US Relaxing Cuban Shipping, Travel Rules

By Reuters 2015-07-23 11:45:10

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators will introduce amendments to a Senate bill on Thursday that would end major U.S. restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.

The measures being put forward at the Senate Appropriations Committee, if approved, would be the first legislation to make it through any congressional committee to facilitate President Barack Obama’s push to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba.


Liberian Grand Jury Indicts Port Director

By MarEx 2015-07-23 11:24:53

The Liberian National Port Authority’s managing director was indicted by the Monteserrado County Grand Jury. Madam Matilda Parker, who was suspended in April, faces charges of economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy. Parker was arrested July 21st and released on $1 million bond. The defendant is accused of awarding a falsified wreck removal contract to Denmar Enterprises valued at $800,000.

Parker was suspended by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf following an investigation by the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LAAC). The investigation alleges that Parker awarded contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission on behalf of the NPA for the removal of wrecks at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan and Greenville. The grand jury’s indictment alleges that Parker made fraudulent payments to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo for personal use.