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The Sounds of Drums
With Garifuna Settlement Day right around the corner, the cultural drums have already began to roll around San Pedro Town.
Smart Files Injunction Against BTL
Today Speednet Communications Ltd. filed an application for an injunction against Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) in the Supreme Court of Belize. The application for an injunction became necessary after BTL served Speednet with a notice of termination of service via certain links effective November 14, 2014 which will leave almost 7,000 Smart customers in the Toledo District without access to voice and data services. Over the past five years, Speednet has worked diligently and invested millions of dollars to build out its own network which would allow the company to become fully independent. This major investment project has been successful throughout the rest of Belize and is underway in Toledo. Speednet expects to complete the Toledo project in the next few months.
Ocean Academy receives two prestigious awards
Caye Caulker’s Ocean Academy Aquatic Tourism Program is receiving recognition both at home and abroad. Not only did the program win the International Sport for Education award at the 2014 Beyond Sports Awards, but it also won the National Youth Award from the Belize Department of Youth Service. The Aquatic Tourism Program is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and helps students develop entrepreneurship skills and gain experience in the tourism industry.
Selected from 350 entries, Ocean Academy’s Aquatic Tourism Program was acknowledged as the best project from around the WORLD that uses sport to bring about a positive social change. School founders Joni Miller and Heidi Curry traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in the Beyond Sport Global Summit and Awards held from Tuesday, October 28th to Thursday, October 30th, and were on hand to receive the award. “When the winners were announced we were so thrilled. The Sports for Education award is a testimony to all our students who have worked throughout the year. We couldn’t be happier,” said Miller.
Caribbean Villas Hotel is open for the season
After renovations and the addition of a new building, Caribbean Villas Hotel is now open and ready to offer new services and amenities to guests. The grand opening ceremony was held on Friday, November 7th, where invited guests were welcomed to view the new rooms that the resort will offer. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers were served throughout the evening.
Caribbean Villas now offers four types of rooms to fit any vacationer’s budget. The loft suites offer spacious accommodations for up to five guests with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living area, and a balcony overlooking the pristine Caribbean Sea. Those opting for a quieter couples retreat can also enjoy a loft suite by choosing the one bedroom option.
Katherine Salinas wins 2014 Lions Peace Poster Contest
On Friday, November 7th, the San Pedro Lions Club hosted the judging of their annual Peace Poster Contest promoting peace, love and understanding. This year the competition saw the participation of four schools with 30 entries. After the judging, the top prize went to 13-year-old Katherine Salinas of The Island Academy. Her poster will represent the club at the 2014 Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
According to Jan Brown, San Pedro Lion member in charge of the Peace Poster Contest, the event encourages children to express themselves in a creative manner. “The students were basically given a guideline as to the size of the poster, and the message it should bring about. The actual content of the poster was left to their creativity. We have such a small art program here… there is basically none. These contests give the children a chance to express themselves. Whether they are artists or not, everyone is creative and you would be surprised at some of the work coming from these 11 to 13 year olds,” said Brown.
Raquel Badillo Officially Crowned Miss World Belize
On Saturday, November 8, 2014, local businesses of San Pedro Town, family and friends gathered to show their support to Raquel Badillo who was officially crowned as Miss World Belize. The fundraising event took place at Fido’s Courtyard.
Miss Badillo hosted a private party with special invited guests, where she expressed her enthusiasm and honor in representing Belize at this year’s Miss World Pageant in London, England. She stated that this has been a dream since she was a little girl and wanted to follow the footsteps of her aunt and “role model” Martha Badillo – the first Sanpedrana to represent Belize in the Miss World pageant in Taipei, Taiwan in 1989.
Raquel Badillo was introduced to the community by emcees Gerry Badillo and Julianne Furgeson and crowned by Miss San Pedro 2014, Michelle Nuñez.
Oceana in Belize Continues to Inspire Belizean Activists Wavemakers
The challenges confronting Belize’s marine environments include illegal, destructive and over-fishing, the threat of offshore oil, and climate change. But with the support and hard work of dedicated Belizean activists, known as Wavemakers, Oceana in Belize continues to empower and inspire others to do their part to help protect our country’s precious marine resources.
On Saturday, November 8th, Belizean Wavemakers gathered at Oceana in Belize’s country office in the City of Belmopan to participate in the membership’s 2014 annual general meeting. Oceana in Belize Vice President Janelle Chanona reported on the latest developments in our ongoing campaigns to ban offshore oil, increase protection for juvenile fish and remove gillnets from the list of legal fishing gear. Additionally, National Grassroots Coordinator Amelita Knowles provided Wavemakers with a list of upcoming activities and events, including the Ride for Belize, Ride with Oceana bicycle ride from Corozal to Punta Gorda scheduled for November 27th to November 30th.
The Celebration of Dia De Los Muertos in San Pedro
At midday the family would gather to offer prayers for the repose of the souls of the dead. After the prayers, the food would be shared and even sent to those family members who could not make it to the prayers. How can I forget the “Finados” dinner prepared by my fraternal grandmother Regina Nuñez. She had nine children, all with families and her Finados dinner was like half a drum of relleno.
By late afternoon family members would visit the cemetery to light candles, refresh the tomb with flowers and offer some more prayers. Customarily there would be several dozens of families at the cemetery which would be bustling with activity, children running about admiring the tombs, men doing some cleaning and the women placing flowers on the tombs. It was a family solemn party at the cemetery which would be as busy as the town’s square for that day.
Sanpedrana Cecilia Lara Celebrates 100 Years
Dona Cecilia’s family deserves our respect and admiration. Below is her family tree that stands proudly in this community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Mana, Gach, Sylvia, Arturo, Elsa
Naive, Melita, Mar, Luz, Cookie, Eni, Corina, Len, Liz, Stel, Mario, Edita, Tony, Freddy, Mita Maria, Armando, Victor, Cecilia, Tully, Tony, Julio, Chucky, Letty, Elsita, Angel, Selina
Daniel, Ann Marie, Delva, Lucito, Lucita, Africa, Kenny, Eileen, Raul, Eni, Kahlen, Amira, Alyssa, Adah, Patrick, Leia, Gliselle, Mariselle, Gabriel, Maya, Karim, Freddy, Jose, Jose Luis, Shinyei, Jean-Luc, Dito, Alex, Arturo, Nayelli, Tony 11, Chloe,
Loui, Lexi, Luna, Gigi, Sylvanie, Benjamin, Gaven
Misc Belizean Sources
Consejo Village Library Hosts Coffee Cafe
The Conejo Village Library will host monthly Morning Coffee Cafe events beginning on Sunday 16 November 2014 from 8am to 11:30am.
The Consejo Village Library will begin monthly Morning Coffee Cafe events on Sunday, 16 November 2014 from 8am to 11:30am. The Library is on Lot #492, Consejo Village, the red "brick style" building across from Casablanca, diagonally from the Customs compound and pier.Bottomless cup of brewed coffee or tea with your choice of a slice of many different pies and cakes, for only $5 (Belize). All proceeds to benefit the Consejo Village Library. For information call Connie Bailey at 623-6355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PADF Youth-Focused Entrepreneurship Program Launches First Group of Micro-Businesses in Belize City
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the official launch of two micro-businesses under the second phase of the Youth Engagement Services Project (YES!), a program that targets youth who have limited opportunities in order to support youth-initiated micro and small businesses that increase access to jobs and encourage entrepreneurship in Belize City.
The program, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Belize, is building on other services to complement ongoing activities by providing youth from marginal areas the essential elements of technical training and business advisory services so they can succeed in the labor market. During Phase I, participants completed a 12-week tailored training program in entrepreneurship through SBDCBelize, under the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE). Youth participants received training on start-up and improved business tactics and business plan development in order to be prepared to start their own business or improve an existing one. Under Phase II participants submitted business plans for review by a Business
Launch Group comprised of private sector panelists. Following this process, four of the 10 business plans submitted received seed funding.
Succotz Villagers face the court
Succotz Villagers protested after two of their own were caught in an accident involving Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura. One person was killed and one survived. The villagers feared that there would be no justice and took to the highway where tires were burnt. They are being charged this Thursday for an illegal gathering.
If you are suffering from the relentless bitter cold and snow of the Arctic Blast up north, then get your sandals and tickets together because Belize Invites...Come on down to Belize. We have the perfect weather in the tropics.Aboard the UPRISING on Ambergris Caye, a female angler hooked up a great amberjack at about 250 ft. We thank our friend Eric for sharing the photo.
SUPPORT a great cause on Friday in Corozal
On November 14th St. Paul’s Anglican Church by the Sea is having a turkey dinner for only $8 a plate. The menu will be turkey, ham slice, rice and beans, gravy and cranberry sauce. The time is 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for pick up at St. Paul’s Church. For further information regarding tickets please contact Louise Bailey at 633-1261. Funds raised will go towards some necessary repairs to church and school.
Love FM's San Pedro Christmas Parade
Love FM San Pedro Christmas Parade is set for Dec. 14th 2014 at 5:30pm. After, there will be a Central Park Block Party featuring Top Notch Boutique!
Cane Farmers Association says negotiation YES bully NO
The Executive of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association held a press conference this morning to denounce the actions of BSI/ASR in reaching out to farmers and bypassing the Association. The BSCFA claims it is a blatant disrespect and disregard of a 'sacred institution' by a predator. The Association says it is still willing to negotiate but will not be forced or bullied into an agreement which will benefit the company but hurt the farmers.
Corozal G.L.B Poolside Restaurant
Serving Breakfast - Lunch and early Dinner - Closes at 6:00 P.M. Located on Ferry Road behind the Almond Tree Development.
Flavours of the Garifuna
Celebrate our unique Belizean cultures - The Corozal House of Culture invites everyone on Wednesday November 19th to join in celebration of our Garifuna Settlement Day with our Flavours of the Garifuna Event. The event includes a variety of activities beginning at 5 p.m. Come out for a taste of the Garifuna culture and flavours -
OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PRESERVE EXISTING CULTURAL HERITAGE IN BELIZE!!! AFCP BELIZE IS NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS!!
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Cultural Heritage Center, is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2015 Competition. U.S. Ambassadors in eligible countries may submit proposals to Washington for projects they endorse to preserve cultural heritage in the host country. Belize is an eligible country. The deadline for submitting proposals to the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section is Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
Sugar cane crop belonging to BSI/ASR goes ablaze in Libertad, Corozal!
400 hundred tons of cane belonging to BSR/ASR under the CGP Program was completely burnt down around 12:30 today. The field was lit all around. It measures about 15 hectares. It is located in the area of Slip Dock in the area of Libertad if calculated by tonnage it is a loss of about 27 thousand.
48 inch high requirement in caves
The Institute of Archaeology, NICH hereby advises all tour operators, tour guides and the general public that an AMNESTY is GRANTED for the 48 inch high requirement for children to enter caves for cave tubing, until December 31, 2014. The Institute of Archaeology, advises that all of the rules and regulations for visits to these archaeological sites remain in place.
Police Shooting Alleged Gunman After He Attacked
This afternoon just after at 2:00, shots rang out on North Front Street in the area of Majestic Alley – just a few hundred feet away from the swing bridge which is the centre of Belize City. This time the scene of the shooting was Eden Site Alley – which adjoins Majestic Alley. 28 year old Andrew Tate, known as Froggy had been shot three times, once in the head. Tate fell to the ground, and his shooter fled, but an off duty policeman who was passing the alley saw what happened – and he set chase. He said the gunman then pointed the gun at him – and that’s when he shot him in the leg.That gunman has been identified as Carl Lino – whose relatives live in Majestic Alley. Police found a nine millimeter pistol on him – and he is in the hospital pending charged, while Tate is reported in critical condition.And while that is the account from police who say they were lucky to have an officer in the right place at the right time, Lino’s family has a different story which his sister shared with us today at the scene:…Diane Lino, Sister of shooting victim"When I hear the gunshot, I ran. When I ran out I reached before everybody. I heard the gunshot and I ran and a person said they done shot him, they done shot him, he's on the ground in the corner."
Corwin's Body Found; He Was Murdered
Tonight, the family of 24 year-old Corwin Mendoza continues to make preparations for his burial after 2 days of searching for his body. All through that time, the Mendoza Family has been dreading the worst possible outcome, that Corwin had died, and they were simply looking for closure by finding his bodyToday, those fears were confirmed when the family's search team found his body floating in the water behind the Guanacaste Park, just outside of Belmopan City.As we've told you, police believe that he was a victim of a stabbing, and a beating on Sunday night, after which, the assailants disposed of his body by dumping it in the creek which runs through Roaring Creek Village.His family's grief is unimaginable, but now, they know for certain that he was killed. Today, our colleague at Plus TV spoke with his uncle who spotted the body first at around 10 a.m. this morning. Here's what he said:
BSCFA Condems ASR/BSI Bypass Attempt
For the past few days the sugar industry has been dominating the headlines. As we’ve told you, ASR-BSI is trying a first: they are appealing to farmers and reaping associations to enter into a commercial arrangement directly with the factory owners, and in so doing, cutting the Cane Farmers Association our of the equation. Now, the association has represented the farmers since 1959 – and it’s not going anywhere – not quietly at least. They made that clear at a press conference in Orange Walk today. 7News was there:…Jules Vasquez Reporting….
Today the top brass of the Belize Sugar Cane Famers Association took the head table, with the Branch Leaders in the wings.
At their headquarters to make ASR BSI know they are going to put up a fight:Oscar Alonzo, CEO - BSCFA"This proposed agreement is the worse agreement ever in the history of the sugar cane industry. BSI now AHS has become a predator who is using the agreement to try to obtain maximum benefits from it's investments."
BSI-BSCFA Industrial Action
And while they called on Government today, Ortega suggested that there may come a time when events may overtake them and they can no longer call for calm:…Alfredo Ortega, Spokesperson – BSCFA, Bagasse Negotiating Team"The time is coming, that they attitude they are demonstrating is really cornering the farmers to do things that will be harmful. Because they are not looking forward in negotiating in good faith for the farmers to get a just benefit and payment for their material. So we need them to understand, that as leaders, we have been working with our farmers in maintaining the peace; But there might be a time that our voices might not be heard by our farmers and other things can happen.”
Opposition Leader: ASR Move Worrisome
Very strong words, and while the government hasn’t made any comment on the state of affairs in the sugar industry, the opposition was quick to weigh in – with a position very sympathetic to the Cane Farmers Association.They say the BSI-ASR proposal would reduce farmers to cane cutters. They add that a future PUP Government would enforce the principle that quote, “sugar cane is unequivocally owned by the cane farmer.”Today in a press briefing at his private office, party leader Francis Fonseca elaborated on this:…
Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition"We certainly do not believe that the position that has been taken by BSI - ASR in their latest public pronouncements at their press conference, serves the best interest of the industry. We certainly do not support any effort to undermine or by pass the roll of the BSCFA. That does not serve the interest of the industry at all. We've had a long and successful tradition and history in the sugar industry of a tripartite relationship. Government, BSI, now BSI - ASR and the BSCFA representing the cane farmers.
DPM Vega Demands Retraction From Monchie
It made major news last week when Ramon "Monchie" Cervantes and his family released a phone call from a man claiming to be wanted murder mastermind Manuel Castillo. That caller made the explosive allegation that Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega organized a political assassination which ended up with Ramon Cervantes Sr being brutally murdered. DPM Vega has categorically denied that allegation, and now, he is demanding that Monchie Cervantes retracts and pays him damages for defamation, or else, he will sue.In a letter dated Sunday, November 9, Rodwell Williams, acting on behalf of Vega, wrote a letter to Cervantes saying quote,"You, Mr. Ramon Cervantes, Jr, the poltical opponent of the Honourable Gaspar Vega, played a voice recording in the Spanish Language of a conversation which you claimed was made between... Manuel "El Pelon" Castillo... and your mother, Mrs. Vilma Cervantes... The same was published by carrying and broadcasting live on Love FM and Fiesta FM Radio Stations to the General Public in Belize."
Hon. Fonseca Discusses Dr. Mendez Stepping Down
Yesterday, the PUP area representative for Orange Walk East, Marco Tulio Mendez made official what had been rumored a week earlier: he was stepping down as standard bearer because of a herniated disc in his neck.That creates an immediate and urgent vacancy in Orange Walk East for the PUP where a new standard bearer has to be identified and installed. That new candidate would only have a maximum of two and a half years to go before the next general election. And it’s an election where, again, the conventional wisdom would suggest that the PUP is going from a position of advantage – having the area representative - to one of disadvantage – having to find a new candidate.Today, the party leader discussed the party’s prospects going forward:…Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition"I'm obviously disappointed that Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez had to step down. It's not something he wanted to do but he was advised to do by many doctors he saw over the few months. So that is my first concern, his health is my first concern; And i'm concerned about him as a friend and a colleague and that supersedes any of our political interests. Moving forward we have already put in place a team in the northern cacaos who will lead an effort to find the best possible replacement for Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez.
Is The PUP Haemorrhaging Publicly?
And while the PUP will move on in Orange Walk East – Marco Tulio Mendez’s departure has to be examined in its wider political context.Mendez, like Cayo North Representative Joseph Mahmud who sent the PUP his letter announcing his resignation as standard bearer a few weeks ago, will stay on, as what’s known in political jargon, as a “lame duck” area representative.It’s not an encouraging picture for the PUP: because the departure of these tow elected representatives brings to three the total number of PUP standard bearers who’ve been removed or resigned since September. Today we asked the Leader of the Opposition about the importance of appearances when it comes to losing viable candidates:Daniel Ortiz
"Is this a reflection on your party's current stability? Can it be taken as a reflection of your leadership, that there is something inherently wrong with it?"
Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition
"No, not at all. If you examine the cases of Dr. Mendez, Joseph Mahmud, those were personal reason sited. I have very good relation with both men, they have supported my leadership throughout my tenure. I have absolutely no reason to second guess their decision. I support their decision, I respect their decision and I feel very comfortable and confident as the leader of the PUP.
Bze. City Council Candidates Soon Come
And so, while he assures us that his party isn't hemorrhaging publicly, the party has yet to announce the rest of the candidates who will be running along with Yolanda Schakron for the Belize City Council Elections.Fonseca promised that the Eastern Caucus would make that announcement by the end of last week, but it still hasn't come as yet. Our information says that the party has been having difficulties with candidates who signed up and changed their minds at the last minute.
Today, Fonseca was asked about the announcement of those other candidates, and he said that the Eastern Caucus Chairman simply hasn't found the right event to make that announcement:
Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition
"That's been available from last week but I think the eastern cacaos, Dr. Smith, the chairman of the eastern cacaos who's leading that effort along with the chairman of the party and the municipal team. They want to plan a proper event to unveil their team and I can't argue with them for that. That's been settled from last week, so we have the names, that's available. I'm sure if you acquire it before, they will make it available to you, but I think obviously it's best to have the people present so you can match names to faces and have an opportunity to talk to people. We will do when they make the final arrangements.”
Hon. Fonseca Met With Lord Aschroft?
We also had to ask the Leader of Opposition about reports reaching our news room that he had a meeting with Lord Michael Aschroft.We understand that they dined in the Radisson Fort George Hotel's Dining Room, and that they had a lengthy conversation.Today, Fonseca didn't exactly say that he did have that meeting, and he didn't categorically deny it either. He did say that he reserves the right to meet with Ashcroft, with the understanding that if his party should take over Government, BTL will remain in the hands of the public:Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition"I have no difficulty at all speaking to Mr. Ashcroft, he's an investor in Belize; But he has not, certainly since I became party leader of the PUP has not offered any financial support to the PUP and has not expressed any interest in offering any financial support to the party. Let me make it clear and I repeat this position that when it comes to the public utilities, BTL in particular. Under a PUP government, under my leadership, BTL will remain a public entity, majority owned by the state and people of Belize. There is absolutely no compromise in that position.”
City Fire Leaves 17 Homeless
A fire in the Collet area early this morning completely destroyed a house and scorched two adjacent structures. For the family of 17 it is a devastating event because they lost everything – including their shelter. They told us how the fire sprung up when they were sleeping:Courtney Weatherberne Reporting…
This bit of charred rubble used to be a house which was sheltering 4 people. Beside it, is another family home which used to shelter 13 more people, including young children all the way down to a 2 month-old baby.But, a fire late last night destroyed them both, and almost spread to the two other houses in the yard.Linton Maskall Sr. - Fire Victim
"It took place probably after 11 and I leaved to go buy some food and on my way back I saw the blaze and I ran, dropped the food and came to see what I could do to assists. I knew that my sister lived upstairs by my mother's house and she has 9 kids and I have a nice who has a 3 month kid too. All of them get affected by this you know."
Otis Claims Police Harassment
Tonight a 21 year old young man says he is wanted by police for a crime he did not commit. According to Otis Gladden, two police officers on motorcycle went to his home around one this morning looking for him. He was not there but the two officers proceeded to search the premises and then told his mother that he is wanted for driving a motor vehicle without license and insurance and assaulting a police officer at a police checkpoint. Gladden says he is innocent and is unaware of any of the incidents. He told 7news he is being targeted by one specific officer.Otis Gladden – Claims police harassment
"I just came out of jail and then last night and two policeman came to the house and said I'm wanted for driving a vehicle without motor insurance and threatening and assaulting a police officer. Two of them came and searched my house and this is the second time i've gone to jail."
"The vehicle that they're talking about you were driving actually belongs to a neighbour?"
"And you have no dealings with that?"
"I don't deal with that vehicle, that is their family vehicle. I'm here hanging out, police man passes every minute, search me this morning and nobody told me anything. Just one specific officer is threatening."
Douglas Jones Workers Get Their Jobs Back
Yesterday we reported on the workers of the Douglas Jones Canal Project who were outraged that they were losing their jobs because the project was the subject of a stop order. Today, however, it was a completely different atmosphere at the site where the workers and contractor met. It was quite a genial gathering; fitting given that the project was being re-instated. One of the Supervisors at the site gave us an update after the meeting.Quincy Gentle, Supervisor
"Mr. Medina personally told me that they have tried to implement everything. I work with Mr. Medina personally on Wilson street and I know Mr. Medina is a man of his word and I can give 100 percent he will get everything done. We've come to agreement that we'll go back to work, our pay raised from yesterday and we're working on the gears and trying to take the mud off the streets as early as possible. So the neighbours and stores and business areas can't complain.”
These 40 men get a raise of $15 to the existing $30 a day. Before we left the contractor was getting sizes from the workers for the protective gear. Works continue early tomorrow morning.
If You Love Belize, Teach
“If you love Belize.. Teach.” That is the theme for the countrywide Education road show. The main objective is to recruit teachers and educate the public about the importance of teaching to national development. Two of the coordinators discussed the scope of the initiative:
The roadshow continued tonight at 6 at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City. On Thursday they move on to San Ignacio at the Center for Employment training and Friday in OW at the Multipurpose sporting complex.
CANQATE Teaching Conference
And while that Education roadshow is mainly about teachers, CANQATE held it's 11th Annual conference to discuss ways to improve the quality of education services and the performance of students at the tertiary level. CANQATE, Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education holds several sessions every year and today specific topics centered on learning outcomes and improving standards. The coordinators discussed the details of the conference with me today.
The conference ends on Friday.
An Exhibit From A Mexican Wood Carving Artist
We have seen and experienced art in various forms- from paintings to dances. But there is a unique style of art on showcase at the Institute of Mexico: wood carvings from well-known Mexican artist Orlando Canto Montalvo. His works depict the beauty and fierceness of nature. Marcelino Miranda of the Institute of Mexico came to our studios today to tell us more about Montalvo’s work.
The Exhibit opens tonight at 6:30 and will remain open until December 5th.
ASR Will Continue To Dialog Directly With Farmers
We’ve told you all about the blowback from ASR – BSI’s unprecedented move to approach farmers directly. But what does ASR have to say? IT held meetings in Corozal and Orange Walk yesterday and today form Miami Mac Maclachlan told us the company is moving apace:..Mac McLachlan - International Relations Advisor, ASR
"We have offered to the harvest group leaders and to the cane farmers who were present a period of time now to let us know what we think about it. As you know, we are trying to supply an element of choice to the cane farmers. That initial deadline for comments will be the 18th of November."
"So then, should we take an interpretation that the agreement which had been put forward, 18 page agreement, is after consultation and after receiving feedback, that it is subject to change?"
"We going to listen very carefully to what cane farmers say to us. We can't make any promises on what that impact will be in the end, we are going to listen very carefully and where we can we will making changes were farmers wish."