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Woman dies, another loses legs in Exuma boating accident, Bahamas Tourism says investigation on

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#Exuma, The Bahamas – July 3, 2018 – The report of an American woman’s death in waters of the Exuma Cays is another heart-breaking visitor experience in The Bahamas as ironically guests were on their way to one of the most heart-thrilling adventures in the country; they were headed to see the famous Swimming Pigs.

The party of 10 guests and two Bahamians were horribly thrown off course by an explosion on board the 4Cs Excursion’s tour boat.  

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) issued a statement on Monday saying, “….deeply saddened by yesterday’s tour boat incident in Exuma. We pray for the family of the passenger who succumbed to her injuries, and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends as they mourn her loss. Our prayers are also with all the other passengers who were aboard as they recover.”

The American woman reportedly jumped from the boat, a report to Magnetic Media is that her legs were severely cut in the propellers of the vessel.

Member of Parliament for Exuma, Chester Cooper issued a statement on Sunday; mere hours after the mishap.

“Two other people who were on board, both Americans at last report, have been airlifted to the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.  They are in extremely critical condition.  Two more people who were on board, one American and one Bahamian, are being airlifted to Nassau for treatment…”

Mr. Cooper added that the remaining six Americans were preparing for medical evacuation to Florida with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard.  It was explained that the others who were on board the boat do not have serious injuries; Mr. Cooper was also thankful in his media statement.

“My thanks to the Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands for his tireless efforts today.  Thanks to the dedicated medical staff in Exuma, Nassau and  Florida.  This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends.  We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together.”  

Bahamas Tourism explained, “The Ministry of Tourism immediately sought to lend assistance to those affected and continues to work on the ground to provide emotional support and to help facilitate any needed arrangements. The Exuma tourism team and the Ministry’s Visitor Relations Unit (VRU) have been working to comfort and care for those on the boat, their families and friends. This team works directly with visitors as a liaison with local authorities, health organizations, pastoral care and more. In this, the Ministry and VRU are coordinating with the Ministry of Health to provide as much relief as possible to these visitors during this difficult time.”

There were also kudos for the Royal Bahamas Police and the U.S. Coast Guard.

As for who is investigating the tragedy which happened around 10 a.m. on Sunday July 1, 2018; “The RBPF, Bahamas Maritime Authority and Bahamas Port Department are investigating the incident and the BMOTA awaits their updates and findings,” said the Ministry of Tourism.

News of this tragedy has been picked up by major media organisations in the United States including the Washington Post, CNN and the NY Post which posted this, “American Stefanie Schaffer sustained life-threatening injuries and was in critical condition after a double amputation, her family said.  

Stefanie’s sister, Brooke, also suffered broken bones and internal injuries, while their mother and stepfather, Stacey and Paul Bender, suffered cuts and bruises.”

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Bahamas Government and Grand Bahamas Port Authority in squabble over millions allegedly owed

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Rashaed Esson

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#TheBahamas#DavisAdministration#PortAuthority, April 9, 2024– The Bahamas Government according to reports, says the Grand Bahama Port Authority owes 357 million dollars in back payments over the last five fiscal years, 2018 to 2022, and in a letter sent to the Port Authority last week by the Davis Administration, the government is giving them 30 days to pay up. However, the Port Authority clapped back in a statement, denying the government’s claim saying that they do not owe the sum of 357 million dollars

 

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition

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Rashaed Esson

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TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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