Revue de presse du 04 septembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 04 SEPTEMBRE 2017
Against the backdrop of rising calls particularly from the opposition for general elections to be called in the country, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says that there has been no talk within his party on the matter. Elections are constitutionally due in Barbados by the middle of next year. However, he told his supporters during a party gathering that the fight will be to the finish.
According to Leader of the Opposition, Nazim Burke, the recent Cabinet reshuffle by the Honourable Prime Minister was clearly about politics and had nothing to do with national development as it was supposed to be. He also notes that last Wednesdays’ national address was nothing but an NNP position that could have been delivered at a party meeting. No issues of national importance were touched on.
St Lucia Times
Two government ministers are expected to visit Chile soon to continue discussions on matters of cooperation, following the recently concluded visit of the Chilean President, H.E. Michelle Bachelet, to Saint Lucia. During her visit she commented on the positive relations shared between the two countries and the intention to strengthen them. She also pledged USD100 000 towards women affected in entrepreneurship skills.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
An Antiguan Attorney believes that the people of the country have more confidence in the Privy Council than the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Beverly George also believes that soon after the passage of the Constitutional Reform Bill in Parliament, a referendum should have been held on the proposed change from Privy Council to CCJ as the final appellate court. She says that the process has now developed into a political ping pong match.
During a news conference last Thursday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Felix St Hill, announced that the EC180 million Owen King-EU Hospital should be ready for business later in the year. The Hospital which was named last February has had its fair share of political drama and frustrations from both the citizenry and its sponsors. The European Union contributed a total of 48.972 million euros toward the medical institution ; 40 million for the construction of the facility while the balance of 8.972 million for the equipment and furniture.
Caribbean News Now
Residents and interests in the Leeward Islands have been advised to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma. According to the National Hurricane Centre, the centre of Hurricane Irma which was located 790 miles of the Leeward Islands earlier today has maximum sustained winds of about 115 miles per hour. Hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Monsterrat, St Kitts & Nevis, as far as the French dependency of St Martin.
Dominica News Online
Although Hurricane Irma may not directly hit Dominica, the feeder bands are expected to begin affecting the island by tonight. Regardless of the projected path, thunderstorms, showers, gusty winds and dangerous seas are expected, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. Citizens are being asked to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property.
St Lucia Times
Minister responsible for Sustainable Development, Dr. Gale Rigobert, has urged immediate action on climate change, following recent events in the United States and India. She says that while there is a natural disaster component to these events, there is a clear contribution made by mankind. The Minister also made reference to the consequences of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Saint Lucia for its part has pledged to reduce its emissions by 16% by 2025.