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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 and
a man in police custody for his
alleged involvement in an
attempt to assault Tommy
Turnquest, Minister of Nation-
al 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 beaten
by police with a baton during
the demonstration. Mr Miller

confirmed the woman “is mak-
ing 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 cit-
izen 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) supporters were dressed
visibly in yellow “no turning
back” shirts. There was also a
large contingent of PLP youth
dressed in custom-made design-
er “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).

SEE page 16

‘Brave’ Davis supporters make
strong showing at protest

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 yesterday’s
mass demonstration protesting the government’s 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.

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PLP LEADER DENIES PAYING
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Tribune Staff Reporter

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PLP leader Perry
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HOPEFUL MID-YEAR BUDGET
ADDRESS FROM THE PM

By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham

i gave a hopeful mid-year budget
: address yesterday, noting that the soft-
? ened economy has “turned the cor-
i ner" 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
i visitors — and an expected 0.5 per cent
: expansion in the country's real gross
: domestic product (GDP) last year is
: evidence that the economy has sta-
i bilised. The estimated GDP expan-
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POLICE Commissioner
Ellison Greenslade acknowl-
edged yesterday that police
did not demonstrate the
“requisite amount of sensi-
tivity” in dealing with a traf-
fic accident involving a
police cruiser which left sev-
eral children seriously
injured.

Parents of those children
have criticized police for how
they addressed the matter.

Commissioner Greenslade
told the Tribune yesterday:
“My understanding is that a
marked police vehicle was
responding to an emergency.
There was an accident. On
the back of the truck were
a number of kids. One is still
in hospital.

“Police did not demon-
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the matter. Iam not satisfied
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Commissioner Greenslade
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the children involved in the
accident and said police
were going to meet with
them.

“The police should have
stepped up and demonstrat-
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ing with that matter,” he
said. “We don’t have an
obligation but when people
are seriously injured I feel
it is the right thing to do.”

Initial reports said that
around 9.35pm last Friday
there was an accident on the
corner of Gladstone and Fire
Trail Roads involving a 2009
Crown Victoria occupied by
police officers and a 2001
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011, PAGE 7



LOCAL NEWS



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By TANEKA THOMPSON
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tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT is
proposing to allocate an addi-
tional $3.7 million to the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force this
fiscal year to hire 162 new
recruits and cadets, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
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The communication, made
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revealed a host of other fis-
cal adjustments government
has in mind for the 2010/2011
fiscal year including increases
and reductions across several
areas.

Changes proposed for
recurrent expenditure this fis-
cal 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 by
government entities

¢ $3.7 million to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force to
engage 90 new recruits and
72 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
assistance to the needy

¢ $4 million to the Public
Hospitals Authority for more
medicine

¢ $2.5 million to Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health Services for ongoing
engagement of casual relief
workers and roadside and
heavy equipment contracts.

Mr Ingraham said these
increases will be partially off-
set by the following budget
cuts:

¢ $10 million from the
Department of Public Service

¢ $1 million from the
Department of Finance's car
insurance plan

¢ $0.5 million from the
Office of the Prime Minister
for investment promotion

He also listed increases in
capital expenditure, includ-
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severance packages for
employees at the Broadcast-
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This increase in spending
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Mr Ingraham told Parlia-
ment that even with the addi-
tional spending, total recurrent
and capital expenditure will be
contained and remain in line
with guidelines established in
the 2010/2011 budget.

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LOCAL NEWS



Bahamian women
‘heed equal rights te
transfer citizenship

GIVING equal rights to
Bahamian women to trans-
fer dual citizenship to their
children could be the spark
for beginning to reverse
gender inequality in the
Bahamas, a group of local
women were told.

“There are some very
important, fundamental
things we haven’t done,
and as long as we continue
to sit on it, we will contin-
ue to remain where we
are,” said Loretta Butler
Turner, Minister of State
of Social Services.

“We allowed politics to
stop us from allowing
women to be able to pass
on citizenship to their chil-
dren, if they are married
to a foreign spouse and the
baby is had outside of the
country.

“But our husbands are
allowed to do it. They
could marry anyone in the
world and that child is
Bahamian.”

On February 17, the
Bureau of Women’s
Affairs attracted 50
women to its monthly
forum with non-govern-
mental women’s organisa-
tions and interested
women to meet at the
Rehabilitative and Welfare
Services conference room
on Thompson Boulevard.

“There are some things
that are very controversial
that nobody wants to talk



CONCERNED COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS of the Bureau of Women’s
Affairs discuss solutions for adding weight to the social imbalance evi-

dent throughout the country.

about. There are contro-
versial things that divide
us,” said Mrs Turner.

Legislation

“For example, what hap-
pened with the legislation
with regards to rape and
marriage? Do you know
how many women we have
talked to who don’t even
agree with us on this, but
yet they want to be a part
of women’s empower-
ment? They just don’t get
it,” she said.

Concerned community

activists discussed solu-
tions for adding weight to
the social imbalance evi-
dent throughout the coun-
try, unconsciously created
by cultural gender condi-
tioning in early childhood
development.

“We have got to make
sure we have a more equi-
table society, rather than
get all caught up with who
is going to do this election
or that election,” said Mrs
Turner.

“We have bigger pic-
tures to look at. We have a
bigger fight on our hands.”



A Tribute to

Mrs. La Rita Boren

An Angel to Many Bahamian Students

he Taylor University Bahamas

Alumni are saddened by the
loss of Mrs. LaRita Boren who
died on Thursday, February 10
2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mrs.

LaRita Boren and

her husband Leland Boren were
instrumental in the recruitment and
support of numerous Bahamian

students

who attended Taylor

University for over 25 years. Mrs. LaRita Boren was a member
of the Board of Directors for Lyford Cay Foundation which
is instrumental in providing a college education for over 2,000
Bahamians in the United States and Canada. She is our hero, our
model of service and our example of transformational leadership.
The Taylor University Alumni Association with its many parents,
friends and prayer partners honor this woman of substance who
was an angel to many Bahamians who attended Taylor University.
Leland and LaRita Boren together were God’s hands extended in
the earth as they went to great lengths to assist Bahamian students
in achieving a quality education. Many of whom serve in various
capacities in the Bahamian society. Academic journeys cannot be
chronicled without a mention of Mr. and Mrs. Leland and LaRita
Boren. Their contributions are on going to Bahamian students
currently at Taylor University.
Mrs. LaRita Boren’s giving heart was the hands of God
extended in the earth as she opened herself, her family, her home
and her resources to those Bahamian students in need and made
this her ministry. Many Bahamian students were recipients of her
giving and today stand tall in this community making positive

contributions.

While we will miss her presence, we know that to be absent in
this body is to be present with the Lord and we are assured that she
has a stellar reward in heaven.

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SENATOR Jacinta Higgs.

Extending freedom to
women to make legal deci-
sions without a man’s con-
sent, such as transferring
citizenship, land and inher-
itances, would indicate an
evolution of national
maturity as well as an
increase in emotional secu-
rity among Bahamian
men.

Equality

“Tam not a feminist, but
I do believe in equality. I
am happily married. I have
a wonderful husband and
two biological children and
one adopted child. I am
very happy in my own skin
and thank God I have a
husband who truly under-
stands and appreciates
me”, said Mrs Turner.

“He is also a very
grounded, very self-
assured man, so he does-
n’t mind. Communication
is key.”

Creating laws that recog-
nise women’s empower-
ment needs would elevate
the individual worth of
Bahamian women, who
represent 51 per cent of

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the population. It would
also give disabled women
more rights and protection
under the law, she said.

“Tf we are 51 per cent of
the population, why are we
not making up 51 per cent
of the House of Parlia-
ment? We are the majority
and I’m not saying that
everyone is going to be
interested in politics but
you are going to have
daughters, granddaughters,
and you will have sons as
well, but let us encourage
them,” said Mrs Turner.

“One of the things we
are very good at is dis-
couraging each other. We
have to make sure our
women are not just pro-
moted, but they are prof-
itable. They could go into
banks without someone
asking you, ‘Oh where’s
your husband?’ Why do we
have to have concurrence
over our lives with another
male?”

Minister Turner and the
bureau’s chairman encour-
aged women to work
together to resolve the
issues that divide women
and place them at a disad-
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“Are we positioning our-
selves 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 other
down because of our dif-
ferences,” said Mrs Turn-
er.

Generation

“There’s so much more
that binds us together than
what separates us. Why is
it that we continue to allow
the boys to say ‘It’s still a
man’s world’? What are we
doing to make the next
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LOCAL NEWS



Bahamian women need to
think about power they holt

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia. net

BAHAMIAN women need
to start “paying attention” to
the power they have as a col-
lective body, Atlanta-based
Bahamian Consul General
Katherine Smith said at a
gathering of women at the
American Ambassadot’s res-
idence.

“Women make up more
than 53 per cent of the vot-
ing 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 women’s rights in
the Bahamas and globally,
and the responsibility of
women elders for “passing the
baton” to the younger gener-
ation.

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 Spel-
man president Dr Beverly
Tatum, Spelman vice presi-
dent for enrolment manage-
ment Arlene Cash, and a host
of leading Bahamian women.

Ambassador Avant, a Spel-
man graduate, said: “Every
generation has a responsibili-
ty 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
Ambassador’s message is sim-
ilar to the one she delivered
to Spelman freshmen last
year, 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

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generation to have a shorter
life expectancy than the pre-
ceding generation. We see
this because of our health
habits and life style choices.
We are responsible for re-
establishing a sense of per-
sonal sustainability amongst
our women,” said Mrs Tatum.

She said self discovery is a
key part of the journey, par-
ticularly because standard
education about the heritage
and legacy of black women
and African people usually
“begins and ends with slav-
ery”.

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.

“Tt gives them information
they never had access to
before. Also, being in a com-
munity of powerful women is
significant. Most of them
come from an environment
where they are one in a hand-
ful of talented powerful black
women. You are often isolat-
ed and people lead you to
believe you are exceptional.
At Spelman you are one of
many; it expands your under-
standing 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

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1987.

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
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“Tt was a critical time, espe-
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the natural candidates for
those schools were now being
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LOCAL NEWS

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Police Athletic League to
keep youths off the streets

THE Royal Bahamas
Police Force and several
local sports leaders affirmed
their commitment yesterday
to We the People’s plan for
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geared towards keeping
young inner city children
active and off the streets.
Ed Fields, chairman of the
non-partisan, non-profit
organisation said the Police

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organisation.

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crime and the solution to
crime in the Bahamas and
its our perspective that we
often target the wrong peo-
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we try to do is cut down on
the demand. It is one thing
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He said it is hoped the ini-
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will involve children
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16.

Mr Fields noted that the
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place to live to visit to work
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migrants apprehended

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

DEFENCE Force officers
apprehended two groups of
Haitian migrants within the
space of a few hours on
Tuesday evening when a
routine boarding in Nassau
harbour was followed by a
major apprehension in Exu-
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Sources told The Tribune
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directed the Royal Bahamas
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the second raid in the Exu-
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Leading seaman Vance
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sailboat near Coakley Cay,
Exuma, and officers appre-
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women and five children
on board.

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Eighth Sunday After Epiphany
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LOCAL NEWS

PLP leader denies paying | ‘ceeeecen
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FROM page one

that many of the protesters in Rawson
Square appeared to be “hired” by the
party to be present at the demonstra-
tion.

“From my point of view, I paid no
one,” Mr Christie remarked.

Pointing to other members of his
party who were standing behind him,
the PLP leader said there were other
Members of Parliament the media
could speak to on the matter — all of
whom collectively denied the allega-
tions.

However, a government minister
who spoke on condition of anonymity,
informed The Tribune yesterday that
constituents 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
take part.

However, Mr Christie maintains the
protest seen yesterday was a “legiti-
mate” one.

“This is a legitimate protest. I think
it is going to expand.

“T think you are hearing dissent ina
country and listen, the PLP commit-
ted itself in the last term to the priva-
tization 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 res-
olutely determined that we must do
more to ensure the maximum involve-
ment of Bahamians in the economy of
the Bahamas, and that when it comes
to BTC to make every possible effort
to ensure that justice is done to
Bahamians and the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas,” he said.

PPORTERS MAKE STRONG
SHOWING AT PROTEST

FROM page one

Another protester said he did not know the translation

? for the text written on the shirt, but he knew it had to do
i with the BTC protest.

He said he was given a shirt that morning, and the group

was taken to the protest together.

A Tribune source at the Post Office said he saw buses

near the parking lot off-loading people for the demonstra-
i tion. One PLP supporter said: “The district arranged for us
i 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

i did not “facilitate people with buses”, but Members of Par-
i liament 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 on



HAWAII GOV. Neil Abercrombie signs the Hawaii Civil Unions bill into
law at a ceremony held at Washington Place Wednesday, Feb. 23,
2011 in Honolulu. (AP)

Hawail's governor signs
Civil unions inte law

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HAWATI Gov. Neil Aber-
crombie signed same-sex civ-
il unions into law Wednes-
day, calling it "a triumph for
everyone” that gay and les-
bian couples will have the
same state rights as married
partners.

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-
nitions for gay couples. Five
other 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 sign-
ing ceremony. " With its sign-
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to the world, come to par-
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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 rain-
bow lei and watched the bil-
I's signing.

The new law follows near-
ly 20 years of court fights,
protest rallies and passion-
ate 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 candi-
dates 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
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"It's overwhelming," said
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pushed for civil unions with
her partner for more than
two years. "All the families
here 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 first
in the nation to legalize gay
marriage in 1993 because of
a state Supreme Court rul-
ing.

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.

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also have enacted defense of
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Opponents of civil unions
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lead to same-sex marriage,
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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 adminis-
tration to stop defending a
federal law banning recogni-
tion of gay marriage, and a
vote in the Maryland Senate
to legalize gay marriage. IIli-
nois legalized civil unions last
month.

"It's a fantastic day,” said
Tony Wagner of the Wash-
ington-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.”

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LOCAL NEWS



NEWSPAPER STORY
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AND WIRELESS

FROM page one

also that this “revelation” is likely to throw “the integri-
ty of URCA’s 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 provider’s bid to buy 51 per
cent of BTC from the government, which is still await-
ing URCA approval.

The 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’ con-
nection with CWC was her LinkedIn profile, which
identified her as “the executive vice president of Cable
and Wireless Barbados.”

However, yesterday afternoon, Ms Lewis’ profile on
the business social networking site listed “executive
vice president, human resources at LIME Caribbean
(Cable and Wireless)” as part of her “past” experi-
ence.

The “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
clear when the site was last updated.

In its statement, CWC said Ms Lewis left the company
to start her own business.

The Nassau Guardian story did not say if a response
to the allegations was ever sought from either URCA or
CWC.

The Tribune was unable to reach URCA officials for
comment before press time last night.

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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 admis-
sion of his administration’s “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 Bank’s
quarterly reports — a “recitation of despair.”

“It was a waste of time, a public rela-
tions sham like so much of what this gov-
ernment 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 com-
pared to revenues of a year ago of $50 mil-
lion. If it were not for the one time pay-
ments 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 gov-
ernment at the time of the Budget commu-
nication that their forecasts were unrealistic
and unachievable and would only cause a
worsening fiscal situation for the Bahamas.

“We were right during the Budget com-
munication, 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 fore-
casts to increase expenditures. This gov-
ernment needs to get serious about the
responsible management of the financial

FNM’s ‘colossal failure’

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 clear-
ly neglected issue by the prime minister is
that of employment for Bahamians.
Bahamians throughout the country contin-
ue 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.



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one-off revenue items" not
incorporated into earlier
predictions. Subsequently
government debt is expected
to come in below 49.2 per
cent of GDP as estimated in
the 2010/2011 budget
address. Public debt stood
at 48.7 per cent of GDP at
the end of last year.

Mr Ingraham also noted
positive turns in govern-
ment's revenue collection
for the first six months of
the fiscal year.

"Revenue collections for
the July to December, 2010
period amounted to $584.1
million. Relative to the cor-
responding period of fiscal
year 2009/2010, revenues
were down by some $50 mil-
lion, though the out-turn last
year was bolstered by one-
off revenue receipts of $84
million.

"Excluding those one time
receipts, revenues for the
first six months of the cur-
rent 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 fis-
cal 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 com-
ponent, which accounted for
25 per cent of the total, reg-
istered 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 mil-
lion, aided by a combination
of increased port calls from
major cruise lines and high-

er capacity ships,” said Mr
Ingraham.

The Free National Move-
ment leader said his admin-
istration has put in place
"key structural reforms
designed to enhance the
domestic business environ-
ment” and allow the country
to gain maximum advantage
from the modest economic
recovery.

"There are clear indica-
tions that the economy has
turned the corner and that,
despite the risks that are
present, we can look for-
ward to better days ahead,"
Mr Ingraham told the
House of Assembly.

"In light of global devel-
opments, 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 sup-
ported by further improve-
ments in the key tourist mar-
Kets."

The upgrades to the Lyn-
den Pindling International
Airport; public work pro-
jects such as the construc-
tion of the port at Arawak
Cay; work at Baha Mar,
Albany and Kerzner Inter-
national and stalled projects
will create jobs in the con-
struction 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 gaso-
line, electricity and food
costs.

"As necessary, the gov-
ernment, the private sector
and consumers will need to
implement appropriate con-
servation measures to min-
imise the impacts,” he said.

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‘Secure |
the House’ |
FROM page one :

Some union members were }
identifiable by their T-shirts, :
as well as members of the }
National Development Party }
(NDP) and Worker’s Party }
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 i
broke out whenever pro-
testers stormed the police
barricades.

A major push by pro-
testers challenged the
strength of the police,
causing officers to shout
commands to “secure the
entrance to the House.”

The metal barricades
that stretched across Par-
liament Square to the
south were elevatedin the }
air as protesters and police }
pushed against each other. }
A protester threw a filled
water bottle in the direc-
tion of the police in Parlia-
ment Square. Itis 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 glass-
es, and in at least one
instance, a hair weave.

During the demonstra-
tion, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was pre-
sent 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 work-
ing 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 deci-
sion to sell BTC to Cable and
Wireless Communications.

Bernard Evans, president of
the Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU), said the government
has made absolutely no over-
tures to negotiate or compro-
mise, and it is beginning to look
more and more like they had a
“pre-planned agenda.”

“When you look at all con-
nections between Cable and
Wireless, BTC and the Utilities
Regulation and Competition
Authority (URCA), it seems
like they were planning this a
long 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), is a
former CEO of CWC St Lucia.
Marsha Lewis, URCA consul-
tant, despite reports in The Nas-
sau 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-
ing of former CWC employee
Howard Mason for the position
of chief information officer
(CIO) at BTC.

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

LOCAL NEWS

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reverse BTC decision

















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 peo-
ple. They say we are the minor-
ity. It is 23 of them making deci-
sions for 350,000 of us. Some-
thing is wrong with their math.
Add it up,” he said.

At the demonstration, union
leaders were joined by individ-
uals from civil society, including
talk show host Steve McKin-
ney and Dr Elwood Donald-
son, 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.

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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 sur-
prised 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.”

SCENES FROM yesterday’s
protest in Rawson Square.
At the demonstration, union
leaders were joined by indi-
viduals from civil society,
including talk show host
Steve McKinney and

Dr Elwood Donaldson,
former parliamentarian.

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NZ earthquake
toll at 75 dead,
300 missing

CHRISTCHURCH,
New Zealand
Associated Press

THE SISTER and 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 pow-
erful 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
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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 life
in 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, pok-
ing 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 else-
where in Asia, along with a mil-
itary field hospital and work-
ers 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 build-
ing, a seven-story concrete-and-
glass 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 stair-
well tower still standing, but
leaning precariously.

"We don't believe this site
is now survivable," police oper-
ations 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 stu-
dents and teachers who were
believed in the building, said
Teppei Asano, a Japanese offi-
cial monitoring the situation.

Not far away, cheers erupted
Wednesday as rescuers pulled a
woman from another crumpled
office tower. Ann Bodkin was
reunited with her husband after
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twisted metal and concrete
remains of the Pyne Gould
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Radio. "There are pockets
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Clampdown in
Libyan capital as
protests close in

BENGHAZI, Libya
Associated Press

MILITIAMEN loyal to
Moammar Gadhafi clamped
down in Tripoli Wednesday,
but cracks in his regime spread
elsewhere across the nation, as
the protest-fueled rebellion
controlling much of eastern
Libya claimed new gains closer
to the capital. Two pilots let
their warplane crash in the
desert, parachuting to safety,
rather than bomb an opposi-
tion-held city.

The opposition said it had
taken over Misrata, which
would be the largest city in the
western half in the country to
fall into its hands. Clashes
broke out over the past two
days in the town of Sabratha,
about 50 miles west of the cap-
ital, where the army and mili-
tiamen were trying to put
down protesters who over-
whelmed security headquar-
ters and government buildings,
a news website close to the
government reported.

Two air force pilots para-
chuted from their Russian-
made Sukhoi fighter jet and let
it crash, rather than carry out
orders to bomb opposition-
held Benghazi, Libya's second
largest city, the website Qurey-
na reported, citing an uniden-
tified officer in the air force
control room.

One of the pilots — identi-
fied by the report as Ali Omar
Gadhafi — was from Gadhafi's
tribe, the Gadhadhfa, said
Farag al-Maghrabi, a local res-

ident who saw the pilots and
the 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
fist-pounding speech called on
his supporters to take to the
streets to hunt down protesters.
His retaliation has already
been the harshest of any
regime confronting anti-gov-
ernment protests sweeping the
Middle East.

Civilians

The U.N.'s top human rights
official said a no-fly zone could
be imposed over Libya to pro-
tect civilians from attacks by
government aircraft. U.N.
High Commissioner for
Human Rights Navi Pillay said
Wednesday if unconfirmed
reports of aerial attacks against
civilians turned out to be true,
"T think there's an immediate
need for that level of protec-
tion."

The United States and the
European Union vowed
Wednesday to consider sanc-
tions against Libya for Moam-
mar Gadhafi's fierce crack-
down on protesters, with the
EU calling the attacks possi-
ble "crimes against humanity."

"The continuing brutal and
bloody repression against the
Libyan civilian population is
revolting,” French President
Nicolas Sarkozy said in a state-
ment Wednesday, raising the
possibility of cutting off all eco-

nomic and business ties
between the EU and Libya.
"The international community
cannot remain a spectator to
these massive violations of
human rights."

In Washington, White
House spokesman Jay Carney
also condemned the attacks.

"The violence is abhorrent,
it is completely unacceptable
and the bloodshed must stop,"
Carney said.

Italy's Foreign Minister
Franco Frattini said estimates
of some 1,000 people killed in
the violence in Libya were
"credible," although he
stressed information about
casualties was incomplete. The
New York-based Human
Rights Watch has put the
death toll at nearly 300, accord-
ing to a partial count.

In Tripoli, militiamen and
Gadhafi supporters were
roaming main streets, firing
weapons 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-
ricading their streets with con-
crete blocks, metal and rocks
and searching those trying to
enter, said a Tripoli activist.
Many were passing out fliers
announcing a march by pro-
testers on Tripoli on Friday,
urging residents to take refuge
in mosques in case violence
erupts.

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his picture and chanting slo-
gans, along with a line of
armed militiamen in vehicles,
some masked, he said. The
radio station building down-
town was also heavily fortified.

"Mercenaries are every-
where 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
outside.

"We are under siege, at the
mercy of a man who is not a
Muslim."

But below the surface, pro-
testers were organizing, said
the activist. At night, they fan
out and spray-paint anti-Gad-
hafi graffiti or set fires near
police stations, chanting "the
people 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 transition-
al 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 1,000-
mile 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 bor-
der, said that early in the
protests, some commanders
ordered troops to fire on pro-
testers, 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 guard-
ing one of Gadhafi's once high-
ly secretive anti-aircraft mis-
sile 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 car-
rying 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 oth-
ers to join them,” said Lt. Col.

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monarchy prior to Moammar Gadhati's reign flies above, in
Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. Militiamen loyal

to Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli Wednesday,
but cracks in his regime spread elsewhere across the nation,
as the protest-fueled rebellion controlling much of eastern
Libya claimed new gains closer to the capital. (AP)

Omar Hamza, an army officer
who had allied with the pro-
testers. "They are trying to
help the people in Tripoli to
capture Gadhafi."

Protesters have claimed con-
trol all the way to the city of
Ajdabiya, 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
country’s center.

But that appeared to be
weakening in parts.

Protesters in Libya's third-
largest city Misrata were claim-
ing victory after several days
of fighting with Gadhafi loyal-
ists in the city, about 120 miles
(200 kilometers) east of Tripoli.

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 even-
tually drove out pro-Gadhafi
militiamen.

Residents had formed com-
mittees to clean the streets,
protect the city and treat the
injured, he said. "The solidari-
ty 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 Face-
book also showed scores of
anti-government protesters
raising the flag from the pre-
Gadhafi monarchy on a build-
ing in Zawiya, 30 miles (50
kilometers) west of Tripoli.
Another showed protesters lin-
ing 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

control in Zwara, about 30
miles (50 kilometers) from the
Tunisian border in the west,
after local army units sided
with the protesters and police
fled.

"The situation here is very
secure, 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) has
reached the point that he's say-
ing he will bring armies from
African (to fight protesters).
That means he is isolated," he
said.

The division of the country
— and defection of some army
units to the protesters — raises
the possibility the opposition
could try an assault on the cap-
ital. On the Internet, there
were calls by protesters for all
policemen, armed forces and
youth 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 Euro-
pean 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

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PROTESTERS clashed with
police yesterday in a mass
demonstration against the sale
of BTC.

The heated demonstration
left one woman in hospital and
a man in police custody for his
alleged involvement in an
attempt to assault Tommy
Turnquest, Minister of Nation-
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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 beaten
by police with a baton during
the demonstration. Mr Miller

confirmed the woman “is mak-
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are being looked into.

Police sources said the hun-
dreds of protesters represent-
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unions, political parties and cit-
izen 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) supporters were dressed
visibly in yellow “no turning
back” shirts. There was also a
large contingent of PLP youth
dressed in custom-made design-
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Union leaders were present
from most of the member
unions of the National Con-
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and the Trade Union Congress
(TUC).

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strong showing at protest

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
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SUPPORTERS of Philip “Brave” Davis, deputy leader of the
Progressive Liberal Party, made a strong showing at yesterday’s
mass demonstration protesting the government’s sale of BTC
to Cable and Wireless Communications.

A large contingent of PLP youth arrived at the demonstration
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lighting as a consultant for the
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Contrary to yesterday’s headline
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“My understanding is that a
marked police vehicle was
responding to an emergency.
There was an accident. On
the back of the truck were
a number of kids. One is still
in hospital.

“Police did not demon-
strate the requisite amount
of sensitivity in dealing with

the matter. Iam not satisfied
that we did due diligence.”

Commissioner Greenslade
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the children involved in the
accident and said police
were going to meet with
them.

“The police should have
stepped up and demonstrat-
ed more sensitivity in deal-
ing with that matter,” he
said. “We don’t have an
obligation but when people
are seriously injured I feel
it is the right thing to do.”

Initial reports said that
around 9.35pm last Friday
there was an accident on the
corner of Gladstone and Fire
Trail Roads involving a 2009
Crown Victoria occupied by
police officers and a 2001
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By TANEKA THOMPSON
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GOVERNMENT is
proposing to allocate an addi-
tional $3.7 million to the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force this
fiscal year to hire 162 new
recruits and cadets, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said during his mid-year bud-
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The communication, made
in Parliament yesterday,
revealed a host of other fis-
cal adjustments government
has in mind for the 2010/2011
fiscal year including increases
and reductions across several
areas.

Changes proposed for
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e-government

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Department of Finance for
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¢ $3.7 million to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force to
engage 90 new recruits and
72 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
assistance to the needy

¢ $4 million to the Public
Hospitals Authority for more
medicine

¢ $2.5 million to Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health Services for ongoing
engagement of casual relief
workers and roadside and
heavy equipment contracts.

Mr Ingraham said these
increases will be partially off-
set by the following budget
cuts:

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Bahamian women
‘heed equal rights te
transfer citizenship

GIVING equal rights to
Bahamian women to trans-
fer dual citizenship to their
children could be the spark
for beginning to reverse
gender inequality in the
Bahamas, a group of local
women were told.

“There are some very
important, fundamental
things we haven’t done,
and as long as we continue
to sit on it, we will contin-
ue to remain where we
are,” said Loretta Butler
Turner, Minister of State
of Social Services.

“We allowed politics to
stop us from allowing
women to be able to pass
on citizenship to their chil-
dren, if they are married
to a foreign spouse and the
baby is had outside of the
country.

“But our husbands are
allowed to do it. They
could marry anyone in the
world and that child is
Bahamian.”

On February 17, the
Bureau of Women’s
Affairs attracted 50
women to its monthly
forum with non-govern-
mental women’s organisa-
tions and interested
women to meet at the
Rehabilitative and Welfare
Services conference room
on Thompson Boulevard.

“There are some things
that are very controversial
that nobody wants to talk



CONCERNED COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS of the Bureau of Women’s
Affairs discuss solutions for adding weight to the social imbalance evi-

dent throughout the country.

about. There are contro-
versial things that divide
us,” said Mrs Turner.

Legislation

“For example, what hap-
pened with the legislation
with regards to rape and
marriage? Do you know
how many women we have
talked to who don’t even
agree with us on this, but
yet they want to be a part
of women’s empower-
ment? They just don’t get
it,” she said.

Concerned community

activists discussed solu-
tions for adding weight to
the social imbalance evi-
dent throughout the coun-
try, unconsciously created
by cultural gender condi-
tioning in early childhood
development.

“We have got to make
sure we have a more equi-
table society, rather than
get all caught up with who
is going to do this election
or that election,” said Mrs
Turner.

“We have bigger pic-
tures to look at. We have a
bigger fight on our hands.”



A Tribute to

Mrs. La Rita Boren

An Angel to Many Bahamian Students

he Taylor University Bahamas

Alumni are saddened by the
loss of Mrs. LaRita Boren who
died on Thursday, February 10
2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mrs.

LaRita Boren and

her husband Leland Boren were
instrumental in the recruitment and
support of numerous Bahamian

students

who attended Taylor

University for over 25 years. Mrs. LaRita Boren was a member
of the Board of Directors for Lyford Cay Foundation which
is instrumental in providing a college education for over 2,000
Bahamians in the United States and Canada. She is our hero, our
model of service and our example of transformational leadership.
The Taylor University Alumni Association with its many parents,
friends and prayer partners honor this woman of substance who
was an angel to many Bahamians who attended Taylor University.
Leland and LaRita Boren together were God’s hands extended in
the earth as they went to great lengths to assist Bahamian students
in achieving a quality education. Many of whom serve in various
capacities in the Bahamian society. Academic journeys cannot be
chronicled without a mention of Mr. and Mrs. Leland and LaRita
Boren. Their contributions are on going to Bahamian students
currently at Taylor University.
Mrs. LaRita Boren’s giving heart was the hands of God
extended in the earth as she opened herself, her family, her home
and her resources to those Bahamian students in need and made
this her ministry. Many Bahamian students were recipients of her
giving and today stand tall in this community making positive

contributions.

While we will miss her presence, we know that to be absent in
this body is to be present with the Lord and we are assured that she
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Extending freedom to
women to make legal deci-
sions without a man’s con-
sent, such as transferring
citizenship, land and inher-
itances, would indicate an
evolution of national
maturity as well as an
increase in emotional secu-
rity among Bahamian
men.

Equality

“Tam not a feminist, but
I do believe in equality. I
am happily married. I have
a wonderful husband and
two biological children and
one adopted child. I am
very happy in my own skin
and thank God I have a
husband who truly under-
stands and appreciates
me”, said Mrs Turner.

“He is also a very
grounded, very self-
assured man, so he does-
n’t mind. Communication
is key.”

Creating laws that recog-
nise women’s empower-
ment needs would elevate
the individual worth of
Bahamian women, who
represent 51 per cent of

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the population. It would
also give disabled women
more rights and protection
under the law, she said.

“Tf we are 51 per cent of
the population, why are we
not making up 51 per cent
of the House of Parlia-
ment? We are the majority
and I’m not saying that
everyone is going to be
interested in politics but
you are going to have
daughters, granddaughters,
and you will have sons as
well, but let us encourage
them,” said Mrs Turner.

“One of the things we
are very good at is dis-
couraging each other. We
have to make sure our
women are not just pro-
moted, but they are prof-
itable. They could go into
banks without someone
asking you, ‘Oh where’s
your husband?’ Why do we
have to have concurrence
over our lives with another
male?”

Minister Turner and the
bureau’s chairman encour-
aged women to work
together to resolve the
issues that divide women
and place them at a disad-
vantage to men.

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“Are we positioning our-
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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 other
down because of our dif-
ferences,” said Mrs Turn-
er.

Generation

“There’s so much more
that binds us together than
what separates us. Why is
it that we continue to allow
the boys to say ‘It’s still a
man’s world’? What are we
doing to make the next
generation greater?”

Gwen Knowles, Wom-
en’s Bureau chairman,
said: “We’ve been having
these 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-
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LOCAL NEWS



Bahamian women need to
think about power they holt

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia. net

BAHAMIAN women need
to start “paying attention” to
the power they have as a col-
lective body, Atlanta-based
Bahamian Consul General
Katherine Smith said at a
gathering of women at the
American Ambassadot’s res-
idence.

“Women make up more
than 53 per cent of the vot-
ing 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 women’s rights in
the Bahamas and globally,
and the responsibility of
women elders for “passing the
baton” to the younger gener-
ation.

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 Spel-
man president Dr Beverly
Tatum, Spelman vice presi-
dent for enrolment manage-
ment Arlene Cash, and a host
of leading Bahamian women.

Ambassador Avant, a Spel-
man graduate, said: “Every
generation has a responsibili-
ty 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
Ambassador’s message is sim-
ilar to the one she delivered
to Spelman freshmen last
year, and is relevant to all
women today — “personal sus-
tainability”.

“We need to tend to our
physical, emotional and spiri-
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generation to have a shorter
life expectancy than the pre-
ceding generation. We see
this because of our health
habits and life style choices.
We are responsible for re-
establishing a sense of per-
sonal sustainability amongst
our women,” said Mrs Tatum.

She said self discovery is a
key part of the journey, par-
ticularly because standard
education about the heritage
and legacy of black women
and African people usually
“begins and ends with slav-
ery”.

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.

“Tt gives them information
they never had access to
before. Also, being in a com-
munity of powerful women is
significant. Most of them
come from an environment
where they are one in a hand-
ful of talented powerful black
women. You are often isolat-
ed and people lead you to
believe you are exceptional.
At Spelman you are one of
many; it expands your under-
standing 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
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crime in the Bahamas and
its our perspective that we
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LOCAL NEWS





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migrants apprehended

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

DEFENCE Force officers
apprehended two groups of
Haitian migrants within the
space of a few hours on
Tuesday evening when a
routine boarding in Nassau
harbour was followed by a
major apprehension in Exu-
ma.

Sources told The Tribune
the raid of the first vessel
directed the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF) to
the second raid in the Exu-
ma Cays later that evening.

Leading seaman Vance
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sailboat near Coakley Cay,
Exuma, and officers appre-
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women and five children
on board.

The migrants apprehend-
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Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Parish’s Annual General Meeting will
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Senator challenges human resources
professionals to make a difference

SENATOR Michael Pintard
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sionals to encourage everyone
should have a “passion for
work”.

The senator said passion cre-
ates energy and helps optimise
productivity and creativity in the
workplace.

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Human Resources Develop-
ment Association’s (BHRDA)
recent installation ceremony, Mr
Pintard delivered the message
that human resources profes-
sionals should tell workers to be
“Fired up, ready to go”.

“Ata 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
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professional?” Mr Pintard
asked.

He challenged the HR Asso-
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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
an obligation to act as an advo-
cate and commentator on
important issues, Mr Pintard
said.

He said the association can
make a difference by:

¢ Challenging policy makers
whose decisions impact work-
ers

¢ Sending a strong message
to all Bahamians that training
and re-tooling is critical to re-
enter the job market

¢ Ensuring the Association
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e Inviting CEOs to
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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
Association’s members to chal-
lenge general managers and
CEOs more, as too many HR
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wrongdoing”.

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they must negotiate tensions
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the workplace as a “them
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working for an organisation for
30 years,” he said.

Mr Pintard’s 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.”

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sor who is struggling with nega-
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it should attend, the Associa-
tion said. The Bahamas Human
Resources Development Asso-
ciation is a national, non-profit
organisation and an affiliate of

the Society for Human
Resources Management
(SHRM).

BHRDA’s main objective is
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enhance their knowledge and
skills in the area of HR and to
provide technical assistance and
support to its members. Meet-
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011, PAGE 13



LOCAL NEWS

PLP leader denies paying | ‘ceeeecen
for BIC sale protesters |

FROM page one

that many of the protesters in Rawson
Square appeared to be “hired” by the
party to be present at the demonstra-
tion.

“From my point of view, I paid no
one,” Mr Christie remarked.

Pointing to other members of his
party who were standing behind him,
the PLP leader said there were other
Members of Parliament the media
could speak to on the matter — all of
whom collectively denied the allega-
tions.

However, a government minister
who spoke on condition of anonymity,
informed The Tribune yesterday that
constituents 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
take part.

However, Mr Christie maintains the
protest seen yesterday was a “legiti-
mate” one.

“This is a legitimate protest. I think
it is going to expand.

“T think you are hearing dissent ina
country and listen, the PLP commit-
ted itself in the last term to the priva-
tization 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 res-
olutely determined that we must do
more to ensure the maximum involve-
ment of Bahamians in the economy of
the Bahamas, and that when it comes
to BTC to make every possible effort
to ensure that justice is done to
Bahamians and the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas,” he said.

PPORTERS MAKE STRONG
SHOWING AT PROTEST

FROM page one

Another protester said he did not know the translation

? for the text written on the shirt, but he knew it had to do
i with the BTC protest.

He said he was given a shirt that morning, and the group

was taken to the protest together.

A Tribune source at the Post Office said he saw buses

near the parking lot off-loading people for the demonstra-
i tion. One PLP supporter said: “The district arranged for us
i 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

i did not “facilitate people with buses”, but Members of Par-
i liament 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 on



HAWAII GOV. Neil Abercrombie signs the Hawaii Civil Unions bill into
law at a ceremony held at Washington Place Wednesday, Feb. 23,
2011 in Honolulu. (AP)

Hawail's governor signs
Civil unions inte law

HONOLULU
Associated Press

HAWATI Gov. Neil Aber-
crombie signed same-sex civ-
il unions into law Wednes-
day, calling it "a triumph for
everyone” that gay and les-
bian couples will have the
same state rights as married
partners.

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-
nitions for gay couples. Five
other 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 sign-
ing ceremony. " With its sign-
ing, I want to say ‘welcome’
to the world, come to par-
adise."

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 rain-
bow lei and watched the bil-
I's signing.

The new law follows near-
ly 20 years of court fights,
protest rallies and passion-
ate 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 candi-
dates 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 gay
and lesbian visitors hoping

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"It's overwhelming," said
Tambry Young, who has
pushed for civil unions with
her partner for more than
two years. "All the families
here 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 first
in the nation to legalize gay
marriage in 1993 because of
a state Supreme Court rul-
ing.

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 chal-
lenge 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 adminis-
tration to stop defending a
federal law banning recogni-
tion of gay marriage, and a
vote in the Maryland Senate
to legalize gay marriage. IIli-
nois legalized civil unions last
month.

"It's a fantastic day,” said
Tony Wagner of the Wash-
ington-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.”

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also that this “revelation” is likely to throw “the integri-
ty of URCA’s 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 provider’s bid to buy 51 per
cent of BTC from the government, which is still await-
ing URCA approval.

The 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’ con-
nection with CWC was her LinkedIn profile, which
identified her as “the executive vice president of Cable
and Wireless Barbados.”

However, yesterday afternoon, Ms Lewis’ profile on
the business social networking site listed “executive
vice president, human resources at LIME Caribbean
(Cable and Wireless)” as part of her “past” experi-
ence.

The “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
clear when the site was last updated.

In its statement, CWC said Ms Lewis left the company
to start her own business.

The Nassau Guardian story did not say if a response
to the allegations was ever sought from either URCA or
CWC.

The Tribune was unable to reach URCA officials for
comment before press time last night.

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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 admis-
sion of his administration’s “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 Bank’s
quarterly reports — a “recitation of despair.”

“It was a waste of time, a public rela-
tions sham like so much of what this gov-
ernment 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 com-
pared to revenues of a year ago of $50 mil-
lion. If it were not for the one time pay-
ments 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 gov-
ernment at the time of the Budget commu-
nication that their forecasts were unrealistic
and unachievable and would only cause a
worsening fiscal situation for the Bahamas.

“We were right during the Budget com-
munication, 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 fore-
casts to increase expenditures. This gov-
ernment needs to get serious about the
responsible management of the financial

FNM’s ‘colossal failure’

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 clear-
ly neglected issue by the prime minister is
that of employment for Bahamians.
Bahamians throughout the country contin-
ue 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.



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one-off revenue items" not
incorporated into earlier
predictions. Subsequently
government debt is expected
to come in below 49.2 per
cent of GDP as estimated in
the 2010/2011 budget
address. Public debt stood
at 48.7 per cent of GDP at
the end of last year.

Mr Ingraham also noted
positive turns in govern-
ment's revenue collection
for the first six months of
the fiscal year.

"Revenue collections for
the July to December, 2010
period amounted to $584.1
million. Relative to the cor-
responding period of fiscal
year 2009/2010, revenues
were down by some $50 mil-
lion, though the out-turn last
year was bolstered by one-
off revenue receipts of $84
million.

"Excluding those one time
receipts, revenues for the
first six months of the cur-
rent 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 fis-
cal 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 com-
ponent, which accounted for
25 per cent of the total, reg-
istered 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 mil-
lion, aided by a combination
of increased port calls from
major cruise lines and high-

er capacity ships,” said Mr
Ingraham.

The Free National Move-
ment leader said his admin-
istration has put in place
"key structural reforms
designed to enhance the
domestic business environ-
ment” and allow the country
to gain maximum advantage
from the modest economic
recovery.

"There are clear indica-
tions that the economy has
turned the corner and that,
despite the risks that are
present, we can look for-
ward to better days ahead,"
Mr Ingraham told the
House of Assembly.

"In light of global devel-
opments, 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 sup-
ported by further improve-
ments in the key tourist mar-
Kets."

The upgrades to the Lyn-
den Pindling International
Airport; public work pro-
jects such as the construc-
tion of the port at Arawak
Cay; work at Baha Mar,
Albany and Kerzner Inter-
national and stalled projects
will create jobs in the con-
struction 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 gaso-
line, electricity and food
costs.

"As necessary, the gov-
ernment, the private sector
and consumers will need to
implement appropriate con-
servation measures to min-
imise the impacts,” he said.

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‘Secure |
the House’ |
FROM page one :

Some union members were }
identifiable by their T-shirts, :
as well as members of the }
National Development Party }
(NDP) and Worker’s Party }
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 i
broke out whenever pro-
testers stormed the police
barricades.

A major push by pro-
testers challenged the
strength of the police,
causing officers to shout
commands to “secure the
entrance to the House.”

The metal barricades
that stretched across Par-
liament Square to the
south were elevatedin the }
air as protesters and police }
pushed against each other. }
A protester threw a filled
water bottle in the direc-
tion of the police in Parlia-
ment Square. Itis 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 glass-
es, and in at least one
instance, a hair weave.

During the demonstra-
tion, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was pre-
sent 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 work-
ing 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 deci-
sion to sell BTC to Cable and
Wireless Communications.

Bernard Evans, president of
the Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU), said the government
has made absolutely no over-
tures to negotiate or compro-
mise, and it is beginning to look
more and more like they had a
“pre-planned agenda.”

“When you look at all con-
nections between Cable and
Wireless, BTC and the Utilities
Regulation and Competition
Authority (URCA), it seems
like they were planning this a
long 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), is a
former CEO of CWC St Lucia.
Marsha Lewis, URCA consul-
tant, despite reports in The Nas-
sau 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-
ing of former CWC employee
Howard Mason for the position
of chief information officer
(CIO) at BTC.

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

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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 peo-
ple. They say we are the minor-
ity. It is 23 of them making deci-
sions for 350,000 of us. Some-
thing is wrong with their math.
Add it up,” he said.

At the demonstration, union
leaders were joined by individ-
uals from civil society, including
talk show host Steve McKin-
ney and Dr Elwood Donald-
son, 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.

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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 sur-
prised 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.”

SCENES FROM yesterday’s
protest in Rawson Square.
At the demonstration, union
leaders were joined by indi-
viduals from civil society,
including talk show host
Steve McKinney and

Dr Elwood Donaldson,
former parliamentarian.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS



NZ earthquake
toll at 75 dead,
300 missing

CHRISTCHURCH,
New Zealand
Associated Press

THE SISTER and 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 pow-
erful 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 life
in 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, pok-
ing 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 else-
where in Asia, along with a mil-
itary field hospital and work-
ers 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 build-
ing, a seven-story concrete-and-
glass 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 stair-
well tower still standing, but
leaning precariously.

"We don't believe this site
is now survivable," police oper-
ations 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 stu-
dents and teachers who were
believed in the building, said
Teppei Asano, a Japanese offi-
cial monitoring the situation.

Not far away, cheers erupted
Wednesday as rescuers pulled a
woman from another crumpled
office tower. Ann Bodkin was
reunited 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
building, and God turned on
the lights," Christchurch May-
or 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-
ble since.

Gibson said the operation
had become one of body recov-
ery, though he rejected sug-
gestions that rescuers were
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anyone alive.

"Yes, we are still looking for
survivors," he said on National
Radio. "There are pockets
within a number of these build-
ings 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 contin-
ued in the Canterbury Televi-
sion 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 announced
a nighttime curfew in a cor-
doned-off area of downtown to
keep people away from dan-
gerous buildings and to pre-
vent crime.

Six people had been arrested
since the quake for burglary
and theft, said police Superin-
tendent Dave Cliff, announc-
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after 6:30 p.m. without a valid
reason could be arrested.











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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
killed dozens of people in the city. (AP)

One of the city's tallest
buildings, the 27-floor Hotel
Grand Chancellor, was show-
ing 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.

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Key said the New Zealand
economy could withstand the
impact of the quake, the sec-
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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 economi-
cally get Christchurch back on
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Clampdown in
Libyan capital as
protests close in

BENGHAZI, Libya
Associated Press

MILITIAMEN loyal to
Moammar Gadhafi clamped
down in Tripoli Wednesday,
but cracks in his regime spread
elsewhere across the nation, as
the protest-fueled rebellion
controlling much of eastern
Libya claimed new gains closer
to the capital. Two pilots let
their warplane crash in the
desert, parachuting to safety,
rather than bomb an opposi-
tion-held city.

The opposition said it had
taken over Misrata, which
would be the largest city in the
western half in the country to
fall into its hands. Clashes
broke out over the past two
days in the town of Sabratha,
about 50 miles west of the cap-
ital, where the army and mili-
tiamen were trying to put
down protesters who over-
whelmed security headquar-
ters and government buildings,
a news website close to the
government reported.

Two air force pilots para-
chuted from their Russian-
made Sukhoi fighter jet and let
it crash, rather than carry out
orders to bomb opposition-
held Benghazi, Libya's second
largest city, the website Qurey-
na reported, citing an uniden-
tified officer in the air force
control room.

One of the pilots — identi-
fied by the report as Ali Omar
Gadhafi — was from Gadhafi's
tribe, the Gadhadhfa, said
Farag al-Maghrabi, a local res-

ident who saw the pilots and
the 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
fist-pounding speech called on
his supporters to take to the
streets to hunt down protesters.
His retaliation has already
been the harshest of any
regime confronting anti-gov-
ernment protests sweeping the
Middle East.

Civilians

The U.N.'s top human rights
official said a no-fly zone could
be imposed over Libya to pro-
tect civilians from attacks by
government aircraft. U.N.
High Commissioner for
Human Rights Navi Pillay said
Wednesday if unconfirmed
reports of aerial attacks against
civilians turned out to be true,
"T think there's an immediate
need for that level of protec-
tion."

The United States and the
European Union vowed
Wednesday to consider sanc-
tions against Libya for Moam-
mar Gadhafi's fierce crack-
down on protesters, with the
EU calling the attacks possi-
ble "crimes against humanity."

"The continuing brutal and
bloody repression against the
Libyan civilian population is
revolting,” French President
Nicolas Sarkozy said in a state-
ment Wednesday, raising the
possibility of cutting off all eco-

nomic and business ties
between the EU and Libya.
"The international community
cannot remain a spectator to
these massive violations of
human rights."

In Washington, White
House spokesman Jay Carney
also condemned the attacks.

"The violence is abhorrent,
it is completely unacceptable
and the bloodshed must stop,"
Carney said.

Italy's Foreign Minister
Franco Frattini said estimates
of some 1,000 people killed in
the violence in Libya were
"credible," although he
stressed information about
casualties was incomplete. The
New York-based Human
Rights Watch has put the
death toll at nearly 300, accord-
ing to a partial count.

In Tripoli, militiamen and
Gadhafi supporters were
roaming main streets, firing
weapons 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-
ricading their streets with con-
crete blocks, metal and rocks
and searching those trying to
enter, said a Tripoli activist.
Many were passing out fliers
announcing a march by pro-
testers on Tripoli on Friday,
urging residents to take refuge
in mosques in case violence
erupts.

Gadhafi's residence at
Tripoli's Aziziya Gates was
guarded by loyalists, waving



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his picture and chanting slo-
gans, along with a line of
armed militiamen in vehicles,
some masked, he said. The
radio station building down-
town was also heavily fortified.

"Mercenaries are every-
where 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
outside.

"We are under siege, at the
mercy of a man who is not a
Muslim."

But below the surface, pro-
testers were organizing, said
the activist. At night, they fan
out and spray-paint anti-Gad-
hafi graffiti or set fires near
police stations, chanting "the
people 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 transition-
al 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 1,000-
mile 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 bor-
der, said that early in the
protests, some commanders
ordered troops to fire on pro-
testers, 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 guard-
ing one of Gadhafi's once high-
ly secretive anti-aircraft mis-
sile 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 car-
rying 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 oth-
ers to join them,” said Lt. Col.

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monarchy prior to Moammar Gadhati's reign flies above, in
Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. Militiamen loyal

to Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli Wednesday,
but cracks in his regime spread elsewhere across the nation,
as the protest-fueled rebellion controlling much of eastern
Libya claimed new gains closer to the capital. (AP)

Omar Hamza, an army officer
who had allied with the pro-
testers. "They are trying to
help the people in Tripoli to
capture Gadhafi."

Protesters have claimed con-
trol all the way to the city of
Ajdabiya, 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
country’s center.

But that appeared to be
weakening in parts.

Protesters in Libya's third-
largest city Misrata were claim-
ing victory after several days
of fighting with Gadhafi loyal-
ists in the city, about 120 miles
(200 kilometers) east of Tripoli.

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 even-
tually drove out pro-Gadhafi
militiamen.

Residents had formed com-
mittees to clean the streets,
protect the city and treat the
injured, he said. "The solidari-
ty 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 Face-
book also showed scores of
anti-government protesters
raising the flag from the pre-
Gadhafi monarchy on a build-
ing in Zawiya, 30 miles (50
kilometers) west of Tripoli.
Another showed protesters lin-
ing 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

control in Zwara, about 30
miles (50 kilometers) from the
Tunisian border in the west,
after local army units sided
with the protesters and police
fled.

"The situation here is very
secure, 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) has
reached the point that he's say-
ing he will bring armies from
African (to fight protesters).
That means he is isolated," he
said.

The division of the country
— and defection of some army
units to the protesters — raises
the possibility the opposition
could try an assault on the cap-
ital. On the Internet, there
were calls by protesters for all
policemen, armed forces and
youth 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 Euro-
pean 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

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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