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Expats do not always get what they want in Costa Rica. Even in death.

Many want to be cremated. It is the most practical solution because a normal body is reduced to about six pounds of granular material that can easily be shipped home or scattered.

Recently, an expat died here in a small beach town. His U.S. family jumped on a plane for Costa Rica to have him cremated. This was his wish. He wanted his ashes spread over the ocean close to the town.

His Costa Rican family would have nothing to do with cremation. They are evangelistic Christians. They wanted a funeral. Initially, this caused a standoff. The local family won. The man was buried in a typical way as per the customs of the people close to him in Costa Rica.

This scenario happens to many expats. They make a new life here through marriage, have new children and adopt.

His burial was very special. There was an all-night vigil over the body in his home. An assembly of his neighbors and friends accompanied him. In the morning, the community gathered and carried his body to the cemetery where it was laid to rest in a tomb they built.

The U.S. family went home extremely happy.  However, not all expats have such loving people close by and need to plan what happens to them when they die.

Cremation sometimes creates debate. It has had much attention over the ages. The Christian churches permit cremation but prefer burial. Most country folk in Costa Rica firmly believe they will never go to Heaven if they are cremated. 

Even though Costa Ricans do not embrace cremation, many other countries do. Cremation has expanded rapidly worldwide. Since 1973, the number of cremations in North America has more than tripled. Countries such as Japan (97 percent), Great Britain (70 percent) and Scandinavia (over 65 percent) continue to show a high percentage of cremations. It is predicted that by the year 2015 cremations will surpass burials.

Jardines de Recuerdo pioneered cremation in Costa Rica with a regulation it sponsored, Reglamento de Cremación de Cadáveres y Restos Humanos, on Nov. 25, 1986. The funeral firm brought the first cremation to the country in 1985. Over the years, most of the cremations done by Jardines de Recuerdo have been preformed for foreigners. However, slowly the trend is catching on among Costa Ricans.

Nowadays most of the major funeral firms offer cremation as part of their service. Most companies offer transportation of the body, an autopsy, a health department permit, a casket, an urn and the cremation process as part of a complete package.

When shopping around, it is a great idea to lock in a price today by paying in advance or on a payment plan. One saves money and spares family from added grief.

An autopsy is required when cremating a body in Costa Rica because the law states that all bodies to be cremated need to undergo an autopsy and that health officials must issue a permit. Both procedures are now easily accomplished and done at the crematorium in most cases.

There is another option. Donating one’s body to science. The Reglamento para la inhumación y donación de cadáveres or the "regulation for burial and body donation" covers Costa Rica’s policy on the subject.  The Universidad de las Ciencias Médicas (UCIMED) has an active program. Information is available by calling 2549-0000.

Algordanza, a Swiss company, has introduced a new, fascinating approach to memorializing loved ones. They can create a man-made diamond out of human ashes. No funeral provider in Costa Rica offers this service yet.

It is a good idea to have a Costa Rican attorney prepare a legal brief and have it written in a notary book regarding wishes of cremation.

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Even though it is not 100 percent necessary, the document can expedite the process if no other immediate family members can be located at the time of death. This also helps if there is a controversy between family as in the case of the expat who recently died without such a document.

Most attorneys in Costa Rica do not understand a will is just part of a good succession plan. Everyone should have a good plan to help the living. Deciding on a choice of burial or cremation is just one step.

Another aspect to consider is how property will be transferred or distributed among heirs. Probate in Costa Rica is a difficult and time consuming process, as it is in many countries of the world.

There are many things to consider creating a good succession plan before one dies, and today is a good day to reflect on all of them.

Garland M. Baker, a certified international property specialist, is a 44-year resident and naturalized citizen of Costa Rica. His firm’s team provides multidisciplinary professional services to the country’s international community.  Reach him at  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at, a free reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2014. Use without permission prohibited.

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Oxen and their carreta in San Rafael Arriba de Desamparados

 Downtown parade not the only one

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

While 300 or more oxcart owners and their animals participated in the Entrada de Boyeros a San José Sunday, there was a smaller parade on San Rafael Arriba de Desamparados.

This is an annual affair on the last Sunday of November, and these events herald the Christmas season.

The downtown parade also involved musicians and those traditional tall Costa Rican characters, the marcaradas.

Gasoline and diesel prices going down

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Gasoline here will drop below the $5-a-gallon mark for Christmas.

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos has issued new prices for December, and super will be 689 colons a liter when the new prices are published. That's about $4.81 a U.S. gallon and a 50-U.S. cent cut per gallon.

Plus will be $4.57 a gallon and 655 per liter.

Diesel also is going down but not as drastically. The cut is just 20 centers per U.S. gallon, based on 607 per liter.

The Autoridad recomputes the fuel prices every second Friday of the month based on the dollar exchange rate and the world price of petroleum. which is declining.

Montes de Oca bringing debtors to court

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The  Municipalidad de Montes de Oca reports that in the last three months it has sent 40 cases to collections court.

Municipal officials said that a second group of cases will be going to the courts in a few days.

The debts include municipal taxes and services, the municipality said. Those in arrears have been notified in writing, the officials said.

The cases go to the Juzgado Especializado de Cobro Judicial, which has been beefed up by a new law.

The municipality includes San Pedro.

Government pays aguinaldos Tuesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government will be paying aguinaldos or Christmas bonuses to 190,000 persons,including employees and pensioners. The amount is 173 trillion colons or about $321 million. That averages out to about $1,626 a person, although some get much more.

The announcement comes from the Ministerio de Hacienda, which said that the deposits would be made Tuesday.

About 42 percent of those getting the money are involved with public eduction, the ministry said.

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A boy in Ciudad Quesada holds a plastic gun that he is surrendering for a less warlike toy, while a police officer displays  homemade single-shot shotgun  confiscated in Tibás from a man who already has a robbery conviction.

Country marks end of the military but not elimination of bloodshed
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Ricans will celebrate the 66th anniversary today of the elimination of the military by the revolutionary junta that helped power after the 1948 civil war. That act is most attributed to Jose Figueres Ferrer, who was president of the junta.

President Luis Guillermo Solís and other politicians will mark the event with a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Plaza de la Democracia. That is appropriate because the plaza is due west of what is today the Museo Nacional. The building used to be the local military headquarters, and it still bears the bullet holes from the civil war. A statue of Figueres has just been returned to the plaza.

In the 66 years since the abolition of the military, Costa Rican officials have tried hard to reduce the impact of violence in society.

As an example, police officers were trading dolls and other non-military toys in Barrio Puente Casa in Ciudad Quesada last week. The slogan was that firearms are not toys.

The local Liga Internacional de Mujeres Pro Paz y Libertad in Costa Rica has the same idea and set out the usual Christmas message discouraging the giving of warlike toys as presents. Doing so gives the impression that violence is normal, said the organization.
The central government also tries to discourage the use of firearms and has not recognized the legal opinion that self protection is a human right. However, the dream frequently collides with reality.

A bodyguard of a lottery vendor became a local hero last week when he shot it out with two robbers in the center of the city. The two robbers died.

And there was more gunplay over the weekend.

Shortly after midnight Saturday a 38-year-old man died while walking to his home in  La Verbena en la Aurora de Alajuelita.

He was the apparent victim of a street robbery.

Saturday night in Moravia a 26-year-old man died about 9:30 p.m. when he was shot while riding a motorcycle. The assailant was on another motorcycle, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

In Paso Canoas also Saturday night a man who arrived on a motorcycle gunned down a 53-year-old man who was at a business there.

In Guácimo, also Saturday night, a 43-year-old man suffered a bullet wound as he left his home to enter his car. The assailant was riding double on a motorcycle.

Lawmakers pass president's budget intact in unusual Saturday session
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The legislature approved the full budget requested by the executive branch in an unusual Saturday session. There were 27 of 48 lawmakers in favor of the 7.9 trillion colons budget. That is about $14.6 billion.

President Luis Guillermo Solís has personally sought and won support from lawmakers who had voted against the budget earlier in the week.

The budget calls for 3.7 trillion colons of new debt. That's $6.85 billion.

That debt will have to be placed at a rate higher than the rate the previous administration borrowed. Costa Rica has dropped in the eyes of international debt rating agencies.

Those who opposed the budget said there were too many rental agreements for properties, too many consultants proposed and too many international trips and per diems.

The 2014 budget is 19 percent greater than the previous year's.

The budget will not be the only debt assumed by the country this year. Still on the table is an agreement with the government of China
to widen Ruta 32 from Moín to Río Frio, a stretch of some 100 kilometers or about 62 miles.

The Solís administration is trying to renegotiate that deal. The Chinese seek to do the project and provide $435 million in loans to finance the job. In addition to highways, the construction includes a number of overpasses. Land also has to be expropriated.

Under a previous proposal, repayment is delayed for five years.

Members of the president's political party, Acción Ciudadana, opposed that deal earlier in the year before he took office. The ruling text of the contract was supposed to be the Chinese one, and disagreements were to be adjudicated under Chinese law.

The president and his vice president, Helio Fallas are counting the imposition of new taxes to offset somewhat the definition of the new budget.

Meanwhile, even as the country assumes more debt, the colon is strengthening against the dollar.

The rate today means that a dollar cost 541.19 colons, according to the Banco Central.

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Nearly 200 fire fighters are on parade. Representatives came from all over the country.
Fire fighters begin their week of celebration with a morning parade
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica, the fire fighters, began their week of celebration with a parade, a Mass and a display of equipment.

In addition to marchers, five fire trucks were in the morning parade to the Catedral Metropolitana. More than 200 fire fighters participated, said the agency.
The display that also stressed prevention was in the Plaza de la Cultura. There also were concerts by the fire fighters' own groups.

Fire fighters marched with a white ribbon on their badges to remember  José García, the volunteer who became a murder victim near Sixaola.

Suspects have been detained.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ruling party candidate Tabare Vazquez has easily won Uruguay's presidential election.

The 74-year-old cancer doctor won Sunday's runoff, extending the power of a left-leaning coalition that has helped legalize gay marriage and moved to create the world's first state-run marijuana marketplace.

His opponent, 41-year-old opponent Lacalle Pou, had promised to undo much of the plan to put the government in charge of regulating the production, distribution and sale of marijuana on a nationwide scale. The plan is still in the process of being implemented.

Pou quickly conceded defeat after unofficial quick counts showed Vazquez with over 53 percent support while Pou trailed with about 41 percent.

Thousands of Frente Amplio supporters streamed through the rain-soaked streets of Montevideo, waving party banners, and drivers blared their horns in celebration.

Vazquez, 74, is a respected oncologist who helped heal rifts inside Frente Amplio in the late 1990s and led it to power in 2005, ending two decades of conservative rule that followed a military dictatorship.

“I promise to work my utmost, but I cannot, should not and do not want to work alone, I want to count on all Uruguayans,” Vazquez told party loyalists Sunday night.

When he was president from 2005 to 2010, his mix of welfare programs and pro-business policies helped kick-start a decade of robust growth and slash poverty.

Returning to power, he will succeed President Jose Mujica, an ally and former guerrilla whose straight-talking, unpretentious style won him widespread affection in the cattle-farming country of 3.4 million people.

“A third Frente Amplio government will show the world that Uruguay can be progressive and successful, reducing poverty while boasting an economy performing better than ever,” said pizza chef Richar Martinez, 39, partying in the streets with his son hoisted on his shoulders.

With official results counted from almost one-third of polling stations, Vazquez had 49.5 percent and Lacalle Pou 43.7 percent. The gap was expected to widen as more results came in.

The son of a union leader who grew up in a working class district in the capital, Vazquez closed his first term with approval ratings hitting 70 percent. Like Mujica now, he was constitutionally barred from holding a second consecutive term.

Vazquez will need to address rising crime and education, both major concerns of voters. He promises to increase spending on schools while cutting wasteful government spending.

He will also oversee Uruguay's legalization of the state-controlled production, distribution and sale of cannabis.

Vazquez, who lacks Mujica's folksy charisma, endorsed the cannabis law but was less enthusiastic about it than the outgoing president and has said he might modify it, depending on its impact.

Mujica's reforms to legalize gay marriage and abortion as well as marijuana cemented Uruguay's reputation as one of Latin America's most liberal nations, but upset conservative voters.

The Frente Amplio narrowly won a majority in Congress in legislative elections last month, meaning Vazquez will be in firm control when his term begins March 1.

Colombian general set free,
and talks likely to resume

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombia's leftist rebels freed an army general and two other captives Sunday, paving the way for peace talks in Cuba to resume in the quest to end five decades of conflict.

The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia handed over Gen. Ruben Alzate and his companions,  Corporal Jorge Contreras and civilian lawyer Gloria Urrego, to a humanitarian mission led by the International Red Cross early Sunday. The group was shuttled by helicopter to a military base near Medellin, from where they are to be transferred to Bogota.

"Freed ... in perfect condition," President Juan Manuel Santos said on his Twitter account, adding that they would be reunited with their families as soon as weather permitted.

Santos had halted negotiations in Havana two weeks ago after the rebels known as the FARC seized five hostages, including Alzate, disrupting the push to end violence that has killed more than 200,000 people.

Santos refused to allow the talks, which had advanced farther than previous attempts, to continue until the hostages were freed. Alzate, Contreras and Urrego were released in a jungle area near where they were seized in the Pacific province of Choco.

The rebels freed two other soldiers captured a week before the general on Tuesday, meaning all five hostages have now been released. The Red Cross said those released on Sunday were fit to be flown by helicopter to the city of Medellin.

Santos said he would now meet his team of negotiators to discuss their return to the 2-year-old peace talks in Cuba.

Alzate was the highest-ranking military officer captured by the rebels in 50 years of fighting and the incident immediately plunged into crisis peace talks taking place in Cuba.

Now free, the 55-year-old counterinsurgent expert, Alzate, will have to answer tough questions about why he apparently violated military protocol and ventured upstream into the rebel-dominated Atrato River dressed as a civilian and without his normal security detail.

In a statement posted online Sunday confirming the hostages' release, the FARC negotiating team in Havana reiterated its demand for a cease-fire during peace talks, a request Santos has repeatedly said is out of the question.

The speed with which the crisis was resolved showed that both sides were keen to avoid an escalation that could do permanent damage to the peace talks, said Angelika Rettberg, an expert on the peace process.

Ferguson cop in shooting
decides to leave police job

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the central U.S. state of Missouri after a street confrontation, sparking protests, has resigned and will receive no severance compensation.

A lawyer for Officer Darren Wilson said Saturday his resignation from the Ferguson Police Department is effective immediately. Wilson had been on administrative leave since he shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said in a press conference Sunday that neither he nor the chief of police asked Wilson to resign, adding that he will not be receiving any severance pay.

Knowles said city authorities are working hard to assemble resources to fix the damage from protests and looting following a grand jury's decision Monday not to indict Wilson for killing Brown.

Knowles added that officials are looking at ways to address the grievances of the Ferguson community and will increase efforts to recruit more African Americans to the police force.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says he will not be stepping down.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper posted Wilson's resignation letter. Wilson wrote he had been told his continued employment on the police force may put his fellow officers and Ferguson residents at risk. He added he hopes his resignation will allow the community to heal.

Meanwhile, protests continued Saturday against the grand jury decision.

"I mean, at this point, everybody's going to be upset anyway. Everyone's going to feel the way they feel. I'm upset. I have a 16-year-old son. It could have been him. I feel that he was absolutely in the wrong," said a Ferguson resident.

A group of demonstrators set out from Ferguson Saturday on a seven-day, 193-kilometer march to the Missouri state capital, Jefferson City.

The so-called Journey for Justice is organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The NAACP says the march's purpose is to call for new leadership of the Ferguson Police Department and new reforms of police practice and culture across the country. It says rallies and teach-ins will be held along the route each night of the march.

In the Washington, D.C., area Saturday, hundreds of people angry over the decision in Ferguson marched on a local shopping mall, after rallying in the historic Georgetown neighborhood.

"Every 28 hours a black person is killed in America. They are basically telling us that black lives do not matter. It's the system, it's the American system," said a protester. "Basically, if you're white, you're white. And if you're black, you must have done something, and that's the problem. That's what we are fighting to change."

Saturday's protests follow demonstrations coinciding with Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

Protesters in the St. Louis area, Chicago, New York and other U.S. cities called for a shopping boycott as a show of solidarity. Three St. Louis-area malls were reportedly shut down briefly as a result of the demonstrations.

Police say 16 people were arrested in Ferguson overnight.

Brown's killing has inflamed racial tensions in the country and re-ignited concerns about police brutality, especially against the nation's black population.

U.N. committee condemns
police brutality in U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.N. Committee Against Torture has condemned reported police brutality and excessive use of force in the United States, especially against minority groups.

The 10-member watchdog committee's report, released Friday, urged U.S. authorities to crack down on perpetrators and punish those suspected of torture or ill treatment.

The Committee Against Torture did not examine the August killing of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. While calling Brown’s death a tragedy, the panel said it could not comment on the case because it had to respect the judicial decision that exonerated the officer, Darren Wilson.

Committee member Alessio Bruni, however, said the panel had serious concerns about reports of the excessive use of force and police brutality, as well as the profiling of certain racial and ethnic groups, immigrants and homosexuals in the U.S.

"We express concern at the reported current police violence in Chicago, especially against African-American and Latino young people, and deep concern at the frequent and recurrent police shootings of fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals," said Bruni.

Committee member Jens Modvig said U.S. officials had not provided data on such incidents and how they were investigated and prosecuted.

"We have reports of widespread extensive use of force by the police, and this gives rise to concern, of course, and also that some vulnerable groups, including ethnic groups, blacks, have been particularly targeted by this force," he said. "And for this reason, the committee feels that there's a need for investigation and prosecution of all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force."

The committee also condemned police use of tasers that resulted in the recent deaths of two people in Florida and Illinois, and it said it was troubled by the recent botched executions in Arizona, Oklahoma and Ohio, which caused prisoners pain and prolonged suffering.

The experts also decried the prolonged detention of prisoners on death row as a breach of the Convention Against Torture, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. They noted that a U.S. judge recently found that detention on death row for decades violates the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The committee condemned the extensive use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, as well as at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, citing harmful psychological and physical effects.

Committee members expressed deep concern that the U.S. continues to hold many people without charge at Guantanamo. They criticized the authorities' failure to investigate allegations of torture and ill treatment in this facility, as well as in other places where terrorism suspects are held in U.S. custody. 

Modvig said the U.S. delegation that appeared for the review expressed concerns of its own.

"The delegation started by quoting President  Obama that torture had been done and that lines had been crossed, but there is now a process of making up with the past," said Modvig. "Of course, the committee takes an interest in how is this done and is it done in a sufficient way, and like Mr. Bruni said, we have certain concerns about whether investigations are fully, thoroughly completed and whether punishment of law enforcement when they have crossed the line is actually, effectively put in place." 

Although the committee voiced serious concerns regarding the treatment of illegal immigrants, it said things were developing in the right direction with recent measures taken by Obama. This referred to an executive order to allow nearly 5 million undocumented migrants to temporarily remain legally in the United States.

Goal of AIDS-free world
considered to be possible

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

This year's World AIDS Day focuses on how to achieve an AIDS-free generation. The United Nations predicts that if prevention and treatment services are scaled up, the epidemic will no longer be a global threat in 15 years. But if goals are not met, the pandemic could get worse.

For 30 years, Anthony Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1984, there were no drugs that targeted HIV/AIDS. There are now more than 30.

Fauci describes the progress in controlling HIV/AIDS as extraordinary.

"If you can put someone on anti-retrovirals relatively early in the course of their infection ... let us say they are a 25-year-old man or woman, you could look them in the eye as I do when I see them in my clinic three times a week, and tell them if they stay on their drug, you could project that they could live an additional 50, five-zero, years, which is one of the most extraordinary accomplishments in biomedical research in translation," said Fauci.

But the latest study shows only 30 percent of Americans with HIV are getting the right treatment for HIV. The number drops by half for those between the ages of 18 and 24.

Some experts blame the human factor: Some people are afraid to find out their test results. Others are tired of taking pills, don't feel like using condoms, and worry about the stigma that comes from having HIV.

Howard University in Washington sponsors a yearly conference to examine the stigma associated with this disease. Rod McCoy, who is HIV-positive, works with an organization that provides HIV education and testing.

"One of the things I am concerned about as a health educator is people staying on their meds, but also people who are not infected having the mentality of, 'Oh, people take medication, so if I get infected, I will be fine.'  My concern is around the complacency around prevention because of the success of treatment,” said McCoy.

Fauci tells people at forums like those at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington that complacency is why a vaccine against HIV is so needed.

"When we start seeing that there is such a low level of infection and the numbers look good, that is when we are going to have a rebound.  My conclusion, then, is that it really is essential to durably control and end the AIDS epidemic is to have a vaccine," he said.

Even with extraordinary accomplishments in AIDS treatments that are driving down the numbers of people who get HIV, more than 35 million people around the world still have the virus, and the United Nations reports another 1.5 million people died from it in 2012, far too many lives to become complacent.
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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

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Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

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Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: 2446-5587.

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Lack of a hard frost has its advantages

Do you keep seeing this winter thing on television?  I do, and it brings back memories. 

Winter meant a lot of work in the garden, even in Georgia.  First, it was the angel trumpets.  We lived just south of Atlanta and would get a hard frost sometime is November.  Before it hit, we had to get out there and cut down the angel trumpets.  This was quite a job as they could 

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get almost 4 meters tall (about 12 feet) during the growing season.

But chopping them down was a must because they have hollow stems.  If a frost hit them, the water in the stems would freeze and thaw right down to the roots and kill the plant.  So it was cut to the ground, cover with mulch and plastic, and then they were  
protected and came back in the spring.  The smaller cut branches went inside into water and then, when roots started, into pots to grow for friends.  Good thing I had a sunny window.

Caladiums were another protect plant.  The bulbs had to be dug annually and stored carefully then replanted in the spring.  Sounds easy, but the tops usually died off before I got out there, the dog knocked over the location stakes, and I often found myself digging in the wrong places.  I lost a lot of caladiums that way.  But not here.  Here I just plant them and let them go.

There are a lot of things that I used to have to dig up and store for the winter.  I remember my mom and her geraniums when we lived in New Jersey.  And the iris, or was it the gladiola, and the begonias.  They all had to come up and get lovingly stored in the garage, safe from the winter storms.  Then there was the leaf raking, which I shouldn’t complain about because jumping in piles of leaves is a favorite childhood memory.

But back to the plant protection thing.  Now I only protect my plants from leaf cutter ants (or try to) and I only dig them up to split them or put them in new locations.  Life is a lot simpler down here. 

And, while I am on the topic of that winter thing, what about poinsettias?  Remember getting a couple of potted poinsettias before Christmas and then trying to keep them alive?  Or reading all the advice on getting them to rebloom for a second Christmas?  Forget about it.  Just take it outside and stick it in the ground.  Of course, by next Christmas it will be way too big to bring inside, but it is going to look terrific in the yard. 

Have a great winter everyone.  I will.

Plant of the Day

The jatropha multifida, or coral plant, is a lovely ornamental from an interesting family. Its relatives are grown for biofuel or as CO2 sinks in arid areas.  Although they are lovely as container plants when young, they get leggy and should be planted at the back of a border so the stems can be concealed.  Plant in full sun. Propagation is from seeds and this 
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picture shows a seed capsule in the red flowers.  No ant troubles yet…..

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French organization accepts Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country has been accepted as an observer by the Organización Internacional de la Francofonía, the foreign ministry reported. Elizabeth Fonseca Corrales, the minister of Cultura y Juventud represented Costa Rica at a meeting of the organization in Dakar, Senegal.

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Manufacturing urged for poor countries

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new United Nations report urges the poorest countries in the world to shift from low- to high-productivity activities to improve their economies.

In its annual "Least Developed Countries Report," the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development says these countries must structurally transform their economies to free themselves from the poverty trap, which is stunting economic growth and development.

Of the 48 nations the U.N. considers least developed countries, only one, Laos, is on track to achieve all seven of the millennium development goals by 2015.

Only four African countries, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda, are likely to meet a majority of these targets.

This assessment is particularly grim in light of the even greater challenges awaiting these countries in the coming years. The millennium program sets a goal for nations to halve their poverty levels by 2015. The so-called sustainable development goals, which carry on from where millennium leave off, call for eradication of poverty by 2030.

According to Taffere Tesfachew, a U.N. Conference on Trade official who works with African nations, it would be nothing short of a miracle for the least developed countries to pull this off.   

In order for the least developed countries to achieve this miraculous performance, he says they will need to structurally change their economies.

He said this means shifting labor from activities with low productivity, such as small-scale agriculture and services to more dynamic activities with higher productivity, such as manufacturing and high-value services.

“Countries that have moved up are the ones that are creating opportunities for those that are leaving agriculture to engage in things where they add value, where they get training and as it happens, manufacturing tends to have that sort of feature, that is why this call for manufacturing," he said. "Countries that are using policies to shift and influence capital and labor to move into this activity sector tend to do better.” 

Tesfachew says these high-productivity sectors tend to pay higher wages and create a demand for goods. This, he says, encourages investment.