Revue de presse du 01 septembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 1er SEPTEMBRE 2017
Dominica News Online
There is new hope for once dormant Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) with its newly elected Leader Kent Vital. Many believe that his ascension to the Party’s top spot may spark new energy in its supporters. The DFP dominated local politics from 1980 – 1995 but it fell on hard times after the dissolution of a coalition with the Dominica Labour Party. Vital, an economist by profession, is a new comer to politics but has vast experience in economic development projects in the region.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
Regional carrier LIAT is asking for additional funds to meet its debts at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The request was made to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, which is commensurate with the country’s shareholding and who has a 34 stake in the regional carrier. Barbados has a majority share of 51 percent, while Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and Dominica have 12 and 3 percent respectively.
After four hours on negotiations between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Government for a rise in pay for public servants, the two sides are as far apart as when they began. The NUPW is now planning to engage its committee for a decision on its next move. The negotiators on the Government side insist that they could not move from their original position while the union is claiming that its members have not had a pay hike in nearly a decade.
According to the Minister for Agriculture, Ezechiel Joseph, banana production in Saint Lucia is at an all-time high compared to 2016, with an increase of about 300 per cent. With the country still recovering from Tropical Storm Matthew, production can increase to almost 20 000 tonnes this year. He said demands for the fruit remain strong, especially with the French and UK markets. The country is hoping to ship 3000 boxes to France on a weekly basis as of January 2018.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Cabinet has taken back its initial decision regarding the appointment of Dominican born Senior Counsel, Anthony Astaphan, to assist the police with its investigations in the Odebrecht-Meinl Bank scandal. The Office of National Drug & Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) will continue with its work unhindered by the Attorney. However, Astaphan is now tasked with compiling a fact based chronological report on the events of the scandal for the Cabinet. The main opposition party (UPP) rejects the Attorney’s advice to Cabinet on the matter and considers it an attempt to avoid a full public enquiry.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami says that Hurricane Irma has reached Category 3 strength and continues to maintain maximum sustained winds near 115 miles per hour. However, disaster officials in the Leeward Islands say it is still not posing a threat and is being closely monitored. Fluctuations in strength are possible during the next few days.