

There are an estimated 35,800 sheep in Costa Rica and about 122,852 goats, said the organization.

The display of dog abilities is in the hands of the Escuela de Adiestramiento y Criadero Viento Salvaje in San Isidro de Heredia. An announcement said that in addition to border collies herding sheep, attack dogs and other talented canines will be featured. One called Benji appeared on the Sábado Gigante television show in Miami, said the organization.

The border collie was bred especially for herding sheep in Scotland and England. Training one takes about six months, said the organization.

East Side social group plans meeting Nov. 22

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The East Side Lunch and Social Group meets at 1 p.m. Nov. 22, a Sunday, in the greater San Pedro area. All are welcome, according to organizer Richard Stern. Those seeking more information should send him an e-mail at, he said.

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Equifax to increase employees over three years

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Equifax, Inc., said Monday that it would be expanding its workforce here over the next three years from 600 to 1,000.

The financial services company is best known as a credit rating agency. Workers here will be handling information requests from 19 American and European countries, said the firm. The work will be in purchasing, accounting and financial services, it said.

The company also handled credit rating requests from Costa Rica.