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Officials plan to sign Orotina airport study contract
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Government officials will take another step today to construct a new jetport in the canton of Orotina. The new airport is supposed to be ready by 2025 and be twice the size of the existing international airport, Juan Santamaría.

The central government is calling today an historic occasion. The plan is to sign a contract for a master plan for the airport. 10 international firms have been competing for the contract, and the successful bidder has not yet been named.

The firm selected will help government officials determine exactly where the new airport will be located within the Alajuela canton and sketch out the details of the airport.

There also are many technical details related to flying that have to be considered.

The firm selected will have a year to do the work and receive about $1.6 million in  payment.

The work would start quickly if none of the other bidders challenge the award. This type of work was supposed to have been started in 2014, so government officials are not too hopeful that the airport will be ready by 2025.

The regional Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea is paying for the study.

The new airport is supposed to have two runways, each three miles long to accommodate giant jets.

There are supposed to be 20 boarding ramps, double the capacity of Juan Santamaría. The land area is expected to be about 1,200 hectares or about 2,965 acres.

Bids for the study were due in March.

Attending the ceremony today will be President Luis Guillermo Solís, Carlos Villalta, the minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, and the tourism minister, Mauricio Ventura. The site will be the Orotina fairgrounds.

Jacó rental firm seems to have suspended services
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The vacation rental business Mead Brown in Jacó appears to have stopped servicing its customers.

The company’s Web site is simply an email sign-in now, and the firm’s 24-hour number does not answer.

The Facebook page is not available, according to a statement posted by the social network.

One of the firm’s partners, Michael Brown, has not responded to emails.

Jacó residents report that some of the firm’s employees could not enter the offices late last week because the doors were locked.

The company’s main business is providing a brokerage business for owners of vacation homes and condos in Costa Rica. Many of the owners are U.S. and Canadian expats. Some of the homes managed by the firm are believed to have short-term renters in them now.
Naturally, the firm’s 40 or so employees are anxious because they are expecting severance pay if the firm has closed down.

The rental market in Costa Rica is an important aspect of the tourism business. Mead Brown advertised that it provided rental management services all over the Central Pacific coast and in places as distant as Montezuma and Cóbano on the Nicoya peninsula.

Foreign expats rely on such firms to collect rents and pay utilities and taxes as well as provide some maintenance, depending on the text of the contract. Renters frequently are provided with housekeeping and concierge services. Even more importantly for absentee owners is the service to check out renters so that the property that belongs to the rental stays there.

Mead Brown listings that are available on the Web site of other providers on the internet show daily rents of from $250 to $3,000 a night. The firm also listed tours and fishing trips as services.

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Only six arrests at soccer championship

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fuerza Pública said it detained just six persons at the national football championship in Heredia Saturday night.

The Club Sport Herediano defeated the Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, 2-0, and hundreds of Heredia fans gathered in the streets to celebrate. But there were few incidents. Police had a large contingent of officers supporting private security workers. The celebration went on into Sunday morning.

Two persons were detained for distrbances and one was held for a street robbery using a pair of scissors. One man was found to be carrying a pistol, police said.

One man was held ffiveor the apparent thefts of cell telephones.

Police managed to confiscate fireworks and paint sprayers from the ardent fans before the game.

Soccer federation picks African woman

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The world soccer federation appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal as its first female, non-European secretary general.

The United Nations veteran, Ms. Samoura, brings no sports experience to football's global ruling body.

But federation President Gianni Infantino said he hopes that will help as it tries to regain the trust and credibility of the world after far-reaching corruption, bribery and financial misconduct.

"She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organizations perform. Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organization," Infantino said. The full name of the federation is the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

Ms. Samoura will take her post by mid-June after undergoing an eligibility check administered by an independent review committee.

The former secretary general, Jerome Valcke of France, was fired in January and banned from football for 12 years over misconduct in television deals and World Cup ticket sales, one of the many scandals that have hit the federation.

Sepp Blatter, federation president for 18 years, resigned in the wake of the investigations into widespread corruption at the organization. He was later banned from football activities for six years by sporting authorities.

Blatter was heavily criticized in 2004 by female football players after he suggested the women's game would attract more attention if players wore tighter shorts to promote a more female aesthetic.

Federation officials are meeting in Mexico for the first time since the organization passed a raft of reforms aimed at avoiding a repeat of the corruption scandal that has seen 42 soccer officials and entities indicted in the United States.

In other decisions, the federation Congress accepted Kosovo and Gibraltar as the newest members, taking its membership total to 211.

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Sala IV constitutional court denies water to giant development
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has declined to order a local water company to provide service to a giant development in Playa Potrero.

The Poder Judicial released a short summary Friday that said although there is a fundamental right to drinking water, the local utility does not have to provide services if there are technical reasons in the way. The court also said that the denial of water service was fully justified due to the fragility and vulnerability
of the aquifer in the area. Exploiting the aquifer, the
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The project involved, Las Catalinas, is supposed to have 2,500 villas with swimming pools. The project has been controversial, and it has figured in an earlier constitutional court case over environmental issues.

The water in this area of Santa Cruz is provided by an asociacion administrador de  sistemas de acueductos y alcantarillados sanitarios, basically a local organization

Collection courts have been beefed up and the backlog reduced
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Juzgado de Cobros is in charge of dealing with cases where private creditors request debtors to pay off what they owe.

Five years ago, this same court experienced serious delays in its cases and some of its staff was investigated for sexual and labor harassment. Some cases took up to 16 months to be solved.

As of 2013, judiciary authorities started an internal investigation of the problems the court faced. They quickly recognized that employees could not deal with the high volume of complaints, and one year later a restructuring started.

During the second semester of 2014, the Corte Suprema de Justicia ordered the creation of two more Juzgados de Cobros to reduce the high delay rate.

These new courts started their full operation in 2015, and employees from other administrative units were transferred to

staff them. Today, each of them has eight judges and 24 technicians.

“Juzgados I and II dealt with accrued cases until March this year. That allowed them to catch up. Juzgado III has dealt only new cases and because of the reform, cases are processed and involved parties notified within 24 hours after a complaint is filed.” said María Mora, coordinator judge of Juzgado I.

According to Judge Mora, users can now expect to get prompt justice and praises the support offered by the high authorities of Poder Judicial.

A new collections law went into effect in 2008, that was the measure that created the specialized court in the first place.

Only a fax number or an e-mail address will be valid for notifications, according to the law. Still some lawyers complain that a major delay is the difficulty in notifying individuals that they have been called in to court.

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Impact of harvesting sea turtles reported to have been underestimated
By the University of Exeter news staff

An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has shown.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter in the Cape Verde islands, 500 kilometers off the West Coast of Africa, and one of the world’s leading nesting sites for the protected loggerhead species, found that the biological impact of the trade has been previously underestimated and that turtles are still being harvested and consumed.

The authors suggest that conservation interventions need to be refined and reassessed and said they believe the study’s findings will provide valuable knowledge about human behavior and socio-economic influences for informing national policymakers.

They recommend focusing both on suppliers and consumers for more robust solutions given that enforcement alone is not likely to protect turtle populations in the region.

Joana Hancock, lead author of the study which is published in the journal Oryx, conducted the research as part of her master’s degree with colleagues.

She conducted anonymous interviews in two islands in Cape Verde with those involved in the harvesting, sale and consumption of turtles. She found although there has been an apparent decrease in harvesting and consumption over the last decade, there has been a shift from subsistence to commercial harvesting in certain islands.

The study reports that while the existence of laws to protect marine turtles was perceived by survey respondents as a key deterrent to harvesting, environmental awareness campaigns and lack of availability were perceived as main reasons for decrease in turtle consumption.

Ms. Hancock, who is now a doctoral student at the University of Lisbon, said: “Reducing illegal harvesting in Cape Verde has been a major conservation challenge in the region, as the third largest loggerhead sea turtle aggregation in the world nests in Cape Verde, facing huge pressure from hunting.
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Several strategies have been used to eradicate this problem with limited impact. We hope that this study sheds some light in aspects that may have been previously overlooked when designing conservation actions and may have positive outcomes in the future.”

Co-author Dr Ana Nuno, a research fellow from the University of Exeter, said: “This study demonstrates the need to better understand social aspects of natural resource use and provides particularly relevant insights to inform ongoing decisions about regulations in Cape Verde. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use our research to address issues of conservation concern being discussed by decision-makers.”

Brendan Godley, a professor who supervised the project, said: “The global importance of the turtles of Cape Verde has been clearly demonstrated. Key among the threats they face is this potentially unsustainable take at the nesting beaches. This study highlights a range of areas for conservation action."

The publication of this study coincides with an international workshop organized by MAVA Foundation in Cape Verde, this week, which aims at developing the action plan to eradicate disturbance and illegal harvesting on the four most important nesting sites for green and loggerhead sea turtles in West Africa. The event will gather the main actors involved in sea turtle conservation in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau, together with other key stakeholders from the region and beyond.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has kept a lower public profile in recent days but remains a focal point of the nation’s political discussion. But despite having cut back on campaign events and speaking engagements, he continues to dominate America’s political and media landscape.

From impersonations on late-night comedy shows to political talk shows, viewers cannot escape Trump on U.S. television or fail to hear him mentioned at almost any political event. 

Democratic presidential contenders take aim at the New York businessman at every turn.

“I am looking forward to debating Donald Trump come the fall,” Hillary Clinton, leading Democratic presidential candidate, said at a recent rally.

Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, admitted that on the topic of Trump he is in agreement with the former secretary of State.
“While we may have many disagreements with Secretary Clinton, there is one area we agree. And that is, we must defeat Donald Trump,” said Sanders, also speaking at a rally.

Meanwhile, almost every elected Republican in the country is being asked the same question, "Do you support Trump?"

Last week’s private meeting between Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan generated a media frenzy but no clear-cut answers.

“We had a very encouraging meeting,” said Ryan of his meeting with the real estate tycoon-turned politician, but he remained tight-lipped on substance.

“Look, it is no secret that Donald Trump and I have had our differences. We talked about those differences today,” he said.

Ryan did concede the fascination with Trump is no surprise.

“He has gotten more votes than any Republican primary nominee, right, in the history of our country. And this is not even over yet. He has not gone to California yet,” Ryan said of the pace at which Trump was picking up votes in state-by-state nominating contests.

The White House had a different take. Spokesman Josh Earnest took issue with the fact that the spectacle surrounding Trump’s persona took away attention from other important matters.

“Right now, we see Republicans much more focused on their relationship with the presumptive nominee than they are on things like passing a budget or passing funding for the zika virus to avert a public health disaster,” Earnest said.

Political analysts say it was Trump’s dominance of the media landscape that has helped him defeat more than a dozen other Republican presidential contenders earlier this year. That dominance continues as Trump focuses on his likely Democratic opponent, Mrs. Clinton, saying that he is the last person she wants to run against in the November election.

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Trump’s female relationships

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Donald Trump's treatment of women through the years, the executives he's hired by day for his real estate development business and the beautiful women he's pursued at night, is getting a new look by U.S. media now that he is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Two of the country's most prominent news outlets, The Washington Post and The New York Times, both published stories in recent days looking in detail at Trump's past connections with women. They comprise the majority of the U.S. electorate Trump would face in November's national presidential election against the likely Democratic nominee, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is seeking to become the country's first female president.

The Post reported that for years in the 1990s Trump masqueraded as his own publicist, often calling himself John Miller or John Barron in calls with reporters as he bragged about his exploits with women while he was married to the first of his three wives, Ivana Trump.

In one taped interview, a man claiming to be Trump's spokesman but with a voice sounding like Trump, said, "Actresses just call to see if they can go out with him and things." The publicist assured the reporter that Trump treated his wife well as would he his new girlfriend, Marla Maples, who became his second wife.

In the interview, Miller referred to Trump as "he," but lapsed into the first person, too, as he talked about one Trump conquest. "I think it's somebody that — you know, she's beautiful. I saw her once, quickly and beautiful . . . " he said before continuing the conversation in the third person.

Trump denied that the voice on the tape was his, but he testified in a 1990 court case that he used the alter ego Miller on occasion.

The Times said that more than 50 interviews it conducted with women Trump has encountered through the years "reveal unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct."
"What emerges from the interviews is a complex, at times contradictory portrait of a wealthy, well-known and provocative man and the women around him, one that defies simple categorization," the article said. "Some women found him gracious and encouraging. He promoted several to the loftiest heights of his company, a daring move for a major real estate developer at the time."

The newspaper said, "He simultaneously nurtured women’s careers and mocked their physical appearance."

One beauty contest entrant recalled Trump introducing himself to her and abruptly kissing her "directly on the lips. I thought, 'Oh my God, gross.'"

A New York public official, a woman, remembered Trump cutting short a meeting as he announced, "I have this great date tonight with a model for Victoria's Secret."

As he surged to the top of the once-crowded field of 17 Republican presidential contenders, Trump often has described himself as a champion of women's rights. He has branded Mrs. Clinton as an enabler of infidelities committed by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

After the Times story was published Sunday, Trump tweeted, "Everyone continues to pile onto Donald, but they can NEVER take away our votes."

In another tweet, he said, "The failing NYTimes wrote yet another hit piece on me. All are impressed with how nicely I have treated women, they found nothing. A joke!"

Asked about Trump's relations with women, the Republican national chairman, Reince Preibus, told ABC on Sunday, "These are things that he's going to have to answer for."  But Priebus said voters are more interested in what he would do as a possible president.

"I don’t think Donald Trump is being judged based on his personal life," Priebus said.  "I think people are judging Donald Trump as to whether or not he’s someone that’s going to go to Washington and shake things up.  And that’s why he’s doing so well."

Six months ahead of the national election, political surveys show Mrs. Clinton with about a 6-percentage point edge over Trump. The winner will succeed President Barack Obama when he leaves office next January after eight years in the White House.

Democratic nomination still
sought by both candidates

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The big prize for the two U.S. Democratic Party presidential hopefuls is still three weeks away, but there are still four primary contests beforehand that could help decide the race.

Still 213 delegates are up for grabs in those four contests ahead of the big California primary, which itself offers 546 delegates.

While former secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont by nearly 300 pledged delegates going into this Tuesday's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon, Sanders continues to win contests and has pledged to stay in the race until the July party convention in Philadelphia.

With Donald Trump set as the presumptive Republican nominee, Clinton's team would like to turn its attention to the general election contest, but her campaign still can't fully make that shift.

Mrs. Clinton's delegate total, including so-called superdelegates pledged to support her, is about 50 short of what she would need to clinch the nomination. Sanders is more than 900 short.

A win in at least one of the two contests this week would give Mrs. Clinton momentum heading into the primaries in California and New Jersey next month. Oregon is likely to go for Sanders, but Mrs. Clinton's campaign thinks the race is competitive in Kentucky, where she was spending Sunday and Monday courting voters.

Sunday, the former secretary of State dropped in at Louisville churches and had two get-out-the-vote rallies on her schedule.
"It will be close, but either way, as with all the contests this month, we will gain additional delegates and move that much closer to clinching the nomination," spokesman Brian Fallon said in an email to reporters.

Mrs. Clinton has avoided calling on Sanders to drop out of the race. But observers worry that Sanders could damage her chances by staying in.

Meanwhile, Trump adviser Paul Manafort told CNN's "State of the Union" program Sunday that the campaign is hoping to appeal to Sanders' supporters in the general election.

"You see Democrat support for Bernie Sanders that is potential Trump support, when it's indicated that they will never vote for Hillary Clinton, and when you analyze who those people are that are saying it, they're the very demographic that Trump is appealing to in independents and crossover Democrats," Manafort said.

Campaign for vote on the EU
is heating up for the British

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The campaigns for and against Britain's European Union membership intensified Saturday, with anti-EU figurehead Boris Johnson saying the bloc's current structure was doomed to fail and pro-EU Prime Minister David Cameron warning that a British EU exit would trigger economic recession.

In a Sunday newspaper interview, Johnson, a former London mayor, referenced the failed military campaigns of Napoleon and Hitler to consolidate the continent under a single government, and he accused the EU of "an attempt to do this by different methods." 

He then referred to "the eternal problem, which is that there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe."

With pre-vote surveys showing the remain and leave forces in a virtual tie, Cameron predicted a different outcome in comments to supporters Saturday.

"If we vote to leave on the 23rd of June, we will be voting for higher prices. We will be voting for fewer jobs. We will be voting for lower growth. We will be voting potentially for a recession," he said. He then cited Treasury data estimating that an EU exit would cost British families more than $6,000 each.

"That's the last thing our economy needs,"  he said.

Britons are decidedly split on the issue of whether to leave or remain in the 28-nation political and economic bloc. An average of the last six public opinion polls shows voters evenly split, with 50 percent saying Britain should go and 50 percent saying it should stay.

French female politicians
speak out against sexism

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Seventeen female former French government ministers, including current International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, say they will no longer remain silent about sexual harassment in French politics.

Writing Sunday in the French weekly Journal du Dimanche, the women vowed to publicize all sexist remarks, as well as inappropriate gestures and behavior from contemporaries in the halls of French political power.

Sunday's op-ed was published just days after nine women complained of alleged sexual harassment by Denis Baupin, the deputy speaker of the lower house of parliament.  Baupin, who resigned his post, has denied the allegations and has promised to fight them.

Eighty-nine-year-old former Justice Ministry official Monique Pelletier was among the 17 signatories. She recently revealed that she had been sexually assaulted by an unnamed senator in 1979, and said she was ashamed of her own silence.

"We will no longer keep quiet," the women wrote. "We encourage all victims of sexual aggression to speak out and complain." 

"We went into politics for different reasons and we defend different ideas, but we share the belief that sexism has no place in our society."

Sexual misconduct in French politics was highlighted in 2011, when international news outlets described the New York City arrest of then International Monetary Fund chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of attempted rape and assault of a hotel worker.

Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the Monetary Fund following his arrest, and returned to France after U.S. charges in that case were dropped.  He later apologized for his actions and withdrew his name from presidential consideration, while insisting his encounter with the maid was consensual.

In a separate case that year, a French writer threatened and then dropped a civil case against Strauss-Kahn, after French prosecutors dropped rape charges against him.

Fake bomb causes British
to postpone soccer match

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

British authorities said Sunday that a suspect device they found at the Manchester United stadium and detonated was not viable.

Manchester police described the device as incredibly lifelike, and that a full search of Old Trafford stadium was being conducted.

After the device was found, tens of thousands of fans were ordered evacuated from Manchester United's 75,600 capacity stadium just 20 minutes before kick-off against Bournemouth in the final Premier League match of the season.

The match was initially delayed with the discovery of the package, but then called off.

British military bomb disposal experts took control of the suspicious package, which was found in the stands, and exploded it.

A European security official said the discovery of the package at Old Trafford coincided with increased internet chatter about threats to sports stadiums where there are large crowds.

Security at Premier League matches was increased after terrorists in Paris killed 130 people last November, including at the Stade de France sports stadium during an international match.

There has been no announcement about when the Manchester United-Bournemouth game will be played. The result would at minimum have an impact on prize money as determined by the final season standings.

Better bookkeeping sought
for medical errors in U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"If we treated medical error as a disease, it would be the third-largest killer in the United States," said Marty Makary, lead author of a study on fatal medical errors in the U.S.

Heart disease and cancer tie for the top two causes of death.

In their study, Makary and co-author Michael Daniel, both of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, looked at four large studies, including one that analyzed medical death rate data from 2000 to 2008. Based on that, they calculated that 9.5 percent of all deaths each year in the U.S. are caused by medical error. The study that was published in The BMJ.

Makary says no one knows how many people actually die because of these errors. U.S. death certificates don't have a place to list medical error under the cause of death.

Instead, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and health agencies in other countries use billing codes, codes insurance companies use for payment of medical care, to determine the causes of death. Makary says medical error is the only area of medicine that is not documented.

"As a cancer surgeon, we go through this incredible process to measure our national cancer statistics, patient by patient,” Makary said. “I see a patient with cancer, and I have to document the age and stage of the patient and the subtype of the cancer. And that goes into our national registry, and each year with millions of dollars of investment we put out our national cancer statistics, all the types and subtypes broken down in this complex report. We should do the same for medical error."

Makary added that unless mistakes are included in the Centers for Disease Control's registry, no one will know how to reduce the number of deaths from medical mistakes.

"We can't really get to the bottom of the problem unless we can create a culture where there's an open and honest discussion of the problem," Makary said.

Fear of retaliation or malpractice lawsuits that could result from accurately documenting the problem of medical mistakes is a major barrier that Makary says needs to be overcome.

"We need to interpolate the best available science, so our national health statistics are accurate. Right now they're not accurate," he said.

Makary says mistakes will always be a possibility because doctors, nurses and others involved in health care are human. He said these mistakes don't mean the health practitioners are bad, but, he says, with accurate information, systems and protocols can be made safer. Right now, he said, there's only anecdotal evidence.

For example, "the most common dangerous procedure in an emergency room today, according to many emergency room doctors, is a patient handoff," Makary said. That's when the staff changes shifts, or patients are sent for a procedure and their information is not passed on.

The researchers are calling for a change in the way deaths are classified on death certificates, so that health workers can find the weak spots in patient care and work to reduce them.

Dominican president seems
likely to win re-election

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina looks set to retain control of the country for a second term with early results showing him winning enough of the vote to avoid a run-off election.

Preliminary results from 14 percent of polling stations, have Medina with 60 percent of the vote. If that margin holds after all the votes are counted today, Medina will give his ruling party its fourth president in the last five elections.

Pre-election polls forecast Medina could take more than 50 percent of the vote, which would allow him to avoid the June run-off election.

His centrist Democratic Liberation Party has been in power for 12 years, winning four of the past five presidential elections.

In 2015, Medina, who was limited to one four-year-term, passed a reform that has allowed him to run for a second term.

Medina benefits from an economy that grew by 7 percent in the past year. But more than 40 percent of the Dominican Republic's 10 million residents are estimated to live in poverty.

Medina has been criticized for government policies that discriminate against Dominican-born children of Haitian immigrant workers. He has overseen the repatriation of tens and thousands of people with roots in Haiti, a policy condemned by human rights groups.

His closest competitor in Sunday's race is a businessman who is expected to command about 29 percent of the vote.

Luis Abinader, who has never held public office, has campaigned on a platform of increasing social welfare programs, reducing crime, and increasing the national minimum wage.

He has criticized the Medina government alleging corruption in government contracts.

Nearly seven million Dominicans are eligible to vote in Sunday's election. Results are expected on Monday.

European song competition
generates political controversy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wires services

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is heaping public praise on Ukrainian singer Jamala, after her surprise win Saturday over a Russian entry in the wildly popular Eurovision song contest. 

Poroshenko, writing on Twitter, said he personally congratulated the 33-year-old performer, whose winning song, "1944," lamented the Soviet wartime deportation of ethnic Tatars from the Crimean peninsula.

"YES!!! An unbelievable performance and victory," he tweeted in Ukrainian. "A heartfelt thank you from all of Ukraine, Jamala!

"The truth, as always, has prevailed," Poroshenko added in a subsequent tweet.

Many analysts interpreted the performance as a swipe at present-day Russia, which annexed the Crimea in 2014 and then supported a pro-Russian rebellion that has claimed more than 9,000 lives in eastern Ukraine.

In Moscow Sunday, Russian officials scoffed at the win. Lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev used Twitter to insist that Moscow's entry in the contest was robbed, and that geopolitics had, in his words, gained the upper hand.  Kosachev, a leading member of Russia's upper house of parliament, also described the win as further threatening a peace process with Kyiv aimed at ending the conflict.

Another member of Russia's upper house, Franz Klintzevich, said his country should boycott next year's contest, which is scheduled to be held in Ukraine.  In comments to the Ria Novosti news agency, he said Ukrainian officials likely will use their 2017 status as host to advance their political agenda.

Ukraine last week held its annual Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, honoring its World War II dead. The mourning encompassed those killed in Soviet purges of ethnic Tatars, a Turkic people who began settling in and near Crimea in the 10th century.

Singer Jamala, whose full name is Susana Jamaladinova, is herself of Crimean Tatar descent.  Her performance was broadcast live in Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Famous past Eurovision winners include the 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA, Canadian singer Celine Dion in 1988, and the Russian duo Tatu in 2003.

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San José, Costa Rica, Monday, May 16, 2016, Vol. 17, No. 95
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Keep snippers handy for a new addition

Editor’s note: This is an archive column that first ran last November. Mrs. Torley is taking a week off.

What’s not to love about cuttings?   They are so darn easy to get. Just keep a pair of garden snippers in the car. And so darn easy to start. In some

Victoria Torley
cases, just stick them in a patch of dirt.  You would think there is nothing else to say about cuttings, but there is.

First, there is the type of cutting you are taking.  There are plants that propagate best from hardwood cuttings and some that do best from softwood cuttings.  Softwood is 
new growth that hasn’t developed bark; it is still green or greenish.  Hardwood has developed bark.  Some plants will develop roots from either type of cutting. Others will only develop roots if the cutting is taken at the right place, from softwood or hardwood.  But why?

Plants have cells designed for specific purposes.  One type makes leaves, another bark, a third develops roots and so on.  In order for a cutting to develop roots, it needs to have cells capable of differentiation. They must be able to change from producing bark or leaves to being capable of producing roots.  In this, they might be compared to human stem cells.  Don’t know whether to cut from hard or soft wood?  Neither do I, so try a bit of both.

Now you have your cutting; what’s next?  When you get your cuttings home the cells at the cut are probably a bit dry, so make a fresh cut.  At this point, I like a to put a bit of hormone powder or liquid on the stem to help cells differentiate into roots, remove some of the leaves and all of the flowers or buds, and then put it in prepared soil.  Keep the soil moist but not soggy.  You will probably notice some wilting; in some cases all the old leaves fall off the cutting.  Do not be discouraged, as this is normal for some plants.  Some of the cuttings may develop new leaves.  If the cutting dies, problems could include soil that is too wet or too dry or you may have taken the wrong kind of cutting (soft vs. hard).  This is why we try to take multiple cuttings from different places on the same plant.

And now, a word of caution.  A friend of mine tells the story of stopping by the road, hopping out, and snipping a piece from a roadside plant.  She didn’t notice how close she was to the property owner’s home until a woman ran out at the car, yelling and waving her arms.  Oops!  So be careful with roadside cuttings. That plant may be someone’s treasure.

Plant of the Day

Here is a plant where the first thing to know is: plant downwind of your patio. The Dutchman’s pipe, Aristolochia macrophylla, attracts pollinators with the odor of rotting flesh.

The unopened flower, shown here, has a fantastic shape and is about a foot long (30 centimeters). The pipe is a vine and can grow up to 25 feet long (7 meters) under good conditions so provide a sturdy trellis.
Dutchman's                      pipe
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President is off to Europe seeking trade deals

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís leaves Wednesday for the United States where he is to participate in a seminar. Then he is off to Europe to visit Britain, Italy and the Vatican City to, among other goals, seek investments for Costa Rica.

Kansas State University has invited the president to participate in a seminar on the state of world conflicts and the challenge of security for democracy.

The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior says it has arranged meetings with business people in Britain and later in Italy. In Rome he will meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. A Casa Presidencial statement said he would promote Italian approval of a trade agreement between the European Union and Central America.

The president is traveling with his wife, two legislative deputies, foreign minister Manuel González and the minister of Comercio Exterior, Alexander Mora.

On the return trip, the president is scheduled to participate in another seminar in New York May 29.