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The Dominican Sun
"Daily Dominican Republic News in English Since 2004"
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
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DRSol Evening Weather Summary for March 6, 2012
Story Text & Photos © 2012 by The Dominican Sun Mar 6 2012 23:29PM
The Dominican Sun - Across the Dominican Republic in the last 24 hours the highest observed temperature by DRSol was 88 at La Isabella. The coolest reading came from Santiago with an overnight low of 70. A few spotty light to moderate rain showers were reported, and rain is being observed right now as well at Santiago. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 11 mph from the SE, with a peak gust to 31 mph seen at 3PM this afternoon at Las Americas. By the Numbers DR cities reported rain 12% of the time, and thunderstorms 0%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 39. Cloud cover totaled 49%. Click above to view summaries for the last week or last month. Last updated at 7:28PM. Read original at The Dominican Sun.

  

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U. S. Consulate takes anti-fraud campaign toSantiago
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 18:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- U. S. Consulate officials will visit Santiago on tomorrow Thursday as part of its anti-fraud campaign “No le Haga Coro al Maco” (don’t sing the toad’s tune). The gathering open to the public aims to show students the correct way to get a U. S. visa and warns them to “watch out for that toad,“ slated for Santiago’s technological university (UTESA) at 10am. U. S. Embassy staff will provide information on how to apply for a tourist, student or work visa, in addition to advice on the risks of trusting strangers and obtaining forged documents. Initially launched in 2008, the “toad” campaign has been a constant in the local media during the last five years. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Rains ease Greater Santo Domingo’s water crunch
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 17:00PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- Greater Santo Domingo’s aqueduct utility (CAASD) on Sunday said  potable water service has improved after the rains over the Isa, Duey and Haina river basins, adding 47 million gallons to be distributed today Monday across  the urban area. CAASD director Alejandro Montas said that production on Sunday jumped from 303 to 350 million gallons per day. He said the Haina-Manoguayabo aqueduct system, whose production hasn’t exceeded 22 million gallons per day since the current drought began, is currently producing 55 million gallons per day. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Pineapple growers look to export 120 containers weekly
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 17:00PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- Dominican Republic’s export and investment agency (CEI-RD), the Agricultural Development Fund (FEDA) and the Agriculture Ministry on Sunday announced a project to help more than 100 pineapple growers export 120 containers of the fruit to Europe each week and create around 20,000 jobs. In a statement CEI-RD director Jean Alain Rodríguez said pineapples figure among Dominican Republic’s highest export potential and high income because it’s one of the tropical fruits the world markets most demand. “This project will add 20,000 new jobs, which will provide a livelihood for thousands of families. “ In that regard, the head of the pineapple growers and producers association, Mario Velásquez, said the first harvest from the 10 million imported suckers is taking place across the country, but noted that to reach the goal of exporting 120 containers weekly, they still lack the land to plant them. He said arrangements with the Dominican Agrarian Institute and the State Sugar Council are now being made for more land, “because this is a stumbling block that we have to develop this project and to export all that. “ Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Dominican Republic is world’s 6th worse in lost energy: World Bank
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 16:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- Dominican Republic is the world’s sixth worse country in energy distribution and power lines losses, according to the World Bank study on World Development Indicators 2014, which evaluated 223 high, low and middle income countries. In the report the country figures with losses as high 30%, second only to Botswana (56%), Congo (46%), Haiti (55%), Iraq (35%) and Nepal (34%). Data from Dominican Republic’s State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE) however losses close to 40% The World Bank classifies Dominican Republic as a “medium-high income country,“ a group with distribution losses of 9%. For low-income countries, the average is 15%, for medium is 10% income and for high income is 6%. The percentages show that the country has to trim its losses from around 38% to 9%, which will lead to saving of US$715. 0 million. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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High court halts the return of extraditable’s properties
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 16:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- The Constitutional Tribunal (TC) on overturned a lower court ruling that ordered the return of 17 properties to the extraditable José Arismendy Almonte Peña (Joselito. com). The TC ruled that only an instruction judge has jurisdiction to order the return of the confiscated properties, and not the Santiago District Court Criminal Court judge, who handed down the ruling on May 18, 2012. The TC ruled for the request by the Seized and Forfeited Assets Management and Custody Office, the National Anti-money Laundering Committee and the National Drug Council. The ruling also upholds the instruction judges’ jurisdiction to hear requests for the return of seized assets, and not through an injunction. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Dominican Republic Easter week death toll at 33 (Update2)
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 16:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo-The Emergency Operations Center (COE) at noon Monday raised the number of fatalities during the Easter weekend to 33. As of noon Sunday, the COE had reported the death of 25 people during the Easter holidays, 24 of which were killed in traffic accidents and one drowning. It said 587 persons were affected by 356 accidents reported thus far, 24 of which died in traffic accidents, 15 were on motorcycles, eight in light vehicles and one died run. The total of reported accidents, 195 motorbikes were involved, 160 light vehicles, and one truck. The first response agency adds that around 1. 2 million people took to the country’s roads during the weekend. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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New Dominican Republic town rises from salt lake’s spreading waters
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 16:59PM
Dominican Today - Jimaní, Dominican Republic-  President Danilo Medina on Wednesday cut the ribbon for Boca de Cachón, Dominican Republic’s first-ever planned town, built to relocate 546 families uprooted by Lake Enriquillo’s rising salty waters. The town was built at a cost of US$24. 4 million by government agencies, which saved more than US$160 million when compare to a private sector proposal of US$188. 0 million. Medina handed out the first keys to families with relatives with disabilities, in addition to the churches, the school and government agencies relocated to the site. In his keynote speech Presidency Administrative minister Jose Ramon Peralta said the town took just six months to build, which in his view shows that the government can work with transparency to manage taxpayers’ money. He said the new town called Nueva Boda de Chacón went from a campaign promise to a reality and a model project. He said the lives of those 546 families changed for the better starting today. Peralta also announced that within two weeks all of the families are will be moving into their homes of 72. 24 square meters, 3-bedrooms, each with an area for vegetable gardening. The project is located around 50 meters above the sea level to guarantee the protection against Enriquillo’s flooding. Community leader Leonel Recio thanked Medina, and said 95% of the houses in the old town were made of wood. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Lunchtime Weather Report on this April 23, 2014
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by The Dominican Sun Apr 23 2014 16:29PM
The Dominican Sun - Across the Dominican Republic in the last 24 hours the highest observed temperature by DRSol was 90 at Arroyo Barril. The coolest reading came from Santiago Intl A with an overnight low of 72. A few spotty light to moderate showers and thunderstorms were reported, the last in Santiago Intl A at 11PM last night. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 8 mph from the S, with a peak gust to 17 mph seen at 7PM last night at El Catey Intl. By the Numbers DR cities reported rain 7% of the time, and thunderstorms 1%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 37. Cloud cover totaled 54%. Click above to view summaries for the last week or last month. Last updated at 12:28PM. Read original at The Dominican Sun.

  

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Opposition leader wools bitter rival’s daughter as ticket mate
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 15:59PM
Dominican Today - Boca Chica, Dominican Republic- Opposition PRD party president Miguel Vargas on Tuesday said “it wouldn’t bother me or dislike“ as a ticket mate Carolina Mejia, daughter of former president and bitter rival Hipolito Mejia, for the 2016presidential election. “We were unaware of that notion, but it neither bothers me nor dislike it, that is, that there’s no problem,“ Vargas told reporters. He said while meetings in that regard have yet to take place, he’s open to all the help to get the PRD into office. Vargas, speaking at PRD headquarters, also affirmed having reached a “90% consensus” in all municipalities to renew the PRD’s leadership, “which is extraordinary news of importance for the conventional process we’re developing. “ Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Dominican Republic’s democracy at a ‘crossroads’: UN
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 23 2014 15:29PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo-  The UN’s Development Program (UNDP) local representative has spent 10 months mulling Dominican Republic’s political culture and is convinced that “politics is really important“ to forge pacts and push development programs. Lorenzo Jiménez de Luis: “The reality is that everything is political. If you’re working with the players responsible for political decision-making, it impacts all development policies. “ He quotes former Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) president Enrique Iglesias’s expression that “politics matter“ but despite that truth, notes that political decisions are key to reduce poverty. The UNDP representative says one of the country’s political priorities is to reach a consensus to pass legislation on political parties and for an electoral law, which he affirms is as essential to improve the quality of the country’s democracy. “Dominican Republic, politically speaking, is at a crossroads where its democracy and the quality of its democracy is at stake,“ said Jimenez interviewed on La Nota 95. 7FM. He said all Latin American countries have electoral laws on and political parties, so the country shouldn’t be the exception. He stresses however, that this should be a decision by the political players and Dominican authorities. “If there’s no guiding framework on political life, it would be difficult to work in politics. “ Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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