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2016 hurricane season is over

The United States National Weather Service says that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered for the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew that reached a category five, the most powerful in a decade, and left several hundred people dead in Haiti. “Matthew has been the first category five hurricane formed in the last five years since Felix in 2007 and it has beaten the record as the most powerful hurricane that developed so far South in the Atlantic Ocean,” according to NWS spokeswoman Arlena Moses. As well as Haiti, Matthew also affected the eastern coast of Cuba, the west of the Dominican Republic, the north of Colombia, the Bahamas, the southeast of the United States – where some cleaning up continues to this day – and even parts of Canada in its last stages. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami has still not calculated the final death toll from Matthew but it is estimating at least 1600 dead, making it the most deadly hurricane since Stan in 2005.

A normal Atlantic hurricane season, which begins at the beginning of June and ends on 30 November represents an average activity of between 11 and 12 tropical storms and five hurricanes. Nonetheless this year there were 15 storms seven of which became hurricanes (Alex, Earl, Gaston, Hermione, Matthew, Nicole and Otto) and three of these storms reached a major category of 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Source: DR1

Dec 3, 2016

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Dominican Republic nabs 92 Colombian and Venezuelan ‘hookers’

Santo Domingo.- More than 90 Colombian and Venezuelan sex workers also know as “hookers” have been removed from the popular strip clubs Casa Blanca and Pasión in Santiago, and Doll House in Santo Domingo.

The Office of the Anti-Trafficking of Migrants Prosecutor has detained 92 women in the strip clubs, while the Justice minister Jean Alain Rodriguez on Friday said three men and one woman will be charged with operating a human trafficking and money laundering network.

Rafael Elías Alcántara, owner of Doll House that was raided Thursday night; Laura Damisela Batista and Santo Rodríguez Santos are charged with forming part of a network that traffics Colombian women.

“In the operation were rescued 15 women who were allegedly sexually exploited,” Rodriguez said, noting that the network has international ramifications,” for which Colombia and United States officials are collaborating in the operation.

In addition to Doll House, located on El Malecon seaside avenue, police searched several residences in connection with the same group.

On Friday authorities taped off the entrance to Doll House, where an armed member of a military stands guard.

Rodriguez added that in Colombia, authorities there simultaneously arrested other members of the dismantled network, and pledged to provide information on the case from now on.

Source: DT

Dec 3, 2016

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At least 40 hurt and 18 seriously in east region tourist bus crash

Santo Domingo.- At least 40 people injured, 18 of them seriously when a tourist bus flipped on the Coral highway between Higüey and Bayahíbe (east) Thursday morning.

The tourists injured were treated for trauma and lacerations at the clinic Cedano, after the driver of the bus of the Cheril company lost control when one of its tires burst.

Deputy Tourism minister Franklin Mairení Castillo said among the wounded figure Canadians, Poles, Brits and Spaniards nationals and a Dominican tour guide and the driver.

The tourists, who were on a dive excursion to Catalina Island when the bus crashed, were assisted by first respondents from various agencies.

A bus full of tourists crashed Thursday morning on the Higüey-Bayahíbe highway (east).

Public Works Military and Police Commission spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete said the accident occurred when one of the bus’ front tires burst.

Source: DT

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Sustained beach erosion scrambles the tourism industry

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic, whose economy largely depends on tourism, specially the ‘Sun & Sand’ model, has been subjected to gradual erosion during the last few years and threatens some of the country’s best beaches.

Faced with the challenge, the Tourism Ministry is looking to the world’s largest dredging companies to deal with the problem.

With 48,311 square kilometers; the Caribbean’s leading tourism destination;  410 kilometers of white sand beachfront and 197 beaches along 1,575 kilometers of coast, the tourism industry accounts for  8% of the country’s GDP.

The figures have piqued the private sector’s interest, through the world’s leading dredging companies -all of them European- headed by Boskalis, and include Jan de Nul and Rohde Nielsen.

Source: DT

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Santo Domingo Metro Line 2 needs 124.4M euros to finish

Santo Domingo.- Transport Reform Office (Opret) director Diandino Peña on Thursday said Santo Domingo’s Metro has served more than 350 million passengers.

He said annually the Government via the Metro saves commuters RD$1.2 billion, and RD$75.0 billion in accidents prevented.

Peña provided the figures to the Chamber of Deputies Finance Committee, to seek approval of two lines of credit and a loan to conclude the extension of the second Metro line.

The contracts signed by the State with three banks and already approved by the Senate total 124.4 million euros.

Peña said the work is 95% completed, adding that the trains and equipment still need to be bought.

Source: DT

Dec 3, 2016

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Major dam was drained to avert catastrophic collapse

Santo Domingo.- The Water Observatory revealed Wednesday that Tavera dam (central) was on the verge of collapse with the ensuing threat to lives and property if not for the decision to release water and lower its level several times.

Observatory technicians said Tavera’s collapse would’ve placed  the lives of people at risk and would’ve led to large-scale losses of cattle and other damages along the Yaque del Sur river.

It said as much as 500 cubic meters per second was discharged from the dam back to the Yaque river, which caused flooding in Santiago, Valverde and Montecristi.

“If it were not for the correct application of the new protocol of draining the Tavera dam that was in imminent danger of collapsing and putting at risk the life of the people who reside in areas around the dam, as well as high scale losses to cattle,” the agency said in a statement.

Tavera dam, whose operating capacity ceiling is 327 meters above sea level, was operating at its maximum capacity during several days for the first time since inaugurated in 1972, as the torrential rains drenched the Yaque and Jimenoa river basins.

Source: DT

Dec 3, 2016

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Senate authorizes Medina to declare State of Emergency

Santo Domingo.- The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that authorizes president Danilo Medina to declare a State of Emergency in 15 northern and eastern provinces affected by rains and floods.

The measure paves the way for Medina to declare a state of emergency in Puerto Plata, La Vega, Espaillat, María Trinidad Sánchez, Santiago, Duarte, Samaná, Sánchez Ramírez, Monte Cristi, La Altagracia, Hermanas Mirabal, Hato Mayor, Valverde, El Seibo and Monseñor Noel provinces.

This authorization requested by the Executive gives government agencies extraordinary powers to conduct the repairs, constructions and reconstructions needed to mitigate the vast damages caused by weeks of torrential rains in those provinces

Source: DT

Dec 3, 2016

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US-DR agreement benefits Punta Cana Airport passengers

Santo Domingo.- Foreign minister Miguel Vargas will sign  Thursday the Air Transport Pre-Authorization Agreement between the governments of the Dominican Republic and the United States.

Ambassador James W. Brewster will sign on behalf of Washington, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry Convention Center 4:30pm.

“It’s important to emphasize that the transcendental agreement will have a positive impact on tourism and the economy of our country and will benefit thousands of people traveling to the United States from Punta Cana Airport,” the Foreign Ministry said in an emailed statement.

Source: DT

Dec 3, 2016

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Largest Dominican brewery gets US$43.0M bigger

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s biggest brewery (CND)  on Wednesday inaugurated  the expansion of its plant in Hato Nuevo, which will lead to a 36% jump in production.

President Danilo Medina and CND CEO Franklin León headed ribbon cutting for the project built at a cost of more than US$43.0 million, and creates hundreds of jobs, doubling its payroll of around RD$20.0 billion.

“As a result of this investment, we now have a modern packaging line that will support the growth of our beer production, providing an additional capacity of 144 million liters per year. To give you an idea, that additional volume equals 13.8 million boxes,” Leon said.

He said the new packaging line features leading edge technology, too process 60,000 bottles per hour and pack simultaneously in crates as well as boxes.

Source: DT

Dec 3, 2016

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Moise likely to be Haitian president

Initial results of the Haitian elections show that Jovenel Moise has won in the first round with 55.6% of the votes. Last year he was also the candidate with the majority of votes in the first round but when it came to the second round it was delayed several times amidst accusations of fraud, and the results of the first round were annulled.

This time no second round will be necessary as Moise has over 50% of the votes. Moise is an agricultural businessman and candidate for the Tet Kale party of former president Michel Martelly.

He will be certified as president on 29 December but the political parties can still challenge the result before that date.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Dec 3, 2016

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