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Honduras holds festival for LGBTI rights

August 25, 2017
Honduras holds festival for LGBTI rights TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras recently hosted the Diversity in the Arts and Culture Festival in Tegucigalpa's Parque Central Amphitheater. The festival aimed to showcase talent from the country's lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and intersexual community, and to encourage the public to...

Tropical system brings heavy rainfall and high winds to Belize and Honduras

August 22, 2017
Tropical system brings heavy rainfall and high winds to Belize and Honduras MIAMI, USA -- Shower and thunderstorm activity increased on Monday in association with the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey and heavy rainfall and gusty winds are likely to spread westward across Honduras, Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula during the next couple of days.

Two tropical systems continue to threaten the Caribbean

August 21, 2017
Two tropical systems continue to threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- An Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday found that the system still lacks a well-defined centre of circulation, and so far there is no indication of winds to tropical storm force. However, according to the National Hurricane...

Honduras celebrates lower crime rates, vows to keep fighting

August 9, 2017
Honduras celebrates lower crime rates, vows to keep fighting TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Last week, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that Honduras is on track to cut its 2011 homicide rate nearly in half by December. "This is a momentous achievement for Honduras," said Hernández. "The government's actions to combat violence and...

Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

Honduras partners with Central American neighbours, US to fight gang violence

August 7, 2017
Honduras partners with Central American neighbours, US to fight gang violence TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The Honduras government is tackling violence and going after gang leaders with renewed vigor following a meeting last week with top law enforcement officials from the United States, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Honduran prosecutor general Óscar Fernando Chinchilla...

Honduras enacts new laws to strengthen civilian oversight of police

August 4, 2017
Honduras enacts new laws to strengthen civilian oversight of police TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The Honduras National Congress has approved several portions of the new Law on Police Careers, a major step forward in the government's efforts to reform the National Police. "This law will help restore public faith in the National Police," said President Juan Hernández.

Honduras naval forces receive international training to combat drug trafficking

July 31, 2017
Honduras naval forces receive international training to combat drug trafficking TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- More than 250 members of the Honduran Navy (FEN) just completed a rigorous training program led by military instructors from the United States, Colombia, and Chile at the Naval Training Center in Trujillo Bay, Honduras. "Honduras has made a steadfast commitment to...

Honduran president urges national congress to approve tourism incentives

July 22, 2017
Honduran president urges national congress to approve tourism incentives TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- This week, President Juan Orlando Hernández urged the National Congress of Honduras to approve the Tourism Incentives Act. The legislation would help create 250,000 jobs by 2019 as part of Honduras' 20/20 growth plan. "Honduras is becoming a highly desirable destination...

Commentary: The key to Garifuna unity? Garifuna identity

July 19, 2017
Commentary: The key to Garifuna unity? Garifuna identity In response to my latest article on the Summit Meetings and Garifuna Reunification, one of the readers sent me a message stating, “This was an timely reminder of this prestigious event. My hope that the Summit Meetings would have turned into a yearly event, because our fragmentation continues to...

Honduras government welcomes investigation into allegations of corruption with dam project

July 18, 2017
Honduras government welcomes investigation into allegations of corruption with dam project TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández announced on Monday that he welcomes an investigation into allegations of corruption in the awarding of contracts and concession agreements for the Agua Zarca energy project in western Honduras. Renowned environmental...

Honduras attracts new cruise lines

July 12, 2017
Honduras attracts new cruise lines TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras has reported a sharp increase in the number of cruise passengers and cruise ships in 2016 compared with the previous year, reflecting a growing interest in the Central American country as the next top tourist destination. New vessels calling at Honduran ports...

Honduras improves transparency on public-private infrastructure investments

July 7, 2017
Honduras improves transparency on public-private infrastructure investments TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras has achieved an information disclosure rate of 85.3 percent regarding its public-private partnerships (PPP) -- up from just 27 percent in 2014. The finding comes from a report issued by Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) Honduras, an effort to...

Honduras president urges Central American neighbours to join customs union

July 5, 2017
Honduras president urges Central American neighbours to join customs union SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica -- Last week, while attending the Central American Integration System (SICA) Summit in Costa Rica, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández proposed expanding the Honduran-Guatemalan customs union to include other Central American nations. "Guatemala and Honduras...

Honduras and Guatemala launch historic customs union

June 29, 2017
Honduras and Guatemala launch historic customs union TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- This week, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales launched a customs union predicted to boost both their countries' economies by over one percent. They kicked off the union at the Corinto border post connecting their nations.

Honduras moves to strengthen integrity of its police force

June 15, 2017
Honduras moves to strengthen integrity of its police force TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The Honduras National Police Purification Commission will soon submit 25 names for Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández to consider for police leadership positions. The leadership revamp is part of recent government efforts to monitor police integrity.

Honduras government welcomes new IMF findings on country's economy

June 9, 2017
Honduras government welcomes new IMF findings on country's economy TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The government of Honduras has applauded the International Monetary Fund for expressing optimism about the country's economy in a new statement of preliminary findings following an 11-day visit to Honduras by Fund representatives. An official statement from...

Global interest in Honduras pushes increase in tourism

June 8, 2017
Global interest in Honduras pushes increase in tourism TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- When Honduras hosted the World Tourism Organization's Regional Commission for the Americas meeting last week, it had great news to report: growth in international tourist arrivals and spending, growth in the number of cruise passengers and port calls, and improvements...

Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors

June 7, 2017
Newly released Caribbean renewable energy index highlights opportunities for investors MIAMI, USA -- Pan American Finance on Tuesday released the first edition of the Caribbean Basin Renewable Energy Investment Index, measuring the investment potential in renewable energy for then countries in the region: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala...

DEA blasted for botched operations in Honduras

June 1, 2017
DEA blasted for botched operations in Honduras WASHINGTON, USA -- A scathing federal audit released this week by the Inspector General for the US Departments of Justice and State, has disclosed troubling details of a series of failed operations in Honduras by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that killed four innocent civilians.

Honduras creates new ministry for human rights

June 1, 2017
Honduras creates new ministry for human rights TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández has announced the creation of a new ministry for human rights, which will include responsibility for cases of crimes against journalists. The Honduran president announced the decision during his speech at a Honduran...

Commentary: Honduras: A nation misunderstood

May 23, 2017
Commentary: Honduras: A nation misunderstood The sun beats down. It does so fiercely. At this moment however, I remain cool. I happen to be sitting below the kind, encompassing shade of a large palm tree. Crisp, white grains of sand slide between my toes as I stand up. I do so in the attempt to see if any ‘coconut bread’ vendors are...

Commentary: All Garifuna must oppose the sale of Baliceaux

May 9, 2017
Commentary: All Garifuna must oppose the sale of Baliceaux Centuries before the Europeans and the British came to this part of the world our Garifuna people had their own nation by the name of “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines. We had a government that was headed by a paramount chief and other chiefs that had jurisdiction...

Honduras government announces 30 percent decline in homicides

May 3, 2017
Honduras government announces 30 percent decline in homicides TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Homicides have declined 30 percent in Honduras, according to the most recent government data, announced last week by President Juan Orlando Hernández. Hernández also gave an update on Operation Arpía 2, wherein 384 prisoners were transferred from various...

Honduras to improve public health care with $50 million loan from IDB

April 20, 2017
Honduras to improve public health care with $50 million loan from IDB TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras will improve the efficiency of public spending in the health care system and the development of its legal, regulatory and operational framework with the help of a $50 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). One of the goals of the project...

Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of 'meddling'

April 19, 2017
Venezuela accuses Latin American neighbours of 'meddling' CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticised as "meddling" a joint statement by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela's government to "guarantee the right to peaceful protest". In their joint statement, the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

Commentary: A labyrinth of deception: Secretary Clinton and the Honduras coup

April 14, 2017
Commentary: A labyrinth of deception: Secretary Clinton and the Honduras coup At 4 a.m. on June 28, 2009, a battalion of 150 masked Honduran soldiers under orders from Gen. Romeo Vásquez Velásquez initiated a shootout with the Presidential Honor Guard. Honduras’s President Manuel Zelaya was then dragged in his pajamas onto a plane at gunpoint and left...

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