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
Taste of West Bay Draws Double Turnout
Third Annual Restaurant Promotion Raises Funds for Roatan Marine Park


Taste of West Bay Draws Double Turnout <h5>Third Annual Restaurant Promotion Raises Funds for Roatan Marine Park</h5>

Organizers said 1,000 food tickets were sold in advance and 4,600 the day of the event.

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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
Zolitur Exemptions Back … Almost
Lack of Applicable Customs Codes Holds up Restoration of Benefits


Zolitur Exemptions Back … Almost <h5>Lack of Applicable Customs Codes Holds up Restoration of Benefits</h5>

Zolitur (Zona Libre de Turismo) was created by the Honduran Congress in 2007 to encourage tourism and investment on the Bay Islands by exempting eligible businesses from most taxes and import duties.

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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
Marthel Watler Remembered
Memorial Service Held on Anniversary of Educator's Death


Marthel Watler Remembered <h5>Memorial Service Held on Anniversary of Educator's Death</h5>

Watler pioneered bilingual education on the Bay Islands after the Honduran Congress made non-Spanish instruction legal in 1992.

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Culture
All in the Family
Roatan Clan Has Painting in its Veins


All in the Family <h5>Roatan Clan Has Painting in its Veins </h5>

Gladys Agustin, who sells paintings in West End, says all three of her sisters, her brother, both daughters and both parents paint for a living..

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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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