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The Dominican Sun
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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Delivery of new Dominican ID cards starts today
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 21:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- The Central Electoral Board (JCE) on Sunday announced the delivery of the new Dominican ID cards (cedula) to the public in the National District and nine cities starting today. In addition to several offices in the capital, the JCE will also issue the document at Board offices in Santiago, Los Alcarrizos, San Pedro, La Romana, San Francisco, Puerto Plata, San Juan, Azua and Barahona. The JCE said it will announce the new municipalities that will be joining the process in the coming days, as well as the site where mobile units will operate. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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US envoy to Dominican Republic wants charges in ponzi scam
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 21:59PM
Dominican Today - Santo Domingo- United States ambassador James W. Brewster on Tues. wants those behind the ponzi scheme TelexFree who scammed thousands of people brought up on charges. He said he doesn’t want to make assumptions or explain anything because in his view that’s the beauty of a democratic system that respects justice. “It’s very important that if someone committed a crime, has cheated that we proceed against them and we’re of course working closely with the authorities of this country to go ahead with this investigation and anyone who has committed an act of corruption, some wrongful act, to be taken and processed judicially,“ Brewster said The diplomat said he doesn’t know the specifics of the case, for which he favors due process. Trail of the senses Brewster spoke after inaugurating the “Path of the senses,“ the first accessible path at the National Botanic Gardens, aimed at promoting the rights of persons with special conditions, built at a cost of US$90,000, with signs in Braille, audio and a MP3visual guide, for persons with disabilities to enjoy the recreation in nature. Read original at Dominican Today.

  

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Quirino and Figueroa Agosto assets to be auctioned
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 17:30PM
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Santo Domingo- Some of the assets seized from drug traffickers Quirino Ernesto Paulino Castillo, Jose David Figueroa Agosto and Emilio Mesa Beltre (El Gringo) will be sold at public auction, the National Anti Money Laundering Committee (Concla) announced.

Among the assets that would be on sale are nine apartments, seven lots, three houses, eleven motor vehicles, a watch, and a catamaran. The assessed value of the items is over RD$210 million and the procedures of the auction began yesterday and will end on 15 May at the Attorney General’s offices.

Other properties to be auctioned belonged to Fausto Ernesto Severino Marte (El Busi), Eligio Mercedes (Pepito), Alan Luis Quezada Santiago, Damian Enrique Brito; Yunior Silvestre Belliard, Juan Hubiera Mercedes (La Abeja) and Henry Manuel Ruiz.

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JCE to deliver new ID cards on 21 April
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 17:30PM
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Santo Domingo- Central Electoral Board (JCE) president Roberto Rosario said that starting on Monday 21 April the seven million people who should acquire the new personal identification and voter registration card can start going to the 147 centers for and 15 mobile offices to get their document.  

Rosario recalled that the emission of the card and its first replacement is free, and that the document will be valid for 10 years. He stressed that the new document is safe and contains several mechanisms for verifying its authenticity.

“When a person goes to a center for the issuing of the new ’cedula’, he should take a photocopy of his birth certificate, or all of the information of his birth registration in order to facilitate the search in the system,“ Rosario pointed out.

Last Monday, President Danilo Medina was the first Dominican citizen to receive the new ID card.

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DR and Turkey sign cooperation agreements
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 17:29PM
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Santo Domingo. – The Dominican Republic and Turkey signed several economic and civil aviation bilateral agreements on civil aviation, economic cooperation and the implementation of visa exemption protocols for diplomatic passports.

President Danilo Medina met with Turkish minister of Foreign Relations Ahmet Davutoglu, who was accompanied by Turkish ambassador Aydin Evirgen, Deputy Foreign minister Jose Manuel Trullols and Foreign Relations Deputy Minister Cesar Dargam.

A future free trade agreement is being contemplated as well as the possibility of the Dominican Republic opening an embassy in Ankara, Turkey. In October 2013 Turkey opened its embassy in Santo Domingo.  


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Navy detains Haitian, Cuban undocumented migrants
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 17:29PM
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Santo Domingo. – The Dominican Navy announced that it detained 52 undocumented migrants from Cuba and Haiti who were trying to travel illegally to Puerto Rico.

On Tuesday afternoon a group of 13 Cubans was surprised on Saona Island as they were preparing to travel to Puerto Rico in a Zodiac boat. They were transferred to the naval intelligence center in Santo Domingo to processed.

In addition, the navy also said it detained a boat with 39 Haitians, who were also trying to make it to Puerto Rico. Dominicans Julio Castro, Victor Martinez, Damian Garcia and Juan Damian, the alleged leaders of the aborted voyage, were taken into custotody.

 

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Traffic cops join emergency organizations for Easter
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 17:29PM
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Santo Domingo. – The national traffic police (AMET) joined the emergency organizations to prevent accidents along the highways and roads throughout the country during Easter Week.

The traffic cops are working together with the Emergency Operations Center (COE), the National Police, the Armed Forces Ministry, the Ministry of Public Works, the Dominican Red Cross and the Civil Defense.

AMET spokesman Roberto Lebron said some 4,000 officers, headed by General Brown Perez, are working the streets imposing penalties for motorists and drivers who broke traffic laws.

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Boy bitten by three pit bulls dies in Samaná
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 17:29PM
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Samana, DR. – A 3-year-old boy in the northeastern town of Las Terrenas, Samana, died while his mother was seriously injured when they were attacked by three pit-bull dogs, the police reported.

The deadly attack took place at a villa owned by a French citizen (Jeremi) where Patricia Alvarado, 24, worked as a maid. Her son, Juan Antonio Garcia Alvarado, died at 9:30 a. m. Tuesday at the Los Cubanos hospital.  

The boy’s mother was bitten on the neck when she tried to prevent the animals from killing her son. She was treated at the Los Cubanos hospital and later transported to Santo Domingo’s “Doctor Dario Contreras“ Hospital, where she remains in serious condition.

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Dominicans start yearly exodus for Easter
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 17:29PM
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Santo Domingo. – The Emergency Operations Center (COE) will begin Operation Easter 2014 at 2:00pm Thursday, April 17, with the participation of 32,182 mostly volunteers, who’ll be scattered throughout the highways, beaches and lakes, to prevent accidents and provide safety for the people who head to the interior.

According to the National Palace, the COE installed 2,512 first aid stations with 140 ambulances, 3 helicopters, 48 motorcycle ambulances and six mobile hospitals and a communications network of first responders.

Civil Defense director Luis Luna Paulino urged those going on vacation this Easter Week to take extra care, and added that nearly 5,000 volunteers would be working from Thursday at noon to Sunday evening at 1,500 assistance stations set up where the biggest crowds are expected.   

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World mourns Garcia Marquez`s death
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 22 2014 17:29PM
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Mexico City. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the giant of modern literature, died at his home in Mexico City on Thursday afternoon at age 87. As the mourns his departure, Colombia will pay him special tribute Tuesday with a solemn ceremony.

Widely considered the most popular contemporary Spanish-language writer, the Colombian-born Nobel laureate achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

His intoxicating novels and short stories encapsulate Latin America’s passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.

Though Garcia Marquez lived in Paris, Barcelona, Mexico City and Havana, he was claimed by Colombia and all South America as one who had taken an area too often associated with murders and drugs, and infused it with an immortal light.

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