1 N e w M o n t h l y N e w s p a p e r Issue no. 2 Bay Islands, Honduras D e d i c a t e d t o U t i l a Blue Pages Killer Whales Off Utila! Chamber Fees Explained Manta Rescue Pg 9 Pg 9 Pg 9 Bank Fiasco... Will New ATM Help? The BGA bank on Utila is clearly struggling to accommodate it s increasing volume of transactions. Queuing starts an hour before opening and people are forced to wait for hours. I ve been here for three hours, it takes about 25 minutes to serve one person said one customer. They could at least open all the tellers, it might speed things up a little, he said, but it appears staff shortages make this impossible. Pregnant women and the elderly receive priority but still face long waiting times. People ask me to come to the bank for them because I can do it quicker, but now I have to wait longer and longer and its not worth it said a pregnant customer. UPCO electricity payments have made up the bulk of transactions since the pre pay metre system was established in The bank insists upon handling these payments to ensure they receive their share of UPCO profits. The company owe them monthly installments for the 1.89 million dollar loan they took out with the bank two years ago. Ms. Vilmer Reye, public relations officer in La Ceiba said, We are aware of the problems faced in Utila and are installing an ATM within the next two weeks in order to help resolve the situation. It will not be possible however to pay for electricity through the ATM. Many Utilians are concerned that the extent of the situation is not fully recognised by governing bodies on the mainland. Ricardo Flores, General Manager for UPCO has offered another solution. We are willing to pay for installation and software for an additional payment point in Bush Supermarket, he said. This service would be available from Cont. on pg.3 Special Forces Lead Manhunt Pg. 2 Fire Destroys Shannon Campbells House on Fire House Billowing smoke alerted the island to the raging inferno that was Miss Shannon Campbells house at Tradewind properties on the evening of Friday the 27th. In a mad rush people swarmed to the scene to witness the wooden house burn to cinders as firefighters struggled to control the blaze. Brave Ms. Campbell looked on tearfully as she recounted the chain of events, I had just put a frozen chicken in the oven for my future son in law and walked over to chat with my neighbours briefly when we saw the smoke. After rushing back to discover the plasterboard behind the oven on fire, very close to two propane tanks, Ms. Campbell only managed to salvage her bag, and land documents and passport from the drawer before running out of the house. Three minutes later there was a massive explosion and the fire turned into a blazing inferno, spewing out thick black smoke, she recalled. Members of the community rallied together to assist the fire department in extinguishing the flames. Mr Johnny Hinds, who owns the house just four metres away was also concerned for the safety of his own home as the intense heat melted the gutters and cracked the glass in his windows. Luckily the wind changed direction and the threat diminished. Mr. Hinds tenant, Mr. Warren Cowling looked on anxiously from his balcony as Mr. Bush cut through his outside pipeline to access a further water supply. Inside Mr. Cowlings home smelt of a sauna as a result of the heat, I have been dousing the walls with water in an effort to fend off the flames, he exclaimed. Mrs. Campbell had recently brought furniture for her new business and was busy painting it inside the house. Everything was lost save for her electricity meter and the clothes she was wearing. 50 minutes after it began the fire was tamed and the hoards gathered on the beach made their way home. Cont. on pg. 5 I thought they were going to kill me Pg. 4 Hurricane Season Pg. 6 Articulos en Español Inside Municipality Talks 3 Dear Dr John 14 Letters to the Editor 17 Cinema Listings 18 Restaurant and Bar Guide 13 Just Kids 14 Classifieds 17 Out and About 19 Hotel Guide 13 Puzzles 14 Horoscopes 18 Sport 20
2 2 3 NEWS IN Health Centre The well attended inauguration ceremony of the Lance Bodden Centro de Salud took place on Friday the 26th of April. A band brought in from La Ceiba played as hoards of people marched to the Centre for speeches and the traditional cutting of the ribbon. A dream become reality was the echoing theme expressed through the speeches. The new clinic is open every day until 3pm with medical staff on call 24hours a day Car Accident A Pick up carrying four passengers lost control and flipped over on the highway just past Bar in the Bush on the 30th June. One passenger injured his leg and was taken to hospital in La Ceiba. The other three escaped with no serious injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and it is unclear why the car lost control. The pick up was carrying a load of rocks at the time. Hole in the Wall Closure June will see the sad closure of the Hole in the Wall opposite the Utila Dive Centre. Business has been slow for a while, claims owner Nord who started the business in his front room five years ago. Every day he and his wife have provided the nearby community with fresh baked goods and necessities. BRIEF Hunter Arrest The police found and arrested one man for the illegal act of hunting iguanas. He spent a night in the local prison cell before being released. In recent years there has been a severe crackdown on hunting Iguanas for their meat, in an effort to save the species. Boys are Back Three Utilians arrested for a violent attack on one man have returned from prison on the mainland where they spent three weeks awaiting trial. The Trio have been held on Utila, Roatan and the mainland before they were released. House Fire Mr Frank Zelaya set fire to a house on his property on Friday the 20th of May. The structure was infested with termites there was concern that they would spread into his hotel had he not taken the necessary actions. Man Hunt for Escaped Convicts Special Forces coming off the Utila Princess Three escaped convicts elled here hoping to lay low for had been sighted on a while, now the alarm has been Utila and were believed raised it may be hard for them to to be hiding out on the escape again. island. Manuel de Jesus Borjas, Mr Borjas was being held for murder, the other two for car theft. Mauricio Dubon Rodriguez and Oscar Rodolfo Velasquez escaped Extra police officers and resources from Santa Barbra Prison, western arrived on the ferry on the morning 27th of May to assist local Honduras on 20th May. It is unclear how the trio reached forces in the search. the island, it is believed they trav- Founded 1st April 2005 Issue no. 2 Utila Bay Islands Honduras Central America (504) LOUISE POWELL TARA NOBLE-SINGH Editors EDITH MICHELLE CECILIA LOUISE RAIMUNDO GUILLERMO Translaters SPECIAL THANKS TO THE UTILAEASTWIND TEAM Ayesha, Guillemo, Katja, Goran, Adam, Roger, Edith, Sandra, Christina THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR HELP AND SUPPORT Chris, Kurt, Dr. John, Alton, Denia, Shirley, Steve, Jasmine, Giles, The Bundu Girls, Dan and Jules Anoucshka, Mike, Cecelia, Michelle Mark, Baker, Patrick, Raynor, Rodolpho, Shelby PRINTED BY La Prensa San Pedro Sula (504) is available to view on-line at A Fantastic new resource including full information and detailed listings for Utila The search effort focused on more remote parts of the island, including Pumpkin Hill and the north side beaches. As soon as the news broke islanders joined together in an attempt to root out the law breakers, inundating HQTV, Utila s local television station, with reports of sightings and other information The channel has screened special live shows to keep the community informed. Community members have been calling for tighter security on the Utila Princess Anyone can get on that Yatch, you should have to show identification when buying a ticket, just like when you travel by bus. said one Utilian. At the time of going to press the perpertrators were still at loose. La comununidad se une en busca de tres peligrosos delincuentes escapados de prisión Tres peligrosos delincuentes han escogido la Isla de Utila para refugiarse, responden a los nombres de : Manuel de Jesús Borjas, mauricio Dubon Rodr guez y Oscar Rodolfo Velásquez, escaparon de la prisión en Sanbta Bárbara, al oeste de Honduras el 20 de Mayo. No está claro aún como este trío arribó a la isla, se cree que ellos viajaron hasta aquí, esperando que las cosas se calmaran un poco, por un tiempo, ahora que la alarma se ha levantado de nuevo las cosas se han dificultado para ellos, en caso que quieran volver a escapar. El Sr. Borjas es buscado por omicidio y los otros dos son buscados por robo de carros. Desde la mañana del 27 mayo, llego un refuerzo policial, para asistir a la policía local para la búsqueda y captura de los malhechores. La búsqueda se ha intensificado aun mas en las áreas remotas, como Pumpkin Hill y las playas del lado norte de la isla. Tan pronto como se pudo, las noticias alertaron a los al puebla utileño, para que esten alerta, HQTV, el canal local, ha mantenido copertura especial para mantenernos informados, con boletines informativos siguiendo el caso de cerca. Se llama a la comunidad para que se alerte del caso, así como al Utila Princess a reforzado su seguridad. Calquier persona que desea viajar en el yate, debe de portar su tarjeta de identidad, así también cuando compre sus boletos de bus. Así podremos tomar medidas en contra para estos perpetraores. CARNIVAL UTILA 2005 Agenda de Julio Sabado 23 Coronacion de Reina del carnaval, 7pm Domingo 24 Carnavalito en Chepe s Volley Ball Lúnes 25 Carnavalito en el Centro, 7pm Martes 26 Fogata en Chepe s, 7pm Miércoles 27 Carnavalito en la Punta, 7pm Jueves 28 Carnavalito en playa Chepe s, 7pm Viernes 29 Carnavalito en Cola de Mico, 7pm Sábado 30 Gran desfile de carrozas en la calle principal a partir de las 3pm Gran carnaval a partir de las 9pm hasta el amanecer Domingo 31 Gran Cierre de Carnaval, playa Chepe s a partir de las 3pm en adelante Carnival Countdown Preparations are well under way for Utila Carnival 2005, which will take place this year on the 23rd 31st July. This years Carnival will kick off with the traditional crowning of the Carnival Queen. A full week of events will follow with a series of parties planned taking place across the island. There will also be a volleyball tournament on Chepes Beach. The weeks festivities will culminate in the big weekend, when on Saturday a procession of elaborate floats will parade through the Main Street followed by a party from 9pm. The closing ceremony at Chepes Beach will bring Carnival 2005 to an end on Sunday 31st July. Special guests from Ceiba will be joining the parade as well as Utilian organisations and businesses. If you are interested in having a float this year then speak to Michelle at the municipality or Miss Lillian. Tell all you friends, prepare your costumes and bring your dancing shoes, to make this years carnival another one to remember. The Famous 1999 Bank Heist This is not the first time fugitives have been on the run in Utila provoking an island wide search by police and the local community. Three armed robbers from the mainland held up Banco Atlantido at gunpoint in spring They tied up everyone in the bank and attempted to make their getaway on the afternoon ferry with the loot. Their plan was foiled when one bank employee managed to escape their bondage and alert the authorities. The robbers managed to escape into the bush where they spent several days in hiding. Authorities and islanders initiated a grand scale search to hunt down the criminals. An island wide curfew of 9pm was established for peoples safety. One islander was shot in the gut during one failed attempt to catch the criminals and had to be flown to hospital in La Ceiba. Finally, after six long days the perpertrators were eventually caught and forced into revealing the whereabouts of the stolen money. 6:30am 6:30pm and run by supermarket owner Mr. Bush. It would not only reduce pressure on the bank but would provide our customers with a better service, said Mr Flores. Head Office is however reluctant to accept this proposal if the bank loses out on its 1.5% cut retrieved on each transaction. El Banco BGA, se le ha dificultado el control sobre el creciente número de transacciones, uno de Queues outside the bank before it opens at 7:30am on a Monday morning los clientes no comento: he estrado aquí parado hace tres horas, tomo por lo menos 25 minutos atender a cada persona asi como afirmaron las demás pesonas alrededor. por lo menos su tuvieran todas las ventanillas abiertas, eso ayudaría a agilizar mas las cosas pero la pequeña cantidad de empleados hace que las labores se tarden mas. Hasta las mujeres embarazarad que supuestamente tienen prioridad, también les toca esperar mucho tiempo, así nos comento una mujer de 7 meses de embarazo. El pago de UPCO también es otro impedimento para el rápido servicio, desde que se comenzó con este sistema de prepago en el Este Banco continua manejando este pago, ya que ellos reciben porcentaje por cada compra realizada, ya que UPCO le adeuda a este Banco por el cuantioso préstamo, que solicitaron al iniciar A quick round up of municipality activity throughout May. 10km of water pipes to the Cays have been laid. 28,000 gallons of water will be used to pressurize the lines and identify leaks. Roadwork funds are about to be approved from central government to re-pave roads in the center of town. 15 workers are currently fixing the stretch from Sandy Bay to the Point. Full completion is expected by the end of the year. The Mayor was elected vice president of Mancommunidad, a new coalition between municipalities of Omoa, Tela, La Ceiba, Trujillo, Guanaja and Utila. This exiting new association, recognised by central government, will encourage international funding. Bids have been invited for the implementation of a simple, efficient and inexpensive sewage system for the island funded by PMAIB. Desalination plants in Pueto UPCO Update The results of the Government review of Utila Electricity company are still pending. Until results come out electricity rates will remain frozen. Mr. Ricardo Flores, Manager, said We hope to restructure the terms of UPCO s loan with the bank- reduce monthly repayments by increasing the loan period and ultimately fixing an affordable tariff. UPCO is also investigating the installation of wind power turbines. esta compañía. Snr. Vimer Reye, El departamento de relaciones publicas de este Banco en la cuidad de La Ceiba no comentaron: Estamos al tanto de esta situacíon, es por eso que en las próximas dos semans se instalara un cajero automático en esta agenzia, para ayudar a agilizar en algo esta situacíon.. De todas maneras, esto no ayuda a agilizar el pago de la electricidad, al parecer ninguna autiridad o a quien pudiese colaborar en este caso, aun no se da cuenta de la necesidad que este pueblo atraviesa. El Gerente General de UPCO, el Sr. Ricardo Flores ha ofrecido otra solución: Nosotros estaríamos gustoso de financiar la instalación de una cajilla especializada para ello en Bush s Supermarket. Esta podría esta abierta desde Municipality Talks Cortes will be shipped to the island and installed on the western path (by Ralph Zelayas hotel) upon completion of inspections by DECA. Miss Louisa, the well-received full time nurse on the cayes, had a kitchen installed by the municipality on her living quarters. Mayor Alton Cooper 10 km de tubería de agua hacia los cayos ha sido colocada de Utila Town hacia los Cayitos. Necesitan ser probadas con 28,000 galones de agua para presurizar la tubería e identificar fugas. Trabajo en calles. Fondos están por ser aprobados por el gobierno central para repavimentar las Mr. Flores is in talks with Mr. Herman of Shellstede, a company that will work with UPCO on a consultation basis. We are the most advanced alternative power scheme in the country, all the necessary permits are in place. Wind powered generators need special planning, the generator cannot be turned off, and energy produced must be burned. One suggested use for the excess energy is a fish packaging and icing plant. las 6:30 am a 6:30 pm, manejada por los propietarios del Supermercado. No solo reduciendo la presión en el Banco, sino dando mejor atención al cliente digo Sr. Flores. Pero esta propuesta es rechazada por el banco, ya que en ella perdería el 1.5% recibido por cada transacción. ATM machine for Utila calles desde la intersección del muelle hasta la estación de bomberos. El Alcalde fue electo vice-presidente de una nueva mancomunidad conformada entre las municipalidades de Omoa, Tela, La Ceiba, Trujillo, Guanaja y Utila. Esta nueva asociación, reconocida por el gobierno central, ayudará facilitar la obtención de fondos de organizaciones internacionales que promueven el desarrollo sostenible y el turismo. Compañias han sido invitadas a aplicar para implementar un sistema de saneamiento simple, eficiente y de bajo costo para la isla. PMAIB ha asegurado fondos para este proyecto. La Planta Desalinizadora esta en espera de ser embarcada en Puerto Cortés. Esta será instalada por el camino oeste (Por el Hotel de Ralph Zelaya) una vez se complete el Licenciamiento Ambiental. Doña Louisa, la enfermera a tiempo completo de los cayos, por medio de la municipalidad se le ha instalado una cocina en sus instancias.
3 4 5 Israeli Tourist Mistaken for Al Qaeda Terrorist Chain of Events 09:15 Police Officer carrying out routine checks examines Mr Cohens passport. 09:30 Ferry detained while at least six other police officers take turns examining passport. 09:40 Mr Cohen s bags removed from ferry and checked. 09:58 Mr Cohen transported to barracks. 11:20 Conversation with detective about book concerning Israeli politics. 11:45 Phone call to head office. Instructions given to finger print Mr Cohen and fax documents immediately. 11:50 Finger printing technician unavailable. Journey to nearest police station which is closed for lunch. 12:20 Mr Cohen accompanies Officers to airport to change shifts. 12:45 Mr Cohen and Officers watch UEFA football final. 14:45 Mr Cohen teaches police officers how to speak some Hebrew. 15:30 Fingerprints taken and documents faxed. 16:15 Mr Cohen escorted to Rotterdam Beach Hotel. Officers check rooms and release him from custody. Sucesion de Eventos 09:15 El official de policia le hace un doble chequeo a su pasaporte. 09:30 El ferry se detiene, cuando otros 6 policias examinan su pasaporte. 09:40 El equipaje del Sr. Cohen es revisado y llevado del ferry. 09:58 Es transprotado en un veiculo oscurro y detenido. 11:20 Discuten acerca de un libro de las leyes israelie en este pais. 11:45 Llama el agente encargado, dando instrucciones para tomar sus huellas y faxiar la informacion del detenido 11:50 La toma de huellas es interrumpida por salida de almuerzo de la persona encargada 12:20 El llevado al aeropuerto por cambio de turnos 12:45 Sr. Cohen y la policia ver el campo de futbol, UEFA cup. 14:45 El detenido conversa con agents y ensena un poco de Hebreo 15:30 Se le toman las huellas y son enviadas via fax 16:15 Es escoltado al Hotel Rotterdam, revisan la habitacion y lo dejan de custodiar. Israeli backpacker, Emiliano Cohen, was detained by government officials on suspicion of being an Al Quaeda terrorist in La Ceiba on May 25th. Mr Cohen said whilst waiting to board the Utila Princess he was forced into an unmarked black vehicle and taken for further questioning, I thought they were going to kill me, he said. It is believed Mr Cohen boar resemblance to wanted international terrorist, Mr Altuwiti, who is suspected to be hiding in El Salvador. During his seven-hour detainment Mr Cohen was transported across the city several times with the officers for finger printing and to watch the UEFA cup football final. I went along for the ride when they had to change shifts at the airport and taught the detective how to speak some Hebrew which he seemed very pleased about, said Mr Cohen. An amicable separation followed at the Rotterdam Hotel. Officers checked Mr Cohen in, seeing to it that he got a nice room and released him from their custody. Emiliano Cohen, Tourist He was able to resume his journey to Utila the following day. Mr Altuwiti, Terrorist Un Israeli mochilero, Emiliano Cohen, fue detenido en la cuidad de La Ceiba, en sospecha de pertenecer a la red terrorista Al Quaeda. El incidente ocurrio el 25 de Mayo, cuando el Sr. Cohen esperaba abordar el Utila Princess. Los oficiales se mostraban muy sospechosos pero no dijeron por que ellos decian que necesitaban hacer unos chequeos, por que no era usual tener israelies El fue llevado en un vehiculo negro sin ningun tipo de identification para continuar con la interrogacion: yo pesaba que querian matarme o algo asi. Dos horas despues, acerca de discutir el por que tanta alarma, no encontraba razon justa para su detencion. Las autoridades le mostraron los periodicos, resaltando que un peligrosa extrimista Sr Atluwiti, que los agentes asociaron con esta persona en injusta detencion, solo por viajar con passporte israeli. Durante la 7 horas de detencion, lo transportaron a diferentes lugares a tomar sus huellas digitales. Fui con ellos hasta al aeropuerto, por que tocaba cambio de turnos y accedi por que al parecer me dijo que el oficialmente hablaba hebreo, lo cual me parecio bien. Al fin fue custodiado hasta su habitacion en el hotel Rotterdam. Hasta el dia siguiente pudo arribar a la isla. A copy of Mr. Cohen s Israeli passport Fire Strikes Claiming House On Point Cont. from pg. 1 This is not an isolated incident, many have fallen victim to the dangers of gas cooking. Miss Joya, restaurant owner, received third degree burns on her arm whilst lighting the cooker in her restaurant. Captain Hal Whitefield suffered similar injuries to both his feet from an unlit gas oven, I didn t even strike a match, the stove just exploded without warning, Kaboom! he told us. Una cortina de humo intenso, alerto a toda la isla del intenso incendio en casa de la señora Shannon Campbell en Tradewind properties la tarde del viernes 27 de mayo. En el hecho ocurrido la gente comenzo a rodear el lugar de la escena, presenciando como el incendio se intencificaba mas, saliendose de control, desafortunadamente. Valientemente, la Sra. Campbell, observo la escena con sus ojos llenos de lagrimas al contemplar y relatar lo ocurrido, entre las cosas que dijo: Acababa de poner The frames of Ms. Campbells house blazing un pollo al horno para su futuro nuero, luego salio a saludar a uno de sus vecinos, cuando comenzo a ver el humo. Despues de recordar que los dos tanques de gas se encontraban detras una fina pared de madera que lo separaba del horno, corrio a sacar sus cosas personales como su bolso, documentos de la propiedad, su pasaporte y salio inmediatamente de la casa que comenzaba a arder en fuego. Tres minutos despues surgio una fuerte explosion y se convirtio en un infernal incendio totalmente fuera de control, formando una condenza nube de humo, asi se refirio ella. Muchos de los miembros de esta comunidad, se acercaron a ayudar al departamento de bomberos para tratar de extinguir el fuego. El Señor Johnny Hinds, que es el vecino mas proximo a la casa, se preocupo al ver que la cercania del incendio comenzaba a dañar sus ventanas y el calor derretia objetos plasticos fuera de la casa como sus canales de agues lluvias. Afortunadamente, la direccion del fuego cambio de direccion disminuyendo los riezgos. El Señor Hinds, tambien el Sr. Warren Cowlings y Sr. Bush que observaban desde sus balcones, audazmente vieron como tomar agua de la tuberias que pasan por el lugar para suplir de agua el incidente. Al mismo tiempo el Sr. Cowlings tamien trato de cuidar por su casa, ya que el calor estaba afectando su estrucctura, comenzo a empapar sus paredes de agua, para evitar el desformamiento de las paredes, nos comento. Desgraciadamente la Sra. Campbells perdio todo, las unicas cosas que se salvaron fueron, su medidor de electricidad y la ropa que llevaba puesta. 50 minutos despues todo comenzo a calmarse, y la multitud de gente comenzo a dejar el lugar. Este no fue un incidente aislado, Flames seen from across the Bay muchos ha sido victimas de un infortunado incidente como este, por ejemplo la señorita Joya, recivio una quemada de tercer grado en su brazo y tambien el Capitan Hal Whitefield sufrio heridas similares en ambos pies por un hono de gas, ralato: que tambien al dejar de uasar su horno tubo que pasar una de estas experiencias. DID YOU KNOW? Propane gas does not smell, its familiar smell comes from an ingredient that is always added to household propane. This became standard after a series of accidents caused by unnoticed leeks. Gas Guidlines Always keep and follow the owners manual. Turn pan handles inward so you don t accidentally knock pans off. If you smell gas, check all appliance controls are turned off. Keep flammable items away from gas appliances. Do not use water on grease fire. Use pot holders rather than dish towels that can cause burns, become tangled, or catch fire. Have all cylinders checked for dents, rusts or leaks. Check hoses for deterioration and kinks in the tubing. Refrain from smoking while handling your propane cylinder. Never allow children to play with your gas appliances. Do not store cylinder where exposed to high temperature. Never cover the bottom with foil. Foil will restricts air circulation. Never leave cooking food unattended. In case of an uncontrollable fire, call your local fire department immediately.
4 6 7 Utila s Endemic Iguana Still Threatened Hurricane Season Kicks Off with Adrian The Utila Spiny-Tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri) species is endangered due to intensive hunting and the disappearance of its habitat and nesting sites. The Swamper otherwise know as Wisherwillie, exclusive to Utila Living exclusively on Utila and nowhere else the iguana is called Swamper or Wishiwilli and lives hidden in the mangrove swamp. It is capable of growing up to 85cm and perfectly adapted to its habitat. During egg laying season the pregnant females go to the sandy beaches where unfortunatly they are hunted on a grand scale for consumption. Iguana hunting is prohibited by law and contradictory to sustainable use, it is observed that the population of the Swamper is Egg Theft Endangers Turtles Projects to save the loggerhead and hawksbill turtles who nest on 14 of Utilas beaches are underway as nesting season begins on 14 of Utilas beaches. Throughout the next six months, environmentalists from BICA will guard the female turtles eggs and protect them from thieves who believe eating them increases male potency. Aside from theft, receding beaches and expanding development continue to threaten the endangered turtle population and make it more important than ever to protect new eggs. In previous years eggs have been removed from nests, incubated until hatched and given to local families to raise and release back into the sea one year later. This initiative not only protected the young turtles but highlighted their plight among islanders and educated the younger generations. Alehandro Gallo Papp says As a result of this scheme most islanders do not eat turtle or turtle eggs any more, and the threat to the eggs now appears to come mainly from non-islanders. Despite its success the scheme was not ideal, removing the young turtles from their natural environment and exposing them to close human contact at such a young age lessens their natural instincs of fear and caution especially with regards to humans. BICA now advocates a system of patrolling and monitoring to minimize human contact. Mr. Gallo Papp goes on to explain Now we measure and tag the females coming on to the beaches to lay eggs, then monitor the nest sites until the eggs have hatched. Nesting season continues until November, with the last of the hatchlings emerging in January. Porjectos para salvar a las tortugas del mar que anideran en 14 playas de Utila esta temporada estan en camino. Durante los próximos seìs meses, ambientalistas de BICA protegerán los huevos de las tortugas de ladrones que quieran comerselos para aumentar su potencia masculìne. Aparte del robo la reducción de las playas y la expansión del desarollo continuan amenazando la casi extinta poblacion de tortugas haciendo importantisimo proteger los nuevos huevos. En los años antereares los huevos eran removidos de sus nidos, incluvados y entregados a familias locales para cuiderlos por un año y liberarlos en el mar. Esta iniciativa no sólo portege a las tortugas jovenes sino además educa las generaciones futures. Alejandor Gallo Papp dijo como resultado do este projecto muchas isleños no comen mas tortugas ni sus huevos, y la actual amenaza a los huevos ahora es gente de fuera de la isla. A pesar del exito de este programa, no es el ideal romover a las jovenes tortugas de su ambiente natural y exponerlas al contacto humano a corte edad hace que pierdan sus instintos naturals de miedo y precaucion especialmente en contacto con el hombre. BICA ahora está dedicado a monitoridad las tortugas con el minimo contact. Mr. Gallo Papp explica ahora estamos identificando las tortugas que vienen a las playas y luego monitoriamos los huevos hasta que nacen. La temporada continuan hasta noviembre y los ultimos huevos Turtle Eggs already seriously decimated. The Swamper has nearly disappeared in some localities like Sandy Bay and Blue Bayoo and with new streets planned like the one to Rock Harbor huge egg laying sites will be destroyed. Streets are planned to access all sandy areas and the long term survival of the Swamper looks bad unless bigger nesting sites can be completely protected. Detailed information about the Swamper and the danger it faces are provided at the Iguana Research and Breeding Station. Current projects underway here include a breeding program (with more than 750 Swampers already hatched and released), habitat protection, environmental education at Utila s schools, scientific work and much more. Visitors get a guided tour through the center and see the Swampers as well as two of the other species from Utila. Opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-5 p.m. Also tours through the island are offered, e.g. Rock Harbor, Iron Bound, Water Caves, Bat Caves. La Iguana de Cola Espinosa Utileña (Ctenosaura bakeri ), vive exclusivamente en Utila y en ningùn otro lugar del mundo. A esta iguana se la llama Swamper o Wishiwilli en nuestra isla y vive escondida en el manglar del swampo, excepto dutante la temporada de desove, cuando las hembras preñadas se dirigen a las playas arenosas. La Swamper crece hasta 85 cm y està perfectamente adaptada a su hàbitat del manglar. Sin embargo, esta especie de iguana està amenazada debido a la caza intensiva y a la desapariciòn de su hàbitat y lugares de anidamiento. Especialmente las Swamper hembras con huevos en su vientre son cazadas en gran escala para su consumo cuando van a las playas arenosas a desovar. La caza de iguana no sòlo esta prohibida por ley, està tambièn en contradicciòn con su uso sostenido y ya se observa que la poblaciòn de Swampers ha sido diezmada seriamente. La Swamper ya està casi desparecida en algunas localidades entre Sandy Bay y Blue Bayou. Hay nuevas calles planeadas como la que va a Rock Harbor que sin duda harà desaparecer grandes lugares de anidamiento. Las calles estàn planeadas para ir a todos los lugares arenosos. La supervivencia de la Swamper a largo plazo se ve mal, a menos que los lugares de anidamiento màs grande se protejan completamente. Informaciòn detallada acerca de la Swamper y su amenaza se provee en la Estaciòn de Investigaciòn y Crìa de Iguanas (Iguana Station) que està ocupada en un programa de crìa (màs de 750 Swampers ya han sido criadas y liberadas), protecciòn del hàbitat, educaciòn sobre el medio ambiente en escuelas de Utila, trabajo cientìfico y mucho màs. Lo visitantes obtienen un paseo guiado al centro de visitantes y pueden ver las Swampers afuera asì como las otras dos especies de Iguanas Utileñas. Los horarios de atenciòn de la Iguana Station son: Lunes, Mièrcoles y Viernes, de 2 a 5 de la tarde. Ademàs hay paseos dentro de la isla como a Rock Harbor, Iron Bound, Cuevas de Agua Dulce y Cuevas de Los Murcièlagos. Nadja Seitz + Lutz Dirksen Huricane Adrian s projected path on 19th May at 2pm June marks the start of the hurricane season but Utila received an early warning this year when hurricane Adrian threatened to strike. Adrian originated in the Pacific and struck the Central American coastline in El Salvador, with a track heading directly for the Bay Islands. Never before has Utila been hit by a Pacific hurricane. Fortunately, the ranging winds were no match for the mountain crossing and despite preparatory measures Utila received only a light shower and gentle breeze. Utila, like all communities in the hurricane zone has a well established emergency plan, introduced by the Government. Elevated meeting points are designated as hurricane shelters away from the low-lying areas that are susceptible to dangerous floods. Mayor Alton Cooper is responsible for coordinating efforts and would see to it that the community is kept informed of developments, emergency teams are on standby and predetermined representatives keep order in the shelters. I would send out a car with a loudspeaker to raise the alarm and let people know what actions to take. Additionally local media would transmit information and keep people updated. Cayans must evacuate their homes and travel to Utila mainland for safety and boats removed from the vulnerable bay area into the lagoon. Despite these extensive emergency plans Utila is rarely struck by hurricanes and averages only one in every nine years. The last major hurricane to strike was hurricane Mitch in Junia marca el comienzo de la temporda de hurananes, pero Utila recibió una temprana e inesperada alerta este año cuando el huracán Adrian amenazo con golpèar. Adrian se originó en el Pacífico y toco las tierras de las costas de Centro America en El Salvador, con ruta directa a las Islas de la Bahia. Nunca antés Utila habìa sido anemazada por un huracán del Pacífico. Afortunadamente, los fuertes vientos no fueron oponente para curzar la Montaña y no obstante las medidas preventives, Utila solo recibío pocas lluvias y una suave brisa. Utila al igual que todas las communidades en la zona del huracán tenniá un efectivo plan de emergencia implementado por el gobierno. Lugares en altura son designados como refugios alejedos de las areas susceptibles de inundaciones. El Alcalde, Alton Cooper, es el reponsable de coordinar los esfuerzos y mantenes a la communidad informada de los acontecimientos. Equipos de emergencia estan en alerta y personale esta cuidando los refugios. Voy a enviar un coche con parlantes para informa las medidas a adoptar. Además los medios locales transmitirán las novedades para mantener a la gente informada. La poblacion de los cayos dee evacuar sus casas y por su seguridad ir Utila, u los barcos deberan protegerse en la lagona. A pesar del extensivo plan de emergencia, Utila raramente es golpeada por huracanes y el promedio es de uno cada nueve anos. El ultimo huracán en golpèar fue Mitch en Hurricanes What is a Hurricane? A severe tropical storm can produce violent winds at least 74 miles per hour, incredible waves, torrential rains and floods. High speed winds (occasionally reaching 200 mph ) spiral around a calm low pressure eye, often clearly seen in satellite photos. The greatest danger comes from the storm surge caused by the intense low pressure, the ocean surface can raise by 3-4m causing severe flooding to low lying coastal areas. Where do you get Hurricanes? Hurricanes occur throughout the tropics, they need ocean temperatures over 26.5 degrees C, moisture with light winds above it. What are Hurricanes called in other places? Hurricanes over the North Atlantic Ocean, cyclones over the Indian Ocean and typhoons over the north-west Pacific. How often do Atlantic Hurricanes occur? There are on average six Atlantic hurricanes each year. How often do Hurricanes strike Utila? Very rarely, the last serious hurricane to strike was Mitch in Most hurricanes pass Utila to the north east missing it entirely. On average a hurricane only hits every nine years. The eye of a huuricane Hurricane Names Hurricanes are named alphabetically from the beginning of the year. The list of names is prepared in Advance. This years names for Atlantic Hurricanes are: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince, Wilma. Hurricane names are removed from the lists after they ve been used for a storm that was very strong or caused a lot of damage. For example; Andrew, 1992, Bob, ; Diane, 1955, Fran, 1996, Georges, 1998, 1996; Hugo, 1989 Inez, 1988 Klaus, Moons 6th June 15th June 22nd June 28th June
5 8 Secrets of the Jungle Sitting next to the fire and ordering a bottle of red off the extensive wine list and you may be forgiven for thinking that you re not on Utila. welcome to the Jungle Café. Every day owners Mitch and Julie fling open their beautifully painted garden gates to reveal their exclusive little jungle getaway. Drinks are served daily and complimented three times a week with flamboyantly prepared german food with a Utilian twist. A self-proclaimed food addict, Mitch goes on to say, I like to eat good and strives towards ensuring quality ingredients by avoiding the restrictions of a menu. Absolute freshness, no exceptions he claims passionately, when come here you order what s on offer, and you like it because it s good. You might even fancy a pre dinner stroll to enjoy the spectacular views from Stuarts hill just a stones through away. To get there, follow the path past the iguana station until you reach the grand entrance. Be careful to make reservations if possible though, especially on Saturdays when the elite, four course, made-to-order menus are de rigour. Jungle Café is the perfect choice when you feel you need to get away from it all. Rev. Dr. Janet Corlett, New Methodist Minister. Origin: Born and raised on the Isle of Man. Education: PhD in agricultural science studied in India. Previous travels: Worked in The Philipines, Zimbabwae and India. First Impressions of Utila: Beautiful and very welcoming, different from expectations. Daily tasks: Teach, preach and be a pastor. Most memorable moment: Getting to the graveside and the coffin not fitting! Misses from home: Her 600cc Yamaha and going to the pub with friends. In her own words: I m not just here to fill pews, I want to learn about the life and dreams of the people here and help them to fulfil their potential, bringing them more into contact with God. Its all about what we can give and serving the community. La Reverenda Dra. Janet Corlett la nueva Ministra de la Iglesia Metodista, se presenta: Originaria: Nació en la Isla del Hombre E d u c a c i ó n : PHD en ciencias agrónomas, estudiadas en la India Viajes realizados: Trabajo en Filipinas, Zimbabwe e India Primera impresión de Utila: Muy bella y acogedora, diferente a lo que esperaba Tareas Diarias: Enseña, pedica y es pastora Lo que mas extraña: Su Yamahaa 600 cc reunirse con sus amistades De sus palabras: No solo estoy aquí de pasada, quieto aprender de la vida y de los sueños de la gente de aquí, quiero ayudarlos a desarrollar su petencial, acercándolos al contacto de nuestro señor. Es todo acerca de lo que podemos hacer dar y servir a nuestra comunidad. Monthly Prayer - Oración del mes Gracious God Thank you for fulling our lives and this island with good things. Thank you that your desire for us is LIFE, and life in all its fullness. Thank you for brilliant flowers and trees full of fruit, Thank you for unique corals and stunningly colourful fish. Thank you for the precious people and the power of love. We are sorry that we often carelessly pollute the beauty you have given: The beauty of the earth, the reef, our bodies and our souls. We pray for help. We pray for wisdom to recognise the way that leads to life. We pray for strength to resist and remove everything that harms or degrades life. We pray for love to be commited to the well-being of others. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ The Lord of Life Señor lleno de gracia Gracias por llenar nuestras vidas con cosas buenas. Gracias por que tu deseo por nosotros es VIDA, y una vida plena. Gracias por las bellas flores y árboles llenos de frutas. Gracias por estos grandiosos arrecifes y estos bellos peces multicolores. Gracias por esta bella gente y el poder del amor. Discúlpanos si algunos veces no apreciamos la bellezza que no has dado: la bellezza en la tierra, los arrecifes, nuestros cuerpos y almas. Te pedimos ayuda. Te pedimos sabiduría para reconocer lo bueno de la vida. Te pedimos por el amor para ser llevado para el bien de todos. Te pedimos en el nombre de Jesus Christ. Amo y señor de la vida. Amen. Utila East wind Chamber Fees NOT Insurance Municipality law states that every diver must pay one dollar per day of diving in Utila to the hyperbaric Chamber. This is NOT an insurance fee, it does not cover the cost hyperbaric treatment, should it be needed. Any costs incurred are the responsibility of the individual or their travel insurance company. Unfortunately many travellers to Who Pays What Utila do not have insurance that covers scuba diving and may be misled into thinking the reef fee will act as insurance. The daily fees go towards maintaining and running the chamber and keeping it available to divers 24 hours a day. Many locals do not have insurance and cannot afford to pay for treatment. Explained Marjorie Grande, Head Chamber administrator. The one dollar fee subsidises treatment for those who cannot afford to pay. No divers who stay within recreational depth limits are turned down for treatment at the Chamber, however if limits have been exceeded, the victim will not receive treatment until it has been pre-paid in full. Tech. divers are the exception paying a special rate of 5 dollars per day, covering them to depths beyond 40m. If hyperbaric recompression treatment is needed, fees are Lps 450 per hour for locals and $450 per hour for everyone else. The Utila Hyperbaric Chamber is situated next to the College of Diving and is staffed full time by Miss Grande. Jungle Jim McClendon also works with the chamber and is responsible for staff training. Other specially trained staff are also on hand to respond to emergency call outs 24 hours a day. The Chamber is open Mon to Sat Where the money goes 8am 3.30pm, visit them next to the Bay Islands College for more information. SunJam 2005 Partygoers enjoying the show at last years Sunjam The 24 hour long music festival set to be one of the party highlights of the year, will take place on Saturday the 6th of August, uniting dance enthusiats from all over the globe. Celebrating its ninth consecutive year Sunjam will entertain over 1500 people on the beautiful, uninhabited island of Water Caye. Organizers Luis Maier and Alfred have gone all out this year recruiting a total of eight international DJ s in charge of playing non-stop dance music on two Sunjam is back! One of the Bay Islands highlights of the summer is being held on August 6th. Organizers Luis and Alfred have been busy with preparations for the one day event; 8 DJ s, security guards, local boat drivers and, for the first time, portable toilets. The music festival will be entertaining 1500 people on beautiful Water Caye. Tickets are $20 and available at Bush Supermarket. Get yours before they are sold out. seperate stages. The venue is irresistable, you cant have a party on a better place said Mr. Maier. Fire shows and entertainers on stilts, as well as food stalls, bars, security guards, and, for the first time, portable toilets complete the package. The party boat will not be running this year and transport to the island will be with local fishermen. I insist that all captains have life jackets in their boats, safety is very important said Mr. Maier Warm up parties will take place across the island in the week leading up to the event. Tickets will be on sale in Bush supermarket for $20.. Twelve Killer Whales spotted off Raggedy Cay Twelve Orcas (killer whales) were spotted off Utila s Raggedy Cay on the morning of Thursday the 5th of May. Laguna Beach divers spotted the pod of whales that included a mother and two of her calfs. The whales followed the boat for several hours. We spent two hours Did You Know? Killer Whales colouring is used for camoflague, thier white undersides blend in with the light when seen from below and their dark upper bodies make them harder to see against the dark background from above. with them, we missed our second dive but who cares. An incredible day! gushed one onlooker. Local boat captains Raul and Kerry had never seen orcas before and one lucky diver even managed to capture some exiting underwater video footage, My camera got knocked by a whale as I held it over the side of the boat! UDC divers also managed to catch some of the action as the whales passed by Utila that day. The migratory patterns of this regional group of Orcas bring them back to Utilian waters once every two years. Normally Orcas are found in colder waters and seeing them in the tropics is a rare experience. Despite being referred to as Killer Whales, Orcas are the largest member of the dolphin family.
6 Spot the Difference SPOTTED DRUM Thinking Green What is Coral Gardens? F or those of you who don t know there is a new type of garden growing under the sea in Utila: a coral garden. Since July 2004 a project called the Coral Gardens Initiative was established in order to maintain and regenerate our coral reefs. The project includes transplanted corals in several varieties and growing methods as well as ﬁsh houses which consist of dead coral cemented together in shapes that attract ﬁsh, lobster and even octopus. Corals are one of Utila s most important natural resources; they not only provide homes for a va- riety of marine species but also contribute to our coastline. Tourists who come to Utila are attracted to the island for its famous diving and many of them comment on the variety of beautiful healthy corals we have. Utila s reefs are still some of the best in the Caribbean; however as Utila grows in size, environmental stresses rise as well. Nature is also guilty of causing disasters like hurricanes, sea urchin mortality, and coral bleaching. Kicking in the cash for the Coral Gardens Initiative are Counterpart International and the Honduras Ministry of Tourism. Juv. Spotted Drum Equetus Punctatus Family: Drums - Sciaenidae Size: Adult, cm, Juvenile, 2-4 cm Depth: 5-30 m Range: South Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean. Description: An elongated front dorsal ﬁn and bold black and white bars on the head make this an easy ﬁsh to identify on the reef. The spots on the rear dorsal and tail ﬁns only appear as the ﬁsh reaches adulthood and cover a larger area as the ﬁsh ages, further more, as the ﬁsh ages the front Adult Spotted Drum dorsal ﬁn appears to shrink leaving only a short stub in the oldest of specimens. Adults and Intermediates are solitary while Juveniles maybe seen in twos and threes. Where to see them around Utila: Spotted Drums can be found on virtually all of Utila s dive sites. Did you know? The common name Drum refers to the ﬁshes ability to vibrate muscles surrounding the swim bladders to produce a vibrating sound used to warn off other Drums. AIRPORT CAVES As you descend the buoy line you`ll ﬁnd out why its called Airport Caves. There are several swim throughs and little caves in this area inhabited with glasseyed sweepers, snappers, margates and quite often a green moray sleeping or free swimming. Dont plan a deep dive at airport Caves, there`s not really anything to see below 50ft. Most of the swim throughs are around 15-20ft making this an excellent second dive. Note: Exercise caution when entering swim throughs and under overhangs, always check your air before entering and NEVER enter a cave without adequate training. Tania (T) Brunes and Jules Page O n the old airport reef past the lighthouse, a 5min boat ride from the harbour, you`ll ﬁnd the dive site Airport Caves. C utting edge new software allows individual Whale Sharks to be identiﬁed from ordinary photographs by mapping their unique spot patterns. Using this technology Whale Sharks can be identiﬁed and tracked over time without the use of tagging or expensive specialised equipment. Brad Norman co-founder of Ecocean, a non-proﬁt Australian conservation organisation collaborated with computer expert Jason Holmberg to develop the walls on the North side of Utila software. at depths ranging from 200 to It all started in a bar one night 245 feet. when we got talking to the guy It is amazing to see untouched who designed the software to map seamounts and the variety of star constellations, said Mr Holmarine life knowing that we mberg. are some of the lucky few to go His formula is all based on white there, said Matt Awty, Tec inspots on a dark background, and structor at Deep Blue. we made the whale shark connecthe diving involves a bit more tion he said. equipment, training and plansimilar to ﬁnger printing, the ning than normal. software maps the whale sharks The divers use different gases unique spot markings from phofor decompression and usually tographs, creating a mathematical carry four or more tanks. model for each shark, allowing It is not for everyone but even it to be identiﬁed from different if you aren t sure if you want to photos at any time. become a Tec-Diver you can do The photos are collected and enan introduction dive to see how tered into a growing database it is to dive with all housed on the Ecocean web site. the different For consistency the print is takequipment. en from a square area directly Coming Soon: behind the ﬁfth gill on the A professional Free sharks left hand side. Jasmine Dale, co-owner Diver will attempt to of Deep Blue Divers, is reach depths of up to now responsible for entering all Utilian whale 50m without ﬁns here on shark photos into the Utila, within the next few database. It has two huge advanmonths... tages over many other Watch this types of research, it is non evasive, whale sharks need space! only be photographed to be included, and all inclusive, everybody can be a part of it, not just experts and scientists said Ms. Dale. First Female Tec Instructor on Utila T Matt Awry he island now has a female Tec instructor. Noa, working at Deep Blue Divers, has recently completed all the training required to become the islands ﬁrst female technical instructor. Tec is normally a male dominated environment and as it gets more popular the number of female Teccies will hopefully increase, said Noa. On Utila Tec diving is already popular. It is an excellent location for deep dives as it is situated on the continental shelf giving it massive walls on the North side. Furthermore, there are numerous seamounts, which are largely unexplored and not accessible to sport divers. Tec diving goes beyond recreational limits allowing divers at this level to explore the deeper waters and seamounts. Recently divers have been venturing out to the banks and deep The manta doesn t see the camera man because of damage to it s left eye Entangled Manta Saved by Videographer Hero A manta ray entangled in ﬁshing line was cut free by divers at popular dive site Moon Hole on the 5th May. Divers from UDC struggled to remove several metres of twine that wrapped around the mantas body, cutting directly Two photos of the same shark showing the spot patterns As the database accumulates in- Ecocean.org. (right may formation, the chances of ﬁnding be submitted but is not a match for any particular whale preferable). shark increases signiﬁcantly. The database will Currently very little is known show when and where about the species migratory and the whale shark has breeding habits and it is hoped been spotted before. that over time the data generated Every time a further by the Ecocean project will shed identiﬁcation is made some light on the subject. participants will rephotos of Whale Sharks from an- ceive notiﬁcation. ywhere in the world showing the Visit Ecocean.org for more spot pattern on the left hand side be- information. hind the gills can be submitted it to through its left eye and clamping the creatures mouth shut. Customers spotted the ray and alerted Mr Dan Cain, videographer, who quickly donned his scuba gear and sunk to the rescue. Using a borrowed swiss army knife he freed the exhausted crea- ture in front of a crowd of divers and snorkelers. The manta was obviously exhausted, especially to found be in such shallow waters, and stayed with the divers for a good 15minutes before disappearing into the blue. Unfortunately video footage showed that the manta was blinded on its left side, I hope the eye was retracted and will grow back to give it a better chance of survival ﬁnished Mr. Cain. Did You Know? Mantas can leap up to 7m out of the water. There are reports of baby mantas being born as the mother is in midleap! The wire cutting straight through the mantas left eye Congratulations to Utilas New Dive Professionals Divemasters Mr. Fox measures a whale shark using a 3m piece of pipe Deep Blue Dan Kirk Diana Ven Der Windt BICD Micheal Harding Mark Lapointe Robert Smith Craig Colver Gunters Ecomarine Oren Shamir Ondrej Voitek Erin Jackson Jenifer Robison Maya Bustan Harald Bratzel Laurent Doddelaire Nick Delacey Alton s Dive Shop Dan Mills Angela Wilhelmi Captain Morgan s Sean Gerry Underwater Vision James O Brian Daniel Stephens Utila Dive Center & Cross Creek Dylan Masnot Hannah Johanssen Michael Brunschweiter Hanna Petersson Mateo Ponce Earl Gutgesell Tim Vanderwel Alice Blazy-Winning Laura Foco Chris Burrows-Wood Assistant Instructors Utila Watersports Remy Michalud Sarah Fischer Steve Fischer Arlena Ulrich Christian Fabiansen Martin Victoria Abraham Francis Captain Morgans Maude Gagnon Renzetti
7 Services 13 RESTAURANT + BAR GUIDE No of rooms Price range Facilities Tropical Sunset, Seayeye resort 25 $25 - $125 Bar,Restaurant, Free use of Bando beach, dock, kayaks Alton s Dive Inn 13 $3 - $4 / person Ocean front rooms, fan, shared bathroom, dock, kayaks Trudy s 28 $3 - $6 / person Fan, shared bathroom Trudy Suites 7 $45 - $50 A/C, hot water, tv, fridge, microwave Watersports, The Mansion 6 $3 / person Hostel style, shared kitchen, shared bathrooms Cross Creek Dive shop 14 $3 / person Fan, shared shower, shared kitchen and louge Cross Creek Cabins 4 $28 - $35 A/C, hot water, cable tv, fridge Copers Inn 16 Lps Kitchen, resturant, fans, shared bathrooms. Rubi s Inn 12 $20 - $30 / room Fan, a/c, private bath, hot water, fridge, honeymoon suite, private balcony, waterfront. Hollands Inn 6 $12 - $30 / room Private bathroom, fan, a/c. Captain Morgans 8 $3 - $5 / person Private bathroom, fan. Jade Seahorse 6 cabins Opening Hours Bando Beach 9am pm Beach bar, snacks Bar in the bush Wed/Fri, 9pm - late Night club Big mammas cafe 6am - 4pm Sandwiches and breakfast $72 / cabin, $12 / extra person Mango Inn 26 $3 / person - $75 / room Private bathroom, hot water, fans, a/c, fridge Pool, private bathroom, a/c, fan, tv, fridge, restaurant/bar, wireless network The Lodge 8 $65 - $95 Private batroom, fan, hot water, a/c, tv Hotel Utila 20 $14 - $51 Hot water, a/c, fan, private bath Details Bundu Cafe Mon - Sat, 8am - 3pm; Tue/Thur/Sun, 6pm - 10pm Sandwiches, salads and international food Cafe Barracuda Mon -Sat, 6.30am - 11pm International food Captain Jacks 7am - 2pm Local food Casino 8am - 12am, Sat til 3am Night club and local food Coco Loco 4pm - 12am, Fri/Sat til 1am Dock bar Cola de Mico Pool Hall Tue - Sun, 9am - 10pm; Fri/Sat til 12pm Pool bar Coopers Inn 5pm - 10pm, closed Wed, Sun Pizza and pasta Dave`s Restaurant Mon - Sat, 6.30pm pm BBQ El Castillo Tur - Mon, 6pm - 10pm European food Fidi`s Bar Tue - Sun, 10am - 7pm Local food Glady`s Big Burgers 11am - 10pm Burgers Holand`s Restaurant 11.30am - 2pm Local food Jade Seahorse 7am - 10pm, closed Tue/Wed International food Jungle Cafe 3pm - late International food Tue/Fri/Sun Bar open daily Kobs 9am - 10pm Ice cream La Cassetta de Coca Tue - Sun, 8am - 10pm Snacks La Piccola Wed - Sun, 5pm - 10pm Italian food Las Delicias 3pm - 12am, Sat 3pm - 3am Bar and Snacks Mamita`s Place Mon - Sat, 7.30am - 2pm 4.30pm - 10pm Local food Mango Inn 6.30am pm Pizza and international food Mango Tree Gelateria Mon - Sat, 8am - 10pm, Sun 10am - 10pm Gelato and American coffee Mermaids Sun - Thur 11am - 10pm, Fri til 3pm Sat 6.30pm - 10pm International fast food, delivery availiable Munchies 6am - 10pm International Food Paisano 7am - 10pm Local food Pelican Bar 11am - 10pm Beach bar and international food RJ`s Wed/Fri/Sun 5.30pm 9.30pm BBQ Scotty`s 5pm - 10pm Asian and bar snacks Seabreakers 5pm - 12am Dock bar Seven Seas Tue - Sun 6am - 10pm Local food Skidrows 3pm - 12am Bar The Island Cafe International food Tranquila 3pm - 12am, Fri/Sat til 2.30am Dock bar Treetanic Bar 7pm - 12am Cocktail bar Ultralight Cafe Sun - Fri 7am - 10pm Israeli food Utila Cuisine 9am - 10pm Local and vegetarian cuisine Zanzibar Cafe 7am - 4pm Local food HOTELS Bay View Hotel 11 $16 - $22 Private bathroom, fan, hot water, fridge, ocean view Backpackers 6 $2 - $9 Share kitchen, fan, share bathroom, 1min from the beach TAXI Hank s Taxi Tel Gringo s Taxi Tel Paisano Taxi Tel PRINCESS FERRY Tel Utila La Ceiba: 6:20am & 2pm La Ceiba Utila 9:30am & 4pm Adults: $14 ow Children (6 12 yrs): $7 ow Children (under 6): free SOSA Tel Utila La Ceiba $32 ow To Utila 6am 6.10am (Mon Sat) 3:30 3:40 (Mon Sun) From Utila 6:20 6:30 (Mon Sat) 9:50-10am (Mon Sat) Utila San Pedro Sula $90 onw To Utila 8:15am 10am (Mon Sat) 2:15pm 3:40 (Mon Sat) From Utila 6 :30am 12 :40pm (Mon Sat) 7:50am 2pm (Mon Sat) ATLANTIC AIRLINES Tel Utila La Ceiba $32 ow To Utila 7am 7:10am (Mon Sat) 3:15pm 3:25pm (Mon Sun) From Utila 7:50 am 8am (Mon Sat) 3:50pm 4pm (Mon Sun) Utila Roatan $63 ow To Utila 6:15am 6:30am (Mon - Sat) 12:30pm 3:30pm (via La Ceiba) (Mon Sun) From Utila 7:30am 7:45pm (Mon - Sat) 3:30pm 5:20pm (via La Ceiba) Utila San Pedro $75 ow To Utila 1:50pm 3:40pm (Mon-Sun) From Utila 7 :50am 8 :55am (Mon - Sun) MEDIA HQTV Channel 31 Tel Utila s local television channel Shelby Mcnab with a round up of daily news and interviews 7pm - 8pm Mon - Thur. CHURCH SERVICES Utila Catholic Church, Iglesia Catolica de Utila Our Lady of Carmen, Nuestra Senora del Carmen 7pm 8pm Thu, Sat & Sun 7pm 8pm Jue, Sab y Dom 9am 11am for Sunday Shool 9am 11am Dom con clases de orentacion religiosa para ninos. Mizpath Methodist Church Sunday Preaching 10:30am Sunday School 2:30pm Preaching 7pm Mon 7pm Christian Endeavour Wed 6.30pm Bible study Fri 7pm Prayer meeting HEALTH SERVICES Utila Community Clinic (Dr John) Tel Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm Centro de Salud Tel Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm Medical Store Mon-Sun, 8am- 8pm Chamber Tel Mon - Sat SUPERMARKETS Bush Tel Mon - Sat 6:30am- 6pm; Sun til 12pm Hendersons Mon - Sat, 7am-12pm, 2-6:30pm Rose Tel Mon - Sat, 7am - 12pm, 2-8pm Sea Eye Store Mon - Sun, 6:60am-12pm, 2pm -6pm Samanthas (7/11) 7:30am-11pm Meat Mart Mon - Sat, 7am- 12pm, 2-6pm, Sun til 12 BANKS BGA Tel Mon - Fri Sat til Banco Atlantico Tel Mon - Fri 8.30am pm Sat till HARDWARE STORES Delco Mon - Fri/Sun, 8am-6pm Madera 5 Sisters Mon-Fri, 7am- 12pm, 1:30-5:30, Sun 8am-12pm Ferreteria Rose Mon-Fri 7am- 12pm, 1:30-5:30, Sun 8am-12pm BAKERIES Camillas Bakery Mon - Fri, 8:30am-2pm Sweet Tooth Bakery Mon-Fri 6am-12pm INTERNET Hideout Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm Cay Caulker Cyber Cafe Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Suntil 5:30 Mermaids Sun-Thur 9am.10pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 6-10pm Howells Sun-thur 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-5pm Mango Tree Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 8-10pm Triple H Sun - Thr 8.30am-9pm Fri 8.30am-4pm Sat 7am-9pm OTHERS Fringe Salon Mon/Tue/Thur 9am - 1pm, 2pm - 6pm. Fri/Sat 12am - 8pm Utila Telephone Co. 8am - 8pm Johnny s Water Tel /am - 7pm TRAVEL AGENTS World Wide Travel Tel Mon-Fri 8am-4pm Sat til12pm Frank Morgan Travel Tel TELEPHONE LIST Big Mamma s Bundu Café Comedor el Paisano Coopers Restaurant Driftwood Rest Fidi s Restaurant Jade Sea Horse La Piccola Las Delicias Mango Café Mango Tree Mermaid s Munchies Ultralight Tourist Information BICA Immigration Offices Post Office (Correo) Municipality Offices Police Tropico Internet UPCO
8 14 DEAR DR. JOHN PUZZLES Dear Dr. John, I m a local born and raised on Utila that enjoyed a good childhood: fishing with my father, bathing in the sea, and walking in the bush barefoot while looking for crabs and/or iguanas. As I got older, I started hanging out at the Bucket of Blood and the Casino as my hormones began racing. In particular I became interested in tourist women as this seemed to be my ticket off of the island. I started running the streets with increasing frequency, drank my fair share of beer and rum, and even smoked a JUST KIDS We asked the you What will Utila be Like in 10 years? and recived many fantastic articles. There could only be one winner however and that was Keyli with her great advice! Preguntamos a ustedes Como Sera Utila Dentro do 10 Años Mas? y recìbimos muchos buenos articulos y dibujos. Pero este de Keyli era lo mejo con los consejos muy buenos! Utila la mas pequeña de las tres islas principales es un sitio unico a 27kilometros de la tierra firme es facilmente acecible por mar opor aire. Utila es muy importante por que queda en el sugendo lugar de los arrecifes y Ganadora! Winner! porque solo ahi hay la iguana eswamper himajinesen 10 años como va a estar la isla de Utila si cuidamos las playas los bosques los arrecifes las iguanas y todo lo que nos rodea en Utila pero si no cuidamos los arrcifes la isla se va a ir destroyendo poco a poco porque si tiramos basura en las playas y matamos las iguanas eswampers y matamos los arrecifes del mar Utila no va a quedar en segundo lugar sobre los corales y si matamos las iguanas Utila no va a tener iguanas swampers ni nada Utila a no va ser la misma. POR FABOR NO TIRE- MOS BASURA EN LA PLAYA NI MATEMOS LAS IGUANAS PROTE- JAMOSLAS! Keyli, little marijuana. I eventually discovered that I had more luck with the girls with a bag of cocaine than my looks. Than one night after too much partying, I was offered a joint spiked with some rock cocaine. As I smoked I started feeling like I was ten feet tall and bulletproof. Ever since then, I have been chasing the dragon. I given up on any hopes of going to Germany or Norway with my latest tourist conquest. No more sunny afternoons drinking Salva Vida and smoking weed on Water Cay. No more fishing trips with my father or treks in the bush as all I want to do is find some more rock. I ve gone from 180 lbs. to 120, my teeth are rotting out, I cough up blood, and I can t even get an erection now. To support my habit, I ve resorted to stealing butane tanks, tourist backpacks and bicycles, stereo equipment from the bars, guns and money from sailboats in the harbour, and even my mother s jewelery. Anything not nailed down is fair game for me. I even knocked over a little kid on the way to kindergarten and took his lemps and have performed oral sex on willing men just so I could rush to my dealer and score the next rock. I lurk around outside the bars and try to sell some weed to unsuspecting tourists. When I get the money, I tell the people that I will be right back but I head for the nearest crack house. When I don t get my way, I get very upset. I ll hit them in the face with a Salva Vida bottle and kick them when they are down. When I get caught and thrown in jail, my family is always there for me because in their eyes, I m still the sweet little boy that can do no wrong. Please, please Dr. John, tell me what I can do to end this misery. I want to slay this dragon and get off the crack but I feel absolutely helpless... Sincerely, Local Crackhead Dear Crackhead, Every junkie is like a setting sun and tomorrow never comes. The path that you are on only has three possible outcomes: jail, death, or rehab. I would suggest that your family should save their money on lawyers and saving you and send you immediately to the nearest drug rehabilitation centre. Otherwise, construct a raft out of liter Coke bottles and fishing net, erect a sail made from empty rice bags, and provision yourself with only bread and water. Throw your craft into the sea and lay flat on your back in your homemade hospital bed and pray for a Utila Eastwind that will allow you to sail away from your life of misery. Spot the 7 Differences Duppy (5) 6. Sacred song (5) Across 9. Creatures environment (7) 10. Keyboard (5) 11. Joseph Retzinger (5) 12. See your mayor smoking one (5) 13. Dive Site (7) 15. Clumsy man (3) 17. Boys name (4) 18. Container (6) 19. Pops (5) 20. US state (6) 22. Sera is the answer (4) 24. Elongated fish (3) 25. Dance with alternating steps (7) 26. Farewell (5) 27. Hassle (5) 28. Our home (5) 29. Flow (6) 30. The Italian Job (5) 31. Daybreaks (5) 2. Medicinal (6) Quick Teaser 3.Witch Doctor(6) Down 4. Get one in the sun (3) 5. Of New Zealand (5) 6. Serve these fruits with lime (7) 7. North or polar for example (4) 8. Eggs (8) 12. See one in Utilas park (5) 13. Dug out (5) 14. Bread with a hole (5) 15. Imperative (5) 16. Get one for the Carnival (5) 18. Container (6) 19. Finished (4-3) 21. Island vibes (6) 22. Layer (6) 23. Utila s big sister (6) 25. The Princess (5) 26. Circle segments (4) 28. You have reached it (3) Write the numbers one to eight in the spaces provided so that no sequential numbers are adjacent (eg. 5 must not be above, below or next to 6 and 4) Joke A man and woman are driving... A man and a woman are driving down the same road at the same time. As they pass each other the woman leans out the window, point and yells, PIG! The man immediately leans out his window, shakes his fist and shouts back, WITCH! They each continue on their way, and as the man rounds the next corner, he slams into a pig that had wandered into the middle of the road. If only men would listen May s answers and mistakes Congratulations to those who figured out the 5 mistakes in last months crossword most critically the down clues and across clues got mixed up Hopfully the only puzzle in this months crosword is the clues. Quick Teaser S T A I N S R M L T N E N V E L O P E B A J A R S C V R E D U C E B U C K L E M A R T M M O S E L S O M E M A T E S A R B O G U S S G H A B I T F R E E T A M I L C L E A V A N I M A L S A L I N E L L T N I D O L N L Y R I C I S T N T Y E E E N S U E S
9 17 EDITORIAL Below is the full list of all businesses who contributed to Dive into Earth Day. Organisers would like to apologise for not including everyone on the ﬁrst list. Tropical SunsetFreddys Place Altons Hideout Internet UDC Hole in the Wall UnderwaterVision Utila Watersports Cross Creek Coopers Inn Mermaids Bush Kobs Bundu Café Novedades Gaby Riveras Commercial Mango Inn Tropical Springs Thompsons Market Captain Morgans Deep Blue Eco-Marine BICD Paradise Divers Jonny s Water Tranquila Bar La Piccola Hendersons Island Café CLASSIFIEDS Services Multiservicios y distribuciones generales ofrece productos de limpieza. No necesitos pagar por ﬂete solomente llama al con Delmino Varela y tendras tu producto en 24 horas. Mr Fix it, for all scuba gear. Contact UDC Tr a d i t i o n a l Thai masage, reﬂexology, indian head massage, body massage. Ask for Andrina, Simon or BICD Patricks Watersport Coco Loco Scotties Seaside Hotel Seaside Inn Utila Hotel Jade Seahorse Samanthas Mammitas Place Del Olmo JC s Internet Roses Supermarket 5 Sisters JB Butchers Munchies Ultralight Di Gial Morgans Travel Roses Hardware Capt Jacks Taunties Fidis Bar Colibri Resort The Fringe Hair Salon Las Delicias Marinas Laundromat Golosinas Gladys Lolys Boutique Guatemala Shop School kids collect rubbish gmail.com Computer classes, ﬂexible schedule, 3hrs/wk contact Triple H internet. Ma-merr s day care, open monfri 7am-8pm 2mths - 3yrs old, behind deposito Pepsi. Come in and see us! For Rent Lost Black bicycle, hole in frame, wobbly but loved contact Louise on Cameras with underwater housing, free delivery and collection. $25/ For two divers call Sale and ask for Aeysha Beautiful or Tara. Crochet Items, all hand made, lots of colours to chose from, best quality and prices. Call and ask for Gladys. new newspaper. Must be energetic, happy, lively, fun, hardworking, able to spell, write ﬂuent Spanish and know a little about sport. Contact Tara Wanted and Louise at Local Sports C o r re s p o n d - gmail.com. ent needed for Jobs Waitress for busy restaurant 5:30-9:30 Wed, Fri, Sun. Contact Julie at RJ s Newspaper Delivery Boy/Girl for local newspaper contact Tara & Louise sincerely apologises for the error in the Whose Teeth Marks are These? story in the May edition. Mrs. Marais and her family were staying at Deep Blue Resort and not Laguna Beach. We are very sorry for any confusion or offence this mistake may have caused. Please submit any comments, free classiﬁeds or letters to the editor to or call us on Louise Powell & Tara NobleSingh Letters Hotel Crisis! I think I speak on behalf of all local hotel owners on Utila when I say that dive shops are taking the bread out of the hotel business by offering accommodations. Over the years we have all invested money in our businesses and now we can t get enough people in, even though more tourists come to the island. It is really not necessary for the dive shops to offer accommodations, or they should at least charge the same as all the hotels. Providing kitchens also takes business away from the restaurants. Food is cheap enough on the island that the tourists shouldn t ever have to cook. I have been forced to put a kitchen on Trader of plants needed for shipments from the mainland.please contact Utila Plant Society ASAP. Tea Bags, preferably PG Tips, any Uk brand accepted. Big money paid. Call and ask Bob. for Birthdays Anne-Marie Claesson, 10th June. Christina Noble, 10th of June Jem Stevens 14th June. into my own hotel, even though it takes away valuable business away from my restaurant. Dive shops make enough money from their divers and should share the tourists business. Anon Cars on the Road! What next? I have recently returned to Utila after 8 months and am shocked at the number of vehicles: cars, pick-up trucks, golf carts and motorbikes. There is no longer room on the road for pedestrians and cyclists. I ﬁnd myself looking over my shoulder constantly for fear of being hit by a motorbike or worse yet, a taxi! What is being done to control and monitor the increasing number of vehicles on this beautiful Caribbean Island? Christina, Canada. We want to hear your opinions! If you feel strongly about something please let us know. We can be located in the small ofﬁce in Munchies on the main Rd. or call Lonely Hearts SWM seeks skinny chick contact Altons Dive Shop Get Well Soon Alex Hope you are recovering well in hospital after falling into the ashtray. A. Neil, You had better not have made up those names on the DM list. We ll never take you seriously again. If you would like to submit a free classiﬁed in next months paper utila gmail.com
10 Cancer June 22 July 22 You are caught up in your own world and problems these days. Don t keep it all to yourself. Rather consider to talk to your friends about what is worrying you. Chances are they may be able to help out with some good advice! The sooner you take action, the better you will feel. Virgo Aug 23 Sep 22 It is not your imagination. You really are attracting attention from all kinds of people. Everyone you meet at the moment may want a bit of your time even more than you can handle just now. Enjoy your popularity and keep on smiling. Don t forget to spend some quiet time on your own. You will need it. Libra Sep 23 Oct 22 There is no need to rush into anything. Just take it easy and enjoy the moments you can spend together with that special someone. Be patient and stop worrying about whether or not this is leading up to anything more serious. With a little help of the universe it will all be sorted out the way it is supposed to be. Scorpio Oct 23 Nov 21 Still daydreaming about being somewhere else? Just dying to hop onto a plane, bus or train? What are you waiting for then? Go ahead, get it out of your system and enjoy every minute of it. You will hardly be missing out on anything back home except for Sagittarius Nov 22 Dec 21 You have got too much on your mind these days. Stop worrying, there is no need to make any major decisions at the moment. Relax more and go with the ﬂow. Things will happen naturally and will direct you onto the right course. Good time to take some time out. Why not plan a trip? Capricorn Dec 22 Jan 19 Resist making a show of what you ve got, even if you are quite unusually proud. As you of all signs know, there are many ways to display something. It is time for you to demonstrate subtlety and to get a bit more serious. The result? More respect from the people that surround you. TV Star Aquarius Jan 20 Feb 18 The heavens have put together a recipe that s just perfect for getting you close or even closer to your current squeeze. You won t be in the mood to argue this month. You will do what you can to make that recipe even spicier. Pisces Feb 19 Mar 20 Party time! Your friends miss you dearly while they are having a good time going out together. This is your chance to catch up on some socializing and to letting go of your daily worries. So what are you waiting for? Go out there, join the party and have some fun, you know you want it! On Yer Scooter the normal routine of course. Daddy s Girl Gemini May 21 June 21 You are in the mood for love real, romantic love and you will not be able to concentrate on anything else. No, this isn t at all like you and yes, your friend will be astonished. No problem though. Maybe it is time for a change. Doesn t hurt or does it? July 23 Aug 22 Take charge and make it happen. You can get more done than you think. You have the ideas and the discipline to ﬁnish what you have started. All it needs now is a little more conﬁdence, a bit more patience and your own enthusiasm. Obstacles are there to be overcome and to make you even stronger than you already are. Great Catch Taurus Apr 20 May 20 You need to make some changes now, on a very deep level. This may concern moving, your work life or relationship matter. Don t stress out about it though. Evaluate your options and relax. It is all going to go along quite well. Leo Be Cool Director: F. Gary Gray Comedy with John Travolta The Bet Aries Mar 21 Apr 19 A little romance comes your way during a busy month. Keep an eye out. If you already got a date, it is bound to be hot. If not, get out there and ﬁnd one. However, don t get carried away too much. Your concentration and creativity at work is of high importance this month as well. Are We ThereYet? Director: Brian Levant Comedy with Ice Cube On the Cays HOROSCOPES The Life Aquatic Director: Wes Anderson Genre: Comedy Synopsis: As The Life Aquatic opens, Zissou (Bill Murray), a self-involved, Jacques Cousteau-like ﬁlmmaker, has just released a documentary depicting the death of his best friend Esteban, who was eaten by some sort of sea creature--possibly a jaguar shark. Zissou s troubles also include his waning popularity with the public, and a nemesis (Jeff Goldblum) who hogs up all the grant money. Hope arrives in the form of Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson), an amiable Kentuckian who may be Zissou s son. Despite his lack 19 Out & About Smile Screening in June The Aviator, Be Cool, Life Aquatic, and Are We There Yet? are the feature ﬁlms. Boogeman, Beyond the Sea, The Machinist, and others round out the month. Wednesday is classic night where you can see movies you ve always heard about but may not have seen. Movies like Green Berets and Some like it Hot. Fridays are Drive-in Theater movies not to be taken seriously and a perfect way to start the weekend. Look for Blazing Saddles and Ghostbusters. Movies are shown nightly at 7:30pm with the exception of Friday (8pm) and Saturday (6:30pm and 8:30pm). Birthday Girl 60 elevated seats in air conditioned comfort Tickets only 45 lps of enthusiasm for fatherhood, Zissou welcomes Ned--and Ned in turn saves Zissou s new documentary (in which he seeks revenge on the jaguar shark) in more ways than one. The Aviator Director: Martin Scorcese Drama with Leonardo Dicaprio and Cate Blanchett Tranquila Party The Artist 18
11 Sports INTERNATIONAL European Football Tennis FOOTBALL Tension Rises as Season Nears its Close BASEBALL Utilian Baseball Team Reformed Liverpool returning home with the UEFA Cup Chelsea took the Premiership. Arsenal won the FA Cup by beating Manchester United in a 5-4 penalty shoot out. The Champions league final was won by Liverpool in an exciting match which saw them 3-0 down to AC Milan at half time. Liverpools magnificent comeback in the second half won them the game with the final score being 4-3. Olympics News Paris looks to be favourite in the race to host the 2012 Olympics with the UK in a close second place. All countries will have to wait until 6th July 2005 for the final decision to be announced. Federer at Roland Garros Top seeded Roger Federer cruises in the French Open beating Carlos Moya. Federers next match at Roland Garros sees him face the Spanish prodigy Rafael Nadal after he knocked out Sebastian Grosjean. Federer Nadal Moya Grosjean NBA While the Western Conference finals appear headed for a sweep, the East still has intrigue and two evenly matched teams searching for an edge in game 3. East Finals West Finals Heat 1 Spurs 3 Pistons 1 Suns 0 Goal attempt as Juventus play Tigers on Sunday 29th May The Utilian mens league is nearing its climax for this season. The Dolphins and Juventus have already gained enough points to ensure qualification for the second knock-out phase due to begin on the 15th. Four teams are battling it out for the remaining two semi final places. Fixtures Dolphins vs Estrella Tigers vs Sherryl Dolphins vs Juventus Calis vs Estrella Dolphins vs Marlins Calis vs Dolphins Sherryl vs Juventus A team of ex-patriot Utilians from New York, led by Mr. Grayson, are set to travel to Utila for a baseball tournament at the beginning of August. Utila has reformed its team under the experienced guidance of Mr. Ronald Ramon who coached the previous teams for sixteen years. Captain Witney and his young team of twenty-two men practise once a week on the Concord baseball field. The field was named after the infamous Concords, who in their prime were the best baseball team in Central America. Baseball was once the most popular sport on the island, but as footballs popularity grows the concord field is used increasingly by the islands football community. Baseball is in our blood, combine that with dedication and discipline and we re onto something Mr Ramon says and has high hopes for his new team. The tournament will consist of 4 games spread over two days. A further team will join the tournament from either Roatan or Tegucigalpa. Anyone wishing to join the team should contact Mr. Ronald Ramon in Sandy Bay. Mr. Ronald Ramon Major League The NL East remains the tightest race in baseball after Sunday s games left the Marlins tied for first place. Florida 6 Altanta 7 NY Mets 3 Philadelphia 2 Exchange rates $ Aus $ Can $ Quetzales 2.48 E