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Tourist numbers reported up despite flat market
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tourist arrivals are up 9.6 percent for the first half of this year, according to the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo. However, most tourism operators are wondering where the visitors are.

The Cámera Nacional de Turismo reported the country's hotels had a 56.1 percent occupancy rate over the recent mid-year vacation.

Rates by regions ranged from 76.9 to 35.4 percent, said the chamber, based on its own survey.

The tourism institute put out a glowing report which predicted that the country will see more than 2 million tourists again this year. The institute release based that prediction by extrapolating from the 1,124,004 tourists who entered the country from January to June.

The tourism institute said that this number was 9.6 percent higher than the same months in 2009. However only 468,172 of the tourists in the first six months this year were from the United States, said the institute.

During the first half of the year, 767,194 tourists entered the country by air routes at either Juan Santamaría airport (635,800) or at Liberia's Daniel Oduber airport (131,295), according to the institute's interpretation of figures provided by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.

Most of the tourists who entered the country by land routes were from neighboring Central American countries. Nicaraguans make up a substantial percentage of the annual tourism figures.

“Indicators show a definite recovery after the world economic crisis,” said Carlos Ricardo Benavides, tourism minister. “Although not quite the numbers seen in 2008, which was an extraordinary year for Costa Rica when it celebrated, for the first time, the arrival of 2 million tourists, there is an indisputable recovery that makes us optimistic to recover, little by little, from the crisis that is still present in this sector,” he added.

The institute said that U.S. visitors were 43,218 more in the first six months of 2010 than in the same period in 2009 and only 1,382 fewer than in 2008. There were 1,142,219 tourists in the first  half of 2008, said the institute. That was the year
 the bottom dropped out of the tourism market due to the world economic situation. Still, Benavides orchestrated a ceremony at Juan Santamaría airport heralding a New Jersey family member as the 2 millionth tourist for that year.

Benavides served as tourism minister in the Óscar Arias Sánchez government, too.

Benavides was upbeat and said his agency's goal is to welcome 2.5 million tourists in 2014.

The situation may not be as rosy as Benavides wishes. Windstar Cruises, for example, announced two-for-one fares Wednesday on winter Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruises. Windstar's three luxury yachts visit Playas del Coco, Quepos, Bahia Drake, Curu and Isla Tortuga in Costa Rica. The Seattle, Washington-based company said its normal seven-day New Year's cruise from Puerto Caldera would be $1,699 double occupancy. The current listed rate is $3,649 per person.

The trend is clearly to the Pacific beaches. The institute said that visitors passing through Daniel Oduber were up 18.6 percent in the first six months from the 110,717 in 2009.

In another point of view, the tourism chamber said that 44 percent of the tourists who arrived in July 2009 were from the United States. The chamber analyzed July from 2005 to 2009 because it is the month with the second highest number of U.S. visitors. March is the month typically with the highest.

The chamber noted that July is a big vacation month in the United States. Tourism operators here well know that the visitors here in the U.S. summers are not as well-heeled as those who come in the dry season at Christmas.

The mid-year vacation survey by the chamber obtained data from 90 hotels in all parts of the country. South Pacific hotels reported the highest occupancy rate at 65.4 percent. Southern Guanacaste was lowest with 36.4 percent.

Vacations can be deceptive because many Costa Ricans go to the beaches or elsewhere, but many end up staying with family members instead of renting a traditional hotel room. Hotels create many promotional offers to capture a share of national tourists.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Both the tourism institute and the public works ministry report that they are not involved in scams that are being worked on the public.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas said that crooks are making telephone calls to various community organizations and seeking money for the alleged delivery of construction materials. The ministry builds public structures like school lunchrooms but it does not charge for delivery.

The crooks ask that the money be deposited in a certain bank account. Of course the material never is delivered, and the money vanishes from the account, the ministry said.

At the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo officials said callers are using the institute name to inform citizens that they have won a prize after some form of raffle. The institute really does have a promotional program going on, but it does not involve any form of raffle, officials there said.


Rights on Río San Juan
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Defensoría de los Habitantes had put together a booklet that outlines in simple language the rights Costa Ricans have while navigating on the Río San Juan.

The national border is the south bank on the river in most places, and Nicaragua had been imposing rules restricting free transit on the river, which is a major transportation route in the underdeveloped northern Costa Rica.

The Defensoría said that Costa Ricans do not have to pay for a Nicaraguan tourism card or obtain a Nicaraguan visa as long as the destination is not in Nicaragua. This also applies to passengers on Costa Rican craft.

Costa Rica took Nicaragua to the International Court in the Hague in order to obtain a favorable ruling on its rights under existing treaties.

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Capsaicin, the stuff that gives chili peppers their kick, may cause weight loss and fight fat buildup by triggering certain beneficial protein changes in the body, according to a new study on the topic. The report, which could lead to new treatments for obesity, appears in American Chemcial Society's monthly Journal of Proteome Research: “Proteomic Analysis for Antiobesity Potential of Capsaicin on White Adipose Tissue in Rats Fed with a High Fat Diet.”

Jong Won Yun and colleagues point out that obesity is a major public health threat worldwide, linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems. Laboratory studies have hinted that capsaicin may help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering fat levels in the blood. Nobody, however, knows exactly how capsaicin might trigger such beneficial effects.

In an effort to find out, the scientists fed high-fat diets with or without capsaicin to lab rats used to study obesity. The capsaicin-treated rats lost 8 percent of their body weight and showed changes in levels of at least 20 key proteins found in fat. The altered proteins work to break down fats.

“These changes provide valuable new molecular insights into the mechanism of the antiobesity effects of capsaicin,” the scientists say.

Another wave en route here
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Although the last week has been drier than normal, the country will be swept today by the effects of another tropical wave.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the morning will be partly cloudy with high temperatures that will generate thunderstorms in the afternoon. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that the low pressure associated with the wave may develop as it moved over Central America.

The is a low probability that the system will develop into a cyclone.

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Neenah Paper, Inc. has launched a sweepstakes in which the winner will get a trip to the Osa peninsula.

The Alphareta, Georgia, paper manufacture is promoting an environmental line of products, and part of the winner's trip will be to the company's reforestation project. The project is operated with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Friends of the Osa organization.

The Neenah “Eco-Trip for Two” sweepstakes runs to September 30, 2010. During that time, designers, printers, and anyone with a passion for the environment can enter to win by registering at neenahpaper.com/environmentcontest. One winner will be randomly selected from all entries to receive the all-expenses-paid trip, said the company.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Newspeople dread the slow months of the U.S. summer because there really is little news to make a paper exciting.

Such is the case in Costa Rica as half the population nurses blisters and sore knees from their pilgrimage to Cartago.

Newspeople dread Sunday nights, too, when they must produce a Monday morning newspaper.

That carries over to television. Here in San José Sunday night news reports generally consist of a breezy photo tour of kite flying at Parque la Sabana and video of the overnight accidents.

Slow news periods are fertile times for the strange and sensational. Editors would sell their souls at these times for a good flying saucer story or perhaps a visit by the chupacabre to the local farm.

It was on such a slow news Sunday night that Orson Wells broadcast his famous "War of the Worlds." The date was Oct. 30, 1938, and everyone knows what happened. Thousands of people jumped in their cars to flee the invading Martians. Or so the legend goes.

Some 72 years later the truth is elusive. One fact is that radio stations had cut into the newspaper advertising income just as television did years later. There was no love for radio in the typical newsroom. So when the first calls started coming in to the city desk, the reaction was swift. Reporters were dispatched to get information for the banner headline already taking shape in the heads of editors.

Typically people who complain about such things are not affected themselves but they express concern how the current crisis will affect "other people."

Even Jon Luc Picard in the best ship 25th century technology can provide could not travel from Mars to earth in a few minutes. So the time compression of Wells' radio drama is not likely to fool many people. Still the radio station got a lot of calls.

What makes "The War of the Worlds" important is that it was studied by academics led by Hadley Cantril of the Princeton University Radio Project. It was this study that laid the foundation for claims that many people were frightened. But the study was based on mail CBS got from people upset about the show. That was not a representative sample.

"Radio listeners in panic, taking war drama as fact." said The New York Times the next day. But The Times had no photos of people in panic loading their vehicles
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for a quick getaway. Nor did other newspapers.

Recent academic efforts cast doubt on the accuracy of the newspaper reporting. In one case The Denver Post said people were in panic at a certain fire station. Years later a son of one of the men mentioned in the story denied his father was in panic and said that neighborhood residents just gathered at the fire station to hear the show.

Orson Wells had no motives except to produce a radio show and perhaps get a paycheck. But Prensa Latina seems to have had political motives when it reported that 46 U.S. ships and 7,000 Marines were headed to Costa Rica to fight drugs. The Cuban news service has close links to leftist politicians in San José. The service published distorted news over the free trade treaty debate here, too.

The Prensa Latina report came at a slow news period in the United States, and editors jumped on it without verifying the accuracy. Of course some knew the report was incorrect but published articles based on the Prensa Latina report anyway for political reasons.

A check of an online search engine reveals headlines like "The U.S. Military Moves Into Costa Rica," "U.S. military makes itself at home in Costa Rica," and "Fear, Suspicion as US Military En Route to Costa Rica."

Halfway through "War of the Worlds," Wells went on the air to explain he was presenting a drama, a Halloween gift, he said.

Online searches reveal no apologies or added comments from Prensa Latina for turning an otherwise routine shore leave approval into "War of the Worlds, Part II."



Heredia condo project will contain a 21-floor tower
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new condo project contains what is being called the tallest building in Heredia. It is the Condo Vita Bellavista in Barreal de Heredia, which was announced formally Wednesday.

The $31 million project has its environmental permit and is awaiting approval of plans by the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos. The first stage tower will have 11 floors and 84 units.

The second tower will be higher with 21 floors and 158 units, developers said.
The project is being bankrolled by firms in Chile, the United States and Costa Rica. The Grupo Stitchkin is the Chilean partner.

The investment by CasaNovo Partners, a U.S. investment firm, is being backed by the U.S.  Overseas Private Investment Corp. said a release about the project.

Developers said they are targeting professionals who may have jobs close by at Intel, Hewlett Packard and other major firms.  The site is close to the Autopista General Cañas.

Construction is estimated to take 24 months, developers said.


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Microbiologists balk at making tests for drunk drivers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Microbiologists are not anxious to become involved in taking or processing blood and urine samples from suspected drunk drivers, and the Defensoría de los Habitantes is taking up the case.

The complaint was lodged by the Sindicato de Profesionales in Ciencias Médicas of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. The microbiologists say they are exposed to criminal and civil penalties under the new traffic law.

They also complained that they are required to take samples and process them without the necessary conditions.
Under the traffic law, those working in whatever private or public clinic are obligated to take the samples and provide an immediate verdict to both the driver and the police officers involved.

The microbiologists said that the job should be done by toxicologists instead. They also are uncertain what happens if a driver refused to give the samples. One microbiologist already is facing a criminal allegation stemming from trying to take a sample, said the Defensoría.

Investigators at the Defensoría are seeking a meeting with Lilliam Gómez, a top prosecutor, to find out her feelings on the issue.



Limón fire knocks out phone and Internet along coast

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fire Tuesday night knocked out telephone service in part of Limón Centro and in communities to the south along the Caribbean coast.

The blaze, believed caused by a faulty air conditioner, broke out in a room that contains fiber optic equipment as  well as connections for fixed telephone lines, cell phones and Internet.

The area involved was just 66 square meters of the three story building. That is about 710 square feet. Smoke from the blaze went through the building carried by the ducts of the air conditioning system.
The blaze was reported at 8:40 p.m. Workers for the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad were working all day to restore service. The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública flew in some equipment on the twin-engine Caribou that has just been restored to service in the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea.

Firemen said that service was knocked out in Sixaola, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Valle de la Estrella, Matina and Bataan as well as part of Limón Centro.

Firemen said that those who are without service should contact in an emergency individuals with radios, such as police or taxi drivers.  The company said that cell service had been restored by late afternoon.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

These past few months have been filled with extreme weather in many parts of the world, and climatologists are trying to figure out what to make of it.

From flooding in China to wildfires in Russia, strong winds in Australia to stiffling heat in the United States, with waterspouts over Miami Beach, Florida.  It's the season of unusual weather.

In Pakistan, floodwaters have swallowed whole villages and killed 1,500 people. "It rained the whole day and night. We did not sleep," said Mohammad Yaseen, a retired soldier.

In China, torrential rains brought on the worst floods in a decade. Roads under two meters of water. Landslides surprising drivers. "I saw a rock falling down and then suddenly I heard a terrible noise, and another boulder hit my car and I was stunned," said Jiang Qidi, a driver.

In Russia, weeks of record-breaking heat and little rain are hampering efforts to extinguish wildfires.  Flames surrounded and nearly trapped a group of volunteers.

Analysts say the world should be aware of the consequences. "We pray to God day and night for rain to fall, to change this weather.  It is the only thing which can help us," said Igor Vlaznev, a Russian firefighter.

Russia is the world's third largest wheat exporter and officials there say the drought will cut the grain harvest by 25 percent. Grain exports could drop by a half this year.  World wheat prices are already up nearly 50 percent since early June.

"Grain prices are going up.  Food prices are going to be going up," said Lester Brown, who is with the Earth Policy Institute.

So what is going on?  Is it simply a coincidence that this extreme weather is occurring at the same time worldwide. Or is it a warning of catastrophic climate change?  The U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration says the earth has been warming over the past three decades and the most recent decade is the hottest ever.

"Even if the temperature trend were flat, we would see extreme weather. What we will see in a changing climate is that these things are more frequent. They may be of higher magnitude, meaning more severe when they happen and that's what we can truly see in a changing climate," said Deke Arndt, with the  National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration

Brown says it does not necessarily mean global warming, but "what we can say is that given the projections for future temperature rises, that we will be seeing more and more Russias around the world.  The next time it may be in China, may be in the U.S. Midwest or Great Plains.  Could be in two or three of them at once. Then we are in real trouble."

Brown says to watch for three key indicators — the number of hungry people in the world, the price of grain and the number of failing states.

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Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean is expected to announce his candidacy for president of Haiti today.

The 37-year-old Jean told a television network he will make the announcement on the Larry King Live program. Jean said last week he had filled out paperwork required for a potential candidacy in the Nov. 28 presidential election, but had not made a final decision.

Jean left Haiti with his family at age 9 and grew up in the United States but retained his Haitian citizenship. He rose to fame in the mid-1990s as a founder of The Fugees, a U.S.-based hip hop group. He is popular among Haitians, particularly the young.

Jean was among the first celebrities to join aid efforts in Haiti following its devastating earthquake in January that killed at least 250,000 people. He already had been providing aid to his impoverished country through the Yele Haiti Foundation that he established in 2005.

His foundation raised millions of dollars for Haiti following the earthquake. But the organization faced criticism for alleged financial irregularities following the quake and hired a new accounting firm after the allegations surfaced.

In an interview with Time magazine, Jean said the earthquake made him realize that Haiti cannot wait another 10 years for a new leader to bring it into the 21st century.

He said that if he cannot take five years out of his music career to serve his country as president, then the issues he sings about, such as equal rights, have no meaning.


Dog finds crack in bar
during police sweep


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San José municipal police brought an anti-drug dog into the Bar Chicas del Caribe Wednesday and the animal discovered what appears to be crack cocaine wrapped in foil.

The bar on Calle 2 between Avenidas 8 and 10 was shut down as a result and judicial and municipal officials will be informed, said the police.

The bar was one of 10 establishments that police checked out in the morning hours. These are basically low-budget operations that usually are not frequented by expats.







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