Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mexico’s Federal Police offers training to the Belize Police Department

Belmopan, October 15th, 2010. - The Mexican Embassy informs conclusion of the training course on “Analysis and Police Intelligence” offered by the Mexico´s Federal Police to the Belize Police Department (BPD). The training was sponsored by the Ministry of Public Security of Mexico and was held at the Police Academy in Belmopan. This training constitutes part of the agreements made between Mexico and Belize within High Level Mexico – Belize Border Security Group (GANSEF). The objective of the training is to enhance the capacities of the offices in the Belize Police Department, to strengthen the operative capability, and to contribute to the efforts that the Government of Belize has embarked to combat delinquency.

The course was developed from October 11th, to 15th, 2010. The training was headed by two officials of the Mexico`s Federal Police with experience in training elements of the Mexican Police. Thirty three members of the BDP, Belize Defense Force, National Coast Guard of Belize likewise the Department of Immigration, Customs and Prison Officers participated in the training. The objective was to improve activities on intelligence and analysis of information of those security agencies in combating criminal activities.

The training was especially prepared for the needs of Belize, including topics such as terrorist organizations, organized crime, threats against the Government, intelligence and information, cycle of intelligence, planning and administration, search and database collection, analysis and dissemination of the intelligence products. The course included practical tasks and an evaluation.

The representatives of the BPD expressed their gratitude to the Government of Mexico because these type of courses represent a great importance for the Belizean forces. In particular, they underlined the professional capability showed by the Mexican trainers. At the closing ceremony Ambassador of Mexico to Belize Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno mentioned the importance of the cooperation and the mutual support in the struggle against crime. He also presented the participants with certificates for completing the training program.

This is the fifth course that the Mexico`s Federal Police have given to the BPD during this year. The previous ones were “Scene of the Crime and Preservation of the Evidence”, “Reconstruction of Road Accidents”, “Interview and Police Examination”, “Tactics of Security and Survival”. Those courses were given to 132 officials, which represents approximately 10 % of the elements of that department.

Ministry of Health to hold launching ceremony for Tobacco Control measures in Belize

Belmopan. October 18th, 2010. The Ministry of Health National Drug Abuse Control Council is pleased to announce the official launching ceremony of the Frame work Convention on Tobacco Control Article Eight (Protection from exposure to tobacco smoke) to take place on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 starting at 9:00am at the Belize Telemedia Limited Constitution Park, Belize City.

Belize signed onto the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on September 26th, 2003 and ratified it on December 15th, 2005. In order to fulfill its obligations under the FCTC the country developed the Belize National Tobacco Control Plan 2007-2012 which was launched on May 31st, 2007.

Since then, the Ministry of Health and the Bureau of Standards of Belize with the technical support of the Pan American Health Organization have been working on the implementation of the plan.

In an effort to maintain a Smoke Free Environment, Cabinet has approved Article Eight (Protection from Exposure to tobacco smoke) with the following measures:
*the prohibition of smoking within Government Buildings
*the prohibition of smoking in private business where the public accesses services, for example: Lobbies of Banks, hotels. Restaurants must indicate ‘Smoking’ and ‘No Smoking’ areas
*the prohibition of smoking in all Primary, Secondary and Tertiary learning institutions, whether public, church-state or privately managed
*the prohibition of smoking in public transportation, including all Terminals

*public display of ‘No Smoking Signs’ in areas where smoking is prohibited
*public awareness and education activities to promote this initiative

Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin mentioned that he is encouraged by the steps taken to fulfill the obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and he is committed to assist at Cabinet so that we can ensure full compliance with the other articles.

In Belize it is estimated that 37% of our deaths each year is related to cancers and other tobacco-related diseases. A Global Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) published in 2008 showed that almost 1 in 5 students currently use some form of tobacco (8% smoking cigarettes) and one in 10 students currently use some other form of tobacco aside from cigarettes. 74.7% of the respondents want to stop smoking and 61.4% think smoking should be banned from public places.Guest speakers at the ceremony will include the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin and representatives from PAHO.

A Tobacco-Sensitization Fair follows the official ceremony with participation from the Cancer Society, Bureau of Standards and several primary schools from the Belize district area. The media is especially invited to attend.

ACES says Thank YOU!

The parents, board members, teachers and the entire student body of Ambergris Caye Elementary take this opportunity to thank the following persons for their kind contribution in one way or the other to the school.

Mr. Claudio Azueta and Family, Mr. Carlos Alejos and Family, Mrs. Alba Marin and Family, Mrs. Florita Frisinger and Family, Mrs. Melanie Paz, Mrs. Flora Ancona, Mr. Manuel Ancona Jr, Mrs. Anna Ico, Mr. Kareem Marun, Mr. Roberto Canul, Mr. Geovannie Marin, Mr. Sam, Mrs. Sonia Sutherland, Mrs. Ilse Williams, Mr. Jorge Rodriguez, Mrs. Jessica Eiley, Mr. Daniel Itza, Mr. Emil, Mr. Dee Dillion, Mr. Erick "Gato", Mr. Samuel Gonzales, The Bikini Bar, Xanadu Resort, The Victoria House, The 14 kids that helped during the summer, Councilor Pablo Ico, The San Pedro Town Board and Mayor Elsa Paz, Traveller's Liquors

Thank you all.

God Bless,
Ambergris Caye Elementary School.

What's New: Toni’s Café Paradise

Yum, shrimp kabobs! On Saturday Toni’s Café Paradise, located in the Vilma Linda Plaza, Tarpon Street hosted their grand opening. With jammin’ DJ tunes from Ragga and the Flames and tasty barbeque kabobs, it was a great time to sample their delicious food and check out the new café. Toni’s is open for breakfast and lunch and offers a wide variety of meals for every taste.