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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...

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.

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