Feature
Cutting Crime in Cortes
Community Involvement Helps Reduce Murders by Half in Five Years


Cutting Crime in Cortes <h5>Community Involvement Helps Reduce Murders by Half in Five Years</h5>

While Honduras was gaining notoriety in recent years for having the world’s highest homicide rate, Puerto Cortes, the country’s main port, was quietly cutting its murder rate in half. Part of this reduction may be attributed to physical improvements such as better street lighting, security cameras and a 24-hour call center. But the city’s security coordinator gives most of the credit to “preventive” strategies, including a citizen oversight committee that holds the police accountable to the community.


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Roatan
Cuban Boat People Land on Roatan
Said They Set out for Honduras in Search of Better Life


Cuban Boat People Land on Roatan <h5>Said They Set out for Honduras in Search of Better Life </h5>

The 18 men and two women were spotted just off Mudhole around noon by some boaters out looking to photograph migrating whale sharks.

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Utila
Utila NGOs Join to Educate Visitors
Inspired by the Roatan Marine Park banners that greet visitors to Roatan


Utila NGOs Join to Educate Visitors <h5>Inspired by the Roatan Marine Park banners that greet visitors to Roatan</h5>

The consortium hopes the campaign will generate a sense of ownership and empowerment within the local community.

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Guanaja
Missing Guanaja Youths Found off Belize
Ran Aground on Reef Six Days After Losing Engine


Missing Guanaja Youths Found off Belize <h5>Ran Aground on Reef Six Days After Losing Engine</h5>

The youths went out fishing May 6 with no cell phone and no food on board.

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My Voice
Robert Armstrong
Speaking Out
George Crimmin
Our Islands
Alfonso Ebanks
Utila Perspective
Gunter Kordovsky
Business
First Zolitur, Now CAFTA
Honduran Customs Negates Trade Treaty with Bureaucracy


First Zolitur, Now CAFTA <h5>Honduran Customs Negates Trade Treaty with Bureaucracy</h5>

Could it be that we should be arguing not about whether free trade has been good or bad for Honduras but about whether it has even been tried?

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Sports
Roatan Claims Gold, Silver in Beach Volley
Island Pairs Take Four of Six Medals at Weekend Tourney


Roatan Claims Gold, Silver in Beach Volley<h5>Island Pairs Take Four of Six Medals at Weekend Tourney</h5>

In the women’s competition, Christi Etches and Gisselle Brady won gold by beating the Tegucigalpa duo Euceda/Flores two sets to one.

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Ecology
Living off What the Forest Leaves
Grass-Roots Sustainable Tourism in the Rio Cangrejal Basin


Living off What the Forest Leaves <h5>Grass-Roots Sustainable Tourism in the Rio Cangrejal Basin</h5>

No part of the wood Saravia acquires goes to waste. He uses the bark and leaves for compost and burns the wood chips he removes in the carving process for cooking fuel.

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Interview
Nobody Said it Would Be Easy
Roatan’s New Mayor Sets Ambitious Agenda for Next Four Years


Nobody Said it Would Be Easy <h5>Roatan’s New Mayor Sets Ambitious Agenda for Next Four Years</h5>

“We’re going to empower people, but then they will have to contribute to that empowerment.”

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People
'Para Cuba No Mas Nunca'
Refugees Vow They will Return to Cuba only 'Feet First'


'Para Cuba No Mas Nunca' <h5>Refugees Vow They will Return to Cuba only 'Feet First'</h5>

“Every day it was getting worse,” said Fernando Benitez Fonseca, aka “Samurai,” the group’s leader, of the Cuban economic situation.

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Culture
Rieman Still Rockin'
New CD Reprises Four Decades of Building and Playing on Roatan


Rieman Still Rockin' <h5>New CD Reprises Four Decades of Building and Playing on Roatan</h5>

To us the music on Puttin’ in Time sounded like a mix of Muddy Waters and Jimmy Buffet, with a little reggae thrown in for good measure.

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Español
A nosotros nos interesa saber que todo está en harmonía
Ex Jefe de Policias de las Islas Opina Sobre Sus Deberes


A nosotros nos interesa saber que todo está en harmonía <h5>Ex Jefe de Policias de las Islas Opina Sobre Sus Deberes</h5>

“En que parte del mundo donde hay turismo no le roban a Ud. una cartera, no le roban a Ud. un I-Pod, no le roban a Ud. un teléfono, no le roban a Ud. una computadora?”

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