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The Dominican Sun
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Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Dominican fiscal deficit greater than current budget
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 19 2014 21:29PM
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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 modified.

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.


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Europol dismantles Bulgarian credit card fraud ring
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 19 2014 21:29PM
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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.

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Medina, Fernandez to be referees in electing the PLD candidate
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 19 2014 21:29PM
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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.

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Easter holiday death toll jumps to 20 (Update)
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 19 2014 21:29PM
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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.

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Dominican singer Sonia Silvestre dies at 61
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 19 2014 19:59PM
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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.

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8 Dominicans have died so far during Easter break
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 19 2014 13:59PM
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Santo Domingo. – The Emergency Operations Center (COE), in its first bulletin, said eight people died nationwide during the Easter break so far, all in traffic accidents.

According to the COE, the fatal accidents involved three motorcycles and four light vehicles.

The report, issued Friday at 11:00am, says there was one less death this year than last year during the same period.

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Police chief visits Malecon artificial `resort`
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 19 2014 12:59PM
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Santo Domingo. – National Police chief Manuel Castro visited the Guibia beach Friday morning and toured the artificial swimming pools set up on the Malecon by National District mayor Roberto Salcedo.

During the tour, Castro spoke with Municipal police chief Roberto Almanzar   and journalists who were present at the time of the visit. Castro instructed the Police Antinarcotics Department (DICAN) agents about police actions during the Easter holiday.

The information was shared via Twitter by National Police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete (@Jacobommoquete).

Despite  being criticized for building a temporary artificial beach amid a drought, Roberto Salcedo said Wednesday that water for the pools would come from underground reservoirs his office uses.


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18,000 agents for safety operation during Easter break
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 17 2014 17:29PM
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Santo Domingo. – Police chief Manuel Castro announced that the 18,000 agents assigned for roads, rivers and beaches, as part of the Easter break safety plan, are trained to prevent incidents and traffic accidents.

Among the leading causes of death during Holy Week are traffic accidents, alcohol overdose and drowning. The Emergency Operations Center (COE) has already closed 179 swimming areas throughout the country because they are not fit for use by swimmers.

This year the “Holy Week 2014: Operation Plan for Values and Your Safety“  includes three phases: the first phase will teach the population to take preventive measures; the second phase consists of the positioning of the personnel and aid units starting at 2:00 p. m. on Thursday, 17 April until 8:00 p. m. on Sunday, 20 April. The third phase, on 21 April will include the reports on the results of the operation.

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Former president Mejia to announce whether he postulates
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 17 2014 17:29PM
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Santo Domingo. – Former Dominican president Hipolito Mejia said that before May 15 he will announce whether or not he joins the 2016 presidential race.

“I’ll tell you by May 15. We are going to have a campaign and there will be many candidates,“ Mejia told reporters.

The former president stated there are no frictions between him and Luis Abinader and claimed that despite rumors there are no differences regarding the presidential aspirations.

“I do not know why they insist on that. I can assure there are no frictions. Where I go, things are always clear and precise, unambiguous. (Miguel) Vargas is the only one who thinks he is the PRD owner,“ Hipolito said.

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Dominican ambassador to Canada presents credentials
Story Text & Photos © 2014 by Dominican Today Apr 17 2014 17:29PM
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Ottawa. – During an official ceremony in Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Dominican ambassador to Canada Virgilio Alcantara presented his credentials to the Governor General David Johnston.

Alcantara said he will seek to strengthen bilateral ties in all areas of foreign policy, such as promoting and strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, sustainable development and full respect for international law.

Johnston, representing Queen Elizabeth II, also received credentials from four other diplomats: Guatemala, Vatican City, Cyprus and Uzbekistan.


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