December 21st, 2015
Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party, Michael Astaphan, says no person occupying the influential position of Director of Audit, in any government is above the law, and must be held accountable.
Astaphan contends that a Director of Audit must not be influenced by any political party or Minister, and such a person is subject to the laws of the land, especially as it relates to transparency and accountability.
Astaphan expounds further:
IN: And in St. Kitts & Nevis, Government is in discussions with Venezuela on servicing its outstanding debt under the Petro Caribe arrangement, as it remains confident that the power shift, away from President Nicolás Maduro’s party will have no impact on the oil deal with the twin-island federation.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, Posts, Urban Development and Transport Ian Liburd said St. Kitts and Nevis’ debt to Venezuela through the Petro Caribe arrangement stands at $US83 million of which US$45 million is due.
AND: Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation. They were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011.
The Fifa ethics committee found Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an "abusive execution" of their positions.
Blatter later told media: "I will fight for me and for Fifa."
The bans come into force immediately. Blatter and Platini have also been fined £33,700 and £54,000 respectively.
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