DR1 - The Weather Office (Onamet) reports that rain accompanied by wind gusts and thunder and lightning will continue over much of the national territory. As reported, a stationary front located over the country is interacting with a low-pressure trough over Haiti that is moving slowly westward. Onamet says the rains will continue gradually improving by Saturday, in time for the long weekend. Meanwhile, Onamet has issued a small craft warning for the entire coastline.
The rains that have fallen in the region over the last day have partially cut off several communities, affected 2,943 houses and caused 11,150 people to be displaced to safer places. Meanwhile, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) declared a yellow alert for seven provinces and put another 16 provinces on green alert due to the continuation of the rains accompanied by thunder and lightning over a large part of the country.
The areas most affected include the province of Puerto Plata, the areas of Licey al Medio, Tamboril, San Pedro de Macoris and Montecristi, where 2,770 houses were flooded according to the COE report. Some of those affected were transported by agencies to houses of relatives and friends until the waters recede to their normal levels.
The provinces on yellow alert are: Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Santiago, Maria Trinidad Sanchez (Nagua), La Vega, Monsenor Noel (Bonao) and San Jose de Ocoa. On green alert are the provinces of Valverde (Mao), Samana, Santiago Rodriguez, Espaillat (Moca), Dajabon, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), Duarte (San Francisco de Macoris, especially the Lower Yuna area), Monte Plata, Hato Mayor, San Pedro de Macoris, El Seibo, Azua, Peravia (Bani), San Cristobal, Santo Domingo and Barahona. Read original at DR1.
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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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Dominican Today -
Santo Domingo- Starting today Tuesday the businesses that sell alcoholic beverages can do so regardless of the hour, as the Interior and Police Ministry announced last month.
Minister José Ramón Fadul sdaid ban will no be enforced until January 8 as previous years, “so that we can enjoy the Christmas period. ”
But the official warned that the patrols around those businesses in these will be doubled to prevent violence and keep out minors and people with funs.
He said the lifting of the ban will help orchestras and musical groups to make money for their services, usually in high demand during this period.
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Dominican Today -
Santo Domingo- The group formed by Odebrecht, Tecnimont S. p. A and Estrella won the call for tenders to build two coal-fired plants, Dominican Republic’s State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE) announced Monday.
The group will build two coal-fired plants of 384. 9 megawatts each for US$1. 94 billion, while a port for their support will cost US$95. 0 million.
In a statement the CEO of the CDEEE, Ruben Jimenez Bichara, said that according to the evaluation and consultations, the winning bidders scored 97. 19 over 100, in the call for tenders began by the Utility on May 13.
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The Dominican Sun - Across the Dominican Republic in the last 24 hours the highest observed temperature by DRSol was 84 at El Catey 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 Punta Cana. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 10 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 17% of the time, and thunderstorms 0%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 32. Cloud cover totaled 55%. 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 - La construcción de una sociedad justa, humana y solidaria pasa por la formación de hombres y mujeres con carismas y valores que sean como luces de amor, paz y justicia. Así lo entiende la comunidad educativa Loyola, que con ese fin auspició el foro Violencia Escolar: hacia una Pedagogía del Cuidado y la Reconciliación. El evento, que tuvo lugar en el salón Anacaona del hotel Renaissance Jaragua, contó con la asistencia de funcionarios gubernamentales, directores de diferentes escuelas y colegios de Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal, El Seibo y Dajabón. Los asistentes pudieron conocer las experiencias que el Colegio Loyola ha experimentado con la implementación del proyecto piloto de Pedagogía del Perdón y la Reconciliación, que aplica técnicas como los acuerdos, la justicia restaurativa y el factor socioemocional, entre otros, para el manejo de conflictos en la escuela. Entre los expositores y panelistas estuvieron Pedro Francisco Lluveres, rector del colegio Loyola; Paula Monroy, directora. . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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Listin Diario - Verse bien es la consecuencia de sentirse bien. Y la ciencia deportiva tiene mucho que ver con ello. Priscilla Velázquez y Tony Parra son de esta opinión, y por eso crearon un nuevo concepto en el mundo del ‘fitness’ en el país: The Training Club. En este gimnasio personalizado, un equipo de profesionales trabaja para que los clientes logren sus metas de “health, science and performance”, como dice su eslogan. “Nuestro esfuerzo va dirigido a lograr un estado de salud óptimo de cada uno de los clientes, quienes son los embajadores de nuestra marca. Creemos en la ciencia deportiva, nos vinculamos a la salud. Verte bien es la consecuencia de sentirte bien”, expresó Velázquez. Luego de tres años ininterrumpidos de trabajo, Velázquez y Parra dan un paso adelante y convierten este concepto en una marca con identidad propia, donde ponen en práctica todos los conocimientos adquiridos a través de capacitaciones en Estados Unidos, Canadá y Europa. The Training Club tiene en su portafolio de client. . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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