Listin Diario - Si planea unas vacaciones en la Florida o en un crucero este verano, cuando el sol “raje las piedras” hay una buena manera de refrescarse en uno de los muchos y divertidos parques acuáticos de la península y en alta mar. No sólo encontrará un ‘glugglug’ burbujeante y fresco en ellos, sino atracciones de clase mundial incluyendo excitantes deslizaderos y encuentros con criaturas marinas. Hoy le traemos detalles de parques acuáticos en una variedad de destinos floridanos y en barcos populares. Daytona Beach El Daytona Lagoon Water Park tiene más de un millón de galones de agua. Entre las atracciones principales se encuentra el Blackbeard’s Revenge (Revancha de Barba Negra) con una torre de 62 pies y un deslizadero en el cual uno monta en un tubo neumático por un tunel oscuro. Otras atracciones incluyen un paseo por un “riachuelo”, una piscina de 500,000 galones de agua con oleaje, y Castaway Bay (Bahía de naúfragos) con cuatro deslizaderos y actividades para niños. Visite www. daytonalagoo. . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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Casa de Campo captures a quartet of 2013 World Travel
La Romana, Dominican Republic. - Casa de Campo—the
number-one resort in the Caribbean with the finest golf in the region—had its
international reputation validated at the recent 2013 World Travel Awards.
At the awards’ Caribbean and North American Gala, Casa de
Campo won the top award in four categories:
Leading Golf Resort 2013
Leading Golf Resort 2013
Republic’s Leading Golf Resort 2013
Republic’s Leading Resort 2013
Casa de Campo also was nominated in the category of
Caribbean’s Leading Resort and in the category of World’s Leading Sports
Resort, a title it has won 10 times in the 12 years it has been awarded. Casa de Campo is known for The Sporting Life
as it showcases world-caliber facilities and renowned instructors from the
equestrian, tennis, shooting and golf worlds.
The World Travel Awards, which for 20 years have been
recognized around the globe as the travel industry’s highest accolade,
celebrate companies, organizations, and brands that “are pushing the boundaries
of industry excellence in product and service. ”
Not only did Casa de Campo win an unprecedented four
awards, it also continued four lengthy winning streaks. This was the resort’s
seventh straight win as World’s Leading Golf Resort; its sixth consecutive
title as the Caribbean’s Leading Golf Resort (and its eighth win in 13 years);
its 10th consecutive time earning the award for Dominican Republic’s Leading
Golf Resort (making it the only winner ever in that category); and ninth
straight win as the Dominican Republic’s Leading Resort (also making it the
only winner ever in that category).
Casa de Campo won several other prestigious awards in
2013. It was named as one of the “Top 25 Golf Resorts in the World” by LINKS
Magazine, declared the No. 1 golf resort in the Caribbean and Mexico by Cigar
Aficionado, and was cited as the Best Resort in the Caribbean and its “Teeth of
the Dog” the best golf course by Caribbean Journal, the leading digital
newspaper in the region.
“We are honored to have our hard work noticed and
rewarded by so many fine organizations,” said Peter Bonell, Chief Marketing
Officer. “These awards only serve to make the entire staff of Casa de Campo
work harder to maintain our high standards. ”
Casa de Campo boasts 7,000 golf resort community
offers an unmatched array of experiences found in the Caribbean, including
choice accommodations – hotel rooms, suites or spacious villa homes; a variety
of dining establishments, including The Beach Club by Le Cirque and La Cana by
Il Circo; The Sporting Life - unequalled sports experiences such as 90-holes of
Pete Dye-designed golf; shooting center, polo, tennis, fishing/sailing from a
world-class marina and Casa de Campo Yacht Club, exclusive beaches, spa, and Altos
de Chavon artists’ village, with a wide array of museums, art galleries,
boutique shopping, a chapel, and 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, site of
international touring concerts.
property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred Hotels &
Resorts and Great Golf Resorts of the World.
Visit casadecampo. com. do, or follow social media pages:
Facebook. com/casadecamporesort and on Twitter @casadecampo.
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Santo Domingo. – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping reduce energy costs in the Caribbean by supporting regulatory reforms that promote clean energy and by helping local banks provide the finance needed to develop sustainable energy sources. This program is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada.
As part of the program, IFC is co-hosting Caribbean Tourism: The Energy Forum, the first regional event to focus on lowering the electricity bill for the Caribbean’s hospitality sector. The forum, held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from Dec. 10-11, convenes global experts to share expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy for the Caribbean’s tourism industry.
More than 97 percent of electricity in the Caribbean is generated from fossil fuels. With rates averaging US$0. 30 per kWh, electricity bills can soar two to three times higher than in other parts of Latin America. Reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and supporting cleaner, more efficient energy production is critical to helping island economies grow sustainably. There is potential for renewable energy, but many Caribbean countries lack the regulatory frameworks and know-how to support it. In addition, businesses face formidable hurdles in accessing credit to invest in clean energy.
IFC is helping energy service companies and equipment vendors understand how to structure projects for financing. IFC is also building the capacity of local financial institutions to identify sustainable energy projects and meet their financing needs. In the Dominican Republic, for example, Banco BHD has an active line of credit with IFC to finance sustainable energy projects and also received advisory services.
“Banco BHD has identified sustainable energy finance as a strategic business opportunity,” said Steven Puig, General Manager of Banco BHD in Santo Domingo. “We have been very pleased that IFC’s know-how and long term funding have facilitated our leadership in bringing cost-efficient and cleaner energy solutions to the Dominican Republic. ”
Several Caribbean countries are taking steps toward a more sustainable energy matrix. Barbados is promoting solar energy while Jamaica has implemented energy audits for better efficiency in the hotel industry. Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts & Nevis are working on regulatory reforms to shield themselves from volatile oil markets.
“High energy rates have long been the Caribbean’s Achilles heel; many countries allocate a significant part of their budget to importing energy. At the same time, they are vulnerable to the environmental impacts associated with fossil-fuel consumption, such as air pollution, rising sea levels, and coral bleaching,” said Jun Zhang, IFC Senior Manager for the Caribbean. “Transforming energy use is critical to their economic future and environmental sustainability. ”
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Santo Domingo- Taiwan’s Government disbursed US$1. 5 million of a total of US$3. 0 million to modernize with leading edge technology equipment for “Airport security project “ for the Airport Security Dept. and Civil Aviation Agency, the Economy Minister Temístocles Montas announced Tuesday.
Taiwan Ambassador Tomas Ping-Fu Hou handed the check to Montas and Defense minister Sigfrido Pared, during a National Palace ceremony.
Senior officials and the directors of Airport Security and of Civil Aviation also participated in the activity.
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The Dominican Sun - Across the Dominican Republic in the last 24 hours the highest observed temperature by DRSol was 86 at La Romana Int. A. The coolest reading came from Barahona with an overnight low of 68. A few spotty light to moderate rain showers were reported, and rain is being observed right now as well at El Catey Intl and Santiago Intl A. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 9 mph from the SE, with a peak gust to 18 mph seen at 4PM yesterday afternoon at Arroyo Barril. By the Numbers DR cities reported rain 10% of the time, and thunderstorms 0%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 38. Cloud cover totaled 52%. 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- The Industry and Commerce Ministry posted unchanged prices on all fuels from December 7 to 12, when premium gasoline will still cost RD$249. 40, and regular will cost RD$234. 80 per gallon.
Premium diesel will cost RD$219. 70 and regular goes to RD$213. 00, while optimal diesel will cost RD$227. 80 per gallon.
Avtur will still cost RD$156. 40; kerosene will cost RD$ 194. 20; fuel oil will cost RD$ 144. 96 per gallon; propane gas will cost RD$108. 50, while natural gas also remains unchanged at RD$30. 50 per cubic meter.
The Dominican Republic Central Bank’s average posted exchange rate of RD$42. 57 per dollar was used to calculate all fuel prices.
Santo Domingo. – Viva-Trilogy Dominicana S. A. , a Dominican
mobile network, announced the completion of a backup power pilot
program using a GE Durathon battery and a remote monitoring
and diagnostic (RMD) system from OmniMetrix, LLC, an Acorn Energy
The pilot resulted in an 88 percent reduction
in backup power costs and diesel fuel expenses as well as a 60 percent
decrease in site energy costs.
“The Dominican Republic is known for an unreliable grid in certain areas,“ said Edgar Geidans, chief technology officer of Trilogy International Partners,
Viva-Trilogy’s parent company. “Power is often lost for four to eight
hours at a time, during which our diesel generators provide power to our
telecommunication towers. “
The four month-long pilot program demonstrated
the value of pairing a remote monitoring and diagnostic system with GE’s
Durathon Battery. The GE Durathon Battery and OmniMetrix RMD system
were installed at a base transceiver station in a part of the Dominican Republic
known for its frequent power outages.
During these outages, the battery
was able to supplement electricity typically produced by a diesel
generator to power the site. The OmniMetrix RMD system provided
real-time data on both the battery and the grid’s overall performance.
Santo Domingo. – Political leaders and officials agreed Friday to support the implementation of the Constitutional Court ruling, and said that the Dominican State must exercise its sovereignty to define regulations on its nationality.
The leaders meeting took place after the visit of the Inter-American Human Rights
Commission which in its
report on its visit to the country called the Constitutional Court ruling as discriminatory and a violation of the rights of Dominicans of foreign
origin, especially Haitians.
Opposition PRD party president Miguel Vargas said that national sovereignty and human rights must be respected above all. Vargas urged the Dominican government “to not allow pressures that may affect our right to sovereignty. “
Santo Domingo. – In an attempt to reduce the country’s crime
rate evangelical churches throughout the Dominican capital partnered with local authorities recently to exchange gang members’
illegal weapons for Bibles.
Over 1,300 guns, knives and machetes were recovered during
the month-long initiative that prompted church leaders to go into the
city’s most corrupt and violent neighborhoods.
Braulio Porte, a pastor from the Concilio de la Cristianización Nacional, congratulated all the young people, “and everyone who turned in their
weapons, that was an act of goodwill. “
Esther Cristiana Estrella, from the Nueva Vida Mirador Sur, said the crime prevention plan
was going to become a nationwide effort and noted that while they
visited neighborhoods, many confessed they were plotting violent
Dominican Today -
Year after year, Congress keeps kicking meaningful income tax reform down the road. Consequently, taxpayers continue to be stuck with an archaic, overly complicated mess that pleases no one – except perhaps some tax accountants who charge by the hour.
A prime example is the dreaded alternative minimum tax (AMT). Enacted in 1969 to close loopholes that allowed wealthy taxpayers to avoid paying income taxes, the AMT has been tinkered with so much over the years that millions of middle-income taxpayers now get snared as well.
Historically, the biggest issue has been that while regular tax brackets, exemptions and standard deductions were adjusted annually for inflation, those used to calculate the AMT were not. Some years, Congress approved one-time “patches“ to the AMT income exemption amount so fewer people had to pay AMT – usually at the last minute. The Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012 finally made the inflation patch permanent.
Many people never realize they’re subject to the AMT until they get a letter from the IRS saying they owe additional tax – plus interest and penalties. So it pays to know how the AMT works:
Each year, taxpayers must determine their AMT status. The IRS’ AMT Assistant at www. irs. gov can help you quickly calculate whether you’re likely to owe AMT. If you’re a likely candidate, you must fill out IRS Form 6251 along with your regular tax form. In a nutshell, the difference between your regular tax calculation and the AMT amount gets added to your return as additional tax.
Lower-income taxpayers typically escape having to pay AMT, but middle-income people with larger-than-average deductions or certain other tax circumstances sometimes fall prey. Here’s why:
Under the regular tax calculation, you subtract allowable credits and deductions from your gross income to determine the amount of tax owed. When calculating the AMT, however, many usual deductions and exemptions are adjusted downward or completely disallowed, resulting in a higher taxable income.
Deductions that aren’t allowed in the AMT calculation include: Personal exemptions for yourself, spouse and dependents. The standard deduction (claimed by those who don’t itemize deductions). State and local income, sales and property taxes. Miscellaneous itemized deductions. Interest on second mortgages; however, primary mortgage interest can be deducted. (Note: The medical/dental expense deduction is more limited than under regular income tax. )
Other items that may trigger the AMT include exercising large stock options (unless you sell the stock within the same year) and large, long-term capital gains. Usually no single item triggers the AMT, but the right combination of factors often will – for example, if you pay high state and local taxes, claim numerous personal exemptions for dependents and have unusually large itemized deductions.
Back to Form 6251: You’ll be asked to perform a series of calculations to determine your AMT income. From that amount you subtract the AMT exemption. For 2013, the AMT exemption amounts are: $51,900 for single and head of household filers $80,800 for married couples filing jointly $40,400 for married filing separately
After several additional calculations, you finally arrive at how much, if any, AMT you owe. Many of people hire a tax professional to help. Alternatively, most tax-preparation software will also calculate AMT. Just make sure that if you had an AMT capital loss in a previous year’s return that you carry the loss forward for this year’s calculation to offset any capital gains subject to AMT – the software may not know to do that if it doesn’t have access to previous returns.
Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www. twitter. com/PracticalMoney
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