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March 29, 2017

Dominican Republic

Puntacana Group,Spanish institute to help people with eye ailments

Source: Dominican Today | Puntacana Group,Spanish institute to help people with eye ailments Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.- The Puntacana Foundation Group and Spain’s Visual Sciences Institute (INCIVI) on Tuesday announced collaboration to build an ophthalmological clinic at Verón township (east), to benefit the needy population of Punta Cana’s tourism communities.

China forecasts 4th year of stable or declining CO2 emissions, as world awaits Trump climate action: Greenpeace

Source: Dominican Today | China forecasts 4th year of stable or declining CO2 emissions, as world awaits Trump climate action: Greenpeace Beijing, 28 February 2017 – China is forecasting a significant drop in CO2 emissions of approximately 1%, according to Greenpeace East Asia’s analysis of China’s National Energy Administration forecasts for 2017. This would be

Do you know how to save on online brokerage fees?

Source: Dominican Today | Do you know how to save on online brokerage fees? If you’ve made it to a point in life where you’re ready to start investing, or at least start thinking about investing, you may consider opening a brokerage account. But you’re not alone if the thought of choosing a brokerage firm

Prepare your budget for closing costs when buying a home

Source: Dominican Today | Prepare your budget for closing costs when buying a home Imagine the frustration that would follow if you spent hours planning and narrowing in on a dream home only to find out that you can’t afford it when push comes to shove. Starting with a price range can help you make

Two journalists shot dead, police detain three

Source: Dominican Today | Two journalists shot dead, police detain three Santo Domingo.- Gunmen reportedly took two security guards hostage, after fleeing the scene while police say hree suspects are being held.Dayaba Garcia, secretary of the station who was injured by gunfire from the two hooded gunmen. She isreportedly pregnant.It emerged that the journalists were

Stop the presses!

Source: Dominican Today | Stop the presses! Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic newspaper El Nacional has

US-Dominican flights back to normal

Source: Dominican Today | US-Dominican flights back to normal Santo Domingo.- International flights to three major US airports resumed Friday morning after 48 hours of disruption caused by snowstorm “Niko” which affected the northeastern United States and left thousands of passengers stranded.Flight cancellations to and from New York City (JFK), Boston and Newark by Jet

Extended maternity leave 'will encourage breastfeeding'

Source: Dominican Today | Extended maternity leave ‘will encourage breastfeeding’ Santo Domingo.- The extension of statutory maternity leave from 12 to 14 weeks, as well as increasing the timeframe for mothers to stay at home with their babies, will also contribute to encouraging breastfeeding and strengthen the bonds between mothers and their children, as well

Accounts Chamber member under fire for party affiliation

Source: Dominican Today | Accounts Chamber member under fire for party affiliation Santo Domingo.- The new member of the Chamber of Accounts, Margarita Melenciano, admitted to being a member of the ruling PLD party, stating that “no one in this country is apolitical.”“So what’s the problem? We’re all political, at some point you adopt a

Defense Ministry to train youngsters

Source: Dominican Today | Defense Ministry to train youngsters Santo Domingo.- The Ministry of Defense and the Presidency’s Special Programs Department (Digepep) have signed an agreement for the implementation of adult technical training courses for young people who learned to read and write in the Quisqueya Learns with You literacy program, with the aim of

Cable car to transport more than 60,000 passengers a day

Source: Dominican Today | Cable car to transport more than 60,000 passengers a day Santo Domingo.- The cable car mass transit system will carry more than 60,000 passengers every day, connecting more than 30 neighborhoods in the National District, Santo Domingo North and Santo Domingo East. During a Thursday visit, President Danilo Medina was able

Snowstorm halts US-Dominican flights

Source: Dominican Today | Snowstorm halts US-Dominican flights Las Americas International Airport.- Airport management authority Aerodom on Wed. said that in response to the heavy snowstorm that is affecting the northeastern United States, some airlines have cancelled their Thursday flights to and from Boston, New York City and Newark, via the Las Américas-José Francisco Peña

Three hurt in melee with traffic cops

Source: Dominican Today | Three hurt in melee with traffic cops Santo Domingo.- Two bystanders were injured in a shooting incident Wednesday morning after Metropolitan Transportation Authority (AMET) agents fired shots after a public transport driver threatened the agents with injury. The driver himself was also injured in the altercation, which took place at the

US deports 58 Dominican ex cons

Source: Dominican Today | US deports 58 Dominican ex cons Santo Domingo.- The United States government is repatriating 58 Dominicans who have completed their sentences in several US prisons for crimes such as drug trafficking and document forgery.The former prisoners will arrive at Las Americas International Airport on a plane chartered by the US Immigration

Power plant 'one year behind schedule´

Source: Dominican Today | Power plant ‘one year behind schedule´ Santo Domingo.- Construction on the Punta Catalina power plant in the province of Peravia is one year behind schedule due to the problems the project has experienced in obtaining financing.Nonetheless, the vice president of the Public Electricity Corporation (CDEEE), Rubén Bichara, stated that the power

Dominican Govt. wants to talk transport

Source: Dominican Today | Dominican Govt. wants to talk transport Santo Domingo.- Presidency minister Gustavo Montalvo announced Tuesday the formation of a platform for dialogue with the objectives of analyzing the problems affecting the transportation sector and exploring ways of transforming it.Montalvo made the announcement during a Monday afternoon meeting with representatives of transportation organizations,

58% of helpline callers gripe about Govt. services

Source: Dominican Today | 58% of helpline callers gripe about Govt. services Santo Domingo.- 58% of calls to the 311 Helpline during 2016 were complain about poor government services.Meanwhile, 25% of calls from citizens to the helpline, which was established for the purpose of channeling complaints, grievances, claims and suggestions related to the services offered

State Univ. students demand end to strike

Source: Dominican Today | State Univ. students demand end to strike Santo Domingo.- Student groups held a protest march Monday demanding the resumption of teaching at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD).Hundreds of students who went to the university campus to attend their lectures expressed their concern at the effects of the lecturers’ strike

Main problems: crime, unemployment and inflation-Poll

Source: Dominican Today | Main problems: crime, unemployment and inflation-Poll Santo Domingo.- Crime in general (74.1%), the lack of job opportunities (38.7%) and the inflation rate (38.14%) are the three leading problems that affect people living in the Dominican Republic, according to the most recent Gallup-HOY poll.According to the perceptions of those surveyed, these problems

Dominican Republic leader off to Haiti president's inaugural

Source: Dominican Today | Dominican Republic leader off to Haiti president’s inaugural Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina is traveling to the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince Tuesday to attend the inauguration of new president Jovenel Moïse, according to the Presidency Press Department.Medina leaves early in the morning accompanied by a smaller-than-usual entourage composed of the Minister of

Eric Trump toured Cap Cana during Dominican Republic visit

Source: Dominican Today | Eric Trump toured Cap Cana during Dominican Republic visit Santo Domingo.- The Cap Cana business group says that during last Thursday’s visit to the tourist destination, Eric Trump, executive vice president of The Trump Organization, was able to see first hand “the property developer’s most recent amenities”. In a press release,

Police celebrate mass wedding

Source: Dominican Today | Police celebrate mass wedding Santo Domingo.- The Police celebrated a collective wedding for its agents Sunday at the central headquarters.

Valle Nuevo evictions continue

Source: Dominican Today | Valle Nuevo evictions continue Santo Domingo.- One week since the Ministry of Environment started implementing its resolution to evict farmers from the Valle Nuevo protected area, operations are continuing with the removal of irrigation pipelines and other farming installations in Constanza and Ocoa.

Heart health walk in Santo Domingo

Source: Dominican Today | Heart health walk in Santo Domingo Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Cardiology Society has held its annual walk to promote the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and raise public awareness of the issue.

Transport leader accused of murder will be tried, says AG

Source: Dominican Today | Transport leader accused of murder will be tried, says AG Santo Domingo.- Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez says that he expects the National District Sixth Court of Instruction to send transport leader Blas Peralta to trial along with the other three men accused of the murder of the former rector of

President announces support for dragon fruit farmers

Source: Dominican Today | President announces support for dragon fruit farmers Santo Domingo.- During his latest Sunday “suprise visit” to rural communities, president Danilo Medina promised the National Cluster of Pitahaya Producers in Baitoa in Santiago province that the authorities would finance the cultivation of 400 tareas of dragon fruit or pitahaya, with a view

Minister says teachers must innovate

Source: Dominican Today | Minister says teachers must innovate Santiago de los Caballeros.- The Minister of Education, Andrés Navarro, says that in a constantly changing and evolving world professionals must innovate and apply new knowledge and practices with a strict ethical basis in order to “overcome the barriers of efficiency and become effective,” so that

Migration authorities detain 35 undocumented foreigners

Source: Dominican Today | Migration authorities detain 35 undocumented foreigners Santo Domingo.- The General Migration Office (DGM) has been clamping down on illegal immigration in the Sosua and Cabarete areas in Puerto Plata province over the last week, with the detention of 35 citizens of several nationalities, most of whom were in the country without

Thousands sign anti-corruption petition

Source: Dominican Today | Thousands sign anti-corruption petition Santo Domingo.- In the hope of attracting the same high level of participation and enthusiasm as January 22nd’s “Green March” against impunity, anti-corruption campaigners began collecting signatures Sunday to demand that the authorities create a commission of independent prosecutors to investigate the corruption and bribery case involving

Fuel prices unchanged except LPG

Source: Dominican Today | Fuel prices unchanged except LPG Santo Domingo.- The Ministry of Industry and Commerce informed Friday that it is increasing the price of Liquid Petroleum Gas by RD$3.00 for the week of February 4th-10th 2017. All other fuel prices remain unchanged.

Odebrecht to pay compensation over eight years

Source: Dominican Today | Odebrecht to pay compensation over eight years Santo Domingo.- Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez has disclosed that the Odebrecht construction company would be making its first disbursement of US$30 million as part of the agreement reached following revelations that the Brazilian firm paid bribes in exchange for being granted lucrative infrastructure

Passenger boards flight with firearm

Source: Dominican Today | Passenger boards flight with firearm Santiago de los Caballeros.- A passenger on board Delta Airlines flight 321 from the Cibao International Airport bound for New York City’s JFK airport was traveling with a firearm in his hand luggage after undergoing security checks undetected.

Dominican president's Brazilian adviser jailed

Source: Dominican Today | Dominican president’s Brazilian adviser jailed Santo Domingo.- According to reports in the Brazilian press, publicist Joao Santana who worked as campaign director in presidential campaigns in his native Brazil and in other Latin American countries including the Dominican Republic, as well as in African countries, has been sentenced to eight years

Anti-impunity marches to continue

Source: Dominican Today | Anti-impunity marches to continue Santo Domingo.- The organizers of the January 22 “End to Impunity” march announced Thursday that they would continue their peaceful protests in demand for the prosecution of the individuals who accepted bribes from Odebrecht, the formation of an independent commission supported by the United Nations to investigate

Ombusdwoman listens to Valle Nuevo farmers' concerns

Source: Dominican Today | Ombusdwoman listens to Valle Nuevo farmers’ concerns Santiago.- The public defender or Ombudswoman, Zoila Martínez has listened to the concerns expressed by farmers who live and work in the protected areas of Valle Nuevo in Constanza during a tour of the communities affected by the farming ban imposed by the Ministry

Parents encouraged to vaccinate their children

Source: Dominican Today | Parents encouraged to vaccinate their children Santo Domingo.- The Ministry of Public Health, through its Extended Immunization Program (PAI in Spanish) is reiterating the importance of completing their children’s vaccination schedules from birth to the age of four years, as the most effective way of preventing deaths and outbreaks of preventable

Criticism of male-only Accounts Chamber

Source: Dominican Today | Criticism of male-only Accounts Chamber Santo Domingo.- The Council for Access to Transparent Information (Codait) has expressed disappointment at the Senators’ failure to include any women in the new lineup of the Chamber of Accounts plenary.

Light rains forecast

Source: Dominican Today | Light rains forecast Santo Domingo.- The National Weather Service, ONAMET, reports that winds from the east will bring light and isolated rain showers to several parts of the country on Thursday.

AMET sets up Gender Equality and Development Unit

Source: Dominican Today | AMET sets up Gender Equality and Development Unit Santo Domingo.- The director of the Metropolitan Transport Authority (AMET) General Frener Bello Arias, has set up a Gender Equality and Development Unit, in a ceremony attended by Minister of Women Janet Camilo.

Valle Nuevo Natioanl Park to be reforested

Source: Dominican Today | Valle Nuevo Natioanl Park to be reforested Santo Domingo.- After the removal of existing crop plantations and once the weather gets warmer, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources plans to begin its reforestation program in the affected areas of the Valle Nuevo National Park, as part of the process of

New Civil Defense director appointed

Source: Dominican Today | New Civil Defense director appointed Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina has appointed Brigadier General Rafael Antonio Carrasco Paulino as the new executive director of the Civil Defense, via decree 102-17.

Italian embassy reopens after two years

Source: Dominican Today | Italian embassy reopens after two years Santo Domingo.- Italians and their descendants in the country have a new cause for celebration: Wednesday’s reopening of the Italian embassy after a two-year period of closure.

Court annuls convicted drug trafficker's sentence

Source: Dominican Today | Court annuls convicted drug trafficker’s sentence Santo Domingo.- With one dissenting vote from the judges, the Court of Appeals of the province of Santo Domingo has annuled the 10-year sentence imposed on Winston Rizik Rodríguez (El Gallero) for drug trafficking and money laundering.

Senate elects new Chamber of Accounts

Source: Dominican Today | Senate elects new Chamber of Accounts Santo Domingo.- The Senate has selected the new members of the Chamber of Accounts for the 2016-2020 term of office, designating Hugo Francisco Álvarez Pérez as its president. Pedro Antonio Ortiz Hernández will serve as vice president and Carlos Noé Tejada Díaz will be the

Dominican Republic could become logistics hub

Source: Dominican Today | Dominican Republic could become logistics hub Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic could become a Regional Logistics Centre or Hub for maritime trade in the Caribbean, according to government representatives and national shipping and maritime business owners.

Police wage hike favors street patrols

Source: Dominican Today | Police wage hike favors street patrols Santo Domingo.- The director general of the National Police informed Tuesday that the wage raise it plans to introduce consists of three elements and that the largest share will be assigned agents carrying out preventive work on the streets.

University has "30 million peso monthly deficit"

Source: Dominican Today | University has “30 million peso monthly deficit” Santo Domingo.- Autonomous University (UASD) rector Iván Grullón claimed Tuesday that the institution has a monthly deficit of 31 million pesos, which is why it cannot meet the teaching unions’ demand for a wage increase.

Dominican AG asks Brazil to send Odebrecht confessions

Source: Dominican Today | Dominican AG asks Brazil to send Odebrecht confessions Santo Domingo.- The Attorney General Office of the Dominican Republic has asked the Brazilian authorities to send the documents containing the confessions by the executives of the Odebrecht multinational construction giant, as certified by the South American country’s courts.

Teen pregnancy stifles development, says VP

Source: Dominican Today | Teen pregnancy stifles development, says VP Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic urgently needs to reduce its high rate of teenage pregnancies, according to vice president Margarita Cedeño de Fernández.The Dominican Republic is one of the Latin American countries with the highest rates of adolescent pregnancies, with 90 pregnancies for every 1,000

Peak season for forest fires

Source: Dominican Today | Peak season for forest fires Santo Domingo.- The Minister of Environment Francisco Domínguez Brito warned Tuesday that the peak season for forest fires in the country has begun.

Foreign Minister calls for Latin American unity to fight crime

Source: Dominican Today | Foreign Minister calls for Latin American unity to fight crime Santo Domingo.- The Minister of Foreign Relations, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, has reiterated the country and the region’s commitment to guarantee protection and security for the country’s populations.

Italian embassy reopens in Santo Domingo

Source: Dominican Today | Italian embassy reopens in Santo Domingo Santo Domingo.- The Ministry of Foreign Relations has announced that the Italian embassy in the country would be reopening Wednesday, after a two-year closureAccording to a ministry communiqué, the official reopening ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the embassy on Calle Manuel Rodríguez

IMF Mission assesses Dominican economy

Source: Dominican Today | IMF Mission assesses Dominican economy Santo Domingo.- A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in the country to review recent economic performance and prospects for the Dominican economy.The purpose of the two-week visit is to carry out consultations on article IV of the IMF Consultative Agreement “that establishes supervising

Commission recommends cancelation of Los Tres Brazos sale

Source: Dominican Today | Commission recommends cancelation of Los Tres Brazos sale Santo Domingo.- The government appointed commission investigating the sale of more than 900 square meters in the urban neighborhood of Los Tres Brazos has recommended against president Danilo Medina recognizing the commercial transaction on the grounds that it violates the Constitution and the

Dominican Republic farmers defy ban in national park(Updae)

Source: Dominican Today | Dominican Republic farmers defy ban in national park(Updae) Constanza, Dominican Republic.- Local media on Monday report the deployment of troops at various Environment Ministry checkpoints on access roads to the protected area to enforce the ban on farming. Outspoken priest Rogelio Cruz is in Valle Nuevo to allegedly help the evicted

Mogul defends bishop in 'ballooned' power plant cost probe

Source: Dominican Today | Mogul defends bishop in ‘ballooned’ power plant cost probe Santo Doming.- The retail and media mogul Jose Luis Corripio (Pepín) on Thursday said monsignor Agripino Nuñez’s participation in the Punta Catalina power plant investigative commission is needed.

Eric Litman's latest jazz production features funk

Source: Dominican Today | Eric Litman’s latest jazz production features funk SD. US-born Eric Litman has been playing saxophone since he was seven. He plays alto, tenor, baritone saxophones in a wide variety of styles.

Bomb threat diverts NJ-Dominican Rep. flight: wsvn.com

Source: Dominican Today | Bomb threat diverts NJ-Dominican Rep. flight: wsvn.com Santo Domingo.- A Dominican Republic-bound flight from New Jersey was diverted to Fort Lauderdale after, officials say, a passenger found a written bomb threat on board the plane.

Santiago mayor calls ruling party colleagues 'lab rats'

Source: Dominican Today | Santiago mayor calls ruling party colleagues ‘lab rats’ Santo Domingo.- The mayor of Dominican Republic’s second biggest city on Thursday railed against his own party, the ruling PLD, and described some of his colleagues as “lab rats” paid to slander him.

The most corrupt government project roils Dominican Republic

Source: Dominican Today | The most corrupt government project roils Dominican Republic Santo Domingo.- The widening investigation in Odebrecht’s bribes has again focused on the Punta Catalina power plant scandal, who US$2.0 billion ballooned cost makes it Dominican Republic’s most corrupt government project.

Supreme Court aims to resolve conflicting land surveys

Source: Dominican Today | Supreme Court aims to resolve conflicting land surveys Santo Domingo.- The Supreme Court on Wednesday announced the Regulation on Solutions of Superposed Surveys, to expedite the solution of conflicts over land boundaries with secure technical procedures.

Government issues US$1.2B bond at 5.95%

Source: Dominican Today | Government issues US.2B bond at 5.95% Santo Domingo.- The Government on Wednesday announced a sovereign bond issue of US$1.2 billion over 10 years at a 5.95% rate.

Prosecutor again questions top suspect in Odebrecht US$92.0M bribe

Source: Dominican Today | Prosecutor again questions top suspect in Odebrecht US.0M bribe Santo Domingo.- Businessman Ángel Rondón, who admitted receiving around US$92.0 million from Odebrecht, left Justice minister Jean Rodriguez’s office Wednesday morning, after again facing questions since 8:50am as part of the investigation into the bribe case.

Environment's kudos for outgoing US envoy

Source: Dominican Today | Environment’s kudos for outgoing US envoy Santo Domingo.- Outgoing US ambassador James W. Brewster on Tuesday defined himself as an environmental advocate, vowing his continued fight to protect the environment and work against the export of charcoal from the Dominican Republic.

Haiti president-elect tours AES Dominicana energy complex

Source: Dominican Today | Haiti president-elect tours AES Dominicana energy complex Santo Domingo.- Haiti President-elect Jovenel Moise on Tuesday visited AES Dominicana’s Andres Energy Complex, as part of a tour hosted by the State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE).

Dominican Winter Baseball's top two teams head for the crown

Source: Dominican Today | Dominican Winter Baseball’s top two teams head for the crown Santo Domingo.- Santo Domingo’s Tigres o Tuesday night showed why they’re Dominican Republic’s most successful Winter Baseball team, by beating the scrappy Santo Domingo’s Leones 3 to 1.

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