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Drive extra carefully in December

There were 163 deaths in traffic accidents in December 2016. On average from 2012 to 2016, there have been 193 deaths in December. December is to Dominicans what August is to Europeans. It also is the only time of the year, when the Ministry of Interior and Police removes the curfew on serving alcoholic beverages. This authorization often leads to excess consumption of alcohol, sending out the wrong signal to the population.

As a result, extra precautions need to be exercised when driving during the Christmas holidays in the Dominican Republic. With the curfew on alcoholic beverages lifted, many people will be driving under the influence. Others will be fatigued from partying when on the road.

There is a need to be extra alert. Look both ways when crossing an intersection, regardless of whether you have right of way. Observe speed limits, even if no one else seems to be driving at those speeds.

During the past 10 years, there have been 18,874 deaths for traffic accidents in the Dominican Republic. The country has a very high rate of 29.3 traffic accident deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, according to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO).

In Greater Santo Domingo (the province of Santo Domingo and the National District) there were 3,385 traffic accident deaths from 2007 to 2016.
The most vulnerable groups are people driving on motorcycles and young people. According to the National Statistics Office (ONE) motorists are involved in more than 85% of the traffic accidents and 37% of the victims are ages 15 to 29 years.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Dec 14, 2017

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Road patrols are ready to serve you

The Ministry of Public Works has announced increases in road patrols during the Christmas holidays. Security is being enhanced with 400 extra vehicles as of 12 December 2017 on the roads leading from the seven international airports to ensure the safety of holiday arrivals.

The expanded operation of the road assistance on behalf of the Military and Police Commission of the Ministry of Public Works (Comipol) will be in place through 15 January 2018. Ambulances, mobile mechanics and tire-repairing vehicles, pickups, tow trucks will be on the roads 24/7.

Minister of Public Works Gonzalo Castillo has been mentioned as a possible candidate to the presidency for the ruling PLD party.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Dec 14, 2017

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British sanky’s mom doesn’t want anything to do with him

The Sun, the British newspaper, has followed the saga of 46-year old Glyn Bailey, who became famous in the Dominican Republic after the woman he had come all the way from the UK called for help from the authorities, saying she couldn’t afford to support him.

The media focused on the upside of this British sanky love story gone sour. Wilfa Soto Peguero of Cotui had been dating online with him in the hope that he could help her support her two daughters. Things went the other way around, and she ended up having to maintain the tourist who told her he had come just with a one-way ticket.

In a new twist on the story, Wendy Fitzpatrick, the 66-year old mother of Bailey, said she gave him the money for the airfare. She explains her son has not been able to keep a job or relationship. She said with the trip to the Dominican Republic, he has lost his subsidized housing and that she will not be allowing him to stay with her once he returns.

The Sun reports on how the former meat factory worker became a celebrity in the Dominican Republic after Wilfa posted a video online pleading for someone to take him off her hands. A meme was even creating showing that Bailey really was a prince charming, but was just testing his loved-one-to-be.

Soto later accused him of abuse, and he was sent to a hospital in Santo Domingo for psychological evaluation. The media has reported the British Consulate is assisting Bailey. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has indicated: “Our staff in the Dominican Republic are offering assistance to a British man and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/512633…ican-republic/

Dec 14, 2017

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Priest accused of child molestation let free in La Vega

The Public Prosecution Office in La Vega has said that it will appeal the decision of a La Vega court to allow the priest Miguel Florenzán Ulloa, to go free, even though he has been accused of having sex with minors.

Instead of coercive measures of jail time, the priest was allowed to make monthly appearances at court. The prosecutors had asked for a year in preventive custody but the judge said the accused had promised to be available whenever the authorities requested him.

The judge also explained that the Unit for Care for Victims of Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Crimes had launched an investigation into Florenzán Ulloa, who is a priest of the Order of Saint Augustine and who works in a private school in La Vega.

The priest was arrested on 9 December 2017 based on the statement of one victim but others are expected to come forward.

Source: DR1. Listindiario

Dec 14, 2017

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DR and France agree to protect whales

Environment Minister Francisco Dominguez Brito and Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, signed a technical collaboration agreement for better management and preservation of the National Marine Mammal Sanctuary in Samana, off the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The area is home to humpback whales that travel thousands of miles to breed in the warmer waters off the Dominican Republic.

The officials met in Paris, France where they are participating in the One Planet Summit on climate change.

This five-year agreement calls for the development of a survey on marine mammals and their activities in protected areas, the exchange of technical information, awareness-raising workshops on the importance of caring for these species and increasing good practices on the means of control and surveillance in these areas. The scope of the agreement is both regional and global.

The signing of the agreement is a collaborative effort of the Dominican Embassy in France and the French Embassy in the Dominican Republic. It also has the backing of the Agency for Biodiversity of France (AFB).

Source: DR1, Ambiento

Dec 14, 2017

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Women help line

The Attorney General Office announced the start of operations of the call center for assistance to gender crimes. Life Line 809 200-1202 is now an emergency line with national reach for timely assistance and particularly to prevent femicides. The Attorney General Office says that the service previously was only available in the National District and with limited working hours. As of Tuesday, 12 December 2017, the service serves all points in the country 24/7.

Upon making the presentation, Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez explained that a multidisciplinary team composed of a director, a prosecutor, call center telephone operators, supervisors, crisis care psychologists, police officers and assistant lawyers, among others, have been hired and trained for the re-launch of the service.

Source: DR1

Dec 14, 2017

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Spanish Daily Highlights Recent Renovation of Iconic “El Embajador” Hotel in Santo Domingo

The prestigious Spanish daily “El Mundo” recently highlighted that Santo Domingo’s “El Embajador” Royal Hideaway Hotel is considered to be the country’s top luxury facility.

Some US$40 million were invested in the two-year renovation project.

The hotel, with its 60-year history, has been chosen by international designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Jean Paul Gaultierto present their respective collections to Dominican society.

The reconstruction phase has been carried out by the Spanish-based Barceló Hotel Group, through its exclusive Royal Hideaway brand.

The Group recently explained that the two-year renovation, as well as the US$40 million investment in the project, “…has produced a modern hotel that incorporates the latest technologies of the 21st century.”

The hotel now features the following accommodations: The Ambassador Level provides its business guests a private reception area, as well as an independent lounge where they can read the daily press, have a quiet breakfast overlooking the Caribbean Sea, or simply enjoy a fresh cup of coffee.

The “El Embajador” hotel is a legend in the Dominican Republic because it has received, in its six decades, top international movie stars, world-renowned writers, musicians and politicians, including Errol Flynn, Rock Hudson and Mexican comedian “Cantinflas,” a legend in all of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The hotel was also featured during “The Godfather II” movie.

Built in 1956, the 278-room “El Embajador”features tennis courts, reception halls that can accommodate up to 600 guests, three restaurants, a gymnasium, spa and a business center.

The “El Embajador” is one of the eight hotels of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a worldwide chain of luxury hotels present in 85 destinations.

Source: Access DR

Dec 14, 2017

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Two Hotels Awarded TUI Top Quality 2017 Award

The Luxury Bahia Principe CayoLevantado, situated on the country’s breathtaking north coast, and the Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana hotels were recently awarded the TUI Top Quality 2017 awards, issued annually by the German tour operator TUI Group.

The award is issued by the German tour operator to the finest hotels in the world after TUI clients vote for their favorite international facility.

Hotels are issued the award if they receive an 8.7 satisfaction rate, on a scale of o to 10.

The 268-room Luxury BahiaPrincipeCayoLevantadois situated on a small key off the Bay of Samana, included on the list of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World, and features six restaurants, four bars, two swimming pools, a spa and wi-fi.

The Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana is an adults-only, all-inclusive hotel with 373 rooms. It is managed by the AMResorts chain of hotels

Source: Access DR

Dec 14, 2017

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Going backwards in human rights

According to the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH), the Dominican Republic has gone backwards as far as human rights are concerned during the year of 2017. There have been many extra judicial executions, femicides and corruption.

According to the Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights in the Dominican Republic 2017, presented at a press conference by CNDH president, Manuel María Mercedes, around 180 civilians have been killed by police and military in supposed shootouts with the Police.

In each case there is the same pattern, according the report with executions of citizens who were unarmed, often handcuffed and asking for mercy, or carried out with an excessive use of force out of the public eye.

As far as femicides are concerned, Mercedes cited data from the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa) that puts the country in third place for the highest rate of femicides in the region, behind Honduras and Guatemala. In addition figures from the Attorney General’s Office show 80 women have been killed by their partners or ex partners so far this year, but other sources put the figure at 170.

Finally, the report expresses concern about the high amount of corruption and impunity citing the case of the Brazilian construction corporation, Odebrecht. The amount of corruption is also highlighted by studies from Oxfam International and Transparency International.

According to Mercedes, “Justice has been kidnapped by political power, and the separation of the two is unfortunately utopia, as corruption reaches its highest levels within the Dominican courts”.

The report also highlights the serious overcrowding in La Victoria prison, with space for 2,011 inmates although it currently has 9,973. It talks about the concerning situation in the health sector that it calls disorganized and corrupt, with a lack of equipment, poor hygiene conditions and inadequate buildings. It also highlights that in La Altagracia Maternity hospital 507 babies have died from 10,980 live births in the first 10 months of this year for a very high neo natal mortality rate of 46 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Source: DR1, Almomento

Dec 12, 2017

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String orchestra performing in Supermercado Playero

The Casa de Arte string orchestra made a tour through the streets of Sosúa, last Sunday, December 10th. They started at Villa Liberación in the early afternoon. Next they went to La Unión, Los Castillos, Bella Vista, Sosúa Abajo, Los Charamicos, La Piedra and in the end at the Supermercado Playero. Everywhere where they performed the public was surprised but very enthusiastic about this special Christmas gig in their neighborhood or supermarket. The string orchestra consists of about 30 people, mostly girls, who were offered to borrow a violin, viola, cello, and double bass three years ago.

It was in February 2014 when the foundation ‘la Fundación Educativa de Jazz’ (Fedujazz), had about thirty instruments available. During this Christmas tour the orchestra consisted of eight girls and two boys. They were chosen because they are the most advanced. The orchestra played very nicely. It was clear that many hours had been spent for practicing. The string section was accompanied by Mayor Ilana Neumann and director Adolfo Faringthon.

Source: Sosua News

Dec 12, 2017

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