New forums added

I have added a new forum called Regional to A42 with, so far, sub-forums for CA-4, Central America and The Americas. While the Where? section was initially set up for only country-specific items it is clear that there needs to be a place for regional information as well.

Sketch Artist

I am looking for a sketch artist for a project of mine. I never see any at the tourist markets, ect. Maybe a student?

Any ideas? Thanks

Health care comparison

Democracy for Monsanto

How the US is telling El Salvador that Monsanto has more international rights than their own government. on A42.

More CA-4 adventures

Every time I think I understand how the CA-4 agreement works, something different enters the equation. My latest is posted on A42 in the CA-4 forum.

Social Security benefit letter

A friend has been trying to get a Social Security benefit letter from outside the US. He has been told that is no longer possible. The details are in the A42 forums.

Is this now true?

Communication Styles - True or False

This is from inter cultures.ca, part of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Question about CityPark rides

Every year in mid September CityPark comes to Ocotal. It's a number of rides for kids, but the quality is much better than the rides that come here a month earlier for the Fiestas Patronales.

I used to take my housekeeper's kids and nephews to CityPark, and we all enjoyed it. Unfortunately for me, I'm no longer in Nicaragua in September. Last year I gave my housekeeper money to go in my absence, but I miss watching the kids having fun there. My housekeeper thinks that after Ocotal, CityPark goes further north into Honduras.

Solís more open to Pérez proposal to de-militarize the drug war

While the Chinchilla administration seemed more open than Ortega on the idea, nothing happened. Now there actually might be progress.

Nicaragua: Cuba must be included in the Summit of the Americas

From A42.

Are there TukTuks in Granada?

If so, how popular are they and who uses them?

Solar power in our future

We have talked about PV solar power here many times. I have lived off-grid as have at least two other NL members so we know it works. What's relatively new, at least in this region, is grid-tie PV systems. Some are commercial, others are home systems. What generally is getting in the way of more of these systems are laws (that benefit big-scale power producers).

An opinion piece titled Reader Supported News looks at how this is changing, and why.

Moving day

Today NL (and some other sites) are moving to a different server. This is a short move so I expect minimal problems. It is simply moving from one server at DreamHost to another. Thus a problem is likely to be a temporary DNS lookup issue.

Reminder Why Ortega Offered Snowden Asylum

Are Americans really safe living in a country ruled by Ortega - A lifetime dictator who pushes anti-American propaganda at his people?
After Greenwald's "Best selling book" and Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ wide-ranging, exclusive Snowden interview - More continuing proof of Americans' distaste for Snowden:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/more-americans-oppose-edward-snowdens-actions-support-them-n119476
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