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Region’s fisheries support Blue Growth Concept
Submitted by CRFM News   
Friday, 21 November 2014 13:06

BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The region’s fisheries stakeholders to deepen their understanding of the “blue growth concept” at a two-day workshop in St. George’s, Grenada under the theme, “Investing in Blue Economic Growth” on November 20-21, 2014.

The Blue Growth Concept is mainly concerned about how to generate economic growth from the living resources in the oceans and seas.

The Blue Growth seeks to achieve growth by sustainable use and conservation of aquatic renewable resources in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and on the high seas, in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner. The major components of the Blue Growth concept include: (1) marine and inland capture fisheries; (2) aquaculture development, (3) livelihoods and food systems, and (4) ecosystem services and marine biodiversity conservation at regional and national levels.

The regional workshop is intended to promote blue economic growth in CARICOM countries through enhanced involvement of fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders in the policy process and improved, broad public understanding and appreciation of the challenges and opportunities of the industry and its policies, and what this means for investing in blue growth.

Milton Haughton, executive director of Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says, “the benefits in the sector are significant to the region and the global community, these range from foreign exchange earnings, employment to poverty alleviation and food security. Many of the stakeholders including the Fisherfolk on the ground do not sufficiently understand the importance of these benefits to value them adequately to achieve sustainable management of the fisheries resources.”

Dr. David Allen gives recommendations on dealing with violent crime and murder in The Bahamas
Submitted by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:49

Violent Crime and Murder In The Bahamas
By David F. Allen, M.D., M.P.H.
Anti-Crime Rally, Queen’s College, November 5, 2014

The Bahamas, and Nassau in particular, has undergone a serious social fragmentation process due to:  (a) the cocaine crisis of the eighties and its continuing sequelae; and  (b) the international economic slowdown of the past few years.

This social fragmentation is associated with widespread drug trafficking with its evil executions and plentiful supply of powerful guns, leading to burgeoning violent crime and soaring murder rates (See Figure 1).  This process results in the disintegration of the family and the community, to a culture of unemployed young men who are mobilized by youth gangs which wreak havoc and fear in society.  

Fig 1 – Incidence of Murders in the Bahamas (1963-2013)

DNA commentary: No bailout for struggling Bahamians
Submitted by the DNA Party   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:28
Since taking office, this PLP administration has neglected the mandate given to it by the Bahamian people and has abandoned the litany of promises made on the campaign trail. Rather than rescue struggling home owners through mortgage relief, the government has stood by as countless more homes have been seized by the banks. Instead, those families have watched as the Prime Minister, who failed to intervene on their behalves, used his position to personally intervene in the mortgage affairs of a man he called “a good friend”.

Similarly, the PM offered no comment when it was revealed that a member of his government failed to pay his own electricity bills while overseeing the disconnection of thousands of Bahamian households. Most recently, the government intervened yet again on behalf of PLP supporters and cronies, this time at the Bank of the Bahamas where this administration has taken steps to erase the bank’s bad debt by creating a new company to “bail out” those individuals who failed to meet their financial loan obligations.

In all these examples, one thing is constant. It is clear that this PLP administration is in the business of Bailouts, unfortunately for the average, hardworking, law abiding citizen, those bailouts are only made available to friends, family members and political bed fellows of those in this PLP administration.

When, if ever will this government finally come to the aid of the Bahamian people? The time has come for all Bahamians to be treated equally under the law. What is good for the goose must also be good for the gander. At a time when international gas prices are at their lowest, Bahamians continue to pay exorbitant prices for electricity. Yet, the government has made no move to bail out those Bahamians living in darkness. Where is the economic bailout promised for unemployed and under employed Bahamians? Where is the bailout for families seeking justice from the criminal element?
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Amnesty International is badly mistaken
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:15

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken note of the comments attributed to Amnesty International in relation to the enforcement of the new Bahamas immigration policy.

Amnesty International is badly mistaken.

The immigration policy is humane in nature and generic in its application as no particular national grouping is being targeted. Further, it is not the policy of the Bahamas Government to violate the civil or human rights of any citizen or resident and there have not been any reported cases of abuse in connection with these routine checks and interdiction exercises.

Amnesty International is dead wrong on their account of events and risks its international reputation and credibility by pursuing this line of argument.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds to comments by attorney Fred Smith
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:18

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes note of a statement purportedly issued by Freeport Attorney Fred Smith about the Immigration policies of the Bahamas Government.

The statements by Mr. Smith are in grave error and are materially incorrect.  (Click HERE for related article)

The Ministry is again concerned by certain actors in the population that appear to be intent on chasing headlines, seeking to create public hysteria and resorting to misinformation in order to do so. Their language is intemperate, inflammatory and the claims regarding the immigration policy are inaccurate.

There has been no breach of the law and no violation of anyone's constitutional rights, sanctioned by the Bahamas Government in the enforcement of the country's immigration laws.

That is not the policy of the government.

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