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Burnt Teen flown out to Martinique

Shaveesa Gasper, the 15 yr old teenager who was allegedly set on fire by her mother on New Year’s Day, has been flown out of the country via helicopter to receive critical medical treatment.

According to Public Relations Officer within the Ministry of Health, Jermaine Kentish, the teen is being flown to Martinique to receive further medical care.

Three ministries under the Gaston Browne administration have taken swift action to offer assistance to the teenager who sustained burns to over 60 percent of her body.

According to a Government release, Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, upon hearing of the incident, immediately instructed his Ministers of Health and Social Transformation to utilize the government’s resources to ensure that the teenager receives the best possible care and that her sibling be placed in the most appropriate care available.

Social Transformation Minister and Minister responsible for Youth, the Hon. Samantha Marshall told ZDK news that her ministry was instructed to ensure that the welfare of the victim and her sibling are addressed in the best possible manner.

Minister Marshall further acknowledged that her ministry must also investigate what could have led to such a tragic incident.

Meantime Culture Minister Paul Chet Greene said after hearing of the incident, he was shocked and further pointed out that he will be working closely with his colleagues to ensure that the teen, who has shown interest in cultural circles in Antigua and Barbuda, is given the best possible care.

 

Spencer Questioned in Bus Probe

Leader of the Opposition United Progressive Party, Baldwin Spencer was on Tuesday taken in for questioning by Lawmen in relation to the ongoing probe into the criminal conversion of buses donated by the South Korean Government.

Following an Audit into the operations of the Government’s overseas offices resulting from the major John Ashe Bribery Scandal, it was uncovered that the buses donated to the government were subsequently registered in the names of three former government ministers.

Spencer has been on record stating that the buses were acquired through the former Ambassador Dr John Ashe who finalised the arrangements.

The Former Prime Minister was advised by his legal council against giving an interview on the matter, but co-operated to make arrangements for a written statement to be submitted to Lawmen.

The Probe involves the Political Leader of the UPP Senator Harold Lovell, Former Education Minister Senator Jacqui Quinn and Former Minister of Public Works, Wilmouth Daniel

Burnt Teen flown out to France

Shaveesa Gasper, the 15 yr old teenager who was allegedly set on fire by her mother on New Year’s Day, has been airlifted from Martinique to France for further medical treatment.

This information was disclosed by Government Officials, who indicated that due to the severity of her injuries, the teen will have to under plastic surgery.

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, upon hearing of the incident, immediately mobilized his Ministers of Health and Social Transformation to utilize the government’s resources to offer assistance to the teenager who sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to over 60 percent of her body.

Head of the Teen Explosion Committee Vinema Jarvis told ZDK News earlier this week that a trust fund is being set up to ensure transparency surrounding receipt of funding for the teen.

Shaveesa Gasper was the winner of the 2015 Teen Explosion Competition and also won the award Best Actress at the National Secondary School’s Drama Festival.