Revue de presse du 28 août 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 28 AOUT 2017
I Witness News
Senator Dr Jules Ferdinand, opposition candidate of the New Democratic Party has decided to throw in the towel for the next elections. He is the party’s candidate for the West St George constituency. He anticipates that the Ralph Gonsalves Unity Labour Party Administration will call general elections before the end of this year especially since they may not want the general public to be exposed to a lot of the evidence that will be revealed in Central Leeward Constituency court matter which will go to the Courts in the coming months.
St Lucia Star
During her recent state visit to Saint Lucia, the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, noted that her country has started discussions with Saint Lucia on improving diplomatic relations and exploring the exchange of policy ideas on areas such as trade, agriculture, climate change among others. She also pledged to make a contribution in the sum of US$100 000 towards skills entrepreneurship for women. She vowed that her country will continue to work closely with Saint Lucia, the OECS and wider CARICOM.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
The controversy continues of what is deemed as fake news over the alleged attempted sale of a Grenadian diplomatic passport to a Ukrainian businessman by an approved CIP marketing agent. Henley & Partners has threatened legal action against the financial compliance consultant and a commercial boycott of Antigua and Barbuda.
There has been a wave of silence from the trade unions and private sector association following the march which brought about 30 000 protesters through the streets of the capital. The trade unions are warning the Freundel Stuart Administration against taking this silence as an acceptance its position. They said that their fight over the National Social Responsibility (NSRL) and coping subsidy is far from over.
Last week the two main workers union of Grenada met with the Government’s negotiating team with the hope of securing a favourable payment in the sum of EC$2000 for their workers but instead the latter made an offer of EC$600 one-off salary increase, for which the Unions expressed their dissatisfaction. Both unions unanimously rejected the offer.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Cabinet has appointed prominent Senior Counsel Anthony ASTAPHAN to help the Office of National Drug & Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) investigate the Odebrecht/Meinl Bank debacle, which has caused the country to become embroiled in a controversy involving bribery. Lawrence Daniel, an Attorney at Law has characterized such directive by Cabinet as legally weightless and farfetched, and notes that the Prime Minister can set out the mandate in terms of policy but cannot give direct instructions to the ONDCP.
St Lucia News Online
Thirty-three police officers have been selected to take part in the refresher course to be provided by the Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT) funded by the Canadian Government. The course which will covers areas of Law Evidence, Report Writing, Interviewing Technique and Interrogation Techniques will take place at the Coco Palm Resort from 28th to 30th August 2017.
Commissioner of Police, Ian Queenly, says it is worthy of noting that there is a decrease in serious crimes in the Federation, stressing a decline in homicides, compared to the same period last year. The police also noted a slight increase in sexual crimes. There was also an improvement in the detection rate of major crimes.
St Lucia Times
The acquisition of a new aircraft by the Air Caraïbes Company which was supposed to embody the renewal in its fleet, for being more modern, more efficient and better equipped, continues to put the company in the spotlight for non-rewarding reasons. Passengers on a flight bound for Guadeloupe from Paris had a big fright on August 20, due to technical problems and had to land in disaster. Fortunately, there were no injuries.