Nicaragua capital city road projects

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Drivers in Nicaragua’s capital Managua look set to benefit from a series of road projects being planned, the worldhighways.com website reported,


 

The work is intended to cut congestion at peak periods and smooth traffic flow. One of the major projects will be the upgrading of the Juan Pablo II motorway, with the addition of five new flyover sections.

A loan worth US$105 million from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) plus another loan worth $136 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will help pay for the project. The Nicaraguan Government will also contribute $21 million for the work.

Other plans for road projects include a16km extension to the road link from Nejapa on the west of the city and Ticuantepe in the south.

News source: www.worldhighways.com

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Costa Ricas hovedstad San Jose dekket av aske etter vulkanutbrudd

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Utbrudd i Turrialba-vulkanen i oktober 2014. Foto: wikipedia.org

Lufta i Costa Ricas hovedstad San Jose er full røyk, og biler og bygninger er dekket med et lag av aske etter et utbrudd i vulkanen Turrialba, skriver VG / NTB. 

Turrialba, som er 3340 meter høy og har tre kratere, ligger bare 30 kilometer fra hovedstaden. Tidligere kunne man klatre ned i det største krateret, men på grunn av økende aktivitet i vulkanen i siden 2014, er nasjonalparken i området rundt, Turrialba Volcano National Park nå stengt.

Det begynte å velte røyk ut fra vulkanen 10.mai. Det siste store utbruddet var i 1866.

Kilde: www.vg.no, Wikipedia    

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MOROCCO OPENS EMBASSY IN PANAMA

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The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Panama was inaugurated yesterday. The opening ceremony in Panama City Tuesday was led by Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar. In April 2014, the Embassy of Panama was opened in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

The Moroccan government officials highlighted that the withdrawal by Panama of its recognition of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara / SADR) was part of the efforts of Panama to consolidate relations with its African partners.

Diplomatic relations between Panama and the self-proclaimed SADR were established in 1979 and suspended in  2013, five months before the opening of the Panamanian Embassy in Morocco.

However, on January 7, the ruling Democratic Revolutionary Party welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between Panama and the SADR, and the Embassy of the Saharawi Republic was re-opened in Panama.

On Wednesday, the Vice-President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo argued in a statement that the re-opening of the Embassy of the self-proclaimed SADR in Panama does not affect Moroccan-Panamanian relations.

“The lifting of the suspension of relations between Panama and the SADR is an isolated problem in our relationship with Morocco for which we demonstrated our willingness to strengthen it,” Minister de Saint Malo said after the inauguration of the Moroccan Embassy in Panama.

See more at www.moroccoworldnews.com/2016/01/177361/panama-opens-embassies-of-morocco-and-so-called-sadr-simultaneously

Source: www.moroccoworldnews.com

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EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA OG HONDURAS VERDENS FARLIGSTE LAND

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De tre mellomamerikanske landene El Salvador, Guatemala og Honduras topper statistikken som verdens farligste, skriver nrk.no 

17.422 mennesker ble drept i disse landene i 2015. El Salvador var verst, med 104 drap per 100.000 innbyggere. De tre hovedstedene San Salvador, Guatemala by og Tegucigalpa har i mange år toppet statistikkene over de mest voldelige byene i verden.

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Kilde: www.nrk.no

COSTA ESMERALDA AIRPORT, NICARAGUA OPENS TO COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC

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Costa Esmeralda Airport, located south-east of the Nicaraguan capital Managua, has opened to commercial traffic following its inauguration early last month, ch-aviation.com reports.

A joint-venture between local Nicaraguan contractors D’Guerrero Ings, Lansa S.A. y Pavinicsa S.A., the single-terminal facility features a 1,500m-long primary runway capable of handling ATR42s, ATR72s, Gulfstream V jets and most turboprops.

The airfield, which features customs and immigration, will focus on bringing both local and international tourist traffic to the Triángulo del Sur (South Triangle) which comprises the colonial city of Granada, Ometepe Island, and San Juan del Sur.

“The arrival of Costa Esmeralda Airport will introduce the country to a global audience seeking new adventures and serve as a direct route to our majestic coast,” Don Carlos Pellas, owner of the Pellas Development Group, said. “It will reduce transfer time from Managua and Costa Rica, supporting Nicaragua’s flourishing tourism, which is essential to the country’s Development.”

Currently, scheduled operators includes La Costena, serving Managua, and Costa Rica’s SANSA (Servicios Aereos Nacionales), serving San Jose, Liberia and Juan Santamaria.

Read the article at www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/42320-costa-esmeralda-nicaragua-opens-to-commercial-traffic

Source: www.ch-aviation.com

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ALASKA AIRLINES BEGINS FLYING FROM LOS ANGELES TO COSTA RICA

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Alaska Airlines has inaugurated service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Costa Rica’s two major international airports, Los Angeles Daily News reported.

It’s the first international destination Alaska has launched since 1991, when the Seattle-based airline introduced seasonal service to Magadan, Russia.

There are eight weekly flights from LAX to San Jose and Liberia / Guanacaste.

“As the most popular Central American tourist destination for U.S. travelers, Costa Rica is one of the best places in the Western Hemisphere for adventure tourism,” said John Kirby, Alaska Airlines” vice president of capacity planning. “With the addition of Costa Rica, Alaska offers up to 80 peak season weekly departures from Southern California to Latin America, more than any other airline.”

Liberia is the gateway to the Guanacaste region in the western part of the country, renowned for surfing and sport fishing. The capital city of San Jose, located about 130 miles from Liberia, boasts museums and historic Spanish colonial architecture.

Source: www.dailynews.com

Read more at www.dailynews.com/business/20151102/alaska-airlines-begins-flying-from-lax-to-costa-rica

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NORGE LEGGER NED AMBASSADEN I GUATEMALA

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Norges ambassade i Guatemala legges ned neste sommer, opplyser utenriksminister Børge Brende (H). Brende sier at nedleggelsen er begrunnet med «politiske prioriteringer og budsjettmessige rammebetingelser» og at Norge har et godt forhold til landet, skriver nrk.no

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL OPENS IN TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS

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InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of the new-build, 108-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, www.breakingtravelnews.com reports.

Tegucigalpa

The hotel is located in the heart of the Tegucigalpa’s new financial and commercial district of Plaza San Rafael, and near the country’s major financial institutions, including BAC Honduras, Banco Davivienda and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.

The Holiday Inn Express Tegucigalpa hotel is also connected to some of the main city thoroughfares such as Boulevard Morazan and is conveniently accessible to a variety of restaurants.

Owned and managed by Latin American Hospitality Management, a subsidiary of Grupo Agrisal, the hotel is franchised by an affiliate of IHG and is IHG’s fifth property in Honduras.

Additionally, the property is the second IHG-branded hotel in Tegucigalpa, joining the Real InterContinental Tegucigalpa hotel and the second Holiday Inn Express property for Honduras, joining the Holiday Inn Express San Pedro Sula.

“Bringing the Holiday Inn Express brand to Tegucigalpa aligns with IHG’s growth strategy of expanding in key cities around the globe. Tegucigalpa is the capital and the most populous city in Honduras,” said Alvaro Diago, chief operating officer, Latin America & Caribbean, Americas, IHG.

“This is also the fifth project with long-time partner Grupo Agrisal, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with them.”

The Holiday Inn Express brand is one of the largest and fastest-growing hotel brands in the industry, and in order to meet the ever-changing needs of its guest, IHG invested in the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand re-launch, the largest in hospitality history.

The re-launch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio, and new hotels feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

The hotel offers guests a comfortable, yet affordable stay with innovative, preferred-guest upgrades to ensure a pleasurable experience with amenities that include an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness centre, complimentary high-speed internet access and a business centre.

Business travellers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free local phone and toll free phones with private voicemail.

Additionally, guests can relax in the hotel’s Great Room lounge area and enjoy complimentary parking as well as free transportation to the nearby Multiplaza Mall.

#By #Ferie #HolidayInn #Honduras #Hotell #Hovedstad #InterContinental #LatinAmerika #MellomAmerica #Reise #SanPedroSula #Tegucigalpa #Turisme

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BELIZE IS GETTING FASTER INTERNET

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Sometimes the best solution to a technical problem is social engineering. After a journey of two years, that’s exactly how Belize has come to a major milestone in its technological development, reports www.caribjournal.com

The country’s Internet service providers (ISPs) have committed to set up Belize’s first-ever Internet exchange point (IXP), a piece of critical Internet infrastructure through which they can exchange local Internet traffic between their networks. The process was as 2simple and as difficult’ as getting nine Internet service providers (ISPs), all fierce competitors, to agree to work together for the greater good.

Belize Telemedia, Speednet, BroadBand Belize, and Network Solutions signed the historic agreement on April 16 at the University of Belize?s (UB) Belize City campus, clearing the way for the establishment of the region?s latest IXP, called Belize IX or BIX.

“As with all things important and meaningful, it was not an easy task to get to this point. However, the journey of the negotiating the pathway to this agreement for the Belize Internet exchange (BIX) was in indeed rewarding,” said Michael Kong, owner and CEO at NetKing Solutions, who spoke at the signing on behalf of the ISPs.

Other signatures to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) include Centaur Communications Corporation, Alliance IP Belize and NetKing Solutions.

“I speak on behalf of all providers when I say that determined team effort and collaboration for the greater good made this historic day a reality. We can all be happy and proud to know we are part of a milestone that will go down in ICT history in Belize,” Kong said.

The agreement marks a significant moment for Belize. It is the first time that the country’s ISPs put aside their differences to work together to address a challenge that affects them all bandwidth.

“The upcoming launch of BIX will put an end to a costly and inefficient situation whereby data and access to other critical local services has to be routed internationally just to get back to a local customer, who could be only a few feet away from the person who sent it. In other words, we were using expensive international Internet connections to exchange domestic traffic,” said Bevil Wooding, Internet strategist with international non-profit Packet Clearing House, speaking in an interview following the signing.

Packet Clearing House, a non-profit organisation, plays a key role in implementing IXPs around the world. In the Caribbean, Wooding and his team have worked closely With the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, regulators and local ISPs to set up IXPs across the region.

Traditionally, local internet traffic would need to leave Belize to an ISP in the United States and then get rerouted back to Belize. Once BIX is set up, that local traffic will no longer have to leave the country. That means better speeds for local Internet users.

Establishing a local IXP brings benefits not only to local consumers but also to the ISPs bottom line, Wooding explained.

A local IXP improves the quality and cost effectiveness of delivering local Internet-enabled services to citizens and businesses. That’s a major benefit for local ISPs. The IXP also enables new forms of local innovation and entrepreneurship, as Internet users benefit from greater opportunities for e-commerce and local content development, including online education.

Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, said the university is looking forward to greatly expanding its capacity to deliver training across the length and breadth of the country and directly into the homes and workplaces of our work people. “Thus greatly reducing the costs of education while expanding its availability. We are looking for a great leap forward as a result of this Corporation.”

The soon-to-be established IXP will not only address the inefficiency of local Internet traffic exchange. It will also allow other important Internet infrastructure to be located in Belize, such as domain name root services and content delivery caches from major content networks like Google, Netflix and Yahoo.

Roosevelt Blades, chair of the ISP working group, is already looking ahead. He announced at the signing there are plans to have a similar facility built in Belmopan, once the Belize City IX is up and running.

Technical discussions about how to set up the IXP started two years ago, with a working group that included ISPs, the Belize Public Utilities Commission, government ministries, Packet Clearing House with support from other regional stakeholders, including the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, and the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG).

Speaking at an October 2013 CaribNOG event at which the plans to establish BIX were announced, Kingsley Smith, then Director of Telecommunications at the Belize Public Utilities Commission said, “This development is expected to provide significant benefits to local ISPs and the Internet users in Belize.”

With the signing finally becoming a reality, Belizean Internet users are one step closer to a faster, stronger and more secure Internet.

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IHG TO OPEN FIRST HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL FOR MANAGUA

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Managua. Photo: nicaragua.propertyshelf.com

InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the first Holiday Inn Express hotels for Managua, Nicaragua.

The new-build, 114-room Holiday Inn ExpressManagua hotel is located minutes from the city center and within walking distance of the city’s most exclusive mall, Galerias Santo Domingo. The Holiday Inn Express Managua hotel is also 20 minutes away from the Augusto C.Sandino International Airport and near the Inter-American Development Bank and various multinational companies.

Owned and managed by Latin American Hospitality Management S.A., a subsidiary of Grupo Agrisal, the hotel is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. This hotel is the sixth project in Central America with Grupo Agrisal and is IHG’s fourth property for Nicaragua – current properties include the Real InterContinental Hotel Metrocentro Managua, Crowne Plaza Hotel Managua and the Holiday Inn Hotel Managua.

“Introducing the Holiday Inn Express brand in major cities like Managua aligns with IHG’s strategy to expand our portfolio in key markets across the region,” said Alvaro Diago, chief operating officer, Latin America and Caribbean, Americas, IHG. “We see great potential for our brands in Nicaragua with IHG already having a portfolio of internationally recognized brands here, and we look forward to continuing Our strong relationship with longtime partner Grupo Agrisal.”

The Holiday Inn Express brand is one of the largest and fastest-growing hotel brands in the industry, and in order to meet the ever-changing needs of its guest, IHG invested in the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand relaunch, the largest in hospitality history. The relaunch for The Holiday Inn Portfolio of Brands continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio, and new hotels feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

The hotel offers guests a comfortable, yet affordable stay with innovative, preferred guest upgrades to ensure a pleasurable experience with amenities that include an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary high-speed Internet access and a business center. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, and free local and toll free phone calls with voicemail. Additionally, guests can relax in the hotel’s modern lounge area and enjoy complimentary parking.

“We are very excited to open the first Holiday Inn Express hotel for Managua as it’s ideal for meeting the needs of Nicaragua’s growing business and leisure travel markets,” said Gerardo Murray, regional vice president, Distribution and Commercial Marketing, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG. “This new and modern hotel offers a combination of premium accommodations and great services that will enable our guests to have a successful trip.”

The complimentary Express Start breakfast bar features a full range of breakfast items, including regional and local dishes, a rotation of egg and meat selections, breads, yogurt, juices, fruit, pastries, cereals, and coffee. Guestrooms will feature contemporary styling, a 32-inch HD LED TV, comfortable twin, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine. Bathrooms feature a signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels, bathroom amenities and hairdryer. Guests will enjoy crisp, fresh bedding that features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket, soft, 200 thread-count sheets and pillows that come in two comfort levels: “soft” and “firm”.

#By #Ferie #Flyplass #Hotell #Hovedstad #LatinAmerika #Managua #MellomAmerika #Nicaragua #Reise #Turisme

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