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December 05, 2010
Tourist dies in apparent drowning

POLICE are investigating the apparent drowning of a German tourist on Cabbage Beach on Saturday afternoon.

Sometime around 2pm, police received information that a 73-year-old man from Schnee Berg, Germany, was swimming with friends at Cabbage Beach when he started to experience some difficulties, and had to be pulled from the sea by his friends.

EMS personnel responded and pronounced the victim dead.

Police are withholding the name of the victim who was visiting with a relative.

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June 03, 2013
Tourists robbed outside Atlantis

Two American visitors were robbed at gunpoint outside the Royal Towers, Atlantis Resort and Casino, early yesterday morning, Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said.
Police said around 1 a.m. a man armed with a handgun approached them and demanded cash.
The suspect fled the area on foot after robbing them. No one was hurt during the incident.
It is unclear whether the visitors were exiting or entering the hotel.
Police believe the victims were guests at Atlantis, though no hotel representative confirmed this.
Ferguson said the suspect, who was only described as a dark man, was still at large yesterday.
Anyone with information on the armed robbery is asked to contact police at 919 or 328-TIPS.
While general theft of personal property remains the most common crime against tourists, an American visitor was recently murdered.
Kyle Bruner, 34, of Chicago, Illinois, was shot dead during an armed robbery around 4:30 a.m. on May 12, police said.
Police said Bruner was trying to defend a female friend who was being robbed on Mackey Street near East Bay Street.
Acting U.S. Charge d'Affaires John Armstrong told The Nassau Guardian in March that crime is a major issue here.
"I will be perfectly honest, Bahamian officials, average Bahamians, American diplomats and other diplomats have noticed that there's a serious situation," Armstrong said.
"The murder rate has recently dropped some and that's a good sign, but with some other crimes, based on what the media said and Bahamian law officials, basically the trend has been in a different direction."
He added that the U.S. Embassy has an obligation to warn U.S. citizens of crime trends.
The most recent warning was issued last month.
The release said that armed robbery remains a major threat facing U.S. citizens in The Bahamas.
It also said that since the beginning of the year, a number of U.S. citizens have fallen victim to armed robbery with some seriously injured in the commission of these crimes.
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said recently that something must be done to arrest the crime situation in the country before it is too late.

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Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida, Stages Mall Domination at U.S. Mall
April 28, 2014
Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida, Stages Mall Domination at U.S. Mall

The Bahamas presents its culture and provides updates of the destination during Mall domination at Broward Mall...

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April 24, 2014
The wrong association with The Bahamas

The cruise business has been booming in The Bahamas for years. According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, 2.8 million cruise visitors came to our country in 2002. Ten years later, in 2012, 4.4 million people visited The Bahamas on cruise ships. The arrivals total nearly doubled in a decade.
While it is true that cruise passengers spend much less than stopover visitors, the potential wealth to be gained from the large number of cruise visitors coming to our shores cannot be ignored. Just driving downtown the last few weeks the cruise visitors to the Port of Nassau are visible.
Now a U.S. attorney who authors a popular website on the cruise industry - www.cruiselawnews.com - has labeled The Bahamas "the number one most dangerous cruise destination in the world".
The list, compiled by Jim Walker, a partner of Walker & O'Neill Maritime Lawyers, places us above countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico and Venezuela.
According to Walker, who spoke with The Nassau Guardian yesterday, his firm receives more complaints about crime in Nassau than all of the other ports in the Caribbean combined.
He has admitted, however, that his list is not based on "scientific facts".
"It's anecdotal in nature based on information we receive from cruise passengers who contact us and complain about being a victim of crime in a port of call," he wrote on the website, which appears prominently in Google searches about The Bahamas.
It is a bit of a stretch to state that The Bahamas is more dangerous in any respect than Honduras - the country with the highest murder rate in the world outside of war zones. However, The Bahamas being on that list at all, whether scientifically based or due to anecdotal references, is as a result of the crime problem we have in New Providence, which has spiraled in recent years.
That crime problem has been much discussed. We are all aware of it. Situations such as this listing highlight how the problem harms our economy, helping to negate the efforts of the government and investors to create jobs for the many who are out of work.
We have found no solution to the New Providence crime problem yet, but our policymakers must keep working at it. In terms of safeguarding our cruise port, uniformed police are visible more consistently now after much complaining by the public and merchants.
"You don't want to be harassed. We don't want to be threatened. We don't want to be in situations where we are simply afraid. And we've seen that," said Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe yesterday.
"We've witnessed that. We've talked about it. So it's a situation where we have to manage ourselves and ensure that we have officials on the scene to manage circumstances."
Wilchcombe said he has had talks with various cruise lines over the issue and while crime is a cause for serious concern, the country should not be number one on the list.
Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell too said the ranking is unfair when asked about it.
"The reality is we welcome in excess of five million visitors," he said. "And of that number probably less than one percent of tourists are affected by the crime problem.
"I don't think it's appropriate or fair to use that paintbrush to paint The Bahamas as a destination which is overridden with crime against tourists. That's not the case."
We need as a country to focus on bringing order to New Providence. If we do, we will not be on such lists. Yes, the description of The Bahamas is unwarranted. But which right-thinking Bahamian will stand up and say the Port of Nassau and the island of New Providence are safe places where visitors can freely move without fear of molestation?

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May 22, 2013
Ministry of Tourism heightens lionfish awareness

SEYMOUR'S, Long Island - The Ministry of Tourism and its partners have come together to further heighten awareness of the invasive and venomous lionfish in Bahamian waters.
One such avenue was the Lionfish Hunt II, a competition and cook-off between local fishermen and chefs, that was held on May 17 to 18 at Seymour's Dock.
The lionfish was sighted in Bahamian waters following the passage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The Department of Marine Resources has classified the lionfish as an invasive alien species preying on commercially and ecologically important marine species.
And, the best way to manage the species is to eat it. Hence the two-day hunt and cook-off explored the hunting, handling, cleaning and eating of lionfish, which is proving to be quite the delicacy.
Approximately 270 fish were caught, the largest up to 16 inches. Organizer and fisherman Charles Knowles and Frederick Arnett, assistant fisheries officer at the Department of Marine Resources, donned impenetrable gloves and spearheaded the handling and cleaning of the catch, which was shared among the restaurants involved in the cook-off.
Chefs from Cape Santa Maria and Stella Maris Resort prepared the fish in a variety of dishes such as fish cakes garnished with local pineapples, and stir-fried lionfish in a tropical Thai curry sauce, also with fresh pineapples.
Samantha Fox of the Ministry of Tourism office on the island underscored the importance of educating residents and tourists about lionfish.
"The Ministry of Tourism has partnered with individuals in the community in their efforts to bring further awareness about the species," she said.
"It (hunting) has also become a tourist attraction. When visitors come into Long Island divers take them out snorkeling and educate them about the species."
Fox added that because of the abundance of the species, restaurant owners are being encouraged to add it to their menus. Entrepreneurs are also being urged to use parts of the fish for jewellery and other craft items once the venom is cured through cooking.
Another organizer of the lionfish hunt, Theresa Knowles of Bahamas Discovery Quest, said based on snorkeling expeditions there was noticeable growth in lionfish numbers.
For the first Lionfish hunt, Knowles said the committee worked hard for three months and was quite shocked at the response that people enjoyed lionfish meat. Subsequently, individuals were approached and handed information about lionfish and what it could do to local marine resources. The ultimate goal is to work with the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association in putting lionfish on the market, she said.
Arnett said the department has played a significant role in lionfish awareness and education since 2009 when it developed the National Lionfish Response Plan with The College of The Bahamas. Since then the department has signed on to a regional project, Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC).
The Department of Marine Resources is the national executing agency for that project - a four-year program aimed at addressing the invasive species issue within the region.

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Tourist diagnosed with chikungunya fever
July 07, 2014
Tourist diagnosed with chikungunya fever

The first confirmed case of chikungunya fever has been diagnosed in a male tourist, who is believed to have contracted the virus in the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Health advised over the weekend...

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July 05, 2014
Dame Marguerite confirmed as next GG

Dame Marguerite Pindling will be sworn in as governor general of The Bahamas at noon next Tuesday, Bahamas Information Services revealed yesterday.
It will come two hours after outgoing Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes does a final inspection of the guard of honor at Government House.
The announcement of Dame Marguerite's appointment had long been anticipated.
She has served multiple times as deputy to the governor general.
Dame Marguerite, 82, was born to Reuben and Viola McKenzie in the settlement of Long Bay Cays, South Andros, on June 26, 1932.
As noted by The Bahamas Historical Society, she often describes herself as "just a barefoot girl from Andros".
Dame Marguerite has often expressed pride over her humble beginnings and her upbringing while promoting strong Christian values.
"Did I ever dream that one day, that me, this barefoot girl from Andros, would be given this opportunity to represent my country at this level? Not in my wildest dreams," she said in an interview with The Nassau Guardian ahead of the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence last year.
"And today, I look back and say, Lord I thank you."
Moving to Nassau in 1946, Dame Marguerite lived with her sister Louise and attended the Western Senior School. After leaving school, her first job was with noted photographer Stanley Toogood.
Later she worked for Colyn Rees and soon met Lynden Pindling, a London-trained lawyer.
Following a courtship of a little over a year, they married on May 5, 1956.
Shortly after the wedding, Lynden Pindling was elected to the House of Assembly. In 1967 he became premier and, later, prime minister, a post he held until 1992. He served until 1997, when he retired after being elected nine consecutive times. Dame Marguerite supported her husband throughout his term in office.
Speaking in 2007, as the 40th anniversary of majority rule was being observed, Dame Marguerite said, "Pindling was able to
inspire a whole generation of young people.
"I look at them, 40 years later, they are running The Bahamas, and that gives me such a sense of pride. See, I never had the opportunity because I left school in grade six."
The emergence of a class of young professionals was one of the most important results of majority rule, she said.
"We had to save The Bahamas," Dame Marguerite said. "We had to build The Bahamas for the Bahamians because there was no Bahamas for us. We were not included in the other administration."
Dame Marguerite was honored by Queen Elizabeth in 2007, being named a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
She will be sworn in two days before the 41st anniversary of Bahamian independence.
Reflecting on independence last year, she told The Nassau Guardian she was proud of the development of the nation since 1973.
"The Bahamas is a thriving democracy," Dame Marguerite said.
"The Progressive Liberal Party government expanded educational opportunities, established The College of The Bahamas, which has graduated brilliant Bahamians who are making important decisions or contributions to our society.
"The government has further developed the tourist industry, which has sustained the Bahamian economy for many years. It has also developed a strong public service.
"It turned the police force into a modern organization and established a defence force; sporting facilities and training have been expanded and we can boast of producing Olympic champions. The Bahamas joined the United Nations and many international and regional bodies. We have taken our place on the world stage, this little Bahamas."
At the time, Dame Marguerite also said she hoped that Bahamians generally would show more pride in themselves and their country.
"Before we became, you know, when we were poor, we used to show love for one another," she said.
"We used to be interested in each other's well being...We used to share. We knew who our neighbors were.
"But today, since we've become so successful, Bahamians don't know anybody anymore. The pride we once held for our beautiful country seems to have gone out the window."
While Dame Marguerite's appointment has not come as a surprise to many people, it is likely to generate some level of controversy.
Ahead of the 2012 general election, she was a fixture at Progressive Liberal Party rallies and even addressed one of the political events.

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May 15, 2013
American tourist dies in Grand Bahama

Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas - On
Wednesday 15th May 2013 around 10:45am, police received information
that anAmerican visitor was brought to the Rand Memorial Hospital in an
unresponsive state.

Reports are that a male visitor while on a
snorkeling expedition with UNEXSO developed complications and returned
to the surface.

CPR was administered by person on the expedition and he was later transported...

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May 16, 2013
American tourist dies in Grand Bahama

Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas - On
Wednesday 15th May 2013 around 10:45am, police received information
that anAmerican visitor was brought to the Rand Memorial Hospital in an
unresponsive state.

Reports are that a male visitor while on a
snorkeling expedition with UNEXSO developed complications and returned
to the surface.

CPR was administered by person on the expedition and he was later transported...

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