By ZNS News, Aug 30 2016 5:26PM
The College of The Bahamas wishes to announce the appointment of Dr. Mychal Coleman as the Chief Human Resources Officer, effective September 26th, 2016 for a period of three years. Dr. Coleman will lead and coordinate the recruitment, selection, assignment, orientation and evaluation of administrators, faculty and staff; ensure compliance with policies, procedures, contracts and collective bargaining agreements and develop and implement training programmes to increase productivity, goal attainment, leadership training and development. He will also formulate with key stakeholders long- and short-range human resource departmental goals, including the creation and implementation of a strategic plan and other planning documents and processes to improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the institution.
Dr. Coleman has extensive experience in transforming human resources departments and building strategic partnerships. His corporate experience includes designing innovative post-merger integration HR solutions, implementing cooperative learning and change management interventions, and developing competencies-based compensation plans and organization-wide strategic initiatives. While serving as the AVP of Human Resources at the College of Southern Maryland, Dr. Coleman led the redesign and transformation of the HR business model. The result of this effort was an award-winning publication (CUPA, 2016) and winning the most innovative HR initiatives and excellence award (AWE, 2016). At the Carlson School of Management, he developed “Fuse Management”, while collaborating with academic business units and departments to implement lean continuous improvement, talent development, on-boarding, and strategic repositioning techniques. These tactical objectives created collective movement toward the School’s strategic objectives.
As Assistant VP of Human Resources at the University of Idaho, Dr. Coleman aligned HR strategic goals with university priorities, transformed the HR business model, and improved customer service. He reduced response times by establishing a HR service center, decreased the hiring cycle by reengineering the process, increased productivity by instituting continuous improvements in HR transactional processes, and facilitated organizational effectiveness by creating a change management (OD) unit.During his tenue as the AVP for the Center for Strategic Initiatives & Continuous Improvement, his primary task was engaging senior leadership in achieving the overarching strategic goals of delivering a university-wide continuous improvement program, talent management, and aligning academic and administrative strategic objectives. As a Sr. Consultant, he developed an employee life cycle system consisting of vision/mission socialization, talent management, performance management, organizational learning, and leadership development.
Dr. Coleman earned a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations/Human Resources Development from the University of Minnesota and later earned a doctorate degree in Organizational Development from the University of St. Thomas.He has taught courses on organizational behavior and change, HR management, and strategic planning. He has published in a variety of journals including the Journal of the Organization Development Network, SAHRM, Journal for Quality & Participation and HR Management. Dr. Coleman’s human resources expertise will be an invaluable asset to the College of The Bahamas, scheduled to formally become the University of The Bahamas on November 10th, 2016, which is in an era of unprecedented growth and development. Dr. Coleman is married to Dr. Michelle Bettin and has a 16-year-old daughter residing in Plymouth, Minnesota.
By ZNS News, Aug 30 2016 5:21PM
National Child Protection Council (NCPC) members hit the ground running here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, attending a Master Class Session as the 21st International Congress for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect got underway.
Hosted by the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work, the Master Class covered a vast range of topics including preventing child abuse and child maltreatment across the lifespan of a child; preventing bullying in schools; adolescent dating violence; the prevention of abusive head trauma through the Shaken baby Syndrome; empowering communities to protect babies and young children; child sexual abuse prevention and education; promoting positive parenting; and the effects of early adversity on brain development, learning and health of children/adolescents.
The Master Class Programme provides delegates with an opportunity to spend a day with leaders in the field of child abuse and neglect, and to hear their extensive and seasoned experiences on a spectrum of topical areas that can assist in formulating and implementing best practices. Other key areas to be covered during the Congress include juveniles and justice, innovative interventions, addressing specific issues in child protection in developing countries; online child sexual exploitation utilizing pornography, “sexting” and internet luring, empowering communities to protect babies and young children, and child abuse prevention and education: best practices, among others.
Leading Child Protection experts from around the globe, world renowned scholars, researchers, medical doctors and healthcare professionals and scientists from around the globe, are meeting with social services, health (including mental health), law enforcement and criminal justice professionals and others representing non-governmental agencies. The 2016 Congress is being held under the theme: “Protecting our Children, Protecting our Future.” “The programme merges theory and practice and we hope it will lead to rich conversations about where child intervention practice is now, and where it needs to go in the coming years,” said Dr. Jackie Sieppert, PhD., Professor and Dean of Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.
“Within this thematic framework, the organizing committee has woven into the discussion three critical issues that we believe are central to achieving significant progress in the prevention of child abuse and neglect – restoring indigenous families and communities; incorporating social determinants of health into ending intergenerational violence; and promoting interdisciplinary and community collaborations.” The Bahamian contingent is headed by Pastor Gil Maycock, Chairman of the National Child Protection Council and Dr. Novia Carter, Deputy Chairperson, NCPC. Members -- Lorraine Duvalier, Zenovia Mills and Jasmine Harper are also attending the Congress. Dr. Carter applauded the organizers for their “detailed efforts” in ensuring that as many topics relative to what may be happening in both the Developed as well as the Developing countries are covered during the 2016 Congress.
“We are extremely excited about being involved in this Congress because it allows us to meet with world leaders in many of the fields relative to our work in The Bahamas and to compare notes and best practices as to what is going on in the Developed Countries and other Developing Countries,” Dr. Carter said. “From what we have heard and seen so far, we know that we are on that right path. We know that we are ‘on point’ with what we are doing in The Bahamas and that in some instances we may be even further ahead than some of the other countries.” One such area is the ‘Say No, Then Go’ Programme that was created, developed and written by Dr. Carter. A Say No, Then Go Educational Colouring Book has been published and distributed to thousands of Bahamian primary school students in Grades 3-5 throughout the Commonwealth in conjunction with the National Child Protection Council.
The colouring book teaches children about what constitutes abuse, about safe touches and unsafe touches, provides them with an understanding of what are healthy, respectful relationships; their rights as children under the United Nation’s “Rights of the Child Convention”; in addition to informing them of where and how to get help. The Book has been developed into a Personal Safety Curriculum that consists of five modules, which instruct children/students on the skills they need to prevent their becoming victims of child abuse.
“It was exciting to hear that they have a programme here in Calgary that is similar to what we are doing with the ‘Say No, Then Go’ Programme in The Bahamas,” Dr. Carter said. “It was even more fulfilling to hear the recommendation made to focus efforts on children in Grades 3-5, which provided further evidence to us that we are on the right track.”
PHOTO CAPTION: “Protecting Our Children, Protecting Our Future”: Members of the National Child Protection Council are in Calgary, Alberta, Canada attending the 21st International Congress for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect which opened Monday. The contingent has a full week of sessions, meetings and exhibitions ahead of them. The Congress is hosted by the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work. Pictured (from left) are: Mrs. Zenovia Mills; Dr. Novia Carter; Dr. Nicole Sherren, PhD., Scientific Director, Palix, Canada; Mrs. Lorraine Duvalier; Miss Jasmine Harper; and Pastor Gil Maycock. (BIS Photo/Matt Maura)
By ZNS News, Aug 30 2016 5:16PM
NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION # 8 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY, FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT NOON TUESDAY 30TH AUGUST 2016.
AT 11:00 AM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION #8 WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 34.2°NORTH AND LONGITUDE 75.3° WEST OR ABOUT 70 MILES SOUTH OF CAPE HATTERAS, NORTH CAROLINA.
THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 5 MPH.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 35 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SLOW STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48HRS AND THE DEPRESSION IS EXPEXCTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY.
THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 6PM
PREPARED BY DUTY FORECASTER: PATRICIA WEEKS
By ZNS News, Aug 29 2016 8:44PM
Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling welcomed Bahamian Olympic Gold Medalist Shaunae Miller in a courtesy call at Government House on Friday, August 26, 2016 upon Shaunae’s return home from the Olympic Games in Brazil. Pictured are Dame Marguerite Pindling, Shaunae Miller, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson at the courtesy call. (BIS Photos/Derek Smith)
By ZNS News, Aug 29 2016 8:42PM
Olympic Gold Medalist Shaunae Miller paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie at the Office of the Prime Minister upon her return home on Friday. She is pictured in a chat with the Prime Minister, and standing centre with the Prime Minister and members of her family. In group photo, front from left: father, Shaun Miller; mother, Mabelene Miller; Prime Minister Christie; Shaunae; and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson. (BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)
By ZNS News, Aug 29 2016 8:40PM
Olympic Gold Medalist Shaunae Miller enjoys a light moment during her official courtesy call on Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie at the Office of the Prime Minister upon her return home on Friday from the Brazil Olympics. From left are: Shaunae’s mother, Mabelene Miller; Shaunae; Prime Minister Christie; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson; and Shaunae’s father, Shaun Miller. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)
By ZNS News, Aug 29 2016 8:38PM
The Urban Renewal Commission announced the distribution of Back to School supplies to its nine Urban Renewal Centres on Thursday, August 25, in a press conference at the Anglican Diocese headquarters, Addington House, Sands Road. Pictured at centre: Urban Renewal Permanent Secretary Diana Lightbourne, Co-Chairman Algernon Allen (centre left), and Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean (fourth left), with Assistant Superintendents of Police from the nine Urban Renewal Centres. (Photo/Courtesy Urban Renewal Commission)
By ZNS News, Aug 29 2016 8:36PM
Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, is seated at the computer at the Official Launch of the Government House Website: www.bahamas.gov.bs/governorgeneral
Also pictured are Anthony Rolle; Michelle Bartlett, Secretary to the Governor General; and Michelle Ferguson. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
By ZNS News, Aug 29 2016 8:34PM
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on August 25, 2016, that the groundbreaking of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute's (BTVI) state-of-the-art block with “smart" technologically-enhanced classrooms represented something so important to The Bahamas that both he and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip "Brave" Davis had to be present for the event.
“It is indicative of a recognition that The Bahamas is significantly challenged, when it comes to technical and vocational education and qualifications," Prime Minister Christie said.
"When you add information technology to that as another component, and you try to understand what we mean by 'smart' classrooms, then you are talking about preparing young people for a future that must take into consideration not just what is happening in The Bahamas; but what is happening in the region and what is happening in the world," he added.
Also taking part in the ceremony was Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald. The two-storey block will house eight new "smart" classrooms, two information technology labs, a staff room and restroom facilities.
Prime Minister Christie noted that when one looks at the businesspersons, educators and other stakeholders who play a role in BTVI, one would see people who realize that there is an "acute need" for such training in the future development of The Bahamas.
He added that it is critical that persons understand that when BTVI started, there was "this compelling urgency" to find skilled workers who could fit the needs of the employment market at that time.
"We continue to need -- as our economy demands -- skills for the workforce that are significantly tied to progress," he said.
Prime Minister Christie pointed out that the region is significantly challenged with the negative reality of unemployment amongst young people.
"It represents a challenge to the stability of a country," he said.
He also made mention of the "talent drain" in the region, where countries such as the United States attract talented and skilled young people to bolster their own national strengths.
Prime Minister Christie said, "We have to continue to adapt to the modern ways of doing business, to the innovations that are coming in."
He added that when one looks at the process that will be initiated with the new block -- even when considering its cutting-edge construction process -- he wanted to also encourage the use of apprentice and BTVI students in the creation of it so that "gifted students" would be incentivized into "knowing that they have a future".
"What is important here is this: that we redouble our efforts, recognizing that to the extent that there is unemployment amongst young people -- to that extent you are institutionalizing despair," Prime Minister Christie said. "You are shutting off hope; and the whole basis of life is the belief that things will get better for you; and the principles of life -- working hard, being honest -- they are not challenged by the failure of the country to accommodate with dignity the hope that is necessary for these young people to possess -- that is hope tied to the positive belief that there is a place for me in The Bahamas. I don't have to resort to incorrect behaviour to get ahead in life."
Prime Minister said to those who administer BTVI that he wanted to encourage them because every time they produce a graduate, they are contributing to the technical capacity of The Bahamas.
"We live in a wonderful country," Prime Minister Christie said. "There are profound challenges that exist in our country, as they do all over the world; but we have an opportunity to progress ourselves to being the best little country in the world."
By ZNS News, Aug 29 2016 8:32PM
The Probation and Parole Committee held a meeting, August 25, 2016 with the Minister of National Security the Hon. Bernard Nottage (seated right) at Police Headquarters. Chairman of the Probation and Parole Committee Paul Farquharson gave an update on the committee’s progress; and William Fielding of The College of The Bahamas reported on the results of the Department of Corrections Inmate Survey. (BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)
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