Dominican Today -
Santiago. - Authorities arrested the Cabarete District mayor Gabriel Mora today Tuesday (Canoa) attempted murder of a trader.
Puerto Plata District judge Rafael Osiris Vega issued the arrest warrant for the beleaguered official, charged with of firing three times against the businessman Ambiorix Vargas, while the victim was driving his car down the alley La Loma de Cabarete.
Mora, who according to citysantiago. com will be arraigned today, faces various charges filed by Cabarete residents for aggression and misappropriation of City Council funds, and has been arrested and released several times.
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Santo Domingo- The United Kingdom’s relationship with
the Dominican Republic goes back a long way.
The newly independent Republic was only six years old when, in 1850, the
United Kingdom became the first country to sign a formal treaty with the
Caribbean nation and in so doing became the first country to recognise it as a
sovereign state. Since those early days
our relationship has ebbed and flowed.
At times we have been close, at other times less so. I am pleased to say that the last quarter of
a century has certainly been a period of flow rather than one of ebb. Investment has increased, trade in both
directions has grown, government to government relations have thickened and cultural
connections have flourished. It is time
for us to add “education” to the list of growth areas in the Dominican-UK
There are several ways that we in the UK can approach
this. There is room for a high-end
British School in Santo Domingo, for example.
There are possibilities for exporting know-how, school equipment and
educational software to a country whose government has dramatically increased
spending on education in recent years – from 2. 5% of GDP in 2012 to 4% in
Amongst the best options that present themselves today
for closer educational links the one that stands out most clearly is attracting
foreign students to tertiary education in the UK.
Why do I think this is an area of opportunity for the
UK? Well, to begin with, Dominicans hold
UK education in high esteem. I know this
from my involvement with the Chevening Scholarship scheme and from wider
contacts with Dominicans who have studied in the UK and who are now eminent in
a range of fields, from engineering and law to medicine and sustainable
Discerning Dominicans know that UK tertiary education
carries a degree of prestige that is more rarely found, if it is found at all,
in other countries.
The interest in a UK education is matched by the high
quality of those who are seeking it. I
have been involved with running Chevening in three continents over almost two
decades and I am delighted to say that the standard of application that we
receive each year in the Dominican Republic is just as strong as that we
received in Singapore, Venezuela and Hungary when I had the good fortune to
work on Chevening in those countries.
Our Chevening scholars and others who make it to the UK
to study each year regularly gain acceptance from some of our very best
institutions, from Oxford and Manchester to the LSE and the Royal School of
Music – to name but a few at which Dominicans have studied in recent years.
So far so good.
But isn’t the Dominican Republic just a dot on the map, a small country
with a tiny number of potential students with the required academic level and
financial resources to study in the UK?
You might be surprised by the answer to this. The Dominican Republic is small, but not as
small as many people think. Its
population is around 10 million and with GDP pushing $6,000 per head it is a
developing middle income country. It is
very much part of the Latin American growth story. There are a number of good universities in
the capital city Santo Domingo and elsewhere, notably in the second city
Santiago. These are listed below with
their email addresses.
Most important is the availability of finance, both from
government and the private sector, to support students in their studies abroad
through scholarships. For academic year
2013/14, the Dominican Government awarded 2,065 full scholarships for Masters
study abroad. For the first time, a
cohort left the Republic with state scholarships to finance study in the
UK. Those twenty five students who are
now carrying out Masters degrees at a University in the English Midlands are
the first of what could become many. The
Dominican Government wants to sign agreements with more British Universities so
that many more Dominican students can follow this example. The process is straightforward. The Ministry and the Institution sign an
MoU. The Ministry advertises and
pre-sifts candidates. The University has
the final say in whom is awarded a scholarship.
In my opinion, the Dominican Republic represents an
opportunity to UK universities just as exciting as the beaches of the Republic
are beautiful, its musical rhythms intoxicating and its fresh fruit
delicious. Dominicans are generally
bright, friendly and sociable people.
Those fortunate enough to gain the opportunity to study in the United
Kingdom quickly become a major asset to whatever campus or course they
join. One UK university tapped this
exciting market in 2013/14 and signed a multi-year deal with the Ministry which
will see Dominican state-funded scholars studying in that institution for
several years. For anyone wishing to
follow the example, I encourage them to join our Education Mission to the
Dominican Republic in March 2014. The
Republic, its Higher Education Ministry and its brilliant young students are
eager to meet you. For more information, please visit:
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 68. A few spotty but light rain showers were reported, the last in Santiago Intl A at 7AM this morning. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 8 mph from the SE, with a peak gust to 20 mph seen at 4PM yesterday afternoon at Puerto Plata In. By the Numbers DR cities reported rain 2% of the time, and thunderstorms 0%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 31. Cloud cover totaled 41%. 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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Santo Domingo- Less than 12 hours after Dominican
Republic’s President and Defense Minister attended a graduation of cadets
dedicated to one of the country’s most loathsome figures, the Air Force announced
it renamed it to honor of found father Juan Pablo Duarte instead.
The cadet’s graduation had been named Maj. Gen Fernando
A. Sánchez (Tunti), one of the most feared assassins during Rafael Trujillo’s
In a statement, the Air Force said it changed the name to
the cadets’ commencement ceremony, although its Chief of Staff Ramón Hernández
Hernandez had justified the controversial designation just yesterday.
But even Defense minister Sigfrido Pared justified the gaffe,
arguing that despite Sanchez being a despicable figure, “you cannot delete
history, for better or worse…”
Yet another study has linked type 2 diabetes to an
increased risk of developing breast and colon cancer. But until now, no
research has shown diabetics to have a higher risk of dying from these cancers
The Dutch study, “A meta-analysis on breast and
colorectal cancer in diabetic patients: Higher incidences and mortality rates,”
was recently presented at the 2013 European Cancer Congress.
Researchers analysed 20 scientific studies consisting of
more than 1. 9 million people between 2007 and 2012. They found diabetics to
have a 23 per cent higher risk of developing breast cancer and a soaring 38 per
cent risk of dying from it.
Moreover, diabetics had a 26 per cent higher risk of
colon cancer and a 30 per cent risk of dying from that malignancy when compared
“The evidence is getting quite strong that there is
an association between diabetes and cancer,“ said Kirstin De Bruijn, lead
researcher at Erasmus University Medical Centre.
“Cancer patients who are obese and diabetic are an
already more vulnerable group of individuals when it comes to surgery, as they
have an increased risk of developing complications both during and after
“Worldwide, the numbers of obese and subsequent
diabetic patients are still increasing and it is a cause for concern that these
individuals are at a higher risk of developing cancer and dying from it.
“It is extremely important that prevention campaigns
on obesity and diabetes are intensified and that they also focus on children,
to prevent them from becoming obese and developing cancer later in life,“
De Bruijn concluded.
A person with diabetes should be able to lead an active,
healthy life and reduce the risk of complications with proper self-care.
Genetics may play a minor role in developing cancer, diabetes and obesity, but
these conditions are largely due to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF),
“physical activity is one of the main pillars in the prevention of diabetes.
Increased physical activity is important in maintaining weight loss and is
linked to reduced blood pressure, reduced resting heart rate, increased insulin
sensitivity, improved body composition and psychological well-being. ”
Aerobic exercise is the best form of exercise for the
diabetic patient. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity
activity on most days of the week.
Smoking can promote the development of diabetes by at
least 30 per cent. Smoking is also one of the leading causes of cancer and
Unhealthy diets, especially the excessive consumption of
energy, saturated fat, trans fat, salt and sugar could cause at least 40 per
cent of all deaths from diabetes.
To prevent or reverse diabetes – reduce sugar intake,
eliminate processed food items, reduce portion size and increase consumption of
fruits and vegetables.
The classic symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased
thirst, hunger, frequent urination, excessive fatigue, blurred vision and pain
or numbness in the feet or hands.
Unexplained darkened areas of skin are one of the few
signs suggesting one is at risk of diabetes. Common areas that are affected
include the neck, armpits, elbows, knees and knuckles.
Other symptoms can include bladder, kidney or other
infections that occur more frequent or heal slowly. It is also common for men
to experience erectile dysfunction.
If you present with any of these signs and symptoms,
consult a health care professional immediately.
Dr Cory Couillard is an international health columnist
that works in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s goals of
disease prevention and control. Views do not necessarily reflect endorsement.
Santo Domingo- He was one of Dominican Republic’s most
feared assassins during dictator Rafael Trujillo’s reign of terror, but
president Danilo Medina and Defense minister Sigfrido Pared saw fit to head a
military graduation ceremony in his honor.
It’s unlikely that the 51 cadets graduated to Second Lt. at the
Frank Felix Miranda Air Force Academy on Thursday had even heard of Maj. Gen. Fernando A. Sánchez (Tunti) and much less
of the former Air Force Chief of Staff’s leading participation in 1961 kidnapping
and murders of six of the heroes who executed Trujillo on May 30, 1961.
Sanchez together with Ramfis Trujillo, headed the murders of Roberto
Pastoriza, Huáscar Tejeda, Pedro Livio Cedeño, Salvador Estrella Sahdala, Modesto
Díaz and Tunti Cáceres at Hacienda Maria, in Nigua San Cristobal.
But Pared and Air Force Chief of staff Ramón Hernández
Hernández justified dedicating the commencement ceremony to Sanchez.
“Understand that we cannot delete history and, for
better or worse, there are people who are already in history, they have had
their marks, some negative and others positive, and each institution reserves the
right to mention these people, such as general Fernando Arturo Sánchez, who was
twice chief of staff of the Air Force,“ Pared said.
Hernandez affirms that it was the cadets themselves who chose
the notorious name when they began their studies four years ago.
Sanchez, who had fled to Spain together with Ramfis
Trujillo in late 1961, “mysteriously” reappeared in the late 1970s, keeping a
low profile while working as the head of the dog handlers at the Canodromo
the first of likely many to come reactions to the news. The expression came on
Twitter by the Fundación Hermanos de la Maza, to honor the two brothers who
formed part of the Heroes de 30 de Mayo.
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 68. A few spotty but light rain showers were reported, and rain is being observed right now as well at Santiago Intl A. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 8 mph from the SE, with a peak gust to 20 mph seen at 4PM yesterday afternoon at Puerto Plata In. By the Numbers DR cities reported rain 2% of the time, and thunderstorms 0%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 31. Cloud cover totaled 38%. Click above to view summaries for the last week or last month. Last updated at 7:28AM. Read original at The Dominican Sun.
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Listin Diario - Los arbolitos dicen presente también en la mesa de Navidad. Una hermosa forma de decorar su mesa acorde con la época es elaborar arbolitos con productos que, luego de concluida la velada, puedan ser ingeridos. La celebración se alegra con el colorido de arbolitos hechos con dulces (caramelos, gomitas, bolones, suspiritos o malvaviscos), frutas (manzanas pequeñas, uvas o fresas), frutos secos, picaderas (aceitunas o cuadritos de jamón y queso) o galletas de jengibre. Para armar un arbolito comestible, la diseñadora de interiores Maritza Báez Acta sugiere empezar por adquirir o hacer un cono de fon o “hielo seco”. A fin de que el comestible no vaya adherido directamente a este material, forre el cono con una lámina de plástico de cocina. Con ayuda de palillos o palitos para pinchos, puede fijar en torno al cono productos blandos como frutas, picaderas o gomitas. Báez Acta advierte, no obstante, que los palillos conllevan cierto peligro en hogares donde hay niños pequeños. Por eso sugiere. . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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Listin Diario - Parece que el protagonismo del pavo se va ciñendo cada vez más a los usos anglosajones (de América, maticemos). Recordemos que el pavo común o doméstico es un ave originaria de América, de donde los españoles, que empezaron llamándole “gallo de Indias” o “gallo de papada” (lo de “huexólotl”, de donde viene guajolote) debía de parecerles muy complicado), lo trajeron a Europa. El porqué los anglosajones llaman a esta ave “turkey” no deja de ser una cosa rarísima. . . porque el pavo no tiene nada que ver con Turquía. El caso es que el asado de pavo, majestuoso (eso no se puede discutir), preside la mesa de Navidad en muchísimos hogares de los Estados Unidos. Y en más sitios, claro, olvidando tradiciones propias. En España, ese primer puesto en cuanto a aprecio de las aves de corral no lo ocupa hoy el pavo: la vuelta del capón ha hecho que este “invento romano” recupere su lugar de privilegio. Lo de “invento romano” viene a que en el siglo II antes de Cristo un cónsul romano llamado Fannio . . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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Listin Diario - Los mariscos han conquistado durante mucho tiempo los paladares más refinados del mundo, debido a su exquisito e intenso sabor. En su mayoría provienen del mar, aunque existen variedades de río, lagunas y estanques, así como de granjas creadas por el hombre para su reproducción y comercialización. Comoquiera que sea su procedencia y su método de captura, hay un solo factor que los agrupa para su consumo y este es el grado de frescura, que se obtiene por un buen proceso de manipulación en que el ultracongelado juega un papel fundamental. ValorEstos son, en su mayoría, valorados gastronómicamente por su sabor intenso a mar. Las langostas en el Caribe, por ejemplo, son referente de su gastronomía, así como los camarones, en Europa. Mientras que el pulpo, el bogavante, las cigalas, almejas, mejillones y vieiras son parte fundamental de las más exquisitas recetas. Hablar de mariscos en la cocina actual es hablar de un valor agregado de sabor, el cual le aporta al plato, de acuerdo con su. . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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