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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...

Commentary: Post-coup militarization in Honduras

April 8, 2017
Commentary: Post-coup militarization in Honduras On the morning of June 28, 2009, military officials forced then-president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, into exile on a plane bound for Costa Rica. Shortly after, Robert Micheletti, president of the National Congress, was sworn in as president, stating, “I am not going to step aside, nor am I...

Caribbean defendants convicted of international drug trafficking

April 4, 2017
Caribbean defendants convicted of international drug trafficking WASHINGTON, USA -- Two Caribbean defendants were convicted in Washington on Friday after a 12-day jury trial for their roles in an international drug trafficking conspiracy that aimed to transport more than 2,400 kilograms of cocaine aboard US registered aircraft. Dwight Knowles, a Bahamian...

Alternative facts: A tale of two countries - Antigua-Barbuda and Honduras

April 3, 2017
Alternative facts: A tale of two countries - Antigua-Barbuda and Honduras WASHINGTON, USA -- As reported on Saturday, a report released last month by the US Department of State credits the Honduras government with battling crime and drug trafficking, while being sharply critical of Eastern Caribbean islands, Antigua and Barbuda in particular, for failing to curb drug...

US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands

April 1, 2017
US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands WASHINGTON, USA -- A report released last month by the US Department of State credits the Honduras government for reducing rates of homicide, kidnapping, and extortion in the Central American country, while being sharply critical of Eastern Caribbean islands for failing to curb drug trafficking.

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

Commentary: Our Garifuna people exiled from their native homeland in search for the truth

March 14, 2017
Commentary: Our Garifuna people exiled from their native homeland in search for the truth How many Garinagu arrived in Honduras? Let us analyze first the number of Garinagu who were displaced from the big island, as they were placed into the small barren island of Balliceaux, later to Bequia until they finally arrived to Roatán, Bay Islands. How many Garinagu were captured in...

Lawsuit claims World Bank arm aided firm that hired 'death squads' in Honduras

March 9, 2017
Lawsuit claims World Bank arm aided firm that hired 'death squads' in Honduras WASHINGTON, USA (ICIJ) -- A lawsuit filed in a US court alleges that the World Bank Group aided a campaign of terror against peasants who have tried to block a powerful Honduran palm oil company’s expansion of its industrial-scale plantations. The suit accuses the bank’s business-lending arm...

Cayman Airways to start nonstop flights to Roatan in March

January 21, 2017
Cayman Airways to start nonstop flights to Roatan in March GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Airways Limited will begin twice-weekly Boeing 737 nonstop flights between Grand Cayman (GCM) and Roatan (RTB) beginning March 16, 2017. Cayman Airways currently operates year-round flights from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba, Honduras.

Commentary: It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here'

December 1, 2016
Commentary: It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here' Our Garifuna people were forcefully removed from their homeland in 1796 to Roatan in the Bay Islands, now a part of Honduras, where they arrived on April 12, 1797. The living conditions on this island were not satisfactory to them, which led to the voluntary migration of our people to Belize.

Honduras welcomes new direct flights from Europe

November 29, 2016
Honduras welcomes new direct flights from Europe TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Europeans looking for a quick Latin American adventure do not need to look any further as Air Europa announced a new direct fight from the Spanish capital of Madrid to the second largest Honduran city, San Pedro Sula. Now, waking up in the Plaza Mayor...

Commentary: The Garifuna people need to address their living conditions in all countries

November 1, 2016
Commentary: The Garifuna people need to address their living conditions in all countries From the time our Garifuna people were removed from their homeland; “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines, and imprisoned on the island of Baliceaux in 1796, their lives have never been the same since. Our people were then subsequently removed from...

IDB to support cassava production in Jamaica and small-scale fisheries in Honduras

October 28, 2016
IDB to support cassava production in Jamaica and small-scale fisheries in Honduras MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, Luis Moreno, officially signed technical cooperation agreements to support two important projects in the region – one that will enhance local cassava production in Jamaica and another to...

Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region

October 24, 2016
Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index was published last week and includes 22 countries in the wider Caribbean in its expanded coverage of 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert...

Direct flights from the United States increase connectivity to Honduras

October 14, 2016
Direct flights from the United States increase connectivity to Honduras TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The next time you think of traveling to Honduras, forget long layovers and expensive flights, but start thinking of saving time and money with improved air travel for North American visitors and prices starting at $200. Spirit Airlines, the low-cost carrier...

Taiwan notes silence of some Caribbean and Latin American allies at UN

September 28, 2016
Taiwan notes silence of some Caribbean and Latin American allies at UN NEW YORK, USA -- Taiwan said it has taken note of the deafening silence on the part of some of its Caribbean and Latin American diplomatic allies at the United Nations regarding its open bid to play a higher role in international affairs. This was observed by Taiwanese media observing...

Eye-opening discovery in Honduras reveals new information about Mayan civilization

September 28, 2016
Eye-opening discovery in Honduras reveals new information about Mayan civilization TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Last week, the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History announced an important discovery in the Copán Archeological Park, located in western Honduras, which continues to boost Honduras' position as the destination with the most diverse tourism...

Honduras president visits Cayman Islands for trade talks

September 5, 2016
Honduras president visits Cayman Islands for trade talks GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Following up on the Cayman Islands government’s recent announcements that it wants to see the British territory trading more with Honduras, the country’s President Juan Hernandez visited with Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin...

Concern voiced over press freedom violations in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela

August 29, 2016
Concern voiced over press freedom violations in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) said on Friday it views with concern a series of actions taken against media and journalists in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela in recent weeks that it said impair press freedom in the Latin American region. In Costa Rica...

Hurricane warning issued for Belize

August 4, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Belize MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Earl was expected to increase to hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall in Belize on Wednesday night or early Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 4 pm CDT on Wednesday, the centre of Earl was located...

Tropical Storm Earl heads to Belize

August 3, 2016
Tropical Storm Earl heads to Belize MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Earl formed in the northwest Caribbean on Tuesday and was expected to pass near the Honduras Bay Islands on its way to Belize. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5 pm EDT on Tuesday, the centre of Earl...

Honduras aims to become the leader of the textile industry in the Americas

May 26, 2016
Honduras aims to become the leader of the textile industry in the Americas TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras is pursuing an ambitious development plan focused on strengthening the textile industry, according to government sources. The Central American country has established itself as a leading player in recent years, currently holding the spot...

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