Lake Atitlan Guatemala Medicinal Tour

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Are you interested in the natural healing powers of plants? Join ‘Grow Your Own Cure’ for a 1-day Lake Atitlan Guatemala Medicinal Tour adventure that is designed to introduce you to Mayan indigenous healer’s wisdom about traditional healing herbal remedies and healing arts in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

From the beginning of time, plants have played a significant role in human affairs, influencing medicine and healthcare. Participants will explore the medical gardens in San Pedro, San Juan, and San Marcos, meet with local indigenous healers, and learn about the history, cultivation and role medicinal plants play in health and healing.

See, smell, and taste the rejuvenating and healing powers of medicinal plants through interactive demonstrations and samplings.

This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen you connection to herbal medicine in a rich sensory experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Itinerary: We will meet at 9:00am at the ‘Pharmacy of Herbs – Grow Your Own Cure’ store conveniently located half a block from the lake shore at Casa Loma, Rancho Grande, Panajachel.  After a tour of the store we will embark on a 45-minute boat ride enjoying spectacular views of the volcanoes and mountains as we make our way to San Pedro La Laguna, on the west shore of Lake Atitlán.

San Pedro La Laguna is one of the larger villages on the lake having a population of 10,000 whose inhabitants are primarily Tz’utujil Maya.  The village of San Pedro is known for their curanderos/healers.

We will begin our exploration with a visit to a medicinal garden where we will meet with a local indigenous healer who uses the leaves, seeds, stems, bark and roots of herbs to treat illness and disease.   Walking in the aromatic medicinal garden you will be greeted by the fragrance of the herbs.  The garden is flourishing with some common herbs such as lemon grass and chamomile as well as many rare and little-known medicinal plants.

We will then travel to the adjoining village of San Juan La Laguna where we will visit a medicinal garden that is run by a local women’s cooperative.  You will have an opportunity to tour the gardens, learn about the herbs and their uses, as well learn about their belief in caring for the land with love, and without harming it by using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

No visit to Lake Atitlan is complete without a meal.  Next, we will enjoy a delicious tipico Guatemalan lunch at a local comedor.

After lunch we will take a boat to the beautiful village of San Marcos on the northern shore of Lake Atitlan known for its yoga, meditation, spiritual and holistic therapies.  There we will visit a local clinic, meet with the doctor, and tour the medicinal garden.  Participants will have the opportunity to partake in an herbal consultation with the doctor for an additional fee.

We will return by boat to Panajachel.

General Information

Tour Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm*

Inclusions: The cost of this tour includes an English speaking guide, all entrance fees, guided tour, lunch and all boat transportation.

Recommendations: Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sun screen.  Camera is advised as is a bottle of water.  Also bring extra cash for shopping as credit cards are not accepted at most locations.  Donations or gift purchases are encouraged at the cooperatives.

Price per person:

1-2 persons,  $75.00 per person (2 person minimum)
3-4 persons,  $65.00 per person
5-6 persons,  $60.00 per person
7-10 persons,  $55.00 per person

*The last shuttle from Lake Atitlán to Antigua is at 4:00pm.  Please let us know if you are scheduled on it and we will make sure to get you back to Panajachel in time to catch it.

For more information, please email us at info@growyourowncure.org or call 347-809-6637.

The Hometown All Stars book series by Kevin Christofora

Few events punctuate spring’s arrival better than the start of baseball season. Sports are a great way to engage young readers who are beginning to develop strong topic-related interests in reading material.

Opening day ushers in revived hope of a championship pennant win and nostalgia for the sensory experiences that come with taking in a game at the stadium, field, or even at home. The books then follow an “age appropriate” progression of learning the steps to play a game and be involved in the community.

Now you can also see The Hometown All Stars children’s book video at:

 

My family is big fans of The Hometown All Stars children’s book series.  We bought these books for our twin boys who learned the game of baseball this summer and are learning to read.

They are wonderful colorful and engaging bedtime books that have great positive messages about doing your best, having fun, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and never giving up.

The reading level is relatively easy, many sight words are included in the text, and the story lines take you through the learning steps to play the game of baseball.

The Hometown All Stars book series by Kevin Christofora, a coach and author, is one of the best series in children’s picture books and are perfect for young children.  They are a nice reminder that sports should be about fun and good sportsmanship.

We enjoy these books as much as our 6 year old boys do and recommend anyone that has children ages 4-7 to get these books, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Chinese Food Singer Alison Gold | The Hometown All Stars

Luckily for Alison Gold, she didn’t have to sneak around for long to hide the success of her YouTube smash “Chinese Food”, because not long after it went up on Tuesday her friends were already singing the song to her and serenading her with the catchy “chow m-m-m-m-mein” chorus.

The Hometown All Stars decided to do a cover to hit YouTube video called “I Like Chinese” Food with Allison Gold. Originator Patrice Wilson, is the mastermind and co-founder of the Ark music factory and is also behind other YouTube sensations such as Rebecca Black “Friday” and “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook, as pointed out by Nightline Feed Frenzy.

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This fictitious Little League team from Anywhere, USA has made it their mission to help kids play sports the right way. As a result of creating the Hometown All Stars as a book series, other media has taken notice such as Nickelodeon – Nick Jr. and Disney – Disney Jr. to develop The Hometown All Stars into an animated TV show that has the teammates doubling as spy kids that help other kids in trouble. In fact the Paradigm Talent Agency is representing the The Hometown All Stars TV Series.

Introducing the Worst Song of the Year: Alison Gold’s “Chinese Food”

We break down the most cringe-worthy moments in the spiritual successor to Rebecca Black’s “Friday” so you don’t have to Alison Gold, the heir apparent to Black’s tween pop throne, provides vocals for the track and also stars in the music video, which premiered yesterday.

It’s already racked up nearly one million views and has four times as many dislikes to likes (a ratio that’s likely to grow). Anyway, have yourself a watch and then we’ll give this Columbus Day treasure the breakdown America.

Guatemala Stopped Monsanto, Assault continue on U.S. Farmers

Guatemalan court suspends “Monsanto Law”. The Guatemala Court’s decision was adopted one day after several parliamentarians expressed their willingness to consider a derogation, given the rejection of the law throughout the country. Both the governing Patriotic Party (PP) and the opposition party Renewed Democratic Freedom (Lider) announced that they would present motions to the plenary of the Legislative Body to prevent the law coming into force on 26 September. -
 
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Canada Immigrant Job Barrier Stories | Please Like and Comment

The Great Canadian Chicken and Egg Experience:  Immigrant Job Barrier Stories

Hamilton Ontario Immigrant Women’s Centre volunteers have created a humorous public awareness video, The Great Chicken and Egg Experience:  Immigrant Job Barrier Stories. The video aims to build awareness about the Canadian experience barrier, a roadblock that is, in most cases, discrimination under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

For many Canadian immigrants, finding a job in a new country becomes a chicken and egg situation:  no job without Canadian experience; no experience without a job.

Most people don’t know asking for Canadian experience is a human rights issue.

Volunteers at Immigrant Women’s Centre of Hamilton Ontario (8 Main St. E. #101, Hamilton Ontario, L8N 1E8 tel: 905 529 5209) created the video based on real stories from their own employment search experiences.   While Canada depends on immigration to bring skilled and highly trained workers to Ontario and other jurisdictions, our immigration services human rights issues include the Canadian experience barrier.  Finding employment and training-related work in Canada should not, in most cases, be blocked by the chicken and egg employment barrier.

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Guatemala The Good and The Very Very Bad

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I decided to write this blog post about Guatemala using a headline that would perhaps draw a great deal of attention or interest. Guatemala seldom is gifted with the Good and mostly the Very Very Bad.

Guatemala The Very Bad is in most cases information which comes from sources like the US State Department that has some form of criteria to inform potential travelers of the dangers of Guatemala. I wonder if the authors of these reports have ever been to Guatemala, or these formed opinions are from an informed collection of Data from the NSA.

Then again Guatemala has never had shootings of their children in schools. Perhaps a Guatemala State Department Report on the dangers of travel to the US might read like this. Do not go to Movie theaters, attend School events, large gathers of Politicians and use any form of mass transit, in general stay in your over prices hotel room. You will be safe.

Guatemala The Very Bad also comes in the form of Travel review on web sites like TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet, Please note Lonely Planet is about 2 years behind the times in current or miss-accurate information about Guatemala. Guatemala is not a country for everyone. In particular travelers that think when they arrive all Guatemalan’s need to convert to their life style, needs, thinking and wants. The results are plastered on the pages of Travel Review sites of the miss adventures of Travelers that find themselves in positions they find un comfortable or unaccustomed with which turns into a negative review. Rather to enjoying the culture of Guatemala.

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Guatemala News, Crime and Tourism

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Guatemala News, Crime and Tourism, Guatemala as told by the world media is cursed with reports of Crime and and Crimes against Tourists. Living in Guatemala and enjoying the country and often write about my experiences. Thus this blog is to bring a view of facts. Not about some Tourist who had a bad experience on a Chicken Bus on Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet.

Trip Advisor and in particular Lonely Planet which is always 2 years behind the facts both continue to be a source of both negative and glowing comments about Guatemala. Sadly the negatives appear to be the focal point of interest for Travellers.

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D’Noz Restaurant is located in the village of San Pedro on Lake Atitlan

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D’Noz Restaurant is located in the village of San Pedro on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. How you reach this fine eatery you will take a boat or launch from Panajachel which is the main dropping off point for all travellers coming to lake Atitlan.

You can ask anyone in Pana as the city is called for the Launch to San Pedro as there are two launch areas in Pana. You can take the express launch which costs 25Q. Or you can take the more picturesque boat ride and stop at all the village on route to San Pedro. Either way the trip is about half an hour across the lake.

When you reach San Pedro you will be dropped off at the bottom of a very steap hill or street which heads into the main section of San Pedro. D’Noz Restaurant is on your right hand side as you leave the launch about 100 feet from the boat docks up the hill.

D’Noz Restaurant is the taste of San Pedro in my opinion. Prices are 40Q for an amazing lunch from the biggest burger I have ever eaten to a variety of Chinese food. All excellent.

For evening tastes of D’Noz Restaurant order the Steak, you will find if you have traveled in Central America Beef can be a challenge to cut through. At D’Noz Restaurant the steaks come medium and are like butter to the taste and to cut.

Service is great, the same staff has been at D’Noz Restaurant for years. On weekends D’Noz Restaurant offers an amazing fish fry on friday nights which is a must again. Great prices and the food.

Enjoy

Guatemala – Travel Safety Over Sensationalism

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The article excerpt below has created a storm of comments and opinions through Facebook back to the site that posted this article about Guatemala Travel and Safety. Since Monday of this week almost 15,000 Facebook fans, friends and enemies have read this article and made comments about the author and his opinions.

Now I know the author, I maintain his web site for him. Lee is his name and he runs a travel and tour business in Lake Atitlan. Since his early beginnings in Lake Atitlan Lee and his wife have with great respect of the local community built a business out of all local relationships. Lee takes great care of managing and respecting his place as an outsider in Lake Atitlan.

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Lake Atitlan Guatemala – Safety Over Sensationalism

Guatemala, one of the world’s great travel destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the country,  Key tourism areas of Antigua, Rio Dulce, Tikal and Lake Atitlan Guatemala are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas.

Now for my view of those that have read and commented on this article above. I am an American that for that last 10 years of my life I have found myself enjoying Guatemala and all of Central America. Yes Guatemala has a crime problem, mostly in Guatemala City. Drugs and Poverty drive the needs of others to take from those in what ever means they desire. In Lee’s article he was chastised in comments for voicing his opinion about safety in Guatemala and comparing Guatemala to other countries.

Let us briefly compare Guatemala to the US for example, I have not seen an article in Guatemala splashed across the Newspapers front pages of shootings at Movie Theaters, Children gunned down in School classrooms by out of control US gun laws. Have you?

Guatemala has Tourism, Coffee and growing pains. Sadly while tourism has great benefits it also has great harm. Visitors to Guatemala who have had an experience of some kind love to Write on Tripadvsor and Loney Planet about the negatives for example of riding on a Chicken Bus. An experience I love and enjoy weekly in my life in Central America.

If we continue to talk about the problem, then it will remain a problem. If this article is anything it is an inspiration for all to make change. Stop bitching do something. Or hide behind your comments.

Lake Atitlan Guatemala – Safety Over Sensationalism Repost

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Guatemala, one of the world’s great travel destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the country,  Key tourism areas of Antigua, Rio Dulce, Tikal and Lake Atitlan Guatemala are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas.

While the media often portrays Guatemala as the most dangerous place on earth, it is statistically quite safe. According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Guatemala doesn’t even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Guatemala for murders on NationMaster.com. The assault rate in the U.S. is nearly 5 times greater than that of Guatemala in the independent Prominix report adjusted for under-reported crime.

Even when we add on independent estimates for unreported homicides, Guatemala ranks behind many popular vacation destinations. Places we think of as idyllic Caribbean retreats have double, triple, even quadruple the murder rates of Guatemala. Guatemala ‘s famous vacation areas are even safer than the averaged statistics, and even safer still for tourists.

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Guatemala is as safe as rural U.S. states.

The magnificent volcanoes, beautiful Lake Aittlan, colonial Antigua, and ancient Mayan ruins are among the safest and most spectacular in the world. Guatemala’s homicide rate is slightly lower than the rural U.S. States of Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Maine.

Guatemala is safer than many cities in the U.S.

More than 15,000 Americans safely visit Guatemala every day. And while the media sensationalizes stories of violence in Guatemala, Guatemala is safer than many major U.S. cities. Travelers feel relatively safe visiting popular U.S. cities like Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C, or Atlanta. Visitors from around the world enjoy these vibrant cities in relative, reasonable safety. Yet each of these cities is statistically less safe than Guatemala.

Guatemala and politically charged Media Bias

In the debate on immigration reform in the US, the facts on safety in Guatemala have become a casualty of politics. To change public opinion and policy, politicians sometimes throw fuel on the fire.

Media Favoritism versus Facts

New Orleans is beloved and its renaissance is showcased in the news. The FBI reports the murder rate of New Orleans is declining, but it is nearly 4 times higher than all of Guatemala and over 5 times higher than Guatemala City. New Orleans is still an amazing place to visit and the Media is right to champion this inspirational city. But Guatemala is at least as remarkable and there is a clear difference in how each of these storied destinations is portrayed in contemporary news. Every city and country has places that are safe and dangerous. Guatemala is no exception. The areas that are dangerous should be avoided. And those that are safe should be enjoyed and celebrated.

Guatemala City is as safe as Washington D.C.

The U.S. State Department in Washington issues warnings about Guatemala, yet Washington D.C. is as deadly as Guatemala City. Washington’s murder rate has been cut almost in half in the last 10 years, but it still averages 24 per 100,000 vs. 36 per 100,000 in Guatemala City. How do you suppose the U.S. State department would feel if the Guatemalan government posted travel warnings for the U.S. capital?

Guatemala has very low violent crime rates.

The U.S. Assault rate is 5 times higher than Guatemala ‘s. Guatemala ‘s violent crime rates for Assault, Kidnapping and Rape are substantially lower than Canada’s and yet the U.S. State Department issues no such warnings for Canada. The rate for Rape in the U.S. is more than double the rate in Guatemala. The numbers have been adjusted for unreported crime from the respected 2012 Prominix report and are the most accurate statistics available on this subject.

Unless you are involved in the drug trade, you are statistically as safe in Guatemala as anywhere else in North America. Even though the U.S. murder rate of 4 per 100,000 is lower than Guatemala ‘s, tourists and visitors are statistically safer in Guatemala and much less likely to be a victim of violent crime than in the U.S., Canada and many other countries regarded as safe.

Simple Truth About Life

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SIMPLE TRUTH #1
Lovers help each other undress before sex.
However after sex, they always dress on their own.
Moral of the story: In life, no one helps you once you’re screwed.

SIMPLE TRUTH # 2
When a lady is pregnant, all her friends touch her stomach and say, “Congratulations.”
But, none of them touch the man’s penis and say, “Good job.”
Moral of the story: Hard work is never appreciated.

FIVE RULES TO REMEMBER IN LIFE
1. Money cannot buy happiness, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than on a bicycle.
2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the asshole’s name.
3. If you help someone when they’re in trouble, they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then neither does milk.

AND FINALLY
Condoms don’t guarantee safe sex. A friend of mine was wearing one, when he was shot by the woman’s husband.

Lake Attilan Guatemala Weather Forecast 2014

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Welcome to Guatemala Weather Forecast, your daily fast look at what’s happening climate-wise in places you want to visit in Guatemala. The 2014 Guatemala Weather Forecast is brought to you daily on this web sites and others on the Guatemala Weather Forecast Travel Network part of  Lesman Yokobsen who is a recognized for his role as Guatemala’s Chief Meteorologist.

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English: lake Atitlan, Guatemala. From right to left: San Pedro volcano, Tolimán and Atitlán volcano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Guatemala Weather for 2013 delivered more then ample rain for the Guatemala Coffee Harvest. As we enter 2014 Coffee harvest the Guatemala Weather continues under sunny skies allowing for great drying of Organic Coffee throughout the Lake Atitlan Guatemala Coffee Region.

Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting La Voz Cooperative, a coffee cooperative, that is located in the stunningly beautiful Lake Atitlan region of the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  Lake Atitlán provides an ideal environment for growing coffee—the region has a cooler climate than most other parts of Guatemala, there is plentiful and consistent rainfall each year, and the area is surrounded by the rich soils of the Atitlán, Toliman and the San Pedro volcanoes.

Harvesting usually begins in November and runs through February.  Walking along the roadside you can see thousands of hectares of coffee trees covering the lush mountain sides all needing to be handpicked. Yes, you heard me correctly, harvesting is done by handpicking. Each tree is picked NUMEROUS times during harvest season. The fruit must be processed the same day it is picked otherwise the beans inside may spoil.

The Lake Atitlan Weather forecast for January 2014 offers Tour and Travel Operators around Lake Atitlan are finding warm days in the 70 Degree range with cool and comfortable sleeping with temperature in the mid 60 degree range. With these temperature do not be fooled one can easily burn in the warn sunny days so use sun block.

Our Guatemala Chief Meteorologist weather forecasts can be read weekdays http://www.lakeatitlantravelguide.com/, http://i-travelreview.com/ in Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala and Lake Atitlan reports on first hand views of the local weather for all of Guatemala.

Lesman Yokobsen is a recognized for his  role as Guatemala’s Chief Meteorologist helping predict many storms as they approached the highland of Guatemala including both Tropical Storm Agatha in 2010 and Tropical Storm Betty in 2013

7-Day Weather Forecast for Guatemala for January 2014

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Partly Cloudy

22 | 13 °C

Partly Cloudy

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10%

Thursday, 2

Clear

24 | 13 °C

Clear

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10%

Friday, 3

Partly Cloudy

22 | 13 °C

Partly Cloudy

Chance of
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10%

Saturday, 4

Clear

24 | 12 °C

Clear

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10%

Sunday, 5

Clear

25 | 13 °C

Clear

Chance of
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Guatemala Weather Forecasts are brought to you daily on this web sites and others on the Guatemala Weather Forecast Travel Network part of  Lesman Yokobsen who is a recognized for his role as Guatemala’s Chief Meteorologist.

 

Guatemala Journey From Tree to Coffee | La Voz Coffee Cooperative

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Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting La Voz Cooperative, a coffee cooperative, that is located in the stunningly beautiful Lake Atitlan region of the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  Lake Atitlán provides an ideal environment for growing coffee—the region has a cooler climate than most other parts of Guatemala, there is plentiful and consistent rainfall each year, and the area is surrounded by the rich soils of the Atitlán, Toliman and the San Pedro volcanoes.

Since moving to Guatemala a year and a half ago, I have discovered all the wonderful things Guatemala has to offer.  From picturesque Mayan ruins and steaming volcanoes, to lush jungles and beaches to the warm indigenous culture and its range of breathtaking scenery—Guatemala offers an incredibly rich and distinctive culture.

Guatemala is also known for producing some of the best coffee in the world.  Large coffee fincas can be found in many parts of Guatemala.  Smaller-hold Guatemala coffees come from cooperatives like La Voz, in Lake Atitlán, that run their own mills.  They market their coffee under the poetic name “La Voz que Clama en el Desierto.”

Coffee Plants at La Voz

Coffee begins as a fruit. It takes three to five years for trees to produce the round berries that start out green and ripen red.

What is unique to La Voz Cooperative is that they grow their crops in harmony with nature without the use of harmful chemicals.  Their coffee is grown high in the mountains, 4,300 – 6,500 feet above sea level, where the forest canopy shades the coffee plants to protect them from bitterness.

La Voz Cooperative is made up of the communities of the indigenous Tzutujil, Kakchiquel and Quiche Mayan people who have been cultivating coffee in this region for the past 90 years. They are skillful producers dedicated to community collaboration and growing certified organic coffee.

Harvesting usually begins in November and runs through February.  Walking along the roadside you can see thousands of hectares of coffee trees covering the lush mountain sides all needing to be handpicked. Yes, you heard me correctly, harvesting is done by handpicking. Each tree is picked NUMEROUS times during harvest season. The fruit must be processed the same day it is picked otherwise the beans inside may spoil.

This time of year in Guatemala the seasons are changing. We move from the rainy to the dry season, which means hot sunny days with blustery winds and high UV levels.  This drier environment is necessary to dry the coffee cherries outside in the sun.

Different Stages of Coffee Beans Drying

Different Stages of Coffee Beans Drying

After Colombia, Guatemala ranks second in the world in the amount of high-grade coffee it produces, and has the highest percentage of its crop classified as “high quality” by world-wide buyers.

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Concrete or clay patios are most common in Guatemala. They allow producers to dry large amounts of coffee at a time on an easily raked surface.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, after oil. It is estimated that the global coffee industry earns in excess of $60 billion dollars annually, yet less than 10% of those earnings end up in the countries where the coffee is produced, and slightly less than 0.5% of the total earnings translate into wages for those who actually labor to produce the coffee. For every $3.25 latte sold in the U.S., approximately 1 penny of that goes to the workers who do the actual work of growing and harvesting the coffee beans.

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Once the coffee beans are clean, they are spread out on a flat surface where the warm Guatemalan sun dries them. To ensure consistency of the coffee, the beans must be turned constantly by using rakes during the drying process.

In Guatemala, it’s a culture of friendly people who are always smiling.

The dried beans are sacked.

The dried beans are sacked.

The beautiful face of woman who dedicates herself to the work of planting and harvesting coffee beans.

Second-quality beans are of a darker color even when dry, and are taken out and consumed locally.

Second-quality beans are of a darker color even when dry, and are taken out and consumed locally.

I am so grateful to La Voz Cooperative in San Juan La Laguna, Sololá Guatemala and the incredibly hard-working, but grateful farm workers who welcomed us into their life for a day.  The journey from tree to cup is incredibly time consuming.  I hope this blog enlightens you on the amount of labor that goes into the steaming cup of coffee you enjoy every day.

 

Guatemala Living

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Guatemala Living is a topic of great on-line conversation and debate. Having written over 900 original articles about Guatemala Living including topics about, Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Livingston, Monterrico and Tikal I feel I have the right to talk about bloggers that go on line to talk about Guatemala Living.

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Most blogging about Guatemala Living is done by those that own a business and are self promoting there own interests to draw attention to there business through the use of blogs. It is a free world so blog away. The annoyances I find with these bloggers is the fact that little research is done about topics, mostly cut and paste from other articles. Take a trip, go to a Finca, meet local people and before you write a word truly get to know Guatemala.

Guatemala Living and Ex Pats, well I have a mixed opinion about Ex Pats writing about Guatemala Living. I have great friends in Guatemala that over the years I have helped with there own web sites Blogs giving suggestions on topics, ideas for travel and use photos. Not stock images go out and take a picture of something special in Guatemala.

George at Georges Travel Club, Nancy from Guatemala Reservations, Lee at Lake Atitlan Travel Guide are purest Bloggers. They being Ex Pats write about there real experiences of Guatemala Living. George and Lee are amazing writers, Nancy while long winded sorry Nancy, all cover and express different yet amazing points of view about Guatemala Living.

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They all own business’s in Guatemala and respect the gifts Guatemala has given them as business owners. Each in there own way have built over the years business interests which started from at first coming to and experiencing Guatemala Living.

Take Elizabeth Bell with Antigua Tours as an example of a person that has taken Guatemala Living and taken it to the highest level of community interest through her business. Walk into Elizabeth Bell’s Antigua Tours office and you will find the walls adorned with awards, letters and support from all over the world in the work Antigua Tours and Elizabeth Bell has done to maintain the heritage of Antigua Guatemala. Does Elizabeth Bell blog no, she is very active on Facebook.

Blogging about Guatemala Living is not an easy task to have your articles found on line or in fact anyplace at all. Bloggers often think I have a blog and I will be found on-line. Perhaps after 200 original blog articles on very specific topics will result in a few second or third page placements in search engines. Or asking your friends on Facebook to follow your blogs well they will tire of that quickly.

Guatemala Living is a great topic to write about if you have the experience of Guatemala Living not from behind the gated communities of Antigua.

Lake Attilan Guatemala Best Organic Coffee

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Lake Attilan Guatemala Best Organic Coffee I have ever drank we found in San Juan La Laguna which is a ten minute walk from the village of San Pedro in Lake Atitlan Guatemala is a must see.

Traveling to Lake Atitlan and searching for those hidden gems of real coffee co-ops can be hard to find. The season is short and when the coffee is not being harvested these co-ops are closed for the most part.

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For those that truly love Organic coffee and want the real experience not another tour Cooperative La Voz Que Clama En El Desierto in the village of San Juan La Laguna which is a ten minute walk from the village of San Pedro in Lake Atitlan Guatemala is a must see.

For years I have looked around Lake Atitlan for Organic Coffee Fincas, I wanted to see the real thing. With Coffee harvest running from December till March it is sometimes hard to find these Co-ops around the lake.

To reach this small Co-Operative you need to take a boat from Panajachel to San Pedro on Lake Atitlan. Panajachel which  is a town in the southwestern Guatemalan Highlands, less than 90 miles from Guatemala City, in the department of Sololá. It serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding municipality of the same name.

From San Pedro you can walk which takes about ten minutes or take a Tu-Tu from San Pedro to the village of San Juan. Ask anyone in San Juan about the Co-Operative and they will direct you.

We were fortunate to have Alex with us from Kayak Guatemala who more or less paved the way for us to have complete freedom to explore the co-op and ask questions. While many want to go to the Coffee Tours of Antigua this is the real thing. This is a production facility not a tourist destination.

Andres Cotuc manages the operations and after yes a cup of this years harvest of Lake Atltian Organic Coffee, roasted on site we were allowed to go crazy with our camera. With respect to the woman working in our photo’s were all asked permission. Take that as a note when and if you make it to this co-op.

We then were allowed to head out to the fields to see coffee beans on the trees. The co-op is large and is nestled into the side of the mountains with coffee plans shaded by huge trees. Part of the great coffee growing process.

There is not price for touring the facility that we could see. Coffee is for sale ground or whole beans.

I finally found that cup of coffee I have been looking for in Guatemala.

Come visit Lake Atitlan Guatemala in January and save BIG

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Come visit Lake Atitlan Guatemala in January and save BIG.  Discounts for one week only; January 18 – 26, 2014.  This complete package includes everything; airport pick-up, transfers to Lake Atitlan, deluxe overnight accommodations in Santa Cruz la Laguna, ALL meals, ALL activities, ALL tours and excursions.  Come and stay for the entire week, or for a few days.

January 18 – 26, 2014 – Complete package from $149.00 per person per day, or $1192.00 for the entire itinerary.

ARRIVAL DAY, SATURDAY – Jan. 18

·               Airport transfer from airport to Lake Atitlan. Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 1, SUNDAY – Jan. 19

 KAYAK EXCURSION and ATITLAN NATURE RESERVE

·         After breakfast we take a leasurely kayak excursion around Santa Cruz.  This is a great morning activity that allows you to view the lake and the surrounding mountains. This is not a challenging activity.  Later we explore the village of Santa Cruz and visit two non-profit foundations to see how they are helping improve the lives of the local Maya.

In the afternoon visit the Atltan Nature Reserve.  You can hike the nature trails and enjoy the zip lines.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 2, MONDAY – Jan. 20

 LAKE ATITLAN – 3 VILLAGE BOAT TOUR

·         After breakfast, make your way to the boat dock in front of your hotel for a 3-Village Private Boat Tour. This spectacular full day trip will take you from one end of the lake to the other. You will visit the villages of San Marcos, San Juan, Santiago, with time to explore each village. Easy walking is involved and the trip is approximately 8 hours.

·         The day begins in Santa Cruz where you depart for the west end of the lake. You get to see the villages of El Jaibalito, Tzununa, San Marcos, and San Pablo as you make your way along the north shore. Your first stop is San Marcos, where you stop for swimming and optional cliff jumping. Then you will depart the north shore for San Juan, the “Swiss village” of Lake Atitlan. You will spend approximately 3 hours on a guided walking tour and visit art galleries, two woman’s weaving cooperatives, a medicinal and curative plant garden. Enjoy lunch at a local comedor to sample the local foods.

·         Several famous painters are from San Juan so you will also visit their galleries to see them at work. Women Weavers and Nuestra Artesania includes demonstrations showing how the beautiful fabrics are made; from harvesting the cotton, to spinning it into yarn, dying the yarn, and then creating one of-a-kind fabrics with the back strap loom. The Qomaneel center is a medicinal and curative herb garden operated by the midwives of San Juan.  You are guided through the garden and given samples of each plant along with a description of its curative powers. There are no entrance fees at the cooperatives. Your gift purchases or donations are how these centers function.

        •        Your third stop is Santiago. The bay of Santiago is a photographer’s dream. We take a tour along the shore of the bay before we start our walking tour. Your first stop is a visitor center that offers insight into the life of the Tzutujile Maya. There are interpretive displays on the history of the traje (traditional clothing), spiritual beliefs and Maximon. We have lunch before we tour the local church and visit Maximon. The Mayan visit Maximon to ask for healthy crops, to help cure illness, to find love, or to cast a spell on a neighbor. Be sure to buy some candles, cigarettes, or liquor to make your own offering!!! A small fee is required for admittance.

 Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 3, TUESDAY – Jan. 21

HIKE (or drive) THE UPPER MAYAN TRAIL, SOLOLA MARKET AND MOUNTAIN VILLAGES

After breakfast, the day begins in Santa Cruz and the start of our 3-4 -hour hike.  You can either hike or drive. Visit the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna and then head high into the mountains. You hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries.  You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maize and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.  You can visit a sacred Mayan site where rituals are performed by the local shamans, and make your own offering at the alter.

This rugged and remote area has barely been touched by the outside world.  Our hike takes us 2500 feet above the waters of Atitlan for breath taking views and pristine scenery.

It is a difficult walk/climb, but is not overly challenging for those in good health.  The walk is approx. 4 hours through magnificent scenery. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or in a local comidor (included).  You walk though a remote Mayan village high in the mountains where we find the road. There we take a collectivo (shared van/pick-up) the last few miles into Solola.  You visit the second largest market in Guatemala, then return via chicken bus or pick up into Panajachel and then Santa Cruz. On the return, we stop at Crossroads Café to sample some of the best coffee in the world.  All the coffees served are from Guatemala.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan. 

DAY 4, WEDNESDAY – Jan. 22

LAKE ATITLAN – PADDLE AND HIKE EXCURSION

·         After breakfast, meet at the dock to gear up for a day of adventure.  It is best to wear your swimsuit or other appropriate boating atire as you will get wet along the way.  We supply dry sacks for your backpacks and other gear for the second part of the day. Be sure to bring your camera, drinking water, and some sunscreen.

We paddle for 1 ½ -2 hours along the shores of Santa Cruz la Laguna, El Jaibalito, and Tzununa, ending in San Marcos.  You will have many up close encounters with Mayan men who fish from hand hewn cayukas as they have for centuries.  You will feel privileged to share the lake with these proud fishermen who make Lake Atitlan so unique. You paddle along rugged cliff faces filled with exotic plant and bird life.  You have the opportunity to swim and cliff- jump into the crystal clear waters, or just enjoy a swim and sun. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or in a local comidor (included).

We pull into the Bay of San Marcos and gear up for the next part of our adventure. The  north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Maya for centuries.  You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maiz and coffee fields, and see some

of the most magnificent scenery in the world.  This rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world.  Our hike takes us several hundred feet above the ever changing waters of Atitlan for breathtaking views of the famous volcanos.  We end our hike in Santa Cruz la Laguna at the end of our day of adventure.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 5, THURSDAY –  Jan. 23

AMAZING CHICHICASTENANGO – ANTIGUA

·         Shuttle departs at 8:00 am for travel to the spectacular outdoor market of Chichicastenango – one of the world’s most famous outdoor markets!  People watch in this very Mayan village, and also ‘shop until you drop’ or until 1pm when the market closes.  After a leisurely lunch in ChiChi (included) board the shuttle for travel to Antigua.

·         About ChiChi >>> Located at 2500 meters above sea level, this town is famous amongst tourists for its market on Thursdays and Sundays, where spats of traditionally dressed villagers in a kaleidoscope of colors, come to sell their very colorful textiles, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Although seemingly very commercial, there is much mysticism in the air. You will be amazed by the religious blend that exists, where colonial Spanish Catholicism, modern evangelism and ancient Mayan tradition, blend in a uniquely harmonious fashion. There is something deeply moving about watching a Mayan Indian or shaman, engulfed by incense and surrounded by flowers, praying to a catholic God and at the same time practicing ancient Mayan rituals, all in an old Spanish colonial Cathedral. It is here, in Chichicastenango, that Father Francisco Ximenez in the 17th century discovered the Popol Vuh, the illustrious Mayan bible.

Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 6, FRIDAY – Jan. 24

ANTIGUA – PACAYA

Morning Pacaya Volcano hike starts at 8:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Afternoon/Evening Pacaya Volcano hike starts at 2:00 pm ends 8:30 pm.

Lava Fields and Smoking Crater - Pacaya, one Guatemala’s youngest volcanoes, offers climbers a unique glance into the geologic bowels of the earth. A relatively easy climb of 1.5 hours brings us to the fertile shelf just below the cinder cone called “la Meseta.” From here we get an awesome view of recent lava flows. We will explore these lava fields, and as the smoking crater looms above, the environment quickly changes to resemble that of an extraterrestrial setting. We’ll enjoy a fresh lunch, enjoying the views before we make our way back down.

Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 7, SATURDAY – Jan. 25

ANTIGUA

· Enjoy a relaxing day to explore on your own

  • Antigua, Guatemala is an exquisite Spanish Colonial town with elegant 16th & 17th Century architecture, cobblestone streets, a tranquil central square, stylish hotels, luxurious shops and superb international cuisine. The town enjoys a unique and impressive setting nestled beneath three towering volcanoes and surrounded by lush evergreen forests.

. Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 8, SUNDAY – Jan. 26

>>> ANTIGUA TO GUATEMALA CITY & DEPARTURE

· Enjoy a relaxing morning

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Garifuna Medicine of Love Recipe Guifiti?

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Garifuna is an Arawakan language spoken in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua by the Garifuna people. Their language is primarily derived from Arawak and Carib, with English, French, and Spanish to a lesser degree.

 

One interesting feature of Garifuna is a vocabulary split between terms used only by men and terms used only by women. This does not however affect the entire vocabulary but when it does, the terms used by men generally come from Carib and those used by women come from Arawak.

 

The Garifuna are descendants of Carib, Arawak, and West African people. The British colonial administration used the term Black Carib and Garifuna to distinguish them from Yellow and Red Carib, the Amerindian population that did not intermarry with Africans.

 

Guifiti

 

Guifiti belongs to the class of drinks known as ‘bitters’ which are made by steeping the herbal ingredients in alcohol.

 

Infamously, it is also laced with certain herbs and roots that aren’t quite legal – you won’t find a bottle in the shops although it is fairly ubiquitous along the Honduran Caribbean coast where the Garifuna people live.

 

The Garifuna brought the Guifiti Recipes from their homeland where they had co-existed with the indigenous Caribs, each family having its own particular way of making it and passing the method down the generations.

 

Garifuna Medicine of Love Recipe Guifiti?

 

  • Garlic
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Palo de hombre
  • Coconut
  • Marijuana
  • Allspice
  • Jicaco Negro
  • Dead Man
  • Manstrength
  • Noni
  • Rum (the cheaper the better, apparently)

 

Place small amounts of the herbs in the bottom of a rum bottle and let this sit in a dark place for 6 to 8 weeks. You will then have the Garifuna Medicine of Love medicine.

 

Garifuna parade on San Isidro Day, in Livingst...
Garifuna parade on San Isidro Day, in Livingston (Guatemala). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

In Livingston Guatemala if you ask a Garifuna woman about Guifiti she will tell you 2 stories. The first she will tell you that if an old man drinks Guifiti it will help him have babies. If it is a young man she will tell you Guifiti will help him lay the pipe.

 

Guifiti is available at many Bars and Restaurants including Hotel Leddie in Livingston Guatemala. The Hotel which is famous for it Suicide Shower and Roberto’s Guifiti served up by Angela. The Livingston version of Guifiti is different or softer then the versions found in Honduras.

 

I can attest to the fact that Guifiti is the Garifuna Medicine of Love

$500 million for the HealthCare.gov web sites

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You the American People have paid over $500 million for the Obama Care HealthCare.gov web sites and all we got was this lousy 404 page or the site is off line. Now even after the HealthCare.gov Progress and Performance Report came out making claims progress was being made the site has issues.

HealthCare.gov

Issues that in today’s age of technology and advanced web development should not happen. I mean a blogger could have done better then this HealthCare.gov mess we are facing.

We build web sites hundreds and we clearly understand the costs to develop complex web sites, with Databases, E-Commerce to make purchases of products and services.

Now CGI Federal as a company was pretty well ran out of Canada in fact the Province of Ontario just called it quits on a project with CGI Federal with the same antics as what is happening with the HealthCare.gov web site today.

The US needs so much right now and Health Care at an affordable price is critical for all Americans. Obama is stuck in this mess his Health Care plan is struggling because of the web site offering those against Obama Care a field day in the media and the courts.

The principal contractors responsible for the federal government’s troubled HealthCare.gov website say the Obama administration shares much of the responsibility for snags that have crippled the system.

I am shocked that the man, Obama that used the Internet, Social Media and Web Sites for his election Campaign did not go back to those same Technology folks that helped make this President have them build the HealthCare.gov web site.

Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states, and QSSI, which designed the part that verifies applicants’ income and other personal details, testified Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Meanwhile, figures released Thursday say the total cost of the deeply flawed website and healthcare exchange has topped $1 billion, according to a devastating new HealthCare.gov report by a widely respected government analyst.
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About SkyRise Miami Development

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Jeff Berkowitz explains about SkyRise Miami having a 1,000-foot observation tower which could become part of Miami’s evolving skyline within the next few years.

Jeffrey Berkowitz has filed plans with the city to build Skyrise Miami, exMiami reported.

Arquitectonica

Arquitectonica designed the skyscraper, which would include three observation decks, restaurant space, a nightclub and movie theater. The tower is planned for a parking lot behind Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami.

Arquitectonica is an international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and urban planning corporation headquartered in Miami, Florida, United States in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, with offices in ten other cities throughout the world.

Tishman Construction, builder of both the original and new World Trade Center, along with Miami-based Coastal Construction would serve as general contractors for SkyRise Miami.

Montreal-based gsmprjct°, which designed the observation deck atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, once the world’s tallest building, has been contracted to handle the one that will sit on the SkyRise Miami tower.

About SkyRise Miami

More about SkyRise Miami exposed structure which gives the tower a rather industrial aesthetic which might read quite nicely against the Port of Miami backdrop.

Additional amenities include a private lounge, ballroom, movie theatre, and some vague amenities/amusement rides only known as “Skyplunge” and “Skyrise Drop.”

Jeff Berkowitz

Jeff Berkowitz is the President and Founder of Berkowitz Development Group. A former practicing attorney, he is widely recognized as one of the pre-eminent retail developers in Miami-Dade County.

Jeff Berkowitz expertise includes areas relating to all aspect of development, including leasing, management, construction management, customer and tenant relations, budgeting, projections and governmental relations. With his formal legal training and active experience practicing law, he also provides support in negotiation and a wealth of experience in dispute avoidance and, if necessary, resolution.

Chinese Investors

Jeff Berkowitz said he is planning a three-city tour of China in the coming month to court potential investors for SkyRise Miami. The plan is to tempt potential investors with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s EB-5 visa program, which offers green cards to people who invest $500,000 and $1 million and create or save 10 jobs in two years.

Jeff Berkowitz plans to raise $300 million to $400 million, partly from Chinese investors, to build the curvaceous 1,000-foot (305-meter) tall SkyRise Miami tower on the water that would feature fine dining, as well as a bungee jump platform, and a vertical “drop ride” that would send thrill-seekers plummeting 50 stories.

 

 

SEO Link Schemes will effect your Web Site Negatively

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Link Schemes will effect your web site negatively almost from the start. You have spent months and thousands of dollars having a new responsive web design setup for your company.

Your choice is WordPress as the platform of choice due to the fact that thousands of themes and plugin are available through the WordPress developer community.

Your web design team finds a plugin for SEO or Search Engine Optimization you add it to your site and home that traffic comes through your new web sites home page. Nothing happens you find a social media marketing company to add Facebook and Twitter connections to your new web design. Still no traffic.

In desperation you begin searching the internet for terms like web traffic and terms like this then you come along a site like this classifiedindex.asia, linkarena.com, daedalusautomotive.com, classifiedswap.asia, article-plus.asia, and many more like this exists.

These Link Schemes sites are automated computer generated systems that create links to your site. I call these virus type systems easy to sign up for $69 a month costs thousands when your site is caught by Google. Your home page dominance now turns to finding your web site on page 2 of a term or phrase you once owned.

One employment sites E-Lance.com allows posting of projects by clients seeking Link Schemes, FaceBook likes and all the link schemes one can imagine. Recently as of October 4 2013 Google finally put an end to this after years of attempting to block these schemes.

This Google Update hit hard in some case your valued domain name is at risk of being for a better term de listed with all search engines. At Create Digital Design and Instant Social Media based in Charleston SC we never use or have used Linking Schemes as part of our client Web Design or our Social Marking Marketing Services provided to our clients.

Create Digital Design offers this review of information about Link Schemes to help our clients in Charleston SC and other parts of the US to be AWARE of Link Schemes. The material below in this post is from Google Webmaster Tools. Not from a site making the types of claims we get e-mail offers from every day. This is the source Google talking about Link Schemes.

PLEASE read the information below because if you have engaged in a Link Schemes you need to quickly address this problem. Create Digital Design through our SEO services have been dealing with cleaning up Link schemes sites for clients for over 2 years.

Link Schemes

Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site’s ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This includes any behavior that manipulates links to your site or outgoing links from your site.

The following are examples of link schemes which can negatively impact a site’s ranking in search results:

  • Buying or selling links that pass PageRank. This includes exchanging money for links, or posts that contain links; exchanging goods or services for links; or sending someone a “free” product in exchange for them writing about it and including a link
  • Excessive link exchanges (“Link to me and I’ll link to you”) or partner pages exclusively for the sake of cross-linking
  • Large-scale article marketing or guest posting campaigns with keyword-rich anchor text links
  • Using automated programs or services to create links to your site

Link Schemes Hidden text and links

Hiding text or links in your content to manipulate Google’s search rankings can be seen as deceptive and is a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Text (such as excessive keywords) can be hidden in several ways, including:

  • Using white text on a white background
  • Locating text behind an image
  • Using CSS to position text off-screen
  • Setting the font size to 0
  • Hiding a link by only linking one small character—for example, a hyphen in the middle of a paragraph

When evaluating your site to see if it includes hidden text or links, look for anything that’s not easily viewable by visitors of your site. Are any text or links there solely for search engines rather than visitors?

However, not all hidden text is considered deceptive. For example, if your site includes technologies that search engines have difficulty accessing, like JavaScript, images, or Flash files, using descriptive text for these items can improve the accessibility of your site.

 

Assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr, 50th Anniversary

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Assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr, 50th Anniversary this week, many are reflecting and making new meaning from this tragedy.

Assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr

It’s been 50 years since our country was stunned into silence and disbelief after the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Jr was murdered on a routine visit to Dallas, Texas.

My mother recalls the moment she heard the news and tears still well up in her old eyes and a hand always moves to her mouth.  Nearly everyone who hears tragic news knows exactly where they were standing or sitting when words are delivered that change the course of one’s life.

She was holding her infant daughter, me at the time.  An entire nation was brought to silence with the death of John F. Kennedy Jr, a young father, a husband, cousin, brother, friend and leader.

Although, I was an infant at the time, I grew up hearing about that day over and over and feel as if I was alert enough to have heard it heard it for myself and watch the tragedy unfold on television. It can’t be true, but it feels that way. Both of my parents would repeat the undeniable pain and shock the entire nation and our friends and family in Buffalo, New York felt.

Fast forward to an early Sunday morning on July 16, 1999.  I got a phone call from a close friend of mine in the very early morning.  I hadn’t woken up quite yet.  Colin Cowie who is a close friend and mentor whispered something about John F. Kennedy Jr on the phone.

 

We Need Help and We Need It Now !

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We Need Help and We Need It Now! There are two things you can do to help Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan:  One, send money to an established international aid organization, like the Red Cross or World Vision; and two, ask the US government what is the evacuation versus rescue plan.

More than 2 million people are in need of food aid, according to the Philippine government.  And that’s just food.  Other clusters of need include shelter, water and sanitation, and emergency medical care.  It is estimated that there are 600,000 people displaced, many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty.  They need rescue and part of that action plan should include the strategy for evacuation.

Days go by and people, many of them children, are still begging at the sides of roads for food and water, shelter, shoes, pain medication, any of the basics of life.  Just as strong among their calls for assistance is the plea for evacuation.

Corpses float, rot under buildings or lie in the streets.  Horrific, yes, for the survivors, but the threat to public health is just as dramatic.  Combine this with hunger, thirst and lack of sanitation and medical intervention and this makes for a public health crisis of acute disease and more death.

On the rescue front, the pace of intervention has been hampered by: continuing severe weather conditions; the damage to infrastructure like roads and airports; and under-resourced local Philippine jurisdictions who were not remotely prepared to deal with a storm of this historic magnitude.

As I write, British and American military continue to mobilize in the Pacific, sending personnel, supplies and equipment, including massive desalination machinery to provide potable water.  Other members of the international community continue to stream rescue teams to the area.

Though delayed, these efforts are starting to reach the Haiyan victims.  But goes too slowly. News reports indicate that many of the fortunate ones have been evacuated to Manilla.  The privileged, the lucky-starred fly away, showing that it can be done and leaving those on the ground to wait and wait for assistance but not flight.

It is heart-rending to see so much desperation day after day in the news media.  There’s a drip, drip, drip of rescue when a flood of help as strong as the storm itself is what’s needed.  A humanitarian crisis of vast proportions is getting worse by the day.

As if death, disease, starvation and loss of loved ones were not sufficiently awful outcomes of this impossible storm, today there were reports of new dangers.  When the basics on not in place, like food and water, anarchy takes over.

Eight people were reported killed in one instance when the desperate looted a store that collapsed on them.  Store owners are taking matters into the their own hands to protect their inventories and properties from looters. Some of these looters may be evilly entrepreneurial. Most, we guess, are simply hungry and thirsty and looking to provide for their families.

The police can’t protect the public as most of them are helping their families and dealing with their own acute losses.

Where is the evacuation plan in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan?

 

19 Latinas Dominate Miss Universe Pageant In Moscow

19 Latinas Dominate Miss Universe Pageant In Moscow

This year saw Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow as the host country for the 2103 Pageant. Paulette Samayoa, Miss Guatemala again sent this Central American Country to the world stage of an estimated 1 billion viewed the Pageant around the world.

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Earlier this year Erick Barrondo Guatemala’s 1st Ever Olympic Medal Winner August 4th, 2012 also placed Guatemala on the world stage as the entire world watched the Guatemalan Erick Barrondo win the countries first Olympic Medal.

“It is the greatest blessing that life has given me… Guatemala is a country that has suffered greatly, but a country that also knows how to dream” Guatemala’s Erick Barrondo after his historic medal win today at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, where he won the Silver Medal in the 20 Km Race. The first Olympic Medal EVER for his country of Guatemala!

Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. Along with the Miss Earth and Miss World contests, Miss Universe is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals.

Every tourist who comes to Moscow visits Red Square, the Kremlin, The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (the outstanding monument of architecture) – and that’s only the beginning of Moscow sightseeing guided tour. To realize the city’s extent tourists visit Sparrow Hills or get a move on Ostankino Tower, which is the sixth tallest freestanding structures in the world (540 m).

Andrea Paulette Samayoa May (born January 17, 1990) is a Guatemala beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Guatemala in 2013 and will represent her country at the 2013 Miss Universe contest.

Paulette Samayoa, Guatemala: Fun fact about the 23-year-old is that she was born on the same day as her brother, but 11 years apart. Paulette is a student at Galileo University in Guatemala where she studies Business Administration. She enjoys tennis, soccer, mountain biking and dancing. “I dedicated my energy and interest to the projects I undertake. With great joy I live on to represent my country and interact with different international organizations.”

Photo Credits:

http://www.missuniverse.com/

Guatemala Coffee Harvest 2013 Tours and More

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For travelers planning a trip to Guatemala over the next few months you will not find information about the Guatemala Coffee Harvest for 2013 on TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet or any other travel sites for Guatemala.

The results from the Guatemala coffee harvest this year will be a study in extremes; great coffees from some farms, and serious quality issues from others. While some areas seem to have good volume of coffee on the trees and nice quality, others zones are being devastated by a coffee fungus called Roya.

High farms in Antigua that we visit, like Cabrejo, have slight signs of Roya, but in general the coffee shrubs are leafy and loaded with cherry. Acatenango is again badly affected, as it was last year. Some farms will produce half of what they did two harvests ago.

Away from the bad news about Roya is that Guatemala still have some of the best Coffee in the World. High Mountain, Shade Grown Coffee. In Regions like Antigua and Lake Atitlan Guatemala. The highland they call it.

Some advise for travelers to Guatemala Seeking Great Coffee.

If you are heading to Antigua Guatemala check out Antigua Tours. Elizabeth Bell I can only say offers the best tours in Antigua and I would ask Elizabeth about a Coffee Finca Tour. You will not be disappointed.

Antigua Tours was founded by Elizabeth Bell in Antigua Guatemala in 1992. Providing the best cultural tours of Antigua and surrounding areas,

We also offer travel arrangements throughout Guatemala. Specializing in personalized itineraries, service and information, we offer shuttles and hotel reservations to make your travels easier in Guatemala. Our goal is to provide efficient service to our clients.

We achieve this by understanding and recognizing each client’s needs. We work in a professional and timely manner with the sole intention of complete customer satisfaction.

Guatemala Coffee Lake Atitlan

The Lake as it is called is the most amazing, coffee region in Guatemala. Well that is my opinion the beauty and the villages around the lake well it is all one can take. If you are seeking great coffee let me suggest. Kayak Guatemala – Los Elementos Adventure Santa Cruz la Laguna, Lake Atitlan
Solola, Guatemala (011) 502.5359.8328 (011) 502.5107.1401.

Lee & Elaine Beal are life-long adventure travellers always looking for the path less taken. In 2005, they settled on the shores of Lake Atitlan and fell in love with the lake and its people.

Lee and Elaine offer travelers the chance to walk through coffee farms between San Marcos and San Pedro on Lake Atitlan. During the next four months travellers will have the chance to see the entire process of coffee production in the Highlands of Guatemala. And yes taste great Coffee from Guatemala.

Around Lake Atitlan are numerous villages where coffee abounds. I mean it grows in back yards. San Pedro on the Lake is a Mecca for great Coffee.

The gateway to the lake is called Pana and in Pana a number of small shops exists with small harvests of coffee that even StarBucks could not buy. The best held for these local shops in Pana.

Like I said you will not find this information on TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet or any other travel sites for Guatemala. Check out Elizabeth Bell in Antigua or Lee & Elaine Beal in Lake Atitlan for great Guatemala Coffee Harvest for 2013.

Mayor Rob Ford | To much Poutine and Molson Canadian Not Crack Cocaine

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If you look at Mayor Rob Ford a rotunda size I think he has eaten to much Poutine and drank enough Molson Canadian Beer from the LCBO. The size of the man would clearly indicate he is not or never has smoked Crack Cocaine as claimed by Toronto Police Chief.

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Mayor Rob Ford

Earlier this year in June the Gawker made claim they had a video of Ford Smoking Crack Cocaine. The U.S. website that raised $200,000 in a bid to buy a video that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appearing to smoke what could be crack cocaine now says its source has been told the video is “gone.”

Gawker now says it has heard from the intermediary in the matter, who delivered a terse message from the owner of the alleged video: “It’s gone. Leave me alone.” That was in June of 2013.

Toronto Mayor Ford is again in the Toronto Media Hot Seat again causing Canadian Newspapers to ask for Mayor Rob Fords Resignation.The claim is that in a Video the Mayor of Canada‘s largest city is on Video Tape Smoking Crack Cocaine.

Allegations that the mayor of Canada’s largest city had been caught on the video smoking crack cocaine first surfaced in May.

Two reporters with the Toronto Star and one from the US website Gawker said they saw the video but did not obtain a copy.

Police Chief Bill Blair said he was “disappointed” in Ford at a news conference on Thursday in which he announced that the video had been recovered from a computer hard drive during an investigation of an associate of the mayor’s suspected of providing him drugs.

The Toronto Board of Trade called for Ford to take a leave of absence, saying the mayor needs to put the city first. All four major Toronto newspapers have called on Ford to resign.

Toronto Police have recovered the video that appears to show Mayor Rob For smoking crack cocaine, Toronto police Chief Bill Blair said Thursday.

“The video files depict images that are consistent with what has previously been reported” in the media, Blair said at a news conference on the heels of a release of documents used by police to obtain search warrants during their summer investigation.

For those of you in the word not familair with Poutine well this is the story. Poutine; is a common Canadian dish, originally from Quebec, made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.

Molsons Beer well this brand of beer ranks in the class of poor to the worse beer you have ever tasted. It is like drinking water with some strange flavor that no one can put a clear description to. Bad is how I think of Molson Canadian Beer. Sold through The BEER Store and the LCBO at a stunning rpice of $2.25 a can. I think I will stay with the Poutine.

Molson-Coors Canada Inc. is the Canadian division of the world’s seventh-largest brewing company, the Molson Coors Brewing Company.

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Guatemala WIFI how to make it faster

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If have just landed in Guatemala City on your way to Lake Atitlan or Antigua you will find ample high speed Internet and Wifi available all over Guatemala. No matter what you read in TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet or other Travel web sites about internet in Guatemala the truth is Guatemala has state of the art Internet, Wifi and Telco services even in the highlands of Guatemala.

Then some will ask why is my Wifi slow in Guatemala? This has nothing to do with the Guatemala Internet service. You can trust our opinion because we are the same folks that told Guatemala Internet users how to change there DNS setting which were causing much of Guatemala problems. Even a few commented on the fact that NetFlix was not connecting. So we are the source of real information.

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If you own a tablet, a I-phone a laptop anything you dragged with you to Guatemala for your vacation this fix works for all. If you are even slightly technical. Like most we have joined a number of Wifi networks in our travels. All of these accounts are stored on your computer your Wifi logins from Hotels, Internet Cafe’s and so on. That is the problem your device is now attempting to connect to a fast state of the art network. While the US still has 4g coming at a stupid price Guate has had it for a while.

What happens is when you join a Wifi network in Guatemala all those old connections to other Wifi networks is attempting to connect to other networks you have stored in your Tablet, phone or Kindle. This confuses your computer as it keeps trying to find old networks.

The solution is simple go into your preferences for your Wifi no matter the devise and delete all these old Wifi connections leaving only the one you are using in Guatemala. On a Mac include the keychain.

Reboot and you will have the luxury of high speed Wifi compliments of the Hotel or any location in Guatemala. Enjoy your vacation in Guatemala.

This post from Guatemala Social Media Network News. The only site that offers the best SEO services in all of Guatemala.

Enjoy.

Guatemala Social Media and SEO News

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The current swirl of hysteria around social media reminds me of the dot-com or dot-bomb days, depending on which side of the fence you had the pleasure of experiencing. Right now, there’s a stampede of web site designers, media consultants and brand marketers morphing overnight into social media consultants.   Their clients, anxious to get in on this hot marketing trend, are not versed in the “expert’s” black art. And so a lot of money, effort and misplaced hope are invested in these companies.  Many are shamelessly running snake oil shops.  Wizards without magic.  A coven of emperors with no clothes, but with lots of YOUR money.

The Guatemala Social Media News project we are developing takes a poke these consultants in many ways.   It’s fair game.  I’ve heard too many stories from disappointed customers who have handed over a considerable amount of money to these social media hucksters, only to net poor results.

Intrigued, I started to look at the work of  these self-professed specialists.   I asked myself a few basic questions.  You should ask the same.

Why do all these experts’ web sites look the same? Have they used the same downloadable web form template to design their web sites?   Pretty obvious they have.

Why do these companies all recommend the same social media applications? Here you have companies that niche themselves as iron man experts in competition with one another. And yet, it’s always the same apps:  Facebook, StumbleUpon Twitter etc.

Then I ask, what’s with their fancy tools with fancy names for analyzing reports of their work results?   This is how they tell you what they’ve done with your money.  It’s a lot of analytical looking stuff that explains why they got the results they did.  The fact that your messages got disappointing web traction is beside the point.  They’ll try to use these tools to get you to think that too.  What’s wrong with this picture?

Then I look at the news these masters of flimflam are spilling out into the world about their own success with their latest client campaigns.  For example, I look at the number of Twitter tweets they get for their own self-promotion products, like their company articles and news releases.  Usual number of tweets is zero.  Why would you hire a company that can’t even promote its own mash?  Not a tweet.  Shame.

I’m perplexed when I poke around at the code on their own company web sites. Considering they are the experts, you would assume that they would have their own sites perfectly developed, meticulously following SEO rules.  Do they use the basic tools for running statistics or analysis? No.  And, sadly, I find most have not verified their own sites with the top search engines.

What’s more, they have not linked RSS news feeds to services that promote and distribute these companies’ own RSS news feeds.   What gives?

Then I asked how they were dealing with keywords.  Some even have a tool of their own making, which somehow magically determines which keywords are to be used.  Where’s their strategy, based on true and disciplined analysis? If you want rabbits pulled out of hats instead of real social media traction, sign up with them immediately, checkbook in hand.

Social media is an exciting and powerful marketing tool.  It can be understood and mastered, but you shouldn’t leave the work to the growing number of sorcerer’s apprentices.

I’m sure what I’m saying here will stimulate social media marketing companies to disagree with me.  Good.  It’s time for informed scrutiny of the social marketing industry and those who offer the service.  We are simply bringing a challenging idea to the marketplace of ideas.  True, we are being deliberately provocative.  Controversy drives instructive and open exchange of opinion.  Bring it.

To prove our point, over the next month we will demonstrate how to take a product from unknown to the top of search engine page placement, not just countrywide, but on a global scale.  No spamming, no email blitz campaigns, all by the book, no tricks or funny stuff allowed.  All in 30 days with an entire budget of $100.

Save your money on consultants for the next 30 days. Get your staff on board and follow the steps we will outline.  We will answer questions for those not technically fluent or who otherwise have questions as they following along. Questions are welcome.  This will be an interactive endeavor.

Contribute opinion, participate in the controversy.  Learn.

Debate is desirable, but our outcome will be indisputable.  Results provide the most persuasive and eloquent language.  In a month’s time, we will have placed our demonstration project, an unknown online food magazine, at the top of the search engine heap.  Bon appetit!

SEO and Social Media Marketing in Guatemala – Being Found On-line

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Over the last 10 years thousands of companies have entered the SEO and Social Media Marketing including companies in Guatemala. With billions in potential recurring revenue this Industry has become clouded with controversy and miss information.

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SEO techniques can be classified into two broad categories: techniques that search engines recommend as part of good design, and those techniques of which search engines do not approve. For Travel web sites in Guatemala the use of SEP and Social Media Marketing creates the results to be found in search engines the idea of the effective use of SEO is a must be considered business strategy.

The search engines attempt to minimize the effect of the latter, among them spamdexing. Industry commentators have classified these methods, and the practitioners who employ them, as either white hat SEO, or black hat SEO.

White hats tend to produce results that last a long time, whereas black hats anticipate that their sites may eventually be banned either temporarily or permanently once the search engines discover what they are doing.

Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites.

Social media marketing programs usually center on efforts to create content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it with their social networks. A corporate message spreads from user to user and presumably resonates because it appears to come from a trusted, third-party source, as opposed to the brand or company itself. Hence, this form of marketing is driven by word-of-mouth, meaning it results in earned media rather than paid media.

Google launched the Penguin Update in April 2012 to better catch sites deemed to be spamming its search results, in particular those doing so by buying links or obtaining them through link networks designed primarily to boost Google rankings. When a new Penguin Update is released, sites that have taken action to remove bad links (such as through the Google disavow links tool or to remove spam may regain rankings. New sites not previously caught might get trapped by Penguin. “False positives,” sites that were caught by mistake, may escape.

The goal of SEO for a client is to have the clients web site content found on the first page of all search engines by pre defined categories and terms that relate to a companies brand, product or service offering. Effective deployment of and SEO strategy will significantly reduce the need for Web sites to have to purchase Google or other services Ads.

Social Media Marketing has a direct relationship with how well your web site will be indexed and displayed in Organic Search Results as part of an overall SEO strategy. Each piece of content or updates to your company web site that is linked to Social Media sites that include Facebook and Twitter create a content link back to your web site. Deploying larger Social Media which should include Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, FourSquare, Digg and Chime.in will increase your web sites white hat links.

SEO and Social Media strategies are a technology deployment which Brands need to consider leaving in the hands of an expert. There are no short cuts, tricks or schemes that can be deployed that work. They may for a short period of time, not for the long term. The damage one can anticipate using short terms results such as link schemes will result in long term damage to your web site and a Brand. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/business/13search.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.

Do we guarantee results? Yes once we have determined a number of factors with your existing overall Web site Structure and use of Social Media.

The audit covers the following;

  1. Review Clients targeted Organic Keywords
  2. Compare clients site to Google and Bing webmaster standards.
  3. Does the client site have a www.mydonainname.com/sitemap.xml
  4. Check clients site for Categories, Meta Tags, Index Follow, Robots TXT files, Rick Snippets, Structured Data Markup. Blog content and data structure.
  5. Determine correct plugins and filters are installed.
  6. Check for Google Verification and Malware.
  7. Determine if the Content Keywords are correct and relate properly to the sites content.
  8. Review competition organic search results, Review goals and issues with the client.
  9. Determine off site relationships if any with the site to determine benefits of SEO through the use of Social Media. FaceBook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Pinterest, Chime.in, Linkedin, FourSquare.
  10. Prepare a report suggesting needed changes.

How Long will it be till I see results of your work?

How long is a piece of string might be the question.

To answer this we will know the following variable after our audit. If we see your site will not meet the Google and Bing Required SEO Structure we will tell you up front. The audit is FREE.

How Long will it be till I see results?

Some variables exist if the web site is new it will take up to 5 weeks for the search engines to index your content.

Older sites that have had little if any SEO applied will index content in less then 2 weeks.

Site that have used Back Link Schemes we may consider however with the changes in Google to stop this practise for some sites they are and the url blocked by Google and other search engines.

Sites we do not work with.

Basic HTML sites. Basic HTML sites lack the ability to add significant SEO value.

If the HTML site has a blog associated then the Blog would be the area that SEO value can be developed.

Platforms that perform best for SEO integration are WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.

Sites that have used Back link Schemes are for the most part now blocked by Google and all other search engines including the sites domain URL.

Determining your sites SEO Potential Audit costs $99 – $199

The report we produce will spell out in simple english not fancy tech terms like H1 Tags if your site can achieve the goals you desire. If not we will be clear about your options and why.

Our site audit does not take into consideration using tools with on line claims.

Google and Bing provide the only tools we use. Our process of the audit is to place your domain in these tools and to determine how these search engines either see or do not see your web site and why.

You can run a few of your own tests using Google, Yahoo, Bing and AOL search tools.

Type in your search window the following;

site:www.mydomainname.com

This search result tells you specifically how many pages are indexed from your site. The first set of numbers appear below the search term.

Link:www.mydomainname.com

This search term result will show how many pages from your site are linked to other web sites such as social media sites and others.

sitemap.xml In order for you to have control of how your web site is indexed by search engines your site must have a sitemap.xml file. Do not be confused with a general site map. To determine if your site has a sitemap.xml file do the following. ww.mydomainname.com/sitmap.xmlw If you get a 404 page error then your site does not have such a sitemap.xml file.

sitemap.xml is the means that search engine crawlers find your content and understand how to index said content based on keywords and tags.

RSS feeds.

Having RSS in your web site is another means that your content is shared across the entire world wide web. Again to determine if your site has an RSS feed. www.mydomainname.com/feed/ if you get a 404 page error you do not have an RSS feed. FYI RSS feeds can be monetized and offer sites a means to have content aggregated across sites such as Feed Burner ( Google Product) Feed Age and PingOmatic. These are automated services that each time your site is updated or has new content the site update is sent to these services automatically.

Please review our SEO Structure document which will explain in detail how Seo works and why. This document is also a guide for you to determine how well your SEO and Social Media Strategy compares.

With an audit completed what are the next steps?

If we mutually agree that your site can be made to deploy a correct SEO structure to accomplish organic search results some of our tasks include the following options:

For example is your Web site is based on WordPress you already have a great start WordPress is a platform designed for SEO. We find most WordPress sites have all the basic SEO structure not deployed. Examples include pages, categories and meta tags lack descriptions.

Consider your web site like a book, which is how search engines look at your site. Without descriptions associated with pages, posts, categories and tags. Search engines have no means to determine what your site is about. Think of a book without a title and no chapters.

What Keywords best fit our product, brand or service? This must be determined before any On-site SEO work can be accomplished. While you may feel you have an understanding or thinking of what your brand desires the truth is that only Google will tell you the most searched terms and phrases that will relate to your business.

If your site has a sitemap.xml file or not we need to fix that as in the next stage of SEO structure is to have your web site verified using Google and Bing webmaster tools. This is a step that would be taken after your sites internal structure has been organized as described above. After this simple step you will be able to login to Google and Bing and see real time where your web sites pages, images and blog posts have landed in search results.

RSS feeds as mentioned are a means to aggregate your content. If your site lacks RSS capabilities this will be added.

Your site must have a soft 404 page. This is required by all search engines and if you decide to use Google Ads your site will not be accepted without a 404 page.

Creating a connection to your Social Media sites is accomplished either in WordPress or using tools such as Friend Feed. If you are only using FaceBook and Twitter you are missing two opportunities increased site traffic and clean back links. We will review how your Facebook and Twitter sites are profiled and we will add Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Digg and Chime.in as your complete family of suggested Social Media Connections.

If you have been running an active Blog all content in your blog must be opened and re published. The reason for this process is now we have added meaning to your Pages, Posts, Categories and Tags.

The previously posted content must now have association with these descriptions to guide search engines through your sitemap.xml file to index your sites content to hit specific target keywords. And with your new Social Media site these must be updated as well using Friend Feed and with RSS feeds.

The following accounts will be established for you, Google and Bing WebMaster Tools and Google Analytics.

Cost of this SEO implementation is $350. Which includes up to 50 blog posts to be updated. If your site has more then 50 blog posts we will either update the 50 blog posts and your staff can update the balance or we can quote a price depending on the amount of blog posts to update.

Will I need ongoing Seo work? For sites described similar to above no. You will now have all the tools in hand to continue blogging and updating your web site social media connections.

If your business requires an outsources provider of SEO and Social Media services to manage having regular daily blog posts created, keeping up with friend requests from your social media network and monthly Analysis of the growth and success of Organic search results we offer these services on a per client basis for a fixed monthly fee.

Six people in Indiana being monitored for Ebola symptoms, state health officials say

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 29, 2014) – State health officials are monitoring six people in Indiana for Ebola symptoms in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All are considered low risk. Indiana was one of the first states to begin “direct active monitoring” of returning travelers. Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana State Department of Health implemented the policy on Oct. 16.

Monitoring includes twice-daily temperature and symptom checks by local health agencies. The state health department then records the results.

Two patients have completed the monitoring protocol while six others are currently under observation. They’re cooperating with the protocol, which lasts 21 days. State health officials aren’t releasing the names of the counties where travelers are being monitored in accordance with privacy laws.

The CDC’s new travel guidelines group people into four categories based on exposure to Ebola: high risk; some risk; low, but not zero risk; and…

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I Like Chinese Food Fights’ is back on YouTube after a weekend offline

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‘I Like Chinese Food (Fights)’ video is back on YouTube after a weekend offline. The video, which received over 2,000 views in three days, was temporarily removed, but has been restored by YouTube, where children young and old can continue to enjoy the Chinese food fight staged by the Hometown All Stars.

Kevin Christofora’s video, “I Like Chinese Food (Fights)”, inspired by Alison Gold and Patrice Wilson’s viral video, “Chinese Food”, is back on YouTube this week. After receiving over 2,000 views in three days last week, YouTube removed the video. The video was reinstated and can now be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNmx_Zu0DPk.

The video, which depicts a Chinese food fight between Christofora’s little league team members, features lo mein noodles, rice, spring rolls, pot stickers, egg rolls, and fortune cookies. Christofora says, “We’re happy to have the video back up, and we hope that people will be able to continue to enjoy it.”

Christofora is a children’s book author and little league coach, and he was inspired to stage the giant food fight by the children involved and the desire to captivate their imaginations. He says, “Our little league team got a real kick out of Alison’s video and thought that it would be a lot of fun to put a new twist on the classic food fight: to have a Chinese food fight. We thought that kids would love seeing other kids getting messy with noodles, broccoli, and rice, and that our team would have a lot of fun in the process.” Christofora notes, “I had reservations about wasting food, so I made sure that an equal amount of food was donated to local food banks.”

“I Like Chinese Food (Fights)” features the same children who inspired the Hometown All Stars series of books that Christofora authors. The series is designed to teach baseball through reading, introducing the sport to his four to seven-year-old audience. It is Christofora’s hope that he will encourage today’s children to take part in the same pastime that has captivated the imaginations of previous generations and get them outside, away from the variety of screens that idly occupy their time. As Christofora puts it, “More green, less screen.”

To watch the video, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNmx_Zu0DPk.

For more information about Hometown All Stars, please visit http://www.amazon.com/The-Hometown-Stars-Kevin-Christofora/dp/1492938297.
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