Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, defense force, peace, tellis bethel, the lucayan sea Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvienciales, 23 Jan 2015 – The Turks and Caicos sits Southeast of The Bahamas in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and a Defense Force Captain has written a book about the waters and has even proposed that there be a special name change to the Lucayan Sea. “The Lucayan Sea also tells the story of the Lucayans; them being the first to inhabit these islands, they were also the first to welcome Christopher Columbus to the entire Americas, or what we know as the New World and they were also the first to suffer genocide. Highlighted in the book is a response to that suffering of the Lucayans, their demise, in respect to what the people of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands ought to do in responding to that. I propose that as a result of their demise, we who are now the modern day inhabitants of these islands, we have inherited the responsibility to do what we can to make the world a better place.” Royal Bahamas Defense Force Deputy Commander, Captain Tellis Bethel says our link to the Lucayan Indians make us one and make the two nations, a unique destination for peace and tranquility; he tells all in his new book, The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of the Modern Americas.“It really in essence makes us a type of Motherland. As we know, mothers are leaders in their own right and they influence their offspring so by virtue of our birthright, we here in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands have really a responsibility to be leaders who help to shape the world to make it a better place, especially in light of what happened to the Lucayans and their demise.”The book by Tellis Bethel, second in command at the RBDF is published by Outskirts and it is online at Amazon in Kindle format; some copies of the book once landed, are earmarked for Turks and Caicos. You can see our TV news report on Capt Tellis Bethel at MagneticMediaonTV on Youtube. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now
Kolkata: Bengal government is taking initiatives to increase fish production in the drought prone areas of the state by preserving rain water. This will assist the local fishermen to increase the production of fishes.In a bid to boost pisciculture, the state fisheries department will set up more watersheds in the drought prone districts like Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum, West Midnapore and some other districts, where considerable amount of rain water is wasted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the experts, if rain water is harnessed by small dams, it can be used for pisciculture, cultivation and also domestic purposes during the lean season. The department is taking up comprehensive development schemes to enhance fishery infrastructure in the drought prone areas to improve the overall socio-economic condition of fishermen in the region. A watershed is defined as the land that contributes water to a given site. It is a line that connects all the highest points in the area. A watershed provides a natural environmental unit for planning a developmental initiative. The watershed mapping in the districts of Purulia and Bankura has been done to delineate watershed boundaries and suggest the suitable sites for check dams for water harvesting. A digital map of water bodies was already created by the Fisheries department. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe GIS based map of water bodies will help in managing e-governance in the fishery sector. Web based availability of GIS maps will improve decision making process in a decentralised set up, thereby creating a scenario of efficient management.Moreover, water stored in check dams also helps in reaching the ground water through bottom percolation in the subsurface. Watershed development thus plays an important role in uplifting the rural economy, increasing fish production, agricultural production, afforestation, water, soil and land management in the drought prone areas. Co-operative farming is also given paramount importance to strengthen co-operative fish farming. The schemes will engage unemployed rural youth that will uplift the rural economy. The department has chalked out a detailed plan to make West Bengal self sufficient in fish production and to increase export.The state fisheries department is also keen on the implementation of the People Participatory Programme (PPP) method for the sustainable development of fisheries. The purpose of PPP is to develop an operational method to increase participation of local fishermen in fish production, storage and distribution.This will also prove handy for the fisher folk to organise self-help groups and co-operatives which in turn will increase their income. They will be given access to the existing fishing ponds and fishery infrastructure.
Kolkata: Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) is coming up with an archive of masks, musical instruments and various articles of daily domestic use of different caste and communities of the state.The aim of the university is to acquaint the present generation with the tradition and culture of these communities and encourage research activities involving these communities’ lifestyle. Most of the articles belonging to the communities that will be exhibited in the archive have become extinct now. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We have at present around 80 articles in our collection that we have been accumulating for the last seven years. We have plans to take this to over 100 before univeiling the archive,” said Haimanti Chattopadhyay, member secretary of West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, RBU. The collection includes a dhak made of cane used more than 2,00 years back, a mask made of gourd used by the Rajbanshi community, the flutes of the Mech, Rava and the Rajbanshi communities, exquisite musical instruments like Tungna of theTamang and those of Limbu Lepcha , Dhimal, Munda and other communities. It will have a variety of old masks of Chaau from Purulia district, the masks worn by the Lepchas, the Rajbanshis and the Mech too. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA major attraction will be a few specimen of the Dashabatar Cards that had originated at Bishnupur in Bankura way back in the 16th century. Bir Hambir, the king of Bishnupur, invented this card. It is a unique example of Bengal’s folk art. “We have not yet set any timeline for setting up the archive as we have to come up with audio and video documentation and most importantly a text on description of the objects mentioning the place from where it has been procured. Our Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury who is the chairman of the akademi is constantly encouraging us in our endeavour,” Chattopadhyay said. As per plans, the archive will come up in a room at the second floor of the building that houses the office of the State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts.