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A Total Solar Eclipse is coming on August 21st!

If you’re going to be in the states next month, we’ve got news for you! A total solar eclipse is going to pass across the United States on Monday, August 21st, 2017. Deemed the “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” it will sweep from the Pacific to the Atlantic, with the best views visible in 10 different states from Oregon to South Carolina.

Lasting for around 2 minutes, the skies will completely darken and the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, will be in sight— in such a case “skywatchers report seeing great jets and ribbons of light, twisting and curling out into the sky.” This is due to the sun’s magnetic fields and eruptions occurring at its outer edge. You’ll be able to note the sun’s magenta color of flames and gas behind the silhouette of the moon.

Solar eclipses aren’t just for skywatchers and moon-chasers, everyone can enjoy the breathtaking celestial event that is very rare. The last time a total eclipse occurred was in 1979! If you won’t be in the USA for the total eclipse, you can still catch a partial view. GOOD NEWS FOR US HERE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC is that we’ll be able to witness about 75% of the eclipse.

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July 25, 2017

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DR women finish 8th in World Grand Prix

The Dominican women’s volleyball team failed to climb beyond the 8th place in the 25th World Volleyball Grand Prix, falling in the round robin to Italy and Turkey in Bangkok, Thailand. 8th place is the best the Dominican Republic has ever placed. The country was also 8th in 2006 and 2010.

In the final qualification round, the DR defeated Thailand 2-3 (25-17, 21-25, 26-24, 21-25, 7-15), but then lost to Italy 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-15) and to Turkey 0-3 (14-25, 31-33, 23-25).

The DR was playing in Group 1 of the World Grand Prix that groups the best 12 teams in the world. To move on to the finals, the DR needed to be in the top five of the tournament.

The DR finished behind Serbia, the USA, Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, Japan and China.

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Source: DR1, Worldgrandprix

July 25, 2017

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Haitian migrants get residency extension from Dominican govt

Haitian migrants get residency extension from Dominican govt

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Dominican Republic on Tuesday granted a one-year extension to some 230,000 Haitian migrants trying to renew or obtain residency permits, an issue that has soured relations between the neighboring countries.

The announcement comes as Dominican nationalist groups demand the ouster of Haitian migrants who do not have permits, including those who enrolled in a government residency plan but only received provisional permits.

The residency plan was created after a court ruled in 2013 that children born in the Dominican Republic to non-citizens did not qualify for automatic citizenship because their migrant parents were “in transit.” The vast majority of those affected have been descendants of Haitian migrants.

Without the extension announced on Tuesday, more than 220,000 Haitian migrants could have faced deportation. They have not been able to finalize residency requirements for several reasons, including lack of a work contract, a birth certificate or a passport. Many employers in the Dominican Republic do not issue work contracts, and the Haitian government also has lagged in providing the required documents.

William Charpentier, leader of a migrant support group, praised the government’s decision but also accused authorities of deporting more than 100 Haitian migrants in recent weeks even though they had provisional permits to stay in the Dominican Republic.

Some 7,000 migrants have completed all requirements under the government’s residency plan.

Those who oppose the program accuse Haitian migrants of abusing it.

“I understand perfectly that the entire Haitian population wants to move to the Dominican Republic. They would be better off here. The question is: Should we allow it?” tweeted Vinicio Castillo, a former legislator whose party opposes the plan.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola, and Castillo has long proposed building a wall between the two countries.

Government officials said migrants can start the residency process in late August.

Source: washingtonpost.com

July 25, 2017

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Money in circulation decreases

According to the Central Bank, the amount of money in circulation in the country has dropped by 9.1% compared to this same time last year. Money in circulation is at RD$107.2 billion on 17 July 2017 down from RD$118.01 billion at the end of last year.

In Santiago, businessmen are saying that the lack of cash is affecting their capacity to meet rising operating costs.

Economists say that the fall in disposable money is a reflection of the international environment and the efforts of the Central Bank to ensure that the situation does not lead to a profound economic recession.

Economist Henri Hebrard, said that the Central Bank is obsessed with controlling interest rates and this has led to a restrictive monetary policy.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

July 25, 2017

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Dominican UN diplomat took bribes

A suspended Dominican UN diplomat has testified in a US court that a Chinese billionaire paid him up to US$50,000 monthly in return for help securing a contract to build a UN conference center. Francis Lorenzo, the former UN deputy foreign minister from the Dominican Republic, also confirmed that billionaire Ng Lap Jeng funneled a further US$300,000 to the former UN General Assembly president John Ashe.

Between 2010 and 2015, Ng paid the two UN officials approximately US$2 million in bribes, who in return secured approval for the multibillion-dollar construction of a conference center in Ng’s native Macau that would work with developing countries.

Lorenzo testified, however, that Ng planned to build the center to boost the value of a related complex of apartments, offices, a casino and hotel, which he also intended to develop.

Lorenzo reportedly explained how, within months of first meeting Ng in 2009, the billionaire agreed to supplement Lorenzo’s US$72,000 UN salary with a monthly payment of US$20,000 to serve as president of Ng’s new media outlet South-South News.

Later, Ng reportedly began paying him an additional US$30,000 per month to push through UN approval for the center’s construction. After it was approved, the billionaire then bought a US$3.2 million apartment in Manhattan for Lorenzo to live in.

Lorenzo also admitted to laundering the proceeds through bank accounts in the names of his siblings in the Dominican Republic to avoid paying US taxes.

When asked why he never referred to this money as bribes in meetings with prosecutors, he supposedly replied: “I wasn’t familiar with the term.”

Lorenzo, who pleaded guilty, faces up to 78 years in prison.

Source: occrp.org

July 25, 2017

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Dominicans will not need visas to travel to Honduras

Visas will no longer be necessary for citizens of the Dominican Republic and Honduras to visit either country. The agreement will be signed this Monday, 24 July 2017, by Minister of Foreign Relations Miguel Vargas and Honduras Foreign Minister María Dolores Aguero Lara in Honduras.

Both countries have already signed agreements for exchanges in education, modernization, government management, agriculture, agribusiness, women’s issues, health, tourism, citizen participation, small business and institutional strengthening, among others.

Source: DR1, Eldia

July 25, 2017

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300,000 more students to enter extended school program

Minister of Education Andrés Navarro announced that 300,000 additional students will be attending the extended school day program. This means 1,450,000 students are enrolled in the 8 to 4pm education programs, up from 1,150,000 in the past 2016-2017 school year. Navarro expects that for the 2018-19 school year, another 300,000 students will be incorporated, for some 1,800,000 students benefiting from the modality.

Navarro highlighted how the extended day schools contribute to the quality of life of thousands of families. The children study at better facilities, and get free breakfast and lunch, their books, uniforms, shoes and school supplies.

He spoke when participating in the 11th Edition of the United Nations International Model (Minume 2017) at the Ministry of Foreign Relations Convention Center.

Source: DR1, 7dias

July 25, 2017

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Haiti, Dominican Republic face off in bodybuilding showdown

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The muscles glistened as bodybuilders from Haiti and the Dominican Republic flexed and strutted onstage in the first such showdown between the neighboring countries whose relations are often tense.

Sunday’s event was organized by the Dominican Bodybuilding Federation and a local Haitian bodybuilding group to generate support for the sport and make it more accessible, especially in Haiti where a handful of bodybuilders struggle to become professionals in a country where many people make less than $2 a day.

Among those competing was Spely Laventure, a 30-year-old Haitian who won five competitions in the past year but struggles to find sponsors and the nutrition he needs, especially after losing his job as a loan officer.

“As you know in Haiti, when you lose your job, it’s not very easy to find another,” he told The Associated Press before the competition. “I spent all my savings on my body. I don’t regret that.”

More than two dozen men and one woman competed in Sunday’s Haiti Bodybuilding Classic. Laventure won it and said he hopes it will lead to sponsors and more exposure.

“I proved (to) everyone that I’m really a champion,” he said.

He gave his biceps one last squeeze for the audience as second-place finisher Jose Solano, one of two participants from the Dominican Republic, congratulated him.

Tony Pena, president of the Dominican Republic’s Bodybuilding Federation, urged Haiti’s government to support their local bodybuilders.

“Haitians have very good genetics to be world-class champions,” he said. “They just need support.”

Laventure gets to work out for free thanks to the owner of a gym in Haiti’s capital. But he spends $50 to $100 a week on a single meal plan, considered an exorbitant amount in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

“Most of the things that you eat to prepare for competition, they import it,” he said.

Laventure could not find a coach when he began training, so he studied YouTube videos and followed bodybuilders on Instagram to learn about the sport and imitate workouts.

He now wants to become Haiti’s first professional bodybuilder and dreams about participating in Mr. Olympia, the world’s biggest bodybuilding competition.

“I know it’s going to be very hard. … In Haiti, especially, it’s not easy,” he said, adding that he believes he’ll make it: “I was a skinny guy, but look at me right now.”

Source: fredericksburg.com

July 25, 2017

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The Hyatt Brand Now in Punta Cana with Two New Hotels

The Playa Hotels & Resorts Corporation recently began the construction of two Hyatt brand all-inclusive hotels in Punta Cana, in the Cap Cana resort, in the Dominican Republic’s easternmost region.

The family-oriented Hyatt Ziva and the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana will feature 375 rooms that will overlook the spectacular Juanillo Beach.

The two hotels will also feature a convention center, meeting rooms, theme restaurants, bars, a theatre, shops and an aquatic park to be enjoyed by children and adults.

Each hotel will operate independently, offering guests top-rated restaurants and bars.

However, both hotels will share a modern spa and a gymnasium, among other features. The “Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V.”

is a well-established company that operates and develops all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. All together, the company owns 13 resorts (6,142 rooms) in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

Source: Access DR

July 25, 2017

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XTERRA Barahona Triathlon will be in August 2017

The Dominican Republic’s second annual XTerra Barahona Triathlon will be held August 13 in the country’s southwest region, near the beautiful Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge. Participants will compete in various categories, such as triathlon and trail run, mountain bike, running and swimming in open waters.

XTERRA is a world leader in the organization of off-the-road events in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

The distance required for experienced athletes will be swimming 1.5 kilometers in open waters, 25 kilometers in mountain cycling and a 10 kilometer marathon.

The event will distribute more than seven thousand U.S. dollars for winners in the Elite category.

The Sprint category will include swimming 750 meters in open waters, 15 kilometers in mountain cycling and a five-kilometer marathon.

The trial run category includes 21, 10 and five kilometer races for participants between the ages of 15 to 70 and over. The same for the Elite/Professional categories.

XTERRA Barahona will also generate points for the Pan-American championship to be held in Utah, and participants will be guaranteed a space in the world championship, scheduled to be held in Maui, Hawaii.

Source: Access DR

July 25, 2017

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