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Audi R8 Themed Catamaran; Speed and Looks

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Published on: 2012/11/30

From:  Audi R8 Themed Catamaran – Carscoop.

 

What happens if you marry a car and a high speed catamaran?

Audi R8 Catamaran

Why on earth would someone design a speedboat inspired from the Audi R8? Well, if we didn’t know better, we’d say that the catamaran’s designer probably wanted to style cars but instead ended up in the shipping business as the R8 Catamaran is Bo Zolland’s second automobile-inspired speedboat after the 1963 Corvette Stingray lookalike catamaran (see here). -Continued

According to the Swedish designer, the 8.8 meter long R8 speedboat has been designed to use a V10 biodiesel marine engine or two smaller 320 HP diesel units helping it to achieve a theoretical top speed of 110 MPH.


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The Results are in for the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala

Team OBX Repeats as PCCA Guatemala Winners!

Billfishing is always unpredictable. No one can say with any certainty whether the fish will bite or not during a given period and despite the best intentions, even the world’s finest destinations can turn cold. But the anglers of the 2012 Presidential Challenge of Guatemala managed to persevere despite the tough fishing conditions. Maybe it was the extra cocktail or two after dinner, or a good laugh shared with a new friend, but at least the fun was plentiful during the week. 

And when the fishing is this challenging it’s important to make every shot count. That was the key to victory in this year’s event for Team OBX, fishing with Capt. Chris Sheeder on the Rum Line. The team of Dell  Dembosky,

Team OBX, winners of the PCCA Guatemala tournament.

  Mike Viveiros and Craig Johnson missed just two sailfish bites during their three days of tournament fishing, emerging victorious for the second year in a row in this tournament with 1,200 points and 12 sailfish releases.  
In second place, the Day One leaders on the Release with Capt. Chico Alvarenga, Team Priority: Hans Kaspersetz, Jim McCord, Ed Arnold and Herbert Merryweather. They scored a nice marlin release on Day Two and picked away at the sails, finishing with 1,000 points from seven sailfish releases and a marlin kicker. Gary Carter, Tim Mossberg and John Richardson rounded out the top three, fishing with Capt. Brad Phillips on the Decisive. They finished the tournament with 1,000 points and ten sailfish releases. Carter was the top daily angler on Day Three.

 

Dell Dembosky, Top Angler.

 In the angler standings, Dembosky had the hot hand almost from the start, vaulting himself into Top Angler status with 800 points. He was followed by Hans Kaspersetz from Team Priority with 600 points. Kaspersetz was aided by his blue marlin release on Day Two, the team’s only points for that day. In third was Dana Thomas, representing Team Pelese and fishing on the Makaira with Capt. Jason Brice, with 400 points. Thomas released a blue marlin and a sailfish to emerge as the top daily angler on the second day of fishing as well.

The PCCA Guatemala tournament also wrapped up the season-long points race for the Costa Grand Champion Team and Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler awards. Winning the Costa Grand Champion Team was the Sea Angel, owned by Greg Angel. His team fished the PCCA Costa Rica and Papagayo Cup tournaments and tallied an impressive 3,500 points (teams must fish at least two Series tournaments in order to qualify). In second place was the Marc Stanley’s Pelese, with 3,300 points, followed by Team Priority in third with 2,400 points. In the Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler standings, Marc Stanley was first place with 2,200 points and Austin Angel second with 1,900 points. Rounding out the top three was Hans Kaspersetz with 1,350 points..

 

The Presidential Challenge Conservation Series is an internationally-recognized tournament series with events in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Aruba. In 2012 alone the series raised in excess of $25,000 for The Billfish Foundation’s conservation initiatives and projects in Central America and throughout the world. For more information on next year’s tournaments please visit www.preschallenge.com.

 

Final Standings
First Place Team: OBX, 1,200 points
Second Place Team: Priority, 1,000 points

Third Place Team: Decisive, 1,000 points

First Place Angler: Dell Dembosky, 800 points
Second Place Angler: Hans Kaspersetz, 600 points

Third Place Angler: Dana Thomas, 400 points

First Place Boat: Rum Line, 1,200 points
Second Place Boat: Release, 1,000 points

Third Place Boat: Decisive, 1,000 points

PCCA Grand Champion Standings
Costa Grand Champion Team: Sea Angel, 3,500 points
Costa Second Place Team: Pelese, 3,300 points
Costa Third Place Team: Priority, 2,400 points

  Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler: Marc Stanley, 2,200 points

Eagle Claw Second Place Angler: Austin Angel, 1,900 points

Eagle Claw Third Place Angler: Hans Kaspersetz, 1,350 points

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Hyatt Hotel Inaugurated in East San Jose

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Integrated into the Momentum shopping center, the 120-room hotel’s main clients will be executives visiting the growing number of companies with offices in the area.

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Nacion.com reports that “The managers have said they also aim to attract tourists who want to get to know the eastern part of the greater metropolitan area, where there are volcanoes and mountains.”

Investment in the Hyatt Place San Jose Pinares amounted to $20 million for the 7350 m² construction area and 1524 m² of parking spaces.

The hotel is integrated into the Momentum Pinares mall where there are cinemas, a theater, a wide variety of restaurants and in the near future a tower containing over 60 medical specialists.

“The rooms have a work area, couches and a TV with all the necessary connections. A basic room costs $105 in November and December, pre-opening, and then will cost between $130 and $150, depending on the date, with breakfast included.”

Source: Nacion.com

 

 

source: http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/home/Hyatt_Hotel_Inaugurated_in_East_San_Jose

Central America Population Will Continue To Grow

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The Central American population will grow by eleven million over the next 15 years, at different rates depending on the country.

The Central American population will increase by about eleven million over the next fifteen years while in the last ten years it has increased by almost seven million people.

The growth associated with this estimate (1.6% annually) is expressed in very different rhythms within the region. The slowness of El Salvador (0.7% annually) contrasts with the dynamism of Guatemala (2.2% annually).

For the period 2010-2015, Guatemala will concentrate little more than half, while Honduras will provide a fifth of the population growth in the area. While Costa Rica, Panama and El Salvador will see growth of around 700,000 inhabitants each, Guatemala will increase its population by 1.8 million people and Honduras nearly 800,000.

Another important implication of the growth has to do with the occupation of the territory in each country. Population density in Central America has great contrasts. At one extreme is Belize, with 14 inhabitants per square kilometer, and the other is El Salvador, with 294.

In some capital cities where population density is greater than a thousand people per square kilometer growth and agglomeration will continue, as in the case of San Salvador, which has about 2,500 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Source: Estado de la Nación

 

 

source: http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Current_and_Future_Demographics_of_Central_America?u=2376ff561f8827e3f9211e3534309e93&s=n&e=3&mid=[MESSAGEID]

Another 50 million Consumers in Latin America

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From CentralAmericanData and the World Bank

Another 50 million Consumers in Latin America – CentralAmericaData :: The Regional Business Portal.

Another 50 million Consumers in Latin America

In just six years the number of people in Latin America with middle class purchasing power increased from 103 to 152 million.

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Beyond showing the extraordinary achievement that it means to have taken 50 million out of poverty, the report “Economic Mobility and the Rise of the Latin American Middle Class”, by the World Bank, points clearly to one of the fundamental reasons for global investor interest in the countries of the region: it has 50 million more consumers.

The report defines people the middle class as those people with incomes of between $10 and $50 per day. This income level offers greater resistance to unexpected events and reflects a lower chance of falling back into poverty.

The report found that some of the key factors that promote upward mobility in Latin America were higher levels of education among workers, most jobs being in the formal sector, more people living in urban areas, more women in the workforce, and smaller families.

 

International tourism strong despite uncertain economy

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International tourist arrivals grew by 4% between January and August 2012 compared to the same period of 2011 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The resilience of international tourism in a continuing uncertain economy is further confirmed by the positive data on tourism earnings and expenditure.

 

The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 4% between January and August 2012 compared to the same eight months of 2011 (28 million more). With a record 705 million tourists up to August 2012, UNWTO remains confident that one billion international tourists will have travelled the world by the end of the year.

 

Emerging economies regain the lead

Emerging economies (+5%) have clearly regained the lead as compared to advanced ones (+4%).

In the Americas (+4%), Central (+7%) and South America (+6%) continued to show the strongest performances, with growth in the Caribbean (+5%) also significant. International tourist arrivals grew 3% in North America

source: http://www2.unwto.org/es/node/37868

Tourism is strong in Central America !

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Opportunities in Tourism

Despite the downturn in the major economies, more and more tourists traveling the globe are looking for the kind of experiences that Central America has to offer.

The opportunities are there. Demand for tourist destinations such as the ones Central America can offer is firm and is increasing every year.

 A statement from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reads:

Tourism grows in the world despite the international crisis
International tourist arrivals grew by 4% a year worldwide between January and August of 2012 and is nearing for the first time the 1,000 million mark for December, said the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

According to the UN agency, tourism figures climbed 5% in emerging economies, compared with 4% in developed countries.

 

 

 

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Wow, More Countries are Investing in Nicaragua

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A surprising 55% of Nicaragua’s direct foreign investment comes from Canada, USA and Spain and with 284 new projects in the works, the country is poised to increase those numbers.

 

What he did grow foreign direct investment in 2011 are 284 new projects were able to attract, whose capital comes from 41 countries “the highest amount in history,” according to investment promotion agency ProNicaragua.

Alvaro Baltodano, presidential delegate for investment, is confident that “excellent results” obtained allow Nicaragua occupies the first place in Latin America and the Caribbean, growth in foreign investment attraction. “We’ll know when all countries to finish their numbers,” said Baltodano.

But the position is privileged because ProNicaragua, the Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (MIFIC), consolidated indicators and regional level confirm that Nicaragua was “for four consecutive year, the highest” FDI as a percentage of GDP, with 14.1 percent.

Total foreign direct investment during the period 2007-2011 was 2,917.88 million, driven mainly by the energy, telecommunications and free zones, which represented on average 70 percent of the total.

 

 

source: Wow, More Countries are Investing in Nicaragua | Tropical Daily.

Nicaraguan Guide for Investors and Businesses Just Released

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The 2012-201 Guide to Doing Business In Nicaragua has been just released in cooperation with Amcham Nicaragua, Ministerio de Fomento, Industria y Comercio and ProNicaragua.

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The guide was published for investors and entrepreneurs in an informative bilingual format introducing the competitive advantages and investment opportunities in Nicaragua.  The country recognizes Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is an ever increasing factor for developing countries and Nicaragua is welcoming its doors to the business world with many incentives.

So welcoming, that the FDI reached a record of $968 million dollars (US) in 2011, which represents a 91% increase from the $508 million (US) in 2010.  Nicaragua expects 2012 to surpass the 2011 number.  According to this report, the Nicaragua has enjoyed sustained economic growth due to “disciplined management of its fiscal, financial, monetary and exchange politics.”

 

The GDP in 2011 was $7.298 million (US) representing a growth of 4.7%  The top 5 sectors that made up this GDP is:

SECTOR                                                                            US$ Million       % of Total      
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing                        1,283               18.8 %

Manufacturing industries                                                  1,194               17.9 %

Commerce, hotels and restaurants                                   926                12.9%

Central government services                                             720                11.0%

Home ownership                                                                501                 6.8%

Recognizing foreign investment is of great importance the country has enacted the Foreign Investment Protection Law (344).  This law was created to formulate a clear framework to attract investors, create jobs along with social and economic development.

Nicaragua has worked for 20 years to develop and promote the country as a tourist destination.  It is one of the fastest growing sectors in their economy and is about 3% of the GDP.

In 2011, the country hosted more than 1 million visitors (1,060,031).  These were first time visitors and is an increase of 5% from the previous year.  Hotels and resorts are the top 10 visited sites in the country.  Many developments are serving the “baby boomers” and retirees offering marinas, golfing, spas and many other activities and services.

In order to attract tourism industry businesses, the Tourism Industry Law (306) offers numerous incentives and has been viewed as the most “generous and competitive in the region.”

This guide offers a concise introduction for the business owner and investor.  It also offers a wealth of  information highlighting the quality of life the country offers.  It’s natural beauty, pleasant climate and welcoming people is hospitable for work and play.

 

 

 

source: http://www.pronicaragua.org/images/stories/guia_inversionista/DOING_BUSINESS2012.pdf

ProExport Colombia Visits Mar Y Sol at Twin Vee Factory

Colombia represents an enormous opportunity for investors.

With the signing of the Free Trade Agreement, the country has opened its doors to the United States to expand its market in many sectors.  Mar Y Sol recognizes this opportunity and actively working to partner with Colombian and U.S. businesses and organizations.  We invited ProExport Colombia to visit Twin Vee Catamaran factory and meet Roger Dunshee, the founder, owner and CEO of Twin Vee !

Twin Vee Catamarans of Fort Pierce, Florida has prided itself on producing a safe,

Roger Dunshee

reliable quality boat at an affordable price.  Customers trust the name and the performance. As founder, Roger Dunshee states, Twin Vee Catamarans are “the best riding boats on the water.”  Over time, these well crafted boats will still hold their value!

Recently, Sergio Rodríguez, Foreign Investment Representative of ProExport Colombia visited the Twin Vee factory in Fort Pierce, Florida.  ProExport promotes “nontraditional exports, international  tourism and foreign investment” in Colombia.  They assist to identify market opportunities, assist to design strategies for the market segment, promote foreign direct investment in Colombia and much more.

Sergio Rodríguez

One of the market sectors that has been on the upswing is tourism.  Along the Colombian Caribbean coast line are cities poised for expansion in this sector.  Cartagena, is an urban center with almost 1 million residents and home to one the most important international ports.  Recreational tourism, beaches and development of the marine market is underway.  Rosario Islands, Barú and Santa Marta are known for the recreational tourism all surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean waters.

Mr. Rodríquez explained that ProExport’s tourism office is located in Cartagena and offers services for the cruise ships and hotels. Domingo Bernardo, CEO and president of Mar y Sol explained the business plan and development for Colombia. The company will offer boating services and products to hotels, cruise ships, marinas and recreational boaters.  It was agreed by all, that Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats and Twin Vee Catamarans can in fact fill that niche and importantly, ProExport Colombia has offered assistance to Mar y Sol.

At a round table discussion,  Roger Dunshee  explained the benefits of  power catamarans and why the Twin Vee brand is so unique. Mr. Rodríguez had a tour of Twin Vee factory and able to see the quality of the construction which has made these boats famous.  Mr. Rodríquez was introduced to the latest technology in boating: the Twin Vee  Hydrofoil Supported Ocean Cat.   This advancement in boating creates a lift, runs on top of the waves, less resistance, lower horsepower and less fuel!

Twin Vee Hydrofoil Supported Ocean Cat

 

Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats is proud to represent Twin Vee Catamarans and to introduce these legendary boats to the Colombian market! With the enormous growth of the marine and recreational tourism, Mar y Sol along with Twin Vee  will fill a niche in the nautical market.

Thank you to Mr. Sergio Rodríguez for your visit and Mr. Roger Dunshee of Twin Vee for the factory tour!

 

source: http://twinvee.com/index.htm

source: http://www.investincolombia.com.co/sectors/services/hotel-infrastructure-and-tourism.html

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Orlando Mayor Attends Colombia Business Seminar Along with Mar Y Sol

Mar Y Sol was recently invited by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando’s (HCCMO) seminar, “Doing Business with Colombia. The event was held at the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando with many Florida businesses in attendance.

The seminar highlighted the advantages of the Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia.  Guest speaker was Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs who accompanied the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando on the Bogotá trade mission in August.

Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs addresses Florida businesses at the National Entrepreneur Center

Presenters at the seminar included representatives from Canaveral Port Authority, Orlando International Airport and others.  Representatives from Jet Blue, Avianca and Copa Airlines announced they are increasing their flights to accommodate the rise of travel to Colombia.

Phil Brown, Executive Director of  Orlando International Airport told the audience that the Latin American market is one the fastest growing markets.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Thanks to a near-tripling of people flying between Central Florida and Latin America, Orlando was one of the three fastest-growing major markets for international air travelers during the past eight years…” (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-10-25/business/os-international-flights-orlando-data-20121025_1_orlando-international-airport-international-travelers-international-passenger )

Juliaña Pena of Enterprise Florida presented an overview of the Free Trade Agreement and its benefits for American businesses. Enterprise Florida believes Florida will have the most economic benefit.  That is certainly great news for companies like Mar Y Sol!

 

Ramón Ojeda, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando

 

Shannon Feeley, Senior Manager & Business Development from Canaveral Port Authority says the port is working on various partnerships.  Ramón Ojeda, President of the HCCMO says tourism will be an important industry and a delegation will be visiting Cartagena in 2013.

Florida businesses of all sectors attended the presentation.  Despite the troubled economy here in the United States, clearly Colombia is a solid country to develop business.

Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats wishes to extend a warm thank you to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando for the invitation to this informative event, especially Diana Bolivar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Rica building “Wellness Tourism” niche

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Turismo de bienestar abre nuevos nichos

Entre 42.000 y 72.000 visitantes han buscado estos hoteles

Hace menos de un año, James Taylor creó la empresa Powered Vacations enfocada en paquetes de turismo que ofrecen servicios como pilates, meditación, relajación, yoga y acondicionamiento físico.

De acuerdo con el empresario, la idea de crear esta empresa nace de la tendencia mundial que, según su criterio, va en crecimiento, y consiste en una preocupación generalizada por la salud y el bienestar. Se trata de un mercado potencial y creciente.

Para Marisia Jiménez, directora de Asclepios Centro de Bienestar, ubicado en Alajuela, también es marcado el crecimiento generalizado de las personas que buscan un turismo diferente.

Esto la llevó a especializarse en el tema de la medicina natural y la naturopatía, y fundar Asclepios en el 2009, que ofrece servicios de masajes, spa , sauna, acupuntura y yoga, entre otros.

Esta nueva tendencia enfocada principalmente en servicios de spa , yoga, pilates, relajación, alimentación sana y demás servicios, corresponden a la tendencia mundialmente llamada wellness (bienestar).

Para Asclepios y Poweres Vacations, la mayoría de sus clientes son visitantes provenientes de Estados Unidos, de entre 25 y 50 años, y la temporada alta coincide con la del mercado nacional, entre diciembre y abril.

“Se ha mantenido el nivel de clientela, no ha subido ni bajado. Creo que en parte es porque este es un servicio muy nuevo en el país y hay que darlo a conocer”, explica Jiménez.

De acuerdo con datos del Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT), en la Encuesta Área de No Residentes para el periodo 2009-2011, el nicho de bienestar los constituyen aquellos viajeros que manifestaron la realización de algunas de las siguientes actividades: salud, spa y aguas termales.

El número de personas que realizaron algunas de dichas actividades osciló entre los 42.000 y 72.000 en el periodo 2009-2001.

Ireth Rodríguez, subgerenta y directora de Mercadeo del ICT, explica que si bien no existe un registro institucional del número de empresas que ofrezcan servicios wellness , las cifras sí señalan un repunte en el número de turistas que vienen buscando este tipo de experiencias.

“Se presenta un incremento de más de 2,4 millones de personas que dicen estar interesadas en realizar actividades relacionadas con el bienestar, pasando de 10,7 millones personas a 13,1, de acuerdo a un estudio de Travel Style”, afirmó Rodríguez.

“Esto se debe –agregó– a que a nivel mundial hay una tendencia a que la gente busque maneras más sanas de vivir y encontrar los espacios para liberarse del estrés de las actividades cotidianas y, además, encontrar espacios para cuidado de su cuerpo y mente”.

“Muchos, principalmente el hospedaje y turismo médico, cuentan en su parrilla con actividades de turismo de bienestar. La hotelería ofrece en su menú spa , yoga, masajes, aguas termales y baños de lodo, por ejemplo, aunque no se cuenta con la información de la relación de turismo médico-turismo wellness , explicó Tatiana Cascante, subdirectora de la Cámara Nacional de Turismo (Canatur),

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Para el médico Christian Rivera, coordinador de Costa Rica Azul –iniciativa privada que busca alianza entre microempresas–, el turismo wellness no se ha explotado en el país.

“Es un campo que no solo resulta innovador, es una oportunidad para el proceso de crecimiento que el país se merece y que no ha sido explotado. Hay iniciativas en términos de wellness , pero hay muchos más conceptos que pueden ser explotados, no solo de masajes”, afirmó.

Rivera destaca que el país tiene todas las condiciones para explotar este tipo de turismo: condiciones climáticas, estabilidad política, seguridad social, especialización de profesionales e infraestructura.

“Lo que hace falta es crear una imagen de país como destino wellness , mercadearnos y darnos a conocer en el mundo. El turismo verde de la ranita dio resultado, pero nos estamos quedando en un concepto de servicios plano”, aseveró Rivera.

Ireth Rodríguez señala que “el ICT ha venido trabajado en la promoción del turismo de bienestar en producción de material impreso y digital promocional para distribuir en ferias internacionales y acceder desde la página web institucional ofreciendo las opciones de bienestar en el país”.

Tipos de wellness

Alimentación orgánica: Las personas buscan opciones diferentes y más saludables en los menús de los restaurantes. Algo que los hoteles podrían empezar a implementar.

Salud holística: Consiste en yoga, meditación, masajes, spa, acupuntura y terapias de salud alternativas.

Turismo de sueño: Acondicionamiento de equipos y habitaciones para brindar una experiencia de relajación y disfrute del sueño.

Maratones: Constituye actividades físicas masivas que podrían desarrollarse en la zona norte o Guanacaste.

Gluten free: Los turistas celiacos pueden encontrar opciones de turismo y menús adaptados a sus necesidades de salud.

Crónicos: Personas con cardipatías, diabetes, hipertensión y enfermedades renales crónicas, podrían obtener servicios y medicamentos dentro de los hoteles.

Retiro: Uno de los mayores potenciales que podría desarrollar zonas como Guanacaste. Se prevé que la mitad de la población de EE. UU. esté por encima de los 50 años.

Fuente Christian Rivera.

 

BID y Gobierno de Costa Rica firmaron préstamo por $250 millones para sector eléctrico

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Costa Rica spending $250.000.000 USD for electric infrastructure

more and English version at:  BID y Gobierno de Costa Rica firmaron préstamo por $250 millones para sector eléctrico – El Financiero.

 

 

El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) firmó con autoridades del gobierno de Costa Rica el Segundo Contrato de Préstamo Individual por $250 millones, que se destinará al desarrollo del sector eléctrico costarricense, para la atención eficiente de la creciente demanda de energía.

Con la presencia de la presidenta Laura Chinchilla, el convenio fue suscrito por Gina Montiel, gerente general de Países Centroamérica, México, Panamá y República Dominicana por el BID; y Teófilo de la Torre, presidente ejecutivo del Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), con Edgar Ayales, ministro de Hacienda (entidad que será garante).

Según fuentes del BID, un monto por $152 millones se asignará al financiamiento de inversiones en  generación, transmisión y distribución de electricidad. Se mejorará la calidad del suministro de energía en el sistema de transmisión y distribución, se ampliará la cobertura en las áreas rurales y se reforzará la red de distribución para atender comunidades aisladas.

Además, se invertirá en proyectos de energía renovable y modernización de la planta hidroeléctrica Río Macho para mejorar su rendimiento y vida útil. También se reforzará la infraestructura de transmisión y se construirá un nuevo Centro de Control de Energía Eléctrica, para cumplir con los requerimientos de calidad del Mercado Eléctrico Regional.

Cerca de $98 millones se destinarán a cofinanciar el proyecto hidroeléctrico Reventazón. Este tendrá una capacidad instalada de 305,5 Megavatios, será una de las mayores plantas de generación hidroeléctrica de Latinoamérica y la mayor de la Región centroamericana.

El financiamiento del BID con garantía soberana que hoy se firmó tiene un plazo de 25 años, con un período de gracia de 5 años y una tasa de interés basada en LIBOR, que actualmente es 1,09%. El aporte local es de $41,7 millones, con lo que el monto total será de $291,7 millones.

November News from the Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation

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 The Presidential Challenge is one of the most competitive series of  tournaments anywhere in the world, and 2012 is certainly living up to that reputation. Here are the top ten in each division as we move into the final event, PCCA Guatemala.

 
Costa Grand Champion Team
COSTAUSE

SEA ANGEL     3500
PELESE            2750
XTA SEA          2450
VOICE/WILD  2200
RUM RUNNER 1750
DRAGIN FLY   1750
HIGH HOOK    1650

LAS VENTANAS   1350
PRIORITY       1100
LET IT RIDE    1050
Eagle Claw
Grand Champion Angler
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MARC STANLEY     2050 
AUSTIN ANGEL      1900
ALEXISCHAMORRO1250  
BOBBY HARDING    850
LARRY ALLISON      750 
GARY CARTER         750
ARTURO MORENO    750
TODD FLANDERS     750
JULIO CHAMORRO   750
HANS KASPERSETZ  700
 
 
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PCCA Costa Rica
Feb. 28-March 3
 
Papagayo Cup
May 16-19, 2013
 
Aruba Caribbean Cup
Oct. 17-20, 2013
 
PCCA Guatemala
Nov. 21-24, 2013
Presidential Challenge

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November, 2012

NEWS FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE
PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE WRAPS UP IN GUATEMALA
In just a few short weeks, the Presidential Challenge will cap our 17thPCCA LOGO anniversary season of “fishing for conservation” with the PCCA Guatemala event, scheduled for Nov. 15-18, 2012 at Casa Vieja Lodge. At stake is not just the tournament title but also the overall season-long race for the Costa Top Team and Eagle Claw Top Angler prizes. A number of teams are in the running for these awards so visit “Standings” on the Presidential Challenge website for more information. As of this time there are still several great boats available for charter so email info@preschallenge.com for rates and information. It’s not too late to fish!
MOMOI SPONSORS PCCA IN 2013
Momoi has come aboard with the Presidential Challenge as the Exclusive Line Sponsor for 2013! This is a big change because anglers will no longer be supplied with line from the tournament–they will be able to purchase their line from a very wide range of  suppliers well in advance of the tournament rather than wait until they arrive to spool up their reels. The official line for the 2013 season will be the Momoi Diamond in hi-vis yellow color; 20-pound test will be used in the PCCA Costa Rica and PCCA Guatemala tournaments and 30-pound test will be used in the Papagayo Cup and Caribbean Cup tournaments. Momoi Diamond is widely available through tackle retailers both locally and online so please join us in welcoming them aboard.
ALUTECNOS JOINS SPONSORS
Another sponsor, Alutecnos, has joined the Series for 2013.

Alutecnos will supply the Top Daily Crew prizes as well as the Top Angler prize in the form of their fighting belts. They will also be supplying some additional goodies for the anglers of the PCCA to win throughout the season so please also welcome aboard Alutecnos!

ADOPT-A-BILLFISH WRAPS UP TAGGING IN ARUBA
The second phase of the Adopt-A-Billfish white marlin satellite tagging program wrapped up recently in Aruba following the Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup. Dr. Eric Prince from NOAA, along with John Houlihan and Capt. Dan Kipnis were able to tag four large, healthy white marlin with pop-up satellite tags

during their days offshore. The tags are programmed to pop off after a set amount of time, sending their data to an orbiting satellite where it is then downloaded and studied by Dr. Prince and his scientific team. This information is crucial in unlocking the secrets of the white marlin, a billfish species about which little is known. The Presidential Challenge would like to thank Eric Mansur for his invaluable assistance in coordinating the Aruban boats for the tagging as well as Richard Eman for providing lodging for the tagging team at the Aruba Surfside Marina. Also, thanks to the Aruban government for their help in sponsoring a tag and for their hospitality during and after this year’s tournament.

Presidential Challenge Series Sponsors
 

About the Presidential Challenge

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Proceeds from the Presidential Challenge Events will benefit The Billfish Foundation Central America Billfish Management Project, the Adopt-A-Billfish Satellite Tagging Program and the IGFA Take Marlin Off The Menu program.

Visit our website at:  www.preschallenge.com

The Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation, Inc. is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.” CH # 24910

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Costa Rica Company buys Genesee, Honey Brown Ale, Seagram’s Brewery in USA

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Published on: 2012/10/29

Cerveceria Costa Rica has agreed to buy, at a cost of $388 million, North American Breweries Holdings, the largest independent brewer in the U.S.

Friday, October 26, 2012

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Florida Ice & Farm Buys Brewery in USA – CentralAmericaData :: The Regional Business Portal.

The Costa Rican company Florida Ice and Farm Co., SA (“FIFCO”) announced today that its subsidiary Cerveceria Costa Rica, SA (“CCR”) has signed an agreement to purchase North American Breweries Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries (“NAB”), the largest independent brewer in the United States, owned by KPS Capital Partners, LP for $388 million. The closing of the transaction is subject to requirements laid out in a competition defense notification by Hart-Scott-Rodinoy to be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

NAB has a portfolio of 10 families of brands in all of the most important segments of beer in the U.S., including imported beers like Labatt (leading Canadian beer) and Imperial (number one brand of beer in Costa Rica), craft beers (MagicHat, Pyramid, Dundee, Mac Tarnahan’s and Buffalo Bill’sBrewery), authentic American beers (Genesee and Honey Brown) and malt beverages such as the brand Seagram’s Escapes.

 

 

 

Best Boat Buying Tips | What to Ask When Buying a Boat

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From:  Best Boat Buying Tips | Boating Magazine.

Boat Buying Answers

Use this guide to get the answers you need before making that big purchase.

Q: When is the best time to buy a boat?

A: Beautiful question! And it makes this story all the more timely. It’s boat-show season. It’s winter. This is when you’ll find the best deals because sellers want to get boats moving through the pipeline; late fall is pretty good too, when everyone wants to move inventory. “It’s a buyer’s market,” naval architect Lou Codega says. “Anybody who walks in with money should expect to be treated very, very well.” But you need to come into the buying game armed. See, once the seller starts asking the questions, you’re his. Don’t follow. You ask. You lead. And you can do that by asking these 17 — well, 16 now — questions.

Q: Is the manufacturer still in business?

A: This is reality. Since the Great Recession hit back in December of aught-seven, a few businesses have been folding like poker players with crummy hands. Make sure this boat’s manufacturer is up and running, that it will honor the warranty. More on that follows.

Q: Can I have a pre-purchase survey?

A: It’d better be “yes.” If you’re pulling out of the marina in a new $100,000 machine, you want to know that a boat-construction expert poured over every little detail, every nut, every seal, every potential flaw. Your bank or insurance company may demand it anyway. Finding a surveyor is easy: The National Association of Marine Surveyors (it’s even in the name!) and the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (ditto!) have a list. Most of our sources put the cost of inspection at roughly $10 per foot. It’s a minor investment for a serious buy.

Q: Mind if I take her out for a spin?

A: Again, you want to hear “yes.” Never buy a boat without a test spin around the harbor. Oh, sure, the salesman doesn’t want to take the boat off the trailer and put it in the water, and of course he’ll feed you the line that their insurance doesn’t cover it, but, hey, you’re the one spending a fortune here, and you want everything to work. If he won’t let you wet the hull, take your business elsewhere. “I’m amazed at how often people sometimes buy boats without trying them out,” says Winn Willard, director of Hunt Yachts. “Does anyone buy a car without driving it? Honestly, most cars behave kind of the same on the road, but a boat, oh yeah, they could scare you half to death.”

Q: What does the warranty cover, exactly?

A: If the radio blows out in your fresh-off-the-lot Porsche 911, the Porsche dealership deals with it. That’s not always the case with a boat. If the GPS shoots craps, for instance, some dealers will send you to Raytheon. “You always want to know what kind of guarantee there is up front,” says Monterey Boats project manager Roy Ellis. Also ask where you’ll take it for a tuneup. Does the warranty cover that? Get it all in writing.

Q: Who are your point people for warranties with the manufacturer?

A: Some boatbuilders have disbanded their warranty departments in recent months. The builders who are confident in their long-term health still have close relationships with their dealers. The names of the people who handle warranties won’t mean anything to you, but the fact that the dealer knows them will tell you plenty.

 

Read more at:  Best Boat Buying Tips | Boating Magazine.

Boat Buyer’s Cheat Sheet; What to Look for in a Boat

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From:  Boat Buyer’s Cheat Sheet | Boating Magazine.

 

You know what kind of boat you want and you have a budget in mind. The only thing you’re missing is the knowledge to differentiate between a pretender and a contender, the little clues that tell you if a builder has done the job right or taken the easy way out. So here it is — on the following pages you’ll find everything you need to know to make that salesman realize he’s not dealing with some hull-thumping wannabe.

Now is the best time to buy your next boat!

THE BOATING TECH TEAM

THE HULL

MAKING WAVES

Stand at the stern and look forward along the topsides. You’re checking for waves, ripples, pits, or other imperfections. Top-shelf fiberglass work is as smooth as a mirror. Also watch for flat spots on the sides and curves along the length of the chines that could mean the boat was removed from the mold before it cured. While you’re at the stern, eyeball the rubrail. It should be straight with only minor hints of the silicone that’s sealing it. Waviness indicates that the hull and deck didn’t fit together cleanly.

SQUARE AND FAIR

If, in construction, the hull and deck don’t line up, the hull can become twisted as the two parts are forced together. Even small differences can affect handling. To check, tape some string to the bow at the waterline and bring it back along one side of the boat to the edge of the transom. Do the same on the other side. The two lengths of string should be the same.

SEALED FOR LIFE

Traditionally, the best way to join the hull and deck is with bolts and then bonding from the inside with fiberglass. But technology marches on. Methacrylate adhesives, like Plexus, get the job done right also. The best places to look at how the joint was done are inside the anchor locker and engine compartment.

WOOD CAN BE GOOD

Wood stringers and frames have gotten a lot of bad press since the advent of fiberglass internal support structures. Wood can be acceptable if it’s pressure treated to resist rot and encapsulated in fiberglass. Crawl into the engine room and look for at least 2″ of overlapping glass cloth. You should see no “line bubbles,” which look like white streaks, in the corners. Fiberglass structures must meet the hull evenly and be faired into the hull with putty. Any blobs of putty and lumps of built-up fiberglass is a sign of poor mating or bonding.

 

Continued at:  Boat Buyer’s Cheat Sheet | Boating Magazine.

The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks

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Published on: 2012/10/21

 

ARUBA Netherland Antilles
Aruba is the most westerly of the ABC islands of the Netherlands Antilles,
lying 15 miles north of Venezuela. The island is well known for its white
sand beaches, casinos and resorts.

Most diving is done off the island’s west coast, and there are a number of
interesting and historic shipwrecks to be explored.

For more information about Aruba visit the Aruba Board of Tourism’s official website – www.aruba.com

click below to the source which has a list of several shipwrecks

source: The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks.

Cartagena Chamber of Commerce with Local Businesses in Orlando

from facebook: Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats, Inc.

Theresa Biemer, COO and Domingo Bernardo, President and CEO (center left) of Mar y Sol at round table discussion about Colombia.

 

From the Board Room at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando where a group of Florida businesses learned from V Adm José Alfonso Diaz, president of Cartagena Chamber of Commerce the development, growth and interest in Colombia business.

 

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Domingo Bernardo, president and CEO (far right) of Mar y Sol at chamber meeting in Orlando

Domingo Bernardo, President and CEO of Mar y Sol listens to V Adm José Alfonso Diaz of Cartagena Chamber of Commerce at a recent meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. They have been actively working to promote trade with Colombia and invited local businesses to this meeting.

 

 

 

Cartagena Chamber of Commerce Comes to Orlando

from facebook: Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats, Inc.

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Theresa Biemer, COO and Domingo Bernardo President and CEO of Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando offices

 

At a recent meeting on October 19 the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando hosted a round table meeting with  the president of the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce, José Alfonso Diaz. Mar y Sol, along with other local businesses met V Adm. Diaz to discuss  the work his chamber is doing in Colombia to promote business.  It is an exciting time since Colombia is now the 3rd largest Latin American economy and 2nd largest South American economy. Mar y Sol is proud to a part of this growing Colombian economy!

The meeting was hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. They have been actively working to promote trade with Colombia and invited local businesses to this meeting. 

Thank you to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando for hosting this informative meeting!

The Results Are In For The Third Annual Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup!

 

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Third Annual Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup Results!
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

                  Hey Chama Wins Aruba Carribean Cup

 

Marina Varadero, Aruba-The Curacao-based Hey Chama team pulled off a down-to-the-wire victory in the third annual Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup, one of the most exciting finishes in the 17-year history of the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series.

Perhaps best known for not just superb marlin fishing but consistently windy conditions and rough seas, the waters surrounding the island nation of Aruba were unseasonably flat calm during this year’s tournament. While more comfortable for the participating anglers, the conditions produced slow fishing and a very tight field going into the last day. With just six minutes remaining on the third and final day, there were four teams knotted at the 600-point mark.


But showing that anything can happen in tournament fishing, the Hey Chama was mobbed by a trio of sailfish in the closing minutes. Just one remained hooked and was fought to a quick release as time ran out, giving the team of Capt. Irving Irausquin, Leonard and Roland Chapman, Ricky Winkel and Rafael Merentes the win with a total of 700 points.
One of the teams counting down the final minutes was the all-lady angler team fishing with Capt. Milton Pichardo aboard the Teaser, a 35-foot Bertram charterboat based in Aruba. The “Reel Teasers” team of Elizabeth, Natessa and Izaira Mansur and Jackie Croes had moved into the lead on the final day with six sailfish and 600 points. They were leading the fleet based on their time of last release as time ticked down. And while the sailfish release from the Hey Chama signaled a second place finish, the ladies took their efforts in great stride, cheering and toasting their finish with some well-deserved champagne upon their return to port.

 

 

A third team celebrated some last-day heroics during the Presidential Caribbean Cup. Robert Van Vliet, Elbert Suares, Jan Geerings and Eric Jansen, fishing aboard the Balkan, another vessel based in nearby Curacao, had not released a billfish going into the third and final day of the tournament. But with marlin worth 300 points and sailfish 100 points, they knew things could change in a hurry. By midday, they had their shot-a pair of white marlin came charging into the spread. Both were successfully hooked and released, rocketing the Balkan from obscurity to third place overall.
In the angler division standings, Rafael Merentes emerged victorious with 600 points, scoring a trio of sailfish  releases (including the all-important tiebreaker) and a white marlin kicker during the tournament on the Hey Chama. Natessa Mansur had an outstanding performance on the Teaser to finish second with 400 points, followed by Alex Mansur, Jr. with 300 points on the Iliza. In the Caribbean Cup, anglers rotate rod positions throughout the day to ensure equality in the shots at fish, while certified observers provided by the tournament provide a level playing field. In addition, 30-pound test line is supplied to all participants, who must use non-offset circle hooks throughout the tournament.
For more information on the Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup, including dates for next year’s tournament, please visit www.preschallenge.com or become a “Friend” of the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Budget Marine is host to the 44th Annual Spice Island BillFish Tournament

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The Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament is based at the Grenada Yacht Club located in the lagoon, St. George’s. The yacht club boasts an excellent dock with water, power and fuel available and is conveniently located close to the west coast fishing grounds.

 

 

click here for complete details: http://www.sibtgrenada.com/tournament2012.htm

Costa Rica – Nicaragua Border Easier to Cross for Cargo

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from:  Prohíben trámites en Aduana de Peñas Blancas – CentralAmericaData :: Central America Data.

Terrestrial traffic often takes up to 3 days to cross the Nicaragua – Costa Rica border.  This increases substantially the cost of products that need to enter or leave Costa Rica.

The customs department is taking steps to remove this delay.

Customs Procedures in Peñas Blancas Prohibited

In order to speed things up at Costa Rica’s main border, from November procedures must be made from companies or other customs offices.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

In April, an article in nacion.com noted that, at the Peñas Blancas office, “truckers have been taking up to two days to complete the formalities and reviews and be allowed to pass over to the Nicaraguan side.”

Now, the Directorate General of Customs in Costa Rica has decreed that “From November carriers passing through the customs at Peñas Blancas, on the border with Nicaragua, will complete the steps from their company offices or other customs offices located in various parts the country, because in the booths at the border it is no longer allowed. ”

The Director General of Customs, Gerardo Bolaños, said the aim of the measure is “to turn this office into a thoroughfare, not a place of paperwork. The option of carrying out the paperwork elsewhere has always existed, but it has never been an enforced measure, and is not always done; in addition, the current infrastructure has made this exit post a bottleneck, meaning that time gained in doing the processing [in advance]was lost in when it came to driving through. ”

 

Prohíben trámites en Aduana de Peñas Blancas

Para acelerar el paso por el principal paso fronterizo de Costa Rica, a partir de noviembre los trámites se deberán realizar desde las empresas o en otras sedes aduanales.

Miércoles 17 de Octubre de 2012

En abril, un artículo en nacion.com señalaba que, en la Aduana de Peñas Blancas, “los camioneros se tardan hasta dos días en realizar los trámites y revisiones y quedar autorizados para pasar al lado nicaraguense.”

Ahora, la Dirección General de Aduanas de Costa Rica decretó que “A partir de noviembre los transportistas que pasen por la aduana de Peñas Blancas, en la frontera con Nicaragua, deberán realizar los trámites desde su empresa o en otras sedes aduanales ubicadas en varias partes del país, pues en las casetillas de paso ya no será permitido.”

El Director General de Aduanas, Gerardo Bolaños, explicó que el objetivo de la medida es “convertir esta aduana en un lugar de paso y no de trámites. La opción de hacer la papelería en otros lugares de manera previa existe desde hace tiempo, pero al no ser una medida obligada, no siempre se hace; además, la infraestructura actual convertía la salida en un embudo, por lo que el tiempo ganado en trámites se perdía igual al pasar.”

 

Astonishing Video: Sailfish Herding and Attacking Bait Balls

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Underwater footage shows schools of sailfish using their dorsal fins to manipulate shimmering schools of baitfish.
Not everyone gets a chance to enjoy the sight of sailfish balling bait. Luckily, underwater photographer Marc Montocchio jumped in and filmed it for everyone to see. Watch as this school of sails manipulate the bait by surrounding it and using their “sail” fins.

click: Herding Sail Video

 

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