Live with Kelly and Ryan Takes The Bahamas
#Bahamas, February 9, 2018 – Nassau – Millions tuned in this week to watch renowned TV hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest trade in frigid temperatures for some fun in the sun in The Islands of The Bahamas during Live with Kelly and Ryan. Hundreds of resort visitors and locals were in the audience as the top-rated daytime show in the U.S. focused its cameras on the spectacular weather and culture of The Bahamas. Beyond the enthusiastic audience on set, four million viewers will see the unique Bahamas stories that the show put together.
Kelly and Ryan ventured out to experience Bahamian food and the island hopping lifestyle, that were showcased in fun segments including:
- A tasting tour of Nassau for Ryan that included Arawak Fish Fry, McKenzie’s, and Sun & Ice
- A catamaran castaway day for Kelly that started with Sandy Cay aka Gilligan’s Island and ended with a beach bonfire at Sandy Toes on Rose Island
- Dolphin yoga and marine conservation for Kelly at Atlantis
- Ryan’s Powerboat Adventure to The Exumas to feed sharks and rays
Over four days, the show included special guests like Whitney Cummings, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Heather Graham, Nene Leakes and Taylor Kitsch and others, who all boasted about the beauty of The Bahamas.
Executive Producer Michael Gellman has been to The Bahamas four times with the show and said there is no question why they keep coming back.
“We always have a great time here. The show is beautiful with the blue water, palm trees and wind and people are always hospitable and have been from the first time. So now that’s why 25 years later it is our fourth time visiting,” he said.
“[Live with Kelly and Ryan] being here always has a tremendous impact. It’s us experiencing the destination. It’s not just like an ad. You are seeing us experience it and seeing what The Bahamas has to offer is really special and people respond to it. There has been great feedback and we have people who follow us on all our remotes and now they go on vacation with us. But I think the bigger impact is after we leave.”
When the first show aired live on February 5, there was already a social media reach of over 4 million. Executives of The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation are overwhelmingly happy for the show. Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu said the immeasurable exposure from the show is welcomed.
“As we near the key travel booking season, the Ministry sees this four-day broadcast with a major daytime television show as an amazing opportunity to expose viewers to the diversity of The Islands of The Bahamas,” said Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. “To have Kelly and Ryan showcase our natural beauty and authentic culture with their millions of viewers during an unusually cold winter in the U.S. is priceless. We are confident that seeing their favourite TV hosts enjoying all that we have to offer and talking about our different islands will inspire viewers to take a trip to The Bahamas to experience it for themselves.”
Roots Junkanoo Group kicked off the first show of the week, Da Rhythm Band made their live television debut as the house band on Tuesday, and Baha Men promoted their new summer jam “Bumpa” on Wednesday’s show. Kelly called the Jam “A hit”.
Baha Men is made up of the group members Rick Carey, Dyson Knight and Marvin Prosper. “Twenty years later, this was an awesome experience for us,” Carey said.
“We are excited and we are sure it is going to be hit like Kelly said,” Prosper said. “We are looking forward it coming into the summer.”
“Everyone is excited to be here and they had good feel music to go with the experience and it all just came together and that is what is going to make ‘Bumpa’ a really good hit.”
The live and taped shows are the culmination of an integration that has included broadcast promotion, a sweepstakes and social media from the show that are already driving interest in the destination.
Soca Warriors crush Bahamas at home
By Rashaed Esson
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.
The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).
Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.
Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.
Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches. Next match for the Soca Warriors is against Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day. The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.
Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.
7 million lives at risk because of salt
March 24, 2023 – Without immediate and widespread efforts at curbing salt intake, 7 million lives will be lost by 2030 according to the World Health Organization. The warning follows the first-ever Global Report on Sodium Intake Reduction, which revealed that the world would not meet its sodium intake reduction target of 30 percent by 2025 on its current path.
With only 5% of WHO Member States protected by mandatory and comprehensive sodium reduction policies, the rest of the world must immediately implement ‘highly cost-effective sodium reduction policies to protect against some of the most common non-communicable diseases.
No Caribbean country was mentioned in the group of nine countries with comprehensive salt laws, but Barbados is currently set to make effective stringent regulations to govern food consumption and food quality.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General said:
“Most countries are yet to adopt any mandatory sodium reduction policies, leaving their people at risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. The WHO calls on all countries to implement the ‘Best Buys’ for sodium reduction, and on manufacturers to implement the WHO benchmarks for sodium content in food.”
North America and the Caribbean have the highest child diabetes statistics in the world, with the second highest prevalence in adults as well. In Turks and Caicos in particular, over 300 hundred residents have failing kidneys, a number described as ‘alarming’ by experts. Kidney disease is fueled in most cases by diabetes and hypertension.
The WHO is then advising Governments to do four things:
- Reformulating foods to contain less salt, and setting targets for the amount of sodium in foods and meals.
- Establishing public food procurement policies to limit salt or sodium-rich foods in public institutions such as hospitals, schools, workplaces, and nursing homes.
- Front-of-package labelling that helps consumers select products lower in sodium.
- Behaviour change communication and mass media campaigns to reduce salt/sodium consumption.
With these measures in place, the salt reduction target can still be achieved, according to the WHO.
FBI and Bahamas looking into woman’s death
#TheBahamas, March 17, 2023 – The FBI is investigating a woman’s ‘suspicious’ death on a Carnival Cruise ship in February. The unnamed woman and her husband boarded the Carnival Sunshine on February 27th, for a trip to the Bahamas, but she was dead before they arrived in the port in The Bahamas.
The FBI said Carnival’s team had administered life saving measures when the woman was reported unresponsive, but they were unsuccessful. The body and the woman’s husband were released to the Bahamian authorities when the cruise arrived in the country.
In a statement shared with US media houses, Carnival Cruises claimed the death has been a natural one. The Nassau Guardian said a source told them the police findings had concurred with that assessment saying it was a “normal sudden death of a tourist who wasn’t feeling well.”
The FBI was waiting for the cruise and when it got back to South Carolina on March 4th, they immediately boarded and began to investigate the room based on ‘evidence of a crime.’ The FBI also searched the couple’s car.
No updates have been shared to contradict the currently established cause of death.
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