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El Sol Dominicano
"Noticias Diarias de la Republica Dominicana en Ingles Desde 2004 "
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
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National Congress floating in cash
Story Text & Photos © 2012 by DR1 Apr 28 2012 01:00AM
DR1 - Legislators in the DR have not had a work session in weeks, and news reports say these are not scheduled for until after the election to allow the politicians to campaign for their presidential candidates in their jurisdictions. Meanwhile, TV investigative journalist Alicia Ortega reports this week on the high cost of the legislators to Dominican taxpayers. She pointed out on her El Informe con Alicia program that Congress in the Dominican Republic is the most costly in the Americas, on a per citizen base. She said the RD$5. 44 billion the government has allocated to Congress means each citizen pays US$15 a year to the pockets of the legislators. The legislators were elected for six-year period in 2010. She says over the period, their budget will be over RD$33 billion. She says the US$139 million cost for the DR is above that of Peru that pays US$110. 9 million, Costa Rica with US$76. 2 million and Uruguay with US$63. 8 million. On a per capita base, the DR pays more than Venezuela, which although a country of 27 million compared to nine million in the DR, only spends US$13 per inhabitant. For the report, Ortega used data provided by the Center for Research and Development of Education (CIDE) in Chile. She made the point that the president of the Senate and three other senators monthly receive an extra of RD$900,000 allocated to enable them to make "social contributions". The rest of the legislators receive in addition to their high wages between RD$710,000 and RD$450,000. This adds up to RD$229 million in discretionary funds plus the additional RD$68 million in wages. She makes the point that the president of the Senate, Reinaldo Pared Perez (PLD-National District) receives a wage of RD$175,000 plus the RD$900,000 of the so-called "barrilito" a month. He is thus guaranteed at least RD$77. 4 million for his six-year contract in the Senate. The 178 national deputies receive RD$87,000 for social compensation, RD$50,000 for support to legislative work, RD$35,000 for representation expenses, and RD$45,000 for diet, plus their legislative wage of RD$175,000 for an annual wage of RD$1. 05 billion a year, as reported in Diario Libre. There are 32 senators and 178 national deputies in the DR. Read original at DR1.

  

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DRSol Evening Weather Summary for April 20, 2014
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by The Dominican Sun Apr 20 2014 23:29PM
The Dominican Sun - Across the Dominican Republic in the last 24 hours the highest observed temperature by DRSol was 91 at Puerto Plata In. The coolest reading came from Santiago Intl A with an overnight low of 72. A few spotty light to moderate rain showers were reported, the last in El Catey Intl at 6PM this evening. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 9 mph from the SE, with a peak gust to 25 mph seen at 4PM this afternoon at Santiago Intl A. By the Numbers DR cities reported rain 13% of the time, and thunderstorms 0%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 36. Cloud cover totaled 50%. 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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Lunchtime Weather Report on this April 20, 2014
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by The Dominican Sun Apr 20 2014 16:29PM
The Dominican Sun - Across the Dominican Republic in the last 24 hours the highest observed temperature by DRSol was 90 at Puerto Plata In. The coolest reading came from Santiago Intl A with an overnight low of 72. A few spotty light to moderate rain showers were reported, and rain is being observed right now as well at El Catey Intl and Caucedo/De Las. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 10 mph from the SE, with a peak gust to 23 mph seen at 12PM this afternoon at La Romana Int. A. 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 36. Cloud cover totaled 46%. 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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Morning Weather Summary for April 20, 2014
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by The Dominican Sun Apr 20 2014 13:59PM
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USGS Detects Minor Earthquake in the DR
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by The Dominican Sun Apr 20 2014 13:59PM
The Dominican Sun - The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has just reported observing a minor earthquake in the Dominican Republic at 4:02 AST. Preliminary measurements give the quake a magnitude of 2. 5. The quake`s epicenter was located in the Mona Passage at latitude 18. 154N and longitude 67. 365W at a depth of 10. 87 miles. The earthquake occured at 4:02pm local time on Sunday. For detailed maps and information visit www. earthquakecloudpredictions. com Read original at The Dominican Sun.

  

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