Revue de presse du mercredi 15 août 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 15 AOUT 2018
POLITIQUE – DIPLOMATIE – AFFAIRES REGIONALES
Source : Barbados Today
During a debate in the House of Assembly on the Public Service Order 2018, Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley urged the Mia-Mottley led Government to come clean on how long Barbadians will suffer under the economic recovery and transformation programme backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Atherley, as well as some regional economists, are forecasting inevitable job cuts in the public sector. Meanwhile, Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment, Marsha Caddle, who is also an economist, has lashed out at Atherley saying that most of the proposed measures are in the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) manifesto, of which Artherly’s is a member and whose signature appears on the same manifesto.
SANTE – AGRICULTURE – PECHE
Source : Caribbean News Now
The Trinidad based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says the risk of contracting the zika virus in the region is low but there is still a need to be vigilant given the ongoing risk for dengue and other mosquito borne diseases. CARPHA conducted a thirty month review of the situation and found that the number of cases of the virus, which was first detected in the Caribbean in late 2015, had declined rapidly in December 2016 after it had reached its peak circulation in August 2016.
Source : Caribbean News Now
OECS Member States are all facing an acceptable high food import bill and officials believe that while traditional farming has always remained the backbone of the OECS agricultural industry, they also believe that the region should invest in complementary food production techniques such as aquaphonics and hyrdophonics. OECS Director General, Didacus Jules, who joined two officials from the Ministry of Agriculture of Antigua & Barbuda on a visit to the Choiseul aquaphonics facility, says such facility is a model for the rest of the OECS to replicate. They also visited the mobile desalination plant in Laborie.
FRANCE – UNION EUROPEENNE
Source : Nation News
Prime Minister Mia Mottley, along with other members of her Cabinet, recently met with European Union Ambassador to Barbados, Daniela Tramacere, for a comprehensive presentation on EU-funded bilateral, regional and thematic programmes. Mottley says that she would be meeting with the EU once quarterly to review the progress of the respective programmes. She also intends to do the same with some other agencies.
Source : St Lucia Times
French authorities have given a nine-member family of Dominica until today to leave Martinique. The family composed of seven children and their parents could be evicted if they refuse to leave. They took refuge a little less than one year ago at a relative’s house in Prêcheur following the passage of Hurricane Maria which ravaged their homeland. The family has been unable to obtain a residence permit. The Mayor, Marcellin Nadeau, is reportedly opposed to this expulsion, citing the historical links of the town with its neighbours from Dominica. In 2014, Martinique became an associate member of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in 2014.