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Lawmakers give initial OK to bill easing tourism debt
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved Thursday on first reading a plan to provide financially distressed tourism operations up to $175,000 each in a low-interest loan.

The proposal will be financed by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo and the Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo. The interest rate will be 2 percent.

Small and medium tourism operations are eligible to apply to refinance up to a third of their outstanding debt.

The measure is in response to the 2008-2009 economic downturn that had a disproportional impact on tourism operations, many of them in rural areas.

The legislative vote was 42 to 3, indicating that the measure will receive final passage when it again is on the agenda next week. This is bill No. 19.650.
The amount that would be allocated for the loans is stated to be $13.5 million.

Lawmakers estimated that the income for some 5,000 families receive direct or indirect income from tourism operations.

Visions and voices are enough to be convincing
By Thomas Ropp*
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lightning strikes an old castle. A chilly autumnal wind blows across a spent field of corn. A black cat arches its back in perilous fright.

These are images associated with ghosts, the supernatural, Halloween. All products of the imagination. Pure fiction. Right?

Maybe not.

Cultural anthropologists have noted that many otherworldly celebrations such as Halloween, Day of the Dead and All Souls’ Day take place in the fall because of the aboriginal belief that the realms of the living and dead overlap during this time frame.

For instance, the Yaqui Indians of Mexico and Arizona celebrate Day of the Skull from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Traditional Yaquis believe the spirits walk among us then as the wall between worlds grows thin.

Old buildings, thunderstorms and ghosts go together like ham and cheese. Horror movies seldom take place on a warm, sunny afternoon in the burbs.

But more than stereotypes might be in play here. The most allegedly haunted places in the world are usually older structures. Recently much attention has been given to ghostly sightings in San Jose’s old legislative complex. Frightened security guards claim chairs move on their own, lights turn on, elevator doors open and a tall man in a plaid shirt prowls the hallways along with a nun and small girl. Many other older buildings in this area also are ripe with tales of recalcitrant spirits.

Ghost hunters believe older structures are more likely to be haunted because of the longer history of owners, some of whom could have had extremely emotional ties to the places. Also, the older a home or building, the greater the odds of some horrific event happening such as a homicide with the energy of the murder stamped into the walls and ceilings to cure for all of eternity.

Weather also seems to be a factor. Some parapsychologists think the electrical discharges during a thunderstorm or other natural phenomenon might facilitate the materialization of ghosts.

In 2013, a Pew Research survey reported that one out of five Americans have seen a ghost.

I believe in them. I have had several encounters. My first occurred at the age of 45 in Chandler, Arizona. Around midnight, during an electrical storm, I woke to find a luminescent green and blue woman without a face sitting at the foot of my bed. I rose up on my hands. The ghost then hurled what looked like a pie, also luminescent. Instinctively, I jolted back. The faceless woman then disappeared along with her pie.

A few years ago, during another storm, I
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From another dimension

woke to find a man named Joe standing in my doorway with a sad smile. The man was a business owner in Quepos who had been ill for some time. Two weeks later I learned that Joe died. He died the same day I saw him standing in my doorway.

Another time, with an eerie neblina blanketing my house in the rain forest, I  was awakened by a voice without a body. The voice was female, familiar and seemed to be directly above my ear. She simply said, “Hi, Thomas.” The next morning the same thing happened, but this time she said, “Hi, Mac.” Mac is my dog.

Hard as I tried I couldn’t place the voice. Then one day a search on Facebook jarred my memory. The voice belonged to a love interest from the past, someone who long ago shared my interest in the paranormal.

I have subsequently learned she also died.

Animals, especially cats, have long been thought to sense the presence of entities invisible to humans. At the very least, animals can be predictors of natural disasters. In September 2012, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Five minutes before the quake, my black cat Clarice went on a very disturbing yowling spree while frantically looking for cover.

So what’s the truth about ghosts?  After years of writing on this topic, I’m of the opinion it’s impossible to know. I suspect in death we are dealing with a different set of physics. To understand it from the perspective of the living would be like trying to visualize a color we have never seen.

No answers, no solutions. But as Halloween approaches, there are plenty of things to watch for, because, after all, who knows what things are watching us.
Mr. Ropp, now of Atenas, is editor of Costa Rica Report and A.M. Cuba. He authored a column on the paranormal for three years at the Arizona Republic newspaper.

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Fair, mascaradas and music on the agenda

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tourism will mix with mascaradas at the tourism fair being presented Saturday and Sunday at the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23 in east San José.

Some 90 firms are expected to be represented. The fair is organized by the  Instituto Costarricense de Tourismo, which promises those giant dancing heads called mascaradas as well as musical groups in keeping with Costa Rican traditions.

Although tourism is the main theme there also will be crafts available.

Another event this weekend is the XXIII Festival Cultural Indígena Rey Curré/Yimba 2015, which  begins today at noon in Rey Curré.

There will be music, costumes, photo exhibits, displays of pre-Columbian artifacts, crafts and also modern and typical foods.

Rey Curré is the most accessible Boruca community because it is right on the Interamerican Sur south of Buenos Aires de Puntarenas. The celebration continues through Saturday. A sponsor is the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

Tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional celebrates its 75 years with identical concerts in the Teatro Nacional.

Saturday is the Día Nacional de la Mascarada Tradicional Costarricense, a Tico competitor to the U.S. Halloween. At 9 a.m. today there is a street parade of mascaradas in Santa Cruz. There is a similar parade Saturday leaving at noon from the Centro Alajuelense de la Cultura.

Saturday night will bring out police to keep a lid on Halloween vandalism, so expats are encouraged to avoid groups of teens.

Theater group plans Halloween events

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Little Theatre Group has events for kids and for adults Saturday at its new headquarters at Casa LTG, 27 Calle Rolex, San Rafael de Escazú.

A kids' costume parade is planned at 4:30 p.m. followed by a haunted house and scary tales. Admission is 1,500 colons for youngsters.

The adults gather at 7 p.m. to what the group says in Halloween entertainment in the Frankenstein Theatre. At 8 p.m. there is an adult horror fashion parade with prizes. Then at 8:30 p.m. Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" will be shown. The group states that the movie is not suitable for youngsters.

The adult event is 7,500 colons, not including beverages.

Really complex poverty index unveiled

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government announced Thursday an elaborate statistical method that will be used to evaluate poverty.

What is being called a multidimensional poverty index contains five dimensions, education, health, housing and Internet, work and social protection. There are 19 subcategories.

The statistical method was put together by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos, which does household surveys.

Having a job that is off the books is considered to be negative in the employment category. But nowhere does the method address single motherhood, which is well established as a poverty indicator.

The statistical institute said that the index shows that 21.8 percent of the homes and 26.2 percent of the population are classified as poor under these criteria with more poverty in rural areas than in the cities.

A household is considered poor if it received low marks in an handful of categories. These include health insurance, level of education, employment rights, size and condition of the dwelling, access to water, income and number of persons in the household.

The subcategories seem to be highly correlated in that they measure the same thing. For example, living in a rundown dwelling might be related with not having sufficient income.

One subcategory actually tries to assess the quality of the roof of a living space.

Linking poverty to not having Internet access is likely to result in success for the government because there are programs afoot to provide this service to the poor.

The report said that 11.8 percent of the households were classified as poor even though they had sufficient income, and 11.7 percent of the homes are poor based on income alone although they are not considered poor under the new index.

Democrats to discuss labor laws

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Democrats Abroad meets Saturday morning to discuss labor laws that concern expats.

The organization meets in the Holiday Inn Aurola in downtown San José from 9:30 a.m. until noon.

An announcement said that the topic will be home employees and the requirements of the Caja Costarricense de Seguridad Social, employee insurance and other aspects of the labor law.

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U.S. Senate passed budget compromise

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate passed legislation early today that will keep Washington’s chronic fiscal battles at bay through next year’s elections and beyond.  The legislation will now go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 64-35 shortly after 2:30 a.m. Washington time.

The bill sets U.S. government spending levels for two years and raises the borrowing limit into early 2017, avoiding the threat of a partial federal shutdown or a costly U.S. debt default for the remainder of Obama’s presidency.

The House of Representatives approved the measure Wednesday.  Republicans control both chambers and have been at loggerheads with Democrats on fiscal matters for years.

Conservative Republican senators denounced the deal as fiscally irresponsible and a surrender to Democrats.   

“This agreement isn’t perfect,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who took part in weeks of negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House to hammer out the deal.

Despite flaws, McConnell said the bill “rejects tax hikes, secures long-term savings through entitlement reforms, and provides increased support for our military.”

“Each of these items was a Republican goal heading into the negotiation,” he added.

Democratic Leader Harry Reid agreed with McConnell that the bill is not ideal.

The bill cancels tens of billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, that were imposed on military and domestic programs in 2013.  Overall, federal spending would rise $80 billion above sequester levels over the next two years.

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Our 2015 winner : Little Copey — a place your soul will stay
The following story was judged the winner in this year's Halloween story contest. Also below are shorter pieces that scored high on the cute scale.

By Phil Baker

A high-elevation misty morning covers a tattered wooden church, the gateway to tiny Copey. "Welcome to little Copey, a place your soul will stay!" is the pueblo's signature phrase written on the Crow's Cave backdoor.

The Crow's Cave is an old adobe bar oozing charm and story. Its crumbling frame supports many leaks lending a wet season ambiance to the nighttime cheer. Various curiosities adorn its walls. Jukeboxes from the 50s, Peruvian alpaca rugs, ghoulish Guatemalan dolls and peculiar antique farm tools accessorize its rustic charm. The old hardwood bar supports many an Imperial beer and Centenario rum along with a plethora of exaggerations and bold lies.

Out back is the kitchen, the witch's corner, El Rincon de la Bruja, where a captivating medicine woman called La Bruja concocts potions, brews and ointments for what ails you.

Along with venomous toads and animal tongues, medicinal plants hang from the ceiling, some tropical dry forest cactus and cloud forest mushrooms as well. A fragrant marijuana plant entwined with night-blooming jasmine graces the gate leading to a long rectangular courtyard, hacienda style, featuring a three-tired fountain with a fluorescent green toad standing guard.

Inside the courtyard, various tropical birds in ornamental iron cages cackle with cage doors open, yet they remain content in  captivity. A fresco of an old woman kneeling below a riena de la noche plant, its long trumpet flowers opulent and elegant, dominates the garden wall.

The one-entrance walled courtyard covered in clinging vines attracts humming birds and butterflies while a small hibachi-like clay barbeque hosts a bed of coals where plantain banana peels stuffed with delicacies are kept warm under moon-lit nights. Many an apprentice languishes here intoxicated with the smell of jasmine and witch's soup hand fed by La Bruja.

The distant streets of Copey on the side of the Cerro de la Muerte, where brave men lost their lives camping along 9,000 foot peaks, seems an improbable place for so many to festively enjoy the Crow's Cave.

Indeed, to get here you could drive up the San José side of the Cerro de La Muerte to the church, then take the poorly maintained gravel road by the trout farms and apple orchards past the tiny hotels and restaurants catering to the Costa Rica adventurer wishing to arrive at the Cave's front door.

The Crow's Cave also has a back entrance. The backdoor accepts horseback visitors only. You have to prove yourself worthy of mentorship. Costa Rica's tourist authority claims, "Costa Rica, no artificial ingredients." And La Bruja obeyed. However, most visiting this tiny island-like country claim "Costa Rica, always an adventure." Maybe more of an adventure than bargained for.

Arriving through the backdoor requires the apprentice to acquire a horse on the beaches of Isla Damas and make the long journey up the mountainside to Copey. The horses know the way to the backdoor. Unlike most riders, they also find their way back.

The locals knew most coming in through the front door. No one knew who came in through the back. But they heard they  came for the flying ointment.

La Bruja welcomes her apprentice around midnight, affectionately calls them Tati, and quickly quarters their horse, then hand bathes them with floral tea.  After she cloaks them in thin black robes, their naked body now clean, she cleanses their soul by feeding her Tati from a plantain banana stuffed with psychotropic mushrooms.

Her Tati now relaxes in the courtyard hammock with the caged macaws, toucans and parrots, and La Bruja explains how to listen to the birds talk. Once an apprentice knows the secret of talk, she can learn the secret of flying. If an apprentice cannot learn the talk, she remains silent like the many bird of paradise flowers rooted throughout the courtyard, La Bruja explains.

As the apprentice lies looking at the stars, she hears the birds pleading with her to learn to fly so as not to be a wingless bird of paradise. "Gaze at the moon," they say, and the apprentice sees many objects orbiting like atoms circling a nucleus surround by a rainbow aura.

"You understand the birds!" La Bruja says with a smile. "Do you want to fly, Tati?"  "Yes," the apprentice replies with mind open and body well under the influence of La Bruja.

La Bruja reaches for a jar half-filled with a certain green unguent of thorn apple, hemlock, nightshade and mandrake and greases the stick of a cypress bristled homemade broom.  "Hold the broom stick tight, Tati." She says with a sly smile.  As her Tati grips the broom with her thighs, La Bruja commands her to ride it fast and furiously.

The flying ointment penetrates her mucus membranes, her teeth lock, and a dizzied tiss takes her. An odd sense of well-being connects her to a crazy sensation of growing lighter, then expanding and breaking loose from her own form. 

Seized by fear while at the same time experiencing an intoxicating sense of flight, she gallops through the tropical courtyard as if soaring in the clouds. La Bruja watches her fearlessly crash through the bird of paradise, trot endless circles around the fountain, jump on and off stone benches with broom stick tight between her thighs, robe open like a cape flowing in the wind.

After soaring in the clouds, witnessing herds of animals, floating leaves and a billowing steam of molten metal, the apprentice wakes up caged, another tropical bird adorning the courtyard. Cage door open and free to fly again, the brightly colored apprentice perches content to see who will be the new Tati.

The Crow's Cave happy with laughter, beer and rum, shines brightly like a lighthouse beckoning the back way to Copey, while La Bruja, now in the form of a crow, soars toward Isla Damas chanting "Welcome to little Copey, a place your soul will stay!

'La Bruja,' based on the painting by George Owen Wynne Apperley.

Some reader memories

Have some Halloween chocolate!

My mother's bridge club was always on a Monday nite at our house.  This particular Monday was Halloween.  So my brother and I, ages 9 and 11 (I was the older),  decided to play a trick on the ladies. 

Mom always had a bowl of chocolates on each table.   Well , I decided to carve soap into shapes and dip them in chocolates and mix them with the real ones on the table.
My brother, Stan and I waited at the top of the stairs to hear the reactions!!    

There were several, and we were in hysterics.  Mom heard us laughing and was furious. She had us come down and pick out all the soap chocolates.   We never really got punished, but everyone had a good laugh! 

We thought that was a great trick or treat!!!
— Lorraine Blizzard

The masquerade was a real scream

When we were residents of Costa Rica several years ago, we returned to Texas for a visit in the middle of October. We then decided to visit family in Illinois. At the time, my sister was working as a bartender and was a not aware of our visit, so it was a big surprise.

We stopped at K-mart and I purchased a Scream mask. This was when they first came out before the "Scream" movie. We
arrived at the bar parking lot with my husband and sister- and brother-in-law. They decided to remain in the car while I went inside and sat at the bar first so not to give away the surprise.

Of course, my Sister was amused with the mask along with my black sweatshirt and gloves and just couldn’t figure out who it was. After about 20 minutes of working the mask, my husband
and in-laws came inside and sat at a table.

I thought for sure she would put two and two together and figure it out, but she didn’t. After a little while, I had to go over to the table and sit and she still didn’t know. A few minutes later, I pulled the Scream mask off and she went crazy over my visit.

I really got a lot of fun times with this mask, and it won first place at a Halloween dance the next year, and, of course, my sister wanted me to send one to her to use. My dear sister passed away last March, and I always remember this story in October every year.
— Jan Pahde

He won't try that costume again

Back in 1989 my past wife, our son and I lived in Sabana Sur.  It was our first Halloween in Costa Rica.  Back then very few Tico families came out to trick or treat.  Halloween was more of a U.S. traditional holiday.

We had brought down in our container from California some Halloween outfits and stuff.  I decided to dress up as the wolf man to add to the scary part of Halloween.  I had these rubber wolf-like hands that looked pretty real. 

When the kids would come up they would yell "Hah-lo-ween." They didn't say trick or treat.  I then would let my wolf hand slowly open the door so they could see it.  Then I would open the door and the kids would see my wolf man outfit along with a loud growl.  It really scared the kids, but they seemed to like it.  Some came back twice.   I think it was more to see the wolf man then getting the candy.

One little girl around 3 or 4 came up with two siblings and her mother.  They all yelled "Halloween."  As I opened the door, the little girl got scared when she saw the hand. 

When I opened the door completely and growled, she was so frightened she peed in her Tinker Bell outfit.  I felt so bad that I took off my makeup and showed her I was just a Gringo with a beard. 

I don't think that helped much, so I gave her a few extra pieces of candy. With that, I got a nice big smile from her.  I decided I wouldn't dress up again as a wolf man in the future.  The next year I was a pirate, and nobody peed in their pants.

—Henry Kantrowitz

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Earth will manage to dodge another blistering fast meteor Saturday
By the Jet Propulsion Laboratory news staff

U.S. space agency scientists are tracking the upcoming Halloween flyby of asteroid 2015 TB145 with several optical observatories and the radar capabilities of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California.

The asteroid will fly past Earth at a distance slightly farther than the moon's orbit on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Costa Rican time. Scientists are treating the flyby of the estimated 1,300-foot-wide (400-meter) asteroid as a science target of opportunity, allowing instruments to scan it during the close pass.

Asteroid 2015 TB145 was discovered on Oct. 10 by the University of Hawaii's Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System on Haleakala, Maui, part of the Near-Earth Object Observation Program. According to the catalog of near-Earth objects, this is the closest currently known approach by an object this large until asteroid 1999 AN10, at about 2,600 feet (800 meters) in size, approaches at about one lunar distance (238,000 miles from Earth) in August 2027.

"The trajectory of 2015 TB145 is well understood," said Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "At the point of closest approach, it will be no closer than about 300,000 miles, 480,000 kilometers or 1.3 lunar distances. Even though that is relatively close by celestial standards, it is expected to be fairly faint, so night-sky Earth observers would need at least a small telescope to view it."

The gravitational influence of the asteroid is so small it will have no detectable effect on the moon or anything here on Earth, including the planet's tides or tectonic plates, the scientists said.

The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies is a central node for data analysis and a key group involved with the international collaboration of astronomers and scientists who keep watch
on the sky with their telescopes, looking for asteroids that could be a hazard to impact the planet and predicting their
 paths through space for the foreseeable future.

"The close approach of 2015 TB145 at about 1.3 times the distance of the moon's orbit, coupled with its size, suggests it will be one of the best asteroids for radar imaging we'll see for several years," said Lance Benner of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who leads the asteroid radar research program. "We plan to test a new capability to obtain radar images with two-meter resolution for the first time and hope to see unprecedented levels of detail."

During tracking, scientists will use a 34-meter (110-foot) antenna at Goldstone to bounce radio waves off the asteroid. Radar echoes will in turn be collected by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia, and the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center's Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico.

Scientists hope to obtain radar images of the asteroid as fine as about 7 feet (2 meters) per pixel. This should reveal a wealth of detail about the object's surface features, shape, dimensions and other physical properties.

"The asteroid's orbit is very oblong with a high inclination to below the plane of the solar system," said Benner. "Such a unique orbit, along with its high encounter velocity -- about 35 kilometers or 22 miles per second -- raises the question of whether it may be some type of comet. If so, then this would be the first time that the Goldstone radar has imaged a comet from such a close distance."

NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations Program detects, tracks and characterizes asteroids and comets passing within 30 million miles of Earth using both ground- and space-based telescopes. The program, sometimes called Spaceguard, discovers these objects, characterizes the physical nature of a subset of them, and predicts their paths to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to the planet.

There are no known credible impact threats to date, only the ongoing and harmless tiny asteroids that burn up in the atmosphere.

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Another American is detained
after visiting family in Iran

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Iran has arrested a businessman holding dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship while he was visiting relatives in Tehran about two weeks ago.

Siamak Namazi is head of strategic planning at the Crescent Petroleum Co., based in Dubai.

The Wall Street Journal writes that Namazi was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard Corps, which reports directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rather than the government of Iran. Namazi's detention came just days after the Iranian nuclear deal took effect Oct. 18, the so-called adoption day.

"We're aware of recent reports of the possible arrest in Iran of a U.S. citizen," a senior U.S. official said. "We're looking into these reports and don't have anything further to provide at this time."

Namazi's imprisonment brings to four the number of Iranian Americans imprisoned by Tehran. The State Department has repeatedly pressed for their release.

They include Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who was recently convicted after an espionage trial, former Marine Amir Hekmati, who was accused of being a spy when he went to Iran to visit his grandmother, and Saeed Abedini, a pastor, who was convicted in 2013 of threatening Iran's security by holding religious gatherings in private homes in Iran. All three deny the charges against them.

Namazi has spoken out and written prolifically about his conflicted feelings regarding Iran where he was born and lived until his father got a job with the United Nations after the Iranian revolution in 1979. He returned to Iran after graduating from college, later becoming a U.S. citizen in 1993.

Pacific Partnership viewed
as good or bad in Illinois

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

There was a time when Tracy Warner had everything she needed and wanted, thanks to the middle class wages from her job at Galesburg, Illinois's Maytag manufacturing facility.

“We weren’t there just for the money,” she said. “We were there to be a part of something. At least I was. My dad worked there, his wife, my aunt and uncle worked there, my friends."

She recalled her job was hard, strenuous, but it was easy to see the fruits of her labor rolling off the assembly line. The most rewarding part of the work was “to have my name on making things, and be a part of the finished product.”

Ms. Warner took pride in the knowledge her labor made possible the refrigerator that chilled milk or froze ice cream treats in kitchens throughout the United States.

But Ms. Warner’s job, along with about 1,500 others left the country when Maytag moved to Reynosa, Mexico, in 2004. Workers in Galesburg earned about $15 an hour. In Reynosa, workers made about $1 an hour, a considerable savings for the company.

“I’m resentful,” said Ms. Warner, who spent 15 years working for Maytag.  “I put my time in there. I really thought I was going to retire from there.”

The closure also shocked the surrounding communities that depended on the plant for income and business.

The factory is now an empty shell, a sprawling reminder of Galesburg’s past prosperity, and what it lost.

“It’s hard because of the aspect of pride,” said former Maytag worker George Carney. “When you used to be able to go out and get your hand on things and were proud of what you made.”

He said that when Maytag pulled out of Galesburg, his retirement plans were over. He hoped to make a new start.

He took some of his severance money and bought a tavern near Galesburg. But with less people making less money in the area, the bar was not as profitable as he had hoped.

“It was kind of a whiplash effect to that,” he said, referring to the spreading impact of Maytag’s departure. “Everyone kind of has to pinch pennies. I ended up selling the bar . . . because I was ending up sinking lower and lower in the hole.”

He is still unemployed. Carney blames the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, for taking away the job he held for 21 years, and for changing the place he called home.

“When you lose all your jobs from the same plant, and everything goes across the border, you kind of got to think that NAFTA is the problem,” said Carney.

Maytag “was the economic anchor of Galesburg,” explained University of Chicago Senior Lecturer Chad Broughton. In 2004, when the company left Galesburg, Broughton was teaching there at Knox College.

Since that time, he has studied the pain the plant closure inflicted on Galesburg.  That research became the basis for his 2015 book, "Boom, Bust, Exodus – The Rust Belt, The Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities."

Broughton believes the beginning of the end of the Maytag plant in Galesburg started with the 1993 signing of NAFTA.

“Basically it shifted the playing field, NAFTA did, in favor of corporations and created incentives to move to Mexico,” he explained. “There is a study from 1996 that shows that 50 percent of companies used NAFTA as a bargaining tool in some way, like the threat of moving to Mexico."

Broughton said when NAFTA was implemented in 1994, Maytag threatened to leave. "And they got all these concessions from the state of Illinois and the city totaling something like $7.5 million,” said Broughton.

But the concessions were not enough to keep Maytag in Galesburg permanently.  Broughton said the costs to the city are still being calculated.

“They lost a $60 million payroll. They lost tax revenues for the city.  And there is the indirect cost to local business.  Really, everybody in that town, it is a town of about 34,000 people, was connected in one way or another to that factory,” he said.

Broughton doubts the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement of which many details are still unknown will be any different.

“Obama promises that the TPP will be different from NAFTA, that it will improve workers' standards by having enforceable mechanisms in those countries like Vietnam and Malaysia, but that has yet to be seen and I am skeptical frankly that those provisions will be in there,” he said.

The AFL-CIO Labor Union blames NAFTA with the loss of as many as 700,000 U.S. jobs since it went into effect in 1994.

Today, Tracy Warner works twice as many hours working two jobs to make just over half of what she earned at Maytag.  She too, has doubts about the Pacific Partnership.

“It’s a betrayal to the American worker,” she said.

Ms. Warner is not alone.  U.S. ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement faces opposition in Congress, and among presidential candidates on the campaign trail, including former U.S. secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

As the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership continues, there are those who live near Galesburg eagerly awaiting its implementation.

One of them is Monmouth, Illinois, farmer Wendell Shauman.

“NAFTA was really good for agriculture,” he said. “There’s other parts of the economy that you worry about, but for agriculture, the more free trade agreements we got the better off we’ll be.”

Shauman is the former chairman of the U.S. Grains Council marketing group.  He represented U.S. farmers on several trips to Asia before Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations began.

Shauman said he can’t directly outline how NAFTA helped his individual farming operation, other than to provide a bit more certainty there is demand for his product.

Smoking cancels effects
of alcohol's sleepiness

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For many, drinking alcohol and smoking go together well, but new research may finally show why.

Writing in the Journal of Neurochemistry, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine found that nicotine cancels out the sleep-inducing effects of alcohol.

Previous research has shown that more than 85 percent of alcohol-dependent American adults were also dependent on nicotine.

“We know that many people who drink alcohol also use nicotine, but we don’t know why exactly that is,” said Mahesh Thakkar, associate professor and director of research in the Missouri School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and lead author of the study.

“We have found that nicotine weakens the sleep-inducing effects of alcohol by stimulating a response in an area of the brain known as the basal forebrain. By identifying the reactions that take place when people smoke and drink, we may be able to use this knowledge to help curb alcohol and nicotine addiction.”

Using rats fitted with sleep-recording electrodes, he found that nicotine acts via the basal forebrain to offset the sleep-inducing effects of alcohol.

Maine's warmer waters
hurting cod, study says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Rapidly warming waters in the Gulf of Maine are making it difficult for the cod population to rebound from fishing, according to a new study.

Writing in Science magazine, researchers from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute say changes in the position of the Gulf Stream and climate variances in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are teaming up with global climate change to push cod stocks to the verge of collapse.

Cod is a cold-water fish, and its population is only around 3 to 4 percent of sustainable levels. Even restrictions on fishing have yet to lead to a rebound.

"Managers kept reducing quotas, but the cod population kept declining," said Andrew Pershing, the institute’s chief scientific officer and the study’s lead author. "It turns out that warming waters were making the Gulf of Maine less hospitable for cod, and the management response was too slow to keep up with the changes."

Young age of teen model
opens industry discussion

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

How young is too young for girls to work as models?  Recently, a 14-year-old opened a Christian Dior show in Paris, renewing an on-going debate on the age of models.

Many children have dreamed of growing up and living the glamorous life of a fashion model.

Sofia Mechetner, 14, is living that dream, and enjoying it, despite some who say she is too young.

"I feel ready, and I am not alone, I am being looked after, closely. They are treating me really nicely here. Everything I ask for is being taken care of. They help me. So the fact that I am 14 years old is not really an issue," she said.

It's not an issue for her manager, Rotem Gur, either.

"Before she started with Dior she was cleaning houses with her mother, so if she is not too young to clean houses, I don't think she is too young to walk on a show," said Gur.

But others, like Caroline Rush with the British Fashion Council, are not so sure.

“All of the designers that are contracted to London Fashion Week, the models must be 16 or over.  We think that's really important," said Ms. Rush.

Carlo Capasa of Italy’s National Chamber of Fashion said Italian models must also be no younger than 16,

"Yes, there are rules. In Italy we don't use models that are under 16." said Capasa.

Models themselves have their own take on how young is too young.

"I think you should start modeling at 18. I mean, that is the age I started up,” said model Neelam Gill.

Abducting girls as brides
treated in a new movie

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An award-winning film written and directed by an Ethiopian tells the story of a young Ethiopian girl caught up in the rural tradition of abducting girls for marriage. The story is true and helped make one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions, kidnapping young girls for marriage, illegal.

In Amharic, one of the principal languages of Ethiopia, the word “difret” means courage. It became the title of the award-winning Ethiopian film that was inspired by the true story of Aberash Bekele.

Aberash was 14 when she was abducted on her way home from her village school in 1996. Kidnapping of young Ethiopian girls for marriage was common then. However, Aberash fought back. In her struggle to escape, she killed her would-be husband. She was charged with murder and stood trial for two years.

However, with the help of a tough and passionate lawyer, Meaza Ashenafi, Aberash became the first woman in Ethiopia to be acquitted of murder based on self-defense.

“I left Ethiopia in 1996 in May,” said Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, the writer and director of the film, “and this particular story happened a couple of months after that.”

Zeresenay described what motivated him to write the movie, "Difret."

“I returned eight years later and had a chance to meet the lawyer who defended Aberash, the young girl,” he said. “I wasn’t aware about her organization, Ethiopian Women’s Lawyers Association.  It’s the first of its kind,” a non-profit organization that offers free legal service to women and children.

“And one of the big profile cases that she handled was this abduction case,” he said. When Meaza began talking about the trial of Aberash, “…I knew that I wanted to make a film about it.”    

Zeresenay said the story of Aberash is not unique. In his research he discovered that thousands of young girls are abducted for marriage in Ethiopia as well as in many other countries around the world.

“I actually discovered that many places in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, some parts of the eastern Balkan areas in Europe, this practice is still alive,” he said.

Aberash’s murder trial was broadcast on national radio and television in Ethiopia.

"This was something that, for the first time, families in Ethiopia had to sit down and talk about it,” Zeresenay said.

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Will give a great deal on one of these lots, only $29,990.  Both of these lots have water, phone lines, Internet accessibility, electricity, easy 3 kms. access to the Costanera.  2-wheel drive accessible.  Close to new hospital, beautiful beaches and county services.  Financing available.   Lote 234, This corner lote is excellently located in lower Tres Rios.  Has 2 well-sculptured lots for 2 houses or one for multiunit cabins.  Lote 236,  1 1/2 hectare.  Big lote for building a grand house, with a smaller plantel for a cabin.  Small ocean view with great sunsets.  Watch the videos for more information, Planos,  and details.   Email: escapetyranny2cr@gmail.com. CR phone   2786-5555. USA call  760-536-4717 YouTube link for more real estate deals. 

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Lovely east coast property for sale
This is a huge property surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. The house is about 85% built, but I will give you the property completely finished.  The whole land includes 7,886 m2 or 84,884 ft2 of forest and gardens in a mountain area of Cimarrones, Limón, east coast. Full house with large master bedroom plus bathroom. One extra guest bedroom. Large dining room. Large kitchen area. Another extra bathroom for guests. Large laundry room and two cellars (storage areas). The house has wide corridors where you will see a breathtaking view of large gardens and forest.  I am open to hear your offer. The full property and land price is $125,000. Call Harold Fonseca, Phone number (506) 8702-4217, Email: hfonseca24@gmail.com

Escazu villa
Escazú villa. spectacular 360 degree city and mountain views.
Enjoy the sunsets along with the sunrise

There are special properties, which are more than mere houses. Where you can appreciate moments where you build memories. Relaxing reading in the garden of 5000 sq. m. Places to enjoy moments with family or friends with large heated pool. Beautiful city views of San José with mountain view. Places, where you can enjoy the comforting warmth of the sun throughout the day with cool nights of living 1,300 meters up on your own Mountain Noel. You are away from all the noise of San José, yet you are only 15 minutes drive there. Costa Rica largest mall is also only 15-minutes drive away.
The main house four bedrooms with four bathrooms, large office with built-in wood cabinets, and beautiful hardwood ceilings throughout the whole house. The main house is 330 sq. m. For your guest, there is a self-contained apartment of 100 sq. m. consisting of two bedrooms and two baths. Nice layout with a living room and dining room and kitchen all have views. For being so near to the city and to have that much land is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The selling price is land value will throw in the house and the apartment. Price is $690,000. Contact jamescorreo@gmail.com.

Osa home
Costa Rica Tropical Paradise Beach House For Sale
Tropical 5-acre forested beachfront property with custom house and guest casita on the Osa Península, South Pacific Coast. Abundant wildlife, exotic plants and fruits, secluded beach.

Located 8 km south of Puerto Jiménez on the way to Matapalo and Corcovado National Park. Great Price $775,000. Contact: osaroger@gmail.com
Watch this video for full details.


Hill Villa Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica
Property size: 3405.14 sq. mtrs or 37,000 sq. feet
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This home (240 sq. mtrs or 2,600 sq. ft) has 360-degree ocean and mountain views and electric-gated private road access. The large open style home has soaring teak ceilings, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, custom cabinetry and ceramic tiles throughout and a doubled car electric garage door. There is also a beautiful large swimming pool surrounded by exotic garden, laundry room and bodega. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must to see. all custom built furniture included. Photo gallery click here: www.monalbum.fr/Album=E3GLBJQX    Contact Jack  Email: quadtours@yahoo.ca   Cell: (506) 8812-1789

Goetl in Palo Seco

Charming small oceanfront hotel for sale in Playa Palo Seco
Ideal oceanfront location with back up to a mangrove estuary. The
charming small hotel has a fully equipped kitchen, bar and restaurant and is exceptionnally well maintained. Located on a very private beach of the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica 35 minutes north of Quepos-Manuel Antonio and 45 minutes south of  Playa Jacó. The main building is a two-storey house with 12 bedrooms. The lot measures 3,054 M2. Beautiful gardens around the large pool and exceptional flora and fauna. Well mentioned in tourist guides like Lonely Planet and Guide Ulysse. Offered at $999,000. USD
e-mail:  marietta234@yahoo.es 
or call (506) 8707-1037  (506) 2778-8408
Web   http://mariettedaignault.point2agent.com

Big House for Sale in Playa Grande,
Santa Cruz, Guanacaste
834.62 square meters property with 326 square meters construction. Two-storey house with front porch, entry lobby, living room, dinning room, large kitchen, breakfast room, large cupboard, 3 ½ bathrooms, 3 large bedrooms, the main bedroom includes jacuzzi and balcony. Playground, office, laundry area, garage for two cars, own and municipal potable water supply, electricity service, cable TV system, A/C. Located 700 meters from Las Colinas Golf Course, near the airport, Tamarindo Beach and the best beaches of the country. Excellent construction and great details. Price $349,000. 2,866.33 square meters building lot with three terraces. Price $75,000. For more information, please contact us:
Email stanleystephendorn@yahoo.com Phone (506) 2653-6417.
Cell (506) 8825-8942 / (506) 8916-0734.

private ranch home
Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $749,000.
E-mail:  marietta234@yahoo.es  or call (506) 8707-1037 
(506) 2778-8408 Web:   http://mariettedaignault.point2agent.com

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com   Check out slide show HERE!

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $199,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:  angelsdad@me.com

Aerial Ocean and Volcano Views with Boutique Coffee! 33 Acres $380,000. Click HERE!

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Performances address climate change

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The Little Theatre Group of Costa Rica in partnership with Earth Charter International is producing "Nature Acts," that will feature monologues and short plays as part of the International Climate Change Theatre Action. This is described as a call for the global theater community to contribute its voice to raising awareness in advance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of Parties to be held in Paris at the end of November and in early December.

The theater community plays an important role in global culture and in communicating on issues of importance to the public. The Little Theatre Group will be adding its voice and professional performance abilities to the ongoing global discourse on the vital issue of climate change. Earth Charter International, the official partner of this production, is an international non-governmental organization that fosters ethics and values for sustainability through education, policy, research, and also the arts.

The production by the Little Theatre Group is titled “Nature Acts,” adapted from a quotation by Voltaire, “Men argue, nature acts.” The performance will consist of both thought-provoking and humorous monologues and short plays performed by actors of the Little Theatre Group and by actors from the University for Peace. Direction will be provided by Douglas F. Williamson, Ann Antkiw, and Annette Hallett, with performances by well-known members of the Little Theatre Group including Antoinette van Belle, Russell Bell, Lisa DeFuso, Ross Tatum, and others.

The performance will take place at the Little Theatre Group’s home in San Rafael de Escazú at 27 Calle Rolex Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. The cost is 5,000 colons, and tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 8858-1446 or visiting http://www.littletheatregroup.org/reservations.html

School groups of more than 10 people receive a 40 percent discount.

The Climate Change Theatre Action is a joint initiative among three organizations, NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle, and Theatre without Borders. Together, they have organized this global climate change theatre action and more than 100 groups in more than 20 countries are participating, joining the Little Theatre Group and Earth Charter International.

More information about the climate change theatre action can be found here: http://nopassport.org/climate-change-theatre-action

Earth Charter International, the official partner of the Little Theatre Group for this production, is a Costa Rica based international non-governmental organization whose mission is to ”…actively participate, in a systemic and integrated way, in the present transition to sustainable ways of living on the planet, founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, social and economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.” More information can be found here: www.earthcharter.org

U.N. rights council vote deplored

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The Human Rights Foundation said Thursday that it deplores the U.N. General Assembly vote electing the authoritarian regimes of Burundi, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Togo, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela as members of the U.N. Human Rights Council for a three-year term. The council is the highest U.N. body charged with protecting and promoting human rights on a global scale.
“It is an outrage that the U.N. entrusted the world’s human rights protection to some of the worst dictatorships and authoritarian regimes,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of the foundation. “A mere nine years after its foundation, the council today shows the same symptoms of hypocrisy and double standards displayed by the discredited Human Rights Commission that preceded it,” added Halvorssen.
The Human Rights Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies.

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Tamarindo surf firm now has a champion

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Witch’s Rock Industries has hired local surf champion Andrea Diaz as surf programs manager. Originally a competitive swimmer from San José, Ms. Diaz has lived and surfed in Tamarindo for more than 20 years. As Costa Rica’s current national surf champion, Ms. Diaz has the respect of the local community, a deep understanding of the sport of surfing and the local surf breaks, said the Tamarindo-based firm. Ms. Diaz’s leadership along with the fact that she is an International Surfing Association certified instructor will add to the professional quality of surf instruction and surf tours at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, the firm added.
Ms. Diaz was a pioneer female surfer in Latin America in the early 1990s when she was not only competing but winning against her predominantly male competitors. In 1999 she became Costa Rica’s national women’s surf champion, and reclaimed the title in 2015. Ms. Diaz has competed and traveled as a lifestyle athlete for 10 years, and has recently represented Costa Rica in the International Surfing Association master’s division ranking No. 5 in the world in 2011 and 2012.

Ms. Diaz’s role at Witch’s Rock will include hiring and managing surf instructors and improving the overall professional quality of surf lessons. Importantly, Ms. Diaz is leading Witch’s Rock’s newly created all women surf program for 2016. “It is my dream to lead a program for all female surfers," she said. "I know what it is like to be a female in the water, and I believe it is my instinct to be a teacher, mentor, and motivator. This is a program created for women, by women and managed with an all-female team.  I thank Witch’s Rock for this opportunity.”

Witch’s Rock Surf Camp has been offering surf packages for beginner, intermediate, and advanced surfers since 2001.  “In my fifteen years of running this surf camp, I never thought that I would develop a relationship with such an outstanding leader," said Joe Walsh, founder of Witch’s Rock Industries. "At Witch’s Rock we have high standards of professionalism for our surf instructors, and we are passionate about helping people grow. Considering her shining accomplishments in the surf industry, we are confident that Andrea can rise to the challenge.”