Nicaragua: Tourism Police allows sector to grow

first_img MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Here’s how effective the country’s Tourism Police have been: The Central American nation welcomed 1,060,031 visitors who generated US$377 million in revenue in 2011, a year after 1,011,251 tourists brought in US$308 million, according to the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR). And it could be an even better in 2012 for the tourism industry, as 300,000 visited the country in the first three months, an increase of 15.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to INTUR. “Tourists prefer Nicaragua over other countries in the region because of its safety, its economy and its peacefulness,” said Martín Soto, a tourism guide for Ecole Travel, an agency that promotes the country. “There are no gangs and the threat of muggings and killings is lower than in the rest of Central America. This is an important advantage when vacationers are choosing a destination and now it represents a large opportunity for the country.” Nicaragua is the second-safest country in the region, with 13.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, much lower than Honduras (82.1), El Salvador (66), Guatemala (41.4) and Belize (41). The safest country in the region is Costa Rica, with 11.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the 2011 Global Homicide Study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The key to Nicaragua’s blossoming tourism is the work of the Tourism Police, an institution created by the National Police in 2001 that works to guarantee the safety of tourists nationwide. The Tourism Police was formed after the Central American Integration System (SICA) launched its 1997 Central American and Caribbean Strategic Plan for Tourist Safety, which mandated all law enforcement agents specializing in tourism safety wear a uniform distinct from other police institutions. The Tourism Police’s 450 officers work closely with the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR), as both institutions train agents in stopping organized crime, drug and human trafficking, child prostitution and other types of exploitation of girls, boys and adolescents. The officers also receive training in human relations. “With support from the tourism industry’s private sector, we at INTUR have established a solid alliance with the Tourism Police and we are seeing the results,” said Aurora Castillo, director of INTUR’s Services and Tourist Protection. In addition, the Tourism Police supports, disseminates and carries out all of INTUR’s tourism safety plans and has hosted workshops for National Police Officers. “The Tourism Police is a special force created to offer better attention to national and international tourists who require their services,” said Commissioner Jeannette Largaespada, chief of the Tourism Police. “The Tourism Police also seek to control the levels of crime that could be provoked by the development of tourism in the country, like theft, narco-trafficking, child prostitution, human trafficking and fraud.” Nicaraguan authorities do not want the increase in the number of tourists in the country to lead to opportunities for criminals, Largaespada said. “It is important for the country to grow in terms of tourism, but while this sector brings economic growth, it also brings negative aspects. We’re faced with new kinds of crimes because not everyone who comes into the country does so with good intentions,” she said. “That forces us to look for new means to maintain the national safety level we are recognized for today.” In Nicaragua, the main crime suffered by tourists is stolen cameras, followed by theft through intimidation. There were a total of 251 crimes against tourists last year, which represent 0.56% of the 71,000 crimes committed nationally. In 2010, 886 crimes against tourists were reported, according to the National Police. “High seasons for tourism are when the most crimes occur, especially in the most visited sites in the country, when tourists go into places beyond the security perimeter,” said Tourism Police Capt. Johana Delgado. The most popular tourist destinations in the country are Granada, León, Managua, Rivas, Chinandega, Río San Juan and Corn Island. Soon, INTUR and the Tourism Police, in coordination with the Nicaraguan Chambers of Tourism, will set up a free telephone line for tourists who become victims of crime, which will help them receive medical attention or transportation to embassies or consulates, Largaespada said. By Dialogo May 14, 2012last_img read more

All Set for Heise-Roberts Levee Repair Project

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors plan to begin work Saturday, September 15, to rehabilitate flood-damaged areas of the Heise-Roberts Levee System, located near Rigby, Idaho, on the upper Snake River between Jefferson and Madison counties. The levee was damaged in multiple locations by sustained high flows during the 2017 and 2018 flood seasons.The Corps’ Walla Walla District awarded a contract on June 29, 2018, to S.E.A. Construction LLC, a small business from Raymond, Washington, for approximately $1.79 million to repair the levee.“We are looking forward to completion of these vital repairs and appreciate the support of our federal partners,” said Jefferson County Emergency Manager Rebecca Squires.“While the work is underway, residents may expect an increase in heavy truck traffic. We encourage motorists to give these trucks plenty of space on the road, understanding that they don’t speed up or slow down quickly.” The rehabilitation project will require about six weeks to complete.last_img read more

Madrid will up their game vs Dortmund, says Sahin

first_imgBorussia Dortmund star Nuri Sahin believes that Real Madrid will up their game against them in the Champions League semi-finals.The two teams met in Group D of the competition earlier this season and BVB beat them at home and held them to a draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.However, the midfielder – who is on an 18-month loan at Signal Iduna Park from the Blancos – is anticipating Jose Mourinho’s men will up their game due to their desire to secure a 10th European Cup success but still believes Jurgen Klopp’s men have a chance.“Sure, we can beat them again,” he told Marca on Wednesday. “Dortmund won in the group stage and can do it again, although Real are a much better team now than it was then.“It will be a tough game, because I know what winning the Decima means to them. The club’s players and fans want the tenth, but we want to win the Champions League too.“Both teams want to win. None of our players have ever won the Champions League and on Real Madrid’s squad there are only three or four who have, so both teams really want to win. For Real Madrid, the Decima means everything, but it does for us too, because we haven’t won the Bundesliga or the DFB-Pokal either.” Sahin also revealed his desire to renew his tag as one of the best players in Germany having spent last season on the fringes of the Madrid team and then the first half of this campaign failing to start for Liverpool on loan.The Turkey international added: “What happened in Liverpool was… it was very difficult. This isn’t the time to discuss it. Returning to Dortmund was the best thing for me.“We’re in the Champions League, I know the coach, my team-mates, I have my family near me and my wife and children are happy here.“And coming back here was important for my game too, to feel the feelings I had before I left. My goal is to regain the status of best player in the Bundesliga and I feel that I’m well on the way to doing that.”Despite failing to break into the first team at the Bernabeu under Mourinho, the midfielder insists that he enjoyed his Liga-winning season with the Spanish giants and praised their Portuguese coach. “It was a bit difficult, unlike anything I’d experienced before,” Sahin continued. “It started with a fairly long injury and then I didn’t get back in form or on top of my game.“But I won La Liga with Real Madrid, worked with Mourinho who is a very special coach, and shared a changing room with fantastic players.”last_img read more

Habitable Zones Constrained by Tides

first_img(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The idea of a circumstellar habitable zone – a radial range around a star where an earth-like planet could support life – may be too simplistic.  Science Daily reported that “Tides can render the so-called ‘habitable zone’ around low-mass stars uninhabitable.”  Astronomers at the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam studied the effects of tides on planets around low-mass stars (the most numerous stars in the galaxy) and found that the lack of seasons, the increased heat (and volcanism) and synchronous rotation make them uncomfortable at best, and perhaps uninhabitable.    “I think that the chances for life existing on exoplanets in the traditional habitable zone around low-mass stars are pretty bleak, when considering tidal effects,” lead researcher Rene Heller remarked.  “If you want to find a second Earth, it seems that you need to look for a second Sun.”So far we have narrowed the habitable zone to:Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Other constraints are bound to be realized from time to time, emphasizing the rarity of the sweet spot we inhabit.  This would be, of course, predicted from the Architect’s message that he formed the Earth to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), but today’s scientists have a bad habit of ruling out Architects from their master plan.  Make a good habit of studying the Architect’s plans whenever starting life construction on our habitable Privileged Planet.last_img read more

Twenty-Three Reasons Why I Love GreenITers.com

first_imgInnovative gadgets and electric vehiclesHere is the place to watch the huge explosion of innovation in Japan in the months following the tsunami. It’s a great place to find info-graphics that help make sense of complex changes in technology and global demographics. This is where I first became aware of the pollution impact of the global shipping industry and what was already being done to address that.It’s the place to watch electric vehicle innovation, motor bikes, hybrid cars that can feed power to a house during a power outage, zillions of electric scooters, bikes, trikes, vans, trucks, and trains.It’s the place to watch battery innovation as it spins chaotically on multiple intertwining streams of innovation and experimentation. It’s where I heard about growing solid lithium crystal anodes for improved battery performance rather than using a carbon-lithium amalgam. This is where I first heard of new sheet super-capacitors and their controller technology that could take the place of batteries in cars that would store energy in their body panels and embed the motors and regenerative brakes in the wheel hubs. When I want to get an inside look at the amazing innovation happening around the world in service of a more sustainable future, I look to Flavio Souza in Tokyo. Souza curates a glorious collection of innovation news and images at his website, GreenITers.com.Sauza has created an exuberant riot of inspiration. You won’t get a handle on it in a few visits, and interesting things do get deleted, so if you find something you’ll want to refer back to, save it on your hard drive or you may never find it again. While GreenBuildingAdvisor is practical and pragmatic, GreenITers is like the dreamy excited guy at the party who is all over the next big thing — except here they really do know what they’re talking about. Innovations in waste disposalIt is a place that looks at the waste in disposable beverage containers and reports on all the myriad ways innovators are making headway in improving that situation.It’s the place that reports non-judgmentally on goofy marketing schemes like window-mounted wind turbines in taxi cabs that can charge the customers cell phones as the taxi speeds them from the airport. And it calls out sexist marketing schemes like the solar bra and RenewableGirls.com.And when you’ve had enough, it’s the place to find out about an urn for your ashes that will turn you into a tree after you die.Thank you, Flavio, for all the inspiration over the years. Check it out: be inspired, innovate.And, in a tip of my hat to the cool dudes over at the Architects Lounge, I’d like to offer a sound track for these 23 images, “The Beauty of 23” by Glory Fountain.center_img New applications for PV modulesIt’s the place to watch solar generation components coming up that will even further reduce the embodied resource content of photovoltaic modules and reduce the cost accordingly.It’s the place to discover what is being done to make lives better for people who lack access to clean water and affordable transportation.It’s a place that recognizes the inherent potential of even the craziest ideas, like little piezo-electric generators embedded in clothing, shoes, wrist bands. A camping stove with a USB plug in the end of the handle that generates electricity when you boil water to charge your cell phone or GPS over a camp fire after a natural disaster or even on a trek in the wilderness. Arboform wood-based moldable plastic. Photovoltaic lawn chairs. Carved wood cell phone cases (yummy). Bluetooth sunglasses with bone conduction technology (I tried to buy one — Flavio offered to help me out, but it just got too complicated).last_img read more