Ukraine doesn’t appear to regret the departure of former EU Ambassador José Manuel Pinto Teixeira, who has been blacklisted by the country’s Foreign Ministry for making statements falling “beyond the scope of his diplomatic functions”. Teixeira, of Portugal, publicly criticised Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich for failing to deliver on his pledge to improve the business climate and tackle corruption. Teixeira has now been appointed to head the EU delegation in Cape Verde, a former colony of Portugal (Euractiv).
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SPLIT SECOND POLL
DEFENSE & SECURITY
Cape Verde needs to revise its legislation on confidentiality and the preservation of personal data, affirmed Carlos Reis, the national director of the Judiciary Police during the international conference on terrorism currently taking place on the island of Sal. In Reis’ opinion, the lack of access to information places limitations on investigations aimed at preventing organized crime (A Semana).
Judiciary Police have closed the case of the ship Santo Antão after thoroughly searching the vessel’s cargo hold without finding any trace of drugs on board. The ship had been boarded by Judiciary Police inspectors, who accompanied it between the islands of Santiago and Fogo to oversee the unloading of its contents in the latter’s Vale dos Cavaleiros sea port. The expectation that there may have been cocaine hidden among the cargo, however, was dashed (A Semana).
The expression ‘football family’ is part of everyday vernacular these days. However, when Guy Ramos utters the phrase in relation to the Cape Verde Islands squad of which he is a valued member, the sincerity in his voice leaves no doubt he also means it in a literal sense. This excellent team spirit appears to be the key factor in the progress made by the island nation, which has never been in a better position to secure a berth at a major international competition (AllAfrica).
THE GRAND TOUR OF CAPE VERDE
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The representatives of the PAICV in the Sal municipal assembly have called a press conference to protest against the increase in property taxes in the municipality. The representatives, in the voice of José António Moreno, consider the increase of more than 80% “abusive and arbitrary” (A Semana).
Drivers on Santo Antão have begun to predict that the island’s three municipalities may be cut off from one another of a wall that fell during last year’s rains in Lombo Cruz, on the mountain road leading from Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande, is not rebuilt before the beginning of this year’s rainy season. The company hired to repair the road has affirmed that work on the fallen sections will begin in two weeks (A Semana).