Death of Bernard Pons, end of electronic cigarettes, salmonella in Dumbe

Most of the news for Thursday, April 28, in New Caledonia and the region: the disappearance of 95-year-old Bernard Pons, the ban on the import of disposable e-cigarettes, cases of Salmonella contamination at a poultry farm in Dumbea and a fatal shot in Puemba.

His name will forever be closely associated with the history of New Caledonia and the events of the 1980s. Bernard Pons, who led the 1988 Uvea Cave hostage crisis, died Wednesday at the age of 95. at his home in Aigues-Mortes (Gare), announced his family. Take a look at the career of this faithful Jacques Chirac, to whom the tributes of national and local political figures are multiplying.

Disposable e-cigarettes will soon be banned in New Caledonia. On Wednesday, the government issued an order banning their importation. He believes that they pose a danger to teenagers as well as to the environment. As soon as the decision is published in the Official Journal, stocks in stock must be placed on the market within 15 days. Goods in transit or ordered before the publication of the legislative text may be allowed for consumption upon arrival in New Caledonia.

The government announced on Wednesday that a poultry farm in Dumbea is under surveillance following the detection of salmonella. The bacterium was discovered during a DAVAR (Veterinary, Food and Rural Administration) sanitary inspection of the poultry sector on 12 April. Sample “Salmonella Typhimurium tested positive”says the government.

A 50-year-old man died on Wednesday morning in the Pauta tribe in Poembu. According to the first data of the investigation, the shot occurred during a family quarrel. The alleged shooter, the victim’s nephew, was detained. In a state of intoxication, he was taken into custody. The prosecution confirmed the start of an investigation into the chief’s murder. These actions are punishable by life imprisonment.

There is a growing shortage of doctors in the Northern Province. Belep, Ponerihuen, Poya, Kuaua and Kaala Gomen have already lost their doctors. In Huegua, despite the mobilization of residents two weeks ago, it also seems difficult to fill the vacancy of a doctor whose contract is coming to an end. Soon the problem will arise in the commune of Puebo. The province is trying to fill all vacancies at 15 health centers in the north.

Few recent figures, but a general conclusion shared by associations and communities: the feeling of poverty is growing. The health crisis, the rise in the price of raw materials, repeated rains, there are many reasons. According to the Institute for Statistics and Economic Research (Isee), 50,000 people were considered poor in New Caledonia in 2019. Since then, the situation has worsened.

SMG and SMAG will be upgraded from May 1, the government said on Wednesday. The guaranteed minimum wage increases from 926 CFP francs to 937 francs per hour, i.e. 1,862 francs per month. The minimum guaranteed wage in agriculture is increased from 787 to 797 francs per hour, a little more than 1,500 francs per month. This is the first increase in the minimum wage since 2018.

The victory of Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential elections was officially declared by the Constitutional Council on Wednesday. On Sunday, April 24, the outgoing president received 58.55% of the vote against 41.45% of the vote for Marine Le Pen. 28.01% abstained.

The first case of H3N8 bird flu was detected in humans in China on Tuesday. This is a four-year-old boy living in the center of the country. In early April, he was hospitalized due to fever and other symptoms. This is the first time this strain of the virus has been found in humans. It is usually best known for infecting horses, dogs, and even seals.

In New Zealand, border restrictions related to Covid-19 were found illegal on Wednesday by the country’s Supreme Court. The Supreme Court judge believes that the system has deprived some citizens of the right to return home during the pandemic.

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