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            [post_content] => On Tuesday, many Bahamasair Airline passengers were left stranded or significantly delayed as a sickout by pilots stretched into a second day at the height of the travel season. According to the airline, pilots were demanding more pay. The chairman of Bahamasair, Valentine Grimes, explain that the action taken by the pilots have forced officials to withdraw offers that were made to provide a salary increase.

Grimes said, "their action has caused the airline substantial losses and have caused the public a tremendous inconvenience."

"We again apologize to the public, but these were circumstances beyond the control of the board and management. If they take illegal industrial action and do not work, the work, the pilots ought not expect that they will be paid. They are excellent pilots and they are very, very well paid."

Former Free National Movement chairman, Darron Cash, who was also among the delayed passengers on Tuesday night described the situation at the airport as "complete and utter chaos."

"It is a complete failure of leadership," he added.

"The people on the frontline seem to be doing the best they can, but they are completely without reliable, consistent information from their leadership in Nassau, so they have customers running back and forth trying to figure out what to do," he added.

A resident of Bahamas who was travelling to Fort Lauderdale with expectations to arrive at 8p.m., Don Knowles, said he was asked to return to the airport at 8p.m.

It is just ridiculous because now I have lost my car, my accommodations, Knowles said. "The only thing they (Bahamasair) are giving you is vouchers.They do not want to give you a refund for you to go on another airline.So, I do not know what is going on. It is ridiculous.Only in The Bahamas does everyone want to profit when the company is not making any money.
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Bahamasair Airline Passengers Enraged From Pilot Sickout

December 27, 2014
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On Tuesday, many Bahamasair Airline passengers were left stranded or significantly delayed as a sickout by pilots stretched into a second day at the height of the travel season. Ac...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that the US$36 billion global banana industry, which serves as the only source of incomes for some 400 million people around the world is currently under threat due to a fungal disease that is affecting production. It was estimated by the agency and its partner that US$47 million will be needed to undertake the new and deadly Tropical Race 4 (TR4) strain of Fusarium wilt disease. The quoted cost will also be used to provide swift on-the-ground assistance to countries facing new outbreaks.

FAOs head of Plant Protection, Clayton Campanhola, said, "fusarium wilt disease has been a major challenge in the history of banana production.After the devastation TR4 recently caused to bananas in parts of Asia, we have to fear its spread in Africa and the Middle East and also to Latin America (in the Caribbean), and consider it as a threat to production globally."

Campanhola shared that since the outbreak of the fusarium wilt disease, colloquially known as Panama Disease, over 100,000 tonnes of Indonesia's banana exports were annually brought to a grinding halt, resulting in an annual loss of some US$134 million in revenue in Sumatra only.

He shared that in the Phillipines, more than 6,000 hectares was being severely affected by the disease; while the area in China stood at a massive 40,ooo hectares.

Bananas are the worlds most consumed and exported fruit, a plant disease expert with FAOs Plant Protection Division,Fazil Dusunceli, said.

"With 85 per cent of all bananas being produced for domestic consumption, you can imagine the impact of this disease on food security and livelihoods in developing countries (including the Caribbean)," he added.
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UNFAO Announces That The Banana Industry Is Under Threat Due To Fungal Disease

December 26, 2014
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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that the US$36 billion global banana industry, which serves as the only source of incomes for some 400 million...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Following his resignation over a week ago, the now former Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, was replaced byFlorence Duperval Guillaume who was appointed by the Haitian President, Michel Martelly. Guillaume, who served as Lamothe's Minister of Health, will now be expected to lead the country but only for a short period of time that will not exceed 30 days. Before this period has ended, a new prime minister who has complete his/her government program for Parliament's approval, as provided by the current constitution, will be appointed by Martelly.

Guillaume however is known for possessing ideal qualities such as hard-working and competent while serving for the past three years as the minister of health, and has on numerous occasions been praised by many for her accomplishments in the department, but the task of leading the government for interim will be much more challenging.

In aims of findinga consensus on the appointment of a new government that will integrate more opponents to the cabinet, Martelly has engaged in a series of political talks with opposition parties and other sectors. The initiatives were taken in hopes of appeasingradical political rivals who demand a sweeping change in the executive branch, which includes the early departure of Martelly, the country's democratically elected leader.
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Haiti Appoints New Interim Prime Minister Following PM's Resignation

December 25, 2014
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