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So What About the Other Pregnant Honduran Woman Who Didn’t Have Zika?

Jun 07, 2016

So What About the Other Pregnant Honduran Woman Who Didn’t Have Zika?

A 31-year old pregnant woman from Honduras arrives in the United States for a vacation and a month later gives birth by cesarian section to a premature baby diagnosed with severe microcephaly. The birth occurs at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. The woman tests positive for the Zika virus. Naturally, this quickly becomes a headline news story covered by nearly every major newspaper, magazine, news wire service, and TV and radio news program in the US and overseas. Bear in mind, there’s not a lot of information about the woman.  Read more

 

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The Nation

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Honduras National Park Cleared to Halt Bugs

Jun 07, 2016

Honduras National Park Cleared to Halt Bugs

A massive bug infestation and cut-down of pine trees in a national park in Honduras has stunned residents and sparked a warning from experts that a localized spike in temperatures will ensue. Authorities are clearing huge swathes of forest in La Tigra National Park, seven kilometers (five miles) northeast of Tegucigalpa, in an effort to stop the plague of bark-munching southern pine beetles. The park, which serves as green "lungs" and a cooling zone for the city, is nearly 240 square kilometers (93 square miles)—and 10 percent of it has been chopped down over the past nine months. Read more

Environmentalist Nelson García Murdered In Honduras

Mar 16, 2016

Environmentalist Nelson García Murdered In Honduras

A member of the same indigenous organization as slain environmentalist Berta Cáceres was shot dead Tuesday in Honduras, incensing activists and convincing a European development bank to stop financing a controversial dam project. Nelson García, 39, was killed outside his house after police evicted 150 families from lands in the northern village of Rio Chiquito, Honduran authorities said in a statement, noting the incident had nothing to do with the eviction. “The tragic death of Mr. Nelson García took place when two unknown assailants attacked him as he left his house some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from where the eviction took place,” the... Read more

The Dangerous Path Toward Mining Law Reform in Honduras

Mar 14, 2016

The Dangerous Path Toward Mining Law Reform in Honduras

Throughout much of the country’s history, Honduran authorities have worked closely and attentively with mining companies while their domestic agricultural resources remained a lesser priority. The awakening of democracy in the 1990s provided hope that domestic agriculture would get support, that land and water would be protected from the harmful effects of mining, and that the will of local citizens would be taken into account. After some progress in this direction, however, the environmental movement was dealt a severe setback in 2009 when the president, Manuel Zelaya, a sometime supporter of the environmental movement, was ousted. Still, the vision of an... Read more

Volunteerism

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Joint Task Force-Bravo Completes Pediatric Dental Operations in Tegucigalpa

Jun 07, 2016

Joint Task Force-Bravo Completes Pediatric Dental Operations in Tegucigalpa

The Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, supported US Army Dental Command and US Southern Command during pediatric dental humanitarian assistance projects in the Catholic University of Tegucigalpa on May 3-12, 2016. A total of 208 pediatric patients between the ages of 2 and 16 were seen during the two-week mission. The dental humanitarian assistance project, which was introduced by SOUTHCOM and administered by DENCOM, was a combined effort between JTF-Bravo and local Honduran entities.  Read more

‘Skate Brothers’ Keeping Honduran Kids Off The Streets

Mar 13, 2016

‘Skate Brothers’ Keeping Honduran Kids Off The Streets

"When I began to skate, it wasn’t a club. It was only friends skating,” 25 year old Jessel Recinos says in Spanish. “But I stopped skating to do other things, like hanging out with bad groups in Cofradía.” “At what age were you,” I ask, “when you started to feel pressure to hang out with bad people?” “Fifteen-and-a-half,” he says. “How did you get out?” “When they shot me.” Cofradía is on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, a city that’s virtually run by gangs. Honduras has, on average, the highest homicide rate on Earth. “They shot me because someone in our group got in trouble... Read more

Ohio State Students Building Houses in Honduras

Mar 09, 2016

Ohio State Students Building Houses in Honduras

Coming together to create the Honduras Sustainable Housing Project, eight Ohio State students from four different areas of study are using the skills they learned in the classroom to do philanthropic work in Honduras. Three business students, three civil engineering students, one architecture student and one construction systems management student make up the team traveling to Honduras in May to build a house. Read more

Travel

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Coral Reef Tourism in Danger as Reefs Struggle to Adapt to Warming

Jun 07, 2016

Coral Reef Tourism in Danger as Reefs Struggle to Adapt to Warming

A recent UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report on world heritage sites in danger from climate change received widespread media attention after the Australian government requested the removal of a chapter on the Great Barrier Reef. However the Great Barrier Reef is not the only coral reef at risk from climate change. The report described how coral reefs all around the world are being directly affected by warming waters and acidification associated with changes in the climate. Read more

West Bay Beach Named Best in Central America by TripAdvisor

Mar 10, 2016

West Bay Beach Named Best in Central America by TripAdvisor

West Bay Beach in the Bay Islands of Honduras has been named in the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards as the best beach in Central America. Additionally, West Bay Beach was ranked among the top 10 in the world. Every year the popular travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor ranks the best beaches and destinations in the world, based on the quality and quantity of user reviews for the year and issues the Traveler's Choice Awards, which have become the go-to guide for selecting travel destinations among the site's more than 350 million unique monthly visitors.  Read more

Interview: Canaturh's Henning Kretschmer

Mar 07, 2016

Interview: Canaturh's Henning Kretschmer

Henning Kretschmer is the new president of the National Chamber of Tourism in Honduras (Canaturh). He formerly served as president of the chamber of tourism for San Pedro Sula during 2007-2012. Mr. Kretschmer, 40, has a degree in journalism, specializing in communications. He is fluent in English and German, as well as his native Spanish. He spoke in Spanish with La Prensa newspaper last month. The following is a translation of that interview. Read more

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