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Question by amanda: Do I have to take any health precautions before going to Costa Rica?
Im going on vacation to Costa Rica at the end of May beginning of June next year and before I go I want to know if there is any time of immunizations I have to get before I leave? Or if there is any other type of health precautions I must do. Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Sherrie Christian
No, you don’t need any for Costa Rica.

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November 7, 2011 @ 10:08 pm
Greg

Famous Costa Rica Hotel is Put On Market

Famous Costa Rica Hotel is Put On Market











La Sirena Hotel Guest Room


Saint Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) March 30, 2011

An iconic Costa Rica hotel property located in the Pacific town of Quepos is now for sale, and according to local experts, is priced to sell quickly. The Sirena Hotel, a local institution and host to some of the most famous anglers from around the world is located just steps from the brand new Marina Pez Vela. Its location close to the fishing and diving operations and their boats has made it the hotel of choice for many years for the serious anglers that come to experience the world class opportunities found just offshore.

Considered an oasis in the growing Pacific town of Quepos, the Sirena has its own swimming pool and small patio bar and is the “hideout” of choice for those looking to escape the high priced hotel of adjoining Manuel Antonio and need to find a cheap taxi at the time when they to the marina. “Its time” says co owner Steve Hodel. Now raising a family in St. Petersburg Hodel admits he cannot dedicate the time required as he once could.

“It’s a matter of priorities and fairness, I need to be here in St. Pete and I cannot leave my brother to do all the work, especially with everything he has on his plate.

His brother Rob Hodel, is based in Costa Rica but commitments to Tico Travel and their development Orchid Point Estates, keeps him in the Central Valley overseeing these projects.

The Sirena boasts 14 quaint rooms with air conditioning, cable television, mini-bar, and are decorated by award winning BBC photographs of Costa Rica wildlife.

Adjacent to the hotel is an additional property that could be used for more rooms or a separate business but currently hosts the large reception and office center for guests, which includes WiFi in all the public areas.

While currently profitable the “gold mine” as the brothers call it still has plenty of room to generate more sales through higher occupancy, tour and restaurant sales. All of this would require them to spend more time in Quepos.

“When I was in the Sportfishing Business we lived by the mantra, you never leave fish to find fish, and in the businesses we have in the San Jose area we have fish (business) that does not make sense for me to be in Quepos anymore, but I will miss it” says Rob Hodel, former owner of the Swordfish, one of Quepos’s most well known charter boats.

“For the right person or couple, this is not only a good business it is also a great life”

Hodel affirms. “I only wish that I did not make the commitments I did before my brother started his family but I am more than please with the trade for the opportunity to have a niece!

According to Hodel, the hotel is completely “turn key”, sits atop of the rankings of Trip Advisor based on guests comments as well as being recommended by most of the major Costa Rica guide books such as Lonely Planet and Moon Guide Costa Rica. It does not require any hotel experience to run, only the ability to interact with travelers over the complimentary breakfast.

In regards to the price of the hotel Hodel received many opinions.

“Some told us that because of the reputation, lack of any competition and its proximity to the new marina they should ask for top dollar.” Hodel says.

“But the people that buy this place are not looking to collect a museum piece, they will need to make a living, and a good living. They cannot due that if they pay a fortune or have enormous payments to make every month. Costa Rica is a small place and I am planning on being here a long time so its in my best interest that the buyers are successful, hopefully as well as the gentleman that bought the Swordfish from us. Besides, we have decided to sell so the price we put on it hopefully will mean it will sell as fast as the Swordfish, which took just two days.”

Opportunities like these don’t come along everyday. If you are looking to “live the dream” and still want a way to be able to pay for it, and allow for a good income, than this is one of those rare opportunities.

Sometimes in life it’s timing that counts more than anything else. For Hodel the time to make the move to sell has come. Is it your time to finally make a move for yourself?

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Question by HappyBeingMe2010: How long does “priority mail” take to get from Costa Rica to the United States?
Someone has mailed me a book using “priority mail”, they live in Costa Rica, sending it to me in Illinois.
How long does it take to ship here, I should say.

Best answer:

Answer by Orange
Mail to/from Costa Rica is a 50/50 proposition. The Postal System in Costa Rica is a complete mess, especially since there are no formal addresses. Packages To Costa Rica are almost as often “lost” as actually delievered. Mail FROM Costa Rica is probably better, if it makes it on the plane.

I would say 4-7 days, IF ever.

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Choice Alternatives in Medical Care Available World Wide with MediBid











Alternative Medical Care Available with MediBid.com


Murfreesboro, TN (PRWEB) March 31, 2011

MediBid.com, The Marketplace for Medicine®, is already known to be a source for patients to connect with facilities in the US, Costa Rica, and Mexico for Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency(CCSVI) Therapy, but what some patients are finding is that MediBid.com is also a source for alternative treatments they may not have known about.

“Doctors are stepping forward and offering alternative care on some requests,” commented Ralph Weber, President and Founder of MediBid.com. “There are treatments found on MediBid.com that some patients simply don’t know about and may be a good alternative, such as Prolotherapy for knee pain rather than knee replacement surgery and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis rather than CCSVI.”

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound(HIFU) and laser treatments are increasing in popularity over conventional ‘under the knife’ surgeries for cancer treatment. More and more American physicians are getting the training and certification they need to meet the demand as these treatments are approved for testing, but overseas hospitals have offered these treatments long before they were available in the US, giving them an edge in experience. Some treatment options still only exist overseas. HIFU and Hyperthermia treatments with and without additional radiation therapy have been used with high success rates in other countries, including Canada, but have been held up in the United States by the FDA, meaning patients who want these procedures must be ready to travel.

Stem cell therapy is another treatment option available overseas to patients who are interested. MediBid.com gives patients these options in destinations such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea, among others.

“Patients are online asking for Stem Cell treatments, including Stem Cell Cardiac Therapy,” said Weber. “As the Premier of Newfoundland would say, it is ‘their heart, their health, and their choice.’ It is not our place to question efficacy in medicine. We are here to provide access, choice, and quality to patients.”

Some patients have tried traditional medical care and found that they needed another option when the results weren’t what they expected; others simply wish to try the newest technology first because it is less invasive. When paying out-of-pocket for care, patients spend much more time researching what options are available to them and have found many options to choose from in alternative care on MediBid.com.

About MediBid

MediBid.com is the Marketplace for Medicine,™ an interactive marketplace that empowers cash paying patients to seek medical care from doctors, hospitals, and facilities locally and round the world. Patients who use MediBid’s uncompromisingly special, highly secure, needs-matching technologies can acquire the best cost-to-value services anywhere. Physicians and hospitals interested in joining really should call 888-855-6334 to learn more, or go to http://www.medibid.com/register. Patients can post a request for medical care at https://www.medibid.com/register/patient.

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Question by trancesend: Is it safe to do the self-driving option when touring Costa Rica?
Planning a trip to Costa Rica, is it better just to do a wholesale package tour, or do a self-drive instead to save a bit of money. Any advice, or sugesstions? thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Hondu
I own a car in Honduras and have also rented cars in both Honduras and Guatemala. Many, many trips throughout both countries without a hitch. Costa Rica is more Americanized and the infrastructure is much more developed than either of those countries, so I would expect you would be just fine with a car. If you really want to save money take a look at the extensive bus systems that all the Central American countries have.

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Question by csss s: Where in Costa Rica should I rent a place for 4 months, and how much?
I want to rent fairly comfortable place in Costa Rica for 4 months. Want to be able to use internet regularly, hang out with people, and of course meet lovely Tica ladies.
Will 4k in cash last me 4 months there?

Best answer:

Answer by zeuz
Travel visas are 90 days, not 4 months, but can be extended for a nominal fee.

The Immigration Officer will not allow you to stay for 4 months if all you bring with you is $ 4,000. Minimum of $ 2,500 / month is required of “Rentistas”. Pensionados require $ 1,500 / month. (The weblink below is out of date, but even under the previous rules, you’d still need $ 2,000 / month.)

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EcoForests Signs Agreements with Mediapost and BUY-VIP to Reforest Land











Toronto, ON (PRWEB) April 1, 2011

Mediapost and EcoForests signed off on a collaborative agreement outlining Mediapost’s commitment to a reforestation project in Corrientes, Argentina. EcoForests will build the plantation on behalf of Mediapost and it will be named The Mediapost Forest.

“We are eager to increase our social return on investment (SROI),” says Ignacio Pi, General Manager of Mediapost. “EcoForests’ business model intrigued us since it gives our company the opportunity to invest and be profitable, but in a way that benefits the environment and reduces our carbon footprint.”

Despite the fact that the world’s forests are home to 80 percent of terrestrial biodiversity, contribute to the livelihoods of 1.5 billion people, and play a critical role in the stabilization of global climate change, every year approximately 50,000 square miles of forest are destroyed.

“Mediapost represents the first of what we hope will be many companies to realize, accept and take action towards clearing their carbon footprints,” says Eduardo Palacio, Commercial Director – Spanish Divison of Ecoforests. “We are thrilled to develop the Mediapost Forest and we welcome corporations around the globe to follow suit and make a move to protect our native forests in 2011, the International Year of Forests.”

BUY-VIP, an online shopping community based in Europe, signed a commitment to invest 5 percent of their annual sales revenues in EcoForests plantations. Similar to Mediapost, BUY-VIP sees the commitment as a way to offset the emissions it produces, to support sustainable forestry practices, and to do its part in the preservation of our environment.

“We’re happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with EcoForests in this particular endeavor,” says Ana Gonzalez, Marketing Director of Are you Sapiens, a BUY-VIP Partner. “EcoForests has provided us with a intelligent and profitable method to exercise the socially responsible role that we have as a corporation.”

There 5 percent contribution will allow EcoForests to further develop its Argentinean plantations. Among the most profitable and environmentally impactful are its Teak and Eucalyptus plantations which produce tropical timber that grows quickly and offers the highest rates of return.

“The agreement we signed with BUY-VIP partner represents just one of many arrangements we can establish with interested corporations,” explains Michael Ackerman, COO of Ecoforests. “We are happy to custom tailor an investment solution to suit the specific needs of any investor so that together, as a team and as a global community, we can profit from an investment vehicle that works to preserve our environment and meet the ever-increasing human demand for tropical timber.”

About Mediapost

Established in 1996, Mediapost is a mass media company based in Spain. With a mission to provide the media, marketing and advertising professionals with publishing and content services, Mediapost is known for its timely delivery of global news coverage and engaging events. With over 100,000 members online, Mediapost also offers blogs and directories to help professionals plan and purchase online advertising.

About BUY-VIP

BUY-VIP is an Amazon EU company, offering online shopping and membership services with offices in Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, The Netherlands and Portugal. With over 6 million members to date, the online conglomerate offers fashion and lifestyle products at discounted rates – sometimes as high as 70 percent off. The business model is based on volume purchases with strategic high-end fashion partners including Gucci, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Timberland and Desigual. The discounts associated with these large purchases are then passed onto the site’s valued members.

About EcoForests

Established in 2003, EcoForests is a forestry management investment company focusing on reforestation projects. With plantations throughout Argentina, Spain and Costa Rica, EcoForests specializes in the growth and maintenance of tropical timber both hardwood and softwood. EcoForests collaborates with institutional and individual investors in its establishment of sustainable forest plantations which address financial accountability, social responsibility, and environmental commitment.

For more information about this press release, please contact:

EcoForests Canada     

4950 Yonge St. Suite 2200

Toronto, On, M2N-6K1

+ 1-416-762-2803

info(at)ecoforests(dot)ca

Ecobosques

C/Moratin 15, Entlo ofic. 6-7

Alicante, Spain, EU

+ 34-902-367-313

info(at)ecobosques(dot)com

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Special Webinar on International Investing scheduled












Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) April 2, 2011

If the opportunity to invest in real estate and limited liability corporations internationally using self-directed IRAs peaks one’s interest, those who are interested can attend a special Web-based seminar that will take place on Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. Eastern, focusing on International Investing.

Hosted by Entrust General Manager Jason DeBono, the guest speaker will be Hacienda Matapalo Vice President of Sales and Investments, Michael Starkey.

“This online event will be both informative and educational,” said Starkey, who heads up sales for the best selling gated community on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast. “It always amazes me to learn how few people realize they can actually purchase real estate within their IRA, 401k or other retirement account and especially when it comes to certain international markets like Costa Rica where there are major tax advantages.”

While the Webinar will be conducted strictly in an informational, non-sales forum and will not be an offer to purchase investments, Starkey pointed out that after the presentation is over, prudent investors will most likely seek out the best international deals available as they will have a better understanding of the international investment landscape.

“In this forum, it’s all about educating investors on what to look for and how they can maximize their retirement accounts,” said Starkey. “Quite frankly I think people are tired of having Wall Street stealing their futures.”

To register for the free Webinar, please visit http://www.entrustfl.com/viewEvent.asp?recordID=282

To learn more about Michael Starkey and Hacienda Matapalo, please visit http://www.haciendamatapalo.com.

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November 3, 2011 @ 11:08 pm
Greg

What do you think of this itinerary for Costa Rica?

Question by Nickname: What do you think of this itinerary for Costa Rica?
I’m leaving for Costa Rica soon and wanted some opinions on my plans.

I’ll fly into San Jose where I’ll stay for the night.
The next day I’ll head to Jaco and be there for 3 days.
Then off to Monteverde for 2 days.
Then Arenal for 2 days.
Then Tamarindo for 2 days.
I’ll then travel into Nicaragua for my last 4 days.

Any recommendations for things to do in these cities or places I should spend more or less time?

Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by yellowstone
Seems like a decent itinerary to me. Why Jaco? Lot’s of night life but not the best beaches and parts are a little seedy. You might consider Manuel Antonio instead. It will take you about 2 more hours to get there but it is more interesting and has better dining options. From Monteverde the taxi boat taxi option is cheaper than going by road and nearly 2 hours quicker.

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Question by jacob miller: Any suggestions for a spacious yet mobile sized bag for traveling to hostiles in Costa Rica and Belize?
I’m going to be traveling in Belize and Costa Rica and have never really done any hostile hopping of any sort before. I’m looking for a bag that I would keep everything in while I move from city to city, preferably a back pack style. Any suggestions?

Best answer:

Answer by S
It’s hostel not hostile. Completely different meanings.

That said http://www.amazon.com/Teton-Sports-Scout-Internal-Backpack/dp/B000F34ZKS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1292011397&sr=8-3 is amazing. I traveled around for six months with just that and it held everything.

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Question by barracuda: I want to install a wind generator to my home in Costa Rica, anyone know the legalities involved for CR?
I want to build and install a wind generator to my home in Costa Rica but I do not know what is involved. Does anyone know what process I will have to follow?

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Answer by smokey
i will suggest that you contact your building code office.

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Question by Rachael H: What is the difference between birthdays in Costa Rica and birthdays in the united sates?
Like such as the difference between United states birthday parties and costa rica birthday parties. like dancing cakes speeches……..ect.

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Answer by ?Curious Fairy?
Hi!
I’m from Costa Rica and I live in the U.S. now.
How they celebrate b-days in Costa, depends on the family, really. Most people will throw in a party for their kids with cake, ice cream, music, food… some partents hold parties at McDonald’s or other fast food restaurant.
As they get older the kids may not want all that and just want to go to the movies with friends.
Instead of a ‘sweet sixteen’, in Costa Rica (like in the rest of Latin America) they celebrate a “Quinceañera” (when the girl turns 15). And it could be a BIG party like the ones they have here in the U.S., with music, all dressed up, lots of food, etc; some girls would rather ask their parents for a trip to the beach or something.
Older people hardly ever celebrate their bithday. If they do is only with a few friends and family, most people I know like going to the movies or eat out, instead of having a party.

Like I said, it depends on the family and the personal taste…

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November 1, 2011 @ 11:08 pm
Greg

what spf sunscreen should i use for costa rica?

Question by samhandwich22: what spf sunscreen should i use for costa rica?
I am traveling to costa rica for 3 weeks in july and am wondering what type of spf sunscreen I should use? On one hand, I want to get tan…but i definitely dont want to get burned. I will pressumably be outdoors alot.

Best answer:

Answer by KC
30 SPF should cover it, but take 50 just in case ^_^ Have fun!

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Question by Gilly: Has anyone been to Costa Rica in August?
I’m trying to plan a honeymoon and desperately want to go to Costa Rica (or at least some place tropical), but we’re planning for the first week in August, which is the rainy season. How bad is it?

Best answer:

Answer by kc
no sry

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VBT, Locally Owned and Operated Company, Celebrates 40 Years in Vermont










Bristol, VT (PRWEB) March 30, 2011

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, a locally owned travel company founded in an 18th-century barn in Bristol, Vermont, is celebrating 40 years of providing award-winning deluxe active vacations.

VBT has small-town roots, founded in 1971 by John Freiden, a Middlebury College professor who then offered affordable weekend cycling getaways in Vermont. Today, VBT offers an award-winning collection of 37 vacations in 26 countries, including its core international Bicycling Vacations, Bike & Barge Vacations in Europe, and Walking Vacations around the world.

Throughout 2011, VBT is celebrating with Anniversary Tours and other special events with opportunities to meet leaders of VBT, including a June 12 departure of its Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands Bicycling Vacation, featured as one of Bicycle Magazine’s “15 Trips We Love.” On this Vermont trip, travelers will have the chance to ride with the company President, Gregg Marston, and other VBT associates. They will also visit the former dairy farm that the company uses as its headquarters and attend a reception and festive 40th anniversary dinner with the staff. Participants will also receive a special anniversary gift.

Travelers who would like another option for biking our state’s beautiful back roads can join the company’s popular Classic Vermont trip. Though it is not part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, it includes lovely rides in Middlebury, Bristol, Vergennes, and a visit to UVM’s Morgan Horse Farm. This trip is ideal for beginning cyclists.

The company has also been hosting receptions around the country since January – in Rhode Island, New York, and Florida, with more to come. “For 40 years,” said Marston, “we have been listening to the input of our travelers so we can improve our trips and our services every single year. We’re going on the road to meet our travelers where they live so we can thank them for our success, and to ask them to keep telling us how we can be their #1 choice in active vacations in another ten years.”

Marston’s Vermont roots run deep. He lives in Charlotte, Vermont with his wife and three children. He attended UVM and has been deeply committed to bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups on both the local and national level, including Burlington’s Local Motion, Montpelier’s Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, and the National Alliance for Biking & Walking, based in Washington, DC. His passion for travel grew out of the year and a half he spent circumnavigating the world during his college years. That experience, he said, introduced him to the notion of how a travel experience, through cultural immersion with the locals, can impact ones life in a positive way. It also taught him a lot about running a travel business. “Stepping outside your comfort zone is crucial to achieving success,” he continued. “It teaches you a lot about who you are and what you can do. If I can pass that kind of rewarding experience on to VBT travelers, I’ve been successful.”

The company also measures its success, he says, by providing “excellent experiences at prices far below what people expect.” The true reward for him is creating a rich experience in the natural world and helping Americans understand other cultures through interactions with locals. “Travel transforms your views, your spirit, and your life. That’s why we do what we do at VBT … to help people discover the good will and decency that’s out there in the world … and to help leave a more tolerant and peaceful world for our children.”

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations offers deluxe, small-group bicycling and walking tours worldwide, including destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Peru, Argentina and the U.S.A. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full vehicle support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes international airfare and air fuel surcharges in its trip cost. As a commitment to its unsurpassed value, VBT guarantees its travelers that 2011 prices are less than or equal to 2010 prices.

For reservations or more information, call 1-800-245-3868 or log on to the company’s website, http://www.vbt.com.

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Store-A-Tooth Initiates International Growth in Services to Preserve Stem Cells from Teeth — Initial Expansion in Latin America













Store-A-Tooth dental stem cell preservation


Lexington, MA (PRWEB) March 29, 2011

Store-A-Tooth™ today announced that it will collaborate with Cordon de Vida in several Latin American countries to collect and preserve stem cells from teeth—baby teeth that come loose during childhood, wisdom teeth extracted from teens or young adults, and teeth that need to be pulled to make room for braces.

Under the collaboration agreement, Cordon de Vida will offer Store-A-Tooth services directly to consumers and dentists in several countries across Latin America. Dentists and oral surgeons assist with tooth collection for parents who choose to save the stem cells in their children’s teeth – as an investment in their family’s future health.

Teeth removed during routine dental care will be shipped in special transport kits from dentists’ offices to a high-quality cell-preservation facility in the United States. The agreement covers Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Guatemala.

“The potential of stem cell therapy is becoming more widely known to people around the world,” said Howard Greenman, chief executive officer of Provia Laboratories, LLC, which provides the Store-A-Tooth services. “We expect to move quickly on international opportunities even as we continue expanding our reach within the United States. In Cordon de Vida we have a partner that has been extremely successful in Central and South America because of their commitment to quality, customer satisfaction and strong leadership.”

In 2000 researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) demonstrated that teeth are a source of stem cells with the potential to differentiate into various specialized cell types. In human studies, dental stem cells have already been used to regrow jawbone and treat periodontal disease. Research into a number of medical applications is early, but promising. Stem cells from teeth are being studied for their potential to help treat conditions such as type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart attack and stroke, corneal damage and neurological diseases like Parkinson’s.

“This collaboration is a natural extension of our work in helping families prepare to take advantage of what we believe will be the growing number of applications for stem cells in medicine and dentistry,” said Michael Rottenberg, business manager for Cordon de Vida, S.A. in Panama. “We have already established a leadership position in preserving stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Because the potential uses of stem cells from cord blood and teeth are complementary, we are pleased to offer both services for parents who wish to store their children’s stem cells. We chose to partner with Store-A-Tooth™ because their platform is built upon proven technologies, and the team’s experience and commitment to quality are consistent with ours.”

The process is simple. The patient’s family makes an appointment when a baby tooth is ready to fall out or a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted – it’s recommended to have the tooth taken out by a dental professional so its blood supply is still intact. After removing the tooth, the dentist or oral surgeon places it into a kit designed to protect the tooth during overnight transport to the cell-preservation facility. There the sample is decontaminated, tested to confirm its sterility, and the dental pulp harvested from the tooth. Quality control tests such as flow cytometry are performed to confirm that stem cell biomarkers are present in the samples, which are then stored at extremely low temperatures so that the stem cells can be retrieved and used in future years.

Financial details of the collaboration are not being disclosed.

About Provia Laboratories LLC

Provia Laboratories, LLC (http://www.provialabs.com) is a healthcare services company specializing in high quality biobanking (preservation of biological specimens). The company’s Store-A-Tooth™ service platform enables the collection, transport, processing, and storage of dental stem cells for potential use in future stem-cell therapies. The company advises industrial, academic, and governmental clients on matters related to the preservation of biological specimens for research and clinical use. In addition, Provia offers a variety of products for use in complex biobanking environments to improve sample logistics, security, and quality. Provia Labs is a member of ISBER, the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories.

For more information about Store-A-Tooth, call 1-877-867-5753 or visit http://www.store-a-tooth.com, now available in English and Spanish.

About Cordon de Vida

Cordon de Vida (http://www.cordondevida.net/en) started its operations in 2006 by sending umbilical cord blood to Family Cord in California. In January 2007, a laboratory was opened in Panama in order to serve other Latin American markets. This modern facility features the latest technology in cryopreservation and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) as well as being registered with the FDA. Cordon de Vida currently has offices in Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Guatemala and has plans to offer its services in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras by the end of 2011. Cordon de Vida is continuing to consolidate as one of the leading cord blood banks in Latin America, offering the highest standard of quality to its clients. Cordon de Vida is now expanding its services to include dental stem cell preservation.

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Question by sandlerbask: Is it feasible to travel to nicaragua or panama from costa rica without a car?
I’ll be visiting costa rica for awhile in may. dont plan on having a car there but wondering if its feasible to travel to the bordering nations? any info would be helpful. thanks

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Answer by amphitryon
There are regular bus routes, and the cost is low. I would not try to take a rental car across a border, unless you ask first at the rental office.

for time tables and more info, see here:

http://www.ticabus.com/ingles.html

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Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA Expands Operations to Kauai, HI











Mr. Massimo Zanetti, (right) founder and chair, Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, and Chris Benjamin, (left) vice president, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., untie a maile lei during ceremonies on March 29.

Portsmouth, VA / Kauai, HI (Vocus/PRWEB) March 30, 2011

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, Inc. has completed the acquisition of certain assets of the Kauai Coffee Company, Inc., a former subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

Today’s announcement is the culmination of the process jointly announced on December 23, 2010. Final terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We appreciate the hard work exhibited by all parties during the past few months to bring about the timely completion of this process,” said John Boyle, Chief Operating Officer of Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. “We are excited to welcome Kauai Coffee® into our portfolio of prestigious brands.”

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is headquartered in Portsmouth, Va., and is a subsidiary of the privately held Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, the world’s only vertically integrated coffee company.

While the US-based company will oversee operations of Kauai Coffee’s 3,000 acre plantation and processing facilities and market the Kauai Coffee brand globally, the parent Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group will distribute the coffee internationally through its subsidiary system.

“We now have the capacity to bring to market nearly 50 percent of all the high quality 100 percent Arabica Hawaiian coffee grown in the United States” Boyle said. “It’s a wonderful new entry point for us into the growing super-premium coffee segment.”

Boyle said Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group’s branding expertise and global marketing channels will not only enhance the Kauai Coffee brand but also bring much wider recognition of the rich tradition of growing, milling and roasting coffee on the Garden Island.

“Estate-grown Kauai Coffee will join the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group’s existing green coffee operations in Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Vietnam and Indonesia” he said. The Kauai Coffee Company is located on the south side of the island of Kauai between Koloa and ‘Ele’ele. Kauai Coffee’s visitors center remains a popular tourist destination that operates 364 days a year and welcomes as many as 700 people a day. For those who cannot travel to Kauai, a variety of Kauai Coffee products are available for sale online at http://www.kauaicoffee.com.

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About Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, Inc.:

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is among the nation’s largest coffee roasters, with nationally recognized retail brands including Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.®, Segafredo Zanetti®, MJB®, and Chase & Sanborn®. With its headquarters and state-of-the art manufacturing facility located in southeastern Virginia, the company produces proprietary and private label coffee, tea and drink mix for customers in all retail channels and food service throughout North America and around the world. In addition Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA franchises Chock full o’Nuts® Coffee Shops and Segafredo Zanetti Espresso® Cafés. Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is part of the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, the world’s largest privately owned coffee group comprised of nearly 50 companies operating in about 100 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.mzb-usa.com.

About Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group: Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, headquartered in Treviso, Italy, is a privately held, vertically integrated organization of nearly 50 companies operating in about 100 countries that cultivates, trades, processes, roasts, packages and distributes coffee throughout the world. The Group owns more than 20 consumer brands worldwide, including Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.®, Segafredo Zanetti® Espresso, Meira®, Brodies®, Tiktak® and La San Marco®, that span a rich variety of high quality products including espresso, coffee, tea, spices and barista-level espresso equipment. For more information and media contacts, visit: http://www.mzb-group.com.

About A&B: Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., headquartered in Honolulu, is engaged in ocean transportation and logistics services, through its subsidiaries, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., Matson Integrated Logistics, Inc. and Matson Global Distribution Services; in real estate, through A&B Properties, Inc.; and in agribusiness, through Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company. For more information, visit: http://www.alexanderbaldwin.com.

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