Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met with Cape Verdean President Jorge Carlos Fonseca at the Rio Branco Palace in Salvador, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia. In the meeting, they agreed that the Brazilian President would visit Cape Verde in early 2012 (A Semana).
During what was supposed to have been the debate on the 2012 General State Budget proposal, the legislators representing the PAICV and the MpD became embroiled in a bitter exchange of insults that forced National Assembly speaker Basílio Ramos to suspend the session (A Semana).
Cape Verde has been found its “oil” in “good governance” and that makes the Portuguese-speaking African country “a good example” of development, said Petra Lantz, coordinator of the UN in territory (Inforpress).
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency arrested 53 immigrants with criminal records in the state of Massachusetts. Among them were several Cape Verdeans (A Semana).
Eight purported Cape Verde gang members were among those arrested in a sweep by federal immigration officials and local authorities, including one man who tried to escape through a window, a Plymouth County sheriff official said (Entreprise News).
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When Christopher Columbus arrived on the island of Boa Vista in 1498, he didn’t like it much. The great explorer was probably a bit cocky having already discovered the New World six years earlier. Landing on this mass of volcanic rock, 300 miles off the coast of Senegal, must have felt a bit like finding some small change down the back of the sofa after winning the lottery. But Boa Vista, the third largest island of 10 in Cape Verde, is gaining in currency as a holiday destination (Daily Mail).
Prosecutors on the island of Maio are questioning the directorship of the Morreirense Sport Club Association to determine the veracity of the accusations leveled by a group of associates regarding the alleged embezzlement of 600,000 escudos by the entity’s treasurer during the club president’s absence (A Semana).
Cabo Verde has held the first unofficial National Kitesurfing Championships, in the Sal Island. The Cape Verdean kiteboarders have been showing off in the international scene, with Mitu Monteiro and Airton Cozzolino keeping the bar high. The weather conditions were great. Ponta Preta and a secret spot were enough to run the heats (The Surfer Today).
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Judiciary Police have already interrogated dozens of people, and many more continue to be questioned by investigators – people from all walks of life, from everyday citizens to businessmen, some of whom enjoy considerable notoriety in Praia. Numerous bank accounts have also been frozen as part of Operation Speed Boat, which began one month ago. The operation, which represented a major blow to the drug trafficking business, resulted in the arrest of three individuals, including the alleged ringleader, 44-year-old Paulo Ivone Pereira, and the seizure of 1,501.3 kilograms of pure cocaine, as well as luxury cars, three jet skis and a fishing boat (A Semana).
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