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Jamaican official rebukes casino opponents

15 May 2008

MONTEGO, BAY, Jamaica -- As reported by the Jamaica Observer: "In his most scathing remarks yet against the detractors of casino gambling, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, on the weekend described their objections as irrational and illogical and maintained that the attraction would be controlled.

"'Don't be carried away by the notion that casino gambling is going to be rampant in Jamaica,' Bartlett insisted Saturday at his East Central St James Education Council annual Teachers Awards held in this tourist resort city.

"...He said the notion that casinos would be set up on every corner of the island in a similar fashion to betting shops or cash pot outlets, leading to Jamaicans becoming addicted, was driving the irrational fears.

"...But Bartlett maintained that, as pointed out by Prime Minister Bruce Golding, casino gaming was intended only as a part of the tourism product offering and would represent no more than 15 per cent of the total experience..."

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