Revue de presse du mercredi 14 mars 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 14 MARS 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
The ruling New National Party (NNP) in Grenada was returned to office on Tuesday winning all fifteen (15) seats in the general election. It’s the second consecutive 15-0 win for the NNP and the third time the party has claimed all 15 seats. In a radio interview, Mitchell says it is a humbling experience and a good feeling that the citizens have shown that level of confidence in the way he has governed.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Opposition Senator Damani Tabor of the United Progressive Party (UPP) has filed a lawsuit against the Government seeking damages from his 2016 arrest and detention. He is alleging that he was falsely imprisoned and maliciously prosecuted. The arrest was made following statements he made at the time regarding monies allegedly missing from the Citizenship by Investment Programme for which he was subsequently charged, but the charges were later dismissed by the court.
ENVIRONNEMENT - CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
St Kitts-Nevis Observer
National disaster management agencies around the region are keeping a close eye on Grenada’s submarine volcano Kick ‘em Jenny after an increase in seismic activity overnight Sunday caused disaster officials there to raise the level from yellow to orange. According to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Unit (UWI-SRC) orange alert indicates a highly elevated level of seismic and/or fumarolic activity, and eruption may begin less than twenty-four hours’ notice. The alert remained on Tuesday even after activity had declined.
FRANCE - EU
St Lucia News Online
Saint Lucia’s removal from the European Union blacklist of tax havens has be hailed by the Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Dr Ubaldus Raymond. During a press conference in the capital on Tuesday, Raymond says the country is now on the grey list, meaning that the country still has issues with the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Standards but has committed to make changes. The Minister says that it is something that we should all be proud of.
Dominica News Online
When the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) met in Brussels yesterday, a couple of OECS Member States and dependencies namely Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda, as well as Anguilla and British Virgin Islands, were added to the grey list of jurisdictions that don’t adhere to EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Standards. They were not previously assessed since they were badly hit by the hurricanes in September 2017 ; hence screening had been put on hold until early 2018.
Saint Kitts & Nevis was added to the European Union blacklist of tax haven on Tuesday when the European Union’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) met in Brussels. The Government of the twin-island Federation says that it is fully committed and cooperative in the context of international tax transparency. Financial Secretary Hilary Hazel has officially responded to the EU regarding the commitments of the Federation to amend relevant legislation to address the concerns of the bloc.