New march against construction of interoceanic canal announced

Announce new march against construction of interoceanic canal

By: Jerome Pérez Duarte, correspondent in New Guinea

Landowners who are supposed to be affected by the construction of the mega canal project will protest on Tuesday 21 October in the Colonia La Fonseca, a community that is located about 30 kilometers south of the town of New Guinea.

Julio Garcia, a member of the Commission for the Defense of the Land, said he will meet at least about 40 communities which disagree with the construction of the mega project, because “this canal does not benefit anyone, on the contrary, is stripping us our lands.”

Paula Moran, a resident of the district La Esperanza which belongs to the same region of the Southern Caribbean said “They passed by my farm. I asked if they had already stipulated the price and they did not want to say anything. This indicates that they want to pay whatever they want and how is that going to serve me if I cannot read what I can see that will serve these Chinese.”

In a radio broadcast, organizers said that the marches will not stop and the November 14 march will be in the county seat, “to show the government that we do not want the canal, we do not want to be imposed upon,” the farmers said.

Meanwhile the head of the National Police in New Guinea, Arnulfo Rocha commissioner, said the permits are granted up to 72 hours in advance, but the citizens of Colonia La Fonseca that intend to protest have not sent any request.


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The website it organized in topic sections, has a search feature, and on the right side, it also has some additional bits of news and information. The sidebar action includes TripAdvisor reviews, links to book on Airbnb.com, visitor statistics, surf report, latest comments from readers, suggested related posts, links to other Nicaraguan-related blogs, amongst other little “widgets.”

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Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B&B in Managua

Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B&B

New advertisement for the Farmstay to be published in the upcoming issue of Right Side Guide! Thanks Casey!

New advertisement for the Farmstay to be published in the upcoming issue of Right Side Guide! Thanks Casey!

Your Farmstay Alternative to the Managua, Nicaragua chain hotels.

via Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B&B in Managua.

We’ve covered this elsewhere on this blog. A few times, actually. But yet again just a reminder that we are your Farmstay Alternative to the Managua Chain Hotels. But what does that mean, exactly?

There are three ways to explain the reason why we are your best bet to not have to stay in a Hilton, Holiday Inn, Best Western, or Intercontinental.

  • Location
    • If you like it tranquil, with a great view, a lovely pool, and some local farm walks quite nearby, you will like our location.
  • Quality
    • If you like to stay at a place a step above the typical hostel or hospedaje, but still want a great price/quality ratio, you will enjoy our comfortable beds, thick towels, soft sheets, and clean rooms.
  • Service
    • If personalized attention, real conversation with a seasoned expat, and always someone being there to tend to your needs, the Farmstay will be a good fit for you.

Along with the above is the general thought of your having come all the way to Nicaragua, why on earth would you stay in a generic chain hotel when you can have a real Nicaraguan ambience on your first or last night in-country?

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Tuleños close ranks against the Grand Canal | La Prensa Noticias

Tuleños cierran filas contra el Gran Canal | La Prensa Noticias

Tuleños close ranks against the Grand Canal

“What do the countryfolk want? That the Chinese are gone!” shouted residents of El Tule, San Miguelito yesterday.

About two thousand people, including farmers, producers and people from communities and counties that would be affected by the construction of the Grand Interoceanic Canal in El Tule, jurisdiction of San Miguelito, Rio San Juan, joined protests against the mega project.

“The people of El Tule and producers demand respect for private property. No Canal. In the municipality of San Miguelito we are not sellers of land,” read the banners that led the long march that began yesterday at around 10:00 am and walked about four kilometers to go around the town and crossed the river bridge Tule, which traced the route of the controversial Canal.

On foot and horseback wearing the blue and white flag, banners, signs and amidst a torrential downpour, protesters arrived from the villages of El Roble, El Dorado I, II and III, Quebrada Seca, El Fajardo, La Tigra, El Naranjo, La Conquista, El Monge, El Tamboral, Los Portreros, Las Marias, Aguascalientes, El Congo and Las Raizones.

 


via Tuleños cierran filas contra el Gran Canal | La Prensa Noticias.

I started following this topic recently, as the whole Canal project is just possibly the biggest and from some perspectives, the best thing ever for Nicaragua. It could also end up being a half-dug ditch with all the environmental damages done but no funds to mitigate the damages. If the project is completed, if is not constantly maintained, no income will be there to fund mitigation efforts.

Question marks grow over mystery magnate behind the Nicaragua canal

Question marks grow over mystery magnate behind the Nicaragua canal

Decide one of two things: whether this is just a plain land grab of these poor campesinos but no actual Canal being built, OR do the project right and make sure it will be properly maintained going forward.

It appears I’m at the point of just hoping one of the worst-case scenarios does not come to pass…

Nicaraguan Insiders say yes, this project WILL HAPPEN but I urge caution as a World Bank representative recently said on an interview show here in Nicaragua that they have received no environmental, feasibility, route, financing, basically ANY data on this project. We’ll just have to wait and see…


Settling In The Most Romantic City In The Americas | Kathleen Peddicord

Settling In The Most Romantic City In The Americas

Posted: 09/26/2014 7:42 am EDT Updated: 09/26/2014 7:59 am EDT

I felt like a schoolgirl playing hooky. We awoke early Friday morning, dressed, ate, and then, instead of heading to the office, we took off for the airport to catch a flight to Managua. Just Lief and me. No kids. No checked luggage. Not even our laptops. We had planned this quick escape weekend to Nicaragua spur of the moment, a romantic weekend for two, in one of our favorite countries, a place where we spent a lot of time early on in our marriage but hadn’t returned together in years.Granada,_Nicaragua_2

Almost immediately upon arrival, it all came back, all the reasons I like this country as much as I do. Nicaragua is naturally and dramatically beautiful, but lots of places are beautiful. What sets Nicaragua apart is its heart. You get the feeling, spending time here, that this country is always trying really hard to pick itself up and carry on…to make things better.

via Settling In The Most Romantic City In The Americas | Kathleen Peddicord.

Thanks for the article Kathleen. I appreciate your perspective on coming back to Nicaragua after you and Lief were here earlier in the 20-ought years. I knew you when you were at Rancho Santana. As someone who receives visitors here frequently, I can say lots of folks get the bug to move to Nicaragua and many are actually doing it. The lifestyle here is not for everybody, but for some it is great! Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway – Culture-ist

4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway

featured 4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway

This Post was originally published on the Absolute Travel Blog

read the rest at: 4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway – Culture-ist.

My comments:

Well, of course that is sort of the thing with “luxury hotels” which is where this story focuses. They seem to be run for wealthy clientele who don’t wish to see the poverty, corruption, etc. (To the commentors on the linked-to page) Would that be a surprise for you?

I can tell you that if you come down for a visit (and why don’t you want to see for yourself?) you will find that this country is very beautiful and the culture quite vividly real. If you want luaus, all-inclusive resorts, and mass consumerist experiences, you probably should not come to Nicaragua. It is a real place with good and bad.

My rec: Best to get the “soft landing” treatment when you are picked up at the airport, taken to your lodging, and helped along with the rest of your trip from there…and if you don’t forget “todo es una aventura” then you’ll be fine.