Archive for the ‘ Business ’ Category

 

Solar, Energy Efficient Homes
A Small but Growing Group of Homeowners Turn away From the Grid

April 1st, 2012 by

Solar, Energy Efficient Homes <h5> A Small but Growing Group of Homeowners Turn away From the Grid </h5>

Only a fraction of Roatan homes and businesses run on solar power. This is a bit surprising as the island has the highest energy costs in the hemisphere where paying off the sometimes expensive renewable energy systems is much quicker.

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The Golden Liquid

March 2nd, 2012 by Thomas Tomczyk

The Golden Liquid

Rum is made in places as diverse as Jamaica, Japan and Canada, and while Roatan isn’t brewing any rum yet, it does now have its own label: Roatan’s Pirate’s Grog–an exercise in logistics, marketing and distilling.

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Fueling the Island
A growing Number of Fuel Stations Keep Island’s Vehicles and Boats Running

January 11th, 2012 by Thomas Tomczyk

Fueling the Island <h5> A growing Number of Fuel Stations Keep Island's Vehicles and Boats Running </h5>

The Bay Islands run on diesel and gasoline. That has been the case since the first generators began providing power to homes, the first cars were shipped, and the first boats started navigating between the coast and the islands.
Going from three to

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Trading Machetes for Pepper Spray
Some Security Companies of Roatan Get a Bit More Professional

December 11th, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Trading Machetes for Pepper Spray <h5> Some Security Companies of Roatan Get a Bit More Professional </h5>

In Honduras the number of private security personnel outnumbers the number of police, several times over. While there are around 110 police in the Bay Islands, Bay Islands Voice estimates that there are around 400 people working in private security companies

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Price Wars
The Competition for Getting People to and from Roatan got Fiercer

November 11th, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Price Wars <h5> The Competition for Getting People to and from Roatan got Fiercer </h5>

Consumers traveling between La Ceiba and Roatan have waited for this for years. After Atlantic Airlines went under just three years ago, the only airlines flying between La Ceiba and Roatan were Isleña and SOSA. Now the competition, selection and frequency

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The Desalination Business
Growing Population Makes Desalination an Increasingly Viable Alternative for Obtaining Fresh Water

October 17th, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

The Desalination Business <h5> Growing Population Makes Desalination an Increasingly Viable Alternative for Obtaining Fresh Water </h5>

Opened one year ago, the Coxen Hole desalination plant is estimated to be worth two million dollars in machinery and another million in generator, building and cisterns. The money for the project was paid by World Bank directly to SETA, a development

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Raising Fees
Bank Fees and Difficulties in Dollar Purchase make Life Tough for Bay Island Businesses

September 10th, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Raising Fees <h5> Bank Fees and Difficulties in Dollar Purchase make Life Tough for Bay Island Businesses </h5>

On August 1, after the announcement in the Honduran official publication: “La Gazeta,” a security fee was imposed on business payment transactions. For business accounts that have Lps. 120,000 or more a 0.3 percent fee will be deducted for “tasa de seguridad”

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Drama at the Clinic
Clínica Esperanza Temporarily Closes Doors to Pressure Licensing Process and Release of Donations

August 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Drama at the Clinic <h5>Clínica Esperanza Temporarily Closes Doors to Pressure Licensing Process and Release of Donations</h5>

July was full of drama for Clínica Esperanza, a Sandy Bay private clinic offering low cost care to the needy. A true telenovela unfolded involving a container full of medical equipment, Honduras’ First Lady, the country’s minister of health, BI congressman,

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Running out of Cash
A Wave of Foreclosures is Leaving Abandoned Properties

July 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Running out of Cash <h5>A Wave of Foreclosures is Leaving Abandoned Properties</h5>

In Honduras the system of listing the foreclosed properties and moving them from one owner to the next is not efficient.
One of the biggest foreclosures in last few months was that of Banco Atlántida foreclosing on Las Palmas, a development in Dixon

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Sports Heaven
Honduras’ Sports Bar Like No Other Opens Doors in French Harbour

June 1st, 2011 by Thomas Tomczyk

Sports Heaven <h5>Honduras' Sports Bar Like No Other Opens Doors in French Harbour</h5>

“We can get just about any game in the world and put it in high definition on any of our screens,” says Scott. With 1,300 channels of programming to choose from, so far the sports bar’s biggest night came during the Holy Week’s soccer game of Copa del

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