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Daily Archives: December 3, 2014

Arson suspected in fire near Dominica’s airport

Fire, suspected to be the work of arsonists, Wednesday evening destroyed a building housing critically important aviation communication equipment near Dominica’s Douglas- Charles International Airport, just hours after authorities explained why security has been tightened at the Caribbean island’s two airports. Chief Executive Officer of the Dominican Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPO), Benoit Bardouille said arson is suspected to ...

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Maduro reduces “unproductive expenses” by 20 pct. amid oil price plunge

Caracas, Dec 2 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday approved a 20 percent reduction in “unproductive expenses” by the government as a result of the recent plunge in the oil price and emphasized that the measure does not affect “at all” his administration’s social investment policy.“I’ve approved the reduction of 20 percent in … unproductive expenses, which do not ...

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Petrobras whistleblower says he alerted Brazil gov’t to irregularities in ’09

Brasilia, Dec 3 (EFE).- Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras’ former downstream director, who has blown the whistle on a massive corruption scheme as part of a plea-bargain deal with prosecutors, said he alerted the government to irregularities at the company in 2009.In an appearance Tuesday before a congressional committee investigating the scandal, Paulo Roberto Costa, who was arrested in March ...

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White House renews call for Cuba to release Alan Gross

Washington, Dec 3 (EFE).- The White House on Wednesday urged Cuba to release U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year sentence on the Communist-ruled island after being convicted for subversion.“Five years ago today Alan Gross was arrested for his efforts to help ordinary Cuban citizens have greater access to information through the Internet,” White House press secretary ...

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Guyana perceived as most corrupt country in CARICOM

San Juan, Dec 3 (EFE).- Guyana is seen as the most corrupt English-speaking country in the Caribbean Community, according to the Corruption Perception Index of 2014, published Wednesday by watchdog organization Transparency International.“The ranking of Guyana on the 2014 CPI is just another international indicator which, taken together with the local reality, simply increases the public perception that corruption remains ...

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Cuban dissidents concerned about violence against opposition leaders

Havana, Dec 3 (EFE).- The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, or CCDHRN, said Wednesday that in November there were 398 political arrests on the communist-ruled island, the lowest monthly figure so far this year, but the dissident group expressed its concern over recent violence against opposition leaders.According to a communique released by the CCDHRN, headed by Elizardo ...

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St. Lucia launches major project to reduce disaster vulnerability

San Juan, Dec 3 (EFE).- The St. Lucia Ministry of Sustainable Development launched “the largest project ever negotiated” by the government with the World Bank to reduce the Caribbean island’s vulnerability to natural disasters and to the impacts of climate change.The Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project aims to strengthen critical local infrastructure and improve the national capacity to repair damaged infrastructure, ...

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Caribbean News Desk radio programme Heightened security at Dominica’s airports ahead of general election

Heavily armed security personnel are guarding Dominica’s two airports, in the wake of concerns by Leader of the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton that the incumbent Dominica Labour Party (DLP) was flying in persons to vote in next Monday’s general election. The UWP has repeatedly accused Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s DLP of planning to rig the December 8 ...

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