It looks like the Trinidad and Tobago government meant what it said about getting out of the gambling business.
Less than two weeks ago, T&T announced that they were outlawing slot machines – while in Barbados the morally bankrupt and socially irresponsible Owen Arthur Government rings full speed ahead in a social engineering program designed to make gambling a part of local Bajan communities. (See BFP’s Trinidad and Tobago Outlaws Slot Machines – While Barbados Imports Thousands More)
From today’s Trinidad & Tobago Express…
T&T Not Batting For Cricket Lotto
Trinidad and Tobago will not participate in the proposed Caricom lotto to help fund West Indies cricket because the government wants no further involvement in gambling.
Sport Minister Roger Boynes made the disclosure during yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at Whitehall, Port of Spain.
Government has made no moves to end the State-operated Lotto in the country.
“The position with respect to gambling and that sort of thing, I believe the government of Trinidad and Tobago, we feel that we should not position ourselves in that regard,” Boynes said.
The Caricom Heads of Government, including Prime Minister Patrick Manning, during their 28th meeting in Barbados last week, approved the cricket lotto which had been proposed by the West Indies Cricket Board.
Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, who chairs Caricom’s prime ministerial committee on cricket, said last week that the lotto would be operational by September.
Boynes said the Cabinet will consider assisting in making up for any shortfall not met by the lottery system to help fund West Indies cricket after it receives a comprehensive assessment from the WICB to determine what each Caricom member state’s contribution should be.
When Manning spoke to reporters in Barbados last week, he did not disclose that Trinidad and Tobago had decided not to participate in the cricket lotto.
Manning had told reporters last October, after his 2007 national budget presentation, that his administration had served notice of a planned phase-out of the State-operated Lotto, Play Whe and National Lottery systems as it had declared war on gambling.
To date, the Manning administration has only introduced legislation that was passed in the Parliament last month to phase out slot machines at casinos and private members clubs.
That legislation is yet to take effect but one association representing the local gaming industry says it threatens the livelihood of some 7,000 employees.
… read the original article at the Trinidad & Tobago Express