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Country needs to strengthen technical education

Good article on a typical inefficient department (think; the vocational training version of 5 sheets of zinc and a pig) funded by a 2% surcharge on all reported payroll:

http://www.laprensa.com.ni/2014/01/31/portada/180579-pais-necesita-tecni...

Each year around 55,000 graduating high school students from public schools, but only 35,000 are admitted to universities.

INATEC failing.

Linux systems in your life

The previous post and comments got me thinking. In spite of the number of Linux isn't anything posts I see (here and elsewhere), I am wondering how many Linux systems each of us depends on every day. I understand that we (that is, Ana, Margarita, Ana's brother, my friend Keith who is visiting and myself) have a more direct connection with Linux that others but that is just one Linux system (each) more than others.

Here are a few more that everyone else is probably using:

ROKU

This has nothing specific to do with Nicaragua but it addrresses a common problem for Gringos in Nicarragua. I figure it is worth mentioning as I, for one, didn't really realize the potential.

I am talking about a little box called ROKU that combined with a TV and a decent Internet connection can offer a lot of interesting entertainment options. Much of it is free.

An observation from the southern isthymus, America's waist-land

The Drug War has taken a detour. The tough pros from two US cities where it´s OK to smoke pot will bash heads in the Jersey grasslands this weekend.

Do they realize that that marshland stuff ain't the kind of grass that'll allow them to out-psyche their opponents, to fly beyond normal stratagems?

Will the gov, Cris Christie, be smoking in the stands (medical marijuana is legal in Jersey, and God knows he's stressed for having (burned) closed one too many bridges?

Tune in, turn on . . . ob-la-di ob-la-da, life goes on . . . in Nicaragua

Bill Gates' annual letter

This year, Gates has decided to do the world a favor by dispelling the 3 myths that block progress for the poor.

Myth 1 - Poor countries are doomed to stay poor.

Myth 2 - Foreign aid is a big waste.

Myth 3 - Saving lives leads to overpopulation

And here is where he explains it all in his annual letter where he also states that, by 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world.

Nicaragua Top Travel Destination 2014 / The Nicaragua Report

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/01/24/nicaragua-top-travel-destination...

Since 2013, the media has been listing Nicaragua as the new go-to tourist destination. Again, in 2014, some of the top travel and business publications websites are again shouting out Nicaragua as one of the top travel destinations.

PICA PICA

Is it a dance style, a national food dish or maybe a type of pepper? Or is it an elaborate tale, a part of Nicaraguan folklore and a way of explaining why the lily-white gringo skin can’t deal with the cheap harsh laundry soap that could de-grease an IFA truck?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind… and it’s a very real problem.

An adventuresome failure

OK, it was an experiment. 'Twas time for me to re-up my Nica tourist visa. I had read here on NL last year that someone had gotten a fresh 90-day Nica visa on returning from a quick trip to Honduras. In fairness, it was questioned. I too doubted it since HO & Nic are members of the CA-4, for the purposes of trade & migration. Still, since Costa Rica has been raising its entry barrier to Nicaraguans & other foreigners, I thought it worth the gamble.

New look at wealth distribution

We regularly hear about the 1% and other such indicators of what many people consider an unfair distribution of wealth. Those who disagree tend to play the get a job card. Well, I just read an article that puts this issue in a different light.

From an article in USA Today we find the following:

Nicaragua's insurance profits up 31.6% in 2013

Nicaragua's insurance profits up 31.6% in 2013

By Business News Americas staff reporter - Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nicaraguan insurers realized profits of US$14.4mn in 2013, up 31.6% from US$10.9mn in 2012, analyst Enrique López Peña said in a report citing figures from banking and financial institutions regulator Siboif.

Total premiums increased 13.5% to US$157mn in 2013 from US$138mn in the previous year.

In 2013 claims rose 5.9% to US$56.4mn from US$53.3mn in 2012.

Wind Map - Nicaragua

http://www.nrel.gov/wind/pdfs/nicaragua.pdf#page=1&zoom=auto,0,500

Map shows the areas (Rivas) where most of the wind farms are but look at the smaller pockets up in the north west where more local electricity could be generated.

Another Child Pornography Offender Captured

U.S. citizen Cory Michael Papp (or Cory Michael Patt), 37, was arrested at a police checkpoint while traveling in a taxi between San Pedro de Lóvago & Santo in Chontales.

Pap was wanted by Interpol on charges of child pornography.

He had been processed in the State of Oregon in September 2007, and in 2008 was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000.

In Nicaragua, first was arrested for having his expired passport, but after that, police confirmed that he was circulated on an Interpol Red Notice.

San Rafael del Norte presentation!

I have made the first decent presentation of San Rafael del Norte in the Jinotega province and posted it on youtube for everyone to enjoy. For me this is the most desirable place to live, comfortable temperatures and no car alarms! ( or very damm few!) I know many people have not made it up there to see first hand so now is your opportunity! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=levQrv8D0rw San Rafael del Norte, Nicaragua

Leon presentation!

After a recent visit to Leon I was so impressed I made one of my youtube presentations. The colonial beauty of this city amazed me, I like it more than Granada and it is so close to the ocean! This is the best presentaiton you will find on the web, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITLygEdkV5c Leon, Nicaragua (cut and paste if the link does not work from here for you)

Thousands of dollars in metal grove (the "trees of life" in Managua)

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/01/03/thousands-dollars-metal-grove/

I recently posted a translation of an article from La Confidencial that set out to find the story on all the IMO ugly "trees of life" that are downtown on Avenida Bolivar and in all of the roundabouts. I had heard a rumor that they cost at least $20,000 USD EACH. This article verifies that figure and more...

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