Revue de presse du mardi 31 juillet 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 31 JUILLET 2018
POLITIQUE – DIPLOMATIE – RELATIONS REGIONALES
Source : Dominica News Online
Members of the Parliamentary opposition have laid out the reasons why they will take no further part in the debate on the 2018/2019 budget in the House of Assembly. Their decision to conclude their contributions at this time is due to a series of issues which the Skerrit-led Administration has failed to address so as to preserve democracy in the country, among them the absence of the Prime Minister during his response on the budget by the Leader of the Opposition and the gross misconduct of the Speaker of the House.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE – FINANCE
Source : Barbados Today
Former Trade Union Leader and now Senator, Caswell Franklyn, was frank in speaking of the damage that that Garbage and Sewage Contribution Levy (GSCL) could have on the Barbadian’s purse. Prime Minister Mia Mottley had announced that effective 1st August 2018 Barbadians would be paying the GSC levy, while the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) implemented by the former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) would be scrapped. Franklyn sees the GSCL as an even worse tax.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Source : Antigua Observer
Fraud accused Indian billionaire Mehul Choksi will be extradited to his home country, according to the High Commissioner to India, who has informed the Government that a formal request for his extradition will be forwarded in the not too distant future. Choksi, who has denied all the allegations made against him, has filed a motion in the High Court, through his attorney, claiming there is no legal basis for his expulsion, extradition or other lawful removal from the country.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Source : BVI Platinum News
Twenty-one (21) prisoners who were transferred to the Bordelais Correction Facility in St Lucia after Hurricane Irma damaged the Balsam’s Gut prison last September will have to stay in the country a little longer. Governor Augustus Jaspert on Thursday last week says repair works on the prison are not 100 percent complete and the return of the prisoners will be done on a phased basis. They were expected to be back in the British territory by March this year.
SANTE – AGRICULTURE – PECHE – SOCIETE CIVILE
Source : Dominica News Online
The Caribbean region is being placed on high alert for another invasive potentially devastating disease called Tropical Race 4 (TR4) which can destroy the banana industry. A recent workshop was held in Guadeloupe organized by the Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum and CIRAD partnered with the FAO, IICA and USDA. Experts believe that the potential impact of the disease is too high and too costly for the Small Islands States and therefore total exclusion should be the focus.
Source : Now Grenada
During the Eastern Caribbean Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable use of Living Marine Resource, Mitsunari Okamoto, Japan’s parliamentary vice minister for foreign affairs told fisheries officials of the region that his country wants all members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to support the reform proposal, which will be debated at the upcoming IWC meeting scheduled to take place in Brazil in September. The reform proposal will result in Japan resuming commercial whaling among other things.
FRANCE – UNION EUROPEENNE
Source : Caribbean 360
The European Union, from the emergency reserves of the European Development Fund, has allocated €5 million (equivalent to US$5.9 million) towards the reconstruction of one hundred fifty (150) houses in Barbuda, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma last year. The programme will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).