IN THE NEWS
4Delmonte Challenged Over Pineapples
The giant U.S. agro company Delmonte, who recently partnered with the UCR to fund a scientific research center on their San José campus, is being sued by the National Front of Sectors Affected by Pineapple Production (FRENASAP) for causing environmental damage. The coalition is comprised of residents mainly from the northern areas where pineapple plantations are concentrated. Pineapple production expanded 670% from 1990-2009 in Costa Rica according to the National Production Council (CNP).
4San José’s Southern Districts Take to the Streets
Last weekend residents marched to draw attention to the issue of violence against children in which Larua Chinchilla accompanied the NationalChildrenHospital’s director and hundreds of local residents in a pacific march through the streets of Desamparados. This weekend, Hatillo’s concerned citizens take the plight of the Solon Nuñez Clinic to the streets to bring attention to the long waiting lists, crowded conditions and overtaxed staff.
4Funds for Road Construction Go Untapped
The Inter-American Development Bank has a $850 million credit line open to Costa Rica for improving road quality and for public transportation, according to information provided by the agency. A $300 million project for improving national routes approved in August 2008 still awaits legislative approval before MOPT can begin the projects. A $60 million project for secondary routes approved by the bank in December 2008 has not yet been presented to the Legislature for discussion.
4New Bilingual Mag Hits the Webstands
The first issue of Neotropica is out. Published four times a year in Costa Rica, the web-mag deals with life in the neotropics and is written mainly in English. The publisher-editor team, Stephen Duplantier and Patricia Spinelli, stated in an e-mail that their publication “appeals to educated and sophisticated readers who will engage and be challenged by the in-depth articles, original artwork and photography, and stunning visual design. Articles range from the practical, to the critical, to the intellectual, and the humorous. The uniting element is the high quality of the writing and design.” Check out their first issue at www.neotropica.info.
4Nicaragua Cuts Ties With Israel
The chilly relations between the Sandinista government and Israel came to an abrupt end June 1 when First Lady Rosario Murillo announced the suspension of Nicaragua’s relations with the Israeli government in protest over its commando attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla May 31. While it’s unclear what authority the first lady has to determine Nicaragua’s foreign policy, Murillo said the Sandinista government considers the attack “in clear violation of international law and international humanitarian rights.” Israel gives no bilateral aid to the Nicaraguan government and has no embassy there. The Nicaraguan government has not had an ambassador to Israel since the previous administration.