Revue de presse du 02 février 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 02 FEVRIER 2017
Caribbean News Now
One of the latest in a series of attempts to muzzle local media extending over many years, lawyers representing Grenadian Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, have written to a local radio talk show host requiring him to issue an apology and retraction, as well as pay unquantified damages and costs, in relation to allegedly defamatory remarks.
St James South candidate, Sandra Husbands, suggested the administration was formulating economic policies without giving much thought to the impact on people’s ability to spend. She said many households were struggling to meet the very basic of needs. The former Small Business Association president was particularly critical of Government’s tax policies, warning there was an optimum level beyond which “it discourages or chokes investments or business” and limits people’s spending power.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
Participants at a recently concluded high level forum in The Bahamas want energy to be placed squarely before CARICOM heads of government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables. The participants said the time had come for a special meeting of CARICOM heads of government on energy, clearly understanding that a regional initiative in practical terms was needed going forward.
Dominica is exploring the feasibility of developing a geographical information system (GIS) in monitoring and management the black sigatoka disease. The Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute, (CARDI) in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries have organised a 2 day workshop from 01February in that regard. Black sigatoka disease has been identified as one of the major constraints to banana and plantain production in the Caribbean.
St Lucia News Online
A survey has proven that financing and government policy are the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean, followed closely by competition from other energy sources and technological issues. All countries of the Eastern Caribbean are almost totally dependent on imported fossil fuels, despite their significant potential for renewable energy such as solar, hydro, wind, and geothermal. At present 7 of the 10 OECS Member States are working towards the development of their geothermal resources.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
New technological equipment is being brought to bear on law enforcement in St Kitts and Nevis, as government seeks to consolidate gains in 2016 in reducing crime. Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr Timothy Harris, indicated that a second Mobile Patrol Unit will be deployed in the federation and drones will also be used to increase surveillance, in addition to the already CCTV programme which will also be enhanced.
While there are no signs that the crime situation in the country is abating creating much concern for the citizenry, the Prime Minister says that while the government shares some responsibility the social problems getting out of hand, for the society has failed in getting the community together.
Yesterday the Value Added Tax was cut from 15 to 12,5 per cent, a promised made during the last election campaign by Prime Minister Chastanet. The Prime Minister says that the Government will continue to review taxation in the country to provide relief to both the public at large and the private sector. He also said that pro-growth measures are also important for the revival of an already ailing economy.
Director General of the Organization for Eastern Caribbean States, Dr Didacus Jules, has given high praise to Antigua & Barbuda’s for its history-making kidney transplant programme. Dr Jules said the entire OECS region was in awe of Antigua & Barbuda’s accomplishment, which has reverberated right across the region. He said plans are now in the pipeline to establish an OECS organ donor programme so that citizens of the sub-region can access the care and treatment they need when that time comes.
Dominica News Online
Senator Francine Baron, Minister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs, has highlighted the importance of improving Dominica’s resilience to climate change. In that regard, a 3 day climate change conference will take place in Dominica from 01 – 03 February 2017 aimed at seeking ways to better address the issues of climate change. Climate change not only threatens the environment, but it potentially affects global security and economic prosperity.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Virgin Islands News Online
A talk show host has asked whether the territory should make it legal for gay couples to be joined in holy matrimony in the Virgin Islands as millions could be reaped, and possibly turning it into a third economic pillar or whether the decision would be an abomination.