first_imgRelated posts:Fleeing Nicaragua: Joining forces against the government Fleeing Nicaragua: The escape President Solís: ‘If you want to get through a border, you’ll be able to sooner or later’ Costa Rican government applauds U.S. decision to stop ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy on Cuban migrants La Cruz, Guanacaste — The message from Nicaraguan refugees to Costa Rica is a uniform one: thank you.Not all Ticos have greeted the asylum-seekers kindly. In mid-August, hundreds of people protested at La Merced park in downtown San José against the influx of Nicaraguans. More than 40 people were arrested when some demonstrators became violent.The Costa Rican government has repeatedly denounced xenophobia and has urged citizens not to fall victims to provocations or calls to hate.In La Cruz, Mondragón expressed his gratitude for the continued hospitality at the shelter. He feared Costa Rica might have turned him away and allowed his extradition to a country where he felt his life was in danger.“First, I want to say thank you, because you give us support, and as refugees, you give us food to eat,” he said. “I say, ‘Thank you for not sending us back,’ because if they sent us back, we’d fall in the wrong hands, and they’d kill me.”Some refugees have messages for Ortega, too.“I’m doing this publicly because I am not afraid,” Mayorga said. “I’ll say this again to Daniel Ortega: ‘I am not afraid of you. I am not afraid of you, you dog, and I will never be afraid of you. And if they gave me a gun to go and kill you, I would do it.’”Overwhelmingly, the refugees said they hope to return to Nicaragua someday. If they are given guns, they say, they will fight for freedom: For their friends, for their families, for their children.“My goal wasn’t to come to a refugee camp,” Mondragón said. “If someone supports us, gives us guns, I’ll leave to go defend my country.”Part 1: The escapePart 2: Joining forces against the government Stories like these are made possible thanks to contributions from readers like you. Please donate to support our reporting and keep it independent. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgMarana, AZ – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAn investment by Google pioneer Ray Sidney in The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain near Tucson, AZ has signaled an “all clear” to snowbirds seeking a second home in a perfect golf resort climate. Sidney’s capital infusion has eliminated all community debt creating lower cost opportunities for luxury home buyers interested in purchasing the highly-personalized homes or custom estate homesites.David Mehl of Cottonwood Properties, Inc., developed this extraordinary property nestled in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains. The homesites are placed strategically along the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and near The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain luxury resort hotel.“To have the community debt-free, with all amenities completed and operating, is rare given these economic times,” explains Mehl. “By responding to the financial environment with a new capital structure, we are able to re-price our homes and homesites at about $400 per square foot. This is in line with today’s ‘new normal’ providing an unparalleled Ritz-Carlton lifestyle at an irresistible value to buyers.”Sidney’s investment in The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain fits with his personal mission to invest in and develop sustainable real estate projects. A Harvard graduate with a PhD from MIT, Sidney joined Google in 1999 as a software engineer, becoming the company’s third employee. He left in 2003 and has since been involved in a variety of philanthropic enterprises focused on the environment and education.“David Mehl has an amazing track record as a successful luxury community home developer. Just look at what he and Jack Nicklaus did at the Westin La Paloma,” Sidney says. “The Residences offers a great opportunity for us to create responsible and sustainable luxury living, something I’m passionate about.”Already underway, the initial residential phase of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will have 110 highly-personalized homes featuring the finest in design and finishes, together with 16 custom estate homesites. New prices for the Amolillo single family homes start at $1.1 million; Seven Saguaros single family homes start at $1.5 million; and custom fairway homesites start at $590,000; villas start at $925,000; and Rockpoint Ridge custom homesites start at $605,000.theresidencesdovemountain.comlast_img read more