Tweet Nassau, Bahamas — The Water and Sewerage Corporation advises its customers and the general public that late last evening, Monday, August 3rd 2015, a major failure was detected on a critical water main located on Nassau Street just south of West Bay Street. This water main serves over 30% of the island and failure had resulted in low pressure or total loss of service to several areas of New Providence north of Wulff Road from Goodman’s Bay in the west to Village Road in the east. This includes but is not limited to following areas: Palmdale, Bain and Grants Town, Big Pond, Fort Fincastle, portions of Shirley Street, Potter’s Cay Dock, St. Alban’s Drive and Highland Terrace. WSC’s staff are working diligently to repair this leak and we intend to restore pressures to normal in the shortest possible time. WSC sincerely apologizes to its customers for any inconvenience caused.  Read More →
Tweet File photo The Department of Marine Resources wishes to advise the general public of the opening of the crawfish season on the August 1, 2014 to the March 31, 2016. The Department of Marine Resources further wishes to remind fishers and all other members of the public that the harvesting and/or of undersized crawfish is against the law and persons are to cease and desist the practice of illegally harvesting these resources. Fishers are also cautioned against capturing egg-bearing crawfish as this practice further aids in the depletion of the crawfish stock in The Bahamas. Fishers are to take note of the minimum size limit for whole crawfish is size of 31/4 inches carapace length. The minimum legal size limit on the crawfish tail is 51/2 inches length. All fishers capturing crawfish are required to have a measuring gauge to ensure that they are able to confirm full compliance with the legal size requirements. Persons desirous of using an air compressor to harvest marine resources must first obtain a permit from the Department of Marine Resources. Applicants muss provide proof of Bahamian citizenship, i.e. a Bahamian passport, along with proof that they have received adequate training in safely diving while using compressed air. The air compressor permit allows the device to be used only between 30) feet to 60 feet and its legal use is to assist in the harvesting of marine resources from August 1 to March 31 inclusive. Application forms for air compressor permits may be obtain from the website of the Department of Marine Resources at www.bahamas.gov.bs/marine resources, at the office of the Department of Marine Resources, East Bay Street or the extension officers in the Family Islands. Fishers are reminded of the important role the crawfish industry plays in employing thousands of Bahamians and contributing millions of dollars to the economy of The Bahamas. Compliance to the Fisheries Regulations helps to ensure that these benefits will be available for further generations of Bahamians. The general public is advised to report all suspected violations to the Department of Marine Resources at telephone 393-1014, 393-1015 or 393-1777. All violators of the Fisheries Regulations can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You can find all of the necessary information at www.bahamas.gov.bs.  Read More →
Tweet University of the Bahamas gets shot in the arm…. GBPA DONATES MONEY FOR DORMS – The Grand Bahama Port Authority on Thursday donated $3M for the construction of dorms and a multi-purpose facility for The College of The Bahamas Northern Campus. Shown from left during the presentation are: Mr. David Rulien, Sales Manager, US and Caribbean, ALMACO Construction; Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama; Dr. Rodney Smith, president of The College of The Bahamas; Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology; Alfred Sears, chairman of COB Council; Sarah St. George, vice-chairman, Grand Bahama Port Authority; Ian Rolle, president, Grand Bahama Port Authority; and Alfred Jones, COB Council member and vice- president of Building and Development Services, GBPA.  (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn) FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — The Grand Bahama Port Authority on Thursday donated $3M for the construction of dormitories and multi-purpose facility at The College of the Bahamas Northern Campus, during a press conference at the Port Authority. Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, said he reflected on all of the stages they went through to get to this point, having been a part of it when appointed to the Board of The College of The Bahamas by the then Minister of Education, Alfred Sears in 2002. He thanked the Grand Bahama Port Authority for their commitment to education over the years, not only in words but also financial contribution. “There is no way that anybody could question the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s commitment to education, and what it represents to the people of Grand Bahama.” The potential is great in Grand Bahama, he said, as the government is currently in the process of negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with MSC which will see the further development of a Maritime Academy in Grand Bahama. “We will see the commitment of MSC to providing apprenticeship and training for hundreds of Grand Bahamians on board not only their cruise ships, but cargo vessels.” One of the difficulties is getting Bahamians on vessels to get the necessary accreditation and certification, and described this move as a major commitment to The Bahamas. As Minister of Education, he continued, “this year I can tell you, we have received probably the highest amount of applications for scholarship grants from the Ministry that we’ve ever received from Grand Bahama. That in of itself is a very positive sign that tells us that Grand Bahamians understand the importance of tertiary education. We know that data and statistics show that persons who have a tertiary education perform much better and earn higher salaries.” The opportunities are there, and the government is there to assist in specified areas. Grand Bahama, said the Minister, has always been at the “tipping point” of achieving its potential and the gift from the Port Authority puts the island one step closer. Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, also described the day as a special one. He too thanked the GBPA for their donation and said when he spoke with Sir Jack Hayward some four months prior to his passing, he spoke about education in Grand Bahama. “He (Sir Jack) said to me that one of the reasons why he was pushing so fast to complete the bridge that would connect the Chicken Farm Road, or the Grand Bahama Highway to the rest of Queen’s Highway, was to ensure that when we arrived at this moment with the growth and development of the Northern Campus we would have an express access from the city of Freeport to the Northern Campus. “So he was not only a man committed to education, he was also a man committed to ensure that the necessary infrastructure was put in place on the island of Grand Bahama that would allow the city to grow, and reach its true potential where one day we will be able to accommodate in excess of 250,000 people.” Young men and women of Grand Bahama will now have complete facilities available to them, said Sarah St. George, vice-chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and added the venture is a “great testament” to public/private partnerships which facilitate training and education in Freeport. “I am proud and excited to be here for this historic launch of the Grand Bahama campus college dormitories and multi-purpose facilities. Today is a very significant day, not just for The College of The Bahamas, but for the future of the young men and women who will now have complete facilities available to them. “The courses offered by the College of The Bahamas complement other existing programmes offered in Freeport.” She continued, “the Maritime Industries, one of the greatest prides here on Grand Bahama — Freeport has emerged from a Pine Barren in 1955 to become the Industrial and Maritime capital of The Bahamas.” As the country grows, having referred to the multi-million dollar expansion of the Freeport Container Port, she said the work force will also grow, “so we must prepare our young men and women with the proper training for these vocations.” Ms. St. George further added that the Port Authority is committed to education, as they donate close to $500,000 annually in scholarships and other educational fees. Looking at the track record of the company, she said, “Yes. We have played our part in the education of our children, and we have helped make better citizens.” The Grand Bahama Port Authority helped fund the Bishop Michael Eldon, (then Freeport High School) 50 years ago, Sir Jack Hayward High and St. George’s High with their own gyms, Eight Mile Rock High and Gymnasium, St. Paul’s Methodist College, Sunland Baptist Academy, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy, Hawksbill High School, Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School, and The Beacon School. “Youth and education are paramount to the future of our nation. And going to college or university, plays a pivotal role in the lives of our young people.” Her father, the late Edward St. George, made the commitment to build the dorms at a cost of $3M. The Port has already donated 50 acres of land and advanced $400,000 for the drawings. Last year, she added, they recommitted to the donation. President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ian Rolle, said the partnership of the College of The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Port Authority and Almaco Construction Company will build the dorms. In facilitating a niche market for studies in Grand Bahama, namely in the area of maritime, said Mr. Rolle, the Port Authority is not only bettering the lives of students in Grand Bahama, but bettering the lives of students from other islands of The Bahamas. Chairman of the Council of The College of The Bahamas, Alfred Sears said “the construction of dorm facilities at our Northern Bahamas Campus is a game changer. Now the NBC will really be able to become the college campus for the Northern Bahamas serving students from around The Bahamas, but in particular, those students from the far flung settlements in Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, the Berry Islands, Bimini and Abaco. “It is our expectation that the dorms will also serve to create an active campus life for the Northern Campus that will fuel the expansion of the University here, on this island. And yes, we dream that the expansion of the University’s Northern Campus might begin to create various development opportunities in the vicinity of the campus, much like a host of universities have done in the United States to certain once remote areas of that country — an excellent example is the University of Florida, at Gainsville.” The College of The Bahamas President Dr. Rodney Smith said, speaking on behalf of the faculty who will occupy the campus of the University of The Bahamas at the Northern Campus, the thousands of students who will also attend the campus and the many families who will be affected by these students obtaining a higher education — the partnership with the GBPA continues to benefit the people of Grand Bahama and COB. “Over the years, our valued relationship with the Port Authority has grown steadily. It has been nurtured and solidified through the intervention of champions and visionaries like Edward St. George and Sir Jack Hayward. “Years ago they, along with the government of The Bahamas, began helping The College of The Bahamas bring to fruition a dream where higher education would be a catalyst for an economic and social renaissance for the Grand Bahama and the northern Bahamas communities.” He recalled having breakfast meeting with Mr. St. George, who said it was a dream to have a university presence in Grand Bahama. “Today, we remain committed to that dream. This dream continues to be supported and manifested through the passion for education exhibited by other Port principals,” naming Sarah and Henry St. George along with Ian Rolle. “I believe both Edward and Sir Jack are nodding their heads in approval this morning, along with the father of our country and the first visionary of a university here in The Bahamas, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling.” The first COB campus in Freeport was opened in 1986. In 2005, ground was broken for the new campus in East Grand Bahama, and was officially opened in 2011. ALMACO Construction Company has been selected to build the facility, using their modular system. It will accommodate approximately 88 students, a cafeteria, offices and a health clinic. Construction is scheduled for early 2016. It is hoped this campus will become the ‘centre for excellence’ for maritime, industrial, manufacturing and entrepreneurial studies. David Rulien of ALMACO Construction Company said the company is pleased to have been selected, and it is hoped the first phase will be completed by the summer of 2016. They currently work at the Grand Bahama Shipyard renovating cruise ships and are building Resorts World Bimini. “I think our modular system works very well. You have a significant reduction in construction time, and a minimum impact to the environment.”  Read More →
Tweet BTVI fashion design student, Ashley Smith, and BTVI 2006 Fashion Design graduate, Trineil Hanna By Hadassah Hall Nassau, Bahamas — Ashley Smith is experiencing an adrenaline rush as time draws nigh for the Miss Bahamas Organization’s (MBO) Top Model competition, of which she will be vying for the Top Designer award. This student of style will be among 15 fashion design students and alum of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI), who have been designing and creating avante garde pieces for contestants to model during the show dubbed, ‘Fashion in the Sky.’ The competition will be held on August 16th in the Sky Bahamas hanger. This year’s theme for the Miss Bahamas pageants (Miss World Bahamas, Miss Universe Bahamas and Miss Earth Bahamas) is ‘Beauty by Nature.’ Each contestant will be paired with a current or former BTVI student during one of the fashion show scenes. While there will be judges to find the top model among contestants, there will also be judges to find the top designs on the runway. A Top Designer winner, along with first and second runners-up will be chosen. Ashley said she is nearing completion of the gown that has kept her awake during the wee hours of the morning. “I love the theme, ‘Beauty by Nature,’ and the excitement it brings. I’m trying to maximize my creativity when it comes to the gown. My inspiration is peacocks. When people see this dress, I want them to see glitz and glamour,” revealed Ashley. “It’s my first fashion show and I believe it will be good experience and exposure. It makes me feel I can do this,” said the young woman who has dreamed of being a fashion designer since the age of 13. Meanwhile, a 2006 Fashion Design graduate, Trineil Hanna, is working assiduously on his garment that he hopes wows the judges. “My garment will be all things Bahamian with a twist. It is inspired by nature itself. You will see branches, birds, butterflies, flowers, straw, beads etc.,” said the excited 23-year-old. The winner and runners-up of the Top Designer competition will each design three to four signature pieces and be paired with Miss World Bahamas, Miss Universe Bahamas or her first runner-up, Miss Earth Bahamas. Each queen will reserve one of the pieces for an international competition. Closely eyeing the up-and-coming designers is BTVI senior craft instructor, Kathy Hamilton-Pinder. “I’m watching and doing quality control. My goal is to help students produce superior work,” she said, adding that, “Fashion is the best kept secret at BTVI. We have an excellent team of instructors.” Meanwhile, the opportunity has been afforded to BTVI students by the Miss Bahamas Organization, but is becoming a reality, thanks to the generosity of Commonwealth Fabrics, which is partially sponsoring each student. Accountant at the fabric store, Lennox McCartney, noted that Commonwealth Fabrics has long been a supportor of BTVI, but the Top Designer contest of the Top Model competition takes it to another level. “We want to encourage BTVI students in their endeavours, in their training and careers. Furthermore, this is in sync with our business, as community involvement is important,” said Mr. McCartney. “We enjoy seeing BTVI students come to the store. The passion they display when coming in, it is a joy. We enjoy their spirit and enthusiasm. What they do with their talent is pay back,” he stated. Additionally, Director of MBO’s Special Events, Zhivon Young, noted that businesses like Commonwealth Fabrics set the pace for others because without their sponsorship, such opportunities may not come to life. “Under normal circumstances, our students may not be able to do this out of pocket. As for the contestants, it’s one less outfit they have to come up with. Meanwhile, the competition itself showcases what can be obtained and created locally,” said Mr. Young. “It’s about getting these students on the map and we are grateful that Commonwealth Fabrics sees the vision,” he added.  Read More →
Tweet THE SPEAKER ought to be censured for his poor judgement! House Speaker, Dr. the Hon. Kendal V.O. Major, DDS, FICOI,DICOI By Jerry Roker for Bahamas Press In the latest of a series of robust and fiery meetings of our legislature the Speaker of the House has had to suspend several duly elected Opposition members. Arguably it could be said this is one of the most tumultuous parliaments in recent times. No right-thinking person envies the charge and responsibilities accepted by Garden Hills; he presides over an extremely adversarial House where posturing and one-upmanhip are the normal rules of engagement. The Speaker in my opinion has shown great dignity and humility with demonstrated statesmanship with respect to the Urban Renewal/Auditor General saga. However, he was ‘dead wrong’ for letting Fort Charlotte speak, outside of when he was scheduled, particularly against the wishes of his own side. The Speakers interpretation of Rule 33.1 was seriously flawed, as it is my understanding that this rule is intended to protect the rights of the minority. Fort Charlotte obviously is on the side of the majority! It would appear that the Speaker allowed his ‘feelings’ to cause him to violate the rules of The House. This is a very serious matter and brings into question Garden Hills’ judgement. Also, not to be overlooked, is his loyalty or absence thereof to his side. Those of us who have the appetite and the time to listen to endless debate hear very heated and strident to and fro arguments to win the debate for their side. Too often it is personal and vitriolic in heated verbal conflict from both sides. For the most part, The Speaker has shown commendable fortitude and patience while trying to maintain order and decorum. Nevertheless, it is my view that he ought to be censured for his poor judgement, which brought significant embarrassment to his side. The truth be told, there are no good guys and bad guys that make up our legislature but the fact that one side won and the other lost is always at the heart of our adversarial democracy. The Speaker must know the rules, and if he doesn’t, he has access to the Clerk of The House who has been in that position since king hatchet was a hammer. The Speaker must not only know the rules, but he must be capable of their flawless interpretation and application. In this instanced miserably. I am not sure his side still have confidence in Garden Hills. But time will take care of that.  Read More →
Tweet Guyana suspends China State Company over missed deadlines… WHAT IS THIS? GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana has suspended work by a Chinese state company in a dispute over missed deadlines and what the government claims is a failure to do proper engineering studies. In 2011, Guyana signed a $138 million agreement with China Harbour Engineering Co. to extend the main airport’s runway by about 3,200 feet (1,000 meters). But Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said Wednesday that he has ordered the company to cease work at Cheddi Jagan International Airport until the disputes are resolved. Guyana says the company did not do proper soil tests on the land targeted for the extended runway. Tons of sand dumped as foundation has been getting subsumed by nearby marsh. The work was expected to be finished by September. But officials now say it won’t be ready until 2017.  Read More →
Tweet Glenyns Hanna-Martin, Minister for Transport and Aviation The statement by the President of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Transport and Aviation. The Ministry is advised that in accordance with General Orders all controllers who worked overtime at Freeport Airport  over the last two years have been credited with  days off for time worked over and above regular work hours and further that no objection or complaint was raised during  the past two years in respect of  this  protocol. The Ministry of Transport seeks to resolve all legitimate disputes in the interest of fairness and industrial harmony  and would urge the Union’s President to seek to  engage management  stakeholders in an effort to arrive at  amicable settlements of dispute without unnecessary vitriol or  confrontation. In this regard the Ministry has invited the Union along with the Department of Civil Aviation and the  Department of Labour  to meet  on Tuesday to seek clarification and where necessary resolution of outstanding concerns as it relates to Freeport, Exuma and Eleuthera. In the interim we are expectant that the Union will not encourage any action which is not justified in law or in fact and which might have an adverse impact on the traveling public or the economy of Grand Bahama. As a precaution, however, the Department of Civil Aviation has advised that it has   put in place contingencies so as  to assure there will be no disruption during this holiday weekend.  Read More →
Tweet A female driver left the scene unharmed… BP live shots from the scene of that fatality in San Andros early this morning. Victim Tyrone Colebrook inset. Andros, Bahamas – The country has recorded another traffic fatality early this morning this time in the community of North Andros. According to reports, shortly after 2:00am this morning [Sunday 2nd August 2015], a traffic accident occurred at Queens Highway, San Andros involving two vehicles that resulted in the death of an adult male. Your only investigative media house has identified the victim as, Tyrone Colebrook, a fisherman from Red Bays North Andros. He died at the scene. Meanwhile just after noon today police in North Andros made a major drug bust on the island around 12:10. Four males and one female were also arrested today following a drug bust in EXUMA. BP congratulates the DEU! We report yinner decide!  Read More →
Tweet POOR Public Relations around the Prime Minister MUST BE REVAMPED!!! NEW PUBLIC RELATIONS IS NECESSARY TO PROJECT CHRISTIE’S DYNAMISM…. Christie – Davis team must quickly engage STRONGER PR on the way forward! Prime Minister needs better /STRONGER PR to properly document his record… BP SUNDAY SPECIAL! By Jerry Roker  for Bahamas Press Forty two years on, a young fledgling state struggles to define and distinguish itself in a world of nation states that have challenges of their own. Of the many states still breaking through the cocoon of infancy, The Bahamas can boast of having a stable democracy with freedoms that are the envy of many. We jealously guard our sovereignty and autonomy with a pride that far surpasses any notion of small size that might characterize an island nation of  700 islands and cays located just of the coast of Florida, United States. Breaking free from the shackles of colonialism must have meant more than the raising of a national flag, reciting a pledge and singing of a national anthem. With political independence came the added responsibility of charting a course for socio-economic growth and development. A small island state such as ours is often caught in the quagmire of self-definition and self-assertion in an international space where our voice seldom rises beyond an audible whisper. Except of course should we band together with other states of similar circumstance who might share a common philosophical position. And herein lie the age old justification and compulsion to strengthen the bond among island states of the Caribbean that for geographic, cultural, historical or economic reasons may very well benefit from the “strength of numbers”. But our journey of several decades as mapped out in the detail of the experience of the ill-fated West Indian Federation, or of CARICOM and the OECS that followed, suggest that the ambivalence of the waters that separate us or connect us, is at the crux of the development conundrum of the Caribbean. This is further compounded by an insularity, born in part out of an impulse to protect self (self-interest). But the question arises, can the language that often describes the experience of the now developed countries adequately express the challenges and experiences of small developing states? And do concepts such as independence, autonomy and sovereignty mean the same thing when applied to developing states? And by the same token, the development that we crave, is it to be perceived in like manner to that which those advanced nations exhibit? Often when I get stuck in the east  bound traffic on Bay Street, I wonder quietly whether the traffic jam in effect denotes that we are doing well as a nation, to the extent that there are so many vehicles on the island (and that speaks of some kind of advancement!), or conversely that the halted traffic in effect suggests the inadequacy of our physical infrastructure (road network) that we have some distance to go still along that long path to development! The trappings of modernity and development are evident in garb, architecture, culinary taste, recreational options/choices – that to the naked eye may very well suggest that we have come some distance. But are we missing one of the most fundamental precursors to development … and that is, independence of thought and creativity not mired in compulsions to mimic those who appear to be farther along. Or is it that globalization has stripped countries like ours of options separate and apart from the general currents of the days. The moment for self-definition and assertion may have passed and we are now left to trail along well-trodden paths that at times look more like an obstruction course! That reality is somehow masked by the level of access, participation and engagement that is afforded us, thanks to the new forms of information technology and the ever crowded highway of social media. And so, high illiteracy rates, low levels of access to tertiary education, poor health systems, rising cost of living, an uncomfortably high food import bill, a disturbingly high debt to GDP ratio all of which characterize the pitfalls of underdevelopment escape the attention that they so desperately deserve. As we enter this our 43rd year, and in light of the largest tourist development in our region, becoming somewhat unhinged right before our very eyes, the lesson we must learn is that the economic mold that got us to this birthday, has outlived its usefulness. The immediacy of our challenges demands courageous and creative leadership. Despite brutal criticism from those opposed to PM Christie, he has made the tough decisions without flinching and I believe history will be very kind to him. The creation of domestic gaming, created a new cadre of businessmen, who look like us. Through their creative entrepreneurship, they have created thousands of well-paying jobs, and the tax dollars paid into the country’s coffers, assist us in righting our fiscal circumstance.  The philanthropy of the owners of the web shops, is no secret. These gentlemen, to the man, have hearts of gold. There are hardly any groupings who have not benefitted from their kind generosity. BAMSI, despite the bad press, some of it deservedly, has the potential to significantly reduce our huge food import bill, thereby strengthening our foreign reserves. The job creation element must not be discounted. No one likes to pay taxes, and over the years our citizens and businesses alike developed a culture of tax evasion, distinctly different from tax avoidance. Our tax collection rates was among the worst in the region. The introduction of VAT was another decision taken by Mr. Christie’s government that despite any potential political backlash, it will auger well for the country. It’s roll out was by all independent accounts, nearly flawless. I do not wish to bore with a litany of statistical data, but suffice it to say, thanks in part to VAT, the domestic gaming taxes, and fiscal discipline on the expenditure side, our budget deficit will be reduced to levels that will significantly reduce our need to borrow. Les we forget, this did not happen by chance. Mr. Christie and his team deserves our commendation. NHI, which is on its way, will be a game changer indeed. The inequity in the healthcare system is morally wrong and personally, I find it nauseating that some of our citizens are opposed to it. Urban Renewal, what can I say. This award-winning program has transformed the lives of thousands of our citizens in meaningful ways. Yet there are those, who for cheap political points, oppose its very existence.(More on this later) As we move forward to another birthday, I am hopeful that, despite our setbacks, every little thing is gonna be all right.  Read More →
Tweet Pictured during the signing ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 are from left: Godfrey Eneas, President of BAMSI; Prime Minister Christie; and Yu Zhigang, President of Ocean University of China. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is poised to benefit from a partnership between the Bahamian Government and The People’s Republic of China. On Wednesday, July 29, a contract signing was held at the Office of the Prime Minister between Ocean University of China (OUC) and the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI). Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie said that the decision to partner with the university followed a recent trip to China. “Last January 9th, 2015 when I led a delegation to The People’s Republic of China, the Minister of Foreign Affairs signed on behalf of my government a Memorandum of Understanding between Ocean University of China (OUC) and the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute, known as BAMSI,” said Mr. Christie. “This afternoon we have taken a further step by entering into an agreement of cooperation between these two institutions, OUC and BAMSI, to be signed by the presidents of both institutions. This is an historic advancement for BAMSI which is still in its embryonic stages of development and entering its second year as a tertiary level institution,” he said. Mr. Christie said that importance of the agreement to OUC is manifested by the fact that a strong delegation of its faculty and staff headed by the president and vice-president of OUC, along with the Ambassador of the Republic of China were present for the contract signing in The Bahamas. The delegation spent two days in north and central Andros where, in addition to viewing the campus and the infrastructure of the tutorial and commercial farm and the marine facilities, they held important collaborative discussions with the academic arm of the institute. Marine science cooperation would impact aquaculture — rearing of aquatic animals or the cultivation of aquatic plants for food; mariculture – sea farming via cage fishing of local and new fish species, like cobia; and development of new fish food products for export. Prime Minister Christie said other areas were also identified for exploration. “In agriculture there was identification of organic fertilizers using seaweed as the raw material,” he said. “The teams identified a joint venture opportunity between OUC commercial company and the commercial activities of BAMSI in a number of exploratory areas which would enable the transfer of new technologies to both our agriculture and fisheries sub-sectors.” While in Central Andros, the delegation had the opportunity to see the eco-system of Andros, particularly the blue holes and the bonefish and fly-fishing flats. Mr. Christie said the agreement would open the door beginning the academic year 2016-2017 for OUC to accept annually students and faculty from BAMSI at the postgraduate level. OUC will assist in obtaining Chinese government scholarships for this arrangement. “In conjunction, OUC will send students to BAMSI for internship or for the semester abroad program,” He said. “The agreement will foster academic links through faculty training in workshops; seminars and academic meetings; and the exchange of informative scientific materials and data. Additionally, collaborative research will be one of the high points of cooperation.”  Read More →
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