Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 10, 2018 – Nassau – Veteran radio broadcaster, Talk Show host and media and public relations executive, Mr. Kevin Harris, has been appointed Director General of Bahamas Information Services. Mr. Harris’ appointment took effect January 1, 2018. He succeeds Mr. Luther Smith who served in the post for the past three-and-a-half years.A 20-year veteran in the broadcast and media industry, Mr. Harris has worked as a radio personality for a number of radio stations including 100 Jamz, 101.9 Joy FM, Spirit Gospel 92.5FM and Guardian Radio 96.9FM. He also served as a radio talk show host and producer for the highly popular and nationally aired radio program “State of Affairs with Kevin Harris.”Mr. Harris also has over 25 years’ experience as an Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Consultant. He served as the very first Marketing Executive for British American Bank and Western Union in the Bahamas from 1996 to 1998.Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, who has responsibility for Bahamas Information Services and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, welcomed Mr. Harris’ appointment while thanking Mr. Smith for his work done during his tenure.“As Bahamas Information Services works towards ensuring positive growth and development in its field, we are confident that the appointment of Mr. Harris will indeed take us in the right direction,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said.“Furthermore, we are grateful for the job Mr. Luther Smith has done in the last three-plus years and wish him well in all of his endeavours. Amidst an ever-changing environment in the information and communications sector, Mr. Harris’ skills to lead the organization having served in the area of media for so many years, will undoubtedly work to our benefit.“BIS will witness a dynamic transformation as Mr. Harris and his executive team chart the way forward utilizing both technology and human resources to ensure that vital information pertaining to the government and governance of our country is widely disseminated with relevance, accuracy and speed as demanded by our citizenry and indeed those of the world,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe added.Born in Nassau in 1970, Mr. Harris attended Columbus Primary School, C.H. Reeves Junior High School and the Government High School from which he graduated in 1997. An ordained minister of the Gospel, Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology.Widely known in gospel and entertainment industries as “Minister K,” Mr. Harris is the Founder and President of the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards, which is now considered the world’s premier music awards for Bahamian and Caribbean Gospel Music. The Marlin Awards celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year.Mr. Harris also served as the local entertainment coordinator for the historic taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show at Atlantis, Paradise Island in 1999, and as the local coordinator for the Bahamas segment of the world tour for late civil rights activist Rosa Parks.Mr. Harris is married to Quetell Harris (nee McPhee), and is the father of three children.Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Kolkata: The use of artificial colour in food products is soon coming to an end as the state Agriculture department has taken steps to ensure massive plantation of Bixa trees in the state for its seeds.Yellow-orange dye extracted from its seed is a safe colouring agent for food. The state Agriculture department would also discuss the issue with the state Science and Technology department for using updated technology to process the seeds and extract natural dye from it. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTaking the unique move, the state Agriculture department would initially go for plantation of the same in all the farms and help increase the yield of Bixa seeds.During a recent visit to Fulia Agriculture Training Centre in Nadia, the state Agriculture minister Asish Banerjee noticed two Bixa trees, which is commonly known as lipstick tree. After getting to knowing the usefulness of the seeds, the minister gave direction to take necessary steps to increase the yield of the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee said: “Direction has been given to increase plantation of Lipstick Trees. At the same time, there will be discussions with the state Science and Technology department in connection with the updated process of extraction of colour from its seeds.”Following the direction of the state Agriculture minister, senior scientists at Fulia Agriculture Training Centre initiated their work to increase its production.With the immense success of the scientists, around 2 kg of seeds have been kept ready and using the same, lipstick cultivation is possible on a plot 70-bigha. Initially, the state Agriculture department will carry out cultivation of Lipstick trees in all its farms across different parts of the state. The state Agriculture department has also taken steps so that no place in farms is left vacant. Once the yield of lipstick seeds goes up, the natural yellow-orange Bixa dye would become easily available in the state.With proper promotion of the Bixa seed dye, it will become popular among food product manufacturers and the tendency of using artificial colour will go down.Often the use of artificial colour in food products turns out to be an issue in certain parts of the state. Steps need to be taken to check such practice. But with this move, there would be a permanent solution to the menace.It may be mentioned that Bixa tree has become commonly known as the Lipstick tree as its seeds were used to make lipstick and body paint in certain parts of America.