Revue de presse du jeudi 16 août 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 16 AOUT 2018
POLITIQUE – DIPLOMATIE – AFFAIRES REGIONALES
Source : St Lucia Times
Following the announcement that Venezuelan nationals now require visas to enter the country, officials from the South American nation are here for talks with the Government. Senator Hermangild Francis, Minister for National Security, used the occasion to express the government’s disgust at the attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. The Minister also asked the delegation to convey the government’s concern on what transpired to the President.
Source : I Witness News
The Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) is of the strong view that the ruling Unity Labour Party government is more concerned about an assassination attempt on the life of President Nicola Maduro than what seems to be a veritable crime spree in the country. The Opposition says the Ralph Gonsalves Administration which made a commitment to deal with the crime issue has offered no response to the issue and is therefore calling on the Government, in particular the Minister responsible for National Security, to be proactive in that regard.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Source : Caribbean News Service
Prime Minister Timothy Harris, who is also the Minister for National Security, has confirmed the recruitment of senior level officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to the ranks of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF). This is an effort to strengthen the capacity and capabilities of the RSCNPF. Harris expects to see an improvement in security and public safety within a short time.
TRANSPORT – AVIATION CIVILE
Source : Barbados Today
There was much heated debate in the senate yesterday on the Airport Service Charge (Amendment) Bill 2018. The recently elected Mia Mottley-led Administration has announced new travel taxes as part of the government’s fiscal measures, whereby intra-Caribbean air passengers will require to pay US$35 and those travelling outside the region US$70. An independent senator warns that this new measure will see a significant falloff in visitor arrivals, whereas the government senators are in support citing that such will improve infrastructure and boost the economy.
ENVIRONNEMENT – ENERGIE – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Source : Caribbean News Now
A major conservation organisation has issued a warning on the consequences which climate change and disregard for the environment can have on Saint Lucia’s health ecosystems and rich biodiversity. Saint Lucia is home to more than 2,000 native species, the best-known being the endangered Amazon parrot. Chairman of the Commission on Education and Communication of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says that urgent action is needed to safeguard the islands biodiversity.