Press release: UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin visits Zimbabwe

first_imgNotes for editorsMinister Harriett Baldwin is the UK’s Minister for Africa for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin arrived in Harare on 1 February. This is the second UK Ministerial visit to Zimbabwe since President Mnangagwa was sworn in in November 2017 and Minister Baldwin’s first visit since her appointment.Minister Baldwin wants to learn more about Zimbabwe and better understand the context and the challenges and opportunities it is facing as it emerges from 37 years of rule by former president Robert Mugabe. The Minister will hold meetings with business representatives, politicians, human rights groups, NGOs and other members of civil society.She will also see some of the important development work supported by the UK, including visiting a school for children with disabilities. She will see how the UK is increasing its work on reaching the most marginalised children with education, including those with disabilities, in the run up to the UK-hosted Disability Summit.Minister Baldwin said: The past few months have seen momentous change in Zimbabwe and it is a privilege to visit at such a pivotal time. I am looking forward to meeting a wide range of Zimbabweans and hearing from them about the huge potential their country holds and the challenges that must be faced ahead of elections later this year. The UK has a longstanding relationship with Zimbabwe and we are committed to working with the government of Zimbabwe for a bright, prosperous and hopeful future for all Zimbabweans.last_img read more

Costa Rica Establishes National Police Academy

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 31, 2018 Costa Rica passed a law in June 2018 to transform the National Police School into the Francisco José Orlich Bolmarcich National Police Academy to train national Public Security forces with a special emphasis on human rights. Four processes characterize its educational development: instruction, training, specialization, and research. “The transformation entails strengthening what already existed,” Public Force Commander Guillermo Valenciano, academic chief of the Costa Rican National Police Academy, told Diálogo. “Now [the law] brings forth the character of the new police institution as the country’s leading organization for police education.” Thanks to international cooperation agreements, the academy carries on with U.S. strategic cooperation in the police training of Costa Rican Public Force officers. Costa Rica and the United States are long-term strategic partners in a variety of academic and security activities. “We are developing academic process rules, improving our curriculum, adapting it to the real world, and [taking] a quantitative and qualitative leap in these processes,” Public Force Commissioner Eric Lacayo Rojas, director of the Costa Rican National Police Academy, told Diálogo. “Our projection is for six months [December 2018] to create the rules.” Comm. Lacayo said the curriculum would be based on a democratic, civil approach with respect to the guarantees, norms, and defense of human rights. Plans also include preventive security endorsed by the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education. Collaboration between the Costa Rican and U.S. governments improved conditions of the academy’s Murciélago Police Training Center, with refurbished shooting ranges, the purchase of equipment, and a new instructor lounge and armory. Improvements resulted in increased capabilities for specialized academic courses. “Thanks to security cooperation, we exchange and build knowledge through instruction and training in different areas, not only with the U.S. government, but also with the Colombian National Police, each from their own experience,” Comm. Lacayo said. “Everything plays a part for better prepared security forces to fulfill their missions and confront current criminal threats. We try to anticipate criminal actions through instruction processes.” The academy’s comprehensive work will favor the creation of agreements and accords with public and private institutions and universities at the national and international level, linked to police training, instruction, and specialization; instructor and expert exchanges; and joint program development. The institution will also offer a range of security services to public and private entities. It will authorize and supervise public and private agencies that teach private security courses required by law. Investigation for security The police academy promotes academic research on citizen security and public order, among its other functions. “To establish research as an academic tool is like practicing lessons learned based on research,” Cmdr. Valenciano said. “Security forces work separately and don’t have the same procedures,” Comm. Lacayo added. “The academy will standardize policies and procedures to improve the training of security institutions in the country.”​​​​​​​ Steady flow of revisions The Costa Rican Public Force prepares and trains nonstop to prevent crimes, reduce crime rates, and increase the security of the population. “It’s important to keep the force up to date to maintain skills and capabilities in top shape and fulfill duties efficiently and successfully,” Comm. Lacayo said. The United States supports Costa Rican police officers with training and instruction, and assists the Ministry of Public Security through information exchange and strategic equipment donations to strengthen response capabilities of the Central American country’s security forces in land, sea, and air surveillance. In recent years, the United States assisted Costa Rica with riverine and interceptor patrol vessels, cargo aircraft and helicopters; armored vehicles; computing equipment; and virtual shooting ranges. “We count on a large umbrella to guarantee instruction processes. Integrating police training in our country is a priority for the Costa Rican government and Ministry of Public Security,” Comm. Lacayo concluded.last_img read more

William A. Hertel

first_imgWilliam A. Hertel, age 76 of Whispering Pines, North Carolina and formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in Whispering Pines.  Born October 30, 1939 in Ripley County Indiana, he is the son of Stella (Nee: Meister) and Lester Hertel.  He married Connie Pfeifer September 14, 1962 and she died July 24, 1977.  He married Joy Jordan  December 16, 1996 and she survives.  Bill served in the Air Force Reserves.A manager and executive, Bill retired from Traveler’s Insurance Company after 30 years and in 1995 moved to Whispering Pines to enjoy his passion of playing golf.  A 1974 trip with several friends was all it took for him to fall in love with area and they would return every year until the late 1980’s to play the numerous courses.  Bill also was an avid fan of college sports and loved playing cards.He is survived by his wife Joy; sons Charles (Wendy), Mark (Denise), Eric (Kari); step-son Kevin Driscoll (Marde DeLeon), sisters Pauline Bower and Barbara May; grandchildren Emily, Abigail, Madelyn, Dalton, William and Megan Hertel; step grandchildren Adryiana Haar, Alexa Driscoll, Annaleasia DeLeon and great grandchildren Maribelle and Shelton Driscoll.  In addition to his wife Connie and parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Margaret Oswald, Helen Franzese and brothers Richard and Charles Hertel.A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 11th at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  His ashes will be interred at St. Louis Cemetery.  Following services at the cemetery the family will receive friends at a luncheon at the Knights of Columbus.  The family requests memorials to First Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 242 Campground Road, West End, North Carolina, 27376.  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more