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  1. Las principales afectaciones se han dado por inundaciones en zonas urbanas y desbordes de ríos en áreas rurales. La depresión tropical 16 y la onda tropical 37 de la temporada húmeda se combinaron para causar intensas lluvias al norte de Nicaragua, que se encuentra en alerta amarilla, informó hoy la organización no gubernamental Centro Humboldt. "Esta depresión se ha combinado con la onda tropical 37 que ha ingresado también por la costa norte del Caribe y ha generado condiciones bastantes fuertes de lluvias en la zona norte y centro del país", detalló el Centro Humboldt, en una nota de prensa emitida este miércoles. Leer más:
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  2. MEETING IN NICARAGUA..... WOW, really the smallest Kingdom Hall I ever seen ❤ But I love it ALL BROTHERS & SISTERS BELONG TO OUR BIG BROTHERHOOD AROUND THE WORLD !
  3. Caso de Natividad Canda: reconstruyen escena de ataque de perros Cerca de 40 personas, dos perros amaestrados y un maniquí participaron anoche en la reconstrucción de la escena en la cual murió el nicaragüense Natividad Canda Mairena debido al ataque de dos perros rottweiler en un taller de La Lima de Cartago. La muerte ocurrió en la madrugada del 10 de noviembre pasado, cuando Canda y un amigo de él entraron en aquella propiedad privada presuntamente para robar. Ambos fueron sorprendidos por dos rottweiller, que atacaron a Canda durante 54 minutos. Su compañero participó este jueves en la representación. En noviembre, él escapó de los animales, pero ahora está en la cárcel de Cartago. El principal objetivo del trabajo de la Fiscalía fue determinar si quienes estuvieron en el momento del ataque actuaron en la forma correcta o si, por el contrario, pudieron hacer algo efectivo para evitar que Canda muriese. En la recreación, ordenada por el fiscal que sigue el caso, Julián Martínez, participaron todas las personas que presenciaron el hecho: policías, bomberos, personal de la Cruz Roja, el propietario y el guarda del taller. Los perros atacaron al maniquí mientras las personas se colocaron en los mismos lugares que ocuparon cuando otros dos rottweiller agredieron a Canda. Eso se hizo con el fin de descubrir si tuvieron ángulos para disparar o si hacerlo era peligroso por el riesgo de herir a Candia, quien se encontraba indocumentado. Luego se hizo un análisis de planimetría (toma de medidas). El miércoles pasado, el representante legal de la madre de Canda, Luis Fernando Sáenz, interpuso una querella ante el Ministerio Público de Cartago. En ella acusa, por homicidio simple en concurso de omisión de auxilio, al dueño del taller, Fernando Zúñiga, y al guarda, Luis Guillermo Hernández. También acusó del mismo delito a los diez oficiales de la Fuerza Pública que acudieron al hecho. A ellos se les reprocha también incumplimiento de deberes y negación de auxilio. Nicaragua ha demandado a Costa Rica ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos argumentando que hubo retardo en las investigaciones del caso.
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  4. Do people in your area have beliefs about bells like these? In my country some people have these at their homes or business to attract money as superstition
  5. El próximo 21 de agosto se podrá apreciar un eclipse solar total, del cual, Nicaragua podrá ver un 30 por ciento, según David Castillo, presidente de la Asociación Científica de Astrónomos y Astrofísicos Nicaragüenses (Astronic). Este evento es de especial importancia para Estados Unidos, donde se podrá contemplar en su totalidad, explicó Castillo. Sin embargo, para Centroamérica y México la posibilidad de ver el fenómeno es parcial. El eclipse se produce cuando la luna se ubica en medio del sol y la Tierra, siempre y cuando este en fase de luna nueva, explicó el presidente de Astronic. Leer más:
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  6. Foto: Auxiliadora Martínez Ampliar La población en Camoapa ha sufrido con las lluvias de los últimos días. Los municipios de Corinto, Nandaime, Tola, Juigalpa, Acoyapa (Pacífico de Nicaragua) y Rosita (Caribe del país), son los más afectados por las lluvias este sábado, informaron las autoridades, que registran 52 casas anegadas por los aguaceros en las últimas horas. Nicaragua está sometida a un fenómeno del clima que provoca lluvias y que tiene su origen en Honduras. Las autoridades dieron a conocer ayer que las lluvias han provocado pérdidas de más de dos millones de dólares en la infraestructura del país, aunque ninguna persona ha muerto, a diferencia de Guatemala y El Salvador, donde sí hay fallecidos. Por otro lado, en Nicaragua son 17 los municipios que presentan lluvias moderadas: la Cruz de Río Grande, San Lorenzo, Chinandega, Diriamba, El Viejo, León, Nagarote, Masatepe, Rivas, Telpaneca, Camoapa, Ocotal, Jalapa, Jicaro, Matagalpa, Siuna y Laguna de Perla. Leer más:
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  7. Más de tres mil cruceristas del Perla Noruega llegaron este 27 de abril al puerto de Corinto donde el Intur los recibió con música de marimba, bailes folklóricos, expo venta de artesanías e información turística y souvenires. 1,200 cruceristas visitaron destinos turísticos de occidente, entre ellos: iglesia Santa Ana y la basílica de El Viejo. Además hicieron el tour Flor de Caña, en Chichigalpa, recorrieron los hervideros de San Jacinto, León Viejo, la majestuosa catedral de León y otros atractivos de la ciudad metropolitana. Axel Melchor, de la tour operadora Careli Tour, señaló que la Perla Noruega es el crucero número 61 de la temporada, de los 74 que se estableció llegarían a puertos de Nicaragua en la temporada 2016-2017. Agregó que la próxima semana atracarán seis de estas embarcaciones tanto en Corinto como en San Juan del Sur. Continuar leyendo
  8. Una visita a Nicaragua

    Una característica sobresaliente del lago de Nicaragua es la exuberante isla de Ometepe, con sus dos volcanes unidos por un istmo NICARAGUA es para muchos tierra de lagos y volcanes. En este país se encuentra el lago más grande de Centroamérica, el lago de Nicaragua o Cocibolca, que en lengua indígena significa “mar dulce”. En su interior hay cientos de islas, y es el único lago del mundo de agua dulce que alberga a animales marinos, como tiburones, peces espada y sábalos reales. La flor nacional de Nicaragua se llama sacuanjoche Nicaragua tiene una de las regiones más aisladas de Centroamérica: la costa de los Mosquitos, llamada también Mosquitia. Se trata de una franja de unos 65 kilómetros (40 millas) de ancho a lo largo de la mayor parte de la costa atlántica y que entra en la vecina Honduras. Los misquitos son uno de los grupos indígenas que hay en Nicaragua, y su historia se remonta a antes de la llegada de los europeos en el siglo dieciséis. Los misquitos tienen lazos sociales muy fuertes y algunas costumbres particulares. Por ejemplo, en su idioma no tienen una palabra formal tal como “señor” o “señorita”. En las comunidades rurales, los jóvenes se dirigen a los mayores llamándolos respetuosamente “tío” o “tía”, ya sean parientes o no. Otra costumbre de las mujeres misquitas es saludarse entre sí juntando las mejillas mientras la que inicia el saludo inhala por la nariz. Indígenas Publicaciones bíblicas en mayangna y misquito, editadas por los testigos de Jehová ¡DESPERTAD! SEPTIEMBRE DE 2015
  9. Un caso que indignó a muchas personas a primera horas de este jueves ocurrió en la terminal de buses del Mercado Roberto Huembes, en Managua, en donde un hombre de 70 años apuñaló a un joven que se ganaba la vida como cobrador de la Ruta Masatepe-Managua. Testigos dicen que todo ocurrio muy rápido y no se percataron que el hombre identificado como Álvaro Francisco Pavón sacó un cuchillo que traía oculto en su pantalón y le dio una estocada fulminante por la espalda, todo porque reclamaba el vuelto de cinco córdobas Ante el suceso vendedores y también algunos de los pasajeros lo capturaron y de inmediato llamaron a las autoridades policiales del Distrito V de la capital de Nicaragua para que tomaran cartas en el asunto. Ante la emergencia decidieron trasladar al joven de nombre Juan Gregorio Castillo que "nadaba" en su propia sangre en un autobús al Hospital Manolo Morales, en donde desgraciadamente horas después perdería la vida. En Nicaragua se han dado algunos casos espeluznantes de homicidios que ocurren ya sea por rencillas personales o pleitos, que parecen dejar en evidencia que existen personas que no logran controlar su temperamento, reaccionando de forma violenta y sanguinaria. La Policía Nacional ha informado en esta semana que estarán poniendo mano dura contra la delincuencia en esta temporada de Semana Santa, tanto en barrios así como en balnearios y centros recreativos, lugares en donde concurre una gran cantidad de personas y que se espera no se den acontecimientos fatales de ninguna índole.
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  10. A girl in a park in Managua, Nicaragua. The country topped the list for gains in happiness. Nicolas Garcia/AFP/Getty Images Norway can be frigid. And the winters bring lots of darkness. But it's the happiest nation in world, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report. Denmark comes in at #2, followed by Iceland and Switzerland. Finland takes 5th place. And, it turns out, these countries have more in common than a tolerance for cold. Well-being is shaped by a range of factors. "All of the top countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance," according to the report. The second tier of the top ten includes the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden (the last two tied for 9th position). The developing world has its share of unhappy countries. According to the report, some of the unhappiest nations in the world are Afghanistan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti. But there are encouraging signs in low- and middle-income countries. Cameroon, Latvia, Nicaragua and Sierra Leone, for example, are all on the list of the 20 countries reporting the highest gains in happiness. Meanwhile, happiness in the U.S. has slipped a bit, according to the report. "The reasons are declining social support" as well as a decline in trust — and an increased sense of corruption, write the co-editors in a summary report. In 2015, the U.S. ranked 13th. This year, it slipped to 14th. The report draws on survey data from 155 countries. "We ask people to think of their lives as a whole," explains report co-editor John Helliwell, an economist at the University of British Columbia who studies well-being and comparative economic growth. Each year, researchers survey 1,000 people in each country. Some questions are quite simple, such as: In times of trouble, do you have family and/or friends to count on? Other questions measure people's perceived levels of freedom, generosity and trust — both in each other and in their governments and businesses. The Nordic countries have among the most generous social safety nets. "Access to higher education, access to high-quality health services are part of it, explains Jon-Åge Øyslebø, minister of communications, cultural affairs and education at the Norwegian Embassy. (We reached out to him before he had heard about the top spot his country had earned in the new report.) There are also generous social support programs. For instance, new parents in Norway are eligible for nearly a year of leave with pay. "Norway is a relatively egalitarian society with regard to both to income differences and gender," Øyslebø told us. He says he thinks this is an important part of the happiness equation. Another factor, of course, is the economy. Overall, Norway is pretty wealthy, in part due to the natural resource of oil. But even though oil prices have declined, Norwegian level of happiness has risen, at least according to the report. "Absolutely there's more to it than money," Øyslebø says. Many studies have shown that after people's basic needs are met, additional income is not necessarily a path to happiness. So what's the value of these global ranking? After all, the survey data that they're based on are pretty crude measures. And at any given time, in any nation, some people are suffering while others thrive. "The reason for taking this [report] seriously," co-editor John Helliwell told us, is that it offers an alternative to thinking of "income as the measure of progress."
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  11. Nuestra congregación de El crucero, Managua, Nicaragua.... todos unidos, adorando a Nuestro Jehová Dios. Fuente:
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  12. Nuestra congregación de El crucero, Managua, Nicaragua.... todos unidos, adorando a Nuestro Jehová Dios.
  13. There's fresh impetus to explore Namibia's startling landscapes this year CREDIT:FOTOLIA 6 JANUARY 2017 • 12:31PM If your ambition this year is to try new things and explore new places, you're in luck. From Nicaragua to Tajikistan, a number of hitherto "undiscovered" destinations are increasingly catering to discerning holidaymakers, with a host of new resorts opening and experiences launching over the year to come. Read below for more on the most exciting outdoor adventures to be enjoyed around the world in 2017, or for something more sedate see our guides to 2017's best wellness and fitness breaks; 2017's best luxury beach holidays; the year's best yachting and sailing holidays; and the best cities to visit over the next 12 months. The Desert Circuit: Namibia Exclusive Lodges The four new luxury lodges on the Namibia Exclusive circuit are located in some of the most remote and beautiful northern parts of the country, each designed by architect Greg Scott and built of local materials that reflect the region’s landscapes and cultural traditions. Sorris Sorris Lodge in Damaraland has been built into huge granite boulders scattered across the desert landscape, its modern African rammed-earth structures and pool offering views over the Ugab River and the mountains of the Brandberg Massif. Sorris Sorris Lodge Omatandeka Lodge is surrounded by vast plains inhabited by the Himba people, table-top mountains and a vital wildlife corridor used by mountain zebra, oryx and endangered black rhino, while Sheya Shuushona Lodge, on the northern boundary of Etosha National Park, is surrounded by photogenic salt pans that change colour with the seasons and turn into a lake in the rainy season. Finally, Xaudum Lodge, the most recent addition, is surrounded by the sand dunes of the Kalahari, home to some 3,000 elephants. All four lodges are located in areas with indigenous communities and contribute funds so these people can continue to live in traditional ways on their ancestors’ land. The Explorations Company offers a nine-night safari, staying at three Namibia Exclusive lodges, from £8,985 per person including flights, air transfers, full board and guiding. The Italian Castle: Castello di Ugento, Puglia There are few buildings in Europe in which guests can stay above a Norman keep, dine beneath 17th-century Baroque frescoes and wander around a garden in which Bronze Age artefacts have been found. In April, on the southern heel of Italy, the (rather wonderfully named) d’Amore family will open their restored thousand-year-old Castello di Ugento to paying guests for the first time (doubles from £260). Visitors can relax within walled gardens, in which more than 100 medicinal and aromatic plants are grown for the kitchen and spa; admire the frescoes painted in 1694 to portray the noble family’s history; sample local wines in an ancient cistern-turned-cellar; and take cookery lessons in a wing turned by the Culinary Institute of America into its first European school. A maximum of 18 guests will sleep in stone-walled rooms with high, star-vaulted ceilings and views over Ugento’s rooftops, and they will feast on Puglian favourites cooked by Milanese chef Odette Fada, whose refined cuisine at the renowned Rex Il Ristorante in Los Angeles and San Domenico NY made her name as one of America’s finest Italian chefs. The nearest beaches are two miles away and Baroque towns such as Lecce are a short drive from the castle. The Urban Forest: Aman Shanghai Aman’s latest property in China (its fourth) must be one of its most anticipated to date. The Shanghai retreat (rates not yet available) is a picture of leafy tranquility – and full of surprises. If a visitor were to drop into the 100-acre property, planted with thousand-year-old camphor trees and interspersed with historic Ming- and Qing-dynasty houses, they’d never believe that they were within easy reach of buzzy downtown Shanghai. Neither the forest nor village are native to this area; both were moved here over the past 10 years from Jiangxi, some 500 miles southwest, by Ma Dadong, a pioneering businessman, when the building of a reservoir threatened their survival. Aman Shanghai Now that the painstaking replanting (which took three years) and the building of the hotel are complete, the 37 villas in the new sanctuary are being decorated with original beams, floors, sculptures and carvings from the uplifted village homes. Kerry Hill, the project’s architect, has taken care to reflect traditional Chinese culture while blending in contemporary comforts and natural tones of earth, moss and creamy whites. Guests can take day trips to Shanghai, walk in the forest, sample Eastern cuisine, or relax in the spa, beside the two pools or in the Nan Shu Fang contemplation garden. The South American Sleeper: The Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru For the first time in May 2017, travellers will be able not only to traverse the Andes in one of the most luxurious trains on earth, but to sleep overnight on one. The Belmond Andean Explorer has been built to carry up to 68 passengers in en-suite cabins decorated by the South African designer Inge Moore in contemporary light woods and comforting alpaca-wool colours. Each of the train’s cars is fitted with expansive windows to frame views of the Andean plains, mountains and grand architecture, including the Unesco World Heritage Site of Arequipa. Although another two trains already operate in this area – Belmond’s Hiram Bingham, which offers day trips to Machu Picchu, and the more traditional Inca Princess – this is the first modern luxury train to offer trips from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa, on one- and two-night journeys. Chefs from the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco will serve modern Peruvian cuisine in two dining cars; guests can also enjoy spacious lounge and observation cars, and an open deck. Doubles from £738 , all-inclusive, for one night. The Gorilla Camp: Bisate Lodge, Rwanda One of the key trends in Africa in 2017 is the growth of camps that offer both sustainable luxury and adventure. Hence Wilderness Safaris’ decision to open Bisate Lodge in June as a luxury base for tracking the 10 habituated gorilla groups in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park (doubles from £1,762 full board, excluding gorilla permits). The lodge, raised high above the forest floor in the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, has been designed by architect Nick Plewman to echo the spherical, thatched structures that dot the hills, as well as the layout of traditional Rwandan palaces. The interiors by Caline Williams-Wynn have been inspired by the rich detail of Rwandan textiles, many of which are made using a technique called imigongo, an ancient art form incorporating geometric shapes. When the first guests arrive, they will be able not only to track gorillas, but to hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and her former research station at Karisoke, to trek to the top of a nearby volcano, and then to relax in the extensively reforested gardens. The Jungle Retreat: Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, Nicaragua Nicaragua’s first luxe mountain resort sits in the lush landscape of Nandaime, just 40 minutes’ drive from the pretty colonial city of Granada. Nekupe – or heaven, in the indigenous Chorotega language – was designed with the help of a feng shui architect to have the highest energy flow and least environmental impact possible, and the four freestanding villas and four expansive suites, with king-sized beds, made-for-sharing bathtubs and alfresco showers, are decorated in earth tones and warm woods that echo the serene setting (doubles from £720, full board). Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views over Mombacho volcano’s perfect cone, and wraparound terraces are perfect for sipping daiquiris, before farm-to-table feasts of nuevo-Nicaraguan cuisine. Nekupe will provide access to Nicaragua's underexplored nature reserves The surrounding nature reserve, which echoes with the sounds of primates and toucans, can be explored on ATVs, as well as on paths created for hikers, bikers and horseback riders, or on zip wires, which soar above the forest canopy. For those not expending energy on target-shooting, tennis and yoga, there is an infinity pool and a spa. The Cook Ski Spot: Lech, Austria Size matters to ski resorts, so the hotly anticipated coronation of Ski Arlberg as Austria’s largest contiguous ski area is big news indeed. Encompassing eight villages, including big hitters St Anton, Lechand Zürs, Ski Arlberg is already one of the best-known ski areas in the Alps. But now its four new lifts are open, linking the entire area to deliver 109 miles of pistes (three more than Val d’Isère), Ski Arlberg will join the ranks of the world’s über resorts. New developments have given Lech a leg up The four connected lifts, known as the Flexenbahn, will place Lech at the epicentre of the ski area (stealing some thunder from St Anton). While expanding its lifts, Lech has also been consolidating its position as Austria’s leading town for luxury ski chalets. In December – hot on the heels of properties like the Aurelio Clubhouse, Chalet N, Chalet 1597 and Überhaus, which have raised the luxury bar in recent years – Severin’s Alpine Retreat will open its doors. The nine-suite hotel will be fitted with only the best: Minotti furnishings, a spa with an indoor infinity pool and hypoxic chamber for altitude training, and a ski room with bespoke Indigo kit. Guests can take over the chalet, for free rein over the suites, restaurant, capacious spa and fire-lit lounges, or plump for The Residence: a sleek four-bedroom private apartment spanning two floors with a professional kitchen, cinema, bar and outdoor hot tub. The Oxford Ski Company offers a week for two people at Severin’s Alpine Retreat from £6,440, including transfers and flights. The Rugged Destination: Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan Tajikistan was the second-fastest growing tourist destination in the world in 2015, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Which is why in 2017 Edge Expeditions will be running a two-week Luxury Tajikistan tour of the country’s spectacular Pamir Mountains: one the most diverse, wild, exhilarating and least-explored corners of the planet. With a team of expert guides, a maximum of eight guests will traverse the raw wilderness by either four-wheel-drive vehicles, with a driver, or motorbikes. Journeying along the legendary Pamir Highway, travellers will spend days exploring azure mountain lakes, hidden valleys, ancient ruins and high mountain passes that very few outsiders ever get to see. The trip starts off at a five-star hotel in the capital, Dushanbe, while on the road the ground crew will prepare yurt camps with hot showers, comfortable beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and gourmet meals prepared by the expedition’s private chef. Along the way, both British and Tajik guides will interpret the layered history of the region, while astronomers with telescopes will also be on hand to explore some of the least light-polluted night skies in the world. Edge Expeditions is offering a 14-day Luxury Tajikistan journey by four-wheel-drive or motorcycle, from £9,495 full board, starting and ending at Dushanbe, including transfers, motorcycle rental or vehicle (with driver), back-up vehicles, guides and medic, but excluding international flights.
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  14. Nicaraguan Guacamole

    Preparing Nicaraguan Guacamole
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    My own recipe is simpler I don't add onions nor cilantro, anyways it tastes delicious 3 boiled eggs sliced 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed Juice of 4 lemons or to taste salt Some people prefer it very smashed to use it as a dip
  15. Frente Auditorio 20161210_143420.mp4 Cuarto de Baños Piscina para bautismos Rótulo de entrada junto a la carretera Costado izquierdo Áreas Verdes Área de parqueo de buses rentados por los asambleístas de diferentes lugares para asistir
  16. Rio San Juan, Nicaragua Experience

    I am from Mexico, but I had the privilege of participating in a special preaching campaign in Nicaragua, where there is greater need for Kingdom publishers. Here we are in Rio San Juan, Nicaragua helping to pull the boat from the rocks. Photo shared by @alejandrodeleoncantu
  17. PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean delegation left Pyongyang on Friday to attend the inauguration of Nicaragua's newly elected President Daniel Ortega. Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is heading the delegation as a special envoy. Choe has become something of the foreign face of the North Korean government with his relatively frequent trips lately. He is vice chairman of the State Affairs Commission, one of North Korea's most powerful institutions, and is vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea, along with being a member of its politburo. Kim Jong Un has yet to make an official trip abroad although he has been in power for more than five years. In the meantime, Choe has served as Kim's special envoy on missions to Moscow and Beijing in past years and more recently headed Pyongyang's delegation to Cuba for Fidel Castro's funeral. Before that, he led the North's participation at the Rio Olympics. Choe's trip to Nicaragua comes as North Korea is facing increased international pressure after two nuclear tests and a satellite test launch in 2016. The United Nations imposed a new round of sanctions at the end of November last year that included measures to limit North Korea's diplomatic activities around the world. Choe, sent off by an honor guard, departed Pyongyang on Friday morning's scheduled Air Koryo flight to Vladivostok. He was expected to travel via Moscow and Cuba before arriving in Nicaragua. North Korea and Nicaragua opened diplomatic relations in 1979.
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  18. For many years, Nicaragua was off the touristic trail because of its turbulent political climate. Today, with the political upheaval in the past, Nicaragua is attracting backpackers, families and older travellers to experience its fascinating culture and natural beauty. In this guide, you will discover the top things to check out during a weekend getaway in the country. Masaya craft market (Managua) To get a good look at Nicaraguan handicrafts you should visit the Managua market, where you will see woven hammocks in an array of bright colours, carvings, jewellery ceramics and other traditional items made by local artisans. Also try the food and drinks sold at the market to experience authentic Nicaraguan cuisine. Volcanoes Nicaragua is home to a plethora of active and extinct volcanoes, and a visit to Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya, where you can swim in a volcanic lake, is an absolute must. Located just outside Managua, this volcanic area has twelve miles of hiking trails winding between former lava fields and a huge sulfur-spewing crater. Volcano boarding Fancy sliding down the side of an active volcano on a snowboard? Who doesn’t? At the Cerro Negro volcano you can do just that! An abundance of volcanic gravel covering the sides of the volcano has made boarding extremely popular. Depending on your level of expertise, you whoosh down the slopes on your bottom or you can do it action hero style standing up. Plaza de la Revolución Plaza de la Revolucion is located in the historical centre of Managua on the shore of Lake Xolotlan. The architecture dates back to colonial times and adjacent to the square are some of Managua’s most important buildings including the Catedral de Santiago, Rubén Dario National Theater, the National Palace of Culture and Parque Central. Catedral de Santiago Known as ‘the old cathedral’, Catedral de Santiago was built in the 1920s but was heavily damaged in the earthquake of 1972 and abandoned. A great example of neoclassical architecture, its abandoned state also gives it a wonderfully spooky atmosphere. Rubén Dario National Theater Named after the famed Nicaraguan poet, the theatre is one of the most famous in Central America. It was one of the few buildings that survived the 1972 earthquake. The theatre hosts a whole range of activities such as concerts, exhibitions, and cultural performances. Parque Central In Parque Central you can find many historical monuments dedicated to national heroes and poets. Beaches With beaches stretching along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, there is no shortage of places to lay in the sun and go for a swim. Nicaragua’s beaches are also home to some great waves, making it a popular destination for surfers. Beaches along the Pacific Ocean are generally more developed for tourism and the surfers tend to stick to this coast. The closest beach to Managua is Pochomil Beach, where you can find bars, restaurants and activities such as horse riding. If you want to enjoy a more quiet beach you should go to the untouched Caribbean coast, which gives you a chance to appreciate the wonderful Nicaraguan landscape without distractions.
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  19. A causa de trauma craneal severo murió doña María Teresa López, de 41 años, minutos después de ser arrollada por el camión placa ES 07 236, cuando esperaba taxi frente a la pulpería “La Esquinita”, en el barrio Pueblos Unidos, en el municipio de Ocotal, departamento de Nueva Segovia. Según testigos, al conductor del camión le falló la dirección y tras arrollar a doña María López, se estrelló contra la pulpería de doña Sagrario González, dejando el inmueble con varias de las paredes desbaratadas. En un intento por salvarle la vida, testigos del accidente trasladaron a doña María López al hospital Alfonso Moncada Guillén, de Ocotal, pero murió en el trayecto. Tu Nueva Radio YA conoció que doña María Teresa López, de 41 años, era Testigo de Jehová y deja dos hijos en la orfandad. Autoridades policiales capturaron al conductor del pesado vehículo para investigar a profundidad el lamentable hecho.
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  20. Vilma Trujillo's husband collected her coffin from the local morgue. A young woman in an isolated part of Nicaragua has died a week after being tied up and allegedly thrown on a fire in an exorcism ritual. Family members told local media that Vilma Trujillo had been attacked by four people led by a man who said he was an evangelical pastor. Juan Rocha denied burning Mrs Trujillo, saying evil spirits had suspended her above the fire and then dropped her. Relatives found Mrs Trujillo, 25, hours later with severe burns. The police have arrested Mr Rocha and a number of other people allegedly involved in the attack. The victim's husband, Reynaldo Peralta Rodriguez, said the mother-of-two was taken inside a church last week when members thought she was possessed after allegedly trying to attack people with a machete, the Associated Press reports. "It's unforgiveable what they did to us," he was quoted as saying. "They killed my wife, the mother of my two little ones. Now what am I going to tell them?" Pablo Cuevas, a spokesman for Nicaragua's Human Rights Commission, called on the government for firmer control over religious sects in the country. "It is incredible that these things can happen today, there has to be a review by the authorities into all the different denominations and religions," he said. "We can't have things like this happening." Women's rights groups said the case was an example of fanaticism and misogyny. Juanita Jimenez of the Autonomous Women's Movement (MAM) told local media that it was also the product of a lack of state presence in isolated parts of the country and an act of barbarity. "Apart from the religious aspect, nothing justifies an act that is as cruel as burning a woman, putting her on a fire with the help of other people who you have used religion to manipulate," the activist said.
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  21. Yader Isaac Chávez Canales trabajaba como traductor y tenía novia con la cual planeaba casarse La juez Karen López Fuentes admitió la acusación y dictó prisión preventiva contra Yader Isaac Chávez Canales, quien enfrentará audiencia inicial el próximo 2 de marzo. LA PRENSA/WILIH NARVÁEZ Yader Isaac Chávez Canales dejó de usar camisas de manga larga y corbatas, y no volvió a visitar la iglesia de los Testigos de Jehová, desde que se convirtió en emo.Su cambio empezó en diciembre pasado y su exvecina Mariela Mejía nunca lo vio consumir droga. El emo de 18 años, fue acusado del parricidio de su madre Eymi Johana Canales Pérez, de 35 años, y del asesinato de su padrastro Denis Francisco Medina Moreno, de 27 años.Mejía, de 38 años, describe a su exvecino de la Zona Cinco de Ciudad Sandino como un joven educado y le sorprendió ver su cambio: uñas pintadas en color negro y el cabello un poco largo.Fue hasta el lunes que la Policía Nacional lo presentó, que ella se enteró que el joven tenía progenitora, ya que él vivía con su tío. Fue regalado “Estoy muy arrepentido”, manifestó Chávez Canales, quien compareció a audiencia preliminar resguardado por un fuerte dispositivo policial.Fernando Mejía, de 48 años, llegó a las afueras de los juzgados para tratar de ver a su exvecino que en más de una ocasión le dio de comer, luego que un tío supuestamente lo corriera de su casa. Además, asegura que el joven ha tenido una vida muy sufrida.Chávez Canales, cuando tenía cuatro años supuestamente fue regalado por su progenitora a una pareja de estadounidenses que conoció en la iglesia de Testigos de Jehová.El joven vivió 12 años en Estados Unidos, pero sus padres adoptivos fallecieron en un accidente de tránsito.Según Fernando, el joven le contó que él también iba en el vehículo, pero únicamente sufrió algunas heridas en la cabeza. Incluso le mostró algunas cicatrices.Las autoridades de ese país lo deportaron hace dos años, y supuestamente le dieron 50 mil dólares de indemnización, pero el dinero presuntamente lo habría agarrado un familiar.Chávez trabajaba como traductor, tenía novia, con la cual planeaba casarse. Tenía pocos meses de vivir en casa de su madre. Al menos siete agentes de la Policía Nacional llevaron a Yader Isaac Chávez Canales hasta los Juzgados de Ciudad Sandino, donde se realizó la audiencia preliminar para conocer los cargos que le imputan. LA PRENSA/WILIH NARVÁEZ Mazazos en la cabeza El fiscal Manuel Reyes detalló en la acusación que el viernes 17 de febrero, a las 7:30 p.m., el joven sostuvo una discusión con su progenitora, porque esta le tenía retenido su celular, ya que el acusado, el Día de San Valentín le sustrajo una plancha de cabello para comprar sustancias alucinógenas.Presuntamente, Chávez intentó agredir a su progenitora y por eso intervino Medina Moreno.Pero en el forcejeo ambos cayeron al piso de rodillas y en eso el joven aprovechó para agarrar un mazo y pegarle en par de ocasiones en la cabeza al padrastro, quien quedó desmayado.Con el mismo mazo también le pegó en la cabeza a su progenitora y al caer continuó la agresión hasta provocarle la muerte.Su padrastro trató de incorporarse, pero le propinó cuatro cuchilladas.Según la Fiscalía, el 18 de febrero, Chávez sacó los cuerpos al patio de la casa, los cubrió con ropa usada que vendía su mamá y les echó gasolina.Casi una hora los cuerpos estuvieron en llamas, al amanecer nuevamente cubrió los cuerpos con ropa y cuando pretendía huir fue detenido por sus vecinos.La audiencia preliminar estuvo a cargo de la juez Karen López Fuentes.El abogado Secundino Cuadra, defensor del acusado, pidió a la juez que al joven se le realice una valoración psiquiátrica y que se le realice una prueba toxicológica y de alcoholemia. La juez dio lugar a esta petición. Dio otra versión Yader Chávez lloró durante la audiencia y apretaba sus manos en las cuales se podían apreciar varios rasguños. En el ojo derecho se podía ver un moretón.Antes de empezar la audiencia preliminar dio breves declaraciones a los medios de comunicación. Al consultarle por qué cometió el doble crimen, respondió: “Mi padrastro estaba pegándole a mi madre y le iba a pegar con un mazo, yo para protegerla a ella, empecé a pegarle a él (a Denis Medina) y después de eso ella me empezó a agredir”, manifestó el acusado. Asimismo, manifestó que no consume droga.Entre los elementos de convicción que tiene la Fiscalía están pruebas testimoniales, acta de detención y ocupación del mazo, cuchillo, entre otras evidencias.
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  22. Nicaragua

    Nicaragua Predicándole a un hombre a caballo.
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  23. House Hunting in ... Nicaragua

    A COLONIAL HOUSE WITH A COURTYARD IN THE CENTER OF GRANADA $1.3 MILLION This six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath house, known as Casa Blanca, is in the heart of Granada, Nicaragua, a small western city founded in the 1520s along the shore of Lake Nicaragua. The rich colonial heritage of the city, one of the oldest in Central America, is reflected in the stately architecture of this and other buildings. Casa Blanca, a colonial house with a white concrete facade and a red-clay tile roof, was built in the 1750s for a wealthy family from Spain, according to Carlos E. Gutierrez, a broker for Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty, which is listing the property. The two-story house, with a two-car garage, is on the corner of the pedestrian-only Calle La Calzada, near the Granada Cathedral and Central Park, the bustling city center. “It’s a pretty optimal location,” said Trevor Barran, the managing partner of the Sotheby’s affiliate, which opened for business last spring. The current owners acquired the property about five years ago, Mr. Barran said, and they spent two years renovating and upgrading it, restoring myriad architectural details throughout the 6,000 square feet of living space. Those flourishes include coffered and vaulted ceilings with tongue-and-groove, or machimbre, paneling; wood molding; and encaustic floor tiles handmade locally. The furnishings, most from the Managua manufacturer Simplemente Madera, are included in the sale. Ornate wrought-iron gates enclose the doors to the two main entrances, which open to a large central foyer with a seating area, one of three designated living rooms. The ground floor also contains four guest bedrooms, three of which have en-suite baths, and a small en-suite bedroom suitable for staff off the modern kitchen. All the bedrooms except the staff quarters have air-conditioning, Mr. Barran said. The master suite, with a TV alcove and a spalike bath, encompasses the second floor. It includes a balcony that offers views of the cathedral and overlooks the home’s lush central courtyard. Nearly every room on the first level leads to the courtyard, which is landscaped with tropical foliage like aloe and ginger plants and features an open-air dining area and a 40-foot pool. Granada, with a population of around 120,000, is about 28 miles from Managua, the capital. It is a 55-minute drive to the Managua airport and around three hours to the airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. MARKET OVERVIEW As Nicaragua’s past political turmoil has faded in memory, the country has become a popular tourist spot and a second-home destination, according to real estate agents. The real estate market “really opened up” from 2002 to 2004, when there was “tremendous growth for the country,” said Mr. Gutierrez of Sotheby’s. By 2006, “the market was booming,” he said. After the 2008 global financial crisis, “everything just went into hibernation,” he added. But sales and prices have rebounded in the last four years, agents said. “People feel confident about the country,” said Carlos Gutierrez, a residential developer and an owner of Casa Granada Properties, a real estate agency based in Granada. (He is not related to Mr. Gutierrez of Sotheby’s.) Home sales across Nicaragua are up, on average, 15 percent to 20 percent from a year ago, said Mr. Gutierrez, the developer. In Granada, “the rental market is also really growing,” he added, “because people want to try it out first before buying.” He estimated that rental volume in the city is up about 40 percent over the last five years. Although prices in Nicaragua have been rising — doubling in some beach communities since 2007, according to agents — home values remain far lower than in neighboring countries like Costa Rica. (The price for a three-bedroom, fully renovated home in Granada, for instance, typically starts at around $170,000, according to Mr. Gutierrez, the developer.) “Property values are around 50 percent less than Costa Rica,” Mr. Gutierrez of Sotheby’s said. “Nicaragua reminds me of Costa Rica 30 years ago.” WHO BUYS IN NICARAGUA Buyers from the United States, Canada and Europe have been active in Nicaragua’s housing market, particularly at the higher end, agents said, with most of them looking for second homes or development properties to hold and use. “About 10 years ago people would just buy as an investment, but there are really no speculators anymore,” said Eduardo Cabrales, a lawyer based in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Granada has had an influx of expatriate retirees, agents said, because of the city’s affordable cost of living, along with its colonial charm, walkability and shops, restaurants and other amenities. BUYING BASICS There are no restrictions on foreign ownership, except for properties near the borders “for homeland security reasons,” Mr. Cabrales said. In fact, policies and laws encourage foreign purchases, such as a residency program that offers tax incentives to retirees, he added. Foreigners, though, have fewer mortgage options available, so purchases typically are in cash, he said. It is essential for buyers to hire a good lawyer, preferably one who can provide a reliable translation of the purchase agreement and be present at the closing on behalf of the buyer, Mr. Cabrales said. The lawyer will also need to conduct the necessary due diligence, which includes the key step of reviewing the title deed, or escritura, to ensure there are no liens against the property or ownership issues. WEBSITES Nicaragua tourism: visitnicaragua.us Nicaragua MLS: mls-nica.com/en LANGUAGES AND CURRENCIES Spanish; Nicaraguan Córdoba (1 Córdoba = $0.034) TAXES AND FEES Each transaction typically involves just one real estate agent, who is paid a commission, usually by the seller, of 5 percent to 8 percent of the sales price. There are various other fees involved in a transaction — these are typically paid by the buyer — such as a federal transfer tax of 1 percent to 4 percent of the assessed value of the property after it is registered to the buyer. Other expenses include the annual municipal tax of 1 percent of the assessed value of the property, as well as fees for a lawyer and a notary (although many lawyers are notaries). The lawyer’s fee is typically 1 percent of the purchase price, Mr. Cabrales said. CONTACT Carlos E. Gutierrez, Nicaragua Sotheby’s International; from the United States, 305-608-0797; in Nicaragua, 505-7530-7890; nicaraguasir.com.
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