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YOUR CENTRAL AMERICAN WEEKLY REVIEW

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Puerto Cortes a Modern, Secure Seaport Page 3

Anniversary of the Rio Platano Biosphere World Patrimony Declaration Page 7

Extension for TPS saves Hondurans in the USA Page 11

Wind of possibility to change Nicole Kling Honduras This Week

The sound of sirens blends with pan flute music, fire crackers and the agitator’s intense voice. - ¡No al capitalismo salvaje! ¡No a Bush, no le queremos en América Latina! (No to the savage capitalism! No to Bush, we do not want him in Latin America!) More and more people gathered at Parque Central in Tegucigalpa, the final destination of the Labor Day march. Each profession was represented by a color; the red shirts, blue shirts, white shirts and green shirts stuck together, aligned on the demands of their specific union. There were ambulantes (street vendors) everywhere who, while participating in the demonstration, engaged in their occupation by selling fresh fruit, water bags, toys, CDs, single cigarettes or candy. - For the first time in a very long time, there is a unity among all the popular organizations and movements. In several cities in Honduras today, farmers, teachers and members of the unofficial market demonstrate simultaneously for a common goal: against the neo liberal tendency of non contracted employments, said Daniel Durón, general secretary of the CTH (Confederación de Trabajadores de Honduras). Between the different appearances of well known agitators, performances of traditional Honduran dances and music took place on stage. The audience was swept away by the wind of possibility to change. It seems as though they were reminded of their origins by the occasion’s alienation from the everyday present North American influences. - ¡Viva nuestra música, que se muera el reggaeton! (Life to our music, die reggaeton!) shouted the crowd passionately. The Burger King window was WIND continued on page 6

Demonstration in Parque Central, Tegucigalpa

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Doctors against doctors The Honduran people are deeply grateful for the Cuban Medical Brigades that the Cuban Government sent to help us after the terrible damage made by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. These doctors that Cuba keeps on sending to the world on solidarity missions have at least nine years of experience. The reasons and arguments why the Medical College of Honduras was hostile towards the Cuban Medical Mission were never clear – maybe they were only taking care of their own interests? Fidel Castro’s Government has given scholarships to poor Honduran students who have academic excellence. There are already two generations of doctors graduated from the ELAM, in total about 330 Hondurans. These people have studied for six years in Cuba and according to Superior Educational Committee and the National Congress, these graduated students should be recognized as doctors. They are exempt of the rotary internship, they should not take more classes to obtain a plaza as doctor, the Congress has created the plazas for them. This preferential treatment for the Hondurans graduated from ELAM has indignated the seventh year of medicine students in Honduras that are now cursing their internship and social service in the National Autonomous University (UNAH). The pressure on the Superior Educational Committee has been extreme; the students of last year

with the help of internship doctors have left with no medical attention to hundreds of patients at the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa. They argue that in Honduras medical school last more than six years and that after eighth years they have to compete for the same jobs. They demand that the Hondurans of Cuba should make the rotary internship before their social service and before being accepted as members of the Medical College of Honduras. “They can only become members after that they can practice medicine in Honduras”, the opponents claim. Today there are 900 young Hondurans studying in Cuba, who must do their rotary internship before becoming members. But the two generations of doctors already graduated, form parts of a controversy that is hitting directly and with no mercy on the patients that every day attend the National Hospital in search for health care. First the Cuban Doctors in Honduras and now the Honduran Doctors of Cuba both have been object of severe criticism. They say that we only throw stones to the fruited tree; we also know that for the fruits you will be recognized. Young students of ELAM allowed the cut. Go ahead and make your internship, and go on to take assistance and help in all of the extension of Honduras. Redefine the concept of being a doctor.

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LETTERS Dear Editor I read with much humor your response to Mr. Gutman. After spending almost a year in Honduras in the Cortes area I have observed many things that amazed me to no end. I shall expand on my thoughts.... and I dare you to prove me wrong.... and I dare that you to fail to print my thoughts. 1. They have no pride, they will throw trash in the streets rather than walk 2 feet to deposit it in a trash barrel. 2. They will stop and piss on a wall in open public places rather than hunt for a facility or at least a private place to relieve themselves. 3. Want to now where a public bus parked for 2 minutes...look for a trash pile in the street. 4. Want to know how a traffic cop gets paid....drive down the street and get waived over for anything... especially if your a foreign visitor... necessary to pay L50 to L200 to be allowed to go your way because you have infringed on some obscure law that can not be explained...status quo in Honduras it seems. 5. Try to drive on a “autopista” and GOD forbid you let down your guard for fear a idiot driving a bus or taxi will do some stupid thing and thereafter flip you the “finger” because you infringed on his stupidity and unbelievable driving habit by trying to utilize the roadway. 6. Stop Signs and Traffic Signals are for anyone other than a taxi or bus driver...or any other high-mighty asshole that thinks he should be exempt from the law because of some urgency he is attending to....like

driving to a meeting he is already 2 hours late for! 7. Turn left from the right-hand lane.....TOTALLY unheard-of in the normal world...but the police even do it in Honduras!!...as they ride down the road in their 3-wheel motorcycles with their machine-guns hanging out the side openings....somewhat reminds me of the Keystone Cops comedy series of years ago except these idiots are real and are really armed and serious in their endeavors......OOP’s, I mean they are seriously on the way to a new traffic stopping point where they can collect a few roadway fines. 8. What would make you ever think the highway or roadways are for vehicle traffic???? You must be a damn fool. The roadways are for idiots and other fools on bicycles and people walking in traffic daring you to run-over them.... 9. Want to park you vehicle...you must be able to parrel park by pulling forward into a parking space...but if you can’t maneuver into a parking space that way...it is also OK to park with half of your car still in the roadway so everyone else must dodge you and put their lives in danger while meeting the on-coming traffic..... don’t forget....if a driver has his 4-way flasher operating it gives them the right to do anything completely unannounced and without provocation... even run over you because you did not yield to them!! 10. It is perfectly OK to just stop in the middle of the road to talk to a friend for 2 or 3 minutes while you block the highway....why would anyone following behind you be upset that you are so fucking stupid that your blocking the entire roadway?

11. Walking down the streets near the market makes you feel really safe....well, you do get to see the 18 year-old extremely well trained and disciplined military personnel walking the streets with machine-guns glaring at your every move....when they can not even tie their own shoe-laces properly. 12. Go to any government office and ask for any type of assistance or information....HAHAHA...only to be met with total indifference and a look of disgust as to why are you here bothering me on my day-long coffee break? This is only 12 “things”...could go on forever but it is only boring stuff... I await your response...and yes, I have left that wonderful place and I doubt I will return....so be as critical as you desire that I have openly spoken against the natural culture of the Hondo way of life in the 21st Century. I have seen that these people have been put down for so long by the “haves” in that country that they can not even attempt to move forward. I know the education system is not designed to educate the people... because educated people may start to think and ask questions. If the population was allowed to prosper, they may begin to see “things” that are improper and begin to raise their heads.....all of the above is very critical but it is said because I see Honduras as a lost cause because the people are not willing to take control of their destiny...but would rather be led like sheep. Cristy Melgar Via Internet

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Puerto Cortes a Modern, Secure Seaport James W. Bodden Honduras This Week

International cooperative efforts with United States to strengthen and secure maritime commerce in the Americas have build up Puerto Cortes to a modern, equipped port facility, ready to carry out scans and inspections of shipping containers for nuclear or radiological materials. The ongoing pilot program organized in Puerto Cortes is part of the first phase of the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI), which intends to supply nuclear detection devices to six foreign ports. Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and Port Qasim, Pakistan, have the distinction of being the first to become operational and able to protect the global supply chain the security necessary to match contemporary threats. Loading and inspection of cargo at the port have become compliant to national and international security frameworks and standards, modernizing the infrastructure to make it a safe and agile world class seaport. U.S. Homeland Security Department Deputy Secretary, Michael Jackson, believes the existing danger to global commerce, and U.S. national secu-

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Offloading in Puerto Cortes rity in particular, may come from the vulnerability of ports open to free and open trade, “Terrorists and Criminals use global shipping networks, and we are deploying multiple layers of advanced technology to counter their tactics. Secure Freights creates a global nuclear detection network with shippers, carriers and foreign allies to head off the worst possible form of attack, a nuclear or dirty bomb on our soil. We are deeply grateful to the governments of Honduras and Pakistan...for their strong leadership on this effort.” General Manager of the

vNational Ports Company (Empresa Nacional Portuaria), Edwin Aranque, has affirmed to the international press that Puerto Cortes is now ready to take on the rigours of a higher volume of container traffic to ensure the security of cargo inbound for the U.S or Latin-American, “This is a historic accomplishment that confirms the strategic [importance] of Cortes, now that it is a megaport, for the security of internal commerce.” He maintains that the

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Cheers dear friends At the paper we did not wanted it to happen, but we where sure it was for the best. Life goes on and time passes by too fast, the two English volunteers had to leave. Louise and Alex, one day they came and another day they left, in every action of life there is definitely some thing to learn, and in the case of the relation with this couple of friends we had much to learn. Louise was always willing to help, a nice sincere and prudent person that added a human side to information. It is impressive that someone so young could have so much to tell; it is obvious in the way that she writes that she is intelligent. Louise learnt Spanish fast and moved through the city as any Tegucigalpan. She is a self confident photographer, and has nothing to envy from a professional. We think that the United Kingdom will have in Louise a supreme journalist. Alex, ready to go, who told Alex to be careful with the dogs?

If you want to see him scared, introduce him to a dog, his sincere interest in local culture made him sometimes a little daring especially when it came to local food. Ahh, las pupusas de Alex, you could eat them all, the quesillo where the best, or how about the semitas, a local bread popular amongst the construction journalist, or the dulce de leche, milk marmalade anything Honduran Alex will try it and for sure like it. He had a tendency to go and buy food form La Pulperia, a little store near by the paper where they sell nice home made food. Who would believe that those deep articles were written by such young persons, no more than 20 and yet so smart writers. By the way, Alex, all of the friends you left behind at the University of Tegucigalpa send their regards. Here at the Paper we are going to miss you, we wish you both the best and do not forget to write us. Cheers Your friends of Honduras This Week


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NATIONAL Triumph: Plans to incorporate free school lunch into national con’t from page 3 port has reached this status after a considerable period of reform and training that have brought it up to code with International Maritime Organization initiatives to protect ships and port installations, “The certification of our mega-port signifies the consolidation of the security program which we have followed.” Government sources hat have worked closely with the project state that the port improvements will be of great service to the local community, offering training and new jobs for its citizens; they add that the new security standards and infrastructure refurbishments have created Puerto Cortes into a stronger and more competitive harbour in the Atlantic. “This port is a completely protected place; it is the start of a challenge, we will have all the necessary technology installed so that each container that leaves or enters through Puerto Cortes will be appropriately searched. I can say that the port is necessary for the further development of the country through offering an optimal service to its clients. There will be greater quickness in cargo inspection operations, which will generate more business, investment, job opportunities, and income. Puerto Cortes, is the thirty-seventh port with most commercial movement to the U.S..”

Honduras went through a long and thorough process of certification before the Safe Container Initiative went operational. Port oversight institutions were created to boost the effectiveness and training of the security of the staff. The Unit of Port Protection, closed circuit systems for migration and infiltration control, the installation of gamma ray machinery, the goal to scan 100% of all cargo are a few new programs set in place before the pilot program commenced. A United States, in collaboration with the Honduran government, has placed American-controlled custom offices in the premises, under the auspices of the Container Security Initiative (CSI). Honduras participates with the United States Security and State Services in the Container Security Initiative, a program designed to identify high risk containers, based on advanced information and strategic intelligence, the pre-screening and evaluation of containers before they are shipped, the use of technology to ensure quick screening without slowing down the movement of trade, and the use of smarter containers that can detect tampering of cargo, are all core elements of the CSI program. According to the Department of Homeland Security forty percent of all incoming trade to the U.S.

arrives by ship, and most trading nations depend on containerized shipping for the transportation of manufactured goods, and so they must be protected with modern programs that meet new security threats. Secretary Michael Chertoff has explained the importance of securing all public and private sectors that are vulnerable to a possible terrorist attack or the transport of a nuclear or radiological weapon in recent public statements to the international press, “Clearly we are at war, and we are at war not just to defend our country and our people, but to defend freedom of thought for every place in the world. I’m reminded of the fact of that war every single morning, when I sit down and I look at the day’s threat assessments and intelligence, all of which are evidence of a militarized, networked enemy, intent on attacking our homeland and destroying our values. Our highest priority and greatest sense of urgency has to be aimed at preventing a nuclear weapon or dirty bomb attack against the homeland. This initiative advances a comprehensive strategy to secure the global supply chain and cut off any possibility of exploitation by terrorists. I appreciate the commitment of our international allies in sharing more information and harmonizing our risk reduction

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NATIONAL Wind: Agitators and artists on Labor Day con’t from page 1 scribbled with the words “We eat baleadas (a typical Honduran dish), not junk!”. It is obvious that the Honduran people and Centraland Latin Americans overall are tired of being looked upon as a “Sub-America” and to constitute a playground for North American interests. Another major focus of Labor Day 2007 was the lack of a functioning democracy. Among the many heads with loud mouths, big signs and banderols also made their point. “No puede haber democracia si vivimos en la desgracia”, “Miseria y corrupción abunda en la nación. Buscan un ladrón, en el gobierno hay un montón.” (“There cannot be democracy if we live in misery”, “Misery and corruption teem in the nation. If you are looking for a thief, there are plenty in the government.”) Suddenly all the attention moved from the stage to a woman in the crowd. Patricia Rodas, the president of the central committee of the governing party Partido Liberal and aspiring president of Honduras, had turned up. She had bravely come to the manifestation, but was soon forced away by many angry demonstrants who were throwing water bags and screaming out their aversion towards her. Surrounded by journalists she eventually left the gathering, well aware that she was

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Performance on the stage not wanted. Luis Mayorga, head of information and press, CUTH (Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Honduras) was concerned about how the maquiladoras are treated. - The employers do not allow the workers to organize, or that the women get pregnant. In some fabrics the women are not even allowed to visit the restrooms without supervision. There are a lot of under aged recruits in environments that are toxic and in other ways unsafe. The working conditions in the maquilas do not meet with the Agreement of the Human Rights. We love our work and we depend on it, but it has to become more humane.

Daniel Durón Luis Mayorga also draws a parallel with the contemporary poverty and the future welfare of the country. - If the youngsters of today do not play and study, but instead work in las maquilas – the situation is only going to reproduce itself, or get even worse.

Quotations, Padre Andrés Tamayo “Cohdefor keeps on being corrupt. Killings are made by the weapons of policemen, the same policemen then fill out the investigation form. We cannot remain seated, allowing Cohdefor to manage the forest policies.”

The sirens, music, fire crackers and agitators became silent. The crowd scattered and Parque Central went back to normal. Tomorrow the scribble on the Burger King window will be washed away and the conviction of Labor Day 2007 will be a memory. But will it make a difference?

“The persecutions and threats have to end now.”

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“If the government allows the economical power to reign, we are heading for poverty and death. One has to believe in the village.” “They have tried to kill me seven times. Last time was a week ago; they would not let me leave the house. Danger does not matter – the struggle continues.”


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Anniversary of the Rio Platano Biosphere World Patrimony Declaration Ă lvaro Morales Molina Honduras This Week

The Reserve Biosphere Rio Platano is located in the heart of the Honduran Mosquitia, and is part of the Biological Mesoamerican Corridor, with more than two million hectares. It is habituated by five different ethnic groups, Misquitos, Tawakas, Pech, Garifunas and Mestizos. In 1982 it was declared World Patrimony of Humanity by UN; it is a place of pride and of high importance for the international community. It also contributes substantially to the life quality of Honduran citizens since it is the biggest source of oxygen in the country. The Biosphere of Rio Platano is rich of cost marines, rain forests, coral reefs, island keys, and a diversity of fascinating species due to the variety of habitats. The 19th of April it was exactly twenty five years ago the UN declared Rio Platano Biosphere the second biggest oxygen lung of the world. Since then different organizations began a systematic work of protection and development of the

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Mosquitia area; MOPAWI, joined by ARCA and the German Cooperation. Today they join forces to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the biosphere. They are demanding an educative campaign for the year 2007 initiating on April 19. That date there was a meeting on the Central American Bank of Economic Integration where they, at the same time, where celebrating the

twenty fifth anniversary of the Declaration of World Patrimony for Humanity. Representatives of different productive areas of the country attended the meeting. Oavaldo Munguia, general director of MOPAWI, was in charge of giving the welcoming words to the assistants. He gave a general overview of the Rio Platano

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Sandy Bay in Utila: Dories, Docks, and Dads By Aida Sabonge Jackson Special for Honduras This Week

Each year for Hondurans is, during the hot summer days, different from the ones before. Either we go to varying sites around Honduras, or something happens-for better of for worse-to imprint a certain memory in our minds. This summer, for example, has already held several great new experiences for us that are different from the rest. On a recent one-week trip to the Bay Islands, we chose to visit Sandy Bay, a waterfront neighborhood on Utila, the smallest and most unique island of the three that make up the Bay Islands department. It was there that from the ample porch of Hotel Seaside Inn, we viewed the four-day remodelling process of a fifteen year-old dory. It was hoisted out of the water, sanded down, patched with fiberglass and resin, and buffed into a carefully painted red, white, and blue finish. After tuning its engine and hooking the electrical network, the dory was put back into the water in time to cruise over to Water Key before lunchtime that Thursday. During the rest of the week we watched the dory carry the captain´s family, friends, and clients to otherwise unreachable spots like Pidgeon´s

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Panoramic view of Utila Key and Suc Suc Keys, and the newly constructed Utopia Resort on the turquoise waters of Jack Neal Beach. Staying in Sandy Bay, Utila, brought us such adventures as rides on an apple-red Genesis, midnight herding of runaway cattle, jogging bouts to the new Airport Road, and relaxed conversations with resident children and adults, precious moments one can

only share and engrave in the mind. Furthermore, the making of Utila´s genuine dish, the “bando”, a meat, fish, and vegetable recipe usually prepared and cooked by the dads in each family, is a treat to be enjoyed on any leisure weekend if an invitation should arise. Then, a stroll in the cool of an afternoon can provide lasting memories of beautifully constructed wooden homes painted

in pastels and traditional colors which give the area of Sandy Bay its special visual style. On Sandy Bay, locals and tourists come and go on foot and bicycles, on pretty golf cars imported from New Orleans, on rambling four-wheelers and motorbikes, and from the docks, on gliding sailboats and dories. Food and snacks, hot and cold drinks, and fruit and vegetables can be found in the numerous restaurants and grocery stores that line the road. Of these, we enjoyed the food and snacks at Ward´s Grocery Store and Captain Jack´s Restaurant, both next to

the dock leading to Gunther´s Dive Shop. Most important, access to Utila, Bay Islands, is easy from any main city in Honduras. For example, a bus from Tegucigalpa to La Ceiba on Transportes Cristina is as low as 174 Lempiras per person. Upon getting off the bus, take a taxi to the Municipal Dock (or Muelle de Cabotaje as it is locally known) for around 30 Lempiras per passenger, and there pay 300 Lempiras to board the Utila Princess. In an hour or less, already on Utila, hire a taxi (usually a pick-up truck), pay the driver 25 Lempiras and go to Hotel Seaside Inn on Sandy Bay. Rooms there cost a maximum of 30 Dollars if the room is on the second floor, has air conditioning, and two full beds with a private bathroom, where a small family can stay comfortably enjoying access to the wide porch that looks out into the Bay. Meals across the street from the hotel at Captain Jack´s run for about 60 or 70 Lempiras, and Cokes and beer for 12 and not over 20 Lempiras, respectively. From there on, it is only a matter of having some great, safe, fun at the incredibly near Chepe´s Beach, where loved ones can swim and snorkel and see the most fantastic fish they will ever see in a lifetime. Note: The Utila Princess leaves the La Ceiba dock at 9:30 a.m. and then at 4:00 p.m. Since Hotel Seaside Inn only has 12 rooms available, it is better to call Miss Minnie Sue, at 425-3450 for reservations.


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Vaccination campaign amplified for another week

According the Interamerican Press Society the journalist and independent media of the Americas confront great risk and danger when they are exercising the profession. Crime and corruption are the biggest enemies of the free journalists, who have become targets of their attacks. In the last twelve months fifteen journalists have been assassinated, eight in Mexico, two in Colombia, two in Venezuela, one Haiti, one in Guatemala and one in Peru and three are still disappeared in Mexico. El Heraldo

Jenny Meza, secretary of health, announced on Monday that the vaccination campaign will be extended in the cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the two cities with the highest number of infants. During the first week of the vaccination campaign, at least 800 brigades reached more than 1500 health centers in all the 18 departments of Honduras. For Meza this campaign is a success in illness prevention. El Heraldo

Mayor cities of Honduras surrounded by war tanks

Catholic priests demand cooperation for poor

Like in wartimes, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula began this week with the presence of war tanks blocking the main road entrances. There was no clear explanation of why the the president Manuel Zelaya ordered the tanks. He justified it by saying that they where there to protect the citizens. Strike leaders of the taxi organization criticize Zelayas decision and accused him of intimidation. HTW.

Catholic priests representatives all over the world, commanded by Honduran cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez, demanded more assistance and cooperation for the poor countries of the eight richest countries of the world. In a document delivered after a meeting in Berlin to the representative of the German government, they demanded the immediate cancellation of international debts. El Heraldo

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Central American escape

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Central America has several submarine wonders; from its colored coral reefs to the multiple tropical islands that contain marine life of beauty and diversity. There are several places ideal to snorkel in the Caribbean coast and it is easy to find areas of protected coral where one can scuba dive in an atmosphere of tranquility. Many of these places have been

declared by UN as Humanity Patrimony, the antique Mayan cultures reached their splendor in these countries, Tikal in Guatemala, Copan Ruins in Honduras, Joyas de Ceren in El Salvador, just to mention a few of the Mayan Route high points. Nicaragua possesses biological reserves, natural parks, rain forest, cloud forest, big rivers and two magnificent ocean coasts. This generosity of nature makes it difficult to decide between the various activities offered, including rafting, surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving

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and kayaking. For those who look for an adrenaline kick in Central America the bungee jumping from the old bridge over Rio Colorado or some white water rafting could be an alternative. Another alternative is to take a teleferic that goes 30 meters over the trees of the tropical jungle, with the possibility of seeing monkeys, thick wooden structures that hold platforms from where one can see an incredible diversity of plants, singing frogs, exotic snakes and hundreds of birds. The surfers, the ones that travel in search of the best of the best especially in wave consistency, will find many good spots of waves, both for the experts and the apprentices with less expertise. Ecotourism in Nicaragua is ideal for the ones that enjoy bird watching, due to the great diversity of species available in this country. One of the reasons for the extraordinary abundance of birds is the several habitats and Microsystems in the region; rains forests, dry forests, cloud forests, rivers, man glares, and beaches – each and every area with its own number of species is what makes the region so particular. The opportunity to horse back ride is good in almost all of Nicaragua. The excursions take you trough pasturages, tropical forests and beaches, with stops in cascades and lagoons. There are also many Spanish haciendas that extend over hills and vulcans where one can enjoy milking cows. Religious tourisms find its mayor expression in village celebrations, full of color and folklore of the Central American peoples. The populations of different countries are named chapines for Guatemalans, catrachos for Hondurans, nicas for Nicaraguans, ticos for Costa Ricans and canaleros for Panamanians. But in the end, they are all just Central Americans.


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Extension for TPS saves Hondurans in the USA Álvaro Morales Molina Honduras This Week

For the seventh time the government of the United States of America decided to extend, once again, the temporary residence status of the almost 78,000 Hondurans legally subscribed to the Temporary Protection Status in the USA. Likewise it will affect about 230 thousand Salvadorians and some 4000 Nicaraguans. The Secretary of National Security, Michael Chertoff, announced the decision on Wednesday morning. This will permit the Central Americans to go on with their lives and work legally for the next 18 months without the fear of being deported back to their home countries. The exact number of Honduras enrolled in the TPS is 78300, and the last extension was of twelve months. Honduras was granted TPS after the Hurricane Mitch hit the country in October 1998, with the aim of recovering the severe economical crisis that affected the region. “This extension of 18 months reflects the commitment of the USA to go on with the assistance to our neighbors of Central America on their way to recovery”, said to El Heraldo, Emilio Gomez Chief of Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS).

Immediately after the annunciation the presidential house of Honduras organized a press conference with the presence of the president Manuel Zelaya, Milton Jimenez Puerto, foreign relation secretary and Yani Rosenthal, presidency secretary of state. Zelaya expressed his gratitude to the people of the USA and to the Bush administration and explained the positive impact the decision will have on the economical welfare of Honduras. “If there was no extension it would be a drama for Central America”, said Manuel Zelaya during the short press conference. The deadline date for reenrollment on the program is the fifth of July and all of the information concerning details of procedure will be available for Hondurans in the Consulates of different cities in US. The money sent by Hondurans living abroad has become the most important income and that money is what gives the macro economy strength and stability. “Although Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador have made significant progress in their recovery and rebuilding efforts, each country continues to face social and economic challenges in their efforts to restore their nations to normalcy.”, said USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez.

Anniversary: Bigger than Amazonas con’t from page 7 Biosphere’s actual situation and its presumed future. The secretary of State in Natural Resources and Environment, Mayra Mejia Delcid, pointed out to the concurrence of the importance of the Rio Platano Biosphere and its great diversity and quantity in extraordinary species that live in the region: “In the more than eight thousand square kilometers of the Biosphere there are more species of trees per hectare than in the Amazonic region it self”. Lucy Figueroa announced the opening and beginning of

the campaign for Rio Platano Biosphere “Forever for the World” mentioning the different activities programmed for the rest of the year. At the same time Figueroa invited each and every one to participate actively in the campaign. Toady there are only 830 places listed as World Patrimony for Humanity, among them Egypt Pyramids, The Great Chinese Wall, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, India’s Taj Mahall, Spain’s La Alhambra and Honduras’ Rio Platano Biosphere.

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TOURISM

The start of the month of May in Copan Ruinas brings with it hot, humid temperatures more apt for an afternoon picnic in the Saudi Arabian desert, but as the month progresses, evening temperatures tend to get downright pleasant and the midday heat and humidity begin to subside. As April heat gives way to the spring like May temperatures, the annual low n´ slow season kicks into high gear. It’s the perfect time to have the ruins, Macaw Mtn Bird Park, hot springs, Ruby Falls, Butterfly Garden and archeological park all to your lonesome as there are few tourists in sight this time of the year. Restaurants are uncrowded, museums like mausoleums and the quaint, tranquil village of Copan takes on an even more laid back and chilled out ( no hot weather pun intended ! ) village vibe. As May slides into June, tourism begins to pick up once again and as June tumbles into the summer season, the numbers of tourists increase exponentially as the low ´n slow season fades into a hot dusty memory. Whats new in Copan Ruinas these days you may wonder .. well despite the low n´slow season, theres plenty of new developments. Top on everyones list of new developments is the soon to arrive Espresso American, Honduras´ answer to Starbucks. The ubiquitous Honduras based coffee house chain which has expanded to many parts of Honduras, is slated to open in Copan Ruinas, in a new structure that is being built just next to the cathedral in the Central Park. This will be Copans´ first foray into franchises and all eyes will be on the new café on the block to see if both tourists as well as locals accept the concept of an international franchise eatery/café in Copan. Until now all restaurants, hotels, cafes, shops, etc have been entirely homegrown, local affairs. There is not an international chain hotel, restaurant, café nor shop in sight and most locals … as well as tourists seem to like it just fine that way. But the incessant march of globalization, segmentation of markets and the need for franchises and multinationals to continue their pressed march towards expansion into new virgin, undeveloped and underexploited markets will lead eventually to ever smaller towns receiving franchise cafes, restaurants, etc. When I first set foot on Honduran soil in the mid 80s, back in the day, there was one …. yes one …US franchise fast food restaurant, a lone Pizza Hut on 1 Calle in San Pedro Sula. If you wanted a decent burger you went to Bigos … remember their corny slogan … Hamburgesas Deliciosas Preparados Con Amor .. which translates to …. Delicious Burgers Prepared With Love. If you wanted a really good pizza, you went to Pizza Italia in San Pedro Sula, where pizza aficionados knew that the pizzas from this diminutive downtown corner restaurant beat any greasy, doughy Pizza Hut pie hands down. Any other meal had to be taken in a small, nondescript comedor lacking décor, attentive service … but at least the food was reliable typical Honduran fare and the prices could not be beat. Today we have Burger King, McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Subway, Quiznos, Sbarros, Churchs Chicken, Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins, TGI Fridays, Ruby Tuesdays, Tony Romas, Cebollinas, Fogoncito, Wendys and Dominos …. and the list continues. Honduran eateries have been hard pressed to compete in this globalized, highly competitive environment. When a lower middle class family can waltz into a international fast food emporium complete with indoor kids playground, kids meals, full a/c, top cleanliness standards and a receive a full ( if not cholesterol charged ) meal for $3, then its no wonder that Honduran eateries have had a difficult trying to compete. Add to the mix the 800 lb gorilla of a global, highly polished, mass media advertising campaign that is incessantly waged by the global food giants and again its amazing that so many Honduran eateries still survive. The trick I guess is to further segment the market and specialize in what the locals can do well. Night spots which offer Latin music, outdoor eating, grilled meats – Honduran style, cold alcoholic drinks and personalized service are a market niche that is not served by the fast food giants and which is well filled by local entrepreneurs who know the likes and dislikes of their local clientele. As well, pupuserias which whip up those delicious stuffed tortilla concoctions which are made fresh to order right before your eyes have a niche which no international fast food chain can touch .. at least not yet. And the list goes on .. nacatamales, tamales de elote, carne asada, churrascos, pollo rostizado, fresh seafood, hand crafted pizza and burgers, soups big enough to make a meal of it …. All food items that no fast food place can touch … if small locally owned and operated Honduran restaurants and cafes are to survive in this highly competitive environment, then they have to play to their strengths … well prepared, tasty local cuisine at fair prices, served up in a pleasant atmosphere devoid of all the plastic and drywall that defines international chains. Will towns like Copan Ruinas be able to stave off the potential invasion of fast food franchises? Hard to say … but I guess the market will decide that one … if consumers buy the products they are offering then the marketplace will have issued its verdict … if consumers shun the fast food giants, well then the marketplace will have spoken.

The RECO Sale? In very recent days, the electric power has been on 24 hours a day. This is a very welcome change to what has been the last few months. A couple of weeks ago, unwanted blackout episodes in the middle of the night reminded us all that we were not out of the woods yet. Were the blackouts over as we were promised or was the struggle still on? The new temporary General Manager at RECO, Umberto Mesa Casco, met with me to share the latest information from the electric company. He spoke enough English for me to understand his message to me. I asked him for a progress report. Umberto Mesa Casco: At the moment, we can supply the demand of electricity to the entire island. We are presently working on projects to help improve the distribution system. We need more capital for further improvements. I estimate that we need five million dollars of additional investment to invest in plant generators, switching stations and distribution system. Our present debt is Bank of Atlantida 45 million Limperas, RECO owes ENEE 85 million L and HondoPetrol is owed 15 million L. There are others. The total amount of debt is 170 million L. RECO’s assets are 220 million L.

What has been most troubling are the blackouts in the middle of the night. Luckily, it has not been as hot during the day or at night lately, so when the power did go off, it was not quite as unbearable as it could have been. During my last trip to the states, I picked up a battery powered fan and that seem to allow us to get our sleep. Roatan Bruce: That gives us a good idea of the accountability of RECO. I have come to recognize that there will always be an occasion power outage, but why were we still having lengthy blackouts when you promised that there would be no more power outages? Umberto Mesa Casco: I state again the power outages are finished. There have been some minor failures of the distribution system. We have been working on it. (After thinking the worst, I later found out the blackouts were caused by problems that occurred in isolated areas where it took hours just to find the location in the middle of the night under darkness.) Roatan Bruce: Tell me about the future for RECO. You have told me there needs to be at least a five million dollar investor. Are there companies or private investors interested in purchasing RECO? Umberto Mesa Casco: Yes. There are many that are interested. We have invited many to

submit their proposal. The man who bought an island near Roatan is interested. The best proposals we receive will be submitted to the people of Roatan. Roatan Bruce: Do you know the timing of when the sale will take place? Umberto Mesa Casco: May! Roatan Bruce: Are you still cutting the power of companies or persons not paying their bills? Umberto Mesa Casco: Yes, we are cutting the power of people who are not paying. Even the people who owe a debt from years ago, we are doing the legal requirements to cut their power as well. In addition, we are reviewing the tariffs we are paying for diesel fuel and we may not be able to hold down the prices. Roatan Bruce: How are the generators we have doing? Umberto Mesa Casco: We have had to borrow a 5 MG watt generator in order to do maintenance on the other generators. The big units are still working, but we need to do an overhaul. Now that the power has been more consistent, it seems like ages ago that we were under siege with RECO. The island needs to have many more weeks, months and years of consistent energy for everyone. What will be the cost to make that happen?

Bruce Starr is the host of The Roatan Bruce Show now heard on 106.5 FM weekdays from 10 am to 1 pm across the Bay Islands and Northern Honduras. Please visit his website at roatanbruce.com or contact him at roatanbruce@yahoo. com with your comments and suggestions.


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BUSINESS BUSINESS WEek in Review More than 9.8 billion in IRS projections

Private Banks raise real state offer

According to the Direccion Ejecutiva de Ingresos (DEI) (Executive Income Department), the total income of this year is going to be one billion more than last years’ total tax income. All the citizens who’s income exceed 90,000 lempira annually must present their income declaration and pay at least a 25 percent, according to Cristina Ochoa, official of DEI. Only in April there is going to be a 1.3 billion income in taxes. El Heraldo

26 new houses projects is the offer that the private banks have for their clients. A 30 percent raise compared with the same date last year is the result of a beneficial bank situation. They are now offering new credit plans for all kinds of buyers, with prices form 450,000 to more than two million. Since the year 2004 the interest levels have dropped dramatically from a 23 percent to an 11 percent in some cases. El Heraldo

Apparel grow in $448 million this year

Honduras is the second country to cultivate seed of Malaysia

Textile exportation has raised with more than 448 million US Dollars in the first two moths of this year. According to the office of External Commerce of Honduras, it shows an increase of 47.9 percent on exportations. This increase is due to the great volume of production exported and the fall in international prices, the Exporters Association justifies this increase with the diversification of production. El Heraldo.

More than 7000 acres of cultivated African Palm make Honduras, the second country of the world to cultivate and grow the seed of Malaysia. With this the local producers are convinced to gain terrain in the international production market. Trujillo, in the department of Colon, will be the base for the next level of production that includes more than 28000 acres of the exotic plant. El Heraldo

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RENTALS Copan Apartments Tegucigalpa

The Best Completely furnished apts. in Tegucigalpa. Full service: daily maid, swimming pool, laundry/ironing, hot water, telephone(direct, private lines) T.V. cable, microwave, A.C.,V.C.R.(video), fax, barbecue area, garden, individual garages, security. 1,2,3 bedroom /2 bathrooms, studio room (optional), free internet, a country house for weekends at Zamorano Valley(4 manzanas of land), fruit trees, walking roads, 45 minutes from Tegucigalpa Col. Palmira, Las Acacias St. 2 blocks west from the former United Nations Bldg. Tegucigalpa MDC Tel (504) 238-1751, FAX:(504) 238-3752

FOR RENT

Tegucigalpa, Loma Linda Norte, 360 top view Brand new, fully furnished condo apartments 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, Pool, Jacuzzi, Gym, Steam bath, Sauna, Fire, Intruder Alarm and Emergency Generator Phone, CATV and internet ready 24 hours armed security. Owner living on premises Optional minisplit A/C in all rooms E-mail: elipse@amnettgu.com Phone: (504) 239-6442. Cell: (504) 9987-2014

Apartment For Rent

For an executive located in Col. Florencia del Norte, private security, garage. Hot water, telephone line, furnished or unfurnished. Electricity, water and private security included in price. Price $350.00/ month.

Office For Rent

Located in Florencia del Norte, private security, area: 50 mts. 2, bathroom, telephone line, parking space, Price $350.00 If you are interested please contact: Mr. Ochoa Phones: (504) 3358-5432, 232-4594, or e-mail: froyochoa@yahoo.com

Guest Rooms & Apartments For both short and extended stays at affordable prices. All of our rooms incluide air conditioning, wireless internet, cable television, direct dialtelephones, daily maid service. Large family room and full service kitchen 24-7 security. Please see our website to fully appreciate our establishment at www.humuyainn.com American owned and managed. Information (504) 239-8962, 235-7276, 2392206, 235-7275 Fax: 239-5099 or Info@humuyainn.com Tegucigalpa

CASA DEL VIAJERO

Restaurant/Bar For sale

LOMAS DEL GUIJARRO AND LA HACIENDA Rooms with A/C, TV, Internet Wi-Fi, Laundry, Breakfast, Free Shuttle and Parking. Daily, weekly and monthly rates available. Tel. 263-0418 / Cel. 99902-2706 www.casadelviajero.com contacto@casadelviajero.com

For sale by not being able to attend. Located in Col. San Carlos, good location. Perfect for a lounge, wine bar or piano bar. Everything included. Price: $17,000 (negotiable). If you are interested call: (504) 221-0684 or 989-27866. E-mail: matthieumarcellier@yahoo.fr

For Rent

For Sale

2 bedroom apartment (semi-furnished) located at Fort Saphery Hotel and Restaurant in West End-Roatan. Complex is located on the beach and is available on April 15, 2007 for occupancy. Price: $650.00 per month (water and light included) Call Olin at Phones: (504) 445-4213, 4450256, for additional information.

Copan Ruinas, Property for Sale, apprx 2 acres, one of few large properties available within village boundaries, view of village and valley, mature trees, water, elect, telephone access, street access, located on road to Macaw Mtn Tropical Bird Park, 5 minutes to center of village, casacafe@hondutel.hn casadecafe@mayanet.hn

For Rent

FOR SALE

Main Street, Colonia Palmira, #2036 ½ block from United Nations Building and La Salsa Restaurant : • Perfect for Office with more than 10 Units • Meeting/Board Room • Air Conditioning • Electric Generator • Available Computer Network • 3 Phone Lines • Water Cistern • Lush Gardens • Social/Break room Areas • 4 Car Garage • 3 ½ Restrooms Information: Tel. 232-6263, Sr. Enrique Moncada

Apartment For Rent

Good Location in Col. La Reforma, close to the US Embassy. Apartment has two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, storage room, service bedroom (bathroom included), interior patio, telephone line Price: $375.00 If you are interested please contact: patricia_valle@hotmail.com Or call Tel: (504) 236-5526 at night.

Apartment For Rent

Beautiful furnished apartment located in Col. Ruben Dario, good location. 2 bedrooms with bathroom in each, service room with bathroom included, dining room, living room kitchen, electric gate, very secure. Price$700.00(negotiable) Contact us! Phones: (504)236-8539, for English (504) 9998-2088

for sale Discover Honduras Best Kept Secret on the Caribbean Coast of Honduras in Trujillo, First Capital of Central America

• Beach front lots from $18,000 and up • Mountain side ocean view lots from $25,000 up • Homes from $65,000 up You can make your dream come true!! Visit www. hondurasislandsandbeaches. com E-mail: belindahonduras@yahoo.com Tel: 011 (504)434-4777. Cel: 011(504)9906-9818

Lots from $20-$30 thousand dollars. Beach front, located in the tourist community of Balfate, 40 minutes from La Ceiba. • 1 lot of 3000 meters in Rio María,with country house, 20 meters from the beach. Price: $60,000.00 • 2 lots in Rio María, for $35,000.00 each one, 20 meters from the beach. • 2 acres, three beachfront houses in La Ceiba, Price: $165,000.00 • Beachfront house in El Porvenir, 10 min. from la Ceiba, price $75,000.00, furnished. • 1 lot of 66 feet, beachfront x 180 feet long, price $160,000.00. Located in El Porvenir, 10 min. from La Ceiba. • Property of 25 meters, beachfront x 50 meters long, house of three bedrooms in La Encenada, Tela. Price $135,000.00. • 51 acres in Rio Maria beautiful view of the ocean, price: $120,000.00 • 57 acres in Armenia, at the back of El Goloson Airport. Mahogany cultivated oranges, lichas and many fruit tress. Price: $125,000.00 • 79 acres in Sambo Creek, spectacular view of the beach, natural swimming pools, light, water and house. Price: $280,000.00 • Callo, located in Dixon Cove, between Coxen Hole and French Harbor Roatan, Bay Islands, with an extension of 12 acres. • 3 acres with access to the beach in Calabash Bigth, Roatan, Bay Islands. Price $50,000 each acre. • 20 acres of beachfront in Crawfish Rock, Roatan, Bay Islands. Price $60,000.00 per acre. • Lots in El Porvenir, beachfront. Big Properties of beach or mountain in Tela, La Ceiba, Balfate, Colon, Trujillo. and properties for palm growing.. Contact us!!!! bienesraiceshl@yahoo.com (504) 9998-8497, José Vallecillo

ROATAN-PRIVATE SELLER

Brand new Luxury 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condominium, 3rd floor, Ocean view. all new S/S GE kitchen appliances. Condo resides in resort community w/spa, fitness centre, saunas, 4 pools, a beautiful lagoon, and elevators. Please view website: www.roatancondo. com/pineapple.htm, e-mail: itoihonduras@hotmail.com MUCH CHEAPER THAN LIST PRICE, 3364-7047 - 766-2379

HOUSE IN CATACAMAS

Our benevolent organization is offering for sale a building near the commercial district of Catacamas, Olancho, ½ block off the main road through the city. This property was originally designed and used as a medical clinic, and most recently as an orphanage. There are 14 rooms in the 7,680 sq foot structure, which includes two kitchens, plus 5 bathrooms with showers. The property is walled and amenities include 2 pilas, attached garage, and water well. All city services are available. The property has been appraised at $102,416.25 US dollars. Asking $81,000.00. Terms are negotiable. Contact Les Johnson at 504-799-4579 office; Les@porlosninos.org; or Terry Rikard at 662-3248472 (US)

Beautiful House for Sale in the Best Town of Tegucigalpa

Located in Col. Lomas del Guijarro, excellent location. Six bedrooms, studio, living room dining room, big kitchen, terrace, garage for four cars, one apartment with living room, kitchen, dining room, ceramic floors in the entire house, it has everything you want!!! Perfect for a bed and breakfast or any business. If you are interested contact me to: hontweekadmon@multidata.hn or andrea_gutierrez@hotmail. com. Phone(504) 232-2300.

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For Sale

242 manzanas of land 45 minutes from Trujillo. Plenty of water, flat and hilly land all fenced in. Documents in order…. Call: 001(504) 434-4505

SERVICES Central America SPANISH SCHOOL A SCHOOL WITH UNIQUE TEACHING TECHNIQUES! OUR PROGRAMS: * Intensive Spanish Language program in: * La Ceiba * Utila Bay Island * Roatan Bay Island * Eco-Spanish, Biological and Scientific Program * In Cayos Cochinos marine protected area. * Ecological Intensive Spanish Language Program * In the National Park Pico Bonito. * Mayan and Beach Intensive Language Program * Available in La Ceiba, Utila and Copan Ruinas. * Transfer Credits available from US Universities. Call: 440-1707 E-mail: info@ca-spanish.com www.ca-spanish.com

Alcoholics Anonymous Roatan For meeting schedules and times, call 445-1334, 9967-0934, 9991-3215.

EXTRAORDINARY

Land acquisition opportunity on the leeward side of the highly desirable eastern end of Roatan. ±70 acres of exceptional white sand beach and rolling hills with protected harbour. ±400 meters of waterfront. Idea for mixeduse resort, marina, condo-hotel and residential development. Principals only. For more information please contact: Daniel “DOC” O´Connor doconnor@pluribushn.com U.S. Toll Free 1.888.417.2660 In Honduras 504.236.9200 office 504.9946.5220 cell

Searching for the best profiles? Searching for the best job? Don´t search for more, just visit: SM COMPANY, Honduras and Latin America, www.smcompany.net, www.honduempleos.com, info@honduempleos.com We guarantee the best. Ph. (504)221-0874, 553-3386

Bellas Properties

• Lake Yojoa, 100 acres, canal with access to the Lake, plane. Price$8,000 per acre. • Property near the Lake and Peñas Blancas, 123 acres to grow coffee, cacao and others. Price: $1,600 per acre. • I front of Lake Yojoa, spectacular view, 940 mts2. Price $250,000/350 mts. $8,000. • TELA 175 acres , with 6500 feet of Caribbean beach front. Price: $17,000 per acre. • ZAMBRANO, terrains from 1,500 mts2, natural environment, private, stoned, water, electricity, 30 minutes from the city. $7.00 per mt2. • CHOLOMA near San Pedro Sula and Puerto Cortes, beautiful property, water, perfect for Agro projects. 350 acres. Price $8,500 per acre. GUANAJA, 190 acres, beach front. More information and photos Phone: (504) 9990-7183 E-mail: honduhome@gmail.com

OTHERS SALES PERSON WANTED

Professional salesperson wanted to represent new English radio station heard across The Bay Islands and Northern Honduras. Must have sales background and contacts with advertising agencies. Generous commissions. Your own schedule. Able to speak English a plus. Go to roatanbruce.com, call 9903-7228 or email roatanbruce@yahoo.com for more information

HELP WANTED:

CONCIERGE/SALES AGENT for new home development at Pico Bonito Lodge, La Ceiba, Honduras. Must speak excellent English and have proven sales experience. Salary + commission. Please send resume to info@wildernessclubs.com and reference Honduras Week Job AD please.

American man learning to speak Spanish is seeking Spanish*speaking Hondureñas to correspond with by mail. I’m 45; I’m an artist, musician and lover of mountains and trees. Please send me a letter and I will write back soon. Jeff Hacking W.S.R. No. 9971742, P.O.Box 777, Monroe, WA 98272 USA ________________________ Hombre Americano aprendiendo a hablar español, en busca de Hondureñas para intercambiar correspondencia. Tengo 45 años de edad, soy un artista, músico y me encantan as montañas y árboles. Por favor envíame una carta y les escribiré rápidamente. Mi dirección es: Jeff Hacking W.S.R. No. 9971742, P.O.Box 777, Monroe WA, 98272 USA.

In Search of Bilingual Teachers

Teachers needed for Math, Science and English courses, for elementary and high school. School is located in a small town, 3 hours from Tegucigalpa, Good Salary. Teachers interested please contact us to: hqschooljob@yahoo.com or call: (504) 9883-1932. Feed The Children, Inc., an international Christian relief & development organization is seeking a Country Director for our operation in Honduras. This position is responsible for professional leadership of country programs & developing & implementing a national strategy based on the needs of children in Honduras. He/She will actively identify new programming opportunities & establish & maintain contact with donor agencies in Honduras & abroad. This person will also be responsible for development of annual operating budgets, facilitating audits & following up on audit comments & recommendations, supervising the financial controller, ensuring adequate checks & balances are established & maintained, & overseeing management of grants. In addition, responsibilities will include all human resource management including establishment of system for regular staff evaluations, job descriptions, & performance standards, as well as compliance with local staff policies & local labor laws. Requirements: University degree (masters preferred) in International Relations, International Management or relevant field; fluent in Spanish & English; minimum of 8 years of overseas experience, ideally in Latin America, preferably in the areas of work with street children, food distribution , feeding centers, construction, HIV/Aids & relief & development; Minimum 5 years overseas program management experience; Experience in working with & coordinating UN, EU, US international & national NGOs, & governmental agencies; strong organizational, interpersonal & communication skills; Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player; must have the ability & interest to identify & work with a multi-ethnic team; strong computer skills including competent in the use of Windows XP, MS programs (Word, Excel), e-mail programs, etc. Send resume, salary history & salary requirement to diane. moss@feedthechildren.org.


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