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Published:Wednesday | October 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Gov't renames airport in honour of two former prime ministers

DOMINICA ROSEAU, CMC: Dominica has renamed its main airport in honour of two former prime ministers, and has indicated that an agreement has been signed with a private-sector concern in China for the construction of an international airport.

"I am adamant that we cannot continue, in this day and age, to have our main airport named after an 18th century slave owner, while at the same time this government is actively seeking, along with our brothers in CARICOM, to get reparations for slavery from the British and European powers.

"No my friends, it is time. It is long overdue that we have to honour our own. And so let us reflect on the lives of the two patriots for whom this airport will be renamed," Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said.

Prime Minister Skerrit dismissed suggestions that his administration was engaged in politics by renaming the Melville Hall airport, north of here, after former prime ministers Roosevelt Douglas and Pierre Charles.

Douglas died of a heart attack in 2004 and Charles succumbed to a heart attack four years later.

Gov't and newspaper publisher at odds

GUYANA GEORGETOWN, CMC: The Guyana government says it "condemns in the strongest possible language" what it described as "the despicable act" of a national newspaper to distort and manipulate a private conversation of a government minister, "whose conversation was illegally recorded, and distorted, and broadcast".

In a statement, the Donald Ramotar administration said that it was standing behind Attorney General Anil Nandlall as the government "goes out of its way to foster peace and goodwill.

"We believe in the integrity and professionalism of the Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, and stand by him," the statement said, noting that the government "cherishes freedom of the press, but when private media operatives use the power of the mass media to manipulate public opinion, our nation suffers from the negativity".

The statement said that the Kaieteur News newspaper "has sustained an intensive, vicious attack on members of the government of Guyana, using its media power to distort even private conversations that it illegally records".

But Kaieteur News publisher Glenn Lall has since lodged a complaint with police against Nandlall, accusing him of threatening him and suggesting that the newspaper's employees will be targeted.

Police kill more people in largest Brazilian state

BRAZIL SAO PAULO (AP): Officials said police in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo killed more people between January and September than they did during the same period for the past 10 years, and twice as many as the same period a year ago.

The Public Safety Department of the country's largest and most populous state said on its website that 478 people were killed in confrontations with police during the first nine months of this year.

That's almost 100 per cent more than the 240 people killed during the same period in 2013.

According to the data released by the department, 10 police officers were killed on duty during the period, the lowest for the period in 10 years.