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Monument to be erected in memory of Fox Hill shooting victims
Written by BIS   

Residents of the Fox Hill community along with Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development (4th from left) and Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and MP for Fox Hill (7th from left) are pictured at Freedom Park breaking ground for the construction of a monument to remember the lives of four shootinResidents of the Fox Hill community along with Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development (4th from left) and Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and MP for Fox Hill (7th from left) are pictured at Freedom Park breaking ground for the construction of a monument to remember the lives of four shooting victims. (BIS photo/Raymond A. Bethel Sr.)g victims. (BIS photo/Raymond A. Bethel Sr.)NASSAU, Bahamas -- The community of Fox Hill joined in a groundbreaking service Wednesday, August 6, at Freedom Park for the construction of a monument to remember the four victims of the December 27, 2013 shooting.

Members of the Fox Hill Festival Committee and ministers of religion led the service which was marked with songs, reflections and prayers symbolizing peace and unity.

Emotions ran high as family and friends reflected on the lives of Claudezino Davis, Shenique Sands, Eric Morrison and Shaquille Demeritte, all residents of the Fox Hill community.

In his address, Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, called on the residents to pledge to work towards peace and building the common good in memory of the lives of the victims.

He urged the young people to further embrace their community: “It is only as good as you make it. Therefore, it is times like these that we need to continue work together and by doing this it gives the community hope and trust for the rebuilding of this great constituency of Fox Hill. Building a strong community benefits everyone, both the people of Fox Hill and The Bahamas,” he said.

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Global auto racing executive leading high-level Bahamas visit
Submitted by DP&A   

RACING BOSS – Jean Todt, president of the prestigious global governing body of motor sport, the FédérationInternationale de l'Automobile (International Automobile Federation), will travel to The Bahamas for one day August 12 to meet with government officials, local motorsports personalities and get a first-hand look at fast-growing local auto racing community.Todt is expected to promote his worldwide road safety program which the FIA says saves more than two million lives a year. Todt is featured on the cover of this month’s edition of MotorSport Magazine.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The head of auto racing’s global governing body will lead a team of top motorsports officials on a visit to New Providence next week to meet with local stakeholders and witness first-hand the explosion of enthusiasm for auto racing in The Bahamas.

Jean Todt, president of the FédérationInternationale de l'Automobile (FIA) - the organization that is to motorsports what the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to athletics – will be in The Bahamas for an intensive, one-day visit Tuesday, August 12.

Joining him will be FIA sport president Graham Stoker; FIA sport general secretary JeanLouisValentin;FIA vice presidents Jorge Tomasi and Hugo Mesan; and president of FIA Club Venezuela, Enzo Spano.

“This is a first for The Bahamas and an incredible honour,” said David McLaughlin, chairman of Bahamas Speed Week Revival, and the first FIA director appointed for The Bahamas and Caribbean. “The FIA governs all of motor sport, the most watched sport on TV.”

According to McLaughlin, motor sport spectating – in person at races and in living rooms across the world – is so big that some 290 million people view every Grand Prix and there are 20 of them a year. The most famous race, the Indy 500, draws full seating capacity audience of 250,000.

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At the Movies: Review of 'Planes: Fire And Rescue'
Written by Rouén Robinson   

The tagline for this movie: When Others Fly Out, Heroes Fly In. When a world famous air racer learns that he may never race again he decides to take stock of his other career choices. He launches into the world of aerial firefighting to help reopen his home town's airport which drives the economy of the small town. To get his certification he must team up with a group of skilled firefighters and learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Dusty Crophopper is a racing plane who learns that the stress from races has damaged his engine beyond repair and since a replacement can not be found he may have to go back to crop dusting, so when the opportunity to become a certified aerial firefighter arises he jumps at the chance. Blade Ranger is a veteran fire and rescue helicopter of Piston Peak National Park and is the vehicle who will decide if Dusty has what it takes to become the aerial firefighter for Propwash Junction, but he has a past which may keep him from seeing the potential his new recruit has within himself. The Smokejumpers are a team of all-terrain vehicles who work with Blade to keep the park safe and are willing to give Dusty the support he needs to learn the tricks of the trade as well as how to have a good time after enduring the stresses of firefighting.  Cad Spinner is a luxury sport utility vehicle who happens to be the manager of the local lodge in park with more interest in the grand reopening of the lodge than the upkeep of the equipment for the fighting of forest fires for the park area that surrounds it which may cost him more than he knows.

The first Planes movie was suppose to be direct-to-video but it was put on the big screen because of its strong production and this sequel is on the big screen but its weak production screams direct-to-video. The story is told with a feel that makes you think that none of the original voice cast had time to be in the second one and it makes the Cars movies look so much better when compared. The structure will only keep the really young entertained and the references may keep their grand parents from falling asleep in the theater. The saving grace would have to be some the the vivid and fluid aerial action scenes but the scenes that connect them truly feel more like filler than actual plot. In a Summer of sequels which built on the foundation of the original, this one just works around the foundation instead of building upon it. It was nice hearing Regina King's voice outside of The Boondocks' characters she plays. I rate this film a Rated D.

 
Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Marching Band pays courtesy call on Consul General Ricardo Treco
Submitted by BIS   

Pictured is Consul General H. Ricardo Treco along with Inspector Adderley and members of the Golden Gates Marching Band.MIAMI, Florida – Directors and members of the Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Marching Band paid a courtesy call on Consul General H. Ricardo Treco and members of the Consulate staff in Miami on Friday, August 1, 2014.

Under the direct authority and command of Bishop Ross Davis of Golden Gates Assembly, Inspector Seldin Adderley re-established and developed a music program/band for young people between the ages of seven and 19 in the church in 2002.

It was under the director’s guidance that the membership of the program/band was extended to individuals in the community as well. Inspector Adderley said that after 12 years, the band has continually transformed as members have graduated, joined the workforce or left to pursue tertiary education.

He said that for the past two years, leaders and volunteers have been rebuilding the band’s membership, which currently stands at about 60 members.

Despite this being the first time that some members have been exposed to reading music and playing instruments, the band boasts a repertoire of gospel renditions, hymns and classical pieces with a variety of concert wind and percussion instruments.

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Internships offered at BORCO to scholarship recipients
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Internships offered at BORCO to scholarship recipients - Last year, Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Limited (BORCO) offered scholarships to nine Bahamian students to the universities of their choosing. Traditionally BORCO has always been an advocate for education by offering scholarships in a wide range of disciplines such as engineering, nursing and education. As a part of their scholarships requirements, the students are now fulfilling their summer internships at BORCO, which they will continue to do over the duration of their four years in university. (Photo Courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing) FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Traditionally, Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Limited (BORCO) has been an advocate for education by offering full or partial scholarships to Bahamian students for a number of years in a wide range of disciplines such as engineering, nursing and education.

With last year being no exception, nine students were awarded scholarships to the universities of their choosing and as a part of their scholarships requirements, they are now fulfilling their summer internships at BORCO, which they will continue to do over the duration of their time in university.

“BORCO has always taken pride in empowering Bahamians by offering assistance with tertiary level education. Buckeye has seen the value in this initiative and has continued to support the scholarship programme, giving many Bahamians an opportunity to attend university and return to The Bahamas where they can make positive contributions to the country,” said Kim Pratt, BORCO Business Coordinator

Over the years, BORCO has taken exceptional pride in their scholarship programme by offering more and more opportunities within the company for young Bahamians to excel. When applying for a scholarship, applicants must submit their applications by May 31st; have a minimum 3.0 GPA and are required to return back home to work for the summer.

During the seven-week long period, four female summer interns were able to work in a number of different departments including Human Resources, Finance, Maintenance and Health Safety Security and Environment (HSSE). All of the girls are from Grand Bahama and have just recently completed their first year in college.

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