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Cape Verde Archipelago Having Portuguese Influence

Cape Verde is an archipelago of 10 islands and five islets located in the Atlantic Ocean off Africa’s coast. Out of these ten the most popular Cape Verde Islands include Sao Vicente, Santiago and Sal Island. Over the years large number of people have emigrated from this island owing to chronic droughts and little cultivable land. In spite of this Cape Verde enjoys higher per capita income than many African states owing to the remittances it receives from its migrant community abroad. Once infamous as a popular slave trade centre in the 16th century Cape Verde has since then gone on to become a popular refuelling destination for ships owing to its strategic location. Tourists find this archipelago of Cape Verde interesting for its coral life and surfing opportunities available on the golden-coloured beaches.

Cape Verde Facts and Stats:

    · National Name: República de Cabo Verde
    · Capital: Praia
    · Total area: 4,030 sq km
    · Population: 426,113 (2008)
    · Currency: Cape Verdean escudo
    · Languages: Portuguese, Criuolo
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%
    · Religion: Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs), Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $ 6,000 (2006)
    · Life Expectancy: Male- 68 Yrs, Female- 74 Yrs
    · Literacy: 77% (2003 est.)

Cape Verde Geoghraphy and Climate:
Located just 604 km off the coast of West Africa the combined area of this group of islands is just over 4,000 sq km. The islands are divided into the Barlavento (windward) islands (Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista) and the Sotavento (leeward) islands (Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava). Cape Verde being surrounded by sea has milder temperature than the rest of Africa, the highest temperature reaching 29 °C in January.

Cape Verde has varied vegetation and faunal life including many endangered species that includes endemic birds like Alexander Swift, Raso Lark, Iago Sparrow and reptiles that include the famous Cape Verde Giant Gecko.

Culture and Economy of Cape Verde:
Portuguese ruled Cape Verde for many centuries and their influence can be seen in the cultural life of the Cape Verdeans that reflects pattern similar to those of rural Portugal. Apart from this Cape Verdean music also incorporates African and Brazilian influences, the national music being the morna, which is melancholy and lyrical. Popular dance forms include the soft morna and its modern version, passada that is a mix of Portuguese and African dance forms.

Cape Verde also boasts of the richest literature in Lusitanian Africa that has produced famous poets like Frusoni Sergio, Tavares Eugenio and B.Leza.

Cape Verde suffers from many economic handicaps like lack of fresh water, poor rainfall, limited arable land that have forced the country to import over 90% of its food requirements. It has a service-oriented economy with agriculture and fishing contributing only 9% to the GDP while the rest comes from commerce, transport and public services. The economy would need continued aid support and tourist inflow to develop substantially.

Tourist Attractions in Cape Verde:
Cape Verde has nine inhabited islands out of which the Santiago Island is the largest and most populated of these. The country’s capital Praia is located here and it has good night life along with other attractions that include Cidale Velha, fort real de San Felipe and Tarrafal village that features the country’s best fishing beaches.

The Sal Island in Cape Verde is characterised by its white sand beaches that is visited by most package tourists. It is also popular for diving and windsurfing. However Sao Vicente Island is by far the most cosmopolitan of all islands in cape Verde and the deep-water port of Mindelo is located here replete with old colonial buildings and a thriving music scene.

Charity events and global celebrations set to mark Mandela's 95th birthday

July 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Melbourne, July 16 (ANI): The critically ill anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela may still have be confined to his Pretoria hospital bed even as the world prepares to celebrate his 95th birthday on July 18.

'Recuperating' Smith likely to be fit for UK tour

April 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Cape Town, Apr 26(ANI): South African Test captain Graeme Smith has started his rehabilitation programme after undergoing surgery on his left ankle and is likely to be fit for the UK tour in July.

During security review, India talks about Pakistan's Shaheen

April 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Pakistan's test-firing an intermediate range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Wednesday, less than a week after India conducted its 5,000-km Agni-V test figured in a monthly security review Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony conducted with the three service chiefs later in the day.

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First private spacecraft launch to ISS delayed

April 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Washington, April 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Dragon, the first private spacecraft to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS), is scheduled to blast off May 7, a week later than previously scheduled, NASA said on its website.

Several rheumatic heart disease patients 'under-treated' in Africa and India

April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is considerably under-treated in Africa and India, according to the preliminary findings of a new global study.

India calls for rational demarcation of pirate-infested waters

April 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) India has called for "clear demarcation" of the pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean to warn merchant vessels and the navies of the threat and to prevent incidents such as the killing of two Indian fishermen by Italian commandos guarding a cargo ship.

Duck-billed dinosaurs could bear long and dark polar winters

April 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Washington, April 12 (ANI): Duck-billed dinosaurs that lived within Arctic latitudes approximately 70 million years ago likely endured long, dark polar winters instead of migrating to more southern latitudes, researchers have revealed.

Lusofonia Games in Goa in November 2013

March 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Panaji, March 31 (IANS) Organisers of the Lusofonia Games 2013 Saturday said the Portuguese version of the British Commonwealth Games would be held in Goa Nov 2-10, 2013.

Anni Dewani seen happy before her murder: Report

March 31, 2012 at 6:32 PM

London, March 31 (IANS) Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani is seen beaming with happiness as she walks along a hotel corridor in Cape Town with husband Shrien just before her horrific contract killing, according to a new CCTV footage.

Did Brit-Indian honeymooner hand over plastic bag full of cash to taxi driver for arranging wife's

March 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

London, Mar 25(ANI): Previously unseen CCTV footage has shown British-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani handing over a plastic bag to a taxi driver, Zola Tongo,ho has been jailed for 18 years for organizing his wife Anni Dewani's murder.

Dolce & Gabbana to sue jewellery retailer

March 31, 2012 at 8:14 AM

London, March 31 (IANS) Italian luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana is suing a costume jewellery retailer for naming her store Dolce and Banana.

Sloppy Goa shocks Portuguese Lusofonia Games organisers

March 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Panaji, March 30 (IANS) In a major embarrassment for the Goa government, the organisers of the Lusofonia Games, a multi-disciplinary sports tourney of former Portuguese-ruled colonies have expressed "shock and surprise" as virtually no infrastructure development has taken place for hosting the event next year.

Dewani awaits extradition verdict in UK over wife's murder charge

March 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

London, Mar 30 (ANI): Indian-origin British tycoon Shrien Dewani, who has been accused of masterminding his wife Anni's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, will await a decision today over his High Court appeal against an order to extradite him to South Africa to face trial.

Smith needs six wins to claim Test victory world-record

March 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Cape Town, Mar 30(ANI): Graeme Smith needs only six wins to achieve the world-record for most Test victories as captain.

Proteas Coach Kirsten worried over Philander's tight cricket schedule

March 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Cape Town, Mar 30(ANI): South African coach Gary Kirsten has admitted that he is "little bit concerned" that seamer Vernon Philander will head straight into two months of county cricket after a busy season.

'Dewani willing to go to South Africa to clear allegations against him'

March 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

London, Mar 29 (ANI): Indian-origin British business tycoon accused of masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, is willing to face a court in South Africa to clear all allegations against him, his family has said. hirty-two-year-old Dewani, currently being treated in a mental hospital, is fighting extradition to South Africa on the grounds that he is unfit and would not be safe in the country's notoriously tough prison system.owever, the groom's relatives have said in a statement that he is willing to go back when he is well enough and is "committed to clearing his name of all the false allegations and slurs against him."

'Blood Money' tells tale of diamond mafia (IANS Preview)

March 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) After dealing with the evils of pornographic films in 2005 release "Kalyug", the Bhatt camp's next, "Blood Money", deals with the diamond mafia. It releases Friday.

Six South African rugby players feared drowned

March 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Cape Town, March 27 (IANS) Six South African rugby players were feared drowned after being swept out to the sea at Port Elizabeth, Xinhua reported.

Philander comparable to Oz legend McGrath: Article

March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Cape Town, Mar 20(ANI): Perceived similarities between Proteas bowling sensation Vernon Philander and Australian legend Glenn McGrath come to the fore taking into account the way the former applies pressure through the creation of doubt in batsmen's minds, an article has said.

Philander comparable to Oz legend McGrath: Article

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Cape Town, Mar 20(ANI): Perceived similarities between Proteas bowling sensation Vernon Philander and Australian legend Glenn McGrath come to the fore taking into account the way the former applies pressure through the creation of doubt in batsmen's minds, an article has said.

Now, get free pizza for undergoing vasectomy

March 16, 2012 at 9:37 PM

New York, Mar 16 (ANI): A urologist in US is offering free pizzas to men who are willing to receive a vasectomy during March Madness - the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

Semi-nomadic 'Maasai Cricket Warriors' fighting for rights of women

March 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

London, Mar 14 (ANI): Maasai Cricket Warriors - the semi-nomadic cattle herders - are intending to be role models in their communities by campaigning against traditional female circumcision and child marriages.

Semi-nomadic 'Maasai Cricket Warriors' fighting for rights of women

March 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

London, Mar 14 (ANI): Maasai Cricket Warriors - the semi-nomadic cattle herders - are intending to be role models in their communities by campaigning against traditional female circumcision and child marriages.

Our only solar storm warning satellite 'could falter soon'

March 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): A US satellite that offers the only advance warnings of incoming solar storms is more than a decade past its expected orbital lifetime and is possibly on its last legs, researchers say.

Levi's Hamilton run feat to cost Mumbai Indians Rand 26000 per run

March 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Cape Town, Mar 1 (ANI): Mumbai Indians have signed Proteas opener Richard Levi for three million Rand, which meand the IPL franchise would be forking out R26 000 for every run that he scored during his record breaking 117 in Hamilton against New Zealand.

Levi's Hamilton run feat to cost Mumbai Indians Rand 26000 per run

March 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Cape Town, Mar 1 (ANI): Mumbai Indians have signed Proteas opener Richard Levi for three million Rand, which meand the IPL franchise would be forking out R26 000 for every run that he scored during his record breaking 117 in Hamilton against New Zealand.

Levi thrilled with thought of sharing Mumbai Indians' dressing room with childhood hero Tendulkar

February 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Cape Town, Feb 28 (ANI): South African cricketer Richard Levi, who signed a one-year deal to play for the Mumbai Indians in the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League, has expressed his delight that he would get an opportunity to play alongside his childhood hero, Sachin Tendulkar. "I have heard from friends that Mumbai Indians is like an extended family where the team shares a great bond and trusts youngsters. Sachin Tendulkar has been a childhood hero and it will be exciting to share the dressing room with him," sports24 quoted Levi, as saying.

'Ocean's Eleven' voted greatest ever remake

February 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

London, Feb 27 (ANI): George Clooney starrer 'Ocean's Eleven' has been chosen as the best movie remake of all time in a recent poll.

'Ocean's Eleven' voted greatest ever remake

February 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

London, Feb 27 (ANI): George Clooney starrer 'Ocean's Eleven' has been chosen as the best movie remake of all time in a recent poll.

Proteas will benefit from prevailing pressure after levelling T20 series against Kiwis: Botha

February 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Cape Town, Feb 21(ANI): South African off-spinner Johan Botha said their squad will benefit from the prevailing pressure ahead of the National Bank Twenty20 series decider against New Zealand at Eden Park.

Matthews calls for Levi's inclusion in Proteas' ODI squad

February 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Cape Town, Feb 21(ANI): Former South African seam bowler and selector Craig Matthews believes batting sensation Richard Levi should automatically added to the Proteas one-day squad. After his smashing ton in a Twenty 20 fixture against New Zealand.

Matthews calls for Levi's inclusion in Proteas' ODI squad

February 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Cape Town, Feb 21(ANI): Former South African seam bowler and selector Craig Matthews believes batting sensation Richard Levi should automatically added to the Proteas one-day squad. After his smashing ton in a Twenty 20 fixture against New Zealand.

Proteas will benefit from prevailing pressure after levelling T20 series against Kiwis: Botha

February 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Cape Town, Feb 21(ANI): South African off-spinner Johan Botha said their squad will benefit from the prevailing pressure ahead of the National Bank Twenty20 series decider against New Zealand at Eden Park.

Shakira has lucky escape after attack by sea lion

February 14, 2012 at 3:01 PM

London, Feb 14 (ANI): Shakira was attacked by a raging sea lion who mistook her mobile phone for a fish.

Dippenaar announces retirement from cricket

February 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Cape Town, Feb 10(ANI): South African batsman Boeta Dippenaar has announced his retirement from the game, and will play his last first class cricket match in the SuperSport Series clash with Warriors in Port Elizabeth.

Veteran Brad Hogg in high demand to play Twenty20 cricket

February 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Melbourne, Feb.9 (ANI): The Twenty20 explosion has made veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg Australia's most sought after cricketer.

Veteran Brad Hogg in high demand to play Twenty20 cricket

February 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Melbourne, Feb.9 (ANI): The Twenty20 explosion has made veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg Australia's most sought after cricketer.

Beer helps Irish man break record for round-the-world marathon

February 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Melbourne, Feb 7 (ANI): An Irish ultra-marathon runner has revealed that a last-minute chug of beer helped him become the only man on the planet to run seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days.

Beer helps Irish man break record for round-the-world marathon

February 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Melbourne, Feb 7 (ANI): An Irish ultra-marathon runner has revealed that a last-minute chug of beer helped him become the only man on the planet to run seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days.

Kirsten says out of form Smith deserves more time to bounce back

February 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Cape Town, Jan 20(ANI): South African coach Gary Kirsten has defended out of form batsman Graeme Smith saying that he needs more time to bounce back.

Is out of form Smith's friendship with Kirsten keeping him in ODI squad?

February 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Cape Town, Jan 20(ANI): Former South African selector Mike Procter has claimed that batsman Graeme Smith's friendship with coach Gary Kirsten may have helped him retain his berth in the squad.

S. African court says Dalai Lama visa issue 'dead in the water'

February 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Cape Town (S. Africa), Feb.4 (ANI): The Western Cape High Court has dismissed an application on the Dalai Lama's visa, claiming that it was too late to fix the past, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said on Friday.

Oz batting Achilles heel despite India's whitewash: Article

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Melbourne, Feb 4(ANI): Australia's batting remains its Achilles' heel despite its whitewash of India, an article in a daily has said.

Oz batting Achilles heel despite India's whitewash: Article

February 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Melbourne, Feb 4(ANI): Australia's batting remains its Achilles' heel despite its whitewash of India, an article in a daily has said.

S. African court says Dalai Lama visa issue 'dead in the water'

February 4, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Cape Town (S. Africa), Feb.4 (ANI): The Western Cape High Court has dismissed an application on the Dalai Lama's visa, claiming that it was too late to fix the past, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said on Friday.

Defunct German satellite just '7 min' from smashing into Beijing

February 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

London, Feb 1 (ANI): Beijing was dangerously close to a major upheaval when the city came directly in the flight path of a 2.5 ton crashed German satellite when it plunged into the Bay of Bengal last October, new calculations have revealed.

Defunct German satellite just '7 min' from smashing into Beijing

February 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

London, Feb 1 (ANI): Beijing was dangerously close to a major upheaval when the city came directly in the flight path of a 2.5 ton crashed German satellite when it plunged into the Bay of Bengal last October, new calculations have revealed.

Moore's meltdown prompted by death of Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor

January 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

New York, Jan 27 (ANI): Demi Moore's meltdown could have been triggered by the actress' distress over the death of her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, according to reports.

Moore's meltdown prompted by death of Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor

January 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

New York, Jan 27 (ANI): Demi Moore's meltdown could have been triggered by the actress' distress over the death of her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, according to reports.

'Beleaguered' Smith gets Twitter salute after scoring ODI ton against Sri Lanka

January 23, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Cape Town, Jan 23(ANI): Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith was showered with praises on Twitter after he regained form and scored a century against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers.

Tsotsobe becomes fastest Proteas bowler to claim 50 ODI wickets

January 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Cape Town, Jan 22(ANI): Lonwabo Tsotsobe became the fastest South African bowler to claim 50 wickets in One Day Internationals following his match performance of 3 for 51 in the fourth match against Sri Lanka in Kimberley.

Trott tells teammates to find formula to tackle Ajmal's mystery spin

January 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Cape Town, Jan 22(ANI): England batsman Jonathan Trott has asked his team-mates to find a way of coping with Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's mystery deliveries.

Tweets taunt trounced Poms

January 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Cape Town (S. Africa), Jan.20 (ANI): The acidic world of Twitter has compounded ICC No 1-ranked England's misery after its amazing capitulation to Pakistan in three days in the first Test in Dubai.

Proteas cricketers spend time with HIV-AIDS inflicted kids to raise disease awareness

January 20, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Cape Town (S.Africa), Jan.20 (ANI): Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith and fellow players Faf du Plessis, Alviro Peterson, Wayne Parnell and members of the coaching staff, on Thursday met a group of children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS.

Proteas cricketers spend time with HIV-AIDS inflicted kids to raise disease awareness

January 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Cape Town (S.Africa), Jan.20 (ANI): Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith and fellow players Faf du Plessis, Alviro Peterson, Wayne Parnell and members of the coaching staff, on Thursday met a group of children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS.

Tweets taunt trounced Poms

January 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Cape Town (S. Africa), Jan.20 (ANI): The acidic world of Twitter has compounded ICC No 1-ranked England's misery after its amazing capitulation to Pakistan in three days in the first Test in Dubai.

De Viliers wants Proteas to take current form to New Zealand

January 19, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Cape Town (South Africa), Jan.19 (ANI): South Africa's one-day day cricket team skipper A.B. de Villiers has urged the national squad to take their current winning form to New Zealand.

Proteas face dilemma over playing Steyn in rest of ODI series against Lanka

January 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Cape Town, Jan 19(ANI): The South African team will be in a state of quandary over playing fast bowler Dale Steyn in the remaining two one day internationals against Sri Lanka.

De Viliers wants Proteas to take current form to New Zealand

January 19, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Cape Town (South Africa), Jan.19 (ANI): South Africa's one-day day cricket team skipper A.B. de Villiers has urged the national squad to take their current winning form to New Zealand.

Doubts cast over HRT link to breast cancer

January 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

London, Jan 17 (ANI): Doubts have been raised over hormone replacement therapy's role in increasing breast cancer risk, with researchers claiming that raised fears were 'fundamentally flawed'.

Strippers bowl over South African judge

January 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Cape Town, Jan 17 (ANI): A magistrate from Cape Town seemed to be bowled over by 12 attractive exotic dancers when they were presented before him after their arrest last November.

Doubts cast over HRT link to breast cancer

January 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

London, Jan 17 (ANI): Doubts have been raised over hormone replacement therapy's role in increasing breast cancer risk, with researchers claiming that raised fears were 'fundamentally flawed'.

Strippers bowl over South African judge

January 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Cape Town, Jan 17 (ANI): A magistrate from Cape Town seemed to be bowled over by 12 attractive exotic dancers when they were presented before him after their arrest last November.

Proteas to rest Kallis for remainder of ODI series against Lanka

January 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Cape Town (S.Africa), Jan.16 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced two enforced changes as well as a rotational change to the Proteas squad for the remainder of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Cricket South Africa commercial manager resigns

January 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Cape Town (S. Africa), Jan.16 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) has received another setback after its commercial manager, Richard Glover, resigned from his post.

Resurgent S. Africa gnawing at Australia's ODI top ranking

January 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Cape Town (S. Africa), Jan.16 (ANI): A seemingly resurgent South Africa is set to make further inroads on Australia's once comfortable lead at the top of the ICC one-day international rankings.

Proteas to rest Kallis for remainder of ODI series against Lanka

January 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Cape Town (S.Africa), Jan.16 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced two enforced changes as well as a rotational change to the Proteas squad for the remainder of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Cricket South Africa commercial manager resigns

January 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Cape Town (S. Africa), Jan.16 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) has received another setback after its commercial manager, Richard Glover, resigned from his post.

Resurgent S. Africa gnawing at Australia's ODI top ranking

January 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Cape Town (S. Africa), Jan.16 (ANI): A seemingly resurgent South Africa is set to make further inroads on Australia's once comfortable lead at the top of the ICC one-day international rankings.

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