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New Seychelles Diary blog enhancing tourism – eTurboNews

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 4:35 am

A new blog designed by Seychelles Tourism was created to engage with readers and drive tourism business to the destination.

As part of its ongoing drive to raise its profile across social media platforms and fill the all-important knowledge gap about the islands, the Seychelles Tourism Board has launched a new blog.

We are always looking for new ways to create interest about our islands, explains the manager of the digital marketing section, Vahid Jacob.

Blogging has become a very effective way of reaching our audience as it touches consumers at a very personal level, allowing us to impart knowledge about Seychelles and what it offers to tourists in a way that they can relate to, and also react to, by leaving comments on the blog.

The new Seychelles Diary blog presents a fresh, user-friendly interface with a category section for quick identification of the readers specific interests and a galley featuring enticing images of the destination.

Resources allows access to various downloads and tips while the latest tweets about Seychelles appear conveniently in a box along with all of the islands social media platforms.

Completing the comprehensive design of the landing page is information about visitor arrivals to the archipelago and also an archive section. Every week, a new article covering the many attributes of the destination will be posted to the blog.

We are confident that this new additional to our social media arsenal will become an important influencer when it comes to choosing a tourism destination, adds Mr Jacob.

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The 8 Most Memorable Island Cocktails To Try On Your Next Caribbean Adventure – Huffington Post

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 1:42 am

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After a few sips of the house special, you may start feeling those shiggidy vibes. Its best enjoyed with live soca music, a blend of soul and calypso, or while watching Mr. Xs fire-eating show. This local beach hangout is also a great spot to catch a green flash sunset, a brief but beautiful atmospheric phenomenon that makes the sinking sun appear bright green as it dips below the horizon. With a Shiggidy Jig in hand, the green flash will be even brighter.

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Sample the Green Bonaire, a neon green liquid made from the Kadushi cactus while relaxing under the factorys ancient Calbas trees. Or take a quick factory tour to learn how a cactus can lead to 80 proof alcohol, which involves a process of cutting the cactuss skin, drying the inner membrane in the sun for two days, and then combining the strips with yeast and sorghum (Bonaires only local grains). The original cocktail recipe made with this unique ingredient blends together Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur, vodka and triple sec. Try it and then you can boast to friends and family about that time you drank a cactus. As for the taste? Somewhere between sweet and herbal, a neat taste of Cadushy is a flavor profile so unique that youll just have to try it yourself!

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Hailed as a juice box for adults, Papa Jac is sold commercially around the island in pouches. But next time youre in San Juan, walk past the vibrant colonial townhouses along the cobblestone streets toward Don Pablo to drink the cozy cocktail bars Papa Jac in its original Big Gulp-style cup.

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A Caribbean trip would be remiss without a taste of the rare, crimson liquor found only in Aruba, the island of twisty fofoti trees and pristine white beaches. Agave plant sap is used for the sweet liqour known as Coecoei, which is hard to find off the island. Experience what makes this 100-proof liquor so good in Arubas signature cocktail,the Ariba, which is a synthesis of Coecoei, rum, vodka and fruit juices. Its served in a tall glass mug to showcase the rainbow effect of the juices red, orange and yellow hues, which mingle to revitalize parched palettes. After one swig, dont be surprised if you find yourself buying bubble wrap to protect those bottles of Coecoei packed in your suitcase.

Theres no better way to celebrate the clear waters and hot sands of St. Maarten than with a Guavaberry Kir. The cocktail combines champagne and the locally made Guavaberry liqueur, which together form a fitting homage to the islands Euro-Caribbean roots. Guavaberry liqueur is made from oak aged rum, cane sugar and wild guavaberries grown on the island. The plump, grape-like Guavaberry not related to guava fruit grows on trees, ripening into orange and black varieties. Drop by the Guavaberry Emporium in the heart of Philipsburg to taste a piece of the islands heritage.

Black pineapples populate the island of Antigua and are used to garnish the popular cocktail found all over the islands cosmopolitan epicenter. The unusual fruit, which is actually green instead of black when ripened, are renowned for their distinct sweetness. But the most important ingredient in the Antigua Smile is Cavalier rum, which the Antigua Distillery Limited has been creating on the island since 1947. The clear rum is distilled from fermented molasses and aged a minimum of two years in American bourbon barrels to create the silky, mellow flavor that balances the crme de banana and pineapple juice in the islands native cocktail. No wonder its called an Antigua Smile!

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At Landhuis Chobolobo, a 19th-century mansion, you can learn about this favorite island alcohol and taste the different cocktail variations created by the in-house mixologists that cant be found anywhere else. But dont miss the chance to ask the bartender for an authentic Blue Lagoon, so that you can consider yourself a true connoisseur while relishing Curaaos cool sea breeze.

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Those who make the pilgrimage to Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre, just north of Bridgetown Harbor, can enjoy the creations of the distillerys master blenders at its Bottomless Rum Punch Station. You cant go wrong with a Mount Gay Rum Punch, which blends the signature rum with grenadine, lime juice, simple syrup, angostura bitters and fresh grated nutmeg for a satisfying old-timey favorite. Bottoms up!

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Five Reasons to Fall in Love with The Bahamas – Yahoo Finance

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 12:33 am

NASSAU, Bahamas, Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A picture is normally worth a thousand words, yet pictures of The Bahamas do the multi-island destination no justice. You’ll simply have to come and see it for yourself, and when you do, we guarantee you’ll fall in love – fall in love with The Islands of The Bahamas and with your partner all over again.

Perhaps you’ll consider these activities to make your trip even more memorable than you had imagined. This Valentine’s Day we’re highlighting five (of many) reasons to fall in love with The Bahamas.

Looking for more things to love about The Bahamas? Log on to http://www.Bahamas.com or call 1-800-Bahamas for more information. Happy Valentine’s Day from The Islands of The Bahamas!

The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best golfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For travel packages, activities and accommodations information, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit http://www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook Twitter and YouTube.

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Book review: ‘Island People’ brings Caribbean’s humanity, color to life – Fredericksburg.com

Posted: February 12, 2017 at 7:37 am

Until this point, my experience of the Caribbean islands has been limited to notions of beautiful beaches and a vague awareness of the pitfalls surrounding Caribbean tourism. In his highly ambitious new book, Island People: The Caribbean and the World, however, author Joshua JellySchapiro attempts the seemingly herculean task of giving all these typically marginalized islands more depth and substance.

Though this work is perhaps most accurately called a travelogue, JellySchapiro also provides a historical account of the islands, which ranges from Christopher Columbus initial discovery to contemporary problems and politics. Island People is also, at times, a sociological account, as the author explores ideas such as the impact of tourism on the native populations and race relations.

Most strikingly, however, JellySchapiro promotes the idea that the Caribbean islands, far from being small players on the world stage, contribute much to both popular culture and academic study. This reader finds the author to be as comfortable discussing Afro-Caribbean identity as he is Bob Marleys impact on music.

Given the varied tasks of this book, JellySchapiro performs an amazing balancing act. Though it is true that each of the islands are not given equal space and depth, JellySchapiro still manages to leave the reader with a strong sense of each islands culture.

Some readers may find, however, that this work is occasionally too theoretical, and reading Island People is less a pleasure than an intellectual exercise. Despite this drawback, JellySchapiros distinctive prose style sets him apart. Although this work is nonfiction, JellySchapiro brings the people and places he encounters over the course of this expansive book to life, and the book, in these moments, reads more like a novel than an academic text. Moreover, although JellySchapiros love of the islands is clear from his introduction, he does not shy away from exposing the darker aspects of the islands cultures, governments and politics, and the picture of the Caribbean that develops over the course of the text has remarkable depth.

The goal of this work appears to be to alter the seemingly omnipresent view that the Caribbean is only the sum of its tourism industries, and in this JellySchapiro is astonishingly successful. The Caribbean, as it is presented here, becomes a place of astounding humanity and color.

Ashley Riggleson

is a freelance reviewer from Rappahannock County.

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The Best Private Islands for Romance – TravelPulse

Posted: February 10, 2017 at 3:37 am

PHOTO: Wow your special someone with a stay at Song Saa Private Island Resort. (Photo via Flickr.com/Andrew Caw)

If you really want to wow your special someone this Valentines Day, whisking them off to a private island could do the trick, says Islands.com.

In the British Virgin Islands, you can try Eustatia Island.

Four villas were built strategically on Eustatia Island to take advantage of the varied landscapes. Villa Far Niente is perched on the islands peak, with a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor terrace and an infinity pool with a view, writes Rebecca Kinnear.

In Venice, Italy, theres Isola Santa Cristina.

Escape the masses and stay on your own private island in the Venetian Lagoon. A 30-minute boat ride from Piazza San Marco, Isola Santa Cristina boasts an eight-bedroom house that can accommodate up to 16 guests, along with a private pool, says Kinnear.

READ MORE:What Are The Best Cities To Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

For a truly far-off getaway, head to Cambodia.

After seeing the sights at Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, retreat to Song Saa, a boutique private-island resort, for some romantic downtime, Kinnear suggests.

For more private islands perfect for romance, read on here.

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Bahamas Map / Geography of Bahamas / Map of Bahamas …

Posted: September 10, 2016 at 5:33 am

Archeologists believe that Taino people from Cuba and the island of Hispaniola migrated into the southern reaches of the Bahamas in the 11th century.

Those first settlers, known as Lucayans, lived across some scattered islands in the Bahamas when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492.

There are a few other claims, as well as unsubstantiated opinions, but it is now widely accepted that Christopher Columbus’s first landfall in this ‘New World’ was on the Bahamian island of San Salvador.

Like most other isolated islands, when the indigenous population had not been exposed to the outside world, diseases carried in by European explorers and their crew (unintentionally) decimated the local population; the same was true here for the Taino Indians.

Over the next century, or so, the Taino population was further decimated, as the islands became a major launching base for the Spanish conquest of the Caribbean, and they took the Taino with them as slaves.

Assorted factions from Europe (mainly from England) attempted to settle these islands in the early 17th century. In 1648, English Puritans established the first permanent European settlement on an island they named Eleuthera.

In 1670, England’s King Charles II literally rented the islands for trading purposes to a group of English nobles that were at the time governing British colonies in North America, such as Maryland, Carolina, and New Jersey.

Over the next half century, these low-lying islands, with many places to hide, became a haven for pirates and lawlessness.

To curb those problems, Britain transformed the Bahamas into a crown colony in 1718, one first governed by Woodes Rogers, an English sea captain and privateer.

During the American War of Independence, the British-controlled Bahamas were a frequent target of American naval forces; in fact, American forces once briefly occupied the capital city of Nassau.

After the new country of America gained its independence in the late 1770s, thousands of disgruntled British loyalists (complete with their slaves) moved to the Bahamas.

Across their remaining colonies, mainly because of pressures applied on the home-front, the British abolished the slave trade in 1807. Soon liberated African slavesdominated the population of the Bahamas.

Through the mid 20th century the British remained in control. Then in 1964, the islands were granted some levels of internal self-governing. Full independence came July 10, 1973.

Since that day the Bahamas have moved forward into prosperity. Today tourism is the major industry, and these stunning islands of gregarious people, beautiful scenery and sunny skies are one of the most popular cruise ship and vacation destinations on the planet. Bahamas which celebrates its national day on July 10th, has a population of 316,182 and gained its independence 1973.

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Deals and Packages | The Official Site of The Bahamas

Posted: September 2, 2016 at 5:56 am

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Offer Details: Book a 4 night air-inclusive package from Nassau at any participating Out Islands Resort and receive 2 free plane tickets; Book a 3 night air-inclusive package from Nassau and receive 1 free plane ticket. Based on single or double occupancy bookings. Offer includes all applicable government and airline taxes and fees.

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For every 2-night consecutive stay, receive a $150 instant credit at any participating Bahama Out Island Promotion Board (BOIPB member resort/hotel when traveling to multiple Out Islands on the same flight itinerary.

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Seychelles – Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted: June 27, 2016 at 6:33 am

Seychelles is an African country in the Indian Ocean. Its capital city is Victoria. The official languages are Creole, English, and French.

The country is to the east of the African continent. The islands of Madagascar and Mauritius lie to the south. The republic is made up of 115 islands. The biggest part of the population is a mix of freed slaves from the African Continent and Madagascar and European settlers. They make up about 90%. There are small minorities of immigrants from Europe, China and India. Most people are Roman Catholics, about 90% of them. About 8% are Protestants.

Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega and Runion to the south, and Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest. Seychelles has an estimated population of 86,525. It is the smallest population of any African state.[3]

Seychelles is to the northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600km (994mi) east of Kenya. The number of islands in the archipelago is often given as 115 but the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles lists 155.

According to the president of Nauru, the Seychelles has been ranked the ninth most endangered nation due to flooding from climate change.[4]

Some of the cities in Seychelles include: Anse Boileau, Takamaka and Cote DOr.

Seychelles is divided into twenty-five administrative regions. Eight of the districts make up the capital of Seychelles. They are called Greater Victoria. Another 14 districts are considered the rural part of the main island of Mah. There are two districts on Praslin and one on La Digue which also include satellite islands. The rest of the Outer Islands are not considered part of any district.

During the plantation era, cinnamon, vanilla, and copra were the main exports. In the 1960s, about 33% of the working population worked at plantations, and 20% worked in the public or government sector. In 1971, with the opening of Seychelles International Airport, tourism became a serious industry.

Like many fragile island ecosystems, the Seychelles had loss of biodiversity during early human history. This included the disappearance of most of the giant tortoises from the granitic islands. There was also the extinction of species such as the chestnut flanked white eye, the Seychelles Parakeet, the Seychelles Black Terrapin and the saltwater crocodile. However, extinctions were far fewer than on islands such as Mauritius or Hawaii. This was partly due to a shorter period of human occupation being only since 1770. The Seychelles today is known for success stories in protecting its flora and fauna. The rare Seychelles Black Parrot, the national bird of the country, is now protected.

The granitic islands of Seychelles are home to about 75 endemic plant species. There are a further 25 or so species in the Aldabra group. Particularly well-known is the Coco de Mer, a species of palm that grows only on the islands of Praslin and neighbouring Curieuse. The jellyfish tree is to be found in only a few locations on Mahe. This strange and ancient plant is in a genus of its own (Medusagynaceae). Other unique plant species include the Wright’s Gardenia Rothmannia annae found only on Aride Island Special Reserve.

The freshwater crab genus Seychellum is endemic to the granitic Seychelles. There are a further 26 species of crabs and 5 species of hermit crabs that live on the islands.[5]

The Aldabra Giant Tortoise now lives on many of the islands of the Seychelles. The Aldabra population is the largest in the world. These unique reptiles can be found even in captive herds.

There are several unique varieties of orchids on the Islands.

The marine life around the islands, especially the more remote coral islands, can be spectacular. More than 1,000 species of fish have been recorded. Since the use of spearguns and dynamite for fishing was banned in the 1960s, the wildlife is unafraid of snorkelers and divers. Coral bleaching in 1998 has damaged most reefs, but some reefs show healthy recovery.

The main natural resources of the Seychelles are fish, copra, cinnamon, coconuts, salt and iron.

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Bahamas: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts …

Posted: June 19, 2016 at 3:46 am

Sovereign: Queen Elizabeth II (1952)

Governor-General: Dame Marguerite Pindling (2014)

Prime Minister: Perry Christie (2012)

Land area: 3,888 sq mi (10,070 sq km); total area: 5,382 sq mi 13,940 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 321,834 (growth rate: 0.87%); birth rate: 15.65/1000; infant mortality rate: 12.5/1000; life expectancy: 71.93

Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Nassau, 254,000

Monetary unit: Bahamian dollar

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The Bahamas are an archipelago of about 700 islands and 2,400 uninhabited islets and cays lying 50 mi off the east coast of Florida. They extend for about 760 mi (1,223 km). Only about 30 of the islands are inhabited; the most important is New Providence (80 sq mi; 207 sq km), on which the capital, Nassau, is situated. Other islands include Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros, Cat Island, and San Salvador (or Watling’s Island).

Parliamentary democracy.

The Arawak Indians were the first inhabitants of the Bahamas. Columbus’s first encounter with the New World was on Oct. 12, 1492, when he landed on the Bahamian island of San Salvador. The British first built settlements on the islands in the 17th century. In the early 18th century, the Bahamas were a favorite pirate haunt.

The Bahamas were a Crown colony from 1717 until they were granted internal self-government in 1964. The islands moved toward greater autonomy in 1968 after the overwhelming victory in general elections of the Progressive Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Lynden O. Pindling, over the predominantly white United Bahamians Party. With its new mandate from the black population (85% of Bahamians), Pindling’s government negotiated a new constitution with Britain under which the colony became the Commonwealth of the Bahama Islands in 1969. On July 10, 1973, the Bahamas became an independent nation.

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Navy veteran takes on Saipan's restriction on handguns

Posted: March 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm

A Navy veteran and his wife are challenging a ban on handguns in Saipan, arguing in federal court that the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands is bound by the U.S. Constitutions Second Amendment.

Ive always been a firm believer in our constitutional rights, whether thats freedom of speech, religion or the right to keep and bear arms or right to privacy, and Im pretty sure that what Im doing in this case is in defense of those convictions, said David J. Radich, 44, a former petty officer third class.

His wife, Li-Rong Radich, was severely beaten by an intruder in 2010, a trauma that her husband says might have been prevented if she had a handgun.

While the islands citizens can receive permits for a select few long guns, the law prevents them from possessing those for self-defense, even at home. Regulation of handguns varies in the four other inhabited U.S. territories. With differing degrees of regulation, they are allowed in Americas only other commonwealth territory, Puerto Rico, as well as in Guam and the Virgin Islands, but handguns are banned in American Samoa.

Born in California, Radich, a former boatswains mate, served aboard the USS Vandegrift, a guided-missile frigate that participated in Operation Desert Shields Maritime Interception Operations in 1990. After a ships rope crushed his right hand, Radich lost his pinky and required extensive physical therapy. Although he was subsequently found fit for duty, he left the Navy in 1993 and enrolled in college, earning a degree in history and education. He taught school in the Detroit area.

Radich said he became comfortable around handguns after a doctor suggested that holding and firing one would be therapeutic for his hand. He bought one and used it for target practice.

Radich said he eventually wearied of the cold weather and general decay of Detroit and in 2006 took a job teaching earth science to seventh- and eighth-graders in Tinian, a sparsely populated island near Saipan thats part of the Northern Marianas. He took a job as an environmental consultant on Saipan in June 2008.

Shortly thereafter, he met Li-Rong and they were soon married.

About 45 minutes after he arrived at work one morning in 2010, his wife called, sobbing, saying shed been attacked. Radich called 911 and rushed home.

I found my wife on the floor of the apartment in really bad shape, Radich said. Her face was unrecognizable.

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