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Ten-year passports now available at Passport Office

Dominican citizens can now purchase a 10-year passport, up from six-years maximum in the past. The passport is only issued to persons of more than 14 years of age.

Director General Ramón (Monchy) Rodríguez also announced that the three-hour passport renewal services has been extended to provincial offices and consulates abroad, after previously only being offered at the main office in Santo Domingo. Passport requests need to be made before noon and an additional fee is charged.

Source: DR1, Noticiassin

June 24, 2017

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Street in Boston renamed to honor retired Boston Red Sox slugger, Dominican David Ortiz

A street in Boston has been renamed to honor retired Boston Red Sox slugger, Dominican David Ortiz. Mayor Marty Walsh presided over the inaugural ceremony of the street formally known as Yawkey Way Extension that is near Fenway Park on Thursday, 22 June 2017. The street is being renamed the David Ortiz Drive.

The Red Sox announced the retiring of Ortiz’s No. 34 in a ceremony on Friday, 23 June night.

Ortiz played the final and most successful 14 years of his 20-year career in Boston. In the position of designated hitter, he helped the Red Sox win three World Series championships, including their first in 86 years in 2004 together with fellow Dominicans Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez.

Source: DR1, ESPN

June 24, 2017

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Reforestation along the Sosúa river

Tuesday, June 20th a group of concerned residents of Sosúa and surrounding villages inspected the banks of the Sosúa river near Bella Vista. They intend to reforest the area with a tree planting day on Sunday, June 25th. Because of illegal logging almost all the trees have disappeared. During the rainy season often heavy downpours wash away the topsoil. The forest with its dense vegetation ensured that rainwater was absorbed better and therefore floods were avoided. Now these trees have disappeared and nothing holds the water during heavy rains anymore and the houses along the river suffer from the flooding.

On Sunday, volunteers and residents of Sosúa, start planting trees along the river.

Source: Sosua News

June 24, 2017

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Equipo Aguila to combat motorcyclist crime

The Metropolitan Transport Authority (AMET) announced the start on Thursday, 22 June 2017, of a prevention and reaction unit – Team Eagle (Equipo Aguila) – to patrol tunnels and overpasses.

Circulation of motorcycles and cargo vehicles and buses are banned on these road sections. The measure was announced after a motorcyclist fired a gun at an SUV in an apparent assault on an overpass.

Team Eagle seeks to fight the increase in the practice of criminals that are taking advantage of traffic congestion to carry out crimes on motorcycles on the overpasses and tunnels and later escape through the traffic.

Team Eagle agents ride on motorcycles in order to contribute to the security of these stretches of roads. The unit will also serve 911 Emergency System operations.

“We have not cut costs for other services to create this new fast response unit that will contribute to the peace and order of vehicle traffic,” said the director of AMET, Frener Bello Arias.

Source: Dr1, Eldia

June 24, 2017

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Ministry of Environment to supervise amber mining

The regional director for the Ministry of Environment for the northern part of the country reported on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, that the Ministry will continue to hold meetings with dozens of amber miners in efforts to organize the activity in the northern coastal mountain range, the Cordillera Septentrional.

Eduardo Rodriguez said that together with the Ministry of Energy and Mining the Ministry of Environment is drawing up protocols to organize and regulate amber extraction, to reduce the impact on the nation’s ecosystems. He added that several meetings have been held between officials of the ministries of Environment and Energy and Mining with the directors of the Association for Mining Development of Amber in La Cumbre.

A spokesman for the miners, Disrodel Jiménez, told reporters that the miners agree that the mining activity should be regulated by the authorities. He also added that the miners are reforesting the areas where they carry out their work and to date have planted over 60,000 trees of different species.

Amber mining under the most rudimentary of technologies in that area became world renown after it was featured in the blockbuster movie Jurassic Park.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

June 24, 2017

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Air Europa Now With Three Flights to Punta Cana

Air Europa, a member of the Globalia Group, will increase to three its flights from Madrid to Punta Cana beginning in September 2017.

The airline will use an Airbus 300 aircraft and will fly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flights between Madrid and Punta Cana have jumped by six percent during the first trimester of this year.

According to Central Bank figures during January-April of this year more than 26,000 Spanish citizens traveled to the country through Punta Cana’s international airport while in 2016 that number closed at more than 100,000.

Source: Access DR

June 24, 2017

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DR leaps to semifinals of Pan Am Volleyball Cup

LIMA, Peru, June 21. 2017 – Defending champions Dominican Republic advanced to the semifinals of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by Movistar as winners of Pool B after defeating hosts Peru in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18) in front of a full house at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima on Wednesday.

The Dominicans finished Pool B with an undefeated record of 5-0 with all their victories coming in straight sets. Peru finished with a 3-2 mark and 16 points for second place in the group ahead of Cuba (3-2, 14).

Bethania de la Cruz was the only Dominican player with double digits in the scores with 11 points, including three aces. Brayelin Martinez was next with 9 points while Annerys Vargas and Yonkaira Peña each contributed 8 points. Peru’s Carla Rueda finished with 11 points in the loss.

The Dominicans outscored Peru 8-1 in service winners, 38-29 in attacks and 6-4 in blocks.

Bethania de la Cruz, Captain of Dominican Republic: “We followed our game plan and achieved our goal of qualifying directly to the semifinals as winners of our pool. It was an important victory because we had to play also against the home team fans.”

Mirtha Uribe, Captain of Peru: “Dominican Republic is a team with a lot of power at the net. We need to continue playing with the same energy because we want to be on the podium with one of the medals.”

Marcos Kwiek, Coach of Dominican Republic: “Our serves were very effective which helped our blocking and defense. When you are aggressive you have to run some risks. I am satisfied with the performance of my team.”

Luizomar de Moura, Coach of Peru: “I wish the game had lasted longer because we need to play against such kind of teams. It is a long process but facing teams like Dominican Republic, Turkey, Japan, will help our development.”

Source: Norceca

June 23, 2017

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Will carbonated soft drinks be taxed in the DR?

The global movement fostered by the World Health Organization to tax carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks has arrived to the Dominican Republic. Deputy Juan Carlos Quiñones (PLD-Puerto Plata) has drafted a bill that would levy a 20% tax on the sale of these drinks. The bill explains the intention is to discourage the consumption of drinks with added sugar. Over-consumption of sugar is a major contributor to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

But the Dominican Association of Industries (AIRD) says that the tax would affect an industry that today employs more than 42,000 people nationwide. Circe Almanzar, executive director of the AIRD, says the manufacturers employ 4,800 people with wages of more than RD$2.2 billion. Indirect jobs that would be affected are around 38,000, with wages of more than RD$11 billion.

Source: DR1, Diariolibre

June 23, 2017

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Three big hospitals in crisis, including Puerto Plata’s Ricardo Limardo Hospital

President Danilo Medina proudly inaugurated two new hospitals last week in Castillo and Villa Riva, part of the Duarte province this week. The new medical centers are equipped with the most modern technology, reports the Presidency.

Meanwhile, a volunteer organization, Jesus with the Children (El Voluntariado Jesus con los Niños) has come forth to say that the leading children’s hospital in Santiago, the Dr. Arturo Grullón, and the Luis L. Bogaert general public hospital in Valverde and the Ricardo Limardo Public Hospital in Puerto Plata should be declared to be in a state of emergency. Vilena Comas, president of the volunteer group, criticized the long delays in the government completing the renovations at these facilities.

The volunteer group says that the reality in the surgical areas of these hospitals is “deplorable” mainly because of the slow down or stoppage in the construction work scheduled for the renovation of these areas combined with a lack of equipment and personnel, all of which puts the health and the lives of thousands of patients especially children at risk. The leaders of the volunteer group called the inoperative status of these areas “both irresponsible and shameful” and they go on to say that it has been nearly three years since the reconstruction and remodeling of the surgical and emergency areas of these hospitals began.

Comas says there are shortages of staff, equipment and medicine. She somberly said that many children have died waiting for surgery. “This drawn out situation has cost the lives of many children from our region and in many cases our patients are hospitalized for months in very serious condition waiting for a surgery, even when they are dealing with emergencies and other urgent and delicate cases,” she says.

She argued that proper medical care of patients is not only a constitutional duty but that this goes beyond the laws since it is a universal duty which is “Love thy neighbor” and this has been broken in the most brutal fashion by denying our children the opportunity to live because they do not have a health system that provides them with a timely surgical option or an efficient diagnosis.”

Both the Nurses Association as well as the local branch of the Dominican Medical Association (CMD) supported the position of the Volunteers of Jesus with the Children.

A news report in El Nacional also refers the dire state of affairs at the San Lorenzo de Los Mina maternity hospital in Greater Santo Domingo. Other media reports have revealed the new pressures on the Jose Maria Cabral Public Hospital in Santiago, the largest general hospital, also undergoing a long drawn out renovation, following the start of the 911 Emergency System in the Cibao.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

June 23, 2017

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Jaragua biosphere now extended to include Haiti’s La Selle

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added La Selle – Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (Dominican Republic / Haiti) to its World Network of Biosphere. The addition was made during the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme meeting in Paris from 12 to 15 June 2017.

The first Dominican biosphere reserve dates back to 2002, the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo. That reserve is now extended to include La Selle in Haiti, designated in 2012.  As of June 2017, there are currently 20 transboundary biosphere reserves in 31 countries.

Transboundary reserves represent ecological corridors divided by a political and administrative frontier. Unesco acknowledged that bringing La Selle in Haiti and Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo together should allow better management of the environment on the island of Hispaniola.

Unesco describes the biosphere reserves as learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. New sites are designated every year by the MAB Council that is composed of representatives of 34 elected UNESCO members.

Composed of 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries, including 20 transboundary sites, the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) of the MAB Programme consists of a dynamic and interactive network of sites of excellence. It works to foster the harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development through participatory dialogue, knowledge sharing, poverty reduction, human well-being improvements, respect for cultural values and by improving society’s ability to cope with climate change.

http://en.unesco.org/news/23-new-sit…phere-reserves

Source: DR1, Unesco

June 23, 2017

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