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Scoring 14 points in a half and four in the second quarter just won't cut it, and if the under-17 girls' basketball team wants to snag a win at the Centrobasket Championships, the squad will have to put up more shots and hope they fall.
The team was 9-44 from inside the arc and 0-2 behind the three-point line. When the final whistle was blown, The Bahamas had posted 30 points and their opponents 115. This was the second and most devastating loss in the tournament, which is being played in San Salvador, El Salvador, for the team. The difference in the game was The Bahamas only attempted 46 shots and their opponents 89.
The highest score for The Bahamas was nine points, netted by LaShae Rolle and Valerie Nesbitt. Serena Brown chipped in with four points. In that game, The Bahamas scored 12 points in the first, added four more in the second and closed the half with 14 points. Mexico has a perfect win/loss record while The Bahamas has already suffered two losses and is in a must win situation, in order to play for fifth or sixth.
The team will take to the court against the U.S. Virgin Islands. If they are successful in that game, they will move on to play the fourth seeded team over in Group A. Playing in that group are Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Dominican Republic.
Puerto Rico is the group leader with a blemish-free record. Sitting in second is the Dominican Republic followed by Honduras and Costa Rica. The Bahamas is playing in Group B with Mexico, El Salvador and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mexico leads the division with El Salvador sitting in second. Both the US Virgin Islands and The Bahamas have yet to win a game.
The Bahamas needed to finish in the top two at the tournament to qualify for the FIBA Americas tournament, which will tip-off next year. According to executive member in the local governing body for the sport, Mario Bowleg, no female team has ever qualified for the prestigious tournament. The junior boys have done so a couple of times and the senior men once.
Funeral Service for Geta Gertrude Miller, age 60 of Iguana Way who died on April 26th 2012 will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Baptist Church, Bernard Road. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. J. Carl Rahming assisted by Other Ministers. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
She is survived by: Husband: Jacob Miller; Siblings: Leona (Robert) Hall, Carolyn (James) Miller, Clarenda (John) Gordon Katrinka (Jason) Quashie, Carsene (Stephanie) Higgs, Basil Higgs, Edroy Higgs , Donald (Kenja) Higgs, Robert (Jasmar) Higgs, Terrance (Ericka) Higgs.
Father-In-Law: Melvin A. Miller; Step Children: Martin, Krystal and Jamal Miller; In-Laws: Dorothy Knowles, Lucille (Wesley) Flowers, Rosamond Wells, Daisy (Raymond) Knowles, Ashton (Sarah) Miller, George Miller, Brendalee Marshall, Jeffery (Jeanne) Miller, Tony Miller, Valerie (Sandy) Rolle, Cathrina (Michael) Braynen; Aunts and Uncles: Vera (James) Colebrooke, Nathan (Joyce) Rolle; Niece and Nephews: Earnest, Billy, Philip, Robert Jr. Jediah Roselyn, Pauline, Melissa, Mario, Kenva Christy, Jason Shonell, Nadia,Torry, Carsene Jr. Sheniqu Casiya, Carnisha, Zaria, Kwaughan, Terricita, Edroy Jr., Davaughn, Mario, Latoya, Kandice, Richa, Rashad, Kendrick, Antoinette, Dorinda, Stephon, Sheree, Pam, Phyron, Rochelle, Dewayne, Tamiko, Chauncey, Danielle, Mychaelle, Mia, Jarissa, Jacintha, Raven, Megan, and numerous grand nieces and nephews and Other Relatives and Friends Including: the Rolle, Heild, & McIntosh families in Abaco and Freeport and the Brown families in New Providence.
Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary, #36 Rosetta Street, Palmdale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and at the Church from 1 p.m. until service time.
Around $30 million in infrastructure is needed for redevelopment projects on Long Island, according to Mario Cartwright, the former president of the Long Island Chamber of Commerce.
Cartwright, who was also the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate for that island in the last election, said Deadman's Cay Airport should be the first order of business. Before Long Island can think about reaping the benefits of a revitalized economy, improvements must be made in major areas, he explained.
"The priority still remains repairing the Deadman's Cay Airport and that is the key to Long Island taking a major step in stimulating its economy again," Cartwright said. "That's the vital link to jump-starting the economy again and it can create a domino effect that could create jobs and attract foreign investment."
He described the current state of the airport as unfavorable, with major work needing to be done on the main runway that isn't wide enough to accommodate private jets and commercial planes for landing. A new terminal also needs to be built, with Cartwright saying the current one looks like an "outhouse".
Chain-link fencing is needed, he added, to ensure the safety of incoming and outgoing aircraft and residents.
Some improvements were on the way for the island, as capital expenditures were announced for Long Island during the 2011/2012 fiscal budget communication.
This included $4.5 million allocated to conduct a water project on the island, which the Water and Sewerage Corporation would be in charge of. Long Island was also expected to get a portion of the $6 million that was designated for Family Island airports, which Cartwright was optimistic about at the time of the announcement last year.
However, with all of those plans being made during the Free National Movement (FNM) administration, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) may not necessarily share the same vision.
"Unfortunately the PLP has inherited a massive debt so hopefully they have innovative thinkers that can manage the country's finances and help bring down our debt," Cartwright said. "I would encourage them not to forget about Long Island and other Family Islands that expect to be a part of the long term vision of The Bahamas."
Cartwright added that now is the time to get some work done on the island and make some improvements.
In addition to the airport, enhancements to the water system, roads and one of the main docks are areas that need to be addressed. He is aware that it will not happen overnight, but any indication of progress is a positive sign.
"Once we have a starting point and commit to making improvements then we can see some change on this island," he said. "There's no reason why Long Island can't be one of the premier Family Island destinations and on the scale of Exuma and Abaco, but we have to start getting the work done."
Funeral service for Edna Pearline Missick, 57 yrs., a resident of #80 Crooked Island Street, who died on 6th April, 2012, will be held at Church of God of Prophecy East Street Tabernacle, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Rudolph V. Bowe, assisted by Pastor Drexel Gibson & Pastor Timothy Johnson. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish her precious memories are:
Three Beautiful Daughters: LaCricia, Rogjette and Erin Swain
One Grandson: Davion Deveaux
Adopted Children: Deveron Gibson, Shavaughn Major, Autumn Hamlett and Donathan Cox
Sisters: Monica Delancy, Casandra Gardiner, Adele Gibson, Shirley Holmes, Ethelee Hart, Armeta Saunders
Brothers: John-T, Joel, Pastor Walter, Joshua, Charles, and Jerome Missick
Sisters-In-Law: Constance, Minister Janice, Levetus, Annarene and Fairlene Missick, Annamae Cornish
Brothers-In-Law: Cecil Delancy, Errol Holmes and Everette Hart
Aunts: Alice Walkine, Albertha Forbes, Roslyn and Anita Missick, Gernel Gray
Uncles: Peter Hall and Samuel Simmons
Nieces and Nephews:Kelcine and Tyrone Williamson, Darnell Penn, Don, Dwayne and Noreen, Brandon and Tremeka, Sean and Karen, Karen and Delano Gardiner, Drs. Kendra and Darren Hall, Dervant Quant, Kenisha and Jason Cornish, Lemelle and Delon Kemp, Streisand, Errol Jr. and Stacia Holmes, Tchaikovsky, Arquiette and Azaria Saunders, Loriece Maycock, Torel and Giovanni Rigby, Felix, Ray, Cedric and Stacy, Kadrin and Kyle Delancy, Wayne and Dekira, Kenyon and Melody, Oralee, Barron and Karen, Errol, Lynden and Janice, Jaquell, Walter Jr., Janell, Jerome Jr., Joaquin, Koye, Justin, Jahmelia, Joshua Jr., Shanique, Sasha, Kristain, Rodell, Randell, Rondell and Ethan Missick Sherell, Shandera, Dale, Shantell, Don and Dusty Gibson, Judy Ferguson, Janice Saunders,Christine Clarke, Devie Forbes, Monique and Shanique Missick, Sabrina and Vanessa Cornish
Cousins: Sandin, Rufus, William, Andrew, Craig, Dwight, Novial, LLewelyn, Carl, Edward Jr., Andrew, Shon, Calvin Jr. Edward, Ervin, Eustace, Tony, Wesley, Clinton, George, Daniel, Linville, Deno, Mario, Leon,Terrance, Williard, Sonny, Orthneil, William, Samuel Jeremiah Jr., Charlton, Stanley, Yvette, Inez, Carolyn and Lewis, Pearline, Vanis, Alice, Roselyn, Edna,Penditter, Lucille, Elizabeth, Naomi, Dafedell, Dorcas, Dellarese, Equiana, La-Jelpha, La-Tique, Willissa, Tavanaye, Vonita and Burton, Karen, Stephanie, Monique, Andrea, Michelle, Sharon, Jackie, Monique, Doretha, Beatrice, Glenda, Val, Donalee, Lorraine, Samantha, Lillian, Georgina, Nicole, Evelyn, Carabell, Geneva, Antoine, Linda, Annie, Nancy, Mary Sherry, Shirleymae, Shena, Evamae, Brenda, Princess, Edith, Eva, Angela, Kathy, Helen, Sylvia, Hazel and Naomi
Godchildren: Gardenia, Talisa, Judiah, Robert, Shonell, Randell, Teran, Tamicka, Tanisha
Extended Family and Friends: Brenda Hall, Delores Lightbourne, Beverly Rolle, Carnillda Outten, Patrina Johnson, Alecia Adams, Byron Outten, George Henfield, Isula Henfield, Sherry Turnquest, Dellarese Williams, Audrey Farquharson, Leroy and Roslyn Lightbourne, Carolee Wilson, Violet Thompson, Daisy Thompson, Lynn Delancy, Loraine Edgecombe, Sandra Johnson, Helen, Mildred and Robert, Charis, Kristen and Robynn Johnson, Leon and Romona Wilson and family, Simone and Samara Beneby, Ida Curry and family, Marsha Missick, Jan Knowles, Rodella Nairn, Maxine King-Livingston, Aloma Miller, Ruth Saunders, Altamese Hall, Glenda Wildgoose, Doris (Texas), Madline Davis, Eleanor Hepburn, Ms. Irris, Pastor Shirley Smith, Punchetta Saunders, Aremilda Delancy and family, Louise Stubbs and family, Melanie King, Italia Clarke, Dorina Collie, Sandra Laing, Kay Wilson, Colliemae Ferguson, Judy Curry, Judy Plakaris, Bishop Rudolph V. Bowe and family, Bishop Joseph M. Swann and family, Bishop Ghaly Swann and family, Bishop Nelson and Sis. Maud Ferguson and family, Pastor Drexel Gibson and family, Pastor Timothy Johnson and family, Pastor Randolph Curtis and family, Deangelo Ferguson, Ruthmae Seymour and family, Eartha Pyfrom and family, Eulease Beneby and family, Michael Swann, Marilyn Lightbourne and family, Dorrit Grant and family, Lesley Albury and family, Iva Williams and family, George and Esther Hall, Elizabeth Keju, the Smith, Nairn, Longley, King, Hall, Curry, Delancy, Wood, Young, Taylor, Henfield, Kemp, Clyde, Pratt, Gardiner and Rigby families, Prince King Jr. and family, Nicarrah White, The Church of God of Prophecy Englerston family, Vanria and staff at Shannon's Beauty Salon, the staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, Nurses Williams, Cox and Nortelus, the staff at Clinica Garcia in Cuba especially Anya and Mileybis, Jocelyn, Sylvia, Dina and Ambrose, the staff at Simply Better Catering, the staff at Cable Bahamas and the staff at Commonwealth Bank and Anatol Rodgers High School. A host of other relatives and friends too many too mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral service for Linda Glendina Burrows-Newbold, 43 yrs., a resident of Joan's Height, South Beach & formerly of Fritz Lane, who died on 3rd May, 2012, will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Hay Street West, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. George Kelly, assisted by Rev. Gregory Major & Rev. Shirley Evans. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Her fond memories will forever be in the hearts of her:
Husband: Kermit Newbold
Daughters: Glendina and Kimberly Newbold
6 Sisters: Alice Chipman-Dames, Louise Smith, Naomi Chipman, Ruth Chipman-Brown, Maria Woods and Ismae Cadiz
3 Brothers: ASP Kingsley Burrows Sr., of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Rudolph "Billy" Burrows and Donald Burrows
Mother-In-Law: Raphelitta Bowles
Sisters-In-Law: Sandra Bowles, Coreane Bowles-Newbold, Michelle Burrows, Alanna Burrows, Patricia Bowles-Darville, Dorothy Bowles, Yvette Dorsetta and Geneva Newbold
Brothers-In-Law: Henry Dames Sr., Wayne Darville, Reubin Cadiz Sr., and Raymond Newbold
Aunt: Florence Thompson
Grand Uncle: Abraham Rolle
Uncles-In-Law: Loxlly and Charles Thompson
Nieces: Sophia Dames, Kendera Delaney, Zanadete Cadiz, Shiann Burrows, Lakeisha Burrows, Megan Darville, Jessica-Nicole Darville, Lashanta Knowles, Alexis Hepburn, Sharine Weir, Chante Burrows, Veronica Bonimy, Kia Bonimy, Ormanique Nottage, Randira Lewis, Alexandra Newbold, Angie Dames, Chantel Dames, Shafena Brown and Terisa Burrows, Nasha Newbold
Nephews: Ryan Dames Sr., Henry Dames Jr., Cpl. 2489 Montgomery Brown Jr., Angelo Dean, D/C 2768 Donald Adderley, PC 2991 Concencion Burrows Sr., Shaquille Newbold, Randy Lewis, Mario Thompson, Kingsley Burrows Jr., Dion Burrows Carlton "CJ" Rolle, Montgomery Wayne Daeville, Anthony, Osborn Newbold and Joey Newbold
Grand Nieces: Annalisa King, Jayla Knowles, Breanna Nottage, Regime Dames, Devona Dean, Ryanne and Raven Dames, Talleanna Brown, Keann Dean, Chrissy, Nelly and Alliah Dean, Jameisha and Henrietta Feaster, Johntashia and Tasharra Dames, Judeah Rolle, Chasity Adderley, Deidre Thompson, Kiara Newbold
Grand Nephews: Kerlin "Ching" King II, Anthony Dames, Kevin Butler Jr., Onnasis Johnson, Haillee Williams, Jamaal and Miquel Feaster, Leonardo and Samuel Brown, Ryan Dames Jr., John Dames Jr., Concencion Burrows Jr.,
Great Grand Niece: Keiara King
Great Grand Nephew: Kerlin King III
Cousins: Vincent King & Family, Dareth Russell & Family, Deleno Williams, Maurice Conliffe & Family, Kerlin "Cobra" King Sr., & Family, Emmanuel & Emily Osadebay & Family, Clement King & Family, Denise Deveaux-Bain, Sherman Rolle, Leonardo Rolle, Anthony Dawkins, Harrison Deveaux, Freeland Deveaux, Ingrid King & Family, Eleanor King & Family, Jackie Micklewhite & Family, Courtney, Keith, Don, Kennedy Thompson, Gladys Dawkins & Family, Fanny, James, Leroy & Henry Rolle, Anthoney Miller, Jeaery Thompson, Marilyn Thompson, Donnamae, Perline and Emily Rolle, Kathleen Green, Tetrese Hendfield, Loretta, Stenqet Hendfield, Louise Peterson of Belle Glade Florida, Devon, Deangelo, Rashad, Dendre, Natasha Deveaux, Margo, Sharon, Bernard, Nicole, Lakeisha, Charmine, Randy, Nicole, Emmanuel and Anastasia Deveaux,
Other Family & Friends Include: Allando "Lance" Johnson, Rolling Lamor & Family, Rev. Julian Johnson & Family, Ava Johnson and Family, Derick Coby & Family, Shervin and Family, Jason "T. Jackson" Mckenzie, Ms. Dean & Family, Mrs. Albury & Family, Mildred Pratt & Family, Ruby Rolle & Family, Papa Ket and Family, Jackie and Family, Geneva Dorsetta & Family, Phillip & Baren Coby, Linda Brown & Family, Munroes & Family, George Basetin & Family, Agatha Pratt & Family, Indy and Family, Reynaldo Baillou, Mario Anderson, Ms. Faye, Alma Molly, Louise, Shonel Rodgers, Hepburn, Deon Nabbie, Smalls, Shelton Curtis, Dwight Rolle & Family, Dwayne Fisher, Rose Forbes & Family, Andrew "Ricky" Davis, Sis. Ann Taylor & Family, Rev. Gregory Major & Family, Cynthia Bastian & Family, Dexter Sands & Family, Sybil Butler & Family, Loretta & Henry Cartwright & Family, ASP Andrews & Family, Sgt. 973 Theodore Forbes & Family, Sgt. 185 Moss & Family, Sgt. 65 Demeritte & Family, Sgt. 843 Dean & Family, Sgt. 2101 Seifert, Hemrick Rolle & Family, Hetty Goodman & Family, Rosalie Neymour & Family, Troy Marshall, Garvin Butler, Demetruis Mckenzie & Family, Marcia Henricks, Rocky & Diane Fernander, Sanchez Brooks & Family, Dennis Albury & Family, Dennis Saunders, Wissy, Joanne Brown & Family, Paul Gray & Family, Serethea Clark & Family, Edric Clark & Family, Montgomery Brown Sr. & Family, Stevie Johnson & Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Rahming, Kenny Saunders & Family, Lawrence, Gomez, Shandia Ramsey & Family, Mark Bastian & Family, Stafford Turnquest & Family, Kenneth Hutchinson & Family, Tony Symonette & Family, Opral, Ms. Marina, Lloyd "Smokey" Smith, Dorsett Smith, Patches, Tura Cooper, Metropolitan Baptist Church Family, Pastor Robert McKinney and Worldwide Church of God Family, Dr. Lloyd, Dr. Bowleg, Doctors & Nurses of the P.M.H. Female Medical 1 and the P.M.H. Dialysis Center, South Beach Family, The Fritz Lane Family and The Golden Fire Crew-Valley Boys.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Wednesday 11th January 2012 11:00 AM
THE GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS Press Conference The Executive Team of “Global Battle Of the Bands Bahamas” to provide details on the National Final and World Final for the international live music competition, “THE GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS”. The first “Global Battle Of the Bands Bahamas” (herein referred to as GBOB Bahamas) is scheduled to begin Saturday, February 25th, 2012. The event is being organized by Bahamas Virtual Mall (Shop BVM) and All Things Mobile (ATM) who in turn has appointed a team of executives to manage the event. The team is comprised of, Kent Bazard, Chairman of GBOB Bahamas, Ricardo BerrÍs, Co-Chairman of GBOB Bahamas, Nadine Thompson-Brown, Project Manager, Anthony Coakley, Event & Production Manager and Tessa-Simone Lightbourne, Marketing & PR Manager, all will be present at the conference. Sponsors, interested bands and band enthusiasts alike are invited to attend. With the event about two months away, the executive team will provide information about its participants, goals and expected impact, portraying its significance within the context of global entertainment. Following the executive teams address, Tore Lande, CEO of Global Battle Of the Band Worldwide Limited (GBOB) will discuss, via Video Conference, the role The Bahamas will play in this global competition. You are cordially invited to the Press Conference to be held on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 From 11am to 12pm at Mario’s Family and Entertainment Center Nassau, Bahamas
MELVIN Maycock Sr was denied bail yesterday on conspiracy charges in connection with a $1.6 million drug seizure.
Maycock Sr, 45, of Stapeldon Gardens, Mario Roberts, 52, of Jerome Avenue, and Kevin Darville, 53, of Market Street, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, on Monday. The three have been charged with two counts of conspiring to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply between Tuesday, April 12, and Friday, April 15. It is alleged that the men conspired to possess marijuana as well as hashish oil. All three have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Police reportedly seized 1,200lbs of marijuana and more than 400lbs of hash ...
Funeral service for Captain Wilton Alexander "Capt." or "Box" Brown Sr., 73 yrs., a resident of #73 Old Cedar Street, Yellow Elder & formerly of Bluff, Eleuthera, who died on 26th April, 2012, will be held at Prayer & Praise Assembly, Ragged Island Street, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, assisted by other Ministers. Cremation follows.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Feletta Brown; Seven daughters: Judy Brown, Evangelist Sandra Knowles, Cpl. 384 Deborah Brown, Elsie Adderley, Portia Farrington, Cheryl and Peaches Brown; Twelve Sons: Captain James, Elder Leslie, Wilton, Darren, Godfrey, Edward, Rickey, Tony, and Jeffrey Brown, Sgt. 2319 Ricardo Neely, Michael and Theadore, One Brother: Henry Michael Brown; Nephews: Doctor Conville Brown, Captain Troy, Lawrence, Kevin, Rudolph, Garnet, William, Michael Brown, Jamal, Robert, Tyrone, Andrew Taylor, Gary and John Bain; Twenty Four Neices: Patsy, Vanria, Eunice, Marsha, Stephanie, Linda, Angila, Natalie, Ann, Neicey, Shirley of New York, Popsie, Janet, Natasha, Sonia, Theresa, Catherine, Kathy, Pam, Pat, Sophia, Cindy, Dinel, Sharia; Seventy Grand Children too numerous to mention including: Sheneka, Omah, Tavares, Cpl. 1416 Deangelo Butler, Gerard, Tavarren, Wenderia, Sandino, PC. 983 Latorio Demeritte, Minister Rantica Knowles, Laron, Lavanda, Urie, Trav is, Randin, Sancheo, Randolph Jr, Keithera, Paige, Nathaniel, Calrino, Miguel, Shaqueii, Shavanti, Lavardo, Donavan, Dentry, Dentrina, Leandra, Nikita, Jamario, Renaldo, Rachea, Desiree, Enrico, Riquell, Alexis, Wilton Jr, Ashinique, Denia, Quinn, Alex, Britney; Great grand children, Grand nieces and grand nephews too numerous to mention; Uncle: Howard Neely of the Bluff, Eleuthera; Aunt: Aletha Hudson of the Bluff, Eleuthera; Daughters in law: Marcia, Jacquel yn, Portia and Andra Brown; Sons in law: Randolph Knowles and Gaylen Farrington; Sisters in law: Merlene and Valerie Taylor of New Jersey;Brother in law: Aswald Taylor of Jamaica; Other relatives and friends including: The Rt. Hon Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, Marilyn,Janet and family of the Bluff, Eleuthera, Doctor Coraine Brown, Hon. Glynnis Hanna Martin, Glass Bottom Boat Association, The Bluff and Lower Bouge Communities, Old Ceder Street, Yellow Elder Community, Staff of Male Medical #2 Princess MargaretHospital, The Neely, Hudson, Brown and Johnson Families, Luceille and Nellie Rolle of Bluff, Eleuthera and Ms. Albury and Family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for Ruth Elizabeth Russell, 80, of Quakoo Street and formerly of Mastic Point, Andros will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
New Covenant Baptist Church
East West Highway
Bishop Simeon B. Hall
Other Ministers of the Gospel
Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road
This angel without wings leaves to mourn with hope six children: Doranell (Donnie), Dave, Minister Wendy, Deacon Gary, Dereck Russell and Deborah (Necie) Russell Strachan; grandchildren: Inger, Kenneth, Marion, Sonia, Valencia, Duery, Gromyko (Nike), Tosi Russell Rigby of Boynt ...
Maintaining law and order is not a job that the Royal Bahamas Police Force can do completely on its own, so when Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade was invited to speak to the Bioethics (BIOL 475) class at The College of The Bahamas on Wednesday, he also implored the students to help the police.
"Please help us. Please help the country," Greenslade said. "Let it be about what is my contribution. You have to take personal responsibility for you. Too many of us are not in love with ourselves. You are our greatest hope. You have to help us." The commissioner was invited by one of the student groups in the Bioethics class which focuses on the ethical and philosophical implications of technology and biological and medical procedures.
The group's presentation examined "Gun Violence and Its Effect Through Media" and proposed recommendations on how to promote cohesiveness and cooperation between the public and law enforcement agencies.
Greenslade provided compelling insight on the subject matter and traced the evolution of guns trafficked into the country.
Currently, the police force is extremely challenged with an influx of AK-47s, pistols and extended clips with more powerful fire power.
Reviewing crime statistics in the country, the police commissioner said the weapons of choice used in the commission of crimes are illegal pistols; murders are predominately committed in public places and predominately occur either late at night or in the very early hours of the morning. Additionally, he said perpetrators and victims typically know each other.
Greenslade urged citizens to be accountable for themselves and their families.
"You have to accept responsibility for your home. You can't ask the commissioner to come and fix your house. If you allow a relative in your house to bring a weapon in your house [and] you come out and you meet the fellow washing his hands, you see blood in the sink and he is perspiring heavily, what do you think just happened? He probably just hurt somebody," said Greenslade, who conceded that taking personal responsibility is "tough work".
He also encouraged the students to become involved in improving their communities by fostering relationships with neighbors. Greenslade also admitted to faults within the police force including police officers who have abused their power.
"Have we hit people before? Yes, we have," he said. "Have we done wrong to people before? Yes, we have. But the only organization in The Bahamas that has ever done something about it is the police force. We fire."
Among the proposals from the students who contributed to the report on curbing gun violence -- Marion Ferguson, Kwame Finalyson, Judith Francis and Julie Harts -- were a reinforcement of stiffer penalties, community partnerships with law enforcement officers and frequent road checks for illegal firearms.