Barbados to debate casino bill

(Barbados Nation) Barbados, which has long said no to onshore casino gambling for its citizens, is about to open the door to cruise ship passengers only in the Bridgetown Port.

On its return today at 10 a.m. from the annual four-week summer recess, the House of Assembly’s first order of business is to debate a bill that would allow the opening of certain facilities on cruise ships while they are berthed in the Port between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The Cruise Ships (Opening of Facilities) Bill, in the name of Minister of International Transport George Hutson, would allow the cruise ships to open their casinos, bars and duty free shops while at berth, but they must stay in port for a minimum of 12 hours.

However, average Barbadians will be restricted from enjoying those facilities as only registered passengers of a cruise ship registered with a cruise line that has a licence would be allowed access to gamble, drink or shop for duty free items.

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Kidnap/murder of Balram “Balo” Maharaj…Seven Trinis seek new trial in US

(Trinidad Guardian) When everyone felt that the case was closed on the kidnap and murder of United States citizen Balram “Balo” Maharaj, comes news that new motions have been filed in the Federal Court in Washington DC, which could see a new trial for the seven convicted Trinidadians.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party expels Mugabe – war vets head

HARARE,  (Reuters) – President Robert Mugabe was dismissed as leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party today in a move to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power following a de facto military coup.

Former AG says gov’t hiring of special prosecutors unconstitutional

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Public debt up by $12.9B

Guyana’s total public debt increased from $317.7 billion to $330.6 billion in 2016 but the total debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined to 46.4% from 48.6% at the end of 2015 due to a nominal increase in the GDP.

Murdered teacher laid to rest

Family, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to say their final goodbyes to murdered school teacher Kescia Branche, who was laid to rest yesterday afternoon.

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