Barbados church leaders say no to casino gambling

(Barbados Nation)  Church leaders said a resounding “no” to the likelihood of casino gambling being allowed on board cruise liners berthed in the Bridgetown Port.

Responding to the introduction of the Cruise Ships (Opening of Facilities) Bill in the Lower House of Parliament last Tuesday, church leaders and representatives said they feared it would lead to Barbadians being involved in casino gambling, which has long been outlawed by Government and frowned on by the church.

Anglican Archbishop of the West Indies and Bishop of Barbados, Dr John Holder, said yesterday he simply could not support the opening of cruise ship casinos while in port, since casino gambling attracted far too many negatives to be ignored.

“I cannot ignore the negatives that have been attached to gambling and would want persons not to venture therein. Even with the argument that no Barbadians would be involved, those actually involved are children of God. If anything harms or defiles a child of God, I cannot support it. Once there’s a chance that there’s a negative that can corrupt people, the church would have to say no to it,” he told the SATURDAY SUN.

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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

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall says that the Attorney General’s Chambers’ retention of six attorneys to prosecute a number of high profile cases is unconstitutional and he is warning that the right to a fair trial will be compromised by a politically-tainted process.

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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