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Friday, April 27th, 2012
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Rains and more rain affect thousands
Story Text & Photos © 2012 by DR1 Apr 27 2012 08:01AM
DR1 - The Weather Office (Onamet) reports that rain accompanied by wind gusts and thunder and lightning will continue over much of the national territory. As reported, a stationary front located over the country is interacting with a low-pressure trough over Haiti that is moving slowly westward. Onamet says the rains will continue gradually improving by Saturday, in time for the long weekend. Meanwhile, Onamet has issued a small craft warning for the entire coastline. The rains that have fallen in the region over the last day have partially cut off several communities, affected 2,943 houses and caused 11,150 people to be displaced to safer places. Meanwhile, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) declared a yellow alert for seven provinces and put another 16 provinces on green alert due to the continuation of the rains accompanied by thunder and lightning over a large part of the country. The areas most affected include the province of Puerto Plata, the areas of Licey al Medio, Tamboril, San Pedro de Macoris and Montecristi, where 2,770 houses were flooded according to the COE report. Some of those affected were transported by agencies to houses of relatives and friends until the waters recede to their normal levels. The provinces on yellow alert are: Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Santiago, Maria Trinidad Sanchez (Nagua), La Vega, Monsenor Noel (Bonao) and San Jose de Ocoa. On green alert are the provinces of Valverde (Mao), Samana, Santiago Rodriguez, Espaillat (Moca), Dajabon, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), Duarte (San Francisco de Macoris, especially the Lower Yuna area), Monte Plata, Hato Mayor, San Pedro de Macoris, El Seibo, Azua, Peravia (Bani), San Cristobal, Santo Domingo and Barahona. Read original at DR1.

  

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DRSol Evening Weather Summary for April 24, 2014
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by The Dominican Sun Apr 24 2014 23:29PM
The Dominican Sun - Across the Dominican Republic in the last 24 hours the highest observed temperature by DRSol was 90 at Dr Balaguer Intl. The coolest reading came from Santiago Intl A with an overnight low of 73. A few spotty light to moderate rain showers were reported, and rain is being observed right now as well at La Romana Int. A and Santiago Intl A. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 9 mph from the SE, with a peak gust to 17 mph seen at 5PM this afternoon at El Catey Intl. By the Numbers DR cities reported rain 5% of the time, and thunderstorms 0%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 46. Cloud cover totaled 54%. 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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Banks assets soar RD$26. 0B to RD$969. 0B in 1Q
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 19:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- The assets of Dominican Republic’s commercial and multiple service banks soared by RD$26. 0 billion in the first quarter, or 3% higher than in December last year. The Dominican Banks Association (ABA) said the relative increase in assets tripled the inflation rate for the January to March period. It said the banks’ total assets reached RD$969. 0 billion at the end of the first quarter. It said an 8% increase, or RD$45. 0 billion in loans, is what most pushed the higher assets, and now total RD$602. 0 billion. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Unions to protest labor code change at the Palace on May 1
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 19:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- The major labor unions on Thursday announced a march to the National Palace on May 1, International Labor Day, in rebuke of what they call management’s push to revert their accomplishments in the labor code. Rafael –Pepe- Abreu, head of the labor unions grouped in the CNUS, said the campaign launched Wed. by the National Council Business (CONEP) only seeks to mislead workers, “but what they really do is increase the rejection of the amendment to the labor code. ” Yesterday the CONEP launched a media campaign on its proposed amendment to the labor code, which it affirms covers a higher number of workers. In this regard the union leader said that employers’ proposal has spurred so much rebuke, that they’ve had to conduct a counter-campaign to convince people, but in fact has created more rejection. He said to amend the labor code the labor sector will propose a change in the National Wage Committee’s structure to raise all salaries and not just the minimum. In a press conference, Abreu said workers will demand a higher minimum wage as agreed to last year and urged business leaders to be ready to discuss it. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Top prosecutor vows to protect National Park, Bahía de Las Aguilas
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 19:29PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- Justice minister Francisco Domínguez on Thursday vowed to continue to work tirelessly from all departments to protect Jaragua National Park including Bahía de Las Aguilas, as ecological heritage of all Dominicans. He hailed the Supreme Court ruling against the acquittal of former Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD) director Jaime Rodríguez Guzman, a brother and his wife, charged with trying steal thousands of hectares of government land including Bahia de las Aguilas using forged titles. “We’re very pleased the Supreme Court decision which allows us to move forward in our purposes to fully ensure the integrity of the land of Bahía de las Aguilas,“ Dominguez said, adding that the area is a heritage of humanity and of the Dominican Republic. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Government opens books on a new dual-currency, dual-tranche bond: Reuters
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 18:29PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- The Dominican government has opened books on a new dual-currency, dual-tranche (varying risk to investor) bond offering denominated in US dollars and Dominican pesos, Reuters reports Thursday quoting  a source. It said the sovereign, rated B1/B+/B, “has set initial price thoughts of 7. 5% area on a US dollar 30-year bond. It has also set initial price thoughts of 10. 125% area on a Dominican peso five-year bond, though investors will be paid in dollars. ” The news agency reports that the proceeds from the 144a/Reg S deal will go towards financing infrastructure projects and to providing support for other sectors of the Caribbean country’s economy. “The deal is expected to price later today via Goldman Sach and JP Morgan. ” Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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High court says no to acquitting Bahia de las Aguilas ‘thieves’
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 16:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- A panel of National District judges will rule on whether to proceed with the criminal charges against former Dominican Agrarian Institute director Jaime Rodríguez Guzmán, his wife and a brother charged with trying to steal the lands including Bahia de las Aguilas, Pedernales province (southwest). The Supreme Court made the ruling on a challenged by National District prosecutor Yeni Berenice Reynoso against the panel court’s decision to halt the criminal proceeding on a statute of limitation. The Supreme Court ruled that the panel court doesn’t have the jurisdiction to decide on the motion seeking acquittal. In her challenge Reynoso claimed that panel court presiding judge Gissell Méndez ruled on the motion to acquit on the statute of limitation, despite that it requires a decision of all three judges. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Dominican agencies probe TelexFree ‘ponzi scheme’
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 16:29PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- Several agencies probe the whereabouts of tens of millions of pesos allegedly scammed from Dominicans by the TelexFree ponzi scheme as well as the identity of its owners. Justice Ministry anti-money laundering unit director Germán Miranda said the Office Prosecutor and the financial authorities will meet Wednesday morning to coordinate the investigation and possible confiscation of properties. He said the National District Prosecutor and the Securities Superintendence will seek to identify TelexFree’s intermediaries and promoters, noting that the whereabouts of the millions swindled from investors is their main target. Miranda said regarding the foreigners affected, they’ll request the collaboration of U. S authorities to determine what happened with the money. He said although TelexFree’s offices in the country have been identified, but the whereabouts of the money in the scheme is what’s most important for now. “The problem now is to determine where the capitals have gone. “ Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Citizens make long lines to get their new ID card
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 16:29PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- Since early Monday morning citizens made long lines in the various sites across the capital and other cities to change their ID card (cedula). And despite the long, slow-moving lines and complaints that marked the first day, no technical problems were reported in the Central Electoral Board’s five centers of the National District, which started issuing of the new document in a process that is scheduled to conclude in 18 months. Citizens complained of a slow system which takes as long as an hour-and-a- half to get the cedula, although the JCE says it’s only 15 minutes. Many people left without the document as demand exceeded the JCE’s capacity. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Chinese praise technology used in tobacco, cacao production
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 16:29PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- A Chinese delegation which visited the country recently to observe the of agro production processes called the technology used to produce and industrialize tobacco and cacao in the Dominican Republic “a model. ” Accompanied by Agriculture Ministry technicians the delegation visited different plantations of both crops, and praised the country’s advanced technology to produce tobacco and cacao. They observed the technology used on the traditional products, especially organic and conventional cacao, with a process considered a “country brand“ worldwide. Agriculture Ministry senior officials José Gonzalez and Laura Naut accompanied the Chinese delegation during its tour. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Fires set by farmers char Los Haitises National Park, deputy warns
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 24 2014 16:29PM
Dominican Today - Monte Plata, Dominican Republic- As many as 100 wildfires char the forests at Los Haitises National Park (northeast), ruling PLD party deputy Ricardo Contreras affirmed Monday, blaming Haitians who plant cash crops under instructions from “criminal hands. ” He called Los Haitises the Antilles’s biggest ecological lung, home to numerous rivers that supply water to Greater Santo Domingo and Monte Plata. He said it’s also home to a great variety of fauna of flora. The lawmaker also warned of deforestation at Sierra de Yamasa range, the source of the Ozama River, the country’s fifth biggest watershed. President Danilo Medina executive order 360-13 named a Commission to solve to the problem of the squatters evicted from Los Haitises and prevent its continued destruction. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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