DR1 - Today, Friday 1 June marks the start of the Hurricane Season in the Caribbean, ending on 30 November. The good news is that this season is forecast to be quieter than last year with between nine and 15 tropical storms, of which between four and eight are expected to become hurricanes. Regardless, anyone living in the Caribbean needs to be constantly prepared for a strong tropical storm. This means that June-July is the time of the year to complete preparations, including maintenance of storm shutters, windows, and doors or relocation plans in case of a big storm. 2012 has been a year of heavy rains in the months leading up to the hurricane season, which usually marks a month of more frequent rains.
The names for the 2012 hurricanes are: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.
Odds of getting caught in a hurricane are slim, as they are not as frequent as all the hype would make it appear. For instance, the last hurricane to affect Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, was in 1998. DR1 posts weather information on storms at its Weather & Beyond Forum. Check in for weather reports at Read original at DR1.
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Santo Domingo. – The fiscal deficit during 2013
was RD$70. 0 billion, equal to 2. 77% of GDP, meaning that it was 11. 3%
greater than the current line of RD$62. 9 billion, the Government Accounts Agency (Digecog) revealed.
According to the report “State of Collections and Investment of the Income,“
which covers 2013, the financial results for last year reveal a deficit of
RD$70. 0 billion, which represents 111. 3% with respect to the estimate in force
for 2013, and which at the same time represents 2. 77% of GDP.
Finance minister Simon Lizardo told the press in February that in 2013 the
fiscal deficit was some RD$70. 0 billion, equal to 2. 77% of GDP. He then said the
deficit was below the goal that was forecast. But the RD$70. 0 billion amount to
which the minister referred corresponds to the original budget, before it was
In its report the Accounting Agency stresses that his result was modified by
RD$7. 2 billion to remain at RD$62. 9 billion. On 27 November 2013, the Congress
approved Law 158-13 which modified that year’s budget.
Sophia. – A year-long investigation into a Bulgarian credit card
fraud gang resulted last week in the arrests of three people in Italy
and four in Bulgaria, Europol announced.
According to esecurityplanet. com, 25 people involved in the scam have been arrested, and an
additional 21 have been charged. Fraudulent withdrawals were committed in Indonesia, the USA, Bali, the Dominican Republic and Kenya.
Police have seized a total
of 250 skimming devices, 2,000 blank credit cards and more than 50,000
Euros in cash.
Italy’s Comando Carabinieri Antifalsificazione Monetaria coordinated the operation, with the support of the cybercrime department of the Bulgarian State Agency for National Security. Europol agents assisted by analyzing phone bills and hard drives linked to the gang.
Esecurityplanet. com reported that the criminals were highly organized and obtained cash from ATMs using data which they had
obtained via skimming devices.
Santo Domingo. – PLD candidate and Tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia said Sunday that his colleagues Leonel Fernandez and Danilo Medina will play a referee role in the party internal process of choosing the PLD candidate for the 2016 presidential elections.
According to El Nuevo Diario, Garcia said that due to their leadership within the ranks of the party as well as in the country, both Fernandez and Medina will have to play a referee role to ensure party unity.
Santo Domingo. – In his second report Saturday before noon, Emergency Operations Center (COE)
director Juan Manuel Mendez said 20 people have died during the Easter break so far, all of them were in traffic accidents.
COE also reports 582 people affected, 354 in traffic accidents, 30 for alcohol overdose, 10 for food poisoning and 188 for various reasons.
According to Mendez, most traffic accidents occurred in Santo Domingo, La Vega, Puerto Plata and San Cristobal.
Santo Domingo. – Renowned Dominican singer Sonia Silvestre died Saturday at the age of 61, a few days after being admitted to hospital Plaza de la Salud in critical conditions due to a massive stroke and two heart attacks.
The information was given by her husband Jose Betancourt, father of her children Andres and Heloise Estela Betancourt Silvestre.
“We have to announce the sad demise of our Sonia Silvestre,“ Betancourt said through a statement issued today.
According to press reports, tomorrow Sunday, 20 April there will be a private ceremony for the family and her remais will be exposed Monday at the Blandino funeral home on Lincoln Avenue.