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            [post_content] => For the first time in decades, Good Friday was reinstated as an official National Holiday in Cuba. On Tuesday, A report in the Communists Party Newspaper 'Granma' stated that the holiday was approved by the National Assembly in December of last year and that Good Friday will now be acknowledged on an annual basis.

The new regulation was not to take effect until June of this year, however an intervention by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security ensured that the holiday was observed on Friday.

The Catholic feast was temporarily restored as an "exceptional" circumstance on April 6, 2012 following a humble request made to President Raul Castro by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the Island in March of that year.

Last year Cuba acknowledged the Holiday without stating that it was an actual celebration of Good Friday, however the service conducted by Cardinal Jaime Ortega at the Havana Cathedral was aired live on National television.

This however isn't the first time, Cuba has backtracked on its regulations, after Pope Benedict's predecessor - John Paul II persuaded then Cuban President Fidel Castro to reinstate Christmas as a holiday.

The relationship between the Cuban Government and Catholic Church strained after the expulsion of priests and the suppression of religious celebrations followed Fidel Castro's revolution in 1959.

Pope John Paul II historic visit in 1998 saw the exodus of turmoil between to the organizations. However more significant improvements have taken place under Castro's younger brother - Raul and the reinstatement of Good Friday could have been just the push needed to get the wheels properly in motion.
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Good Friday Celebrated In Cuba After Decades In Exile

April 20, 2014
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For the first time in decades, Good Friday was reinstated as an official National Holiday in Cuba. On Tuesday, A report in the Communists Party Newspaper 'Granma' stated that the h...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Former FIFA Vice President Austin 'Jack' Warner has made his move to quell speculation that he is seeking to sell the Centre of Excellence to a foreign enterprise.

Mr. Warner, also the former CONCACAF president laid out a staunch defense against newspaper reports that suggested he was ready to sell the property.

“The truth is, if anyone can come forward with an iota of evidence to support that the Centre of Excellence is being sold by Jack Warner to any consortium of businessmen, local or foreign, I will sell all my worldly possessions to that person for one dollar,” said Warner a former government minister and current member of Parliament for Chaguanas West.

Meanwhile, CONCACAF has filed three documents in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court challenging Warner's rights to ownership of the center. Warner, however claims the case will not stand on any solid grounds stating that the land on which the Centre of Excellence was built was a gift to him from former FIFA President Jao Havelange.

CONCACAF however insists that Warner deceived the organization into believing the property belonged to them stating that they invested approximately US$16 million to purchase the property and erect the center.

“If CONCACAF indeed has filed a caveat against me all I can say is that both CONCACAF and FIFA have unlimited funding and they can spend their money as they wish if they want to do that” said Warner.

“Let me also state that CONCACAF does not have any equitable interest in the Centre of Excellence and has no claims to ownership. I also wish to state that the Centre of Excellence is not in financial trouble”.
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Warner Dismisses Reports Suggesting The Sale of Trinidad Centre of Excellence

April 18, 2014
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Former FIFA Vice President Austin 'Jack' Warner has made his move to quell speculation that he is seeking to sell the Centre of Excellence to a foreign enterprise. Mr. Warner, a...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Relatives of visiting Englishman Edgar Dart say that the police authority must act with more awareness in order to stem the rising crime rate. In recent months, Grand Bahama has experience an increase in crime with tourists and wealthy citizens seemingly the main target according to reports.

The latest victim - Edgar Dart was a British born, Canadian resident whom was shot dead whilst trying to provide protection for his recently widowed mother and other family members after three masked men broke into his mother's home armed with a gun and a machete.

Mr. Dart, age 56 challenged the intruders to a tussle at his mom's home in Emerald Bay near Freeport.  29 year old Philip Poole, son-in-law of the deceased suffered machete wounds during the onslaught and was adamant that the Bahamian authorities must begin to take control.

“This is the sixth murder they have had there this year and something has got to be done about it,” Poole was quoted as saying in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper. “We’ve got to put pressure on the authorities to stop what’s happening because it’s an absolute tragedy.

“It used to be an island paradise, really idyllic, but it’s not like that anymore I’m afraid and the authorities have to share in the blame. For our family, it’s a dream that’s turned into a nightmare.

“Crime is on the increase on the island but they try to hush it up because it’s bad for business. But if they want a healthy tourist trade the best thing they can do is not have it happen in the first place.

“If they want to keep the Bahamas as a haven for holidaymakers and retirees and the banking industry, then they’ve got to get themselves sorted out,” he stressed.

According to reports provided by  Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force - Emrick Seymour, the three robbers restrained members of the household with duct tape before shooting Mr. Dart during the struggle.

“We are right in the middle of our investigation into this situation and we are following some leads,” said Seymour.

Police have confirmed that the recent killing marks the sixth murder on Grand Bahama since the turn of the year, bringing the total to 30 in all of Bahamas.

The US embassy recently warned that “a number of US citizens had fallen victim to armed robbery and two had been murdered in the last eight months.”

Meanwhile, the late Edgar Dart’s cousin Michael was quoted in Britain’s Mirror newspaper as describing the deadly home invasion at Emerald Bay as “barbaric, horrific and just really shocking.”
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"Bahamas Must Curb Crimes" Says Family of British Victim

April 17, 2014
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Relatives of visiting Englishman Edgar Dart say that the police authority must act with more awareness in order to stem the rising crime rate. In recent months, Grand Bahama has ex...Continue reading