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La Voz de las Islas de la Bahía

JULY 2013

THE REGION’S BIKERS MOTO-FEST DESCEND ON ROATAN 2013 PAGES 14-15

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR FRIENDS? PAGE 12

WITHER ZOLITUR? PAGE 11

A FEW GOOD TEACHERS PAGE 10

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We received many Facebook comments in response to the May issue. In response to our article about Port of Roatan Ž¡™ŽŒ’—ȱ more cruise ships in 2014:

How about the cruise ship companies, along with the "10 or so" original island business families put some money back into the island? Quite disgusted by the pollution, inadequate sewer, water and excessive damage to reefs and mangroves. The rich get richer and the islands biodiversity gets sicker! This is an epic problem which is not improving. What was once a prŽĴ¢ȱ •’Ĵ•Žȱ tropical island has turned into a nightmare. I have been coming to Roatan for 42 years, I lived on the island when it was remote and not governed by greed. Shame on you to the people that should be protecting Roatan, right down to the mayor and island representatives serving the Honduran president! Lauri Cutinella (Ebel) Minnesota for my dad, the late Gordy Ebel of Brick Bay

In response to our Island Ž œȱarticle on the Esly žÛŽ£ȱmurder case: Esly was a friend of mine. When I had my store in the mercado we got to know each other. A nice young man, always friendly. I was so saddened to hear when this happened in 2009. After this shooting life on Roatan changed dramatically. Justice unfortunately is about how much money and power you have on Roatan, very sad! Sue-Ann Solomon Sandy Bay

Marco Ramiro Lobo, president of the commission that is reviewing all Honduran tax exemptions, fielded questions at a June 13 forum at Plaza Mar, Roatan, on the status of the ZOLITUR Bay Islands free zone. See related article on page 11.

In response to our Social photo on the May 22 •’˜—ęœ‘ȱŒ˜˜”Ȭ˜ěȱin West Bay: You guys should be very proud of what you have accomplished in a short period of time!! I have dove the Bahamas's for a few years now, and the •’˜—ęœ‘ȱhave taken over big time! Gary Thomas Smith New Jersey

In response to our cover story about Raydene ‹‹˜ĴȬ’¡˜—Ȃs volunteer neighborhood ‹ŽŠž’ęŒŠ’˜—ȱŽě˜›œDZ So proud of her..she is an amazing woman and aunt. Kelissa Raymond French Harbour

Every village, town, city, department, county, state and country has murders. Americans are no bigger targets than us islanders. Living in fear does nothing but control you. My island may have its ups and downs, but there are good people there who do work hard to help you, and like everywhere else there's those who do tamper with things. If more Hondurans would return home to put their practices to good use then just maybe we wouldn't have to ask for help. I love my island. Prana J. Sabat Virginia

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Cover Photo: Motorcycle enthusiasts admire the machinery on display at the Petrosun in Coxen Hole during a beverage break in the Moto-Fest 2013 rally June 15.

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DEATH BY 1,000 CUTS ‘REVIEW’ OF ZOLITUR

While the Presidential Commission Deliberates, Island Firms Go Under

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products that international travelers ‹ž¢ȹat Â?žÂ?¢ȏÂ?›ŽŽȹports. Can suppose I have to hand it to Marco Ramiro Lobo, presi¢ou imagine an airport Â?žÂ?¢ȏÂ?›ŽŽȹ shop without those items? dent of the commission that is reviewing all Honduran What would be left to ‹ž¢ǾȹHandbags and watches? ÂŠÂ˘Â‹ÂŠÂ—ÂœÇľ Â?Š¥ȹŽ¥Ž–™Â?Â’Â˜Â—ÂœÇ°ČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂœÂ’Ä´Â’Â—Â?ČąÂ™Â•ÂŠÂŒÂ’Â?•¢ȹŠ—Â?ȹ™ŠÂ?’Ž—Â?•¢ȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ? o There was more bad news when the commission’s legislative hours at Plaza Mar June 13 while a parade of anxious local busiproposal was posted on the ZOLITUR website June 14. Ž—ŽęÂ?Âœ ness people - from taxi drivers to RECO to the patronatos - relatwould be avŠ’•Š‹•ŽȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ˜Â—Â•Â˘ČąÄ™Â&#x;ÂŽČąÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂœÇŻČą‘Ž¢ȹ ould be renewable ed sob stories about the loss of ZOLITUR ‹Ž—ŽęÂ?ÂœČą for the Ba¢ Â?Â˜Â›ČąÂŠČąÂœÂŽÂŒÂ˜Â—Â?ȹęÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂœČąÂ˜Â—Â•Â˘ČąÂ’Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Â–Â’ÂœÂœÂ’Â˜Â—ČąÂ?ÂŽÂŽÂ–ÂœČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?ČąÂŠČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Islands. I would not have traded seats with him. ™Š—¢Ȃs Â?žÂ?¢ȏÂ?›ŽŽȹstatus was favorable to When the whine festival was over, the economic and social development of Lobo defended the commission’s misthe Š¢ȹIslands. sion, which he said was to make the Who makes an invÂŽÂœÂ?–Ž—Â?Ç°ČąÂŽÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘ national tax ÂœÂ˘ÂœÂ?Ž– more rational and in a Œ˜ž—Â?›¢ȹ considered ČƒÂ›Â’ÂœÂ”Â˘,â€? with a fair and reduce the Œ˜ž—Â?›¢Ȃs inequities. Ä™Â&#x;Žȏ¢ear time horizon? If the objective of Then he got an ovation from the up-toZOLITUR was to ŠĴ›ŠŒÂ?Čą investment to then hostile crowd when he said the the islands, that provision renders it commission would recommend to the ŽěŽŒÂ?Â’Â&#x;Ž•¢ȹuseless. National Congress that ZOLITUR be The other President Lobo, the one maintained. who runs the Œ˜ž—Â?ݢ, signaled his ŠĴ’It reminded me of when the plane tude toward ZOLITUR June 6 when he ran Â˜Ä›Čą the runwŠ¢ȹ in Tegucigalpa Ä™Â&#x;e said the program needed to be cut back ¢Žars ago. People I knew who were on œ’Â?—’ęŒŠ—Â?•¢ȹbecause it was a “drainâ€? on that ̒Â?‘Â?Čątold me that, as is the custom the Â?Â›ÂŽÂŠÂœÂžÂ›Â˘Čą and ‹Ž—ŽęÂ?ÂœČą were going to here, the passengers applauded as the people who had nothing to do with prowheels touched down on the runwŠ¢ moting tourism. (too far down, as it turns out). Then the Perhaps this was inevitable after applause turned to screams as the plane Congress amended the ZOLITUR law in œ”’Â?Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ˜Ä›ČąÂ?‘ŽȹŽ—Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?ÂŠÂ›Â–ÂŠÂŒÇ°ČąÂ”Â’Â•Â•Â’Â—Â? 2011 so that licensees would be exemptfour and injuring –Š—¢ȹ more. Moral: ed not Â˜Â—Â•Â˘Čą from ™Š¢’—Â?Čą taxes themHold ¢our applause until the ꗊ•ȹact. selves but also from collecting sales tax No sooner was Lobo through taking from their customers. As we reported his bows than he dropped the other shoe: last November, that turned the whole but the list of tax-exempt products will Ä™ÂœÂŒÂŠÂ•Čąrationale for the law on its head, and from then on, ZOLIbe reviewed, and Â˜Â—Â•Â˘Čąthose items that island businesses ČƒÂ›ÂŽÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘ TUR was seen in Tegucigalpa Â˜Â—Â•Â˘Čąas a Ä™ÂœÂŒÂŠÂ•Čąhemorrhage. needâ€? will remain Â?žÂ?¢ȹfree. The devil is in the details, as Â?‘Ž¢ Be that as it ma¢ǰ the damage that has Š•›ŽŠÂ?¢ȹbeen done ‹¢ sa¢ǯ this extensive “reviewâ€? –Š¢ȹbe irreversible. I recalled another experience from another previous life, As we said here in Ž‹›žŠ›¢, it is ™Ž›Â?ÂŽÂŒÂ?•¢ȹlegitimate for when I used to follow trade Â™Â˜Â•Â’ÂŒÂ˘Čą in Singapore in the Š—¢ȹgovernment to ™Ž›’˜Â?Â’ÂŒÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘Čąreview its tax code to ŽŠ›•¢ȹ 1990s. The Association of Southeast Asian assure it is not being abused and that ‹Ž—ŽęÂ?ÂœČą and Nations (ASEAN) had been working toward a freeexemptions that have been granted ‹¢ȹ past trade scheme for decades. ‘Ž¢ȹagreed in principle that trade among themselvÂŽÂœČąÂœÂ‘Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?ȹ‹ŽȹÂ?žÂ?¢ȏÂ?›ŽŽǯ Island businesses Congresses are still “žœÂ?’ęŽÂ?ÇŻČąBut  ‘¢ȹwas it necÂŽÂœÂœÂŠÂ›Â˘Čą to suspend the ‹Ž—ŽęÂ?ÂœČą while the review But certain “sensitiveâ€? products should be excluded. Of course, almost evŽ›¢Â?‘’—Â?Čą of rele- are being treated as was underwŠ¢Ǿȹ In ŽěŽŒÂ?Ç°Čą all businesses on the islands were being treated as Â?ž’•Â?¢ȹuntil proven vance is “sensitiveâ€? to œ˜–Ž‹˜Â?¢. So when each guilty until proven innocent. And after all is said and done, what Œ˜ž—Â?›¢ȹwas through œž‹–’Ĵ’—Â?Čą its list of excepgood does it do for a Â‹ÂŽÂ—ÂŽÄ™ÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ›Â˘Čą to conclude that tions, the joke was the member nations, all located innocent. Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ˘ČąÂ–ÂŠÂ˘ČąÂœÂ?’••ȹšžŠ•’Â?¢ȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ?Š¥ȹ‹Ž—ŽęÂ?ÂœČąÂ’Â?Ç°ČąÂŠÂœČąÂŠČąÂ›ÂŽÂœÂžÂ•Â?ČąÂ˜Â? ’—ȹÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?Â›Â˜Â™Â’ÂŒÂœÇ°ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ČąÂ‹Â˜Â•Â?Â•Â˘ČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Â–Â’Ä´ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ›ÂŽÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÂŠÂ•ČąÂ?›ŽŽ those ‹Ž—ŽęÂ?ÂœČą being suspended for six months, Â?‘Ž¢ trade in snow plows. are no longer in business? Will that be how ZOLITUR ends up? The people of One speaker at the June 13 forum said he had Š•›ŽŠÂ?¢ȹlaid Roatan, Utila and Guanaja will be exempt from import duties on Â˜Ä›ČąĹ™Ĺ–ČąÂ™ÂŽÂ˜Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂœÂ’Â—ÂŒÂŽČą ÂŠÂ—ÂžÂŠÂ›Â˘ČąÂ‹ÂŽÂŒÂŠÂžÂœÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ•Â˜ÂœÂœČąÂ˜Â?Čą  ‹Ž—ŽęÂ?ÂœÇŻ snow shovels? Robert Armstrong, That would be a ridiculous extreme, A ZOLITUR consultant tells us at least one client has closed its Publisher ˜‹Â&#x;Â’Â˜ÂžÂœÂ•Â˘. But an informed source doors since Januar¢ǰ and two more wÂŽÂ›ÂŽČąÂŽÂĄÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂœÂ˜ČąÂ‹Â˘ČąÂ?‘Ž end of June, for the same reason. When will this end? tells us the comission is of a mind not Fiscal crisis or no Ä™ÂœÂŒÂŠÂ•Čą crisis, this is no wa¢ȹ to run a govto continue Â?žÂ?¢ȏÂ?›ŽŽȹtreatment for jewŽ•›¢, perfume, alcohol and ernment. tobacco (see page 11). Those just happen to be the principal


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CARIBBEAN CINDERELLA IS ROCKING!

here is Â?Žę—’Â?Ž•¢ȹ no shortage of activities on the Rock this summer. Take your pick and party on. Cinderella is swinging! The Barefoot Band from Grand Cayman and a few other bands, with Andy Martin, Bobby Rieman and Tunu, played June 15-16 at Neptune's in Coral Beach Village, which is a huge new land development with a badly needed marina (see page 10). Neptune's, a barrestaurant, opened in March and is a new hotspot on the island to get a nice meal or a drink in between dives or get away from town. Many dive boats stop by on their way home or do a second dive ˜ě ’Ĵ•ŽȹBight. More than 350 people ŠĴŽ—Â?ÂŽÂ?Čą the concert, which consisted mostly of calypso and country tunes, very popular among the locals. The Barefoot Man and his band kept the crews moving. There was a nice mix of older and younger islanders, as well as expats. The weather god didn't quite play with the program - it was mostly overcast. But the odd drizzle didn't dampen the party spirits, and thanks to the great Žě˜›Â?Čą of the Coral Beach Village ÂœÂ?Šěǰȹ the sand ÄšÂ’ÂŽÂœČąand mosquitoes that used to be murderous, especially in this kind of weather, were next to non-existent. Even without sun, the party was a great success. The police seemed rather happy. There were no incidents of the negative kind. Â‘ÂŽČąÂœÂ‘ÂžÄ´Â•ÂŽČąÂ‹Â˜ÂŠÂ?ČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?’•Šȹ˜Â?Â?ŽȹŠ—Â?ȹ™›’Â&#x;ate vessels made sure everybody - sober or not so sober - made it safely back to Utila Town. There are more ŠĴ›ŠŒÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÂœČą at Neptune's to look forward to in the future. Coral Beach Village has it all. I was impressed. At press time, Utila was preparing to hold its second annual Dive Festival June 22-28. A wide selection of activities was planned, both in and out of the water, to entertain and thrill visitors. Utila, an international dive Mecca and the safest place in Honduras, now sports 15 dive operations, catering to anyone from open water to tech diving. Those who love diving enough can go on to become divemasters or even instructors. We have a number of course directors who can help you to get there, and locals get special deals. The dive festival was to begin with an opening ceremony on Bando Beach, with live music. ’쎛Ž—Â? dive shops had Â?’쎛Ž—Â? activities planned to be spread throughout the week, including deep-diving experience, drift diving, night dives, search, reef naturalist and Ä™ÂœÂ‘Čą Â’Â?Ž—Â?’ęŒŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÇŻČą The closing ceremony was set to take

place on Bando Beach the evening of June 28. Utila will also hold a Fish Rodeo July 4-6, followed by the annual Utila Carnival July 16-21 and the SunJam music festival, Utila’s world famous all-night beach party, on Water Cay August 3.


ALFONSO EBANKS

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alebanks@yahoo.com

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OUR ISLANDS

RIGHT OF PASSAGE MONROE BE DAMNED

lmost 200 years ago US President James Monroe warned the nations of Europe that further Žě˜›œȱ to colonize or interfere with the newly independent nations of the The US and Americas would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring US interEuropean powers competed vention. This policy would become known as the Monroe Doctrine. for rights to build Monroe also said the US would not interfere with existing European a trans-oceanic colonies in the hemisphere, nor would it meddle in the internal canal across ŠěŠ’›œȱof European countries. Nicaragua in the At the time, the US had neither a credible army nor a strong 19th century. navy. So the doctrine was largely disregarded internationally. Now it looks like However, the US did have the backing of the British Navy, which China will build it then “ruled the waves,” in keeping other European powers from in the 21st. encroaching on the Americas and keeping the markets of the newly independent nations there open to British commerce. This uneasy alliance between the US and Britain was formalized in the 1850 Clayton-Bulwer Treaty. The treaty was negotiated in response to proposals to build a canal across Central America This deal looks set to have profound geopolitical ›Š–’ęŒŠ’˜—œǯ Nicaragua was thought to be the most likely route - that would conIt will reinforce Beijing’s growing ’—ĚžŽ—ŒŽȱ on global trade and nect the PŠŒ’ęŒȱ and Atlantic oceans. This would obviously have a weaken US dominance over the key shipping route between the major impact on the two maritime and commercial powers. In the PŠŒ’ęŒȱand Atlantic oceans. treaty, the two sides agreed neither would seek to monopolize such During a 1998 hearing of the US Senate Foreign Relations a canal. In the following years the US cited this treaty to pressure ˜––’ĴŽŽǰȱ many questions were asked about the 1977 CarterBritain to abandon its possessions and protectorates surrounding the Torrijos Treaties, which returned control of the Panama Canal to approaches to the proposed canal, including the Bay Islands. Panama in 1999. (The US and built the canal, and controled and Now, more than 160 years after that infamous treaty, the operated it until 1999, pursuant to a 1903 treaty with Panama, idea of a canal across Nicaragua is once again very much concluded immediately after Panama separated from alive. The US had ‹ŽĴŽ›ȱ wake up to the fact that there Colombia with US assistance.) “There’s a new are other players in the arena now, and the new player In the hearing, Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina in not known to deal a fair hand. raised what he said was “the important question” of player in the arena whether, Within 15 years, the Chinese will be calling the as a result of returning the canal to shots on the Nicaragua Canal. Such a canal is no now, and it’s not Panamanian control, the US had allowed longer just a proposal. According to the Nicaraguan “Communist China” to “gain a foothold in the known to deal a Panama Canal through one of its front companies.” In press, it is a done deal. A China-based consortium has been awarded a 100-year concession to build an alternafact, Hutchison Whampoa, based in Hong Kong (which is fair hand.” tive to the Panama Canal, and construction will soon an autonomous part of the People’s Republic of China, begin. The president of Nicaragua’s National Assembly, although it is not “communist”), currently operates the Rene Nuñez, announced the $40 billion project June 6, ironically Panama Canal’s container-shipping ports under a 25-year lease the anniversary of the US-British invasion of Normandy. awarded in 1999. The Nicaragua Canal will able to handle ships twice as large as The good Senator is gone now, and the question is now irrelethe Panama Canal, even after the •ŠĴŽ›ȱis widened at a cost of US$5.2 vant, because in a few years China will have its own canal, and the billion, according to press reports. US will have to pay China for the right of passage.


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SPEAKING OUT

SUMMER IS FOR LEARNING DON’T LET MINDS GO IDLE

t’s summer time. For students ŠĴŽ—’—ȱprivate schools on the Bay Islands that follow the US system, that means vacation. But one thing they should never take a vacation from is learning. Here are ęŸe suggestions for turning an ordinary summer into an extraordinary learning experience. Keep reading at the top of your priority list. Substantial research shows children who read during the summer maintain and strengthen their literacy skills. Those who don’t fall behind. Reading aloud to children appears to be the single most ’—ĚžŽ—’Š•ȱactivity for building knowledge and the skills needed for reading success. Creating activities around reading is easy. Small groups of students can form a reading circle to meet to talk about stories, with each student having a œ™ŽŒ’ęŒȱ role. For new or young readers, an adult will read to/lead the group. This is a great activity that allows children to make new friends and reinforce positive behavior as well as build reading skills. Books can be found throughout the Island, including Sand Castle Library in Sandy Bay, your school library and Sand Castle Library and its book mobile are potential sources of books the French Harbour Library. to keep children on Roatan reading during the summer. Another way to keep students occupied this summer is to create One thing the Bay Islands have plenty of is sand. Despite the a pretend passport. This can be a fun activity that can help a child œŠ—Ě’Žœȱthat lurk in it, sand can be incredible fun, •ŽĴ’— the artist improve communication skills while learning about geography, hisinside every kid emerge, without the mess of paint or markers. Make tory and other cultures and places. The Bay Islands have an amazcolored sand with salt and powdered drink mix or food coloring, ingly rich culture and delightful places that typically only tourists using old mayonnaise ‹˜Ĵ•Žœȱ or ice cream containers as mixing visit. Be a tourist on your Island. Encourage students to take their bowls. Mix the coloring agents with the sand, add some salt passports everywhere and ask for a stamp or a signature Š—ȱŠȱ•’Ĵ•Žȱ ater (not too much; you don’t want it to look whenever they visit a new location, whether a store, a rellike a drink with sand in it) and let it dry in the sun or ative’s house or a tourist ŠĴ›ŠŒ’˜—ǯȱ By the end of the Students in an oven. The ̊ĴŽ›ȱ the surface you use to dry the summer, the passports should be ꕕŽǰȱand students should never take sand the ‹ŽĴŽ›. Then use the colored sand to make should have an array of stories they can share. sand paintings. According to Nickelodeon Parent magFor another extraordinary experience, consider a vacation from azine, “Even children with no inherent artistic talent creating a themed scavenger hunt that incorporates can use art as a means to increase their intellectual all three learning styles: auditory, visual and kineslearning. capacity to observe and express.” Have students crethetic/tactile. Themes can include anything from ate 2-D drawings, then add colored sand to decorate. pirates, nature, the elements or whatever. This can help Create a contest. Take photos, ask students to tell stories build Œ˜—ꍮ—ŒŽȱ and allow students to learn from each about their work and give lots of positive feedback. other and develop their searching skills, among other beneBeing a kid should be fun. So should learning. Whatever ꝜǯȱMake a list of 15-25 things that can be found in the immediactivities you organize for your students, make sure there are incenate area, for example: something round, something sticky, ’쎛Ž— tives that reinforce positive behaviors. Rewarding children with a ”’—œȱ˜ȱœŽŽœǰȱ•’ĴŽ›, something you think is beautiful or something favorite food or activity is extremely ŽěŽŒ’Ÿe. Please share your that makes noise. The hunt could be timed, or it could be played over ideas that work, and we look forward to hearing about your extraora number of days. It can be done in teams or as individuals. The posdinary summer. (Catherine Flowers is ꕕ’—ȱin for GeorŽ Crimmin) sibilities are limitless, and everyone can be a winner.

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LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD TEACHERS FIFTY ISLANDERS TO BE TRAINED AS BILINGUAL INTERCULTURAL INSTRUCTORS

˜›Â?¢ȏęÂ&#x;e young island women went through a  ›’ĴŽ—ȹ and oral assessment at the Bill and Arlene Addison School (Escuela Modelo) in Sandy Bay, Roatan, June 17 to be selected to be trained as bilingual intercultural teachers in Honduran public schools. Those who made the grade will spend their Saturdays for the next three years in a training course at Juan Brooks School in Coxen Hole organized by the ŠÂ?Â’Â&#x;e Bay Islanders Professional and Labourers Association (NABIPLA) and funded by the Ministry of Education. This will be the fourth cohort of teachers trained under the program, said Sheila Henry, president of NABIPLA. She expected about 50 aspiring teachers to be selected for the course and said there was a “great possibilityâ€? that some would be sent to teach on the mainland, since the Ministry of Education has Â’Â?Ž—Â?’ęŽÂ?Čąthe Bay Islands as a department that could export English teachers throughout Honduras. The testing and ’—Â?Ž›Â&#x;Â’ÂŽÂ ÂœČą were intended to Â&#x;erify that the applicants were —ŠÂ?Â’Â&#x;e English speakers with knowledge of Bay Islands culture. “They’re not created to

Sheryl Norman (in glasses) and Natelee Forbes (standing) interview Sarahi Romero of Colonia SantamarĂ­a for a spot in a three-year training course for bilingual/intercultural teachers that will get underway in July.

fail anyone,â€? said Henry, “just to test them.â€? She expected about 90 percent of applicants to pass. Henry said most of the graduates from the ™›ŽÂ&#x;Â’Â˜ÂžÂœČą courses were now EIB (EducaciĂłn Intercultural BilingĂźe) instructors in Roatan public schools, ꕕ’—Â?Čą positions funded by the municipal Â?˜Â&#x;ernment. She had hoped to ŠĴ›ŠŒÂ?Čą some younger, more mobile trainees into this fourth class so that they could more easily transfer to other parts of the country. But although there

UTILA SHAKERS GET LEAD OUT FROM OUR UTILA CORRESPONDENT The –˜Â&#x;ers and shakers of Utila are making a big Žě˜›Â?Čą to make a Â?’쎛Ž—ŒŽ this summer. Coral Beach Village Corp. is building a new land Â?ÂŽÂ&#x;elopment with some impressiÂ&#x;ÂŽ landscaping and a badly needed marina. A 60-foot wide canal, fringed on both sides with coral stone, leads after a 10minute ride to the marina, where work is still in progress. Coral Beach Village is adjacent to ’Ĵ•ŽȹBight, a ™›ŽĴ¢ȹsandy Œ˜Â&#x;e with the reef right in front and a 50-60 foot Â?Â›Â˜Â™ČŹÂ˜Ä›Čąthat is excellent for beach Â?Â’Â&#x;’—Â?ǡ Vail Resorts Inc., a billion-dollar corporation, sponsored Tim Lipman to work with the Bay Islands ˜—œŽ›Â&#x;ation Association on a badly needed beach

Volunteers stack bags of trash collected on Utila during a 2012 Bay Islands-wide cleanup. (file photo)

clean-up in June. ˜›Â?¢ȏęÂ&#x;ÂŽČą Â&#x;˜•ž—Â?ŽŽ›œǰ mostly tourists and expats, collected 85 large trash bags of garbage. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, Č‚Â&#x;e been told, and with all the churches and religions we ‘ŠÂ&#x;e on this island there should be a race to keep Utila cleanǡȹAs an ŠÂ&#x;Â’Â?Čą beachcomber, I can Â&#x;ouch for the necessity of regular beach and other cleanups. The Mayor is doing an excellent job keeping Utila clean with daily garbage pickup and cleaning of streets. The beaches also need regular clean-up so Â&#x;’œ’Â?˜›œ will ‘ŠÂ&#x;e a clean place to go other than Chepas. There are also plans to build hiking trails and help people in general. It's about Â?’–Žǡ

were some young applicants, Henry said the course was continuing to ŠĴ›ŠŒÂ?Čą a “mature group.â€? The EIB curriculum goes beyond English language and island culture to include Ž—Â&#x;’›˜—–Ž—Â?Š•ȹ and social issues that are key to the quality of life on the islands. Trainees will Â?ÂŽÂ&#x;ote œŽÂ&#x;eral weeks ˜Â&#x;er the next three years to social work on the islands, Henry said. The training course is set to begin in July.

ROATAN SCHOOLS SEEK VOLUNTEERS TO READ TO KIDS The General Directorate of Intercultural Multilingual Education (DGEIM) is seeking Â&#x;olunteers to read stories in English to children in Roatan public schools Tuesday mornings and afternoons beginning July 9 and running through the end of August. Volunteers may choose the time slots and locations where they would like to read, and ÂœÂ?Šěȹ will help with planning and story selection. Story times last 25-35 minutes and take place between 8 and 11 a.m. or between 1 and 3 p.m. Guest Readers will be recognized in an article at the end of the program, and photographs will be displayed in school hallways and possibly in the local media or a web publication. Props or costumes related to the chosen story are encouraged, and ÂœÂ?Šěȹ can Â˜Ä›ÂŽÂ›Čą suggestions to "spice up" presentations. To inquire or schedule a reading time, contact Eula Bailey at 9957-9041 or Natalee Forbes at 9844-1227.


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ALAS POOR ZOLITUR, WE KNEW IT

IMPORTERS FEELING PINCH FROM NEVER-ENDING FREE-ZONE IMBROGLIO ZOLITUR, the free zone (Zona Libre Turística) for the Bay Islands, was created in 2007 to encourage investment, expand commerce, generate revenue for local purposes and allow greater autonomy for the Bay Islands.

Butch Wade of the Bulk Gourmet in French Harbour ordered a large shipment of wine and liquor that was on its way to Roatan in January when the Honduran Congress decided to suspend duty-free imports to the Bay Islands, together with all other Honduran tax exemptions, supposedly for 60 days. As of June he was still waiting to receive his goods. “We have a law that says we’re duty free,” said Wade, “but they’re not applying the law.” Wade is one of many importers whose businesses have been crippled by the legal, political and bureaucratic problems surrounding the preferential tax scheme for the Bay Islands known as ZOLITUR. When it was enacted in 2007, the Zona Libre Turística was supposed to exempt island businesses from most Honduran taxes to ŠĴ›ŠŒȱ investment and encourage tourism development. Congress voted to temporarily suspend those ‹Ž—Žęœȱ in January to help extract itself from a ꜌Š• hole. A Presidential Commission was created to evaluate all tax exemptions to assure that all ‹Ž—ŽęŒ’Š›’Žœȱwere duly šžŠ•’ꮍǯ Carlos Flores, secretary general of ZOLITUR, said the issue had already been “solved” and the suspension “really ended in March.” Ž—ŽęŒ’Š›’Žœȱ simply need to obtain a dictamen from ZOLITUR and from the Presidential Commission stating they qualify for the ‹Ž—Žęœǰȱhe said, then get a resolution from the Ministry of Finance. He said the whole process should take only two to three weeks and the majority of those who had applied had already ˜ĴŽ— their resolutions. Alejandro Tugliani, a Roatan lawyer specializing in ZOLITUR, called Flores’s assessment “naive and irresponsible.” ȃ ȱ˜—ȇȱœŽŽȱ‘Šȱ‘’—œȱŠ›ŽȱŽĴ’—ȱ‹Žter," he said. “Quite the opposite.” Tugliani acknowledged some “big developments,” like the cruise ship port, got resolutions in early June. But he said

they had applied for them six months earlier. And he said the situation was very different for smaller businesses, especially those that import jewelry, liquor, perfume and tobacco. “The Presidential Commission has determined that those sectors are not wor‘¢ȱ˜ȱŠ¡ȱ‹Ž—ŽęœǰȄȱugliani said. “They’re killing the whole cruise ship industry. People are hurting.” Indeed, Sara Castro Hunt, an accountant and ZOLITUR consultant based in Roatan’s Gibson Bight whose clients are mostly small and medium-sized, said she had a client that sold jewelry in the cruise ship port that had been unable to get some merchandise out of customs since last October, when ZOLITUR stopped issuing dispensas, which certify duty-free status, because its agreement with the Honduran tax authority (DEI) allowing it to issue the documents on Roatan expired. No sooner was that issue resolved, she said, than Congress suspended ZOLITUR altogether. Castro said there was a brief window in March, after the 60 days stipulated in the decree suspending ZOLITUR lapsed, that her clients got what they needed to resume importing duty-free. But then just before Holy Week ZOLITUR began demanding that each former ‹Ž—ŽęŒ’Š›¢ȱ individually

Sara Castro Hunt, an accountant and ZOLITUR consultant based in Gibson Bight, Roatan, said at least three of her clients had been forced out of business in the past six months by inability to secure the ZOLITUR benefits for which they had previously qualified.

apply to revŠ•’ŠŽȱ’œȱšžŠ•’ęŒŠ’˜—œȱ˜›ȱ‘Ž ‹Ž—Žęœǯ “They said, ‘Oh, no, wait. Now we have to analyze each company, and I need these and these and these and these documents from you,’” said Castro. As of June 10, she said, not one of her clients had made it through that ›ŽŒŽ›’ęŒŠ’˜— process. “They’re still analyzing each ꕎȱto see if they are going to keep their (ZOLITUR) license or if they’re going to take it away.” Castro said one of her clients, which had already been having problems with ZOLITUR before the January suspension, opted to close its doors after Congress suspended the program. She said two others expected to go out of business by the end of June. Many others had merchandise stuck in customs. Some, she said, were simply paying the duties and hoping to get credit back for those payments once the problems with ZOLITUR are resolved. But for large shipments, that’s not so easy. “I’ve got $40,000 worth of liquor on which they want $30,000 in duties,” said Wade of Bulk Gourmet. “We can’t Šě˜›ȱto pay the duty.” Wade said his business supplied wine and spirits to many Roatan hotels, resorts and restaurants, which consequently ꗍ themselves in a bind as well. Quentin McKay, co-owner of the Java Vine café and wine bar in West Bay, said he was having to “scrounge” for ‹˜Ĵ•Žœȱ from other sources since it became harder to get them from Bulk Gourmet. Some West End bars also report problems stocking their shelves. “I’ve got wine that’s been œ’Ĵ’—ȱ in customs four months,” Wade said June 6. “I don’t know whether they’re going to be any good. This has just gone on too long.” Honduran President P˜›ę›’˜ȱ (Pepe) Lobo was quoted in the national press June 6 saying ZOLITUR should be scaled back because it was a “drain” on the treasury.


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KNOW W HO YOUR ‘FRIENDS’ ARE

EX COP SAYS INTERNET PREDATORS TARGETING BAY ISLANDS GIRLS BY

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ROBERT ARMSTRONG

ISLANDERS MAY NOT

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BRIAN BLACKWELL, A SELF-DESCRIBED “GRINGO EX-COP” WHO LIVES IN OAK RIDGE. WITH MORE THAN 15,000 ISLANDERS ON F ACEBOOK, MANY OF THEM SAYS

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THAT LURK AT THE TIPS OF THEIR FINGERS,” HE SAYS.

The information revolution has most Žę—’Ž•¢ȱ arrived on the Š¢ȱ Islands. The internet, smart phones and social media are transforming island culture, as ‘Ž¢ȱ have throughout the world. Never before have humans had so much information at their ꗐŽ›’™œȱor found it so ŽŠœ¢ȱto communicate ’—œŠ—Š—Ž˜žœ•¢ȱ with people around the corner or around the world. Social Times In, which tracks social media trends in more than 200 countries, reports there were 880,000 people accessing the internet on smart phones in Honduras as of mid-June. On the Ba¢ Islands, there were more than 15,000 Facebook users, of which 13,200 were on Roatan, 1,220 on Utila and 900 on Guanaja. Brian T. Blackwell, a former Illinois Ž™ž¢ȱ œ‘Ž›’ěȱ who now lives in Oak Ridge, worries that the rapid introduction

Sharing too much personal information on social networking sites and being too easy to “friend” can expose users not only to the risk of identity theft and fraud but also to sexual predators. If you have more than 500 “friends,” can you really say you know who they all are, or that they are who they say they are? (Note: We’re pretty sure those above are ok.) of these technologies on the Š¢ȱ Islands –Š¢ȱ have “bad consequences” if ‘Ž¢ȱ are not “approached Š™™›˜™›’ŠŽ•¢ȱ and ›Žœ™˜—œ’‹•¢.” He thinks islanders are vulnerable because of their lack of knowledge and experience with the internet. “People need to be warned of possible threats and dangers that lurk at the tips of their ꗐŽ›œǰȄȱhe said. Sophisticated internet users are well aware of the risks of ™žĴ’—ȱ too much detailed personal information online in wŠ¢œȱthat strangers can access it. Dishonest people can use our information to perpetrate ꗊ—Œ’Š•ȱ scams or to embarass us. Blackwell, however, is concerned about another potential risk - sexual predators. Blackwell said an estimated 5 million sexual predators are œž›ę—ȱ the internet. Most target girls over 12, but about a quar-

ter of their victims are ‹˜¢œǯȱ Some just want to collect œŽ¡žŠ••¢ȱ explicit images to share with other perverts. But others will go to great lengths, including crossing borders, to meet their victims in person. Meanwhile, he said, studies show Facebook is becoming the top place where kids congregate, and ˜—•¢ȱ 13 percent of parents monitor their children’s Facebook ŠŒ’Ÿ’¢. Clicks Agency reported that 45 percent of Honduras’s 1.3 million Facebook users were 13-21, and 52 percent were women. Social Times In reported 184,000 Honduran girls aged 13-18 and 240,000 women aged 18-25 were on Facebook. Blackwell became worried when he noticed –Š—¢ȱ Facebook users on Roatan accept “friend” requests without reviewing the ™›˜ę•Žœȱof the requestors. He took it upon himself to investigate.


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“Smart” phones and social networking have become ubiquitous on the Bay Islands, as in other parts of the world. These are powerful and useful tools that are revolutionizing the way humans interact and get information. But as with most new technologies, they must be used appropriately, and they carry certain risks.

With the permission of a young island woman, he examined her Facebook ™›˜ę•Ž and those of each of her “friends,” then monitored one of her conversations with a suspected predator. He was “deeply concerned” with what he found. “I am discovering many ™›˜ę•Žœȱ of men that are accumulating ‘friends’ that consist only of lone Bay Islands women and girls,” said Blackwell. “This alarms me greatly!” Some of these men had their photo albums “blocked” or “locked,” leading Blackwell to suspect they contained sexually explicit images. He suspects these men are seeking sexual liaisons with gullible young women on the islands. Blackwell said that he had done similar investigations on other Caribbean islands and that the suspected predator activity he found on Roatan was “unprecedented.” Blackwell said internet predators usually do not make their ™›˜ę•Žœȱ viewable, or if they do, they misrepresent themselves, sometimes pretending to be children or women (almost all predators are men). He said a predator will typically “groom” a victim by building trust, being charming, and using an interest indicated on the target’s ™›˜ę•Žȱ to start a conversation. He may pretend to be a supportive friend, the only one who really understands. •ŠĴŽ›¢ȱ and gifts may follow. He will usually ask the target to keep their relationship secret. “Predators will ask a lot of questions about you and your friends, building up vast amounts of information to use to reach his ultimate goal of coming to visit you,” said Blackwell. “He usually starts by ask-

ing for a phone number so his conversations can’t be traced on a computer.” Blackwell is concerned internet predators could be compiling lists of “targets” on the Bay Islands to come down and “meet,” then “hop back on a plane and Ě¢ home.” The “best case” for the target in such a liaison, he said, is that the predator will “promise you everything you want,” get “everything he wants from you” and give you “nothing in return except maybe his STDs.” The “worst case,” he said, is that “your ‘friend’ comes to Honduras, ꗍœ you, torments you, rapes you and maybe even leaves you for dead.” Such predators will typically delete their Facebook ™›˜ę•Žœȱ before coming down, he said, so they cannot be traced. Then they will create a new ™›˜ę•Žȱ and start the whole process over again. To guard against internet sexual predators, Blackwell recommends the following guidelines for using social media: DO NOT blindly accept a “friend” request without reviewing the requestor’s ™›˜ę•Žǯ DO NOT give out details about where you live. Just say “Bay Islands.” DO NOT give anyone your phone number or email address unless you know them.

DO, if you have a conversation with someone you don’t know, pay ŠĴŽ—’˜— to what they are saying. Beware of requests for detailed personal information about you or your friends. If a “red ̊Ȅȱ goes up, end the conversation, and if he keeps troubling you, “unfriend” him, report him to the site’s administrator and warn your friends about him immediately! DO beware of people with sexually suggestive screen names. DO beware of people who are “awkwardly nice,” agree with you on basically everything and seek to drive a wedge between you and your family and friends. These are common tactics of an online predator. DO say “No!” to anyone who asks to come meet you. If you say “yes,” a predator can use that as a legal defense. DO, when in doubt about the motives of an unknown “friend,” “unfriend” him. If he keeps trying to contact you, block him. DO, if you suspect a predator is trying to prey on you, tell someone you trust or an authority ꐞ›Žȱimmediately.

DO NOT supply the time and place you may be somewhere, like a party.

DO take the internet seriously! It is a valuable tool, but it can be an extremely dangerous and evil place if not used correctly and responsibly!

DO NOT lead someone on by ̒›’—ȱ if you do not personally know them.

Blackwell has crŽŠŽȱa Facebook page w’‘ȱ’—˜›–Š’˜—ȱ˜—ȱ’—Ž›—ŽȱprŽŠ˜›œDZȱ

DO “lock out” your personal information and limit it to people you personally know.

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Participants - more than three-times the number who took part last year - paid Lps. 1,000 each to register a bike, with proceeds going to the ’Ĵ•Žȹ Friends Foundation. The bikers headed out from West Bay just after noon Saturday, stopped at the Petrosun in Coxen Hole for a beverage break that lasted about an hour, then hopped back on their machines and headed east for a barbecue at Mahogany Bay. After ꕕ’—�ȹtheir bellies, they continued to tra-

verse the island, arriving in Punta Gorda for a Garifuna cultural show in the late afternoon, complete with machuca and other Garifuna treats. The evening concluded with a concert at the Mall Megaplaza in French Harbour, the parking lot of which was already packed with eagerly anticipating music fans at 5 p.m., just as the show was �ŽĴ’—� underway up the road in Punta Gorda. Police provided motorcycle escorts for the procession throughout.


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WHAT’S IN YOUR CUP? BY CARLA FLORES GOMEZ One doesn’t often associate Œ˜ěŽŽ 40 percent of its agricultural Ž¡™˜›œǰ with the Bay Islands, but the crop has according to the Honduran ˜ěŽŽ been entwined in the islands' society, Institute (IHCAFE). Honduras is the economy and politics since the middle of largest Œ˜ěŽŽȱproducer in Central America the 18th century. and the œ’¡‘ȱlargest in the world. “Not long after Great Britain relinquished its claims to the Bay Islands in favor of Honduras in 1860, the Honduran President ordered that Œ˜ěŽŽȱ‹Žȱ™•Š—Žȱ‘›˜ž‘˜žȱ‘Žȱ republic, including in the newly recovered Bay Islands, to meet the insatiable global demand for the beverage.” Today Honduras produces some of the ꗎœȱŒ˜ěŽŽȱin the world. But most of it is grown at altitudes above 900 meters. The highest peaks on the Bay Islands scarcely top 200 meters. Thus there are only about 600 Œ˜ěŽŽȱtrees today on Roatan, mostly planted by people with •’Ĵ•Žȱtechnical knowledge and poorly cared for. Even so, Roatan Œ˜ěŽŽȱtrees produce beautiful red cherries whose beans have delighted more than one Œ˜ěŽŽȱdrinker when properly roasted in the traditional artisan way. Knowledge of Œ˜ěŽŽȱculture on the islands has increased with the ’—Ěž¡ȱof migrants from the mainland, many of whom have Ž¡™Ž›’Ž—ŒŽȱgrowing, picking and processing the beans in their departments of origin. In contrast to other Œ˜ěŽŽȬ›˜ ’—ȱcountries, 90 percent of Honduran Œ˜ěŽŽȱcomes from Erlingerl1 small producers. Thus Œ˜ěŽŽȱknowledge is widespread among the population. Nonetheless, until recently it was virNationwide, Œ˜ěŽŽȱproduction protually impossible to ꗍȱa memorable cup vides a living for more than 1.2 million of Œ˜ěŽŽȱon Roatan. Honduras was growpeople and is responsible for 27 percent of ing some of the world’s best beans, but the the country’s gross domestic product and best Œ˜ěŽŽȱwas being Ž¡™˜›Žǯ

The Taste of Honduras initiative has set out to change this by by reserving and roasting gourmet Honduran Œ˜ěŽŽȱbeans for domestic consumption. This includes introducing three specialty signature gourmet blends to be marketed on the Bay Islands: Bay Islands Dark Roast, Bay Island Blonde and Bay Islands Roatan Blend. These Œ˜ěŽŽœǰȱmade from high-quality arabica beans and qualifying for the Fair Trade label, will soon be available at stores and restaurants throughout Roatan, including Mangiamo!, Vintage Pearl, Bananarama, the Roatan Marine Park’s Eco Store, Destiny International Salon, Frenchy´s 44, Lion Fish Louie´s and the Coco View gift shop. Honduran Œ˜ěŽŽȱhas recently been winning awards in major international competitions for gourmet and specialty Œ˜ěŽŽœǯȱHonduran beans have been noted for their sweet, clean, well developed body, balanced acidity, phenomenal aroma and Ž¡Ž–™•Š›¢ȱ̊Ÿors. With the introduction of these three Bay Islands blends, Roatan may be the only place in the world where consumers can easily purchase a variety of the best Honduran Ž¡™˜›Ȭ˜—•¢ȱbeans at retail. Taste of Honduras also has plans to open a Œ˜ěŽŽȱŽ¡‘’‹’ȱon Roatan, ˜ěŽ›ing Roatan residents and visitors a glimpse of authentic Œ˜ěŽŽȱlife.

Carla Fores Gomez promotes specialty and gourmet Œ˜ěŽŽœȱand other Honduran delicacies through Taste of Honduras and hondurascafe.com.


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World Oceans Day Bay Islands conservation groups commemorated World Oceans Day June 8 with a public information session at the Café Escondido in Roatan’s West End. Healthy Reefs, Coral Reef Alliance, Bay Islands Conservation Association, Utila Conservation Fund and Roatan Marine Park gave presentations on their conservation efforts and the importance of protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef, of which the Bay Islands form the leading edge. Ian Drysdale of Healthy Reefs said the Bay Islands and the Honduran north coast needed healthy oceans both for food and for the recreation on which they depend for foreign exchange. In the photo, Giacomo Palavicini, executive director of Roatan Marine Park, describes that organization’s efforts to protect the marine reserves around Roatan.

Teaching the Teachers to Teach about Water Lourdes Reyes (left), a quality-control expert, and Rosibel Macías, a project coordinator, both from the National Water Supply and Sewer Service (SANAA), compared notes May 30 during an inspection visit to a spring in Pandy Town, on Roatan’s East End. The visit was part of a “train the trainer” workshop for school teachers and community leaders organized by Roatan’s Intercultural Bilingual Education (EIB) office under a project agreement between the Honduran Ministry of Education and SANAA. The group also visited community wells in Punta Gorda. The workshop emphasized strategies for increasing public awareness about the need to protect water and watersheds.

Brigada Médica at ESBIR Patients wait to receive free medicine June 20 during a medical brigade visit to the Roatan Bilingual School (ESBIR) in Coxen Hole. Yefrin Maradiaga, a Tegucigalpa physician, organizes brigades about once a month to different parts of Honduras. This was the first visit to Roatan in two years. Roger Bueso, one of 18 medical volunteers on the trip, said they expected to see about 4,500 patients during the three-day clinic. The team included specialists in pediatrics, dentistry, gynecology, plastic surgery, internal medicine and general medicine. Galaxy ferried the doctors and supplies from La Ceiba for free, and ESBIR arranged for lodging and local transportation. Bueso said they brought enough medicine, donated by pharmacies, for 5,000 people.


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RELIGION/PHILOSOPHY

MORALITY OF IMMORAL LAWS Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one. - Henry ŠÂ&#x;Â’Â?ČąThoreau Fifty years ago this month Martin Luther King’s ŽĴŽ›ȹfrom Here, excerpted from his 1963 •ŽĴŽ›, is what Dr. King had to Birmingham Jail was published in the Atlantic Monthly, bringing say on the subject: his philosophy of non-violent civil disobedience to a mainstream audience. King had drafted the •ŽĴŽ›ȹthree months earlier after My Dear Fellow Clergymen: being arrested for leading protests against racial segregation in that Alabama city. It was in response to a group of white clergyWhile Œ˜—ę—ŽÂ?Čąhere in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your men who had criticized King’s confrontational tactics. recent statement calling my present activities "unwise Š—Â?Čąuntimely." ‌ Half a century later, King’s •ŽĴŽ›ȹremains perhaps the most I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. ‌ Injustice anywhere lucid and compelling exposition on the right and responsibility of is a threat to justice everywhere ‌ It is unfortunate that Â?Ž–˜—œÂ?›ŠÂ?’˜—œ individuals to disobey the law when the law is immoral. Its princiare taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the ples are universal and timeless. city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternaThe recent exploits of Bradley Manning, facing a court martial tive... in the US for leaking Œ•Šœœ’ęŽÂ?Čąinformation, and Edward Snowden, You are quite right in calling for negotiation. —Â?ÂŽÂŽÂ?Ç°Čąthis is the very on the lam in Hong Kong after “blowing the whistleâ€? on US purpose ofČąÂ?irect action. Nonviolent Â?’›ect action seeks to ... foster such a domestic spying, have brought the concept of civil disobedience tension that a community which has constantly rÂŽÂ?žœŽÂ?Čąto negotiate is back into the news. Both men were given access to state secrets forŒŽÂ?Čąto confront the issue. It seeks so to Â?›Š–ŠÂ?Â’ÂŁÂŽČąthe issue that it can with the understanding they could be proseno longer be ignorÂŽÂ?Çł cuted for revealing them. Both did so anyWe know through painful experience that way, for reasons of conscience. Both are frÂŽÂŽÂ?Â˜Â–Čąis never voluntarily given by the oppresheroes to some, traitors or villains to others. sor; it must be Â?Ž–Š—Â?ÂŽÂ?Čąby the opprŽœœŽÂ?ȹ‌ We The tensions between conscience and cithave  Š’Â?ÂŽÂ?Čąfor more than 340 years for our conizenship, between the secular law and divine stitutional Š—Â?Čą ˜Â?Čągiven rights ‌ There comes a or natural law, have occupied Western time when the cup of Ž—Â?ÂžÂ›ÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽČąruns over ‌ philosophers at least since the time of You express a great Â?ŽŠ•ȹof anxiety over our Socrates. Socrates was tried and convicted in willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitancient Athens for “corrupting the minds of imate concern. ‌ There are two types of laws: the youthâ€? and disrespecting the Â˜ÄœÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•Čąrelijust Š—Â?Čąunjust. ‌ One has not only a legal but a gion. When a wealthy sympathizer gave him moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham one has a moral responsibility to Â?Â’ÂœÂ˜Â‹ÂŽÂ˘Čąunjust an opportunity to escape, he refused and Jail remains as instructive today as when it was laws. ‌ drank poison (hemlock) to execute his own first published half a century ago. death sentence. Socrates believed one could How Â?Â˜ÂŽÂœČąone Â?ÂŽÂ?Ž›–’—Žȹwhether a law is disobey a law if it Œ˜—Ě’ŒÂ?ÂŽÂ?Čąwith one’s moral just or unjust? A just law is a –Š—–ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂŒÂ˜Â?ÂŽČąthat principles, but one must be prepared to face the consequences. squares with the moral law or the law of ˜Â?ÇŻČąAn unjust law is a Œ˜Â?ÂŽ American writer Henry David Thoreau, an opponent of slavthat is out of harmony with the moral law. ‌ ery and US expansionism - maintained that a citizen has not just a In no sense Â?Â˜ČąI ŠÂ?Â&#x;˜ŒŠÂ?ŽȹŽÂ&#x;ŠÂ?’—Â?Čąor Â?ÂŽÂ?¢’—Â?Čąthe law ‌ That  ˜ž•Â? right but a “dutyâ€? to disobey an unjust law and is credited with •ŽŠÂ?Čąto anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must Â?Â˜Čąso openly, lovcoining the term “civil disobedience.â€? In an essay by that title pubingly, Š—Â?Čąwith a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an ’—Â?Â’lished in 1849, Thoreau wrote, “If the machine of government is of Â&#x;Â’Â?žŠ•ȹwho breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, Š—Â?Čąwho such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in ˜›Â?Ž›ȹto arouse the conanother, then, I say, break the law.â€? science of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the Thoreau went to jail in 1846 for refusing to pay his poll tax in highest respect for law. ‌ protest of the US war against Mexico. However, his aunt paid the Law Š—Â?ČąÂ˜Â›Â?Ž›ȹexist for the purpose of establishing justice Š—Â?ȹ‌ tax for him and secured his release the next day. Thus, his was when they fail in this purpose they become the Â?Š—Â?Ž›ously structurÂŽÂ? hardly a Socratic demonstration of moral courage. Furthermore, Â?Š–œ that block the ÄšÂ˜Â Čąof social progress. ‌ his proposition (stated at the top of this article) that those who I have ‘ŽŠ›Â?Čąnumerous southern religious •ŽŠÂ?ÂŽÂ›ÂœČąÂŠÂ?Â–Â˜Â—Â’ÂœÂ‘Čątheir presume themselves morally superior may choose which laws to worshipers to comply with a Â?ŽœŽÂ?›egation Â?ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂœÂ’Â˜Â—Čąbecause it is the law... obey and which taxes to pay is a recipe for moral narcisism and I am thankful to ˜Â?Čąthat some noble souls from the ranks of orÂ?Š—’£ŽÂ? anarchy (as well as budget Â?ŽęŒ’Â?ÂœÇźÇŻČą religion have broken loose from the ™Š›Š•¢£’—Â?Čąchains of conformity a—Â? A century later, Mohandas Gandhi applied Thoreau’s ideas to “˜’—ŽÂ?Čąus as active partners in the struggle for frÂŽÂŽÂ?Â˜Â–ÇŻČąâ€Ś We will win his struggle for Indian independence. Gandhi, though, placed far our frÂŽÂŽÂ?Â˜Â–Čąbecause the sacrÂŽÂ?Čąheritage of our nation Š—Â?Čąthe eternal will greater stress on the requirement to pay the legal consequences for of ˜Â?Čąare Ž–‹˜Â?Â’ÂŽÂ?Čąin our echoing Â?Ž–Š—Â?ÂœÇŻČąâ€Ś one’s moral stance. Over the past few years I have consistently prŽŠŒ‘ŽÂ?Čąthat nonvio“An unjust law is itself a species of violence,â€? Gandhi said. lence Â?Ž–Š—Â?ÂœČąthat the means we use must be as pure as the Ž—Â?ÂœČąwe “Violence should be resisted not by counter-violence but by nonviseek. I have Â?›’ŽÂ?Čąto make clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to olence. This I do by breaking the law and by peacefully œž‹–’Ĵ’—Â? ŠĴŠ’—ȹmoral Ž—Â?ÂœÇŻČąBut now I must ÂŠÄœÂ›Â–Čąthat it is just as wrong, or perto arrest and imprisonment.â€? Gandhi was jailed at least six times haps even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral Ž—Â?ÂœÇŻČąâ€Ś in his life, once for nearly two years, showing he, unlike Thoreau, Let us all hope that the Â?ÂŠÂ›Â”ČąÂŒÂ•Â˜ÂžÂ?ÂœČąof racial prŽ“žÂ?Â’ÂŒÂŽČąwill soon pass could not only “talk the talkâ€? but also “walk the walk.â€? away Š—Â?Čąthe Â?ŽŽ™ȹfog of –’œž—Â?Ž›œÂ?Š—Â?’—Â?Čąwill be •’Â?Â?ÂŽÂ?Čąfrom our fear What should we do when a law enacted by our government Â?›Ž—Œ‘ŽÂ?Čącommunities, Š—Â?Čąin some not too Â?Â’ÂœÂ?Š—Â?Čątomorrow the ›ŠÂ?’Š—Â? Œ˜—Ě’ŒÂ?ÂœČąwith our moral principles or when those legally empowstars of love Š—Â?Čąbrother‘˜˜Â?Čąwill shine over our great nation with all ered to enforce the laws are themselves immoral or act illegally? their scintillating beauty.


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Adam Freschauf checks on the beer-can chicken in the smoker at the Flying Pig West End Roadhouse, which opened in June across from the Blue Marlin. Freschauf ran Mexican and barbecue restaurants in California and Texas for 17 years before coming to Roatan two years ago. On Roatan he has tended bar at the Landing, Sundowners and Blue Marlin while awaiting the opportunity to open his own place. The Flying Pig features a big-screen TV, a party atmosphere, game-night and weekly specials, fresh margaritas (no mix) and, with the possible exception of Blue Bahia, the best smoked meats we’ve tasted on the island. A very generous helping of beer-can chicken (a Texas thing) with rice, beans and a big plate of fries goes for Lps. 140. They also do tacos and wings, as well as ribs and assorted barbecue fare.

To Hold the Sun Book Signing at Java Vine Roatan author Chas Watkins (left) signed copies of his new novel, To Hold the Sun, at a booklaunching party at the Java Vine café and wine bar in the West Bay Mall June 8. The novel, Watkins’s first (but not likely his last), relates a series of conversations between a magazine writer and a self-help guru/fitness freak at various locations on Roatan, including the Java Vine, over the course of a week (see review in the May Voice). Watkins had signed about 20 copies as of about 7 p.m., when we dropped by, and posted on his Facebook that he sold 40 by the end of the evening. In the photo, Ken Szgatti examines Watkins’s freshly signed autograph in his copy of the book, also available in kindle format on Amazon.

Brion James Bids Farewell to Roatan … for Now Brion James, a Brooklyn-born fixture of Roatan’s West End music scene, performed a “farewell” concert May 30 at the Land’s End, owned by friend and collaborator Adi Hirzer (right, on bass). Also on stage is Roatan teenage guitar hero Jordan Watkins. Brion plans to spend the next eight months or so touring different parts of the world. Plans could change, he said, but he’s definitely coming back to Roatan, because, he said, “It’s my home.”


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YOUTH BASEBALL IN PLAYOFF ROUND

CHAMPION OF FIVE-TEAM SOL 9-12 LEAGUE TO BE DETERMINED IN JULY At press time playÂ˜Ä›ÂœČą were set to get underway in the Ä™Â&#x;e-team School of Life (SOL) baseball league for 9-12-year-olds on Roatan. A league champion was expected to be crowned in mid-July. The league is funded by donations and by registration fees and concessions from the SOL adult co-ed slow-pitch •ŽŠÂ?ÂžÂŽÇ°ČąÂ Â‘Â’ÂŒÂ‘ČąÄ™Â—Â’ÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂ?ȹ’Â?ÂœČąÂœÂŽÂŠÂœÂ˜Â—ČąÂ’Â—ČąÂŠÂ›ÂŒÂ‘ÇŻ The Early Birds ꗒœ‘ŽÂ?Čą the regular season June 15 with a league-best 5-1 record and will sit out the ꛜÂ?Čąround of the playÂ˜Ä›ÂœÇ°Čątogether with West End (7-3) and the Lil’ Pirates (5-5). The Cubs of Horsepen ÇťŠ—Â?¢ȹÂŠÂ˘ÇźÇ°ČąÂ Â‘Â˜ČąÄ™Â—Â’ÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂ?ȹřȏĹ?ǰȹ ere to face

˜ĴŽœÂ?Čą Sparrow (1-5) in a best-of-three series beginning June 22, with the winner to face the Early Birds in the ÂœÂŽÂ–Â’Ä™Â—ÂŠÂ•ÂœÇŻ Lil’ Pirates will face West End in the other ÂœÂŽÂ–Â’Ä™Â—ÂŠÂ•Čą series. The two second-round winners will face Â˜Ä›Čąin a three-game championship series beginning in mid-July. The Early Birds and ˜ĴŽœÂ?Čą Sparrow played fewer games because they entered the league after the season had already started. Youth from H˜ĴŽœÂ?Čą Sparrow had been gŽĴ’—Â?Čą together for pick-up games for the last two years under the direction of ÂŒÂ˜Ä´Čąand Shirley Williams of Turtling Bay. Mark Flanagan, program director for SOL International Foundation and coach of the Cubs, said he hoped to bring some teams from the mainland to play a tournament against the Roatan players later in the summer. Youth baseball is a centerpiece of SOL’s Žě˜›Â?ÂœČąto develop nations “one child

Sahara James, playing second base and batting barefoot for the Horsepen Cubs, flied out in the first inning June 15 against the Early Birds but went on to double in her next at bat.

at a time.� The idea is to provide island youth a constructive outlet for their energies while teaching them about teamwork, sportsmanship and character. In a recent interview with the Voice, Roatan Mayor Julio Galindo praised SOL’s and other island youth sports programs for helping to reduce juvenile delinquency and drug use on the island. “You have an American gentleman RIGHT: Third baseman Dean Brooks of the Early Birds watches a firstinning lead-off slam sail over the fence at the John J. Wood “Field of Dreams� for a home run June 15 against the Cubs.

LEFT: Shortstop Bradley Gale rounds first with a base hit in the final regular-season game June 15 against the Cubs. The Early Birds won the game 22-11.

down there in West End that is just doing a fantastic job with the youth and baseball,� Galindo said, we assume refering to Flanagan and/or SOL co-founder Dave Elmore. “I think that has helped tremendously.� SOL youth baseball games are played on the John J. Wood “Field of Dreams� behind the gas station outside West End, usually on Saturday evenings.


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MURR 'S DVD C ORNER A Monthly Review Focusing on a Recent DVD Movie that Murray Found to be Exceptional. Movie: Zero dark thirty Plot Outline: the 10-year hunt for Osama Bin Laden culminates with his death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals. Key Cast: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong. This is the second time that director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal have teamed up.Those who saw their previous joint effort, The Hurt Locker, will completely understand why this movie is so good. The controversial story of the decade-long hunt for and eventual assassination of Osama Bin Laden by the US Government is a focused masterpiece to watch.The death of Bin Laden was not an easy one. US intelligence had to break the bank, and break US laws on torture, to get the answers they needed. Bigelow shows us the pain and anguish and the efficient pressure the intelligence community felt daily in their ongoing hunt. She makes us part of the everyday “hit and miss” frustrations of following Bin Laden’s trail, making the reality all so true to view.We watch and feel the wins and losses as Bin Laden’s pursuers begin to see their hunt may not have the support needed to continue.We feel the suspense as they finally get a break, knowing it could mean everything, or it could mean nothing. Finally, we get to ride along with the Navy Seals as they move in for the final kill. Although some may cheer, the attack on Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound is cold-blooded and disturbing. It is also brilliant in high-tech gadgetry. Bigelow shows us the fragility of the whole exhilarating, one-sided kill operation. This is an unforgettable and dark piece of recent US history. Enjoy the movie.

C O N S E R VAT I O N N O T E S We all want to enjoy clean beaches. However every beach, no matter how remote, will always have trash littering it. This debris is not only unsightly and potentially dangerous for us, it is also deadly for marine animals. Data from 10 years of beach clean-ups indicate 80 percent the debris picked up comes from land-based sources. Marine debris is estimated to affect 270 species worldwide, including 85 percent of sea turtles, 45 percent of sea bird and 45 percent of marine mammals. Marine animals ingest plastic bags, cigarette butts, and bottle caps, resulting in malnutrition or even starvation. They can also suffocate when plastic bags or six-pack six-pack holders block passageways. Animals also become entangled in fishing line, strapping bands and six-pack six-pack holders, making it difficult for them to eat, breathe or swim, with possibly fatal results Marine debris is a symptom of a much larger water pollution problem caused by our lifestyle. R ecognizing your role as part of the problem is the first step toward finding a solution. There are some basic lifestyle changes you can make, such as purchasing products that have little or no packaging or are made from recycled materials, reusing shopping bags and using containers, such as yogurt pots or meat packs, to store leftovers. You You can also reuse your bev erage containers at coffee shops, bars and smoothie bars rather than getting styrofoam or plastic cups. Ensure that your trash is properly disposed of and that organic matter is used for compost. Recycle Recycle as much as possible. By spreading the word and making a conscientious effort to reduce your personal waste, you can help make our beaches a bit safer for us and the animals. www.roatanmarinepark.com | info@roatanmarinepark.org

52$7$1 +80$1( 62&,(7< March and early April were very busy and pro ductive for RHS. RHS. We We made a push to shore up our board so we could register officially as a non-government organi zation. This gave rise to some soul searching. searching. There were differences in vision among board members. We We had lost focus on why we came together in the first place. On the advice of our lawyer, lawyer, we disbanded the board. When I founded RHS last year, year, all I wanted was to bring people together to consolidate animal-welfare efforts on Roatan. Roatan. I took the lead not because I needed the work but because I had the time, the business experience and the love of the animals to get the job done. I have been extremely apprehensive about fund raising up to now, now, because I wanted to register as an NGO first. The funds that we have received have been meager but have all been meticulously accounted for. for. Our accounts are available to be scrutinized by anyone who may ask. It is my earnest wish that RHS continue to positively affect the lives of animals on Roatan. Roatan. To To do this, we need people on our board who can work together for a common goal, leav ing aside personal agendas. If any one reading this feels they can make a sustainable difference to the lives of animals on Roatan Roatan and would like to give their time and talents to RHS, RHS, please email me: smbodor@yahoo.com. Thank you, Susan Bodor Changing “Hungry and Hurting” to “Healthy and Happy”


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GEORGE JONES: 1931-2013 THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER

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Country music legend George Jones, a favorite of many Bay Islanders, passed away in Nashville April 26 after a long illness. (Webster PR photo)

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˜ž—›¢ȱ–žœ’Œȱ•ŽŽ—ȱ Ž˜›Žȱ ˜—Žœȱ™ŠœœŽ away in a Šœ‘Ÿ’••Žȱ‘˜œ™’Š•ȱ™›’•ȱ26 ŠŽ›ȱa year ˜ȱ’••ȱ‘ŽŠ•‘ǯȱHe wŠœȱ81. When I ˜ȱthe —Ž œǰȱthe ꛜȱ™Ž›œ˜—ȱI ‘˜ž‘ȱ˜ wŠœȱ–¢ȱ˜•ȱ›’Ž—ȱSteve žœ‘ǯ I žœŽȱto ŠŒŒ˜–™Š—¢ȱSteve in the œž’˜ȱat Coral Radio and Stereo Mar on Roatan ž›’—ȱhiœ Œ˜ž—›¢ȱ–žœ’Œȱœ‘˜ œȱ. The the –˜œȱ›ŽšžŽ—•y ›ŽšžŽœŽȱŠ›’œȱwŠœȱ Ž˜›Žȱ ˜—ŽœǯȱSteve ŒŠ••Ž ‘’–ȱthe ȃ ’—ȱ˜ȱ˜ž—›¢ȱžœ’ŒǯȄȱ When it ŒŠ–ŽȱŒ˜ž—›¢ȱ–žœ’Œǰȱ Ž˜›Žȱ ˜—Žœ wŠœȱthe voice. “Today œ˜–Ž˜—ŽȱŽ•œŽȱ‘Šœȱ‹ŽŒ˜–e the ›ŽŠŽœȱ•’Ÿ’—ȱœ’—Ž›ȱ˜ȱ›Š’’˜—Š•ȱŒ˜ž—›¢ –žœ’ŒǰȄȱœaid ˜ž—›¢ȱžœ’Œȱ Š••ȱ˜ȱŠ–Žȱœ˜—writer Bobby Braddock the day ŠŽ›ȱ ˜—ŽœȂœ death. Braddock wrote 29 œ˜—œȱ˜›ȱ ˜—Žœȱover the yŽŠ›œǯȱ“No one in Œ˜ž—›¢ȱ–žœ’Œȱ‘Šœȱ’—Ěženced œ˜ȱ–Š—¢ȱother Š›’œœǰȄȱhe œŠ’ǯ žȱI think Ž›•Žȱ ŠŠ›ȱ™žȱit ‹ŽœDZȱ“The w˜›•ȱ‘Šœȱ•˜œȱthe ›ŽŠŽœȱ˜ž—›¢ȱœ’—Ž›ȱ˜ȱŠ•• ’–Žǯȱ–Ž—ǯȄȱ

˜—Žœȱdid it with that ›ŽŠȱvoice, rich and deep, œ›˜—ȱŽ—˜ž‘ȱto crack •’”Žȱa whip ‹ž œž™™•ŽȱŽ—˜ž‘ȱto b›’—ȱŽŠ›œǯȱ “He “žœȱ”—˜ œȱhow to ™ž••ȱevery drop ˜ Ž–˜’˜—ȱ˜žȱ˜ȱœ˜—œǰȄȱœŠ’ȱ•Š—ȱ ŠŒ”œ˜—ȱin a 2011 interview. ȃ ȱ’Ȃœȱan Ž–˜’˜—Š•ȱœ˜—ȱor ’ ’Ȃœȱa ž—ȱœ˜—ǰȱhe ”—˜ œȱhow to –Š”Žȱit w˜›”ǯȄ

˜—ŽœȂœȱhero, Hank W’••’Š–œǰȱwŠœȱa ›ŽŠȱwriter, he œŠ’ǰȱȃ‹žȱdidn't have that —Šž›Š•ȱvoice •’”e Ž˜›ŽǯȄ WŠ¢•˜—ȱ Ž——’—œǰȱno œ•˜žŒ‘ȱ‘’–œŽ•ǰȱonce œŠ—DZ “ ȱwe a••ȱŒ˜ž•ȱœ˜ž—ȱ•’”Žȱwe wanted to, weȂ Š••ȱœ˜ž—ȱ•’”Žȱ Ž˜›Žȱ ˜—ŽœǯȄ

˜—ŽœȱwŠœȱŠ•œ˜ȱthe ꛜȱ‘˜›˜ž‘•¢ȱ–˜Ž›— Œ˜ž—›¢ȱœž™Ž›œŠ›, Œ˜–™•ŽŽȱwith the œž‹œŠ—ŒŽ Š‹žœŽȱ™›˜‹•Ž–œȱand ›’Œ‘ȬŠ—ȬŠ–˜žœȱŒŽ•Ž‹›’¢ •’Žœ¢•Žȱthat ’—Œ•žŽȱ–Š—œ’˜—œǰȱ–ž•’™•Ž div˜›ŒŽœȱand - to hear one Ž••˜ ȱ™Ž›˜›–Ž›ȱŽ••

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EVENTS July 2: Declaration of Honduran Independence July 4: US Independence Day 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION! INFINITY BAY PALAPA BAR & GRILL AT PARROT TREE HALF MOON BAY DAY July 4-6: Utila Fish Rodeo July 14: Bastille Day (France) July 14: Day of the Honduran Spirit July 14: Taste of West Bay July 16-21: Utila Carnival July 20: Lempira Day July 27-August 4: Guanaja Conch Festival

July 3: Carnival Liberty at Mahogany Bay Carnival Magic at Mahogany Bay July 10: Carnival Dream at Mahogany Bay July 17: Carnival Liberty at Mahogany Bay Carnival Conquest at Mahogany Bay July 23: Carnival Dream at Mahogany Bay July 24: Carnival Magic at Mahogany Bay July 31: Carnival Liberty at Mahogany Bay Carnival Conquest at Mahogany Bay

August 3: Utila Sunjam

SUNDAY Infinity Bay : 10am- Christian worship service Infinity Bay : noon-6pm live entertainment. Behind Sueño del Mar: 6:15pm - Volleyball Bare Feet Bar: Live music with Jimmy and the Boys, 610pm Bananarama: 5-9pm crab races, firedancers, bonfire on the beach, live music by Kris and the Kultura Band. Palapa Bar, Parrot Tree: Family Fun Sunday Lighthouse Restaurant: 10am-2pm champagne brunch Foster's West Bay: (5pm on) BBQ on the beach Sundowners: 4-7pm live music by Scott Chamberlain Earth Mamas: Sunday brunch

MON AA Meeting: 12pm at Sonrise Mission in Sandy Bay. AA Meeting: 6:30pm at Re/Max in Plaza Jackson Behind Sueño del Mar: 6:15pm Volleyball Anthony's Key Resort: 5:307:30pm live music with Kristofer and Kultura Band Lands End: live music Wet Spot: music trivia night 7:30pm Lands End: Sunset yoga 5pm Blue Channel: Live unplugged music with Scott Chamberlain Earth Mamas: Yoga classes 8:30am and 5:30pm Bananarama: Movie Night

TUE Island Friends Meeting: 6:30 at Plaza Mar Sunken Fish at Tranquil Seas: 7-9pm- Live music by 2 can doo and authentic Spanish tapas. Flamingo Bar&Restaurant: Garifuna culture show 9 and 11 a.m., Punta Gorda Herby’s Sports Bar: Major League baseball games Pineapple Grill: Roatan Poker Club Tournament Blue Marlin: 8pm-midnight DJ John with his vast selection of music. Fantasy Island: 8:30pm, Paul’s Fire Show Bananarama: Quiz night. $2.50 or Lps. 50 to enter. Earth Mamas: Yoga classes 8:30am and 5:30pm

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WED AA Meeting: noon at Sonrise Mission in Sandy Bay Turquoise Bay Resort: 7pm Karaoke AKR: 5-9pm live music with Walter and the Band. 7pm Paul’s Fire show Flamingo Bar&Restaurant: Garifuna culture show 9 and 11 a.m., Punta Gorda Island Saloon: DJ Sambula, 9pmVintage Pearl: Live music with Patty McCulla, 7pm Blue Marlin: 8pm live music by Scott Chamberlain. Infinity Bay: Live music with Cynthia and Adi 6-8pm Frenchy’s 44: Karaoke night 7pm Lands End: Sunset Yoga, 5pm Herby's Sports Bar: karaoke night Earth Mamas: Yoga classes 8:30am and 5:30 pm Bananarama: 7-9pm Karaoke Night

THU AA Meeting: 6:30 pm at the Sonrise Mission in Sandy Bay Henry Morgan: 10pm-Paul’s Fire show Paya Bay: 7pm Garinago Nights Blue Marlin: 8pm-midnight John B hosts Karaoke night. Flamingo Bar&Restaurant: Garifuna culture show 9 and 11 a.m., Punta Gorda FH Yacht Club: 7-9pm, karaoke night Island Saloon: DJ Galan, 9pmBananarama: Spin the wheel Night Herby's Sports Bar: Ladies night with 50s/60s music Palapa Bar, Parrot Tree: Island Music Day Earth Mamas: Yoga classes 8:30am and 5:30 pm

FRIDAY Infinity Bay : Live entertainment 6-11pm. AKR: Live music with Walter and the Band 5-9pm . Parrot Tree: Karaoke 7-11pm Blue Marlin: DJ Yasinia hosts Disco night 9pm-until. Flamingo Bar&Restaurant: Garifuna culture show 9 and 11 a.m., Punta Gorda AA Meeting: noon at Sonrise Mission in Sandy Bay FH Yacht Club: Karaoke 8pm Coco View: 8pm, Paul’s Fire Show Lands End: Sunset Yoga 5pm Herby's Sports Bar: Muddy and the Island Boys live Pineapple Grill: Movie night Blue Channel: Live music with Brion James and the West Enders. Earth Mamas: Yoga classes 8:30am Bananarama: Live music by Scott Chamberlain 7-9pm

SATURDAY Catholic youth group: 6pmmeetings at local churches Catholic Mass in English: 7pm West End Bamboo Chapel Herby's Sports Bar: UFC heavyweight action night Blue Marlin: 9pm-until DJ Yasinia hosts Disco night. Linga Longa: 6pm live music Roa Disco: DJ 10pm Blue Channel: Movie night Bananarama: 7-9pm Live music by Jensen


Bay Islands VOICE July 2013 issue  
Bay Islands VOICE July 2013 issue  
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