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TV show on famous crocodile draws applause
By Kimberly A. Beck
Special to a.M. Costa Rica

In Siquirres a crowd, including people from as far away as Canada, gathered at a popular restaurant to watch a premier of National Geographic’s latest special, "Touching the Dragon." Why, because a local hero is the subject of the documentary. 

All five TV’s were tuned in to watch Alec Baldwin introduce the story of a human who had an uncommon bond with a crocodile.

The man known as Chito, who trained a crocodile to accept a human companion, sat through the introduction in total silence as he watched on the television show images of his farm and his life.
At the first commercial break there was a huge round of applause.

Chito, whose full name is Gilberto Sheeden, stood up and gave the audience a big bow.

“When I was told that National Geographic was coming, I got a big brush and brushed Pocho’s front teeth so he looked good on camera,” Sheeden said without the faintest clue that it might seem a bit crazy.

As the story unfolded, he said in a voice that held both joy and pain “Remember when I used to do the shows?” and “Now that the government knows I have a movie, they will want more money.” 

Even after becoming a worldwide celebrity, Sheeden still acts as the club’s DJ. He ended the night with a 
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Gilberto Sheeden, known as Chito, shows his excitement to expats Caryn Schmitt and Mike Weiss.

song he dedicated to his deceased crocodile friend, Yo tengo su amor or “I got your love” that he sang himself.

Even though the 17-foot crocodile, Pocho, died in 2011, tourists can still visit him at the Centro Turistico Las Tilapias. He is stuffed and displayed on the property. Sheeden is currently working with three new crocodile friends and after a year plans on choosing the most receptive one to continue his training program. He found Poncho when the animal was badly hurt and nursed it back to health. In his show, he jumped into a pond

A video of the show with Poncho  is on YouTube HERE! So are videos of the animal's funeral.

Filter experiment shows city air is far from pure
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Downtown San José residents are due for a shock today when the organization Preserve Planet
and the vehicle inspection firm Riteve SyC present their study about air pollution in the metro area.

Already the preliminary information is troubling.

Preserve Planet released two photos of what are being called  pulmón urbano of "city lung." This is a filter that has been installed at the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23. In just two months the fabric of the filter has blackened, presumably from air pollution.  The presentation today is expected to say exactly what has been in the air. Additional data will come from measurement devices at Universidad Nacional, the organization said.

The Antigua Aduana is adjacent to a popular bus stop, and there is a constant flow of traffic to and from the northern suburbs,

Luis Diego Marín, coordinator of Preserve Planet
Preserve Plant photos
The photo of the lighter filter was taken June 5.

said in an announcement that the project demonstrates the enormous pollution to which urban residents are exposed.

He questioned if the government was interested in the health of the citizens because officials just reduced the taxes on the importation of second-hand vehicles which are a cause of air pollution.

The organizations also have scientific  experts who will discuss the results.

Neighbors voice concern about reactivating gold mine
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Neighbors and environmentalists are gearing up for another battle to prevent gold mining in Miramar.

The opponents say that the current owner of the  Bellavista Mine, B2 Gold, has brought an action against the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía in the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo to overturn a 2011 decision to keep the mine closed.

The  Bellavista had entered into preliminary production in 2007 when the heavy rains weakened the hillside on which much of the processing equipment was located. The ore leaching system slid downhill and almost into a nearby waterway. Neighbors feared that the chemicals would pollute the environment.

The mine never generated the heated opposition that operators of the Las Crucitas open pit mine faced, probably because it already was in production when
opposition to this type of mining organized.

Neighbors said in an email release that there have been explosions heard at the mine and that they think that workers are exploring other deposits of gold-bearing rock.

The Laura Chinchilla administration has come out strongly against commercial gold mining. And lawmakers have passed a bill that prohibits all but small operators from mining and none with the open pit process.

The Bellavista received its approvals before that bill passed, so the legal situation is not clear cut.

The operators of the Las Crucitas mine are preparing a billion dollar arbitration actions against the government in an agency of the World Bank. B2 Gold has not taken any action in this direction, but in order to do so the firm would have to exhaust its recourse in Costa Rica.

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Snowden in not a traitor
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Thank you for continuing to report on this very important situation and now open discussion.

With respect to Ed Snowden, the issue is not whether he “gave” top secret material to any country, -but the fact that the U.S. and Russia have no extradition agreement.  And who in the world believes that a Russian whistleblower, traitor or otherwise, who arrived and sought asylum in the U.S., the U.S. would return them to Russia?  Not a chance.

Mr. Snowden did break his agreement with the NSA.  I wonder if that contract he signed contained a clause stating that he would be expected to keep confidential the fact that the NSA was breaking the law in almost every endeavor they pursue. Would he have signed on under that agreement? He is not a traitor, but rather a profound conscience for the world, willing to risk everything to bring truth to light.

At this point in time, there is NO evidence that Snowden gave or sold any information to any government, or individual EXCEPT Glenn Greenwald, journalist for the Guardian of the UK. Mr. Greenwald is releasing the information via the media for everyone and anyone to have knowledge of the U.S. illegally spying on the entire world, against all treaties and agreements, and against their own governmental laws, and Constitution. Both of these conscientious individuals have put their lives on the line to out the truth.

There is NO evidence that Mr. Greenwald or Mr. Snowden have received any monetary compensation for this particular information.  Mr. Greenwald gets paid to write news. This is news.

It is interesting that the Justice Department has filed criminal charges against Mr. Snowden. I wonder who is filing criminal charges against the NSA and DHS, for illegal breaking of their contract with the U.S. citizenry?

Mr. Bolton appears to be confused about exactly what Mr. Snowden has done or not done. yet he probably has access to NSA intelligence and could find out the truth if it existed within the realm of the DHS.

An international attorney for the U.N. commented (see RTnews, Aug8th) that Mr. Obama’s cancellation of his scheduled meeting with Mr. Putin is immature, and will do nothing to further resolution of this situation. 

Obama’s gamesmanship is certainly lacking in skill and diplomacy. And the conversation is now open for all. Perhaps we can transform all these secrets into a platform for peace. Has it occurred to any governmental agency that if we all mind our own business and quit spying of each other, our criteria for warring could end?

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I was quite saddened to read of the death of Dean Krieg. We rented from his company on a number of occasions many years ago and were one of his early customers. He and his staff were extremely helpful, accommodating and made the process simple, having a car always ready right in the San José airport garage. To return the car, we just had to drop it off in the garage and leave the keys under the seat.  He kindly returned my wife's jacket she had left in the car to the hotel where we were staying. Costa Rica lost a real nice expat and businessman.  Our prayers go out to his friends and family.

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restrictions on gun permits

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

The government's proposal as espoused by president Laura Chinchilla, would curtail the ease in obtaining gun ownership permits in Costa Rica.  The proliferation of firearms, especially among a population with little safety education or concern makes stricter laws necessary.  And that includes foreigners accustomed to laxer gun laws.

Incidents involving guns occur every day.  Daily radio and TV news tell us what is happening on the streets and in homes.  Drug violence.  Domestic violence.  Gang violence.  Violence resulting from drinking.  Shootouts at soccer games.  North American ex-pats are also part of this scene.  Last year a former marine, shooting off a gun from the balcony of his home killed a medical student visiting the house next door.  Many expats feel that a gun, or guns, are necessary for security.  However, the judicial Investigating Organization, the investigative branch of the courts, says that guns are reported lost or stolen every day.  And 70 percent of homicides are committed with guns, a majority of them registered.  Even law abiding citizens consider using guns as threats.

A gun is absolutely no guarantee of protection in a home or business.  How many homes or stores with guns on the premises become victims of robberies, break-ins or invasions, and in such a case the gun will be taken along with the other valuables in the house.  The criminal, entering with a gun a hand, is prepared to shoot.  The victim is taken by surprise.

There is also the effect of a shootout in which family members or innocent people get shot.  Stray bullets kill and injure people every year.  The national Children's Hospital last year treated twelve cases of gunshot wounds and that doesn't include those who died on the spot.

Those who say that guns are needed for self defense argue that the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights, which states that a well regulated militia for the security of a free state, guarantees right of the people to keep and bear arms.  Does that allow the people to keep  unlimited numbers of arms in their homes?  Also amendments and laws can be changed through the will of the people.  Prohibition was proscribed by an amendment and later repealed.  Besides, the Second Amendment doesn't apply here.  This is not part of the United States.

Remember too, that if North American foreign residents and visitors demand their right to have an unlimited number of arms available for protection, the same rules would apply to Colombians, Dominicans, Jamaicans, Russians and all other foreign residents and visitors. 

The government of Costa Rica has the right, even the obligation to protect its citizens, even if we consider the means harsh.  Traffic laws are needed to protect us from irresponsible drivers, speeders, drunken drivers, drag racers and others who put us at risk.  Strict rules of the road have reduced traffic deaths and injuries.  Lately the government through Children's Hospital and other agents have warned parents about baby walkers because several children have been seriously injured using these walkers.  They may be banned in the future.  Food products are removed from shelves if there is any suspicion of danger.  Guns provide a much greater risk than cars or baby walkers.

Last year a transit police officer and several private security guards were killed for their guns.  Do you think you can respond to an armed criminal any better?  And if you feel the laws here are unfair, well, don't stay here.

Mitzi Stark and Angie Vacchio
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Late night quake set at 4.9

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A moderate earthquake took place off Guanacaste in the Pacific Ocean about 11:19 p.m. Sunday night. The quake was felt slightly in the Central Valley.

There was some uncertainty about the location. The Red Sismológica Nacional at the Universidad de Costa Rica said the epicenter was 114 kilometers west of Cabo Velas, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. But the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico at Universidad Nacional said it was just two kilometers to the west of the coast. Both agreed that the magnitude was 4.9.

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Puerto Viejo residents try to rehabilitate former drug bunker
By Connie Foss
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The murder of a resident, Carlos Gordon, could bring positive changes to Puerto Viejo. But this depends on what other residents, property owners and volunteers do with an empty house.

The absentee owner of a two-story house in Puerto Viejo was in town recently to settle a legal matter involving squatters on her property. She is Patricia Schneider, a resident of Hawaii, She owns some properties in Puerto Viejo and Hone Creek but has not lived in Costa Rica for the last three years. That was when she gave permission for a local couple to live in her  Puerto Viejo home.

She did not know that the couple would be suspected of using the house as a gathering place for crack and cocaine deals. Ms. Schneider allowed this couple to live in her house because she did not want squatters to take over.

Squatters, or precaristas, are common in Costa Rica because of laws that make evicting them very difficult. When landlords are absent, squatters often move into empty homes and then refuse to leave when the owners return.

Not long ago, there was a drug bust at this house. Locals call it the bunker. When police invaded the bunker, the couple went to jail and the house was left empty again.

This is where Carlos Gordon came into the story. Gordon had approached Ms. Schneider about being the new caretaker of her house. After moving in, he started his own business of renting out rooms to street people. 

Apparently, Gordon got into a dispute with someone who retreated from the scene, then returned with a machete. Gordon died in the Limón hospital.
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This is the home residents will try to convert to good use.

Now Ms. Schneider’s house is vacant again. People have already asked her to let them use her house. But this time, the people are not squatters but community and church leaders. They do not want to stand by and watch the cycle of crime continue. Town leaders who have raised their families here are concerned about the negative influences of drugs and crime in this quiet village.

Ms. Schneider said she would like to use the property to create a shelter or low-rent home for women with young children. Some other proposals for the vacant house are a public library and a community center for free classes and educational programs.

Leaders of a local church have approached Ms. Schneider with the offer to use the property for community outreach. Puerto Viejo is a tourist town, but it is also a quiet village where families live.

Property owners and town leaders are concerned about the future of the children. The first step is to occupy the property.

Costa Rica joins with Interpol to target illegal medicines
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican officials said they confiscated some 8,194 individual items of medicine at the Peñas Blancas border crossing as part of the country's participation in a worldwide sweep coordinated by the International Police Agency,

Some 100 countries have taken part in this global operation seeking to disrupt the criminal networks behind the illicit sale of medicines online.

The sweep resulted in 58 arrests worldwide and the seizure of 9.8 million potentially dangerous medicines worth some  $41 million, Interpol said.

Costa Rica said that five public agencies and the  Colegio de Farmacéuticos participated in this effort. The beefed-up surveillance also involved the mails and courier services.

The material confiscated involved vitamins, food supplements, antibiotics, antihistamines and tonics, the government said. Interpol said that elsewhere fake cancer medicine was intercepted.

Interpol said it targeted internet service providers, electronic payment systems and delivery services and identified more than 9,000 Web sites linked to illicit online pharmacies.

The effort against illegal drugs, mostly sold online, was the fourth since 2008.

Costa Rica has a cross-border problem because there is
frequent smuggling of medicines from Nicaragua where the prices are lower and there are items not available here that are favored by the large Nicaraguan community living here.

There also is a similar problem with food items.

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Foreigners held in credit card case

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The international nature of crime became obvious Saturday when judicial agents detained two men with Turkish nationality in Calle Blancos. They face allegations of credit card fraud. The victims were from Indonesia, Cambodia and Turkey.

The two men had 120 credit and debit cards on their person when detained. Agents also found $5,000. Investigators said that the cards were used at automatic tellers in Escazú, Jacó and Desamparados. They are accused of cloning the credit cards based on information they received from elsewhere.

Agents said that suspicions developed when some of the cards were retained by the automatic machines. Two local banks alerted investigators.
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U.S. lawmakers are irked
by asylum for Snowden

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. lawmakers continue to slam Russia over Moscow's decision to grant temporary asylum to former federal contractor and surveillance program leaker Edward Snowden.

Long gone are the heady days after the collapse of the former Soviet Union, when Washington and Moscow spoke of each other as budding allies in the post-Cold War era.

Sunday, American lawmakers took to the airwaves to heap scorn on the Russian government, and in particular President Vladimir Putin.

Sen. John McCain, a Republican, spoke on the Fox News Sunday television program.

“He is an old KGB colonel that has no illusions about our relationship, does not care about a relationship with the United States, continues to oppress his people, continues to oppress the media, and continues to act in an autocratic and unhelpful fashion," he said of Putin.

McCain said the Snowden episode signals “incredibly bad relations between the United States and Russia,” adding that President Putin has “put his thumb right in America’s eye.”

Tensions between Washington and Moscow extend beyond Edward Snowden, according to the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, a Democrat.

“They are unresponsive to us as it relates to the tragedies going on in Syria. They are unresponsive to us as it relates to further nuclear arms reduction. They are unresponsive when they violate the rights of gays and lesbians, including foreign visitors who come to Russia and could be arrested," he said.

Menendez spoke on ABC’s This Week program.

At a news conference Friday, President Barack Obama said he does not have a bad personal relationship with Putin. Nevertheless, last week, the White House announced the cancelation of a planned summit between the two leaders.

“It is probably appropriate for us to take a pause, re-assess where it is that Russia is going, what our core interests are, and calibrate the relationship so that we are doing things that are good for the United States, and hopefully good for Russia as well, but recognizing that there are just going to be some differences and we are not going to be able to completely disguise them," Obama said.

Bilateral tensions did not prevent a meeting last week between Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and their Russian counterparts. U.S. officials said the tone of the meetings remained positive and constructive.

Reacting to the cancelation of the Obama-Putin summit, a foreign affairs adviser to Putin said America has shown it is not ready to develop relations with Russia on an equal basis.

Obamas on vacation again
as immigrants pot boils

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama has begun a week-long vacation, and the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court are idle. Washington may be unusually quiet this week, but major demonstrations are expected in multiple states on immigration reform, one of the most hotly contested issues facing the nation.

The President and First Lady Michelle Obama had a more casual look as they arrived at a Massachusetts island resort town.

Meanwhile, members of Congress are in their home districts, where they face intense pressure on immigration reform from a broad range of activists. Some are demanding a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.

“There are people here who just want to live this American dream that you live every day that some of us are not so lucky to see," said demonstrator Miguel Porfirio.

Others are telling lawmakers to focus on stemming illegal immigration once and for all. “Just trying to reinforce that we want the borders secure without blanket amnesty," said Terry Moench.

A Senate-approved bill that would boost enforcement and provide a path to citizenship faces significant opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Before departing on vacation, Obama urged lawmakers to find consensus. “I would urge, when they get back, to do something, put forward a bill that has an opportunity to actually pass. Our economy would be $1 trillion stronger if we got immigration reform done," he said.

Obama also promised to work with Congress to address privacy concerns about the federal government’s vast data collection capabilities that were exposed by fugitive former National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. “It is right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives," he said.

Lawmakers of both parties have crafted NSA reform proposals. Sen, Mark Udall, a Democrat, said, “My bill, which I want to push as hard as I possibly can, would limit the ways in which the intelligence community accesses average Americans,’ innocent Americans,’ phone records. That is the way to go forward.”

But the president and many members of Congress stress that America must retain a robust intelligence-gathering ability, as evidenced by last week’s terror alert that prompted a global travel warning and the closing of numerous U.S. diplomatic outposts.

Washington Post deal seen
as possible game changer

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

 One of the nation’s top newspapers, The Washington Post, has been losing money for years. Initial reaction to the $250-million deal made by founder Jeff Bezos has been mostly positive. The buyout is raising questions, however, about the future of the struggling newspaper industry.

Bezos founded one of the world’s most profitable online companies. He has shaped the way consumers buy books. And now Bezos is poised to become the owner of one of the nation’s most influential papers. 

Ken Doctor, the author of "Newsonomics" about how digital trends are shaping the news said the buyout marks a significant shift for newspapers, not just the Post.

“It raises on a high level, questions about the future of The New York Times," he said. "And this, of course, at the same time when Axel Springer in Germany is getting out of the regional newspaper business. So we have a worldwide phenomenon, an earthquake really in the news business.”

That’s because what happens at the Post in the Bezos era is likely to set the pattern for other struggling newspapers.

One issue likely to come up is the role of unions and collective bargaining. Amazon often has seen unions as obstacles to innovation. Chris Tolles, CEO of the online news community Topix, said that Bezos is unlikely to run the Post, though, the way he runs Amazon.

“The fact that he made a personal investment is the interesting part here. It’s not that he was the founder of Amazon. But this seems to be his own thing. And it will be, I think it’s going to be, different than any of us can foresee in terms of how it goes on. I doubt it’s going to be just another arm of Amazon,” said Tolles.

Bezos, who has been described as libertarian in his views, has promised no radical changes at the Post, assuring staff that he would leave editorial politics and day-to-day operations to the professionals. 

But a new media professor, Paul Levinson, says he’s not buying it. “It’s almost become a cliché that when a big corporation buys out some kind of media operation, whether it’s a newspaper or television operation, they always say the same thing: 'We’re going to keep our hands off the editorial policy, we’re going to allow the original editors to continue,' and invariably that never holds,” said Levinson.

For the Post to return to profitability, something has to give. Experts say Bezos either will have to bring in more revenue or cut costs.

Doctor said running a newspaper is not the same as running an online store. “What Bezos does with The Washington Post is a real open question. No experience as a media entrepreneur, no idea how thin-skinned he may be, or how he’s going to run that organization.”

Advertising accounts for up to 80 percent of newspaper revenue. While recent double-digit declines in print advertising have slowed, publishers continue downsizing newsrooms across the country as more people turn to online news. 

Experts say what happens next at the 136-year old Washington Post either will signal the start of a new business model or the continuing decline of newspapers in the digital age.

Apple gets favorable ruling
on patents against Samsung

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Apple has won a partial legal victory against its rival, Samsung, the latest development in a global legal battle over smartphones and tablets.

A U.S. trade panel ruled Friday that Samsung had infringed on portions of two Apple patents. However, it also cleared the South Korean company on charges that it had violated four more.

Before the ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission goes into effect, President Barack Obama's administration has 60 days to decide whether or not to veto it.

Last week, the Obama administration overturned an Trade Commision decision that would have banned some Apple products in the United States for violating Samsung patents. It was the first veto of a ruling since 1987. and South Korea expressed concern about the move.

In a separate battle in U.S. federal court, Samsung was ordered last year to pay Apple $1 billion in damages for patent infringements. A judge later reduced the award.

Decline in Coca cultivation
reported by Colombia, U.N.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Coca cultivation in Colombia, the world's biggest cocaine producer, fell by a quarter in 2012 as the state cracked down on the crop and farmers diversified away from it, data shows.

The area under coca cultivation shrank to 48,000 hectares at year's end from 64,000 a year earlier although farmers may have planted as much as 135,000 hectares during the year in a cat-and-mouse game with police, according to an annual survey.

Authorities eradicated by hand nearly 30,500 hectares of coca bushes and sprayed over three times more from the air, similar to 2011 levels, the report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Bogota government showed.

It estimated the value of coca leaf and derivatives such as coca paste and cocaine base at $370 million in 2012, down from $422 million the year before, worth 0.2 percent of national economic output.

While prices were mostly stable for cocaine base and paste, the coca leaf yield per hectare fell and the number of households linked to coca growing fell 3 percent to 60,600.

“With the average gross income of a farmer selling coca leaf estimated at $1,220 per year, coca production does not fetch the same lucrative rewards as in the past,” the report said.

It put 2012 production of pure cocaine at around 309 tons, in line with the 2011 figure, while cocaine seizures rose by a fifth to around 188 tons.

Bo Mathiasen, the Office on Drugs and Crine representative in Colombia, said government efforts to eradicate the illicit coca crop were having a visible impact but that farmers often simply replant bushes in new or previously cleared fields.

Peru, Colombia and Bolivia are the world's biggest coca producers. Official data earlier this week showed Bolivia's cultivation fell for the second consecutive year in 2012.

New movie, 'Elysium,' pits
haves vs. the have nots

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

South African filmmaker Neil Blomkamp has a new sci-fi film, "Elysium." Like his previous futuristic drama "District 9," Elysium tackles social separation.

It's the year 2154, and the world is starkly divided between the haves and the have nots. The downtrodden inhabit an overpopulated polluted earth, while the rich have migrated to Elysium, an outpost in space where there is no poverty or sickness.

The story is centered on Max, who is played by Matt Damon. Having broken the law many times, he's trying to sort out his life on earth. He gets a job at a factory where he's exposed to radiation. "In five days time you will die," a robot tells him. That's unless he can make it to Elysium, the place of his dreams.
Neil Blomkamp directed the film. “All of the things that make life worth living, everything that's been extracted from earth, all of the medical help and the technology and the wealth and standard of living and the longevity and everything else is all there,” he said, in reference to Elysium.

But Elysium is inaccessible to foreigners,  that is, everyone living on Earth, including Max.

Jodie Foster portrays the unyielding Madame Delacourt, a government official on Elysium, who will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws to protect her environment. She orders that vessels filled with women and children be shot down to prevent them from entering Elysium.

“. . . Her point is that the earth that she came from, that she remembers, and don't forget she's 108 years old, was falling apart and was horrible and it was a terrible place to be. And they created this new habitat Elysium to get rid of some of the bad things that happened then, the pollution, toxicity of the planet, overpopulation, all of things that we know right now are a problem,” said Foster about the character she plays.

Blomkamp’s movie is an allegory about many of today’s problems: poverty and immigration, homeland security, lack of universal health care, and the destruction of our planet.

After he agrees to go on a dangerous mission to Elysium and hack into its security system, Max turns into a human transformer, with equipment that makes him incredibly strong and turns his brain into a hard drive filled with security data. From that point on, "Elysium" is action packed and delivers social justice, Hollywood-style.

Bee pollen found to contain
wide assortment of chemicals

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A widely used chemical used to fight plant disease is hurting honeybees in an unexpected way, according to new research. It may be contributing to the widespread loss of honeybees that pollinate many fruits, vegetables, nuts and other crops.

Honeybee hives in the United States and elsewhere are dying, and researchers like Dennis VanEngelsdorp at the University of Maryland are trying to understand why. “The number of colonies that die every winter has been one in three. So on average 30 percent of the colonies have died every winter over the last six winters. And that’s an astronomical number.”

VanEngelsdorp's research team examined the pollen that honeybees carried to their hives, and found that it was contaminated with high doses of 35 different pesticides. They also found that eating certain fungicides made bees more susceptible to infection by Nosema, a deadly microbe. The most widely found fungicide was chlorothalonil, which is used on apples and other crops. the most frequent insecticide was fluvalinate, which beekeepers themselves use to control mite s that harm bees.

But fungicides are essential to U.S. agriculture, according to pesticide industry researcher Mike Leggett, with CropLife America. "Fungicides are used, and have been used, pretty broadly, for centuries, for protection of plants from plant disease,” he said.

He also points out that many of the other pesticides VanEngelsdorp found in the pollen actually made the bees less likely to be infected with Nosema.
“I think it’s interesting research that adds to the body of research that’s available, but I’m not really sure that the conclusions reached were… you know, well-supported,” said Leggett.
Maryland farmer and beekeeper Keith Ohlinger has watched his bees die every winter. Researchers are investigating the effects of a variety of factors, including pesticides, diseases and malnutrition. Many people, including Ohlinger, think widespread bee death is caused by many different stresses at once.
“What I felt it was, was a compilation of a lot of little things. I didn’t feel that there was probably one smoking gun. But there’s a division there, some people feel that it is just one thing,” said Ohlinger.
Ohlinger does feel sure that pesticides are a part of the problem. “Maybe I’m just not educated enough, I don’t know, but my view is, if you can take a bath in it, it’s probably safe. And I don’t know many of the things that they’re putting out right now that anybody would come out of a bath in for any length of time and go, ‘Wow, that was great, I feel much better!’ You know?”
Honeybees are essential to agriculture. This makes the search for an answer to the bee die-off especially urgent for VanEngelsdorp's team.

“One in every three bites of food we eat are directly or indirectly pollinated by honeybees. So without honeybees, we wouldn’t have that variety in our diet,” said VanEngelsdorp.
Even as a third of the country's food supply depends on honeybees, a third of those bees continue to die each winter.

Mexican court frees man
linked to agent's murder

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Mexican drug kingpin convicted of murdering an American government agent has been freed on a technicality after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence for kidnapping, torturing and killing the man in 1985.
A Mexican court unexpectedly overturned the conviction of Rafael Caro Quintero, ruling that he should have been tried in a state court rather than a federal court for killing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Enrique Camarena. Caro Quintero was released in the early morning hours Friday, without advance notice to U.S. authorities or news media.
The Drug Enforcement Administration said the Mexican court's actions were deeply troubling and pledged to vigorously seek Quintero's extradition to the United States to face criminal charges pending against him there.
The office of Mexico's attorney general also said it disagrees with the ruling in Jalisco state, and said it was considering whether further legal action is possible.
The brutal circumstances of the American DEA agent's death strained U.S.-Mexico relations at the time, with U.S. officials contending their Mexican counterparts allowed Camarena's killers to escape punishment.
Caro Quintero, who eventually was captured in Costa Rica, was a founding member of one of Mexico's earliest and biggest drug cartel.

Changes in popular words
mirrors urban development

By the University of California-Los Angeles news staff

A new analysis of words used in more than 1.5 million American and British books published between 1800 and 2000 shows how cultural values have changed.
The increase or decrease in the use of certain words over the past two centuries, a period marked by growing urbanization, greater reliance on technology and the widespread availability of formal education, reveals how human psychology has evolved in response to major historical shifts, said Patricia Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology the University of California-Los Angeles and the author of the study.
For instance, the words "choose" and "get" rose significantly in frequency between 1800 and 2000, while "obliged" and "give" decreased significantly over these two centuries. "Choose" and "get" indicate "the individualism and materialistic values that are adaptive in wealthier urban settings," while "obliged" and "give" "reflect the social responsibilities that are adaptive in rural settings," Ms. Greenfield said.
Usage of "get" declined between 1940 and the 1960s before rising again in the 1970s, perhaps reflecting a decline in self-interest during World War II and the civil rights movement, she noted.
Ms. Greenfield also observed a gradual rise in the use of "feel" and a decline in the use of "act," suggesting a turn toward inner mental life and away from outward behavior. She found a growing focus on the self, with the use of "child," "unique," "individual" and "self" all increasing from 1800 to 2000.
Over the two centuries, the importance of obedience to authority, social relationships and religion in everyday life seems to have waned, as reflected in the decline of "obedience," "authority," "belong" and "pray."
"This research shows that there has been a two-century–long historical shift toward individualistic psychological functioning adapted to an urban environment and away from psychological functioning adapted to a rural environment," Ms. Greenfield said. "The currently discussed rise in individualism is not something recent but has been going on for centuries as we moved from a predominantly rural, low-tech society to a predominantly urban, high-tech society."
For her research, which appears Aug. 8 in the online edition of the journal Psychological Science, Ms. Greenfield used Google's Ngram Viewer, a publicly available tool that can count word frequencies in a million books in a matter of seconds. The Google Books database comprises a wide variety of books, including novels, non-fiction publications and textbooks.
To assess culture-wide psychological change, Ms. Greenfield examined the frequencies of specific words in approximately 1,160,000 books published in the United States.
Drawing on her theory of social change and human development, she hypothesized that the usage of specific words would wax and wane as a reflection of psychological adaptation to sociocultural change. The data supported her hypothesis.
The same patterns in word usage also emerged in approximately 350,000 books published in the United Kingdom over the last 200 years. She was able to replicate all findings using synonyms for each target word in the both the U.S. and UK books.
"These replications indicate that the underlying concepts, not just word frequencies, have been changing in importance over historical time," Ms. Greenfield said.
Empirically testing hypotheses about psychological adaptation to long-term cultural change on the scale of centuries would not have been possible as recently as a decade ago, she said.
Ms. Greenfield hopes to replicate these findings using Google Books' Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese databases. The socio-demographic shifts driving cultural and psychological change are global, she noted.

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4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
• 10 minutes to the autopista and Naranjo centro
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• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
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Playa Palo Seco - Gorgeous beachfront 2-story home of roughly 2,000 square feet set on a half acre ocean front full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco.
Playa Paol Seco
This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is only minutes from  the tourist hot spot Jacó but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil. This is an incredible opportunity at $150,000! Owner financing is available! Visit for more information!

El Castillo - Up to 60-acre tract with breathtaking views of Volcán Arenal and Lake
Arenal are available. Multiple GORGEOUS home building sites are scattered throughout this area. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of land that cannot be replicated. Perfectly suited for either real estate investment, homebuilding, or even a resort. Owner financing  is available! Please visit us at for more information!

San Ramon - Beautiful tracts of land of all shapes and sizes for sale in the San Ramón
San Ramon
area. Vista Rica Realty has been in the business for over 20 years which allows us to outcompete in not only selection, but also price. Oceanview homesites from only $30,000 with easy access to San Ramón. Up to 90-hectare fincas perfect for raising cattle or an off-the-grid project. Owner financing is available! Please visit us at for more information!

Guiones retreat
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
located halfway between Jaco and Quepos/Manuel Antonio
 BEST DEAL in Costa Rica!!! Lots starting at just $18,500 with financing available.
 Lot/ House packages from around $60,000
Great Retirement, Vacation, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance, no time limit to build. Absentee Owner Friendly.
Water and power on site.
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Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!

Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: or call 8385-2542.

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $208,000.

Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
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$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email

Rich Coast Montage
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate, from Jaco to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
- Coffee Shop/ Bakery, Coastal Town, Great Location, Real Estate Office Upstairs, Turnkey $85,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $18,500,
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- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58-acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
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Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See property video here:

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Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel, - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.

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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!

La Garita
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.

Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here:

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request.

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. $180,000 506-8869-9274.

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary.

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58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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Feedback creates change
that drive the climate cycle

By the ETH Zurich news service

Ice ages and warm periods have alternated fairly regularly in the Earth’s history: the Earth’s climate cools roughly every 100,000 years, with vast areas of North America, Europe and Asia being buried under thick ice sheets. Eventually, the pendulum swings back: it gets warmer and the ice masses melt. While geologists and climate physicists found solid evidence of this 100,000-year cycle in glacial moraines, marine sediments and arctic ice, until now they were unable to find a plausible explanation for it.

Using computer simulations, a Japanese, Swiss and American team, including Heinz Blatter, an emeritus professor of physical climatology at ETH Zurich, has now managed to demonstrate that the ice-age/warm-period interchange depends heavily on the alternating influence of continental ice sheets and climate.

“If an entire continent is covered in a layer of ice that is 2,000 to 3,000 meters thick, the topography is completely different,” says Blatter, explaining this feedback effect. “This and the different albedo of glacial ice compared to ice-free earth lead to considerable changes in the surface temperature and the air circulation in the atmosphere.” Moreover, large-scale glaciation also alters the sea level and therefore the ocean currents, which also affects the climate.

As the scientists from Tokyo University, ETH Zurich and Columbia University demonstrated in their paper published in the journal Nature, these feedback effects between the Earth and the climate occur on top of other known mechanisms. It has long been clear that the climate is greatly influenced by radiation from the sun on long-term time scales. Because the Earth’s rotation and its orbit around the sun periodically change slightly, the radiation also varies. Different overlapping cycles of around 20,000, 40,000 and 100,000 years are recognizable.

Given the fact that the 100,000-year solar radiation cycle is comparatively weak, scientists could not easily explain the prominent 100,000-year-cycle of the ice ages with this information alone. With the aid of the feedback effects, however, this is now possible.

The researchers obtained their results from a comprehensive computer model where they combined an ice-sheet simulation with an existing climate model, which enabled them to calculate the glaciation of the Northern Hemisphere for the last 400,000 years. The model not only takes the astronomical parameter values, ground topography and the physical flow properties of glacial ice into account but also especially the climate and feedback effects. “It’s the first time that the glaciation of the entire Northern Hemisphere has been simulated with a climate model that includes all the major aspects,” says Blatter.

Using the model, the researchers were also able to explain why ice ages always begin slowly and end relatively quickly. The ice-age ice masses accumulate over tens of thousands of years and recede within the space of a few thousand years. It is not only the surface temperature and precipitation that determine whether an ice sheet grows or shrinks. Due to the feedback effects, its fate also depends on its size. “The larger the ice sheet, the colder the climate has to be to preserve it,” says Blatter. In the case of smaller continental ice sheets that are still forming, periods with a warmer climate are less likely to melt them. It is a different story with a large ice sheet that stretches into lower geographic latitudes: a comparatively brief warm spell of a few thousand years can be enough to cause an ice sheet to melt and herald the end of an ice age.

The explanation for the cyclical alternation of ice and warm periods stems from Serbian mathematician Milutin Milankovitch, who calculated the changes in the Earth’s orbit and the resulting insolation on Earth, thus becoming the first to describe that the cyclical changes in solar radiation are the result of an overlapping of a whole series of cycles: the tilt of the Earth’s axis fluctuates by around two degrees in a 41,000-year cycle. Moreover, the Earth’s axis gyrates in a cycle of 26,000 years, much like a spinning top. Finally, the Earth’s elliptical orbit around the sun changes in a cycle of around 100,000 years in two respects: on the one hand, it changes from a weaker elliptical form into a stronger one. On the other hand, the axis of this ellipsis turns in the plane of the Earth’s orbit.

The spinning of the Earth’s axis and the elliptical rotation of the axes cause the day on which the Earth is closest to the sun  to migrate through the calendar year in a cycle of around 20,000 years. Currently, it is at the beginning of January. In around 10,000 years, however, it will be at the beginning of July.

Based on his calculations, in 1941 Milankovitch postulated that solar radiation in the summer characterizes the ice and warm periods at 65 degrees north, a theory that was rejected by the science community during his lifetime. From the 1970s, however, it gradually became clearer that it essentially coincides with the climate archives in marine sediments and ice cores.

Nowadays, Milankovitch’s theory is widely accepted. “Milankovitch’s idea that insolation determines the ice ages was right in principle,” says Blatter, speakign of solar radiation. “However, science soon recognized that additional feedback effects in the climate system were necessary to explain ice ages. We are now able to name and identify these effects accurately.”
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Love on the job needs to be addressed

By Elizabeth Morales Coto*
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The love article is the usual way that the Ticos refer to the section in the internal company code that talks about romantic relationships in the business place. The code is known as el reglamento interno de la empresa. Tico also call it the love  clause or cláusula del amor
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or artículo del amor. Any of those, in a Costa Rican company, is understood as the love article.

Now, as many expats will see, having a properly organized or legal internal code is not a common denominator in many businesses established in Costa Rica. However, the law compels companies to have one, and this is the moment to include the love article as a disciplinary measure so the workers do not go overboard with the mix of business and pleasure in the workplace.

Any human resources department is allowed to write and diffuse the internal code. However, some legal guidance, such as having a lawyer go over it, may be a good idea to make sure that certain laws will not be in conflict with the code the  company should enforce.

The code should be presented to employees at a seminar or a team building exercise at least twice a year to make sure that everyone
knows the mission, vision, company principles and goals and that they all work as a team to make them happen.

The sense of unity and the company´s identity is what will cause employees to embrace work for the greater good of the company and understand that a proactive and successful company translates into happy workers, better work environment an assured job and a salary.

Relationships in the workplace are a bad idea. Everyone says the same thing. There have been articles and interviews in El Financiero, El Empleo and Capital Humano just to name a few here, and all of them stress the negative possibilities of this situation when badly handled.

Now when a company writes the internal code, bosses should make sure they have read some important and recent  laws such as  Ley 7476, which is la Ley contra el Hostigamiento Sexual en el Empleo y la Docencia and Ley 7142 or Ley de Promociòn de la Igualdad Real de la Mujer, which are the ones that usually create the most trouble for a company owner or among coworkers. The first covers harassment and the second addresses gender discrimination.

Apparently, having girlfriend-boyfriend relationships or even marriages within the company cannot be avoided or forbidden. But the companies can be smart enough to state the situations that might come in direct conflict with performance and use this as a love article that is legally acceptable.

So this is the job that all company owners. managers or human relations employees must undertake in very smart and strategic ways. For companies without a code or a love article, managers have a bunch of homework now on the desk! They should be  proactive and creative.

Problems exist to be solved, and company owners and managers should never hesitate to ask questions because specialists in this area can help and find the light at the end of the tunnel.

* Ms. Morales is an engineer with a master's of business administration specializing in business strategy and development. She is a principle in CEDAD Asesores and can be reached at