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Freeport Jet Wash hosts new vehicle re-launch
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Before you buy, test drive!  Linda Malcolm, wife of Chamber President Barry Malcolm, had a chance to test drive one of the new vehicles at the recent Freeport Jet Wash vehicle re-launch. There to explain the Chrysler lineup was Chrysler Interamericana Trading Corporation (ITC) representative, Jeremy Hart who spoke in detail about the Chrystal brands and assisted invited guests who were interested in taking the cars for a spin. (Photo Courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Feeling the revitalization of the economy, Freeport Jet Wash hosted a vehicle re-launch to advertise their returning fleet from the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram brands.

The event took place in the refurbished Chrysler showroom with a cocktail party reception for local business professionals in the community including bank and loan representatives, insurance agents, corporate representatives and business owners.

On hand for the launch was Interamericana Trading Corporation (ITC) representative, Jeremy Hart, who spoke in detail about the Chrysler brands, new innovative car features and the future for the lineup.

“I am very pleased to be in attendance, I travel the Caribbean representing Chrysler and it’s great to see such enthusiasm from Freeport Jet Wash again,” said Hart. “We have a strong line of vehicles for this year and we hope to attract back our Grand Bahama clients.”

As the only certified Chrysler dealership on the island, the re-launch allowed Freeport Jet Wash to showcase their new products and introduce their trained mechanic team who are all certified to work on the Chrysler brands.

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Queen’s College students sweep second annual FirstCare autism awareness essay contest
Submitted by Fusion IMC   

FirstCare Medical Plan, R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas and Ministry of Education award three students with prizes valued at more than $1k.

A Clean Sweep – Queen’s College Students claim all three winning spots in the 2nd Annual FirstCare Medical Plan Autism Awareness Essay Contest. Pictured left to right: Margo Gibson, Marketing Manager, The Shoe Village; Corinna Neely, President, FirstCare Medical Plan; Mr. Munroe representing 2nd runner up Janea Munroe; 1st runner up Ari Brathwaite; grand prize winner Raphieal Newbold; Mario Carey, President, R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas; Marcellus Taylor, Deputy Director of Education, Ministry of Education and Maria Tsavoussis, Deputy Head High School, Queen’s College. NASSAU, Bahamas -- FirstCare Medical Plan in association with R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas and The Ministry of Education awarded three students with prizes valued at more than $1k at the award ceremony for the second annual Autism Awareness Essay Contest.

More than 65 high school students from across The Islands of The Bahamas including islands as far south as Acklins and as far north as Grand Bahama submitted essays on the topic “Autism in The Bahamas: Inclusion, Advocacy and Dispelling Myths.”

“It is encouraging to see so many Bahamian students take part in this essay contest,” stated Marcellus Taylor, Deputy Director of Education responsible for Planning and Transformation. “We have already seen the great returns on the government’s investments in special education. We have witnessed students on the autism spectrum who have been integrated into mainstream educational institutions and are now sitting national exams.”

A panel of judges including Ms. Barbara Dorsett of The Ministry of Education, Mrs. Bridgette McPhee of R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas and Mrs. Athena Pratt of First Care Medical Plan judged each essay independently. After two rounds of judging, the essays with the highest scores were selected as the winners.

Raphieal Newbold Jr., a twelfth grade student at Queen’s College penned the winning essay and recounted his experience watching a toddler interact lovingly with his older brother who is affected by autism as an example for all to follow. In his essay, Newbold noted, “We can eradicate the teasing, the frowns and the harsh interferences. Together we can see significant improvement and advancement.” Newbold received a $300 cheque from FirstCare Medical Plan, a gift certificate from The Shoe Village and an electronic gift from Custom Computers.

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EcoCampers return from Andros ready to take on the world
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EcoCampers Return from Andros Ready to Take on the World! EcoCampers from throughout The Bahamas recently returned to their various islands after participating in an exciting week-long camp for students aged 13 – 16, where they learned about the ecology and culture of Andros Island, and the importance of conversing our natural resources. (Photo courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)ANDROS, The Bahamas -- The 2014 EcoCampers from throughout The Bahamas recently returned home after participating in an exciting week-long camp for students aged 13 – 16, where they learned about the ecology and culture of Andros Island, and the importance of conserving our natural resources.

During the camp, students spent time learning about wildlife in Andros, the importance of conservation, the Andros barrier reef, critically endangered species, blue holes and much more.  Campers also visited various areas in Andros including Red Bays, Lowe Sound, Andros North Marine Park and Blue Hole National Park. 

They were had a special visit by Owner/Operator of Stafford Creek Lodge, BNT Council member and President of Bahamas Sportfishing Conservation Association (BSCA), Captain Prescott Smith who gave a presentation and inspired campers to continue on their journey in learning about the environment.

“The experience afforded to me this past week is one I will never forget,” said Janae, an EcoCamper from Nassau.  “I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge from this amazing programme. Attending EcoCamp introduced me to new things, new people and new ideas.”

The campers camped in the wilderness, swam in blue holes, enjoyed music around the camp fire, swam along the barrier reef in Andros, participated in an outreach event, spoke to spongers, straw crafters and wood carvers and even spotted a Bahama Oriole.  The Bahama Oriole is a critically endangered bird that is found only on the Island of Andros, and there are fewer than 260 individual birds left on earth.

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Edukarting Summer Camp offers exciting motor sport experience for free
Submitted by Victoria Sarne   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Edukarting Summer Camp is back for two weeks and being held at C.I. Gibson High School July 28th to August 1st and the second session August 5th to the 8th. All schools and students, boys and girls, welcome.

No cost. Students can come to the school to sign up any day this week for the next session and a unique opportunity to combine sport and education and have fun doing it.

Karting is an exciting motor sport and an educational opportunity for students to learn various skills; teamwork, engineering, mechanics, management, design - all of which can be useful as future job skills.

This initiative was introduced into government schools in conjunction with the Ministry of Education in 2013 starting with a pilot summer programme at Doris Johnson but accessible to all schools.

It was so successful that four of the schools who have automotive programmes continued through the year with after school Karting Clubs. Some of those students are again attending this year’s summer camp to mentor the new intake.

This year at C.I. Gibson we have the running track to use as a race track and the two Driving instructors showed their driving skills to a young audience who can hardly wait for their turn.

There are still some spots left for the week of August 5th to 8th and anyone interested is welcome to come to C.I. Gibson and sign up.

 


 
Junkanoo Summer Festival success touted
Written by BIS   

The Ministry of Tourism celebrating 50 years of Tourism, participated in the Junkanoo Summer Festival ‘Tourism is Everybody’s Business Rush’ on Friday, July 25, 2014, Downtown, Nassau. Pictured from left are Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Ministry of Tourism; Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism; and Tommy Thompson, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie Wilchcombe has touted the success of the Junkanoo Summer Festival held during the month of July 2014.

Against the backdrop of the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in the country, the festival was held each weekend in July, which showcased the best in Junkanoo talent, music from uniform groups and the Urban Renewal Marching Band, food, and arts and craft items before crowds of thousands.

“The Bahamas is renowned for its tourism, but they are talking about the hospitality, they are talking about its service and the beauty of this country. So if we work collectively to ensure that we deliver the best product, they can understand how effective and how important it is to our economy,” Mr. Wilchcombe said.

He made the observation following the “Tourism is Everybody’s Business Rush”, Friday, July 25, during which staff of the Ministry of Tourism, corporate sponsors and uniformed groups paraded in downtown.

“It’s a team effort and the message is very sound and the message is very clear; that Tourism is everybody’s business. And all of us whether you are a minister or work in one of the sections like sports, religious or domestic; the truth is that we are all equal and we all ought to deliver quality service,” Mr. Wilchcombe said.

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