Monday, February 9, 2009
Cane farmers resume cane delivery on Sunday*The dispute over the core sampler used to test the quality of cane delivered to the BSI factory has been resolved. A compromise for a different mechanism that will ensure quality cane was met following several meetings of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, The Belize Sugar Industries and the Government of Belize. It is expected that cane farmers will now go back to delivering sugar cane.
Eric Eck; Chairman Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association
“The strike is now officially being lifted. After we have gone through intense negotiations today we have reached to an agreement between BSI and the Cane Farmers. I must say that the Core sampler will no longer be used anymore." Cane Farmers halted the delivery of Sugar Cane to the BSI factory last Tuesday and following Monday’s unrest at the BSI Factory their request was for the elimination of the core sampler.
Carlos Magana; CEO Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association
“The problem with the old method or the past method and I can use that term now past method is that it really affected the economy of the household income of all farmers. This one will be the method which farmers across the board will receive the same payment. They will have to work now united. Everything brings challenge; this will also be a challenge but it is going to be a more palatable one where the farmers themselves can work and talk and they will be able to determine when to deliver their sugar cane.”
Magana says he is confident that the membership of the BSCFA will accept this new mechanism that will ensure the delivery of fresh, mature, clean cane to the BSI factory. He tells us how this new system of quality control will work.
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Prime Minister Spencer seeking 2nd term in office
Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has announced the dissolution of parliament from today Monday February 9th, but stopped short of setting a date for this year's general elections.
Addressing party supporters at a public rally on Sunday night, PM Spencer said certain things have to be in place before he announces the date.
Prime Minister Spencer's governing United Progressive Party (UPP) and the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) have been campaigning unofficially, since last November.
Speaking to his supporters, ALP leader Lester Bird said the UPP's time is up.
Plane crash in Brazil
Model of plane in Brazil
Twenty-four people died in a plane crash in Brazil's Amazon basin, civil defense authorities in western Brazil said Sunday.
Four passengers survived including a 9 year old and were rescued by emergency teams after the plane -- a Brazilian-made Bandeirante turboprop -- went down Saturday afternoon.
The plane crashed in the Manacapuru River, a tributary of the Solimoes River, in Brazil's Amazonas state. It had taken off from Coari, about 225 miles (360 kilometers) southwest of Manaus, the state capital.
The plane was trying to make an emergency landing on a makeshift landing strip but crashed into the river. The plane was hired by family members of a well-known local businessman.