Woman Survives Week on Beach After Plunging from Cliff

World News – An Oregon woman who accidentally drove her SUV off a 200-foot California cliff detailed how she survived for a week while stranded on a remote beach.

On July 6, Angela Hernandez, 23, was passing through Big Sur, California, when a small animal darted in front of her, causing her to swerve. The area where Hernandez swerved has no shoulder, California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Jessica Madueno said, causing her vehicle to plunge off the side of the cliff.

In a Facebook post about the ordeal, Hernandez wrote that she blacked out after the crash and when she came to, her smashed vehicle was filling with water.

“I was still in my car and I could feel water rising over my knees. My head hurt and when I touched it, I found blood on my hands,” Hernandez wrote. “I swam to the shore and fell asleep for an unknown amount of time.”

Injured but able walk, Hernandez said she patrolled the beach — a desolate stretch of rocks and sand covered by fog and nearly invisible to drivers hundreds of feet above — and climbed rocks looking for another person and screamed for help.

Hernandez said on or around the third day she was stuck on the beach, she began to feel the effects of dehydration. Hernandez found a 10-inch radiator hose to siphon off water from a nearby natural spring, Madueno said.

Hernandez said during the day she would climb a rock and call out to far-off cars she could see for help.

“I could see cars driving across the cliff and felt like if I could yell just loud enough, that one could hear or see me. That’s all it would take to make it back to my family,” Hernandez wrote. “Just one person noticing me.”

After a week of walking the beach, avoiding hot rocks, and calling out to cars in the distance for help, her prayers were finally answered.

Chad and Chelsea Moore were hiking along the beach when they heard Hernandez’s cries for help.

“I heard a faint cry for help, and I turned and we saw Angela standing in the rocks,” Chelsea Moore said. “She said she woke up that morning and knew it was going to be a good day, and I think I started crying.”

Chad Moore stayed with Hernandez while Chelsea Moore ran to get help. When rescue teams arrived, they had to hoist Hernandez up using ropes before airlifting her to the hospital, where doctors discovered she had suffered a brain hemorrhage, fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, broken collar bones and ruptured blood vessels.

Despite the extent of her injuries, Hernandez said is “sitting here in the hospital, laughing with my sister until she makes broken bones hurt.”

“I’ve experienced something so unique and terrifying,” she wrote on her Facebook page, “that I can’t imagine that there isn’t a bigger purpose for me in this life. I don’t know, you guys, life is incredible.”

by Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBCNews.com

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When Costa Rica Public Works Investments Go Wrong

Costa Rica News – The Ministry of Public Works and Transport had invested ¢3,000 million in asphalt plants between 2011 and 2013 but will now have to close them.

The production cost at these plants was too high compared to market value and the productivity was low due to issues with permissions as well as unqualified staff. Additionally, the quality produced was lower than other offers so there was no demand.

Some of the equipment has not been in use for some time due to lack of fuel storage tanks and complementary infrastructure. Some has never been used because still, so many years later, the construction of facilities to lodge the plant in Cañas is still pending.

In Santo Domingo the facilities were in such bad condition that they would have been closed by the Ministry of Health or the Setena for not meeting minimum conditions of safety and hygiene for personnel. In Siquirres none of the workers assigned are suitable for the kind of position they have.

The Ministry will look into what to do with the employees and will try to sell equipment to municipalities or private operators. It will also hopefully make better investments with better planning in the future.

Rainfall Creating Chaos in Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – The crazy amount of rainfall has caused landslides all over, 16 in total on the San Jose-Limon route. This emergency situation has led to 240 people being housed in eight shelters.

The National Meteorological Institute said the amount of rainfall in Turrialba reached a historic record of between 100 and 280 liters per square meter.

The National Emergency Commission reports that there are ten routes that remain closed and they are working to get all those caught on Route 32 out to safety. They explain that this is currently a rescue mission and they are not up to reopening roads. The Minister of Transportation has made all necessary equipment available to free people from the area. So far, 143 adults and 20 children have been transported to hospitals for medical care.

Additionally, the storms have caused power outages and cut off communication and in some areas affected water supply. At least one ebais has been flooded.

There are a couple of communities completely cut off. There is no way to get people out of those towns because of road and flight conditions. The only option for people in Valle de la Estrella and Talamanca is to go to the Changuinola Hospital in Panama.

Hope Springs Infernal

Like most people, I’m finding hope hard to sustain. If you’re not grappling with hope and hopelessness, you’re either a dead conduit who has given up on humanity, or you’re illumined. So what is hope, and do we need it?

Most people emotionally confuse their people with the world, and the world with humanity. ‘My people’ is a deep emotional construct, the basis of social organization since the beginning of man. So it’s understandable that when one’s people perish, one emotionally experiences it as the death of humanity.

But giving up on humanity is giving up on oneself, and life. Yet that’s exactly what the vast majority of people in North America have done. The overwhelming numbers of “walking dead” in the West attest to how many people have given up on humanity.

The death of America’s soul occurred over 25 years ago, as the USSR collapsed externally and the US collapsed internally. Rather than feel it and face it, the remainder of inwardly alive Americans adapted to the pervasive deadness by becoming dead themselves.

Why? Is it that the vast majority of people always take the easier way, even if the choice is between deadness of soul and feeling the pain? Even so, why is deadness so comfortable for so many people?

A living person doesn’t choose. Faced with a choice, the living and growing human being asks, which is the correct way to go?

So the signs in London protesting Trump’s visit that read, “Choose Love,” are existentially mistaken. To love, one must end choosing. Choosing is an action of the self, and the self denies love.

Self-centered activity, like national self-interest, is perceived as a given. But the self (including the inane Eastern idea of the ‘Higher Self’) is precisely what we must radically challenge within and without.

As humans we tend to emotionally experience the death of our people as the death of humanity, but the truth is that isn’t even the death of one’s age. (Funny how the left, and so-called moderates in the media are throwing around that word ‘truth’ lately, when they can’t handle the truth anymore than the right can.)

When too many individuals inwardly die, a people perish. When too many peoples perish, an age perishes. And when too many ages perish, humanity perishes. We are at the second, and possibly the third stage.

Speaking only for one’s own people, the death of the American people is a fact but not the truth. The truth is in the question: Is there no possibility humankind will change course at this time?

This brings up the issue of hope and hopelessness, which is an emotionally charged archetype. There are situations, societies and even ages in which there is no prospect for change, but do we have to sink into hopelessness and despair?

Hope entails time, and looking to the future for change. If one has no ideal to measure progress against, and one doesn’t project ideals onto the future, is there despondency and despair?

Can we face the fact that humankind is not changing its destructive course, and contribute to the future of humanity, not knowing whether we even have one? These are tough questions for which there are no answers.

We seem to require hope to go on. Indeed, despair is defined as the complete loss of hope. But the saying, “I feel much better now that I’ve given up hope” may contain wisdom, if by giving up giving up hope it means letting go of the idea of change through time, rather than resignation.

It’s interesting to consider the nuances between the words hopelessness, despondency and despair. A situation may be hopeless, in that there is no chance for remedy or escape, but a person need not become despondent, much less sink into despair.

Self-centered activity generates deadness, which spreads and kills the spirit of a people, which then gives rise to hopelessness, which induces despondency and despair, which kills feeling and caring and produces numbness, which completes the vicious circle. That’s the grim truth, but we can break the vicious circle within ourselves.

Personally, it’s not so much despair or depression but despondency I grapple with. It’s defined as a “dejection arising from the conviction of the uselessness of further effort.”

So, are we living in a hopeless age? And if so can one face it without giving up on humanity, and sinking into despondency, despair and depression? Is there any choice?

Martin LeFevre

Specialty Coffee Beans From Costa Rica Win 27000% Premium at Auction

Costa Rica News – At an auction dubbed the Cup of Excellence, a coffee grower from the town of Copey de Dota in Costa Rica won a record premium for his specialty Geisha beans — 27,000 percent above the benchmark for the standard arabica variety.

“It’s crazy,” Michael Calderon, the 26-year-old son of the farmer who grew the coffee, said in a telephone interview from San Jose, the site of the auction. “We were not expecting these results. The place, the altitude, the soil, the processing and drying of the beans, all have direct influence on the quality.”

Luis Ricardo Calderon, 60, sold a portion of his beans this week for $300 a pound at the auction co-sponsored in San Jose by the Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica. The buyers included Maruyama Coffee in partnership with Sarutahiko Coffee and Yamada Coffee, all of Japan.

That surprising price compares with $1.12 a pound, Thursday’s settlement on ICE Futures U.S. for conventional arabica beans used by retailers including Starbucks Corp. Bumper global crops paced by Brazil, the top grower, drove the standard variety down 12 percent this year. In contrast, demand by java connoisseurs for a premium brew has surged, triggering the astonishing auction bids.

‘Any Price’

The auction result “reflects the growth at the top end” of the international market with some buyers “willing to pay almost any price for the very rarest and most exceptional coffees,” Peter Giuliano, the chief research officer for the Specialty Coffee Association in Santa Ana, California, said in a phone interview.

The top bean in the Costa Rica auction is believed to have been discovered in the village of Geisha in Ethiopia. The variety has been a frequent winner in world competitions in the past decade.

From his farm 96 kilometers (60 miles) from San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, Calderon sold 529 pounds for $158,780 and another lot weighing the same at an average of $111 a pound at the auction. The third-generation grower has 70 hectares (173 acres) and plans to use the money on the new crop, including a bit more of the winning variety, the younger Calderon said.

“The price is significant, especially in this environment of low world prices,” Noelia Villalobos, the executive director at the Costa Rican association, said in a phone interview. “The results exceeded by far our expectations. There are other, newer auctions that sell coffee at higher prices, but they include smaller lots, and this auction has been around far longer.”

The Cup of Excellence was established in 1999 by Alliance for Coffee Excellence, based in Portland, Oregon. Auctions are held in several countries, including Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Last year in Brazil, the top bean fetched $130.20 a pound, the previous record.

By Marvin G Perez, Bloomberg

Houston Long Distance Moving Companies – How to Choose

Moving Companies – When you move internationally, there are three ways to do this: water, air or earth. Companies often choose “dedicated” transport, which means that the staff and the truck used at loading will be the same one that will end up being unloaded, which gives some confidence to the customers.

Maritime transport is when a container is used, and the cargo is secured and seated correctly, in this case, a customs delegate is required to obtain the needed documents both at the customs office of departure and arrival. The relocation company also has to deal with downloading to the new location with the collaborators’ teams in that country. The most expensive, but also the fastest is air transport.

Every time you move, either locally or internationally, you will feel a little fear of the unknown. A move will always be tricky, and you will not know where to start, so here are a few tips, a little guide to help you in an international or local move, provided by the movers in Houston. See below a few tricks for choosing a moving company that will help you cut down the expenses.

Reduce the volume of goods

Get rid of the things you do not need, leave the books with friends, sell the items you don’t need, what you cannot sell you can donate, the lower the volume and weight, the lower the costs.

Move in the off-season

Choosing the best moment to move will save money. The fully booked season at an international move company is comprised of the months June, July, August, September, and December. The least busy is the beginning of January, and of course, you should choose the middle of the month, not the end or the beginning when everyone moves. If time is not a problem, talk to the relocation company, and you can get discounts. See more here.

Hire an international boxing company long before the relocation

The earlier you hire a moving company, the more likely you are to negotiate a reasonable price. If it’s a last-minute decision, then be sure the price is negotiable.

Ask about the relocation of large or unique objects

Snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, pianos, safes will cost extra to be relocated due to their weight, volume and some of the required documents.

Make sure everything is packed

Before the move team arrives at the location, make sure everything is packed, usually moving companies charge more if it’s not all packed. If some pieces of furniture require disassembly to reduce costs, you can do it yourself and pack them.

Storage, the simplest way to save space

Storage is required when you move into a new home and notice that the new area is not enough for old furniture. If the furniture is stored in an area where climate control is not present, then the right packaging is needed to ensure longevity.

Check this out: https://www.skyscanner.net/news/15-best-ever-packing-tips

Massive wood furniture dries, musical instruments deteriorate, fabrics discolor, and electronics get broken when exposed to extreme cold or hot temperatures. Proper packaging will protect your goods for an extended period. Remove the furniture to gain space, but also for it to be better protected. Clean the furniture with wax to have some moisture to keep it looking good.

In the course of time, you may need to check out the storage idea because sometimes you even need more space. There are many ways to rent one, but there are also many things to learn that you will never find at the front desk of such a company. Here are some tips that are essential.

  • Euro pallets: The essential thing is that your goods should not touch the surface directly. It may sound terrible, but when you rent a mobile storage unit, you will never know that the snow that will melt in the winter will not reach the box or that the storage box next to it does not contain any liquid.
  • Pack everything you can: When renting such a box it is recommended to use stretch film as much as possible. So we will always know that no dust will be poured, or certain insects will not enter the hidden places of the furniture.
  • Labeling: Although you know what you put in a storage box, it does not mean that in 6 months or one year, you’ll forget and open random boxes to search for a particular object. Label absolutely everything. You can go up to the idea of ​​making an inventory.

Fault Line Near San Jose, Costa Rica Under Watch

Costa Rica News – Seismologists are monitoring a fault that is located in Montes de Oca.

The study has been ongoing for eight years, since a tremor with an epicenter in Sabanilla happened in 2010. It could generate a tremor like the one in Cinchona.

Being this close to the capital, there is a great need to know what to expect of the fault and what to do if there is an earthquake in an area with so many people and buildings. This is the area with the largest population in the country.

It’s been determined that if this fault breaks it could generate an earthquake of 6.4 degrees. The tremor of 2010 was not so strong but felt strong being that it was so close to San Jose and that the fault is superficial. In that case, some light objects fell.

The municipality most likely to be affected is Curridabat. There, they have a general emergency plan but are now making one specific to possible tremors and earthquakes. They will have families and businesses practice drills.