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This is a $1.4 million Interamericana Sur job at  La Chonta, one of two spots where slides have damaged the key highway. In addition to this job at Kilometer 53, there is another at la Cangreja at Kilometer 34. Both were finished last week.
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Rail agency head reported to have resigned abruptly
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Casa Presidencial announced the resignation of Guillermo Santana as head of the state rail lines in an unusual Sunday night news release. The release said that Santana was leaving today for personal reasons and that more explanations will be given.

The resignation as head of the  Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles was totally unexpected because the agency is about to embark on a major renovation, thanks to an action by the legislature June 28 that will let it borrow more than $400 million.

The project includes the electrification of the lines.

In the release, President Luis Guillermo Solís
expressed his satisfaction with the job the man had done in his stay at head of the agency since August 2014. However, there have been problems.

Two trains collided head-on in what clearly was breakdown communication. And there have been more then 50 vehicle-train mishaps already this year at unguarded crossings. The rail agency has been quick to blame drivers.

And passengers have been complaining about overcrowded conditions.

There also was a report that Santana, a professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica, was going to lose his leave.

And there have been reports of differences with higher officials.

Highway in Tárcoles claims life of another motorist
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 23-year-old American woman died in a traffic mishap Thursday night in a traffic mishap that bore strong similarities to one at about the same location Monday.

Judicial investigators identified the woman by the last name of Washington.

It was Monday morning and on the same

stretch of  the Costanera in Tárcoles north of Jacó when two police offices died and one was hurt badly.

In both accidents the northbound vehicle of those fatally injured crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

The Friday crash happened at 9 p.m.

The Monday crash happened at dawn.

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Landlady reports on concerned tenants

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
Since you mentioned the fact that an Escazú landlord rented a unit in your lead article referring to our conversation this week I thought you might like to get some real facts along with an example of emails we receive below.
The government of Costa Rica over the last few years has not been helpful in encouraging new arrivals who have the ability to pay for rental units. However, we have noted that there has been increase in North American seniors contacting us for relocation since the problems there.  Even our close friend who is world famous physics professor told us on his visit last week it is starting to concern him about his safety in Boston. 

We rented a unit is Con Casa complex to a single woman who advised she could not longer live in New York, and a retired fellow from Long Island who was fed up with the U. S. rented a unit here in Escazú. They all mention the opinion that the place of their birth is not a happy place.  Another visited with me to discuss several acres he bought some years ago in Orotina and that his current location in Nashville is making him leery of staying any longer.
Lic. Angela Jiménez Rocha

Ms.  Jiménez provided a copy of a typical email:

My name is Charles. I am a senior widower. I currently living in the U.S. I am looking to retire somewhat south of here. I would like any time before September. I am single non smoker or drinker. I don't do parties.  How much do utilities usually run. I am seeking long-time rental.   Thank you very much

Crime is much worse here than in U.S.

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Regarding your article about U.S. expats leaving because of the terror possibilities there, I would like to say that in the entire history of my family and friends, no one that I know was the victim of a violent crime or home invasion robbery.

I visited the U.S. last month and, while gone, again, home invaders broke into my house with the intention of robbing me. My 20-year-old daughter was home, and when she heard the sound of the front door being kicked in, she screamed and ran for the neighbors for help.

The thieves fled and nothing was taken, but yet another reminder that Costa Rica is not safe and the police,  judicial investigators and laws are not adequate to protect citizens.

The people we pay to guard the neighborhood, again, saw nothing, heard nothing and did nothing. In the 15 years that I have been in Costa Rica, I have been witness to more than 20 attacks and robberies committed against my family and friends compared to zero in the U.S. To me, those are striking statistics.
Dave King 
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Some hitches arise in renewing cédula

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I would like to report on my experience in doing the cédula renewal.  This occurred Thursday, and was the third time for renewal.  All of the previous renewals were done using the Banco de Costa Rica service, and that is where this one began.

I arrived at the bank after using the bank’s 900 appointment call and carefully gathering the documents.  As I am the spouse of a pensionado. There are several important differences in the requirements.  Documents needed:

- Financial document by our bank showing the account dollar transactions. 
       This amount differs according to the date of application for residency;
- Current insurance statement (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social);
- Carne Aseguardo Directo card, the local Caja clinic card;
- Pensionado income statement , issued by the Social Security
- $123 fee.

There was an uncomfortable feeling to the appointment that developed very quickly and then another person took the place of the initial clerk and explained that there was another requirement, that we needed to have the U.S. Social Security System deposit the monthly payment in our Costa Rica bank!  It was explained that this is a new rule instituted on Jan. 1 of this year, that this bank branch had all of the forms necessary, and they could fulfill this requirement immediately.  The deposit must be to a Costa Rica national bank (I think this means Banco de Costa Rica, or Banco National, Bancrédito, Banco Popular).  It was further explained that this was offered as a convenience, and otherwise we could go directly to the local Migración office.

We know the location of the local Migración office and went there and were able to complete the application there.  There was another hitch, there is a new rule for Migración as of Jan. 1.  The new rule is that applicants are required to obtain an hoja de delincuencia issued by the local tribunal.  This document is obtained from Interpol and was obtained locally within the hour.

There is one other requirement that should be mentioned, the carnet card issued by the local Caja clinic needs to say carne asegurado familia because my cédula is related to the cédula of my husband.  The normal title is carne asegurado directo.
Diane Connaghan
Playa Potrero, Santa Cruz

Editor’s note: After a search, staffers were unable to find any requirement for the hoja de delincuencia or police report. Such a document is required by law when an expat has been absent from the country for more than a year, but not for a routine renewal of residency. And there also does not seem to be a requirement to have Social Security funds deposited in Costa Rica. Still, Costa Rican public agencies are known for their mystery requirements. Expats need to get a full list from those at the bank call center when they make appointments.

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President, other officials are off to Guanacaste in advance of the holiday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As is traditional, the president and other government officials will be touring Guanacaste starting Tuesday in advance of the national holiday a week from today. On the holiday, July 25, President Luis Guillermo Solís and his cabinet will meet at 9 a.m. in the CoopeAlianza, Nicoya, and then at noon for a meeting of the  Consejo Municipal de Nicoya in nearby Parque Recaredo Briceño.

The holiday marks the 192nd anniversary of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya. That was the time in 1824 when leading citizens in the Nicoya area decided to cast their lot with Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua.

The central government officials will be fielding a lot of complaints, including one about a 1915 decree by Alfredo González Flores  that put the southern part of the peninsula in the province of Puntarenas.

The  Municipalidad de Nicoya is leading 10 other municipalities in trying to overturn the decree. The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo plans a hearing Oct. 6 on the matter.

Solís begins his tour Tuesday with the inauguration of a data center at the  Universidad Invenio located between Cañas and Tilarán. Wednesday he meets with rice farmers and participates in a ceremony to kick off construction of widening the Interamericana Norte between Liberia and Cañas.

This 1924 map still shows the entire peninsula as Guanacaste.

Police begin their protection of pilgrims Saturday all over the country
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 800 Fuerza Pública officers will begin their efforts Saturday to guard pilgrims on the way to Cartago.

Since many pilgrims walk a great distance, police will be on duty in Guanacaste,  Puntarenas, Limón and the southern zone, as well as locations in the Central Valley.

A concern, of course, is the Turriabla volcano that spewed ash twice over the weekend. The path from the west to the  Basílica de Los Ángeles in Cartago passes through the usual direction of ash emissions. Saturday the ash fell in Montes de Oca and other points east and north of the capital.

The pilgrimage has its climax the morning of Aug. 2 when a 9 a.m. Mass is offered in honor of the country’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles, at the basilica. The ceremony has a political dimension because most of the elected officials attend.

Typically religious leaders who speak are critical of the government for not doing enough for the poor, or they stress the position of the church on current political issues.

Police also will be guarding pilgrims the night before. There are

activities overnight in the plaza of the basilica. Church leaders call it the Fiesta Nacional a la Reina de Los Ángeles.

They promise folk dances, fireworks, singing and, of course, prayers.

Many of the faithful leave Cartago by bus or train after the morning Mass, but activities continue there through the next day.

The object of adoration is the small, black statue of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus found at the site 381 years ago.

A big day for the pilgrims is Aug. 1 when police will be guarding primarily the route from San José to Cartago. That includes major streets from the  Catedral Metropolitana in San José, to Los Yoses, to San Pedro de Montes de Oca, to Curridabat, to La Unión, to Ochomogo, to Taras and then to Cartago itself.

To avoid the crush of more than a million pilgrims, some trek to Cartago during the last week of July, which is why police will be on duty starting Saturday. They will be joined by traffic officers, judicial investigators and representatives from a host of other government agencies. Cruz Roja will maintain a number of aid stations.

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What the devil is that inside the blossom of this endangered orchid?
By the Pensoft Publishers editorial team

A lone and unique population of about 30 reddish to dark violet-maroon orchids grows on the small patch of land between the borders of two Colombian departments. However, its extremely small habitat is far from the only striking thing about the new species.

A closer look at its flowers’ heart reveals what appears to be a devil’s head. Named after its demonic patterns, the new orchid species, Telipogon diabolicus, is described in the open access journal PhytoKeys.

Discovered by Marta Kolanowska and Dariusz Szlachetko, both affiliated with University of Gdansk, Poland, together with Ramiro Medina Trejo, Colombia, the new orchid grows a stem measuring between 5.5 to 9 cm in height.

With its only known habitat restricted to a single population spread across a dwarf montane forest at the border between departments Putumayo and Nariño, southern Colombia, the devilish orchid is assigned as a critically endangered species in the  International Union for Conservation of Nature red list.

Although the curious orchid could be mistakenly taken for a few other species, there are still some easy to see physical traits that make the flower stand out. Apart from the demon’s head hidden at the heart of its colors, the petals themselves are characteristically clawed. This feature has not been found in any other Colombian species of the genus.close-up

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This is a blossom of Telipogon diabolicus.

“In the most recent catalogue of Colombian plants almost 3,600 orchid species representing nearly 250 genera are included,” remind the authors. “However, there is no doubt that hundreds of species occurring in this country remain undiscovered.”

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Three police officers were shot and killed and three others wounded Sunday morning in the southern U.S. city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after a masked gunman dressed in black opened fire with an assault rifle.

Hours later, authorities said the gunman was killed, and that a fourth officer, a deputy sheriff, was in critical condition at a local hospital after undergoing emergency surgery. Two other officers were undergoing hospital treatment for non-life threatening wounds.

Authorities offered no immediate evidence that police were targeted in the shootings and State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson later told reporters that investigators believe there was one killer, later identified as 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long. But Edmonson also warned that the investigation was continuing, and he did not rule out the possibility that the shooter had one or more accomplices who remain at large.

President Barack Obama, speaking on national television, condemned the killings, saying such attacks "are happening far too often.  He called on Americans to avoid divisive rhetoric in the aftermath of the latest violence, which he earlier had described as "cowardly attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civil society." 

Obama also noted that Sunday's shootings, and other recent deadly violence involving police in Dallas, Texas, Baton Rouge and in Minnesota, come ahead of both Republican and Democratic nominating conventions set to begin in the coming days. He said that convention rhetoric tends to get hotter than usual, and urged candidates and their supporters to avoid careless accusations" that could further heighten tensions.

Speaking alongside Edmonson, Gov. John Bel Edwards sought to assure Baton Rouge residents still grappling with the July 5 police shooting of a black man that sparked widespread protests in major cities across the country. 

Edwards did not address the earlier shooting death in his comments, instead focusing on Sunday's violence, which he called an absolutely unspeakable, heinous attack.  He also said the probe has the full cooperation of federal authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Edmonson said events began to unfold Sunday at 8:40 a.m., when an unidentified caller told police someone was carrying a rifle as he walked along a main roadway in the city.  Nearby, as police approached the suspect a short while later, gunfire erupted behind a storefront, where authorities believe the officers and the gunman were shot.

Baton Rouge was the scene of a fatal police shooting of a black man July 5 that sparked widespread protests in major cities across the country.

The shooting death of Alton Sterling was partially recorded on a cell phone and widely circulated on social media.

Sterling’s death triggered intense protests that stretched for days in Baton Rouge.  A day later, a Minnesota man was fatally shot during a traffic stop, and the following day five Dallas police officers were shot and killed by a heavily armed lone gunman. Before being killed by police, the Dallas shooter told police during a tense standoff that he was enraged by police killings.

Both Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump issued brief statements, with Clinton saying "there is no justification for violence, hate for attacks on men and women who put their lives on the line every day."

Trump, writing on Twitter, extended condolences to police and their families, and placed blame for the attack on a lack of leadership. He did not elaborate, but in a separate tweet wrote: "We demand law and order."

Pessimism on race relations
is increasing, poll reports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A majority of Americans have grown pessimistic about race relation in the U.S.

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 63 percent of Americans think the country's race relations are in bad shape, a jump from 48 percent earlier in the year in another poll. Among African Americans, 72 percent are pessimistic about race relations.

The increased hopelessness can be attributed largely to the most recent string of killings of black men at the hands of police officers and the shooting of police officers by a black man in Dallas, Texas.

The racial polarization Americans are feeling might work to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's advantage. The poll says 58 percent of Americans trust Clinton to handle race relations.

Only 26 percent think Clinton's Republican opponent Donald Trump is capable of doing the same, despite his comment that he is "the least racist person you have ever met."

The polled people also offered suggestions for improving race relations, including the need for broader conversations about race, criminal justice reforms and stronger direction from political leaders.

Republican convention hosts
friends and foes in Cleveland

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As he barreled his way toward the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump offended virtually every group of people imaginable, from Muslims to women to disabled people to African-Americans.

It seems nearly all of those groups, and many others, are coming to Cleveland, Ohio, this week to hold protests at the Republican National Convention, which is expected to serve as Trump's nomination as the party's presidential candidate.

There will also be a sizable contingency of Trump supporters. The presence of both cohorts has many fearing there will be a continuation of the clashes that have regularly broken out at Trump events across the country.

Some of the groups planning to attend the convention are:

The Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC is an alliance of more than 40 groups that will be holding a rally today to protest "the bigot Trump and the Republican agenda." The coalition includes labor unions, student groups, Muslim organizations, immigrant rights groups and anti-war groups. A spokesman for the organization said he expects a few thousand to attend.

Stand Together Against Trump was started by a group of young Cleveland-area professionals, mostly in the medical field, who said they will hold peaceful and positive protests against the Republican candidate and his campaign of fear, racism, misogyny and xenophobia. They'll hold protests today and Tuesday, but it's not clear how big the events will be.

If there's a big political event in the U.S., you can be sure Code Pink will be there. The feminist anti-war organization is known for sneaking into events and causing high-profile disruptions. The group has repeatedly interrupted Trump campaign events. While it hasn't announced an organized convention presence yet, the group has received a protest permit, and it's almost certain they'll show up.

Black Lives Matter is a network of groups that protest police violence and racism against African-Americans. It is unclear how big of a presence it will have in Cleveland, but local organizers say they are planning several protests. Local Black Lives Matter branches have organized frequent protests in Cleveland, especially after the 2014 police killing of a 12-year-old African-American boy who was shot while playing with a toy gun in a park.

The New Black Panther Party, a black nationalist group, drew headlines earlier this week after its leader said members would take advantage of Ohio's gun laws that allow open carry of firearms outside the convention, but he later retracted that statement. The group is modeled after, but not associated with, the now-defunct Black Panthers, who frequently clashed with police in the 1960s and '70s.

The Panthers are one of several black power groups attending a four-day event in Cleveland called the National Convention of the Oppressed. The event will feature several prominent national civil rights leaders and intellectuals, including Cornel West and Marc Lamont Hill.

Mijente is an adaptation of a Spanish phrase meaning my people. The group is rallying under that name to build a massive barrier of fabric and other material they said to wall off Donald Trump's hate and racism. The wall is in response to Trump's "insults, threats and his promises of mass deportation and building a border wall to separate neighbors," the group says.

Citizens for Trump and the America First Movement are working with a network of pro-Trump groups to hold a parade and rally today to support the likely Republican nominee. Among the high-profile speakers is radio host Alex Jones, who the Southern Poverty Law Centers calls the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America. Also speaking will be Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally and political operative who has warned of a revolution if Trump is denied the nomination.

Oath Keepers, a group composed mostly of former members of the military and police, say they will carry weapons at the convention. The group says it aims to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Its members have shown up at recent Black Lives Matter protests, often wearing bulletproof vests and camouflage, and carrying assault rifles.

White supremacists have become emboldened by Trump's candidacy, and many have said they plan on attending the Republican convention. But it is unclear how much of a collective presence there will be, since an alliance of white nationalists recently backed down on their promise to protect Trump supporters at the convention.

Anarchist and anti-fascist groups often make appearances at events hosted or attended by white supremacist groups, and the two sides occasionally engage in clashes. Tensions between anti-fascists and white supremacists spiked last month, after the two sides engaged in heavy clashes at a protest in Sacramento. The anti-fascist movement organizes offline and doesn't usually publicly announce its presence ahead of time, so it's unclear how big of a presence it will have at the convention.

Westboro Baptist Church is a small, anti-gay fundamentalist Christian group from Kansas. It's mostly composed of a single family and their friends, but it frequently makes big headlines with its shocking, over-the-top protests at military funerals and other high-profile events. The group has received a permit for a demonstration and also plans to use the speakers platform in downtown Cleveland.

Nuns on the Bus is a group of almost 20 Catholic activists who are stopping in Cleveland as part of their countrywide tour of the country. The nuns are promoting a more inclusive America and protesting wealth inequality. At the convention, they'll be handing out lemonade and asking passersby about what worries them this election cycle.

Pence selection plays well
with leading Republicans

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

“I accept your nomination to serve as vice president of the United States of America."

Those words from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence marked the official debut of the Trump-Pence presidential ticket.

But they came only after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke for nearly half an hour, alone at the podium inside Manhattan's glitzy Hilton Midtown ballroom, in front of five rows of seated supporters, an enthusiastic but restrained group of invited guests.

Standing before a backdrop of American flags and a flood-lit red, white and blue curtain, Trump declared himself and Pence as the law-and-order candidates of a law-and-order Republican party.

He painted President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as politicians who lead from behind and are weak on combating global terrorism.

“Hillary’s foreign policy helped launch ISIS,” Trump said. He criticized her for not calling recent attacks in Orlando and Nice radical Islamic terrorism.

“Mike Pence will never be afraid to speak the name of our enemy,” he added, calling his running mate a solid, solid person and a leader “who will help deliver a safe society and prosperous society for all Americans."

Pence took the stage to light, polite applause, thanking Trump for the confidence placed in him and his family, calling the businessman a patriotic American and a fighter.

He described himself as a basic guy and a small-town boy from rural Indiana.

"I grew up with a front-row seat to the American dream," he said.

Pence, who describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order," is regarded as a safe choice within conservative circles, able to pick up support among moderate Republicans and evangelical Christians.

Trump praised Pence’s record as governor of Indiana, saying he will help push to create manufacturing jobs, a key domestic platform in Trump’s campaign. Trump also noted that Pence had lowered state income taxes.

Since Trump announced his decision on Twitter, notable Republican politicians praised the decision, calling Pence as strong on conservative, social and economic principles, including a staunch record of anti-abortion and anti-gay policies.

Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said “I love the guy,” on a radio show this week. “He’s actually a buddy of mine."

Pence served 12 years in the House, where he knew Ryan.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida praised Pence on Twitter as a great pick and rock solid.

Rocket launch is sending
docking ring to space station

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Under a bright moonlit sky, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket laden with supplies for the International Space Station early today

The launch was at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  The Falcon 9 first stage landed vertically back at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral a few minutes later.

Among its cargo, the rocket is carrying one of two docking rings to the International Space Station, a crucial step in enabling U.S. commercial space taxis to ferry astronauts to the orbiting lab. SpaceX said the payload reached a good orbit and would arrive at the space station in two days.

After the metal docking ring attaches to a berthing port on the station, it will serve as a parking space for commercial spaceships under development by SpaceX and Boeing. The manned craft are scheduled to begin test flights next year.

Last year, a SpaceX rocket carrying one of these rings broke apart shortly after liftoff.

U.N.’s goal to control AIDS
is generating some skepticism

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Everyone agrees it sounds like a wonderful goal: The U.N. AIDS agency aims to end the deadly epidemic by the year 2030.

The agency’s 90-90-90 treatment plan, using 2020 as a target date, aims for 90 percent of people living with HIV to know their HIV status, 90 percent of HIV-positive people to receive treatment and 90 percent of people on treatment to show suppressed viral loads.

The plan, in theory, would prevent nearly 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths worldwide.

It won't come cheaply, UNAIDS said. In the next five years, low-income countries will need as much as $9.7 billion, and lower-middle-income countries will need $8.7 billion. That means the bill will fall on wealthier international donors, like the United States and other Western nations.

As experts from around the world converge on Durban, South Africa, for the International AIDS Conference that begins today, even the optimists say such goals won't be easy to reach.

That doesn’t mean it's not possible, said Matthew Kavanagh, senior policy analyst for the U.S.-based Health Global Access Project. The health statistics look promising. Some countries, he said, have reached the 90-90-90 goals and others are close.

That’s what makes it maddening, he said: The end of AIDS could be within reach if donors invested more money and governments showed more political will to fight the disease. He sharply criticized major donors, including the U.S. and European nations, for giving greater priority to other problems.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson wins
British Open golf tourney

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In one of the all-time great performances in golf history, Sweden's Henrik Stenson won the British Open Sunday at Royal Troon in Scotland.

Stenson carded a final round eight-under-par 63 that featured 10 birdies, many of them converted with long putts, to defeat American Phil Mickelson by three shots.

That tied the record low 63 Mickelson shot in Thursday's opening round. It also gave Stenson a major tournament record score of 264, 20-under-par, as he become the first male golfer from Sweden to win a major championship.

"Awesome. I've been so focused this week and on this day in particular," said Stenson. "I felt it was my time. I believed it was my time.

"It's been on all the shoulders of Swedish male golfers for a long time . . . . Many great players from my country tried in the past years and decades, and there have been a couple of really close calls . . . . I dedicate this to all the guys who tried before, and I am the lucky one," Stenson added.

There is little doubt Mickelson felt unlucky with how well he played on the final day, with not a single bogey in his six-under-par round of 65.

"It's probably the best I've played and not won," said Mickelson.

"It's disappointing to come in second but I'm happy for Henrik. He's really a great champion. We've been friends for some time. I've always thought he is one of the best ball strikers in the game and that major championships are perfectly suited for him, and I knew that he would ultimately come through and win. I am happy that he did. I am disappointed that it was at my expense."

Entering Sunday's final round, the world No. 6 Stenson held a one shot lead over Mickelson, who was five shots ahead of the nearest pursuer. As the day went along, the two men separated themselves further from the field, sharing the lead for a number of holes. Stenson finally took control at the 15th hole where he sank a 51-foot putt for birdie, giving him a two-shot lead that he never relinquished.

"It was a great match with Phil. It seemed like it was going to be a two-horse race all the way until the end," said Stenson, who at age 40 is the sixth oldest to be a first-time major winner.

"We managed to pull away from the rest of the field, and we both played some great golf. And it makes it even more special to beat a competitor like Phil," Stenson added. "He's been one of the best to play the game, and certainly in the last 20 years, so to come out on top with such a fight with him over these four days it makes it even more special."

Finishing a distant third, 14 shots behind Stenson, was American J.B. Holmes.

The 46-year-old Mickelson has now finished second in major golf tournaments, The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship, 11 times. He has won five majors. Only legendary American golfer Jack Nicklaus has more second place finishes in majors with 19.
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There is no need to fear growing orchids

I have a reader who, for some reason, dislikes it when I talk about orchids. If you feel the same way, please move quickly to Page 7 for the latest economic news. Or you could go to the calendar and work the crossword puzzle (always good for the brain). For those of you who like orchids, or at

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least don’t mind when I talk about them, please read on.

So, why do I even talk about orchids? There are so many reasons.

There are 1,400 to 1,500 species of orchid in Costa Rica, so just about
anywhere you go, there they are,
popping up out of the ground,
hanging off trees, or even growing on rocks. Some have blooms so large that one flower makes an intimate centerpiece for the table, and some have blooms so small that you need a magnifying glass or even a microscope to see them (Lepanthes orchids are like that. I have a lot of Lepanthes). See blow.

Orchids can be removed and “re-homed” if you find them on dead branches or fence posts, so it’s easy to start collecting. Just carefully peel the roots from the underlayment and just as carefully attach them to new wood at home. Need to start the collection the easy way? Buy your orchid at a local farmers’ market or vivero.

Worried because you have heard that orchids are difficult to grow? Nonsense! Orchids are tough and easy to grow, and they will grow just about anywhere. If you plucked your plant from a dead tree, you can transfer it to a live tree near your house using strips of cloth or old stockings. Remember, that plant is adapted to the climate. No greenhouse necessary!

Once your orchid roots take hold of the tree, remove the tie or just let it rot away. I use cotton strips for my orchids. The roots are usually attached at the same time that the cotton disintegrates. Easy.

How about, orchids are expensive? Not so, if you collect the local orchids although the larger and more glorious orchids can be pricey. So far, I have never spent more than $12 on an orchid because I have searched out the right people, hobbyists rather than commercial growers.

Many hobbyists are happy to share their orchids with people they know. There are also large commercial growers who will share orchids at a lower price. One such has a farm near Caldera. He grows orchids for sale all over the world in places like supermarkets, Walmarts, and the like, and has excellent prices for individual orchids.

Yes, there is a lot more to talk about, but there are great books on Kindle, “Easy Orchids” for example, or “Orchids for Dummies.” So, fear not! Go out and get yourself an orchid!

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I found this Lepanthes orchid on a dead tree and gave it a new home about 6 months ago. The flower is only 6 or 7 mm long, and yes, they can be hard to see. Look for an oval or heart-shaped leaf and keep looking because you never know when they are going to bloom.
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New seal promotes employment equality

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government has created a new seal for companies that pledge gender equality.

The seal is part of a project by the U.N. Programme for Development and the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres.

Officials announced the seal as they outlined a program to eliminate inequalities based on gender in employment with an effort to balance work with family and personal life, along with access to work and equality in salaries. The program also addresses harassment and family violence, according to a summary.

The Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres has its own program of equality, which is designed to put more women in the workplace and improve their quality of employment, the agency said.

Firms that participate in the program will be subjected to a diagnosis about gender equality and will receive a plan to eliminate any, said the government summary. Both public agencies and private firms could be involved. An accrediting agency will award the seal.