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Swimming with manatees

Posted in beach, nature, paradise with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 30/06/2011 by Walter

The manatee

The manatees are family of mermaids, marine mammals that are nearly extinguished. The name of the siren has to do with the legend of the sirens, they say, were beautiful women with  fishtail who lived in the sea. These mammals are gentle animals, which have not developed any defenses and never attack humans or other animals.

Riding on the back of a manatee. - (* Expand the photo with a click.

Bavaro, Dominican Republic.- Yaroslaw Mazur, a Polish photographer and experienced diver got the fright of his life when he was diving on the reefs near the coast, while enjoying the wonderful seascape, encountered a herd of strange animals he knew only in books, videos and documentaries: They were Manatees.

“Oh my God! It Was So exciting, I will never forget That day, That Was something amazing.”

Recreate the encounter with manatees has changed the life of this professional photographer. Mazur lives in New York, but since he watched the aquatic mammals has returned 19 times to Bavaro. He is responsible for water and awesome video footage of tourists interacting with these animals.

Mazur manages the company “Global Divers”, associated with Walter Frischbutter and his company responsible for underwater tours. The German businessman has a diving school and works with seven local resorts. Frischbutter speaks five languages.

Walter, who observed manatees for the first time in 2007, does not hide the excitement when talking about this:

“Swimming with manatees is one of the main aquatic activities that attract tourists in Bavaro. They touch these mammals with their hands, swim and play with them. Have fun under the water like children, without any malice. Tourists will scratch their belly and they fall asleep. That’s worth seeing. It is an experience that no human being can forget.

Swimming with manatees. - (* Expand the photo with a click.

The diving area is called “Butane” and is located 5 minutes from the Bavaro beach coast. There are corals, caves and grass eaten by manatees. Tourists are transported in three separate boats. If you do not have a diving license, before activity you receive a special training. The entire process is supervised by professional divers. The maximum depth where the manatees are found is twenty feet. The visit of the Mammals in this part of the coast usually occur twice a year and they stay several weeks in the area.

Walter Brandle, tourism entrepreneur, believes that the presence of manatees that interact with tourists “is the best thing what happen to Bavaro. I think we are entering a new stage of sustainable tourism in the Punta Cana/Bavaro area. We never had seen anything like that. It is simply great, exciting, an indescribable look of innocence of these mammals playing with humans in an atmosphere of harmony and cordiality. These are things that you cannot see every day.

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>>>>> read the original story (spanish): Nadando con Manatíes

Mermaid, Siren or Manatee?

In the ocean near Hispaniola in 1493, Christopher Columbus—probably glimpsing a manatee—reported seeing three mermaids but said they were “not as pretty as they are depicted, for somehow in the face they look like men.

The mermaid La sirèn is a powerful water spirit popular in the Caribbean Islands and parts of the Americas. Like European mermaids, and the African mermaid water spirit Mami Wata, La sirèn holds a mirror to admire herself and a comb for her long, straight hair. La sirèn’s underwater world is known as “the back of the mirror,” and her mirror is a symbol of the boundary between the two worlds. Followers of La sirèn say she takes them below the water to her world, and they return with new powers. Some women become Vodou priestesses this way.

The story of La sirèn blends African and European mermaid stories with Caribbean culture. When African slaves were brought to the Caribbean, they took their stories with them. In Haiti, La sirèn is part of the Vodou tradition, and her followers appeal to her for help in Vodou ceremonies, where the mermaid’s spirit may enter the body of a female follower and bring good luck with work, health, money and love.

The mermaid La sirèn is one of three powerful female water spirits, sometimes considered sisters, who are honored in shrines like the one pictured here. One sister is cool, calm and seductive. The other is hot, passionate, angry and strong. La sirèn’s personality is a blend of these opposites. Together, they validate a wide range of temperaments for women.

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the big business of gold in the Dominican Republic

Posted in Colonialism, economy, gold, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 04/11/2009 by Walter

Dominican negotiators of the contract did not anticipate that gold would reach the current price.

State would receive only US$ 32 Million per year for US$ 1,000 Million exported Gold

Dominican negotiators of the contract for the exploitation of gold from sulfide of ¨Pueblo Viejo¨ never thought gold prices were to reach the levels where they are today.

For this reason the country would receive in the first seven years of operation of the mine only $ 32 million a year for exports worth 1,000 million.

barrels of goldThis was recognized by the economist Iván Rodríguez, who helped negotiate the contract with Placer Dome which later was transferred to Barrick Gold. This recalls that when the contract was negotiated the price of gold was between 200 and 250 dollars the troy ounce, while higher prices were expected that gold reached up to US$ 450.

Today gold prices in spot and future market reached record levels, boosted by the sale of 200 tonnes of gold made by the International Monetary Fund.

Yesterday gold was quoted at US$ 1079.40 an ounce from US$ 1059.15 on Monday afternoon in New York. Earlier, the precious metal reached a record of US$ 1080.60.

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Although it was for the Dominican negotiators certainly an unexpected dimension where the price levels of gold has reached, it is likely that for Placer Dome and Barrick Gold then was not surprised the behavior of the metal in international markets …..

for more information’s visit this spanish site:  Sancocho con dulce de leche

According to data published by Barrick Gold, the proven reserves in the mine of Pueblo Viejo is 20 million troy ounces of gold, 117 million ounces of silver and 424 million pounds of copper, which at current prices are worth about 24,000 million dollars, which makes the Pueblo Viejo mine in Cotuí, one of the largest mines in the world.

Update 10th of November 2009:

Congressman defends contract between Barrick Gold and Dominican state.

10/11/2009 – El Nuevo Diario

SANTO DOMINGO – The President of the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies who studied the lease agreement between the Dominican State and the Canadian company Barrick Gold, defended the work of legislators in approval.

Ramon Cabrera explained that the contract guarantees an investment of 3 billion pesos (84 million dollar) and generate about 5 thousand jobs. The company will pay around 374 million dollar to heal environmental damage.

The contract of the mining rights to mine gold, silver, copper and zinc in Pueblo Viejo, Cotui, signed in 2002 between the Dominican Government and the Canadian company Placer Dome, is being amended by requirement of the mining company Barrick Gold, which in 2006 bought all rights to the Pleasure Dome.

According to Article 8 of the original agreement, Placer Dome will pay the state a tax in base of Net Profit Sharing (PUN) which varies between 5% and 25%, dependent on the selling price of gold, unless a production cost of $ 275 per ounce.

Barrick Gold Results Beat Analyst Estimates on Cost Containment

Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s largest gold producer, reported third-quarter results that beat most analysts’ estimates because of efforts to contain costs.

Profit excluding a $5.7 billion charge to eliminate fixed- price contracts and a one-time impairment expense was 54 cents a share, Toronto-based Barrick said today in a statement. That topped the 46-cent average estimate of 23 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Gold futures in New York climbed 17 percent to $1,030.50 an ounce this year through yesterday, while the 16-company Philadelphia Stock Exchange Gold & Silver Index rose 25 percent. The precious metal, which reached a record $1,072 on Oct. 14, has risen for eight straight calendar years.

Barrick repeated its forecast for 2009 gold production of 7.2 million to 7.6 million ounces at total cash costs of $450 to $475 an ounce. The company expects gold output to rise to 7.7 million to 8.1 million ounces next year, helped by the scheduled start of new production at the Cortez Hills project in Nevada next year. Barrick produced 7.66 million ounces of gold last year at average total costs of $443 an ounce.

On Oct. 12, Barrick agreed to pay Xstrata Plc $465 million for a 70 percent stake in the El Morro copper and gold mining project in Chile.

Barrick started building its $3 billion Pascua-Lama mine project on the Chile-Argentina border after the two countries resolved a tax dispute. The mine is forecast to yield as much as 800,000 ounces of gold annually after it starts operations in 2012.

The gold miner began production at its Buzwagi mine in Tanzania in May. The Pueblo Viejo project in the Dominican Republic is scheduled to start production in the fourth quarter of 2011.

read the full story: Barrick Gold Results Beat Analyst Estimates on Cost Containment

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August 17, 2010 – EL DIA

Board of Aldermen gives powers to the Mayor Molina Lluberes to fight against Barrick

COTUI .- The Board of Aldermen of the City Council of this town gave powers to the Mayor Rafael Molina Lluberes to act in all legal statuses against the mining company Barrick Gold, in defense of the heritage of the province of Sanchez Ramirez, preservation of resources natural, payment of damages caused by the exploitation of mineral deposits and the revision of the concession contract granted by the state.

The Board of Aldermen of the City Council in its resolution 001 claimed responsibility for environmental protection and the payment of municipal taxes from the mining company.

Also, the Council  authorized Molina Lluberes to require the proportion of jobs provided in the contract that is up to the residents of the province and the training of those in international organizations. It also empowered the municipal executive to manage the payment of 5% of net profits since the beginning of its operation, that constitutionally must be paid directly to the municipalities.

The council resolution was passed unanimously by the nine magistrates present at the first session of the municipal body.

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