FREEINYOURTRIBUNE N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Bain Town is in need of healing C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 107 No.12SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BRIGHT AND SUNNY HIGH77 Chur c h is pac k ed f or the funeral of 19-year-old Bradley Shamarko Newbold McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM LOW65 SPORTSWEEKLY: YOUR 40-PAGEFOOTBALLGUIDE KIDSCOOP, 24 pages of fun: PUZZLES, GAMESANDlots more P L U S LETSDANCE: CC Sweeting students dance with tourists at yesterdays Craft Festival in George Street. MOREPHOTOSONPAGE 15 SADLY MISSED: An image of Shamarko Newbold at yes terdays funeral. THE Bain Town communi ty is in need of healing, the bereaved family and friends of 19-year-old Bradley Shamarko Newbold were told at his funeral yesterday. Mourners spilled out of the packed Bethel Baptist Church, in Meeting Street, and into a parking lot across the road. Some were wearing T-shirts bearing Mr Newbold's picture and nickname 'Marco Polo' while others wore buttons in his memory. Bain and Grants Town MP Dr Bernard Nottage attended the service with many oth ers from the community. Mr Newbold was shot and killed in Bain Town by police on Saturday, November 20. An examination of his body found he had been shot in the head. His funeral was just a few yards away from C R Walker high school where he graduated in 2008 before enrolling at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute to study refrigeration. Several times during the ceremony, members of Mr Newbold's family cried out in anguish and had to be con soled. Delivering a fiery sermon, Reverend Timothy Stewart said: "We are aware in a very special way that our community is in need of healing and we also want to pray for the Bain and Grants Town area, especially at this time, so that we will come out of this stronger, better and place our trust in God." Activists Rev C B Moss and Rev Carlos Reid also made statements at the funeral. Mourners were told Mr Newbold would be remem bered as a "young man who loved life and lived it to the fullest" and was well loved by those who knew him. The oldest of six children, FESTIVALFUN DOWNTOWN Felip Major /T ribune staff F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f PLP supporters in Kennedy are concerned that party chiefs are utilising yet another stalling tactic in their attempt to avoid naming the partys official can didate for the area. There are three people in the running for the PLPs nomination for the seat; attorneys Craig Butler, Derek Ryan, and Dion Smith. With the party hierarchy reportedly having already cast aside the branchs choice of Mr Ryan, sources confirm the choice has now been narrowed between Butler and Smith. Recently, party officials commissioned a poll to be conduct ed in the area, asking supporters if they would rather have a male or female candidate in the next general election. As no poll was done for any of the other candidates named thus far, some people within the branch fear the party may be positioning itself to offer the seat to an unknown woman candidate, in a bid to deny Smith and Butler. The Tribunes PLP source said: How else can they justify sending this around asking peoS T ALLING T A CTIC FEARS OVER NAMING PLP CANDIDATE SEE page 14 SEE page two T WO youths armed with a gun robbed a woman of $10 as she was making her way to work early yesterday morning. Cindy OBrien, 35, was walki ng to a bus stop on East Street at around 6.45am when shen oticed she was being followed by two young men. P ushing her up against the fence, Ms OBrien said one of the men, who she estimates was no more than 18 years old, pulled out a handgun and d emanded she give them all of her money. I was so scared. I thought I was going to die, Ms OBrien YOUTHSARMED WITHGUNROB W OMAN OF $1 0 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com WHILE the government cannot confirm conclusively the source of the oil-like substance found on the Cat Island shoreline, Earl Deveaux, Minister of Envi ronment, said tests have ruled out spillage from the recent BP oil disaster in the Gulf. Mr Deveaux said: In this case we suspect, but cannot conclusively say it was an oil tanker that let a substance, not petroleum, but something close to it, loose. That is why it did not form tar balls. It came ashore as a slick and coagulated on the shore. It is bad. It is unfortunate and often times we cannot catch the culprit because the DNA of the particular product cannot be traced to the DNA of the particular source. This is unlike the case with BP oil for which there are foolproof ways to determine TESTSSHOW SPILLAGE NOT FROM BP OIL DISASTER SEE page 14 SEE page 14
h e worked hard during his short life to help provide for his family getting jobs at sev eral food-stores, a landscaping company and finally opening his own car wash. The Bain Town area descended into chaos after Mr Newbold was shot by an officer on patrol in the area. Police officers, members of the media and residents were attacked by a crowd and pelt ed with rocks. Burnt A squad car was burnt to a shell and a ZNS vehicle was severely damaged by people protesting the shooting on Saturday. Mr Newbold, whose father is a police sergeant, was out on bail on charges of posses sion of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Police initially said the shooting came after officers, on patrol in the area of Hospital Lane and Meadow Street, saw a young adult male with what "appeared to be a weapon in his possession." It was further reported that when the armed officers approached the young man "shots rang out from both sides and a short while thereafter it was confirmed that a young adult male resident in the area was deceased." On Tuesday, police announced that an autopsy on the youth had been complet ed. Mr Newbold's file has been sent to the coroner's office in preparation for an inquest into his death. It is expected that a coroner's Inquest will be held to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. T HE Bahamas Postal Service has issued Christmas 2010 commemorative stamps highlighting the Bahamas as a favourite des tination for travellers during the holidays. The 15 cent, 50 cent, 65 cent and 70 cent stamps have been designed in a classic Art Deco poster style and depict four of the main elements of tourism: ships, planes, hotels and landmarks. The legends of the Bahama islands have attracted airlines from around the world and the worlds largest cruise ships, including the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas. The cruise ships and airplanes bringing guests and family members back to t he shores of the Bahamas for Christmas are repre sented on the 15c and 65c stamps, explained the Postal Service in a state ment. The 50c stamp depicts the Atlantis Hotel, Paradise Island, situated ona two-mile long, white sand beach representing the luxury accommodation and resorts that the Bahamas can offer to visitors. The 70c stamp features Fort Fincastle and the Water Tower which command spectacular views across the island. Fort Fincastle overlooks the town from Bennets Hill and was built by Lord Dunmore, about 1793. The 2011stamp programme will include the 50th anniversary of the Sassoon Heart Foundation, Queen Elizabeth IIs birth day, the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Anglican Diocese, the city of Nassau and Christmas 2011. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TOURIST WINTER ESCAPES HIGHLIGHTED ON CHRISTMAS 2010 POSTAGE STAMPS By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A SENIOR member of Pilgrim Baptist Temple said she fainted after the mother of the young woman Bishop Randy Fraser is a ccused of having sexual relations with, stormed into the church like a wild beast on Palm Sunday 2 006. Carmetta Burns, 70, yesterday testified that she was sitting on the pulpit during the 11am service when the woman stormed into c hurch. I never experienced anything like that in all my life, she said. Mrs Burns, who was the first witness to take the stand in defence of Bishop Earl Randy Fraser, said that the woman stormed into the church like a wild beast as her brother tried to restrain her. The witness, who was a senior argentant to Bishop Fraser, deniedt hat the girls mother had accused him of being a pedophile, but recalled her saying, Now I going to get my mortgage pay, $50,000. I fall out, I couldnt remember anything after that, Mrs Burns said. S he told the court she felt so sick after the incident, that she did not l eave her house until the following Sunday to again attend the church,w here she has been a member since 1954. According to Mrs Burns, Bishop Fraser subsequently held a meeting where he stated that he woulda ppoint someone to take over the church until the matter was cleared up but no one was ever appointed. Jestina Virgill, who prior to 2006 h ad served as the churchs director of finance, told the court that the complainant and her grandmotherh ad received financial assistance from the church. A ccording to Mrs Virgill, Bishop Fraser had a certain amount ofp etty cash which he distributed to members if the need arose. She said that the complainants grandmother had been given money for groceries and that the com-p lainant had been given $20 to 25 on a weekly basis for lunch. She recalled that on Palm Sunday, 2006, she was singing in thec hoir when a woman burst through the door of the church and began shouting at the bishop. S he said that because the music was playing she could not hear w hat was being said. The woman was led into Bishops Fraserso ffice after the confrontation, she testified. Also taking the stand yesterday w as Edward Edgecombe, a janitor, and George Brown, the custodian of Pilgrim Baptist Temple. Mr Edgecombe said he did not k now whether any sexual activity t ook place in the Bishops office or anywhere else. Bishop Fraser has pleaded not guilty to having unlawful sex with a 16-year-old girl between July 2005 and February 2006. He was acquitted of the charge i n 2007, but the Court of Appeal o rdered a retrial. The alleged victim in the case, who is now 20, testified that she and Fraser had sex around 12 t imes a month at his home and office at Pilgrim Baptist Temple in St James Road. Fraser remains on $10,000 bail. He is expected to t ake the stand when his trial resumes on December 14. Witness tells of fainting after woman storms church like a wild beast BISHOPRANDYFRASER SEXTRIAL I I n n e e v v e e r r e e x x p p e e r r i i e e n n c c e e d d a a n n y y t t h h i i n n g g l l i i k k e e t t h h a a t t i i n n a a l l l l m m y y l l i i f f e e . _ Carmetta Burns Bain Town in need of healing REV CB MOSS attends the funeral of Shamarko Newbold. FROM page one PAYINGRESPECTS: Mourners at the funeral PHOTOS: Felip Major /T ribune staff
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration offi cially launched its e-Calendar, an online application that will allow Bahamians to apply for their e-Passport and make an appointment at the Passport Office. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance, explained the process, which is aimed at drastically reducing the time-frame in which an e-Passport or machinereadable passport, can be processed and issued. Applicants can log on to http://epassport.bahamas.gov. bs, fill out the application and submit it to the Passport Office in New Providence. We are very proud of the work that has been done. We are now down to two weeks in terms of delivery of a passport. It is a great improvement that you can enrol in the privacy of your own home or on another island, Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette said. Mr Symonette was the first to be issued an e-Passport when it was introduced on December 4, 2007. Since then, around 120,000 passports have been issued. The Passport Office in New Providence is the only point of production. However, Bahamians living around the world can enrol at the For eign Missions in Washington, New York, Atlanta, China, Canada and London. Bastien Pratt, IT systems administrator for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said once the applicant logs on to the website, he or she is guided through the steps for filling out the required fields. This can be done on any PC or lap top and in the privacy of the applicants home. Karen Rolle, in charge of the online enrolment process, said the applicants informa tion is captured and printed on the application for enrol ment. Personnel will register the applicant in the Passport eCalendar System and the appointment will be marked tentative, and will be e-mailed to the applicant for conformation. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to reply via email. When they receive the email, they would then come to be enrolled within 10-15 minutes, she said. Wayde Watson, deputy national co-ordinator for Information Technology at the Ministry of Finance, said the system was developed as a solution to the long lines out side the Passport Office on Thompson Boulevard. Oppor tunity This would give them an opportunity to make application for an e-Passport and have it dealt with expedi tiously, and to give them the facility to make an appointment similar to the solution used by the US Embassy, he said. Earlier this year the Min istry of Finance contracted Microsoft, which facilitated the development and imple mentation of the e-Calendar, under the auspices of the Bahamas Government Online initiatives. This contract is worth $50,000, and is separate from the $12 million contract entered into with Endusa, a company out of Malaysia, to set up the e-Passport system. Mr Symonette acknowledged Donald Cash, undersecretary at the Passport Office, and his team for working very diligently in pro cessing and issuing the passports under the machinereadable system. We have been able to work out the kinks in the system. And able to deal with the backlog through the assis tance of part time workers, he said. Although there is no deadline for the e-Passport, some governments and airlines are making it more difficult to travel with older passports, Mr Symonette said. He encouraged Bahamians to take advantage of the relatively slow Christmas period and apply for their e-Passport and use the online facility available. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTHING is more critical to the recovery of the Bahamian economy than a revival in tourism, and a yearon-year performance comparison shows significant increases in 2010 over 2009 in six of the nine months through September, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. Speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of West Nassau on Thursday, Mr Ingraham said: Each of the last five months represented significant improvements over the corresponding period in the previous year, in what appears to be a clear trend of tourism revival. He also noted that it appears unemployment has levelled off, some companies have started hiring again and statistics from the National Insurance B oard suggest that the rate of layoffs h as slowed. These facts, along with a modest rate of increase in the US economy, driven in part by consumer spending, encourage the view that the Bahamas is showing signs of an economic recovery, Mr Ingraham said. But perhaps the most impressive encouragement for the future comes from prospects which we are able to identify as very likely developments, he said. Most important for projections of employment stability and growth are a number of ongoing infrastructure and construction projects, both private and public, which are continuing and in some cases nearing completion opening opportunities for permanent employment in new premises coming on stream. We are able now to identify a number of proposed foreign direct investment spending over the next four years and domestic investment spendi ng within the next three years, Mr I ngraham said. Together these projects have the potential of unleashing dynamism within our economy and can bring unemployment to a low level and create the economic platform which will enable us to pursue the advances in education, health and social and business development and systemic efficiencies that would substantially progress our broad national development. The prime minister also spoke about the Memorandum of Understanding with Cable and Wireless Communications Plc, UK in connection with the sale of a 51 per cent interest in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited. The privatisation of BTC and the eventual liberalisation of the cellular market bode well for the economy, he said. We expect that consumers will benefit from access to higher quality and more affordable telecommun ications services all across the B ahamas. Improved communication services will help the country remain more competitive as a business and tourism destination, the prime minister said. There is every reason to expect that a privatised BTC will continue a policy of outsourcing non-core functions, thereby supporting the large and growing small business community which depends heavily on BTC today, he said. New entrepreneurial opportunities will also become available to Bahamians as a result of the liberalisation of the telecommunications market, Mr Ingraham said. He added: There are threats posed by the continued economic sluggishness in Europe. National Debt issues continue to threaten several European countries with the potential destabilisation the Euro zone and derailing the US economy. These are risks to be recognised but not to immobilise us from ensuring our readiness to take fullest advantage of the opportunities that become available to us. Tourism numbers show significant increase in 2010 over 2009 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT Police are continuing to ask anyone with information that can assist with investigations into the murder of 62-yearold Taleus Fatal to contact the Central Detective Unit. ASP Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, said persons can call 911, 3503107/8 or 3529774/5. Fatal, a well known cab driver, was robbed and shot in his home in Gough Lane and Ponce de Leon Drive early Wednesday morning. Home According to reports, Fatal was at home with his wife and daughter when three masked armed men forced their way into the house around 1.30am. His death is classified as the eighth homicide on Grand Bahama. The officers at the Central Detective Unit are continuing their investigations into this matter and we are appealing to the residents of the Grand Bahama commu nity, and in particular those persons who were in the area, to call the police with information that would assist in the investigations, Ms Mackey said. Police seek help with murder probe TALEUS FATAL Derek Smith/BIS NEWEST JP: Social activist and leader or the National Workers Par ty, Rodney Moncur (right Peace on Tuesday, November 30, when he was sworn in by Chief Mag istrate Roger Gomez at the Magistrates Court in Bank Lane. R ODNEYMONCURSWORNINASJP Passport Office launches Online eCalendar Application TABLETALKS: Pictured at right is Deputy Prime Minis ter and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Brent Symonette looking at the online process; demon strated by Bastien Pratt, IT Systems administrator for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, second right. n Derek Smith/BIS BRIEFS POLICE have charged two more men in connection with the large drug seizure i n New Providence last m onth. Those men were arraigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday. Raleigh Seymour, 39, of Alexandria Road and Edmar Donavon Johnson, 34, of Leeward Isles Way, Sushine Park pleaded not guilty to the charge of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, when they were arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane. Police seized 526 pounds of marijuana from a home at Cowpen Road on November 10. The pair was denied bail and remanded to Her Majestys Prison. Gregory Seymour, 33, has also been charged in connection with the seizure. He was arraigned last month. Police char ge two more over large drug seizure
EDITOR, The Tribune. Politicians are servants of t he people not masters. T hey are to carry out the demands of the people affected by any decisions made but not onlookers. H ow could a seasoned Minister of the government stand and declare that counterfeit goods are prohibited from the straw industry and not the country at large. I am of the opinion that the counterfeit goods, if illeg al, should be barred at the point of entry of the country such as illegal firearms and drugs. T he straw vendors carry many products, why then a re certain interested persons bickering about coun-t erfeit goods? The late Diana Thompson, a straw legend and President of the Straw Vendors union, from 1973 (37y ears ago), cleared the way f or straw vendors to sell p roducts other than locally made products (straw goods, etc) by the government of that day. How many markets that carry only Bahamian prod u cts does our government want in the downtown area (eg. Festival Place which is supposed to be a truly B ahamian straw and craft m arket which is located on P rince George Dock one of our main entry points for our cruise passengers)? The world famous Straw Market is a brand known all over the world. The straw ven-d ors built the brand over the years. Some members of our society love to refer to the straw vendors as being ungrateful, but, in my opin ion, certain members of the p ublic are unappreciative of t he straw vendors contribu t ion. It was the straw ven dors that gave the Bahamasa tourism product where even foreign investors who come to our shores to invest billions of dollars want to use our product to partly market their product. The straw vendors kept the business alive over 50 plus years. Which other business in our society has this type of appeal and impact? I believe Ms Nicki Kelly is trying to stop free speech which is an intricate part of a democratic country. It seems as though only her and our government are at liberty to voice whatever they choose a nd all others must remain silent. I believe Nicki Kelly w ants the rich to become richer and the poor become poorer. I think it is critical at this juncture to address the matt er of war on the government. This statement has been taken very much outo f context. I believe that persons should be educated to the fact that war has many meanings. In the context in which I said it Im eant that there is a disagreement, we have an issue and we are in conflict. I don ot own weapons of destruction as certain people would l ike to portray me. I really t hought better of certain persons who have previous l y written articles on this subject matter. On another note, the r ecord will reflect, if found, that the majority of the vendors did pay the required $7 per week. For argument sake, if we are saying thatt he vendors did not pay the $7 per week, which is being voiced by persons who haven o knowledge on which they write, why then did our gove rnment see it feasible for vendors to now be faced with paying $46 to $58 perw eek? This does not make sense to me. I believe, as a group that pay taxes in many facet of our society, including customs duties,s traw vendors contribution is being used to build the new market. Ms Kelly mentioned in her article that I am con vinced that the only reason the Rev Esther is protestings o much is because she real ly doesnt know how to work in straw. To this end, I want to say to Ms Kelly, I can teach any straw teacher how to work in straw. In time past, straw vendors were looked upon as low on the status pole. Now, it appears as though certain persons of interest want front row seats since the straw market has become a key player leaving behind those that truly laboured in this vineyard these many years. There were many days when the rain wet the vendors and the sun dried them. The vendors desire is to have a shelter without the added conflict and confusion. There are so many other government corporation/agencies that are subsidize millions of dollars per year. Why is it that so many people find the straw market of such interest at this time? This a one time expenditure and not recurrent. Also extracted from the November 29th Punch arti-c le "Meantime, until she forks up $11.2 million to buy the market, all Bahamians have a say in who or what goes in there. And if she and her associates are unwillingt o abide by the new rules, they should be shown the door." I want to enlighten Ms Kelly, we have already forked up $11.2 million plus, jointly, in tax dollars. Therefore, we can conclude thatt he new market has already been paid for by the vendors. Our government is our elected administrator of those funds. As an insensit ive, brassy, guest of the S traw Market, Ms Kelly should be shown the door. Also mentioned in the article, I hope the Minister will have the spine to standu p to this loud mouth who so typifies the blatant disre s pect for the law that is now rampant throughout this society. The Bible says to cry aloud and lift up your voice like a trumpet... Therefore, as a point of information, I am very proud of my big mouth that God bless me with. Moreover, some members of our society, inclusive of government officials, dont feel that respect should be given to straw vendors. Respect goes both ways. You must first give respect in order to expect it. In conclusion, without the straw vendors, there will be no need to build a straw market. Think on thoset hings. All we ask for is a shelter and the respect straw vendors deserve. Ms Nicki Kelly, the bashing must stop. We have developed a prod-u ct that we all can be proud. I am of the opinion that our government should have been in consultation with the leadership of the straw vendors as it relates to matters captioned above like any other sector in our country. The Bahamas is for all Bahamians to benefit. The straw market is not merely a building but it comprises of people with a concerted effort in making the product that we see today. We don't desire to break or dis respect any laws but to provide a sector that will keep people employed. The industry today, as we know it, includes a number of young people who dont and have no desire to work in straw. So lets keep these young entrepreneurs in business. REV ESTHER THOMPSON President, Straw Business Persons Society, Nassau, December, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm W ASHINGTON President Barack O bama has tough choices to make if he wants C ongress to swallow bitter medicine to cut t he nation's deepening debt. He can emulate Ronald Reagan, who m ade an ideological about-face and muscled through unpopular increases in Social Security t axes and trimmed benefits. Or he can mirror George W. Bush, who took a hands-offa pproach to his bipartisan tax panel's call for eliminating popular tax breaks and wound u p with nothing. Thus far, Obama seems to be following the Bush model, giving the 18-member bipartisan panel breathing room and withholding comment on proposals offered by co-chairmenE rskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. But that stance may change on Friday w hen the commission takes a final vote on a tough assortment of spending cuts and tax hikes designed to assure the federal government's fiscal solvency and to trim almost $4 trillion from projected deficits through 2020. W hite House spokesman Robert Gibbs suggested Obama will take a more active roleo nce the commission votes, and may incorporate some of the Bowles-Simpson items in t he new budget he sends Congress in Febru ary. But the president is in a predicament as he faces a moment of decision. If he endorses the kinds of tough-medicine proposals advocated by the commission's leaders, espec ially in pressing for more austerity in social programmes, including on "entitlement" s pending for Medicare and Social Security, it will mean turning away from his liberal base a nd some campaign promises. While it's unlikely the panel's leaders can muster the 14-vote supermajority needed to send the package directly to Congress, chances are good that a majority of the com m ission will back it, even if some are holding their noses. T he plan won the support on Thursday of conservative GOP Sens. Tom Coburn of O klahoma and Mike Crapo of Idaho, bringing to nine the number of commission members to publicly support it so far. Majority support from the commission could give it impor tant momentum in Congress. The Bowles-Simpson plan would raise the Social Security retirement age to 68 by 2050a nd 69 by 2075 and reduce future increases to benefits, raise the gasoline tax, trim or eliminate many popular tax breaks including the home mortgage deduction, and slash militarys pending and the size of the federal work force. There have been scores of bipartisan p anels over the years addressing a host of dire problems facing the nation. Few of their recommendations have left much of a mark. One exception is the National Commission on Social Security Reform, created by Congress and Reagan in 1981 to deal with a fastapproaching Social Security train wreck. With the programme near insolvency, the panel recommended a series of tough pro posals that were politically unpopular. But Congress went along with most of them and in 1 983 enacted an overhaul law that raised the r etirement age gradually from 65 to 67, t rimmed some benefits, delayed cost-of-living i ncreases and raised Social Security taxes. Those changes put the retirement insura nce programme on firm financial footing well into the 21st Century. B ut Obama might have a hard time following in Reagan's footsteps. F or one thing, the atmosphere is far more polarized now. And there are fewer centrists o n either side of the aisle. And it wasn't commission Chairman Alan Greenspan and other commission members that drove the recommendations to acceptance in Congress. I t was Reagan, that champion of smaller government and lower taxes, who did an ide o logical about face and worked with con gressional Democratic leaders, especially House Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, to line up the needed votes. "There was a certain amount of chemistry b etween O'Neill and Reagan, which there clearly is not between Obama and the Repub l icans in Congress," said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. I n 1983, Baker was on a leave of absence from teaching and working as an assistant to the House Democratic caucus. "I heard the anguished tales of Democrats, particularly those representing districts with l arge numbers of seniors, coming back and saying they were practically lynched when t hey tried to explain to their constituents that their cost-of-living adjustments would be post p oned by six months," Baker said. Reagan was also able to count on a band of more fiscally conservative Democrats then called "Boll Weevils" to get much of his agenda through Congress. The already dimin i shed ranks of centrist Democrats and moderate Republicans were further reduced in l ast month's mid-term elections. Bush had little success with bipartisan pan e ls. He set up ones on Social Security reform and overhauling the tax code, but little came of either. In 2005, when his tax-code commission, chaired by former GOP Sen. Connie Mack of Florida, recommended big cuts in the cherished home mortgage deduction and other popular tax breaks, Bush effectivelyg ave it a cold shoulder. "The best thing that these various commissions have done is to raise public con sciousness about very genuine problems," s aid Henry Aaron, an economist at the Brookings Institution who tracks government a ctions. Bowles, who was former President Bill Clinton's White House chief of staff, agrees and says he thinks Obama's deficit commission has done much to help raise pub lic consciousness over the urgency of dealing with a national debt now approaching $14 trillion. "The American people get it now," Bowles said. (This article was written by Tom Raum of the Associated Press). Response to Nicki Kellys Punch article Whos the Boss LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Obama faces dilemma on deficit-trimming EDITOR, The Tribune It was really nice to have the management and staff members of BORCO-Vopak at our church, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish, Hunters, Grand Bahama, to celebrate Thanksgiving this past week.Their attendance demonstrated their continued genuine interest in being communi ty partners. It was last year during Thanksgiving, for the first time in the company's history that a special service was held in the Pinder's Point, Lewis Yard, and Hunters area. I wish to publicly commend the Managing Director, Mr. Raymond Jones for his efforts since his recent appointment to take BORCO beyond being good corporate citizens to great corporate neighbours. While many of us would still like to be relocated and are not certain which industrial company in this area is to blame, it is great to know that Mr Jones and his team believe in God and continue to give thanks and praise for his marvellous works. We look forward to continued sponsorships and community involvement from the BORCO-Vopak family. BERTHA RUSSELL Grand Bahama, November 30, 2010. NICE T O HAVE BORCO-VOPAK AT CHURCH
By LARRY SMITH THE Bahamas recently voted to either weaken or broaden (depending on your point of view) an anti-discrimination resolution approved by the UN General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (or Third Committee. The vote sparked widespread criticism from human rights and homosexual groups around the world. The resolution is passed annually to demand that states take effective action against extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions. The Third Committee is one of six subgroups that filter proposals vying for the attention of the General Assembly's 192 member states. This year, the resolution was amended to replace the words for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation with the words for discriminatory reasons on any basis. The reference to sexu al orientation, which had been included in the resolution since 1999, was objected to by the African and Arab Groups, as well as the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. A spokesman for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said the vote "essentially removes the important recognition of the particular vul n erability faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people." Harsher critics noted that it was a "green light to homophobic murder." However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the vote was not against the homosex ual community, "but rather against indiscriminatory killings for any reason whatsoever. The rephrasing still implies a reference to sexual orientation, without a specific mention, but also implies any and all other reasons for which persons may be killed and/or discriminated against." In a one-page document explaining the Bahamian position, permanent secretary Dr Patricia Rodgers acknowledged the existence of homophobic violence and discrimination, but said the concept of gender identity is not universally accepted in international human rights law. "The prevailing view in international law is that discrimination and fundamental freedoms are based on sex (not sexual orientation), as well as race, place of origin, political opinions, colour or creed. The Bahamas Constitution makes the same distinction," Dr Rodgers said. "Mindful of the political sensitivities which obtain in the Bahamas with respect to this issue, we supported the amendment to broaden the scope of the paragraph, and not to make a specific reference to the term." The resolution sees the International Criminal Court as an important mechanism to help end impunity con cerning extrajudicial executions, and specifically calls on states to protect ethnic and cultural minorities, hostages, refugees, migrants, children, aboriginals, lawyers, journalists and demonstrators. The Bahamas, along with 78 other countries, including six Caribbean states (Cuba, Jamaica, Grenada, St Vincent, St Lucia, and St Kitts/Nevis), voted for the amendment to delete the reference to sexual orientation. Three Caribbean countries abstained (Barbados, Antigua and Trinidad Tobago), and one voted against the amendment (Dominican Republic A similar, but unsuccessful, bid was made to modify the resolution in 2008. The Bahamas was one of four countries that switched its position from abstention in 2008 to vote in favour of the amendment this year. Dr Rodgers said she did not know why the position had changed, but would "look into it." Motive In this year's debate, the resolution's Scandinavian sponsors pointed out that sexual orientation was often a motive for extrajudicial killings and said that passing the amendment would allow states to look the other way and not live up to their obligation to bring to justice those who committed such crimes. They added that the purpose of highlighting sexual orientation was to alert states that they needed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities from such killings, and the general reference would not be enough to ensure that all states understood this point. Switzerland said the num ber of people killed because of their sexual identity had reached new levels around the world and homophobic violence was a reality caused by law enforcement agencies in many countries. The United States strongly opposed the amendment, dismissing the argument that bringing attention to specific abhorrent practices somehow made the original resolution less inclusive. But Morocco, on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, said selectivity to accommodate certain interests over others should be avoided, and any attempt to create new rights was a matter of concern. St Lucia argued that listing specific groups in the resolution could leave some groups out and increase the possibility of misinterpretation. In the past, human rights groups have condemned incidents like the 2005 public execution of two gay teenagers in Iran on charges of homosexuality. Same-sex relations are still illegal in 76 countries, with five considering it a capital crime. A bill was recently proposed in the Ugandan parliament to introduce the death penalty for those who engage in homosexual behaviour. At a September 2010 panel held in conjunction with a session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recognized the particular vulnera bility of individuals who face criminal sanctions, including imprisonment and in some cases the death penalty, on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Sixty-eight countries have also signed a joint statement in the UN General Assembly on gender identity which calls for an end to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity in particular the use of the death penalty on this ground (and or arbitrary executions. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BETTY VEDRINE HUNDREDS of students, administrators, teachers, parents and government officials gathered to celebrate Universal Childrens Day this year. The thanksgiving service was held on Thursday, November 25, at the Church of God of Prophecy on East Street under the theme, Bahamian Praise of Yesteryear. Attending was Education Minister Desmond Bannister who said he was honoured to partici pate in the celebrations. I feel very blessed to be amongst you, the smart, talented, creative and disciplined studentswho hail from the public, private and special schools all over the Bahamas. Each of you is a precious gift, he said.Mr Bannister said that the chosen theme was an interesting one that evoked memories of a time in the past when good manners were the norm, not the exception. When I was growing up good manners was not something you chose to have, but something that you were compelled to learn and were happy to actively practice, he said. Mr Bannister added that children were also taught to exercise a more heightened level of sensitivity towards animals, senior citizens, other children, the sick and to those less fortunate. He said students today have much for which to be thankful, especially with the freedom to worship freely and access to education. There are children around the world, however, who are not as fortunate as you are, said Mr Bannister. Some do not have the luxury of enjoying clean drinking water like some of our brothers and sisters in Haiti who are now dealing with a cholera outbreak as a result of this. Some children face starvation on a daily basis such as those in some parts of Africa and Asia while others are not allowed to go to school but are made to work at a very young age. The thanksgiving service also featured performances by The Mighty Beacons, The Voices of Praise and cheque presentations were made to the Centre for the Deaf and the Stapledon School. Students, teachers celebrate Universal Childrens Day CELEBRATING: Minister of Education Desmond Bannister joined hundreds of students, administrators, teachers, parents and government officials to celebrate Universal Childrens Day. The thanks giving service was held on Thursday, November 25, at the Church of God of Prophecy on East Street under the theme, Bahamian Praise of Yesteryear. PERFORMING: Students perform at the Universal Childrens Day thanksgiving service held at the Church of God Prophecy Church on East Street on November 25, 2010. The theme was Bahamian Praise of Yesteryear. BIS photos: Raymond Bethel The Bahamas UN gay vote explained "I am vex with the repeat incidents of Crown Lands misuse,a lleged misuse and plain straight rip-offs of our Bahamal and's national wealth. Simply put, if there are no punishments for the unofficial 'bona fide' use, then it looks silly and without substance, justt alking and wasting time." Suk Teet "I am vex because some g uys talking about some Chinese workers may want to stay and some may want to get married so they can stay. Well 'muddo sic' as if many oft hese guys cannot really understand that instead, some of our women may actually want to get married to some of these C hinese, who will treat them right, be faithful spouses, share responsibilities, cook healthy Chinese food and do the things m any of our men should be doing." N ot Sexist I am vex that after all the sacrifices motorists make to talko n their cell phones and turning their car, disciplining young c hildren while on the cell and driving, using standard shift and cell same time and spending all dat money to do this and other similar stunts, that they willn ow allow all these efforts and cell card money to go to somef oreign company who wants to buy Batelco." Sellin' "I am outraged and vex dat a in't no one on the police force appears to be promoting ourc itizenry to call in tips on suspicious activities anonymously b ecause pre-empting a possible crime is better than the sorrow and financial hardship it brings. Man in the street Are you vex? Send your c omplaints to 'email@example.com' WHY YOU VEX?
By LYNN HOLOWESKO Senate President A S President of t he Senate, I r ecently visited China from October 25 to November 1, 2010, along with the Speakero f the House of Assembly. Ours was a goodwill visit made at the invitation of HE Mr Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of the S tanding Committee of the N ational Peoples Congress (NPC arranged by the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the General Officeo f the Standing Committee, the Chinese Ambassador to the Bahamas and our own Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I arrived in Beijing on the a fternoon of Monday, October 2 5 and was received at the airport by officers of the ForeignA ffairs Committee and the Ministry of Public Security. I w as also met by the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the PNC, who was with me throughout the ensuing week of events anda ctivities. My entourage while in China included the DirectorG eneral, the Director and other officers of the Chinese Fore ign Affairs Bureau, the Chief of the Command Centre of the VIP Protection Department of the Ministry of National Security, a protocol officer, a personal bodyguard, an events coordinator, interpreters and a p hotographer. These gentlemen did an excellent job of co-ordi n ating the events of my visit and seeing to my well-being o ver the eight days we were together. On Tuesday, October 26, I met with H E Mme Wuyunqimuge, Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the NPC in the Taiwan Hall of the Great Hall of the People. We discussed issues of mutual intere st such as the role of women in politics and society, environ-m ental issues and climate c hange. We agreed to further strengthen the relationshipb etween our two parliaments and noted that parliamentary e xchanges were an important part of bilateral relations. Friendship T he Vice Chairwoman noted t hat since the establishment of diplomatic relations betweent he Bahamas and China, the friendship between the two c ountries has deepened. She pointed out that the Bahamas a nd China have co-operated in economic matters, trade, and e ducation; that we hold similar views on many major interna tional issues, and have co-operated closely in the internation al arena. T he Vice Chairwoman also briefed the Speaker and me on t he recently approved five-year plan for China, the objectives of which are (i prehensive, balanced and sustainable development; (ii t ransform Chinas former developmental model of highe nergy consumption and poll ution to one that is more ecofriendly, and (iiin as people first in development and planning. T he meeting was followed by a formal lunch in the Taiwan h all of the Great Hall of the people, hosted by HE MmeW uyunqimuge. I n the afternoon the Speaker and I visited the Yizhuang Eco-n omic and Technological Development Zone. There we t oured the Beijing Jing Yun Tong Technology Company, a s mall, spotless factory that manufactures crystals for solar pane ls and other renewable energy technologies, and attended a meeting with the managing directors of the Development Zone. The vast area set aside o utside of Beijing is larger than most substantial American c ities and is managed on the one-stop-shop concept for i nvestment in China. An evening reception fol lowed, hosted by the Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. O n Wednesday, October 27, the Speaker and I met with HE M r Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the N PC. Chairman Wu asked for my impressions of what I had seen in China. I expressed admiration for the rich culture, the architecture of the past and t he present and our appreciation for the opportunities to see t he Forbidden City, the Sum mer Palace and the Great Wall o f China. The Speaker and I then stressed the importance of the relationship between China and the Bahamas, which is of benefit to both countries. We also expressed our countrys appre-c iation for the national stadium, which will be one of thel argest in the region, and invited Chairman Wu to return to t he Bahamas for the official opening in 2011. I n response, Chairman Wu spoke of the important role China could play in the growth and development of the tourism industry in the Bahamas. He m ade reference to the TIEA which was signed between thet wo countries and his witnessing the signing of several Mem o randa of Understanding and Co-operation Agreements during his visit to the Bahamas. He expressed satisfaction with the progress of the stadium a nd stressed that China saw much progress in its bilateralr elations with the Bahamas, which are based on mutual r espect and equality. This was a comment repeated often by officials with whom we met while in China. The chairman reiterated Chin as appreciation for the Bahamas support on the Tai w an issue and noted Chinas support for the Bahamas WTO a ccession. The chairman also noted that China understood the Bahamas concerns on climate change. He informed us that China was working actively to adjust its energy mix and subsequently spoke of Chinase fforts to develop alternative energy sources, includingn uclear power, wind energy and solar energy. H e spoke of Chinas efforts in improving environmental q uality and towards this end he noted the closure of a number of small thermal plants and iron and steel factories. Problems Chairman Wu admitted that d espite progress made, China still had a number of problems; w ith a population of 1.3 billion people development is still very uneven with central and western China being underdevel oped. He indicated that the d evelopment of these areas is constrained by environmentalc oncerns and resource constraints. In the 30 years since r eform and opening up of China the country is growing and now has a per capita GDP of $4,000. China hopes to have a moderately prosperous country by 2020 with the aim of achieving modernisation by 2 049. Chairman Wu expressed the d esire for exchanges between the Bahamas and China to be strengthened at all levels through face-to-face contact in order to nourish the working relationship already established between the two countries A Banquet followed in the Hong Kong Hall of the Great Hall of the People. On Thursday, October 28, our delegation departed for Xian in Shaanxi Province, arriving at midday. The afternoon was spent visiting the dis play of Terra-Cotta soldiers and horses and the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum. On Friday, October 29, we visited Yangling Agricultural Demonstration Zone, where we examined various methods of hydroponic farming being utilised and a vast array of flow ers and vegetables being grown in the hydroponic medium. This was followed by a visit to the Yangling Natural Science Museum and, in the afternoon, a visit to the Museum of Culture and History in the Shaanxi Province. In the evening we met with the Leader of the Standing Committee of Shaanxi Provin cial Peoples Congress. We discussed the hydroponic agricultural zone and techniques prac-t ised there that could be useful in the Bahamas. The Speak-e r and I expressed our amazement at the history and culture o f Shaanxi Province and the leader responded: If you want to see 50 years of Chinas development you go to Shaghai; if you want to see 500 years of history and development, you go to Bejing and if y ou want to see 5,000 years of Chinas history and develop m ent, you go to XiAn. On Saturday, October 30, we d eparted for Shanghai, where we visited the Oriental Pearl Tower, followed by a meeting with leader of the Standing Committee of Shanghai Munici pal Peoples Congress and a Banquet at the Xingguo Hotel. O n Sunday, October 31, the Speaker and I attended the o pening ceremony of the Summit Forum of the Shanghai World Expo, together with members of the prime minis ters delegation. In the aftern oon we joined the prime minister and his delegation at am eeting with Premier Wen Jiabao, followed by the closing c eremonies of the Shanghai World Expo. On Monday, November 1, we departed Pudong Interna tional Airport on our return trip home. I urge Bahamians who are able to do so to visit China. It is both a glimpse of civilisation more than three thousand years before Christ and a vision of cities of the future. Without exception, the Chinese people I encountered were intelligent, warm and friendly, and had a wonderful sense of humour. The Chinese governments hospitality was remarkable. Every detail of our visit had been carefully thought out, planned and executed. The entourage of Chinese officials assigned to the Speaker and me were of the highest calibre and rank, and meticulous in their attention to detail. I have thanked Chairman Wu for the extraordinary hospitality shown to me and the Speaker by the government and people of China. I believe the recent goodwill visit has achieved its purpose and strengthened the relations between our two countries. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 A.M. SpeakerElder Brentford IsaacsOctober is Missions Month at Central Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 2010Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Nathalie Thompson 11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Nathalie Thompson 5 :00 p.m.Childrens Choir Progremme/Tree Lighting T HE S ENATEPRESIDENT STRIPTO C HINA O CTOBER 25 N OVEMBER 1 Y OUR S AY SHAKEONIT: President of the Senate Lynn Holowesko with Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress of the Peoples Republic of China, at their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. I believe the recent goodwill visit has achieved its purpose and strengthened the relations between our two countries. Goodwill visit boosts ties
BEN FOX,Associated Press L IMBE, Haiti A gray-haired woman, her eyes sunken and unfocused from dehydration, stumbles up a dirt path slumped on the shoulder of a young man, head-i ng to a rural clinic so overcrowded that plastic tarps have b een strung up outside to shade dozens who can't fit inside. On the path to the clinic, another cholera victim lies dazed, her head bleeding b ecause she couldn't stay atop the motorcycle taxi that carried h er along the twisting country roads to the treatment center o n the front line of Haiti's sud den battle with cholera. Nearby, a 16-month-old girl wails as a nurse prods her witha needle, trying to find a vein f or the intravenous fluids she needs to save her life. M any feared Haiti's growing epidemic would overwhelm a capital teeming with more than 1 million people left homeless by January's earthquake. But, so far, it is the countryside seeing the worst of an epidemic that has killed nearly 1,900 peo ple since erupting less than two m onths ago. Rural clinics are overrun by a spectral parade of the sick, straining staff and supplies at medical outposts that could barely handle their needs before the epidemic. At the three-room clinic near Limbe, in northern Haiti, a handful of doctors and nurses are treating 120 people packed into three rooms. "It's really attacking us," Guy Valcoure, grandfather of the 16-month-old, says of the cholera. He piled on the back of a motorcycle with the baby and her mother to make a 40minute ride in pre-dawn gloom to reach the clinic. Holding a plastic cup in case his granddaughter gains enough strength to drink some water, Valcoure watches anxiously asa nurse tries without success to find a vein to give her intra venous fluids. Eventually, a doctor manages to get an IV into the baby's foot. "She's going to be OK," the nurse tells Valcoure. Not everyone is so fortunate. It was too late to save an old woman carried to the clinic on a door over the weekend, says Dr. Benson Sergiles, a doctor from Cap-Haitien on loan to the clinic. "It's getting worse by the day," he says, his eyes bleary from being up all night. And experts say the disease has not yet reached its peak. The Health Ministry says there have been more than 80,000 cases since cholera was first detected in late October and the Pan-American Health Organization projects it could sicken 650,000 people over the next six months. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Reporting to the General Assembly on Friday, said that statistics about the epidemic are rough estimates because the cases are concent rated in slums and rural areas with little access to health care. "Our teams believe the actual number of deaths and cur rent infections may, in fact, be u p to twice as high," he said, adding that Haiti will requireh undreds of more doctors, nurses and thousands of comm unity health workers to deal with the outbreak. A makeshift clinic run by the aid group Doctors Without Borders in Cap-Haitien is see i ng 250 patients a day and expects two or three times as m any in coming weeks, said Dr. Esther Sterk, a physician from t he Netherlands in charge of the treatment center in a crowded gymnasium. The cases are also rising far ther into the countryside, as att he little clinic near Limbe. "I don't think we're anyw here near the end of this," said Dr. John Jensen, a Cana d ian doctor volunteering with his wife, a nurse, for nearly a m onth at the clinic about 12 m iles (20 kilometers Cap-Haitien. Fear over the s pread of cholera even triggered a violent witch-hunt in t he remote southwestern Grand Anse region, where locals have killed at least 12 neighbors on suspicions they used "black magic" to infect people, national police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said Thursday. Cholera made its first appearance on record in Haiti near the central town of Mirebalais. From there it spread north through the Artibonite region. It has sickened thousands in the capital, but it is the vast rural population that is most vulnerable because cholera is spread by bacteria in contaminated water, and poor r ural people often have no access to clean water and no clinics nearby. "Most Haitians live in rural areas and most don't have l atrines," said Dr. Louise Ivers of the medical aid group Part n ers in Health. "Most people have to do their business in a h ole in the back garden and drink water from an unprotect ed source." It is these people who have the fewest options when they g et sick. "Why do you die from cholera? Because you don't h ave access to health care," Ivers said. A hospital in the central Haitian city of Maissade has just two physicians to care for a population of 60,000. That cen ter alone had treated 350c holera patients as of last week, said Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher of T oronto, Canada, who recently worked there as a volunteerw ith the Canadian aid group Humanity First. H e said he believes many m ore never got treatment. "It is easy to miss it in the r ural areas," Rindlisbacher said. "There's a lot of people who n ever make it to a hospital, never make it to a doctor and there's no way of tracking those people." In much of the countryside, public transportation is rare. The nearest doctor or nurse could be a trek of many hours through the mountains. Even in the cities, ambulances don't exist and cholera patients usu ally travel by taxi or collective transport. Associated Press journalists this week came upon four men carrying a 14-year-old boy on a stretcher along a dirt road, his mother trudging alongside. T hey had been walking four hours from their village to the town of Grand Riu Du Nord, in mountains about 16 miles (25 kilometers) south of Cap-Hait ien to reach a clinic staffed by Cuban doctors, who treated theb oy. A maddening fact about cholera, which rapidly drains t he bodily fluids from its victims, is that it is easy to treat and most people survive if they get medical attention. Doctors Without Borders says the dis e ase has a mortality rate of less than 1.5 percent among people w ho reach the more than two dozen treatment centers it o perates around Haiti. Yet no one knows how many are dying uncounted and alone out in the countryside. One small village visited by G uytho Alphonse, a public health promoter for the aid g roup Oxfam, is a three-hour walk from the nearest medicalc linic. He said villagers told him that an entire family of six had d ied of the disease. His visit w as meant to prevent such tragedies: He was distributing o ral rehydration mixture and chlorine for treating wells. D r. Thony Michlet Voltaire, who runs a hospital in the town of Sante Borgne, about 40 miles (65 kilometers tien, said he was getting 40 patients a day. He said seven people had arrived in such bad shape over the past week that they could not be saved. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B EN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan President Barack Obama told U.S. troops in a surprise holid ay-season visit Friday that they are making important progress in Afghanistan, and he pledged the country would never again be a" safe haven for terrorists." But a war-strategy meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai was scrapped at the last minute. You will succeed in your mission," Obama told more than 3,500 cheering troops in a huge hangar. "We said we were going to b reak the Taliban's momentum. That's what you're doing. You're going on the offense, tired of playing defense." Obama had traveled to Afghanistan to thank the troops and to deal with frayed relations with Karzai. But after he flew 14 hours for the visit, the White House said Obama couldn't make the s hort additional trip to meet with Karzai in Kabul because the weather was too bad for helicopter travel. I nstead, the two leaders spoke by telephone, Obama at the air base and Karzai in Kabul. O bama's visit, his second to Afghanistan as president, came a year after he widened the ever deadlier war and ahead of the c ompletion later this month of a review of the 9-year-plus conflict. "I don't need to tell you this is a tough fight," Obama said. He met with the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, and also visited wounded soldiers. He presented five Purple Hearts, military a wards for wounded service members. There are now about 150,000 coalition forces in Afghanistan, r oughly 100,000 of them Americans. The U.S. and its NATO partners agreed last month in Lisbon, Portugal, to begin turning over c ontrol to local Afghan authorities in 2011, with a goal of com pleting that transition by the end of 2014. "We look forward to a new phase next year, the beginning of transition to Afghan responsibility," Obama said. "Thanks to your service we are making important progress," he t old the troops. "On behalf of more than 300 million Americans, we are here to s ay thank you ... for everything that you do." "We will never let this country serve as a safe haven for terrori sts who will attack the United States of America again. That will never happen," he said. Obama's visit came at a particularly awkward moment in already s trained U.S. relations with Afghanistan. Leaked U.S. cables show American diplomats portraying Afghanistan as rife with graft to the h ighest levels of government, with tens of millions of dollars flow ing out of the country and a cash transfer network that facilitates b ribes for corrupt Afghan officials, drug traffickers and insurgents. A main concern in the cables appears to be Karzai himself, who emerges as a mercurial figure. In a July 7, 2009, dispatch, U.S. Ambassador Eikenberry describes "two contrasting portraits" of the Afghan president. "The first is of a paranoid and weak individual unfamiliar with the basics of nation building and overly self-conscious that his time in the spotlight of glowing reviews from the international community has passed," the cable says. "The other is that of an ever-shrewd politician who sees himself as a nationalist hero. ... In order to recalibrate our relationship with Karzai, we must deal with and challenge both of these personalities." Cholera rages in rural Haiti, overwhelming clinics ARIZONA REPUBLIC PHOTO BY JACK KURTZ PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI: Juste Brianly, 10 months old, lies on wooden platform covered in plastic sheeting in a Medicins Sans Frontieres ( MSF Doctors Without Borders) cholera treatment center near the airport in Port-au-Prince. Cite Soleil, a sprawling slum area in PAP is ground z ero for the cholera epidemic in the Haitian capital. An outbreak of cholera in northern Haiti about a month ago has spread across the nation. Tens of thousands of people have been hospitalized and treated for cholera and more than 1,100 have died. Cholera is a water borne illness that causes severe diarrhea and death by dehydration in a matter of hours. MSF uses plastic sheeting and no mattresses to control the spread of the disease. The plastic is easier to sterilize and doesnt absorb liquids the way mattresses and fabrics do. ( AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) S PEAKINGTOTHETROOPS: P resident Barack Obama at a rally duirng an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. OBAMA, TROOPS CHEER EACH OTHER IN AFGHAN VISIT
ALMUDENA CALATRAVA, Associated Press DEBORA REY, Associated Press MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP Spanish and Portuguesespeaking world held their annual goal-setting summit Friday amid tensions raised by the publication of U.S. diplomatic cables that in some cases plant doubts about the unity and friendship they publicly profess. The presidents of Spain, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua all canceled at the last minute, citing reasons unrelated to the cables. But coincidentally or not, their decisions came right after the publication of secret dispatches whose very undiplo matic language has complicated the missions of foreign ministries all over the world. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said the cables show how the U.S. tries to manipu late the region's governments. "Enough of these things. Enough interfering with our sovereignty, our independence, enough of betraying the confidence of countries that consider the United States to be a friend," Correa said. The official agenda of the 22-nation Iberoamerican summit improving education as a tool for social inclusion promised few fireworks. And given the absences, it was unlikely that a sidelines meeting Friday of the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, would result in the selection of a successor to former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, the group's secretary-general until his death in October. The big question was how leaders and diplomats from countries mentioned in the cables would address the subject. Some tried humor. The president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, laughed at the irony of a superpower brought low by a memory stick no bigger than a little finger. "This is a reflec tion of the fragility of power," he said. Others simply didn't show up. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez rarely misses an international forum, but he announced his absence at the last minute. WikiLeaks earlier posted a cable that said Mexican Pres ident Felipe Calderon accused Chavez of tampering with elections in Mexico. The cable also said Calderon told the then-U.S. director of national intelli gence, Dennis Blair, that there is a link between Iran, Venezuela, drugs, drug traf ficking and human rights. Chavez is a no-show for the third straight year after Spain's king interrupted one of his lengthy speeches by asking, "Why don't you shut up?" in 2007. Chavez's aides said he stayed home to deal with torrential rains that have killed more than 30 Venezue lans and displaced 15,000 families in recent days. Bolivia's Evo Morales said recent knee operation kept him at home. WikiLeaks had posted a cable in which U.S. diplomats said Argentine President Cristina Fernandez had agreed to secretly help persuade Morales to improve his relations with Washing ton. "I feel like this WikiLeaks thing is designed to set presidents up against each other, and generate a lack of confi dence," Morales told reporters Friday in Bolivia. "But they're wrong. It's not going to happen. More likely, these tactics of the U.S. State Department will make us stronger and more unified. I want to tell you that I will never lack confidence in Pres ident Cristina. In difficult moments she has helped us considerably." Domestic challenges and the weakness of the Spanish economy forced Spain's pres ident, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, to suspend his trip, an official said. Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez downplayed the importance of the leaked documents as "subjective impressions of some individuals." One cable sent by the U.S. Embassy in Madrid in 2008 quoted the secretary-general of the Spanish presidency, Bernardino Leon, as saying that Spanish companies were worried about the "populist tone" of Fernandez's government, political polarization and high levels of corruption in Argentina. IAN JAMES, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela Confidential U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show American diplomats have been worried about I ran's growing influence in L atin America but believe f ears of Venezuela sending uranium to aid Tehran's nuclear program are likely baseless. The documents posted online this week reveal that as U.S. diplomats have investigated President Hugo Chavez's ties to nations including Iran and Russia, they have sometimes found more bluster than substancein both Chavez's ambitions and his critics' claims of a looming international threat. In one cable on June 11, 2009, the U.S. Embassy said Venezuela is "incapable of substantive nuclear cooperation with Iran/Russia." The document cited an unidentified nuclear scientist who said Venezuela's agreement with Russia to start a nuclear program "is pure political theater" and that "there is no exploration or exploitation of uranium, ongoing or planned, in Venezuela." "Although rumors that Venezuela is providing Iran ... uranium may help burnish the government's revolutionary credentials, there seems to be little basis in reality to the claims," said the document released Tuesday. "It is highly unlikely that Venezuela is providing Venezuelan uranium to third countries," said the report, which added that American diplomats in Bolivia drew similar conclusions. Chavez has built a close relationship with Iranian leaders based on a shared antiU.S. stance, and Iran has helped set up factories to assemble tractors, cars and bicycles in Venezuela. Iran has also begun to build closer ties with Venezuelan allies Bolivia and Ecuador, but most of their pledges for boosting trade and joint projects have yet to be realized. In his first visit to Bolivia in 2007, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered the country up to $1 billion in credit, none of which has been delivered. At this point, Iran's assistance has amounted to the building of a dairy and a hospital. Ecuador has begun sending bananas to Iran and expressed an interest in buying farming equipment. Bolivian President Evo Morales signed documents pledging to buy military planes and helicopters during an October visit to Tehran, and Iran said it would help Bolivia manufacture lithiumion batteries, among other projects. The Bolivian government said Iran signaled its readi n ess to help it develop nuclear energy for peaceful uses. But no action has been taken, and Morales' spokesman Ivan Canelas told reporters Thursday that no pact yet exists under which Iran would mineu ranium in Bolivia. Chavez vehemently defends Iran's nuclear pro gram, saying the U.S. is falsely accusing Tehran of developing atomic weapons. Suspicions about Iran's intentions have persisted among Chavez critics, while the leftist leader has pursued plans to build a reactor with help from Russia under an agreement specifying that the plant will be for peaceful energy uses only. Chavez's government said in October 2009 that an aeri al survey of its mineral deposits carried out with support from Iran detected uranium deposits. However, there has been no sign since that any mining operation is in the works. A confidential U.S. Embassy cable on Oct. 7, 2009, concluded "there does not appear to be a project underway to develop" urani um deposits. The document, released Wednesday by the Spanish newspaper El Pais,n oted that Venezuela also does not have "trained scientists to support the development of a nuclear program." An earlier report on Jan. 8, 2009, said several nuclear physicists consulted by diplo m ats believed Chavez's talk of pursuing a nuclear energy program was "hot air." Chavez this year finalized his agreement for Russia to help build a reactor in Venezuela. It's unclear how much Venezuela will spend, or how many years it could take. Chavez has made no secret of his multibillion-dollar arms deals with Russia, yet he has said less about military cooperation with Iran and the possibility of covert Iranian operations in South America has raised fears among American diplomats. Ca ble A 2006 secret cable said diplomats had learned that Venezuela sought help from Iran in establishing its military reserves, and that a small number of Iranian soldiers were said to be in the country training reservists. The document also said officials believed Venezuela was "seeking lethal armament from Iran such as rockets and other explosive material."O ther leaked documents did not mention whether any such rockets were ever delivered. The 2006 report said Venezuela's support for Iran "is of grave concern." Iran has also faced accusa tions of using Venezuela's banking system to skirt U.N. and U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program. In 2008, U.S. authorities imposed new sanctions on an Iran-owned bank in Caracas, Banco Internacional de Desarrollo, accusing it of pro viding financial services in support of Iran's weapons program. Chavez, who has visited Iran nine times during his presidency, has often ridiculed the idea of Venezuela and Iran teaming up as an "axis of evil," and has said Washington tries to discredit leaders who stand up to the U.S. In other documents released this week, American diplomats dissected Venezue la's relationship with Cuba and said the island's spies are deeply involved in the country and have direct access to Chavez. "The gringos are scared a bout the presence of Cubans here," Chavez said with a laugh in a television appearance Thursday night. "All of that is coming out, the dirty reports and dirty war of Yan kee embassies all over the w orld." 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After W ikiLeaks, no-shows tr ouble Ar gentina summit EXCERPT: Part of the Wikileaks embassy cables, printed in the Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010 edition of The New York Times, is shown in this photograph, in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.
C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON I n the year her American husband has been detained in Cuba, accused of spying for the U.S., Judy Gross has been f orced to sell the family home in Maryland and move into a small apartment in Washington. Her younger daughter, distraught and crying as her father's birthday approached, crashed and totaled her car. Her older daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer. M ore than 1,100 miles away, Alan Gross passes the time in a Cuban military hospital, watching baseball on a small television or jamming with his jailers on a stringed instrument they gave him. When he left for Cuba last December, his wife says he p lanned to spend just 10 days there helping to set up Internet access for members of the country's small Jewish population, believed to number about 1,500. He was arrested at his hotel a year ago Friday, accused by C uban President Raul Castro and other senior leaders of spy-i ng. "Every morning I wake up a nd for a few seconds it's like a normal morning, and then I remember ... he's gone," Judy Gross told The Associated Press in an interview. H is detention has become a sticking point in relationsb etween the U.S. and Cuba, two countries that have been a t odds for decades. U.S. officials have denied claims he is a spy and said no progress can be made on relations until Gross is released. H is work was part of a program of the U.S. Agency forI nternational Development, a government agency that prov ides economic and humani tarian assistance worldwide but has also been criticized by Cuba for seeking to promote democ ratic change on the island. T he specifics of what he was doing or what he might haved one to upset the Cuban government are unclear. Judy G ross is adamant that her husband is not a spy. After all, she says, why would the U.S. government pick someone who d idn't know Spanish? He's a humanitarian, an idealist, and probably was naive and maybe not understanding enough of what he was getting h imself into ... that he could be arrested," she said. The Cuban government did not respond to requests for c omment, but officials have said p reviously that there is nothing unusual about how long he has spent in jail without being charged. S tate Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Judy Gross was meeting with State Department officials T hursday afternoon to discuss t he case. "We will continue to use all available channels to urge the C uban government to show h umanitarian compassion and put an end to Mr. Gross' long and unjustifiable ordeal," Crowley said. Judy Gross doesn't know what he might have put in hiss uitcase, whether he had electronic equipment that couldh ave angered the Cuban government, which keeps strict c ontrol over communication on the island. But she says he never went anywhere without his laptop and a cell phone. His wife says he was worki ng at a Jewish community center in Havana, helping Jewishg roups on the island communicate with one another and get a ccess to the Internet so they could look at Wikipedia and o nline prayer books. The visit was his fifth to help the same group, Judy Gross said. The leaders of Cuba's two main Jewish groups say they h aven't worked with Alan Gross, who is Jewish. While it is p ossible he was working with one of the other Jewish groups s cattered across the island, they represent very small numbers of people. Adela Dworin, president of Havana's Temple Beth Shalom a nd Cuba's largest Jewish organization, the Jewish Communit y House, told The Associated Press it's possible Gross came to the center as one of hundreds of foreign visitors it r eceives each year. But she said s he doesn't remember meeting him and he certainly was not doing any work with her group. Dworin said many visitors b ring donations medicine for a community pharmacy, books, DVDs, computer games, food for religious festivals but she s tressed that the group would n ot accept any contraband equipment. "We have all the necessary media to communicate with the e ntire Jewish world," Dworin said. "We are able to communicate freely." Gross was a subcontractor f or an economic development o rganization called Development Alternatives Inc. of Bethesda, Md., that was worki ng for the U.S. government. Peaceful In a statement earlier this year, the group said Gross was working with a peaceful nondissident civic group it did noti dentify to improve its communication capabilities. The com-p any said his activities included distributing basic information t echnology equipment such as cell phones and laptops. For now, Gross is being held at the Cuban military hospital, where he shares a three-personr oom. To keep busy, he writes a lot, including letters to familya nd friends. Judy Gross, a psychotherapist, says in some lett ers he sounds depressed or angry, in others cheerful. Last w eek she sent him a letter with a menorah since Hanukkah began Wednesday night. "He didn't know it was Hanukkah," she said. "You k now, days fall into nights when you are stuck inside." G ross passes time by reading books and magazines his w ife sends. He loves the Economist and The Atlantic and Washingtonian magazine. He isn't allowed outside very often, but he exercises. On Frid ay nights he takes out a pict ure that his wife sent of a group of friends celebrating the Jewish Sabbath and says the prayers they would say togethe r. Often, it's also the night he calls his wife. The first six months his jailers kept the lights on all night, and he couldn't sleep, but that event ually changed. He has learned some Spani sh, but is still not fluent. This summer he was finally allowed a small air conditioner and television, on which he watches Cuban baseball. His jailers also gave him the stringed Cuban instrument, which he uses to p lay music with them. And on Thanksgiving the cook made him a turkey, serving it in a C uban style, with beans. He was really grateful for that," Judy Gross said. When she was finally able to visit him for three days over the s ummer, she was shocked by his sunken cheeks. He was 50 pounds overweight when he left, but in the past year he has lost 90 pounds, leaving him e maciated, she said. Most of the visit was spent a t the hospital, but Judy Gross was not allowed to see her husb and's room. The second day, they were taken to a house out side of Havana with a view of the ocean. They had some time alone, but felt they were always b eing watched. Judy Gross doesn't know what happens next, though she w ould like the U.S. and Cuban g overnments to sit down and work things out. Gloria Berbena, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Interests S ection in Havana, which Washington maintains instead of an embassy, said that she knew of no new developments in the case, though officials cont inue to press the Cuban government to release Gross. J udy Gross says both coun tries seem to be using her husb and as a pawn, and she said she'd really like the White House to get involved. "I feel like: Well, he's still there," she said. "In that sense, w e're not any closer than we were a year ago." Tough year for wife of man detained as a spy in Cuba (AP Photo/Gross Family HAPPIER TIMES: This handout photo provided by the Gross family shows Alan and Judy Gross. In the year her American husband has been detained in Cuba, accused of spying for the U.S., Judy Gross has been forced to sell the family home in Maryland and move into a small apartment in Washington. Her younger daughter, distraught and crying as her fathers birthday approached, crashed and totaled her car. Her older daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
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