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Thursday, January 15, 1998

Belize being represented at 29th Meeting of OECS - Courtesy of B.C.B

Minister of Trade and Industry Alfredo Martinez and Foreign Service Officer Jose Alpuche is representing Belize at the 29th Meeting of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in St. Lucia. According to the Caribbean News Agency (CANA), Heads of Government of the OECS will discuss a range of trade and economic issues confronting the sub-region. The proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the future of Europe/Caribbean relations, and continued access for Caribbean bananas on the European market, are among the major issues to be examined at the two-day meeting. Another contentious issue to come before the heads is the failure of the OECS to jointly implement a US$1.50 environmental levy on cruise visitors to the sub-region in an effort to preserve the environment. The levy was expected to be introduced in all the states on December 1 last year, but only St Vincent and the Grenadines has implemented the tax. The progress of a major OECS telecommunications sector review, which started in the sub-region two months ago, will also come up before the Heads of Government.

CYDP celebrates 3rd Anniversary - Courtesy of B.C.B

Plans are underway for the celebration of the Conscious Youth Development Program's (CYDP) Third Anniversary next month. According to the Director, Inspector Edward Broaster, a special day to acknowledge CYDP's outstanding youths will be set aside during the month. Broaster also mentioned that a week of activities involving the young people will lead up to February 21st. The CYDP has recently completed an assessment programme to determine which projects have proven most profitable. Based on this assessment, Broaster says CYDP is planning to change the focus of the programme, keeping the most effective projects. Since its inception in 1995, the CYDP has supported over 3 hundred youths or offered counseling to them.

Course begins in Cayo for Primary School teachers - Courtesy of B.C.B

A 20-week course for Primary School teachers begins today in the Cayo District. Topics to be covered include behavior, understanding problems, motivation, understanding and controlling lives. The course starts at 5:30 this evening at the Conference Room of the Education Center in Santa Elena Town.

Some police officers reassigned - Courtesy of B.C.B

A number of police officers have been reassigned effective today. Assistant Superintendent Rudolph Orio, is now the Police Liaison Officer at the Ministry of National Security in Belmopan and Inspector Simon Alvarez takes over the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) in Belize City. Inspector Mario Vernon is now at Patrol Branch in Belize City and Inspector Charles Galvez replaces Vernon at CIB.