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On Saturday, 27 May, salsa singer Davicito Kada will be performing at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater

On Saturday, 27 May 2017, salsa singer Davicito Kada will be performing at the newly inaugurated Puerto Plata Amphitheater, located at La Puntilla on the Puerto Plata Malecon. With him will be Los Hermanos Rosario, Raulín Rodríguez, Shadow Blow, Bonny Cepeda and Richie Cepeda and the Banda Real. The event is organized by Luis Medrano.

Source: DR1

May 25, 2017

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DomRep airline ‘Pawa’ to start Jamaica flights this year

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) — The Dominican Republic based airline Pawa is scheduled to start flights to Jamaica later this year.The initiative was sparked by the recent visit from Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

During one of the many meetings, both Dominican and Jamaican business leaders urged Holness and President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina to open direct flights between Kingston and Santo Domingo.

While Pawa is yet to announce the start date of flights and the frequency, airline officials have confirmed that the route will start operating in the last quarter of 2017.

According to local media reports, Pawa would become the first airline to fly to the capitals of five countries in the Greater Antilles – Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with Santo Domingo as the hub.

During the recent meeting with Holness, both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic agreed to increase trade, bilateral investment, cooperation in tourism and the training of teachers and students.

Holness visited the country on the invitation of the president of the Dominican Republic.

Source: jamaicaobserver.com

May 25, 2017

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More taxes on telecom services to pay for 911

The Chamber of Deputies passed on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the bill that amends the 911 Emergency System Law 140-13. The legislation now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

The bill contemplates adding a new “Tasa para el Desarrollo y la Sostenibilidad” (or a Rate/Tariff for Sustainable Development) to telecom services in order to help fund the public service. Telecom companies will need to pay US$0.02, or equivalent in Dominican pesos as established by the rate of the Central Bank, for each minute of voice calls. Also, the telecommunication firms will pay a rate of (US$0.0025) for each text message (SMS) coming from abroad. It is expected this will be passed on to consumers in the price of the service.

The new bill establishes that the 911 Emergency System, in coordination with the Public Ministry, is responsible for the planning, design and installation of surveillance videos in cities and the supervision of the security cameras in public places. The Presidency will now be in charge of the 911 camera surveillance. In the past camera surveillance fell under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior and Police.

Source: DR1, Elnuevodiario

May 25, 2017

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Police dismantled a laboratory producing counterfeit documents

Santo Domingo, May 25 (EFE) .- The National Police dismantled a clandestine laboratory in the Villa Carmen sector of Santo Domingo Este, where all types of documents were falsified, including identity and electoral documents, bank letters, license plates for vehicles and University degrees.

According to preliminary investigations, the documents were falsified to obtain Czech visas.

In the search, several state security agencies participated in the search, seizing equipment and materials used in forgery of documents, including a Laptop computer, two machines for printing cards and false documents, a printer for false documents.

In addition, three CPUs, two monitors, two burners, three floppy disks and five PC hard disks, as well as a large number of fake banknotes, in the name of different people, and 10 blank plastics.

In the workshop there were also stamped papers from two well-known banks as well as sheets of yarn in different colors to falsify university degrees and other documents required by the Consulate of the Czech Republic to issue visas.

The police reported that the detainee, equipment and documents seized will be sent to the Public Prosecutor.

Source: Detras del Rumor

May 25, 2017

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5,400 New Hotel Rooms Built in the D.R. During 2016

The Ministry of Tourism recently revealed that last year alone the D.R. built an additional 5,400 new hotel rooms throughout the country.

And, an additional 3,200 rooms were completely refurbished.

Thanks to the new additions, the Dominican Republic now offers approximately 75,000 hotel rooms.

During 2016 a total of 69 tourism projects were approved, with an overall investment of US$1.4 billion.

There are currently seven thousand hotel rooms under construction, and two thousand being refurbished.

In the case of Puerto Plata – the north coast’s most important city – an additional 600 new rooms were built last year, reaching the impressive figure of 12,300 rooms.

Source: Access DR

May 25, 2017

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Tricom and Orange would be rebranded to be known under the Altice brand of the parent company

Altice announced on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 that Tricom and Orange would be rebranded to be known under the Altice brand of the parent company. Tricom and Orange together have more than 4.8 million customers in the country, who subscribe to cable TV, fixed line, mobile and internet services.

The name change would be completed before the end of the first half of 2018. Altice has announced this is part of a worldwide strategy for the brand. The rebranding comes as Altice USA prepares to go public, with its stock to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Altice, based in Luxembourg, acquired 100% of the French company Orange Dominicana in November 2013. In the previous month it had bought the Dominican telecom firm Tricom.

Michael Combes, executive director of Altice, said in addition to a new logo, the rebranding includes a new musical theme and slogan – “Together has no limits.”

In making the announcement in the United States, Patrick Drahi, founder and controlling shareholder of Altice NV, stated that the rebranding will help the company better compete against Internet giants Facebook, Google and Spectrum and other cable television providers.

The company is now waiting for the approval for the change from the Dominican Telecoms Institute (Indotel).

Source: DR1, Listindiario

May 24, 2017

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List of arrest warrants prepared in Odebrecht case

According to El Nacional newspaper, a source has told them that the Attorney General’s Office has a created a list of individuals who could be issued arrest warrants in relation to the Odebrecht case. The warrants could be issued as soon as next week. Officials of the Brazilian company Odebrecht have admitted to having paid bribes to government officials and legislators in the country to facilitate being awarded lucrative government construction contracts.

The source said that the list is nearly ready and is being reviewed by prosecutors. Once finalized, the Attorney General’s office will issue the arrest warrants and begin judicial proceedings against individuals implicated in the scandal.

A second source said that the Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez met with President Danilo Medina on the night of Monday 22 May 2017 to update him on the results of the interview he carried out with Minister of Industry and Commerce Temistocles Montás, and the rest of the investigative process.

In total, 38 individuals have been questioned by the Attorney General’s Office in connection to the case, including Montás who originally said he had asked for the interview and then later admitted he had been formally summoned.

Others interviewed were Rubén Jiménez Bichara, Gonzalo Castillo, Horacio Mazara, Alejandro Montás, Olgo Fernández, Francisco Pagán, representing Odebrecht, Marcelo Hofke, businessman and lobbyist Ángel Rondón, Radhamés Segura, Freddy Pérez and the former director of the water compnay Inapa Roberto Rodríguez.

In addition the former director de Inapa, Mariano Germán, Alberto Holguín, Víctor Díaz Rúa, César Sánchez, Andrés Bautista, Jesús Vásquez, Alfredo Pacheco, Frank Rodríguez, Rafael Suero, Leonardo Guzmán, who is the son in law of the former Public Works minister Víctor Díaz Rúa, lawyer Conrad Pittaluga and president of the Senate Reinaldo Pared Pérez, among others.

Source: DR1, Elnacional

May 24, 2017

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Trump slashes budgets to Caribbean and Latin America

The first proposed budget by the United States President Donald Trump includes a substantial cut in aid to Latin America.

The budget, that was presented on 23 May 2017, still has to be approved by Congress and therefore could change. The 2018 budget for Latin America and the Caribbean has been cut by US$614 million over 2016 funding levels.

Cuba will no longer receive any funds, after having receive US$20 million in 2016. Nor  will Venezuela, that in 2016 received US$6.5 million. Mexico will receive US$87.7 million, a cut of 45.3%, and the Dominican Republic will receive US$10.5 million, less than half the 2016 figure of US$21.6 million.

All of the countries have had their budgets slashed, some by a significant amount such as Nicaragua that now will receive US$200,000 compared to US$10 million in 2016. However, Colombia will receive US$251.4 million, not much less than the US$299.4 million it obtained in 2016 but somewhat more of a decrease over the US$391 million allocated for this year. It should be noted that the US government funds are dedicated to fighting drug trafficking, security, the promotion of democracy and humanitarian aid.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

May 24, 2017

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The Dominican Teachers’ Association (ADP) has rejected a proposal to teach Haitian Creole in Dominican public schools

The Dominican Teachers’ Association (ADP) has rejected a proposal to teach Haitian Creole in Dominican public schools. The proposal, put forth by the Mecca Center for Legal Studies (Cejus), calls for Creole to be taught in public schools. ADP president Eduardo Hidalgo remarked that it would add nothing to the educational system or the professional development of Dominicans.

Hidalgo, nevertheless, said that he is in agreement with the teaching of English, German, Italian and French or any other language that would strengthen the tourism and industrial sectors. He went on to say that most tourists come from the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Italy.

Education Minister Andrés Navarro said he is not familiar with the proposal that was apparently submitted by Cejus to the Ministry of Education.

Source: DR1, Elnacional

May 24, 2017

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Blue Beach Punta Cana Scheduled to Open in September 2017

The 174-suite Blue Beach Punta Cana Luxury Resort is scheduled to open next September.

The suites will feature one, two and three bedroom options and is situated in the splendorous “Cabeza de Toro” beach and just minutes away from Punta Cana’s international airport.

Source: Access DR

May 24, 2017

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