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Bain flown is in
need of healing

Church is packed
for the funeral of
19-year-old Bradley
Shamarko Newbold



Felipé Major/Tribune staff

SADLY MISSED: An image of Shamarko Newbold at yes-

terday’s 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 attend-
ed 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 gradu-
ated 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 commu-
nity 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,

SEE page two

LET’S DANCE: CC Sweeting students dance with tourists at yesterday’s Craft Festival in George Street.

STALLING TACTIC FEARS OVER
NAMING PLP CANDIDATE

PLP supporters in Kennedy
are concerned that party chiefs
are utilising yet another stalling
tactic in their attempt to avoid
naming the party’s official can-
didate for the area.

There are three people in the
running for the PLP’s nomina-
tion for the seat; attorneys
Craig Butler, Derek Ryan, and
Dion Smith.

With the party hierarchy
reportedly having already cast
aside the branch’s choice of Mr
Ryan, sources confirm the
choice has now been narrowed
between Butler and Smith.

Recently, party officials com-

missioned a poll to be conduct- }
ed in the area, asking support- }
ers 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 Tribune’s PLP source }
said: “How else can they justify :
sending this around asking peo- }

SEE page 14



YOUTHS ARMED
WITH GUN ROB
WOMAN OF S10

TWO youths armed with a
i gun robbed a woman of $10 as
she was making her way to
; work early yesterday morning.
Cindy O’Brien, 35, was walk-

: ing to a bus stop on East Street
i at around 6.45am when she
i noticed she was being followed
i by two young men.

Pushing her up against the

i fence, Ms O’Brien said one of
? the men, who she estimates was
? no more than 18 years old,
? pulled out a handgun and
? demanded she give them all of
i her money.

“T was so scared. I thought I

i was going to die,” Ms O’Brien

SEE page 14



TESTS “SHOW SPILLAGE NOT
FROM BP OIL DISASTER’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

WHILE the government
cannot confirm “conclusive-
ly” 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,



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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.

“Tt is bad. It is unfortunate
and often times we cannot
catch the culprit because the
DNA of the particular prod-
uct 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”

SEE page 14



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THE TRIBUNE





LOCAL NEWS



Witness tells of fainting after woman
storms church like a ‘wild beast

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A SENIOR member of Pilgrim
Baptist Temple said she fainted
after the mother of the young
woman Bishop Randy Fraser is
accused of having sexual relations
with, stormed into the church like
a “wild beast” on Palm Sunday
2006.

Carmetta Burns, 70, yesterday
testified that she was sitting on the
pulpit during the 11am service
when the woman stormed into
church.

“I never experienced anything
like that in all my life,” she said.

Mrs Burns, who was the first wit-
ness 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



“I never experienced anything like that in all my
life.” _ Carmetta Burns



brother tried to restrain her.

The witness, who was a senior
argentant to Bishop Fraser, denied
that the girl’s mother had accused
him of being a pedophile, but
recalled her saying, “Now I going
to get my mortgage pay, $50,000.

“T fall out, I couldn’t remember
anything after that,” Mrs Burns
said.

She told the court she felt so sick
after the incident, that she did not
leave her house until the following
Sunday to again attend the church,
where she has been a member
since 1954.

According to Mrs Burns, Bishop
Fraser subsequently held a meet-
ing where he stated that he would
appoint someone to take over the
church until the matter was cleared
up but no one was ever appointed.

Jestina Virgill, who prior to 2006
had served as the church’s director
of finance, told the court that the
complainant and her grandmother
had received financial assistance
from the church.

According to Mrs Virgill, Bishop
Fraser had a certain amount of
petty cash which he distributed to
members if the need arose.

She said that the complainant’s
grandmother had been given mon-
ey for groceries and that the com-
plainant had been given $20 to 25
on a weekly basis for lunch.

She recalled that on Palm Sun-
day, 2006, she was singing in the
choir when a woman burst through
the door of the church and began
shouting at the bishop.

She said that because the music
was playing she could not hear
what was being said. The woman
was led into Bishop’s Fraser’s
office after the confrontation, she
testified.

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Also taking the stand yesterday
was Edward Edgecombe, a jani-
tor, and George Brown, the custo-
dian of Pilgrim Baptist Temple.

Mr Edgecombe said he did not
know whether any sexual activity
took place in the Bishop’s 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
in 2007, but the Court of Appeal
ordered a retrial.

The alleged victim in the case,
who is now 20, testified that she
and Fraser had sex around 12
times 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
take the stand when his trial
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vice has issued Christmas
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stamps highlighting the
Bahamas as a favourite des-
tination for travellers dur-
ing 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 land-
marks.

“The legends of the
Bahama islands have
attracted airlines from
around the world and the
world’s 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

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the shores of the Bahamas
for Christmas are repre-
sented on the 15c¢ and 65c
stamps,” explained the
Postal Service in a state-
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depicts the Atlantis Hotel,
Paradise Island, situated on
a two-mile long, white sand
beach representing the lux-
ury accommodation and
resorts that the Bahamas
can offer to visitors. The 70c
stamp features Fort Fincas-
tle and the Water Tower
which command spectacu-
lar views across the island.
Fort Fincastle overlooks the
town from Bennet’s Hill and
was built by Lord Dunmore,
about 1793.”

The 2011stamp pro-
gramme will include the
50th anniversary of the Sas-
soon Heart Foundation,

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Queen Elizabeth II’s birth-
day, the 150th anniversary
of the establishment of the
Anglican Diocese, the city
of Nassau and Christmas
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PAYING RESPECTS: Mourners at the funeral

FROM page one

he 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 offi-
cer 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 toa
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 Hos-
pital Lane and Meadow
Street, saw a young adult



REV CB MOSS attends the funeral of Shamarko Newbold.

male with what "appeared to On Tuesday, police
be a weapon in his posses- announced that an autopsy on
sion." the youth had been complet-
It was further reported that ed. Mr Newbold’s file has
when the armed officers been sent to the coroner's
approached the young man office in preparation for an
"shots rang out from both inquest into his death.
sides and a short while there- It is expected that a coro-
after it was confirmed that a _ ner's Inquest will be held to
young adult male resident in investigate the circumstances
the area was deceased.” surrounding the death.



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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS

Tourism numbers show significant
increase in 2010 over 2009



BRIEFS
Police seek
help with
murder probe



TALEUS FATAL

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Police are
continuing to ask anyone
with information that can
assist with investigations
into the murder of 62-year-
old Taleus Fatal to contact
the Central Detective Unit.

ASP Loretta Mackey,
press liaison officer, said
persons can call 911, 350-
3107/8 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 Cen-
tral Detective Unit are con-
tinuing 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 charge two more

over large drug seizure

POLICE have charged
two more men in connection
with the large drug seizure
in New Providence last
month.

Those men were
arraigned in a Magistrate’s
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 dan-
gerous 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.

NOTHING is more critical to the
recovery of the Bahamian economy
than a revival in tourism, and a year-
on-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 correspond-
ing period in the previous year, in
what appears to be a clear trend of
tourism revival.”

He also noted that it appears unem-
ployment has levelled off, some com-
panies have started hiring again and
statistics from the National Insurance
Board suggest that the rate of layoffs
has 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 recov-
ery, 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 open-
ing opportunities for permanent
employment in new premises coming
on stream.

“We are able now to identify a num-
ber of proposed foreign direct invest-
ment spending over the next four
years and domestic investment spend-
ing within the next three years,” Mr
Ingraham said.

“Together these projects have the
potential of unleashing dynamism
within our economy and can bring
unemployment to a low level and cre-

ate the economic platform which will
enable us to pursue the advances in
education, health and social and busi-
ness development and systemic effi-
ciencies that would substantially
progress our broad national develop-
ment.”

The prime minister also spoke
about the Memorandum of Under-
standing with Cable and Wireless
Communications Plc, UK in connec-
tion with the sale of a 51 per cent
interest in the Bahamas Telecommu-
nications 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 qual-
ity and more affordable telecommu-
nications services all across the
Bahamas.”

Improved communication services
will help the country remain more
competitive as a business and tourism
destination, the prime minister said.

Passport Office
launches Online e-

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 Immi-
gration, in conjunction with
the Ministry of Finance,
explained the process, which
is aimed at drastically reduc-
ing the time-frame in which
an e-Passport or machine-
readable 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 pass-
port. It is a great improve-
ment 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
applicant’s home.

Karen Rolle, in charge of
the online enrolment process,
said the applicant’s informa-
tion is captured and printed
on the application for enrol-
ment.

Mae



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Derek Smith/BIS

NEWEST JP: Social activist and leader or the National Workers’ Par-
ty, Rodney Moncur (right), became the country’s newest Justice of the
Peace on Tuesday, November 30, when he was sworn in by Chief Mag-
istrate Roger Gomez at the Magistrate’s Court in Bank Lane.

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Personnel will register the
applicant in the Passport e-
Calendar System and the
appointment will be marked
tentative, and will be e-mailed
to the applicant for confor-
mation.

It will be the responsibility
of the applicant to reply via e-
mail.

“When they receive the e-
mail, 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.

Opportunity

“This would give them an
opportunity to make applica-
tion for an e-Passport and
have it dealt with expedi-
tiously, and to give them the
facility to make an appoint-
ment 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 acknowl-
edged Donald Cash, under-
secretary at the Passport
Office, and his team for work-
ing “very diligently” in pro-

a

TABLE TALKS: 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.

Derek Smith/BIS










cessing and issuing the pass-
ports under the machine-
readable system.

“We have been able to
work out the kinks in the sys-
tem. And able to deal with
the backlog through the assis-
tance of part time workers,”
he said.

Although there is “no dead-
line” 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 rela-
tively slow Christmas period
and apply for their e-Passport
and use the online facility
available.

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“There is every reason to expect
that a privatised BTC will continue a
policy of outsourcing non-core func-
tions, thereby supporting the large
and growing small business commu-
nity which depends heavily on BTC
today,” he said.

New entrepreneurial opportunities
will also become available to Bahami-
ans as a result of the liberalisation of
the telecommunications market, Mr
Ingraham said.

He added: “There are threats posed
by the continued economic sluggish-
ness in Europe. National Debt issues
continue to threaten several Euro-
pean 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 readi-
ness to take fullest advantage of the
opportunities that become available
to us.”





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THE TRIBUNE





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Obama faces dilemma on deficit-trimming

WASHINGTON — President Barack
Obama has tough choices to make if he wants
Congress to swallow bitter medicine to cut
the nation's deepening debt.

He can emulate Ronald Reagan, who
made an ideological about-face and muscled
through unpopular increases in Social Security
taxes and trimmed benefits. Or he can mirror
George W. Bush, who took a hands-off
approach to his bipartisan tax panel's call for
eliminating popular tax breaks and wound
up with nothing.

Thus far, Obama seems to be following the
Bush model, giving the 18-member bipartisan
panel breathing room and withholding com-
ment on proposals offered by co-chairmen
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson.

But that stance may change on Friday
when the commission takes a final vote on a
tough assortment of spending cuts and tax
hikes designed to assure the federal govern-
ment's fiscal solvency and to trim almost $4
trillion from projected deficits through 2020.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs
suggested Obama will take a more active role
once the commission votes, and may incor-
porate some of the Bowles-Simpson items in
the new budget he sends Congress in Febru-
ary. But the president is in a predicament as
he faces a moment of decision. If he endors-
es the kinds of tough-medicine proposals
advocated by the commission's leaders, espe-
cially in pressing for more austerity in social
programmes, including on “entitlement”
spending for Medicare and Social Security, it
will mean turning away from his liberal base
and 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-
mission will back it, even if some are holding
their noses.

The plan won the support on Thursday of
conservative GOP Sens. Tom Coburn of
Oklahoma and Mike Crapo of Idaho, bringing
to nine the number of commission members
to publicly support it so far. Majority sup-
port 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 2050
and 69 by 2075 and reduce future increases to
benefits, raise the gasoline tax, trim or elimi-
nate many popular tax breaks including the
home mortgage deduction, and slash military
spending and the size of the federal work
force. There have been scores of bipartisan
panels 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 Con-
gress and Reagan in 1981 to deal with a fast-
approaching 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

SHERWIN
WILLIAMS.

1983 enacted an overhaul law that raised the
retirement age gradually from 65 to 67,
trimmed some benefits, delayed cost-of-living
increases and raised Social Security taxes.

Those changes put the retirement insur-
ance programme on firm financial footing
well into the 21st Century.

But Obama might have a hard time fol-
lowing in Reagan's footsteps.

For one thing, the atmosphere is far more
polarized now. And there are fewer centrists
on either side of the aisle.

And it wasn't commission Chairman Alan
Greenspan and other commission members
that drove the recommendations to accep-
tance in Congress.

It was Reagan, that champion of smaller
government and lower taxes, who did an ide-
ological 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
between O'Neill and Reagan, which there
clearly is not between Obama and the Repub-
licans in Congress," said Ross Baker, a polit-
ical science professor at Rutgers University.

In 1983, Baker was on a leave of absence
from teaching and working as an assistant to
the House Democratic caucus.

"T heard the anguished tales of Democrats,
particularly those representing districts with
large numbers of seniors, coming back and
saying they were practically lynched when
they tried to explain to their constituents that
their cost-of-living adjustments would be post-
poned 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-
ished ranks of centrist Democrats and mod-
erate Republicans were further reduced in
last month's mid-term elections.

Bush had little success with bipartisan pan-
els. He set up ones on Social Security reform
and overhauling the tax code, but little came
of either. In 2005, when his tax-code com-
mission, chaired by former GOP Sen. Connie
Mack of Florida, recommended big cuts in
the cherished home mortgage deduction and
other popular tax breaks, Bush effectively
gave it a cold shoulder.

"The best thing that these various com-
missions have done is to raise public con-
sciousness about very genuine problems,"
said Henry Aaron, an economist at the
Brookings Institution who tracks government
actions. 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 deal-
ing 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).





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Nicki Kelly’s

Punch article
‘Who’s the Boss’

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Politicians are servants of
the people not masters.
They are to carry out the
demands of the people
affected by any decisions
made but not onlookers.

How could a seasoned
Minister of the government
stand and declare that coun-
terfeit goods are prohibited
from the straw industry and
not the country at large.

I am of the opinion that
the counterfeit goods, if ille-
gal, should be barred at the
point of entry of the country
such as illegal firearms and
drugs.

The straw vendors carry
many products, why then
are certain interested per-
sons bickering about coun-
terfeit goods?

The late Diana Thomp-
son, a straw legend and
President of the Straw Ven-
dors union, from 1973 (37
years ago), cleared the way
for straw vendors to sell
products other than locally
made products (straw goods,
etc) by the government of
that day.

How many markets that
carry only Bahamian prod-
ucts does our government
want in the downtown area
(eg. Festival Place — which is
supposed to be a truly
Bahamian straw and craft
market which is located on
Prince 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-
dors 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
public are unappreciative of
the straw vendors’ contribu-
tion. It was the straw ven-
dors that gave the Bahamas
a 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

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voice whatever they choose
and all others must remain
silent. I believe Nicki Kelly
wants the rich to become
richer and the poor become
poorer.

I think it is critical at this
juncture to address the mat-
ter of “war on the govern-
ment”. This statement has
been taken very much out
of context. I believe that
persons should be educated
to the fact that war has
many meanings. In the con-
text in which I said it I
meant that there is a dis-
agreement, we have an issue
and we are in conflict. I do
not own weapons of destruc-
tion as certain people would
like to portray me. I really
thought better of certain
persons who have previous-
ly written articles on this
subject matter.

On another note, the
record will reflect, if found,
that the majority of the ven-
dors did pay the required $7
per week. For argument
sake, if we are saying that
the vendors did not pay the
$7 per week, which is being
voiced by persons who have
no knowledge on which they
write, why then did our gov-
ernment see it feasible for
vendors to now be faced
with paying $46 to $58 per
week? This does not make
sense to me. I believe, as a
group that pay taxes in
many facet of our society,
including customs duties,
straw 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 protesting
so much is because she real-
ly doesn’t 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 confu-
sion. There are so many
other government corpora-
tion/agencies that are subsi-
dize 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-
cle "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 unwilling
to 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. There-
fore, we can conclude that
the new market has already
been paid for by the ven-
dors. Our government is our
elected administrator of
those funds. As an insensi-
tive, brassy, guest of the
Straw Market, Ms Kelly
should be shown the door.

Also mentioned in the
article, “I hope the Minister
will have the spine to stand
up to this loud mouth who
so typifies the blatant disre-
spect 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. More-
over, some members of our
society, inclusive of govern-
ment officials, don’t 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 those
things. 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-
uct that we all can be proud.
Tam of the opinion that our
government should have
been in consultation with
the leadership of the straw
vendors as it relates to mat-
ters captioned above like
any other sector in our coun-
try. 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 prod-
uct that we see today. We
don't desire to break or dis-
respect any laws but to pro-
vide a sector that will keep
people employed. The
industry today, as we know
it, includes a number of
young people who don’t and
have no desire to work in
straw. So let’s keep these
young entrepreneurs in busi-
ness.

REV ESTHER
THOMPSON
President,

Straw Business
Persons Society,
Nassau,
December, 2010.

NICE TO HAVE BORCO-VOPAK AT CHURCH

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 demon-
strated 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 com-
munity involvement from the BORCO-Vopak family.

BERTHA RUSSELL,
Grand Bahama,
November 30, 2010.



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LOCAL NEWS



WHY YOU
VEX?

"T am vex with
the repeat inci-
dents of Crown
Lands misuse,
alleged misuse
and plain
straight rip-offs
of our Bahama-
land's national
wealth. Simply put, if there are
no punishments for the unoffi-
cial 'bona fide' use, then it looks
silly and without substance, just
talking and wasting time."

— Suk Teet

"Iam vex because some
guys talking about some Chi-
nese workers may want to stay
and some may want to get mar-
ried so they can stay. Well
‘muddo sic’ — as if many of
these guys cannot really under-
stand that instead, some of our
women may actually want to
get married to some of these
Chinese, who will treat them
right, be faithful spouses, share
responsibilities, cook healthy
Chinese food and do the things
many of our men should be
doing.”

— Not Sexist

"IT am vex that after all the
sacrifices motorists make to talk
on their cell phones and turning
their car, disciplining young
children 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 will
now allow all these efforts and
cell card money to go to some
foreign company who wants to
buy Batelco."

—Sellin’

"Tam outraged and vex dat
ain't no one on the police force
appears to be promoting our
citizenry to call in tips on sus-
picious activities anonymously
because pre-empting a possible
crime is better than the sorrow
and financial hardship it
brings.”

— Man in the street

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complaints to 'whyouvex@tri-
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The Bahamas’ UN
‘gay vote’ explained

By LARRY SMITH

THE Bahamas recently
voted to either weaken or
broaden (depending on your
point of view) an anti-dis-
crimination resolution
approved by the UN General
Assembly's Social, Humani-
tarian and Cultural (or Third)
Comittee. The vote sparked
widespread criticism from
human rights and homosexu-
al groups around the world.

The resolution is passed
annually to demand that
states take effective action
against extrajudicial, summa-
ry and arbitrary executions.
The Third Committee is one
of six subgroups that filter
proposals vying for the atten-
tion of the General Assem-
bly's 192 member states. This
year, the resolution was
amended to replace the words
“for any discriminatory rea-
son, including sexual orienta-
tion” with the words “for dis-
criminatory reasons on any
basis.” The reference to sex-
ual orientation, which had
been included in the resolu-
tion since 1999, was objected
to by the African and Arab
Groups, as well as the Organ-
isation of the Islamic Confer-
ence.

A spokesman for the Inter-
national Gay and Lesbian
Human Rights Commission
said the vote "essentially
removes the important recog-
nition of the particular vul-
nerability 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 what-
soever. The rephrasing still
implies a reference to sexual
orientation, without a specif-
ic 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 acknowl-
edged the existence of homo-
phobic violence and discrimi-
nation, but said the concept
of gender identity is not uni-
versally accepted in interna-
tional human rights law.
"The prevailing view in inter-
national law is that discrimi-
nation and fundamental free-
doms 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 sup-
ported 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 execu-
tions, and specifically calls on
states to protect ethnic and
cultural minorities, hostages,
refugees, migrants, children,
aboriginals, lawyers, journal-
ists and demonstrators. The
Bahamas, along with 78 other
countries, including six
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Church of God Prophecy Church on East Street on November 25, 2010. The theme was ‘Bahamian

Praise of Yesteryear.’

Students, teachers celebrate
‘Universal Children’s Day’

By BETTY VEDRINE

HUNDREDS of students, administrators,

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 (Barba-
dos, Antigua and Trinidad
Tobago), and one voted
against the amendment
(Dominican Republic).

A similar, but unsuccess-
ful, 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 sex-
ual 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 oblig-
ation to bring to justice those
who committed such crimes.

They added that the pur-
pose 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 vio-
lence was a reality caused by

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law enforcement agencies in
many countries. The United
States strongly opposed the
amendment, dismissing the
argument that bringing atten-
tion to specific abhorrent
practices somehow made the
original resolution less inclu-
sive.

But Morocco, on behalf of
the Organization of the Islam-
ic Conference, said selectivity
to accommodate certain inter-
ests 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 misinterpre-
tation.

In the past, human rights
groups have condemned inci-
dents like the 2005 public exe-
cution of two gay teenagers
in Iran on charges of homo-
sexuality. Same-sex relations
are still illegal in 76 countries,
with five considering it a cap-
ital crime. A bill was recently
proposed in the Ugandan par-
liament 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 recog-
nized “the particular vulnera-
bility of individuals who face
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in the UN General Assembly
on gender identity which calls
for an end to “human rights
violations based on sexual ori-
entation and gender identity
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death penalty on this ground
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teachers, parents and government officials gath-
ered to celebrate “Universal Children’s Day”
this year.

The thanksgiving service was held on Thurs-
day, 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.

“T feel very blessed to be amongst you, the
smart, talented, creative and disciplined students
who 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 hap-
py 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 wor-
ship freely and access to education.

“There are children around the world, how-
ever, who are not as fortunate as you are,” said
Mr Bannister.



CELEBRATING: Minister of Education Desmond
Bannister joined hundreds of students, adminis-
trators, teachers, parents and government officials
to celebrate “Universal Children’s 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.”

“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 perfor-
mances by The Mighty Beacons, The Voices of
Praise and cheque presentations were made to
the Centre for the Deaf and the Stapledon
School.

BIS photos: Raymond Bethel

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THE SENATE PRESIDENT’S TRIP TO CHINA OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 1

Goodwill visit boosts ties

By LYNN HOLOWESKO
Senate President

S President of

the Senate, I

recently visited

China from
October 25 to November 1,
2010, along with the Speaker
of the House of Assembly.
Ours was a goodwill visit made
at the invitation of HE Mr Wu
Bangguo, the Chairman of the
Standing Committee of the
National People’s Congress
(NPC) of China. The visit was
arranged by the Foreign Affairs
Bureau of the General Office
of the Standing Committee, the
Chinese Ambassador to the
Bahamas and our own Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.

I arrived in Beijing on the
afternoon of Monday, October
25 and was received at the air-
port by officers of the Foreign
Affairs Committee and the
Ministry of Public Security. I
was also met by the Vice Chair-
man of the Foreign Affairs
Committee of the PNC, who
was with me throughout the
ensuing week of events and
activities. My entourage while
in China included the Director
General, the Director and oth-
er officers of the Chinese For-
eign Affairs Bureau, the Chief
of the Command Centre of the
VIP Protection Department of
the Ministry of National Secu-
rity, a protocol officer, a per-
sonal bodyguard, an events co-
ordinator, interpreters and a
photographer. These gentlemen
did an excellent job of co-ordi-
nating the events of my visit
and seeing to my well-being
over the eight days we were
together.

On Tuesday, October 26, I
met with H E Mme Wuyun-
qimuge, Vice Chairwoman of

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I believe the recent goodwill vis-
it has achieved its purpose and
strengthened the relations
between our two countries.



the Standing Committee of the
NPC in the Taiwan Hall of the
Great Hall of the People. We
discussed issues of mutual inter-
est such as the role of women in
politics and society, environ-
mental issues and climate
change. We agreed to further
strengthen the relationship
between our two parliaments
and noted that parliamentary
exchanges were an important
part of bilateral relations.

Friendship

The Vice Chairwoman noted
that since the establishment of
diplomatic relations between
the Bahamas and China, the
friendship between the two
countries has deepened. She
pointed out that the Bahamas
and China have co-operated in
economic matters, trade, and
education; that we hold similar
views on many major interna-
tional issues, and have co-oper-
ated closely in the internation-
al arena.

The Vice Chairwoman also
briefed the Speaker and me on
the recently approved five-year



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which are (i) to ensure com-
prehensive, balanced and sus-
tainable development; (ii) to
transform China’s former
developmental model of high
energy consumption and pol-
lution to one that is more eco-
friendly, and (iii) to put Chi-
na’s people first in development
and planning.

The meeting was followed by
a formal lunch in the Taiwan
hall of the Great Hall of the
people, hosted by HE Mme
Wuyungimuge.

In the afternoon the Speaker
and I visited the Yizhuang Eco-
nomic and Technological
Development Zone. There we
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Tong Technology Company, a
small, spotless factory that man-
ufactures crystals for solar pan-
els and other renewable energy
technologies, and attended a
meeting with the managing
directors of the Development
Zone. The vast area set aside
outside of Beijing is larger than
most substantial American
cities and is managed on the
“one-stop-shop” concept for
investment in China.

An evening reception fol-
lowed, hosted by the Embassy
of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas.

On Wednesday, October 27,
the Speaker and I met with HE
Mr Wu Bangguo, Chairman of
the Standing Committee of the
NPC. 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
the present and our apprecia-
tion for the opportunities to see
the Forbidden City, the Sum-
mer Palace and the Great Wall
of China.

The Speaker and I then
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SHAKE ON IT: President of the Senate Lynn Holowesko with Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Com-
mittee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, at their meeting in the Great

Hall of the People in Beijing.

relationship between China and
the Bahamas, which is of bene-
fit to both countries. We also
expressed our country’s appre-
ciation for the national stadi-
um, which will be one of the
largest in the region, and invit-
ed Chairman Wu to return to
the Bahamas for the official
opening in 2011.

In response, Chairman Wu
spoke of the important role
China could play in the growth
and development of the tourism
industry in the Bahamas. He
made reference to the TIEA
which was signed between the
two countries and his witness-
ing the signing of several Mem-
oranda of Understanding and
Co-operation Agreements dur-
ing his visit to the Bahamas.

He expressed satisfaction
with the progress of the stadium
and stressed that China saw
much progress in its bilateral
relations with the Bahamas,
which are based on mutual
respect and equality. This was a
comment repeated often by
officials with whom we met
while in China.

The chairman reiterated Chi-
na’s appreciation for the
Bahamas’ support on the Tai-
wan issue and noted China’s
support for the Bahamas’ WTO
accession.

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change. He informed us that
China was working actively to
adjust its energy mix and sub-
sequently spoke of China’s
efforts to develop alternative
energy sources, including
nuclear power, wind energy and
solar energy.

He spoke of China’s efforts
in improving environmental
quality 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
despite progress made, China
still had a number of problems;
with a population of 1.3 billion
people development is still very
uneven with central and west-
ern China being underdevel-
oped. He indicated that the
development of these areas is
constrained by environmental
concerns and resource con-
straints. In the 30 years since
reform and opening up of Chi-
na the country is growing and
now has a per capita GDP of
$4,000. China hopes to have a
“moderately prosperous” coun-
try by 2020 with the aim of
achieving “modernisation” by
2049.

Chairman Wu expressed the
desire 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
Xi’an in Shaanxi Province,
arriving at midday. The after-
noon was spent visiting the dis-
play of “Terra-Cotta soldiers
and horses” and the Terra-Cot-
ta 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 Cul-
ture and History in the Shaanxi
Province.

In the evening we met with
the Leader of the Standing

Committee of Shaanxi Provin-
cial People’s Congress. We dis-
cussed the hydroponic agricul-
tural zone and techniques prac-
tised there that could be use-
ful in the Bahamas. The Speak-
er and I expressed our amaze-
ment at the history and culture
of Shaanxi Province and the
leader responded:

“If you want to see 50 years
of China’s development you go
to Shaghai; if you want to see
500 years of history and devel-
opment, you go to Bejing and if
you want to see 5,000 years of
China’s history and develop-
ment, you go to Xi? An.”

On Saturday, October 30, we
departed for Shanghai, where
we visited the Oriental Pearl
Tower, followed by a meeting
with leader of the Standing
Committee of Shanghai Munic-
ipal People’s Congress and a
Banquet at the Xingguo Hotel.

On Sunday, October 31, the
Speaker and I attended the
opening ceremony of the Sum-
mit Forum of the Shanghai
World Expo, together with
members of the prime minis-
ter’s delegation. In the after-
noon we joined the prime min-
ister and his delegation at a
meeting with Premier Wen
Jiabao, followed by the closing
ceremonies 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 Chi-
nese people I encountered were
intelligent, warm and friendly,
and had a wonderful sense of
humour.

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hospitality was remarkable.
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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 Chi-
na.

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visit has achieved its purpose
and strengthened the relations
between our two countries.

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Cholera rages in rural

Haiti, overwhelming clinics





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BEN FOX, Associated Press
LIMBE, 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-
ing to a rural clinic so over-
crowded that plastic tarps have
been 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
because she couldn't stay atop
the motorcycle taxi that carried
her along the twisting country
roads to the treatment center
on the front line of Haiti's sud-
den battle with cholera.

Nearby, a 16-month-old girl
wails as a nurse prods her with
a needle, trying to find a vein
for the intravenous fluids she
needs to save her life.

Many 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 see-
ing the worst of an epidemic
that has killed nearly 1,900 peo-
ple since erupting less than two
months 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 40-
minute 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 as
a 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 epi-
demic are rough estimates

because the cases are concen-
trated in slums and rural areas
with little access to health care.

"Our teams believe the actu-
al number of deaths and cur-
rent infections may, in fact, be
up to twice as high,” he said,
adding that Haiti will require
hundreds of more doctors,
nurses and thousands of com-
munity health workers to deal
with the outbreak.

A makeshift clinic run by the
aid group Doctors Without
Borders in Cap-Haitien is see-
ing 250 patients a day and
expects two or three times as
many in coming weeks, said Dr.
Esther Sterk, a physician from
the Netherlands in charge of
the treatment center in a
crowded gymnasium.

The cases are also rising far-
ther into the countryside, as at
the little clinic near Limbe.

"I don't think we're any-
where near the end of this,"
said Dr. John Jensen, a Cana-
dian doctor volunteering with
his wife, a nurse, for nearly a
month at the clinic about 12
miles (20 kilometers) west of
Cap-Haitien. Fear over the
spread of cholera even trig-
gered a violent witch-hunt in
the remote southwestern Grand
Anse region, where locals have
killed at least 12 neighbors on
suspicions they used "black
magic” to infect people, nation-
al police spokesman Frantz
Lerebours said Thursday.

Cholera made its first
appearance on record in Haiti
near the central town of Mire-
balais. From there it spread
north through the Artibonite
region. It has sickened thou-
sands 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
rural people often have no
access to clean water and no
clinics nearby.

"Most Haitians live in rural
areas and most don't have
latrines," said Dr. Louise Ivers
of the medical aid group Part-
ners in Health. "Most people
have to do their business in a
hole in the back garden and
drink water from an unprotect-
ed source."

It is these people who have
the fewest options when they
get sick. "Why do you die from
cholera? Because you don't
have 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 350
cholera patients as of last week,
said Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher of
Toronto, Canada, who recently
worked there as a volunteer
with the Canadian aid group
Humanity First.

He said he believes many
more never got treatment.

"It is easy to miss it in the
rural areas," Rindlisbacher said.
"There's a lot of people who
never make it to a hospital, nev-
er 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

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They had been walking four
hours from their village to the

mountains about 16 miles (25

tien to reach a clinic staffed by

cholera, which rapidly drains
tims, is that it is easy to treat
and most people survive if they
ease has a mortality rate of less
who reach the more than two
operates around Haiti.
are dying uncounted and alone
out in the countryside.

One small village visited by
health promoter for the aid

group Oxfam, is a three-hour

that an entire family of six had
died of the disease. His visit

oral rehydration mixture and
chlorine for treating wells.

who runs a hospital in the town
(65 kilometers) from Cap-Hai-
patients a day. He said seven
people had arrived in such bad

shape over the past week that
they could not be saved.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI: Juste Brianly, 10 months old, lies on wooden platform covered in plastic sheeting in a Medicins Sans Frontieres i president Hamid Karzai was scrapped at the last minute.
(MSF - Doctors Without Borders) cholera treatment center near the airport in Port-au-Prince. Cite Soleil, a sprawling slum area in PAP is ground :
zero for the cholera epidemic in the Haitian capital. An outbreak of cholera in northern Haiti about a month ago has spread across the nation. : 3,500 cheering troops in a huge hangar. "We said we were going to
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 : going on the offense, tired of playing defense."

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(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
SPEAKING TO THE TROOPS: President Barack Obama at a rally
duirng an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Fri-
day, Dec. 3, 2010.

: BEN FELLER,
| ? AP White House Correspondent
: BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan

President Barack Obama told U.S. troops in a surprise holi-
day-season visit Friday that they are making important progress in

: Afghanistan, and he pledged the country would never again be a

0 BY JACK KURTZ :

? "safe haven for terrorists." But a war-strategy meeting with Afghan

"You will succeed in your mission,” Obama told more than
break the Taliban's momentum. That's what you're doing. You're

Obama had traveled to Afghanistan to thank the troops and to

deal with frayed relations with Karzai. But after he flew 14 hours
mother trudging alongside.

for the visit, the White House said Obama couldn't make the

i short additional trip to meet with Karzai in Kabul because the
i weather was too bad for helicopter travel.
town of Grand Riu Du Nord, in :

Instead, the two leaders spoke by telephone, Obama at the air

? base and Karzai in Kabul.
kilometers) south of Cap-Hai-

Obama's visit, his second to Afghanistan as president, came a

i year after he widened the ever deadlier war and ahead of the
Cuban doctors, who treated the
boy. A maddening fact about }
i met with the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, U.S. Gen.
the bodily fluids from its vic- :

completion later this month of a review of the 9-year-plus conflict.
"T don't need to tell you this is a tough fight," Obama said. He

David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, and also

: visited wounded soldiers. He presented five Purple Hearts, military
? awards for wounded service members.

get medical attention. Doctors }
Without Borders says the dis- }

There are now about 150,000 coalition forces in Afghanistan,
roughly 100,000 of them Americans. The U.S. and its NATO part-

: ners agreed last month in Lisbon, Portugal, to begin turning over
than 1.5 percent among people :

control to local Afghan authorities in 2011, with a goal of com-

i pleting that transition by the end of 2014.
dozen treatment centers it

"We look forward to a new phase next year, the beginning of

; transition to Afghan responsibility," Obama said.
Yet no one knows how many :

"Thanks to your service we are making important progress," he

i told the troops.

"On behalf of more than 300 million Americans, we are here to

: say thank you ... for everything that you do.”
Guytho Alphonse, a public ;
i ists who will attack the United States of America again. That will
i never happen," he said.

walk from the nearest medical :
clinic. He said villagers told him

"We will never let this country serve as a safe haven for terror-

Obama's visit came at a particularly awkward moment in already
strained US. relations with Afghanistan. Leaked USS. cables show

? American diplomats portraying Afghanistan as rife with graft to the
i highest levels of government, with tens of millions of dollars flow-
was meant to prevent such }
tragedies: He was distributing ;

ing out of the country and a cash transfer network that facilitates
bribes for corrupt Afghan officials, drug traffickers and insur-

i gents. A main concern in the cables appears to be Karzai himself,
i who emerges as a mercurial figure. In a July 7, 2009, dispatch, U.S.
Dr. Thony Michlet Voltaire, :

Ambassador Eikenberry describes "two contrasting portraits" of

? the Afghan president.
of Sante Borgne, about 40 miles ;

"The first is of a paranoid and weak individual unfamiliar with

i the basics of nation building and overly self-conscious that his
tien, said he was getting 40 :

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
i order to recalibrate our relationship with Karzai, we must deal with
i and challenge both of these personalities."

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CARACAS, Venezuela

Confidential U.S. diplo-
matic cables released by Wik-
iLeaks show American diplo-
mats have been worried about
Iran's growing influence in
Latin America but believe
fears 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 inves-
tigated President Hugo
Chavez's ties to nations
including Iran and Russia,
they have sometimes found
more bluster than substance
in 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 coopera-
tion with Iran/Russia." The

document cited an unidenti-
fied nuclear scientist who said
Venezuela's agreement with
Russia to start a nuclear pro-
gram "is pure political the-
ater" 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 revolution-
ary credentials, there seems
to be little basis in reality to
the claims," said the docu-
ment 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 lead-
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U.S. stance, and Iran has
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bicycles in Venezuela.

Tran has also begun to build
closer ties with Venezuelan
allies Bolivia and Ecuador,
but most of their pledges for
boosting trade and joint pro-
jects have yet to be realized.

In his first visit to Bolivia
in 2007, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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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 lithium-
ion batteries, among other
projects.

The Bolivian government
said Iran signaled its readi-
ness to help it develop nuclear
energy for peaceful uses. But
no action has been taken, and
Morales’ spokesman Ivan
Canelas told reporters Thurs-
day that no pact yet exists
under which Iran would mine
uranium in Bolivia.

After WikiLeaks, no-shows

ALMUDENA
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DEBORA REY,
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Chavez's government said
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An earlier report on Jan. 8,
2009, said several nuclear
physicists consulted by diplo-
mats believed Chavez's talk

cases plant doubts about the
unity and friendship they pub-
licly profess.

The presidents of Spain,
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Nicaragua all canceled at the
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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-dol-
lar arms deals with Russia, yet
he has said less about military
cooperation with Iran — and
the possibility of covert Iran-
ian operations in South
America has raised fears
among American diplomats.

Cable

A 2006 secret cable said
diplomats had learned that
Venezuela sought help from
Iran in establishing its mili-
tary 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."
Other 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
about the presence of Cubans
here," Chavez said with a
laugh in a television appear-
ance Thursday night. "All of
that is coming out, the dirty
reports and dirty war of Yan-
kee embassies all over the
world."

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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 indepen-
dence, 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 sum-
mit — 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 sub-
ject.

Some tried humor. The
president of the Dominican

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 fam-
ilies 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.

"T feel like this WikiLeaks
thing is designed to set presi-
dents 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

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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 pow-
er," 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.

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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 individ-
uals."

One cable sent by the U.S.
Embassy in Madrid in 2008
quoted the secretary-general
of the Spanish presidency,
Bernardino Leon, as saying

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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

that Spanish companies were
worried about the "populist
tone" of Fernandez's govern-
ment, political polarization
and high levels of corruption
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010, PAGE 9



Tough year for wife of man

detained as a spy in Cuba

JESSICA GRESKO,
Associated Press
WASHINGTON

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 Washing-
ton. Her younger daughter, dis-
traught and crying as her
father's birthday approached,
crashed and totaled her car.
Her older daughter has been
diagnosed with breast cancer.

More than 1,100 miles away,
Alan Gross passes the time in a
Cuban military hospital, watch-
ing baseball on a small televi-
sion or jamming with his jail-
ers on a stringed instrument
they gave him.

When he left for Cuba last
December, his wife says he
planned to spend just 10 days
there helping to set up Inter-
net access for members of the
country's small Jewish popula-
tion, believed to number about
1,500.

He was arrested at his hotel a
year ago Friday, accused by
Cuban President Raul Castro
and other senior leaders of spy-
ing.

"Every morning I wake up
and 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.

His detention has become a
sticking point in relations
between the U.S. and Cuba,
two countries that have been
at odds for decades. U.S. offi-
cials have denied claims he is
a spy and said no progress can
be made on relations until
Gross is released.

His work was part of a pro-
gram of the U.S. Agency for
International Development, a
government agency that pro-
vides economic and humani-
tarian assistance worldwide but
has also been criticized by Cuba
for seeking to promote democ-
ratic change on the island.

The specifics of what he was
doing or what he might have
done to upset the Cuban gov-

ernment are unclear. Judy
Gross is adamant that her hus-
band is not a spy. After all, she
says, why would the U.S. gov-
ernment pick someone who
didn't know Spanish?

"He's a humanitarian, an ide-
alist, and probably was naive
and maybe not understanding
enough of what he was getting
himself into ... that he could be
arrested," she said.

The Cuban government did
not respond to requests for
comment, but officials have said
previously that there is noth-
ing unusual about how long he
has spent in jail without being
charged.

State Department
spokesman P.J. Crowley said
Judy Gross was meeting with
State Department officials
Thursday afternoon to discuss
the case.

"We will continue to use all
available channels to urge the
Cuban government to show
humanitarian 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 his
suitcase, whether he had elec-
tronic equipment that could
have angered the Cuban gov-
ernment, which keeps strict
control over communication on
the island. But she says he nev-
er went anywhere without his
laptop and a cell phone.

His wife says he was work-
ing at a Jewish community cen-
ter in Havana, helping Jewish
groups on the island communi-
cate with one another and get
access to the Internet so they
could look at Wikipedia and
online 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
haven't worked with Alan
Gross, who is Jewish. While it is
possible he was working with
one of the other Jewish groups
scattered across the island, they
represent very small numbers
of people.

Adela Dworin, president of
Havana's Temple Beth Shalom
and Cuba's largest Jewish orga-

nization, the Jewish Communi-
ty House, told The Associated
Press it's possible Gross came
to the center as one of hun-
dreds of foreign visitors it
receives each year. But she said
she doesn't remember meeting
him and he certainly was not
doing any work with her group.

Dworin said many visitors
bring donations — medicine for
a community pharmacy, books,
DVDs, computer games, food
for religious festivals — but she
stressed that the group would
not accept any contraband
equipment.

"We have all the necessary
media to communicate with the
entire Jewish world," Dworin
said. "We are able to commu-
nicate freely."

Gross was a subcontractor
for an economic development
organization called Develop-
ment Alternatives Inc. of
Bethesda, Md., that was work-
ing for the U.S. government.

Peaceful

In a statement earlier this
year, the group said Gross was
working with a peaceful non-
dissident civic group it did not
identify to improve its commu-
nication capabilities. The com-
pany said his activities included
distributing basic information
technology equipment such as
cell phones and laptops.

For now, Gross is being held
at the Cuban military hospital,
where he shares a three-person
room. To keep busy, he writes a
lot, including letters to family
and friends. Judy Gross, a psy-
chotherapist, says in some let-
ters he sounds depressed or
angry, in others cheerful. Last
week she sent him a letter with
a menorah since Hanukkah
began Wednesday night.

“He didn't know it was
Hanukkah," she said. "You
know, days fall into nights when
you are stuck inside."

Gross passes time by read-
ing books and magazines his
wife sends. He loves the Econ-
omist and The Atlantic and
Washingtonian magazine.

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day nights he takes out a pic-
ture that his wife sent of a
group of friends celebrating the
Jewish Sabbath and says the
prayers they would say togeth-
er. 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 even-
tually changed.

He has learned some Span-
ish, but is still not fluent. This
summer he was finally allowed
a small air conditioner and tele-
vision, on which he watches
Cuban baseball. His jailers also
gave him the stringed Cuban
instrument, which he uses to
play music with them. And on
Thanksgiving the cook made

him a turkey, serving it in a
Cuban 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
summer, 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
emaciated, she said.

Most of the visit was spent
at the hospital, but Judy Gross
was not allowed to see her hus-
band'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
being watched.

Judy Gross doesn't know

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Washington maintains instead
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Holland College to host
Mini Camp for football

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

AS the popularity of American Football con-
tinues to grow in the Bahamas, opportunities
continue to arise for more young Bahamians
to use the sport as an educational vessel.

The latest such opportunity takes places next
week when Holland College will host a Mini
Camp for football prospects, Monday, Decem-
ber 6th at the Eastern Parade grounds at 6pm.

Players are encouraged to bring cleats and
come prepared to participate in a series of drills
and a brief combine for the benefit of the Hol-
land College Hurricanes Football Club coaching
staff.

The Hurricanes look to bolster the talent
corps for a young football club program which
just recently completed its inaugural year.

The Hurricanes currently have several
Bahamian players as members of its football
program including Demetrius Ferguson, Mare
Barrett, Phil Rolle and Jason Mitchell.

Ferguson was named the team’s Most Valu-
able Player at its end of year awards ceremony

NOTES

VOLLEYBALL

LADY TRUCKERS TOP
LADY TECHS, PRINCE
WILSON DEFEATS

INTRUDERS

¢ Wednesday night games
continued over at the D W
Davis gymnasium where the
Johnson Lady Truckers dis-
posed of the Lady Techs in
straight sets 25-10, 25-18 and
25-19, Davia Moss led all Scor-
ers with 15 points followed
closely by Keneisha Thomp-
son, both for the Lady Truck-
ers. In the loss Chavette Tay-
lor led the Lady Techs with 4
points.

On the men's side, Prince
Wilson secured 25 points and
the 25-22, 25-27, 25-14 and 25-
35 win for the National Fence
Intruders who downed the
Saints in 4 sets. Chauncey
Cooper led the saints with 13
points followed by Lorenzo
Williams and Gabi Laurent,
each with 10 points.

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The tournament caters to
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under-14 from 30 different
countries after having to have
qualified. Some of those
countries include Italy,
Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Ger-
many, USA, South Africa,
Israel, France, Russia,
Belarus, Switzerland, Bel-
gium, United Kingdom, Mex-
ico and Argentina among the
others.

For the past two years the
tournament has been played
on hard courts but this year
they will compete on clay.

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and was awarded the Hilton Trophy.

The winner of the Hilton Trophy was select-
ed by the entire coaching staff.

Ferguson, a basketball player locally for the
Real Deal Shockers, graduated from Green-
wich High School, Connecticut, and is current-
ly enrolled in the Marketing and Advertising
Management program at Holland.

Ferguson was one of the most exceptional
speed and skill players for the young Hurri-
canes team and in regular season play, returned
the opening kickoff for a 90 yard touchdown
in his first appearance.

The Hurricanes are a member of the Atlantic
Football League, which was established in 2009
with three teams: UNB (Fredericton) Red
Bombers, UNBSJ Seawolves, and Moncton Jr.
Mustangs.

In the 2010 season, Holland and the Dal-
housie University Tigers made it a five team
league.

The Hurricanes finished with a 24 win loss
record, good enough for fourth in the division.

The training camp is open to all interested
males interested in playing football at the uni-
versity level and is free of charge for admission.

MVP: Demetrius Ferguson poses for a picture after receiving his
award.

The public exhibition takes
place today, Saturday,
December 4th at 3:00pm at
the National Tennis Centre.

The 2010 edition will fea-
ture Andy Murray, Xavier
Malisse, Anna-Lena Groene-
feld, Olga Savchuk, Bethanie
Mattek-Sands, Sabine Lisic-
ki, Robert ‘Bobby' Reynolds,
Amer Delic, Alex Kuznetsov,
Jesse Levine, Filip Kraji-
nokov, Ryan Sweeting, Brent
Haygarth, Oliver Marach,
Don Johnson, and of course
Mark Knowles.

The format for the tourna-
ment also includes a Pro/Am
doubles tournament for Plat-
inum sponsors, There will
also be an exciting opportu-
nity for top Bahamian juniors
to interact on court with the
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a record breaking feat by one of the
world’s foremost freedivers, while he
uses the event to garner attention for
one endangered aminal of the sea.

Renowned diver William
Trubridge will make an attempt at
unassisted freediving world record
with a dive to the monumental depth
of 100 meters (one hectometer) to
beat his own world record of 95
meters.

Trubridge will attempt the freedive
between December 10 to 16 at
Dean's Blue Hole, on Long Island,
which is the deepest blue hole in the
world, at 203 meters.

Very familiar with the waters of the
Bahamas, Trubridge and his wife Brit-
tany spend seven months of the year
training in the Bahamas, and the rest
of the time traveling through Europe
teaching freediving and yoga courses.

They were the hosts of the recent
AIDA World Championships, where
William won gold and bronze in the
disciplines with and without fins. He is
dedicating the dive to the Project's
namesake, the Hector's Dolphin. It
is the smallest dolphin in the world,
and the only one that is endemic to
New Zealand, but the species is
threatened with extinction, and a bill
being considered by New Zealand’s
Minister of Fisheries could determine
it's fate.

Unassisted freediving is the most
refined and challenging form of the
sport. Using only his bare hands and
feet Trubridge will swim down into
the abyss and back up to the surface
ona single breath.

There are now only 100 remaining
North Island (Maui) Hector's Dol-
phins. Hector's Dolphins are found
only in New Zealand, and only in







Trubridge gearing up to break freediving record

shallow coastal waters, less than 100
meters deep, putting them at the mer-
cy of gill-net fishing that takes place
in those waters. Their population has
been reduced by 75% in the last 30
years, and the Maui Dolphin sub-
species is teetering on the verge of
extinction.

The public can support William's
dive by bidding on the individual
meters of the 100-metre dive rope,
earning memorabilia from the event
and supporting the Hectors Dolphin
at the same time. Visit www.vertical-
blue.net to find out more. Funds
raised will be donated to the New
Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust,
and William hopes that increased
awareness of the plight of this iconic
sea-mammal will encourage fisheries
and government to make the right
decisions to safeguard them against
extinction.

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Bahamas finishes
winless in

Beach Soccer
Championships

THE Bahamas finished
with a dissappointing winless
record in the CONCACAF
2010 Beach Soccer World
Championships.

The team fell in their lat-
est outing, a 7-5 loss to
Guatemala at the event host-
ed at the Unidad Deportivo
Agustin Flores in Puerto Val-
larta, Mexico. The team lost
its opener to Costa Rica, 5-2
and followed with a 6-2 loss to
the United States.

The team scored a total of
10 goals over the course of
the event, but surrendered a
tournament high 18.

The top two teams from
each group advance to today’s
semifinals which will feature
El Salvador vs. Costa Rica
and the United States vs.
Mexico.

The semifinal winners will
qualify for the Beach Soccer
World Cup, set for September
1-11 next year in Italy.



WITHOUT two members of
their usual starting five in the line-
up, the defending Government
Secondary School Sports Associa-
tion Senior Boys basketball cham-
pions continued where they left
off in 2009 with a decisive win.

The C.C. Sweeting Cobras easi-
y got by the Anatol Rodgers Tim-
berwolves 93-72 last night at the
D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

Roosevelt Whylly led four
Cobras in doulbe figures with a
team high 23 points.

Patrick Davis finished with 11
points, while Rodnell Desir, Leon
Saunders and newcomer Karon
Pratt each finished with 10 points
apiece.

Najee Lightbourne led the Tim-
berwolves with a game high 27
points, but was the only member of
the roster to reach double figures.
Samuel Darling finished with
eight while Anatario Collie
chipped in with seven.

The Cobras held a slim four
point lead after the first quarter
17-13 but widened the margin con-
siderably over the next two quar-
ters.

The lead reached twenty points
early in the third quarter when a
ayup from Pratt gave the Cobras a
73-53 lead with just over five min-
utes remaining.

With Stephen Strachan at the
helm in his firt season with the
Timberwolves, the GSSSA’s
newest school now fields a much
more competitive team on the
floor on a nightly basis, but still
have a long way to go before they
can challenge powerhouses like
the Cobras.

The Cobras were still without
pivot man Gabi Laurent and guard
Angelo Lockhart.





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SPORTS

C.C. Sweeting Cobras easily got by the Anatol Rodgers Timber-
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Bain flown is in
need of healing

Church is packed
for the funeral of
19-year-old Bradley
Shamarko Newbold



Felipé Major/Tribune staff

SADLY MISSED: An image of Shamarko Newbold at yes-

terday’s 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 attend-
ed 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 gradu-
ated 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 commu-
nity 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,

SEE page two

LET’S DANCE: CC Sweeting students dance with tourists at yesterday’s Craft Festival in George Street.

STALLING TACTIC FEARS OVER
NAMING PLP CANDIDATE

PLP supporters in Kennedy
are concerned that party chiefs
are utilising yet another stalling
tactic in their attempt to avoid
naming the party’s official can-
didate for the area.

There are three people in the
running for the PLP’s nomina-
tion for the seat; attorneys
Craig Butler, Derek Ryan, and
Dion Smith.

With the party hierarchy
reportedly having already cast
aside the branch’s choice of Mr
Ryan, sources confirm the
choice has now been narrowed
between Butler and Smith.

Recently, party officials com-

missioned a poll to be conduct- }
ed in the area, asking support- }
ers 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 Tribune’s PLP source }
said: “How else can they justify :
sending this around asking peo- }

SEE page 14



YOUTHS ARMED
WITH GUN ROB
WOMAN OF S10

TWO youths armed with a
i gun robbed a woman of $10 as
she was making her way to
; work early yesterday morning.
Cindy O’Brien, 35, was walk-

: ing to a bus stop on East Street
i at around 6.45am when she
i noticed she was being followed
i by two young men.

Pushing her up against the

i fence, Ms O’Brien said one of
? the men, who she estimates was
? no more than 18 years old,
? pulled out a handgun and
? demanded she give them all of
i her money.

“T was so scared. I thought I

i was going to die,” Ms O’Brien

SEE page 14



TESTS “SHOW SPILLAGE NOT
FROM BP OIL DISASTER’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

WHILE the government
cannot confirm “conclusive-
ly” 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,



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close to it, loose. That is why
it did not form tar balls. It
came ashore as a slick and
coagulated on the shore.

“Tt is bad. It is unfortunate
and often times we cannot
catch the culprit because the
DNA of the particular prod-
uct 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”

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LOCAL NEWS



Witness tells of fainting after woman
storms church like a ‘wild beast

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A SENIOR member of Pilgrim
Baptist Temple said she fainted
after the mother of the young
woman Bishop Randy Fraser is
accused of having sexual relations
with, stormed into the church like
a “wild beast” on Palm Sunday
2006.

Carmetta Burns, 70, yesterday
testified that she was sitting on the
pulpit during the 11am service
when the woman stormed into
church.

“I never experienced anything
like that in all my life,” she said.

Mrs Burns, who was the first wit-
ness 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



“I never experienced anything like that in all my
life.” _ Carmetta Burns



brother tried to restrain her.

The witness, who was a senior
argentant to Bishop Fraser, denied
that the girl’s mother had accused
him of being a pedophile, but
recalled her saying, “Now I going
to get my mortgage pay, $50,000.

“T fall out, I couldn’t remember
anything after that,” Mrs Burns
said.

She told the court she felt so sick
after the incident, that she did not
leave her house until the following
Sunday to again attend the church,
where she has been a member
since 1954.

According to Mrs Burns, Bishop
Fraser subsequently held a meet-
ing where he stated that he would
appoint someone to take over the
church until the matter was cleared
up but no one was ever appointed.

Jestina Virgill, who prior to 2006
had served as the church’s director
of finance, told the court that the
complainant and her grandmother
had received financial assistance
from the church.

According to Mrs Virgill, Bishop
Fraser had a certain amount of
petty cash which he distributed to
members if the need arose.

She said that the complainant’s
grandmother had been given mon-
ey for groceries and that the com-
plainant had been given $20 to 25
on a weekly basis for lunch.

She recalled that on Palm Sun-
day, 2006, she was singing in the
choir when a woman burst through
the door of the church and began
shouting at the bishop.

She said that because the music
was playing she could not hear
what was being said. The woman
was led into Bishop’s Fraser’s
office after the confrontation, she
testified.

QMS eUEe Cie ball lown ‘in need of healing’

:

Also taking the stand yesterday
was Edward Edgecombe, a jani-
tor, and George Brown, the custo-
dian of Pilgrim Baptist Temple.

Mr Edgecombe said he did not
know whether any sexual activity
took place in the Bishop’s 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
in 2007, but the Court of Appeal
ordered a retrial.

The alleged victim in the case,
who is now 20, testified that she
and Fraser had sex around 12
times 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
take the stand when his trial
resumes on December 14.



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THE Bahamas Postal Ser-
vice has issued Christmas
2010 commemorative
stamps highlighting the
Bahamas as a favourite des-
tination for travellers dur-
ing 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 land-
marks.

“The legends of the
Bahama islands have
attracted airlines from
around the world and the
world’s 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

RCE NERAL
LAATAS

the 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 on
a two-mile long, white sand
beach representing the lux-
ury accommodation and
resorts that the Bahamas
can offer to visitors. The 70c
stamp features Fort Fincas-
tle and the Water Tower
which command spectacu-
lar views across the island.
Fort Fincastle overlooks the
town from Bennet’s Hill and
was built by Lord Dunmore,
about 1793.”

The 2011stamp pro-
gramme will include the
50th anniversary of the Sas-
soon Heart Foundation,

ON CHRISTMAS 2010 POSTAGE STAMPS

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Queen Elizabeth II’s birth-
day, the 150th anniversary
of the establishment of the
Anglican Diocese, the city
of Nassau and Christmas
2011.

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PAYING RESPECTS: Mourners at the funeral

FROM page one

he 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 offi-
cer 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 toa
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 Hos-
pital Lane and Meadow
Street, saw a young adult



REV CB MOSS attends the funeral of Shamarko Newbold.

male with what "appeared to On Tuesday, police
be a weapon in his posses- announced that an autopsy on
sion." the youth had been complet-
It was further reported that ed. Mr Newbold’s file has
when the armed officers been sent to the coroner's
approached the young man office in preparation for an
"shots rang out from both inquest into his death.
sides and a short while there- It is expected that a coro-
after it was confirmed that a _ ner's Inquest will be held to
young adult male resident in investigate the circumstances
the area was deceased.” surrounding the death.



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LOCAL NEWS

Tourism numbers show significant
increase in 2010 over 2009



BRIEFS
Police seek
help with
murder probe



TALEUS FATAL

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Police are
continuing to ask anyone
with information that can
assist with investigations
into the murder of 62-year-
old Taleus Fatal to contact
the Central Detective Unit.

ASP Loretta Mackey,
press liaison officer, said
persons can call 911, 350-
3107/8 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 Cen-
tral Detective Unit are con-
tinuing 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 charge two more

over large drug seizure

POLICE have charged
two more men in connection
with the large drug seizure
in New Providence last
month.

Those men were
arraigned in a Magistrate’s
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 dan-
gerous 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.

NOTHING is more critical to the
recovery of the Bahamian economy
than a revival in tourism, and a year-
on-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 correspond-
ing period in the previous year, in
what appears to be a clear trend of
tourism revival.”

He also noted that it appears unem-
ployment has levelled off, some com-
panies have started hiring again and
statistics from the National Insurance
Board suggest that the rate of layoffs
has 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 recov-
ery, 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 open-
ing opportunities for permanent
employment in new premises coming
on stream.

“We are able now to identify a num-
ber of proposed foreign direct invest-
ment spending over the next four
years and domestic investment spend-
ing within the next three years,” Mr
Ingraham said.

“Together these projects have the
potential of unleashing dynamism
within our economy and can bring
unemployment to a low level and cre-

ate the economic platform which will
enable us to pursue the advances in
education, health and social and busi-
ness development and systemic effi-
ciencies that would substantially
progress our broad national develop-
ment.”

The prime minister also spoke
about the Memorandum of Under-
standing with Cable and Wireless
Communications Plc, UK in connec-
tion with the sale of a 51 per cent
interest in the Bahamas Telecommu-
nications 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 qual-
ity and more affordable telecommu-
nications services all across the
Bahamas.”

Improved communication services
will help the country remain more
competitive as a business and tourism
destination, the prime minister said.

Passport Office
launches Online e-

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 Immi-
gration, in conjunction with
the Ministry of Finance,
explained the process, which
is aimed at drastically reduc-
ing the time-frame in which
an e-Passport or machine-
readable 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 pass-
port. It is a great improve-
ment 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
applicant’s home.

Karen Rolle, in charge of
the online enrolment process,
said the applicant’s informa-
tion is captured and printed
on the application for enrol-
ment.

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NEWEST JP: Social activist and leader or the National Workers’ Par-
ty, Rodney Moncur (right), became the country’s newest Justice of the
Peace on Tuesday, November 30, when he was sworn in by Chief Mag-
istrate Roger Gomez at the Magistrate’s Court in Bank Lane.

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Personnel will register the
applicant in the Passport e-
Calendar System and the
appointment will be marked
tentative, and will be e-mailed
to the applicant for confor-
mation.

It will be the responsibility
of the applicant to reply via e-
mail.

“When they receive the e-
mail, 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.

Opportunity

“This would give them an
opportunity to make applica-
tion for an e-Passport and
have it dealt with expedi-
tiously, and to give them the
facility to make an appoint-
ment 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 acknowl-
edged Donald Cash, under-
secretary at the Passport
Office, and his team for work-
ing “very diligently” in pro-

a

TABLE TALKS: 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.

Derek Smith/BIS










cessing and issuing the pass-
ports under the machine-
readable system.

“We have been able to
work out the kinks in the sys-
tem. And able to deal with
the backlog through the assis-
tance of part time workers,”
he said.

Although there is “no dead-
line” 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 rela-
tively slow Christmas period
and apply for their e-Passport
and use the online facility
available.

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that a privatised BTC will continue a
policy of outsourcing non-core func-
tions, thereby supporting the large
and growing small business commu-
nity which depends heavily on BTC
today,” he said.

New entrepreneurial opportunities
will also become available to Bahami-
ans as a result of the liberalisation of
the telecommunications market, Mr
Ingraham said.

He added: “There are threats posed
by the continued economic sluggish-
ness in Europe. National Debt issues
continue to threaten several Euro-
pean 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 readi-
ness to take fullest advantage of the
opportunities that become available
to us.”


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Obama faces dilemma on deficit-trimming

WASHINGTON — President Barack
Obama has tough choices to make if he wants
Congress to swallow bitter medicine to cut
the nation's deepening debt.

He can emulate Ronald Reagan, who
made an ideological about-face and muscled
through unpopular increases in Social Security
taxes and trimmed benefits. Or he can mirror
George W. Bush, who took a hands-off
approach to his bipartisan tax panel's call for
eliminating popular tax breaks and wound
up with nothing.

Thus far, Obama seems to be following the
Bush model, giving the 18-member bipartisan
panel breathing room and withholding com-
ment on proposals offered by co-chairmen
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson.

But that stance may change on Friday
when the commission takes a final vote on a
tough assortment of spending cuts and tax
hikes designed to assure the federal govern-
ment's fiscal solvency and to trim almost $4
trillion from projected deficits through 2020.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs
suggested Obama will take a more active role
once the commission votes, and may incor-
porate some of the Bowles-Simpson items in
the new budget he sends Congress in Febru-
ary. But the president is in a predicament as
he faces a moment of decision. If he endors-
es the kinds of tough-medicine proposals
advocated by the commission's leaders, espe-
cially in pressing for more austerity in social
programmes, including on “entitlement”
spending for Medicare and Social Security, it
will mean turning away from his liberal base
and 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-
mission will back it, even if some are holding
their noses.

The plan won the support on Thursday of
conservative GOP Sens. Tom Coburn of
Oklahoma and Mike Crapo of Idaho, bringing
to nine the number of commission members
to publicly support it so far. Majority sup-
port 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 2050
and 69 by 2075 and reduce future increases to
benefits, raise the gasoline tax, trim or elimi-
nate many popular tax breaks including the
home mortgage deduction, and slash military
spending and the size of the federal work
force. There have been scores of bipartisan
panels 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 Con-
gress and Reagan in 1981 to deal with a fast-
approaching 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

SHERWIN
WILLIAMS.

1983 enacted an overhaul law that raised the
retirement age gradually from 65 to 67,
trimmed some benefits, delayed cost-of-living
increases and raised Social Security taxes.

Those changes put the retirement insur-
ance programme on firm financial footing
well into the 21st Century.

But Obama might have a hard time fol-
lowing in Reagan's footsteps.

For one thing, the atmosphere is far more
polarized now. And there are fewer centrists
on either side of the aisle.

And it wasn't commission Chairman Alan
Greenspan and other commission members
that drove the recommendations to accep-
tance in Congress.

It was Reagan, that champion of smaller
government and lower taxes, who did an ide-
ological 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
between O'Neill and Reagan, which there
clearly is not between Obama and the Repub-
licans in Congress," said Ross Baker, a polit-
ical science professor at Rutgers University.

In 1983, Baker was on a leave of absence
from teaching and working as an assistant to
the House Democratic caucus.

"T heard the anguished tales of Democrats,
particularly those representing districts with
large numbers of seniors, coming back and
saying they were practically lynched when
they tried to explain to their constituents that
their cost-of-living adjustments would be post-
poned 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-
ished ranks of centrist Democrats and mod-
erate Republicans were further reduced in
last month's mid-term elections.

Bush had little success with bipartisan pan-
els. He set up ones on Social Security reform
and overhauling the tax code, but little came
of either. In 2005, when his tax-code com-
mission, chaired by former GOP Sen. Connie
Mack of Florida, recommended big cuts in
the cherished home mortgage deduction and
other popular tax breaks, Bush effectively
gave it a cold shoulder.

"The best thing that these various com-
missions have done is to raise public con-
sciousness about very genuine problems,"
said Henry Aaron, an economist at the
Brookings Institution who tracks government
actions. 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 deal-
ing 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).





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Response to

Nicki Kelly’s

Punch article
‘Who’s the Boss’

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Politicians are servants of
the people not masters.
They are to carry out the
demands of the people
affected by any decisions
made but not onlookers.

How could a seasoned
Minister of the government
stand and declare that coun-
terfeit goods are prohibited
from the straw industry and
not the country at large.

I am of the opinion that
the counterfeit goods, if ille-
gal, should be barred at the
point of entry of the country
such as illegal firearms and
drugs.

The straw vendors carry
many products, why then
are certain interested per-
sons bickering about coun-
terfeit goods?

The late Diana Thomp-
son, a straw legend and
President of the Straw Ven-
dors union, from 1973 (37
years ago), cleared the way
for straw vendors to sell
products other than locally
made products (straw goods,
etc) by the government of
that day.

How many markets that
carry only Bahamian prod-
ucts does our government
want in the downtown area
(eg. Festival Place — which is
supposed to be a truly
Bahamian straw and craft
market which is located on
Prince 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-
dors 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
public are unappreciative of
the straw vendors’ contribu-
tion. It was the straw ven-
dors that gave the Bahamas
a 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

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voice whatever they choose
and all others must remain
silent. I believe Nicki Kelly
wants the rich to become
richer and the poor become
poorer.

I think it is critical at this
juncture to address the mat-
ter of “war on the govern-
ment”. This statement has
been taken very much out
of context. I believe that
persons should be educated
to the fact that war has
many meanings. In the con-
text in which I said it I
meant that there is a dis-
agreement, we have an issue
and we are in conflict. I do
not own weapons of destruc-
tion as certain people would
like to portray me. I really
thought better of certain
persons who have previous-
ly written articles on this
subject matter.

On another note, the
record will reflect, if found,
that the majority of the ven-
dors did pay the required $7
per week. For argument
sake, if we are saying that
the vendors did not pay the
$7 per week, which is being
voiced by persons who have
no knowledge on which they
write, why then did our gov-
ernment see it feasible for
vendors to now be faced
with paying $46 to $58 per
week? This does not make
sense to me. I believe, as a
group that pay taxes in
many facet of our society,
including customs duties,
straw 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 protesting
so much is because she real-
ly doesn’t 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 confu-
sion. There are so many
other government corpora-
tion/agencies that are subsi-
dize 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-
cle "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 unwilling
to 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. There-
fore, we can conclude that
the new market has already
been paid for by the ven-
dors. Our government is our
elected administrator of
those funds. As an insensi-
tive, brassy, guest of the
Straw Market, Ms Kelly
should be shown the door.

Also mentioned in the
article, “I hope the Minister
will have the spine to stand
up to this loud mouth who
so typifies the blatant disre-
spect 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. More-
over, some members of our
society, inclusive of govern-
ment officials, don’t 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 those
things. 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-
uct that we all can be proud.
Tam of the opinion that our
government should have
been in consultation with
the leadership of the straw
vendors as it relates to mat-
ters captioned above like
any other sector in our coun-
try. 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 prod-
uct that we see today. We
don't desire to break or dis-
respect any laws but to pro-
vide a sector that will keep
people employed. The
industry today, as we know
it, includes a number of
young people who don’t and
have no desire to work in
straw. So let’s keep these
young entrepreneurs in busi-
ness.

REV ESTHER
THOMPSON
President,

Straw Business
Persons Society,
Nassau,
December, 2010.

NICE TO HAVE BORCO-VOPAK AT CHURCH

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 demon-
strated 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 com-
munity involvement from the BORCO-Vopak family.

BERTHA RUSSELL,
Grand Bahama,
November 30, 2010.
THE TRIBUNE

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LOCAL NEWS



WHY YOU
VEX?

"T am vex with
the repeat inci-
dents of Crown
Lands misuse,
alleged misuse
and plain
straight rip-offs
of our Bahama-
land's national
wealth. Simply put, if there are
no punishments for the unoffi-
cial 'bona fide' use, then it looks
silly and without substance, just
talking and wasting time."

— Suk Teet

"Iam vex because some
guys talking about some Chi-
nese workers may want to stay
and some may want to get mar-
ried so they can stay. Well
‘muddo sic’ — as if many of
these guys cannot really under-
stand that instead, some of our
women may actually want to
get married to some of these
Chinese, who will treat them
right, be faithful spouses, share
responsibilities, cook healthy
Chinese food and do the things
many of our men should be
doing.”

— Not Sexist

"IT am vex that after all the
sacrifices motorists make to talk
on their cell phones and turning
their car, disciplining young
children 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 will
now allow all these efforts and
cell card money to go to some
foreign company who wants to
buy Batelco."

—Sellin’

"Tam outraged and vex dat
ain't no one on the police force
appears to be promoting our
citizenry to call in tips on sus-
picious activities anonymously
because pre-empting a possible
crime is better than the sorrow
and financial hardship it
brings.”

— Man in the street

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complaints to 'whyouvex@tri-
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The Bahamas’ UN
‘gay vote’ explained

By LARRY SMITH

THE Bahamas recently
voted to either weaken or
broaden (depending on your
point of view) an anti-dis-
crimination resolution
approved by the UN General
Assembly's Social, Humani-
tarian and Cultural (or Third)
Comittee. The vote sparked
widespread criticism from
human rights and homosexu-
al groups around the world.

The resolution is passed
annually to demand that
states take effective action
against extrajudicial, summa-
ry and arbitrary executions.
The Third Committee is one
of six subgroups that filter
proposals vying for the atten-
tion of the General Assem-
bly's 192 member states. This
year, the resolution was
amended to replace the words
“for any discriminatory rea-
son, including sexual orienta-
tion” with the words “for dis-
criminatory reasons on any
basis.” The reference to sex-
ual orientation, which had
been included in the resolu-
tion since 1999, was objected
to by the African and Arab
Groups, as well as the Organ-
isation of the Islamic Confer-
ence.

A spokesman for the Inter-
national Gay and Lesbian
Human Rights Commission
said the vote "essentially
removes the important recog-
nition of the particular vul-
nerability 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 what-
soever. The rephrasing still
implies a reference to sexual
orientation, without a specif-
ic 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 acknowl-
edged the existence of homo-
phobic violence and discrimi-
nation, but said the concept
of gender identity is not uni-
versally accepted in interna-
tional human rights law.
"The prevailing view in inter-
national law is that discrimi-
nation and fundamental free-
doms 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 sup-
ported 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 execu-
tions, and specifically calls on
states to protect ethnic and
cultural minorities, hostages,
refugees, migrants, children,
aboriginals, lawyers, journal-
ists and demonstrators. The
Bahamas, along with 78 other
countries, including six
Caribbean states (Cuba,



PERFORMING: Students perform at the ‘Universal Children’s 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.’

Students, teachers celebrate
‘Universal Children’s Day’

By BETTY VEDRINE

HUNDREDS of students, administrators,

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 (Barba-
dos, Antigua and Trinidad
Tobago), and one voted
against the amendment
(Dominican Republic).

A similar, but unsuccess-
ful, 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 sex-
ual 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 oblig-
ation to bring to justice those
who committed such crimes.

They added that the pur-
pose 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 vio-
lence was a reality caused by

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law enforcement agencies in
many countries. The United
States strongly opposed the
amendment, dismissing the
argument that bringing atten-
tion to specific abhorrent
practices somehow made the
original resolution less inclu-
sive.

But Morocco, on behalf of
the Organization of the Islam-
ic Conference, said selectivity
to accommodate certain inter-
ests 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 misinterpre-
tation.

In the past, human rights
groups have condemned inci-
dents like the 2005 public exe-
cution of two gay teenagers
in Iran on charges of homo-
sexuality. Same-sex relations
are still illegal in 76 countries,
with five considering it a cap-
ital crime. A bill was recently
proposed in the Ugandan par-
liament 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 recog-
nized “the particular vulnera-
bility of individuals who face
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cases the death penalty, on
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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 ori-
entation and gender identity
.. in particular the use of the
death penalty on this ground
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teachers, parents and government officials gath-
ered to celebrate “Universal Children’s Day”
this year.

The thanksgiving service was held on Thurs-
day, 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.

“T feel very blessed to be amongst you, the
smart, talented, creative and disciplined students
who 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 hap-
py 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 wor-
ship freely and access to education.

“There are children around the world, how-
ever, who are not as fortunate as you are,” said
Mr Bannister.



CELEBRATING: Minister of Education Desmond
Bannister joined hundreds of students, adminis-
trators, teachers, parents and government officials
to celebrate “Universal Children’s 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.”

“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 perfor-
mances by The Mighty Beacons, The Voices of
Praise and cheque presentations were made to
the Centre for the Deaf and the Stapledon
School.

BIS photos: Raymond Bethel

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THE SENATE PRESIDENT’S TRIP TO CHINA OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 1

Goodwill visit boosts ties

By LYNN HOLOWESKO
Senate President

S President of

the Senate, I

recently visited

China from
October 25 to November 1,
2010, along with the Speaker
of the House of Assembly.
Ours was a goodwill visit made
at the invitation of HE Mr Wu
Bangguo, the Chairman of the
Standing Committee of the
National People’s Congress
(NPC) of China. The visit was
arranged by the Foreign Affairs
Bureau of the General Office
of the Standing Committee, the
Chinese Ambassador to the
Bahamas and our own Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.

I arrived in Beijing on the
afternoon of Monday, October
25 and was received at the air-
port by officers of the Foreign
Affairs Committee and the
Ministry of Public Security. I
was also met by the Vice Chair-
man of the Foreign Affairs
Committee of the PNC, who
was with me throughout the
ensuing week of events and
activities. My entourage while
in China included the Director
General, the Director and oth-
er officers of the Chinese For-
eign Affairs Bureau, the Chief
of the Command Centre of the
VIP Protection Department of
the Ministry of National Secu-
rity, a protocol officer, a per-
sonal bodyguard, an events co-
ordinator, interpreters and a
photographer. These gentlemen
did an excellent job of co-ordi-
nating the events of my visit
and seeing to my well-being
over the eight days we were
together.

On Tuesday, October 26, I
met with H E Mme Wuyun-
qimuge, Vice Chairwoman of

YOUR SAY



I believe the recent goodwill vis-
it has achieved its purpose and
strengthened the relations
between our two countries.



the Standing Committee of the
NPC in the Taiwan Hall of the
Great Hall of the People. We
discussed issues of mutual inter-
est such as the role of women in
politics and society, environ-
mental issues and climate
change. We agreed to further
strengthen the relationship
between our two parliaments
and noted that parliamentary
exchanges were an important
part of bilateral relations.

Friendship

The Vice Chairwoman noted
that since the establishment of
diplomatic relations between
the Bahamas and China, the
friendship between the two
countries has deepened. She
pointed out that the Bahamas
and China have co-operated in
economic matters, trade, and
education; that we hold similar
views on many major interna-
tional issues, and have co-oper-
ated closely in the internation-
al arena.

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briefed the Speaker and me on
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which are (i) to ensure com-
prehensive, balanced and sus-
tainable development; (ii) to
transform China’s former
developmental model of high
energy consumption and pol-
lution to one that is more eco-
friendly, and (iii) to put Chi-
na’s people first in development
and planning.

The meeting was followed by
a formal lunch in the Taiwan
hall of the Great Hall of the
people, hosted by HE Mme
Wuyungimuge.

In the afternoon the Speaker
and I visited the Yizhuang Eco-
nomic and Technological
Development Zone. There we
toured the Beijing Jing Yun
Tong Technology Company, a
small, spotless factory that man-
ufactures crystals for solar pan-
els and other renewable energy
technologies, and attended a
meeting with the managing
directors of the Development
Zone. The vast area set aside
outside of Beijing is larger than
most substantial American
cities and is managed on the
“one-stop-shop” concept for
investment in China.

An evening reception fol-
lowed, hosted by the Embassy
of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas.

On Wednesday, October 27,
the Speaker and I met with HE
Mr Wu Bangguo, Chairman of
the Standing Committee of the
NPC. 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
the present and our apprecia-
tion for the opportunities to see
the Forbidden City, the Sum-
mer Palace and the Great Wall
of China.

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relationship between China and
the Bahamas, which is of bene-
fit to both countries. We also
expressed our country’s appre-
ciation for the national stadi-
um, which will be one of the
largest in the region, and invit-
ed Chairman Wu to return to
the Bahamas for the official
opening in 2011.

In response, Chairman Wu
spoke of the important role
China could play in the growth
and development of the tourism
industry in the Bahamas. He
made reference to the TIEA
which was signed between the
two countries and his witness-
ing the signing of several Mem-
oranda of Understanding and
Co-operation Agreements dur-
ing his visit to the Bahamas.

He expressed satisfaction
with the progress of the stadium
and stressed that China saw
much progress in its bilateral
relations with the Bahamas,
which are based on mutual
respect and equality. This was a
comment repeated often by
officials with whom we met
while in China.

The chairman reiterated Chi-
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Bahamas’ support on the Tai-
wan issue and noted China’s
support for the Bahamas’ WTO
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China was working actively to
adjust its energy mix and sub-
sequently spoke of China’s
efforts to develop alternative
energy sources, including
nuclear power, wind energy and
solar energy.

He spoke of China’s efforts
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quality and towards this end he
noted the closure of a number
of small thermal plants and iron
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Problems

Chairman Wu admitted that
despite progress made, China
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now has a per capita GDP of
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“moderately prosperous” coun-
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2049.

Chairman Wu expressed the
desire 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
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A Banquet followed in the
Hong Kong Hall of the Great
Hall of the People.

On Thursday, October 28,
our delegation departed for
Xi’an in Shaanxi Province,
arriving at midday. The after-
noon was spent visiting the dis-
play of “Terra-Cotta soldiers
and horses” and the Terra-Cot-
ta Warriors Museum.

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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 Cul-
ture and History in the Shaanxi
Province.

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Committee of Shaanxi Provin-
cial People’s Congress. We dis-
cussed the hydroponic agricul-
tural zone and techniques prac-
tised there that could be use-
ful in the Bahamas. The Speak-
er and I expressed our amaze-
ment at the history and culture
of Shaanxi Province and the
leader responded:

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of China’s development you go
to Shaghai; if you want to see
500 years of history and devel-
opment, you go to Bejing and if
you want to see 5,000 years of
China’s history and develop-
ment, you go to Xi? An.”

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departed for Shanghai, where
we visited the Oriental Pearl
Tower, followed by a meeting
with leader of the Standing
Committee of Shanghai Munic-
ipal People’s Congress and a
Banquet at the Xingguo Hotel.

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Speaker and I attended the
opening ceremony of the Sum-
mit Forum of the Shanghai
World Expo, together with
members of the prime minis-
ter’s delegation. In the after-
noon we joined the prime min-
ister and his delegation at a
meeting with Premier Wen
Jiabao, followed by the closing
ceremonies of the Shanghai
World Expo.

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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.

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intelligent, warm and friendly,
and had a wonderful sense of
humour.

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Cholera rages in rural

Haiti, overwhelming clinics





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BEN FOX, Associated Press
LIMBE, 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-
ing to a rural clinic so over-
crowded that plastic tarps have
been 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
because she couldn't stay atop
the motorcycle taxi that carried
her along the twisting country
roads to the treatment center
on the front line of Haiti's sud-
den battle with cholera.

Nearby, a 16-month-old girl
wails as a nurse prods her with
a needle, trying to find a vein
for the intravenous fluids she
needs to save her life.

Many 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 see-
ing the worst of an epidemic
that has killed nearly 1,900 peo-
ple since erupting less than two
months 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 40-
minute 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 as
a 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 epi-
demic are rough estimates

because the cases are concen-
trated in slums and rural areas
with little access to health care.

"Our teams believe the actu-
al number of deaths and cur-
rent infections may, in fact, be
up to twice as high,” he said,
adding that Haiti will require
hundreds of more doctors,
nurses and thousands of com-
munity health workers to deal
with the outbreak.

A makeshift clinic run by the
aid group Doctors Without
Borders in Cap-Haitien is see-
ing 250 patients a day and
expects two or three times as
many in coming weeks, said Dr.
Esther Sterk, a physician from
the Netherlands in charge of
the treatment center in a
crowded gymnasium.

The cases are also rising far-
ther into the countryside, as at
the little clinic near Limbe.

"I don't think we're any-
where near the end of this,"
said Dr. John Jensen, a Cana-
dian doctor volunteering with
his wife, a nurse, for nearly a
month at the clinic about 12
miles (20 kilometers) west of
Cap-Haitien. Fear over the
spread of cholera even trig-
gered a violent witch-hunt in
the remote southwestern Grand
Anse region, where locals have
killed at least 12 neighbors on
suspicions they used "black
magic” to infect people, nation-
al police spokesman Frantz
Lerebours said Thursday.

Cholera made its first
appearance on record in Haiti
near the central town of Mire-
balais. From there it spread
north through the Artibonite
region. It has sickened thou-
sands 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
rural people often have no
access to clean water and no
clinics nearby.

"Most Haitians live in rural
areas and most don't have
latrines," said Dr. Louise Ivers
of the medical aid group Part-
ners in Health. "Most people
have to do their business in a
hole in the back garden and
drink water from an unprotect-
ed source."

It is these people who have
the fewest options when they
get sick. "Why do you die from
cholera? Because you don't
have 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 350
cholera patients as of last week,
said Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher of
Toronto, Canada, who recently
worked there as a volunteer
with the Canadian aid group
Humanity First.

He said he believes many
more never got treatment.

"It is easy to miss it in the
rural areas," Rindlisbacher said.
"There's a lot of people who
never make it to a hospital, nev-
er 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

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They had been walking four
hours from their village to the

mountains about 16 miles (25

tien to reach a clinic staffed by

cholera, which rapidly drains
tims, is that it is easy to treat
and most people survive if they
ease has a mortality rate of less
who reach the more than two
operates around Haiti.
are dying uncounted and alone
out in the countryside.

One small village visited by
health promoter for the aid

group Oxfam, is a three-hour

that an entire family of six had
died of the disease. His visit

oral rehydration mixture and
chlorine for treating wells.

who runs a hospital in the town
(65 kilometers) from Cap-Hai-
patients a day. He said seven
people had arrived in such bad

shape over the past week that
they could not be saved.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI: Juste Brianly, 10 months old, lies on wooden platform covered in plastic sheeting in a Medicins Sans Frontieres i president Hamid Karzai was scrapped at the last minute.
(MSF - Doctors Without Borders) cholera treatment center near the airport in Port-au-Prince. Cite Soleil, a sprawling slum area in PAP is ground :
zero for the cholera epidemic in the Haitian capital. An outbreak of cholera in northern Haiti about a month ago has spread across the nation. : 3,500 cheering troops in a huge hangar. "We said we were going to
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 : going on the offense, tired of playing defense."

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(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
SPEAKING TO THE TROOPS: President Barack Obama at a rally
duirng an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Fri-
day, Dec. 3, 2010.

: BEN FELLER,
| ? AP White House Correspondent
: BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan

President Barack Obama told U.S. troops in a surprise holi-
day-season visit Friday that they are making important progress in

: Afghanistan, and he pledged the country would never again be a

0 BY JACK KURTZ :

? "safe haven for terrorists." But a war-strategy meeting with Afghan

"You will succeed in your mission,” Obama told more than
break the Taliban's momentum. That's what you're doing. You're

Obama had traveled to Afghanistan to thank the troops and to

deal with frayed relations with Karzai. But after he flew 14 hours
mother trudging alongside.

for the visit, the White House said Obama couldn't make the

i short additional trip to meet with Karzai in Kabul because the
i weather was too bad for helicopter travel.
town of Grand Riu Du Nord, in :

Instead, the two leaders spoke by telephone, Obama at the air

? base and Karzai in Kabul.
kilometers) south of Cap-Hai-

Obama's visit, his second to Afghanistan as president, came a

i year after he widened the ever deadlier war and ahead of the
Cuban doctors, who treated the
boy. A maddening fact about }
i met with the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, U.S. Gen.
the bodily fluids from its vic- :

completion later this month of a review of the 9-year-plus conflict.
"T don't need to tell you this is a tough fight," Obama said. He

David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, and also

: visited wounded soldiers. He presented five Purple Hearts, military
? awards for wounded service members.

get medical attention. Doctors }
Without Borders says the dis- }

There are now about 150,000 coalition forces in Afghanistan,
roughly 100,000 of them Americans. The U.S. and its NATO part-

: ners agreed last month in Lisbon, Portugal, to begin turning over
than 1.5 percent among people :

control to local Afghan authorities in 2011, with a goal of com-

i pleting that transition by the end of 2014.
dozen treatment centers it

"We look forward to a new phase next year, the beginning of

; transition to Afghan responsibility," Obama said.
Yet no one knows how many :

"Thanks to your service we are making important progress," he

i told the troops.

"On behalf of more than 300 million Americans, we are here to

: say thank you ... for everything that you do.”
Guytho Alphonse, a public ;
i ists who will attack the United States of America again. That will
i never happen," he said.

walk from the nearest medical :
clinic. He said villagers told him

"We will never let this country serve as a safe haven for terror-

Obama's visit came at a particularly awkward moment in already
strained US. relations with Afghanistan. Leaked USS. cables show

? American diplomats portraying Afghanistan as rife with graft to the
i highest levels of government, with tens of millions of dollars flow-
was meant to prevent such }
tragedies: He was distributing ;

ing out of the country and a cash transfer network that facilitates
bribes for corrupt Afghan officials, drug traffickers and insur-

i gents. A main concern in the cables appears to be Karzai himself,
i who emerges as a mercurial figure. In a July 7, 2009, dispatch, U.S.
Dr. Thony Michlet Voltaire, :

Ambassador Eikenberry describes "two contrasting portraits" of

? the Afghan president.
of Sante Borgne, about 40 miles ;

"The first is of a paranoid and weak individual unfamiliar with

i the basics of nation building and overly self-conscious that his
tien, said he was getting 40 :

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
i order to recalibrate our relationship with Karzai, we must deal with
i and challenge both of these personalities."

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Confidential U.S. diplo-
matic cables released by Wik-
iLeaks show American diplo-
mats have been worried about
Iran's growing influence in
Latin America but believe
fears 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 inves-
tigated President Hugo
Chavez's ties to nations
including Iran and Russia,
they have sometimes found
more bluster than substance
in 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
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document cited an unidenti-
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Russia to start a nuclear pro-
gram "is pure political the-
ater" and that "there is no
exploration or exploitation of
uranium, ongoing or planned,
in Venezuela."

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Venezuela is providing Iran
.. uranium may help burnish
the government's revolution-
ary credentials, there seems
to be little basis in reality to
the claims," said the docu-
ment released Tuesday.

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Venezuela is providing
Venezuelan uranium to third
countries,” said the report,
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boosting trade and joint pro-
jects 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 lithium-
ion batteries, among other
projects.

The Bolivian government
said Iran signaled its readi-
ness to help it develop nuclear
energy for peaceful uses. But
no action has been taken, and
Morales’ spokesman Ivan
Canelas told reporters Thurs-
day that no pact yet exists
under which Iran would mine
uranium in Bolivia.

After WikiLeaks, no-shows

ALMUDENA
CALATRAVA,
Associated Press
DEBORA REY,
Associated Press
MAR DEL PLATA,
Argentina

(AP) — Leaders of the
Spanish and Portuguese-
speaking world held their
annual goal-setting summit
Friday amid tensions raised
by the publication of U.S.
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Chavez vehemently
defends Iran's nuclear pro-
gram, saying the U.S. is false-
ly accusing Tehran of devel-
oping 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,
noted that Venezuela also
does not have "trained scien-
tists to support the develop-
ment of a nuclear program."

An earlier report on Jan. 8,
2009, said several nuclear
physicists consulted by diplo-
mats believed Chavez's talk

cases plant doubts about the
unity and friendship they pub-
licly 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 dis-
patches whose very undiplo-
matic language has compli-
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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-dol-
lar arms deals with Russia, yet
he has said less about military
cooperation with Iran — and
the possibility of covert Iran-
ian operations in South
America has raised fears
among American diplomats.

Cable

A 2006 secret cable said
diplomats had learned that
Venezuela sought help from
Iran in establishing its mili-
tary 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."
Other 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
about the presence of Cubans
here," Chavez said with a
laugh in a television appear-
ance Thursday night. "All of
that is coming out, the dirty
reports and dirty war of Yan-
kee embassies all over the
world."

trouble Argentina summit

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 indepen-
dence, 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 sum-
mit — 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 sub-
ject.

Some tried humor. The
president of the Dominican

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 fam-
ilies 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.

"T feel like this WikiLeaks
thing is designed to set presi-
dents 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

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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 pow-
er," 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.

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 individ-
uals."

One cable sent by the U.S.
Embassy in Madrid in 2008
quoted the secretary-general
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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

that Spanish companies were
worried about the "populist
tone" of Fernandez's govern-
ment, political polarization
and high levels of corruption
in Argentina.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010, PAGE 9



Tough year for wife of man

detained as a spy in Cuba

JESSICA GRESKO,
Associated Press
WASHINGTON

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 Washing-
ton. Her younger daughter, dis-
traught and crying as her
father's birthday approached,
crashed and totaled her car.
Her older daughter has been
diagnosed with breast cancer.

More than 1,100 miles away,
Alan Gross passes the time in a
Cuban military hospital, watch-
ing baseball on a small televi-
sion or jamming with his jail-
ers on a stringed instrument
they gave him.

When he left for Cuba last
December, his wife says he
planned to spend just 10 days
there helping to set up Inter-
net access for members of the
country's small Jewish popula-
tion, believed to number about
1,500.

He was arrested at his hotel a
year ago Friday, accused by
Cuban President Raul Castro
and other senior leaders of spy-
ing.

"Every morning I wake up
and 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.

His detention has become a
sticking point in relations
between the U.S. and Cuba,
two countries that have been
at odds for decades. U.S. offi-
cials have denied claims he is
a spy and said no progress can
be made on relations until
Gross is released.

His work was part of a pro-
gram of the U.S. Agency for
International Development, a
government agency that pro-
vides economic and humani-
tarian assistance worldwide but
has also been criticized by Cuba
for seeking to promote democ-
ratic change on the island.

The specifics of what he was
doing or what he might have
done to upset the Cuban gov-

ernment are unclear. Judy
Gross is adamant that her hus-
band is not a spy. After all, she
says, why would the U.S. gov-
ernment pick someone who
didn't know Spanish?

"He's a humanitarian, an ide-
alist, and probably was naive
and maybe not understanding
enough of what he was getting
himself into ... that he could be
arrested," she said.

The Cuban government did
not respond to requests for
comment, but officials have said
previously that there is noth-
ing unusual about how long he
has spent in jail without being
charged.

State Department
spokesman P.J. Crowley said
Judy Gross was meeting with
State Department officials
Thursday afternoon to discuss
the case.

"We will continue to use all
available channels to urge the
Cuban government to show
humanitarian 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 his
suitcase, whether he had elec-
tronic equipment that could
have angered the Cuban gov-
ernment, which keeps strict
control over communication on
the island. But she says he nev-
er went anywhere without his
laptop and a cell phone.

His wife says he was work-
ing at a Jewish community cen-
ter in Havana, helping Jewish
groups on the island communi-
cate with one another and get
access to the Internet so they
could look at Wikipedia and
online 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
haven't worked with Alan
Gross, who is Jewish. While it is
possible he was working with
one of the other Jewish groups
scattered across the island, they
represent very small numbers
of people.

Adela Dworin, president of
Havana's Temple Beth Shalom
and Cuba's largest Jewish orga-

nization, the Jewish Communi-
ty House, told The Associated
Press it's possible Gross came
to the center as one of hun-
dreds of foreign visitors it
receives each year. But she said
she doesn't remember meeting
him and he certainly was not
doing any work with her group.

Dworin said many visitors
bring donations — medicine for
a community pharmacy, books,
DVDs, computer games, food
for religious festivals — but she
stressed that the group would
not accept any contraband
equipment.

"We have all the necessary
media to communicate with the
entire Jewish world," Dworin
said. "We are able to commu-
nicate freely."

Gross was a subcontractor
for an economic development
organization called Develop-
ment Alternatives Inc. of
Bethesda, Md., that was work-
ing for the U.S. government.

Peaceful

In a statement earlier this
year, the group said Gross was
working with a peaceful non-
dissident civic group it did not
identify to improve its commu-
nication capabilities. The com-
pany said his activities included
distributing basic information
technology equipment such as
cell phones and laptops.

For now, Gross is being held
at the Cuban military hospital,
where he shares a three-person
room. To keep busy, he writes a
lot, including letters to family
and friends. Judy Gross, a psy-
chotherapist, says in some let-
ters he sounds depressed or
angry, in others cheerful. Last
week she sent him a letter with
a menorah since Hanukkah
began Wednesday night.

“He didn't know it was
Hanukkah," she said. "You
know, days fall into nights when
you are stuck inside."

Gross passes time by read-
ing books and magazines his
wife sends. He loves the Econ-
omist and The Atlantic and
Washingtonian magazine.

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often, but he exercises. On Fri-
day nights he takes out a pic-
ture that his wife sent of a
group of friends celebrating the
Jewish Sabbath and says the
prayers they would say togeth-
er. 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 even-
tually changed.

He has learned some Span-
ish, but is still not fluent. This
summer he was finally allowed
a small air conditioner and tele-
vision, on which he watches
Cuban baseball. His jailers also
gave him the stringed Cuban
instrument, which he uses to
play music with them. And on
Thanksgiving the cook made

him a turkey, serving it in a
Cuban 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
summer, 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
emaciated, she said.

Most of the visit was spent
at the hospital, but Judy Gross
was not allowed to see her hus-
band'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
being watched.

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Gloria Berbena, a spokes-
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Section in Havana, which
Washington maintains instead
of an embassy, said that she
knew of no new developments
in the case, though officials con-
tinue to press the Cuban gov-
ernment to release Gross.

Judy Gross says both coun-
tries seem to be using her hus-
band 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,
we're not any closer than we
were a year ago."

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Holland College to host
Mini Camp for football

By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

AS the popularity of American Football con-
tinues to grow in the Bahamas, opportunities
continue to arise for more young Bahamians
to use the sport as an educational vessel.

The latest such opportunity takes places next
week when Holland College will host a Mini
Camp for football prospects, Monday, Decem-
ber 6th at the Eastern Parade grounds at 6pm.

Players are encouraged to bring cleats and
come prepared to participate in a series of drills
and a brief combine for the benefit of the Hol-
land College Hurricanes Football Club coaching
staff.

The Hurricanes look to bolster the talent
corps for a young football club program which
just recently completed its inaugural year.

The Hurricanes currently have several
Bahamian players as members of its football
program including Demetrius Ferguson, Mare
Barrett, Phil Rolle and Jason Mitchell.

Ferguson was named the team’s Most Valu-
able Player at its end of year awards ceremony

NOTES

VOLLEYBALL

LADY TRUCKERS TOP
LADY TECHS, PRINCE
WILSON DEFEATS

INTRUDERS

¢ Wednesday night games
continued over at the D W
Davis gymnasium where the
Johnson Lady Truckers dis-
posed of the Lady Techs in
straight sets 25-10, 25-18 and
25-19, Davia Moss led all Scor-
ers with 15 points followed
closely by Keneisha Thomp-
son, both for the Lady Truck-
ers. In the loss Chavette Tay-
lor led the Lady Techs with 4
points.

On the men's side, Prince
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35 win for the National Fence
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points followed by Lorenzo
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qualified. Some of those
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Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Ger-
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Israel, France, Russia,
Belarus, Switzerland, Bel-
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$500,000 to date and now
enters its 10th year.



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and was awarded the Hilton Trophy.

The winner of the Hilton Trophy was select-
ed by the entire coaching staff.

Ferguson, a basketball player locally for the
Real Deal Shockers, graduated from Green-
wich High School, Connecticut, and is current-
ly enrolled in the Marketing and Advertising
Management program at Holland.

Ferguson was one of the most exceptional
speed and skill players for the young Hurri-
canes team and in regular season play, returned
the opening kickoff for a 90 yard touchdown
in his first appearance.

The Hurricanes are a member of the Atlantic
Football League, which was established in 2009
with three teams: UNB (Fredericton) Red
Bombers, UNBSJ Seawolves, and Moncton Jr.
Mustangs.

In the 2010 season, Holland and the Dal-
housie University Tigers made it a five team
league.

The Hurricanes finished with a 24 win loss
record, good enough for fourth in the division.

The training camp is open to all interested
males interested in playing football at the uni-
versity level and is free of charge for admission.

MVP: Demetrius Ferguson poses for a picture after receiving his
award.

The public exhibition takes
place today, Saturday,
December 4th at 3:00pm at
the National Tennis Centre.

The 2010 edition will fea-
ture Andy Murray, Xavier
Malisse, Anna-Lena Groene-
feld, Olga Savchuk, Bethanie
Mattek-Sands, Sabine Lisic-
ki, Robert ‘Bobby' Reynolds,
Amer Delic, Alex Kuznetsov,
Jesse Levine, Filip Kraji-
nokov, Ryan Sweeting, Brent
Haygarth, Oliver Marach,
Don Johnson, and of course
Mark Knowles.

The format for the tourna-
ment also includes a Pro/Am
doubles tournament for Plat-
inum sponsors, There will
also be an exciting opportu-
nity for top Bahamian juniors
to interact on court with the
visiting professionals.

TO DISCUSS STORIES O

THE BAHAMAS will play host to
a record breaking feat by one of the
world’s foremost freedivers, while he
uses the event to garner attention for
one endangered aminal of the sea.

Renowned diver William
Trubridge will make an attempt at
unassisted freediving world record
with a dive to the monumental depth
of 100 meters (one hectometer) to
beat his own world record of 95
meters.

Trubridge will attempt the freedive
between December 10 to 16 at
Dean's Blue Hole, on Long Island,
which is the deepest blue hole in the
world, at 203 meters.

Very familiar with the waters of the
Bahamas, Trubridge and his wife Brit-
tany spend seven months of the year
training in the Bahamas, and the rest
of the time traveling through Europe
teaching freediving and yoga courses.

They were the hosts of the recent
AIDA World Championships, where
William won gold and bronze in the
disciplines with and without fins. He is
dedicating the dive to the Project's
namesake, the Hector's Dolphin. It
is the smallest dolphin in the world,
and the only one that is endemic to
New Zealand, but the species is
threatened with extinction, and a bill
being considered by New Zealand’s
Minister of Fisheries could determine
it's fate.

Unassisted freediving is the most
refined and challenging form of the
sport. Using only his bare hands and
feet Trubridge will swim down into
the abyss and back up to the surface
ona single breath.

There are now only 100 remaining
North Island (Maui) Hector's Dol-
phins. Hector's Dolphins are found
only in New Zealand, and only in







Trubridge gearing up to break freediving record

shallow coastal waters, less than 100
meters deep, putting them at the mer-
cy of gill-net fishing that takes place
in those waters. Their population has
been reduced by 75% in the last 30
years, and the Maui Dolphin sub-
species is teetering on the verge of
extinction.

The public can support William's
dive by bidding on the individual
meters of the 100-metre dive rope,
earning memorabilia from the event
and supporting the Hectors Dolphin
at the same time. Visit www.vertical-
blue.net to find out more. Funds
raised will be donated to the New
Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust,
and William hopes that increased
awareness of the plight of this iconic
sea-mammal will encourage fisheries
and government to make the right
decisions to safeguard them against
extinction.

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REIGNS IN
CLEVELAND
AGAIN

See story pg. 2

Bahamas finishes
winless in

Beach Soccer
Championships

THE Bahamas finished
with a dissappointing winless
record in the CONCACAF
2010 Beach Soccer World
Championships.

The team fell in their lat-
est outing, a 7-5 loss to
Guatemala at the event host-
ed at the Unidad Deportivo
Agustin Flores in Puerto Val-
larta, Mexico. The team lost
its opener to Costa Rica, 5-2
and followed with a 6-2 loss to
the United States.

The team scored a total of
10 goals over the course of
the event, but surrendered a
tournament high 18.

The top two teams from
each group advance to today’s
semifinals which will feature
El Salvador vs. Costa Rica
and the United States vs.
Mexico.

The semifinal winners will
qualify for the Beach Soccer
World Cup, set for September
1-11 next year in Italy.



WITHOUT two members of
their usual starting five in the line-
up, the defending Government
Secondary School Sports Associa-
tion Senior Boys basketball cham-
pions continued where they left
off in 2009 with a decisive win.

The C.C. Sweeting Cobras easi-
y got by the Anatol Rodgers Tim-
berwolves 93-72 last night at the
D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

Roosevelt Whylly led four
Cobras in doulbe figures with a
team high 23 points.

Patrick Davis finished with 11
points, while Rodnell Desir, Leon
Saunders and newcomer Karon
Pratt each finished with 10 points
apiece.

Najee Lightbourne led the Tim-
berwolves with a game high 27
points, but was the only member of
the roster to reach double figures.
Samuel Darling finished with
eight while Anatario Collie
chipped in with seven.

The Cobras held a slim four
point lead after the first quarter
17-13 but widened the margin con-
siderably over the next two quar-
ters.

The lead reached twenty points
early in the third quarter when a
ayup from Pratt gave the Cobras a
73-53 lead with just over five min-
utes remaining.

With Stephen Strachan at the
helm in his firt season with the
Timberwolves, the GSSSA’s
newest school now fields a much
more competitive team on the
floor on a nightly basis, but still
have a long way to go before they
can challenge powerhouses like
the Cobras.

The Cobras were still without
pivot man Gabi Laurent and guard
Angelo Lockhart.





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William Trubridge


SPORTS

C.C. Sweeting Cobras easily got by the Anatol Rodgers Timber-
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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 nnicolls@tribunemedia.net 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

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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 nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net 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. 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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 maycock@tribunemedia.net 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

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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 letters@tribunemedia.net 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

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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 'whyouvex@tribunemedia.net' WHY YOU VEX?

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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

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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

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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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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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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM AUTHENTIC CHRISTMAS CRAFT FESTIVAL D OWNTOWNDELIGHT: S cores of Bahamians and visitors alike a ttended a craft fair in GeorgeStreet, Nassau yesterday PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff