City Must Spend Our Money Wisely New York State's Congressional delegation, as powerful as any in the country, is made up almost exclusively of politicians from the city. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in t...
Water Rates Are Gouging New Yorkers The New York City Water Board met last Friday to consider raising rates for on the water supplied to New Yorkers’ homes and buildings. Potentially on tap is a 14 percent increase – the third double...
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NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson & New York City Council Finance Committee Chairman David WeprinQueens Ledger
By Pascal Fletcher MALABO (Reuters) - On land cleared of tropical forest, gleaming new office towers, apartment blocks, homes and highways dazzle the eye in Equatorial Guinea, Sub-Saharan Africa's No. 3 energy producer where oil and gas revenues have fed a frenzy of construction. But cutting away the jungle is proving easier for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema than shedding his central African nation's dark image as a reclusive, repressive and graft-ridden poster child of the "resource curse". Obiang, in power since 1979 and Africa's longest-serving head of state, is fronting a bid by Equatorial Guinea to break out of negative media coverage he says is one of its biggest obstacles to progress and international acceptance. "The country is not being shown for what it is," Obiang, 72, complained in a rare recent interview with reporters just outside Malabo, capital of the small Gulf of Guinea state.
At least 42 illegal African migrants drowned in the Arabian Sea off the southern coast of Yemen late on Sunday, the defence ministry said on its website. The ministry's September 26 website quoted a local official in Shabwa province as saying the migrants drowned off the coastal town of Bir Ali. African migrants often use unseaworthy boats to try to reach Yemen, seen as a gateway to wealthier parts of the Middle East and the West.