Dogu: Trump will focus on security, prosperity and democracy in Nicaragua • El Nuevo Diario

US Ambassador to Nicaragua Laura Dogu said today that with the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House, some cooperation programs could be changed, although they will focus on three areas: security, prosperity and democracy.

“We will continue to focus on security, prosperity and democracy here. These are very fundamental things. Our programs may change under a new president, but I think we will continue to focus on the same three themes, “Dogu said today during her participation in the 2017 Nica Tech Summit in Managua.

Trump became the new president of the United States yesterday. By clicking here you can read about what he said in his first official speech.

The OAS

On the other hand, the diplomat described as “important” that the Nicaraguan government work in conjunction with the Organization of American States (OAS), in improving the democratic system, regarding an agreement released yesterday.

“It is important for Nicaragua, the government and the OAS to work together to open more democratic spaces here in Nicaragua,” Dogu said.

She added that her country is “focused” on democratic, open, fair and transparent systems.

“The most important thing is that this system is accepted by the citizens of this country,” she said.

Nicaragua and the OAS yesterday announced an agreement in which they pledge to debug the electoral roll , improve the standard regarding transfusion and follow up on municipal elections next November.

“I am sure that the US government will continue to focus on democracy and the importance of this in the world,” concluded Dogu.

The United States is the country where Nicaraguans migrate the most and, therefore, where more remittances are sent to Nicaragua.

Source: Dogu: Trump se enfocará en Nicaragua en seguridad, prosperidad y democracia • El Nuevo Diario

While I rarely get into the Nicaraguan national politics, I think it should be okay to talk about how the new president, Donald J. Trump might make some changes to the current position of the US government towards the Nicaraguan government. From the sounds of this article, not too much changes should be expected. I suppose Ambassador Dogu wouldn’t really have much in the way of any details and perhaps they just get a sort of general message from the State department to sort of cover any inquiry they might get at this stage.

But in looking for an image of “Trump Nicaragua” on Google, I found this article that is an obvious parody of Trump coming down to Nicaragua to buy the country, move all the current inhabitants to Corn Island and do something with the country…here it is in the original Spanish if interested.

Billonario Donald Trump viajaria a Nicaragua para negociar la compra del pais

Nicaragua Trade news: Indra to install primary surveillance radar at Managua airport in Nicaragua – Airport Technology

Nicaragua Trade news: Indra to install primary surveillance radar at Managua airport in Nicaragua

9 March 2016

Nicaragua Trade news

Indra has signed a contract with COCESNA to provide a PSR at Managua Airport. Photo: courtesy of Indra.

In Nicaragua Trade news, Indra has signed a contract with Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) to deploy a primary surveillance radar (PSR) for the Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua.

The contract was signed on the first day of the World ATM Congress held in Madrid, Spain.

The deal adds to COCESNA’s network of non-cooperative radars installed in the terminals of its major airports.

It was signed in the presence of COCESNA executive chairman Jorge Vagas; the chairman of the board of directors of COCESNA, Carlos Salazar; Indra general manager, Rafael Gallego; and Indra chairman and CEO Fernando Abril-Martorell.

The surveillance radar can identify intrusions in the terminal airspace of manned and unmanned aeroplanes with no transponder.

It also features a weather channel enabling COCESNA to provide weather information for the region.

“The surveillance radar can identify intrusions in the terminal airspace of manned and unmanned aeroplanes with no transponder.”

The new radar at Managua Airport is similar to another radar recently installed by Indra at the Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez International Airport in El Salvador.

The company will also install a radar at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Indra’s technology has been integrated to cover the airspace managed by COCESNA in Central America.

Indra has supplied its technology to several countries in Latin America, including the Bahamas, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.


Image: Indra has signed a contract with COCESNA to provide a PSR at Managua Airport. Photo: courtesy of Indra.

Source: Indra to install primary surveillance radar at Managua airport in Nicaragua – Airport Technology

In Nicaragua trade news, the Augusto C. Sandino International airport in Managua will get a new radar system that can track incoming planes without transponders. This would appear to be a good thing!

The company providing the system is called Indra and is a Spanish company doing lots of business in Latin America. In addition to airport and air traffic systems, they do a lot of work in other areas such as defense, health care, finance, industry, etc.

We’ve had a few trade-related items on this blog lately; for example, the dredger that will be used to create a canal on the Caribbean coastline, kind of an intercoastal waterway sort of canal, which allows for safe water transport between Bluefields in the South area of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast up to the north, all the way to Puerto Cabezas.

Point being, there are a lot of infrastructure and systems improvements being made in Nicaragua. Here at El Porton Verde, we will attempt to include more of these sorts of stories. I you enjoy this sort of reporting, please send a comment below!

Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

(km 10 1/2 C a Masaya, Managua)

this just in…PACKAGE DEALS AVAILABLE!

Airport pickup and drop off, all transportation, concierge service, beach house for five nights, first and last night lodging at the Farmstay, money exchange, shopping for groceries, staff at your private beach house, it doesn’t get any better! And we have three great beach options for you! Contact us and ask about the “surf and turf” specials!

ABOUT THE FARMSTAY

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! No va a creer que estás en Managua! We are located a half-hour from the airport. Note: Most hotels are either near the airport or near the city center of Managua which is about 15-20 minutes from the airport. We are further out of town, but located in an area we call (as a sort of joke) “Beverly Hills Adjacent” as the farm is surrounded by all the fancy neighborhoods of Managua, while we’re located in an area of family farms.

Estamos ubicados media hora del aeropuerto. Nota: La mayoria de hoteles estan ubicados cerca del aeropuerto o cerca del centro de Managua. Toma 15 a 20 minutos de llegar alli del aeropuerto. Estamos mas lejos de la ciudad, pero ubicados en una area digamos como una broma, “vecinos a los Beverly Hills de Managua” porque aunque la comarca de la finca esta rodeada de todos los residentiales de lujo como Santo Domingo, Las Colinas y Las Praderas, aun esta todavia una area de fincas y granjas frutales.

 

Located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at: http://www.elportonverde.com/

Ubicados en Managua, pero se siente en otro mundo…visitenos, estamos a sus ordenes!

Mission

To bring a comfortable stay for guests who desire to be near the best of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua but want to be in a pleasant environment with excellent views, amenities, and hospitality.

Para traer una estancia cómoda para los huéspedes que desean estar cerca de los mejores de la capital nicaragüense de Managua, pero quieren estar en un ambiente agradable, con excelentes vistas, comodidades y hospitalidad.

Description

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small guesthouse, your “first night and last night alternative” to chain hotels near the Managua Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino) or in downtown Managua. If you like a cool & breezy location in a peaceful tropical farm environment, check us out!

Estamos su alternativo a los hoteles de cadena, y su posada del “primer y ultima noche” en Nicaragua. Si te gusta un lugar fresco y ventoso en un ambiente pacífico en finca tropical, visítenos!

General Information

We are a family-friendly farmstay guesthouse B&B offering accommodations for a maximum of 14 guests. We offer a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment, two rooms with bunk beds for backpackers that sleep up to four, and two en-suite rooms with queen-sized beds.

Somos una posada estilo B & B que ofrece alojamiento para un máximo de 14 invitados. Ofrecemos un apartamento totalmente amueblado, dos habitaciones con literas para los mochileros que pueden alojar hasta cuatro, y dos habitaciones con baño privado, camas de tamaño queen.

Source: Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

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Both the Apartment and the Bunk Bed Rooms have fantastic mountain and volcano views and they are also located in front of our swimming pool.

Both the Apartment and the Bunk Bed Rooms have fantastic mountain and volcano views and they are also located in front of our swimming pool.

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Two rooms with bunk beds, suitable for up to four persons (two on the bottom bunk and two on the top bunk).

Two rooms with bunk beds, suitable for up to four persons (two on the bottom bunk and two on the top bunk).

The Apartment also has its own kitchen, dining, and living areas.

The Apartment also has its own kitchen, dining, and living areas.

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The two bunk bedrooms share one bathroom.

The two bunk bedrooms share one bathroom.

Farmstay EPV 007 West Room

The Apartment has its own deluxe bathroom.

The Apartment has its own deluxe bathroom.

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Ceramic jars made for us in San Juan de Oriente

Ceramic jars made for us in San Juan de Oriente

Nicaragua: A Success Story in the Making | Otaviano Canuto

Nicaragua's mix of renewable energy is growing its self-sufficiency

Nicaragua’s mix of renewable energy is growing its self-sufficiency

Nicaragua: A Success Story in the Making

This post was co-authored by Manuel Coronel

 

Nicaragua is far more than just the newest and swankiest destination for world travelers. It is -and mark our words – on its way to becoming the latest success story in the western hemisphere.

 

Let us just tell you why. Nicaragua already is a post-conflict-state success story where peace has become deep-seated and long lasting. The last shots of the “contra” war (1982-1990) against the Sandinista government were heard 25 years ago when close to half of today’s Nicaraguans hadn’t even been born. The other half, the war generation, has – quite pragmatically – reconciled, taking their differences to the political landscape.

 

Today’s Nicaraguans abhor violence and conflict and stand hopeful and happy about their future prospects. Many, exercising their freedoms, have even flipped sides making alliances with their former foes, or have simply detached themselves from politics to savor the longest time-span of peace they have ever lived in.

Read the rest here: Nicaragua: A Success Story in the Making | Otaviano Canuto

 

Thanks to the authors for expressing their positive impressions of the current and future improvement in the economy and lives of average Nicaraguans. Sustainable tourism is a part of it, no doubt, so I concur with Sharon Boorstin’s comments here.

As someone who hosts visitors to Nicaragua, I continue to hear how some of their friends and family have the wrong impression of the country and don’t recognize the current situation that is so much improved from past years. The experiences one can have while visiting here are truly unique and satisfying for those who want a real person-to-person emprise.

The continued strong growth in the tourism sector indicates that this old out-of-date thinking is finally being overcome. For example, 500,000 more people visited Nicaragua this year than last year and there are now offerings for every type of traveler from budget to five-stary luxury resorts.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

Your first and best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

“Soft Landing” Service

In reviewing what we do well here at El Porton Verde and where we perhaps could do better, one thing I’m certain of on the positive side is that we perform a very good service to first-time visitors to Nicaragua. In that light, this post is touting EPV as “your first and best contact” and that we do ” Nicaragua Package Deals” and “MGA pickup.”

Nicaragua Package Deals

Let’s talk about the Nicaragua package deals for example. We call them the “surf and turf” specials. I can get you into a house right on the beach, airport transport, take you to a supermarket, get your dollars changed into cordobas, then come and pick you up after the five (or more…) days is over, and provide that first and/or last night lodging if you get in really late or depart really early. This package deal for Salinas Grandes property EPV manages is a super great deal at less than $500! The Pochomil property is a bit more at less than $700.

For the very independent traveler that is confident in your ability to get around in Nicaragua (for example, taking public buses around the country instead of pricey private shuttles services) it’s true you might prefer to travel that way. If it’s your first time in-country, and aren’t real strong with your Spanish language skills, then it might be worth your while to stay with us. Make sense? Let me know by adding your comments below!

Woman Solo Traveler going to Nicaragua for 12 days in July – TripAdvisor

 

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Woman Solo Traveler going to Nicaragua for 12 days in July

Hi everyone,

I’m 30 yo woman solo traveler going to Nicaragua for 12 days in July. I need tips on what to do and safety. I have traveled by myself in Europe for seven months, I like hiking and doing things outdoors. I wanted to visit Granada, Leon, Isla de Omepete, & San Juan del Sur. Anything else? The safety aspect is what has me worried, please provide suggestions on taking taxis and buses as I will not be renting a car. As well as, places to stay overnight. Thanks very much beforehand to anyone that contributes.

Lori

Managua, Nicaragua
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3. Re: Woman Solo Traveler going to Nicaragua for 12 days in July

Greetings Lori:

We host visitors traveling solo quite often and there’s more women than men doing it that way…so just follow the standard advice that you’ve received here and you should be okay.

Once you start on your journey it’s quite possible you’ll meet up with some other travelers and end up going around with them to the next spot on your itinerary anyway, so keep that in mind.

Your proposed itinerary is just fine, folks here bash SJdS but it is a lovely bay and you can avoid the party scene if that’s not your thing. Also, it is easy to get from there to Ometepe or vis-versa so you might as well. Nothing bad about Leon, you should be able to squeeze it in, but understand it is on the other side of Managua, where you’ll presumably be flying into, so getting from say Ometepe to Leon is a pretty long day of travel. Best to plan to go directly to Leon if that’s on your gotta do list, then work your way south from there.

As far as your security, what I would add is to keep a copy of your passport or email yourself a photo of it in case it is lost or stolen. Also, try to not take the last bus from point A to point B because you’re better off not arriving when its dark. Do your travel in the mornings or mid-day. Understand that an iPhone or Galaxy 6 smartphone is worth the equivalent of three or four months of hard work on a job, so you can see why it might be tempting for a thief to steal it from you. If you can live without such things for the 12 days, all the better. You can bring a cheap used unblocked cellphone and buy a local GSM chip from either Movistar or Claro phone companies for less than $2 if being in touch with folks back home or to call around locally is something that would make you feel more secure.

Okay, hope that helps. If you need a soft landing at MGA, let me know.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

MGA Airport pickup, drop off, concierge Farmstay service

5br – MGA Airport pickup, drop off, concierge Farmstay service (km 10.5, Comarca San Antonio Sur, MGA)

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5BR / 4Ba furnished houseavailable now
laundry on site off-street parking
wheelchair accessible
dogs are OK – wooof

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! No va a creer que estás en Managua!

About the Farmstay

Located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at: http://www.elportonverde.com/

Ubicados en Managua, pero se siente en otro mundo…visitenos, estamos a sus ordenes!

Mission

To bring a comfortable stay for guests who desire to be near the best of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua but want to be in a pleasant environment with excellent views, amenities, and hospitality.

Para traer una estancia cómoda para los huéspedes que desean estar cerca de los mejores de la capital nicaragüense de Managua, pero quieren estar en un ambiente agradable, con excelentes vistas, comodidades y hospitalidad.

Description

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small guesthouse, your “first night and last night alternative” to chain hotels near the Managua Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino) or in downtown Managua. If you like a cool & breezy location in a peaceful tropical farm environment, check us out!

Estamos su alternativo a los hoteles de cadena, y su posada del “primer y ultima noche” en Nicaragua. Si te gusta un lugar fresco y ventoso en un ambiente pacífico en finca tropical, visítenos!

General Information

We are a family-friendly farmstay guesthouse B&B offering accommodations for a maximum of 14 guests. We offer a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment, two rooms with bunk beds for backpackers that sleep up to four, and two en-suite rooms with queen-sized beds.

Somos una posada estilo B & B que ofrece alojamiento para un máximo de 14 invitados. Ofrecemos un apartamento totalmente amueblado, dos habitaciones con literas para los mochileros que pueden alojar hasta cuatro, y dos habitaciones con baño privado, camas de tamaño queen

via MGA Airport pickup, drop off, concierge Farmstay service.

INETER scientists make measurements in Telica

INETER scientists make measurements in Telicatelicavolcanoerupting

 

Monday May 11, 2015 | CD SINAPRED

Faced with the constant explosions in the Telica Volcano, Leon department, scientists from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) continue in the giant crater performing all the relevant measurements in order to take appropriate decisions in the event that the possibility of being detected a major event.

According to INETER, the latest measurements of the day reported a decrease in volcanic temperature.

Still, monitoring continues through modern equipment purchased by the institution to track precisely the volcanoes that can endanger the life of Nicaraguan families.

The expert from INET, Jose Armando Saballos, explained during a power measurements in this volcano are installed seismic stations, GPS equipment and webcam, which are responsible for registering any event -deformaciones- and evaluate physical changes that may be occurring.

Activity is not so great

The results so far look promising. According Saballos measurements made ​​last Friday showed that the emissions of sulfur dioxide are low.

The volcano indexes recorded “below 100 tons (of sulfur) per day, which is low. For example, the Masaya walks through its 500 tons per day,” he said.

In the case of temperatures, the expert stressed that these “are not higher than is customary.”

Authorities work closely with the population

At the foot of Telica there are several communities. The authorities have urged people to protect the deposits of water both for human consumption and animal because volcanic ash can contaminate and cause health problems. Also beware call acid rain caused by gas.

Besides the INET and institutions like the Civil Defense, the volcano has been present the Red Cross, which is working with the community everything related to the prevention and evacuation routes in the event that a major eruption was given dimensions.

Francisco Osejo, representative of this institution relief, said that is being addressed with national and local authorities the issue of hostel facilities and the actions to take immediately the occurrence of the event.

Orientations pending families

Crater near the Aguas Frias community where 80 families live is located. According to its inhabitants, they are monitoring the situation and all orientations of the authorities.

“Sometimes it gets serious situation and we have to leave,” said resident Herminio Davila.

“It’s a bad situation out there” he stressed.

INETER stresses that so far the activity in the Telica is much lower than that recorded in 2011.

original in Spanish here–> Científicos del INETER realizan mediciones en el Telica.

So while volcanoes are a big draw for visitors to Nicaragua, guess what, on occasion they act like, well VOLCANOES and send out lots of ash and need to be closely monitored so that if one of them decides to really blow then some warning will be provided to the local inhabitants so they can get out of harm’s way. Let’s hope the monitoring shows further signs of the volcano calming down!

Top Five Reasons Why a Family Vacation to Nicaragua is an Awesome Idea

Top Five Reasons Why a Family Vacation to Nicaragua is an Awesome Idea

Here at Farmstay El Porton Verde, we get our fair share of families vacationing in Nicaragua.

The AlaskaKings family had an awesome Nicaraguan vacation back in 2013.

The AlaskaKings family had an awesome Nicaraguan vacation back in 2014.

From that limited sample, I can say that they seem to have a great time. I want to explore in this post some of the reasons why I think Nicaragua is a great choice for your next family vacation.

1. Location

Nicaragua is located directly south of the Florida panhandle area (1264 miles from Pensacola), so it is not too far away from North America, and the time zone is the same as Midwestern time (or Mountain time when daily savings is off) so you aren’t facing a big time change issue which makes the transition and adjustment to Nicaragua fairly easy. From the USA, flight times are reasonable, a bit over two and a half hours from Miami, three and a half from Atlanta and Houston.

Nine nonstops at present, more to be online soon.

Nine nonstops at present, more to be online soon.

2. Cost

Nicaragua is a low-cost vacation destination. Much cheaper than its neighboring countries, you will spend less on average here than you would in other locations. This is for everything, your lodging, transportation, food, drinks and entertainment. Also, a recent increase in number of daily flights into Managua’s MGA airport has kept airfares quite reasonable. For example, there are deals for US $368 round-trip from Los Angeles (LAX) to Managua (MGA).

This snack is called vigoron and it is delicious!

This inexpensive snack is called vigoron and it is delicious!

Where else can you feed your family of four an excellent local lunch for less than $9? Well, for example at the comedor down the street from the Farmstay, you can!

3. Unique Family Destinations

There are some great places to go and visit as a family here in Nicaragua. Here are some examples:
Seeing up-close a smoking volcano? You can do that here.telicavolcano
Boarding down a volcano? As far as I know, its only done in Nicaragua. Okay, I just checked (thank the Internet…) and I’m wrong…you can do it in Java, Indonesia and Vanuatu, South Pacific too.
Going to truly unique places that only exist in Nicaragua? Yep, how about Ometepe Island for example, an island in the middle of a huge lake with two volcanoes on it. There is only one of these in the world!OmetepeVolcanoes

4. Safety
Nicaragua has a different approach to the sort of organized, drug-related crime that happens in neighboring countries which is designed to minimize violence.
This successful approach has made Nicaragua much safer than many other places, and allows your family to get out and about to really get to know a place in relative safety whereas in other locations that might be a bit too risky for a family so you end up needing to stay in an all-inclusive resort and never leaving the property for the week.

Like anywhere else, one should be careful going on a bus, but they are fairly safe, at least the intra-city buses are...

Like anywhere else, one should be careful going on a bus, but they are fairly safe, at least the intra-city buses are…

While statistics do not tell the whole story, violent crime is comparitively low in Nicaragua and the general feeling here is of a relaxed place where the people live in peace. Nicaraguans are genuinely nice and friendly people who welcome tourists.

5. A Very “Real” Vacation

Getting off of the “all-inclusive” vacation program (which barely exists in Nicaragua) gets you and your family out and about, interacting with locals instead of staying behind fences safely ensconced in your wristband-required luxury ghetto. While there is always some risk inherent in travel, especially if you go by local transportation, the benefits are tremendous.
Your children will be able to not only see how other kids their age live, but will be able to play and interact with them quite easily. Playing-soccer-with-Nicaraguan-childrenSeeing children have a great time playing a simple game of hopscotch or marbles is a great reminder that not everyone has Xbox and Nintendo games and that they aren’t necessary to have a fun time.

Okay, those are my top five reasons why we at the Farmstay think that Nicaragua is a great destination for your next family vacation. Please comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Let’s face it, adventure travel, eco-tourism, security, and ease of transportation make up a big part of what families look for as a destination in addition to purely cost. The whole package you get in a Nicaragua is a great deal all-around!

Cautionary Tales of Nicaragua: Basic Don’t Do’s When Moving Here

Cautionary Tales

Basic Don’t Do’s When Moving to Nicaragua

So this happened…

I’m not completely certain how to best convey to you lovely reader(s) the type of feelings one gets when you see a really bad thing happen to someone, but part of you says, “yeah, I can see how they got themselves into so much T-R-O-U-B-L-E in such a short amount of time.”

What I can promise you is that I’ll try to tell this as one of many cautionary tales of Nicaragua, especially as regards moving and relocating. In fact, I’m creating my master opus on this very topic; I’ll be asking the tough questions that will give you an idea as to what is real here so you can try to avoid those (costly) rookie mistakes. As it happens, a whole series of these could be written, many from my own book of newby errors.

Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Here’s a quick rundown on some of mine:

  • I bought property based on an architect’s plan, not what was on the ground.
  • Paid an amount based on that plan becoming a reality.
  • Proceeded to change course entirely and ended up not doing anything with said property for over ten years now.

I’ll save an indepth discussion of my personal relocation errors and mistakes that I made for a different day. This cautionary tale will focus on basic do’s and “don’t do’s” (sic) when moving to this country based on a recent experience I had with someone I don’t know that well. The family moved here, purchased property, brought their five school-age children and five little dogs and ended up having a way too challenging situation that unfortunately could not be overcome.

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