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First published June 23, 2008
Crime has many faces and is committed by men, women and children of every class, race and ethnicity. When we say that we want to "tackle crime", however, we don't mean the culture of lying, bribery, white collar t'iefin' and political kleptomania, but instead we mean "violent crime". I propose that we must go beyond recruiting more policemen, purchasing more police cars and bulletproof vests, and even beyond the imagined happy day when we start hangin' 'em high. Yes, violent crimes are brazenly being committed right before our eyes, and it is infuriating, but the solution to all criminal activity begins even closer to home with our children.
We are not the only ones fighting this battle. Here in the Caribbean, in Europe and certainly in North America, strategies are being offered on how to deal with troubled youth. From parenting classes to early childhood intervention, the options are out there, and in combination, I believe they can make a great difference.
On this occasion, however, I want to zero in on just one possible piece to the puzzle and that is after-school programs.
The proactive approach is to develop a long-term strategy of crime prevention which involves more than increased surveillance in commercial districts and hot spot neighborhoods. It involves investing in those who are inordinately represented among the prison population: young people from vulnerable homes and crime-ridden neighborhoods. In short, we must, as a nation, commit as never before to after-school programs for young people. This isn't a novel idea. This is something that has been recommended in various formats, settings and documents around the world. In 1990, the United Nations passed a resolution called the Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency or the Riyadh Guidelines. A key point of that document reads: "The prevention of juvenile delinquency is an essential part of crime prevention in society. By engaging in lawful, socially useful activities and adopting a humanistic orientation towards society and outlook on life, young persons can develop non-criminogenic attitudes."
Effective programs don't just make sure someone is keeping an eye on "dese rude chirren". They engage them wholesomely, build their self-esteem, ground their self-confidence in positive rather than negative things, give them opportunities for training and careers, address their educational deficiencies, attempt to correct their behavioral problems and most of all, make them feel loved, wanted, valued and respected.
According to the American organization, www.fightcrime.org, "the hours from 2 to 6 p.m. on school days are the 'prime time for juvenile crime'. [In America]...On a regular basis, 14 million children and teens are left unsupervised by adults after the school day ends. Studies show that after school is the peak time for teens to commit crime, be a victim of crime, be in or cause a car crash and smoke, drink or use drugs. Quality, constructive and highly supervised programs can cut
crime immediately and convert afterschool hours into safe learning time. One high-quality program found that boys left out of the program averaged six times more crimes than teens in the program. A study of Boys & Girls Clubs showed that housing projects without the clubs had 50 percent more vandalism and 37 percent worse drug activity than projects with the clubs."
Many teachers are engaged in clubs and coaching in our schools, but let's face it, this is not enough. It isn't reaching the students most in need of constructive afterschool activities. The average boy or girl who joins a club out of sheer personal interest is not the kid we are aiming for. One of the reasons for this may be that the typical groups (Anchor Club, Junior Achievers, Gentlemen's Club, etc.) are designed for the overachiever, not the underachiever. Carl Bethel, in his recent budget report, conceded that even his ministry's 10-week pilot afterschool program did not reach the targeted at-risk groups, despite having approximately 1200 participants. Sporting groups do better at attracting atypical students, however discipline problems usually make it difficult for some of these very same kids to stay on the team, and hence they are once again left idle and unattended to. Furthermore, our schools are already working with extremely limited resources. So to whom should we look? Why not draw upon our churches, businesses, the government, and even private citizens?
We know that in the 2007-2008 budget, members of Parliament were to each be given $100,000 for constituency allowances, once their plans were approved by the minister of finance. Currently only a little more than half of the MPs actually accessed their funds. Already, some are boasting of the forthcoming paving of roads and repairing of parks, but given the state of affairs in the nation, why do the same old thing and expect different results? That's been referred to as insanity. So what if we don't pave a single road this year? Shouldn't every constituency have a community center by now? Shouldn't those centers have staff trained to work with at-risk youth through programs in arts, academics, vocational studies, core skills, etc.? The National Task Force on Youth Development advocated this over a decade ago. Shouldn't every MP, not just the odd few, be in partnerships with constituents, churches and businesses to help with this massive task?
Changes are needed
There is no easy way out on this topic. Kids can be tough work, especially those who are surviving in dysfunctional homes, struggling with disabilities or disorders that have gone undiagnosed, or battling with issues of morals, class and values generated by popular culture. However, we should liken them to an investment, similar to other investments that we devote our money and time to. We need to properly train, educate, support, encourage and yes, finance those who are willing and able to work overtime with our children. No one bats an eye when we toss approximately $12 million into tourism for advertising alone. That's an investment we believe will pay off.
Perhaps we're too short-sighted. Perhaps all we see are "kids"; loud, abrasive, disrespectful and painfully inconvenient problems plaguing our society. Children are always someone else's problem. The catch is, unlike any other investment we'll make, you can't just throw money at them and expect everything to come up roses. They require so much more than parks, playgrounds, or even food and clothes. Folks, we are looking at young men and women without a discernible future. Young men and women, who, being ill-equipped to inherit will nonetheless wrest this country from our bare hands. Whether they can steer, build, manage and preserve it will be a testimony about us, not them.
o Ian Strachan is Associate Professor of English at The College of The Bahamas. You can write him at email@example.com.
She came across my radar by accident. A co-worker was driving along in her car, heard a track that had her grooving out to the beat. When they said the artist was Bahamian, she freaked, scrambled for a slip of paper to jot down the artist's name and the song to pass on to me.
The discussion about the new normal in the age of prudence and what has been termed an era of austerity has only just begun. As countries across the globe grapple with the new reality of slow economic growth and fiscal challenges the likes of which have not been experienced in recent memory...
The job of liquidators and creditors just got a bit easier in the wake of certain legislative amendments, Guardian Business can confirm.
The Companies (Winding up Amendment) Act recently took effect, ushering in significant changes to the regime of company liquidation in The Bahamas. Some of the areas covered in the amendment are jurisdiction, voluntary liquidation, international cooperation insolvency, winding up by the court, shadow directors, investigative powers of a liquidator and clawback provisions.
"These amendments will make the job of liquidators operating in The Bahamas easier because it enhances some of their powers. For example, it will be easier for them to get information. The regime for its solvency will be transformed, I think," according to Portia Nicholson, senior registered associate at Higgs & Johnson.
Nicholson revealed to Guardian Business that the
entire industry has been working together for more than two years to bring these amendments to fruition.
In a monthly newsletter released by the law firm, it noted that among the changes effected by the Act is the enlargement of the court's jurisdiction to make a winding up order.
"This now extends beyond companies incorporated or registered under the laws of The Bahamas to foreign companies that have assets in The Bahamas or that carry on business in The Bahamas," the newsletter stated.
"A company that is insolvent must be wound up under court supervision. Under the Act, a company is insolvent if it is unable to pay its debts as they fall due, or if the value of its liabilities exceeds the value of its assets. A company is deemed to be unable to pay its debts as they fall due if it fails to pay a creditor for at least three weeks after being served with statutory demand, or if an execution made by a creditor pursuant to court proceeding is returned either partially or wholly unsatisfied, or if it is proved to the courts satisfaction that the company is unable to pay its debts."
Tara Cooper Burnside, a partner at Higgs & Johnson shared with Guardian Business that the provisions under the new regime enhance the rights of creditors and make The Bahamas more competitive as a jurisdiction to do business in.
" For example, there is a provision which enables creditors to require a liquidator to examine a person who has information about the affairs of the company and to participate in such examination. That is something that quite significant," she noted.
"Additionally, we now have specific provisions that deal with international cooperation with regard to liquidations outside of The Bahamas. For the first time now, The Bahamas' Supreme Court has statutory authority to recognize a foreign liquidator and make orders ancillary to that foreign liquidation.
"That is something I think is very helpful in making the jurisdiction more competitive. I would say that the jurisdiction did exist at common law but now we have statutory authority for it."
With the country's cultural affairs lumped together with sports and youth in one government ministry, it's often difficult for the person who takes charge of this ministry to consider every single concern of the cultural community during their tenure.
Yet that is exactly what former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard did in just a few short years in this position.
Maynard's death earlier this week is a shocking tragedy to the artistic and cultural community in The Bahamas because he was the greatest friend we had in the House of Parliament. Sentiments echoed by the artistic community as the news spread of his passing reflected their deep appreciation for the man who stood for a nation made of more than just sun, sand and sea, and strove - oftentimes unsuccessfully - to help others see that too.
"He really understood where we were coming from as a cultural community," said former Director of Cultural Affairs Nicolette Bethel. "He believed in many of the same things we believed in."
"I have deep respect for him because he understood the principle of culture as being more than just entertainment and diversion," she continued. "As a businessman, he really got the idea of culture as a part of the economic fabric of a country. Maybe that made him ahead of his time because I think he found his colleagues were far more traditional and conservative in their understanding of culture."
Indeed throughout his tenure, the one project Maynard persistently returned to was to host the Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta) in The Bahamas as he believed it would successfully place the unique art and culture of our nation in the regional and global spotlight.
But as Bethel points out, often Maynard's job was more of a delicate balancing act between two communities divided over what was important to a build a nation, and for that reason Carifesta 2010 could not be hosted by The Bahamas, despite Maynard's persistence.
"He once told me, when he was fighting the battle for Carifesta, that he was told he had to make a choice - either he's a cultural activist or a member of Parliament," said Bethel. "In my experience, his colleagues in particular didn't really respect culture the way he did. I didn't see the enthusiasm in his personal lives, whereas I saw it in Charles."
Despite taking criticism from all sides - as his colleagues chided him for siding with artists and the artists took out their frustrations of the government's short-sightedness on him - Maynard continued to do what he could to help the artistic community realize its potential.
As a result of the Carifesta cancellation in 2010, a group of artists and cultural activists decided to host their own arts festival in Nassau, called Carifringe. It successfully celebrated a range of art forms in The Bahamas and could not have occurred without the support from Maynard, says Carifringe creator and coordinator Jon Murray.
The former minister not only helped them secure funding, but also attended their press conferences and showed his support in any way that he could, finding the experience the perfect exchange between the artistic community and the government.
"I felt he understood how our exchange should work," said Murray. "He knew it was not their place as administrators and facilitators to dictate what is going on in the art community - he needed a collection of artists to come together to say what they want and then the civil servants can facilitate these things."
"He never had desire to have control. He got it - he knew politicians were politicians and that cultural people need to be in control of their own work and there needed to be a synonymous relationship between the two," he continued.
"One of the criticisms of Carifesta was that it was completely government-run and funded so artists wouldn't have control of their work because the government would decide what was appropriate or not. He recognized it shouldn't be like that, which was a great thing."
Indeed, Maynard worked hard to define the balance and create boundaries between cultural and political groups, effectively navigating and for the most part dispelling decades-old resentment and tension between the two with no complaint.
Maynard made particular strides in this regard in the Junkanoo community, which engaged in years of dispute with government decisions regarding their parade. Despite the formation of the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence in 2004 to allow Junkanoo community leaders to be responsible for their own affairs, tension and difficulties still lingered, and it was Maynard who worked with the group to create a written agreement between the JCNP and the government outlining their separate responsibilities.
"It has made life easier because all of our roles are defined," said Chairman of the JCNP Silbert Ferguson. "One of the points is that everyone is responsible for their own bills - responsible for raising our own funds and making sure the parade works properly. Charles was very instrumental, when we took on corporate sponsorship last year, in helping us to not 'give away the house' and not get anything for it."
Ferguson credits Maynard with his ability to truly listen as a talented problem-solver - where he saw difficulties, he presented solutions and opportunities to expand. Not once, says Ferguson, did he ever feel Maynard making a choice in self-interest - despite his own Junkanoo affiliations as a Saxons Superstar.
"Charles has been a very good friend even as he organized the parades downtown," said Ferguson. "I always asked him on Junkanoo nights if he was going to dance when his group, the Saxons, came in."
"He said he couldn't dance; so I said, listen here, everybody knows you're a Saxon, so just go have a good time. That was something we laughed about. The groups accepted that because they knew he was fair. That's how we were. We were creating that important bond where we separate the competition from the way we live."
Indeed, as Leader of the Saxons Superstars and National Coordinator for Junior Junkanoo Percy 'Vola' Francis points out, Maynard had the rare foresight in a minister to put in place policies and make decisions that would live far beyond their tenure.
"In my experience, every new government that comes in would come in with a different outlook on something - they want to do things their way," said Francis. "But I always believed that rather than reinventing the wheel, let us set standard policies so that it doesn't mater who the government is - the policies will still remain what they are instead of dissolving something and starting again."
"It's like a tree growing really nicely, and then you cut it down and plant another tree. Charles believed in standardizing certain policies that would remain."
Francis says Maynard had big plans for the cultural community of The Bahamas now that the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium had finally been completed. In fact, he was turning his attention to the long-forgotten National Center for the Performing Arts before the May election results. However, there is no reason why his cultural legacy cannot still live on in the new stadium.
"You saw the London Olympics performances and what they did in their stadium - just because the new stadium is a sports venue doesn't mean it cannot be a cultural venue," said Francis. "Why build a big white elephant that will just be sitting there waiting for sports events when there are a variety of different cultural events we could have right in there that would be suitable?"
"I think that was also part of his dream - to see something like that happen. He tried really hard to make his ministry 'one' ministry - youth, sports and culture, never one over the other. That's a big job. That's the trinity."
Though Maynard's work as minister of youth, sports and culture would be over in barley three years with this year's election results, he was looking forward to being a big part of the cultural community in his personal life again, says Francis.
Despite Maynard's efforts to attend as many cultural events and happenings as possible, his greatest love remained Junkanoo. Francis credits former Chairman of the National Junkanoo Committee and founding member of the Saxons Phil Cooper for instilling in a young Maynard the value of Junkanoo to Bahamian society.
"He's an integral part of the Saxons and he spoke so much, after the results of the last election, about getting back into the line-up of the rush again," said Francis. "Every Junkanooer he spoke with recently, he emphasized his desire to come back. I think his last rush with us was during independence and I spotted him and he seemed so happy, so relieved and so very excited about Junkanoo."
Francis credits Maynard with being the first minister in his position to make an effort to support every cultural event - during Junior Junkanoo parades, even those on the out-islands, Maynard could be seen giving his support to young Junkanoo enthusiasts and cultivating in them a pride in their Bahamian cultural heritage.
"It was so prestigious to actually have a minister accompany us to these islands, and he became an integral part of this growth and relationship we were forming," said Francis. "The people on the islands appreciated the fact that we had a minister who took time out and attended these parades, and he was that kind of guy - very jovial, very down-to-earth, very compassionate and passionate about his job. He loved what he did and he had fun doing it."
"Sometimes with him, when you went to the Junior Parades and one big sweet piece of music kick up, he gone," added Francis. "He's doing the shuffle, the slide. Sometimes too if we were just passing through and band was playing, he would tell me he had the urge to sing, and he would go and grab the microphone and sing. He had passion."
Maynard's passion and commitment to arts was as infectious as the Junkanoo rumble that moved his feet - through his unwavering support and often thankless balancing act, he managed not only to get artists on his side but also show everyone who he came into contact with a vision for a better Bahamas, no matter what affiliations you had. We can only hope this vision will be carried on by those now in a position to do so. He will be truly missed as our advocate and friend.
Funeral Service for Anario Javian Curtis age 25 of Kennsington Gardens who died on April 24th 2012 will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Nebo Union Baptist Church, Marshall Road off Baillou Hill Road South. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Charles E. Rolle assisted by Other Ministers. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
He is survived by his Mother: Anne Wallace; his Father & Step-Mother: Emmanuel & Laverne Curtis; Grandmother: Verva Wallace: Sisters: Samantha McIntosh and Idelia Curtis; Brothers: Akeito, Camarie, Jason and Ishmael Curtis; Aunts: Ruby Curtis, Eurice and Emmazell Ferguson, Eunice, Fearlease and Lashan Wallace; Uncles: Merrill and Linville Curtis, Bishop Christopher Ferguson, Calvin, John, Percy and Lester Wallace; Nieces: Jabez and Samia McIntosh, Charlesetta Mathurin and Cha'mel Curtis; Nephew: Adeyen Curtis; Brother-in-law: Garth McIntosh; Sister-in-law: Asternique Curtis; Numerous cousins including: Phicol, Chaneil, Johnita, Patrico, Erica, Demarcio, Davontay, Deniteria, Lester Wallace Jr., KeAndra, Perron Cummings, Euthea, Damian, Dachun and Dashunique Brown, Javal, Lasheca, Jaynique Ferguson, D'Abrelle Deveaux, Chandra, Charan and Chazara Rahnming, Theres, Deandrea, Damon, Crystal, Laverne and Cephas Cooper, Miriam, Inah, Candice, Sherry, Birdie, Wilistene, Sherry, Linville Jr., Linda, Arnette, Randolph, Rodney, Beauford, Trevor, Homer Jr., Charles, Dorlan and Priscilla Curtis, Marvaret, Garin, Dereck, Karen and Anastacia Ferguson, Jackie, Lavenia, Jennifer, Renaldo, Udena, Bebiejoe, Devayne, Iziah, Alex, Kevette, Kaye, Edison, Bennie, Sandy, Kevin, Chavano and Chakera; Godson: Kevin Cunningham Jr., Special Friends: Mrs. Winsome Miller, Alvena Mortimer, Mary Taylor, Eunice Roxbury, Christine Hepburn, Agnes Carey, Mrs. Judith Sherman, Nikito Lewis, Damian Robinson, Elizabeth Grant, Henry Bannister, Stanley Fulford, Travis Cooper, Paul, Lubin, Eggie, Alexandra McKenzie, Daniesha Moss, Danielle Moss, Zorian Munnings, Mrs. Sargeant, Mrs. Pinder, Dino, Calvin and Mr. Collie. Godparents: Jackie and Wellington Woods, Sadie and Fearlease Wallace, Austin Weeks, Eric Sweeting, Madlyn Wells, Muriel Dawkins; Other Relatives & Friends: The Wallace, Bridgewater, Munroe, Moxey, Lockhart, Armbrister, Curling, Hepburn, Maycock, Wilson, Nesbitt Families, Pastor Rolle and The Mt. Nebo Family, The Golden Gates FNM Campaign Team, The National Literacy Staff, Friends at Super Value, Blue Hill Road, The Basketball Friends, The R. M. Bailey Class of 2004 and the Kennsington Gardens and Ragged Island Communities.
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 at the Church from 10 a.m. on Saturday until service time.
Andrew G. Deveaux
May 15th 1960 - March 31st, 2012
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delighted in his way though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand." (Psalms 37: 23-24)
It was a joyous occasion May 15, 1960 in the home of Perlina Wright in the picturesque settlement of Devil's Point Cat Island, when a baby boy was born to Perlina Wright and Norris Deveaux, handsome, yes! Bouncing baby he was not. He was christened Andrew George Deveaux. Sr.,
Andrew, the second of three sons brought joy to his family and friends in his neighbor-hood. He received his early education at the Devils Point All-Aged School and later the Old Bight Senior High School. Andrew was a charmer and a heart-breaker of many girls he outwitted several of them, yet He was an ardent student and kept focus on his studies.
His childhood friends Sham Burrows, Charles Smith and Octavia Mackey, were always up to mischief. However, his grandmother Rapheletha Brown ruled him and his younger brother Inspector Nathan Mackey with an iron fist. They had to do chores that all family Island children did. Andrew was light skinned, he was afraid of the sun, so whenever they had to help their grand mother with the field chores he always choose the easy ones. He was hard working and loved to go fishing and crab catching. Andrew had and infectious smile and you knew when he was happy he would laugh and enjoyed himself to the fullest. He loved life and he loved his family.
Andrew the phenomenal man was a role model to his family. He was loved dearly by all who came into contact with him. He saw opportunities when many saw problems. Perseverance and hard work was the name of his game. He was trustworthy, talented; helpful are a few attributes that best described Andrew.
Upon graduation from High school, he migrated to Nassau and found employment at Super Value Warehouse. In October, 1979 he joined the Royal Bahamas Police Force and his first deportment was at the Airport Police Station. Andrew stayed at this location for a number of years. He was a dedicated staff to his employer and was well versed in his academic profession that allowed him a very rewarding career. His hard work and dedication enable Him to matriculate to the post as ASP of the K-9 Unit Royal Bahamas Police Force. There he served for thirty-three years until the time of his demise, he served his country well.
In 2008, Andrew became ill and had to seek medical care in the USA. There were days when he had to fight this dreadful disease called cancer, but with the help of the Holy Sprit, he was determined to win this battle. The doctors did all they could to assist Andrew and make life more comfortable for him. However, Andrew knew that he was made from the dust and to dust he shall returned. He spend his last hours with his family on March 30th, his eldest brother, Thaddeus, took him for a drive and they droved around Nassau all day.
During the early morning of Saturday March 31, he developed shortness of breath and was taken to Doctor's Hospital by his younger brother, Inspector Nathan Mackey. The doctors applied all the medical expertise but to no avail Andrew George Deveaux Sr., sojourn on this side of the master's vineyard had come to an end. Hence in the words of Paul the Apostle, Andrew had fought a good fight, he had kept the faith He had finished his course, henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness that the Lord himself will give him on that great coronation day.
Full Military Funeral Service for the Late Assistant Superintendent of Police Andrew George Deveaux Sr., 51 years of Cassarilla Street, Pinewood Gardens and Formerly of Devil's Point, Cat Island, will be held on Wednesday April 11th, 10:00 a.m. at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Independence Drive. Rev. Dr. Everette Brown assisted by Bishop Benjamin Gibson, Fr. Stephan Davies, Chaplain RBPF, Rev. Dr. Errol Farquharson and other Ministers of the Gospel will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
Andrew's life will be lovingly remembered by his Mother: Perlina Wright; Father: Norris Deveaux, of Kemps Bay Andros; 3 Sons: Lavardo, Adrian and Andrew George Deveaux Jr., 6 Brothers: Thaddeus Wright, Inspector Nathan Mackey, John, Ivan, David and Alexander Mackey, 3 Adopted Brothers: D/Sergeant 80 Kevin Louis, Marine Seaman Deoroope Louis and Police Reservist 412 Anton Wilson; (formerly of the US Military); 8 Sisters: Alice Smith, Jestina Burrow, Barbara Mackey-Thompson, Cynthia, Paulette and Eva Mackey, Belinda Mackey-Gardiner, Addell Deveaux of USA; 1 Daughter-in-Law: Carla Barry-Deveaux; 5 Grandchildren: Jada, Unique, Andrew III, Lavardo Jr., Jason Hanna Jr., and Jayla (Mama) Deveaux; 9 Aunts: Matriarch Florence Brown, Luella, Miriam, Agnes, and Virginia Brown, Mary Bodie, Paulette Mackey, Jane Mackey-Morgan, and Sybil; 4 Uncles: David Brown, Felix Bodie, Harold Taylor and Dencil Nottage; Mentor and Cousin: David Johnson of John Road, 2 Sisters-in-Law: Marilyn Wright and Amanda Mackey; Nieces: Dominic, Denise, Bernice and Lakeshia Wright, Natavia Mackey, Amanda Mackey-Gibson, Shakiettra Major, Monalisa McPhee, Teki Mackey, Kendra Thompson, Vanessa Saunders, Minera Smith-Culmer, Crystal Smith-Rolle, Cyprianna Cunningham, Anastacia Ferguson, Lydia McHardy, Derick and Daneisha Mackey; Nephews: Bonnet and Owen Wright, Delmaro, Nathan Jr., and Nashad Mackey, Anthony and Reginald Smith, Whitfield Stubbs, Harris, Miller, Lawrence Edgecombe, Damon Mackey, Tario Mackey, Kendal Thompson Jr. and Alexander Mackey Jr.; Grandnieces: Karen, Renae and Gladys Brown; Grandnephews: Sargent 1957 Harrison Brown, Hubert, David Brown Jr., Kingman and Dwight Brown; Great-grandnieces: Terrinique Wright, Kenisha Thompson, Jessica, Jolice, Javanna, Britika and Cardissa Wright, Marissa, Brianna Mackey, Antonique, Anvaar and Adrianna (spoke-lady) Brown; Great-grandnephews: Harrison Jr. and Delmaro Mackey Jr., Bernard, Terran, Leonardo, Bennett, Kareem, Bonnet Wright Jr., and C.J.; Immediate Cousins: Geneva Dorsette, Mazie Simmons, Tezerene Gray, Ivan Rolle, Leroy , Frank, Lefred, Roosevelt and Junior, Verdell, Mavis, and Syblean Mackey, and Hazel McDonald, Charlotte Culmer, Mae, Clifford, Octavius, Anthony Mackey-Rolle and the entire descendant of Joel and Blossom Mackey, the descendant of Burke and Carlotta Clarke: Bloomfield, Esperline, Geletha, Annamae, Lorene, Charlene, Chris and Arnold Clarke, Steve, Dwight, Leslie, Tyrone, Trevor Miller and their families, Mrs. Lindsay Louis, Joan Stubbs and family, Pearline Johnson, Deborah Taylor-Edgecombe, Helena Morley, Reverend Benjamin and Mrs. Gibson, Pastor Emeritus Reverend Ishmael and Mrs. (Albertha Smith) deceased, Reverend Dr. Everette J. Brown and Minister Sheila Brown, Reverend Joseph and Mrs. Saunders, Charles Smith & family , Samuel Smith and family, Israel Smith and family, Idell, Martha and Sarah Smith, Mrs. Rosalie Major, DeAndra and Scieska Major, Mrs. Luceal Brown, Keva and Kenisha Louis, Catherine Evans, Linda and Christine Martin, Craig and Corey Burrows, Keno and Neil Johnson and Perry Darling; Special Friends: Tanya, Glendina Saunders, Janelle Wallace and Bernadette Bannister, home-boys and room-mates Sham Burrows and Leroy Saunders. Other relatives and friends including: the graduating class of 1978, Old Bight Senior High School, Christian Bain, Monica Martin & family, Lorna Hopkins and family, Eulean and Olive Dawkins, the entire Dawkins family, the descendant of Ruben and Hilda Smith, Henry and Rosabell Rolle, the descendants of Jerome and Mildred Gilbert, Hester Gray, Nathaniel Gilbert, the descendant of Sham and Francina Burrows and the entire community of Devil's Point and McQueen's Cat Island, The Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade and all his fellow officers, Supt. Kevin Rolle, Supt. Oscar Sands, Supt. Don Wilson, Supt. Samuel Butler, Supt. Ken Strachan, Supt. Ashton Greenslade, ASP Donna Francis, ASP Julian Butler, ASP Gregory Johnson, ASP Hurvin Curtis, ASP Dennis Sturrup, ASP Stewart Curtis, ASP E. Demeritte, ASP G. Demeritte, Sgt. 1169 Armbrister, W/Sgt. Johnson, Insp. Neeley, Insp. Thompson, Insp. Adrian Curry, Insp. Derek Ferguson, Insp. Roosevelt Curry, Insp. Cephas Rolle, Insp. Dencil Barr, Insp. Philip Rolle, Insp. Raymond Butler, Insp. Deborah McClure, Insp. Donna Barr, Insp. Bruce Thompson, Insp. Brian Miller, Insp. Ricardo Richardson, Insp. Robinson, Insp. Maycock, Insp. Zukie Rolle, Insp. E. Ramsey, Insp. V. Wells, ASP K. Hinsey-Rolle, ASP Hinsey, Supt. David Deveaux , Staff of Southern Police Station, Staff of South Central Police Station, and the entire staff of the K-9 Unit Royal Bahamas Police Force, Lesley Phillips, Mama Louise, Bernise Pinder, Robert Pinder, Lloyd Deveaux, Nelson Burrows, Jackie King, the Minnis Staff of the wood work shop John Road, and the entire John Road Community.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #34 Nassau Street on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at the Church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Veteran basketball squad, the Boomer G. Angels, proved to the young Super Value Lady Cybots that the race is not for the swiftest, but the team that endures to the end.
The two teams took to the court in the featured game in the New Providence Women's Basketball Association (NPWBA) on Saturday night. The Lady Cybots opened up a 10-point lead early in the first quarter, but were reeled back in by the Angels. They came storming back to tie things up at 13 in the first quarter. The early lead turned out to be the last for the Lady Cybots. The Angels got off to a sluggish start, but finished strong to keep their blemish-free season going. The 66-55 come-from-behind win solidified their top spot in the standings in the league this year.
The Angels picked up where they left off, in the second, by adding five points to their 13 unanswered in the first. They were on an 18-0 run before Taniel Poitier netted a short jumper. The Lady Cybots pick off a pass from Diasti Delancey and converted it into two points to stop the 18-0 run. Tiffany Wildgoose broke up a pass that was intended for Ashley Moss.
Tracey Lewis, Wildgoose and Poitier triggered a run for the Lady Cybots, bringing the squad within striking distance, but Delancey's ball handling skills were just too much for the Lady Cybots to contain. Delancey alongside Moss and Suzette McKenzie shared the 17 points scored in the quarter, and held the Lady Cybots to 13.
Point guard Delancey would continue to pick apart the Lady Cybots. She kept the team on their toes, forcing them to step up and guard her. When she wasn't taking the ball strong to the hole, Delancey passed it on to her teammates so they can get the job done. She led her team with 18 points, five boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks. A combined effort by the team, has head coach Anthony Swaby smiling and confident about the remainder of the season.
"We went down in the opening quarter because we went out there and played individual ball, it was all about that player not the team," said Swaby. "We were not moving the ball and we were not getting back to play defense. Where they are so quick, that played right into their hands, but once we settled down and played, we were okay.
"That's history. Everyone wants to beat the Angels. For some reason, regardless of the way teams play different squads, for some reason when they play us, they always bring their 'A' game. We need to come out here every night and take it one game at a time. We need to prepare mentally knowing that when you go in the playoffs, it's one shake, and you're out."
After the big start, Wayde Watson, head coach for the Lady Cybots believe that they missed too many opportunities. As a result, they were not able to hold on to the lead they established early in the game.
"We missed a lot of free throws and a lot of putbacks, but the strategy worked," said Watson. "Some of the players coming off the bench were ready to play so some of the starters could have a little breather so we can be able to pull this game off tonight. Our starting point guard was out with an injury.
"If she was able to get in there we would have played more aggressively on the defensive end but she was unable to go tonight. We used what was there, who were there. We did a good job, but we just lost.
"I am not disappointed. Our girls are very young and it shows that we can compete with anyone in this league. We've figured out a way to beat them, but we just couldn't beat them tonight.
"I am pleased with the start and sometimes when you have that second unit go on the court, they hold or expand the lead, or sometimes they let it slip. They weren't able to keep up the same level of intensity and they let it slip tonight."
The top scorer for the Lady Cybots was Lewis with 19 points. Wildgoose and Poitier chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively. The Angels have already clinched the pennant. The defending champions, the Four J's Cheetahs, are sitting in the second spot in the standings.
The Bommer George Angels secured the pennant in the New Providence Women's Basketball Association (NPWBA), as they edged the Super Value Cybots Queens, 63-56, in their latest outing at the D.W. Davis gym, but according to Head Coach Anthony Swaby, they "have bigger fish to fry".
Swaby said the pennant is just the first step for the Angels. They want to reclaim the NPWBA title they lost to the Four J's Cheetahs last year, and then go on and win the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) National Championships. So far, it has been a stellar season for them. They have one loss on the season, and with the pennant already in hand, they have turned their focus to the playoffs. The Angels have one regular season game remaining, against the Lady Truckers, who handed them their only loss of the season. According to Swaby, that one is just for bragging rights as both teams have already beaten the other this season. When the playoffs get underway on March 3, the Angels will play the Cybots Queens, and the Johnson's Lady Truckers will battle with the defending champions, the Cheetahs.
"We'll definitely be ready," said Swaby yesterday. "I think that we have as good of a chance as any of winning a championship, but we're focussed on the first round right now. We have the Cybots Queens up first, so we'll concentrate on them and what we need to do to beat them. We're pretty confident. We feel that once everyone comes to play, and we execute our game plan, we'll come out on top."
In their last game against the Cybots Queens, the Angels actually had to come back from a double digit deficit to secure the win. Ashley Moss had 13 points, eight rebounds and one steal for the Angels in that game, and Suzette McKenzie contributed a dozen points, five rebounds and one steal. For the Queens, Taneil Poitier had a game-high 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and Tiffany Wildgoose added 13 points and contributed three rebounds.
Swaby said that game was just a sample of what to expect in the playoffs. He agreed that it won't be easy, even though they beat the Cybots Queens all three times they met them this season, en route to a 15-1 regular season record.
"Well right now, the regular season doesn't matter - everyone starts from zero, and we have to remember that," said Swaby. "We have to play like our backs are against the wall. We're not over-looking anyone. The Cybots Queens will present a formidable challenge but we're confident in our ability. I think what makes our team stand out is that we have a lot of depth. Our strength is our bench, and that's an advantage for us. We feel like we'll have to adjust to them more than they will have to adjust to us."
Saturday's regular season games were canceled due to the unavailability of the D.W. Davis gym, and now the league is taking a break and will resume its season on Tuesday February 28, after the Hugh Campbell Basketball Invitational. In the final game before the break, the defending champions Cheetahs drilled the College of The Bahamas (COB) Caribs, 60-44. Anastacia Sands-Moultrie had 15 points, three steals and one rebound for the Cheetahs, and Teranna Pyfrom contributed 13 points. Celeste Pyfrom scored a dozen points and had five steals for COB, and Gabrielle McKinney and Alisha Bethel contributed 10 points a piece.