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New drainage system on Pedro Clisante

The construction of the new drainage system in the main street Pedro Clisante, Sosúa is almost finished. In front of Bermuda Bar, Rumba Bar and Bar Central four fairly wide tubes have been installed in the ground to groundwater level. The tubes are now covered with a concrete structure, with a lid and filter system. The idea is that during heavy rains the street will not be kept flooded anymore for hours or days, but the abundant rainwater will drain quickly into the four wells. The workmen also told us that the fire-fighters will also benefit from the wells. If there is a fire somewhere, then they can fill their truck with extinguishing water from these wells.

Source: Sosua News

Feb 18, 2017

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Samaritan Foundation to build a children’s hospital

Wednesday February 1, the Samaritan Foundation (Fundación Samaritano) headed by Arismendy Medina held a meeting in the church in Villa Paraiso. During this meeting, 50 families were awarded a house key. The houses were built by the Samaritan Foundation and made available for free to poor families. In this meeting it was also announced that the foundation soon will start with the construction of a children’s hospital just outside of Sosúa. A sympathizer of the foundation has made a plot available for the hospital. The location is just past Montellano right at the gateway to Puerto Plata.

An architectural firm from Florida has made the construction plans for free. The children’s hospital will have a capacity of 40 beds. There is a fully equipped hospital on a professional basis. Thus, it will be equipped with X-Ray and anesthesia machines, heart monitors and dialysis equipment. Furthermore, two pediatric wards are required. Many donations have already been made for the project but there is still a lot of money needed to make the project a success.
For more information:

www.thesamaritanfoundationdr.com
www.noticiaspop.com.do

Source: Sosua News

Feb 17, 2017

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Hungarian drowns in Cabarete beach

PUERTO PLATA – The National Police reported that a young Hungarian disappeared Thursday afternoon when he was swimming on Cabarete beach.

The missing foreigner was identified as Peter Karolyi, 24, who worked as a waiter in one of the local restaurants. He was apparently swept away by waves and currents. Agents of CESTUR and friends of the foreigner are trying to locate his body.

Source: Puerto Plata Digital

UPDATE:

The body of Peter Karolyi, 24, from Hungary, who disappeared while swimming off Cabarete Beach on Thursday afternoon, was found by Domingo the Fisherman late this afternoon.

Peter’s parents have arrived in the Country and are deeply grateful to all of the many Government Departments, including CESTUR, National Police and FARD, among others, together with the many local fishermen, residents and tourists who participated in the search for their son.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of great loss.

Source: friend on Facebook
Feb 18, 2017

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Police confirm suicide of broadcasters’ suspect murderer

The National Police confirmed on Thursday, 16 February 2017, that José Rodríguez (Joselito or Palmita), the lead suspect of the murder of two radio broadcasters, committed suicide when being pursued by the Police.

In a press release, the Police said that 59-year old José Rodríguez committed suicide when he found himself cornered by the Police. He was the lead suspect in the murder of radio broadcaster Luis Manuel Medina and Leonidas Martínez, the director of Radio FM 103.5 in San Pedro de Macoris. The two were murdered on the morning of 15 February 2017 at a time when Luis Manuel Medina was streaming news live on Facebook.

Rodríguez’s body had a single shot in the head, said prosecutor Digna Ortiz, who is in charge of the investigation. This was confirmed by director of Forensic Pathology in San Pedro de Macorís province, Dr. Manuela Herminia Rodríguez. Nevertheless, the body has not been available for viewing by journalists or others, including family members.

The body of Rodríguez was taken to the morgue of the Antonio Musa Public Hospital in San Pedro.
The authorities have not revealed what they suspect was the motive for the double homicide. The Police have not shared explanations on the clues that lead to the persecution of Rodríguez.

Nevertheless, a report in Diario Libre on 17 February 2017, speculates that Rodríguez would have killed the two broadcasters in a rage over a real estate deal with the State Sugar Council (CEA) gone sour. The broadcasters had been asked to mediate in the conflict.  The same Diario Libre story tells that a sister of Rodríguez has denied her brother had committed suicide as reported by the Police and forensics. The family says that the Police has not allowed the coffin to be uncovered to hide the five bullet wounds she said her brother had received.

Rodríguez was also accused of wounding radio station secretary, Dayana García, who survived the armed attack.

Medina and Martínez maintained the San Pedro de Macorís news talk show, Milenio Caliente, while Medina was also the commercial voice for the Estrellas Oriental baseball team.

Source: DR1, 7dias

Feb 17, 2017

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Dominican Republic government corruption – a key in journalists’ murder

Santo Domingo.- The historic corruption within the State Sugar Council (CEA) played a key role in the murder of two journalists during a live broadcast in a city in Dominican Republic´s east region, according to developments emerged Thursday.

Reports by local media say that the victims were “mediating” in a conflict over the sale of a lot by the CEA to more than one person, which led to the fatal outcome.

The CEA said it had returned the money for a failed sale of government-owned land in San Pedro de Macoris to José Rodríguez, the main suspect in the shooting murder of FM103 radio station director Leonidas Martinez and news anchor Luis Manuel Medina.

In an October 6, 2016, letter sent to the CEA, the suspect asked to be reimbursed RD$119,500 he had advanced as down payment for a lot in the village of El Jagual , which neighbors were using as a baseball diamond, but the entity hadn’t provided another plot.

With a check written on January 11 , the CEA proceeded to “refund for land purchased for the same amount ceded by the today deceased.”

And according to the entity, the sum refunded was equal to Rodriguez’s down payment.

Suspect took his own life

The National Police said the main suspect in Medina’s and Martínez’s death took his own life with one shot to the head when cornered by officers.

It said before taking his life, Rodríguez (José Palmita), 59, fired at the officers several times in a thicket in the Villa Azucarera district.

Meanwhile San Pedro province prosecutor Digna Ortiz said Rodriguez’s body had only one bullet wound to his right temple.

The historic and rampant corruption in the CEA forced president Danilo Medina to fire its director Leoncio Almanzar last week, but as usual with the head  of state, no charges were filed.

Source: DT

Feb 17, 2017

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Kenya’s finest to train in DR under Felix Sánchez

The 400 meters trio of Olympic silver medalist Boniface Mucheru, world champion Nicholas Bett and his twin brother Aaron Bett will be training in the Dominican Republic under two-time Olympic gold medalist Felix Sánchez. They are preparing for the 2017 World Championships in August in London. Sánchez is a retired athlete turned coach.

Mucheru, who is also the African champion at 400m, will be running in five Diamond League races this season. Bett said he anticipates stiffer competition in his bid to retain his world championship title in the 400m hurdles at the London show.

Source: DR1, the-star.co.ke

Feb 17, 2017

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Claro telecom executive killer sentenced to 20 years in jail

A Santo Domingo court ordered 20 years in jail for Horacio Bautista García convicted of the murder on 9 December 2015, of Claro telecom executive Rubén Daniel Núñez Piña while he was sitting on a bench in Mirador del Sur Park. At the time of the murder, Núñez Piña and a female friend were assaulted by Bautista who robbed Núñez fled, leaving him mortally wounded.

Source: Dr1, Metrord

Feb 17, 2017

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Dominicans tread lightly in Trump Land

New York.- Dominicans living in upper Manhattan and other districts of the city have begun treading lightly during their usual outings, foregoing any social activity and visits to friends or relatives.

“The outings to the streets have to be cut; I don’t visit the old  folks or my brother, friends, or places; Immigration began stopping people in several states; I only go to work,” are some of the many concerns Dominicans express.

Many of the undocumented immigrants say despite having spent many years in the US without having problems with authorities ever, admit that they are “taking a chance” when they leave for work as fear accompanies their every step.

That fear has also spread among even residents living legally in the Big Apple for decades. “This residence is canceled for any nonsense and send one to the yard, you have to tread lightly,” they say.

In response, Dominican elected officials in upper Manhattan, US congressman Adriano Espaillat, NY state senator Marisol Alcántara, assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa and councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, are actively in advising their compatriots, holding meetings and forums with the Dominican community.

Source: DT

Feb 17, 2017

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Environment reiterates no farms in Valle Nuevo but existing cabañas stay

Santo Domingo.- Environment minister Francisco Dominguez on Friday reiterated that farming is barred in Valle Nuevo National Park and that, in the case of the existing cabañas, they’ll be allowed to remain because there is no destructions. He said however that new constructions will not be allowed.

“Everyone (in Valle Nuevo) is taking out what’s left and we expect that, maybe, in two months there’ll be nothing left. We continue the dialogue, (but) what’s very clear is that there will be no agriculture in Valle Nuevo. We look for alternatives but never, never, under any concept, will there be agriculture,” the official said.

He also said the start of the plans to protect Los Haitises (northeast) and Bahoruco (southwest) national parks will be announced in the coming days.

Suggests jail

Dominguez said judges and prosecutors are being asked to request prison in serious cases of environmental depredation.

He cited the case of Jarabacoa where he reiterated that, Pedro Antonio Basilis Wenceslao, Medrano Basilis and Wilson López felled trees to build various projects. “We’re proceeding with civil sanctions against these people and criminal penalties are also sought.”

Source: DT

Feb 17, 2017

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Motorcycle taxis complain about new transport bill

The National Board of Motorcycle Taxis (Conamotor) is threatening to encircle the Presidential Palace with motorcycles unless the Minister of the Presidency Gustavo Montalvo meets with them to discuss points arising from the new Transport Bill that affect their work.

Oscar Almanzar, president of the National Federation of Motorcycle Taxis, said their main issue with the bill that replaces a 52-year old transport law, is that both the driver and the passenger on a motorcycle taxi have to wear a helmet.  He says this is a security risk as robberies will be carried out by criminals on a motorcycle with their faces covered with no means of identification. He said that if everyone used them the country would turn into a Venezuela or Columbia giving thieves a license to attack anyone without fear of identification.

Almanzar also complained about the clause in the new bill that makes it illegal to transport children under 8 years old. He asked how would school children get to school when many parents can only afford the RD$20 mototaxi fares.

He complained they had not been included in the talks prior to Congress passing the bill. The bill has yet to be signed into law by President Danilo Medina.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Feb 17, 2017

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