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Quest for beauty extends to the tips of the fingers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Nail art is not exclusively Latin, but Central and South American women are known for their devotion to beauty.

That just does not mean wives of wealthy men who have nothing to do but shop and lavish money on proprietors of beauty shops. The quest for beauty is universal, from the most humble home.

The latest fad, fingernail art, has a long tradition in México and Colombia. Venezuelans are on the cutting edge, too.

An office worker may spend half her weekly salary at the beauty and nail shop. And don't forget the toenails!

The price is a function of the location. The sister's kitchen probably is the lowest in cost. Down the street at the local salon, the price is higher. At the mall, women need their credit card. And then there are those elaborate spas where the tip is more than many Costa Ricans make in a week.

The current beauty shop price of decorated fake nails is about 15,000 colons, some $28. Double that for a haircut, shampoo, styling and a tip
 Again, the price depends on location.

The emphasis on beauty is a cultural trait that has been carried to the United States. A visit to the Catholic church after Mass on Sunday will reveal elegantly dressed first generation American girls of Mexican parents. The girls are challenged in Spanish and have just enough words to converse with the old lady nearby selling tamales out of a camping cooler. They all look like they stepped out of a Latin glamour magazine.

In Costa Rica, it is the dance club that also hosts the fashion parade, nails and all. That's why the beauty salons are jammed Saturdays.

Sometimes elegantly dressed young women can be seen on San José downtown streets. The Latin tradition for sexy clothes runs strong, and Gringos can be tricked. One young man spotted two young ladies walking near the Teatro Nacional. He thought their elegant dress was a sign of their profession. About the time he made his approach, the Mercedes pulled up and two really big men exited to help these two daughters of the elite with their purchases.

Our hero quickly learned that culture is complex and that just because she looks good, she does not necessarily want to look good for you.

   

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats in parts of the metro area will have to drink their scotch straight Saturday night because the water company is turning off the flow.

Engineers from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados will be inspecting a tunnel that provides water to eight cantons.

The shutoff will be from 7 p.m. Saturday until the early hours of Sunday, the companies said.

The tunnel is the connection between the rios Grande Orosi and Macho that leads to the El Llano dam. That is where Acueductos y Alcantarillados takes the water for Cartago and the metro area. Depending on the location, the water might not be cut off completely but the flow will be reduced, the water company said.

The tunnel inspection is said to be part of routine maintenance. The tunnel also feeds water to the Río Macho electrical generating station, which is why the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad is involved.

In San José, these areas are expected to be affected:  Zapote, Carmen, La Merced, Hospital, Catedral, San Francisco de Dos Ríos, Mata Redonda and other sectors of the capital.

In La Unión: Río Azul, San Rafael, Concepción, San Diego, San Juan and Tres Ríos.

In Curridabat: Curridabat Centro, Granadilla, Sánchez and Tirrases.

In Desamparados: Desamparados Centro, Damas, Gravilias, San Antonio, San Miguel, San Rafael Arriba, San Rafael Abajo and Los Guidos.

In Montes de Oca: Sabanilla, San Pedro, San Rafael, Mercedes.

In Goicoechea: Ipís.

In Moravia:  La Trinidad.

And in Vásquez de Coronado: San Isidro, Dulce Nombre de Jesús and Patalillo.
 
The water company said it would top off its tanks to have as much water handy as possible but it urged conservation by the public.


Traffic law flaw brings
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Yet another section of the new traffic law has come to haunt the public, thanks to ambiguity in drafting the text.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes moved Wednesday to stop policemen from giving tickets to drivers of four-by-fours who do not have a higher grade of license. A reading of the new law can be construed to require a B2 license instead of the B1 license carried by most citizen drivers. The problem was reported Wednesday by La Nación.

The exemption covers such vehicles as Toyota Land Cruisers, Prado and Hyundai Gallopers, among others. The license category is based on the useful weight of the vehicles, but the new law can be read to mean the empty vehicle weight. The cutoff point now for B1 licenses is 1,500 kilograms or 3,300 pounds.  Many sports utility vehicles can exceed the 3,300-pound weight when full but they are not designed for heavy cargo.

The useful weight is calculated by taking the weight of the vehicle with passengers and cargo minus the weight of the empty vehicle.


Plague of flies brings
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Cattle ranches in San Carlos and other communities of the northern zone are complaining about the proliferation of stable flies, and they blame the pineapple industry for creating the waste where the flies breed.

Stable flies (stomoxys calcitrans) feed almost exclusively on the blood of cattle. But to complete their life cycle they need organic waste.

The Defensoría de los Habitantes is working with agricultural agencies to develop a way of handling the situation. The Defensoría also is getting complaints from residents of the zone because the flies are in such abundance.

Cattlemen claim that the high numbers of flies can have a weakening effect on their stock because the insects suck the blood.


Another tropical wave

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tropical wave #14 for the season has reached Costa Rica, bringing rain and unstable conditions. Of particular concern is the central Pacific coast that was hit by the products of two such waves last week.

The waves are troughs of low pressure that move across the globe from the African coast. They can augment the already wet conditions of the rainy season in Costa Rica.


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For World Oceans Day, marine artist Carlos Hiller painted a new ocean-themed mural in Playas del Coco on a 100-foot long wall at a commercial center that also faces the main street. The mural is a vision of the Pacific Ocean, where Hiller wants to demonstrate what the residents saw at the sea 15 or 20 years ago when over-fishing had not decimated fish populations, and the fishing was low impact and sustainable.

The mural depicts both the surface and below with waves coming ashore the well-known local islands popular for diving, mahi mahi hunting sardines, and some meters beyond into the deep blue, several sailfish also hunting. The mural is a donation from the artist to the community, and during the eight days of work contributions for expenses were received from the community. In addition, a spontaneous beach cleaning was organized.

This it is the third consecutive year that Hiller painted a public mural for the World Oceans Day, June 8. His permanent exhibit is at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery.




Body discovered of man involved in Friday night dispute
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A young man chased by a small mob late Friday in San Pedro turned up dead Wednesday on the campus of the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The strange story began when the victim, José Mario Figueroa Bustos and two friends, left a bar on the infamous Calle Amagura near the university. For reasons that have not been disclosed, a group of men chased the three. Family members said that Figueroa suffered from a mental disorder and has frequent mood changes and sometimes turned aggressive.

The two friends managed to elude the mob, but they lost track of Figueroa.

The family lives in Barva de Heredia, but the young man,
 24, frequently stayed with relatives in Hatillo. He was reported missing Monday.

Jorge Rojas, director of the Judicial Investigating Organization, said that Figueroa suffered a blow to the head but agents could not tell yet if the injury came from a fall or if he was hit with a hard object. The body was in a ravine on the San Pedro campus.

Calle Amagura is a four-block stretch populated by a number of bars. It is a frequent location for trouble, including shootouts and murders. Although near the college, the evening crowd comes from all over the Central Valley.

Agents said they received a telephone tip on the location of the body. It was in a place known as the Quebrada de los Negritos.

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Mexican drug gangs move south away from Calderón

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As the violent drug war continues in México, there are signs that other regional nations, in particular México's southern neighbor, Guatemala, are being drawn into the conflict. Monday, the head of a U.N. commission targeting corruption in Guatemala resigned, citing drug-gang influence on law enforcement officials as the reason.

Speaking to reporters Monday in Guatemala City, the head of the U.N.-backed International Commission against Impunity, Carlos Castresana said he was abandoning his effort in Guatemala because the government had failed to reform its judicial system.  The Spanish jurist also accused Guatemala's attorney general, Conrado Reyes of having ties to organized crime groups. 

Reyes later denied the accusation, calling it unfounded and irresponsible.

But during the past two years there have been increasing signs that drug-trafficking gangs from México have infiltrated Guatemala, as well as Honduras and El Salvador, recruiting operatives and establishing smuggling routes. 

The head of the Guatemala-based human-rights group the Myrna Mack Foundation, Helen Mack, says evidence the Mexican Zetas gang had entered Guatemala came two years ago in a shooting near a Caribbean coast resort in which 11 people were killed.

"One of the main leaders of the Zetas was captured and also one of the main leaders here in Guatemala known as Juancho Leon was killed," said Ms. Mack.

Since that incident there have been a number of other massacres in Guatemala, and Ms. Mack says the government is incapable of dealing with the problem.

"What is very difficult for us is that, as the Guatemalan state is very weak, the presence of the state is nowhere, sometimes, and the money of the drug traffickers is so much that they are part of the economy of Guatemala," she said.

While various Mexican drug gangs are operating in Guatemala, the Zetas seem to have made the most inroads. In México, the Zetas have been hit hard by the military and federal police since Mexican President Felipe Calderón
began his war on organized crime groups in 2006.  A U.S. State Department report in March said entire regions of
Guatemala are now essentially under the control of the Zetas.

Former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Phil Jordan has years of experience in combating Mexican drug traffickers, and says this may be part of the reason the gang is looking for fresh recruits elsewhere.

"So the Zetas are desperate right now," said Jordan. "They have, according to my intelligence, gone to Guatemala and other places, not just Guatemala.  This is to further try and misdirect the Mexican military with the type of people they are recruiting."

The Zetas began as a military unit that defected and began working with the Gulf cartel, based in Juárez, México, across the Rio Grande river from the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas.  The Sinaloa cartel, run by Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, is now moving into that territory, resulting in a surge of violence that has claimed thousands of lives and made Juárez the world's most dangerous city. 

Some critics of the Calderón administration in México have suggested that authorities have targeted the Zetas and the Gulf cartel, to the favor of the Sinaloa cartel.  Jordan also suspects that, but he thinks it results from corruption in lower ranks and is not the fault of President Calderón.

"I think the man, of all the presidents, is the only one that really declared a war against the narco-traffickers, but he cannot control all the people under him," he said.

Jordan thinks México needs to admit the problem is too large for one country to handle alone and accept greater help from the United States or, perhaps, from some multi-national group under U.N. control.

"I am not saying that they should relinquish their sovereignty to the United States or any other country," said Jordan. "I am just saying that, in order for them to succeed, they are going to need outside help."

But the U.N. experience in Guatemala shows that even international collaboration may not be enough to counter the corrupting influence of drug traffickers with large amounts of cash to spread around in poor nations.  The Mexican cartels are now multi-national organizations as well and their competition with each other is resulting in bloodshed not only along the U.S.-México border, but also far to the south in the small nations of Central America. 


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Country to provide support
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country will provide funding for boxing champ Hanna Gabriels, who visited Casa Presidencial Wednesday.

President Laura Chinchilla directed Giselle Goyenaga, the new minister of Deportes, to provide the funds from the  Instituto Costarricense del Deporte y Recreación.

Ms. Gabriels is a two-time World Boxing champion — in both the 147 and 154 weight classes. She won the latter title May 29 by demolishing her Puerto Rican opponent in just 11 seconds of the first round.

The boxer is seeking local support for her plan to host a defense of her title here.


South African tour operators
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South Africa’s travel and hotel industries have signed a code of conduct designed to protect children against sex tourism, the United Nations Children’s Fund said Wednesday as it  praised the ethical guide as an enduring legacy of the 2010 World Cup which starts in the country Friday.

“The contribution of the travel and tourism industry is vital to help stamp out child sexual exploitation,” said Aida Girma, the agency's representative in South Africa, following the signing of the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct in Johannesburg Tuesday.

“When it comes to the sexual exploitation of children, there can be no innocent bystanders,” Ms. Girma said. “Effective child protection is only possible when all sectors of society were mobilized. Together, we must demonstrate zero tolerance of child exploitation and make South Africa a tourist destination that is safe for children,” she added.

South Africa has also enacted legislation that strengthens the criminalization of the use of children in prostitution and has introduced measures to enhance their protection during the World Cup period.

Costa Rica tourism operators have signed a similar code against child exploitation.

Fourteen leading organizations in the South African travel, hotel and tourism industry have signed up to the code.

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Haitian peasants recognize
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

It is sad commentary on the state of consciousness of farmers in the developed countries, when a group of impoverished third world peasant farmers see clearly enough to stand up to the Fascist Monsanto, and call for the burning of their "tainted" seed donation!

Beware of Romans bearing gifts!

Kudos to the peasant leaders call for rejecting what Monsanto offers!

They see through the multi-national chemical giant's, ploy, when they cry, "These are not gm (genetically modified) seeds! ! "

True the cynical chemical giant is initially trying to donate "hybrid" seed, which may in fact not necessarily be g.m.,
However, being hybrid seeds, they are only good for one  planting.

In the same vein as a wily "illicit" drug dealer handing out free samples, the first time around, Monsanto the "legal" pusher, seeks to establish good will, with an initial handout, before they enslave and poison Haitian peasant farmers with the "hardstuff" that will be needed to try and catch up to that initial "high" the high yields from the hybrid seeds.

Bravo to the independent peasant farmers for rejecting Monsanto's attempts at enslavement with the same practices, and products they've used to enslave farmers elsewhere!

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Four women investigated
in credit card theft fraud


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents searched five homes and made four arrests Wednesday of women accused of being part of a credit card fraud ring.

Searches and arrests took place in San Francisco de Dos Rios, Paso Ancho, San Sebastián, Rincón Grande and Villa Esperanza de Pavas, said the Poder Judicial. The arrests follow the detention of a man earlier in the week in San  Joaquín de Flores en Heredia.

The Poder Judicial said women would visit public places like bars and restaurants and then take credit cards and identity documents from the purses of individuals there. Then they would go on spending sprees with the stolen cards, agents said.

The thefts were done in a way so that the victims did not know they had been targeted, thus giving the crooks more time to use the cards, agents said.






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