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Whatever Happened To The Canal?

Whatever Happened To The Canal?

In April 2017, three years after this road was created to mark the official start of the construction of the Great Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal in Brito, on the country’s Pacific ocean western coast, it remains unpaved, and is only used by horses from nearby farms. Credit: José Adán Silva/ IPS TODAY NICARAGUA – PUNTA GORDA/BRITO, […]

Nicaragua’s South Caribbean Coast Improves Readiness for Climate Change

Nicaragua’s South Caribbean Coast Improves Readiness for Climate Change

BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua (IPS) – The effects of climate change have hit Nicaragua’s Caribbean coastal regions hard in the last decade and have forced the authorities and local residents to take protection and adaptation measures to address the phenomenon that has gradually undermined their safety and changed their way of life. Bluefields, the capital city of […]

Nicaragua’s economy is growing, but the poor may be falling behind

Nicaragua’s economy is growing, but the poor may be falling behind

TODAY NICARAGUA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s recent assessment of Nicaragua reinforces the narrative that the country has made tremendous strides in fighting poverty, but many experts stress the importance of staying vigilant against the country’s still deep inequalities and precarious economy. The routine assessment of Nicaragua’s economy was conducted by a group led by the […]

Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Q COSTA RICA – Southwest Airlines has lodged an objection against the application by Volaris Costa Rica for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) and Exemption Authority from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The US carrier contends that Volaris Costa Rica is not a Costa Rican company but is wholly owned by a […]

Is Putin building a base in Nicaragua to spy on US citizens?

Is Putin building a base in Nicaragua to spy on US citizens?

TODAY NICARAGUA – US officials are keeping a keen eye on a Russian complex nestled on the edge of a volcanic crater in Nicaragua. The center, which is believed to be a satellite station, has been built near the Laguna de Nejapa in Managua – the capital. The Washington Post reports the local government described […]

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

Costa Rica is often thought of as the “Switzerland of the Americas.” With a stable democracy and no standing army, the small Central American country of 4.8 million is often referred to as the “exception” to the conflict, violence and poverty faced in other Latin American countries. In particular, Costa Ricans pride themselves on their […]

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua’s brutal sugarcane fields

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua’s brutal sugarcane fields

Two young boys in rural Nicaragua, photographed by Australian photojournalist Josh Mcdonald. The sugarcane-growing community in which they live is blighted by a renal disease whose cause remains unclear. Photograph: 2017 Wellcome Image Awards TODAY NICARAGUA (Theguardian.com) – Two brothers stand in a dusty alley in the town of Chichigalpa in Nicaragua. They stare with […]

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Francisca Ramírez, the head of the peasant movement that is leading the fight against the construction of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua, which has made her a victim of harassment by the administration of Daniel Ortega. Credit: Luis Martínez/IPS TODAY NICARAGUA – MANAGUA (IPS) – The unequal battle that small farmer Francisca Ramírez is waging […]

U.S. Companies May Be Forced To Shut Down Costa Rica Call Centers

U.S. Companies May Be Forced To Shut Down Costa Rica Call Centers

Q COSTA RICA – A bill in the U.S. Congress aims to force call centers from nations like Costa Rica to return to the United States, worrying employers and workers, according to CNN. The CNN Español report says the bill, introduced by a group of Democratic and Republican congressmen could force companies that outsource customer […]

Meet the Sex Workers Replacing Cops in Nicaragua

Meet the Sex Workers Replacing Cops in Nicaragua

Emilia, a member of the Sunflowers of Nicaragua, showing her judicial facilitator ID. | Photo: Reuters TODAY NICARAGUA – “We are capable women, we defend our rights, and we are also contributing to justice in our country,” said Sunflowers of Nicaragua member Maria Elena Davila. In most countries around the world, sex workers are criminalized […]

Nicaragua Eliminates Tax on Colombian Imports

Nicaragua Eliminates Tax on Colombian Imports

Nicaragua Eliminates Tax on Colombian Imports TODAY NICARAGUA – Goods and services imported from the South American country will no longer incur the “patriotic” tax of 35%, which has been levied since 1999. From a statement issued by the National Assembly, said: “With the unanimous approval this March 7, of the Bill Repealing the law […]

European Parliament Slams Nicaragua For Rights Violations Over Canal

European Parliament Slams Nicaragua For Rights Violations Over Canal

Harrassed: Francisca Ramirez, Coordinator of the National Council for the Defence of Land, Lake and Sovereignty (La Prensa) TODAY NICARAGUA – Urging respect for the rule of law, democracy and human rights, the European Parliament has slammed Nicaragua for its treatment of people criticising the $50bn transoceanic canal being developed by a Chinese company. The […]

Nicaragua Launches Hugo Chavez College Program

Nicaragua Launches Hugo Chavez College Program

Hugo Chavez Plaza in Managua, Nicaragua honoring the late Venezuelan leader. (United Socialist Party of Venezuela). Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front, FSLN, is launching a new program at the country’s National Autonomous University dedicated to former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. The program, named after the founder of the Bolivarian Revolution, will begin Friday, two […]

President Ortega Highlights Chavez’s Legacy in Latin America

President Ortega Highlights Chavez’s Legacy in Latin America

In this undated photo we have Hugo Chaves (left) and Daniel Ortega in triumph. TODAY NICARAGUA (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Sunday highlighted the impact of the revolutionary work of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Latin America, on the 4th anniversary of his death. “Chavez (1954-2013) lives in all Latin America, he liberated […]

Major Colombian Drug Trafficker Detained in Nicaragua

Major Colombian Drug Trafficker Detained in Nicaragua

Amauri Carmona Morelos in 2009 holding his fake Nicaraguan cedula (ID) in the name of Alberto Ruiz Cano. LA PRENSA/ARCHIVO J. UBIETA TODAY NICARAGUA (Insightcrime.org) Nicaragua’s authorities have detained Amauri Carmona Morelos, putting an end to the criminal career of one of the most prominent drug traffickers operating in the Central American country. Carmona, a […]

Nicaragua Slipped Five Ranks Overall Since 2007 In Global Prosperity Index

Nicaragua Slipped Five Ranks Overall Since 2007 In Global Prosperity Index

Nicaragua is a long way off Costa Rica’s level of prosperity. TODAY NICARAGUA – Despite a top 40 performance in Personal Freedom and Natural Environment, and rising Economic Quality, Nicaragua has slipped five ranks overall since 2007, according to the Leguatum Prosperity Index. Overall Nicaragua ranks 69th of 149 on the prosperity index. The Legatum […]

Nicaragua Backs Climate-change Proof Coffee

Nicaragua Backs Climate-change Proof Coffee

Photo Nguyen Huy Kham / Reuters TODAY NICARAGUA – Climate change has forced governments around the world to make tough decisions to guarantee their long-term survival. In Nicaragua’s case, this means swapping their prestigious Arabica beans out for hardier, more bitter Robusta beans. While coffee lovers will rejoice at the higher caffeine content of the […]

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Q COSTA RICA – The volatility of international prices of fuels in the oil market persists, being the main factor affecting prices in Central America. Despite the instability of oil prices and their fluctuations are permanent factors, predictions about future prices is unpredictable, however, in the recent weeks trends in international prices have been caused […]

Works in Nicaragua for Central American Games in Progress

Works in Nicaragua for Central American Games in Progress

Managua, Nicaragua to host the 11th edition of the Central American Games TODAY NICARAGUA – (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan authorities stated they verified the progress of certain installations under construction for the celebration of the 11th Central American Games, held quadrennial (every 4 years), which will be held in Managua, Nicaragua from December 3 to 17 […]

U.S. Embassy Clarifies Fake News About Nicaraguans Visa

U.S. Embassy Clarifies Fake News About Nicaraguans Visa

The U.S. Embassy in Managua. Photo LA PRENSA/Uriel Molina TODAY NICARAGUA – A fake news report circulating this Wednesday caused buzz among Nicaraguans in which it ensure that U.S. President Donald Trump had signed an executive order eliminating the visa for Nicaraguans to travel to the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Managua quickly clarified […]

Nicaragua Supports Palestine Resistance Amid Israel Colonization

Nicaragua Supports Palestine Resistance Amid Israel Colonization

Palestinian residents in Nicaragua and pro-Palestinian activists protest Israeli occupation. | Photo: Reuters TODAY NICARAGUA (Telesur) Since taking office in 2007, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has been a staunch defender of Palestine and a critic of Israeli human rights abuses. As Israel continues to illegally expand its settlements on Palestinian territory, Nicaragua’s Sandinista government is […]

Nicaragua Simplifies Procedures for Free Zones

Nicaragua Simplifies Procedures for Free Zones

José Adán Aguerri TODAY NICARAGUA (Managua) A simpler scheme for importing materials is one of the new features included in the new regulations announced to facilitate procedures for free trade zone (zona franca in Spanish) companies. The leaders of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada – COSEP) announced that […]

Nicaragua Sets Eyes On Costa Rica’s Tourists

Nicaragua Sets Eyes On Costa Rica’s Tourists

Q COSTA RICA – In a, if you can’t have the province, take its tourists attitude, tourism operators in Nicaragua believe that the construction of the Costanera (Pacific coastal highway) will allow European and North American tourists arriving at Costa Rica’s Liberia, Guanacaste airport (LIR) to head to their country A report by Today Nicaragua […]

Costa Rica Suing Nicaragua Over Alleged Violation Of Territory

Costa Rica Suing Nicaragua Over Alleged Violation Of Territory

Q COSTA RICA NEWS  /  Casa Presidencial said on Monday it has filed a complaint against Nicaragua at the International Court of Justice at The Hague (ICJ) for establishing a military post on its territory, heightening the risk of renewed tensions between the two countries. Manuel Gonzalez, Costa Rica’s Foreign minister, said Nicaragua had occupied  […]

In Nicaragua, President, VP Are Husband and Wife

In Nicaragua, President, VP Are Husband and Wife

President Ortega positions his wife Rosario Murillo to become president if he leaves office before his term is out. TODAY NICARAGUA (Managua) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega officially began his third successive (fourth overall) term on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 this time with his wife as vice president as he tightens his decade-long grip over one […]

Nicaragua pledges to fight for Taiwan recognition on global stage

Nicaragua pledges to fight for Taiwan recognition on global stage

TODAY NICARAGUA (Reuters) Nicaragua on Tuesday said it wanted to secure bigger international recognition for Taiwan during a visit by President Tsai Ing-wen at a moment of Chinese suspicions the leader of the self-ruled island is seeking formal independence from China. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen visits textile industrial park in Managua, Nicaragua January 10, 2017. […]

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