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All roads soon will lead to the Cartago basilica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A few early birds can be seen making the pilgrimage to Cartago. The few will become a crowd and then a flood, culminating in the Aug. 2 celebration there.

This is the pilgrimage to Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles, the patroness of the country, at the Cartago basilica. Aug. 2, a Tuesday, is a national holiday.

Expats always are surprised at the number of the faithful, more than a million over a few weeks. The distance from downtown San José is just 22 kilometers, about 14 miles.

Some of the faithful, young and old, walk from all corners of Costa Rica and some from foreign lands.

This is the 381st year since a girl found a small, black statue representing the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus Christ sitting on a rock. The statue returned miraculously to that location, suggesting to local priests that a church should be built there, to honor the Lady of the Angels.

The statue today is above the basilica altar draped in one of the many elaborate pieces of clothing the faithful have made. The tradition is to enter and traverse the central aisle of the basilica on knees.

The priests at the Santuario Nacional Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles plan to announce the schedule for the 12-day fiesta Friday. This year, a crew has opened up access to the rock on which the statue was found, and pilgrims may touch it, an announcement said. The

Basilica of  Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles

official veneration is from July 23 to Aug. 3.

The Catholic Church has noted that 20 Latin countries have adopted Mary, the mother of Christ, as their patroness. Of them, at least eight are associated with some miracle associated with the discovery of a statue or similar.

Such miracles are not confined to the Colonial era. Eternal Word Television Network has listed at least 30 appearances of the Virgin Mary in the 20th century alone.

Even the  Ngöbe in northern Panamá have had a visit in 1961 from the Virgin Mary, and that tradition has become the Mama Tada cult.

In keeping with the matriarchal Mother Earth religions of the natives, The Catholic Church early on promoted the Virgin Mary as an object of veneration.

But there are non-Christian figures, too. Hugo Chavéz in Venezuela promoted María Lionza, the forest maiden pictured sitting on a tapir, as a way to generate national unity. That cult dates from the Colonial period, too.

Police officers report they nabbed couple for the 32nd time
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers said they detained a couple for the 32nd time.

The arrests took place in Katira, Buena Vista de Guatuso, because police said the pair were in a vehicle that had been reported stolen Wednesday in  Goicoechea.

Police said that the pair had been detained in the past for diverse crimes. They did not explain why the couple were not in jail, although judges are not anxious to impose prison sentences now due to overcrowding.

Police said the driver of the car tried to elude them on Ruta 4 when officers tried to stop the vehicle.

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Tax officials want to get ‘em young

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Children who go to the Museo de los Niños have been exposed for the last six years to an exhibition urging them to become honest taxpayers.

This is the room containing the  “Un tributo a mi país” presentation put up by the Ministerio de Hacienda.

The ministry said last week that the object of this exhibition is to develop in the young population a fiscal culture using toys that let the youngsters see the work done by the ministry.

The room has 18 interactive games. The ministry said that there are guides provided by the tax agency, the  Dirección General de Tributación, to show around the youngsters.

Another three-day weekend coming

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is another three-day weekend coming. Monday, July 25, will be the celebration of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya. That day marks the decision in 1824 by the civic leaders of Nicoya to join with Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua.

Usually central government officials including the president conduct a cabinet meeting in the central park of Nicoya to celebrate the day.  There is a list released of benefits that the area is receiving from the central government.

The day is a legal holiday, and many establishments elsewhere in the country join in the spirit by having employees wear western type clothes typical of the Guanacaste ranchers.

The province maintains its own traditions, including those of the marimba, food and dance. The province is considered the Wild West of Costa Rica, and it is a center of cattle ranching and horsemanship.

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This is an unusually quiet political season

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. political conventions start in less than two weeks, but expats in Costa Rica are unusually quiet.

Few readers have chosen to argue for their candidate by submitting letters to the editor. This appears to mean that U.S. expats, like many in the north, have chosen a candidate to support and realize that nearly every one is firm in supporting his or her candidate.

Neither of the political parties here have placed any advertisements.

To the knowledge of editors here only one reader has taken it upon himself to argue for the candidate he supports. He has been sending out multiple emails to friends and acquaintances daily.

The letters column still is open, and U.S. expats are reminded that they need to register to vote absentee if they have not done so already. The U.S. State Department provides information HERE!

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The emission of ash has abated, but there still are smelly gases
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Turrialba volcano may have stopped emitting ash, but the noxious gases linger on. The  Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica said that a new network of four monitoring stations has been tracking the emissions of gases, and there has been an increase in sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and microscopic particles.

A lot of Central Valley residents already knew this because they had been detecting hydrogen sulfide with their noses. The gas smells like rotten eggs.

They may also have noticed a sore throat. The Observatorio also said that  sulfur dioxide results in acid rain, which is not great for vegetation. The concentration was just 28 parts a billion, not enough for a health emergency.
There were no reports of ash falls or smelly gas Sunday, said the Observatorio. Still figuring out what is going on with the mountain has been difficult.

The Observatorio said that the clouds cleared a little bit at 6 a.m., and the monitoring cameras on the volcano summit showed just emissions of vapor that was mainly water and gas.

Tremors under the volcano diminished significantly at 1:15 a.m. which suggested that a lengthy emission of ash had ceased.

The  aerosols put into the atmosphere by the volcano also can cause lung problems, particularly with people who have a weakness there.

Moderate rains in the Central Valley had a cleansing effect on the air.

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Study says marijuana dampens the reward response in the brain
By the University of Michigan Health System news staff

Most people would get a little rush out of the idea that they're about to win some money. In fact,  their brain at that very moment shows lots of activity in the part of the brain that responds to rewards.

But for people who've been using marijuana, that rush just isn't as big and gets smaller over time, a new study finds.

And that dampened, blunted response may actually open marijuana users up to more risk of becoming addicted to that drug or others.

The new results come from the first long-term study of young marijuana users that tracked brain responses to rewards over time. It was performed at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Published in JAMA Psychiatry, it shows measurable changes in the brain's reward system with marijuana use, even when other factors like alcohol use and cigarette smoking were taken into account.

"What we saw was that over time, marijuana use was associated with a lower response to a monetary reward," says senior author and university neuroscientist Mary Heitzeg. "This means that something that would be rewarding to most people was no longer rewarding to them, suggesting but not proving that their reward system has been hijacked by the drug, and that they need the drug to feel reward or that their emotional response has been dampened."

The study involved 108 people in their early 20s, the prime age for marijuana use. All were taking part in a larger study of substance use, and all had brain scans at three points over four years. Three-quarters were men, and nearly all were white.

While their brain was being scanned in a functional MRI

scanner, they played a game that asked them to click a button when they saw a target on a screen in front of them. Before each round, they were told they might win 20 cents, or $5 or that they might lose that amount, have no reward or loss.

The researchers were most interested at what happened in the reward centers of the volunteers' brains, the area called the nucleus accumbens. And the moment they cared most about was that moment of anticipation, when the volunteers knew they might win some money, and were anticipating performing the simple task that it would take to win.

In that moment of anticipating a reward, the cells of the nucleus accumbens usually swing into action, pumping out a pleasure chemical called dopamine. The bigger the response, the more pleasure or thrill a person feels  and the more likely they'll be to repeat the behavior later.

But the more marijuana use a volunteer reported, the smaller the response in their nucleus accumbens over time, researchers said.

While the researchers didn't also look at the volunteers' responses to marijuana-related cues, other research has shown that the brains of people who use a high-inducing drug repeatedly often respond more strongly when they're shown cues related to that drug. The increased response means the drug has become associated in their brains with positive, rewarding feelings. And that can make it harder to stop seeking out the drug and using it.

Regardless, the new findings show that there is change in the reward system over time with marijuana use. Neuroscientist Heitzeg and her colleagues also showed recently in a paper in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience that marijuana use impacts emotional functioning.

The new data on response to potentially winning money may also be further evidence that long-term marijuana use dampens a person's emotional response.

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The violent ambush that killed five Dallas police officers and wounded seven more could have been a lot worse, the city's police chief says.

Dallas Chief of Police David Brown said Sunday that the slain gunman told police negotiators he wanted to "kill white people, especially white officers."

Bomb-making materials and a journal were found at the man's home during a search Friday.

"The material were such that it was large enough to have devastating effects throughout our city and our North Texas area," Brown said.

Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, was killed by police in the deadly attack Thursday night during a protest against police killings of African American men.

Since the shooting deaths of two black men by white police officers over two days last week, protests have been held across the country. Scores of demonstrators have been arrested, with one flash point being the southern city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where DeRay McKesson, one of the most prominent activists linked to the police reform protest movement Black Lives Matter, live streamed his own arrest.

Police defended his arrest as a matter of public safety, but demonstrators told U.S. news outlets they believe McKesson was targeted. 

McKesson was freed on bond Sunday afternoon after being charged with obstructing a highway. "I remain disappointed in the Baton Rouge police, who continue to provoke protesters for peacefully protesting. There's a lot of work to be done, with this police department specifically,'' he said.

But Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards disagreed with McKesson's assessment. The governor told a news conference Sunday that he is proud of the state's law enforcement officers, calling their response to the protests moderate.

In the northern city of St. Paul, Minnesota, where a second man, Philando Castile, was shot to death last week by a policeman after a traffic stop for a broken tail light, hundreds of protesters hurled firecrackers, rocks and bottles at police  Saturday.

The heavily armed officers used smoke grenades and pepper spray to break up the demonstration, with about 100 arrests. Authorities said 27 police officers were injured in the clashes.

Protests were held in other cities, too, including Washington, New York, San Francisco, Nashville and Indianapolis. 

Individuals fired at police in at least two states, Tennessee and Wisconsin, and numerous police officials in major cities ordered their officers to patrol in pairs to give them a measure of safety.

President Barack Obama, who cut short a visit to Spain and will visit Dallas this week, said police and activists need to listen to each other. He said violence against police officers is a reprehensible crime that needs to be prosecuted.

"But even rhetorically, if we paint police in broad brush without recognizing that the vast majority of police officers are doing a really good job and are trying to protect people and do so fairly and without racial balance . . . then we're going to lose allies in the reform cause," Obama said Sunday in Madrid.

The president will deliver remarks Tuesday at an interfaith memorial service in Dallas. The White House says he is making the trip at the invitation of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Also Sunday, Brown defended his decision to end the hours-long standoff in Dallas, ordering the use of a robot equipped with a bomb that police detonated to kill Johnson after negotiations for his surrender failed.

Some law enforcement officials have questioned use of the robot to kill an active shooter, apparently a first in U.S. law enforcement, that some say draws a close parallel with the use of U.S. military drones to killed terrorists in the Middle East.

But Brown said the gunman was hiding behind a brick wall and that police assault teams would have been exposed to the gravest danger if they had tried to rush Johnson to end the mayhem.

Brown dismissed critics "sitting in the comfort of their homes" about the use of the robot because "they're not on the ground" trying to end Johnson's assault on police.

Cops become fair game
around the United States

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As the United States reflects on the killings of two African-Americans by police and the deadly ambush on officers in Dallas, a rash of police shootings in the last few days left two people dead and multiple others wounded in Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Missouri.

None of the incidents reached the scale of the shootings in Dallas, Texas, where one gunman killed five police officers, the deadliest attack on officers since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

It remains unclear the extent to which the shootings were related to the killing of the two African-Americans by police in separate incidents earlier last week. But the incidents underscored the high-level of tension between law enforcement officers and many black citizens.

The latest reported shooting happened early Saturday when two officers were on routine patrol in southeast Houston when they saw an armed African-American man standing in the street.

According to Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jody Silva officers stopped their vehicle and shouted at the man to put his gun down.

Silva said the suspect had a revolver pointed straight up towards the sky before he pointed the gun at the officers.

"It is there that it stops. It wasn't as if he was putting on the ground.  . . . but he pointed directly at officers," she said.

The officers fired numerous times. The unidentified man died at the scene.

Silva said internal affairs along with the Houston District Attorney’s Office will conduct separate investigation.

Authorities in Bristol, Tennessee, said Thursday that a man opened fire on a highway because he was troubled by the shootings involving black people. The man killed one person and wounded three others, including a patrol officer.

Authorities say police responded by returning fire, wounding the suspect, who was hospitalized.  No charges had been filed yet.

Another law enforcement official in Valdosta, Georgia, was shot multiple times. One of these shots hit the police officer in the abdomen, below his bulletproof vest.

"He is out of surgery now . . . and I’m happy to report he's going to be fine. He's in stable condition, but he's in the ICU as a precaution," Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said.

In Roswell, Georgia, a gunman in a passing vehicle shot a patrol officer. According to police, the man opened fire but did not hit the officer, who chased and arrested a 26-year-old suspect.

Another officer was shot in Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Local news outlets report he was wounded in the neck during a morning traffic stop.

Fox News reported a suspect was arrested after a foot pursuit and a handgun was recovered.

In Selma, Alabama, a police officer was wounded when law enforcement exchanged fire and killed a man who shot his girlfriend after police arrived at the scene.

Officials in Dallas County, which surrounds Selma, said the suspect shot his girlfriend in front of her children Thursday night because "he felt like she came home too late."

The officer's injuries are not life-threatening, and the woman is expected to survive.

Presidential candidates vow
to help rebuild the nation

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

With much of the United States still reeling from this past week’s shootings by police in Minnesota and Louisiana and the sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers, the two leading 2016 presidential candidates offered prayers and condolences Saturday but also vowed to rebuild the nation and help Americans pull through the tragedies.

The major parties' presumed nominees, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, both postponed major campaign events after the enormity of the attack in Texas became clear early Friday, but they have since issued statements on Twitter, Facebook and their own Web sites.

"I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. –H," Clinton said in a note on Twitter.

Trump tweeted, "Prayers and condolences to all of the families who are so thoroughly devastated by the horrors we are all watching take place in our country."

Mrs. Clinton postponed a joint appearance with Vice President Joe Biden at a rally scheduled for Scranton, Pennsylvania, but she did appear Friday evening at a meeting in Philadelphia of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Convention in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Clinton called for “ending the systemic racism that plagues our country” and an effort by all Americans to rebuild police-community relations damaged by this week's events.

“White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers" against them, Mrs. Clinton said. ". . . None of us can afford to be indifferent toward each other. Not now. Not ever.”

The former secretary of State pledged that she would, if elected president, commit to spending $1 billion on training programs for police throughout the country, and for research into ways to reduce violent confrontations.

Trump said the Dallas shooting was an “attack on our country  . . . a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.” He called on all Americans to stand in solidarity and remember that law enforcement is the force between civilization and total chaos.

Trump, however, also condemned the circumstances in which two African men,  Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, died this past week, shot by police.

“Every American has the right to live in safety and peace. The deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota also make clear how much more work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected,” the Republican candidate said.

Sanders team goes 1 for 2
at Dem platform committee

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

During a sometimes combative meeting of the Democratic Party's platform committee, Bernie Sanders came away with a win on health care but failed to have language included that opposed a multinational trade pact.

Supporters of presumptive party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama were able to beat back attempts to adopt language opposing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

The language would have been a major victory for Sanders, who is expected to endorse Democratic rival Mrs. Clinton Tuesday at an event in New Hampshire.

Labor leaders said after the vote the language made clear where they stand and that they oppose bad trade deals.

But Sanders supporters on the panel voiced their displeasure with jeers and angry shouts.

"We did everything we could to win that vote," Sanders policy adviser Warren Gunnels said. "It was very disappointing."

The committee agreed to language in the draft proposal for party policy that said they would oppose "trade agreements that do not support good American jobs."

Earlier Saturday, the Clinton campaign announced changes to its health care proposal that showed influence from Sanders.

They called for increasing mandatory health care funding under the Affordable Care Act by $40 billion over the next 10 years.

More states are suing U.S.
on bathroom gender issue

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Another 10 U.S. states are suing the Obama administration over guidelines covering which school bathrooms transgender students can use.

Friday's filing means nearly half of the 50 U.S. states are formally objecting to recent federal guidelines that recommend public schools allow students to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify, instead of the gender listed on their birth certificates.

Legal analysts said the latest development increases the likelihood that the gender dispute will wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The new lawsuit argues that the federal government circumvented established law in the recently issued guidelines. The complaint filed in federal court in Lincoln, Nebraska, says legislative history does not support an "interpretation of the term sex as meaning anything other than one's sex as determined by anatomy and genetics."

Nebraska, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, was joined by Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. They follow 12 other states that sued the federal government in May over the same Obama administration guidelines.

The states argue that changes to federal school policies should be left up to Congress, not the White House. The Justice Department has rejected that argument, saying that federal civil-rights laws, which bar discrimination on the basis of sex, provide the legal foundation for the department's guidance.

When announcing the guidelines in May, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, "There is no room in our schools for discrimination."

The Justice Department's guidelines are non-binding, but school systems could lose millions of dollars in federal aid if they fail to follow them.

The political battle over transgender bathrooms came into the spotlight earlier this year when city officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an anti-discrimination ordinance including a provision allowing transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify.

State legislators in North Carolina overruled the city with a law requiring transgender people to use public restrooms matching the gender listed on their birth certificates.

The statewide debate entered the national discussion when the U.S. Justice Department said the North Carolina state law violated the federal Civil Rights Act, and declared it could not be enforced. Both the Justice Department and North Carolina have sued each other over the issue.

Family of dead correspondent
sues Syrian leaders for murder

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Family members of veteran American Sunday Times of London correspondent Marie Colvin have filed a lawsuit against the Syrian government, claiming the government targeted her and killed her in 2012 to stop her reports about Syrian atrocities and the besieged city of Homs.

The suit claims Ms. Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed when the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad acted with premeditation when it launched a rocket attack on a makeshift media center in the rebel-held Homs district of Bab Amr on Feb. 12, 2012. Three other reporters were wounded in the assault.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in 2012 that Ms. Colvin and Ochlik were killed reporting on a story the Syrian government had tried to choke off. It said their deaths represented an "unacceptable escalation in the price that local and international journalists are being forced to pay."

The Syrian Information Ministry said at the time the government did not know Ms. Colvin and Ochlik were in the country.

The civil complaint was filed Saturday in federal court in Washington by the Center for Justice and Accountability on behalf of Ms. Colvin's sister Cathleen Colvin and other family members.

The lawsuit is based on information from captured government documents and defectors. It names several Syrian officials including Assad's brother Maher.

Ms. Colvin, who was 56, was born in New York State. She earned a reputation as a courageous reporter covering some of world's deadliest conflicts for the Sunday Times, where she had worked for two decades.

Colvin wore an eye patch that concealed an injury she suffered in an explosion while covering Sri Lanka's civil war in 2001.

Murray wins Wimbledon
in three straight tennis sets

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

British tennis star Andy Murray has won his second Wimbledon tennis title, defeating Canada's Milos Raonic in straight sets Sunday.

The second seeded Murray cruised to a 6-4,7-6,7-6 victory on the grass at center court just outside London to clinch his third career Grand Slam title.  Roanic, seeded sixth, was seeking to become the first Canadian player to win a major tennis championship.

It was Murray's first Wimbledon championship since 2013.  He had lost his last three Grand Slam title matches.

In Saturday's women's final, American Serena Williams won Wimbledon for the seventh time, finally tying German Steffi Graf for the most titles in major events during the Open era.

World No. 1 Williams downed fourth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 for her 22nd Grand Slam singles crown.  Ms. Kerber had scored an upset win over Ms. Williams at the Australian Open in January.

Ms. Williams still needs two more major titles to match Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam crowns.  The Open era began in 1968 when professionals were allowed to compete in Grand Slam events for the first time.

Two more strong quakes
rattle the coast of Ecuador

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two strong earthquakes struck Ecuador's northwest coast Sunday.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quakes, which the U.S. Geological Survey says had a magnitudes of 6.9 and 6.4. No tsunami warning has been issued.

The earthquakes were centered near the town of Esmeraldas at a relatively shallow depth of 35 kilometers. Some slight shaking was reported in the capital, Quito, 150 kilometers away.

The Esmeraldas area was devastated by a powerful earthquake in April that killed several hundred people.
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You can handle those scaly plant pests

My friend Paula had an interesting question about a column that I wrote on pests which came down to: “What about iguanas?” Sure, I talked about

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ant-proof and cow-proof plants, but what about those iguanas. Well, we
don’t have many iguanas up here in the hills, but evidently the lizards in Paula’s part of the country ate all the raspberry shoots we gave her, so she has a point. What about iguanas?

Iguanas are primarily folivores, which stopped me right there.

Omnivore, herbivore, carnivore, okay, but folivore? As it turns out, that
just means that most of the iguana diet is leaves and flowers, since flower  petals are just modified leaves (Metric Man says so). This is not to say that they won’t occasionally snack on fruit, because they will.

It’s just that fruit doesn’t have the trace elements they need for a balanced diet.
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Enough science, what about the lizards munching on your plants.

For the most part, iguanas are going to go for dark green foliage since it is highest in nutrients. The hibiscus, leaves and flowers, is a preferred lunch for a hungry iguana. In the vegetable garden, iguanas prefer the leafy vegetables: kale, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, and the like and will also take the leaves from beets and sweet potatoes. They also have a taste for melons and squash.

Since iguanas can climb, keeping them out of the garden can be a challenge. This nice thing is that keeping iguanas out will also keep out rabbits. That “keep out” is fencing. Not just a surround fence, but a covering of fence. The only time I had a problem with something dining on my sweet potato plants (I am thinking rabbits), I solved it by covering the plants with chicken wire. This may not work for the iguana since it is not very sturdy but a heavier wire should work.

Since iguanas can climb trees, at least when small, putting an inverted cone around the trunk of the tree is a possible solution.
If you are just starting to plant and want to avoid attracting iguanas, try citrus trees, crotons, porterweed, and oleander. Lemon grass should be safe because of the flavor. You can also look for plants and trees that have thick leaves or a waxy coating on their leaves because they are all usually ignored by iguanas. For a border, try liriope or begonias and don’t forget to put in some ferns.

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Plant for the Week

There are so many different types of heliconia that I thought another picture was in order, so here it is. Why this one? The Heliconia mutisiana is fuzzy, which is a real treat for the eye (and the fingers) and there is a graceful curving sweep to the pendulant inflorescence.  The plant grows to 5-6 feet (1.5 meters or so) and is a lover of light shade.
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A Barranca worker is putting 38,000 liters of jet fuel in this tanker

New jet fuel supply station goes into service

By the A.M. Cosa Rica staff

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo said that its Barranca storage location for jet fuel has gone into service.

The storage facility is designed to service the needs of jet aircraft in Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia. The refinery said that fuel sales have doubled over the last five years, and were 41 million liters in 2015.

The storage facility near Puntarenas holds two 25,000-barrel tanks of A-1 jet fuel. The loading station cuts down the travel time. Otherwise, tankers would have to go to La Garita. The refinery said it is sending as many as five tankers a day to Liberia.

The company stressed the cost savings of the storage facility because it has been under heavy criticism for unusually high costs of worker benefits.