Government effort to register all public hospital births
Indotel: 4.5G network is but a marketing ploy
Scholarships for would-be teachers
Prescriptions for sexual stimulants
Green marchers stopped from protesting
Dominicans top number of Hispanics in New York
Second sex harassment case in Samana
Three months in jail for Venezuelan presumed money launderer
Suspect marijuana haul seized in Montecristi
Major accident leaves three dead
Rains forecast but Franklin is far away
Partial solar eclipse to be seen
Felix Sanchez opens athletics academy in the DR
Juander Santos qualifies for IAAF World Championship finals



Government effort to register all public hospital births
At a ceremony presided over by President Danilo Medina, First Lady Candida Montilla and Vice President Margarita Cedeño, the Medina administration announced the signing of an agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to ensure that all children born in Dominican health centers be registered at birth.

The agreement establishes commitments for the Central Electoral Board (JCE) to establish registration services in hospitals currently not being served and improve birth registration services at public hospitals currently in the program. The Ministry of Public Health has agreed to strengthen teenage pregnancy prevention programs. The Special Programs Agency of the Presidency will provide funding for equipping the offices (OEC), pay overtime to staff when necessary and offer training to the civil registry personnel. The National Health Service will train the staff responsible for filling out the prenatal forms to register pregnant teenagers. Unicef will provide technical support to the OECs’ staff and collaborators.

It is estimated that in the Dominican Republic, 12% of children under five years of age, or around 120,000 children, are not registered in the civil registry, according to data from the government and Unicef. While in most public hospitals there are civil registration offices, government statistics show that around 50% of the births are not registered. Most of these unregistered births are to teenage mothers. The new agreement seeks to considerably reduce these numbers.

In the Dominican Republic parents have a 60-day window to register babies at birth in urban areas and 90 days in rural areas. Afterwards, there is a lengthy procedure to be followed resulting in delays in registration until the parents are under pressure to do so once the child passes 6th grade.

https://presidencia.gob.do/noticias/...imientos-en-rd


Indotel: 4.5G network is but a marketing ploy
The president of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel), José del Castillo Saviñón confirmed the revelation by IT technician Hiddekel Morrison that in the country there is no 4.5G Internet technology. Morrison made the statement after telecom Claro announced it was offering high speed data transmission to clients during a major company marketing event. Claro promoted itself as the only telecom company to offer its clients the fast speed 4.5G connections.

When Morrison called this false advertising, Claro defended its announcement, but later in press advertisements altered the advertising campaign to indicate that the faster service would be possible once the devices were available.

In a TV interview on Hoy Mismo on Color Vision, Del Castillo says the challenge is to make 5G service available to customers in the Dominican Republic, but this has not happened yet. He clarified: “The 4.5G, in a nutshell, is not an International Telecommunications Union (UIT) standard. There is 2, 3, 4, 5G. We are headed in the direction of 5G. That is the goal,” he said on the TV interview. He explained that the 4.5G network “or however you want to call it” does not exist and is a marketing term that means that a company is progressing to faster speeds.”

Del Castilloj said that it is Indotel’s role to ensure there not be false advertising. He said when a company markets a service, this service must be available to consumers so the public can decide the value of the service based on a reality.

http://eldia.com.do/presidente-de-in...-5g-no-existe/
https://twitter.com/ingmorrison?lang=en


Scholarships for would-be teachers
Education Minister Andrés Navarro has confirmed that 20,000 student scholarships are available for those who wish to study education in Dominican universities and abroad. The Dominican government will pick up a tab for more than RD$10 billion for the studies.

The scholarships will be awarded under the coordination of technical commissions from the Ministry of Education (Minerd) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Mescyt).

He said that the scholarships include tuition and a monthly stipend for other student expenses.

http://hoy.com.do/navarro-dice-entregaran-20-mil-becas/


Prescriptions for sexual stimulants
The Ministry of Public Health has announced that soon prescriptions will be required to purchase sexual stimulants. Public Health Minister, Altagracia Guzmán Marcelino justifies the need to restrict the sale given the present irrational use of sexual stimulants in combination with drugs and energy drinks that has lead to many deaths, especially of young men.

In the Dominican Republic Cialis, Viagra and others are sold without prescription.

For years, the Dominican Cardiology Society has warned of the significant increase in heart attacks in persons 14 to 30 years of age.

Andrés Martín, president of the Dominican Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery said that members are seeing an increasing number of stroke victims the result of the consumption of cocaine and sexual stimulants.

José Miguel Gómez, a past president of the Dominican Sexology Society, said many years back they had requested the Ministry of Public Health take control of the sexual stimulant sales.

https://www.diariolibre.com/noticias...ales-EB7829574


Green marchers stopped from protesting
Yesterday, Monday, 7 August 2017, a protest march by members of the Green March Movement was impeded in the area of the Presidential Palace. The march had been named “The Seven Marches around Jericho” and had been planned for 7am. The protestors would walk seven times around the Presidential Palace.

Winston Paulino, member of the Green March Movement, said he did not know why they were prevented from marching as they had received permission for the protest since last Tuesday. He went on to say that a large police presence impeded the peaceful protest.

Paulino explained that each of the seven times the protesters would have paraded around the Presidential Palace to symbolize seven different targets for curtailing government corruption. The first was to protest the corruption at the State Sugar Council (CEA), the second against the corruption at the Office of Supervising Engineers of State Works (OISOE) and so on. But they were unable to carry out even one lap around the Presidential Palace due to the heavy military presence that stopped the protesters.

Paulino went on to complain that two people were arrested but warned that the 7 marches would be turned into 7 Mondays, with the next one due to be on Monday, 14 August 2017 at 9:30am.

http://eldia.com.do/impiden-a-marcha...acio-nacional/
https://www.diariolibre.com/noticias...ntal-HM7835229


Dominicans top number of Hispanics in New York
A recent report from the Pew Research Center in the United States estimated that there are 58.6 million Hispanics in the United States, which accounts for 18% of the total population of the country.

Of these some 1.8 million are Dominicans, with 1.5 million of them living in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. It should be noted that 886,000 Dominicans live in New York. This number is the highest for Latin Americans living there, or 33% of the total Latino population.

Looking at the total racial and ethnic picture of the country, whites have the highest number at 197,959,872; followed by Hispanics with 58,603,060; then African Americans with 40,573,936; and finally Asians at 18,262,549, bringing the total to 325,344,115 people.

http://almomento.net/hispanos-en-eu-...nicanos/339710
http://usahora.com/nueva-york-hispan...n-dominicanos/


Second sex harassment case in Samana
Another prosecutor accused of sexual harassment in Samana
After Robert Francis Justo Bobadilla, was removed from the position of prosecutor general in Samaná for sexual harassment, husband and wife Noe Francisco Cortorreal and Denisse Henriquez Vanderhorts have come forward in Samana to claim another case of sexual harassment. The couple said they were inspired by the removal of Samana chief prosecutor by the Inspectoría de la Procuraduría General de la República on 1 August 2017. Seven women, including four employees, accused him of sexual harassment, in that case were defended pro-bono by lawyer Luz Diaz.

The Cortorreal-Henríquez couple deposited a claim at the Inspectoría de la Procuraduría General de la República against Isidro Poché López, adjunct prosecutor accusing him of sexual harassment and extortion. They say that Poché López on the telephone and in person had extorted them alledgedly for RD$500,000-RD$1 million. The couple’s lawyer, Caonabo Martínez said Isidro Poché López was in charge of investigating a case in which Cortorreal was involved and had offered to file the case if Henríquez had sex with him.

http://eldia.com.do/mujer-pone-quere...djunto-samana/


Three months in jail for Venezuelan presumed money launderer
A court in Santo Domingo has handed down a sentence of three months in preventive custody for Venezuelan Luz Marina Guillén Morales, who was detained at the Las Americas International Airport (AILA) when trying to travel to Caracas, Venezuela with the sum of US$105,927.

According to the court she is suspect of having links to a network of Dominicans and Venezuelans who are laundering drug trafficking money. She was sent to jail in Najayo Women’s Prison in San Cristobal.

http://eldia.com.do/dictan-tres-mese...-rd5-millones/


Suspect marijuana haul seized in Montecristi
Members of the Dominican Army confiscated 12 packs of what is assumed to be marijuana and arrested one person at a military checkpoint in the community of Copey in northwestern Montecristi. The drugs were being transported in a Ford SUV driven by Jairo A. Martínez Almonte, a resident of Santiago.
The suspect drugs weighed more than 100 pounds and were sent to the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) along with the arrested man who said he did not know the drugs were in the vehicle. He said he had just been sent to pick up the vehicle in Dajabón.

http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2017/08/0...a-montecristi/


Major accident leaves three dead
On Sunday night, 8 August 2017, three people died and more than 10 were injured in an accident involving a truck and a SUV on the Hato Mayor-Sabana de la Mar road in the east of the country.

Those who died were identified as 25-year old Esteverson Fenix, and Carlos Yan and Tiwí Pierret, Haitian footballers. Other footballers injured include Carlos José, Haner Gil, 23 and Leo Ciprián. The identities of the other injured people are not known. They had been playing in a game in the community of Mango Limpio, some 21 kilometers from Hato Mayor.

The Land Cruiser involved in the accident was being driven by a man known as “Samson El Brujo”, who was also injured.

The victims were first taken to the Leopoldo Martinez Hospital in Hato Mayor and some were then transferred to the Doctor Antonio Musa Hospital in San Pedro de Macorís.

The government reported around 12 vehicle accidents over the weekend.

http://listindiario.com/la-republica...-en-hato-mayor
http://www.7dias.com.do/portada/2017...ominicana.html


Rains forecast but Franklin is far away
The National Metereological Office (Onamet) forecasts rains all day on Tuesday nationwide due to a tropical wave and trough moving through our area. The rains are forecast to clear by Wednesday, 9 August 2017.

Meanwhile, the seventh named storm of the season, Hurricane Franklin is nowhere near the Dominican Republic. According to the National Hurricane Center of the United States, Franklin has formed in the northwest of the Caribbean, just off the coast of Honduras and is expected to reach hurricane strength before hitting the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

Hurricane Franklin currently has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles an hour. It is located east of Belize and does not pose any danger to the Dominican Republic.

To follow the 2017 Hurricane Season that runs from June to November and peaks in September, see the reports at:
http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php...on-2017/page14
http://listindiario.com/la-republica...e-la-temporada


Partial solar eclipse to be seen
On Monday, 21 August 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse that will be able to be seen by around 300 million people, according to the United States Aerospace Agency (NASA).

The whole continent of the Americas will be able to see either the full or partial eclipse that will last between 2 and 3 hours. The total eclipse will be seen for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. When the eclipse is total, day will become night, the stars will be seen and the solar corona, the exterior atmosphere of the sun will become visible.

This astronomic event is being called the eclipse of the century and although it will not be seen as a full eclipse in the Dominican Republic it will be a partial eclipse that will begin at 14:04 pm and reach its maximum at take place at 15:29 in the afternoon, ending at 16:43pm.

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/.../santo-domingo
http://listindiario.com/las-mundiale...l-21-de-agosto


Felix Sanchez opens athletics academy in the DR
Double Olympic gold medalist in the 400m hurdles (Athens 2004 and London 2012), Felix Sánchez (Super Sánchez), has opened his Sports Academy to raise the level of athletics in the Dominican Republic. The academy is operating from the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium in the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center. The track recently was renovated.

Sanchez was born in New York to Dominican parents. He retired from the sport in 2016 after a 20-year sports career. He lived and trained mostly in San Diego, California but took the Dominican sports nationality to compete in the Athens and London Olympics for the Dominican Republic.

In an interview in El Dia, Sánchez explained that whenever he visited the country for vacations he observed the enormous local talent and decided to use his fame to make a difference now that he has retired. He said the goal is to raise the level of Dominican track and field competitors to at least that of the best in the Caribbean – Jamaica, Cuba, Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago.

He observed the reduced number of elite athletes now competing for the DR – the brothers Luguelin and Juander Santos, Yankarlos Martinez and Mayobanex de Oleo – compared to the hundreds in other Caribbean islands.

He will be assisted by Cuban trainer Emilio Valles at the new academy.

http://eldia.com.do/felix-sanchez-ac...mo-dominicano/


Juander Santos qualifies for IAAF World Championship finals
In a personal best time on Monday, 7 August 2017, 22-year old Juander Santos made the finals in the 400m hurdles in the IAAF World Championship taking place in London, England. He had made the semi-final heat with a time of 49.19 among 24 competitors, and then made the finals clocking in third, with a personal best of 48.59. His previous best time was 48.92 he had run in Puerto Rico in April 2017.

Santos is the younger brother of the Dominican Republic’s only Olympic silver medalist, Luguelin Santos (London 2012). Both brothers train under Dominican coach José Ludwig Rubio in San Germán, Puerto Rico.

The finals competitors are:
Kerron Clement, USA, 48.35
Karsten Warholm, Norway, 48.43
Juander Santos, DR, 48.59 (PB)
Kemar Mowatt, Jamaica, 48.66
Abderrahamn Samba, Qatar, 48.75
Yasmani Copello, Turkey, 48.91
TJ Holmes, USA, 49.12
Kariem Hussein, Switzerland, 49.13

The 400 m hurdles finals will be run on Wednesday, 9 August 2017 at 16:33pm (Dominican time) and 21:33pm London time.
https://www.iaaf.org/competitions/ia...t#resultheader