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The Bahamas – Wikipedia

Coordinates: 2415N 7600W / 24.250N 76.000W / 24.250; -76.000

The Bahamas ((listen)), known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,[11] is an archipelagic state within the Lucayan Archipelago. It consists of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean and is located north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic); northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands; southeast of the US state of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. The capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence. The designation of “the Bahamas” can refer either to the country or to the larger island chain that it shares with the Turks and Caicos Islands. As stated in the mandate/manifesto of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Bahamas territory encompasses 470,000km2 (180,000sqmi) of ocean space.

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The Bahamas is the site of Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1492. At that time, the islands were inhabited by the Lucayan, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people. Although the Spanish never colonised The Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 until 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera.

The Bahamas became a British Crown colony in 1718, when the British clamped down on piracy. After the American War of Independence, the Crown resettled thousands of American Loyalists in the Bahamas; they brought their slaves with them and established plantations on land grants. Africans constituted the majority of the population from this period. The Bahamas became a haven for freed African slaves: the Royal Navy resettled Africans here liberated from illegal slave ships; American slaves and Seminoles escaped here from Florida; and the government freed American slaves carried on United States domestic ships that had reached the Bahamas due to weather. Slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834. Today the descendants of slaves and free Africans make up nearly 90% of the population; issues related to the slavery years are part of society.

The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining the British monarch, then and currently Queen Elizabeth II, as its head of state. In terms of gross domestic product per capita, The Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas (following the United States and Canada), with an economy based on tourism and finance.[12]

The name Bahamas is derived from either the Taino ba ha ma (“big upper middle land”), which was a term for the region used by the indigenous Native Americans,[13] or from the Spanish baja mar (“shallow water or sea” or “low tide”) reflecting the shallow waters of the area. Alternatively, it may originate from Guanahani, a local name of unclear meaning.[14]

Taino people moved into the uninhabited southern Bahamas from Hispaniola and Cuba around the 11th century, having migrated there from South America. They came to be known as the Lucayan people. An estimated 30,000 Lucayan inhabited the Bahamas at the time of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492.

Columbus’s first landfall in the New World was on an island he named San Salvador (known to the Lucayan as Guanahani). Some researchers believe this site to be present-day San Salvador Island (formerly known as Watling’s Island), situated in the southeastern Bahamas. An alternative theory holds that Columbus landed to the southeast on Samana Cay, according to calculations made in 1986 by National Geographic writer and editor Joseph Judge, based on Columbus’s log. Evidence in support of this remains inconclusive. On the landfall island, Columbus made first contact with the Lucayan and exchanged goods with them.

The Spanish forced much of the Lucayan population to Hispaniola for use as forced labour. The slaves suffered from harsh conditions and most died from contracting diseases to which they had no immunity; half of the Taino died from smallpox alone.[16] The population of the Bahamas was severely diminished.[17]

In 1648, the Eleutherian Adventurers, led by William Sayle, migrated from Bermuda. These English Puritans established the first permanent European settlement on an island which they named Eleutherathe name derives from the Greek word for freedom. They later settled New Providence, naming it Sayle’s Island after one of their leaders. To survive, the settlers salvaged goods from wrecks.

In 1670 King Charles II granted the islands to the Lords Proprietors of the Carolinas in North America. They rented the islands from the king with rights of trading, tax, appointing governors, and administering the country.[18] In 1684 Spanish corsair Juan de Alcon raided the capital, Charles Town (later renamed Nassau). In 1703 a joint Franco-Spanish expedition briefly occupied the Bahamian capital during the War of the Spanish Succession.

During proprietary rule, the Bahamas became a haven for pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard (c.16801718). To put an end to the ‘Pirates’ republic’ and restore orderly government, Britain made the Bahamas a crown colony in 1718 under the royal governorship of Woodes Rogers. After a difficult struggle, he succeeded in suppressing piracy.[19] In 1720, Rogers led local militia to drive off a Spanish attack.

During the American War of Independence in the late 18th century, the islands became a target for American naval forces under the command of Commodore Esek Hopkins. US Marines occupied the capital of Nassau for a fortnight.

In 1782, following the British defeat at Yorktown, a Spanish fleet appeared off the coast of Nassau. The city surrendered without a fight. Spain returned possession of the Bahamas to Britain the following year, under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. Before the news was received, however, the islands were recaptured by a small British force led by Andrew Deveaux.

After American independence, the British resettled some 7,300 Loyalists with their slaves in the Bahamas, and granted land to the planters to help compensate for losses on the continent. These Loyalists, who included Deveaux, established plantations on several islands and became a political force in the capital. European Americans were outnumbered by the African-American slaves they brought with them, and ethnic Europeans remained a minority in the territory.

In 1807, the British abolished the slave trade, followed by the United States the next year. During the following decades, the Royal Navy intercepted the trade; they resettled in the Bahamas thousands of Africans liberated from slave ships.

In the 1820s during the period of the Seminole Wars in Florida, hundreds of American slaves and African Seminoles escaped from Cape Florida to the Bahamas. They settled mostly on northwest Andros Island, where they developed the village of Red Bays. From eyewitness accounts, 300 escaped in a mass flight in 1823, aided by Bahamians in 27 sloops, with others using canoes for the journey. This was commemorated in 2004 by a large sign at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.[20][21] Some of their descendants in Red Bays continue African Seminole traditions in basket making and grave marking.[22]

The United States’ National Park Service, which administers the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, is working with the African Bahamian Museum and Research Center (ABAC) in Nassau on development to identify Red Bays as a site related to American slaves’ search for freedom. The museum has researched and documented the African Seminoles’ escape from southern Florida. It plans to develop interpretive programs at historical sites in Red Bay associated with the period of their settlement in the Bahamas.[23]

In 1818,[24] the Home Office in London had ruled that “any slave brought to the Bahamas from outside the British West Indies would be manumitted.” This led to a total of nearly 300 slaves owned by US nationals being freed from 1830 to 1835.[25] The American slave ships Comet and Encomium used in the United States domestic coastwise slave trade, were wrecked off Abaco Island in December 1830 and February 1834, respectively. When wreckers took the masters, passengers and slaves into Nassau, customs officers seized the slaves and British colonial officials freed them, over the protests of the Americans. There were 165 slaves on the Comet and 48 on the Encomium. Britain finally paid an indemnity to the United States in those two cases in 1855, under the Treaty of Claims of 1853, which settled several compensation cases between the two nations.[26][27]

Slavery was abolished in the British Empire on 1 August 1834. After that British colonial officials freed 78 American slaves from the Enterprise, which went into Bermuda in 1835; and 38 from the Hermosa, which wrecked off Abaco Island in 1840.[28] The most notable case was that of the Creole in 1841: as a result of a slave revolt on board, the leaders ordered the American brig to Nassau. It was carrying 135 slaves from Virginia destined for sale in New Orleans. The Bahamian officials freed the 128 slaves who chose to stay in the islands. The Creole case has been described as the “most successful slave revolt in U.S. history”.[29]

These incidents, in which a total of 447 slaves belonging to US nationals were freed from 1830 to 1842, increased tension between the United States and Great Britain. They had been co-operating in patrols to suppress the international slave trade. But, worried about the stability of its large domestic slave trade and its value, the United States argued that Britain should not treat its domestic ships that came to its colonial ports under duress, as part of the international trade. The United States worried that the success of the Creole slaves in gaining freedom would encourage more slave revolts on merchant ships.

In August 1940, after his abdication of the British throne, the Duke of Windsor was installed as Governor of the Bahamas, arriving with his wife, the Duchess. Although disheartened at the condition of Government House, they “tried to make the best of a bad situation”.[30] He did not enjoy the position, and referred to the islands as “a third-class British colony”.[31]

He opened the small local parliament on 29 October 1940. The couple visited the “Out Islands” that November, on Axel Wenner-Gren’s yacht, which caused controversy;[32] the British Foreign Office strenuously objected because they had been advised (mistakenly) by United States intelligence that Wenner-Gren was a close friend of the Luftwaffe commander Hermann Gring of Nazi Germany.[32][33]

The Duke was praised at the time for his efforts to combat poverty on the islands. A 1991 biography by Philip Ziegler, however, described him as contemptuous of the Bahamians and other non-European peoples of the Empire. He was praised for his resolution of civil unrest over low wages in Nassau in June 1942, when there was a “full-scale riot”.[34] Ziegler said that the Duke blamed the trouble on “mischief makers communists” and “men of Central European Jewish descent, who had secured jobs as a pretext for obtaining a deferment of draft”.[35]

The Duke resigned the post on 16 March 1945.[36][37]

Modern political development began after the Second World War. The first political parties were formed in the 1950s. The British Parliament authorised the islands as internally self-governing in 1964, with Sir Roland Symonette, of the United Bahamian Party, as the first Premier.

A new constitution granting the Bahamas internal autonomy went into effect on 7 January 1964.[38] In 1967, Lynden Pindling of the Progressive Liberal Party, became the first black Premier of the majority-black colony; in 1968 the title of the position was changed to Prime Minister. In 1968, Pindling announced that the Bahamas would seek full independence.[39] A new constitution giving the Bahamas increased control over its own affairs was adopted in 1968.[40]

The British House of Lords voted to give the Bahamas its independence on 22 June 1973.[41]Prince Charles delivered the official documents to Prime Minister Lynden Pindling, officially declaring the Bahamas a fully independent nation on 10 July 1973.[42] It joined the Commonwealth of Nations on the same day.[43]Sir Milo Butler was appointed the first Governor-General of the Bahamas (the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II) shortly after independence. The Bahamas joined the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on 22 August 1973,[44] and it joined the United Nations on 18 September 1973.[45]

Based on the twin pillars of tourism and offshore finance, the Bahamian economy has prospered since the 1950s. Significant challenges in areas such as education, health care, housing, international narcotics trafficking and illegal immigration from Haiti continue to be issues.

The University of The Bahamas (UB) is the national higher education/tertiary system. Offering baccalaureate, masters and associate degrees, UB has three campuses, and teaching and research centres throughout the Bahamas. The University of the Bahamas was chartered on November 10, 2016

The country lies between latitudes 20 and 28N, and longitudes 72 and 80W.

In 1864, the Governor of the Bahamas reported that there were 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 rocks in the colony.[46]

The closest island to the United States is Bimini, which is also known as the gateway to the Bahamas. The island of Abaco is to the east of Grand Bahama. The southeasternmost island is Inagua. The largest island is Andros Island. Other inhabited islands include Eleuthera, Cat Island, Rum Cay, Long Island, San Salvador Island, Ragged Island, Acklins, Crooked Island, Exuma, Berry Islands and Mayaguana. Nassau, capital city of the Bahamas, lies on the island of New Providence.

All the islands are low and flat, with ridges that usually rise no more than 15 to 20m (49 to 66ft). The highest point in the country is Mount Alvernia (formerly Como Hill) on Cat Island. It has an elevation of 63 metres (207ft).

To the southeast, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and three more extensive submarine features called Mouchoir Bank, Silver Bank and Navidad Bank, are geographically a continuation of the Bahamas.

The climate of the Bahamas is tropical savannah climate or Aw according to Kppen climate classification. The low latitude, warm tropical Gulf Stream, and low elevation give the Bahamas a warm and winterless climate. As such, there has never been a frost or freeze reported in the Bahamas, although every few decades low temperatures can fall below 10C (50F) for a few hours when a severe cold outbreak comes off the North American mainland. There is only an 8C difference between the warmest month and coolest month in most of the Bahama islands. As with most tropical climates, seasonal rainfall follows the sun, and summer is the wettest season. The Bahamas are often sunny and dry for long periods of time, and average more than 3,000 hours or 340 days[47] of sunlight annually.

Tropical storms and hurricanes can on occasion impact the Bahamas. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew passed over the northern portions of the islands, and Hurricane Floyd passed near the eastern portions of the islands in 1999.

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The Bahamas Platform, which includes the Bahamas, Southern Florida, Northern Cuba, the Turks and Caicos, and the Blake Plateau, formed about 150 Ma, not long after the formation of the North Atlantic. The 6.4km thick limestones, which predominately make up The Bahamas, date back to the Cretaceous. These limestones would have been deposited in shallow seas, assumed to be a stretched and thinned portion of the North American continental crust. Sediments were forming at about the same rate as the crust below was sinking due to the added weight. Thus, the entire area consisted of a large marine plain with some islands. Then, at about 80 Ma, the area became flooded by the Gulf Stream. The resulted in the drowning of the Blake Plateau, the separation of The Bahamas from Cuba and Florida, the separation of the southeastern Bahamas into separate banks, the creation of the Cay Sal Bank, plus the Little and Great Bahama Banks. Sedimentation from the “carbonate factory” of each bank, or atoll, continues today at the rate of about 2cm per kyr. Coral reefs form the “retaining walls” of these atolls, within which oolites and pellets form.[50]

Coral growth was greater through the Tertiary, until the start of the Ice Ages, and hence those deposits are more abundant below a depth of 36 m. In fact, an ancient extinct reef exists half a km seaward of the present one, 30 m below sea level. Oolites form when oceanic water penetrate the shallow banks, increasing the temperature about 3C and the salinity by 0.5 per cent. Cemented ooids are referred to as grapestone. Additionally, giant stromatolites are found off the Exuma Cays.[50]:22,2930

Sea level changes resulted in a drop in sea level, causing wind blown oolite to form sand dunes with distinct cross-bedding. Overlapping dunes form oolitic ridges, which become rapidly lithified through the action of rainwater. Most islands have ridges ranging from 30 to 45 m, though Cat Island has a ridge 60 m in height. The land between ridges is conducive to the formation of lakes and swamps.[50]:4159,6164

Solution weathering of the limestone results in a “Bahamian Karst” topography. This includes potholes, Blue holes such as Dean’s Blue Hole, sinkholes, beachrock such as the Bimini Road (“pavements of Atlantis”), limestone crust, caves due to the lack of rivers, and sea caves. Several blue holes are aligned along the South Andros Fault line. Tidal flats and tidal creeks are common, but the more impressive drainage patterns are formed by troughs and canyons such as Great Bahama Canyon with the evidence of turbidity currents and turbidite deposition.[50]:3340,65,7284,86

The Bahamas is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy headed by Queen Elizabeth II in her role as Queen of the Bahamas. Political and legal traditions closely follow those of the United Kingdom and the Westminster system. The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations as a Commonwealth realm, retaining the Queen as head of state (represented by a Governor-General).

Legislative power is vested In a bicameral parliament, which consists of a 38-member House of Assembly (the lower house), with members elected from single-member districts, and a 16-member Senate, with members appointed by the Governor-General, including nine on the advice of the Prime Minister, four on the advice of the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, and three on the advice of the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. The House of Assembly carries out all major legislative functions. As under the Westminster system, the Prime Minister may dissolve Parliament and call a general election at any time within a five-year term.[51]

The Prime Minister is the head of government and is the leader of the party with the most seats in the House of Assembly. Executive power is exercised by the Cabinet, selected by the Prime Minister and drawn from his supporters in the House of Assembly. The current Governor-General is Dame Marguerite Pindling, and the current Prime Minister is The Rt. Hon. Hubert Minnis M.P..

Constitutional safeguards include freedom of speech, press, worship, movement and association. The Judiciary of the Bahamas is independent of the executive and the legislature. Jurisprudence is based on English law.

The Bahamas has a two-party system dominated by the centre-left Progressive Liberal Party and the centre-right Free National Movement. A handful of splinter parties have been unable to win election to parliament. These parties have included the Bahamas Democratic Movement, the Coalition for Democratic Reform, Bahamian Nationalist Party and the Democratic National Alliance.

The Bahamas has strong bilateral relationships with the United States and the United Kingdom, represented by an ambassador in Washington and High Commissioner in London. The Bahamas also associates closely with other nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Its military is the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (the RBDF), the navy of the Bahamas which includes a land unit called Commando Squadron (Regiment) and an Air Wing (Air Force). Under the Defence Act, the RBDF has been mandated, in the name of the Queen, to defend the Bahamas, protect its territorial integrity, patrol its waters, provide assistance and relief in times of disaster, maintain order in conjunction with the law enforcement agencies of the Bahamas, and carry out any such duties as determined by the National Security Council. The Defence Force is also a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)’s Regional Security Task Force.

The RBDF came into existence on 31 March 1980. Their duties include defending the Bahamas, stopping drug smuggling, illegal immigration and poaching, and providing assistance to mariners. The Defence Force has a fleet of 26 coastal and inshore patrol craft along with 3 aircraft and over 1,100 personnel including 65 officers and 74 women.

The districts of the Bahamas provide a system of local government everywhere except New Providence (which holds 70% of the national population), whose affairs are handled directly by the central government. In 1996, the Bahamian Parliament passed the “Local Government Act” to facilitate the establishment of Family Island Administrators, Local Government Districts, Local District Councillors and Local Town Committees for the various island communities. The overall goal of this act is to allow the various elected leaders to govern and oversee the affairs of their respective districts without the interference of Central Government. In total, there are 32 districts, with elections being held every five years. There are 110 Councillors and 281 Town Committee members are elected to represent the various districts.[52]

Each Councillor or Town Committee member is responsible for the proper use of public funds for the maintenance and development of their constituency.

The Bahamas uses drive-on-the-Left traffic rules throughout the Commonwealth.

The districts other than New Providence are:

The colours embodied in the design of the Bahamian flag symbolise the strength of the Bahamian people; the design reflects aspects of the natural environment (sun and sea) and the economic and social development. The flag is a black equilateral triangle against the mast, superimposed on a horizontal background made up of two colours on three equal stripes of aquamarine, gold and aquamarine.

The coat of arms of the Bahamas contains a shield with the national symbols as its focal point. The shield is supported by a marlin and a flamingo, which are the national animals of the Bahamas. The flamingo is located on the land, and the marlin on the sea, indicating the geography of the islands.

On top of the shield is a conch shell, which represents the varied marine life of the island chain. The conch shell rests on a helmet. Below this is the actual shield, the main symbol of which is a ship representing the Santa Mara of Christopher Columbus, shown sailing beneath the sun. Along the bottom, below the shield appears a banner upon which is the national motto:[53]

“Forward, Upward, Onward Together.”

The yellow elder was chosen as the national flower of the Bahamas because it is native to the Bahama islands, and it blooms throughout the year.

Selection of the yellow elder over many other flowers was made through the combined popular vote of members of all four of New Providence’s garden clubs of the 1970sthe Nassau Garden Club, the Carver Garden Club, the International Garden Club and the Y.W.C.A. Garden Club.

They reasoned that other flowers grown theresuch as the bougainvillea, hibiscus and poincianahad already been chosen as the national flowers of other countries. The yellow elder, on the other hand, was unclaimed by other countries (although it is now also the national flower of the United States Virgin Islands) and also the yellow elder is native to the family islands.[54]

By the terms of GDP per capita, the Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas.[55] It was revealed in the Panama Papers that The Bahamas is the jurisdiction with the most offshore entities or companies.[56]

The Bahamas relies on tourism to generate most of its economic activity. Tourism as an industry not only accounts for over 60% of the Bahamian GDP, but provides jobs for more than half the country’s workforce.[57] The Bahamas attracted 5.8 million visitors in 2012, more than 70% of whom were cruise visitors.

After tourism, the next most important economic sector is banking and international financial services, accounting for some 15% of GDP.

The government has adopted incentives to encourage foreign financial business, and further banking and finance reforms are in progress. The government plans to merge the regulatory functions of key financial institutions, including the Central Bank of the Bahamas (CBB) and the Securities and Exchange Commission.[citation needed] The Central Bank administers restrictions and controls on capital and money market instruments. The Bahamas International Securities Exchange consists of 19 listed public companies. Reflecting the relative soundness of the banking system (mostly populated by Canadian banks), the impact of the global financial crisis on the financial sector has been limited.[citation needed]

The economy has a very competitive tax regime. The government derives its revenue from import tariffs, VAT, licence fees, property and stamp taxes, but there is no income tax, corporate tax, capital gains tax, or wealth tax. Payroll taxes fund social insurance benefits and amount to 3.9% paid by the employee and 5.9% paid by the employer.[58] In 2010, overall tax revenue as a percentage of GDP was 17.2%.[1]

Agriculture is the third largest sector of the Bahamian economy, representing 57% of total GDP. An estimated 80% of the Bahamian food supply is imported. Major crops include onions, okra, tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit, cucumbers, sugar cane, lemons, limes, and sweet potatoes.

The Bahamas has an estimated population of 392,718, of which 25.9% are under 14, 67.2% 15 to 64 and 6.9% over 65. It has a population growth rate of 0.925% (2010), with a birth rate of 17.81/1,000 population, death rate of 9.35/1,000, and net migration rate of 2.13 migrant(s)/1,000 population.[59] The infant mortality rate is 23.21 deaths/1,000 live births. Residents have a life expectancy at birth of 69.87 years: 73.49 years for females, 66.32 years for males. The total fertility rate is 2.0 children born/woman (2010).[1]

The most populous islands are New Providence, where Nassau, the capital and largest city, is located;[60] and Grand Bahama, home to the second largest city of Freeport.[61]

According to the 99% response rate obtained from the race question on the 2010 Census questionnaire, 90.6% of the population identified themselves as being Black, 4.7% White and 2.1% of a mixed race (Black and White).[1] Three centuries prior, in 1722 when the first official census of the Bahamas was taken, 74% of the population was White and 26% Black.[62]

Since the colonial era of plantations, Africans or Afro-Bahamians have been the largest ethnic group in the Bahamas, whose primary ancestry was based in West Africa. The first Africans to arrive to the Bahamas were freed slaves from Bermuda; they arrived with the Eleutheran Adventurers looking for new lives.

The Haitian community in the Bahamas is also largely of African descent and numbers about 80,000. Due to an extremely high immigration of Haitians to the Bahamas, the Bahamian government started deporting illegal Haitian immigrants to their homeland in late 2014.[63]

The White Bahamian population are mainly the descendants of the English Puritans looking to flee religious persecution in England and American Loyalists escaping the American Revolution who arrived in 1649 and 1783, respectively.[64] Many Southern Loyalists went to the Abaco Islands, half of whose population was of European descent as of 1985.[65] The term white is usually used to identify Bahamians with Anglo ancestry, as well as “light-skinned” Afro-Bahamians. Sometimes Bahamians use the term Conchy Joe to describe people of Anglo descent.[66]

A small portion of the Euro-Bahamian population is descended from Greek labourers who came to help develop the sponging industry in the 1900s. They make up less than 1% of the nation’s population, but have still preserved their distinct Greek Bahamian culture.[citation needed]

Bahamians typically identify themselves simply as either black or white.[66]

The official language of the Bahamas is English. Many Bahamians also speak an English-based creole language commonly referred to as Bahamian dialect (known simply as “dialect”) or as “Bahamianese.”[67] James Catalyn, a Bahamian writer and actor was the first to coin the latter name in a poem and has since promoted its usage.[68][69] Both are used as autoglossonyms.[70]Haitian Creole, a French-based creole language is spoken by Haitians and their descendants, who make up of about 25% of the total population. It is known simply as Creole[1] to differentiate languages.[71]

According to International Religious Freedom Report 2008 prepared by United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the islands’ population is predominantly Christian. Protestant denominations are widespread and collectively account for more than 70% of the population, with Baptists representing 35% of the population, Anglicans 15%, Pentecostals 8%, Church of God 5%, Seventh-day Adventists 5% and Methodists 4%. There is also a significant Roman Catholic community accounting for about 14%.[72] There are also smaller communities of Jews, Muslims, Baha’is, Hindus, Rastafarians and practitioners of Obeah.

In the less developed outer islands (or Family Islands), handicrafts include basketry made from palm fronds. This material, commonly called “straw”, is plaited into hats and bags that are popular tourist items. Another use is for so-called “Voodoo dolls”, even though such dolls are the result of the American imagination and not based on historic fact.[73]

A form of folk magic (obeah) is practiced by some Bahamians, mainly in the Family Islands (out-islands) of the Bahamas.[74] The practice of obeah is illegal in the Bahamas and punishable by law.[75]

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The Bahamas archipelago is an ecological oasis sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean, starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. It comprises 700 breathtaking islands, over 2,000 rocks and cays, and boasts the clearest water on the planetwith a visibility of over 200 feet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the worlds third largest fringing barrier reef.

We invite you to explore all of our islands. One step and youll realize our beauty extends far beyond our extraordinary natural wonders. Its the smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people. The unique sounds of our rich culture. The warm hospitality of our heritage and our colorful history.

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Endless crystal turquoise water beguiles the senses and invites you to explore vibrant coral reefs beneath its surface in this quintessential island paradise. Nassau is known for its casinos, Junkanoo festival, duty-free shopping and exotic adventures while The Exumas draw those seeking more outdoor pursuits, including boating, sport fishing and snorkeling. It’s easy to see why everyone says “It’s Better in the Bahamas.”

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Paradise awaits just 50 miles east of Florida. Paradise Island, that is, one of the 700 aptly named isles that make up the balmy, beautiful Bahamas. Scattered across 100,000 square miles of jewel-blue ocean, the Bahamas lure travelers in search of sugar-white sand, lush tropical greenery and the fiery palette of an Atlantic sunrise. The nation’s official tourism slogan is, “It’s better in the Bahamas,” and Vacations To Go will help you discover why. Having lent a hand to more than six million travelers planning memorable vacations, we’ll help find a Bahamas resort that’s right for you — at the lowest possible price!

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A rain storm lurking off the Bahamas could strengthen and impact South Carolina – Charleston Post Courier

A rain storm lurking off the Bahamas could become a tropical cyclone this week with the potential to land along the Southeast coast.

The National Hurricane Center gave the storm a 40 percent chance of turning into at least a tropical depression a weak tropical storm, within five days as it drifts across the Bahamian islands toward Florida.

The Hurricane Center put its potential track anywhere from the Florida Straits below Miami, to out to sea off Bermuda.

In the warm Gulf Stream waters, cyclones historically have churned up quickly from slow drifting storms to threaten the South Carolina coast.

Weather patterns that would steer the storm have become tricky to read. If the storm begins to drift up the Florida coast, it could bring at least heavy rain and maybe gusty winds to South Carolina in the days ahead, said meteorologist Shea Gibson, of WeatherFlow, a Charleston-based company.

However, weather moving across the country should push it out to sea Thursday or Friday, said Gibson and meteorologist Bob Henson, of Weather Underground.

The storm is the second of three in the ocean Monday. Ahead of it, the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey were approaching the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico with a good chance of re-emerging as a tropical storm. Behind it, a third storm was forecast to stay out to sea.

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Big Charger from the Bahamas learning to play football – Chattanooga Times Free Press

Gallery: Big Charger from the Bahamas learning to play football

Keano Roberts remembers as a youth watching NFL games on Sundays with his father, Antonio. They found the game to be fascinating, as many fathers and sons do.

But most of those who love watching American football live in the United States. The Roberts clan discovered the game while living in the Bahamas.

Keano is now a 6-foot-5 1/2, 280-pound sophomore at Chattanooga Christian and is playing on a football team for the first time. He and his Chargers teammates play Howard tonight in what will be Keano’s first home game.

Urged on by his family which includes his mother, Nicara, and younger sister, Breanna Keano came to the United States for education opportunities. In addition to CCS, he applied to schools in Arizona and North Carolina.

CCS accepted him through its “homestay” program for international students, which worked out well for Keano because he has a cousin nearby attending Southern Adventist University in Collegedale. It also worked out because CCS began a football program in 2009.

“I’ve always watched football on TV,” said Keano, who is in his second year at CCS but in his first on the football team. “Actually, when I came here I started getting into it. I watched it a lot more closely, just being a student of the game.”

Keano played basketball in his native Nassau, and he also dabbled some with throwing the shot put and discus. He played basketball as a freshman on the Chargers’ junior varsity, but that was about 40 pounds ago.

Starting with spring practice, he has been a football player. Coach Mark Mariakis has looked at him on both sides of the line and said the offensive side seems to be more his comfort zone.

Keano got a little playing time late in last week’s loss at McCallie. However, there are concepts about the game he still must grasp before he can progress to the point of pushing for a starting position.

“It’s tough for that big body to stay low,” Mariakis said. “You have to understand leverage and how to get into people’s hips. But from where he was in May, when he touched a football helmet for the first time, he’s come a long way.”

All the CCS football players were put through a gut check over the summer when the coaches had some qualified instructors come in and put them through some rigorous Navy SEAL-type testing. That was something Keano said he is proud to have made it through.

“Nobody quit,” Keano said. “That was the good thing about it.”

He also spent part of his summer back home in Nassau, where his father is dealing with a kidney ailment. He’s in need of a transplant and is currently on dialysis and must be tested to see if he can be a transplant recipient.

Keano, who had a 3.37 grade point average in his first year at CCS, said the situation has made him even more focused on academics so he can begin pursuing a professional career. He tries to remain upbeat under the difficult circumstance.

“He’s a fun kid,” Mariakis said. “He smiles all the time. And with his accent, it’s hard to get mad at him.”

Keano said he plans to play basketball again at CCS this winter, but he thinks there may soon come a time when he has to choose between that and football. He said being part of a football team, even for this short amount of time, already has taught him more about himself than anything else he was tried.

“This is one of the most encouraging teams I’ve ever been a part of,” Keano said. “They encourage me and have made me better each and every day.”

And given his frame, Keano may find that football could eventually lead to the educational opportunity he seeks.

“With three years in the weight room, the kid could be a monster,” Mariakis said. “One of the most exciting things we get to see as coaches in this game is when a young kid develops. I know one thing: He’s not going to be limited by his stature.”

Contact Kelley Smiddie at ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6653. Follow him on Twitter @KelleySmiddie.

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Threat to South Carolina from storm near the Bahamas eases – Charleston Post Courier

The odds dropped Tuesday that a storm near the Bahamaswill strengthen severely as forecasters continue to see its potential track moving away from a South Carolina landfall.

The storm could skirt the state’s coast by the weekend as a weak tropical storm, bringing rain and some gusts, officials said.

National Hurricane Center specialist Eric Blake gave a 30 percent chance the storm would turn into a tropical system. The center’s forecast track would move it north off Florida.

“Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding is possible over portions of the Florida peninsula during the next few days,” Blake said.

In the warm Gulf Stream waters off Florida, cyclones historically have churned up quickly from slow drifting storms to threaten the South Carolina coast. But weather moving across the country is expected to push this storm out to sea.

Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters said the storm on Tuesday wasn’t producing a lot of thunderstorms a signature of an emerging tropical system. He concurred it was more likely turn into a cyclone, if it does at all, as it moves away from Florida and the Southeast coast over the weekend.

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The Bahamas – Lonely Planet

Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour

You will be introduced to your driver waiting by an air-conditioned full-size van. Your 2.5-hour sightseeing, tasting andshopping tour will be talked about for years to come. Your tour begins with a drive through the historic city of Nassau before you land at your first stop (for approximately 15 minutes) at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. The factory produces several scrumptious flavors of rum cakes like, pina colada, banana, and chocolate. Free sampling is available at this stop! Next, head across the 65-foot bridge that connects Nassau to Paradise Island and visit the world-famous Atlantis Resort for a 30-minute stop. Afterward, stop at the Queen’s Staircase, one of the most visited attractions in Nassau. Climb 65 hand-carved steps from the bottom to the top where you will arrive at Bennet’s Hill and home of Fort Fincastle, the fort that overlooks the city of Nassau. If you are not able to walk the staircase you can stay on-board and be driven to the top where you will have an opportunity to do some light shopping for authentic handmade goods at bargain prices. Ready for a sweet treat? Try a free sample of dark or white chocolate. The Graycliff Chocolate Factory manufactures some of the best chocolate in town. Your last stop on your tour is the John Watling’s Distillery, home to locally-made rum. You will have the chance to sample their famous rum during this stop. If you are looking for a public beach at the end of the tour you can visit Junkanoo Beach. The beach is a 10-minute walk back to town or stay on-board and conclude your tour in the main shopping district.

When you arrive at Nassaus Lynden Pindling International Airport , meet your professional driver who will take you to your Nassau-area hotel in comfort so all you have to do is sit back and relax. Transfers are available for hotels in downtown Nassau, Cable Beach, Montague Island, Paradise Island, South Ocean and the Nassau pier. At the end of your stay, your driver will pick you up at the same location and take you back to the airport.When making a booking for this shared round-trip transfer, you will need to advise your flight details and your hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It’s that easy!

Your cultural walking tour of Nassau visits six food-tasting locations, each carefully chosen to highlight the best local flavors that Nassau has to offer. Learn secrets of the trade from the charismatic entrepreneurs, chefs and local artisans who prepare and preserve these cultural traditions.Meet your guide at a central location and head with your small group through the charming streets of downtown Nassau. Your guide will take you off the tourist path to popular venues that the locals frequent. Among the places youll stop on your small-group tour are a family-owned Bahamian restaurant serving soul-warming traditional classics; a specialty spice merchant to taste locally sourced jams, salts and island bush teas; an eatery thats popular with the locals for its creative Bahamian/Greek fusion; and an organic, fair trade chocolatier featuring hand-made truffles by an award-winning pastry chef.Between tastings at one-of-a-kind restaurants and specialty food stores, hear insights and fascinating tidbits from your guide about the historical, architectural and cultural significance of Nassau. Your guide will also share recommendations on local attractions, from colonial relics to hidden venues featuring the best live music and dancing!Youll leave your tour with a satisfied belly and the know-how to explore the hidden gems of Nassaus charming neighborhoods on your own.

Just minutes after leaving Nassau you’ll be snorkeling through an undersea extravaganza of living coral and tropical marine life. Your captain will choose two of the clearest and calmest locations on the day to begin your snorkeling adventure.Then, if the weather permits, you’ll go for a snorkel with your guide as sharks swim calmly below you. Or, if you prefer, you can watch the sharks being fed from the boat. Sharks are one of the most fascinating marine animals you will ever see, and on this cruise you’ll see them up close and personal in perfect safety.Please note that pickup times commence prior to tour departure. Participant requirements: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian Children under the age of four not permitted Participants must have good physical health Click on “View Additional Info” below for approximate pickup schedule.

In downtown Nassau, meet your friendly tour guide and head to your first stop, Smuggler’s Beer Garden, on George Street. As you enjoy your first sample of rum, try to imagine the days more than 300 years ago when the unruly pirates of the Caribbean roamed these streets, inebriated on their demon water. Continue walking through downtown Nassau to three more local establishments, where youll fill up on rum cocktails, savory snacks and sweet, boozy treats. Enjoy bites ofhomemade boozy rum cupcakes for dessert!As you get to know the citys rum and food scene with your guide, discover off-the-beaten-path sites and hear madcap stories about the islands swashbuckling and rum-running history. Passing historical buildings, learn how they once played a role in the profiteering business as storage space for liquor about to be transported across the ocean. Fittingly, your tour ends at John Watlings Distillery, located on the islands Buena Vista Estate. Learn about how rum is made here, from fermentation to aging in white-oak barrels, and hear about the mysteries surrounding 17th-century pirate John Watling, for whom the distillery is named.Tastings include (subject to change): 6 rum tastings 2 cocktails Bites of Bahamian conch and lobster fritters Rum-infused white chocolate Caramel truffle shot Homemade boozy rum cupcakes

Enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail and the magnificent views as you cruise to Rose Island.When you arrive at the private tropical island, you have the opportunity to snorkel over beautiful coral reefs and take amazing pictures of the local, aquatic life. You can also spend your time relaxing on a sun-drenched beach, exploring the island’s winding paths and tidal pools, or listening to music at a beach bar as you sip another cocktail! (Additional drinks at own expense.)For lunch, a sumptuous buffet will be served on a pavilion overlooking the gorgeous harbor. Savor the local flavors, accompanied by complimentary lemonade and two fully stocked cash bars. Then, stretch out in a hammock under a palm tree or lounge on the palm-shaded deck. You can participate in one of several fun activities such as a game of volleyball or dizzy lizard, organized by your guide. If youd like, rent a tube float or a kayak, embark on a guided snorkeling tour or watch a fish-feeding show (each at your own expense). As you cruise back to Nassau, bask on the boats deck after a perfect day on a remote Caribbean island!Sample buffet-style menu:Vegetable pasta saladMixed green salad with select dressings Bahamian peas and rice Fresh BBQ chicken Hot dogs Fresh baked rolls

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Quality Beach Soccer Squad Wins League And Cup Competitions In The Bahamas Super League – Bahamas Tribune

QUALITY Beach Soccer experienced success at all levels in the Bahamas Beach Soccer Super League.

The squad was victorious in both the league and cup competitions, despite only having one World Cup team member in their squad.

They took the final with an 8-3 win over the Bears at the Beach Soccer Stadium at Malcolm Park.

QBS’ team included Ehren Hanna (captain), Christopher Davis (co-captain), Alex Thompson, Dwayne Taylor, Matthew Richardson, Jaime Thompson, Cameron Kemp, Kyle Williams and Javier Lamas.

Thompson won the league’s MVP award after amassing a total of 32 goals for the season.

Quality Beach Soccer Club was founded in 2013 by Ehren Hanna and Christopher Davis.

Their accomplishments include winning the Swiss Beach Soccer Super League in 2014 with BSC Sable Dancers, as well as dozens of caps for the Bahamas’ national beach soccer team.

QBS’ youth programme has also produced top talent, including five members of this year’s under-18 beach soccer team competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games here in Nassau.

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Law enforcement torch run benefits Special Olympics Bahamas … – Bahamas Tribune

Law enforcement officials and Special Olympics Bahamas members take part in the torch run on Saturday.

ON Saturday, members of several law enforcement agencies led by the Royal Bahamas Police Force held a torch run to benefit the Special Olympics Bahamas organization.

The run began shortly after 9 am from the Magistrates Court on Nassau and South Streets, heading west pass the University of the Bahamas and the Police College and then onto John F. Kennedy Drive along the sixth-leg roundabout and ending at the Stapledon School on Dolphin Drive.

Participants included Minister of National Security, Marvin Dames, Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson, Chief ALIV Officer, Damian Blackburn, Chief ALIV Champion, Johnny Ingle among others.

Minister Dames said he has been a part of Special Olympics for more than 20 years and so the run was extremely special for him.

ALIV is demonstrating here today what corporate partnership is all about and we need all of corporate Bahamas to take note, Minister Dames said.

Blackburn said he was delighted that the police and the minister (National Security) were deeply involved with Special Olympics and reaffirmed ALIVs commitment to the organization in assistance and funding.

The end of the run kicked off a Family Fun Day at the Stapledon School where members of the ALIV Nassau team assisted with setup and also playing games with the children. All proceeds from the event were donated to Special Olympics Bahamas.

In May, ALIV entered into a three-year commitment with Special Olympics Bahamas, the first ever corporate sponsorship for the organization, according to Special Olympics Bahamas National Coordinator, Gilbert Williams.

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What we learned from Chicago State’s trip to the Bahamas – Mid-Major Madness

When it comes to foreign trips and the WAC, Grand Canyons shortened-trip to Spain will, rightfully, get the most attention. Fortunately the Lopes and their traveling party were safe after the terrorist attack in Barcelona.

But they werent the only league team to head overseas. Chicago State spent five days in the Bahamas playing three exhibition games against local teams. Tracy Dildy talked about the benefits of playing older players in the Caribbean earlier in the summer.

Results against the competition on these trips should always be taken with a grain of salt. But hey, weve got actual box scores, so lets see what we can glean about the 2017-18 Cougars.

This one doesnt come as a surprise.

Last season, Sims shot 36.4 percent of CSUs shots while he was on the floor, the fifth-highest percentage in the country. That figure shouldnt change much in 2017-18, as the junior took 58 shots over the three games in the Bahamas. He shot just 37.9 percent, but that number is skewed by a 4-for-22 outing in the finale.

With all the shots come what Sims is best at: scoring. He averaged 20.3 PPG on the trip and it would not at all be surprising to see him sitting on a number like that at the end of the season. The WAC has some strong contenders for the scoring title in 2017-18, like Damiyne Durham and Nick Dixon. Sims should be right in that conversation.

Dildy talked up two of his redshirt players in an interview with Mid-Major Madness in June.

Our best two players last year were two kids sitting out, Jelani Pruitt and Travon Bell. Everyday at practice, talking about confidence and skill level it wasnt close that those two were the best two players on the team, he said.

Pruitt didnt make the trip, but Bell did, and showed a little of why Dildy is excited to have him available. The Chicago Public School standout averaged 15.0 points per game in relatively limited minutes (19.0 MPG). He also may have given a glimpse into what his role will be: three-point gunner.

The redshirt freshman hoisted 28 threes over the three games, knocking down 13 of them for a sterling 46.4 percent. After a rough opener (1-6 3FG) he went 8-for-12 from deep against the NPBA All-Stars. Again, the level of competition needs to be considered, but CSU sorely needs three-point shooting. As a team the Cougars shot just 30.4 percent last season, one of the lowest marks in the country.

JuCo transfer Anthony Harris may have an early track to big minutes. Dildy heaped praise on the 65 junior and teased his important role in a release earlier this summer.

Anthony is a guy that really takes a lot of pride on the defensive end. His ability to guard multiple positions is going to be really huge for us. I already told him during the recruiting process that whoever we play, you’re going to guard their leading scorer and he welcomes that challenge.

The numbers from the trip suggest Harrus will indeed be a cog in the Cougars rotation. He played 102 minutes over the three games (34.0 MPG), second only to Sims, the incumbent star. The presumptive defensive stopper pitched in all over the place, averaging 15.3 points, 5.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. And while averages can get a bit wonky on these trips, he did also swipe 13 steals.

Thanks to CSU Sports Information Director Corey Miggins for sharing aggregate stats from the trip.

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LOOK: Klay Thompson clearly enjoying his time in the Bahamas – The Mercury News

That island life is the way Klay Thompson captioned a couple cool photos of his recent vacation in the Bahamas.

The Warriors star shared some shots from a trip to the Caribbean island where his dad was born. And former Lakers star Mychal Thompson likely loves his son appreciating the Bahamas since he considered it a Bahamian thing to see Klay enjoy club dancing in China earlier this summer.

Thompsons photos showed him snorkeling in a sunk boat, relaxing on the water and riding a jet ski with a female friend. (Uh oh, Abi Ratchford?)

Back when video of Klay at a club in China went viral in June partly because Stephen Curry commented with laughing emojis TMZ asked his dad about Klays joyous dancing

He got that from me, Mychal reportedly said with a smile. Thats a Bahamian thing. Thats from the islands. We know how to dance. Everybody from the Caribbean, we all have that rhythm born in us.

It looks like Klay is spending time reconnecting with his rhythm.

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Visit the Bahamas for Junkanoo, sky juice, rum cake, and more – LA … – Los Angeles Times

Turquoise-colored waters, pearl-white sands, and a gentle golden sun. That trio is alone is enough to entice visitors to the Bahamas – but there’s more to the archipelago than idyllic beaches. We visited Nassau in the spring to get a taste of the local culture and immerse ourselves in the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival – a music-heavy April event spun off from the traditional Junkanoo parade held every year on the day after Christmas.

If you want to attend either event, now’s the time to start planning.

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Colonels move to 2-0 in Bahamas – Daily Comet

By Kelly McElroyStaff Writer

The Nicholls State University mens basketball team moved to 2-0 during its preseason tour of the Bahamas with a 94-73 exhibition victory over IBA Elite at Sir Kendall Isaacs Gym in Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday afternoon.

The Colonels, under second-year coach Richie Riley, trailed 26-17 at the end of the first quarter, led 35-34 at halftime and trailed 57-56 at the end of the third quarter.

The team wraps up the exhibition tour vs.the NBBA All Stars at Sir Kendall Isaacs Gym in Nassau, Bahamas at 8 p.m. tonight.

Nicholls posted a 106-103 win in the event on Friday over the Bahamas All-Stars.

College basketball teams are allowed preseason international trips once every four years.

Any time you can take a foreign tour it is a huge opportunity for your team, Riley said before the team left Thibodaux. We have a lot of new faces that will be playing together for the first time, so it is certainly a bonus for them to get the chance to compete together. I’m proud of the way that our guys have approached the practices leading up to the tour. They have had a business-like approach each day and a commitment to improving.

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Penn State men’s basketball wins opener in Bahamas – Centre Daily Times


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URI basketball heads to Bahamas on working vacation – The Providence Journal

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN They were celebrated as Atlantic 10 Tournament champions and NCAA Tournament qualifiers the last time the University of Rhode Islands players and coaches appeared in front of their fans at the Ryan Center in March.

Saturday marked what could be the last time those milestones are publicly discussed by the Rams, who held an open practice prior to their six-day trip to the Bahamas this week. URI is actively attempting to turn the page on the season.

E.C. Matthews will be sidelined for precautionary reasons after having his right knee scoped in April. Jared Terrell will return from Adidas Nations camp in Houston and play limited minutes.

It was such a fun year with so many great memories, but weve got a new season upon us shortly, URI coach Dan Hurley said. This is a good reminder.

The fact that they came out early in the morning to see us practice and see what we look like, it was a blessing, Matthews said of the fans. Were going to need them to make a good run this year.

URI officials generously estimated a crowd of about 1,000 on a rainy Saturday morning, a gathering that witnessed the Rams go through their usual offseason drills. Defensive closeouts, transition offense and halfcourt sets were the areas of emphasis, with reserve big man Andre Berry and junior college forward Ryan Preston among the standouts. Both players will be vying for minutes with sophomore forward Mike Layssard and redshirt freshman center Michael Tertsea in a frontcourt that graduated key pieces in Hassan Martin and Kuran Iverson.

These guys are a huge part of whether we can get back to where we were, Hurley said, also singling out returnees Cyril Langevine and Nicola Akele. So much of our focus on the trip and practice has been just bringing these guys along as much as we can this summer.

Matthews and Terrell will be replaced by a deep group of guards that still includes breakout NCAA star Jeff Dowtin, veteran point man Jarvis Garrett, Stanford Robinson and talented freshman Daron Russell. Christion Thompson (right knee surgery) will be sidelined.

Were really going to work on getting guys a lot of minutes who didnt get a lot last year, Hurley said. Well really focus on our frontcourt.

URIs traveling party leaves early Monday for the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. The Rams are expected to play at least two games, practice at least twice and perform community service at a local school. URI will also enjoy the resorts many amenities, including a formal team dinner and a boat ride before scattering for the final couple of weeks of summer break.

Itll be a nice six-day trip for us, Hurley said. Some sightseeing, some community service, some competition, the chance to practice a couple of times just great team bonding.

We want to do bigger and better things, Matthews said. Obviously what we did last year was good, but we want to set the bar even higher.

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The conch is mostly gone from Florida. Can the Bahamas save the Queen? – Miami Herald


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The queen of the sea, a monster mollusk that inspired its own republic in Florida but now as likely to be found in a frying pan or a gift shop as the ocean floor, is in trouble. A marine preserve in the Bahamas famed for its abundance of Queen conchs

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Bound for the Bahamas: The Southern men’s basketball team – The Advocate

The Jaguars are going to paradise.

The Southern mens basketball team traveled to the Bahamas this weekend for a weeklong training session. The Jaguars will play three exhibition games against semi-pro teams in Nassau.

The NCAA allows teams to take a foreign trip every four years. The Jaguars visited Canada in 2013.

Over their five days there, the Jaguars will play the CTG Knights on Sunday, the Providence Storm on Monday and the IBA Elite on Tuesday.

It allows the kids to go see different parts of the world and see how the game is played in other areas, new coach Morris Scott said. For us, it gives us a little advantage. We get to come out and get a lot of days of practice before the season. It also gives us a chance to evaluate the team before anyone else can.

For many of the players, this will be the first time they go outside of the United States, but senior Jared Sam is an experienced traveler. Over the past few seasons, he took part in basketball programs that sent him to China and Croatia.

He said he’s excited about this trip, because it’ll allow the younger players to see a different style of play, which he said is more physical than what’s found in the U.S.

Its basically a bonding trip, Sam said. Maybe we can all come together. Itll be a learning experience. Those (younger) guys can learn a little bit more and then just to go out and play basketball, something we love to do.”

The Croatia trip, which Sam took last August, also was an important one for Scott, who received his first chance to act as a head coach, even though it was only for a few days. The trip was formed through an outside group, allowing Scott to coach Sam and former Southern teammate Tre’lun Banks.

Scott said this trip is more important, because it gives him a few games to prepare for the rigors that await in his first season as the Jaguars’ coach. Scott was promoted to head coach this spring when Roman Banks accepted the full-time athletic director position.

Its huge, Scott said. Hopefully it’ll get a little bit of the jitters out, maybe. Itll be the first time coaching a Division I game, and hopefully get a little bit of (the nerves) out and kind of learn the ins and outs of the team and find out which guys can help and which cant.

Unfortunately for the players, Scott said most of their time in the Bahamas will be spent on basketball activities, not at the beach.

Just to get the chance to leave the United States for a little bit and see something different for a change, said senior guard LaQuentin Collins, who has never traveled outside the country. Im somewhat anxious to get over there and see how it is (to play overseas) and see how this team looks.

Follow Mike Gegenheimer on Twitter, @Mike_Gegs.

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