25 September 2009The Bahamas called today for the United Nations to overhaul the scale of assessments that determines how much each Member State must pay to fund the running of the Organization, saying the current system is based on an unjust formula that punishes some countries. T. Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, told the General Assembly’s high-level segment that the per capita gross national income (GNI) should not be given too much weight when determining the formula to be used for the period between 2010 and 2012.The 192-member Assembly is in the process of devising the formula for dues-paying for that period for both the regular expenses of the UN and for the Organization’s peacekeeping operations worldwide.Placing too much emphasis on per capita GNI leads to distortions, Mr. Symonette said, particularly concerning the payment of dues for peacekeeping operations.“The current scale places the Bahamas, a small island developing State, in the same category as the most developed economies of the world, with the exception of the permanent members of the Security Council,” he said.“This unjust formula creates an onerous burden and we call upon this body to address this inequity, which seriously undermines the development objectives of the Bahamas and other developing countries.Mr. Symonette stressed that the GNI criterion did not accurately reflect the vulnerability of the Bahamian economy, “or the extraordinary costs associated with the duplication of infrastructure required because of our archipelagic configuration.”The Deputy Prime Minister said his country had never wavered from its responsibilities as a member of the international community and would continue to meet its obligations to the UN in the manner prescribed and agreed.“While my Government is committed to paying its assessed contributions, in full and in a timely manner, we believe that the proposed scale of assessments is unfairly and unduly burdensome for countries such as the Bahamas and should therefore be reconsidered and adjusted, taking into account those considerations that reflect our vulnerabilities.”
Pat with his former wife Carolyn and daughters Nichola and NatashaCredit:REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She is said to have had an uneasy relationship with Eddery’s daughters, who said they were not told he was in hospital for five days before he died of a heart attack.At the time of his death, daughter Natasha put a message on Instagram saying she had not seen Eddery for five years due to his drinking, although they spoke on the phone.Speaking about his will, she told the Mail on Sunday: “I have put all my stuff about my dad behind me… It doesn’t really bother me. It’s his choice. I’m not upset about it because my dad was ill and I didn’t see him as my dad any more.”Miss Owen, who still lives at Musk Hill, said she believed Eddery’s daughter Nichola was contesting the will.She told the Daily Mail Eddery’s daughters had “walked out of his life because they just couldn’t respect his decision to move on and be with someone he wanted to be with.”Eddery won 4,632 races in Britain during his 34-year career. Jockey Pat Eddery left his entire £1.3million estate to his stable girl lover leaving nothing for his four children, probate documents show.Champion rider Eddery, who died in November 2015, aged 63, left his money to Emma Owen, who is 23 years his junior.In a new will, said to be drawn up just two years before his death, the Irishman referred to Miss Owen as “My Emma”, reports the Mail on Sunday. The 11-times champion rider won 4,632 races in the UK during a career spanning 34 yearsCredit:PA And he said that in the event Miss Owen died before him, the estate should be split between his children – equestrian artist Nichola, 34, former event rider Natasha, 31, and 22-year-old Harry.He was also the father of jockey Toby Atkinson, 27, from an extra-marital affair. Miss Owen began working for Eddery at his training yard in 2009, six months after his marriage to former wife Carolyn came to an end.Emma reportedly became his partner three months later and moved into his home at the 100-acre Musk Hill stud farm near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
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