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Crack, cocaine and marijuana
Weekend raids show country is awash in narcotics

By the A.M Costa Rica staff

Those not involved in the drug trade as dealers or users might not understand the economics that leads gangs to shoot competitors in the street.

Drugs are big business, particularly in low-income areas where crack cocaine is the standard.

Proof of this were more confiscations by anti-drug police over the weekend.

The  Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said that more than 2,000 crack rocks were among the drugs confiscated in several locations, including in Cuatro Reinas de Tibás, in barrios Cristo Rey and Sagrada Familia in the capital and in Calle Blancos in north San José.

Cocaine in powder form also was found along with nearly 100 baggies of marijuana and 75 marijuana plants.

Meanwhile, at the northern border in Peñas Blancas, the Policía de Control de Drogas said they found 69 kilos of cocaine headed out of the country hidden in the walls of  a shipping container.

The truck driver was detained.

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Police display more than 2,000 crack rocks.

Another police unit reported confiscating seven kilos of marijuana from two San José-bound buses in Guápiles.

Costa Rica is awash in cocaine because drug transporters frequently pay for fuel and other needs with packages of cocaine. Marijuana, on the other hand, is home-grown in many areas, including the Talamanca mountains.

Marijuana also is the product of a vigorous trade that brings a high-quality version of the drug from Jamaica to Limón.

Proposed law would seek to curb sports violence
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A street battle between two rival sports factions Sunday is the kind of confrontation that a proposed piece of legislation is designed to prevent.

One person suffered a head injury and 30 persons were detained after the confrontation. The organizations of sports fans have long been trouble both inside and outside stadiums. They gather downtown to make bus trips to the stadiums where their teams are playing.

The confrontation Sunday was between fans of Saprissa and Alajuela. The scene was on Avenida Segunda.

At the legislature Friday, lawmakers outlined a

proposal to reduce violence and racism in sports. The bill would allow operators of sport venues to bar troublemakers. The bill also forbids racism in sports teams. It has the backing of the Asociación de Jugadores Profesionales de Costa Rica.

The bill would create yet another committee, the Comisión Nacional contra la Violencia y el Racismo en el Deporte.

The street battles might have been worse Sunday if police were not on duty. Officers usually mount a show of force whenever sports fans gather. Typically they gather downtown before every game, be it afternoon or evening. Sometimes passers-by are attacked by the sports fans, particularly if they are wearing clothes of the color of another team.

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Murder victim left his own eulogy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The man who was cut down by assassins Friday in Sabana Oeste left a description of himself on his Facebook page:

The man, Dima Spiridonov, said:

“I am proudly straight heterosexual, pro-life, Christian gun owner. I detest racism, nazis, BLM and LGBT agenda. I support Donald Trump victory in
the USA. How else can I make you mad today, liberal theorists?”

The man posted that a day before two men on a motorcycle caught up with him just before the turnoff to Ruta 27 in La Sabana. He was shot once in the back and once in the arm, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Although the killing was at high noon, there were no witnesses found. The killer may have used a silence because no one said they heard the shots. With him was his girlfriend, identified as Irma Harris. She was not injured.

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Dima Spiridonov

In postings elsewhere, Spiridonov seemed to be a Russian nationalist, at least as far as the controversy over the Crimea. He also favored firearms and the Russian special operations unit, the Spetsnaz.

Spiridonov carried a Uzbekistan passport, judicial agents said, but seems to have lived in the eastern Russian part of the Ukraine. He had been in Costa Rica more than 10 years. His Facebook page certainly was not politically correct, but it is doubtful that his political views are what contributed to his murder.

Hie celebrated his 49th birthday in October.

The killing generated postings of sympathy from friends on his Facebook page. Some appeared to have known him from local gyms. He was a bodybuilder.

Turriabla ash falls again Sunday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Turriabla volcano erupted again starting at 5:05 a.m. Sunday and spread ash in Guadalupe, Pavas and Lourdes de Montes de Oca, said the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica.

Scientists were not able to see the summit of the volcano because of heavy clouds. However, they received reports of ash. In some places near the volcano there is as much as four inches of ash.

The emissions have been a daily event for the last few weeks, and there is no indication that the volcano will quiet down. The mountain is continually emitting vapor and periodically there is an eruption of ash.

Much of what is going on can be determined by sensors that record movement within the mountain.

The Observatorio said that these tremors are vibrations in the interior of the volcano produced by the passage of fluid, gas, water, or magma, through cracks and channels in the interior of the mountain.

Drill will keep ferry at dock

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ferry Tambor III on the Gulf of Nicoya will not make two trips Tuesday because of emergency drills, said the División Marítima Portuaria of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

The 9 a.m. departure from Puntarenas is being canceled as is the 11 a.m. return trip from Paquera. Service on the Tambor II ferry will be normal.

The emergency drills involve responses to fire, collision or flooding, the maritime agency said.

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Trump was willing to state his views

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Now that the election has come and gone, the whole world is trying to figure out what happened.

They're going through all sorts of gyrations and second guessing, formulating all sorts of theories, all in all, going off on dead end tracks. The answer is far simpler than that:

Trump was willing to state an opinion.

This is something that no other politician will do. Those politicians have learned their trade from other politicians, who state that one should never state a firm opinion, especially while trying to win an election. To be all things to all people is impossible, and those people will never recognize it. They may try, but they can't.

However, not all people subscribe to this crap, and recognize it for what it is. These people make up an extremely large voting bloc, that normally doesn't vote, or votes for the hell of it, or through a sense of duty, being American, whatever. That voting bloc dilutes an election, because no direct direction will be shown by them, and there is really no way for a run of the mill politician to appeal to them.

Trump is the first person to come along in some time who is willing to actually state an opinion on a political issue. On that basis he appealed directly to that bloc. Right or wrong or indifferent, he appealed to them.

This caused me to take note, and I actually followed the election as I was interested in what would happen to someone like this.

One thing that I've found out is that there are millions of people like me, regarding politicians. I have a close friend of 50 years, who has voted religiously Democratic, tell me that he was going to vote for Trump. I asked him his reasons, and he was able to state them clearly and precisely. That they happened to agree with my conclusions nearly 100 percent has nothing to do with my mention of this. We're both engineers, incidentally.

As to Trump's opinions, no I don't agree with some of them. Most of them actually. One must remember that he is only one third of the U.S. government, and he is not given carte blanche to do as he pleases. Yes, he has considerable power, but it is all subject to oversight by Congress and the Supreme Court. Even Roosevelt needed congressional confirmation to declare war on the Japanese Empire after Pearl Harbor.

Such things as building a wall along the southern frontier of the U.S., I doubt will ever come to pass. As to having the Mexican government pay for it, then you've never seen how a Latino reacts to repaying a two dollar debt. As to stopping Muslim access to the U.S., this won't fly for several Constitutional reasons, most having to do with religious freedom and equality, both of which Americans are proud of. These are easy calls. He may be able to do a few things in this area, as some walls do exist along the southern border, so there are precedents. He might be able to affect some of the migration laws, but he can't stop it. Oversight. Constitution. Laws.

Now, as for the people who are currently rioting and protesting: one must remember that these are Americans. They supposedly subscribe to the Democratic process, as set forth by the Constitution and succeeding laws. Most of them have voted before and been happy with the results and were never heard from again. Now, they're unhappy because their candidate did not win. I don't think that we would see this activity if there were a Democratic victory. Sour grapes does not become the American people or the Democratic process.
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Nicoya residents counting the days to the big festival Dec. 11 and 12.
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Saturday and Sunday marked the beginning of the Nicoya festival in honor of the Virgen de Guadalupe.

This is the time when residents go outside of town to chop wood that will be used for cooking fires next month.

This tradition has been carried on religiously for at least 450 years. The residents use ox carts and horses for transportation.

The wood cutting is called pica e´ leña, and it always begins with a big, predawn breakfast in the center of town followed by a journey to a farm where the wood is to be cut.

The big celebration is Dec. 11 and 12.

The story of the festival has an unusual origin. On a Dec. 12 more than four and a half centuries ago, locals were returning from a Mass in honor of the Virgin. But two brothers had been hitting the bottle and had become aggressive toward each other.

The weapons of choice were machetes.

The churchgoers were dismayed. They feared that one brother would kill the other. So they prayed to the Virgin.

The prayers were answered by the arrival of a yegüita, a little horse, that bit and kicked the two brothers until they stopped fighting.

This is the origin of the Baile de la Yegüita that takes place

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About 80 oxcarts were expected for the gathering of firewood. This photo is from a previous year.

Dec. 11.  This is a big tourist draw.

The Municipalidad de Nicoya estimated on Friday that about 80 oxcarts and teams of bueyes would take place in the weekend wood gathering. The wood is now under guard for use in cooking food for the festival next month.

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More knowledge seems to change climate and modified products views
By the University of Florida news staff

People who know a lot about genetically modified foods are inclined to agree with the scientific consensus that such foods are safe to eat. But, those who know plenty about global warming are cautious about the science that says humans cause the phenomenon, a new University of Florida study shows.

Furthermore, the study showed some people still make what researchers call illusionary correlations, such as claiming genetically modified foods cause autism.

Perhaps science communication should address people’s perceptions about illusionary correlations versus their knowledge of global warming and genetically modified foods, said Brandon McFadden, a University of Florida assistant professor of food and resource economics and author of the study. Merely providing people with information is insufficient to change behavior, McFadden said. He is with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Genetically modified foods are defined by the World Health Organization as products derived from organisms whose genetic material has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, for example, through the introduction of a gene from a different organism. Most genetically modified crops have been changed to be resistant to plant diseases or to increase tolerance of herbicides.

McFadden cited in his paper a recent Pew Research Center survey of scientists and the U.S. general public. Most of the scientists (88 percent) agreed that modified foods are safe to eat, compared to 37 percent of U.S. adults. The survey also found

that most scientists (87 percent) agree that human activities cause global warming, compared to 50 percent of American adults.

McFadden wanted to know more about the reasons for the gap between public opinion and scientific consensus.

In a study published in the online journal PLOS ONE, McFadden surveyed 955 people online to measure their actual and perceived knowledge about genetically modified food and human-caused global warming.

McFadden asked an array of questions. Among those questions trying to find out participants’ knowledge about genetically modified food, he asked “true/false” questions such as: “Ordinary tomatoes do not contain genes while genetically modified tomatoes do.” Only 31.9 percent said that was true.

He also asked questions to measure illusory correlations such as, “To what extent do you agree with the following statement: ‘Genetically modified crops have caused an increase in food allergies.’” To that, 36 percent either agreed or strongly agreed.

And there were several questions about global warming, including: “True or false: The greenhouse effect is the same thing as global warming.” Some 45 percent said this was true.

“Intuitively, it would seem that greater knowledge would be associated with being more agreeable with science,” McFadden said. “Indeed, individuals with greater knowledge are more agreeable with science in general. However, people with greater knowledge become less agreeable when the issues are contentious.”

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump says he will deport two million to three million undocumented immigrants who have criminal records when he assumes power and keep his campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to thwart the stream of illegal migration into the country.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump told the CBS network's “60 Minutes” show. “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”

In an excerpt of the interview released before it airs Sunday night, Trump said he intends to build the wall, a favorite campaign promise for his most devoted supporters, but that part of the barrier might be some fencing.

The blunt-spoken real estate mogul said, "I'm very good at this. It's called construction." He has vowed to get Mexico to pay for the wall, but the U.S.'s southern neighbor says it will not.

Overall, about 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the U.S., but Trump said that after the border is secure and the initial group of law-breaking immigrants is deported, his government would decide what to do with the remaining millions of undocumented migrants living in the United States.

“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized," he said, "we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that. But before we make that determination . . . it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”

In the interview, Trump, who vowed during the campaign to dismantle President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms, said he would keep parts of the program, including a provision banning insurers from denying coverage to those with major preexisting health conditions. Trump surrogates have also suggested that he may abandon or reshape other favorite campaign pledges, but he has yet to detail many of his intentions.

Trump is working quickly to shape his new government, even as thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in major cities in nightly demonstrations against his election.

Meanwhile, Trump's administration is beginning to take shape. He announced Sunday that the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, will be his new chief of staff, the highest-ranking White House employee who is basically the top assistant to the president.

He also named right-wing media executive Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and counselor. Trump calls both "highly qualified leaders."

Priebus called the appointment an honor, and predicted Trump will be "a great president for all Americans."

Meanwhile, most of the European Union foreign ministers were meeting Sunday in Brussels to discuss the impact of Trump's election on trans-Atlantic relations and how it might complicate the West's contentious standing with Russia, whose leader, President Vladimir Putin, Trump often praised during his campaign. The British and French foreign ministers were staying away from the meeting, saying they objected to the Trump-related discussions.

Much of Europe was shocked by Trump's election because of his suggestion during the campaign that the U.S. revisit its support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has been a bedrock U.S.-European military alliance since the end of World War Two. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Trump poses risks for the relationship.

"I believe we'll have two years of wasted time while Mr. Trump tours a world he doesn't know," Juncker said, referring to Trump's lack of solid foreign policy priorities that has kept much of the world guessing as to his intents.

While Trump worked on taking office, Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of State who was trying to become the country's first female president, on Saturday blamed her loss on the renewed investigation in the late stages of the campaign of her email practices and her handling of national security material while she was the country's top diplomat.

Mrs. Clinton said the directive of James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reopening the probe of the emails 11 days before the election after ending it without charges against her in July, curbed her campaign's momentum at a time when she was surging against Trump.

Comey subsequently, two days before the election, said investigators had found nothing new to change its mind that she was extremely careless in handling the classified documents but that no criminal charges were warranted. Millions of people voted during the nine-day period in early balloting.

While Mrs. Clinton cited the effects of the Comey intervention in her loss, numerous political analysts in the U.S. have attributed it more to her failure to connect politically with white, working class voters expressing their anger at cultural changes in the United States and global economic forces that have pushed U.S. companies to open manufacturing plants in other countries with cheaper labor.

Those bothering minorities
are told to knock it off 

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President-elect Donald Trump has two words for those bothering minorities with cries of white power:  "Stop it."

Trump held his first television interview since winning the contentious and sometimes mean-spirited presidential election last week. He spoke Friday to CBS television's 60 Minutes which broadcast the interview Sunday night.

Some Trump supporters have felt emboldened by his tough campaign rhetoric aimed at Muslims and Mexicans.

He said he knew nothing about the assaults against minorities since his election and said he hates to hear that, telling the perpetrators of violence don't do it.

To the thousands of anti-Trump protesters, including those outside his New York City home and office tower, Trump said the demonstrators don't know him. He said he would tell them not to be afraid and that a newly elected leader has to be given a little time.

The tough-talking and sometimes temperamental Trump that millions saw during the campaign appeared to be genuinely humbled by the huge responsibility staring at him.

He said winning the election was enormous and that it took his breath away. He referred to himself as a very sober person and not a wild man, and that he is not scared about the job he is facing.

Trump said he cannot regret some of the vicious comments he made about his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, but said he wishes the campaign was softer and nicer and more about policy.

He called Mrs. Clinton very strong and smart. But after threatening her with jail and leading chants of "lock her up" during the race, Trump now says he has to think about whether to ask a special prosecutor to investigate her handling of emails as secretary of State. He said he does not want to hurt the Clintons.

While he promised to appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court, he declined to say outright if he would like to see Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling legalizing abortion, overturned.

But he called marriage equality "the law, it's done" and said it is irrelevant if he personally supports or opposes gay marriage.

Trump refused to say how he plans to destroy Islamic State, another one of his major campaign pledges. He said the generals have not done their job.

He said he will refuse to accept a salary as president, but will take $1 a year as a token payment.

Election protesters continuing
to hold marches in big cities

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Anti-Donald Trump protesters marching for a fifth straight day were energized Sunday by the president elect's announcement that he will deport as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants from the United States, with perhaps more to come.

One demonstrator in New York City told CNN: "They're here to stay and we stand in solidarity with them. People don't know what will happen and they're very scared."

Others filled the streets again Sunday in other cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. One group is planning a huge Million Woman March in Washington on January 21, the day after Trump is inaugurated.

His crude comments about women during the campaign, along with allegations from some women that Trump inappropriately molested them, are among the issues that have infuriated the protesters.

Many also decry remarks made against Muslims. Others fear Trump will tear up environmental protection regulations and appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn laws protecting gays and abortion rights.

Many of the protesters say they will keep marching right up until Trump's inauguration.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Trump deserves people to treat him with an open mind.

Close Trump aide and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani called on Mrs. Clinton Sunday to address the protesters and say they are exaggerating their fears of Trump.

The protests are being organized by organizations such as Move-On, Black Lives Matter and other activist groups.

Colombia and rebels reach
another accord for peace

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombia's government and its largest rebel group announced a new, modified peace accord Saturday, after voters rejected an earlier deal in a referendum.

The government and Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, a Marxist guerrilla group, said in a joint statement they had incorporated proposals from various groups in the new deal.

“It is a better agreement," said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who last month won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the war.

Chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle and rebel negotiator Luciano Marin, known as Ivan Marquez, signed the deal in Havana, Cuba.

De la Calle said one main change was a requirement that the rebels present a complete inventory of its assets, which are destined for victim compensation.

"This accord was an opportunity to resolve many criticisms and dissatisfactions, but, above all, to unite us as Colombians. Once again we prove that, despite differences and different visions, through dialogue, it is possible to reach points in common."

Marquez said "the only thing the new accord needs now is to be put into effect.

"We present the Colombian nation the new definite peace accord which we prefer to call the Hope Accord, a powerful instrument to democratize the country and for people's rights to materialize."

The new accord also takes foreign magistrates off special peace tribunals, although there will be foreign observers, and stipulates the rebels must turn in exhaustive and detailed information about its involvement in the drugs trade.

The United States congratulated the government and the president of Colombia on reaching the peace agreement. “This progress is a testament to the commitment shown by all sides, including those who did not support the original accord,” the White House said in a statement.

It was unclear if Santos will put the new accord up for another popular vote.

The deal is bringing to an end 52 years of armed conflict in Colombia that has claimed more than 220,000 lives.

Powerful 7.8 earthquake kills
two persons in New Zealand

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New Zealand officials confirm two people have died after a powerful 7.8 earthquake hit 90 kilometers from Christchurch, the biggest city on New Zealand's South Island.

The quake caused some damage to buildings more than 200 kilometers away in the capital, Wellington.

Reports say thousands of residents in the coastal area of New Zealand fled their homes for higher ground after tsunami warning sirens were activated in South Island coastal towns.

Police and emergency workers went door-to-door to evacuate residents living in seaside properties.

Ministry of Civil Defense said waves up to five meters could possibly hit towns.

"The first waves have arrived, but we know that it is too early to say what the impact has been," Sarah Stuart-Black, national controller at the Ministry of Civil Defense, said.

"Our concern is what is coming. Future waves... may be bigger that what has come before," she said.

Some early waves were up to two meters and officials described the tsunami as an "event of life-threatening or national significance."

St. John Incident Controller Dion Rosario said emergency personnel started to "get reports of injuries from the earthquake area, including Culverden area and Kaikoura."

A 6.3 quake in Christchurch in 2011 killed 185 people and caused widespread damage.

The main tremor was followed by a series of strong aftershocks.

Secret court order to Yahoo
revealed by EU investigators

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The European Commission has asked the United States about a secret court order Yahoo used to scan thousands of customer emails for possible terrorism links, following concerns that may have violated a new data transfer pact.

Under the Privacy Shield agreement that came into force in August, the United States agreed to limit the collection of and access to Europeans' data stored on U.S. servers because of EU concerns about data privacy and mass U.S. surveillance.

The previous deal was thrown out by the EU's top court in October 2015, leaving thousands of firms scrambling for legal ways to provide data on transactions ranging from credit cards to travel and e-commerce that underpin billions of dollars of transatlantic trade.

Reuters reported last month that Yahoo had scanned all incoming customer emails in 2015 for a digital signature linked to a foreign state sponsor of terrorism, at the behest of a secret court order. That raised fresh questions about the scope of U.S. spying.

“The commission services have contacted the U.S. authorities to ask for a number of clarifications,” Commission spokesman Christian Wigand said.

The United States had pledged not to engage in mass, indiscriminate espionage, assuaging Commission concerns about the privacy of Europeans' data stored on U.S. servers following disclosures of intrusive U.S. surveillance programs in 2013 by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Two people familiar with the matter said the Commission had now asked the United States to explain how the Yahoo order fit in with its commitments, even if the program ran before the Privacy Shield was in place.

The Commission was seeking clarifications on the nature of the court order itself and how targeted it was, said one person familiar with the matter. Another said it had also asked if the program was continuing.

“The U.S. will be held accountable to these commitments both through review mechanisms and through redress possibilities, including the newly established ombudsperson mechanism in the U.S. State Department,” Wigand said.

Privacy Shield, which Yahoo has not signed up to, provides for a joint annual review to ensure the United States is respecting its commitment to limit the amount of data gathered by U.S. agents.

Hackers exploit Facebook
to announce deaths of users

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Many Facebook users have been discovering a new problem with their accounts, a banner on the top of their homepage, telling people they are dead.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was one of the victims of the bug that emerged this week on the social networking site. Some wits have titled the phenomenon #FacebookRapture, referring to a biblical story about people being removed from Earth in mass numbers.

While the notion is jarring, the message sounds benign. The banner, which appears above the person's original page, reads, "We hope that people who love _____ will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate their life."

A Facebook spokesperson told the Buzzfeed News site that the problem was due to a bug that has since been fixed.
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A garden necessity: Plenty of ice packs

Well, I seem to have ‘gardener’s elbow’ which is a bit like tennis elbow. In fact, it’s exactly like tennis elbow except I got it in the garden.

When you have tennis elbow, you know exactly why it hurts. If someone
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looks at your wrapped up arm you can say, “tennis elbow” and the person will nod sympathetically and even comment on how painful it is, or how they had it and had to give up the sport. It’s a comradely thing.

If your arm is wrapped up and you respond, “gardener’s elbow” you

get looked at as if you are totally
bonkers and get asked, “How did you manage that?” No comradeship, no sympathy, in fact, you might even get  laughed at. I know, because “How did you manage that?” is what Metric Man asked me.

The truth is, I have no idea how I got gardener’s elbow, but it hurts, so I went online to find out more. Aha! Less than 5 percent of tennis elbow sufferers play tennis and gardening is even listed as a cause of the lateral epicondylitis (I read it on WebMD so it must be true). Turns out I was even doing the right things for it, wrapping it up, applying ice, and taking NSAIDS. Enough said.

Now, we gardeners all get aches and pains in the course of our labors. Our knees and backs hurt, our shoulders are sore, and we get the odd muscle twinge. The thing is we mostly know why we have aches and pains. We tried to pick up a huge bag of fertilizer, we just lost our footing and twisted an ankle, or the load in the wheelbarrow was too heavy (that last one gets me every time).

For the most part, we just want a bit of understanding and sympathy from family and friends – especially family. After all, we got all those aches and pains making the yard and garden safe for tomatoes and hibiscus. Snickering at us is a no-no, but snickering is what I get because I can’t explain how I ended up with tennis elbow.

Next time someone asks, I am going to say I have lateral epicondylitis. I bet I get more sympathy.

Plant of the Week

What we have here is the picture of a scrawny little scrub that is totally un-photogenic (I know, because I took 11 pictures) that you have all seen and praised as an adult tree. This is the Enterolobium cyclocarpum, or Guanacaste tree so prized for its wood and well-loved in Costa Rica for its shade. Although often thought of as a slow growing tree, the Guanacaste can reach a meter in its first year and can be 35 meters tall when it reaches full growth. The tree roots strongly and deeply and should not be planted near a building or a septic system.

Sadly, it is often visited by leaf cutter
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ants so it needs protection. To start from seed, puncture the seed coating before planting and put the young tree in the sun with rich well-drained soil. [I will post another picture when this tree becomes a bit more majestic.]

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U.S. financial markets soar on Trump victory

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. stocks closed out Friday's session at the highs of the day following a historic week in trade, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing at a record high, up 5 percent on the back of Donald Trump's stunning upset victory in the presidential election and the Republican Party's control of both houses of Congress.

This was the best performance for the Dow in five years and the best week for the S&P 500 since October 2004.

Despite the market's overall performance, crude oil prices dipped by 3 percent, with traders focusing on supply and demand fundamentals, which continue to be stretched.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries reported an increase in October production to a record high. This was led by members hoping to be exempt from any organization attempts to curb supply at the group's next meeting in Vienna on Nov. 30. Based on the continuing high level of production, which has kept prices down, a larger global surplus is expected next year.

The S&P 500 index came into this week riding a nine-session losing streak, its longest since 1980, while the VIX, which measures fear and uncertainty in the market, had been up for nine straight sessions as of last Friday.

That all changed once traders absorbed the election news. In the first hours after the polls closed Tuesday night, overnight futures prices fell precipitously, but by Wednesday morning's opening, trading was back on the upside.

Among the week's highlights: the Dow soared more than 250 points Thursday to an all-time closing record. The previous week's losing streak turned around completely, with an upward spike of nearly 1,000 points in four days. That was the best four-day point gain since an 1,174-point climb in late November 2008.

Contrary to earlier predictions of a significant pullback following Trump's election, Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for Commonwealth Financial Network, listed three reasons why the markets spiked:

1. The nine-day pullback before the election certainly was pricing in some probability of a Trump win. When he actually won, the uncertainty risk disappeared. That alone could have driven markets back up.

2. A Republican sweep may have been perceived as positive for business and the economy.

3. Markets tend to sell the rumor and buy the news, and this could have been just a normal reaction.