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Down Here: Life South of the Border Adios Amigos! TheGringo is going on a long siesta ... hasta la maņana!
Oct 15, 2015 – Dearest Readers,   We thank you for your kind support and encouragement since we launched TheGringo, but are sad to announce we experienced a near-total server failure. We've been able... Read the rest

Writers (Still) Wanted!
Mar 31, 2008 – Attention aspiring writers, story tellers, and travel bloggers: we're seeking new columnists, travel writers and news/current affairs commentators for all our sites at Obscurity Press! - If you live in... Read the rest

Largest Importation of Venezuelan Oil So Far Arrives in Port Sandino
Feb 19, 2008 – The largest importation of Venezuelan crude oil since Nicaragua signed an agreement to import oil from the South American country under preferential payment conditions arrived in Port Sandino on Feb.... Read the rest

Getting Back to Paradise: Journeys throughout Central America, Chapter 1
Dec 3, 2007 – After a long time traveling from Minnesota, we have arrived!!!   My three year old son and I have taken the path less chosen. I bought a ticket to Costa... Read the rest



Politics and Government Amnesty Cites Historic Changes, Human Rights Violations in Latin America
May 28, 2008 – Amnesty International says there have been historic changes in Latin America, while human rights violations, including torture continue to affect the lives of many in the region. Cuba's President Raul... Read the rest

Supreme Electoral Council Cancels Legal Status of PC, MRS and Two Indigenous Parties
May 27, 2008 – On May 22 Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) spokesperson Felix Navarette announced that the CSE magistrates had voted to cancel the legal status of four political parties, the Conservative Party, the... Read the rest

Colombian Rebels Confirm Leader's Death
May 25, 2008 – Miami -- Leaders of Colombia's most powerful rebel group have confirmed the death of longtime guerrilla leader Manuel Marulanda. VOA's Brian Wagner has this report from Miami. A top official... Read the rest

Leader of Colombia's Main Rebel Group Reported Dead
May 24, 2008 – Houston -- Colombian government officials say they have confirmed the death of Manuel Marulanda - the commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces or FARC. Rumors about the aging rebel's death... Read the rest



Diplomacy, Trade and Security Cuba Policy Sets Obama Apart in US Campaign
May 28, 2008 – Miami -- Senator Barack Obama has tried to stand out from other U.S. presidential candidates by saying, as president, he would be open to meeting with some of the most... Read the rest

Trivelli: After 9/11 no country wants to be considered a refuge for terrorists
May 27, 2008 – On May 21 outgoing US Ambassador Paul Trivelli was asked about the US government’s reaction to the Nicaraguan government’s decision to award asylum to the three survivors of the Colombian... Read the rest

Sao Paulo Forum: Latin America experiences a ?change of epoch?
May 27, 2008 – The 16th summit of the Sao Paolo Forum which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay May 22- 25 issued a joint declaration stating that Latin America and the Caribbean “are not... Read the rest

Bush Allows Sending Cell Phones to Cuba
May 21, 2008 – Washington -- U.S. President George Bush is marking a day of solidarity with the Cuban people by allowing people in the United States to send cellular telephones to family in... Read the rest



Business and Economy Free Trade Zone Companies Reach Partial Agreement with Ortega, Discussions Continue
May 27, 2008 – After the recent decision of several Asian companies operating garment factories in Nicaragua’s Free Trade Zones to move their operations to Asia, pressure has built on President Daniel Ortega’s government... Read the rest

Nicaraguan Government Announces Measures to Combat Inflationary ?Tsunami?
May 27, 2008 – On May 22 Trade and Commerce Minister Orlando Solorzano warned during a press conference that spiraling oil prices threaten to provoke a “tsunami” in the Nicaraguan economy. “We must prepare... Read the rest

Brazil Makes High Profile Investment in US
May 23, 2008 – Melbourne, Florida -- The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer, is set to build a factory in the southern U.S. state of Florida to make executive jets. The move by the world's... Read the rest

Transportation Strike Ends with Agreement to Increase Diesel Subsidy
May 20, 2008 – Hold-outs who rejected an initial government offer of a US$0.30 per gallon fuel subsidy for transportation cooperatives called off their 11 day transportation strike at the end of last week... Read the rest



Energy and Resources Government Plans to Generate 67% of Electricity from Renewable Resources
Mar 29, 2008 – Vice Minister of Energy and Mines Lorena Lanzas confirmed government plans to reduce dependency on oil for the generation of electricity. Currently about 75% of the electricity produced in Nicaragua... Read the rest

Iran to Loan Nicaragua $233.4M for Construction of Hydro-Electric Plant
Mar 25, 2008 – On Mar. 12 Minister of Energy Emilio Rappaccioli announced that the Iranian government has approved a loan to Nicaragua of 150 million Euros (US$233.4 million) for the construction of a... Read the rest

Mexican Leftist Leader Vows to Block Energy Reform
Mar 24, 2008 – Houston -- Results of an internal party election in Mexico have raised fears of more political turmoil with possible implications for the United States as well. VOA's Greg Flakus has... Read the rest

Government Concerned about Oil Price Increase but Doesn't Predict Blackouts for 2008
Jan 15, 2008 – On Jan. 3 Energy Minister Emilio Rappaccioli said there was "special concern" within the Nicaraguan government about the latest increase in the international price of oil. A new record of... Read the rest



Community Health, Education and Safety Sugar Workers Dying from Kidney Failure
May 31, 2008 – This is the first in a series of articles and action suggestions on the issue of sugar workers and kidney disease. Names of workers and their families have been changed... Read the rest

Women?s Groups Very Concerned about Steep Rise in Violence
May 20, 2008 – The Network of Women Against Violence is “extremely worried about the high level of violence against women,” according to spokesperson Fatima Millon. The number of women murdered in Nicaragua in... Read the rest

Sandinista Government Makes Health and Education Gains
May 13, 2008 – The National Vaccination Brigade during Apr. 17- 30 fulfilled 95% of its goal and continues carrying out house to house visits to vaccinate those unable to get to the vaccination... Read the rest

Pesticide Victims File Complaint with Organization Affiliated to World Bank Group
Apr 12, 2008 – Over 700 Nicaraguan sugar plantation workers, whose health was severely affected by the inappropriate use of pesticide at the Ingenio San Antonio plantation, owned by Nicaragua Sugar Estates Limited, have... Read the rest



Destinations: Travel and Transportation US Embassy Advises Citizens in Nicaragua to Take Extra Care
May 20, 2008 – The US Embassy in Managua issued a warning to its citizens who are residents in Nicaragua or visiting the country to take extra care in the face of a series... Read the rest

Guatemalan Farmers Free Belgian Hostages
Mar 16, 2008 – Guatemalan officials say protesting farmers in the eastern jungle have released four Belgian tourists taken captive Friday. Belgian tourists, who were kidnapped by local farmers, walk in a naval base... Read the rest

Venezuela Begins Recovering Bodies from Andean Plane Crash
Feb 25, 2008 – Venezuelan authorities say search teams have retrieved several bodies from Thursday's plane crash in the Andes Mountains that left 46 people dead. Forensic and rescue workers work near the wreckage... Read the rest

Officials: No Survivors in Venezuelan Plane Crash
Feb 22, 2008 – Venezuelan authorities say all 46 people on board a passenger plane were killed when the aircraft slammed into an Andean mountain late Thursday. Relatives of passengers on board a commercial... Read the rest



Science, Nature and Environment Update on Tropical Storm Alma
May 30, 2008 – Tropical Storm Alma, downgraded from a Category 1 Hurricane, hit the coast of Nicaragua at Poneloya in the Department of Leon at 5:00pm local time Thursday. During the night, the... Read the rest

Tropical Storm Alma Hits Nicaragua
May 29, 2008 – A tropical storm has killed one person and destroyed homes on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Tropical Storm Alma, 29 May 2008 Tropical Storm Alma made landfall Thursday near the... Read the rest

Special Update on Hurricane Alma
May 29, 2008 – With winds of 80 miles per hour, Hurricane Alma, the first named storm of the 2008 season, is moving toward the Nicaraguan Pacific coast at a speed of about seven... Read the rest

Rights Group Cites Plight of Minorities Hit by Climate Change
Mar 11, 2008 – A British rights group says ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples across the globe suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change - and that their plight has not been recognized... Read the rest



Arts, Culture and Heritage Isolated Tribe in Brazil Spotted From the Air
May 30, 2008 – Brazilian officials say they have located and photographed one of the country's last uncontacted tribes in the remote western Amazon jungle near the border with Peru. 'Uncontacted' Indians photographed during... Read the rest

Library of Congress Exhibit Explores Early Americas
May 28, 2008 – Washington -- The Spanish were among the earliest explorers of what is now known as the Americas. An exhibition at the Library of Congress in Washington focuses on the history... Read the rest

Dominican Artist Dominates Latin Grammy Awards
Nov 9, 2007 – Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra swept the major categories at the eighth annual Latin Grammy awards Thursday night in the southwestern U.S. city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Juan Luis Guerra... Read the rest

Media Foundation Honors Women Journalists from Mexico, Iraq, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe
Oct 24, 2007 – New York -- A Mexican journalist who receives threats to her life, an Ethiopian publisher who gave birth to a son while imprisoned, a group of Iraqi women reporters who... Read the rest



Sports and Recreation Cuban Soccer Players Defect to US
Mar 13, 2008 – Miami -- As many as seven members of a Cuban national soccer team are reported to have defected in the United States shortly after playing a match in the U.S.... Read the rest

Brazil Earns Olympic Volleyball Berth
Dec 1, 2007 – Giba (7) spikes against Russia in volleyball WC Saturday in Japan. Washington -- World champion Brazil is the first team to secure a berth at next year's Olympics in Beijing, after... Read the rest

FIFA Recommends Brazil Host World Cup in 2014
Oct 25, 2007 – The International Football Federation has recommended Brazil to host the World Cup in 2014, after inspectors toured the South American nation. The inspection report said Brazil is an "appropriate choice"... Read the rest

Brazil Beats US, Advances to Women's Football World Cup Final
Sep 27, 2007 – Hangzhou -- Brazil has reached the championship game of the Women's World Cup football tournament in China. VOA's Jim Stevenson reports from Hangzhou, where Brazil's 4-0 victory Thursday snapped a... Read the rest



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• 10/15 Adios Amigos! TheGringo is going on a long siesta ... hasta la maņana!
• 5/31 Sugar Workers Dying from Kidney Failure
• 5/30 Isolated Tribe in Brazil Spotted From the Air
• 5/30 Update on Tropical Storm Alma
• 5/29 Tropical Storm Alma Hits Nicaragua
• 5/29 Special Update on Hurricane Alma
• 5/28 Cuba Policy Sets Obama Apart in US Campaign
• 5/28 Amnesty Cites Historic Changes, Human Rights Violations in Latin America
• 5/28 Library of Congress Exhibit Explores Early Americas
• 5/27 Free Trade Zone Companies Reach Partial Agreement with Ortega, Discussions Continue
• 5/27 Trivelli: After 9/11 no country wants to be considered a refuge for terrorists
• 5/27 Supreme Electoral Council Cancels Legal Status of PC, MRS and Two Indigenous Parties
• 5/27 Nicaraguan Government Announces Measures to Combat Inflationary ?Tsunami?
• 5/27 Sao Paulo Forum: Latin America experiences a ?change of epoch?
• 5/25 Colombian Rebels Confirm Leader's Death
• 5/24 Leader of Colombia's Main Rebel Group Reported Dead
• 5/23 Brazil Makes High Profile Investment in US
• 5/23 Colombia Investigating Lawmakers, Foreigners and Journalists over Rebel Contacts
• 5/23 Argentine Government Officials, Farmers Clash Again over Export Tax
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• 5/20 Women?s Groups Very Concerned about Steep Rise in Violence
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• 5/20 Transportation Strike Ends with Agreement to Increase Diesel Subsidy
• 5/20 IMF Refuses to Disburse $39M Due to National Assembly Failure to Pass Anti Fraud Law
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