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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.79THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 78F LOW 70F By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net PROTESTERS clashed with police yesterday in a mass demonstration against the sale of BTC. The heated demonstration left one woman in hospital anda man in police custody for his alleged involvement in an attempt to assault Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security. Glenn Miller, assistant com missioner of police, said pro testers threw ice towards Bank Lane as Mr Turnquest was walking across the road. The man who was arrested is being investigated in connection with the matter. He is a member of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Tribune sources claim the hospitalised woman was beatenby police with a baton during the demonstration. Mr Miller confirmed the woman is making some allegations, and they are being looked into. Police sources said the hun dreds of protesters represent ed several factions, including unions, political parties and citizen groups, and did not seem to be centrally organised. There were also a lot of onlookers, possible downtown employees, said the police. At its peak, Mr Miller said the crowd grew to more than 1,000 people. Progressive Liberal Party (PLP visibly in yellow no turning back shirts. There was also a large contingent of PLP youth dressed in custom-made designer unity shirts. Union leaders were present from most of the member unions of the National Con gress of Trade Unions (NCTU and the Trade Union Congress (TUC M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM As BTC protesters storm Rawson Square barricades, police issue the order to . SECURE THE HOUSE YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net SUPPORTERS of Philip Brave Davis, deputy leader of the Progressive Liberal Party, made a strong showing at yesterdays mass demonstration protesting the governments sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications. A large contingent of PLP youth arrived at the demonstration together. They brought life-sized Be Brave posters to the demonstration and wore custom-made designer unity shirts. The shirts were printed with the phrase Yah ROEH, a Hebrew reference to a shepherd, according to one protester. Brave Davis supporters make str ong sho wing at pr otest SEE page 13 SEE page 16 By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net PLP leader Perry Christie last night denied reports that he paid protesters to converge on Bay Street to demon strate against the sale of 51 per cent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC to Cable and Wire less. During the PLPs press conference in response to the mid-term budget communication tabled by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Mr Christie was asked to respond to the reports SEE page 13 By PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor CABLE and Wireless Communica tions has debunked a news story claiming one of its executives is moonlighting as a consultant for the Bahamas communications regulator. Contrary to yesterdays headline story in The Nassau Guardian, CWC said it has no connection with Marsha Lewis, a consultant to the Utilities Regulation and Competition Author ity (URCA The international telecoms provider said The Guardian seems to have relied on a professional online network site which was apparently not updated as Ms Lewis was for merly with CWC, but left in 2009. The story had not only claimed Ms Lewis is still with the company, but By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham gave a hopeful mid-year budget address yesterday, noting that the softened economy has "turned the corner" with expectations that it will grow two per cent this year. A 13 per cent rise in tourist arrivals in 2010 an increase of 5.2 million visitors and an expected 0.5 per cent expansion in the country's real gross domestic product (GDP evidence that the economy has stabilised. The estimated GDP expan sion comes after a "sharp" contrac tion of 4.3 per cent in 2009. Government also forecasts that the country's GFS deficit will be lower than first expected due to "several NEWSPAPER STORY REFUTED BY CABLE AND WIRELESS SEE page 14 SEE page 14 HOPEFUL MID-YEAR BUDGET ADDRESS FROM THE PM PLP LEADER DENIES P A YING FOR BTC SALE PROTESTERS REPORTSDENIED: Perry Christie RAWSONSQUARECHAOS: Police clash with protesters yesterday outside of Parliament. SEE PAGES TWO, THREE AND 16 T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net P OLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade acknowle dged yesterday that police did not demonstrate the requisite amount of sensi-t ivity in dealing with a traffic accident involving ap olice cruiser which left seve ral children seriously i njured. Parents of those children have criticized police for howt hey addressed the matter. Commissioner Greenslade t old the T ribune y esterday: My understanding is that a m arked police vehicle was r esponding to an emergency. There was an accident. On t he back of the truck were a number of kids. One is still i n hospital. Police did not demonstrate the requisite amount o f sensitivity in dealing with the matter. I am not satisfied that we did due diligence. C ommissioner Greenslade apologised to the families of the children involved in the accident and said police were going to meet with them. The police should have stepped up and demonstrate d more sensitivity in deali ng with that matter, he said. We dont have an obligation but when people a re seriously injured I feel i t is the right thing to do. Initial reports said that around 9.35pm last Fridayt here was an accident on the corner of Gladstone and Fire Trail Roads involving a 2009C rown Victoria occupied by police officers and a 2001 D aewoo Labos truck driven by a 37-year-old man with five people in the rear. The Crown Victoria was said to be travelling southo n Gladstone Road and the Daewoo Truck north on Gladstone Road when thet wo vehicles collided. A ccording to several eyewitnesses, the driver of the truck attempted to turn onto Fire Trial Road when the collision occurred. While police have come u nder fire over the accident, eyewitness Laniccina Adderley, who was travelling behind the truck, told the T ribune y esterday that dri ver of the truck made a risky decision when he attemptedt o turn onto Fire Trail Road with the police cruiser fast approaching. My husband and I were behind the truck from Carmichael Road. We saw the police car with its lightso n and the truck was about to turn. I couldnt believe this guy w as going to turn, Mrs Adderley said. I saw the back of the truck break com-p letely off. At that time I just h oped that no one was dead. We even had to swerve off the road to avoid being hit,s he said. It was traumatising because I was in an accident myself, she said. My husband was very upset with the driver of the vehicle. We were there fora bout 15 minutes. I heard a young lady saying My leg, my leg. The two officers there were trying to help her, Mrs Adderley said. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Police officers did not demonstrate requisite amount of sensitivity in dealing with crash P olice Commissioner E llison Greenslade

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENT is proposing to allocate an additional $3.7 million to the Roy-al Bahamas Police Force this f iscal year to hire 162 new recruits and cadets, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said during his mid-year bud-get address. T he communication, made i n Parliament yesterday, revealed a host of other fisc al adjustments government has in mind for the 2010/2011 fiscal year including increases and reductions across several a reas. C hanges proposed for recurrent expenditure this fisc al year are: $10.1 million for the Department of Finance to defray costs of implementing e-government $18.1 million to the Department of Finance for payments owed to BEC byg overnment entities $3.7 million to the Royal Bahamas Police Force to e ngage 90 new recruits and 7 2 cadets (89 customs and immigrations officers have also been retained) $3.8 million to the Department of Social Services to dole out more food and a ssistance to the needy $4 million to the Public Hospitals Authority for morem edicine $2.5 million to Depart ment of Environmental Health Services for ongoinge ngagement of casual relief workers and roadside and heavy equipment contracts. M r Ingraham said these increases will be partially offset by the following budget cuts: $10 million from the Department of Public Service $1 million from the D epartment of Finance's car insurance plan $0.5 million from the O ffice of the Prime Minister for investment promotion He also listed increases in capital expenditure, includ i ng: $5.125 million to offset severance packages fore mployees at the Broadcasti ng Corporation $8.8 million to Water and Sewage to defray arrears and f uture payments to the Consolidated Water Corporation $100,000 to BAIC for r oad construction in Andros $28.9 million for the airport gateway project This increase in spending w ill be partially offset by a reduction of $13 million from the Department of Finance ( $7 million from this figure is due to the fact that govern ment will not purchase the K elly Building this fiscal peri o d; $6 million of this amount represents a smaller allocation to the port at ArawakC ay). Mr Ingraham told Parlia ment that even with the addit ional spending, total recurrent and capital expenditure will be contained and remain in linew ith guidelines established in the 2010/2011 budget. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 0U-RVHSKRPOLQVRQ Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. P P M M r r e e v v e e a a l l s s c c h h a a n n g g e e s s t t o o c c u u r r r r e e n n t t g g o o v v t t s s p p e e n n d d i i n n g g f f o o r r 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 f f i i s s c c a a l l y y e e a a r r CHANGES: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the gove rnment is proposing to allocate an additional $3.7 million to the Royal Bahamas Police Force toh ire new recruits and cadets.

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GIVING equal rights to Bahamian women to transf er dual citizenship to their c hildren could be the spark f or beginning to reverse gender inequality in the Bahamas, a group of local women were told. There are some very i mportant, fundamental things we havent done, a nd as long as we continue t o sit on it, we will continu e to remain where we are, said Loretta ButlerT urner, Minister of State o f Social Services. We allowed politics to stop us from allowing women to be able to pass on citizenship to their children, if they are married to a foreign spouse and the b aby is had outside of the c ountry. But our husbands are a llowed to do it. They c ould marry anyone in the w orld and that child is Bahamian. On February 17, the Bureau of Womens Affairs attracted 50 women to its monthly forum with non-governm ental womens organisations and interested women to meet at the Rehabilitative and WelfareS ervices conference room o n Thompson Boulevard. There are some things that are very controversialt hat nobody wants to talk about. There are controv ersial things that divide u s, said Mrs Turner. Legislation For example, what happened with the legislation with regards to rape and marriage? Do you know how many women we havet alked to who dont even agree with us on this, but yet they want to be a part of womens empower-m ent? They just dont get i t, she said. Concerned community activists discussed solut ions for adding weight to t he social imbalance evid ent throughout the country, unconsciously createdb y cultural gender condit ioning in early childhood development. We have got to make sure we have a more equitable society, rather than get all caught up with who is going to do this election or that election, said MrsT urner. We have bigger pic tures to look at. We have a b igger fight on our hands. E xtending freedom to women to make legal decisions without a mans con sent, such as transferring citizenship, land and inheritances, would indicate an evolution of national maturity as well as ani ncrease in emotional security among Bahamian men. Equality I am not a feminist, but I do believe in equality. I am happily married. I havea wonderful husband and two biological children and one adopted child. I am very happy in my own skina nd thank God I have a h usband who truly understands and appreciates me, said Mrs Turner. He is also a very grounded, very selfassured man, so he doesnt mind. Communication is key. Creating laws that recognise womens empowerment needs would elevate the individual worth of Bahamian women, who represent 51 per cent of t he population. It would also give disabled women more rights and protection under the law, she said. If we are 51 per cent of the population, why are we not making up 51 per cent of the House of Parlia m ent? We are the majority and Im not saying that everyone is going to bei nterested in politics but you are going to have daughters, granddaughters, and you will have sons asw ell, but let us encourage t hem, said Mrs Turner. One of the things we are very good at is dis-c ouraging each other. We have to make sure our women are not just promoted, but they are prof i table. They could go into banks without someone asking you, Oh wheres your husband? Why do weh ave to have concurrence over our lives with another male? Minister Turner and the bureaus chairman encouraged women to work together to resolve the issues that divide women and place them at a disadvantage to men. Are we positioning ourselves to be leaders and not followers? Are we truly getting to the point, ladies, where we are going to support each other or are we going to continue to pull each otherd own because of our differences, said Mrs Turner. Gener ation Theres so much more that binds us together than what separates us. Why isi t that we continue to allow the boys to say Its still a mans world? What are we doing to make the nextg eneration greater? G wen Knowles, Womens Bureau chairman, said: Weve been havingt hese discussions about what we can have to bring us together. All of the groups here are doing fantastic things in the community, but we need one thing to bring us to work under one umbrel la, so we can break out and still have the same goal. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahamian women need equal rights to transfer citizenship MINISTER OF STATE for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner. DR SANDRA DEAN PATTERSON, Director of the Crisis Centre. ERIN GREENE Community activist. SENATOR Jacinta Higgs. WENDY REJAN, Political Officer US Embassy. GWEN KNOWLES chairman of the Womens Bureau. CONCERNED COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS of the Bureau of Womens Affairs discuss solutions for adding weight to the social imbalance evident throughout the country.

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By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net BAHAMIAN women need to start paying attention to the power they have as a collective body, Atlanta-based Bahamian Consul General Katherine Smith said at a gathering of women at the American Ambassadors residence. Women make up more than 53 per cent of the voting population in the Bahamas. We need to stop and think about the power we hold, said Mrs Smith, while responding to questions about the state of womens rights in the Bahamas and globally, and the responsibility of women elders for passing the baton to the younger generation. Mrs Smith returned home last week to launch a $150,000 scholarship for a Bahamian grade 12 student to attend Spelman College, the oldest historically black college for women. US Ambassador Nicole Avant hosted a dinner with Mrs Smith, along with Spelman president Dr Beverly Tatum, Spelman vice president for enrolment management Arlene Cash, and a host of leading Bahamian women. Ambassador Avant, a Spelman graduate, said: Every generation has a responsibility to hand the baton. She recalled her mother taking her to the voting booth as a child and driving home the message that people who came before me sacrificed so I could enjoy the rights I have today. To pass the baton, she said, the present generation of women elders must share the truth. Self discovery and knowing who you are, she said, are key factors. It is not true that women can do everything at one time and do it well. It is not true. You have to take time to take care of yourself. Our mental and spiritual health as women are equally as important, said Ambassador Avant. Mrs Tatum said the Ambassadors message is similar to the one she delivered to Spelman freshmen lastyear, and is relevant to all women today personal sus tainability. We need to tend to our physical, emotional and spiri tual health. This is the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than the preceding generation. We see this because of our health habits and life style choices. We are responsible for reestablishing a sense of personal sustainability amongst our women, said Mrs Tatum. She said self discovery is a key part of the journey, particularly because standard education about the heritage and legacy of black women and African people usually begins and ends with slavery. Dr Tatum said it is an empowering experience for Spelman freshmen to sit the mandatory first year course, Africans in the Diaspora and the World, which teaches about the contribution and experience of Africans before and after slavery, including a look at their many cultural contributions. It gives them information they never had access to before. Also, being in a community of powerful women is significant. Most of them come from an environment where they are one in a handful of talented powerful black women. You are often isolated and people lead you to believe you are exceptional. At Spelman you are one of many; it expands your understanding of self, said Dr Tatum. In 2005 Spelman students launched a successful attack against the way black women were portrayed in music videos. The raunchy late night show BET Uncut felt the brunt of the students ire. BET cancelled the show after a six year run. Dr Tatum said: That is because Spel man students lobbied not just the network, but Viacom, the parent company. She said they wrote letters, called radio shows, and con ducted widespread advocacy. There are currently no Bahamian students enrolled at Spelman, but there are Bahamian graduates, notably Dr Sonya Wisdom, director of graduate programmes at the College of the Bahamas. Dr Tatum said the college has a long tradition of stu dents from the Caribbean. The ninth president was Jamaican-born Dr Albert Manley, brother of former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley. He was the first African president of the college, serving from 1953 to 1977. The first black female president did not come until 1 987. Dr Tatum said that was a critical time given what was going on in the United States. The 1954 landmark decision of the US Supreme Court in the case of Brown v the Board of Education ended legal segregation in schools. It was a critical time, espe cially for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs the natural candidates for those schools were now being recruited by white institu tions. With the increase in competition, some of theH BCUs floundered. The fact that Spelman didnt flounder was largely because of Dr Manleys leadership, said Dr Tatum. Spelman has a reputation for producing black female leaders. It has the highest graduat ion rate of all HBCUs, with 80 per cent of its students graduating in six years or less. That rate is also higher rate than the national average, said Dr Tatum. 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THE Royal Bahamas Police Force and several local sports leaders affirmed their commitment yesterday t o We the Peoples plan for a Police Athletic League geared towards keeping young inner city children active and off the streets. Ed Fields, chairman of the n on-partisan, non-profit o rganisation said the Police Athletic League initiative, which has been highly successful in New York, was brought to the organisations a ttention by one of its memb ers. The PAL is the biggest non-profit organisation in New York. Some 55,000 children have benefited and b een impacted by this o rganisation. We often talk about crime and the solution toc rime in the Bahamas and its our perspective that we o ften target the wrong peop le for the problem. What w e try to do is cut down on the demand. It is one thingf or an organisation to buy b ulletproof vests to protect our police but what we want to do is create an environment where bulletproof vests aren't needed. We could create an environment where the police department a nd the community can c ome together through s ports, Mr Fields said at a p ress conference yesterday. H e said it is hoped the init iative can be implemented by summer or early fall and will involve children between the ages of 5 and 16. Mr Fields noted that the initiative would demand that c hildren essentially pay to play or commit to community service and after s chool classes in order to p articipate. P olice Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said: We are totally excited about thisn ew initiative. This is an ini tiative that will allow us to positively engage our young people and to give themo pportunities from growth and development. The bene fits of the programme have been clear for many years now in the international arena. This is precisely the type of initiative that we have been talking about for a very l ong time people working t ogether all across the B ahamas and understanding that all Bahamians mustm ake a contribution in maki ng this country to a safer place to live to visit to work and to play. President of the Bahamas Football Association Anton Sealy said: We look at crime like any other termin al illness and we feel as if we can work on prevention and if we get to the kids at an earlier age we can pre-v ent some of the things that w e read about and see every day. We have the financial resources to see it through. W e have had on staff for the past year a director to oversee the programme from the BFA standpoint so we are s et, we're ready and we're excited to see this through. Lawrence Hepburn, presi dent of the Bahamas Bask etball Association, said: With this programme we are using all of our resourcesa nd helping our youth in coll aboration with the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The BBF is pleased to be a part of this initiative. I see this as an initiative for transforming lives, building per sons. I see sports as a tool, av ehicle of changing lives. We can use this programme to reach into the inner cities and help to reach those whof eel as is they have been dise nfranchised by society and help their lives in a positive manner. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10,THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BETTY K AGENCIES LTDPhone 322-2142 322-2875 322-2813Freight Warehouse: 322-8926 Fax 242-322-6089NOTICE BETTY K AGENCIES OFFICES have relocatedNOWOPENNE corner of Victoria & Bay StreetsALL PHONE NUMBERS REMAIN THE SAME.Regular sailings will resume as follows: Nassau 2 per week as of Monday Feb 28 Abaco 1 per week as of March 1st. BETTY K AGENCIES LTD PARKING BAY STREETV I C T O R I A A V E N U EWATERFRONT e the People to create Police Athletic League to keep youths off the streets ED FIELDS chairman of We the People

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net DEFENCE Force officers apprehended two groups of H aitian migrants within the s pace of a few hours on Tuesday evening when a r outine boarding in Nassau h arbour was followed by a m ajor apprehension in Exuma. Sources told The Tribune t he raid of the first vessel directed the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF the second raid in the Exuma Cays later that evening. Leading seaman Vance McPhee, coxswain on theR BDF craft P-38, was on r outine patrol in Nassau Harbour when he stopped and boarded a 29ft pleasurev essel and found 11 people, thought to be Haitian and lacking proper documentat ion, on board. T he apprehension b rought the total number of i llegal migrants captured t his year to 124 including 1 09 Haitians and 15 Cubans, according the RBDF. But just hours later a Defence Force plane led by Lieutenant Commander Marcus Evans spotted a sailboat near Coakley Cay, E xuma, and officers apprehended 109 men, 32 women and five children o n board. T he migrants apprehend ed in Nassau have been turned over to the Immi gration authorities for pro c essing, while the group apprehended in Exuma is expected to be brought intoN assau last night or today. A n RBDF spokeswoman said she could not comment on how officers discovered t he second group of m igrants in Exuma except t hat they had been seen f rom the air by a RBDF plane. D espite sources claims, t he spokeswoman declined t o say if the two apprehens ions were connected. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011, PAGE 11 Two groups of Haitian migrants apprehended S OME OF THE H aitian migrants which were apprehended by the H arbour Patrol Unit on Tuesday evening. They were later turned o ver to Immigration authorities for further processing. Photo/ RBDF Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle

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SENATOR Michael Pintard told human resource professionals to encourage everyone should have a passion for work. The senator said passion creates energy and helps optimise productivity and creativity in the w orkplace. Speaking at the Bahamas Human Resources Development Associations (BHRDA recent installation ceremony, Mr Pintard delivered the message that human resources professionals should tell workers to be Fired up, ready to go. At a time when government agreements are being challenged and Bahamians are competing globally for jobs and at a time when so many are unemployed in our country, who better to chart the course than an HR professional? Mr Pintard asked. H e challenged the HR Assoc iation to make a difference on the national stage, and called on the organisation to ensure that its members are exposed to best practices in areas that are useful to them. A professional HR body has a n obligation to act as an advocate and commentator on i mportant issues, Mr Pintard said. He said the association can make a difference by: Challenging policy makers whose decisions impact workers Sending a strong message to all Bahamians that training a nd re-tooling is critical to reenter the job market Ensuring the Association takes on fiduciary responsibility similar to the role of compliance officers, so as to protect the organisations assets Lending a voice to national issues in order to effect change Working closely with the countrys high schools and the College of the Bahamas to establish workforce readiness programmes to prepare students for the workplace Inviting CEOs to BHRDAs meetings so that they understand and develop an appreciation for what the profession is all about Mr Pintard went on to encourage HR professionals to have an impact on the organisa tion as individuals, by living its core values and leading by example. He also call on the Associations members to chal lenge general managers and CEOs more, as too many HR professionals aid and abet wrongdoing. At the same time, he said, they must negotiate tensions fairly so employees do not view the workplace as a them against us arena. Senator Pintard left his audience with some harsh realities to ponder chief among them that the world has changed and there is no turning back. The corporate world today is no longer the one we knew some 20 years ago. For example, tenure in organisations is quite fleeting. Many people are now awaking to the knowledge that tenure is not assured. We are seeing the last days of people working for an organisation for 30 years, he said. Mr Pintards speech was just one of many events organised by the association. In February, the Association will partner with the Bahamas Psychology Association and focus on the topic What did you do that for? Analyzing negative social behaviour in the workplace. Every CEO, general manag er, line manager, and supervisor who is struggling with negative employee behaviour and wanting to learn how to address it should attend, the Association said. The Bahamas Human Resources Development Association is a national, non-profit organisation and an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM BHRDAs main objective is to provide a forum for human resources professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of HR and to provide technical assistance and support to its members. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Senator challenges human resources professionals to make a difference MR PINTARD DELIVERS THE CHARGE: Fired up, ready to go HR PROFESSIONALS family m embers and friends who c ame out to support the new executive team. ANNETTE CASH (president the call to serve on behalf of her new executive team

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L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsNOTICE The College of The Bahamas will be closed Thursday, February 24th, 2011 Inobservance of the state service for late College President Dr.Keva M. Bethel, C.M.G. The College will reopen Friday, February 25th, 2011. Another protester said he did not know the translation for the text written on the shirt, but he knew it had to do with the BTC protest. He said he was given a shirt that morning, and the group w as taken to the protest together. A T ribune s ource at the Post Office said he saw buses near the parking lot off-loading people for the demonstration. One PLP supporter said: The district arranged for us to come on the bus. Mr Davis said he was encouraged and warmed that supporters used his face as a symbol. He said the party did not facilitate people with buses, but Members of Parl iament did encourage people who felt that this deal stinks to join the unions. One police officer was overheard indicating to a fellow officer that one of the young men in the group was out onb ail for murder. t hat many of the protesters in Rawson Square appeared to be hired by the party to be present at the demonstration. From my point of view, I paid no one, Mr Christie remarked. P ointing to other members of his party who were standing behind him, the PLP leader said there were other M embers of Parliament the media c ould speak to on the matter all of w hom collectively denied the allegat ions. However, a government minister w ho spoke on condition of anonymity, i nformed T he Tribune y esterday that c onstituents of his were notified of the protest from nearly a week ago when initial monetary offers were being bandied about. According to the source, persons were offered anywhere between $30 and $50 plus alcoholic beverages to t ake part. H owever, Mr Christie maintains the p rotest seen yesterday was a legitimate one. This is a legitimate protest. I think it is going to expand. I think you are hearing dissent in a c ountry and listen, the PLP committ ed itself in the last term to the privat ization of BTC. Since that time, we have listened to people and have gone through a self-examination of our own policies and commitments, and we have resolutely determined that we must do more to ensure the maximum involvem ent of Bahamians in the economy of t he Bahamas, and that when it comes t o BTC to make every possible effort to ensure that justice is done to Bahamians and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, he said. PHILIP BRAVE DAVIS SUPPORTERS MAKE STRONG SHOWING AT PROTEST FROM page one PLP leader denies paying for BTC sale protesters FROM page one HONOLULU Associated Press H AWAII Gov. Neil Aber crombie signed same-sex civil unions into law Wednesd ay, calling it "a triumph for everyone" that gay and les bian couples will have the s ame state rights as married p artners. Civil unions in the Rain bow State would start Jan. 1 2012, making Hawaii the seventh state to permit civil unions or similar legal recog-n itions for gay couples. Five o ther states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. This bill represents equal rights for everyone in Hawaii, everyone who comes here. This is to me the essence of the aloha spirit," Abercrombie said at a signing ceremony. "With its sign ing, I want to say 'welcome' to the world, come to paradise." A crowd of exuberant sup porters yelled, cheered and applauded as the Democrat inscribed his signature on the legislation, making it the first law he's enacted since he was elected in November. The bill passed the state Legisla ture last week. "We're contributing to society, and we deserve the same rights as everyone else. It's been a long, long time coming," said Van Law of Honolulu, who wore a rainbow lei and watched the bil l's signing. The new law follows nearly 20 years of court fights, protest rallies and passionate public debate in a state that has long been a gay rights battleground. Just seven months ago, former Republican Gov. Lin da Lingle vetoed a similar bill because she said it was same-sex marriage by anoth-er name. But civil unions have been heading toward passage since Abercrombie defeat ed two gubernatorial candidates who opposed them,and only one state legisla tor who supported them lost re-election. Hawaii, already known as one of the nation's premier locations for destination weddings and honeymoons, could see an influx of gayand lesbian visitors hoping to have their partnerships solemnized on sandy, windswept beaches, accord ing to tourism businesses. "It's overwhelming," said Tambry Young, who has p ushed for civil unions with her partner for more than two years. "All the familiesh ere can now feel like it doesn't matter what kind of family you have." Arguments over civil unions and gay marriage have long divided the state, which nearly became the firsti n the nation to legalize gay marriage in 1993 because of a state Supreme Court ruli ng. But voters overwhelming ly passed the nation's first "defense of marriage" con stitutional amendment five years later, which resulted in a law banning gay marriage but leaving the door open for civil unions. Since then, 29 other states also have enacted defense of marriage amendments. Opponents of civil unions say the partnerships could lead to same-sex marriage, likely through a court challenge based on the argument that gay couples aren't truly being treated equally unless they're allowed to marry. State Sen. Mike Gabbard, a leader in the movement against same-sex marriage in the 1990s, called the bill's signing "a sad day for the people of Hawaii." "The people of Hawaii made it clear that they're against civil unions and same-sex marriage, and the politicians have basically said 'To hell with you,'" said Gabbard, a Democrat. The signing coincided with Hawaii-born President Barack Obama's order Wednesday for his administration to stop defending a federal law banning recogni tion of gay marriage, and a vote in the Maryland Senate to legalize gay marriage. Illinois legalized civil unions last month. "It's a fantastic day," said Tony Wagner of the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign, who attended the signing. "It's been a good couple of months thus far since the elections. We're going to keep fighting for equality day in and day out." HAWAII GOV. Neil Abercrombie signs the Hawaii Civil Unions bill into l aw at a ceremony held at Washington Place Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2 011 in Honolulu. (AP Hawaii's governor signs civil unions into law

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one-off revenue items" not incorporated into earlierp redictions. Subsequently government debt is expected to come in below 49.2 per cent of GDP as estimated int he 2010/2011 budget a ddress. Public debt stood at 48.7 per cent of GDP at the end of last year. M r Ingraham also noted positive turns in govern ment's revenue collection for the first six months oft he fiscal year. "Revenue collections for the July to December, 2010 period amounted to $584.1 million. Relative to the corresponding period of fiscal year 2009/2010, revenuesw ere down by some $50 mil l ion, though the out-turn last year was bolstered by oneoff revenue receipts of $84 m illion. "Excluding those one time receipts, revenues for the first six months of the current fiscal period were $34 million, or six per cent, high er than the previous period last fiscal year," he said. For the first half of the fiscal year, import and export duties at $207.5 million rose by $1.8 million; excise tax rose by $9.5 million to $97.5 million; stamp tax fell by $1.3 million coming in at $68.8 million; while tourism tax rose by $17.7 million to $55.6 million. On the tourism front, the nation's chief noted a whop ping 16.5 per cent rise in cruise ship passengers and a modest 3.4 per cent rise in air arrivals last year. "In tourism, total visitor arrivals in 2010 rose by 13 per cent to 5.2 million. The high value-added air component, which accounted for 25 per cent of the total, registered a modest rise of 3.4 per cent to 1.3 million. "Sea arrivals, 75 per cent of total visitors, rose by a robust 16.5 per cent to 4 million, aided by a combination of increased port calls from major cruise lines and higher capacity ships," said Mr I ngraham. T he Free National Move ment leader said his administration has put in place "key structural reformsd esigned to enhance the domestic business environment" and allow the countryt o gain maximum advantage from the modest economic recovery. "There are clear indica t ions that the economy has t urned the corner and that, despite the risks that are present, we can look forward to better days ahead," Mr Ingraham told the House of Assembly. "In light of global devel o pments, expectations are that the recovery in the domestic economy will gain momentum in 2011. Our current view is that the economy will grow to the order of two per cent this year. This will be supported by further improvements in the key tourist mar kets." The upgrades to the Lynden Pindling International Airport; public work projects such as the construction of the port at Arawak Cay; work at Baha Mar, Albany and Kerzner International and stalled projects will create jobs in the construction sector, said Mr Ingraham. While domestic business and employment conditions are expected to improve, he added. Despite a better outlook ahead, Mr Ingraham said government has to monitor uprising in the Middle East and pressure on world food prices issues that will have repercussions for local gasoline, electricity and food costs. "As necessary, the gov ernment, the private sector and consumers will need to implement appropriate conservation measures to min imise the impacts," he said. SEE PAGESEVEN L OCAL NEWS P AGE 14, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM #66'06+1072$//&,9,/(59$176 7KDWVULJKWD/RDQDSSURYHGZLWKLQKRXUV 38%/,&:25.(56&2(5$7,9( &5(',7,21/,0,7(' also that this revelation is likely to throw the integrity of URCAs consideration of the deal into question and create a new round of controversy over the already contentious privatisation issue a reference to the international telecoms providers bid to buy 51 per cent of BTC from the government, which is still awaiting URCA approval. T he story goes on to explain that the allegations came as a result of a probe the paper had carried out over the last several days. It said the source of the claims about Ms Lewis conn ection with CWC was her LinkedIn profile, which identified her as the executive vice president of Cable and Wireless Barbados. H owever, yesterday afternoon, Ms Lewis profile on t he business social networking site listed executive v ice president, human resources at LIME Caribbean ( Cable and Wireless) as part of her past experie nce. T he current section of her profile identifies Ms Lewis as the owner and managing director of LCI Inc and HR consultant advisor to URCA, Bahamas. It mentions nothing about Cable and Wireless, but it is not c lear when the site was last updated. In its statement, CWC said Ms Lewis left the company t o start her own business. The Nassau Guardian story did not say if a response t o the allegations was ever sought from either URCA or C WC. The Tribune was unable to reach URCA officials for c omment before press time last night. By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE Progressive Liberal Party hit out at the mid-year budget statement tabled in the House of Assembly by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday as an admission of his administrations colossal failure in office. According to PLP leader Perry Christie, the Bahamian people were looking for a prescription for jobs and hope, but were given only a recitation of the Central Banks quarterly reports a recitation of despair. It was a waste of time, a public relations sham like so much of what this government does by sleight of hand. We again say that their projections on the budget and the economy are shamefully inaccurate. There is a shortfall in the revenues as compared to revenues of a year ago of $50 million. If it were not for the one time payments and taxes, the situation would be even worse. What is more alarming is that there is a revenue shortfall as compared to the budget forecasts of more than $84 million. We want to remind the Bahamian people that this FNM government projected revenue increases for this fiscal year of almost $200 million. Clearly because of the financial mismanagement of the Bahamas by this failed government, these revenue forecasts will be very difficult to meet. Mr Christie said the PLP warned the government at the time of the Budget communication that their forecasts were unrealistic and unachievable and would only cause a worsening fiscal situation for the Bahamas. We were right during the Budget communication, and we warn that again, the economic forecasts in the Mid-Term Budget are illusory. But to make matters even worse, acknowledging the revenues are shrinking, this FNM government proposes to make adjustments to the budget forecasts to increase expenditures. This government needs to get serious about the responsible management of the financial affairs of the Bahamas. And for that the prime minister needs to thank the PLP for leaving in place the plans for Baha Mar and other projects from which the country is clearly benefitting. The clearly neglected issue by the prime minister is that of employment for Bahamians. Bahamians throughout the country continue to lose their jobs, there is no clear method or forecast for any increased employment for Bahamians. This government thought it advisable to tax the Bahamian people at their highest rates ever during the Budget, threatening any job creation in the private sector, yet articulating no clear plan to encourage the creation of employment opportunities to the ever growing number of unemployed Bahamians. The PLP says that the theme of this address by the prime minister should have been jobs, jobs, jobs. The prime minister should go back to the drawing board as his financial management of the country is a proven failure, he said. NEWSPAPER STORY REFUTED BY CABLE AND WIRELESS F ROM page one PLP:mid-year budget is an admission of FNMs colossal failure Hopeful mid-year budget address from the PM FROM page one Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. P RIME MINISTER H ubert Ingraham outside of the House yesterday.

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 16, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Some union members were identifiable by their T-shirts, as well as members of the National Development Party (NDP coalition. Spokespersons for the various groups said the objective was to stage a peaceful demonstration; however some protesters were in a militant mood. Sporadic confrontations broke out whenever protesters stormed the police barricades. A major push by protesters challenged the strength of the police, causing officers to shout commands to secure the entrance to the House. The metal barricades that stretched across Parliament Square to the south were elevated in the air as protesters and police pushed against each other. A protester threw a filled water bottle in the direction of the police in Parliament Square. It is unclear whether a young boy who was on the front line at the time of the confrontation was trampled. Police officers used batons in their attempts to gain control. Protesters lost shoes, hats, sun glasses, and in at least one instance, a hair weave. During the demonstration, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was present in the House of Assembly. He left after tabling the mid-term budget report. Protesters jeered him as he left the House. Tourism officials said Bay Street was a ghost town. Motorists faced long delays as traffic was diverted away from the area. A security guard worki ng at a Parliament Square business said the demonstration was hurt ing us. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net PROTESTERS gathered in Rawson Square said they would not be moved and urged the government to reverse its decision to sell BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications. Bernard Evans, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU has made absolutely no overtures to negotiate or compromise, and it is beginning to look more and more like they had a pre-planned agenda. When you look at all connections between Cable and Wireless, BTC and the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA like they were planning this a l ong time ago. Julian Francis said it is only a coincidence that Sadaat and Lewis worked at CWC. Seems to be too much of a coincidence, said Mr Evans. Usman Saadat, URCA chief executive officer (CEO former CEO of CWC St Lucia.M arsha Lewis, URCA consultant, despite reports in The Nassau Guardian is also no longer connected to CWC, according to the company (see story, Page 1). Last month, members of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP raised questions about the hir-i ng of former CWC employee Howard Mason for the position of chief information officer (CIO Mr Evans said the objective of the unions and the BTC opposition is still the same. They want the government to reverse its decision on the sale. There is something that is fishy about this deal; something stinks to the high heavens. It is not just a union issue, it is a Bahamian issue. The more we fight is the more the public is going to come out. They need to have a referendum on this and a commission of inquiry, said Mr Evans. This is the voice of the people. They say we are the minority. It is 23 of them making deci sions for 350,000 of us. Something is wrong with their math. Add it up, he said. At the demonstration, union leaders were joined by individuals from civil society, including talk show host Steve McKinney and Dr Elwood Donaldson, former parliamentarian. Our objective was to let the prime minister know the people say no. We hope they have gotten the point. We will be back if necessary, said Dr Donaldson. We want to send a message to Ingraham that Bahamian people do not wish to have CWC purchase BTC. It is a simple message. He must reverse the process. It is not complete. Even in chemistry processes can be aborted. The passion of the people was on display today. In fact, I am surprised the passion did not go farther, he said. Dr Donaldson cautioned the government not provoke the people to anger. He thanked the supporters for their passion on behalf of Mr McKinney, the unions and the Committee to Save BTC. Demonstrators held signs reading: Selling 51 per cent cash cow business like BTC to foreigners is pure donkey nomics. Another read: For years the government has dipped its hands in the BTC cookie jar to pay bills. I wonder if they think C&W would do the same to save their neck. Secure the House FROM page one Protesters urge govt to reverse BTC decision SCENESFROM yesterdays protest in Rawson Square. At the demonstration, union l eaders were joined by indiv iduals from civil society, i ncluding talk show host Steve McKinney and Dr Elwood Donaldson, former parliamentarian. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand Associated Press THE SISTERand brother sat huddled Wednesday on sodden grass, staring at the smoldering remains of an office tower that collapsed with their mother inside. They hadn't heard from Donna Manning since a powerful earthquake tore through one of New Zealand's largest cities a day earlier, killing at least 75 people and leaving some 300 missing in the rub ble. Still, there was hope. "My mum is superwoman, she'd do anything," Manning's 18-year-old daughter Lizzy said, tears streaming down her face. Just then, a police officer approached and knelt before Lizzy and her 15-year-old brother Kent in the rain. "I have some horrible news..." the officer began. The teens' faces crumpled, and their father wrapped them in an embrace as the officer gently broke the news that their mother was presumed dead along with everyone else trapped inside the building. It was a dark moment that was repeated many times over Wednesday as rescuers searched for any signs of lifein the twisted rubble of Christchurch. Prime Minister John Key declared the quake a national disaster and analysts estimated its cost at up to $12 billion. Hundreds of troops, police and emergency workers raced against time and aftershocks that threatened to collapse more buildings. They picked gingerly through the ruins, poking heat-seeking cameras into gaps between tumbles of bricks and sending sniffer dogs over concrete slabs. Teams rushed in from Aus tralia, the United States, Britain and Japan and elsewhere in Asia, along with a mil itary field hospital and worke rs to help repair power, water and phone lines that were dam aged in all corners of the city of some 350,000 people. The news was grim at the Canterbury Television building, a seven-story concrete-andglass structure that housed the regional TV network where Manning had worked as a morning anchorwoman. An English language school used by young visitors from Japan and South Korea was also located there. The heavy concrete floors lay piled atop one another Wednesday, its central stairwell tower still standing, but leaning precariously. "We don't believe this site is now survivable," police operations commander Inspector Dave Lawry told reporters. He said rescuers were shifting to sites that were less dangerous and where there was more hope for survivors. Canterbury TV chairman Nick Smith said 15 of his employees were still missing inside the collapsed building. Also among the missing were 10 Japanese language students from a group of at least 23 students and teachers who were believed in the building, said Teppei Asano, a Japanese official monitoring the situation. Not far away, cheers erupted Wednesday as rescuers pulled a woman from another crumpled office tower. Ann Bodkin wasr eunited with her husband after a painstaking rescue from the twisted metal and concrete remains of the Pyne Gould Guinness building. Giant sun beams burst through the city's gray, drizzly weather as she emerged. "They got Ann out of the b uilding, and God turned on the lights," Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said. Police superintendent Rus sell Gibson said early Thurs day that the last survivor had been pulled out at 2 p.m. Wednesday, and no one had been found trapped in the rub-b le since. Gibson said the operation had become one of body recovery, though he rejected suggestions that rescuers were abandoning hope of finding anyone alive. "Yes, we are still looking for survivors," he said on National Radio. "There are pockets within a number of these buildings and, provided people haven't been crushed, there is no reason to suggest we will not continue to get survivors out of there." He said the search continued in the Canterbury Television building, but "the signs don't look good. There has been a fire in there ... We will continue to pull that building apart, piece by piece, until we are satisfied" there are no more survivors. Many sections of the city lay in ruins, and police announceda nighttime curfew in a cordoned-off area of downtown to keep people away from dangerous buildings and to prevent crime. Six people had been arrested since the quake for burglary and theft, said police Superintendent Dave Cliff, announcing that anyone on the streets after 6:30 p.m. without a valid reason could be arrested. One of the city's tallest buildings, the 27-floor Hotel Grand Chancellor, was showing signs of buckling and was in imminent danger of collapse, Fire Service commander Mike Hall said. Authorities emptied the building and evacuated a two-block radius. Parker said 120 people were rescued overnight Tuesday, while more bodies were also recovered. About 300 people were still unaccounted for, but this did not mean they were all still trapped, he said. Key, the prime minister, said early Wednesday that the death toll stood at 75 and was expected to rise. The figure had not been updated by nightfall. The true toll in life and treasure was still unknown, but the earthquake already was shaping as one of the country's worst disasters. JP Morgan analyst Michael Huttner conservatively estimated the insurance losses at $12 billion. That would be the most from a natural disaster since Hurricane Ike hit Texas and Louisiana in 2008, costing insurers $19 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Key said the New Zealand economy could withstand the impact of the quake, the second to strike Christchurch since September. "Christchurch's economic activity will be much less for a while," he told TV One. "The government will be doing everything it can to economically get Christchurch back on its feet." Rescuers who rushed into buildings immediately after the quake found horrific scenes. A construction manager described using sledgehammers and chain saws to cut into the Pyne Gould Guinness building from the roof, hacking downward through layers of sandwiched offices and finding bodies crushed and pulverized under concrete slabs. One trapped man died after talking awhile with rescuers, Fred Haering said. Another had a leg pinned under concrete, and a doctor administered medicine to deaden the pain. A firefighter asked Haering for a hacksaw. Haering handed it over and averted his eyes as the man's leg was sawed off, saving him from certain death. I NTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011, PAGE 17 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NZ earthquake toll at 75 dead, 300 missing OFFICIALS SURVEY the damage from Tuesday's earthquake in Lyttelton, on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Tuesday's magnitude-6.3 temblor caused extensive damage, and k illed dozens of people in the city. (AP

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BENGHAZI, Libya Associated Press MILITIAMENloyal to M oammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli Wednesday, but cracks in his regime spread elsewhere across the nation, asthe protest-fueled rebellion controlling much of eastern Libya claimed new gains closer to the capital. Two pilots let their warplane crash in thed esert, parachuting to safety, rather than bomb an opposi tion-held city. T he opposition said it had taken over Misrata, which would be the largest city in the w estern half in the country to f all into its hands. Clashes b roke out over the past two days in the town of Sabratha, a bout 50 miles west of the cap ital, where the army and militiamen were trying to putd own protesters who overw helmed security headquart ers and government buildings, a news website close to the government reported. Two air force pilots parachuted from their Russian-m ade Sukhoi fighter jet and let it crash, rather than carry out orders to bomb oppositionheld Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, the website Qureyna reported, citing an unident ified officer in the air force c ontrol room. One of the pilots identi fied by the report as Ali Omar G adhafi was from Gadhafi's tribe, the Gadhadhfa, said Farag al-Maghrabi, a local res i dent who saw the pilots and t he wreckage in a deserted area outside the key oil port of Breqa. International outrage mounted after Gadhafi went on state TV Tuesday and in a f ist-pounding speech called on h is supporters to take to the streets to hunt down protesters. His retaliation has already been the harshest of anyr egime confronting anti-gove rnment protests sweeping the Middle East. Civilians T he U.N.'s top human rights official said a no-fly zone couldb e imposed over Libya to prot ect civilians from attacks by g overnment aircraft. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said W ednesday if unconfirmed reports of aerial attacks against civilians turned out to be true," I think there's an immediate need for that level of protection." The United States and the European Union vowed W ednesday to consider sanctions against Libya for Moamm ar Gadhafi's fierce crackdown on protesters, with the EU calling the attacks possible "crimes against humanity." The continuing brutal and bloody repression against the Libyan civilian population is r evolting," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a statement Wednesday, raising thep ossibility of cutting off all econ omic and business ties b etween the EU and Libya. "The international community cannot remain a spectator to these massive violations of human rights." In Washington, White H ouse spokesman Jay Carney a lso condemned the attacks. "The violence is abhorrent, it is completely unacceptable and the bloodshed must stop,"C arney said. I taly's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said estimates of some 1,000 people killed in t he violence in Libya were "credible," although he stressed information aboutc asualties was incomplete. The N ew York-based Human Rights Watch has put the death toll at nearly 300, accordi ng to a partial count. In Tripoli, militiamen and Gadhafi supporters werer oaming main streets, firing w eapons in the air from time to time as they chanted "long live Gadhafi" and waved green flags. In many neighborhoods, residents had set up watch groups to keep them out, bar-r icading their streets with concrete blocks, metal and rocks and searching those trying to enter, said a Tripoli activist. Many were passing out fliers announcing a march by protesters on Tripoli on Friday, u rging residents to take refuge in mosques in case violence erupts. G adhafi's residence at T ripoli's Aziziya Gates was guarded by loyalists, waving h is picture and chanting slo gans, along with a line of a rmed militiamen in vehicles, s ome masked, he said. The radio station building down town was also heavily fortified. Mercenaries are everyw here with weapons. You can't open a window or door. Snipers hunt people," said another resident, who said she had spent the last night in her home awake hearing gunfire o utside. "We are under siege, at the mercy of a man who is not a Muslim." B ut below the surface, pro testers were organizing, said the activist. At night, they fan out and spray-paint anti-Gadhafi graffiti or set fires near police stations, chanting "thep eople want the ouster of the regime," before running at the approach of militiamen, he said. A group of 60 intellectuals, judges, doctors and journalists linked to the protesters drew up a list of demands for the post-Gadhafi era, calling for a national assembly formed of representatives from each region to draw up a transitional government and write a con stitution, the activist said. Libya's upheaval, just over a week old, has shattered the hold of Gadhafi's regime across much of the country. Protesters claim to hold towns and cities along nearly the entire eastern half of the 1,000mile Mediterranean coastline, from the Egyptian border. In parts, they have set up their own jury-rigged self-adminis trations. At the Egyptian border, guards had fled, and local trib al elders have formed local committees to take their place. "Welcome to the new Libya," a graffiti spray-painted at the crossing proclaimed. Fawzy Ignashy, a former soldier, now in civilian clothes at the border, said that early in the protests, some commanders ordered troops to fire on protesters, but then tribal leaders stepped in and ordered them to stop. "They did because they were from here. So the officers fled," he said. A defense committee of local residents was even guarding one of Gadhafi's once high ly secretive anti-aircraft missile bases outside the city of Tobruk. "This is the first time I've seen missiles like these up close," admitted Abdelsalam al-Gedani, one of the guards, dressed in an overcoat and carrying a Kalashnikov automatic rifle. "There is now an operating room for the militaries of all the liberated cities and they are trying to convince the others to join them," said Lt. Col. O mar Hamza, an army officer w ho had allied with the pro testers. "They are trying to h elp the people in Tripoli to capture Gadhafi." Protesters have claimed con trol all the way to the city of A jdabiya, about 480 miles (800 kilometers) east of Tripoli, encroaching on the key oil fields around the Gulf of Sidra. That has left Gadhafi's pow er centered around Tripoli, in the far west and parts of the c ountry's center. But that appeared to be weakening in parts. P rotesters in Libya's thirdl argest city Misrata were claim ing victory after several days of fighting with Gadhafi loyali sts in the city, about 120 miles (200 kilometers Celebration Residents were honking horns in celebration and raising the pre-Gadhafi flags of the Libyan monarchy, said Faraj al-Misrati, a local doctor. He said six people had been killed and 200 wounded in clashes that began Feb. 18 and eventually drove out pro-Gadhafi militiamen. Residents had formed committees to clean the streets, protect the city and treat the injured, he said. "The solidarity among the people here is amazing, even the disabled are helping out." An audio statement posted on the Internet was reportedly from armed forces officers in Misrata proclaiming "our total support" for the protesters. New videos posted by Libya's opposition on Facebook also showed scores of anti-government protesters raising the flag from the preGadhafi monarchy on a building in Zawiya, 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Tripoli. Another showed protesters lining up cement blocks and set ting tires ablaze to fortify posi tions on a square inside the capital. The footage couldn't be independently confirmed. Further west, armed forces deployed in Sabratha, a town famed for nearby ancient Roman ruins, in a bid to regain control after protesters burned government buildings and police stations, the Qureyna news website reported. It said clashes had erupted between soldiers and residents in the past nights and that residents were also reporting an influx of pro-Gadhafi militias that have led heaviest crackdown on pro testers. The opposition also claimed c ontrol in Zwara, about 30 m iles (50 kilometers Tunisian border in the west, a fter local army units sided with the protesters and police fled. "The situation here is very s ecure, the people here have organized security committees, and there are people who have joined us from the army," said a 25-year-old unemployed uni versity graduate in Zwara. "This man (Gadhafi r eached the point that he's say ing he will bring armies from African (to fight protestersT hat means he is isolated," he s aid. The division of the country and defection of some army u nits to the protesters raises the possibility the opposition could try an assault on the cap-i tal. On the Internet, there were calls by protesters for all policemen, armed forces andy outh to march to Tripoli on Friday. In his speech Tuesday night, Gadhafi defiantly vowed to fight to his "last drop of blood" and roared at supporters to strike back against Libyan pro testers to defend his embattled regime. "You men and women who love Gadhafi ... get out of your homes and fill the streets," Gadhafi said. "Leave your homes and attack them in their lairs." Gadhafi appears to have lost the support of several tribes and his own diplomats, includ ing Libya's ambassador in Washington, Ali Adjali, and deputy U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi. The Libyan Embassy in Austria also condemned the use of "excessive violence against peaceful demonstra tors" and said in a statement Wednesday that it was repre senting the Libyan people. International alarm has risen over the crisis, and is sending oil prices soaring and European and other countries scrambling to get their citizens out of the North African nation. On Wednesday, oil prices hit $100 per barrel for the first time since 2008. Libya is the world's 15th largest exporter of crude, accounting for 2 percent of global daily output. Traders are worried the revolt could threaten Libya's oil production and spread to other countries in the region. The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday that ended with a statement condemning the crackdown, expressing "grave concern" and calling for an I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 18, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RESIDENTS GATHER near the courthouse, as a flag of Libya's m onarchy prior to Moammar Gadhafi's reign flies above, in B enghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. Militiamen loyal t o Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli Wednesday, b ut cracks in his regime spread elsewhere across the nation, a s the protest-fueled rebellion controlling much of eastern Libya claimed new gains closer to the capital. (AP Clampdown in Libyan capital as protests close in


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