DR1 Daily News breaks for the Easter Week holiday
Easter Week events in Santo Domingo
Extra opening hours for prosecutors during Easter Week
60,000 condoms for Easter Week
Five new ambassadors in the Dominican Republic
Casa de la Mujer in Palmarito, Salcedo
Major bottleneck affects traffic on Las Americas Expressway
More precautions against diphtheria
Abandoned highrise to be a hotel
Leonel Fernandez to head election mission
Dominican tree frog travels to the United Kingdom
Emely Peguero murder case updates
Plastic surgeon jailed
Bauger abandons Dominican Football League
Easter Thursday late night walk in the Colonial City
Easter Friday sacred music concert at the Santo Domingo Cathedral
Good Friday boat trip party with Farruko
Flying Circus with Audiofly & Dennis Ferrer
Farruko at Imagine Disco in Punta Cana
Easter Saturday shows in La Romana, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata
Metropolitan Opera at Novocentro Fine Arts




DR1 Daily News breaks for the Easter Week holiday
The next DR1 Daily News update will be published on Monday, 2 April 2018. Easter Week is the most popular family vacation time in the Dominican Republic. Most schools closed on Thursday, 22 March and will not reopen until Monday, 2 April.

The DR1 Daily News Monday issue will compile headline news for the previous Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Breaking news can be followed 24/7 in the Forums. See the DR1 Forum at http://www.dr1.com


Easter Week events in Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo mayor, David Collado, has ordered the closing of the Avenida de La Salud (Mirador Sur) and George Washington avenues (Malecon) on Easter Thursday and Easter Friday so that families can enjoy the Easter Week 2018 celebrations in the National District.

The city government has set up special recreational facilities at the Güibia Square from Friday to Sunday, with a beach volleyball tournament, basketball and a dominoes competition, all held in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism, the Specialized Corps of Tourist Security (Cestur), the Dominican Red Cross and the Police among others.

The Mayor said that there will be inflatable toys, face painting, skipping, clowns, candy floss, popcorn, pizza, etc. He said the event would close with a concert by reggaeton singer Mozart La Para.
http://eldia.com.do/alcaldia-del-dis...-semana-santa/


Extra opening hours for prosecutors during Easter Week
Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez has told the heads of the different public ministry departments across the country to ensure that staff offers service 24 hours a day during Easter Week to be able to offer the assistance needed to the population.

The measure is so that all parts of the Public Prosecution service can offer help during the extended hours both in person and on the phone.

The instructions were given to the assistant prosecutors and the heads of the regional appeal courts, specialized prosecutors and offices, as well as the coordinators of the Integrated Assistance Units for Victims of Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Crimes in the National District and the provinces.

Rodriguez said that Easter should be a time of peace and togetherness, tolerance and love, and all Dominicans should support the fight against violence, especially domestic violence.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...o-semana-santa


60,000 condoms for Easter Week
The National HIV/AIDS Council (Conavihsida) announced its intention to distribute 60,000 condoms free to prevent sexually transmittable diseases during Easter Week. Easter Week is the leading domestic holiday in the Dominican Republic. What was once a time for religious retrospection is now big time for beach destination reveling.

Victor Terrero said that Easter Week is a time of reflection and recollection. He said a responsible sexual behavior is an important decision for each person.

"We are interested in taking advantage of all possible scenarios to promote the need to prevent the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases," said Terrero. He said in addition to the condoms, they would be distributing educational materials with basic information about HIV and its modes of transmission.

http://www.7dias.com.do/portada/2018...l#.Wrqjr5Pwa9s


Five new ambassadors in the Dominican Republic
Yesterday, Tuesday, 27 March 2018, President Danilo Medina received credentials from five new ambassadors to the Dominican Republic. They are the ambassador for Turkey, Didem Ela Görkem Gökçe; Nicaragua, Bibs Bettina Rodríguez de Leets; Namibia, Jerobeam Shaanika; the Republic of Guinea, Hawa Diakite and the ambassador from the Czech Republic Vladimir Eisenbruk.

The new Turkish ambassador, Didem Ela Görkem Gökçe studied at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Ankara, Turkey and the National Administration School in France (1999-2001). He began his career in 1993 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has held positions abroad with the United Nations in Geneva, where he was deputy permanent representative and first counselor.

Bibs Bettina Rodríguez, the new Nicaragua ambassador, was previously consul general in Venezuela. She is a graduate in Filología Hispánica. She is married to Ramón Enrique Leets Castillo, former Nicaragua ambassador in Venezuela.

At the time of his appointment, Jerobeam Shaanika was the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations a post he held since 2010. Previously, he served (2007-2010) as Deputy Director for Americas, Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Namibia. From 2003 to 2007 he had served as Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Namibia in Cuba with concurrent accreditations to Venezuela and Dominican Republic.

A professional diplomat, Vladimir Eisenbruk is also concurrent ambassador in Bahamas, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Haiti, St. Kitts & Nevis. Previously he has served in Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico and Brazil.

During the ceremony at the Presidential Palace, President Danilo Medina was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Relations Miguel Vargas Maldonado.

http://eldia.com.do/danilo-medina-re...ditados-en-rd/


Casa de la Mujer in Palmarito, Salcedo
The Attorney General Office (PGR) and the Hermanas Mirabal Provincial Women’s Development Office collaborated to open the Casa de la Mujer Teresa Gómez Estrella in Palmarito, Salcedo. The center will offer protection, training, legal and psychological assistance to victims of gender violence.

Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez traveled to Palmarito for the inaugural. He was accompanied by Minister of Women Janet Camilo, and the founder of the office, former Vice President Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal.

Rodríguez said they would assign two lawyers to serve in the center.

http://hoy.com.do/inauguran-casa-de-...cia-de-genero/


Major bottleneck affects traffic on Las Americas Expressway
Traffic to the Las Americas International Airport from Santo Domingo was affected on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, after a large freight truck was involved in a road mishap during the early morning of Tuesday. The cargo vehicle slid off the road and stuck between the retaining wall and the tunnel under the Juan Carlos Bridge that leads to the outskirts of Santo Domingo. Only one lane was left open for traffic. Heavy rains were falling at the time of the accident.


Two of four lanes in the west-east direction were closed to traffic causing major bottlenecks. Hundreds of commuters heading east to start their vacation were delayed.

The driver was said to be injured and was taken to the Dario Contreras Trauma Hospital on Las Americas Expressway.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...ente-de-patana


More precautions against diphtheria
Following the issue of an epidemiological alert by the Health Ministry after the death of a four-year old Haitian boy from presumably diphtheria, more measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the disease. The child had arrived that week from Haiti.

There has been an increase in observation protocols to detect potentially cases of diphtheria at seaports, airports and land border crossings. In addition, the Health Ministry is implementing control measures in tourist areas to try and stop anyone with diphtheria from entering the country, given the outbreaks in Haiti, Venezuela and other countries.

The population has been asked to check the status of their vaccination record and doctors warned the public to pay attention to any signs of cough, sore throats and a general feeling of being unwell.

Those working in the health sector have been advised to be vaccinated as well as those at the entry points to the country. Finally all citizens have been warned to be vaccinated against diphtheria before traveling to Haiti.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...prende-alarmas


Abandoned high-rise to be a hotel
National District Mayor David Collado has announced that one of the towers on the Malecon, which has been abandoned for several years in mid-construction, will be converted into a hotel. The high rise is an eyesore on the important sea-facing boulevard.

Collado said that foreign investors, Grupo Veiramar, will build the hotel in the building in front of Güibia Square and that they had had discussions with City Hall about the project, and they would be offered full support. The company has investments on the Malecon and in the Colonial City.

As far as the other abandoned tower block, on Av. George Washington near to Av. Maximo Gomez Collado said that the lawyers representing the owners have been contacted and asked to provide their plans for the building in the short and medium term, within a prudent time frame, as the building could pose a risk to local residents.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...rre-abandonada


Leonel Fernandez to head election mission
Former President Leonel Fernández has been appointed head of the mission of visiting foreigner dignitaries to observe the federal and local elections to be held in Mexico on 1 July 2018. The appointment was communicated to Fernandez by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, who delivered a letter sent by the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO).

The letter said that DECO would give Fernandez all of the support he needed to organize the mission as well as any logistical or organizational aspects needed. This is the fourth time that the former President of the Dominican state has been invited by the international community to participate as head of an electoral observation mission in a Latin American company. The first time was Venezuela, followed by Bolivia, Ecuador and now Mexico.

http://elnacional.com.do/leonel-sera...oea-en-mexico/


Dominican tree frog travels to the United Kingdom
A tiny tropical rainforest frog survived a trip of more than 4,000 miles to the United Kingdom, The Independent of Ireland reports. The tiny frog was found on a bunch of bananas in a Blackburn branch of Tesco Supermarket and a supermarket worker, unsure of what to do with the amphibian discovery, called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

“The little tree frog was confined inside a bag of bananas so we asked the worker to make some tiny air holes in the plastic and add some water for moisture and keep him confined until we could attend,” animal collection officer John Greaves said.
“The amphibian must have had quite the shock when he emerged in a Lancashire supermarket considering he’s used to more tropical climates usually.”

https://www.independent.ie/world-new...-36749056.html


Emely Peguero murder case updates
On Monday, 26 March 2018, Simón Bolívar Ureña, (El Boli), testified that Marlin Martínez pressured her son, Marlon, “solve this problem” of the pregnancy of Emely Peguero. Ms. Peguero was believed to be carrying Mr. Martinez’s child.

The judge at a San Francisco de Macoris court heard evidence and statements from El Boil against the mother and son who are accused of murdering the 16 year old teenager.
However, defense lawyer, Ricardo Reyna, said that the testimony of “El Boli”, who has made a deal with the prosecutors in order not to be charged, was actually beneficial to the defendants as he established that an abortion lead to the involuntary homicide.

Ureña also spoke to the press for the first time since he was arrested in September last year for supposed involvement in the hiding of Emely Peguero’s body.

According to his testimony, Marlin’s brother, Henry Martínez, is innocent of the charge of hiding the body and criminal association as stated by the Public Prosecution service. Martínez recently returned to the country to face any legal process.

Ureña testified that the maids who worked at the house of Marlin, Sugel Miguelina Polo and María Balbina Rodríguez Santos, who have coercive measures against them, were not involved to the crime. He went on to say that the owners and administrator of the farm where the body was hidden were also not involved.

Nevertheless, Prosecutor Regis Victorio said that despite what El Boli has said, the charges will remain against Marlin’s brother, Henry, because there is other evidence against him.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...arazo-de-emely


Plastic surgeon jailed
A National District judge has sent plastic surgeon Edgar Contreras Rosario to a prison in Harás Nacionales. Contreras Rosario was on the run having been sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for two years accused of forging documents to take over the Gascue Medical Center.

He had been convicted on 28 July 2016, in a National District Court and has now been taken to jail immediately.

Still at large are his brother, Omar Baldomero Contreras Rosario and his relative Luz Divina de la Altagracia Contreras Rosario.

http://elnacional.com.do/apresan-y-e...gar-contreras/


Bauger abandons Dominican Football League
Recognized as founder of the spreading of football as a sport in the Dominican Republic, the Bauger Football Club announced it will not participate in the fourth season of the Dominican Football League. The 2018 tournament begins in two weeks.

Jorge Rolando Bauger, president and founder of the Escuela de Football Jorge Bauger and the Bauger Football club, said the main reason is that as a participant in the tournament they have yet to receive a financial statement of the past tournament and are unaware of the budget for the next tournament. Bauger claims the club was not consulted regarding the decision to expand the league up to 12 teams, which he considers an error.

Bauger says it is essential that the Dominican Football League and the Dominican Football Federation be transparent in their financial management.

Jorge Allen Bauger, coach for the team during the past three years of the league, said that the players will join other teams. The Bauger operation is now at the UNPHU University in Santo Domingo.

http://elnacional.com.do/bauger-f-c-...iga-de-futbol/


Easter Thursday late night walk in the Colonial City
On Easter Thursday, 29 March 2018, the Catedral Primada de América, en el Convento de los Dominicos, Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Carmen and Iglesia Santa Bárbara, will commemorate the ritual of the last supper and the washing of the feet, a call for humility. After those masses, the altars of all the churches in the Colonial City will be open to visitation by the general public until around 11pm Thursday night. It is a local cultural tradition to hold a procession from the Convento de los Dominicos beginning at 8 PM to visit the churches in the Colonial City, lighting candles in each altar and observing the special decorations.


Easter Friday sacred music concert at the Santo Domingo Cathedral
The Santo Domingo Cathedral choir and orchestra present their 30th concert at the Santo Domingo Cathedral on Easter Friday, 30 March 2018. They will interpret the Oratorio La Muerte de Cristo Opus 144 for four soloist voices, choir and orchestra by Dominican maestro Jose de Jesus Ravelo. The choir will be directed by Dr. Andres Capellan. Choir director is Professor Jose Enrique Delmonte.

Also on the program are sacred music classics. Also performing will be soloists Rocio Vasquez and Glenmer Perez.

The performance starts at 8pm. Archbishop Monsignor Francisco Ozoria will preside the event. Admission is free. It is best to go early to ensure getting seats inside the air-conditioned cathedral. Giant screens and chairs are set outside of the church.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYHzt3AbJ8o


Good Friday boat trip party with Farruko
Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Farruko will be the entertainer for the Boat Party SS 2018, a party on a boat with open bar in the Caribbean Sea waters off Punta Cana beach. The event is set for Friday, 30 March in Bavaro, Punta Cana. Tickets are RD$2,450 and on sale at Studio Theater box office in Acropolis Center or online at Ticketexpress.


Flying Circus with Audiofly & Dennis Ferrer
The Chinese Laundry + Audiofly Presents: Flying Circus With Audiofly & Dennis Ferrer at the Pearl Beach Club in Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana. Friday, 30 March 2018 starting at 11pm. Dance floor tickets are RD$900. Tickets are for sale at Supermercados Nacional and Jumbo and online at Uepa Tickets and at the Pearl Beach Club.


Farruko at Imagine Disco in Punta Cana
Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Farruko is booked for the concert SS18 at the Punta Cana cave, the Imagine Disco in Punta Cana on Saturday, 31 March 2018. With him Noriel and El Alfa from the Dominican Republic. 10pm. A ticket for RD$3,000 also includes an open bar. Tickets are for sale at Supermercados Nacional and Jumbo, Imagine disco and online at Uepa Tickets.


Easter Saturday shows in La Romana, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata
Check out what’s happening in La Romana, with the big show that of reggaeton stars Wisin & Yandell “Como Antes” on Saturday, 31 March 2018 as of 8:30pm.

In Punta Cana, on Easter Saturday, enjoy the singing by Milly Quezada, Maridalia Hernández & Fefita La Grande in Punta Cana starring at the Blue Mall Punta Cana Amphitheater in their show “Las Tres Grandes” as of 8pm.
In Puerto Plata, the big Easter Saturday party will be at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater, an evening of merengue, salsa, urban music and fusion with Toño Rosario, Tony Dize, Wason Brazoban, Eddy Herrera, Mozart La Para and Davicito Kada. Saturday, 31 March 2018. 8pm.

See more details of Calendar events at http://www.dr1.com/calendar


Metropolitan Opera at Novocentro Fine Arts
The Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” continues at the Novocentro Mall Fine Arts Cinema at 12:55pm on Saturday, 31 March 2018 with the presentation of “Cosi fan tutte” an Italian language opera buffa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The 3 hours and 20 minutes performance is a modern day version performed at Coney Island with 1950 sets.

The Metropolitan Opera describes the performance: “A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

Listen to the music of the opera at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXCEuYL1pBU
https://www.metopera.org/Season/2017...ozart-tickets/