Program to improve BC image strengthened (La Voz de la Frontera, 2/3/13 by Alejandro Domínguez)

Mexicali, BC - Members of the Image Committee of Baja California agreed to strengthen actions aimed at improving the image and perception of the Organization, especially in the States of California, Arizona and Nevada. The head of the Secretary of Tourism of the State (Secture), Juan Tintos Funcke concluded there were improved tourist visits from those destinations during 2012.

The meeting was jointly led by Hugo Torres Chabert, Chair, who agreed to strengthen the "Sister Cities" program by focusing on those destinations in the United States where tourists come from to visit Baja California.

It was also determined that Nico Saad will be the Coordinator of Tourist Entrepreneurs. He is known Ensenada hotelier with extensive experience in the subject who will support Tijuana, Playas de Rosarito, Mexicali and Proturismo Cove Tourism Committees, as well as the authorities of each municipality and the Secretary of Tourism of the State.

According to the State official, it was agreed that the actions include sporting, cultural, artistic and academic exchanges, all oriented to generate greater contact between the communities and their authorities with the aim of promoting tourist events in Baja California. Also scheduled are visits to cities in the United States from where the tourists visit Baja, including discounts for their inhabitants and meetings with mayors and their councils, as well as social clubs and organizations.

"We received instruction from the State Governor, Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan, and he supports the Committee’s various actions that will help improve the image of Baja California. This is why a California public relations agency was hired and a survey is being completed to raise the perception in six destinations where tourists from California come. As well, we are applying up to 34 million pesos ($2.7 million US) in resources for advertising", said the head of the Secture.

The meeting was attended by the Presidents of the Tourism Committees of Mexicali and Tijuana, Víctor Sánchez and Mariano Escobedo; the President of the Hotel Association of Ensenada, Jean Loup Bitterlin; Ivonne Diego, President of Canaco Tecate; Martha Mendoza of the Cotuco of Playa de Rosarito and Roberto Islas of the Marketing Committees of San Felipe, as well as representatives of U.S. citizens residing in Baja California. http://www.oem.com.mx/lavozdelafrontera/notas/n2867144.htm

Remittances being sent from United States are growing (La Voz de la Frontera, 2/5/13)

Mexicali, BC - Baja California is one of the entities in the country with the most income receipts in family remittances from abroad and has indicated annual growth rate for twelve continuous quarters according to data provided by the Bank of Mexico, said Antonio Escamilla Diaz, Deputy Director of Statistical and Economic Analysis of Sedeco.

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Remittances from nationals to the entity during the fourth quarter of 2012 added $128.1 million, representing a growth of 29.8% compared to the $98.7 million recorded during the same period in 2011, placing BC as the State with the greatest variation of increase in remittances during that period.

During the past year, BC added $465.0 million in remittance income, an amount that increased by 17% from $396.8 million in 2011, which positions BC as the federal entity with greatest percentage of positive change in the country.

In comparison, other entities on the northern border in Sonora had no variation and the rest were positive: Chihuahua, 11.4%, Coahuila, 14.9%; Nuevo León, 10.1%; and Tamaulipas, 9%.

Other national entities with positive performance were: Baja California Sur, 12.9%; Aguascalientes, 8.6%; San Luis Potosí, 5.4%; Zacatecas, 4.6%; and Durango, 3.5%. Negative performance was seen in: Federal District, 12.0%; Tlaxcala, 7.7%; Veracruz, 7.6%; State of Mexico, 5.7%; and Hidalgo, 5.4%.

Escamilla Diaz explained that remittances are money earned and sent by people in a country to relatives or friends in another country, considered the product of migration that has a favorable effect on families at home, thus contributing to the social well-being and reducing poverty for large segments of the population. http://www.oem.com.mx/lavozdelafrontera/notas/n2868759.htm

Cancer is an undesirable and feared condition (El Sol de Tulancingo, 2/4/13 by Conception Ocadiz)

Tulancingo, Hidalgo - Undesirable, as is all disease, but cancer is the most feared for being incurable. Today, February 4, World Day against this guest is celebrated, consuming those who suffer from it.

It may occur in any organ of the body (colon, rectum, trachea, lip, esophagus, liver, pancreas, skin and bladder, among others), and if not detected on time, it spreads rapidly or slowly, but finally it is lethal. There is no turning back, in medical terms, when this occurs.

In the Tulancingo region, cancer claimed the lives of 134 people in 2009. In that year, malignant tumors were the second highest cause of death in the health jurisdiction.

For 2010, of the 20 leading causes of death in the region, malignant tumors of the liver and stomach were 9th and 8th. While in 2011, colon cancers and in the "unspecified sites" category, claimed the lives of 16 people. Last year, according to information provided by the health jurisdiction, there were 15 deaths from breast cancer - the 8th leading cause of death, and again liver cancer led to the death of 9 people.

To measure this public health problem the World Health Organization (WHO) says cancer was the 1st cause of death (7.6 million) during 2008. Victims died of malignant tumors in the stomach, liver, colon, and breast. We could mention that in Mexico it attacks many people, although in women it manifests mainly in the breasts and in males occurs with leukemia and in the prostate, among other organs such as the lungs due to the consumption of tobacco.

During 2010, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) reported 57 in 100 children under age 20 had malignant tumors in hematopoietic (blood) organs. That same year, 36.5% of children and young people between 5 and 9 years old in our country were hospitalized with leukemia. Leukemia is the main cancer of the hematopoietic organs in children. It is not preventable, but there are a number of symptoms such as fatigue, pain in the abdomen and fever, to mention a few.

Of the 86.3% of deaths from tumors in the population under 20 years old in Mexico during 2011, they were due to malignant tumors. Of every 100 women aged 20 and older with tumors, 24 had breast cancer in 2010.

INEGI reports that in 2011, 8 of every 100 men aged 20 and older with cancer had prostate neoplasia. In that same year of every 100 deaths from tumors in men aged 20 and up, 17 were killed by prostate cancer, 13 of bronchus and lungs, and 9 of the stomach.

The WHO estimated that about 84 million people will die from this disease between 2005 and 2015. The hospital case fatality rate, says the INEGI, allows medical staff to observe the relationship between age and aggressiveness of malignant tumors.

In the population, those aged 15 to 19 are the ones that generally die (5 of every 100 cases). Females in this age group are more affected than males (6 of every 100).

Despite the efforts of institutions, pointed out the INEGI report, many Mexicans still die from cancer. During 2011, in Mexico, of all deaths in the country, 12.9% were from a tumor and of these 93.6% were due to malignant neoplasms.

It is said that up to 40% of cancers can be avoided, provided protection is practiced along with healthy eating behaviors. The Ministry of Health in the State, through its head, Pedro Luis Noble, has started disease-awareness campaigns on a permanent basis. Emphasis is also on numerous preventive actions, such as workshops in health benefits, both for men and women, throughout Hidalgo.

In Tulancingo, for example, these include days for cervical cancer detection, through modern techniques of molecular biology, coupled with free mammographies. In addition, permanent activities are carried out in health centers and other institutions with the clear objective to reduce the cancer mortality rate, said Judicial Chief, Antonio Oropeza.

The World Health Organization proposes effective measures to control the progression of the disease around the world. Starting with planning effective control measures in accordance with the available resources. Prevention, in order to reduce risks of developing the disease and controlling the largest possible number of risk factors. Also, the early detection and diagnosis. Treatment requires improved early detection, as cancer is a treatable disease if the treatment begins in its early stages. http://www.oem.com.mx/lavozdelafrontera/notas/n2867421.htm

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