June, 2009

Casino debate to start in Jamaica

The Jamaica government is pressing ahead with its plans, announced since last year, to open up the island’s tourism industry to casino gambling, and will tomorrow table the Casino Gaming Bill with the hope of passing the legislation by next month.

Thompson: Oh no! It’s just not true!

Barbados Advocate: Since an amnesty took effect on June 1 David Thompson has faced major criticism over it but he said there was no evidence to suggest a hardening of attitude or abrasive action by immigration or police.

Chance upon a duppy

Jamaica Gleaner: Human beings are made of two main elements – the mind and the body. One is abstract and the other physical.

Trinidad prime minister was condescending

Stabroek News, Guyana: President Jagdeo has used the same word as the Gleaner – “condescending” – to describe this latest foray of Mr Manning’s into regional diplomacy and I have to agree.

Witches in the city

Dominica Central Newspaper: Could your next door neighbor actually be a witch? What about your boss, co-worker, best friend or this hand-clapping, foot-stumping ‘bido l’eglise’ (church stalwart)?

Dominica government refutes fertiliser allegations

Dominica Central Newspaper: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry finds it necessary to issue a statement on the purchase of fertilizer by the Ministry from Logistical Supply Solutions Inc. in February and November 2007.

Another weekend in prison for Sir Allen

Unlike his alleged partner in crime who was granted bail in Antigua yesterday, fraud accused Sir Allen Stanford will have to remain in jail while a court decides whether he is too much of a flight risk to be given the same release.

Antigua immigration review, call for amnesty

As the Antigua and Barbuda government prepares to undertake a comprehensive review of its policies relating to immigration, work permits and citizenship, the country’s opposition is suggesting that an amnesty be offered to non-nationals living here illegally.