Works start on Mirador del Sur Park
Works progress on first cable car train
Emergency services improved at Cedimat
The high cost of the Christmas lights show
US General Consul visits Roberto Rosario to cancel his US visas
Senator: DNCD is controlled by cartels
Reynoso to send Diaz Rua case to Constitutional Court
Prosecutors confirm remains were of little Carla
Carrefour Market opens at Downtown Center
Three Dominican athletes in Rio Paralympic Games
Miguel Portes wins 36th Ponce Bay Open Waters
Under-18 girls’ volleyball qualifies for world games
Blackbird at the National Theater
Environmental Film Festival opens 13 September




Works start on Mirador del Sur Park
National District mayor David Collado has announced the installation of new lights along the Avenida de la Salud on the north side of the Mirador del Sur Park, reconstruction of sidewalks and construction of a police station in the park.

He said the private sector would be footing the bill for the lighting at a cost of RD$14 million. He added that 150 municipal police agents would be assigned to the security in the popular park as well as a permanent clean-up brigade.

He said the exercise machines installed in Plaza Guibia would be moved to the Mirador del Sur Park.

He announced that a “Friends of the Park Committee” was being formed to oversee its conservation.

http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2016/09/0...ue-mirador-sur


Works progress on first cable car train
Engineer Carlos Troncoso said that concrete works have been completed, the electromechanical works are finished, and the next step will be to install the cables for the new public transit system. Half of the cabins have also arrived. The works are scheduled for completion in August 2017.

The 5km-long cable car public transport system linking Santo Domingo East and West across the Ozama River will have five stops at Av. Charles de Gaulle, Sabana Perdida, La Nueva Barquita, Los Tres Brazos and Gualey.

Interconnecting with the Santo Domingo Metro, the cable car will benefit hundreds of thousands of residents of the low-income neighborhoods of Los Palmares, Bello Amanecer, Brisa del Este, Brisa de Los Palmares, La Victoria, Villa Blanca, Salomé Ureña, Los Cerros del Paraíso, La Javilla, Los Restauradores, Los Mina Norte, Los Guandules and Ensanche Espaillat.

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Emergency services improved at Cedimat
Cedimat at the government-owned Plaza de la Salud health complex in Santo Domingo has announced improvements in its emergency services. The center offers state-of-the-art services in specialized care for chest pain and for strokes. Dr. Pablo Smester, emergency specialist and director of Cedimat’s Emergency Unit made the announcement on Thursday 7 September 2016 accompanied by medical director Luis Betances, Heart Center director Cesar Herrera, medical director Jorge Marte, and Mauricio Piña, quality control coordinator at Cedimat.

They said that the emergency unit has 18 beds and operates a triage hospital system, which is used to decide who is most urgently in need of care, and whose injuries are less severe and can wait for medical care. Patients who they determine do not qualify for emergency treatment will now be sent to the Walk-in Clinic for consultations.

Smester added that the new emergency model would allow for a more patient-centered service and faster diagnostics, strictly adhering to best practices in medical procedures.


The high cost of the Christmas lights show
National District Mayor David Collado says that the city government under former Mayor Roberto Salcedo spent RD$100 million on the month-long Christmas lights spectacular at the Parque Iberoamericano. He said the city government itself spent RD$35 million, while sponsors contributed the difference.

It is unknown whether the city government under Collado will continue holding the event, which although popular, was met with protests by local residents because of the traffic chaos and noise it created.

http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2016/09/0...llante-navidad


US General Consul visits Roberto Rosario to cancel his US visas
In an unusual move, United States General Consul Sylvia Johnson visited Central Electoral Board (JCE) president Roberto Rosario at his offices on Thursday, 8 September 2016 to cancel the US visas in his official and ordinary passports. While the visa in his diplomatic passport was cancelled, he still needs to present his passport for the US visa to be cancelled. Airlines are immediately notified of the visa cancellation.

This was confirmed by Rosario himself and reported in Diario Libre in the afternoon. Rosario said that the consul general had requested a meeting in the morning and it was set for 2pm. She arrived with consular officer Michael Ose and told Rosario that the meeting was to notify him that his US visa, which was valid until 2017, had been revoked. His personal US visa was valid until 2024. Rosario said he would produce his personal passport for the cancellation of the other visa.

In 2015, news media reported that US ambassador James Brewster had requested a meeting with Rosario to discuss issues linked to undocumented Haitians, but it was not granted. At the time, it was reported that the ambassador planned to request the cancellation of Rosario’s visas on the grounds of lack of cooperation.

Later, the US Ambassador Brewster clashed with Rosario after he turned down the US Embassy’s request for an observers mission to play a more active role in the 15 May 2016 election, instead giving the US observers the same status as other diplomatic representations in the country.

The media reported that Rosario last traveled to the United States two weeks ago.

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Senator: DNCD is controlled by cartels
Speaking in the Senate on Thursday 8 September 2016, Senator Wilton Guerrero accused the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD), the Police and the prosecutors at the Public Ministry of being “directed by drug cartels.”

Guerrero defended the performance of the Santiago Police commander, General Victor Hernandez and warned him that his life was in danger. He said that one of the general’s aides was involved with organized crime and drug trafficking and advised the general to strengthen his personal security. “If the general wishes me to do so, I can identify the individual or tell the Minister of Interior and Police,” said the senator.

The senator for Peravia province said that the public has the right to be given more details of a recent case involving 30 officers in a drug trafficking operation. “We do not want the rope to break at the weakest end again as the country has become accustomed,” he said.

DNCD chief Vice Admiral Edmundo Felix Pimentel responded by saying: “We respect the senator, but we are in full disagreement with his statements. The DNCD is made up in its vast majority of honest and hard-working men and women who risk their lives every day so the country can be safer.” He said he is open to any information from the senator as part of their initiatives aimed at ensuring they provide a better service to Dominican society in all areas.

Police spokesman General Nelson Rosario confirmed that six police agents are being questioned as part of an investigation into a case of alleged extortion involving dozens of kilos of cocaine from fishermen who recovered the drugs off San Pedro de Macorís.

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Reynoso to send Diaz Rua case to Constitutional Court
National District prosecutor Yeni Berenice Reynoso says she will seek a Superior Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling to opening an investigation into alleged corruption by Victor Diaz Rua during his term as Minister of Public Works. The Supreme Court ordered the case to be closed, preventing it from being heard in the regular courts system, as reported by the media on Thursday, 8 September 2016.

The Supreme Court took similar measures when it prevented the opening of a trial to hear corruption accusations against the former Supervisory Office of Public Works (OISOE) director Felix Bautista. After leaving the OISOE, Bautista was elected senator, which grants him immunity from prosecution in regular courts.

National District prosecutor Reynoso said that the Supreme Court decision reinforced the local “corruption jurisprudence.” She said the case had violated previous jurisprudence and laws, and especially the Dominican Constitution.

http://www.7dias.com.do/portada/2016...-diaz-rua.html


Prosecutors confirm remains were of little Carla
Attorney General Jean-Alain Rodriguez and Santo Domingo province prosecutor Olga Dina Llaverias held a press conference on Thursday, 8 September 2016, to report that forensic investigations have confirmed that a body that was found is that of nine-year old Carla Massiel Cabrera, who had been missing since 25 June 2015.

On 17 August 2016, the suspected murderer, Darwin Jose Trinidad Infante led the authorities to the spot where the body was buried near the girl’s family home.

The body was identified by her mother, who recognized the clothes. A DNA test in underway. Another man, Juan Cabral Martínez (Chutti) is also in pre-trial custody at La Victoria jail in connection with the case.

The motive of the crime is not yet known. Trinidad led the investigators to raid three clinics, saying that they were involved in the murder for the purposes of organ trafficking. The authorities have since ruled this out.

http://www.listindiario.com/la-repub...s-son-de-carla


Carrefour Market opens at Downtown Center
Santo Domingo’s Bella Vista neighborhood now has a Carrefour supermarket. Carrefour opened its first mega department store on Duarte Highway in 2000 and has now chosen to open just a supermarket in the residential area. It brings its brands and exclusive imports closer to many customers for whom the famous French chain’s northern location is too inaccessible. Carrefour has one of the better wine selections in the city.

Carrefour Market promotes itself as a comfortable shopping option because of its layout, interior decor and color-coded shopping options.

Customers will be able to choose from a selection of premium and fresh meats, fish, French-style breads and baked products, among others.

The new store is in the Downtown Center on Av. Núñez de Cáceres at the corner of Rómulo Betancourt Avenue in the Bella Vista neighborhood.


Three Dominican athletes in Rio Paralympic Games
The Dominican delegation to the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games is composed of three athletes: Jose Frank Rodriguez, who will compete in four cycling events, and Joselito Hernandez and Fabiel Emilio Cuello in the track and field events.

The Rio Paralympics feature 4,300 athletes from 161 nations.

https://www.paralympic.org/rio-2016/dominican-republic


Miguel Portes wins 36th Ponce Bay Open Waters
Dominican open waters swimmer Miguel Portes won the 36th Ponce Bay crossing swim that took place in Puerto Rico for the second consecutive time. He competed against 80 swimmers from many countries in the 2.8km swim that was held on Sunday, 4 September 2016 and starts at Isla Cardona to Ponce beach.

Portes is the national open waters champion and has won all the events he has taken part in since 2010.


Under-18 girls’ volleyball qualifies for world games
The Dominican under-18 years old girls’ volleyball team won a slot to compete in the world games of the sport category in the U-18 Norceca Championship that took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The DR successfully defended the championship by defeating the United States in dramatic fashion on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

The Dominicans came from a 0-2 deficit to beat the United States in five sets by scores of 18-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-13, Norceca reported. Mexico was third.

"I am thrilled to achieve this second consecutive title. It was great match and we managed to recover to achieve victory," said Dominican Republic coach Alexandre Ceccato.

Natalie Martinez was the best scorer with 29 points and Madeline Guillen contributed 22.
The Dominican team will now compete in the Seventh FIVB U-18 World Championship to take place in 2017 in Argentina.

The team is a feeder for the senior Dominican volleyball team, which is ranked in the top 10 in the world.

https://www.norceca.net/Dominican%20...20Champion.htm


Blackbird at the National Theater
Blackbird (Ave Negra), a drama by Scottish playwright David Harrower, will be staged at the National Theater’s Sala Ravelo from 3-6 November and 10-14 November 2016.

In the play, Laura Lebron is Una and Richard Douglas plays Ray.

Written in 2005, it was inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebaker. In Blackbird, a 27-year old woman meets the middle-aged man who had sexually abused her 15 years previously, when she was just 12 and he was 40.

The play has become a successful Broadway production.


Environmental Film Festival opens 13 September
Set time aside for the many eye-opening films that are being shown as part of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF). The festival opens in Santo Domingo at 5pm on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 at the Agora Mall Palacio de Cine with the film, “The True Cost.”

All the films are free.

See the complete program at:
http://www.dreff.org/dreff2016/wp-co.../guide2016.pdf


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