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High-flying Caja delivery plan depends on approvals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation’s public health agency wants to deliver medicines to remote areas by drone, but the biggest hurdle might be bureaucratic.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said that the nations financial watchdog has approved a direct contract to Zipline International Inc., a California firm, for the deliveries.

Zipline is starting a similar service in Rwanda and has eyes for Tanzania. The San Francisco startup says that its drones can travel at 100 kph and then drop required medications gently by parachute.

The Caja plans to pay $26,136 a month for the service and estimates that this will be a bit less than $2 a prescription.

Destinations are in the southeast of the country and mostly in the high Talamancas, including Sepecue, Amubri, Katsi, Margarita y Bambú. The coastal community of Cahuita,  also was included on the list along with some other communities nearer to Limón Centro.

A Caja health worker is supposed to pick up the shipment for distributions to patients. Instead of hours or even days to bring medicines into the Talamanca mountains, Zipline says it can do so in a half hour and touts the life-saving potential of the service.

However, before going into service, the

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A delivery by drone.

company is going to have to satisfy rules set out by the Dirección General de Aviation Civil. These include a test for would-be drone pilots and a hefty $1,875 registration fee for each drone.  Although these rules were announced a year ago, there does not seem to have been much progress in establishing the type of test or even beginning to register the unmanned vehicles.

The cost of registration has generated unhappiness in the drone community with some in the commercial sector saying that getting a license for a drone would be much harder than getting one for a firearm.

There also are flight rules issued a year ago. For example, drones are restricted to air space lower than 400 feet, and they may not operated within eight kilometers of airports.

Until the aviation agency establishes specific procedures, commercial drones would be grounded.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
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President Luis Guillermo Solís is expected to address the United Nations both today and Tuesday on the topic of refugees and migrants.

Manuel A. González, the foreign minister, met with his Canadian counterpart, Stephane Dion, Sunday, as a run-up to the session that begins today.

World leaders gathered in New York to tackle two of today's biggest global challenges: the war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has created.

They will meet at the annual U.N. General Assembly. This will be Barack Obama’s final such gathering as U.S. president, and it also will be the last for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose decade-long tenure at the helm of the organization will end Dec. 31.

Costa Rica has its immigration problems but they pale in comparison with the problems elsewhere.

Across the planet, there are a staggering number of refugees and displaced persons: 65 million men, women and children, according to U.N. estimates. They are on the move because of conflict, natural disasters or extreme poverty.

Today the U.N. chief convenes a special summit about their plight, with the aim of addressing the root causes and agreeing on separate global compacts in the next two years on refugees and migrants.

But before the summit has even taken place, some critics are already saying it will be ineffective.

“The U.N. had initially proposed an ambitious plan, but the European Union, Russia and China were among those who sacrificed refugees’ rights for national self-interest and missed a massive opportunity to back a global solution to the crisis,” said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International.

The U.N.’s initial plan was to ask governments to resettle 10 percent of the world’s refugees each year. But in the summit’s outcome document, there is no requirement that countries take specific numbers of people.

Some 20 million of the world’s displaced population are refugees.

“We are not going to solve the refugee crisis on Tuesday,” said Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. “But I think you will see an important show of political will from leaders around the world.”

Sea Shepherd gets the heave-ho in Jacó

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sea Shepherd said that its turtle rescue project at Jacó has been shut down, and the local police have been told not to assist with beach patrols.

A Sea Shepherd spokesperson said that the shutdown order came from the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, and that local police were told not to associate with what were called known criminals. The conservation organization said it believed the criminal reference was meant for its founder, Paul Watson, who has avoided a Costa Rican court on what appears to be a charge of ship endangerment filed in 2002 after Watson and crew said they tried to halt illegal fishing in Guatemalan waters.

A local judge just dismissed an effort at conciliation in the case because Watson has declined to present himself.

Turrialba volcano is behaving badly again

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Turrialba volcano erupted Sunday and may have spread ash to the west, mainly in Heredia. The eruption was at 2:19 p.m. and lasted for 12 minutes.

Officials think that the mountain is resuming its sporadic emissions of gas and ash.  An earlier eruption was Saturday at 9:55 a.m.

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The U.S. Federal government’s overseas voting agency has issued a reminder that Nov. 8 is the presidential election.

“It is time for Americans living, working or traveling abroad to take steps to vote,” said the agency,” the Federal Overseas Voting Program.

Helping overseas Americans is difficult because each state has its own rule, and expats are supposed to vote in the U.S. state where they last were a resident.

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So-called legal weed could be any kind of mystery chemicals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Someone does not have to be an anti-drug crusader to be suspicious of the synthetic variety that is showing up in Costa Rica. A citizen led police to 20 packages of a synthetic drug over the weekend in Alajuelita. The packets were dumped on the ground.

The synthetic drug has the name of K-2 or spice, but the contents of each packet may be wildly different.

The original goal of producers was to sidestep U.S. and British government rules on drugs. Basically they took some kind of vegetable matter and sprayed it with synthetic cannabinoids. The material could then be rolled and smoked like marijuana.

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse said that there are about 200 types of the product in circulation and government officials have declared about 50 as class I drugs.

Governments usually are behind the creativity of the manufacturers.

A growing trend is the sale of  liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes.

The major problem is that no one really knows what might

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This is the type of packaging found in Costa Rica over the weekend.

make up what sometimes is called legal weed. There is a similar problem with such drugs as crack and cocaine, although the possibilities with synthetic products are limitless.

Police confiscated thousands of crack rocks over the weekend, but the three people who have run into traffic naked in the last few weeks are being blamed on bad reactions to synthetic drugs.

Officials praise the work that went into building giant hydro project
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Government officials are praising the Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Reventazón as the biggest project ever undertaken in Costa Rica. The $1.4 billion power generating facility is now in service. It is the second largest public works project in the Isthmus.

The project by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad put 4,500 persons to work, including 400 workers who specialized in making tunnels. The main tunnel brought water to the turbines from the reservoir. The project is a few miles southwest of Siquirres.

The turbines at the project are designed to produce 305.5 megawatts, enough for 525,000 homes, the state power company said.

The state company said it had to obtain 140 individual permits and purchase 1,900 hectares of land. The company held a ceremony of completion Friday at the dam.

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Short-term rental booking site wrestles with racial bias by its users
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Johan Gilkes, an African-American entrepreneur, tried to book lodging for his summer vacation this July through Airbnb, a popular worldwide home-sharing company that allows people to rent their rooms, apartments or entire homes on a short-term basis to travelers, through one-on-one transactions. When an Airbnb host declined his request for a reservation, Gilkes was surprised.

"I had heard about #AirbnbWhileBlack," he says, mentioning a Twitter hashtag that circulated widely after African-American users complained publicly about racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts. "So I got one of my friends to apply, and they were approved right away." The friend is white.

Airbnb transactions are confirmed using photographs and personal profiles to identify prospective renters and connect them with apartment hosts.

Gilkes was surprised and dismayed by his experience. What was more upsetting, however, was that when he contacted Airbnb about what he saw as discrimination, he said the firm offered little in the way of support. So he wrote down his story and put it online. It went viral.

"I woke up to 2,000 emails," he said, from other people who had experienced the same thing. "That's when I realized it was a systemic problem."

And no small one. Airbnb says it serves 60 million clients and has more than two million listings in 191 countries.

#AirbnbWhileBlack came to national attention several months ago when a lawsuit was filed by Gregory Selden, an African-American man in his 20s from Washington, D.C., who tried to book accommodation last year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Selden was told by a property owner that the space he wanted to rent was unavailable, but when he altered his Airbnb profile using pictures of a white man's face, his rental was accepted for the same dates.

Like Gilkes, Selden complained to Airbnb and was dissatisfied with the result. He initiated a class-action lawsuit, citing complaints from other Airbnb users of color who had had difficulty finding a host who would accept them. Airbnb users must sign a class-action waiver in order to use the service, which could negate the legal action. The case is still pending.

Airbnb has been hit by discrimination complaints in the past. A working paper published by Harvard University this month found that not only was it harder for black people to find accommodation through Airbnb, but even black Airbnb hosts were more likely to refuse a black person than white hosts. The finding held true not only for people who were obviously black in their profile photographs, but also people with names that are more common to black people than whites.

"The difference persists whether the host is African-American or white, male or female. The difference also persists whether the host shares the property with the guest or not, and whether the property is cheap or expensive," according to the Harvard study, prepared by Benjamin Edelman, Michael Luca and Dan Svirsky.

The experts also noted that discrimination costs hosts money: They found that hosts who rejected black guests were only able to find replacement guests 35 percent of the time.

Enter Airbnb's new anti-discrimination policy, promised in June and delivered, as promised, in September. Critics say it doesn't go far enough.

Many people familiar with the AirbnbWhileBlack phenomenon say user profile pictures are a major source of the discrimination problem.

Airbnb has not promised to eliminate use of profile photos, as some of its critics have proposed, but instead says it will work on reducing the prominence of guest photos in the booking process. The company said photographs are an important element in building trust between hosts and guests.

The home-sharing company also says it will encourage customers to use its instant book listings, an automatic service that makes reservations without prior host approval of specific guests, based on a pre-approved calendar. And it says it is improving the diversity of its own staff and putting better customer-service policies in place for discrimination complaints.

Airbnb's policy statement issued this month promises, "If a guest is not able to book a listing because they have been discriminated against, Airbnb will ensure the guest finds a place to stay." In addition, Airbnb says it recognizes the need to expand its host opportunities in communities of color.

But the new policy has its limits. "You can't pass a law or policy to change somebody's mind," says Reid Breitman of Kuzyk Law. "You can't make somebody trust somebody."

Real estate analyst Emile L'Eplattenier of Fit Small Business in New York says Airbnb hosts have good reason to be choosy about their renters. "There have been many stories in the news of Airbnb guests trashing their hosts' apartments, having wild parties, or using them for drug-fueled trysts. Every single one of those guests technically was vetted by Airbnb. Why shouldn't hosts be able to use their own judgment when renting their homes to strangers from the internet?"

Meanwhile, Gilkes says, people of color remain underserved. He and a business partner, Zakkiyah Myers, are about four weeks away from opening their own business designed to provide a more welcoming experience to people of color. Their Web site, Innclusive, looks very similar to Airbnb's, but Gilkes says there are some important differences.

For one, hosts and guests won't see pictures of each other until after the booking is made.

"If you show photographs before the person accepts the guests, you're introducing bias into the platform," Gilkes says. "People are making decisions based on how they look . . . not whether they'd be good potential guests." Another thing they'll do, something Airbnb has picked up as well, is to close dates to subsequent requests if a host rejects a guest for a particular set of dates.

In addition, Gilkes says, Innclusive is working on a platform that will cooperate with Airbnb's booking system so hosts can list their properties on both sites without fear of double-booking.

Innclusive will also pick up one of Airbnb's strong trust-building features, reviews of both guests and hosts. Those reviews, and not racial profiling, Gilkes says, are the right place to go for information on whether guests and hosts have the same standards of behavior.

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San José, Costa Rica, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, Vol. 17, No. 185
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Trump promises to export
illegal immigrants who kill

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed in Houston, Texas, to rid the U.S. of illegal immigrants who have killed people.

“This has to end. It will end when I become president. I promise you,” Trump said during an event that was broadcast live but closed to reporters.

“Not one more American life should be given up in the name of open borders,” Trump said as he cited an example of an illegal immigrant in the Austin, Texas, area who he said was recently arrested for a dozen sexual assaults after having been deported five times within three years.

Trump said his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, failed to enforce immigration laws when she was secretary of State by failing to suspend the issuance of visas to countries that don’t take back their citizens.

Trump remarks came at the first conference hosted by the Remembrance Project, a group that advocates for families whose relatives were killed by illegal aliens. He helped put the group in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention in July when he gave family members of victims an opportunity to discuss their experiences. Trump has since met many times with the group, and members often appear at his campaign rallies.

But the nonprofit organization has critics who contend it uses families of victims to promote a hateful political agenda.

Obama tells black group
to turn out to vote Clinton

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"You want to give me a good send off?," outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday night. "Go vote."

Speaking at the annual dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, Obama stressed the importance of going to the polls to vote for a new president in November.

"Hope is on the ballot, and fear is on the ballot, too," the president said about voters' choices in the upcoming election between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Obama said there are some people "who are still trying to deny people the right to vote . . . Right now, in multiple states, Republicans are actively and openly trying to prevent people from voting . . ." He said "This should be a national scandal . . . We're the only advanced democracy in the world that is actively discouraging people from voting. It's a shame."

The president noted that between 2000 and 2012, there were only 10 cases of voter impersonation nationwide.

Obama said he would be personally insulted if the African American community did not turn out to vote in the November poll. He said he thinks about the people who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement and all that they went through so "they could pull the lever" of a voting machine.

"Read up on your history," he implored. "Get people registered to vote."

In a more lighthearted mood, Obama said there is more pep in his step now that the validity of his birth certificate is a non-issue, following Trump's admission Friday that Obama was born in the U.S. after years of saying the president, who was born in Hawaii, was likely not born in the U.S.

Obama sarcastically said of Trump's turnaround: "In other breaking news, the world is round, not flat."

Mrs. Clinton spoke before Obama at the dinner. She said of Obama, "Mr. President, not only do we know you are an American, you are a great American."

Only two leading candidates
to be invited to first debate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The non-profit organization that manages U.S. presidential debates announced Friday that only the candidates from the two major parties will be allowed to participate in the first debate on Sept. 26.

The Commission on Presidential Debates said Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton reached the required threshold of support by averaging at least 15 percent in five public opinion polls the commission selected last month.

According to the commission, Mrs. Clinton averaged 43 percent and Trump averaged 40.4 percent in the polls.

Libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson (8.4 percent) and Green party candidate Jill Stein (3.2 percent) did not meet the support qualifications and therefore won't be invited to the debate, which will be held at Hofstra University in the northeastern town of Hempstead, New York, and broadcast across the U.S.

London’s Muslim mayor says
migrants need not assimilate

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, while on a trip to the northern U.S. city of Chicago Thursday, argued that new immigrants in America should not have to assimilate into American culture, but the government should instead do more to help them build cohesive communities.

"One of the lessons from around the world is that a laissez faire or hands-off approach to social integration doesn't work. We need rules, institutions and support to enable people to integrate into cohesive communities and for the avoidance of doubt, I don't mean assimilation, I mean integration, and there's a difference,” Khan said. “People shouldn't have to drop their cultures and traditions when they arrive in our cities and countries."

Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, did not mention Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by name, but went on to criticize positions Trump has taken regarding Muslim immigrants.

In the past, Trump called for a total ban on Muslim immigration into the U.S., but has since softened his position and said he would only ban immigration from countries with a “proven history of terrorism.”

"We play straight into the hands of those who seek to divide us, of extremists and terrorists around the world, when we imply that it's not possible to hold Western values dear and to be a Muslim," Khan said.

The London mayor said he is a big fan of Democrat Hillary Clinton, and called her “arguably the most experienced candidate to run to be president.”

France’s recent move to ban the burkini and Britain’s decision to break away from the European Union could be traced back to anti-immigrant sentiments, much like those espoused by Trump, Khan said, and the only way to avoid these ridiculous situations is through social integration.

"We need to be sure that minority communities have a sense of belonging, so that they are as resilient as possible to extremism and radicalization. We should create the right conditions for new migrants to fully integrate into their new neighborhoods, providing clear advice on our values and expectations,” he said.

About 28 percent of Muslims
in France said to be radical

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

French Muslims are broadly comfortable with their nation’s secular crede, but a significant minority have deeply conservative and sometimes hostile views about the French state and society, with more than one-quarter believing Islam’s Sharia law supersedes state laws, according to a new study by the Paris-based Montaigne Institute.

The survey by polling agency IFOP, whose main findings were published Sunday in France’s Journal du Dimanche weekly, paints a fractured portrait of the country’s largely young, Muslim community, in the crosshairs of searing debates over the veil and body-covering burkini, not to mention the series of terrorist attacks that have hit the country since January 2015.

“There is no single Muslim community. There are Muslims who are very different and who are increasingly different,” says report author Hakim El Karoui. He describes the study as a “wake-up call” for action on the part of Muslims and the state to build a healthier relationship with France's second largest religion.

The institute estimates France’s Muslim population, the largest in western Europe and equally divided between native and foreign born, at under four million, significantly smaller than previous estimates of about five million or more.

France forbids collecting official statistics on race, ethnicity or religious affiliation, making it difficult to assess exact numbers.

Polling more than 1,000 Muslims out of a sample population of more than 15,000, it also finds the majority of French Muslims are under 50 and keep a low profile both politically and socially. Only a tiny minority participate in Muslim associations, and only about one-third vote.

While most consider religion important, less than one-third go to the mosque on a weekly basis. But Islam penetrates their views and habits. Seven in 10 say they eat halal, and a strong majority support women’s right to wear the veil, although they are against the wearing of the face-covering niqab or burka, a political flashpoint.

Perhaps the most troubling findings surround those who hold more extremist views, about 28 percent of the Muslim population, according to the Montaigne survey. Most are young, poorly educated and hail from the country’s neglected suburbs and other working-class areas.

“They are in revolt. They could have been punk rockers in another era,” El Karoui says. “They feel rejected by society and they can’t identify with their countries of origin, so they use Islam as their identity.”

Only a small fraction of this group include the extremists who have launched terror attacks in France, he says. Yet many use Islam as a rallying point, even if they remain deeply ignorant of the religion and its dictates.

“I think we need to quickly transform this situation, which is unacceptable,” El Karoui adds. “We can’t let a part of French society use religion as a means of rebellion. It’s not the role of religion and it’s very dangerous.”

The study comes amid sharp debates over Islam in public life, waged over summer bans of the body covering burkini on some beaches, but also over matters like the veil and face-covering niqab, halal slaughtering practices, and same-sex public swimming pools.

A business executive and former political speechwriter, El Karoui helped launch a petition in July with several dozen prominent French Muslims calling for a reorganization of France’s Islamic community, which is deeply divided along ethnic lines, with leaders supported by different North African countries and Turkey carving out their own spheres of influence.

The French state has long campaigned for a French Islam, free from foreign influence and embracing the country’s secular principles.

Yet a newly formed Foundation for Islam in France, aimed to improve relations between the state and the Muslim community and to finance mosques, is deeply controversial, as is the appointment of non-Muslim French politician, Jean-Pierre Chevenement, to head it.

The Montaigne study outlines its own ideas for shaping a French Islam, including more unusual ones, such as teaching Arabic in public schools and rethinking France’s foreign policy to stem Wahabi influences from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Motive for N.Y.C. bombing
remains elusive, officials say

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says people will have to be patient to get the full story behind Saturday night's bombing in Manhattan that injured 29 people in one of the city's busiest neighborhoods.

"We have more work to do to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this. Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation . . . we don't know yet."

A law enforcement official told the Associated Presses that investigators are not putting much stock into a claim of responsibility posted earlier Sunday on the Tumblr social media website.

Tumblr has since taken down the post and has not made any comments.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the blast was an act of terrorism, but said there is no evidence of "international terrorism."

Cuomo said another 1,000 police and National Guard troops will patrol New York's subway system "just to err on the side of caution."

Meanwhile, all 29 people hurt in the blast are out of the hospital.

Saturday's apparent bomb exploded at 8:30 p.m. outside a building in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, where some of the city's most popular restaurants and bars are located.

The blast left the streets covered with glass and debris. A closed circuit television picture showed windows being blown out of storefronts and parked cars while pedestrians ran for safety.

It is unclear why the Chelsea neighborhood was targeted.
Authorities were investigating an unexploded device in a pressure cooker found blocks from where the explosion occurred.

The New York blast came hours after a pipe bomb exploded in a trash bin in a New Jersey beach town of Seaside Heights Saturday 135 kilometers away, forcing the cancellation of a charity foot race involving thousands of runners. No one was hurt and De Blasio and Cuomo have said there is no evidence linking the two incidents.

Somali-American man ID’d
as the slasher in Minnesota

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The man who stabbed nine people at a mall in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota has been identified as a 22-year-old Somali-American.

The leader of the Somali community in the state said that the suspect, who was shot and killed by police during the attack Saturday, was Dahir Adan. Abdul Kulane said Adan was known to the community, was working as a part-time security officer, and was a smart and reliable person.

Kulane said he did not know the motives or the full picture behind the attack. He said he thought the stabbings had no links with terrorism, despite a claim by an Islamic-run news agency that the attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State.

Adan's father, Ahmed Adan, told the Star Tribune newspaper that police told him Saturday night his son, Dahir, died at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud. He said police didn't mention the attack on the mall, but they seized photos and other materials from the family's apartment.

Authorities have not publicly identified the attacker, whom they say was killed by an off-duty policeman. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the stabbings as a potential act of terrorism.

Police Chief William Blair Anderson said the assailant made references to Allah during the knife attack at the Crossroads Center, and even asked if one person was a Muslim.

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A health tip for the golden age gardener

A few years back, or maybe more than a few, I went to the doctor with some serious leg pain. It was so bad that you could feel the difference in skin temperature from knee to hip, and I was quite worried. Without even

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examining me, the doctor pronounced, “Bursitis” and added, “You are too young for bursitis, what have you been doing?”

“Gardening,” I replied, “just gardening.” He looked suspicious.

Now Dr. Barry is a fine man and a terrific doctor, but his idea of
gardening was of someone who pruned a few roses and cut some daffodils for the table. Not me, so I tried to explain.

“You know how the earth is hard, so you put the point of the shovel in the dirt, grab the handle for balance, and jump down on the shovel with both feet?”

His face was blank and it was obvious that he had no clue, so I decided to demonstrate using the exam table. Ah, that did it.

“What? How often do you do that?”  Oops, I could see it coming, and my meek reply was, “Every day?”

As I recall, Dr. Barry just covered his eyes and shook his head.  It was like the old joke: “Hey doc, it hurts when I do this” and the doc replies, “Don’t do that.”

Yes, he decided that I had jarred the bursa so often and so badly that I had given myself bursitis – and probably strained the hip joints badly as well. I left the office having had a steroid shot in the bursa (ouch – forget that OUCH!!) and being given a prescription for pain. I had also been admonished: “Stop doing that!!” which is pretty much what Metric Man had said all along.

The moral of the story is this. I know that a lot of us who have moved to Costa Rica are retired and some of us have a little extra in the bank: Find someone else to do the heavy work. Find nice, strong, younger gardeners (especially if you are a mumble-mumble-year-old person like me) and get them to do the heavy shoveling. You can also get them to do the heavy lifting, dirt moving, wheelbarrow pushing, and general hauling of debris. If your back hurts, get a young gardener to pull weeds and put in new plants.

But BE NICE! Make sure your gardener switches jobs every hour or so to keep from over straining one set of muscles (wish I had done that). Believe me, he will appreciate your concern.

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Atlanta center added for product distribution

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica trade officials have opened a second center to help distribute the nation’s products. This one is in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Promotora de Comercio Exterior also just opened one in Miami.

The idea of a U.S. distribution center is not new. Coffee exporters have used private storage locations for years. The firms were able to promise quick delivery in the United States and Canada because the stock would come from a storage location in the United States.

In addition, savings could be effected by shipping products in bulk instead of individually for each order.

Both Miami and Atlanta are major airline hubs, and some products can go by air.