The voter registration process in Cape Verdean communities abroad has reached a total of 19,410 émigrés so far, approximately 74% of the goal set by the government. The émigré drive will conclude in one month, and officials hope to have registered 25,000 Cape Verdeans living abroad by that time (A Semana).
A native of Fogo Island, immigrant naturalized U.S. citizen; John Gomes could become, in 2011, the first Cape Verdean-born to be elected mayor to an American city: Bridgeport, Connecticut (Visao).
Cape Verde has risen one position to 45th place, with 5.1 points, on the 2010 Corruption Perception Index. Cape Verde is the third best-rated African country, after only Botswana, with 5.8 points, and Mauritius, with 5.4 points. The report is elaborated annually by Transparency International (A Semana).
Dublin-based businessman Ciarán Maguire, who is being sued by a group of investors in the €100 million Palm View resort on Boa Vista, has claimed that he refunded their deposits to the sales agency but that the money has not been passed on to the investors (Sunday Business Post).
SOS Tartarugas on the island of Sal is recruiting new volunteers for the protection of turtles next year (Turtle Conservation Jobs).
The damage caused to roads in the municipalities of Ribeira Grande and Paúl (Santo Antão) and Ribeira Brava and Tarrafal (São Nicolau) by flash flooding last weekend has begun to be repaired, according to assurances given to A Semana Online by Minister of Infrastructures, Transportation and Telecommunications Manuel Inocêncio Sousa.
The rains that fell over the weekend have cut off access roads to a number of zones and villages in the countryside of the municipality of Porto Novo, on the island of Santo Antão (A Semana).
24-year-old Leila Lopes was born in Benguela, Angola, the daughter of Cape Verdean immigrants. She was recently crowned “Queen of Angolan beauty in the United Kingdom” and will participate in the Miss Angola 2011 competition, scheduled for December 18 (A Semana).