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Sala IV civil union decision leaves many questions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court rejected a referendum over civil unions between individuals of the same sex, but the decision seems to raise significant legal questions.

In the first place, the majority of the court said that the majority may not impose its will on the minority to restrict a human right. The decision then suggests that same-sex couples already have a human right to civil unions.

The reasoning of the court is hard to determine because the decision only took place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the only report is a brief summary released by the Poder Judicial. Eventually a longer summary is expected.

The case arose when more than 130,000 persons signed petitions asking that the question of civil unions be put on the ballot. Proponents of gay rights opposed the referendum because the signatures were gathered by organizations associated with the Catholic church and they expected the referendum to reject civil unions.

The Sala IV decision annulled a resolution by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones that authorized the collection of signatures for the vote. Tentatively, the Tribunal planned to hold the vote Dec. 5, the same day as municipal elections.

That raises another legal question because the Costa Rican Constitution in Article 103 says:

There is no appeal against the decisions of the Supremo Electoral Tribunal, except for actions on the grounds of breach of public duty.

 
Anther reason why the court's decision is not clearis because the Poder Judicial summary cited paragraph three of article 105 of the Constitution. But there is but one paragraph in that section.

Based on what has been released, a referendum to allow marriages between persons of the same sex put forward by proponents also would be thrown out because the question might be defeated at the voting booths. The same could be said about a referendum on the right to an abortion or any other issue that might be considered a human right.

Six magistrates, including one who voted against the main decision, said inexplicably that this issue was one for legislation and not for a public referendum

This point of view would seem to be in direct contradiction of the new referendum law. Only one vote, the referendum on the free trade treaty with the United States, has been held. The Tribunal is restricted to holding only one vote per year.

The topic of civil unions is highly emotional, so the jurisprudence of the court's action is being clouded by strongly held opinions. Costa Rican law is not heavy on precedent, so the court may issue a contradictory opinion sometime in the future on some other issue.

From a political standpoint, many officials considered the civil union referendum unnecessarily divisive. Opponents had called it the  Referéndum del Odio, meaning the referendum of hatred.

The Partido Acción Ciudadana quickly issued a press release in which it said that the decision was a sign of respect to the rights of the minorities and of a mature democracy.


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Some Pacific coast residents are pretty sure the government has forgotten them. They are the residents who have to cross the Río Rosario near Ostional and Nosara every day.

One expat estimates that several hundred people a day are totally dependent on this crossing, which can be a challenge when rains come and the river rises.

Motorists were encouraged six months ago when workmen drove metal beams into the ground and unloaded concrete panels. But since then, nothing, said the expat resident, Guy Yogev.

The work is under the jurisdiction of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

"Many people are depending on it, but its looks like no one in the government have the brains to just finish it up," said Yogev.
"Most of the investment is done now . . .  it's just to build it."

The new Chinchilla administration has inherited a long list of bridge problems because many spans lacked maintenance for decades. Some 29 bridges are scheduled to be replaced in the $33 million project that was just approved by the legislature. But it is unlikely that the Río Rosario job is among them.

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Heavy rains and high seas
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Central Valley was hit with heavy rains Tuesday. Meanwhile on the Pacific coast residents are facing the prospect of the highest seas of the year.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the rains are normal at this time of year. And the same type of rain is expected this afternoon along with lightning and thunder. In addition to the Central Valley, the weather institute said that the Pacific coast and the northern zone would have rains.

The heavy rains Tuesday came a couple of hours earlier than expected, and the weather institute said there may be overnight rains that greet early risers today. Some Central Valley locations experienced flooding, and one pedestrian fell into a river from a bridge because the walkway was covered with water and mud. He was rescued.

The national emergency commission issued the warning about high seas based on information from Omar Lizano of the  Centro de Investigaciones del Mar at the Universidad de Costa Rica. In the past, lower sections of Puntarenas received some incursions from the sea.

The seas this week through Sunday are predicted to be about 3 meters or about 10 feet. Puntarenas is expected to get seas 3.24 meters high Friday.

The emergency commission issued an alert and gave a special warning to the communities of  Cuaguiniquil, Juanquillal, Sámara, Nosara, Barrio del Carmen, El Cocal, Playa Caldera, Playa Azul, Paso Seco, Bejuco, El Cocal and Boca Vieja.

The commission, correctly called the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias, said that small boats might have a problem leaving rivers and entering the sea and that bathers should watch out for rip tides, especially from Thursday onward.

The seas are expected to diminish by Sunday.

Rising seas Monday night caused a small boat to overturn at Playa Guacalillo de Tivives in Esparza. The Servicio Nacional de Guardacoastas got the call from one of two fishermen who were dumped into the sea. He had a cell telephone. The pair hung on to wreckage for an hour before a coast guard launch appeared.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

In our six plus years of living in Costa Rica, becoming residents and attempting to assimilate into the culture, learn the language as best we could and avoid imposing ourselves upon the citizens of Costa Rica, we have enjoyed our life here. Yes, there have been problems: theft, worker, and other problems, but they have been put behind us. The culture and beliefs are different in Costa Rica, and some do not realize we are living in their country, not the country we left behind.

There has been a more recent trend by some Americans to make Costa Rica a part of what they left behind in the U.S. They want crime commissions, neighborhood watches, fraternal and business organizations, vast infrastructure improvements, and they would like to dictate their desires to local municipality and government officials.

This is another view of the "ugly American" that many foreign countries have of citizens of the United States. Arrogant, overbearing, and attempting to impose their will upon another country to make it like the United States.

Costa Rica is not the United States, it never has been and never will be. It is a Third World country. Their culture is vastly different, and attempts to impose conditions upon the people, municipalities, and government of Costa Rica is wrong and will not work. It will only widen the gap between the cultures.

In our rural location in the western Central Valley near San Ramón de Alajuela, we do not want to see or have any part of these efforts to change Costa Rica.

Recently there was a conflict in our home when a neighbor brought information regarding meetings of an organization in San Ramón attempting to induce people who were attending church services to attend a meeting to establish a local crime commission, knowing full well our personal objection to these efforts. It has resulted in a split in our community, our Church, has promoted bad feelings in our neighborhood, and a division between neighbors, and will most likely result in a church founded in our home to move to another location to avoid further conflicts.

Why? Because a few want to change Costa Rica to be exactly like the neighborhood they came from in the U.S. and have induced others to spread the message of their desires upon those who do not want any part of it. So long as these people and organizations do not attempt to impose their will upon those who don't want any part of it, they are free to do whatever it is they hope to achieve, but they should be aware that their actions are increasingly damaging the efforts of other Americans to be a part of the normal Costa Rican community life which we came here to participate in and enjoy.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Stone is entitled to his opinion, but survey after survey show that Costa Ricans, too, are fed up with crime and insecurity. Tackling this problem is one of the priorities of the Chinchilla administration, and Ms. Chinchilla has sought input from everyone. To some extent, we must take the credit or blame for our nine years of aggressive reporting of crimes against expats and others. This has put the spotlight on the problem.

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Hamer Gómez, shop manager, points out the device that converts waste restaurant grease into fuel.
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The is new life for cooking oil after the french fries
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A low-tech biodiesel project at a Grecia sugar mill produces 4,000 liters per month, using only recycled oil from restaurant fryers and reactants. This represents a significant part of internal usage at the CoopeVictoria sugar and coffee operation, according to coordinator María Angela Zamora. In the process a mild pollutant is removed from the waste stream.

Most of the oil and grease comes from small sodas and restaurants. The 140 colons per liter they pay is not enough to compete with pig farmers for the oil from larger volume users like fast-food chains, Ms. Zamora said.

Oil comes largely from the local towns of Grecia, Palmares and San Ramón, but it is worth it to go as far as Heredia.

The oil arrives direct from fryers with accompanying contamination, right up to recognizable pieces of french fry. It must be heated to about 60 degrees C to be
sufficiently liquid for filtration. This is accomplished with a heating element stuck directly into the drum of oil. Filtered contaminates go to a separate organic fertilizer process. Lard is also used to a limited degree but must be heated separately and then mixed in low concentrations, said Hamer Gómez, the shop manager.

The purified oil is then mixed with methanol and potash and allowed to react, producing the diesel and a glycerin byproduct. Simple tests can check the purity of the diesel.

Ms. Zamora said the cooperative is looking to use the glycerin for a line of soaps and degreasers. It can be used as animal feed, but this requires purification beyond the simple processes in use.

A small amount of jatropha has been intercropped with coffee as an experimental source of oil. Cultivation of this plant is under way in Guanacaste for industrial-scale applications. Costa Rica’s other source of vegetable oil is substantial oil-palm production in the southern part of the country.


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Ministry promises to put down 200 tons of asphalt in week
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The transportation ministry promises to put down 200 metric tons of asphalt in an intensive operation this week on the Bernardo Soto highway from Juan Santamaría airport to the well-known Manolos bridge.

The highway is a major one that runs west of the airport. The stretch is 14 kilometers or about nine miles.

The work began Monday in the morning hours and continued as long as the weather held. Much of the work was in front of the Dos Pinos plant in El Coyol de Alajuela
The asphalt is coming from a mixing plant in Colima de Tibás.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes urged motorists to drive with caution because of highway restrictions and the presence of workmen in the road.

Next week the work will continue with other highways and routes that are important entrances and exits to San José, said Francisco Jiménez, minister. Most of these highways are riddled with potholes, officials said.

The principal cause is the rainy weather.


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Dispute erupts over treatment of legislative protesters

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

What is known is that Fuerza Pública officers and members of the legislative security staff evicted a group of native Costa Ricans who staged a sit-in Monday and early Tuesday to urge the passage of legislation.

The Fuerza Pública said that the police action was completely peaceful. Others, including the Sindicato de Trabajadores y Trabajadores de la Educación Costarricense, claim officers hit and beat the protesters. There were about 20 of the original group of 30.

The native Costa Ricans are seeking passage of a bill that would provide for autonomy in the 22 native reserves in the country. The autonomy, according to a revised bill dated Aug. 10, would be sweeping and the native tribes would be treated as independent states in interaction with the central government.

The administration has not put the measure on its priority
 list for the next month. The bill in one form or another has been languishing in the legislature for 17 years.

The native Costa Ricans, including women, refused to leave when the legislature completed its work Monday. It was after 1 a.m. Tuesday when police moved in. By then the protesters were in the legislative garden. The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública released photos borrowed by Teletica Channel 7 television to show that the event was peaceful. The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados posted a photo on its Web site showing a woman with a bandaged and bloody wrist.

The union said that police used a Cruz Roja stretcher to tie down and carry off a protestor who refused to move from the legislative garden.

The incident caused legislative leaders to close the Asamblea Legislative building Tuesday to the public. In the afternoon when lawmakers met in general session there was extensive arguments over what had transpired.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization has declared an end to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.  In making the announcement,  Margaret Chan, director general, said the new H1N1 virus has largely run its course and the world is now moving into the post-pandemic period. 

Dr. Chan says the world is no longer in phase 6 of the influenza pandemic alert.  She says the past year has been long and full of hard work. 

She says the hard work against the virus will continue, but she feels both tired and happy to have arrived at the end game. 

"We also are mindful of the fact that we need to continue to maintain our vigilance and not be complacent," Dr. Chan said. "So, there is going to be a lot of work to be done in the future.  One important thing is to review lessons learned and how the world collectively can be better prepared for the next pandemic." 

Dr. Chan says the world has entered the post-pandemic period.  But, this, she says does not mean the H1N1 virus has gone away.  Experience with past pandemics, she says, show the H1N1 virus is likely to take on the behavior of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come.

She says pandemics, like the viruses that cause them, are unpredictable.  Therefore, she says continued vigilance is extremely important.

"Based on available evidence and experience from past pandemics, it is likely that the virus will continue to cause serious disease in younger age groups, at least in the immediate post-pandemic period," Dr. Chan said.  "Groups identified during the pandemic as at higher risk of severe or fatal illness will probably remain at heightened risk, though hopefully the number of such cases will diminish." 

The World Health Organization reports localized outbreaks of different magnitude are still occurring.  It notes H1N1 transmission is still going on in places such as New Zealand and India.

The World Health Organization praised both these countries for their quick detection and treatment of the disease and says they provide a model of how other countries should behave.

Dr. Chan says the world got lucky in that the H1N1 influenza pandemic turned out to be mild and did not mutate to a more lethal form.  She says it also is fortunate that widespread resistance to the vaccine did not develop, but proved to be safe and effective.

She said The World Health Organization recommends the vaccine continue to be given to high risk people to immunize them against H1N1.

The World Health Organization reports the current number of laboratory confirmed deaths from H1N1 stands at about 18,500 since the outbreak began in 2009.  It says the true number of deaths is probably much higher, but will not be known for several years.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chávez, have met in an effort to repair a diplomatic break over Venezuela's alleged support of leftist rebels in Colombia that has stalled trade and fueled worries about potential violence.

The two leaders held talks Tuesday at a colonial-era estate in Santa Marta, Colombia, where 19th-century independence hero Simon Bolivar died.  Chávez, who views Bolivar as the inspiration for his socialist movement, said upon arrival that the two countries must build peace and unity whatever the cost.

Santos, who predicted at his inauguration three days ago that talks with the Venezuelan president would be frank and direct, said Tuesday the two leaders were looking to restore relations between, as he put it, brother nations.

Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe accused Venezuela of supporting rebels from the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucinarias de Colombia. Chavez criticized Uribe for waging a military campaign against the rebels that threatened the entire region.

On July 22, Venezuela severed ties with Colombia after Bogotá went before the Organization of American States in Washington to present photographs, maps, coordinates and videos it said show 1,500 guerrillas hiding inside Venezuela.  Chávez denied the charge, saying the items did not provide any solid evidence of a guerrilla presence there.

Santos served as defense minister under Uribe and has clashed before with Venezuela's president.  But the U.S. and British educated economist eventually began to distance himself from Uribe and reached out to Chávez, emphasizing his interest in mending relations between the two Andean neighbors.

There had been considerable fears of a regional conflict when Venezuela rushed troops to the border in July. Critics said that Chávez was trying to quiet local opponents by giving the country something else to think about. The nation's economy is struggling despite petroleum income.

Chávez has purchased vast amounts of Russian armament, and such material serves as a temptation.

Venezuela has local elections in September.






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