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A half-century ago seems like yesterday

Kennedy was the only Catholic president America has ever elected. By virtue of his religion and his young family, glamorous wife & kids, there was an immediate & real connection with Latin Americans. A tie more meaningful than any stated 'Good Neighbor' policy (under which FDR supported 'our SOB' Somoza) or a unilateral (Monroe) doctrine. JFK founded Peace Corps, a radical idea for person-to-ordinary-person diplomacy. I served a hitch in Ecuador, where I first learned Spanish.

Going to the Market

The private sector continues to cross borders in search of new customers by attending trade fairs abroad. An example being the 15 Nicaraguan business leaders that attended the Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in New Orleans (the biggest event of the food industry in the United States).

That trip resulted in export contracts worth US$ 5 million. Unusual items like the pitahaya caused quite a sensation among those attending the event and help put Nicaragua on the map.

Code Red

On the heels of proposed changes to the Constitution of Nicaragua, The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is asking the National Assembly (the legislative branch of the government of Nicaragua) to consider reforms to the Military Code of Organization, Jurisdiction and Military Social Security.

The changes propose that the military could get involved in the protection of information systems, computer records and satellite radio etc., in order to prevent interruption or damage (national defense purposes).

Business Park

Grupo Karim’s expansion into Nicaragua by acquiring textile company Cone Denim Mills in Ciudad Sandino could be followed by a huge, US$ 150 million business park also here in in Nicaragua. According to the Spanish newspaper Estrategia y Negocios (E&N), Karim’s has aside $300 million for the project to build a park here and in Panama. A similar park, the Altia Business Park in San Pedro Sula, Honduras hosts global call center players such as Stream, StarTek, Allied Global and KM2 Solutions.

Dry Hole in Paradise

Noble Energy has announced that the exploratory well, Paraiso (Paradise)-1, drilled in the Tyra concession off the coast of Nicaragua has been determined to be dry. The Ocean Saratoga, a mid-water semisubmersible platform was in 1,220 feet of water and can take the credit of being the first deep-water well drilled in Nicaraguan waters.

Why The Affordable Care Act Makes Us Want To Stay Abroad | Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzan-haskins-and-dan-prescher/affordable-...

When it comes to health care, we quite honestly don’t know what to think.

Or rather, we don’t know what our health care strategy would be if we ever wanted to or had to go back to the U.S.

Upon returning

Back in Leon, jodido, sweating off all that cheap junk I ate Stateside. Tiptoeing around the usual sidewalk pitfalls (Can sidewalks have potholes?) on my way downtown to milk the money machine and pop into a cyber with my solid state memory to cut & paste all the news that's fit to read, as they say, later, I notice two major changes. That's not counting the 2 or 3 new fruit smoothie (liquados, batidos, granitos) spots. (They may be 70% ice, but it sure hits the spot in the heat. Beware of brain-freeze!)

Tied to grid if possible and reverse flow of energy ?

Does anyone know if you do install a solar system for electricity, that it can be tied to the grid so in effect if you have excess power by solar it will make your electrical meter run backwards so either you have no bill at the end of the month or little ?

Distances between points in Nicaragua

File this somewhere for when you need it!

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ve...

The distances were "estimated" but then they say they used a pickup truck equipped with an NITESTAR odometer, of great precision!

Distances are generally form the center of town, central park or plaza.

Top Four “Off the beaten path” Nicaragua Surfing & Fishing Villages

Top Four”Off the beaten path” Nicaragua Surfing & Fishing Villages

I had someone contact me via TripAdvisor in a personal message asking about where one might look for a nice surfing family beach vacation for a group of five that might not be located in San Juan del Sur, as they were perhaps aware that SJdS can be a bit of a Nicaraguan version of Key West. The family is looking for something different. Here are my suggestions.

Zone 1: Tola, Rivas area. Zone 2: Carazo Zone 3: Leon Zone 4: Chinandega

more here-->

http://www.elportonverde.com/?p=3128

Assembly Considers Important and Far Reaching Changes to Constitution of Nicaragua

Local government; 5 year terms from 4 year

Confirmation of Supreme court decision of a few years back, i.e. President can keep running for office.

And this beauty: ...military members may hold office in state institutions when in the supreme interest of the nation demands such...

(Say for instance when an unpopular win happens in RAAN or RAAS and "pubic order" is needed!!)

Read full National Assembly Doc here:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B17TbA5H8VdZdThzUENQNFpBdDQ/edit?usp=sha...

La Prensa: Ortega Destroys Constitution"

Data security, Tor and https

For most, you know that NSA (and others) is grabbing your data but you really don't understand what they have access to nor what can be done to mitigate the problem. Reading a White Paper is usually not the right answer to increase understanding either.

Well, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a handy graphic page that shows you the default and has buttons to add Tor and https to the mix. The graphic gets updated.

You can find it on their tor-and-https page.

Happy...

National Candy Corn Day !!!

I wish I had some, but I ran out last month and have not found them for sale here.

Retired in Nicaragua, and Loving It - Wall St. Journal

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230452620457909709224...

Kudos to Mr. Lynch for stating a realistic budget...He says:

...We rent a nice apartment that includes a swimming pool, pavilion and a garden filled with fruit trees. (Bananas, mangoes, avocados, lemons and coconuts are available for the picking when in season.) Our monthly budget—which includes rent, utilities, food, medications and miscellaneous items—is about $1,800.

A new way to promote your Nicaraguan tourism-related business, for free!

Hey everyone, long time no post! I'm sure there are quite a few expats on NicaLiving who have started tourism-related businesses here in Nicaragua like hotels, tour companies, restaurants, travel agencies, etc.

If you've followed anything I've posted, you will know that I run a small bed and breakfast on a farm in the hills to the south side of Managua. I just found out about this new way to promote your tourism-related business, and yes it is free. It also supports sustainable, eco-friendly tourism in a unique way.

If interested, read more here-->

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