Revue de presse du 20 janvier 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 20 JANVIER 2017
Caribbean News Now
Minister for Health, Nicolas Steele, during a post-cabinet press briefing on Tuesday in Grenada, made a number of what have been described as misleading statements pertaining to the Grenadian by Rex Resorts and the requirements outlined in the 99-year lease with the government. He also said that government’s initiative to acquire the property is to ensure that the property serves the public interest to maximum benefit of the people of Grenada.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who is the leading spokesman on the CSME within CARICOM says the time has come for “full and frank discussions” on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. He acknowledged that the CSME was a journey on which regional governments had embarked. He also said that CARICOM should not allow random challenges to divert its attention from what it has achieved
Ralph Warner, Commissioner at the Inland Revenue Department has attempted to allay the concerns of many people who could have to pay the quarterly Unincorporated Business Tax which took effect in Antigua on 1st July 2016, after the Personal Income Tax was repealed. He says that sole traders and business partners will be those most affected by this new tax.
Dominica News Online
Prime Minister Roosevelt is urging farmers to take advantage of the loan programme at the Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (AID) Bank. According to Skerrit, his government has placed $10-million at the AID Bank at an interest rate of three percent, with a grace period of six months to benefit farmers.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Commissioner of Police, with the authorization of the Government, has approached the UK Government regarding firearm usage in the territory. The UK has agreed to send specialists firearms officers to assess the future needs for this territory. The Commissioner also noted the increase in the size of the Police Immediate Response Unit and the need for them to be armed 24 hours a day.
The Superintendent of Prisons says that despite the dramatic decrease in the prison population over the last years, the management and staff of HMP continue to deal with the issue of overcrowding. The St Kitts prison houses 183 inmates while the Nevis Prison Farm houses an additional 21 inmates. The facility was built to hold only sixty (60) persons, therefore anything beyond that amount would be overcrowding.
Virgin Islands News Online
The active ingredient called glyphosate found in Monsanto’s weed-killer Roundup and other herbicides, which are widely used in the Caribbean and around the world, can cause liver disease according to a new study. The chemical can now be detected in common food items such as cereals and wine, and even childhood vaccines. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) nevertheless said the ingredient is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.” The Health and Environment Alliance, a European non-profit which addresses how the environment affects health in the European Union, has also urged a ban on glyphosate in response to the study.