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US imposes sanctions on Venezuela bank Bandes after Guaido aide’s arrest

first_imgThe United States imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s development bank Bandes, a day after the Trump Administration warned there would be consequences for the arrest of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide.Venezuelan PresidentNicolás MaduroThe US Treasury said it was slapping the sanctions on the Banco de Desarrollo Economico y Social de Venezuela, including its subsidiaries in Uruguay and Bolivia.“(President Nicolás) Maduro and his enablers have distorted the original purpose of the bank… as part of a desperate attempt to hold onto power,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement announcing the action.Guaido, who invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency in January, has accused Bandes of being used by officials of Maduro’s Government to steal funds.The US Treasury said Maduro tried to move US$1 billion out of Venezuela through Banco Bandes Uruguay in early 2019. Bandes has received billions of dollars over the past decade from the China Development Bank, in exchange for oil, which the Venezuelan Government used to fund infrastructure projects.The sanctions freeze assets belonging to the bank and its subsidiaries, and prevent US citizens from any dealings with Bandes.The announcement comes after Venezuelan authorities detained Guaido’s Chief-of-Staff, Roberto Marrero, on Thursday in a pre-dawn raid, sparking vows of reprisals from the United States, which backs Guaido. (CNBC)last_img read more

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo retires from international cricket

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday but he will continue to play franchise T20 cricket around the globe.The 35-year-old made his debut in 2004 and played 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is for the Windies. However, his last international appearance came more than two years ago in a T20I against Pakistan in 2016.”Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lords Cricket Ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career.”However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players,” Bravo said in a statement.”I thank the countless persons who were instrumental to my success, particularly my family and QPCC where I developed my skills at an early age.I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognize my efforts on and off the field.I am extremely fortunate to have a career that has taken me across the globe into the most prestigious dressing rooms sharing experiences with all the recent legends of this glorious game. I will continue my professional career as a cricketer and entertainer living as a true champion,” Bravo added.advertisementBravo’s last Test appearance for the Caribbean nation came in 2010 as he focussed more on limited-overs cricket, especially T20s. His ability to hit big, canny bowling and a variety of slower balls, made him an effective T20 specialist.He last played a ODI in 2014. The match was the fourth ODI in Dharamsala of the dramatic series versus India, where West Indies players cut the tour short and flew home in protest against their board. Bravo was the captain of the side.Bravo, who wasn’t selected in the ODI or T20 squad for West Indies’ tour of India therefore ended any speculation of him making a comeback to the international arena ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.He ends his career with 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 in Test cricket along with 86 wickets. He scored three centuries in whites. He made 2986 runs in ODIs and took 199 wickets.In T20Is, he has scored 1142 runs and taken 52 wickets and he was also a part of the West Indies squad that won the T20 World Cup in India back in 2016.Currently, Bravo plays franchise cricket for Trinbago Knight Riders (CPL), Chennai Super Kings (IPL), Melbourne Renegades (BBL) and Peshawar Zalmi (PSL).last_img read more

Swedish man grievously injured

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