DR1 - Speaking on the Voto-2012 special TV series with interviews with the candidates on their proposals for the 20 May presidential election, former President Hipolito Mejia said that fighting corruption would be a key priority of his government. He described corruption as a "national disgrace. " He said he is prepared for government officials who may err in their decisions, but not for those who take what is not theirs, and said they would have judicial problems because he would "not play around with that. " He said he would apply existing laws to fight corruption and would reform others. He said that administrative corruption is a cancer that has metastasized.
Mejia said he would fight the wasteful spending that has the Dominican Republic in 142nd place of 142 countries in the wasteful spending category in the World Economic Forum global competitiveness report. He criticized the way in which the government payroll has ballooned, describing it as "a sterile bureaucracy".
He criticized the fact that government resources are used to employ 334 deputy ministers, with 37 vice consuls in New York alone, and that there are vice consuls who do not even live in the areas where they are appointed. He pledged austerity in his new government. Mejia, speaking at the televised talk hosted by the Corripio media group on TeleAntillas (Channel 2) and TeleSistema (Channel 11), said that he would give priority to agriculture, education, public health, production, and making available credit to productive sectors. He expressed his support for the small and medium-sized business sector, saying that they are the backbone of the country`s development, welfare and social and economic stability. He said education was the basic priority of his government, because without education there are no possibilities for progress. He said health would be his second priority, and recalled that it was during his government that the present social security bill was approved. He criticized the fact that the country now depends on imports, for many items that the country should be purchasing from local farmers. "I continue with my ties to the farm and because I am from that sector, I am sure there are extraordinary opportunities in agriculture," he said, as reported in Hoy.
He announced that he would conduct a fiscal reform to improve the efficiency of the state.
Mejia added that he would sign an agreement with the IMF and stressed that construction would be a major area for his government, on the basis that construction stimulates the economy. Read original at DR1.
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Santo Domingo- The UN’s Development Program (UNDP) local representative has spent 10 months mulling Dominican Republic’s political culture and is convinced that “politics is really important“ to forge pacts and push development programs.
Lorenzo Jiménez de Luis: “The reality is that everything is political. If you’re working with the players responsible for political decision-making, it impacts all development policies. “
He quotes former Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) president Enrique Iglesias’s expression that “politics matter“ but despite that truth, notes that political decisions are key to reduce poverty.
The UNDP representative says one of the country’s political priorities is to reach a consensus to pass legislation on political parties and for an electoral law, which he affirms is as essential to improve the quality of the country’s democracy.
“Dominican Republic, politically speaking, is at a crossroads where its democracy and the quality of its democracy is at stake,“ said Jimenez interviewed on La Nota 95. 7FM.
He said all Latin American countries have electoral laws on and political parties, so the country shouldn’t be the exception. He stresses however, that this should be a decision by the political players and Dominican authorities. “If there’s no guiding framework on political life, it would be difficult to work in politics. “
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Dominican Today -
Tools are now available to end deaths from malaria and move towards malaria elimination. Since 2000, global malaria deaths have fallen by 42 per cent, but continued investment and sustained political support is needed to defeat malaria.
Investments have created more than 90 countries malaria-free and another 26 nearly achieving a similar status. According to the World Malaria Report 2013, malaria killed an estimated 482 000 children under five years of age in 2012. That is 1300 children every day, or one child almost every minute.
On the occasion of World Malaria Day, 25 April 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners aim to further increase public awareness about malaria and help promote proven prevention and control measures. Countries with improved malaria control interventions have seen child mortality rates fall by 20 per cent.
Forty-three endemic countries in the WHO African Region and 22 in other WHO Regions have received financial support from WHO for developing their malaria programmes. WHO is currently collaborating with UNICEF to strengthen the malaria programmes in Eritrea, Namibia, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania.
Malaria is also one of the major public health challenges undermining the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Fifty-nine countries are on track but international targets will not be achieved unless considerable progress is made in the 18 most affected countries – most in sub-Saharan Africa – that account for 80 per cent of malaria cases.
Significant progress has been made in the early diagnosis and treatment of malaria. The use of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) assists in detecting evidence of malaria parasites in human blood. RDTs have been especially useful in confirming malaria cases in rural settings and ensuring people get timely treatments.
According to the WHO, “an estimated 136 million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) were delivered to endemic countries, a major increase over the 70 million bed nets that were delivered in 2012. About 200 million LLINs have been funded for delivery in 2014, suggesting an even stronger pipeline for 2014”.
As a basic guideline for protection against malaria, United Against Malaria recommends having at least two long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) in a household. Bed nets prevent malaria by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night – when most transmissions occur.
LLINs typically provide two to five years of protection for a family. The level of protection is based on the size of the family, the type of net, the number of washings and the degree of care given.
Indoor residual spraying (IRS), or spraying on the inside walls of homes has also been found to kill mosquitoes and reduce the rate of malaria transmission. The WHO recommends IRS but it remains underutilized, as it requires proper timing, frequent spraying and it is most effective when used in combination with LLINs.
Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are the frontline treatment for malaria and can cure a child in one to three days. However, one setback is that drug-resistant strains of malaria are now surfacing in high-risk populations. In 2012, researchers found that the most effective drugs are becoming less effective and over 20 per cent of patients have begun to show a form of treatment resistance.
WHO re-affirms “ACTs remain effective in almost all settings, so long as the partner drug in the combination is locally effective. The Global plan for artemisinin resistance containment, released in 2011, contains strategic guidance from WHO on how to manage this global threat. ”
Experts are also optimistic about the possibility of the world’s first malaria vaccine. The good news comes after a new trial showed that a vaccine had cut the number of cases of malaria after 18 months by 46 per cent in children aged five to 17 months.
Younger infants aged six to 12 weeks also benefited with a 27 per cent malaria reduction when compared to unvaccinated children. These findings were presented earlier this year at the sixth Pan-African Conference of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria in Durban, South Africa.
Let’s move toward a malaria-free future! Join the global #WorldMalariaDay conversation and mention what you’re doing to #DefeatMalaria. Tweet a photo with ‘I raise my hand to Defeat Malaria’ written on your palm. Don’t forget to include the #DefeatMalaria hashtag in your post!
Dr 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.
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Santo Domingo- Catholic priest Gregorio Alegría, for his extraordinary work in the slum La Barquita, and engineer Francina Hungria, who despite being left blind by a thug’s bullet has dedicated her life to fight for the visually impaired, were chosen Diario Libre’s Man and Woman of the Year 2013.
The awards to the winners will be staged tonight during a gala at the Sheraton Hotel starting 8am.
Alegria and Hungria were selected among 10 finalists for the award.
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Washington DC- Albert Pujols didn’t waste any time in reaching 500 home runs.
The Dominican-born slugger became the 26th player in Major League history to blast 500 home runs on Tuesday, during a game in which slammed a couple of roundtrippers, AP report.
Pujols, 34, the Los Angeles Angels first baseman, hit two home runs against the Washington Nationals. , connecting one over left field against the opener Taylor Jordan In the first inning to reach 499.
In the fifth, with no outs, he hit number 500, driving two runs in, also against Jordan. The ball went over the left center wall.
“We won the game, so the sensation is better,“ said Pujols, who joins the Dominicans Alex Rodríguez, Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramírez in the exclusive club
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The Dominican Sun - Across the Dominican Republic in the last 24 hours the highest observed temperature by DRSol was 90 at Arroyo Barril. The coolest reading came from Santiago Intl A with an overnight low of 72. A few spotty light to moderate showers and thunderstorms were reported, the last in Santiago Intl A at 11PM last night. Skies were generally partly cloudy. Winds are averaging 9 mph from the S, with a peak gust to 17 mph seen at 7PM last night at El Catey Intl. By the Numbers DR cities reported rain 9% of the time, and thunderstorms 1%. Average reported rainfall intensity on a scale of 0 to 100 was 36. Cloud cover totaled 54%. 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 - Cuenta la historia que los dinosaurios dominaron los ecosistemas terrestres hace millones de años. La verdad a ciencia cierta no la sabemos. Pero una cosa sí es segura y es que hay muchas personas que quieren explorar ese mundo ancestral que despierta curiosidad. El “Bosque Jurásico 2” ofrece la oportunidad de conocer más sobre ellos. A partir del próximo viernes, con un portafolio lleno de conocimiento, el Jardín Botánico Nacional recrea la historia. Arededor de 30 réplicas animatrónicas y cinco fósiles serán exhibidos para un detallado recorrido por la Era Mesozoica, donde se conocerá de cerca sobre los períodos Triásico, Jurásico y Cretácico. PropósitoSandra Familia, productora del evento, explica: “Ante todo buscamos ampliar el conocimiento del espectador de cuándo y cómo vivieron estas especies y su posterior desaparición, cómo los científicos a partir de unos fósiles han llegado a reconstruir y determinar con tanta precisión cómo eran, qué comían, cuáles eran sus hábitos y p. . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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Listin Diario - Los campamentos de verano, y en especial los que van orientados al disfrute de la naturaleza y la promoción de la ecología, son excelente oportunidad para que los niños y adolescentes socialicen, jueguen al aire libre, respiren aire fresco y aprendan cosas que no vengan de la televisión y los videojuegos. Pinto’s Extreme Adventure es un espacio donde chicos entre 7 y 15 años podrán disfrutar de la naturaleza, aprendiendo y retándose con interesantes actividades diarias. Este campamento se realiza cada año en el Club Ecuestre Rancho Don Rey, ubicado en Sabana de la Mar, Hato Mayor. En éste los niños y adolescentes tienen la oportunidad de conocer diferentes especies animales, además de practicar deportes y aprender el valor del trabajo en equipo. El campamento incluye actividades como el circuito de desafío, cuerda para escalar, rally extremo, kayaking, extreme mountain bike training, natación, baseball, apicultura, cine y teatro, excursiones y más. Read original at Listin Diario.
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Listin Diario - Las personas discapacitadas, incluidas las mentales, tienen el derecho de tomar decisiones respecto a sus vidas, incluso cuando éstas implican riesgos y cometer errores, señaló el Comité de Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de este colectivo. Este es el principio que define las nuevas directrices establecidas por el Comité para aplicar la “Convención Internacional sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad”. “Se debe respetar la libertad de elección de todas las personas con discapacidad, sin tener en cuenta la ayuda que necesitan”, señala en un comunicado Theresia Degener, integrante del Comité. “Las personas con discapacidad, incluidas aquellas con minusvalía psicológica o cognitiva, deben contar con apoyo para que ellas mismas tomen las decisiones que consideren correctas. Las decisiones sobre su vida no deben ser tomadas por terceras personas, aunque se hagan por su interés”, agregó la experta. Degener recuerda que el artículo 12 de la Convención establece que “los disca. . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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Listin Diario - La reconstruida casa de los abuelos maternos del nobel colombiano Gabriel García Márquez, convertida en Casa Museo, es hoy un lugar de visita de los amantes de su obra y punto turístico por excelencia de Aracataca, su pueblo natal y cuna del mítico Macondo. Ubicada en la carrera 5 de Aracataca, un pequeño pueblo de unos 38,000 habitantes en la zona bananera colombiana, la Casa Museo fue abierta en 2010 después de una prolongada obra de reconstrucción que recuperó el espacio en el que el pequeño Gabito, como le decían afectuosamente, vivió hasta los ocho años de edad. La casa, de una planta, tiene hoy catorce ambientes, a través de los cuales el visitante puede recrear los primeros años de vida del escritor en el mismo lugar que inspiró su obra en la tórrida Aracataca. La vivienda original, construida a comienzos del siglo pasado en madera, fue demolida hace 44 años y en su lugar se levantó otra que desfiguró su estilo caribeño, pero en 2006 el Ministerio de Cultura inició una amplia re. . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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Listin Diario - En el curso de más de medio siglo continúan vivas en casi todas las lenguas las obras y los personajes memorables que salieron de la fantasía de Gabriel García Márquez, y que deambulan por nuestro mundo gracias a su genio literario. Ahora que muere el hombre, nace la figura legendaria de la literatura universal. En efecto, sus libros han circulado mucho más allá del ámbito de toda América Latina. Así lo atestiguan expresiones de condolencias y elogios llegadas de Asia, Europa, América del Norte. Y es que sus novelas impresionaron en Francia, el Reino Unido, Irán, Estados Unidos, China, Canadá, Japón. . . Hasta los 40 años de edad, su producción literaria había pasado prácticamente inadvertida para el gran público. Pero todo cambió en ese instante cuando dio el salto a la fama. Ahora son singularmente conocidas todas sus obras. ¿Quién no ha oído hablar de “El coronel no tiene quien le escriba”, “El otoño del patriarca”, “Crónica de una muerte anunciada”, “Vivir para contarla”, “Memorias . . . Read original at Listin Diario.
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