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2005-12-21 18:31:12

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a Cold War U.S. foe, hailed Bolivia's election of a leftist president and said on Wednesday it was part of a trend that will help him return to power next year. Ortega said the victory of Evo Morales, who was elected on Sunday to become Bolivia's first indigenous president, represented defeat for the United States, which undermined Ortega's Soviet-backed Sandinista government during the 1980s. "The big loser in...

2005-12-20 12:22:35

By Alistair Bell MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A left-wing Cold Warrior, an anti-rebel hard-liner, a Nobel Peace laureate and dozens of others are running for president next year in Latin America where democracy is thriving despite economic weakness and political volatility. Voters will choose leaders in nine countries, from the jungles of Nicaragua to the Chilean Andes, in a show of political diversity unthinkable in the 1980s, when military dictatorships and civil wars blighted the...

2005-12-04 14:30:52

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent MONTREAL (Reuters) - Windmills have far bigger than expected potential for generating electricity in the Third World, according to new U.N. wind maps of countries from China to Nicaragua. "Our studies show about 13 percent of the land area has potential for development," Tom Hamlin of the U.N. Environment Program told Reuters on the fringes of a U.N. climate conference. Previously, he said, maybe just 1 percent of developing nations was...

2005-10-30 23:25:27

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta lashed Nicaragua's Caribbean coast on Sunday, destroying homes and toppling trees before losing steam overland, although its torrential rains still threatened mudslides and floods. The storm hit small villages along the coastline with winds of 110 mph (175 kph) and torrential rains. No deaths were reported but officials said a boat with 10 people aboard was missing from the remote coastal town of Puerto...

2005-10-30 17:09:42

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta barreled into Nicaragua's Caribbean coast on Sunday and once inland lost steam to be downgraded to a tropical storm but its torrential rains still threatened mudslides and floods. After pinning thousands of people in flimsy shelters overnight, Beta churned over northern Nicaragua and dumped heavy rain over the Central American nation and neighboring Honduras and El Salvador. Packing winds of 65 mph 100 kph...

2005-10-30 11:22:37

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta slammed into Nicaragua's Caribbean coast early on Sunday, its powerful winds and rains pinning thousands of people inside flimsy shelters and threatening mudslides. Beta lost some punch before making landfall and a late turn to the south spared the port of Puerto Cabezas from a direct hit. Once overland, it lost further steam but was still a strong Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 kph)....

2005-10-30 09:20:20

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta slammed into Nicaragua's Caribbean coast early on Sunday, its powerful winds and rains pinning thousands of people inside flimsy shelters. Beta lost some punch before making landfall and a late turn to the south spared the town of Puerto Cabezas from a direct hit but it was still a powerful Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph (175 kph) and torrential rains. In this normally sleepy fishing town in the...

2005-10-30 02:57:58

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta gained power early on Sunday as it battered Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, where troops tried to rush thousands of people into shelters to escape its fierce winds and rains. Beta strengthened to almost a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 110 mph (175 kph), and forecasters warned it could be even stronger by the time its eye hits the jungle coast in the next few hours. With the storm already lashing the...

2005-10-29 23:33:19

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta gained strength and lashed Nicaragua's jungle coast on Saturday night, forcing thousands of Miskito Indians and other residents to race for shelter. Whipping up winds of 105 mph (160 kph), Beta was upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane and forecasters warned it could be even stronger by the time it hits land early on Sunday. With the storm already battering this normally sleepy fishing town, officials tried to...

2005-10-29 19:10:57

By Cyntia Barrera Diaz PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Hurricane Beta barreled toward Nicaragua's jungle coast on Saturday and hundreds of Miskito Indians and local residents huddled in shelters from the storm's lashing rains and wicked winds. An unknown number of fishermen and their families on the sparsely populated coast refused to leave their flimsy wooden shacks, oblivious to the danger from Beta, which whipped up winds of 90 mph (150 kph) as it headed for Central...


Latest Nicaragua Reference Libraries

Red-throated Caracara, Ibycter americanus
2012-04-02 16:55:31

The Red-throated Caracara, (Ibycter americanus), is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is the only member of its genus Ibycter. It is sometimes incorrectly placed in the Daptrius genus with the Black Caracara. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The habitats of this social bird are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests...

Tawny-faced Quail, Rhynchortyx cinctus
2012-03-22 21:32:37

The Tawny-faced Quail (Rhynchortyx cinctus) is a species of bird in the Odontophoridae family. It is the only bird in its genus. It is found throughout Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountain forests. Image Caption: Artistic Depiction of Male Tawny-faced Quail. Credit: Wikipedia (public domain)

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2007-03-26 18:10:06

Amphilophus citrinellus is a large cichlid fish endemic to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in Central America. In the aquarium trade A. citrinellus is often sold under the trade name of Midas cichlid or Red devil. Coloration in wild stocks is variable and while most specimens are grey to olive brown some pink, yellow or orange specimens do occur. A. citrinellus are omnivorous and their diet consists of plant material, mollusks and smaller fish. The species is closely related to Amphilophus labiatus.

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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'