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Plan to manage national park with spectacular waterfall Salto de Baiguate approved

Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry on Tuesday announced the approval of the Management Plan for Baiguate National Park, in Jarabacoa (central), to incorporate key stakeholders to plan and implement a “participatory mechanisms and enforce Environment and Protected Areas and Biodiversity Sector laws 64-00 and 202-04.”

Resolution 0010-2017, issued on March 20 orders the execution of the Baiguate National Park Management Plan for a period of five years.

The protected area of ​​52.44 square kilometers is located 3.75 kilometers south of Jarabacoa. Its main attraction is the spectacular waterfall Salto de Baiguate, a popular swimming spot among locals and some visitors.

In a statement, Environmental said the Resolution is a technical and normative document that contains the set of measures on the protected area.

“It establishes specific lines of work and standard the activities that are allowed, indicating in detail the form and the places where it is possible to carry out these activities, within the framework of a mechanism of shared participation, between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the institutions and organizations that in one way or another affect the protected area and its surroundings.”

Source: DT

Mar 28, 2017

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A violent month of March

According to the police, so far this month, violence has taken the lives of 103 people and injured another 198 in the Dominican Republic. Most were victims of attacks, armed robbery, robbery and domestic violence. The data reveals that 19 women were killed by gunshots or stabbed and another 14 were seriously injured.

The dead include 84 men, 10 of whom were police officers and two were members of the military who were killed by their own weapons. Among the men there were 184 injured.

Source: DR1, Almomento

Mar 28, 2017

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US citizen accused of sexual exploitation in Sosua

The National Police announced the arrest of a US citizen accused of sexual exploitation of 13 and 14 year old teenagers in Puerto Plata. The Police accuse 50-year old Theodore William Symonds of violating Law 137-03 on trafficking in migrants and people and Law 136-03 for the Protection of Rights of Children and Teenagers. The Police say that Symonds is a fugitive from US justice where he faces accusations of terrorism and theft.

He was arrested in a condominium in Sosua in the company of a 13-year old girl.

The Police said that one of his alleged victims was pregnant and an abortion was carried out in exchange for the repair of the child mother’s home to avoid being reported to authorities.

A Puerto Plata court ordered three months preventive custody for Symonds.

Prosecutors accuse Symonds of making pornographic videos of minors that he then sold.

Puerto Plata Prosecutor, Osvaldo Bonilla, urged that the population report the cases of sexual exploitation of minors at the Unit of Comprehensive Care to Victims of Gender, Intrafamily Violence, and Sexual Crimes under judge Luisa Marmolejos in Puerto Plata. This is the fourth case presented of this kind at the Puerto Plata jurisdiction so far this year.

Source: DR1, Elnacional

Mar 28, 2017

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Dominican Republic improving in English

According to a ranking carried out by Education First, the Dominican Republic is the second country in Latin America with the best domination of the English language, moving ten places up the ranking over the last five years.

The English Proficiency Index (EPI) ranks the DR as moderate in English proficiency, only superseded by Argentina in the region.

The EPI was determined by testing English language skills of more than 950,000 adults from 72 countries.

Education First attributes the English proficiency gains in the Dominican Republic to investments made in English education, especially by the Ministry of High Education, Science and Technology with their English Immersion Program and online courses for advance studies.

Source: Dr1, Elnacional

Mar 28, 2017

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Dominican capital to host key LGBTI regional gathering

Santo Domingo.-  From March 30 to April 1, the Dominican capital will host the most prominent LGBTI gathering with elected officials and political leaders in the region, who will attend the LGBTI Political Leadership Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean.

With the motto “Democracy for Equality,” more than 200 LGBTI leaders will share two days of reflection, dialogue, capacity building and sharing of experiences with LGBTI political leaders.

The activity will feature presentation by panels, workshops and debates with prominent figures from Costa Rica to Bolivia, including more political and social actors.

“The conclave’s key objective is to improve the skills and opportunities of LGBTI leaders and elected officials to participate in the democratic process, as a way to achieve equality,” the organizers said in a statement.

Just five years ago, the number of openly LGBTI people in elected and government positions in Latin America and the Caribbean could be counted on the fingers. “Today there are over 70 in the region and the number is growing dramatically as the LGBTI community becomes aware of the importance of this space in building more inclusive and participatory societies.”

Source: DT

Mar 28, 2017

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Germany will help boost Dominican Republic’s ecotourism

Santo Domingo.- German ambassador Sabine Bloch on Monday said her country will help promote Dominican ecotourism and share its experiences in the sector.

“Germany is ready to share its experiences with the Dominican Republic in ecotourism and mountain tourism,” the diplomat said in a statement by the Science and Art Foundation.

Mountain tourism and hiking is in full swing and with excellent results in Germany and the rest of Europe, said Bloch, who noted how that type of tourism led to the economic recover the Alpine region. “In 2015, lodges of Germany’s Alpine Association were already accommodating 870,000 guests.”

“Not only are local jobs created, but traditional professions such as that of the mountain peasants are maintained through tourism, which is a new source of income,” Bloch said.

With 250,000 tourists German tourism is third in importance for Dominican Republic by number of visitors.

And although the vast majority comes to enjoy the beaches, many come for things to discover in the interior of the country for ecological tourists, Boch said.

“The Dominican Republic, which is already very successfully represented with classic offers for beach vacations, could present new offers on eco-tourism in the future. I hope that together we can build bridges and establish lasting contacts between agencies and ecological tourism organizations in Germany and companies and communities.”

Source: DT

Mar 28, 2017

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Central Bank says dollar rate calm after US$275.0M fix

Santo Domingo.- Central banker Héctor Valdez Albizu said the dollar’s scarcity in the financial market has been surmounted, but didn’t reveal how many greenbacks have been injected to the market thus far. “I don’t have the number, but we’re doing good. Things have returned to normal, now we are selling dollars.”

Speaking to inaugurate the IV Economic and Financial Week, the official noed that the Central Bank wasn’t going to intervene in the foreign exchange market permanently, and instead made US$275.0 million available to meet the demand.

He reiterated that international uncertainty is what generated the exchange market’s situation.

Source: DT

Mar 28, 2017

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Global protests push Samsung to finally recycle Galaxy Note 7 – Greenpeace

Seoul, March 27. – Samsung today officially published its plan to deal with the 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 devices produced and recalled worldwide following battery faults. This major win comes after nearly five months of campaigning and global protests addressing the environmental impact of the recall.

“People around the world signed petitions, emailed Samsung’s CEO, demonstrated in cities around the world, and finally Samsung has listened.

This is major win for everyone that took action, and a step towards shifting the way we produce and dispose of electronics,” said Jude Lee, Global Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia.

Samsung’s commitment precedes the launch on 29 March in New York of the Galaxy S8, the first Samsung phone to be released since the Note 7 incident. The phone will be

the first test to see how the company will apply these commitments to proceeding models. In a public statement released on its website, Samsung committed to: – refurbishing and selling the recalled phones or use them as rental phones, – detach salvageable components, such as semiconductors and camera modules, for reuse or sale; and, – extract metals using “environmentally friendly methods”.

The IT giant also claimed it will be joining a new research conducted by the European Union aimed at developing a new environmentally friendly technology to recycle smartphones.

Electronics production, including smartphones, is incredibly energy and resource intensive, according to a Greenpeace USA report published in February 2017 on the impacts of smartphone production since 2007.

According to a United Nations report in 2014, e-waste volumes from small IT products, such as mobile phones and personal computers are predicted to rise globally to 50 million metric tons or more every year in 2017. This represents a massive waste of resources, and a source of contamination from hazardous chemicals.

“While we welcome this news, Samsung must share as soon as possible more detailed timelines on when it will implement its promises, as well as how it intends to change its production system to make sure this never happens again,” said Lee.

“The average smartphone in the US is used for about two years, and added to growing piles of e-waste around the world. This is simply not sustainable.

Samsung and other IT companies such as Apple should manufacture phones that are easy to repair, refurbish, and upgrade,” said Lee.

Greenpeace Spain activists crashed Samsung press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last February, asking the company to reuse, recycle and rethink the way the phones are produced.

Greenpeace East Asia will further push the tech sector in the coming month to rethink its impact on the planet. The Galaxy S8 and best selling models from 14 top IT companies’ will be scored to inform customers on how repairable the phones are.

Source: DT

Mar 28, 2017

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Dominican Republic ignores threat, won’t vote against Venezuela

Tuxtla, Costa Rica.-  Dominican Republic Foreign minister Miguel Vargas on Tuesday said his country supports and wagers on dialogue to solve Venezuela’s situation and won’t interfere in its internal affairs.

“We appeal to the international principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of the countries respecting their sovereignty,” the diplomat said.

Vargas said it has been Dominican Republic’s position, “to always be able to contribute to a peaceful and rapid solution through constructive dialogue.”

He urged the opposition and the government to sit at the dialogue table to find a definitive understanding and establish a democratic agenda.

The Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council will discuss Venezuela’s ongoing crisis starting Tuesday afternoon despite Caracas’ request to suspend the session.

Venezuelan ambassador to the OAS said there’s “insistence on addressing the issue of Venezuela without proper consent of the Venezuelan State.”

Vargas stated Dominican Republic’s position in Costa Rica where he participates in the work prior to the 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination of Tuxtla, to be held in that city until Wednesday.

Threat

On Monday US senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) threatened the Dominican Republic with withheld aid from Washington if Santo Domingo, “fails to protect democracy in the region.”

Source: DT

Marc 28, 2017

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Remains of flood victims in Puerto Plata recovered

Rescue authorities identified as 40-year old Micaela Albania Carrera Marte and 19 year old Carlos Eduards Salazar those who were drowned in flood waters while attempting to cross the Los Domínguez River in Puerto Plata.

The woman was driving a Hyundai Tucson, which was property of her husband, German citizen Patrick Knoerzer, who was out of the country when the tragedy occurred. She resided in El Choco in Sosua. Salazar was a resident in Los Coquitos.

While it originally believed they were traveling with a child, the authorities later said this was not true.

Source: DR1, Elnacional

Mar 25, 2017

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