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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Diabetes doesn't affect one
person, it affects a family
and a community ... we
need to go back to our
communities and share
information with the people
around us, let them know."
Kylie Sheppard, a registered nurse attached
to the surgical ward of the Scarborough
General Hospital, at a seminar, recently.
Physicists find new particle with a double dose of charm
WASHINGTON---Scientists have found an
extra charming new subatomic particle
that they hope will help further explain a
key force that binds matter together.
Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in
Europe announced Thursday the fleeting
discovery of a long theorized but never-
before-seen type of baryon.
Baryons are subatomic particles made up
of quarks. Protons and neutrons are the
most common baryons. Quarks are even
smaller particles that come in six types, two
common types that are light and four
heavier types. The high-speed collisions at
the world's biggest atom smasher created
for a fraction of a second a baryon particle
called Xi cc, said Oxford physicist Guy
Wilkinson, who is part of the experiment.
The particle has two heavy quarks - both
of a type that are called "charm"- and a light
one. In the natural world, baryons have at
most one heavy quark. It may have been
brief, but in particle physics it lived for "an
appreciably long time," he said. (AP)
Conflicts of Interest Whiffs
The resignation of David Moses,
Studley Park Quarry's board
member, and the subsequent
reason he has advanced for his deci-
sion speaks volumes of an issue fac-
ing many members on various THA's
boards given the small size of Toba-
go's population and limited expertise.
Moses, an engineer, resigned from
the board in May because he felt that
his "fiduciary' duties as a board mem-
ber might have been compromised
because of his position as a consult-
ant at his company. He, rightfully,
does not want his clients to feel that
his position in the company conflicts
with his duties as a board member.
His is an honourable stance which
some existing board members should
adopt and save face and the Tobago
House of Assembly's integrity.
Take, for example, Allan Richards'
position as director of his own con-
struction company and chairman of
the quarry's board. Richards' position
as chairman is crucial to the viability
of the quarry. It is also crucial to the
economic well-being of his company.
Asked whether a conflict of interest
arose with Richards managing those
two positions, Secretary of Infrastruc-
ture, Quarry and the Environment
Kwesi Des Vignes gave a very spirit-
ed defence of Richards' situation at a
recent post-Executive Council media
The Secretary cited the small size
of this island's expertise brushing aside
any notion of interference that Rich-
ards' position could place his compa-
ny in a comparatively favoured one in
relation to his competitors.
But isn't the chairman's position
similar to Mary King's? King, then
Minister of Planning, Economic and
Social Reconstruction and Gender
Affairs under the People's Partnership
government was fired for her involve-
ment in the awarding of a contract to
a company in which she had a vest-
To be clear, very strong and potent
issues arise about leaving the quarry
board's chairman in his current posi-
tion given his vested interest in his construction
Will his position put him in a situation where
his company is given preference for aggregate above
other companies involved in the same industry?
Will he resign as chairman, if faced with the deci-
sion or will he adopt an 'arm's length approach'
and stay clear if faced with a decision to allocate
aggregate to his over a competitor's company?
If you recall, King said she had adopted a sim-
ilar approach but after careful examination, it was
discovered that what she deemed an appropriate
distance from the decision-making process was in
fact not far enough. Her handling of the situation
gave the perception that she had tampered with
the mechanism governing the process and had
given her company an unfair advantage.
To be fair ,legal experts say our country's laws
on conflict of interest, in relation to director's
fiduciary responsibility, are the strictest. Thus
director's have little wiggle room when faced with
conflict of interest.
As the situation evolves at the quarry all eyes
will be looking closely at what is happening at this
island's most prized and valuable natural resource
Chairman of the Harmons School of Seventh Day
Adventist, pastor Martin Cunningham presents
Kerdesha Henry with an award for the student who
persevered under adverse circumstances, during the
school's graduation ceremony on July 9th at the
Magdelena Grand Beach and Gold Resort ballroom.
PHOTO COURTESY THA INFO DEPARTMENT
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