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July 2014

Fast-Track Training Institute


Business Process Outsourcing or BPO – it’s the fancy term for what you might know as call centers.Government says that BPO Companies are banging down the door trying to get into Belize. But, there is a shortage of trained BPO workers and so today, government signed an agreement to open a Rapid Training Institute for potential BPO Workers.The center will be at the ITVET compound, and they intend to train two thousand persons in two years. CEO Mike Singh explained at today’s press conference.

Michael Singh, CEO Ministry of Trade

“The idea is that we will transform a portion of the ITVET campus on Freetown Road into what we call the rapid training institute. The idea being that we will go out, seek at least 100 Belizeans per month, put them into the training, certify them in call centers and at the end of that training we will go through a recruitment drive with the centers so they will come in and directly interview and hire people on the spot. This is what they’re asking us to do, this was the model we used 2 years ago that was very successful, the target being that we should have at least 1000 people added to that list within a year and hopefully we get to that 2000 people within the 2 year target, which should make a fundamental difference in our employment numbers.”

The intended start date is October first and they intend to take in groups of one hundred at a time.

Design

And while the BPO is hiring, so is the Lands Department. It’s part of a new government strategy to bypass the endemic corruption with new staff and new systems.Now, it’s not like they can fire anyone we all know that in the public service that’s nearly impossible but the strategy is to implement systems that will enforce new levels of transparency and accountability.

Cabinet adopted the recommendations at its last meeting and the PM outlined them today. He was backed up by the CEO in the Ministry whop came up with them along with the Commissioner of Lands

Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize

“We will provide for the first time at last for effective service delivery. It’s going to cost government, we’re going to hire additional personnel, all who will have to be on contract because we don’t want people getting permanent appointments joining the public service and then we run into the same problem where no matter what happens you can’t get rid of them. The new hires will all be on contract with exit clauses.

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Government Takes On Call Centre Training…


Government Takes On Call Centre Training…

Today, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Trade and Investment Promotion Mike Singh signed a memorandum of understanding with C.E.O. in the Ministry of Education David Leacock. That M.O.U. envisions the start-up of a call centre training facility. There are currently sixteen companies in the ‘business processing outsourcing’ industry, so to speak, employing some two thousand six hundred people. It’s huge in the country, and getting bigger, but the companies involved want to move away from active training, and want access to a ready-trained pool. That’s where the government, and the M.O.U. signed today, come in.

 

Mike Singh, C.E.O., Ministry of Trade and Investment Promotion

“We field, I would say, at least one or two inquiries a week on companies desired to set up BPO centers in Belize as well as expansion plans from those centers that are already here. So we ran a survey of those businesses and found out that we could be expected as much as two thousand one hundred new employees in that sector over the next year and a half, two years. Now one of the challenges they have given to us is that they have a very difficult time finding employees and that the turnover is high beucase people don’t come in with the basic training that is needed. They may come in with a high school diploma, with the ability to read/write and to do basic analysis and calculations, but when it comes to the finer points of customer service, the ability to use the technology that they use and the ability to get into the mode of supporting the US businesses; that seems to be missing. So about two years ago, we did a pilot project in partnership with ITVET and we trained two hundred and seventy young people—all of which I am proud to say are now working at different centers in Belize. The idea is that we will transform a portion of the ITVET campus on Freetown Road into what we call the Rapid Training Institute. The idea is that what we will do is go out, seek at least a hundred Belizeans per month, put them into the training, certify them in call centers and at the end of the training, we will go through a recruitment drive with the centers so that they will come in and directly interview and hire people on the spot. This is what they are asking us to do; this is the model that we used two years ago that was very successful. The target is that we should have at least a thousand persons added to that list within a year and hopefully we get to that two thousand people within the two-year target that we are looking at, which should make a fundamental difference with our employment numbers.”

 

According to Singh, the idea is to expand these centres into other areas, including tourism and hospitality management.

 

Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys


Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

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Key study has passed through three peer reviews.

Photo Credit: meander

Reid’s Note: This article is highly relevant to Belize, inter-alia, the following two facts: firstly, the ongoing development of a national agricultural policy; and secondly, the position of the Belize Grain Growers Association (BGGA) which the GoB’s current stand on Bio-Safety policy.

The Ecologist / By Oliver Tickell             July 9, 2014

 A scientific study that identified serious health impacts on rats fed on ‘Roundup ready’ GMO maize has been republished following its controversial retraction under strong commercial pressure. Now regulators must respond and review GMO and agro-chemical licenses, and licensing procedures.

A highly controversial paper by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues has been republished after a stringent peer review process.

The chronic toxicity study examines the health impacts on rats of eating a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize, Monsanto’s NK603 glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.

The original study, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) in September 2012, found severe liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbances in rats fed the GM maize and low levels of Roundup that are below those permitted in drinking water in the EU.

However it was retracted by the editor-in-chief of the Journal in November 2013 after a sustained campaign of criticism and defamation by pro-GMO scientists.

Toxic effects were found from the GM maize tested alone, as well as from Roundup tested alone and together with the maize. Additional unexpected findings were higher rates of large tumours and mortality in most treatment groups.

Criticisms addressed in the new version

Now the study has been republished by Environmental Sciences Europe. The republished version contains extra material addressing criticisms of the original publication. Continue reading “Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys”

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