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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday paid last respects to Lieutenant Colonel Gaurav Solanki, an Indian peacekeeper who drowned while kayaking in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Kejriwal participated in the last rites of the Army officer and spoke to his family members. “Late Lieutenant Colonel Gaurav Solanki, who was posted with the India contingent in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Congo, was supposed to return in a few days,” he tweeted. “I participated in his last rites and paid my respects to him. May god give his family the strength to bear this loss,” he added. The Army officer went to Lake Kivu on September 8 for kayaking but did not return.last_img read more

Prime Minister visits Antiquities Monuments and Museum Corporation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22, 2017 – Nassau – The construction and/or renovation of a National Museum of The Bahamas has tremendous potential in terms of not only preserving the country’s history for future generations of Bahamians, but also in generating job and wealth creation opportunities for Bahamians of all walks of life, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Wednesday.Just last week, the Prime Minister proposed the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas not only for the benefit of Bahamians, but also as a heritage experience for tourists. The Prime Minister said the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas would reap great dividends for the country.On Wednesday (June 21), Prime Minister Minnis said whether the National Museum of The Bahamas will be constructed as a free-standing facility or through the renovation of existing space at “Centreville” (where the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation is currently located in the old Ministry of Education Headquarters Compound on Shirley Street and Collins Avenue) is a matter that will be up for discussion with officials at the Corporation which is headed by Dr. Keith Tinker, Ph.D., Director of the National Museum of The Bahamas, the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC).“The Bahamas has great potential in terms of our history and our historic sites and we have to grasp the opportunity,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “It’s unfortunate they (Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation) do not have a proper museum within which to display that history. That must be dealt with as we move forward because Bahamians are losing a lot of their history.“We must see to it that a proper museum is either constructed or renovated in order to give Bahamians and visitors alike an opportunity to see these artifacts being displayed properly so that they will be able to get a glimpse into our great Bahamian history.“Whether we will construct a free standing museum or renovate what is here now, is a discussion they and I will have going forward, but the bottom line is we must have a proper museum to display the various artifacts found within The Bahamas – plus its an excellent attraction for both tourists and residents.”Prime Minister Minnis made his comments while visiting facilities at the site of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation. The tour was part of the Prime Minister’s ongoing familiarization visits to government corporations, ministries and departments that fall under the purview of the Office of the Prime Minister.Prime Minister Minnis’ most recent visit was to the Department of Lands and Surveys. Officials there say it was the first time a Minister at any level had visited the Department in almost thirty years. As with all of his previous familiarization visits, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Mr. Jack Thompson, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister.“I am an ardent believer in culture. I think it has a great role to play in terms of attracting cruise and airlift tourists to our shores and expanding economic opportunities for Bahamians while also increasing revenue,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Ours is a richly textured culture. Our history, music, food, dance, art, craft and our folkways are distinctly different. We must fully capitalize on our culture and heritage to add a more vibrant visitor experience.”Prime Minister Minis said twenty-first century travelers are seeking more than the proverbial sun, sand and sea experience.“They travel in search of unique and authentic experiences. The Bahamas has a rich culture that can provide those experiences and should be tapped into to generate additional tourism revenue.”Prime Minister Minnis encouraged executives at the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation to develop a Master Plan for the development of the National Museum of The Bahamas – one that would allow for job and wealth creation for a larger number of Bahamians.“Government obviously does not have all of the necessary resources to do certain things and I am an ardent believer in privatization because through privatization you expand wealth,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“When I say privatize, I am not suggesting privatizing to any select group, but the kind of privatization that will create wealth and expand wealth to give everybody an opportunity. Individuals can have great ideas, but not necessarily the resources. Government’s responsibility should be to create opportunities for them so that you can create wealth, but not confine it (wealth) to one location. If you do that with the multiple forts that we have for example, then you would be surprised at the amount of jobs you create, the amount of opportunities you create and that’s the type of privatization I prefer, the kind that expands wealth and create job opportunities for more Bahamians,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Panel Asks for New Excess Capacity Analysis

first_imgDOD will need to redo its 2017 estimate of its excess capacity in a way that addresses shortcomings with the department’s methodology that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified in a recent study, according to the committee report accompanying the Senate version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. GAO said DOD’s analysis did not offer a clear rationale for using a 1989 baseline for excess capacity and used assumptions that may not be reasonable. “The committee is concerned that without initial excess capacity estimates that are accurate and sufficient, the department may not be providing the Congress with the information necessary to make a fully informed decision on a future BRAC round,” the panel states.The committee directs the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment to “reliably update the baseline used for estimating excess infrastructure capacity, using assumptions in estimating excess capacity that are considered realistic and credible.” The report language directs DOD to report back to the committee by Feb. 1, 2019. The House version of the authorization bill includes statutory text requiring DOD to conduct a more rigorous analysis of the department’s excess capacity. It calls for the department to identify any deficit or surplus in infrastructure for each military department, and for locations within the continental United States. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more