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By The Bahamas Tonight, 07-Mar-2014 22:08:00
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie; Minister of Education, Science and Technology Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald; Attorney General Sen. Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson and a delegation from The College of The Bahamas led by College Council Chairman, Mr. Alfred Sears and COB Acting President Dr. Earla Carey-Baines met recently with Professors from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the University of Miami (UM).
The meetings were held over the course of two days with a view to establishing education and research partnerships between the University of Miami, The College of The Bahamas, and the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI).
One of the world’s foremost academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions, RSMAS is an authority on marine-related sciences. The School has a specially designed 65-acre marine research and education park at Virginia Key, Florida. COB and BAMSI leaders want to tap into RSMAS’ expertise to develop sustainable academic programmes and drive an aggressive research agenda.
Dr. Vallierre Deleveaux, a Bahamian alumnus of RSMAS, organized the meetings in Miami and led discussions with a presentation of the basic conceptual plan behind the marine-sciences component of BAMSI.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Ministry of Education, Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Ministry of Works and Urban Development and The College of The Bahamas are all collaborating on the operation of BAMSI, which is being constructed in North Andros. The Institutewill encompass a tutorial commercial farm, integrate farmers on the island in a commercial processing scheme and incorporate crop and livestock production, farm management, environmental conservation and agri-business.
In Miami, discussions were focused on building research capacity in The Bahamas in the area of marine science; specifically, research related to assessing the sustainable fishing thresholds for the conch, spiny lobster, and grouper populations in The Bahamas; the sustainability of recreational bone fishing in Andros; and the viability of fish farming in Bahamian waters using open-water, advanced submerged-cage technology.
A common theme of the presentations and discussions was the need to ensure the transfer of knowledge and to develop capacity between the partnering institutions while forging strategic alliances with potential industry partners. The latter was thought to be an important goal, not only for ensuring that BAMSI becomes a self-sustaining research and education institute, but also for achieving food security in The Bahamas.
Nelson Ehrhardt and Jerald Ault, Professors of Marine Biology and Fisheries, and Daniel Benetti, Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy at RSMAS, maintained that the key to successful vertical transfers of knowledge, that is the transformation of knowledge into applied science, occurs best when it takes place within an interdisciplinary framework.
While at RSMAS, Professor Benetti also led the visiting delegation on a tour of the Rosenstiel School’s fish hatchery. He explained that the School has the ability and capacity to harvest any fish species. The hatchery currently has Cobia, Tarpon and Mahi Mahi at various stages of their life cycles.
The College of The Bahamas is seeking to continue building relationships with higher learning institutions around the world in order to deepen opportunities for engaged learning, research and institutional strengthening.
By The Bahamas Tonight, 07-Mar-2014 22:03:00
Afire erupted this morning at the New Providence Landfill location.
The Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) Emergency Fire Unit responded to the blaze quickly and haveadvised me that the fire has been contained as at 2 pm this afternoon.
According to a statement from the Ministry of The Environment and carry responsible Initial reports lead us to suspect that tireswere intentionally lit in the early morning hours.
The public will be kept informed as we continue to address this matter.
Statement By Environment Minister Hon. Kenred Dorsette
By The Bahamas Tonight, 07-Mar-2014 22:02:00
As the Minister responsible forwomen’s affairs in the Country I wish to address the issue of violence againstwomen and the recent statements made by my colleague in the House of Assembly.
Letme say at the outset on behalf of the Government and on my own behalf, violenceagainst women is not condoned in any form and from any one.
Hundredsof women in The Bahamas face situations that cause serious distress, pain andfrustrations to them and their children and households, generally. Since returning to office in May 2012,I have actively participated in many international and local meetings andconferences addressing the issue of violence against women and girls.
Throughthe Bureau of Women’s Affairs, the Gender-Based Violence Task Force andpartnerships with various governmental and non-governmental organizations, myMinistry continues to highlight this serious scourge in our communitiesproviding public education and services.
By mid-June through the work of the Gender-based Violence Task Force andthe results of a study being funded by UNWomen, we hope to have a strategicplan to strengthen the coordination of the various agencies that provide servicesto both victims and perpetrators and eventually to eradicate this ugly menacefrom our shores.
We must not be distracted and we mustcontinue to work together to make our families strong, safe and free from allforms of violence.
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