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San José, Costa Rica            Published Friday,  March 16, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.316

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Costa Rica’s documentary on snake bites
hits box offices in U.S, Europe and Africa

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Each year, more than 2.5 million poisonings occur from snake bites in the world. The bites cause the deaths of more than 100,000 people and leave more than 400,000 with permanent damage. Those most affected are agricultural workers who live in poverty and often live in rural areas of tropical countries such as Costa Rica.

Snake bites are considered a global health crisis generating more annual deaths than diseases like ebola but are generally ignored by the global pharmaceutical industry and health authorities. They are a human tragedy all over the world but are dealt with on a primarily local level. The reality of the damage done by poisonous snakes is made evident through the documentary, "Minutes from Dying."

The film documents the human drama that exists on five continents and internationally highlights the name of Costa Rica for its approach to snake bites and treatment of the victims.

Costa Rican scientists from the Clodomiro Picado Institute of the University of Costa Rica have worked for 50 years on initiatives to save lives in the country and in 14 other countries with high social vulnerability. The institute is famous for its production of snake bite anti venom.

The documentary “Minutes from Dying” is a production that presents, in a very human way, with great rigor and scientific veracity, the magnitude of the problem of poisoning by snake bites, said José María Gutiérrez Gutiérrez, Clodomiro Picado Institute researcher. It shows the suffering caused in such a way that, for the first time, an explicit recognition of the work done in Costa Rica, specifically in the university by the institute, to find solutions to this public health problem, he added.

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The documentary shows the Costa Rican approach to saving lives at risk due to snake bite poisoning.

"Minutes from Dying" was produced by the Lincoln Foundation of the United States under the direction of James Reid, the nine-time Emmy Award winner. The cinematographic quality of the film is especially powerful.

Currently, the documentary is being screened in more than 25 cities in the United States, Ireland, Germany, England and Africa. In Costa Rica the premiere will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Research City of the University of Costa Rica. Admission will be free, open to the public and James Reid will attend.

The contribution of the institute has reached remote regions of Latin America, Africa, Oceania and the Asian continent, as is the case of Sri Lanka, said Alberto Alape, director of the institute. The university has sent an approximate of 300,000 vials of anti-venom serum in the last five years to these areas, he added.

Geologists loose fight to revive
oil exploration and extraction

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court reported that it unanimously rejected an unconstitutionality action filed by geologists against the moratorium on oil exploration and exploitation established by the government through decrees in 2011 and 2014.

The court said that the decrees, "are a valid exercise of the powers of the Executive Power in this matter, which in this case were based on international commitments acquired in environmental matters," according to a press release.

The Board of Geologists filed the legal action because it considers that the moratorium, which is valid until September 15, 2021, injures the normative and their right to work.

The Constitutional Chamber ruled that the College of Geologists failed to demonstrate the effects on the right to work and said that the decrees have "sufficient support in the international regulations accepted by Costa Rica in recent years in the fight against climate change, and in the constitutional duty to ensure the protection of the environment."

In July 2014, the president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, extended the moratorium established in 2011 by the then president Laura Chinchilla until 2021.

Solis said at that time that oil activity, "is not wanted by the people of Costa Rica" and that the country prefers to look for other sources of clean energy.

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Geologist claim the moratorium on oil exploration damages their right to work.

Costa Rica does not produce oil and imports all the fuels it uses with an annual bill close to $1.8 billion

In recent years, the country has practically eliminated the use of fuels to produce electricity, since it uses hydroelectric, wind, geothermal and solar power plants.

To begin reducing the dependence on hydrocarbons in transportation, Congress passed a law this year to facilitate the import of electric vehicles through tax exemptions as there are more and more recharging stations for this type of cars.










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San José, Costa Rica         Published Friday,  March 16, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 316
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University of Costa Rica files electoral appeal
against candidate who canceled his debate participation

By AM Costa Rica staff

Wednesday, Henning Jensen, rector of the University of Costa Rica, Giselle Boza, director of the Program of Freedom of Expression Right to Information and Public Opinion, and Javier Córdoba, Marlon Mora and Sylvia Carbonell, journalists representing the three university media, filed a constitutional appeal against the National Restoration Party and its presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz alleging violation of the right to freedom of expression and access to information of public interest.

Alvarado canceled his participation in a debate organized by the university, which was declared of institutional interest and scheduled for Friday.

In the appeal, the filers state that they are concerned about the reiterated attitude of the candidate of the National Restoration Party, who did not accept any invitation to expose his plan of government to students and professors of the public universities, an attitude that represents a violation to the right of access to the information of the citizenship.

In addition, the press freedom of the university media is violated since the cancellation of the debate damages their right to inform, the appeal said.

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The evangelical presidential candidate has skipped debates by explaining the visits to the communities are also important.

Five political parties will get zero
state funding after first electoral round

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Libertarian Movement, the Accessibility Without Exclusion Party, the Costa Rican Renewal, the Workers' Party and the Christian Democratic Alliance Party will not be able to collect a single colon of state contribution, because they did not comply with the constitutional requirements to access the government funds.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal ruled Monday on government contributions to each of the political groups that participated in the elections Feb. 4, both nationally and provincially, and determined which of them met the two requirements established in the law to receive the money These requirements are to have received at least 4 percent of the valid votes cast and to elect a legislator in the Legislative Assembly.

None of the political parties denied funds complied with these obligations, and none won a seat in the Legislative Assembly.

One of the most affected is the Libertarian Movement, whose treasurer Carlos Herrera recommended de-registration of the political group due to the debts that it carries and the absence of assets. The party owes more than 900 million colones and has less than 10 million in capital.

The party of the former legislator Justo Orozco from Costa Rican Renewal is also in a complicated situation and must return 13.5 million colones that the party requested as an anticipated contribution of the political debt from the previous year. By not complying with the established requirements, the party must reimburse that amount to the state.

Nine political parties at national and provincial levels will share the 25 billion colones established for political payments. The one that is entitled to most of the funds is National Restoration Party that may see up to 5.9 billion colones. Its candidate, Fabricio Alvarado, is in the runoff election for the presidency with the candidate of Citizen Action Party, Carlos Alvarado.

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The Libertarian Movement has begun the process to unsubscribe itself as a party.

National Liberation may have access to 5.245 billion colones, a little more than the Citizen Action Party, which can see up to 5.217 billion colones. This difference is due to the fact that candidates of these parties obtained many more votes on the legislative ballots than the other organizations and will, in fact, be the largest factions in Congress.

National Integration, a group that ran Juan Diego Castro for the presidency could receive up to 2.369 billion colones while the Social Christian Republican will have access to 1.259 billion colones.

All these payments are subject to review and control of their financial and accounting statements by the Department of Financing of Political Parties of the election tribunal and the presentation of evidence of expenses.

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San José, Costa Rica    Published Friday, March 16, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 316
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Everyone's invited to Weekend Cultural Activities

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Several shows and performances will take place across the country organized by the Ministry of Culture and Youth and several municipalities.

In San José, the 2016 Summer Transitarte Festival is promoted by the Municipality of San José and will be held this Saturday and Sunday.

The venues will be the National parks, Morazán, Jardín de Paz, Spain, along with the Paseo de Las Damas, the Buenaventura Corrales school and the Plaza of the Electoral Liberties.

In this edition, the festival will promote more than 200 shows by 700 artists in which the capital of culture will be filled.

During the three days there will be live music, crafts, theater, outdoor cinema, among other activities. It is completely free and suitable for all audiences.

Uruguayan José Serebrier will direct the National Symphony Orchestra.

This weekend the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica will present its first concert of the  2018 season under the direction of Uruguayan José Serebrier, multiple winner of Grammy awards who also has extensive experience directing some of the most important orchestras in the world .

The concert, which will take place Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at the National Theater of Costa Rica, will feature performances of works by Italians Giacomo Puccini, Niccolò Paganini and Ottorino Respighi.

The first official season concert will also feature the participation of the young American violinist Nigel Armstrong as a guest soloist for Paganini's “Concerto No. 1 for violin in D Major.”

Tickets for this concert are on sale at the ticket office and website of the National Theater with prices between ¢5,000 and ¢20,000 colones, depending on the location. Students and senior citizens may request a discount of 40 percent.

National Dance and Band Company of San José present in Transitarte:
The San José Concert Band will offer a special concert at the Summer Festival Transitarte, aimed at older adults, Sunday at 11 a.m., on the platforms of the Atlantic train station.

The musical presentation will present the works of Víctor Hugo Berrocal with arrangements of his authorship. In addition, there will be vocal accompaniment by Juan García and Norma Arguello, as well as dance by the Yamborí group.

The program will include works such as "Toros a la tica," "Comprometido," "Pasito tún tún," "Chambacú," "Alajuelita," "Despacito," among many other pieces.

The National Dance Company will also be present at Transitarte with its show "Toc, toc, toc ... Una mirada al revés," choreography by Ana María Moreno that is inspired by the subject of perspective and how reality is only a point of view.

The presentation is Sunday at 6 p.m., in the Escuela Metálica.

Cultural festival in homage to the pre-Columbian spheres

The park of Palmar Sur in Osa will be the main venue of the XIII Festival of the Spheres, which for three days will offer a wide variety of dance shows, music, as well as tours of archaeological sites.

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Concerts, sports, bands, workshops, visits to archaeological sites and the mangrove of Sierpe, local gastronomy and handicrafts, some options offered by the XIII Festival of the Spheres Osa 2018, to be held in the park of Palmar Sur and the Finca Museum Site 6.

The offer for this year will include the presentation of the Boruca group Non Cuan Xá, with shows that will take viewers to the ideology of indigenous culture in the area, on Saturday at 2 p.m., in the park of Palmar.

In addition, a free concert will be offered by the group The Selection, on Saturday at 7 p.m., in the park of Palmar Sur, where attendees can also enjoy meals, crafts, workshops, games and activities for children.

The museum site Finca 6 will have educational tours of its facilities, every day, from today to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. and until 3:30 p.m. The visits are free. Those interested can get more information at 2100-6000.

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Photographic exhibition: "The Luminous Instant: Mexican plastic artists through the eyes of Juan Guzmán," open to Saturday, from 10 a. m. at 6 p.m., at the José Figueres Cultural and Historical Center, San Ramón. Free entrance.


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San José, Costa Rica           Published Friday, March 16, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 316
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Civil society does not tolerate corruption anymore,
says World Economic Forum
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

"Civil society no longer tolerates corruption," an issue that ceased to be taboo in Latin America, said Marisol Argueta de Barillas, director of the World Economic Forum for the region, at an event that started Tuesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

At the opening of the forum, Argueta stressed the importance of international cooperation in fighting corruption and urged Latin America to seek new models to fight against the scourge.

"There are many important models that can be followed to continue this fight against corruption in Latin America," said Argueta during the press conference of the World Economic Forum in which she was accompanied by the governor of Sao Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, and the mayor of the city, Joao Doria.

In this regard, she cited a, hemispheric treaty of the Organization of American States and "U.S. legislation that also punishes employers who, outside their borders, are found guilty of acts of corruption."

The rupture of the cycle of corruption was one of the topics to be addressed during the Latin American edition of the Economic Forum, which gathered more than 750 leaders in the capital of São Paulo. Several South American countries, including Brazil and Argentine, have seen major corruption scandals involving political leaders.

According to Argueta, the forum also addressed the paths that Latin America can take to build a values ​​agenda, which can incorporate technology and innovation as, a catalyst for change that can generate benefits in the population.

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Marisol Argueta de Barillas, director of the World Economic Forum.

"Part of the agenda will be about how we can build an agenda of values ​​in Latin America, so that we can move away from the dogmatic polarization that has not allowed Latin America to move forward," said the director.

The 13th edition of the Economic Forum for Latin America included several the rounds of debates and, over three days, brought together ministers from nine countries, as well as the president of Brazil, Michel Temer.

Argueta stressed that this year's edition had the highest participation of women from all meetings held to date in Latin America and will bring together 50 emerging companies from several countries in the region, including Brazil.

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San José, Costa Rica    Published Friday, March 16, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 316
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Costa Rica promotes trade and investment in Basque country

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thursday the two-day visit of a Costa Rican delegation led by the Foreign Trade minister, Alexander Mora, to several cities in Basque country ended.

The official mission focused on promoting trade and investment between this Spanish region and Costa Rica. The ambassador of Costa Rica in Spain and the director of the office of the Costa Rican Export Promotion Agency of Costa Rica in Spain also participated, meeting with businessmen, academics and representatives of the government of Basque territory including its president.

"In our promotion strategy we must recognize that Spain consists of several autonomous communities, each with profiles, customs, traditions and even different languages," said Moya. “The case of Basque area is outstanding. It is characterized by having the most consolidated industrial ecosystem locally and internationally in the Iberian Peninsula, with a maturity and dynamism recognized throughout the European Union and the world."

The region also has a service sector based on high technology and creativity, based on dual education, an ecosystem of innovation, scientific and technological research, as well as a broad regional system of entrepreneurships, according to Moya.

"All of the above makes it an ideal complement for Costa Rica, and a market with high potential for our foreign trade," he added.

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Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country, has approximately 1 million inhabitants.

The national authorities met with Zinemaldia, organizer of the San Sebastian Film Festival, to assess the support for the presence of Costa Rican films in future editions of that renowned festival. During the visit, the development of an alliance initiative to promote training for Costa Rican producers was also analyzed, for example, in the development of scripts.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Friday, March 16, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 316
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What is suffering?

By Lucinda Gray PH.D.

Suffering means long term intractable pain. Most folks who have anxiety and depression don’t think of what they are experiencing as suffering. Suffering is a very powerful word, we tend to think yes, I’m unhappy but I’ll get through today and things will get better. But what if they don’t? The reality is that these painful conditions often go on for years, profoundly effecting quality of life.

As a psychologist I witness the suffering of clients in my office, and it is painful for me. I feel it too. People put up with the pain for far too long, when it could be healed with treatment.

When it comes to my own inner work I have long relied on basic Buddhist meditation. The Buddha lived over 2500 years ago so we don’t clearly know all of his ideas and principles. But there are the Four Noble Truths—1) The beauty and preciousness of all life. 2) The nature of life is suffering. 3) The Impermanence of all things. 4) The truth of the path to relieve suffering.

I follow a western or naturalized form of Buddhism that emphasizes the cultivation of compassion, the acceptance of impermanence, and a naturalist approach to well being. I accept the beauty and preciousness of all life. Honoring all life holds a deep respect for the idea that each person should have a chance for happiness and freedom from oppression.

Suffering is inevitable because of the truth of impermanence, but life is more than just pain. Joy happiness and love are sacred possibilities for all of us. I want these for myself and for all my clients and friends.

There are many forms of suffering. I have discovered that some of them can be workable through naming. Naming is recognition and acknowledgement.

I was once lucky to sit with the Dalai Lama as he gave a talk on Buddhism. Of course there were 20,000 other folks there with me and I had waited for hours to get into the arena. First he gave a long meditative sort of prayer in what I believe was Sanskrit. It induced a calming meditative state in the audience.

Then he proceeded to speak for a long time on suffering. There are many forms of suffering that cannot be avoided, such as disease and death. But he pointed out that such feelings as anger, jealousy, envy, and hatred are all forms of suffering. I had never thought of these feelings in this way.

I was always aware that anger made a painful feeling in my chest and stomach. But naming all of these as forms of suffering helped me to recognize them as such. With this new recognition I had an easier time letting go of these negatives. I came to be much less tolerant of these painful feelings, because I knew I could release them when I recognized them in me.

Consider anger as you experience it. I had already noticed that anger seems to go nowhere. It is hard to let go of because it is a secondary emotion. I mean that there is a reason that I feel the way I do. I am angry because I have been frightened or hurt. I believe anger almost never happens without one of these two roots.

Once I acknowledge the hurt or fear it already begins to move. Something changes as I feel about all of that. What happened and more exactly how did it hurt me or scare me? Pinning down the precise moment and thought that came with the inner pain usually lets it move through and leave.

Here at this step we have to spend a little time. Because the hurt or fear may come from something from the past having nothing to do with the current situation. Something my friend said hurt me, but just exactly what was it about it that hurt? Or why did this hurt so much, when it was only this whatever?

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Commonly, old trauma from an earlier injury reverberates to amplify the emotional impact of current events. In looking beyond the current situation I might discover something way more important that I am still hurting from. If this happens I heal a little more of the residue of the old thing. And relief comes.

Naming anger as suffering helps me to want relief. Now I see the pain as something I can let go of. Something unnecessary.

I use Buddhist meditation and Focusing for the alleviation of my own personal suffering. I use it in my effort to see my clients as the beautiful and unique individuals that they are. They are very different from me, and I open myself to see the world and their Selves through their eyes.

I believe cultivating compassion for oneself is central to the healing process for all of us. Because of the suffering I see, I cultivate compassion for my clients and for myself.

What does it take so long for us to let go of the load of self-blame too many of us carry?

Why is it so hard to feel and empathize with ourselves instead of the critical old parental voice? When can we begin to see ourselves through the eyes of the child we once were?

Look at a 5 year old and see how little and vulnerable she is. Now remember how you felt being criticized or punished by an angry parent upon whom your life depended.

Self-empathy helps us release old self-blame. Oh! I see how much that hurt. I was little and cared so much how mommy felt.

Meditating on self-empathy makes it possible to forgive yourself. The worst pain we feel is our own self-punishment, far more painful than anyone outside can be. The practice of self-forgiveness is cultivating compassion.

Compassion does not mean we see ourselves as without responsibility. On the contrary, it empowers us to take responsibility to acknowledge when we have been wrong or hurtful. It is OK to say I’m sorry. It doesn’t hurt me or make me less than. It is just being honest.

We can’t heal all the pain, our own and that of all our friends and companions on the path. But with compassion we can see them as not bad, not evil, not intending to be mean, but only struggling with their personal pain. They have moods and make mistakes just as we do.

When we have self-compassion we begin to feel compassion for all those around us who are hurting. Compassion is a healing salve for the suffering we face in life.

Author's note: I invite you to connect with me on my website at I am interested in your questions. Contact me if you are interested in learning Focusing.

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Friday, March 16, 2018        Vol. 18, No. 316
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Public offices will shut down during Holy Week

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

During Holy Week, the officials of the ministries, their affiliated bodies, the autonomous, semi-autonomous institutions and public enterprises of the state will have vacations from Monday, March 26, through Good Friday, March 30.

The decree was signed Feb. 20 by President Luis Guillermo Solís and the minister of Labor and Social Security, Alfredo Hasbum.

Hasbum said that this decision was made with consideration of the of the many public officials who have completed their vacation periods.

Another factor that was taken into account was the potential savings in basic services, officials said.

Public offices that, due to the nature of their functions, must take measures to maintain the continuity of their services are exempt from the measure and were told to inform users of any change in schedules.

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Processions will likely take the streets specially on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

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