Revue de presse du vendredi 16 mars 2018
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 16 MARS 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
Plans are being finalised for constituents of Barbuda to vote in mainland Antigua now that the court has ruled on the matter in which an injunction was filed against the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) by the leader of the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) to have a declaration made that Barbudans vote in their own constituency.
Attorney General, Honourable Vincent Byron, has broken his silence over numerous claims by the opposition, including the Leader of the Opposition Dr Denzil Douglas, regarding allegations of sexual harassment levelled against his Chambers. Byron noted that such claims came out only after the Government brought the Dominican diplomatic passport matter to Parliament, and hence Douglas is trying to distract citizens from that very serious issue.
St Lucia News Online
The Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Saint Lucia hosted a week-long workshop in “Emergency Airport Planning” as part of its on-going cooperation project with the Government. The said workshop was held in collaboration with the Department of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation to strengthen capacities in the aviation sector.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
St Lucia News Online
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Dr. D. Orlando Smith believes that it is time for his Government to make arrangements for 21 inmates who were transferred to the prison in Saint Lucia after Hurricane Irma, to return home. He noted that the British Virgin Islands has to pay the government of Saint Lucia an amount of $78 000.00 to house those inmates for a six month period. Last month, the Minister with responsibility for the prison in the British overseas territory indicated that works had commenced on the Balsam Gut Penitentiary, to allow the return of those prisoners.
The Ministry of Health and the police have teamed-up to determine the causes of death of several persons and many others who have been hospitalised or are being examined, who were suspected of drinking an apparently deadly substance which may have been mistaken for alcohol. The deaths occurred between Friday 9th and Monday 12th March. The persons are believed to be from the same community. Chief Medical Officer, Dr Merlene Fredericks, has issued a public health alert due to the suspicion.